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Hancheng Li, Chan Li, Yuting Zhou, Chaohua Luo, Jingying Ou, Jing Li, Zhixian Mo
Drug abuse is a public health and social problem. A number of studies have reported that drug addiction is associated with microRNAs (miRNAs). By comparing the expression of miRNAs in the serum exosomes of methamphetamine-dependent and ketamine-dependent rats, the aim of the present study was to provide insights into the miRNA-mediated associations between the two groups. Published results on conditioned place preference (CPP) in rats conditioned by methamphetamine and ketamine were replicated. The expression of miRNAs in serum exosomes were determined by gene-chip sequencing...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Farhana Sakloth, S Stevens Negus
Pharmacotherapy to treat stimulant use disorders continues to be an unmet medical need. Some evidence supports both the role of opioids in mediating abuse-related amphetamine effects and the potential utility of opioid antagonists as therapeutic candidates for treating amphetamine abuse. This study used intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS) to evaluate effects of exposure to and termination of naltrexone maintenance on rewarding amphetamine effects in an ICSS procedure in rats. Morphine and cocaine were included as positive and negative controls, respectively...
March 12, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
Wenji He, Xinyu Yan, Sanqiang Pan
Amphetamine (AMPH) abuse can influence neuropsychiatric disorders and cell apoptosis by interfering with the protein kinase B/ glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta (AKT/GSK3β) pathway. However, the mechanisms underlying this regulation are poorly understood. Using PC12 cells, we found that AMPH inhibited AKT and GSK-3β phosphorylation levels and increased total GSK-3β levels. Furthermore, AMPH caused an increase in the activity of protein phosphatase 2 (PP2A), a signaling protein upstream of AKT, which in turn inhibited phosphorylated AKT levels...
March 6, 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
Tara L White, Mollie A Monnig, Edward G Walsh, Adam Z Nitenson, Ashley D Harris, Ronald A Cohen, Eric C Porges, Adam J Woods, Damon G Lamb, Chelsea A Boyd, Sinda Fekir
Prescription psychostimulants produce rapid changes in mood, energy, and attention. These drugs are widely used and abused. However, their effects in human neocortex on glutamate and glutamine (pooled as Glx), and key neurometabolites such as N-acetylaspartate (tNAA), creatine (tCr), choline (Cho), and myo-inositol (Ins) are poorly understood. Changes in these compounds could inform the mechanism of action of psychostimulant drugs and their abuse potential in humans. We investigated the acute impact of two FDA-approved psychostimulant drugs on neurometabolites using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1 H MRS)...
March 6, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Zulfiqar Qutrio Baloch, Muhammad Hussain, Shabber Agha Abbas, Jorge L Perez, Muhammad Ayyaz
The development of methamphetamine-associated cardiomyopathy (MACM) represents a severe complication of chronic methamphetamine abuse. MACM-induced irreversible structural and functional changes in the heart can eventually lead to decompensated heart failure, ultimately requiring heart transplantation. In this case report we present a 47-year old male with a previous history of chronic amphetamine abuse who presented to the emergency room with severe dyspnea at rest associated with mild substernal non-radiating chest pain...
2018: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
Mitra Rahimi, Somaieh Lookzadeh, Roxana Sadeghi, Kambiz Soltaninejad, Shahin Shadnia, Abdolkarim Pajoumand, Hossein Hassanian-Moghaddam, Nasim Zamani, Masoud Latifi-Pour
Introduction: Amphetamine type stimulants (ATS) such as amphetamine and methamphetamine (MA) are one of the most important causes of poisoning in the world. In this study we aimed to define the predictive factors of mortality in acute ATS poisoning patients. Methods: This is a retrospective cross-sectional study on all cases with acute ATS poisoning who were referred to a referral center for poisoning, Tehran, Iran, from April 2011 to March 2014. Using patients' medical records, demographic data, route of exposure, type and amount of ATS, the cause of poisoning, clinical presentations, and electrocardiogram (ECG) and laboratory findings, as well as patient's outcomes were collected and analyzed regarding the independent predictive factors of mortality...
