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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154785/a-rapid-enhancement-of-locomotor-sensitization-to-amphetamine-by-estradiol-in-female-rats
#1
Iva B Zovkic, Cheryl M McCormick
Estradiol moderates the effects of drugs of abuse in both humans and rodents. Estradiol's enhancement of behavioral effects resulting from high (>2.5mg/kg) doses of amphetamine is established in rats; there is less evidence for the role of estradiol in locomotor effects elicited by lower doses, which are less aversive, increase incentive motivation, involve different neural mechanisms than higher doses, and often more readily reveal group differences than do higher doses. Further, the extent to which estradiol is required for the induction versus the expression of sensitization is unknown...
November 14, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149481/neuroprotective-effects-of-melatonin-on-amphetamine-induced-dopaminergic-fiber-degeneration-in-the-hippocampus-of-postnatal-rats
#2
Tanawan Leeboonngam, Ratchadaporn Pramong, Kwankanit Sae-Ung, Piyarat Govitrapong, Pansiri Phansuwan-Pujito
Chronic amphetamine (AMPH) abuse leads to damage of the hippocampus, the brain area associated with learning and memory process. Previous results have shown that AMPH-induced dopamine neurotransmitter release, reactive oxygen species formation and degenerative protein aggregation lead to neuronal death. Melatonin, a powerful antioxidant, plays a role as a neuroprotective agent. The objective of this study was to investigate whether the protective effect of melatonin on AMPH-induced hippocampal damage in the postnatal rat acts through the dopaminergic pathway...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119924/deaths-in-the-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-united-kingdom-communities-associated-with-ghb-and-precursors
#3
John M Corkery, Barbara Loi, Hugh Claridge, Christine Goodair, Fabrizio Schifano
Background Misuse of gammahydroxybutrate (GHB) and its prodrugs gammabutyrolactone (GBL) and 1,4 butanediol (1,4-BD) has increased greatly since the early 1990s, particularly amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in recreational and sexual settings, e.g. 'chemsex'. Objective and method This paper presents an overview of GHB pharmacotoxicology and provides analyses of cases in the LGBT population associated with use of these substances extracted from the UK's National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths database, to which notification is voluntary...
November 8, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118856/sleep-disturbances-and-memory-impairment-among-pregnant-women-consuming-khat-an-under-recognized-problem
#4
Md Dilshad Manzar, Mohammed Salahuddin, Peter Sony, Tarekegn Tesfaye Maru, Seithikurippu R Pandi-Perumal, Adam Moscovitch, Ahmed S Bahammam
Khat (Catha edulis) is a evergreen flowering shrub that is cultivated at high altitudes, especially in East Africa and the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula. The plant contains alkaloids, of which cathinone and cathine have structural similarity and pharmacological action similar to amphetamines. The leaves are, therefore, consumed in some regions as a psychoactive stimulant due to cultural beliefs and misperceptions on the health benefits of khat consumption. This resulted in a growing prevalence of khat consumption among pregnant women...
October 2017: Annals of Thoracic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117432/gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-gc-ms-for-identification-of-designer-stimulants-including-2c-amines-nbome-compounds-and-cathinones-in-urine
#5
Hemamalini Ketha, Milad Webb, Larry Clayton, Sean Li
Phenethylamine derivatives are being increasingly exploited for recreational use as "designer" stimulants designed to mimic psychostimulant properties of amphetamine or other illicit substances like 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA [ecstasy]). Clandestine operations meticulously design phenethylamines so the user can bypass legal action when detected, as many of these are yet to be regulated by government authorities. Substituted phenethylamines or 2C amines, N-methoxybenzyl derivatives of the corresponding 2C amines commonly known as NBOMe compounds, and cathinones are among the most commonly abused phenethylamines...
