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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454035/high-and-low-doses-of-cocaine-intake-are-differentially-regulated-by-dopamine-d2-receptors-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-and-the-nucleus-accumbens
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R Chen, S McIntosh, S E Hemby, H Sun, T Sexton, Thomas Martin, S R Childers
Dopamine D2 receptors (D2Rs) in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the nucleus accumbens (NAc) are associated with vulnerability to addiction; however, whether D2Rs in these two brain regions play differential roles in regulation of drug intake is unknown. Here, we compared the effect of decreased mRNA level of Drd2 in each region on cocaine self-administration in a dose-response function. Drd2 mRNA levels in rat VTA or NAc were knocked down by bilateral microinjection of lentivirus coding shRNAs against rat Drd2...
February 14, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445764/quantified-coexpression-analysis-of-central-amygdala-subpopulations
#2
Kenneth M McCullough, Filomene G Morrison, Jakob Hartmann, William A Carlezon, Kerry J Ressler
Molecular identification and characterization of fear controlling circuitries is a promising path towards developing targeted treatments of fear-related disorders. Three-color in situ hybridization analysis was used to determine whether somatostatin (SOM, Sst ), neurotensin (NTS, Nts ), corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF, Crf ), tachykinin 2 (TAC2, Tac2 ), protein kinase c-δ (PKC-δ, Prkcd ), and dopamine receptor 2 (DRD2, Drd2 ) mRNA colocalize in male mouse amygdala neurons. Expression and colocalization was examined across capsular (CeC), lateral (CeL), and medial (CeM) compartments of the central amygdala...
January 2018: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29423959/low-resilience-to-stress-is-associated-with-candidate-gene-expression-alterations-in-the-dopaminergic-signalling-pathway
#3
Esfandiar Azadmarzabadi, Arvin Haghighatfard, Alireza Mohammadi
BACKGROUND: In stressful situations, a person's ability to appropriately complete tasks with minimal anxiety is known as stress resilience. Genetic variants in neuropeptide Y, Corticotropin releasing hormone receptor 1 (CRHR1), and serotonin transporter have been previously reported to be associated with low resilience, but the relationship between low resilience and the dopaminergic signalling pathway is not well understood. Here, we aimed to describe the association between comprehensive psychological characteristics and messenger RNA levels of dopamine receptor D1 (DRD1), dopamine receptor D2 (DRD2), dopamine receptor D3 (DRD3), dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4), dopamine receptor D5 (DRD5), COMT, Dopamine Beta-Hydroxylase (DBH), Tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), monoamine oxidase A (MAOM), dopa decarboxylase (DDC), dopamine transporter (DAT), serotonin transporter (5-HTT), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) genes based on peripheral blood samples from 400 subjects who react differently to major life event stressors...
February 8, 2018: Psychogeriatrics: the Official Journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29423319/improvement-of-long-term-memory-access-with-a-pro-dopamine-regulator-in-an-elderly-male-are-we-targeting-dopamine-tone
#4
Thomas McLaughlin, David Han, James Nicholson, Bruce Steinberg, Kenneth Blum, Marcelo Febo, Eric Braverman, Mona Li, Lyle Fried, Rajendra Badgaiyan
With aging, there is decline in both short-term and long-term memory. This effect is magnified by epigenetic insults on specific, dopamine- related genes (e.g., DRD2, DAT1) as well as by impaired or reduced mRNA transcription. In addition, long-term memory ability is positively correlated with dopamine function and there is evidence that aging is associated with a reduction in brain dopamine D2 receptors, with an acceleration seen in aging-induced dementia. As a result, the authors tested the acute effect of a Pro-Dopamine Regulator (KB220Z, liquid Nano variant) on an aspect of long-term memory performance in a 77-year-old, highly functional male, using the Animal Naming Test (ANT)...
