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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544426/the-catechol-o-methyltransferase-comt-val158met-genotype-modulates-working-memory-related-dorsolateral-prefrontal-response-and-performance-in-bipolar-disorder
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K W Miskowiak, H L Kjaerstad, M M Støttrup, A M Svendsen, K M Demant, L K Hoeffding, T M Werge, K E Burdick, K Domschke, A F Carvalho, E Vieta, M Vinberg, L V Kessing, H R Siebner, J Macoveanu
OBJECTIVES: Cognitive dysfunction affects a substantial proportion of patients with bipolar disorder (BD), and genetic-imaging paradigms may aid in the elucidation of mechanisms implicated in this symptomatic domain. The Val allele of the functional Val158Met polymorphism of the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene is associated with reduced prefrontal cortex dopamine and exaggerated working memory-related prefrontal activity. This functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study investigated for the first time whether the COMT Val158Met genotype modulates prefrontal activity during spatial working memory in BD...
May 23, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540228/research-in-pharmacotherapy-for-erectile-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Ji-Kan Ryu, Jun-Kyu Suh, Arthur L Burnett
Although oral phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitors are generally accepted as an effective therapy for erectile dysfunction (ED), men with ED from diabetes or radical prostatectomy respond poorly to these drugs. Many researchers have tried to develop novel therapeutics that target alternative molecular pathways. A group of therapeutics belongs to centrally acting agents that target dopamine and melanocortin receptors. The other one is the peripherally acting agents that target soluble guanylate cyclase, Rho-kinase pathway, and Maxi-K channel, etc...
April 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539529/membrane-trafficking-illuminates-a-path-to-parkinson-s-disease
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Takafumi Hasegawa, Naoto Sugeno, Akio Kikuchi, Toru Baba, Masashi Aoki
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder that is characterized by progressive movement disability and a variety of non-motor symptoms. The neuropathology of PD consists of the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the midbrain and the appearance of neuronal inclusions called Lewy bodies, which contain insoluble α-synuclein, a relatively small protein originally identified in association with synaptic vesicles in the presynaptic nerve terminals. Drugs that replenish dopamine can partly alleviate the motor symptoms, but they do not cure the disease itself...
2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537985/neuroimaging-in-parkinson-s-disease-focus-on-substantia-nigra-and-nigro-striatal-projection
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Daniela Frosini, Mirco Cosottini, Duccio Volterrani, Roberto Ceravolo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The diagnosis of Parkinson disease is based on clinical features; however, unmet need is an imaging signature for Parkinson disease and the early differential diagnosis with atypical parkinsonisms. A summary of the molecular imaging and MRI recent evidences for Parkinson disease diagnosis will be presented in this review. RECENT FINDINGS: The nigro-striatal dysfunction explored by dopamine transporter imaging is not a mandatory diagnostic criterion for Parkinson disease, recent evidence supported its utility as in-vivo proof of degenerative parkinsonisms, and there might be compensatory mechanisms leading to an early overestimation...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534003/new-pharmacological-approaches-to-treating-non-motor-symptoms-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Michael A Kelberman, Elena M Vazey
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Non-motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson's Disease (PD) are better predictors of quality of life changes, caregiver burden, and mortality than motor symptoms. Levodopa has limited, and sometimes detrimental, effects on these symptoms. In this review we discuss recent evidence on pharmacological treatments for non-motor symptoms. RECENT FINDINGS: Breakthroughs have been made in the treatment of psychosis and sleep dysfunction. Pimavanserin has become the first FDA approved drug for PD psychosis...
December 2016: Current Pharmacology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532681/resveratrol-protects-neuronal-like-cells-expressing-mutant-huntingtin-from-dopamine-toxicity-by-rescuing-atg4-mediated-autophagosome-formation
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Chiara Vidoni, Eleonora Secomandi, Andrea Castiglioni, Mariarosa A B Melone, Ciro Isidoro
Parkinsonian-like motor deficits in Huntington's Disease (HD) patients are associated with abnormal dopamine neurotransmission in the striatum. Dopamine metabolism leads to the formation of oxidized dopamine quinones that exacerbates mitochondrial dysfunction with production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that eventually lead to neuronal cell death. We have previously shown that dopamine-induced oxidative stress triggers apoptotic cell death in dopaminergic neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells hyper-expressing the mutant polyQ Huntingtin (polyQ-Htt) protein...
