Positive social interactions are essential for emotional well-being and proper behavioral development of young individuals. Here,we studied the neural underpinnings of social reward by investigating the involvement of opioid neurotransmission in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in social play behavior, a highly rewarding social interaction in adolescent rats. Intra-NAc infusion of morphine (0.05– 0.1g) increased pinning and pouncing, characteristic elements of social play behavior in rats, and blockade of NAc opioid receptors with naloxone (0.5g) prevented the play-enhancing effects of systemic morphine (1 mg/kg, s.c.) administration. Thus, stimulation of opioid receptors in theNAcwas necessary and sufficient for morphine to increase social play. Intra-NAc treatment with the selective -opioid receptor agonist [D-Ala2,N-MePhe4,Gly5- ol]enkephalin (DAMGO) (0.1–10 ng) and the-opioid receptor antagonist Cys-Tyr-D-Trp-Arg-Thr-Pen-Thr-NH2 (CTAP) (0.3–3g) increased and decreased social play, respectively. The-opioid receptor agonistDPDPE([D-Pen2,D-Pen5]-enkephalin) (0.3–3g) had no effects, whereas the -opioid receptor agonist U69593 (N-methyl-2-phenyl-N-[(5R,7S,8S)-7-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)-1-oxaspiro[4.5]dec-8-yl]acetamide) (0.01–1 g) decreased social play. Intra-NAc treatment with -endorphin (0.01–1 g) increased social play, but met-enkephalin (0.1–5 g) and the enkephalinase inhibitor thiorphan (0.1–1g) were ineffective.DAMGO(0.1–10 ng) increased social play after infusion into both the shell and core subregions of the NAc. Last, intra-NAc infusion ofCTAP(3g) prevented the development of social play-induced conditioned place preference. These findings identify NAc -opioid receptor stimulation as an important neural mechanism for the attribution of positive value to social interactions inadolescentrats.AlteredNAc-opioidreceptorfunctionmayunderliesocialimpairmentsin psychiatric disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, or personality disorders.

Trezza, V., Damsteegt, R., ACHERBERG E. J., M., Vanderschuren, L.J.M.J. (2011). Nucleus accumbens μ-opioid receptors mediate social reward. THE JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE, 31, 6362-6370 [10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5492-10.2011].

Nucleus accumbens μ-opioid receptors mediate social reward

TREZZA, VIVIANA;
2011-01-01

Abstract

Positive social interactions are essential for emotional well-being and proper behavioral development of young individuals. Here,we studied the neural underpinnings of social reward by investigating the involvement of opioid neurotransmission in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in social play behavior, a highly rewarding social interaction in adolescent rats. Intra-NAc infusion of morphine (0.05– 0.1g) increased pinning and pouncing, characteristic elements of social play behavior in rats, and blockade of NAc opioid receptors with naloxone (0.5g) prevented the play-enhancing effects of systemic morphine (1 mg/kg, s.c.) administration. Thus, stimulation of opioid receptors in theNAcwas necessary and sufficient for morphine to increase social play. Intra-NAc treatment with the selective -opioid receptor agonist [D-Ala2,N-MePhe4,Gly5- ol]enkephalin (DAMGO) (0.1–10 ng) and the-opioid receptor antagonist Cys-Tyr-D-Trp-Arg-Thr-Pen-Thr-NH2 (CTAP) (0.3–3g) increased and decreased social play, respectively. The-opioid receptor agonistDPDPE([D-Pen2,D-Pen5]-enkephalin) (0.3–3g) had no effects, whereas the -opioid receptor agonist U69593 (N-methyl-2-phenyl-N-[(5R,7S,8S)-7-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)-1-oxaspiro[4.5]dec-8-yl]acetamide) (0.01–1 g) decreased social play. Intra-NAc treatment with -endorphin (0.01–1 g) increased social play, but met-enkephalin (0.1–5 g) and the enkephalinase inhibitor thiorphan (0.1–1g) were ineffective.DAMGO(0.1–10 ng) increased social play after infusion into both the shell and core subregions of the NAc. Last, intra-NAc infusion ofCTAP(3g) prevented the development of social play-induced conditioned place preference. These findings identify NAc -opioid receptor stimulation as an important neural mechanism for the attribution of positive value to social interactions inadolescentrats.AlteredNAc-opioidreceptorfunctionmayunderliesocialimpairmentsin psychiatric disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, or personality disorders.
2011
Trezza, V., Damsteegt, R., ACHERBERG E. J., M., Vanderschuren, L.J.M.J. (2011). Nucleus accumbens μ-opioid receptors mediate social reward. THE JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE, 31, 6362-6370 [10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5492-10.2011].
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