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Natividad L.A., Buczynski M.W., Herman M.A., Kirson D., Oleata C.S., Ciccocioppo R., Roberto M., and Parsons L.H. (2017) Constitutive increases in amygdalar corticotropin-releasing factor and fatty acid amide hydrolase drive an anxious phenotype. Jan 13. pii: S0006-3223(17)30037-9. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.01.005. [Epub ahead of print] Pubmed

Cippitelli A., Domi E., Ubaldi M., Douglas J.C., Li H.W., Demopulos G., Gaitanaris G., Roberto M., Drew P.D., Kane C.J., and Ciccocioppo R. (2017) Protection against alcohol-induced neuronal and cognitive damage by the PPARγ receptor agonist pioglitazone. Brain Behav Immun. Feb 3. pii: S0889-1591(17)30023-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2017.02.001. [Epub ahead of print] Pubmed

Logrip M.L., Oleata C.S., and Roberto M. (2017) Sex differences in responses of the basolateral-central amygdala circuit to alcohol, corticosterone and their interaction. Neuropharmacology. Mar 1;114:123-134. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2016.11.021 Pubmed

Harris R.A., Bajo M., Bell R.L., Blednov Y.A., Varodayan F.P., Truitt J., de Guglielmo G., Lasek A.W., Logrip M.L., Vendruscolo L., Roberts A.J., Roberts E., George O., Mayfield J., Billiar T., Hackam D., Mayfield R.D., Koob G.F., Roberto M., and Homanics G.E. (2017) Genetic and pharmacologic manipulation of TLR4 has minimal impact on ethanol consumption in rodents. J Neurosci. Feb 1;37(5):1139-1155. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2002-16.2016. Pubmed

Schmeichel B.E., Herman M.A., Roberto M., and Koob G.F. (2016) Hypocretin in the central amygdala mediates escalated cocaine self-administration and stress-induced reinstatement in rats. Biol Psychiatry, Jun 16. pii: S0006-3223(16)32477-5. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2016.06.010. [Epub ahead of print] Pubmed

Herman M.A., Contet C. and Roberto M. (2016) A functional switch in tonic GABA currents alters the output of central amygdala CRF receptor-1 neurons following chronic ethanol exposure. The Journal of Neuroscience, Oct 19;36(42):10729-10741. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1267-16.2016 Pubmed

Bajo M., Mongomery S. Cates L.N., Nadav T., Cheng, K., Delucchi A., Crawford E.,  Yin, H., Roberts AJ., and Roberto M. (2016) Evaluation of TLR4 inhibitor, T532126, in modulation of ethanol drinking behavior in alcohol dependent mice. Alcohol Alcohol. Sep;51(5):541-8. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agw026. Pubmed

Schweitzer P., Cates-Gatto C., Varodayan F.P., Nadav T., Roberto M., Lasek A.W., and Roberts A.J. (2016) Dependence-induced ethanol drinking and GABA neurotransmission are altered in Alk knockout mice. Neuropharmacology, Aug;107:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2016.03.003. Pubmed

Varodayan F., Soni N, Bajo M., Luu G., Madamba S., Schweitzer P., Parsons L.H. and Roberto M. (2016) Chronic ethanol exposure decreases cannabinoid CB(1) receptor function at the GABAergic synapses  in rat central amygdala. Addict Biol, Jul;21(4):788-801. doi: 10.1111/adb.12256. Pubmed

Herman M.A, Varodayan F., Oleata C.S, Kirson D., Luu G., Heilig M., Ciccocioppo R. and Roberto M. (2016) Altered glutamatergic transmission in the central nucleus of the amygdala of genetically selected Marchigian Sardinian rats: alcohol effects. Neuropharmacology, Mar;102:21-31. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2015.10.027. Pubmed

Buczynski M.W., Herman M.A., K. Hsu, Natividad L.A., Irimia C., Polis I.Y., Pugh H., Chang J.W., Niphakis M.J., Cravatt B.F., Roberto M., and Parsons L.H. (2016) Diacylglycerol lipase-alpha inhibits GABA release in the ventral tegmental area during chronic nicotine exposure to facilitate drug self-administration. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA, Jan 26;113(4):1086-91. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1522672113. Pubmed

Varodayan F., Bajo M., Soni N, George L., Madamba S., Schweitzer P. and Roberto M. (2016) Chronic ethanol exposure alters cannabinoid CB(1) receptor function at the GABAergic synapses in rat basolateral amygdala. Addict Biol, Jan 20. doi: 10.1111/adb.12369. Pubmed

Herman M.A and Roberto M. (2016) Cell-type-specific tonic GABA signaling in the rat central amygdala is selectively altered by acute and chronic ethanol. Addiction Biology, Jan;21(1):72-86. doi: 10.1111/adb.12181. Pubmed

