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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334509/disturbed-testicular-expression-of-the-estrogen-metabolizing-enzymes-cyp1a1-and-comt-in-infertile-men-with-primary-spermatogenic-failure-possible-negative-implications-on-sertoli-cells
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A Parada-Bustamante, C Molina, C Valencia, M Flórez, M C Lardone, F Argandoña, A Piottante, M Ebensperguer, P A Orihuela, A Castro
Estradiol (E2 ) is normally metabolized to hydroxyestradiols and methoxyestradiols by CYP1A1, CYP1B1 and COMT. However, an altered production of these metabolites by a disturbed expression of these enzymes is associated with reproductive and non-reproductive pathologies. In vitro studies suggest that increased hydroxyestradiols and methoxyestradiols intratesticular generation is related to male infertility, but no studies have explored whether infertile men have a disturbed testicular expression of the enzymes that generate these E2 metabolites...
March 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334144/the-effects-of-plant-nutritional-strategy-on-soil-microbial-denitrification-activity-through-rhizosphere-primary-metabolites
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Julien P Guyonnet, Florian Vautrin, Guillaume Meiffren, Clément Labois, Amélie A M Cantarel, Serge Michalet, Gilles Comte, Feth El Zahar Haichar
The aim of this study was to determine (i) whether plant nutritional strategy affects the composition of primary metabolites exuded into the rhizosphere and (ii) their impact on denitrification activity in soil. We answer this question by analysing primary metabolite contents extracted from the root-adhering soil (RAS) and the roots of three grasses representing different nutrient management strategies: conservative (Festuca paniculata), intermediate (Bromus erectus) and exploitative (Dactylis glomerata). We also investigated the impact of primary metabolites on soil microbial denitrification enzyme activity (DEA) without carbon addition, comparing for each plant RAS and bulk soils...
February 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325826/a-phase-ii-randomized-double-blind-presurgical-trial-of-polyphenon-e-in-bladder-cancer-patients-to-evaluate-pharmacodynamics-and-bladder-tissue-biomarkers
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Jason R Gee, Daniel R Saltzstein, KyungMann Kim, Jill M Kolesar, Wei Huang, Thomas C Havighurst, Barbara W Wollmer, Jeanne Stublaski, Tracy Downs, Hasan Mukhtar, Margaret House, Howard L Parnes, Howard H Bailey
We performed a phase 2 pharmacodynamic, prevention trial of Polyphenon E® (a green tea polyphenol formulation primarily consisting of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)) in patients prior to bladder cancer surgery. Patients with a bladder tumor were randomized to receive Polyphenon E® containing either 800 or 1200 mg of EGCG or placebo for 14 to 28 days prior to TURBT or cystectomy. The primary objective was to compare the post-intervention EGCG tissue levels in patients receiving Polyphenon E® as compared to placebo...
March 21, 2017: Cancer Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323555/influence-of-dopamine-related-genes-on-neurobehavioral-recovery-after-traumatic-brain-injury-during-early-childhood
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Amery Treble-Barna, Shari L Wade, Lisa J Martin, Valentina Pilipenko, Keith Owen Yeates, H Gerry Taylor, Brad G Kurowski
The present study examined the association of dopamine-related genes with short- and long-term neurobehavioral recovery, as well as neurobehavioral recovery trajectories over time, in children who had sustained early childhood traumatic brain injuries (TBI) relative to children who had sustained orthopedic injuries (OI). Participants were recruited from a prospective, longitudinal study evaluating outcomes of children who sustained a TBI (n = 68) or OI (n = 72) between the ages of 3 and 7 years. Parents completed ratings of child executive function and behavior at the immediate post-acute period (0-3 months after injury); 6, 12, and 18 months after injury; and an average of 3...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322896/pharmacokinetics-of-opicapone-a-third-generation-comt-inhibitor-after-single-and-multiple-oral-administration-a-comparative-study-in-the-rat
#5
Daniela Gonçalves, Gilberto Alves, Ana Fortuna, Patrício Soares-da-Silva, Amílcar Falcão
Opicapone is a novel potent, reversible and purely peripheral catechol-O-methyltransferase inhibitor that has been developed to be used as an adjunct to levodopa/aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase inhibitor therapy for Parkinson's disease. Thus, this study aimed to compare the plasma pharmacokinetics of opicapone and its active metabolite (BIA 9-1079) after the administration of single and multiple oral doses to rats. Wistar rats (n=8 per group) were orally treated with single (30, 60 or 90mg/kg) or multiple (30mg/kg once-daily for seven consecutive days) oral doses of opicapone...
