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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338958/molecular-cloning-and-characterization-of-antimicrobial-peptides-from-skin-of-hylarana-guentheri
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Zhu Dong, Wenjie Luo, Hengren Zhong, Manchuriga Wang, Yanting Song, Shiming Deng, Yingxia Zhang
The cDNAs encoding antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in the skin of Hylarana guentheri were identified, namely temporin (five peptides, termed temporin-GHa-GHd and temporin-GUa), brevinin-1 (one peptide, brevinin-1GUb), and brevinin-2 (eight peptides, brevinin-2GHd-2GHj, and brevinin-2GHb). Eleven of the 14 peptides have novel primary structures. Synthesized temporin GHa-GHd have broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities against Gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis), Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Vibrio alginolyticus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa), as well as fungus (Candida albicans)...
March 18, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300620/catabolism-of-gaba-succinic-semialdehyde-or-gamma-hydroxybutyrate-through-the-gaba-shunt-impair-mitochondrial-substrate-level-phosphorylation
#2
Dora Ravasz, Gergely Kacso, Viktoria Fodor, Kata Horvath, Vera Adam-Vizi, Christos Chinopoulos
GABA is catabolized in the mitochondrial matrix through the GABA shunt, encompassing transamination to succinic semialdehyde followed by oxidation to succinate by the concerted actions of GABA transaminase (GABA-T) and succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase (SSADH), respectively. Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a neurotransmitter and a psychoactive drug that could enter the citric acid cycle through transhydrogenation with α-ketoglutarate to succinic semialdehyde and d-hydroxyglutarate, a reaction catalyzed by hydroxyacid-oxoacid transhydrogenase (HOT)...
March 11, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288338/ghb-involved-crimes-among-intoxicated-patients
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Máté Kapitány-Fövény, Gábor Zacher, János Posta, Zsolt Demetrovics
INTRODUCTION: In recent years, the involvement of GHB in drug facilitated sexual assaults has been one of the most frequently studied aspects of GHB in both clinical and non-clinical settings. GHB-involved acquisitory crimes, however, can be mentioned as understudied research topics, as well as the poisoning severity properties of GHB. MEASURES: The medical reports of Péterfy Sándor Street Hospital Clinic and Casualty Centre's 408 GHB-intoxication cases (352 patients) were reviewed and registered...
March 10, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284776/neural-underpinnings-of-prosexual-effects-induced-by-gamma-hydroxybutyrate-in-healthy-male-humans
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Oliver G Bosch, Michael M Havranek, Andrea Baumberger, Katrin H Preller, Robin von Rotz, Marcus Herdener, Rainer Kraehenmann, Philipp Staempfli, Milan Scheidegger, Tim Klucken, Erich Seifritz, Boris B Quednow
Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a GHB-/GABAB-receptor agonist currently used as treatment for narcolepsy but also as a drug of abuse. Non-medical GHB users have repeatedly reported prosexual effects including libido-enhancement and lowering of attractiveness standards for partner selection. Here, we examined the putative prosexual effects of oral GHB in healthy males in two experiments both employing randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, balanced, and cross-over study designs. In experiment I, subjective effects of 20 and 35mg/kg GHB vs...
March 8, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249788/the-mrna-expression-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-igf1-is-decreased-in-the-rat-frontal-cortex-following-gamma-hydroxybutyrate-ghb-administration
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Erika Brolin, Jenny Johansson, Sofia Zelleroth, Shanti Diwakarla, Fred Nyberg, Alfhild Grönbladh, Mathias Hallberg
In recent years, growth hormone (GH), together with its secondary mediators insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and insulin-like growth factor-2 (IGF-2), have been highlighted for their beneficial effects in the central nervous system (CNS), in particular as cognitive enhancers. Cognitive processes, such as learning and memory, are known to be impaired in individuals suffering from substance abuse. In the present study, we investigated the effect of gamma-hydroxybuturate (GHB), an illicit drug used for its sedating and euphoric properties, on genes associated with the somatotrophic axis in regions of the brain important for cognitive function...
