HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Mouse model links alcohol intake to marijuana-like brain compounds

Brain molecules similar to the active compound in marijuana help to regulate alcohol consumption, according to new reports by scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Bethesda, Maryland, and a separate NIAAA-supported group at several New York state research institutions.

In studies conducted with a strain of mice known to have a high preference for alcohol, the scientists found greatly reduced alcohol intake in mice specially bred to lack CB1, the brain receptor for innate marijuana-like substances known as endocannabinoids. The effect was age dependent, the Bethesda group found. The New York scientists showed that the endocannabinoid system activates a brain region known as the nucleus accumbens, which plays a major role in mediating the rewarding effects of alcohol. Both groups had shown that alcohol intake among normal mice of the same alcohol-preferring strain could be reduced by treating the animals with a drug that blocks CB1 receptors in the brain.

The new reports appear in the early online versions of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume 20, Number 3, at www.pnas.org and the Journal of Neurochemistry, Volume 24, Number 4, at www.blackwell-synergy.com/servlet/useragent?func=showIssues&code=jnc in the week beginning January 20, 2003 (specific dates to be determined).

"These are important findings," notes NIAAA Director Ting-Kai Li, M.D. "Implicating yet another neurochemical mechanism in alcohol consumption opens another potential avenue for the development of new pharmacologic agents to prevent and treat alcohol problems."

The brain's multiple communication pathways employ a wide variety of signaling molecules known as neurotransmitters to relay messages from one brain cell to another. Researchers have found that alcohol affects numerous neurot
'"/>

Contact: Ann Bradley
abradley@willco.niaaa.nih.gov
301-443-0595
NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
20-Jan-2003


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Half-million dollar landmark achieved for the Methuselah Mouse Prize
2. Mouse study shows NPAS3 and NPAS1 genes may be linked to psychosis
3. Mouse brain stem cells capable of converting into blood vessel cells
4. Mouse study yields clue to why liver is less prone to rejection, say Pitt researchers
5. Mouse embryonic germ cells and male gametes created in the lab
6. Mouse, stripped of a key gene, resists diabetes
7. Mouse model of schizophrenia could speed identification of new antipsychotic drugs
8. Mouse study identifies protective mechanism against alcohol-induced embryo toxicity
9. Mouse model offers new explanation for kidney disease and failure
10. Mouse study suggests mammoth evolutionary change
11. Mouse genetic model for spongiform brain diseases

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Mouse model links alcohol intake marijuana like brain compounds

(Date:6/25/2015)...  TAKE Solutions Ltd., a global business technology solutions ... Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its "Method for ... Clinical Accelerators to reduce the time taken to standardize ... without the accelerators), thus reducing time to market. ... the heart of the patented Clinical Data Standardization Process ...
(Date:6/24/2015)... June 24, 2015 Biometry authentication provider ... biometric password solution one face in. ... one face in, entering the expanding biometric ... affordable multifactor-authentication biometric answer to the password problem. ... in partnership with KeyLemon, one face in allows ...
(Date:6/18/2015)... NEW YORK , June 18, 2015 ... in US$ Million by the following Product Segments, which ... Immunoassay Systems, Chemiluminescence Immunoassay Systems, Radio Immunoassay Systems, and ... for the US, Canada , ... Asia-Pacific , Latin America ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):TAKE Solutions Awarded Patent By USPTO 2KeyLemon Announces Partnership With Biometric Password Solution onefacein 2Global Immunoassay Systems Market 2Global Immunoassay Systems Market 3Global Immunoassay Systems Market 4Global Immunoassay Systems Market 5Global Immunoassay Systems Market 6Global Immunoassay Systems Market 7Global Immunoassay Systems Market 8Global Immunoassay Systems Market 9Global Immunoassay Systems Market 10Global Immunoassay Systems Market 11Global Immunoassay Systems Market 12Global Immunoassay Systems Market 13Global Immunoassay Systems Market 14Global Immunoassay Systems Market 15Global Immunoassay Systems Market 16Global Immunoassay Systems Market 17Global Immunoassay Systems Market 18Global Immunoassay Systems Market 19Global Immunoassay Systems Market 20Global Immunoassay Systems Market 21Global Immunoassay Systems Market 22Global Immunoassay Systems Market 23Global Immunoassay Systems Market 24Global Immunoassay Systems Market 25Global Immunoassay Systems Market 26Global Immunoassay Systems Market 27Global Immunoassay Systems Market 28Global Immunoassay Systems Market 29
(Date:7/7/2015)... ... July 07, 2015 , ... bioLytical Laboratories Inc. ... Test was accepted for presentation at the 8th Annual International AIDS Society (IAS) ... presented Wednesday, July 22nd from 1:00 pm to 2:00pm Pacific Standard Time at ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... 7, 2015  SME,s Advanced Manufacturing Media is proud ... 30" issue, celebrating young men and women who have ... July issue of Manufacturing Engineering ... for their accomplishments. Among the standouts: Christopher Tyler ... on optimizing the topology of flapping wing vehicles; ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... ... July 07, 2015 , ... The global aptamers market is ... at a CAGR of 17.89% between 2015 and 2020. The aptamer type segments ... on applications, the report is segmented into diagnostics, therapeutics development, R&D, and other ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... ... July 07, 2015 , ... Currently deployed ... was developed to solve many of the complex logistical and data management ... involve multiple clinical sites and/or remote data coordination centers. , CentrePoint drastically ...
Breaking Biology Technology:bioLytical to Present Findings of Early HIV Detection 2bioLytical to Present Findings of Early HIV Detection 3SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media Recognizes "30 Under 30" Future Leaders of Manufacturing 2SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media Recognizes "30 Under 30" Future Leaders of Manufacturing 3SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media Recognizes "30 Under 30" Future Leaders of Manufacturing 4SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media Recognizes "30 Under 30" Future Leaders of Manufacturing 5Aptamers Market Growing at 17.89% CAGR to 2020 – New Research Available at RnRMarketResearch.com 2Aptamers Market Growing at 17.89% CAGR to 2020 – New Research Available at RnRMarketResearch.com 3Aptamers Market Growing at 17.89% CAGR to 2020 – New Research Available at RnRMarketResearch.com 4Aptamers Market Growing at 17.89% CAGR to 2020 – New Research Available at RnRMarketResearch.com 5ActiGraph Launches CentrePoint Cloud-based Study Management Software Platform 2ActiGraph Launches CentrePoint Cloud-based Study Management Software Platform 3
Cached News: