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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431168/identifying-new-susceptibility-genes-on-dopaminergic-and-serotonergic-pathways-for-the-framing-effect-in-decision-making
#1
Xiaoxue Gao, Jinting Liu, Pingyuan Gong, Junhui Wang, Wan Fang, Hongming Yan, Lusha Zhu, Xiaolin Zhou
The framing effect refers the tendency to be risk-averse when options are presented positively but be risk-seeking when the same options are presented negatively during decision-making. This effect has been found to be modulated by the serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4) and the catechol-o-methyltransferase gene (COMT) polymorphisms, which are on the dopaminergic and serotonergic pathways and which are associated with affective processing. The current study aimed to identify new genetic variations of genes on dopaminergic and serotonergic pathways that may contribute to individual differences in the susceptibility to framing...
April 19, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429453/tolcapone-induces-oxidative-stress-leading-to-apoptosis-and-inhibition-of-tumor-growth-in-neuroblastoma
#2
Tyler Maser, Maria Rich, David Hayes, Ping Zhao, Abhinav B Nagulapally, Jeffrey Bond, Giselle Saulnier Sholler
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is an enzyme that inactivates dopamine and other catecholamines by O-methylation. Tolcapone, a drug commonly used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, is a potent inhibitor of COMT and previous studies indicate that Tolcapone increases the bioavailability of dopamine in cells. In this study, we demonstrate that Tolcapone kills neuroblastoma (NB) cells in preclinical models by inhibition of COMT. Treating four established NB cells lines (SMS-KCNR, SH-SY5Y, BE(2)-C, CHLA-90) and two primary NB cell lines with Tolcapone for 48 h decreased cell viability in a dose-dependent manner, with IncuCyte imaging and Western blotting indicating that cell death was due to caspase-3-mediated apoptosis...
April 21, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429405/child-body-mass-index-genotype-and-parenting-in-the-prediction-of-restrictive-feeding
#3
K K Bost, M Teran-Garcia, S M Donovan, B H Fiese
BACKGROUND: Restrictive feeding is implicated in pediatric obesity, and caregivers increase controlling feeding practices on the basis of higher child weight status. However, few studies have examined how child genetic and parenting characteristics together impact restrictive feeding. OBJECTIVES: We examined whether child body mass index (BMI) status predicts caregiver use of restrictive feeding and if this association is moderated by (i) caregiver strategies to manage their children's distress and (ii) child variations in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene (Val(158) Met, rs4680)...
April 21, 2017: Pediatric Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418735/polymorphisms-of-comt-c-649g-a-mao-a-c-1460c-t-net-c-1287g-a-genes-and-the-level-of-catecholamines-serotonin-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#4
Jolanta Florczak-Wyspianska, Agata Rozycka, Lukasz Wolny, Margarita Lianeri, Wojciech Kozubski, Jolanta Dorszewska
The purpose of this study was to determine the concentration of plasma norepinephrine (NE), epinephrine (E), and serotonin (5-HT) in two collections, after a 30-min supine (I) and 5-min upright position (II), and polymorphisms of genes, COMT (c.649G>A), MAO-A (c.1460C>T), and NET (c.1287G>A), in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and other degenerative parkinsonism and controls. The study was performed in 49 PD patients, 19 parkinsonism patients, and 48 controls. The level of NE, E, and 5-HT was determined by HPLC/EC...
April 18, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416295/depressive-symptoms-in-schizophrenia-and-dopamine-and-serotonin-gene-polymorphisms
#5
Vjekoslav Peitl, Mario Štefanović, Dalibor Karlović
Although depressive symptoms seem to be frequent in schizophrenia they have received significantly less attention than other symptom domains. As impaired serotonergic and dopaminergic neurotransmission is implicated in the pathogenesis of depression and schizophrenia this study sought to investigate the putative association between several functional gene polymorphisms (SERT 5-HTTLPR, MAO-A VNTR, COMT Val158Met and DAT VNTR) and schizophrenia. Other objectives of this study were to closely examine schizophrenia symptom domains by performing factor analysis of the two most used instruments in this setting (Positive and negative syndrome scale - PANSS and Calgary depression rating scale - CDSS) and to examine the influence of investigated gene polymorphisms on the schizophrenia symptom domains, focusing on depressive scores...
