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Rohith Valsalan, Benoj Varghese, Diya Soman, Jonathan Buckmaster, Steven Yew, David Cooper
Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is a synthetic, cathinone-derivative, central nervous system stimulant taken to produce a cocaine- or methamphetamine-like high. Physical manifestations include tachycardia, hypertension, arrhythmias, hyperthermia, sweating, rhabdomyolysis, hyperkalaemia, disseminated intravascular coagulation, oliguria and seizures. We report a patient who presented with severe metabolic acidosis, multi-organ dysfunction, rhabdomyolysis, hyperkalaemia and seizures. This case highlights that even though a urine drug screen for routine psychostimulant drugs is negative, clinicians need to be vigilant about the adverse effects of MDPV as a possible cause of multi-organ dysfunction...
January 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076672/prenatal-psychostimulant-and-antidepressant-exposure-and-risk-of-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy
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D Jeffrey Newport, Amy L Hostetter, Sarah H Juul, Sunny M Porterfield, Bettina T Knight, Zachary N Stowe
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association, if any, of prenatal mental illness and psychotropic exposure with the risk of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP). METHODS: A case-cohort analysis was conducted of 686 pregnant women participating in prospective, longitudinal observational studies in a tertiary referral center between January 1998 and May 2012. Risk estimates were produced using multivariate logistic regression modeling. Medication- and diagnosis-specific data were utilized to conduct post hoc confirmatory analyses of the risk estimates...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074831/rgs9-2-modulates-responses-to-oxycodone-in-pain-free-and-chronic-pain-states
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Sevasti Gaspari, Valeria Cogliani, Lefteris Manouras, Ethan M Anderson, Vasiliki Mitsi, Kleopatra Avrampou, Fiona B Carr, Venetia Zachariou
Regulator of G protein signalling 9-2 (RGS9-2) is a striatal enriched signal transduction modulator, known to play a critical role in the development of addiction-related behaviours following exposure to psychostimulants or opioids. RGS9-2 controls the function of several GPCRs, including dopamine and mu opioid (MOR) receptors. We previously showed that RGS9-2 complexes negatively control morphine analgesia, and promote the development of morphine tolerance. In contrast, RGS9-2 positively modulates the actions of other opioid analgesics, such as fentanyl and methadone...
January 11, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074613/health-benefits-of-methylxanthines-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Ainhoa Oñatibia-Astibia, Rafael Franco, Eva Martínez-Pinilla
Methylxanthines (MTXs) are consumed by almost everybody in almost every area of the world. Caffeine, theophylline and theobromine are the most well-known members of this family of compounds; they are present, inter alia, in coffee, tea, cacao, yerba mate and cola drinks. MTXs are readily absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and are able to penetrate into the central nervous system, where they exert significant psychostimulant actions, which are more evident in acute intake. Coffee has been paradigmatic, as its use was forbidden in many diseases, however, this negative view has radically changed; evidence shows that methylxanthines display health benefits in diseases involving cell death in the nervous system...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065841/the-neurotoxic-mechanisms-of-amphetamine-step-by-step-for-striatal-dopamine-depletion
#5
Che-Se Tung, Shang-Tang Chang, Chuen-Lin Huang, Nai-Kuei Huang
Amphetamine (AMPH) is a commonly abused psychostimulant that induces neuronal cell death/degeneration in humans and experimental animals. Although multiple neurotoxic mechanisms of AMPH have been intensively investigated, the interplay between these mechanisms has remained elusive. In this study, we used a rat model of AMPH-induced long-lasting striatal dopamine (DA) depletion and identified mechanisms of neurotoxicity, energy failure, excitotoxicity, and oxidative stress. Pretreatment with nicotinamide (NAM, a co-factor for the electron transport chain) blocked AMPH-induced free radical formation, energy failure, and striatal DA decrease...
