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See detailNeuro-functional correlates of the protective effects of exercise against cocaine sensitization and dopamine D2 receptors density: a [18F]Fallypride microPET study.
Becker, Guillaume ULiege; Lespine, Louis-Ferdinand ULiege; Serrano Navacerrada, Maria Elisa ULiege et al

in Molecular Imaging & Biology (in press)

Preclinical studies suggest that free access to a running wheel can attenuate behavioural effects of addictive drugs such as psychomotor sensitization to cocaine in rodents. This phenomenon has an ... [more ▼]

Preclinical studies suggest that free access to a running wheel can attenuate behavioural effects of addictive drugs such as psychomotor sensitization to cocaine in rodents. This phenomenon has an integral role in the process of drug addiction in craving and relapse (Steketee and Kalivas, 2011). Free wheel-running was recently shown to be efficacious at preventing the initiation or the long-term expression of psychomotor sensitization to cocaine in mice or rats (Diaz et al., 2013; Geuzaine and Tirelli, 2014). In the present study, we investigated the neuro-functional correlates of the protection against psychomotor sensitization to cocaine afforded by free wheel-running on dopaminergic neurotransmission, using microPET imaging with [18F]Fallypride, a Dopamine 2 receptor (D2R) antagonist. Sixty-four 28-day-old female C57BL/6J mice were randomly assigned to one of the two housing conditions, defined by the presence or the absence of a running wheel in the cage over a 6-week pre-testing period. Since mice from the two types of housing received either saline (controls) or cocaine (8 mg/kg, i.p.) during testing (9 once-daily sessions to establish sensitization plus 1 single session to test its expression), a basic 2x2 randomized blocks design was generated (2-way ANOVA and planned comparisons; n=10). Experimentation lasted 85 days, with a 42-day period of pre-testing and a 3-week interval preceding the test for long-term expression of sensitization (LTES). All mice underwent a microPET (Focus 120, Siemens) the day after the LTES. The microPET protocol consisted of a 60 min. dynamic acquisition after the injection of 10 MBq of [18F]Fallypride in the tail vein. Wheel-running strongly and significantly attenuated LTES (interaction) to cocaine (Cohen’s d=1.63; t(21)=3.75, p<.001) and cocaine-treated mice exhibited a clear-cut and significant increase (main effect) of the [18F]Fallypride BP (d=0.88, t(31)=2.45, p =.02). Wheel-running induced an overall moderate-sized decrease (main effect) of the [18F]Fallypride BP, but without achieving statistical significance (d=0.64, t(31)=1.79, p =.08). These findings suggest that LTES is associated with an increase of the [18F]Fallypride BP in the mouse striatum, probably reflecting an increase in postsynaptic D2R density in this region. Also, the protecting effect of free running on psychomotor sensitization goes together with a decrease in D2R density in the striatum of exercised mice. We intend to complement the present study with an identical experiment to reach a total number of 80 mice (n=20). This will confer to our study a sufficient power (80%) for the main effect of wheel-running exercise on [18F]Fallypride BP to be detected at an alpha-level of 5%. Finally, autoradiography studies, performed on the same mice with [18F]Fallypride, will strengthen our in vivo results. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional correlates of the protective effects of free wheel-running against cocaine psychomotor sensitization on dopamine D2 receptors: a [18F]Fallypride microPET study.
Becker, Guillaume ULiege; Lespine, Louis-Ferdinand ULiege; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULiege et al

Conference (2017, April 05)

Preclinical studies suggest that free access to a running wheel can attenuate the behavioural responsiveness to addictive drugs in rodents. Regarding the behavioural responsiveness to drugs, psychomotor ... [more ▼]

