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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106567/fractional-anisotropy-and-mean-diffusion-as-measures-of-dopaminergic-function-in-parkinson-s-disease-challenging-results
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Niklas Lenfeldt, Johan Eriksson, Björn Åström, Lars Forsgren, Susanna Jakobson
BACKGROUND: Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has been purported as an imaging technique to assess dopaminergic degeneration in Parkinson's disease. OBJECTIVE: To test if fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusion (MD) in the basal ganglia as measured by DTI correlates with dopaminergic function as measured by dopamine transporter (DAT) and dopamine D2-receptor (D2R) SPECT. METHODS: One-hundred and eleven patients with Parkinson's disease (71±10 years) and thirty-one controls (68±7 years) performed DTI, DAT and D2R SPECT at baseline and four follow-ups (1-year: 89 patients/zero controls; 3-year: 72/11; 5-year: 48/17; and 8-year: 13/13)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106547/phenotype-dependent-interactions-between-n-acetyl-l-aspartate-and-acetyl-coa-in-septal-sn56-cholinergic-cells-exposed-to-an-excess-of-zinc
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Marlena Zyśk, Hanna Bielarczyk, Sylwia Gul-Hinc, Aleksandra Dyś, Beata Gapys, Anna Ronowska, Monika Sakowicz-Burkiewicz, Andrzej Szutowicz
Pyruvate dehydrogenase reaction utilizing glucose-derived pyruvate is an almost exclusive source of acetyl-CoA in different cell mitochondrial compartments of the brain. In neuronal mitochondria, the largest fraction of acetyl-CoA is utilized for energy production and the much smaller one for N-acetyl-L-aspartate (NAA) synthesis. Cholinergic neurons, unlike others, require additional amounts of acetyl-CoA for acetylcholine synthesis. Therefore, several neurotoxic signals, which inhibit pyruvate dehydrogenase, generate deeper shortages of acetyl-CoA and greater mortality of cholinergic neurons than noncholinergic ones...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106099/nesfatin-1-protects-dopaminergic-neurons-against-mpp-mptp-induced-neurotoxicity-through-the-c-raf-erk1-2-dependent-anti-apoptotic-pathway
#3
Xiao-Li Shen, Ning Song, Xi-Xun Du, Yong Li, Jun-Xia Xie, Hong Jiang
Several brain-gut peptides have been reported to have a close relationship with the central dopaminergic system; one such brain-gut peptide is nesfatin-1. Nesfatin-1 is a satiety peptide that is predominantly secreted by X/A-like endocrine cells in the gastric glands, where ghrelin is also secreted. We previously reported that ghrelin exerted neuroprotective effects on nigral dopaminergic neurons, which implied a role for ghrelin in Parkinson's disease (PD). In the present study, we aim to clarify whether nesfatin-1 has similar effects on dopaminergic neurons both in vivo and in vitro...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105985/impact-of-traumatic-brain-injury-on-dopaminergic-transmission
#4
Yuan-Hao Chen, Eagle Yi-Kung, Tung-Tai Kuo, Jonathan Miller, Yung-Hsiao Chiang, Barry J
Brain trauma is often associated with severe morbidity and is a major public health concern. Even when injury is mild and no obvious anatomic disruption is seen, many individuals suffer disabling neuropsychological impairments such as memory loss, mood dysfunction, substance abuse, and adjustment disorder. These changes may be related to subtle disruption of neural circuits as well as functional changes at the neurotransmitter level. In particular, there is considerable evidence that dopamine physiology in the nigrostriatal and mesocorticolimbic pathways might be impaired after TBI...