April 14, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401636/contribution-of-different-bacterial-dispersal-sources-to-lakes-population-and-community-effects-in-different-seasons
#6
Jérôme Comte, Mercè Berga, Ina Severin, Jürg Brendan Logue, Eva S Lindström
The diversity and composition of lake bacterial communities are driven by the interplay between local contemporary environmental conditions and dispersal of cells from the surroundings, i.e. the metacommunity. Still, a conceptual understanding of the relative importance of the two types of factors is lacking. For instance, it is unknown which sources of dispersal are most important and under which circumstances. Here, we investigated the seasonal variation in the importance of dispersal from different sources (mixing, precipitation, surface runoff, and sediment resuspension) for lake bacterioplankton community and population dynamics...
April 12, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399184/genetic-factors-influencing-frontostriatal-dysfunction-and-the-development-of-dementia-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Ismael Huertas, Silvia Jesús, Francisco Javier García-Gómez, José Antonio Lojo, Inmaculada Bernal-Bernal, Marta Bonilla-Toribio, Juan Francisco Martín-Rodriguez, David García-Solís, Pilar Gómez-Garre, Pablo Mir
The dual syndrome hypothesis for cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease (PD) establishes a dichotomy between a frontrostriatal dopamine-mediated syndrome, which leads to executive deficits, and a posterior cortical syndrome, which leads to dementia. Certain genes have been linked to these syndromes although the exact contribution is still controversial. The study's objective was to investigate the role of APOE, MAPT, COMT, SNCA and GBA genes in the dual syndromes. We genotyped APOE (rs429358 and rs7412), MAPT (rs9468), COMT (rs4680) and SNCA (rs356219) risk polymorphisms and sequenced GBA in a cohort of 298 PD patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398354/global-genetic-variation-of-select-opiate-metabolism-genes-in-self-reported-healthy-individuals
#8
F R Wendt, G Pathak, A Sajantila, R Chakraborty, B Budowle
CYP2D6 is a key pharmacogene encoding an enzyme impacting poor, intermediate, extensive and ultrarapid phase I metabolism of many marketed drugs. The pharmacogenetics of opiate drug metabolism is particularly interesting due to the relatively high incidence of addiction and overdose. Recently, trans-acting opiate metabolism and analgesic response enzymes (UGT2B7, ABCB1, OPRM1 and COMT) have been incorporated into pharmacogenetic studies to generate more comprehensive metabolic profiles of patients. With use of massively parallel sequencing, it is possible to identify additional polymorphisms that fine tune, or redefine, previous pharmacogenetic findings, which typically rely on targeted approaches...
April 11, 2017: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388396/acute-facial-nerve-palsy-with-ipsilateral-soft-palate-ulcers
#9
C Mauprivez, C Comte, M Labrousse, R H Khonsari
Ramsay-Hunt syndrome (RHS) is a rare complication of herpes zoster in which reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection occurs in the geniculate ganglion. Major clinical findings are peripheral facial nerve palsy accompanied by ipsilateral ear pain and erythematous vesicular rash on the external ear (herpes zoster oticus) and in the mouth. Thus, diagnosis of RHS is usually clinical. However, auricular herpetic eruption is not always present, making diagnosis more difficult. This report describes a case of RHS with left facial palsy without skin lesions in 60-year-old woman...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379874/effects-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-on-surgical-and-post-surgical-opioid-requirements-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#10
Siu-Wai Choi, David M H Lam, Stanley S C Wong, Haydn H C Shiu, Amy X M Wang, Chi-Wai Cheung
OBJECTIVES: There is great heterogeneity in the way individuals respond to medications. Inherited differences, such as Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP), can influence the efficacy and toxicity of drugs. This meta-analysis aims to collate data from studies investigating the effect of SNPs on post-operative and/or intra-operative opioid requirements. METHODS: This meta-analysis was conducted following PRISMA guidelines. Eligibility criteria for studies in this meta-analysis were reporting amount of post-operative and/or intra-operative opioid used as the primary outcome and genotyping patients for SNPs in one of the following genes; OPRM1, CYP2D6, CYP3A4, CYP3A5, COMT, UGT2B7 or ABCB1...
