mGluR5 receptors in the basolateral amygdala and nucleus accumbens regulate cue-induced reinstatement of ethanol-seeking behavior

Courtney M. Sinclair, Richard M. Cleva, Lauren E. Hood, Michael Olive, Justin T. Gass

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Abstract

Pharmacological blockade of the type 5 metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR5) attenuates cue-induced reinstatement of ethanol-seeking behavior, yet the brain regions involved in these effects are not yet known. The purpose of the present study was to determine if local blockade of mGluR5 receptors in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) and/or the nucleus accumbens (NAc), two brain regions known to be involved in stimulus-reward associations, attenuate the reinstatement of ethanol-seeking behavior induced by ethanol-paired cues. As a control for possible non-specific effects, the effects of mGluR5 blockade in these regions on cue-induced reinstatement of sucrose-seeking were also assessed. Male Wistar rats were implanted with bilateral microinjection cannulae aimed at the BLA or NAc. Following recovery, animals were trained to self-administer ethanol (10% w/v) or 45 mg sucrose pellets on an FR1 schedule of reinforcement in 30 min daily sessions using a sucrose fading procedure. Following stabilization of responding, animals underwent extinction training. Next, animals received infusions of vehicle or the selective mGluR5 antagonist MTEP (3 μg/μl) into the BLA or NAc prior to cue-induced reinstatement testing sessions. mGluR5 blockade eliminated cue-induced reinstatement of alcohol - but not sucrose-seeking behavior. Results from this study indicate that mGluR5 receptors in the BLA and NAc mediate cue-induced reinstatement of ethanol-seeking behavior, and provide two potential neuroanatomical sites of action where systemically administered mGluR5 antagonists attenuate cue-induced reinstatement. These data are consistent with previous findings that cue-induced reinstatement of ethanol-seeking increases neuronal activity and glutamatergic transmission in these two regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-335
Number of pages7
JournalPharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
Volume101
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

Keywords

  • Antagonist
  • Cue
  • Ethanol
  • Reinstatement glutamate
  • Self-administration
  • mGluR5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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