2018: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
Francesca Accioni, Diego García-Gómez, Eloy Girela, Soledad Rubio
Monitoring of amphetamine-type stimulant (ATS) confronts clinical labs with a high number of samples involving a variety of biological matrices. Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), routinely used for confirmation of ATS abuse, requires of laborious and matrix-dependent sample treatment methods, this increasing analysis time and cost. In this work, a universal and single-step sample treatment, based on supramolecular solvents (SUPRAS), was proposed for simplifying ATS confirmation in seven biological matrices...
May 15, 2018: Talanta
Kathryn D Fischer, Alex C W Houston, Rajeev I Desai, Michelle R Doyle, Jack Bergman, Maha Mian, Rebekah Mannix, David L Sulzer, Se Joon Choi, Eugene V Mosharov, Nathaniel W Hodgson, Anita Bechtholt, Klaus A Miczek, Paul A Rosenberg
RATIONALE: GLT-1 is the major glutamate transporter in the brain and is expressed predominantly in astrocytes but is also present in excitatory axon terminals. To understand the functional significance of GLT-1 expressed in neurons, we generated a conditional GLT-1 knockout mouse and inactivated GLT-1 in neurons using Cre-recombinase expressed under the synapsin 1 promoter, (synGLT-1 KO). OBJECTIVES: Abnormalities of glutamate homeostasis have been shown to affect hippocampal-related behaviors including learning and memory as well as responses to drugs of abuse...
February 22, 2018: Psychopharmacology
P Xiang, J Bu, Z Qiao, X Y Zhuo, H J Wu, M Shen
OBJECTIVES: To study the content variation of selegiline and its metabolites in urine, and based on actual cases, to explore the feasibility for the identification of methamphetamine abuse and selegiline use by chiral analysis. METHODS: The urine samples were tested by chiral separation and LC-MS/MS method using CHIROBIOTIC™ V2 chiral liquid chromatography column. The chiral analysis of methamphetamine and amphetamine were performed on the urine samples from volunteers of selegiline use and drug addicts whom suspected taking selegiline...
December 2017: Fa Yi Xue za Zhi
Arndís Sue Ching Löve, Jose Antonio Baz-Lomba, Malcolm J Reid, Aino Kankaanpää, Teemu Gunnar, Maria Dam, Kristín Ólafsdóttir, Kevin V Thomas
Wastewater-based epidemiology is an efficient way to assess illicit drug use, complementing currently used methods retrieved from different data sources. The aim of this study is to compare stimulant drug use in five Nordic capital cities that include for the first time wastewater samples from Torshavn in the Faroe Islands. Currently there are no published reports that compare stimulant drug use in these Nordic capitals. All wastewater samples were analyzed using solid phase extraction and ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry...
February 3, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Kambiz Soltaninejad, Shahin Shadnia
Substance abuse and its consequences are major health hazards in the world. Opium addiction is a common form of substance abuse in Iran. Adulteration of illegal substances in the process of production and distribution of the drug in black market with many types of materials have been reported. One of the main goals of the adulteration of illegal substances is cutting of the substance for deal and increase of the weight for more benefit. However, adding of adulterating agents to illegal drugs could be considered as a cause of nonspecific and rare toxicity during substance abuse...
2018: International Journal of Preventive Medicine
Joseph T Coyle, Darrick T Balu
The N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) is unique in requiring two agonists to bind simultaneously to open its cation channel: the neurotransmitter, glutamate, and the coagonists, glycine, or d-serine. The Snyder laboratory was the first to clone serine racemase (SR), the enzyme that synthesizes d-serine, and to localize it immunocytochemically. Our laboratory has focused on the role of d-serine in brain disorders. Silencing the expression of SR, a risk gene for schizophrenia (SCZ), in mice (SR-/-), results in a phenotype that closely resembles SCZ including: cortical atrophy, reduced dendritic spine density and complexity, downregulation of parvalbumin-positive cortical GABAergic neurons, and cognitive impairments...
