Activation of the GABAergic Parafacial Zone Maintains Sleep and Counteracts the Wake-Promoting Action of the Psychostimulants Armodafinil and Caffeine
Department of Neurobiology; Anaclet Lab
Neuroscience and Neurobiology
We previously reported that acute and selective activation of GABA-releasing parafacial zone (PZVgat) neurons in behaving mice produces slow-wave-sleep (SWS), even in the absence of sleep deficit, suggesting that these neurons may represent, at least in part, a key cellular substrate underlying sleep drive. It remains, however, to be determined if PZVgat neurons actively maintain, as oppose to simply gate, SWS. To begin to experimentally address this knowledge gap, we asked whether activation of PZVgat neurons could attenuate or block the wake-promoting effects of two widely used wake-promoting psychostimulants, armodafinil or caffeine. We found that activation of PZVgat neurons completely blocked the behavioral and electrocortical wake-promoting action of armodafinil. In some contrast, activation of PZVgat neurons inhibited the behavioral, but not electrocortical, arousal response to caffeine. These results suggest that: (1) PZVgat neurons actively maintain, as oppose to simply gate, SWS and cortical slow-wave-activity; (2) armodafinil cannot exert its wake-promoting effects when PZVgat neurons are activated, intimating a possible shared circuit/molecular basis for mechanism of action; (3) caffeine can continue to exert potent cortical desynchronizing, but not behavioral, effects when PZVgat neurons are activated, inferring a shared and divergent circuit/molecular basis for mechanism of action; and 4) PZVgat neurons represent a key cell population for SWS induction and maintenance.
DOI of Published Version
Neuropsychopharmacology. 2017 Jul 19. doi: 10.1038/npp.2017.152. Link to article on publisher's site
Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Anaclet C, Griffith K, Fuller PM. (2017). Activation of the GABAergic Parafacial Zone Maintains Sleep and Counteracts the Wake-Promoting Action of the Psychostimulants Armodafinil and Caffeine. Neurobiology Publications. https://doi.org/10.1038/npp.2017.152. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/neurobiology_pp/213