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EDITORIAL
David J Adams, Richard J Lewis
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November 14, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146949/a-microfluidic-platform-for-the-characterisation-of-cns-active-compounds
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Christopher MacKerron, Graham Robertson, Michele Zagnoni, Trevor J Bushell
New in vitro technologies that assess neuronal excitability and the derived synaptic activity within a controlled microenvironment would be beneficial for the characterisation of compounds proposed to affect central nervous system (CNS) function. Here, a microfluidic system with computer controlled compound perfusion is presented that offers a novel methodology for the pharmacological profiling of CNS acting compounds based on calcium imaging readouts. Using this system, multiple applications of the excitatory amino acid glutamate (10 nM-1 mM) elicited reproducible and reversible transient increases in intracellular calcium, allowing the generation of a concentration response curve...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134962/role-of-glutamatergic-projections-from-the-ventral-ca1-to-infralimbic-cortex-in-context-induced-reinstatement-of-heroin-seeking
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Na Wang, Feifei Ge, Cailian Cui, Yijing Li, Xiaowei Sun, Linlin Sun, Xinjuan Wang, Shuli Liu, Haolin Zhang, Yan Liu, Meng Jia, Mingda Yang
The prelimbic cortex (PL) and infralimbic cortex (IL) play a role in context-induced reinstatement of heroin seeking in an animal model of drug relapse. Both the PL and IL receive direct glutamatergic projections from the ventral CA1 (vCA1), which is also involved in context-induced reinstatement of cocaine and heroin seeking. Here we studied the role of vCA1-PL and vCA1-IL projections in context-induced reinstatement of heroin seeking by using electrophysiological, neuropharmacological, chemogenetic and molecular methods...
November 14, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119218/odor-cueing-during-slow-wave-sleep-benefits-memory-independently-of-low-cholinergic-tone
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Jens G Klinzing, Sabine Kugler, Surjo R Soekadar, Björn Rasch, Jan Born, Susanne Diekelmann
RATIONALE: Sleep-dependent memory consolidation depends on the concerted reactivation of memories in the hippocampo-neocortical system. The communication of reactivated information from the hippocampus to the neocortex is assumed to be enabled by low levels of acetylcholine, particularly during slow-wave sleep (SWS). Recent studies suggest that the reactivation of memories does not only occur spontaneously but can also be externally triggered by re-presenting learning-associated cues during sleep...
November 8, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115371/a-novel-method-of-neural-differentiation-of-pc12-cells-by-using-opti-mem-as-a-basic-induction-medium
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Rendong Hu, Qiaoyu Cao, Zhongqing Sun, Jinying Chen, Qing Zheng, Fei Xiao
The PC12 cell line is a classical neuronal cell model due to its ability to acquire the sympathetic neurons features when deal with nerve growth factor (NGF). In the present study, the authors used a variety of different methods to induce PC12 cells, such as Opti-MEM medium containing different concentrations of fetal bovine serum (FBS) and horse serum compared with RPMI-1640 medium, and then observed the neurite length, differentiation, adhesion, cell proliferation and action potential, as well as the protein levels of axonal growth-associated protein 43 (GAP-43) and synaptic protein synapsin-1, among other differences...
October 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097307/effect-fingerprinting-of-new-psychoactive-substances-nps-what-can-we-learn-from-in-vitro-data
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REVIEW
Laura Hondebrink, Anne Zwartsen, Remco H S Westerink
The use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) is increasing and currently >600 NPS have been reported. However, limited information on neuropharmacological and toxicological effects of NPS is available, hampering risk characterization. We reviewed the literature on the in vitro neuronal modes of action to obtain effect fingerprints of different classes of illicit drugs and NPS. The most frequently reported NPS were selected for review: cathinones (MDPV, α-PVP, mephedrone, 4-MEC, pentedrone, methylone), cannabinoids (JWH-018), (hallucinogenic) phenethylamines (4-fluoroamphetamine, benzofurans (5-APB, 6-APB), 2C-B, NBOMes (25B-NBOMe, 25C-NBOMe, 25I-NBOMe)), arylcyclohexylamines (methoxetamine) and piperazine derivatives (mCCP, TFMPP, BZP)...
October 30, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079885/therapeutic-potential-of-curcumin-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Munibah Qureshi, Ebtesam A Al-Suhaimi, Fazli Wahid, Omer Shehzad, Adeeb Shehzad
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS), characterized by demyelination, neuronal injury, and breaching of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Epidemiological studies have shown that immunological, genetic, and environmental factors contribute to the progression and development of MS. T helper 17 (Th17) cells are crucial immunological participant in the pathophysiology of MS. The aberrant production of IL-17 and IL-22 by Th17 cells crosses BBB promotes its disruption and interferes with transmission of nerve signals through activation of neuroinflammation in the CNS...
