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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020418/striatal-n-acetylaspartate-synthetase-shati-nat8l-regulates-depression-like-behaviors-via-mglur3-mediated-serotonergic-suppression-in-mice
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Yoshiaki Miyamoto, Noriyuki Iegaki, Kequan Fu, Yudai Ishikawa, Kazuyuki Sumi, Sota Azuma, Kyosuke Uno, Shin-Ichi Muramatsu, Atsumi Nitta
Background: Several clinical studies have suggested that N-acetylaspartate (NAA) and N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG) levels in the human brain are associated with various psychiatric disorders, including major depressive disorder. We have previously identified Shati/Nat8l, an N-acetyltransferase, in the brain using an animal model of psychosis. Shati/Nat8l synthesizes NAA from L-aspartate and acetyl-coenzyme A. Further, NAA is converted into NAAG, a neurotransmitter for metabotropic glutamate receptor 3 (mGluR3)...
August 31, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940608/simultaneous-detection-of-glutathione-and-lactate-using-spectral-editing-at-3%C3%A2-t
#2
Kimberly L Chan, Karim Snoussi, Richard A E Edden, Peter B Barker
Two spectral editing techniques for the simultaneous detection of glutathione (GSH) and lactate (Lac) in the human brain at 3 T are described and evaluated. These methods, 'sMEGA' (sinc-MEscher and GArwood) and 'DEW' (Double Editing With), were optimized to detect GSH and Lac simultaneously at 3 T using density-matrix simulations and validation in phantoms. Simulations to test for co-edited metabolites within the detected GSH region of the spectrum were also performed. In vivo data were acquired in the midline parietal region of seven subjects using both methods, and compared with conventional MEGA-PRESS (MEscher and GArwood-Point RESolved Spectroscopy) acquisitions of GSH and Lac...
September 22, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915314/-1-h-mrs-processing-parameters-affect-metabolite-quantification-the-urgent-need-for-uniform-and-transparent-standardization
#3
Alex A Bhogal, Remmelt R Schür, Lotte C Houtepen, Bart van de Bank, Vincent O Boer, Anouk Marsman, Peter B Barker, Tom W J Scheenen, Jannie P Wijnen, Christiaan H Vinkers, Dennis W J Klomp
Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1) H-MRS) can be used to quantify in vivo metabolite levels, such as lactate, γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate (Glu). However, there are considerable analysis choices which can alter the accuracy or precision of (1) H-MRS metabolite quantification. It is currently unknown to what extent variations in the analysis pipeline used to quantify (1) H-MRS data affect outcomes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the quantification of identical (1) H-MRS scans across independent and experienced research groups would yield comparable results...
September 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701731/bloc-1-deficiency-causes-alterations-in-amino-acid-profile-and-in-phospholipid-and-adenosine-metabolism-in-the-postnatal-mouse-hippocampus
#4
S M van Liempd, D Cabrera, F Y Lee, E González, E C Dell'Angelica, C A Ghiani, J M Falcon-Perez
Biogenesis of lysosome-related organelles complex-1 (BLOC-1) is a protein complex involved in the formation of endosomal tubular structures that mediates the sorting of protein cargoes to specialised compartments. In this study, we present insights into the metabolic consequences caused by BLOC-1 deficiency in pallid mice, which carry a null mutation in the Bloc1s6 gene encoding an essential component of this complex. The metabolome of the hippocampus of pallid mice was analysed using an untargeted, liquid chromatography-coupled mass spectrometric approach...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700727/longitudinal-increases-of-brain-metabolite-levels-in-5-10-year-old-children
#5
Martha J Holmes, Frances C Robertson, Francesca Little, Steven R Randall, Mark F Cotton, Andre J W van der Kouwe, Barbara Laughton, Ernesta M Meintjes
Longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies reveal significant changes in brain structure and structural networks that occur together with cognitive and behavioral maturation in childhood. However, the underlying cellular changes accompanying brain maturation are less understood. Examining regional age-related changes in metabolite levels provides insight into the physiology of neurodevelopment. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) measures localize brain metabolism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596547/echo-planar-j-resolved-spectroscopic-imaging-using-dual-read-outs-implementation-and-quantitation-of-human-brain-metabolites
#6
Manoj K Sarma, Rajakumar Nagarajan, Zohaib Iqbal, Paul M Macey, M Albert Thomas
Attempts have been made to reduce the total scan time in multi-dimensional J-resolved spectroscopic imaging (JRESI) using an echo-planar (EP) readout gradient, but acquisition duration remains a limitation for routine clinical use in the brain. We present here a significant acceleration achieved with a 4D EP-JRESI sequence that collects dual phase encoded lines within a single repetition time (TR) using two bipolar read-out trains. The performance and reliability of this novel 4D sequence, called Multi-Echo based Echo-Planar J-resolved Spectroscopic Imaging (ME-EP-JRESI), was evaluated in 10 healthy controls and a brain phantom using a 3 T MRI/MRS scanner...
