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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548869/neurotransmitter-receptor-availability-in-the-rat-brain-is-constant-in-a-24-hour-period
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A Oskamp, F Wedekind, T Kroll, D Elmenhorst, A Bauer
Wakefulness and sleep are fundamental characteristics of the brain. We, therefore, hypothesized that transmitter systems contribute to their regulation and will exhibit circadian alterations. We assessed the concentration of various neurotransmitter receptors and transporters including adenosinergic (A1AR, A2AAR, and ENT1), dopaminergic (D1R, D2R, and DAT), and serotonergic (5-HT2AR) target proteins. Adult male Sprague Dawley rats were used and maintained in a 12 h light: 12 h dark cycle (lights on from 07:00 h to 19:00 h)...
May 26, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532225/pneumonia-in-nursing-home-patients-with-advanced-dementia-decisions-intravenous-rehydration-therapy-and-discomfort
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Jenny T van der Steen, Paola Di Giulio, Fabrizio Giunco, Massimo Monti, Simona Gentile, Daniele Villani, Silvia Finetti, Francesca Pettenati, Lorena Charrier, Franco Toscani
BACKGROUND: Comfort may be an appropriate goal in advanced dementia. Longitudinal studies on physician decision-making and discomfort assessed by direct observation are rare, and intravenous rehydration therapy is controversial. METHODS: To assess treatment decisions and discomfort in patients with advanced dementia and pneumonia and to compare by intravenous rehydration therapy, we used data from the observational multicenter Italian End of Life Observatory-Prospective Study On DEmentia patients Care...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530234/n-alkylated-analogs-of-4-methylamphetamine-4-ma-differentially-affect-monoamine-transporters-and-abuse-liability
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Ernesto Solis, John S Partilla, Farhana Sakloth, Iwona Ruchala, Kathryn L Schwienteck, Louis J De Felice, Jose M Eltit, Richard A Glennon, S Stevens Negus, Michael H Baumann
Clandestine chemists synthesize novel stimulant drugs by exploiting structural templates known to target monoamine transporters for dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin (DAT, NET, and SERT, respectively). 4-Methylamphetamine (4-MA) is an emerging drug of abuse that interacts with transporters, but limited structure-activity data are available for its analogs. Here we employed uptake and release assays in rat brain synaptosomes, voltage-clamp current measurements in cells expressing transporters, and calcium flux assays in cells co-expressing transporters and calcium channels to study the effects of increasing N-alkyl chain length of 4-MA on interactions at DAT, NET and SERT...
May 22, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523568/role-of-dopamine-projections-from-ventral-tegmental-area-to-nucleus-accumbens-and-medial-prefrontal-cortex-in-reinforcement-behaviors-assessed-using-optogenetic-manipulation
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Xiao Han, Man-Yi Jing, Tai-Yun Zhao, Ning Wu, Rui Song, Jin Li
Dopamine (DA) neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) are predicted to play important roles in reward. In pharmacological studies, the rewarding effects of methamphetamine are mediated by DA neurons localized in the VTA. The nucleus accumbens (NAc) and medial prefrontal cortices (mPFC) are the main projections from the VTA. However, the role of these projections remains unclear, particularly the mPFC projections. In the present study, DAT-Cre transgenic mice received an injection of adeno-associated viral vectors encoding channelrhodopsin2 (ChR2) or control vector into the VTA resulting in the selective expression of these opsins in DA neurons...
May 19, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520872/glucocerebrosidase-deficiency-in-dopaminergic-neurons-induces-microglial-activation-without-neurodegeneration
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Federico N Soria, Michel Engeln, Marta Martinez-Vicente, Christelle Glangetas, María José López-González, Sandra Dovero, Benjamin Dehay, Elisabeth Normand, Miquel Vila, Alexandre Favereaux, François Georges, Christophe Lo Bianco, Erwan Bezard, Pierre-Olivier Fernagut
Mutations in the GBA1 gene encoding the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase (GBA1) are important risk factors for Parkinson's disease (PD). In vitro, altered GBA1 activity promotes alpha-synuclein accumulation while elevated levels of alpha-synuclein compromise GBA1 function, thus supporting a pathogenic mechanism in PD. However, the mechanisms by which GBA1 deficiency is linked to increased risk of PD remains elusive, partially because of lack of aged models of GBA1 deficiency. Since knocking-out GBA1 in the entire brain induces massive neurodegeneration and early death, we generated a mouse model of GBA1 deficiency amenable to investigate the long-term consequences of compromised GBA1 function in dopaminergic neurons...
