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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332257/kynurenic-acid-and-its-derivatives-are-able-to-modulate-the-adhesion-and-locomotion-of-brain-endothelial-cells
#1
Eszter Lajkó, Bernadett Tuka, Ferenc Fülöp, István Krizbai, József Toldi, Kálmán Magyar, László Vécsei, László Kőhidai
The neuroprotective actions of kynurenic acid (KYNA) and its derivatives in several neurodegenerative disorders [characterized by damage to the cerebral endothelium and to the blood-brain barrier (BBB)] are well established. Cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) adhesion is supposedly involved in recovery of impaired cerebral endothelium integrity (endothelial repair). The present work aimed to investigate the effects of KYNA and its synthetic derivatives on cellular behaviour (e.g. adhesion and locomotion) and on morphology of the GP8 rat brain endothelial cell line, modeling the BBB endothelium...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322265/the-role-of-sphingolipids-in-psychoactive-drug-use-and-addiction
#2
REVIEW
Liubov S Kalinichenko, Erich Gulbins, Johannes Kornhuber, Christian P Müller
Psychoactive drug use is a common behavior in many societies worldwide, frequently associated with drug instrumentalization. Regular use may develop into drug addiction, which is a severe psychiatric disorder with multiple pathological effects to virtually all organ systems. Treatment strategies for addiction are often insufficient with no broadly working pharmaco-treatment available. Recently, lipids, and particularly sphingolipids, have been considered as new mediators in the pathogenic pathways and as possible therapeutic targets for the treatment of addictive states...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306989/kynurenine-is-correlated-with-il-1%C3%AE-in-plasma-of-schizophrenia-patients
#3
Helena P G Joaquim, Alana C Costa, Wagner F Gattaz, Leda Leme Talib
The etiology of schizophrenia is still unclear. It is well-known that pro-inflammatory cytokines are higher in schizophrenia patients since the first episode psychosis comparing to healthy controls. Inflammatory downstream cascades influence different cellular pathways, like the displacement of the tryptophan (TRP) metabolism to the production of kynurenine (KYN) instead of serotonin, which results in the generation of several neuro and immunoactive metabolites. The aim of this study was to determine TRP, KYN and IL-1β plasma levels in first-onset schizophrenia (n = 28) and healthy controls (n = 30)...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305656/serotonergic-targets-for-the-treatment-of-l-dopa-induced-dyskinesia
#4
REVIEW
Kathryn Lanza, Christopher Bishop
Dopamine (DA) replacement therapy with L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) continues to be the gold-standard treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD). Despite clear symptomatic benefit, long-term L-DOPA use often results in the development of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia (LID), significantly reducing quality of life and increasing costs for PD patients and their caregivers. Accumulated research has demonstrated that several pre- and post-synaptic mechanisms contribute to LID development and expression. In particular, raphe-striatal hyperinnervation and unregulated DA release from 5-HT terminals is postulated to play a central role in LID manifestation...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305655/chrfam7a-gene-expression-in-schizophrenia-clinical-correlates-and-the-effect-of-antipsychotic-treatment
#5
Sunil V Kalmady, Rimjhim Agrawal, Deepthi Venugopal, Venkataram Shivakumar, Anekal C Amaresha, Sri Mahavir Agarwal, Manjula Subbanna, Ashwini Rajasekaran, Janardhanan C Narayanaswamy, Monojit Debnath, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian
Earlier studies have implicated CHRNA7, coding α-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7 nAChR), and its partially duplicated chimeric gene CHRFAM7A in schizophrenia. However, the relationship between the alterations in peripheral gene expression of CHRFAM7A and severity of clinical symptoms has not been examined. Furthermore, potential influence of the antipsychotic medication on CHRFAM7A expression in drug-naive or drug-free schizophrenia is an unexplored area. CHRFAM7A gene expression in lymphocytes was analyzed in 90 antipsychotic-naïve or free schizophrenia patients using TaqMan-based quantitative RT-PCR...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302750/decreased-plasma-agmatine-levels-in-autistic-subjects
#6
Erman Esnafoglu, İlhan İrende
