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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941296/ghrelin-receptor-antagonism-of-hyperlocomotion-in-cocaine-sensitized-mice-requires-%C3%AE-arrestin-2
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Krisztian Toth, Lauren M Slosky, Thomas F Pack, Nikhil M Urs, Peter Boone, Lan Mao, Dennis Abraham, Marc G Caron, Lawrence S Barak
The "brain-gut" peptide ghrelin, which mediates food-seeking behaviors, is recognized as a very strong endogenous modulator of dopamine (DA) signaling. Ghrelin binds the G protein-coupled receptor GHSR1a, and administration of ghrelin increases the rewarding properties of psychostimulants while ghrelin receptor antagonists decrease them. Additionally, the GHSR1a signals through βarrestin-2 to regulate actin/stress fiber rearrangement, suggesting βarrestin-2 participation in the regulation of actin-mediated synaptic plasticity for addictive substances like cocaine...
September 23, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921679/maternal-immune-activation-leads-to-increased-nnos-immunoreactivity-in-the-brain-of-postnatal-day-2-rat-offspring
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Jiaxian Zhang, Yu Jing, Hu Zhang, David K Bilkey, Ping Liu
Neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) is a key arginine metabolising enzyme in the brain, and nNOS-derived nitric oxide plays an important role in regulating glutamatergic neurotransmission. Nitric oxide and its related molecules are involved in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia, and human genetic studies have identified schizophrenia risk genes encoding nNOS. The present study systematically investigated how maternal immune activation (MIA; a risk factor for schizophrenia) induced by polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid affected nNOS-immunoreactivity in the brain of the resulting male and female offspring at the age of postnatal day (PND) 2...
September 16, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902436/neuroprotective-effect-of-amantadine-on-corticosterone-induced-abnormal-glutamatergic-synaptic-transmission-of-ca3-ca1-pathway-in-rat-s-hippocampal-slices
#3
Xi Xiao, Hui Zhang, Hui Wang, Qun Li, Tao Zhang
Depression is a psychiatric disorder and chronic stress, leading to altered glucocorticoid secretion patterns, is one of the factors that induce depression. Our previous study showed that amantadine significantly attenuated the impairments of synaptic plasticity and cognitive function a rat model of CUS. However, little is known regarding the underlying mechanism. In the present study, the whole-cell patch-clamp technique was applied to examine the protection effect of amantadine on the hippocampus CA3-CA1 pathway...
September 13, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873252/carbonic-anhydrase-inhibitor-acetazolamide-shifts-synaptic-vesicle-recycling-to-a-fast-mode-at-the-mouse-neuromuscular-junction
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Nicolas Ivan Bertone, Ayelén Ivana Groisman, Graciela Lujan Mazzone, Raquel Cano, Lucia Tabares, Osvaldo Daniel Uchitel
Acetazolamide (AZ), a molecule frequently used to treat different neurological syndromes, is an inhibitor of the carbonic anhydrase (CA), an enzyme that regulates pH inside and outside cells. We combined fluorescent FM styryl dyes and electrophysiological techniques at ex vivo levator auris longus neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) from mice to investigate the modulation of synaptic transmission and vesicle recycling by AZ. Transmitter release was minimally affected by AZ, as evidenced by evoked and spontaneous end-plate potential measurements...
September 5, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857293/sr-2-has-low-efficiency-in-regulating-spontaneous-release-at-the-calyx-of-held-synapses
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Shuli Zhang, Xuefeng Wang, Xiaohui Wang, Xuefeng Shen, Jianyuan Sun, Xintian Hu, Peihua Chen
It has been known that Ca(2+) plays an essential role in mediating different modes of neurotransmitter release via different sensing mechanisms. Synaptotagmin 1, 2, 9 were found to act as the Ca(2+) sensors for synchronous release and synaptotagmin 7 and Doc-2 were proposed as the Ca(2+) sensors for asynchronous release. Comparatively, the Ca(2+) sensor for spontaneous release remains a mystery. At the Calyx of Held synapse, the Ca(2+) sensor for spontaneous release was found not identical to the sensor for synchronous release, synaptotagmin2...
