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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699350/analgesic-properties-of-opioid-nk1-multitarget-ligands-with-distinct-in-vitro-profiles-in-naive-and-chronic-constriction-injury-cci-mice
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Joanna Starnowska, Roberto Costante, Karel Guillemyn, Katarzyna Popiolek-Barczyk, Nga N Chung, Carole Lemieux, Attila Keresztes, Joost Van Duppen, Adriano Mollica, John M Streicher, Jozef Vanden Broeck, Peter W Schiller, Dirk Tourwé, Joanna Mika, Steven Ballet, Barbara Przewlocka
The lower efficacy of opioids in neuropathic pain may be due to the increased activity of pronociceptive systems such as substance P. We present evidence to support this hypothesis in this work from the spinal cord in a neuropathic pain model in mice. Biochemical analysis confirmed the elevated mRNA and protein level of pronociceptive substance P, the major endogenous ligand of the neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor, in the lumbar spinal cord of chronic constriction injury (CCI)-mice. To improve opioid efficacy in neuropathic pain, novel compounds containing opioid agonist and neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor antagonist pharmacophores were designed...
July 12, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680408/a-potential-role-for-mu-opioids-in-mediating-the-positive-effects-of-gratitude
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REVIEW
Max Henning, Glenn R Fox, Jonas Kaplan, Hanna Damasio, Antonio Damasio
Gratitude is a complex emotional feeling associated with universally desirable positive effects in personal, social, and physiological domains. Why or how gratitude achieves these functional outcomes is not clear. Toward the goal of identifying its' underlying physiological processes, we recently investigated the neural correlates of gratitude. In our study, participants were exposed to gratitude-inducing stimuli, and rated each according to how much gratitude it provoked. As expected, self-reported gratitude intensity correlated with brain activity in distinct regions of the medial pre-frontal cortex associated with social reward and moral cognition...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674470/eluxadoline-viberzi-a-mu-opioid-receptor-agonist-for-the-treatment-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome-with-diarrhea
#3
Fraidy Maltz, Brooke Fidler
Eluxadoline (Viberzi) for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea.
July 2017: P & T: a Peer-reviewed Journal for Formulary Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673713/alterations-in-opioid-inhibition-cause-widespread-nociception-but-do-not-affect-anxiety-like-behavior-in-oral-cancer-mice
#4
Yi Ye, Daniel G Bernabé, Elizabeth Salvo, Chi T Viet, Kentaro Ono, John C Dolan, Malvin Janal, Brad E Aouizerat, Christine Miaskowski, Brian L Schmidt
Widespread pain and anxiety are commonly reported in cancer patients. We hypothesize that cancer is accompanied by attenuation of endogenous opioid-mediated inhibition, which subsequently causes widespread pain and anxiety. To test this hypothesis we used a mouse model of oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in the tongue. We found that mice with tongue SCC exhibited widespread nociceptive behaviors in addition to behaviors associated with local nociception that we reported previously. Tongue SCC mice exhibited a pattern of reduced opioid receptor expression in the spinal cord; intrathecal administration of respective mu (MOR), delta (DOR), and kappa (KOR) opioid receptor agonists reduced widespread nociception in mice, except for the fail flick assay following administration of the MOR agonist...
