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Marcin Kunecki, Wojciech Płazak, Tomasz Roleder, Jolanta Biernat, Tomasz Oleksy, Piotr Podolec, Krzysztof Stanisław Gołba
BACKGROUND: Ischemic preconditioning (IPC) and postconditioning (POC) are the novel strategies of attaining cardioprotection against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Previous studies suggested the role of opioid pathway, however the class of opioid receptors responsible for this effect in humans remains unknown. The aim of the study was to assess the influence of opioids on simulated I/R injury outcomes in the human myocardium. METHODS: Trabeculae of the human right atrium were electrically driven in organ bath and subjected to simulated I/R injury...
October 13, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Catherine M Cahill, Wendy Walwyn, Anna M W Taylor, Amynah A A Pradhan, Christopher J Evans
Mechanisms of opioid tolerance have focused on adaptive modifications within cells containing opioid receptors, defined here as cellular allostasis, emphasizing regulation of the opioid receptor signalosome. We review additional regulatory and opponent processes involved in behavioral tolerance, and include mechanistic differences both between agonists (agonist bias), and between μ- and δ-opioid receptors. In a process we will refer to as pass-forward allostasis, cells modified directly by opioid drugs impute allostatic changes to downstream circuitry...
September 23, 2016: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
Yang-Chao Wei, Bin Zhang, Xuan Li, Xiao-Meng Liu, Jing Zhang, Biao Lei, Bo Li, Run Zhai, Qian Chen, Yang Li
δ‑opioid receptor (DOR) belongs to the family of G protein‑coupled receptors (GPCRs). Numerous studies have shown that DOR is widely distributed in human peripheral tissues and is closely related to the development and progression of certain malignant tumours. However, there is controversy in the literature regarding whether DOR has an impact on the development and progression of human breast cancer. The present study comprehensively elaborates on the biological functions of DOR by determining the distribution of DOR expression in breast cancer tissues and cells and by further verifying the effects of DOR on breast cancer progression...
September 19, 2016: Oncology Reports
Naama Levy-Cooperman, Gail McIntyre, Laura Bonifacio, Michael McDonnell, J Michael Davenport, Paul S Covington, Leonard S Dove, Edward M Sellers
Drugs with μ-opioid receptor (OR) activity can be associated with abuse and misuse. The peripherally acting mixed μ-OR and κ-OR agonist and δ-OR antagonist, eluxadoline, is approved in the US for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea. In two separate crossover studies, we evaluated the oral and intranasal abuse potential of eluxadoline versus placebo and the active control oxycodone. Healthy recreational opioid users received eluxadoline 100, 300, and 1000 mg, oxycodone 30 and 60 mg, and placebo (oral study), or eluxadoline 100 and 200 mg, oxycodone 15 and 30 mg, and placebos matched to eluxadoline and oxycodone (intranasal study)...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Wenjuan Tao, Wenjie Zhou, Yuping Wang, Tingting Sun, Haitao Wang, Zhi Zhang, Yan Jin
The efficacy of opioids in patients with chronic neuropathic pain remains controversial. Although activation of δ-opioid receptors (DORs) in the brainstem reduces inflammation-induced persistent hyperalgesia, it is not effective under persistent neuropathic pain conditions and these clinical problems remain largely unknown. In this study, by using a chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve in rats, we found that in the brainstem nucleus raphe magnus (NRM), DORs emerged on the surface membrane of central synaptic terminals on day 3 after CCI surgery and disappeared on day 14...
September 17, 2016: Neuroscience
Wojciech Leppert, Jaroslaw Woron
Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) and other gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms of opioid-induced bowel dysfunction (OIBD) significantly deteriorate patients' quality of life and may lead to noncompliance with opioid schedule and undertreatment of pain. Although traditional oral laxatives are the first-line treatment of OIC, they do not address OIBD pathophysiology, and display numerous adverse effects. OIC treatment includes prokinetics (lubiprostone), opioid switch, and changing route of opioid administration...
