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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453755/effect-of-nicotine-on-repeated-bouts-of-anaerobic-exercise-in-nicotine-na%C3%A3-ve-individuals
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Robert Johnston, Melissa Crowe, Kenji Doma
PURPOSE: Nicotine is a psychostimulant that is reported to be commonly supplemented by athletes. The purpose of the current study was to determine the effects of a rapidly absorbed form of nicotine on repeated bouts of anaerobic exercise, perception of exertion and a range of cardiovascular variables while monitoring side effect profiles. METHODS: Sixteen healthy, nicotine naïve male athletes (24.1 ± 5.3 years, 179.0 ± 8.8 cm, 81.7 ± 13.5 kg, BMI 25.5 ± 3.0, Body fat% 13...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450954/initiation-and-long-term-use-of-benzodiazepines-and-z-drugs-in-bipolar-disorder
#2
Louise Wingård, Heidi Taipale, Johan Reutfors, Anna Westerlund, Robert Bodén, Jari Tiihonen, Antti Tanskanen, Morten Andersen
OBJECTIVES: Increasing evidence points to the harmful effects of long-term benzodiazepine treatment. Our objective was to study the incidence of, and predictors for, long-term use of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in bipolar disorder. METHODS: We conducted a population-based cohort study, using data from Swedish national registers. Swedish residents aged 18-75 years with a recorded diagnosis of bipolar disorder or mania between July 2006 and December 2012, and no history of benzodiazepine/Z-drug use in the past year, were included...
February 16, 2018: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432883/regulation-of-phosphorylation-of-ampa-glutamate-receptors-by-muscarinic-m4-receptors-in-the-striatum-in-vivo
#3
Li-Min Mao, Nan He, Dao-Zhong Jin, John Q Wang
The acetylcholine muscarinic 4 (M4) receptor is a principal muscarinic receptor subtype present in the striatum. Notably, Gαi/o-coupled M4 receptors and Gαs/Golf-coupled dopamine D1 receptors are coexpressed in striatonigral projection neurons and are thought to interact with each other to regulate neuronal excitability, although underlying molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the role of M4 receptors in the regulation of phosphorylation of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptors in the rat normal and dopamine-stimulated striatum in vivo...
February 9, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428394/the-pharmacology-of-amphetamine-and-methylphenidate-relevance-to-the-neurobiology-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-and-other-psychiatric-comorbidities
#4
REVIEW
Stephen V Faraone
Psychostimulants, including amphetamines and methylphenidate, are first-line pharmacotherapies for individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This review aims to educate physicians regarding differences in pharmacology and mechanisms of action between amphetamine and methylphenidate, thus enhancing physician understanding of psychostimulants and their use in managing individuals with ADHD who may have comorbid psychiatric conditions. A systematic literature review of PubMed was conducted in April 2017, focusing on cellular- and brain system-level effects of amphetamine and methylphenidate...
February 8, 2018: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427922/psychotomimetic-like-behavioral-effects-of-memantine-in-the-mouse
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Nobue Kitanaka, Junichi Kitanaka, F Scott Hall, Yoshiro Kubota, Yumi Mimura, Sayaka Ogura, Yukiya Okada, George R Uhl, Motohiko Takemura
A single administration of mice with memantine (1-amino-3,5-dimethyladamantane), a glutamatergic N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, induced stereotyped behaviors in dose- and time-dependent manners. The predominant behavioral component of the stereotypy was a continuous, exaggerated sniffing which was accompanied by persistent locomotion. In contrast, a psychostimulant methamphetamine (METH) predominantly induced a stereotyped biting and other forms of intense stationary stereotypical behaviors...
February 7, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29424319/caffeine-inhibits-angiogenesis-in-human-glioblastoma-cells-via-hifs-modulation
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Grazia Maugeri, Agata Grazia D Amico, Daniela Maria Rasa, Salvatore Saccone, Concetta Federico, Gaetano Magro, Sebastiano Cavallaro, Velia D Agata
Caffeine represents the most used psychoactive drug in the world acting as a non-selective adenosine receptor antagonist. It exerts an anti-cancer role in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). This neoplasia is characterized by extensive hypoxic foci triggering hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) expression. Among these factors, HIF-1α performs a crucial role in the induction of vascular endothelium growth factor (VEGF), a key player in angiogenesis and cell migration. In this work, we have investigated whether caffeine counteracts GBM progression by modulating hypoxic event...
February 9, 2018: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421538/sleep-deprivation-precipitates-the-development-of-amphetamine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-in-rats
#7
Laís F Berro, Sergio B Tufik, Roberto Frussa-Filho, Monica L Andersen, Sergio Tufik
Sleep deprivation (SD) and amphetamine use are commonly associated conditions. SD shares similar neurobiological effects with psychostimulants, playing an important role in drug addiction, especially through conditioning manipulations. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of SD on the development of amphetamine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) in a protocol with a reduced number of conditioning sessions. Male adult Wistar rats were submitted to 4 conditioning sessions (2 sessions/day) in the CPP apparatus, half with saline (non-drug-paired compartment) and half with 2 mg/kg amphetamine (drug-paired compartment) after control (home-cage maintained) or SD (6 h gentle handling method) conditions...
