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Women, opioid use and addiction.

Teddy G Goetz, Jill B Becker, Carolyn M Mazure,

In the midst of the current coronavirus pandemic, the United States continues to struggle with an ongoing opioid epidemic, initially fueled by widespread prescribing of opioid medications during the 1990s. The primary reason for prescribing opioids is to treat pain. Women have more acute and chronic pain and have been ... Read more >>

FASEB J (FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology)
[2021, 35(2):e21303]

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High density carbon fiber arrays for chronic electrophysiology, fast scan cyclic voltammetry, and correlative anatomy.

Paras R Patel, Pavlo Popov, Ciara M Caldwell, Elissa J Welle, Daniel Egert, Jeffrey R Pettibone, Douglas H Roossien, Jill B Becker, Joshua D Berke, Cynthia A Chestek, Dawen Cai,

<h4>Objective</h4>Multimodal measurements at the neuronal level allow for detailed insight into local circuit function. However, most behavioral studies focus on one or two modalities and are generally limited by the available technology.<h4>Approach</h4>Here, we show a combined approach of electrophysiology recordings, chemical sensing, and histological localization of the electrode tips within ... Read more >>

J Neural Eng (Journal of neural engineering)
[2020, 17(5):056029]

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The rodent vaginal microbiome across the estrous cycle and the effect of genital nerve electrical stimulation.

Micah Levy, Christine M Bassis, Eric Kennedy, Katie E Yoest, Jill B Becker, Jason Bell, Mitchell B Berger, Tim M Bruns,

Treatment options are limited for the approximately 40% of postmenopausal women worldwide who suffer from female sexual dysfunction (FSD). Neural stimulation has shown potential as a treatment for genital arousal FSD, however the mechanisms for its improvement are unknown. One potential cause of some cases of genital arousal FSD are ... Read more >>

PLoS One (PloS one)
[2020, 15(3):e0230170]

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Ovarian Hormones Mediate Changes in Adaptive Choice and Motivation in Female Rats.

Katie E Yoest, Jennifer A Cummings, Jill B Becker,

In female rodents, sexual receptivity is coordinated with cyclic changes in the release of gonadal hormones. Increases in estradiol (E) and progesterone (P) during proestrus and estrus not only induce ovulation but also modulate behaviors that increase the likelihood that the female will find a mate and reproduce. This includes ... Read more >>

Front Behav Neurosci (Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience)
[2019, 13:250]

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Analysis of sex differences in pre-clinical and clinical data sets.

Adriene M Beltz, Annaliese K Beery, Jill B Becker,

Neuropsychopharmacology (Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology)
[2019, 44(13):2155-2158]

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The federal plan for health science and technology's response to the opioid crisis: understanding sex and gender differences as part of the solution is overlooked.

Jill B Becker, Carolyn M Mazure,

The Fast-Track Action Committee on (the) Health Science and Technology Response to the Opioid Crisis recently released their draft report for public comment. This report provides the "roadmap" for a coordinated federal research and development response to the opioid crisis. Other than noting the important concerns regarding maternal and neonatal ... Read more >>

Biol Sex Differ (Biology of sex differences)
[2019, 10(1):3]

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Oestradiol influences on dopamine release from the nucleus accumbens shell: sex differences and the role of selective oestradiol receptor subtypes.

Katie E Yoest, Jennifer A Cummings, Jill B Becker,

<h4>Background and purpose</h4>Females are more sensitive than males to both the acute and prolonged effects of psychomotor stimulants. In females, this is regulated by oestradiol, which enhances dopamine release in the dorsal striatum. In this study, we tested the acute effect of oestradiol on dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens ... Read more >>

Br J Pharmacol (British journal of pharmacology)
[2019, 176(21):4136-4148]

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Sex differences in neural mechanisms mediating reward and addiction.

Jill B Becker, Elena Chartoff,

There is increasing evidence in humans and laboratory animals for biologically based sex differences in every phase of drug addiction: acute reinforcing effects, transition from occasional to compulsive use, withdrawal-associated negative affective states, craving, and relapse. There is also evidence that many qualitative aspects of the addiction phases do not ... Read more >>

Neuropsychopharmacology (Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology)
[2019, 44(1):166-183]

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Sex differences in motivated behaviors in animal models.

Zhimin Song, Manu Kalyani, Jill B Becker,

Sex differences exist in the motivation for sexual behavior, food, parental care and motivation to take drugs. There are also sex differences in the likelihood of exhibiting motivational disorders such as anhedonia, depression, addictive behavior, and eating disorders. This brief review summaries recent studies on sex differences in all motivated ... Read more >>

Curr Opin Behav Sci (Current opinion in behavioral sciences)
[2018, 23:98-102]

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Rapid effects of ovarian hormones in dorsal striatum and nucleus accumbens.

Katie E Yoest, Jacqueline A Quigley, Jill B Becker,

Contribution to Special Issue on Fast effects of steroids. Estradiol and progesterone rapidly induce changes in dopaminergic signaling within the dorsal striatum and nucleus accumbens of female rats. In ovariectomized females, estradiol rapidly enhances dopamine release and modulates binding of dopamine receptors. Progesterone further potentiates the effect of estradiol on ... Read more >>

Horm Behav (Hormones and behavior)
[2018, 104:119-129]

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Sex differences in prenatal stress effects on cocaine pursuit in rats.

Mark B Thomas, Jill B Becker,

Disruption of early-life ontogeny has severe and persistent consequences for the health of the developing organism. Both clinical and preclinical findings indicate that such interference can be caused by maternal stress during the gestation period (prenatal stress [PS]). In rats, PS facilitates the rewarding and neurochemical-stimulating effects of drugs, suggesting ... Read more >>

Physiol Behav (Physiology & behavior)
[2019, 203:3-9]

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Gender differences in the transmission of risk for antisocial behavior problems across generations.

Pin Li, Jill B Becker, Mary M Heitzeg, Michele L McClellan, Beth Glover Reed, Robert A Zucker,

Previous studies have shown that children of alcohol use disorder (AUD) parents are more likely to develop alcohol problems as well as antisocial and other behavior problems. The purpose of this study was to examine gender discordance in the effect of early maternal and paternal influences on antisocial behaviors of ... Read more >>

PLoS One (PloS one)
[2017, 12(5):e0177288]

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Sex differences, gender and addiction.

Jill B Becker, Michele L McClellan, Beth Glover Reed,

This review discusses alcohol and other forms of drug addiction as both a sociocultural and biological phenomenon. Sex differences and gender are not solely determined by biology, nor are they entirely sociocultural. The interactions among biological, environmental, sociocultural, and developmental influences result in phenotypes that may be more masculine or ... Read more >>

J Neurosci Res (Journal of neuroscience research)
[2017, 95(1-2):136-147]

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Sex differences in addiction.

Jill B Becker,

Women exhibit more rapid escalation from casual drug taking to addiction, exhibit a greater withdrawal response with abstinence, and tend to exhibit greater vulnerability than men in terms of treatment outcome. In rodents, short-term estradiol intake in female rats enhances acquisition and escalation of drug taking, motivation for drugs of ... Read more >>

Dialogues Clin Neurosci (Dialogues in clinical neuroscience)
[2016, 18(4):395-402]

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Considering sex as a biological variable in preclinical research.

Leah R Miller, Cheryl Marks, Jill B Becker, Patricia D Hurn, Wei-Jung Chen, Teresa Woodruff, Margaret M McCarthy, Farida Sohrabji, Londa Schiebinger, Cora Lee Wetherington, Susan Makris, Arthur P Arnold, Gillian Einstein, Virginia M Miller, Kathryn Sandberg, Susan Maier, Terri L Cornelison, Janine A Clayton,

In June 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a Guide notice (NOT-OD-15-102) that highlighted the expectation of the NIH that the possible role of sex as a biologic variable be factored into research design, analyses, and reporting of vertebrate animal and human studies. Anticipating these guidelines, the NIH ... Read more >>

FASEB J (FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology)
[2017, 31(1):29-34]

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Sex Differences in Animal Models: Focus on Addiction.

Jill B Becker, George F Koob,

The purpose of this review is to discuss ways to think about and study sex differences in preclinical animal models. We use the framework of addiction, in which animal models have excellent face and construct validity, to illustrate the importance of considering sex differences. There are four types of sex ... Read more >>

Pharmacol Rev (Pharmacological reviews)
[2016, 68(2):242-263]

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Why we should consider sex (and study sex differences) in addiction research.

Carla Sanchis-Segura, Jill B Becker,

Among mammals, every cell has a biological sex, and the sex of an individual pervades its body and brain. In this review, we describe the processes through which mammals become phenotypically male or female by organizational and activational influences of genes and hormones throughout development. We emphasized that the molecular ... Read more >>

Addict Biol (Addiction biology)
[2016, 21(5):995-1006]

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Female rats are not more variable than male rats: a meta-analysis of neuroscience studies.

