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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428749/deep-brain-stimulation-improves-the-symptoms-and-sensory-signs-of-persistent-central-neuropathic-pain-from-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-report
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Walter J Jermakowicz, Ian D Hentall, Jonathan R Jagid, Corneliu C Luca, James Adcock, Alberto Martinez-Arizala, Eva Widerström-Noga
Central neuropathic pain (CNP) is a significant problem after spinal cord injury (SCI). Pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches may reduce the severity, but relief is rarely substantial. While deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used to treat various chronic pain types, the technique has rarely been used to attenuate CNP after SCI. Here we present the case of a 54-year-old female with incomplete paraplegia who had severe CNP in the lower limbs and buttock areas since her injury 30 years prior. She was treated with bilateral DBS of the midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424576/defensive-vocalizations-and-motor-asymmetry-triggered-by-disinhibition-of-the-periaqueductal-gray-in-non-human-primates
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Patrick A Forcelli, Hannah F Waguespack, Ludise Malkova
Rapid and reflexive responses to threats are present across phylogeny. The neural circuitry mediating reflexive defense reactions has been well-characterized in a variety of species, for example, in rodents and cats, the detection of and species-typical response to threats is mediated by a network of structures including the midbrain tectum (deep and intermediate layers of the superior colliculus [DLSC]), periaqueductal gray (PAG), and forebrain structures such as the amygdala and hypothalamus. However, relatively little is known about the functional architecture of defense circuitry in primates...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420943/neural-mobilization-treatment-decreases-glial-cells-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-expression-in-the-central-nervous-system-in-rats-with-neuropathic-pain-induced-by-cci-in-rats
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Aline Carolina Giardini, Fabio Martinez Dos Santos, Joyce Teixeira da Silva, Mara Evany de Oliveira, Daniel Oliveira Martins, Marucia Chacur
Background. Glial cells are implicated in the development of chronic pain and brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) released from activated microglia contributes to the nociceptive transmission. Neural mobilization (NM) technique is a method clinically effective in reducing pain sensitivity. Here we examined the involvement of glial cells and BDNF expression in the thalamus and midbrain after NM treatment in rats with chronic constriction injury (CCI). CCI was induced and rats were subsequently submitted to 10 sessions of NM, every other day, beginning 14 days after CCI...
2017: Pain Research & Management: the Journal of the Canadian Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401046/functional-neuroanatomy-in-panic-disorder-status-quo-of-the-research
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Thomas Sobanski, Gerd Wagner
AIM: To provide an overview of the current research in the functional neuroanatomy of panic disorder. METHODS: Panic disorder (PD) is a frequent psychiatric disease. Gorman et al (1989; 2000) proposed a comprehensive neuroanatomical model of PD, which suggested that fear- and anxiety-related responses are mediated by a so-called "fear network" which is centered in the amygdala and includes the hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus, periaqueductal gray region, locus coeruleus and other brainstem sites...
March 22, 2017: World Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399689/the-cognitive-neuroscience-of-placebo-effects-concepts-predictions-and-physiology
#5
Stephan Geuter, Leonie Koban, Tor D Wager
Placebos have been used ubiquitously throughout the history of medicine. Expectations and associative learning processes are important psychological determinants of placebo effects, but their underlying brain mechanisms are only beginning to be understood. We examine the brain systems underlying placebo effects on pain, autonomic, and immune responses. The ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), insula, amygdala, hypothalamus, and periaqueductal gray emerge as central brain structures underlying placebo effects...
April 7, 2017: Annual Review of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392491/intrinsic-functional-connectivity-of-the-central-nucleus-of-the-amygdala-and-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis
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Adam X Gorka, Salvatore Torrisi, Alexander J Shackman, Christian Grillon, Monique Ernst
The central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST), two nuclei within the central extended amygdala, function as critical relays within the distributed neural networks that coordinate sensory, emotional, and cognitive responses to threat. These structures have overlapping anatomical projections to downstream targets that initiate defensive responses. Despite these commonalities, researchers have also proposed a functional dissociation between the CeA and BNST, with the CeA promoting responses to discrete stimuli and the BNST promoting responses to diffuse threat...
