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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194370/peptide-agonists-of-vasopressin-v2-receptor-reduce-expression-of-neuroendocrine-markers-and-tumor-growth-in-human-lung-and-prostate-tumor-cells
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Marina Pifano, Juan Garona, Carla S Capobianco, Nazareno Gonzalez, Daniel F Alonso, Giselle V Ripoll
Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) comprise a heterogeneous group of malignancies that express neuropeptides as synaptophysin, chromogranin A (CgA), and specific neuronal enolase (NSE), among others. Vasopressin (AVP) is a neuropeptide with an endocrine, paracrine, and autocrine effect in normal and pathological tissues. AVP receptors are present in human lung, breast, pancreatic, colorectal, and gastrointestinal tumors. While AVP V1 receptors are associated with stimulation of cellular proliferation, AVP V2 receptor (V2r) is related to antiproliferative effects...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194136/substance-p-and-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-key-regulators-of-cutaneous-microbiota-homeostasis
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REVIEW
Awa N'Diaye, Andrei Gannesen, Valérie Borrel, Olivier Maillot, Jeremy Enault, Pierre-Jean Racine, Vladimir Plakunov, Sylvie Chevalier, Olivier Lesouhaitier, Marc G J Feuilloley
Neurohormones diffuse in sweat and epidermis leading skin bacterial microflora to be largely exposed to these host factors. Bacteria can sense a multitude of neurohormones, but their role in skin homeostasis was only investigated recently. The first study focused on substance P (SP), a neuropeptide produced in abundance by skin nerve terminals. SP is without effect on the growth of Gram-positive (Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, and Staphylococcus epidermidis) and Gram-negative (Pseudomonas fluorescens) bacteria...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192258/binding-and-functional-pharmacological-characteristics-of-gepant-type-antagonists-in-rat-brain-and-mesenteric-arteries
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Majid Sheykhzade, Nilofar Amandi, Monica Vidal Pla, Bahareh Abdolalizadeh, Anette Sams, Karin Warfvinge, Lars Edvinsson, Darryl S Pickering
AIM: The neuropeptide calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is found in afferent sensory nerve fibers innervating the resistance arteries and plays a pivotal role in a number of neurovascular diseases such as migraine and subarachnoid bleedings. The present study investigates the binding and antagonistic characteristics of small non-peptide CGRP receptor antagonists (i.e. gepants) in isolated rat brain and mesenteric resistance arteries. METHODS: The antagonistic behavior of gepants was investigated in isolated rat mesenteric arteries using a wire myograph setup while binding of gepants to CGRP receptors was investigated in rat brain membranes using a radioligand competitive binding assay...
February 9, 2017: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168997/icv-galanin-like-peptide-stimulates-non-contact-erections-but-not-touch-based-erections-in-adult-sexually-experienced-male-rats
#4
Gregory S Fraley
Galanin-like peptide (GALP) is a neuropeptide transcribed only within the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus and is thought to be a mediator between energetics and reproductive function. Intracerebroventricular (ICV) injection of GALP is known to have effects on feeding, and to significantly increase gonadotropin releasing hormone- (GnRH-) mediated luteinizing hormone (LH) secretion. Furthermore, ICV GALP is known to stimulate fos production in the medial pre-optic area (mPOA) and to a lesser extent, the paraventricular nucleus (PVN)...