August 31, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752923/lp-211-a-selective-5-ht7-receptor-agonist-increases-novelty-preference-and-promotes-risk-prone-behavior-in-rats
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G Beaudet, E Paizanis, F Zoratto, E Lacivita, M Leopoldo, T Freret, G Laviola, M Boulouard, W Adriani
Gambling disorder is associated to an increased impulsivity, a high level of novelty-seeking and a dysregulation of the forebrain neurotransmission systems. However, the neurobiological mechanisms of this addictive disorder are not fully understood and no valid pharmacological approach has yet been approved. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of 5-HT7 receptor (5-HT7 R) stimulation with a brain penetrant and selective agonist, LP-211 (0.25 and 0.50 mg/kg i.p.) during post-experience consolidation, i) acutely in a novelty-preference test (Exp...
July 28, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700819/posterior-dopamine-d2-3-receptors-and-brain-network-functional-connectivity
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Atsuko Nagano-Saito, Jennifer I Lissemore, Paul Gravel, Marco Leyton, Felix Carbonell, Chawki Benkelfat
Recent studies suggest that dopaminergic tone influences resting state activity in multiple brain networks. Although dopamine receptors and transporters have been identified in the posteromedial and parietal cortices, which are linked to functional networks such as the default mode network (DMN), the relationship between dopamine receptor distribution in these posterior regions and resting-state connectivity has yet to be explored. Here, we used a multi-modal neuroimaging strategy, combining resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI) and [18 F]-fallypride high-resolution positron emission tomography (PET), to examine the association between within-network functional connectivity and the dopamine D2/3 receptor distribution in the posterior portion of the brain in 13 healthy adults...
July 12, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686793/learning-and-memory-effects-of-neonatal-methamphetamine-exposure-in-rats-role-of-reactive-oxygen-species-and-age-at-assessment
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Sarah A Jablonski, Michael T Williams, Charles V Vorhees
In utero methamphetamine (MA) exposure leads to a range of adverse effects, such as decreased attention, reduced working-memory capability, behavioral dysregulation, and spatial memory impairments in exposed children. In the current experiment, preweaning Sprague-Dawley rats, as a model of third trimester human exposure, were administered the spin trapping agent, N-tert-butyl-α-phenylnitrone (PBN), daily prior to MA. Rats were given 0 (SAL) or 40 mg/kg PBN prior to each MA dose (10 mg/kg, 4x per day) from postnatal day (P) 6-15...
July 7, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681457/pregnancy-improves-cognitive-deficit-and-neuronal-morphology-atrophy-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-and-hippocampus-of-aging-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Verónica R Cabrera-Pedraza, María de Jesús Gómez-Villalobos, Fidel de la Cruz, Patricia Aguilar-Alonso, Sergio Zamudio, Gonzalo Flores
It is well known that the survival is higher in women compared to men and women have a better survival prognosis than men in some pathologies such as vascular dementia (VD). Our previous reports showed that the spontaneously hypertensive (SH) rat, an animal model of VD, exhibited dendritic atrophy of pyramidal neurons of the dorsal hippocampus (DH) and the prefrontal cortex (PFC) at 8 months of age. Cerebrolysin (CBL), a neurotrophic peptide mixture, reduces dendritic atrophy and improves the memory process in aged rats...
July 6, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432779/nmdar-independent-hippocampal-long-term-depression-impairment-after-status-epilepticus-in-a-lithium-pilocarpine-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#10
Andrey D Ivanov, Aleksey V Zaitsev
Temporal lobe epilepsy is usually associated with cognitive decline and memory deficits. Despite numerous existing studies on various animal models, the mechanisms of these deficits remain largely unclear. A specific form of long-term synaptic efficacy changes-long-term depression (LTD)-is thought to play an important role in memory formation and learning. However, extremely little is known about the possible alteration of LTD induction and dynamics after a status epilepticus (SE). In this work, we investigated the acute and delayed effects of lithium-pilocarpine-induced SE on NMDAR-dependent and NMDAR-independent hippocampal LTD in vitro...
