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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322832/dapoxetine-induces-neuroprotective-effects-against-glutamate-induced-neuronal-cell-death-by-inhibiting-calcium-signaling-and-mitochondrial-depolarization-in-cultured-rat-hippocampal-neurons
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Imju Jeong, Ji Seon Yang, Yi Jae Hong, Hee Jung Kim, Sang June Hahn, Shin Hee Yoon
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have an inhibitory effect on various ion channels including Ca(2+) channels. We used fluorescent dye-based digital imaging, whole-cell patch clamping and cytotoxicity assays to examine whether dapoxetine, a novel rapid-acting SSRI, affect glutamate-induced calcium signaling, mitochondrial depolarization and neuronal cell death in cultured rat hippocampal neurons. Pretreatment with dapoxetine for 10min inhibited glutamate-induced intracellular free Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) increases in a concentration-dependent manner (Half maximal inhibitory concentration= 4...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322276/identifying-fast-onset-antidepressants-using-rodent-models
#2
M J Ramaker, S C Dulawa
Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide. A major limitation of classical antidepressants is that 2-4 weeks of continuous treatment is required to elicit therapeutic effects, prolonging the period of depression, disability and suicide risk. Therefore, the development of fast-onset antidepressants is crucial. Preclinical identification of fast-onset antidepressants requires animal models that can accurately predict the delay to therapeutic onset. Although several well-validated assay models exist that predict antidepressant potential, few thoroughly tested animal models exist that can detect therapeutic onset...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294132/5-ht2c-agonists-modulate-schizophrenia-like-behaviors-in-mice
#3
Vladimir M Pogorelov, Ramona M Rodriguiz, Jianjun Cheng, Mei Huang, Claire M Schmerberg, Herbert Y Meltzer, Bryan L Roth, Alan P Kozikowski, William C Wetsel
All FDA-approved antipsychotic drugs (APDs) target primarily dopamine D2 or serotonin (5-HT2A) receptors, or both; however, these medications are not universally effective, they may produce undesirable side-effects, and provide only partial amelioration of negative and cognitive symptoms. The heterogeneity of pharmacological responses in schizophrenic patients suggests additional drug-targets may be effective in improving aspects of this syndrome. Recent evidence suggests that 5-HT2C receptors may be a promising target for schizophrenia since their activation reduces mesolimbic nigrostriatal dopamine release (which conveys antipsychotic action), they are expressed almost exclusively in CNS, and have weight-loss promoting capabilities...
March 15, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289795/-pharmacological-treatment-of-motor-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-diseases
#4
W H Jost
Since the 1960s many substance classes have been introduced for treatment of idiopathic Parkinson's disease. The most important and effective medication is levodopa (L-dopa) always in combination with a decarboxylase inhibitor. In addition, dopamine agonists, monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) inhibitors, catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors, N‑methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) antagonists and very rarely anticholinergics are administered depending on the motor symptoms, age and a multitude of other factors. Fortunately, within the substance classes there are various preparations, which also have different effects...
March 13, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288901/trigeminal-brainstem-modulation-of-persistent-orbicularis-oculi-muscle-activity-in-a-rat-model-of-dry-eye
#5
Mostafeezur Rahman, Kazunari Shiozaki, Keiichiro Okamoto, Randall Thompson, David A Bereiter
Altered corneal reflex activity is a common feature of dry eye disease (DE). Trigeminal sensory nerves supply the ocular surface and terminate at the trigeminal interpolaris/caudalis (ViVc) transition and spinomedullary (VcC1) regions. Although both regions contribute to corneal reflexes, their role under dry eye conditions is not well defined. This study assessed the influence of local inhibitory and excitatory amino acid neurotransmission at the ViVc transition and VcC1 regions on hypertonic saline (HS) evoked orbicularis oculi muscle activity (OOemg) in urethane-anesthetized male rats after exorbital gland removal (DE)...
