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Opioid Precursor

Timothy Y Mariano, Richard D Urman, Catherine A Hutchison, Robert N Jamison, Robert R Edwards
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a major source of physical and psychiatric morbidity and mortality, and the current overreliance on opioid analgesics has contributed to a burgeoning epidemic in the USA. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported treatment for CLBP, but little information exists regarding its potential efficacy for CLBP's precursor condition, subacute low back pain (sALBP), defined here as having a 7-12-week duration. Earlier intervention with CBT at the sALBP stage could produce larger clinical benefits...
February 23, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Mohammad Taghi Mansouri, Bahareh Naghizadeh, Behnam Ghorbanzadeh, Soheila Alboghobeish, Neda Amirgholami, Gholamreza Houshmand, Omar Cauli
Opioid-induced neuroinflammation and the nitric oxide (NO) signal-transduction pathway are involved in the development of opioid analgesic tolerance. The antidepressant venlafaxine (VLF) modulates NO in nervous tissues, and so we investigated its effect on induced tolerance to morphine, neuroinflammation, and oxidative stress in mice. Tolerance to the analgesic effects of morphine were induced by injecting mice with morphine (50 mg/kg) once a day for three consecutive days; the effect of co-administration of VLF (5 or 40 mg/kg) with morphine was similarly tested in a separate group...
February 14, 2018: Experimental Neurology
Chia-Chen Liu, Chiu-Ping Fang, Tung-Hsia Liu, Hsiang-Wei Kuo, Shu Chi Liu, Sheng-Chang Wang, Andrew C H Chen, Yu-Li Liu
APBB2, amyloid beta (A4) precursor protein-binding family B member 2, has been reported to be associated with opioid dependence. In this study, we reported the first time that the genetic variants in the APBB2 gene were associated with use of amphetamine in opioid dependent patients undergoing methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). 344 heroin-dependent patients undergoing MMT were recruited and assessed for use of amphetamine and opioids by urine toxicology, withdrawal severity, and side effects. DNAs were genome-widely genotyped for all patients...
January 9, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Vidya Chidambaran, Anurag Tewari, Mohamed Mahmoud
PURPOSE: Anesthetic management of obese pediatric patients is challenging. With increasing prevalence of childhood obesity, more severely obese children with comorbidities present for surgery every day. The purpose of this review is to provide an up-to-date comprehensive narrative review on the impact of pathophysiological changes imposed by pediatric obesity on the perioperative management of obese children, especially drug dosing. This knowledge is necessary to provide safe delivery of anesthesia for severely obese children...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Jia-Wei Min, Yanying Liu, David Wang, Fangfang Qiao, Hongmin Wang
Tan-67 is a selective non-peptidic δ-opioid receptor (DOR) agonist that confers neuroprotection against cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R)-caused neuronal injury in pre-treated animals. In this study, we examined whether post-ischemic administration of Tan-67 in stroke mice is also neuroprotective and whether the treatment affects expression, maturation and processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP). A focal cerebral I/R model in mice was induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion for 1 h and Tan-67 (1...
February 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
Alex J Krotulski, Donna M Papsun, Melissa Friscia, Jennifer L Swartz, Brian D Holsey, Barry K Logan
Novel psychoactive substances (NPS), and specifically novel opioids, continue to cause adverse events, including death, within drug-using populations. As the number of opioid-related overdoses continues to increase, laboratories have identified the emergence of new fentanyl analogues and other synthetic opioid-related drugs. Tetrahydrofuranylfentanyl (THFF) has been identified in Europe and the United States as an emerging novel opioid, causing death in at least 15 drug-using individuals to date. THFF is structurally similar to furanylfentanyl, a previously characterized novel opioid responsible for numerous adverse events, including death...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
Rafael Maldonado, Josep Eladi Baños, David Cabañero
Several lines of knockout mice deficient in the genes encoding each component of the endogenous opioid system have been used for decades to clarify the specific role of the different opioid receptors and peptide precursors in multiple physiopathological conditions. The use of these genetically modified mice has improved our knowledge of the specific involvement of each endogenous opioid component in nociceptive transmission during acute and chronic pain conditions. The present review summarizes the recent advances obtained using these genetic tools in understanding the role of the opioid system in the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying chronic pain...
