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The PACS alcohol craving scores at T1 reached trend level significance, after accounting for baseline craving and duration between the scans. NC contrast. Specifically, whereas the subjects in the baclofen group showed significantly greater activation of bilateral DLPFC and right ACC after baclofen treatment relative to baseline, the subjects in the control group showed no such activation Table 2 and Fig.

Additionally, there was reduction of right insular cortex activity after baclofen treatment relative to baseline uncorrected p 0.

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We found that baclofen-treatment related effects at ACC and IC significantly predicted time to relapse. NC condition increased the likelihood of early lapse by 1. As shown in Fig. This study investigated the brain CR changes associated with baclofen treatment in AUD individuals and its relationship with relapse outcomes.

Baclofen treatment was associated with significantly greater activity in bilateral DLPFC and right ACC, critical regions that are involved in decision-making and executive control.

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More importantly, greater activation of ACC and deactivation of insula following treatment with baclofen predicted longer time to first alcohol relapse. Several meta-analyses have attempted to build upon traditional concepts of drug dependence which stress on mesolimbic response to pleasure and reward, to a more complex meso-cortical syndrome of impaired response inhibition and salience attribution iRISA. Here, the IC is postulated to store pleasurable interoceptive effects of previous alcohol use, and anticipate these rewarding effects in future 44 and the ACC is believed to be involved in control and inhibition of prepotent maladaptive responses 47 including craving.

Thus, upon exposure to such salient stimulus, AUD individuals, who undergo treatment and intend to stay abstinent, may be able to mobilize coping skills, including attempts to inhibit craving. While two resting state perfusion fMRI based studies in humans have revealed that both acute and chronic administration of baclofen 52 , 53 blunts the cerebral blood flow to ventral anterior insula, it would be further interesting to examine in future studies if higher doses of baclofen can induce more profound deactivation of insula.

The current study results are largely consistent with studies that have evaluated the impact of other pharmacological treatment protocols on brain CR, albeit with some key differences. For example, fMRI CR studies conducted on non-treatment seeking AUD subjects have noted a reduction in VS activity with drugs such as naltrexone, ondansetron, 20 and aripiprazole 54 compared to a placebo arm.

However, another fMRI study in treatment seeking AUD subjects that evaluated the effects of long-acting naltrexone on brain CR 22 found no difference in subcortical activity. This discrepancy is explained by a series of studies that have demonstrated that even direct intravenous alcohol infusion induces robust activation of the VS only in healthy social drinkers, 55 , 56 and not in heavy drinking AUD subjects. Further, there are also some differences noted in the prefrontal CR changes with treatment.

For example, the fMRI study that examined long-acting naltrexone on brain CR 22 found reduced activity in orbital gyri, inferior and middle frontal gyrus, and cingulate gyrus for visual cues. Also an fMRI study with acamprosate found no significant difference in brain CR compared with placebo. Although longitudinal fMRI studies are crucial to model the dynamic changes in brain CR over the treatment course in AUDs, very few studies have employed such design 22 , 59 and none have examined the predictive value of treatment related CR change for relapse outcomes.

However, studies that either have utilized a pre- or post-treatment fMRI CR have reported interesting results congruent to the present study using baclofen. For example, subject with higher baseline VS CR responded better to naltrexone with longer time to relapse.

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This study represents one of the first attempts to examine baclofen treatment-related fMRI cue-reactivity in AUD individuals, but has certain limitations that need to be considered when interpreting the results. While this study may have the limitations of a non-randomized trial, several non-treatment related confounding factors like baseline characteristics and treatment setting were controlled.

Despite the group difference in the time interval between the fMRI scans, we employed mixed effects modelling that provides flexibility in allowing for unequal time intervals, missing values, and imbalanced data. The present study did not specifically control for placebo-effect; however, true effects related to baclofen are still likely because both groups received standard treatment protocols that included comparable detoxification regimes with benzodiazepines, thrice a week group therapy for relapse prevention, oral thiamine supplementation, with only the addition of baclofen in the baclofen-treatment arm.

The encouraging observations of the present study, make a case for further, randomized double-blind, placebo controlled longitudinal fMRI studies of baclofen treatment, preferably following longer periods of administration of baclofen.

While we explored the relationship of ACC-IC cue-reactivity with relapse outcomes, further examination with neuro-cognitive tests of response inhibition and reward functions are warranted. Also, the study results may be biased as we included only male participants, but that reflects the strong preponderance of males in treatment centres and indeed the extreme male preponderance of drinking prevalence in India.

Despite these limitations, this study provides both novel and valuable preliminary neurobiological evidence for baclofen response in AUD and its relationship with relapse outcomes. Baclofen appears produce its clinical effects in AUD through modulation of critical brain regions within the incentive-salience network, with activation of regions involved in cognitive control like ACC; and deactivation of regions involved in reward anticipation like insula. Brain regions that showed significant group-by-time interaction with significantly greater activation in baclofen group relative to control group for the contrast alcohol-neutral cues.

Cox proportional hazard regression models of baclofen treatment-related BOLD signal change predicting time to relapse. Results indicate that greater activation of ACC and deactivation of insula following baclofen treatment, predicted longer time to first alcohol relapse.


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Title Author Keyword Volume Vol. Methods Twenty-three inpatients with AUD underwent a functional magnetic resonance imaging cue-reactivity task before beginning medication with baclofen and 2 weeks later. Results Whole-brain linear mixed effects analysis revealed a significant group-by-time interaction with greater activation of the bilateral dorsolateral pre-frontal cortex and right anterior cingulate cortex ACC following baclofen treatment in comparison with the control group.

Conclusion This study provides preliminary evidence for the neural predictors of baclofen treatment response in AUD. Keywords : Baclofen, Functional magnetic resonance imaging, Cue-reactivity, Relapse prediction. Participants and Procedures Thirty-five male subjects seeking in-patient treatment for alcohol dependence, aged between 23 and 50 years, participated in this naturalistic, observational study. A The visual image induced craving for ethanol VICE functional magnetic resonance imaging paradigm was presented in a block design, consisting of four second epochs.

The resting control block R was a blank screen with fixation cross-hair. B Changes in the in-scanner craving responses mean and standard error averaged across subjects for different ARC exposure blocks for the baseline solid lines and 2nd week dashed lines scans shown for baclofen and control groups separately. For illustration each ARC block liquor storefront, alcohol bottles, pouring and sipping alcohol was scored 1 if the subjects experienced craving for alcohol indicated by means of button presses for at least two of the five cues in the block. Brain regions depicting significant group-by-time interactions for alcohol vs.

The results indicate significant activation of bilateral dorsolateral prefrontal cortex DLPFC and right anterior cingulate cortex ACC following baclofen treatment compared to the control group.


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