Agmatine is a polyamine endogenously synthesized from arginine and is considered to be a new neurotransmitter. Agmatine has been implicated in the pathophysiology of several diseases such as anxiety disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. Agmatine also possesses anticonvulsant, neuroprotective, antiapoptotic, antioxidant, anxiolytic, and antidepressant effects. Furthermore, agmatine inhibits the nitric oxide synthase enzyme and exerts antagonist effects on NMDA, alpha-2, and imidazoline receptors. Considering these characteristics, the present study investigated whether agmatine plays a role in the pathogenesis of autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs)...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299688/gamma-aminobutyric-acid-gaba-receptors-gabra4-gabre-and-gabrq-gene-polymorphisms-and-risk-for-migraine
#7
Elena García-Martín, Gara Esguevillas, Mercedes Serrador, Hortensia Alonso-Navarro, Francisco Navacerrada, Gemma Amo, Esteban García-Albea, José A G Agúndez, Félix Javier Jiménez-Jiménez
Several biochemical, pharmacological, neurophysiological and experimental data suggest a possible role of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the pathogenesis of migraine. We investigated the possible association of the most common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the GABA receptor alpha4 (GABRA4), epsilon (GABRE), and theta (GABRQ) genes with the risk for migraine. A TaqMan-based qPCR assay designed to detect the most common SNPs in the GABRA4 (rs2229940), GABRE (rs1139916), and GABRQ (rs3810651) was performed in 197 migraine patients and 394 age- and gender-matched controls...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285639/analysis-of-3d-spatial-trajectories-in-parkinsonian-essential-and-physiological-tremors
#8
Peter Jombík, Pavel Spodniak, Vladimír Bahýľ, Ján Necpál
The clinical differentiation of the tremor in Parkinson's disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET) can sometimes be challenging, especially in the early stage of the disease. As different neural oscillators are involved in the generation of these two types of tremor, their trajectorial analysis could also be different. The goal of this study was to investigate whether some disease-specific patterns related to their tremor trajectories in fact exist. The three-axial accelerometer signals of the hand tremor obtained from a total of 369 participants [49 with PD, 25 with isolated resting tremor (iRT), 133 with ET, and finally 162 normal subjects with physiological tremor (Ph)] were subjected to vector analysis using a custom-made mathematical program...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279995/type-a-and-b-monoamine-oxidases-distinctly-modulate-signal-transduction-pathway-and-gene-expression-to-regulate-brain-function-and-survival-of-neurons
#9
REVIEW
Makoto Naoi, Wakako Maruyama, Masayo Shamoto-Nagai
Type A and B monoamine oxidases (MAO-A, -B) mediate and modulate intracellular signal pathways for survival or death of neuronal cells. MAO-A is associated with development of neuronal architecture, synaptic activity, and onset of psychiatric disorders, including depression, and antisocial aggressive impulsive behaviors. MAO-B produces hydrogen peroxide and plays a vital role in neuronal loss of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. This review presents a novel role of MAO-A and B, their substrates and inhibitors, and hydrogen peroxide in brain function and neuronal survival and death...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275445/issues-on-the-diagnosis-and-etiopathogenesis-of-mood-disorders-reconsidering-dsm-5
#10
REVIEW
Kazuyoshi Ogasawara, Yukako Nakamura, Hiroyuki Kimura, Branko Aleksic, Norio Ozaki
The authors present a narrative review from the diagnostic and nosologic viewpoints of mood disorders (bipolar and depressive ones) by revisiting the revision from the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Text Revision to DSM-5, including the following: the separation of the bipolar and depressive sections; the addition of increased energy and continuation of symptoms to the hypo/manic criteria; the elimination of mixed episodes; the creation of new categories and specifiers ("other specified bipolar and related disorder", "disruptive mood dysregulation disorder", "with anxious distress", "with mixed features", "with peripartum onset"); the categorization of hypo/manic episodes during antidepressant treatment into bipolar disorder; the elimination of the "bereavement exclusion"; the ambiguous separation between bipolar I and II; the insufficient distinction between "other specified bipolar and related disorders" and major depressive disorder; the differentiation regarding borderline personality disorder; agitation; premenstrual dysphoric disorder; and society and psychiatry...
