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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455339/analysis-of-comt-val158met-polymorphisms-and-methylation-in-chinese-male-schizophrenia-patients-with-homicidal-behavior
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Yikai Hu, Chenghu Li, Yangfan Wang, Qinhan Li, Yidong Liu, Shengde Liao, Peiqing Cao, Hongmei Xu
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder, and its mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. A functional single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) present in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene, Val158Met (rs4680) (Chr22: 19,963,498), is possibly related to the violent behavior of schizophrenia patients. However, the specific variant that causes violent behavior is still unknown. Since the Val variation of Val158Met (rs4680) introduces a CG site into the sequence, the methylation level of the Val158Met (rs4680) region may also have an association with the homicidal behavior of schizophrenia patients...
February 17, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444152/the-interaction-between-cannabis-use-and-the-val158met-polymorphism-of-the-comt-gene-in-psychosis-a-transdiagnostic-meta-analysis
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Thomas Stephanus Johannes Vaessen, Lea de Jong, Annika Theresia Schäfer, Thomas Damen, Aniek Uittenboogaard, Pauline Krolinski, Chinyere Vicky Nwosu, Florentina Maria Egidius Pinckaers, Iris Leah Marije Rotee, Antonius Petrus Wilhelmus Smeets, Ayşegül Ermiş, James L Kennedy, Dorien H Nieman, Arun Tiwari, Jim van Os, Marjan Drukker
BACKGROUND: Neither environmental nor genetic factors are sufficient to predict the transdiagnostic expression of psychosis. Therefore, analysis of gene-environment interactions may be productive. OBJECTIVE: A meta-analysis was performed using papers investigating the interaction between cannabis use and catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT) polymorphism Val158Met (COMTVal158Met). DATA SOURCES: PubMed, Embase, PsychInfo. STUDY ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: All observational studies assessing the interaction between COMTVal158Met and cannabis with any psychosis or psychotic symptoms measure as an outcome...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441484/real-life-evaluation-of-safinamide-effectiveness-in-parkinson-s-disease
#3
Francesca Mancini, Alessio Di Fonzo, Giulia Lazzeri, Linda Borellini, Vincenzo Silani, Marco Lacerenza, Cristoforo Comi
In this retrospective study, we evaluated both efficacy and effectiveness of safinamide 50 and 100 mg in the treatment of motor fluctuations and disabling dyskinesias in a cohort of patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD). Ninety-one PD patients were evaluated during the first year of commercialization of the drug, both prior to starting safinamide and at the last available follow-up. Evaluations were based on the Unified Parkinson's Disease Scale part III (UPDRS III), Hoehn & Yahr (HY), Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale (UDysRS) walking and balance item 9 score, daily time spent in OFF and in ON with disabling dyskinesias (1 week diary), mean daily dose of levodopa (LD), dopamine-agonists (DA), catechol-O-methyl transferase inhibitor (COMT-I), monoamine oxidase B inhibitor (MAOB-I), and their LD equivalent dose (LEDD)...
February 13, 2018: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436602/the-expression-and-activation-of-sex-steroid-receptors-in-the-preeclamptic-placenta
#4
Mee-Na Park, Kyung-Hee Park, Jae-Eon Lee, Ye Young Shin, Sung-Min An, Seong Soo Kang, Wan-Seob Cho, Beum-Soo An, Seung Chul Kim
Estrogen and progesterone are the main pregnancy hormones produced by the placenta. It is well understood that estrogen stimulates angiogenesis in the uterus during the reproductive cycle. Although the estrogen and progesterone signaling pathways are assumed to be associated with placental vascularization and preeclampsia, expression of estrogen receptors (ESRs) and progesterone receptor (PGR) in the placenta have not been well studied. The present study examined the expression patterns of steroid hormone receptors in placentas...
