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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533928/leucine-nicotinic-acid-synergy-stimulates-ampk-sirt1-signaling-and-regulates-lipid-metabolism-and-lifespan-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-and-hyperlipidemia-and-atherosclerosis-in-mice
#1
Antje Bruckbauer, Jheelam Banerjee, Quiang Cao, Xin Cui, Jia Jing, Lin Zha, Fenfen Li, Bingzhong Xue, Hang Shi, Michael B Zemel
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Nicotinic acid (NA), a lipid-lowering drug, serves as a source of NAD(+), the cofactor for Sirt1. Leucine (Leu) stimulates the AMPK/Sirt1 axis and amplifies the effects of other AMPK/Sirt1 activating compounds. Therefore, we tested the interactive effects of leucine and low dose NA on AMPK/Sirt1 signaling and downstream effects of lipid metabolism in cell culture, C. elegans and mice. METHODS: LDL-receptor knockout mice were fed an atherogenic Western diet supplemented with leucine (24 g/kg diet) and sub-therapeutic NA combinations (50 mg/kg diet and 250 mg/kg diet) or low therapeutic NA (1000 mg/kg diet) for 8 weeks to evaluate markers of hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis...
2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532679/the-functional-interaction-between-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-and-ly-6-neurotoxin-proteins-in-locusta-migratoria
#2
Haibo Bao, Yixi Zhang, Yang Liu, Na Yu, Zewen Liu
Failures in expressing insect nAChRs (nicotinic acetylcholine receptors) limit the understanding of their functional properties, although insect nAChRs have been developed as insecticide targets for decades. Some accessory proteins can modulate nAChRs, but only a few have been identified in insects, including lynx from Ly-6/neurotoxin superfamily. Until now, only one to three lynx were identified in one insect species. Here, 11 lynx were identified in Locusta migratoria with common features of Ly-6/neurotoxin members...
May 19, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529954/%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-stimulation-attenuates-neuroinflammation-through-jak2-stat3-activation-in-murine-models-of-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Paul R Krafft, Devin McBride, William B Rolland, Tim Lekic, Jerry J Flores, John H Zhang
Accounting for high mortality and morbidity rates, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) remains one of the most detrimental stroke subtypes lacking a specific therapy. Neuroinflammation contributes to ICH-induced brain injury and is associated with unfavorable outcomes. This study aimed to evaluate whether α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) stimulation ameliorates neuroinflammation after ICH. Male CD-1 mice and Sprague-Dawley were subjected to intracerebral injection of autologous blood or bacterial collagenase...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529765/signals-of-vagal-circuits-engaging-with-akt1-in-%C3%AE-7-nachr-cd11b-cells-lessen-e-coli-and-lps-induced-acute-inflammatory-injury
#4
Caiqi Zhao, Xi Yang, Emily M Su, Yuanyuan Huang, Ling Li, Michael A Matthay, Xiao Su
Vagal circuits-α7 nAChR (α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, coded by Chrna7) signaling utilizes spleen as a hub to dampen systemic inflammatory responses. Vagal innervations also extend to the distal airways and alveoli. Vagotomy and deficiency of α7 nAChR deteriorate E. coli and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung inflammatory responses; however, the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we hypothesized that vagal circuits would limit splenic release and lung recruitment of α7 nAChR(+)CD11b(+) cells (CD11b is coded by Itgam, a surface marker of monocytes and neutrophils) via phosphorylation of AKT1 and that this process would define the severity of lung injury...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529069/cholinergic-modulation-of-the-immune-system-presents-new-approaches-for-treating-inflammation
#5
REVIEW
Donald B Hoover
The nervous system and immune system have broad and overlapping distributions in the body, and interactions of these ubiquitous systems are central to the field of neuroimmunology. Over the past two decades, there has been explosive growth in our understanding of neuroanatomical, cellular, and molecular mechanisms that mediate central modulation of immune functions through the autonomic nervous system. A major catalyst for growth in this field was the discovery that vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) caused a prominent attenuation of the systemic inflammatory response evoked by endotoxin in experimental animals...
