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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238767/evaluation-of-the-cart-peptide-expression-in-morphine-sensitization-in-male-rats
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Atefeh Bakhtazad, Nasim Vousooghi, Behzad Garmabi, Mohammad Reza Zarrindast
The importance of Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) peptide in reinforcing effects of addictive drugs specially alcohol and psychostimulants has been stablished. Involvement of CART peptide in rewarding effects of opioids in brain has recently been reported. Here we have studied the expression of CART mRNA and peptide in the reward pathway in morphine-induced sensitization phenomenon and also evaluated the peptide level fluctuations in CSF and plasma. Male Wistar rats received 7-day morphine injection (20mg/kg) and then after a 7-day washout period, a challenge dose of 10mg/kg morphine was administered and locomotor activity and oral stereotypical behaviors were recorded...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236139/iron-dopamine-genetics-and-hormones-in-the-pathophysiology-of-restless-legs-syndrome
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REVIEW
Farhan H Khan, Caitlyn D Ahlberg, Christopher A Chow, Divya R Shah, Brian B Koo
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a common, chronic neurologic condition, which causes a persistent urge to move the legs in the evening that interferes with sleep. Human and animal studies have been used to study the pathophysiologic state of RLS and much has been learned about the iron and dopamine systems in relation to RLS. Human neuropathologic and imaging studies have consistently shown decreased iron in different brain regions including substantia nigra and thalamus. These same areas also demonstrate a state of relative dopamine excess...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219718/a-novel-regulatory-role-of-rgs4-in-stat5b-activation-neurite-outgrowth-and-neuronal-differentiation
#3
Paschalina Pallaki, Eirini-Maria Georganta, Ioannis Serafimidis, Maria-Pagona Papakonstantinou, Vassilis Papanikolaou, Sofia Koutloglou, Elsa Papadimitriou, Adamantia Agalou, Aggeliki Tserga, Alexandra Simeonof, Dimitra Thomaidou, Maria Gaitanou, Zafiroula Georgoussi
The Regulator of G protein Signalling 4 (RGS4) is a multitask protein that interacts with and negatively modulates opioid receptor signalling. Previously, we showed that the δ-opioid receptor (δ-OR) forms a multiprotein signalling complex consisting of Gi/Go proteins and the Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 5B (STAT5B) that leads to neuronal differentiation and neurite outgrowth upon δ-ΟR activation. Here, we investigated whether RGS4 could participate in signalling pathways to regulate neurotropic events...
February 17, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211895/electroacupuncture-attenuates-cfa-induced-inflammatory-pain-by-suppressing-nav1-8-through-s100b-trpv1-opioid-and-adenosine-pathways-in-mice
#4
Hsien-Yin Liao, Ching-Liang Hsieh, Chun-Ping Huang, Yi-Wen Lin
Pain is associated with several conditions, such as inflammation, that result from altered peripheral nerve properties. Electroacupuncture (EA) is a common Chinese clinical medical technology used for pain management. Using an inflammatory pain mouse model, we investigated the effects of EA on the regulation of neurons, microglia, and related molecules. Complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) injections produced a significant mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia that was reversed by EA or a transient receptor potential V1 (TRPV1) gene deletion...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206989/il-4-mediated-by-hsv-vector-suppresses-morphine-withdrawal-response-through-decreasing-tnf%C3%AE-nr2b-and-pc-ebp%C3%AE-in-the-periaqueductal-gray-in-rats
#5
H Yi, T Iida, S Liu, D Ikegami, Q Liu, A Iida, D A Lubarsky, S Hao
Chronic opiates induce the development of physical dependence. Opioid physical dependence characterized by withdrawal symptoms, may have very long-lasting effects on the motivation for reward, including the incubation of cue-induced drug-seeking behavior. Elucidation of the mechanisms involved in physical dependence is crucial to developing more effective treatment strategies for opioid dependence. Chronic morphine induces production of proinflammatory cytokines in regional-specific sites of the brain. Interleukin-4 (IL-4) is a prototypical anti-inflammatory cytokine that globally suppresses proinflammatory cytokines...
