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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211810/therapeutics-of-neurotransmitters-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Ramesh Kandimalla, P Hemachandra Reddy
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, characterized by the loss of memory, multiple cognitive impairments and changes in the personality and behavior. Several decades of intense research have revealed that multiple cellular changes are involved in disease process, including synaptic damage, mitochondrial abnormalities and inflammatory responses, in addition to formation and accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) and phosphorylated tau. Although tremendous progress has been made in understanding the impact of neurotransmitters in the progression and pathogenesis of AD, we still do not have a drug molecule associated with neurotransmitter(s) that can delay disease process in elderly individuals and/or restore cognitive functions in AD patients...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209481/botulinum-toxin-type-a-reduces-inflammatory-hypernociception-induced-by-arthritis-in-the-temporomadibular-joint-of-rats
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Victor Ricardo Manuel Muñoz Lora, Juliana Trindade Clemente-Napimoga, Henrique Ballassini Abdalla, Cristina Gomes Macedo, Giancarlo de la Torre Canales, Celia Marissa Rizzatti Barbosa
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the antinociceptive effects of Botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) on persistent inflammatory hypernociception induced by arthritis in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Wistar rats were induced to persistent inflammatory hypernociception in the left TMJ. Then, animals were treated with intra-TMJ injections of BoNT-A, using doses of 3.5, 7 and 14 U/kg. Saline was used as control group. Behavioral tests were applied to evaluated the effect of BoNT-A in the inflammatory hypernociception...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205135/apium-graveolens-extract-influences-mood-and-cognition-in-healthy-mice
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Phetcharat Boonruamkaew, Wanida Sukketsiri, Pharkphoom Panichayupakaranant, Wijittra Kaewnam, Supita Tanasawet, Varomyalin Tipmanee, Pilaiwanwadee Hutamekalin, Pennapa Chonpathompikunlert
Apium graveolens is a food flavoring which possesses various health promoting effects. This study investigates the effect of a sub-acute administration of A. graveolens on cognition and anti-depression behaviors via antioxidant and related neurotransmitter systems in mice brains. Cognition and depression was assessed by various models of behavior. The antioxidant system of glutathione peroxidase (GPx), % inhibition of superoxide anion (O2(-)), and lipid peroxidation were studied. In addition, neurochemical parameters including acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and monoamine oxidase-type A (MAO-A) were also evaluated...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202787/dysregulated-glycine-signaling-contributes-to-increased-impulsivity-during-protracted-alcohol-abstinence
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Cristina Irimia, Matthew W Buczynski, Luis A Natividad, Sarah A Laredo, Nathaniel Avalos, Loren H Parsons
Persons with alcoholism who are abstinent exhibit persistent impairments in the capacity for response inhibition, and this form of impulsivity is significantly associated with heightened relapse risk. Brain-imaging studies implicate aberrant prefrontal cortical function in this behavioral pathology, although the underlying mechanisms are not understood. Here we present evidence that deficient activation of glycine and serine release in the ventral medial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) contributes to increased motor impulsivity during protracted abstinence from long-term alcohol exposure...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198207/neurophysiological-symptoms-and-aspartame-what-is-the-connection
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Arbind Kumar Choudhary, Yeong Yeh Lee
Aspartame (α-aspartyl-l-phenylalanine-o-methyl ester), an artificial sweetener, has been linked to behavioral and cognitive problems. Possible neurophysiological symptoms include learning problems, headache, seizure, migraines, irritable moods, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The consumption of aspartame, unlike dietary protein, can elevate the levels of phenylalanine and aspartic acid in the brain. These compounds can inhibit the synthesis and release of neurotransmitters, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, which are known regulators of neurophysiological activity...
February 15, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192174/does-genetic-bdnf-deficiency-in-rats-interact-with-neurotransmitter-control-of-prepulse-inhibition-implications-for-schizophrenia
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Maarten van den Buuse, Davina Biel, Kathrin Radscheit
Several studies have suggested a role of BDNF in the development of schizophrenia. For example, post-mortem studies have shown significantly reduced levels of BDNF protein expression in the brain of schizophrenia patients. We investigated the relationship between reduced levels of BDNF in the brain and the regulation of prepulse inhibition (PPI), a behavioral endophenotype of schizophrenia. We used BDNF heterozygous mutant rats which display a 50% decrease of mature BDNF protein levels. Previously, we observed normal baseline PPI and responses to the dopamine D1/D2 receptor agonist, apomorphine, in these rats...
February 9, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188802/crosstalk-of-metabolic-factors-and-neurogenic-signaling-in-adult-neurogenesis-implication-of-metabolic-regulation-for-mental-and-neurological-diseases
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Chong Gao, Qi Wang, Sookja K Chung, Jiangang Shen
Metabolic disorders like diabetes and obesity are commonly companied with neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders. Accumulating evidences indicated that cellular metabolic factors affect adult neurogenesis and have modulating effects on neurodegenerative disorders and psychiatric diseases. Adult neurogenesis contains multiple steps including proliferation of neural stem cells, lineage commitments of neural progenitor cells, maturation into functional neurons, and integration into neuronal network. Many intrinsic and extrinsic factors produced from neural stem/progenitor cells and their microenvironment or neurogenic niche take roles in modulating neurogenesis and contribute to the brain repair and functional recoveries in many neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders...
