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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425312/activation-of-spinal-alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-shortens-the-duration-of-remifentanil-induced-postoperative-hyperalgesia-by-upregulating-kcc2-in-the-spinal-dorsal-horn-in-rats
#1
Wei Gu, Wei Zhang, Yishan Lei, Yin Cui, Shuaishuai Chu, Xiaoping Gu, Zhengliang Ma
Background Accumulating evidence has shown that the signal from spinal brain-derived neurotrophic factor/tyrosine receptor kinase B-K(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter-2 plays a critical role in the process of pain hypersensitivity. The activation of alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors could have an analgesic effect on remifentanil-induced postoperative hyperalgesia. Nevertheless, whether intrathecal administration of PNU-120596, an alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors selective type II positive allosteric modulator, before surgery could affect the duration of remifentanil-induced postoperative hyperalgesia remains unknown, and the effects of alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors activation on the brain-derived neurotrophic factor/tyrosine receptor kinase B-K(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter-2 signal in the spinal dorsal horn of rats with remifentanil-induced postoperative hyperalgesia is still enigmatic...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384302/nicotinic-alpha-7-receptor-expression-and-modulation-of-the-lung-epithelial-response-to-lipopolysaccharide
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Lorise C Gahring, Elizabeth J Myers, Diane M Dunn, Robert B Weiss, Scott W Rogers
Nicotine modulates multiple inflammatory responses in the lung through the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subtype alpha7 (α7). Previously we reported that α7 modulates both the hematopoietic and epithelium responses in the lung to the bacterial inflammogen, lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Here we apply immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and RNA-Seq analysis of isolated distal lung epithelium to further define α7-expression and function in this tissue. Mouse lines were used that co-express a bicistronic tau-green fluorescent protein (tGFP) as a reporter of α7 (α7G) expression and that harbor an α7 with a specific point mutation (α7E260A:G) that selectively uncouples it from cell calcium-signaling mechanisms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347687/effects-of-chronic-inhalation-of-electronic-cigarettes-containing-nicotine-on-glial-glutamate-transporters-and-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-in-female-cd-1-mice
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Fawaz Alasmari, Laura E Crotty Alexander, Jessica A Nelson, Isaac T Schiefer, Ellen Breen, Christopher A Drummond, Youssef Sari
Alteration in glutamate neurotransmission has been found to mediate the development of drug dependence, including nicotine. We and others, through using western blotting, have reported that exposure to drugs of abuse reduced the expression of glutamate transporter-1 (GLT-1) as well as cystine/glutamate antiporter (xCT), which consequently increased extracellular glutamate concentrations in the mesocorticolimbic area. However, our previous studies did not reveal any changes in glutamate/aspartate transporter (GLAST) following exposure to drugs of abuse...
March 27, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302571/alpha-9-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-mediate-hypothermic-responses-elicited-by-provocative-motion-in-mice
#4
Longlong Tu, Lauren Poppi, John Rudd, Ethan T Cresswell, Doug W Smith, Alan Brichta, Eugene Nalivaiko
Hypothermic responses accompany motion sickness in humans and can be elicited by provocative motion in rats. We aimed to determine the potential role in these responses of the efferent cholinergic vestibular innervation. To this end, we used knockout (KO) mice lacking α9 cholinoreceptor subunit predominantly expressed in the vestibular hair cells and CBA strain as a wild-type (WT) control. In WT mice, circular horizontal motion (1Hz, 4cm radius, 20min) caused rapid and dramatic falls in core body temperature and surface head temperature associated with a transient rise in the tail temperature; these responses were substantially attenuated in KO mice; changes were (WT vs...