Preclinical studies suggest that free access to a running wheel can attenuate the behavioural responsiveness to addictive drugs in rodents. Regarding the behavioural responsiveness to drugs, psychomotor sensitization has an integral role in the process of drug addiction in craving and relapse (Steketee and Kalivas, 2011). Free wheel-running was recently shown to be efficacious at preventing the initiation or the long-term expression of psychomotor sensitization to cocaine in mice or rats (Diaz et al., 2013; Geuzaine and Tirelli, 2014). In the present study, we investigated the neuro-functional correlates of the protection against psychomotor sensitization to cocaine afforded by free wheel-running on dopaminergic neurotransmission, using microPET imaging with [18F]Fallypride, a Dopamine 2 receptor (D2R) antagonist. We used a total of 32 female C57BL/6J mice. At 28 days of age, the mice were randomly assigned to on of the two experimental housing conditions, defined by the presence or the absence of a running wheel in the cage (pre-testing period: 6 weeks). Since mice from the two types of housing received either saline or cocaine (8 mg/kg, i.p.) during testing (9 days), a basic 2*2 factorial design was generated (two-way ANOVA). The whole experimentation lasted 85 days, included the 42-days pre-testing period and the 3 weeks (housing condition, no injection) between the testing and the long-term expression of sensitization (LTES). All mice underwent a microPET (Focus 120, Siemens) the day after the LTES. The microPET protocol consisted of a 60 min. dynamic acquisition after the injection of 10 MBq of [18F]Fallypride in the tail vein. We observe a strong attenuating effect of exercise on the expression of sensitization to cocaine (Effect Size = 2.66 at p < .001 one-tailed, N.B: Effect Size is the mean difference in standard deviation units). Regarding the microPET outcomes ([18F]Fallypride Binding Potential, BP), we have a significant increase of the [18F]Fallypride BP for the cocaine-treated mice, compared to the saline-injected mice (Effect Size = 0.78 at p = .02 one-tailed). We observe a decrease tendency of the [18F]Fallypride BP in the exercise condition compared to the sedentary condition (ES = 0.48 at p = .09 one-tailed). These findings indicate that LTES is associated with an increase of the [18F]Fallypride BP in the mouse striatum, probably reflecting an increase in postsynaptic D2R density in this region. Besides that, the protecting effect of free running on psychomotor sensitization goes together with a decrease in D2R density in the striatum of exercised mice. Those data will be augmented with identical sub-experiment. All data will be pooled together to reach a total number of 64 mice (n = 16 per group). [less ▲]

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See detailWheel-running exercise during adolescence does not substantially affect cocaine conditioned place preference in male C57BL/6J mice
Lespine, Louis-Ferdinand ULiege; Tirelli, Ezio ULiege

Poster (2017)

Epidemiological studies suggest that physical exercise could have preventive properties against drugs of abuse vulnerability. Animal research showed that rats or mice housed with a running wheel (a model ... [more ▼]

Epidemiological studies suggest that physical exercise could have preventive properties against drugs of abuse vulnerability. Animal research showed that rats or mice housed with a running wheel (a model of aerobic exercise) can exhibit attenuated drug self-administration or drug-induced psychomotor hyperactivity in comparison with their sedentary counterparts. However, the few experiments using conditioned place preference (CPP) are conflicting (positive, negative or null effects of exercise). Aspects or deficiencies of the methods used in some studies, in particular the low sample size (median n=8), the absence of a baseline pre-conditioning session or a control group in the design or (when present) in the data analyses, make the whole picture of results difficult to understand, a situation which warrants further studies, possibly of a better quality than the previous ones. Objectives. Our purpose was to test whether wheel-running exercise during adolescence could impact the formation and long-term retention of CPP to cocaine in mice. Method. Male C57BL/6J mice were individually housed either with (n=32) or without (n=32) a running wheel from 35 days of age. Behavioral testing begun 3 weeks after such housing, all animals being first tested under saline for their baseline preference (white or black compartments). Then, mice underwent 10 once-daily conditioning sessions receiving peritoneal injections of 10 mg/kg cocaine and saline on alternate days (n=16). The white compartment (always non-preferred) was systematically associated to cocaine effects. Control mice received saline every day (n=16). One and 21 days after the last conditioning session, mice were tested for place preference under saline. CPP scores were analyzed with a priori single (cocaine vs saline) and crossed contrasts (testing the housing-by-drug interaction). Each contrast (t-test) incorporated the mean-square error (MSE) provided by a preliminary two-way fixed-model 2x2 ANOVA incorporating the housing condition (2 levels) and the drug treatment (2 levels) as between-group factors and time of testing as a blocking factor (8 levels). Estimates of effect sizes were provided by Cohen’s d calculated from ts and degree of freedom. Results. The two groups exhibited significant well-marked cocaine-induced CPP in both 1-day (d = 1.38 and d = 1.11 at ps < .001 one-tailed in exercised and sedentary mice) and 21-day post-conditioning tests (d = 1.09 and d = 1.15 at ps < .001 one-tailed in exercised and sedentary mice). The (small) effects underlying interaction between housing and the drug treatment were not significant for 1-day (d = 0.19 at p = .48 two-tailed; 95% CI -0.35 to 0.73) or 21-day post-conditioning tests (d = 0.05 at p = .87 two-tailed; 95% CI -0.49 to 0.59). Conclusion. If physical exercise in rodents “truly” impacts CPP induced by drugs of abuse under comparable experimental parameters - as suggested by some studies (either positively or negatively) -, our results indicate that the size of such effects may be quite small, an information rarely reported in the literature. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term effects of exercise during youth or adulthood on cocaine reactivity in mice: qualitative developmental differences
Lespine, Louis-Ferdinand ULiege; Tirelli, Ezio ULiege

