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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521115/anticonvulsant-profile-of-the-neuroactive-steroid-sge-516-in-animal-models
#1
Rebecca S Hammond, Alison L Althaus, Michael A Ackley, Carla Maciag, Gabriel Martinez Botella, Francesco G Salituro, Albert J Robichaud, James J Doherty
Despite the availability of multiple antiepileptic drugs (AED), failure to adequately control seizures is a challenge for approximately one third of epilepsy patients, and new therapies with a differentiated mechanism of action are needed. The neuroactive steroid, SGE-516, is a positive allosteric modulator of both gamma- and delta-containing GABAA receptors. This broad GABAA receptor activity differentiates neuroactive steroids like SGE-516 from benzodiazepines, a class of anticonvulsants which have been shown in vitro to selectively target gamma-subunit containing GABAA receptors...
May 7, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514655/inhibitory-control-of-feature-selectivity-in-an-object-motion-sensitive-circuit-of-the-retina
#2
Tahnbee Kim, Daniel Kerschensteiner
Object motion sensitive (OMS) W3-retinal ganglion cells (W3-RGCs) in mice respond to local movements in a visual scene but remain silent during self-generated global image motion. The excitatory inputs that drive responses of W3-RGCs to local motion were recently characterized, but which inhibitory neurons suppress W3-RGCs' responses to global motion, how these neurons encode motion information, and how their connections are organized along the excitatory circuit axis remains unknown. Here, we find that a genetically identified amacrine cell (AC) type, TH2-AC, exhibits fast responses to global motion and slow responses to local motion...
May 16, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511229/hplc-based-activity-profiling-for-gabaa-receptor-modulators-in-searsia-pyroides-using-a-larval-zebrafish-locomotor-assay
#3
Fahimeh Moradi-Afrapoli, Hannes van der Merwe, Maria De Mieri, Anke Wilhelm, Marco Stadler, Pieter C Zietsman, Steffen Hering, Kenneth Swart, Matthias Hamburger
A dichloromethane extract from leaves of Searsia pyroides potentiated gamma aminobutyric acid-induced chloride currents by 171.8 ± 54% when tested at 100 µg/mL in Xenopus oocytes transiently expressing gamma aminobutyric acid type A receptors composed of α1β2γ2s subunits. In zebrafish larvae, the extract significantly lowered pentylenetetrazol-provoked locomotion when tested at 4 µg/mL. Active compounds of the extract were tracked with the aid of HPLC-based activity profiling utilizing a previously validated zebrafish larval locomotor activity assay...
May 16, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505538/synthesis-and-pharmacological-evaluation-of-neurosteroid-photoaffinity-ligands
#4
Pavel Y Savechenkov, David C Chiara, Rooma Desai, Alexander T Stern, Xiaojuan Zhou, Alexis M Ziemba, Andrea L Szabo, Yinghui Zhang, Jonathan B Cohen, Stuart A Forman, Keith W Miller, Karol S Bruzik
Neuroactive steroids are potent positive allosteric modulators of GABAA receptors (GABAAR), but the locations of their GABAAR binding sites remain poorly defined. To discover these sites, we synthesized two photoreactive analogs of alphaxalone, an anesthetic neurosteroid targeting GABAAR, 11β-(4-azido-2,3,5,6-tetrafluorobenzoyloxy)allopregnanolone, (F4N3Bzoxy-AP) and 11-aziallopregnanolone (11-AziAP). Both photoprobes acted with equal or higher potency than alphaxalone as general anesthetics and potentiators of GABAAR responses, left-shifting the GABA concentration - response curve for human α1β3γ2 GABAARs expressed in Xenopus oocytes, and enhancing [(3)H]muscimol binding to α1β3γ2 GABAARs expressed in HEK293 cells...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496108/alpha7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-agonist-promotes-retinal-ganglion-cell-function-via-modulating-gabaergic-presynaptic-activity-in-a-chronic-glaucomatous-model
#5
Xujiao Zhou, Yun Cheng, Rong Zhang, Gang Li, Boqi Yang, Shenghai Zhang, Jihong Wu
Alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7-nAChR) agonists can prevent glutamate-induced excitotoxicity in cultured retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). However, the neuroprotective effects and the mechanism of action of PNU-282987, an α7-nAChR agonist, in a chronic in vivo rat glaucoma model are poorly understood. We found that elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) downregulated retinal α7-nAChR expression. Electroretinography revealed that the amplitude of the photopic negative response (PhNR) decreased in parallel with the loss of RGCs caused by elevated IOP...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495376/gabaa-receptor-positive-allosteric-modulators-modify-the-abuse-related-behavioral-and-neurochemical-effects-of-methamphetamine-in-rhesus-monkeys
#6
Laís F Berro, Monica L Andersen, Sergio Tufik, Leonard L Howell
GABAA receptor positive allosteric modulators (GABAA receptor modulators) are commonly used for the treatment of insomnia. Nevertheless, the effects of these compounds on psychostimulant-induced sleep impairment are poorly understood. Because GABAA receptor modulators have been shown to decrease the abuse-related effects of psychostimulants, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of temazepam (0.3, 1.0 or 3.0 mg/kg) and eszopiclone (0.3, 1.0 or 3.0 mg/kg), two GABAA receptor modulators, on the behavioral neuropharmacology of methamphetamine in adult rhesus macaques (n = 5)...
