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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474488/sex-and-brain-region-specific-patterns-of-gene-expression-associated-with-socially-mediated-puberty-in-a-eusocial-mammal
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Mariela Faykoo-Martinez, D Ashley Monks, Iva B Zovkic, Melissa M Holmes
The social environment can alter pubertal timing through neuroendocrine mechanisms that are not fully understood; it is thought that stress hormones (e.g., glucocorticoids or corticotropin-releasing hormone) influence the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis to inhibit puberty. Here, we use the eusocial naked mole-rat, a unique species in which social interactions in a colony (i.e. dominance of a breeding female) suppress puberty in subordinate animals. Removing subordinate naked mole-rats from this social context initiates puberty, allowing for experimental control of pubertal timing...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29472857/contributions-of-the-nucleus-accumbens-shell-in-mediating-the-enhancement-in-memory-following-noradrenergic-activation-of-either-the-amygdala-or-hippocampus
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Erin C Kerfoot, Cedric L Williams
The nucleus accumbens shell is a site of converging inputs during memory processing for emotional events. The accumbens receives input from the nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS) regarding changes in peripheral autonomic functioning following emotional arousal. The shell also receives input from the amygdala and hippocampus regarding affective and contextual attributes of new learning experiences. The successful encoding of affect or context is facilitated by activating noradrenergic systems in either the amygdala or hippocampus...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29472642/role-of-trace-amine-associated-receptor-1-in-nicotine-s-behavioral-and-neurochemical-effects
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Jian-Feng Liu, Robert Seaman, Justin N Siemian, Rohan Bhimani, Bernard Johnson, Yanan Zhang, Qing Zhu, Marius C Hoener, Jinwoo Park, David M Dietz, Jun-Xu Li
Nicotine addiction and abuse remains a global health issue. To date, the fundamental neurobiological mechanism of nicotine addiction remains incompletely understood. Trace amine-associated receptor 1 (TAAR1) is thought to directly modulate dopaminergic system and are thought to be a neural substrate underlying addictive-like behaviors. We aimed to investigate the role of TAAR1 in nicotine addictive-like behaviors. TAAR1 expression after nicotine treatment was evaluated by western blotting. c-Fos immunofluorescence and in vivo fast-scan cyclic voltammetry were used to examine the activation of brain regions and dopamine release, respectively...
February 5, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468294/behavioral-phenotyping-and-dopamine-dynamics-in-mice-with-conditional-deletion-of-the-glutamate-transporter-glt-1-in-neurons-resistance-to-the-acute-locomotor-effects-of-amphetamine
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Kathryn D Fischer, Alex C W Houston, Rajeev I Desai, Michelle R Doyle, Jack Bergman, Maha Mian, Rebekah Mannix, David L Sulzer, Se Joon Choi, Eugene V Mosharov, Nathaniel W Hodgson, Anita Bechtholt, Klaus A Miczek, Paul A Rosenberg
RATIONALE: GLT-1 is the major glutamate transporter in the brain and is expressed predominantly in astrocytes but is also present in excitatory axon terminals. To understand the functional significance of GLT-1 expressed in neurons, we generated a conditional GLT-1 knockout mouse and inactivated GLT-1 in neurons using Cre-recombinase expressed under the synapsin 1 promoter, (synGLT-1 KO). OBJECTIVES: Abnormalities of glutamate homeostasis have been shown to affect hippocampal-related behaviors including learning and memory as well as responses to drugs of abuse...
February 22, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29467419/a-neuronal-mechanism-underlying-decision-making-deficits-during-hyperdopaminergic-states
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Jeroen P H Verharen, Johannes W de Jong, Theresia J M Roelofs, Christiaan F M Huffels, Ruud van Zessen, Mieneke C M Luijendijk, Ralph Hamelink, Ingo Willuhn, Hanneke E M den Ouden, Geoffrey van der Plasse, Roger A H Adan, Louk J M J Vanderschuren
Hyperdopaminergic states in mental disorders are associated with disruptive deficits in decision making. However, the precise contribution of topographically distinct mesencephalic dopamine pathways to decision-making processes remains elusive. Here we show, using a multidisciplinary approach, how hyperactivity of ascending projections from the ventral tegmental area (VTA) contributes to impaired flexible decision making in rats. Activation of the VTA-nucleus accumbens pathway leads to insensitivity to loss and punishment due to impaired processing of negative reward prediction errors...
