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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444792/a-computational-approach-to-study-functional-monomer-protein-molecular-interactions-to-optimize-protein-molecular-imprinting
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R Boroznjak, J Reut, A Tretjakov, A Lomaka, A Öpik, V Syritski
Molecular imprinting has become a promising approach for synthesis of polymeric materials having binding sites with a predetermined selectivity for a given analyte, the so-called molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), which can be used as artificial receptors in various application fields. Realization of binding sites in a MIP involves the formation of prepolymerization complexes between a template molecule and monomers, their subsequent polymerization, and the removal of the template. It is believed that the strength of the monomer-template interactions in the prepolymerization mixture influences directly on the quality of the binding sites in a MIP and consequently on its performance...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443089/japanese-encephalitis-virus-exploits-dopamine-d2-receptor-phospholipase-c-to-target-dopaminergic-human-neuronal-cells
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Yogy Simanjuntak, Jian-Jong Liang, Yi-Ling Lee, Yi-Ling Lin
Despite the availability of vaccines for Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), the re-emerging virus remains a clinically important pathogen that causes acute encephalitis and permanent neuropsychiatric sequels. JEV highly targets dopaminergic neuron-rich brain regions including the thalamus and midbrain. The molecular mechanism contributing to the high susceptibility of these particular brain regions remains largely unclear. This study addressed whether this tissue tropism of JEV is associated with signaling of dopaminergic neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443016/genetics-of-aggression-in-alzheimer-s-disease-ad
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Walter J Lukiw, Evgeny I Rogaev
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a terminal, age-related neurological syndrome exhibiting progressive cognitive and memory decline, however AD patients in addition exhibit ancillary neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPSs) and these include aggression. In this communication we provide recent evidence for the mis-regulation of a small family of genes expressed in the human hippocampus that appear to be significantly involved in expression patterns common to both AD and aggression. DNA array- and mRNA transcriptome-based gene expression analysis and candidate gene association and/or genome-wide association studies (CGAS, GWAS) of aggressive attributes in humans have revealed a surprisingly small subset of six brain genes that are also strongly associated with altered gene expression patterns in AD...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442581/sigma-receptor-effects-of-n-substituted-benztropine-analogs-implications-for-antagonism-of-cocaine-self-administration
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Takato Hiranita, Weimin C Hong, Theresa Kopajtic, Jonathan L Katz
Several N-substituted benztropine (BZT) analogs are atypical dopamine transport inhibitors as they have affinity for the dopamine transporter (DAT), but have minimal cocaine-like pharmacological effects and can block numerous effects of cocaine including its self-administration. Among these compounds, N-methyl (AHN1-055), N-allyl (AHN2-005), and N-butyl (JHW007) analogs of 3α-[bis(4'-fluorophenyl)methoxy]-tropane were more potent in antagonizing self-administration of cocaine and d-methamphetamine than in decreasing food-maintained responding...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438833/g-protein-gi1-exhibits-basal-coupling-but-not-preassembly-with-g-protein-coupled-receptors
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Alexey Bondar, Josef Lazar
The Gi/o protein family transduces signals from a diverse group of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). The observed specificity of Gi/o-GPCR coupling and high rate of Gi/o signal transduction have been hypothesized to be enabled by existence of stable associates between Gi/o proteins and their cognate GPCRs in the inactive state (Gi/o-GPCR preassembly). To test this hypothesis, we applied the recently developed technique of two-photon polarization microscopy (2PPM) to Gαi1 subunits labeled with fluorescent proteins and four GPCRs (the α2A-adrenergic receptor (α2A-AR), γ-aminobutyric acid receptor B (GABAB), cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1R) and dopamine receptor type 2 (D2R))...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431193/evaluation-of-cholesterol-as-a-biomarker-for-suicidality-in-a-veteran-sample
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Chuck Reuter, Barbara Caldwell, Heather Basehore
A reduction in total cholesterol may alter the microviscosity of the brain-cell-membrane, reducing serotonin receptor exposure. The resulting imbalance between serotonin and dopamine may lead to an increased risk for suicidality. The objective of this research was to evaluate total cholesterol as a biological marker for suicidality in a sample of US military veterans. The study population consisted of veterans who received care at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and were included in the Suicide Prevention Coordinator's database for having suicidal ideation with evidence of escalating intent, a documented suicide attempt, or committed suicide between 2009 and 2015...
