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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29685187/why-is-vitamin-b6-effective-in-alleviating-the-symptoms-of-autism
#1
Kohji Sato
Many factors are reported to be involved in the complex pathophysiological processes of autism, suggesting that there is considerable variability in the manifestations of this disease. Several interventions are used to treat this disorder. Among them, vitamin B6 is widely used to treat the symptoms observed in autism. Vitamin B6 is beneficial for about half of autistic individuals in decreasing behavioral problems. However, until now, it remains unknown why vitamin B6 is effective for this disease. Although the exact pathogenesis is not defined, it is evident that certain neurotransmitter systems are impaired in the brains of autistic patients, causing the symptoms observed in the disease...
June 2018: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684586/targeted-biochemical-profiling-of-brain-from-huntington-s-disease-patients-reveals-novel-metabolic-pathways-of-interest
#2
Stewart F Graham, Xiaobei Pan, Ali Yilmaz, Shirin Macias, Andrew Robinson, David Mann, Brian D Green
Huntington's disease (HD) is a devastating, progressive neurodegenerative disease with a distinct phenotype characterized by chorea and dystonia, incoordination, cognitive decline and behavioral difficulties. The precise mechanisms of HD progression are poorly understood; however, it is known that there is an expansion of the trinucleotide cytosine-guanosine-guanine (CAG) repeat in the Huntingtin gene. Herein DI/LC-MS/MS was used to accurately identify and quantify 185 metabolites in post mortem frontal lobe and striatum from HD patients and healthy control cases...
April 20, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684464/tracking-single-membrane-targets-of-human-autoantibodies-using-single-nanoparticle-imaging
#3
Julie Jézéquel, Julien P Dupuis, François Maingret, Laurent Groc
BACKGROUND: Over the past decade, an increasing number of neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases have been associated with the expression of autoantibodies directed against neuronal targets, including neurotransmitter receptors. Although cell-based assays are routinely used in clinics to detect the presence of immunoglobulins, such tests often provide heterogeneous outcomes due to their limited sensitivity, especially at low titers. Thus, there is an urging need for new methods allowing the detection of autoantibodies in seropositive patients that cannot always be clinically distinguished from seronegative ones...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29681926/photoperiod-induced-neuroplasticity-in-the-circadian-system
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REVIEW
Alessandra Porcu, Malini Riddle, Davide Dulcis, David K Welsh
Seasonal changes in light exposure have profound effects on behavioral and physiological functions in many species, including effects on mood and cognitive function in humans. The mammalian brain's master circadian clock, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), transmits information about external light conditions to other brain regions, including some implicated in mood and cognition. Although the detailed mechanisms are not yet known, the SCN undergoes highly plastic changes at the cellular and network levels under different light conditions...
2018: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679637/recent-stimulant-use-and-leukocyte-gene-expression-in-methamphetamine-users-with-treated-hiv-infection
#5
Adam W Carrico, Annesa Flentje, Kord Kober, Sulggi Lee, Peter Hunt, Elise D Riley, Steven Shoptaw, R N Elena Flowers, Samantha E Dilworth, Savita Pahwa, Bradley E Aouizerat
Stimulant use may accelerate HIV disease progression through biological and behavioral pathways. However, scant research with treated HIV-positive persons has examined stimulant-associated alterations in pathophysiologic processes relevant to HIV pathogenesis. In a sample of 55 HIV-positive, methamphetamine-using sexual minority men with a viral load less than 200 copies/mL, we conducted RNA sequencing to examine patterns of leukocyte gene expression in participants who had a urine sample that was reactive for stimulants (n = 27) as compared to those who tested non-reactive (n = 28)...