February 16, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199203/neurogenetics-of-acute-and-chronic-opiate-opioid-abstinence-treating-symptoms-and-the-cause
#6
Kenneth Blum, Mark S Gold, William Jacobs, William Vaughn McCall, Marcelo Febo, David Baron, Kristina Dushaj, Zsolt Demetrovics, Rajendra D Badgaiyan
This review begins with a comprehensive history of opioid dependence and treatment in the United States. The focus is an evidence-based treatment model for opioid/opiate dependent individuals. The role of reward genetic polymorphisms and the epigenetic modifications that lead to vulnerability to use and misuse of opiates/opioid to treat pain are reviewed. The neurochemical mechanisms of acute opiate withdrawal and opiate/opioid reward mechanisms are explored with a goal of identifying specific treatment targets...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196272/deep-sequencing-of-71-candidate-genes-to-characterize-variation-associated-with-alcohol-dependence
#7
Shaunna L Clark, Daniel E Adkins, Gaurav Kumar, Karolina A Aberg, Sri Nerella, Linying Xie, Ann L Collins, James J Crowley, Corey R Quackenbush, Christopher E Hilliard, Andrey A Shabalin, Scott I Vrieze, Roseann E Peterson, William E Copeland, Judy L Silberg, Matt McGue, Hermine Maes, William G Iacono, Patrick F Sullivan, Elizabeth J Costello, Edwin J van den Oord
BACKGROUND: Previous genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified a number of putative risk loci for alcohol dependence (AD). However, only a few loci have replicated and these replicated variants only explain a small proportion of AD risk. Using an innovative approach, the goal of this study was to generate hypotheses about potentially causal variants for AD that can be explored further through functional studies. METHODS: We employed targeted capture of 71 candidate loci and flanking regions followed by next-generation deep sequencing (mean coverage 78X) in 806 European Americans...
February 14, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194850/cannabidiol-reduces-ethanol-consumption-motivation-and-relapse-in-mice
#8
Adrián Viudez-Martínez, María S García-Gutiérrez, Carmen María Navarrón, María Isabel Morales-Calero, Francisco Navarrete, Ana Isabel Torres-Suárez, Jorge Manzanares
This study evaluated the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on ethanol reinforcement, motivation and relapse in C57BL/6 J mice. The effects of CBD (60 mg/kg, i.p.) on blood ethanol concentration, hypothermia and handling-induced convulsions associated to acute ethanol administration were evaluated. The two-bottle choice paradigm was performed to assess the effects of CBD (30, 60 and 120 mg/kg/day, i.p.) on ethanol intake and preference. In addition, an oral ethanol self-administration experiment was carried out to evaluate the effects of CBD [a single s...
February 13, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188737/genetic-variation-in-the-behavioral-effects-of-buprenorphine-in-female-mice-derived-from-a-murine-model-of-the-oprm1-a118g-polymorphism
#9
Caroline A Browne, Rebecca L Erickson, Julie A Blendy, Irwin Lucki
Pharmacogenetic studies have identified the non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphism (A118G) in the human mu opioid receptor (MOR) gene (OPRM1) as a critical genetic variant capable of altering the efficacy of opioid therapeutics. To date few studies have explored the potential impact of the OPRM1 A118G polymorphism on the pharmacological effects of buprenorphine (BPN), a potent MOR partial agonist and kappa opioid receptor antagonist, which is approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid addiction and chronic pain...
February 7, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179153/activation-of-npffr2-leads-to-hyperalgesia-through-the-spinal-inflammatory-mediator-cgrp-in-mice
#10
Ya-Tin Lin, Ho-Ling Liu, Yuan-Ji Day, Che-Chien Chang, Po-Hung Hsu, Jin-Chung Chen
Neuropeptide FF (NPFF) is recognized as an opioid modulating peptide that regulates morphine-induced analgesia. The aim of this study was to delineate the role of NPFFR2 in pain transmission. We found the expression levels of NPFF and NPFFR2 were increased in the lumbar dorsal horn of animals with CFA- and carrageenan-induced inflammation and both NPFFR2 over-expressing transgenic (NPFFR2-Tg) and NPFFR2 agonist-treated mice displayed hyperalgesia. BOLD signals from functional MRI showed that NPFFR2-Tg mice exhibited increased activation of pain-related brain regions after painful stimulation when compared to WT mice...
