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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432029/suppression-of-reward-induced-dopamine-release-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-in-animal-models-of-depression-differential-responses-to-drug-treatment
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Saki Minami, Hiroshi Satoyoshi, Soichiro Ide, Takeshi Inoue, Mitsuhiro Yoshioka, Masabumi Minami
Anhedonia, the loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities, is a core symptom of major depressive disorder, suggesting that the brain reward system may be dysfunctional in this condition. Neurochemical changes in the mesolimbic dopamine (DA) system are not fully understood in animal models of depression. We investigated reward (30% sucrose intake)-induced DA release in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and the effect of chronic treatment with the antidepressant escitalopram (5mg/kg, intraperitoneally twice daily for 3 weeks) in two animal models of depression...
April 18, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420875/down-regulation-of-cholinergic-signaling-in-the-habenula-induces-anhedonia-like-behavior
#2
Seungrie Han, Soo Hyun Yang, Jin Yong Kim, Seojung Mo, Esther Yang, Ki Myung Song, Byung-Joo Ham, Naguib Mechawar, Gustavo Turecki, Hyun Woo Lee, Hyun Kim
Dysfunction of cholinergic signaling in the brain has long been believed to be associated with depressive disorders. However, the functional impact of habenular cholinergic signaling on the specified depressive behaviors is not well understood. Here, we demonstrated that the expression levels of cholinergic signaling genes (CHAT, VACHT, CHT, CHRNA3, CHRNB3 and CHRNB4) were down-regulated in a chronic restraint stress (CRS) rat model of depression, in which rats display depression-like behaviors such as anhedonia and mood despair...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419968/current-insights-into-pathogenesis-of-parkinson-s-disease-approach-to-mevalonate-pathway-and-protective-role-of-statins
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REVIEW
Seyed Soheil Saeedi Saravi, Seyed Sobhan Saeedi Saravi, Katayoun Khoshbin, Ahmad Reza Dehpour
Although Parkinson's disease (PD) is considered as the second most common life threatening age-related neurodegenerative disorder, but the underlying mechanisms for pathogenesis of PD are remained to be fully found. However, a complex relationship between genetic and environmental predisposing factors are involved in progression of PD. Dopaminergic neuronal cell death caused by mutations and accumulation of α-synuclein in Lewy bodies and neurites was suggested as the main strategy for PD, but current studies have paid attention to the role of mevalonate pathway in incidence of neurodegenerative diseases including PD...
April 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418237/what-gene-mutations-affect-serotonin-in-mice
#4
Richard C Tenpenny, Kathryn G Commons
Although serotonin neurotransmission has been implicated in several neurodevelopmental and psychological disorders, the factors that drive dysfunction of the serotonin system are poorly understood. Current research regarding the serotonin system revolves around its dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders, but there is no database collating genetic mutations that result in serotonin abnormalities. To bridge this gap, we developed a list of genes in mice that, when perturbed, result in altered levels of serotonin either in brain or blood...
April 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413987/alzheimer-s-disease-like-early-phase-brain-pathogenesis-self-curing-amelioration-of-neurodegeneration-from-pro-inflammatory-wounding-to-anti-inflammatory-healing
#5
Jiang He, Tao Liao, Guo-Xin Zhong, Ji-Da Zhang, Yan-Ping Chen, Qi Wang, Qing-Ping Zeng
The etiological initiators of neuroinflammation remain inclusive, and effective interventions to block neurodegeneration are unavailable. Surprisingly, we found collagen II-combined complete Freund's adjuvant (CC) that usually induces rheumatoid arthritis (RA) also drives Alzheimer's disease (AD)-like neurodegeneration in mice. CC not only upregulates the cerebral pro-inflammatory cytokines including tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) and interleukin 8 (IL-8), but also downregulates the cerebral interleukin 10 (IL-10), an anti-inflammatory cytokine, and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), a rate-limiting enzyme for biosynthesis of the anti-inflammatory neurotransmitter dopamine...
