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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549967/hippocampal-nicotinic-receptors-have-a-modulatory-role-for-ethanol-and-mdma-interaction-in-memory-retrieval
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Maryam Rostami, Ameneh Rezayof, Sakineh Alijanpour, Khadijeh Alsadat Sharifi
The aim of the current study was to examine the effect of dorsal hippocampal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) activation on the functional interaction between ethanol and 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (MDMA or ecstasy) in memory retrieval. The dorsal hippocampal CA1 regions of adult male NMRI mice were bilaterally cannulated and memory retrieval was measured in a step-down type passive avoidance apparatus. Post-training or pre-test systemic administration of ethanol (1 g/kg, i.p.) induced amnesia...
May 23, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544367/the-diverging-trajectories-of-cannabis-and-tobacco-policies-in-the-united-states-reasons-and-possible-implications
#2
Wayne Hall, Lynn T Kozlowski
AIM: To examine briefly the (i) rationales for two policy proposals in the United States to make it mandatory for cigarettes to contain very low levels of nicotine and to legalize cannabis for recreational use by adults; and (ii) possible lessons that participants in each policy debate may learn from each other. METHOD: We briefly describe the diverging policies towards cannabis and tobacco in the United States, explain and critically analyse their rationales and discuss possible policy lessons...
May 22, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544049/tone-identification-behavior-in-rattus-norvergicus-muscarinic-receptor-blockage-lowers-responsiveness-in-non-target-selective-neurons-while-nicotinic-receptor-blockage-selectively-lowers-target-responses
#3
Ezekiel P Carpenter-Hyland, Jackson Griffeth, Kristopher Bunting, Alvin Terry, Almira Vazdarjanova, David T Blake
Learning to associate a stimulus with reinforcement causes plasticity in primary sensory cortex. Neural activity caused by the associated stimulus is paired with reinforcement, but population analyses have not found a selective increase in response to that stimulus. Responses to other stimuli increase as much as, or more than, responses to the associated stimulus. Here, we applied population analysis at a new time point, and additionally evaluated whether cholinergic receptor blockers interacted with the plastic changes in cortex...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529954/%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-stimulation-attenuates-neuroinflammation-through-jak2-stat3-activation-in-murine-models-of-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Paul R Krafft, Devin McBride, William B Rolland, Tim Lekic, Jerry J Flores, John H Zhang
Accounting for high mortality and morbidity rates, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) remains one of the most detrimental stroke subtypes lacking a specific therapy. Neuroinflammation contributes to ICH-induced brain injury and is associated with unfavorable outcomes. This study aimed to evaluate whether α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) stimulation ameliorates neuroinflammation after ICH. Male CD-1 mice and Sprague-Dawley were subjected to intracerebral injection of autologous blood or bacterial collagenase...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512323/nicotine-in-floral-nectar-pharmacologically-influences-bumblebee-learning-of-floral-features
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D Baracchi, A Marples, A J Jenkins, A R Leitch, L Chittka
Many plants defend themselves against herbivores by chemical deterrents in their tissues and the presence of such substances in floral nectar means that pollinators often encounter them when foraging. The effect of such substances on the foraging behaviour of pollinators is poorly understood. Using artificial flowers in tightly-controlled laboratory settings, we examined the effects of the alkaloid nicotine on bumblebee foraging performance. We found that bumblebees confronted simultaneously with two equally rewarded nicotine-containing and nicotine-free flower types are deterred only by unnaturally high nicotine concentrations...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507032/%C3%AE-2-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-influence-hippocampus-dependent-learning-and-memory-in-adolescent-mice
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Shahrdad Lotfipour, Celina Mojica, Sakura Nakauchi, Marcela Lipovsek, Sarah Silverstein, Jesse Cushman, James Tirtorahardjo, Andrew Poulos, Ana Belén Elgoyhen, Katumi Sumikawa, Michael S Fanselow, Jim Boulter
The absence of α2* nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in oriens lacunosum moleculare (OLM) GABAergic interneurons ablate the facilitation of nicotine-induced hippocampal CA1 long-term potentiation and impair memory. The current study delineated whether genetic mutations of α2* nAChRs (Chrna2(L9'S/L9'S) and Chrna2(KO)) influence hippocampus-dependent learning and memory and CA1 synaptic plasticity. We substituted a serine for a leucine (L9'S) in the α2 subunit (encoded by the Chrna2 gene) to make a hypersensitive nAChR...
