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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289675/dissociation-of-immediate-and-delayed-effects-of-emotional-arousal-on-episodic-memory
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Dirk Schümann, Janine Bayer, Deborah Talmi, Tobias Sommer
Emotionally arousing events are usually better remembered than neutral ones. This phenomenon is in humans mostly studied by presenting mixed lists of neutral and emotional items. An emotional enhancement of memory is observed in these studies often already immediately after encoding and increases with longer delays and consolidation. A large body of animal research showed that the more efficient consolidation of emotionally arousing events is based on an activation of the central noradrenergic system and the amygdala (Modulation Hypothesis; Roozendaal & McGaugh, 2011)...
December 28, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228949/a-mathematical-model-for-histamine-synthesis-release-and-control-in-varicosities
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Janet Best, H F Nijhout, Srimal Samaranayake, Parastoo Hashemi, Michael Reed
BACKGROUND: Histamine (HA), a small molecule that is synthesized from the amino acid histidine, plays an important role in the immune system where it is associated with allergies, inflammation, and T-cell regulation. In the brain, histamine is stored in mast cells and other non-neuronal cells and also acts as a neurotransmitter. The histamine neuron cell bodies are in the tuberomammillary (TM) nucleus of the hypothalamus and these neurons send projections throughout the central nervous system (CNS), in particular to the cerebral cortex, amygdala, basal ganglia, hippocampus, thalamus, retina, and spinal cord...
December 12, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181815/effects-of-adolescent-alcohol-exposure-on-stress-induced-reward-deficits-brain-crf-monoamines-and-glutamate-in-adult-rats
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Nathalie Boutros, Andre Der-Avakian, James P Kesby, Soon Lee, Athina Markou, Svetlana Semenova
BACKGROUND: Adolescent alcohol exposure may increase depression vulnerability in adulthood by increasing the anhedonic response to stress. METHODS: Male Wistar rats (postnatal days 28-53) were exposed to binge-like adolescent intermittent ethanol (AIE) or water. In adulthood, rats were exposed to social defeat, consisting of daily confrontations with an aggressive conspecific, followed by testing of brain reward function in a discrete-trial current-intensity intracranial self-stimulation procedure for 10 consecutive days...
November 27, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100972/neural-and-neuroendocrine-predictors-of-pharmacological-treatment-response-in-adolescents-with-depression-a-preliminary-study
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Bonnie Klimes-Dougan, Melinda Westlund Schreiner, Michelle Thai, Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel, Kristina Reigstad, Kathryn R Cullen
OBJECTIVE: Typically, about 30 to 50% of adolescents with depression fail to respond to evidence-based treatments, including antidepressant medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Efforts for identifying predictors and moderators of treatment response are needed to begin to address critical questions relevant to personalized care in adolescent depression. In this pilot study, we aim to identify biological predictors of response to antidepressant treatment...
February 2, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033138/do-you-believe-it-verbal-suggestions-influence-the-clinical-and-neural-effects-of-escitalopram-in-social-anxiety-disorder-a-randomized-trial
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Vanda Faria, Malin Gingnell, Johanna M Hoppe, Olof Hjorth, Iman Alaie, Andreas Frick, Sara Hultberg, Kurt Wahlstedt, Jonas Engman, Kristoffer N T Månsson, Per Carlbring, Gerhard Andersson, Margareta Reis, Elna-Marie Larsson, Mats Fredrikson, Tomas Furmark
BACKGROUND: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed for depression and anxiety, but their efficacy relative to placebo has been questioned. We aimed to test how manipulation of verbally induced expectancies, central for placebo, influences SSRI treatment outcome and brain activity in patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD). METHODS: We did a randomized clinical trial, within an academic medical center (Uppsala, Sweden), of individuals fulfilling the DSM-IV criteria for SAD, recruited through media advertising...
