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Adrian Groh, Mathias Rhein, Vanessa Buchholz, Alexandra Burkert, Christian G Huber, Undine E Lang, Stefan J Borgwardt, Annemarie Heberlein, Marc A N Muschler, Thomas Hillemacher, Stefan Bleich, Helge Frieling, Marc Walter
The administration of diacetylmorphine (DAM) reduces the activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in opioid-maintained patients. However, the epigenetic effects of DAM on addiction-related genes have not been investigated yet. In a randomized controlled study, we examined the immediate effects of intravenous DAM versus placebo on the promoter methylation of the POMC (pro- opiomelanocortin) and NR3C1 (glucocorticoid receptor 1) genes. Twenty-eight heroin-dependent patients on DAM-assisted treatment received either DAM or saline in a randomized crossover design and 17 healthy participants received saline only...
March 6, 2018: Neuropsychobiology
Ryouhei Ishii, Leonides Canuet, Yasunori Aoki, Masahiro Hata, Masao Iwase, Shunichiro Ikeda, Keiichiro Nishida, Manabu Ikeda
Healthy aging is associated with impairment in cognitive information processing. Several neuroimaging methods such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography and near-infrared spectroscopy have been used to explore healthy and pathological aging by relying on hemodynamic or metabolic changes that occur in response to brain activity. Since electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) are able to measure neural activity directly with a high temporal resolution of milliseconds, these neurophysiological techniques are particularly important to investigate the dynamics of brain activity underlying neurocognitive aging...
February 21, 2018: Neuropsychobiology
Marilyn Huckans, Clare J Wilhelm, Tamara J Phillips, Elaine T Huang, Rebekah Hudson, Jennifer M Loftis
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine (MA) abuse causes immune dysfunction and neuropsychiatric impairment. The mechanisms underlying these deficits remain unidentified. METHODS: The effects of MA on anxiety-like behavior and immune function were investigated in mice selectively bred to voluntarily consume high amounts of MA [i.e., MA high drinking (MAHDR) mice]. MA (or saline) was administered to mice using a chronic (14-day), binge-like model. Performance in the elevated zero maze (EZM) was determined 5 days after the last MA dose to examine anxiety-like behavior...
January 18, 2018: Neuropsychobiology
Ute Lewitzka, Michael Bauer, Bettina Ripke, Thomas Bronisch, Lydia Günther
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to prove concepts in the characterization of suicidal patients and the possible usefulness of those markers to potentially identify patients with a higher risk for suicidality. METHODS: Patients with a recent suicide attempt were compared with patients suffering from depression, adjustment disorder, anxiety, or eating disorders without suicidality, healthy controls and remitted patients with a history of at least 1 suicide attempt (≥1 year)...
January 18, 2018: Neuropsychobiology
Mohammad Haghighi, Mehrdokht Mazdeh, Nazila Ranjbar, Mohammad Ali Seifrabie
BACKGROUND: After a stroke, up to 20% of patients suffer from aphasia. The preferred treatment for stroke-related aphasia (SRA) is regular speech and language training (SLT). In the present study, we investigated to what extent adjuvant repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) might enhance recovery. While there is growing evidence of the positive effect of adjuvant rTMS on aphasia, no study has yet been based on an Iranian sample. METHOD: A total of 12 patients (mean age: 55 years; right-handed; 7 women) underwent treatment for SRA 1 month after stroke...
January 16, 2018: Neuropsychobiology
Ravi Vumma, Jessica Johansson, Nikolaos Venizelos
BACKGROUND: Proinflammatory cytokines and oxidative stress responses have been extensively implicated in the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders over the past 2 decades. Moreover, disturbed transport of the dopamine precursor (i.e., the amino acid tyrosine) has been demonstrated, in different studies, across fibroblast cell membranes obtained from neuropsychiatric patients. However, the role and influences of proinflammatory cytokines and oxidative stress, and the reasons for disturbed tyrosine transport in neuropsychiatric disorders, are still not evaluated...
January 16, 2018: Neuropsychobiology
Anderson R Stolf, Diana Müller, Jaqueline B Schuch, Gláucia C Akutagava-Martins, Luciano S P Guimaraes, Claudia M Szobot, Ricardo Halpern, Felix H P Kessler, Flavio Pechansky, Tatiana Roman
BACKGROUND: This study aims to compare allele and genotype frequencies of a 30-bp variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) polymorphism of the DAT1 gene, located at intron 8, between adult crack cocaine users and nonaddicted individuals. Due to its involvement in drug addiction, this gene is a good candidate for molecular studies. METHODS: A cross-sectional sample of 239 current adult crack abusers or dependents from in- and outpatient clinics and 211 control individuals was collected in Brazil...