Cui C., Noronha A., Koob G.F, Sinha R., Thakkar M., Matochik J., Crews F., Chandler L. J, Pfefferbaum A, Becker H., Lovinger D., Everitt B., Egli M., Mandyam C., Fein G., Potenza M.N.,  Harris R. A., Grant K.A., Roberto M., Meyerhoff D.J., Sullivan E.V. (2015) Brain Pathways to Recovery from Alcohol Dependence. Alcohol, Aug;49(5):435-52. doi: 10.1016/j.alcohol.2015.04.006. Pubmed

Herman M.A., Sidhu H., Stouffer D.G., Kreifeldt M., Le D., Cates-Gatto C., Munoz M.B., Roberts A.J., Parsons L.H., Roberto M., Wickmand K., Slesinger P.E. and Contet C. (2015) GIRK3 gates activation of the mesolimbic dopaminergic pathway by ethanol. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA, Jun 2;112(22):7091-6. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1416146112. Pubmed

Repunte-Canonigo V., Herman M.A, Kawamuraa T., Kranzler H.R., Sherva R., Gelernter J., Farrer L.A., Roberto M. and Sanna P.P. (2015) The neurofibromatosis type 1 (Nf1) gene regulates alcohol intake, GABA release in the central amygdala, and is associated with alcohol dependence in humans. Biological Psychiatry, May 15;77(10):870-9. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2014.07.031. Pubmed

Bajo M., Herman M.A., Varodayan F.P., Oleata C.S., Madamba S.G., Harris R.A., Blednov Y. A., and Roberto M. (2015) Role of the IL-1 receptor antagonist in ethanol-induced regulation of GABAergic transmission in the central amygdala. Brain Behavior and Immunity, Mar;45:189-97. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2014.11.011. Pubmed

Cippitelli A., Ayanwuyi LO., Barbier E., Domi E., Lerma-Cabrera JM., Carvajal F., Scuppa G., Li H., Ubaldi M., Heilig M., Roberto M., Ciccocioppo R. (2015) Polymorphism in the corticotropin-releasing factor receptor 1 (CRF1-R) gene plays a role in shaping the high anxious phenotype of Marchigian Sardinian alcohol-preferring (msP) rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl), Mar;232(6):1083-93. doi: 10.1007/s00213-014-3743-7. Pubmed

Bajo M., Varodayan F.P., Madamba S.G., Roberts A.J., Casal L.M., Oleata C.S, Siggins G.R., and Roberto M. IL-1 interacts with ethanol effects on GABAergic transmission in the mouse central amygdala. Front Pharmacol, Mar 19;6:49. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2015.00049. Pubmed

Grieder T.E., Vargas-Perez H., Herman M., Contet C., Tan L.A., Freiling J., Clark L., Crawford E., Koebel P., Repunte-Canonigo V, Sanna P., Tapper A.R., Roberto M., Kieffer B.L., Sawchenko P.E., Koob G.F., van der Kooy D., George O. (2014) Identification of CRF neurons in the ventral tegmental area that control the aversive effects of nicotine withdrawal. Nature Neuroscience, Dec;17(12):1751-8. doi: 10.1038/nn.3872. Pubmed

Ciccocioppo R., Stopponi S., Economidou D., Kuriyama M., Kinoshita H., Heilig M., Roberto M., Weiss F., and Teshima K. (2014) Chronic administration of the brain-penetrant selective NOP receptor agonist MT-7716 reduces alcohol drinking and seeking in the rat. Neuropsychopharmacology, Oct;39(11):2601-10. doi: 10.1038/npp.2014.113. Pubmed

Bajo M., Madamba S., Roberto M., Blednov Y., Sagi V., Roberts E., Rice K., Harris R. A. and Siggins G.R. (2014) Innate Immune Factors Modulate Ethanol Interactions with GABAergic Transmission in Mouse Central Amygdala. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, Aug;40:191-202. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2014.03.007. Pubmed

Nimitvilai S., Herman H., You C., Arora D.S., McElvain M.A., Roberto M. and Brodie M.S. (2014) Dopamine D2 receptor desensitization by dopamine or corticotropin releasing factor in ventral tegmental area neurons is associated with increased glutamate release. Neuropharmacology, Mar 19;82C:28-40. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2014.03.006. Pubmed

Ciccocioppo R., de Guglielmo G., Hansson A.C., Ubaldi M., Kallupi M., Cruz M.T., Oleata C.S., Heilig M. and Roberto M. (2014) Restraint Stress alters Nociceptin/Orphanin FQ and CRF systems in the rat central amygdala: Significance for anxiety-like behaviors. The Journal of Neuroscience, Jan 8;34(2):363-72. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2400-13.2014. Pubmed