March 16, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321510/dna-methylation-patterns-of-behavior-related-gene-promoter-regions-dissect-the-gray-wolf-from-domestic-dog-breeds
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Zsofia Banlaki, Giulia Cimarelli, Zsofia Viranyi, Eniko Kubinyi, Maria Sasvari-Szekely, Zsolt Ronai
A growing body of evidence highlights the relationship between epigenetics, especially DNA methylation, and population divergence as well as speciation. However, little is known about how general the phenomenon of epigenetics-wise separation of different populations is, or whether population assignment is, possible based on solely epigenetic marks. In the present study, we compared DNA methylation profiles between four different canine populations: three domestic dog breeds and their ancestor the gray wolf...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321040/whole-exome-sequencing-detects-variants-of-genes-that-mediate-response-to-anticancer-drugs
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Sumiko Ohnami, Takeshi Nagashima, Kenichi Urakami, Yuji Shimoda, Fukumi Kamada, Junko Saito, Akane Naruoka, Masakuni Serizawa, Yoko Masuda, Shumpei Ohnami, Masatoshi Kusuhara, Ken Yamaguchi
Certain interindividual differences affecting the efficacy of drug treatment and adverse drug reactions are caused by genetic variants, and their phenotypic effects differ among ethnic groups. In this study, we used whole exome sequencing (WES) systematically to identify germline mutations that influence the activities of drug-metabolizing enzymes, as well as that of a transporter. We analyzed DNA isolated from blood samples from 2,042 Japanese patients with diverse cancers. We identified sequence variants of CYP2B6 (rs3745274), CYP2C9 (rs1057910), CYP2C19 (rs4986893), CYP2C19 (rs4244285), TPMT (rs1142345), NAT2 (rs1799930), NAT2 (rs1799931), UGT1A1 (rs4148323), COMT (rs4680), ABCB1 (rs1045642), and CDA (rs60369023)...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320792/my-home-is-my-marae-kaupapa-m%C3%A4-ori-evaluation-of-an-approach-to-injury-prevention
#8
Brooke Hayward, Mataroria Lyndon, Luis Villa, Dominic Madell, Andrea Elliot-Hohepa, Lyndsay Le Comte
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation's (ACC) 'My Home is My Marae' approach to injury prevention for whānau (families). SETTING: Over an 18 month period from November 2013 to June 2014, 14 'My Home is My Marae' trials were conducted across the South Auckland and Far North regions of New Zealand. ACC engaged with local Māori providers of healthcare, education and social services to deliver the home safety intervention...
March 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320034/variations-in-infant-cyp2b6-genotype-associated-with-the-need-for-pharmacological-treatment-for-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-in-infants-of-methadone-maintained-opioid-dependent-mothers
#9
Helen Mactier, Poppy McLaughlin, Cheryl Gillis, Michael David Osselton
Background Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in infants of methadone-maintained opioid-dependent (MMOD) mothers cannot be predicted in individual cases. We investigated whether variation in infant genotype is associated with severity of NAS. Methods This is a pilot observational cohort study of 21 MMOD mothers and their newborns. Infant buccal swabs were obtained soon after delivery, together with a maternal blood sample for the determination of maternal plasma methadone concentration. Genomic variation in five opioid-related genes (ABCB1, COMT, CYP2B6, CYP2D6, and OPRM1) was ascertained from infant buccal swabs and related to need for pharmacological treatment of NAS...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315782/human-comt-over-expression-confers-a-heightened-susceptibility-to-dyskinesia-in-mice
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Oscar Solís, Jose-Rubén García-Montes, Patricia Garcia-Sanz, Antonio S Herranz, Maria-José Asensio, Gina Kang, Noboru Hiroi, Rosario Moratalla
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) degrades dopamine and its precursor l-DOPA and plays a critical role in regulating synaptic dopamine actions. We investigated the effects of heightened levels of COMT on dopamine-regulated motor behaviors and molecular alterations in a mouse model of dyskinesia. Transgenic mice overexpressing human COMT (TG) and their wildtype (WT) littermates received unilateral 6-OHDA lesions in the dorsal striatum and were treated chronically with l-DOPA for two weeks. l-DOPA-induced dyskinesia was exacerbated in TG mice without altering l-DOPA motor efficacy as determined by contralateral rotations or motor coordination...
