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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449351/long-term-plasticity-of-corticostriatal-synapses-is-modulated-by-pathway-specific-co-release-of-opioids-through-kappa-opioid-receptors
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Sarah L Hawes, Armando G Salinas, David M Lovinger, Kim T Blackwell
Synaptic plasticity in striatum adjusts behaviour adaptively during skill learning, or maladaptively in the case of addiction. Just as dopamine plays a critical role in synaptic plasticity underlying normal skill learning and addiction, endogenous and exogenous opiates also modulate learning and addiction-related striatal plasticity. Though the role of opioid receptors in long-term depression in striatum has been characterized, their effect on long-term potentiation (LTP) remains unknown. In particular, direct pathway (Dopamine D1 Receptor containing; D1R) - spiny projection neurons (SPNs) co-release the opioid neuropeptide dynorphin, which acts at presynaptic kappa opioid receptors (KORs) on dopaminergic afferents and can negatively regulate dopamine release...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446883/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-profile-of-ppl-101-and-ppl-103-mixed-opioid-partial-agonist-analgesics-with-low-abuse-potential
#2
Taline V Khroyan, Andrea Cippitelli, Nicholas Toll, John A Lawson, William Crossman, Willma E Polgar, Lawrence Toll
Opiates are still the most effective and widely used treatments for acute and chronic pain. However, the problems associated with morphine and other standard opioid analgesics severely limit their effectiveness in the clinic. PPL-101 and PPL-103 derived from morphine and morphinan ring systems contain a chiral N-substituent, which confers it with a unique combination of high-binding affinities and partial agonist activities at mu, delta, and kappa opioid receptors, leading to unique in vivo pharmacology compared to other conventional opioids...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443503/kratom-and-future-treatment-for-the-opiods-addiction-and-chroic-pain-periculo-beneficium
#3
Ismaliza Ismail, Suzaily Wahab, Hatta Sidi, Srijit Das, Loo Jiann Lin, Rosdinom Razali
Kratom (Mitragynaspeciosa), a natural existing plant found in South-East Asia, is tradi-tionally used as an herb to help to elevate a person's energy and also to treat numerous medical ailments. Other than the analgesic property, kratom has been used as an agent to overcome opioid withdrawal as it contains natural alkaloids, i.e. mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine, and MGM-9, which has agonist affinity on the opioid receptors, including mu (μ) and kappa (κ). The role of neural reward pathway linked to μ-opioid receptors and both dopaminergic and GABA-ergic interneurons that express μ-opioid receptors were deliberated...
April 25, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442370/modulation-of-drug-choice-by-extended-drug-access-and-withdrawal-in-rhesus-monkeys-implications-for-negative-reinforcement-as-a-driver-of-addiction-and-target-for-medications-development
#4
REVIEW
S Stevens Negus, Matthew L Banks
Chronic drug exposure is hypothesized to recruit negative reinforcement processes that increase the magnitude and alter the mechanisms of drug reinforcement. Candidate substrates of negative reinforcement include increased signaling via stress-related neurotransmitters such as corticotropin releasing factor (CRF, acting at CRF receptors) or dynorphin (acting at kappa opioid receptors) and/or decreased signaling via reward-related neurotransmitters such as dopamine. Determinants of drug reinforcement can be examined with choice procedures, in which subjects choose between a drug of interest (e...
