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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112197/association-of-genetic-ancestry-with-striatal-dopamine-d2-d3-receptor-availability
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C E Wiers, P C Towb, C A Hodgkinson, P-H Shen, C Freeman, G Miller, E Lindgren, E Shokri-Kojori, Ş B Demiral, S W Kim, D Tomasi, H Sun, G-J Wang, D Goldman, N D Volkow
Despite ethnic differences in allele frequencies of variants in dopaminergic genes associated with dopamine D2/D3 receptor availability (D2R), no study to date has investigated the relationship between genetic ancestry and striatal D2R. Here, we show that ancestry-informative markers significantly predict dorsal striatal D2R in 117 healthy ethnically diverse residents of the New York metropolitan area using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with [(11)C]raclopride (P<0.0001), while correcting for age, sex, BMI, education, smoking status, and estimated socioeconomic status (ZIP codes)...
November 7, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066517/sleep-and-rem-sleep-behaviour-disorder-in-parkinson-s-disease-with-impulse-control-disorder
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Maria Livia Fantini, Michela Figorilli, Isabelle Arnulf, Maurizio Zibetti, Bruno Pereira, Patricia Beudin, Monica Puligheddu, Florence Cormier-Dequaire, Lucette Lacomblez, Eve Benchetrit, Jean Christophe Corvol, Alessandro Cicolin, Leonardo Lopiano, Ana Marques, Franck Durif
INTRODUCTION: Because the association between rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) and impulse control disorders (ICDs) in Parkinson's disease (PD) has been debated, we assessed the sleep characteristics and the frequency of RBD using video-polysomnography (v-PSG) in patients with PD with versus without ICDs. METHODS: Eighty non-demented patients with PD consecutively identified during routine evaluation at three movement disorders centres were enrolled in a case-control study...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054014/sex-differences-in-behavioral-and-neurochemical-effects-of-gonadectomy-and-aromatase-inhibition-in-rats
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N Kokras, N Pastromas, D Papasava, C de Bournonville, C A Cornil, C Dalla
Aromatase inhibitors, which are widely used for the treatment of estrogen-dependent cancers, have been associated with psychiatric side effects ranging from mania to depression. In the present study, we investigated sex differences in the behavioral and neurochemical effects of aromatase inhibition on male and female, sham-operated or gonadectomized adult rats. Three weeks after surgery, rats received chronic treatment with the aromatase inhibitor letrozole or vehicle and were then subjected to the open field test, which assesses general activity...
October 10, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044586/males-with-prolactinoma-are-at-increased-risk-of-incident-cardiovascular-disease
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Konstantinos A Toulis, Tim Robbins, Narendra Reddy, Balachandran Kumarendran, Krishna Gokhale, Haren Wijesinghe, Kar Keung Cheng, Niki Karavitaki, John Wass, Krishnarajah Nirantharakumar
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the risk of incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) is increased in patients with prolactinoma. DESIGN: Population-based, retrospective, open-cohort study using The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database. PATIENTS: 2,233 patients with prolactinoma and 10,355 matched controls (1:5 ratio) from UK General Practices contributing to THIN were included. Sex, age, body mass index, and smoking status were used as matching parametres...
October 16, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039297/the-impact-of-periconceptional-alcohol-exposure-on-fat-preference-and-gene-expression-in-the-mesolimbic-reward-pathway-in-adult-rat-offspring
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E S Dorey, C L Cullen, D Lucia, K M Mah, M-L Roy Manchadi, B S Muhlhausler, K M Moritz
Alcohol consumption around the time of conception is highly prevalent in Western countries. Exposure to ethanol levels during gestation has been associated with altered development of the mesolimbic reward pathway in rats and increased propensity to addiction, however the effect of exposure only around the time of conception is unknown. The current study investigated the effects of periconceptional alcohol exposure (PC:EtOH) on alcohol and palatable food preferences and gene expression in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the nucleus accumbens of the adult offspring...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038598/male-specific-deficits-in-natural-reward-learning-in-a-mouse-model-of-neurodevelopmental-disorders
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N M Grissom, S E McKee, H Schoch, N Bowman, R Havekes, W T O'Brien, E Mahrt, S Siegel, K Commons, C Portfors, T Nickl-Jockschat, T M Reyes, T Abel
Neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, are highly male biased, but the underpinnings of this are unknown. Striatal dysfunction has been strongly implicated in the pathophysiology of neurodevelopmental disorders, raising the question of whether there are sex differences in how the striatum is impacted by genetic risk factors linked to neurodevelopmental disorders. Here we report male-specific deficits in striatal function important to reward learning in a mouse model of 16p11.2 hemideletion, a genetic mutation that is strongly associated with the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder...
October 17, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038017/fetal-growth-interacts-with-multilocus-genetic-score-reflecting-dopamine-signaling-capacity-to-predict-spontaneous-sugar-intake-in%C3%A2-children
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Patrícia P Silveira, Irina Pokhvisneva, Hélène Gaudreau, Leslie Atkinson, Alison S Fleming, Marla B Sokolowski, Meir Steiner, James L Kennedy, Laurette Dubé, Robert D Levitan, Michael J Meaney
BACKGROUND: We have shown that intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) leads to increased preference for palatable foods at different ages in both humans and rodents. In IUGR rodents, altered striatal dopamine signaling associates with a preference for palatable foods. OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to investigate if a multilocus genetic score reflecting dopamine-signaling capacity is differently associated with spontaneous palatable food intake in children according to the fetal growth status...
