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In the central amygdala (CeA), ethanol acts via corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF) type 1 receptors to enhance GABA release. Amygdala CRF mediates anxiety associated with stress and drug dependence, and it regulates ethanol intake. Because mutant mice that lack PKCepsilon exhibit reduced anxiety-like behavior and alcohol consumption, we investigated(More)
Dieting to control body weight involves cycles of deprivation from palatable food that can promote compulsive eating. The present study shows that rats withdrawn from intermittent access to palatable food exhibit overeating of palatable food upon renewed access and an affective withdrawal-like state characterized by corticotropin-releasing factor-1 (CRF(1))(More)
The central amygdala (CeA) has a major role in alcohol dependence and reinforcement, and behavioral and neurochemical evidence suggests a role for the endocannabinoid (eCB) system in ethanol binging and dependence. We used a slice preparation to investigate the physiological role of cannabinoids and their interaction with ethanol on inhibitory synaptic(More)
The nucleus accumbens (NAcc) and central amygdala (CeA) are parts of the extended amygdala, a complex that plays a key role in drug abuse and dependence. Our previous studies showed that opiates and ethanol alter glutamatergic transmission in these regions. N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors are key components of glutamatergic transmission likely(More)
The neuropeptide galanin and its three receptor subtypes (GalR1-3) are expressed in the central amygdala (CeA), a brain region involved in stress- and anxiety-related behaviors, as well as alcohol dependence. Galanin also has been suggested to play a role in alcohol intake and alcohol dependence. We examined the effects of galanin in CeA slices from(More)
BACKGROUND Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic systems in the central amygdala (CeA) are implicated in the high-anxiety, high-drinking profile associated with ethanol dependence. Ethanol augments CeA GABA release in ethanol-naive rats and mice. METHODS Using naive and ethanol-dependent rats, we compared(More)
We recently reported that chronic ethanol treatment (CET) and early withdrawal (2-8 h) altered glutamatergic transmission at both pre- and postsynaptic sites in central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA). Acute ethanol (44 mM) inhibited the NMDA receptor (NMDAR)-mediated EPSCs (NMDA-EPSCs) more in CeA neurons from CET rats than from naïve rats and also decreased(More)
This article summarizes the proceedings of a symposium that was presented at a conference entitled "Alcoholism and Stress: A Framework for Future Treatment Strategies." The conference was held in Volterra, Italy on May 6-9, 2008 and this symposium was chaired by Jeff L. Weiner. The overall goal of this session was to review recent findings that may shed new(More)
Cannabinoid compounds affect synaptic activity and plasticity in numerous brain areas by activating CB1 receptors (CB1). In hippocampus, varying results have been obtained on the extent and site of cannabinoid actions on excitatory transmission, ranging from no effect to complete obliteration of synaptic responses. Here we used the rat hippocampal slice(More)
Neuroinflammation is hypothesized to enhance alcohol consumption and contribute to the development of alcoholism. GABAergic transmission in the central amygdala (CeA) plays an important role in the transition to alcohol dependence. Therefore, we studied the effects of interleukin-1β (IL-1β), a proinflammatory cytokine mediating ethanol-induced(More)