October 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965828/activation-of-5-ht2a-receptor-disrupts-rat-maternal-behavior
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Jun Gao, Ruiyong Wu, Collin Davis, Ming Li
Serotonin 5-HT2A receptor is widely distributed in the central nervous system and plays an important role in sensorimotor function, emotion regulation, motivation, executive control, learning and memory. We investigated its role in rat maternal behavior, a naturalistic behavior encompassing many psychological functions that the 5-HT2A receptor is involved in. We first showed that activation of 5-HT2A receptor by TCB-2 (a highly selective 5-HT2A agonist, 1, 2.5 or 5.0 mg/kg) disrupted maternal behavior dose-dependently, and this effect was reduced by pretreatment with a 5-HT2A receptor antagonist MDL 100907, but exacerbated by pretreatment with a 5-HT2C receptor antagonist SB242084 and a 5-HT2C receptor agonist MK212, indicating that the maternal disruptive effect of 5-HT2A activation is receptor-specific and can be modulated by 5-HT2C receptor bidirectionally...
September 28, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28825719/central-amygdala-circuits-modulate-food-consumption-through-a-positive-valence-mechanism
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Amelia M Douglass, Hakan Kucukdereli, Marion Ponserre, Milica Markovic, Jan Gründemann, Cornelia Strobel, Pilar L Alcala Morales, Karl-Klaus Conzelmann, Andreas Lüthi, Rüdiger Klein
The complex behaviors underlying reward seeking and consumption are integral to organism survival. The hypothalamus and mesolimbic dopamine system are key mediators of these behaviors, yet regulation of appetitive and consummatory behaviors outside of these regions is poorly understood. The central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) has been implicated in feeding and reward, but the neurons and circuit mechanisms that positively regulate these behaviors remain unclear. Here, we defined the neuronal mechanisms by which CeA neurons promote food consumption...
October 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769763/development-of-serotonergic-fibers-in-the-post-natal-mouse-brain
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Giacomo Maddaloni, Alice Bertero, Marta Pratelli, Noemi Barsotti, Annemarie Boonstra, Andrea Giorgi, Sara Migliarini, Massimo Pasqualetti
Serotonin (5-HT)-synthetizing neurons, which are confined in the raphe nuclei of the rhombencephalon, provide a pervasive innervation of the central nervous system (CNS) and are involved in the modulation of a plethora of functions in both developing and adult brain. Classical studies have described the post-natal development of serotonergic axons as a linear process of terminal field innervation. However, technical limitations have hampered a fine morphological characterization. With the advent of genetic mouse models, the possibility to label specific neuronal populations allowed the rigorous measurement of their axonal morphological features as well as their developmental dynamics...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577990/the-regulation-of-corticosteroid-receptors-in-response-to-chronic-social-defeat
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Jia Zhang, Yan Fan, Muhammad U Raza, Yanqiang Zhan, Xiang-Dong Du, Paresh D Patel, Meng-Yang Zhu
Our previous studies demonstrated that chronic social defeat (CSD) up-regulated expression of the serotonin transporter (SERT) and norepinephrine transporter (NET) in the brain, which was mediated by corticosteroid receptors. In the present study we first analyzed the alterations of corticosteroid receptors in different brain regions after the CSD paradigm. The results showed that CSD significantly reduced glucocorticoid receptor (GR) protein levels in the CA1 and dentate gyrus of the hippocampus, as well as in central and basolateral nuclei of the amygdala, which was accompanied by the translocation of GR from cytoplasm to nuclei...
May 31, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426945/testosterone-levels-in-healthy-men-correlate-negatively-with-serotonin-4-receptor-binding
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Erik Perfalk, Sofi da Cunha-Bang, Klaus K Holst, Sune Keller, Claus Svarer, Gitte M Knudsen, Vibe G Frokjaer
The serotonergic system integrates sex steroid information and plays a central role in mood and stress regulation, cognition, appetite and sleep. This interplay may be critical for likelihood of developing depressive episodes, at least in a subgroup of sensitive individuals. The serotonin 4 receptor (5-HT4R) indexes central serotonergic tonus, which may be related to endogenous sex-steroid levels in the mentally healthy state even though this remains elusive. Here we evaluate if peripheral levels of estradiol and testosterone are associated with 5-HT4R binding as imaged by [(11)C]SB207145 positron emission tomography in a group of 41 healthy men...
