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neurotransmitter deficiency

Tanja Scherer, Gabriella Allegri, Christineh N Sarkissian, Ming Ying, Hiu Man Grisch-Chan, Anahita Rassi, Shelley R Winn, Cary O Harding, Aurora Martinez, Beat Thöny
Hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA) caused by hepatic phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) deficiency has severe consequences on brain monoamine neurotransmitter metabolism. We have studied monoamine neurotransmitter status and the effect of tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4 ) treatment in Pahenu1/enu2 (ENU1/2) mice, a model of partial PAH deficiency. These mice exhibit elevated blood L-phenylalanine (L-Phe) concentrations similar to that of mild hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA), but brain levels of L-Phe are still ~5-fold elevated compared to wild-type...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Jessika C Bridi, Frank Hirth
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by intracellular inclusions of aggregated and misfolded α-Synuclein (α-Syn), and the loss of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the brain. The resulting motor abnormalities mark the progression of PD, while non-motor symptoms can already be identified during early, prodromal stages of disease. Recent studies provide evidence that during this early prodromal phase, synaptic and axonal abnormalities occur before the degenerative loss of neuronal cell bodies. These early phenotypes can be attributed to synaptic accumulation of toxic α-Syn...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Marie-José Lecomte, Chloé Bertolus, Nélina Ramanantsoa, Françoise Saurini, Jacques Callebert, Catherine Sénamaud-Beaufort, Maud Ringot, Thomas Bourgeois, Boris Matrot, Corinne Collet, Jeannette Nardelli, Jacques Mallet, Guilan Vodjdani, Jorge Gallego, Jean-Marie Launay, Sylvie Berrard
Pituitary growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) are anabolic hormones whose physiological roles are particularly important during development. The activity of the GH/IGF-1 axis is controlled by complex neuroendocrine systems including two hypothalamic neuropeptides, GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) and somatostatin (SRIF), and a gastrointestinal hormone, ghrelin. The neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) is involved in tuning GH secretion, and its GH-stimulatory action has mainly been shown in adults but is not clearly documented during development...
March 2, 2018: Endocrinology
Clara D M van Karnebeek, Mary Dunbar, Csilla Egri, Bryan Sayson, Janetta Milea, Sylvia Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Linda Huh, Mary B Connolly, Gabriella A Horvath
BACKGROUND: Secondary neurotransmitter deficiencies have been reported in several reviews. Our primary aim was to assess the relationship among epilepsy, antiseizure medications, and specific neurotransmitter abnormalities. We also evaluated movement disorders and brain abnormalities via magnetic resonance imaging scans in patients with secondary neurotransmitter defects. METHODS: This is a retrospective case series of 376 patients who underwent neurotransmitter analysis at BC Children's Hospital between 2009 and 2013, for a variety of neurological presentations...
March 2018: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
Katyayani Singh, Desirée Loreth, Bruno Pöttker, Kyra Hefti, Jürgen Innos, Kathrin Schwald, Heidi Hengstler, Lutz Menzel, Clemens J Sommer, Konstantin Radyushkin, Oliver Kretz, Mari-Anne Philips, Carola A Haas, Katrin Frauenknecht, Kersti Lilleväli, Bernd Heimrich, Eero Vasar, Michael K E Schäfer
Neuronal growth regulator 1 (NEGR1), a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily cell adhesion molecule subgroup IgLON, has been implicated in neuronal growth and connectivity. In addition, genetic variants in or near the NEGR1 locus have been associated with obesity and more recently with learning difficulties, intellectual disability and psychiatric disorders. However, experimental evidence is lacking to support a possible link between NEGR1, neuronal growth and behavioral abnormalities. Initial expression analysis of NEGR1 mRNA in C57Bl/6 wildtype (WT) mice by in situ hybridization demonstrated marked expression in the entorhinal cortex (EC) and dentate granule cells...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Monique Aucoin, Kieran Cooley, Leena Anand, Melissa Furtado, Alex Canzonieri, Alexa Fine, Kathryn Fotinos, Ranjith Chandrasena, Larry J Klassen, Irvin Epstein, Wende Wood, Martin A Katzman
BACKGROUND: Many patients with depression fail to achieve remission after several consecutive treatments. Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent and new research suggests that it may have an impact on mood, primarily through an effect on neurotransmitters. Numerous observational studies suggest a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and increased incidence and severity of mood disorders. A small number of pilot studies have been undertaken but lack rigorous methodology required to draw conclusions about a clinical role for this nutrient in treatment resistant depression...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Dai-Hua Lu, Hsiao-Mei Liao, Chia-Hsiang Chen, Huang-Ju Tu, Houng-Chi Liou, Susan Shur-Fen Gau, Wen-Mei Fu
Background: Impaired social interaction is one of the essential features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our previous copy number variation (CNV) study discovered a novel deleted region associated with ASD. One of the genes included in the deleted region is ARHGEF10 . A missense mutation of ARHGEF10 has been reported to be one of the contributing factors in several diseases of the central nervous system. However, the relationship between the loss of ARHGEF10 and the clinical symptoms of ASD is unclear...
