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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545007/catechol-o-methyltransferase-gene-promoter-methylation-as-a-peripheral-biomarker-in-male-schizophrenia
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S Gao, J Cheng, G Li, T Sun, Y Xu, Y Wang, X Du, G Xu, S Duan
As an epigenetic modification, DNA methylation may reflect the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in the development of schizophrenia (SCZ). Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene is a promising candidate gene of SCZ. In the present study, we investigate the association of COMT methylation with the risk of SCZ using bisulfite pyrosequencing technology. Significant association between DNA methylation of COMT and the risk of SCZ is identified (P=1.618e-007). A breakdown analysis by gender shows that the significance is driven by males (P=3...
March 30, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544426/the-catechol-o-methyltransferase-comt-val158met-genotype-modulates-working-memory-related-dorsolateral-prefrontal-response-and-performance-in-bipolar-disorder
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K W Miskowiak, H L Kjaerstad, M M Støttrup, A M Svendsen, K M Demant, L K Hoeffding, T M Werge, K E Burdick, K Domschke, A F Carvalho, E Vieta, M Vinberg, L V Kessing, H R Siebner, J Macoveanu
OBJECTIVES: Cognitive dysfunction affects a substantial proportion of patients with bipolar disorder (BD), and genetic-imaging paradigms may aid in the elucidation of mechanisms implicated in this symptomatic domain. The Val allele of the functional Val158Met polymorphism of the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene is associated with reduced prefrontal cortex dopamine and exaggerated working memory-related prefrontal activity. This functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study investigated for the first time whether the COMT Val158Met genotype modulates prefrontal activity during spatial working memory in BD...
May 23, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538113/co-occurrence-of-comt-and-brca1-2-variants-in-a-population
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Mercedeh Movassagh, Prakriti Mudvari, Anelia Horvath
New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 376, Issue 21, Page 2090-2091, May 2017.
May 25, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537420/nitration-and-glycation-turn-mature-ngf-into-a-toxic-factor-for-motor-neurons-a-role-for-p75-sup-ntr-sup-and-rage-signaling-in-als
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Mi Jin Kim, Marcelo R Vargas, Benjamin A Harlan, Kelby M Killoy, Lauren Ball, Susana Comte-Walters, Monika Gooz, Yasuhiko Yamamoto, Joseph S Beckman, Luis Barbeito, Mariana Pehar
Glycating stress can occur together with oxidative stress during neurodegeneration and contribute to the pathogenic mechanism. Nerve growth factor (NGF) accumulates in several neurodegenerative diseases. Besides promoting survival, NGF can paradoxically induce cell death by signaling through the p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75<sup>NTR</sup>). The ability of NGF to induce cell death is increased by nitration of its tyrosine residues under conditions associated with increased peroxynitrite formation...
May 24, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536775/catechol-o-methyltransferase-and-udp-glucuronosyltransferases-in-the-metabolism-of-baicalein-in-different-species
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Ruiya Zhang, Yonglei Cui, Yan Wang, Xiangge Tian, Lu Zheng, HaiJian Cong, Bin Wu, Xiaokui Huo, Chao Wang, BaoJing Zhang, Xiaobo Wang, Zhonghui Yu
BACKGROUND: Baicalein is the major bioactive flavonoid in some herb medicines and dietary plants; however, the detailed metabolism pathway of its major metabolite oroxylin A-7-O-β-D-glucuronide in human was not clear. It was important to illustrate the major metabolic enzymes that participate in its elimination for the clinic use of baicalein. OBJECTIVES: We first revealed a two-step metabolism profile for baicalein and illustrated the combination of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) and uridine diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) in drug metabolism, further evaluated its bioactivity variation during drug metabolism...