July 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276429/building-a-5-ht3a-receptor-expression-map-in-the-mouse-brain
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Yoshihisa Koyama, Makoto Kondo, Shoichi Shimada
Of the many serotonin receptors, the type 3 receptors (5-HT3R) are the only ionotropic ones, playing a key role in fast synaptic transmission and cognitive and emotional brain function through controlled neuronal excitation. To better understand the various functions of 5-HT3Rs, it is very important to know their expression pattern in the central nervous system (CNS). To date, many distributional studies have shown localized 5-HT3R expression in the brain and spinal cord. However, an accurate pattern of 5-HT3R expression in the CNS remains to be elucidated...
March 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262266/ptsd-in-court-ii-risk-factors-endophenotypes-and-biological-underpinnings-in-ptsd
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REVIEW
Gerald Young
The second article in the series of three for the journal on "PTSD in Court" especially concerns the biological bases that have been found to be associated with PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). The cohering concepts in this section relate to risk factors; candidate genes; polygenetics; "gene×environment" interactions; epigenetics; endophenotypes; biomarkers; and connective networks both structurally and functionally (in terms of intrinsic connectivity networks, ICNs, including the DMN, SN, and CEN; that is, default mode, salience, and central executive networks, respectively)...
March 2, 2017: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251298/perseveration-in-a-spatial-discrimination-serial-reversal-learning-task-is-differentially-affected-by-mao-a-and-mao-b-inhibition-and-associated-with-reduced-anxiety-and-peripheral-serotonin-levels
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Peter Zhukovsky, Johan Alsiö, Bianca Jupp, Jing Xia, Chiara Guiliano, Lucy Jenner, Jessica Griffiths, Errin Riley, Sajeed Ali, Angela C Roberts, Trevor W Robbins, Jeffrey W Dalley
RATIONALE: Impairments in behavioral flexibility lie at the core of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Few studies, however, have investigated the neural substrates of natural variation in behavioral flexibility and whether inflexible behavior is linked to anxiety and peripheral markers of stress and monoamine function. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to investigate peripheral and central markers associated with perseverative behavior on a spatial-discrimination serial reversal learning task...
May 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240194/brain-and-gut-crf-signaling-biological-actions-and-role-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract
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Yvette Taché, Muriel Larauche, Pu-Qing Yuan, Mulugeta Million
Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) signaling pathways coordinate the behavioral, endocrine, autonomic and visceral responses to stress. Convergent anatomical, molecular, pharmacological and functional experimental evidence supports an important role of brain CRF receptor signaling in stress-related alterations of gastrointestinal functions. These include the inhibition of gastric acid secretion and gastro-small intestinal transit, the stimulation of colonic enteric nervous system and secretory-motor function, enhanced intestinal permeability, and visceral hypersensitivity...
February 23, 2017: Current Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197551/ephrina5-signaling-is-required-for-the-distinctive-targeting-of-raphe-serotonin-neurons-in-the-forebrain
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Teng Teng, Afsaneh Gaillard, Aude Muzerelle, Patricia Gaspar
Serotonin (5-HT) neurotransmission in the brain relies on a widespread axon terminal network originating from the hindbrain raphe nuclei. These projections are topographically organized such that the dorsal (DR), and median raphe (MnR) nuclei have different brain targets. However, the guidance molecules involved in this selective targeting in development are unknown. Here, we show the implication of ephrinA5 signaling in this process. We find that the EphA5 gene is selectively expressed in a subset of 5-HT neurons during embryonic and postnatal development...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108062/chronic-vortioxetine-treatment-in-rodents-modulates-gene-expression-of-neurodevelopmental-and-plasticity-markers
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Jessica A Waller, Joseph A Tamm, Aicha Abdourahman, Alan L Pehrson, Yan Li, Manuel Cajina, Connie Sánchez
The multimodal antidepressant vortioxetine displays an antidepressant profile distinct from those of conventional selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and possesses cognitive-enhancing properties in preclinical and clinical studies. Recent studies have begun to investigate molecular mechanisms that may differentiate vortioxetine from other antidepressants. Acute studies in adult rats and chronic studies in a middle-aged mouse model reveal upregulation of several markers that play a central role in synaptic plasticity...