January 20, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105895/prefrontal-cortex-dysfunction-in-hypoxic-ischaemic-encephalopathy-contributes-to-executive-function-impairments-in-rats-potential-contribution-for-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Patrícia Maidana Miguel, Bruna Ferrary Deniz, Iohanna Deckmann, Heloísa Deola Confortim, Ramiro Diaz, Daniela Pereira Laureano, Patrícia Pelufo Silveira, Lenir Orlandi Pereira
OBJECTIVES: The attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) compromises the quality of life of individuals including adaptation to the social environment. ADHD aetiology includes perinatal conditions such as hypoxic-ischaemic events; preclinical studies have demonstrated attentional deficits and impulsive-hyperactive outcomes after neonatal hypoxic and/or ischaemic intervention, but data are missing to understand this relationship. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate executive function (EF) and impulsivity, and tissue integrity and dopaminergic function in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of rats submitted to hypoxia-ischaemia (HI)...
January 20, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105331/opioid-system-in-l-dopa-induced-dyskinesia
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REVIEW
Jing Pan, Huaibin Cai
L-3, 4-Dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA)-induced dyskinesia (LID) is a major clinical complication in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). This debilitating side effect likely reflects aberrant compensatory responses for a combination of dopaminergic neuron denervation and repeated L-DOPA administration. Abnormal endogenous opioid signal transduction pathways in basal ganglia have been well documented in LID. Opioid receptors have been targeted to alleviate the dyskinesia. However, the exact role of this altered opioid activity is remains under active investigation...
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104279/effect-of-inhibition-of-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-on-mptp-induced-dopaminergic-neuronal-damage
#7
J M Viveros-Paredes, R E Gonzalez-Castañeda, A Escalante-Castañeda, A R Tejeda-Martínez, F Castañeda-Achutiguí, M E Flores-Soto
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterised by balance problems, muscle rigidity, and slow movement due to low dopamine levels and loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc). The endocannabinoid system is known to modulate the nigrostriatal pathway through endogenous ligands such as anandamide (AEA), which is hydrolysed by fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). The purpose of this study was to increase AEA levels using FAAH inhibitor URB597 to evaluate the modulatory effect of AEA on dopaminergic neuronal death induced by 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)...
January 16, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103901/pathogenic-lrrk2-variants-are-gain-of-function-mutations-that-enhance-lrrk2-mediated-repression-of-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Daniel C Berwick, Behzad Javaheri, Andrea Wetzel, Mark Hopkinson, Jonathon Nixon-Abell, Simone Grannò, Andrew A Pitsillides, Kirsten Harvey
BACKGROUND: LRRK2 mutations and risk variants increase susceptibility to inherited and idiopathic Parkinson's disease, while recent studies have identified potential protective variants. This, and the fact that LRRK2 mutation carriers develop symptoms and brain pathology almost indistinguishable from idiopathic Parkinson's disease, has led to enormous interest in this protein. LRRK2 has been implicated in a range of cellular events, but key among them is canonical Wnt signalling, which results in increased levels of transcriptionally active β-catenin...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103253/polymorphisms-in-htr2a-and-drd4-predispose-to-smoking-and-smoking-quantity
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Gloria Pérez-Rubio, Alejandra Ramírez-Venegas, Valeri Noé Díaz, Leonor García Gómez, Karina Elvira Fabián, Salvador García Carmona, Luis A López-Flores, Enrique Ambrocio-Ortiz, Rocío Contreras Romero, Noé Alcantar-Ayala, Raúl H Sansores, Ramcés Falfán-Valencia
BACKGROUND: Genes encoding the receptors involved in the dopaminergic and serotonergic pathways are potential candidates in the mechanisms of nicotine addiction. AIMS: To identify genetic variants in the promoter regions and exons of the DRD4 and HTR2A genes associated with tobacco smoking and the degree of nicotine addiction in Mexican mestizos. METHODS: The study included 438 non-smokers (NS) and 1,157 current smokers, ranked based on their consumption of cigarettes per day (cpd): 574 heavy smokers (HS, >20 cpd) and 583 light smokers (LS, 1-10 cpd)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101650/speech-disorders-in-parkinson-s-disease-early-diagnostics-and-effects-of-medication-and-brain-stimulation
#10
REVIEW
L Brabenec, J Mekyska, Z Galaz, Irena Rektorova
