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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912885/tetrandrine-an-alkaloid-from-s-tetrandra-exhibits-anti-hypertensive-and-sleep-enhancing-effects-in-shr-via-different-mechanisms
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Yuan-Li Huang, Su-Ying Cui, Xiang-Yu Cui, Qing Cao, Hui Ding, Jin-Zhi Song, Xiao Hu, Hui Ye, Bin Yu, Zhao-Fu Sheng, Zi-Jun Wang, Yong-He Zhang
BACKGROUND: Sleep disorders have been found to be associated with hypertension in both cross-sectional and longitudinal epidemiological studies. Tetrandrine, a major component of Stephania tetrandra, is well known as an antihypertensive agent. The anti-hypertension mechanism mainly relies on its L-type calcium channel blocking property. In the previous study, tetrandrine revealed both anti-hypertension and hypnotic effects in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). PURPOSE: This study aims to elucidate whether the antihypertensive mechanism of tetrandrine in SHRs is relevant to its hypnotic effect...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912882/tenuifolin-a-saponin-derived-from-radix-polygalae-exhibits-sleep-enhancing-effects-in-mice
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Qing Cao, Yong Jiang, Su-Ying Cui, Peng-Fei Tu, Yue-Mei Chen, Xiao-Li Ma, Xiang-Yu Cui, Yuan-Li Huang, Hui Ding, Jin-Zhi Song, Bin Yu, Zhao-Fu Sheng, Zi-Jun Wang, Ya-Ping Xu, Guang Yang, Hui Ye, Xiao Hu, Yong-He Zhang
BACKGROUND: Radix Polygalae, the dried root of Polygala tenuifolia, has been extensively used as a traditional Chinese medicine for promoting intelligence and tranquilization. Polygalasaponins extracted from the root of P. tenuifolia possess evident anxiolytic and sedative-hypnotic activities. Previous studies have reported that tenuifolin was a major constituent of polygalasaponins. PURPOSE: The currently study aims to investigate the hypnotic effect and possible mechanism of tenuifolin in freely moving mice...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911798/stretchable-multichannel-antennas-in-soft-wireless-optoelectronic-implants-for-optogenetics
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Sung Il Park, Gunchul Shin, Jordan G McCall, Ream Al-Hasani, Aaron Norris, Li Xia, Daniel S Brenner, Kyung Nim Noh, Sang Yun Bang, Dionnet L Bhatti, Kyung-In Jang, Seung-Kyun Kang, Aaron D Mickle, Gregory Dussor, Theodore J Price, Robert W Gereau, Michael R Bruchas, John A Rogers
Optogenetic methods to modulate cells and signaling pathways via targeted expression and activation of light-sensitive proteins have greatly accelerated the process of mapping complex neural circuits and defining their roles in physiological and pathological contexts. Recently demonstrated technologies based on injectable, microscale inorganic light-emitting diodes (μ-ILEDs) with wireless control and power delivery strategies offer important functionality in such experiments, by eliminating the external tethers associated with traditional fiber optic approaches...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910862/methylphenidate-enhances-early-stage-sensory-processing-and-rodent-performance-of-a-visual-signal-detection-task
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Rachel L Navarra, Brian D Clark, Andrew T Gargiulo, Barry D Waterhouse
Methylphenidate (MPH) is used clinically to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and off-label as a performance enhancing agent in healthy individuals. MPH enhances catecholamine transmission via blockade of norepinephrine (NE) and dopamine (DA) reuptake transporters. However, it is not clear how this action impacts neural circuits performing cognitive and sensorimotor functions driving performance enhancement. The dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) is the primary thalamic relay for visual information from the retina to the cortex and is densely innervated by NE-containing fibers from the locus coeruleus (LC), a pathway known to modulate state-dependent sensory processing...
