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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938149/the-genetic-influence-in-fluorosis
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REVIEW
Sreemanta Pramanik, Depanwita Saha
Fluorosis, caused by ingestion of excess fluoride, is endemic in at least 25 countries across the globe, China and India being the worst affected among them. Dental, skeletal and non-skeletal are the major types of fluorosis affecting millions of people in these countries. A number of genetic epidemiological studies carried out by investigators have shown the evidence for association between genetic polymorphisms in candidate genes and differences in the susceptibility pattern of different types of fluorosis among individuals living in the same community and having the same environmental exposure...
September 15, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928973/prospective-replication-study-implicates-the-catechol-o-methyltransferase-val-158-met-polymorphism-as-a-biomarker-for-the-response-to-morphine-in-patients-with-cancer
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Hiromichi Matsuoka, Chihiro Makimura, Atsuko Koyama, Yoshihiko Fujita, Junji Tsurutani, Kiyohiro Sakai, Ryo Sakamoto, Kazuto Nishio, Kazuhiko Nakagawa
Genetic differences in humans cause clinical difficulties in opioid treatment. Previous studies indicate that a single nucleotide polymorphism in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene (rs4680; p.Val(158)Met) may present as a predictive biomarker for the response to morphine treatment. In our previous pilot exploratory study, patients with a G/G genotype were demonstrated to require a higher dose of morphine, compared with patients with A/A and A/G genotypes. In the present study, the aim was to replicate the findings in an independent cohort of opioid-treatment-naïve patients exhibiting various types of cancer...
October 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916530/elucidation-of-the-impact-of-p-glycoprotein-and-breast-cancer-resistance-protein-on-the-brain-distribution-of-catechol-o-methyltransferase-inhibitors
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Joana Bicker, Ana Fortuna, Gilberto Alves, Patricio Soares-da-Silva, Amilcar Falcao
P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) are clinically important efflux transporters that act cooperatively at the blood-brain barrier, limiting the entry of several drugs into the CNS and affecting their pharmacokinetics, therapeutic efficacy and safety. In the present study, the interactions of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors (BIA 9-1059, BIA 9-1079, entacapone, nebicapone, opicapone and tolcapone) with P-gp and BCRP were investigated in order to determine the contribution of these transporters in their access to the brain...
September 15, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913946/facial-emotion-recognition-in-schizophrenia-an-exploratory-study-on-the-role-of-comorbid-alcohol-and-substance-use-disorders-and-comt-val158met
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Giuseppe Carrà, Gabriella Nicolini, Annamaria Lax, Francesco Bartoli, Filippo Castellano, Alessia Chiorazzi, Giulia Gamba, Mattia Bava, Cristina Crocamo, Costanza Papagno
OBJECTIVES: To explore whether facial emotion recognition (FER), impaired in both schizophrenia and alcohol and substance use disorders (AUDs/SUDs), is additionally compromised among comorbid subjects, also considering the role of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study, randomly recruiting 67 subjects with a DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of schizophrenia, and rigorously assessing AUDs/SUDs and COMT Val158Met polymorphism...
September 15, 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904061/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-green-tea-extract-supplementation-and-mammographic-density-in-postmenopausal-women-at-increased-risk-of-breast-cancer
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Hamed Samavat, Giske Ursin, Tim H Emory, Eunjung Lee, Renwei Wang, Carolyn J Torkelson, Allison M Dostal, Karen Swenson, Chap T Le, Chung S Yang, Mimi C Yu, Douglas Yee, Anna H Wu, Jian-Min Yuan, Mindy S Kurzer
Epidemiological and animal studies suggest a protective role of green tea against breast cancer. However the underlying mechanism is not understood. We conducted a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled phase II clinical trial to investigate whether supplementation with green tea extract (GTE) modifies mammographic density (MD), as a potential mechanism, involving 1,075 healthy postmenopausal women. Women assigned to the treatment arm consumed daily 4 decaffeinated GTE capsules containing 1315 mg total catechins including 843 mg epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) for 12 months...