June 30, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667175/the-relevance-of-agrp-neuron-derived-gaba-inputs-to-pomc-neurons-differs-for-spontaneous-and-evoked-release
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Andrew R Rau, Shane T Hentges
Hypothalamic agouti-related peptide (AgRP) neurons potently stimulate food intake, whereas proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons inhibit feeding. Whether AgRP neurons exert their orexigenic actions, at least in part, by inhibiting anorexigenic POMC neurons remains unclear. Here, the connectivity between GABA-releasing AgRP neurons and POMC neurons was examined in brain slices from male and female mice. Spontaneous GABA-mediated inhibitory postsynaptic currents (sIPSCs) in POMC neurons were unaffected by disturbing GABA release from AgRP neurons either by cell-type-specific deletion of the vesicular GABA transporter or by expression of botulinum toxin in AgRP neurons to prevent VAMP2-dependent vesicle fusion...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659791/pentazocine-protects-sn4741-cells-against-mpp-induced-cell-damage-via-up-regulation-of-the-canonical-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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Jiancai Wang, Jintao Gu, Hao Wu, Gang Zhu, Dayun Feng, Yuqian Li, Wei Guo, Keyong Tian, Guodong Gao, Li Gao
The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway has been linked to many neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's disease (PD). A glycoprotein named Dickkopf-1 (Dkk1) can combine with the receptor complex on cell membrane to inhibit Wnt/β-catenin signaling. Opioids, a series of compounds including morphine, fentanyl and pentazocine, have been reported to contribute to the up-regulation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling. Naloxone is an antagonist that has been used as an antidote to opioids through mu-opioid receptor...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653080/alterations-of-expression-of-inflammation-immune-related-genes-in-the-dorsal-and-ventral-striatum-of-adult-c57bl-6j-mice-following-chronic-oxycodone-self-administration-a-rna-sequencing-study
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Yong Zhang, Yupu Liang, Orna Levran, Matthew Randesi, Vadim Yuferov, Connie Zhao, Mary Jeanne Kreek
INTRODUCTION: Non-medical use of prescription opioids such as the mu opioid receptor (MOP-r) agonist oxycodone is a growing problem in the USA and elsewhere. There is limited information about oxycodone's impact on diverse gene systems in the brain. OBJECTIVES: The current study was designed to examine how chronic oxycodone self-administration (SA) affects gene expression in the terminal areas of the nigrostriatal and mesolimbic dopaminergic pathways in mice. METHOD: Adult male C57BL/6J mice underwent a 14-day oxycodone self-administration procedure (4 h/day, 0...
June 26, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650467/genome-wide-loss-of-function-genetic-screening-identifies-opioid-receptor-%C3%AE-1-as-a-key-regulator-of-l-asparaginase-resistance-in-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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S M Kang, J L Rosales, V Meier-Stephenson, S Kim, K Y Lee, A Narendran
L-asparaginase is a critical chemotherapeutic agent for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It hydrolyzes plasma asparagine into aspartate and NH3, causing asparagine deficit and inhibition of protein synthesis and eventually, leukemic cell death. However, patient relapse often occurs due to development of resistance. The molecular mechanism by which ALL cells acquire resistance to L-asparaginase is unknown. Therefore, we sought to identify genes that are involved in L-asparaginase resistance in primary leukemic cells...
June 26, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645621/two-delta-opioid-receptor-subtypes-are-functional-in-single-ventral-tegmental-area-neurons-and-can-interact-with-the-mu-opioid-receptor
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Elyssa B Margolis, Wakako Fujita, Lakshmi A Devi, Howard L Fields
The mu and delta opioid receptors (MOR and DOR) are highly homologous members of the opioid family of GPCRs. There is evidence that MOR and DOR interact, however the extent to which these interactions occur in vivo and affect synaptic function is unknown. There are two stable DOR subtypes: DPDPE sensitive (DOR1) and deltorphin II sensitive (DOR2); both agonists are blocked by DOR selective antagonists. Robust motivational effects are produced by local actions of both MOR and DOR ligands in the ventral tegmental area (VTA)...
June 21, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642332/morphine-worsens-the-severity-and-prevents-pancreatic-regeneration-in-mouse-models-of-acute-pancreatitis
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Usman Barlass, Raini Dutta, Hassam Cheema, John George, Archana Sareen, Ajay Dixit, Zuobiao Yuan, Bhuwan Giri, Jingjing Meng, Santanu Banerjee, Sulagna Banerjee, Vikas Dudeja, Rajinder K Dawra, Sabita Roy, Ashok K Saluja
BACKGROUND: Opioids such as morphine are widely used for the management of pain associated with acute pancreatitis. Interestingly, opioids are also known to affect the immune system and modulate inflammatory pathways in non-pancreatic diseases. However, the impact of morphine on the progression of acute pancreatitis has never been evaluated. In the current study, we evaluated the impact of morphine on the progression and severity of acute pancreatitis. METHODS: Effect of morphine treatment on acute pancreatitis in caerulein, L-arginine and ethanol-palmitoleic acid models was evaluated after induction of the disease...