April 21, 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429261/localization-of-the-dopamine-receptors-of-types-1-and-2-on-the-bodies-of-pomc-expressing-neurons-of-the-arcuate-nucleus-of-the-hypothalamus-in-mice-and-rats
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I V Romanova, A L Mikhrina, A O Shpakov
Using immunofluorescent techniques, we have demonstrated the presence of two main types of dopamine receptors, D1 and D2, on the bodies of neurons of the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus expressing the precursor of peptides of the melanocortin family proopiomelanocortin in C57Bl/6J mice and Wistar rats. These data show close functional relationship between the dopamine and melanocortin systems of the brain and involvement of dopamine in the control of synthesis and secretion of peptides of the melanocortin family...
January 2017: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427888/dopamine-elevates-intracellular-zinc-concentration-in-cultured-rat-embryonic-cortical-neurons-through-the-camp-nitric-oxide-signaling-cascade
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Hui-Hsing Hung, Lung-Sen Kao, Pei-Shan Liu, Chien-Chang Huang, De-Ming Yang, Chien-Yuan Pan
Zinc ion (Zn(2+)), the second most abundant transition metal after iron in the body, is essential for neuronal activity and also induces toxicity if the concentration is abnormally high. Our previous results show that exposure of cultured cortical neurons to dopamine elevates intracellular Zn(2+) concentrations ([Zn(2+)]i) and induces autophagosome formation but the mechanism is not clear. In this study, we characterized the signaling pathway responsible for the dopamine-induced elevation of [Zn(2+)]i and the effect of [Zn(2+)]i in modulating the autophagy in cultured rat embryonic cortical neurons...
April 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424758/redox-related-epigenetic-mechanisms-in-glioblastoma-nuclear-factor-erythroid-derived-2-like-2-cobalamin-and-dopamine-receptor-subtype-4
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Matthew Scott Schrier, Malav Suchin Trivedi, Richard Carlton Deth
Glioblastoma is an exceptionally difficult cancer to treat. Cancer is universally marked by epigenetic changes, which play key roles in sustaining a malignant phenotype, in addition to disease progression and patient survival. Studies have shown strong links between the cellular redox state and epigenetics. Nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2) is a redox-sensitive transcription factor that upregulates endogenous antioxidant production, and is aberrantly expressed in many cancers, including glioblastoma...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423418/rna-seq-validation-of-rnai-identifies-additional-gene-connectivity-in-tribolium-castaneum-coleoptera-tenebrionidae
#10
Lindsey C Perkin, Alison R Gerken, Brenda Oppert
RNA interference (RNAi) is a functional genomics tool to correlate genotype and phenotype by delivering targeted, gene-specific, and complementary dsRNA into a host via injection, feeding, or other means in order to reduce gene expression. In the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, RNAi has been successful via injected dsRNA at all life stages. Traditionally, successful transcript knockdown has been quantified by qPCR on a gene-by-gene basis, where only expression of the target gene and normalization genes are evaluated...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421257/histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-reverse-age-related-increases-in-side-effects-of-haloperidol-in-mice
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Janitza L Montalvo-Ortiz, Daniel W Fisher, Guadalupe Rodríguez, Deyu Fang, John G Csernansky, Hongxin Dong
BACKGROUND: Older patients can be especially susceptible to antipsychotic-induced side effects, and the pharmacodynamic mechanism underlying this phenomenon remains unclear. We hypothesized that age-related epigenetic alterations lead to decreased expression and functionality of the dopamine D2 receptor (D2R), contributing to this susceptibility. METHODS: In this study, we treated young (2-3 months old) and aged (22-24 months old) C57BL/6 mice with the D2R antagonist haloperidol (HAL) once a day for 14 days to evaluate HAL-induced motor side effects...
