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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651213/reward-related-frontostriatal-activity-and-smoking-behavior-among-adolescents-in-treatment-for-smoking-cessation
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Kathleen A Garrison, Sarah W Yip, Iris M Balodis, Kathleen M Carroll, Marc N Potenza, Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin
BACKGROUND: Tobacco use is often initiated during adolescence and continued into adulthood despite desires to quit. A better understanding of the neural correlates of abstinence from smoking in adolescents may inform more effective smoking cessation interventions. Neural reward systems are implicated in tobacco use disorder, and adolescent smokers have shown reduced reward-related ventral striatal activation related to increased smoking. METHODS: The current study evaluated nondrug reward anticipation in adolescent smokers using a monetary incentive delay task in fMRI pre- and post- smoking cessation treatment (n=14)...
June 3, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650807/simultaneous-ultrasound-therapy-and-monitoring-of-microbubble-seeded-acoustic-cavitation-using-a-single-element-transducer
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Sophie V Heymans, Christine F Martindale, Andrej Suler, Antonios N Pouliopoulos, Robert J Dickinson, James J Choi
Ultrasound-driven microbubble activity is used in therapeutic applications such as blood clot dissolution and targeted drug delivery. The safety and performance of these technologies are linked to the type and distribution of microbubble activities produced within the targeted area, but controlling and monitoring these activities in vivo and in real-time has proven to be difficult. As therapeutic pulses are often ms-long, microbubble monitoring currently requires a separate transducer used in a passive reception mode...
June 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650460/a-calcium-and-light-gated-switch-to-induce-gene-expression-in-activated-neurons
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Dongmin Lee, Jung Ho Hyun, Kanghoon Jung, Patrick Hannan, Hyung-Bae Kwon
Despite recent advances in optogenetics, it remains challenging to manipulate gene expression in specific populations of neurons. We present a dual-protein switch system, Cal-Light, that translates neuronal-activity-mediated calcium signaling into gene expression in a light-dependent manner. In cultured neurons and brain slices, we show that Cal-Light drives expression of the reporter EGFP with high spatiotemporal resolution only in the presence of both blue light and calcium. Delivery of the Cal-Light components to the motor cortex of mice by viral vectors labels a subset of excitatory and inhibitory neurons related to learned lever-pressing behavior...
June 26, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650001/brodalumab-the-first-anti-il-17-receptor-agent-for-psoriasis
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L Puig
Psoriasis is a chronic immune-mediated inflammatory skin disease in which the alteration of the interleukin-23 (IL-23)/IL-17 cytokine axis appears to be crucial from a pathogenetic perspective. This has been confirmed by the efficacy of monoclonal antibodies blocking IL-17A, such as secukinumab and ixekizumab. Brodalumab is a human anti-IL-17 receptor A (IL-17RA) monoclonal antibody that inhibits the biological activity of IL-17A, IL-17F and other IL-17 isoforms, and has been approved (210 mg s.c. at weeks 0, 1, 2 and every 2 weeks thereafter) for the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris, psoriatic arthritis, pustular psoriasis and psoriatic erythroderma in Japan (Lumicef)...
May 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649993/kappa-opioid-receptor-activation-in-dopamine-neurons-disrupts-behavioral-inhibition
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Antony D Abraham, Harrison M Fontaine, Allisa J Song, Mackenzie M Andrews, Madison A Baird, Brigitte L Kieffer, Benjamin B Land, Charles Chavkin
The dynorphin/kappa opioid receptor (KOR) system has been previously implicated in the regulation of cognition, but the neural circuitry and molecular mechanisms underlying KOR-mediated cognitive disruption are unknown. Here, we used an operational test of cognition involving timing and behavioral inhibition and found that systemic KOR activation impairs performance of male and female C57BL/6 mice in the differential reinforcement of low response rates (DRL) task. Systemic KOR antagonism also blocked stress-induced disruptions of DRL performance...
