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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940477/camp-levels-in-lymphocytes-and-cd4-regulatory-t-cell-functions-are-affected-by-dopamine-receptor-gene-polymorphisms
#1
Marco Cosentino, Natasa Kustrimovic, Marco Ferrari, Emanuela Rasini, Franca Marino
The neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) has prominent effects in the immune system and between the immune cells, CD4+ regulatory T lymphocytes (Treg), a specialized T cell subsets crucial for the control of immune homeostasis, are especially sensitive to DA. Dopaminergic receptors (DR) are grouped into two families according to their pharmacological profile and main second messenger coupling: the D1 -like (D1 and D5 ) which activate adenylate cyclase and the D2 -like (D2 , D3 and D4 ) which inhibit adenylate cyclase and exist in several variants, which have been associated to clinical conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and addiction...
September 20, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926158/selection-on-a-behaviour-related-gene-during-the-first-stages-of-the-biological-invasion-pathway
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J C Mueller, P Edelaar, A Baños-Villalba, M Carrete, J Potti, J Blas, J L Tella, B Kempenaers
Human-induced biological invasions are common worldwide and often have negative impacts on wildlife and human societies. Several studies have shown evidence for selection on invaders after introduction to the new range. However, selective processes already acting prior to introduction have been largely neglected. Here we tested whether such early selection acts on known behaviour-related gene variants in the yellow-crowned bishop (Euplectes afer), a pet-traded African songbird. We tested for non-random allele frequency changes after trapping, acclimation and survival in captivity...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900390/genetically-driven-enhancement-of-dopaminergic-transmission-affects-moral-acceptability-in-females-but-not-in-males-a-pilot-study
#3
Silvia Pellegrini, Sara Palumbo, Caterina Iofrida, Erika Melissari, Giuseppina Rota, Veronica Mariotti, Teresa Anastasio, Andrea Manfrinati, Rino Rumiati, Lorella Lotto, Michela Sarlo, Pietro Pietrini
Moral behavior has been a key topic of debate for philosophy and psychology for a long time. In recent years, thanks to the development of novel methodologies in cognitive sciences, the question of how we make moral choices has expanded to the study of neurobiological correlates that subtend the mental processes involved in moral behavior. For instance, in vivo brain imaging studies have shown that distinct patterns of brain neural activity, associated with emotional response and cognitive processes, are involved in moral judgment...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876518/externalizing-problem-behavior-in-adolescence-parenting-interacting-with-dat1-and-drd4-genes
#4
Annelies Janssens, Wim Van Den Noortgate, Luc Goossens, Hilde Colpin, Karine Verschueren, Stephan Claes, Karla Van Leeuwen
This study extends previous gene-by-environment (G × E) research through design and methodological advances and examines alternative hypotheses of diathesis stress, vantage sensitivity, and differential susceptibility. In a sample of 984 adolescents and their parents, we examined whether effects of parental support, proactive, punitive, harsh punitive, and psychological control on externalizing problem behavior are moderated by adolescents' genotype for the dopamine transporter (DAT1) or receptor D4 (DRD4) gene...
June 2017: Journal of Research on Adolescence: the Official Journal of the Society for Research on Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874544/single-rat-muscle-na-channel-mutation-confers-batrachotoxin-autoresistance-found-in-poison-dart-frog-phyllobates-terribilis
#5
Sho-Ya Wang, Ging Kuo Wang
Poison-dart Phyllobates terribilis frogs sequester lethal amounts of steroidal alkaloid batrachotoxin (BTX) in their skin as a defense mechanism against predators. BTX targets voltage-gated Na(+) channels and enables them to open persistently. How BTX autoresistance arises in such frogs remains a mystery. The BTX receptor has been delineated along the Na(+) channel inner cavity, which is formed jointly by four S6 transmembrane segments from domains D1 to D4. Within the P. terribilis muscle Na(+) channel, five amino acid (AA) substitutions have been identified at D1/S6 and D4/S6...
