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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018828/repurposing-lesogaberan-to-promote-human-islet-cell-survival-and-%C3%AE-cell-replication
#1
Jide Tian, Hoa Dang, Angela Hu, Willem Xu, Daniel L Kaufman
The activation of β-cell's A- and B-type gamma-aminobutyric acid receptors (GABAA-Rs and GABAB-Rs) can promote their survival and replication, and the activation of α-cell GABAA-Rs promotes their conversion into β-cells. However, GABA and the most clinically applicable GABA-R ligands may be suboptimal for the long-term treatment of diabetes due to their pharmacological properties or potential side-effects on the central nervous system (CNS). Lesogaberan (AZD3355) is a peripherally restricted high-affinity GABAB-R-specific agonist, originally developed for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that appears to be safe for human use...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984295/r-baclofen-reverses-cognitive-deficits-and-improves-social-interactions-in-two-lines-of-16p11-2-deletion-mice
#2
Laura J Stoppel, Tatiana M Kazdoba, Melanie D Schaffler, Anthony R Preza, Arnold Heynen, Jacqueline N Crawley, Mark F Bear
Human chromosome 16p11.2 microdeletion is among the most common gene copy number variations (CNVs) known to confer risk for intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and affects an estimated 3 in 10 000 people. Caused by a single copy deletion of ~27 genes, 16p11.2 microdeletion syndrome is characterized by ID, impaired language, communication and socialization skills, and ASD. Studies in animal models where a single copy of the syntenic 16p11.2 region has been deleted have revealed morphological, behavioral, and electrophysiological abnormalities...
October 6, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983255/the-regulatory-effects-of-lateral-hypothalamus-area-gabab-receptor-on-gastric-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats
#3
Lin Gao, Huiru Zhao, Tao Zhu, Yeliu Liu, Li Hu, Zhenguo Liu, Hai Huang, Fuxue Chen, Zhenxu Deng, Dechang Chu, Dongshu Du
HIGHLIGHTS The aim of the research was to determine the functional effects and molecular mechanisms of GABAB receptor on ischemia reperfusion-induced gastric injury in rats.The lateral hypothalamus area GABAB receptor attenuated the ischemia reperfusion-induced gastric injury by up-regulating the production of GABA, GABABR, and down-regulating P-GABABR in the brain.This work would provide a new therapeutic strategy for acute gastric injury. Gastric ischemia-reperfusion (GI-R) injury progression is largely associated with excessive activation of the greater splanchnic nerve (GSN)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981616/spreading-depression-promotes-astrocytic-calcium-oscillations-and-enhances-gliotransmission-to-hippocampal-neurons
#4
Dong Chuan Wu, Rita Yu-Tzu Chen, Ting-Chun Cheng, Yao-Chang Chiang, Mei-Lin Shen, Li-Ling Hsu, Ning Zhou
Spreading depression (SD) is a pathophysiological phenomenon characterized by propagating waves of profound neuronal and glial depolarization in central nervous system gray matter. Although SD is primarily mediated by neurons with a subsequent astrocytic response, it remains unclear how astrocytic activity is modulated after SD and how altered astrocyte signaling contribute to neuronal excitability. Here, we report that after the concurrent Ca2+ wave, SD enhanced astrocytic activity by promoting a secondary period of Ca2+ oscillations...
August 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974152/encephalitis-with-antibodies-against-the-gabab-receptor-seizures-as-the-most-common-presentation-at-admission
#5
Xueping Chen, Fan Liu, Jin-Mei Li, Xiao-Qi Xie, Qiong Wang, Dong Zhou, Huifang Shang
OBJECTIVE: Autoimmune encephalitis associated with antibodies against gamma-aminobutyric-acid B receptor (GABABR) has not been described in detail in Chinese patients. METHODS: Patients with anti-GABABR encephalitis treated between January 2013 and December 2015 were analyzed in terms of clinical characteristics, laboratory findings, tumor presence, autoantibody patterns, treatment response and outcomes. RESULTS: Eleven patients were identified (male, N = 8; female, N = 3), with the median age of 51 years...
