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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350905/ampulexins-a-new-family-of-peptides-in-venom-of-the-emerald-jewel-wasp-ampulex-compressa
#1
Eugene Moore, Ryan Arvidson, Christopher Banks, Jean Urenda, Elizabeth Duong, Haroun Mohammad, Michael E Adams
The parasitoid wasp Ampulex compressa injects venom directly into the brain and subesophageal ganglion of the cockroach Periplaneta americana, inducing a seven to ten day lethargy termed hypokinesia. Hypokinesia presents as a significant reduction in both escape response and spontaneous walking. We examined aminergic and peptidergic components of milked venom with HPLC and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. HPLC coupled with electrochemical detection confirmed presence of dopamine in milked venom, while mass spectrometry revealed that the venom gland and venom sac have distinct peptide profiles, with milked venom predominantly composed of venom sac peptides...
January 19, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349706/effect-of-the-combination-of-mephedrone-plus-ethanol-on-serotonin-and-dopamine-release-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-and-medial-prefrontal-cortex-of-awake-rats
#2
Raúl López-Arnau, Mario Buenrostro-Jáuregui, Jorge Camarasa, David Pubill, Elena Escubedo
Cathinones, such as mephedrone (Meph), are often co-abused with alcoholic drinks. In the present study, we investigated the combined effects of Meph plus ethanol (EtOH) on neurotransmitter release in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). A guide canula was stereotaxically implanted into either the NAc or the mPFC of male Sprague-Dawley rats. Seven days after surgery, a microdialysis probe was inserted and rats were administered saline, EtOH (1 g/kg, i.p.), Meph (25 mg/kg, s...
January 18, 2018: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349573/mesencephalic-astrocyte-derived-neurotrophic-factor-manf-elevates-stimulus-evoked-release-of-dopamine-in-freely-moving-rats
#3
Juho-Matti Renko, Susanne Bäck, Merja H Voutilainen, T Petteri Piepponen, Ilkka Reenilä, Mart Saarma, Raimo K Tuominen
Neurotrophic factors (NTFs) hold potential as disease-modifying therapies for neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's disease. Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), cerebral dopamine neurotrophic factor (CDNF), and mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) have shown neuroprotective and restorative effects on nigral dopaminergic neurons in various animal models of Parkinson's disease. To date, however, their effects on brain neurochemistry have not been compared using in vivo microdialysis...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348323/epothilone-b-benefits-nigrostriatal-pathway-recovery-by-promoting-microtubule-stabilization-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#4
Yang Yang, Xuan Zhang, Hongfei Ge, Wei Liu, Eryi Sun, Yuanyuan Ma, Hengli Zhao, Rongwei Li, Weixiang Chen, Jichao Yuan, Qianwei Chen, Yujie Chen, Xin Liu, John H Zhang, Rong Hu, Xiaotang Fan, Hua Feng
BACKGROUND: Many previous clinical studies have demonstrated that the nigrostriatal pathway, which plays a vital role in movement adjustment, is significantly impaired after stroke, according to medical imaging and autopsies. However, the basic pathomorphological changes have been poorly investigated to date. This study was designed to explore the pathomorphological changes, mechanism, and therapeutic method of nigrostriatal impairment after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). METHODS AND RESULTS: Intrastriatal injection of autologous blood or microtubule depolymerization reagent nocodazole was performed to mimic the pathology of ICH in C57/BL6 mice...
