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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102561/stressful-life-events-and-catechol-o-methyl-transferase-comt-gene-in-bipolar-disorder
#1
Georgina M Hosang, Helen L Fisher, Sarah Cohen-Woods, Peter McGuffin, Anne E Farmer
BACKGROUND: A small body of research suggests that gene-environment interactions play an important role in the development of bipolar disorder. The aim of the present study is to contribute to this work by exploring the relationship between stressful life events and the catechol-O-methyl-transferase (COMT) Val(158) Met polymorphism in bipolar disorder. METHODS: Four hundred eighty-two bipolar cases and 205 psychiatrically healthy controls completed the List of Threatening Experiences Questionnaire...
January 19, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101524/the-role-of-dopamine-in-anticipatory-pursuit-eye-movements-insights-from-genetic-polymorphisms-in-healthy-adults
#2
Jutta Billino, Jürgen Hennig, Karl R Gegenfurtner
There is a long history of eye movement research in patients with psychiatric diseases for which dysfunctions of neurotransmission are considered to be the major pathologic mechanism. However, neuromodulation of oculomotor control is still hardly understood. We aimed to investigate in particular the impact of dopamine on smooth pursuit eye movements. Systematic variability in dopaminergic transmission due to genetic polymorphisms in healthy subjects offers a noninvasive opportunity to determine functional associations...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096880/genetic-polymorphism-of-1019c-g-rs6295-promoter-of-serotonin-1a-receptor-and-catechol-o-methyltransferase-in-panic-disorder
#3
Takashi Watanabe, Shin Ishiguro, Akiko Aoki, Mikito Ueda, Yuki Hayashi, Kazufumi Akiyama, Kazuko Kato, Kazutaka Shimoda
OBJECTIVE: Family and twin studies have suggested genetic liability for panic disorder (PD) and therefore we sought to determine the role of noradrenergic and serotonergic candidate genes for susceptibility for PD in a Japanese population. METHODS: In this age- and gender-matched case-control study involving 119 PD patients and 119 healthy controls, we examined the genotype distributions and allele frequencies of the serotonin transporter gene linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR), -1019C/G (rs6295) promoter polymorphism of the serotonin receptor 1A (5-HT1A), and catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene polymorphism (rs4680) and their association with PD...
January 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089731/investigation-of-polymorphisms-in-genes-involved-in-estrogen-metabolism-in-menstrual-migraine
#4
Heidi G Sutherland, Morgane Champion, Amelie Plays, Shani Stuart, Larisa M Haupt, Alison Frith, E Anne MacGregor, Lyn R Griffiths
Migraine is a common, disabling headache disorder, which is influenced by multiple genes and environmental triggers. After puberty, the prevalence of migraine in women is three times higher than in men and >50% of females suffering from migraine report a menstrual association, suggesting hormonal fluctuations can influence the risk of migraine attacks. It has been hypothesized that the drop in estrogen during menses is an important trigger for menstrual migraine. Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) and Cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes are involved in estrogen synthesis and metabolism...
January 13, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088578/the-effect-of-long-term-hindlimb-unloading-on-the-expression-of-risk-neurogenes-encoding-elements-of-serotonin-dopaminergic-systems-and-apoptosis-comparison-with-the-effect-of-actual-spaceflight-on-mouse-brain
#5
E A Kulikova, V A Kulikov, N A Sinyakova, A V Kulikov, N K Popova
The study of spaceflight effects on the brain is technically complex concern; complicated by the problem of applying an adequate ground model. The most-widely used experimental model to study the effect of microgravity is the tail-suspension hindlimb unloading model; however, its compliance with the effect of actual spaceflight on the brain is still unclear. We evaluated the effect of one month hindlimb unloading on the expression of genes related to the brain neuroplasticity-brain neutotrophic factors (Gdnf, Cdnf), apoptotic factors (Bcl-xl, Bax), serotonin- and dopaminergic systems (5-HT2A, Maoa, Maob, Th, D1r, Comt), and compared the results with the data obtained on mice that spent one month in spaceflight on Russian biosatellite Bion-M1...
