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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782623/astrocytic-hypertrophy-in-the-rat-ventral-tegmental-area-following-chronic-morphine-differs-with-age
#1
Emily C Goins, Dusica Bajic
The ventral tegmental area (VTA) is the origin of the mesolimbic dopaminergic system known to play an integral role in mediating reward and development of drug addiction. Although the differences in neuronal plasticity of VTA at various ages remain to be understood, age is known to influence the effects of chronic opioids. In addition, adaptations associated with exposure to opioids within glial populations located in the VTA are poorly understood. The objective of the study was to determine if there are changes in astrocytic immunofluorescent labeling in the VTA following chronic morphine administration in a rat model at different ages: newborn at postnatal day (PD)7 and adult (estimated PD57)...
2018: J Neurol Neurorehabilit Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780390/dopaminergic-control-of-inflammation-and-glycemia-in-sepsis-and-diabetes
#2
Eleonora Feketeova, Zhifeng Li, Biju Joseph, Roshan Shah, Zoltan Spolarics, Luis Ulloa
Most preclinical treatments for sepsis failed in clinical trials in part because the experimental models of sepsis were performed on healthy animals that do not mimic septic patients. Here, we report that experimental diabetes worsens glycemia, inflammation, and mortality in experimental sepsis. Diabetes increases hyperglycemia, systemic inflammation, and mortality in sepsis. Diabetes exacerbates serum tumor necrosis factor (TNF) levels in sepsis by increasing splenic TNF production. Both serum from diabetic mice and glucose increase cytokine production in splenocytes...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779176/intranasal-delivery-of-pgdnf-dna-nanoparticles-provides-neuroprotection-in-the-rat-6-hydroxydopamine-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#3
Amirah E-E Aly, Brendan T Harmon, Linas Padegimas, Ozge Sesenoglu-Laird, Mark J Cooper, Barbara L Waszczak
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) gene therapy could offer a disease-modifying treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD). Here, we report that plasmid DNA nanoparticles (NPs) encoding human GDNF administered intranasally to rats induce transgene expression in the brain and protect dopamine neurons in a model of PD. To first test whether intranasal administration could transfect cells in the brain, rats were sacrificed 1 week after intranasal pGDNF NPs or the naked plasmid. GDNF ELISA revealed significant increases in GDNF expression throughout the brain for both treatments...
May 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778625/the-mediating-role-of-phosphodiesterase-type-4-in-the-dopaminergic-modulation-of-motor-impulsivity
#4
P R A Heckman, A Blokland, N P Van Goethem, B T J Van Hagen, J Prickaerts
The current study investigated the mediating role of phosphodiesterase type 4 (PDE4) regulated cAMP in the dopaminergic modulation of premature responding (action restraint) in rats. Response inhibition, which includes action restraint, finds its neurobiological origin in cortico-striatal-thalamic circuitry and can be modulated by dopamine. Intracellularly, the effect of dopamine is largely mediated through the cAMP/PKA signaling cascade. Areas in the prefrontal cortex are very sensitive to their neurochemical environment, including catecholamine levels...
May 17, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775777/antidepressant-potential-of-novel-flavonoids-derivatives-from-sweet-violet-viola-odorata-l-pharmacological-biochemical-and-computational-evidences-for-possible-involvement-of-serotonergic-mechanism
#5
Nasiara Karim, Imran Khan, Abeer Abdelhalim, Ajmal Khan, Sobia Ahsan Halim
Plant-derived natural constituents are of great interest in modern drug discovery due to their natural diversity. Viola odorata L has been traditionally used for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. The present study was undertaken to isolate phytoconstituents including three flavonoids 5,7-Dihydroxy-3,6-dimethoxyflavone[1] 5,7,4'-trihydroxy-3',5'dimethoxyflavone [2] and 5,7,4'-trihydroxy-3'-methoxyflavone [3] from the whole plant of Viola odorata L and to investigate the antidepressant-like effects of these compounds and their possible mechanism of action using antagonists of the serotonergic, dopaminergic and adrenergic system...
