Sample records for pyridinealdoxime methiodide pam-type

  1. Blood-brain barrier penetration of novel pyridinealdoxime methiodide (PAM)-type oximes examined by brain microdialysis with LC-MS/MS

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    Okuno, Sou; Sakurada, Koichi Ohta, Hikoto; Ikegaya, Hiroshi; Kazui, Yuko; Akutsu, Tomoko; Takatori, Takehiko; Iwadate, Kimiharu


    To develop a new reactivator of inhibited acetylcholinesterase (AChE) that can easily penetrate the blood-brain barrier (BBB), BBB penetration of 6 known and novel pyridinealdoxime methiodide (PAM)-type oximes (alkylPAMs) with relatively high reactivation activities was examined by in vivo rat brain microdialysis with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The 50% lethal dose (LD{sub 50}) of alkylPAMs was intravenously determined for Wistar rats, then the limit of detection, quantification range and linearity of the calibration curve of the alkylPAMs in dialysate and blood were determined by LC-MS/MS. Following 10% LD{sub 50} intravenous administration of the alkylPAMs, 4-[(hydroxyimino) methyl]-1-(2-phenylethyl) pyridinium bromide (4-PAPE) and 4-[(hydroxyimino) methyl]-1-octylpyridinium bromide (4-PAO) appeared in the dialysate. Striatal extracellular fluid/blood concentration ratios were 0.039 {+-} 0.018 and 0.301 {+-} 0.183 (mean {+-} SEM), respectively, 1 h after treatment. This is the first report of BBB penetration of 4-PAPE, and the concentration ratio was smaller than that of 2-PAM.The mean BBB penetration of 4-PAO was approximately 30%, indicating that intravenous administration of 4-PAO may be effective for the reactivation of blocked cholinesterase in the brain. However, the toxicity of 4-PAO (LD{sub 50}; 8.89 mg/kg) was greater than that of 2-PAM. Further investigation is required to determine the effects of these alkylPAMs in organophosphate poisoning.

  2. A tetrahedron in a cube: a dodecanuclear Zn(II) benzoate cluster from the use of 2-pyridinealdoxime.


    Konidaris, Konstantis F; Katsoulakou, Eugenia; Kaplanis, Michalis; Bekiari, Vlasoula; Terzis, Aris; Raptopoulou, Catherine P; Manessi-Zoupa, Evy; Perlepes, Spyros P


    The reactions of 2-pyridinealdoxime with Zn(O(2)CPh)(2)·2H(2)O have led to a mononuclear complex and a dodecanuclear cluster; the Zn(12) compound, whose metallic skeleton describes a tetrahedron encapsulated in a distorted cube, is the biggest Zn(II) oxime cluster discovered to date and displays photoluminescence with a maximum at 354 nm upon maximum excitation at 314 nm.

  3. Strong coupling effects in the polarized IR spectra of the chain hydrogen bond systems in 3-pyridinealdoxime and 4-pyridinealdoxime crystals: H/D isotopic self-organization effects in the IR spectra

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    Flakus, Henryk T.; Michta, Anna


    This paper presents the results of our investigation with the polarized IR spectra of the hydrogen bond in the 3-pyridinealdoxime and 4-pyridnealdoxime crystals, and also in the crystals of the deuterium derivatives of these two compounds. In each case these spectra were measured for the two different crystalline faces at room temperature and at 77 K by a transmission method, using the polarized light. Theoretical analysis of the results concerned linear dichroic effects, and the H/D isotopic and temperature effects, observed in the solid-state IR spectra of the hydrogen and the deuterium bond, at the frequency ranges of the νO-H and the νO-D bands. Basic spectral properties of the crystals can be interpreted in a satisfactory quantitative way for a hydrogen bond linear dimer model in terms of the ' strong-coupling' theory. This model explains not only a two-branch structure of the νO-H and the νO-D bands in the crystalline spectra, but also some essential linear dichroic effects in the band frequency ranges, for isotopically diluted crystals. Within the scope of our studies, the mechanism of the H/D isotopic self-organization processes (which take place in the crystalline hydrogen bond lattices) was also recognized. It was proved that for isotopically diluted crystalline samples of 3-pyridinealdoxime and 4-pyridnealdoxime, a non-random distribution of the protons and deuterons occurs exclusively in some restricted fragments (i.e. domains) of open chains of the hydrogen bonded molecules. Nevertheless, these co-operative interactions between the hydrogen bonds do not concern the adjacent fragments of the neighboring hydrogen bond chains in the lattice. The electronic structure of these compounds was considered as responsible for such co-operative effects of the hydrogen bonds.

  4. Wheel-like Mn(II)6 and Ni(II)6 complexes from the use of 2-pyridinealdoxime and carboxylates.


    Zhang, Suyun; Zhen, Lina; Xu, Bin; Inglis, Ross; Li, Kai; Chen, Wenqian; Zhang, Yong; Konidaris, Konstantis F; Perlepes, Spyros P; Brechin, Euan K; Li, Yahong


    The employment of 2-pyridinealdoxime, (py)C(H)NOH, in nickel(II) and manganese(II) carboxylate chemistry under solvothermal conditions is reported. The syntheses, crystal structures and magnetochemical characterization (for two representative compounds) are described for [Ni(6)(O(2)CMe)(6){(py)C(H)NO}(6)].H(2)O (1.H(2)O), [Ni(6)(O(2)CPh)(6){(py)C(H)NO}(6)].2EtOH (2.2EtOH), [Ni(6){(4-Cl)O(2)CPh}(6){(py)C(H)NO}(6)].2EtOH (3.2EtOH) and [Mn(6)(O(2)CMe)(6){(py)C(H)NO}(6)].H(2)O (4.H(2)O), where (4-Cl)PhCO(2)(-) is 4-chlorobenzoate. The reactions of M(O(2)CMe)(2).4H(2)O (M = Ni, Mn) with one equivalent of (py)C(H)NOH in EtOH at 120 degrees C under autogenous pressure give isostructural 1.H(2)O and 4.H(2)O. Complexes 2.2EtOH and 3.2EtOH were obtained from the 1 : 1 : 1 Ni(O(2)CMe)(2).4H(2)O/{(py)C(H)NOH/(X)PhCO(2)H reaction mixtures in EtOH under solvothermal conditions (X = H, 4-Cl). The structurally similar clusters 1-4 have a wheel-like topology with the six metal ions in a chair conformation. Each metal site is bound to four oxygen and two nitrogen atoms; the donor atoms come from two carboxylate oxygens, two oximate oxygens, one pyridyl nitrogen and one oximate nitrogen atom. The carboxylate ligands show the syn, syn eta(1):eta(1):mu mode, while the (py)C(H)NO(-) ions behave as eta(1):eta(1):eta(2):mu(3) ligands. Each metal...metal vector is bridged by one carboxylate group, one mu-O derived from a (py)C(H)NO(-) ligand and by one diatomic oximate-NO- group from an adjacent (py)C(H)NO(-) group. The IR spectra of the complexes are discussed in terms of the coordination modes of the ligands. Variable-temperature, solid-state dc magnetic susceptibility studies were carried out on polycrystalline samples of 1 and 4. The data in the 2.0-300 K range have been fit to a model with one J value revealing moderate (1) or weak (2) antiferromagnetic M(II)...M(II) exchange interactions. This work demonstrates the synthetic potential of combining (py)C(H)NOH with carboxylate ligands

  5. Refinement of structural leads for centrally acting oxime reactivators of phosphylated cholinesterases.


    Radić, Zoran; Sit, Rakesh K; Kovarik, Zrinka; Berend, Suzana; Garcia, Edzna; Zhang, Limin; Amitai, Gabriel; Green, Carol; Radić, Bozica; Fokin, Valery V; Sharpless, K Barry; Taylor, Palmer


    We present a systematic structural optimization of uncharged but ionizable N-substituted 2-hydroxyiminoacetamido alkylamine reactivators of phosphylated human acetylcholinesterase (hAChE) intended to catalyze the hydrolysis of organophosphate (OP)-inhibited hAChE in the CNS. Starting with the initial lead oxime RS41A identified in our earlier study and extending to the azepine analog RS194B, reactivation rates for OP-hAChE conjugates formed by sarin, cyclosarin, VX, paraoxon, and tabun are enhanced severalfold in vitro. To analyze the mechanism of intrinsic reactivation of the OP-AChE conjugate and penetration of the blood-brain barrier, the pH dependence of the oxime and amine ionizing groups of the compounds and their nucleophilic potential were examined by UV-visible spectroscopy, (1)H NMR, and oximolysis rates for acetylthiocholine and phosphoester hydrolysis. Oximolysis rates were compared in solution and on AChE conjugates and analyzed in terms of the ionization states for reactivation of the OP-conjugated AChE. In addition, toxicity and pharmacokinetic studies in mice show significantly improved CNS penetration and retention for RS194B when compared with RS41A. The enhanced intrinsic reactivity against the OP-AChE target combined with favorable pharmacokinetic properties resulted in great improvement of antidotal properties of RS194B compared with RS41A and the standard peripherally active oxime, 2-pyridinealdoxime methiodide. Improvement was particularly noticeable when pretreatment of mice with RS194B before OP exposure was combined with RS194B reactivation therapy after the OP insult.

  6. Modulation of Long-Term Potentiation and Epileptiform Activity in the Rat Dentate Gyrus by the Group II Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor Subtype mGluR3

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    Group I mGluR antagonist 4-AP K+ channel blockers DNQX AMPA receptor antagonist (1S,3R)-ACPD Group I and II mGluRs agonist ACPD 1-aminocyclopentane-1,3...receptor antagonist 72 bicuculline methiodide, and the AMPA receptor antagonist 6,7-dinitroquinoxaline-2,3- dione ( DNQX ), did not alter spontaneous

  7. In silico studies in probing the role of kinetic and structural effects of different drugs for the reactivation of tabun-inhibited AChE.