June 26, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649493/voluntary-saccade-inhibition-deficits-correlate-with-extended-white-matter-cortico-basal-atrophy-in-huntington-s-disease
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Israel Vaca-Palomares, Brian C Coe, Donald C Brien, Douglas P Munoz, Juan Fernandez-Ruiz
The ability to inhibit automatic versus voluntary saccade commands in demanding situations can be impaired in neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's disease (HD). These deficits could result from disruptions in the interaction between basal ganglia and the saccade control system. To investigate voluntary oculomotor control deficits related to the cortico-basal circuitry, we evaluated early HD patients using an interleaved pro- and anti-saccade task that requires flexible executive control to generate either an automatic response (look at a peripheral visual stimulus) or a voluntary response (look away from the stimulus in the opposite direction)...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649286/autism-spectrum-disorder-and-epileptic-encephalopathy-common-causes-many-questions
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REVIEW
Siddharth Srivastava, Mustafa Sahin
Epileptic encephalopathies represent a particularly severe form of epilepsy, associated with cognitive and behavioral deficits, including impaired social-communication and restricted, repetitive behaviors that are the hallmarks of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With the advent of next-generation sequencing, the genetic landscape of epileptic encephalopathies is growing and demonstrates overlap with genes separately implicated in ASD. However, many questions remain about this connection, including whether epileptiform activity itself contributes to the development of ASD symptomatology...
2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649201/evaluation-of-jnj-54717793-a-novel-brain-penetrant-selective-orexin-1-receptor-antagonist-in-two-rat-models-of-panic-attack-provocation
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Pascal Bonaventure, Christine Dugovic, Brock Shireman, Cathy Preville, Sujin Yun, Brian Lord, Diane Nepomuceno, Michelle Wennerholm, Timothy Lovenberg, Nicolas Carruthers, Stephanie D Fitz, Anantha Shekhar, Philip L Johnson
Orexin neurons originating in the perifornical and lateral hypothalamic area are highly reactive to anxiogenic stimuli and have strong projections to anxiety and panic-associated circuitry. Recent studies support a role for the orexin system and in particular the orexin 1 receptor (OX1R) in coordinating an integrative stress response. However, no selective OX1R antagonist has been systematically tested in two preclinical models of using panicogenic stimuli that induce panic attack in the majority of people with panic disorder, namely an acute hypercapnia-panic provocation model and a model involving chronic inhibition of GABA synthesis in the perifornical hypothalamic area followed by intravenous sodium lactate infusion...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649017/chiral-alkylated-aniline-as-a-noninvasive-fluorescence-sensor-spectroscopic-and-molecular-modeling-studies
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Bidisha Sengupta, Chirantan Sen Mukherjee, Sandipan Chakraborty, Maria Jones Muhammad, William Gladney, George Armstrong
Aniline, heterocyclic aromatic amines, and arylamines are known carcinogens. Recently aniline mustard has come into prominence as a novel anticancer agent. In this project, microwave irradiation has been used to synthesize an optically active alkylated aniline namely 2,6-dimethyl-4-(1-(p-tolyl)ethyl)aniline (abbreviated DMPA). The presence of quartet and doublet peaks in NMR and a single chromatogram in HPLC verified that the final product DMPA, prepared from the synthesis reactions, had no major impurities...
June 7, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648984/whole-body-biodistribution-of-the-cannabinoid-type-1-receptor-ligand-18-f-mk-9470-in-the-rat
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H G Buchholz, K Uebbing, S Maus, S Pektor, N Afahaene, V Weyer-Elberich, B Lutz, M Schreckenberger, I Miederer
The endocannabinoid system participates in many processes in the body, including memory, reward, pain, motor activity, food intake, energy metabolism, and gastrointestinal functions. [(18)F]MK-9470 is a positron emission tomography (PET) ligand that binds with high affinity and selectivity to the cannabinoid type 1 receptor. In order to fully characterize ligand behavior, tracer uptake measured using in vivo microPET was compared with results from ex vivo tissue dissection. Twelve male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into three subgroups and scanned over time periods of 10min, 30min and 90min using PET...