May 19, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532582/pain-in-early-stage-parkinson-s-disease-implications-from-clinical-features-to-pathophysiology-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Ming-Tsung Tseng, Chin-Hsien Lin
Pain is a common non-motor symptom of Parkinson's disease (PD) that markedly impacts patients' quality of life. Although pain occurs mostly secondary to motor disability of PD, pain may antedate motor symptoms by years. Numerous studies have shown that PD patients manifest altered sensory and pain thresholds compared with control subjects. Although both levodopa and deep brain stimulation improve motor symptoms, there remains no direct correlation between motor improvement and altered pain sensitivity, suggesting that motor symptoms and pain do not necessarily share pathogenetic mechanisms...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528402/impact-of-brown-rice-specific-%C3%AE-oryzanol-on-epigenetic-modulation-of-dopamine-d2-receptors-in-brain-striatum-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-in-mice
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Chisayo Kozuka, Tadashi Kaname, Chigusa Shimizu-Okabe, Chitoshi Takayama, Masato Tsutsui, Masayuki Matsushita, Keiko Abe, Hiroaki Masuzaki
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Overeating of dietary fats causes obesity in humans and rodents. Recent studies in humans and rodents have demonstrated that addiction to fats shares a common mechanism with addiction to alcohol, nicotine and narcotics in terms of a dysfunction of brain reward systems. It has been highlighted that a high-fat diet (HFD) attenuates dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) signalling in the striatum, a pivotal regulator of the brain reward system, resulting in hedonic overeating. We previously reported that the brown rice-specific bioactive constituent γ-oryzanol attenuated the preference for an HFD via hypothalamic control...
May 20, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527632/cerium-oxide-nanoparticles-could-ameliorate-behavioral-and-neurochemical-impairments-in-6-hydroxydopamine-induced-parkinson-s-disease-in-rats
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Maha A Hegazy, Hala M Maklad, Doaa M Samy, Doaa A Abdelmonsif, Bassma M El Sabaa, Fatma Y Elnozahy
BACKGROUND: Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2NPs) showed promising effects in neurodegenerative diseases including some animal models of Parkinsonism. However, the implication of CeO2NPs in 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) induced Parkinsonism remains to be investigated. AIM: This study was designed to assess whether CeO2NPs treatment could alleviate neurobehavioral and neurobiochemical deficits in 6-OHDA induced neurotoxicity in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 50 rats received left intrastriatal (IS) injection of either saline (control, n = 10) or 6-OHDA (n = 40)...
May 17, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511006/novel-focused-ultrasound-gene-therapy-approach-noninvasively-restores-dopaminergic-neuron-function-in-a-rat-parkinson-s-disease-model
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Brian P Mead, Namho Kim, G Wilson Miller, David Hodges, Panagiotis Mastorakos, Alexander L Klibanov, James W Mandell, Jay Hirsh, Jung Soo Suk, Justin Hanes, Richard J Price
Therapies capable of decelerating, or perhaps even halting, neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease (PD) remain elusive. Clinical trials of PD gene therapy testing the delivery of neurotrophic factors, such as the glial cell-line derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), have been largely ineffective due to poor vector distribution throughout the diseased regions in the brain. In addition, current delivery strategies involve invasive procedures that obviate the inclusion of early stage patients who are most likely to benefit from GDNF-based gene therapy...
May 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509934/the-role-of-the-prefrontal-cortex-in-freezing-of-gait-in-parkinson-s-disease-insights-from-a-deep-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-exploratory-study
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Moria Dagan, Talia Herman, Anat Mirelman, Nir Giladi, Jeffrey M Hausdorff
Freezing of Gait (FOG) is one of the most debilitating gait impairments in Parkinson's disease (PD), leading to increased fall risk and reduced health-related quality of life. The utility of parkinsonian medications is often limited in the case of FOG and it frequently becomes dopamine resistant. Recent studies have suggested that pre-frontal cortex (PFC) dysfunction contributes to FOG; however, most previous findings provide only indirect evidence. To better understand the role of the PFC, we aimed to investigate the impact of high frequency, deep, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (drTMS) of the medial PFC on FOG and its mediators...
May 16, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508370/a-proteomic-evaluation-of-sympathetic-activity-biomarkers-of-the-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-axis-by-western-blotting-technique-following-experimental-traumatic-brain-injury
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Hale Zerrin Toklu, Yasemin Sakarya, Nihal Tümer
Endocrine disorders and autonomic dysfunction are common paradigms following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Alterations in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis following TBI may result in impaired vasopressor response, energy imbalance, fatigue, depression, or neurological disorders. Autonomic dysfunction is a common disorder following TBI. The sympathetic activity markers on HPA axis can be measured by Western blot protein analysis. Tyrosine hydroxylase, dopamine beta hydroxylase are the key enzymes for the synthesis of norepinephrine; and neuropeptide Y (NPY) is the peptide that is co-stored and co-released with norepinephrine...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507584/effects-of-adenosine-receptor-antagonists-in-mptp-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-mitochondrial-dna-integrity
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Soha S Essawy, Mona Kamal Tawfik, Horya Erfan Korayem
INTRODUCTION: In Parkinson's disease (PD), compelling data indicate a functional link between adenosine/dopamine receptors and the progression of the neurodegenerative process. The present study was carried out to evaluate the effect of the non-selective adenosine receptor (ADR) antagonist caffeine, as well as the selective antagonists 8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dipropylxanthine (DPCPX), an ADRsA1 antagonist, and ((E)-1,3-diethyl-8-(3,4-dimethoxystyryl)-7-methyl-3,7-dihydro-1H-purine-2,6-dione) (KW-6002), an ADRsA2A antagonist, on the prevention of 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced Parkinsonism in mice...