February 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011743/5-ht2c-receptor-knockdown-in-the-amygdala-inhibits-neuropathic-pain-related-plasticity-and-behaviors
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Guangchen Ji, Wei Zhang, Lenin Mahimainathan, Madhusudhanan Narasimhan, Takaki Kiritoshi, Xiuzhen Fan, Jigong Wang, Thomas A Green, Volker Neugebauer
Neuroplasticity in the amygdala drives pain-related behaviors. The central nucleus (CeA) serves major amygdala output functions and can generate emotional-affective behaviors and modulate nocifensive responses. The CeA receives excitatory and inhibitory inputs from the basolateral nucleus (BLA) and serotonin receptor subtype 5-HT2CR in the BLA, but not CeA, has been implicated anxiogenic behaviors and anxiety disorders. Here, we tested the hypothesis that 5-HT2CR in the BLA plays a critical role in CeA plasticity and neuropathic pain behaviors in the rat spinal nerve ligation (SNL) model...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940067/enhanced-alcohol-drinking-behavior-associated-with-active-ghrelinergic-and-serotoninergic-neurons-in-the-lateral-hypothalamus-and-amygdala
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Kanji Yoshimoto, Masataka Nagao, Yoshihisa Watanabe, Takashi Yamaguchi, Shuichi Ueda, Yoshihisa Kitamura, Kaneyasu Nishimura, Masatoshi Inden, Yoshinori Marunaka, Hiroyuki Hattori, Kaori Murakami, Megumi Tokaji, Kozo Ochi
Central ghrelin is required for the rewarding properties of drug abuse. We investigated whether alcohol affects ghrelinergic, dopaminergic, and serotoninergic neurons and growth hormone secretagogue receptor 1A (GHS-R1A) levels in the reward system of the brain. Alcohol-naïve C57BL/6J mice received 2g/kg ethanol (EtOH) intraperitoneally (i.p.). Plasma ghrelin levels decreased between 1 and 4h. We investigated the effects of EtOH administration on plasma ghrelin levels in two different animal models at 1, 3, and 10months of age...
February 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935229/cortico-limbic-connectivity-in-maoa-l-carriers-is-vulnerable-to-acute-tryptophan-depletion
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Patrick Eisner, Martin Klasen, Dhana Wolf, Klaus Zerres, Thomas Eggermann, Albrecht Eisert, Mikhail Zvyagintsev, Pegah Sarkheil, Krystyna A Mathiak, Florian Zepf, Klaus Mathiak
INTRODUCTION: A gene-environment interaction between expression genotypes of the monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) and adverse childhood experience increases the risk of antisocial behavior. However, the neural underpinnings of this interaction remain uninvestigated. A cortico-limbic circuit involving the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the amygdala is central to the suppression of aggressive impulses and is modulated by serotonin (5-HT). MAOA genotypes may modulate the vulnerability of this circuit and increase the risk for emotion regulation deficits after specific life events...
December 9, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760517/neuroprotective-effects-of-htr1a-antagonist-way-100635-on-scopolamine-induced-delirium-in-rats-and-underlying-molecular-mechanisms
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Yimin Qiu, Dongmei Chen, Xiaojing Huang, Lina Huang, Liang Tang, Jihong Jiang, Lianhua Chen, Shitong Li
BACKGROUND: Limited surveys have assessed the performance of 5-hydroxytreptamine receptor 1A and its antagonist WAY-100635 in pharmacological manipulations targeting delirium therapies. The purpose of this paper was to assess the central pharmacological activity of WAY-100635 in a rat model of scopolamine-induced delirium and its underlying mechanism. RESULTS: A delirium rat model was established by intraperitoneal injection of scopolamine and behavioral changes evaluated through open field and elevated plus maze experiments...
October 19, 2016: BMC Neuroscience
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