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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821681/when-brain-beats-behavior-neuroforecasting-crowdfunding-outcomes
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Alexander Genevsky, Carolyn Yoon, Brian Knutson
Although traditional economic and psychological theories imply that individual choice best scales to aggregate choice, primary components of choice reflected in neural activity may support even more generalizable forecasts. Crowdfunding represents a significant and growing platform for funding new and unique projects, causes, and products. To test whether neural activity could forecast market-level crowdfunding outcomes weeks later, 30 human subjects (14 female) decided whether to fund proposed projects described on an internet crowdfunding website while undergoing scanning with functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI)...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821667/fibroblast-growth-factor-2-in-the-dorsomedial-striatum-is-a-novel-positive-regulator-of-alcohol-consumption
#2
Oren Even-Chen, Yossi Sadot-Sogrin, Ohad Shaham, Segev Barak
Repeated alcohol intake leads to mesostriatal neuroadaptations, resulting in drinking escalation and addiction phenotypes. Fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) has been shown to interact with the mesostriatal dopaminergic system, and has been implicated in the actions of psychostimulants in the brain, and in several psychiatric disorders. Here, we report on a positive regulatory feedback loop of alcohol and FGF2 in rodent models. Specifically, we found that acute alcohol exposure (2.5 g/kg, i.p.) increased the mRNA expression of Fgf2 in the dorsal hippocampus, nucleus accumbens and dorsal striatum...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821665/molecular-and-functional-properties-of-regional-astrocytes-in-the-adult-brain
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Lydie Morel, Ming Sum R Chiang, Haruki Higashimori, Temitope Shoneye, Lakshmanan K Iyer, Julia Yelick, Albert Tai, Yongjie Yang
The molecular signature and functional properties of astroglial subtypes in the adult central nervous system (CNS) remain largely undefined. By employing translational ribosome affinity purification (TRAP) followed by RNA-seq, we profiled astroglial ribosome-associated (presumably translating) mRNAs in major cortical and subcortical brain regions (cortex, hippocampus, caudate putamen, nucleus accumbens, thalamus, and hypothalamus) of BAC aldh1l1-TRAP mice (both sexes). We found that the expression of astroglial translating mRNAs closely follows the dorsoventral axis especially from cortex/hippocampus to thalamus/hypothalamus posteriorly...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821652/calpain-grip-signaling-in-nucleus-accumbens-core-mediates-the-reconsolidation-of-drug-reward-memory
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Jie Liang, Jia-Li Li, Ying Han, Yi-Xiao Luo, Yan-Xue Xue, Yàn Zhang, Yán Zhang, Li-Bo Zhang, Man-Li Chen, Lin Lu, Jie Shi
Exposure to drug-paired cues causes drug memories to be in a destabilized state, and interfering with memory reconsolidation can inhibit relapse. Calpain, a calcium-dependent neutral cysteine protease, is involved in synaptic plasticity and the formation of long-term fear memory. However, the role of calpain in the reconsolidation of drug reward memory is still unknown. In the present study, using conditioned place preference (CPP) model, we found that exposure to drug-paired contextual stimuli induced the activation of calpain and decreased the expression of glutamate receptor interacting protein 1 (GRIP1) in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) core but not shell of male rats...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821448/cognitive-impairment-and-gene-expression-alterations-in-a-rodent-model-of-binge-eating-disorder
#5
A Chawla, Z A Cordner, G Boersma, T H Moran
Binge eating disorder (BED) is defined as recurrent, distressing over-consumption of palatable food (PF) in a short time period. Clinical studies suggest that individuals with BED may have impairments in cognitive processes, executive functioning, impulse control, and decision-making, which may play a role in sustaining binge eating behavior. These clinical reports, however, are limited and often conflicting. In this study, we used a limited access rat model of binge-like behavior in order to further explore the effects of binge eating on cognition...
