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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431219/genetic-analysis-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-3-untranslated-region-and-its-corresponding-micrornas-in-relation-to-parkinson-s-compared-to-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
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Lidia Tagliafierro, Omolara-Chinue Glenn, Madison E Zamora, Thomas G Beach, Randy L Woltjer, Michael W Lutz, Ornit Chiba-Falek
INTRODUCTION: The α-synuclein (SNCA) gene has been implicated in the etiology of Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). METHODS: A computational analysis of SNCA 3' untranslated region to identify potential microRNA (miRNA) binding sites and quantitative real-time PCR to determine their expression in isogenic induced pluripotent stem cell-derived dopaminergic and cholinergic neurons as a model of PD and DLB, respectively, were performed. In addition, we performed a deep sequencing analysis of the SNCA 3' untranslated region of autopsy-confirmed cases of PD, DLB, and normal controls, followed by genetic association analysis of the identified variants...
April 18, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431168/identifying-new-susceptibility-genes-on-dopaminergic-and-serotonergic-pathways-for-the-framing-effect-in-decision-making
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Xiaoxue Gao, Jinting Liu, Pingyuan Gong, Junhui Wang, Wan Fang, Hongming Yan, Lusha Zhu, Xiaolin Zhou
The framing effect refers the tendency to be risk-averse when options are presented positively but be risk-seeking when the same options are presented negatively during decision-making. This effect has been found to be modulated by the serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4) and the catechol-o-methyltransferase gene (COMT) polymorphisms, which are on the dopaminergic and serotonergic pathways and which are associated with affective processing. The current study aimed to identify new genetic variations of genes on dopaminergic and serotonergic pathways that may contribute to individual differences in the susceptibility to framing...
April 19, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430025/synthesis-of-dopamine-in-e-coli-using-plasmid-based-expression-system-and-its-marked-effect-on-host-growth-profiles
#3
Arunangshu Das, Anita Verma, Krishna J Mukherjee
L-Dopa and dopamine are important pathway intermediates towards the synthesis of catecholamine like epinephrine and norepinephrine from amino acid L-tyrosine. Dopamine, secreted from dopaminergic nerve cells, serves as an important neurotransmitter. We report the synthesis of dopamine by extending the aromatic amino acid pathway of E.coli DH5α by expression of 4-hydroxyphenylacetate-3-hydrolase (HpaBC) from E.coli and an engineered dopa decarboxylase (DDC) from pig kidney cell. The activity of HpaBC and DDC require 200 µM iron supplementation and 50 µM vitamin B6 respectively as additives to the growth media...
April 21, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429899/neurotransmitter-systems-neuroanatomical-pathology-and-cell-death-in-schizophrenia-update-and-perspectives
#4
Hazael Avila-Rojas, Hugo Sandoval-Zamora, Iván Pérez-Neri
Schizophrenia is a thought disorder characterized by delusional thinking which may be accompanied by hallucinations involving any sensory modality. Schizophrenia may be associated with several neurologic and psychiatric disorders. Also, it may be induced by drugs. In spite of the similarity in psychoses symptomatology, it is unknown if it involves the same underlying neurobiologic mechanisms in those cases. Schizophrenic patients exhibit not only neuroanatomical alterations, but also, distortion of several neurotransmitter systems...
June 2016: Investigación Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429275/tgf-%C3%AE-1-neuroprotection-via-inhibition-of-microglial-activation-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#5
Xiao Chen, Zhan Liu, Bei-Bei Cao, Yi-Hua Qiu, Yu-Ping Peng
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 is a pleiotropic cytokine with immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties. Recently we have shown that TGF-β1 pretreatment in vitro protects against 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP(+))-induced dopaminergic neuronal loss that characterizes in Parkinson's disease (PD). Herein, we aimed to demonstrate that TGF-β1 administration in vivo after MPP(+) toxicity has neuroprotection that is achieved by a mediation of microglia. A rat model of PD was prepared by injecting MPP(+) unilaterally in the striatum...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429217/adrenoceptors-in-dopaminergic-regulation-of-rat-myocardial-contractility-in-rats-during-ontogeny
#6
G A Bilalova, F G Sitdikov, N B Dikopol'skaya, M V Shaikhelislamova, T L Zefirov
The effects of different dopamine concentrations on contractility of myocardium with blocked α- or β-adrenoceptors were examined in vitro in 21- and 100-day old rats. In myocardial strips with blocked α-adrenoceptors, dopamine (10(-5) M) increased the right atrial contractile force. By contrast, this neurotransmitter (10(-9)-10(-5) M) reduced the contractile force of atrial and ventricular strips with blocked β-adrenoceptors.