January 6, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062254/the-effects-of-d-govadine-on-conditioned-place-preference-with-d-amphetamine-or-food-reward
#6
Maya O Nesbit, Carine Dias, Anthony G Phillips
Tetrahydroprotoberberines (THPB) have a high affinity for dopamine (DA) D1 and D2 receptors and may provide a novel treatment for drug addiction. We assessed the effects of the THPB d-govadine on the acquisition, expression, extinction and reinstatement of d-amphetamine-(1.5mg/kg, i.p.) induced conditioned place preference (CPP). Furthermore, the effects of d-govadine on conditioned association between contextual stimuli and a natural reward were examined using food-induced CPP. In separate experiments, rats received d-govadine (0, 0...
January 3, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051103/maladaptive-sex-behavior-following-concurrent-methamphetamine-and-sexual-experience-in-male-rats-is-associated-with-altered-neural-activity-in-frontal-cortex
#7
Lindsey B Kuiper, Karla S Frohmader, Lique M Coolen
The use of psychostimulants is often associated with hypersexuality, and psychostimulant users have identified the effects of drug on sexual behavior as a reason for further use. It was previously demonstrated that methamphetamine (Meth), when administered concurrently with sexual behavior show impairment of inhibition of sexual behavior in a conditioned sex aversion (CSA) paradigm where mating is paired with illness. This is indicative of maladaptive sex behavior following Meth and sex experience. The present study examined the neural pathways activated during inhibition of sexual behavior and the effects of concurrent Meth and sexual behavior on neural activity in these pathways, using ERK phosphorylation (pERK) as neural activity marker...
January 4, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039543/sigma-receptors-and-alcohol-use-disorders
#8
Valentina Sabino, Pietro Cottone
Although extensive research has focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying alcohol addiction, pharmacological treatments for alcohol use disorders are very limited and not always effective. This constraint has encouraged the search for novel pharmacological targets for alcoholism therapy. Sigma receptors were shown to mediate some of the properties of cocaine and amphetamine, which was attributed to the direct binding of psychostimulants to these receptors. More recently, the role of sigma receptors in the rewarding and reinforcing effects of alcohol was also proposed, and it was suggested that their hyperactivity may result in excessive alcohol drinking...
December 31, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028601/voluntary-inhalation-of-methamphetamine-a-novel-strategy-for-studying-intake-non-invasively
#9
C Juarez-Portilla, R D Kim, M Robotham, M Tariq, M Pitter, J LeSauter, R Silver
RATIONALE: The abuse of the psychostimulant methamphetamine (MA) is associated with substantial costs and limited treatment options. To understand the mechanisms that lead to abuse, animal models of voluntary drug intake are crucial. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to develop a protocol to study long-term non-invasive voluntary intake of MA in mice. METHODS: Mice were maintained in their home cages and allowed daily 1 h access to an attached tunnel leading to a test chamber in which nebulized MA was available...
December 27, 2016: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025089/histone-deacetylase-5-modulates-the-effects-of-social-adversity-in-early-life-on-cocaine-induced-behavior
#10
Alessandro Valzania, Clarissa Catale, Maria Teresa Viscomi, Stefano Puglisi-Allegra, Valeria Carola
Psychostimulants induce stable changes in neural plasticity and behavior in a transcription-dependent manner. Further, stable cellular changes require transcription that is regulated by epigenetic mechanisms that alter chromatin structure, such as histone acetylation. This mechanism is typically catalyzed by enzymes with histone acetyltransferase or histone deacetylase (HDAC) activity. Class IIa HDACs are notable for their high expression in important regions of the brain reward circuitry and their neural activity-dependent shuttling in and out of the cell nucleus...
December 23, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013351/differential-effects-of-aprepitant-a-clinically-used-neurokinin-1-receptor-antagonist-on-the-expression-of-conditioned-psychostimulant-versus-opioid-reward
#11
Padmanabhan Mannangatti, Santhanalakshmi Sundaramurthy, Sammanda Ramamoorthy, Lankupalle D Jayanthi
RATIONALE: Neurokinin-1 receptor (NK1R) signaling modulates behaviors associated with psychostimulants and opioids. Psychostimulants, such as amphetamine (AMPH) and cocaine, bind to monoamine transporters and alter their functions. Both dopamine and norepinephrine transporters are regulated by NK1R activation suggesting a role for NK1R mediated catecholamine transporter regulation in psychostimulant-mediated behaviors. OBJECTIVES: The effect of in vivo administration of aprepitant (10 mg/kg) on the expression of AMPH (0...
