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Anna V Sharikova, Elizabeth Quaye, Jun Yong Park, Maxwell C Maloney, Habben Desta, Ramkumar Thiyagarajan, Kenneth L Seldeen, Neil U Parikh, Parteet Sandhu, Alexander Khmaladze, Bruce R Troen, Stanley A Schwartz, Supriya D Mahajan
Methamphetamine (METH) is a drug of abuse, the acute and chronic use of which induces neurotoxic responses in the human brain, ultimately leading to neurocognitive disorders. Our goals were to understand the impact of METH on microglial mitochondrial respiration and to determine whether METH induces the activation of the mitochondrial-dependent intrinsic apoptosis pathway in microglia. We assessed the expression of pro- apoptosis genes using qPCR of RNA extracted from a human microglial cell line (HTHU). We examined the apoptosis-inducing effects of METH on microglial cells using digital holographic microscopy (DHM) to quantify real-time apoptotic volume decrease (AVD) in microglia in a noninvasive manner...
April 11, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
Fleur M Howells, Hendrik S Temmingh, Jennifer H Hsieh, Andrea V van Dijen, David S Baldwin, Dan J Stein
Electroencephalography (EEG) has been proposed as a neurophysiological biomarker to delineate psychotic disorders. It is known that increased delta and decreased alpha, which are apparent in psychosis, are indicative of inappropriate arousal state, which leads to reduced ability to attend to relevant information. On this premise, we investigated delta/alpha frequency activity, as this ratio of frequency activity may serve as an effective neurophysiological biomarker. The current study investigated differences in delta/alpha frequency activity, in schizophrenia (SCZ), bipolar I disorder with psychotic features and methamphetamine-induced psychosis...
April 12, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
Juliet Kinyua, Noelia Negreira, Ann-Kathrin McCall, Tim Boogaerts, Christoph Ort, Adrian Covaci, Alexander L N van Nuijs
Recent studies have demonstrated the role of biofilms on the stability of drug residues in wastewater. These factors are pertinent in wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) when estimating community-level drug use. However, there is scarce information on the biotransformation of drug residues in the presence of biofilms and the potential use of transformation products (TPs) as biomarkers in WBE. The purpose of this work was to investigate the formation of TPs in sewage reactors in the presence of biofilm mimicking conditions during in-sewer transport...
April 5, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Nathasha R Moallem, Kelly E Courtney, Lara A Ray
BACKGROUND: Abuse of psychostimulants, including methamphetamine (MA), has been linked to heightened impulsivity. While previous research has demonstrated differences in impulsivity between MA users and non-substance users, less is known about variability in impulsivity within MA users and whether the severity of MA use related problems predicts impulsivity within individuals who regularly use MA. This study aims to elucidate the relationship between impulsivity and MA use severity. METHOD: Non-treatment seeking individuals who reported regular MA use (n = 177) completed an impulsivity battery comprising self-report and behavioral measures...
March 27, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Claire Edmundson, Ellen Heinsbroek, Rachel Glass, Vivian Hope, Hamish Mohammed, Martin White, Monica Desai
BACKGROUND: Sexualised drug use (SDU) refers to the use of drugs in a sexual context. This includes 'Chemsex'- the use of drugs (specifically crystal methamphetamine, GHB/GBL and mephedrone) before or during planned sexual activity to sustain, enhance, disinhibit or facilitate the experience. Here we aimed to synthesise available UK prevalence data for Chemsex, SDU and the use of Chemsex drugs in an undefined context (CDU) in men who have sex with men (MSM). METHODS: Papers published between January 2007 and August 2017 reporting Chemsex, SDU and/or Chemsex drug use (CDU) prevalence in MSM were identified through PubMed...
April 3, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
Yan-Lin Luo, Jing-Wei Bian, Zhi-Jun Zheng, Li Zhao, Song Han, Xiao-Hong Sun, Jun-Fa Li, Guo-Xin Ni
Methamphetamine (MA) abuse has been rising rapidly over the past decade, however, its impact in spatial cognitive function remains unknown. To understand its effect on visuospatial ability and spatial orientation ability, 40 MA users and 40 non-MA users conducted the Simple Reaction Task (Task 1), the Spatial Orientation Task (Task 2), and the Mental Rotation Task (Task 3), respectively. There was no significant difference in either accuracy or reaction time (RT) between 2 groups in Task 1. During Task 2, in comparison with non-MA users, MA users performed poorer on RT, but not in accuracy for foot and hand stimuli...
