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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654186/haloperidol-decreases-hyperalgesia-and-allodynia-induced-by-chronic-constriction-injury
#1
Josué Vidal Espinosa-Juárez, Osmar Antonio Jaramillo-Morales, Francisco Javier López-Muñoz
Neuropathic pain has proven to be a difficult condition to treat, so investigational therapy has been sought that may prove useful, such as the use of sigma-1 antagonists. Haloperidol (HAL) is a compound that shows a high affinity with these receptors, acting as an antagonist. Therefore, the objective of this study was to demonstrate its effect in an experimental model of neuropathic pain and corroborate its antagonistic action of the sigma-1 receptors under these conditions. BD-1063 was used as a sigma-1 antagonist control and gabapentin was used as a positive control...
June 27, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651369/reduced-thalamus-volume-may-reflect-nicotine-severity-in-young-male-smokers
#2
Dahua Yu, Kai Yuan, Jiadong Cheng, Yanyan Guan, Yangding Li, Yanzhi Bi, Jinquan Zhai, Lin Luo, Bo Liu, Ting Xue, Xiaoqi Lu
Introduction: Nicotine acts as an agonist at presynaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) and to facilitate synaptic release of several neurotransmitters including dopamine and glutamate. The thalamus has the highest density of nAChRs in the brain, which may make this area be more vulnerable to the addictive effects of nicotine. However, the volume of thalamus abnormalities and the association with smoking behaviors in young smokers remains unknown. Methods: Thirty-six young male smokers and 36 age-, gender- and education-matched nonsmokers participated in current study...
June 23, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649993/kappa-opioid-receptor-activation-in-dopamine-neurons-disrupts-behavioral-inhibition
#3
Antony D Abraham, Harrison M Fontaine, Allisa J Song, Mackenzie M Andrews, Madison A Baird, Brigitte L Kieffer, Benjamin B Land, Charles Chavkin
The dynorphin/kappa opioid receptor (KOR) system has been previously implicated in the regulation of cognition, but the neural circuitry and molecular mechanisms underlying KOR-mediated cognitive disruption are unknown. Here, we used an operational test of cognition involving timing and behavioral inhibition and found that systemic KOR activation impairs performance of male and female C57BL/6 mice in the differential reinforcement of low response rates (DRL) task. Systemic KOR antagonism also blocked stress-induced disruptions of DRL performance...
June 26, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649130/dopamine-d2-receptor-antagonist-sulpiride-enhances-dexamethasone-responses-in-the-treatment-of-drug-resistant-and-metastatic-breast-cancer
#4
Jian Li, Qing-Yu Yao, Jun-Sheng Xue, Li-Jie Wang, Yin Yuan, Xiu-Yun Tian, Hong Su, Si-Yuan Wang, Wen-Jun Chen, Wei Lu, Tian-Yan Zhou
Recent evidence shows that dopamine D2-like receptor (D2DR) antagonists, such as trifluoperazine and thioridazine, are effective for cancer therapy and inhibition of cancer stem-like cells (CSCs). In this study, we investigated the anti-cancer effects of combination therapy of dexamethasone (DEX) and sulpiride (SUL), an atypical antipsychotic, against drug-resistant and metastatic breast cancers and further explored the underlying mechanisms. Oral administration of SUL (25, 100 mg·kg(-1)·d(-1)) alone did not inhibit the tumor growth in human breast cancer MCF-7/Adr xenograft model, but dose-dependently decreased the proportion of CSCs in vitro and in vivo...
June 26, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645863/toxicology-of-octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane-d4
#5
Allison Franzen, Tracy Greene, Cynthia Van Landingham, Robinan Gentry
Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) is a volatile cyclic siloxane used primarily as a monomer or intermediate in the production of some silicon-based polymers widely used in industrial and consumer applications and may be present as a residual impurity in a variety of consumer products. A robust toxicological data set exists for D4. Treatment-related results from a chronic inhalation study conducted in rats are limited to mild effects on the respiratory tract, increases in liver weight, increases in the incidence of uterine endometrial epithelial hyperplasia, and a dose-related trend in the incidence of endometrial adenomas...
