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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340505/afferent-and-efferent-connections-of-the-interpeduncular-nucleus-with-special-reference-to-circuits-involving-the-habenula-and-raphe-nuclei
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Leandro B Lima, Debora Bueno, Fernanda Leite, Stefani Souza, Luciano Gonçalves, Isadora C Furigo, Jose Donato, Martin Metzger
The habenula is an epithalamic structure differentiated into two nuclear complexes, medial (MHb) and lateral habenula (LHb). Recently, MHb together with its primary target, the interpeduncular nucleus (IP), have been identified as major players in mediating the aversive effects of nicotine. However, structures downstream of the MHb-IP axis, including the median (MnR) and caudal dorsal raphe nucleus (DRC), may contribute to the behavioral effects of nicotine. The afferent and efferent connections of the IP have hitherto not been systematically investigated with sensitive tracers...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334072/the-lateral-habenula-as-a-relay-of-cortical-information-to-process-working-memory
#2
Victor Mathis, Alexandra Barbelivien, Monique Majchrzak, Chantal Mathis, Jean-Christophe Cassel, Lucas Lecourtier
Working memory is a cognitive ability allowing the temporary storage of information to solve problems or adjust behavior. While working memory is known to mainly depend on the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), very few is known about how cortical information are relayed subcortically. By its connectivity, the lateral habenula (lHb) might act as a subcortical relay for cortical information. Indeed, the lHb receives inputs from several mPFC subregions, and recent findings suggest a role for the lHb in online processing of spatial information, a fundamental aspect of working memory...
October 13, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330973/neurokinin-b-regulates-reproduction-via-inhibition-of-kisspeptin-in-a-teleost-the-striped-bass
#3
Nilli Zmora, Ten Tsao Wong, John David Stubblefield, Berta Levavi-Sivan, Yonathan Zohar
Kisspeptin and neurokinin B (NKB) are neuropeptides co-expressed in the mammalian hypothalamus and coordinately control GnRH signaling. We have found that Nkb and kisspeptin neurons are distinct in the teleost, striped bass (stb), and capitalized on this phenomenon to study the mode of action of Nkb and its related neuropeptide-F (Nkf), both of which are encoded by the tac3 gene. In vitro brain slices and in vivo administration studies revealed that Nkb/f consistently down-regulated kiss2, while antagonist (AntD) administration restored this effect...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329910/nucleosome-mobility-and-the-regulation-of-gene-expression-insights-from-single-molecule-studies
#4
REVIEW
Sergei Rudnizky, Omri Malik, Adaiah Bavly, Lilach Pnueli, Philippa Melamed, Ariel Kaplan
Nucleosomes at the promoters of genes regulate the accessibility of the transcription machinery to DNA, and function as a basic layer in the complex regulation of gene expression. Our understanding of the role of the nucleosome's spontaneous, thermally driven position changes in modulating expression is lacking. This is the result of the paucity of experimental data on these dynamics, at high-resolution, and for DNA sequences that belong to real, transcribed genes. We have developed an assay that uses partial, reversible unzipping of nucleosomes with optical tweezers to repeatedly probe a nucleosome's position over time...
March 22, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295807/interaction-of-melatonin-and-gonadotropin-inhibitory-hormone-on-the-zebrafish-brain-pituitary-reproductive-axis
#5
Thangal Yumnamcha, Zeeshan A Khan, Chongtham Rajiv, Sijagurumayum D Devi, Gopinath Mondal, Haobijam S Devi, Rupjyoti Bharali, Asamanja Chattoraj
Circadian cycles and photoperiod are known to influence reproductive physiology in several animals. Neuropeptides, such as gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GNIH) and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GNRH), are influenced by melatonin in birds and mammals. The present study demonstrates the role of melatonin in oocyte maturation in the zebrafish (Danio rerio), via the brain-pituitary-reproductive axis, under different photic conditions. Melatonin was significantly higher both in the whole brain and ovary under continuous dark (DD) compared to continuous light (LL) conditions...