April 22, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431630/kynurenic-acid-and-its-analogue-can-alter-the-opioid-receptor-g-protein-signaling-after-acute-treatment-via-nmda-receptor-in-rat-cortex-and-striatum
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Reza Samavati, Ferenc Zádor, Edina Szűcs, Bernadett Tuka, Diána Martos, Gábor Veres, Róbert Gáspár, István M Mándity, Ferenc Fülöp, László Vécsei, Sándor Benyhe, Anna Borsodi
Previously, we have shown that the N-methyl d-aspartate (NMDA)-receptor antagonist kynurenic acid (KYNA) and its analogue KYNA1 do not bind directly to mu, kappa and delta opioid receptors in vitro. On the other hand, chronic administration of KYNA and KYNA1 resulted in region (cortex vs striatum) and opioid receptor-type specific alterations in G-protein activation of mouse brain homogenates. Here we describe for the first time the acute effect of KYNA and KYNA1 on opioid receptor function with the possible involvement of the NMDA receptor...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429311/improving-animal-welfare-using-continuous-nalbuphine-infusion-in-a-long-term-rat-model-of-sepsis
#6
Victor Jeger, Mattia Arrigo, Florian F Hildenbrand, Daniel Müller, Paulin Jirkof, Till Hauffe, Burkhardt Seifert, Margarete Arras, Donat R Spahn, Dominique Bettex, Alain Rudiger
BACKGROUND: Sepsis research relies on animal models to investigate the mechanisms of the dysregulated host response to infection. Animal welfare concerns request the use of potent analgesics for the Refinement of existing sepsis models, according to the 3Rs principle. Nevertheless, adequate analgesia is often missing, partly because the effects of analgesics in this particular condition are unknown. We evaluated the use of nalbuphine, an opioid with kappa agonistic and mu antagonistic effects, in rats with and without experimental sepsis...
December 2017: Intensive Care Medicine Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425121/role-of-the-dynorphin-kappa-opioid-receptor-system-in-the-motivational-effects-of-ethanol
#7
Rachel I Anderson, Howard C Becker
Evidence has demonstrated that dynorphin (DYN) and the kappa opioid receptor (KOR) system contribute to various psychiatric disorders, including anxiety, depression, and addiction. More recently, this endogenous opioid system has received increased attention as a potential therapeutic target for treating alcohol use disorders. In this review, we provide an overview and synthesis of preclinical studies examining the influence of alcohol (ethanol) exposure on DYN/KOR expression and function, as well as studies examining the effects of DYN/KOR manipulation on ethanol's rewarding and aversive properties...
April 20, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402252/constitutive-activation-of-kappa-opioid-receptors-at-ventral-tegmental-area-inhibitory-synapses-following-acute-stress
#8
Abigail M Polter, Kelsey Barcomb, Rudy W Chen, Paige M Dingess, Nicholas M Graziane, Travis E Brown, Julie A Kauer
Stressful experiences potently activate kappa opioid receptors (κORs). κORs in the ventral tegmental area regulate multiple aspects of dopaminergic and non-dopaminergic cell function. Here we show that at GABAergic synapses on rat VTA dopamine neurons, a single exposure to a brief cold-water swim stress induces prolonged activation of κORs. This is mediated by activation of the receptor during the stressor followed by a persistent, ligand-independent constitutive activation of the κOR itself. This lasting change in function is not seen at κORs at neighboring excitatory synapses, suggesting distinct time courses and mechanisms of regulation of different subsets of κORs...
April 12, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401756/gpcr-activation-and-endocytosis-induced-by-a-2d-material-agonist
#9
Wei-Tao Dou, Ya Kong, Xiao-Peng He, Guo-Rong Chen, Yi Zang, Jia Li, He Tian
Agonist-induced activation and endocytosis of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are crucial for a number of physiological and pathological processes. However, tools that are available for probing GPCR endocytosis have been insufficient. Here, we developed a two-dimensional (2D) material agonist by supramolecular self-assembly between an endogenous agonist of κ-opioid receptor (KOR) and 2D molybdenum disulfide. The 2D material agonist has proven to be amenable for eliciting GPCR activation and endocytosis in cells stably expressing KOR rather than in those without KOR expression...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376659/kappa-opioid-receptor-antagonists-a-possible-new-class-of-therapeutics-for-migraine-prevention
#10
Jennifer Y Xie, Milena De Felice, Caroline M Kopruszinski, Nathan Eyde, Justin LaVigne, Bethany Remeniuk, Pablo Hernandez, Xu Yue, Naomi Goshima, Michael Ossipov, Tamara King, John M Streicher, Edita Navratilova, David Dodick, Hugh Rosen, Ed Roberts, Frank Porreca