October 27, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076553/reverse-and-forward-translational-neuropharmacology-in-psychiatric-drug-discovery
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Christopher L Shaffer
The probability of achieving marketing approval of a novel therapeutic for psychiatric indications is extremely low due largely to the inability to demonstrate durable and reproducible efficacy in phase II trials and beyond. These failures are often attributed to the lack of translation of the underlying neuropharmacology from animal model(s) to the disease population. However, how assured is such a conclusion considering the clinical efficacy path rarely meticulously parallels the preclinical experiment(s) that underwrote it?...
October 27, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070440/sensorimotor-gating-deficits-in-two-hit-models-of-schizophrenia-risk-factors
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Asma Khan, Susan B Powell
Genetic and environmental models of neuropsychiatric disease have grown exponentially over the last 20years. One measure that is often used to evaluate the translational relevance of these models to human neuropsychiatric disease is prepulse inhibition of startle (PPI), an operational measure of sensorimotor gating. Deficient PPI characterizes several neuropsychiatric disorders but has been most extensively studied in schizophrenia. It has become a useful tool in translational neuropharmacological and molecular genetics studies because it can be measured across species using almost the same experimental parameters...
October 22, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060742/modeling-electrical-stimulation-of-mammalian-nerve-fibers-a-mechanistic-versus-probabilistic-approach
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Vijay Sadashivaiah, Pierre Sacre, Yun Guan, William S Anderson, Sridevi V Sarma
Electrical neurostimulation is increasingly used over neuropharmacology to treat various diseases. Despite efforts to model the effects of electrical stimulation, its underlying mechanisms remain unclear. This is because current mechanistic models just quantify the effects that the electrical field produces near the fiber and do not capture interactions between stimulus-initiated action potentials (APs) and underlying physiological activity initiated APs. In this study, we aim to quantify and compare these interactions...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056155/corticotropin-releasing-factor-crf-and-addictive-behaviors
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Marisa Roberto, Samantha R Spierling, Dean Kirson, Eric P Zorrilla
Drug addiction is a complex disorder that is characterized by compulsivity to seek and take the drug, loss of control in limiting intake of the drug, and emergence of a withdrawal syndrome in the absence of the drug. The transition from casual drug use to dependence is mediated by changes in reward and brain stress functions and has been linked to a shift from positive reinforcement to negative reinforcement. The recruitment of brain stress systems mediates the negative emotional state produced by dependence that drives drug seeking through negative reinforcement mechanisms, defined as the "dark side" of addiction...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054705/cistanches-herba-an-overview-of-its-chemistry-pharmacology-and-pharmacokinetics-property
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REVIEW
Zhifei Fu, Xiang Fan, Xiaoying Wang, Xiumei Gao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Cistanches Herba is an Orobanchaceae parasitic plant. As a commonly used Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), its traditional functions include treating kidney deficiency, impotence, female infertility and senile constipation. Chemical analysis of Cistanches Herba revealed that phenylethanoid glycosides, iridoids, lignans, oligosaccharides, and polysaccharides were the main constituents. Pharmacological studies demonstrated that Cistanches Herba exhibited neuroprotective, immunomodulatory, hormonal balancing, anti-fatigue, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotection, anti-oxidative, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-tumor effects, etc...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044927/knock-out-of-histamine-receptor-h3-alters-adaptation-to-sudden-darkness-and-monoamine-levels-in-the-zebrafish
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Henri A J Puttonen, Maria Sundvik, Svetlana Semenova, Yukako Shirai, Yu-Chia Chen, Pertti Panula
AIM: Histamine receptor H3 has substantial neuropharmacological potential. Currently, knock-out models of this receptor have been investigated only in mice. We characterized the expression of this receptor in the zebrafish and generated a zebrafish histamine receptor H3 knock-out line. Using this model, we studied the role of histamine receptor H3 in important behaviours. We also analyzed the effect of histamine receptor H3 knock-out on monoaminergic systems, which has not been thoroughly studied in any animal model...
October 16, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034205/kaempferia-parviflora-rhizome-extract-and-myristica-fragrans-volatile-oil-increase-the-levels-of-monoamine-neurotransmitters-and-impact-the-proteomic-profiles-in-the-rat-hippocampus-mechanistic-insights-into-their-neuroprotective-effects
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Waluga Plaingam, Siriporn Sangsuthum, Wannee Angkhasirisap, Tewin Tencomnao
Potentially useful in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders, Kaempferia parviflora and Myristica fragrans have been shown to possess a wide spectrum of neuropharmacological activities and neuroprotective effects in vivo and in vitro. In this study, we determined whether and how K. parviflora ethanolic extract and M. fragrans volatile oil could influence the levels of neurotransmitters and the whole proteomic profile in the hippocampus of Sprague Dawley (SD) rats. The effects of K. parviflora and M...
