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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108357/sigma-1-receptor-deficiency-reduces-gabaergic-inhibition-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-leading-to-ltd-impairment-and-depressive-like-behaviors
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Baofeng Zhang, Ling Wang, Tingting Chen, Juan Hong, Sha Sha, Jun Wang, Hang Xiao, Ling Chen
Sigma-1 receptor knockout (σ1R-/-) in male mice causes depressive-like phenotype. We observed the expression of σ1R in principal neurons of basolateral amygdala (BLA), a main region for affective regulation. The present study investigated the influence of σ1R deficiency in BLA neurons on synaptic properties and plasticity at cortico-BLA pathway. In comparison with wild-type (WT) mice, the slopes of field excitatory postsynaptic potentials (fEPSP) were reduced in σ1R-/- mice with the increases in paired-pulse facilitation (PPF) and paired-pulse inhibition (PPI) values...
January 17, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095420/molecular-mechanism-of-disease-associated-mutations-in-the-pre-m1-helix-of-nmda-receptors-and-potential-rescue-pharmacology
#2
Kevin K Ogden, Wenjuan Chen, Sharon A Swanger, Miranda J McDaniel, Linlin Z Fan, Chun Hu, Anel Tankovic, Hirofumi Kusumoto, Gabrielle J Kosobucki, Anthony J Schulien, Zhuocheng Su, Joseph Pecha, Subhrajit Bhattacharya, Slavé Petrovski, Adam E Cohen, Elias Aizenman, Stephen F Traynelis, Hongjie Yuan
N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs), ligand-gated ionotropic glutamate receptors, play key roles in normal brain development and various neurological disorders. Here we use standing variation data from the human population to assess which protein domains within NMDAR GluN1, GluN2A and GluN2B subunits show the strongest signal for being depleted of missense variants. We find that this includes the GluN2 pre-M1 helix and linker between the agonist-binding domain (ABD) and first transmembrane domain (M1). We then evaluate the functional changes of multiple missense mutations in the NMDAR pre-M1 helix found in children with epilepsy and developmental delay...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092019/urb597-and-the-cannabinoid-win55-212-2-reduce-behavioral-and-neurochemical-deficits-induced-by-mptp-in-mice-possible-role-of-redox-modulation-and-nmda-receptors
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Angel Escamilla-Ramírez, Esperanza García, Guadalupe Palencia-Hernández, Ana Laura Colín-González, Sonia Galván-Arzate, Isaac Túnez, Julio Sotelo, Abel Santamaría
Several physiological events in the brain are regulated by the endocannabinoid system (ECS). While synthetic cannabinoid receptor (CBr) agonists such as WIN55,212-2 act directly on CBr, agents like URB597, a fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibitor, induce a more "physiological" activation of CBr by increasing the endogenous levels of the endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA). Herein, we compared the pre- and post-treatment efficacy of URB597 and WIN55,212-2 on different endpoints evaluated in the toxic model produced by the mitochondrial toxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) in mice...
January 14, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089597/magnesium-and-calcium-ions-differentially-affect-human-serine-racemase-activity-and-modulate-its-quaternary-equilibrium-toward-a-tetrameric-form
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Stefano Bruno, Marilena Margiotta, Francesco Marchesani, Gianluca Paredi, Valentina Orlandi, Serena Faggiano, Luca Ronda, Barbara Campanini, Andrea Mozzarelli
Serine racemase is the pyridoxal 5'-phosphate dependent enzyme that catalyzes both production and catabolism of d-serine, a co-agonist of the NMDA glutamate receptors. Mg(2+), or, alternatively, Ca(2+), activate human serine racemase by binding both at a specific site and - as ATP-metal complexes - at a distinct ATP binding site. We show that Mg(2+) and Ca(2+) bind at the metal binding site with a 4.5-fold difference in affinity, producing a similar thermal stabilization and partially shifting the dimer-tetramer equilibrium in favour of the latter...