Conference (2017)

Epidemiological studies suggest that physical exercise could have preventive properties on drugs vulnerability. Animal research showed that rats or mice housed with a running wheel (a model of physical ... [more ▼]

Epidemiological studies suggest that physical exercise could have preventive properties on drugs vulnerability. Animal research showed that rats or mice housed with a running wheel (a model of physical exercise) can exhibit attenuated drug seeking and drug-induced psychomotor hyperactivity in comparison with their sedentary counterparts. Objectives: the aim was to evaluate the longevity of the protective effects of exercise on cocaine vulnerability and the influence of the developmental stage during which exercise is applied (in 4 experiments). Method: females and males C57BL/6J mice, aged 28 (youth) or 77 days (adults) were housed with (n=56) or without (n=28) a running wheel. After 3 weeks, half of the exercised mice (n=28) were deprived of their wheel (3 housing conditions/experiment). Three weeks later, mice were tested for sensitization to the psychomotor-activating effects of 8 mg/kg cocaine over 9 once-daily sessions (controls: saline solution). Mice were also tested 30 days later for their long-term expression of sensitization. Results: continuous wheel-running housing reduced cocaine responsiveness in both females and males regardless of the age on which exercise was introduced. Exercise performed exclusively in youth, but not over adulthood, reduced durably cocaine responsiveness, particularly in females. Conclusion: the likelihood of the long-term protection of exercise against cocaine responsiveness may depend on the age of exercise application and the gender. [less ▲]

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See detailBehavioural phenotyping of SV2A lox/lox mice: Motor and anxiety-like features
Serrano Navacerrada, Maria Elisa ULiege; Bartholomé, Odile ULiege; Van Den Ackerveken, Priscilla ULiege et al

Poster (2017)

Background: Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders (Alexopoulos, 2004). Current anti-epileptic drugs, such as Levetiracetam (Keppra®) or Brivaracetam, mainly target the trans-membrane ... [more ▼]

Background: Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders (Alexopoulos, 2004). Current anti-epileptic drugs, such as Levetiracetam (Keppra®) or Brivaracetam, mainly target the trans-membrane Synaptic Vesicle Protein 2A (Hamann et al., 2008). Studies on homozygous SV2A KO mice phenotype, prove the mice to suffer severe seizures and die within 3 weeks (Crowder et al., 1999), establishing a link between this protein and the epilepsy. In 2009, the availability of heterozygous SV2A (+/-) mice as research tool enabled shedding light on the role of protein SV2A, revealing no motor differences but anxiety-like features in these mice compared with the WT (Lamberty et al., 2009), and a pro-epileptic phenotype (Crowder et al., 1999; Kaminski et al., 2008). Recently, a floxed SV2A mouse model has been produced with the Cre/loxP recombination system, this model allows invalidating the protein in CA3 hippocampal region, not followed by epileptic seizures (Menten-Dedoyart et al., 2016). Objectives: Perform a first behavioural phenotyping of SV2A lox/lox mice. Methodology: Two experiments were conducted in parallel to evaluate the effect of 3 different genotypes in the phenotype: WT (Grik4-/-, SV2A lox/lox), HZ (Grik4 +/-, SV2A lox/+) and cKO (Grik4 +/-, SV2A lox/lox) in male (n = 42) and female (n = 33) separately . Mice were housed individually along the experiment, with standard food and water ad libitum. After an acclimatization period of 2 weeks, anxiety-like features as well as exploration abilities were evaluated in an elevated plus-maze (EPM) single session of 5 minutes). 3 days later, spontaneous locomotor activity and habituation to the environment were measured during 1 hour, 3 consecutive days, in the activity chambers (ACT). Results: One-way ANOVA in EPM data presented no significant differences between groups, either in males or in females. A significant difference was found, between time spent in close arms vs open arms (p<0.01; η2p = 0.738 males; η2p = 0.805 females). Mixed between-within subjects ANOVA in ACT reflected no significant differences between groups in both sexes, regarding spontaneous locomotor activity and acclimatization to the activity chamber (p>0.05). Statistical significant differences were found between the 3 days (p<0.01; η2p = 0.716 males; η2p = 0.663 females). Conclusion: Results indicate that a decrease in the hippocampal expresion of SV2A protein does not lead to major behavioral changes. Regarding locomotor activity, the results found in heterozygous SV2A (+/-) mice are in line with (Lamberty et al., 2009), however, our mice did not present anxiety-like features, being necessary a global decrease in brain SV2A levels and not only a partial loss in a restricted region of the brain. Further analyses increasing the number of mice per group, will allow us to intensify our power value from 50-60% (females-males) up to 80%, with large effect size and a signification of p<0.05. An additional test to evaluate the spatial memory may help us better understand the effect a specific reduction in SV2A hippocampal expression has on the phenotype of mice. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy Protocol: Effect of prenatal wheel-running exercise (before and during gestation) on cocaine psychomotor sensitization expressed in the offspring in periadolescent females and males C57BL/6J mice
Lespine, Louis-Ferdinand ULiege; Plenevaux, Alain ULiege; Tirelli, Ezio ULiege