October 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033783/the-mechanisms-of-psychedelic-visionary-experiences-hypotheses-from-evolutionary-psychology
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Michael J Winkelman
Neuropharmacological effects of psychedelics have profound cognitive, emotional, and social effects that inspired the development of cultures and religions worldwide. Findings that psychedelics objectively and reliably produce mystical experiences press the question of the neuropharmacological mechanisms by which these highly significant experiences are produced by exogenous neurotransmitter analogs. Humans have a long evolutionary relationship with psychedelics, a consequence of psychedelics' selective effects for human cognitive abilities, exemplified in the information rich visionary experiences...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991183/orexin-receptor-multimerization-versus-functional-interactions-neuropharmacological-implications-for-opioid-and-cannabinoid-signalling-and-pharmacogenetics
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Miles D Thompson, Takeshi Sakurai, Innocenzo Rainero, Mary C Maj, Jyrki P Kukkonen
Orexins/hypocretins are neuropeptides formed by proteolytic cleavage of a precursor peptide, which are produced by neurons found in the lateral hypothalamus. The G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) for these ligands, the OX₁ and OX₂ orexin receptors, are more widely expressed throughout the central nervous system. The orexin/hypocretin system has been implicated in many pathways, and its dysregulation is under investigation in a number of diseases. Disorders in which orexinergic mechanisms are being investigated include narcolepsy, idiopathic sleep disorders, cluster headache and migraine...
October 8, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986178/neuropharmacological-and-acute-toxicological-evaluation-of-ethanolic-extract-of-allamanda-cathartica-l-flowers-and-plumieride
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Tiago J Bonomini, Iandra Holzmann, Liliani Carolini Thiesen, Eduarda Fratoni, Ana Flavia Fischer Muller, Ruth M Lucinda-Silva, Rosendo Augusto Yunes, Angela Malheiros, Ana Elisa Gonçalves, Ana Paula Dalmagro, Kathryn Ana Bortolini Simão da Silva, Márcia Maria de Souza, José Roberto Santin
Psychiatric diseases affect more than 350 million people all over the world, and medicinal plants have been considered the basis for pharmacological research. The study investigates the anticonvulsant and antidepressant-like activities and acute toxicological effects of ethanolic extract of Allamanda cathartica flowers, and plumieride. The extract was analyzed by HPLC and plumieride was isolated. Toxicity studies were carried out on females Wistar rats (2000 mg/kg). Toxicity was evaluated by measuring biochemical parameters and conducting histopathological analysis...
October 4, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981441/assessment-of-the-antioxidant-thrombolytic-analgesic-anti-inflammatory-antidepressant-and-anxiolytic-activities-of-leaf-extracts-and-fractions-of-tetracera-sarmentosa-l-vahl
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Mir Muhammad Nasir Uddin, Mohammad Shah Hafez Kabir, Mahmud Hasan, Zobaer Al Mahmud, N M Mahmudul Alam Bhuiya, Farhan Ahmed, Md Rakibul Hasan, Mohammad Tanvir Hosen, Mohammad Shahin Alam
BACKGROUND: The plant under investigation (Tetracera sarmentosa) is a dicotyledonous flowering plant and belongs to the family Dilleniaceae. The goal of our investigation was to determine whether the leaf extracts of this plant held any significant medicinal properties. METHODS: Leaves of T. sarmentosa were extracted with pure ethanol (EETS) and methanol (METS), and then methanol extract fractioned with n-hexane (NHFMETS) and chloroform (CHFMETS). The extracts and fractions were tested for antioxidant activity, which was measured by using qualitative and quantitative procedures...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969582/gamma-decanolactone-improves-biochemical-parameters-associated-with-pilocarpine-induced-seizures-in-male-mice
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Pricila Pflüger, Gabriela Gregory Regner, Vanessa R Coelho, Lucas Lima da Silva, Leopoldo Nascimento, Cassiana Macagnan Viau, Régis Adriel Zanette, Cleonice Hoffmann, Jaqueline Nascimento Picada, Jenifer Saffi, Patrícia Pereira
Gamma-decanolactone (GD) is a monoterpene effective against seizures induced by pentylenetetrazole. The mechanism of action of GD is likely to be via glutamate antagonism. GD also inhibits intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and the lipopolysaccharide-induced expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) in vitro. Considering the neuropharmacological profile of GD studied so far, we investigated the effect of intraperitoneal administration of GD 100 and 300 mg/kg on pilocarpine (PIL)-induced status epilepticus (SE) in mice...
October 2, 2017: Current Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959664/neuropharmacological-profile-and-chemical-analysis-of-fresh-rhizome-essential-oil-of-curcuma-longa-turmeric-cultivated-in-southwest-nigeria
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Idris A Oyemitan, Christianah A Elusiyan, Ayoola O Onifade, Moses A Akanmu, Adebola O Oyedeji, Armando G McDonald
BACKGROUND: Curcuma longa (turmeric) is commonly used as spice and also used to treat fever, cough and febrile convulsions in Nigeria. This study determined the chemical composition of the essential oil of C. longa and evaluated its neuropharmacological activity in mice. METHODS: Essential oil of C. longa (EOCL) fresh rhizome was obtained by hydrodistillation and its chemical composition determined by GC-MS. Acute toxicity (LD50) profile of the essential oil was determined orally (p...
2017: Toxicology Reports
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