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Yoko Hirata, Chika Yamada, Yuki Ito, Shotaro Yamamoto, Haruna Nagase, Kentaro Oh-Hashi, Kazutoshi Kiuchi, Hiromi Suzuki, Makoto Sawada, Kyoji Furuta
The current medical and surgical therapies for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease offer symptomatic relief but do not provide a cure. Thus, small synthetic compounds that protect neuronal cells from degeneration are critically needed to prevent and treat these. Oxidative stress has been implicated in various pathophysiological conditions, including neurodegenerative diseases. In a search for neuroprotective agents against oxidative stress using the murine hippocampal HT22 cell line, we found a novel oxindole compound, GIF-0726-r, which prevented oxidative stress-induced cell death, including glutamate-induced oxytosis and erastin-induced ferroptosis...
March 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Pierpaolo Cerullo, Paola Brancaccio, Serenella Anzilotti, Antonio Vinciguerra, Ornella Cuomo, Ferdinando Fiorino, Beatrice Severino, Paola Di Vaio, Gianfranco Di Renzo, Lucio Annunziato, Giuseppe Pignataro
Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HI) accounts for the majority of developmental, motor and cognitive deficits in children, leading to life-long neurological impairments. Since the plasmamembrane sodium/calcium exchanger (NCX) plays a fundamental role in maintaining ionic homeostasis during adult brain ischemia, in the present work we aimed to demonstrate (1)the involvement of NCX in the pathophysiology of neonatal HI and (2)a possible NCX-based pharmacological intervention. HI was induced in neonatal mice at postnatal day 7(P7) by unilateral cut of the right common carotid artery, followed by 60 min exposure to 8%O2 ...
March 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Ashish K Rehni, Vibha Shukla, Miguel A Perez-Pinzon, Kunjan R Dave
OBJECTIVES: Cerebral ischemia is a serious possible manifestation of diabetic vascular disease. Recurrent hypoglycemia (RH) enhances ischemic brain injury in insulin-treated diabetic (ITD) rats. In the present study, we determined the role of ischemic acidosis in enhanced ischemic brain damage in RH-exposed ITD rats. METHODS: Diabetic rats were treated with insulin and mild/moderate RH was induced for 5 days. Three sets of experiments were performed. The first set evaluated the effects of RH exposure on global cerebral ischemia-induced acidosis in ITD rats...
March 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Sonia Torres-Sanchez, Gisela Borges, Juan A Mico, Esther Berrocoso
Tapentadol is an analgesic that acts as an agonist of mu-opioid receptors (MOR) and that inhibits noradrenaline reuptake. Data from healthy rats show that tapentadol inhibits neuronal activity in the locus coeruleus (LC), a nucleus regulated by both the noradrenergic and opioid systems. Thus, we set out to investigate the effect of tapentadol on LC activity in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats, a model of diabetic polyneuropathy, by analyzing single-unit extracellular recordings of LC neurons. Four weeks after inducing diabetes, tapentadol dose-response curves were obtained from animals pre-treated with RX821002 or naloxone (alpha2-adrenoceptors and opioid receptors antagonists, respectively)...
March 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Luan Castro Tonelli, Markus Wöhr, Rainer Schwarting, Liana Melo-Thomas
Paradoxical kinesia is a sudden transient ability of akinetic patients to perform motor tasks they are otherwise unable to perform. This phenomenon is known to depend on the patient's emotional state and external stimuli. Paradoxical kinesia can be induced by appetitive 50-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations (USV) in rats displaying catalepsy following systemic haloperidol. We investigated the role of the inferior colliculus (IC) in paradoxical kinesia induced by 50-kHz USV, since the IC modulates haloperidol-induced catalepsy...
March 14, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Cassiano R A F Diniz, Plinio C Casarotto, Senem M Fred, Caroline Biojone, Eero Castrén, Sâmia R L Joca
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is associated with peripheral fluid homeostasis and cardiovascular function, but recent evidence also suggests a functional role in the brain. RAS regulates physiological and behavioral parameters related to the stress response, including depressive symptoms. Apparently, RAS can modulate levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and TRKB, which are important in the neurobiology of depression and antidepressant action. However, the interaction between the BDNF/TRKB system and RAS in depression has not been investigated before...
March 14, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Lígia Renata Rodrigues Tavares, Daniela Baptista-de-Souza, Azair Canto-de-Souza
It is well-known that the exposure of rodents to threatening environments [e.g., the open arm of the elevated-plus maze (EPM)] elicits pain inhibition. Systemic and/or intracerebral [e.g., periaqueductal gray matter, amygdala) injections of antiaversive drugs [e.g., serotonin (5-HT) ligands, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)] have been used to change EPM-open arm confinement induced antinociception (OAA). Here, we investigated (i) the role of the 5-HT1A and 5-HT2C receptors located in the amygdaloid complex on OAA as well as (ii) the effects of systemic pretreatment with fluoxetine (an SSRI) on the effects of intra-amygdala injections of 8-OH-DPAT (a 5-HT1A agonist) or MK-212 (a 5-HT2C agonist) on nociception in mice confined to the open arm or enclosed arm of the EPM...