May 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520803/multiple-modality-biomarker-prediction-of-cognitive-impairment-in-prospectively-followed-de-novo-parkinson-disease
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Chelsea Caspell-Garcia, Tanya Simuni, Duygu Tosun-Turgut, I-Wei Wu, Yu Zhang, Mike Nalls, Andrew Singleton, Leslie A Shaw, Ju-Hee Kang, John Q Trojanowski, Andrew Siderowf, Christopher Coffey, Shirley Lasch, Dag Aarsland, David Burn, Lana M Chahine, Alberto J Espay, Eric D Foster, Keith A Hawkins, Irene Litvan, Irene Richard, Daniel Weintraub
OBJECTIVES: To assess the neurobiological substrate of initial cognitive decline in Parkinson's disease (PD) to inform patient management, clinical trial design, and development of treatments. METHODS: We longitudinally assessed, up to 3 years, 423 newly diagnosed patients with idiopathic PD, untreated at baseline, from 33 international movement disorder centers. Study outcomes were four determinations of cognitive impairment or decline, and biomarker predictors were baseline dopamine transporter (DAT) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scan, structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI; volume and thickness), diffusion tensor imaging (mean diffusivity and fractional anisotropy), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF; amyloid beta [Aβ], tau and alpha synuclein), and 11 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) previously associated with PD cognition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511387/erythrocyte-alloimmunization-and-autoimmunization-among-blood-donors-and-recipients-visiting-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Daljit Kaur, Lovenish Bains, Manoj Kandwal, Indu Parmar
INTRODUCTION: The ultimate aim of pretransfusion testing is the acceptable survival of donor red cells in recipient's body and antibody detection plays a critical role in achieving the same. The cornerstone of antibody detection method is detecting an unexpected antibody as against the expected antibodies of ABO blood group system. Autoantibodies can also interfere with the detection of clinically significant alloantibodies. AIM: To study the frequency of alloantibodies and autoantibodies in the healthy blood donors and patient population visiting our hospital...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511263/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-functional-psychogenic-parkinsonism
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Kathrin LaFaver, Alberto J Espay
Functional (psychogenic) parkinsonism (FP) is recognized by the mandatory combination of marked slowness without progressive decrement on repetitive manual tasks and variable resistance against passive movements in the absence of cogwheel rigidity. Other functional phenotypes, such as functional tremor and functional gait impairment, may coexist. Although neither necessary nor sufficient for the diagnosis of FP, supportive historical clues include the sudden onset of symptoms and absent or nonphysiologic response to levodopa...
April 2017: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510587/sibling-method-increases-risk-assessment-estimates-for-type-1-diabetes
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Hoang V Lam, Dat T Nguyen, Cao D Nguyen
We presented a risk assessment model to distinguish between type 1 diabetes (T1D) affected and unaffected siblings using only three single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotypes. In addition we calculated the heritability from genome-wide identity-by-descent (IBD) sharing between full siblings. We analyzed 1,253 pairs of affected individuals and their unaffected siblings (750 pairs from a discovery set and 503 pairs from a validation set) from the T1D Genetics Consortium (T1DGC), applying a logistic regression to analyze the area under the receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curve (AUC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506818/measuring-inhibition-of-monoamine-reuptake-transporters-by-new-psychoactive-substances-nps-in-real-time-using-a-high-throughput-fluorescence-based-assay
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Anne Zwartsen, Anouk H A Verboven, Regina G D M van Kleef, Fiona M J Wijnolts, Remco H S Westerink, Laura Hondebrink
The prevalence and use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) is increasing and currently over 600 NPS exist. Many illicit drugs and NPS increase brain monoamine levels by inhibition and/or reversal of monoamine reuptake transporters (DAT, NET and SERT). This is often investigated using labor-intensive, radiometric endpoint measurements. We investigated the applicability of a novel and innovative assay that is based on a fluorescent monoamine mimicking substrate. DAT, NET or SERT-expressing human embryonic kidney (HEK293) cells were exposed to common drugs (cocaine, dl-amphetamine or MDMA), NPS (4-fluoroamphetamine, PMMA, α-PVP, 5-APB, 2C-B, 25B-NBOMe, 25I-NBOMe or methoxetamine) or the antidepressant fluoxetine...
