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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329817/early-life-benzo-a-pyrene-exposure-causes-neurodegenerative-syndromes-in-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio-and-the-mechanism-involved
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Dongxu Gao, Chonggang Wang, Zhihui Xi, Yixi Zhou, Yuanchuan Wang, Zhenghong Zuo
There is increasing recognition of the importance of early-life environmental exposures in health disorders at later-life stages. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether early-life exposure to benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) could induce neurodegenerative syndromes at later-life stages in zebrafish. Embryos were exposed to BaP at doses of 0, 0.05, 0.5, 5, and 50 nM from early embryogenesis to 96 h post-fertilization (hpf), then transferred to clean water and maintained for 365 days. We found that BaP decreased locomotor and cognitive ability, neurotransmitter levels of dopamine, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid and norepinephrine; and induced loss of dopaminergic neurons and resulted in neurodegeneration...
January 30, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327307/discovery-characterization-and-biological-evaluation-of-a-novel-r-4-4-difluoropiperidine-scaffold-as-dopamine-receptor-4-d4r-antagonists
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Daniel E Jeffries, Jonathan O Witt, Andrea L McCollum, Kayla J Temple, Miguel A Hurtado, Joel M Harp, Anna L Blobaum, Craig W Lindsley, Corey R Hopkins
Herein, we report the synthesis and structure-activity relationship of a novel series of (R)-4,4-difluoropiperidine core scaffold as dopamine receptor 4 (D4) antagonists. A series of compounds from this scaffold are highly potent against the D4 receptor and selective against the other dopamine receptors. In addition, we were able to confirm the active isomer as the (R)-enantiomer via an X-ray crystal structure.
December 1, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326743/dopamine-receptors-modulate-t-lymphocytes-via-inhibition-of-camp-creb-signaling-pathway
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OBJECTIVES: We have previously reported that dopamine D2-like receptors including D2, D3 and D4 receptors are more important in mediating modulation of T cells than dopamine D1-like receptors (D1 and D5 receptors). Here we aimed to clarify the role of D2-like receptors in regulation of differentiation and function of T lymphocyte subsets, including helper T (Th)1, Th2, Th17 and regulatory T (Treg) cells. METHODS: Lymphocytes, separated from the mesenteric lymph nodes of mice, were stimulated with concanavalin A (Con A) and treated with the D2-like receptor agonist quinpirole or the antagonist haloperidol...
December 22, 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318261/expanded-rosarin-a-versatile-fullerene-c60-receptor
#4
Xian-Sheng Ke, Taeyeon Kim, James T Brewster, Vincent M Lynch, Dongho Kim, Jonathan L Sessler
An expanded rosarian (P3P6) with a bowl-like conformation has been prepared and characterized. It is prepared in a one pot procedure that involves condensing a bispyrrole pyridine precursor (P1P2) with benzaldehyde, followed by oxidation. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals a bowl-like conformation in the solid state with an upper rim diameter defined by the meso-phenyl substituents of ca. 13.5 Å and a depth of roughly 6.3 Å. P3P6 forms both 1:1 and 2:1 complexes with C60 in the solid state...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304244/intravitreally-administered-dopamine-d2-like-and-d4-but-not-d1-like-receptor-agonists-reduce-form-deprivation-myopia-in-tree-shrews
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Alexander H Ward, John T Siegwart, Michael R Frost, Thomas T Norton
We examined the effect of intravitreal injections of D1-like and D2-like dopamine receptor agonists and antagonists and D4 receptor drugs on form-deprivation myopia (FDM) in tree shrews, mammals closely related to primates. In eleven groups (n = 7 per group), we measured the amount of FDM produced by monocular form deprivation (FD) over an 11-day treatment period. The untreated fellow eye served as a control. Animals also received daily 5 µL intravitreal injections in the FD eye. The reference group received 0...
January 2017: Visual Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282463/family-based-association-study-of-drd4-gene-in-methylphenidate-responded-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#6
Patrick Wing-Leung Leung, Janice Ka Yan Chan, Lu Hua Chen, Chi Chiu Lee, Se Fong Hung, Ting Pong Ho, Chun Pan Tang, Robert K Moyzis, James M Swanson
The 48-basepair (48-bp) variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) polymorphism in exon 3 of the dopamine receptor D4 gene (DRD4) is implicated in the etiology of attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In particular, ADHD in European-ancestry population is associated with an increased prevalence of the 7-repeat (7R) allele of the exon 3 VNTR. However, it is intriguing to note that the 7R allele has been found to be of very low prevalence in the Chinese general population. In a previous case-control study, our research team had found that the 7R allele was similarly absent in Chinese ADHD children in Hong Kong...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243714/nicotine-withdrawal-induced-inattention-is-absent-in-alpha7-nachr-knockout-mice
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K K Higa, A Grim, M E Kamenski, J van Enkhuizen, X Zhou, K Li, J C Naviaux, L Wang, R K Naviaux, M A Geyer, A Markou, J W Young
RATIONALE: Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the USA, but quit attempts result in withdrawal-induced cognitive dysfunction and predicts relapse. Greater understanding of the neural mechanism(s) underlying these cognitive deficits is required to develop targeted treatments to aid quit attempts. OBJECTIVES: We examined nicotine withdrawal-induced inattention in mice lacking the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) using the five-choice continuous performance test (5C-CPT)...