May 2017: Journal of Systems and Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29415163/genetic-variation-of-a-drd2-co-expression-network-is-associated-with-changes-in-prefrontal-function-after-d2-receptors-stimulation
#5
Pierluigi Selvaggi, Giulio Pergola, Barbara Gelao, Pasquale Di Carlo, Maria Antonietta Nettis, Graziella Amico, Leonardo Fazio, Antonio Rampino, Fabio Sambataro, Giuseppe Blasi, Alessandro Bertolino
Dopamine D2 receptors (D2Rs) contribute to the inverted U-shaped relationship between dopamine signaling and prefrontal function. Genetic networks from post-mortem human brain revealed 84 partner genes co-expressed with DRD2. Moreover, eight functional single nucleotide polymorphisms combined into a polygenic co-expression index (PCI) predicted co-expression of this DRD2 network and were associated with prefrontal function in humans. Here, we investigated the non-linear association of the PCI with behavioral and Working Memory (WM) related brain response to pharmacological D2Rs stimulation...
February 3, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29383684/dynorphin-and-%C3%AE%C2%BA-opioid-receptor-dysregulation-in-the-dopaminergic-reward-system-of-human-alcoholics
#6
Igor Bazov, Daniil Sarkisyan, Olga Kononenko, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Tatiana Yakovleva, Anita C Hansson, Wolfgang H Sommer, Rainer Spanagel, Georgy Bakalkin
Molecular changes induced by excessive alcohol consumption may underlie formation of dysphoric state during acute and protracted alcohol withdrawal which leads to craving and relapse. A main molecular addiction hypothesis is that the upregulation of the dynorphin (DYN)/κ-opioid receptor (KOR) system in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) of alcohol-dependent individuals causes the imbalance in activity of D1- and D2 dopamine receptor (DR) expressing neural circuits that results in dysphoria. We here analyzed post-mortem NAc samples of human alcoholics to assess changes in prodynorphin (PDYN) and KOR (OPRK1) gene expression and co-expression (transcriptionally coordinated) patterns...
January 30, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29382572/dopamine-d2-like-receptors-drd2-and-drd4-in-chickens-tissue-distribution-functional-analysis-and-their-involvement-in-dopamine-inhibition-of-pituitary-prolactin-expression
#7
Can Lv, Chunheng Mo, Haikun Liu, Chao Wu, Zhengyang Li, Juan Li, Yajun Wang
Dopamine (DA) D2-like (and D1-like) receptors are suggested to mediate the dopamine actions in the anterior pituitary and/or CNS of birds. However, the information regarding the structure, functionality, and expression of avian D2-like receptors have not been fully characterized. In this study, we cloned two D2-like receptors (cDRD2, cDRD4) from chicken brain using RACE PCR. The cloned cDRD4 is a 378-amino acid receptor, which shows 57% amino acid (a.a.) identity with mouse DRD4. As in mammals, two cDRD2 isoforms, cDRD2L (long isoform, 437 a...
January 27, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29380701/the-expression-of-dopamine-receptors-gene-and-their-potential-role-in-targeting-breast-cancer-cells-with-selective-agonist-and-antagonist-drugs-could-it-be-the-novel-insight-to-therapy
#8
Hossein Bakhtou, Asiie Olfatbakhsh, Abdolkhaegh Deezagi, Ghasem Ahangari
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is one of the common causes of mortality for women in Iran and other parts of the world. The substantial increasing rate of breast cancer in both developed and developing countries warns the scientists to provide more preventive steps and therapeutic measures. This study is conducted to investigate the impact of neurotransmitters (e.g., Dopamine) through their receptors and the importance of cancers via damaging immune system. It also evaluates dopamine receptors gene expression in the women with breast cancer at stages II or III and dopamine receptor D2 (DRD2) related agonist and antagonist drug effects on human breast cancer cells, including MCF-7 and SKBR-3...
January 29, 2018: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29379100/social-rank-associated-stress-vulnerability-predisposes-individuals-to-cocaine-attraction
#9
Chen Yanovich, Michael L Kirby, Izhak Michaelevski, Gal Yadid, Albert Pinhasov
Studies of personality have suggested that dissimilarities in ability to cope with stressful situations results in differing tendency to develop addictive behaviors. The present study used selectively bred stress-resilient, socially-dominant (Dom) and stress-vulnerable, socially-submissive (Sub) mice to investigate the interaction between environmental stress and inbred predisposition to develop addictive behavior to cocaine. In a Conditioned Place Preference (CPP) paradigm using cocaine, Sub mice displayed an aversion to drug, whereas Dom mice displayed drug attraction...