2018: Advances in Pharmacology
Caline S Karam, Jonathan A Javitch
Amphetamines (AMPHs) are potent psychostimulants that are widely used and abused, with profound medical and societal impact. Their actions at dopaminergic neurons are thought to mediate their therapeutic efficacy as well as their liability for abuse and dependence. AMPHs target the dopamine transporter (DAT), the plasmalemmal membrane protein that mediates the inactivation of released dopamine (DA) through its reuptake. AMPHs act as substrates for DAT and are known to cause mobilization of dopamine (DA) to the cell exterior via DAT-mediated reverse transport (efflux)...
2018: Advances in Pharmacology
Ting Wang, Baohua Shen, Hejian Wu, Jingying Hu, Huili Xu, Min Shen, Ping Xiang
Methamphetamine (MA) and amphetamine (AM) are widely abused drugs. These compounds contain a chiral center, and their enantiomers exhibit different pharmacologic, pharmacokinetic, and metabolic properties due to differences in binding affinities to their receptor sites. Until now, there was a lack of information on the decline in the concentration of drugs in hair after abstinence. A simple procedure for the chiral separation and determination of methamphetamine (MA) and its metabolite amphetamine (AM) enantiomers by LC-MS/MS in hair samples has been developed and fully validated...
January 30, 2018: Forensic Science International
Shin-Yu Lin, Hei-Hwa Lee, Jong-Feng Lee, Bai-Hsiun Chen
In recent decades, urine drug testing in the workplace has become common in many countries in the world. There have been several studies concerning the use of the urine specimen validity test (SVT) for drug abuse testing administered in the workplace. However, very little data exists concerning the urine SVT on drug abuse tests from court specimens, including dilute, substituted, adulterated, and invalid tests. We investigated 21,696 submitted urine drug test samples for SVT from workplace and court settings in southern Taiwan over 5 years...
January 2018: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
Ryan T Lacy, Hannah K Schorsch, Bridget P Austin
Diagnosis and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has risen drastically over the past 20 years in the United States and abroad. Amphetamine-based prescription stimulants are the most prescribed treatment for ADHD and the diversion of these drugs has also increased. Reports indicate 61% of individuals with an ADHD medication prescription have sold or shared their medication. Exposure to prescription stimulants, especially for those without an ADHD diagnosis, may increase susceptibility to drugs of abuse...
February 2018: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
Golnaz Fallah, Sussan Moudi, Angela Hamidia, Ali Bijani
Background: Stimulant pharmaceuticals are abused among academic students to elevate mood, improve studying, intellectual capacity, memory and concentration, and increase wakefulness. This study was designed to evaluate the current situation of stimulant use among medical students and residents of Babol University of Medical Sciences. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 560 medical students and clinical residents of Babol University of Medical Sciences during the academic year 2014-2015...
2018: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
Kirsten Wiese Simonsen, Kristian Linnet, Brian Schou Rasmussen
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to examine the frequency of psychoactive drugs and alcohol in drivers under suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in 2015 and 2016 in the eastern part of Denmark. The trends in the number of traffic cases sent for drug analysis since 2000 and alcohol analysis since 2011 are also discussed. METHODS: Blood samples from drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or medication and/or illicit drugs in 2015 and 2016 were investigated as requested by the police...
January 25, 2018: Traffic Injury Prevention
Grethe Lauritzen, Trond Nordfjærn
AIM: To examine temporal changes in opiate and stimulant use among patients in substance abuse treatment over a ten-year observation period and to explore the role of contextual factors, mental health disorders and psychosocial factors on these changes. METHODS: A cohort of 481 patients was prospectively interviewed at admission to treatment and after 1, 2, 7 and 10 years. The sample was recruited from 20 facilities in the Greater Oslo region, Norway. RESULTS: The majority of patients were poly-drug users and 80% had used both opiates and stimulants the last 30 days prior to treatment admission...
2018: PloS One
Daniel Hoops, Lauren M Reynolds, Jose-Maria Restrepo-Lozano, Cecilia Flores
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is divided into subregions, including the medial and orbital prefrontal cortices. Dopamine connectivity in the medial PFC (mPFC) continues to be established throughout adolescence as the result of the continuous growth of axons that innervated the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) prior to adolescence. During this period, dopamine axons remain vulnerable to environmental influences, such as drugs used recreationally by humans. The developmental trajectory of the orbital prefrontal dopamine innervation remains almost completely unstudied...
January 2018: ENeuro
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