Opioids and Conditional Amygdala NMDA Receptor Knockout

Summary

Principal Investigator: Michael Glass
Abstract: [unreadable] DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): [unreadable] This revised application is being submitted to provide Dr. Michael Glass, with four years of mentored training in molecular neuropharmacological and stereological methods to study drug abuse under the primary sponsorship of Dr Charles Inturissi and co-sponsorship of Dr. Virginia Pickel. This project will allow the candidate to engage in full-time research which will be facilitated by his appointment to tenure-track assistant professor at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The projects in this proposal will address the role of amygdala gene expression of the essential NMDA-NR1 (NR1) receptor subunit in the development and expression of opiate dependence by creating spatial-temporal knockouts using a specific and versatile form of Cre-loxP technology. This Cre-loxP system has been successfully used to achieve conditional NR1 gene knockout in spinal cord (i.e. spatial knockout) in adult animals (i.e. temporal knockout) with changes in injury-induced pain. The viability of this conditional gene knockout approach to achieve significant reductions of NR1 gene expression in a specific brain region of adult animals, and its consequences for behavior, neural activation, and protein targeting in dendritic spines has never been determined. This proposal will integrate innovative methods for conditional gene knockout and high resolution quantitative electron microscopic methods along with established behavioral paradigms to achieve the following aims: 1). produce NR1 knockout limited to the amygdala of adult mice, 2). examine the effects of conditional NR1 knockout in the amygdala on the development and expression of morphine dependence and tolerance, 3). determine the effects of conditional NR1 knockout in the amygdala on neural activation induced by opiate withdrawal, 4). examine the effects of amygdala NR1 knockout on the cellular targeting of proteins that are structurally and functionally linked to NR1, including the NMDA-R2 (NR2) subunit and neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) in dendritic spines. These studies will provide important new information on the role of amygdala NR1 subunit gene expression in the development of opiate dependence, and provide novel insights into the mechanisms mediating neural plasticity induced by chronic opiate use with implications for maintenance of drug use and relapse. [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable]
Funding Period: 2004-03-15 - 2008-06-30
more information: NIH RePORT

Top Publications

  1. pmc Corticotropin-releasing factor in the mouse central nucleus of the amygdala: ultrastructural distribution in NMDA-NR1 receptor subunit expressing neurons as well as projection neurons to the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis
    Marc A Beckerman
    Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10065, USA
    Exp Neurol 239:120-32. 2013
  2. pmc The NMDA-NR1 receptor subunit and the mu-opioid receptor are expressed in somatodendritic compartments of central nucleus of the amygdala neurons projecting to the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis
    Marc A Beckerman
    Department of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10065, USA
    Exp Neurol 234:112-26. 2012
  3. ncbi Increased AMPA GluR1 receptor subunit labeling on the plasma membrane of dendrites in the basolateral amygdala of rats self-administering morphine
    Michael J Glass
    Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York 10021, USA
    Synapse 58:1-12. 2005
  4. pmc Chronic administration of morphine is associated with a decrease in surface AMPA GluR1 receptor subunit in dopamine D1 receptor expressing neurons in the shell and non-D1 receptor expressing neurons in the core of the rat nucleus accumbens
    Michael J Glass
    Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, 411 East 69th Street, Well Medical College of Cornell University, NY, NY 10021, USA
    Exp Neurol 210:750-61. 2008
  5. pmc Conditional deletion of the NMDA-NR1 receptor subunit gene in the central nucleus of the amygdala inhibits naloxone-induced conditioned place aversion in morphine-dependent mice
    Michael J Glass
    Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, New York, NY 10021, USA
    Exp Neurol 213:57-70. 2008
  6. pmc Mu-opioid and corticotropin-releasing-factor receptors show largely postsynaptic co-expression, and separate presynaptic distributions, in the mouse central amygdala and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis
    A Jaferi
    Division of Neurobiology, Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 407 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065, USA
    Neuroscience 159:526-39. 2009
  7. pmc Ultrastructural relationship between N-methyl-D-aspartate-NR1 receptor subunit and mu-opioid receptor in the mouse central nucleus of the amygdala
    M J Glass
    Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10021, USA
    Neuroscience 163:857-67. 2009

Scientific Experts

  • Michael J Glass
  • Marc A Beckerman
  • A Jaferi
  • Tracey A Van Kempen
  • Nicholas J Justice
  • Teresa A Milner
  • V M Pickel

Detail Information

Publications7

  1. pmc Corticotropin-releasing factor in the mouse central nucleus of the amygdala: ultrastructural distribution in NMDA-NR1 receptor subunit expressing neurons as well as projection neurons to the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis
    Marc A Beckerman
    Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10065, USA
    Exp Neurol 239:120-32. 2013
    ....
  2. pmc The NMDA-NR1 receptor subunit and the mu-opioid receptor are expressed in somatodendritic compartments of central nucleus of the amygdala neurons projecting to the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis
    Marc A Beckerman
    Department of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10065, USA
    Exp Neurol 234:112-26. 2012
    ....
  3. ncbi Increased AMPA GluR1 receptor subunit labeling on the plasma membrane of dendrites in the basolateral amygdala of rats self-administering morphine
    Michael J Glass
    Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York 10021, USA
    Synapse 58:1-12. 2005
    ....
  4. pmc Chronic administration of morphine is associated with a decrease in surface AMPA GluR1 receptor subunit in dopamine D1 receptor expressing neurons in the shell and non-D1 receptor expressing neurons in the core of the rat nucleus accumbens
    Michael J Glass
    Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, 411 East 69th Street, Well Medical College of Cornell University, NY, NY 10021, USA
    Exp Neurol 210:750-61. 2008
    ....
  5. pmc Conditional deletion of the NMDA-NR1 receptor subunit gene in the central nucleus of the amygdala inhibits naloxone-induced conditioned place aversion in morphine-dependent mice
    Michael J Glass
    Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, New York, NY 10021, USA
    Exp Neurol 213:57-70. 2008
    ..More generally, spatial-temporal deletion of the NR1 subunit by Cre-loxP technology is an effective means to elucidate the neurogenetic substrates of complex phenotypes associated with drug abuse...
  6. pmc Mu-opioid and corticotropin-releasing-factor receptors show largely postsynaptic co-expression, and separate presynaptic distributions, in the mouse central amygdala and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis
    A Jaferi
    Division of Neurobiology, Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 407 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065, USA
    Neuroscience 159:526-39. 2009
    ..The commonalities in the synaptic location of both receptors in the CeA and BNST suggest that this is a fundamental cellular association of relevance to both drug addiction and stress-induced disorders...
  7. pmc Ultrastructural relationship between N-methyl-D-aspartate-NR1 receptor subunit and mu-opioid receptor in the mouse central nucleus of the amygdala
    M J Glass
    Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10021, USA
    Neuroscience 163:857-67. 2009
    ....