April 17, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412346/superoxide-is-the-critical-driver-of-dopal-autoxidation-lysyl-adduct-formation-and-crosslinking-of-%C3%AE-synuclein
#6
Jon W Werner-Allen, Rodney L Levine, Ad Bax
Parkinson's disease has long been associated with redox imbalance and oxidative stress in dopaminergic neurons. The catecholaldehyde hypothesis proposes that 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetaldehyde (DOPAL), an obligate product of dopamine catabolism, is a central nexus in a network of pathways leading to disease-state neurodegeneration, owing to its toxicity and potent ability to oligomerize α-synuclein, the main component of protein aggregates in Lewy bodies. In this work we examine the connection between reactive oxygen species and DOPAL autoxidation...
April 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409931/1-4-18-f-fluorobenzyl-4-tetrahydrofuran-2-yl-methyl-piperazine-a-novel-suitable-radioligand-with-low-lipophilicity-for-imaging-sigma-1-receptors-in-the-brain
#7
Yingfang He, Fang Xie, Jiajun Ye, Winnie Deuther-Conrad, Bixiao Cui, Liang Wang, Jie Lu, Jörg Steinbach, Peter Brust, Yiyun Huang, Jie Lu, Hongmei Jia
We have designed and synthesized novel piperazine compounds with low lipophilicity as σ1 receptor ligands. 1-(4-Fluorobenzyl)-4-((tetrahydrofuran-2-yl)methyl)piperazine (10) possessed low nanomolar σ1 receptor affinity and high selectivity toward the vesicular acetylcholine transporter (>2000-fold), σ2 receptors (52-fold), adenosine A2A, adrenergic α2, cannabinoid CB1, dopamine D1, D2L, γ-aminobutyric acid A (GABAA), NMDA, melatonin MT1, MT2 and serotonin 5-HT1 receptors. The corresponding radiotracer [(18)F]10 demonstrated high brain uptake and extremely high brain-to-blood ratios in biodistribution studies in mice...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409389/curcumin-protects-dopaminergic-neurons-against-inflammation-mediated-damage-and-improves-motor-dysfunction-induced-by-single-intranigral-lipopolysaccharide-injection
#8
Neha Sharma, Sheetal Sharma, Bimla Nehru
Various studies have indicated a lower incidence and prevalence of neurological conditions in people consuming curcumin. The ability of curcumin to target multiple cascades, simultaneously, could be held responsible for its neuroprotective effects. The present study was designed to investigate the potential of curcumin in minimizing microglia-mediated damage in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced model of PD. Altered microglial functions and increased inflammatory profile of the CNS have severe behavioral consequences...
April 13, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409049/rivastigmine-as-a-symptomatic-treatment-for-apathy-in-parkinson-s-dementia-complex-new-aspects-for-this-riddle
#9
Rita Moretti, Paola Caruso, Matteo Dal Ben
Over 90% of PDD patients show at least one neuropsychiatric symptom (NPS); in the 60-70% two or more NPS are present. Their incidence is important in terms of prognosis and severity of pathology. However, among all NPS, apathy is often the most disturbing, associated with greater caregiver's burden. Similar to other NPS, apathy may be due to a dysfunction of the nigrostriatal pathway, even though, not all the PD patients become apathetic, indicating that apathy should not entirely be considered a dopamine-dependent syndrome, and in fact it might also be related to acetylcholine defects...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403913/brilliant-blue-g-but-not-fenofibrate-treatment-reverts-hemiparkinsonian-behavior-and-restores-dopamine-levels-in-an-animal-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#10
Enéas G Ferrazoli, Héllio D N de Souza, Isis C Nascimento, Ágatha Oliveira-Giacomelli, Telma T Schwindt, Luiz R Britto, Henning Ulrich
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder, characterized by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra and their projections to the striatum. Several processes have been described as potential inducers of the dopaminergic neuron death, such as inflammation, oxidative stress, and mitochondrial dysfunction. However, the death of dopaminergic neurons seems to be multifactorial, and its cause remains unclear. ATP-activating purinergic receptors influence various physiological functions in the CNS, including neurotransmission...
