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Drinking in the dark

Jeffrey J Olney, S Alex Marshall, Todd E Thiele
Psychological depression is frequently linked to alcohol abuse and even serves as key indicators of an alcohol use disorder (AUD). This relationship is supported by preclinical findings in which depression-like phenotypes develop in animals exposed to chronic intermittent ethanol vapor, a common preclinical model of alcohol dependence. However, the emergence of these maladaptive phenotypes following repeated binge-like ethanol drinking remains relatively unexplored. The purpose of this study was to evaluate depression-like behaviors associated with binge-like consumption in mice...
March 14, 2018: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
Giordano de Guglielmo, Dana E Conlisk, Amanda M Barkley-Levenson, Abraham A Palmer, Olivier George
Previous studies showed that the glyoxalase 1 (Glo1) gene modulates anxiety-like behavior, seizure susceptibility, depression-like behavior, and alcohol drinking in the drinking-in-the-dark paradigm in nondependent mice. Administration of the small-molecule GLO1 inhibitor S-bromobenzylglutathione cyclopentyl diester (pBBG) decreased alcohol drinking in nondependent mice, suggesting a possible therapeutic strategy. However, the preclinical therapeutic efficacy of pBBG in animal models of alcohol dependence remains to be demonstrated...
March 2, 2018: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
Robert N Hughes, Jennifer J Hamilton
For fourteen days, male and female PVG/c hooded rats were provided continuously with either pure drinking water, or water containing caffeine in a quantity approximating a daily dose of 31.1 mg/kg. Then at intervals of 3 days, they were administered 1, 2 mg/kg methamphetamine (MA) or saline before being tested for anxiety-related behavior in a zero maze or a light/dark box, or their short-term spatial memory was assessed in a Y maze following introduction of a novel brightness change in one of the arms. Each rat experienced each type of apparatus with the same acute MA or saline treatment while still exposed to chronic caffeine or pure drinking water...
February 21, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Jeanette N McClintick, William J McBride, Richard L Bell, Zheng-Ming Ding, Yunlong Liu, Xiaoling Xuei, Howard J Edenberg
Binge drinking of alcohol during adolescence is a serious public health concern with long-term consequences, including decreased hippocampal and prefrontal cortex volume and deficits in memory. We used RNA sequencing to assess the effects of adolescent binge drinking on gene expression in these regions. Male adolescent alcohol-preferring (P) rats were exposed to repeated binge drinking (three 1-h sessions/day during the dark/cycle, 5 days/week for 3 weeks starting at 28 days of age; ethanol intakes of 2.5-3 g/kg/session)...
September 14, 2017: Alcohol
Minxuan Wang, Yongjie Zhang
Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world, but counterfeit or adulterated tea can be found now and then on the tea market. The traditional methods dependent on sensory, physical and chemical tests cannot identify the composition of adulterated plant species accurately. We developed therefore a method for identification of adulterated plants in tea based on qualitative detection of plant rbcL (Ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase-oxygenase large subunit) fragments, which involved amplification, sequencing and sequence analyses of rbcL fragments...
February 25, 2018: Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology
Todd B Nentwig, Diane E Wilson, Erin M Rhinehart, Judith E Grisel
Binge drinking is an increasingly common pattern of risky use associated with numerous health problems, including alcohol use disorders. Because low basal plasma levels of β-endorphin (β-E) and an increased β-E response to alcohol are evident in genetically at-risk human populations, this peptide is thought to contribute to the susceptibility for disordered drinking. Animal models suggest that the effect of β-E on consumption may be sex-dependent. Here, we studied binge-like EtOH consumption in transgenic mice possessing varying levels of β-E: wild-type controls with 100% of the peptide (β-E +/+), heterozygous mice constitutively modified to possess 50% of wild-type levels (β-E +/-) and mice entirely lacking the capacity to synthesize β-E (-/-)...
February 8, 2018: Addiction Biology
Christopher A McPherson, Guozhu Zhang, Richard Gilliam, Sukhdev S Brar, Ralph Wilson, Amy Brix, Catherine Picut, G Jean Harry
At elevated levels, fluoride (F-) exposure has been associated with adverse human health effects. In rodents, F- exposure has been reported to induce deficits in motor performance and learning and memory. In this study, we examined Long-Evans hooded male rats maintained on a standard diet (20.5 ppm F-) or a low F- diet (3.24 ppm F-) with drinking water exposure to 0, 10, or 20 ppm F- from gestational day 6 through adulthood. At postnatal day 25, brain F- levels were 0.048 or 0.081 μg/g and femur 235 or 379...