June 22, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626834/effects-of-local-and-spinal-administrations-of-mu-opioids-on-postoperative-pain-in-aged-versus-adult-mice
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Jennifer Mecklenburg, Mayur J Patil, Wouter Koek, Armen N Akopian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Pain Reports (Baltimore, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621702/short-duration-physical-activity-prevents-the-development-of-activity-induced-hyperalgesia-through-opioid-and-serotoninergic-mechanisms
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Lucas V Lima, Josimari M DeSantana, Lynn A Rasmussen, Kathleen A Sluka
Regular physical activity prevents the development of chronic muscle pain through the modulation of central mechanisms that involve rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM). We tested if pharmacological blockade or genetic deletion of mu-opioid receptors in physically active mice modulates excitatory and inhibitory systems in the RVM in an activity-induced hyperalgesia model. We examined response frequency to mechanical stimulation of the paw, muscle withdrawal thresholds, and expression of phosphorylation of the NR1 subunit of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (p-NR1) and serotonin transporter (SERT) in the RVM...
June 8, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594147/casein-kinase-1-epsilon-deletion-increases-mu-opioid-receptor-dependent-behaviors-and-binge-eating1
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L R Goldberg, S L Kirkpatrick, N Yazdani, K P Luttik, O A Lacki, R Keith Babbs, D F Jenkins, W Evan Johnson, C D Bryant
Genetic and pharmacological studies indicate that casein kinase 1 epsilon (Csnk1e) contributes to psychostimulant, opioid, and ethanol motivated behaviors. We previously used pharmacological inhibition to demonstrate that Csnk1e negatively regulates the locomotor stimulant properties of opioids and psychostimulants. Here, we tested the hypothesis that Csnk1e negatively regulates opioid and psychostimulant reward using genetic inhibition and the conditioned place preference assay in Csnk1e knockout mice. Similar to pharmacological inhibition, Csnk1e knockout mice showed enhanced opioid-induced locomotor activity with the mu opioid receptor agonist fentanyl (0...
June 8, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590714/reaching-out-for-sensitive-evaluation-of-the-mu-opioid-receptor-in-vivo-positron-emission-tomography-imaging-of-the-agonist-11c-ah7921
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Waqas Rafique, Shivashankar Khanapur, Mona Milde Spilhaug, Patrick J Riss
Imaging of the mu-opioid receptor availability with PET is a pertinent challenge in Neuroscience. Both, regulation of receptor expression and occupancy by endogeneous opioids play into cognitive and behavioural phenotypes of healthy function and disease. Receptor expression in the active and inactive states can be measured using high affinity radioagonist and radioanatonist PET tracers, respectively. Occupancy assessment requires radioligands showing competitive and reversible binding with moderate affinity to the MOR, which may lead to physical extinction of the receptor specific signal in vivo...
June 7, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574864/methadone-management-of-withdrawal-associated-with-loperamide-related-opioid-use-disorder
#15
Raphael J Leo, Muhammad A Ghazi, Kelly S Jaziri
: Loperamide hydrochloride is an over-the-counter anti-diarrheal agent, acting via mu-opioid receptor agonist effects in the intestinal myenteric plexus. Although preclinical investigations suggested that abuse liability associated with loperamide use is low, there are increasing numbers of cases reported to the US Food and Drug Administration, of abuse, dependence, and withdrawal associated with loperamide use. A case of a patient with opioid use disorder, that is, in the form of protracted loperamide excess use, requiring management of withdrawal with methadone is presented...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567699/effects-of-nalfurafine-on-the-reinforcing-thermal-antinociceptive-and-respiratory-depressant-effects-of-oxycodone-modeling-an-abuse-deterrent-opioid-analgesic-in-rats
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E Andrew Townsend, Jennifer E Naylor, S Stevens Negus, Shelley R Edwards, Hina N Qureshi, Hunter W McLendon, Christopher R McCurdy, Coco N Kapanda, Jussara M do Carmo, Fernanda S da Silva, John E Hall, Kenneth J Sufka, Kevin B Freeman
RATIONALE: Strategies to reduce the misuse of mu opioid agonists are critically needed. Previous work has shown that kappa opioid agonists can diminish the abuse-related effects and augment the antinociceptive effects of mu agonists. However, use of traditional kappa agonists is limited by their dysphoric side effects. OBJECTIVES: The current study examined the effects of nalfurafine, a clinically available atypical kappa agonist, on the reinforcing, thermal antinociceptive, and respiratory-depressant effects of oxycodone in male rats...
