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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334609/basolateral-to-central-amygdala-neural-circuits-for-appetitive-behaviors
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Joshua Kim, Xiangyu Zhang, Shruti Muralidhar, Sarah A LeBlanc, Susumu Tonegawa
Basolateral amygdala (BLA) principal cells are capable of driving and antagonizing behaviors of opposing valence. BLA neurons project to the central amygdala (CeA), which also participates in negative and positive behaviors. However, the CeA has primarily been studied as the site for negative behaviors, and the causal role for CeA circuits underlying appetitive behaviors is poorly understood. Here, we identify several genetically distinct populations of CeA neurons that mediate appetitive behaviors and dissect the BLA-to-CeA circuit for appetitive behaviors...
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331332/clinical-role-of-brexpiprazole-in-depression-and-schizophrenia
#2
REVIEW
Nishant B Parikh, Diana M Robinson, Anita H Clayton
Brexpiprazole, a serotonin-dopamine activity modulator, is the second D2 partial agonist to come to market and has been approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and as an adjunctive treatment in major depressive disorder. With less intrinsic activity than aripiprazole at the D2 receptor and higher potency at 5-HT2A, 5-HT1A, and α1B receptors, the pharmacological properties of brexpiprazole suggest a more tolerable side effect profile with regard to akathisia, extrapyramidal dysfunction, and sedation. While no head-to-head data are currently available, double-blind placebo-controlled studies show favorable results, with the number needed to treat (NNT) vs placebo of 6-15 for response in acute schizophrenia treatment and 4 for maintenance...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327597/molecular-signaling-underlying-bulleyaconitine-a-baa-induced-microglial-expression-of-prodynorphin
#3
Teng-Fei Li, Hai-Yun Wu, Yi-Rui Wang, Xin-Yan Li, Yong-Xiang Wang
Bulleyaconitine (BAA) has been shown to possess antinociceptive activities by stimulation of dynorphin A release from spinal microglia. This study investigated its underlying signal transduction mechanisms. The data showed that (1) BAA treatment induced phosphorylation of CREB (rather than NF-κB) and prodynorphin expression in cultured primary microglia, and antiallodynia in neuropathy, which were totally inhibited by the CREB inhibitor KG-501; (2) BAA upregulated phosphorylation of p38 (but not ERK or JNK), and the p38 inhibitor SB203580 (but not ERK or JNK inhibitor) and p38β gene silencer siRNA/p38β (but not siRNA/p38α) completely blocked BAA-induced p38 phosphorylation and/or prodynorphin expression, and antiallodynia; (3) BAA stimulated cAMP production and PKA phosphorylation, and the adenylate cyclase inhibitor DDA and PKA inhibitor H-89 entirely antagonized BAA-induced prodynorphin expression and antiallodynia; (4) The Gs-protein inhibitor NF449 completely inhibited BAA-increased cAMP level, prodynorphin expression and antiallodynia, whereas the antagonists of noradrenergic, corticotrophin-releasing factor, A1 adenosine, formyl peptide, D1/D2 dopamine, and glucagon like-peptide-1 receptors failed to block BAA-induced antiallodynia...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325790/dopamine-terminals-from-the-ventral-tegmental-area-gate-intrinsic-inhibition-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
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William C Buchta, Stephen V Mahler, Benjamin Harlan, Gary S Aston-Jones, Arthur C Riegel
Spike frequency adaptation (SFA or accommodation) and calcium-activated potassium channels that underlie after-hyperpolarization potentials (AHP) regulate repetitive firing of neurons. Precisely how neuromodulators such as dopamine from the ventral tegmental area (VTA) regulate SFA and AHP (together referred to as intrinsic inhibition) in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) remains unclear. Using whole cell electrophysiology, we measured intrinsic inhibition in prelimbic (PL) layer 5 pyramidal cells of male adult rats...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322273/neuregulin-2-ablation-results-in-dopamine-dysregulation-and-severe-behavioral-phenotypes-relevant-to-psychiatric-disorders
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L Yan, A Shamir, M Skirzewski, E Leiva-Salcedo, O B Kwon, I Karavanova, D Paredes, O Malkesman, K R Bailey, D Vullhorst, J N Crawley, A Buonanno
