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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/28505190/dynamic-interaction-between-fetal-adversity-and-a-genetic-score-reflecting-dopamine-function-on-developmental-outcomes-at-36-months
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Adrianne R Bischoff, Irina Pokhvisneva, Étienne Léger, Hélène Gaudreau, Meir Steiner, James L Kennedy, Kieran J O'Donnell, Josie Diorio, Michael J Meaney, Patrícia P Silveira
BACKGROUND: Fetal adversity, evidenced by poor fetal growth for instance, is associated with increased risk for several diseases later in life. Classical cut-offs to characterize small (SGA) and large for gestational age (LGA) newborns are used to define long term vulnerability. We aimed at exploring the possible dynamism of different birth weight cut-offs in defining vulnerability in developmental outcomes (through the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development), using the example of a gene vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473194/association-of-catechol-o-methyltransferase-polymorphism-val158met-and-mammographic-density-a-meta-analysis
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Roope A Kallionpää, Elina Uusitalo, Juha Peltonen
OBJECTIVES: The Val158Met polymorphism in catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) enzyme reduces the methylation of catechol estrogens, which may affect mammographic density. High mammographic density is a known risk factor of breast cancer. Our aim was to perform meta-analysis of the effect of COMT Val158Met polymorphism on mammographic density. METHODS: Original studies reporting data on mammographic density, stratified by the presence of COMT Val158Met polymorphism, were identified and combined using genetic models Met/Val vs...
May 1, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452825/joint-impact-of-early-life-adversity-and-comt-val158met-rs4680-genotypes-on-the-adult-cortisol-response-to-psychological-stress
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William R Lovallo, Mary-Anne Enoch, Kristen H Sorocco, Andrea S Vincent, Ashley Acheson, Andrew J Cohoon, Colin A Hodgkinson, David Goldman
OBJECTIVE: Exposure to stress during critical periods of development can diminish stress reactivity by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis. Genetic characteristics may further modify this effect of early adversity, leading to a gene-by-environment (G x E) interaction on stress reactivity in adulthood. Val-allele carriers of a common polymorphism of the COMT gene (Val158Met, rs4680) have rapid removal of catecholamines in the prefrontal cortex, limbic system, and reward centers...
April 27, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440083/systems-metabolomics-for-prediction-of-metabolic-syndrome
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Estelle Pujos-Guillot, Marion Brandolini, Mélanie Pétéra, Dhouha Grissa, Charlotte Joly, Bernard Lyan, Éléonore Herquelot, Sébastien Czernichow, Marie Zins, Marcel Goldberg, Blandine Comte
The evolution of human health is a continuum of transitions, involving multifaceted processes at multiple levels, and there is an urgent need for integrative biomarkers that can characterize and predict progression toward disease development. The objective of this work was to perform a systems metabolomics approach to predict metabolic syndrome (MetS) development. A case-control design was used within the French occupational GAZEL cohort (n = 112 males: discovery study; n = 94: replication/validation study)...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429405/child-body-mass-index-genotype-and-parenting-in-the-prediction-of-restrictive-feeding
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K K Bost, M Teran-Garcia, S M Donovan, B H Fiese
BACKGROUND: Restrictive feeding is implicated in pediatric obesity, and caregivers increase controlling feeding practices on the basis of higher child weight status. However, few studies have examined how child genetic and parenting characteristics together impact restrictive feeding. OBJECTIVES: We examined whether child body mass index (BMI) status predicts caregiver use of restrictive feeding and if this association is moderated by (i) caregiver strategies to manage their children's distress and (ii) child variations in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene (Val(158) Met, rs4680)...
April 21, 2017: Pediatric Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399184/genetic-factors-influencing-frontostriatal-dysfunction-and-the-development-of-dementia-in-parkinson-s-disease
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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/28368213/association-between-comt-val158met-polymorphism-and-competition-results-of-competitive-swimmers
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Daisuke Abe, Hirokazu Doi, Taishi Asai, Mayuko Kimura, Tadashi Wada, Yuusuke Takahashi, Takaaki Matsumoto, Kazuyuki Shinohara
Recent studies have shown the contribution of genetic determinants to athletes' physical ability. However, despite the fact that cognitive abilities like self-control and stress-tolerance influence athletes' competitive performance, few studies to date have investigated the association between genetic polymorphism, which is linked to cognitive ability and athletic performance. The present study investigated the link between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), which are known to exert influences on dopaminergic neural function and competitive performance of swimmers...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288405/the-association-between-well-being-and-the-comt-gene-dispositional-gratitude-and-forgiveness-as-mediators
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Jinting Liu, Pingyuan Gong, Xiaoxue Gao, Xiaolin Zhou
BACKROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated the contributions of genetic variants and positive psychological traits (e.g. gratitude and forgiveness) to well-being. However, little is known about how genes interact with positive traits to affect well-being. METHODS: To investigate to what extent the COMT Val158Met polymorphism modulates well-being and to what extent dispositional gratitude and forgiveness mediate the individual differences in well-being, 445 participants were recruited and required to complete a battery of questionnaires...