January 9, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076854/open-angle-glaucoma-drug-development-pipeline-during-the-last-20-years-1995-2015
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André Vicente, Sylvie Prud'homme, Joana Ferreira, Luís Abegão Pinto, Ingeborg Stalmans
OBJECTIVES: To analyse drug development for open-angle glaucoma during the last 20 years. METHODS: Research was performed by referring to clinical trials registered at the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP). A search for the condition "open-angle glaucoma" with the intervention "drug" was performed. We included trials registered from 01/01/1995 to 01/01/2015, only involving studies in phases 1, 2, and 3. Only studies resorting to novel treatment strategies (either novel drugs or yet-untested fixed associations of approved medication) were considered...
January 12, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071892/transient-adenosine-release-is-modulated-by-nmda-and-gabab-receptors
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Michael D Nguyen, Ying Wang, Mallikarjunarao Ganesana, B Jill Venton
Adenosine is a neuroprotective agent that modulates neurotransmission and is modulated by other neurotransmitters. Spontaneous, transient adenosine is a recently discovered mode of signaling where adenosine is released and cleared from the extracellular space quickly, in less than three seconds. Spontaneous adenosine release is regulated by adenosine A1 and A2a receptors, but regulation by other neurotransmitter receptors has not been studied. Here, we examined the effect of glutamate and GABA receptors on the concentration and frequency of spontaneous, transient adenosine release by measuring adenosine with fast-scan cyclic voltammetry in the rat caudate-putamen...
January 10, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063892/an-intraocular-drug-delivery-system-using-targeted-nanocarriers-attenuates-retinal-ganglion-cell-degeneration
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Lei Zhao, Guojun Chen, Jun Li, Yingmei Fu, Timur A Mavlyutov, Annie Yao, Robert W Nickells, Shaoqin Gong, Lian-Wang Guo
Glaucoma is a common blinding disease characterized by loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). To date, there is no clinically available treatment directly targeting RGCs. We aim to develop an RGC-targeted intraocular drug delivery system using unimolecular micelle nanoparticles (unimNPs) to prevent RGC loss. The unimNPs were formed by single/individual multi-arm star amphiphilic block copolymer poly(amidoamine)-polyvalerolactone-poly(ethylene glycol) (PAMAM-PVL-PEG). While the hydrophobic PAMAM-PVL core can encapsulate hydrophobic drugs, the hydrophilic PEG shell provides excellent water dispersity...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057472/glutamatergic-modulation-of-noradrenaline-release-in-the-rat-median-preoptic-area
#8
Makoto Takahashi, Yasushi Hayashi, Junichi Tanaka
The present study was carried out to investigate whether glutamatergic receptor mechanisms modulate the release of noradrenaline (NA) in the region of the median preoptic nucleus (MnPO) using intracerebral microdialysis techniques in freely moving rats. Perfusion of N-methyl-d-asparatate (NMDA, 10 and 50μM) through the microdialysis probe significantly enhanced dialysate NA concentration in the region of the MnPO. Local perfusion of the NMDA antagonist dizocilpine (MK801, 10 and 50μM) did not change the basal release of NA in the MnPO area...
January 2, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045032/mechanical-stress-activates-nmda-receptors-in-the-absence-of-agonists
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Mohammad Mehdi Maneshi, Bruce Maki, Radhakrishnan Gnanasambandam, Sophie Belin, Gabriela K Popescu, Frederick Sachs, Susan Z Hua
While studying the physiological response of primary rat astrocytes to fluid shear stress in a model of traumatic brain injury (TBI), we found that shear stress induced Ca(2+) entry. The influx was inhibited by MK-801, a specific pore blocker of N-Methyl-D-aspartic acid receptor (NMDAR) channels, and this occurred in the absence of agonists. Other NMDA open channel blockers ketamine and memantine showed a similar effect. The competitive glutamate antagonists AP5 and GluN2B-selective inhibitor ifenprodil reduced NMDA-activated currents, but had no effect on the mechanically induced Ca(2+) influx...
January 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032294/examination-of-the-role-of-nmda-and-gabaa-receptors-in-the-effects-of-hyperbaric-oxygen-on-striatal-dopamine-levels-in-rats
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C Lavoute, M Weiss, J J Risso, J C Rostain
Hyperbaric oxygen induced in rats a decrease in striatal dopamine levels. Such decrease could be a result of changes in glutamatergic and GABAergic controls of the dopaminergic neurons into the Substantia Nigra Pars Compacta. The aim of this study was to determine the role of gluatamatergic and Gama-Amino-Butyric-Acid neurotransmissions in this alteration. Dopamine-sensitive electrodes were implanted into the striatum under general anesthesia. After one week rest, awaked rats were exposed to oxygen-nitrogen mixture at a partial pressure of oxygen of 3 absolute atmospheres...
