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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228718/current-concepts-on-the-physiopathological-relevance-of-dopaminergic-receptors
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REVIEW
Ada Ledonne, Nicola B Mercuri
Dopamine (DA) is a key neurotransmitter modulating essential functions of the central nervous system (CNS), like voluntary movement, reward, several cognitive functions and goal-oriented behaviors. The factual relevance of DAergic transmission can be well appreciated by considering that its dysfunction is recognized as a core alteration in several devastating neurological and psychiatric disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD) and associated movement disorders, as well as, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and addiction...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228068/stress-in-gastrointestinal-tract-and-stable-gastric-pentadecapeptide-bpc-157-finally-do-we-have-a-solution
#2
Predrag Sikiric, Sven Seiwerth, Rudolf Rucman, Domagoj Drmic, Mirjana Stupnisek, Antonio Kokot, Marko Sever, Ivan Zoricic, Zoran Zoricic, Lovorka Batelja, Tihomil Ziger, Josipa Vlainic, Zarko Rasic, Martina Lovric Bencic
Selye's syndrome produced by diverse nocuous agents and "response to damage as such" means Selye's stress triad in stress coping response to reestablish homeostasis. Logically, from the gastrointestinal tract viewpoint, such organoprotective/healing response implies the angiogenic growth factors that commonly signify the healing. Thereby, the gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157-organoprotection (huge range of beneficial effects) signifies the Selye's stress concept/stress coping response implemented in and from gastrointestinal tract, and BPC 157 as an integrative mediator that integrates the adaptive bodily response to stress...
February 20, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223908/elevated-urinary-glyphosate-and-clostridia-metabolites-with-altered-dopamine-metabolism-in-triplets-with-autistic-spectrum-disorder-or-suspected-seizure-disorder-a-case-study
#3
William Shaw
CONTEXT: Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder for which a number of genetic, environmental, and nutritional causes have been proposed. Glyphosate is used widely as a crop desiccant and as an herbicide in fields of genetically modified foods that are glyphosate resistant. Several researchers have proposed that it may be a cause of autism, based on epidemiological data that correlates increased usage of glyphosate with an increased autism rate. OBJECTIVE: The current study was intended to determine if excessive glyphosate was present in the triplets and their parents and to evaluate biochemical findings for the family to determine the potential effects of its presence...
February 2017: Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223522/conformational-dynamics-of-a-neurotransmitter-sodium-symporter-in-a-lipid-bilayer
#4
Suraj Adhikary, Daniel J Deredge, Anu Nagarajan, Lucy R Forrest, Patrick L Wintrode, Satinder K Singh
Neurotransmitter:sodium symporters (NSSs) are integral membrane proteins responsible for the sodium-dependent reuptake of small-molecule neurotransmitters from the synaptic cleft. The symporters for the biogenic amines serotonin (SERT), dopamine (DAT), and norepinephrine (NET) are targets of multiple psychoactive agents, and their dysfunction has been implicated in numerous neuropsychiatric ailments. LeuT, a thermostable eubacterial NSS homolog, has been exploited as a model protein for NSS members to canvass the conformational mechanism of transport with a combination of X-ray crystallography, cysteine accessibility, and solution spectroscopy...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221082/partial-lesion-of-the-nigrostriatal-dopamine-pathway-in-rats-impairs-egocentric-learning-but-not-spatial-learning-or-behavioral-flexibility
#5
Katharine M Seip-Cammack, James J Young, Megan E Young, Matthew L Shapiro
Degeneration of the nigrostriatal dopaminergic system in Parkinson's disease (PD) causes motor dysfunction and cognitive impairment, but the etiology of the cognitive deficits remains unclear. The present study investigated the behavioral effects of partial lesions of the nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) pathway. Rats received bilateral infusions of either 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) or vehicle into the dorsolateral striatum and were tested in spatial and procedural learning tasks. Compared with intact rats, DA-depleted rats were impaired when the first task they learned required egocentric responses...
