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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117258/lung-epithelial-response-to-cigarette-smoke-and-modulation-by-the-nicotinic-alpha-7-receptor
#1
Lorise C Gahring, Elizabeth J Myers, Diane M Dunn, Robert B Weiss, Scott W Rogers
Cigarette smoking (CS) is a principal contributor to a spectrum of devastating lung diseases whose occurrence and severity may vary between individuals and not appear for decades after prolonged use. One explanation for the variability and delay in disease onset is that nicotine, the addictive component of CS, acts through the ionotropic nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) alpha7 (α7) to modulate anti-inflammatory protection. In this study we measured the impact α7 signaling has on the mouse distal lung response to side-stream CS exposure for mice of the control genotype (α7G) and those in which the α7-receptor signaling mechanisms are restricted by point mutation (α7E260A:G)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114569/cholinergic-receptor-alterations-in-the-cerebral-cortex-of-spinal-cord-injured-rat
#2
R Chinthu, T R Anju, C S Paulose
Many areas of the cerebral cortex process sensory information or coordinate motor output necessary for control of movement. Disturbances in cortical cholinergic system can affect locomotor coordination. Spinal cord injury causes severe motor impairment and disturbances in cholinergic signalling can aggravate the situation. Considering the impact of cortical cholinergic firing in locomotion, we focussed the study in understanding the cholinergic alterations in cerebral cortex during spinal cord injury. The gene expression of key enzymes in cholinergic pathway - acetylcholine esterase and choline acetyl transferase showed significant upregulation in the cerebral cortex of spinal cord injured group compared to control with the fold increase in expression of acetylcholine esterase prominently higher than cholineacetyl transferase...
July 2017: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114104/bidirectional-regulation-of-aggression-in-mice-by-hippocampal-alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors
#3
Alan S Lewis, Steven T Pittenger, Yann S Mineur, Dawson Stout, Philip H Smith, Marina R Picciotto
Humans with 15q13.3 microdeletion syndrome (15q13.3DS) are typically hemizygous for CHRNA7, the gene coding for the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR), and manifest a variable neuropsychiatric phenotype that frequently includes persistent aggression. In mice, nAChR activation by nicotine is anti-aggressive, or 'serenic', an effect which requires α7 nAChRs and is recapitulated by GTS-21, an α7 nAChR partial agonist. Pharmacotherapies potentiating α7 nAChR signaling have also been shown to reduce aggression in human 15q13...
November 7, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089979/therapeutic-potential-of-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-receptor-agonists-to-regulate-neuroinflammation-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
#4
REVIEW
Laura Foucault-Fruchard, Daniel Antier
Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, are all characterized by a component of innate immunity called neuroinflammation. Neuronal loss and neuroinflammation are two phenomena closely linked. Hence, the neuroinflammation is a relevant target for the management of the neurodegenerative diseases given that, to date, there is no treatment to stop neuronal loss. Several studies have investigated the potential effects of activators of alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in animal models of neurodegenerative diseases...
September 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066952/the-sleep-wake-cycle-in-the-nicotinic-alpha-9-acetylcholine-receptor-subunit-knock-out-mice
#5
Natalia Madrid-López, Jorge Estrada, Javier Díaz, Alejandro Bassi, Paul H Délano, Adrián Ocampo-Garcés
There is a neural matrix controlling the sleep-wake cycle (SWC) embedded within high ranking integrative mechanisms in the central nervous system. Nicotinic alpha-9 acetylcholine receptor subunit (alpha-9 nAChR) participate in physiological processes occurring in sensory, endocrine and immune systems. There is a relationship between the SWC architecture, body homeostasis and sensory afferents so that disruption of afferent signaling is expected to affect the temporal organization of sleep and wake states. The analysis of the SWC of 9 nAChR knock-out animals may help to reveal the contribution of alpha-9 nAChR to sleep chronobiological determinants...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024766/protective-effect-of-an-alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-agonist-against-enterovirus-71-infection-in-neuronal-cells
#6
FengXia Song, LinQin Zhao, RuNan Zhu, QinWei Song, Jie Deng, Run Tian, Fang Wang, Yuan Qian
Enterovirus 71, as one of the dominant pathogens associated with severe hand, foot, and mouth disease, has been well reported to trigger severe neurological symptoms among young children over the last decade, particularly among children in the Asia-Pacific region. To date, no effective antiviral agent has been developed for the treatment of severe enterovirus 71 infection. PNU-282987, a selective alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) agonist, has been reported to have a neuroprotective effect by participating in inflammatory regulation in previous studies...
