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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195501/comt-genotype-and-non-recovery-after-a-whiplash-injury-in-a-northern-european-population
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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
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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
#3
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
#8
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
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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
#10
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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844929/distribution-properties-and-inhibitor-sensitivity-of-zebrafish-catechol-o-methyl-transferases-comt
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Svetlana Semenova, Stanislav Rozov, Pertti Panula
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT; EC 2.1.1.6) is an enzyme with multiple functions in vertebrates. COMT methylates and thus inactivates catecholamine neurotransmitters and metabolizes xenobiotic catechols. Gene polymorphism rs4680 that influences the enzymatic activity of COMT affects cognition and behavior in humans. The zebrafish is widely used as an experimental animal in many areas of biomedical research, but most aspects of COMT function in this species have remained uncharacterized. We hypothesized that both comt genes play essential roles in zebrafish...
December 1, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830794/regulation-of-gene-transcription-in-bipolar-disorders-role-of-dna-methylation-in-the-relationship-between-prodynorphin-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor
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Claudio D'Addario, Maria Carlotta Palazzo, Beatrice Benatti, Benedetta Grancini, Mariangela Pucci, Andrea Di Francesco, Giulia Camuri, Daniela Galimberti, Chiara Fenoglio, Elio Scarpini, A Carlo Altamura, Mauro Maccarrone, Bernardo Dell'Osso
Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a prevalent and disabling condition, determined by gene-environment interactions, possibly mediated by epigenetic mechanisms. The present study aimed at investigating the transcriptional regulation of BD selected target genes by DNA methylation in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with a DSM-5 diagnosis of type I (BD-I) and type II (BD-II) Bipolar Disorders (n=99), as well as of healthy controls (CT, n=42). The analysis of gene expression revealed prodynorphin (PDYN) mRNA levels significantly reduced in subjects with BD-II but not in those with BD-I, when compared to CT...
August 19, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827761/copy-number-elevation-of-22q11-2-genes-arrests-the-developmental-maturation-of-working-memory-capacity-and-adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis
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S Boku, T Izumi, S Abe, T Takahashi, A Nishi, H Nomaru, Y Naka, G Kang, M Nagashima, A Hishimoto, S Enomoto, G Duran-Torres, K Tanigaki, J Zhang, K Ye, S Kato, P T Männistö, K Kobayashi, N Hiroi
Working memory capacity, a critical component of executive function, expands developmentally from childhood through adulthood. Anomalies in this developmental process are seen in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia and intellectual disabilities (ID), implicating this atypical process in the trajectory of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders. However, the cellular and neuronal substrates underlying this process are not understood. Duplication and triplication of copy number variants of 22q11...
August 22, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28825621/inhibitory-effect-of-bovine-lactoferrin-on-catechol-o-methyltransferase
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Masayuki Ikeda, Hiroshi Iijima, Ichizo Shinoda, Hiroshi Iwamoto, Yasuhiro Takeda
Lactoferrin (LF) is a well-known multifunctional protein. In this study, we report the inhibitory potency of bovine LF (bLF) on catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), which catalyzes methylation of catechol substrates. We found that bLF binds to and inhibits COMT using its N-terminal region. An N-terminal peptide fragment obtained from bLF by trypsin digestion showed a higher inhibitory activity than intact bLF. A synthetic fragment of the bLF N-terminal residues 6-50, with two pairs of disulfide bonds, also showed higher inhibitory activity than intact bLF...
August 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759974/correlations-between-methionine-cycle-metabolism-comt-genotype-and-polyneuropathy-in-l-dopa-treated-parkinson-s-disease-a-preliminary-cross-sectional-study
#16
Mattias Andréasson, Lovisa Brodin, José Miguel Laffita-Mesa, Per Svenningsson
BACKGROUND: Polyneuropathy (pnp) is recognized as a clinical feature of Parkinson's disease (PD). Whether pnp is a result of the alpha-synucleinopathy or related to treatment is debated. Previous studies support underlying disturbances in the methionine cycle mediated by L-dopa. OBJECTIVE: Describe possible relationships between methionine cycle metabolism and the development of pnp in L-dopa treated PD. Furthermore, we aim to investigate possible genetic risk factors by genotyping specific SNPs in enzymes involved in the abovementioned pathways...
2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746172/a-genetic-variant-in-the-catechol-o-methyl-transferase-comt-gene-is-related-to-age-dependent-differences-in-the-therapeutic-effect-of-calcium-channel-blockers
#17
Jiayue Xu, Adrian E Boström, Mohamed Saeed, Raghvendra K Dubey, Gérard Waeber, Peter Vollenweider, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Jessica Mwinyi, Helgi B Schiöth
Hypertension is the leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease and one of the major health concerns worldwide. Genetic factors impact both the risk for hypertension and the therapeutic effect of antihypertensive drugs. Sex- and age-specific variances in the prevalence of hypertension are partly induced by estrogen. We investigated 6 single nucleotide polymorphisms in genes encoding enzymes involved in estrogen metabolism in relation to sex- and age-specific differences in the systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP) outcome under the treatment of diuretics, calcium-channel blockers (CCBs), angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors, and angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs)...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708709/genetics-influence-neurocognitive-performance-at-baseline-but-not-concussion-history-in-collegiate-student-athletes
#18
Graham D Cochrane, Mark H Sundman, Eric E Hall, Matthew C Kostek, Kirtida Patel, Kenneth P Barnes, Caroline J Ketcham
OBJECTIVE: This study investigates 4 single-nucleotide polymorphisms [Apolipoprotein E (APOE), APOE promoter, catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT), and dopamine D2 receptor] that have been implicated in concussion susceptibility and/or cognitive ability in collegiate student-athletes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Neuroscience laboratory at Elon University. PARTICIPANTS: Two hundred fifty division I collegiate student-athletes (66 women, 184 men) from various sports...
July 11, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676804/simultaneous-downregulation-of-mthfr-and-comt-in-switchgrass-affects-plant-performance-and-induces-lesion-mimic-cell-death
#19
Sijia Liu, Chunxiang Fu, Jiqing Gou, Liang Sun, David Huhman, Yunwei Zhang, Zeng-Yu Wang
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) has been developed into a model lignocellulosic bioenergy crop. Downregulation of caffeic acid O-methyltransferase (COMT), a key enzyme in lignin biosynthesis, has been shown to alter lignification and increase biofuel yield in switchgrass. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) mediates C1 metabolism and provides methyl units consumed by COMT. It was predicted that co-silencing of MTHFR and COMT would impact lignification even more than either of the single genes. However, our results showed that strong downregulation of MTHFR in a COMT-deficient background led to altered plant growth and development, but no significant change in lignin content or composition was found when compared with COMT plants...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656683/associations-of-endocrine-stress-related-gene-polymorphisms-with-risk-of-autism-spectrum-disorders-evidence-from-an-integrated-meta-analysis
#20
REVIEW
Ping-Yuan Yang, Ya-Jing Menga, Tao Li, Yi Huang
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are related to serotonin transporter (5-HTT) and catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT) as two most monoaminergic polymorphic variations. However, multiple studies assessing rs4680 and 5-HTTLPR variants in ASD have reported inconsistent results. Therefore, we conducted an integrated meta-analysis to combine case-control and transmission/disequilibrium test (TDT) studies to determine whether COMT and 5-HTT are associated with ASD. We searched multiple electronic databases (PubMed, EmBase and Web of Science) to identify studies assessing the rs4680 and 5-HTTLPR variants in ASD from Jan 1997 to Dec 2016...
June 28, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
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