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Genes Brain Behav. 2009 Jul;8(5):493-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1601-183X.2009.00485.x. Epub 2009 Feb 19.

Amygdala protein kinase C epsilon controls alcohol consumption.

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Department of Neurology, Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, University of California at San Francisco, Emeryville, CA, USA. H.M.B.Lesscher@umcutrecht.nl

Abstract

Alcoholism is a progressive disorder that involves the amygdala. Mice lacking protein kinase C epsilon (PKCepsilon) show reduced ethanol consumption, sensitivity and reward. We therefore investigated whether PKCepsilon signaling in the amygdala is involved in ethanol consumption. Local knockdown of PKCepsilon in the amygdala reduced ethanol consumption and preference in a limited-access paradigm. Further, mice that are heterozygous for the PKCepsilon allele consume less ethanol compared with wild-type mice in this paradigm. These mice have a >50% reduction in the abundance of PKCepsilon in the amygdala compared with wild-type mice. We conclude that amygdala PKCepsilon is important for ethanol consumption in mice.

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19243450
PMCID:
PMC2714877
DOI:
10.1111/j.1601-183X.2009.00485.x
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