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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319198/methamphetamine-induces-shati-nat8l-expression-in-the-mouse-nucleus-accumbens-via-creb-and-dopamine-d1-receptor-dependent-mechanism
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Kyosuke Uno, Toh Miyazaki, Kengo Sodeyama, Yoshiaki Miyamoto, Atsumi Nitta
Shati/Nat8L significantly increased in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) of mice after repeated methamphetamine (METH) treatment. We reported that Shati/Nat8L overexpression in mouse NAc attenuated METH-induced hyperlocomotion, locomotor sensitization, and conditioned place preference. We recently found that Shati/Nat8L overexpression in NAc regulates the dopaminergic neuronal system via the activation of group II mGluRs by elevated N-acetylaspartylglutamate following N-acetylaspartate increase due to the overexpression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315272/sigma-receptors-and-substance-use-disorders
#2
Valentina Sabino, Callum Hicks, Pietro Cottone
Thanks to advances in neuroscience, addiction is now recognized as a chronic brain disease with genetic, developmental, and cultural components. Drugs of abuse, including alcohol, are able to produce significant neuroplastic changes responsible for the profound disturbances shown by drug addicted individuals. The current lack of efficacious pharmacological treatments for substance use disorders has encouraged the search for novel and more effective pharmacotherapies. Growing evidence strongly suggests that Sigma Receptors are involved in the addictive and neurotoxic properties of abused drugs, including cocaine , methamphetamine , and alcohol...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301174/differential-characteristics-of-ketamine-self-administration-in-the-olfactory-bulbectomy-model-of-depression-in-male-rats
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Zuzana Babinska, Jana Ruda-Kucerova
Ketamine has been extensively studied for its antidepressant potential, with promising results in both preclinical and clinical studies. However, concerns regarding its abuse liabilities greatly limit its potential to become an approved treatment for depression. Therefore, a better understanding the risks and benefits of ketamine use in depression is needed. This study aimed to assess the characteristics of operant intravenous (IV) ketamine self-administration and relapse-like behavior in the olfactory bulbectomy (OBX) model of depression in male rats...
March 16, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297025/association-of-stimulant-use-with-dopaminergic-alterations-in-users-of-cocaine-amphetamine-or-methamphetamine-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Abhishekh H Ashok, Yuya Mizuno, Nora D Volkow, Oliver D Howes
Importance: Stimulant use disorder is common, affecting between 0.3% and 1.1% of the population, and costs more than $85 billion per year globally. There are no licensed treatments to date. Several lines of evidence implicate the dopamine system in the pathogenesis of substance use disorder. Therefore, understanding the nature of dopamine dysfunction seen in stimulant users has the potential to aid the development of new therapeutics. Objective: To comprehensively review the in vivo imaging evidence for dopaminergic alterations in stimulant (cocaine, amphetamine, or methamphetamine) abuse or dependence...
March 15, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295787/an-exploratory-wastewater-analysis-study-of-drug-use-in-auckland-new-zealand
#5
Foon Yin Lai, Chris Wilkins, Phong Thai, Jochen F Mueller
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: New Zealand is considered to have unusual drug use patterns by international standards. However, this understanding has largely been obtained from social surveys where respondents self-report use. The aim of this paper is to conduct the first wastewater study of drug use in Auckland. DESIGN AND METHODS: Wastewater sampling was completed from 2 May to 18 July 2014 at 2 Auckland wastewater treatment plants which service 1.3 million people. Samples were analysed for 17 drug residues by using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry...
March 12, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294443/health-service-utilisation-attributable-to-methamphetamine-use-in-australia-patterns-predictors-and-national-impact
#6
Rebecca McKetin, Louisa Degenhardt, Marian Shanahan, Amanda L Baker, Nicole K Lee, Dan I Lubman
AIM AND BACKGROUND: We estimated health service utilisation attributable to methamphetamine use, its national impact and examined other predictors of health service utilisation among dependent methamphetamine users. METHOD: Past year rates of health service utilisation (number of attendances for general hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, emergency departments, general practitioners, psychiatrists, counsellors or psychologists, and dentists) were estimated for three levels of methamphetamine use (no use, < weekly, ≥ weekly) using panel data from a longitudinal cohort of 484 dependent methamphetamine users from Sydney and Brisbane, Australia...
March 12, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293389/exploring-the-effect-of-intravenous-lipid-emulsion-in-acute-methamphetamine-toxicity
#7
Ameneh Ghadiri, Leila Etemad, Mohammad Moshiri, Seyed Adel Moallem, Amir Hossein Jafarian, Farzin Hadizadeh, Mahmoud Seifi
OBJECTIVES: The increasing use of methamphetamine (METH) in the last decades has made it the second most abused drug. Advancs in the area of intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) have led to its potential application in the treatment of poisoning. The present study aims to investigate the potential role of ILE as an antidote for acute METH poisoning. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two groups of six male rats were treated by METH (45 mg/kg), intraperitoneally. Five to seven min later, they received an infusion of 18...