June 15, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648825/differential-control-of-dopaminergic-excitability-and-locomotion-by-cholinergic-inputs-in-mouse-substantia-nigra
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Jasem Estakhr, Danya Abazari, Kaitlyn Frisby, J Michael McIntosh, Raad Nashmi
Understanding how dopaminergic (DA) neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) govern movements requires a detailed knowledge of how different neurotransmitter systems modulate DA neuronal excitability. We report a heterogeneity of electrophysiological properties between medial and lateral SNc neurons modulated by cholinergic neurotransmission. Lateral DA neurons received mainly excitatory (nicotinic or glutamatergic) mediated cholinergic neurotransmission. Medial DA neurons received predominantly GABAergic currents mediated by presynaptic nicotinic receptors or biphasic GABAergic and nicotinic neurotransmission conveyed by GABA and ACh corelease, which inhibited DA neurons...
June 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647669/-engage-therapy-prediction-of-change-of-late-life-major-depression
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George S Alexopoulos, Robert O'Neil, Samprit Banerjee, Patrick J Raue, Lindsay W Victoria, Jennifer N Bress, Cristina Pollari, Patricia A Arean
OBJECTIVE: Engage grew out of the need for streamlined psychotherapies that can be accurately used by community therapists in late-life depression. Engage was based on the view that dysfunction of reward networks is the principal mechanism mediating depressive symptoms. Accordingly, Engage uses "reward exposure" (exposure to meaningful activities) and assumes that repeated activation of reward networks will normalize these systems. This study examined whether change in a behavioral activation scale, an index of reward system function, predicts change in depressive symptomatology...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647543/healthy-eating-and-activity-across-the-lifespan-heal-a-call-to-action-to-integrate-research-clinical-practice-policy-and-community-resources-to-address-weight-related-health-disparities
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Jerica M Berge, Margaret Adamek, Caitlin Caspi, Katie A Loth, Amy Shanafelt, Steven D Stovitz, Amanda Trofholz, Katherine Y Grannon, Marilyn S Nanney
Despite intense nationwide efforts to improve healthy eating and physical activity across the lifespan, progress has plateaued. Moreover, health inequities remain. Frameworks that integrate research, clinical practice, policy, and community resources to address weight-related behaviors are needed. Implementation and evaluation of integration efforts also remain a challenge. The purpose of this paper is to: (1) Describe the planning and development process of an integrator entity, HEAL (Healthy Eating and Activity across the Lifespan); (2) present outcomes of the HEAL development process including the HEAL vision, mission, and values statements; (3) define the planned integrator functions of HEAL; and (4) describe the ongoing evaluation of the integration process...
June 21, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647535/the-involvement-of-monoaminergic-neurotransmission-in-the-antidepressant-like-action-of-scopolamine-in-the-tail-suspension-test
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Agnieszka Pałucha-Poniewiera, Karolina Podkowa, Tomasz Lenda, Andrzej Pilc
Some clinical studies indicate that scopolamine may induce a rapid antidepressant effect. Although scopolamine is a muscarinic antagonist, it seems that not only cholinergic but also glutamatergic and GABAergic systems might be involved in the mechanism of its antidepressant activity in animal models of depression. Here, we present a set of behavioral data aimed at investigating the role of monoaminergic system activity in the mechanism of the antidepressant-like action of scopolamine in an animal model based on behavioral despair, namely, the tail suspension test (TST)...
June 21, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647483/demands-on-response-inhibition-processes-determine-modulations-of-theta-band-activity-in-superior-frontal-areas-and-correlations-with-pupillometry-implications-for-the-norepinephrine-system-during-inhibitory-control
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Gabriel Dippel, Moritz Mückschel, Tjalf Ziemssen, Christian Beste
Response inhi bition processes are important for goal-directed behavior and particularly demanded when it is unlikely to inhibit automatically executed responses. It has been suggested that the norepinephrine (NE) system is important to consider for such likelihood effects. As an indirect measure of the NE system activity we used the pupil diameter and integrated this data with neurophysiological (EEG) data and beamforming analyses. The study shows that inhibitory control processes reflected by theta oscillations are strongly modulated by the likelihood to employ these processes and that these mechanisms were related to neural processes in the SMA and SFG...
