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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734904/identifying-novel-members-of-the-wntless-interactome-through-genetic-and-candidate-gene-approaches
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Jessica Petko, Trevor Tranchina, Goral Patel, Robert Levenson, Stephanie Justice-Bitner
Wnt signaling is an important pathway that regulates several aspects of embryogenesis, stem cell maintenance, and neural connectivity. We have recently determined that opioids decrease Wnt secretion, presumably by inhibiting the recycling of the Wnt trafficking protein Wntless (Wls). This effect appears to be mediated by protein-protein interaction between Wls and the mu-opioid receptor (MOR), the primary cellular target of opioid drugs. The goal of this study was to identify novel protein interactors of Wls that are expressed in the brain and may also play a role in reward or addiction...
July 19, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730896/cannabinoid-hyperemesis-syndrome-potential-mechanisms-for-the-benefit-of-capsaicin-and-hot-water-hydrotherapy-in-treatment
#2
John R Richards, Jeff M Lapoint, Guillermo Burillo-Putze
INTRODUCTION: Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a clinical disorder that has become more prevalent with increasing use of cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids, and which is difficult to treat. Standard antiemetics commonly fail to alleviate the severe nausea and vomiting characteristic of the syndrome. Curiously, cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome patients often report dramatic relief of symptoms with hot showers and baths, and topical capsaicin. OBJECTIVES: In this review, we detail the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of capsaicin and explore possible mechanisms for its beneficial effect, including activation of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 and neurohumoral regulation...
July 21, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725181/impact-of-proestrus-on-gene-expression-in-the-medial-preoptic-area-of-mice
#3
Csaba Vastagh, Zsolt Liposits
The antero-ventral periventricular zone (AVPV) and medial preoptic area (MPOA) have been recognized as gonadal hormone receptive regions of the rodent brain that-via wiring to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons-contribute to orchestration of the preovulatory GnRH surge. We hypothesized that neural genes regulating the induction of GnRH surge show altered expression in proestrus. Therefore, we compared the expression of 48 genes obtained from intact proestrous and metestrous mice, respectively, by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) method...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723731/the-combined-effect-of-cyp2b6-genotype-and-other-candidate-genes-on-a-steady-state-serum-concentration-of-methadone-in-opioid-maintenance-treatment
#4
Marianne K Kringen, Fatemeh Chalabianloo, Jean-Paul Bernard, Jørgen G Bramness, Espen Molden, Gudrun Høiseth
BACKGROUND: A considerable inter-individual variability in methadone pharmacokinetics is seen in patients on methadone maintenance treatment. The aim of this study was to clarify the impact of the reduced function CYP2B6*6 variant allele together with variants in other candidate genes on a steady-state methadone concentration in a naturalistic setting. METHODS: Information of methadone serum concentration, dose, age, gender and CYP2C9, CYP2C19, and CYP2D6 genotypes were collected from a routine therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) database while variant alleles in CYP2B6 and CYP3A5 were retrospectively genotyped...
July 18, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699698/reduced-dosing-and-liability-in-methadone-maintenance-treatment-by-targeting-oestrogen-signal-for-morphine-addiction
#5
Yao-Chang Chiang, Ruey-Yun Wang, Chieh-Liang Huang, Shue-Hwa Chen, Wen-Jing Ho, Hsien-Yuan Lane, Ing-Kang Ho, Hwei-Ting Yang, Wen-Lung Ma
Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is the major tapering therapy for morphine addictive patients. There have gender differences reported in response to MMT. This study discovered that the estrogen-response element single nucleotide polymorphism (ERE-SNP; rs16974799, C/T) of cytochrome 2B6 gene (cyp2b6; methadone catabolic enzyme) responded differently to MMT dosing. Oestradiol was associated with high MMT dosing, high enantiomer (R- or S-) of 2-ethylidene-1,5-dimethyl-3,3-dipheny-pyrrolidine (EDDP; methadone metabolite) to methadone ratio and increased drug-seeking behaviour, implicating oestradiol-CYP-EDDP/methadone axis decreasing MMT efficacy...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699646/review-of-opioid-pharmacogenetics-and-considerations-for-pain-management
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Aniwaa Owusu Obeng, Issam Hamadeh, Michael Smith
Opioid analgesics are the standards of care for the treatment of moderate to severe nociceptive pain, particularly in the setting of cancer and surgery. Their analgesic properties mainly emanate from stimulation of the μ receptors, which are encoded by the OPRM1 gene. Hepatic metabolism represents the major route of elimination, which, for some opioids, namely codeine and tramadol, is necessary for their bioactivation into more potent analgesics. The highly polymorphic nature of the genes coding for phase I and phase II enzymes (pharmacokinetics genes) that are involved in the metabolism and bioactivation of opioids suggests a potential interindividual variation in their disposition and, most likely, response...