February 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279172/astrocyte-specific-overexpressed-gene-signatures-in-response-to-methamphetamine-exposure-in-vitro
#8
Nikki Bortell, Liana Basova, Svetlana Semenova, Howard S Fox, Timothy Ravasi, Maria Cecilia G Marcondes
BACKGROUND: Astrocyte activation is one of the earliest findings in the brain of methamphetamine (Meth) abusers. Our goal in this study was to identify the characteristics of the astrocytic acute response to the drug, which may be critical in pathogenic outcomes secondary to the use. METHODS: We developed an integrated analysis of gene expression data to study the acute gene changes caused by the direct exposure to Meth treatment of astrocytes in vitro, and to better understand how astrocytes respond, what are the early molecular markers associated with this response...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272095/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-substance-use-disorders-a-systematic-review-of-scientific-literature
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Matteo Lupi, Giovanni Martinotti, Rita Santacroce, Eduardo Cinosi, Maria Carlucci, Stefano Marini, Tiziano Acciavatti, Massimo di Giannantonio
INTRODUCTION: New treatment options such as noninvasive brain stimulation have been recently explored in the field of substance use disorders (SUDs), including transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). OBJECTIVES: In light of this, we have performed a review of the scientific literature to assess efficacy and technical and methodological issues resulting from applying tDCS to the field of SUDs. METHODS: Our analysis highlighted the following selection criteria: clinical studies on tDCS and SUDs (alcohol, caffeine, cannabis, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and nicotine)...
March 8, 2017: Journal of ECT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258674/ibudilast-a-non%C3%A2-selective-phosphodiesterase-inhibitor-in-brain-disorders
#10
Joanna Schwenkgrub, Małgorzata Zaremba, Dagmara Mirowska-Guzel, Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzębska
Ibudilast (IBD) is a non‑selective (3, 4, 10, 11) phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitor, used mainly as a bronchodilator for the treatment of bronchial asthma. PDE play a central role in cellular function (e.g. differentiation, synaptic plasticity and inflammatory response) by metabolizing cyclic nucleotides. The results from preclinical and clinical studies indicate that IBD has a broader range of action through suppression of pro‑inflammatory cytokines (IL‑6, IL‑1β, TNF‑α), toll‑like receptor 4 blockade (TLR‑4), inhibition of a macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), up‑regulation the anti‑inflammatory cytokine (IL‑10), and promotion of neurotrophic factors (GDNF, NGF, NT‑4)...
March 2, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252112/parallel-changes-in-serum-proteins-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-methamphetamine-associated-psychosis
#11
Michael S Breen, Anne Uhlmann, Sureyya Ozcan, Man Chan, Dalila Pinto, Sabine Bahn, Dan J Stein
Methamphetamine-associated psychosis (MAP) involves widespread neurocognitive and molecular deficits, however accurate diagnosis remains challenging. Integrating relationships between biological markers, brain imaging and clinical parameters may provide an improved mechanistic understanding of MAP, that could in turn drive the development of better diagnostics and treatment approaches. We applied selected reaction monitoring (SRM)-based proteomics, profiling 43 proteins in serum previously implicated in the etiology of major psychiatric disorders, and integrated these data with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and psychometric measurements from patients diagnosed with MAP (N = 12), methamphetamine dependence without psychosis (MA; N = 14) and healthy controls (N = 16)...
March 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223141/activation-of-melatonin-receptor-mt1-2-promotes-p-gp-transporter-in-methamphetamine-induced-toxicity-on-primary-rat-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells
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Pichaya Jumnongprakhon, Sivanan Sivasinprasasn, Piyarat Govitrapong, Chainarong Tocharus, Jiraporn Tocharus
Melatonin has been known as a neuroprotective agent for the central nervous system (CNS) and the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which is the primary structure that comes into contact with several neurotoxins including methamphetamine (METH). Previous studies have reported that the activation of melatonin receptors (MT1/2) by melatonin could protect against METH-induced toxicity in brain endothelial cells via several mechanisms. However, its effects on the P-glycoprotein (P-gp) transporter, the active efflux pump involved in cell homeostasis, are still unclear...
February 20, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214742/what-s-the-agreement-between-self-reported-and-biochemical-verification-of-drug-use-a-look-at-permanent-supportive-housing-residents
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Alexis Rendon, Melvin Livingston, Sumihiro Suzuki, Whitney Hill, Scott Walters
Self-reported substance use is commonly used as an outcome measure in treatment research. We evaluated the validity of self-reported drug use in a sample of 334 adults with mental health problems who were residing in supportive housing programs. The primary analysis was the calculation of the positive predictive values (PPVs) of self-report compared to an oral fluid test taken at the same time. A sensitivity analysis compared the positive predictive values of two self-reported drug use histories: biological testing window (ranging between the past 96h to 30days depending on drug type) or the full past 90-day comparison window (maximum length recorded during interview)...
