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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813307/the-innate-alarm-system-in-ptsd-conscious-and-subconscious-processing-of-threat
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REVIEW
Ruth A Lanius, Daniela Rabellino, Jenna E Boyd, Sherain Harricharan, Paul A Frewen, Margaret C McKinnon
The innate alarm system (IAS), comprised of functionally connected brain regions including the brainstem, amygdala, pulvinar, and frontotemporal cortex, is a fast subcortical brain network facilitating rapid responses to threat. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) features subconscious and conscious threat detection, together contributing to hyperarousal symptoms. Emerging literature identifies aberrant threat-related neurocircuitry involved in subconscious and conscious threat processing in PTSD. We review this literature, focusing on subconscious threat processing and its relation to the IAS...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808590/genesis-and-maintenance-of-attentional-biases-the-role-of-the-locus-coeruleus-noradrenaline-system
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REVIEW
Mana R Ehlers, Rebecca M Todd
Emotionally arousing events are typically better remembered than mundane ones, in part because emotionally relevant aspects of our environment are prioritized in attention. Such biased attentional tuning is itself the result of associative processes through which we learn affective and motivational relevance of cues. We propose that the locus coeruleus-noradrenaline (LC-NA) system plays an important role in the genesis of attentional biases through associative learning processes as well as their maintenance...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807787/trigeminal-nerve-stimulation-induces-fos-immunoreactivity-in-selected-brain-regions-increases-hippocampal-cell-proliferation-and-reduces-seizure-severity-in-rats
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Beniamina Mercante, Paolo Enrico, Gabriele Floris, Marina Quartu, Marianna Boi, Maria Pina Serra, Paolo Follesa, Franca Deriu
Sites and mechanisms by which trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS) exerts beneficial effects on symptoms of drug-resistant epilepsy and depression are still unknown. Effects of short-term TNS on brain regions involved in the physiopathology of these disorders were investigated in this study. Forty male rats were assigned to 3 groups: TNS (undergoing electrical stimulation of the left infraorbitary nerve via surgically implanted cuff electrodes); Sham (undergoing surgical procedure but without a stimulation); Naïve rats...
August 11, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807028/connectivity-not-region-intrinsic-properties-predicts-regional-vulnerability-to-progressive-tau-pathology-in-mouse-models-of-disease
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Chris Mezias, Eve LoCastro, Chuying Xia, Ashish Raj
Spatiotemporal tau pathology progression is regarded as highly stereotyped within each type of degenerative condition. For instance, AD has a progression of tau pathology consistently beginning in the entorhinal cortex, the locus coeruleus, and other nearby noradrenergic brainstem nuclei, before spreading to the rest of the limbic system as well as the cingulate and retrosplenial cortices. Proposed explanations for the consistent spatial patterns of tau pathology progression, as well as for why certain regions are selectively vulnerable to exhibiting pathology over the course of disease generally focus on transsynaptic spread proceeding via the brain's anatomic connectivity network in a cell-independent manner or on cell-intrinsic properties that might render some cell populations or regions uniquely vulnerable...
August 14, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798153/characterization-of-the-central-neural-projections-to-brown-white-and-beige-adipose-tissue
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Nicole M Wiedmann, Aneta Stefanidis, Brian J Oldfield
The functional recruitment of classic brown adipose tissue (BAT) and inducible brown-like or beige fat is, to a large extent, dependent on intact sympathetic neural input. Whereas the central neural circuits directed specifically to BAT or white adipose tissue (WAT) are well established, there is only a developing insight into the nature of neural inputs common to both fat types. Moreover, there is no clear view of the specific central and peripheral innervation of the browned component of WAT: beige fat. The objective of the present study is to examine the neural input to both BAT and WAT in the same animal and, by exposing different cohorts of rats to either thermoneutral or cold conditions, define changes in central neural organization that will ensure that beige fat is appropriately recruited and modulated after browning of inguinal WAT (iWAT)...
August 10, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765955/gabaergic-ventrolateral-pre%C3%A2-optic-nucleus-neurons-are-involved-in-the-mediation-of-the-anesthetic-hypnosis-induced-by-propofol
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Jie Yuan, Zhuxin Luo, Yu Zhang, Yi Zhang, Yuan Wang, Song Cao, Bao Fu, Hao Yang, Lin Zhang, Wenjing Zhou, Tian Yu
Intravenous anesthetics have been used clinically to induce unconsciousness for seventeen decades, however the mechanism of anesthetic‑induced unconsciousness remains to be fully elucidated. It has previously been demonstrated that anesthetics exert sedative effects by acting on endoge-nous sleep‑arousal circuits. However, few studies focus on the ventrolateral pre‑optic (VLPO) to locus coeruleus (LC) sleep‑arousal pathway. The present study aimed to investigate if VLPO is involved in unconsciousness induced by propofol...