January 12, 2018: Neuropsychobiology
Shoko Kagawa, Kazuo Mihara, Takeshi Suzuki, Goyo Nagai, Akifumi Nakamura, Kenji Nemoto, Tsuyoshi Kondo
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Serum levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) were prospectively monitored in relation with therapeutic response to lamotrigine augmentation therapy in 46 (15 males and 31 females) inpatients with treatment-resistant depressive disorder during an 8-week treatment with lamotrigine using an open-study design. METHODS: The subjects were 46 depressed patients who had already shown insufficient response to at least 3 psychotropics including antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and atypical antipsychotics...
January 12, 2018: Neuropsychobiology
Kartik Bhatia, Luke Henderson, Mark Yim, Eugene Hsu, Rajiv Dhaliwal
The uncinate fasciculus is the largest white matter association tract connecting the prefrontal cortex and the anteromedial temporal lobe. The traditional anatomical description outlines a temporal stem that hooks around the posterior insula, a subinsular body, and 2 prefrontal stems extending to the lateral orbital gyri and the frontopolar cortex. Recent imaging studies of the white matter tracts deep to the subgenual cingulate gyrus (Brodmann area 25: BA25) suggest the presence of white matter fibers extending from BA25 to the amygdala, via a route that would run in close proximity to the uncinate fasciculus, that are of functional importance in mood disorders...
January 12, 2018: Neuropsychobiology
Peter Falkai
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December 19, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
Vijay A Mittal
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December 19, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
Werner Strik, Katharina Stegmayer, Sebastian Walther, Thomas Dierks
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December 19, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
Christian Walter Hess
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December 19, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
Stephan Heckers
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December 19, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
Werner Strik, Katharina Stegmayer, Sebastian Walther, Thomas Dierks
Schizophrenia research has been in a deadlock for many decades. Despite important advances in clinical treatment, there are still major concerns regarding long-term psychosocial reintegration and disease management, biological heterogeneity, unsatisfactory predictors of individual course and treatment strategies, and a confusing variety of controversial theories about its etiology and pathophysiological mechanisms. In the present perspective on schizophrenia research, we first discuss a methodological pitfall in contemporary schizophrenia research inherent in the attempt to link mental phenomena with the brain: we claim that the time-honored phenomenological method of defining mental symptoms should not be contaminated with the naturalistic approach of modern neuroscience...
December 19, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
Manuel J Cuesta, Víctor Peralta
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December 19, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
William T Carpenter
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December 19, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
Adrián Poblano, Sergio Díaz-Leines, Olga Gama-Moreno, Blanca Flores-Avalos
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Sleep deprivation (SD) may result in perceptual and cognitive alterations in healthy subjects. Our objective was to compare whether psychoacoustics and neurophysiological variables in healthy subjects were altered after SD of 30-36 h. METHOD: We examined 22 subjects by means of several psychoacoustics tests, P300 and mismatch negativity (MMN) recordings, and brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEP) before and after 30-36 h of SD. RESULTS: In the psychoacoustics tests, we found that after SD, difficulties were experienced by the left ear in the discrimination of words in noise and by the right ear in music discrimination...
November 18, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
Naohiro Takeuchi, Shinpei Nonen, Masaki Kato, Masataka Wakeno, Yoshiteru Takekita, Toshihiko Kinoshita, Fumihiko Kugawa
BACKGROUND: Antidepressants have variable therapeutic effects, depending on genetic and environmental factors. Approximately 30% of major depressive disorder (MDD) patients do not respond significantly to antidepressants such as paroxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). However, the biological mechanisms behind this phenomenon are mostly unknown. Here, we examined the role of patients' epigenetic background in SSRI efficacy. METHODS: Genome-wide DNA methylation analysis of the peripheral blood of Japanese MDD patients was performed by using the Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip...
November 4, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
Ashley M Schnakenberg Martin, Brian F OʼDonnell, James B Millward, Jenifer L Vohs, Emma Leishman, Amanda R Bolbecker, Olga Rass, Sandra L Morzorati
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The onset response to a single tone as measured by electroencephalography (EEG) is diminished in power and synchrony in schizophrenia. Because neural synchrony, particularly at gamma frequencies (30-80 Hz), is hypothesized to be supported by the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAr) system, we tested whether phencyclidine (PCP), an NMDAr antagonist, produced similar deficits to tone stimuli in rats. METHODS: Experiment 1 tested the effect of a PCP dose (1...
October 24, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
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