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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108849/toll-like-receptor-4-affects-the-cerebral-biochemical-changes-induced-by-mptp-treatment
#1
Carmela Conte, Luca Roscini, Roccaldo Sardella, Giuseppina Mariucci, Stefania Scorzoni, Tommaso Beccari, Laura Corte
The etiology and pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD) are still unclear. However, multiple lines of evidence suggest a critical role of the toll like receptor 4 (TLR4) in inflammatory response and neuronal death. Neuroinflammation may be associated with the misfolding and aggregation of proteins accompanied by a change in their secondary structure. Recent findings also suggest that biochemical perturbations in cerebral lipid content could contribute to the pathogenesis of central nervous system (CNS) disorders, including PD...
January 21, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108358/neurochemical-and-metabolic-effects-of-acute-and-chronic-alcohol-in-the-human-brain-studies-with-positron-emission-tomography
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REVIEW
Nora D Volkow, Corinde E Wiers, Ehsan Shokri-Kojori, Dardo Tomasi, Gene-Jack Wang, Ruben Baler
The use of Positron emission tomography (PET) to study the effects of acute and chronic alcohol on the human brain has enhanced our understanding of the mechanisms underlying alcohol's rewarding effects, the neuroadaptations from chronic exposure that contribute to tolerance and withdrawal, and the changes in fronto-striatal circuits that lead to loss of control and enhanced motivation to drink that characterize alcohol use disorders (AUD). These include studies showing that alcohol's reinforcing effects may result not only from its enhancement of dopaminergic, GABAergic and opioid signaling but also from its caloric properties...
January 17, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108256/a-quantitative-evaluation-of-a-2-5-kb-rat-tyrosine-hydroxylase-promoter-to-target-expression-in-ventral-mesencephalic-dopamine-neurons-in-vivo
#3
Anne-Sophie Rolland, Tatyana Kareva, Nikolai Kholodilov, Robert E Burke
Adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) have become powerful tools in neuroscience for both basic research and potential therapeutic use. They have become especially important tools for optogenetic experiments based on their ability to achieve transgene expression in postmitotic neurons with regional selectivity. With the use of appropriate promoter elements they can achieve cellular specificity as well. One population of neurons that plays a central role in human neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases are the dopamine neurons of the midbrain...
January 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108253/dcc-haploinsufficiency-regulates-dopamine-receptor-expression-across-postnatal-lifespan
#4
Matthew Pokinko, Alanna Grant, Florence Shahabi, Yvan Dumont, Colleen Manitt, Cecilia Flores
Adolescence is a period during which the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) undergoes significant remodeling. The netrin-1 receptor, DCC, controls the extent and organization of mPFC dopamine connectivity during adolescence and in turn directs mPFC functional and structural maturation. Dcc haploinsufficiency leads to increased mPFC dopamine input, which causes improved cognitive processing and resilience to behavioral effects of stimulant drugs of abuse. Here we examine the effects of Dcc haploinsufficiency on the dynamic expression of dopamine receptors in forebrain targets of C57BL6 mice...
January 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108196/homovanillic-acid-in-csf-of-mild-stage-parkinson-s-disease-patients-correlates-with-motor-impairment
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Alessandro Stefani, Mariangela Pierantozzi, Enrica Olivola, Salvatore Galati, Rocco Cerroni, Vincenza D'Angelo, Atticus H Hainsworth, Valentina Saviozzi, Ernesto Fedele, Claudio Liguori
In Parkinson's disease (PD), several efforts have been spent in order to find biochemical parameters able to identify the progression of the pathological processes at the basis of the disease. It is already known that advanced PD patients manifesting dyskinesia are featured by the high homovanillic acid (HVA)/dopamine (DA) ratio, suggesting the increased turnover of DA in these patients. Less clear is whether similar changes affect mild and moderate stages of the disease (between 1 and 2.5 of Hoehn & Yahr -H&Y- stage)...
January 18, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108021/phenomenology-and-epidemiology-of-impulsive-compulsive-behaviours-in-parkinson-s-disease-atypical-parkinsonian-disorders-and-non-parkinsonian-populations
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REVIEW
Eimer M Maloney, Atbin Djamshidian, Sean S O'Sullivan
Impulsive-compulsive behaviours are common, quality of life affecting consequences of dopamine replacement therapy which are well recognized in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Details of the occurrence and nature of these disorders in the atypical parkinsonian neurodegenerative disorders, and in non-Parkinson's patients prescribed dopaminergic stimulation for other disease processes, are slowly emerging. Here we review what is known about the phenomenology, epidemiology and risk factors for impulsive-compulsive behaviours in Parkinson's disease and in other, less well studied, patient groups...
