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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221369/chemistry-based-molecular-signature-underlying-the-atypia-of-clozapine
#1
T Cardozo, E Shmelkov, K Felsovalyi, J Swetnam, T Butler, D Malaspina, S V Shmelkov
The central nervous system is functionally organized as a dynamic network of interacting neural circuits that underlies observable behaviors. At higher resolution, these behaviors, or phenotypes, are defined by the activity of a specific set of biomolecules within those circuits. Identification of molecules that govern psychiatric phenotypes is a major challenge. The only organic molecular entities objectively associated with psychiatric phenotypes in humans are drugs that induce psychiatric phenotypes and drugs used for treatment of specific psychiatric conditions...
February 21, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219707/22-azidosalvinorin-a-exhibits-antidepressant-like-effect-in-mice
#2
James Oluwagbamigbe Fajemiroye, Polepally Reddy Prabhakar, Carlos Luiz da Cunha, Elson Alves Costa, Jordan K Zjawiony
The increasing cases of depression has made the searches for new drugs and understanding of the underligning neurobiology of this psychiatric disorder a necessity. Here, we modified the structure of salvinorin A (a known halucinogen) and investigated antidepressant-like activity of its four derivatives; 22-methylsulfanylsalvinorin A(SA1), 2-O-cinnamoylsalvinorin B (CSB), 22-azidosalvinorin A (SA2), and 2-O-(4(')-azidophenylsulfonyl)salvinorin B (SA3). Prior to behavioural tests (Irwin test, open field test - OFT, forced swimming test - FST and tail suspension test - TST), SA1 was prepared by reacting salvinorin B and methylthioacetic acid with 89% yield; CSB was obtained from the reaction of salvinorin B and cinnamic acid with 92% yield; SA2 was obtained from the reaction of salvinorin B and azidoacetic acid with 81% yield; and SA3 was prepared by reacting salvinorin B with 4-azidophenylsulfonyl chloride with 80% yield...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217372/psychotropic-drugs-and-liver-disease-a-critical-review-of-pharmacokinetics-and-liver-toxicity
#3
REVIEW
Diogo Telles-Correia, António Barbosa, Helena Cortez-Pinto, Carlos Campos, Nuno B F Rocha, Sérgio Machado
The liver is the organ by which the majority of substances are metabolized, including psychotropic drugs. There are several pharmacokinetic changes in end-stage liver disease that can interfere with the metabolization of psychotropic drugs. This fact is particularly true in drugs with extensive first-pass metabolism, highly protein bound drugs and drugs depending on phase I hepatic metabolic reactions. Psychopharmacological agents are also associated with a risk of hepatotoxicity. The evidence is insufficient for definite conclusions regarding the prevalence and severity of psychiatric drug-induced liver injury...
February 6, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217049/effectiveness-of-sodium-thiopentone-propofol-and-etomidate-as-an-ideal-intravenous-anesthetic-agent-for-modified-electroconvulsive-therapy
#4
Altaf Hussain Mir, Nida Farooq Shah, Mehraj Ud Din, Shabir Ahmad Langoo, Fayaz Ahmad Reshi
INTRODUCTION: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a well-established psychiatric treatment in which seizures are electrically induced in patients for therapeutic effects. ECT can produce severe disturbances in the cardiovascular system and a marked increase in cerebral blood flow and intracranial pressure. These cardiovascular changes may be altered using various anesthetic drugs. AIM AND OBJECTIVES: This study was undertaken to compare the effects of intravenous (IV) sodium thiopentone, propofol, and etomidate, used as IV anesthetic agents in modified ECT as regards, induction time and quality of anesthesia, alteration of hemodynamics, seizure duration, and recovery time...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216772/perceived-coercion-in-persons-with-mental-disorder-in-india-a-cross-sectional-study
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B N Raveesh, S Pathare, P Lepping, E O Noorthoorn, G S Gowda, J G F Bunders-Aelen
BACKGROUND: Little is known about how patients in India perceive coercion in psychiatric care. AIMS: To assess perceived coercion in persons with mental disorder admitted involuntarily and correlate with sociodemographic factors and illness variables. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We administered the short MacArthur Admission Experience Interview Questionnaire to all consecutive involuntary psychiatric patients admitted in 2014 in Mysore, India. Multivariate linear regression was used...