April 3, 2018: Scientific Reports
Vanphanom Sychareun, Bangone Santavasy, Niramonh Chanlivong, Andrea Fischer, Nicholas Thomson, Robert Power, Jo Durham
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine is one of the most widely used illicit drugs in several Southeast Asian countries, including the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). The purpose of this study was to examine the socio-cultural context of its use in Lao PDR. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional qualitative survey among young people, aged 15-24 years, who use methamphetamine (or Yaba as it is commonly known in the region) in Vientiane Capital and Vientiane Province, Lao PDR...
April 2, 2018: Harm Reduction Journal
Ellen M Leslie, Adrian Cherney, Andrew Smirnov, Robert Kemp, Jake M Najman
BACKGROUND: While young adults who engage in recreational drug use are at increased risk of contact with police, their experiences of police contact have been largely overlooked. METHOD: In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with 70 young adult amphetamine-type stimulant (ATS; i.e., ecstasy [MDMA] and methamphetamine) users who had experienced intensive alcohol and other drug-related police contact (e.g., being arrested, charged, or raided by police). These interviews focused on perceptions of personal experiences of alcohol and other drug-related police contact and general perceptions of police and policing and were conducted as part of a larger longitudinal study of drug use among a population-based sample of young adults from South-East Queensland, Australia...
March 30, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
Azadeh Nazari, Maryam Zahmatkesh, Esmaeil Mortaz, Soheila Hosseinzadeh
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine (Meth), a neurotoxin, induces inflammation, oxidative stress, and triggers endothelial dysfunction and cardiovascular disease which is the second cause of death among individuals with Meth-use disorder. Oxidative stress and inflammation trigger the microparticle (MP) release. These are extracellular vesicles extracted from cell surface and identified in biological fluids. MP levels alter during pathological conditions, suggesting its potential biomarker role...
March 27, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Jesse B Fletcher, Dallas Swendeman, Cathy J Reback
Men who have sex with men (MSM) exhibit elevated rates of mental health and substance use disorder relative to their non-MSM male counterparts. Methamphetamine use in particular has been associated with both neuronal damage and mental health disorders among MSM, and this study reports on the prevalence and comorbidity of DSM-5 mental health and substance use disorders in a sample of methamphetamine-using MSM. From March 2014 through January 2015, 286 methamphetamine-using MSM enrolled in a study to reduce methamphetamine use and sexual risk behaviors...
April 2, 2018: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
Sin How Lim, Mohd Akbar, Jeffrey A Wickersham, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Frederick L Altice
BACKGROUND: The intentional use of illicit drugs for sexual purposes (also known as 'chemsex') is well known within the MSM communities in Malaysia although research in this population is scarce primarily because both drug use and homosexuality are illegal and stigmatised in Malaysia. METHODS: From April to December 2014, interviews were conducted with twenty men (age range 21-43) living in Greater Kuala Lumpur who had sexual intercourse with other men in the past 6 months and who used illicit drugs at least monthly in the past 3 months...
March 28, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
Sergios Charntikov, Steven T Pittenger, Cindy M Pudiak, Rick A Bevins
N-acetylcysteine and bupropion are two promising candidate medications for treatment of substance use disorder. The effects of N-acetylcysteine or bupropion on methamphetamine self-administration of female rats are not well understood. To fill this gap, this study assessed the effects of N-acetylcysteine (0, 30, 60, or 120 mg/kg) and bupropion (0, 10, 30, and 60 mg/kg) on methamphetamine self-administration of female rats across the natural estrous cycle. Following a completed dose-response curve, responding for methamphetamine self-administration was extinguished and the effects of N-acetylcysteine or bupropion on methamphetamine-triggered reinstatement was evaluated in separate experiments...
March 28, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Thomas J Abbruscato, Paul C Trippier
Methamphetamine has the second highest prevalence of drug abuse after cannabis, with estimates of 35 million users worldwide. The (S)-(+)-enantiomer is the illicit drug, active neurostimulant and eutomer, while the (R)-(-)-enantiomer is contained in over the counter decongestants. While designated a schedule II drug in 1970, (S)-(+)-methamphetamine is available by prescription for the treatment of attention-deficit disorder and obesity. The illicit use of (S)-(+)-methamphetamine results in the sudden 'rush' of stimulation to the motivation, movement, pleasure and reward centers in the brain, caused by rapid release of dopamine...