February 27, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213850/gamma-hydroxybutyrate-ghb-content-in-hair-samples-correlates-negatively-with-age-in-succinic-semialdehyde-dehydrogenase-deficiency
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S S Johansen, X Wang, D Sejer Pedersen, P L Pearl, J-B Roullet, G R Ainslie, K R Vogel, K M Gibson
Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a drug of abuse, an approved therapeutic for narcolepsy, an agent employed for facilitation of sexual assault, as well as a biomarker of succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency (SSADHD). Our laboratory seeks to identify surrogate biomarkers in SSADHD that can shed light on the developmental course of this neurometabolic disease. Since GHB may be quantified in hair as a potential surrogate to identify victims of drug-related assault, we have opted to examine its level in SSADHD...
February 18, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186869/sedative-hypnotic-drug-withdrawal-syndrome-recognition-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Cynthia Santos, Ruben E Olmedo
Sedative-hypnotic drugs include gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic agents such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates, gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid [GHB], gamma-Butyrolactone [GBL], baclofen, and ethanol. Chronic use of these substances can cause tolerance, and abrupt cessation or a reduction in the quantity of the drug can precipitate a life-threatening withdrawal syndrome. Benzodiazepines, phenobarbital, propofol, and other GABA agonists or analogues can effectively control symptoms of withdrawal from GABAergic agents...
March 2017: Emergency Medicine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139340/ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-determination-of-ghb-ghb-glucuronide-in-plasma-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-narcoleptic-patients-under-sodium-oxybate-treatment
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Roberta Tittarelli, Simona Pichini, Daniel S Pedersen, Roberta Pacifici, Monica Moresco, Fabio Pizza, Francesco Paolo Busardò, Giuseppe Plazzi
Sodium oxybate (Xyrem(®)), the sodium salt of γ- hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), is a first-line treatment of the symptoms induced by type 1 narcolepsy (NT1) and it is highly effective in improving sleep architecture, decreasing excessive daytime sleepiness and the frequency of cataplexy attacks. Using an ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) validated method, GHB was determined together with its glucuronide (GHB-gluc), in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples of NT1 patients under sodium oxybate treatment...
January 25, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125446/inpatient-gamma-hydroxybutyrate-detoxification-a-case-report-describing-day-to-day-therapeutic-management
#9
Louis von Theobald, Morgane Rousselet, Jennyfer Cholet, Hélène Debar, David Boels, Caroline Victorri-Vigneau, Marie Grall-Bronnec
BACKGROUND: Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a synthetic drug increasingly used by consumers of psychoactive substances. The sought after psychoactive effects of GHB have resulted in an increase in recreational use in Europe. GHB is considered to have a high dependence potential, and abrupt discontinuation after long-term use can result in a severe withdrawal syndrome. Despite a large number of publications related to GHB withdrawal and detoxification, to date, no evidence-based protocol or consensual international therapeutic guidelines are available (over and above the administration of benzodiazepines)...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119166/in-vitro-toxicological-evaluation-of-ncs-382-a-high-affinity-antagonist-of-%C3%AE-hydroxybutyrate-ghb-binding
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K R Vogel, G R Ainslie, J-B Roullet, A McConnell, K M Gibson
γ-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), a minor metabolite of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, can accumulate to significant concentrations in the heritable disorder of GABA degradation, succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase (SSADH) deficiency (SSADHD). Moreover, GHB may be employed in therapeutic settings (treatment of narcolepsy), as well as instances of illicit activity, including acquaintance sexual assault and the induction of euphoria. High-affinity binding sites for GHB in the brain have been identified, although the absolute identity of these receptors remains unclear...
January 22, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111035/postmortem-concentrations-of-gamma-hydroxybutyrate-ghb-in-peripheral-blood-and-brain-tissue-differentiating-between-postmortem-formation-and-antemortem-intake
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Ragnar Thomsen, Brian Schou Rasmussen, Sys Stybe Johansen, Kristian Linnet
Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a recreational drug, a drug of abuse, as well as an endogenous molecule in mammals. The drug has become infamous as a tool for drug-facilitated sexual assault. GHB is found in low concentrations in living humans, while at postmortem the concentration of GHB rises due to fermentation processes. The endogenous nature of GHB leads to difficulty in interpretation of concentrations, as the source of GHB is not obvious. Postmortem brain and blood samples were collected from 221 individuals at autopsy...