July 12, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698219/the-transcription-factor-c-ebp%C3%AE-in-the-dorsal-root-ganglion-contributes-to-peripheral-nerve-trauma-induced-nociceptive-hypersensitivity
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Zhisong Li, Yuanyuan Mao, Lingli Liang, Shaogen Wu, Jingjing Yuan, Kai Mo, Weihua Cai, Qingxiang Mao, Jing Cao, Alex Bekker, Wei Zhang, Yuan-Xiang Tao
Changes in gene transcription in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) after nerve trauma contribute to the genesis of neuropathic pain. We report that peripheral nerve trauma caused by chronic constriction injury (CCI) increased the abundance of the transcription factor C/EBPβ (CCAAT/enhancer binding protein β) in the DRG. Blocking this increase mitigated the development and maintenance of CCI-induced mechanical, thermal, and cold pain hypersensitivities without affecting basal responses to acute pain and locomotor activity...
July 11, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697954/antinociceptive-action-of-nop-and-opioid-receptor-agonists-in-the-mouse-orofacial-formalin-test
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A Rizzi, C Ruzza, S Bianco, C Trapella, G Calo'
Nociceptin/orphanin FQ (N/OFQ) modulates several biological functions, including pain transmission via selective activation of a specific receptor named NOP. The aim of this study was the investigation of the antinociceptive properties of NOP agonists and their interaction with opioids in the trigeminal territory. The orofacial formalin (OFF) test in mice was used to investigate the antinociceptive potential associated to the activation of NOP and opioid receptors. Mice subjected to OFF test displayed the typical biphasic nociceptive response and sensitivity to opioid and NSAID drugs...
July 8, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692418/contribution-of-genetic-polymorphisms-and-haplotypes-in-drd2-bdnf-and-opioid-receptors-to-heroin-dependence-and-endophenotypes-among-the-han-chinese
#9
Xuan Gao, Youxin Wang, Minglin Lang, Li Yuan, Albert Stuart Reece, Wei Wang
Heroin and drug dependence are major contributors to global health burden worldwide, but their underlying mechanisms remain elusive and may vary from population to population. Reward- and memory-related candidate genes dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), as well as the opioid receptor genes (OPRM1, OPRD1, and OPRK1), have been implicated in drug dependence, but relatively little is known on their contributions to heroin dependence in populations worldwide. Hence, we evaluated the contributions of the above five candidate genes in heroin dependence and several important related endophenotypes (the onset age of heroin use and subjective response to first heroin use), at single single-nucleotide polymorphism as well as haplotype levels, in a Han Chinese population sample...
July 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687197/opioid-receptor-activation-is-involved-in-neuroprotection-induced-by-trpv1-channel-activation-against-excitotoxicity-in-the-rat-retina
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Kenji Sakamoto, Taiyo Kuroki, Tomonori Sagawa, Hiroko Ito, Asami Mori, Tsutomu Nakahara, Kunio Ishii
Recently, we reported that capsaicin, a transient receptor potential vanilloid type1 (TRPV1) agonist, protected against excitotoxicity induced by intravitreal N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) in the rats in vivo. It has been reported that morphine, an opioid receptor agonist, ameliorated excitotoxicity induced by ischemia-reperfusion in the retina, and that capsaicin-induced neuroprotection was reduced by naloxone, an opioid receptor antagonist in the brain. The aim of the present study is to clarify whether activation of opioid receptors is involved in the capsaicin-induced neuroprotection in the retina...
