Roles of nucleus accumbens shell and core in footshock-induced stress altering behavioral sensitization by methamphetamine in acquisition and testing: Running head: stress, nucleus accumbens, and behavioral sensitization

Cai N. Cheng, Andrew Chih Wei Huang, Shaw Jye Wu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

How the subregions of the nucleus accumbens (NAc) shell and core and stress are involved in behavioral sensitization induced by psychostimulants remains unclear. The present study manipulated methamphetamine (MAMPH) injections, lesions of the NAc shell or core, and footshock-treatment-induced stress to address this issue. The present data showed that during the acquisition phase, MAMPH injections, lesions of the NAc shell, and footshock treatments induced hyperactivity for the NAc shell. For the NAc core, MAMPH injections induced hyperactivity; however, lesions of the NAc core did not affect locomotor activity. Footshock treatments disrupted hyperactivity of behavioral sensitization. During the testing phase, MAMPH injections, lesions of the NAc shell, and footshock-treatment-induced stress facilitated hyperactivity for the NAc shell. For the NAc core, MAMPH injections and footshock-treatment-induced stress increased hyperactivity. However, the lesion of the NAc core did not affect locomotor activity. In conclusion, MAMPH injections and footshock-treatment-induced stress play an excitatory role for the NAc shell in acquisition and testing. For the NAc core, footshock-treatment-induced stress plays an inhibitory role in acquisition but an excitatory role in testing. The NAc core was not involved in MAMPH-induced behavioral sensitization in acquisition and testing. The NAc shell plays an inhibitory role in acquisition and testing phases. The present data might provide some insights for drug addiction. The results should be discussed further.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112434
JournalBehavioural Brain Research
Volume380
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Behavioral sensitization
  • Dopamine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Nucleus accumbens core
  • Nucleus accumbens shell
  • Stress

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Roles of nucleus accumbens shell and core in footshock-induced stress altering behavioral sensitization by methamphetamine in acquisition and testing: Running head: stress, nucleus accumbens, and behavioral sensitization'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this