January 12, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086804/comparative-analysis-of-the-root-transcriptomes-of-cultivated-sweetpotato-ipomoea-batatas-l-lam-and-its-wild-ancestor-ipomoea-trifida-kunth-g-don
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Sathish K Ponniah, Jyothi Thimmapuram, Ketaki Bhide, Venu Kal Kalavacharla, Muthusamy Manoharan
BACKGROUND: The complex process of formation of storage roots (SRs) from adventitious roots affects sweetpotato yield. Identifying the genes that are uniquely expressed in the SR forming cultivated species, Ipomoea batatas (Ib), and its immediate ancestral species, Ipomoea trifida (It), which does not form SRs, may provide insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying SR formation in sweetpotato. RESULTS: Illumina paired-end sequencing generated ~208 and ~200 million reads for Ib and It, respectively...
January 13, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078547/znf804a-rs1344706-interacts-with-comt-rs4680-to-affect-prefrontal-volume-in-healthy-adults
#7
Qiang Xu, Yongqin Xiong, Congcong Yuan, Feng Liu, Fangshi Zhao, Junlin Shen, Wen Qin, Chunshui Yu
The biological function of ZNF804A rs1344706, the first genome-wide supported risk variant of schizophrenia, remains largely unknown. Based on the upregulating effect of ZNF804A on the expression of COMT, we hypothesize that ZNF804A may affect grey matter volume (GMV) by interacting with COMT. Voxel-based morphometry was applied to analyze the main and interaction effects of ZNF804A rs1344706 and COMT rs4680 on brain GMV in 274 healthy young human subjects. The GMV of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) showed a significant COMT rs4680 × ZNF804A rs1344706 interaction, manifesting as an inverted U-shape modulation by the presumed dopamine signaling...
January 11, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076903/slamf7-engagement-restores-defective-effector-cd8-t-cells-activity-in-response-to-foreign-antigens-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#8
Denis Comte, Maria P Karampetsou, Nobuya Yoshida, Katalin Kis-Toth, Vasileios C Kyttaris, George C Tsokos
OBJECTIVE: Effector CD8+ T cell function is impaired in SLE and associated with compromised ability to fight infections. SLAMF7 engagement has been shown to enhance NK cell degranulation. Thus, we characterized the expression and function of SLAMF7 on CD8+ T cells subsets isolated from peripheral blood of SLE patients and healthy subjects. METHODS: CD8+ T cell subset distribution, SLAMF7 expression and cytolytic enzyme expression (perforin, GzmA, GzmB) were monitored on cells isolated from SLE patients and healthy controls by flow cytometry...
January 11, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074437/aberrant-endometrial-dna-methylome-of-homeobox-a10-and-catechol-o-methyltransferase-in-endometriosis
#9
Fei Ji, Xinhua Yang, Yan He, Hui Wang, Aixingzi Aili, Yan Ding
PURPOSE: Differential methylation of both HOXA10 and catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) has been reported in different endometrium disorders, and the two genes are linked through the estrogen pathway. The current study investigates the DNA methylation of HOXA10 and COMT in ectopic and eutopic endometrial tissues and its correlation with and the occurrence of endometriosis in women from Xinjiang province in China. METHODS: In the current study, 120 patients with endometriosis were recruited from our hospital between January 2011 and June 2014...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072663/commentary-on-bennett-and-colleagues-differences-in-cognitive-outcomes-after-electroconvulsive-therapy-depending-on-bdnf-and-comt-polymorphisms
#10
Donel M Martin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 9, 2017: Journal of ECT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072559/control-of-endophytic-frankia-sporulation-by-alnus-nodule-metabolites
#11
Anne-Emmanuelle Hay De-Bettignies, Hasna Boubakri, Antoine Buonomo, Marjolaine Rey, Guillaume Meiffren, Laetitia Cotin-Galvan, Gilles Comte, Aude Herrera-Belaroussi
A unique case of microbial symbiont capable of dormancy within its living host cells has been reported in actinorhizal symbioses: some Frankia strains, named Sp+, are able to sporulate inside plant cells, contrarily to Sp- strains. The presence of metabolically slowed down bacterial structures in host cells alters our understanding of symbiosis based on reciprocal benefits between both partners, and its impact on the symbiotic processes remains unknown. The present work reports a metabolomic study of Sp+ and Sp- nodules (from Alnus glutinosa), in order to highlight variabilities associated with in-planta sporulation...