    Lo, Rabindranath; Chandar, Nellore Bhanu; Kesharwani, Manoj K; Jain, Aastha; Ganguly, Bishwajit


    We have examined the reactivation mechanism of the tabun-conjugated AChE with various drugs using density functional theory (DFT) and post-Hartree-Fock methods. The electronic environments and structural features of neutral oximes (deazapralidoxime and 3-hydroxy-2-pyridinealdoxime) and charged monopyridinium oxime (2-PAM) and bispyridinium oxime (Ortho-7) are different, hence their efficacy varies towards the reactivation process of tabun-conjugated AChE. The calculated potential energy surfaces suggest that a monopyridinium reactivator is less favorable for the reactivation of tabun-inhibited AChE compared to a bis-quaternary reactivator, which substantiates the experimental study. The rate determining barrier with neutral oximes was found to be ∼2.5 kcal/mol, which was ∼5.0 kcal/mol lower than charged oxime drugs such as Ortho-7. The structural analysis of the calculated geometries suggest that the charged oximes form strong O(…)H and N(…)H hydrogen bonding and C-H(…)π non-bonding interaction with the tabun-inhibited enzyme to stabilize the reactant complex compared to separated reactants, which influences the activation barrier. The ability of neutral drugs to cross the blood-brain barrier was also found to be superior to charged antidotes, which corroborates the available experimental observations. The calculated activation barriers support the superiority of neutral oximes for the activation of tabun-inhibited AChE compared to charged oximes. However, they lack effective interactions with their peripheral sites. Docking studies revealed that the poor binding affinity of simple neutral oxime drugs such as 3-hydroxy-2-pyridinealdoxime inside the active-site gorge of AChE was significantly augmented with the addition of neutral peripheral units compared to conventional charged peripheral sites. The newly designed oxime drug 2 appears to be an attractive candidate as efficient antidote to kinetically and structurally reactivate the tabun

  8. In Silico Studies in Probing the Role of Kinetic and Structural Effects of Different Drugs for the Reactivation of Tabun-Inhibited AChE

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    Lo, Rabindranath; Chandar, Nellore Bhanu; Kesharwani, Manoj K.; Jain, Aastha; Ganguly, Bishwajit


    We have examined the reactivation mechanism of the tabun-conjugated AChE with various drugs using density functional theory (DFT) and post-Hartree-Fock methods. The electronic environments and structural features of neutral oximes (deazapralidoxime and 3-hydroxy-2-pyridinealdoxime) and charged monopyridinium oxime (2-PAM) and bispyridinium oxime (Ortho-7) are different, hence their efficacy varies towards the reactivation process of tabun-conjugated AChE. The calculated potential energy surfaces suggest that a monopyridinium reactivator is less favorable for the reactivation of tabun-inhibited AChE compared to a bis-quaternary reactivator, which substantiates the experimental study. The rate determining barrier with neutral oximes was found to be ∼2.5 kcal/mol, which was ∼5.0 kcal/mol lower than charged oxime drugs such as Ortho-7. The structural analysis of the calculated geometries suggest that the charged oximes form strong O…H and N…H hydrogen bonding and C-H…π non-bonding interaction with the tabun-inhibited enzyme to stabilize the reactant complex compared to separated reactants, which influences the activation barrier. The ability of neutral drugs to cross the blood-brain barrier was also found to be superior to charged antidotes, which corroborates the available experimental observations. The calculated activation barriers support the superiority of neutral oximes for the activation of tabun-inhibited AChE compared to charged oximes. However, they lack effective interactions with their peripheral sites. Docking studies revealed that the poor binding affinity of simple neutral oxime drugs such as 3-hydroxy-2-pyridinealdoxime inside the active-site gorge of AChE was significantly augmented with the addition of neutral peripheral units compared to conventional charged peripheral sites. The newly designed oxime drug 2 appears to be an attractive candidate as efficient antidote to kinetically and structurally reactivate the tabun-inhibited enzyme

  9. Prelimbic cortex GABAA receptors are involved in the mediation of restraint stress-evoked cardiovascular responses.


    Fassini, Aline; Resstel, Leonardo B M; Corrêa, Fernando M A


    Stress is a response of the organism to homeostasis-threatening stimuli and is coordinated by two main neural systems: the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal and the autonomic nervous system. Acute restraint stress (RS) is a model of unavoidable stress, which is characterized by autonomic responses including an increase in mean arterial pressure (MAP) and heart rate (HR), as well as a drop in tail temperature. The prelimbic cortex (PL) has been implicated in the modulation of functional responses caused by RS. The present study aimed to evaluate the role of PL GABAergic neurotransmission in the modulation of autonomic changes induced by RS. Bilateral microinjection of the GABAA receptor antagonist bicuculline methiodide into the PL reduced pressor and tachycardic responses evoked by RS, in a dose-dependent manner, without affecting the tail temperature drop evoked by RS. In order to investigate which peripheral autonomic effector modulated the reduction in RS-cardiovascular responses caused by the blockade of PL GABAA receptors, rats were intravenously pretreated with either atenolol or homatropine methylbromide. The blockade of the cardiac sympathetic nervous system with atenolol blunted the reducing effect of PL treatment with bicuculline methiodide on RS-evoked pressor and tachycardic responses. The blockade of the parasympathetic nervous system with homatropine methylbromide, regardless of affecting the beginning of the tachycardic response, did not impact on the reduction of RS-evoked tachycardic and pressor responses caused by the PL treatment with bicuculline methiodide. The present results indicate that both cardiac sympathetic and parasympathetic activities are involved in the reduction of RS-evoked cardiovascular responses evidenced after the blockade of PL GABAA receptors by bicuculline methiodide.


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    Contracture of the isolated frog Rectus abdominis muscle was used to study pharmacological properties of 2-PAM (2-pyridine aldoxime methiodide) and...example, concentrations of 2-PAM in excess of 4 x 10 to the -5th power M potentiate contractures of the frog rectus muscle elicited by acetylcholine...2-PAM inhibits the response to the depolarizing agents, decamethonium and carbamylcholine, which are not susceptible to hydrolysis by the ChE of frog

  11. Involvement of peripheral mu opioid receptors in scratching behavior in mice.


    Yamamoto, Atsuki; Sugimoto, Yukio


    Pruritus is a common adverse effect of opioid treatment. However, the mechanism by which pruritus is induced by opioid administration is unclear. In this study, we examined the effects of the intradermal injection of loperamide, a peripherally restricted opioid receptor agonist, on the itch sensation. When injected intradermally into the rostral part of the back in mice, loperamide elicited scratching behavior. We also examined the effects of the selective mu opioid receptor agonist [d-Ala², N-Me-Phe⁴, Gly⁵-ol]-enkephalin acetate (DAMGO), the selective delta opioid receptor agonist [d-Pen(2,5)]-enkephalin (DPDPE), and the selective kappa opioid receptor agonist U-50488H on scratching behavior in mice in order to determine which subtype is involved in opioid-induced pruritus. Following intradermal injection into the rostral part of the back in mice, DAMGO elicited scratching behavior, while DPDPE and U-50488H did not. This suggests that peripheral mu opioid activation elicits the itch sensation. Next, we focused on the treatment of opioid-induced itch sensation without central adverse effects. Naloxone methiodide is a peripherally restricted opioid receptor antagonist. In the present study, naloxone methiodide significantly suppressed scratching behavior induced by loperamide and DAMGO. These findings suggest that mu opioid receptors play a primary role in peripheral pruritus and that naloxone methiodide may represent a possible remedy for opioid-induced itching.

  12. Biodegradable hydrophobic-hydrophilic hybrid hydrogels: swelling behavior and controlled drug release.


    Wu, Da-Qing; Chu, Chih-Chang


    The objective of this work was to investigate a new family of hydrophobic-hydrophilic biodegradable hybrid hydrogels as drug carriers. A series of hydrophobic-hydrophilic biodegradable hybrid hydrogels was formulated via photo means from hydrophobic three-arm poly (epsilon-caprolactone) maleic acid (PGCL-Ma) and hydrophilic dextran maleic acid (Dex-Ma) precursors over a wide range of the two precursors' feed ratio (PGCL-Ma/Dex-Ma at 100:0, 70:30, 50:50, 30:70 and 0:100). A low-molecular-weight and hydrophilic drug, the alpha-7 agonist cocaine methiodide, was used as the model drug for the release study from the hybrid hydrogels in pH 7.4 phosphate buffer solution at 37 degrees C. The swelling data of these hybrid hydrogels depended on the hydrophobic to hydrophilic precursors' feed ratio, and there were several-fold differences in swelling ratios between a pure hydrophilic Dex-Ma and a pure hydrophobic PGCL-Ma hydrogels. The presence of the hydrophobic PGCL-Ma component significantly reduced the initial burst swelling of the hybrid hydrogels. Depending on the two precursors' feed ratios, the swelling data during the early period obeyed either Fickian diffusion (for 50:50 PGCL-Ma/Dex-Ma hydrogel), non-Fickian or anomalous transport (for 70:30 and 100:0 PGCL-Ma/Dex-Ma), or relaxation-controlled (for 30:70 and 0:100 PGCL-Ma/Dex-Ma). A wide range of cocaine methiodide release profiles was achieved by controlling hydrophobic to hydrophilic precursors' feed ratios. Initial drug burst release was significantly reduced as the concentration of the hydrophobic PGCL-Ma component increased in the hybrid hydrogels. The bulk of cocaine methiodide released during the 160-h period was via diffusion-controlled mechanism, while degradation-controlled mechanism dominated thereafter.

  13. Differences in the morphine-induced inhibition of small and large intestinal transit: Involvement of central and peripheral μ-opioid receptors in mice.


    Matsumoto, Kenjiro; Umemoto, Hiroyuki; Mori, Tomohisa; Akatsu, Ryuya; Saito, Shinichiro; Tashima, Kimihito; Shibasaki, Masahiro; Kato, Shinichi; Suzuki, Tsutomu; Horie, Syunji


    Constipation is the most common side effect of morphine. Morphine acts centrally and on peripheral sites within the enteric nervous system. There are a few comprehensive studies on morphine-induced constipation in the small and large intestine by the activation of central and peripheral μ-opioid receptors. We investigated the differences in the inhibition of the small and large intestinal transit in normal and morphine-tolerant mice. Morphine reduced the geometric center in the fluorescein isothiocyanate-dextran assay and prolonged the bead expulsion time in a dose-dependent manner. The inhibitory effects of morphine were blocked by μ-opioid antagonist β-funaltrexamine, but not by δ- and κ-opioid antagonists. The peripheral opioid receptor antagonist, naloxone methiodide, partially blocked morphine's effect in the small intestine and completely blocked its effect in the large intestine. The intracerebroventricular administration of naloxone significantly reversed the delay of small intestinal transit but did not affect morphine-induced inhibition of large intestinal transit. Naloxone methiodide completely reversed the inhibition of large intestinal transit in normal and morphine-tolerant mice. Naloxone methiodide partially reversed the morphine-induced inhibition of small intestinal transit in normal mice but completely reversed the effects of morphine in tolerant mice. Chronic treatment with morphine results in tolerance to its inhibitory effect on field-stimulated contraction in the isolated small intestine but not in the large intestine. These results suggest that peripheral and central opioid receptors are involved in morphine-induced constipation in the small and large intestine during the early stage of treatment, but the peripheral receptors mainly regulate constipation during long-term morphine treatment.

  14. A novel class of cholinergic agents structurally related to 2-morpholinol.


    Feriani, A; Gaviraghi, G; Toson, G; Valsecchi, B; Caldirola, P; Ravasi, M; Merlini, L; Redaelli, C; Grana, E; Zonta, F


    A series of esters and ethers of N-alkylmorpholin-2-ols, and their methiodides, which can be considered cyclic analogues of acetylcholine, were synthesized. The amines were obtained by acylation or etherification of morpholinols with the appropriate acyl chlorides and alcohols. All compounds were tested for their ability to interact with the muscarinic receptor M2 (guinea-pig atria) or M3 (rat ileum and urinary bladder) subtype. Some compounds, although endowed with relatively low potency, proved interesting for their organ selectivity. Some considerations on the structure-activity relationship are made and the results obtained with reference agonists and antagonists are also shown.