December 2, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908769/chronic-citalopram-administration-desensitizes-prefrontal-cortex-but-not-somatodendritic-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptors-in-rat-brain
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Begoña Fernández-Pastor, Jorge E Ortega, Laura Grandoso, Elena Castro, Luisa Ugedo, Ángel Pazos, J Javier Meana
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) regulate brain noradrenergic neurotransmission both at somatodendritic and nerve terminal areas. Previous studies have demonstrated that noradrenaline (NA) reuptake inhibitors are able to desensitize α2-adrenoceptor-mediated responses. The present study was undertaken to elucidate the effects of repeated treatment with the SSRI citalopram on the α2-adrenoceptor sensitivity in locus coeruleus (LC) and prefrontal cortex (PFC), by using in vivo microdialysis and electrophysiological techniques, and in vitro stimulation of [(35)S]GTPγS binding autoradiography...
November 28, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908561/beyond-eye-gaze-what-else-can-eyetracking-reveal-about-cognition-and-cognitive-development
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Maria K Eckstein, Belén Guerra-Carrillo, Alison T Miller Singley, Silvia A Bunge
This review provides an introduction to two eyetracking measures that can be used to study cognitive development and plasticity: pupil dilation and spontaneous blink rate. We begin by outlining the rich history of gaze analysis, which can reveal the current focus of attention as well as cognitive strategies. We then turn to the two lesser-utilized ocular measures. Pupil dilation is modulated by the brain's locus coeruleus-norepinephrine system, which controls physiological arousal and attention, and has been used as a measure of subjective task difficulty, mental effort, and neural gain...
November 11, 2016: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899296/targeting-the-norepinephrinergic-system-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-related-disorders-the-locus-coeruleus-story
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Yannick Vermeiren, Peter P De Deyn
Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD) are related, progressive and debilitating neurodegenerative disorders with hallmark features that include a variety of motor and non-motor symptoms (behavioral, autonomic and cognitive dysfunction). For almost half a century, the motor aspects have been attributed to Lewy pathology (LP) predominantly in the substantia nigra (SN), causing a major loss of dopaminergic neurons. However, the relative success of dopaminergic replacement therapies for alleviation of solely the parkinsonian features has prompted researchers to further explore other monoaminergic strategies which may tackle all PD-related aspects...
November 26, 2016: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898202/optimization-of-transcutaneous-vagus-nerve-stimulation-using-functional-mri
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Natalia Yakunina, Sam Soo Kim, Eui-Cheol Nam
OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an established therapy for drug-resistant epilepsy, depression, and a number of other disorders. Transcutaneous stimulation of the auricular branch of the vagus nerve (tVNS) has been considered as a non-invasive alternative. Several functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies on the effects of tVNS used different stimulation parameters and locations in the ear, which makes it difficult to determine the optimal tVNS methodology...
November 29, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893223/intervention-with-the-mother-infant-relationship-reduces-cell-proliferation-in-the-locus-coeruleus-of-female-rat-pups
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Elisa Cristiana Winkelmann Duarte, Márcia Scherem de Azevedo, Gabriela Augusta Mateus Pereira, Marilda da Cruz Fernandes, Aldo Bolten Lucion
The Locus Coeruleus (LC) is a noradrenergic nucleus involved in several neuroendocrine and behavioral functions. During the neonatal period, the LC is critical for olfactory learning. Full development occurs during the early postnatal period. Environmental interventions after birth may affect neurogenesis. In rats, the neonatal handling procedure has been used as a model to analyze the effects of environmental intervention early in life. It has been related to several long-lasting behavioral and neuroendocrine changes...
November 28, 2016: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877103/neural-underpinnings-of-decision-strategy-selection-a-review-and-a-theoretical-model
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Szymon Wichary, Tomasz Smolen
In multi-attribute choice, decision makers use decision strategies to arrive at the final choice. What are the neural mechanisms underlying decision strategy selection? The first goal of this paper is to provide a literature review on the neural underpinnings and cognitive models of decision strategy selection and thus set the stage for a neurocognitive model of this process. The second goal is to outline such a unifying, mechanistic model that can explain the impact of noncognitive factors (e.g., affect, stress) on strategy selection...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856342/angiotensin-ii-at1-receptors-mediate-neuronal-sensitization-and-sustained-blood-pressure-response-induced-by-a-single-injection-of-amphetamine
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N A Marchese, M C Paz, X Caeiro, F M Dadam, G Baiardi, M F Perez, C Bregonzio
A single exposure to amphetamine induces neurochemical sensitization in striatal areas. The neuropeptide angiotensin II, through AT1 receptors (AT1-R) activation, is involved in these responses. However, amphetamine-induced alterations can be extended to extra-striatal areas involved in blood pressure control and their physiological outcomes. Our aim for the present study was to analyze the possible role for AT1-R in these events using a two-injection protocol and to further characterize the proposed AT1-R antagonism protocol...
