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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303900/associations-between-behavioral-and-neural-correlates-of-inhibitory-control-and-amphetamine-reward-sensitivity
#1
Jessica Weafer, Stephanie M Gorka, Donald Hedeker, Mario Dzemidzic, David A Kareken, K Luan Phan, Harriet de Wit
Poor inhibitory control and sensitivity to drug reward are two significant risk factors for drug abuse. Although the two have been largely viewed as separate and independent risk factors, there is new evidence to suggest that they may be related at both the behavioral and neural level. This study examined associations between behavioral and neural correlates of inhibitory control and sensitivity to the subjective rewarding effects of amphetamine in humans. Healthy volunteers (n=63) first completed the stop signal task, a behavioral measure of inhibitory control...
March 17, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297025/association-of-stimulant-use-with-dopaminergic-alterations-in-users-of-cocaine-amphetamine-or-methamphetamine-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#2
Abhishekh H Ashok, Yuya Mizuno, Nora D Volkow, Oliver D Howes
Importance: Stimulant use disorder is common, affecting between 0.3% and 1.1% of the population, and costs more than $85 billion per year globally. There are no licensed treatments to date. Several lines of evidence implicate the dopamine system in the pathogenesis of substance use disorder. Therefore, understanding the nature of dopamine dysfunction seen in stimulant users has the potential to aid the development of new therapeutics. Objective: To comprehensively review the in vivo imaging evidence for dopaminergic alterations in stimulant (cocaine, amphetamine, or methamphetamine) abuse or dependence...
March 15, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286854/recurrent-syncope-following-substance-abuse-a-case-report
#3
Forod Salehi, Mohammad Mehdi Hassanzadeh Taheri, HamidReza Riasi, Omid Mehrpour
Drug abuse is considered as the most common poisoning in the world. Stimulants agent especially amphetamines and methamphetamines are among important abused substances. Different types of neurologic, psychiatric, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and cardiogenic complications have been reported to be related to methamphetamine consumption. Some of these substances could cause dysrhythmias which is the most prevalent etiology of cardiogenic syncope. Ecstasy, as one of the most commonly abused drugs, is known as a cause of cardiac dysrhythmias...
2017: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285123/preclinical-predictors-that-the-orthosteric-mglu2-3-receptor-antagonist-ly3020371-will-not-engender-ketamine-associated-neurotoxic-motor-cognitive-subjective-or-abuse-liability-related-effects
#4
J M Witkin, J A Monn, J Li, B Johnson, D L McKinzie, X-S Wang, B A Heinz, R Li, P L Ornstein, S C Smith, C H Mitch, D O Calligaro, S Swanson, D Allen, K Phillips, G Gilmour
The novel mGlu2/3 receptor antagonist, LY3020371 has been shown to produce antidepressant-like effects comparable to that of the clinically-effective antidepressant ketamine. In the present study, we investigated whether LY3020371 would be predicted to be free of the side-effects and safety pharmacology issues associated with ketamine. In contrast to ketamine, LY3020371 produced small increases in locomotion and did not impair motor performance on an inverted. Ketamine, but not LY3020371, increased dopamine efflux in the nucleus accumbens of rats...
March 8, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243315/acceleration-of-cardiovascular-biological-age-by-amphetamine-exposure-is-a-power-function-of-chronological-age
#5
Albert Stuart Reece, Amanda Norman, Gary Kenneth Hulse
BACKGROUND: Amphetamine abuse is becoming more widespread internationally. The possibility that its many cardiovascular complications are associated with a prematurely aged cardiovascular system, and indeed biological organism systemically, has not been addressed. METHODS: Radial arterial pulse tonometry was performed using the SphygmoCor system (Sydney). 55 amphetamine exposed patients were compared with 107 tobacco smokers, 483 non-smokers and 68 methadone patients (total=713 patients) from 2006 to 2011...
