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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471071/intragastric-preloads-of-l-tryptophan-reduce-ingestive-behavior-via-oxytocinergic-neural-mechanisms-in-male-mice
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Sarah N Gartner, Fraser Aidney, Anica Klockars, Colin Prosser, Elizabeth A Carpenter, Kiriana Isgrove, Allen S Levine, Pawel K Olszewski
Human and laboratory animal studies suggest that dietary supplementation of a free essential amino acid, l-tryptophan (TRP), reduces food intake. It is unclear whether an acute gastric preload of TRP decreases consumption and whether central mechanisms underlie TRP-driven hypophagia. We examined the effect of TRP administered via intragastric gavage on energy- and palatability-induced feeding in mice. We sought to identify central mechanisms through which TRP suppresses appetite. Effects of TRP on consumption of energy-dense and energy-dilute tastants were established in mice stimulated to eat by energy deprivation or palatability...
February 19, 2018: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471062/constitutive-stimulatory-g-protein-activity-in-limb-mesenchyme-impairs-bone-growth
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Anara Karaca, Vijayram Reddy Malladi, Yan Zu, Olta Tafaj, Elena Paltrinieri, Joy Y Wu, Qing He, Murat Bastepe
GNAS mutations leading to constitutively active stimulatory G protein alpha-subunit (Gsα) cause different tumors, fibrous dysplasia of bone, and McCune-Albright syndrome, which are typically not associated with short stature. Enhanced signaling of the parathyroid hormone/parathyroid hormone-related peptide receptor, which couples to multiple G proteins including Gsα, leads to short bones with delayed endochondral ossification. It has remained unknown whether constitutive Gsα activity also impairs bone growth...
February 19, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470957/kaempferol-7-o-%C3%AE-d-glucoside-isolated-from-the-leaves-of-cudrania-tricuspidata-inhibits-lps-induced-expression-of-pro-inflammatory-mediators-through-inactivation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-ap-1-and-jak-stat-in-raw-264-7-macrophages
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Seung-Bin Lee, Ji-Sun Shin, Hee-Soo Han, Hwi-Ho Lee, Jong Cheol Park, Kyung-Tae Lee
Kaempferol 7-O-β-D-glucoside (KPG), a natural flavonol isolated from Cudrania tricuspidata, has been reported to exert anti-cancer effects; however, its anti-inflammatory effects have not yet been reported. In this study, we demonstrate the suppressive effect of KPG on the production of nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced RAW 264.7 macrophages and mouse bone marrow-derived macrophages...
February 19, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468190/optogenetic-activation-of-non-nociceptive-a%C3%AE-fibers-induces-neuropathic-pain-like-sensory-and-emotional-behaviors-after-nerve-injury-in-rats
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Ryoichi Tashima, Keisuke Koga, Misuzu Sekine, Kensho Kanehisa, Yuta Kohro, Keiko Tominaga, Katsuyuki Matsushita, Hidetoshi Tozaki-Saitoh, Yugo Fukazawa, Kazuhide Inoue, Hiromu Yawo, Hidemasa Furue, Makoto Tsuda
Neuropathic pain is caused by peripheral nerve injury (PNI). One hallmark symptom is allodynia (pain caused by normally innocuous stimuli), but its mechanistic underpinning remains elusive. Notably, whether selective stimulation of non-nociceptive primary afferent Aβ fibers indeed evokes neuropathic pain-like sensory and emotional behaviors after PNI is unknown, because of the lack of tools to manipulate Aβ fiber function in awake, freely moving animals. In this study, we used a transgenic rat line that enables stimulation of non-nociceptive Aβ fibers by a light-activated channel (channelrhodopsin-2; ChR2)...
January 2018: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29467931/toll-like-receptor-2-induces-adenosine-receptor-a2a-and-promotes-human-squamous-carcinoma-cell-growth-via-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinases-%C3%A2
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Chithra Devi Palani, Lalitha Ramanathapuram, Aroonwan Lam-Ubol, Zoya B Kurago
Patient treatment for oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) not associated with Human papillomavirus remains problematic. OSCC microenvironment is typically inflamed and colonized by microorganisms, providing ligands for toll-like receptors (TLR). In immune cells TLR2 and TLR4 activate NF-kB and extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK)1/2 pathways, leading to upregulation of inhibitory adenosine receptors A2a and A2b, and reduction in stimulatory A1 and A3. How TLR and adenosine receptors function in SCC cells is not understood...
