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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930497/the-comt-val158met-polymorphism-is-associated-with-response-to-add-on-dextromethorphan-treatment-in-bipolar-disorder
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Sheng-Yu Lee, Shiou-Lan Chen, Tzu-Yun Wang, Yun-Hsuan Chang, Po See Chen, San-Yuan Huang, Nian-Sheng Tzeng, Liang-Jen Wang, I Hui Lee, Kao Ching Chen, Yen Kuang Yang, Ru-Band Lu
PURPOSE/BACKGROUND: We previously conducted a randomized, double-blind, controlled, 12-week study evaluating the effect of add-on dextromethorphan (DM), a noncompetitive N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist, on patients with bipolar disorder (BD) treated using valproate (VPA), which showed negative clinical differences. The genetic variation between each individual may be responsible for interindividual differences. The catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene has been a candidate gene for BD...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928635/valproic-acid-attenuates-renal-fibrosis-through-the-induction-of-autophagy
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Koichiro Kawaoka, Shigehiro Doi, Ayumu Nakashima, Kyoko Yamada, Toshinori Ueno, Toshiki Doi, Takao Masaki
BACKGROUND: Renal fibrosis is a common pathological feature of the progression of chronic kidney disease. Although valproic acid (VPA) has been recently shown to induce autophagy, the effect of VPA-induced autophagy on renal fibrosis remains unknown. We, therefore, investigated whether VPA-induced autophagy suppresses renal fibrosis in a mouse model of unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO). METHODS: Male C57BL/6 mice were divided into five groups (n = 8 per group): (1) sham group; (2) vehicle group; (3) VPA-treated group; (4) 3-methyladenine (3-MA; autophagy inhibitor)-treated group; and (5) VPA plus 3-MA-treated group...
December 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919769/transcriptomic-changes-in-rat-cortex-and-brainstem-after-cortical-spreading-depression-with-or-without-pre-treatment-with-migraine-prophylactic-drugs
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Cèlia Sintas, Noèlia Fernàndez-Castillo, Marta Vila-Pueyo, Patricia Pozo-Rosich, Alfons Macaya, Bru Cormand
: Migraine with aura is a subtype of migraine consisting of neurological disturbances that usually precede headache. Cortical spreading depression (CSD) is the likely pathophysiological correlate of the aura phase of migraine, found in common and rare forms of migraine, such as familial hemiplegic migraine (FHM). CSD is a depolarization wave that propagates across the cerebral gray matter transiently suppressing neuronal activity. Prophylactic treatments for migraine, such as topiramate (TPM) or valproate (VPA), reduce the number of CSD events...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918244/polymorphisms-of-abat-scn2a-and-aldh5a1-may-affect-valproic-acid-responses-in-the-treatment-of-epilepsy-in-chinese
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Xi Li, Jun Zhang, Xi Wu, Han Yan, Yin Zhang, Ruo-Hui He, Yong-Jun Tang, Yi-Jing He, Dan Tan, Xiao-Yuan Mao, Ji-Ye Yin, Zhao-Qian Liu, Hong-Hao Zhou, Jie Liu
AIM: The clinical efficacy of valproic acid (VPA) varies greatly among epileptic patients. To find the potential genetic factors related to VPA responses, the pharmacogenetics study was conducted. METHODS: Two hundred and one Chinese Han epileptic patients who were treated by VPA for at least 1 year were recruited. Up to 24 SNPs in 11 candidate genes that correlate with the metabolism, transport or target of VPA were genotyped. RESULTS: Three SNPs, rs1731017 (ABAT), rs2304016 (SCN2A) and rs1054899 (ALDH5A1) were found associated with VPA responses with the p-values of 0...
December 5, 2016: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917314/pentylenetetrazole-induced-seizures-in-developing-rats-prenatally-exposed-to-valproic-acid
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Angel A Puig-Lagunes, Jorge Manzo, Luis Beltrán-Parrazal, Consuelo Morgado-Valle, Rebeca Toledo-Cárdenas, Maria-Leonor López-Meraz
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological evidence indicates epilepsy is more common in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (20-25%) than in the general population. The aim of this project was to analyze seizure susceptibility in developing rats prenatally exposed to valproic acid (VPA) as autism model. METHODS: Pregnant females were injected with VPA during the twelfth embryonic day. Seizures were induced in fourteen-days-old rat pups using two models of convulsions: pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) and lithium-pilocarpine (Li-Pilo)...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912151/euclidean-distances-as-measures-of-speaker-similarity-including-identical-twin-pairs-a-forensic-investigation-using-source-and-filter-voice-characteristics
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Eugenia San Segundo, Athanasios Tsanas, Pedro Gómez-Vilda
There is a growing consensus that hybrid approaches are necessary for successful speaker characterization in Forensic Speaker Comparison (FSC); hence this study explores the forensic potential of voice features combining source and filter characteristics. The former relate to the action of the vocal folds while the latter reflect the geometry of the speaker's vocal tract. This set of features have been extracted from pause fillers, which are long enough for robust feature estimation while spontaneous enough to be extracted from voice samples in real forensic casework...