December 2016: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215172/the-phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors-pde-5i-for-erectile-dysfunction-ed-a-therapeutic-challenge-for-psychiatrists
#6
Chong Siew Koon, Hatta Sidi, Jaya Kumar, Srijit Das, Ong Wan Xi, Muhammad Hizri Hatta, Cesar Alfonso
Erectile function (EF) is a prerequisite for satisfactory sexual intercourse (SI) and central to male sexual functioning. Satisfactory SI eventually leads to orgasm - a biopsychophysiological state of euphoria - leading to a sense of bliss, enjoyment and positive mental well being. For a psychiatrist, treating ED is self-propelled to harmonize these pleasurable experiences alongside with encouragement of physical wellness and sensuality. Hence, the role of PDE-5i is pivotal in the context of treating ED constitutes a therapeutic challenge...
February 15, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214983/pooled-analysis-of-four-non-interventional-studies-effectiveness-and-tolerability-of-the-antidepressant-agomelatine-in-daily-practice
#7
Gerd Laux, Bettina Barthel, Göran Hajak, Matthias Lemke, Hans-Peter Volz
INTRODUCTION: Meta-analyses are useful to increase knowledge and strengthen evidence about antidepressant treatment supplementary to individual studies. METHODS: A pooled analysis of four multicenter, open-label, prospective, non-interventional studies (2009-2013) was performed to provide further evidence about the antidepressant effectiveness and tolerability of agomelatine (25-50 mg/day) in a large number of non-selected German outpatients with major depressive disorder...
February 18, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214777/utility-of-long-term-video-eeg-monitoring-for-children-with-staring
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Anup D Patel, Babitha Haridas, Zachary M Grinspan, Jack Stevens
OBJECTIVE: Staring spells are a common reason for referral to overnight epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) evaluation. However, inpatient EMU admissions are expensive and time consuming. This study determined what percentage of those referred for staring had a confirmed epileptic seizure on long-term video-EEG monitoring (LTM) and developed a scoring system to help prioritize which patients should undergo this procedure. METHODS: We performed a four-year retrospective chart review of all children at a tertiary pediatric hospital who received LTM (long-term monitoring) for the purposes of characterizing staring...
February 16, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212507/higher-severity-of-cocaine-addiction-is-associated-with-tactile-and-somatic-hallucinations
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C Roncero, L Grau-López, R F Palma-Álvarez, L Rodriguez-Cintas, E Ros-Cucurull, A Esojo, C Daigre
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to describe the features of cocaine-dependent patients who have had cocaine-induced tactile/somatic hallucinations (CITSH), and to analyze the association with addiction-related variables and psychiatric comorbidity, comparing patients with CITSH, patients with cocaine psychotic symptoms (CIP) and no CITSH, and patients without any psychotic symptom. METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 767 cocaine-dependent patients in an outpatient treatment center for addictions...
December 1, 2016: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210568/clozapine-induced-hypersensitivity-myocarditis-presenting-as-sudden-cardiac-death
#10
Natraj Katta, Sudarshan Balla, Kul Aggarwal
Hypersensitivity myocarditis is a rare but serious adverse effect of clozapine, a commonly used psychiatric drug. We report the case of sudden cardiac death from clozapine-induced hypersensitivity myocarditis diagnosed at autopsy. A 54-year-old Caucasian male on clozapine therapy for bipolar disorder presented with a sudden onset of shortness of breath. Laboratory studies were significant for elevated N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide. During his hospital stay, the patient died of sudden cardiac arrest from ventricular tachycardia...