March 13, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Robin L Carhart-Harris
The entropic brain hypothesis proposes that within upper and lower limits, after which consciousness may be lost, the entropy of spontaneous brain activity indexes the informational richness of conscious states. Here the hypothesis is revisited four years on from its original publication. It is shown that the principle that the entropy of brain activity is elevated in the psychedelic state is increasingly well supported by separate and independent studies and analyses, and evidence for greater brain criticality under psychedelics is also highlighted...
March 13, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Jesse Lea Carlin, Shalini Jain, Romain Duroux, R Rama Suresh, Cuiying Xiao, John A Auchampach, Kenneth A Jacobson, Oksana Gavrilova, Marc L Reitman
Extracellular adenosine is a danger/injury signal that initiates protective physiology, such as hypothermia. Adenosine has been shown to trigger hypothermia via agonism at A1 and A3 adenosine receptors (A1 AR, A3 AR). Here, we find that adenosine continues to elicit hypothermia in mice null for A1 AR and A3 AR and investigated the effect of agonism at A2A AR or A2B AR. The poorly brain penetrant A2A AR agonists CGS-21680 and PSB-0777 caused hypothermia, which was not seen in mice lacking A2A AR. MRS7352, a likely non-brain penetrant A2A AR antagonist, inhibited PSB-0777 hypothermia...
March 13, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Marco Caterino, Tiziana Squillaro, Daniela Montesarchio, Antonio Giordano, Concetta Giancola, Mariarosa A B Melone
Huntington's disease is a dreadful, incurable disorder. It springs from the autosomal dominant mutation in the first exon of the HTT gene, which encodes for the huntingtin protein (HTT) and results in progressive neurodegeneration. Thus far, all the attempted approaches to tackle the mutant HTT-induced toxicity causing this disease have failed. The mutant protein comes with the aberrantly expanded poly-glutamine tract. It is primarily to blame for the build-up of β-amyloid-like HTT aggregates, deleterious once broadened beyond the critical ∼35-37 repeats threshold...
March 8, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Lin Zhou, Yahui Hu, Chengyuan Li, Yunyi Yan, Luyao Ao, Boyang Yu, Weirong Fang, Jihua Liu, Yunman Li
Vincristine is a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug that can produce painful peripheral neuropathy. The chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 1 (CXCL1) and its receptor chemokine (C-X-C motif) receptor 2 (CXCR2) may mediate the resolution of this inflammation. In this study, we investigated whether and how CXCL1 contributes to vincristine-induced pain and the underlying mechanisms of levo-corydalmine (l-CDL, a tetrahydroprotoberberine). Oxycodone hydrochloride (a semisynthetic opioid analgesic) was used as positive control in vivo experiments...
March 5, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Yang Yang, Wei-Gang Ji, Zhi-Ru Zhu, Yu-Ling Wu, Zhi-Yang Zhang, Shao-Chen Qu
Rhynchophylline (RIN) is a significant active component isolated from the Chinese herbal medicine Uncaria rhynchophylla. The overproduction of soluble amyloid β protein (Aβ) oligomers in the hippocampus is closely involved in impairments in cognitive function at the early stage of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Growing evidences show that RIN possesses neuroprotective effects against Aβ-induced neurotoxicity. However, whether RIN can prevent soluble Aβ1-42 -induced impairments in spatial cognitive function and synaptic plasticity is still unclear...
March 3, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Manoela V Fogaça, Alline C de Campos, Ludmila D Coelho, Ronald S Duman, Francisco S Guimarães
Repeated injections of cannabidiol (CBD), the major non-psychotomimetic compound present in the Cannabis sativa plant, attenuate the anxiogenic effects induced by Chronic Unpredictable Stress (CUS). The specific mechanisms remain to be fully understood but seem to involve adult hippocampal neurogenesis and recruitment of endocannabinoids. Here we investigated for the first time if the behavioral and pro-neurogenic effects of CBD administered concomitant the CUS procedure (14 days) are mediated by CB1 , CB2 or 5HT1A receptors, as well as CBD effects on dendritic remodeling and on intracellular/synaptic signaling (fatty acid amide hydrolase - FAAH, Akt, GSK3β and the synaptic proteins Synapsin Ia/b, mGluR1 and PSD95)...
March 3, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Xuewen Wei, JuanJuan Gong, Juyun Ma, Taiyu Zhang, Yihang Li, Ting Lan, Peng Guo, Suhua Qi
It is well known that Wnt5a activation plays a pivotal role in brain injury and β-arrestin2 induces c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK3) activation is involved in neuronal cell death. Nonetheless, the relationship between Wnt5 and JNK3 remains unexplored during cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that Wnt5a-mediated JNK3 activation via the Wnt5a- Dvl-1-β-arrestin2-JNK3 signaling pathway was correlated with I/R brain injury. We found that cerebral I/R could enhance the assembly of the Dvl-1-β-arrestin2-JNK3 signaling module, Dvl-1 phosphorylation and JNK3 activation...