May 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252569/comt-val158met-polymorphism-and-symptom-improvement-following-a-cognitively-focused-intervention-for-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Claire J Han, Ruth Kohen, Sangeun Jun, Monica E Jarrett, Kevin C Cain, Robert Burr, Margaret M Heitkemper
BACKGROUND: Our nurse-delivered comprehensive self-management (CSM) program, a cognitive behavioral therapy intervention, is effective in reducing gastrointestinal and psychological distress symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Findings from non-IBS studies indicate that the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met polymorphism may moderate the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy. It is unknown whether this COMT polymorphism is associated with symptom improvements in patients with IBS...
March 2017: Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251370/comt-genotype-is-associated-with-plasticity-in-sense-of-body-ownership-a-pilot-study
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Motoyasu Honma, Takuya Yoshiike, Hiroki Ikeda, Kenichi Kuriyama
The sense of body ownership constantly adapts to new environments, and awareness of a distinction between oneself and others is a fundamental ability. However, it remains unclear whether plasticity in the sense of body ownership is dependent on genetic factors. The present study investigated the influence of the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val(158)Met genotype on illusory learning of a sense of body ownership and dissociation. 76 healthy Japanese participants experienced the rubber hand illusion (RHI), which is produced by sensory integration of conflicting modalities, with the intent to experimentally alter objective perceived locations and subjective ownership ratings...
March 1, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235603/val158met-polymorphism-in-the-comt-gene-is-associated-with-hypersomnia-and-mental-health-related-quality-of-life-in-a-colombian-sample
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Karen M Jiménez, Angela J Pereira-Morales, Diego A Forero
The identification of genes that are risk factors for major depressive disorder remains a main task for global psychiatric research. The Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene has been an important candidate risk factor for several psychiatric disorders. Previous studies have shown that a functional polymorphism (Val158Met) in this gene has an effect on several brain circuits and endophenotypes of psychiatric relevance. The aim of this study was to explore the association of a functional polymorphism in the COMT gene with psychological distress, sleep problems and health-related quality of life...
February 22, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202018/de-novo-biosynthesis-of-pterostilbene-in-an-escherichia-coli-strain-using-a-new-resveratrol-o-methyltransferase-from-arabidopsis
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Kyung Taek Heo, Sun-Young Kang, Young-Soo Hong
BACKGROUND: Pterostilbene, a structural analog of resveratrol, has higher oral bioavailability and bioactivity than that of the parent compound; but is far less abundant in natural sources. Thus, to efficiently obtain this bioactive resveratrol analog, it is necessary to develop new bioproduction systems. RESULTS: We identified a resveratrol O-methyltransferase (ROMT) function from a multifunctional caffeic acid O-methyltransferase (COMT) originating from Arabidopsis, which catalyzes the transfer of a methyl group to resveratrol resulting in pterostilbene production...
February 15, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195063/generation-of-membrane-bound-catechol-o-methyl-transferase-deficient-mice-with-disctinct-sex-dependent-behavioral-phenotype
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A Tammimaki, A Aonurm-Helm, F P Zhang, M Poutanen, G Duran-Torres, A Garcia-Horsman, P T Mannisto
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) has two isoforms: soluble (S-COMT), which resides in the cytoplasm, and membrane-bound (MB-MT), anchored to intracellular membranes. COMT is involved in the O-methylation of L-DOPA, dopamine and other catechols. The exact role of MB-COMT is still mostly unclear. We wanted to create a novel genetically modified mouse model that specifically lacks MB-COMT activity and to study their behavioral phenotype. MB-COMT knock-in mutant mice were generated by introducing two point mutations in exon 2 of the Comt gene (ATGCTG->GAGCTC disabling the function of the P2 promoter and allowing only the P1-regulated S-COMT transcription...