Background Stress is the most commonly reported migraine trigger. Dynorphin, an endogenous opioid peptide acting preferentially at kappa opioid receptors (KORs), is a key mediator of stress responses. The aim of this study was to use an injury-free rat model of functional cephalic pain with features of migraine and medication overuse headache (MOH) to test the possible preventive benefit of KOR blockade on stress-induced cephalic pain. Methods Following sumatriptan priming to model MOH, rats were hyper-responsive to environmental stress, demonstrating delayed cephalic and extracephalic allodynia and increased levels of CGRP in the jugular blood, consistent with commonly observed clinical outcomes during migraine...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376298/addressing-structural-flexibility-at-the-a-ring-on-salvinorin-a-discovery-of-a-potent-kappa-opioid-agonist-with-enhanced-metabolic-stability
#11
Alexander M Sherwood, Rachel Saylor Crowley, Kelly F Paton, Andrew Biggerstaff, Benjamin Neuenswander, Victor W Day, Bronwyn M Kivell, Thomas E Prisinzano
Previous structure-activity studies on the neoclerodane diterpenoid salvinorin A have demonstrated the importance of the acetoxy functionality on the A-ring in its activity as a κ-opioid receptor agonist. Few studies have focused on understanding the role of conformation in these interactions. Herein we describe the synthesis and evaluation of both flexible and conformationally restricted compounds derived from salvinorin A. One such compound, spirobutyrolactone 14, was synthesized in a single step from salvinorin B and had similar potency and selectivity to salvinorin A (EC50 = 0...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374069/mu-and-kappa-opioid-receptors-of-the-periaqueductal-gray-stimulate-and-inhibit-thermogenesis-respectively-during-psychological-stress-in-rats
#12
Caroline Cristina-Silva, Victor Martins, Luciane H Gargaglioni, Kênia C Bícego
The periaqueductal gray matter (PAG) is rich in mu and kappa opioid receptors, and this system is involved in thermoregulation, analgesia, and defensive behaviors. No study approached the involvement of the PAG opioids in body temperature (Tb) regulation during psychological stress such as restraint. Because activation of mu and kappa receptors increases and reduces Tb, respectively, we tested the hypothesis that they exert excitatory and inhibitory modulation, respectively, of the restraint-induced fever in rats...
April 4, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339199/structure-based-discovery-of-new-antagonist-and-biased-agonist-chemotypes-for-the-kappa-opioid-receptor
#13
Zhong Zheng, Xi-Ping Huang, Thomas J Mangano, Rodger Zou, Xin Chen, Saheem A Zaidi, Bryan L Roth, Raymond C Stevens, Vsevolod Katritch
The ongoing epidemics of opioid overdose raises an urgent need for effective antiaddiction therapies and addiction-free painkillers. The κ-opioid receptor (KOR) has emerged as a promising target for both indications, raising demand for new chemotypes of KOR antagonists as well as G-protein-biased agonists. We employed the crystal structure of the KOR-JDTic complex and ligand-optimized structural templates to perform virtual screening of available compound libraries for new KOR ligands. The prospective virtual screening campaign yielded a high 32% hit rate, identifying novel fragment-like and lead-like chemotypes of KOR ligands...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333341/systemic-administration-of-sialorphin-attenuates-experimental-colitis-in-mice-via-interaction-with-mu-and-kappa-opioid-receptors
#14
M Salaga, A Mokrowiecka, D Jacenik, A I Cygankiewicz, E Malecka-Panas, R Kordek, W M Krajewska, M K Sobocinska, E Kamysz, J Fichna
Background and Aims: Pharmacological treatment and/or maintenance of remission in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is currently one of the biggest challenges in the field of gastroenterology. Here we aimed to assess the anti-inflammatory effect and the mechanism of action of sialorphin, the natural blocker of the endogenous opioid peptide-degrading enzymes neprilysin (NEP) and aminopeptidase N (APN), in the mouse models of IBD and the changes in the expression of these enzymes in IBD patients...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318893/design-and-characterization-of-opioid-ligands-based-on-cycle-in-macrocycle-scaffold
#15
Anna Adamska-Bartłomiejczyk, Rossella De Marco, Luca Gentilucci, Alicja Kluczyk, Anna Janecka
The study reports on a series of novel cyclopeptides based on the structure Tyr-[d-Lys-Phe-Phe-Asp]NH2, a mixed mu and kappa opioid receptor agonist with low nanomolar affinity, in which Phe(4) residue was substituted by cyclic amino acids, such as Pro or its six-membered surrogates, piperidine-2-, 3- or 4-carboxylic acids (Pip, Nip and Inp, respectively). All derivatives exhibited high mu- and moderate delta-opioid receptor affinity, and almost no binding to the kappa-opioid receptor. Conformational analysis suggested that the cis conformation of the peptide bond Phe(3)-Xaa(4) influences receptor selectivity through the control of the position of Phe(3) side chain...
