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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821664/differential-desensitization-observed-at-multiple-effectors-of-somatic-mu-opioid-receptors-underlies-sustained-agonist-mediated-inhibition-of-proopiomelanocortin-neuron-activity
#1
Philip D Fox, Shane T Hentges
Activation of somatic mu opioid receptors (MORs) in hypothalamic proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons leads to the activation of G-protein-coupled inward rectifier potassium (GIRK) channels and hyperpolarization, but in response to continued signaling, MORs undergo acute desensitization resulting in robust reduction in the peak GIRK current after minutes of agonist exposure. We hypothesized that the attenuation of the GIRK current would lead to a recovery of neuronal excitability whereby desensitization of the receptor would lead to a new steady-state of POMC neuron activity reflecting the sustained GIRK current observed after the initial decline from peak with continued agonist exposure...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818946/a-central-neural-circuit-for-itch-sensation
#2
Di Mu, Juan Deng, Ke-Fei Liu, Zhen-Yu Wu, Yu-Feng Shi, Wei-Min Guo, Qun-Quan Mao, Xing-Jun Liu, Hui Li, Yan-Gang Sun
Although itch sensation is an important protective mechanism for animals, chronic itch remains a challenging clinical problem. Itch processing has been studied extensively at the spinal level. However, how itch information is transmitted to the brain and what central circuits underlie the itch-induced scratching behavior remain largely unknown. We found that the spinoparabrachial pathway was activated during itch processing and that optogenetic suppression of this pathway impaired itch-induced scratching behaviors...
August 18, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807672/pharmacological-characterization-of-novel-synthetic-opioids-nso-found-in-the-recreational-drug-marketplace
#3
REVIEW
Michael H Baumann, Susruta Majumdar, Valerie Le Rouzic, Amanda Hunkele, Rajendra Uprety, Xi Ping Huang, Jin Xu, Bryan L Roth, Ying-Xian Pan, Gavril W Pasternak
Novel synthetic opioids (NSO) are increasingly encountered in illicit heroin and counterfeit pain pills. Many NSO are resurrected from older biomedical literature or patent applications, so limited information is available about their biological effects. Here we examined the pharmacology of three structurally-distinct NSO found in the recreational drug market: N-(1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-piperidinyl)-N-phenylbutyramide (butyrylfentanyl), 3,4-dichloro-N-[(1R,2R)-2-(dimethylamino)cyclohexyl]-N-methylbenzamide (U-47700) and 1-cyclohexyl-4-(1,2-diphenylethyl)piperazine (MT-45)...
August 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798303/understanding-the-molecular-basis-of-agonist-antagonist-mechanism-of-human-mu-opioid-receptor-through-gaussian-accelerated-molecular-dynamics-method
#4
Yeng-Tseng Wang, Yang-Hsiang Chan
The most powerful analgesic and addictive properties of opiate alkaloids are mediated by the μ opioid receptor (MOR). The MOR has been extensively investigated as a drug target in the twentieth century, with numerous compounds of varying efficacy being identified. We employed molecular dynamics and Gaussian accelerated molecular dynamics techniques to identify the binding mechanisms of MORs to BU72 (agonist) and β-funaltrexamine (antagonist). Our approach theoretically suggests that the 34 residues (Lys209-Phe221 and Ile301-Cys321) of the MORs were the key regions enabling the two compounds to bind to the active site of the MORs...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796483/placement-of-hydroxy-moiety-on-pendant-of-peptidomimetic-scaffold-modulates-mu-and-kappa-opioid-receptor-efficacy
#5
Aubrie A Harland, Irina D Pogozheva, Nicholas W Griggs, Tyler J Trask, John R Traynor, Henry I Mosberg
In an effort to expand the structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies of a series of mixed-efficacy opioid ligands, peptidomimetics that incorporate methoxy and hydroxy groups around a benzyl or 2-methylindanyl pendant on a tetrahydroquinoline (THQ) core of the peptidomimetics were evaluated. Compounds containing a methoxy or hydroxy moiety in the o- or m- positions increased binding affinity to the kappa opioid receptor (KOR), whereas compounds containing methoxy or hydroxy groups in the p- position decreased KOR affinity and reduced or eliminated efficacy at the mu opioid receptor (MOR)...