February 7, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188763/hiv-antiretroviral-drug-efavirenz-induces-anxiety-like-and-depression-like-behavior-in-rats-evaluation-of-neurotransmitter-alterations-in-the-striatum
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Giuliana Ignácio Teixeira Cavalcante, Adriano José Maia Chaves Filho, Maria Isabel Linhares, Camila Nayane de Carvalho Lima, Edith Teles Venâncio, Emiliano Ricardo Vasconcelos Rios, Francisca Cléa Florenço de Souza, Silvânia Maria Mendes Vasconcelos, Danielle Macêdo, Marta Maria de França Fonteles
Efavirenz (EFV) is an effective antiretroviral drug with a favorable pharmacokinetic profile and widely used in combination regimens to treat HIV infection. However, there are major concerns about the safety of this drug. Patients treated with EFV often experience neuropsychiatric adverse effects, which frequently lead to switching to alternative EFV-free regimens. The mechanisms involved in the central action of EFV are intrinsically unclear. Thus, this study aimed to investigate the effects of acute and subchronic (2 weeks) EFV administration in a series of behavioral tests for anxiety-like and depression-like behavior in healthy rats...
February 7, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187160/the-effects-of-dopamine-receptor-1-and-2-agonists-and-antagonists-on-sexual-and-aggressive-behaviors-in-male-green-anoles
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Alexandra N Smith, David Kabelik
The propensity to exhibit social behaviors during interactions with same-sex and opposite-sex conspecifics is modulated by various neurotransmitters, including dopamine. Dopamine is a conserved neurotransmitter among vertebrates and dopaminergic receptors are also highly conserved among taxa. Activation of D1 and D2 dopamine receptor subtypes has been shown to modulate social behaviors, especially in mammalian and avian studies. However, the specific behavioral functions of these receptors vary across taxa...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185881/the-association-between-endogenous-testosterone-level-and-behavioral-flexibility-in-young-men-evidence-from-stimulus-outcome-reversal-learning
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Esther K Diekhof, Susanne Kraft
The capacity to flexibly adapt responding to unexpected changes in the environment is crucial for survival. Several neurotransmitters have been implicated in stimulus-outcome reversal learning. Yet, it remains an open question whether inter-individual differences in the neuroactive hormone testosterone may also be related to this type of behavioral flexibility. In this study we assessed the association between endogenous testosterone level and reversal learning in young healthy men. We used an observer reversal learning task, in which subjects viewed computer-based decisions between two stimuli, of which one was currently rewarded while the other one was punished...
February 6, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179557/individual-differences-in-resting-cortico-spinal-excitability-are-correlated-with-reaction-time-and-gaba-content-in-motor-cortex
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Ian Greenhouse, Maedbh King, Sean Noah, Richard J Maddock, Richard B Ivry
Individuals differ in the intrinsic excitability of their corticospinal pathways, and perhaps more generally, their entire nervous system. At present, we have little understanding of the mechanisms underlying these differences and how variation in intrinsic excitability relates to behavior. Here, we examined the relationship between individual differences in intrinsic corticospinal excitability, local cortical γ-amino butyric acid (GABA) levels, and reaction time in a group of twenty healthy human adults. We measured corticospinal excitability at rest with transcranial magnetic stimulation, local concentrations of basal GABA with magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and RT with a behavioral task...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177983/the-contribution-of-transgenic-and-nontransgenic-animal-models-in-alzheimer-s-disease-drug-research-and-development
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Emanuela Mhillaj, Vincenzo Cuomo, Cesare Mancuso
Over the last few years, several papers have become available in the literature on both the main hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and the several intracellular pathways whose alteration is responsible for its onset and progression. The use of transgenic and nontransgenic animal models has played a key role in achieving such a remarkable amount of preclinical data, allowing researchers to dissect the cellular changes occurring in the AD brain. In addition, the huge amount of preclinical evidence arising from these animal models was necessary for the further clinical development of pharmacological agents capable of interfering with most of the impaired neural pathways in AD patients...
February 7, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177659/effects-of-ferulic-acid-on-oxidative-stress-heat-shock-protein-70-connexin-43-and-monoamines-in-hippocampus-of-pentylenetetrazole-kindled-rats
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Abdelaziz M Hussein, Khalid M Abbas, Osama A Abulseoud, Elhussainy Mohamed Abouelez Elhussainy
The present study investigated the effects of ferulic acid on pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced seizures, oxidative stress markers (malondialdhyde (MDA), catalase (CAT) and reduced glutathione (GSH)), connexin (Cx) 43, heat shock protein (Hsp) 70 and monoamines (serotonin (5HT) and norepinephrine (NE) levels in a rat model of PTZ-induced kindling. Sixty Sprague Dawley rats were divided into 5 equal groups, a) normal group, b) FA group: normal rats received FA at a dose of 40 mg/kg daily, c) PTZ group: rats received PTZ at a dose of 50 mg/kg i...