November 17, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910887/energy-metabolism-regulated-by-hdac-inhibitor-attenuates-cardiac-injury-in-hemorrhagic-rat-model
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Qiyuan Kuai, Chunyan Wang, Yanbing Wang, Weijing Li, Gongqing Zhang, Zhixin Qiao, Min He, Xuanlin Wang, Yu Wang, Xingwei Jiang, Lihua Su, Yuezhong He, Suping Ren, Qun Yu
A disturbance of energy metabolism reduces cardiac function in acute severe hemorrhagic patients. Alternatively, adequate energy supply reduces heart failure and increases survival. However, the approach to regulating energy metabolism conductive to vital organs is limited, and the underlying molecular mechanism remains unknown. This study assesses the ability of histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACIs) to preserve cardiac energy metabolism during lethal hemorrhagic injury. In the lethally hemorrhagic rat and hypoxic myocardial cells, energy metabolism and heart function were well maintained following HDACI treatment, as evident by continuous ATP production with normal cardiac contraction...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906585/birth-of-cloned-microminipigs-derived-from-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-embryos-that-have-been-transiently-treated-with-valproic-acid
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Kazuchika Miyoshi, Hiroaki Kawaguchi, Kosuke Maeda, Masahiro Sato, Kohei Akioka, Michiko Noguchi, Masahisa Horiuchi, Akihide Tanimoto
In our previous study, we found that treatment of miniature pig somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) embryos with 4 mM valproic acid (VPA), a histone deacetylase inhibitor, for 48 hours after activation enhanced blastocyst formation rate and octamer-binding transcription factor-3/4 (Oct-3/4) gene expression at the late blastocyst stage; however, the production of viable cloned pups failed, when those VPA-treated SCNT embryos were transferred to recipients. This failure suggests that the present VPA treatment is suboptimal...
November 2016: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899394/stress-activated-kinase-mkk7-governs-epigenetics-of-cardiac-repolarization-for-arrhythmia-prevention
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Sanjoy K Chowdhury, Wei Liu, Min Zi, Yatong Li, Shunyao Wang, Hoyee Tsui, Sukhpal Prehar, Simon J Castro, Henggui Zhang, Yong Ji, Xiuqin Zhang, Rui-Ping Xiao, Rongli Zhang, Ming Lei, Lukas Cyganek, Kaomei Guan, Catherine B Millar, Xudong Liao, Mukesh K Jain, Mark R Boyett, Elizabeth J Cartwright, Holly A Shiels, Xin Wang
BACKGROUND: -Ventricular arrhythmia is a leading cause of cardiac mortality. Most antiarrhythmics present paradoxical pro-arrhythmic side effects, culminating in a greater risk of sudden death. METHODS: -We describe a new regulatory mechanism linking mitogen-activated kinase kinase-7 (MKK7) deficiency with increased arrhythmia vulnerability in hypertrophied and failing hearts using mouse models harbouring MKK7 knockout or overexpression. The human relevance of this arrhythmogenic mechanism is evaluated in human induced pluripotent stem cells-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CMs)...
November 29, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890817/sec-butylpropylacetamide-spd-a-new-amide-derivative-of-valproic-acid-for-the-treatment-of-neuropathic-and-inflammatory-pain
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Dan Kaufmann, Peter J West, Misty D Smith, Boris Yagen, Meir Bialer, Marshall Devor, H Steve White, K C Brennan
Chronic pain is a multifactorial disease comprised of both inflammatory and neuropathic components that affect ∼20% of the world's population. sec-Butylpropylacetamide (SPD) is a novel amide analogue of valproic acid (VPA) previously shown to possess a broad spectrum of anticonvulsant activity. In this study we defined the pharmacokinetic parameters of SPD in rat and mouse, and then evaluated its antinociceptive potential in neuropathic and acute inflammatory pain models. In the sciatic nerve ligation (SNL) model of neuropathic pain, SPD was equipotent to gabapentin and more potent than its parent compound VPA...
