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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626937/glutamatergic-regulation-of-cognition-and-functional-brain-connectivity-insights-from-pharmacological-genetic-and-translational-schizophrenia-research
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Maria R Dauvermann, Graham Lee, Neil Dawson
The pharmacological modulation of glutamatergic neurotransmission to improve cognitive function has been a focus of intensive research, particularly in relation to the cognitive deficits seen in schizophrenia. Despite this effort there has been little success in the clinical use of glutamatergic compounds as procognitive drugs. Here we review a selection of the drugs used to modulate glutamatergic signalling and how they impact on cognitive function in rodents and humans. We highlight how glutamatergic dysfunction, and NMDA receptor hypofunction in particular, is a key mechanism contributing to the cognitive deficits observed in schizophrenia, and outline some of the glutamatergic targets that have been tested as putative procognitive targets for the disorder...
June 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621702/short-duration-physical-activity-prevents-the-development-of-activity-induced-hyperalgesia-through-opioid-and-serotoninergic-mechanisms
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Lucas V Lima, Josimari M DeSantana, Lynn A Rasmussen, Kathleen A Sluka, Lucas Vasconcelos Lima
Regular physical activity prevents development of chronic muscle pain through modulation of central mechanisms that involve rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM). We tested if pharmacological blockade or genetic deletion of mu-opioid receptors in physically active mice modulates excitatory and inhibitory systems in the RVM in an activity-induced hyperalgesia model. We examined response frequency to mechanical stimulation of the paw, muscle withdrawal thresholds, and expression of phosphorylation of the NR1 subunit of the NMDA receptor (p-NR1) and serotonin transporter (SERT) in the RVM...
June 8, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616020/minocycline-targets-multiple-secondary-injury-mechanisms-in-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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Robert B Shultz, Yinghui Zhong
Minocycline hydrochloride (MH), a semi-synthetic tetracycline derivative, is a clinically available antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drug that also exhibits potent neuroprotective activities. It has been shown to target multiple secondary injury mechanisms in spinal cord injury, via its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-apoptotic properties. The secondary injury mechanisms that MH can potentially target include inflammation, free radicals and oxidative stress, glutamate excitotoxicity, calcium influx, mitochondrial dysfunction, ischemia, hemorrhage, and edema...
May 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596523/extrasynaptic-nmda-receptor-dependent-long-term-potentiation-of-hippocampal-ca1-pyramidal-neurons
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Qian Yang, Geng Zhu, Dandan Liu, Jue-Gang Ju, Zhen-Hua Liao, Yi-Xin Xiao, Yue Zhang, Naijian Chao, JieJie Wang, Weidong Li, Jian-Hong Luo, Sheng-Tian Li
In the adult mouse hippocampus, NMDA receptors (NMDARs) of CA1 neurons play an important role in the synaptic plasticity. The location of NMDARs can determine their roles in the induction of long-term potentiation (LTP). However, the extrasynaptic NMDARs (ES-NMDARs) dependent LTP haven't been reported. Here, through the use of a 5-Hz stimulation and MK-801 (an irreversible antagonist of NMDARs) in the CA1 neurons of adult mice hippocampal slices, synaptic NMDARs were selectively inhibited and NMDAR-mediated excitatory postsynaptic currents were not recovered...
June 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591692/the-effect-of-1800mhz-radio-frequency-radiation-on-nmda-receptor-subunit-nr1-expression-and-peroxidation-in-the-rat-brain-in-healthy-and-inflammatory-states
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Paweł Bodera, Katerina Makarova, Katarzyna Zawada, Bożena Antkowiak, Małgorzata Paluch, Elżbieta Sobiczewska, Bahriye Sirav, Andrzej K Siwicki, Wanda Stankiewicz
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of repeated exposure (5 times for 15min) of 1800MHz radio-frequency radiation (RFR) on N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor subunit NR1 (NMDA-NR1) expression in the brains of rats in a persistent inflammatory state. We also measured the effect of RFR combined with tramadol (TRAM) to determine the potential antioxidant capacity of this agent. METHODS: The effects of the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) modulated 1800MHz RFR exposure on the expression and activity of glutamate receptor channels with antioxidative activity in brain tissue was measured using oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) and electron spin resonance (ESR) detection of the hydroxyl radical generated by the Fenton reaction...