  15. A HTS assay for the detection of organophosphorus nerve agent scavengers.


    Louise-Leriche, Ludivine; Paunescu, Emilia; Saint-André, Géraldine; Baati, Rachid; Romieu, Anthony; Wagner, Alain; Renard, Pierre-Yves


    A new pro-fluorescent probe aimed at a HTS assay of scavengers is able to selectively and efficiently cleave the P-S bond of organophosphorus nerve agents and by this provides non-toxic phosphonic acid has been designed and synthesised. The previously described pro-fluorescent probes were based on a conventional activated P-Oaryl bond cleavage, whereas our approach uses a self-immolative linker strategy that allows the detection of phosphonothioase activity with respect to a non-activated P-Salkyl bond. Further, we have also developed and optimised a high-throughput screening assay for the selection of decontaminants (chemical or biochemical scavengers) that could efficiently hydrolyse highly toxic V-type nerve agents. A preliminary screening, realised on a small alpha-nucleophile library, allowed us to identify some preliminary "hits", among which pyridinealdoximes, alpha-oxo oximes, hydroxamic acids and, less active but more original, amidoximes were the most promising. Their selective phosphonothioase activity has been further confirmed by using PhX as the substrate, and thus they offer new perspectives for the synthesis of more potent V nerve agent scavengers.

  16. Critical role of peripheral drug actions in experience-dependent changes in nucleus accumbens glutamate release induced by intravenous cocaine

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    Wakabayashi, Ken T.; Kiyatkin, Eugene A.


    Recent studies reveal that cocaine experience results in persistent neuroadaptive changes within glutamate (Glu) synapses in brain areas associated with drug reward. However, it remains unclear whether cocaine affects Glu release in drug-naive animals and how it is altered by drug experience. By using high-speed amperometry with enzyme-based and enzyme-free biosensors in freely moving rats, we show that an initial intravenous cocaine injection at a low self-administering dose (1 mg/kg) induces rapid, small and transient Glu release in the nucleus accumbens shell (NAc), which with subsequent injections rapidly becomes a much stronger, two-component increase. Using cocaine-methiodide, cocaine’s analogue that does not cross the blood-brain barrier, we confirm that the initial cocaine-induced Glu release in the NAc has a peripheral neural origin. Unlike cocaine, Glu responses induced by cocaine-methiodide rapidly habituate following repeated exposure. However, after cocaine experience this drug induces cocaine-like Glu responses. Hence, the interoceptive actions of cocaine, which essentially precede its direct actions in the brain, play a critical role in experience-dependent alterations in Glu release, cocaine-induced neural sensitization and may contribute to cocaine addiction. PMID:24111505

  17. GABA-A and GABA-B receptors in the cuneate nucleus of the rat in vivo.


    Orviz, P; Cecchini, B G; Andrés-Trelles, F


    Electric stimulation of the rat forepaw evokes a negative potential (N-wave) at the ipsilateral cuneate nucleus. The responses of the N-wave to microiontophoretically applied GABA agonists and antagonists have been studied. Applications of GABA-A agonists (3-amino-propanesulfonic acid and muscimol) reduce the amplitude of the N-wave. This effect decreases during prolonged application, suggesting a desensitization of GABA-A receptors. In addition the effect of muscimol is reduced by (-)-bicuculline methiodide. Baclofen (a GABA-B agonist) also depresses the N-wave but its action lasts longer, is less reversible, shows no desensitization and is not blocked by (-)-bicuculline methiodide. The different responses of the N-wave to GABA-A and GABA-B agonists are compatible with the existence of different types of functional receptors for them in the cuneate nucleus of the rat. The receptors activated by muscimol (GABA-A) are clearly not the same as the ones activated by baclofen (conceivably GABA-B).

  18. Cooperative metal-ligand assisted E/Z isomerization and cyano activation at Cu(II) and Co(II) complexes of arylhydrazones of active methylene nitriles.


    Mahmudov, Kamran T; Kopylovich, Maximilian N; Sabbatini, Alessandra; Drew, Michael G B; Martins, Luísa M D R S; Pettinari, Claudio; Pombeiro, Armando J L


    New (E/Z)-2-(2-(1-cyano-2-methoxy-2-oxoethylidene)hydrazinyl)benzoic acid (H2L(4)) and known sodium 2-(2-(dicyanomethylene)hydrazinyl)benzenesulfonate (NaHL(1)), 2-(2-(dicyano-methylene)hydrazinyl)benzoic acid (H2L(2)), and sodium (E/Z)-2-(2-(1-cyano-2-methoxy-2-oxoethylidene)hydrazinyl)benzenesulfonate (NaHL(3)) were used in the template synthesis of a series of Cu(II) and Co(II) complexes [Cu(H2O)2L(1a)]·H2O (1), [Cu(H2O)(3-pyon)L(1b)]·H2O (2), [Cu(H2O)(4-pyon)L(1b)] (3), [Co(H2O)((CH3)2NCHO)(μ-L(2a))]2·(CH3)2NCHO (4), [Cu3(μ3-OH)(NO3)(CH3OH)(μ2-X)3(μ2-HL(3))] (5), [Cu(H2O)(py)L(3)]·H2O (6), [Cu(H2O)2(μ-L(4))]6·6H2O (7), [Cu(2-cnpy(b))2(L(1b))2]·2H2O (8), [Cu(2-cnpy(a))2(L(1a))2]·2H2O (9), and [Cu(H2O)(4-cnpy)(L(1a))2] (10), where 3-pyon = 1-(pyridin-3-yl)ethanone, 4-pyon = 1-(pyridin-4-yl)ethanone, py = pyridine, HX = syn-2-pyridinealdoxime, 4-cnpy = 4-cyanopyridine; 2-cnpy(a), 2-cnpy(b), L(1a), L(1b), L(2a) are the ligands derived from nucleophilic attack of methanol (a) or water (b) on a cyano group of 2-cyanopyridine (2-cnpy), L(1) or L(2), respectively, giving the corresponding iminoesters (2-cnpy(a), L(1a) or L(2a)) or carboxamides (2-cnpy(b) or L(1b)). An auxiliary ligand, namely syn-2-pyridinealdoxime or pyridine, acting cooperatively with the metal ion (Cu(II) in this case), induced an E/Z isomerization of the H2L(4) ligand; the E- and Z-isomers were isolated separately and fully characterized (compounds 9 and 10, respectively). A one-pot activation of nitrile groups in different molecules was achieved in the syntheses of 8 and 9. Complexes 1-10 are catalyst precursors for the solvent-free microwave (MW)-assisted selective oxidation of secondary alcohols to the corresponding ketones, with typical yields in the 29-99% range (TOFs up to 4.94 × 10(3) h(-1)) after 30 min of MW irradiation.

  19. Evidence That GABA Mediates Dopaminergic and Serotonergic Pathways Associated with Locomotor Activity in Juvenile Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

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    Clements, S.; Schreck, C.B.


    The authors examined the control of locomotor activity in juvenile salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) by manipulating 3 neurotransmitter systems-gamma-amino-n-butyric acid (GABA), dopamine, and serotonin-as well as the neuropeptide corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH). Intracerebroventricular (ICV) injections of CRH and the GABAAagonist muscimol stimulated locomotor activity. The effect of muscimol was attenuated by administration of a dopamine receptor antagonist, haloperidol. Conversely, the administration of a dopamine uptake inhibitor (4???,4??? -difluoro-3-alpha-[diphenylmethoxy] tropane hydrochloride [DUI]) potentiated the effect of muscimol. They found no evidence that CRH-induced hyperactivity is mediated by dopaminergic systems following concurrent injections of haloperidol or DUI with CRH. Administration of muscimol either had no effect or attenuated the locomotor response to concurrent injections of CRH and fluoxetine, whereas the GABAA antagonist bicuculline methiodide potentiated the effect of CRH and fluoxetine.

  20. Plasmodium falciparum: growth response to potassium channel blocking compounds.


    Waller, Karena L; Kim, Kami; McDonald, Thomas V


    Potassium channels are essential for cell survival and regulate the cell membrane potential and electrochemical gradient. During its lifecycle, Plasmodium falciparum parasites must rapidly adapt to dramatically variant ionic conditions within the mosquito mid-gut, the hepatocyte and red blood cell (RBC) cytosols, and the human circulatory system. To probe the participation of K(+) channels in parasite viability, growth response assays were performed in which asexual stage P. falciparum parasites were cultured in the presence of various Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channel blocking compounds. These data describe the novel anti-malarial effects of bicuculline methiodide and tubocurarine chloride and the novel lack of effect of apamine and verruculogen. Taken together, the data herein imply the presence of K(+) channels, or other parasite-specific targets, in P. falciparum-infected RBCs that are sensitive to blockade with Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channel blocking compounds.

  1. Effects of a 60 Hz magnetic field on central cholinergic systems of the rat

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    Lai, H.; Carino, M.A.; Horita, A.; Guy, A.W. )


    The authors studied the effects of an acute exposure to a 60 Hz magnetic field on sodium-dependent, high-affinity choline uptake in the brain of the rat. Decreases in uptake were observed in the frontal cortex and hippocampus after the animals were exposed to a magnetic field at flux densities [>=] 0.75 mT. These effects of the magnetic field were blocked by pretreating the animals with the narcotic antagonist naltrexone, but not by the peripheral opioid antagonist, naloxone methiodide. These data indicate that the magnetic-field-induced decreases in high-affinity choline uptake in the rat brain were mediated by endogenous opioids in the central nervous systems.

  2. Dextromethorphan inhibition of voltage-gated proton currents in BV2 microglial cells.


    Song, Jin-Ho; Yeh, Jay Z


    Dextromethorphan, an antitussive drug, has a neuroprotective property as evidenced by its inhibition of microglial production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and reactive oxygen species. The microglial activation requires NADPH oxidase activity, which is sustained by voltage-gated proton channels in microglia as they dissipate an intracellular acid buildup. In the present study, we examined the effect of dextromethorphan on proton currents in microglial BV2 cells. Dextromethorphan reversibly inhibited proton currents with an IC(50) value of 51.7 μM at an intracellular/extracellular pH gradient of 5.5/7.3. Dextromethorphan did not change the reversal potential or the voltage dependence of the gating. Dextrorphan and 3-hydroxymorphinan, major metabolites of dextromethorphan, and dextromethorphan methiodide were ineffective in inhibiting proton currents. The results indicate that dextromethorphan inhibition of proton currents would suppress NADPH oxidase activity and, eventually, microglial activation. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Quantum dot optical encoded polystyrene beads for DNA detection.