January 18, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348315/whole-body-biodistribution-and-dosimetry-of-the-dopamine-transporter-radioligand-18f-fe-pe2i-in-human-subjects
#5
Helena Lizana, Lennart Johansson, Jan E Axelsson, Anne Larsson Strömvall, Mattias Ögren, Jan Linder, Christer Halldin, Andrea Varrone, Susanna Jakobson Mo
18F-(E)-N-(3-iodoprop-2-enyl)-2β-carbofluoroethoxy-3β-(4'-methyl-phenyl) nortropane (18F-FE-PE2I) was recently developed and has shown adequate affinity and high selectivity for the dopamine transporter (DAT). Previous studies have shown promising results for 18F-FE-PE2I as a suitable radioligand for DAT-imaging. In this study, we investigate the whole body biodistribution and dosimetry of 18F-FE-PE2I in healthy volunteers to support the utility of it as a suitable positron emission tomography (PET) imaging agent for the DAT...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348266/dopamine-receptor-agonist-treatment-for-idiopathic-dystonia-a-reappraisal-in-humans-and-mice
#6
Xueliang Fan, Yuping Donsante, H A Jinnah, Ellen J Hess
Although dystonia is often associated with abnormal dopamine neurotransmission, dopaminergic drugs are not currently used to treat dystonia because there is a general view that dopaminergic drugs are ineffective. However, there is little conclusive evidence to support or refute this assumption. Therefore, to assess the therapeutic potential of these compounds, we analyzed results from multiple trials of dopamine receptor agonists in patients with idiopathic dystonias and also tested the efficacy of dopamine receptor agonists in a mouse model of generalized dystonia...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348190/pronounced-hyperactivity-cognitive-dysfunctions-and-bdnf-dysregulation-in-dopamine-transporter-knockout-rats
#7
Damiana Leo, Ilya Sukhanov, Francesca Zoratto, Placido Illiano, Lucia Caffino, Fabrizio Sanna, Giulia Messa, Marco Emanuele, Alessandro Esposito, Maria Dorofeikova, Evgeny A Budygin, Liudmila Mus, Evgenia E Efimova, Marco Niello, Stefano Espinoza, Tatyana D Sotnikova, Marius C Hoener, Gianni Laviola, Fabio Fumagalli, Walter Adriani, Raul R Gainetdinov
Dopamine (DA) controls many vital physiological functions and is critically involved in several neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The major function of the plasma membrane dopamine transporter (DAT) is the rapid uptake of released DA into presynaptic nerve terminals leading to control of both the extracellular levels of DA and the intracellular stores of DA. Here, we present a newly developed strain of rats (DAT-knockout, DAT-KO rats) in which the gene encoding the DAT has been disrupted by using zinc finger nuclease technology (ZFN)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346639/comparison-of-dopamine-d3-and-d2-receptor-occupancies-by-a-single-dose-of-blonanserin-in-healthy-subjects-a-positron-emission-tomography-study-with-11c-phno
#8
Amane Tateno, Takeshi Sakayori, Woo-Chan Kim, Kazuyoshi Honjo, Haruo Nakayama, Ryosuke Arakawa, Yoshiro Okubo
Background: Blockade of D3 receptor, a member of the dopamine D2-like receptor family, has been suggested as a possible medication for schizophrenia. Blonanserin has high affinity in vitro for D3 as well as D2 receptors. We investigated whether a single dose of 12 mg blonanserin, which was within the daily clinical dose range (i.e., 8-24 mg) for the treatment of schizophrenia, occupies D3 as well as D2 receptors in healthy subjects. Methods: Six healthy males (mean 35...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346545/influence-of-nicotine-metabolism-ratio-on-11c-phno-pet-binding-in-tobacco-smokers
#9
Patricia Di Ciano, Rachel F Tyndale, Esmaeil Mansouri, Christian S Hendershot, Alan A Wilson, Dina Lagzdins, Sylvain Houle, Isabelle Boileau, Bernard Le Foll
Background: Identifying the biological basis of smoking cessation success is of growing interest. The rate of nicotine metabolism, measured by the nicotine metabolite ratio (NMR), affects multiple aspects of nicotine dependence. Fast nicotine metabolizers (FM) tend to smoke more, experience more withdrawal and craving and have lower cessation rates as compared to slow metabolizers (SM). The NMR predicts treatment response, and differences in brain activation between FM and SM have been reported in fMRI studies...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345619/mir-9-regulates-basal-ganglia-dependent-developmental-vocal-learning-and-adult-vocal-performance-in-songbirds
#10
Zhimin Shi, Zoe Piccus, Xiaofang Zhang, Huidi Yang, Hannah Jarrell, Yan Ding, Zhaoqian Teng, Ofer Tchernichovski, XiaoChing Li
miR-9 is an evolutionarily conserved miRNA that is abundantly expressed in Area X, a basal ganglia nucleus required for vocal learning in songbirds. Here, we report that overexpression of miR-9 in Area X of juvenile zebra finches impairs developmental vocal learning, resulting in a song with syllable omission, reduced similarity to the tutor song, and altered acoustic features. miR-9 overexpression in juveniles also leads to more variable song performance in adulthood, and abolishes social context-dependent modulation of song variability...