February 6, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421265/the-tail-of-the-ventral-tegmental-area-in-behavioral-processes-and-in-the-effect-of-psychostimulants-and-drugs-of-abuse
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Marc Fakhoury
The tail of the ventral tegmental area (tVTA) is a recently identified structure that exerts a major inhibitory drive onto midbrain dopamine (DA) neurons. Also referred to as the rostromedial tegmental nucleus (RMTg), the tVTA is a cluster of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic neurons that starts within the posterior end of the VTA, where it is restricted dorsolateral to the caudal part of the interpeduncular nucleus, and extends into the pons. First identified in the rat, the tVTA has been described in many species, including mice and monkeys, as a region exhibiting similar anatomical and behavioral properties; it receives strong excitatory inputs from the lateral habenula (LHb), conveys negative reward-related information, and inhibits midbrain DA neuron activity...
February 5, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29419353/characteristics-of-suicide-attempters-and-ideators-in-a-clinical-sample-of-substance-users
#9
Kirsten C Morley, Gomathi Sitharthan, Paul S Haber, Peter Tucker, Thiagarajan Sitharthan
There is little research to distinguish those who attempt suicide and those who only consider suicide, and the role that substance use plays in this progression. We aim to describe clinical correlates of suicide attempters versus ideators in substance users. We examined characteristics of substance users (N = 185) that had either a suicide attempt within the last 6 months (n = 94) or were suicide ideators (n = 91). Suicide attempters displayed significant different clinical profiles to that of non-attemptors...
February 8, 2018: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29413521/phosphorylation-of-the-amino-terminus-of-the-dopamine-transporter-regulatory-mechanisms-and-implications-for-amphetamine-action
#10
Caline S Karam, Jonathan A Javitch
Amphetamines (AMPHs) are potent psychostimulants that are widely used and abused, with profound medical and societal impact. Their actions at dopaminergic neurons are thought to mediate their therapeutic efficacy as well as their liability for abuse and dependence. AMPHs target the dopamine transporter (DAT), the plasmalemmal membrane protein that mediates the inactivation of released dopamine (DA) through its reuptake. AMPHs act as substrates for DAT and are known to cause mobilization of dopamine (DA) to the cell exterior via DAT-mediated reverse transport (efflux)...
2018: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29407411/chronic-amphetamine-treatment-affects-collicular-dependent-behaviour
#11
Amy C Turner, Agata Stramek, Igor Kraev, Michael G Stewart, Paul G Overton, Eleanor J Dommett
Distractibility can be defined as an attention deficit where orientation toward irrelevant targets cannot be inhibited. There is now mounting evidence that the superior colliculus is a key neural correlate of distractibility, with increased collicular-activity resulting in heightened distractibility. Heightened distractibility is reduced by amphetamine, which acutely suppresses collicular responsiveness. However, when amphetamine is used to treat distractibility, it is given chronically, yet no data exist on whether chronic amphetamine treatment affects the colliculus...
January 27, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29407216/pharmacological-profiling-of-sigma-1-receptor-ligands-by-novel-receptor-homomer-assays
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Hideaki Yano, Alessandro Bonifazi, Min Xu, Daryl A Guthrie, Stephanie N Schneck, Ara M Abramyan, Andrew D Fant, W Conrad Hong, Amy H Newman, Lei Shi
The sigma 1 receptor (σ1R) is a structurally unique transmembrane protein that functions as a molecular chaperone in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), and has been implicated in cancer, neuropathic pain, and psychostimulant abuse. Despite physiological and pharmacological significance, mechanistic underpinnings of structure-function relationships of σ1R are poorly understood, and molecular interactions of selective ligands with σ1R have not been elucidated. The recent crystallographic determination of σ1R as a homo-trimer provides the foundation for mechanistic elucidation at the molecular level...
January 30, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29403383/how-realistic-are-the-scientific-assumptions-of-the-neuroenhancement-debate-assessing-the-pharmacological-optimism-and-neuroenhancement-prevalence-hypotheses
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Stephan Schleim, Boris B Quednow
Since two decades, neuroenhancement is a major topic in neuroethics and still receives much attention in the scholarly literature as well as in public media. In contrast to high hopes at the beginning of the "Decade of the Brain" in the United States and Europe that we subsume under the "pharmacological optimism hypothesis," recent evidence from clinical neuroscience suggests that developing drugs that make healthy people smarter is even more difficult than finding new treatments for patients with mental disorders...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29397675/risperidone-related-raynaud-s-phenomenon-an-adolescent-case
#14
Serkan Güneş, Özalp Ekinci, Halenur Teke, Veli Yıldırım
Raynaud's phenomenon is a recurrent vasospastic condition with reducing in peripheral blood flow due to cold, or emotional stress. White, blue and red discolorations occur during the attacks. Serotonin reuptake inhibitors, psychostimulants, and aripiprazole are reported to be related with Raynaud's phenomenon. Risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic drug with dopaminergic and serotonergic effects. In children and adolescents, risperidone is used for bipolar disorder, tic disorders, conduct disorder, schizophrenia, symptoms of irritability and self-mutilation...
