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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160850/analgesic-mechanisms-of-antidepressants-for-neuropathic-pain
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REVIEW
Hideaki Obata
Tricyclic antidepressants and serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors are used to treat chronic pain, such as neuropathic pain. Why antidepressants are effective for treatment of neuropathic pain and the precise mechanisms underlying their effects, however, remain unclear. The inhibitory effects of these antidepressants for neuropathic pain manifest more quickly than their antidepressive effects, suggesting different modes of action. Recent studies of animal models of neuropathic pain revealed that noradrenaline is extremely important for the inhibition of neuropathic pain...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151577/orexin-modulates-behavioral-fear-expression-through-the-locus-coeruleus
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Shingo Soya, Tohru M Takahashi, Thomas J McHugh, Takashi Maejima, Stefan Herlitze, Manabu Abe, Kenji Sakimura, Takeshi Sakurai
Emotionally salient information activates orexin neurons in the lateral hypothalamus, leading to increase in sympathetic outflow and vigilance level. How this circuit alters animals' behavior remains unknown. Here we report that noradrenergic neurons in the locus coeruleus (NA(LC) neurons) projecting to the lateral amygdala (LA) receive synaptic input from orexin neurons. Pharmacogenetic/optogenetic silencing of this circuit as well as acute blockade of the orexin receptor-1 (OX1R) decreases conditioned fear responses...
November 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133432/locus-coeruleus-ablation-exacerbates-cognitive-deficits-neuropathology-and-lethality-in-p301s-tau-transgenic-mice
#3
Termpanit Chalermpalanupap, Jason P Schroeder, Jacki M Rorabaugh, L Cameron Liles, James J Lah, Allan I Levey, David Weinshenker
The brainstem locus coeruleus (LC) supplies norepinephrine (NE) to the forebrain and degenerates in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Loss of LC neurons is correlated with increased severity of other AD hallmarks including β-amyloid (Aβ) plaques, tau neurofibrillary tangles and cognitive deficits, suggesting that it contributes to the disease progression. Lesions of the LC in amyloid-based transgenic mouse models of AD exacerbate Aβ pathology, neuroinflammation, and cognitive deficits, but it is unknown how the loss of LC neurons affects tau-mediated pathology or behavioral abnormalities...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128975/transcutaneous-vagus-nerve-stimulation-tvns-modulates-flow-experience
#4
Lorenza S Colzato, Gina Wolters, Corinna Peifer
Flow has been defined as a pleasant psychological state that people experience when completely absorbed in an activity. Previous correlative evidence showed that the vagal tone (as indexed by heart rate variability) is a reliable marker of flow. So far, it has not yet been demonstrated that the vagus nerve plays a causal role in flow. To explore this we used transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS), a novel non-invasive brain stimulation technique that increases activation of the locus coeruleus (LC) and norepinephrine release...
November 11, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128909/central-noradrenergic-activity-affects-analgesic-effect-of-neuropeptide-s
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Kei Jinushi, Tetsuya Kushikata, Takashi Kudo, Girolamo Calo, Remo Guerrini, Kazuyoshi Hirota
BACKGROUND: Neuropeptide S (NPS) is an endogenous neuropeptide controlling anxiolysis, wakefulness, and analgesia. NPS containing neurons exist near to the locus coeruleus (LC) involved in the descending anti-nociceptive system. NPS interacts with central noradrenergic neurons; thus brain noradrenergic signaling may be involved in NPS-induced analgesia. We tested NPS analgesia in noradrenergic neuron-lesioned rats using a selective LC noradrenergic neurotoxin, N-(2-chloroethyl)-N-ethyl-2-bromobenzylamine (DSP-4)...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123927/locus-coeruleus-and-dopamine-dependent-memory-consolidation
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REVIEW
Miwako Yamasaki, Tomonori Takeuchi
Most everyday memories including many episodic-like memories that we may form automatically in the hippocampus (HPC) are forgotten, while some of them are retained for a long time by a memory stabilization process, called initial memory consolidation. Specifically, the retention of everyday memory is enhanced, in humans and animals, when something novel happens shortly before or after the time of encoding. Converging evidence has indicated that dopamine (DA) signaling via D1/D5 receptors in HPC is required for persistence of synaptic plasticity and memory, thereby playing an important role in the novelty-associated memory enhancement...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118105/neuropeptide-s-activates-paraventricular-oxytocin-neurons-to-induce-anxiolysis
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Thomas Grund, Stephanie Goyon, Yuting Li, Marina Eliava, Haikun Liu, Alexandre Charlet, Valery Grinevich, Inga D Neumann
Neuropeptides, such as neuropeptide S (NPS) and oxytocin (OXT) represent potential options for the treatment of anxiety disorders due to their potent anxiolytic profile. In this study, we aimed to reveal the mechanisms underlying the behavioral action of NPS, and present a chain of evidence that the effects of NPS within the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) are mediated via actions on local OXT neurons in male Wistar rats. First, retrograde studies identified NPS fibers originating in the brainstem locus coeruleus and projecting to the PVN...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111783/would-you-say-yes-in-the-evening-time-of-day-effect-on-response-bias-in-four-types-of-working-memory-recognition-tasks
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Koryna Lewandowska, Barbara Wachowicz, Tadeusz Marek, Halszka Oginska, Magdalena Fafrowicz
Across a wide range of tasks, cognitive functioning is affected by circadian fluctuations. In this study, we investigated diurnal variations of working memory performance, taking into account not only hits and errors rates, but also sensitivity (d') and response bias (c) indexes (established by signal detection theory). Fifty-two healthy volunteers performed four experimental tasks twice - in the morning and in the evening (approximately 1 and 10 h after awakening). All tasks were based on Deese-Roediger-McDermott paradigm version dedicated to study working/short-term memory distortions...
