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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903474/nitric-oxide-heat-shock-protein-axis-in-menopausal-hot-flushes-neglected-metabolic-issues-of-chronic-inflammatory-diseases-associated-with-deranged-heat-shock-response
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Antônio Azambuja Miragem, Paulo Ivo Homem de Bittencourt
BACKGROUND: Although some unequivocal underlying mechanisms of menopausal hot flushes have been demonstrated in animal models, the paucity of similar approaches in humans impedes further mechanistic outcomes. Human studies might show some as yet unexpected physiological mechanisms of metabolic adaptation that permeate the phase of decreased oestrogen levels in both symptomatic and asymptomatic women. This is particularly relevant because both the severity and time span of hot flushes are associated with increased risk of chronic inflammatory disease...
September 1, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860091/a-quantitative-study-of-neurochemically-defined-populations-of-inhibitory-interneurons-in-the-superficial-dorsal-horn-of-the-mouse-spinal-cord
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Kieran A Boyle, Maria Gutierrez-Mecinas, Erika Polgár, Nicole Mooney, Emily O'Connor, Takahiro Furuta, Masahiko Watanabe, Andrew J Todd
Around a quarter of neurons in laminae I-II of the dorsal horn are inhibitory interneurons. These play an important role in modulating somatosensory information, including that perceived as pain or itch. Previous studies in rat identified four largely non-overlapping neurochemical populations among these cells, defined by expression of galanin, neuropeptide Y (NPY), neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) or parvalbumin. The galanin cells were subsequently shown to coexpress dynorphin. Several recent studies have used genetically modified mice to investigate the function of different interneuron populations, and it is therefore important to determine whether the same pattern applies in mouse, and to estimate the relative sizes of these populations...
August 30, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857070/repeated-administration-of-opra-kappa-ly2456302-a-novel-short-acting-selective-kop-r-antagonist-in-persons-with-and-without-cocaine-dependence
#3
Brian Reed, Eduardo R Butelman, Rebecca Fry, Rachel Kimani, Mary Jeanne Kreek
The KOP-r system and its endogenous ligands, the dynorphins, are involved in the neurobiological regulation of addictive states, and of mood. There is limited data on the impact of selective KOP-r antagonism in humans on basic bio-behavioral functions, or on addictive diseases and mood disorders. Previously studied selective KOP-r antagonists have unusual pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties (slow development of KOP-r selectivity, extremely long duration of action), which limit translation to human studies...
August 31, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802836/neocortical-prodynorphin-expression-is-transiently-increased-with-learning-implications-for-time-and-learning-dependent-neocortical-kappa-opioid-receptor-activation
#4
Ryan Loh, Sean Collins, Roberto Galvez
There are several lines of evidence that indicate a prominent role for the opioid system in the acquisition and consolidation of learned associations. Specifically, kappa opioid receptor (KOR) modulation has been demonstrated to alter various behavioral tasks including whisker trace eyeblink conditioning (WTEB). WTEB is an associative conditioning paradigm in which a neutral conditioned stimulus (CS; Whisker stimulation) is paired following a short stimulus free trace interval with a salient unconditioned stimulus that elicits a blink response (US; Eye shock)...
August 9, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800500/sb223412-a-neurokinin-3-receptor-selective-antagonist-suppresses-testosterone-secretion-in-male-guinea-pigs
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Sho Nakamura, Yoshiko Ito, Koki Yamamoto, Chudai Takahashi, Mingdao Dai, Miyu Tanahashi, Yoshihisa Uenoyama, Hiroko Tsukamura, Shinya Oishi, Kei-Ichiro Maeda, Fuko Matsuda
Guinea pigs are important zoo animals and have been recommended for animal-assisted activities or therapy, however there are problems concerning testosterone inducing aggressive or sexual behaviors in male guinea pigs. Testicular testosterone secretion is regulated by pulsatile gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH)/luteinizing hormone (LH) release in mammals. The mechanism generating GnRH/LH pulses is thought to be governed by kisspeptin neurons, which coexpress neurokinin B (NKB) and dynorphin A (Dyn), in the arcuate nucleus (ARC)...
July 31, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726252/central-amygdala-relaxin-3-relaxin-family-peptide-receptor-3-signalling-modulates-alcohol-seeking-in-rats
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Leigh C Walker, Hanna E Kastman, Elena V Krstew, Andrew L Gundlach, Andrew J Lawrence
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Alcohol use disorders are a leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide, and stress is a major trigger of relapse. The neuropeptide relaxin-3 and its cognate receptor, relaxin family peptide receptor 3 (RXFP3), modulate stress-induced relapse to alcohol seeking in rats, and while the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis has been implicated in this regard, the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) also receives a relaxin-3 innervation and CeA neurons densely express RXFP3 mRNA...