May 15, 2018: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766664/tissue-engineered-nigrostriatal-pathway-for-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease
#6
Laura A Struzyna, Kevin D Browne, Zachary D Brodnik, Justin C Burrell, James P Harris, H Isaac Chen, John A Wolf, Kate V Panzer, James Lim, John E Duda, Rodrigo A España, D Kacy Cullen
The classic motor deficits of Parkinson's disease are caused by degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta, resulting in the loss of their long-distance axonal projections that modulate the striatum. Current treatments only minimize the symptoms of this disconnection as there is no approach capable of replacing the nigrostriatal pathway. We are applying micro-tissue engineering techniques to create living, implantable constructs that mimic the architecture and function of the nigrostriatal pathway...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764353/non-motor-parkinson-disease-new-concepts-and-personalised-management
#7
Nataliya Titova, K Ray Chaudhuri
Most patients with Parkinson disease (PD) have non-motor symptoms (NMS), and on average these can range from four to 19 different symptoms. NMS dominate the prodromal phase of PD and some may serve as clinical biomarkers of PD. NMS can be dopaminergic, non-dopaminergic, of genetic origin or drug induced. Clinical assessment of NMS should include the NMS Questionnaire (completed by patients) for screening, as recommended by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society and other international societies...
May 21, 2018: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758254/gdnf-family-receptor-%C3%AE-1-in-the-catfish-possible-implication-to-brain-dopaminergic-activity
#8
Sajwan-Khatri Mamta, Balasubramanian Senthilkumaran
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is a potent trophic factor that preferentially binds to GDNF family receptor α-1 (GFRα-1) by regulating dopaminergic (DA-ergic) neurons in brain. Present study aimed to evaluate the significance of GFRα-1 expression during early brain development in catfish. Initially, the full-length cDNA of GFRα-1 was cloned from adult brain which showed high homology with other vertebrate counterparts. Quantitative PCR analysis of tissue distribution revealed ubiquitous expression of GFRα-1 in the tissues analyzed with high levels in female brain and ovary...
May 11, 2018: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756519/adipose-derived-stem-cells-stimulated-with-n-butylidenephthalide-exhibit-therapeutic-effects-in-a-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#9
Kang Chi, Ru-Huei Fu, Yu-Chuen Huang, Shih-Yin Chen, Ching-Ju Hsu, Shinn-Zong Lin, Chi-Tang Tu, Li-Hsun Chang, Ping-An Wu, Shih-Ping Liu
Parkinson's disease (PD) causes motor dysfunction and dopaminergic cell death. Drug treatments can effectively reduce symptoms but often cause unwanted side effects. Stem cell therapies using cell replacement or indirect beneficial secretomes have recently emerged as potential therapeutic strategies. Although various types of stem cells have been proposed as possible candidates, adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) are easily obtainable, more abundant, less ethically disputed, and able to differentiate into multiple cell lineages...
January 1, 2018: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756335/treatment-of-restless-legs-syndrome-evidence-based-review-and-implications-for-clinical-practice-revised-2017-%C3%A2
#10
REVIEW
Juliane Winkelmann, Richard P Allen, Birgit Högl, Yuichi Inoue, Wolfgang Oertel, Aaro V Salminen, John W Winkelman, Claudia Trenkwalder, Cristina Sampaio
The objective of the current review was to update the previous evidence-based medicine review of treatments for restless legs syndrome published in 2008. All randomized, controlled trials (level I) with a high quality score published between January 2007 and January 2017 were reviewed. Forty new studies qualified for efficacy review. Pregabalin, gabapentin enacarbil, and oxycodone/naloxone, which did not appear in the previous review, have accrued data to be considered efficacious. Likewise, new data enable the modification of the level of efficacy for rotigotine from likely efficacious to efficacious...