August 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420041/-18-f-nifene-test-retest-reproducibility-in-first-in-human-imaging-of-%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-2-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors
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Patrick J Lao, Tobey J Betthauser, Dana L Tudorascu, Todd E Barnhart, Ansel T Hillmer, Charles K Stone, Jogeshwar Mukherjee, Bradley T Christian
The aim of this study was to examine the suitability of [(18) F]nifene, a novel α4β2* nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) radiotracer, for in vivo brain imaging in a first-in-human study. METHODS: Eight healthy subjects (4 M,4 F;21-69,44 ± 21 yrs) underwent a [(18) F]nifene positron emission tomography scan (200 ± 3.7 MBq), and seven underwent a second scan within 58 ± 31 days. Regional estimates of DVR were measured using the multilinear reference tissue model (MRTM2) with the corpus callosum as reference region...
August 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420033/the-current-clinical-knowledge-on-the-treatment-of-gambling-disorder-a-summary
#12
REVIEW
Karel Hloch, Přemysl Mladěnka, Martin Doseděl, Walter Adriani, Francesca Zoratto
Gambling disorder (GD) is a topical problem in developed countries and may be present in 1-3% of the general population. The pathophysiology of this disorder is largely unknown but it shares similarities to other behavioral addictions. Multiple neurotransmitter systems, including dopaminergic, serotonergic, noradrenergic, glutamatergic, and opioidergic, have been implicated in GD. Based on available articles, only the opioid antagonist naltrexone has been documented to demonstrate clinical efficacy in multiple studies including double-blind studies...
August 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407365/role-of-allopregnanolone-biosynthesis-in-acute-stress-induced-anxiety-like-behaviors-in-mice
#13
Kazumi Yoshizawa, Ayano Okumura, Kozue Nakashima, Tomoyo Sato, Tatsuya Higashi
The neurosteroid allopregnanolone (3α, 5α-tetra-hydroprogesterone: ALLO) elicits anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, and hypnotic anesthetic effects in vivo similar to those induced by other positive allosteric modulators of the GABAA receptor. Endogenous ALLO has been shown to be rapidly elevated in the brain by acute stress paradigms, such as immobilization, in animal models. The present study was designed to ascertain the role of neurosteroid biosynthesis in the anxiety-like behavior induced by immobilization stress...
August 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407307/adenosine-a1-receptors-measured-with-11-c-mpdx-pet-in-early-parkinson-s-disease
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Masahiro Mishina, Kenji Ishii, Yuichi Kimura, Masahiko Suzuki, Shin Kitamura, Kenji Ishibashi, Muneyuki Sakata, Keiichi Oda, Shiro Kobayashi, Kazumi Kimura, Kiichi Ishiwata
Adenosine A1 receptors (A1 Rs) interact negatively with dopamine D1 receptors (D1 Rs) in neurons of the basal ganglia's direct pathway, while adenosine A2A receptors (A2A Rs) negatively interact with dopamine D2 receptors (D2 Rs) in indirect-pathway neurons. The aim of this study was to investigate the cerebral density of A1 Rs in Parkinson's disease (PD) in its early stages, using PET scans with the radioligand 8-dicyclopropylmethyl-1-(11) C-methyl-3-propylxanthine ((11) C-MPDX). We studied 10 drug-naïve patients with early PD...
August 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316120/synergistic-effects-of-g-csf-and-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-on-nerve-regeneration-with-acellular-nerve-xenografts
#15
Hua Jia, Ying Wang, Tao Wang, Yi Dong, Wei-Li Li, Jun-Ping Li, Wen-Zhi Ma, Xiao-Jie Tong, Zhong-Yi He
Peripheral nerve defects result in severe denervation presenting sensory and motor functional incapacitation. Currently, a satisfactory therapeutic treatment promoting the repair of injured nerves is not available. As shown in our previous study, acellular nerve xenografts (ANX) implanted with bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) replaced allografts and promoted nerve regeneration. Additionally, granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) has been proven to mobilize supplemental cells and enhance vascularization in the niche...
July 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316115/gabaa-and-gabab-receptor-dysregulation-in-superior-frontal-cortex-of-subjects-with-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder
#16
S Hossein Fatemi, Timothy D Folsom, Paul D Thuras
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are complex psychiatric disorders that affect millions of people worldwide. Evidence from gene association and postmortem studies has identified abnormalities of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) signaling system in both disorders. Abnormal GABAergic signaling and transmission could contribute to the symptomatology of these disorders, potentially through impaired gamma oscillations which normally occur during cognitive processing. In the current study, we examined the protein expression of 14 GABAA and two GABAB receptor subunits in the superior frontal cortex of subjects with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and healthy controls...