March 15, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315479/biopsychosocial-influence-on-shoulder-pain-rationale-and-protocol-for-a-pre-clinical-trial
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Steven Z George, Roland Staud, Paul A Borsa, Samuel S Wu, Margaret R Wallace, Warren H Greenfield, Lauren N Mackie, Roger B Fillingim
BACKGROUND: Chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions are a prevalent and disabling problem. Preventing chronic musculoskeletal pain requires multifactorial treatment approaches that address its complex etiology. Prior cohort studies identified a high risk subgroup comprised of variation in COMT genotype and pain catastrophizing. This subgroup had increased chance of heightened pain responses (in a pre-clinical model) and higher 12month post-operatives pain intensity ratings (in a clinical model)...
March 14, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289795/-pharmacological-treatment-of-motor-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-diseases
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W H Jost
Since the 1960s many substance classes have been introduced for treatment of idiopathic Parkinson's disease. The most important and effective medication is levodopa (L-dopa) always in combination with a decarboxylase inhibitor. In addition, dopamine agonists, monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) inhibitors, catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors, N‑methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) antagonists and very rarely anticholinergics are administered depending on the motor symptoms, age and a multitude of other factors. Fortunately, within the substance classes there are various preparations, which also have different effects...
March 13, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288405/the-association-between-well-being-and-the-comt-gene-dispositional-gratitude-and-forgiveness-as-mediators
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Jinting Liu, Pingyuan Gong, Xiaoxue Gao, Xiaolin Zhou
BACKROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated the contributions of genetic variants and positive psychological traits (e.g. gratitude and forgiveness) to well-being. However, little is known about how genes interact with positive traits to affect well-being. METHODS: To investigate to what extent the COMT Val158Met polymorphism modulates well-being and to what extent dispositional gratitude and forgiveness mediate the individual differences in well-being, 445 participants were recruited and required to complete a battery of questionnaires...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279509/-medical-and-surgical-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Luc Defebvre, Caroline Moreau
The treatment of Parkinson's disease is symptomatic with the use of dopaminergic medications: levodopa, dopaminergic agonists and enzymatic inhibitors. At the initial stage, the main goals are to improve the quality of life of patients and delay the onset of motor complications, using a combination of these therapies taking into account both clinical disability and tolerance of different treatments. At the stage of motor and non-motor fluctuations inhibitors of MAO-B and COMT are proposed; amantadine may limit moderate dyskinesias...
March 6, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278373/potential-metabolic-activation-of-a-representative-c4-alkylated-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-retene-1-methyl-7-isopropyl-phenanthrene-associated-with-the-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-in-human-hepatoma-hepg2-cells
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Meng Huang, Clementina A Mesaros, Linda C Hackfield, Richard P Hodge, Tianzhu Zang, Ian Alexander Blair, Trevor M Penning
Exposure to petrogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PPAHs) in the food-chain is the major human health hazard associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. C4-Phenanthrenes are representative PPAHs present in the crude oil and could contaminate the seafood. We describe the metabolism of a C4-phenanthrene regioisomer retene (1-methyl-7-isopropyl-phenanthrene) in human HepG2 cells as a model for metabolism in human hepatocytes. Retene because of its sites of alkylation cannot be metabolized to a diol-epoxide...