December 24, 2016: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012058/glutamate-and-brain-glutaminases-in-drug-addiction
#12
Javier Márquez, José A Campos-Sandoval, Ana Peñalver, José M Matés, Juan A Segura, Eduardo Blanco, Francisco J Alonso, Fernando Rodríguez de Fonseca
Glutamate is the principal excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and its actions are related to the behavioral effects of psychostimulant drugs. In the last two decades, basic neuroscience research and preclinical studies with animal models are suggesting a critical role for glutamate transmission in drug reward, reinforcement, and relapse. Although most of the interest has been centered in post-synaptic glutamate receptors, the presynaptic synthesis of glutamate through brain glutaminases may also contribute to imbalances in glutamate homeostasis, a key feature of the glutamatergic hypothesis of addiction...
December 23, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006940/does-effect-from-developmental-methamphetamine-exposure-on-spatial-learning-and-memory-depend-on-stage-of-neuroontogeny
#13
I Hrebíčková, M Ševčíková, K Nohejlová, R Šlamberová
Psychostimulants, including methamphetamine (MA), have neurotoxic effect, especially, if they are targeting CNS during its critical periods of development. The present study was aimed to examine cognitive changes after prenatal and neonatal MA treatment in combination with chronic MA exposure in adulthood of male rats. Eight groups of male rats were tested in adulthood: males whose mothers were exposed to MA (5 mg/kg) or saline (SA, 1 ml/kg) during the first half of gestation period (GD 1-11), the second half of gestation period (GD 12-22) and neonatal period (PD 1-11)...
December 22, 2016: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998754/comparison-of-cocaine-reinforcement-in-lean-and-obese-zucker-rats-relative-potency-and-reinstatement-of-extinguished-operant-responding
#14
E Andrew Townsend, Kevin B Freeman
AIMS: Evidence indicates that obese individuals exhibit alterations in brain-reward function that are anatomically and functionally similar to what has been observed in drug addicts, which could theoretically make obese individuals vulnerable to drug abuse and drug abusers vulnerable to overeating. However, few studies have investigated the cross-generality of these phenotypes. We recently reported that the reinforcing effectiveness (i.e., value) of a fat was greater in obese Zucker rats than in their lean counterparts, but found no differences in the reinforcing effectiveness of cocaine between groups, suggesting psychostimulant reinforcement is similar in lean and obese Zucker rats...
December 18, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994006/attenuation-of-cocaine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-and-motor-activity-via-cannabinoid-cb2-receptor-agonism-and-cb1-receptor-antagonism-in-rats
#15
Foteini Delis, Alexia Polissidis, Nafsika Poulia, Zuzana Justinova, George G Nomikos, Steven R Goldberg, Katerina Antoniou
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown the involvement of cannabinoid (CB) receptors in the behavioral and neurobiological effects of psychostimulants. Most of these studies have focused on the role of CB1 receptors in the psychostimulant effects of cocaine, while very few have investigated the respective role of CB2 receptors. Further studies are warranted to elucidate the extent of CB receptor involvement in the expression of cocaine-induced effects. METHODS: The role of CB1 and CB2 receptors in the rewarding and motor properties of cocaine was assessed in conditioned place preference, conditioned motor activity, and open field activity in rats...
December 19, 2016: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993933/pharmacological-and-non-pharmacological-treatment-of-adults-with-adhd-a-meta-review
#16
Franco De Crescenzo, Samuele Cortese, Nicoletta Adamo, Luigi Janiri
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterised by a persistent and impairing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity and it is one of the most common neuropsychiatric conditions. Evidence about interventions of adults with ADHD is growing rapidly and clinicians need a reliable summary of all the best available information in order to better inform their daily practice. We searched MEDLINE, PubMed, PsycINFO and Cochrane databases until 31 May 2016 for systematic reviews about pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments in adults with ADHD and carried out a meta-review to address clinically relevant questions...
