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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755406/the-role-of-kiss1-neurons-as-integrators-of-endocrine-metabolic-and-environmental-factors-in-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal-axis
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Shel-Hwa Yeo, William H Colledge
Kisspeptin-GPR54 signaling in the hypothalamus is required for reproduction and fertility in mammals. Kiss1 neurons are key regulators of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) release and modulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis. Arcuate Kiss1 neurons project to GnRH nerve terminals in the median eminence, orchestrating the pulsatile secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH) through the intricate interaction between GnRH pulse frequency and the pituitary gonadotrophs. Arcuate Kiss1 neurons, also known as KNDy neurons in rodents and ruminants because of their co-expression of neurokinin B and dynorphin represent an ideal hub to receive afferent inputs from other brain regions in response to physiological and environmental changes, which can regulate the HPG axis...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729230/role-of-hypothalamus-in-aging-and-its-underlying-cellular-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Keetae Kim, Han Kyoung Choe
Aging is characterized by a progressive loss of several physiological functions that can cause various age-related disorders. Several factors have been identified as causes of aging to elucidate the decline in functions. Various aspects of physiological deterioration are controlled by the hypothalamus, a critical brain region that connects the neuroendocrine system to physiological functions. In addition, functional alterations in a set of agouti-related peptide/neuropeptide Y (AgRP/NPY) and pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons, a set of growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) and somatostatin (SST) neurons, a set of arginine vasopressin (AVP) and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) neurons, and a set of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and kisspeptin/neurokinin B/dynorphin (KNDy) neurons contribute to age-related physiological decline in energy metabolism, hormone regulation, circadian rhythm, and reproduction, respectively...
May 2, 2018: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29713310/kisspeptin-and-metabolism-the-brain-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Monika Dudek, Kamil Ziarniak, Joanna H Sliwowska
Apart from the well-established role of kisspeptin (Kp) in the regulation of reproductive functions, recent data described its action in the control of metabolism. Of particular interest for the review is the population of Kp neurons localized in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) of the hypothalamus, the site of the brain where reproductive and metabolic cross talk occurs. However, within the hypothalamus Kp does not work alone, but rather interacts with other neuropeptides, e.g., neurokinin B, dynorphin A, proopiomelanocortin, the cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript, agouti-related peptide, and neuropeptide Y...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29713172/gender-specific-association-of-functional-prodynorphin-68-bp-repeats-with-cannabis-exposure-in-an-african-american-cohort
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Vadim Yuferov, Eduardo R Butelman, Mary Jeanne Kreek
Background: Cannabis use disorders (CUDs) cause substantial neuropsychiatric morbidity and comorbidity. There is evidence for gender-based differences in CUDs, for instance, a greater prevalence in males than in females. The main active component of cannabis is delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta 9-THC), a partial agonist of the cannabinoid type 1 receptor. Preclinical studies show that genetic or pharmacological manipulation of the kappa opioid receptor/dynorphin system modulates the effects of delta 9-THC...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29703996/knockdown-of-hypocretin-attenuates-extended-access-of-cocaine-self-administration-in-rats
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Brooke E Schmeichel, Alessandra Matzeu, Pascale Koebel, Leandro F Vendruscolo, Harpreet Sidhu, Roxana Shahryari, Brigitte L Kieffer, George F Koob, Rémi Martin-Fardon, Candice Contet
The hypocretin/orexin (HCRT) neuropeptide system regulates feeding, arousal state, stress responses, and reward, especially under conditions of enhanced motivational relevance. In particular, HCRT neurotransmission facilitates drug-seeking behavior in circumstances that demand increased effort and/or motivation to take the drug. The present study used a shRNA-encoding adeno-associated viral vector to knockdown Hcrt expression throughout the dorsal hypothalamus in adult rats and determine the role of HCRT in cocaine self-administration...
April 6, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29689132/alcohol-delays-the-onset-of-puberty-in-the-female-rat-by-altering-key-hypothalamic-events
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Vinod K Srivastava, Jill K Hiney, William L Dees
BACKGROUND: Because alcohol (ALC) delays signs of pubertal development, we assessed the time course of events associated with the synthesis of critical hypothalamic peptides that regulate secretion of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH), the peptide that drives the pubertal process. METHODS: Immature female rats were administered either lab chow or Bio-Serve isocaloric control or ALC liquid diets from 27 through 33 days of age. On days 28, 29, 31 and 33 animals were killed by decapitation and tissue blocks containing the medial basal hypothalamus (MBH) and the rostral hypothalamic area (RHA) were isolated and stored frozen until assessed by Western blot analysis...