April 4, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378373/chloroplast-overexpression-of-rice-caffeic-acid-o-methyltransferase-increases-melatonin-production-in-chloroplasts-via-the-5-methoxytryptamine-pathway-in-transgenic-rice-plants
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Geun-Hee Choi, Hyoung Yool Lee, Kyoungwhan Back
Recent analyses of the enzymatic features of various melatonin biosynthetic genes from bacteria, animals, and plants have led to the hypothesis that melatonin could be synthesized via the 5-methoxytryptamine (5-MT) pathway. 5-MT is known to be synthesized in vitro from serotonin by the enzymatic action of O-methyltransferases, including N-acetylserotonin methyltransferase (ASMT) and caffeic acid O-methyltransferase (COMT), leading to melatonin synthesis by the subsequent enzymatic reaction with serotonin N-acetyltransferase (SNAT)...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377717/biomarkers-associated-with-cognitive-impairment-in-treated-cancer-patients-potential-predisposition-and-risk-factors
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Hélène Castel, Angeline Denouel, Marie Lange, Marie-Christine Tonon, Martine Dubois, Florence Joly
Purpose: Cognitive impairment in cancer patients induced, at least in part, by treatment are frequently observed and likely have negative impacts on patient quality of life. Such cognitive dysfunctions can affect attention, executive functions, and memory and processing speed, can persist after treatment, and their exact causes remain unclear. The aim of this review was to create an inventory and analysis of clinical studies evaluating biological markers and risk factors for cognitive decline in cancer patients before, during, or after therapy...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375049/delayed-o-methylation-of-l-dopa-in-mb-comt-deficient-mice-after-oral-administration-of-l-dopa-and-carbidopa
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Anne Tammimäki, Anu Aonurm-Helm, Pekka T Männistö
1. Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is involved in the O-methylation of L-DOPA, dopamine and other catechols. The enzyme is expressed in two isoforms: soluble (S-COMT), which resides in the cytoplasm, and membrane-bound (MB-COMT), which is anchored to intracellular membranes. 2. To obtain specific information on the functions of COMT isoforms, we studied how a complete MB-COMT deficiency affects the total COMT activity in the body, peripheral L-DOPA levels and metabolism after L-DOPA (10 mg kg(-1)) plus carbidopa (30 mg kg(-1)) administration by gastric tube in wild type and MB-COMT deficient mice...
April 4, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368213/association-between-comt-val158met-polymorphism-and-competition-results-of-competitive-swimmers
#14
Daisuke Abe, Hirokazu Doi, Taishi Asai, Mayuko Kimura, Tadashi Wada, Yuusuke Takahashi, Takaaki Matsumoto, Kazuyuki Shinohara
Recent studies have shown the contribution of genetic determinants to athletes' physical ability. However, despite the fact that cognitive abilities like self-control and stress-tolerance influence athletes' competitive performance, few studies to date have investigated the association between genetic polymorphism, which is linked to cognitive ability and athletic performance. The present study investigated the link between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), which are known to exert influences on dopaminergic neural function and competitive performance of swimmers...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361821/candidate-genes-for-alcohol-dependence-a-genetic-association-study-from-india
#15
Savita Malhotra, Debasish Basu, Madhu Khullar, Abhishek Ghosh, Neera Chugh
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Search for candidate genes for alcohol dependence (AD) has been inconsistent and inconclusive. Moreover, most of the research has been confined to a few specific ethnic groups. Hence, the aim of our study was to explore specific candidate genes for AD in north Indian male population. METHODS: In this clinic-based genetic association study, 210 males with AD and 200 controls matched for age, gender and ethnicity were recruited from the clinic and the general population, respectively...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356882/protective-role-of-maternal-p-val158met-catechol-o-methyltransferase-polymorphism-against-early-onset-preeclampsia-and-its-complications
#16
Tijana Krnjeta, Ljiljana Mirković, Svetlana Ignjatović, Dragana Tomašević, Jelena Lukić, Drina Topalov, Ivan Soldatović, Nada Majkić-Singh
BACKGROUND: Up until now there have been contradictory data about the association between p.Val158Met catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) polymorphism and risk of preeclampsia (PE). The goal of this study was to assess the potential correlation between p.Val158Met COMT polymorphism and risk of early-onset PE, risk of a severe form of early-onset PE, as well as risk of small-for-gestational-age (SGA) complicating PE. METHODS: The study included 47 early-onset PE patients and 47 control cases...