June 4, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586221/the-structure-activity-relationship-of-a-tetrahydroisoquinoline-class-of-n-methyl-%C3%A1-aspartate-receptor-modulators-that-potentiates-glun2b-containing-n-methyl-%C3%A1-aspartate-receptors
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Katie L Strong, Matthew P Epplin, John Bacsa, Christopher J Butch, Pieter B Burger, David S Menaldino, Stephen F Traynelis, Dennis C Liotta
We have identified a series of positive allosteric NMDA receptor (NMDAR) modulators derived from a known class of GluN2C/D-selective tetrahydroisoquinoline analogues that includes CIQ. The prototypical compound of this series contains a single isopropoxy moiety in place of the two methoxy substituents present in CIQ. Modifications of this isopropoxy-containing scaffold led to the identification of analogues with enhanced activity at the GluN2B subunit. We identified molecules that potentiate the response of GluN2B/GluN2C/GluN2D, GluN2B/GluN2C, and GluN2C/GluN2D-containing NMDARs to maximally effective concentrations of agonist...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583773/anesthetic-synergy-between-two-n-alkanes
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Robert J Brosnan, Fabíola B Fukushima, Trung L Pham
OBJECTIVE: N-butane and n-pentane can both produce general anesthesia. Both compounds potentiate γ-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA) receptor function, but only butane inhibits N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. It was hypothesized that butane and pentane would exhibit anesthetic synergy due to their different actions on ligand-gated ion channels. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective experimental study. ANIMALS: A total of four Xenopus laevis frogs and 43 Sprague-Dawley rats...
January 11, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580416/glua2-lacking-ampa-receptors-and-nitric-oxide-signaling-gate-spike-timing-dependent-potentiation-of-glutamate-synapses-in-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus
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Samir Haj-Dahmane, Jean Claude Béïque, Roh-Yu Shen
The dorsal raphe nucleus (DRn) receives glutamatergic inputs from numerous brain areas that control the function of DRn serotonin (5-HT) neurons. By integrating these synaptic inputs, 5-HT neurons modulate a plethora of behaviors and physiological functions. However, it remains unknown whether the excitatory inputs onto DRn 5-HT neurons can undergo activity-dependent change of strength, as well as the mechanisms that control their plasticity. Here, we describe a novel form of spike-timing-dependent long-term potentiation (tLTP) of glutamate synapses onto rat DRn 5-HT neurons...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579958/exploring-pharmacological-mechanisms-of-lavender-lavandula-angustifolia-essential-oil-on-central-nervous-system-targets
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Víctor López, Birgitte Nielsen, Maite Solas, Maria J Ramírez, Anna K Jäger
Lavender essential oil is traditionally used and approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as herbal medicine to relieve stress and anxiety. Some animal and clinical studies reveal positive results in models of anxiety and depression although very little research has been done on molecular mechanisms. Our work consisted of evaluating the effects of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil on central nervous system well-established targets, such as MAO-A, SERT, GABAAand NMDA receptors as well as in vitro models of neurotoxicity...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570125/high-omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-in-fat-1-mice-reduce-inflammatory-pain
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Enji Zhang, Jwa-Jin Kim, Nara Shin, Yuhua Yin, Yongshan Nan, Yinshi Xu, Jinpyo Hong, Tzung Min Hsu, Woosuk Chung, Youngkwon Ko, Wonhyung Lee, Kyu Lim, Dong Woon Kim, Sun Yeul Lee
Omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), such as α-linolenic and linoleic acids, are essential fatty acids in mammals, because they cannot be synthesized de novo. However, fat-1 transgenic mice can synthesize omega-3 PUFAs from omega-6 PUFAs without dietary supplementation of omega-3, leading to abundant omega-3 PUFA accumulation in various tissues. In this study, we used fat-1 transgenic mice to investigate the role of omega-3 PUFAs in response to inflammatory pain. A high omega-3 PUFA tissue content attenuated formalin-induced pain sensitivity, microglial activation, inducible nitric oxide synthase expression, and the phosphorylation of NR2B, a subunit of the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor...