November 24, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889835/valproic-acid-reduces-hair-loss-and-improves-survival-in-patients-receiving-temozolomide-based-radiation-therapy-for-high-grade-glioma
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Shinichi Watanabe, Yui Kuwabara, Satoshi Suehiro, Daisuke Yamashita, Mamoru Tanaka, Akihiro Tanaka, Shiro Ohue, Hiroaki Araki
PURPOSE: Valproic acid (VPA), a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, is also used to manage seizures in glioblastoma patients. HDAC inhibitors can protect normal cells and tissues from the deleterious effects of radiotherapy, and VPA is reported to improve the survival of glioblastoma patients receiving chemoradiation therapy. VPA also promotes hair growth, and thus has the potential to reduce the radiotherapy side effect of hair loss while improving the survival of patients with glioblastoma...
November 26, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884140/phase-ii-clinical-study-of-valproic-acid-plus-cisplatin-and-cetuximab-in-recurrent-and-or-metastatic-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-head-and-neck-v-chance-trial
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Francesco Caponigro, Elena Di Gennaro, Franco Ionna, Francesco Longo, Corrado Aversa, Ettore Pavone, Maria Grazia Maglione, Massimiliano Di Marzo, Paolo Muto, Ernesta Cavalcanti, Antonella Petrillo, Fabio Sandomenico, Piera Maiolino, Roberta D'Aniello, Gerardo Botti, Rossella De Cecio, Nunzia Simona Losito, Stefania Scala, Annamaria Trotta, Andrea Ilaria Zotti, Francesca Bruzzese, Antonio Daponte, Ester Calogero, Massimo Montano, Monica Pontone, Gianfranco De Feo, Francesco Perri, Alfredo Budillon
BACKGROUND: Recurrent/metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) has a poor prognosis and the combination of cisplatin and cetuximab, with or without 5-fluorouracil, is the gold standard treatment in this stage. Thus, the concomitant use of novel compounds represents a critical strategy to improve treatment results. Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) enhance the activity of several anticancer drugs including cisplatin and anti-Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (anti-EGFR) compounds...
November 25, 2016: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878518/comparative-efficacy-of-alpha-linolenic-acid-and-gamma-linolenic-acid-to-attenuate-valproic-acid-induced-autism-like-features
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Sneha Yadav, Virendra Tiwari, Manjari Singh, Rajnish K Yadav, Subhadeep Roy, Uma Devi, Swetlana Gautam, Jitendra Kumar Rawat, Mohd Nazam Ansari, Abdulaziz Sa Saeedan, Anand Prakash, Shubhini A Saraf, Gaurav Kaithwas
The present study was undertaken to elucidate the effect of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA, 18:3, ω-3) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA, 18:3, ω-6) on experimental autism features induced by early prenatal exposure to valproic acid (VPA) in albino wistar pups. The pups were scrutinized on the accounts of behavioral, biochemical, and inflammatory markers, and the results suggested that the GLA can impart significant protection in comparison to ALA against VPA-induced autism features. When scrutinized histopathologically, the cerebellum of the GLA-treated animals was evident for more marked protection toward neuronal degeneration and neuronal loss in comparison to ALA...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874303/physical-activity-patterns-in-youth-with-intellectual-disabilities
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Samantha J Downs, Stuart J Fairclough, Zoe R Knowles, Lynne M Boddy
The aim of this study was to assess the physical activity (PA) patterns of youth with intellectual disabilities (ID). PA was monitored for 7 days in 70 participants, 5-15 years old, using accelerometers. There were 32 participants included in the final analysis. Habitual PA and the number of continuous bouts accrued for a range of bout lengths (5-600 s) for light (LPA), moderate (MPA), and vigorous (VPA) PA were calculated. Multivariate analysis of covariance was used to assess differences in the number of continuous bouts by sex, age, and ID group and between week and weekend days...
