Michela Andreoli

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Previous studies in metabotropic glutamate 5 receptor (mGlu5 receptor) deficient mice have indicated the importance of this receptor in the self-administration of cocaine and locomotor sensitisation to this stimulant. Both ionotropic and metabotropic receptors have been implicated in drug-seeking and drug-taking behaviours, but the specific role of each(More)
Drugs of abuse, including, nicotine have been shown to enhance brain reward functions in the mesocortico-limbic dopamine (DA) system in general, and the nucleus accumbens in particular. The latter occupies a prominent position in the ventral striatum and expresses a high density of DA D(3) receptors. As such, the present study aimed at investigating the(More)
Social stress may precipitate psychopathological disorders in susceptible individuals. The present experiments were focused on the biology beyond the differential susceptibility to social stress. Social defeat, an ethologically relevant stressor known to elicit different coping strategies, was used in two mouse strains differing for baseline emotionality,(More)
The present study examined the effects of the acute intraperitoneal (i.p.) administration of the selective dopamine (DA) D(3) receptor antagonist SB-277011A (10, 20 or 30 mg/kg i.p.) on the oral operant self-administration of alcohol in male C57BL/6N mice. These effects were compared with those of naltrexone (0.5, 1 and 2 mg/kg i.p.) and acamprosate (100,(More)
The Ca(2+)/calmodulin stimulated adenylyl cylcase 8 (AC8) is a pure Ca(2+) sensor, catalyzing the conversion of ATP to cAMP, with a critical role in neuronal plasticity. A role for AC8 in modulating complex behavioral outcomes has been demonstrated in AC8 knock out (KO) mouse models in which anxiety-like responses were differentially modulated following(More)
Social defeat is an ethologically relevant stress inducing neuroadaptive changes in the mesocorticolimbic dopaminergic system. Three weeks after 10 days of daily defeat salient behaviors and in vivo dopamine (DA) neuron firing were evaluated in mice. Prior defeat induced social avoidance and hyperphagia and increased ventral tegmental area (VTA) DA neuron(More)
Glycogen synthase kinase (GSK3) is a constitutively active serine-threonine kinase associated to neurological and psychiatric disorders. GSK3 inhibition is considered a mediator of the efficacy of the mood-stabiliser lithium. This study aimed at comparing the central nervous system effect of lithium with the selective GSK3 inhibitors AZ1080 and compound A(More)
The discovery of new highly potent and selective dopamine D3 receptor antagonists has recently permitted characterization of the role of the dopamine D3 receptor in a wide range of preclinical animal models. A novel series of 1,2,4-triazol-3-yl-thiopropyl-tetrahydrobenzazepines demonstrating a high level of D3 affinity and selectivity with an excellent(More)
After the cloning of the dopamine D(1) and D(2) receptors (1-3), several additional dopamine receptors were identified. These new subtypes included the D(3) and D(4) receptors, which are similar to D(2), and the D(5) receptor, which is similar to D(1) (4-6). Although most studies have focused on the role of dopamine D(1) and D(2) receptors in mediating the(More)
Social stress is a risk factor for affective disorders in vulnerable individuals. Although the biological nature of stress susceptibility/resilience remains to be elucidated, genetic variation is considered amongst the principal contributors to brain disorders. Furthermore, genetic predisposition may be determinant for the therapeutic outcome, as proposed(More)