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Nanami Okano, Mamoru Niitsu, Junji Tanaka, Takahiro Sasaki, Kazushi Takahashi, Nobuo Araki, Toshimasa Yamamoto, Shintaro Nakano, Shigeyuki Nishimura, Takaaki Senbonmatsu, Ichiro Matsunari
PURPOSE: The aim of our study was to evaluate the use of dopamine transporter (DAT) SPECT and I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy to determine the clinical severity of Parkinson disease (PD), with a focus on motor impairments affecting activities of daily living (ADLs). METHODS: Data for 65 consecutive PD patients who underwent both DAT and MIBG imaging were reviewed. Associations between imaging variables and Hoehn and Yahr (H&Y) staging or self-supportive care ratings were investigated...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Yeomoon Sim, Gunhyuk Park, Hyeyoon Eo, Eugene Huh, Pil Sung Gu, Seon-Pyo Hong, Youngmi Kim Pak, Myung Sook Oh
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the progressive neurodegenerative diseases of whose condition is characterized by dopaminergic neuronal cell loss and dysfunction in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) and the striatum (ST). Recent studies have demonstrated that the nuclear receptor related-1 protein (Nurr1) is critical of dopaminergic phenotype induction in mesencephalic dopaminergic neurons. Further, Nurr1 engages in synthesizing and storing dopamine through regulating levels of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), dopamine transporter (DAT) and vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2)...
October 19, 2016: Neuroscience
Martin J Bobak, Matthew W Weber, Melissa A Doellman, Douglas R Schuweiler, Jeana M Athens, Steven A Juliano, Paul A Garris
Modafinil (MOD) exhibits therapeutic efficacy for treating sleep and psychiatric disorders, but its mechanism is incompletely understood. Compared to other psychostimulants inhibiting dopamine (DA) uptake, MOD weakly interacts with the dopamine transporter (DAT) and modestly elevates striatal dialysate DA, suggesting additional targets besides DAT. However, the ability of MOD to induce wakefulness is abolished with DAT knockout, conversely suggesting that DAT is necessary for MOD action. Another psychostimulant target, but one not established for MOD, is activation of phasic DA signaling...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Morgane Milienne-Petiot, James P Kesby, Mary Graves, Jordy van Enkhuizen, Svetlana Semenova, Arpi Minassian, Athina Markou, Mark A Geyer, Jared W Young
BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder (BD) mania patients exhibit poor cognition and reward-seeking/hypermotivation, negatively impacting a patient's quality of life. Current treatments (e.g., lithium), do not treat such deficits. Treatment development has been limited due to a poor understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying these behaviors. Here, we investigated putative mechanisms underlying cognition and reward-seeking/motivational changes relevant to BD mania patients using two validated mouse models and neurochemical analyses...
October 9, 2016: Neuropharmacology
Wang Yan, Zhao-Ying Chen, Jia-Qi Chen, Hui-Min Chen
BACKGROUND: Neural stem cells (NSCs) are pluripotent and self-renewing cells which could differentiate into diverse types of neural cells, such as dopaminergic (DA) neurons, the loss of which is the typical characteristic of Parkinson's disease (PD). This study aimed to examine the molecular mechanisms of BMP2-mediating NSCs differentiation into DA neurons. METHODS: Different concentrations of BMP2 were used to induce the differentiation of NSCs into DA neurons, which were characterized by the number and the neurite lengths of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)+ and dopamine transporter (DAT)+ neurons by immunocytochemistry...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
P Schwingenschuh, G Deuschl
Functional tremor is the commonest reported functional movement disorder. A confident clinical diagnosis of functional tremor is often possible based on the following "positive" criteria: a sudden tremor onset, unusual disease course, often with fluctuations or remissions, distractibility of the tremor if attention is removed from the affected body part, tremor entrainment, tremor variability, and a coactivation sign. Many patients show excessive exhaustion during examination. Other somatizations may be revealed in the medical history and patients may show additional functional neurologic symptoms and signs...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Chi Wang Ip, Ioannis U Isaias, Burak B Kusche-Tekin, Dennis Klein, Janos Groh, Aet O'Leary, Susanne Knorr, Takahiro Higuchi, James B Koprich, Jonathan M Brotchie, Klaus V Toyka, Andreas Reif, Jens Volkmann
Isolated generalized dystonia is a central motor network disorder characterized by twisted movements or postures. The most frequent genetic cause is a GAG deletion in the Tor1a (DYT1) gene encoding torsinA with a reduced penetrance of 30-40 % suggesting additional genetic or environmental modifiers. Development of dystonia-like movements after a standardized peripheral nerve crush lesion in wild type (wt) and Tor1a+/- mice, that express 50 % torsinA only, was assessed by scoring of hindlimb movements during tail suspension, by rotarod testing and by computer-assisted gait analysis...
