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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/28101322/brexpiprazole-and-cariprazine-distinguishing-two-new-atypical-antipsychotics-from-the-original-dopamine-stabilizer-aripiprazole
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REVIEW
Joshua S Frankel, Thomas L Schwartz
BACKGROUND: Brexpiprazole and cariprazine are the latest US Food and Drug Administration approved atypical antipsychotics available in the United States. Both function as partial agonists of the dopamine-2 receptor (D2R), a mechanism of action shared with aripiprazole. However, all three differ in their affinities for the D2R as well as for serotonin receptors (5-HTRs). This paper seeks to delineate these pharmacodynamic and clinical differences amongst the three dopamine partial agonist atypical antipsychotic drugs...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100103/systematic-review-of-genetic-risk-factors-for-sustaining-a-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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William Panenka, Andrew Gardner, Michael Dretsch, Gogce Crynen, Fiona C Crawford, Grant L Iverson
INTRODUCTION: This systematic review examined the association between genetics and risk for sustaining a traumatic brain injury. METHODS: Articles published in English from 1980 to July 2016 obtained from the online databases PubMed, PsycINFO®, MEDLINE®, EMBASE, and Web of Science. RESULTS: 5,903 articles were identified, 77 underwent full-text screening, and six were included in this review. Five studies examined the risk of concussion associated with Apolipoprotein E alleles (APOE-ε2 ,ε3 ,ε4,), and polymorphisms of the APOE promoter (rs405509), Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF, rs6265), and Dopamine Receptor D2 (DRD2, rs1800497) were each considered in two studies...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097374/effects-of-5-ht1a-5-ht2a-and-5-ht2c-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-on-responding-for-a-conditioned-reinforcer-and-its-enhancement-by-methylphenidate
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Paul J Fletcher, Fiona D Zeeb, Caleb J Browne, Guy A Higgins, Ashlie D Soko
OBJECTIVES: These experiments examined the effects of selective 5-HT1A, 5-HT2A and 5-HT2C receptor ligands on responding for a conditioned reinforcer (CRf). Effects of these ligands were measured under basal conditions and following elevated dopamine (DA) activity produced by the DA reuptake inhibitor methylphenidate. METHODS: Water-restricted rats learned to associate a conditioned stimulus (CS) with water in operant chambers. Subsequently, two response levers were made available; responding on one lever delivered the CS (now a CRf), while responding on the second lever had no consequences...
January 18, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096656/analysis-of-pramipexole-dose-response-relationships-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Ying Wang, Sheng-Gang Sun, Sui-Qiang Zhu, Chun-Feng Liu, Yi-Ming Liu, Qing Di, Hui-Fang Shang, Yan Ren, Wei Xiang, Sheng-Di Chen
BACKGROUND: Pramipexole (PPX), a non-ergot dopamine receptor agonist, is a first-line treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD). A critical dose level above which a better benefit-to-harm ratio exists has not been examined. METHODS: Chinese PD patients (n=464) were retrospectively analyzed by PPX maintenance dose, PD stage, combined levodopa dose, and baseline tremor contribution. The sum score of Baseline Activities of Daily Living (part II) and Motor Examination (III) of the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS II+III) was used as a covariate for final score adjustment...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093558/glutamatergic-synapses-are-structurally-and-biochemically-complex-because-of-multiple-plasticity-processes-long-term-potentiation-long-term-depression-short-term-potentiation-and-scaling
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REVIEW
John Lisman
Synapses are complex because they perform multiple functions, including at least six mechanistically different forms of plasticity. Here, I comment on recent developments regarding these processes. (i) Short-term potentiation (STP), a Hebbian process that requires small amounts of synaptic input, appears to make strong contributions to some forms of working memory. (ii) The rules for long-term potentiation (LTP) induction in CA3 have been clarified: induction does not depend obligatorily on backpropagating sodium spikes but, rather, on dendritic branch-specific N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) spikes...
