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Stephen V. Mahler

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior
Address1203 McGaugh Hall
Zot 4550
Irvine CA 92697
Phone(949) 824-6128
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    Role of Ventral Pallidum Projection to VTA in Reinstatement of Cocaine Seeking
    NIH/NIDA R00DA035251Jun 15, 2015 - Mar 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Role of Ventral Pallidum Projection to VTA in Reinstatement of Cocaine Seeking
    NIH/NIDA K99DA035251Apr 1, 2013 - Mar 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    VTA Glutamate and Orexin Involvement in Cue Reinstatement of Drug Seeking
    NIH/NIDA F32DA026692Jan 25, 2010 - Jul 1, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Opioid Modulation of Cue-Triggered 'Wanting' in Amygdala
    NIH/NIDA F31DA021481Sep 30, 2006 - Sep 29, 2009
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Chemogenetic manipulation of dopamine neurons dictates cocaine potency at distal dopamine transporters. J Neurosci. 2020 Oct 12. Brodnik ZD, Xu W, Batra A, Lewandowski SI, Ruiz CM, Mortensen OV, Kortagere S, Mahler SV, España RA. PMID: 33046544.
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    2. Pharmacokinetic, behavioral, and brain activity effects of ?9-tetrahydrocannabinol in adolescent male and female rats. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2020 Sep 14. Ruiz CM, Torrens A, Castillo E, Perrone CR, Cevallos J, Inshishian VC, Harder EV, Justeson DN, Huestis MA, Swarup V, Piomelli D, Mahler SV. PMID: 32927465.
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    3. Comparative Pharmacokinetics of ?9-Tetrahydrocannabinol in Adolescent and Adult Male Mice. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2020 Jul; 374(1):151-160. Torrens A, Vozella V, Huff H, McNeil B, Ahmed F, Ghidini A, Mahler SV, Huestis MA, Das A, Piomelli D. PMID: 32345621.
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    4. Do striatal push/pull circuits hold the key to compulsive, relapsing heroin addiction? : A Research Highlight on: Chemogenetic modulation of accumbens direct or indirect pathways bidirectionally alters reinstatement of heroin-seeking in high- but not low-risk rats, by O'Neal et al. (2019). Neuropsychopharmacology. 2020 Jul; 45(8):1243-1244. James MH, Mahler SV. PMID: 31974443.
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    5. On the early life origins of vulnerability to opioid addiction. Mol Psychiatry. 2019 Dec 10. Levis SC, Bentzley BS, Molet J, Bolton JL, Perrone CR, Baram TZ, Mahler SV. PMID: 31822817.
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    6. High-potency ligands for DREADD imaging and activation in rodents and monkeys. Nat Commun. 2019 10 11; 10(1):4627. Bonaventura J, Eldridge MAG, Hu F, Gomez JL, Sanchez-Soto M, Abramyan AM, Lam S, Boehm MA, Ruiz C, Farrell MR, Moreno A, Galal Faress IM, Andersen N, Lin JY, Moaddel R, Morris PJ, Shi L, Sibley DR, Mahler SV, Nabavi S, Pomper MG, Bonci A, Horti AG, Richmond BJ, Michaelides M. PMID: 31604917.
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    7. Ventral pallidum is essential for cocaine relapse after voluntary abstinence in rats. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2019 12; 44(13):2174-2185. Farrell MR, Ruiz CM, Castillo E, Faget L, Khanbijian C, Liu S, Schoch H, Rojas G, Huerta MY, Hnasko TS, Mahler SV. PMID: 31476762.
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    8. Prefrontal Pathways Provide Top-Down Control of Memory for Sequences of Events. Cell Rep. 2019 07 16; 28(3):640-654.e6. Jayachandran M, Linley SB, Schlecht M, Mahler SV, Vertes RP, Allen TA. PMID: 31315044.