October 3, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
S Stevens Negus, Matthew L Banks
Many cathinone analogs act as substrates or inhibitors at dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin transporters (DAT, NET, SERT, respectively). Drug selectivity at DAT vs. SERT is a key determinant of abuse potential for monoamine transporter substrates and inhibitors, such that potency at DAT > SERT is associated with high abuse potential, whereas potency at DAT < SERT is associated with low abuse potential. Quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) studies with a series of 4-substituted methcathinone analogs identified volume of the 4-position substituent on the methcathinone phenyl ring as one structural determinant of both DAT vs...
October 1, 2016: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
Ashlee Van't Veer, Karen L Smith, Bruce M Cohen, William A Carlezon, Anita J Bechtholt
INTRODUCTION: Studies in laboratory animals and humans indicate that endogenous opioids play an important role in regulating the rewarding value of various drugs, including ethanol (EtOH). Indeed, opioid antagonists are currently a front-line treatment for alcoholism in humans. Although roles for mu- and delta-opioid receptors have been characterized, the contribution of kappa-opioid receptors (KORs) is less clear. There is evidence that changes in KOR system function can decrease or increase EtOH drinking, depending on test conditions...
September 2016: Brain and Behavior
Panayotis K Thanos, Jianmin Zhuo, Lisa Robison, Ronald Kim, Mala Ananth, Ilon Choai, Adam Grunseich, Nicola M Grissom, Robert George, Foteini Delis, Teresa M Reyes
Birthweight is a marker for suboptimal fetal growth and development in utero. Offspring can be born large for gestational age (LGA), which is linked to maternal obesity or excessive gestational weight gain, as well as small for gestational age (SGA), arising from nutrient or calorie deficiency, placental dysfunction, or other maternal conditions (hypertension, infection). In humans, LGA and SGA babies are at an increased risk for certain neurodevelopmental disorders, including Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, schizophrenia, and social and mood disorders...
September 22, 2016: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
Xiaojian Jia, Feng Wang, Ying Han, Xuewen Geng, Minghua Li, Yu Shi, Lin Lu, Yun Chen
The dopamine transporter (DAT) is involved in the regulation of extracellular dopamine levels. A 40-bp variable-number tandem repeat (VNTR) polymorphism in the 3'-untranslated region (3'UTR) of the DAT has been reported to be associated with various phenotypes that are involved in the aberrant regulation of dopaminergic neurotransmission. In the present study, we found that miR-137 and miR-491 caused a marked reduction of DAT expression, thereby influencing neuronal dopamine transport. Moreover, the regulation of miR-137 and miR-491 on this transport disappeared after the DAT was silenced...
September 15, 2016: Neuroscience Bulletin
Ruth I Versteeg, Karin E Koopman, Jan Booij, Mariëtte T Ackermans, Unga A Unmehopa, Eric Fliers, Susanne E la Fleur, Mireille J Serlie
BACKGROUND: Altered brain dopaminergic and serotonergic pathways have been shown in obese rodents and humans, but it is unknown whether this is related to obesity per se or to the metabolic derangements associated with obesity. METHODS: We performed a case-control study in insulin sensitive obese (ISO) and insulin resistant obese (IRO) subjects (n = 12) and age-matched lean controls (n = 8) and measured serotonin transporter (SERT) binding in the whole diencephalon and specifically in the hypothalamus, as well as dopamine transporter (DAT) binding in the striatum using 123I-FP-CIT single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)...
September 14, 2016: Neuroendocrinology
Victoria Sanchez, Marco D Carpenter, Nicole L Yohn, Julie A Blendy
RATIONALE: Prescription opioid abuse and transition to heroin use are growing problems in the USA. However, the long-term consequences of adolescent prescription opioid abuse on subsequent drug use and affective-like behavior are unknown. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to determine if adolescent exposure to oxycodone alters the rewarding effects of morphine, anxiety-like behavior, and reward-related gene expression later in adulthood. METHODS: Adolescent male C57Bl/6 mice were exposed to oxycodone (3 mg/kg/day) via osmotic minipumps for 28 days...
