Kissler JL*, Sirohi S*, Reis DJ†, Jansen HT, Quock RM, Smith DG and Walker BM (2014). The ‘One-Two Punch’ of Alcoholism: Role of Central Amygdala Dynorphins / Kappa-Opioid Receptors. Biological Psychiatry, 75, 10, 774-782. *Denotes equal contribution. Commentary: Heilig M, Schank JR (2014). Kappa-opioid receptor antagonism: a mechanism for treatment of relief drinking? Biological Psychiatry, 75, 10, 750-751. Press release: http://www.biologicalpsychiatryjournal.com
Walker BM, Kissler JL (2013): Dissociable effects of kappa-opioid receptor activation on impulsive phenotypes in Wistar rats. Neuropsychopharmacology, 38, 11, 2278-85.
Berger AL*, Williams AM*, McGinnis MM† and Walker BM (2013). Affective cue-induced escalation of alcohol self-administration and increased 22-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations during alcohol withdrawal: role of kappa-opioid receptors. Neuropsychopharmacology, 38, 4, 647-654. *Denotes equal contribution.†Undergraduate researcher.
Sirohi S, Bakalkin G and Walker BM (2012). Alcohol-induced plasticity in the dynorphin / kappa-opioid receptor system. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2012. 00095.
Williams AM*, Reis DJ*†, Powell AS*†; Neira LJ†, Nealey KA, Ziegler CE†, Kloss NA†, Bilimoria JL†, Smith CE† and Walker BM (2012). The Effect of Intermittent Alcohol Vapor or Pulsatile Heroin on Somatic and Negative Affective Indices during Spontaneous Withdrawal in Wistar Rats. Psychopharmacology, 223, 1, 75-88. *Denotes equal contribution. †Undergraduate researcher.
Walker BM (2012). Conceptualizing Withdrawal-Induced Escalation of Alcohol Self-Administration as a Learned, Plasticity-Dependent Process. Alcohol, 46, 4, 339-348.
Walker BM, Valdez GR, McLaughlin JP and Bakalkin G (2012). Targeting dynorphin / kappa-opioid receptor systems to treat alcohol abuse and dependence. Alcohol 46, 4, 359-370.
Smith AW†, Nealey KA†, Wright JW and Walker BM (2011). Plasticity associated with escalated operant ethanol self-administration during acute withdrawal in ethanol-dependent rats requires intact matrix metalloproteinase systems. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 96, 199-206. †Undergraduate researcher.
Nealey KA†, Smith AW†, Davis SM, Smith DG and Walker BM (2011). κ-opioid receptors are implicated in the increased potency of intra-accumbens nalmefene in ethanol-dependent rats. Neuropharmacology, 61, 35-42. †Undergraduate researcher.
Walker JL, Walker BM, Fuentes FM, Rector DM (2011). Rat psychomotor vigilance task with fast response times using a conditioned lick behavior. Behavioural Brain Research, 216, 1, 229-237. PMID: 20696188.
Walker BM, Zorrilla EP, Koob GF (2011). Systemic κ-opioid receptor antagonism by nor-binaltorphimine reduces dependence-induced excessive alcohol self-administration in rats. Addiction Biology, 16, 1, 116-119. PMID: 20579007.
Walker BM, Drimmer DA, Walker JL, Liu T, Mathé AA, Ehlers CE (2010). Effects of prolonged ethanol vapor exposure on forced swim behavior, and neuropeptide Y and corticotropin releasing factor levels in rat brains. Alcohol, 44, 6, 487-493. PMID: 20705420.
Walker BM and Ehlers CL (2009). Appetitive motivational experience during adolescence results in enhanced alcohol consumption during adulthood. Behavioral Neuroscience, 123, 4, 926-935. PMID: 19634953.
Walker BM and Ehlers CL (2009). Age-related differences in the blood alcohol levels of Wistar rats. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 91, 4, 560-565. PMID: 18940195.
Greenwell TN, Walker BM, Cottone P, Zorrilla EP and Koob GF (2009). The α1 adrenergic receptor antagonist prazosin reduces heroin self-administration in rats with extended access to heroin administration. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 91, 3, 295-302. PMID: 18703080.
Criado JR, Wills DN, Walker BM, Ehlers CL (2008). Effects of adolescent ethanol exposure on sleep in adult rats. Alcohol, 42, 8, 631-639. PMID: 18922666.
Criado JR, Wills DN, Walker BM, Ehlers CL (2008). Electrophysiological effects of dizocilpine (MK-801) in adult rats exposed to ethanol during adolescence. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 32, 10, 1752-1762. PMID: 18652596.
Walker BM, Rasmussen DD, Raskind MA and Koob GF (2008). α1-noradrenergic receptor antagonism blocks dependence-induced increases in responding for ethanol. Alcohol, 42, 2, 91-97. PMID: 18358987.
Walker BM, Walker JL and Ehlers CL (2008). Dissociable effects of ethanol consumption during the light and dark phase in adolescent and adult Wistar rats. Alcohol, 42, 2, 83-89. PMID: 18358986.
Pian JP, Criado JR, Walker BM and Ehlers CL (2008). Differential effects of acute alcohol on EEG and sedative responses in adolescent and adult Wistar rats. Brain Research, 1194, 28-36. PMID: 18191821.
Walker BM and Koob GF (2008). Pharmacological evidence for a motivational role of kappa-opioid systems in ethanol dependence. Neuropsychopharmacology, 33, 643-652. PMID: 17473837.
Walker, BM and Ettenberg, A (2007). Intracerebroventricular ethanol-induced conditioned place preferences are prevented by fluphenazine infusions into the nucleus accumbens. Behavioral Neuroscience, 121, 2, 401-410. PMID: 17469930.
Ehlers CE, Walker BM, Pian JP, Roth JL and Slawecki C (2007). Increased alcohol drinking in isolate-housed alcohol-preferring (P) rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 121, 1, 111-119. PMID: 17324055.
Walker BM and Koob GF (2007). The GABAB receptor agonist baclofen attenuates operant responding for ethanol in ethanol-dependent rats. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31, 1, 11-18. PMID: 17207096.
Walker BM and Ettenberg A (2005). Intra-ventral tegmental area heroin-induced place preferences are potentiated by systemic alprazolam. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 82, 3, 470-477. PMID: 16297973.
Walker BM and Ettenberg A (2002). The effects of alprazolam on conditioned place preferences produced by intravenous heroin. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 75, 1, 75-80. PMID: 12759115.
Walker BM and Ettenberg A (2001). Benzodiazepine modulation of opiate reward. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 9, 2, 191-197. PMID: 11518095.
* contributed equally
† undergraduate researcher