April 18, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674253/involvement-of-snare-complex-in-the-hippocampus-and-prefrontal-cortex-of-offspring-with-depression-induced-by-prenatal-stress
#6
Yan Jun Cao, Qiong Wang, Xing Xing Zheng, Ying Cheng, Yan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Prenatal stress (PS) exposure can cause depression-like behavior in offspring, and maladaptive responses including physiological and neurobiological changes. Glutamate neurotransmission is implicated in effects of PS and in antidepressant mechanisms; however, the mechanisms underlying its involvement remain unclear. In the synapse, the formation of the soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (SNARE) complex is essential for vesicular docking and neurotransmitter release...
April 6, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674241/protective-effect-of-betulinic-acid-against-intracerebroventricular-streptozotocin-induced-cognitive-impairment-and-neuronal-damage-in-rats-possible-neurotransmitters-and-neuroinflammatory-mechanism
#7
Madhu Kaundal, Rahul Deshmukh, Mohd Akhtar
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the study was to explore the therapeutic potential of Betulinic acid (BA) in streptozotocin (STZ) induced memory damage in experimental rats. METHODS: STZ (3 mg/kg bilaterally) as intracerebroventrical (icv) route was administered on day 1 and 3 in rats. Donepezil (5 mg/kg/day po), used as standard, and BA (5, 10 and 15 mg/kg/day po) were administered after 1 h of 1st STZ infusion up to 21 days. Object recognition task (ORT) for non-spatial, Morris water maze (MWM) for spatial and locomotor activity were performed to evaluate behavioral changes in rats...
December 6, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673529/neurochemistry-of-anesthetic-states
#8
Ralph Lydic, Helen A Baghdoyan, Amanda L May
Anesthetic mechanisms that eliminate consciousness and perception of pain are products of the nervous system. Chemical approaches to the study of anesthetic mechanisms have the potential to serve as an ideal interface between basic and clinical neuroscience. There are disproportionately more basic neurochemical studies than clinical studies of anesthetic mechanisms. Even within neuroscience, the study of anesthetic mechanisms is sparse. The Society for Neuroscience hosts one of the world's largest and most vibrant scientific meetings, yet the content themes of that meeting do not include anesthesia...
2018: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666812/tumor-progression-the-neuronal-input
#9
REVIEW
Marco Arese, Federico Bussolino, Margherita Pergolizzi, Laura Bizzozero, Davide Pascal
One of the challenges of cancer is its heterogeneity and rapid capacity to adapt. Notwithstanding significant progress in the last decades in genomics and precision medicine, new molecular targets and therapies appear highly necessary. One way to approach this complex problem is to consider cancer in the context of its cellular and molecular microenvironment, which includes nerves. The peripheral nerves, the topic of this review, modulate the biological behavior of the cancer cells and influence tumor progression, including the events related to the metastatic spread of the disease...
March 2018: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665351/neuroendocrine-response-to-gaba-b-receptor-agonism-in-alcohol-dependent-individuals-results-from-a-combined-outpatient-and-human-laboratory-experiment
#10
Mehdi Farokhnia, Mikela B Sheskier, Mary R Lee, April N Le, Erick Singley, Sofia Bouhlal, Timmy Ton, Zhen Zhao, Lorenzo Leggio
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the nervous system, plays an important role in biobehavioral processes that regulate alcohol seeking, food intake, and stress response. The metabotropic GABA-B receptor has been investigated as a potential therapeutic target for alcohol use disorder, by using orthosteric agonists (e.g., baclofen) and positive allosteric modulators. Whether and how pharmacological manipulation of the GABA-B receptor, in combination with alcohol intake, may affect feeding- and stress-related neuroendocrine pathways remains unknown...
April 14, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660609/aflatoxin-b-1-contaminated-diet-disrupts-the-blood-brain-barrier-and-affects-fish-behavior-involvement-of-neurotransmitters-in-brain-synaptosomes
#11
Matheus D Baldissera, Carine F Souza, Carla Cristina Zeppenfeld, Sharine N Descovi, Karen Luise S Moreira, Maria Izabel U M da Rocha, Marcelo L da Veiga, Aleksandro S da Silva, Bernardo Baldisserotto
It is known that the cytotoxic effects of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1 ) in endothelial cells of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) are associated with behavioral dysfunction. However, the effects of a diet contaminated with AFB1 on the behavior of silver catfish remain unknown. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate whether an AFB1 -contaminated diet (1177 ppb kg feed-1 ) impaired silver catfish behavior, as well as whether disruption of the BBB and alteration of neurotransmitters in brain synaptosomes are involved...