December 28, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018227/bidirectional-effects-of-cannabidiol-on-contextual-fear-memory-extinction
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Chenchen Song, Carl W Stevenson, Francisco S Guimaraes, Jonathan L C Lee
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been established to have both acute and long-lasting effects to reduce fear memory expression. The long-lasting impact might be mediated by an enhancement of memory extinction or an impairment of memory reconsolidation. Here, we directly compared the effects of i.p. injections of cannabidiol (10 mg/kg) with those of the NMDA receptor antagonist MK-801 (0.1 mg/kg) and partial agonist D-cycloserine (DCS; 15 mg/kg) in order to determine the mnemonic basis of long-term fear reduction. We showed that under conditions of strong fear conditioning, CBD reduced contextual fear memory expression both acutely during the extinction session as well as later at a fear retention test...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998718/camkii-mediated-phosphorylation-of-glun2b-regulates-recombinant-nmda-receptor-currents-in-a-chloride-dependent-manner
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Steven J Tavalin, Roger J Colbran
Some forms of long-term synaptic plasticity require docking of Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II α (CaMKIIα) to residues 1290-1309 within the intracellular C-terminal tail of the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor GluN2B subunit. The phosphorylation of Ser1303 within this region destabilizes CaMKII binding. Interestingly, Ser1303 is a substrate for CaMKII itself, as well as PKC and DAPK1, but these kinases have been reported to have contradictory effects on the activity of GluN2B-containing NMDA receptors...
December 18, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996211/gsk-3%C3%AE-interacts-with-dopamine-d1-receptor-to-regulate-receptor-function-implication-for-prefrontal-cortical-d1-receptor-dysfunction-in-schizophrenia
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Jing-Ru Wang, Pei-Hua Sun, Zhao-Xiang Ren, Herbert Y Meltzer, Xue-Chu Zhen
INTRODUCTION: Impaired dopamine D1 receptor (D1R) function in prefrontal cortex (PFC) is believed to contribute to the PFC hypofunction that has been hypothesized to be associated with negative symptoms and cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. It is therefore critical to understand the mechanisms for modulation of D1R function. AIMS: To investigate the physical interaction and functional modulation between D1R and GSK-3β. RESULTS: D1R and GSK-3β physically interact in cultured cells and native brain tissues...
December 20, 2016: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986591/spinal-d-serine-increases-pkc-dependent-glun1-phosphorylation-contributing-to-the-sigma-1-receptor-induced-development-of-mechanical-allodynia-in-a-mouse-model-of-neuropathic-pain
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Sheu-Ran Choi, Ji-Young Moon, Dae-Hyun Roh, Seo-Yeon Yoon, Soon-Gu Kwon, Hoon-Seong Choi, Suk-Yun Kang, Ho-Jae Han, Alvin J Beitz, Jang-Hern Lee
: We have recently demonstrated that spinal sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1R) activation facilitates nociception via an increase in phosphorylation of the NMDA receptor GluN1 subunit (pGluN1). The present study was designed to examine whether the Sig-1R-induced facilitative effect on NMDA-induced nociception is mediated by D-serine, and whether D-serine modulates spinal pGluN1 expression and the development of neuropathic pain following chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve. Intrathecal administration of the D-serine degrading enzyme, DAAO attenuated the facilitation of NMDA-induced nociception induced by the Sig-1R agonist, PRE084...
December 13, 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984198/effects-of-pregabalin-on-spinal-d-serine-content-and-nmda-receptor-mediated-synaptic-transmission-in-mice-with-neuropathic-pain
#15
Eiko Kato, Rie Matsuzawa, Shunsaku Kobayashi, Teruyuki Fukushima, Masao Maekawa, Yuuichi Hori
Pregabalin (PGB) is a chemical derivative of the inhibitory neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid, and is successfully used for the treatment of neuropathic pain. Substantial evidence suggests that D-serine, an endogenous co-agonist at the strychnine-insensitive glycine site of the NMDA receptor, counteracts the antinociceptive actions of PGB at the level of the spinal cord. In the present study, we examined the impact of PGB treatment on spinal D-serine content and NMDA receptor-mediated synaptic transmission in the superficial dorsal horn of peripheral nerve-ligated neuropathic mice...