    Cao, Yuan-Cheng; Liu, Tian-Cai; Hua, Xiao-Feng; Zhu, Xiao-Xia; Wang, Hai-Qiao; Huang, Zhen-Li; Zhao, Yuan-Di; Liu, Man-Xi; Luo, Qing-Ming


    A novel multiplex analysis technology based on quantum dot (QD) optical encoded beads was studied. Carboxyl functionalized polystyrene beads, about 100 microm in size, were precisely encoded by the various ratios of two types of QDs whose emission wavelengths are 576 and 628 nm, respectively. Then the different encoded beads were covalently immobilized with different probes in the existing of sulfo-NHS and 1-[3-(Dimethylamino) propyl]-3-ethylcarbodiimide methiodide, and the probe density could reach to 3.1 mmol/g. These probe-linked encoded beads were used to detect the target DNA sequences in complex DNA solution by hybridization. Hybridization was visualized using fluorescein isothiocynate-labeled DNA sequences. The results show that the QDs and target signals can be obviously identified from a single-bead-level spectrum. This technology can detect DNA targets effectively with a detection limit of 0.2 microg/mL in complex solution.

  4. Modulation of the release of norepinephrine by gamma-aminobutyric acid and morphine in the frontal cerebral cortex of the rat

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    Peoples, R.W.


    Agents that enhance gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, neurotransmission modulate certain effects of opioids, such as analgesia. Opioid analgesia is mediated in part by norepinephrine in the forebrain. In this study, the interactions between morphine and GABAergic agents on release of ({sup 3}H) norepinephrine from rat frontal cerebral cortical slices were examined. GABA, 5 {times} 10{sup {minus}5}-10{sup {minus}3} M, enhanced potassium stimulated ({sup 3}H) norepinephrine release and reversed the inhibitory effect of morphine in a noncompetitive manner. GABA did not enhance release of ({sup 3}H) norepinephrine stimulated by the calcium ionophore A23187. The effect of GABA was reduced by the GABA{sub A} receptor antagonists bicuculline methiodide or picrotoxin, and by the selective inhibitor of GABA uptake SKF 89976A, but was blocked completely only when bicuculline methiodide and SKF 89976A were used in combination. The GABA{sub A} agonist muscimol, 10{sup {minus}4} M, mimicked the effect of GABA, but the GABA{sub B} agonist ({plus minus})baclofen, 10{sup {minus}4} M, did not affect the release of ({sup 3}H) norepinephrine in the absence or the presence of morphine. Thus GABA appears to produce this effect by stimulating GABA uptake and GABA{sub A}, but not GABA{sub B}, receptors. In contrast to the results that would be predicted for an event involving GABA{sub A} receptors, however, the effect of GABA did not desensitize, and benzodiazepine agonists did not enhance the effect of GABA at any concentration tested between 10{sup {minus}8} and 10{sup {minus}4} M. Thus these receptors may constitute a subclass of GABA{sub A} receptors. These results support a role of GABA uptake and GABA{sub A} receptors in enhancing the release of norepinephrine and modulating its inhibition by opioids in the frontal cortex of the rat.

  5. Peripheral and central sites of action for anti-allodynic activity induced by the bifunctional opioid/NPFF receptors agonist BN-9 in inflammatory pain model.


    Zhang, Run; Xu, Biao; Zhang, Meng-Na; Zhang, Ting; Wang, Zi-Long; Zhao, Geng; Zhao, Guang-Hai; Li, Ning; Fang, Quan; Wang, Rui


    The activation of opioid and neuropeptide FF (NPFF) receptors plays important roles to modulate nociceptive signal in inflammatory pain states. Recently, BN-9 (Tyr-D. Ala-Gly-Phe-Gln-Pro-Gln-Arg-Phe-NH2) was pharmacologically characterized as a novel bifunctional agonist at both opioid and NPFF receptors. In the present study, the anti-allodynic activity and site(s) of action of BN-9 were assessed in a mouse model of carrageenan-induced inflammatory pain. In mice, BN-9 induced a dose-dependent anti-allodinic effect through opioid receptor at supraspinal or spinal level, and this effect was augmented by pretreatment with the NPFF receptor antagonist at the same level. In contrast, peripheral administration of BN-9 produced opioid receptor-mediated anti-allodynia, which was insensitive of the NPFF receptor antagonist. In addition, systemic BN-9 produced anti-allodynic effect via opioid receptors, independent of NPFF system. Therefore, these data indicate that central, peripheral or systemic administrations of BN-9 exert potent analgesic activities in inflammatory pain model via opioid receptor, and central effects of BN-9 are associated with NPFF system. Interestingly, systemic anti-allodynia of BN-9 was blocked by intraperitoneal administration of the opioid receptor antagonists, naloxone and naloxone methiodide, but not by intracerebroventricular injection of the peripherally acting opioid antagonist naloxone methiodide. Furthermore, BN-9-induced systemic anti-allodynia was reversed by intraplantar administration of naloxone, but not by peripheral administration of the NPFF receptor antagonist. Taken together, our data further suggest that systemic BN-9-induced anti-allodynic effect is mainly mediated by peripheral opioid receptors, independent of NPFF receptors. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Two Plant-Derived Aporphinoid Alkaloids Exert Their Antifungal Activity by Disrupting Mitochondrial Iron-Sulfur Cluster Biosynthesis.


    Tripathi, Siddharth K; Xu, Tao; Feng, Qin; Avula, Bharathi; Shi, Xiaomin; Pan, Xuewen; Mask, Melanie M; Baerson, Scott R; Jacob, Melissa R; Ravu, Ranga Rao; Khan, Shabana I; Li, Xing-Cong; Khan, Ikhlas A; Clark, Alice M; Agarwal, Ameeta K


    Eupolauridine and liriodenine are plant-derived aporphinoid alkaloids that exhibit potent inhibitory activity against the opportunistic fungal pathogens Candida albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans However, the molecular mechanism of this antifungal activity is unknown. In this study, we show that eupolauridine 9591 (E9591), a synthetic analog of eupolauridine, and liriodenine methiodide (LMT), a methiodide salt of liriodenine, mediate their antifungal activities by disrupting mitochondrial iron-sulfur (Fe-S) cluster synthesis. Several lines of evidence supported this conclusion. First, both E9591 and LMT elicited a transcriptional response indicative of iron imbalance, causing the induction of genes that are required for iron uptake and for the maintenance of cellular iron homeostasis. Second, a genome-wide fitness profile analysis showed that yeast mutants with deletions in iron homeostasis-related genes were hypersensitive to E9591 and LMT. Third, treatment of wild-type yeast cells with E9591 or LMT generated cellular defects that mimicked deficiencies in mitochondrial Fe-S cluster synthesis including an increase in mitochondrial iron levels, a decrease in the activities of Fe-S cluster enzymes, a decrease in respiratory function, and an increase in oxidative stress. Collectively, our results demonstrate that E9591 and LMT perturb mitochondrial Fe-S cluster biosynthesis; thus, these two compounds target a cellular pathway that is distinct from the pathways commonly targeted by clinically used antifungal drugs. Therefore, the identification of this pathway as a target for antifungal compounds has potential applications in the development of new antifungal therapies. Copyright © 2017, The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

  7. Noradrenaline release in the rat vena cava is inhibited by gamma-aminobutyric acid via GABAB receptors but not affected by histamine.

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    Schneider, D.; Schlicker, E.; Malinowska, B.; Molderings, G.


    1. Segments of the rat vena cava preincubated with [3H]-noradrenaline were superfused with [3H]-noradrenaline-free solution containing desipramine and corticosterone and the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor ligands and of histamine on tritium overflow evoked by transmural electrical stimulation were studied. 2. GABA inhibited, and histamine failed to affect, the electrically (0.66 Hz) evoked tritium overflow both in the absence and presence of rauwolscine (which was present in the superfusion medium in the subsequent experiments). The effect of GABA was less pronounced at a stimulation frequency of 2 Hz. 3. The inhibitory effect of GABA (pIC35 5.83) on the electrically (0.66 Hz) evoked overflow was mimicked by the GABAB receptor agonist, R-(-)-baclofen (6.07) and less potently by S-(+)-baclofen (3.30) and the GABAA receptor agonist, muscimol (3.70). The concentration-response curve of GABA was shifted to the right by the GABAB receptor antagonist, CGP 35348 (P-(3-aminopropyl)-P- diethoxymethyl-phosphinic acid; apparent pA2 4.76), but not affected by the GABAA receptor antagonist, (-)-bicuculline methiodide 100 mumol l-1. Given alone, (-)-bicuculline methiodide slightly increased, and CGP 35348 did not affect, the evoked overflow. 4. The effect of GABA in veins from rats treated for 14 days with RS-baclofen (10 mg kg-1, i.p. once daily) did not differ from that in veins from rats which received the vehicle instead. The effect of GABA also did not differ in veins from rats treated once either with RS-baclofen or with its vehicle.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1665738

  8. Hypoxia-induced hypothermia mediated by GABA in the rostral parapyramidal area of the medulla oblongata.


    Osaka, T


    Hypoxia evokes a regulated decrease in the body core temperature (Tc) in a variety of animals. The neuronal mechanisms of this response include, at least in part, glutamatergic activation in the lateral preoptic area (LPO) of the hypothalamus. As the sympathetic premotor neurons in the medulla oblongata constitute a cardinal relay station in the descending neuronal pathway from the hypothalamus for thermoregulation, their inhibition can also be critically involved in the mechanisms of the hypoxia-induced hypothermia. Here, I examined the hypothesis that hypoxia-induced hypothermia is mediated by glutamate-responsive neurons in the LPO that activate GABAergic transmission in the rostral raphe pallidus (rRPa) and neighboring parapyramidal region (PPy) of the medulla oblongata in urethane-chloralose-anesthetized, neuromuscularly blocked, artificially ventilated rats. Unilateral microinjection of GABA (15nmol) into the rRPa and PPy regions elicited a prompt increase in tail skin temperature (Ts) and decreases in Tc, oxygen consumption rate (VO2), and heart rate. Next, when the GABAA receptor blocker bicuculline methiodide (bicuculline methiodide (BMI), 10pmol) alone was microinjected into the rRPa, it elicited unexpected contradictory responses: simultaneous increases in Ts, VO2 and heart rate and a decrease in Tc. Then, when BMI was microinjected bilaterally into the PPy, no direct effect on Ts was seen; and thermogenic and tachycardic responses were slight. However, pretreatment of the PPy with BMI, but not vehicle saline, greatly attenuated the hypothermic responses evoked by hypoxic (10%O2-90%N2, 5min) ventilation or bilateral microinjections of glutamate (5nmol, each side) into the LPO. The results suggest that hypoxia-induced hypothermia was mediated, at least in part, by the activation of GABAA receptors in the PPy.