November 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969059/association-of-myelinated-primary-afferents-impairment-with-mechanical-allodynia-in-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-an-experimental-study-in-rats
#6
Chenlong Liao, Min Yang, Wenxiang Zhong, Pengfei Liu, Wenchuan Zhang
To investigate the mechanisms underlying the efficacy of surgical treatment for painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Rats were initially divided into 3 groups (I, control rats, II, streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats, III, streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats with latex tube encircling the sciatic nerve without compression). When mechanical allodynia (MA) became stable in the third week, one third of group III rats were sacrificed and the remainder were further divided into subgroups depending on whether the latex tube was removed...
September 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966979/developmental-disruption-of-gabaar-meditated-inhibition-in-cntnap2-ko-mice
#7
Morgan S Bridi, Su Mi Park, Shiyong Huang
GABA released from presynaptic sites induces short-lived phasic inhibition mediated by synaptic GABAA receptors (GABAARs) and longer-duration tonic inhibition mediated by extrasynaptic GABAA or GABAB receptors (GABABRs). A number of studies have found that contactin-associated protein 2 (Cntnap2) knockout (KO) mice, a well-established mouse model of autism, exhibit reduced interneuron numbers and aberrant phasic inhibition. However, little is known about whether tonic inhibition is disrupted in Cntnap2 KO mice and when the disruption of inhibition begins to occur during postnatal development...
September 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963585/effects-of-eugenol-on-respiratory-burst-generation-in-newborn-rat-brainstem-spinal-cord-preparations
#8
Sayumi Kotani, Saki Irie, Masahiko Izumizaki, Hiroshi Onimaru
Eugenol is contained in several plants including clove and is used as an analgesic drug. In the peripheral and central nervous systems, this compound modulates neuronal activity through action on voltage-gated ionic channels and/or transient receptor potential channels. However, it is unknown whether eugenol exerts any effects on the respiratory center neurons in the medulla. We examined the effects of eugenol on respiratory rhythm generation in the brainstem-spinal cord preparation from newborn rat (P0-P3)...
September 29, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936718/identification-of-candidate-genes-for-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizures-in-noda-epileptic-rat
#9
Takashi Kuramoto, Birger Voigt, Satoshi Nakanishi, Kazuhiro Kitada, Tadashi Nakamura, Kaori Wakamatsu, Minako Yoshihara, Mikita Suyama, Risa Uemura, Miyuu Tanaka, Mitsuru Kuwamura, Saki Shimizu, Yukihiro Ohno, Masashi Sasa, Tadao Serikawa
The Noda epileptic rat (NER) exhibits generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS). A genetic linkage analysis identified two GTCS-associated loci, Ner1 on Chr 1 and Ner3 on Chr 5. The wild-type Ner1 and Ner3 alleles suppressed GTCS when combined in double-locus congenic lines, but not when present in single-locus congenic lines. Global expression analysis revealed that cholecystokinin B receptor (Cckbr) and suppressor of tumorigenicity 5 (St5), which map within Ner1, and PHD finger protein 24 (Phf24), which maps within Ner3, were significantly downregulated in NER...
September 21, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929924/the-search-for-a-subtype-selective-pet-imaging-agent-for-the-gabaa-receptor-complex-evaluation-of-the-radiotracer-11-c-ado-in-nonhuman-primates
#10
Shu-Fei Lin, Frederic Bois, Daniel Holden, Nabeel Nabulsi, Richard Pracitto, Hong Gao, Michael Kapinos, Jo-Ku Teng, Anupama Shirali, Jim Ropchan, Richard E Carson, Charles S Elmore, Neil Vasdev, Yiyun Huang
The myriad physiological functions of γ-amino butyric acid (GABA) are mediated by the GABA-benzodiazepine receptor complex comprising of the GABAA, GABAB, and GABAC groups. The various GABAA subunits with region-specific distributions in the brain subserve different functional and physiological roles. For example, the sedative and anticonvulsive effects of classical benzodiazepines are attributed to the α1 subunit, and the α2 and α3 subunits mediate the anxiolytic effect. To optimize pharmacotherapies with improved efficacy and devoid of undesirable side effects for the treatment of anxiety disorders, subtype-selective imaging radiotracers are required to assess target engagement at GABA sites and determine the dose-receptor occupancy relationships...