September 13, 2017: Cancer Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879499/impaired-dopamine-dependent-locomotory-behavior-of-c-elegans-neuroligin-mutants-depends-on-the-catechol-o-methyltransferase-comt-4
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Ángel Rodríguez-Ramos, M Mar Gámez-Del-Estal, Montserrat Porta-de-la-Riva, Julián Cerón, Manuel Ruiz-Rubio
Neurexins and neuroligins are neuronal membrane adhesion molecules that have been involved in neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. The nrx-1 and nlg-1 genes of Caenorhabditis elegans encode NRX-1 and NLG-1, orthologue proteins of human neurexins and neuroligins, respectively. Dopaminergic and serotoninergic signalling control the locomotory rate of the nematode. When well-fed animals are transferred to a plate with food (bacterial lawn), they reduce the locomotory rate. This behavior, which depends on dopamine, is known as basal slowing response (BSR)...
September 6, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879171/the-genomics-of-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome
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REVIEW
F Sessions Cole, Daniel J Wegner, Jonathan M Davis
Significant variability has been observed in the development and severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) among neonates exposed to prenatal opioids. Since maternal opioid dose does not appear to correlate directly with neonatal outcome, maternal, placental, and fetal genomic variants may play important roles in NAS. Previous studies in small cohorts have demonstrated associations of variants in maternal and infant genes that encode the μ-opioid receptor (OPRM1), catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), and prepronociceptin (PNOC) with a shorter length of hospital stay and less need for treatment in neonates exposed to opioids in utero...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869277/polymorphisms-in-dopamine-associated-genes-and-cognitive-decline-in-parkinson-s-disease
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D Bäckström, M Eriksson Domellöf, G Granåsen, J Linder, S Mayans, E Elgh, H Zetterberg, K Blennow, L Forsgren
OBJECTIVES: Cognitive decline is common in Parkinson's disease (PD), but the underlying mechanisms for this complication are incompletely understood. Genotypes affecting dopamine transmission may be of importance. This study investigates whether genotypes associated with reduced prefrontal dopaminergic tone and/or reduced dopamine D2-receptor availability (Catechol-O-methyltransferase [COMT] Val(158) Met genotype and DRD2 C(957) T genotype) affect the development of cognitive deficits in PD...
September 4, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866654/hydroxylation-and-sulfation-of-sex-steroid-hormones-in-inflammatory-liver
#9
Sang R Lee, Seung-Yeon Lee, Sang-Yun Kim, Si-Yun Ryu, Bae-Kuen Park, Eui-Ju Hong
Sex steroids, also known as gonadal steroids, are oxidized with hydroxylation by cytochrome P450, glucuronidation by UDP-glucuronosyltransferase, sulfation by sulfotransferase, and O-methylation by catechol O-methyltransferase. Thus, it is important to determine the process by which inflammation influences metabolism of gonadal hormones. Therefore, we investigated the mechanism of metabolic enzymes against high physiologic inflammatory response in vivo to study their biochemical properties in liver diseases...
September 3, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859863/catechol-o-methyltransferase-gene-val158met-polymorphisms-and-anxious-symptoms-in-early-childhood-the-roles-of-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-axis-reactivity-and-life-stress
#10
Haroon I Sheikh, Katie R Kryski, Yuliya Kotelnikova, Elizabeth P Hayden, Shiva M Singh
Individual differences in hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis reactivity to stress (measured via salivary cortisol) have been widely implicated in the etiology of internalizing problems such as depression and anxiety. Literature suggests that stress during early childhood is an important source of contextual risk although its effects may be moderated by polymorphisms of neurotransmitter genes. The COMT val158met is one such polymorphism, and literature documents its link to internalizing problems. To extend these findings, and to better understand the role of this polymorphism in developmental risk, we investigated links between the val158met polymorphism and early-age cortisol response...
August 30, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856668/interaction-between-val158met-catechol-o-methyltransferase-polymorphism-and-social-cognitive-functioning-in-schizophrenia-pilot-study
#11
Aneta Tylec, Witold Jeleniewicz, Ann Mortimer, Małgorzata Bednarska-Makaruk, Katarzyna Kucharska
The Val158Met catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) functional polymorphism may influence social cognitive functioning in patients with schizophrenia. Aspects of social cognition were evaluated with the Facial Expression Recognition Test, the Voice Emotion Recognition Test, and the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test. The Short Recognition Memory Test for Faces was used as a control measure. The Schedule for the Assessment of Negative Symptoms, Schedule for the Assessment of Positive Symptoms, and Beck Depression Inventory were used to rate of patient symptoms...