Hypokinetic dysarthria (HD) occurs in 90% of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. It manifests specifically in the areas of articulation, phonation, prosody, speech fluency, and faciokinesis. We aimed to systematically review papers on HD in PD with a special focus on (1) early PD diagnosis and monitoring of the disease progression using acoustic voice and speech analysis, and (2) functional imaging studies exploring neural correlates of HD in PD, and (3) clinical studies using acoustic analysis to evaluate effects of dopaminergic medication and brain stimulation...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101524/the-role-of-dopamine-in-anticipatory-pursuit-eye-movements-insights-from-genetic-polymorphisms-in-healthy-adults
#11
Jutta Billino, Jürgen Hennig, Karl R Gegenfurtner
There is a long history of eye movement research in patients with psychiatric diseases for which dysfunctions of neurotransmission are considered to be the major pathologic mechanism. However, neuromodulation of oculomotor control is still hardly understood. We aimed to investigate in particular the impact of dopamine on smooth pursuit eye movements. Systematic variability in dopaminergic transmission due to genetic polymorphisms in healthy subjects offers a noninvasive opportunity to determine functional associations...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100851/effects-of-propofol-on-oxidative-stress-parameters-in-selected-parts-of-the-brain-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-disease
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Ewa Romuk, Wioletta Szczurek, Przemysław Nowak, Marta Skowron, Bernard Prudel, Edyta Hudziec, Ewa Chwalińska, Ewa Birkner
INTRODUCTION: Propofol is an intravenous sedative-hypnotic agent that is commonly used to induce and maintain general anaesthesia. This drug has antioxidant properties, which are partly caused by a phenolic structure similar to α-tocopherol. The present study aimed to evaluate the effect of propofol on the level of oxidative stress biomarkers in the frontal cortex, striatum, thalamus, hippocampus and cerebellum in rats with experimental Parkinson's disease (PD). MATERIAL/METHODS: The experiment was performed on 24 male Wistar rats assigned to the following groups: 1 - control; 2 - PD; 3 - PD with propofol...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100850/molecular-characteristic-and-physiological-role-of-dopa-decarboxylase
#13
Joanna Guenter, Robert Lenartowski
The enzyme DOPA decarboxylase (aromatic-L-amino-acid decarboxylase, DDC) plays an important role in the dopaminergic system and participates in the uptake and decarboxylation of amine precursors in the peripheral tissues. Apart from catecholamines, DDC catalyses the biosynthesis of serotonin and trace amines. It has been shown that the DDC amino acid sequence is highly evolutionarily conserved across many species. The activity of holoenzyme is regulated by stimulation/blockade of membrane receptors, phosphorylation of serine residues, and DDC interaction with regulatory proteins...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099881/mesencephalic-astrocyte-derived-neurotrophic-factor-alleviated-6-ohda-induced-cell-damage-via-ros-ampk-mtor-mediated-autophagic-inhibition
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Jingxing Zhang, Qiong Cai, Ming Jiang, Yigang Liu, Hua Gu, Jia Guo, Hui Sun, Jianmin Fang, Lingjing Jin
Autophagy and apoptosis are commonly involved in the dopaminergic neuron damage in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. Recently, the autophagy pathway is thought to be critical to the process of PD. Therefore, the regulation of autophagy may be a potential strategy for PD treatment. Mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) has been reported to have neuroprotective effects through anti-apoptosis, anti-oxidative, and anti-inflammatory mechanisms in PD. In this study, we investigated the role of autophagy system in MANF-mediated neuroprotection against 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced neurotoxicity...
January 15, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099138/role-of-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-the-pathogenesis-and-treatment-of-mood-disorders
#15
Anton S Tsybko, Tatiana V Ilchibaeva, Nina K Popova
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is widely recognized as a survival factor for dopaminergic neurons, but GDNF has also been shown to promote development, differentiation, and protection of other central nervous system neurons and was thought to play an important role in various neuropsychiatric disorders. Severe mood disorders, such as primarily major depressive disorder and bipolar affective disorder, attract particular attention. These psychopathologies are characterized by structural alterations accompanied by the dysregulation of neuroprotective and neurotrophic signaling mechanisms required for the maturation, growth, and survival of neurons and glia...