October 9, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974241/recombinant-newcastle-disease-virus-rl-rvg-enhances-the-apoptosis-and-inhibits-the-migration-of-a549-lung-adenocarcinoma-cells-via-regulating-alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-vitro
#7
Yulan Yan, Chunxiang Su, Min Hang, Hua Huang, Yinghai Zhao, Xiaomei Shao, Xuefeng Bu
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study were to investigate the possible pro-apoptotic mechanisms of the recombinant Newcastle disease virus (NDV) strain rL-RVG, which expresses the rabies virus glycoprotein, in A549 lung adenocarcinoma cells via the regulation of alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (α7 nAChRs) and to analyze the relationships between α7 nAChR expression in lung cancer and the clinical pathological features. METHODS: α7 nAChR expression in A549, LΑ795, and small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) cells, among others, was detected using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)...
October 3, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883881/zinc-and-copper-metabolism-and-risk-of-autism-a-reply-to-sayehmiri-et-al
#8
Keith Fluegge Ba
OBJECTIVE: Sayehmiri et al. recently conducted a meta-analysis to explore the relationship between zinc and copper metabolism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Recent reports have elucidated a full behavioral profile of mice exposed to prenatal zinc deficiency and documented a phenotype similar to that found in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). These studies suggest that significant alterations in Zn metabolism may be an important nutritional component in the development of ASD. MATERIALS & METHODS: The idea that prenatal zinc deficiency may be to blame is cursorily challenged...
2017: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867899/homology-modeling-and-protein-interaction-map-of-chrna7-neurogenesis-protein
#9
Ruchi Yadav, Deepshikha Deepshikha, Prachi Srivastava
CHRNA7 is a neurodevelopmental protein involved in differentiation and neurogenesis, which is also named as nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, cholinergic receptor, nicotinic, alpha 7 (neuronal). The protein encoded by this gene forms a homo-oligomeric channel. It is a major component of brain nicotinic receptors displays that are blocked by and sensitive to alpha-bungarotoxin. Studies reports involvement of CHRNA7 protein in different neurological diseases. Non-availability of 3-dimensional (3D) structure leads the study toward structure 3D prediction along with its interaction analysis...
July 2017: Annals of Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858686/nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-alpha-7-stimulation-dampens-splenic-myelopoiesis-and-inhibits-atherogenesis-in-apoe-mice
#10
Annas Al-Sharea, Man K S Lee, Alexandra Whillas, Michelle C Flynn, Jaye Chin-Dusting, Andrew J Murphy
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Monocyte levels predict cardiovascular outcomes and play a causal role in atherogenesis. Monocytes can be produced in the spleen and track to the atherosclerotic lesion in significant numbers. The cholinergic system has been shown to have anti-inflammatory actions in the spleen. We aimed to explore whether therapeutic stimulation of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor alpha 7 (nAChRα7) can suppress atherogenesis. METHODS: Apoe(-/-) mice were placed on a Western-type diet and treated with bi-daily injections of the nAChRα7 agonist GTS-21 or vehicle every 2-3 days for 8 weeks...