Numerous genetic and functional studies implicate variants of Neuregulin-1 (NRG1) and its neuronal receptor ErbB4 in schizophrenia and many of its endophenotypes. Although the neurophysiological and behavioral phenotypes of NRG1 mutant mice have been investigated extensively, practically nothing is known about the function of NRG2, the closest NRG1 homolog. We found that NRG2 expression in the adult rodent brain does not overlap with NRG1 and is more extensive than originally reported, including expression in the striatum and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), and therefore generated NRG2 knockout mice (KO) to study its function...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320223/kinect-3-a-phase-3-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-of-valbenazine-for-tardive-dyskinesia
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Robert A Hauser, Stewart A Factor, Stephen R Marder, Mary Ann Knesevich, Paul M Ramirez, Roland Jimenez, Joshua Burke, Grace S Liang, Christopher F O'Brien
OBJECTIVE: Tardive dyskinesia is a persistent movement disorder induced by dopamine receptor blockers, including antipsychotics. Valbenazine (NBI-98854) is a novel, highly selective vesicular monoamine transporter 2 inhibitor that demonstrated favorable efficacy and tolerability in the treatment of tardive dyskinesia in phase 2 studies. This phase 3 study further evaluated the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of valbenazine as a treatment for tardive dyskinesia. METHOD: This 6-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial included patients with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or a mood disorder who had moderate or severe tardive dyskinesia...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319392/scaffold-repurposing-of-nucleosides-adenosine-receptor-agonists-enhanced-activity-at-the-human-dopamine-and-norepinephrine-sodium-symporters
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Dilip K Tosh, Aaron Janowsky, Amy J Eshleman, Eugene Warnick, Zhan-Guo Gao, Zhoumou Chen, Elizabeth Gizewski, John A Auchampach, Daniela Salvemini, Kenneth A Jacobson
We have repurposed (N)-methanocarba adenosine derivatives (A3 adenosine receptor (AR) agonists) to enhance radioligand binding allosterically at the human dopamine (DA) transporter (DAT) and inhibit DA uptake. We extended the structure-activity relationship of this series with small N(6)-alkyl substitution, 5'-esters, deaza modifications of adenine, and ribose restored in place of methanocarba. C2-(5-Halothien-2-yl)-ethynyl 5'-methyl 9 (MRS7292) and 5'-ethyl 10 (MRS7232) esters enhanced binding at DAT (EC50 ∼ 35 nM) and at the norepinephrine transporter (NET)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316587/characterization-of-the-antinociceptive-mechanisms-of-khat-extract-catha-edulis-in-mice
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Elham A Afify, Huda M Alkreathy, Ahmed S Ali, Hassan A Alfaifi, Lateef M Khan
This study investigated the antinociceptive mechanisms of khat extract (100, 200, and 400 mg/kg, i.p.) in four pain models: two thermic (hot plate, tail-flick) and two chemical (acetic acid, formalin) models. Male mice were pretreated intraperitoneally (i.p.) with the opioid receptor blocker naloxone (5 mg/kg), the cholinergic antagonist atropine (2 mg/kg), the selective α1 blocker prazosin (1 mg/kg), the dopamine D2 antagonist haloperidol (1.5 mg/kg), or the GABAA receptor antagonist, bicuculline (1 mg/kg) 15 minutes prior to i...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316027/validation-of-dopamine-receptor-drd1-and-drd2-antibodies-using-receptor-deficient-mice
#9
Tamara Stojanovic, Michaela Orlova, Fernando J Sialana, Harald Höger, Stanislav Stuchlik, Ivan Milenkovic, Jana Aradska, Gert Lubec
Dopamine receptors 1 and 2 (DRD1, DRD2) are essential for signaling in the brain for a multitude of brain functions. Previous work using several antibodies against these receptors is abundant but only the minority of antibodies used have been validated and, therefore, the results of these studies remain uncertain. Herein, antibodies against DRD1 (Merck Millipore AB1765P, Santa Cruz Biotechnology sc-14001, Sigma Aldrich D2944, Alomone Labs ADR-001) and DRD2 (Abcam ab21218, Merck Millipore AB5084P, Santa Cruz Biotechnology sc-5303) have been tested using western blotting and immunohistochemistry on mouse striatum (wild type and corresponding knock-out mice) and when specific, they were further evaluated on rat and human striatum...