January 2017: Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926472/differential-sensitivity-of-presynaptic-and-postsynaptic-gabab-receptors-in-rat-ventrolateral-periaqueductal-gray
#11
Qian Chen, Caifeng Shao, Hui Zhou, Rui Ma, Ping Jiang, Kun Yang
The ventrolateral periaqueductal gray (PAG) in the midbrain plays a key role in the descending pain modulatory system. γ-Aminobutyric acid type B (GABAB) receptors belong to a metabotropic receptor subfamily and mediate both presynaptic and postsynaptic effects in PAG. It has been well documented that activation of GABAB receptors yields analgesia in some PAG subdivisions. In the present study, employing whole-cell patch-clamp recordings on acute rat PAG slices, we simultaneously monitored the responses of presynaptic and postsynaptic GABAB receptors...
September 18, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919851/deficient-sleep-in-mouse-models-of-fragile-x-syndrome
#12
R Michelle Saré, Lee Harkless, Merlin Levine, Anita Torossian, Carrie A Sheeler, Carolyn B Smith
In patients with fragile X syndrome (FXS), sleep problems are commonly observed but are not well characterized. In animal models of FXS (dfmr1 and Fmr1 knockout (KO)/Fxr2 heterozygote) circadian rhythmicity is affected, but sleep per se has not been examined. We used a home-cage monitoring system to assess total sleep time in both light and dark phases in Fmr1 KO mice at different developmental stages. Fmr1 KOs at P21 do not differ from controls, but genotype × phase interactions in both adult (P70 and P180) groups are statistically significant indicating that sleep in Fmr1 KOs is reduced selectively in the light phase compared to controls...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917695/the-impact-of-gabaergic-drugs-on-tms-induced-brain-oscillations-in-human-motor-cortex
#13
Isabella Premoli, Til O Bergmann, Matteo Fecchio, Mario Rosanova, Andrea Biondi, Paolo Belardinelli, Ulf Ziemann
Brain responses to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as measured with electroencephalography (EEG) have so far been assessed either by TMS-evoked EEG potentials (TEPs), mostly reflecting phase-locked neuronal activity, or time-frequency-representations (TFRs), reflecting oscillatory power arising from a mixture of both evoked (i.e., phase-locked) and induced (i.e., non-phase-locked) responses. Single-pulse TMS of the human primary motor cortex induces a specific pattern of oscillatory changes, characterized by an early (30-200 ms after TMS) synchronization in the α- and β-bands over the stimulated sensorimotor cortex and adjacent lateral frontal cortex, followed by a late (200-400 ms) α- and β-desynchronization over the stimulated and contralateral sensorimotor cortex...
September 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916137/oxytocin-induces-penile-erection-and-yawning-when-injected-into-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-involvement-of-glutamic-acid-dopamine-and-nitric-oxide
#14
Fabrizio Sanna, Jessica Bratzu, Antonio Argiolas, Maria Rosaria Melis
Oxytocin (5-100ng), but not Arg(8)-vasopressin (100ng), injected unilaterally into the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) induces penile erection and yawning in a dose-dependent manner in male rats. The minimal effective dose was 20ng for penile erection and 5ng for yawning. Oxytocin responses were abolished not only by the oxytocin receptor antagonist d(CH2)5Tyr(Me)(2)-Orn(8)-vasotocin (1μg), but also by (+) MK-801 (1μg), an excitatory amino acid receptor antagonist of the N-methyl-d-aspartic acid (NMDA) subtype, SCH 23390 (1μg), a D1 receptor antagonist, but not haloperidol (1μg), a D2 receptor antagonist, and SMTC (40μg), an inhibitor of neuronal nitric oxide synthase, injected into the BNST 15min before oxytocin...
September 18, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895268/lithium-reduces-the-span-of-g-protein-activated-k-girk-channel-inhibition-in-hippocampal-neurons
#15
Nathan Dascal, Moran Rubinstein
OBJECTIVES: Lithium (Li(+) ) is one of the most widely used treatments for bipolar disorder (BD). However, the molecular and neuronal basis of BD, as well as the mechanisms of Li(+) actions are poorly understood. Cellular and biochemical studies identified G proteins as being among the cellular targets for Li(+) action, while genetic studies indicated an association with the KCNJ3 gene, which encodes the G protein-activated inwardly rectifying K(+) (GIRK) channels. GIRK channels regulate neuronal excitability by mediating the inhibitory effects of multiple neurotransmitters and contribute to the resting potassium conductance...