April 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374069/mu-and-kappa-opioid-receptors-of-the-periaqueductal-gray-stimulate-and-inhibit-thermogenesis-respectively-during-psychological-stress-in-rats
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Caroline Cristina-Silva, Victor Martins, Luciane H Gargaglioni, Kênia C Bícego
The periaqueductal gray matter (PAG) is rich in mu and kappa opioid receptors, and this system is involved in thermoregulation, analgesia, and defensive behaviors. No study approached the involvement of the PAG opioids in body temperature (Tb) regulation during psychological stress such as restraint. Because activation of mu and kappa receptors increases and reduces Tb, respectively, we tested the hypothesis that they exert excitatory and inhibitory modulation, respectively, of the restraint-induced fever in rats...
April 4, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374016/divergent-modulation-of-nociception-by-glutamatergic-and-gabaergic-neuronal-subpopulations-in-the-periaqueductal-gray
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Vijay K Samineni, Jose G Grajales-Reyes, Bryan A Copits, Daniel E O'Brien, Sarah L Trigg, Adrian M Gomez, Michael R Bruchas, Robert W Gereau
The ventrolateral periaqueductal gray (vlPAG) constitutes a major descending pain modulatory system and is a crucial site for opioid-induced analgesia. A number of previous studies have demonstrated that glutamate and GABA play critical opposing roles in nociceptive processing in the vlPAG. It has been suggested that glutamatergic neurotransmission exerts antinociceptive effects, whereas GABAergic neurotransmission exert pronociceptive effects on pain transmission, through descending pathways. The inability to exclusively manipulate subpopulations of neurons in the PAG has prevented direct testing of this hypothesis...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368370/mnsod-mediated-by-hsv-vectors-in-the-periaqueductal-gray-suppresses-morphine-withdrawal-in-rats
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T Iida, H Yi, S Liu, D Ikegami, W Zheng, Q Liu, K Takahashi, Y Kashiwagi, W F Goins, J C Glorioso, S Hao
Morphine appears to be the most active metabolite of heroin, therefore, the effects of morphine are important in understanding the ramifications of heroin abuse. Opioid physical dependence (withdrawal response) may have very long-lasting effects on the motivation for reward, including the incubation of cue-induced drug-seeking behavior. However, the exact mechanisms of morphine withdrawal (MW) are not clear yet, and its treatment remains elusive. Periaqueductal gray (PAG) is one of the important sites in the pathogenesis of MW...
April 3, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367595/ionic-currents-influencing-spontaneous-firing-and-pacemaker-frequency-in-dopamine-neurons-of-the-ventrolateral-periaqueductal-gray-and-dorsal-raphe-nucleus-vlpag-drn-a-voltage-clamp-and-computational-modelling-study
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Antonios G Dougalis, Gillian A C Matthews, Birgit Liss, Mark A Ungless
Dopamine (DA) neurons of the ventrolateral periaqueductal gray (vlPAG) and dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) fire spontaneous action potentials (APs) at slow, regular patterns in vitro but a detailed account of their intrinsic membrane properties responsible for spontaneous firing is currently lacking. To resolve this, we performed a voltage-clamp electrophysiological study in brain slices to describe their major ionic currents and then constructed a computer model and used simulations to understand the mechanisms behind autorhythmicity in silico...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360013/a-review-of-the-role-of-orexin-system-in-pain-modulation
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REVIEW
Bibi Marjan Razavi, Hossein Hosseinzadeh
The roles of orexinergic system (orexin-A, orexin-B) and their receptors (orexin receptor type-1, orexin receptor type-2) in various physiological processes such as arousal, reward seeking behavior, energy homeostasis, sensory modulation, stress processing, cognition, endocrine functions, visceral functions and pain modulation have been established. This review summarizes the studies investigating orexin antinociceptive effects and their cellular mechanisms in various types of pain including neuropathic pain, migraine and cluster headache, visceral and orofacial pains...