February 5, 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
Weiwen Chai, Jessie X Fan, Ming Wen
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence suggests the important role of the home food environment in an individual's dietary intake. OBJECTIVE: This study examined the associations of individual and neighborhood-level factors with the availability of healthy and unhealthy foods in the home using a nationally representative sample from the 2007 to 2008 and 2009 to 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). DESIGN: A cross-sectional study design was used with NHANES merged with the 2000 census data...
January 27, 2018: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Arnauld Belmer, Omkar L Patkar, Vanessa Lanoue, Selena E Bartlett
Repeated episodes of binge-like alcohol consumption produce anxiety, depression and various deleterious effects including alterations in neurogenesis. While the involvement of the serotonin receptor 1 A (5-HT1A) in the regulation of anxiety-like behavior and neurogenesis is well documented, its contribution to alcohol withdrawal-induced anxiety and alcohol-induced deficits in neurogenesis is less documented. Using the Drinking-In-the-Dark (DID) paradigm to model chronic long-term (12 weeks) binge-like voluntary alcohol consumption in mice, we show that the selective partial activation of 5-HT1A receptors by tandospirone (3 mg/kg) prevents alcohol withdrawal-induced anxiety in a battery of behavioral tests (marble burying, elevated-plus-maze, open-field), which is accompanied by a robust decrease in binge-like ethanol intake (1 and 3 mg/kg)...
February 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jillienne C Touchette, Jamie J Maertens, Margaret M Mason, Kyu Y O'Rourke, Anna M Lee
Alcohol and nicotine addiction are frequently co-morbid. The nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are critical for both alcohol and nicotine addiction mechanisms, since nAChR drugs that reduce nicotine consumption have been shown to also reduce alcohol consumption. Sazetidine-A, a pre-clinical nAChR drug with agonist and desensitizing effects at α4β2 and α7 nAChRs, has been reported to reduce alcohol consumption and nicotine self-administration in rats when administered at high doses. However, this effect has not been replicated in mice...
February 2, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Ruth B S Harris
Male rats offered 30% sucrose solution in addition to chow develop leptin resistance without increasing energy intake or body fat. Here we tested whether the leptin resistance was dependent upon the physical form of the sucrose. Sprague Dawley rats were offered a sucrose-free diet (NS), a 66.6% energy as sucrose diet (HS), or NS diet and 30% sucrose solution (LS). Sucrose intake of LS rats equaled that of HS rats, but total carbohydrate intake exceeded that of HS rats. After 33 days male and female LS rats were resistant to the inhibitory effect of peripherally administered leptin on food intake...
December 27, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Yousef Baghcheghi, Farimah Beheshti, Mohammad Naser Shafei, Hossein Salmani, Hamid Reza Sadeghnia, Mohammad Soukhtanloo, Akbar Anaeigoudari, Mahmoud Hosseini
The effects of vitamin E (Vit E) on brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and brain tissues oxidative damage as well as on learning and memory impairments in juvenile hypothyroid rats were examined. The rats were grouped as: (1) Control; (2) Propylthiouracil (PTU); (3) PTU-Vit E and (4) Vit E. PTU was added to their drinking water (0.05%) during 6 weeks. Vit E (20 mg/kg) was daily injected (IP). Morris water maze (MWM) and passive avoidance (PA) were carried out. The animals were deeply anesthetized and the brain tissues were removed for biochemical measurements...
December 30, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
Jana Ruda-Kucerova, Zuzana Babinska, Matej Luptak, Bruk Getachew, Yousef Tizabi
The devastating consequences of alcohol-use disorder (AUD) on the individual and the society are well established. Current treatments of AUD encompass various strategies, all of which have only modest effectiveness. Hence, there is a critical need to develop more efficacious therapies. Recently, specific glutamatergic receptors have been identified as potential novel targets for intervention in AUD. Thus, the current study was designed to evaluate the effects of acute administration of sub-anesthetic doses of ketamine, an NMDA receptor antagonist, as well as NBQX, an AMPA/kainate receptor antagonist on alcohol intake and its possible behavioural consequences...