September 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755458/tonic-noradrenergic-activity-modulates-explorative-behavior-and-attentional-set-shifting-evidence-from-pupillometry-and-gaze-pattern-analysis
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Péter Pajkossy, Ágnes Szőllősi, Gyula Demeter, Mihály Racsmány
A constant task for every living organism is to decide whether to exploit rewards associated with current behavior or to explore the environment for more rewarding options. Current empirical evidence indicates that exploitation is related to phasic whereas exploration is related to tonic firing mode of noradrenergic neurons in the locus coeruleus. In humans, this exploration-exploitation trade-off is subserved by the ability to flexibly switch attention between task-related and task-irrelevant information. Here, we investigated whether this function, called attentional set shifting, is related to exploration and tonic noradrenergic discharge...
July 29, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753742/stress-facilitates-the-development-of-cognitive-dysfunction-after-chronic-ethanol-exposure
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Ellen M Rodberg, Carolina R den Hartog, Rachel I Anderson, Howard C Becker, David E Moorman, Elena M Vazey
BACKGROUND: Chronic exposure to stress or alcohol can drive neuroadaptations that alter cognition. Alterations in cognition may contribute to alcohol use disorders by reducing cognitive control over drinking and maintenance of abstinence. Here we examined effects of combined ethanol (EtOH) and stress exposure on prefrontal cortex (PFC)-dependent cognition. METHODS: Adult male C57BL/6J mice were trained to drink EtOH (15%, v/v) on a 1 h/d 1-bottle schedule. Once stable, mice were exposed to cycles of chronic intermittent EtOH (CIE) or air-control vapor exposure (Air), followed by test cycles of 1 h/d EtOH drinking...
July 28, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743460/high-resolution-in-vivo-imaging-of-human-locus-coeruleus-by-magnetization-transfer-mri-at-3t-and-7t
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Nikos Priovoulos, Heidi I L Jacobs, Dimo Ivanov, Kamil Uludag, Frans R J Verhey, Benedikt A Poser
Locus Coeruleus (LC) is a neuromelanin-rich brainstem structure that is the source of noradrenaline in the cortex and is thought to modulate attention and memory. LC imaging in vivo is commonly performed with a 2D T1-weighted Turbo Spin Echo (TSE) MRI sequence, an approach that suffers from several drawbacks at 3T, including long acquisition times and highly anisotropic spatial resolution. In this study, we developed a high-resolution Magnetization Transfer (MT) sequence for LC imaging at both 7T and 3T and compared its performance to a TSE sequence...
July 22, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732736/corrigendum-to-reproductive-steroid-receptors-and-actions-in-the-locus-coeruleus-of-male-macaques-part-of-an-aggression-circuit-prog-neuro-psychopharmacol-biol-psychiatry-71-2016-210-222
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Cynthia L Bethea, Yelena Belikova, Kenny Phu, Grace Mammarella
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 18, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730316/locus-coeruleus-neuronal-activity-correlates-with-behavioral-response-to-acute-and-chronic-doses-of-methylphenidate-ritalin-in-adolescent-rats
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Natasha Kharas, Cruz Reyes-Vazquez, Nachum Dafny
The objective of this study is to gain insight into the behavioral and neuronal changes induced by acute and chronic methylphenidate (MPD) administration. Specifically, there is limited knowledge of the effects of MPD on the locus coeruleus (LC), the main site of norepinephrine synthesis in the brain. In this study, LC neuronal firing rate was recorded simultaneously with locomotor activity in freely moving adolescent rats. Adolescent rats were chosen to mimic the age group in humans most affected by MPD exposure...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729831/investigating-focal-connectivity-deficits-in-alzheimer-s-disease-using-directional-brain-networks-derived-from-resting-state-fmri
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Sinan Zhao, D Rangaprakash, Archana Venkataraman, Peipeng Liang, Gopikrishna Deshpande
Connectivity analysis of resting-state fMRI has been widely used to identify biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) based on brain network aberrations. However, it is not straightforward to interpret such connectivity results since our understanding of brain functioning relies on regional properties (activations and morphometric changes) more than connections. Further, from an interventional standpoint, it is easier to modulate the activity of regions (using brain stimulation, neurofeedback, etc.) rather than connections...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729827/lateral-hypothalamic-control-of-the-ventral-tegmental-area-reward-evaluation-and-the-driving-of-motivated-behavior
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REVIEW
Susan M Tyree, Luis de Lecea
The lateral hypothalamus (LH) plays an important role in many motivated behaviors, sleep-wake states, food intake, drug-seeking, energy balance, etc. It is also home to a heterogeneous population of neurons that express and co-express multiple neuropeptides including hypocretin (Hcrt), melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH), cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) and neurotensin (NT). These neurons project widely throughout the brain to areas such as the locus coeruleus, the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, the amygdala and the ventral tegmental area (VTA)...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729115/arousal-and-drug-abuse
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REVIEW
Francisco J Urbano, Verónica Bisagno, Edgar Garcia-Rill
The reticular activating system (RAS) is not an amorphous region but distinct nuclei with specific membrane properties that dictate their firing during waking and sleep. The locus coeruleus and raphe nucleus fire during waking and slow wave sleep, with the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) firing during both waking and REM sleep, the states manifesting arousal-related EEG activity. Two important discoveries in the PPN in the last 10 years are, 1) that some PPN cells are electrically coupled, and 2) every PPN cell manifests high threshold calcium channels that allow them to oscillate at beta/gamma band frequencies...