June 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534263/n-acetylaspartylglutamate-inhibits-heroin-self-administration-and-heroin-seeking-behaviors-induced-by-cue-or-priming-in-rats
#7
Huaqiang Zhu, Miaojun Lai, Weisheng Chen, Disen Mei, Fuqiang Zhang, Huifeng Liu, Wenhua Zhou
Activation of presynaptic group II metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluR2/3) inhibits drug reward and drug-seeking behavior, but the role of N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG), an agonist of endogenous mGluR2/3, in heroin reward and heroin-seeking behavior remained unclear. Here, we aimed to explore the effects of exogenous NAAG on heroin self-administration and heroin-seeking behavior. First, rats were trained to self-administer heroin under a fixed ratio 1 (FR1) schedule for 10 days, then received NAAG (50 or 100 μg/10 μL in each nostril) in the absence or presence of LY341495 (1 mg/kg, i...
August 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525587/assessing-the-psychedelic-after-glow-in-ayahuasca-users-post-acute-neurometabolic-and-functional-connectivity-changes-are-associated-with-enhanced-mindfulness-capacities
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Frederic Sampedro, Mario de la Fuente Revenga, Marta Valle, Natalia Roberto, Elisabet Domínguez-Clavé, Matilde Elices, Luís Eduardo Luna, José Alexandre S Crippa, Jaime E C Hallak, Draulio B de Araujo, Pablo Friedlander, Steven A Barker, Enrique Álvarez, Joaquim Soler, Juan C Pascual, Amanda Feilding, Jordi Riba
Background: Ayahuasca is a plant tea containing the psychedelic 5-HT2A agonist N,N-dimethyltryptamine and harmala monoamine-oxidase inhibitors. Acute administration leads to neurophysiological modifications in brain regions of the default mode network, purportedly through a glutamatergic mechanism. Post-acutely, ayahuasca potentiates mindfulness capacities in volunteers and induces rapid and sustained antidepressant effects in treatment-resistant patients. However, the mechanisms underlying these fast and maintained effects are poorly understood...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498852/ultra-high-field-7tesla-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#9
Nazem Atassi, Maosheng Xu, Christina Triantafyllou, Boris Keil, Robert Lawson, Paul Cernasov, Elena Ratti, Christopher J Long, Sabrina Paganoni, Alyssa Murphy, Nouha Salibi, Ravi Seethamraju, Bruce Rosen, Eva-Maria Ratai
The main objective of this study was to utilize high field (7T) in vivo proton magnetic resonance imaging to increase the ability to detect metabolite changes in people with ALS, specifically, to quantify levels of glutamine and glutamine separately. The second objective of this study was to correlate metabolic markers with clinical outcomes of disease progression. 13 ALS participants and 12 age-matched healthy controls (HC) underwent 7 Tesla MRI and MRS. Single voxel MR spectra were acquired from the left precentral gyrus using a very short echo time (TE = 5 ms) STEAM sequence...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476320/region-specific-aging-of-the-human-brain-as-evidenced-by-neurochemical-profiles-measured-noninvasively-in-the-posterior-cingulate-cortex-and-the-occipital-lobe-using-1-h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-at-7-t
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Małgorzata Marjańska, J Riley McCarten, James Hodges, Laura S Hemmy, Andrea Grant, Dinesh K Deelchand, Melissa Terpstra
The concentrations of fourteen neurochemicals associated with metabolism, neurotransmission, antioxidant capacity, and cellular structure were measured noninvasively from two distinct brain regions using (1)H magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Seventeen young adults (age 19-22years) and sixteen cognitively normal older adults (age 70-88years) were scanned. To increase sensitivity and specificity, (1)H magnetic resonance spectra were obtained at the ultra-high field of 7T and at ultra-short echo time. The concentrations of neurochemicals were determined using water as an internal reference and accounting for gray matter, white matter, and cerebrospinal fluid content of the volume of interest...