November 14, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853428/goal-directed-worry-rules-are-associated-with-distinct-patterns-of-amygdala-functional-connectivity-and-vagal-modulation-during-perseverative-cognition
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Frances Meeten, Graham C L Davey, Elena Makovac, David R Watson, Sarah N Garfinkel, Hugo D Critchley, Cristina Ottaviani
Excessive and uncontrollable worry is a defining feature of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). An important endeavor in the treatment of pathological worry is to understand why some people are unable to stop worrying once they have started. Worry perseveration is associated with a tendency to deploy goal-directed worry rules (known as "as many as can" worry rules; AMA). These require attention to the goal of the worry task and continuation of worry until the aims of the "worry bout" are achieved. This study examined the association between the tendency to use AMA worry rules and neural and autonomic responses to a perseverative cognition induction...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836486/immunochemical-localization-of-vesicular-monoamine-transporter-2-vmat2-in-mouse-brain
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Rachel A Cliburn, Amy R Dunn, Kristen A Stout, Carlie A Hoffman, Kelly M Lohr, Alison I Bernstein, Emily J Winokur, James Burkett, Yvonne Shmitz, William M Caudle, Gary W Miller
Vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2, SLC18A2) is a transmembrane transporter protein that packages dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and histamine into vesicles in preparation for neurotransmitter release from the presynaptic neuron. VMAT2 function and related vesicle dynamics have been linked to susceptibility to oxidative stress, exogenous toxicants, and Parkinson's disease. To address a recent depletion of commonly used antibodies to VMAT2, we generated and characterized a novel rabbit polyclonal antibody generated against a 19 amino acid epitope corresponding to an antigenic sequence within the C-terminal tail of mouse VMAT2...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831486/ontogeny-of-net-expression-and-antidepressant-like-response-to-desipramine-in-wild-type-and-sert-mutant-mice
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Nathan C Mitchell, Melodi A Bowman, Georgianna G Gould, Wouter Koek, Lynette C Daws
Depression is a major public health concern with symptoms that are often poorly controlled by treatment with common antidepressants. This problem is compounded in juveniles and adolescents, where therapeutic options are limited to only two approved antidepressants, both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Moreover, therapeutic benefits of SSRIs are often especially limited in certain subpopulations of depressed patients, including children and carriers of low expressing serotonin transporter (SERT) gene variants...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827371/sex-differences-in-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-regulation-of-the-rat-locus-coeruleus-and-their-cognitive-consequences
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Herminio M Guajardo, Kevin Snyder, Andrew Ho, Rita J Valentino
Stress-related neuropsychiatric pathologies are more prevalent in females compared to males. An important component of the stress response is activation of the locus coeruleus (LC)-norepinephrine system. Because LC activation is tempered by endogenous opioid release during stress, the magnitude of opioid regulation of the LC could determine stress vulnerability. Here we report convergent evidence for decreased μ-opioid receptor (MOR) function in the female rat LC. The selective MOR agonist, DAMGO (10 pg), completely inhibited LC discharge of male, but not female rats and DAMGO (30 pg) produced no further inhibition of female LC neurons...