December 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157646/polymorphism-in-xenobiotic-and-estrogen-metabolizing-genes-exposure-to-perfluorinated-compounds-and-subsequent-breast-cancer-risk-a-nested-case-control-study-in-the-danish-national-birth-cohort
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Mandana Ghisari, Manhai Long, Durita Mohr Røge, Jørn Olsen, Eva C Bonefeld-Jørgensen
In the present case-cohort study based on prospective data from Danish women, we aimed to estimate the main effect of polymorphisms in genes known to be involved in the steroid hormone metabolic pathway and xenobiotic metabolism on the risk of developing breast cancer. We also studied a possible effect measure modification between genotypes and levels of serum perfluoroalkylated substances (PFASs) on the risk to breast cancer. We have previously reported a weak association between serum PFASs levels and the risk of breast cancer for this study population of Danish pregnant nulliparous women as well as in a smaller case-control study of Greenlandic women...
April 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142064/cannabis-use-comt-bdnf-and-age-at-first-episode-psychosis
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Anna Mané, Daniel Bergé, Maria Jose Penzol, Mara Parellada, Miquel Bioque, Antonio Lobo, Ana González-Pinto, Iluminada Corripio, Bibiana Cabrera, Ana Maria Sánchez-Torres, Jerónimo Saiz-Ruiz, Miguel Bernardo, PEPs Group
Although an interaction between COMT Val158Met and BDNF Val66Met polymorphisms with cannabis use has been proposed with respect to the risk of psychosis emergence, findings remain inconclusive. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the different possible associations between these polymorphisms and early cannabis use and the age at the first episode of psychosis. The relationship between age at psychosis onset and COMT Val158Met and BDNF Val66Met polymorphisms with early cannabis use as well as those factors associated with early cannabis use were investigated...
April 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131014/executive-function-performance-and-change-in-aging-is-predicted-by-apolipoprotein-e-intensified-by-catechol-o-methyltransferase-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-moderated-by-age-and-lifestyle
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Shraddha Sapkota, Lars Bäckman, Roger A Dixon
Recent studies have reported several genetic, health, and aging interaction effects in predicting cognitive performance and change. We used an accelerated longitudinal design to examine interactions among genetic, lifestyle, and aging for executive function (EF) in non-demented older adults (n = 634; age range = 53-95 years). The polymorphisms were apolipoprotein E (APOE), catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). We tested (1) independent and additive effects of APOE, COMT, and BDNF and (2) APOE effect modification for COMT + BDNF, on EF performance and 9-year change as separated by age and lifestyle activities...
April 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120105/age-differences-in-arterial-and-venous-extra-cerebral-blood-flow-in-healthy-adults-contributions-of-vascular-risk-factors-and-genetic-variants
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Naftali Raz, Ana M Daugherty, Sean K Sethi, Muzamil Arshad, E Mark Haacke
Sufficient cerebral blood flow (CBF) and venous drainage are critical for normal brain function, and their alterations can affect brain aging. However, to date, most studies focused on arterial CBF (inflow) with little attention paid to the age differences in venous outflow. We measured extra-cerebral arterial and venous blood flow rates with phase-contrast MRI and assessed the influence of vascular risk factors and genetic polymorphisms (ACE insertion/deletion, COMT val158met, and APOEε4) in 73 adults (age 18-74 years)...
January 24, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119508/hierarchical-prediction-errors-in-midbrain-and-septum-during-social-learning
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Andreea O Diaconescu, Christoph Mathys, Lilian A E Weber, Lars Kasper, Jan Mauer, Klaas E Stephan
Social learning is fundamental to human interactions, yet its computational and physiological mechanisms are not well understood. One prominent open question concerns the role of neuromodulatory transmitters. We combined fMRI, computational modelling and genetics to address this question in two separate samples (N = 35, N = 47). Participants played a game requiring inference on an adviser's intentions whose motivation to help or mislead changed over time. Our analyses suggest that hierarchically structured belief updates about current advice validity and the adviser's trustworthiness, respectively, depend on different neuromodulatory systems...
April 1, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119206/sex-differences-in-verbal-working-memory-performance-emerge-at-very-high-loads-of-common-neuroimaging-tasks
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Jessica L Reed, Natalie M Gallagher, Marie Sullivan, Joseph H Callicott, Adam E Green
Working memory (WM) supports a broad range of intelligent cognition and has been the subject of rich cognitive and neural characterization. However, the highest ranges of WM have not been fully characterized, especially for verbal information. Tasks developed to test multiple levels of WM demand (load) currently predominate brain-based WM research. These tasks are typically used at loads that allow most healthy participants to perform well, which facilitates neuroimaging data collection. Critically, however, high performance at lower loads may obscure differences that emerge at higher loads...
April 2017: Brain and Cognition
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