March 27, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352073/periaqueductal-grey-differential-modulation-of-nucleus-accumbens-and-basolateral-amygdala-plasticity-under-controllable-and-uncontrollable-stress
#12
Omer Horovitz, Alon Richter-Levin, Lin Xu, Liang Jing, Gal Richter-Levin
Resilience has been conceptualized in part as a dynamic process that includes the ability to adapt to stressful conditions. As such it encompasses the extent to which neural plasticity may be promoted. The current study examined metaplasticity by referring to the "plasticity of synaptic plasticity" in a neural circuit composed of the basolateral amygdala (BLA) and the nucleus accumbens (NAcc), using behavioural stress controllability with or without preceding stimulation of the dorsal periaqueductal gray (i...
March 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347824/participation-of-dorsal-periaqueductal-gray-5-ht1a-receptors-in-the-panicolytic-like-effect-of-the-%C3%AE%C2%BA-opioid-receptor-antagonist-nor-bni
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Jhonatan Christian Maraschin, Camila Biesdorf Almeida, Marcel Pereira Rangel, Camila Marroni Roncon, Caio César Sestile, Hélio Zangrossi, Frederico Guilherme Graeff, Elisabeth Aparecida Audi
Panic patients may have abnormalities in serotonergic and opioidergic neurotransmission. The dorsal periaqueductal gray (dPAG) plays an important role in organizing proximal defense, related to panic attacks. The 5-HT1A receptor (5-HT1A-R) is involved in regulating escape behavior that is organized in the dPAG. Activation of κ-opioid receptor (KOR) in this region causes anxiogenic effects. In this study, we investigated the involvement of KOR in regulating escape behavior, using systemic and intra-dPAG injection of the KOR antagonist Nor-BNI...
March 24, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338267/disrupted-intrinsic-connectivity-of-the-periaqueductal-gray-in-patients-with-functional-dyspepsia-a-resting-state-fmri-study
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P Liu, G Wang, Y Liu, F Zeng, D Lin, X Yang, F Liang, V D Calhoun, W Qin
BACKGROUND: Functional dyspepsia (FD) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder. Accumulating evidence suggests the crucial role of central nervous system in the development and maintenance of FD. In particular, periaqueductal gray (PAG) has demonstrated an important role in modulation of pain and emotion, which may be related to FD. However, the study of the PAG in FD is still limited. This study aimed to assess intrinsic connectivity of the PAG in FD patients. METHODS: Resting-state functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) data were collected from 66 FD patients and 42 healthy controls (HCs)...
March 24, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337130/the-brainstem-in-emotion-a-review
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REVIEW
Anand Venkatraman, Brian L Edlow, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang
Emotions depend upon the integrated activity of neural networks that modulate arousal, autonomic function, motor control, and somatosensation. Brainstem nodes play critical roles in each of these networks, but prior studies of the neuroanatomic basis of emotion, particularly in the human neuropsychological literature, have mostly focused on the contributions of cortical rather than subcortical structures. Given the size and complexity of brainstem circuits, elucidating their structural and functional properties involves technical challenges...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328571/neuropathic-pain-induced-enhancement-of-spontaneous-and-pain-evoked-neuronal-activity-in-the-periaqueductal-gray-that-is-attenuated-by-gabapentin
#16
Vijay K Samineni, Louis S Premkumar, Carl L Faingold
Neuropathic pain is a debilitating pathological condition that is poorly understood. Recent evidence suggests that abnormal central processing occurs during the development of neuropathic pain induced by the cancer chemotherapeutic agent, paclitaxel. Yet, it is unclear what role neurons in supraspinal pain network sites, such as the periaqueductal gray, play in altered behavioral sensitivity seen during chronic pain conditions. To elucidate these mechanisms, we studied the spontaneous and thermally evoked firing patterns of ventrolateral periaqueductal gray (vlPAG) neurons in awake-behaving rats treated with paclitaxel to induce neuropathic pain...
