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János Tajti, Délia Szok, Zsófia Majláth, Bernadett Tuka, Anett Csáti, László Vécsei
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October 19, 2016: Neuropeptides
Alexander Kiss, Zuzana Majercikova
Effect of repeated asenapine (ASE) treatment on FosB/ΔFosB expression was studied in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of male rats exposed to chronic mild stress (CMS) for 21days. Our intention was to find out whether repeated ASE treatment for 14days may: 1) induce FosB/ΔFosB expression in the PVN; 2) activate selected PVN neuronal phenotypes, synthesizing oxytocin (OXY), vasopressin (AVP), corticoliberin (CRH) or tyrosine hydroxylase (TH); and 3) interfere with the impact of CMS. Control, ASE, CMS, and CMS+ASE treated groups were used...
October 15, 2016: Neuropeptides
Maryam Farahmandfar, Mehdi Kadivar, Sareh Rastipisheh
Behavioral abnormalities associated with opiate addiction include memory and learning deficits, which are the result of some alterations in the neuromodulatory systems. Recently, orexin has shown to influence drug addiction neural circuitry, specifically in mediating reward-related perception and memory. To explore the possible interaction of orexinergic and opioidergic system on modulation of learning and memory, we have investigated the effects of intra-dorsal hippocampal (intra-CA1) administration of orexin-1 receptor agonist and the competitive orexin-1 antagonist, SB-334867, on morphine-induced memory impairment by using step-down passive avoidance task in mice...
October 11, 2016: Neuropeptides
Olympia Gianfrancesco, Vivien J Bubb, John P Quinn
Many facets of human behaviour are likely to have developed in part due to evolutionary changes in the regulation of neuropeptide and other brain-related genes. This has allowed species-specific expression patterns and unique epigenetic modulation in response to our environment, regulating response not only at the molecular level, but also contributing to differences in behaviour between individuals. As such, genetic variants or epigenetic changes that may alter neuropeptide gene expression are predicted to play a role in behavioural conditions and psychiatric illness...
October 11, 2016: Neuropeptides
Xiao-Chuan Gu, Xiao-Bin Zhang, Bing Hu, Ying Zi, Ming Li
Fracture repair is a complex yet well orchestrated regenerative process involving numerous signaling and cell types including osteoblasts. Here we showed that NPY, a neurotransmitter with regulatory functions in bone homeostasis, may contribute to the post-fracture bone healing in patients with traumatic brain injury-fracture combined injuries. Our results suggested NPY levels were increased in patients with the combined injuries, accomplished by arising of bone healing markers, such as ALP, OC, PICP and ICTP, than in those with simple fractures, and NPY have direct actions on MSCs to promote their osteogenic differentiation...
October 2, 2016: Neuropeptides
Birgitte Georg, Birgitte Falktoft, Jan Fahrenkrug
The neuropeptide PACAP is expressed throughout the central and peripheral nervous system where it modulates diverse physiological functions including neuropeptide gene expression. We here report that in human neuroblastoma NB-1 cells PACAP transiently induces its own expression. Maximal PACAP mRNA expression was found after stimulation with PACAP for 3h. PACAP auto-regulation was found to be mediated by activation of PACAP specific PAC1Rs as PACAP had >100-fold higher efficacy than VIP, and the PAC1R selective agonist Maxadilan potently induced PACAP gene expression...
September 30, 2016: Neuropeptides
Jin Li, Han-Xia Li, Xiao-Jing Shou, Xin-Jie Xu, Tian-Jia Song, Song-Ping Han, Rong Zhang, Ji-Sheng Han
Oxytocin (OXT) and vasopressin (AVP) are considered to be related to mammalian social behavior and the regulation of stress responses. The present study investigated the effects of chronic homotypic restraint stress (CHRS) on social behaviors and anxiety, as well as its repercussions on OXT- and AVP-positive neurons in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) and supraoptic nucleus (SON) nuclei in rat. Male Sprague-Dawley rats receiving CHRS were exposed to repeated restraint stress of 30min per day for 10days. Changes in social approach behaviors were evaluated with the three-chambered social approach task...
