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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342113/mitochondria-oxidative-stress-and-the-kynurenine-system-with-a-focus-on-ageing-and-neuroprotection
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REVIEW
Katalin Sas, Elza Szabó, László Vécsei
In this review, the potential causes of ageing are discussed. We seek to gain insight into the main physiological functions of mitochondria and discuss alterations in their function and the genome, which are supposed to be the central mechanisms in senescence. We conclude by presenting the potential modulating role of the kynurenine pathway in the ageing processes. Mitochondrial dynamics are supposed to have important physiological roles in maintaining cell homeostasis. During ageing, a decrease in mitochondrial dynamics was reported, potentially compromising the function of mitochondria...
January 17, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332257/kynurenic-acid-and-its-derivatives-are-able-to-modulate-the-adhesion-and-locomotion-of-brain-endothelial-cells
#2
Eszter Lajkó, Bernadett Tuka, Ferenc Fülöp, István Krizbai, József Toldi, Kálmán Magyar, László Vécsei, László Kőhidai
The neuroprotective actions of kynurenic acid (KYNA) and its derivatives in several neurodegenerative disorders [characterized by damage to the cerebral endothelium and to the blood-brain barrier (BBB)] are well established. Cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) adhesion is supposedly involved in recovery of impaired cerebral endothelium integrity (endothelial repair). The present work aimed to investigate the effects of KYNA and its synthetic derivatives on cellular behaviour (e.g. adhesion and locomotion) and on morphology of the GP8 rat brain endothelial cell line, modeling the BBB endothelium...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327354/a-validated-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-simultaneous-quantitation-of-tryptophan-kynurenine-kynurenic-acid-and-quinolinic-acid-in-human-plasma
#3
Kathrin Arnhard, Florian Pitterl, Barbara Sperner-Unterweger, Dietmar Fuchs, Therese Koal, Herbert Oberacher
Tryptophan (TRP) catabolism via the kynurenine pathway is considered to represent a major link between inflammation and various diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders, depression, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The kynurenine pathway and levels of TRP and its metabolites kynurenine (KYN), kynurenic acid (KYNA) and quinolinic acid (QUIN) are well regulated under physiological conditions but may be altered as part of the activated immune response. A simple, sensitive and specific liquid chromatography-time of flight mass spectrometry method was developed for determining levels of the four compounds in human plasma samples...
January 12, 2018: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317240/toxicity-and-cardiac-effects-of-acute-exposure-to-tryptophan-metabolites-on-the-kynurenine-pathway-in-early-developing-zebrafish-danio-rerio-embryos
#4
Michal Majewski, Natalia Kasica, Anna Jakimiuk, Piotr Podlasz
Defects in tryptophan metabolism on the l-kynurenine pathway (KP) are implicated in a number of human diseases, including chronic kidney disease, brain edema or injury, tuberculosis and malaria - as well as cancer, neurodegenerative and autoimmune disorders. However, it is unclear to what extent detrimental effects of exposure to tryptophan metabolites might impact the early development of organism. Thus, this study examined the effects of KP exposure in zebrafish embryos starting at the blastula period (4hpf) and the segmentation stage (24hpf)...
January 6, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313218/thallium-induced-toxicity-in-rat-brain-crude-synaptosomal-mitochondrial-fractions-is-sensitive-to-anti-excitatory-and-antioxidant-agents
#5
Marisol Maya-López, María Verónica Mireles-García, Monserrat Ramírez-Toledo, Ana Laura Colín-González, Sonia Galván-Arzate, Isaac Túnez, Abel Santamaría
The mechanisms by which the heavy metal thallium (Tl+) produces toxicity in the brain remain unclear. Herein, isolated synaptosomal/mitochondrial P2 crude fractions from adult rat brains were exposed to Tl+ (5-250 μM) for 30 min. Three toxic endpoints were evaluated: mitochondrial dysfunction, lipid peroxidation, and Na+/K+-ATPase activity inhibition. Concentration-response curves for two of these endpoints revealed the optimum concentration of Tl+ to induce damage in this preparation, 5 μM. Toxic markers were also estimated in preconditioned synaptosomes incubated in the presence of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist kynurenic acid (KYNA, 50 μM), the cannabinoid receptor agonist WIN 55,212-2 (1 μM), or the antioxidant S-allyl-L-cysteine (SAC, 100 μM)...