April 18, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419646/suvorexant-an-orexin-hypocretin-receptor-antagonist-attenuates-motivational-and-hedonic-properties-of-cocaine
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Taylor A Gentile, Steven J Simmons, David J Barker, Jessica K Shaw, Rodrigo A España, John W Muschamp
Orexins ('hypocretins') are peptides produced by neurons of the hypothalamus that project to structures implicated in reward and emotion processing. Converging evidence demonstrates functional roles of orexin signaling in arousal, sleep/wakefulness and motivated behaviors for natural and drug rewards. Suvorexant, a dual orexin receptor antagonist, recently received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to treat insomnia. In Experiment 1, rats self-administered cocaine under a progressive-ratio schedule of reinforcement and the effects of suvorexant on motivation to self-administer cocaine were measured...
April 17, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419642/nicotine-induced-molecular-alterations-are-modulated-by-gabab-receptor-activity
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Andres P Varani, Valeria T Pedrón, Amira J Aon, Christian Höcht, Gabriela B Acosta, Bernhard Bettler, Graciela N Balerio
It has been demonstrated that GABAB receptors modulate nicotine (NIC) reward effect; nevertheless, the mechanism implicated is not well known. In this regard, we evaluated the involvement of GABAB receptors on the behavioral, neurochemical, biochemical and molecular alterations associated with the rewarding effects induced by NIC in mice, from a pharmacological and genetic approach. NIC-induced rewarding properties (0.5 mg/kg, subcutaneously, sc) were evaluated by conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm...
April 17, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416594/new-repeat-polymorphism-in-the-akt1-gene-predicts-striatal-dopamine-d2-d3-receptor-availability-and-stimulant-induced-dopamine-release-in-the-healthy-human-brain
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Elena Shumay, Corinde E Wiers, Ehsan Shokri-Kojori, Sung Won Kim, Colin A Hodgkinson, Hui Sun, Dardo Tomasi, Christopher T Wong, Daniel R Weinberger, Gene-Jack Wang, Joanna S Fowler, Nora D Volkow
The role of the protein kinase Akt1 in dopamine neurotransmission is well recognized and has been implicated in schizophrenia and psychosis. However, the extent to which variants in the AKT1 gene influence dopamine neurotransmission is not well understood.Here we investigated the effect of a newly characterized variant number tandem repeat (VNTR) polymorphism in AKT1 (major alleles: L- (8 repeats) and H- (9 repeats)) on striatal dopamine D2/D3 receptor (DRD2) availability and on dopamine release in healthy volunteers...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416380/spinal-dopaminergic-involvement-in-the-antihyperalgesic-effect-of-antidepressants-in-a-rat-model-of-neuropathic-pain
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Mi Chen, Hajime Hoshino, Shigeru Saito, Yang Yang, Hideaki Obata
Antidepressants such as tricyclic antidepressants, and serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors are a first-line treatment for neuropathic pain. Here, we aimed to determine the involvement of the spinal dopaminergic system in the antihyperalgesic effects of antidepressants in a rat model of neuropathic pain induced by spinal nerve ligation (SNL). The right L5 spinal nerve of male Sprague-Dawley rats was ligated under inhalation anesthesia to induce hyperalgesia. Behavioral testing was performed by measuring ipsilateral hindpaw withdrawal thresholds after intraperitoneal injection of amitriptyline, duloxetine, milnacipran, and fluoxetine...