October 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722336/evidence-for-the-modulation-of-nociception-in-mice-by-central-mast-cells
#7
C L Kissel, K J Kovács, A A Larson
BACKGROUND: Hyperalgesia that develops following nerve ligation corresponds temporally and in magnitude with the number of thalamic mast cells located contralateral to the ligature. We tested the possibility that mast cells modulate nociception centrally, similar to their role in the periphery. METHODS: We examined the central effect of two hyperalgesic compounds that induce mast cell degranulation and of stabilized mast cells using cromolyn. RESULTS: Thermal hyperalgesia (tail flick) induced by nerve growth factor (NGF, a neurotrophic compound) and mechanical hyperalgesia (von Frey) induced by dynorphin A (1-17) (opioid compound) each correlated with the per cent of thalamic mast cells that were degranulated...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664358/oxytocin-intranasal-administration-affects-neural-networks-upstream-of-gnrh-neurons
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Mohammad Saied Salehi, Homayoun Khazali, Fariba Mahmoudi, Mahyar Janahmadi
The last decade has witnessed a surge in studies on the clinical applications of intranasal oxytocin as a method of enhancing social interaction. However, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying its function are not completely understood. Since oxytocin is involved in the regulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis by affecting the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GNRH) system, the present study addressed whether intranasal application of oxytocin has a role in affecting GNRH expression in the male rat hypothalamus...
August 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
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
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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/28649993/kappa-opioid-receptor-activation-in-dopamine-neurons-disrupts-behavioral-inhibition
#10
Antony D Abraham, Harrison M Fontaine, Allisa J Song, Mackenzie M Andrews, Madison A Baird, Brigitte L Kieffer, Benjamin B Land, Charles Chavkin
The dynorphin/kappa opioid receptor (KOR) system has been previously implicated in the regulation of cognition, but the neural circuitry and molecular mechanisms underlying KOR-mediated cognitive disruption are unknown. Here, we used an operational test of cognition involving timing and behavioral inhibition and found that systemic KOR activation impairs performance of male and female C57BL/6 mice in the differential reinforcement of low response rates (DRL) task. Systemic KOR antagonism also blocked stress-induced disruptions of DRL performance...
June 26, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630099/kndy-neurone-activation-prior-to-the-lh-surge-of-the-ewe-is-disrupted-by-lps
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Chrysanthi Fergani, Jean Routly, David Jones, Lucy Pickavance, Robert Frank Smith, Hilary Dobson
In the ewe, steroid hormones act on the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC) to initiate the GnRH/LH surge. Within the ARC, steroid signal transduction may be mediated by dopamine, β-endorphin or neuropeptide Y (NPY) expressing cells, as well as those co-localising kisspeptin, neurokinin B (NKB), and dynorphin (termed KNDy). We investigated the time during the follicular phase when these cells become activated (i.e., co-localise c-Fos) relative to the timing of the LH surge onset and may, therefore, be involved in the surge generating mechanism...
June 19, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589966/role-of-%C3%AE%C2%BA-opioid-receptors-in-the-bed-nucleus-of-stria-terminalis-in-reinstatement-of-alcohol-seeking
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A D Lê, Douglas Funk, Kathleen Coen, Sahar Tamadon, Yavin Shaham
κ-Opioid receptors (KORs) and their endogenous ligand dynorphin are involved in stress-induced alcohol seeking but the mechanisms involved are largely unknown. We previously showed that systemic injections of the KOR agonist U50,488, which induce stress-like aversive states, reinstate alcohol seeking after extinction of the alcohol-reinforced responding. Here, we used the neuronal activity marker Fos and site-specific injections of the KOR antagonist nor-BNI and U50,488 to study brain mechanisms of U50,488-induced reinstatement of alcohol seeking...
June 7, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475285/evidence-of-involvement-of-neurone-glia-neurone-neurone-communications-via-gap-junctions-in-synchronised-activity-of-kndy-neurones
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K Ikegami, S Minabe, N Ieda, T Goto, A Sugimoto, S Nakamura, N Inoue, S Oishi, A D Maturana, M Sanbo, M Hirabayashi, K-I Maeda, H Tsukamura, Y Uenoyama
Pulsatile secretion of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH)/luteinising hormone is indispensable for the onset of puberty and reproductive activities at adulthood in mammalian species. A cohort of neurones expressing three neuropeptides, namely kisspeptin, encoded by the Kiss1 gene, neurokinin B (NKB) and dynorphin A, localised in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC), so-called KNDy neurones, comprises a putative intrinsic source of the GnRH pulse generator. Synchronous activity among KNDy neurones is considered to be required for pulsatile GnRH secretion...
June 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464209/alanine-scan-of-the-opioid-peptide-dynorphin-b-amide
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Anand A Joshi, Thomas F Murray, Jane V Aldrich
To date structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies of the dynorphins (Dyn), endogenous peptides for kappa opioid receptors (KOR), have focused almost exclusively on Dyn A with minimal studies on Dyn B. While both Dyn A and Dyn B have identical N-terminal sequences, their C-terminal sequences differ, which could result in differences in pharmacological activity. We performed an alanine scan of the non-glycine residues up through residue 11 of Dyn B amide to explore the roles of these side chains in the activity of Dyn B...