March 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088727/representativeness-of-clinical-pet-study-participants-with-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review
#7
So Kirino, Takefumi Suzuki, Hiroyoshi Takeuchi, Masaru Mimura, Hiroyuki Uchida
While positron emission tomography (PET) studies have provided invaluable data on antipsychotic effects, selection bias remains a serious concern. A systematic review of PET studies that measured dopamine D2 receptor blockade with antipsychotics was conducted to examine their inclusion/exclusion criteria, using PubMed, EMBASE, and ClinicalTrials.gov (last search, September 2016). PET studies were included if they measured D2 receptor occupancy in patients with schizophrenia and included introduction of antipsychotic treatment or antipsychotic regimen change in a systematic manner...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088578/the-effect-of-long-term-hindlimb-unloading-on-the-expression-of-risk-neurogenes-encoding-elements-of-serotonin-dopaminergic-systems-and-apoptosis-comparison-with-the-effect-of-actual-spaceflight-on-mouse-brain
#8
E A Kulikova, V A Kulikov, N A Sinyakova, A V Kulikov, N K Popova
The study of spaceflight effects on the brain is technically complex concern; complicated by the problem of applying an adequate ground model. The most-widely used experimental model to study the effect of microgravity is the tail-suspension hindlimb unloading model; however, its compliance with the effect of actual spaceflight on the brain is still unclear. We evaluated the effect of one month hindlimb unloading on the expression of genes related to the brain neuroplasticity - brain neutotrophic factors (Gdnf, Cdnf), apoptotic factors (Bcl-xl, Bax), serotonin- and dopaminergic systems (5-HT2A, Maoa, Maob, Th, D1r, Comt), and compared the results with the data obtained on mice that spent one month in spaceflight on Russian biosatellite Bion-M1...
January 11, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075189/11-analytically-confirmed-cases-of-mexedrone-use-among-polydrug-users
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Liam Roberts, Loretta Ford, Neel Patel, J Allister Vale, Sally M Bradberry
INTRODUCTION: Mexedrone, 3-methoxy-2-(methylamino)-1-(4-methylphenyl)propan-1-one, is the alpha-methoxy-derivative of mephedrone (4-methyl-N-methyl cathinone). Mexedrone inhibits the re-uptake of serotonin and dopamine in a dose-dependent manner and has affinity for serotonin and dopamine membrane transporters and receptors (5-HT2 and D2 receptors), producing sympathomimetic effects similar to amfetamines. To date there are no published clinical reports on mexedrone use that are analytically confirmed...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063918/simultaneous-in-vivo-receptor-occupancy-assays-for-serotonin-1a-2a-and-dopamine-2-receptors-with-the-use-of-non-radiolabelled-tracers-proposed-method-in-screening-antipsychotics
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Jagadeesh Babu Thentu, Ramakrishna Nirogi, Gopinadh Bhyrapuneni, Devender Reddy Ajjala, Raghupathi Reddy Aleti, Veera Raghava Choudary Palacharla
INTRODUCTION: Conventionally, receptor occupancy assays employ radiolabelled tracer.However, recent advances with non-radiolabelled tracers brought a revolution in target engagement assays.Non-radiolabelled tracer based receptor occupancy uses LC-MS/MS based quantification.It offers simultaneous quantification of more than one tracer; thus, provides the feasibility of evaluating multiple targets in a single animal.In the present study, we demonstrated simultaneous measurement of serotonin 1A, serotonin 2A, and dopamine 2 receptor occupancy using non-radiolabelled tracers in rats...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062254/the-effects-of-d-govadine-on-conditioned-place-preference-with-d-amphetamine-or-food-reward
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Maya O Nesbit, Carine Dias, Anthony G Phillips
Tetrahydroprotoberberines (THPB) have a high affinity for dopamine (DA) D1 and D2 receptors and may provide a novel treatment for drug addiction. We assessed the effects of the THPB d-govadine on the acquisition, expression, extinction and reinstatement of d-amphetamine-(1.5mg/kg, i.p.) induced conditioned place preference (CPP). Furthermore, the effects of d-govadine on conditioned association between contextual stimuli and a natural reward were examined using food-induced CPP. In separate experiments, rats received d-govadine (0, 0...