March 14, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288805/humoral-immunity-and-autism-spectrum-disorders
#5
Keith Fluegge
Abnormal immune activation, particularly of a humoral nature, has consistently been described in the etiopathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In this journal, Mead and Ashwood (2015) reviewed immune abnormalities in autism and linked them to severity of classic autistic symptoms. However, there remains a lack of clarity as to how environmental risk factors in ASD may contribute to such immunophenotypes. The evidence presented herein highlights these immune deficits of a humoral nature in ASD. Moreover, aligned with prior research showing a link between chronic air pollution and suppression of humoral immunity, the author of this commentary has proposed that environmental exposure to pervasive air pollutants, particularly nitrous oxide (N2O), may target several anti-inflammatory biomarkers, including alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) inhibition and stimulation of kappa opioid receptor (KOR) activity...
March 10, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238218/vagal-nerve-stimulation-reduces-infarct-size-via-a-mechanism-involving-the-alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-and-down-regulation-of-cardiac-and-vascular-arginase
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Attila Kiss, Yahor Tratsiakovich, Ali Mahdi, Jiangning Yang, Adrian T Gonon, Bruno K Podesser, John Pernow
AIMS: Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) protects from myocardial and vascular injury following myocardial ischemia and reperfusion (IR) via a mechanism involving activation of alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7 nAChR) and reduced inflammation. Arginase is involved in development of myocardial IR injury driven by inflammatory mediators. The aim of the study was to clarify whether VNS downregulates myocardial and vascular arginase via a mechanism involving activation of α7 nAChR following myocardial IR METHODS: Anaesthetized rats were randomized to (1) sham operated, (2) control IR (30 min ischemia and 2 h reperfusion, (3) VNS throughout IR, (4) the arginase inhibitor nor-NOHA+IR, (5) nor-NOHA+VNS+IR, (6) selective α7 nAChR blockade by methyllycaconitine (MLA) followed by VNS throughout IR and (7) MLA+IR...
February 26, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185676/determination-of-po-210-content-in-cigarette-smoke-using-a-smoking-machine-a-case-study-of-iranian-cigarettes
#7
Mária Horváth, Amin Shahrokhi, Péter Bátor, Edit Tóth-Bodrogi, Tibor Kovács
The Po-210 content of tobacco has been known for a long time, however, different results can be found about the estimated amount of Po-210 that is inhaled by humans as a result of smoking cigarettes. Because of the unique properties of Po-210, the smoking machines available on the market are not suitable because of their failure to quantitatively collect Po-210 for measurement. Therefore, to estimate precisely the amount of Po-210 entering the lungs as a result of smoking, a smoking machine and sampling protocol based on relevant ISO standards - ISO-3308, ISO-3402 and ISO-4387 - was developed...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162648/-401-brain-alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-positive-allosteric-modulator-attenuates-mechanical-allodynia-and-hyperalgesia-in-a-mouse-model-of-neuroinflammatory-pain
#8
M Abbas, S Rahman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123345/the-protective-effect-of-alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-activation-on-critical-illness-and-its-mechanism
#9
REVIEW
Chao Ren, Ya-Lin Tong, Jun-Cong Li, Zhong-Qiu Lu, Yong-Ming Yao
Critical illnesses and injuries are recognized as major threats to human health, and they are usually accompanied by uncontrolled inflammation and dysfunction of immune response. The alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAchR), which is a primary receptor of cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway (CAP), exhibits great benefits for critical ill conditions. It is composed of 5 identical α7 subunits that form a central pore with high permeability for calcium. This putative structure is closely associated with its functional states...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077796/tumor-cell-migration-is-inhibited-by-a-novel-therapeutic-strategy-antagonizing-the-alpha-7-receptor
#10
Chris Pepper, Henry Tu, Paul Morrill, Sara Garcia-Rates, Chris Fegan, Susan Greenfield
A 14mer peptide (T14) derived from the C-terminus of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) selectively activates metastatic breast cancer cells via the alpha-7 nicotinic receptor (α7 nAChR). This naturally occurring peptide is also present in brain, is elevated in Alzheimer's disease, and is antagonised by a cyclized variant (NBP-14). Here we investigated the effects of NBP-14 in six different cancer cell lines, primary leukemia B-cells and normal B-cells. All cells tested expressed α7 nAChR, intracellular and extracellular T14...
