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    Keywords: brain ; EXPRESSION ; MODEL ; MODELS ; SYSTEM ; COHORT ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; transcription ; DRUG ; MICE ; RESPONSES ; MECHANISM ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR ; RATS ; mechanisms ; BINDING ; ALPHA ; CREB ; ELEMENT ; ELEMENT-BINDING PROTEIN ; ISOFORM ; MUTANT ; NERVOUS-SYSTEM ; NO ; TARGETED MUTATION ; DECREASE ; STRESS ; MUTATION ; MODULATION ; REGION ; REGIONS ; Jun ; INVOLVEMENT ; BEHAVIOR ; FOOD ; LACKING ; BINDING PROTEIN ; molecular ; BINDING-PROTEIN ; MOLECULAR-MECHANISM ; DEPENDENCE ; NEURONS ; KNOCKOUT MICE ; ADDICTION ; CERULEUS ; conditioned place preference ; emotional behavior ; locus coeruleus ; LOCUS-COERULEUS NEURONS ; MOLECULAR-MECHANISMS ; NEURAL PLASTICITY ; opiate addiction ; OPIATE-WITHDRAWAL
    Abstract: The transcription factor cAMP-responsive element binding protein (CREB) has been shown to regulate different physiological responses including drug addiction and emotional behavior. Molecular changes including adaptive modifications of the transcription factor CREB are produced during drug dependence in many regions of the brain, including the locus coeruleus (LC), but the molecular mechanisms involving CREB within these regions have remained controversial. To further investigate the involvement of CREB in emotional behavior, drug reward and opioid physical dependence, we used two independently generated CREB-deficient mice. We employed the Cre/loxP system to generate mice with a conditional CREB mutation restricted to the nervous system, where all CREB isoforms are lacking in the brain (Creb / (NesCre)). A genetically defined cohort of the previously described hypomorphic Creb / (alphaDelta) mice, in which the two major transcriptionally active isoforms (alpha and Delta) are disrupted throughout the organism, were also used. First, we investigated the responses to stress of the CREB-deficient mice in several paradigms, and we found an increased anxiogenic-like response in the both Creb / mutant mice in different behavioral models. We investigated the rewarding properties of drugs of abuse (cocaine and morphine) and natural reward (food) using the conditioned place-preference paradigm. No modification of motivational responses of morphine, cocaine, or food was observed in mutant mice. Finally, we evaluated opioid dependence by measuring the behavioral expression of morphine withdrawal and electrophysiological recordings of LC neurons. We showed an important attenuation of the behavioral expression of abstinence and a decrease in the hyperactivity of LC neurons in both Creb / mutant mice. Our results emphasize the selective role played by neuronal CREB in emotional-like behavior and the somatic expression morphine withdrawal, without participating in the rewarding properties induced by morphine and cocaine
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15029152
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    Keywords: brain ; EXPRESSION ; GENE ; MICE ; CONTRAST ; CREB ; ELEMENT-BINDING PROTEIN ; UP-REGULATION ; CRE ; ADDICTION ; CERULEUS ; locus coeruleus ; LOXP ; cyclic AMP ; morphine dependence ; NIGROSTRIATAL SYSTEM ; OPIATE WITHDRAWAL
    Abstract: P〉Repeated exposure to opiates leads to cellular and molecular changes and behavioral alterations reflecting a state of dependence. In noradrenergic neurons, cyclic AMP (cAMP)-dependent pathways are activated during opiate withdrawal, but their contribution to the activity of locus coeruleus noradrenergic neurons and behavioral manifestations remains controversial. Here, we test whether the cAMP-dependent transcription factors cAMP responsive element binding protein (CREB) and cAMP-responsive element modulator (CREM) in noradrenergic neurons control the cellular markers and the physical signs of morphine withdrawal in mice. Using the Cre/loxP system we ablated the Creb1 gene in noradrenergic neurons. To avoid adaptive effects because of compensatory up-regulation of CREM, we crossed the conditional Creb1 mutant mice with a Crem-/- line. We found that the enhanced expression of tyrosine hydroxylase normally observed during withdrawal was attenuated in CREB/CREM mutants. Moreover, the withdrawal-associated cellular hyperactivity and c-fos expression was blunted. In contrast, naloxone-precipitated withdrawal signs, such as jumping, paw tremor, tremor and mastication were preserved. We conclude by a specific genetic approach that the withdrawal-associated hyperexcitability of noradrenergic neurons depends on CREB/CREM activity in these neurons, but does not mediate several behavioral signs of morphine withdrawal
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20367754
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