January 10, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071803/effects-of-catechol-o-methyl-transferase-inhibition-on-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-luteolin-metabolites
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Sang Keun Ha, Jin-Ah Lee, Eun Jung Cho, Inwook Choi
Although luteolin is known to have potent anti-inflammatory activities, much less information has been provided on such activities of its hepatic metabolites. Luteolin was subjected to hepatic metabolism in HepG2 cells either without or with catechol O-methyl transferase (COMT) inhibitor. To identify hepatic metabolites of luteolin without (luteolin metabolites, LMs) or with COMT inhibitor (LMs+CI), metabolites were treated by β-glucuronidase and sulfatase, and found that they were composed of glucuronide and sulfate conjugates of diosmetin in LMs or these conjugates of luteolin in LMs+CI...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067625/pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-pacap-has-neuroprotective-function-in-dopamine-based-neurodegeneration-developed-in-two-parkinsonian-models
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G Maasz, Z Zrinyi, D Reglodi, D Petrovics, A Rivnyak, T Kiss, A Jungling, A Tamas, Z Pirger
It has been observed that pituitary-adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) rescued DAergic neurons from neurodegeneration and improved motor alterations induced by 6-hydroxy-dopamine (6-OHDA) in rat parkinsonian models. Recently we investigated the molecular background of the neuroprotective effect of PACAP in DA-based neurodegeneration using rotenone-induced snail and 6-OHDA-induced rat models of Parkinson's disease. The behavioural activity, monoamine (DA and serotonin), metabolic enzyme (S-COMT, MB-COMT and MAO-B) and PARK7/DJ-1 protein contents were measured before and after PACAP-treatment in both models...
December 22, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066708/right-inferior-frontal-cortex-activity-correlates-with-tolcapone-responsivity-in-problem-and-pathological-gamblers
#14
Andrew S Kayser, Taylor Vega, Dawn Weinstein, Jan Peters, Jennifer M Mitchell
Failures of self-regulation in problem and pathological gambling (PPG) are thought to emerge from failures of top-down control, reflected neurophysiologically in a reduced capacity of prefrontal cortex to influence activity within subcortical structures. In patients with addictions, these impairments have been argued to alter evaluation of reward within dopaminergic neuromodulatory systems. Previously we demonstrated that augmenting dopamine tone in frontal cortex via use of tolcapone, an inhibitor of the dopamine-degrading enzyme catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), reduced delay discounting, a measure of impulsivity, in healthy subjects...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060209/catechol-o-methyltransferase-genotypes-and-parenting-influence-on-long-term-executive-functioning-after-moderate-to-severe-early-childhood-traumatic-brain-injury-an-exploratory-study
#15
Brad G Kurowski, Amery Treble-Barna, Huaiyu Zang, Nanhua Zhang, Lisa J Martin, Keith Owen Yeates, H Gerry Taylor, Shari L Wade
OBJECTIVES: To examine catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) rs4680 genotypes as moderators of the effects of parenting style on postinjury changes in parent behavior ratings of executive dysfunction following moderate to severe early childhood traumatic brain injury. SETTING: Research was conducted in an outpatient setting. PARTICIPANTS: Participants included children admitted to hospital with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (n = 55) or orthopedic injuries (n = 70) between ages 3 and 7 years...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059057/-open-borders-for-alpine-pastures-the-history-of-the-pacage-franco-suisse
#16
J Schluep
Alpine transhumance and summer grazing of animals on both sides of the French-Swiss border has a long tradition. The Bernese authorities first regulated the movement of animals across the French border in the 18th century due to outbreaks of epidemics. At that time the importation of cattle from the "Franche-Comté" was forbidden, but grazing on the French side of the border remained allowed. The 1912 agreement, relating to grazing on both sides of the border, was used for decades as a guideline to ensure the open communication and close cooperation of the veterinary and customs authorities of both countries with regard to border traffic...