E-print/Working paper (2017)

The present study principally aims at determining to which extent prenatal exercise (before and during gestation) could affect the initiation (establishment) and the expression of psychomotor ... [more ▼]

The present study principally aims at determining to which extent prenatal exercise (before and during gestation) could affect the initiation (establishment) and the expression of psychomotor sensitization induced by a representative dose of cocaine in young female and male mice. More specifically, we will assess cocaine-induced acute psychomotor-activating effects, psychomotor sensitization developing over 9 daily sessions (daily peritoneal injections of cocaine or saline) and the long-term expression of the sensitized response (30 days after the last sensitizing injection) in C57BL/6J mice born from mothers housed with or without a running wheel before and during gestation. Based on literature and on our prior results, the mice born from exercised mothers are expected to show significantly reduced levels of cocaine responsiveness in comparison with the control mice (born from unexercised mothers). [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential effects of context on psychomotor sensitization to ethanol and cocaine
Didone, Vincent ULiege; Quoilin, Caroline; Dieupart, Julie et al

in Behavioural Pharmacology (2016), 27(2 & 3), 173-181

Repeated drug injections lead to sensitization of their stimulant effects in mice, a phenomenon sometimes referred to as drug psychomotor sensitization. Previous studies showed that sensitization to ... [more ▼]

Repeated drug injections lead to sensitization of their stimulant effects in mice, a phenomenon sometimes referred to as drug psychomotor sensitization. Previous studies showed that sensitization to cocaine is context dependent as its expression is reduced in an environment that was not paired with cocaine administration. In contrast, the effects of the test context on ethanol sensitization remain unclear. In the present study, female OF1 mice were repeatedly injected with 1.5 g/kg ethanol to test for both the effects of context novelty/familiarity and association on ethanol sensitization. A first group of mice was extensively pre-exposed to the test context before ethanol sensitization and ethanol injections were paired with the test context (familiar and paired group). A second group was not pre-exposed to the test context, but ethanol injections were paired with the test context (nonfamiliar and paired group). Finally, a third group of mice was not pre-exposed to the test context and ethanol was repeatedly injected in the home cage (unpaired group). Control groups were similarly exposed to the test context, but were injected with saline. In a second experiment, cocaine was used as a positive control. The same behavioral procedure was used, except that mice were injected with 10 mg/kg cocaine instead of ethanol. The results show a differential involvement of the test context in the sensitization to ethanol and cocaine. Cocaine sensitization is strongly context dependent and is not expressed in the unpaired group. In contrast, the expression of ethanol sensitization is independent of the context in which it was administered, but is strongly affected by the relative novelty/familiarity of the environment. Extensive pre-exposure to the test context prevented the expression of ethanol sensitization. One possible explanation is that expression of ethanol sensitization requires an arousing environment. [less ▲]