March 9, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273839/parkinson-s-disease-from-pathogenesis-to-pharmacogenomics
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REVIEW
Ramón Cacabelos
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most important age-related neurodegenerative disorder in developed societies, after Alzheimer's disease, with a prevalence ranging from 41 per 100,000 in the fourth decade of life to over 1900 per 100,000 in people over 80 years of age. As a movement disorder, the PD phenotype is characterized by rigidity, resting tremor, and bradykinesia. Parkinson's disease -related neurodegeneration is likely to occur several decades before the onset of the motor symptoms. Potential risk factors include environmental toxins, drugs, pesticides, brain microtrauma, focal cerebrovascular damage, and genomic defects...
March 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273278/catechol-o-methyltransferase-comt-polymorphisms-modulate-working-memory-in-individuals-with-schizophrenia-and-healthy-controls
#17
Camila T Matsuzaka, Denise Christofolini, Vanessa K Ota, Ary Gadelha, Arthur A Berberian, Cristiano Noto, Diego R Mazzotti, Leticia M Spindola, Patricia N Moretti, Marilia A C Smith, Maria I Melaragno, Sintia I Belangero, Rodrigo A Bressan
Objective: Cognitive impairment is a core feature of schizophrenia, related to dopaminergic dysfunction in the prefrontal cortex (PFC). It is hypothesized that functional single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs4680 of the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene could mediate the relationship between cognition and dopamine activity in the PFC. Other COMT SNPs could also play a role. Methods: We evaluated the role of three COMT SNPs (rs737865, rs165599, and rs4680) in schizophrenia and their impact on three working memory tasks...
March 2, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273198/effects-and-mechanisms-of-radiofrequency-ablation-of-renal-sympathetic-nerve-on-anti-hypertension-in-canine
#18
Wei Chen, Xiaohong Tang, Xiaofang Yang, Chunyan Weng, Kan Yang, Juan Wen, Hong Liu, Yang Wu
Background: Radiofrequency ablation of renal sympathetic nerve (RDN) shows effective BP reduction in hypertensive patients while the specific mechanisms remain unclear. Objective: We hypothesized that abnormal levels of norepinephrine (NE) and changes in NE-related enzymes and angiotensinconverting enzyme 2 (ACE2), angiotensin (Ang)-(1-7) and Mas receptor mediate the anti-hypertensive effects of RDN. Methods: Mean values of systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) were assessed at baseline and follow-up...
March 6, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262436/gene-environment-interaction-as-a-predictor-of-early-adjustment-in-first-episode-psychosis
#19
David Fraguas, Covadonga M Díaz-Caneja, Iluminada Corripio, Ana González-Pinto, Antonio Lobo, Miquel Bioque, Manuel J Cuesta, Julio Sanjuán, Elisa Rodríguez-Toscano, Bárbara Arias, Salvador Sarró, Bibiana Cabrera, Antoni Bulbena, Eduard Vieta, Josefina Castro-Fornieles, Celso Arango, Miquel Bernardo, Mara Parellada
BACKGROUND: This study aims to explore the gene-environment interaction hypothesis applied to pre-symptomatic neurodevelopmental phenotypes of first episode psychosis (FEP), that is, genetic factors might increase vulnerability to the effects of environmental adverse conditions occurring at later stages of development. METHODS: We constructed a schematic 'two-hit' model, with Val/Val homozygosity for the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met polymorphism as the 'first hit' and history of obstetric complications and parental socioeconomic status as 'second hits'...
March 2, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262266/ptsd-in-court-ii-risk-factors-endophenotypes-and-biological-underpinnings-in-ptsd
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REVIEW
Gerald Young
The second article in the series of three for the journal on "PTSD in Court" especially concerns the biological bases that have been found to be associated with PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). The cohering concepts in this section relate to risk factors; candidate genes; polygenetics; "gene×environment" interactions; epigenetics; endophenotypes; biomarkers; and connective networks both structurally and functionally (in terms of intrinsic connectivity networks, ICNs, including the DMN, SN, and CEN; that is, default mode, salience, and central executive networks, respectively)...
March 2, 2017: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
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