April 20, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427412/lack-of-interleukin-13-receptor-%C3%AE-1-delays-the-loss-of-dopaminergic-neurons-during-chronic-stress
#7
Simone Mori, Shuei Sugama, William Nguyen, Tatiana Michel, M Germana Sanna, Manuel Sanchez-Alavez, Rigo Cintron-Colon, Gianluca Moroncini, Yoshihiko Kakinuma, Pamela Maher, Bruno Conti
BACKGROUND: The majority of Parkinson's disease (PD) cases are sporadic and idiopathic suggesting that this neurodegenerative disorder is the result of both environmental and genetic factors. Stress and neuroinflammation are among the factors being investigated for their possible contributions to PD. Experiments in rodents showed that severe chronic stress can reduce the number of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc); the same cells that are lost in PD. These actions are at least in part mediated by increased oxidative stress...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426941/behavioral-deficits-and-neural-damage-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-induced-by-three-rare-earth-elements
#8
Tiantian Xu, Manke Zhang, Jiani Hu, Zihan Li, Taipu Wu, Jianing Bao, Siyu Wu, Lili Lei, Defu He
Rare earth elements (REEs) are widely used in industry, agriculture, medicine and daily life in recent years. However, environmental and health risks of REEs are still poorly understood. In this study, neurotoxicity of trichloride neodymium, praseodymium and scandium were evaluated using nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as the assay system. Median lethal concentrations (48 h) were 99.9, 157.2 and 106.4 mg/L for NdCl3, PrCl3 and ScCl3, respectively. Sublethal dose (10-30 mg/L) of these trichloride salts significantly inhibited body length of nematodes...
April 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426552/altered-neural-responses-to-heat-pain-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#9
Katarina Forkmann, Wiebke Grashorn, Katharina Schmidt, Odette Fründt, Carsten Buhmann, Ulrike Bingel
Pain is a frequent but still neglected non-motor symptom of Parkinson's disease (PD). However, neural mechanisms underlying pain in PD are poorly understood. Here we explored whether the high prevalence of pain in PD might be related to dysfunctional descending pain control. Using fMRI we explored neural responses during the anticipation and processing of heat pain in 21 PD patients (Hoehn&Yahr I-III) and 23 healthy controls (HC). PD patients were naïve to dopaminergic medication in order to avoid confounding drug effects...
