Tomasz Krówka

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Opiate-induced alterations in the gene expression of the opioid propeptides prodynorphin (PDYN) and proenkephalin (PENK) in the brain have previously been described. However, there are no studies examining opioid propeptide system alterations due to long-lasting heroin self-administration. In our study, using in situ hybridization, we measured PDYN and PENK(More)
The immediate early genes (IEGs) have been suggested to be implicated in mechanisms of addiction, as well as in learning and memory processes. fosB, which belongs to IEG, has been reported to have pleiotropic impact on response to psychoactive drugs, as well as motivational and stress-related behaviours. In the present study, we used mice with constitutive(More)
alpha-Synuclein is a presynaptic protein proposed to serve as a negative regulator of dopaminergic neurotransmission. Recent research has implicated alpha-synuclein in chronic neuroadaptations produced by psychostimulant and opiate use, as well as in genetically determined susceptibility to alcoholism in humans. The aim of our study was to characterize the(More)
The present study was designed to investigate the involvement of opioidergic component as well as to study GABAergic mechanisms in the expression of heroin discrimination. Male Wistar rats were trained to discriminate heroin (0.5 mg/kg, i.p.) from saline (i.p.) in a two-choice water reinforced fixed ratio (FR) 20 drug discrimination paradigm. In(More)
The proteins of Fos family are a potential candidate to link molecular mechanisms of morphine action with behavioural effects such as morphine-induced reward, dependence and tolerance. We used both male and female mice lacking fosB gene to study its contribution to morphine effects. Morphine analgesia (tail-flick test) and hypothermia were studied using(More)
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