May 18, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528402/impact-of-brown-rice-specific-%C3%AE-oryzanol-on-epigenetic-modulation-of-dopamine-d2-receptors-in-brain-striatum-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-in-mice
#6
Chisayo Kozuka, Tadashi Kaname, Chigusa Shimizu-Okabe, Chitoshi Takayama, Masato Tsutsui, Masayuki Matsushita, Keiko Abe, Hiroaki Masuzaki
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Overeating of dietary fats causes obesity in humans and rodents. Recent studies in humans and rodents have demonstrated that addiction to fats shares a common mechanism with addiction to alcohol, nicotine and narcotics in terms of a dysfunction of brain reward systems. It has been highlighted that a high-fat diet (HFD) attenuates dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) signalling in the striatum, a pivotal regulator of the brain reward system, resulting in hedonic overeating. We previously reported that the brown rice-specific bioactive constituent γ-oryzanol attenuated the preference for an HFD via hypothalamic control...
May 20, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527955/neuroprotective-effect-of-the-alpha-7-nicotinic-receptor-agonist-pha-543613-in-an-in-vivo-excitotoxic-adult-rat-model
#7
Laura Foucault-Fruchard, Aurélie Doméné, Guylène Page, Marguerite Windsor, Patrick Emond, Nuno Rodrigues, Frédéric Dollé, Annelaure Damont, Frédéric Buron, Sylvain Routier, Sylvie Chalon, Daniel Antier
Neuroinflammation is a key component of the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases. The link between nicotine intake and positive outcome has been established, suggesting a role played by nicotinic receptors (nAChRs), especially α7nAChRs. The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential dose effects of PHA 543613 on neuron survival and striatal microglial activation in a rat model of brain excitotoxicity. A preliminary study was performed in vitro to confirm PHA 543613 agonist properties on α7nAChRs...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522963/the-f-actin-binding-protein-cortactin-regulates-the-dynamics-of-the-exocytotic-fusion-pore-through-its-sh3-domain
#8
Arlek M González-Jamett, María J Guerra, María J Olivares, Valentina Haro-Acuña, Ximena Baéz-Matus, Jacqueline Vásquez-Navarrete, Fanny Momboisse, Narcisa Martinez-Quiles, Ana M Cárdenas
Upon cell stimulation, the network of cortical actin filaments is rearranged to facilitate the neurosecretory process. This actin rearrangement includes both disruption of the preexisting actin network and de novo actin polymerization. However, the mechanism by which a Ca(2+) signal elicits the formation of new actin filaments remains uncertain. Cortactin, an actin-binding protein that promotes actin polymerization in synergy with the nucleation promoting factor N-WASP, could play a key role in this mechanism...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522405/challenges-and-opportunities-for-the-development-of-new-antipsychotic-drugs
#9
REVIEW
Carlos Forray, Raimund Buller
In spite of the significant impact that the serendipitous discovery of drugs with antipsychotic properties had on the care of patients with psychotic disorders, there are significant challenges when aiming at therapeutic goals such as remission, recovery, improved health-related quality of life and functioning. The efficacy and effectiveness of existing antipsychotic drugs fail to address the full spectrum of symptoms and functional deficits that currently prevent patients with psychotic disorders from achieving fulfilling lives...