February 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065843/alpha-7-nicotinic-agonists-for-cognitive-deficits-in-neuropsychiatric-disorders-a-translational-meta-analysis-of-rodent-and-human-studies
#11
Alan S Lewis, Gerrit I van Schalkwyk, Michael H Bloch
Cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia (SCZ) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a major driver of functional disability but is largely unresponsive to current therapeutics. Animal models of cognitive dysfunction relevant to both disorders suggest the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) may be a promising drug development target, with multiple clinical trials subsequently testing this hypothesis in individuals with SCZ and AD. However, the translational value of rodent cognitive tasks for predicting the overall efficacy of this therapeutic target in clinical trials is unknown...
April 3, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039041/spinal-activation-of-alpha7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-attenuates-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-related-chronic-pain-via-suppression-of-glial-activation
#12
Rao Sun, Wei Zhang, Jinhua Bo, Zuoxia Zhang, Yishan Lei, Wenwen Huo, Yue Liu, Zhengliang Ma, Xiaoping Gu
The high prevalence of chronic pain in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) individuals has been widely reported by clinical studies, which emphasized an urgent need to uncover the underlying mechanisms and identify potential therapeutic targets. Recent studies suggested that targeting activated glia and their pro-inflammatory products may provide a novel and effective therapy for the stress-related pain. In this study, we investigated whether activation of alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7 nAChR), a novel anti-inflammatory target, could attenuate PTSD-related chronic pain...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979692/therapeutic-potential-and-limitations-of-cholinergic-anti-inflammatory-pathway-in-sepsis
#13
REVIEW
Alexandre Kanashiro, Fabiane Sônego, Raphael G Ferreira, Fernanda V S Castanheira, Caio A Leite, Vanessa F Borges, Daniele C Nascimento, David F Cólon, José Carlos Alves-Filho, Luis Ulloa, Fernando Q Cunha
Sepsis is one of the main causes of mortality in hospitalized patients. Despite the recent technical advances and the development of novel generation of antibiotics, severe sepsis remains a major clinical and scientific challenge in modern medicine. Unsuccessful efforts have been dedicated to the search of therapeutic options to treat the deleterious inflammatory components of sepsis. Recent findings on neuronal networks controlling immunity raised expectations for novel therapeutic strategies to promote the regulation of sterile inflammation, such as autoimmune diseases...
December 12, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914011/activation-of-alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-reduces-brain-edema-in-mice-with-ischemic-stroke-and-bone-fracture
#14
Dingquan Zou, Man Luo, Zhenying Han, Lei Zhan, Wan Zhu, Shuai Kang, Chen Bao, Zhao Li, Jeffrey Nelson, Rui Zhang, Hua Su
Stroke is an important risk factor for bone fracture. We showed previously that bone fracture at the acute stage of ischemic stroke worsens, and activation of α-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α-7 nAchR) improves, stroke recovery by attenuating inflammation. We hypothesized that activation of α-7 nAchR also improves the blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity. Permanent distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO) was performed on C57BL/6J mice followed by tibia fracture 1 day later. Mice were treated with 0...
December 2, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835950/targeted-high-throughput-sequencing-of-candidate-genes-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#15
Hans Matsson, Cilla Söderhäll, Elisabet Einarsdottir, Maxime Lamontagne, Sanna Gudmundsson, Helena Backman, Anne Lindberg, Eva Rönmark, Juha Kere, Don Sin, Dirkje S Postma, Yohan Bossé, Bo Lundbäck, Joakim Klar
BACKGROUND: Reduced lung function in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is likely due to both environmental and genetic factors. We report here a targeted high-throughput DNA sequencing approach to identify new and previously known genetic variants in a set of candidate genes for COPD. METHODS: Exons in 22 genes implicated in lung development as well as 61 genes and 10 genomic regions previously associated with COPD were sequenced using individual DNA samples from 68 cases with moderate or severe COPD and 66 controls matched for age, gender and smoking...