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534928/music-genetics-research-association-with-musicality-of-a-polymorphism-in-the-avpr1a-gene
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Luiza Monteavaro Mariath, Alexandre Mauat da Silva, Thayne Woycinck Kowalski, Gustavo Schulz Gattino, Gustavo Andrade de Araujo, Felipe Grahl Figueiredo, Alice Tagliani-Ribeiro, Tatiana Roman, Fernanda Sales Luiz Vianna, Lavínia Schuler-Faccini, Jaqueline Bohrer Schuch
Musicality is defined as a natural tendency, sensibility, knowledge, or talent to create, perceive, and play music. Musical abilities involve a great range of social and cognitive behaviors, which are influenced by both environmental and genetic factors. Although a number of studies have yielded insights into music genetics research, genes and biological pathways related to these traits are not fully understood. Our hypothesis in the current study is that genes associated with different behaviors could also influence the musical phenotype...
May 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534260/pharmacogenetics-of-cannabinoids
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Szymon Hryhorowicz, Michal Walczak, Oliwia Zakerska-Banaszak, Ryszard Słomski, Marzena Skrzypczak-Zielińska
Although the application of medical marijuana and cannabinoid drugs is controversial, it is a part of modern-day medicine. The list of diseases in which cannabinoids are promoted as a treatment is constantly expanding. Cases of significant improvement in patients with a very poor prognosis of glioma or epilepsy have already been described. However, the occurrence of side effects is still difficult to estimate, and the current knowledge of the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids is still insufficient. In our opinion, the answers to many questions and concerns regarding the medical use of cannabis can be provided by pharmacogenetics...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533213/a-novel-n-methyltransferase-in-arabidopsis-appears-to-feed-a-conserved-pathway-for-nicotinate-detoxification-among-land-plants-and-is-associated-with-lignin-biosynthesis
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Wei Li, Fengxia Zhang, Ranran Wu, Lijia Jia, Guosheng Li, Yalong Guo, Cuimin Liu, Guodong Wang
The Preiss-Handler pathway, which salvages nicotinate (NA) for NAD synthesis, is an indispensable biochemical pathway in land plants. Various NA conjugations (mainly methylation and glycosylation) have been detected, and have long been proposed for NA detoxification in plants. Previously, we demonstrated that NA O-glucosylation functions as a mobilizable storage form for NAD biosynthesis in the Brassicaceae. However, little is known about the functions of other NA conjugations in plants. In this study, we firstly found that N-methylnicotinate is a ubiquitous NA conjugation in land plants...
May 22, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527801/genetic-and-nongenetic-factors-contributing-to-differences-in-%C3%AE-s-casein-phosphorylation-isoforms-and-other-major-milk-proteins
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Z H Fang, H Bovenhuis, A Delacroix-Buchet, G Miranda, D Boichard, M H P W Visker, P Martin
Relative concentrations of αS-casein (αS-CN) phosphorylation isoforms vary considerably among milk of individual cows. We aimed to explore to what extent genetic and other factors contribute to the variation in relative concentrations of αS-CN phosphorylation isoforms and the phosphorylation degree of αS-CN defined as the proportion of isoforms with higher degrees of phosphorylation. We also investigated the associations of genetic variants of milk proteins and casein haplotypes with relative concentrations of αS-CN phosphorylation isoforms and with the phosphorylation degree of αS-CN in French Montbéliarde cattle from the cheese production area of Franche-Comté...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523234/the-effect-of-comt-val158met-and-drd2-c957t-polymorphisms-on-executive-function-and-the-impact-of-early-life-stress
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Kristel Klaus, Kevin Butler, Simon J Durrant, Manir Ali, Chris F Inglehearn, Timothy L Hodgson, Humberto Gutierrez, Kyla Pennington
INTRODUCTION: Previous research has indicated that variation in genes encoding catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) and dopamine receptor D2 (DRD2) may influence cognitive function and that this may confer vulnerability to the development of mental health disorders such as schizophrenia. However, increasing evidence suggests environmental factors such as early life stress may interact with genetic variants in affecting these cognitive outcomes. This study investigated the effect of COMT Val158Met and DRD2 C957T polymorphisms on executive function and the impact of early life stress in healthy adults...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522796/effects-of-%C3%AE-adrenoceptor-and-catechol-o-methyl-transferase-comt-polymorphism-on-postoperative-outcome-in-cardiac-surgery-patients
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Stefan Dhein, Pascal M Dohmen, Matthias Sauer, Julia Tews, Johannes Weickmann, Anne-Kathrin Funkat, Martin Misfeld, Michael A Borger, Friedrich W Mohr
BACKGROUND There is a long-standing debate about the role of beta-adrenoceptor polymorphisms in the cardiovascular system. We wanted to elucidate whether β1-adrenoceptor-polymorphisms affects the postoperative catecholamine consumption and the length of intermediate care unit stay in patients undergoing cardiac surgery, and whether this might be enhanced or attenuated by catechol-O-methyl-transferase (COMT) polymorphism. MATERIAL AND METHODS We included 116 patients (63±1.2 years; 34% females; 81±1 kg) undergoing cardiac surgery...