April 24, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29681970/-k-nearest-neighbor-algorithm-coupled-with-metabonomics-to-study-the-therapeutic-mechanism-of-sendeng-4-in-adjuvant-induced-rheumatoid-arthritis-rat
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Xiye Wang, Dan Li, Mingyang Jiang, Zhili Pei, Liang Xu
As a traditional Mongolian medicine, Sendeng-4 (SD) has been widely used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Inner Mongolia and exhibits a good curative effect. Unfortunately, due to geographical factors, it is difficult to popularize this drug throughout the whole country, and the mechanism of action of SD has been unclear. In this study, a serum metabolite profile analysis was performed to identify potential biomarkers associated with adjuvant-induced RA and investigate the mechanism of action of SD. Ultraperformance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q-TOF-MS) was performed for the metabonomics analysis...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678771/prenatal-ethanol-induces-an-anxiety-phenotype-and-alters-expression-of-dynorphin-nociceptin-orphanin-fq-genes
#8
Aranza Wille-Bille, Roberto Sebastián Miranda-Morales, Mariangela Pucci, Fabio Bellia, Claudio D'Addario, Ricardo Marcos Pautassi
Animal models have suggested that prenatal ethanol exposure (PEE) alters the κ opioid receptor system. The present study investigated the brain expression of dynorphin and nociceptin/orphanin FQ related genes and assessed anxiety-like behavior in the light-dark box (LDB), shelter-seeking and risk-taking behaviors in the concentric square field (CSF) test, and ethanol-induced locomotion in the open field (OF), in infant or adolescent Wistar rats that were exposed to PEE (0.0 or 2.0 g/kg, intragastrically, gestational days 17-20)...
April 17, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669731/involvement-of-activated-brain-stress-responsive-systems-in-excessive-and-relapse-alcohol-drinking-in-rodent-models-implications-for-therapeutics
#9
Yan Zhou, Mary Jeanne Kreek
Addictive diseases, including addiction to alcohol pose massive public health costs. Addiction is a chronic relapsing disease, caused by both the direct effects induced by drugs and persistent neuroadaptations at several (molecular, cellular and behavioral) levels. These drug-type specific neuro-adaptations are brought on largely by the reinforcing effects of drugs on the central nervous system and environment, including stress. Results from animal experiments have demonstrated important interactions between alcohol and the stress responsive systems...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29596830/liposome-encapsulated-clodronate-specifically-depletes-spinal-microglia-and-reduces-initial-neuropathic-pain
#10
Yi-Rui Wang, Xiao-Fang Mao, Hai-Yun Wu, Yong-Xiang Wang
Liposome-encapsulated clodronate (LEC) is a specific depletor of macrophages. Our study characterized the LEC depletory effects, given intrathecally, on spinal microglia and assessed its effects on initiation and maintenance of neuropathic pain. Measured by using the MTT assay, LEC treatment specifically inhibited cell viability of cultured primary microglia, but not astrocytes or neurons, from neonatal rats, with an IC50 of 43 μg/mL. In spinal nerve ligation-induced neuropathic rats, pretreatment (1 day but not 5 days earlier) with intrathecal LEC specifically depleted microglia (but not astrocytes or neurons) in both contralateral and ipsilateral dorsal horns by the same degree (63% vs...
March 28, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29556030/circuit-dissection-of-the-role-of-somatostatin-in-itch-and-pain
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Jing Huang, Erika Polgár, Hans Jürgen Solinski, Santosh K Mishra, Pang-Yen Tseng, Noboru Iwagaki, Kieran A Boyle, Allen C Dickie, Mette C Kriegbaum, Hendrik Wildner, Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer, Masahiko Watanabe, John S Riddell, Andrew J Todd, Mark A Hoon
Stimuli that elicit itch are detected by sensory neurons that innervate the skin. This information is processed by the spinal cord; however, the way in which this occurs is still poorly understood. Here we investigated the neuronal pathways for itch neurotransmission, particularly the contribution of the neuropeptide somatostatin. We find that in the periphery, somatostatin is exclusively expressed in Nppb+ neurons, and we demonstrate that Nppb+ somatostatin+ cells function as pruriceptors. Employing chemogenetics, pharmacology and cell-specific ablation methods, we demonstrate that somatostatin potentiates itch by inhibiting inhibitory dynorphin neurons, which results in disinhibition of GRPR+ neurons...