August 30, 2017: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855580/attentional-control-in-adolescent-mice-assessed-with-a-modified-five-choice-serial-reaction-time-task
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Mariasole Ciampoli, Gabriella Contarini, Maddalena Mereu, Francesco Papaleo
Adolescence is a critical period for the development of higher-order cognitive functions. Unlike in humans, very limited tools are available to assess such cognitive abilities in adolescent rodents. We implemented a modified 5-Choice Serial Reaction Time Task (5CSRTT) to selectively measure attentiveness, impulsivity, broad monitoring, processing speed and distractibility in adolescent mice. 21-day old C57BL/6J mice reliably acquired this task with no sex-dependent differences in 10-12 days. A protocol previously used in adults was less effective to assess impulsiveness in adolescents, but revealed increased vulnerability in females...
August 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844929/distribution-properties-and-inhibitor-sensitivity-of-zebrafish-catechol-o-methyl-transferases-comt
#13
Svetlana Semenova, Stanislav Rozov, Pertti Panula
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT; EC 2.1.1.6) is an enzyme with multiple functions in vertebrates. COMT methylates and thus inactivates catecholamine neurotransmitters and metabolizes xenobiotic catechols. Gene polymorphism rs4680 that influences the enzymatic activity of COMT affects cognition and behavior in humans. The zebrafish is widely used as an experimental animal in many areas of biomedical research, but most aspects of COMT function in this species have remained uncharacterized. We hypothesized that both comt genes play essential roles in zebrafish...
August 24, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833962/biochemical-and-genetic-predictors-and-correlates-of-response-to-lamotrigine-and-folic-acid-in-bipolar-depression-analysis-of-the-cequel-clinical-trial
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E M Tunbridge, M J Attenburrow, A Gardiner, J M Rendell, C Hinds, G M Goodwin, P J Harrison, J R Geddes
OBJECTIVES: CEQUEL (Comparative Evaluation of QUEtiapine plus Lamotrigine combination versus quetiapine monotherapy [and folic acid versus placebo] in bipolar depression) was a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel group, 2×2 factorial trial that examined the effect of adding lamotrigine and/or folic acid (FA) to quetiapine in bipolar depression. Lamotrigine improved depression, but its effectiveness was reduced by FA. We investigated the baseline predictors and correlates of clinical response, and the possible basis of the interaction...
August 20, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833952/comt-val158met-polymorphism-links-to-altered-fear-conditioning-and-extinction-are-modulated-by-ptsd-and-childhood-trauma
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Jessica Deslauriers, Dean T Acheson, Adam X Maihofer, Caroline M Nievergelt, Dewleen G Baker, Mark A Geyer, Victoria B Risbrough
BACKGROUND: Risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is thought to be mediated by gene × environment (G × E) interactions that affect core cognitive processes such as fear learning. The catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) val158met polymorphism has been associated with risk for PTSD and impaired fear inhibition. We used a large, relatively homogenous population to (1) replicate previous findings of poor fear inhibition in COMT Met/Met carriers with PTSD; (2) determine if COMT association with fear inhibition is moderated by childhood trauma (CT), an environmental risk factor for PTSD; and (3) determine if COMT is associated with altered fear processes after recent exposure to combat trauma...
August 18, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830794/regulation-of-gene-transcription-in-bipolar-disorders-role-of-dna-methylation-in-the-relationship-between-prodynorphin-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor
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Claudio D'Addario, Maria Carlotta Palazzo, Beatrice Benatti, Benedetta Grancini, Mariangela Pucci, Andrea Di Francesco, Giulia Camuri, Daniela Galimberti, Chiara Fenoglio, Elio Scarpini, A Carlo Altamura, Mauro Maccarrone, Bernardo Dell'Osso
Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a prevalent and disabling condition, determined by gene-environment interactions, possibly mediated by epigenetic mechanisms. The present study aimed at investigating the transcriptional regulation of BD selected target genes by DNA methylation in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with a DSM-5 diagnosis of type I (BD-I) and type II (BD-II) Bipolar Disorders (n=99), as well as of healthy controls (CT, n=42). The analysis of gene expression revealed prodynorphin (PDYN) mRNA levels significantly reduced in subjects with BD-II but not in those with BD-I, when compared to CT...