March 10, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295296/anterior-and-posterior-parts-of-the-rat-ventral-tegmental-area-and-the-rostromedial-tegmental-nucleus-receive-topographically-distinct-afferents-from-the-lateral-habenular-complex
#6
Anja Petzel, René Bernard, Wolfram C Poller, Rüdiger W Veh
That activation of the reward system involves increased activity of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) is widely accepted. In contrast, the lateral habenular complex (LHb), which is known as the center of the anti-reward system, directly and indirectly inhibits DA neurons in the VTA. The VTA, however, is not a homogenous entity with major functional differences between its anterior (aVTA) and posterior (pVTA) regions. It is not precisely known, whether habenular input to the aVTA, pVTA, and the newly recognized rostromedial tegmental nucleus (RMTg) are similarily or differently organized...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270756/role-of-the-lateral-habenula-in-pain-associated-depression
#7
Yanhui Li, Yumeng Wang, Chengluan Xuan, Yang Li, Lianhua Piao, Jicheng Li, Hua Zhao
Patients with chronic pain have significantly higher incidences of depression and anxiety than the average person. However, the mechanism underlying this link has not been elucidated in terms of how chronic pain causes significant mood changes and further develops into severe anxiety or depression. The serotonergic system in the raphe nuclei is an important component in both pain processing and the pathogenesis of depression. Since the lateral habenular nucleus (LHb) controls the raphe nuclei, it may participate in the regulation of pain-associated depression...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242307/molecular-identification-of-the-dyn-kor-system-and-its-potential-role-in-the-reproductive-axis-of-goldfish
#8
Yali Liu, Shuisheng Li, Qing Wang, Yu Chen, Xin Qi, Yun Liu, Xiaochun Liu, Haoran Lin, Yong Zhang
To ascertain the significance of the dynorphin/kappa-opioid receptor (Dyn/Kor) system in fish reproduction, prodynorphin (pdyn) cDNA was cloned from goldfish. Two Dyn peptides (DynA and DynB) are present in the goldfish prodynorphin precursor. Both DynA and DynB are biologically active as they are able to functionally interact with the goldfish Kor expressed in cultured eukaryotic cells to suppress forskolin-induced CRE promoter activity. RT-PCR analysis showed that pdyn is widely expressed in brain regions, with the highest expression in hypothalamus...
February 24, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217562/no-holes-transpectoral-tenodesis-technique-vs-tenotomy-of-the-long-head-of-the-biceps-brachii
#9
Enrico Gervasi, Enrico Sebastiani, Enrico Cautero
BACKGROUND: There is no univocal consensus regarding Long Head of the Biceps (LHB) best treatment between tenotomy and tenodesis. There is no consensus regarding the best location to perform the tenodesis. The LHB tenodesis performed by the proximal tendon excision as first step can miss the proper tension to the muscle belly. Fixations proximal to the pectoralis major can lead to groove pain. This study aims to test the efficacy of a new LHB tenodesis technique by comparing its results with the tenotomy...
October 2016: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197776/effects-of-melanocortin-4-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-on-expression-of-genes-related-to-reproduction-in-spotted-scat-scatophagus-argus
#10
Dong-Neng Jiang, Jian-Tao Li, Ya-Xiong Tao, Hua-Pu Chen, Si-Ping Deng, Chun-Hua Zhu, Guang-Li Li