August 15, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820571/comparison-of-spreading-depolarizations-in-the-motor-cortex-and-nucleus-accumbens-similar-patterns-of-oxygen-responses-and-the-role-of-dopamine
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Caddy Noahl Hobbs, Gordon Holzberg, Akira S Min, R Mark Wightman
Spreading depolarizations (SD) are pathophysiological phenomena that spontaneously arise in traumatized neural tissue and can promote cellular death. Most investigations of SD are performed in the cortex, a brain region that is susceptible to these depolarizing waves and accessible via a variety of monitoring techniques. Here, we describe SD responses in the cortex and the deep brain region of the nucleus accumbens (NAc) of the anesthetized rat with a minimally invasive, implantable sensor. With high temporal resolution, we characterize the time course of oxygen responses to SD in relation to the electrophysiological depolarization signal...
August 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820391/deep-brain-stimulation-alters-light-phase-food-intake-microstructure-in-rats
#7
P Prinz, P Kobelt, S Scharner, M Goebel-Stengel, D Harnack, K Faust, Y Winter, M Rose, A Stengel
Treatment of eating disorders like obesity or anorexia is challenging. Options are limited and new approaches desired. An interesting approach is the application of deep brain stimulation (DBS). The nucleus accumbens (NAcc) is part of the food reward system. A pilot study reported that DBS of the NAcc shell modulates food intake and body weight in rats. Underlying mechanisms such as the food intake microstructure are unknown so far. Normal weight female Sprague-Dawley rats were equipped with a custom-made DBS electrode placed unilaterally in the NAcc shell...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811669/paraventricular-thalamic-control-of-food-intake-and-reward-role-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-signaling
#8
Zhi Yi Ong, Jing-Jing Liu, Zhiping P Pang, Harvey J Grill
Paraventricular thalamic nucleus (PVT) neurons receive hindbrain and hypothalamic inputs, and project to forebrain sites involved in reward and motivation function. The role of PVT in energy balance and reward control is however understudied. Given that PVT neurons express glucagon-like peptide-1 receptors (GLP-1R), which are critical to feeding and body weight control, we tested the hypothesis that PVT GLP-1R signaling contributes to food intake and reward inhibition. To assess the hypothesis, behavioral tests including chow and high-fat diet intake, meal patterns, conditioned place preference for high-fat food, cue-induced reinstatement of sucrose-seeking, and motivation to work for sucrose were employed following intra-PVT delivery of either GLP-1R agonist, exendin-4 (Ex4), or GLP-1R antagonist, exendin-9-39 (Ex9)...
July 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808012/bdnf-trkb-controls-cocaine-induced-dendritic-spines-in-rodent-nucleus-accumbens-dissociated-from-increases-in-addictive-behaviors
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Ethan M Anderson, Anne Marie Wissman, Joyce Chemplanikal, Nicole Buzin, Daniel Guzman, Erin B Larson, Rachael L Neve, Eric J Nestler, Christopher W Cowan, David W Self
Chronic cocaine use is associated with prominent morphological changes in nucleus accumbens shell (NACsh) neurons, including increases in dendritic spine density along with enhanced motivation for cocaine, but a functional relationship between these morphological and behavioral phenomena has not been shown. Here we show that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signaling through tyrosine kinase B (TrkB) receptors in NACsh neurons is necessary for cocaine-induced dendritic spine formation by using either localized TrkB knockout or viral-mediated expression of a dominant negative, kinase-dead TrkB mutant...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803349/scary-symptoms-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-evidence-for-symptom-interpretation-bias-in-pathological-health-anxiety
#10
Zhimin Yan, Michael Witthöft, Josef Bailer, Carsten Diener, Daniela Mier
Patients with pathological health anxiety (PHA) tend to automatically interpret bodily sensations as sign of a severe illness. To elucidate the neural correlates of this cognitive bias, we applied an functional magnetic resonance imaging adaption of a body-symptom implicit association test with symptom words in patients with PHA (n = 32) in comparison to patients with depression (n = 29) and healthy participants (n = 35). On the behavioral level, patients with PHA did not significantly differ from the control groups...