November 11, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834303/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-and-genotypes-of-transient-receptor-potential-ion-channel-and-acetylcholine-receptor-genes-from-isolated-b-lymphocytes-in-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-patients
#16
Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik, Samantha Johnston, Anu Chacko, Thao Nguyen, Peter Smith, Donald Staines
Objective The pathomechanism of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is unknown; however, a small subgroup of patients has shown muscarinic antibody positivity and reduced symptom presentation following anti-CD20 intervention. Given the important roles of calcium (Ca(2+)) and acetylcholine (ACh) signalling in B cell activation and potential antibody development, we aimed to identify relevant single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and genotypes in isolated B cells from CFS/ME patients...
December 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766701/alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-nachr-agonist-inhibits-the-development-of-endometriosis-by-regulating-inflammation
#17
Kaori Yamada-Nomoto, Osamu Yoshino, Ikumi Akiyama, Akemi Ushijima, Yosuke Ono, Tomoko Shima, Akitoshi Nakashima, Shusaku Hayashi, Makoto Kadowaki, Yutaka Osuga, Shigeru Saito
OBJECTIVE: We investigated α-7 nAchR expression in human peritoneal macrophages and examined whether activation of nAchR might be a new therapy for endometriosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human peritoneal fluid mononuclear cells (PFMC) were stimulated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in the presence of α-7 nAChR agonists. In a murine endometriosis model, α-7 nAChR modulators were administered. RESULTS: Human PFMC expressed α-7 nAChR at the mRNA and protein levels...
December 2016: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752155/-nicotine-alleviates-the-liver-inflammation-of-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-induced-by-high-fat-and-high-fructose-in-mice
#18
X M Chen, F Q Li, S Yan, X C Wu, C L Tang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the anti-inflammation effects by activation of the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway and its mechanisms in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) model mice. METHODS: 6-week-old male C57BL/6J (B6) mice were randomly divided into four groups: the first group was normal mice, injected with saline; the second group was normal mice, injected with nicotine; the third group was NASH model mice, injected with saline; the fourth group was NASH model mice, injected with nicotine...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27527585/prenatal-kynurenine-exposure-in-rats-age-dependent-changes-in-nmda-receptor-expression-and-conditioned-fear-responding
#19
Michelle L Pershing, David Phenis, Valentina Valentini, Ana Pocivavsek, Derick H Lindquist, Robert Schwarcz, John P Bruno
RATIONALE: Levels of kynurenic acid (KYNA), an endogenous negative modulator of alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (α7nAChRs) and antagonist at glutamatergic N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs), are elevated in the brain of patients with schizophrenia (SZ). In rats, dietary exposure to KYNA's immediate precursor kynurenine during the last week of gestation produces neurochemical and cognitive deficits in adulthood that resemble those seen in patients with SZ. OBJECTIVES: The present experiments examined whether prenatal kynurenine exposure results in age-dependent changes in the kynurenine pathway (KP), expression of selected receptors, and cognitive function...
October 2016: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27488345/alpha-7-nicotinic-receptors-in-nervous-system-disorders-from-function-to-therapeutic-perspectives
#20
Marcella Reale, Ada Maria Tata
The α7 nicotinic receptor consists of identical subunits and is one of the most abundant acetylcholine receptor in the mammalian central nervous system. However its expression is also found in the peripheral nervous system as well as in the immune system and various peripheral tissues. Its function is involved in the regulation of a range of activities such as classical excitatory neurotransmission in some brain regions, modulation of the release of several neurotransmitters, regulation of neurite outgrowth, and even neuronal survival/death...
July 29, 2016: Central Nervous System Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
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