  9. Nucleophilic Polymers and Gels in Hydrolytic Degradation of Chemical Warfare Agents.


    Bromberg, Lev; Creasy, William R; McGarvey, David J; Wilusz, Eugene; Hatton, T Alan


    Water- and solvent-soluble polymeric materials based on polyalkylamines modified with nucleophilic groups are introduced as catalysts of chemical warfare agent (CWA) hydrolysis. A comparative study conducted at constant pH and based on the criteria of the synthetic route simplicity, aqueous solubility, and rate of hydrolysis of CWA mimic, diisopropylfluorophosphate (DFP), indicated that 4-aminopyridine-substituted polyallylamine (PAAm-APy) and polyvinylamine substituted with 4-aminopyridine (PVAm-APy) were advantageous over 4-pyridinealdoxime-modified PVAm and PAAm, poly(butadiene-co-pyrrolidinopyridine), and PAAm modified with bipyridine and its complex with Cu(II). The synthesis of PVAm-APy and PAAm-APy involved generation of a betaine derivative of acrylamide and its covalent attachment onto the polyalkylamine chain followed by basic hydrolysis. Hydrogel particles of PAAm-APy and PVAm-APy cross-linked by epichlorohydrin exhibited pH-dependent swelling and ionization patterns that affected the rate constants of DFP nucleophilic hydrolysis. Deprotonation of the aminopyridine and amine groups increased the rates of the nucleophilic hydrolysis. The second-order rate of nucleophilic hydrolysis was 5.5- to 10-fold higher with the nucleophile-modified gels compared to those obtained by cross-linking of unmodified PAAm, throughout the pH range. Testing of VX and soman (GD) was conducted in 2.5-3.7 wt % PVAm-APy suspensions or gels swollen in water or DMSO/water mixtures. The half-lives of GD in aqueous PVAm-APy were 12 and 770 min at pH 8.5 and 5, respectively. Addition of VX into 3.5-3.7 wt % suspensions of PVAm-APy in DMSO-d6 and D2O at initial VX concentration of 0.2 vol % resulted in 100% VX degradation in less than 20 min. The unmodified PVAm and PAAm were 2 orders of magnitude less active than PVAm-APy and PAAm-APy, with VX half-lives in the range of 24 h. Furthermore, the PVAm-APy and PAAm-APy gels facilitated the dehydrochlorination reaction of sulfur mustard

  10. GABAA receptor-mediated positive inotropism in guinea-pig isolated left atria: evidence for the involvement of capsaicin-sensitive nerves.


    Maggi, C A; Giuliani, S; Manzini, S; Meli, A


    1. Isolated left atria from reserpine-pretreated guinea-pigs, electrically driven (3 Hz) in the presence of atropine (1 microM), phentolamine (0.3 microM) and propranolol (1 microM), responded to a train of stimuli (10 Hz for 2.5s) with a delayed neurogenic positive inotropic response which was insensitive to hexamethonium (10 microM) but abolished by either tetrodotoxin (1 microM), omega-conotoxin (0.1 microM), in vitro capsaicin desensitization or desensitization to calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP). 2. In these experimental conditions, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) produced a concentration-related (10 microM-1 mM) positive inotropic response similar to that produced by electrical field stimulation. The effect of GABA was competitively antagonized by bicuculline methiodide (10 microM), a GABAA receptor antagonist. 3. The selective GABAA receptor agonists, muscimol and homotaurine mimicked the positive inotropic effect of GABA while baclofen, the selective GABAB receptor agonist, did not. 4. The action of GABA (1 mM) was abolished by either tetrodotoxin (1 microM), omega-conotoxin (0.1 microM), in vitro capsaicin desensitization or desensitization to CGRP, while it was unaffected by hexamethonium. In contrast, the inotropic response to CGRP was unaffected by tetrodotoxin, omega-conotoxin, bicuculline methiodide, hexamethonium or in vitro capsaicin desensitization, but was abolished by CGRP desensitization. 5. In the spontaneously beating guinea-pig right atrium, GABA (1 microM) produced a small and transient positive chronotropic effect that was no longer observed after in vitro desensitization with capsaicin (1 microM). 6. In the guinea-pig isolated perfused heart from reserpine-pretreated animals (with atropine, phentolamine and propranolol in the perfusion medium), GABA (1 microM) produced a transient tachycardia and a small increase in coronary flow. Both capsaicin (1 microM) and CGRP (1 microM) produced marked tachycardias and increases in coronary flow

  11. μ‐Opioid receptor activation prevents acute hepatic inflammation and cell death

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    Chakass, Dania; Philippe, David; Erdual, Edmone; Dharancy, Sébastien; Malapel, Mathilde; Dubuquoy, Caroline; Thuru, Xavier; Gay, Jerome; Gaveriaux‐Ruff, Claire; Dubus, Pierre; Mathurin, Philippe; Kieffer, Brigitte L; Desreumaux, Pierre; Chamaillard, Mathias


    Background and aims The detrimental impact of opioid agonist on the clinical management of inflammatory diseases remains elusive. Given the anti‐inflammatory properties of the μ‐opioid receptor (MOR) agonists at the intestinal barrier, we hypothesised that MOR activation might also dampen acute hepatic inflammation and cell death—major determinants in the pathogenesis of liver diseases. Patients and methods The expression of MOR in liver biopsy specimens and peripheral blood mononuclear cells of untreated patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and controls, primary hepatocytes and cell lines was determined by quantitative PCR, immunoblotting and/or immunohistochemistry. The effects of peripheral MOR agonist (D‐Ala2,NMe‐Phe4,Gly5‐ol (DAMGO)) and/or antagonist (naloxone methiodide) were explored in two models of acute hepatitis in mice. MOR‐deficient mice were used to evaluate the essential regulatory role of MOR during carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)‐induced hepatitis. The role of DAMGO in cell death was investigated using terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase‐mediated dUTP nick‐end labelling (TUNEL) analysis and quantification of lactate dehydrogenase release. Results The key role of MOR in the prevention of acute hepatic inflammation and cell death in vivo and in vitro is reported. Whereas MOR gene expression increased transiently in the model of acute liver injury and TNFα‐treated HepG2 cells, an impaired expression of MOR mRNA in human chronic hepatitis C samples was found. Furthermore, preventive administration of the selective MOR agonist DAMGO enhanced hepatoprotective‐signalling pathways in vivo that were blocked by using naloxone methiodide. Consistently, genetic and pharmacological inhibition of MOR enhanced the severity associated with experimental hepatotoxin‐induced hepatitis. Finally, treatment with DAMGO was shown to prevent cell death in vitro in HepG2 cells in a MOR‐dependent manner and to prevent concanavalin A

  12. Peripheral antinociceptive effects of the cyclic endomorphin-1 analog c[YpwFG] in a mouse visceral pain model.


    Bedini, Andrea; Baiula, Monica; Gentilucci, Luca; Tolomelli, Alessandra; De Marco, Rossella; Spampinato, Santi


    We previously described a novel cyclic endomorphin-1 analog c[Tyr-D-Pro-D-Trp-Phe-Gly] (c[YpwFG]), acting as a mu-opioid receptor (MOR) agonist. This study reports that c[YpwFG] is more lipophilic and resistant to enzymatic hydrolysis than endomorphin-1 and produces preemptive antinociception in a mouse visceral pain model when injected intraperitoneally (i.p.) or subcutaneously (s.c.) before 0.6% acetic acid, employed to evoke abdominal writhing (i.p. ED(50)=1.24 mg/kg; s.c. ED(50)=2.13 mg/kg). This effect is reversed by the selective MOR antagonist β-funaltrexamine and by a high dose of the mu(1)-opioid receptor-selective antagonist naloxonazine. Conversely, the kappa-opioid receptor antagonist nor-binaltorphimine and the delta-opioid receptor antagonist naltrindole are ineffective. c[YpwFG] produces antinociception when injected i.p. after acetic acid (ED(50)=4.80 mg/kg), and only at a dose of 20mg/kg did it elicit a moderate antinociceptive response in the mouse, evaluated by the tail flick assay. Administration of a lower dose of c[YpwFG] (10mg/kg i.p.) apparently produces a considerable part of antinociception on acetic acid-induced writhes through peripheral opioid receptors as this action is fully prevented by i.p. naloxone methiodide, which does not readily cross the blood-brain barrier; whereas this opioid antagonist injected intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.) is not effective. Antinociception produced by a higher dose of c[YpwFG] (20mg/kg i.p.) is partially reversed by naloxone methiodide i.c.v. administered. Thus, only at the dose of 20mg/kg c[YpwFG] can produce antinociception through both peripheral and central opioid receptors. In conclusion, c[YpwFG] displays sufficient metabolic stability to be effective after peripheral administration and demonstrates the therapeutic potential of endomorphin derivatives as novel analgesic agents to control visceral pain.

  13. Comparison of the action of baclofen with gamma-aminobutyric acid on rat hippocampal pyramidal cells in vitro.

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    Newberry, N R; Nicoll, R A


    Intracellular recordings from CA1 pyramidal cells in the hippocampal slice preparation were used to compare the action of baclofen, a gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) analogue, with GABA. Ionophoretic application of GABA or baclofen into stratum (s.) pyramidale evoked hyperpolarizations associated with reductions in the input resistance of the cell. Baclofen responses were easier to elicit in the dendrites than in the cell body layer. Blockade of synaptic transmission, with tetrodotoxin or cadmium, did not reduce baclofen responses, indicating a direct post-synaptic action. (+)-Bicuculline (10 microM) and bicuculline methiodide (100 microM) had little effect on baclofen responses but strongly antagonized somatic GABA responses of equal amplitude. The bicuculline resistance of the baclofen response was not absolute, as higher concentrations of these compounds did reduce it. Pentobarbitone (100 microM) enhanced somatic GABA responses without affecting baclofen responses. (-)-Baclofen was approximately 200 times more potent than (+)-baclofen. The reversal potentials for the somatic GABA and baclofen responses were -70 mV and -85 mV respectively. When the membrane was depolarized, the baclofen response was reduced. This apparent voltage sensitivity was not seen with somatic GABA responses. Altering the chloride gradient across the cell membrane altered the reversal potential of the somatic GABA response but not that of the baclofen response. It was extrapolated that a tenfold shift in the extracellular potassium concentration would cause a 48 mV shift in the reversal potential of the baclofen response. Barium ions reduced the baclofen response, but not the GABA response. Orthodromic stimulation produced a fast inhibitory post-synaptic potential (i.p.s.p.) and a slow i.p.s.p. The properties of the fast and slow i.p.s.p.s were remarkably similar to those of the somatic GABA and baclofen responses, respectively. Application of GABA to the pyramidal cell dendrites evoked, in

