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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808030/oxytocin-enforced-norm-compliance-reduces-xenophobic-outgroup-rejection
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Nina Marsh, Dirk Scheele, Justin S Feinstein, Holger Gerhardt, Sabrina Strang, Wolfgang Maier, René Hurlemann
Never before have individuals had to adapt to social environments defined by such magnitudes of ethnic diversity and cultural differentiation. However, neurobiological evidence informing about strategies to reduce xenophobic sentiment and foster altruistic cooperation with outsiders is scarce. In a series of experiments settled in the context of the current refugee crisis, we tested the propensity of 183 Caucasian participants to make donations to people in need, half of whom were refugees (outgroup) and half of whom were natives (ingroup)...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805559/effect-of-stress-on-the-expression-of-galanin-receptors-in-rat-heart
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J Šípková, P Šída, N Kaspříková, I Kramáriková, S Hynie, V Klenerová
Neuropeptide galanin, galanin-like peptide and galanin receptors 1, 2 and 3 are a crucial part of the so-called galaninergic system. Our previous studies have shown the possible role of this system in mood modulation, especially regarding stress. So far, the galanin receptors have been found in different tissues including brain and heart. Our study deals with changes in expression of galanin receptor subtypes in the heart of Wistar rats exposed to three different types of stress. Galanin receptor subtypes were determined in fluorescently labelled samples using specific primary antibodies, and all sections were analysed in an immunofluorescent microscope and microphotographs...
2017: Folia Biologica (Praha)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805209/neuropeptide-s-induces-acute-anxiolysis-by-phospholipase-c-dependent-signaling-within-the-medial-amygdala
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Thomas Grund, Inga D Neumann
Neuropeptide S (NPS) is an important anxiolytic substance of the brain. However, the signaling pathways downstream of NPS receptor (NPSR) activation, underlying the behavioral effect of NPS, remain largely unknown. Here, we show that bilateral microinfusion of NPS (0.2 nmol/0.5 μl) into the medial amygdala (MeA) of male adult Wistar rats reduced anxiety-related behavior on both, the elevated plus-maze and the open field. Moreover, as shown in amygdala tissue micropunches intracerebroventricular infusion of NPS (1 nmol/5 μl) I) evoked phosphorylation and synthesis of CaMKIIɑ in relation to reference protein beta-tubulin representing Ca(2+) influx, and II) induced phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinase ERK1/2...
August 14, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802044/the-neuropeptide-corazonin-controls-social-behavior-and-caste-identity-in-ants
#4
Janko Gospocic, Emily J Shields, Karl M Glastad, Yanping Lin, Clint A Penick, Hua Yan, Alexander S Mikheyev, Timothy A Linksvayer, Benjamin A Garcia, Shelley L Berger, Jürgen Liebig, Danny Reinberg, Roberto Bonasio
Social insects are emerging models to study how gene regulation affects behavior because their colonies comprise individuals with the same genomes but greatly different behavioral repertoires. To investigate the molecular mechanisms that activate distinct behaviors in different castes, we exploit a natural behavioral plasticity in Harpegnathos saltator, where adult workers can transition to a reproductive, queen-like state called gamergate. Analysis of brain transcriptomes during the transition reveals that corazonin, a neuropeptide homologous to the vertebrate gonadotropin-releasing hormone, is downregulated as workers become gamergates...