September 5, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828402/neuregulin-and-dopamine-d4-receptors-contribute-independently-to-depotentiation-of-schaffer-collateral-ltp-by-temperoammonic-path-stimulation
#6
Yukitoshi Izumi, Charles F Zorumski
Prior studies have found that dopamine (DA), acting at D4 receptors, and neuregulin (NRG), likely acting at ErbB4 receptors, are involved in a form of depotentiation of long-term potentiation (LTP) at Schaffer collateral (SC) synapses in the hippocampus. Furthermore, DA and NRG actions are intertwined in that NRG induces DA release. We previously found that low-frequency stimulation (LFS) of temperoammonic (TA) inputs to area CA1 also depotentiates previously established SC LTP through a complex signaling pathway involving endocannabinoids, GABA, adenosine, and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), but not glutamate...
July 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814511/targeting-phospholipase-d4-attenuates-kidney-fibrosis
#7
Priyanka Trivedi, Ramya K Kumar, Ashwin Iyer, Sarah Boswell, Casimiro Gerarduzzi, Vivekkumar P Dadhania, Zach Herbert, Nikita Joshi, James P Luyendyk, Benjamin D Humphreys, Vishal S Vaidya
Phospholipase D4 (PLD4), a single-pass transmembrane glycoprotein, is among the most highly upregulated genes in murine kidneys subjected to chronic progressive fibrosis, but the function of PLD4 in this process is unknown. Here, we found PLD4 to be overexpressed in the proximal and distal tubular epithelial cells of murine and human kidneys after fibrosis. Genetic silencing of PLD4, either globally or conditionally in proximal tubular epithelial cells, protected mice from the development of fibrosis. Mechanistically, global knockout of PLD4 modulated innate and adaptive immune responses and attenuated the upregulation of the TGF-β signaling pathway and α1-antitrypsin protein (a serine protease inhibitor) expression and downregulation of neutrophil elastase (NE) expression induced by obstructive injury...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806140/adherent-invasive-e-coli-enhances-colonic-hypersensitivity-and-p2x-receptors-expression-during-post-infectious-period
#8
Amandine Lashermes, Ludivine Boudieu, Julie Barbier, Benoit Sion, Agathe Gelot, Nicolas Barnich, Denis Ardid, Frédéric Antonio Carvalho
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are related gastrointestinal disorders characterized by abdominal pain associated with colonic hypersensitivity (CHS). Studies in humans have reported an abnormal colonization of Adherent-Invasive E. coli (AIEC) in the ileum of Crohn's disease (CD) patients associated with overexpression of the bacterial colonizing receptor CEACAM6. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether AIEC reference strain LF82 could induce intestinal impairment during infectious and/or post-infectious periods and subsequently the development of CHS...
August 14, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797200/the-polymorphism-of-dopamine-receptor-d4-drd4-and-dopamine-transporter-dat-genes-in-the-men-with-antisocial-behavior-and-mixed-martial-arts-fighters
#9
Elena Cherepkova, Vladimir Maksimov, Alexandr Kushnarev, Igor Shakhmatov, Lyubomir I Aftanas
OBJECTIVES: VNTR polymorphisms of DRD4 and DAT genes were studied in the Russian and Chechen men convicted of crimes, and two control groups comprised of the MMA fighters and a sample of general population. A group of MMA fighters included only the subjects without history of antisocial behavior. METHODS: DNA was isolated by phenol-chloroform extraction from the blood. Genotyping VNTR polymorphisms of the DRD4 and DAT genes were performed by PCR on published methods...
August 11, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630890/drd4-gene-polymorphisms-as-a-risk-factor-for-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-in-iranian-population
#10
Seyed Mahmoud Tabatabaei, Shahrokh Amiri, Sara Faghfouri, Seyed Gholamreza Noorazar, Shahin AbdollahiFakhim, Ali Fakhari
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Dopamine dysfunction is known to be associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dopamine D4 receptor gene (DRD4) is one of the important genes in this pathway. This study intended to investigate the variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) in exon 3 of the DRD4 gene in Iranian children and adolescents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, 130 children with ADHD, aged 6-14 years, and 130 healthy children, within the same age range, were enrolled...