April 13, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400713/dopamine-adaptations-as-a-common-pathway-for-neurocognitive-impairment-in-diabetes-and-obesity-a-neuropsychological-perspective
#11
Dana M Small
Evidence accumulates linking obesity and diabetes with cognitive dysfunction. At present the mechanism(s) underlying these associations and the relative contribution of diet, adiposity, and metabolic dysfunction are unknown. In this perspective key gaps in knowledge are outlined and an initial sketch of a neuropsychological profile is developed that points toward a critical role for dopamine (DA) adaptations in neurocognitive impairment secondary to diabetes and obesity. The precise mechanisms by which diet, metabolic dysfunction, and adiposity influence the DA system to impact cognition remains unclear and is an important direction for future research...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400134/alpha-synuclein-pathology-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-neuroinflammation-in-parkinson-s-disease
#12
REVIEW
Emily M Rocha, Briana De Miranda, Laurie H Sanders
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a complex, chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disease. While the etiology of PD is likely multifactorial, the protein α-synuclein is a central component to the pathogenesis of the disease. However, the mechanism by which α-synuclein causes toxicity and contributes to neuronal death remains unclear. Mitochondrial dysfunction is also widely considered to play a major role in the underlying mechanisms contributing to neurodegeneration in PD. This review discusses evidence for the neuropathological role for α-synuclein in the dysfunction of dopamine neurons in PD...
April 8, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399184/genetic-factors-influencing-frontostriatal-dysfunction-and-the-development-of-dementia-in-parkinson-s-disease
#13
Ismael Huertas, Silvia Jesús, Francisco Javier García-Gómez, José Antonio Lojo, Inmaculada Bernal-Bernal, Marta Bonilla-Toribio, Juan Francisco Martín-Rodriguez, David García-Solís, Pilar Gómez-Garre, Pablo Mir
The dual syndrome hypothesis for cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease (PD) establishes a dichotomy between a frontrostriatal dopamine-mediated syndrome, which leads to executive deficits, and a posterior cortical syndrome, which leads to dementia. Certain genes have been linked to these syndromes although the exact contribution is still controversial. The study's objective was to investigate the role of APOE, MAPT, COMT, SNCA and GBA genes in the dual syndromes. We genotyped APOE (rs429358 and rs7412), MAPT (rs9468), COMT (rs4680) and SNCA (rs356219) risk polymorphisms and sequenced GBA in a cohort of 298 PD patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379123/brilliant-blue-g-but-not-fenofibrate-treatment-reverts-hemiparkinsonian-behavior-and-restores-dopamine-levels-in-an-animal-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#14
Enéas G Ferrazoli, Héllio D N de Souza, Isis C Nascimento, Ágatha Oliveira-Giacomelli, Telma T Schwindt, Luiz R Britto, Henning Ulrich
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder, characterized by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra and their projections to the striatum. Several processes have been described as potential inducers of the dopaminergic neuron death, such as inflammation, oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction. However, the death of dopaminergic neurons seems to be multifactorial and its cause remains unclear. ATP activating purinergic receptors influence various physiological functions in the CNS, including neurotransmission...
March 3, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376914/suppression-of-laccase-2-severely-impairs-cuticle-tanning-and-pathogen-resistance-during-the-pupal-metamorphosis-of-anopheles-sinensis-diptera-culicidae
#15
Ming-Hui Du, Zheng-Wen Yan, You-Jin Hao, Zhen-Tian Yan, Feng-Ling Si, Bin Chen, Liang Qiao
BACKGROUND: Phenol oxidases (POs) catalyze the oxidation of dopa and dopamine to melanin, which is crucial for cuticle formation and innate immune maintenance in insects. Although, Laccase 2, a member of the PO family, has been reported to be a requirement for melanin-mediated cuticle tanning in the development stages of some insects, whether it participates in cuticle construction and other physiological processes during the metamorphosis of mosquito pupae is unclear. METHODS: The association between the phenotype and the expression profile of Anopheles sinensis Laccase 2 (AsLac2) was assessed from pupation to adult eclosion...