October 2016: Autopsy & case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209155/intranasal-oxytocin-reduces-provoked-symptoms-in-female-patients-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-despite-exerting-sympathomimetic-and-positive-chronotropic-effects-in-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#11
M Sack, D Spieler, L Wizelman, G Epple, J Stich, M Zaba, U Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe psychiatric disease accompanied by neuroendocrine changes such as adrenergic overdrive and hence an elevated cardiovascular morbidity. Current pharmacotherapeutic options for PTSD are less than suboptimal, necessitating the development of PTSD-specific drugs. Although the neuropeptide oxytocin has been repeatedly suggested to be effective in PTSD treatment, there are, to our knowledge, only three studies that have assessed its efficacy on the intensity of PTSD symptoms in PTSD patients - among them one symptom provocation study in male veterans...
February 17, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208695/the-role-of-inhaled-loxapine-in-the-treatment-of-acute-agitation-in-patients-with-psychiatric-disorders-a-clinical-review
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REVIEW
Domenico de Berardis, Michele Fornaro, Laura Orsolini, Felice Iasevoli, Carmine Tomasetti, Andrea de Bartolomeis, Nicola Serroni, Alessandro Valchera, Alessandro Carano, Federica Vellante, Stefano Marini, Monica Piersanti, Giampaolo Perna, Giovanni Martinotti, Massimo Di Giannantonio
Loxapine is a first generation antipsychotic, belonging to the dibenzoxazepine class. Recently, loxapine has been reformulated at a lower dose, producing an inhaled powder that can be directly administered to the lungs to treat the agitation associated with psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Thus, the aim of this narrative and clinical mini-review was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of inhaled loxapine in the treatment of acute agitation in patients with psychiatric disorders...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207998/benzodiazepine-and-z-drug-dependence-data-from-a-tertiary-care-center
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Lekhansh Shukla, Spandana Bokka, Tulika Shukla, Arun Kandasamy, Prabhat Chand, Vivek Benegal, Pratima Murthy
Objective: To examine the clinical characteristics and course of benzodiazepine and �Z-drug� dependence in patients presenting to a tertiary deaddiction center in southern India. Methods: Case files of 950 inpatients admitted between January 2007 and January 2014 who reported benzodiazepine or Z-drug use were reviewed. Patients (n = 170) with an ICD-10 diagnosis of mental and behavioral disorders due to the use of sedatives or hypnotics-dependence syndrome currently using substance (F13...
February 16, 2017: Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202290/effect-of-psychotropic-drug-treatment-on-sterol-metabolism
#14
Željka Korade, Wei Liu, Emily B Warren, Kristan Armstrong, Ned A Porter, Christine Konradi
Cholesterol metabolism is vital for brain function. Previous work in cultured cells has shown that a number of psychotropic drugs inhibit the activity of 7-dehydrocholesterol reductase (DHCR7), an enzyme that catalyzes the final steps in cholesterol biosynthesis. This leads to the accumulation of 7-dehydrocholesterol (7DHC), a molecule that gives rise to oxysterols, vitamin D, and atypical neurosteroids. We examined levels of cholesterol and the cholesterol precursors desmosterol, lanosterol, 7DHC and its isomer 8-dehydrocholesterol (8DHC), in blood samples of 123 psychiatric patients on various antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs, and 85 healthy controls, to see if the observations in cell lines hold true for patients as well...
February 12, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199430/-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-conceptualization-and-psychopharmacological-treatment-update
#15
Leandro N Grendas
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by four symptom complexes: the reexperience/intrusion of the traumatic event, a state of hyperarousal when exposed to traumatic events, emotional block and emotional/affective deregulation with negative cognitive and mood alterations. Its evolution tends to be chronic and its related with a significative morbidity, affecting the functionality of the individual in his interpresonal, social and employment areas. In 1980, the American Psychiatric Association includes PTSD in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III), and thereafter several research studies are developed to evaluate the effectiveness of drugs on its treatment...