June 21, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647385/hunger-and-disinhibition-but-not-cognitive-restraint-are-associated-with-central-norepinephrine-transporter-availability
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A Bresch, M Rullmann, J Luthardt, G A Becker, M Patt, Y-S Ding, A Hilbert, O Sabri, S Hesse
The relationship between food-intake related behaviours measured by the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire (TFEQ) and in vivo norepinephrine transporter (NET) availability has not been explored yet. We investigated ten obese individuals (body mass index (BMI) 42.4 ± 3.7 kg/m(2)) and ten normal-weight healthy controls (HC, BMI 23.9 ± 2.5 kg/m(2)) with (S,S)-[(11)C]-O-methylreboxetine ([(11)C]MRB) positron emission tomography (PET). All participants completed the TFEQ, which measures cognitive restraint, disinhibition and hunger...
June 21, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645693/male-mice-ultrasonic-vocalizations-enhance-female-sexual-approach-and-hypothalamic-kisspeptin-neuron-activity
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Akari Asaba, Takuya Osakada, Kazushige Touhara, Masahiro Kato, Kazutaka Mogi, Takefumi Kikusui
Vocal communication in animals is important for ensuring reproductive success. Male mice emit song-like "ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs)" when they encounter female mice, and females show approach to the USVs. However, it is unclear whether USVs of male mice trigger female behavioral and endocrine responses in reproduction. In this study, we first investigated the relationship between the number of deliveries in breeding pairs for 4months and USVs syllables emitted from those paired males during 3min of sexual encounter with unfamiliar female mice...
June 20, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645224/a-symphony-of-cyclases-specificity-in-diguanylate-cyclase-signaling
#18
Kurt M Dahlstrom, George A O'Toole
Cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP) is a near universal signaling molecule produced by diguanylate cyclases that can direct a variety of bacterial behaviors. A major area of research over the last several years has been aimed at understanding how a cell with dozens of diguanylate cyclases can deploy a given subset of them to produce a desired phenotypic outcome without undesired cross talk between c-di-GMP-dependent systems. Several models have been put forward to address this question, including specificity of cyclase activation, tuned binding constants of effector proteins, and physical interaction between cyclases and effectors...
June 23, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645043/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-behavior-of-dna-tetrahedrons-as-tumor-targeting-nanocarriers-for-doxorubicin-delivery
#19
Ji Hee Kang, Kyoung-Ran Kim, Hyukjin Lee, Dae-Ro Ahn, Young Tag Ko
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a versatile material with high applicability and inherent biocompatibility. L-DNA, the perfect mirror form of the naturally occurring D-DNA, has been used in DNA nanotechnology. It has thermodynamically identical properties to D-DNA, is capable of self-assembly and bio-orthogonal base-pairing, and is resistant to nuclease activity. We previously constructed an L-DNA tetrahedron (L-Td) and found that this nanostructure has remarkably higher capacity for cell penetration than its natural counterpart (D-Td)...
June 16, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644395/optical-tracking-and-digital-quantification-of-beating-behavior-in-bioengineered-human-cardiac-organoids
#20
Mahesh Devarasetty, Steven Forsythe, Thomas D Shupe, Shay Soker, Colin E Bishop, Anthony Atala, Aleksander Skardal
Organoid and organ-on-a-chip technologies are rapidly advancing towards deployment for drug and toxicology screening applications. Liver and cardiac toxicities account for the majority of drug candidate failures in human trials. Liver toxicity generally produces liver cell death, while cardiac toxicity causes adverse changes in heart beat kinetics. In traditional 2D cultures, beating kinetics can be measured by electrode arrays, but in some 3D constructs, quantifying beating kinetics can be more challenging...
June 23, 2017: Biosensors
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