June 23, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438664/simultaneous-measurement-of-aspartate-naa-and-naag-using-hermes-spectral-editing-at-3-tesla
#11
Kimberly L Chan, Muhammad G Saleh, Georg Oeltzschner, Peter B Barker, Richard A E Edden
It has previously been shown that the HERMES method ('Hadamard Encoding and Reconstruction of MEGA-Edited Spectroscopy') can be used to simultaneously edit pairs of metabolites (such as N-acetyl-aspartate (NAA) and N-acetyl aspartyl glutamate (NAAG), or glutathione and GABA). In this study, HERMES is extended for the simultaneous editing of three overlapping signals, and illustrated for the example of NAA, NAAG and Aspartate (Asp). Density-matrix simulations were performed in order to optimize the HERMES sequence...
July 15, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326936/a-role-for-the-locus-coeruleus-in-the-analgesic-efficacy-of-n-acetylaspartylglutamate-peptidase-gcpii-inhibitors-zj43-and-2-pmpa
#12
Takahiro Nonaka, Toshihiko Yamada, Tatsuhiro Ishimura, Daiying Zuo, John R Moffett, Joseph H Neale, Tatsuo Yamamoto
N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG) is the third most prevalent and widely distributed neurotransmitter in the mammalian nervous system. NAAG activates a group II metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR3) and is inactivated by an extracellular enzyme, glutamate carboxypeptidase II (GCPII) in vivo. Inhibitors of this enzyme are analgesic in animal models of inflammatory, neuropathic and bone cancer pain. NAAG and GCPII are present in the locus coeruleus, a center for the descending noradrenergic inhibitory pain system...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285415/naag-peptidase-inhibitors-act-via-mglur3-animal-models-of-memory-alzheimer-s-and-ethanol-intoxication
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Rafal T Olszewski, Karolina J Janczura, Tomasz Bzdega, Elise K Der, Faustino Venzor, Brennen O'Rourke, Timothy J Hark, Kirsten E Craddock, Shankar Balasubramanian, Charbel Moussa, Joseph H Neale
Glutamate carboxypeptidase II (GCPII) inactivates the peptide neurotransmitter N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG) following synaptic release. Inhibitors of GCPII increase extracellular NAAG levels and are efficacious in animal models of clinical disorders via NAAG activation of a group II metabotropic glutamate receptor. mGluR2 and mGluR3 knock-out (ko) mice were used to test the hypothesis that mGluR3 mediates the activity of GCPII inhibitors ZJ43 and 2-PMPA in animal models of memory and memory loss. Short- (1...
March 11, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251297/glutamate-carboxypeptidase-ii-gcpii-inhibitor-2-pmpa-reduces-rewarding-effects-of-the-synthetic-cathinone-mdpv-in-rats-a-role-for-n-acetylaspartylglutamate-naag
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Callum Hicks, Ryan A Gregg, Sunil U Nayak, Lee Anne Cannella, Giana J Schena, Christopher S Tallarida, Allen B Reitz, Garry R Smith, Scott M Rawls
RATIONALE: Metabotropic glutamate 2 and 3 (mGluR2/3) receptors are implicated in drug addiction as they limit excessive glutamate release during relapse. N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG) is an endogenous mGluR2/3 agonist that is inactivated by the glutamate carboxypeptidase II (GCPII) enzyme. GCPII inhibitors, and NAAG itself, attenuate cocaine-seeking behaviors. However, their effects on the synthetic cathinone 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) have not been examined. OBJECTIVES: We determined whether withdrawal following repeated MDPV administration alters GCPII expression in corticolimbic regions...
June 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182070/analysis-of-lipid-profile-in-cancer-patients-smokers-and-nonsmokers
#15
A Vikramsimha Reddy, Lakshmi Keerthana Killampalli, A Ravi Prakash, Sushma Naag, G Sreenath, Sunil Kumar Biraggari
BACKGROUND: Lipids play an important role in maintaining the cell membrane integrity. Lipid profile is a panel of blood tests that serve as an initial medical screening for abnormalities in lipids and approximate risk for cancer, cardiovascular diseases, pancreatitis, etc., The present study evaluates the alterations in lipid profile in cancer patients, smokers, and nonsmokers and aims to achieve a correlation between them. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study is an in vitro type of cross-sectional study with 25 oral cancer patients, 25 chronic smokers (habit persisting for 15 years or more), and 15 nonsmokers as control group...
