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tryptophan hydroxylase

I Adamska, K Marhelava, D Walkiewicz, U Kedzierska, M Markowska, P M Majewski
Our recent research on the pineal gland of young chickens confirmed that three genes encoding enzymes involved in pineal melatonin biosynthesis, tryptophan hydroxylase 1 (Tph1), arylalkylamine-N-acetyltransferase (Aanat) and acetylserotonin O-methyltransferase (Asmt), are transcribed rhythmically under light:dark (L:D) 12:12 conditions in vivo. Additionally, in the pineal gland of maturing chickens, the dopa decarboxylase (Ddc) gene is transcribed rhythmically at a specific stage of the developmental process...
August 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Shun Wang, Zhe Dong, Shen Li, Haotian Yin, Zhifu Zhao, Dongmei Gao, Guimin Ren, Xuexiang Bao
Tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH) was stained in the central nervous system of the Neanthes japonica (Polychaeta, Annelida), using sheep anti-tryptophan hydroxylase antibody by the Streptavidin-Peroxidase immunohistochemical method and Colophony-Paraffin embedded section technique. The immunohistochemistry results revealed that the TPH is distributed in the brain and ventral nerve cord, which is consistent with that of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) that labeled by anti-serotonin antibody. Using the rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) technique, TPH cDNA cloned from Neanthes japonica's central nervous system was 1778bp, which encodes predicted protein of 463 amino acid residues...
October 24, 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Kasper D Tidemand, Hans E M Christensen, Niclas Hoeck, Pernille Harris, Jane Boesen, Günther H Peters
Tryptophan hydroxylase 2 (TPH2) catalyses the initial and rate-limiting step in the biosynthesis of serotonin, which is associated with a variety of disorders such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia. Full-length TPH2 is poorly characterized due to low purification quantities caused by its inherent instability. Three truncated variants of human TPH2 (rch TPH2; regulatory and catalytic domain, NΔ47-rch TPH2; truncation of 47 residues in the N terminus of rch TPH2, and ch TPH2; catalytic domain) were expressed, purified, and examined for changes in transition temperature, inactivation rate, and oligomeric state...
October 2016: FEBS Open Bio
Bojan Mirkovic, Claudine Laurent, Marc-Antoine Podlipski, Thierry Frebourg, David Cohen, Priscille Gerardin
Suicidal behaviors (SBs), which range from suicidal ideation to suicide attempts and completed suicide, represent a fatal dimension of mental ill-health. The involvement of genetic risk factors in SB is supported by family, twin, and adoption studies. The aim of this paper is to review recent genetic association studies in SBs including (i) case-control studies, (ii) family-based association studies, and (iii) genome-wide association studies (GWAS). Various studies on genetic associations have tended to suggest that a number of genes [e...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Zakariae Bram, Estelle Louiset, Bruno Ragazzon, Sylvie Renouf, Julien Wils, Céline Duparc, Isabelle Boutelet, Marthe Rizk-Rabin, Rossella Libé, Jacques Young, Dennis Carson, Marie-Christine Vantyghem, Eva Szarek, Antoine Martinez, Constantine A Stratakis, Jérôme Bertherat, Hervé Lefebvre
Primary pigmented nodular adrenocortical disease (PPNAD) is a rare cause of ACTH-independent hypercortisolism. The disease is primarily caused by germline mutations of the protein kinase A (PKA) regulatory subunit 1A (PRKAR1A) gene, which induces constitutive activation of PKA in adrenocortical cells. Hypercortisolism is thought to result from PKA hyperactivity, but PPNAD tissues exhibit features of neuroendocrine differentiation, which may lead to stimulation of steroidogenesis by abnormally expressed neurotransmitters...
September 22, 2016: JCI Insight
Maeson S Latsko, T Lee Gilman, Lindsey M Matt, K Maria Nylocks, Karin G Coifman, Aaron M Jasnow
Poor inhibitory processing of negative emotional content is central to many psychiatric disorders, including depression and anxiety. Moreover, increasing evidence suggests that core aspects of emotion-inhibitory processing are largely inherited and as such may represent a key intermediate or risk-related phenotype for common affective diseases (e.g., unipolar depressive, anxiety disorders). The current study employed a candidate-gene approach in order to most effectively examine this complex behavioral phenotype...
2016: PloS One
Raheel Mushtaq, Shah Faisal Ahmad Tarfarosh, Mohammad Maqbool Dar, Arshad Hussain, Sheikh Shoib, Tabindah Shah, Sahil Shah, Mushbiq Manzoor
BACKGROUND: The progress that man has made in all domains of life, during all these years of reign over the earth, is utterly remarkable. However, it always came at a price. Each epoch of progress has seen human beings inflicted with trauma and cynical consequences. During the last two decades, Kashmiri (Indian) people have experienced continuous violence, a reign of terror, and political turmoil. Each of these disastrous events has contributed to the increase in psychiatric disorders in this part of the world, especially major depressive disorders...