March 2016: Vertex: Revista Argentina de Psiquiatriá
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199405/co-financing-for-viral-load-monitoring-during-the-course-of-antiretroviral-therapy-among-patients-with-hiv-aids-in-vietnam-a-contingent-valuation-survey
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Quyen Le Thi Nguyen, Long Hoang Nguyen, Bach Xuan Tran, Huong Thi Thu Phan, Huong Thi Le, Hinh Duc Nguyen, Tho Dinh Tran, Cuong Duy Do, Cuong Manh Nguyen, Vu Thi Minh Thuc, Carl Latkin, Melvyn W B Zhang, Roger C M Ho
BACKGROUND: Viral load testing is considered the gold standard for monitoring HIV treatment; however, given its high cost, some patients cannot afford viral load testing if this testing is not subsidized. Since foreign aid for HIV/AIDS in Vietnam is rapidly decreasing, we sought to assess willingness to pay (WTP) for viral load and CD4 cell count tests among HIV-positive patients, and identified factors that might inform future co-payment schemes. METHODS: A multi-site cross-sectional survey was conducted with 1133 HIV-positive patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Hanoi and Nam Dinh...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199192/convergence-of-neurotransmissions-at-synapse-on-ieg-regulation-in-nucleus
#17
Mamoru Fukuchi, Masaaki Tsuda
There is no doubt that synaptic activity-regulated expression of immediate early genes (IEGs) contributes to long-lasting changes in neural functions, including learning and memory. Consequently, dysregulation of IEG expression has been involved in the conditions of neural and psychiatric disorders and cognitive dysfunction. This has mainly been demonstrated using genetically modified animal models and neuropharmacological analyses. The regulatory mechanisms of IEG expression have been investigated recently and have re-emphasized the role of IEG expression in plasticity-related processes as well as elucidating molecular mechanisms and drug targets for neurological and psychiatric disorders...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197902/neuropsychiatric-effects-of-antimicrobial-agents
#18
REVIEW
Nicholas Zareifopoulos, George Panayiotakopoulos
Antimicrobial drugs used in clinical practice are selected on the basis of their selective toxicity against bacterial cells. However, all exhibit multiple offsite interactions with eukaryotic cell structures, resulting in adverse reactions during antimicrobial pharmacotherapy. A multitude of these side effects involve the nervous system as antimicrobials at clinically relevant concentrations seem to interact with many of the same molecules usually implicated in the action of psychotropic drugs. The importance of such events cannot be overstated, as the misdiagnosis of an adverse drug reaction as a symptom of a primary psychiatric or neurological disorder entails great suffering for the patient affected as well as significant costs for the healthcare system...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195954/test-retest-reliability-of-traumatic-brain-injury-outcome-measures-a-traumatic-brain-injury-model-systems-study
#19
Jennifer A Bogner, Gale G Whiteneck, Jessica MacDonald, Shannon B Juengst, Allen W Brown, Angela M Philippus, Jennifer H Marwitz, Jeannie Lengenfelder, Dave Mellick, Patricia Arenth, John D Corrigan
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the test-retest reliability of measures that comprise the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems follow-up data set. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 224 persons with a moderate-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) enrolled in the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Database. DESIGN: Following standard administration of the follow-up interview, a second interview was administered 14 to 28 days later using the same interviewer and the same mode of administration...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194935/a-potential-pet-radiotracer-for-the-5-ht2c-receptor-synthesis-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-4-3-18-f-fluorophenethoxy-pyrimidine
#20
Juhyeon Kim, Byung Seok Moon, Byung Chul Lee, Ho-Young Lee, Hak Joong Kim, Hyunah Choo, Ae Nim Pae, Yong Seo Cho, Sun-Joon Min
The serotonin 2C receptor subtype (5-HT2C) is an excitatory 5-HT receptor widely distributed throughout the central nerve system. As the 5-HT2C receptor displays multiple actions on various neurotransmitter systems including glutamate, dopamine, epinephrine and -aminobutyric acid (GABA), abnormalities of the 5-HT2C receptor are associated with psychiatric diseases such as depression, schizophrenia, drug abuse, and anxiety. Up to date, three kinds of 5-HT2C PET radiotracers such as [11C]N-methylated arylazepine (1), [11C]WAY-163909 (2), [18F]fluorophenylcyclopropane (3) have been developed, but they may not be suitable for in vivo 5-HT2C imaging study due to their modest specific binding...
February 14, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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