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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088389/nalfurafine-is-a-g-protein-biased-agonist-having-significantly-greater-bias-at-the-human-than-rodent-form-of-the-kappa-opioid-receptor
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Selena S Schattauer, Jamie R Kuhar, Allisa Song, Charles Chavkin
Nalfurafine is a moderately selective kappa opioid receptor (KOR) analgesic with low incidence of dysphoric side effects in clinical development for the treatment of uremic pruritis. The basis for its reduced dysphoric effect compared to other KOR agonists is not clear, but prior studies suggest that the aversive properties of KOR agonists require p38α MAPK activation through an arrestin-dependent mechanism. To determine whether nalfurafine is a functionally selective KOR agonist, we measured its potency to activate the G protein-dependent early phase of Extracellular Signal-Regulated Kinase (ERK1/2) phosphorylation and the arrestin-dependent late phase of p38 MAPK signaling...
January 11, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088065/methionine-enkephalin-menk-mounts-antitumor-effect-via-regulating-dendritic-cells-dcs
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Yiming Meng, Xinghua Gao, Wenna Chen, Nicolas P Plotnikoff, Noreen Griffin, Guirong Zhang, Fengping Shan
MENK, an endogenous opioid peptide has been reported to have many immunological and antitumor activities. So far the detailed mechanisms of antitumor through regulating DCs by MENK have not been elucidated yet. The aim of this work was to investigate the antitumor mechanisms of MENK via regulating DC. The monitoring methods, such as ELISA, MTS assay, CFSE, Real-time PCR and Western blot were included in our research. We found bone marrow derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) in 36 female C57BL/6 mice treated with MENK enhanced expression of key surface molecules, increased production of critical cytokines reduced endocytosis of FITC-dextran, upregulated TLR4 through MyD88/NF-κB signaling pathway and mounted higher antitumor activity...
January 11, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071341/identification-of-novel-hits-as-highly-prospective-dual-agonists-for-mu-and-kappa-opioid-receptors-an-integrated-in-silico-approach
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Indrani Bera, Mrinal Vishwas Marathe, Pavan V Payghan, Nanda Ghoshal
Opioid agonists are used clinically for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, however, their clinical use is limited due to the presence of undesired side effects. Dual agonists, simultaneously targeting mu and kappa opioid receptors, show fewer side effects than that of selective agonists. In the present work, 2D- and 3D- Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship studies were performed on a series of aminomorphinan derivatives as dual agonists, using a wide range of descriptors. The aim of the study was to identify the structural requirements for the activity of these compounds towards mu and kappa opioid receptors and using the models, with best external predictability, for predicting the activities of new hits obtained from shape based virtual screening of drug like compounds from ZINC database...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056342/pathway-and-cell-specific-kappa-opioid-receptor-modulation-of-excitation-inhibition-balance-differentially%C3%A2-gates-d1-and-d2-accumbens-neuron-activity
#4
Hugo A Tejeda, Jocelyn Wu, Alana R Kornspun, Marco Pignatelli, Vadim Kashtelyan, Michael J Krashes, Brad B Lowell, William A Carlezon, Antonello Bonci
Endogenous dynorphin signaling via the kappa-opioid receptor (KOR) in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) powerfully mediates negative affective states and stress reactivity. Excitatory inputs from the hippocampus and amygdala play a fundamental role in shaping the activity of both NAcc D1 and D2 MSNs, which encode positive and negative motivational valences, respectively. However, a circuit-based mechanism by which KOR modulation of excitation-inhibition balance modifies D1 and D2 MSN activity is lacking. Here, we provide a comprehensive synaptic framework wherein presynaptic KOR inhibition decreases the excitatory drive of D1 MSN activity by the amygdala, but not the hippocampus...
January 4, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043969/the-role-of-nfkb-in-drug-addiction-beyond-inflammation
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REVIEW
S E Nennig, J R Schank
AIMS: Nuclear factor kappa light chain enhancer of activated B cells (NFkB) is a ubiquitous transcription factor well known for its role in the innate immune response. As such, NFkB is a transcriptional activator of inflammatory mediators such as cytokines. It has recently been demonstrated that alcohol and other drugs of abuse can induce NFkB activity and cytokine expression in the brain. A number of reviews have been published highlighting this effect of alcohol, and have linked increased NFkB function to neuroimmune-stimulated toxicity...