January 1, 2018: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986467/baseline-prevalence-and-longitudinal-evolution-of-non-motor-symptoms-in-early-parkinson-s-disease-the-ppmi-cohort
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Tanya Simuni, Chelsea Caspell-Garcia, Christopher S Coffey, Daniel Weintraub, Brit Mollenhauer, Shirley Lasch, Caroline M Tanner, Danna Jennings, Karl Kieburtz, Lana M Chahine, Kenneth Marek
OBJECTIVE: To examine the baseline prevalence and longitudinal evolution in non-motor symptoms (NMS) in a prospective cohort of, at baseline, patients with de novo Parkinson's disease (PD) compared with healthy controls (HC). METHODS: Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) is a longitudinal, ongoing, controlled study of de novo PD participants and HC. NMS were rated using the Movement Disorder Society Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS) Part I score and other validated NMS scales at baseline and after 2 years...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940989/amino-acid-modulation-of-dopamine-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-mediates-sex-differences-in-nicotine-withdrawal
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Luis M Carcoba, Rodolfo J Flores, Luis A Natividad, Laura E O'Dell
The aversive effect of nicotine withdrawal is greater in female versus male rats, and we postulate that this sex difference is mediated in the nucleus accumbens (NAc). Nicotine withdrawal induces decreases in NAc dopamine and increases in acetylcholine (ACh) levels in male rats. To our knowledge, these neurochemical markers of nicotine withdrawal have not been compared in female versus male rats. Given the role of amino acids in modulating NAc dopaminergic and cholinergic transmission, concomitant measures of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate levels were also compared across sex...
September 22, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924005/nigral-glutamatergic-neurons-control-the-speed-of-locomotion
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Dimitri Ryczko, Swantje Grätsch, Laura Schläger, Avo Keuyalian, Zakaria Boukhatem, Claudia Garcia, François Auclair, Ansgar Büschges, Réjean Dubuc
The mesencephalic locomotor region (MLR) plays a crucial role in locomotor control. In vertebrates, stimulation of the MLR at increasing intensities elicits locomotion of growing speed. This effect has been presumed to result from higher brain inputs activating the MLR like a dimmer switch. Here, we show in lampreys (Petromyzon marinus) of either sex that incremental stimulation of a region homologous to the mammalian substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) evokes increasing activation of MLR cells with a graded increase in the frequency of locomotor movements...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922168/evaluation-of-rna-blood-biomarkers-in-individuals-at-risk-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Jose A Santiago, Judith A Potashkin
BACKGROUND: Substantial progress has been made in the discovery of blood biomarkers for Parkinson's disease (PD), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects more than 4 million worldwide. Olfactory dysfunction and dopamine deficits usually precede motor symptoms years before the onset of PD. A readily accessible biomarker useful for identifying patients at risk of PD is expected to accelerate clinical trials. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate previously identified PD blood RNA biomarkers in a cohort of asymptomatic individuals at risk of PD...
2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918947/hormonal-signaling-cascade-during-an-early-adult-critical-period-required-for-courtship-memory-retention-in-drosophila
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Sang Soo Lee, Yike Ding, Natalie Karapetians, Crisalejandra Rivera-Perez, Fernando Gabriel Noriega, Michael E Adams
Formation and expression of memories are critical for context-dependent decision making. In Drosophila, a courting male rejected by a mated female subsequently courts less avidly when paired with a virgin female, a behavioral modification attributed to "courtship memory." Here we show the critical role of hormonal state for maintenance of courtship memory. Ecdysis-triggering hormone (ETH) is essential for courtship memory through regulation of juvenile hormone (JH) levels in adult males. Reduction of JH levels via silencing of ETH signaling genes impairs short-term courtship memory, a phenotype rescuable by the JH analog methoprene...
September 25, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912301/early-onset-drug-induced-parkinsonism-after-exposure-to-offenders-implies-nigrostriatal-dopaminergic-dysfunction
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Seok Jong Chung, Han Soo Yoo, Hyojeong Moon, Jungsu S Oh, Jae Seung Kim, Yong Hee Park, Jin Yong Hong, Byoung Seok Ye, Young H Sohn, Phil Hyu Lee
OBJECTIVES: The onset of parkinsonism in patients with drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP) exhibits extensive individual variability following exposure to offending drugs. We investigated whether the individual variations in the onset time of parkinsonism reflected the underlying subtle dopaminergic dysfunction in DIP. METHODS: We enrolled 71 patients with DIP who had visually normal striatal dopamine transporter (DAT) availability in (18)F-FP-CIT positron emission tomography scans...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899020/progression-marker-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-4-year-multi-site-imaging-study
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Roxana G Burciu, Edward Ofori, Derek B Archer, Samuel S Wu, Ofer Pasternak, Nikolaus R McFarland, Michael S Okun, David E Vaillancourt
Progression markers of Parkinson's disease are crucial for successful therapeutic development. Recently, a diffusion magnetic resonance imaging analysis technique using a bitensor model was introduced allowing the estimation of the fractional volume of free water within a voxel, which is expected to increase in neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease. Prior work demonstrated that free water in the posterior substantia nigra was elevated in Parkinson's disease compared to controls across single- and multi-site cohorts, and increased over 1 year in Parkinson's disease but not in controls at a single site...