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See detailThe protective effects of free wheel-running against cocaine psychomotor sensitization persist after exercise cessation in C57BL/6J mice
Lespine, Louis-Ferdinand ULiege; Tirelli, Ezio ULiege

in Neuroscience (2015), 310

Previous literature suggests that free access to a running wheel can attenuate the behavioral responsiveness to addictive drugs in rodents. In a few studies, wheel-running cessation accentuated drug ... [more ▼]

Previous literature suggests that free access to a running wheel can attenuate the behavioral responsiveness to addictive drugs in rodents. In a few studies, wheel-running cessation accentuated drug responsiveness. Here, we tested whether free wheel-running cessation is followed by (1) an accentuation or (2) an attenuation of cocaine psychomotor sensitization, knowing that no cessation of (continuous) wheel-running is associated with an attenuation of cocaine responsiveness. Male C57BL/6J mice, aged 35 days, were housed singly either with (exercising mice) or without (non-exercising mice) a running wheel. At the end of a period of 36 days, half of the exercising mice were deprived of their wheel whereas the other half of exercising mice kept their wheel until the end of experimentation (which lasted 85 days). The non-exercising mice were housed without wheel throughout experimentation. Testing took place 3 days after exercise cessation. After 2 once-daily drug-free test sessions, mice were tested for initiation of psychomotor sensitization over 13 once-daily injections of 8 mg/kg cocaine. Post-sensitization conditioned activation (saline challenge) and long-term expression of sensitization were assessed 2 or 30 days after the last sensitizing injection (same treatments as for initiation of sensitization), respectively. Exercising mice and mice undergoing wheel-running cessation exhibited comparable degrees of attenuation of all cocaine effects in comparison with the continuously non-exercising mice, which showed the greatest effects. Thus, the efficaciousness of wheel-running at attenuating cocaine sensitization not only resisted to exercise cessation but also was unambiguously persistent (an important effect rarely reported in previous literature). [less ▲]

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See detailExploration of volumetric cerebral changes, with de micro-MRi, due to psychomotor exercise in mice
Moës, Florian ULiege; Plenevaux, Alain ULiege; Becker, Guillaume ULiege et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

It's well know that exercise is good for health .In addition exercise has postive effects on cognition ,neurodegenerative disease and on mood. Some studies show that exercise has effect on brain so the ... [more ▼]

It's well know that exercise is good for health .In addition exercise has postive effects on cognition ,neurodegenerative disease and on mood. Some studies show that exercise has effect on brain so the aim of this study is to see if there are volumetric changes due to exercise or not. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of α-synuclein levels on cerebral synaptic function: Validation of a novel PET radioligand for the early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease
Tarragon Cros, Ernesto ULiege; Ferrara, André ULiege; Tirelli, Ezio ULiege et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

Background In Parkinson’s disease, converging evidence supports a pathogenic role for excessive α–synuclein accumulation in synaptic terminals that may propagate back to the soma of vulnerable nerve cells ... [more ▼]

Background In Parkinson’s disease, converging evidence supports a pathogenic role for excessive α–synuclein accumulation in synaptic terminals that may propagate back to the soma of vulnerable nerve cells such as neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta. The resulting loss of dopaminergic terminals in the striatum can be demonstrated in vivo using 18F-Dopa-PET (positron emission tomography). However, there’s currently no validated biomarker of the progressive synaptic dysfunction in other vulnerable areas such as the cerebral cortex. Goal In this longitudinal study, we will test the hypothesis that the loss of synaptic terminals in a mouse model of excessive α–synuclein accumulation can be demonstrated in vivo before the occurrence of behavioural disturbances using 18F-UCB-H, a new PET biomarker developed at CRC. We will also test if this new imaging modality is sensitive enough to study the effect of a disease modifying therapy such as chronic physical exercise. Methods We will use microPET for the in vivo quantification of 18F-UCB-H brain uptake in 16 wild type animals and 16 transgenic (Tg) mice overexpressing human α–syn under the mThy1 promotor every 2 months. Data will be validated against post-mortem analyses after the last PET study. Predictions We predict decreased tracer uptake over time in the basal ganglia and cerebral cortex in Tg mice as compared with WT animals. Also, we predict a relationship between 18F-UCB-H uptake levels in basal ganglia and cerebral cortex and progressive alterations in both motor and cognitive functions, respectively. Further, we also expect that chronic exercise will slow down both motor and cognitive disturbances, as well as the rate of 18F-UCB-H brain uptake decreases. Conclusion If 18F-UCB-H PET proves to be a valid biomarker for the early detection of α–synuclein accumulation in the pre-clinical model of PD, the methods will tested on human clinical populations. [less ▲]