2017: Heart Asia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243192/the-sodium-channel-%C3%AE-4-auxiliary-subunit-selectively-controls-long-term-depression-in-core-nucleus-accumbens-medium-spiny-neurons
#6
Xincai Ji, Sucharita Saha, Guangping Gao, Amy W Lasek, Gregg E Homanics, Melissa Guildford, Andrew R Tapper, Gilles E Martin
Voltage-gated sodium channels are essential for generating the initial rapid depolarization of neuronal membrane potential during action potentials (APs) that enable cell-to-cell communication, the propagation of signals throughout the brain, and the induction of synaptic plasticity. Although all brain neurons express one or several variants coding for the core pore-forming sodium channel α subunit, the expression of the β (β1-4) auxiliary subunits varies greatly. Of particular interest is the β4 subunit, encoded by the Scn4b gene, that is highly expressed in dorsal and ventral (i...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243163/drug-abuse-and-psychosis-new-insights-into-drug-induced-psychosis
#7
REVIEW
Suji Ham, Tae Kyoo Kim, Sooyoung Chung, Heh-In Im
Addictive drug use or prescribed medicine abuse can cause psychosis. Some representative symptoms frequently elicited by patients with psychosis are hallucination, anhedonia, and disrupted executive functions. These psychoses are categorized into three classifications of symptoms: positive, negative, and cognitive. The symptoms of DIP are not different from the symptoms of schizophrenia, and it is difficult to distinguish between them. Due to this ambiguity of distinction between the DIP and schizophrenia, the DIP animal model has been frequently used as the schizophrenia animal model...
February 2017: Experimental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240418/analysis-of-drugs-of-abuse-in-cerumen-correlation-of-postmortem-analysis-results-with-those-for-blood-urine-and-hair
#8
Sylvia I Meier, Sarah C Koelzer, Manfred Schubert-Zsilavecz, Stefan W Toennes
The evaluation of drug and alcohol abuse is a major subject of forensic toxicology. Assessment of drug abstinence currently requires the analysis of urine or hair. In the present study cerumen, a mixture of sebum and sweat, was tested as an alternative. Postmortem samples (blood, urine, hair and cerumen from 38 corpses) were analyzed using liquid chromatography and gas chromatography, each coupled to mass spectrometry (LC-MS, GC-MS). The results were compared. In all cases of recent drug use (i.e. detection of opiates, amphetamine and derivatives, cocaine, methadone and diazepam or their metabolites in blood) the corresponding cerumen was positive...
February 27, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238428/sensitive-screening-of-abused-drugs-in-dried-blood-samples-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-ion-booster-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
#9
Divyabharathi Chepyala, I-Lin Tsai, Hsiao-Wei Liao, Guan-Yuan Chen, Hsi-Chun Chao, Ching-Hua Kuo
An increased rate of drug abuse is a major social problem worldwide. The dried blood spot (DBS) sampling technique offers many advantages over using urine or whole blood sampling techniques. This study developed a simple and efficient ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-ion booster-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC-IB-QTOF-MS) method for the analysis of abused drugs and their metabolites using DBS. Fifty-seven compounds covering the most commonly abused drugs, including amphetamines, opioids, cocaine, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and many other new and emerging abused drugs, were selected as the target analytes of this study...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212679/histopathological-study-of-cardiac-lesions-in-methamphetamine-poisoning-related-deaths
#10
Maryam Akhgari, Homeira Mobaraki, Afshar Etemadi-Aleagha
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine abuse is a worldwide health concern. Methamphetamine causes health hazards in many vital organs. It can cause damage to cardiac tissue via catecholamines release. Methamphetamine related deaths are becoming one of the most important problems in Iran. The purpose of the present study was to determine cardiac pathology in methamphetamine poisoning-related deaths. METHODS: The study included 100 cases of methamphetamine poisoning-related deaths and 100 cases as control group...