February 28, 2018: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29386447/-underlying-mechanisms-of-methamphetamine-induced-self-injurious-behavior-and-lethal-effects-in-mice
#15
Tomohisa Mori, Toshiko Sawaguchi
Relatively high doses of psychostimulants induce neurotoxicity on the dopaminergic system and self-injurious behavior (SIB) in rodents. However the underlying neuronal mechanisms of SIB remains unclear. Dopamine receptor antagonists, N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor antagonists, Nitric Oxide Synthase (NOS) inhibitors and free radical scavengers significantly attenuate methamphetamine-induced SIB. These findings indicate that activation of dopamine as well as NMDA receptors followed by radical formation and oxidative stress, especially when mediated by NOS activation, is associated with methamphetamine-induced SIB...
2018: Nihon Eiseigaku Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29382821/dopamine-psychosis-and-schizophrenia-the-widening-gap-between-basic-and-clinical-neuroscience
#16
REVIEW
J P Kesby, D W Eyles, J J McGrath, J G Scott
The stagnation in drug development for schizophrenia highlights the need for better translation between basic and clinical research. Understanding the neurobiology of schizophrenia presents substantial challenges but a key feature continues to be the involvement of subcortical dopaminergic dysfunction in those with psychotic symptoms. Our contemporary knowledge regarding dopamine dysfunction has clarified where and when dopaminergic alterations may present in schizophrenia. For example, clinical studies have shown patients with schizophrenia show increased presynaptic dopamine function in the associative striatum, rather than the limbic striatum as previously presumed...
January 31, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29370484/risk-of-major-congenital-malformations-associated-with-the-use-of-methylphenidate-or-amphetamines-in-pregnancy
#17
Chittaranjan Andrade
The use of prescription psychostimulants during pregnancy has been increasing in recent years. One large and 3 small studies have recently examined the risk of major congenital malformations following the use of methylphenidate and amphetamines during the first trimester of pregnancy. The broad findings of these studies are that first trimester gestational exposure to methylphenidate or amphetamines is associated with an increased risk of major congenital malformations but the associations are no longer statistically significant after adjusting analyses for confounding variables; that first trimester exposure to amphetamines is not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular malformations; and that first trimester exposure to methylphenidate may increase the risk of cardiovascular malformations...
January 23, 2018: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29367750/methylphenidate-regulation-of-osteoclasts-in-a-dose-and-sex-dependent-manner-adversely-affects-skeletal-mechanical-integrity
#18
Sardar M Z Uddin, Lisa S Robison, Dennis Fricke, Evan Chernoff, Michael Hadjiargyrou, Panayotis K Thanos, David E Komatsu
Methylphenidate (MP) is the most prescribed psychostimulant for ADHD patients, with clinically demonstrated detrimental effects on bone quality, potentially leading to early onset osteoporosis and higher fracture risk. The underlying mechanism for the effects of MP on bone remains elusive. This study demonstrates that sex- and dose-dependent effects of MP on bone quality and quantity are mediated by osteoclast activity. Four-week-old male and female rats were treated with low and high dose MP for 13 weeks. Bone quality and quantity were analyzed using microCT, mechanical testing, histomorphometry, and TRAP staining...
January 24, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29367643/characterization-of-dopaminergic-system-in-the-striatum-of-young-adult-park2-knockout-rats
#19
Jickssa M Gemechu, Akhil Sharma, Dongyue Yu, Yuran Xie, Olivia M Merkel, Anna Moszczynska
Mutations in parkin gene (Park2) are linked to early-onset autosomal recessive Parkinson's disease (PD) and young-onset sporadic PD. Park2 knockout (PKO) rodents; however, do not display neurodegeneration of the nigrostriatal pathway, suggesting age-dependent compensatory changes. Our goal was to examine dopaminergic (DAergic) system in the striatum of 2 month-old PKO rats in order to characterize compensatory mechanisms that may have occurred within the system. The striata form wild type (WT) and PKO Long Evans male rats were assessed for the levels of DAergic markers, for monoamine oxidase (MAO) A and B activities and levels, and for the levels of their respective preferred substrates, serotonin (5-HT) and ß-phenylethylamine (ß-PEA)...
January 24, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29364498/synthetic-cathinones-related-fatalities-an-update
#20
S Zaami, R Giorgetti, S Pichini, F Pantano, E Marinelli, F P Busardò
OBJECTIVE: Synthetic cathinones, more commonly known as "bath salts", are synthetic drugs chemically related to cathinone, a psychostimulant found in the khat plant. They are the first most consumed products among new psychoactive substances, which cause psychostimulant and hallucinogenic effects determining a number of fatalities worldwide.  In this paper, we have systematically reviewed cases of synthetic cathinones-related fatalities analytically confirmed, which have occurred in the last few years...
January 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
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