June 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496137/tumor-suppressor-menin-is-required-for-subunit-specific-nachr-%C3%AE-5-transcription-and-nachr-dependent-presynaptic-facilitation-in-cultured-mouse-hippocampal-neurons
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Angela M Getz, Fenglian Xu, Frank Visser, Roger Persson, Naweed I Syed
In the central nervous system (CNS), cholinergic transmission induces synaptic plasticity that is required for learning and memory. However, our understanding of the development and maintenance of cholinergic circuits is limited, as the factors regulating the expression and clustering of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) remain poorly defined. Recent studies from our group have implicated calpain-dependent proteolytic fragments of menin, the product of the MEN1 tumor suppressor gene, in coordinating the transcription and synaptic clustering of nAChRs in invertebrate central neurons...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489528/reciprocal-synapses-between-mushroom-body-and-dopamine-neurons-form-a-positive-feedback-loop-required-for-learning
#8
Isaac Cervantes-Sandoval, Anna Phan, Molee Chakraborty, Ronald L Davis
Current thought envisions dopamine neurons conveying the reinforcing effect of the unconditioned stimulus during associative learning to the axons of Drosophila mushroom body Kenyon cells for normal olfactory learning. Here, we show using functional GFP reconstitution experiments that Kenyon cells and dopamine neurons from axoaxonic reciprocal synapses. The dopamine neurons receive cholinergic input via nicotinic acetylcholine receptors from the Kenyon cells; knocking down these receptors impairs olfactory learning revealing the importance of these receptors at the synapse...
May 10, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486716/pavlovian-to-instrumental-transfer-of-nicotine-and-food-cues-in-deprived-cigarette-smokers
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Heena R Manglani, Andrea H Lewis, Stephen J Wilson, Mauricio R Delgado
Introduction: Smoking-related cues can promote drug-seeking behavior and curtail attempts to quit. One way to understand the potential impact of such cues is to compare cue-elicited behaviors for smoking and other reinforcers (eg, food) using the Pavlovian-to-instrumental transfer paradigm, which measures how much control cues can exert over reward-seeking responses. Methods: We tested the influence of appetitive cues on smokers' behavior following 12 hours of abstinence from smoking and eating...
June 1, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479102/septal-cholinergic-neuromodulation-tunes-the-astrocyte-dependent-gating-of-hippocampal-nmda-receptors-to-wakefulness
#10
Thomas Papouin, Jaclyn M Dunphy, Michaela Tolman, Kelly T Dineley, Philip G Haydon
The activation of the N-methyl D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) is controlled by a glutamate-binding site and a distinct, independently regulated, co-agonist-binding site. In most brain regions, the NMDAR co-agonist is the astrocyte-derived gliotransmitter D-serine. We found that D-serine levels oscillate in mouse hippocampus as a function of wakefulness, in vitro and in vivo. This causes a full saturation of the NMDAR co-agonist site in the dark (active) phase that dissipates to sub-saturating levels during the light (sleep) phase, and influences learning performance throughout the day...
May 17, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462940/chronic-nicotine-alters-corticostriatal-plasticity-in-the-striatopallidal-pathway-mediated-by-nr2b-containing-silent-synapses
#11
Jianxun Xia, Allison M Meyers, Jeff A Beeler
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and success rates for quitting remain low. High relapse rates are attributed to pervasive nicotine-reinforced associative learning of incentive cues that is highly resistant to extinction. Why such learning is so persistent is poorly understood but may arise as a consequence of neuroadaptations in synaptic plasticity induced by chronic nicotine. We used whole-cell patch clamp recording to investigate the effect of chronic nicotine (cNIC) on synaptic plasticity in dopamine D2 receptor-expressing medium spiny neurons in the indirect, striatopallidal pathway in dorsolateral striatum...
May 2, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457971/double-dissociation-of-the-anterior-and-posterior-dorsomedial-caudate-putamen-in-the-acquisition-and-expression-of-associative-learning-with-the-nicotine-stimulus
#12
Sergios Charntikov, Steven T Pittenger, Natashia Swalve, Ming Li, Rick A Bevins
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide. This habit is not only debilitating to individual users but also to those around them (second-hand smoking). Nicotine is the main addictive component of tobacco products and is a moderate stimulant and a mild reinforcer. Importantly, besides its unconditional effects, nicotine also has conditioned stimulus effects that may contribute to the tenacity of the smoking habit. Because the neurobiological substrates underlying these processes are virtually unexplored, the present study investigated the functional involvement of the dorsomedial caudate putamen (dmCPu) in learning processes with nicotine as an interoceptive stimulus...
April 27, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410978/performance-monitoring-in-nicotine-dependence-considering-integration-of-recent-reinforcement-history
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Kevin Butler, Jennifer Rusted, Paul Gard, Anne Jackson
INTRODUCTION: Impaired monitoring of errors and conflict (performance monitoring; PM) is well documented in substance dependence (SD) including nicotine dependence and may contribute to continued drug use. Contemporary models of PM and complementary behavioural evidence suggest that PM works by integrating recent reinforcement history rather than evaluating individual behaviours. Despite this, studies of PM in SD have typically used indices derived from reaction to task error or conflict on individual trials...
April 12, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403383/neural-signatures-of-cognitive-flexibility-and-reward-sensitivity-following-nicotinic-receptor-stimulation-in-dependent-smokers-a-randomized-trial
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Elise Lesage, Sarah E Aronson, Matthew T Sutherland, Thomas J Ross, Betty Jo Salmeron, Elliot A Stein
Importance: Withdrawal from nicotine is an important contributor to smoking relapse. Understanding how reward-based decision making is affected by abstinence and by pharmacotherapies such as nicotine replacement therapy and varenicline tartrate may aid cessation treatment. Objective: To independently assess the effects of nicotine dependence and stimulation of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor on the ability to interpret valence information (reward sensitivity) and subsequently alter behavior as reward contingencies change (cognitive flexibility) in a probabilistic reversal learning task...