January 8, 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307018/the-role-of-tryptophan-metabolism-in-postpartum-depression
#6
REVIEW
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301550/role-of-the-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-kynurenine-pathway-of-tryptophan-metabolism-in-behavioral-alterations-in-a-hepatic-encephalopathy-rat-model
#7
Xi Jiang, Lexing Xu, Lin Tang, Fuhe Liu, Ziwei Chen, Jiajia Zhang, Lei Chen, Cong Pang, Xuefeng Yu
BACKGROUND: This study aims to explore the role of indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase (IDO)/kynurenine (KYN) pathway of tryptophan (TRY) metabolism in behavioral alterations observed in hepatic encephalopathy (HE) rats. METHODS: Expression levels of proinflammatory cytokines were tested by QT-PCR and ELISA, levels of IDOs were tested by QT-PCR and Western blot, and levels of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), KYN, TRY, 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-HK), and kynurenic acid (KA) in different brain regions were estimated using HPLC...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246652/the-effect-of-minocycline-on-indolamine-2-3-dioxygenase-expression-and-the-levels-of-kynurenic-acid-and-quinolinic-acid-in-lps-activated-primary-rat-microglia
#8
Zahra Bahrami, Masoumeh Firouzi, Afrouzeh Hashemi-Monfared, Hamid Zahednasab, Mohammad Hossein Harirchian
Microglia are one of the most important neural cells in the central nervous system (CNS) which account for 10-15% of all cells found in the brain. A vast majority of studies indicate that microglia play a pivotal role in protection and damage of the CNS. It has been shown that microglia are mainly scavenger cells but also produce a barrage of factors that are involved in tissue repair and neural regeneration. Several lines of evidence indicate that unregulated activation of microglia in response to either endogenous or exogenous insults results in the production of toxic factors that propagate neuronal injury...
December 13, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242525/inhibition-of-human-kynurenine-aminotransferase-isozymes-by-estrogen-and-its-derivatives
#9
Gayan S Jayawickrama, Alireza Nematollahi, Guanchen Sun, Mark D Gorrell, W Bret Church
The kynurenine aminotransferase (KAT) enzymes are pyridoxal 5'-phosphate-dependent homodimers that catalyse the irreversible transamination of kynurenine into kynurenic acid (KYNA) in the tryptophan metabolic pathway. Kynurenic acid is implicated in cognitive diseases such as schizophrenia, and several inhibitors have been reported that selectively target KAT-II as it is primarily responsible for kynurenic acid production in the human brain. Not only is schizophrenia a sexually dimorphic condition, but women that have schizophrenia have reduced estrogen levels in their serum...
December 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238069/kynurenic-acid-an-ido-metabolite-controls-tsg-6-mediated-immunosuppression-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#10
Guan Wang, Kai Cao, Keli Liu, Yueqing Xue, Arthur I Roberts, Fengying Li, Yanyan Han, Arnold B Rabson, Ying Wang, Yufang Shi
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been demonstrated to be anti-inflammatory against various immune disorders through several factors, including indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) and TNF-stimulated gene 6 (TSG-6). However, little is known about the necessity for both of these key immunosuppressive factors. Here we employed the mouse lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI) model, and found that IDO is necessary to achieve the effect of human umbilical cord-derived MSC (hUC-MSC)-based treatment on ALI...
December 13, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212793/pacap-6-38-or-kynurenate-microinjections-into-the-rvlm-prevent-development-of-sympathetic-long-term-facilitation-following-acute-intermittent-hypoxia
#11
Zohra M Kakall, Paul M Pilowsky, Melissa Mj Farnham
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intermittent hypoxia causes a persistent increase in sympathetic activity, which progresses to hypertension in chronic conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is an excitatory neurotransmitter that causes long-lasting sympathetic excitation. We aimed to determine if intermittent activation of the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) causes PACAP-mediated elevation of sympathetic nerve activity (sSNA), termed sympathetic long-term facilitation (sLTF)...
