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Melatonin serotonin

Francisco S Barreto, Adriano J M Chaves Filho, Márcia C C R de Araújo, Manoel O de Moraes, Maria E A de Moraes, Michael Maes, David F de Lucena, Danielle S Macedo
Both depression and cancer are related to a dysregulation of inflammatory and immune pathways. Indeed, depression is associated with increased expression of interferon-γ, interleukin-1β, and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α). In contrast, reductions of the activity of major histocompatibility complex protein molecules - class I and class II and natural killer cells are also observed. Similarly, cancers present elevated levels of TNF-α, reduced major histocompatibility complex class I and II, and natural killer cells...
April 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
Kilmer S McCully
The indoleamine hormone melatonin is synthesized by the pineal gland, controls circadian rhythm, and is dependent upon adenosyl methionine for enzymatic synthesis of melatonin from N-acetyl serotonin. Pineal melatonin secretion declines dramatically with aging and dementia. Elevated plasma homocysteine is a risk factor for atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease, and the marked decline in adenosyl methionine with aging leads to dysregulation of methionine metabolism and hyperhomocysteinemia. Thioretinaco ozonide is a disulfonium complex formed from thioretinamide, cobalamin, and ozone, which binds the alpha and gamma-phosphate groups of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and oxygen in the process of oxidative phosphorylation within mitochondria...
January 2018: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
Abu Musa Md Talimur Reza, Yun-Jung Choi, Jin-Hoi Kim
The Rag2 knockout (KO) mouse is a well-established immune-compromised animal model for biomedical research. A comparative study identified the deregulated expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) and messenger RNAs (mRNAs) in Rag2 KO mice. However, the interaction between deregulated genes and miRNAs in the alteration of systemic (cardiac, renal, hepatic, nervous, and hematopoietic) regulations and the synthesis of biomolecules (such as l-tryptophan, serotonin, melatonin, dopamine, alcohol, noradrenaline, putrescine, and acetate) are unclear...
February 27, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Tobias Atkin, Stefano Comai, Gabriella Gobbi
Although the GABAergic benzodiazepines (BZDs) and Z-drugs (zolpidem, zopiclone, and zaleplon) are FDA-approved for insomnia disorders with a strong evidence base, they have many side effects, including cognitive impairment, tolerance, rebound insomnia upon discontinuation, car accidents/falls, abuse, and dependence liability. Consequently, the clinical use of off-label drugs and novel drugs that do not target the GABAergic system is increasing. The purpose of this review is to analyze the neurobiological and clinical evidence of pharmacological treatments of insomnia, excluding the BZDs and Z-drugs...
April 2018: Pharmacological Reviews
Jing Gao, Kang Xu, Hongnan Liu, Gang Liu, Miaomiao Bai, Can Peng, Tiejun Li, Yulong Yin
The gut microbiota influences the health of the host, especially with regard to gut immune homeostasis and the intestinal immune response. In addition to serving as a nutrient enhancer, L-tryptophan (Trp) plays crucial roles in the balance between intestinal immune tolerance and gut microbiota maintenance. Recent discoveries have underscored that changes in the microbiota modulate the host immune system by modulating Trp metabolism. Moreover, Trp, endogenous Trp metabolites (kynurenines, serotonin, and melatonin), and bacterial Trp metabolites (indole, indolic acid, skatole, and tryptamine) have profound effects on gut microbial composition, microbial metabolism, the host's immune system, the host-microbiome interface, and host immune system-intestinal microbiota interactions...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Sarah J MacEachern, Catherine M Keenan, Evangelia Papakonstantinou, Keith A Sharkey, Bhavik Anil Patel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterized by pain, bleeding, cramping and altered gastrointestinal (GI) function. Changes in mucosal serotonin (5-HT) signalling occur in animal models of colitis and in humans suffering from IBD. Melatonin is co-released with 5-HT from the mucosa and has a wide variety of actions in the GI tract. Here we examined how melatonin signalling is affected by colitis and determined how this relates to 5-HT signalling. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Using electroanalytical approaches, we investigated how 5-HT release, reuptake and availability as well as melatonin availability are altered in dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis in mice...