July 4, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674176/effects-of-chronic-social-defeat-stress-on-sleep-and-circadian-rhythms-are-mitigated-by-kappa-opioid-receptor-antagonism
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Audrey M Wells, Elysia Ridener, Clinton A Bourbonais, Woori Kim, Harry Pantazopoulos, F Ivy Carroll, Kwang-Soo Kim, Bruce M Cohen, William A Carlezon
Stress plays a critical role in the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders. Sleep and circadian rhythms are affected in many of these conditions. Here we examined the effects of chronic social defeat stress (CSDS), an ethological form of stress, on sleep and circadian rhythms. We exposed male mice implanted with wireless telemetry transmitters to a 10-day CSDS regimen known to produce anhedonia (a depressive-like effect) and social avoidance (an anxiety-like effect). Electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), body temperature, and locomotor activity data were collected continuously during the CSDS regimen and a 5-day recovery period...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667477/allosteric-modulation-of-opioid-g-protein-coupled-receptors-by-sigma1-receptors
#12
Gavril W Pasternak
Since their proposal in 1976, the concept of sigma1 receptors has been continually evolving. Initially thought to be a member of the opioid receptor family, molecular studies have now identified its genes and established its structure crystallographically. Much effort has now revealed its importance as a chaperone in the endoplasmic reticulum, but its functions extend beyond this. Sigma1 receptors have been associated with a host of signaling systems. Evidence over the past 20 years has established the modulatory effects of sigma1 ligands on opioid systems...
July 1, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663674/fas-receptor-activation-by-endogenous-opioids-is-a-new-mechanism-for-cardiomyopathy-in-cirrhotic-rats
#13
Ata Abbasi, Negar Faramarzi, Mohsen Khosravi, Fatemeh Yazarloo, Mohammad Amin Abbasi, Ahmad R Dehpour, Issa Jahanzad
BACKGROUND: Cirrhosis, a common consequence of chronic liver inflammation is associated with various cardiovascular dysfunctions which are called cirrhotic cardiomyopathy (CC). Among the various possible causes of CC, apoptosis is considered to have a pivotal role. OBJECTIVES: To explore the contribution of endogenous opioids in the apoptosis process in a rat model of CC. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four genes were selected to cover both intrinsic and extrinsic pathways of apoptosis...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656735/an-analysis-of-genetic-association-in-opioid-dependence-susceptibility
#14
D Nagaya, Z Zahari, M Saleem, B H Yahaya, S C Tan, N M Yusoff
WHAT IS KNOWN: Drug addiction is a novelty-seeking personality trait that is associated with the candidate genes OPRD1 (opioid delta receptors), OPRK1 (opioid kappa receptors) and PDYN (prodynorphin). However, associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) rs1042114 (80G>T) of the OPRD1 gene, rs702764 (843 A>G) of the OPRK1 gene, and rs910080 (3' UTR _743T>C), rs1997794 (5' UTR -381A>G) and rs1022563 (3' UTR) of the PDYN gene and novelty seeking remain controversial as reported results have not been reproducible...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654797/simvastatin-prevents-morphine-induced-tolerance-and-dependence-in-mice
#15
Nasim Sadat Pajohanfar, Ehsan Mohebbi, Ahmad Hosseini-Bandegharaei, Mohamadraza Amin, Golnaz Vaseghi, Bahareh Amin
BACKGROUND: Tolerance to analgesic effects of opioids and dependence to them are main concerns in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, limiting clinical application of these drugs. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of simvastatin on the morphine-induced tolerance and dependence in mice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: For this purpose, mice were treated with either daily morphine (20 mg/kg, s.c.) alone, or in combination with simvastatin (2.5, 5 and 10mg/kg, i...