April 4, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376279/molecular-mechanisms-underlying-protective-effects-of-quercetin-against-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-progressive-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration-in-cell-culture-and-mitopark-transgenic-mouse-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
#16
Muhammet Ay, Jie Luo, Monica Langley, Huajun Jin, Vellareddy Anantharam, Arthi Kanthasamy, Anumantha G Kanthasamy
Quercetin, one of the major flavonoids in plants, has been recently reported to have neuroprotective effects against neurodegenerative processes. However, since the molecular signaling mechanisms governing these effects are not well clarified, we evaluated quercetin's effect on the neuroprotective signaling events in dopaminergic neuronal models and further tested its efficacy in the MitoPark transgenic mouse model of Parkinson's disease (PD). Western blotting analysis revealed that quercetin significantly induced the activation of two major cell survival kinases, protein kinase D1 (PKD1) and Akt in MN9D dopaminergic neuronal cells...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373805/circadian-change-in-blink-reflex-recovery-in-restless-legs-syndrome
#17
Nurten Uzun, Ayşegül Gündüz, Derya Karadeniz, Meral E Kiziltan
INTRODUCTION: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is associated with dysfunction of the dopaminergic systems in the pathways that specifically link the sensory input and motor output. Keeping in mind that clinical symptomatology in RLS and cerebrospinal fluid dopamine concentrations in healthy individuals show changes throughout the day, we hypothesized that excitability of the related pathways increases during the night in RLS, and in the present study, we aimed to analyze our hypothesis by the assessment of blink reflex (BR) recovery...
September 2016: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372879/drd2-bridging-the-genome-and-ingestive-behavior
#18
REVIEW
Xue Sun, Serge Luquet, Dana M Small
Recent work highlights the importance of genetic variants that influence brain structure and function in conferring risk for polygenic obesity. The neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) has a pivotal role in energy balance by integrating metabolic signals with circuits supporting cognitive, perceptual, and appetitive functions that guide feeding. It has also been established that diet and obesity alter DA signaling, leading to compulsive-like feeding and neurocognitive impairments. This raises the possibility that genetic variants that influence DA signaling and adaptation confer risk for overeating and cognitive decline...
March 31, 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368577/classics-in-chemical-neuroscience-aripiprazole
#19
Austen B Casey, Clinton E Canal
Aripiprazole was the first antipsychotic developed to possess agonist properties at dopamine D2 autoreceptors, a groundbreaking strategy that presented a new vista for schizophrenia drug discovery. The dopamine D2 receptor is the crucial target of all extant antipsychotics, and all developed prior to aripiprazole were D2 receptor antagonists. Extensive blockade of these receptors, however, typically produces extrapyramidal (movement) side effects, which plagued first-generation antipsychotics, such as haloperidol...
April 13, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367951/dopamine-neuronal-loss-contributes-to-memory-and-reward-dysfunction-in-a-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#20
Annalisa Nobili, Emanuele Claudio Latagliata, Maria Teresa Viscomi, Virve Cavallucci, Debora Cutuli, Giacomo Giacovazzo, Paraskevi Krashia, Francesca Romana Rizzo, Ramona Marino, Mauro Federici, Paola De Bartolo, Daniela Aversa, Maria Concetta Dell'Acqua, Alberto Cordella, Marco Sancandi, Flavio Keller, Laura Petrosini, Stefano Puglisi-Allegra, Nicola Biagio Mercuri, Roberto Coccurello, Nicola Berretta, Marcello D'Amelio
Alterations of the dopaminergic (DAergic) system are frequently reported in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients and are commonly linked to cognitive and non-cognitive symptoms. However, the cause of DAergic system dysfunction in AD remains to be elucidated. We investigated alterations of the midbrain DAergic system in the Tg2576 mouse model of AD, overexpressing a mutated human amyloid precursor protein (APPswe). Here, we found an age-dependent DAergic neuron loss in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) at pre-plaque stages, although substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) DAergic neurons were intact...
April 3, 2017: Nature Communications
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