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Ethan A Winkler, John K Yue, Adam R Ferguson, Nancy R Temkin, Murray B Stein, Jason Barber, Esther L Yuh, Sourabh Sharma, Gabriela G Satris, Thomas W McAllister, Jonathan Rosand, Marco D Sorani, Hester F Lingsma, Phiroz E Tarapore, Esteban G Burchard, Donglei Hu, Celeste Eng, Kevin K W Wang, Pratik Mukherjee, David O Okonkwo, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, Geoffrey T Manley
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) results in variable clinical trajectories and outcomes. The source of variability remains unclear, but may involve genetic variations, such as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). A SNP in catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT) is suggested to influence development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but its role in TBI remains unclear. Here, we utilize the Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury Pilot (TRACK-TBI Pilot) study to investigate whether the COMT Val(158)Met polymorphism is associated with PTSD and global functional outcome as measured by the PTSD Checklist - Civilian Version and Glasgow Outcome Scale Extended (GOSE), respectively...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Rosario Montirosso, Livio Provenzi, Daniela Tavian, Sara Missaglia, Maria Elisabetta Raggi, Renato Borgatti
Individual variability exists in infants' socio-emotional stress regulation, in terms of behavioral response (i.e., negative emotionality) as well as magnitude and direction (i.e., increase or decrease) of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis reactivity (i.e., salivary cortisol post-stress concentration). The catechol-O-methyltransferase polymorphism at codon 158 (COMTval158met) associates with stress regulation, but no evidence exists for infants. This study aimed to assess the association between COMTval158met and both negative emotionality and salivary cortisol reactivity to socio-emotional stress in 4-month-old infants...
October 12, 2016: Infant Behavior & Development
Michelle N Servaas, Linda Geerligs, Jojanneke A Bastiaansen, Remco J Renken, Jan-Bernard C Marsman, Ilja M Nolte, Johan Ormel, André Aleman, Harriëtte Riese
Neuroticism and genetic variation in the serotonin-transporter (SLC6A4) and catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene are risk factors for psychopathology. Alterations in the functional integration and segregation of neural circuits have recently been found in individuals scoring higher on neuroticism. The aim of the current study was to investigate how genetic risk factors impact functional network organization and whether genetic risk factors moderate the association between neuroticism and functional network organization...
October 14, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Grazia Chiellini, Giulia Nesi, Simona Sestito, Sara Chiarugi, Massimiliano Runfola, Stefano Espinoza, Martina Sabatini, Lorenza Bellusci, Annunziatina Laurino, Elena Cichero, Raul R Gainetdinov, Paola Fossa, Laura Raimondi, Riccardo Zucchi, Simona Rapposelli
The trace amine-associated receptor 1 (TAAR1) is a G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) potently activated by a variety of molecules besides trace amines (TAs), including thyroid hormone-derivatives like 3-iodothyronamine (T1AM), catechol-O-methyltransferase products like 3-methoxytyramine, and amphetamine-related compounds. Accordingly, TAAR1 is considered a promising target for medicinal development. To gain more insights into TAAR1 physiological functions and validation of its therapeutic potential we recently developed a new class of thyronamine-like derivatives...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Susan W Wesmiller, Susan M Sereika, Catherine M Bender, Dana Bovbjerg, Gretchen Ahrendt, Marguerite Bonaventura, Yvette P Conley
BACKGROUND: Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) are two of the most frequent and distressing complications following surgical procedures, with as many as 80% of patients considered to be at risk. Despite recognition of well-established risk factors and the subsequent use of clinical guidelines, 20-30% of women do not respond to antiemetic protocols, indicating that there may be a genetic risk. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this pilot study was to describe the incidence and explore the risk factors associated with PONV after surgery in women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer...
September 28, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Heather J Kulik, Jianyu Zhang, Judith P Klinman, Todd J Martínez
Hybrid quantum mechanical-molecular mechanical (QM/MM) simulations are widely used in studies of enzymatic catalysis. Until recently, it has been cost prohibitive to determine the asymptotic limit of key energetic and structural properties with respect to increasingly large QM regions. Leveraging recent advances in electronic structure efficiency and accuracy, we investigate catalytic properties in catechol O-methyltransferase, a representative example of a methyltransferase critical to human health. Using QM regions ranging in size from reactants-only (64 atoms) to nearly one-third of the entire protein (940 atoms), we show that properties such as the activation energy approach within chemical accuracy of the large-QM asymptotic limits rather slowly, requiring approximately 500-600 atoms if the QM residues are chosen simply by distance from the substrate...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Bo-Ram Kim, Hahn Young Kim, Young Il Chun, Yeo-Min Yun, Hyuntae Kim, Dong-Hee Choi, Jongmin Lee
BACKGROUND: The dopamine system plays a key role in motor learning and neuroplasticity. Several studies have studied the efficacy of dopaminergic drugs in enhancing motor recovery after stroke, but the effects are controversial. Although genetic variations in plasticity-related genes influence each individual's capacity for recovery after stroke, limited studies have investigated the effects of polymorphism of dopamine-related genes. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the association between motor recovery in stroke patients and polymorphisms in the dopamine-related genes catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), dopamine receptor D1 (DRD1), DRD2, and DRD3...