January 3, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059046/long-term-effects-of-aripiprazole-exposure-on-monoaminergic-and-glutamatergic-receptor-subtypes-comparison-with-cariprazine
#12
Yong Kee Choi, Nika Adham, Béla Kiss, István Gyertyán, Frank I Tarazi
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the chronic effects of aripiprazole and cariprazine on serotonin (5-HT1A and 5-HT2A) and glutamate (NMDA and AMPA) receptor subtypes. In addition, the effects of aripiprazole on D2 and D3 receptors were tested and compared with previously reported cariprazine data. METHODS: Rats received vehicle, aripiprazole (2, 5, or 15 mg/kg), or cariprazine (0.06, 0.2, or 0.6 mg/kg) for 28 days. Receptor levels were quantified using autoradiographic assays on brain sections from the medial prefrontal cortex (MPC), dorsolateral frontal cortex (DFC), nucleus accumbens (NAc), caudate-putamen medial (CPu-M), caudate-putamen lateral (CPu-L), hippocampal CA1 (HIPP-CA1) and CA3 (HIPP-CA3) regions, and the entorhinal cortex (EC)...
January 6, 2017: CNS Spectrums
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057528/role-of-d2-dopamine-receptors-of-the-ventral-pallidum-in-inhibitory-avoidance-learning
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László Lénárd, Tamás Ollmann, Kristóf László, Anita Kovács, Rita Gálosi, Veronika Kállai, Tóth Attila, Erika Kertes, Olga Zagoracz, Zoltán Karádi, László Péczely
In our present experiments, the role of D2 dopamine (DA) receptors of the ventral pallidum (VP) was investigated in one trial step-through inhibitory avoidance paradigm. Animals were shocked 3 times in the conditioning trial, with 0.5mA current for 1s. Subsequently bilateral microinjection of the D2 DA receptor agonist quinpirole was administered into the VP in three doses (0.1μg, 1.0μg or 5.0μg in 0.4μl saline). We also applied the D2 DA receptor antagonist sulpiride (0.4μg in 0.4μl saline) alone or 15min prior to the agonist treatment to elucidate whether the agonist effect was specific for the D2 DA receptors...
January 3, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057524/involvement-of-presynaptic-5-ht1a-receptors-in-the-low-propensity-of-brexpiprazole-to-induce-extrapyramidal-side-effects-in-rats
#14
Cedric Mombereau, Jørn Arnt, Arne Mørk
Previous studies have shown that partial and full 5-HT1A receptor agonists reduce antipsychotic-induced catalepsy. Consequently, some antipsychotics combining balanced efficacy between dopamine (DA) D2 antagonism or partial agonism and 5-HT1A receptor agonism have a low propensity to induce extrapyramidal side effects (EPS), as reflected by low cataleptogenic activity in rodents. In the present experiments, we attempted to explore the importance of pre- and postsynaptic 5-HT1A agonistic properties of brexpiprazole and aripiprazole in the context of neurological side-effect liabilities...
January 3, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057070/distinct-pattern-of-enteric-phospho-alpha-synuclein-aggregates-and-gene-expression-profiles-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#15
Martina Barrenschee, Dimitri Zorenkov, Martina Böttner, Christina Lange, François Cossais, Amelie Bernadette Scharf, Günther Deuschl, Susanne A Schneider, Mark Ellrichmann, Annette Fritscher-Ravens, Thilo Wedel
Phosphorylated alpha-synuclein (p-α-syn) containing Lewy bodies (LBs) and Lewy neurites (LNs) are neuropathological hallmarks of Parkinson's disease (PD) in the central nervous system (CNS). Since they have been also demonstrated in the enteric nervous system (ENS) of PD patients, the aim of the study was to analyze enteric p-α-syn positive aggregates and intestinal gene expression. Submucosal rectal biopsies were obtained from patients with PD and controls and processed for dual-label-immunohistochemistry for p-α-syn and PGP 9...