June 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559170/integration-of-contextual-cues-into-memory-depends-on-prefrontal-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptors
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Sarah Starosta, Isabelle Bartetzko, Maik C Stüttgen, Onur Güntürkün
Every learning event is embedded in a context, but not always does the context become an integral part of the memory; however, for extinction learning it usually does, resulting in context-specific conditioned responding. The neuronal mechanisms underlying contextual control have been mainly investigated for Pavlovian fear extinction with a focus on hippocampal structures. However, the initial acquisition of novel responses can be subject to contextual control as well, although the neuronal mechanisms are mostly unknown...
May 27, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555636/pyk2-modulates-hippocampal-excitatory-synapses-and-contributes-to-cognitive-deficits-in-a-huntington-s-disease-model
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Albert Giralt, Veronica Brito, Quentin Chevy, Clémence Simonnet, Yo Otsu, Carmen Cifuentes-Díaz, Benoit de Pins, Renata Coura, Jordi Alberch, Sílvia Ginés, Jean-Christophe Poncer, Jean-Antoine Girault
The structure and function of spines and excitatory synapses are under the dynamic control of multiple signalling networks. Although tyrosine phosphorylation is involved, its regulation and importance are not well understood. Here we study the role of Pyk2, a non-receptor calcium-dependent protein-tyrosine kinase highly expressed in the hippocampus. Hippocampal-related learning and CA1 long-term potentiation are severely impaired in Pyk2-deficient mice and are associated with alterations in NMDA receptors, PSD-95 and dendritic spines...
May 30, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543930/further-analysis-of-acute-antinociceptive-and-anti-inflammatory-actions-of-4-phenylselenyl-7-chloroquinoline-in-mice
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Vanessa D G Silva, Angélica S Reis, Mikaela Pinz, Caren A R da Fonseca, Luis Fernando B Duarte, Juliano A Roehrs, Diego Alves, Cristiane Luchese, Ethel A Wilhelm
A new quinoline containing selenium, 4-phenylselenyl-7-chloroquinoline (4-PSQ), was described and synthetized by our research group. Recently, we demonstrated the potential antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory of 4-PSQ. For this reason, the first objective of this study was to expand our previous findings by investigating the contribution of glutamatergic, serotonergic and nitrergic systems to the acute antinociceptive action of this compound. Pretreatment with 4-PSQ (0.01-25 mg/kg, p.o.) reduced the nociception induced by glutamate...
May 23, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536900/hopes-for-the-future-of-pain-control
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REVIEW
Kirsty Bannister, Mateusz Kucharczyk, Anthony H Dickenson
Here we aim to present an accessible review of the pharmacological targets for pain management, and succinctly discuss the newest trends in pain therapy. A key task for current pain pharmacotherapy is the identification of receptors and channels orchestrating nociception. Notwithstanding peripheral alterations in the receptors and channels following pathophysiological events, the modulatory mechanisms in the central nervous system are also fundamental to the regulation of pain perception. Bridging preclinical and clinical studies of peripheral and central components of pain modulation, we present the different types of pain and relate these to pharmacological interventions...