September 30, 2016: Neuropeptides
Alexandra Mikó, Nóra Füredi, Judit Tenk, Ildikó Rostás, Szilvia Soós, Margit Solymár, Miklós Székely, Márta Balaskó, Susanne M Brunner, Barbara Kofler, Erika Pétervári
Hypothalamic neuropeptides influence the main components of energy balance: metabolic rate, food intake, body weight as well as body temperature, by exerting either an overall anabolic or catabolic effect. The contribution of alarin, the most recently discovered member of the galanin peptide family to the regulation of energy metabolism has been suggested. Our aim was to analyze the complex thermoregulatory and food intake-related effects of alarin in rats. Adult male Wistar rats received different doses of alarin (0...
September 5, 2016: Neuropeptides
Zahra Hajimashhadi, Nahid Aboutaleb, Farinaz Nasirinezhad
Apelin is an endogenous ligand for apelin receptor (APJ) with analgesic effect on visceral, analgesic and proanalgesic influences on acute pains in animal models. The purpose of this study was to determine the possible analgesic effects of [Pyr(1)] apelin-13 on chronic pain after spinal cord injury (SCI) in rats. Animals were randomly divided into three major groups as intact, sham and SCI. The SCI group randomly allocated to four subgroups as no treatment, vehicle-treatment (normal saline: 10μl, intrathecally) and two subgroups with intrathecal injection (i...
September 2, 2016: Neuropeptides
René G Feichtinger, Erika Pétervári, Michaela Zopf, Silvia Vidali, Sepideh Aminzadeh-Gohari, Johannes A Mayr, Barbara Kofler, Márta Balaskó
Hypothalamic alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) is a key catabolic mediator of energy homeostasis. Its anorexigenic and hypermetabolic effects show characteristic age-related alterations that may be part of the mechanism of middle-aged obesity and geriatric anorexia/cachexia seen in humans and other mammals. We aimed to investigate the role of α-MSH in mitochondrial energy metabolism during the course of aging in a rodent model. To determine the role of α-MSH in mitochondrial energy metabolism in muscle, we administered intracerebroventricular (ICV) infusions of α-MSH for 7-days to different age-groups of male Wistar rats...
August 26, 2016: Neuropeptides
Kristin Webling, Johan Runesson, Andreas Lang, Indrek Saar, Barbara Kofler, Ülo Langel
It is over 30years since the regulatory peptide galanin was discovered by Professor Mutt and co-workers. Galanin exerts its effects by binding to three galanin G-protein coupled receptors, namely GAL1R, GAL2R and GAL3R. Each galanin receptor has a different distribution in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system as well as distinctive signaling pathways, which implicates that the receptors are involved in different biological- and pathological effects. The delineation of the galaninergic system is however difficult due to a lack of stable, specific galanin receptor ligands...
August 25, 2016: Neuropeptides
Eugene Krustev, Milind M Muley, Jason J McDougall
Neurogenic inflammation is a local inflammatory response that is driven by the peripheral release of neuropeptides from small diameter afferents which occurs in many organs including joints. The knee joint has a rich endocannabinoid system which has been shown to decrease acute synovitis. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of joint afferents on leukocyte-endothelial interactions within the synovial microcirculation of mice and determine the role of endocannabinoids on this inflammatory response...
August 22, 2016: Neuropeptides
Chuyi Huang, Chuanfu Dai, Kai Gong, Huancong Zuo, Heling Chu
Apelin-13 has protective effects on many neurological diseases, including cerebral ischemia. Here, we aimed to test Apelin-13's effects on ischemic neurovascular unit (NVU) injuries and investigate whether the effects were dependent on vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). We detected the expression of VEGF and its receptors (VEGFRs) induced by Apelin-13 injection at 1d, 3d, 7d and 14d after middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Meanwhile, we examined the effects of Apelin-13 on NVU in both in vivo and in vitro experiments as well as whether the effects were VEGF dependent by using VEGF antibody...
August 16, 2016: Neuropeptides
Xiaomin Xing, Yi Han, Xiaojun Zhou, Bo Zhang, Yan Li, Zhongsu Wang, Lin Liao, Lequn Su
OBJECTIVE: The goal of the genetic investigation was to identify the associations of serum lipid levels and DPP-4 variants in Chinese type 2 diabetes patients. METHODS: We detected four variants of the DPP4 gene in 190 Chinese individuals with type 2 diabetes and tested for an association with dyslipidemia in 82 selected samples. Data including basic information, HbA1c, FPG, serum lipid parameters were collected. Statistical analysis was performed by SPSS 13.0 through ANOVA and χ(2) test...