January 23, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29466910/the-role-of-ventral-tegmental-area-gaba-on-the-chronic-neuropathic-pain-following-spinal-cord-injury-in-rat
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Moon Yi Ko, Eun Young Jang, June Yeon Lee, Su Phil Kim, Sung Hun Whang, Bong Hyo Lee, Hee Young Kim, Char Ha Yang, Hee Jung Cho, Young Seob Gwak
Spinal cord injury (SCI) frequently results in chronic neuropathic pain (CNP). However, the understanding of brain neural circuits in CNP modulation is unclear. The present study examined the changes of ventral tegmental area (VTA) putative GABAergic and dopaminergic neuronal activity with CNP attenuation in rats. SCI was established by T10 clip compression injury (35 g, 1 min) in rats, and neuropathic pain behaviors, in vivo extracellular single cell recording of putative VTA GABA/dopamine neurons, extracellular GABA level, glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) and vesicular GABA transporters (VGAT) were measured in the VTA, respectively...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29463104/momordica-charantia-inhibits-inflammatory-responses-in-murine-macrophages-via-suppression-of-tak1
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Woo Seok Yang, Eunju Yang, Min-Jeong Kim, Deok Jeong, Deok Hyo Yoon, Gi-Ho Sung, Seungihm Lee, Byong Chul Yoo, Seung-Gu Yeo, Jae Youl Cho
Momordica charantia known as bitter melon is a representative medicinal plant reported to exhibit numerous pharmacological activities such as antibacterial, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antitumor, and hypoglycemic actions. Although this plant has high ethnopharmacological value for treating inflammatory diseases, the molecular mechanisms by which it inhibits the inflammatory response are not fully understood. In this study, we aim to identify the anti-inflammatory mechanism of this plant. To this end, we studied the effects of its methanol extract (Mc-ME) on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW264...
February 20, 2018: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29463002/inhibitory-effect-of-purpurogallin-on-osteoclast-differentiation-in-vitro-through-the-downregulation-of-c-fos-and-nfatc1
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Kiryeong Kim, Tae Hoon Kim, Hye Jung Ihn, Jung Eun Kim, Je-Yong Choi, Hong-In Shin, Eui Kyun Park
Purpurogallin, a benzotropolone-containing natural compound, has been reported to exhibit numerous biological and pharmacological functions, such as antioxidant, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory effects. In this study, we enzymatically synthesized purpurogallin from pyrogallol and investigated its role in receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL)-induced osteoclastogenesis. Purpurogallin attenuated the formation of multinucleated tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP)-positive osteoclasts from bone marrow macrophages (BMMs) without causing cytotoxicity, and suppressed upregulation of osteoclast-specific markers, including TRAP (Acp5), cathepsin K (Ctsk), and dendritic cell-specific transmembrane protein (Dcstamp)...
February 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29462337/repeated-systemic-treatment-with-rapamycin-affects-behavior-and-amygdala-protein-expression-in-rats
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Martin Hadamitzky, Arne Herring, Julia Kirchhof, Ivo Bendix, Matthew J Haight, Kathy Keyvani, Laura Lückemann, Meike Unteroberdörster, Manfred Schedlowski
Background: Clinical data indicate that therapy with small-molecule immunosuppressive drugs is frequently accompanied by an incidence rate of neuropsychiatric symptoms. In the current approach, we investigated in rats whether repeated administration of rapamycin (RAPA), reflecting clinical conditions of patients undergoing therapy with this mTOR inhibitor, precipitates changes in neurobehavioral functioning. Methods: Male adult Dark Agouti rats were daily treated with intraperitoneal injections of RAPA (1, 3 mg/kg) or vehicle for eight days...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29462275/excitation-of-cortical-nnos-nk1r-neurons-by-hypocretin-1-is-independent-of-sleep-homeostasis
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Rhîannan H Williams, Sarah W Black, Alexia M Thomas, Juliette Piquet, Bruno Cauli, Thomas S Kilduff
We have proposed that cortical nNOS/NK1R interneurons have a role in sleep homeostasis. The hypocretins (orexins) are wake-promoting neuropeptides and hypocretin/orexin (Hcrt) neurons project to the cortex. Hcrt peptides affect deep layer cortical neurons, and Hcrt receptor 1 (Hcrtr1; Ox1r) mRNA is expressed in cortical nNOS/NK1R cells. Therefore, we investigated whether Hcrt neuron stimulation affects cingulate cortex nNOS/NK1R neurons. Bath application of HCRT1/orexin-A evoked an inward current and membrane depolarization in most nNOS/NK1R cells which persisted in tetrodotoxin; optogenetic stimulation of Hcrt terminals expressing channelrhodopsin-2 confirmed these results, and pharmacological studies determined that HCRTR1 mediated these responses...