January 1, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028605/neuropeptide-systems-and-new-treatments-for-nicotine-addiction
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REVIEW
Adriaan W Bruijnzeel
RATIONALE: The mildly euphoric and cognitive enhancing effects of nicotine play a role in the initiation of smoking, while dysphoria and anxiety associated with smoking cessation contribute to relapse. After the acute withdrawal phase, smoking cues, a few cigarettes (i.e., lapse), and stressors can cause relapse. Human and animal studies have shown that neuropeptides play a critical role in nicotine addiction. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this paper is to describe the role of neuropeptide systems in the initiation of nicotine intake, nicotine withdrawal, and the reinstatement of extinguished nicotine seeking...
December 28, 2016: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960559/investigational-drugs-for-treating-major-depressive-disorder
#7
Ashish Dhir
Treatment of patients suffering from major depression could be highly challenging for psychiatrists. Intractability as well as relapse is commonly seen among these patients, leading to functional impairment and poor quality of life. The present review discusses some of the novel investigational drugs that are under pre-clinical or clinical phases in the treatment of major depression. Areas covered: Molecules belonging to different classes such as triple reuptake inhibitors, opioid receptors, ionotropic and metabotropic glutamate receptors, and neurotrophin in the treatment of major depression are covered in this article...
January 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913257/prodynorphin-and-kappa-opioid-receptor-mrna-expression-in-the-brain-relates-to-social-status-and-behavior-in-male-european-starlings
#8
Lauren V Riters, Melissa A Cordes, Sharon A Stevenson
Numerous animal species display behavioral changes in response to changes in social status or territory possession. For example, in male European starlings only males that acquire nesting sites display high rates of sexual and agonistic behavior. Past studies show that mu and delta opioid receptors regulate behaviors associated with social ascension or defeat. Opioids also act at kappa receptors, with dynorphin binding with the highest affinity; however, the role of these opioids in social behavior has not been well studied...
March 1, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903642/behavioral-characterization-of-%C3%AE%C2%BA-opioid-receptor-agonist-spiradoline-and-cannabinoid-receptor-agonist-cp55940-mixtures-in-rats
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Vanessa Minervini, Sujata Dahal, Charles P France
Pain is a significant clinical problem, and there is a need for more effective treatments with reduced adverse effects that currently limit the use of μ opioid receptor agonists. Synthetic κ opioid receptor agonists have no abuse liability and well-documented antinociceptive effects; however, adverse effects (diuresis, dysphoria) preclude their use in the clinic. Combining κ opioids with nonopioid drugs (cannabinoid receptor agonists) allows for smaller doses of each drug to produce antinociception. This study tested whether a potentially useful effect of the κ opioid receptor agonist 2-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-N-methyl-N-[(5R,7S,8S)-7-pyrrolidin-1-yl-1-oxaspiro[4...
February 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899527/biased-agonists-of-the-kappa-opioid-receptor-suppress-pain-and-itch-without-causing-sedation-or-dysphoria
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Tarsis F Brust, Jenny Morgenweck, Susy A Kim, Jamie H Rose, Jason L Locke, Cullen L Schmid, Lei Zhou, Edward L Stahl, Michael D Cameron, Sarah M Scarry, Jeffrey Aubé, Sara R Jones, Thomas J Martin, Laura M Bohn
Agonists targeting the kappa opioid receptor (KOR) have been promising therapeutic candidates because of their efficacy for treating intractable itch and relieving pain. Unlike typical opioid narcotics, KOR agonists do not produce euphoria or lead to respiratory suppression or overdose. However, they do produce dysphoria and sedation, side effects that have precluded their clinical development as therapeutics. KOR signaling can be fine-tuned to preferentially activate certain pathways over others, such that agonists can bias signaling so that the receptor signals through G proteins rather than other effectors such as βarrestin2...