2018: Molecular Autism
Sumit Bhattacharya, Laura García-Posadas, Robin R Hodges, Helen P Makarenkova, Sharmila Masli, Darlene A Dartt
The purpose of this study is to determine neural, vascular, protein secretion, and cellular signaling changes with disease progression in lacrimal glands of the thrombospondin-1 -/- (TSP-1 -/- ) mouse model of dry eye compared to C57BL/6 wild-type (WT) mice. Neural innervation was reduced in TSP-1 -/- lacrimal glands compared to WT controls, whereas the number of blood vessels was increased. Intracellular Ca 2+ stores and the amount of lysosomes, mitochondria, and secretory granules, but not the endoplasmic reticulum, were reduced in TSP-1 -/- compared to WT acini at 12 weeks of age...
February 14, 2018: Mucosal Immunology
Kashi Raj Bhattarai, Raghupatil Junjappa, Mallikarjun Handigund, Hyung-Ryong Kim, Han-Jung Chae
Xerostomia is a state of oral dryness associated with salivary gland dysfunction and is induced by stress, radiation and chemical therapy, various systemic and autoimmune diseases, and specific medications. Fluid secretion is interrupted by the stimulation of neurotransmitter-induced increase in cytosolic calcium ([Ca 2+ ] i ) in salivary gland acinar cells, prompting the mobilization of ion channels and their transporters. Salivary fluid and protein secretion are principally dependent on parasympathetic and sympathetic nerves...
February 8, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Evren Gumus
BACKGROUND: Warburg micro syndrome is a very rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by a mutation in the RAB3GAP1, RAB3GAP2, RAB18, and TBC1D20 genes. Warburg Micro syndrome 2 and Martsolf syndrome are clinically overlapping conditions characterized by variable clinical signs counting postnatal growth retardation, cataract, intellectual deficiency, contractures, and central nervous system abnormalities due to RAB3GAP2 gene mutations. The RAB3GAP2 gene encodes a member of the Rab3 protein family, which is involved in regulated exocytosis of neurotransmitters and hormones...
February 8, 2018: Ophthalmic Genetics
Mimi Tang, Min Zhang, Lu Wang, Huande Li, Hualin Cai, Ruili Dang, Pei Jiang, Yiping Liu, Ying Xue, Yanqin Wu
Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) are rapidly accumulated in brain during pre- and neonatal life, which is important for the development and function of central nervous system. Deficiency of biologically important n-3 PUFA docosahexaenoic acid (C22:6n-3, DHA) is associated with impaired visual, attention and cognition, and would precipitate psychiatric symptoms. However, clinical studies of the potential mechanism on the effect of dietary DHA deficiency on neural development remain unclear. In addition, the effects of n-6 PUFAs and n-3 PUFAs ingestion on the dynamic process of the cell proliferation in neurogenesis of offspring were investigated using immunefluorescence...
January 2018: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
Tanusree Saha, Mahasweta Chatterjee, Deepak Verma, Anirban Ray, Swagata Sinha, Usha Rajamma, Kanchan Mukhopadhyay
An etiologically complex disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is often associated with various levels of cognitive deficit. Folate/vitamin B9 is crucial for numerous biochemical pathways including neural stem cell proliferation and differentiation, regulation of gene expression, neurotransmitter synthesis, myelin synthesis and repair, etc. and a scarcity has often been linked to cognitive deficit. Our pilot study in the field revealed significant association of few genetic variants with ADHD...
January 31, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Yahan Liu, Zhipeng Wang, Jing Li, Yiqian Ban, Guangmei Mao, Man Zhang, Mo Wang, Yan Liu, Beilei Zhao, Qiang Shen, Qingbo Xu, Nanping Wang
BACKGROUND: As a monoamine neurotransmitter, 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) or serotonin modulates mood, appetite, and sleep. Besides, 5-HT also has important peripheral functions. 5-HT receptor 2B (5-HT2BR) plays a key role in cardiovascular diseases, such as pulmonary arterial hypertension and cardiac valve disease. Percutaneous intervention has been used to restore blood flow in occlusive vascular disease. However, restenosis remains a significant problem. Herein, we investigated the role of 5-HT2BR in neointimal hyperplasia, a key pathological process in restenosis...