March 30, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Rahul R Dutta, Michael A Taffe, Chitra D Mandyam
The detrimental effects of amphetamines on developmental stages of NPCs are limited to rodent brain and it is not known if these effects occur in nonhuman primates which are the focus of the current investigation. Young adult rhesus macaques either experienced MDMA only, a combination of amphetamines (MDMA, MDA and methamphetamine) or no amphetamines (controls) and hippocampal tissue was processed for immunohistochemical analysis. Quantitative stereological analysis showed that intermittent exposure to MDMA or the three amphetamines over 9...
March 27, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
John R Richards, J Adam Hawkins, Eric W Acevedo, Erik G Laurin
BACKGROUND: To determine differences in perception between nurses, residents, and faculty regarding characteristics and treatment of patients who use methamphetamine (meth). METHODS: Survey study performed at an urban, university Level I trauma medical center. RESULTS: 80 nurses, 39 residents, and 45 faculty completed the survey. All groups agreed meth was a significant problem nationwide and in our emergency department (ED). Nurses estimated 33% of their patients used meth, which differed from residents (18%) and faculty (15%)...
March 29, 2018: Substance Abuse
Tahereh Zargar, Taghi Khayamian, Mohammad T Jafari
A cellulose paper was modified with an aptamer against methamphetamine on either carbon dots (CDs) or on multichannel carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The resulting sorbent was applied to the extraction of METH from blood or saliva. The METH-loaded paper than also was directly applied as a paper spray ionization source in ion mobility spectrometry. The carbon nanomaterial enhances sensitivity, and the aptamer enhances selectivity. The materials were covalently bound to the paper on one side, while the aptamer was immobilized on the other...
January 10, 2018: Mikrochimica Acta
Michael M Neeki, Fanglong Dong, Lidia Liang, Jake Toy, Braeden Carrico, Nina Jabourian, Arnold Sin, Farabi Hussain, Sharon Brown, Keyvan Safdari, Rodney Borger, David Wong
BACKGROUND: This study investigates the impact of methamphetamine use on trauma patient outcomes. METHODS: This retrospective study analyzed patients between 18 and 55 years old presenting to a single trauma center in San Bernardino County, CA who sustained traumatic injury during the 10-year study period (January 1st, 2005 to December 31st, 2015). Routine serum ethanol levels and urine drug screens (UDS) were completed on all trauma patients. Exclusion criteria included patients with an elevated serum ethanol level (> 0 mg/dL)...
March 29, 2018: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
Kai Zhang, Qiaoyang Zhang, Haifeng Jiang, Jiang Du, Chenglin Zhou, Shunying Yu, Kenji Hashimoto, Min Zhao
This study aimed to investigate whether 12-week moderate-intensity aerobic exercise has beneficial effects on oxidative stress markers in blood and on cognitive functions in patients who have methamphetamine dependence. Serum levels of oxidative stress markers, including total anti-oxidation capability, super oxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and methane dicarboxylic aldehyde (MDA), were measured at baseline (all participants) and the 12-week follow-up (methamphetamine-dependent patients). Serum levels of CAT and MDA in methamphetamine-dependent patients (n = 68) were higher than those in healthy controls (n = 35) at baseline...
March 17, 2018: Psychiatry Research
Raghava Potula, Bijayesh Haldar, Jonathan M Cenna, Uma Sriram, Shongshan Fan
We and others have demonstrated that stimulants such as methamphetamine (METH) exerts immunosuppressive effects on the host's innate and adaptive immune systems and has profound immunological implications. Evaluation of the mechanisms responsible for T-cell immune dysregulation may lead to ways of regulating immune homeostasis during stimulant use. Here we evaluated the effects of METH on T cell cycle entry and progression following activation. Kinetic analyses of cell cycle progression of T-cell subsets exposed to METH demonstrated protracted G1/S phase transition and differentially regulated genes responsible for cell cycle regulation...
2018: Cell Death Discovery
Erik Södersten, Konstantinos Toskas, Vilma Rraklli, Katarina Tiklova, Åsa K Björklund, Markus Ringnér, Thomas Perlmann, Johan Holmberg
The brain is composed of hundreds of different neuronal subtypes, which largely retain their identity throughout the lifespan of the organism. The mechanisms governing this stability are not fully understood, partly due to the diversity and limited size of clinically relevant neuronal populations, which constitute a technical challenge for analysis. Here, using a strategy that allows for ChIP-seq combined with RNA-seq in small neuronal populations in vivo, we present a comparative analysis of permissive and repressive histone modifications in adult midbrain dopaminergic neurons, raphe nuclei serotonergic neurons, and embryonic neural progenitors...
March 26, 2018: Nature Communications
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