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The single platform-on-water (flower pot) method is extensively used for depriving rapid eye movement sleep (REMS). Detailed comparison of sleep-wake architecture, recorded during the rebound period after spending three days on either a small or large platform, could separate the effects of REMS deficit from other stress factors caused by the procedure. A(More)
Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep rebound following REM deprivation using the platform-on-water method is characterized by increased time spent in REM sleep and activation of melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) expressing neurons. Orexinergic neurons discharge reciprocally to MCH-ergic neurons across the sleep-wake cycle. However, the relation between REM(More)
Selective rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) deprivation using the platform-on-water (“flower pot”) method causes sleep rebound with increased REMS, decreased REMS latency, and activation of the melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) expressing neurons in the hypothalamus. MCH is implicated in the pathomechanism of depression regarding its influence on mood,(More)
The possible long-term effects of the recreational drug "ecstasy" (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, MDMA) on the function of 5-hydroxytryptamine-1B (5-HT(1B)) receptor in sleep and motor control were investigated using a selective 5-HT(1B) receptor agonist, 5-propoxy-3-(1,2,3,6-tetrahydro-4-pyrinzidyl)-1H-pyrrolo([3,2-b])pyridine hydrochloride (CP-94,253;(More)
Shortened rapid eye movement (REM) sleep latency and increased REM sleep amount are presumed biological markers of depression. These sleep alterations are also observable in several animal models of depression as well as during the rebound sleep after selective REM sleep deprivation (RD). Furthermore, REM sleep fragmentation is typically associated with(More)
The striatum is reciprocally connected to the brainstem dopaminergic nuclei and receives a strong dopaminergic input. In the present study the spatial relation between the dopaminergic and dopaminoceptive structures of the avian medial striatum (formerly: lobus parolfactorius) was observed by confocal laser scanning microscope in the domestic chick (Gallus(More)
AIMS Hypocaloric diet decreases both energy expenditure (EE) and respiratory exchange rate (RER), affecting the efficacy of dieting inversely. Energy deficit and hunger may be modulated separately both in human and animal studies by drug treatment or food restriction. Thus it is important to separate the effects of energy deficit and hunger on EE and RER.(More)
Today, the 'obesity pandemic' is one of the biggest health issues around the world. Melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH), a hypothalamic neuropeptide, is one of the most potent, central stimulators of feeding and it also attenuates energy expenditure. Inhibitions of the MCH receptor, the melanin-concentrating hormone receptor-1 (MCHR1), has attracted(More)
Background Effects of selective rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) deprivation are usually studied with the single platform-onwater method (flower pot). In this protocol, animals are placed on a small platform (SP) surrounded by water, and as muscle atony is typical for REMS, they fall into the water and awaken immediately as they switch to REMS. A large(More)
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