August 19, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28825621/inhibitory-effect-of-bovine-lactoferrin-on-catechol-o-methyltransferase
#17
Masayuki Ikeda, Hiroshi Iijima, Ichizo Shinoda, Hiroshi Iwamoto, Yasuhiro Takeda
Lactoferrin (LF) is a well-known multifunctional protein. In this study, we report the inhibitory potency of bovine LF (bLF) on catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), which catalyzes methylation of catechol substrates. We found that bLF binds to and inhibits COMT using its N-terminal region. An N-terminal peptide fragment obtained from bLF by trypsin digestion showed a higher inhibitory activity than intact bLF. A synthetic fragment of the bLF N-terminal residues 6-50, with two pairs of disulfide bonds, also showed higher inhibitory activity than intact bLF...
August 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822116/interactions-between-variation-in-candidate-genes-and-environmental-factors-in-the-etiology-of-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder-a-systematic-review
#18
REVIEW
Błażej Misiak, Filip Stramecki, Łukasz Gawęda, Katarzyna Prochwicz, Maria M Sąsiadek, Ahmed A Moustafa, Dorota Frydecka
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (BD) are complex and multidimensional disorders with high heritability rates. The contribution of genetic factors to the etiology of these disorders is increasingly being recognized as the action of multiple risk variants with small effect sizes, which might explain only a minor part of susceptibility. On the other site, numerous environmental factors have been found to play an important role in their causality. Therefore, in recent years, several studies focused on gene × environment interactions that are believed to bridge the gap between genetic underpinnings and environmental insults...
August 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803562/dopamine-receptor-d2-drd2-dopamine-transporter-solute-carrier-family-c6-member-4-slc6a3-and-catechol-o-methyltransferase-comt-genes-as-moderators-of-the-relation-between-maternal-history-of-maltreatment-and-infant-emotion-regulation
#19
Vanessa Villani, Jaclyn Ludmer, Andrea Gonzalez, Robert Levitan, James Kennedy, Mario Masellis, Vincenzo S Basile, Christine Wekerle, Leslie Atkinson
Although infants less than 18 months old are capable of engaging in self-regulatory behavior (e.g., avoidance, withdrawal, and orienting to other aspects of their environment), the use of self-regulatory strategies at this age (as opposed to relying on caregivers) is associated with elevated behavioral and physiological distress. This study investigated infant dopamine-related genotypes (dopamine receptor D2 [DRD2], dopamine transporter solute carrier family C6, member 4 [SLC6A3], and catechol-O-methyltransferase [COMT]) as they interact with maternal self-reported history of maltreatment to predict observed infant independent emotion regulation behavior...
August 14, 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801594/deficiency-in-catechol-o-methyltransferase-is-linked-to-a-disruption-of-glucose-homeostasis-in-mice
#20
Megumi Kanasaki, Swayam Prakash Srivastava, Fan Yang, Ling Xu, Sumiyo Kudoh, Munehiro Kitada, Norikazu Ueki, Hyoh Kim, Jinpeng Li, Satoru Takeda, Keizo Kanasaki, Daisuke Koya
2-methoxyestradiol (2-ME), an estrogen metabolite generated via catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT), is multifunctional methoxy-catechol. Here, we report that COMT deficiency leads to glucose intolerance and 2-ME rescues COMT-deficient-associated metabolic defects. Liver COMT protein was suppressed in high fat diet (HFD)-fed or in pregnant mice. COMT suppression, by Ro41-0960 or siRNA, in HFD fed mice or in pregnant mice exacerbated glucose intolerance; 2-ME intervention ameliorated these defects. 2-ME effects on glucose tolerance were associated with AMPK phosphorylation in the liver and in islet cells...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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