May 23, 2017: Pain and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536523/positive-modulatory-interactions-of-nmda-receptor-glun1-2b-ligand-binding-domains-attenuate-antagonists-activity
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Douglas Bledsoe, Ceyhun Tamer, Ivana Mesic, Christian Madry, Bradley G Klein, Bodo Laube, Blaise M Costa
N-methyl D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR) play crucial role in normal brain function and pathogenesis of neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. Functional tetra-heteromeric NMDAR contains two obligatory GluN1 subunits and two identical or different non-GluN1 subunits that include six different gene products; four GluN2 (A-D) and two GluN3 (A-B) subunits. The heterogeneity of subunit combination facilities the distinct function of NMDARs. All GluN subunits contain an extracellular N-terminal Domain (NTD) and ligand binding domain (LBD), transmembrane domain (TMD) and an intracellular C-terminal domain (CTD)...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536358/modulation-of-nmda-receptor-activity-in-fibromyalgia
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REVIEW
Geoffrey Littlejohn, Emma Guymer
Activation of the N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) results in increased sensitivity of spinal cord and brain pathways that process sensory information, particularly those which relate to pain. The NMDAR shows increased activity in fibromyalgia and hence modulation of the NMDAR is a target for therapeutic intervention. A literature review of interventions impacting on the NMDAR shows a number of drugs to be active on the NMDAR mechanism in fibromyalgia patients, with variable clinical effects. Low-dose intravenous ketamine and oral memantine both show clinically useful benefit in fibromyalgia...
April 11, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533163/grin2b-gain-of-function-mutations-are-sensitive-to-radiprodil-a-negative-allosteric-modulator-of-glun2b-containing-nmda-receptors
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Brice Mullier, Christian Wolff, Zara Amanda Sands, Philippe Ghisdal, Pierandrea Muglia, Rafal Marian Kaminski, Véronique Marie André
De novo gain of function mutations in GRIN2B encoding the GluN2B subunit of the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor have been linked with epileptic encephalopathies, including infantile spasms. We investigated the effects of radiprodil, a selective GluN2B negative allosteric modulator and other non-selective NMDA receptor inhibitors on glutamate currents mediated by NMDA receptors containing mutated GluN2B subunits. The experiments were performed in Xenopus oocytes co-injected with the following human mRNAs: GRIN1/GRIN2B, GRIN1/GRIN2B-R540H, GRIN1/GRIN2B-N615I and GRIN1/GRIN2B-V618G...
May 19, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526038/phosphorylation-of-tau-at-y18-but-not-tau-fyn-binding-is-required-for-tau-to-modulate-nmda-receptor-dependent-excitotoxicity-in-primary-neuronal-culture
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Takashi Miyamoto, Liana Stein, Reuben Thomas, Biljana Djukic, Praveen Taneja, Joseph Knox, Keith Vossel, Lennart Mucke
BACKGROUND: Hyperexcitability of neuronal networks can lead to excessive release of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, which in turn can cause neuronal damage by overactivating NMDA-type glutamate receptors and related signaling pathways. This process (excitotoxicity) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many neurological conditions, ranging from childhood epilepsies to stroke and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Reducing neuronal levels of the microtubule-associated protein tau counteracts network hyperexcitability of diverse causes, but whether this strategy can also diminish downstream excitotoxicity is less clear...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522210/novel-trigeminal-slice-preparation-method-for-studying-mechanisms-of-nociception-transmission
#19
Mikiko Hirahara, Naoshi Fujiwara, Kenji Seo
BACKGROUND: The trigeminal subnucleus caudalis (Vc) plays a critical role in transmission and modulation of nociceptive afferent inputs, and exhibits a similar layer construction to the spinal dorsal horn. However, afferent inputs enter the brainstem and project to a separately located nucleus. It has previously been difficult to record responses of the Vc to afferent fiber activation in a brainstem slice preparation. The aim of the present study was to establish a novel brainstem slice preparation method to study trigeminal nociceptive transmission mechanisms...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512009/combining-d-cycloserine-with-appetitive-extinction-learning-modulates-amygdala-activity-during-recall
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Claudia Ebrahimi, Stefan P Koch, Eva Friedel, Ilsoray Crespo, Thomas Fydrich, Andreas Ströhle, Andreas Heinz, Florian Schlagenhauf
Appetitive Pavlovian conditioning plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of drug addiction and conditioned reward cues can trigger craving and relapse even after long phases of abstinence. Promising preclinical work showed that the NMDA-receptor partial agonist D-cycloserine (DCS) facilitates Pavlovian extinction learning of fear and drug cues. Furthermore, DCS-augmented exposure therapy seems to be beneficial in various anxiety disorders, while the supposed working mechanism of DCS during human appetitive or aversive extinction learning is still not confirmed...
May 13, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
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