November 29, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891289/nor-bni-antagonism-of-kappa-opioid-agonist-induced-reinstatement-of-ethanol-seeking-behavior
#11
Erin Harshberger, Emily A Gilson, Kelli Gillett, Jasmine H Stone, Laila El Amrani, Glenn R Valdez
Recent work suggests that the dynorphin (DYN)/kappa opioid receptor (KOR) system may be a key mediator in the behavioral effects of alcohol. The objective of the present study was to examine the ability of the KOR antagonist norbinaltorphimine (nor-BNI) to attenuate relapse to ethanol seeking due to priming injections of the KOR agonist U50,488 at time points consistent with KOR selectivity. Male Wistar rats were trained to self-administer a 10% ethanol solution, and then responding was extinguished. Following extinction, rats were injected with U50,488 (0...
2016: Journal of Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872581/a-trigger-for-opioid-misuse-chronic-pain-and-stress-dysregulate-the-mesolimbic-pathway-and-kappa-opioid-system
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REVIEW
Nicolas Massaly, Jose A Morón, Ream Al-Hasani
Pain and stress are protective mechanisms essential in avoiding harmful or threatening stimuli and ensuring survival. Despite these beneficial roles, chronic exposure to either pain or stress can lead to maladaptive hormonal and neuronal modulations that can result in chronic pain and a wide spectrum of stress-related disorders including anxiety and depression. By inducing allostatic changes in the mesolimbic dopaminergic pathway, both chronic pain and stress disorders affect the rewarding values of both natural reinforcers, such as food or social interaction, and drugs of abuse...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849613/endogenous-central-amygdala-mu-opioid-receptor-signaling-promotes-sodium-appetite-in-mice
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Craig M Smith, Lesley L Walker, Tanawan Leeboonngam, Michael J McKinley, Derek A Denton, Andrew J Lawrence
Due to the importance of dietary sodium and its paucity within many inland environments, terrestrial animals have evolved an instinctive sodium appetite that is commensurate with sodium deficiency. Despite a well-established role for central opioid signaling in sodium appetite, the endogenous influence of specific opioid receptor subtypes within distinct brain regions remains to be elucidated. Using selective pharmacological antagonists of opioid receptor subtypes, we reveal that endogenous mu-opioid receptor (MOR) signaling strongly drives sodium appetite in sodium-depleted mice, whereas a role for kappa (KOR) and delta (DOR) opioid receptor signaling was not detected, at least in sodium-depleted mice...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842940/nalmefene-for-the-management-of-alcohol-dependence-review-on-its-pharmacology-mechanism-of-action-and-meta-analysis-on-its-clinical-efficacy
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Karl Mann, Lars Torup, Per Sørensen, Antoni Gual, Robert Swift, Brendan Walker, Wim van den Brink
Nalmefene, a mu- and delta-opioid receptor (MOR, DOR) antagonist and a partial kappa-opioid receptor (KOR) agonist, is approved in the European Union and other countries for the reduction of alcohol consumption in alcohol dependent patients with a high drinking risk level according to WHO ("target population"). This review presents an overview of nalmefene׳s pharmacology, its mechanisms of action and a meta-analysis on its efficacy in reducing alcohol consumption. The review was based on a systematic search of the literature...
December 2016: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821345/n-18-f-fluoropropyljdtic-for-%C3%AE%C2%BA-opioid-receptor-pet-imaging-radiosynthesis-pre-clinical-evaluation-and-metabolic-investigation-in-comparison-with-parent-jdtic
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Sébastien Schmitt, Jérôme Delamare, Olivier Tirel, Fabien Fillesoye, Martine Dhilly, Cécile Perrio
INTRODUCTION: To image kappa opioid receptor (KOR) for preclinical studies, N-fluoropropylJDTic 9 derived from the best-established KOR antagonist JDTic, was labeled with fluorine-18. METHODS: Radiosynthesis of [(18)F]9 was achieved according to an automated two-step procedure from [(18)F]-fluoride. Peripheral and cerebral distributions were determined by ex vivo experiments and by PET imaging in mouse. Radiometabolism studies were performed both in vivo in mice and in vitro in mouse and human liver microsomes...