June 20, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643183/dopaminergic-therapies-for-non-motor-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease
#6
REVIEW
Eva Schaeffer, Daniela Berg
Apart from the typical motor symptoms, Parkinson's disease is characterized by a wide range of different non-motor symptoms, which are highly prevalent in all stages of the disease and have an incisive influence on quality of life. Moreover, their treatment continues to be challenging. In this review, we critically summarize the evidence for the impact of dopaminergic therapies on non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease. We performed a PubMed search to identify relevant clinical studies that investigated the response of non-motor symptoms to dopaminergic therapy...
June 22, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641524/the-bio-psycho-social-dimension-in-women-s-sexual-desire-argumentum-ad-novitatem
#7
Nur Syazwani Roslan, Nik Ruzyanei Nik Jaafar, Hatta Sidi, Najwa Baharuddin, Jaya Kumar, Srijit Das, Nik Hazlina Nik Hussein
Sexual desire includes complex motivation and drive. In the context of biological and cognitive-emotive state art of science, it is often a neglected field in medicine. With regard to the treatment, study on women's sexual function received less attention compared to the men's sexuality. In the past, this endeavor was relatively not well disseminated in the scientific community. Recently, there was a revolutionized surge of drug targets available to treat women with low sexual desire. It is timely to review the relevant biological approach, especially in the context of pharmacotherapy to understand this interesting clinical entity which was modulated by numerous interactive psychosocial inter-play and factors...
June 21, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637978/mechanisms-underlying-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-agonist-induced-increases-in-extracellular-dopamine-level-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-of-freely-moving-rats
#8
Tadashi Saigusa, Yuri Aono, John L Waddington
The nucleus accumbens is a terminal area of the mesolimbic dopaminergic system that arises in the ventral tegmental area. Opioids are thought to enhance dopaminergic activity in the nucleus accumbens by activating δ- and μ-opioid receptors in the ventral tegmental area. However, δ- and μ-opioid receptor agonists increase extracellular levels of accumbal dopamine when infused directly into the nucleus accumbens of rats. Therefore, the roles of δ- and μ-opioid receptors in regulation of accumbal dopaminergic neural activity have been analyzed by using δ- and μ-opioid receptor ligands...
2017: Journal of Oral Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635140/noradrenergic-signaling-in-the-vta-modulates-cocaine-craving
#9
Wojciech Barnaba Solecki, Klaudia Szklarczyk, Kamil Pradel, Krystyna Kwiatkowska, Grzegorz Dobrzański, Ryszard Przewłocki
Exposure to drug-associated cues evokes drug-seeking behavior and is regarded as a major cause of relapse. Conditional stimulus upregulates noradrenaline (NA) system activity, but the drug-seeking behavior depends particularly on phasic dopamine signaling downstream from the ventral tegmental area (VTA). The VTA dopamine-ergic activity is regulated via the signaling of alpha1 -adrenergic and alpha2 -adrenergic receptors (α1 -ARs and α2 -ARs); thus, the impact of the conditional stimulus on drug-seeking behavior might involve NAergic signaling in the VTA...
June 21, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635134/locomotor-sensitization-is-expressed-by-ghrelin-and-d1-dopamine-receptor-agonist-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-core-in-amphetamine-pre-exposed-rat
#10
Ju Kyong Jang, Wha Young Kim, Bo Ram Cho, Jung Won Lee, Jeong-Hoon Kim
Ghrelin modulates mesolimbic dopaminergic pathways in the brain in addition to its role in feeding. We investigated what roles ghrelin in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) core may play in mediating locomotor activating effects of amphetamine (AMPH). First, when rats were administered with AMPH (1 mg/kg, i.p.) following a bilateral microinjection of ghrelin (0.1 or 0.5 μg/side) into the NAcc core, their locomotor activity was significantly enhanced, while these effects were blocked by co-microinjection of ghrelin receptor antagonist (0...