July 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295625/oral-ambroxol-increases-brain-glucocerebrosidase-activity-in-a-nonhuman-primate
#17
Anna Migdalska-Richards, Wai Kin D Ko, Qin Li, Erwan Bezard, Anthony H V Schapira
Mutations in the glucocerebrosidase 1 (GBA1) gene are related to both Parkinson disease (PD) and Gaucher disease (GD). In both cases, the condition is associated with deficiency of glucocerebrosidase (GCase), the enzyme encoded by GBA1. Ambroxol is a small molecule chaperone that has been shown in mice to cross the blood-brain barrier, increase GCase activity and reduce alpha-synuclein protein levels. In this study, we analyze the effect of ambroxol treatment on GCase activity in healthy nonhuman primates. We show that daily administration of ambroxol results in increased brain GCase activity...
July 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245513/brain-translocator-protein-occupancy-by-ono-2952-in-healthy-adults-a-phase-1-pet-study-using-11-c-pbr28
#18
W Gordon Frankle, Rajesh Narendran, Andrew T Wood, Fumitaka Suto, Michael L Himes, Michiyoshi Kobayashi, Tomoya Ohno, Akinori Yamauchi, Katsukuni Mitsui, Kevin Duffy, Mark Bruce
ONO-2952, a novel antagonist of translocator protein 18 kDa (TSPO), binds with high affinity to TSPO in rat brain and human tumor cell line membrane preparations. This study used the TSPO-specific PET radioligand [(11) C]PBR28 to confirm binding of ONO-2952 to brain TSPO in human subjects, and evaluate brain TSPO occupancy and its relationship with ONO-2952 plasma concentration. Sixteen healthy subjects received a single oral dose of 200, 60, 20, or 6 mg ONO-2952 (n = 4 per dose). Two PET scans with [(11) C]PBR28 were conducted ≤7 days apart: at baseline and 24 h after ONO-2952 administration...
July 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233334/investigating-the-effects-of-norepinephrine-%C3%AE-1-receptor-blockade-on-dopamine-levels-a-pilot-pet-study-with-11-c-phno-in-controls
#19
Bernard Le Foll, Thulasi Thiruchselvam, Shawna Xiaoyun Lu, Shakira Mohammed, Esmaeil Mansouri, Dina Lagzdins, Shinichiro Nakajima, Alan A Wilson, Ariel Graff-Guerrero, Patricia Di Ciano, Isabelle Boileau
Interest in a role for norepinephrine (NE) in substance use disorders has increased over recent years. In particular, its interaction with dopamine (DA) is of importance. In this study, positron emission tomography (PET) was used to explore the impact of prazosin (an alpha 1 NE antagonist) on DA levels. Healthy volunteers were administered prazosin for approximately 4 weeks at the daily dose of 15 mg to reach steady state. Participants were scanned with PET imaging and the [(11) C]-(+)-PHNO tracer at baseline (before prazosin), at steady state, and after a wash out period...
July 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650104/alzheimer-s-disease-and-metabolic-syndrome-a-link-from-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-to-neurodegeneration
#20
REVIEW
Eduardo Rojas-Gutierrez, Guadalupe Muñoz-Arenas, Samuel Treviño, Blanca Espinosa, Raúl Chavez, Karla Rojas, Gonzalo Flores, Alfonso Díaz, Jorge Guevara
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia and one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality among the aging population. AD diagnosis is made post-mortem, and the two pathologic hallmarks, particularly evident in the end stages of the illness, are amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles (NFT). Currently, there is no curative treatment for AD. Additionally, there is a strong relation between oxidative stress, metabolic syndrome (MetS) and AD. The high levels of circulating lipids and glucose imbalances amplify lipid peroxidation that gradually diminishes the antioxidant systems, causing high levels of oxidative metabolism that affects cell structure, leading to neuronal damage...
June 26, 2017: Synapse
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