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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318893/design-and-characterization-of-opioid-ligands-based-on-cycle-in-macrocycle-scaffold
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267152/effects-of-naltrexone-are-influenced-by-childhood-adversity-during-negative-emotional-processing-in-addiction-recovery
#7
G Savulich, R Riccelli, L Passamonti, M Correia, J F W Deakin, R Elliott, R S A Flechais, A R Lingford-Hughes, J McGonigle, A Murphy, D J Nutt, C Orban, L M Paterson, L J Reed, D G Smith, J Suckling, R Tait, E M Taylor, B J Sahakian, T W Robbins, K D Ersche
Naltrexone is an opioid receptor antagonist used in the management of alcohol dependence. Although the endogenous opioid system has been implicated in emotion regulation, the effects of mu-opioid receptor blockade on brain systems underlying negative emotional processing are not clear in addiction. Individuals meeting criteria for alcohol dependence alone (n=18, alcohol) and in combination with cocaine and/or opioid dependence (n=21, alcohol/drugs) and healthy individuals without a history of alcohol or drug dependence (n=21) were recruited...
March 7, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267064/nerve-injury-induced-epigenetic-silencing-of-opioid-receptors-controlled-by-dnmt3a-in-primary-afferent-neurons
#8
Linlin Sun, Jian-Yuan Zhao, Xiyao Gu, Lingli Liang, Shaogen Wu, Kai Mo, Jian Feng, Weixiang Guo, Jun Zhang, Alex Bekker, Xinyu Zhao, Eric J Nestler, Yuan-Xiang Tao
Opioids are the gold standard for pharmacological treatment of neuropathic pain, but their analgesic effects are unsatisfactory in part due to nerve injury-induced downregulation of opioid receptors in dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons. How nerve injury drives such downregulation remains elusive. DNA methyltransferase-(DNMT-) triggered DNA methylation represses gene expression. We show here that blocking the nerve injury-induced increase in DRG DNMT3a (a de novo DNMT) rescued the expression of Oprm1 and Oprk1 mRNAs and their respective encoding mu opioid receptor (MOR) and kappa opioid receptor (KOR) proteins in the injured DRG...
March 4, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263712/synergistic-blockade-of-alcohol-escalation-drinking-in-mice-by-a-combination-of-novel-kappa-opioid-receptor-agonist-mesyl-salvinorin-b-and-naltrexone
#9
Yan Zhou, Rachel Saylor Cowley, Konrad Ben, Thomas E Prisinzano, Mary Jeanne Kreek
Mesyl Salvinorin B (MSB) is a potent selective kappa opioid receptor (KOP-r) agonist that has potential for development as an anti-psychostimulant agent with fewer side-effects (e.g., sedation, depression and dysphoria) than classic KOP-r agonists. However, no such study has been done on alcohol. We investigated whether MSB alone or in combination with naltrexone (mu-opioid receptor antagonist) altered voluntary alcohol drinking in both male and female mice. Mice, subjected to 3 weeks of chronic escalation drinking (CED) in a two-bottle choice paradigm with 24-h access every other day, developed rapid escalation of alcohol intake and high preference...
March 2, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242307/molecular-identification-of-the-dyn-kor-system-and-its-potential-role-in-the-reproductive-axis-of-goldfish
#10
Yali Liu, Shuisheng Li, Qing Wang, Yu Chen, Xin Qi, Yun Liu, Xiaochun Liu, Haoran Lin, Yong Zhang
To ascertain the significance of the dynorphin/kappa-opioid receptor (Dyn/Kor) system in fish reproduction, prodynorphin (pdyn) cDNA was cloned from goldfish. Two Dyn peptides (DynA and DynB) are present in the goldfish prodynorphin precursor. Both DynA and DynB are biologically active as they are able to functionally interact with the goldfish Kor expressed in cultured eukaryotic cells to suppress forskolin-induced CRE promoter activity. RT-PCR analysis showed that pdyn is widely expressed in brain regions, with the highest expression in hypothalamus...
February 24, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204957/insights-into-the-role-of-opioid-receptors-in-the-gi-tract-experimental-evidence-and-therapeutic-relevance
#11
James J Galligan, Catia Sternini
Opioid drugs are prescribed extensively for pain treatment but when used chronically they induce constipation that can progress to opioid-induced bowel dysfunction. Opioid drugs interact with three classes of opioid receptors: mu opioid receptors (MORs), delta opioid receptors (DOR), and kappa opioid receptors (KORs), but opioid drugs mostly target the MORs. Upon stimulation, opioid receptors couple to inhibitory Gi/Go proteins that activate or inhibit downstream effector proteins. MOR and DOR couple to inhibition of adenylate cyclase and voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels and to activation of K(+) channels resulting in reduced neuronal activity and neurotransmitter release...