March 18, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314679/an-analysis-of-the-rewarding-and-aversive-associative-properties-of-nicotine-in-the-neonatal-quinpirole-model-effects-on-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-gdnf
#10
Russell W Brown, Seth L Kirby, Adam R Denton, John M Dose, Elizabeth D Cummins, Wesley Drew Gill, Katherine C Burgess
This study analyzed the associative properties of nicotine in a conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm in adolescent rats neonatally treated with quinpirole (NQ) or saline (NS). NQ produces dopamine D2 receptor supersensitivity that persists throughout the animal's lifetime, and therefore has relevance towards schizophrenia. In two experiments, rats were ip administered quinpirole (1mg/kg) or saline from postnatal day (P)1-21. After an initial preference test at P42-43, animals were conditioned for eight consecutive days with saline or nicotine (0...
March 14, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306571/cns-syndromes-associated-with-antibodies-against-metabotropic-receptors
#11
Eric Lancaster
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Autoantibodies to Central nervous system (CNS) metabotropic receptors are associated with a growing family of autoimmune brain diseases, including encephalitis, basal ganglia encephalitis, Ophelia syndrome, and cerebellitis. The purpose of this review is to summarize the state of knowledge regarding the target receptors, the neurological autoimmune disorders, and the pathogenic mechanisms. RECENT FINDINGS: Antibodies to the γ-aminobutyric acid B receptor are associate with limbic encephalitis and severe seizures, often with small cell lung cancers...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302436/pharmacological-characterization-of-dopamine-receptors-in-the-rice-striped-stem-borer-chilo-suppressalis
#12
Gang Xu, Shun-Fan Wu, Gui-Xiang Gu, Zi-Wen Teng, Gong-Yin Ye, Jia Huang
Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter and neuromodulator in both vertebrates and invertebrates and is the most abundant monoamine present in the central nervous system of insects. A complement of functionally distinct dopamine receptors mediate the signal transduction of dopamine by modifying intracellular Ca(2+) and cAMP levels. In the present study, we pharmacologically characterized three types of dopamine receptors, CsDOP1, CsDOP2 and CsDOP3, from the rice striped stem borer, Chilo suppressalis. All three receptors show considerable sequence identity with orthologous dopamine receptors...
March 13, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290500/pramipexole-restores-depressed-transmission-in-the-ventral-hippocampus-following-mptp-lesion
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Javier Castro-Hernández, Paul A Adlard, David I Finkelstein
The hippocampus has a significant association with memory, cognition and emotions. The dopaminergic projections from both the ventral tegmental area and substantia nigra are thought to be involved in hippocampal activity. To date, however, few studies have investigated dopaminergic innervation in the hippocampus or the functional consequences of reduced dopamine in disease models. Further complicating this, the hippocampus exhibits anatomical and functional differentiation along its dorso-ventral axis. In this work we investigated the role of dopamine on hippocampal long term potentiation using D-amphetamine, which stimulates dopamine release, and also examined how a dopaminergic lesion affects the synaptic transmission across the anatomic subdivisions of the hippocampus...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289242/acupuncture-attenuated-vascular-dementia-induced-hippocampal-long-term-potentiation-impairments-via-activation-of-d1-d5-receptors
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Yang Ye, Hui Li, Jing-Wen Yang, Xue-Rui Wang, Guang-Xia Shi, Chao-Qun Yan, Si-Ming Ma, Wen Zhu, Qian-Qian Li, Tian-Ran Li, Ling-Yong Xiao, Cun-Zhi Liu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Emerging evidence suggests that acupuncture could improve cognitive impairment in vascular dementia by enhancing synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether dopamine, a key mediator of synaptic plasticity, is involved in this cognitive improvement. METHODS: Vascular dementia model was established by bilateral common carotid arteries occlusion in male Wistar rats. Three days after the operation, animals received acupuncture treatment for 2 weeks, once daily...
March 13, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289129/helios-expression-coordinates-the-development-of-a-subset-of-striatopallidal-medium-spiny-neurons
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Raquel Martín-Ibáñez, Mónica Pardo, Albert Giralt, Andrés Miguez, Inés Guardia, Lucile Marion-Poll, Cristina Herranz, Miriam Esgleas, Gerardo Garcia-Díaz Barriga, Michael J Edel, Carlos Vicario-Abejón, Jordi Alberch, Jean-Antoine Girault, Susan Chan, Philippe Kastner, Josep M Canals
Here we unravel the mechanism of action of Helios (He) during the development of striatal medium spiny neurons (MSNs). He regulates the second wave of striatal neurogenesis involved in the generation of striatopallidal neurons that express dopamine 2 receptor (D2R) and enkephalin (ENK). To exert this effect He is expressed in neural progenitor cells (NPCs) retaining them into the G1/G0 phase of the cell cycle. Thus, the lack of He produces an increase of S-phase entry and S-phase length of NPCs which in turn impairs striatal neurogenesis and produces an accumulation of the number of cycling NPCs in the germinal zone (GZ) that end up dying at postnatal stages...