November 7, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109055/characterization-of-oromotor-and-limb-motor-dysfunction-in-the-dj1-model-of-parkinson-disease
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Katie M Yang, Katherine V Blue, Haleigh M Mulholland, Meghna P Kurup, Cynthia A Kelm-Nelson, Michelle R Ciucci
Parkinson disease (PD) is devastating to sensorimotor function that includes cranial/oromotor and limb motor deficits. However, the onset, progression, and neural correlates of PD-related dysfunctions are poorly understood. To address this gap, we used a genetic rat model of PD, DJ1 -/-, and hypothesized that motor deficits would manifest early in the disease process, be progressive in nature, and be related to pathologies in brainstem structures associated with sensorimotor function. The present study compares homozygous DJ1 -/- male rats to age-matched wild type controls...
November 3, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107830/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-human-locus-coeruleus-a-systematic-review
#10
REVIEW
Kathy Y Liu, Freya Marijatta, Dorothea Hämmerer, Julio Acosta-Cabronero, Emrah Düzel, Robert J Howard
The locus coeruleus (LC), the major origin of noradrenergic modulation of the central nervous system, innervates extensive areas throughout the brain and is implicated in a variety of autonomic and cognitive functions. Alterations in the LC-noradrenergic system have been associated with healthy ageing and neuropsychiatric disorders including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and depression. The last decade has seen advances in imaging the structure and function of the LC, and this paper systematically reviews the methodology and outcomes of sixty-nine structural and functional MRI studies of the LC in humans...
October 28, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102776/assessing-disease-modifying-effects-of-norepinephrine-in-down-syndrome-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Ravikumar Ponnusamy, M Windy McNerney, Shahrzad Moghadam, Ahmad Salehi
Building upon the knowledge that a number of important brain circuits undergo significant degeneration in Alzheimer's disease, numerous recent studies suggest that the norepinephrine-ergic system in the brainstem undergoes significant alterations early in the course of both Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome. Massive projections from locus coeruleus neurons to almost the entire brain, extensive innervation of brain capillaries, and widespread distribution of noradrenergic receptors enable the norepinephrine-ergic system to play a crucial role in neural processes, including cognitive function...
November 8, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100627/locus-coeruleus-activity-mediates-hyperresponsiveness-in-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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Christoph Naegeli, Thomas Zeffiro, Marco Piccirelli, Assia Jaillard, Anina Weilenmann, Katayun Hassanpour, Matthis Schick, Michael Rufer, Scott P Orr, Christoph Mueller-Pfeiffer
BACKGROUND: Patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are hyperresponsive to unexpected or potentially threatening environmental stimuli. Research in lower animals and humans suggests that sensitization of the locus coeruleus-norepinephrine system may underlie behavioral and autonomic hyperresponsiveness in PTSD. However, direct evidence linking locus coeruleus system hyperactivity to PTSD hyperresponsiveness is sparse. METHODS: Psychophysiological recording and functional magnetic resonance imaging were used during passive listening to brief, 95-dB sound pressure level, white noise bursts presented intermittently to determine whether behavioral and autonomic hyperresponsiveness to sudden sounds in PTSD is associated with locus coeruleus hyperresponsiveness...
September 7, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097440/desensitization-and-tolerance-of-mu-opioid-receptors-on-pontine-kolliker-fuse-neurons
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Erica S Levitt, John T Williams
Acute desensitization of mu opioid receptors is thought to be an initial step in the development of tolerance to opioids. Given the resistance of the respiratory system to develop tolerance, desensitization of neurons in the Kölliker-Fuse (KF), a key area in the respiratory circuit, was examined. The activation of G protein-coupled inwardly rectifying potassium (GIRK) current was measured using whole-cell voltage-clamp recordings from KF and locus coeruleus (LC) neurons contained in acute rat brain slices...