April 4, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660439/activation-of-5-ht-1b-receptors-in-the-lateral-habenula-attenuates-the-anxiogenic-effects-of-cocaine
#12
Adam K Klein, Erin M Purvis, Kathy Ayala, Lisette Collins, Jacob T Krug, Matthew S Mayes, Aaron Ettenberg
Recent work has implicated the Lateral Habenula (LHb) in the production of anxiogenic and aversive states. It is innervated by all the major monoamine neurotransmitter systems and has projections that have been shown to modulate the activity of both dopaminergic and serotonergic brain regions. Cocaine is a stimulant drug of abuse that potentiates neurotransmission in these monoamine systems and recent research suggests that the drug's behavioral effects may be related in part to its actions within the LHb. The present research was therefore devised to test the hypothesis that alterations in serotonin (5-HT) function within the LHb can affect the behavioral response to cocaine...
April 13, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659556/electrochemical-determination-of-norepinephrine-by-means-of-modified-glassy-carbon-electrodes-with-carbon-nanotubes-and-magnetic-nanoparticles-of-cobalt-ferrite
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Daniely Ferreira de Queiroz, Tony Rogério de Lima Dadamos, Sergio Antonio Spinola Machado, Marco Antonio Utrera Martines
This study describes the electrochemical preparation of the electrocatalytic oxidation/reduction of noradrenaline in modified glassy carbon of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes (GC/MWCNT/FCo98 ). The cobalt ferrite powder was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The optimum conditions found in an electrode composition were 4 μL of cobalt ferrite and 10 μL of carbon nanotubes in 0.1 mol L-1 PBS at pH 7.0. The electrode displays electrochemical behavior in a wide potential range (-0...
April 16, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655552/binge-eating-disorder-and-morbid-obesity-are-associated-with-lowered-mu-opioid-receptor-availability-in-the-brain
#14
Juho Joutsa, Henry K Karlsson, Joonas Majuri, Pirjo Nuutila, Semi Helin, Valtteri Kaasinen, Lauri Nummenmaa
Both morbid obesity and binge eating disorder (BED) have previously been linked with aberrant brain opioid function. Behaviorally these two conditions are however different suggesting also differences in neurotransmitter function. Here we directly compared mu-opioid receptor (MOR) availability between morbidly obese and BED subjects. Seven BED and nineteen morbidly obese (non-BED) patients, and thirty matched control subjects underwent positron emission tomography (PET) with MOR-specific ligand [11 C]carfentanil...
March 9, 2018: Psychiatry research. Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652442/antioxidant-hydrolysed-peptides-from-manchurian-walnut-juglansmandshurica-maxim-attenuate-scopolamine-induced-memory-impairment-in-mice
#15
Dayong Ren, Fanrui Zhao, Chunlei Liu, Ji Wang, Yong Guo, Jingsheng Liu, Weihong Min
BACKGROUND: Walnut protein, which is obtained as a by-product of oil expression, has not been used efficiently. Although walnuts are beneficial for cognitive functioning, the potential of their protein composition in strengthening learning and memory functions remains unknown. In this research, the inhibition of memory impairment by the Manchurian walnut hydrolyzed peptide (MWHP) was evaluated. RESULTS: Small-molecular-weight MWHP (<3 kDa) achieved the optimal antioxidative activity...
