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    Trial-based Discrimination Procedure for Studying Drug Relapse in Rats
    [Abstract] In abstinent drug addicts, cues formerly associated with drug-taking experiences gain relapse-inducing potency (‘incubate’) over time. Animal models of incubation may help in developing treatments for relapse prevention. However, these models have primarily focused on the role of conditioned stimuli (CSs) signaling drug delivery and not ...
    Optogenetic Food Odor Avoidance Assay
    Authors:  Jay M. Patel, Jessica Swanson and Benjamin R. Arenkiel, date: 10/20/2019, view: 356, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Appetite is tightly linked to the sensory experience of feeding, including the smell, taste, and sight of food. Sensory perception can affect the palatability of food, modulating appetite beyond homeostatic requirements. Hypothalamic neurons that govern feeding are responsive to sensory cues associated with food, including food odors. However, the ...
    Use of the Vsoc-maze to Study Sociability and Preference for Social Novelty in Rodents
    [Abstract] Studying social behavior in mouse models empowers the understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms involved, which are affected in neuropsychiatric disorders, allowing the evaluation of therapeutic strategies. Behavioral methods available are time-consuming and reducing the length of behavioral sessions may render more manageable experiments ...
    Antisense Oligodeoxynucleotide Perfusion Blocks Gene Expression of Synaptic Plasticity-related Proteins without Inducing Compensation in Hippocampal Slices
    [Abstract] The elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of long-term synaptic plasticity has been hindered by both the compensation that can occur after chronic loss of the core plasticity molecules and by ex vivo conditions that may not reproduce in vivo plasticity. Here we describe a novel method to rapidly suppress gene expression by ...
    ATAC-seq on Sorted Adult Mouse Neurons
    Authors:  Erin A. Clark, Yasuyuki Shima and Sacha Nelson, date: 10/05/2019, view: 553, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Transcription regulation is a key aspect of cellular identity established during development and maintained into adulthood. Molecular and biochemical assays that probe the genome are critical tools in exploring mechanisms of transcription regulation and cell type identity. The mammalian brain is composed of a huge diversity of cell types with ...
    Simple Protocol for Distinguishing Drug-induced Effects on Spatial Memory Acquisition, Consolidation and Retrieval in Mice Using the Morris Water Maze
    Authors:  Ariel K. Frame, Asad Lone, Richard A. Harris and Robert C. Cumming, date: 09/20/2019, view: 469, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Morris water maze (MWM) is one of the most commonly used tests for assessing spatial learning and memory in mice. While the MWM is highly amenable to testing the effects of memory modifying drugs, most studies do not consider the timing or duration of drug exposure when conducting the MWM assay; factors that can strongly influence the effect ...
    Explant Culture of the Embryonic Mouse Spinal Cord and Gene Transfer by ex vivo Electroporation
    [Abstract] Developing axons change responsiveness to guidance cues during the journey to synapse with target cells. Axon crossing at the ventral midline serves as a model for studying how axons accomplish such a switch in their response. Although primary neuron culture has been a versatile technique for elucidating various developmental mechanisms, many in ...
    A High-throughput and Pathophysiologically Relevant Astrocyte-motor Neuron Co-culture Assay for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Therapeutic Discovery
    Authors:  Matthew J. Stopford, Scott P. Allen and Laura Ferraiuolo, date: 09/05/2019, view: 817, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult onset neurological disorder characterized by loss of motor neurons leading to progressive muscle wasting and eventually death. Astrocytes play a key role in disease pathogenesis. However, the ability to study astrocytic support towards motor neurons in ALS has been limited by a lack of sustainable ...
    Construction of Viral Vectors for Cell Type-specific CRISPR Gene Editing in the Adult Mouse Brain
    Authors:  Hiroshi Yamaguchi and Luis de Lecea, date: 08/20/2019, view: 799, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Recently developed gene editing technologies based on engineered CRISPR/Cas9 systems enables researchers to disrupt genes in a cell type-specific manner in the adult mouse brain. Using these technologies, we recently showed that the dopamine beta-hydroxylase gene in Locus Coeruleus (LC) norepinephrine neurons plays a vital role in the maintenance ...
    Whisker Nuisance Test: A Valuable Tool to Assess Tactile Hypersensitivity in Mice
    Authors:  Luigi Balasco, Gabriele Chelini, Yuri Bozzi and Giovanni Provenzano, date: 08/20/2019, view: 532, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Abnormal response to tactile stimulation, described as both hyper- and hypo-reactivity, is a common sensory impairment in multiple neuropsychiatric disorders. The neural bases of tactile sensitivity remain so far unknown. In the last years, animal studies have proven to be useful for shedding light on the cellular and molecular mechanism ...



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