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Drinking in the dark

James W Varni, Robert J Shulman, Mariella M Self, Shehzad A Saeed, Ashish S Patel, Samuel Nurko, Deborah A Neigut, Miguel Saps, James P Franciosi, Jolanda M Denham, George M Zacur, Chelsea Vaughan Dark, Cristiane B Bendo, John F Pohl
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the multidimensional gastrointestinal symptoms predictors of generic health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) from the perspectives of pediatric patients and parents. METHODS: The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) Gastrointestinal Symptoms Scales and PedsQL 4.0 Generic Core Scales were completed in a 9-site study by 260 families of patients with IBD. Gastrointestinal Symptoms Scales measuring stomach pain, food and drink limits, gas and bloating, constipation, blood in stool, and diarrhea were identified as clinically important symptom differentiators from healthy controls based on prior findings, and subsequently tested for bivariate and multivariate linear associations with overall HRQOL (Generic Core Scales)...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
James W Varni, Robert J Shulman, Mariella M Self, Samuel Nurko, Miguel Saps, Shehzad A Saeed, Ashish S Patel, Chelsea Vaughan Dark, Cristiane B Bendo, John F Pohl
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the patient-reported multidimensional gastrointestinal symptoms predictors of generic health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in pediatric patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs). METHODS: The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ (PedsQL™) Gastrointestinal Symptoms Scales and PedsQL™ 4.0 Generic Core Scales were completed in a 9-site study by 259 pediatric patients with functional constipation, functional abdominal pain (FAP), or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)...
October 14, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Emily L Newman, Georgia Gunner, Polly Huynh, Darrel Gachette, Stephen J Moss, Trevor G Smart, Uwe Rudolph, Joseph F DeBold, Klaus A Miczek
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use disorders are associated with single-nucleotide polymorphisms in GABRA2, the gene encoding the GABAA receptor α2-subunit in humans. Deficient GABAergic functioning is linked to impulse control disorders, intermittent explosive disorder, and to drug abuse and dependence, yet it remains unclear whether α2-containing GABAA receptor sensitivity to endogenous ligands is involved in excessive alcohol drinking. METHODS: Male wild-type (Wt) C57BL/6J and point-mutated mice rendered insensitive to GABAergic modulation by benzodiazepines (BZD; H101R), allopregnanolone (ALLO) or tetrahydrodeoxycorticosterone (THDOC; Q241M), or high concentrations of ethanol (EtOH) (S270H/L277A) at α2-containing GABAA receptors were assessed for their binge-like, moderate, or escalated chronic drinking using drinking in the dark, continuous access (CA) and intermittent access (IA) to alcohol protocols, respectively...
September 26, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Jules B Panksepp, Eduardo D Rodriguez, Andrey E Ryabinin
With its ease of availability during adolescence, sweetened ethanol ('alcopops') is consumed within many contexts. We asked here whether genetically based differences in social motivation are associated with how the adolescent social environment impacts voluntary ethanol intake. Mice with previously described differences in sociability (BALB/cJ, C57BL/6J, FVB/NJ and MSM/MsJ strains) were weaned into isolation or same-sex pairs (postnatal day 21), and then given continuous access to two fluids on postnatal days 34-45: One containing water and the other containing a ascending series of saccharin-sweetened ethanol (3-to-6-to-10%)...
October 5, 2016: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
Omkar L Patkar, Arnauld Belmer, Josephine R Tarren, Joan Y Holgate, Selena E Bartlett
BACKGROUND: Our laboratory has previously shown that the smoking-cessation agent varenicline, an agonist/partial agonist of α4β2*, α3β4*, α3β2*, α6β2* (* indicates the possibility of additional subunits) and α7 subunits of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), reduces ethanol consumption in rats only after long-term exposure (12 weeks). As compounds having partial agonistic activity on α3β4* nAChRs were shown to decrease ethanol consumption in rodents, we assessed here the involvement of the β4 subunit in the effect of varenicline in the reduction of short- and long-term binge-like ethanol drinking in mice...
October 28, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Ashlee Van't Veer, Karen L Smith, Bruce M Cohen, William A Carlezon, Anita J Bechtholt
INTRODUCTION: Studies in laboratory animals and humans indicate that endogenous opioids play an important role in regulating the rewarding value of various drugs, including ethanol (EtOH). Indeed, opioid antagonists are currently a front-line treatment for alcoholism in humans. Although roles for mu- and delta-opioid receptors have been characterized, the contribution of kappa-opioid receptors (KORs) is less clear. There is evidence that changes in KOR system function can decrease or increase EtOH drinking, depending on test conditions...