February 5, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179123/spinal-or-supraspinal-phosphorylation-deficiency-at-the-mor-c-terminus-does-not-affect-morphine-tolerance-in-vivo
#11
Cherkaouia Kibaly, Hong-Yiou Lin, Horace H Loh, Ping-Yee Law
The development of tolerance to morphine, one of the most potent analgesics, in the management of chronic pain is a significant clinical problem and its mechanisms are poorly understood. Morphine exerts its pharmacological effects via the μ-opioid receptor (MOR). Tolerance is highly connected to G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) phosphorylation and desensitization increase. Because morphine desensitization previously has been shown to be MOR phosphorylation- and ß-arrestin2-independent (in contrast to agonists such as fentanyl), we examined the contribution of phosphorylation of the entire C-terminus to the development of antinociceptive tolerance to the partial (morphine) and full (fentanyl) MOR agonists in vivo...
February 4, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153853/epigenetic-activation-of-mu-opioid-receptor-mor-gene-via-increased-expression-and-function-of-mitogen-and-stress-activated-protein-kinase-1-msk1
#12
Yadav Wagley, Ping-Yee Law, Li-Na Wei, Horace H Loh
Since the discovery of mu opioid receptor (MOR) gene two decades ago, various regulatory factors have been shown to interact with the MOR promoter and modulate transcript levels. However, the majority of early transcriptional studies on MOR gene have not addressed how intracellular signaling pathways mediate extracellular modulators. In this study, we demonstrate that MOR epigenetic regulation requires multiple co-ordinated signals converged at the MOR promoter, involving mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activation and mitogen-and stress-activated protein kinase (MSK1) - similar ranges of intracellular signaling pathways that are activated by opioid agonists...
February 2, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147243/song-associated-reward-correlates-with-endocannabinoid-related-gene-expression-in-male-european-starlings-sturnus-vulgaris
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Allison H Hahn, Devin P Merullo, Jeremy A Spool, Caroline S Angyal, Sharon A Stevenson, Lauren V Riters
Vocal communication is required for successful social interactions in numerous species. During the breeding season, songbirds produce songs that are reinforced by behavioral consequences (e.g., copulation). However, some songbirds also produce songs not obviously directed at other individuals. The consequences maintaining or reinforcing these songs are less obvious and the neural mechanisms associated with undirected communication are not well-understood. Previous studies indicate that undirected singing is intrinsically rewarding and mediated by opioid or dopaminergic systems; however, endocannabinoids are also involved in regulating reward and singing behavior...
January 29, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133690/remifentanil-consumption-in-septoplasty-surgery-under-general-anesthesia-association-with-humane-mu-opioid-receptor-gene-variants
#14
Mahmoud M Al-Mustafa, Abdelkarim S Al Oweidi, Khaled R Al-Zaben, Ibraheem Y Qudaisat, Sami A Abu-Halaweh, Subhi M Al-Ghanem, Islam M Massad, Walid K Samarah, Reem A Al-Shaer, Said I Ismail
To evaluate the influence of the ORM1 variants in codon 118 on the intra-operative remifentanil consumption under general anesthesia. Methods: A prospective gene association study, performed at the Jordan University Jordan, Amman, Jordan from September 2013 to August 2014. It includes patients who underwent septoplasty surgery under general anesthesia. All patients received standard intravenous anesthesia. Anesthesia maintained with fixed dose of Sevoflurane and variable dose of Remifentanil to keep the systolic blood pressure between 90-100 mm Hg...
February 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122917/intra-and-interregional-coregulation-of-opioid-genes-broken-symmetry-in-spinal-circuits
#15
Olga Kononenko, Vladimir Galatenko, Malin Andersson, Igor Bazov, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Xing Wu Zhou, Anna Iatsyshyna, Irina Mityakina, Tatiana Yakovleva, Daniil Sarkisyan, Igor Ponomarev, Oleg Krishtal, Niklas Marklund, Alex Tonevitsky, DeAnna L Adkins, Georgy Bakalkin
Regulation of the formation and rewiring of neural circuits by neuropeptides may require coordinated production of these signaling molecules and their receptors that may be established at the transcriptional level. Here, we address this hypothesis by comparing absolute expression levels of opioid peptides with their receptors, the largest neuropeptide family, and by characterizing coexpression (transcriptionally coordinated) patterns of these genes. We demonstrated that expression patterns of opioid genes highly correlate within and across functionally and anatomically different areas...