January 23, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167285/nanoparticular-delivery-system-for-a-secretoneurin-derivative-induces-angiogenesis-in-a-hind-limb-ischemia-model
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Karin Albrecht-Schgoer, Jan Barthelmes, Wilfried Schgoer, Markus Theurl, Isabelle Nardin, Daniela Lener, Clemens Gutmann, Sarah Dünnhaupt, Andreas Bernkop-Schnürch, Rudolf Kirchmair
Common therapeutic strategies for peripheral arterial disease often fail to re-establish sufficient blood flow within legs and feet of patients for avoiding critical limb ischemia, what is characterized by a substantial risk for amputation. The neuropeptide secretoneurin induces angiogenesis in models of limb and myocardial ischemia and might be a promising tool in the treatment of patients without the option of revascularization therapy for severe ischemia. Within this manuscript, the biologically active part of secretoneurin was identified, modified by induction of a cysteine residue to gain higher stability against enzymatic degradation and further packed into S-protected thiolated chitosan nanoparticles, which enable intra-muscular application of secretoneurin...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166374/a-potential-role-for-the-secretogranin-ii-derived-peptide-em66-in-the-hypothalamic-regulation-of-feeding-behavior
#6
F Trebak, I Dubuc, A Arabo, A Alaoui, L Boukhzar, J Maucotel, M Picot, S Cherifi, C Duparc, J Leprince, G Prévost, Y Anouar, R Magoul, N Chartrel
EM66 is a conserved 66-amino acid peptide derived from secretogranin II (SgII), a member of the granin protein family. EM66 is widely distributed in secretory granules of endocrine and neuroendocrine cells as well as in hypothalamic neurons. Although EM66 is abundant in the hypothalamus, its physiological function remains to be elucidated. The aim of the present study was to investigate a possible involvement of EM66 in the hypothalamic regulation of feeding behavior. We show that ICV administration of EM66 induces a drastic dose-dependent inhibition of food intake in mice deprived of food for 18 h, which is associated with an increase of hypothalamic POMC and MC3R mRNA levels and c-Fos immunoreactivity in the POMC neurons of the arcuate nucleus...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165287/cgrp-receptor-antagonist-activity-of-olcegepant-depends-on-the-signalling-pathway-measured
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Christopher S Walker, Ann C Raddant, Michael J Woolley, Andrew F Russo, Debbie L Hay
Background Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is a neuropeptide that acts in the trigeminovascular system and is believed to play an important role in migraine. CGRP activates two receptors that are both present in the trigeminovascular system; the CGRP receptor and the amylin 1 (AMY1) receptor. CGRP receptor antagonists, including olcegepant (BIBN4096BS) and telcagepant (MK-0974), can treat migraine. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of these antagonists at blocking CGRP receptor signalling in trigeminal ganglia (TG) neurons and transfected CGRP and AMY1 receptors in Cos7 cells, to better understand their mechanism of action...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151589/from-blast-to-bench-a-translational-mini-review-of-posttraumatic-headache
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REVIEW
Laura S Moye, Amynah A Pradhan
Current events within the military and professional sports have resulted in an increased recognition of the long-term and debilitating consequences of traumatic brain injury. Mild traumatic brain injury accounts for the majority of head injuries, and posttraumatic headache is the most common adverse effect. It is estimated that between 30% to 90% of traumatic brain injuries result in posttraumatic headache, and for a significant number of people this headache disorder can continue for up to and over a year post injury...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150369/bidirectional-relationship-between-alcohol-intake-and-sensitivity-to-social-defeat-association-with-tacr1-and-avp-expression
#9
Britta S Nelson, Michelle K Sequeira, Jesse R Schank
While epidemiological studies show that alcohol abuse is often co-morbid with affective disorders, the causal direction of this association is unclear. We examined this relationship using mouse models including social defeat stress (SDS), social interaction (SI) and voluntary alcohol consumption. C57BL6/J mice exposed to SDS segregate into two subpopulations, those that express depressive-like phenotypes ('susceptible') and those that do not ('resilient'). First, we stratified SDS-exposed mice and measured their voluntary alcohol consumption...
February 1, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146673/a-little-anthropomorphism-goes-a-long-way
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Ewart J de Visser, Samuel S Monfort, Kimberly Goodyear, Li Lu, Martin O'Hara, Mary R Lee, Raja Parasuraman, Frank Krueger
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the effects of exogenous oxytocin on trust, compliance, and team decision making with agents varying in anthropomorphism (computer, avatar, human) and reliability (100%, 50%). BACKGROUND: Authors of recent work have explored psychological similarities in how people trust humanlike automation compared with how they trust other humans. Exogenous administration of oxytocin, a neuropeptide associated with trust among humans, offers a unique opportunity to probe the anthropomorphism continuum of automation to infer when agents are trusted like another human or merely a machine...