  14. Characterization of GABA- and glycine-induced currents of solitary rodent retinal ganglion cells in culture.


    Tauck, D L; Frosch, M P; Lipton, S A


    Ganglion cells were fluorescently labeled, dissociated from 7- to 11-day-old rodent retinas, and placed in tissue culture. Whole-cell recordings with patch electrodes were obtained from solitary cells lacking processes, which permitted a high-quality space clamp. Both GABA (1-200 microM) and glycine (10-300 microM) produced large increases in membrane conductance in virtually every ganglion cell tested, including ganglion cells from different size classes in both rats and mice. Taurine evoked responses similar to those of glycine, but considerably greater concentrations of taurine (150-300 microM) were necessary to observe any effect. Since 20 microM GABA produced approximately the same response as 100 microM glycine, the effects of these two concentrations were compared under various conditions. When recording with chloride distributed equally across the membrane, the reversal potential of the agonist-induced currents was approximately 0 mV. When the internal chloride was reduced by substitution with aspartate, the reversal potential shifted in a negative direction by about 42 mV, indicating that the current was carried mainly by chloride ions. Strychnine (1-5 microM) completely and reversibly blocked the actions of glycine (100 microM) but not those of GABA (20 microM); however, higher concentrations of strychnine (20 microM) nearly totally inhibited the current elicited by GABA (20 microM). The responses to glycine (100 microM) were not affected by bicuculline methiodide (20 microM) or picrotoxinin (20 microM). In contrast, bicuculline methiodide (10 microM) and picrotoxinin (10 microM) reversibly blocked the current evoked by GABA (20 microM); d-tubocurarine (100 microM) only slightly decreased the response to GABA (20 microM). The antagonists were effective over a wide range of holding potentials (-90 mV to +30 mV). The responses to a steady application of both GABA and glycine decayed in a few seconds when recorded under conditions of both symmetric and

  15. Excitatory amino acid receptors in the periaqueductal gray mediate the cardiovascular response evoked by activation of dorsomedial hypothalamic neurons.


    da Silva, L G; Menezes, R C A; Villela, D C; Fontes, M A P


    Neurons in the region of dorsomedial hypothalamus are involved in the organization of the physiological responses to emotional stress. We have recently shown that the cardiovascular response evoked by activation of dorsomedial hypothalamus neurons is largely dependent on a synaptic relay with the lateral/dorsolateral periaqueductal gray region. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether excitatory amino acid receptors at the lateral/dorsolateral periaqueductal gray region are involved in mediating the response evoked by activation of dorsomedial hypothalamus neurons. In conscious rats, the cardiovascular effects produced by microinjection of GABA(A) receptor antagonist, bicuculline methiodide into the dorsomedial hypothalamus were evaluated before and after injection of different excitatory amino acid antagonists into lateral/dorsolateral periaqueductal gray region. Pretreatment of lateral/dorsolateral periaqueductal gray region with the non-selective ionotropic excitatory amino acid receptor antagonist kynurenic acid or with the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor-selective antagonist, MK-801, largely reduced the tachycardic and pressor effects evoked by activation of dorsomedial hypothalamus neurons by bicuculline methiodide microinjection (heart rate 90 and 74%; blood pressure 81 and 84%, respectively). The non-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor-selective antagonist 6-cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione, did not alter the cardiovascular response evoked by dorsomedial hypothalamus activation. In an additional series of experiments, microinjection of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor agonist, N-methyl-D-aspartate, into the lateral/dorsolateral periaqueductal gray region, evoked an increase in heart rate and a pressor response that was accompanied by an increase in locomotor activity. These effects were not altered by pretreatment of lateral/dorsolateral periaqueductal gray region neurons with 6-cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione but were completely abolished by MK-801

  16. Orexinergic system and pathophysiology of epilepsy.


    Doreulee, N; Alania, M; Vashalomidze, G; Skhirtladze, E; Kapanadze, Ts


    Neuropeptids orexins, also known as the hypocretins, are expressed in the lateral hypothalamus. Orexin-containing cells project widely throughout the brains, are crucial for the regulation of wakefulness and dysfunction of this system is associated with pathophysiology of narcolepsy-cataplexy. Orexin neurons play an important role in motivation, feeding and adaptive behaviors. Distribution of orexinergic receptors in the hippocampus tended to the ideas that orexins might be involved in the functions relating to the hippocampus. Effects of neuropeptide orexin-A on epileptiform activity in hippocampal slices were investigated. 500 µm thick hippocampal slices from 8-10 week-old rodents were used. Field excitatory postsynaptic potential (pop-fEPSP) and population spike in CA1 of hippocamopus were registered using standard protocol of in vitro electrophysiological experiments. Initial slope of the fEPSP and amplitude of II pop-spike were measured. Bursting neurons in CA3 were recorded in modified saline. We have found that orexin-A decreases duration/amplitude of multiple discharges of pop-spikes and inhibits spontaneous epileptiform afterdischarges induced by bicuculline methiodide in CA1. Orexin-A also modulates the frequency of discharges of bursting neurons in CA3. Our results suggest possible involvement of orexinergic system in antiepileptic action. Supported by ISTC Grant G-1318.

  17. Contrast enhancement of stimulus intermittency in a primary olfactory network and its behavioral significance

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    Lei, Hong; Riffell, Jeffrey A; Gage, Stephanie L; Hildebrand, John G


    Background An animal navigating to an unseen odor source must accurately resolve the spatiotemporal distribution of that stimulus in order to express appropriate upwind flight behavior. Intermittency of natural odor plumes, caused by air turbulence, is critically important for many insects, including the hawkmoth, Manduca sexta, for odor-modulated search behavior to an odor source. When a moth's antennae receive intermittent odor stimulation, the projection neurons (PNs) in the primary olfactory centers (the antennal lobes), which are analogous to the olfactory bulbs of vertebrates, generate discrete bursts of action potentials separated by periods of inhibition, suggesting that the PNs may use the binary burst/non-burst neural patterns to resolve and enhance the intermittency of the stimulus encountered in the odor plume. Results We tested this hypothesis first by establishing that bicuculline methiodide reliably and reversibly disrupted the ability of PNs to produce bursting response patterns. Behavioral studies, in turn, demonstrated that after injecting this drug into the antennal lobe at the effective concentration used in the physiological experiments animals could no longer efficiently locate the odor source, even though they had detected the odor signal. Conclusions Our results establish a direct link between the bursting response pattern of PNs and the odor-tracking behavior of the moth, demonstrating the behavioral significance of resolving the dynamics of a natural odor stimulus in antennal lobe circuits. PMID:19232128

  18. Recovery of brain and plasma cholinesterase activities in ducklings exposed to organophosphorus pesticides

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    Fleming, W.J.


    Brain and plasma cholinesterase (ChE) activities were determined for mallard ducklings (Anas platyrhynchos) exposed to dicrotophos and fenthion. Recovery rates of brain ChE did not differ between ducklings administered a single oral dose vs. a 2-week dietary dose of these organophosphates. Exposure to the organophosphates, followed by recovery of brain ChE, did not significantly affect the degree of brain ChE inhibition or the recovery of ChE activity at a subsequent exposure. Recovery of brain ChE activity followed the general model Y = a + b(logX) with rapid recovery to about 50% of normal, followed by a slower rate of recovery until normal ChE activity levels were attained. Fenthion and dicrotophos-inhibited brain ChE were only slightly reactivated in vitro by pyridine-2-aldoxime methiodide, which suggested that spontaneous reactivation was not a primary method of recovery of ChE activity. Recovery of brain ChE activity can be modeled for interpretation of sublethal inhibition of brain ChE activities in wild birds following environmental applications of organophosphates. Plasma ChE activity is inferior to brain ChE activity for environmental monitoring, because of its rapid recovery and large degree of variation among individuals.

  19. Interruption of pacemaker signals is mediated by GABAergic inhibition of the pacemaker nucleus in the African electric fish Gymnarchus niloticus.


    Zhang, Ying; Kawasaki, Masashi


    The wave-type African weakly electric fish Gymnarchus niloticus produces electric organ discharges (EODs) from an electric organ in the tail that is driven by a pacemaker complex in the medulla, which consists of a pacemaker nucleus, two lateral relay nuclei and a medial relay nucleus. The prepacemaker nucleus (PPn) in the area of the dorsal posterior nucleus of the thalamus projects exclusively to the pacemaker nucleus and is responsible for EOD interruption behavior. The goal of the present study is to test the existence of inhibition of the pacemaker nucleus by the PPn. Immunohistochemical results showed clear anti-GABA immunoreactive labeling of fibers and terminals in the pacemaker nucleus, but no apparent anti-glycine immunoreactivity anywhere in the pacemaker complex. GABA injection into the pacemaker nucleus could induce EOD interruptions that are comparable to the interruptions induced by glutamate injection into the PPn. Application of the GABA(A) receptor blocker bicuculline methiodide reversibly eliminated the effects of stimulation of the PPn. Thus the EOD interruption behavior in Gymnarchus is mediated through GABAergic inhibition of the pacemaker nucleus by the PPn.

  20. Antitussive activity of Withania somnifera and opioid receptors.


    Nosálová, Gabriela; Sivová, Veronika; Ray, Bimalendu; Fraňová, Soňa; Ondrejka, Igor; Flešková, Dana


    Arabinogalactan is a polysaccharide isolated from the roots of the medicinal plant Withania somnifera L. It contains 65% arabinose and 18% galactose. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the antitussive activity of arabinogalactan in conscious, healthy adult guinea pigs and the role of the opioid pathway in the antitussive action. A polysaccharide extract was given orally in a dose of 50 mg/kg. Cough was induced by an aerosol of citric acid in a concentration 0.3 mol/L, generated by a jet nebulizer into a plethysmographic chamber. The intensity of cough response was defined as the number of cough efforts counted during a 3-min exposure to the aerosol. The major finding was that arabinogalactan clearly suppressed the cough reflex; the suppression was comparable with that of codeine that was taken as a reference drug. The involvement of the opioid system was tested with the use of a blood-brain barrier penetrable, naloxone hydrochloride, and non-penetrable, naloxone methiodide, to distinguish between the central and peripheral mu-opioid receptor pathways. Both opioid antagonists acted to reverse the arabinogalactan-induced cough suppression; the reversion was total over time with the latter antagonist. We failed to confirm the presence of a bronchodilating effect of the polysaccharide, which could be involved in its antitussive action. We conclude that the polysaccharide arabinogalactan from Withania somnifera has a distinct antitussive activity consisting of cough suppression and that this action involves the mu-opioid receptor pathways.

  1. Defensive Vocalizations and Motor Asymmetry Triggered by Disinhibition of the Periaqueductal Gray in Non-human Primates

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    Forcelli, Patrick A.; Waguespack, Hannah F.; Malkova, Ludise


    Rapid and reflexive responses to threats are present across phylogeny. The neural circuitry mediating reflexive defense reactions has been well-characterized in a variety of species, for example, in rodents and cats, the detection of and species-typical response to threats is mediated by a network of structures including the midbrain tectum (deep and intermediate layers of the superior colliculus [DLSC]), periaqueductal gray (PAG), and forebrain structures such as the amygdala and hypothalamus. However, relatively little is known about the functional architecture of defense circuitry in primates. We have previously reported that pharmacological activation of the DLSC evokes locomotor asymmetry, defense-associated vocalizations, cowering behavior, escape responses, and attack of inanimate objects (Holmes et al., 2012; DesJardin et al., 2013; Forcelli et al., 2016). Here, we sought to determine if pharmacological activation of the PAG would induce a similar profile of responses. We activated the PAG in three awake, behaving macaques by microinfusion of GABA-A receptor antagonist, bicuculline methiodide. Activation of PAG evoked defense-associated vocalizations and postural/locomotor asymmetry, but not motor defense responses (e.g., cowering, escape behavior). These data suggest a partial dissociation between the role of the PAG and the DLSC in the defense network of macaques, but a general conservation of the role of PAG in defense responses across species. PMID:28424576

  2. Early Repeated Administration of CXCR4 Antagonist AMD3100 Dose-Dependently Improves Neuropathic Pain in Rats After L5 Spinal Nerve Ligation.