February 15, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
Andrzej T Slominski, Ruediger Hardeland, Michal A Zmijewski, Radomir M Slominski, Russel J Reiter, Ralf Paus
Melatonin, an evolutionarily ancient derivative of serotonin with hormonal properties, is the main neuroendocrine secretory product of the pineal gland. Although melatonin is best known to regulate circadian rhythmicity and lower vertebrate skin pigmentation, the full spectrum of functional activities of this free radical-scavenging molecule, which also induces/promotes complex antioxidative and DNA repair systems, includes immunomodulatory, thermoregulatory, and antitumor properties. Because this plethora of functional melatonin properties still awaits to be fully appreciated by dermatologists, the current review synthesizes the main features that render melatonin a promising candidate for the management of several dermatoses associated with substantial oxidative damage...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Kai-Ming Duan, Jia-Hui Ma, Sai-Ying Wang, ZhengDong Huang, YingYong Zhou, HeYa Yu
The Postpartum depression (PPD) is the most common postpartum psychiatric disorder, afflicting approximately 10%-20% of new mothers. Clinical symptoms of the PPD include depressive disorder, agitation, insomnia, anxiety and confusion, resulting in an increase in suicidal tendencies, thereby having significant impacts on the puerpera, newborn and their family. A growing body of data indicate a role for alterations in tryptophan metabolism in the PPD. The metabolism of tryptophan produces an array of crucial factors that can differentially regulate key physiological processes linked to the PPD...
January 6, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
M Franklin, N Hlavacova, Y Li, I Bermudez, A Csanova, C Sanchez, D Jezova
We studied the effects of the multi-modal antidepressant, vortioxetine and the SSRI, paroxetine on pineal melatonin and monoamine synthesis in a sub-chronic tryptophan (TRP) depletion model of depression based on a low TRP diet. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomised to groups a) control, b) low TRP diet, c) low TRP diet+paroxetine and d) low TRP diet+vortioxetine. Vortioxetine was administered via the diet (0.76mg/kg of food weight) and paroxetine via drinking water (10mg/kg/day) for 14days. Both drugs resulted in SERT occupancies >90%...
December 23, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Kyungjin Lee, Hyoung Yool Lee, Kyoungwhan Back
In plants, melatonin production is strictly regulated, unlike the production of its precursor, serotonin, which is highly inducible in response to stimuli, such as senescence and pathogen exposure. Exogenous serotonin treatment does not greatly induce the production of N-acetylserotonin (NAS) and melatonin in plants, which suggests the possible existence of one or more regulatory genes in the pathway for the biosynthesis of melatonin from serotonin. In this report, we found that NAS was rapidly and abundantly converted into serotonin in rice seedlings, indicating the presence of an N-acetylserotonin deacetylase (ASDAC)...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
Candide Hounsou, Corinne Baehr, Vincent Gasparik, Doria Alili, Abderazak Belhocine, Thiéric Rodriguez, Elodie Dupuis, Thomas Roux, André Mann, Denis Heissler, Jean-Philippe Pin, Thierry Durroux, Dominique Bonnet, Marcel Hibert
Monoamine neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, histamine, and noradrenaline have important and varied physiological functions and similar chemical structures. Representing important pharmaceutical drug targets, the corresponding G-protein-coupled receptors (termed aminergic GPCRs) belong to the class of cell membrane receptors and share many levels of similarity as well. Given their pharmacological and structural closeness, one could hypothesize the possibility to derivatize a ubiquitous ligand to afford rapidly fluorescent probes for a large set of GPCRs to be used for instance in FRET-based binding assays...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Lauren A E Erland, Mukund R Shukla, Amritpal S Singh, Susan J Murch, Praveen K Saxena
Melatonin and serotonin are important signaling and stress mitigating molecules that play important roles across growth and development in plants. Despite many well-documented responses, a systematic investigation of the entire metabolic pathway (tryptophan, tryptamine and N-acetylserotonin) does not exist, leaving many open questions. The objective of this study was to determine the responses of Hypericum perforatum (L.) to melatonin, serotonin and their metabolic precursors. Two well characterized germplasm lines (#4 and 112) created by mutation and a haploid breeding program were compared to wildtype to identify specific responses...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
Andrea Aguglia, Antonio Borsotti, Francesco Cuniberti, Gianluca Serafini, Mario Amore, Giuseppe Maina
OBJECTIVE: Environmental conditions during early life may affect individual vulnerability to both physiological changes as well as psychiatric conditions, especially in those with a genetic susceptibility. Among all factors, sunlight exposure intensity has a crucial effect on affecting circadian functions high-risk individuals. A potential explanation of this relation is that excessive sunlight exposure is able to impair biological mechanisms, possibly through the dysregulation of serotonin and/or melatonin production/metabolism...
2017: Chronobiology International
Maureen Groer, Dietmar Fuchs, Allyson Duffy, Adetola Louis-Jacques, Amy D'Agata, Teodor T Postolache
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate relationships among obesity in pregnancy and plasma levels of tryptophan (TRP) and kynurenine (KYN), inflammatory markers, and depressed mood. METHODS: Pregnant women ( N = 374) were enrolled, and data were collected at a mean gestation of 20 weeks in this cross-sectional study. Plasma was analyzed for TRP, KYN, neopterin, and nitrite levels. Women completed demographic and mood scales. RESULTS: There was a statistically significant inverse correlation between body mass index (BMI) and TRP and positive correlations between BMI and KYN and the kynurenine/tryptophan (KYN/TRP) ratio...