February 20, 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216334/crocins-the-active-constituents-of-crocus-sativus-l-counteracted-apomorphine-induced-performance-deficits-in-the-novel-object-recognition-task-but-not-novel-object-location-task-in-rats
#6
Nikolaos Pitsikas, Petros A Tarantilis
Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disease that affects nearly 1% of the population worldwide. Several lines of evidence suggest that the dopaminergic (DAergic) system might be compromised in schizophrenia. Specifically, the mixed dopamine (DA) D1/D2 receptor agonist apomorphine induces schizophrenia-like symptoms in rodents, including disruption of memory abilities. Crocins are among the active components of saffron (dried stigmas of Crocus sativus L. plant) and their implication in cognition is well documented...
February 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215236/hyperdopaminergism-in-lenticulostriate-stroke-related-restless-legs-syndrome-an-imaging-study
#7
Elisabeth Ruppert, Marc Bataillard, Izzie Jacques Namer, Laurent Tatu, Aurélien Hacquard, Laurence Hugueny, Jeffrey Hubbard, Ulker Kilic-Huck, Valérie Wolff, Patrice Bourgin
OBJECTIVE: The pathophysiology of restless legs syndrome (RLS) involves a dopaminergic dysregulation that remains poorly understood, with controversial data from the literature. Stroke-related RLS is a rare condition that involves primarily the basal ganglia, the paramedian pons, and the thalamus. Given these elements, we studied dopaminergic metabolism in patients with RLS secondary to lenticulostriate infarction using structural and nuclear imaging in the striatum ipsilateral to the infarction area, as compared to the contralateral side...
February 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213064/juvenile-treatment-with-a-novel-mglur2-agonist-mglur3-antagonist-compound-ly395756-reverses-learning-deficits-and-cognitive-flexibility-impairments-in-adults-in-a-neurodevelopmental-model-of-schizophrenia
#8
Meng-Lin Li, Yelena Gulchina, Sarah A Monaco, Bo Xing, Brielle R Ferguson, Yan-Chun Li, Feng Li, Xi-Quan Hu, Wen-Jun Gao
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorder, in which cognitive function becomes disrupted at early stages of the disease. Although the mechanisms underlying cognitive impairments remain unclear, N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR) hypofunctioning in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) has been implicated. Moreover, cognitive symptoms in SCZ are usually unresponsive to treatment with current antipsychotics and by onset, disruption of the dopamine system, not NMDAR hypofunctioning, dominates the symptoms...
February 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203480/a-novel-immunosuppressor-5r-5-hydroxytriptolide-alleviates-movement-disorder-and-neuroinflammation-in-a-6-ohda-hemiparkinsonian-rat-model
#9
Ruijun Su, Min Sun, Wei Wang, Jianliang Zhang, Li Zhang, Junli Zhen, Yanjing Qian, Yan Zheng, Xiaomin Wang
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most common age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Promising therapies for PD still need to be explored. Immune dysfunction has been found to be involved in PD pathogenesis. Here, a novel immunosuppressor, (5R)-5-hydroxytriptolide (LLDT8), was used to treat 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced hemiparkinson rats. We found that oral administration of LLDT8 significantly alleviated apomorphine-induced rotations at a dose of 125 µg/kg, and improved performance in cylinder and rotarod tests at a lower dose of 31...
February 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202786/dopamine-modulates-adaptive-prediction-error-coding-in-the-human-midbrain-and-striatum
#10
Kelly M J Diederen, Hisham Ziauddeen, Martin D Vestergaard, Tom Spencer, Wolfram Schultz, Paul C Fletcher
Learning to optimally predict rewards requires agents to account for fluctuations in reward value. Recent work suggests that individuals can efficiently learn about variable rewards through adaptation of the learning rate, and coding of prediction errors relative to reward variability. Such adaptive coding has been linked to midbrain dopamine neurons in nonhuman primates, and evidence in support for a similar role of the dopaminergic system in humans is emerging from fMRI data. Here, we sought to investigate the effect of dopaminergic perturbations on adaptive prediction error coding in humans, using a between-subject, placebo-controlled pharmacological fMRI study with a dopaminergic agonist (bromocriptine) and antagonist (sulpiride)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202664/lrrk2-mouse-models-dissecting-the-behavior-striatal-neurochemistry-and-neurophysiology-of-pd-pathogenesis
#11
REVIEW
Mattia Volta, Heather Melrose
Mutations in leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) are the most common genetic cause of familial Parkinson's disease (PD), resembling the sporadic disorder. Intensive effort has been directed toward LRRK2 mouse modeling and investigation, aimed at reproducing the human disease to inform mechanistic studies of pathogenesis and design of neuroprotective therapies. The physiological function of LRRK2 is still under exploration, but a clear role in striatal neurophysiology and animal behavior has emerged. Alterations in LRRK2 impair dopamine (DA) transmission, regulation and signaling, in addition to corticostriatal synaptic plasticity...
