Karina Possa Abrahao

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Although alcoholism is a worldwide problem resulting in millions of deaths, only a small percentage of alcohol users become addicted. The specific neural substrates responsible for individual differences in vulnerability to alcohol addiction are not known. In this study, we used rodent models to study behavioral and synaptic correlates related to individual(More)
Repeated ethanol administration may induce behavioural sensitization, defined as a progressive potentiation of locomotor stimulant effects. This process is associated with neuroadaptations in the mesolimbic pathway and the nucleus accumbens. The aim of the present study was to analyse dopamine D₁ receptor (D₁R) participation in locomotor response to an(More)
Striatal dopamine D2 receptors have been implicated in the development of behavioral sensitization after repeated exposure to drugs of abuse. There are clear individual differences in the level of sensitization to ethanol among species and even among individuals from the same strain. Albino Swiss mice treated with ethanol (2.2 g/kg) have been shown to(More)
Behavioral sensitization to ethanol is characterized by an increased locomotor activity after repeated exposure. A great variability exists among species and strains in the development of sensitization. There is a growing amount of evidence to indicate that the opioid system is involved in alcoholism; it is possible, therefore, that this system also(More)
Alcohol abuse and dependence are important medical, social and economical problems, affecting millions of people. A relatively recent habit among young people is mixing alcohol with energy drinks (ED), in spite of the risks involved may be higher than those associated with alcohol consumption alone. The mixture of alcohol and energy drinks, both with(More)
In mice, repeated ethanol administration may induce behavioral sensitization - a process of progressive potentiation of its stimulant effects, associated with neuroadaptations in the brain reward system. Few studies have directly investigated the subsequent neuroadaptations in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), the central area of the brain reward system, after(More)
Behavioral sensitization to the stimulating effect of ethanol (EtOH) or other drugs, which can be observed in mice as an increase in locomotor activity after repeated administration, has been associated with neuroadaptations within the dopaminergic mesolimbic pathway. In the nucleus accumbens (NAc), an afferent region of the mesolimbic pathway, dopamine(More)
Repeated administration of drugs may induce adaptations which affect the behavioral responses to the drug itself or to other drugs. Whether individual characteristics to repeated drug administration predict sensitivity to the effects of another drug is not clear. We evaluated whether or not mice that present higher vs. lower locomotor response after(More)
Modafinil is a non-amphetaminic psychostimulant used therapeutically for sleep and psychiatric disorders. However, some studies indicate that modafinil can have addictive properties. The present study examined whether modafinil can produce behavioral sensitization in mice, an experience and drug-dependent behavioral adaptation, and if individual differences(More)
Conditioned place preference (CPP) is a model to study the role of drug conditioning properties. In outbred strains, individual variability may affect some behavioral measures. However, there are few studies focusing on understanding how different phenotypes of ethanol conditioned behavior may influence its extinction, reinstatement, and behavioral(More)