November 2, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096218/feasibility-of-deep-brain-stimulation-for-controlling-the-lower-urinary-tract-functions-an-animal-study
#14
Shih-Ching Chen, Pei-Yi Chu, Tsung-Hsun Hsieh, Yu-Ting Li, Chih-Wei Peng
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and compare the potential of four DBS targets in rats for regulating bladder activity: the periaqueductal gray (PAG), locus coeruleus (LC), rostral pontine reticular nucleus (PnO), and pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus (PPTg). METHODS: A bipolar stimulating electrode was implanted. The effects of DBS on the inhibition and activation of micturition reflexes were investigated by using isovolumetric intravesical pressure recordings...
September 30, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096196/task-evoked-pupil-dilation-and-bold-variance-as-indicators-of-locus-coeruleus-dysfunction
#15
Jeremy A Elman, Matthew S Panizzon, Donald J Hagler, Lisa T Eyler, Eric L Granholm, Christine Fennema-Notestine, Michael J Lyons, Linda K McEvoy, Carol E Franz, Anders M Dale, William S Kremen
Pupillary responses during cognitive tasks are linked to functioning of the locus coeruleus (LC). The LC is an early site of abnormal tau deposition, which may contribute to key aspects of Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathophysiology. We previously found attenuation of pupillary responses to increases in cognitive load in individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), suggesting pupillary responses may provide a biomarker of early risk for AD associated with LC dysfunction. The LC modulates cortical activity through two modes of operation: tonic and phasic...
October 7, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093170/locus-coeruleus-phasic-discharge-is-essential-for-stimulus-induced-gamma-oscillations-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
#16
Ricardo M Neves, Silvia van Keulen, Mingyu Yang, Nikos K Logothetis, Oxana Eschenko
The Locus Coeruleus (LC) noradrenergic (NE) neuromodulatory system is critically involved in regulation of neural excitability via its diffuse ascending projections. Tonic NE release in the forebrain is essential for maintenance of vigilant states and increases the signal-to-noise ratio of cortical sensory responses. The impact of phasic NE release on cortical activity and sensory processing is less explored. We have previously reported that LC microstimulation caused a transient desynchronization of the population activity in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), similar to noxious somatosensory stimuli...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081007/interplay-of-prefrontal-cortex-and-amygdala-during-extinction-of-drug-seeking
#17
Valeria Oliva, Emilio Cartoni, Emanuele Claudio Latagliata, Stefano Puglisi-Allegra, Gianluca Baldassarre
Extinction of Pavlovian conditioning is a complex process that involves brain regions such as the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), the amygdala and the locus coeruleus. In particular, noradrenaline (NA) coming from the locus coeruleus has been recently shown to play a different role in two subregions of the mPFC, the prelimbic (PL) and the infralimbic (IL) regions. How these regions interact in conditioning and subsequent extinction is an open issue. We studied these processes using two approaches: computational modelling and NA manipulation in a conditioned place preference paradigm (CPP) in mice...
October 28, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080027/the-onset-of-the-fetal-respiratory-rhythm-an-emergent-property-triggered-by-chemosensory-drive
#18
Sebastián Beltrán-Castillo, Consuelo Morgado-Valle, Jaime Eugenín
The mechanisms responsible for the onset of respiratory activity during fetal life are unknown. The onset of respiratory rhythm may be a consequence of the genetic program of each of the constituents of the respiratory network, so they start to interact and generate respiratory cycles when reaching a certain degree of maturation. Alternatively, generation of cycles might require the contribution of recently formed sensory inputs that will trigger oscillatory activity in the nascent respiratory neural network...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079341/expectancy-modulates-pupil-size-during-endogenous-orienting-of-spatial-attention
#19
Alessio Dragone, Stefano Lasaponara, Mario Pinto, Francesca Rotondaro, Maria De Luca, Fabrizio Doricchi
fMRI investigations in healthy humans have documented phasic changes in the level of activation of the right temporal-parietal junction (TPJ) during cued voluntary orienting of spatial attention. Cues that correctly predict the position of upcoming targets in the majority of trials, i.e., predictive cues, produce higher deactivation of the right TPJ as compared with non-predictive cues. Since the right TPJ is the recipient of noradrenergic (NE) innervation, it has been hypothesised that changes in the level of TPJ activity are matched with changes in the level of NE activity...
October 3, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074339/effect-of-deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-ventromedial-prefrontal-cortex-on-the-noradrenergic-system-in-rats
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Sonia Torres-Sanchez, Laura Perez-Caballero, Juan A Mico, Pau Celada, Esther Berrocoso
BACKGROUND: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) of the subgenual cingulate cortex (SCC) is a promising therapeutic alternative to treat resistant major depressive disorder. In preclinical studies, DBS of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC, the rodent SCC correlate) provokes an antidepressant-like effect, along with changes in noradrenaline levels at the site of stimulation. Hence, DBS appears to activate the noradrenergic-locus coeruleus (LC) system. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of vmPFC DBS on the electrical activity of noradrenergic LC neurons, cortical oscillations and coherence between both brain areas in male rats...
October 13, 2017: Brain Stimulation
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