May 12, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501767/garlic-derived-organosulfur-compound-exerts-antitumor-efficacy-via-activation-of-mapk-pathway-and-modulation-of-cytokines-in-sgc-7901-tumor-bearing-mice
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Xiaoyan Jiang, Xiaosong Zhu, Weizhen Huang, Hongya Xu, Zhongxi Zhao, Siying Li, Shanzhong Li, Jianhua Cai, Jimin Cao
Diallyl trisulfide (DATS), a natural agent derived from garlic, has been tested for its antigastric cancer activities in various preliminary studies. However, more systematic pharmacodymatic (PD) and mechanistic evaluations are clearly needed. The aim of this study was to investigate the antitumor effects of DATS in the treatment of human gastric cancer cell SGC-7901 both in vitro and in vivo using widely recommended study procedures. DATS suppressed cancer cells proliferation and induced cell cycle arrest accompanied by an increase in the expressions of cyclin A2 and cyclin B1 in SGC-7901 cancer cells...
May 11, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499316/-diagnostic-and-prescription-behavior-of-general-practitioners-and-specialist-physicians-in-patients-with-dementia-in-2005-and-2015-in-germany
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Jens Bohlken, Karel Kostev
Research Question Did the diagnostic and treatment behavior of general practitioners and specialists in patients with dementia (PWD) change in Germany over a period of 11 years (2005 vs. 2015)? Methods We performed a retrospective, database-based evaluation of diagnostic and prescription data from more than 398 general practices (GP) and 50 specialist practices (SP). Results Compared to 2005, in 2015, the number of PWD had increased by 40.7 % in GP and by 52.4 % in SP. The proportion of patients with DAT (Alzheimer's Disease) had increased from 45...
May 12, 2017: Psychiatrische Praxis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499190/ellagitannin-and-flavonoid-constituents-from-agrimonia-pilosa-ledeb-with-their-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-and-acetylcholinesterase-inhibitory-activities
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Duc Hung Nguyen, U Min Seo, Bing Tian Zhao, Duc Dat Le, Su Hui Seong, Jae Sue Choi, Byung Sun Min, Mi Hee Woo
A new ellagitannin, agritannin (1), a new flavone glycoside, agriflavone (2), and another flavone glycoside with spectroscopic data reported for the first time, kaempferol-3-O-[(S)-3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl (1→6)]-β-d-glucoside (3), along with 16 known compounds were isolated from the aerial parts of Agrimonia pilosa Ledeb. These compounds were evaluated for PTP1B inhibitory activity. Among them, compounds 9 and 18 displayed potential inhibitory activity against PTP1B with IC50 values of 7.14±1.75 and 7...
April 30, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499188/ptp1b-inhibitors-from-selaginella-tamariscina-beauv-spring-and-their-kinetic-properties-and-molecular-docking-simulation
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Duc Dat Le, Duc Hung Nguyen, Bing Tian Zhao, Su Hui Seong, Jae Sue Choi, Seok Kyu Kim, Jeong Ah Kim, Byung Sun Min, Mi Hee Woo
Diabetes is one of the most popular worldwide diseases, regulated by the defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both. The overexpression of protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) was found to down-regulate the insulin-receptor activation. PTP1B has been known as a strategy for the treatment of diabetes via the regulation of insulin signal transduction pathway. Herein, we investigated the PTP1B inhibitors isolated from natural sources. The chemical investigation of Selaginella tamariscina (Beauv.) Spring revealed seven unsaturated alkynyl phenols 1-7, four new selaginellins T-W 1-4 together with three known compounds 5-7 isolated from the aerial parts...
May 2, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495886/the-sigma-1-receptor-modulates-dopamine-transporter-conformation-and-cocaine-binding-and-may-thereby-potentiate-cocaine-self-administration-in-rats
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Weimin Conrad Hong, Hideaki Yano, Takato Hiranita, Frederick T Chin, Christopher R McCurdy, Tsung-Ping Su, Susan G Amara, Jonathan L Katz
The dopamine transporter (DAT) regulates dopamine (DA) neurotransmission by recapturing DA into the presynaptic terminals, and is a principal target of the psychostimulant cocaine. The sigma-1 receptor (σ1R) is a molecular chaperone, and its ligands have been shown to modulate dopamine neuronal signaling, although their effects on DAT activity are unclear. Here, we report that the prototypical σ1R agonist (+)-pentazocine potentiated the dose response of cocaine self-administration in rats, consistent with effects of the σR agonists PRE-084 and DTG reported previously...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495607/prenatal-exposure-to-lambda-cyhalothrin-alters-brain-dopaminegric-signalling-in-developing-rats
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Yogesh K Dhuriya, Pranay Srivastava, Rajendra K Shukla, Richa Gupta, Dhirendra Singh, Devendra Parmar, Aditya B Pant, Vinay K Khanna
The present study is focused to decipher the molecular mechanisms associated with dopaminergic alterations in corpus striatum of developing rats exposed prenatally to lambda-cyhalothrin (LCT), a new generation type II synthetic pyrethroid. There was no significant change in the mRNA and protein expression of DA-D1 receptors at any of the doses of LCT (0.5, 1 & 3mg/kg body weight) in corpus striatum of developing rats exposed prenatally to LCT on PD22 & PD45. Prenatal exposure to LCT (1 & 3mg/kg body weight) resulted to decrease the level of mRNA and protein of DA-D2 receptors in corpus stratum of developing rats on PD22 as compared to controls...