February 8, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29410835/in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-effect-of-c-4-substitution-on-methylation-of-7-8-dihydroxycoumarin-metabolic-profile-and-catalytic-kinetics
#5
Yang-Liu Xia, Tong-Yi Dou, Yong Liu, Ping Wang, Guang-Bo Ge, Ling Yang
Daphnetin (7,8-dihydroxycoumarin (7,8-DHC)) and its C-4 derivatives have multiple pharmacological activities, but the poor metabolic stability of these catechols has severely restricted their application in the clinic. Methylation plays important roles in catechol elimination, although thus far the effects of structural modifications on the metabolic selectivity and the catalytic efficacy of human catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) remain unclear. This study was aimed at exploring the structure-methylation relationship of daphnetin and its C-4 derivatives, including 4-methyl, 4-phenyl and 4-acetic acid daphnetin...
January 2018: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29383398/methamphetamine-withdrawal-induces-activation-of-crf-neurons-in-the-brain-stress-system-in-parallel-with-an-increased-activity-of-cardiac-sympathetic-pathways
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Juan Antonio García-Carmona, Polymnia Georgiou, Panos Zanos, Alexis Bailey, Maria Luisa Laorden
Methamphetamine (METH) addiction is a major public health problem in some countries. There is evidence to suggest that METH use is associated with increased risk of developing cardiovascular problems. Here, we investigated the effects of chronic METH administration and withdrawal on the activation of the brain stress system and cardiac sympathetic pathways. Mice were treated with METH (2 mg/kg, i.p.) for 10 days and left to spontaneous withdraw for 7 days. The number of corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF), c-Fos, and CRF/c-Fos neurons was measured by immunohistochemistry in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) and the oval region of the bed nucleus of stria terminalis (ovBNST), two regions associated with cardiac sympathetic control...
January 30, 2018: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29375679/the-efficacy-of-homemade-tolcapone-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-parkinsons-disease
#7
Pei-Lan Zhang, Yu-Xin Wang, Yan Chen, Chen-Hao Zhang, Chen-Hua Li
The aim of the study was to investigate the efficacy of homemade tolcapone in treatment of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Eighty patients with PD were subjected to randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled and parallel-group study. PD patients were randomly divided into the tolcapone treatment group (41 cases) and placebo group (39 cases). Each patient received 1 pill of tolcapone or placebo, 3 times per day for 26 weeks. Efficacy was evaluated using the internationally used unified Parkinson's disease rating scale (UPDRS) scoring system for PD symptoms...
January 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330410/the-impact-of-comt-and-childhood-maltreatment-on-suicidal-behaviour-in-affective-disorders
#8
Alexandra Bernegger, Klemens Kienesberger, Laura Carlberg, Patrick Swoboda, Birgit Ludwig, Romina Koller, Michelle Inaner, Melanie Zotter, Nestor Kapusta, Martin Aigner, Helmuth Haslacher, Siegfried Kasper, Alexandra Schosser
The inconsistent findings on the association between COMT (catecholamine-O-methyl-transferase) and suicidal behaviour gave reason to choose a clear phenotype description of suicidal behaviour and take childhood maltreatment as environmental factor into account. The aim of this candidate-gene-association study was to eliminate heterogeneity within the sample by only recruiting affective disorder patients and find associations between COMT polymorphisms and defined suicidal phenotypes. In a sample of 258 affective disorder patients a detailed clinical assessment (e...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317847/pharmacogenetic-guidance-individualized-medicine-promotes-enhanced-pain-outcomes
#9
Lisa Lynn Dragic, Erica L Wegrzyn, Michael E Schatman, Jeffrey Fudin
The use of pharmacogenomics has become more prevalent over the past several years in treating many disease states. Several cytochrome P450 enzymes play a role in the metabolism of many pain medications including opioids and antidepressants. Noncytochrome P450 enzymes such as methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT) also play a role in the explanation of opioid dosage requirements as well as in response to certain antidepressants. We present the case of a patient with reduced COMT and MTHFR expression treated with leucovorin 10 mg daily for the management of chronic pain...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195501/comt-genotype-and-non-recovery-after-a-whiplash-injury-in-a-northern-european-population
#10
Eric Rydman, Erika Comasco, H Pettersson, L Oreland, S Ponzer, C Ottosson
BACKGROUND: The COMT (Catechol-O-Methyl Transferase) gene may influence a person's vulnerability to develop long-term pain and some COMT single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) may associate with patterns of acute or chronic pain. Many patients with whiplash-associated disorders (WADs) suffer from long-term pain and other related symptoms, but it is less known if genetic factors play a role in the recovery process. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate whether self-reported non-recovery, including pain, was related to COMT genotype in patients with WAD...