November 2016: Dental Research Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072448/identification-of-altered-brain-metabolites-associated-with-tnap-activity-in-a-mouse-model-of-hypophosphatasia-using-untargeted-nmr-based-metabolomics-analysis
#16
Thomas Cruz, Marie Gleizes, Stéphane Balayssac, Etienne Mornet, Grégory Marsal, José Luis Millán, Myriam Malet-Martino, Lionel G Nowak, Véronique Gilard, Caroline Fonta
Tissue non-specific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP) is a key player of bone mineralization and TNAP gene (ALPL) mutations in human are responsible for hypophosphatasia (HPP), a rare heritable disease affecting the mineralization of bones and teeth. Moreover, TNAP is also expressed by brain cells and the severe forms of HPP are associated with neurological disorders, including epilepsy and brain morphological anomalies. However, TNAP's role in the nervous system remains poorly understood. To investigate its neuronal functions, we aimed to identify without any a priori the metabolites regulated by TNAP in the nervous tissue...
March 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025130/high-and-ultra-high-resolution-metabolite-mapping-of-the-human-brain-using-1-h-fid-mrsi-at-9-4t
#17
Sahar Nassirpour, Paul Chang, Anke Henning
Magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) is a promising technique for mapping the spatial distribution of multiple metabolites in the human brain. These metabolite maps can be used as a diagnostic tool to gain insight into several biochemical processes and diseases in the brain. In comparison to lower field strengths, MRSI at ultra-high field strengths benefits from a higher signal to noise ratio (SNR) as well as higher chemical shift dispersion, and hence spectral resolution. This study combines the benefits of an ultra-high field magnet with the advantages of an ultra-short TE and TR single-slice FID-MRSI sequence (such as negligible J-evolution and loss of SNR due to T2 relaxation effects) and presents the first metabolite maps acquired at 9...
December 23, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917121/neurochemical-and-neuroanatomical-plasticity-following-memory-training-and-yoga-interventions-in-older-adults-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
#18
Hongyu Yang, Amber M Leaver, Prabha Siddarth, Pattharee Paholpak, Linda Ercoli, Natalie M St Cyr, Harris A Eyre, Katherine L Narr, Dharma S Khalsa, Helen Lavretsky
Behavioral interventions are becoming increasingly popular approaches to ameliorate age-related cognitive decline, but their underlying neurobiological mechanisms and clinical efficiency have not been fully elucidated. The present study explored brain plasticity associated with two behavioral interventions, memory enhancement training (MET) and a mind-body practice (yogic meditation), in healthy seniors with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) using structural magnetic resonance imaging (s-MRI) and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS)...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27696530/stimulation-induced-transient-changes-in-neuronal-activity-blood-flow-and-n-acetylaspartate-content-in-rat-prefrontal-cortex-a-chemogenetic-fmrs-bold-study
#19
Morris H Baslow, Christopher K Cain, Robert Sears, Donald A Wilson, Alvin Bachman, Scott Gerum, David N Guilfoyle
Brain activation studies in humans have shown the dynamic nature of neuronal N-acetylaspartate (NAA) and N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG) based on changes in their MRS signals in response to stimulation. These studies demonstrated that upon visual stimulation there was a focal increase in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and a decrease in NAA or in the total of NAA and NAAG signals in the visual cortex, and that these changes were reversed upon cessation of stimulation. In the present study we have developed an animal model in order to explore the relationships between brain stimulation, neuronal activity, CBF and NAA...
December 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27589333/radiolabeled-enzyme-inhibitors-and-binding-agents-targeting-psma-effective-theranostic-tools-for-imaging-and-therapy-of-prostate-cancer
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Maroor Raghavan Ambikalmajan Pillai, Raviteja Nanabala, Ajith Joy, Arun Sasikumar, Furn F Russ Knapp
Because of the broad incidence, morbidity and mortality associated with prostate-derived cancer, the development of more effective new technologies continues to be an important goal for the accurate detection and treatment of localized prostate cancer, lymphatic involvement and metastases. Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA; Glycoprotein II) is expressed in high levels on prostate-derived cells and is an important target for visualization and treatment of prostate cancer. Radiolabeled peptide targeting technologies have rapidly evolved over the last decade and have focused on the successful development of radiolabeled small molecules that act as inhibitors to the binding of the N-acetyl-l-aspartyl-l-glutamate (NAAG) substrate to the PSMA molecule...
November 2016: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
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