January 5, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110168/ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-uhplc-ms-ms-for-determination-of-ghb-precursors-and-metabolites-in-different-specimens-application-to-clinical-and-forensic-cases
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Francesco Paolo Busardò, Chrystalla Kyriakou, Emilia Marchei, Roberta Pacifici, Daniel Sejer Pedersen, Simona Pichini
Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) acts as a precursor and metabolite of the inhibitory central nervous system (CNS) neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Sodium salt of GHB has been used as a medication for narcolepsy and alcohol withdrawal. Moreover, GHB and its precursor gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), are illegal recreational drugs of abuse. A procedure based on ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry has been developed and validated in plasma, urine, cerebrospinal fluid and hair for acute and chronic exposure to GHB and in seized preparations coming from black market...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107969/a-new-paper-based-analytical-device-for-detection-of-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency
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Phuritat Kaewarsa, Wanida Laiwattanapaisal, Attakorn Palasuwan, Duangdao Palasuwan
Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is a genetic haemolytic disorder. Most persons with G6PD deficiency are asymptomatic, but exposure to oxidant drugs, such as the anti-malarial drug primaquine, may induce haemolysis, which is commonly found in Asian countries. A reliable test is necessary for diagnosing the deficiency to prevent an acute haemolytic crisis. This study proposes a novel quantitative method to detect G6PD deficiency using paper-based analytical devices (G6PDD-PAD). Wax printing was utilized for fabricating circular reaction zone patterns in paper...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098924/-hypernatremia-caused-by-treatment-with-ghb-obtained-via-a-doctor-s-prescription
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I M Rood, C G W Seijger, J A van Waarde, M M R de Maat, J C Verhave, M J Blans
In the last few years, gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) has been used increasingly as a party drug; this has led to a marked increase in the number of requests for professional help with the treatment of GHB addiction. Pharmaceutical GHB (sodium oxybate, the sodium-salt of GHB), registered for cataplexia in narcolepsy patients, is used off-label to treat the withdrawal symptoms associated with GHB addiction. Pharmaceutical GHB has a high sodium load. In this report we present the cases of two patients who developed symptomatic hypernatremia following treatment with pharmaceutical GHB and who thereafter needed intensive care for the severe withdrawal symptoms that they experienced...
2017: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095676/radiosynthesis-and-evaluation-of-11-c-3-hydroxycyclopent-1-enecarboxylic-acid-as-potential-pet-ligand-for-the-high-affinity-%C3%AE-hydroxybutyric-acid-binding-sites
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Claus H Jensen, Hanne D Hansen, Tina Bay, Stine B Vogensen, Szabolcs Lehel, Louise Thiesen, Christoffer Bundgaard, Rasmus P Clausen, Gitte M Knudsen, Matthias M Herth, Petrine Wellendorph, Bente Frølund
γ-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) is an endogenous neuroactive substance and proposed neurotransmitter with affinity for both low- and high-affinity binding sites. A radioligand with high and specific affinity toward the high-affinity GHB binding site would be a unique tool toward a more complete understanding of this population of binding sites. With its high specific affinity and monocarboxylate transporter (MCT1) mediated transport across the blood-brain barrier in pharmacological doses, 3-hydroxycyclopent-1-enecarboxylic acid (HOCPCA) seems like a suitable PET radiotracer candidate...
January 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065555/stability-of-endogenous-ghb-in-vitreous-humor-vs-peripheral-blood-in-dead-bodies
#16
Francesco Paolo Busardò, Giulio Mannocchi, Raffaele Giorgetti, Manuela Pellegrini, Giovanni Baglio, Simona Zaami, Enrico Marinelli, Simona Pichini
For the first time, the stability of GHB was tested in post-mortem peripheral blood and vitreous humor samples, collected from 22 dead bodies at two different times: at the external body examination at the place of death and then during autopsy. An ad hoc method for the detection and quantification of GHB in vitreous humor by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was developed and validated, with a good linearity between 0.1 and 50μg/mL (r(2)=0.991) and a precision and accuracy always better than 10% and an analytical recovery higher than 90%...