May 31, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567065/the-psychoneuroendocrine-immunotherapy-of-cancer-historical-evolution-and-clinical-results
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REVIEW
Paolo Lissoni, Giusy Messina, Arianna Lissoni, Rovelli Franco
The prognosis of the neoplastic diseases depends not only on the biogenetic characteristics of cancer cells but also on the immunological response of patients, which may influence the biological features of cancer cells themselves as well as the angiogenic processes. Moreover, the immune system in vivo is under a physiological psychoneuroendocrine (PNE) regulation, mainly mediated by the brain opioid system and the pineal gland. In more detail, the anticancer immunity is stimulated by the pineal hormone melatonin (MLT) and inhibited by the opioid system, namely, through a mu-opioid receptor...
2017: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559159/hdac-inhibitor-tsa-ameliorates-mechanical-hypersensitivity-and-potentiates-analgesic-effect-of-morphine-in-a-rat-model-of-bone-cancer-pain-by-restoring-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-in-spinal-cord
#18
Xinran Hou, Yingqi Weng, Bihan Ouyang, Zhuofeng Ding, Zongbin Song, Wangyuan Zou, Changsheng Huang, Qulian Guo
Bone cancer pain (BCP) is a common complication with inadequate management in patients suffering from advanced cancer. Histone deacetylase inhibitors showed significant analgesic effect in multiple inflammatory and neuropathic pain models, but their effect in bone cancer pain has never been explored. In this study, we utilized a BCP rat model with intra-tibial inoculation of Walker 256 mammary gland carcinoma cells, which developed progressive mechanical hypersensitivity but not thermal hypersensitivity. Intrathecal application of trichostatin A (TSA), a classic pan-HDAC inhibitor, ameliorated tactile hypersensitivity and enhanced the analgesic effect of morphine in BCP rats...
May 27, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554003/opioids-and-opioid-receptors-orchestrate-wound-repair
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Ying Wang, Mihir Gupta, Tasneem Poonawala, Mariya Farooqui, Yunfang Li, Fei Peng, Sheldon Rao, Michael Ansonoff, John E Pintar, Kalpna Gupta
We have previously shown that topical opioids including morphine and its congeners promote healing of full thickness ischemic wounds in rats. We examined the contribution of mu opioid receptor (MOPr)-mediated healing of full thickness ischemic wounds using MOPr and delta or kappa opioid receptor knockout (KO) mice. Wound closure in the early (day 5) as well as later phases was delayed in topical morphine or PBS-treated MOPr-KO mice compared with reciprocal treatments of wounds in wild-type (WT) mice. MOPr expression was significantly upregulated at 30 min in the wound margins and colocalized with wound margins and vasculature in the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin...
July 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548579/genetic-variation-of-the-mu-opioid-receptor-oprm1-and-dopamine-d2-receptor-drd2-is-related-to-smoking-differences-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-but-not-bipolar-disorder
#20
Mika Hirasawa-Fujita, Michael J Bly, Vicki L Ellingrod, Gregory W Dalack, Edward F Domino
It is not known why mentally ill persons smoke excessively. Inasmuch as endogenous opioid and dopaminergic systems are involved in smoking reinforcement, it is important to study mu opioid receptor (OPRM1) A118G (rs1799971), dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2) Taq1A (rs1800497) genotypes, and sex differences among patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Smokers and nonsmokers with schizophrenia (n=177) and bipolar disorder (n=113) were recruited and genotyped. They were classified into three groups: current smoker, former smoker, and never smoker by tobacco smoking status self-report...
December 0: Clinical Schizophrenia & related Psychoses
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