March 21, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326944/fatty-acid-binding-protein-inhibition-produces-analgesic-effects-through-peripheral-and-central-mechanisms
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Xiaoxue Peng, Keith Studholme, Martha P Kanjiya, Jennifer Luk, Diane Bogdan, Matthew W Elmes, Gregory Carbonetti, Simon Tong, Yu-Han Gary Teng, Robert C Rizzo, Huilin Li, Dale G Deutsch, Iwao Ojima, Mario J Rebecchi, Michelino Puopolo, Martin Kaczocha
Background Fatty-acid-binding proteins (FABPs) are intracellular carriers for endocannabinoids, N-acylethanolamines, and related lipids. Previous work indicates that systemically administered FABP5 inhibitors produce analgesia in models of inflammatory pain. It is currently not known whether FABP inhibitors exert their effects through peripheral or central mechanisms. Here, we examined FABP5 distribution in dorsal root ganglia and spinal cord and examined the analgesic effects of peripherally and centrally administered FABP5 inhibitors...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325815/neuropathic-pain-promotes-adaptive-changes-in-gene-expression-in-brain-networks-involved-in-stress-and-depression
#18
Giannina Descalzi, Vasiliki Mitsi, Immanuel Purushothaman, Sevasti Gaspari, Kleopatra Avrampou, Yong-Hwee Eddie Loh, Li Shen, Venetia Zachariou
Neuropathic pain is a complex chronic condition characterized by various sensory, cognitive, and affective symptoms. A large percentage of patients with neuropathic pain are also afflicted with depression and anxiety disorders, a pattern that is also seen in animal models. Furthermore, clinical and preclinical studies indicate that chronic pain corresponds with adaptations in several brain networks involved in mood, motivation, and reward. Chronic stress is also a major risk factor for depression. We investigated whether chronic pain and stress affect similar molecular mechanisms and whether chronic pain can affect gene expression patterns that are involved in depression...
March 21, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321594/disrupted-functional-connectivity-of-periaqueductal-gray-subregions-in-episodic-migraine
#19
Zhiye Chen, Xiaoyan Chen, Mengqi Liu, Shuangfeng Liu, Lin Ma, Shengyuan Yu
BACKGROUND: The periaqueductal gray (PAG) dysfunction was recognized in migraine, and the altered dysfunction of PAG subregions were not totally detected up to now. The aim of this study is to investigate the altered functional connectivity of PAG subregions in EM patients. METHODS: The brain structural images and resting state functional MR imaging (rs-fMRI) data were obtained from 18 normal controls (NC) and 18 EM patients on 3.0 T MR system. Seven subregions of PAG were classified as bilateral ventrolateral PAG (vlPAG), lateral PAG (lPAG), dorsolateral PAG (dlPAG) and dorsomedial PAG (dmPAG)...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316166/-analgesic-effect-and-related-mechanism-of-peripheral-acupoints-electroacupuncture-on-superficial-partial-thickness-burn-rats
#20
X Sun, Z R Wei, Z Xiao
Objective: To observe the analgesic effect and related mechanism of peripheral acupoints electroacupuncture on superficial partial-thickness burn rats. Methods: Eighty SD rats were divided into sham injury group (SI), pure burn group (PB), electroacupuncture group (E), and sham electroacupuncture group (SE) according to the random number table, with 20 rats in each group. Right posterior leg of rats in group SI were sham injured, while superficial partial-thickness scald (hereinafter referred to as burn) model was reproduced on the right posterior leg of rats in the latter three groups...
March 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
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