January 29, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29373732/study-of-novel-autoantibodies-in-schizophrenia
#10
Ruth Whelan, David St Clair, Colette J Mustard, Philomena Hallford, Jun Wei
A recent genome-wide association (GWA) study confirmed 108 genetic loci that were strongly associated with schizophrenia. Fifteen schizophrenia-associated genes were selected for this study based on a number of selection criteria including their high expression in both brain tissues and B-lymphocyte cells. We aimed to investigate whether individuals with schizophrenia showed different levels of plasma IgG antibodies against protein-derived fragments encoded by these 15 genes. A total of 356 plasma samples were used to analyze circulating IgG antibodies against 18 target peptide antigens using an in-house enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
January 24, 2018: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29369497/pharmacogenetics-of-risperidone-induced-insulin-resistance-in-children-and-adolescents-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#11
Chonlaphat Sukasem, Natchaya Vanwong, Pornpen Srisawasdi, Nattawat Ngamsamut, Nopphadol Nuntamool, Yaowaluck Hongkaew, Apichaya Puangpetch, Bhunnada Chamkrachangpada, Penkhae Limsila
The purpose of this study was to explore the association of genetic polymorphism of genes related to pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics with insulin resistance in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and treated with risperidone. All 89 subjects underwent measurement of fasting blood glucose and insulin levels, body weight and height. Genotyping was performed by Taqman real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) (pharmacokinetics genes: cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) *4 (rs3892097), *5 (gene deletion), *10 (rs1065852), and *41 (rs28371725), ATP-binding cassette transporter B1 (ABCB1) 2677 G>T/A (rs2032582) and 3435C>T (rs1045642), and pharmacodynamics genes: dopamine receptor D2 (DRD2) Tag-SNP (C>T) (rs4436578), DRD2 Tag1A (C>T) (rs1800497), leptin gene (LEP) -2548G>A (rs7799039), ghrelin gene (GHRL) -604G>A (rs27647), and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) 196G>A (rs6265)...
January 25, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29362512/dopaminergic-genetic-variation-influences-aripiprazole-effects-on-alcohol-self-administration-and-the-neural-response-to-alcohol-cues-in-a-randomized-trial
#12
Joseph P Schacht, Konstantin E Voronin, Patrick K Randall, Raymond F Anton
Dopamine (DA) signaling regulates many aspects of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). However, clinical studies of dopaminergic medications, including the DA partial agonist aripiprazole (APZ), have been inconsistent, suggesting the possibility of a pharmacogenetic interaction. This study examined whether variation in DA-related genes moderated APZ effects on reward-related AUD phenotypes. The interacting effects of APZ and a variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) polymorphism in DAT1/SLC6A3 (the gene encoding the DA transporter (DAT)) were tested...
December 6, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353877/gene-variants-and-educational-attainment-in-cannabis-use-mediating-role-of-dna-methylation
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Maria Carla Gerra, Subramaniam Jayanthi, Matteo Manfredini, Donna Walther, Jennifer Schroeder, Karran A Phillips, Jean Lud Cadet, Claudia Donnini
Genetic and sociodemographic risk factors potentially associated with cannabis use (CU) were investigated in 40 cannabis users and 96 control subjects. DNA methylation analyses were also performed to explore the possibility of epigenetic changes related to CU. We conducted a candidate gene association study that included variants involved in the dopaminergic (ANKK1, NCAM1 genes) and endocannabinoid (CNR1, CNR2 gene) pathways. Sociodemographic data included gender, marital status, level of education, and body mass index...
January 22, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339100/genetic-variation-in-the-dopamine-system-influences-intervention-outcome-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#14
Rochellys Diaz Heijtz, Rita Almeida, Ann Christin Eliasson, Hans Forssberg
BACKGROUND: There is large variation in treatment responses in children with cerebral palsy. Experimental and clinical results suggest that dopamine neurotransmission and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signalling are involved in motor learning and plasticity, which are key factors in modern habilitation success. We examined whether naturally occurring variations in dopamine and BDNF genes influenced the treatment outcomes. METHODS: Thirty-three children (18-60months of age) with spastic unilateral cerebral palsy were enrolled in the study...