February 3, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176408/hippocampal-release-of-dopamine-and-norepinephrine-encodes-novel-contextual-information
#14
Moreno-Castilla Perla, Pérez-Ortega Rodrigo, Violante-Soria Valeria, Balderas Israela, Bermudez-Rattoni Federico
The detection and processing of novel information encountered in our environment is crucial for proper adaptive behavior and learning. Hippocampus is a prime structure for novelty detection that receives high-level inputs including context information. It is of our interest to understand the mechanisms by which the hippocampus processes contextual information. For this, we performed in vivo microdyalisis in order to monitor extracellular changes in neurotransmitter levels during Object Location Memory (OLM), a behavioral protocol developed to evaluate contextual information processing in recognition memory...
February 8, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168949/erg-28-controls-bk-channel-trafficking-in-the-er-to-regulate-synaptic-function-and-alcohol-response-in-c-elegans
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Kelly H Oh, James J Haney, Xiaohong Wang, Chiou-Fen Chuang, Janet E Richmond, Hongkyun Kim
Voltage- and calcium-dependent BK channels regulate calcium-dependent cellular events such as neurotransmitter release by limiting calcium influx. Their plasma membrane abundance is an important factor in determining BK current and thus regulation of calcium-dependent events. In C. elegans, we show that ERG-28, an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane protein, promotes the trafficking of SLO-1 BK channels from the ER to the plasma membrane by shielding them from premature degradation. In the absence of ERG-28, SLO-1 channels undergo aspartic protease DDI-1-dependent degradation, resulting in markedly reduced expression at presynaptic terminals...
February 7, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167800/learning-gustatory-responsiveness-and-tyramine-differences-across-nurse-and-forager-honeybees
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Ricarda Scheiner, Tina Reim, Eirik Søvik, Brian V Entler, Andrew B Barron, Markus Thamm
Honeybees are well known for their complex division of labor. Each bee sequentially performs a series of social tasks during its life. The changes in social task performance are linked to gross differences in behavior and physiology. We here tested whether honeybees performing different social tasks (nursing vs. foraging) would differ in their gustatory responsiveness and associative learning behavior in addition to their daily tasks in the colony. Further, we investigated the role of the biogenic amine tyramine and its receptors in the behavior of nurse bees and foragers...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167350/thalamic-cholinergic-innervation-makes-a-specific-bottom-up-contribution-to-signal-detection-evidence-from-parkinson-s-disease-patients-with-defined-cholinergic-losses
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Kamin Kim, Martijn L T M Müller, Nicolaas I Bohnen, Martin Sarter, Cindy Lustig
Successful behavior depends on the ability to detect and respond to relevant cues, especially under challenging conditions. This essential component of attention has been hypothesized to be mediated by multiple neuromodulator systems, but the contributions of individual systems (e.g., cholinergic, dopaminergic) have remained unclear. The present study addresses this issue by leveraging individual variation in regionally-specific cholinergic denervation in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, while controlling for variation in dopaminergic denervation...
February 5, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167224/hypercholesterolemia-causes-psychomotor-abnormalities-in-mice-and-alterations-in-cortico-striatal-biogenic-amine-neurotransmitters-relevance-to-parkinson-s-disease
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Rajib Paul, Amarendranath Choudhury, Dulal Chandra Boruah, Rajlakshmi Devi, Pallab Bhattacharya, Manabendra Dutta Choudhury, Anupom Borah
The symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) include motor behavioral abnormalities, which appear as a result of the extensive loss of the striatal biogenic amine, dopamine. Various endogenous molecules, including cholesterol, have been put forward as putative contributors in the pathogenesis of PD. Earlier reports have provided a strong link between the elevated level of plasma cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) and onset of PD. However, the role of hypercholesterolemia on brain functions in terms of neurotransmitter metabolism and associated behavioral manifestations remain elusive...
February 3, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164854/the-microbiome-gut-brain-axis-in-health-and-disease
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Timothy G Dinan, John F Cryan
Gut microbes are capable of producing most neurotransmitters found in the human brain. Evidence is accumulating to support the view that gut microbes influence central neurochemistry and behavior. Irritable bowel syndrome is regarded as the prototypic disorder of the brain-gut-microbiota axis that can be responsive to probiotic therapy. Translational studies indicate that certain bacteria may have an impact on stress responses and cognitive functioning. Manipulating the gut microbiota with psychobiotics, prebiotics, or even antibiotics offers a novel approach to altering brain function and treating gut-brain axis disorders, such as depression and autism...
March 2017: Gastroenterology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163935/short-term-monocular-deprivation-enhances-physiological-pupillary-oscillations
#20
Paola Binda, Claudia Lunghi
Short-term monocular deprivation alters visual perception in adult humans, increasing the dominance of the deprived eye, for example, as measured with binocular rivalry. This form of plasticity may depend upon the inhibition/excitation balance in the visual cortex. Recent work suggests that cortical excitability is reliably tracked by dilations and constrictions of the pupils of the eyes. Here, we ask whether monocular deprivation produces a systematic change of pupil behavior, as measured at rest, that is independent of the change of visual perception...
2017: Neural Plasticity
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