February 28, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230199/activation-of-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptors-increases-d4-dopamine-receptor-expression-in-rat-renal-proximal-tubule-cells
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Luxun Tang, Shuo Zheng, Hongmei Ren, Duofen He, Chunyu Zeng, Wei Eric Wang
Both the dopaminergic and renin-angiotensin systems play important roles in the regulation of blood pressure. Our previous study showed that the stimulation of dopaminergic D4 receptors reduced angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor expression in renal proximal tubule (RPT) cells. In this study, we tested whether AT1 receptors, in return, would regulate D4 receptor expression and function in RPT cells. Expression of the D4 receptor from Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) or spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) RPT cells and renal cortex tissues were determined by western blot, and Na(+)-K(+) ATPase activity was determined using an enzyme assay...
February 23, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221369/chemistry-based-molecular-signature-underlying-the-atypia-of-clozapine
#9
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/28176268/no-genetic-association-between-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-and-parkinson-s-disease-in-nine-adhd-candidate-snps
#10
Julia M Geissler, Marcel Romanos, Manfred Gerlach, Daniela Berg, Claudia Schulte
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Parkinson's disease (PD) involve pathological changes in brain structures such as the basal ganglia, which are essential for the control of motor and cognitive behavior and impulsivity. The cause of ADHD and PD remains unknown, but there is increasing evidence that both seem to result from a complicated interplay of genetic and environmental factors affecting numerous cellular processes and brain regions. To explore the possibility of common genetic pathways within the respective pathophysiologies, nine ADHD candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in seven genes were tested for association with PD in 5333 cases and 12,019 healthy controls: one variant, respectively, in the genes coding for synaptosomal-associated protein 25 k (SNAP25), the dopamine (DA) transporter (SLC6A3; DAT1), DA receptor D4 (DRD4), serotonin receptor 1B (HTR1B), tryptophan hydroxylase 2 (TPH2), the norepinephrine transporter SLC6A2 and three SNPs in cadherin 13 (CDH13)...
February 7, 2017: Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138806/drd4-variants-moderate-the-impact-of-parental-characteristics-on-child-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-exploratory-evidence-from-a-multiplex-family-design
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Molly A Nikolas, Allison M Momany
Parental ADHD symptomatology and related impairments have been robustly associated with youth ADHD across decades of work. Notably, these factors may impede typical development of child self-regulation capabilities through both neurobiological and interpersonal processes. High heritability of estimates for the disorder further suggest that these effects are likely genetically-mediated, at least in part. Variation within the dopamine D4 receptor gene (DRD4) has been shown to moderate parental influences on youth ADHD...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138201/asenapine-for-the-control-of-physical-aggression-a-prospective-naturalist-pilot-study
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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/28115217/cysteinyl-leukotriene-e4-activates-human-group-2-innate-lymphoid-cells-and-enhances-the-effect-of-prostaglandin-d2-and-epithelial-cytokines
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Maryam Salimi, Linda Stöger, Wei Liu, Simei Go, Ian Pavord, Paul Klenerman, Graham Ogg, Luzheng Xue
BACKGROUND: Group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) are a potential innate source of type 2 cytokines in the pathogenesis of allergic conditions. Epithelial cytokines (IL-33, IL-25, and thymic stromal lymphopoietin [TSLP]) and mast cell mediators (prostaglandin D2 [PGD2]) are critical activators of ILC2s. Cysteinyl leukotrienes (cysLTs), including leukotriene (LT) C4, LTD4, and LTE4, are metabolites of arachidonic acid and mediate inflammatory responses. Their role in human ILC2s is still poorly understood...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098359/m2-like-macrophages-induce-colon-cancer-cell-invasion-via-matrix-metalloproteinases
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Katyayni Vinnakota, Yuan Zhang, Benson Chellakkan Selvanesan, Geriolda Topi, Tavga Salim, Janna Sand-Dejmek, Gunilla Jönsson, Anita Sjölander
The inflammatory milieu plays an important role in colon cancer development and progression. Previously, we have shown that tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs), an important component of the tumor microenvironment, are enriched in tumors compared with normal tissue and confer a poorer prognosis. In the present study, we found that matrix metallopeptidase-9 (MMP-9), which degrades extracellular matrix proteins, was increased in biopsies from colon cancer patients and in mouse xenografts with SW480 cell-derived tumors...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097219/key-role-of-the-dopamine-d4-receptor-in-the-modulation-of-corticostriatal-glutamatergic-neurotransmission