August 12, 2017: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802898/neurochemical-evidence-that-cocaine-and-amphetamine-regulated-transcript-cart-55-102-peptide-modulates-the-dopaminergic-reward-system-by-decreasing-the-dopamine-release-in-the-mouse-nucleus-accumbens
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Angelina Rakovska, Maria Baranyi, Katalin Windish, Polina Petkova-Kirova, Hristo Gagov, Reni Kalfin
CART (Cocaine- and Amphetamine-Regulated Transcript) peptide is a neurotransmitter naturally occurring in the CNS and found mostly in nucleus accumbens, ventrotegmental area, ventral pallidum, amygdalae and striatum, brain regions associated with drug addiction. In the nucleus accumbens, known for its significant role in motivation, pleasure, reward and reinforcement learning, CART peptide inhibits cocaine and amphetamine-induced dopamine-mediated increases in locomotor activity and behavior, suggesting a CART peptide interaction with the dopaminergic system...
August 9, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801194/medial-septum-modulates-hippocampal-gamma-activity-and-prepulse-inhibition-in-an-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-antagonist-model-of-schizophrenia
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L Stan Leung, Jingyi Ma
We reviewed the participation of the septohippocampal system in an animal model of schizophrenia that was acutely induced by systemic injection of an N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist such as phencyclidine, MK-801 and ketamine. The NMDA receptor antagonist-induced model of schizophrenia is characterized by behavioral and electrophysiological disruptions, including a decrease in prepulse inhibition of the acoustic startle response (PPI), hyperlocomotion, decrease in gating of hippocampal auditory evoked potentials and robust increase in hippocampal gamma (30-100Hz) oscillations...
August 8, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797599/magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-analysis-of-neurochemical-changes-in-the-atrophic-hippocampus-of-app-ps1-transgenic-mice
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Shengxiang Liang, Jia Huang, Weilin Liu, Hao Jin, Long Li, Xiufeng Zhang, Binbin Nie, Ruhui Lin, Jing Tao, Shujun Zhao, Baoci Shan, Lidian Chen
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by neuropathological changes and progressive cognitive decline, which is associated with the volume loss and neurochemical alterations. However, the specific neurochemical alterations in cerebral regions that contribute to cognitive decline still remain unknown. In the present study, we measured cerebral morphological and neurochemical alterations using structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS) in an AD model of APP/PS1 transgenic mice...
August 8, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794196/limbic-motor-integration-by-neural-excitations-and-inhibitions-in-the-nucleus-accumbens
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Sara E Morrison, Vincent B McGinty, Johann du Hoffmann, Saleem M Nicola
The nucleus accumbens (NAc) has often been described as a "limbic-motor interface," implying that the NAc integrates the value of expected rewards with the motor planning required to obtain them. However, there is little direct evidence that the signaling of individual NAc neurons combines information about predicted reward and behavioral response. Here, we report that cue-evoked neural responses in the NAc form a likely physiological substrate for its limbic-motor integration function. Across task contexts, individual NAc neurons in behaving rats robustly encode the reward-predictive qualities of a cue, as well as the probability of behavioral response to the cue, as coexisting components of the neural signal...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794174/maternal-western-diet-age-specifically-alters-female-offspring-voluntary-physical-activity-and-dopamine-and-leptin-related-gene-expression
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Gregory N Ruegsegger, Kolter B Grigsby, Taylor J Kelty, Terese M Zidon, Thomas E Childs, Victoria J Vieira-Potter, David L Klinkebiel, Michael Matheny, Phillip J Scarpace, Frank W Booth
Prenatal overnutrition affects development into adulthood and influences risk of obesity. We assessed the transgenerational effect of maternal Western diet (WD) consumption on offspring physical activity. Voluntary wheel running was increased in juvenile (4-7 wk of age), but decreased in adult (16-19 wk of age), F1 female WD offspring In contrast, no wheel-running differences in F1 male offspring were observed. Increased wheel running in juvenile female WD offspring was associated with up-regulated dopamine receptor (DRD)-1 and -2 in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and with down-regulated Lepr in the ventral tegmental area (VTA)...