March 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283350/ultrafine-carbon-particles-promote-rotenone-induced-dopamine-neuronal-loss-through-activating-microglial-nadph-oxidase
#16
Yinxi Wang, Dan Liu, Huifeng Zhang, Yixin Wang, Ling Wei, Yutong Liu, Jieying Liao, Hui-Ming Gao, Hui Zhou
BACKGROUND: Atmospheric ultrafine particles (UFPs) and pesticide rotenone were considered as potential environmental risk factors for Parkinson's disease (PD). However, whether and how UFPs alone and in combination with rotenone affect the pathogenesis of PD remains largely unknown. METHODS: Ultrafine carbon black (ufCB, a surrogate of UFPs) and rotenone were used individually or in combination to determine their roles in chronic dopaminergic (DA) loss in neuron-glia, and neuron-enriched, mix-glia cultures...
March 7, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282463/family-based-association-study-of-drd4-gene-in-methylphenidate-responded-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#17
Patrick Wing-Leung Leung, Janice Ka Yan Chan, Lu Hua Chen, Chi Chiu Lee, Se Fong Hung, Ting Pong Ho, Chun Pan Tang, Robert K Moyzis, James M Swanson
The 48-basepair (48-bp) variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) polymorphism in exon 3 of the dopamine receptor D4 gene (DRD4) is implicated in the etiology of attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In particular, ADHD in European-ancestry population is associated with an increased prevalence of the 7-repeat (7R) allele of the exon 3 VNTR. However, it is intriguing to note that the 7R allele has been found to be of very low prevalence in the Chinese general population. In a previous case-control study, our research team had found that the 7R allele was similarly absent in Chinese ADHD children in Hong Kong...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280480/the-efficacy-and-tolerability-of-the-clonidine-transdermal-patch-in-the-treatment-for-children-with-tic-disorders-a-prospective-open-single-group-self-controlled-study
#18
Pan-Pan Song, Li Jiang, Xiu-Juan Li, Si-Qi Hong, Shuang-Zi Li, Yue Hu
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of a clonidine transdermal patch in the treatment of children with tic disorders (TD) and to establish a predictive model for patients. METHODS: Forty-one patients who met the inclusion criteria entered into 12 weeks of prospective, open, single-group, self-controlled treatment with a clonidine transdermal patch. The Yale Global Tic Severity Scale (YGTSS) was employed before therapy (baseline) and at 4, 8, and 12 weeks after therapy...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280410/lamotrigine-an-antiepileptic-drug-inhibits-5-ht3-receptor-currents-in-ncb-20-neuroblastoma-cells
#19
Ki Jung Kim, Seung Hyun Jeun, Ki-Wug Sung
Lamotrigine is an antiepileptic drug widely used to treat epileptic seizures. Using whole-cell voltage clamp recordings in combination with a fast drug application approach, we investigated the effects of lamotrigine on 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)3 receptors in NCB-20 neuroblastoma cells. Co-application of lamotrigine (1~300 µM) resulted in a concentration-dependent reduction in peak amplitude of currents induced by 3 µM of 5-HT for an IC50 value of 28.2±3.6 µM with a Hill coefficient of 1.2±0.1. These peak amplitude decreases were accompanied by the rise slope reduction...
March 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275342/prefrontal-dopaminergic-mechanisms-of-extinction-in-adolescence-compared-to-adulthood-in-rats
#20
Isabel C Zbukvic, Chun Hui J Park, Despina E Ganella, Andrew J Lawrence, Jee Hyun Kim
Adolescents with anxiety disorders attain poorer outcomes following extinction-based treatment compared to adults. Extinction deficit during adolescence has been identified to involve immaturity in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Findings from adult rodents suggest extinction involves dopamine signaling in the mPFC. This system changes dramatically during adolescence, but its role in adolescent extinction is unknown. Therefore, we investigated the role of prefrontal dopamine in extinction using Pavlovian fear conditioning in adolescent and adult rats...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
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