May 2018: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29544644/the-roles-of-neurokinins-and-endogenous-opioid-peptides-in-control-of-pulsatile-lh-secretion
#12
Peyton W Weems, Michael N Lehman, Lique M Coolen, Robert L Goodman
Work over the last 15 years on the control of pulsatile LH secretion has focused largely on a set of neurons in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) that contains two stimulatory neuropeptides, critical for fertility in humans (kisspeptin and neurokinin B (NKB)) and the inhibitory endogenous opioid peptide (EOP), dynorphin, and are now known as KNDy (kisspeptin-NKB-dynorphin) neurons. In this review, we consider the role of each of the KNDy peptides in the generation of GnRH pulses and the negative feedback actions of ovarian steroids, with an emphasis on NKB and dynorphin...
2018: Vitamins and Hormones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29526023/contribution-of-dynorphin-and-orexin-neuropeptide-systems-to-the-motivational-effects-of-alcohol
#13
Rachel I Anderson, David E Moorman, Howard C Becker
Understanding the neural systems that drive alcohol motivation and are disrupted in alcohol use disorders is of critical importance in developing novel treatments. The dynorphin and orexin/hypocretin neuropeptide systems are particularly relevant with respect to alcohol use and misuse. Both systems are strongly associated with alcohol-seeking behaviors, particularly in cases of high levels of alcohol use as seen in dependence. Furthermore, both systems also play a role in stress and anxiety, indicating that disruption of these systems may underlie long-term homeostatic dysregulation seen in alcohol use disorders...
March 11, 2018: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29479004/neurokinin-b-receptor-agonist-and-dynorphin-receptor-antagonist-stimulated-luteinizing-hormone-secretion-in-fasted-male-rodents
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Toshiya Matsuzaki, Altankhuu Tungalagsuvd, Munkhsaikhan Munkhzaya, Takeshi Iwasa, Kiyohito Yano, Yiliyasi Mayila, Takako Tokui, Rie Yanagihara, Sumika Matsui, Takeshi Kato, Akira Kuwahara, Minoru Irahara
Kisspeptin/neurokinin B (NKB)/dynorphin (Dyn) (KNDy) neuron in hypothalamic arcuate nucleus plays a key role in GnRH/LH pulsatile secretion. We aimed to determine whether stimulation of NKB/neurokinin 3 receptor (NK3R) signaling and inhibition of Dyn/kappa-opioid receptor (KOR) signaling recover LH secretion that is suppressed by acute fasting in male rats. Furthermore, we determined dose dependent effect of NKB/NK3R signaling on serum LH level under acute fasting condition in male mice. Mature male rats were injected saline (0...
April 26, 2018: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29467000/ginsenoside-re-protects-methamphetamine-induced-dopaminergic-neurotoxicity-in-mice-via-upregulation-of-dynorphin-mediated-%C3%AE%C2%BA-opioid-receptor-and-downregulation-of-substance-p-mediated-neurokinin-1-receptor
#15
Duy-Khanh Dang, Eun-Joo Shin, Dae-Joong Kim, Hai-Quyen Tran, Ji Hoon Jeong, Choon-Gon Jang, Seung-Yeol Nah, Jung Hwan Jeong, Jae Kyung Byun, Sung Kwon Ko, Guoying Bing, Jau-Shyong Hong, Hyoung-Chun Kim
BACKGROUND: We previously reported that ginsenoside Re (GRe) attenuated against methamphetamine (MA)-induced neurotoxicity via anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potentials. We also demonstrated that dynorphin possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potentials against dopaminergic loss, and that balance between dynorphin and substance P is important for dopaminergic neuroprotection. Thus, we examined whether GRe positively affects interactive modulation between dynorphin and substance P against MA neurotoxicity in mice...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29430855/dynorphinergic-system-alterations-in-the-corticostriatal-circuitry-of-neuropathic-mice-support-its-role-in-the-negative-affective-component-of-pain
#16
M Palmisano, F F Caputi, D Mercatelli, P Romualdi, S Candeletti
The dynorphinergic system is involved in pain transmission at spinal level, where dynorphin exerts antinociceptive or pronociceptive effects, based on its opioid or non-opioid actions. Surprisingly, little evidence is currently available concerning the supraspinal role of the dynorphinergic system in pain conditions. The present study aimed to investigate whether neuropathic pain is accompanied by prodynorphin (Pdyn) and κ-opioid receptor (Oprk1) gene expression alterations in selected mouse brain areas. To this end, mice were subjected to chronic constriction injury of the right sciatic nerve and neuropathic pain behavioral signs were ascertained after 14 days...