May 8, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495190/antibodies-to-toxoplasma-gondii-and-leishmania-spp-in-domestic-cats-from-luanda-angola
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Ana Patrícia Lopes, Ana Cristina Oliveira, Sara Granada, Filipa T Rodrigues, Elias Papadopoulos, Henk Schallig, Jitender P Dubey, Luís Cardoso
Toxoplasma gondii and Leishmania spp. are zoonotic protozoa of importance to animal and public health. The present study aimed to assess for the first time the seroprevalence of these zoonotic parasites in a domestic feline population living in Luanda, Angola. One hundred and two cats were sampled at a veterinary medical centre, from May 2014 to February 2016. The age of the cats ranged from 2.5 to 143 months (median: 12 months; interquartile range: 7.5-24). Serum samples were tested for immunoglobulin (Ig) G antibodies to T...
May 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492971/current-conservation-status-of-germain-s-langur-trachypithecus-germaini-in-vietnam
#18
Bang Van Tran, Minh Anh Nguyen, Dat Quoc Nguyen, Quan Bich Thi Truong, Andie Ang, Herbert H Covert, Duc Minh Hoang
Following the split of the silvered langurs of Indochina into two species based on molecular and phenotypic data, there is a need to reevaluate their distribution and update their conservation status. Here, we report the distribution and assess the population size of Germain's langur (Trachypithecus germaini) within its known range across Vietnam. We confirmed this species at six of seven survey sites in different habitats within three provinces in the Mekong Delta Region, including semi-evergreen forest at the Seven Mountains of An Giang Province, mangrove forest in Ngoc Hien and Nam Can Districts and Melaleuca forest in U Minh Ha National Park of Ca Mau Province, and limestone forest at Kien Luong Karst Area and semi-evergreen and evergreen forests at Phu Quoc National Park of Kien Giang Province...
May 10, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492278/direct-and-systemic-administration-of-a-cns-permeant-tamoxifen-analog-reduces-amphetamine-induced-dopamine-release-and-reinforcing-effects
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Colleen Carpenter, Alexander G Zestos, Rachel Altshuler, Roderick J Sorenson, Bipasha Guptaroy, Hollis D Showalter, Robert T Kennedy, Emily Jutkiewicz, Margaret E Gnegy
Amphetamines (AMPHs) are globally abused. With no effective treatment for AMPH addiction to date, there is urgent need for the identification of druggable targets that mediate the reinforcing action of this stimulant class. AMPH-stimulated dopamine efflux is modulated by protein kinase C (PKC) activation. Inhibition of PKC reduces AMPH-stimulated dopamine efflux and locomotor activity. The only known CNS-permeant PKC inhibitor is the selective estrogen receptor modulator tamoxifen. In this study we demonstrate that a tamoxifen analog, 6c, which more potently inhibits PKC than tamoxifen but lacks affinity for the estrogen receptor, reduces AMPH-stimulated increases in extracellular dopamine and reinforcement-related behavior...
May 11, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466092/repeated-social-defeat-and-the-rewarding-effects-of-cocaine-in-adult-and-adolescent-mice-dopamine-transcription-factors-probdnf-signaling-pathways-and-the-trkb-receptor-in-the-mesolimbic-system
#20
Sandra Montagud-Romero, Cristina Nuñez, M Carmen Blanco-Gandia, Elena Martínez-Laorden, María A Aguilar, Javier Navarro-Zaragoza, Pilar Almela, Maria-Victoria Milanés, María-Luisa Laorden, José Miñarro, Marta Rodríguez-Arias
RATIONALE: Repeated social defeat (RSD) increases the rewarding effects of cocaine in adolescent and adult rodents. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to compare the long-term effects of RSD on the conditioned rewarding effects of cocaine and levels of the transcription factors Pitx3 and Nurr1 in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), the dopamine transporter (DAT), the D2 dopamine receptor (D2DR) and precursor of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (proBDNF) signaling pathways, and the tropomyosin-related kinase B (TrkB) receptor in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in adult and adolescent mice...
May 2, 2017: Psychopharmacology
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