Herman M.A., Contet C., Justice N.J., Vale W. and Roberto M. (2013) Subunit-specific tonic GABA currents and differential effects of ethanol within the central amygdala circuitry of CRF1 reporter mice. The Journal of Neuroscience, 20;33(8):3284-98. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2490-12.2013. Pubmed

Kallupi M., Wee S., Edwards S., Whitfield T.W., Oleata C.S., Luu G., Schmeichel B.E., Koob G.F. and Roberto M. (2013) Kappa Opioid Receptor-Mediated Dysregulation of GABAergic Transmission in the Central Amygdala in Cocaine Addiction. Biological Psychiatry, Oct 1;74(7):520-8. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.04.028. Pubmed

Kallupi M., Varodayan F., Oleata C.S., Correia D., Luu G. and Roberto M. (2013) Nociceptin/ orphanin FQ decreases glutamate transmission and blocks ethanol-induced effects in the central amygdala of naïve and ethanol-depended rats. Neuropsychopharmacology, Apr;39(5):1081-92. doi: 10.1038/ npp.2013.308. Pubmed

Cruz M.T., Herman M., Kallupi M. and Roberto M. (2012) Nociceptin/orphanin FQ blockade of the CRF-induced GABA Release in the Central Amygdala is enhanced after chronic ethanol treatment. Biological Psychiatry, 15;71(8):666-76. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2011.10.032. Pubmed

Gilpin N.W., Misra K., Herman M., Cruz M.T., Koob G.F. and Roberto M. (2011) Neuropeptide Y opposes alcohol effects on GABA release in amygdala and blocks the transition to alcohol dependence. Biological Psychiatry  Jun 1;69(11):1091-9. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2011.02.004. Pubmed

Roberto M., Cruz M.T., Gilpin N.W., Sabino V., Schweitzer P., Bajo M., Cottone P., Madamba S.M, Stouffer D.G., Zorrilla E.P., Koob G.F., Siggins G.R, Parsons L.H. (2010) Corticotropin releasing factor-induced amygdala gamma-aminobutyric Acid release plays a key role in alcohol dependence Biological Psychiatry, 67(9):831-9. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.11.007. Pubmed

Roberto M., Cruz M.T, Bajo M., Siggins G.R., Parsons L.H. and Schweitzer P. (2010)The endocannabinoid system tonically regulates inhibitory transmission and depresses the effect of ethanol in central amygdala. Neuropsycopharmacology, Aug;35(9):1962-72. doi: 10.1038/npp.2010.70. Pubmed

Cottone P., Sabino V., Roberto M., Bajo M., Pockros L., Steardo L.; Rice K.C., Grigoriadis D.E, Conti B., Koob G.F., Zorrilla E.P.(2009) CRF system recruitment mediates dark side of compulsive eating. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA, Nov 24;106(47):20016-20. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0908789106. Pubmed

Bajo M., Cruz M.T., Siggins G.R., Messing R.  and Roberto M. (2008) Protein kinase C epsilon mediation of CRF- and ethanol-induced GABA release in central amygdala. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA, Jun 17;105(24):8410-5. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0802302105. Pubmed

Roberto M., Gilpin N., O’Dell L.E., Cruz M.T., Morse A.C., Siggins G.R. and Koob G.F. (2008) Cellular and behavioral rationale for GABApentin treatment of alcohol dependence. Journal of Neuroscience, May 28;28(22):5762-71. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0575-08.2008. Pubmed

Roberto M. and Siggins G.R. (2006) Nociceptin/orphanin FQ presynaptically decreases GABAergic transmission and blocks the ethanol-induced increase of GABA release in central amygdala. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA,  Jun 20;103(25):9715-20. Pubmed

Roberto M., Schweitzer P., Madamba S., Stouffer D.G., Parsons L.H. and Siggins G.R. (2004) Acute and chronic ethanol alter glutamatergic synaptic transmission in rat central amygdala: an in vitro and in vivo analysis. Journal of Neuroscience, Feb 18;24(7):1594-603. Pubmed

Roberto M., Madamba S.G., Stouffer D.G., Parsons L.H. and Siggins G.R. (2004) Increased GABA release in the central amygdala of ethanol-dependent rats. Journal of Neuroscience, Nov 10;24(45):10159-66. Pubmed

Roberto M., Madamba S., Moore S.D., Tallent M.K. and Siggins G.R. (2003) Ethanol increases GABAergic transmission at both pre- and postsynaptic sites in rat central amygdala neurons. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA, Feb 18;100(4):2053-8. Pubmed

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