January 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818236/a-role-for-the-mu-opioid-receptor-in-the-antidepressant-effects-of-buprenorphine
#16
Shivon A Robinson, Rebecca L Erickson, Caroline A Browne, Irwin Lucki
Buprenorphine (BPN), a mixed opioid drug with high affinity for mu (MOR) and kappa (KOR) opioid receptors, has been shown to produce behavioral responses in rodents that are similar to those of antidepressant and anxiolytic drugs. Although recent studies have identified KORs as a primary mediator of BPN's effects in rodent models of depressive-like behavior, the role of MORs in BPN's behavioral effects has not been as well explored. The current studies investigated the role of MORs in mediating conditioned approach behavior in the novelty-induced hypophagia (NIH) test, a behavioral measure previously shown to be sensitive to chronic treatment with antidepressant drugs...
February 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802429/kappa-opioid-agonist-u50-488h-mediated-protection-against-heart-failure-following-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-dual-roles-of-heme-oxygenase-1
#17
Guang Tong, Ben Zhang, Xuan Zhou, Jinbo Zhao, Zhongchan Sun, Ye Tao, Jianming Pei, Weida Zhang
BACKGROUNDS/AIMS: The selective κ-opioid agonist U50,488H protects heart from myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (MI/R) injury. We examined whether U50,488H is also beneficial for MI/R induced heart failure. METHODS: Anesthetized male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to 30 min of myocardial ischemia via left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) occlusion, followed by 4 weeks of reperfusion. Infarct size was examined by Evans blue/triphenyl tetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797517/structure-activity-relationships-of-des-arg-7-dynorphin-a-analogues-at-the-%C3%AE%C2%BA-opioid-receptor
#18
Cyf N Ramos-Colon, Yeon Sun Lee, Michael Remesic, Sara M Hall, Justin LaVigne, Peg Davis, Alexander J Sandweiss, Mary I McIntosh, Jessica Hanson, Tally M Largent-Milnes, Todd W Vanderah, John Streicher, Frank Porreca, Victor J Hruby
Dynorphin A (Dyn A) is an endogenous ligand for the opioid receptors with preference for the κ opioid receptor (KOR), and its structure-activity relationship (SAR) has been extensively studied at the KOR to develop selective potent agonists and antagonists. Numerous SAR studies have revealed that the Arg(7) residue is essential for KOR activity. In contrast, our systematic SAR studies on [des-Arg(7)]Dyn A analogues found that Arg(7) is not a key residue and even deletion of the residue does not affect biological activities at the KOR...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764759/6-methoxyflavanone-attenuates-mechanical-allodynia-and-vulvodynia-in-the-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-neuropathic-pain
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Shehla Akbar, Fazal Subhan, Nasiara Karim, Muhammad Shahid, Nisar Ahmad, Gowhar Ali, Wajahat Mahmood, Khwaja Fawad
BACKGROUND: Diabetic neuropathy is the most prevalent, persistent and debilitating complication of diabetes mellitus often coupled with vulvodynia that may present as an isolated symptom or as a part of constellation of other neuropathic abnormalities. OBJECTIVE: Flavonoids have selective affinity for GABA receptors and 6-methoxyflavanone (6-MeOF) is a positive allosteric modulator of GABA responses at human recombinant GABAA receptors. GABAergic and opioidergic system inhibition have been shown to facilitate neuropathic pain...
December 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760914/erratum-j-reprod-dev-vol-59-no-3-p-266-272-dynorphin-kappa-opioid-receptor-signaling-partly-mediates-estrogen-negative-feedback-effect-on-lh-pulses-in-female-rats
#20
Mst Parvin Mostari, Nahoko Ieda, Chikaya Deura, Shiori Minabe, Shunji Yamada, Yoshihisa Uenoyama, Kei-Ichiro Maeda, Hiroko Tsukamura
Figure 3(a) have been corrected.
2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
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