September 2016: Journal of Medical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356105/first-clinical-case-report-of-cytauxzoon-sp-infection-in-a-domestic-cat-in-france
#17
Jean-Pierre Legroux, Lénaïg Halos, Magalie René-Martellet, Marielle Servonnet, Jean-Luc Pingret, Gilles Bourdoiseau, Gad Baneth, Luc Chabanne
BACKGROUND: Feline cytauxzoonosis is an emerging infection caused by tick-transmitted apicomplexan parasites of the genus Cytauxzoon. The association of clinical disease with Cytauxzoon infection appears to be limited to C. felis infections in the Americas. Sporadic infections of wild and domestic felids with Cytauxzoon sp. were recently described in European countries but clinical reports of the infection are rare and incomplete. This case report brings new interesting information on cytauxzoonosis expression in Europe...
March 29, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344607/locally-advanced-adenocarcinoma-of-the-cervix-on-uterus-didelphys-a-case-report
#18
Abel Cordoba, Alexandre Escande, Pauline Comte, Ingrid Fumagalli, Lucie Bresson, Ndaye Mubiayi, Eric Lartigau
In November 2013, a woman with Herlyn-Werner-Wunderlich (HWW) syndrome was diagnosed with a locally advanced left cervical adenocarcinoma. The patient's malformation consisted of two uteri with two cervixes, a obstructed vagina, and a left renal agenesis. Classification FIGO: stage IIIa because of infiltration of the inferior third of the vagina wall. Locoregional management comprised an infrarenal lateral aortic lymphadenectomy followed by concomitant radio-chemotherapy to the pelvic (inguinal, pelvic, and infrarenal para aortic nodes) volumes...
February 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343718/-comparative-evaluation-of-dermoscopy-and-capillaroscopy-in-raynaud-s-phenomenon
#19
J Moreau, A-S Dupond, N Dan, T Untereiner, C Vidal, F Aubin
OBJECTIVE: Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) is a common cause for consultation. Capillaroscopy is a well-established technique to detect capillary abnormalities suggestive of a connective tissue disease, but it is sometimes unavailable. The aim of this study was to compare dermoscopy and capillaroscopy in the assessment of RP. METHODS: This was a prospective single-centre observational study in adult patients consulting for RP at the Hôpital Nord Franche-Comté between January 2014 and June 2015...
March 23, 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339912/pharmacogenomics-and-patient-treatment-parameters-to-opioid-treatment-in-chronic-pain-a-focus-on-morphine-oxycodone-tramadol-and-fentanyl
#20
Renae A Lloyd, Elizabeth Hotham, Catherine Hall, Marie Williams, Vijayaprakash Suppiah
Objective. : Opioids are one of the most commonly prescribed medicines for chronic pain. However, their use for chronic pain has been controversial. The objective of this literature review was to identify the role of genetic polymorphisms on patient treatment parameters (opioid dose requirements, response, and adverse effects) for opioids used in malignant and nonmalignant chronic pain. The opioids that this review focuses on are codeine, morphine, oxycodone, tramadol, and fentanyl...
February 24, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
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