February 12, 2018: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29396547/three-dimensional-imaging-of-kndy-neurons-in-the-mammalian-brain-using-optical-tissue-clearing-and-multiple-label-immunocytochemistry
#17
Aleisha M Moore, Kathryn A Lucas, Robert L Goodman, Lique M Coolen, Michael N Lehman
Kisspeptin/Neurokinin B/Dynorphin (KNDy) neurons of the arcuate nucleus (ARC) play a key role in the regulation of fertility. The ability to detect features of KNDy neurons that are essential for fertility may require three-dimensional (3D) imaging of the complete population. Recently developed protocols for optical tissue clearing permits 3D imaging of neuronal populations in un-sectioned brains. However, these techniques have largely been described in the mouse brain. We report 3D imaging of the KNDy cell population in the whole rat brain and sheep hypothalamus using immunolabelling and modification of a solvent-based clearing protocol, iDISCO...
February 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29383684/dynorphin-and-%C3%AE%C2%BA-opioid-receptor-dysregulation-in-the-dopaminergic-reward-system-of-human-alcoholics
#18
Igor Bazov, Daniil Sarkisyan, Olga Kononenko, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Tatiana Yakovleva, Anita C Hansson, Wolfgang H Sommer, Rainer Spanagel, Georgy Bakalkin
Molecular changes induced by excessive alcohol consumption may underlie formation of dysphoric state during acute and protracted alcohol withdrawal which leads to craving and relapse. A main molecular addiction hypothesis is that the upregulation of the dynorphin (DYN)/κ-opioid receptor (KOR) system in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) of alcohol-dependent individuals causes the imbalance in activity of D1- and D2 dopamine receptor (DR) expressing neural circuits that results in dysphoria. We here analyzed post-mortem NAc samples of human alcoholics to assess changes in prodynorphin (PDYN) and KOR (OPRK1) gene expression and co-expression (transcriptionally coordinated) patterns...
January 30, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29369967/lateralized-kappa-opioid-receptor-signaling-from-the-amygdala-central-nucleus-promotes-stress-induced-functional-pain
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Kelsey M Nation, Milena De Felice, Pablo I Hernandez, David W Dodick, Volker Neugebauer, Edita Navratilova, Frank Porreca
The response of diffuse noxious inhibitory controls (DNIC) is often decreased, or lost, in stress-related functional pain syndromes. Because the dynorphin/kappa opioid receptor (KOR) pathway is activated by stress, we determined its role in DNIC using a model of stress-induced functional pain. Male, Sprague-Dawley rats were primed for 7 days with systemic morphine resulting in opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Fourteen days after priming, when hyperalgesia was resolved, rats were exposed to environmental stress and DNIC was evaluated by measuring hind paw response threshold to noxious pressure (test stimulus) after capsaicin injection in the forepaw (conditioning stimulus)...
May 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341829/climatic-modulation-of-neurotransmitter-release-in-amphibian-neuromuscular-junctions-role-of-dynorphin-a
#20
Dengyun Ge, Nickolas Anastasios Lavidis
Amphibian neuromuscular junctions become relatively more silent during the dry-winter season in Australia. Endogenous opioid peptides play an important role in the regulation of the physiological functions of active and dormant vertebrates. Previous findings suggest that dynorphin-A is more potent than other opiates in decreasing evoked neurotransmission in amphibian neuromuscular junctions. Dynorphin-A has been shown not to alter the amplitude or the frequency of spontaneous quantal neurotransmitter release...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
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