September 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
Feng Zhi, Lian Xue, Naiyuan Shao, Danni Deng, Xuezhi Kang, Dongman Chao, Yuan Xu, Rong Wang, Yilin Yang, Ying Xia
BACKGROUND: Hypoxic/ischemic injury to the heart is a frequently encountered clinical problem with limited therapeutic options. Since microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in hypoxic/ischemic events, and δ-opioid receptor (DOR) activation is known to protect against hypoxic/ischemic injury, we speculated on the involvement of DOR activation in altering miRNA expression in the heart under hypoxic conditions. The present study aimed to test our hypothesis. METHODS: Male Sprague Dawley rats were exposed to hypoxia (9...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Zhe Yi, Shengnan Guo, Xu Hu, Xiaonan Wang, Xiaoqing Zhang, Noreen Griffin, Fengping Shan
Previously it was confirmed that naltrexone, a non-peptide δ-opioid receptor selective antagonist is mainly used for alcoholic dependence and opioid addiction treatment. However, there is increasing data on immune regulation of low dose naltrexone (LDN). The aim of this work was to explore the effect of LDN on the phenotype and function of macrophage. The changes of macrophage after treatment with LDN were examined using flow cytometry (FCM); FITC-dextran phagocytosis and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
October 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Shuang Wu, Sophia R Majeed, Timothy M Evans, Marine D Camus, Nicole M L Wong, Yvette Schollmeier, Minjong Park, Jagan R Muppidi, Andrea Reboldi, Peter Parham, Jason G Cyster, Frances M Brodsky
Clathrin, a cytosolic protein composed of heavy and light chain subunits, assembles into a vesicle coat, controlling receptor-mediated endocytosis. To establish clathrin light chain (CLC) function in vivo, we engineered mice lacking CLCa, the major CLC isoform in B lymphocytes, generating animals with CLC-deficient B cells. In CLCa-null mice, the germinal centers have fewer B cells, and they are enriched for IgA-producing cells. This enhanced switch to IgA production in the absence of CLCa was attributable to increased transforming growth factor β receptor 2 (TGFβR2) signaling resulting from defective endocytosis...
August 30, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Yuan Xu, Feng Zhi, Naiyuan Shao, Rong Wang, Yilin Yang, Ying Xia
The pathological changes of Parkinson's disease (PD) are, at least partially, associated with the dysregulation of PTEN-induced putative kinase 1 (PINK1) and caspase 3. Since hypoxic and neurotoxic insults are underlying causes of PD, and since δ-opioid receptor (DOR) is neuroprotective against hypoxic/ischemic insults, we sought to determine whether DOR activation could protect the cells from damage induced by hypoxia and/or MPP⁺ by regulating PINK1 and caspase 3 expressions. We exposed PC12 cells to either severe hypoxia (0...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Juan A Estrada, Mathew A Barlow, Darice Yoshishige, Arthur G Williams, H Fred Downey, Robert T Mallet, James L Caffrey
BACKGROUND: Intermittent hypoxia training (IHT) produces robust myocardial protection against ischemia-reperfusion induced infarction and arrhythmias. Blockade of this cardioprotection by antagonism of either β1-adrenergic or δ-opioid receptors (δ-OR) suggests autonomic and/or opioidergic adaptations. PURPOSE: To test the hypothesis that IHT shifts cardiac autonomic balance toward greater cholinergic and opioidergic influence. METHODS: Mongrel dogs completed 20d IHT, non-hypoxic sham training, or IHT with the δ-OR antagonist naltrindole (200μg/kgsc)...
July 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Meng-Yun Dou, Hao Wu, Hai-Juan Zhu, Shi-Yun Jin, Ye Zhang, Shu-Fang He
Remifentanil preconditioning has been demonstrated to reduce myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury in rat hearts, while the mechanisms are not fully understood. This study investigated the protective effects of remifentanil against hypoxia-reoxygenation injury in adult rat cardiomyocytes and the mechanisms involving opioid receptors and downstream phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/Akt) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling pathways. Adult rat cardiomyocytes were pretreated with remifentanil at different concentrations and then subjected to 90min hypoxia followed by 120min reoxygenation...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Thomas A White, Anton Barty, Wei Liu, Andrii Ishchenko, Haitao Zhang, Cornelius Gati, Nadia A Zatsepin, Shibom Basu, Dominik Oberthür, Markus Metz, Kenneth R Beyerlein, Chun Hong Yoon, Oleksandr M Yefanov, Daniel James, Dingjie Wang, Marc Messerschmidt, Jason E Koglin, Sébastien Boutet, Uwe Weierstall, Vadim Cherezov
We describe the deposition of four datasets consisting of X-ray diffraction images acquired using serial femtosecond crystallography experiments on microcrystals of human G protein-coupled receptors, grown and delivered in lipidic cubic phase, at the Linac Coherent Light Source. The receptors are: the human serotonin receptor 2B in complex with an agonist ergotamine, the human δ-opioid receptor in complex with a bi-functional peptide ligand DIPP-NH2, the human smoothened receptor in complex with an antagonist cyclopamine, and finally the human angiotensin II type 1 receptor in complex with the selective antagonist ZD7155...