September 2017: Biopolymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449351/long-term-plasticity-of-corticostriatal-synapses-is-modulated-by-pathway-specific-co-release-of-opioids-through-%C3%AE%C2%BA-opioid-receptors
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Sarah L Hawes, Armando G Salinas, David M Lovinger, Kim T Blackwell
KEY POINTS: Both endogenous opioids and opiate drugs of abuse modulate learning of habitual and goal-directed actions, and can also modify long-term plasticity of corticostriatal synapses. Striatal projection neurons of the direct pathway co-release the opioid neuropeptide dynorphin which can inhibit dopamine release via κ-opioid receptors. Theta-burst stimulation of corticostriatal fibres produces long-term potentiation (LTP) in striatal projection neurons when measured using whole-cell patch recording...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444173/tac1-signaling-is-required-for-sexual-maturation-and-responsiveness-of-gnrh-neurons-to-kisspeptin-in-the-male-mouse
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Caroline A Maguire, Yong Bhum Song, Min Wu, Silvia León, Rona S Carroll, Meenakshi Alreja, Ursula B Kaiser, Víctor M Navarro
The tachykinins substance P (SP) and neurokinin A (Tac1) have emerged as novel regulators of kisspeptin/GnRH release. Recently, we documented that SP modulates reproductive function in the female mouse. Here, we extended this characterization to the male mouse. Tac1-/- male mice showed delayed puberty onset. They also presented significantly decreased expression levels of Pdyn (dynorphin) and Nos1 (nitric oxide synthase) in the mediobasal hypothalamus and elevated Gnrh1 levels. Unexpectedly, the response of Tac1-/- mice to central kisspeptin or senktide (neurokinin B receptor-agonist) administration was significantly decreased compared with controls, despite the preserved ability of GnRH neurons to stimulate luteinizing hormone release as demonstrated by central N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor administration, suggesting a deficit at the GnRH neuron level...
July 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442370/modulation-of-drug-choice-by-extended-drug-access-and-withdrawal-in-rhesus-monkeys-implications-for-negative-reinforcement-as-a-driver-of-addiction-and-target-for-medications-development
#17
REVIEW
S Stevens Negus, Matthew L Banks
Chronic drug exposure is hypothesized to recruit negative reinforcement processes that increase the magnitude and alter the mechanisms of drug reinforcement. Candidate substrates of negative reinforcement include increased signaling via stress-related neurotransmitters such as corticotropin releasing factor (CRF, acting at CRF receptors) or dynorphin (acting at kappa opioid receptors) and/or decreased signaling via reward-related neurotransmitters such as dopamine. Determinants of drug reinforcement can be examined with choice procedures, in which subjects choose between a drug of interest (e...
April 22, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431971/influence-of-stress-associated-with-chronic-alcohol-exposure-on-drinking
#18
REVIEW
Howard C Becker
Stress is commonly regarded as an important trigger for relapse and a significant factor that promotes increased motivation to drink in some individuals. However, the relationship between stress and alcohol is complex, likely changing in form during the transition from early moderated alcohol use to more heavy uncontrolled alcohol intake. A growing body of evidence indicates that prolonged excessive alcohol consumption serves as a potent stressor, producing persistent dysregulation of brain reward and stress systems beyond normal homeostatic limits...
August 1, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425121/role-of-the-dynorphin-kappa-opioid-receptor-system-in-the-motivational-effects-of-ethanol
#19
REVIEW
Rachel I Anderson, Howard C Becker
Evidence has demonstrated that dynorphin (DYN) and the kappa opioid receptor (KOR) system contribute to various psychiatric disorders, including anxiety, depression, and addiction. More recently, this endogenous opioid system has received increased attention as a potential therapeutic target for treating alcohol use disorders. In this review, we provide an overview and synthesis of preclinical studies examining the influence of alcohol (ethanol [EtOH]) exposure on DYN/KOR expression and function, as well as studies examining the effects of DYN/KOR manipulation on EtOH's rewarding and aversive properties...
August 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376659/kappa-opioid-receptor-antagonists-a-possible-new-class-of-therapeutics-for-migraine-prevention
#20
Jennifer Y Xie, Milena De Felice, Caroline M Kopruszinski, Nathan Eyde, Justin LaVigne, Bethany Remeniuk, Pablo Hernandez, Xu Yue, Naomi Goshima, Michael Ossipov, Tamara King, John M Streicher, Edita Navratilova, David Dodick, Hugh Rosen, Ed Roberts, Frank Porreca
Background Stress is the most commonly reported migraine trigger. Dynorphin, an endogenous opioid peptide acting preferentially at kappa opioid receptors (KORs), is a key mediator of stress responses. The aim of this study was to use an injury-free rat model of functional cephalic pain with features of migraine and medication overuse headache (MOH) to test the possible preventive benefit of KOR blockade on stress-induced cephalic pain. Methods Following sumatriptan priming to model MOH, rats were hyper-responsive to environmental stress, demonstrating delayed cephalic and extracephalic allodynia and increased levels of CGRP in the jugular blood, consistent with commonly observed clinical outcomes during migraine...
July 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
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