Anxiety and smoking cessation outcomes in alcohol-dependent smokers
ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Anxiety-related characteristics, including anxiety sensitivity and trait anxiety, are elevated in individuals with alcohol and nicotine dependence and associated with greater difficulties with quitting smoking. However, little is known about how anxiety-related characteristics are related to smoking cessation outcomes in alcohol-dependent smokers. The present study, part of a larger smoking cessation clinical trial, examined associations between anxiety sensitivity, trait anxiety, nicotine withdrawal symptoms, smoking urges, and smoking cessation outcomes in a sample of 83 alcohol-dependent smokers. METHODS: Participants were enrolled in concurrent alcohol and tobacco treatment as part of a substance-abuse intensive outpatient program. Smoking cessation treatment was administered in a 3-week cognitive-behavioral format that included 8 weeks of open-label nicotine patch treatment. Information on nicotine withdrawal, smoking urges, and CO-confirmed smoking consumption rates was collected at baseline, quit date, end of behavioral treatment, and at a 1-month follow-up. RESULTS: Higher levels of anxiety sensitivity were associated with more smoking urges due to anticipation of negative affect relief at quit date. Higher levels of trait anxiety were associated with more smoking urges due to positive reinforcement and anticipation of relief of negative affect at quit date, as well as more severe nicotine withdrawal symptoms at the endof treatment. Levels of anxiety sensitivity and trait anxiety were not associated with Cox regression survival times to relapse.Conclusion:These results indicate that for alcohol-dependent smokers, levels of anxiety sensitivity and trait anxiety are important to consider in the assessment and treatment of nicotine dependence.
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ABSTRACT: Addiction to nicotine and the ability to quit smoking are influenced by genetic factors. We used functional genomic approaches (chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and whole-genome sequencing) to identify cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) targets following chronic nicotine administration and withdrawal (WD) in rodents. We found that chronic nicotine and WD differentially modulate CREB binding to the gene for neuregulin 3 (NRG3). Quantitative analysis of saline, nicotine and nicotine WD in two biological replicates corroborate this finding, with NRG3 increases in both mRNA and protein following WD from chronic nicotine treatment. To translate these data for human relevance, single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) across NRG3 were examined for association with prospective smoking cessation among smokers of European ancestry treated with transdermal nicotine in two independent cohorts. Individual SNP and haplotype analysis support the association of NRG3 SNPs and smoking cessation success. NRG3 is a neural-enriched member of the epidermal growth factor family, and a specific ligand for the receptor tyrosine kinase ErbB4, which is also upregulated following nicotine treatment and WD. Mice with significantly reduced levels of NRG3 or pharmacological inhibition of ErbB4 show similar reductions in anxiety following nicotine WD compared with control animals, suggesting a role for NRG3 in nicotine dependence. Although the function of the SNP in NRG3 in humans is not known, these data suggest that Nrg3/ErbB4 signaling may be an important factor in nicotine dependence.Molecular Psychiatry advance online publication, 3 September 2013; doi:10.1038/mp.2013.104.Molecular Psychiatry 09/2013; 19(7). DOI:10.1038/mp.2013.104 · 15.15 Impact Factor