January 25, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121474/elevated-levels-of-dna-methylation-at-the-oprm1-promoter-region-in-men-with-opioid-use-disorder
#16
Ghasem Ebrahimi, Gholamreza Asadikaram, Hamed Akbari, Mohammad Hadi Nematollahi, Moslem Abolhassani, Gholamabbas Shahabinejad, Leyla Khodadadnejad, Mohammad Hashemi
BACKGROUND: The mu-opioid receptor, encoded by mu-opioid receptor gene (OPRM1), has an important role in the development of addiction to opioids. Its aberrant reduction on the cell membrane is responsible, at least in part, for tolerance and physical dependence. OBJECTIVES: The present study was designed to identify the relationship between opium consumption and epigenetic mechanisms involved in opium addiction. METHODS: Genomic DNA was extracted from the peripheral blood of 66 men with opium use disorder and 57 healthy men as a control group...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117678/mechanism-governing-human-kappa-opioid-receptor-expression-under-desferrioxamine-induced-hypoxic-mimic-condition-in-neuronal-nmb-cells
#17
Jennifer Babcock, Alberto Herrera, George Coricor, Christopher Karch, Alexander H Liu, Aida Rivera-Gines, Jane L Ko
Cellular adaptation to hypoxia is a protective mechanism for neurons and relevant to cancer. Treatment with desferrioxamine (DFO) to induce hypoxia reduced the viability of human neuronal NMB cells. Surviving/attached cells exhibited profound increases of expression of the human kappa-opioid receptor (hKOR) and hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α). The functional relationship between hKOR and HIF-1α was investigated using RT-PCR, Western blot, luciferase reporter, mutagenesis, siRNA and receptor-ligand binding assays...
January 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115739/genome-wide-association-study-of-therapeutic-opioid-dosing-identifies-a-novel-locus-upstream-of-oprm1
#18
A H Smith, K P Jensen, J Li, Y Nunez, L A Farrer, H Hakonarson, S D Cook-Sather, H R Kranzler, J Gelernter
Opioids are very effective analgesics, but they are also highly addictive. Methadone is used to treat opioid dependence (OD), acting as a selective agonist at the μ-opioid receptor encoded by the gene OPRM1. Determining the optimal methadone maintenance dose is time consuming; currently, no biomarkers are available to guide treatment. In methadone-treated OD subjects drawn from a case and control sample, we conducted a genome-wide association study of usual daily methadone dose. In African-American (AA) OD subjects (n=383), we identified a genome-wide significant association between therapeutic methadone dose (mean=68...
March 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108358/neurochemical-and-metabolic-effects-of-acute-and-chronic-alcohol-in-the-human-brain-studies-with-positron-emission-tomography
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REVIEW
Nora D Volkow, Corinde E Wiers, Ehsan Shokri-Kojori, Dardo Tomasi, Gene-Jack Wang, Ruben Baler
The use of Positron emission tomography (PET) to study the effects of acute and chronic alcohol on the human brain has enhanced our understanding of the mechanisms underlying alcohol's rewarding effects, the neuroadaptations from chronic exposure that contribute to tolerance and withdrawal, and the changes in fronto-striatal circuits that lead to loss of control and enhanced motivation to drink that characterize alcohol use disorders (AUD). These include studies showing that alcohol's reinforcing effects may result not only from its enhancement of dopaminergic, GABAergic and opioid signaling but also from its caloric properties...
January 18, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092646/ex-vivo-nonviral-gene-delivery-of-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-to-attenuate-cancer-induced-pain
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Seiichi Yamano, Chi T Viet, Dongmin Dang, Jisen Dai, Shigeru Hanatani, Tadahiro Takayama, Hironori Kasai, Kentaro Imamura, Ron Campbell, Yi Ye, John C Dolan, William Myung Kwon, Stefan D Schneider, Brian L Schmidt
Virus-mediated gene delivery shows promise for the treatment of chronic pain. However, viral vectors have cytotoxicity. To avoid toxicities and limitations of virus-mediated gene delivery, we developed a novel nonviral hybrid vector: HIV-1 Tat peptide sequence modified with histidine and cysteine residues combined with a cationic lipid. The vector has high transfection efficiency with little cytotoxicity in cancer cell lines including HSC-3 (human tongue squamous cell carcinoma) and exhibits differential expression in HSC-3 (∼45-fold) relative to HGF-1 (human gingival fibroblasts) cells...
February 2017: Pain
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