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See detailHigher long-lasting ethanol sensitization after adolescent ethanol exposure in mice
Quoilin, Caroline; Didone, Vincent ULiege; Tirelli, Ezio ULiege et al

in Psychopharmacology (2014), 231

Rationale. Due to their maturing brain, adolescents are suggested to be more vulnerable to the long-term consequences of chronic alcohol use. Increased sensitization to the stimulant effects of ethanol is ... [more ▼]

Rationale. Due to their maturing brain, adolescents are suggested to be more vulnerable to the long-term consequences of chronic alcohol use. Increased sensitization to the stimulant effects of ethanol is a possible consequence of ethanol exposure during adolescence. Objectives. The aim of this study was to characterize the long-term alterations in the stimulant effects of ethanol and in the rate of ethanol sensitization in mice pre-exposed to ethanol during adolescence in comparison to mice pre-exposed to ethanol in adulthood. Methods. Adolescent and adult female SWISS mice were injected with saline or ethanol (2.5 or 4 g/kg) during 14 consecutive days. After a three weeks period of ethanol abstinence, mice were tested as adults before and after a second exposure to daily repeated ethanol injections. Results. All mice pre-exposed to ethanol as adults or adolescents showed higher stimulant effects when re-exposed to ethanol three weeks later. However, this enhanced sensitivity to the stimulant effects of ethanol was of significantly higher magnitude in mice repeatedly injected with high ethanol doses (4g/kg) during adolescence. Furthermore, the increased expression of ethanol stimulant effects in these mice was maintained even after a second procedure of ethanol sensitization. Conclusions. Adolescence is a critical period for the development of a sensitization to ethanol stimulant properties providing that high intermittent ethanol doses are administered. These results might contribute to explain the relationship between age at first alcohol use and risks of later alcohol problems and highlight the dangers of repeated consumption of high alcohol amounts in young adolescents. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of behavioral flexibility after middle cerebral artery occlusion in mice.
Linden, Jérôme ULiege; Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULiege; Ferrara, André ULiege et al

in Behavioral Brain Research (2013), 258

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See detailLong-term protective effect of wheel-running on cocaine reactivity
Lespine, Louis-Ferdinand ULiege; Tirelli, Ezio ULiege

Poster (2013, September)

Chronic running activity performed during adolescence in C57BL/6J mice induce a protective long term effect on psycho-stimulating effect of cocaine

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See detailThe histamine H3-receptor inverse agonist Pitolisant improves fear memory in mice
Brabant, Christian ULiege; Charlier, Yana ULiege; Tirelli, Ezio ULiege

in Behavioural Brain Research (2013), 243

Numerous studies have demonstrated that brain histamine plays a crucial role in learning and memory and histamine H3 receptor inverse agonists (H3R inverse agonists) have been proposed to treat cognitive ... [more ▼]

Numerous studies have demonstrated that brain histamine plays a crucial role in learning and memory and histamine H3 receptor inverse agonists (H3R inverse agonists) have been proposed to treat cognitive disorders. Pitolisant (BF2.649, 1-{3-[3-(4-chlorophenyl)propoxy]propyl}piperidine, hydrochloride) was the first H3R inverse agonist that has been tested in human trials and is well tolerated. The present study investigated whether Pitolisant (0.625–20 mg/kg, i.p.) improves consolidation and reconsolidation processes in the fear conditioning task in female C57BL/6J mice. We also tested whether Pitolisant reverses memory deficits induced by the non-competitive N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) antagonist dizocilpine (MK-801). Our results indicate that post-training systemic injections of Pitolisant facilitated consolidation of contextual fear memory and reversed amnesia induced by an i.p. injection of 0.12 mg/kg dizocilpine. In addition, none of the doses of Pitolisant we have tested after reactivation (reexposure to the context in which training took place 48 h earlier) affected reconsolidation, whereas dizocilpine disrupted it. However, Pitolisant was able to reverse the deficit in reconsolidation induced by 0.12 mg/kg dizocilpine. The present results are the first demonstration that Pitolisant is effective in improving consolidation processes in the fear condition task and add further evidence to its potential for treating cognitive disorders. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of L-histidine and histamine H3 receptor modulators on ethanol-induced sedation in mice
Didone, Vincent ULiege; Quoilin, Caroline ULiege; Nyssen, Laura ULiege et al