May 8, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485933/hplc-based-activity-profiling-for-gabaa-receptor-modulators-in-extracts-validation-of-an-approach-utilizing-a-larval-zebrafish-locomotor-assay
#7
Fahimeh Moradi-Afrapoli, Samad Nejad Ebrahimi, Martin Smiesko, Matthias Hamburger
Gamma-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA) receptors are major inhibitory neurotransmitter receptors in the central nervous system and a target for numerous clinically important drugs used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and epilepsy. A series of allosteric GABAA receptor agonists was identified previously with the aid of HPLC-based activity profiling, whereby activity was tracked with an electrophysiological assay in Xenopus laevis oocytes. To accelerate the discovery process, an approach has been established for HPLC-based profiling using a larval zebrafish (Danio rerio) seizure model induced by pentylenetetrazol (PTZ), a pro-convulsant GABAA receptor antagonist...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484025/common-general-anesthetic-propofol-impairs-kinesin-processivity
#8
Brandon M Bensel, Stephanie Guzik-Lendrum, Erin M Masucci, Kellie A Woll, Roderic G Eckenhoff, Susan P Gilbert
Propofol is the most widely used i.v. general anesthetic to induce and maintain anesthesia. It is now recognized that this small molecule influences ligand-gated channels, including the GABAA receptor and others. Specific propofol binding sites have been mapped using photoaffinity ligands and mutagenesis; however, their precise target interaction profiles fail to provide complete mechanistic underpinnings for the anesthetic state. These results suggest that propofol and other common anesthetics, such as etomidate and ketamine, may target additional protein networks of the CNS to contribute to the desired and undesired anesthesia end points...
May 8, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483674/the-postnatal-5-ht1a-receptor-regulates-adult-anxiety-and-depression-differently-via-multiple-molecules
#9
Chihiro Ishikawa, Takashi Shiga
Serotonin (5-HT) and the 5-HT1A receptor during development are known to modulate anxiety and depression in later life. However, the brain mechanisms linking the postnatal 5-HT system and adult behavior remain unknown. Here, we examined the effects of pharmacological 5-HT1A receptor activation during the postnatal period on anxiety and depression-like behavior in adult BALB/c male mice. To elucidate the underlying mechanisms, we measured mRNA expression of the 5-HT1A receptor, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), GABAA receptor subunits, and AMPA receptor subunits in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), amygdala, and hippocampus...