December 26, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032215/a-driver-role-for-gaba-metabolism-in-controlling-stem-and-proliferative-cell-state-through-ghb-production-in-glioma
#17
Elias A El-Habr, Luiz G Dubois, Fanny Burel-Vandenbos, Alexandra Bogeas, Joanna Lipecka, Laurent Turchi, François-Xavier Lejeune, Paulo Lucas Cerqueira Coehlo, Tomohiro Yamaki, Bryan M Wittmann, Mohamed Fareh, Emna Mahfoudhi, Maxime Janin, Ashwin Narayanan, Ghislaine Morvan-Dubois, Charlotte Schmitt, Maité Verreault, Lisa Oliver, Ariane Sharif, Johan Pallud, Bertrand Devaux, Stéphanie Puget, Penelope Korkolopoulou, Pascale Varlet, Chris Ottolenghi, Isabelle Plo, Vivaldo Moura-Neto, Thierry Virolle, Hervé Chneiweiss, Marie-Pierre Junier
Cell populations with differing proliferative, stem-like and tumorigenic states co-exist in most tumors and especially malignant gliomas. Whether metabolic variations can drive this heterogeneity by controlling dynamic changes in cell states is unknown. Metabolite profiling of human adult glioblastoma stem-like cells upon loss of their tumorigenicity revealed a switch in the catabolism of the GABA neurotransmitter toward enhanced production and secretion of its by-product GHB (4-hydroxybutyrate). This switch was driven by succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase (SSADH) downregulation...
April 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018340/analysis-of-the-interaction-between-globular-head-modules-of-human-c1q-and-its-candidate-receptor-gc1qr
#18
Lina Pednekar, Ansar A Pathan, Basudev Paudyal, Anthony G Tsolaki, Anuvinder Kaur, Suhair M Abozaid, Lubna Kouser, Haseeb A Khan, Ellinor I Peerschke, Mohamed H Shamji, Gudrun Stenbeck, Berhane Ghebrehiwet, Uday Kishore
The heterotrimeric globular head (gC1q) domain of human C1q is made up of the C-terminal ends of the three individual chains, ghA, ghB, and ghC. A candidate receptor for the gC1q domain is a multi-functional pattern recognition protein, gC1qR. Since understanding of gC1qR and gC1q interaction could provide an insight into the pleiotropic functions of gC1qR, this study was undertaken to identify the gC1qR-binding site on the gC1q domain, using the recombinant ghA, ghB, and ghC modules and their substitution mutants...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004314/pharmacological-treatment-in-%C3%AE-hydroxybutyrate-ghb-and-%C3%AE-butyrolactone-gbl-dependence-detoxification-and-relapse-prevention
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REVIEW
Rama M Kamal, Martijn S van Noorden, Wim Wannet, Harmen Beurmanjer, Boukje A G Dijkstra, Arnt Schellekens
The misuse of γ-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) for recreational purposes has resulted in an increase in GHB-related problems such as intoxications, dependence and withdrawal in several countries in Europe, Australia and the US over the last decade. However, prevalence rates of misuse of GHB and its precursor, γ-butyrolactone (GBL), are still relatively low. In this qualitative review paper, after a short introduction on the pharmacology of GHB/GBL, followed by a summary of the epidemiology of GHB abuse, an overview of GHB dependence syndrome and GHB/GBL withdrawal syndrome is provided...
January 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936427/an-observed-rise-in-%C3%AE-hydroxybutyrate-associated-deaths-in-london-evidence-to-suggest-a-possible-link-with-concomitant-rise-in-chemsex
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Joanna Hockenhull, Kevin G Murphy, Sue Paterson
BACKGROUND: Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is the drug most linked to acute harm out of those used in chemsex, the incidence of which is reported to be increasing. However, there have been few systematic studies of the harms associated with GHB use. We investigated GHB-associated deaths from London coroners' jurisdictions between 2011 and 2015. METHODS: Blood and urine samples were collected by pathologists and submitted for toxicological analysis at the request of coroners...
January 2017: Forensic Science International
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