Anna Sadakierska-Chudy

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Depression and cocaine abuse disorders are common concurrent diagnoses. In the present study, we employed Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats that showed a depressive-like phenotype to study intravenous cocaine self-administration and extinction/reinstatement procedures. We also investigated the basal tissue level of neurotransmitters, their metabolites and plasma(More)
The complexity of the genome is regulated by epigenetic mechanisms, which act on the level of DNA, histones, and nucleosomes. Epigenetic machinery is involved in various biological processes, including embryonic development, cell differentiation, neurogenesis, and adult cell renewal. In the last few years, it has become clear that the number of players(More)
γ-Aminobutyric acid B (GABAB) receptors and their ligands are postulated as potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of several brain disorders, including drug dependence. Over the past fifteen years positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) have emerged that enhance the effects of GABA at GABAB receptors and which may have therapeutic effects similar to(More)
Chronic exposure to cocaine in vivo induces long-term synaptic plasticity associated with the brain’s circuitry that underlies development of repetitive and automatic behaviors called habits. In fact, prolonged drug consumption results in aberrant expression of protein-coding genes and small regulatory RNAs, including miRNAs that are involved in synaptic(More)
In multicellular organisms, all the cells are genetically identical but turn genes on or off at the right time to promote differentiation into specific cell types. The regulation of higher-order chromatin structure is essential for genome-wide reprogramming and for tissue-specific patterns of gene expression. The complexity of the genome is regulated by(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the degree and specificity of noradrenergic lesions in different areas of the rat brain after intracerebroventricular administration of low doses of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) into both lateral ventricles. Our interest focused on the induction of an effective hypothalamic lesion. The results suggest that small(More)
Our previous study conducted after intracerebroventricular DSP-4 injection showed an important stimulating role of a brain noradrenergic system in the neuroendocrine regulation of liver cytochrome P450 (CYP) expression. The aim of the present research was to study involvement of the dorsal noradrenergic pathway of the brain (originating from the locus(More)
Chronic exposure to cocaine, craving, and relapse are attributed to long-lasting changes in gene expression arising through epigenetic and transcriptional mechanisms. Although several brain regions are involved in these processes, the prefrontal cortex seems to play a crucial role not only in motivation and decision-making but also in extinction and seeking(More)
The repeated intake of cocaine evokes oxidative stress that is present even during drug withdrawal. Recent studies demonstrate that cocaine-induced oxidative and/or endoplasmic reticulum stress can affect mitochondrial function and dynamics as well as the expression of mitochondrial and nuclear genes. These alterations in mitochondrial function may(More)
INTRODUCTION Data about genetic alterations in mycosis fungoides (MF) are limited and their significance not fully elucidated. The aim of the study was to explore the expression of various oncogenes in MF and to assess their influence on the disease course. MATERIAL AND METHODS Skin biopsies from 27 MF patients (14 with early MF and 13 with advanced(More)