April 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414989/role-of-cortical-alpha-2-adrenoceptors-in-alcohol-withdrawal-induced-depression-and-tricyclic-antidepressants
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Bruk Getachew, Sheketha R Hauser, Antonei B Csoka, Robert E Taylor, Yousef Tizabi
INTRODUCTION: Although a role for alpha-2 adrenoceptors (alpha-2 ARs) in alcohol use disorder (AUD) and depression is suggested, very little information on a direct interaction between alcohol and these receptors is available. METHODS: In this study adult female Wistar and Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats, a putative animal model of depression, were exposed to alcohol vapor 3h daily for 10days (blood alcohol concentration ∼150mg%) followed by daily injection of 10mg/kg of imipramine (IMP, a selective norepinephrine NE/serotonin reuptake inhibitor) or nomifensine (NOMI, a selective NE/dopamine reuptake inhibitor)...
April 4, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414692/neuronal-fibers-and-neurotransmitter-receptor-expression-in-the-human-endolymphatic-sac
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Martin Nue Møller, Svend Kirkeby, Jonas Vikeså, Finn Cilius Nielsen, Per Cayé-Thomasen
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies suggest that the human endolymphatic sac (ES) may have multiple functions, including an ion-transport capacity comparable to the kidney, an immunological capacity and a possible natriuretic capacity. Further, there have been speculations of a yet undefined role in intracranial pressure homeostasis. The anatomical location towards the sigmoid sinus would suggest a possible endo- and/or paracrine signaling. However, neuronal connections may also apply, but it remains very scarcely explored in the human ES...
April 14, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410269/social-isolation-induces-schizophrenia-like-behavior-potentially-associated-with-hint1-nmda-receptor-1-and-dopamine-receptor-2
#18
Bai-Jia Li, Peng Liu, Zheng Chu, Ying Shang, Meng-Xi Huan, Yong-Hui Dang, Cheng-Ge Gao
Both genetic factors and early life adversity play major roles in the etiology of schizophrenia. Our previous studies indicated that social isolation (SI) during early postnatal development leads to several lasting abnormal behavioral and pathophysiological features resembling the core symptoms of some human neuropsychiatric disorders in mice. The glutamate and dopamine hypotheses are tightly linked to the development of schizophrenia. The cross-talk between glutamate N-methyl-D-aspartate acid receptors and dopamine receptors is associated with histidine triad nucleotide binding protein 1 (HINT1), which is correlated with diverse psychiatric disorders...
May 24, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409931/1-4-18-f-fluorobenzyl-4-tetrahydrofuran-2-yl-methyl-piperazine-a-novel-suitable-radioligand-with-low-lipophilicity-for-imaging-sigma-1-receptors-in-the-brain
#19
Yingfang He, Fang Xie, Jiajun Ye, Winnie Deuther-Conrad, Bixiao Cui, Liang Wang, Jie Lu, Jörg Steinbach, Peter Brust, Yiyun Huang, Jie Lu, Hongmei Jia
We have designed and synthesized novel piperazine compounds with low lipophilicity as σ1 receptor ligands. 1-(4-Fluorobenzyl)-4-((tetrahydrofuran-2-yl)methyl)piperazine (10) possessed low nanomolar σ1 receptor affinity and high selectivity toward the vesicular acetylcholine transporter (>2000-fold), σ2 receptors (52-fold), adenosine A2A, adrenergic α2, cannabinoid CB1, dopamine D1, D2L, γ-aminobutyric acid A (GABAA), NMDA, melatonin MT1, MT2 and serotonin 5-HT1 receptors. The corresponding radiotracer [(18)F]10 demonstrated high brain uptake and extremely high brain-to-blood ratios in biodistribution studies in mice...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407578/a-peek-into-the-drug-development-scenario-of-endometriosis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Luxitaa Goenka, Melvin George, Maitrayee Sen
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE: Endometriosis is a gynaecological disease that is characterised by the presence of endometrium like tissue-epithelium and stroma that develops outside the uterine cavity, which is responsible for pelvic pain and infertility. Even though several medical therapies exist for the treatment of endometriosis, each of the drug class has its own limitations such as cost of treatment, side-effects and its short-term effect on the symptoms of endometriosis. In this review, we have attempted to summarize the current status and challenges of drug development for endometriosis...
April 10, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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