August 9, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782589/the-role-of-thioredoxin-1-in-resisting-methamphetamine-induced-rewarding-effect
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Mengbing Huang, Lingpin Kong, Lihua Yang, Xiang Li, Xiaoshuang Zhou, Ye Li, Jie Bai
Methamphetamine (METH) is a highly addictive drug of abuse which induces behavioral sensitization and rewarding effects. Thioredoxin-1 (Trx-1) is a redox protein and plays role in regulating activity of transcription factor, such as cAMP responsive element-binding protein (CREB), AP-1, p53, is emerging as an important modulator of neuronal function. It has been reported that Trx-1 is involved in morphine dependence. In this study, we examined the rewarding effect after METH administration by conditioned place preference (CPP) of mice, and detected the levels of dopamine and the activity of cAMP responsive element-binding protein (CREB), the expressions of ΔFosB and cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (CDK5) in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and nucleus accumbens (NAc) in mice...
August 4, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780734/intra-accumbal-cannabinoid-agonist-attenuated-reinstatement-but-not-extinction-period-of-morphine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-evidence-for-different-characteristics-of-extinction-period-and-reinstatement
#17
Hossein Khaleghzadeh-Ahangar, Abbas Haghparast
The brain reward system consists of the ventral tegmental area that sends its dopaminergic projections to the forebrain, cortical areas, amygdala and largely to the nucleus accumbens (NAc). The present study aims were to investigate the effects of bilateral intra-accumbal microinjection of WIN55,212-2, a CB1 receptor agonist, on the duration of extinction period and reinstatement to morphine by the conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm in the rat. Forty-six adult male albino Wistar rats received intra-accumbal WIN55,212-2 [p0...
August 5, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780133/altered-glua1-gria1-function-and-accumbal-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-clock%C3%AE-19-model-of-bipolar-mania
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Puja K Parekh, Darius Becker-Krail, Poornima Sundaravelu, Shinsuke Ishigaki, Haruo Okado, Gen Sobue, Yanhua Huang, Colleen A McClung
BACKGROUND: Disruptions in circadian rhythms are associated with an increased risk for bipolar disorder. Moreover, studies show that the circadian protein CLOCK (circadian locomotor output cycles kaput) is involved in regulating monoaminergic systems and mood-related behavior. However, the molecular and synaptic mechanisms underlying this relationship remain poorly understood. METHODS: Using ex vivo whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiology in ClockΔ19 mutant and wild-type mice we characterized alterations in excitatory synaptic transmission, strength, and intrinsic excitability of nucleus accumbens (NAc) neurons...
June 27, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769056/increased-epha4-ephexin1-signaling-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-plays-a-role-in-depression-like-phenotype
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Ji-Chun Zhang, Wei Yao, Youge Qu, Mayumi Nakamura, Chao Dong, Chun Yang, Qian Ren, Min Ma, Mei Han, Yukihiko Shirayama, Akiko Hayashi-Takagi, Kenji Hashimoto
Accumulating evidence suggests a role of the ephrin receptor EphA4 and the downstream protein ephexin1 in synaptic plasticity, which is implicated in depression. We examined whether EphA4-ephexin1 signaling plays a role in the pathophysiology of depression, and the antidepressant-like effect of EphA4 inhibitor rhynchophylline. We found increased ratios of p-EphA4/EphA4 and p-ephexin1/ephexin1 in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and hippocampus but not in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), of susceptible mice after social defeat stress...
August 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762073/alterations-in-brain-activation-in-response-to-prolonged-morphine-withdrawal-induced-behavioral-inflexibility-in-rats
#20
Chengji Piao, Tiane Liu, Lian Ma, Xuekun Ding, Xingyue Wang, Xing Chen, Ying Duan, Nan Sui, Jing Liang
RATIONALE: The inability to stop a repetitive maladaptive behavior is a main problem in addictive disorders. Neuroadaptations that are associated with behavioral inflexibility may be involved in compulsive drug use. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to investigate the pattern of behavioral inflexibility during morphine withdrawal and map brain activation that is linked to alterations in flexibility. METHODS: We first analyzed the effects of chronic morphine exposure on reversal learning after 2-week (short-term) and 6-week (prolonged) morphine withdrawal...
July 31, 2017: Psychopharmacology
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