Melanocortin-4 receptor (Mc4r) function related to reproduction in fish has not been extensively investigated. Here, we report on gene expression changes by real-time PCR following treatment with Mc4r agonists and antagonists in the spotted scat (Scatophagus argus). Using in vitro incubated hypothalamus, the Mc4r nonselective agonist NDP-MSH ([Nle(4), D-Phe(7)]-α-melanocyte stimulating hormone; 10(-6) M) and selective agonist THIQ (N-[(3R)-1, 2, 3, 4-Tetrahydroisoquinolinium-3-ylcarbonyl]- (1R)-1-(4-chlorobenzyl)-2-[4-cyclohexyl-4-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethyl) piperidin-1-yl]-2-oxoethylamine; 10(-7) M) significantly increased the expression of gnrh (Gonadotropin releasing hormone), while the Mc4r nonselective antagonist SHU9119 (Ac-Nle-[Asp-His-DPhe/DNal(2')-Arg-Trp-Lys]-NH2; 10(-6) M) and selective antagonist Ipsen 5i (compound 5i synthesized in Ipsen Research Laboratories; 10(-6) M) significantly inhibited gnrh expression after 3 h of incubation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166603/electroacupuncture-attenuates-hyperalgesia-in-rats-withdrawn-from-chronic-alcohol-drinking-via-habenular-mu-opioid-receptors
#11
Jing Li, Caihong Fu, Hongwei Liu, Rao Fu, Wanhong Zuo, Seungwoo Kang, Pei Chen, Danielle Gregor, Rose Paulose, Alex Bekker, Jiang-Hong Ye
BACKGROUND: Hyperalgesia or increased sensitivity to pain is often found in alcoholics during alcohol withdrawal and may contribute to relapse drinking. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and electroacupuncture (EA), through mechanisms involving opioid receptors, may reduce pain and substance dependence and withdrawal syndromes. The lateral habenula (LHb), an epithalamic structure rich in mu opioid receptors (MORs), is a critical target for both drugs of abuse and pain. We previously observed hyperalgesia in rats withdrawn from chronic ethanol (EtOH) drinking and found that EA at the acupoint Zusanli (ST36) reduced EtOH intake...
March 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146397/a-prospective-randomized-study-comparing-the-interference-screw-and-suture-anchor-techniques-for-biceps-tenodesis
#12
Ji Soon Park, Sae Hoon Kim, Ho Jin Jung, Ye Hyun Lee, Joo Han Oh
BACKGROUND: Several methods are used to perform biceps tenodesis in patients with superior labrum-biceps complex (SLBC) lesions accompanied by a rotator cuff tear. However, limited clinical data are available regarding the best technique in terms of clinical and anatomic outcomes. PURPOSE: To compare the clinical and anatomic outcomes of the interference screw (IS) and suture anchor (SA) fixation techniques for biceps tenodesis performed along with arthroscopic rotator cuff repair...
February 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131680/the-chondral-print-sign-what-does-it-really-mean
#13
Peter Domos, Devdatta S Neogi, Umile Giuseppe Longo, Philip M Ahrens
BACKGROUND: The chondral print (CP) sign is a chondral change on the humeral head underneath the long head of the biceps (LHB) tendon. Several suggested causative links have been described, but the pathologic mechanism remains unclear. METHODS: We designed this prospective cohort association study of 102 consecutive shoulder arthroscopies to investigate proposed associations of CP with LHB, rotator cuff, labral pathology, and other chondral lesions. Data collection was by a specifically designed pro forma, and statistical analysis was performed...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109827/involvement-of-lateral-habenula-%C3%AE-1-subunit-containing-gabaa-receptor-mediated-inhibitory-transmission-in-the-regulation-of-depression-related-behaviors-in-experimental-parkinson-s-disease
#14
Tao Wang, Li Zhang, Qiao-Jun Zhang, Yong Wang, Cheng-Xue Du, Yi-Na Sun, Jin Zhang, Shu-Xuan Lv, Li Chen, Jian Liu
The lateral habenula (LHb) plays an important role in the regulation of depression. At present, it is not clear whether GABAA receptor-mediated inhibitory transmission in the LHb is involved in Parkinson's disease (PD)-associated depression. In this study, unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine lesions of the substantia nigra in rats induced depressive-like behaviors and led to hyperactivity of LHb neurons compared to sham-operated rats, which attribute to depletion of dopamine, and decreased synthesis and release of GABA and increased release of glutamate in the LHb...