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Jordi Bonaventura, César Quiroz, Ning-Sheng Cai, Marcelo Rubinstein, Gianluigi Tanda, Sergi Ferré
Polymorphic variants of the dopamine D4 receptor gene (DRD4) have been repeatedly associated with numerous neuropsychiatric disorders. Yet, the functional role of the D4 receptor and the functional differences of the products of DRD4 polymorphic variants remained enigmatic. Immunohistochemical and optogenetic-microdialysis experiments were performed in knock-in mice expressing a D4 receptor with the long intracellular domain of a human DRD4 polymorphic variant associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060819/an-anti-human-lutheran-glycoprotein-phage-antibody-inhibits-cell-migration-on-laminin-511-epitope-mapping-of-the-antibody
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Yurie Enomoto-Okawa, Yuka Maeda, Nozomi Harashima, Yumika Sugawara, Fumihiko Katagiri, Kentaro Hozumi, Kam Man Hui, Motoyoshi Nomizu, Yuji Ito, Yamato Kikkawa
The Lutheran glycoprotein (Lu), also known as basal cell adhesion molecule (B-CAM), is an Ig superfamily (IgSF) transmembrane receptor for laminin α5. Although Lu is not present in normal hepatocytes, its expression is significantly increased in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this study, we isolated thirteen phage antibodies to Lu from a phage library of peripheral blood from HCC patients, suggesting that these patients produced autoantibodies against endogenous Lu. To characterize the phage antibodies, we determined the Lu domains they recognize...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051998/prex1-integrates-g-protein-coupled-receptor-and-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-signaling-to-promote-glioblastoma-invasion
#17
Alexander Gont, Manijeh Daneshmand, John Woulfe, Sylvie J Lavictoire, Ian A J Lorimer
A defining feature of the brain cancer glioblastoma is its highly invasive nature. When glioblastoma cells are isolated from patients using serum free conditions, they accurately recapitulate this invasive behaviour in animal models. The Rac subclass of Rho GTPases has been shown to promote invasive behaviour in glioblastoma cells isolated in this manner. However the guanine nucleotide exchange factors responsible for activating Rac in this context have not been characterized previously. PREX1 is a Rac guanine nucleotide exchange factor that is synergistically activated by binding of G protein αγ subunits and the phosphoinositide 3-kinase pathway second messenger phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5 trisphosphate...
January 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992450/association-between-age-and-the-7-repeat-allele-of-the-dopamine-d4-receptor-gene
#18
Anna Szekely, Eszter Kotyuk, Julianna Bircher, Andrea Vereczkei, David A Balota, Maria Sasvari-Szekely, Zsolt Ronai
Longevity is in part (25%) inherited, and genetic studies aim to uncover allelic variants that play an important role in prolonging life span. Results to date confirm only a few gene variants associated with longevity, while others show inconsistent results. However, GWAS studies concentrate on single nucleotide polymorphisms, and there are only a handful of studies investigating variable number of tandem repeat variations related to longevity. Recently, Grady and colleagues (2013) reported a remarkable (66%) accumulation of those carrying the 7 repeat allele of the dopamine D4 receptor gene in a large population of 90-109 years old Californian centenarians, as compared to an ancestry-matched young population...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932423/integrated-genomic-analysis-of-survival-outliers-in-glioblastoma
#19
Sen Peng, Harshil Dhurv, Brock Armstrong, Bodour Salhia, Christophe Legendre, Jeffrey Kiefer, Julianna Parks, Selene Virk, Andrew E Sloan, Quinn T Ostrom, Jill S Barnholtz-Sloan, Nhan L Tran, Michael E Berens
BACKGROUND: To elucidate molecular features associated with disproportionate survival of glioblastoma (GB) patients, we conducted deep genomic comparative analysis of a cohort of patients receiving standard therapy (surgery plus concurrent radiation and temozolomide); "GB outliers" were identified: long-term survivor of 33 months (LTS; n = 8) versus short-term survivor of 7 months (STS; n = 10). METHODS: We implemented exome, RNA, whole genome sequencing, and DNA methylation for collection of deep genomic data from STS and LTS GB patients...
December 8, 2016: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907150/molecular-characterization-of-two-monoclonal-antibodies-against-the-same-epitope-on-b-cell-receptor-associated-protein-31
#20
Won-Tae Kim, Saemina Shin, Hyo Jeong Hwang, Min Kyu Kim, Han-Sung Jung, Hwangseo Park, Chun Jeih Ryu
Previously, we showed that B-cell receptor associated protein 31 (BAP31), an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane chaperone, is also expressed on the cell surface by two monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) 297-D4 and 144-A8. Both MAbs recognize the same linear epitope on the C-terminal domain of BAP31, although they were independently established. Here, flow cytometric analysis showed that 144-A8 had additional binding properties to some cells, as compared to 297-D4. Quantitative antigen binding assays also showed that 144-A8 had higher antigen binding capacity than 297-D4...
2016: PloS One
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