May 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor Basic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520803/multiple-modality-biomarker-prediction-of-cognitive-impairment-in-prospectively-followed-de-novo-parkinson-disease
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Chelsea Caspell-Garcia, Tanya Simuni, Duygu Tosun-Turgut, I-Wei Wu, Yu Zhang, Mike Nalls, Andrew Singleton, Leslie A Shaw, Ju-Hee Kang, John Q Trojanowski, Andrew Siderowf, Christopher Coffey, Shirley Lasch, Dag Aarsland, David Burn, Lana M Chahine, Alberto J Espay, Eric D Foster, Keith A Hawkins, Irene Litvan, Irene Richard, Daniel Weintraub
OBJECTIVES: To assess the neurobiological substrate of initial cognitive decline in Parkinson's disease (PD) to inform patient management, clinical trial design, and development of treatments. METHODS: We longitudinally assessed, up to 3 years, 423 newly diagnosed patients with idiopathic PD, untreated at baseline, from 33 international movement disorder centers. Study outcomes were four determinations of cognitive impairment or decline, and biomarker predictors were baseline dopamine transporter (DAT) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scan, structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI; volume and thickness), diffusion tensor imaging (mean diffusivity and fractional anisotropy), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF; amyloid beta [Aβ], tau and alpha synuclein), and 11 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) previously associated with PD cognition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512752/an-optimized-two-photon-fluorescent-probe-for-biological-sensing-and-imaging-of-catechol-o-methyltransferase
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Ping Wang, Yang-Liu Xia, Li-Wei Zou, Xing-Kai Qian, Dong-Yi Dou, Qiang Jin, Shi-Yang Li, Yang Yu, Dan-Dan Wang, Qun Luo, Guangbo Ge, Ling Yang
This study aimed to develop a practical two-photon fluorescent probe for highly sensitive and selective sensing the activities of COMT in complex biological samples. To this end, a series of 3-substituted 7,8-dihydroxycoumarins were designed and synthesized. Among them, 3-BTD displayed the best combina-tion of selectivity, sensitivity, reactivity and fluorescence re-sponse following COMT-catalyzed 8-O-metylation. The newly developed two-photon fluorescent probe 3-BTD can be used for determining the activities of COMT in complex biological samples and bio-imaging of endogenous COMT in living cells and tissue slices with good cell permeability, low cytotoxicity and high imaging resolution...