February 17, 2017: Daru: Journal of Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163218/atypical-dopamine-efflux-caused-by-3-4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone-mdpv-via-the-human-dopamine-transporter
#11
Aparna Shekar, Jenny I Aguilar, Greta Galli, Nicholas V Cozzi, Simon D Brandt, Arnold E Ruoho, Michael H Baumann, Heinrich J G Matthies, Aurelio Galli
Synthetic cathinones are similar in chemical structure to amphetamines, and their behavioral effects are associated with enhanced dopaminergic signaling. The past ten years of research on the common constituent of bath salts, MDPV (the synthetic cathinone 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone), has aided the understanding of how synthetic cathinones act at the dopamine (DA) transporter (DAT). Several groups have described the ability of MDPV to block the DAT with high-affinity. In this study, we demonstrate for the first time a new mode of action of MDPV, namely its ability to promote DAT-mediated DA efflux...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144880/use-of-stimulants-in-bipolar-disorder
#12
REVIEW
Giulio Perugi, Giulia Vannucchi, Fulvio Bedani, Ettore Favaretto
Several international guidelines indicate stimulants, including methylphenidate (MPH), amphetamines and derivatives, modafinil, and armodafinil among the second-third-line choices for bipolar depression. Efficacy of stimulants has been also reported for the management of residual depressive symptoms such as fatigue and sleepiness and for the management of affective, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms in children and adult bipolar patients with comorbid ADHD. Few case reports show positive results with MPH in the treatment of resistant mania...
January 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139893/chemometrics-assisted-chromatographic-fingerprinting-an-illicit-methamphetamine-case-study
#13
Nafiseh Shekari, Maryam Vosough, Kourosh Tabar Heidar
The volatile chemical constituents in complex mixtures can be analyzed using gas chromatography with mass spectrometry. This analysis allows the tentative identification of diverse impurities of an illicit methamphetamine sample. The acquired two-dimensional data of liquid-liquid extraction was resolved by multivariate curve resolution alternating curve resolution to elucidate the embedded peaks effectively. This is the first report on the application of a curve resolution approach for chromatogram fingerprinting to identify particularly the embedded impurities of a drug of abuse...
March 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138562/amphetamines-promote-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-dna-damage-in-pulmonary-hypertension
#14
Pin-I Chen, Aiqin Cao, Kazuya Miyagawa, Nancy F Tojais, Jan K Hennigs, Caiyun G Li, Nathaly M Sweeney, Audrey S Inglis, Lingli Wang, Dan Li, Matthew Ye, Brian J Feldman, Marlene Rabinovitch
Amphetamine (AMPH) or methamphetamine (METH) abuse can cause oxidative damage and is a risk factor for diseases including pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Pulmonary artery endothelial cells (PAECs) from AMPH-associated-PAH patients show DNA damage as judged by γH2AX foci and DNA comet tails. We therefore hypothesized that AMPH induces DNA damage and vascular pathology by interfering with normal adaptation to an environmental perturbation causing oxidative stress. Consistent with this, we found that AMPH alone does not cause DNA damage in normoxic PAECs, but greatly amplifies DNA damage in hypoxic PAECs...
January 26, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129435/presence-of-alcohol-cocaine-and-other-drugs-in-suicide-and-motor-vehicle-crash-decedents-ages-18-to-54
#15
Kenneth R Conner, Sarah Lathrop, Raul Caetano, Timothy Wiegand, Kimberly Kaukeinen, Kurt B Nolte
BACKGROUND: Use of alcohol and select other drugs confer risk for injury deaths, yet how such use compares in different types of injury deaths including suicide and fatal motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) is unclear. METHODS: Individuals in New Mexico ages 18 to 54 that died in 2012 by suicide or MVC were analyzed. Toxicology results were used to code the presence of alcohol and the presence of 1 or more drugs including cocaine, opiate (oxycodone, heroin, etc.), or amphetamine or methamphetamine, yielding a 4-category variable: Alcohol + Drug, Alcohol (without drug), Drug (without alcohol), and Neither (ref)...