2017: International Scholarly Research Notices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592831/genetic-variation-of-dopamine-and-serotonin-function-modulates-the-feedback-related-negativity-during-altruistic-punishment
#11
Sören Enge, Hendrik Mothes, Monika Fleischhauer, Andreas Reif, Alexander Strobel
Why do humans cooperate and often punish norm violations of others? In the present study, we sought to investigate the genetic bases of altruistic punishment (AP), which refers to the costly punishment of norm violations with potential benefit for other individuals. Recent evidence suggests that norm violations and unfairness are indexed by the feedback-related negativity (FRN), an anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) generated neural response to expectancy violations. Given evidence on the role of serotonin and dopamine in AP as well as in FRN-generation, we explored the impact of genetic variation of serotonin and dopamine function on FRN and AP behavior in response to unfair vs...
June 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559635/asenapine-for-the-control-of-physical-aggression-a-prospective-naturalist-pilot-study
#12
Jin Shi Amon, Sarah B Johnson, Rif S El-Mallakh
It has been previously purported that higher relative affinity to the dopamine D4 receptor compared to D2 (i.e., D4/D2 affinity ratio > 1) may underlie unique antiaggression potency. Asenapine is a newer antipsychotic that also has D4/D2 affinity ratio > 1. It has demonstrated efficacy in reducing acute agitation in a placebo-controlled study. We performed a prospective naturalistic, pilot, proof of concept study on an inpatient psychiatric unit. Among patients with aggression at time of admission (≥ 12 on Refined Aggression Questionnaire [RAQ], or ≥ 2 on Modified Overt Aggression Scale [MOAS]), asenapine treatment was associated with a significant reduction in total aggression as measured by the MOAS (-14...
January 26, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530534/biological-evaluation-of-99mtc-hynic-edda-tricine-ser-3-d4-peptide-for-tumor-targeting
#13
Ziba Kazemi, Mona Haddad Zahmatkesh, Seyed Mohammad Abedi, Seyed Jalal Hosseinimehr
BACKGROUND: D4 small peptide (Leu-Ala-Arg-Leu-Leu-Thr) was selected as an appropriate agent for specific targeting of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). OBJECTIVE: The aim of study was to investigate the 99mTc-labeled D4 peptide for non small cell lung tumor targeting. METHOD: HYNIC-(Ser)3-D4 peptide was labeled with 99mTc using mixture of tricine and ethylenediamine diacetic acid (EDDA) as co-ligands. The in vitro cellular uptake of radiolabebled peptide was evaluated by blocking test on human non small lung cancer (A-549) cell line and its biodistribution was evaluated in A-549 xenografted nude mice...
May 19, 2017: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495611/hiv-1-tat-protein-enhances-sensitization-to-methamphetamine-by-affecting-dopaminergic-function
#14
James P Kesby, Julia A Najera, Benedetto Romoli, Yiding Fang, Liana Basova, Amanda Birmingham, Maria Cecilia G Marcondes, Davide Dulcis, Svetlana Semenova
Methamphetamine abuse is common among humans with immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The HIV-1 regulatory protein TAT induces dysfunction of mesolimbic dopaminergic systems which may result in impaired reward processes and contribute to methamphetamine abuse. These studies investigated the impact of TAT expression on methamphetamine-induced locomotor sensitization, underlying changes in dopamine function and adenosine receptors in mesolimbic brain areas and neuroinflammation (microgliosis). Transgenic mice with doxycycline-induced TAT protein expression in the brain were tested for locomotor activity in response to repeated methamphetamine injections and methamphetamine challenge after a 7-day abstinence period...