May 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511459/a-comparison-of-2-methoxyestradiol-value-in-women-with-severe-preeclampsia-versus-normotensive-pregnancy
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John Wantania, Ahsanuddin Attamimi, Rukmono Siswishanto
INTRODUCTION: Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and proteinuria. Endothelial dysfunction is a major theory suggested as its aetiology. It is caused by anti-angiogenic condition characterized by low Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF). An estradiol metabolite, called 2-Methoxy Estradiol (2-ME), is produced with the help of Catechol-O-Methyltransferase (COMT). This substance has an important role in VEGF expression. A 2-ME is suppressed in women with preeclampsia...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505190/dynamic-interaction-between-fetal-adversity-and-a-genetic-score-reflecting-dopamine-function-on-developmental-outcomes-at-36-months
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Adrianne R Bischoff, Irina Pokhvisneva, Étienne Léger, Hélène Gaudreau, Meir Steiner, James L Kennedy, Kieran J O'Donnell, Josie Diorio, Michael J Meaney, Patrícia P Silveira
BACKGROUND: Fetal adversity, evidenced by poor fetal growth for instance, is associated with increased risk for several diseases later in life. Classical cut-offs to characterize small (SGA) and large for gestational age (LGA) newborns are used to define long term vulnerability. We aimed at exploring the possible dynamism of different birth weight cut-offs in defining vulnerability in developmental outcomes (through the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development), using the example of a gene vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504928/the-murine-catecholamine-methyltransferase-mtomt-is-essential-for-mechanotransduction-by-cochlear-hair-cells
#16
Christopher L Cunningham, Zizhen Wu, Aria Jafari, Bo Zhao, Kat Schrode, Sarah Harkins-Perry, Amanda Lauer, Ulrich Mueller
Hair cells of the cochlea are mechanosensors for the perception of sound. Mutations in the LRTOMT gene, which encodes a protein with homology to the catecholamine methyltransferase COMT that is linked to schizophrenia, cause deafness. Here we show that Tomt/Comt2, the murine ortholog of LRTOMT, has an unexpected function in the regulation of mechanotransduction by hair cells. The role of mTOMT in hair cells is independent of mTOMT methyltransferase function and mCOMT cannot substitute for mTOMT function. Instead, mTOMT binds to putative components of the mechanotransduction channel in hair cells and is essential for the transport of some of these components into the mechanically sensitive stereocilia of hair cells...
May 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494719/levodopa-in-parkinson-s-disease-current-status-and-future-developments
#17
N Tambasco, M Romoli, P Calabresi
Ever since the pioneering reports in the 60s, L-3,4-Dioxyphenylalanine (levodopa) has represented the gold standard for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease (PD). However, long-term levodopa (LD) treatment is frequently associated with fluctuations in motor response, often challenging to resolve, with serious impact on patients quality of life. The pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics properties of LD are pivotal to such motor fluctuations: discontinuous drug delivery, short half-life, poor bioavailability, and narrow therapeutic window are all crucial for such fluctuations...
May 10, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483879/an-r2r3-myb-transcription-factor-in-capsaicinoid-biosynthesis
#18
Magda Lisette Arce-Rodríguez, Neftalí Ochoa-Alejo
Capsaicinoids are responsible for the hot taste of chili peppers. They are restricted to the genus Capsicum and are synthesized by the acylation of the aromatic compound vanillylamine (derived from the phenylpropanoid pathway) with a branched-chain fatty acid by the catalysis of the putative enzyme capsaicinoid synthase. R2R3-MYB transcription factors have been reported in different species of plants as regulators of structural genes of the phenylpropanoid pathway; therefore, we hypothesized that MYB genes might be involved in the regulation of the biosynthesis of pungent compounds...
May 8, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473194/association-of-catechol-o-methyltransferase-polymorphism-val158met-and-mammographic-density-a-meta-analysis
#19
Roope A Kallionpää, Elina Uusitalo, Juha Peltonen
OBJECTIVES: The Val158Met polymorphism in catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) enzyme reduces the methylation of catechol estrogens, which may affect mammographic density. High mammographic density is a known risk factor of breast cancer. Our aim was to perform meta-analysis of the effect of COMT Val158Met polymorphism on mammographic density. METHODS: Original studies reporting data on mammographic density, stratified by the presence of COMT Val158Met polymorphism, were identified and combined using genetic models Met/Val vs...
May 1, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472995/interaction-between-cytochrome-p450-2a6-and-catechol-o-methyltransferase-genes-and-their-association-with-smoking-risk-in-young-men
#20
Wei-Chih Ou, Yi-Chin Huang, Chih-Ling Huang, Min-Hsuan Lin, Yi-Chun Chen, Yi-Ju Chen, Chen-Nu Liu, Mei-Chih Chen, Ching-Shan Huang, Pei-Lain Chen
BACKGROUND: Although some effects of gene-gene interactions on nicotine-dopamine metabolism for smoking behavior have been reported, polymorphisms of cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2A6 and catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) have not been studied together to determine their effects on smokers. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of the interaction between the CYP 2A6 and COMT genes on smoking behavior in young Taiwanese men. RESULTS: A self-report questionnaire regarding smoking status was administered to 500 young men...
May 4, 2017: Behavioral and Brain Functions: BBF
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