February 21, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29464302/nicotine-drug-discrimination-and-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-differentially-reared-rats
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Charles S Bockman, Wanyun Zeng, Jamie Hall, Beth Mittelstet, Liz Schwarzkopf, Dustin J Stairs
RATIONALE: Individuals vary in sensitivity to the behavioral effects of nicotine, resulting in differences in vulnerability to nicotine addiction. The role of rearing environment in determining individual sensitivity to nicotine is unclear. The neuropharmacological mechanisms mediating the effect of rearing environment on the behavioral actions of nicotine are also poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: The contribution of rearing environment in determining the sensitivity to the interoceptive effects of nicotine was determined in rats reared in isolated conditions (IC) or enriched conditions (EC)...
February 21, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29462432/letter-feasibility-of-nucleus-accumbens-deep-brain-stimulation-for-morbid-treatment-refractory-obesity
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Ali R Rezai, Vibhor Krishna, Jennifer Bogner, Douglas Kramer, Bradley Needleman, Angela M Emerson, Carson Reider, Gregory J Fiore, John D Corrigan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29462112/microinjection-of-the-mglur2-3-agonist-ly379268-into-the-nucleus-accumbens-attenuates-extinction-latencies-and-the-reinstatement-of-morphine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-in-rats
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Negar Baharlouei, Abdolrahman Sarihi, Marzieh Moradi, Shahram Zarrabian, Abbas Haghparast
Previous studies indicate that metabotropic glutamate receptor type 2/3 (mGluR2/3) has a key role in the rewarding properties of morphine-induced conditioning place preference (CPP). Group II mGluR2/3 agonists are offered as a drug addiction treatment. The nucleus accumbens (NAc), which is one of the important areas involved in the reward circuitry, also expresses these receptors. In this study, we evaluated the effects of mGluR2/3 agonist, LY379268, on the extinction and reinstatement of morphine-induced CPP, following its microinjection into the NAc...
February 16, 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458055/brain-activation-associated-to-olfactory-conditioned-same-sex-partner-preference-in-male-rats
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Genaro A Coria-Avila, Tamara Cibrian-Llanderal, Victor X Díaz-Estrada, Luis I García, Rebeca Toledo-Cárdenas, James G Pfaus, Jorge Manzo
Sexual preferences can be strongly modified by Pavlovian learning. For instance, olfactory conditioned same-sex partner preference can occur when a sexually naïve male cohabits with an scented male during repeated periods under the effects of enhanced D2-type activity. Preference is observed days later via social and sexual behaviors. Herein we explored brain activity related to learned same-sex preference (Fos-Immunoreactivity, IR) following exposure to a conditioned odor paired with same-sex preference. During conditioning trials males received either saline or the D2-type receptor agonist quinpirole (QNP) and cohabitated during 24 h with a stimulus male that bore almond scent on the back as conditioned stimulus...