August 10, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790894/anatomical-organization-of-urocortin-3-synthesizing-neurons-and-immunoreactive-terminals-in-the-central-nervous-system-of-non-human-primates-sapajus-spp
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Daniella S Battagello, Giovanne B Diniz, Paulo L Candido, Joelcimar M da Silva, Amanda R de Oliveira, Kelly R Torres da Silva, Claudimara F P Lotfi, José A de Oliveira, Luciane V Sita, Cláudio A Casatti, David A Lovejoy, Jackson C Bittencourt
Urocortin 3 (UCN3) is a neuropeptide member of the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) peptide family that acts as a selective endogenous ligand for the CRF, subtype 2 (CRF2) receptor. Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization data from rodents revealed UCN3-containing neurons in discrete regions of the central nervous system (CNS), such as the medial preoptic nucleus, the rostral perifornical area (PFA), the medial nucleus of the amygdala and the superior paraolivary nucleus. UCN3-immunoreactive (UCN3-ir) terminals are distributed throughout regions that mostly overlap with regions of CRF2 messenger RNA (mRNA) expression...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769770/regulatory-mechanisms-controlling-maturation-of-serotonin-neuron-identity-and-function
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William C Spencer, Evan S Deneris
The brain serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT) system has been extensively studied for its role in normal physiology and behavior, as well as, neuropsychiatric disorders. The broad influence of 5-HT on brain function, is in part due to the vast connectivity pattern of 5-HT-producing neurons throughout the CNS. 5-HT neurons are born and terminally specified midway through embryogenesis, then enter a protracted period of maturation, where they functionally integrate into CNS circuitry and then are maintained throughout life...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757640/effects-of-peripheral-administration-of-a-neuromedin-u-receptor-2-selective-agonist-on-food-intake-and-body-weight-in-obese-mice
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T Kaisho, H Nagai, T Asakawa, N Suzuki, H Fujita, K Matsumiya, N Nishizawa, Y Kanematsu-Yamaki, K Dote, J-I Sakamoto, T Asami, S Takekawa
BACKGROUND: Neuromedin U (NMU) is a neuropeptide with various physiological functions including regulation of smooth-muscle contraction, blood pressure, stress responses, and feeding behaviors. NMU activates two distinct receptors, NMUR1 and NMUR2, which are predominantly expressed in peripheral tissues and the central nervous system, respectively. It is reported that the NMU signaling system regulates food intake and body weight via NMUR2, suggesting that an NMUR2 agonist exhibiting anorectic effects would be a potential therapy for obesity...
July 31, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757457/dual-transmitter-systems-regulating-arousal-attention-learning-and-memory
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REVIEW
Sherie Ma, Balázs Hangya, Christopher S Leonard, William Wisden, Andrew L Gundlach
An array of neuromodulators, including monoamines and neuropeptides, regulate most behavioural and physiological traits. In the past decade, dramatic progress has been made in mapping neuromodulatory circuits, in analysing circuit dynamics, and interrogating circuit function using pharmacogenetic, optogenetic and imaging methods This review will focus on several distinct neural networks (acetylcholine/GABA/glutamate; histamine/GABA; orexin/glutamate; and relaxin-3/GABA) that originate from neural hubs that regulate wakefulness and related attentional and cognitive processes, and highlight approaches that have identified dual transmitter roles in these behavioural functions...
July 27, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755985/peripheral-and-central-sites-of-action-for-anti-allodynic-activity-induced-by-the-bifunctional-opioid-npff-receptors-agonist-bn-9-in-inflammatory-pain-model
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Run Zhang, Biao Xu, Meng-Na Zhang, Ting Zhang, Zi-Long Wang, Geng Zhao, Guang-Hai Zhao, Ning Li, Quan Fang, Rui Wang
The activation of opioid and neuropeptide FF (NPFF) receptors plays important roles to modulate nociceptive signal in inflammatory pain states. Recently, BN-9 (Tyr-D.Ala-Gly-Phe-Gln-Pro-Gln-Arg-Phe-NH2) was pharmacologically characterized as a novel bifunctional agonist at both opioid and NPFF receptors. In the present study, the anti-allodynic activity and site(s) of action of BN-9 were assessed in a mouse model of carrageenan-induced inflammatory pain. In mice, BN-9 induced a dose-dependent anti-allodinic effect through opioid receptor at supraspinal or spinal level, and this effect was augmented by pretreatment with the NPFF receptor antagonist at the same level...
July 26, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755843/serum-level-of-orexin-a-leptin-adiponectin-and-insulin-in-north-indian-obese-women
#10
Sameeksha Mishra, Vani Gupta, Supriya Mishra, Rekha Sachan, Akash Asthana
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Obesity is regulated by different metabolic factors like leptin, adiponectin insulin and neuropeptide orexin-A. The aim of this study is to assess the role of these hormones and their interrelationship with obesity in north Indian women. METHOD: A total of 168 obese women with Body Mass Index (BMI)>30kg/m(2) and 150 lean women (BMI<25kg/m(2)) as control were recruited in this study. Women with obesity were further subdivided into two groups according to their BMI, 71 overweight women with the BMI 25-29...