2016: Curēus
Sergi Mas, Ana Blázquez, Natalia Rodríguez, Daniel Boloc, Amalia Lafuente, Joan A Arnaiz, Luisa Lázaro, Patricia Gassó
OBJECTIVE: Pharmacogenetic studies of fluoxetine in children and adolescents are scarce. After reporting the effect of genetic variants in genes related to the fluoxetine pharmacokinetics on clinical response in a pediatric population, we now evaluate the impact of genetic markers involved in its pharmacodynamics. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The assessment was performed in 83 patients after 12 weeks of fluoxetine treatment. The genetic association analysis included a total of 316 validated single nucleotide polymorphisms in 45 candidate genes involved in six different pathways...
November 2016: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
Ryan P Vetreno, Yesha Patel, Urvi Patel, T Jordan Walter, Fulton T Crews
Serotonergic neurons of the raphe nucleus regulate sleep, mood, endocrine function, and other processes that mature during adolescence. Alcohol abuse and binge drinking are common during human adolescence. We tested the novel hypothesis that adolescent intermittent ethanol exposure would alter the serotonergic system that would persist into adulthood. Using a Wistar rat model of adolescent intermittent ethanol (AIE; 5.0 g/kg, i.g., 2-day on/2-day off from postnatal day [P]25 to P55), we found a loss of dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) serotonin (5-HT)-immunoreactive (+IR) neurons that persisted from late adolescence (P56) into adulthood (P220)...
September 16, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Paul Faulkner, Federico Mancinelli, Patricia L Lockwood, Mar Matarin, Raymond J Dolan, Nick W Wood, Peter Dayan, Jonathan P Roiser
BACKGROUND: The effects of acute tryptophan depletion on human decision-making suggest that serotonin modulates the processing of rewards and punishments. However, few studies have assessed which of the many types of serotonin receptors are responsible. METHODS: Using a within-subject, double-blind, sham-controlled design in 26 subjects, we examined whether individual differences in serotonin system gene transcription, measured in peripheral blood, predicted the effect of acute tryptophan depletion on decision-making...
October 3, 2016: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
Elizabeth A Coon, Ann M Schmeichel, Joseph E Parisi, Matthew D Cykowski, Phillip A Low, Eduardo E Benarroch
BACKGROUND: Accumulation of α-synuclein in multiple system atrophy (MSA) affects medullary autonomic and respiratory control areas, including the rostral ventrolateral medulla and raphe nuclei. Relative neuronal vulnerability and its relationship to α-synuclein accumulation in these areas are unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the extent of loss of adrenergic neurons in the rostral ventrolateral medulla and serotonergic neurons in the ventrolateral medulla and raphe nuclei and its relationship with α-synuclein accumulation...
September 15, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Tao Tao Liu, Bao Wen Liu, Zhi Gang He, Li Feng, San Guang Liu, Hong Bing Xiang
To examine if brain neurons involved in the efferent control of the kidneys possess melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4-R) and/or tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH). Retrograde tracing pseudorabies virus (PRV)-614 was injected into the kidneys in adult male MC4R-green fluorescent protein (GFP) transgenic mice. After a survival time of 3-7 days, spinal cord and brain were removed and sectioned, and processed for PRV-614 visualization. The neurochemical phenotype of PRV-614-positive neurons was identified using double or triple immunocytochemical labeling against PRV-614, MC4R, or TPH...
September 10, 2016: Oncotarget
Ashwin Jacob Mathai, Jyoti Kanwar, Olaoluwa Okusaga, Dietmar Fuchs, Christopher A Lowry, Xiaoqing Peng, Ina Giegling, Annette M Hartmann, Bettina Konte, Marion Friedl, Claudia Gragnoli, Gloria M Reeves, Maureen W Groer, Richard N Rosenthal, Dan Rujescu, Teodor T Postolache
Smoking is highly prevalent in patients with schizophrenia and exerts a negative impact on cardiovascular mortality in these patients. Smoking has complex interactions with monoamine metabolism through the ability of cigarette smoke to suppress Type 1 T helper cell (Th1) type immunity, the immunophenotype that is implicated in phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) dysfunction and tryptophan (Trp) breakdown to kynurenine (Kyn) via indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase. Nicotine also induces tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) gene expression, leading to increased synthesis of catecholamines...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Samantha R Weaver, Justin C Bohrer, Allan S Prichard, Paola K Perez, Liana J Streckenbach, Jake M Olson, Mark E Cook, Laura L Hernandez
Obesity is an inflammatory state associated with delayed lactogenesis stage II and altered mammary gland morphology. Serotonin mediates inflammation and mammary gland involution. The objective of this study was to determine if a genetic deficiency of tryptophan hydroxylase 1, the rate-limiting enzyme in peripheral serotonin synthesis, would result in an improved ability to lactate in dams fed a high fat diet. Twenty-six female mice were fed a high (HFD) or low fat (LFD) diet throughout pregnancy and lactation...