    Xie, Fang; Wang, Yun; Li, Xueyang; Chao, Yu-Chieh; Yue, Yun


    AMD3100 is a specific C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) antagonist which blocks the interaction between CXCR4 and CXCL12. Multiple lines of evidence suggest that AMD3100 has analgesic effects on many pathological pain states, including peripheral neuropathic pain. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms. In the current study, we investigated the effect of different doses of AMD3100 on neuropathic pain in rats after L5 spinal nerve ligation. We used naloxone methiodide (NLXM) to further determine whether AMD3100-mediated analgesic effect was opioid-dependent. Behavioral study showed that early repeated administration of AMD3100 (2 and 5 mg/kg, i.p.) dose-dependently alleviates peripheral neuropathic pain. Flow cytometry, immunofluorescence and NLXM experiments showed that AMD3100 alleviates neuropathic pain partially by augmenting leukocyte-derived endogenous opioid secretion. Furthermore, we found that pro-inflammatory cytokines were down-regulated by AMD3100 using Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay. Our data indicate that AMD3100 dose-dependently alleviates neuropathic pain partially by augmenting leukocyte-derived endogenous opioid secretion. This finding suggests that AMD3100 may be a viable pharmacotherapeutic strategy for the treatment of neuropathic pain.

  3. Contributions of peripheral and central opioid receptors to antinociception in rat muscle pain models.


    Sánchez, Eva Ma; Bagües, Ana; Martín, Ma Isabel


    Administration of hypertonic saline (HS) is an accepted model to study muscular pain. HS-induced nociceptive responses were tested in masseter, already described, and in two new pain models of spinally innervated muscles (gastrocnemius and triceps) developed in rats at our laboratory. HS administration in the masseter induced vigorous hindpaw shaking and in the gastrocnemius or triceps, paw withdrawal or flexing. Participation of the central and peripheral opioid receptors in HS-induced pain is compared in these muscles: masseter, innervated by trigeminal nerve, and gastrocnemius and triceps by spinal nerves. Morphine and loperamide were used to reveal peripheral and central components of opioid analgesia. Both agonists reduced HS-induced nociceptive behaviours in the masseter and were antagonised by the opioid antagonist naloxone and by naloxone methiodide, an opioid receptor antagonist that poorly penetrates the blood-brain barrier. Unexpectedly, in the gastrocnemius and triceps, morphine, but not loperamide, decreased the nociceptive behaviour and this effect was only reversed by naloxone. So, peripheral opioid receptors seem to participate in HS-induced masseter pain, whereas only central opioid receptors reduced the nociception in gastrocnemius and triceps. Our results suggest that the use of peripheral opioids can be more advantageous than central opioids for treatment of orofacial muscular pain.

  4. Oxime effects on the rate constants of carbamylation and decarbamylation of acetylcholinesterase for pyridostigmine, physostigmine and insecticidal carbamates.


    Dawson, R M


    The effects of the oximes 2-pyridine aldoxime methiodide (PAM), HI-6, HS-6, toxogonin and TMB-4 on the rate of carbamylation of membrane-bound bovine erythrocyte acetylcholinesterase were studied. The second-order rate constant of carbamylation (ki) and the first-order rate constant of decarbamylation (k3) were calculated from the proportion of free acetylcholinesterase at equilibrium and the rate of approach to equilibrium. Twenty insecticidal carbamates plus physostigmine and pyridostigmine were studied. The oximes increased ki for several carbamates, with HI-6 causing an increase in the most number of cases (12) and PAM the least (3). HI-6 was also a potent accelerator of decarbamylation (increase in k3) in all cases, whereas PAM caused a significant decrease in k3 in 15 cases and a nonsignificant decrease in the other 7. Toxogonin and TMB-4 increased k3 or had no significant effect. The results were generally consistent with a proposal in the literature that there is a correlation between increased ki and increased toxicity of the carbamate in the presence of an oxime.

  5. Local GABA receptor blockade reveals hindlimb responses in the SI forelimb-stump representation of neonatally amputated rats.


    Pluto, Charles P; Lane, Richard D; Rhoades, Robert W


    In adult rats that sustained forelimb amputation on the day of birth, there are numerous multi-unit recording sites in the forelimb-stump representation of primary somatosensory cortex (SI) that also respond to cutaneous stimulation of the hindlimb when cortical receptors for GABA are blocked. These normally suppressed hindlimb inputs originate in the SI hindlimb representation and synapse in the dysgranular cortex before exciting SI forelimb-stump neurons. In our previous studies, GABA (A + B) receptor blockade was achieved by topically applying a bicuculline methiodide/saclofen solution (BMI/SAC) to the cortical surface. This treatment blocks receptors throughout SI and does not allow determination of where along the above circuit the GABA-mediated suppression of hindlimb information occurs. In this study, focal injections of BMI/SAC were delivered to three distinct cortical regions that are involved in the hindlimb-to-forelimb-stump pathway. Blocking GABA receptors in the SI hindlimb representation and in the dysgranular cortex was largely ineffective in revealing hindlimb inputs ( approximately 10% of hindlimb inputs were revealed in both cases). In contrast, when the blockade was targeted at forelimb-stump recording sites, >80% of hindlimb inputs were revealed. Thus GABAergic interneurons within the forelimb-stump representation suppress the expression of reorganized hindlimb inputs to the region. A circuit model incorporating these and previous observations is presented and discussed.



    Avdiyuk, K V; Varbanets, L D


    The effect of cations and anions on the activity of Aspergillus flavus var. oryzae and Bacillus subtilis α-amylases showed that the tested enzymes are sensitive to most of cations and resistant to anions. The most significant inhibitory effects on the activity of A. flavus var. oryzae α-amylase have been demonstrated by Al3+ and Fe3+ ions, while on the activity of B. subtilis α-amylase - Hg2+, Cu2+ and Fe3+ ions. Inactivation of A. flavus var. oryzae and B. subtilis α-amylases in the presence of EGTA is indicated on the presence within their structure of metal ions. An important role in the enzymatic catalysis of both enzymes play carboxyl groups as evidenced by their inhibition of 1-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]-3-ethylcarbodiimide methiodide. Inhibition of B. subtilis α-amylase by p-chloromercuribenzoate, N-ethylmaleimide and sodium sulfite is indicated on the probable involvement of the sulfhydryl groups in the functioning of the enzyme. Unlike most studied glycosidases the tested enzymes do not contain histidine imidazole group in the active center.

  7. Point mutations affecting antagonist affinity and agonist dependent gating of GABAA receptor channels.

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    Sigel, E; Baur, R; Kellenberger, S; Malherbe, P


    Two variant amino acid sequences, which differ in a single amino acid residue, have been reported for the alpha 1-subunit of the rat brain GABAA receptor. We separately co-expressed these two variants in Xenopus oocytes, in combination with beta 2 and gamma 2. This experiment showed that substitution of alpha 1-Phe64 by Leu strongly decreases the apparent affinity for GABA dependent channel gating from 6 microM to 1260 microM. Starting from this observation, we used in vitro mutagenesis to obtain information relevant for the localization of the agonist/antagonist binding site in the GABAA receptor. Homologous mutation in alpha 5 had similar consequences for alpha 5 beta 2 gamma 2. Homologous mutation in beta 2 and gamma 2 resulted in intermediate and small shifts in EC50, respectively. The apparent affinities of the competitive antagonists bicuculline methiodide and SR95531, the latter sharing close structural similarity with the agonist GABA, were decreased 60- to 200-fold by these mutations in alpha-subunits. Interestingly, these affinities remained nearly unaffected upon introduction of the homologous mutations in beta 2 and gamma 2, or upon mutation of the neighbouring amino acid in alpha 1, Phe65 to Leu. These results suggest close functional and structural association of alpha-subunits with the agonist/antagonist binding site, and involvement of N-terminal portions of the extracellular domains of all subunits in the gating of the channel. PMID:1376242

  8. Blockade of GABA, type A, receptors in the rat pontine reticular formation induces rapid eye movement sleep that is dependent upon the cholinergic system.


    Marks, G A; Sachs, O W; Birabil, C G


    The brainstem reticular formation is an area important to the control of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The antagonist of GABA-type A (GABA(A)) receptors, bicuculline methiodide (BMI), injected into the rat nucleus pontis oralis (PnO) of the reticular formation resulted in a long-lasting increase in REM sleep. Thus, one factor controlling REM sleep appears to be the number of functional GABA(A) receptors in the PnO. The long-lasting effect produced by BMI may result from secondary influences on other neurotransmitter systems known to have long-lasting effects. To study this question, rats were surgically prepared for chronic sleep recording and additionally implanted with guide cannulas aimed at sites in the PnO. Multiple, 60 nl, unilateral injections were made either singly or in combination. GABA(A) receptor antagonists, BMI and gabazine (GBZ), produced dose-dependent increases in REM sleep with GBZ being approximately 35 times more potent than BMI. GBZ and the cholinergic agonist, carbachol, produced very similar results, both increasing REM sleep for about 8 h, mainly through increased period frequency, with little reduction in REM latency. Pre-injection of the muscarinic antagonist, atropine, completely blocked the REM sleep-increase by GBZ. GABAergic control of REM sleep in the PnO requires the cholinergic system and may be acting through presynaptic modulation of acetylcholine release.

  9. Arecoline excites the contraction of distal colonic smooth muscle strips in rats via the M3 receptor-extracellular Ca2+ influx - Ca2+ store release pathway.


    Li, Chuan-Bao; Yang, Xiao; Tang, Wen-Bo; Liu, Chuan-Yong; Xie, Dong-Ping


    Areca is a Chinese herbal medicine that is widely used for constipation. However the mechanisms of its action are not clear. We investigated the effects of arecoline, the most active component of areca, on the motility of rat distal colonic smooth muscle strips. In longitudinal muscle of distal colon (LMDC) and circular muscle of distal colon (CMDC), arecoline increased the contraction in a dose-dependent manner. Tetrodotoxin (TTX) did not inhibit the effects of arecoline. The contractile response to arecoline was completely antagonized by atropine. 4-Diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide (4-DAMP) strongly depressed the response to arecoline, but gallamine and methoctramine did not. Nifedipine, 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2-APB), and Ca2+-free Krebs solution with EGTA partly inhibited the effects of arecoline. The sum of Ca2+-free Krebs solution, EGTA, and 2-APB completely inhibited the effects of arecoline. The results show that arecoline stimulates distal colonic contraction in rats via the muscarinic (M3) receptor - extracellular Ca2+ influx - Ca2+ store release pathway. It is likely that the action of areca in relieving constipation is due to its stimulation of muscle contraction.