July 21, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752043/adipocyte-lipid-synthesis-coupled-to-neuronal-control-of-thermogenic-programming
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Adilson Guilherme, David J Pedersen, Elizabeth Henchey, Felipe S Henriques, Laura V Danai, Yuefei Shen, Batuhan Yenilmez, DaeYoung Jung, Jason K Kim, Irfan J Lodhi, Clay F Semenkovich, Michael P Czech
BACKGROUND: The de novo biosynthesis of fatty acids (DNL) through fatty acid synthase (FASN) in adipocytes is exquisitely regulated by nutrients, hormones, fasting, and obesity in mice and humans. However, the functions of DNL in adipocyte biology and in the regulation of systemic glucose homeostasis are not fully understood. METHODS & RESULTS: Here we show adipocyte DNL controls crosstalk to localized sympathetic neurons that mediate expansion of beige/brite adipocytes within inguinal white adipose tissue (iWAT)...
August 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742111/axonal-outgrowth-neuropeptides-expression-and-receptors-tyrosine-kinase-phosphorylation-in-3d-organotypic-cultures-of-adult-dorsal-root-ganglia
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Estrela Neto, Cecília J Alves, Luís Leitão, Daniela M Sousa, Inês S Alencastre, Francisco Conceição, Meriem Lamghari
Limited knowledge from mechanistic studies on adult sensory neuronal activity was generated, to some extent, in recapitulated adult in vivo 3D microenvironment. To fill this gap there is a real need to better characterize the adult dorsal root ganglia (aDRG) organotypic cultures to make these in vitro systems exploitable for different approaches, ranging from basic neurobiology to regenerative therapies, to address the sensory nervous system in adult stage. We conducted a direct head-to-head comparison of aDRG and embryonic DRG (eDRG) organotypic culture focusing on axonal growth, neuropeptides expression and receptors tyrosine kinase (RTK) activation associated with neuronal survival, proliferation and differentiation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730831/the-galanin-and-galanin-receptor-subtypes-its-regulatory-role-in-the-biological-and-pathological-functions
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J Šípková, I Kramáriková, S Hynie, V Klenerová
The multitalented neuropeptide galanin was first discovered 30 years ago but initially no biologic activity was found. Further research studies discovered the presence of galanin in the brain and some peripheral tissues, and galanin was identified as a modulator of neurotransmission in the central and peripheral nervous system. Over the last decade there were performed very intensive studies of the neuronal actions and also of nonneuronal actions of galanin. Other galanin family peptides have been described, namely galanin, galanin-like peptide, galanin-message associated peptide and alarin...
July 18, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726232/-frequent-episodic-migraine-and-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-influence-of-treatment-with-topiramate-and-zonisamide-on-levels-of-the-peptide
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D A Garcia-Estevez, M Pardo-Parrado, S Silvarrey-Rodriguez
INTRODUCTION: The pathophysiology of pain in migraine is related to the activation of the trigeminovascular system by releasing vasoactive neuropeptides, the most important of which is calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), which causes a neurogenic inflammation in the leptomeningeal vessels. AIM: To study whether CGRP is increased in frequent episodic migraine and whether preventive treatment with topiramate or zonisamide modifies its levels. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We studied 28 patients with episodic migraine with or without aura, in accordance with the International Headache Society criteria, with a frequency of 4-14 days/month...
August 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716951/a-calcium-diacylglycerol-stimulated-protein-kinase-c-c-elegans-pkc-2-links-thermal-signals-to-learned-behavior-by-acting-in-a-sensory-neuron-and-intestinal-cells
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Marianne Land, Charles S Rubin
Ca(2+) and diacylglycerol (DAG) activated protein kinase C (cPKC) promotes learning and behavioral plasticity. However, knowledge of in vivo regulation and exact functions of cPKCs that affect behavior is limited. We show that PKC-2, a C. elegans cPKC, is essential for a complex behavior, thermotaxis. C. elegans memorizes a nutrient-associated cultivation temperature (Tc) and migrates along Tc within a 17-25°C gradient. pkc-2 gene disruption abrogated thermotaxis; a PKC-2 transgene, driven by endogenous pkc-2 promoters, restored thermotaxis behavior in pkc-2(-/-) animals...