November 8, 2017: Current Protocols in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105555/toxicity-of-new-synthetic-amphetamine-drug-mephedrone-on-rat-heart-mitochondria-a-warning-for-its-abuse
#6
Parvaneh Naserzadeh, Farzaneh Jokar, Farzaneh Vafaei, Enayatollah Seydi, Jalal Pourahmad
1. Mephedrone, a new and popular amphetamine drug, is widely abused and is still legal in some parts around the world. Little data on mechanisms involved in mephedrone induced cardiotoxicity are available. 2. Therefore, we decided to explain the mechanisms of mephedrone cardiotoxicity by using mitochondria isolated from rat heart. The isolated heart mitochondria were incubated with different concentrations of mephedrone (5, 10 and 20 µM). 3. Results showed that mephedrone induced mitochondrial dysfunction via an increase in mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, MMP collapse, mitochondrial swelling and damage in the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM) which is associated with the cytochrome c release...
November 6, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082060/paralytic-ileus-secondary-to-methamphetamine-abuse-a-rare-case
#7
Mark Aidan McKelvie, Yuksel Gercek
Methamphetamine hydrochloride, colloquially referred to as "crystal meth," is a potent psychoactive amphetamine derivate. Methamphetamine produces stimulant effects in the user including increased energy and alertness as well as inducing intense euphoric symptoms and suppressing appetite through its dopaminergic, serotonergic, and adrenergic actions. Use of methamphetamine can adversely affect cardiovascular, neurological, and gastrointestinal physiology leading to significant morbidity. We present a rare case of paralytic ileus secondary to methamphetamine abuse which has only once before been described in the literature...
2017: Case Reports in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081089/evaluation-of-the-abuse-potential-of-novel-amphetamine-derivatives-with-modifications-on-the-amine-nbna-and-phenyl-eda-pmea-2-apn-sites
#8
Raly James Perez Custodio, Chrislean Jun Botanas, Seong Shoon Yoon, June Bryan de la Peña, Irene Joy Dela Peña, Mikyung Kim, Taeseon Woo, Joung-Wook Seo, Choon-Gon Jang, Yong Ho Kwon, Nam Yong Kim, Yong Sup Lee, Hee Jin Kim, Jae Hoon Cheong
Recently, there has been a rise in the number of amphetamine derivatives that serve as substitutes for controlled substances (e.g. amphetamine and methamphetamine) on the global illegal drug market. These substances are capable of producing rewarding effects similar to their parent drug. In anticipation of the future rise of new and similar psychoactive substances, we designed and synthesized four novel amphetamine derivatives with N-benzyl, N-benzylamphetamine HCl (NBNA) substituent on the amine region, 1,4-dioxane ring, ethylenedioxy-amphetamine HCl (EDA), methyl, para-methylamphetamine HCl (PMEA), and naphthalene, 2-(aminopropyl) naphthalene HCl (2-APN) substituents on the phenyl site...
November 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065847/long-term-administration-of-antipsychotic-drugs-in-schizophrenia-and-influence-of-substance-and-drug-abuse-on-the-disease-outcome
#9
F-M Werner, Rafael Coveñas
BACKGROUND: Many schizophrenic patients with a long-term administration of antipsychotic drugs do not regularly adhere to the prescribed pharmacotherapy. Antipsychotic drugs constitute a palliative, but not a curative treatment, and the long-term effect of these drugs is not secure. Patients tend to consume nicotine and alcohol, as well as some patients consume drugs such as cannabis and amphetamines. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this mini-review is to examine the reasons for the high tendency of schizophrenic patients to consume alcohol, nicotine and drugs and in addition to suggest measures to reduce the abuse of substances and drugs...
October 20, 2017: Current Drug Abuse Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056353/the-ghr-r-antagonist-jmv-2959-neither-induces-malaise-nor-alters-the-malaise-property-of-licl-in-the-adult-male-rat
#10
Juan A Rodriguez, Jean-Alain Fehrentz, Jean Martinez, Khoubaib Ben Haj Salah, Paul J Wellman
The orexigenic peptide ghrelin (GHR) interacts with ghrelin receptors (GHR-Rs) to modulate brain reinforcement and feeding circuits. Pharmacological inactivation of GHR-Rs via administration of the drug JMV 2959 attenuates the rewarding/reinforcing effects of several drugs of abuse including alcohol, morphine, amphetamine and nicotine. One view of these results is that inactivation of GHR-Rs taps into brain reinforcement/feeding circuits acted upon by drugs of abuse. An alternate explanation is that JMV 2959 may induce malaise, which in turn may limit reinforcement as well as food ingestion...