August 10, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795389/anti-nociceptive-effect-of-patchouli-alcohol-involving-attenuation-of-cyclooxygenase-2-and-modulation-of-mu-opioid-receptor
#6
Xuan Yu, Xin-Pei Wang, Xiao-Jin Yan, Jing-Fei Jiang, Fan Lei, Dong-Ming Xing, Yue-Ying Guo, Li-Jun Du
OBJECTIVE: To explore the anti-nociceptive effect of patchouli alcohol (PA), the essential oil isolated from Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Bent, and determine the mechanism in molecular levels. METHODS: The acetic acid-induced writhing test and formalin-induced plantar injection test in mice were employed to confifirm the effect in vivo. Intracellular calcium ion was imaged to verify PA on mu-opioid receptor (MOR). Cyclooxygenase 2 (COX2) and MOR of mouse brain were expressed for determination of PA's target...
August 9, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794284/genomic-profiling-of-er-breast-cancers-after-short-term-estrogen-suppression-reveals-alterations-associated-with-endocrine-resistance
#7
Jennifer M Giltnane, Katherine E Hutchinson, Thomas P Stricker, Luigi Formisano, Christian D Young, Monica V Estrada, Mellissa J Nixon, Liping Du, Violeta Sanchez, Paula Gonzalez Ericsson, Maria G Kuba, Melinda E Sanders, Xinmeng J Mu, Eliezer M Van Allen, Nikhil Wagle, Ingrid A Mayer, Vandana Abramson, Henry Gόmez, Monica Rizzo, Weiyi Toy, Sarat Chandarlapaty, Erica L Mayer, Jason Christiansen, Danielle Murphy, Kerry Fitzgerald, Kai Wang, Jeffrey S Ross, Vincent A Miller, Phillip J Stephens, Roman Yelensky, Levi Garraway, Yu Shyr, Ingrid Meszoely, Justin M Balko, Carlos L Arteaga
Inhibition of proliferation in estrogen receptor-positive (ER(+)) breast cancers after short-term antiestrogen therapy correlates with long-term patient outcome. We profiled 155 ER(+)/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (HER2(-)) early breast cancers from 143 patients treated with the aromatase inhibitor letrozole for 10 to 21 days before surgery. Twenty-one percent of tumors remained highly proliferative, suggesting that these tumors harbor alterations associated with intrinsic endocrine therapy resistance...
August 9, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791017/differentially-expressed-potassium-channels-are-associated-with-function-of-human-effector-memory-cd8-t-cells
#8
Ji Hyun Sim, Kyung Soo Kim, Hyoungjun Park, Kyung-Jin Kim, Haiyue Lin, Tae-Joo Kim, Hyun Mu Shin, Gwanghun Kim, Dong-Sup Lee, Chan-Wook Park, Dong Hun Lee, Insoo Kang, Sung Joon Kim, Chung-Hyun Cho, Junsang Doh, Hang-Rae Kim
The voltage-gated potassium channel, Kv1.3, and the Ca(2+)-activated potassium channel, KCa3.1, regulate membrane potentials in T cells, thereby controlling T cell activation and cytokine production. However, little is known about the expression and function of potassium channels in human effector memory (EM) CD8(+) T cells that can be further divided into functionally distinct subsets based on the expression of the interleukin (IL)-7 receptor alpha (IL-7Rα) chain. Herein, we investigated the functional expression and roles of Kv1...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782637/synthesis-and-activity-of-opioid-peptidomimetics-with-%C3%AE-2-and-%C3%AE-3-amino-acids
#9
Katarzyna Gach-Janczak, Justyna Piekielna-Ciesielska, Anna Adamska-Bartłomiejczyk, Renata Perlikowska, Rafał Kruszyński, Alicja Kluczyk, Julia Krzywik, Jarosław Sukiennik, Maria Camilla Cerlesi, Girolamo Calo, Andrzej Wasilewski, Marta Zielińska, Anna Janecka
Morphiceptin (Tyr-Pro-Phe-Pro-NH2) is a selective ligand of the mu opioid receptor, an important target in pain regulation. In this study, morphiceptin was modified at positions 2 or 3 by introduction of β(2)- or β(3)-amino acids and additionally in position 1 by replacing Tyr by Dmt (2',6'-dimethyltyrosine), which resulted in obtaining enzymatically stable analogs with mixed opioid receptor affinity profiles. An analog of the sequence Dmt-d-Ala-(R)-β(2)-1-Nal-Pro-NH2 [Nal=3-(1-naphthyl)-alanine] showed very high activity at the mu and delta receptors in the calcium mobilization functional test but did not cross the artificial membrane imitating the blood-brain barrier...
