Glutamatergic Mechanisms in Cigarette Craving and Reward

Summary

Principal Investigator: Malcolm S Reid
Abstract: Cigarette smokers attempting to quit often complain of frequent and overwhelming periods of cigarette craving. Indeed, craving has been identified as a prominent feature of the tobacco withdrawal syndrome and is frequently suggested to be a major contributor to the high rate of relapse observed in smoking cessation treatment programs. In studies examining the relationship of craving with smoking cessation treatment, findings show that cigarette craving during the initial period of abstinence may be predictive of both short and long term treatment outcome. In parallel with these studies on naturally occurring craving, laboratory studies have found that cue-induced cigarette craving and related responses are predictive of relapse in patients that are subsequently enrolled into smoking cessation programs. These findings indicate a strong association between cigarette craving, withdrawal and therapeutic outcome. Pre-clinical and clinical studies have indicated that glutamate systems play a critical role in the acute and chronic effects of drugs of abuse. Animal studies have demonstrated glutamate involvement in the locomotor stimulatory, neurotransmitter release, sensitization, and rewarding effects of numerous classes of drugs of abuse. Recent animal studies have demonstrated nicotine stimulation of glutamate release and that glutamate antagonists block nicotine stimulated dopamine release and behavior, and reduce nicotine withdrawal. In clinical work, glutamate antagonism, either direct or indirect, has been shown to modulate the acute effects of amphetamine and cocaine, to reduce opiate and alcohol withdrawal, and to improve alcohol and cocaine abuse treatment outcome. Few investigators, however, have evaluated glutamate pharmacology in clinical studies on nicotine. This study will examine pharmacological modulation of cigarette craving and withdrawal in treatment seeking cigarette smokers, using glutamatergic compounds. Following medication treatment (8 days), study participants will abstain from smoking for 6 hours and then undergo cigarette cue reactivity tests followed by the evaluation of a smoked cigarette. Medications tested will include clinically available compounds; dcycloserine (a partial NMDA receptor agonist) at 0, 50, 100 mg/day and topiramate (an AMPA receptor antagonist with neuron excitability attenuating and GABA elevating properties) at 0, 75, 150 mg/day. These investigations will be performed using a 3-armed, placebo controlled, double-blind study design.
Funding Period: 2003-09-30 - 2007-06-30
more information: NIH RePORT

Top Publications

  1. ncbi Effects of topiramate on cue-induced cigarette craving and the response to a smoked cigarette in briefly abstinent smokers
    Malcolm S Reid
    Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
    Psychopharmacology (Berl) 192:147-58. 2007
  2. pmc Cocaine cue versus cocaine dosing in humans: evidence for distinct neurophysiological response profiles
    Malcolm S Reid
    Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY 10016, USA
    Pharmacol Biochem Behav 91:155-64. 2008
  3. pmc Valproate treatment and cocaine cue reactivity in cocaine dependent individuals
    Malcolm S Reid
    Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, 550 1st Ave, New York, NY 10016, United States of America
    Drug Alcohol Depend 102:144-50. 2009

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  1. ncbi Effects of topiramate on cue-induced cigarette craving and the response to a smoked cigarette in briefly abstinent smokers
    Malcolm S Reid
    Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
    Psychopharmacology (Berl) 192:147-58. 2007
    ..However, less is known about topiramate effects on nicotine withdrawal and craving and its interactions with a smoked cigarette...
  2. pmc Cocaine cue versus cocaine dosing in humans: evidence for distinct neurophysiological response profiles
    Malcolm S Reid
    Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY 10016, USA
    Pharmacol Biochem Behav 91:155-64. 2008
    ..However, differences in EEG response profiles, and their relationship to function, indicate distinct neurophysiological mediators of cocaine craving and reward within the prefrontal cortex...
  3. pmc Valproate treatment and cocaine cue reactivity in cocaine dependent individuals
    Malcolm S Reid
    Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, 550 1st Ave, New York, NY 10016, United States of America
    Drug Alcohol Depend 102:144-50. 2009
    ..The use of valproate as a treatment for cocaine dependence is not supported...