May 15, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521453/nicotine-may-promote-tongue-squamous-cell-carcinoma-progression-by-activating-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-and-wnt-pcp-signaling-pathways
#10
Chengze Wang, Xin Xu, Hairu Jin, Gangli Liu
To investigate the effects and the possible underlying mechanisms of nicotine stimulation on tongue squamous cell carcinoma (TSCC) progression, a TSCC cell line Cal27 and 34 samples of paraffin-embedded TSCC were examined. Immunofluorescence, western blot analysis, and TOP/FOP flash, CCK-8, wound healing and Transwell invasion assays were used to evaluate Cal27 in response to nicotine stimulation. We also investigated expression levels of related proteins of Wnt/β-catenin and Wnt/PCP pathways in paraffin-embedded TSCC samples with or without a history of smoking by immunohistochemistry...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520984/genome-wide-association-study-of-heavy-smoking-and-daily-nondaily-smoking-in-the-hispanic-community-health-study-study-of-latinos-hchs-sol
#11
Nancy L Saccone, Leslie S Emery, Tamar Sofer, Stephanie M Gogarten, Diane M Becker, Erwin P Bottinger, Li-Shiun Chen, Robert C Culverhouse, Weimin Duan, Dana B Hancock, H Dean Hosgood, Eric O Johnson, Ruth J F Loos, Tin Louie, George Papanicolaou, Krista M Perreira, Erik J Rodriquez, Claudia Schurmann, Adrienne M Stilp, Adam A Szpiro, Gregory A Talavera, Kent D Taylor, James F Thrasher, Lisa R Yanek, Cathy C Laurie, Eliseo J Pérez-Stable, Laura J Bierut, Robert C Kaplan
Introduction: Genetic variants associated with nicotine dependence have previously been identified, primarily in European-ancestry populations. No genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have been reported for smoking behaviors in Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S. and Latin America, who are of mixed ancestry with European, African, and American Indigenous components. Methods: We examined genetic associations with smoking behaviors in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) [N=12,741 with smoking data, 5,119 ever smokers], using ~2...
May 17, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513558/from-cell-to-beak-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-characterization-of-chicken-bitter-taste-thresholds
#12
Shira Cheled-Shoval, Maik Behrens, Ayelet Korb, Antonella Di Pizio, Wolfgang Meyerhof, Zehava Uni, Masha Y Niv
Bitter taste elicits an aversive reaction, and is believed to protect against consuming poisons. Bitter molecules are detected by the Tas2r family of G-protein-coupled receptors, with a species-dependent number of subtypes. Chickens demonstrate bitter taste sensitivity despite having only three bitter taste receptors-ggTas2r1, ggTas2r2 and ggTas2r7. This minimalistic bitter taste system in chickens was used to determine relationships between in-vitro (measured in heterologous systems) and in-vivo (behavioral) detection thresholds...
May 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512684/therapeutic-applications-of-classic-hallucinogens
#13
Michael P Bogenschutz, Stephen Ross
This chapter reviews what is known about the therapeutic uses of the serotonergic or classic hallucinogens, i.e., psychoactive drugs such as LSD and psilocybin that exert their effects primarily through agonist activity at serotonin 2A (5HT2A) receptors. Following a review of the history of human use and scientific study of these drugs, the data from clinical research are summarized, including extensive work on the use of classic hallucinogens in the treatment of alcoholism and other addictions, studies of the use of LSD and psilocybin to relieve distress concerning death, particularly in patients with advanced or terminal cancer, and more limited data concerning the use of classic hallucinogens to treat mood and anxiety disorders...
May 18, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512623/ca-2-microdomains-in-t-lymphocytes
#14
REVIEW
Insa M A Wolf, Andreas H Guse
Early Ca(2+) signaling is characterized by occurrence of Ca(2+) microdomains formed by opening of single or clusters of Ca(2+) channels, thereby initiating first signaling and subsequently activating global Ca(2+) signaling mechanisms. However, only few data are available focusing on the first seconds and minutes of Ca(2+) microdomain formation and related signaling pathways in activated T-lymphocytes. In this review, we condense current knowledge on Ca(2+) microdomain formation in T-lymphocytes and early Ca(2+) signaling, function of Ca(2+) microdomains, and microdomain organization...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511981/role-of-cholinergic-receptors-in-memory-retrieval-depends-on-gender-and-age-of-memory
#15
Rashid Habiba, Mahboob Aamra, Ahmed Touqeer
The phenomenon of utilizing information acquired in the past to make decision and performance in present depends on memory retrieval, which is affected in retrograde amnesia. Role of cholinergic receptors in memory retrieval is not much explored. In this study we evaluated the gender specific role of cholinergic receptors, i.e. muscarinic and nicotinic receptors, in memory retrieval in young Balb/c mice. Acute (only one injection, 30minutes before test) and sub-chronic (five days) muscarinic blockade (using scopolamine=1mg/kg) before test impaired retrieval of contextual fear memory in male (31...