December 6, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193181/simultaneous-determination-of-tryptophan-kynurenine-kynurenic-acid-xanthurenic-acid-and-5-hydroxytryptamine-in-human-plasma-by-lc-ms-ms-and-its-application-to-acute-myocardial-infarction-monitoring
#12
Qing Tong, Jia Song, Guangjie Yang, Li Fan, Wei Xiong, Jianguo Fang
The reliable methods for the determination of tryptophan and its metabolites are vital to the monitoring of biochemical state during the initiation and progression of cardiovascular disease. In the present study, a single-run liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed for the simultaneous determination of tryptophan (Trp) and its metabolites including kynurenine (Kyn), kynurenic acid (KA), xanthurenic acid (XA) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) in human plasma. The plasma samples were prepared using a protein precipitation approach, and the chromatographic separation was performed by gradient elution on a C18 column within a total analysis time of 3...
November 28, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158920/enhancement-in-tonically-active-glutamatergic-inputs-to-the-rostral-ventrolateral-medulla-contributes-to-neuropathic-pain-induced-high-blood-pressure
#13
Wei Wang, Zui Zou, Xing Tan, Ru-Wen Zhang, Chang-Zhen Ren, Xue-Ya Yao, Cheng-Bao Li, Wei-Zhong Wang, Xue-Yin Shi
Neuropathic pain increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases including hypertension with the characteristic of sympathetic overactivity. The enhanced tonically active glutamatergic input to the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) contributes to sympathetic overactivity and blood pressure (BP) in cardiovascular diseases. We hypothesize that neuropathic pain enhances tonically active glutamatergic inputs to the RVLM, which contributes to high level of BP and sympathetic outflow. Animal model with the trigeminal neuropathic pain was induced by the infraorbital nerve-chronic constriction injury (ION-CCI)...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153599/lps-induced-cortical-kynurenic-acid-and-neurogranin-nfat-signaling-is-associated-with-deficits-in-stimulus-processing-during-pavlovian-conditioning
#14
A Oliveros, K Wininger, J Sens, M K Larsson, X C Liu, S Choi, A Faka, L Schwieler, G Engberg, S Erhardt, D S Choi
The N-Methyl-d-Aspartate receptor (NMDAR) antagonist kynurenic acid (KYNA) and the post-synaptic calmodulin binding protein neurogranin (Nrgn) have been implicated in neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions including Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. This study indicates that systemic dual-lipopolysaccharide (LPS) injections increases KYNA in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), which is accompanied with increased phosphorylation of nuclear factor kappa chain of activated B cells (NFκB) and activation of the nuclear factor of activated T- cells (NFAT)...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146359/determination-of-tryptophan-derivatives-in-kynurenine-pathway-in-fermented-foods-using-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#15
Cemile Yılmaz, Vural Gökmen
This study aimed to develop an analytical method for the determination of tryptophan and its derivatives in kynurenine pathway using tandem mass spectrometry in various fermented food products (bread, beer, red wine, white cheese, yoghurt, kefir and cocoa powder). The method entails an aqueous extraction and reversed phase chromatographic separation using pentafluorophenyl (PFP) column. It allowed quantitation of low ppb levels of tryptophan and its derivatives in different fermented food matrices. It was found that beer samples were found to contain kynurenine within the range of 28...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128872/prenatal-kynurenine-treatment-in-rats-causes-schizophrenia-like-broad-monitoring-deficits-in-adulthood
#16
Britta Hahn, Carolyn H Reneski, Ana Pocivavsek, Robert Schwarcz
RATIONALE: Elevated brain kynurenic acid (KYNA) levels are implicated in the pathology and neurodevelopmental pathogenesis of schizophrenia. In rats, embryonic treatment with kynurenine (EKyn) causes elevated brain KYNA levels in adulthood and cognitive deficits reminiscent of schizophrenia. OBJECTIVES: Growing evidence suggests that people with schizophrenia have a narrowed attentional focus, and we aimed at establishing whether these abnormalities may be related to KYNA dysregulation...