January 18, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344905/management-of-nfas-medical-treatment
#11
REVIEW
Naomi Even-Zohar, Yona Greenman
INTRODUCTION: Non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs) are in general large tumors that present with symptoms secondary to local pressure on adjacent structures. Transsphenoidal surgery is the first line of treatment but residual tumor mass is often detected post-operatively. Medical therapy, in any stage of tumor management, is not well established. METHODS: A literature search was performed to review the available data on medical treatment of NFPAs. RESULTS: Medications investigated for the treatment of NFPAs include dopamine receptor agonists (DA) and somatostatin receptor ligands...
January 17, 2018: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344870/cell-specific-rna-quantification-in-human-sn-da-neurons-from-heterogeneous-post-mortem-midbrain-samples-by-uv-laser-microdissection-and-rt-qpcr
#12
Johanna Duda, Michael Fauler, Jan Gründemann, Birgit Liss
Cell specificity of gene expression analysis is from particular relevance when the abundance of target cells is not homogeneous in the compared tissue samples, like it is the case, e.g., when comparing brain tissues from controls and in neurodegenerative disease states. While single-cell gene expression profiling is already a methodological challenge per se, it becomes even more prone to artifacts when analyzing individual cells from human post-mortem samples. Not only because human samples can never be matched as precisely as those from animal models, but also, because the RNA-quality that can be obtained from human samples usually displays a high range of variability...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344679/distribution-and-dynamic-expression-of-serotonin-and-dopamine-in-the-nervous-system-and-ovary-of-holothuria-scabra-during-ovarian-maturation
#13
Arada Chaiyamoon, Ruchanok Tinikul, Supakant Chaichotranunt, Tanes Poomthong, Worawit Suphamungmee, Prasert Sobhon, Yotsawan Tinikul
In the present study, the distribution and dynamic expression of serotonin and dopamine in the nervous system and ovary of the sea cucumber, Holothuria scabra, during different ovarian stages were investigated. We found that serotonin-immunoreactivity was more intense in the neurons and neuropils of the outer ectoneural part, the inner hyponeural part, and the wall of hyponeural canal of radial nerve cord during the mature stages of ovarian cycle, whereas dopamine-immunoreactivity was detected at a higher intensity in these tissues during the early stages...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344344/acetylcholinesterase-inhibitors-in-treatment-resistant-psychotic-depression
#14
Chris Smart, Hamish McAllister-Williams, David Andrew Cousins
Dopamine receptor antagonists can be effective in psychotic depression but response is not assured. Visual hallucinations may arise from a dysregulation of brain cholinergic systems and acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs) can treat such hallucinations in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). AChEIs have been used in schizophrenia with some success but their efficacy and tolerability in psychotic depression is unclear. This striking case illustrates AChEIs specifically targeting multimodal hallucinations in treatment-resistant depression...
January 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344260/dr2-blocker-thioridazine-a-promising-drug-for-ovarian-cancer-therapy
#15
Min Yong, Tinghe Yu, Si Tian, Shuaibin Liu, Jiao Xu, Jianguo Hu, Lina Hu
Dopamine receptor 2 (DR2) may be a biomarker for various types of cancer. Ovarian cancer cells overexpress DR2; therefore, blocking DR2 may be a novel treatment strategy for ovarian cancer. Thioridazine, a DR2 blocker, has antineoplastic activity in a variety of cancer cells. In view of the requirement for novel therapeutic agents in ovarian cancer, the present study aimed to determine the potential effects of thioridazine in vitro and in vivo. It was revealed that the DR2 blocker thioridazine induced cell death in a dose-dependent manner in ovarian cancer cells...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343833/dopamine-d3-receptor-antagonist-reveals-a-cryptic-pocket-in-aminergic-gpcrs
#16
Noelia Ferruz, Stefan Doerr, Michelle A Vanase-Frawley, Yaozhong Zou, Xiaomin Chen, Eric S Marr, Robin T Nelson, Bethany L Kormos, Travis T Wager, Xinjun Hou, Anabella Villalobos, Simone Sciabola, Gianni De Fabritiis