February 8, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197194/cortical-regulation-of-striatal-projection-neurons-and-interneurons-in-a-parkinson-s-disease-rat-model
#12
Jia-Jia Wu, Si Chen, Li-Si Ouyang, Yu Jia, Bing-Bing Liu, Shu-Hua Mu, Yu-Xin Ma, Wei-Ping Wang, Jia-You Wei, You-Lan Li, Zhi Chen, Wan-Long Lei
Striatal neurons can be either projection neurons or interneurons, with each type exhibiting distinct susceptibility to various types of brain damage. In this study, 6-hydroxydopamine was injected into the right medial forebrain bundle to induce dopamine depletion, and/or ibotenic acid was injected into the M1 cortex to induce motor cortex lesions. Immunohistochemistry and western blot assay showed that dopaminergic depletion results in significant loss of striatal projection neurons marked by dopamine- and cyclic adenosine monophosphate-regulated phosphoprotein, molecular weight 32 kDa, calbindin, and μ-opioid receptor, while cortical lesions reversed these pathological changes...
December 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196657/dopamine-release-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-is-altered-following-traumatic-brain-injury
#13
Yuan-Hao Chen, Eagle Yi-Kung Huang, Tung-Tai Kuo, Barry J Hoffer, Jonathan Miller, Yu-Ching Chou, Yung-Hsiao Chiang
Mild-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) is frequently associated with prolonged dysfunction of reward circuitry, including motivation and salience, which suggests alterations of dopamine (DA) processing within the core and shell of the nucleus accumbens (NAC). Using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry in a rodent model of traumatic brain injury, we found that stimulus-evoked DA release is distinct in the core and shell of the NAC, with the shell being less responsive to tonic stimulation and more sensitive to the number of pulses when phasic stimulation is applied...
February 11, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190613/therapeutics-for-equine-endocrine-disorders
#14
REVIEW
Andy E Durham
Equine endocrine disease is commonly encountered by equine practitioners. Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) and equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) predominate. The most logical therapeutic approach in PPID uses dopamine agonists; pergolide mesylate is the most common. Bromocryptine and cabergoline are alternative drugs with similar actions. Drugs from other classes have a poor evidence basis, although cyproheptadine and trilostane might be considered. EMS requires management changes as the primary approach; reasonable justification for use of drugs such as levothyroxine and metformin may apply...
February 9, 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Equine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190476/neuroprotective-properties-of-icariin-in-mptp-induced-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-involvement-of-pi3k-akt-and-mek-erk-signaling-pathways
#15
Wen-Fang Chen, Lin Wu, Zhong-Rui Du, Lei Chen, Ai-Li Xu, Xiao-Han Chen, Ji-Jun Teng, Man-Sau Wong
BACKGROUND: Epimedium sagittatum is a traditional Chinese herb normally which is used to treat the osteoporosis, cardiovascular dysfunction, and to improve neurological and sexual function in China, Korea and Japan. Icariin is the major active ingredient in Epimedium sagittatum. In the present research, we examined the neuroprotective effects of icariin on dopaminergic neurons and the possible mechanisms in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: Ovariectomized PD mice were treated with vehicle or icariin (3 days before MPTP injections) with or without the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor LY294002 or mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) inhibitor PD98059...