September 29, 2016: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Christian Lerner, Roland Jakob-Roetne, Bernd Buettelmann, Andreas Ehler, Markus Rudolph, Rosa María Rodríguez Sarmiento
A fragment screening approach designed to target specifically the S-adenosyl-l-methionine pocket of catechol O-methyl transferase allowed the identification of structurally related fragments of high ligand efficiency and with activity on the described orthogonal assays. By use of a reliable enzymatic assay together with X-ray crystallography as guidance, a series of fragment modifications revealed an SAR and, after several expansions, potent lead compounds could be obtained. For the first time nonphenolic and small low nanomolar potent, SAM competitive COMT inhibitors are reported...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Sanne J H van Rooij, Jennifer S Stevens, Timothy D Ely, Negar Fani, Alicia K Smith, Kimberly A Kerley, Adriana Lori, Kerry J Ressler, Tanja Jovanovic
Both childhood trauma and a functional catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) genetic polymorphism have been associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression; however, it is still unclear whether the two interact and how this interaction relates to long-term risk or resilience. Imaging and genotype data were collected on 73 highly traumatized women. DNA extracted from saliva was used to determine COMT genotype (Val/Val, n = 38, Met carriers, n = 35). Functional MRI data were collected during a Go/NoGo task to investigate the neurocircuitry underlying response inhibition...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Ken-Ichi Fujimoto, Miho Murata, Nobutaka Hattori, Tomoyoshi Kondo
A large-scale patient survey was conducted in 2013 and results compared with those of a similar scale survey conducted in 2008 to clarify the current status of drug therapy and patients' understanding of Parkinson disease (PD) and therapy. A total of 4,278 and 101 patients respectively participated in primary mail survey and secondary interview surveys. Measures of PD severity, activity level, and level of assistance required in daily life were improved compared with those in the 2008 survey. Average daily dose of levodopa was increased across all disease durations...
September 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
Jiayuan Xu, Wen Qin, Qiaojun Li, Wei Li, Feng Liu, Bing Liu, Tianzi Jiang, Chunshui Yu
There exist gender differences in the modulation of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met polymorphism on cognitive performance; however, the underlying gene-anatomy-cognition pathways remain unknown. Here we hypothesize that prefrontal volume may mediate the modulation of COMT Val158Met polymorphism on interference resolution capacity in a gender-dependent manner. In 261 healthy young human subjects (143 males and 118 females), a 2-way analysis of variance showed a COMT × gender interaction (P = 0...
September 24, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
Xiaohua Zhao, Jingjing Liu, Cuisheng Zhao, Ping Ye, Jing Ji, Jingli Wang, Weiqing Song, Jine Xu, Shiguo Liu
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have been indicated that catechol-O-methyltransferase gene (COMT) might play a significant role in the development of preeclampsia (PE). Our study aims to investigate the association between polymorphism in COMT with the susceptibility to PE in Chinese Han women. METHOD: A total of 1028 PE patients and 1399 normal pregnant women were enrolled. We detected the genotyping of COMT Val158Met loci by the TaqMan allelic discrimination real-time PCR ...
September 19, 2016: Hypertension in Pregnancy
Kenichi Kakino, Chikako Kiyohara, Takahiko Horiuchi, Yoichi Nakanishi
BACKGROUND: Cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1) and catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) genes may contribute to susceptibility to lung cancer because of their critical involvement in mechanisms of carcinogenesis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated the role of CYP2E1 rs2031920 and COMT rs4680 in a case-control study involving 462 lung cancer cases and 379 controls in Japanese. Logistic regression was used to assess adjusted odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI)...