August 18, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834306/arginase-a-novel-target-for-cardioprotection-by-vagal-nerve-stimulation
#11
EDITORIAL
A Uitterdijk, D J Duncker
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828223/effects-of-haloperidol-olanzapine-ziprasidone-and-pha-543613-on-spatial-learning-and-memory-in-the-morris-water-maze-test-in-na%C3%A3-ve-and-mk-801-treated-mice
#12
Houxu Ning, Dong Cao, Haidong Wang, Bing Kang, Shiping Xie, Yujing Meng
INTRODUCTION: Cognitive impairment is the core symptom of schizophrenia, significantly impacting the functional outcome. Improvement of cognitive function has been an important aspect of the treatment of schizophrenia. Therefore, this study is to demonstrate the effects of first-generation antipsychotic haloperidol, second-generation antipsychotic olanzapine and ziprasidone, and alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist PHA-543613 on spatial learning and memory. MATERIAL AND METHODS: C57BL/6 mice received intraperitoneal injections of haloperidol (2 mg/kg), olanzapine (2...
August 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823102/the-etiology-of-primary-hyperhidrosis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Moshe Hashmonai, Alan E P Cameron, Cliff P Connery, Noel Perin, Peter B Licht
PURPOSE: Primary hyperhidrosis is a pathological disorder of unknown etiology, affecting 0.6-5% of the population, and causing severe functional and social handicaps. As the etiology is unknown, it is not possible to treat the root cause. Recently some differences between affected and non-affected people have been reported. The aim of this review is to summarize these new etiological data. METHODS: Search of the literature was performed in the PubMed/Medline Database and pertinent articles were retrieved and reviewed...
December 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800036/improved-outcomes-of-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-rats-treated-with-vagus-nerve-stimulation-and-its-potential-mechanism
#14
Peng Sun, Jiangang Wang, Shen Zhao, Zhengfei Yang, Ziren Tang, Navami Ravindra, Jennifer Bradley, Joseph P Ornato, Mary Ann Peberdy, Wanchun Tang
Studies have demonstrated that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) reduces ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of VNS in a rat model of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). We further investigated whether the beneficial effects of VNS were dependent on the alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR). Forty animals were randomized into 4 groups and all underwent CPR (n = 10 each): (1) CPR alone (control); (2) VNS during CPR; (3) α7nAChR antagonist methyllycaconitine citrate (MLA) with VNS; (4) α7nAChR agonist 3-(2, 4-dimethoxybenzylidene) anabaseine (GTS-21) without VNS...
August 9, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754351/the-alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-is-involved-in-a-direct-inhibitory-effect-of-nicotine-on-gnrh-release-in-vitro-studies
#15
Elio Messi, Federica Pimpinelli, Valentina Andrè, Chiara Rigobello, Cecilia Gotti, Roberto Maggi
The activation of nicotinic cholinergic receptors (nAChR) inhibits the reproductive axis; however, it is not clear whether nicotine may directly modulate the release of hypothalamic gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). Experiments carried out in GT1-1 immortalized GnRH neurons reveal the presence of a single class of high affinity α4β2 and α7 nAchR subtypes. The exposure of GT1-1 cells to nicotine does not modify the basal accumulation of GnRH. However, nicotine was found to modify GnRH pulsatility in perifusion experiments and inhibits, the release of GnRH induced by prostaglandin E1 or by K(+)-induced cell depolarization; these effects were reversed by D-tubocurarine and α-bungarotoxin...