September 2016: Brain and Behavior
Sari Honda, Toshiya Masuda
In this study, ethyl acetate-soluble parts of hot-water extracts from roasted coffee beans were found to demonstrate potent xanthine oxidase (XO) inhibition. The XO inhibitory activities and chlorogenic lactone contents (chlorogenic lactones have previously been identified as XO inhibitors in roast coffee) were measured for ethyl acetate-soluble parts prepared from coffee beans roasted to three different degrees. Although chlorogenic lactone contents decreased with higher degrees of roasting, the XO inhibitory activity did not decrease...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Francisco Javier Pavón, Eva María Marco, Mariam Vázquez, Laura Sánchez, Patricia Rivera, Ana Gavito, Virginia Mela, Francisco Alén, Juan Decara, Juan Suárez, Elena Giné, José Antonio López-Moreno, Julie Chowen, Fernando Rodríguez-de-Fonseca, Antonia Serrano, María Paz Viveros
Intermittent alcohol exposure is a common pattern of alcohol consumption among adolescents and alcohol is known to modulate the expression of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in metabolism and inflammation. However, it is unknown whether this pattern may have short-term consequences on the ECS in the spleen. To address this question, we examined the plasma concentrations of metabolic and inflammatory signals and the splenic ECS in early adult rats exposed to alcohol during adolescence. A 4-day drinking in the dark (DID) procedure for 4 weeks was used as a model of intermittent forced-alcohol administration (20%, v/v) in female and male Wistar rats, which were sacrificed 2 weeks after the last DID session...
2016: PloS One
Koliane Ouk, Juliet Aungier, A Jennifer Morton
Huntington's disease (HD) is a progressive genetic neurodegenerative disorder characterised by motor and cognitive deficits, as well as sleep and circadian abnormalities. In the R6/2 mouse, a fragment model of HD, rest-activity rhythms controlled by the suprachiasmatic nucleus disintegrate completely by 4months of age. Rhythms driven by a second circadian oscillator, the methamphetamine-sensitive circadian oscillator (MASCO), are disrupted even earlier, and cannot be induced after 2months of age. Here, we studied the effect of the HD mutation on the expression of MASCO-driven rhythms in a more slowly developing, genetically relevant mouse model of HD, the Q175 'knock-in' mouse...
September 16, 2016: Experimental Neurology
Nhat Huynh, Natalie Arabian, Anna Naito, Stan Louie, Michael W Jakowec, Liana Asatryan, Daryl L Davies
Current pharmacotherapies for alcohol used disorder (AUD) are few and relatively ineffective illustrating the need for the development of new, effective medications. Using a translational approach, our laboratory reported that ivermectin, an FDA-approved, human and animal anti-parasitic agent, can significantly reduce ethanol intake in male and female mice across different drinking paradigms. Extending this line of investigation, the current paper investigated the utility of moxidectin (MOX), an analogue of ivermectin, to reduce ethanol intake...
September 15, 2016: Neuropharmacology
S Alex Marshall, Kyle H McKnight, Allyson K Blose, Donald T Lysle, Todd E Thiele
Excessive ethanol consumption alters the neuroimmune system and particularly impacts the cytokine milieu of the CNS. Cytokine dysregulation has been shown to underlie addictive-like behaviors including alcohol abuse; however, many studies focus primarily on the proinflammatory cytokine profile during alcohol dependence. The current study furthers this research by determining the impact of excessive ethanol consumption on interleukin-10 (IL-10) and interleukin-4 (IL-4) activity in a model of non-dependent binge consumption called the "drinking in the dark" (DID) paradigm...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
Kelly Lei, Scott A Wegner, Ji Hwan Yu, Arisa Mototake, Bing Hu, Frederic W Hopf
Addiction to alcohol remains a major social and economic problem, in part because of the high motivation for alcohol that humans exhibit and the hazardous binge intake this promotes. Orexin-1-type receptors (OX1Rs) promote reward intake under conditions of strong drives for reward, including excessive alcohol intake. While systemic modulation of OX1Rs can alter alcohol drinking, the brain regions that mediate this OX1R enhancement of excessive drinking remain unknown. Given the importance of the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and anterior insular cortex (aINS) in driving many addictive behaviors, including OX1Rs within these regions, we examined the importance of OX1Rs in these regions on excessive alcohol drinking in C57BL/6 mice during limited-access alcohol drinking in the dark cycle...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Anand Narayan Malaviya
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of caffeine on the symptoms of methotrexate (MTX) intolerance in patients with RA. The follow-up patients with RA seen over a period of 11 months were included in this work. The degree of MTX intolerance, if present, was classified as 'moderate' and 'severe'. Those with intolerance were advised caffeine (coffee or dark chocolate) synchronised with the MTX dose. The effect was assessed as 'very good', 'good' or 'none'. Among 855 patients seen during this period, 313 (36...
September 6, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
María Belén Acevedo, Maria Carolina Fabio, Macarena Fernández, Ricardo Marcos Pautassi
Anxiety disorders are more likely to occur in women than in men, usually emerge during adolescence and exhibit high comorbidity with alcohol use disorders. Adolescents with high levels of anxiety or heightened reactivity to stress may be at-risk for developing alcohol use disorders. An approach to analyze if high levels of inborn anxiety predict greater ethanol drinking is to assess the latter variable in subjects classified as high- or low- anxiety responders. The present study assessed ethanol drinking in adolescent, female Wistar, rats classified as high-, low- or average-anxiety responders and exposed or not to restraint stress (RS, Exp...