August 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894175/sexual-congruency-in-the-connectome-and-translatome-of-vta-dopamine-neurons
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Amanda S Chung, Samara M Miller, Yanjun Sun, Xiangmin Xu, Larry S Zweifel
The ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine system is important for reward, motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. Dysfunctions in the dopamine system are linked to multiple neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, many of which present with sex differences. Little is known about the extent of heterogeneity in the basic organization of VTA dopamine neurons with regard to sex. Here, we characterized the cell-specific connectivity of VTA dopamine neurons, their mRNA translational profile, and basic electrophysiological characteristics in a common strain of mice...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889207/antipsychotic-induced-hyperprolactinemia-synthesis-of-world-wide-guidelines-and-integrated-recommendations-for-assessment-management-and-future-research
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Jasmin Grigg, Roisin Worsley, Caroline Thew, Caroline Gurvich, Natalie Thomas, Jayashri Kulkarni
RATIONALE: Hyperprolactinemia is a highly prevalent adverse effect of many antipsychotic agents, with potentially serious health consequences. Several guidelines have been developed for the management of this condition; yet, their concordance has not been evaluated. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this paper were (1) to review current clinical guidelines; (2) to review key systematic evidence for management; and (3) based on our findings, to develop an integrated management recommendation specific to male and female patients who are otherwise clinically stabilised on antipsychotics...
November 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887803/psychosis-in-spinocerebellar-ataxias-a-case-series-and-study-of-tyrosine-hydroxylase-in-substantia-nigra
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Katherine W Turk, Margaret E Flanagan, Samuel Josephson, C Dirk Keene, Suman Jayadev, Thomas D Bird
Spinocerebellar ataxias are a genetically heterogeneous group of degenerative diseases typically characterized by progressive ataxia and to various degrees, neuropathy, amyotrophy, and ocular abnormalities. There is increasing evidence for non-motor manifestations associated with cerebellar syndromes including cognitive and psychiatric features. We studied a retrospective clinical case series of eight subjects with spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) 2, 3, 7, and 17, all displaying features of psychosis, and also measured tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) staining of the substantia nigra (SN) at autopsy, among four of the subjects...
September 8, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867385/olfactory-conditioned-same-sex-partner-preference-in-female-rats-role-of-ovarian-hormones
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M B Tecamachaltzi-Silvaran, M Barradas-Moctezuma, D Herrera-Covarrubias, P Carrillo, A A Corona-Morales, C A Perez, L I García, J Manzo, Genaro A Coria-Avila
The dopamine D2-type receptor agonist quinpirole (QNP) facilitates the development of conditioned same-sex partner preference in males during cohabitation, but not in ovariectomized (OVX) females, primed with estradiol benzoate (EB) and progesterone (P). Herein we tested the effects of QNP on OVX, EB-only primed females. Females received a systemic injection (every four days) of either saline (Saline-conditioned) or QNP (QNP-conditioned) and then cohabited for 24h with lemon-scented stimulus females (CS+), during three trials...
September 11, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860780/association-between-comt-val158met-and-dat1-polymorphisms-and-depressive-symptoms-in-the-obese-population
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Maciej Bieliński, Marcin Jaracz, Natalia Lesiewska, Marta Tomaszewska, Marcin Sikora, Roman Junik, Anna Kamińska, Andrzej Tretyn, Alina Borkowska
OBJECTIVES: Depressive symptoms are common among patients with obesity. Abnormalities in dopamine signaling involved in the reward circuit may ensue excessive consumption of food, resulting in obesity and leading to neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression. This study sought to investigate the association of polymorphisms in the genes encoding DAT1/SLC6A3 and COMT with the intensity of depressive symptoms in obese subjects. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Prevalence and severity of depressive symptoms were assessed in a group of 364 obese patients using the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS)...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858992/the-genotypes-and-methylation-of-mao-genes-as-factors-behind-smoking-behavior
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Emmi M Tiili, Natalia V Mitiushkina, Olga A Sukhovskaya, Evgeny N Imyanitov, Ari P Hirvonen
OBJECTIVE: Smoking dependence is the main cause for tobacco-related illnesses. The addiction-causing substance in tobacco, nicotine, acts through the dopamine pathway in the brain, causing several pleasurable experiences through cigarette smoking. Thus, both genetic and epigenetic factors related to dopamine metabolism may play an important role in influencing an individual's smoking behavior. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We studied the 1460 C/T variation and the variable number tandem repeat polymorphism in the MAOA gene and A/G variation in intron 13 in the MAOB gene together with four DNA methylation sites in both of these genes in relation to several smoking-related phenotypes in a study population of 1230 Whites of Russian origin...
November 2017: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
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