February 16, 2018: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456490/limited-access-to-a-high-fat-diet-alters-endocannabinoid-tone-in-female-rats
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Valentina Satta, Maria Scherma, Fabiana Piscitelli, Paolo Usai, M Paola Castelli, Tiziana Bisogno, Walter Fratta, Paola Fadda
Emerging evidence suggest an impaired endocannabinoid activity in the pathophysiology of binge eating disorder (BED). Herein, we investigated whether endocannabinoid tone could be modified as a consequence of dietary-induced binge eating in female rats. For this purpose, brain levels of the endocannabinoids anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG), as well as two endocannabinoid-like lipids, oleoylethanolamide (OEA) and palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), were assessed in different brain areas involved in the hedonic feeding (i...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455417/effect-of-yulangsan-polysaccharide-on-the-reinstatement-of-morphine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-in-sprague-dawley-rats
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Chunxia Chen, Zhihuan Nong, Xingmei Liang, Mingyu Meng, Feifei Xuan, Qiuqiao Xie, Junhui He, Renbin Huang
We previously reported that Yulangsan polysaccharide (YLSP), which was isolated from the root of Millettia pulchra Kurz, attenuates withdrawal symptoms of morphine dependence by regulating the nitric oxide pathway and modulating monoaminergic neurotransmitters. In this study, we investigated the effects and mechanism of YLSP on the reinstatement of morphine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) in rats. A CPP procedure was employed to assess the behavior of rats, and indicators of serum and four brain regions (nucleus accumbens, ventral tegmental area, hippocampus and prefrontal cortex) were determined to explore its underlying mechanism...
February 17, 2018: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454579/nucleus-accumbens-inflammation-mediates-anxiodepressive-behavior-and-compulsive-sucrose-seeking-elicited-by-saturated-dietary-fat
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Léa Décarie-Spain, Sandeep Sharma, Cécile Hryhorczuk, Victor Issa Garcia, Philip A Barker, Nathalie Arbour, Thierry Alquier, Stephanie Fulton
OBJECTIVE: The incidence of depression is significantly compounded by obesity. Obesity arising from excessive intake of high-fat food provokes anxiodepressive behavior and elicits molecular adaptations in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), a region well-implicated in the hedonic deficits associated with depression and in the control of food-motivated behavior. To determine the etiology of diet-induced depression, we studied the impact of different dietary lipids on anxiodepressive behavior and metabolic and immune outcomes and the contribution of NAc immune activity...
January 31, 2018: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454035/high-and-low-doses-of-cocaine-intake-are-differentially-regulated-by-dopamine-d2-receptors-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-and-the-nucleus-accumbens
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R Chen, S McIntosh, S E Hemby, H Sun, T Sexton, Thomas Martin, S R Childers
Dopamine D2 receptors (D2Rs) in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the nucleus accumbens (NAc) are associated with vulnerability to addiction; however, whether D2Rs in these two brain regions play differential roles in regulation of drug intake is unknown. Here, we compared the effect of decreased mRNA level of Drd2 in each region on cocaine self-administration in a dose-response function. Drd2 mRNA levels in rat VTA or NAc were knocked down by bilateral microinjection of lentivirus coding shRNAs against rat Drd2...
February 14, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453443/role-of-the-mesolimbic-dopamine-system-in-relief-learning
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Dana Mayer, Evelyn Kahl, Taygun C Uzuneser, Markus Fendt
The relief from an aversive event is rewarding. Since organisms are able to learn which environmental cues can cease an aversive event, relief learning helps to better cope with future aversive events. Literature data suggest that relief learning is affected in various psychopathological conditions, such as anxiety disorders. Here, we investigated the role of the mesolimbic dopamine system in relief learning. Using a relief learning procedure in Sprague Dawley rats, we applied a combination of behavioral experiments with anatomical tracing, c-Fos immunohistochemistry, and local chemogenetic and pharmacological interventions to broadly characterize the role of the mesolimbic dopamine system...
February 5, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451210/intravenous-morphine-self-administration-alters-accumbal-microrna-profiles-in-the-mouse-brain
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Juhwan Kim, Heh-In Im, Changjong Moon
A significant amount of evidence indicates that microRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in drug addiction. The nucleus accumbens (NAc) is a critical part of the brain's reward circuit and is involved in a variety of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, and drug addiction. However, few studies have examined the expression of miRNAs and their functional roles in the NAc under conditions of morphine addiction. In this study, mice were intravenously infused with morphine (0.01, 0.03, 0.3, 1 and 3 mg/kg/infusion) and showed inverted U-shaped response...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450645/brain-c-fos-expression-patterns-induced-by-emotional-stressors-differing-in-nature-and-intensity
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Jesús Úbeda-Contreras, Ignacio Marín-Blasco, Roser Nadal, Antonio Armario
Regardless of its particular nature, emotional stressors appear to elicit a widespread and roughly similar brain activation pattern as evaluated by c-fos expression. However, their behavioral and physiological consequences may strongly differ. Here we addressed in adult male rats the contribution of the intensity and the particular nature of stressors by comparing, in a set of brain areas, the number of c-fos expressing neurons in response to open-field, cat odor or immobilization on boards (IMO). These are qualitatively different stressors that are known to differ in terms of intensity, as evaluated by biological markers...