April 18, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425631/restraint-stress-increases-prolactin-mediated-phosphorylation-of-signal-transducer-and-activator-of-transcription-5-in-the-hypothalamus-and-adrenal-cortex-in-the-male-mouse
#10
S E Kirk, T Y Xie, F J Steyn, D R Grattan, S J Bunn
Prolactin is a pleiotropic peptide hormone produced by the lactotrophs in the anterior pituitary. Its rate of secretion is primarily regulated by a negative feedback mechanism whereby prolactin stimulates the activity of the tuberoinfundibular dopaminergic (TIDA) neurons, increasing their release of dopamine which accesses the pituitary via the median eminence to suppress further prolactin secretion. In addition to its well established role in lactation, circulating prolactin is secreted in response to stress, although the mechanism by which this is achieved or its cellular targets are unknown...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425095/psychomotor-tremor-and-proprioceptive-control-problems-in-current-and-former-stimulant-drug-users-an-accelerometer-study-of-heavy-users-of-amphetamine-mdma-and-other-recreational-stimulants
#11
Luke A Downey, Brenda Tysse, Talitha C Ford, Angela C Samuels, Rory P Wilson, Andrew C Parrott
The recreational use of various stimulant drugs has been implicated in the development of movement disorders through dysregulation of the dopaminergic and serotoninergic neurotransmitter systems. The present study investigated psychomotor differences in current and former recreational stimulant drug users compared with nonusing controls. Sixty participants comprised 3 groups: 20 current stimulant drug users (CSUs; 11 men, aged 31.4 ± 9.1 years), 20 former stimulant drug users (FSUs; 5 men, aged 39.1 ± 8.5 years), and 20 nonuser controls (NUCs; 5 men, aged 35...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424592/new-implications-for-the-melanocortin-system-in-alcohol-drinking-behavior-in-adolescents-the-glial-dysfunction-hypothesis
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Juan A Orellana, Waldo Cerpa, Maria F Carvajal, José M Lerma-Cabrera, Eduardo Karahanian, Cesar Osorio-Fuentealba, Rodrigo A Quintanilla
Alcohol dependence causes physical, social, and moral harms and currently represents an important public health concern. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), alcoholism is the third leading cause of death worldwide, after tobacco consumption and hypertension. Recent epidemiologic studies have shown a growing trend in alcohol abuse among adolescents, characterized by the consumption of large doses of alcohol over a short time period. Since brain development is an ongoing process during adolescence, short- and long-term brain damage associated with drinking behavior could lead to serious consequences for health and wellbeing...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424350/tau-haploinsufficiency-causes-prenatal-loss-of-dopaminergic-neurons-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-and-reduction-of-transcription-factor-orthodenticle-homeobox-2-expression
#13
Meige Zheng, Luyan Jiao, Xiaolu Tang, Xianhong Xiang, Xiaomei Wan, Yan Yan, Xingjian Li, Guofeng Zhang, Yonglin Li, Bin Jiang, Huaibin Cai, Xian Lin
Homozygous tau knockout (Mapt(-/-)) mice develop age-dependent dopaminergic (DA) neuronal loss in the substantia nigra (SN) and ventral tegmental area (VTA), supporting an important function of tau in maintaining the survival of midbrain dopaminergic neurons (mDANs) during aging. However, it remains to be determined whether the microtubule-associated protein tau regulates the differentiation and survival of mDANs during embryonic developmental stages. Here, we show that tau haploinsufficiency in postnatal day 0 (P0) heterozygous (Mapt(+/-)) pups, but not a complete loss of tau in the Mapt(-/-) littermates, led to a significant reduction of DA neurons in the VTA...
April 19, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422667/modeling-and-analysis-of-beta-oscillations-in-the-basal-ganglia
#14
Chen Liu, Jiang Wang, Huiyan Li, Chris Fietkiewicz, Kenneth A Loparo
Enhanced beta (12-30 Hz) oscillatory activity in the basal ganglia (BG) is a prominent feature of the Parkinsonian state in animal models and in patients with Parkinson's disease. Increased beta oscillations are associated with severe dopaminergic striatal depletion. However, the mechanisms underlying these pathological beta oscillations remain elusive. Inspired by the experimental observation that only subsets of neurons within each nucleus in the BG exhibit oscillatory activities, a computational model of the BG-thalamus neuronal network is proposed, which is characterized by subdivided nuclei within the BG...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420965/dopamine-a-modulator-of-circadian-rhythms-in-the-central-nervous-system
#15
REVIEW
Kirill S Korshunov, Laura J Blakemore, Paul Q Trombley
Circadian rhythms are daily rhythms that regulate many biological processes - from gene transcription to behavior - and a disruption of these rhythms can lead to a myriad of health risks. Circadian rhythms are entrained by light, and their 24-h oscillation is maintained by a core molecular feedback loop composed of canonical circadian ("clock") genes and proteins. Different modulators help to maintain the proper rhythmicity of these genes and proteins, and one emerging modulator is dopamine. Dopamine has been shown to have circadian-like activities in the retina, olfactory bulb, striatum, midbrain, and hypothalamus, where it regulates, and is regulated by, clock genes in some of these areas...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420370/neuroprotective-effect-of-demethoxycurcumin-a-natural-derivative-of-curcumin-on-rotenone-induced-neurotoxicity-in-sh-sy-5y-neuroblastoma-cells
#16
Muthu Ramkumar, Srinivasagam Rajasankar, Veerappan Venkatesh Gobi, Chinnasamy Dhanalakshmi, Thamilarasan Manivasagam, Arokiasamy Justin Thenmozhi, Musthafa Mohamed Essa, Ameer Kalandar, Ranganathan Chidambaram
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress are the main toxic events leading to dopaminergic neuronal death in Parkinson's disease (PD) and identified as vital objective for therapeutic intercession. This study investigated the neuro-protective effects of the demethoxycurcumin (DMC), a derivative of curcumin against rotenone induced neurotoxicity. METHODS: SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells are divided into four experimental groups: untreated cells, cells incubated with rotenone (100 nM), cells treated with DMC (50 nM) + rotenone (100 nM) and DMC alone treated...