The recent increase in the number of X-ray crystal structures of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) has been enabling for structure-based drug design (SBDD) efforts. These structures have revealed that GPCRs are highly dynamic macromolecules whose function is dependent on their intrinsic flexibility. Unfortunately, the use of static structures to understand ligand binding can potentially be misleading, especially in systems with an inherently high degree of conformational flexibility. Here, we show that docking a set of dopamine D3 receptor compounds into the existing eticlopride-bound dopamine D3 receptor (D3R) X-ray crystal structure resulted in poses that were not consistent with results obtained from site-directed mutagenesis experiments...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343767/blockade-of-trpv1-inhibits-methamphetamine-induced-rewarding-effects
#17
Yu-Hua Tian, Shi-Xun Ma, Kwang-Wook Lee, Sunmee Wee, George F Koob, Seok-Yong Lee, Choon-Gon Jang
Methamphetamine (MAP) is the most widely used psychostimulant in the world, but the exact mechanisms underlying MAP addiction are not yet fully understood. Recent studies have identified the distribution of TRPV1 in several brain regions that are related to drug addiction, including nucleus accumbens (NAc) and dorsal striatum (DSt). In the present study, we performed conditioned place preference (CPP) and self-administration tests to examine the effects of capsazepine (CPZ) and SB366791 (SB) on MAP reward. We found that both CPZ and SB significantly inhibited MAP-induced CPP and self-administration; in contrast, TRPV1 knock-out (KO) mice did not develop MAP-induced CPP...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343749/testosterone-boosts-physical-activity-in-male-mice-via-dopaminergic-pathways
#18
Ferran Jardí, Michaël R Laurent, Nari Kim, Rougin Khalil, Dimitri De Bundel, Ann Van Eeckhaut, Lawrence Van Helleputte, Ludo Deboel, Vanessa Dubois, Dieter Schollaert, Brigitte Decallonne, Geert Carmeliet, Ludo Van den Bosch, Rudi D'Hooge, Frank Claessens, Dirk Vanderschueren
Low testosterone (T) in men, especially its free fraction, has been associated with loss of energy. In accordance, orchidectomy (ORX) in rodents results in decreased physical activity. Still, the mechanisms through which T stimulates activity remain mostly obscure. Here, we studied voluntary wheel running behavior in three different mouse models of androgen deficiency: ORX, androgen receptor (AR) knock-out (ARKO) and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG)-transgenic mice, a novel mouse model of "low free T". Our results clearly show a fast and dramatic action of T stimulating wheel running, which is not explained by its action on muscle, as evidenced by neuromuscular studies and in a muscle-specific conditional ARKO mouse model...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343526/mutations-in-cyb561-causing-a-novel-orthostatic-hypotension-syndrome
#19
Maarten P van den Berg, Rowida Almomani, Italo Biaggioni, Martijn van Faassen, Pim van der Harst, Herman H Silljé, Irene Mateo Leach, Marc Hemmelder, Gerjan Navis, Gert-Jan Luijckx, Arjan P de Brouwer, Hanka Venselaar, Marcel M Verbeek, Paul A van der Zwaag, Jan D Jongbloed, J P van Tintelen, Ron A Wevers, Ido P Kema
Rationale: Orthostatic hypotension is a common clinical problem, but the underlying mechanisms have not been fully delineated. Objective: We describe two families, with four patients in total, suffering from severe life-threatening orthostatic hypotension due to a novel cause. Methods and Results: As in dopamine β-hydroxylase deficiency (DβH), concentrations of norepinephrine and epinephrine in the patients were very low. Plasma DβH activity, however, was normal and the DBH gene had no mutations. Molecular genetic analysis was performed to determine the underlying genetic cause...
January 17, 2018: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342497/non-antipsychotic-catecholaminergic-drugs-for-antipsychotic-induced-tardive-dyskinesia
#20
REVIEW
Hany G El-Sayeh, John Rathbone, Karla Soares-Weiser, Hanna Bergman
BACKGROUND: Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a disabling movement disorder associated with the prolonged use of antipsychotic medication. Several strategies have been examined in the treatment of TD. Currently, however, there is no clear evidence of the effectiveness of these drugs in TD and they have been associated with many side effects. One particular strategy would be to use pharmaceutical agents which are known to influence the catecholaminergic system at various junctures. OBJECTIVES: 1...
January 18, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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