November 11, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126954/quantitative-analysis-of-kynurenine-aminotransferase-ii-in-the-adult-rat-brain-reveals-high-expression-in-proliferative-zones-and-corpus-callosum
#17
Chang Song, Sarah M Clark, Chloe N Vaughn, James D Nicholson, Kelley J Murphy, Ta-Chung M Mou, Robert Schwarcz, Gloria E Hoffman, Leonardo H Tonelli
Kynurenic acid, a metabolite of the kynurenine pathway of tryptophan degradation, acts as an endogenous antagonist of alpha7 nicotinic and NMDA receptors and is implicated in a number of neurophysiological and neuropathological processes including cognition and neurodegenerative events. Therefore, kynurenine aminotransferase II (KAT II/AADAT), the enzyme responsible for the formation of the majority of neuroactive kynurenic acid in the brain, has prompted significant interest. Using immunohistochemistry, this enzyme was localized primarily in astrocytes throughout the adult rat brain, but detailed neuroanatomical studies are lacking...
November 8, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109914/revisiting-the-tryptophan-serotonin-deficiency-and-the-inflammatory-hypotheses-of-major-depression-in-a-biopsychosocial-approach
#18
Andreas Baranyi, Omid Amouzadeh-Ghadikolai, Dirk von Lewinski, Robert J Breitenecker, Hans-Bernd Rothenhäusler, Christoph Robier, Maria Baranyi, Simon Theokas, Andreas Meinitzer
Background: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to identify important biopsychosocial correlates of major depression. Biological mechanisms, including the inflammatory and the tryptophan-serotonin deficiency hypotheses of major depression, were investigated alongside health-related quality of life, life satisfaction, and social support. Methods: The concentrations of plasma tryptophan, plasma kynurenine, plasma kynurenic acid, serum quinolinic acid, and the tryptophan breakdown to kynurenine were determined alongside health-related quality of life (Medical Outcome Study Form, SF-36), life satisfaction (Life Satisfaction Questionnaire, FLZ), and social support (Social Support Survey, SSS) in 71 depressive patients at the time of their in-patient admittance and 48 healthy controls...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099938/nyx-2925-is-a-novel-nmda-receptor-specific-spirocyclic-%C3%AE-lactam-that-modulates-synaptic-plasticity-processes-associated-with-learning-and-memory
#19
M Amin Khan, David R Houck, Amanda L Gross, Xiao-Lei Zhang, Cassia Cearley, Torsten M Madsen, Roger A Kroes, Patric K Stanton, Jeffrey Burgdorf, Joseph R Moskal
Background: N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR) are one member of a family of ionotropic glutamate receptors that play a pivotal role in synaptic plasticity processes associated with learning and have become attractive therapeutic targets for diseases such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and neuropathic pain. NYX-2925 ((2S, 3R)-3-hydroxy-2-((R)-5-isobutyryl-1-oxo-2,5-diazaspiro[3.4]octan-2-yl)butanamide) is one member of a spiro--lactam-based chemical platform that mimics some of the dipyrrolidine structural features of rapastinel (formerly GLYX-13: threonine-proline-proline-threonine) and is distinct from known NMDAR agonists or antagonists such as D-cycloserine, ketamine, MK-801, kynurenic acid or ifenprodil...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080891/prenatal-dynamics-of-kynurenine-pathway-metabolism-in-mice-focus-on-kynurenic-acid
#20
Nick Goeden, Francesca M Notarangelo, Ana Pocivavsek, Sarah Beggiato, Alexandre Bonnin, Robert Schwarcz
The kynurenine pathway (KP), the major catabolic route of tryptophan in mammals, contains several neuroactive metabolites, including kynurenic acid (KYNA) and 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-HK). KP metabolism, and especially the fate of KYNA, during pregnancy is poorly understood, yet it may play a significant role in the development of psychiatric disorders later in life. The present study was designed to investigate the prenatal features of KP metabolism in vivo, with special focus on KYNA. To this end, pregnant CD-1 mice were treated systemically with kynurenine (100 mg/kg), KYNA (10 mg/kg), or saline on embryonic day 18...
October 28, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
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