February 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140406/control-of-chronic-excessive-alcohol-drinking-by-genetic-manipulation-of-the-edinger-westphal-nucleus-urocortin-1-neuropeptide-system
#11
W J Giardino, E D Rodriguez, M L Smith, M M Ford, D Galili, S H Mitchell, A Chen, A E Ryabinin
Midbrain neurons of the centrally projecting Edinger-Westphal nucleus (EWcp) are activated by alcohol, and enriched with stress-responsive neuropeptide modulators (including the paralog of corticotropin-releasing factor, urocortin-1). Evidence suggests that EWcp neurons promote behavioral processes for alcohol-seeking and consumption, but a definitive role for these cells remains elusive. Here we combined targeted viral manipulations and gene array profiling of EWcp neurons with mass behavioral phenotyping in C57BL/6 J mice to directly define the links between EWcp-specific urocortin-1 expression and voluntary binge alcohol intake, demonstrating a specific importance for EWcp urocortin-1 activity in escalation of alcohol intake...
January 31, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139691/the-hypothalamic-npvf-circuit-modulates-ventral-raphe-activity-during-nociception
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Romain Madelaine, Matthew Lovett-Barron, Caroline Halluin, Aaron S Andalman, Jin Liang, Gemini M Skariah, Louis C Leung, Vanessa M Burns, Philippe Mourrain
RFamide neuropeptide VF (NPVF) is expressed by neurons in the hypothalamus and has been implicated in nociception, but the circuit mechanisms remain unexplored. Here, we studied the structural and functional connections from NPVF neurons to downstream targets in the context of nociception, using novel transgenic lines, optogenetics, and calcium imaging in behaving larval zebrafish. We found a specific projection from NPVF neurons to serotonergic neurons in the ventral raphe nucleus (vRN). We showed NPVF neurons and vRN are suppressed and excited by noxious stimuli, respectively...
January 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129919/loss-of-huntingtin-stimulates-capture-of-retrograde-dense-core-vesicles-to-increase-synaptic-neuropeptide-stores
#13
Dinara Bulgari, David L Deitcher, Edwin S Levitan
The Huntington's disease protein Huntingtin (Htt) regulates axonal transport of dense-core vesicles (DCVs) containing neurotrophins and neuropeptides. DCVs travel down axons to reach nerve terminals where they are either captured in synaptic boutons to support later release or reverse direction to reenter the axon as part of vesicle circulation. Currently, the impact of Htt on DCV dynamics in the terminal is unknown. Here we report that knockout of Drosophila Htt selectively reduces retrograde DCV flux at proximal boutons of motoneuron terminals...
January 22, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119086/two-types-of-albino-mutants-in-desert-and-migratory-locusts-are-caused-by-gene-defects-in-the-same-signaling-pathway
#14
Ryohei Sugahara, Seiji Tanaka, Akiya Jouraku, Takahiro Shiotsuki
Albinism is caused by mutations in the genes involved in melanin production. Albino nymphs of Locusta migratoria and Schistocerca gregaria reared under crowded conditions are uniformly creamy-white in color. However, nothing is known about the molecular mechanisms underlying this phenomenon in locusts. The albino strain of L. migratoria is known to lack the dark-color-inducing neuropeptide corazonin (Crz). In this study, we report that this albino strain has a 10-base-pair deletion in the gene LmCRZ, which encodes Crz...
January 21, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093335/intracoerulear-microinjection-of-orexin-a-induces-morphine-withdrawal-like-signs-in-rats
#15
Masoumeh Ghaemi-Jandabi, Hossein Azizi, S Mohammad Ahmadi-Soleimani, Saeed Semnanian
Orexin (hypocretin) neuropeptides play a pivotal role in expression of opioid withdrawal signs. Hypothalamic orexinergic neurons provide dense afferents for the nucleus locus coeruleus (LC). Somatic signs of opioid withdrawal are associated with the enhanced activity of LC neurons. In addition, intra-LC administration of orexin-A leads to the hyperactivity of LC neurons. The present study was an attempt to investigate whether intra-LC microinjection of orexin-A induces morphine withdrawal-like signs in both morphine dependent and control rats...