December 19, 2016: Evidence-based Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987399/association-between-cerebrospinal-fluid-dopamine-concentrations-and-catechol-o-methyltransferase-gene-polymorphisms-in-forensic-autopsy-cases-of-methamphetamine-abusers
#17
Aya Matsusue, Takaki Ishikawa, Tomomi Michiue, Brian Waters, Kenji Hara, Masayuki Kashiwagi, Mio Takayama, Natsuki Ikematsu, Shin-Ichi Kubo
Methamphetamine (MA) is an illicit psychostimulant that stimulates the release of catecholamines from sympathetic nerve terminals and is widely abused worldwide. Since catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) metabolizes catecholamines and mediates adrenergic, noradrenergic, and dopaminergic signaling responses, we investigated the effects of the COMT polymorphisms rs4633 and rs4680 on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) catecholamine concentrations in autopsies of subjects who died of drug intoxication. 28 MA abusers and 22 fatal psychotropic drug intoxication cases were evaluated...
December 9, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987253/treatment-and-risk-factors-of-internet-use-disorders
#18
REVIEW
Hideki Nakayama, Satoko Mihara, Susumu Higuchi
Recently many young people have developed internet use disorders (IUDs) as a result of the proliferation of internet enabled devices, leading to serious health and social problems worldwide. On occasion, medical and educational institutions, governments and other groups, have sought to take preventive action or treat IUDs. In many cases, the preferred treatment for IUDs is to set recommendations for appropriate internet use. Reportedly, psychosocial therapies (including CBT, family therapy, compound therapy) for IUDs and pharmacotherapies (including antidepressant drugs and psychostimulants) for co-morbid psychiatric or development disorders have been effective at reducing the degree and symptoms of IUDs...
December 17, 2016: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976681/amphetamine-and-methamphetamine-increase-nmdar-glun2b-synaptic-currents-in-midbrain-dopamine-neurons
#19
Minghua Li, Suzanne M Underhill, Cheryl Reed, Tamara J Phillips, Susan G Amara, Susan L Ingram
The psychostimulants amphetamine (AMPH) and methamphetamine (MA) are widely abused illicit drugs. Here we show that both psychostimulants acutely increase NMDA receptor (NMDAR)-mediated synaptic currents and decrease AMPAR/NMDAR ratios in midbrain dopamine neurons. The potentiation depends on the transport of AMPH into the cell by the dopamine transporter (DAT). NMDAR-GluN2B receptor inhibitors, ifenprodil, RO 25-6981 and RO 04-5595 inhibit the potentiation without affecting basal evoked NMDA currents, indicating that NMDAR-GluN2B receptors are activated by AMPH...
December 15, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973691/effects-of-diet-and-insulin-on-dopamine-transporter-activity-and-expression-in-rat-caudate-putamen-nucleus-accumbens-and-midbrain
#20
Kymry T Jones, Catherine Woods, Juan Zhen, Tamara Antonio, Kenneth Carr, Maarten E A Reith
Food restriction (FR) and obesogenic (OB) diets are known to alter brain dopamine transmission and exert opposite modulatory effects on behavioral responsiveness to psychostimulant drugs of abuse. Mechanisms underlying these diet effects are not fully understood. In the present study we examined diet effects on expression and function of the dopamine transporter (DAT) in caudate-putamen (CPu), nucleus accumbens (NAc), and midbrain regions. DA uptake by CPu, NAc or midbrain synapto(neuro)somes was measured in vitro with rotating disk electrode voltammetry or with [(3) H]DA uptake and was found to correlate with DA transporter (DAT) surface expression, assessed by maximal [(3) H]CFT binding and surface biotinylation assays...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
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