December 28, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107466/thermal-conductivity-performance-of-polypropylene-composites-filled-with-polydopamine-functionalized-hexagonal-boron-nitride
#7
Lin Chen, Hong-Fei Xu, Shao-Jian He, Yi-Hang Du, Nan-Jie Yu, Xiao-Ze Du, Jun Lin, Sergei Nazarenko
Mussel-inspired approach was attempted to non-covalently functionalize the surfaces of boron nitride (BN) with self-polymerized dopamine coatings in order to reduce the interfacial thermal barrier and enhance the thermal conductivity of BN-containing composites. Compared to the polypropylene (PP) composites filled with pristine BN at the same filler content, thermal conductivity was much higher for those filled with both functionalized BN (f-BN) and maleic anhydride grafted PP (PP-g-ma) due to the improved filler dispersion and better interfacial filler-matrix compatibility, which facilitated the development of more thermal paths...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106982/a-novel-iron-ii-preferring-dopamine-agonist-chelator-as-potential-symptomatic-and-neuroprotective-therapeutic-agent-for-parkinson-s-disease
#8
Banibrata Das, Ashoka Kandegedara, Liping Xu, Tamara Antonio, Timothy L Stemmler, Maarten E A Reith, Aloke K Dutta
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder and development of disease-modifying treatment is still an unmet medical need. Considering the implication of free iron (II) in PD, we report here the design and characterization of a novel hybrid iron chelator, (-)-12 (D-607) as a multitarget-directed ligand against PD. Binding and functional assays at dopamine D2/D3 receptors indicate potent agonist activity of (-)-12. The molecule displayed an efficient preferential iron (II) chelation properties along with potent in vivo activity in a reserpinized PD animal model...
January 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106570/replacing-dopamine-neurons-in%C3%A2-parkinson-s-disease-how-did-it-happen
#9
Anders Björklund, Olle Lindvall
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January 17, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106567/fractional-anisotropy-and-mean-diffusion-as-measures-of-dopaminergic-function-in-parkinson-s-disease-challenging-results
#10
Niklas Lenfeldt, Johan Eriksson, Björn Åström, Lars Forsgren, Susanna Jakobson
BACKGROUND: Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has been purported as an imaging technique to assess dopaminergic degeneration in Parkinson's disease. OBJECTIVE: To test if fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusion (MD) in the basal ganglia as measured by DTI correlates with dopaminergic function as measured by dopamine transporter (DAT) and dopamine D2-receptor (D2R) SPECT. METHODS: One-hundred and eleven patients with Parkinson's disease (71±10 years) and thirty-one controls (68±7 years) performed DTI, DAT and D2R SPECT at baseline and four follow-ups (1-year: 89 patients/zero controls; 3-year: 72/11; 5-year: 48/17; and 8-year: 13/13)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105985/impact-of-traumatic-brain-injury-on-dopaminergic-transmission
#11
Yuan-Hao Chen, Eagle Yi-Kung, Tung-Tai Kuo, Jonathan Miller, Yung-Hsiao Chiang, Barry J
Brain trauma is often associated with severe morbidity and is a major public health concern. Even when injury is mild and no obvious anatomic disruption is seen, many individuals suffer disabling neuropsychological impairments such as memory loss, mood dysfunction, substance abuse, and adjustment disorder. These changes may be related to subtle disruption of neural circuits as well as functional changes at the neurotransmitter level. In particular, there is considerable evidence that dopamine physiology in the nigrostriatal and mesocorticolimbic pathways might be impaired after TBI...
January 20, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104410/the-drd2-rs1076560-polymorphism-and-schizophrenia-related-intermediate-phenotypes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Jurjen J Luykx, Juliette L Broersen, Max de Leeuw
Intermediate phenotypes may contribute to elucidate the genetic determinants of schizophrenia. A regulatory dopamine 2-receptor gene (DRD2) polymorphism (rs1076560; G > T) has been identified as a genetic risk factor for schizophrenia. Studies report conflicting results on its involvement in schizophrenia intermediate phenotypes and no systematic review on this topic has been published. Therefore, we aimed to assess whether this polymorphism is implicated in schizophrenia intermediate phenotypes by performing a systematic review and meta-analysis...
January 16, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104279/effect-of-inhibition-of-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-on-mptp-induced-dopaminergic-neuronal-damage
#13
J M Viveros-Paredes, R E Gonzalez-Castañeda, A Escalante-Castañeda, A R Tejeda-Martínez, F Castañeda-Achutiguí, M E Flores-Soto
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterised by balance problems, muscle rigidity, and slow movement due to low dopamine levels and loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc). The endocannabinoid system is known to modulate the nigrostriatal pathway through endogenous ligands such as anandamide (AEA), which is hydrolysed by fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). The purpose of this study was to increase AEA levels using FAAH inhibitor URB597 to evaluate the modulatory effect of AEA on dopaminergic neuronal death induced by 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)...
January 16, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104232/dopamine-agonist-withdrawal-syndrome-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Xin Xin Yu, Hubert H Fernandez
Dopamine agonists are effective and widely used treatments for Parkinson disease (PD). However, patients on dopamine agonists may experience significant side effects which necessitate dose tapering or discontinuation. Dopamine agonist withdrawal syndrome (DAWS) is a complication that affects up to 19% of PD patients who undergo a dopamine agonist taper. It was initially described in 2010 as a severe stereotypical cluster of psychiatric and physical symptoms occurring with dopamine agonist withdrawal. Identified risk factors for DAWS include impulse control behavior disorders (ICD) and higher dopamine agonist dosage...