September 12, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881444/gabaergic-inhibition-gates-excitatory-ltp-in-perirhinal-cortex
#16
Vibhakar C Kotak, Ana Mirallave, Todd M Mowery, Dan H Sanes
The perirhinal cortex (PRh) is a key region downstream of auditory cortex (ACx) that processes familiarity linked mnemonic signaling. In gerbils, ACx-driven EPSPs recorded in PRh neurons are largely shunted by GABAergic inhibition (Kotak et al. 2015). To determine whether inhibitory shunting prevents the induction of excitatory long-term potentiation (e-LTP), we stimulated ACx-recipient PRh in a brain slice preparation using theta burst stimulation (TBS). Under control conditions, without GABA blockers, the majority of PRh neurons exhibited long-term depression...
September 7, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874314/drug-discovery-for-the-treatment-of-substance-use-disorders-novel-targets-repurposing-and-the-need-for-new-paradigms
#17
REVIEW
Cristiano Chiamulera, Laura Padovani, Mauro Corsi
Drug addiction treatment medications available nowadays are limited in both efficacy and number. The increased understanding of drug addiction circuitries leads the scientific community to look for better molecules and targets for detoxification and relapse prevention. This review focus on known targets (e.g., metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 and GABAB receptor) and on novel potential treatment acting on oxytocin system, which interacts with diverse neurotransmitters, has proved successful in both preclinical and clinical studies on ethanol, cocaine and methamphetamine...
September 2, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865483/suppression-of-cortical-seizures-by-optic-stimulation-of-the-reticular-thalamus-in-pv-mhchr2-yfp-bac-transgenic-mice
#18
Wei Jen Chang, Wei Pang Chang, Bai Chuang Shyu
Deep brain stimulation in thalamic regions has been proposed as a treatment for epilepsy. The electrical current excites thalamocortical activity which is controlled by γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic interneurons in the reticular thalamic nucleus (nRT). Previous studies showed that enhancing GABAergic inhibitory strength in the nRT reduces the duration and power of seizures, indicating that the thalamus plays an important role in modulating cortical seizures. The aim of the present study was to apply optogenetics to study the role of the nRT in modulating cortical seizures...
September 2, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864032/in-memory-of-norman-bowery-1944-2016
#19
REVIEW
David G Trist, Terry P Kenakin, Thomas P Blackburn
This article is in memory of Professor Norman Bowery (1944-2016). Norman was a pharmacologist who spent most of his career researching the pharmacology of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA). He discovered a novel metabotropic receptor subtype, GABAB, that is pharmacologically, and structurally different from the original ionotropic receptor now designated as GABAA. In his research he also studied the neurotransmitters glutamate and substance P, two molecules whose release in parts of the spinal cord is inhibited by baclofen a GABAB receptor agonist...
August 29, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856709/gabbr2-mutations-determine-phenotype-in-rett-syndrome-and-epileptic-encephalopathy
#20
Yongjin Yoo, Jane Jung, Yoo-Na Lee, Youngha Lee, Hyosuk Cho, Eunjung Na, JeaYeok Hong, Eunjin Kim, Jin Sook Lee, Je Sang Lee, Chansik Hong, Sang-Yoon Park, Jinhong Wie, Kathryn Miller, Natasha Shur, Cheryl Clow, Roseànne S Ebel, Suzanne D DeBrosse, Lindsay B Henderson, Rebecca Willaert, Christopher Castaldi, Irina Tikhonova, Kaya Bilgüvar, Shrikant Mane, Ki Joong Kim, Yong Seung Hwang, Seok-Geun Lee, Insuk So, Byung Chan Lim, Hee-Jung Choi, Jae Young Seong, Yong Beom Shin, Hosung Jung, Jong-Hee Chae, Murim Choi
OBJECTIVE: Rett syndrome (RTT) and epileptic encephalopathy (EE) are devastating neurodevelopmental disorders with distinct diagnostic criteria. However, highly heterogeneous and overlapping clinical features often allocate patients into the boundary of the two conditions, complicating accurate diagnosis and appropriate medical interventions. Therefore, we investigated the specific molecular mechanism that allows an understanding of the pathogenesis and relationship of these two conditions...
September 2017: Annals of Neurology
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