2016: PloS One
Philip J Ebenezer, C Brad Wilson, Leslie D Wilson, Anand R Nair, Francis J
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a trauma and stressor-related disorder that results in a prolonged stress response. It is associated with increased oxidative stress and inflammation in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and hippocampus (HC). The only approved therapy for PTSD is selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), but their efficacy is marginal. Recently, we demonstrated that over-production of norepinephrine (NE) as the possible reason for the lack of efficacy of SSRIs. Hence, there is a need for novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment of PTSD...
2016: PloS One
J Pawlak, M Dmitrzak-Węglarz, M Maciukiewicz, P Kapelski, P Czerski, A Leszczyńska-Rodziewicz, D Zaremba, J Hauser
: Introduction The influence of personality traits on suicidal behaviour risk has been well documented. Personality traits and suicidal behaviour are partially genetically determined and personality has been described as an endophenotype of suicidal behaviour. The aim of this study was to investigate a possible association between personality traits with suicidal behaviour and selected serotonergic gene polymorphisms. METHODS: In the study we included 156 patients meeting DSM-IV criteria for bipolar disorder (BP) and 93 healthy controls...
August 30, 2016: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
Jennifer Ro, Gloria Pak, Paige A Malec, Yang Lyu, David B Allison, Robert T Kennedy, Scott D Pletcher
Research into how protein restriction improves organismal health and lengthens lifespan has largely focused on cell-autonomous processes. In certain instances, however, nutrient effects on lifespan are independent of consumption, leading us to test the hypothesis that central, cell non-autonomous processes are important protein restriction regulators. We characterized a transient feeding preference for dietary protein after modest starvation in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, and identified tryptophan hydroxylase (Trh), serotonin receptor 2a (5HT2a), and the solute carrier 7-family amino acid transporter, JhI-21, as required for this preference through their role in establishing protein value...
2016: ELife
Eoin Sherwin, Valentina Gigliucci, Andrew Harkin
OBJECTIVE: The regional specific modulation of neuronal activation following drug administration is of interest to determine brain areas involved in the behavioural effects of experimental test compounds. In the current investigation the effects of the L-arginine related NOS inhibitor N(ω)-l-nitroarginine (L-NA) and the structurally unrelated selective neuronal NOS inhibitor 1-(2-Trifluoro-methyl-phenyl) imidazole (TRIM) were assessed in the rat for changes in regional c-FOS immunoreactivity, a marker of neuronal activation, upon exposure to the forced swimming test (FST)...
January 1, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
Mingxuan Wang, Jiachen Zi, Jianhua Zhu, Shan Chen, Pu Wang, Liyan Song, Rongmin Yu
To investigate the effect of artemisinic acid (AA) on improving the production of terpenoid indole alkaloids (TIAs) of Catharanthus roseus cambial meristematic cells (CMCs), feeding AA to C. roseus CMCs caused 2.35-fold and 2.51-fold increases in the production of vindoline and catharanthine, respectively, compared with those of the untreated CMCs. qRT-PCR experiments showed that AA resulted in a 1.36-8.52 fold increase in the transcript levels of several related genes, including octadecanoid-derivative responsive Catharanthus AP2-domain protein 3 (ORCA3), tryptophan decarboxylase (TDC), strictosidine synthase (STR) and desacetoxyvindoline 4-hydroxylase (D4H)...
June 2016: Natural Product Communications
Ali Karami, Dzolkhifli Omar, James M Lazorchak, Chee Kong Yap, Zailina Hashim, Simon C Courtenay
Influence of waterborne butachlor (BUC), a commonly used pesticide, on morphometric, biochemical, and molecular biomarkers was evaluated in juvenile, full sibling, diploid and triploid African catfish (Clarias gariepinus). Fish were exposed for 21 days to one of three concentrations of BUC [mean measured µg/L: 22, 44 or 60]. Unexposed (control) triploids were heavier and longer and had higher visceral-somatic index (VSI) than diploids. Also, they had lighter liver weight (HSI) and showed lower transcript levels of brain gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), aromatase (cyp191b) and fushi tarazu-factor (ftz-f1), and plasma testosterone levels than diploids...
August 11, 2016: Environmental Research
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