January 1, 2017: Biological Research for Nursing
Ruth Hornedo Ortega, Grégory Da Costa, Ana Belén Cerezo, Ana Mª Troncoso, Tristan Richard, Mª Carmen García Parrilla
SCOPE: Amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) is the main component of senile plaques in Alzheimer's disease (AD). The inhibition of Aβ assembly, the destabilisation of Aβ aggregates and the decrease of its cytotoxicity for the prevention of neuronal death are considered neuroprotective effects. In this work, the protective effects against Aβ aggregation and cytotoxicity of eight indolic compounds: tryptophan (Tryp), tryptamine (Trpa), serotonin (Ser), tryptophol (Phol), N-acetylserotonin (Nser), 3-indoleacetic acid (3IA), tryptophan ethyl ester (Tee) and melatonin (Mel) was evaluated...
November 12, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Marta Batllori, Marta Molero-Luis, Luisa Arrabal, Javier de Las Heras, Joaquín-Alejandro Fernandez-Ramos, Luis González Gutiérrez-Solana, Salvador Ibáñez-Micó, Rosario Domingo, Jaume Campistol, Aida Ormazabal, Frederic Sedel, Thomas Opladen, Basiliki Zouvelou, Roser Pons, Angels Garcia-Cazorla, Eduardo Lopez-Laso, Rafael Artuch
Melatonin is synthesized from serotonin and it is excreted as sulphatoxymelatonin in urine. We aim to evaluate urinary sulphatoxymelatonin as a biomarker of brain serotonin status in a cohort of patients with mutations in genes related to serotonin biosynthesis. We analized urinary sulphatoxymelatonin from 65 healthy subjects and from 28 patients with genetic defects. A total of 18 patients were studied: 14 with autosomal dominant and recessive guanosine triphosphate cyclohydrolase-I deficiency; 3 with sepiapterin reductase deficiency; and 1 with aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase deficiency...
November 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
Romain Duroux, Marouan Rami, Elodie Landagaray, Mohamed Ettaoussi, Daniel-Henri Caignard, Philippe Delagrange, Patricia Melnyk, Saïd Yous
We recently reported a series of naphthofuranic compounds as constrained agomelatine analogues. Herein, in order to explore alternative ethyl amide side chain rigidification, naphthocyclopentane and quinolinocyclopentane derivatives with various acetamide modulations were synthesized and evaluated at both melatonin (MT1 , MT2 ) and serotonin (5-HT2C ) receptors. These modifications has led to compounds with promising dual affinity and high MTs receptors agonist activity. Enantiomeric separation was then performed on selected compounds allowing us to identify levogyre enantiomers (-)-17g and (-)-17k as the highest (MT1 , MT2 )/5-HT2C dual ligands described nowadays...
December 1, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Wilmie Regenass, Marisa Möller, Brian H Harvey
Anxiety disorders are severely disabling, while current pharmacological treatments are complicated by delayed onset, low remission rates and side-effects. Sex is also noted to contribute towards illness severity and treatment response. Agomelatine is a melatonin (MT1/MT2) agonist and serotonin (5-HT2C) antagonist purported to be anxiolytic in clinical and some pre-clinical studies. We undertook a detailed analysis of agomelatine's anxiolytic activity in a neurodevelopmental model of anxiety, the social isolation reared rat...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
Hyoung-Yool Lee, Kyoungwhan Back
Cadmium is a well-known elicitor of melatonin synthesis in plants, including rice. However, the mechanisms by which cadmium induces melatonin induction remain elusive. To investigate whether cadmium influences physical integrities in subcellular organelles, we treated tobacco leaves with either CdCl₂ or AlCl₃ and monitored the structures of subcellular organelles-such as chloroplasts, mitochondria, and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-using confocal microscopic analysis. Unlike AlCl₃ treatment, CdCl₂ (0...
October 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
K Kirsz, M Szczesna, E Molik, D A Zieba
Recent studies confirmed that pineal melatonin (MEL) secretion is regulated by ghrelin (GHRL) in seasonally reproductive sheep. The first in vivo experiment investigated whether the effect of GHRL on nocturnal secretion of MEL in sheep is mediated by type 2 serotonin receptors. Sheep ( = 16) were intravenously injected with GHRL (2.5 μg/kg of BW) and meta-Chlorophenylpiperazine (mCPP; a mixed agonist of 5-HT2B/5-HT2C receptors; 1 mg/kg BW), either combined or individually, during the short-day (SDS) and long-day (LDS) seasons...
September 2017: Journal of Animal Science
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