March 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271324/5-ht6-receptor-agonist-and-antagonist-against-%C3%AE-amyloid-peptide-induced-neurotoxicity-in-pc-12-cells
#6
Anand M Bokare, A K Praveenkumar, Mandar Bhonde, Yogendra Nayak, Ravindra Pal, Rajan Goel
Beta-amyloid peptide (Aβ) induced neurotoxicity is considered as a hallmark of the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The present study demonstrated the neuroprotective role of 5-HT6 receptors against Aβ-induced neurotoxicity in PC-12 cells. The 5-HT6 receptor agonist EMD-386088 and antagonist SB-399885 were used as pharmacological tools. The NMDA receptor antagonist, memantine, was used as reference standard. The Aβ25-35 (50 µM) induced apoptosis, increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and impaired neurite outgrowth in PC-12 cells...
March 7, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270593/reduced-responses-to-glutamate-receptor-agonists-follow-loss-of-astrocytes-and-astroglial-glutamate-markers-in-the-nucleus-tractus-solitarii
#7
William T Talman, Deidre Nitschke Dragon, Li-Hsien Lin
Saporin (SAP) or SAP conjugates injected into the nucleus tractus solitarii (NTS) of rats kill astrocytes. When injected in its unconjugated form, SAP produces no demonstrable loss of or damage to local neurons. However bilateral injections of SAP significantly attenuate responses to activation of baroreceptor reflexes that are mediated by transmission of signals through glutamate receptors in the NTS We tested the hypothesis that SAP would reduce cardiovascular responses to activation of NTS glutamate receptors despite its recognized ability to spare local neurons while killing local astrocytes...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269783/modulating-the-balance-of-synaptic-and-extrasynaptic-nmda-receptors-shows-positive-effects-against-amyloid-%C3%AE-induced-neurotoxicity
#8
Yan Huang, Wei Shen, Jie Su, Bin Cheng, Dong Li, Gang Liu, Wen-Xia Zhou, Yong-Xiang Zhang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients suffer a disturbance in the balance between synaptic (GluN2A, mediating the protective pathway) and extrasynaptic NMDA receptors (NMDARs) (GluN2B, mediating the excitotoxic pathway), and, therefore, restoring the balance of GluN2A and GluN2B should be beneficial for AD. In this study, the GluN2B-selective antagonist, ifenprodil, and the non-selective NMDAR agonist, NMDA, had little effect on amyloid-β (Aβ)-induced long-term potentiation deficits. Enhancing the activity of GluN2A had a protective effect against Aβ, and specific activation of GluN2A and inhibition of GluN2B showed a better protective effect...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245819/effects-of-sarcosine-and-n-n-dimethylglycine-on-nmda-receptor-mediated-excitatory-field-potentials
#9
Mei-Yi Lee, Yi-Ruu Lin, Yi-Shu Tu, Yufeng Jane Tseng, Ming-Huan Chan, Hwei-Hsien Chen
BACKGROUND: Sarcosine, a glycine transporter type 1 inhibitor and an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor co-agonist at the glycine binding site, potentiates NMDA receptor function. Structurally similar to sarcosine, N,N-dimethylglycine (DMG) is also N-methyl glycine-derivative amino acid and commonly used as a dietary supplement. The present study compared the effects of sarcosine and DMG on NMDA receptor-mediated excitatory field potentials (EFPs) in mouse medial prefrontal cortex brain slices using a multi-electrode array system...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242877/epilepsy-associated-grin2a-mutations-reduce-nmda-receptor-trafficking-and-agonist-potency-molecular-profiling-and-functional-rescue
#10
L Addis, J K Virdee, L R Vidler, D A Collier, D K Pal, D Ursu
Mutations in the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) gene GRIN2A cause epilepsy-aphasia syndrome (EAS), a spectrum of epileptic, cognitive and language disorders. Using bioinformatic and patient data we shortlisted 10 diverse missense mutations for characterisation. We used high-throughput calcium-flux assays and patch clamp recordings of transiently transfected HEK-293 cells for electrophysiological characterization, and Western blotting and confocal imaging to assay expression and surface trafficking. Mutations P79R, C231Y, G483R and M705V caused a significant reduction in glutamate and glycine agonist potency, whilst D731N was non-responsive...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242339/metabotropic-and-ionotropic-glutamate-receptors-as-potential-targets-for-the-treatment-of-alcohol-use-disorder
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REVIEW
Sunil Goodwani, Hannah Saternos, Fawaz Alasmari, Youssef Sari
Emerging evidence indicates that dysfunctional glutamate neurotransmission is critical in the initiation and development of alcohol and drug dependence. Alcohol consumption induced downregulation of glutamate transporter 1 (GLT-1) as reported in previous studies from our laboratory. Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain, which acts via interactions with several glutamate receptors. Alcohol consumption interferes with the glutamatergic signal transmission by altering the functions of these receptors...