August 3, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780411/increased-ethanol-drinking-in-humanized-mice-expressing-the-mu-opioid-receptor-a118g-polymorphism-are-mediated-through-sex-specific-mechanisms
#10
Angela N Henderson-Redmond, Tammy E Lowe, Xi B Tian, Daniel J Morgan
The A118G single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the mu-opioid receptor gene (Oprm1) has been implicated in mediating the rewarding effects of alcohol. Clinical and preclinical studies suggest that the G allele may confer a genetic vulnerability to alcohol dependence, though it remains unknown whether these effects are sex-specific. We used male and female mice homozygous for the "humanized" 118AA or 118GG alleles to determine whether the A118G SNP potentiates ethanol consumption in a sex-specific manner in both the two-bottle choice and drinking-in-the-dark (DID) paradigms...
August 2, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764913/microrna-124-targets-glucocorticoid-receptor-and-is-involved-in-depression-like-behaviors
#11
Shuang-Shuang Wang, Rong-Hao Mu, Cheng-Fu Li, Shu-Qi Dong, Di Geng, Qing Liu, Li-Tao Yi
Dysregulation of microRNA (miRNA) has been shown to be involved in early observations of depression. MicroRNA-124-3p (miR-124) is the most abundant microRNA in the brain. Previous studies have shown that miR-124 plays a major role in depression. Here we showed that miR-124 directly targeted glucocorticoid receptor (GR) in HEK 293 cells. In addition, inhibition of miR-124 by its antagomir (2nmol/every two days) could reverse the decrease of sucrose preference and the increase of immobility time in mice exposed to chronic corticosterone (CORT, 40mg/kg) injection...
July 29, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752036/crystal-structures-absolute-configurations-and-molecular-docking-studies-of-naftopidil-enantiomers-as-%C3%AE-1d-adrenoceptor-antagonists
#12
Wei Xu, Junjun Huang, Renwang Jiang, Mu Yuan
Chiral drug naftopidil (NAF), a specific α1D-adrenoceptor (AR) antagonist for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, was used in racemic form for several decades. Our recent work declared that NAF enantiomers showed the same antagonistic effects on the α1D-AR, but the binding mechanism of these two stereochemical NAF isomers to the α1D receptor remained unclear. Herein, we reported the crystallographic structures of optically pure NAF stereoisomers for the first time and unambiguously determined their absolute configurations...
July 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747384/feeding-releases-endogenous-opioids-in-humans
#13
Jetro J Tuulari, Lauri Tuominen, Femke de Boer, Jussi Hirvonen, Semi Helin, Pirjo Nuutila, Lauri Nummenmaa
The endogenous opioid system supports a multitude of functions related to appetitive behaviour and feeding in humans and animals, and it has been proposed to support hedonic aspects of feeding thus contributing to development of obesity. Here we used positron emission tomography (PET) to investigate whether feeding results in hedonia-dependent endogenous opioid release in humans. Ten healthy males were recruited for the study. They were scanned with mu-opioid specific ligand [(11)C]carfentanil three times: following a palatable meal, a non-palatable meal, and after an overnight fast...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745394/opioids-for-chronic-non-cancer-pain-in-children-and-adolescents
#14
REVIEW
Tess E Cooper, Emma Fisher, Andrew L Gray, Elliot Krane, Navil Sethna, Miranda Al van Tilburg, Boris Zernikow, Philip J Wiffen
BACKGROUND: Pain is a common feature of childhood and adolescence around the world, and for many young people, that pain is chronic. The World Health Organization guidelines for pharmacological treatments for children's persisting pain acknowledge that pain in children is a major public health concern of high significance in most parts of the world. While in the past, pain was largely dismissed and was frequently left untreated, views on children's pain have changed over time, and relief of pain is now seen as importantWe designed a suite of seven reviews on chronic non-cancer pain and cancer pain (looking at antidepressants, antiepileptic drugs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, and paracetamol as priority areas) in order to review the evidence for children's pain utilising pharmacological interventions in children and adolescents...