2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
C L Clelland, V Drouet, K C Rilett, J A Smeed, R H Nadrich, A Rajparia, L L Read, J D Clelland
Elevated peripheral proline is associated with psychiatric disorders, and there is evidence that proline is a neuromodulator. The proline dehydrogenase (PRODH) gene, which encodes the enzyme that catalyzes proline catabolism, maps to human chromosome 22q11.2, a region conferring risk of schizophrenia. In the Prodh-null mouse, an interaction between elevated peripheral proline and another 22q11.2 gene, catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), on neurotransmission and behavior has been reported. We explored the relationship between fasting plasma proline levels and COMT Val(158)Met genotype on symptoms (positive, negative and total) in schizophrenia patients...
2016: Translational Psychiatry
Heather Trantham-Davidson, Samuel W Centanni, S Corrin Garr, Natasha N New, Patrick J Mulholland, Justin T Gass, Elizabeth J Glover, Stan B Floresco, Fulton T Crews, Harish R Krishnan, Subhash C Pandey, L Judson Chandler
Repeated binge-like exposure to alcohol during adolescence has been reported to perturb prefrontal cortical development, yet the mechanisms underlying these effects are unknown. Here we report that adolescent intermittent ethanol exposure induces cellular and dopaminergic abnormalities in the adult prelimbic cortex (PrL-C). Exposing rats to alcohol during early-mid adolescence (PD28-42) increased the density of long/thin dendritic spines of layer 5 pyramidal neurons in the adult PrL-C. Interestingly, although AIE exposure did not alter the expression of glutamatergic proteins in the adult PrL-C, there was a pronounced reduction in dopamine (DA) D1 receptor modulation of both intrinsic firing and evoked NMDA currents in pyramidal cells, whereas D2 receptor function was unaltered...
September 13, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Kateřina Lněničková, Eliška Procházková, Lenka Skálová, Petra Matoušková, Hana Bártíková, Pavel Souček, Barbora Szotáková
The knowledge of processes in intestinal cells is essential, as most xenobiotics come into contact with the small intestine first. Caco-2 cells are human colorectal adenocarcinoma that once differentiated, exhibit enterocyte-like characteristics. Our study compares activities and expressions of important conjugation enzymes and their modulation by green tea extract (GTE) and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) using both proliferating (P) and differentiated (D) caco-2 cells. The mRNA levels of the main conjugation enzymes were significantly elevated after the differentiation of Caco-2 cells...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
A M Dostal, A Arikawa, L Espejo, S Bedell, M S Kurzer, N R Stendell-Hollis
BACKGROUND: Green tea extract (GTE) may be involved in a favourable post-prandial response to high-carbohydrate meals. The catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) genotype may modify these effects. We examined the acute effects of GTE supplementation on the post-prandial response to a high-carbohydrate meal by assessing appetite-associated hormones and glucose homeostasis marker concentrations in women who consumed 843 mg of (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) or placebo capsules for 11-12 months...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
Wolfgang Oertel, Jörg B Schulz
Over a period of more than 50 years, the symptomatic treatment of the motor symptoms of Parkinson disease (PD) has been optimized using pharmacotherapy, deep brain stimulation, and physiotherapy. The arsenal of pharmacotherapies includes L-Dopa, several dopamine agonists, inhibitors of monoamine oxidase (MAO)-B and catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT), and amantadine. In the later course of the disease, motor complications occur, at which stage different oral formulations of L-Dopa or dopamine agonists with long half-life, a transdermal application or parenteral pumps for continuous drug supply can be subscribed...
October 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Niladri Patra, Efthymios I Ioannidis, Heather J Kulik
Catechol O-methyltransferase (COMT) is a SAM- and Mg2+-dependent methyltransferase that regulates neurotransmitters through methylation. Simulations and experiments have identified divergent catecholamine substrate orientations in the COMT active site: molecular dynamics simulations have favored a monodentate coordination of catecholate substrates to the active site Mg2+, and crystal structures instead preserve bidentate coordination along with short (2.65 Å) methyl donor-acceptor distances. We carry out longer dynamics (up to 350 ns) to quantify interconversion between bidentate and monodentate binding poses...
2016: PloS One
Livia Casarelli, Maurizio Minnei, Mariabernarda Pitzianti, Marco Armando, Maria Pontillo, Stefano Vicari, Augusto Pasini
22q11 Deletion syndrome (22q11DS) is a neurogenetic disorder, resulting from a hemizygous microdeletion on the long arm of chromosome 22. In 22q11DS, the phenotypic expression is highly variable. Approximately one-third of all individuals with 22q11DS develop schizophrenia-like psychotic disorder. Among the genes in the deleted region, catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) has a particular relevance for psychiatric disorders: lower COMT enzymatic activity decreases the clearance of dopamine (DA), yielding higher levels of catecholamines in the central nervous system...
October 2016: Psychiatric Genetics
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