October 2016: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly: APAQ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873387/physical-exercise-remodels-visceral-adipose-tissue-and-mitochondrial-lipid-metabolism-in-rats-fed-a-high-fat-diet
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Sílvia Rocha-Rodrigues, Amaia Rodríguez, Sara Becerril, Beatriz Ramírez, I O Gonçalves, Jorge Beleza, Gema Frühbeck, António Ascensão, José Magalhães
We aimed to investigate the effects of two physical exercise models, voluntary physical activity (VPA) and endurance training (ET) as preventive and therapeutic strategies, respectively, on lipid accumulation regulators and mitochondrial content in VAT of rats fed a high-fat diet (HFD). Sprague Dawley rats (6 wks old, n=60) were assigned into sedentary and VPA groups fed isoenergetic diets: standard (S, 35 kcal% fat) or HFD (71 kcal% fat). The VPA groups had free access to wheel running during the entire protocol...
November 22, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863167/influence-of-maternal-physical-activity-on-infant-s-body-composition
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M Bisson, F Tremblay, O St-Onge, J Robitaille, E Pronovost, D Simonyan, I Marc
BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) during pregnancy might contribute to reduce neonatal adiposity, a predictor of metabolic disturbances. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to evaluate the association between maternal PA intensity and neonatal body composition. METHODS: Maternal PA measured by accelerometry and nutrition were documented during pregnancy, as well as neonatal body composition by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry following delivery...
November 14, 2016: Pediatric Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860192/metabolite-profiling-of-whole-murine-embryos-reveals-metabolic-perturbations-associated-with-maternal-valproate-induced-neural-tube-closure-defects
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Darya Akimova, Bogdan J Wlodarczyk, Ying Lin, M Elizabeth Ross, Richard H Finnell, Qiuying Chen, Steven S Gross
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid (VPA) is prescribed therapeutically for multiple conditions, including epilepsy. When taken during pregnancy, VPA is teratogenic, increasing the risk of several birth and developmental defects including neural tube defects (NTDs). The mechanism by which VPA causes NTDs remains controversial and how VPA interacts with folic acid (FA), a vitamin commonly recommended for the prevention of NTDs, remains uncertain. We sought to address both questions by applying untargeted metabolite profiling analysis to neural tube closure (NTC) stage mouse embryos...
November 18, 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855134/effects-of-ugt1a6-and-gabra1-on-standardized-valproic-acid-plasma-concentrations-and-treatment-effect-in-children-with-epilepsy-in-china
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Weixing Feng, Shenghui Mei, Leting Zhu, Yazhen Yu, Weili Yang, Baoqin Gao, Xiaojuan Wu, Zhigang Zhao, Fang Fang
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid (VPA) is a widely used antiepileptic drug with acceptable safety and efficacy in treating pediatric patients with various kinds of seizures. However, interindividual variations in plasma concentrations and treatment effects of patients with epilepsy treated with VPA are observed. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of various genetic variations on normalized plasma concentration of VPA (NCVPA) and the treatment response in Chinese children with epilepsy administered with VPA...
December 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853355/anticonvulsant-effects-of-isomeric-nonimidazole-histamine-h3-receptor-antagonists
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Bassem Sadek, Ali Saad, Johannes Stephan Schwed, Lilia Weizel, Miriam Walter, Holger Stark
Phenytoin (PHT), valproic acid, and modern antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), eg, remacemide, loreclezole, and safinamide, are only effective within a maximum of 70%-80% of epileptic patients, and in many cases the clinical use of AEDs is restricted by their side effects. Therefore, a continuous need remains to discover innovative chemical entities for the development of active and safer AEDs. Ligands targeting central histamine H3 receptors (H3Rs) for epilepsy might be a promising therapeutic approach. To determine the potential of H3Rs ligands as new AEDs, we recently reported that no anticonvulsant effects were observed for the (S)-2-(4-(3-(piperidin-1-yl)propoxy)benzylamino)propanamide (1)...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835783/analysis-of-the-tremor-in-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy
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Zeynep Aydin-Özemir, Zeliha Matur, Betul Baykan, Başar Bilgic, Pınar Tekturk, Nerses Bebek, Candan Gurses, Hasmet Hanagasi, Ali Emre Oge
PURPOSE: We aimed to investigate juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) patients complaining of tremor unrelated to valproate (VPA) treatment and evaluate if there were differences between JME patients with and without tremor and essential tremor (ET) patients to exclude comorbidity. METHODS: Fifteen JME cases with the complaint of tremor, 14 JME patients without tremor, 14 patients with ET and 14 healthy subjects (HS) were included. Regularity, frequency and amplitude of the tremor and superimposed myoclonia were assessed by accelerometric analysis...
December 2016: Epilepsy Research
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