February 24, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239338/differential-neural-responses-underlying-the-inhibition-of-the-startle-response-by-pre-pulses-or-gaps-in-mice
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Rocio Moreno-Paublete, Barbara Canlon, Christopher R Cederroth
Gap pre-pulse inhibition of the acoustic startle (GPIAS) is a behavioral paradigm used for inferring the presence of tinnitus in animal models as well as humans. In contrast to pre-pulse inhibition (PPI), the neural circuitry controlling GPIAS is poorly understood. To increase our knowledge on GPIAS, a comparative study with PPI was performed in mice combining these behavioral tests and c-Fos activity mapping in brain areas involved in the inhibition of the acoustic startle reflex (ASR). Both pre-pulses and gaps efficiently inhibited the ASR and abolished the induction of c-Fos in the pontine reticular nucleus...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237817/p2x7-receptor-sensitivity-of-astrocytes-and-neurons-in-the-substantia-gelatinosa-of-organotypic-spinal-cord-slices-of-the-mouse-depends-on-the-length-of-the-culture-period
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Po Gao, Xiaowei Ding, Tahir Muhammad Khan, Weifang Rong, Heike Franke, Peter Illes
The whole-cell patch-clamp technique was used to record current responses to AMPA, N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA), muscimol and dibenzoyl-ATP (Bz-ATP) in superficial (reactive/gliotic) substantia gelatinosa (SG) astrocytes and neurons of spinal cord slices kept for different periods of time in organotypic culture. Currents induced by AMPA, NMDA and muscimol confirmed the existence of their specific receptors in 2-week-old neurons; astrocytes cultured for the same period of time responded to AMPA and muscimol, but not to NMDA...
February 22, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228639/grin1-mutation-associated-with-intellectual-disability-alters-nmda-receptor-trafficking-and-function
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Wenjuan Chen, Christine Shieh, Sharon A Swanger, Anel Tankovic, Margaret Au, Marianne McGuire, Michele Tagliati, John M Graham, Suneeta Madan-Khetarpal, Stephen F Traynelis, Hongjie Yuan, Tyler Mark Pierson
N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) play important roles in brain development and neurological disease. We report two individuals with similar dominant de novo GRIN1 mutations (c.1858 G>A and c.1858 G>C; both p.G620R). Both individuals presented at birth with developmental delay and hypotonia associated with behavioral abnormalities and stereotypical movements. Recombinant NMDARs containing the mutant GluN1-G620R together with either GluN2A or GluN2B were evaluated for changes in their trafficking to the plasma membrane and their electrophysiological properties...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221080/blockade-of-glutamatergic-transmission-in-the-primate-basolateral-amygdala-suppresses-active-behavior-without-altering-social-interaction
#15
Patrick A Forcelli, Laurie L Wellman, Ludise Malkova
The amygdala is an integrator of affective processing, and a key component of a network regulating social behavior. While decades of lesion studies in nonhuman primates have shown alterations in social interactions after amygdala damage, acute manipulations of the amygdala in primates have been underexplored. We recently reported (Wellman, Forcelli, Aguilar, & Malkova, 2016) that acute pharmacological inhibition of the basolateral complex of the amygdala (BLA) or the central nucleus of the amygdala increased affiliative social interactions in experimental dyads of macaques; this was achieved through microinjection of a GABA-A receptor agonist...