April 13, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649513/neurofeedback-control-of-the-human-gabaergic-system-using-non-invasive-brain-stimulation
#16
Satoko Koganemaru, Yusuke Mikami, Hitoshi Maezawa, Satoshi Ikeda, Katsunori Ikoma, Tatsuya Mima
Neurofeedback has been a powerful method for self-regulating brain activities to elicit potential ability of human mind. GABA is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a tool that can evaluate the GABAergic system within the primary motor cortex (M1) using paired-pulse stimuli, short intracortical inhibition (SICI). Herein we investigated whether neurofeedback learning using SICI enabled us to control the GABAergic system within the M1 area...
April 9, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29629512/-l-theanine-decreases-orofacial-dyskinesia-induced-by-reserpine-in-rats
#17
Hung-Sheng Soung, Mao-Hsien Wang, Kuo-Chi Chang, Cheng-Neng Chen, Yi Chang, Chih-Chuan Yang, Hsiang-Chien Tseng
Reserpine (RES)-induced orofacial dyskinesia (OD) has been used as an animal model for human tardive dyskinesia (TD) for decades, due to its strong pathophysiological association with striatal oxidative stress and neural cytoarchitecture alteration. L -Theanine (LT), one of the major amino acid components in green tea, has potent antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects. In this study, we examined the potential protective effects of LT on RES-induced behavioral and neurochemical dysfunction in rats...
April 9, 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29627593/quantification-of-receptor-activation-by-oxytocin-and-vasopressin-in-endocytosis-coupled-bioluminescence-reduction-assay-using-nanokaz
#18
Isao Kii, Shino Hirahara-Owada, Masataka Yamaguchi, Takashi Niwa, Yuka Koike, Rie Sonamoto, Harumi Ito, Kayo Takahashi, Chihiro Yokoyama, Takuya Hayashi, Takamitsu Hosoya, Yasuyoshi Watanabe
Oxytocin (OXT) and arginine vasopressin (AVP) are structurally similar neuropeptide hormones that function as neurotransmitters in the brain, and have opposite key roles in social behaviors. These peptides bind to their G protein-coupled receptors (OXTR and AVPRs), inducing calcium ion-dependent signaling pathways and endocytosis of these receptors. Because selective agonists and antagonists for these receptors have been developed as therapeutic and diagnostic agents for diseases such as psychiatric disorders, facile methods are in demand for the evaluation of selectivity between these receptors...
April 5, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29623644/intranasal-instillation-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-induces-inflammation-and-perturbation-of-trace-elements-and-neurotransmitters-but-not-behavioral-impairment-in-rats
#19
Dalel Askri, Souhir Ouni, Said Galai, Josiane Arnaud, Benoit Chovelon, Sylvia G Lehmann, Nathalie Sturm, Mohsen Sakly, Michel Sève, Salem Amara
Over the last decades, engineered nanomaterials have been widely used in various applications due to their interesting properties. Among them, iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) are used as theranostic agents for cancer, and also as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging. With the increasing production and use of these IONPs, there is an evident raise of IONP exposure and subsequently a higher risk of adverse outcome for humans and the environment. In this work, we aimed to investigate the effects of sub-acute IONP exposure on Wistar rat, particularly (i) on the emotional and learning/memory behavior, (ii) on the hematological and biochemical parameters, (iii) on the neurotransmitter content, and (vi) on the trace element homeostasis...
April 5, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29623232/advances-in-the-preclinical-study-of-some-flavonoids-as-potential-antidepressant-agents
#20
REVIEW
León Jesús German-Ponciano, Gilberto Uriel Rosas-Sánchez, Eduardo Rivadeneyra-Domínguez, Juan Francisco Rodríguez-Landa
Flavonoids are phenolic compounds found commonly in plants that protect them against the negative effects of environmental insults. These secondary metabolites have been widely studied in preclinical research because of their biological effects, particularly as antioxidant agents. Diverse flavonoids have been studied to explore their potential therapeutic effects in the treatment of disorders of the central nervous system, including anxiety and depression. The present review discusses advances in the study of some flavonoids as potential antidepressant agents...
2018: Scientifica
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