October 28, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973747/quinolinic-acid-induces-neuritogenesis-in-sh-sy5y-neuroblastoma-cells-independently-of-nmda-receptor-activation
#16
Juan-Manuel Hernandez-Martinez, Caroline M Forrest, L Gail Darlington, Robert A Smith, Trevor W Stone
Glutamate and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) have been implicated in neuronal development and several types of cancer. The kynurenine pathway of tryptophan metabolism includes quinolinic acid (QA) which is both a selective agonist at N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors and also a precursor for the formation of NAD+. The effect of QA on cell survival and differentiation has therefore been examined on SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells. Retinoic acid (RA, 10 μM) induced differentiation of SH-SY5Y cells into a neuronal phenotype showing neurite growth...
December 14, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964861/pain-opioids-and-sleep-implications-for-restless-legs-syndrome-treatment
#17
Claudia Trenkwalder, Walter Zieglgänsberger, Sam H Ahmedzai, Birgit Högl
Opioid receptor agonists are known to relieve restless legs syndrome (RLS) symptoms, including both sensory and motor events, as well as improving sleep. The mechanisms of action of opioids in RLS are still a matter of speculation. The mechanisms by which endogenous opioids contribute to the pathophysiology of this polygenetic disorder, in which there are a number of variants, including developmental factors, remains unknown. A summary of the cellular mode of action of morphine and its (partial) antagonist naloxone via α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptors and the involvement of dendritic spine activation is described...
November 5, 2016: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960559/investigational-drugs-for-treating-major-depressive-disorder
#18
Ashish Dhir
Treatment of patients suffering from major depression could be highly challenging for psychiatrists. Intractability as well as relapse is commonly seen among these patients, leading to functional impairment and poor quality of life. The present review discusses some of the novel investigational drugs that are under pre-clinical or clinical phases in the treatment of major depression. Areas covered: Molecules belonging to different classes such as triple reuptake inhibitors, opioid receptors, ionotropic and metabotropic glutamate receptors, and neurotrophin in the treatment of major depression are covered in this article...
January 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957784/d-cycloserine-enhanced-extinction-of-cocaine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-is-attenuated-in-serotonin-transporter-knockout-rats
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Peter Karel, Francesca Calabrese, Marco Riva, Paola Brivio, Bas Van der Veen, Liesbeth Reneman, Michel Verheij, Judith Homberg
d-Cycloserine (DCS), a partial NMDA receptor agonist, has been proposed as a cognitive enhancer to facilitate the extinction of drug-related memories. However, it is unknown whether there are individual differences in the efficacy of DCS. Here, we set out to investigate the influence of serotonin transporter (5-HTT) genotype on DCS treatment outcome and the underlying neural mechanism. To that end, we first determined the mRNA levels of several NMDA receptor subunits and observed a reduction in NR1/NR2C receptors in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens of 5-HTT(-/-) compared with 5-HTT(+/+) rats...
December 12, 2016: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913408/neurophysiological-mechanisms-of-cortical-plasticity-impairments-in-schizophrenia-and-modulation-by-the-nmda-receptor-agonist-d-serine
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Joshua T Kantrowitz, Michael L Epstein, Odeta Beggel, Stephanie Rohrig, Jonathan M Lehrfeld, Nadine Revheim, Nayla P Lehrfeld, Jacob Reep, Emily Parker, Gail Silipo, Merav Ahissar, Daniel C Javitt
Schizophrenia is associated with deficits in cortical plasticity that affect sensory brain regions and lead to impaired cognitive performance. Here we examined underlying neural mechanisms of auditory plasticity deficits using combined behavioural and neurophysiological assessment, along with neuropharmacological manipulation targeted at the N-methyl-D-aspartate type glutamate receptor (NMDAR). Cortical plasticity was assessed in a cohort of 40 schizophrenia/schizoaffective patients relative to 42 healthy control subjects using a fixed reference tone auditory plasticity task...
December 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
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