June 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653356/arcuate-nucleus-homeostatic-systems-reflect-blood-leptin-concentration-but-not-feeding-behaviour-during-scheduled-feeding-on-a-high-fat-diet-in-mice
#16
T Bake, J Baron, J S Duncan, D G A Morgan, J G Mercer
Hypothalamic homeostatic and forebrain reward-related genes were examined in the context of scheduled meal feeding without caloric restriction in C57BL/6 mice. Mice fed ad libitum but allowed access to a palatable high fat diet for 2 h a day rapidly adapted their feeding behaviour and consumed approximately 80% of their daily caloric intake during this 2 h scheduled feed. Gene expression levels were examined during either the first or second hour of scheduled feeding vs. 24 h ad libitum feeding on the same high fat diet...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653080/alterations-of-expression-of-inflammation-immune-related-genes-in-the-dorsal-and-ventral-striatum-of-adult-c57bl-6j-mice-following-chronic-oxycodone-self-administration-a-rna-sequencing-study
#17
Yong Zhang, Yupu Liang, Orna Levran, Matthew Randesi, Vadim Yuferov, Connie Zhao, Mary Jeanne Kreek
INTRODUCTION: Non-medical use of prescription opioids such as the mu opioid receptor (MOP-r) agonist oxycodone is a growing problem in the USA and elsewhere. There is limited information about oxycodone's impact on diverse gene systems in the brain. OBJECTIVES: The current study was designed to examine how chronic oxycodone self-administration (SA) affects gene expression in the terminal areas of the nigrostriatal and mesolimbic dopaminergic pathways in mice. METHOD: Adult male C57BL/6J mice underwent a 14-day oxycodone self-administration procedure (4 h/day, 0...
August 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650467/genome-wide-loss-of-function-genetic-screening-identifies-opioid-receptor-%C3%AE-1-as-a-key-regulator-of-l-asparaginase-resistance-in-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#18
S M Kang, J L Rosales, V Meier-Stephenson, S Kim, K Y Lee, A Narendran
L-asparaginase is a critical chemotherapeutic agent for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It hydrolyzes plasma asparagine into aspartate and NH3, causing asparagine deficit and inhibition of protein synthesis and eventually, leukemic cell death. However, patient relapse often occurs due to development of resistance. The molecular mechanism by which ALL cells acquire resistance to L-asparaginase is unknown. Therefore, we sought to identify genes that are involved in L-asparaginase resistance in primary leukemic cells...
June 26, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640078/prospective-observational-pharmacogenetic-study-of-side-effects-induced-by-intravenous-morphine-for-postoperative-analgesia
#19
Li-Kuei Chen, Mao-Hsien Wang, Hong-Jyh Yang, Shou-Zen Fan, Shiou-Sheng Chen
Nausea and vomiting are probably the most unpleasant side effects that occur when morphine used. A number of studies have investigated the effect on pain relief of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes involved in morphine's metabolism, distribution, binding, and cellular action. The mechanism through which morphine causes nausea and vomiting has not been elucidated clearly. We examined all the reported SNPs which are associated with the complications of morphine, including SNPs in genes for phase I and phase II metabolic enzymes, ABC binding cassette drug transporters, κ and δ opioid receptors, and ion channels implicated in the postreceptor action of morphine...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637770/analgesia-and-opioids-a-pharmacogenetics-shortlist-for-implementation-in-clinical-practice
#20
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Maja Matic, Saskia N de Wildt, Dick Tibboel, Ron H N van Schaik
BACKGROUND: The use of opioids to alleviate pain is complicated by the risk of severe adverse events and the large variability in dose requirements. Pharmacogenetics (PGx) could possibly be used to tailor pain medication based on an individual's genetic background. Many potential genetic markers have been described, and the importance of genetic predisposition in opioid efficacy and toxicity has been demonstrated in knockout mouse models and human twin studies. Such predictors are especially of value for neonates and young children, in whom the assessment of efficacy or side effects is complicated by the inability of the patient to communicate this properly...
July 2017: Clinical Chemistry
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