February 15, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444518/effects-of-environmental-enrichment-on-nicotine-sensitization-in-rats-neonatally-treated-with-quinpirole-analyses-of-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-implications-towards-schizophrenia
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Russell W Brown, Marjorie A Schlitt, Alex S Owens, Caitlynn C DePreter, Elizabeth D Cummins, Seth L Kirby, W Drew Gill, Katherine C Burgess
The current study analyzed the effects of environmental enrichment versus isolation housing on the behavioral sensitization to nicotine in the neonatal quinpirole (NQ; dopamine D2-like agonist) model of dopamine D2 receptor supersensitivity, a rodent model of schizophrenia. NQ treatment in rats increases dopamine D2 receptor sensitivity throughout the animal's lifetime, consistent with schizophrenia. Animals were administered NQ (1 mg/kg) or saline (NS) from postnatal day (P)1 to P21, weaned, and immediately placed into enriched housing or isolated in wire cages throughout the experiment...
February 14, 2018: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441189/neuroleptic-malignant-syndrome-a-case-responding-to-electroconvulsive-therapy-plus-bupropion
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Quintí Foguet-Boreu, Montse Coll-Negre, Montse Serra-Millàs, Miquel Cavalleria-Verdaguer
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a severe motor syndrome occurring as a consequence of neuroleptic treatment. We present a case of a 67-year-old Caucasian woman with a history of a major depressive disorder with psychotic features. During her third hospital admission, symptoms of autonomic instability, hyperpyrexia, severe extrapyramidal side effects, and delirium appeared, suggesting NMS due to concomitant treatment with risperidone and quetiapine, among other drugs. Despite several consecutive pharmacological treatments (lorazepam, bromocriptine and amantadine) and prompt initiation of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), clinical improvement was observed only after combining bupropion with ECT...
January 8, 2018: Clinics and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437267/pharmacoproteomics-profile-in-response-to-acamprosate-treatment-of-an-alcoholism-animal-model
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Caroline E Germany, Ashlie N Reker, David J Hinton, Alfredo Oliveros, Xinggui Shen, Lindsey G Andres-Beck, Katheryn M Wininger, Marjan Trutchul, Urska Cvek, Doo-Sup Choi, Hyung W Nam
Acamprosate is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of alcoholism that is unfortunately only effective in certain patients. Although acamprosate known to stabilize the hyper-glutamatergic state in alcoholism, pharmacological mechanisms of action in brain tissue remains unknown. To investigate the mechanism of acamprosate efficacy, we employed a pharmacoproteomics approach using an animal model of alcoholism, type 1 equilibrative nucleoside transporter (ENT1) null mice. Our results demonstrated that acamprosate treatment significantly decreased both ethanol drinking and preference in ENT1 null mice compared to that of wild-type mice...
February 13, 2018: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436061/anterior-insular-volume-decrease-is-associated-with-dysfunction-of-the-reward-system-in-patients-with-chronic-pain
#20
E Ikeda, T Li, H Kobinata, S Zhang, J Kurata
BACKGROUND: Chronification of pain is associated with both anatomical and functional alterations of the brain. Alteration in regional gray matter volume might potentially be associated with modified activity of specific brain networks. In this cross-sectional, observational study, we sought to identify brain regions with gray matter volume changes in patients with chronic pain and to reveal its significance by analysing alteration in functional connectivity from those regions. We further explored relevance of such alterations with psychometrics of chronic pain...
February 13, 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
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