January 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054193/personality-as-an-intermediate-phenotype-for-genetic-dissection-of-alcohol-use-disorder
#16
REVIEW
Lars Oreland, Gianvito Lagravinese, Simone Toffoletto, Kent W Nilsson, Jaanus Harro, C Robert Cloninger, Erika Comasco
Genetic and environmental interactive influences on predisposition to develop alcohol use disorder (AUD) account for the high heterogeneity among AUD patients and make research on the risk and resiliency factors complicated. Several attempts have been made to identify the genetic basis of AUD; however, only few genetic polymorphisms have consistently been associated with AUD. Intermediate phenotypes are expected to be in-between proxies of basic neuronal biological processes and nosological symptoms of AUD...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051998/prex1-integrates-g-protein-coupled-receptor-and-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-signaling-to-promote-glioblastoma-invasion
#17
Alexander Gont, Manijeh Daneshmand, John Woulfe, Sylvie J Lavictoire, Ian A J Lorimer
A defining feature of the brain cancer glioblastoma is its highly invasive nature. When glioblastoma cells are isolated from patients using serum free conditions, they accurately recapitulate this invasive behaviour in animal models. The Rac subclass of Rho GTPases has been shown to promote invasive behaviour in glioblastoma cells isolated in this manner. However the guanine nucleotide exchange factors responsible for activating Rac in this context have not been characterized previously. PREX1 is a Rac guanine nucleotide exchange factor that is synergistically activated by binding of G protein αγ subunits and the phosphoinositide 3-kinase pathway second messenger phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5 trisphosphate...
December 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038309/diazepam-inhibits-electrically-evoked-and-tonic-dopamine-release-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-and-reverses-the-effect-of-amphetamine
#18
Alexander Gomez-A, Amanda Maino Fiorenza, Suelen Lucio Boschen, Adam H Sugi, Danielle Beckman, Sergio T Ferreira, Kendall H Lee, Charles D Blaha, Claudio Da Cunha
Diazepam is a benzodiazepine receptor agonist with anxiolytic and addictive properties. Although most drugs of abuse increase dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens, here we show that not only it causes the opposite effect but also prevents amphetamine action on increasing dopamine release. We used 20 min sampling in vivo microdialysis and subsecond fast-scan cyclic voltammetry recordings at carbon-fiber microelectrodes to show that diazepam caused a dose-dependent decrease in tonic and electrically-evoked dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens of urethane anesthetized adult male Swiss mice...
December 30, 2016: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034961/role-of-prefrontal-serotonergic-and-dopaminergic-systems-in-encounter-induced-hyperactivity-in-methamphetamine-sensitized-mice
#19
Tatsunori Tanaka, Yukio Ago, Chiaki Umehara, Emina Imoto, Shigeru Hasebe, Hitoshi Hashimoto, Kazuhiro Takuma, Toshio Matsuda
BACKGROUND: Isolation-reared mice show social encounter-induced hyperactivity with activation of prefrontal serotonergic and dopaminergic systems, but it is not known whether this stress response is observed in other pathological conditions. Here we examined whether the social encounter stimulation induces abnormal behavior during withdrawal in chronic methamphetamine (METH)-treated mice. METHODS: To induce METH-induced behavioral sensitization, male mice were injected with METH (1 mg/kg) once daily for 7 days...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026009/transcriptomic-profiling-of-platelet-senescence-and-platelet-extracellular-vesicles
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Annika Pienimaeki-Roemer, Tatiana Konovalova, Melina M Musri, Alexander Sigruener, Alfred Boettcher, Gunter Meister, Gerd Schmitz
BACKGROUND: Platelets (PLTs) are derived from megakaryocytes during PLT shedding. Senescent or activated PLTs are expanded in vascular and neurological diseases and release PLT extracellular vesicles (PL-EVs). A systematic analysis of regular messenger RNA (mRNA) and small RNA composition in PLTs and PL-EVs during in vitro PLT senescence has not yet been published. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We isolated PLTs, total PL-EVs, and PL-EV subsets on Days 0 and 5 from human stored donor platelet concentrates...
January 2017: Transfusion
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