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    9. Mesolimbic dopamine projections mediate cue-motivated reward seeking but not reward retrieval in rats. Elife. 2019 05 20; 8. Halbout B, Marshall AT, Azimi A, Liljeholm M, Mahler SV, Wassum KM, Ostlund SB. PMID: 31107241.
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    10. Chemogenetic Manipulations of Ventral Tegmental Area Dopamine Neurons Reveal Multifaceted Roles in Cocaine Abuse. J Neurosci. 2019 01 16; 39(3):503-518. Mahler SV, Brodnik ZD, Cox BM, Buchta WC, Bentzley BS, Quintanilla J, Cope ZA, Lin EC, Riedy MD, Scofield MD, Messinger J, Ruiz CM, Riegel AC, España RA, Aston-Jones G. PMID: 30446532.
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    11. Endocannabinoid-Enhanced "Liking" in Nucleus Accumbens Shell Hedonic Hotspot Requires Endogenous Opioid Signals. Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2018; 3(1):166-170. Mitchell MR, Berridge KC, Mahler SV. PMID: 30069500.
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    12. Author Correction: Stay alert, don't get hurt. Nat Neurosci. 2018 Jun; 21(6):894. Mahler SV. PMID: 29752480.
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    13. CNO Evil? Considerations for the Use of DREADDs in Behavioral Neuroscience. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2018 04; 43(5):934-936. Mahler SV, Aston-Jones G. PMID: 29303143.
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    14. Early-life adversity facilitates acquisition of cocaine self-administration and induces persistent anhedonia. Neurobiol Stress. 2018 Feb; 8:57-67. Bolton JL, Ruiz CM, Rismanchi N, Sanchez GA, Castillo E, Huang J, Cross C, Baram TZ, Mahler SV. PMID: 29888304.
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    15. Modeling cocaine relapse in rodents: Behavioral considerations and circuit mechanisms. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2018 12 20; 87(Pt A):33-47. Farrell MR, Schoch H, Mahler SV. PMID: 29305936.
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    16. Stay alert, don't get hurt. Nat Neurosci. 2018 01; 21(1):3-5. Mahler SV. PMID: 29269760.
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    17. Cued Reinstatement of Cocaine but Not Sucrose Seeking Is Dependent on Dopamine Signaling in Prelimbic Cortex and Is Associated with Recruitment of Prelimbic Neurons That Project to Contralateral Nucleus Accumbens Core. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 2018 01 01; 21(1):89-94. James MH, McGlinchey EM, Vattikonda A, Mahler SV, Aston-Jones G. PMID: 29165565.
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    18. Adolescent cannabinoid exposure effects on natural reward seeking and learning in rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2018 01; 235(1):121-134. Schoch H, Huerta MY, Ruiz CM, Farrell MR, Jung KM, Huang JJ, Campbell RR, Piomelli D, Mahler SV. PMID: 29022083.
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    19. Dopamine terminals from the ventral tegmental area gate intrinsic inhibition in the prefrontal cortex. Physiol Rep. 2017 Mar; 5(6). Buchta WC, Mahler SV, Harlan B, Aston-Jones GS, Riegel AC. PMID: 28325790.
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    20. A Decade of Orexin/Hypocretin and Addiction: Where Are We Now? Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2017; 33:247-281. James MH, Mahler SV, Moorman DE, Aston-Jones G. PMID: 28012090.
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    21. Prelimbic to Accumbens Core Pathway Is Recruited in a Dopamine-Dependent Manner to Drive Cued Reinstatement of Cocaine Seeking. J Neurosci. 2016 08 17; 36(33):8700-11. McGlinchey EM, James MH, Mahler SV, Pantazis C, Aston-Jones G. PMID: 27535915.
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    22. DREADDS: Use and application in behavioral neuroscience. Behav Neurosci. 2016 Apr; 130(2):137-55. Smith KS, Bucci DJ, Luikart BW, Mahler SV. PMID: 26913540.
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    23. Motivational activation: a unifying hypothesis of orexin/hypocretin function. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Oct; 17(10):1298-303. Mahler SV, Moorman DE, Smith RJ, James MH, Aston-Jones G. PMID: 25254979.