April 1, 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496293/the-effect-of-dopaminergic-medication-on-joint-kinematics-during-haptic-movements-in-individuals-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Kuan-Yi Li, Pei-Yi Chu, Kristen A Pickett
This study examined whether altered joint angular motion during haptic exploration could account for a decline in haptic sensitivity in individuals with PD by analyzing joint position data during haptic exploration of a curved contour. Each participant's hand was passively moved by a robotic arm along the edges of a virtual box (5 cm × 15 cm) with a curved left wall. After each trial, participants indicated whether the contour was curved or straight. Visual, auditory, and tactile cues were occluded, and an electrogoniometer recorded shoulder and elbow joint angles during each trial...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495611/hiv-1-tat-protein-enhances-sensitization-to-methamphetamine-by-affecting-dopaminergic-function
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James P Kesby, Julia A Najera, Benedetto Romoli, Yiding Fang, Liana Basova, Amanda Birmingham, Maria Cecilia G Marcondes, Davide Dulcis, Svetlana Semenova
Methamphetamine abuse is common among humans with immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The HIV-1 regulatory protein TAT induces dysfunction of mesolimbic dopaminergic systems which may result in impaired reward processes and contribute to methamphetamine abuse. These studies investigated the impact of TAT expression on methamphetamine-induced locomotor sensitization, underlying changes in dopamine function and adenosine receptors in mesolimbic brain areas and neuroinflammation (microgliosis). Transgenic mice with doxycycline-induced TAT protein expression in the brain were tested for locomotor activity in response to repeated methamphetamine injections and methamphetamine challenge after a 7-day abstinence period...
May 8, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493825/repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-for-treatment-of-lactacystin-induced-parkinsonian-rat-model
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Maowen Ba, Guozhao Ma, Chao Ren, Xuwen Sun, Min Kong
The dysfunction of ubiquitin-proteasome system is an important pathogenesis in the neurodegenerative process of Parkinson's disease. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a noninvasive and potential method in treating Parkinson's disease. To investigate whether rTMS has neuroprotective effects in parkinsonian rat model induced by ubiquitin-proteasome system impairment, we gave rTMS daily for 4 weeks to proteasome inhibitor, lactacystin-induced parkinsonian rat model. Rotational behavior test demonstrated that rTMS obviously reduced apomorphine-induced turning number in parkinsonian rats...
April 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491049/sleep-disturbances-in-phenylketonuria-an-explorative-study-in-men-and-mice
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Vibeke M Bruinenberg, Marijke C M Gordijn, Anita MacDonald, Francjan J van Spronsen, Eddy A Van der Zee
Sleep problems have not been directly reported in phenylketonuria (PKU). In PKU, the metabolic pathway of phenylalanine is disrupted, which, among others, causes deficits in the neurotransmitters and sleep modulators dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Understanding sleep problems in PKU patients may help explain the pathophysiology of brain dysfunction in PKU patients. In this explorative study, we investigated possible sleep problems in adult treated PKU patients and untreated PKU mice. In the PKU patients, sleep characteristics were compared to healthy first degree relatives by assessment of sleep disturbances, sleep-wake patterns, and sleepiness with the help of four questionnaires: Holland sleep disorder questionnaire, Pittsburgh sleep quality index, Epworth sleepiness scale, and Munich Chronotype Questionnaire...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469642/neuromelanin-one-of-the-most-overlooked-molecules-in-modern-medicine-is-not-a-spectator
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REVIEW
Robert L Haining, Cindy Achat-Mendes
The loss of pigmented neurons from the human brain has long been the hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD). Neuromelanin (NM) in the pre-synaptic terminal of dopamine neurons is emerging as a primary player in the etiology of neurodegenerative disorders including PD. This mini-review discusses the interactions between neuromelanin and different molecules in the synaptic terminal and describes how these interactions might affect neurodegenerative disorders including PD. Neuromelanin can reversibly bind and interact with amine containing neurotoxins, e...
March 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467994/making-the-case-for-power-abuse-disorder-as-a-nosologic-entity
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Gerald Zernig, Christoph Hiemke
The development of societies and cultures arguably is based on the ability of human primates to form hierarchies in which some individuals acquire and wield power, that is, control resources and influence and control the behavior of their conspecifics. In the following, we focus on the type of human primate power wielding that (a) harms and (b) produces excessive negative emotions in (1) the victim(s) of the power wielder and (2) the power wielder her/himself. If such a harmful behavior of the power wielder is not accompanied by an ethically justifiable benefit for the involved human primate groups, it can be considered "power abuse...
May 4, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466266/prolonged-dysfunction-of-astrocytes-and-activation-of-microglia-accelerate-degeneration-of-dopaminergic-neurons-in-the-rat-substantia-nigra-and-block-compensation-of-early-motor-dysfunction-induced-by-6-ohda
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Katarzyna Kuter, Łukasz Olech, Urszula Głowacka
Progressive degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) is the underlying cause of Parkinson's disease (PD). The disease in early stages is difficult to diagnose, because behavioral deficits are masked by compensatory processes. Astrocytic and microglial pathology precedes motor symptoms. Besides supportive functions of astrocytes in the brain, their role in PD is unrecognized. Prolonged dysfunction of astrocytes could increase the vulnerability of dopaminergic neurons and advance their degeneration during aging...
May 2, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
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