July 17, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708061/locus-coeruleus-to-basolateral-amygdala-noradrenergic-projections-promote-anxiety-like-behavior
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Jordan G McCall, Edward R Siuda, Dionnet L Bhatti, Lamley A Lawson, Zoe A McElligott, Garret D Stuber, Michael R Bruchas
Increased tonic activity of locus coeruleus noradrenergic (LC-NE) neurons induces anxiety-like and aversive behavior. While some information is known about the afferent circuitry that endogenously drives this neural activity and behavior, the downstream receptors and anatomical projections that mediate these acute risk aversive behavioral states via the LC-NE system remain unresolved. Here we use a combination of retrograde tracing, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, electrophysiology, and in vivo optogenetics with localized pharmacology to identify neural substrates downstream of increased tonic LC-NE activity in mice...
July 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701953/astrocyte-activation-in-locus-coeruleus-is-involved-in-neuropathic-pain-exacerbation-mediated-by-maternal-separation-and-social-isolation-stress
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Kazuo Nakamoto, Fuka Aizawa, Megumi Kinoshita, Yutaka Koyama, Shogo Tokuyama
Our previous studies demonstrated that emotional dysfunction associated with early life stress exacerbated nerve injury-induced mechanical allodynia. Sex differences were observed in several anxiety tests, but not in mechanical allodynia. To elucidate the mechanism underlying these findings, we have now investigated the involvement of astrocytes in emotional dysfunction and enhancement of nerve injury-induced mechanical allodynia in mice subjected to maternal separation combined with social isolation (MSSI) as an early life stress...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700539/propranolol-treatment-prevents-chronic-central-sensitization-induced-by-repeated-dural-stimulation
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Nelly Boyer, Jérémy Signoret-Genest, Alain Artola, Radhouane Dallel, Lénaïc Monconduit
Migraine is currently conceptualized as a chronic disease with episodic manifestations. In some patients, migraine attack frequency increases, leading to chronic migraine. Daily preventive therapy is initiated to decrease attack frequency. Propranolol, a first-line medication for migraine prophylaxis, reduces attack frequency in nearly 50% of patients receiving it. However, the mechanisms of its antimigraine action are unclear. We examined the effect of daily propranolol treatment (10 mg·kg per os, 8 days) in a rat model of recurrent activation of dural nociceptors (repeated infusion of an inflammatory soup (IS) on the dura through a cannula every 2-3 days)...
July 8, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695319/acute-impact-of-selected-pyridoindole-derivatives-on-fos-expression-in-different-structures-of-the-rat-brain
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Romana Koprdova, Jana Osacka, Mojmir Mach, Alexander Kiss
The impacts of three pyridoindole derivatives (PDs), designated as PD144, PD143, and PD104, which have previously been shown to have antidepressant (PD144) and anxiolytic (PD143, PD104) properties, were investigated on the Fos expressions in 11 different rat brain areas, including the medial prefrontal cortex, striatum, septum, accumbens nucleus (shell, core), bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus, central amygdala, locus coeruleus, dorsal raphe nucleus, and the solitary tract nucleus...
July 10, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694154/short-photoperiod-reverses-obesity-in-siberian-hamsters-via-sympathetically-induced-lipolysis-and-browning-in-adipose-tissue
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REVIEW
Vitaly Ryu, Eleen Zarebidaki, H Elliott Albers, Bingzhong Xue, Timothy J Bartness
Changes in photoperiod length are transduced into neuroendocrine signals by melatonin (MEL) secreted by the pineal gland triggering seasonally adaptive responses in many animal species. Siberian hamsters, transferred from a long-day 'summer-like' photoperiod (LD) to a short-day 'winter-like' photoperiod (SD), exhibit a naturally-occurring reversal in obesity. Photoperiod-induced changes in adiposity are mediated by the duration of MEL secretion and can be mimicked by exogenously administered MEL into animals housed in LD...
July 7, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687925/locus-coeruleus
#20
REVIEW
Eduardo E Benarroch
The locus coeruleus (LC) contains norepinephrine (NE)-synthesizing neurons that send diffuse projections throughout the central nervous system. The LC-NE system has a major role in arousal, attention and stress responses. In the brain, NE may also contribute to long-term synaptic plasticity, pain modulation, motor control, energy homeostasis and control of local blood flow. The LC is severely affected in neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson disease (PD). Involvement of the noradrenergic neurons of the LC precedes that of dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta and has been increasingly recognized as a potential major contributor to cognitive manifestations in early PD, particularly impaired attention...
July 7, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
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