May 5, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479740/effect-of-shankhpushpi-on-alcohol-addiction-in-mice
#10
Mahi Heba, Sana Faraz, Sugato Banerjee
Alcohol addiction is a worldwide problem. It has mainly two components: dependence and withdrawal. Characteristic properties of most anti-addictive compounds include anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, and nootropic actions. Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis. Convolvulaceae), known ethnopharmacologically as brain tonic, possess all the properties mentioned above. Here, we screen shankhpushpi for possible anti-addictive potential. Effect of shankhpushpi churna was measured on ethanol withdrawal anxiety using elevated plus maze...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473323/gabaa-receptor-%C3%AE-4-subunit-knockout-enhances-lung-inflammation-and-airway-reactivity-in-a-murine-asthma-model
#11
Gene T Yocum, Damian L Turner, Jennifer Danielsson, Matthew B Barajas, Yi Zhang, Dingbang Xu, Neil Harrison, Gregg E Homanics, Donna L Farber, Charles W Emala
Emerging evidence indicates that hypnotic anesthetics affect immune function. Many anesthetics potentiate γ-aminobutyric acid A receptor (GABAAR) activation, and these receptors are expressed on multiple subtypes of immune cells, providing a potential mechanistic link. Like immune cells, airway smooth muscle (ASM) cells also express GABAARs, particularly isoforms containing α4 subunits, and activation of these receptors leads to ASM relaxation. We sought to determine if GABAAR signaling modulates the ASM contractile and inflammatory phenotype of a murine allergic asthma model utilizing GABAAR α4 subunit global knockout (KO; Gabra4(0/0)) mice...
May 4, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472809/developmental-changes-in-expression-of-gabaa-receptor-subunits-%C3%AE-1-%C3%AE-2-and-%C3%AE-3-in-the-pig-brain
#12
Stephanie M Miller, Viskasari P Kalanjati, Paul B Colditz, Stella Tracey Björkman
GABA is a major neurotransmitter in the mammalian brain. In the mature brain GABA exerts inhibitory actions via the GABAA receptor (GABAAR); however, in the immature brain GABA provides much of the excitatory drive. We examined the expression of 3 predominant GABAA α-subunit proteins in the pig brain at various pre- and postnatal ages. Brain tissue was collected from piglets born via caesarean section at preterm ages 91, 97, 100, and 104 days' gestational age (GA), at term equivalent (114 days' GA, caesarean section) and at term, postnatal day 0 (P0) (spontaneous delivery, term = 115 days)...
May 5, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466071/temporal-regulation-of-gabaa-receptor-subunit-expression-role-in-synaptic-and-extrasynaptic-communication-in-the-suprachiasmatic-nucleus
#13
James C Walton, John K McNeill, Khallyl A Oliver, H Elliott Albers
Recent molecular studies suggest that the expression levels of δ and γ2 GABAA receptor (GABAAR) subunits regulate the balance between synaptic and extrasynaptic GABA neurotransmission in multiple brain regions. We investigated the expression of GABAAδ and GABAAγ2 and the functional significance of a change in balance between these subunits in a robust local GABA network contained within the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus (SCN). Muscimol, which can activate both synaptic and extrasynaptic GABAARs, injected into the SCN during the day phase advanced the circadian pacemaker, whereas injection of the extrasynaptic GABAA superagonist 4,5,6,7-tetrahydroisoxazolo(5,4-c)pyridin-3-ol (THIP) had no effect on circadian phase...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464338/new-anti-seizure-arylalkyl-azole-derivatives-synthesis-in-vivo-and-in-silico-studies
#14
Suat Sari, Sevim Dalkara, Filiz Betül Kaynak, Jóhannes Reynisson, Selma Saraç, Arzu Karakurt
(Arylalkyl)azoles are a class of antiepileptic compounds including nafimidone, denzimol, and loreclezole (LRZ). Nafimidone and denzimol are thought to inhibit voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) and enhance γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-mediated response. LRZ, a positive allosteric modulator of A-type GABA receptors (GABAA Rs), was reported to be sensitive to Asn265 of the β2/β3 subunit. Here, we report new N-[1-(4-chlorophenyl)-2-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)ethylidene]hydroxylamine esters showing anticonvulsant activity in animal models, including the 6-Hz psychomotor seizure test, a model for therapy-resistant partial seizure...