December 1, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168878/quercetin-and-fisetin-enhanced-the-small-intestine-cellular-uptake-and-plasma-levels-of-epi-catechins-in-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-models
#11
Jin-Oh Chung, Seon-Bong Lee, Kang-Hyun Jeong, Ji-Hoon Song, Su-Kyung Kim, Kyung-Mi Joo, Hyun-Woo Jeong, Jin-Kyu Choi, Jeong-Kee Kim, Wan-Gi Kim, Song-Seok Shin, Soon-Mi Shim
Quercetin and fisetin, known as catechol-containing flavonoids, could positively affect the absorption of catechins due to their strong affinity for catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT), which can methylate and cause the excretion of catechins. The current study examined the effect of quercetin and fisetin on the absorption of epi-catechins (ECs) by using a Caco-2 cell line and an in vivo model. The intestinal transport of total catechins by Caco-2 cells was enhanced from 1.3- to 1.6-fold and 1.4- to 1.7-fold by adding quercetin and fisetin, respectively, compared to the control...
November 23, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160620/dna-methylation-of-mb-comt-in-malaysian-schizophrenia-patients
#12
Abd Rahim Nour El Huda, Ku Zaifah Norsidah, Rahim Mohd Nabil Fikri, Mohd Noor Hanisah, Abdullah Kartini, A Talib Norlelawati
AIM: This study examined catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) DNA methylation in the peripheral blood of schizophrenia patients and also in healthy controls to investigate its potential use as a peripheral biomarker of schizophrenia and its relationships with the clinical variables of schizophrenia patients. METHODS: We examined the DNA methylation levels of COMT using genomic DNA from the peripheral blood of schizophrenia patients (n = 138) and healthy control participants (n = 132); all were Malaysian Malays...
November 21, 2017: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144820/pheochromocytoma-a-genetic-and-diagnostic-update
#13
Leilani B Mercado-Asis, Katherine I Wolf, Ivana Jochmanova, David Taïeb
OBJECTIVE: Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGLs) are neuroendocrine tumors derived from adrenal or extra-adrenal locations, respectively. Upon suspicion of PPGL, specific metabolomic, molecular, biochemical, imaging, and histopathological studies are performed to prove, localize, treat, and monitor disease progression. Recently, improved diagnostic tools allow physicians to accurately diagnose PPGL, even in patients presenting with small (less than 1 cm) or biochemically silent tumors, which previously delayed proper detection and treatment...
November 16, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137186/dopaminergic-dysfunction-in-mammalian-dopamine-neurons-induced-by-simazine-neurotoxicity
#14
Xueting Li, Jia Yu, Jianan Li, Yanping Wu, Baixiang Li
Many studies have shown that the pollutant simazine (6-chloro-N,N'-diethyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-diamine), which has been overused, inhibits the proliferation of mammalian dopaminergic cells, and affects the developmental differentiation of mammalian dopaminergic neurons. However, few studies have shown the effects of simazine on dopaminergic metabolism in these cells. Therefore, we aim to examine the metabolic effects of simazine exposure in mouse dopaminergic progenitor neurons (MN9D) at different exposure times...
November 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111854/the-effect-of-morphine-upon-dna-methylation-in-ten-regions-of-the-rat-brain
#15
Timothy M Barrow, Hyang-Min Byun, Xinyan Li, Chris Smart, Yong-Xiang Wang, Yacong Zhang, Andrea A Baccarelli, Liqiong Guo
Morphine is one of the most effective analgesics in medicine. However, its use is associated with the development of tolerance and dependence. Recent studies demonstrating epigenetic changes in the brain after exposure to opiates have provided insight into mechanisms possibly underlying addiction. In this study, we sought to identify epigenetic changes in ten regions of the rat brain following acute and chronic morphine exposure. We analyzed DNA methylation of six nuclear-encoded genes implicated in brain function (Bdnf, Comt, Il1b, Il6, Nr3c1, and Tnf) and three mitochondrially-encoded genes (Mtco1, Mtco2, and Mtco3), and measured global 5-methylcytosine (5mC) and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) levels...