January 2, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103482/synaptic-plasticity-onto-dopamine-neurons-shapes-fear-learning
#15
Marco Pignatelli, George Kwabena Essien Umanah, Sissi Palma Ribeiro, Rong Chen, Senthilkumar Senthil Karuppagounder, Hau-Jie Yau, Stephen Eacker, Valina Lynn Dawson, Ted Murray Dawson, Antonello Bonci
Fear learning is a fundamental behavioral process that requires dopamine (DA) release. Experience-dependent synaptic plasticity occurs on DA neurons while an organism is engaged in aversive experiences. However, whether synaptic plasticity onto DA neurons is causally involved in aversion learning is unknown. Here, we show that a stress priming procedure enhances fear learning by engaging VTA synaptic plasticity. Moreover, we took advantage of the ability of the ATPase Thorase to regulate the internalization of AMPA receptors (AMPARs) in order to selectively manipulate glutamatergic synaptic plasticity on DA neurons...
January 18, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103426/analytical-characterization-and-pharmacological-evaluation-of-the-new-psychoactive-substance-4-fluoromethylphenidate-4%C3%A2-f-mph-and-differentiation-between-the-%C3%A2-threo-and-%C3%A2-erythro-diastereomers
#16
Gavin McLaughlin, Noreen Morris, Pierce V Kavanagh, John D Power, Geraldine Dowling, Brendan Twamley, John O'Brien, Gary Hessman, Brian Murphy, Donna Walther, John S Partilla, Michael H Baumann, Simon D Brandt
Misuse of (±)-threo-methylphenidate (methyl-2-phenyl-2-(piperidin-2-yl)acetate; Ritalin®, MPH) has long been acknowledged, but the appearance of MPH analogs in the form of 'research chemicals' has only emerged in more recent years. 4-Fluoromethylphenidate (4 F-MPH) is one of these recent examples and this study presents the identification and analytical characterization of two powdered 4 F-MPH products that were obtained from an online vendor in 2015. Interestingly, the products appeared to have originated from two distinct batches given that one product consisted of (±)-threo-4 F-MPH isomers whereas the second sample consisted of a mixture of (±)-threo and (±)-erythro 4 F-MPH...
January 19, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101525/untangling-basal-ganglia-network-dynamics-and-function-role-of-dopamine-depletion-and-inhibition-investigated-in-a-spiking-network-model
#17
Mikael Lindahl, Jeanette Hellgren Kotaleski
The basal ganglia are a crucial brain system for behavioral selection, and their function is disturbed in Parkinson's disease (PD), where neurons exhibit inappropriate synchronization and oscillations. We present a spiking neural model of basal ganglia including plausible details on synaptic dynamics, connectivity patterns, neuron behavior, and dopamine effects. Recordings of neuronal activity in the subthalamic nucleus and Type A (TA; arkypallidal) and Type I (TI; prototypical) neurons in globus pallidus externa were used to validate the model...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101524/the-role-of-dopamine-in-anticipatory-pursuit-eye-movements-insights-from-genetic-polymorphisms-in-healthy-adults
#18
Jutta Billino, Jürgen Hennig, Karl R Gegenfurtner
There is a long history of eye movement research in patients with psychiatric diseases for which dysfunctions of neurotransmission are considered to be the major pathologic mechanism. However, neuromodulation of oculomotor control is still hardly understood. We aimed to investigate in particular the impact of dopamine on smooth pursuit eye movements. Systematic variability in dopaminergic transmission due to genetic polymorphisms in healthy subjects offers a noninvasive opportunity to determine functional associations...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101323/gabapentin-treatment-in-clozapine-induced-restless-legs-syndrome-two-cases-and-a-review-of-the-literature
#19
REVIEW
Vijaya Kumar, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neuro-sensorimotor disorder affecting 2-4% of adults. It is characterized by intense urges to move the legs, associated with unpleasant sensory disturbances in the legs occurring at rest and manifests mostly in the evening and night, relieved by movement. Diagnosis is primarily based on clinical presentation and the consensus criteria for the diagnosis have been established. Antipsychotics, the dopamine antagonists, have been reported to induce RLS. Dopamine agonists, the effective first-line treatment of RLS, carry the risk of inducing or worsening psychosis...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101322/brexpiprazole-and-cariprazine-distinguishing-two-new-atypical-antipsychotics-from-the-original-dopamine-stabilizer-aripiprazole
#20
REVIEW
Joshua S Frankel, Thomas L Schwartz
BACKGROUND: Brexpiprazole and cariprazine are the latest US Food and Drug Administration approved atypical antipsychotics available in the United States. Both function as partial agonists of the dopamine-2 receptor (D2R), a mechanism of action shared with aripiprazole. However, all three differ in their affinities for the D2R as well as for serotonin receptors (5-HTRs). This paper seeks to delineate these pharmacodynamic and clinical differences amongst the three dopamine partial agonist atypical antipsychotic drugs...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
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