September 13, 2016: Psychopharmacology
Ioannis U Isaias, Paula Trujillo, Paul Summers, Giorgio Marotta, Luca Mainardi, Gianni Pezzoli, Luigi Zecca, Antonella Costa
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder in which the major pathologic substrate is a loss of dopaminergic neurons from the substantia nigra. Our main objective was to determine the correspondence between changes in the substantia nigra, evident in neuromelanin and iron sensitive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and dopaminergic striatal innervation loss in patients with PD. Eighteen patients and 18 healthy control subjects were included in the study. Using neuromelanin-MRI, we measured the volume of the substantia nigra and the contrast-to-noise-ratio between substantia nigra and a background region...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
M C Arenas, A Mateos-García, C Manzanedo, M Rodríguez-Arias, M A Aguilar, F Navarrete, M S García Gutiérrez, J Manzanares, J Miñarro
RATIONALE: Topiramate is an anticonvulsant drug which has been evaluated as a therapeutic option for the treatment of cocaine addiction during the last decade. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of topiramate on the reinforcing actions of cocaine. To this aim, the topiramate-mediated regulation of acquisition and extinction phases of the cocaine conditioned place preference (CPP) was assessed in young-adult mice using three experimental designs...
September 5, 2016: Psychopharmacology
Takuya Konno, Owen A Ross, Robert E Wharen, Ryan J Uitti, Zbigniew K Wszolek
Benign tremulous parkinsonism (BTP) is characterized by prominent resting tremor combined with action and postural components, and with only subtle rigidity and bradykinesia. This tremor is frequently disabling and poorly responsive to therapy with levodopa. Thus, BTP could be considered either as a distinct clinical disorder or a variant of PD. We present a case of a 57-year-old man who had a 3-year history of severe and functionally disabling resting tremor with action and postural features bilaterally but with left dominant hand predominance...
2016: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
Daniel P Bermingham, Randy D Blakely
Modulation of neurotransmission by the monoamines dopamine (DA), norepinephrine (NE), and serotonin (5-HT) is critical for normal nervous system function. Precise temporal and spatial control of this signaling in mediated in large part by the actions of monoamine transporters (DAT, NET, and SERT, respectively). These transporters act to recapture their respective neurotransmitters after release, and disruption of clearance and reuptake has significant effects on physiology and behavior and has been linked to a number of neuropsychiatric disorders...
October 2016: Pharmacological Reviews
Erik Mille, Johannes Levin, Matthias Brendel, Christian Zach, Henryk Barthel, Osama Sabri, Kai Bötzel, Peter Bartenstein, Adrian Danek, Axel Rominger
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The corticobasal syndrome (CBS) is a clinical diagnosis that comprises a group of rare neurodegenerative diseases manifesting in movement disorder and cognitive impairment. While diagnosis is based upon clinical criteria, there have been a number of molecular imaging studies, albeit in rather small cohorts. Therefore, we investigated the pattern of cerebral glucose metabolism, as well as dopamine transporter (DAT) availability in a large and clinically well-defined cohort...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
Jeffery N Talbot, Laura M Geffert, Jessica E Jorvig, Ruben I Goldstein, Cienna L Nielsen, Nicholas E Wolters, Mary Ellen Amos, Caitlin A Munro, Elizabeth Dallman, Maddalena Mereu, Gianluigi Tanda, Jonathan L Katz, Martín Indarte, Jeffry D Madura, Hailey Choi, Rehana K Leak, Christopher K Surratt
Rational design of lead compounds targeting monoamine transporters (MATs) is critical to developing novel therapeutics to treat psychiatric disorders including depression and substance abuse. A 3-D dopamine transporter (DAT) computer model was used to virtually screen a commercially available small molecule library for high DAT affinity drug-like compounds. One hit, coded "MI-4", inhibited human dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin transporters in vitro. In vivo administration in mice induced robust, dose-dependent antidepressant-like behaviors in learned helplessness models (tail suspension and forced swim tests)...
August 26, 2016: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
Pieter Beerepoot, Vincent M Lam, Ali Salahpour
A number of pathological conditions have been linked to mutations in the dopamine transporter gene, including hereditary dopamine transporter deficiency syndrome (DTDS). DTDS is a rare condition that is caused by autosomal recessive loss-of-function mutations in the dopamine transporter (DAT), which often affects transporter trafficking and folding. We examined the possibility of using pharmacological chaperones of DAT to rescue DTDS mutations. After screening a set of known DAT ligands for their ability to increase DAT surface expression, we found that bupropion and ibogaine increased DAT surface expression, whereas others, including cocaine and methylphenidate, had no effect...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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