January 16, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091349/intranasal-oxytocin-increases-facial-expressivity-but-not-ratings-of-trustworthiness-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-healthy-controls
#16
J D Woolley, B Chuang, C Fussell, S Scherer, B Biagianti, D Fulford, D H Mathalon, S Vinogradov
BACKGROUND: Blunted facial affect is a common negative symptom of schizophrenia. Additionally, assessing the trustworthiness of faces is a social cognitive ability that is impaired in schizophrenia. Currently available pharmacological agents are ineffective at improving either of these symptoms, despite their clinical significance. The hypothalamic neuropeptide oxytocin has multiple prosocial effects when administered intranasally to healthy individuals and shows promise in decreasing negative symptoms and enhancing social cognition in schizophrenia...
January 16, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089664/neurotensin-nts1-and-nts2-receptor-agonists-produce-anxiolytic-like-effects-in-the-22-khz-ultrasonic-vocalization-model-in-rats
#17
Floyd F Steele, Shannon C Whitehouse, Jacob S Aday, Adam J Prus
Neurotensin is a neuropeptide neurotransmitter that interacts with multiple neurotransmitter systems, including those regulating amygdalar function, via NTS1 and NTS2 receptors. Both receptors are expressed in the amygdala and agonists for NTS1 or NTS2 receptors have exhibited anxiolytic effects in animal models. Systemic adminstration of NTS1 receptor agonist PD149163 was recently shown to reduce footshock conditioned 22-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations in rats, suggesting that PD149163 produced an anxiolytic effect...
January 12, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074896/the-neuropeptide-oxytocin-enhances-information-sharing-and-group-decision-making-quality
#18
Tim R W De Wilde, Femke S Ten Velden, Carsten K W De Dreu
Groups can make better decisions than individuals when members cooperatively exchange and integrate their uniquely held information and insights. However, under conformity pressures group members are biased towards exchanging commonly known information, and away from exchanging unique information, thus undermining group decision-making quality. At the neurobiological level, conformity associates with the neuropeptide oxytocin. A double-blind placebo controlled study found no evidence for oxytocin induced conformity...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072496/structural-reconstruction-of-the-perivascular-space-in-the-adult-mouse-neurohypophysis-during-an-osmotic-stimulation
#19
K Nishikawa, E Furube, S Morita, N Horii-Hayashi, M Nishi, S Miyata
Oxytocin (OXT) and arginine vasopressin (AVP), neuropeptides in the neurohypophysis (NH), control lactation and body fluid homeostasis, respectively. Hypothalamic neurosecretory neurons project their axons from the supraoptic and paraventricular nuclei to the NH to make contact with the vascular surface and release OXT and AVP. The neurohypophysial vascular structure is unique, because it has a wide perivascular space between the inner and outer basement membranes. However, the significance of this unique vascular structure remains unclear; therefore, we aimed to elucidate the functional significance of the perivascular space and its activity-dependent changes during salt loading in adult mice...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072414/evidence-for-genetic-heterogeneity-between-clinical-subtypes-of-bipolar-disorder
#20
A W Charney, D M Ruderfer, E A Stahl, J L Moran, K Chambert, R A Belliveau, L Forty, K Gordon-Smith, A Di Florio, P H Lee, E J Bromet, P F Buckley, M A Escamilla, A H Fanous, L J Fochtmann, D S Lehrer, D Malaspina, S R Marder, C P Morley, H Nicolini, D O Perkins, J J Rakofsky, M H Rapaport, H Medeiros, J L Sobell, E K Green, L Backlund, S E Bergen, A Juréus, M Schalling, P Lichtenstein, P Roussos, J A Knowles, I Jones, L A Jones, C M Hultman, R H Perlis, S M Purcell, S A McCarroll, C N Pato, M T Pato, N Craddock, M Landén, J W Smoller, P Sklar
We performed a genome-wide association study of 6447 bipolar disorder (BD) cases and 12 639 controls from the International Cohort Collection for Bipolar Disorder (ICCBD). Meta-analysis was performed with prior results from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium Bipolar Disorder Working Group for a combined sample of 13 902 cases and 19 279 controls. We identified eight genome-wide significant, associated regions, including a novel associated region on chromosome 10 (rs10884920; P=3.28 × 10(-8)) that includes the brain-enriched cytoskeleton protein adducin 3 (ADD3), a non-coding RNA, and a neuropeptide-specific aminopeptidase P (XPNPEP1)...
January 10, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
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