April 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220045/paternal-cocaine-taking-elicits-epigenetic-remodeling-and-memory-deficits-in-male-progeny
#16
M E Wimmer, L A Briand, B Fant, L A Guercio, A C Arreola, H D Schmidt, S Sidoli, Y Han, B A Garcia, R C Pierce
Paternal environmental perturbations including exposure to drugs of abuse can produce profound effects on the physiology and behavior of offspring via epigenetic modifications. Here we show that adult drug-naive male offspring of cocaine-exposed sires have memory formation deficits and associated reductions in NMDA receptor-mediated hippocampal synaptic plasticity. Reduced levels of the endogenous NMDA receptor co-agonist d-serine were accompanied by increased expression of the d-serine degrading enzyme d-amino acid oxidase (Dao1) in the hippocampus of cocaine-sired male progeny...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218838/design-and-synthesis-of-enantiomerically-pure-decahydroquinoxalines-as-potent-and-selective-%C3%AE%C2%BA-opioid-receptor-agonists-with-anti-inflammatory-activity-in-vivo
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Michael Soeberdt, Peter Molenveld, Roy P M Storcken, Renaud Bouzanne des Mazery, Geert Jan Sterk, Reshma Autar, Marjon G Bolster, Clemens Wagner, Sebastianus N H Aerts, Frank R van Holst, Anita Wegert, Giovanni Tangherlini, Bastian Frehland, Dirk Schepmann, Dieter Metze, Tobias Lotts, Ulrich Knie, Kun-Yuan Lin, Tai-Yu Huang, Chih-Ching Lai, Sonja Ständer, Bernhard Wünsch, Christoph Abels
In order to develop novel κ agonists restricted to the periphery, a diastereo- and enantioselective synthesis of (4aR,5S,8aS)-configured decahydroquinoxalines 5-8 was developed. Physicochemical and pharmacological properties were fine-tuned by structural modifications in the arylacetamide and amine part of the pharmacophore as well as in the amine part outside the pharmacophore. The decahydroquinoxalines 5-8 show single-digit nanomolar to subnanomolar κ-opioid receptor affinity, full κ agonistic activity in the [(35)S]GTPγS assay, and high selectivity over μ, δ, σ1, and σ2 receptors as well as the PCP binding site of the NMDA receptor...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202572/differential-regulation-of-nmda-receptors-by-d-serine-and-glycine-in-mammalian-spinal-locomotor-networks
#18
David Acton, Gareth Brian Miles
Activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) requires the binding of a co-agonist, either D-serine or glycine, in addition to glutamate. Changes in occupancy of the co-agonist binding site are proposed to modulate neural networks including those controlling swimming in frog tadpoles. Here, we characterize regulation of the NMDAR co-agonist binding site in mammalian spinal locomotor networks. Blockade of NMDARs by D(-)-2-amino-5-phosphonopentanoic acid (D-APV) or 5,7-dichlorokynurenic acid reduced the frequency and amplitude of pharmacologically induced locomotor-related activity recorded from the ventral roots of spinal-cord preparations from neonatal mice...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202437/oscillation-patterns-are-enhanced-and-firing-threshold-is-lowered-in-medullary-respiratory-neuron-discharges-by-threshold-doses-of-a-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-agonist
#19
Peter M Lalley, Steve W Mifflin
μ-Opioid receptors are distributed widely in the brainstem respiratory network, and opioids with selectivity for μ-type receptors slow in-vivo respiratory rhythm in lowest effective doses. Several studies have reported μ-opioid receptor effects on the three-phase rhythm of respiratory neurons, but there are until now no reports of opioid effects on oscillatory activity within respiratory discharges. In this study, effects of the μ-opioid receptor agonist fentanyl on spike train discharge properties of several different types of rhythm-modulating medullary respiratory neuron discharges were analyzed...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192174/does-genetic-bdnf-deficiency-in-rats-interact-with-neurotransmitter-control-of-prepulse-inhibition-implications-for-schizophrenia
#20
Maarten van den Buuse, Davina Biel, Kathrin Radscheit
Several studies have suggested a role of BDNF in the development of schizophrenia. For example, post-mortem studies have shown significantly reduced levels of BDNF protein expression in the brain of schizophrenia patients. We investigated the relationship between reduced levels of BDNF in the brain and the regulation of prepulse inhibition (PPI), a behavioral endophenotype of schizophrenia. We used BDNF heterozygous mutant rats which display a 50% decrease of mature BDNF protein levels. Previously, we observed normal baseline PPI and responses to the dopamine D1/D2 receptor agonist, apomorphine, in these rats...
April 3, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
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