August 16, 2016: Neuropeptides
Mikkel Agersnap, Ming-Dong Zhang, Tibor Harkany, Tomas Hökfelt, Jens F Rehfeld
Cholecystokinin (CCK) is a widely expressed neuropeptide system originally discovered in the gut. Both cerebral and peripheral neurons as well as endocrine I-cells in the small intestine process proCCK to tyrosyl-O-sulfated and α-carboxyamidated peptides. Recently, we reported that gut endocrine I-cells also synthetize nonsulfated CCK in significant amounts. Accordingly, we have now examined whether porcine and rat cerebral tissues (four cortical regions, hypothalamus and cerebellum) also synthesize nonsulfated CCK...
August 10, 2016: Neuropeptides
Seyed Mahdi Mohammadi, Zeinab Shirvani Farsani, Rozita Dosti, Mohammad Ali Sahraian, Mehrdad Behmanesh
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system characterized by brain inflammation, demyelination and axonal loss. Neuropeptide Y (NPY) has a critical role in the maintenance of homeostasis in the immune system and coping of stress condition. In the current study we analyzed 188 patients suffering from MS and 204 unrelated healthy controls for two functional single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), NPY 20T>C (rs16139) and NPY -485T>C (rs16147) using PCR-RFLP and Mismatch PCR-RFLP methods...
August 8, 2016: Neuropeptides
Elham Abbasloo, Hamid Najafipour, Saeed Esmaeili-Mahani
Pain represents a major contributing factor to the individual's quality of life. Although pain killers as opioids, endogenous or exogenous peptides can decrease pain perception, the chronic use of them leads to antinociceptive tolerance. It has been demonstrated that neuropeptide apelin has potent antinoceptive effect. However, the possibility of the induction of its antinociceptive tolerance has not yet been clarified. The tail-flick test was used to assess the nociceptive threshold. All experiments were carried out on male Wistar rats which received intrathecal apelin for 7days...
August 6, 2016: Neuropeptides
Berrin Oztas, Deniz Sahin, Hale Kir, Fatma Ceyla Eraldemir, Mert Musul, Sevinç Kuskay, Nurbay Ates
The objective of this study is to examine the effects of the endogenous ligands leptin, ghrelin, and neuropeptide Y (NPY) on seizure generation, the oxidant/antioxidant balance, and cytokine levels, which are a result of immune response in a convulsive seizure model. With this goal, Wistar rats were divided into 5 groups-Group 1: Saline, Group 2: Saline+PTZ (65mg/kg), Group 3: leptin (4mg/kg)+PTZ, Group 4: ghrelin (80μg/kg)+PTZ, and Group 5: NPY (60μg/kg)+PTZ. All injections were delivered intraperitoneally, and simultaneous electroencephalography (EEG) records were obtained...
August 6, 2016: Neuropeptides
Yoshikage Muroi, Toshiaki Ishii
Animals consume energy for reproduction, as well as survival. Excess or insufficient energy investment into reproduction, respectively, threatens the survival of parents or leads to the failure of reproduction. Management of energy consumption in reproduction is important, not only for the success of the process, but also for the survival of the parents. Reproductive behaviors, such as mating and parental behavior, are indispensable for achieving each event of reproduction including gametogamy, parturition, and lactation...
October 2016: Neuropeptides
Sahreh Shabani, Alireza Sarkaki, Seyyed Ali Mard, Akram Ahangarpour, Layasadat Khorsandi, Yaghoob Farbood
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is associated with cognitive impairments and a decline in the spontaneous neuronal discharge. In the current study, we evaluated the effect of subcutaneous (S.C.) and intrahippocampal (I.H.) administrations of levothyroxine (LT-4) on the passive avoidance and spatial memory, as well as electrophysiological activity in an animal model of AD. One hundred-sixty male Wistar rats were divided into two main groups. The S.C. group included two Sham and four AD (vehicle or L-T4 25, 50 & 100μg/kg); and the I...
October 2016: Neuropeptides
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