June 21, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631520/striatal-changes-underlie-mpep-mediated-suppression-of-the-acquisition-and-expression-of-pramipexole-induced-place-preference-in-an-alpha-synuclein-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#11
Simon Loiodice, Portia McGhan, Vitalina Gryshkova, Renaud Fleurance, David Dardou, Aziz Hafidi, Andre Nogueira da Costa, Franck Durif
Impulsive-compulsive disorders in Parkinson's disease patients have been described as behavioural or substance addictions including pathological gambling or compulsive medication use of dopamine replacement therapy. A substantial gap remains in the understanding of these disorders. We previously demonstrated that the rewarding effect of the D2/D3 agonist pramipexole was enhanced after repeated exposure to L-dopa and alpha-synuclein mediated dopaminergic nigral loss with specific transcriptional signatures suggesting a key involvement of the glutamatergic pathway...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630404/activation-of-d1r-pka-mtor-signaling-cascade-in-medial-prefrontal-cortex-underlying-the-antidepressant-effects-of-l-spd
#12
Bing Zhang, Fei Guo, Yuqin Ma, Yingcai Song, Rong Lin, Fu-Yi Shen, Guo-Zhang Jin, Yang Li, Zhi-Qiang Liu
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by diverse symptoms. Although several antidepressants can influence dopamine system in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), but the role of D1R or D2R subtypes of dopamine receptor during anti-depression process is still vague in PFC region. To address this question, we investigate the antidepressant effect of levo-stepholidine (l-SPD), an antipsychotic medication with unique pharmacological profile of D1R agonism and D2R antagonism, and clarified its molecular mechanisms in the mPFC...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627133/mesocorticolimbic-hemodynamic-response-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients-with-compulsive-behaviors
#13
Daniel O Claassen, Adam J Stark, Charis A Spears, Kalen J Petersen, Nelleke C van Wouwe, Robert M Kessler, David H Zald, Manus J Donahue
BACKGROUND: PD patients treated with dopamine therapy can develop maladaptive impulsive and compulsive behaviors, manifesting as repetitive participation in reward-driven activities. This behavioral phenotype implicates aberrant mesocorticolimbic network function, a concept supported by past literature. However, no study has investigated the acute hemodynamic response to dopamine agonists in this subpopulation. OBJECTIVES: We tested the hypothesis that dopamine agonists differentially alter mesocortical and mesolimbic network activity in patients with impulsive-compulsive behaviors...
June 19, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626987/prolactinomas-diagnosed-in-the-postmenopausal-period-clinical-phenotype-and-outcomes
#14
Sandhya Santharam, Metaxia Tampourlou, Wiebke Arlt, John Ayuk, Neil Gittoes, Andrew Toogood, Rachel Webster, Niki Karavitaki
OBJECTIVE: Most prolactinomas in females are diagnosed during the reproductive age and the majority are microadenomas. Prolactinomas detected in the postmenopausal period are less common with limited published data on their presentation and prognosis. Our objective was to assess the presenting clinical, biochemical and imaging findings, as well as the outcomes of women diagnosed with a prolactinoma in the postmenopausal period. DESIGN AND METHODS: We undertook a retrospective cohort study of women diagnosed with prolactinoma after menopause and followed-up in a large UK pituitary center...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626925/stoichiometric-analysis-of-oligomeric-states-of-three-class-a-gpcrs-chemokine-cxcr4-dopamine-d2-and-prostaglandin-ep1-receptors-on-living-cells
#15
Kenichi Kawano, Tetsuya Yagi, Nozomu Fukada, Yoshiaki Yano, Katsumi Matsuzaki
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) form the largest family of transmembrane receptors, and their oligomerization has been suggested to be related to their functions. Despite extensive studies, their oligomeric states are highly controversial. One of the reasons is the overestimation of oligomerization by conventional methods. We recently established a stoichiometric analysis method for precisely determining the oligomeric state of membrane proteins on living cells with the combined use of the coiled-coil labeling method and a spectral imaging technique and showed that the prototypical class-A GPCR β2 -adrenergic receptor (β2 AR) did not form functional oligomers...