January 18, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106159/temporal-variations-in-presynaptic-release-probability-in-the-lateral-habenula
#15
Hoyong Park, Myunghyun Cheon, Sungmin Kim, ChiHye Chung
Rhythmicity plays an important role in a number of biological systems. The habenular complex is reported to contain an intrinsic molecular clock and to show rhythmic expression of circadian clock genes and proteins including per2/PER2. In this study, we observed that there is a temporal rhythmicity in the presynaptic efficacy of the lateral habenula (LHb) neurons. We collected a substantial number of recordings at different time points of the day during the light phase. The frequency and amplitude of spontaneous excitatory transmission were increased in the afternoon compared to recordings performed in the morning...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091588/high-molecular-weight-hyaluronic-acid-attenuated-matrix-metalloproteinase-1-and-3-expression-via-cd44-in-tendinopathy
#16
Po-Ting Wu, Li-Chieh Kuo, Fong-Chin Su, Shih-Yao Chen, Tai-I Hsu, Chung-Yi Li, Kuen-Jer Tsai, I-Ming Jou
Evidence indicates that hyaluronic acid (HA) mitigates tendinopathy, but the effect of molecular weight is unclear. We investigated the effects of different concentrations and different molecular weights of HA (350 kDa, 1500 kDa, and 3000 kDa) on matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1 and -3 expression in IL-1β-stimulated rat tenocytes, and on their dynamic expression in peritendinous effusion from patients with long head of biceps (LHB) tendinopathy after high-molecular-weight (HMW)-HA treatments. Reverse transcription PCR, real-time PCR, and ELISA were used to determine MMP-1 and -3expression...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055196/discovery-of-novel-phosphodiesterase-2a-inhibitors-by-structure-based-virtual-screening-structural-optimization-and-bioassay
#17
Chen Zhang, Ling-Jun Feng, Yiyou Huang, Deyan Wu, Zhe Li, Qian Zhou, Yinuo Wu, Hai-Bin Luo
Phosphodiesterase-2A (PDE2A) is a potential therapeutic target for treatment of Alzheimer's disease and pulmonary hypertension. However, most of the current PDE2A inhibitors have moderate selectivity over other PDEs. In the present study, we described the discovery of novel PDE2A inhibitors by structure-based virtual screening combining pharmacophore model screening, molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulations, and bioassay validation. Nine hits out of 30 molecules from the SPECS database (a hit rate of 30%) inhibited PDE2A with affinity less than 50 μM...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053043/habenula-induced-inhibition-of-midbrain-dopamine-neurons-is-diminished-by-lesions-of-the-rostromedial-tegmental-nucleus
#18
P Leon Brown, Heather Palacorolla, Dana Brady, Katelyn Riegger, Greg I Elmer, Paul D Shepard
Neurons in the lateral habenula (LHb) are transiently activated by aversive events and have been implicated in associative learning. Functional changes associated with tonic and phasic activation of the LHb are often attributed to a corresponding inhibition of midbrain dopamine (DA) neurons. Activation of GABAergic neurons in the rostromedial tegmental nucleus (RMTg), a region that receives dense projections from the LHb and projects strongly to midbrain monoaminergic nuclei, is believed to underlie the transient inhibition of DA neurons attributed to activation of the LHb...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043748/subpectoral-biceps-tenodesis-for-tenosynovitis-of-the-long-head-of-the-biceps-in-active-patients-younger-than-45%C3%A2-years-old
#19
Dimitri S Tahal, J Christoph Katthagen, Alexander R Vap, Marilee P Horan, Peter J Millett
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to assess the outcomes after subpectoral biceps tenodesis (BT) for long head of the biceps (LHB) tenosynovitis in active patients <45 years old. METHODS: This was an Institutional Review Board-approved, retrospective outcomes study with prospectively collected data. Patients treated with subpectoral BT were included if they met the following criteria: age <45 years, anterior shoulder pain with arthroscopically confirmed LHB tenosynovitis, no concomitant procedures other than debridement and decompression procedures, and minimum 2 years out from surgery...
December 30, 2016: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025973/lateral-habenula-involvement-in-impulsive-cocaine-seeking
#20
Agustin Zapata, Eun-Kyung Hwang, Carl R Lupica
The lateral habenula (LHb) is a brain structure receiving inputs from limbic forebrain areas and innervating major midbrain monoaminergic nuclei. Evidence indicates LHb involvement in sleep control, reward-based decision making, avoidance of punishment, and responses to stress. Additional work has established that the LHb mediates negative feedback in response to aversive events. As a hallmark of drug addiction is the inability to limit drug use despite negative consequences, we hypothesize that LHb dysfunction may have a role in the lack of control over drug seeking...
April 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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