May 13, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509375/chronic-nicotine-induced-changes-in-gene-expression-of-delta-and-kappa-opioid-receptors-and-their-endogenous-ligands-in-the-mesocorticolimbic-system-of-the-rat
#16
Muzeyyen Ugur, Egemen Kaya, Oguz Gozen, Ersin O Koylu, Lutfiye Kanit, Aysegul Keser, Burcu Balkan
Delta and kappa opioid receptors (DOR and KOR, respectively) and their endogenous ligands, proenkephalin (PENK) and prodynorphin (PDYN)-derived opioid peptides are proposed as important mediators of nicotine reward. The present study investigated the regulatory effect of chronic nicotine treatment on the gene expression of DOR, KOR, PENK and PDYN in the mesocorticolimbic system. Three groups of rats were injected subcutaneously with nicotine at doses of 0.2, 0.4 or 0.6 mg/kg/day for six days. Rats were decapitated one hour after the last dose on day six, as this timing coincides with increased dopamine release in the mesocorticolimbic system...
May 16, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507526/behavioral-and-neural-manifestations-of-reward-memory-in-carriers-of-low-expressing-versus-high-expressing-genetic-variants-of-the-dopamine-d2-receptor
#17
Anni Richter, Adriana Barman, Torsten Wüstenberg, Joram Soch, Denny Schanze, Anna Deibele, Gusalija Behnisch, Anne Assmann, Marieke Klein, Martin Zenker, Constanze Seidenbecher, Björn H Schott
Dopamine is critically important in the neural manifestation of motivated behavior, and alterations in the human dopaminergic system have been implicated in the etiology of motivation-related psychiatric disorders, most prominently addiction. Patients with chronic addiction exhibit reduced dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2) availability in the striatum, and the DRD2 TaqIA (rs1800497) and C957T (rs6277) genetic polymorphisms have previously been linked to individual differences in striatal dopamine metabolism and clinical risk for alcohol and nicotine dependence...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507032/%C3%AE-2-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-influence-hippocampus-dependent-learning-and-memory-in-adolescent-mice
#18
Shahrdad Lotfipour, Celina Mojica, Sakura Nakauchi, Marcela Lipovsek, Sarah Silverstein, Jesse Cushman, James Tirtorahardjo, Andrew Poulos, Ana Belén Elgoyhen, Katumi Sumikawa, Michael S Fanselow, Jim Boulter
The absence of α2* nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in oriens lacunosum moleculare (OLM) GABAergic interneurons ablate the facilitation of nicotine-induced hippocampal CA1 long-term potentiation and impair memory. The current study delineated whether genetic mutations of α2* nAChRs (Chrna2(L9'S/L9'S) and Chrna2(KO)) influence hippocampus-dependent learning and memory and CA1 synaptic plasticity. We substituted a serine for a leucine (L9'S) in the α2 subunit (encoded by the Chrna2 gene) to make a hypersensitive nAChR...
June 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506824/hypoxia-and-nicotine-effects-on-pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-pacap-and-its-receptor-1-pac1-in-the-developing-piglet-brainstem
#19
J Huang, K A Waters, R Machaalani
Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) and its cognate receptor 1 (PAC1), have been implicated in the pathophysiology of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Two main risk factors for SIDS are prone sleeping and cigarette smoke exposure. Using piglet models of these risk factors, intermittent hypercapnic hypoxia (IHH-mimicking rebreathing in prone position) and nicotine (main reinforcing element of cigarettes), this study aimed to determine their effects on PACAP and PAC1 protein expression in the medulla...
May 12, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506623/mecp2-deficient-mice-have-reduced-%C3%AE-4-and-%C3%AE-6-nicotinic-receptor-mrna-and-altered-behavioral-response-to-nicotinic-agonists
#20
J Leung, D M McPhee, A Renda, N Penty, F Fahroomand, R Nashmi, K R Delaney
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May 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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