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    24. Designer receptors show role for ventral pallidum input to ventral tegmental area in cocaine seeking. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Apr; 17(4):577-85. Mahler SV, Vazey EM, Beckley JT, Keistler CR, McGlinchey EM, Kaufling J, Wilson SP, Deisseroth K, Woodward JJ, Aston-Jones G. PMID: 24584054.
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    25. Modafinil attenuates reinstatement of cocaine seeking: role for cystine-glutamate exchange and metabotropic glutamate receptors. Addict Biol. 2014 Jan; 19(1):49-60. Mahler SV, Hensley-Simon M, Tahsili-Fahadan P, LaLumiere RT, Thomas C, Fallon RV, Kalivas PW, Aston-Jones G. PMID: 23017017.
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    26. Fos activation of selective afferents to ventral tegmental area during cue-induced reinstatement of cocaine seeking in rats. J Neurosci. 2012 Sep 19; 32(38):13309-26. Mahler SV, Aston-Jones GS. PMID: 22993446.
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    27. A rodent "self-report" measure of methamphetamine craving? Rat ultrasonic vocalizations during methamphetamine self-administration, extinction, and reinstatement. Behav Brain Res. 2013 Jan 01; 236(1):78-89. Mahler SV, Moorman DE, Feltenstein MW, Cox BM, Ogburn KB, Bachar M, McGonigal JT, Ghee SM, See RE. PMID: 22940018.
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    28. Interactions between VTA orexin and glutamate in cue-induced reinstatement of cocaine seeking in rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2013 Apr; 226(4):687-98. Mahler SV, Smith RJ, Aston-Jones G. PMID: 22411428.
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    29. Multiple roles for orexin/hypocretin in addiction. Prog Brain Res. 2012; 198:79-121. Mahler SV, Smith RJ, Moorman DE, Sartor GC, Aston-Jones G. PMID: 22813971.
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    30. What and when to "want"? Amygdala-based focusing of incentive salience upon sugar and sex. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012 Jun; 221(3):407-26. Mahler SV, Berridge KC. PMID: 22167254.
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    31. Cue-reactors: individual differences in cue-induced craving after food or smoking abstinence. PLoS One. 2010 Nov 10; 5(11):e15475. Mahler SV, de Wit H. PMID: 21085667.
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    32. Which cue to "want?" Central amygdala opioid activation enhances and focuses incentive salience on a prepotent reward cue. J Neurosci. 2009 May 20; 29(20):6500-13. Mahler SV, Berridge KC. PMID: 19458221.
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    33. Endocannabinoid hedonic hotspot for sensory pleasure: anandamide in nucleus accumbens shell enhances 'liking' of a sweet reward. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2007 Nov; 32(11):2267-78. Mahler SV, Smith KS, Berridge KC. PMID: 17406653.
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    34. Differential effects of nicotine on alcohol consumption in men and women. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2006 May; 186(1):54-63. Acheson A, Mahler SV, Chi H, de Wit H. PMID: 16565827.
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    35. Effects of d-amphetamine and smoking abstinence on cue-induced cigarette craving. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2005 Aug; 13(3):209-18. Alsene KM, Mahler SV, de Wit H. PMID: 16173884.
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    36. Effects of haloperidol on reactions to smoking cues in humans. Behav Pharmacol. 2005 Mar; 16(2):123-6. Mahler SV, de Wit H. PMID: 15767848.
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    37. Mecamylamine and ethanol preference in healthy volunteers. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2005 Jan; 29(1):58-65. Young EM, Mahler S, Chi H, de Wit H. PMID: 15654292.
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    38. A novel stable reproducible model of hepatic failure in canines. J Surg Res. 2000 Dec; 94(2):167-71. Awad SS, Hemmila MR, Soldes OS, Sawada S, Rich PB, Mahler S, Gargulinski M, Hirschl RB, Bartlett RH. PMID: 11104657.
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