December 23, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273951/neuroinflammatory-responses-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#11
REVIEW
Cira Dansokho, Michael Thomas Heneka
Neuroinflammatory responses in Alzheimer's disease (AD) are complex and not fully understood. They involve various cellular and molecular players and associate interaction between the central nervous system (CNS) and the periphery. Amyloid peptides within the senile plaques and abnormally phosphorylated tau in neurofibrillary tangles are able to initiate inflammatory responses, in brain of AD patients and in mouse models of this disease. The outcome of these responses on the pathophysiology of AD depends on several factors and can be either beneficial or detrimental...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29270730/effects-of-selective-calcium-permeable-ampa-receptor-blockade-by-iem-1460-on-psychotomimetic-induced-hyperactivity-in-the-mouse
#12
Masakazu Umino, Asami Umino, Toru Nishikawa
Diminished glutamate neurotransmission via the N-methyl-D-aspartate type glutamate receptor (NMDAR) has been considered to be involved in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia based upon the observation that the antagonists and autoantibodies of NMDAR cause positive, negative and cognitive symptomatologies similar to those of schizophrenia. The possible reduced extracellular levels of D-serine by overstimulation of the calcium-permeable α-amino-3-hydroxyl-5-methyl-4-isoxazole-propionate glutamate receptor (CP-AMPAR) following the NMDAR hypofunction-induced compensatory increase in the glutamate release could aggravate the NMDAR hypofunction in the brain of the drug- or antibody-associated psychoses and schizophrenia, because D-serine is an intrinsic coagonist for the NMDAR...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29264660/the-serotonergic-system-in-parkinson-s-patients-with-dyskinesia-evidence-from-imaging-studies
#13
REVIEW
Gennaro Pagano, Flavia Niccolini, Marios Politis
The purpose of review is to review the current status of positron emission tomography (PET) molecular imaging of serotonergic system in Parkinson's patients who experience levodopa-induced (LIDs) and graft-induced dyskinesias (GIDs). PET imaging studies have shown that Parkinson's disease is characterized by progressive loss of dopaminergic and serotonergic neurons. Parkinson's patients who experienced LIDs and GIDs have an aberrant spreading of serotonergic terminals, which lead to an increased serotonergic/dopaminergic terminals ratio within the putamen...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260324/toshiharu-toshi-nagatsu-an-appreciation
#14
EDITORIAL
Peter Riederer, Ryosuke Takahashi, Nobutaka Hattori
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 19, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29255941/pupillometry-as-an-indicator-of-l-dopa-dosages-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients
#15
O Bartošová, C Bonnet, O Ulmanová, M Šíma, F Perlík, E Růžička, O Slanař
Dopamine was shown to induce mydriasis by excitation of alpha-adrenergic receptors at the dilator pupillae muscle. Pupilla diameter may thus serve as an indirect measure of peripheral pharmacokinetics of L-DOPA and dopamine. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of L-DOPA dosage on pupillometric parameters in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. Sixteen PD patients and 14 healthy control subjects (CS) were studied. The statistical analysis revealed significant differences between CS and PD patients for the mean maximum and minimum pupil diameters (p = 0...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247391/trazodone-alleviates-both-dyskinesia-and-psychosis-in-the-parkinsonian-marmoset-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#16
Adjia Hamadjida, Stephen G Nuara, Jim C Gourdon, Philippe Huot
Trazodone is a clinically available anti-depressant that exhibits affinity for serotonin 1A and 2A receptors, as well as for alpha-adrenoceptors, suggesting that it may be useful to treat L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA)-induced dyskinesia and psychosis that are encountered in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). Here, we investigated the anti-dyskinetic and anti-psychotic effects of trazodone in the parkinsonian non-human primate. 6 common marmosets were rendered parkinsonian by administration of 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242978/animal-models-of-l-dopa-induced-dyskinesia-the-6-ohda-lesioned-rat-and-mouse
#17
REVIEW
Elisabetta Tronci, Veronica Francardo
Appearance of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia (LID) represents a major limitation in the pharmacological therapy with the dopamine precursor L-DOPA. Indeed, the vast majority of parkinsonian patients develop dyskinesia within 9-10 years of L-DOPA oral administration. This makes the discovery of new therapeutic strategies an important need. In the last decades, several animal models of Parkinson's disease (PD) have been developed, to both study mechanisms underlying PD pathology and treatment-induced side effects (i...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234901/upper-limb-function-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd
#18
Elizabeth Hotham, Miranda Haberfield, Susan Hillier, Jason M White, Gabrielle Todd
Upper limb function was investigated in children with ADHD using objective methods. We hypothesised that children with ADHD exhibit abnormal dexterity, force application during manipulation of a novel object, and movement rhythmicity. Two groups of age- and gender-matched children were investigated: 35 typically developing children (controls, 10.5 ± 0.4 years, 32M-3F) and 29 children (11.5 ± 0.5 years, 27M-2F) with formally diagnosed ADHD according to DSM-IV-TR criteria. Participants underwent a series of screening tests and tests of upper limb function while "off" medication...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234900/trace-lithium-and-mental-health
#19
REVIEW
Nobuyoshi Ishii, Takeshi Terao
Lithium therapy is generally accepted as a first-line treatment for bipolar disorder, and it is also identified as one of the best augmenting options for treatment-resistant depression. Furthermore, lithium has been investigated in association with suicide, dementia and aggressiveness. In this review, we examined articles about the effects of very small amounts of lithium in treating suicide, dementia, bipolar disorder and temperament, to assess the present state of trace lithium's effect on mental state. The results indicate that trace lithium may be effective for suicide prevention but randomized, placebo-controlled trials are required to draw a definite conclusion...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222591/dementia-with-lewy-bodies-and-parkinson-s-disease-dementia-current-concepts-and-controversies
#20
REVIEW
Kurt A Jellinger
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson's disease-dementia (PDD), although sharing many clinical, neurochemical and morphological features, according to DSM-5, are two entities of major neurocognitive disorders with Lewy bodies of unknown etiology. Despite considerable clinical overlap, their diagnosis is based on an arbitrary distinction between the time of onset of motor and cognitive symptoms: dementia often preceding parkinsonism in DLB and onset of cognitive impairment after onset of motor symptoms in PDD...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
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