May 2, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461248/simultaneous-triple-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-status-epilepticus
#15
Jerome Niquet, Roger Baldwin, Keith Norman, Lucie Suchomelova, Lucille Lumley, Claude G Wasterlain
Early maladaptive internalization of synaptic GABAA receptors (GABAAR) and externalization of NMDA receptors (NMDAR) may explain the time-dependent loss of potency of standard anti-epileptic drugs (AED) in refractory status epilepticus (SE). We hypothesized that correcting the effects of changes in GABAAR and NMDAR would terminate SE, even when treatment is delayed 40 minutes. SE was induced in adult Sprague-Dawley rats with a high dose of lithium and pilocarpine. The GABAAR agonist midazolam, the NMDAR antagonist ketamine and the AED valproate were injected 40 min after SE onset in combination or as monotherapy...
April 29, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456686/the-dual-modulatory-effects-of-efavirenz-on-gabaa-receptors-are-mediated-via-two-distinct-sites
#16
Renqi Huang, Zhenglan Chen, Sean Dolan, John A Schetz, Glenn H Dillon
Efavirenz is a widely prescribed medicine used to treat type 1 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1), the most prevalent pathogenic strain of the virus responsible for the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) pandemic. Under prescribed dosing conditions, either alone or in combination therapy, efavirenz-induced CNS disturbances are frequently reported. Efavirenz was recently reported to interact in a similar concentration range with a number of receptors, transporters and ion channels including recombinant rat α1β2γ2 GABAA receptors whose actions were potentiated (Gatch et al...
April 27, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456011/neurosteroid-biosynthesis-downregulation-and-changes-in-gabaa-receptor-subunit-composition-a-biomarker-axis-in-stress-induced-cognitive-and-emotional-impairment
#17
REVIEW
Andrea Locci, Graziano Pinna
By rapidly modulating neuronal excitability, neurosteroids regulate physiological processes, such as responses to stress and development. Excessive stress affects their biosynthesis and causes an imbalance in cognition and emotions. The progesterone derivative, allopregnanolone (Allo) enhances extrasynaptic and postsynaptic inhibition by directly binding at GABAA receptors, and thus, positively and allosterically modulates the function of GABA. Allo levels are decreased in stress-induced psychiatric disorders, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and elevating Allo levels may be a valid therapeutic approach to counteract behavioural dysfunction...
April 29, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452419/neurosteroid-sensitive-%C3%AE-gabaa-receptors-a-role-in-epileptogenesis
#18
Suchitra Joshi, Karthik Rajasekaran, John Williamson, Jaideep Kapur
OBJECTIVE: We determined the role of the neurosteroid-sensitive δ subunit-containing γ-aminobutyric acid A receptors (δ-GABARs) in epileptogenesis. METHODS: Status epilepticus (SE) was induced via lithium pilocarpine in adult rats, and seizures were assessed by continuous video-electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring. Finasteride was administered to inhibit neurosteroid synthesis. The total and surface protein expression of hippocampal δ, α4, and γ2 GABAR subunits was studied using biotinylation assays and Western blotting...
March 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451854/role-of-vasopressin-in-rat-models-of-salt-dependent-hypertension
#19
REVIEW
Masha Prager-Khoutorsky, Katrina Y Choe, David I Levi, Charles W Bourque
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Dietary salt intake increases both plasma sodium and osmolality and therefore increases vasopressin (VP) release from the neurohypophysis. Although this effect could increase blood pressure by inducing fluid reabsorption and vasoconstriction, acute activation of arterial baroreceptors inhibits VP neurons via GABAA receptors to oppose high blood pressure. Here we review recent findings demonstrating that this protective mechanism fails during chronic high salt intake in rats...
May 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450542/neuronal-chloride-regulation-via-kcc2-is-modulated-through-a-gabab-receptor-protein-complex
#20
Rebecca Wright, Sarah E Newey, Andrei Ilie, Winnie Wefelmeyer, Joseph V Raimondo, Rachel Ginham, R A Jeffrey Mcllhinney, Colin J Akerman
GABAB receptors are G-protein coupled receptors that mediate inhibitory synaptic actions through a series of downstream target proteins. It is increasingly appreciated that the GABAB receptor forms part of larger signalling complexes, which enable the receptor to mediate multiple different effects within neurons. Here we report that GABAB receptors can physically associate with the potassium-chloride cotransporter protein, KCC2, which sets the driving force for the chloride permeable ionotropic GABAA receptor in mature neurons...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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