August 12, 2016: Neuroscience
Kento Ujita, Ken-Ichi Kinoshita, Yoshikage Muroi, Toshiaki Ishii
AIMS: Bilateral lesions of the mesencephalic trigeminal sensory nucleus (Me5), which receives histaminergic neurons from the tuberomammillary nucleus (TMN), alter nocturnal feeding and related behaviors in mice, concomitant with a decrease in orexin mRNA level in the perifornical area (PFA) during the dark phase. Therefore, we investigated the neuronal input to the TMN from the Me5, as well as the effects of TMN lesions on the circadian profiles of feeding and related behaviors. MAIN METHODS: We examined the presence of neurons projecting from the Me5 to the TMN by direct injection of a retrograde tracer, Fluorogold, into the TMN E2 sub-region (TMN-E2)...
October 1, 2016: Life Sciences
Sonal Tina Lal, Raja Paramjeet Singh Banipal, Deepak John Bhatti, Hanuman Prasad Yadav
INTRODUCTION: Skin cancer constitutes a small but significant proportion of patients with cancer. Although the presence of eumelanin in dark skin is protective against the development of skin cancer, it is increasingly being diagnosed in the Indian population. AIM: To study the profile of skin cancer patients presenting to a tertiary hospital in Malwa area of Punjab, India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective study was done to analyse the profile of skin cancer patients who attended the institution over one year from 1(st) December 2013 to 30(th) November 2014...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Victor Olusegun Sinkalu, Joseph O Ayo, Alexander B Adelaiye, Joseph O Hambolu
Experiments were conducted with the aim of determining the influence of melatonin administration on vigilance and tonic immobility (TI) responses of Marshall broiler chickens. The broiler chickens were reared on different lighting regimens and subjected to heat stress during the hot-dry season. Simple random sampling was used to assign 300 broiler chicks into three groups, comprising 100 broiler chicks each. Group I (12D:12L cycle) was raised under natural photoperiod of 12-h light and 12-h darkness, without melatonin supplementation...
October 15, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
Marina Ninkov, Aleksandra Popov Aleksandrov, Ivana Mirkov, Jelena Demenesku, Dina Mileusnic, Sofija Jovanovic Stojanov, Natasa Golic, Maja Tolinacki, Lidija Zolotarevski, Dragan Kataranovski, Ilija Brceski, Milena Kataranovski
Influence of genetic background on toxicity of oral cadmium (Cd) administration (30 days, in drinking water; 5 ppm and 50 ppm of cadmium) was examined in Albino Oxford (AO) and Dark Agouti (DA) rats. Similar cadmium deposition was noted in gut and draining mesenteric lymph nodes (MLN) of both strains but intensity and/or the pattern of responses to cadmium in these tissues differ. Less intense intestinal damage and leukocyte infiltration was observed in gut of cadmium-exposed AO rats. While gut-associated lymph node cells of DA rats responded to cadmium with an increase of cell proliferation, oxidative activity, IFN-γ, IL-17 production and expression, no changes of these activities of MLN cells of cadmium-treated AO rats were observed...
October 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Saravanan Natarajan, M Bhuvaneshwari, D Shanthana Lakshmi, P Mrudula, N Chandrasekaran, Amitava Mukherjee
TiO2 and Ag NPs are widely used as antibacterial agents against many bacterial pathogens. Chitosan (polymer) itself acts as a strong antibacterial agent. Hence, chitosan/TiO2/Ag NPs incorporated nanocomposite film was prepared against packed drinking water bacterial strains. A concentration-dependent increase in the reduction of cell viability was observed in all the isolates under UV-C and dark exposure conditions. The bacteria consortium showed greater resistance against antibacterial effects of chitosan/TiO2/Ag nanocomposite as compared to single isolates...
October 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Simagol Ghasemi, Mahmoud Hosseini, Azadeh Feizpour, Fatemeh Alipour, Akram Sadeghi, Farzaneh Vafaee, Toktam Mohammadpour, Mohammad Soukhtanloo, Alireza Ebrahimzadeh Bideskan, Farimah Beheshti
OBJECTIVE: The neuroprotective effects of both garlic and ascorbic acid (AA) have been documented. In this study the effects of garlic and ascorbic acid on memory deficits and brain tissue oxidative damages induced by lead exposure was investigated. METHODS: The juvenile rats were divided and treated: (1) Control, (2) Lead (lead acetate in drinking water, 8 weeks), (3) Lead - Ascorbic Acid (Lead-AA), (4)  Lead - Garlic (100 mg/kg, daily, gavage) (Lead-Gar). RESULTS: In Morris water maze (MWM), the escape latency and traveled path in the Lead group were significantly higher while, the time spent in the target quadrant (Q1) was lower than Control...
July 7, 2016: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
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