March 3, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Louise Ritchie, Rothwell Tate, Luke H Chamberlain, Graham Robertson, Michele Zagnoni, Teresa Sposito, Selina Wray, John A Wright, Clare E Bryant, Nicholas J Gay, Trevor J Bushell
Toll like receptor 3 (TLR3) belongs to a family of pattern recognition receptors that recognise molecules found on pathogens referred to as pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). Its involvement in innate immunity is well known but despite its presence in the central nervous system (CNS), our knowledge of its function is limited. Here, we have investigated whether TLR3 activation modulates synaptic activity in primary hippocampal cultures and induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived neurons. Synaptically driven spontaneous action potential (AP) firing was significantly reduced by the TLR3 specific activator, poly I:C, in a concentration-dependent manner following both short (5 min) and long exposures (1h) in rat hippocampal cultures...
March 2, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Ida Marabese, Serena Boccella, Monica Iannotta, Livio Luongo, Vito de Novellis, Francesca Guida, Nicola Serra, Antonio Farina, Sabatino Maione, Enza Palazzo
The study investigated the role of the metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 7 (mGluR7) in pain signalling in the dorsal striatum of sham and neuropathic rats. Supraspinal circuitries involved in the dorsal striatum control of pain were also explored. In the sham rats, microinjection of N,N'-bis(diphenylmethyl)-1,2-ethanediamine (AMN082), a selective mGluR7 positive allosteric modulator, into the dorsal striatum, facilitated pain, increased the activity of the ON cells and inhibited the activity of the OFF cells in the rostral ventromedial medulla, and decreased glutamate levels in the dorsal striatum...
March 2, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Aimen Moussaddy, Andrew M Demchuk, Michael D Hill
Acute stroke therapy has significantly evolved over the last two decades. The two main advances have been the approval of intravenous chemical thrombolysis in 1995, and the approval of intra-arterial mechanical thrombectomy in 2015. This has lead to significant improvement of functional outcomes in a disease known to be the first cause of disability worldwide. Subsequent studies have focused on identifying pre-treatment predictors of good treatment candidates, by developing biochemical and imaging biomarkers...
March 2, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Julien Volle, Tatiana Bregman, Brian Scott, Mustansir Diwan, Roger Raymond, Paul J Fletcher, José N Nobrega, Clement Hamani
Both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) deep brain stimulation (DBS) modulate serotonergic activity. We compared the acute (1 day) and long-term (12 days) effects of vmPFC stimulation and fluoxetine on serotonin (5-HT) release and receptor expression in rats. Samples to measure serotonin levels were collected from the hippocampus using microdialysis. Serotonin transporter (SERT), 5-HT1A and 5-HT1B mRNA were measured using in situ hybridization. [3 H]8-OH-DPAT and [125 I]cyanopindolol autoradiography were used to measure 5-HT1A and 5-HT1B binding...
March 2, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Yanhong Duan, Qi Wang, Qingwen Zeng, Jiayue Wang, Zhenzhen Chen, Meichen Xu, Yale Duan, Zheng Zhao, Qingsheng Xue, Xiaohua Cao
Although the striatum has a well-documented role in procedural learning and memory, the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. GluN2B subunit is abundantly expressed in striatum, however, the function of striatal GluN2B subunit in striatum-related learning is also unclear. In the present study, using transgenic mice with forebrain-specific overexpression of the GluN2B subunit, we observed that up-regulation of GluN2B subunit expression results in enhanced dorsal striatum-related motor skill learning and stimulus-response (S-R) learning as well as cortico-dorsomedial striatal (cortico-DMS) long-term potentiation (LTP)...
March 2, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Joshua S Elmore, Ann M Decker, Agnieszka Sulima, Kenner C Rice, John S Partilla, Bruce E Blough, Michael H Baumann
2,5-Dimethoxyphenethylamines (2C compounds) are 5-HT2A/2C receptor agonists that induce hallucinogenic effects. N-methoxybenzylation of 2C compounds markedly increases their affinity for 5-HT2A receptors, and two such analogs, 2-(4-chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-[(2-methoxyphenyl)methyl]ethanamine (25C-NBOMe) and 2-(4-iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-[(2-methoxyphenyl)methyl]ethanamine (25I-NBOMe), have emerged in recreational drug markets. Here, we investigated the neuropharmacology of 25C-NBOMe and 25I-NBOMe in rats, as compared to their 2C analogs and the prototypical 5-HT2A/2C agonist 1-(4-iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)propan-2-amine (DOI)...
March 1, 2018: Neuropharmacology
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