April 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420033/the-current-clinical-knowledge-on-the-treatment-of-gambling-disorder-a-summary
#17
REVIEW
Karel Hloch, Přemysl Mladěnka, Martin Doseděl, Walter Adriani, Francesca Zoratto
Gambling disorder (GD) is a topical problem in developed countries and may be present in 1-3% of the general population. The pathophysiology of this disorder is largely unknown but it shares similarities to other behavioral addictions. Multiple neurotransmitter systems, including dopaminergic, serotonergic, noradrenergic, glutamatergic, and opioidergic, have been implicated in GD. Based on available articles, only the opioid antagonist naltrexone has been documented to demonstrate clinical efficacy in multiple studies including double-blind studies...
April 18, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419968/current-insights-into-pathogenesis-of-parkinson-s-disease-approach-to-mevalonate-pathway-and-protective-role-of-statins
#18
REVIEW
Seyed Soheil Saeedi Saravi, Seyed Sobhan Saeedi Saravi, Katayoun Khoshbin, Ahmad Reza Dehpour
Although Parkinson's disease (PD) is considered as the second most common life threatening age-related neurodegenerative disorder, but the underlying mechanisms for pathogenesis of PD are remained to be fully found. However, a complex relationship between genetic and environmental predisposing factors are involved in progression of PD. Dopaminergic neuronal cell death caused by mutations and accumulation of α-synuclein in Lewy bodies and neurites was suggested as the main strategy for PD, but current studies have paid attention to the role of mevalonate pathway in incidence of neurodegenerative diseases including PD...
April 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419831/molecular-phenotyping-of-transient-postnatal-tyrosine-hydroxylase-neurons-in-the-rat-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis
#19
David A Carter
The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) is a complex integrative centre in the forebrain, composed of multiple sub-nuclei, each with discrete populations of neurons. Progress in understanding BNST function, both in the adult and during postnatal maturation, is dependent upon a more complete characterization of neuronal phenotypes in the BNST. The aim of the current study was to define the molecular phenotype of one postnatal BNST neuronal population, in order to identify molecular factors that may underlie both (protein marker-related) immaturity, and secondly, the transience of this phenotype...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419830/creative-cognition-and-dopaminergic-modulation-of-fronto-striatal-networks-integrative-review-and-research-agenda
#20
REVIEW
Nathalie Boot, Matthijs Baas, Simon van Gaal, Roshan Cools, Carsten K W De Dreu
Creative cognition is key to human functioning yet the underlying neurobiological mechanisms are sparsely addressed and poorly understood. Here we address the possibility that creative cognition is a function of dopaminergic modulation in fronto-striatal brain circuitries. It is proposed that (i) creative cognition benefits from both flexible and persistent processing, (ii) striatal dopamine and the integrity of the nigrostriatal dopaminergic pathway is associated with flexible processing, while (iii) prefrontal dopamine and the integrity of the mesocortical dopaminergic pathway is associated with persistent processing...
April 15, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
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