July 26, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743488/mu-opioid-receptor-biased-ligands-a-safer-and-painless-discovery-of-analgesics
#15
REVIEW
Abraham Madariaga-Mazón, Andrés F Marmolejo-Valencia, Yangmei Li, Lawrence Toll, Richard A Houghten, Karina Martinez-Mayorga
Biased activation of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) is shifting drug discovery efforts and appears promising for the development of safer drugs. The most effective analgesics to treat acute pain are agonists of the μ opioid receptor (μ-OR), a member of the GPCR superfamily. However, the analgesic use of opioid drugs, such as morphine, is hindered by adverse effects. Only a few μ-OR agonists have been reported to selectively activate the Gi over β-arrestin signaling pathway, resulting in lower gastrointestinal dysfunction and respiratory suppression...
July 22, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742625/online-sales-of-unscheduled-pharmaceutical-agents-a-case-report-of-tianeptine-use-in-the-united-states
#16
Swapnil Gupta, Ryan Wallace, Jordan Sloshower
: Tianeptine is a tricyclic antidepressant that stimulates mu-opioid receptors at high doses. It is marketed and used across Europe and Latin America as an antidepressant, but is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States. In the United States, tianeptine is sold through online health stores as a cognition enhancer, dietary supplement, or as research chemical. We report the case of a 36-year-old man with a history of major depressive disorder, responsive to sertraline, who turned to the unmonitored use of tianeptine purchased online to treat residual feelings of apathy and boredom...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740282/effects-of-marine-collagen-peptides-on-glucose-metabolism-and-insulin-resistance-in-type-2-diabetic-rats
#17
CuiFeng Zhu, Wei Zhang, Bo Mu, Fan Zhang, NanNan Lai, JianXin Zhou, AiMin Xu, JianGuo Liu, Yong Li
The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of marine collagen peptides (MCPs) on glucose metabolism and insulin resistance using a rat model of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Forty T2DM obese Wistar rats were randomly assigned to receive varying doses of MCPs or a vehicle control for 4 weeks. Blood glucose and insulin levels, as well as oxidative stress and inflammation were measured. The expression of glucose transporter type 4 (GLUT4) in skeletal muscles and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (PPAR-α) in livers of T2DM rats was also measured...
July 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734904/identifying-novel-members-of-the-wntless-interactome-through-genetic-and-candidate-gene-approaches
#18
Jessica Petko, Trevor Tranchina, Goral Patel, Robert Levenson, Stephanie Justice-Bitner
Wnt signaling is an important pathway that regulates several aspects of embryogenesis, stem cell maintenance, and neural connectivity. We have recently determined that opioids decrease Wnt secretion, presumably by inhibiting the recycling of the Wnt trafficking protein Wntless (Wls). This effect appears to be mediated by protein-protein interaction between Wls and the mu-opioid receptor (MOR), the primary cellular target of opioid drugs. The goal of this study was to identify novel protein interactors of Wls that are expressed in the brain and may also play a role in reward or addiction...
July 20, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726741/magnolol-a-natural-polyphenol-attenuates-dextran-sulfate-sodium-induced-colitis-in-mice
#19
Ling Zhao, Hai-Tao Xiao, Huai-Xue Mu, Tao Huang, Ze-Si Lin, Linda L D Zhong, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Bao-Min Fan, Cheng-Yuan Lin, Zhao-Xiang Bian
Magnolol is a lignan with anti-inflammatory activity identified in Magnolia officinalis. Ulcerative colitis (UC), one of the types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), is a disease that causes inflammation and ulcers in the colon. To investigate the effect of magnolol in dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced experimental UC model, male C57 mice were treated with 2% DSS drinking water for 5 consecutive days followed by intragastric administration with magnolol (5, 10 and 15 mg/kg) daily for 7 days. The results showed that magnolol significantly attenuated disease activity index, inhibited colonic shortening, reduced colonic lesions and suppressed myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity...
July 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725332/thyrotoxic-valvulopathy-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#20
Keniel Pierre, Sushee Gadde, Bassam Omar, G Mustafa Awan, Christopher Malozzi
We report a 42-year-old female who was admitted for abdominal pain, and also endorsed dyspnea, fatigue and chronic palpitations. Past medical history included asthma, patent ductus arteriosus repaired in childhood and ill-defined thyroid disease. Physical examination revealed blood pressure of 136/88 mm Hg and heart rate of 149 beats per minute. Cardiovascular exam revealed an irregularly irregular rhythm, and pulmonary exam revealed mild expiratory wheezing. Abdomen was tender. Electrocardiogram revealed atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response which responded to intravenous diltiazem...
June 2017: Cardiology Research
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