May 14, 2018: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755356/anti-parkinson-potential-of-silymarin-mechanistic-insight-and-therapeutic-standing
#11
REVIEW
Hammad Ullah, Haroon Khan
Parkinson's disease (PD) involves aggregation of α-synuclein and progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons. Pathogenesis of PD may also be related to one's genetic background. PD is most common among geriatric population and approximately 1-2% of population suffers over age 65 years. Currently no successful therapies are in practice for the management of PD and available therapies tend to decrease the symptoms of PD only. Furthermore, these are associated with diverse range of adverse effects profile. The neuroprotective effects of polyphenols are widely studied and documented...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751018/differential-behavioral-and-glial-responses-induced-by-dopaminergic-mechanisms-in-the-inos-knockout-mice
#12
Ana Carolina Issy, Glauce Crivelaro Nascimento, Gabriel Henrique Dias de Abreu, Fabrine S Tristão, Elaine Del-Bel, Terence Duarte, Mariza Bortolanza
The interaction between distinctive nitric oxide synthase (NOS) isoforms and the dopamine system provides new avenues to the development of pharmacological tools for the pathophysiological conditions of the dopaminergic system. Our aim was to investigate the influences of dopamine-induced effects in inducible NOS knockout (iNOS KO) mice. In order to characterize iNOS KO mice phenotype, the animals were submitted to the basal analyses of motor, sensorimotor and sensorial abilities. Pharmacological challenging of the dopaminergic system included the investigation of amphetamine-induced prepulse inhibition (PPI) disruption, haloperidol-induced catalepsy, reserpine-induced oral involuntary movements and hyperlocomotion induced by amphetamine in reserpine treated mice...
May 8, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750935/altered-regulation-of-nur77-nuclear-receptor-gene-expression-in-the-mesocorticolimbic-regions-of-rat-brain-by-amphetamine-sensitization
#13
Sanjeev K Bhardwaj, Fatéma Dodat, Daniel Lévesque, Lalit K Srivastava
The mechanisms underlying psychostimulant drug-induced sensitization include long-term cellular and molecular adaptations in dopaminergic circuits. Nur77, a member of the Nur family of transcription factors, is expressed in brain regions receiving dopamine inputs and plays a role in activity-induced synaptic modification. Here we evaluated changes in Nur77 mRNA levels in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), dorsal striatum (Str) and nucleus accumbens (NAc) of rats receiving a repeated, sensitizing regimen of amphetamine (AMPH)...
May 8, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749662/high-resolution-nerve-ultrasound-and-electrophysiological-findings-in-restless-legs-syndrome
#14
K Pitarokoili, M Fels, A Kerasnoudis, L Toenges, R Gold, M-S Yoon
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a multifactorial network disorder of a sensorimotor system extending from dopaminergic and glutamatergic cerebral structures to the spinal neurons and peripheral nerves. The role of peripheral nerve damage in the causality and severity progression for RLS patients remains unclear. METHODS: We performed a clinical and epidemiological study on a cohort of 34 RLS patients focusing on RLS risk factors and disease severity...