January 27, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115274/toxicity-of-the-amphetamine-metabolites-4-hydroxyamphetamine-and-4-hydroxynorephedrine-in-human-dopaminergic-differentiated-sh-sy5y-cells
#16
R Feio-Azevedo, V M Costa, L M Ferreira, P S Branco, F C Pereira, M L Bastos, F Carvalho, J P Capela
Amphetamine (AMPH) is a psychostimulant used worldwide by millions of patients in the clinical treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy or even obesity, and is also a drug of abuse. 4-Hydroxynorephedrine (4-OHNE) and 4-hydroxyamphetamine (4-OHAMPH) are two major metabolites known to persist in the brain longer than AMPH. The contribution of AMPH metabolites for its neurotoxicity is undetermined. We evaluated the toxicity of AMPH and its metabolites 4-OHNE and 4-OHAMPH, obtained by chemical synthesis, in human dopaminergic differentiated SH-SY5Y neurons...
March 5, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112696/socio-demographic-and-clinical-profile-of-substance-abuse-patients-admitted-to-an-emergency-department-in-ankara-turkey
#17
Sema Avci, Ridvan Sarikaya, Nezih Kavak, Fatma Nihal Özmen, Macit Aydin, Engin Deniz Arslan, Fatih Büyükcam
BACKGROUND: Illicit drug abuse is an important health problem around the world. Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug, followed by amphetamines, opioids, and cocaine. In this study, we searched the socio-demographic features of drug abusers admitted to an emergency department. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was performed in the emergency department of an education and training hospital in Ankara, Turkey. The socio-demographic features, substances commonly consumed, and the reason for the patients' presentation were recorded...
January 16, 2017: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112453/food-restriction-induces-synaptic-incorporation-of-calcium-permeable-ampa-receptors-in-nucleus-accumbens
#18
Jiangyong Ouyang, Ioana Carcea, Jennifer K Schiavo, Kymry T Jones, Ariana Rabinowitsch, Rhonda Kolaric, Soledad Cabeza de Vaca, Robert C Froemke, Kenneth D Carr
Chronic food restriction potentiates behavioral and cellular responses to drugs of abuse and D-1 dopamine receptor agonists administered systemically or locally in the nucleus accumbens (NAc). However, the alterations in NAc synaptic transmission underlying these effects are incompletely understood. AMPA receptor trafficking is a major mechanism for regulating synaptic strength, and previous studies have shown that both sucrose and d-amphetamine rapidly alter the abundance of AMPA receptor subunits in the NAc postsynaptic density (PSD) in a manner that differs between food-restricted and ad libitum fed rats...
March 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096495/memory-disrupting-effects-of-nonmuscle-myosin-ii-inhibition-depend-on-the-class-of-abused-drug-and-brain-region
#19
Sherri B Briggs, Ashley M Blouin, Erica J Young, Gavin Rumbaugh, Courtney A Miller
Depolymerizing actin in the amygdala through nonmuscle myosin II inhibition (NMIIi) produces a selective, lasting, and retrieval-independent disruption of the storage of methamphetamine-associated memories. Here we report a similar disruption of memories associated with amphetamine, but not cocaine or morphine, by NMIIi. Reconsolidation appeared to be disrupted with cocaine. Unlike in the amygdala, methamphetamine-associated memory storage was not disrupted by NMIIi in the hippocampus, nucleus accumbens, or orbitofrontal cortex...
February 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067045/neurotoxicity-of-%C3%AE-keto-amphetamines-deathly-mechanisms-elicited-by-methylone-and-mdpv-in-human-dopaminergic-sh-sy5y-cells
#20
Maria João Valente, Maria de Lourdes Bastos, Eduarda Fernandes, Félix Carvalho, Paula Guedes de Pinho, Márcia Carvalho
Synthetic cathinones (β-keto amphetamines) act as potent CNS stimulants similarly to classical amphetamines, which raise concerns about their potential neurotoxic effects. The present in vitro study aimed to explore and compare the mechanisms underlying the neurotoxicity of two commonly abused cathinone derivatives, 3,4-methylenedioxymethcathinone (methylone) and 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), with those of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), using undifferentiated and differentiated SH-SY5Y cells...
January 26, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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