February 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207902/methamphetamine-treatment-outcomes-among-gay-men-attending-a-lgbti-specific-treatment-service-in-sydney-australia
#14
Toby Lea, Johann Kolstee, Sarah Lambert, Ross Ness, Siobhan Hannan, Martin Holt
Gay and bisexual men (GBM) report higher rates of methamphetamine use compared to heterosexual men, and thus have a heightened risk of developing problems from their use. We examined treatment outcomes among GBM clients receiving outpatient counseling at a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI)-specific, harm reduction treatment service in Sydney, Australia. GBM receiving treatment for methamphetamine use from ACON's Substance Support Service between 2012-15 (n = 101) were interviewed at treatment commencement, and after 4 sessions (n = 60; follow-up 1) and 8 sessions (n = 32; follow-up 2)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187390/the-fate-of-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-ppcps-endocrine-disrupting-contaminants-edcs-metabolites-and-illicit-drugs-in-a-wwtw-and-environmental-waters
#15
Edward Archer, Bruce Petrie, Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, Gideon M Wolfaardt
A large number of emerging contaminants (ECs) are known to persist in surface waters, and create pressure on wastewater treatment works (WWTW) for their effective removal. Although a large database for the levels of these pollutants in water systems exist globally, there is still a lack in the correlation of the levels of these pollutants with possible long-term adverse health effects in wildlife and humans, such as endocrine disruption. The current study detected a total of 55 ECs in WWTW influent surface water, 41 ECs in effluent, and 40 ECs in environmental waters located upstream and downstream of the plant...
May 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183221/sofosbuvir-in-the-treatment-of-early-hcv-infection-in-hiv-infected-men
#16
Ahmed El Sayed, Zachary R Barbati, Samuel S Turner, Andrew L Foster, Tristan Morey, Douglas T Dieterich, Daniel S Fierer
BACKGROUND: There is an international epidemic of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among HIV-infected men who have sex with men. We previously showed that adding telaprevir to pegylated interferon (IFN) and ribavirin (RBV) both shortened treatment and increased the cure rate of early HCV in these men. Whether shortening treatment of early HCV using IFN-free regimens would be similarly successful has not yet been demonstrated. METHODS: We performed a pilot study of treatment with sofosbuvir (SOF) + RBV for 12 weeks in early genotype 1 HCV infection in HIV-infected men...
March 2017: HIV Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178739/methamphetamine-consumption-during-pregnancy-effects-on-child-health
#17
Jürgen Dinger, Patricia Hinner, Jörg Reichert, Mario Rüdiger
Methamphetamine abuse during pregnancy represents an emerging health care problem. The consequences are not only of relevance to the pregnant women, but also their unborn child. It is associated with an increased risk of preeclampsia and hypertension, fetal demise, preterm delivery, and intrauterine growth restriction. The deleterious effects of prenatal methamphetamine exposure on the developing fetal brain may lead to long-term neuro-developmental and behavioral problems.Given the current evidence, abuse of methamphetamine during pregnancy must be of utmost concern to health care professionals and to policy-makers...
February 8, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131519/urine-drug-testing-results-and-paired-oral-fluid-comparison-from-patients-enrolled-in-long-term-medication-assisted-treatment-in-tennessee
#18
Katie L Miller, Brandi L Puet, Ali Roberts, Cheryl Hild, Jason Carter, David L Black
Urine drug testing is recommended for individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment. It provides objective information for practitioners to consider and may serve as a protective factor against drug-related mortality. The primary objective of our study was to describe urine drug testing results for patients undergoing long-term medication-assisted treatment (≥6months). The secondary objective was to provide further evidence to establish oral fluid as a reliable alternative to urine. All subjects (n=639) included in the study were enrolled in one of five treatment centers in the state of Tennessee, and all urine specimens were positive for either methadone or buprenorphine...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130052/pharmacological-activation-of-the-neurotensin-receptor-1-abrogates-the-methamphetamine-induced-striatal-apoptosis-in-the-mouse-brain
#19
Qingkun Liu, Ariela Hazan, Eddie Grinman, Jesus A Angulo
Methamphetamine (METH) is a widely abused psychostimulant displaying potent addictive and neurotoxic properties. METH induces neurotoxicity of dopaminergic terminals and striatal neurons in the striatum. Despite much information on neurotransmitters, the role of neuropeptides is poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the role of the neuropeptide neurotensin on the METH-induced apoptosis of some striatal neurons in mice. We observed that a single injection of METH (30 mg/kg, ip) induced the loss of approximately 15% of striatal neurons...
January 24, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110822/oxytocin-acts-in-nucleus-accumbens-to-attenuate-methamphetamine-seeking-and-demand
#20
Brittney M Cox, Brandon S Bentzley, Helaina Regen-Tuero, Ronald E See, Carmela M Reichel, Gary Aston-Jones
BACKGROUND: Evidence indicates that oxytocin, an endogenous peptide well known for its role in social behaviors, childbirth, and lactation, is a promising addiction pharmacotherapy. We employed a within-session behavioral-economic (BE) procedure in rats to examine oxytocin as a pharmacotherapy for methamphetamine (meth) addiction. The BE paradigm was modeled after BE procedures used to assess motivation for drugs in humans with addiction. The same BE variables assessed across species have been shown to predict later relapse behavior...
December 1, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
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