December 27, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
Patrick J Ronan, Sydney A Strait, Geralyn M Palmer, Thomas P Beresford
Aims: Abstinence among alcohol dependent liver graft recipients is remarkably high. The routine use of anti-immune agents in these patients led to rodent studies showing that immunosuppressants acting through inhibition of calcineurin (CLN) are highly effective in decreasing alcohol consumption. It remained unclear, however, whether the decreased alcohol consumption in rodent models is mediated through peripheral suppression of immune response or centrally through direct inhibition of cyclophilin-CLN in the brain...
December 21, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
Laura B Ferguson, Angela R Ozburn, Igor Ponomarev, Pamela Metten, Matthew Reilly, John C Crabbe, R Adron Harris, R Dayne Mayfield
Transcriptome-based drug discovery has identified new treatments for some complex diseases, but has not been applied to alcohol use disorder (AUD) or other psychiatric diseases, where there is a critical need for improved pharmacotherapies. High Drinking in the Dark (HDID-1) mice are a genetic model of AUD risk that have been selectively bred (from the HS/Npt line) to achieve intoxicating blood alcohol levels (BALs) after binge-like drinking. We compared brain gene expression of HDID-1 and HS/Npt mice to determine a molecular signature for genetic risk for high intensity, binge-like drinking...
December 18, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Elisa R Hilderbrand, Amy W Lasek
Animal models are essential for understanding the biological factors that contribute to drug and alcohol addiction and discovering new pharmacotherapies to treat these disorders. Alcohol (ethanol) is the most commonly abused drug in the world, and as the prevalence of alcohol use disorder (AUD) increases, so does the need for effective pharmacotherapies. In particular, treatments with high efficacy in the growing number of female AUD sufferers are needed. Female animals remain underrepresented in biomedical research and sex differences in the brain's response to alcohol are poorly understood...
December 26, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Juan M Sanchez
Methylxanthines present psychostimulant effects. These compounds have low toxicity and their consumption at moderate levels presents some beneficial health effects, whereas some significant risk appears at high levels. Samples of common types of methylxanthine-containing beverages and foods consumed in Spain were analyzed to determine their content. Caffeine was the methylxanthine that was most found in the samples investigated. Instant coffees gave the highest caffeine percentage (18-44 mg·g-1 ). Green and scented teas were found to have a caffeine dry-weight content (8-26 mg·g-1 ) equivalent to ground coffees (13-23 mg·g-1 ), but black and pu-erh teas (18-30 mg·g-1 ) had a higher caffeine content...
December 4, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
Rosalba Satta, Elisa R Hilderbrand, Amy W Lasek
BACKGROUND: Recently, the incidence of binge drinking by women has increased. Binge drinking is detrimental to women's health, yet the biological mechanisms that promote excessive drinking by women are not well understood. One method of assessing binge-like ethanol (EtOH) consumption in mice is the drinking in the dark (DID) test, in which mice drink sufficient EtOH to achieve intoxication. In this study, we directly compared male, female, and ovariectomized (OVX) mice for DID and tested whether 17β-estradiol (E2) contributes to DID...
February 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Elnaz Khordad, Fatemeh Alipour, Farimah Beheshti, Mahmoud Hosseini, Ali Akbar Rajabzadeh, Farimah Asiaei, Masoumeh Seghatoleslam
Hypothyroidism causes an imbalance in antioxidant and pro-oxidants criteria in the brain and enhances the concentration of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and neuronal damage has been observed following an excessive ROS. The main purpose of this study was to examine the preventive effect of vitamin C on hypothyroidism associated neuronal damage in the hippocampus of neonatal and juvenile rats. Pregnant rats after delivery of their pups were randomly divided into four groups and treated with (1) normal drinking water as a control group, (2) Propylthiouracil (PTU) 0...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
Noreen Samad, Ayesha Saleem
In view of anxiolytic, antidepressant and memory strengthen properties of Allium cepa (AC; onion) bulb in various investigations; we aimed to evaluate the useful effects of onion on single immobilization stress -induced biochemical and behavioral changes. Mice in test group were treated with AC powder (200 mg/kg/day), dissolved in water, while the control group were received drinking water for 14 days. After 14 days control and AC treated mice were further divided into unstressed and stressed groups. Animals in the stressed group were subjected to immobilization stress for 2 h...
February 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
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