April 12, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397160/implementation-of-a-tobacco-free-workplace-program-at-a-local-mental-health-authority
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Virmarie Correa-Fernández, William T Wilson, Deborah A Shedrick, Bryce Kyburz, Hannah L Samaha, Timothy Stacey, Teresa Williams, Cho Y Lam, Lorraine R Reitzel
Tobacco-free workplace policies that incorporate evidence-based practices can increase the reach and effectiveness of tobacco dependence treatment among underserved populations but may be underutilized due to limited knowledge about implementation processes. This paper describes the implementation of a comprehensive tobacco-free workplace program at a behavioral healthcare community center in Texas. The center participated in a tobacco-free workplace program implementation project that provided guidance and resources and allowed center autonomy in implementation...
April 10, 2017: Translational Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395994/thujone-inhibits-the-function-of-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-and-impairs-nicotine-induced-memory-enhancement-in-one-trial-passive-avoidance-paradigm
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Ahmed Sultan, Keun-Hang Susan Yang, Dmitro Isaev, Eslam El Nebrisi, Nurulain Syed, Nadia Khan, Christopher F Howarth, Bassem Sadek, Murat Oz
Effects of thujone, a major ingredient of absinthe, wormwood oil and some herbal medicines, were tested on the function of α7 subunit of the human nicotinic acetylcholine (α7 nACh) receptor expressed in Xenopus oocytes using the two-electrode voltage-clamp technique. Thujone reversibly inhibited ACh (100μM)-induced currents with an IC50 value of 24.7μM. The effect of thujone was not dependent on the membrane potential and did not involve Ca(2+)-dependent Cl(-) channels expressed endogenously in oocytes...
April 7, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373127/rp5063-an-atypical-antipsychotic-drug-with-a-unique-pharmacologic-profile-improves-declarative-memory-and-psychosis-in-mouse-models-of-schizophrenia
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Lakshmi Rajagopal, Sunoh Kwon, Mei Huang, Eric Michael, Laxminarayan Bhat, Marc Cantillon, Herbert Y Meltzer
Various types of atypical antipsychotic drugs (AAPDs) modestly improve the cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia (CIAS). RP5063 is an AAPD with a diverse and unique pharmacology, including partial agonism at dopamine (DA) D2, D3, D4, serotonin (5-HT)1A, and 5-HT2A receptors (Rs), full agonism at α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine (ACh)R (nAChR), and antagonism at 5-HT2B, 5-HT6, and 5-HT7Rs. Most atypical APDs are 5-HT2A inverse agonists. The efficacy of RP5063 in mouse models of psychosis and episodic memory were studied...
March 31, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339973/day-to-day-variability-in-self-reported-cigarettes-per-day
#18
John R Hughes, Saul Shiffman, Shelly Naud, Erica N Peters
Background and Aims: Nicotine addiction theory predicts small day to day variability in cigarettes/day (CPD) whereas social learning theory predicts large variability. A description of the variability in CPD over multiple days is not available. Methods: We conducted secondary analyses of two natural history studies with daily smokers - one of smokers not intending to quit, and one of smokers intending to quit sometime in the next 3 months. In the former, smokers recorded their smoking during the day by Ecological Momentary Assessment, using a palm-top computer...
March 4, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321180/multiple-kinases-involved-in-the-nicotinic-modulation-of-gamma-oscillations-in-the-rat-hippocampal-ca3-area
#19
JianGang Wang, XiaoLong He, Fangli Guo, XiangLin Cheng, Yali Wang, XiaoFang Wang, ZhiWei Feng, Martin Vreugdenhil, ChengBiao Lu
Neuronal synchronization at gamma band frequency (20-80 Hz, γ oscillations) is closely associated with higher brain function, such as learning, memory and attention. Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are highly expressed in the hippocampus, and modulate hippocampal γ oscillations, but the intracellular mechanism underlying such modulation remains elusive. We explored multiple kinases by which nicotine can modulate γ oscillations induced by kainate in rat hippocampal area CA3 in vitro. We found that inhibitors of cyclic AMP dependent kinase (protein kinase A, PKA), protein kinase C (PKC), N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDA) receptors, Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) and extracellular signal-related kinases (ERK), each individually could prevent the γ oscillation-enhancing effect of 1 μM nicotine, whereas none of them affected baseline γ oscillation strength...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315274/role-of-%C3%AF-1-receptors-in-learning-and-memory-and-alzheimer-s-disease-type-dementia
#20
Tangui Maurice, Nino Goguadze
The present chapter will review the role of σ1 receptor in learning and memory and neuroprotection , against Alzheimer's type dementia. σ1 Receptor agonists have been tested in a variety of pharmacological and pathological models of learning impairments in rodents these last past 20 years. Their anti-amnesic effects have been explained by the wide-range modulatory role of σ1 receptors on Ca(2+) mobilizations, neurotransmitter responses, and particularly glutamate and acetylcholine systems, and neurotrophic factors...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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