October 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489950/return-of-d4-dopamine-receptor-antagonists-in-drug-discovery
#15
Craig W Lindsley, Corey R Hopkins
The dopamine D4 receptor garnered a great deal of interest in the early 1990s when studies showed the atypical antipsychotic clozapine possessed higher affinity for D4, relative to other dopamine receptor subtypes, and that this activity might underlie the unique clinical efficacy of clozapine. Unfortunately, D4 antagonists that were developed for schizophrenia failed in the clinic. Thus, D4 fell out of favor as a therapeutic target, and work in this area was silent for decades. Recently, D4 ligands with improved selectivity for D4 against not only D1-3,5 but also other biogenic amine targets have emerged, and D4 is once again in the spotlight as a novel target for both addiction and Parkinson's disease (PD), as well as other emerging diseases...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455126/neurochemical-arguments-for-the-use-of-dopamine-d4-receptor-stimulation-to-improve-cognitive-impairment-associated-with-schizophrenia
#16
Mei Huang, Sunoh Kwon, Wenqi He, Herbert Y Meltzer
BACKGROUND: Dopamine (DA) D4 receptors have been implicated in schizophrenia and the ability of some atypical antipsychotic drugs (APDs) to improve the cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia (CIAS). Systemic administration of a D4 agonist, PD168077, at a sub-effective dose, together with a sub-effective dose of lurasidone, an atypical APD which is a weak D4 receptor antagonist, reversed the deficit in novel object recognition (NOR) in rats treated subchronically with phencyclidine (PCP), a rodent model of CIAS...
April 25, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450726/effect-of-drd4-receptor-616-c-g-polymorphism-on-brain-structure-and-functional-connectivity-density-in-pediatric-primary-nocturnal-enuresis-patients
#17
Bing Yu, Na Chang, Yao Lu, Hongwei Ma, Na Liu, Qiyong Guo
The dopamine D4 receptor (DRD4) promoter (-616; rs747302) has been associated with primary nocturnal enuresis (PNE); however, its relationship with neuroimaging has not been investigated. Therefore, we assessed the effects of the DRD4 -616 C/G single nucleotide polymorphism on the gray matter volume (GMV) and functional connectivity density (FCD) during resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging in children with PNE using voxel-based morphometry and FCD methods. Genomic and imaging data were obtained from 97 children with PNE and 105 healthy controls...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428702/drd4-and-dat1-vntr-genotyping-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#18
Ashley Stanley, K Chavda, A Subramanian, S V Prabhu, T F Ashavaid
The dopamine receptor-D4 and the dopamine transporter have been investigated for their role in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Reports of their genetic association with ADHD have shown mixed results. The aim of the study was to evaluate the association of variable number tandem repeats (VNTRs) of the DRD4 and DAT1 genes with ADHD in children. A pilot 1:1 case control study, with 44 clinically confirmed ADHD cases and 44 age/gender matched healthy controls, was conducted at a tertiary care centre in Mumbai...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424758/redox-related-epigenetic-mechanisms-in-glioblastoma-nuclear-factor-erythroid-derived-2-like-2-cobalamin-and-dopamine-receptor-subtype-4
#19
Matthew Scott Schrier, Malav Suchin Trivedi, Richard Carlton Deth
Glioblastoma is an exceptionally difficult cancer to treat. Cancer is universally marked by epigenetic changes, which play key roles in sustaining a malignant phenotype, in addition to disease progression and patient survival. Studies have shown strong links between the cellular redox state and epigenetics. Nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2) is a redox-sensitive transcription factor that upregulates endogenous antioxidant production, and is aberrantly expressed in many cancers, including glioblastoma...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420882/the-role-of-the-swi-snf-chromatin-remodeling-complex-in-maintaining-the-stemness-of-glioma-initiating-cells
#20
Hiroaki Hiramatsu, Kazuyoshi Kobayashi, Kyousuke Kobayashi, Takeshi Haraguchi, Yasushi Ino, Tomoki Todo, Hideo Iba
Glioma initiating cells (GICs) are thought to contribute to therapeutic resistance and tumor recurrence in glioblastoma, a lethal primary brain tumor in adults. Although the stem-like properties of GICs, such as self-renewal and tumorigenicity, are epigenetically regulated, the role of a major chromatin remodeling complex in human, the SWI/SNF complex, remains unknown in these cells. We here demonstrate that the SWI/SNF core complex, that is associated with a unique corepressor complex through the d4-family proteins, DPF1 or DPF3a, plays essential roles in stemness maintenance in GICs...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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