in Behavioural Brain Research (2013), 238

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See detailChronic tolerance to ethanol-induced sedation: Implication for age-related differences in locomotor sensitization
Quoilin, Caroline; Didone, Vincent ULiege; Tirelli, Ezio ULiege et al

in Alcohol (2013), 47(4), 317-322

The adolescent brain has been suggested to be particularly sensitive to ethanol-induced neuroadaptations, which in turn could increase the risk of youths for alcohol abuse and dependence. Sensitization to ... [more ▼]

The adolescent brain has been suggested to be particularly sensitive to ethanol-induced neuroadaptations, which in turn could increase the risk of youths for alcohol abuse and dependence. Sensitization to the locomotor stimulant effects of ethanol has often been used as an animal model of ethanol-induced neuroadaptations. Previously, we showed that young mice were more sensitive than adults to the locomotor sensitization induced by high ethanol doses. However, this effect could be due to age-related differences in chronic tolerance to the sedative effects of ethanol. The aim of the present study is to assess chronic tolerance to the sedative effects of ethanol in weaning 21-day-old (P21), adolescent 35-day-old (P35) and adult 63-day-old (P63) female Swiss mice. After a daily injection of saline or 4 g/kg ethanol during 6 consecutive days, all P21, P35 and P63 mice were injected with 4 g/kg ethanol and submitted to the loss of righting reflex procedure. Our results confirm that the sensitivity to the acute sedative effects of ethanol gradually increases with age. Although this schedule of ethanol injections induces significant age-related differences in ethanol sensitization, it did not reveal significant differences between P21, P35 and P63 mice in the development of a chronic ethanol tolerance to its sedative effects. The present results show that age-related differences in the development of ethanol sensitization cannot be explained by differences in chronic ethanol tolerance to its sedative effects. More broadly, they do not support the idea that ethanol-induced sensitization is a by-product of chronic ethanol tolerance. [less ▲]

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See detailEnvironmental enrichment can accentuate condtioned reward induced by representative cocaine doses in mice
Geuzaine, Annabelle ULiege; Tirelli, Ezio ULiege

in Journal of Psychopharmacology (2012, August), 26(8), 70

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See detailChronic ethanol exposure during adolescence alters the behavioral responsiveness to ethanol in adult mice
Quoilin, Caroline ULiege; Didone, Vincent ULiege; Tirelli, Ezio ULiege et al

in Behavioural Brain Research (2012), 229

Alcohol exposure during early adolescence is believed to durably alter the behavioral properties of ethanol, increasing the likelihood of later alcohol-related disorders. The aim of the present ... [more ▼]

Alcohol exposure during early adolescence is believed to durably alter the behavioral properties of ethanol, increasing the likelihood of later alcohol-related disorders. The aim of the present experiments was to characterize changes in the behavioral effects of ethanol in adult female Swiss mice after a chronic ethanol exposure during adolescence, extending from postnatal day 28 to postnatal day 42. After a chronic ethanol exposure during adolescence (daily injections of 0, 2.5 or 4 g/kg ethanol for 14 consecutive days), adult mice were tested at postnatal day 63. The locomotor stimulant effects of ethanol, together with ethanol sensitization were tested in experiment 1. In experiment 2, the sedative effects of ethanol were assessed with the loss of righting reflex procedure. Finally, in experiment 3, the anxiolytic effects of ethanol were tested with the light/dark box test. Adult mice chronically exposed to ethanol during adolescence showed a lower basal locomotor activity, but higher locomotor stimulant effects of ethanol than non-exposed mice. Additionally, these adult mice developed higher rates of ethanol sensitization after chronic re-exposure to ethanol in adulthood. Adult mice exposed to ethanol during adolescence also had a stronger tolerance to the sedative effects of high ethanol doses, although they showed no evidence of changes in the anxiolytic effects of ethanol. These results are in agreement with the thesis that chronic alcohol consumption during adolescence, especially in high amounts, increases the risk of later alcohol-related disorders. [less ▲]

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