February 16, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192197/characterization-of-3-h-oxymorphone-binding-sites-in-mouse-brain-quantitative-autoradiography-in-opioid-receptor-knockout-mice
#12
Ji Hoon Yoo, Anna Borsodi, Géza Tóth, Sándor Benyhe, Robert Gaspar, Audrey Matifas, Brigitte L Kieffer, Athanasios Metaxas, Ian Kitchen, Alexis Bailey
Oxymorphone, one of oxycodone's metabolic products, is a potent opioid receptor agonist which is thought to contribute to the analgesic effect of its parent compound and may have high potential abuse liability. Nonetheless, the in vivo pharmacological binding profile of this drug is still unclear. This study uses mice lacking mu (MOP), kappa (KOP) or delta (DOP) opioid receptors as well as mice lacking all three opioid receptors to provide full characterisation of oxymorphone binding sites in the brain. Saturation binding studies using [(3)H]oxymorphone revealed high affinity binding sites in mouse brain displaying Kd of 1...
March 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190678/a-unique-natural-selective-kappa-opioid-receptor-agonist-salvinorin-a-and-its-roles-in-human-therapeutics
#13
André Cruz, Sara Domingos, Eugenia Gallardo, Ana Martinho
Until the mid-60s, only the Mazatecs, an indigenous group from Oaxaca, Mexico, used Salvia Divinorum (S. divinorum) due to its hallucinogen properties. Later it was found that the hallucinogen effects of this plant were caused by the presence of a neoclerodane diterpene Salvinorin A (salvinorin A), which is a highly selective agonist of kappa-opioid receptor (KOR) that cause more intense hallucinations than the common hallucinogens as lysergic acid, mushrooms, ecstasy and others. In fact, smoking of only 200-500 μg of S...
February 9, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188737/genetic-variation-in-the-behavioral-effects-of-buprenorphine-in-female-mice-derived-from-a-murine-model-of-the-oprm1-a118g-polymorphism
#14
Caroline A Browne, Rebecca L Erickson, Julie A Blendy, Irwin Lucki
Pharmacogenetic studies have identified the non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphism (A118G) in the human mu opioid receptor (MOR) gene (OPRM1) as a critical genetic variant capable of altering the efficacy of opioid therapeutics. To date few studies have explored the potential impact of the OPRM1 A118G polymorphism on the pharmacological effects of buprenorphine (BPN), a potent MOR partial agonist and kappa opioid receptor antagonist, which is approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid addiction and chronic pain...
February 7, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163104/age-dependent-regulation-of-gaba-transmission-by-kappa-opioid-receptors-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-of-sprague-dawley-rats
#15
K R Przybysz, D F Werner, M R Diaz
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common and debilitating mental illnesses worldwide. Growing evidence indicates an age-dependent rise in the incidence of anxiety disorders from adolescence through adulthood, suggestive of underlying neurodevelopmental mechanisms. Kappa opioid receptors (KORs) are known to contribute to the development and expression of anxiety; however, the functional role of KORs in the basolateral amygdala (BLA), a brain structure critical in mediating anxiety, particularly across ontogeny, are unknown...
February 3, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162601/-361-a-novel-g-protein-biased-kappa-opioid-that-displays-analgesic-but-not-dysphoric-actions-in-the-rat
#16
T Martin, S Kim, J Rose, S Jones, J Aubé, L Bohn
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162562/-323-kappa-opioid-receptors-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-mediate-pain-induced-decrease-in-motivated-behavior
#17
N Massaly, A Ream, L Hipolito, A Wilson-Poe, B Walker, M Bruchas, J Moron-Concepcion
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162551/-313-development-of-a-peptide-derived-orally-active-kappa-opioid-receptor-agonists-for-peripheral-pain-in-rats
#18
T Beck, S Bhadsavle, M Kopfman, S Ghee, C Reichel, T Dix
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158929/the-analgesic-and-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-salvinorin-a-analogue-%C3%AE-tetrahydropyran-salvinorin-b-in-mice
#19
K F Paton, N Kumar, R S Crowley, J L Harper, T E Prisinzano, B M Kivell
BACKGROUND: Drugs activating the mu opioid receptor are routinely used to treat severe acute and chronic pain. Unfortunately, side effects including nausea, constipation, respiratory depression, addiction and tolerance can limit clinical utility. In contrast, kappa opioid receptor (KOPr) agonists, such as Salvinorin A (SalA), have analgesic properties with little potential for abuse. METHODS: We evaluated SalA and the novel analogue β-tetrahydropyran Salvinorin B (β-THP SalB) for the ability to modulate pain and inflammation in vivo...
February 3, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134655/a-central-role-for-r7bp-in-the-regulation-of-itch-sensation
#20
Mritunjay Pandey, Jian-Hua Zhang, Santosh K Mishra, Poorni R Adikaram, Benjamin Harris, John F Kahler, Anna Loshakov, Roxanne Sholevar, Allison Genis, Claire Kittock, Juraj Kabat, Sundar Ganesan, Richard R Neubig, Mark A Hoon, William F Simonds
Itch is a protective sensation producing a desire to scratch. Pathologic itch can be a chronic symptom of illnesses such as uremia, cholestatic liver disease, neuropathies and dermatitis, however current therapeutic options are limited. Many types of cell surface receptors, including those present on cells in the skin, on sensory neurons and on neurons in the spinal cord, have been implicated in itch signaling. The role of G protein signaling in the regulation of pruriception is poorly understood. We identify here 2 G protein signaling components whose mutation impairs itch sensation...
January 27, 2017: Pain
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