2016: Scientific Data
Fu-Yan Liu, Min-Min Zhang, Ping Zeng, Wen-Wen Liu, Jing-Lei Wang, Bei Yang, Qun Dai, Jie Wei
Ghrelin has been identified as the endogenous ligand for the GHS-R1α (growth hormone secretagogue receptor 1 alpha). Our previous experiments have indicated that ghrelin (i.c.v.) induces antinociceptive effects in acute pain in mice, and the effects were mediated through the central opioid receptors and GHS-R1α. However, which opioid receptor (OR) mediates the antinociceptive effects and the molecular mechanisms are also needed to be further explored. In the present study, the antinociceptive effects of ghrelin (i...
September 2016: Peptides
Pawel K Olszewski, Oscar A Klockars, Anica Klockars, Allen S Levine
Butorphanol tartrate (BT), a mixed µ/κ/δ opioid receptor agonist, is one of the most potent orexigens known to date. The central mechanisms through which BT causes hyperphagia are largely unknown. Interestingly, BT suppresses meal-end activation of neurons synthesizing anorexigenic neuropeptide, oxytocin (OT), which suggests that BT promotes hyperphagia by silencing OT-derived satiety signaling. As OT terminates consumption by acting by distinct hindbrain and forebrain circuits, we investigated whether stimulation of the OT receptor in the forebrain or the hindbrain [through lateral ventricular (LV) and fourth ventricular (4V) OT injections] leads to termination of food intake induced by BT...
September 28, 2016: Neuroreport
Yuji Odagaki, Masakazu Kinoshita, Toshio Ota
BACKGROUND: 3(3-Hexyloxy-1,2,5-thiadiazol-4-yl)-1,2,5,6-tetrahydro-1-methylpyridine (xanomeline) and N-desmethylclozapine are of special interest as promising antipsychotics with better efficacy, especially for negative symptoms and/or cognitive/affective impairment. METHODS: The guanosine-5'-O-(3-[(35)S]thio)triphosphate ([(35)S]GTPγS) binding experiments were performed using (1) conventional filtration technique, (2) antibody-capture scintillation proximity assay, and (3) immunoprecipitation method, in brain membranes prepared from rat cerebral cortex, hippocampus, and striatum...
September 2016: Journal of Psychopharmacology
Jana Brejchova, Miroslava Vosahlikova, Lenka Roubalova, Marco Parenti, Mario Mauri, Oleksandr Chernyavskiy, Petr Svoboda
Decrease of cholesterol level in plasma membrane of living HEK293 cells transiently expressing FLAG-δ-OR by β-cyclodextrin (β-CDX) resulted in a slight internalization of δ-OR. Massive internalization of δ-OR induced by specific agonist DADLE was diminished in cholesterol-depleted cells. These results suggest that agonist-induced internalization of δ-OR, which has been traditionally attributed exclusively to clathrin-mediated pathway, proceeds at least partially via membrane domains. Identification of internalized pools of FLAG-δ-OR by colocalization studies with proteins of Rab family indicated the decreased presence of receptors in early endosomes (Rab5), late endosomes and lysosomes (Rab7) and fast recycling vesicles (Rab4)...
August 2016: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
Alejandro Vicente-Carrillo, Manuel Álvarez-Rodríguez, Heriberto Rodríguez-Martínez
Endogenous and exogenous opioids modulate reproductive functions in target cells via opioid receptors (μ, δ, and κ). Sperm motility is a metric of gamete functionality, and serves as a suitable parameter for in vitro drug-induced toxicity assays. This study identifies the presence and location of opioid receptors in pig spermatozoa as well as their functional response after in vitro challenge with known agonists (morphine [μ]; [D-Pen 2,5]-enkephanile [δ]; and U 50488 [κ]) and antagonists (naloxone [μ]; naltrindole [δ]; and nor-binaltrorphimine [κ])...
August 2016: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Louis Gendron, Catherine M Cahill, Mark von Zastrow, Peter W Schiller, Graciela Pineyro
Opioids are among the most effective analgesics available and are the first choice in the treatment of acute severe pain. However, partial efficacy, a tendency to produce tolerance, and a host of ill-tolerated side effects make clinically available opioids less effective in the management of chronic pain syndromes. Given that most therapeutic opioids produce their actions via µ-opioid receptors (MOPrs), other targets are constantly being explored, among which δ-opioid receptors (DOPrs) are being increasingly considered as promising alternatives...
July 2016: Pharmacological Reviews
Emidio Scarpellini, Lucrezia Laterza, Gianluca Ianiro, Jan Tack, Ludovico Abenavoli, Antonio Gasbarrini
INTRODUCTION: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) treatment is challenging physicians because of its multifactorial physiopathology. In particular, abdominal pain and diarrhea management lack one unique effective pharmacological remedy. Opioid receptors, present in the central nervous system (CNS) and the enteric nervous system (ENS), are involved in visceral sensitivity and gastrointestinal motility control. To date only a few opioid receptor modulators are currently in use for the treatment of IBS but with dosage limitations due to the early development of severe constipation...
July 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
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