July 25, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620379/neuroimmune-interactions-in-schizophrenia-focus-on-vagus-nerve-stimulation-and-activation-of-the-alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor
#16
REVIEW
Fabiana Maria das Graças Corsi-Zuelli, Fernanda Brognara, Gustavo Fernando da Silva Quirino, Carlos Hiroji Hiroki, Rafael Sobrano Fais, Cristina Marta Del-Ben, Luis Ulloa, Helio Cesar Salgado, Alexandre Kanashiro, Camila Marcelino Loureiro
Schizophrenia is one of the most debilitating mental disorders and is aggravated by the lack of efficacious treatment. Although its etiology is unclear, epidemiological studies indicate that infection and inflammation during development induces behavioral, morphological, neurochemical, and cognitive impairments, increasing the risk of developing schizophrenia. The inflammatory hypothesis of schizophrenia is also supported by clinical studies demonstrating systemic inflammation and microglia activation in schizophrenic patients...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606623/the-interaction-between-alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-and-nuclear-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-represents-a-new-antinociceptive-signaling-pathway-in-mice
#17
Giulia Donvito, Deniz Bagdas, Wisam Toma, Elnaz Rahimpour, Asti Jackson, Julie A Meade, Shakir AlSharari, Abhijit R Kulkarni, F Ivy Carroll, Aron H Lichtman, Roger L Papke, Ganesh A Thakur, M Imad Damaj
Recently, α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), primarily activated by binding of orthosteric agonists, represent a target for anti-inflammatory and analgesic drug development. These receptors may also be modulated by positive allosteric modulators (PAMs), ago-allosteric ligands (ago-PAMs), and α7-silent agonists. Activation of α7 nAChRs has been reported to increase the brain levels of endogenous ligands for nuclear peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors type-α (PPAR-α), palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) and oleoylethanolamide (OEA), in a Ca(2+)-dependent manner...
September 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598489/nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-mediated-protection-of-the-rat-heart-exposed-to-ischemia-reperfusion
#18
Spyros A Mavropoulos, Nayaab S Khan, Asaph C J Levy, Bradley T Faliks, Cristina P Sison, Valentin A Pavlov, Youhua Zhang, Kaie Ojamaa
Reperfusion injury following acute myocardial infarction is associated with significant morbidity. Activation of neuronal or non-neuronal cholinergic pathways in the heart has been shown to reduce ischemic injury and this effect has been attributed primarily to muscarinic acetylcholine receptors. In contrast, the role of nicotinic receptors, specifically alpha-7 subtype (α7nAChR) in the myocardium remains unknown which offers an opportunity to potentially repurpose several agonists/modulators that are currently under development for neurologic indications...
June 8, 2017: Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552999/development-and-validation-of-a-questionnaire-for-the-assessment-of-pelvic-floor-disorders-and-their-risk-factors-during-pregnancy-and-post-partum
#19
Melanie Metz, Bärbel Junginger, Wolfgang Henrich, Kaven Baeßler
Introduction The aim of this study was to develop and validate a questionnaire for the assessment of pelvic floor disorders, their symptoms and risk factors in pregnancy and after birth including symptom course, severity and impact on quality of life. Methods The validated German pelvic floor questionnaire was modified and a new risk factor domain developed. The questionnaire was initially completed by 233 nulliparous women in the third trimester of pregnancy and at six weeks (n = 148) and one year (n = 120) post partum...
April 2017: Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551702/alpha-7-nicotinic-receptor-signaling-pathway-participates-in-the-neurogenesis-induced-by-chat-positive-neurons-in-the-subventricular-zone
#20
Jianping Wang, Zhengfang Lu, Xiaojie Fu, Di Zhang, Lie Yu, Nan Li, Yufeng Gao, Xianliang Liu, Chunmao Yin, Junji Ke, Liyuan Li, Mengmeng Zhai, Shiwen Wu, Jiahong Fan, Liang Lv, Junchao Liu, Xuemei Chen, Qingwu Yang, Jian Wang
Choline acetyltransferase-positive (ChAT(+)) neurons within the subventricular zone (SVZ) have been shown to promote neurogenesis after stroke in mice by secreting acetylcholine (ACh); however, the mechanisms remain unclear. Receptors known to bind ACh include the nicotinic ACh receptors (nAChRs), which are present in the SVZ and have been shown to be important for cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival. In this study, we investigated the neurogenic role of the alpha-7 nAChR (α7 nAChR) in a mouse model of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) by using α7 nAChR inhibitor methyllycaconitine...
May 27, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
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