July 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716609/oxytocin-reduces-alcohol-consumption-in-prairie-voles
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J R Stevenson, S M Wenner, D M Freestone, C C Romaine, M C Parian, S M Christian, A E Bohidar, J R Ndem, I R Vogel, C M O'Kane
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) negatively affects millions of people every year in the United States, and effective treatments for AUD are still needed. The neuropeptide oxytocin has shown promise for reducing alcohol drinking in mice and rats. Because oxytocin also plays a key role in complex prosocial behaviors like bonding and attachment, we tested the effect of oxytocin on alcohol drinking in prairie voles, a species that both consumes high amounts of alcohol and forms oxytocin dependent social bonds in a manner similar to humans...
July 14, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696286/intranasal-oxytocin-treatment-for-social-deficits-and-biomarkers-of-response-in-children-with-autism
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Karen J Parker, Ozge Oztan, Robin A Libove, Raena D Sumiyoshi, Lisa P Jackson, Debra S Karhson, Jacqueline E Summers, Kyle E Hinman, Kara S Motonaga, Jennifer M Phillips, Dean S Carson, Joseph P Garner, Antonio Y Hardan
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by core social deficits. Prognosis is poor, in part, because existing medications target only associated ASD features. Emerging evidence suggests that the neuropeptide oxytocin (OXT) may be a blood-based biomarker of social functioning and a possible treatment for ASD. However, prior OXT treatment trials have produced equivocal results, perhaps because of variability in patients' underlying neuropeptide biology, but this hypothesis has not been tested. Using a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel design, we tested the efficacy and tolerability of 4-wk intranasal OXT treatment (24 International Units, twice daily) in 32 children with ASD, aged 6-12 y...
July 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696162/physiological-and-brain-alterations-produced-by-high-fat-diet-in-male-and-female-rats-can-be-modulated-by-increased-levels-of-estradiol-during-critical-periods-of-development
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Beatriz Carrillo, Paloma Collado, Francisca Díaz, Julie A Chowen, Mª Ángeles Pérez-Izquierdo, Helena Pinos
BACKGROUND: Overnutrition due to a high-fat diet (HFD) can increase the vulnerability of the metabolic system to maladjustments. Estradiol has an inhibitory role on food intake and this hormone has demonstrated to be a crucial organizer during brain development. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to determine whether increased levels of estradiol in the early postnatal period modulate the alterations in metabolism and brain metabolic circuits produced by overnutrition. METHODS: Twenty-four male and 24 female Wistar rats were submitted to a HFD (34...
July 11, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686209/detailed-characterization-of-sympathetic-chain-ganglia-schg-neurons-supplying-the-skin-of-the-porcine-hindlimb
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Anna Kozłowska, Anita Mikołajczyk, Mariusz Majewski
It is generally known that in the skin sympathetic fibers innervate various dermal structures, including sweat glands, blood vessels, arrectores pilorum muscles and hair follicles. However, there is a lack of data about the distribution and chemical phenotyping of the sympathetic chain ganglia (SChG) neurons projecting to the skin of the pig, a model that is physiologically and anatomically very representative for humans. Thus, the present study was designed to establish the origin of the sympathetic fibers supplying the porcine skin of the hind leg, and the pattern(s) of putative co-incidence of dopamine-β-hydroxylase (DβH) with pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP), somatostatin (SOM), neuronal nitric oxide synthase, substance P, vasoactive intestinal peptide, neuropeptide Y (NPY), leu5-enkephalin and galanin (GAL) using combined retrograde tracing and double-labeling immunohistochemistry...
July 7, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676307/new-immunomodulatory-role-of-neuropeptide-y-npy-in-salmo-salar-leucocytes
#20
Roxana González-Stegmaier, Franz Villarroel-Espíndola, René Manríquez, Mauricio López, Mónica Monrás, Jaime Figueroa, Ricardo Enríquez, Alex Romero
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) plays different roles in mammals such as: regulate food intake, memory retention, cardiovascular functions, and anxiety. It has also been shown in the modulation of chemotaxis, T lymphocyte differentiation, and leukocyte migration. In fish, NPY expression and functions have been studied but its immunomodulatory role remains undescribed. This study confirmed the expression and synthesis of NPY in S. salar under inflammation, and validated a commercial antibody for NPY detection in teleost...
July 1, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
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