January 2017: Schweizer Archiv Für Tierheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053668/study-of-traits-and-recalcitrance-reduction-of-field-grown-comt-down-regulated-switchgrass
#17
Mi Li, Yunqiao Pu, Chang Geun Yoo, Erica Gjersing, Stephen R Decker, Crissa Doeppke, Todd Shollenberger, Timothy J Tschaplinski, Nancy L Engle, Robert W Sykes, Mark F Davis, Holly L Baxter, Mitra Mazarei, Chunxiang Fu, Richard A Dixon, Zeng-Yu Wang, C Neal Stewart, Arthur J Ragauskas
BACKGROUND: The native recalcitrance of plants hinders the biomass conversion process using current biorefinery techniques. Down-regulation of the caffeic acid O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene in the lignin biosynthesis pathway of switchgrass reduced the thermochemical and biochemical conversion recalcitrance of biomass. Due to potential environmental influences on lignin biosynthesis and deposition, studying the consequences of physicochemical changes in field-grown plants without pretreatment is essential to evaluate the performance of lignin-altered plants...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051165/modification-of-monolignol-biosynthetic-pathway-in-jute-different-gene-different-consequence
#18
Farhana Shafrin, Ahlan Sabah Ferdous, Suprovath Kumar Sarkar, Rajib Ahmed, Al- Amin, Kawsar Hossain, Mrinmoy Sarker, Jorge Rencoret, Ana Gutiérrez, Jose C Del Rio, Neeti Sanan-Mishra, Haseena Khan
Lignin, a cross-linked macromolecule of hydrophobic aromatic structure, provides additional rigidity to a plant cell wall. Although it is an integral part of the plant cell, presence of lignin considerably reduces the quality of the fiber of fiber-yielding plants. Decreasing lignin in such plants holds significant commercial and environmental potential. This study aimed at reducing the lignin content in jute-a fiber crop, by introducing hpRNA-based vectors for downregulation of two monolignoid biosynthetic genes- cinnamate 4-hydroxylase (C4H) and caffeic acid O-methyltransferase (COMT)...
January 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049082/catechol-o-methyltransferase-val-108-158-met-polymorphism-affects-fronto-limbic-connectivity-during-emotional-processing-in-bipolar-disorder
#19
B Vai, M Riberto, S Poletti, I Bollettini, C Lorenzi, C Colombo, F Benedetti
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inactivates catecholamines, Val/Val genotype was associated to an increased amygdala (Amy) response to negative stimuli and can influence the symptoms severity and the outcome of bipolar disorder, probably mediated by the COMT polymorphism (rs4680) interaction between cortical and subcortical dopaminergic neurotransmission. The aim of this study is to explore how rs4680 and implicit emotional processing of negative emotional stimuli could interact in affecting the Amy connectivity in bipolar depression...
December 30, 2016: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041918/prediction-of-functional-outcome-in-young-patients-with-a-recent-onset-psychiatric-disorder-beyond-the-traditional-diagnostic-classification-system
#20
Amedeo Minichino, Marta Francesconi, Ricardo E Carrión, Arturo Bevilacqua, Maurizio Parisi, Santo Rullo, Agata Ando', Massimo Biondi, Roberto Delle Chiaie, Kristin Cadenhead
A critical research goal is to identify modifiable risk factors leading to functional disabilities in young psychiatric patients. The authors developed a multidimensional trans-diagnostic predictive model of functional outcome in patients with the recent-onset of a psychiatric illness. Baseline clinical, psychosis-risk status, cognitive, neurological-soft-signs measures, and dopamine-related-gene polymorphisms (DRD1-rs4532, COMT-rs165599, and DRD4-rs1800955) were collected in 138 young non-psychotic outpatients...
December 29, 2016: Schizophrenia Research
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