November 10, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
Muzaffar Iqbal, Essam Ezzeldin, Khalid A Al-Rashood, Ramadan Al-Shdefat, Md Khalid Anwer
Eluxadoline is a novel μ- and κ-opioid receptor (OR) agonist and δ-OR antagonist, recently approved as a first line therapy for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Due to abuse potential, poor bioavailability and high intersubject variability, a sensitive and reliable assay is prerequisite for its determination in biological samples. This work first time report the development and validation of UPLC-MS/MS assay for determination of eluxadoline in rat plasma sample using risperidone as an internal standard (IS)...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Miles D Thompson, Takeshi Sakurai, Innocenzo Rainero, Mary C Maj, Jyrki P Kukkonen
Orexins/hypocretins are neuropeptides formed by proteolytic cleavage of a precursor peptide, which are produced by neurons found in the lateral hypothalamus. The G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) for these ligands, the OX₁ and OX₂ orexin receptors, are more widely expressed throughout the central nervous system. The orexin/hypocretin system has been implicated in many pathways, and its dysregulation is under investigation in a number of diseases. Disorders in which orexinergic mechanisms are being investigated include narcolepsy, idiopathic sleep disorders, cluster headache and migraine...
October 8, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
Zhigang Lu, Jin Xu, Mingming Xu, Grace C Rossi, Susruta Majumdar, Gavril W Pasternak, Ying-Xian Pan
BACKGROUND: Most clinical opioids act through μ-opioid receptors. They effectively relieve pain but are limited by side effects, such as constipation, respiratory depression, dependence, and addiction. Many efforts have been made toward developing potent analgesics that lack side effects. Three-iodobenzoyl-6β-naltrexamide (IBNtxA) is a novel class of opioid active against thermal, inflammatory, and neuropathic pain, without respiratory depression, physical dependence, and reward behavior...
October 4, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Sadegh Salarinasab, AliReza Nourazarian, Masoud Nikanfar, Nima Abdyazdani, Masoumeh Kazemi, Navid Feizy, Reza Rahbarghazi
Alzheimer's disease is correlated with neuronal degeneration and loss of neuronal precursors in different parts of the brain. It has been found disturbance in the homeostasis neural stem cells (NSCs) can cause neurodegeneration. Morphine, an analgesic agent, can disrupt the dynamic and normal state of NSCs. However, more investigations are required to clearly address underlying mechanisms. The current experiment aimed to investigate the effects of morphine on the cell distribution of insulin factor and receptor and insulin-like growth factors (IGF1, IGF2) in NSCs...
November 1, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
Ryan Loh, Sean Collins, Roberto Galvez
There are several lines of evidence that indicate a prominent role for the opioid system in the acquisition and consolidation of learned associations. Specifically, kappa opioid receptor (KOR) modulation has been demonstrated to alter various behavioral tasks including whisker trace eyeblink conditioning (WTEB). WTEB is an associative conditioning paradigm in which a neutral conditioned stimulus (CS; Whisker stimulation) is paired following a short stimulus free trace interval with a salient unconditioned stimulus that elicits a blink response (US; Eye shock)...
August 9, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
Alessia Bachis, Lee A Campbell, Kierra Jenkins, Erin Wenzel, Italo Mocchetti
Morphine has been shown to increase the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the brain. However, little is known about the effect of morphine withdrawal on BDNF and its precursor protein, or proBDNF, which induces neuronal apoptosis. In this work, we examined whether BDNF and proBDNF levels change in rats chronically injected with escalating doses of morphine and those who undergo spontaneous withdrawal for 60 h. We observed, in the frontal cortex and striatum, that the ratio of BDNF to proBDNF changed depending upon the experimental paradigm...