November 9, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826222/activity-based-anorexia-reduces-body-weight-without-inducing-a-separate-food-intake-microstructure-or-activity-phenotype-in-female-rats-mediation-via-an-activation-of-distinct-brain-nuclei
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Sophie Scharner, Philip Prinz, Miriam Goebel-Stengel, Peter Kobelt, Tobias Hofmann, Matthias Rose, Andreas Stengel
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is accompanied by severe somatic and psychosocial complications. However, the underlying pathogenesis is poorly understood, treatment is challenging and often hampered by high relapse. Therefore, more basic research is needed to better understand the disease. Since hyperactivity often plays a role in AN, we characterized an animal model to mimic AN using restricted feeding and hyperactivity. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: no activity/ad libitum feeding (ad libitum, AL, n = 9), activity/ad libitum feeding (activity, AC, n = 9), no activity/restricted feeding (RF, n = 12) and activity/restricted feeding (activity-based anorexia, ABA, n = 11)...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27820685/in-vivo-assessment-of-brainstem-depigmentation-in-parkinson-disease-potential-as-a-severity-marker-for-multicenter-studies
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Stefan T Schwarz, Yue Xing, Pragya Tomar, Nin Bajaj, Dorothee P Auer
Purpose To investigate the pattern of neuromelanin signal intensity loss within the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc), locus coeruleus, and ventral tegmental area in Parkinson disease (PD); the specific aims were (a) to study regional magnetic resonance (MR) quantifiable depigmentation in association with PD severity and (b) to investigate whether imaging- and platform-dependent signal intensity variations can be normalized. Materials and Methods This prospective case-control study was approved by the local ethics committee and the research department of Nottingham University Hospitals...
November 7, 2016: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818313/erythropoietin-in-the-locus-coeruleus-attenuates-the-ventilatory-response-to-co2-in-rats
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Carlos A Silva, Mariane C Vicente, Luana Tenorio-Lopes, Jorge Soliz, Luciane H Gargaglioni
The Locus coeruleus (LC) is a pontine area that contributes to the CO2/pH chemosensitivity. LC cells express erythropoietin (Epo) receptors (EpoR), and Epo in the brainstem is a potent normoxic and hypoxic respiratory stimulant. However, a recent study showed that the intra-cisternal injection (ICI) of Epo antagonist does not alter the hypercapnic ventilatory response in mice. As ICI leads to a widespread dispersal of the product throughout the brainstem, in this work we evaluated the specific impact of Epo in the LC-mediated ventilatory response to CO2 (by whole body plethysmography) in juvenile male Wistar rats...
November 3, 2016: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816550/intra-lc-microinjection-of-orexin-type-1-receptor-antagonist-sb-334867-attenuates-the-expression-of-glutamate-induced-opiate-withdrawal-like-signs-during-the-active-phase-in-rats
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Bita Hooshmand, Hossein Azizi, Mohammad Javan, Saeed Semnanian
Opiate withdrawal syndrome is temporally associated with the hyperactivity of locus coeruleus neurons. Previous studies have shown that this hyperactivity, at least in part, results from the activity of excitatory afferents which mainly include the orexinergic neurons of hypothalamus and glutamatergic neurons of paragigantocellularis (PGi) nucleus. The effect of intra LC orexin type 1 receptor antagonism were investigated on expression of glutamate-induced morphine withdrawal-like signs in rats. Regarding the involvement of both orexin and LC in modulation of circadian rhythm, experimental procedures were performed during the rest (day) and the active (night) phases...
November 2, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796753/promotion-of-the-unfolding-protein-response-in-orexin-dynorphin-neurons-in-sudden-infant-death-syndrome-sids-elevated-pperk-and-atf4-expression
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Nicholas J Hunt, Karen A Waters, Rita Machaalani
We previously demonstrated that sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) infants have decreased orexin immunoreactivity within the hypothalamus and pons compared to non-SIDS infants. In this study, we examined multiple mechanisms that may promote loss of orexin expression including programmed cell death, impaired maturation/structural stability, neuroinflammation and impaired unfolding protein response (UPR). Immunofluorescent and immunohistochemical staining for a number of markers was performed in the tuberal hypothalamus and pons of infants (1-10 months) who died from SIDS (n = 27) compared to age- and sex-matched non-SIDS infants (n = 19)...
October 29, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
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