February 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190402/preserving-brain-function-in-a-comatose-patient-with-septic-hyperpyrexia-41-6%C3%A2-%C3%A2-c-a-case-report
#16
Samantha Sterkel, Akinboyede Akinyemi, Marcos A Sanchez-Gonzalez, George Michel
BACKGROUND: Pyrexia is a physiological response through which the immune system responds to infectious processes. Hyperpyrexia is known to be neurodegenerative leading to brain damage. Some of the neurotoxic effects of hyperpyrexia on the brain include seizures, decreased cognitive speed, mental status changes, coma, and even death. In the clinical management of hyperpyrexia, the goal is to treat the underlying cause of elevated temperature and prevent end organ damage. CASE PRESENTATION: This case illustrates a 39-year-old white American man referred from another medical facility where he had undergone an upper gastrointestinal tract diagnostic procedure which became complicated by blood aspiration and respiratory distress...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187335/insight-into-illness-and-its-relationship-to-illness-severity-cognition-and-estimated-antipsychotic-dopamine-receptor-occupancy-in-schizophrenia-an-antipsychotic-dose-reduction-study
#17
Philip Gerretsen, Hiroyoshi Takeuchi, Miracle Ozzoude, Ariel Graff-Guerrero, Hiroyuki Uchida
Little is known about the influence of D2 receptor occupancy on impaired insight into illness (III)-a core feature of schizophrenia. III is associated with illness severity and cognitive dysfunction. Comparably, supratherapeutic D2 receptor occupancy can impair cognition. However, it is unclear how illness severity, cognition, and D2 receptor occupancy interact to influence III in schizophrenia. The aim of this study was to explore the influence of antipsychotic dose reduction on the relationships of illness severity and cognition to III...
February 1, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182634/the-slc6a3-gene-possibly-affects-susceptibility-to-late-onset-alcohol-dependence-but-not-specific-personality-traits-in-a-han-chinese-population
#18
Chang-Chih Huang, Shin-Chang Kuo, Yi-Wei Yeh, Chun-Yen Chen, Che-Hung Yen, Chih-Sung Liang, Pei-Shen Ho, Ru-Band Lu, San-Yuan Huang
Dopaminergic dysfunction has an important role in the pathoetiology of alcohol dependence (AD). The purpose of this study was to determine whether the solute carrier family 6 member 3 (SLC6A3) gene (also known as the dopamine transporter DAT gene) was associated with AD, and whether variants in the SLC6A3 locus were associated with specific personality traits in patients with AD. Sixteen polymorphisms in SLC6A3 were analyzed using 637 patients with AD and 523 healthy controls. To reduce clinical heterogeneity, patients were classified into two subgroups: early-onset AD (EOAD) and late-onset AD (LOAD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180070/disrupted-functional-connectivity-of-striatal-sub-regions-in-bell-s-palsy-patients
#19
Wenwen Song, Zhijian Cao, Courtney Lang, Minhui Dai, Lihua Xuan, Kun Lv, Fangyuan Cui, Kristen Jorgenson, Maosheng Xu, Jian Kong
The striatum plays an important role in controlling motor function in humans, and its degeneration has the ability to cause severe motor disorders. More specifically, previous studies have demonstrated a disruption in the connectivity of the cortico-striatal loop in patients suffering from motor disorders caused by dopamine dysregulation, such as Parkinson's disease. However, little is known about striatal functional connectivity in patients with motor dysfunction not caused by dopamine dysregulation. In this study, we used early-state Bell's palsy (BP) patients (within 14 days of onset) to investigate how functional connectivity between the striatum and motor cortex is affected by peripheral nerve injury in which the dopamine system remains fully functional...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170483/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-pituitary-adenomas-a-review
#20
Mark E Molitch
Importance: Pituitary adenomas may hypersecrete hormones or cause mass effects. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment are important. Observations: Prevalence of pituitary adenomas ranges from 1 in 865 adults to 1 in 2688 adults. Approximately 50% are microadenomas (<10 mm); the remainder are macroadenomas (≥10 mm). Mass effects cause headache, hypopituitarism, and visual field defects. Treatments include transsphenoidal surgery, medical therapies, and radiotherapy...
February 7, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
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