October 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
Songye Li, Zhengxin Cai, Ming-Qiang Zheng, Daniel Holden, Mika Naganawa, Shu-Fei Lin, Jim Ropchan, David Labaree, Michael Kapinos, Teresa Lara-Jaime, Antonio Navarro, Yiyun Huang
The kappa opioid receptor (KOR) is implicated in depression, addictions, and other central nervous system (CNS) disorders and thus an important target for drug development. We have previously developed a number of (11)C-labeled PET radiotracers for KOR imaging in humans. Here we report the synthesis and evaluation of (18)F-LY2459989 as the first (18)F-labeled KOR antagonist radiotracer in non-human primates and its comparison with (11)C-LY2459989. Methods: The novel radioligand (18)F-LY2459989 was synthesized by (18)F-displacement of a nitro group or an iodonium ylide...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Csaba Vastagh, Zsolt Liposits
The antero-ventral periventricular zone (AVPV) and medial preoptic area (MPOA) have been recognized as gonadal hormone receptive regions of the rodent brain that-via wiring to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons-contribute to orchestration of the preovulatory GnRH surge. We hypothesized that neural genes regulating the induction of GnRH surge show altered expression in proestrus. Therefore, we compared the expression of 48 genes obtained from intact proestrous and metestrous mice, respectively, by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) method...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Miguel A Tejada, Angeles Montilla-García, Shane J Cronin, Domagoj Cikes, Cristina Sánchez-Fernández, Rafael González-Cano, M Carmen Ruiz-Cantero, Josef M Penninger, José M Vela, José M Baeyens, Enrique J Cobos
Sigma-1 antagonism potentiates the antinociceptive effects of opioid drugs, so sigma-1 receptors constitute a biological brake to opioid drug-induced analgesia. The pathophysiological role of this process is unknown. We aimed to investigate whether sigma-1 antagonism reduces inflammatory pain through the disinhibition of the endogenous opioidergic system in mice. The selective sigma-1 antagonists BD-1063 and S1RA abolished mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia in mice with carrageenan-induced acute (3 h) inflammation...
August 1, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
José Xavier Soares, Emanuele Amorim Alves, André M N Silva, Natália Guimarães de Figueiredo, João F Neves, Sara Manuela Cravo, Maria Rangel, Annibal Duarte Pereira Netto, Félix Carvalho, Ricardo Jorge Dinis-Oliveira, Carlos Manuel Afonso
"Krokodil" is the street name for a homemade injectable drug that has been used as a cheap substitute for heroin. Codeine is the opioid starting material for krokodil synthesis, and desomorphine is claimed to be the main opioid of krokodil and the main component responsible for its addictive and psychoactive characteristics. However, due to its peculiar manufacture, using cheap raw materials, krokodil is composed of a large and complex mixture of different substances. In order to shed some light upon the chemical complexity of krokodil, its profiling was conducted by reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography coupled to a photodiode array detector (RP-HPLC-DAD) and by liquid chromatography coupled to high resolution tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-IT-Orbitrap-MS)...
August 21, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
George B Stefano, Nastazja Pilonis, Radek Ptacek, Richard M Kream
Over the course of human history, it has been common to use plants for medicinal purposes, such as for providing relief from particular maladies and self-medication. Opium represents one longstanding remedy that has been used to address a range of medical conditions, alleviating discomfort often in ways that have proven pleasurable. Opium is a combination of compounds obtained from the mature fruit of opium poppy, papaver somniferum. Morphine and its biosynthetic precursors thebaine and codeine constitute the main bioactive opiate alkaloids contained in opium...
June 13, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Joseph E Blecha, Bradford D Henderson, Brian G Hockley, Henry F VanBrocklin, Jon-Kar Zubieta, Alexandre F DaSilva, Michael R Kilbourn, Robert A Koeppe, Peter J H Scott, Xia Shao
[(11) C]Carfentanil ([(11) C]CFN) is a selective radiotracer for in vivo positron emission tomography imaging studies of the μ-opioid system that, in our laboratories, is synthesized by methylation of the corresponding carboxylate precursor with [(11) C]MeOTf, and purified using a C2 solid-phase extraction cartridge. Changes in the commercial availability of common C2 cartridges have necessitated future proofing the synthesis of [(11) C]CFN to maintain reliable delivery of the radiotracer for clinical imaging studies...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
Yali Liu, Shuisheng Li, Qing Wang, Yu Chen, Xin Qi, Yun Liu, Xiaochun Liu, Haoran Lin, Yong Zhang
To ascertain the significance of the dynorphin/kappa-opioid receptor (Dyn/Kor) system in fish reproduction, prodynorphin (pdyn) cDNA was cloned from goldfish. Two Dyn peptides (DynA and DynB) are present in the goldfish prodynorphin precursor. Both DynA and DynB are biologically active as they are able to functionally interact with the goldfish Kor expressed in cultured eukaryotic cells to suppress forskolin-induced CRE promoter activity. RT-PCR analysis showed that pdyn is widely expressed in brain regions, with the highest expression in hypothalamus...
February 24, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
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