February 16, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29460052/dorsal-raphe-projection-inhibits-the-excitatory-inputs-on-lateral-habenula-and-alleviates-depressive-behaviors-in-rats
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Hai Zhang, Kuan Li, Hong-Sheng Chen, Shuang-Qi Gao, Zhi-Xuan Xia, Jie-Ting Zhang, Fang Wang, Jian-Guo Chen
Hypofunction of the serotonergic (5-HT) system has close relationship with the symptoms in major depressive disorders (MDD), however, the underlying neural circuitry mechanisms are not fully understood. Lateral habenula (LHb) plays a crucial role in aversive behaviors and is activated in conditions of depression. It has been reported that 5-HT inhibits the excitability of LHb neurons, leading to the hypothesis that decreased transmission of 5-HT would elevate the activity of LHb and therefore mediates depressive symptoms...
February 19, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453443/role-of-the-mesolimbic-dopamine-system-in-relief-learning
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Dana Mayer, Evelyn Kahl, Taygun C Uzuneser, Markus Fendt
The relief from an aversive event is rewarding. Since organisms are able to learn which environmental cues can cease an aversive event, relief learning helps to better cope with future aversive events. Literature data suggest that relief learning is affected in various psychopathological conditions, such as anxiety disorders. Here, we investigated the role of the mesolimbic dopamine system in relief learning. Using a relief learning procedure in Sprague Dawley rats, we applied a combination of behavioral experiments with anatomical tracing, c-Fos immunohistochemistry, and local chemogenetic and pharmacological interventions to broadly characterize the role of the mesolimbic dopamine system...
February 5, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452097/stimulation-of-trpv1-channels-activates-the-ap-1-transcription-factor
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Tobias M Backes, Oliver G Rössler, Xin Hui, Carsten Grötzinger, Peter Lipp, Gerald Thiel
Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channels were originally described as the receptors of capsaicin, the main constituent of hot chili pepper. The biological functions of TRPV1 channels include pain sensation and inflammatory thermal hyperalgesia. Here, we show that stimulation of HEK293 cells expressing TRPV1 channels (H2C1 cells) with capsaicin or the TRPV1 ligand resiniferatoxin activated transcription mediated by the transcription factor AP-1. No cell death was occurring under these experimental conditions...
February 13, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450645/brain-c-fos-expression-patterns-induced-by-emotional-stressors-differing-in-nature-and-intensity
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Jesús Úbeda-Contreras, Ignacio Marín-Blasco, Roser Nadal, Antonio Armario
Regardless of its particular nature, emotional stressors appear to elicit a widespread and roughly similar brain activation pattern as evaluated by c-fos expression. However, their behavioral and physiological consequences may strongly differ. Here we addressed in adult male rats the contribution of the intensity and the particular nature of stressors by comparing, in a set of brain areas, the number of c-fos expressing neurons in response to open-field, cat odor or immobilization on boards (IMO). These are qualitatively different stressors that are known to differ in terms of intensity, as evaluated by biological markers...
February 15, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447134/histone-deacetylase-5-hdac5-regulates-neuropathic-pain-through-sry-related-hmg-box-10-sox10-dependent-mechanism-in-mice
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Pan Gu, Zhiqiang Pan, Xiao-Min Wang, Liting Sun, Lydia Wai Tai, Chi Wai Cheung
A strong link between histone deacetylases (HDACs) and nociceptive hypersensitivity has been indicated in different pain models. However, the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we discovered that partial sciatic nerve ligation-induced mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia in mice were associated with increased mRNA and protein expressions of HDAC5 (a member of class IIa HDACs) and SRY-related HMG-box 10 (SOX10) in the ipsilateral lumbar dorsal horn. Gene knockdown of spinal HDAC5 or SOX10 attenuated partial sciatic nerve ligation-induced nociceptive hypersensitivity, companied with decrease of spinal neuronal sensitization markers, namely phosphorylated-Erk, phosphorylated-GluN1 (ser896), and c-Fos...