January 9, 2018: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317597/preliminary-evidence-for-genetic-overlap-between-body-mass-index-and-striatal-reward-response
#15
T M Lancaster, I Ihssen, L M Brindley, D E Linden
The reward-processing network is implicated in the aetiology of obesity. Several lines of evidence suggest obesity-linked genetic risk loci (such as DRD2 and FTO) may influence individual variation in body mass index (BMI) through neuropsychological processes reflected in alterations in activation of the striatum during reward processing. However, no study has tested the broader hypotheses that (a) the relationship between BMI and reward-related brain activation (measured through the blood oxygenation-dependent (BOLD) signal) may be observed in a large population study and (b) the overall genetic architecture of these phenotypes overlap, an assumption critical for the progression of imaging genetic studies in obesity research...
January 10, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305687/genetics-and-treatment-response-in-parkinson-s-disease-an-update-on-pharmacogenetic-studies
#16
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Cristina Politi, Cinzia Ciccacci, Giuseppe Novelli, Paola Borgiani
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a complex neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a progressive loss of dopamine neurons of the central nervous system. The disease determines a significant disability due to a combination of motor symptoms such as bradykinesia, rigidity and rest tremor and non-motor symptoms such as sleep disorders, hallucinations, psychosis and compulsive behaviors. The current therapies consist in combination of drugs acting to control only the symptoms of the illness by the replacement of the dopamine lost...
January 5, 2018: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304112/a-complex-network-approach-reveals-a-pivotal-substructure-of-genes-linked-to-schizophrenia
#17
Alfonso Monaco, Anna Monda, Nicola Amoroso, Alessandro Bertolino, Giuseppe Blasi, Pasquale Di Carlo, Marco Papalino, Giulio Pergola, Sabina Tangaro, Roberto Bellotti
Research on brain disorders with a strong genetic component and complex heritability, such as schizophrenia, has led to the development of brain transcriptomics. This field seeks to gain a deeper understanding of gene expression, a key factor in exploring further research issues. Our study focused on how genes are associated amongst each other. In this perspective, we have developed a novel data-driven strategy for characterizing genetic modules, i.e., clusters of strongly interacting genes. The aim was to uncover a pivotal community of genes linked to a target gene for schizophrenia...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299198/association-of-the-gene-expression-variation-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-and-expressions-changes-of-dopamine-receptor-genes-in-progression-of-diabetic-severe-foot-ulcers
#18
Hajar Vaseghi, Majid Pornour, Gholamreza Esmaeeli Djavid, Garshasb Rigi, Shahla Mohammad Ganji, Leila Novin
Objectives: Regulation of pro-inflammatory factors such as TNF-α which are secreted by the immune cells through induction of their several receptors including dopamine receptors (especially DRD2 and DRD3) is one of the noticeable problems in diabetic severe foot ulcer healing. This study was conducted to evaluate the alteration of TNF-αin plasma as well as DRD2 and DRD3 changes in PBMCs of diabetics with severe foot ulcers. Materials and Methods: Peripheral blood samples were collected from 31 subjects with ulcers, 29 without ulcers, and 25 healthy individuals...
November 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29294665/the-interaction-of-dopamine-genes-and-financial-stressors-to-predict-adulthood-intimate-partner-violence-perpetration
#19
Laura M Schwab-Reese, Edith A Parker, Corinne Peek-Asa
Three dopamine genes (DAT1, DRD2, and DRD4) have been associated with interpersonal delinquency, aggression, and violence when individuals experience adverse environmental exposures. Guided by the catalyst model of aggression, risk alleles identified in previous studies were hypothesized to be associated with intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration in the presence of financial stressors, a possible environmental trigger. This hypothesis was tested using weighted, clustered logistic regression with data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275025/-genetic-factors-in-alcohol-dependence
#20
Nicolas Ramoz, Philip Gorwood
Genetic factors are involved in the predisposition to alcohol dependence with an heritability of about 0.5. Sequencing or analysis of the polymorphisms of genes or the whole human genome allow to identify genetic markers of alcohol dependence. Genes of the brain pathway of motivation and reward, including DRD2 and ANKK1, are associated with alcohol dependence. Genes encoding the gabaergic receptors show variants link to alcohol dependence. Polymorphisms in the genes encoding the enzymes alcohol desydrogenases (ADH) and aldehyde-dehydrogenases (ALDH) are associated to the susceptibility or the protection of alcohol dependence...
December 20, 2017: La Presse Médicale
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