Jill B Becker, Brian J Prendergast, Jing W Liang,

<h4>Background</h4>Not including female rats or mice in neuroscience research has been justified due to the variable nature of female data caused by hormonal fluctuations associated with the female reproductive cycle. In this study, we investigated whether female rats are more variable than male rats in scientific reports of neuroscience-related traits.<h4>Methods</h4>PubMed ... Read more >>

Biol Sex Differ (Biology of sex differences)
[2016, 7:34]

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Sociocultural context for sex differences in addiction.

Jill B Becker, Michelle McClellan, Beth Glover Reed,

In this review, we discuss the importance of investigating both sex and gender differences in addiction and relapse in studies of humans and in animal models. Addiction is both a cultural and biological phenomenon. Sex and gender differences are not solely determined by our biology, nor are they entirely cultural; ... Read more >>

Addict Biol (Addiction biology)
[2016, 21(5):1052-1059]

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NIH initiative to balance sex of animals in preclinical studies: generative questions to guide policy, implementation, and metrics.

Louise D McCullough, Geert J de Vries, Virginia M Miller, Jill B Becker, Kathryn Sandberg, Margaret M McCarthy,

In May of 2014, the NIH Director together with the Director of the Office of Research on Women's Health announced plans to take a multi-dimensional approach to address the over reliance on male cells and animals in preclinical research. The NIH is engaging the scientific community in the development of ... Read more >>

Biol Sex Differ (Biology of sex differences)
[2014, 5:15]

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Estradiol, dopamine and motivation.

Katie E Yoest, Jennifer A Cummings, Jill B Becker,

The gonadal hormone estradiol modulates mesolimbic dopamine systems in the female rat. This modulatory effect is thought to be responsible for the observed effects of estradiol on motivated behaviors. Dopamine acting in the nucleus accumbens is thought to be important for the attribution of incentive motivational properties to cues that ... Read more >>

Cent Nerv Syst Agents Med Chem (Central nervous system agents in medicinal chemistry)
[2014, 14(2):83-89]

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The development of a preference for cocaine over food identifies individual rats with addiction-like behaviors.

Adam N Perry, Christel Westenbroek, Jill B Becker,

<h4>Rationale</h4>Cocaine dependence is characterized by compulsive drug taking that supercedes other recreational, occupational or social pursuits. We hypothesized that rats vulnerable to addiction could be identified within the larger population based on their preference for cocaine over palatable food rewards.<h4>Objectives</h4>To validate the choice self-administration paradigm as a preclinical model of ... Read more >>

PLoS One (PloS one)
[2013, 8(11):e79465]

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Impact of pubertal and adult estradiol treatments on cocaine self-administration.

Adam N Perry, Christel Westenbroek, Jill B Becker,

Estradiol is thought to play a critical role in the increased vulnerability to psychostimulant abuse in women. Sex differences in the ability of estradiol to influence cocaine self-administration in adult rats have been hypothesized to depend upon pubertal estradiol exposure. The current study investigated whether the presence of gonadal hormones ... Read more >>

Horm Behav (Hormones and behavior)
[2013, 64(4):573-578]

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Sex differences in the effects of estradiol in the nucleus accumbens and striatum on the response to cocaine: neurochemistry and behavior.

Jennifer A Cummings, Lakshmikripa Jagannathan, Lisa R Jackson, Jill B Becker,

<h4>Background</h4>Females exhibit more rapid escalation of cocaine use and enhanced cocaine-taking behavior as compared to males. While ovarian hormones likely play a role in this increased vulnerability, research has yet to examine the role of estradiol in affecting the behavioral and neurological response to cocaine in a brain region- and ... Read more >>

Drug Alcohol Depend (Drug and alcohol dependence)
[2014, 135:22-28]

Cited: 37 times

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Pair housing differentially affects motivation to self-administer cocaine in male and female rats.

Christel Westenbroek, Adam N Perry, Jill B Becker,

Female rats exhibit greater intake and motivation to self-administer cocaine. In females but not males, isolation by itself is a stressor, which could lead to increased drug intake. Therefore, we hypothesized that social housing would buffer against stress and reduce the motivation to self-administer cocaine primarily in females. Male and ... Read more >>

Behav Brain Res (Behavioural brain research)
[2013, 252:68-71]

Cited: 22 times

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