February 28, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288850/comparison-of-umbilical-cord-tissue-and-meconium-for-the-confirmation-of-in-utero-drug-exposure
#16
Jennifer M Colby
OBJECTIVES: Drug screening in neonates is traditionally performed using meconium, but cord tissue has been proposed as an alternative specimen. This study compares the detection of drugs in a large number of paired meconium and umbilical cord tissue samples from subjects at risk of in utero drug exposure. DESIGN AND METHODS: Physician-ordered toxicology results and clinical information were collected in a retrospective review of subject medical records. All toxicology testing was performed by a national reference laboratory using a combination of immunoassays and chromatography-mass spectrometry...
March 10, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288805/humoral-immunity-and-autism-spectrum-disorders
#17
Keith Fluegge
Abnormal immune activation, particularly of a humoral nature, has consistently been described in the etiopathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In this journal, Mead and Ashwood (2015) reviewed immune abnormalities in autism and linked them to severity of classic autistic symptoms. However, there remains a lack of clarity as to how environmental risk factors in ASD may contribute to such immunophenotypes. The evidence presented herein highlights these immune deficits of a humoral nature in ASD. Moreover, aligned with prior research showing a link between chronic air pollution and suppression of humoral immunity, the author of this commentary has proposed that environmental exposure to pervasive air pollutants, particularly nitrous oxide (N2O), may target several anti-inflammatory biomarkers, including alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) inhibition and stimulation of kappa opioid receptor (KOR) activity...
March 10, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285326/endogenous-opioid-system-a-promising-target-for-future-smoking-cessation-medications
#18
REVIEW
Haval Norman, Manoranjan S D'Souza
BACKGROUND: Nicotine addiction continues to be a health challenge across the world. Despite several approved medications, smokers continue to relapse. Several human and animal studies have evaluated the role of the endogenous opioid system as a potential target for smoking cessation medications. METHODS: In this review, studies that have elucidated the role of the mu (MORs), delta (DORs), and kappa (KORs) opioid receptors in nicotine reward, nicotine withdrawal, and reinstatement of nicotine seeking will be discussed...
March 11, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275339/nicotine-increases-alcohol-intake-in-adolescent-male-rats
#19
Armando Lárraga, James D Belluzzi, Frances M Leslie
Background: Use of alcohol and tobacco, the two most concurrently abused drugs, typically first occurs during adolescence. Yet, there have been no systematic analyses of ethanol (EtOH) and nicotine (Nic) interactions during adolescence. Recent animal studies report that kappa-opioid (KOR) receptor activation mediates age differences in drug reinforcement. Our hypothesis is that concurrent self-administration of EtOH and Nic will be greater in adolescent rats because of age differences in KOR function. Furthermore, exposure to alcohol and nicotine during adolescence has been reported to increase EtOH intake in adulthood...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275232/the-differential-effects-of-low-and-high-doses-of-apelin-through-opioid-receptors-on-the-blood-pressure-of-rats-with-renovascular-hypertension
#20
Mahboobeh Yeganeh-Hajahmadi, Hamid Najafipour, Farzaneh Rostamzadeh
The apelin/APJ system has an important role in the regulation of vascular tone and blood pressure. Opioid receptors (OPRs) are also important cardiovascular regulators and exert many of their effects by modulating the function of other G-protein-coupled receptors. The aim of this study was to analyze the interaction of apelin and the opioid system with respect to vascular responses to apelin in rats with renovascular hypertension (two-kidney, one clip (2K1C)). Homodynamic studies were carried out in 2K1C rats...
March 9, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
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