May 11, 2018: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747224/balance-of-go1%C3%AE-and-go2%C3%AE-expression-regulates-motor-function-via-the-striatal-dopaminergic-system
#15
J Baron, A Bilbao, H Hörtnagl, L Birnbaumer, S Leixner, R Spanagel, G Ahnert-Hilger, I Brunk
The heterotrimeric G-protein Go with its splice variants, Go1α and Go2α, seems to be involved in the regulation of motor function but isoform specific effects are still unclear. We found that Go1α-/- knockouts performed worse on the rota-rod than Go2α-/- and wild type (WT) mice. In Go1+2α-/- mice motor function was partially recovered. Furthermore, Go1+2α-/- mice showed an increased spontaneous motor activity. Compared to wild types or Go2α-/- mice, Go1+2α-/- mice developed increased behavioural sensitization following repetitive cocaine treatment, but failed to develop conditioned place preference...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740359/profiling-of-amino-acids-and-their-derivatives-biogenic-amines-before-and-after-antipsychotic-treatment-in-first-episode-psychosis
#16
Liisa Leppik, Kärt Kriisa, Kati Koido, Kadri Koch, Kärolin Kajalaid, Liina Haring, Eero Vasar, Mihkel Zilmer
Schizophrenia (SCH) is a heterogeneous disorder, deriving from a potential multitude of etiopathogenetic factors. During the past few years there has been an increasing interest in the role of circulating amino acids (AAs) and biogenic amines (BAs) in the pathophysiology of SCH. In the present study, we aimed to provide an insight into the potential role of alterations in levels of AAs and BAs as well as examine their more specific metabolic shifts in relation to early stage of SCH. We measured 21 AAs and 17 BAs in serum samples of patients with first-episode psychosis (FEP) before and after 7-month antipsychotic treatment in comparison to control subjects (CSs)...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738811/hypobaric-hypoxia-exposure-in-rats-differentially-alters-antidepressant-efficacy-of-the-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-fluoxetine-paroxetine-escitalopram-and-sertraline
#17
Shami Kanekar, Chandni S Sheth, Hendrik J Ombach, Paul R Olson, Olena V Bogdanova, Matthew Petersen, Chloe E Renshaw, Young-Hoon Sung, Kristen E D'Anci, Perry F Renshaw
Treatment-resistant depression, a chronic condition that affects 30% of depressed patients on antidepressants, is highly linked to suicidal behavior. Chronic hypoxia exposure via living at altitude (hypobaric hypoxia) or with chronic hypoxic diseases is demographically linked to increased risk for depression and suicide. We previously demonstrated that housing rats at altitude for a week incrementally increases depression-like behavior in the forced swim test (FST) in females, but not males. In animal models, high altitude exposure reduces brain serotonin, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can lose efficacy when brain serotonin levels are low...
May 5, 2018: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736677/-frequent-neurological-diseases-associated-with-the-restless-legs-syndrome
#18
REVIEW
M Bartl, J Winkelmann, B Högl, W Paulus, C Trenkwalder
BACKGROUND: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a common neurological disease. Studies have shown that RLS is associated with a variety of medical and neurological disorders. OBJECTIVES: Using the example of three associated neurological diseases, the significance for everyday therapy decisions is assessed. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A systematic search was carried out in PubMed for all studies with the keyword "RLS" in combination with polyneuropathies (PNP), Parkinson's disease (PD) and multiple sclerosis (MS) and classified according to the methodology in high, medium or low study quality...
May 7, 2018: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735936/experimental-intrastriatal-applications-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-a-a-review
#19
REVIEW
Alexander Hawlitschka, Andreas Wree
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is one of the most frequent neurodegenerative disorders. Its main pathophysiological characteristic is the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta followed by a lack of striatal dopaminergic input and a consequent disinhibition of tonically active cholinergic interneurons. The resulting striatal hypercholinism causes major motor symptoms in PD. Anticholinergic pharmacotherapies have antiparkinsonian effects on motor symptoms, but, due to systemic actions, also numerous severe side effects occur on a regular basis...
May 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735655/soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-plays-a-key-role-in-the-pathogenesis-of-parkinson-s-disease
#20
Qian Ren, Min Ma, Jun Yang, Risa Nonaka, Akihiro Yamaguchi, Kei-Ichi Ishikawa, Kenta Kobayashi, Shigeo Murayama, Sung Hee Hwang, Shinji Saiki, Wado Akamatsu, Nobutaka Hattori, Bruce D Hammock, Kenji Hashimoto
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized as a chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disorder, and the deposition of specific protein aggregates of α-synuclein, termed Lewy bodies, is evident in multiple brain regions of PD patients. Although there are several available medications to treat PD symptoms, these medications do not prevent the progression of the disease. Soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) plays a key role in inflammation associated with the pathogenesis of PD. Here we found that MPTP (1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine)-induced neurotoxicity in the mouse striatum was attenuated by subsequent repeated administration of TPPU, a potent sEH inhibitor...
May 7, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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