January 1, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051727/syvn1-an-erad-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-is-involved-in-gabaa%C3%AE-1-degradation-associated-with-methamphetamine-induced-conditioned-place-preference
#11
Dong-Liang Jiao, Yan Chen, Yao Liu, Yun-Yue Ju, Jian-Dong Long, Jiang Du, Chang-Xi Yu, Yu-Jun Wang, Min Zhao, Jing-Gen Liu
Abuse of methamphetamine (METH), a powerful addictive amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), is becoming a global public health problem. The gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic system plays a critical role in METH use disorders. By using rat METH conditioned place preference (CPP) model, we previously demonstrated that METH-associated rewarding memory formation was associated with the reduction of GABAAα1 expression in the dorsal straitum (Dstr), however, the underlying mechanism was unclear. In the present study, we found that METH-induced CPP formation was accompanied by a significant increase in the expression of Synovial apoptosis inhibitor 1 (SYVN1), an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated degradation (ERAD) E3 ubiquitin ligase, in the Dstr...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048188/effects-of-environmental-enrichment-on-d-amphetamine-self-administration-following-nicotine-exposure
#12
Dustin J Stairs, Sarah E Ewin, Megan M Kangiser, Markus N Pfaff
Adolescent nicotine exposure has been shown to lead to further psychostimulant use in adulthood. Previous preclinical research in rats has shown that environmental enrichment may protect against drug abuse vulnerability. The current study was designed to examine whether environmental enrichment can block the ability of adolescent nicotine exposure to increase d-amphetamine self-administration in adulthood. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were raised in either enriched conditions (ECs) or isolated conditions (ICs) and then injected with saline or nicotine (0...
October 2017: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030166/mdpv-and-%C3%AE-pvp-use-in-humans-the-twisted-sisters
#13
REVIEW
Laurent Karila, Geneviève Lafaye, Amandine Scocard, Olivier Cottencin, Amine Benyamina
The new psychoactive substances phenomenon continues to represent a considerable public health challenge. Synthetic cathinones are β-keto amphetamine analogues, also known as legal highs, research chemicals, bath salts. These drugs have surfaced as a popular alternative to other illicit drugs of abuse, such as cocaine, MDMA, and methamphetamine, due to their potent psychostimulant and empathogenic effects. Pyrovalerone cathinones (a-pyrrolidinophenones) form a distinct group of designer cathinones, such as MDPV...
October 10, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992662/sample-preparation-method-for-the-combined-extraction-of-ethyl-glucuronide-and-drugs-of-abuse-in-hair
#14
Ulf Christian Juhl Meier, Thomas Briellmann, Eva Scheurer, Franz Dussy
In hair analysis often little hair sample is available while the analysis of a multitude of structurally diverse substances with different concentration ranges is demanded. Often, the analysis of the different substances requires different sample preparation methods, increasing the amount of required hair sample. When segmental hair analysis is necessary, the amount of needed hair sample is further increased. Therefore, the required sample amount for a full analysis can quickly exceed the available hair sample...
October 9, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988906/fluorinated-phenmetrazine-legal-highs-act-as-substrates-for-high-affinity-monoamine-transporters-of-the-slc6-family
#15
Felix P Mayer, Nadine V Burchardt, Ann M Decker, John S Partilla, Yang Li, Gavin McLaughlin, Pierce V Kavanagh, Walter Sandtner, Bruce E Blough, Simon D Brandt, Michael H Baumann, Harald H Sitte
A variety of new psychoactive substances (NPS) are appearing in recreational drug markets worldwide. NPS are compounds that target various receptors and transporters in the central nervous system to achieve their psychoactive effects. Chemical modifications of existing drugs can generate NPS that are not controlled by current legislation, thereby providing legal alternatives to controlled substances such as cocaine or amphetamine. Recently, 3-fluorophenmetrazine (3-FPM), a derivative of the anorectic compound phenmetrazine, appeared on the recreational drug market and adverse clinical effects have been reported...