March 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442051/3-4-7-8-tetrahydroxyflavone-inhibits-rankl-induced-osteoclast-formation-and-bone-resorption
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J H Kang, H Jung, M Yim
Osteoclasts, which are specialized bone multinuclear cells, are responsible for bone lytic diseases such as osteoporosis. 3',4',7,8-tetrahydroxyflavone is a flavonoid from Acacia confusa. In the present study, we found that 3',4',7,8-tetrahydroxyflavone markedly inhibited receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligand (RANKL)-induced osteoclastic differentiation from mouse bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMMs). 3',4',7,8-tetrahydroxyflavone also reduced the mRNA expression levels of osteoclastic marker genes including the calcitonin receptor (CTR) and cathepsin K...
March 1, 2017: Die Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438798/short-term-fasting-decreases-excitatory-synaptic-inputs-to-ventromedial-tuberoinfundibular-dopaminergic-neurons-and-attenuates-their-activity-in-male-mice
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Takafumi Kubota, Atsushi Fukushima, Hiroko Hagiwara, Yoshinori Kamiya, Miyako Furuta, Tomoyuki Miyazaki, Hitomi Fujioka, Sei-Etsu Fujiwara, Toshiya Funabashi, Tatsuo Akema
Tuberoinfundibular dopaminergic (TIDA) neurons in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) of the hypothalamus play a role in inhibiting prolactin (PRL) secretion from the anterior pituitary. PRL is involved in a variety of behaviors, including feeding. Consequently, we hypothesized that fasting might reduce the activity of TIDA neurons, which might alter PRL secretion. However, direct examinations of TIDA neuron activity are difficult. Recently, transgenic mice were generated that expressed green fluorescent protein (GFP) under the control of the rat tyrosine hydroxylase gene...
February 10, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436637/nicotinamide-phosphoribosyltransferase-and-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-of-the-rat
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Piotr Celichowski, Karol Jopek, Paulina Milecka, Marta Szyszka, Marianna Tyczewska, Ludwik K Malendowicz, Marcin Ruciński
Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (Nampt), also termed visfatin, catalyses the rate‑limiting step in the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) salvage pathway. In addition to its intracellular function (iNampt), extracellular Nampt (eNampt) also affects numerous intracellular signalling pathways. The current study investigated the role of Nampt in the regulation of the hypothalamic‑pituitary‑adrenal (HPA) axis in rats. At 1 h after intraperitoneal administration of eNampt (4 µg/100 g) in adult male rats, serum adrenocorticotropic hormone(ACTH) and aldosterone levels remained unchanged, while corticosterone levels were notably elevated compared with the control group, as determined by ELISA...
February 7, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436595/anti%C3%A2-apoptotic-effects-of-glycosaminoglycans-via-inhibition-of-erk-ap%C3%A2-1-signaling-in-tnf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-stimulated-human-dermal-fibroblasts
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Jungtae Na, Dong-Ho Bak, Song I Im, Hyangtae Choi, Jung Hyun Hwang, Su Yeon Kong, Yeon A No, Yonghee Lee, Beom Joon Kim
It has been established that glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) serve an important role in protecting the skin against the effects of aging. A previous clinical trial by our group identified that a cream containing GAGs reduced wrinkles and increased skin elasticity, dermal density and skin tightening. However, the exact molecular mechanism underlying the anti‑aging effect of GAGs has not yet been fully elucidated. The present study assessed the influence of GAGs on cell viability, collagen synthesis and collagen synthesis‑associated signaling pathways in tumor necrosis factor‑α (TNF‑α)‑stimulated human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs); an in vitro model of aging...
February 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436382/acupuncture-relieves-motion-sickness-via-the-ir%C3%AE-erk1-2-dependent-insulin-receptor-signalling-pathway
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Dawei Tian, Fengfeng Mo, Xingjian Cai, Zhiyuan Miao, Feng Xiao, Yifang Chang, Lusha Wu, Yuxiao Tang, Xin Wang, Chen Ye, Xiaolu Qian, Wei Gu, Min Li
OBJECTIVE: Acupuncture has been widely used for the treatment of motion sickness (MS), but the underlying mechanisms are unclear. The aim of this research was to study the mechanism of acupuncture in the treatment of MS. METHODS: To observe the effects of acupuncture in the treatment of MS, 80 rats were randomised into five groups that were subjected to acceleration and either remained untreated (CTRL), or received restraint (REST), scopolamine (SCOP) or acupuncture at SP4 (sham) or PC6+ST36 (verum) acupuncture points...
February 7, 2018: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
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