January 30, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Alexander G Murley, James B Rowe
Frontotemporal lobar degeneration causes a spectrum of complex degenerative disorders including frontotemporal dementia, progressive supranuclear palsy and corticobasal syndrome, each of which is associated with changes in the principal neurotransmitter systems. We review the evidence for these neurochemical changes and propose that they contribute to symptomatology of frontotemporal lobar degeneration, over and above neuronal loss and atrophy. Despite the development of disease-modifying therapies, aiming to slow neuropathological progression, it remains important to advance symptomatic treatments to reduce the disease burden and improve patients' and carers' quality of life...
January 24, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
A Young Kim, Eun Joo Baik
Regulation of glutamate metabolism via glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) might be the promising therapeutic approach for treating neurodegenerative disorders. In the central nervous system, glutamate functions both as a major excitatory neurotransmitter and as a key intermediate metabolite for neurons. GDH converts glutamate to α-ketoglutarate, which serves as a TCA cycle intermediate. Dysregulated GDH activity in the central nervous system is highly correlated with neurological disorders. Indeed, studies conducted with mutant mice and allosteric drugs have shown that deficient or overexpressed GDH activity in the brain can regulate whole body energy metabolism and affect early onset of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, temporal lobe epilepsy, and spinocerebellar atrophy...
January 22, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Riccardo Montioli, Giacomo Janson, Alessandro Paiardini, Mariarita Bertoldi, Carla Borri Voltattorni
Aromatic amino acid or Dopa decarboxylase (AADC or DDC) is a homodimeric pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP) enzyme responsible for the generation of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. AADC deficiency is a rare inborn disease caused by mutations of the AADC gene leading to a defect of AADC enzyme and resulting in impaired dopamine and serotonin synthesis. Until now, only the molecular effects of homozygous mutations were analyzed. However, although heterozygous carriers of AADC deficiency were identified, the molecular aspects of their enzymatic phenotypes are not yet investigated...
January 22, 2018: IUBMB Life
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
Dragana P Srebro, Sonja M Vučković, Ivan S Dožić, Branko S Dožić, Katarina R Savić Vujović, Aleksandar P Milovanović, Branislav V Karadžić, Milica Š Prostran
BACKGROUND: In humans, orofacial pain has a high prevalence and is often difficult to treat. Magnesium is an essential element in biological a system which controls the activity of many ion channels, neurotransmitters and enzymes. Magnesium produces an antinociceptive effect in neuropathic pain, while in inflammatory pain results are not consistent. We examined the effects of magnesium sulfate using the rat orofacial formalin test, a model of trigeminal pain. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were injected with 1...
August 31, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Shelley R Winn, Tanja Scherer, Beat Thöny, Ming Ying, Aurora Martinez, Sydney Weber, Jacob Raber, Cary O Harding
Central nervous system (CNS) deficiencies of the monoamine neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin have been implicated in the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric dysfunction in human phenylketonuria (PKU). In this study, we confirmed the occurrence of brain dopamine and serotonin deficiencies in association with severe behavioral alterations and cognitive impairments in hyperphenylalaninemic C57BL/6-Pahenu2/enu2 mice, a model of human PKU. Phenylalanine-reducing treatments, including either dietary phenylalanine restriction or liver-directed gene therapy, initiated during adulthood were associated with increased brain monoamine content along with improvements in nesting behavior but without a change in the severe cognitive deficits exhibited by these mice...
January 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Mojgan Aghazadeh Tabrizi, Pier Giovanni Baraldi, Stefania Baraldi, Emanuela Ruggiero, Lucia De Stefano, Flavio Rizzolio, Lorenzo Di Cesare Mannelli, Carla Ghelardini, Andrea Chicca, Margherita Lapillo, Jürg Gertsch, Clementina Manera, Marco Macchia, Adriano Martinelli, Carlotta Granchi, Filippo Minutolo, Tiziano Tuccinardi
Monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) is a serine hydrolase that plays an important role in the degradation of the endocannabinoid neurotransmitter 2-arachidonoylglycerol, which is implicated in many physiological processes. Beyond the possible utilization of MAGL inhibitors as anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive and anti-cancer agents, their application has encountered obstacles due to the unwanted effects caused by the irreversible inhibition of this enzyme. The possible application of reversible MAGL inhibitors has only recently been explored, mainly due to the deficiency of known compounds possessing efficient reversible inhibitory activities...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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