January 18, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098427/emergence-of-mania-in-two-middle-aged-patients-with-a-history-of-unipolar-treatment-refractory-depression-receiving-vagus-nerve-stimulation
#16
Naji C Salloum, Marie C Walker, Sunil Gangwani, Charles R Conway
OBJECTIVES: We report on two patients who experienced emergence of full manic symptoms while receiving vagal nerve stimulation (VNS). METHODS: Two patients, both with a well-documented and verified history of longstanding unipolar depression, were initiated on VNS for treatment of their severe major depressive episodes. RESULTS: The two patients had emergence of full manic symptoms after 8 and 9 months of VNS, respectively. Manic symptoms were adequately managed with standard treatments (mood stabilizer and electroconvulsive therapy) and VNS was continued in the two subjects for up to 5 years without any further occurrences of manic/hypomanic episodes...
January 18, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098219/combined-lrrk2-mutation-aging-and-chronic-low-dose-oral-rotenone-as-a-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#17
Hui-Fang Liu, Philip Wing-Lok Ho, Gideon Chi-Ting Leung, Colin Siu-Chi Lam, Shirley Yin-Yu Pang, Lingfei Li, Michelle Hiu-Wai Kung, David Boyer Ramsden, Shu-Leong Ho
Aging, genetics and environmental toxicity are important etiological factors in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, its pathogenesis remains unclear. A major obstacle is the lack of an appropriate experimental model which incorporates genetic susceptibility, aging and prolonged environmental toxicity. Here, we explored the interplay amongst these factors using mutant LRRK2(R1441G) (leucine-rich-repeat-kinase-2) knockin mice. We found that mutant primary cortical and mesencephalic dopaminergic neurons were more susceptible to rotenone-induced ATP deficiency and cell death...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097908/common-and-specific-genes-and-peripheral-biomarkers-in-children-and-adults-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#18
Cristian Bonvicini, Stephen V Faraone, Catia Scassellati
OBJECTIVES: Elucidating the biological mechanisms involved in Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been challenging. Relatively unexplored is the fact that these mechanisms can differ with age. METHODS: We present an overview on the major differences between children and adults with ADHD, describing several studies from genomics to metabolomics performed in ADHD children and in adults. A systematic search (up until February, 2016) was conducted. RESULTS: From a PRISMA flow-chart, a total of eligibility 350 studies from genomics and metabolomics were found for cADHD and 91 for aADHD...
January 18, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097465/hydroxysafflor-yellow-a-improves-motor-dysfunction-in-the-rotenone-induced-mice-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#19
Tian Wang, Lijie Wang, Cuiting Li, Bing Han, Zhenhua Wang, Ji Li, Yan Lv, Shuyun Wang, Fenghua Fu
Dopamine D3 receptor (DRD3) is diminished in patients of Parkinson's disease (PD). Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is responsible for regulating expression of the DRD3 in the brain. Our previous study showed that hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) could increase BDNF content in the striatum of PD mice. This experiment aimed to evaluate whether HSYA can improve the motor dysfunction induced by rotenone through regulating the BDNF/TrkB/DRD3 signaling pathway in mice. Male C57/BL6 mice were intraperitoneally treated with HSYA...
January 17, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097219/key-role-of-the-dopamine-d4-receptor-in-the-modulation-of-corticostriatal-glutamatergic-neurotransmission
#20
Jordi Bonaventura, César Quiroz, Ning-Sheng Cai, Marcelo Rubinstein, Gianluigi Tanda, Sergi Ferré
Polymorphic variants of the dopamine D4 receptor gene (DRD4) have been repeatedly associated with numerous neuropsychiatric disorders. Yet, the functional role of the D4 receptor and the functional differences of the products of DRD4 polymorphic variants remained enigmatic. Immunohistochemical and optogenetic-microdialysis experiments were performed in knock-in mice expressing a D4 receptor with the long intracellular domain of a human DRD4 polymorphic variant associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...
January 2017: Science Advances
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