November 7, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056292/epigenetics-and-gene-expression-profile-in-first-episode-psychosis-the-role-of-childhood-trauma
#16
REVIEW
Simona Tomassi, Sarah Tosato
Childhood Trauma (CT) mediation of the epigenome and its impact on gene expression profile could provide a mechanism for the gene-environment interaction underling psychosis. We reviewed the evidence concerning epigenetic and gene expression modifications associated with CT in both First-Episode Psychosis (FEP) and healthy subjects. In order to explore the relative role of psychosis itself in determining these modifications, evidence about FEP and epigenetics/gene expression was also summarized. We performed a systematic search on PubMed, last updated in December 2016...
October 19, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968204/prevalence-of-comt-val158met-polymorphism-in-eastern-up-population
#17
P Kumar, U Yadav, V Rai
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is an abundant S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-)-dependent methyltransferase that methylates catechol compounds, including catecholamines and catecholestrogens.COMT  gene located at chromosome 22q11.2 contains a functional polymorphism at codon 158(Val158Met), which has been related to psychiatric diseases and different types of cancer. COMT might affect tHcy levels because as a by-product it converts SAM to S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH), which is reversibly converted to homocysteine...
July 31, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900390/genetically-driven-enhancement-of-dopaminergic-transmission-affects-moral-acceptability-in-females-but-not-in-males-a-pilot-study
#18
Silvia Pellegrini, Sara Palumbo, Caterina Iofrida, Erika Melissari, Giuseppina Rota, Veronica Mariotti, Teresa Anastasio, Andrea Manfrinati, Rino Rumiati, Lorella Lotto, Michela Sarlo, Pietro Pietrini
Moral behavior has been a key topic of debate for philosophy and psychology for a long time. In recent years, thanks to the development of novel methodologies in cognitive sciences, the question of how we make moral choices has expanded to the study of neurobiological correlates that subtend the mental processes involved in moral behavior. For instance, in vivo brain imaging studies have shown that distinct patterns of brain neural activity, associated with emotional response and cognitive processes, are involved in moral judgment...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884721/-a-search-of-target-regions-for-association-studies-between-dna-methylation-and-cognitive-impairment-in-schizophrenia
#19
N V Kondratiev, M V Alfimova, V E Golimbet
AIM: To develop a strategy for the search for candidate genes and targets for epigenetic studies of cognitive impairments in patients with schizophrenia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A search for literature on epigenetics of schizophrenia and cognitive functions was performed. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that can create or abolish a site for DNA methylation or transcription factor sites were determined using a custom script. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Eight candidate genes, including BDNF, COMT, RELN, SNRPN, PSMA4, FAM63B, IL-1RAP, MAD1L1, as well as 750 targets in CpG islands in the linkage regions identified in GWAS of schizophrenia and 406 targets in SNV located within transcription factor binding sites were selected...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862601/-comparative-analysis-of-expression-of-genes-encoding-enzymes-of-catecholamine-catabolism-and-renalase-in-tissues-of-normotensive-and-hypertensive-rats
#20
V I Fedchenko, A E Medvedev
Comparative analysis of expression of genes encoding enzymes of catecholamine catabolism (monoaminbe oxidases A and B (MAO A and MAO B) and catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT)) and renalase has been carried out in tissues of normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Among investigated tissues the highest level of mRNA of genes encoding key enzymes of catecholamine catabolism (MAO A, MAO B, COMT) was found in the heart of WKY rats. In SHR the mRNA levels of these genes were lower (p<0...
July 2017: Biomedit︠s︡inskai︠a︡ Khimii︠a︡
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