June 18, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623767/an-examination-of-the-roles-of-glutamate-and-sex-in-latent-inhibition-relevance-to-the-glutamate-hypothesis-of-schizophrenia
#16
Andrew Chih Wei Huang, Alan Bo-Han He, Chih-Chung Chen
The present study examined the effects of the glutamate receptor antagonist MK-801, the glutamate receptor agonist N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA), and sexual dimorphism on latent inhibition to elucidate the glutamate hypothesis of schizophrenia. During the pre-exposure phase, 56 male and 65 female Wistar rats were intracerebroventricularly administered normal saline, MK-801 or NMDA, in the left ventricle and then exposed to a passive avoidance box (or a different context) in three trials over 3 days. Then, all of the rats were placed in the light compartment of the passive avoidance box and were allowed to enter the dark compartment, where they each received a footshock (1mA, 2s) in five trials over 5 days...
June 12, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616844/therapeutic-utility-of-opioids-for-restless-legs-syndrome
#17
REVIEW
Susan E Mackie, John W Winkelman
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sensorimotor neurologic disorder characterized by an unpleasant urge to move the legs, often accompanied by leg dysesthesias. Symptoms predominate in the evening or at night and often cause significant distress and disruption of sleep. Several non-opioid classes of drugs provide initial relief from the symptoms of RLS. Among these, however, the efficacy of dopamine agonists can wane over time or even paradoxically 'augment' the severity of symptoms during the course of long-term treatment...
June 14, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615773/cabergoline-induced-mania-in-a-patient-of-pituitary-microadenoma
#18
Satyakam Mohapatra, Mihir Ranjan Nayak
Cabergoline, a dopamine agonist agent, is commonly used in the treatment of hyperprolactinemia, Parkinson's disease, restless leg syndrome, and antipsychotic-induced prolactin elevation. It is generally well tolerated as compared to other dopamine agonist agents due to its more selective D2 receptor agonistic effect. We present a case of a 25-year-old female who developed manic episode, following the use of cabergoline for treatment of pituitary microadenoma. We suggest that physicians should carefully screen patients before initiating cabergoline therapy and at-risk patients may benefit from more frequent monitoring and cessation of therapy at the earliest safe juncture...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613975/activation-of-drd5-dopamine-receptor-d5-inhibits-tumor-growth-by-autophagic-cell-death
#19
Zhi Gen Leng, Shao Jian Lin, Ze Rui Wu, Yu Hang Guo, Lin Cai, Han Bing Shang, Hao Tang, Ya Jun Xue, Mei Qing Lou, Wenxiu Zhao, Wei-Dong Le, Wei Guo Zhao, Xun Zhang, Zhe Bao Wu
Dopamine agonists such as bromocriptine and cabergoline have been successfully used in the treatment of pituitary prolactinomas and other neuroendocrine tumors. However, their therapeutic mechanisms are not fully understood. In this study we demonstrated that DRD5 (dopamine receptor D5) agonists were potent inhibitors of pituitary tumor growth. We further found that DRD5 activation increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), inhibited the MTOR pathway, induced macroautophagy/autophagy, and led to autophagic cell death (ACD) in vitro and in vivo...
June 14, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611642/a-case-report-of-severe-delirium-after-amantadine-withdrawal
#20
Franz Marxreiter, Jürgen Winkler, Martin Uhl, Dominik Madžar
Amantadine is frequently used in addition to dopaminergic substances like dopamine agonists or L-Dopa in advanced Parkinson disease (PD). However, adverse effects like hallucinations limit its use. PD patients developing severe psychotic symptoms upon treatment with either dopaminergic substances and/or amantadine need to stop intake of any psychotropic substance. Here, we report the case of a 71-year-old PD patient without previously known cognitive impairment. He presented with drug-induced psychotic symptoms due to changes in his therapeutic regimen (increase in COMT inhibitors, newly introduced MAO B inhibitors)...
January 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
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