October 6, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987169/neurotoxicology-and-drug-related-disorders
#16
Serge Weis, Andreas Büttner
Neuropsychiatric disorders caused by toxic substances pose a great diagnostic challenge due to the large variety of changes caused in the central and peripheral nervous system. The pathogenetic mechanisms at work are multifaceted and partly not solved. In human drug abusers (cannabis, opiates, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamine and "designer drugs"), a broad spectrum of central nervous system alterations are observed including infarction, intracerebral and subarachnoidal hemorrhage, hypoxic-ischemic leukoencephalopathy, infections, neuronal loss, specific astroglial and microglial reaction patterns, and vascular changes, including the endothelial cell as well as the basal lamina...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985334/simultaneous-quantitation-of-methamphetamine-ketamine-opiates-and-their-metabolites-in-urine-by-spe-and-lc-ms-ms
#17
Chu-An Yang, Hsiu-Chuan Liu, Dong-Liang Lin, Ray H Liu, You-Zung Hsieh, Shu-Pao Wu
Heroin, methamphetamine and ketamine have been the most commonly abused drugs in Taiwan. The presence of these drugs and their metabolites in postmortem specimens has been routinely monitored in our laboratory mostly by gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric methods. This study aimed to evaluate a more effective approach to simultaneously quantify these analytes (i.e., amphetamine, methamphetamine, 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), morphine, codeine, 6-acetylmorphine, 6-acetylcodeine, ketamine and norketamine) in postmortem urine and blood specimens by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS)...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958905/-uro-and-nephrotoxic-effects-of-drugs-of-abuse-literature-review-and-pharmaco-epidemiological-survey-in-france-and-in-the-marseille-area
#18
Marion Gully, Élisabeth Frauger, Michel Spadari, Liselotte Pochard, Vanessa Pauly, Fanny Romain, Bertrand Gondouin, Marion Sallée, Julie Moussi-Frances, Stéphane Burtey, Bertrand Dussol, Laurent Daniel, Joëlle Micallef, Noémie Jourde-Chiche
A great diversification of drugs of abuse has been observed in recent years, both in the populations using them and in the types of drugs. Although dependency and psychiatric disorders associated with the abuse of these substances is well known, somatic complications, uro-nephrotoxicity in particular, are less recognized. We propose here an overview of the products used by drugs abusers in France, through the analysis of the national pharmaco-epidemiological study Observation des produits psychotropes illicites ou détournés de leur utilisation médicamenteuse (OPPIDUM)...
September 25, 2017: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950240/prevalence-and-motivations-for-kratom-use-in-a-sample-of-substance-users-enrolled-in-a-residential-treatment-program
#19
Kirsten Elin Smith, Thomas Lawson
BACKGROUND: Kratom use in the West has increased recently, yet the prevalence and motives for use among individuals with a history of substance use disorder (SUD) have not been fully examined. Kratom has been documented as a means of treating chronic pain, mitigating drug dependence, and easing withdrawal symptoms, yet it is unclear if substance users are utilizing kratom as a self-medication. Abuse liability, side effects, and overall appeal of kratom remain uncertain. METHODS: In April 2017, an anonymous survey regarding kratom use and motivations was completed by clients enrolled in a 12-Step-oriented residential program...
September 20, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936175/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-lisdexamfetamine-compared-with-d-amphetamine-in-healthy-subjects
#20
Patrick C Dolder, Petra Strajhar, Patrick Vizeli, Felix Hammann, Alex Odermatt, Matthias E Liechti
Rationale: Lisdexamfetamine is a prodrug of D-amphetamine used for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Lisdexamfetamine is thought to have a prolonged pharmacokinetic profile compared with oral D-amphetamine, possibly associated with lower drug liking and a lower risk of oral misuse. However, differences in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of lisdexamfetamine and D-amphetamine have not been directly compared. Methods: Equimolar doses of D-amphetamine (40 mg) and lisdexamfetamine (100 mg), and placebo were administered in 24 healthy subjects in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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