  10. GABA modulates baroreflex in the ventral tegmental area in rat.


    Hatam, Masoumeh; Rasoulpanah, Minoo; Nasimi, Ali


    There are some reports demonstrating the cardiovascular functions of the ventral tegmental area (VTA). About 20-30% of the VTA neurons are GABAergic, which might play a role in baroreflex modulation. This study was performed to find the effects of GABA(A), GABA(B) receptors and reversible synaptic blockade of the VTA on baroreflex. Drugs were microinjected into the VTA of urethane anesthetized rats, and the maximum change of blood pressure and the gain of the reflex bradycardia in response to intravenous phenylephrine (Phe) injection were compared with the preinjection and the control values. Microinjection of bicuculline methiodide (BMI, 100 pmol/100 nl), a GABA(A) antagonist, into the VTA strongly decreased the Phe-induced hypertension, indicating that GABA itself attenuated the baroreflex. Muscimol, a GABA(A) agonist (30 mM, 100 nl), produced no significant changes. Baclofen, a GABA(B) receptor agonist (1000 pmole/100 nl), moderately attenuated the baroreflex, however phaclofen, a GABA(B) receptor antagonist (1000 pmole/100 nl), had no significant effect. In conclusion, for the first time, we demonstrated that GABA(A) receptors of the VTA strongly attenuate and GABA(B) receptors of the VTA moderately attenuate baroreflex in rat. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Interaction of GABA and norepinephrine in the lateral division of the bed nucleus of the stria terminals in anesthetized rat, correlating single-unit and cardiovascular responses.


    Yeganeh, Fahimeh; Nasimi, Ali; Hatam, Masoumeh


    The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BST) consists of multiple anatomically distinct nuclei. The lateral division, which receives dense noradrenergic innervation, has been implicated in cardiovascular regulation and modulation of responses to stress. This study is performed to identify the cardiovascular and single-unit responses of the lateral BST to norepinephrine (NE), involved adrenoceptors, and possible interaction with GABAergic system of the BST in urethane-anesthetized rats. NE, adrenoreceptor antagonists, and GABAA antagonist were microinjected into the lateral division of BST, while arterial pressure (AP), heart rate (HR), and single-unit responses were simultaneously recorded. NE microinjected into the lateral division of BST produced depressor and bradycardic responses. The decrease in AP and HR to NE was blocked by prazosin, an α1-adrenoreceptor antagonist, but not by yohimbine, an α2 antagonist. Furthermore, injections of the GABAA receptor antagonist, bicuculline methiodide (BMI), into the lateral BST abolished the NE-induced depressor and bradycardic responses. We also observed single-unit responses consisting of excitatory and inhibitory responses correlated with cardiovascular function to the microinjection of NE. In conclusion, these data provide the first evidence that microinjection of NE in the lateral division of BST produces depressor and bradycardic responses in urethane-anesthetized rat. The depressor and bradycardiac response are mediated by local α1- but not α2-adrenoceptors. α1-AR activates the GABAergic system within the BST, which in turn produces depressor and bradycardic responses. Copyright © 2017 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Dietary peptides induce satiety via cholecystokinin-A and peripheral opioid receptors in rats.


    Pupovac, Jelena; Anderson, G Harvey


    We hypothesized that the digestion of proteins gives rise to peptides that initiate several satiety signals from the gut, and that the signals arising will be dependent on the protein source. The role of peripheral opioid and cholecystokinin (CCK)-A receptors was investigated. Casein, soy protein, and casein and soy hydrolysates were administered to rats by gavage (0.5 g protein/4 mL water). Food intake was measured over 2 h. The opioid receptor antagonist, naloxone methiodide (1.0 mg/kg) given intraperitoneally (i.p.), increased food intake when given at the same time as the hydrolysate preloads, 25 min after the casein preloads and 55 min after the soy protein preloads. The CCK-A receptor antagonist, devazepide (which reverses protein-induced food intake suppression), when given at 0.25 mg/kg, i.p., 60 min before preloads of each of three soy hydrolysates, also blocked suppression of food intake, but the strength and duration of the interaction depended on the preparation. When the two receptor antagonists were both administered with soy or casein preloads, their effects were additive. We conclude that peptides arising from digestion contribute to satiety by independent activation of both opioid and CCK-A receptors.

  13. Interaction of anisatin with rat brain gamma-aminobutyric acidA receptors: allosteric modulation by competitive antagonists.


    Kakemoto, E; Okuyama, E; Nagata, K; Ozoe, Y


    Anisatin, a toxic sesquiterpene isolated from the Japanese star anise (Illicium anisatum L.), competitively inhibited the specific binding of [3H]4'-ethynyl-4-n-propylbicycloorthobenzoate ([3H]EBOB), a non-competitive antagonist of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)A receptors, to rat brain membranes with an IC50 value of 0.43 microM. R 5135, a competitive GABA antagonist, decreased the potency of anisatin in inhibiting [3H]EBOB binding in a negatively cooperative manner. Two other competitive antagonists, SR 95531 (gabazine) and (-)-bicuculline methiodide, had similar effects. On the other hand, R 5135 exerted little influence on the potencies of the other non-competitive antagonists tested: EBOB, picrotoxinin, isopropylbicyclophosphate, and dieldrin. Thus, anisatin was clearly different from the other non-competitive antagonists in responding to the action of competitive antagonists on (GABA)A receptors. These findings suggest that the binding region of anisatin might overlap with that of the other non-competitive antagonists, but that anisatin must interact with other specific region(s).

  14. Bicuculline, a GABAA-receptor antagonist, blocked HPA axis activation induced by ghrelin under an acute stress.


    Gastón, M S; Cid, M P; Salvatierra, N A


    Ghrelin is a peptide of 28 amino acids with a homology between species, which acts on the central nervous system to regulate different actions, including the control of growth hormone secretion and metabolic regulation. It has been suggested that central ghrelin is a mediator of behavior linked to stress responses and induces anxiety in rodents and birds. Previously, we observed that the anxiogenic-like behavior induced by ghrelin injected into the intermediate medial mesopallium (IMM) of the forebrain was blocked by bicuculline (a GABAA receptor competitive antagonist) but not by diazepam (a GABAA receptor allosteric agonist) in neonatal meat-type chicks (Cobb). Numerous studies have indicated that hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activation mediates the response to stress in mammals and birds. However, it is still unclear whether this effect of ghrelin is associated with HPA activation. Therefore, we investigated whether anxiety behavior induced by intra-IMM ghrelin and mediated through GABAA receptors could be associated with HPA axis activation in the neonatal chick. In the present study, in an Open Field test, intraperitoneal bicuculline methiodide blocked anxiogenic-like behavior as well as the increase in plasma ACTH and corticosterone levels induced by ghrelin (30pmol) in neonatal chicks. Moreover, we showed for the first time that a competitive antagonist of GABAA receptor suppressed the HPA axis activation induced by an anxiogenic dose of ghrelin. These results show that the anxiogenic ghrelin action involves the activation of the HPA axis, with a complex functional interaction with the GABAA receptor.

  15. Intraplantar injection of bergamot essential oil induces peripheral antinociception mediated by opioid mechanism.


    Sakurada, Tsukasa; Mizoguchi, Hirokazu; Kuwahata, Hikari; Katsuyama, Soh; Komatsu, Takaaki; Morrone, Luigi Antonio; Corasaniti, Maria Tiziana; Bagetta, Giacinto; Sakurada, Shinobu


    This study investigated the effect of bergamot essential oil (BEO) containing linalool and linalyl acetate as major volatile components in the capsaicin test. The intraplantar injection of capsaicin (1.6 μg) produced a short-lived licking/biting response toward the injected paw. The nociceptive behavioral response evoked by capsaicin was inhibited dose-dependently by intraplantar injection of BEO. Both linalool and linalyl acetate, injected into the hindpaw, showed a significant reduction of nociceptive response, which was much more potent than BEO. Intraperitoneal (i.p.) and intraplantar pretreatment with naloxone hydrochloride, an opioid receptor antagonist, significantly reversed BEO- and linalool-induced antinociception. Pretreatment with naloxone methiodide, a peripherally acting μ-opioid receptor preferring antagonist, resulted in a significant antagonizing effect on antinociception induced by BEO and linalool. Antinociception induced by i.p. or intrathecal morphine was enhanced by the combined injection of BEO or linalool. The enhanced effect of combination of BEO or linalool with morphine was antagonized by pretreatment with naloxone hydrochloride. Our results provide evidence for the involvement of peripheral opioids, in the antinociception induced by BEO and linalool. Combined administration of BEO or linalool acting at the peripheral site, and morphine may be a promising approach in the treatment of clinical pain.

  16. Effect of plantar subcutaneous administration of bergamot essential oil and linalool on formalin-induced nociceptive behavior in mice.


    Katsuyama, Soh; Otowa, Akira; Kamio, Satomi; Sato, Kazuma; Yagi, Tomomi; Kishikawa, Yukinaga; Komatsu, Takaaki; Bagetta, Giacinto; Sakurada, Tsukasa; Nakamura, Hitoshi


    This study investigated the effect of bergamot essential oil (BEO) or linalool, a major volatile component of BEO, on the nociceptive response to formalin. Plantar subcutaneous injection of BEO or linalool into the ipsilateral hindpaw reduced both the first and late phases of the formalin-induced licking and biting responses in mice. Plantar subcutaneous injection of BEO or linalool into the contralateral hindpaw did not yield an antinociceptive effect, suggesting that the antinociceptive effect of BEO or linalool in the formalin test occurred peripherally. Intraperitoneal and plantar subcutaneous injection pretreatment with naloxone hydrochloride, an opioid receptor antagonist, significantly attenuated both BEO- and linalool-induced antinociception. Pretreatment with naloxone methiodide, a peripherally acting opioid receptor antagonists, also significantly antagonized the antinociceptive effects of BEO and linalool. Our results provide evidence for the involvement of peripheral opioids in antinociception induced by BEO and linalool. These results suggest that activation of peripheral opioid receptors may play an important role in reducing formalin-induced nociception.

  17. Castration decreases amylase release associated with muscarinic acetylcholine receptor downregulation in rat parotid gland.


    Busch, Lucila; Borda, Enri


    1 The mechanism and receptor subtypes involved in carbachol-stimulated amylase release and its changes after castration were studied in parotid slices from male rats. 2 Carbachol induced both amylase release and inositol phosphate (IP) accumulation in parotid slices from control and castrated rats, but castration induced a decrease of carbachol maximal effect. The effect of castration was reverted by testosterone replacement. 3 The selective M(1) and M(3) muscarinic receptor antagonists, pirenzepine and 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide, respectively, inhibited carbachol-stimulated amylase release and IP accumulation in a dose-dependent manner in parotid slices from control and castrated rats. 4 A diminution of binding sites of muscarinic receptor in parotid membrane from castrated rats was observed. Competition binding assays showed that both, M(1) and M(3) muscarinic receptor subtypes are expressed in membranes of parotid glands from control and castrated rats, M(3) being the greater population. 5 These results suggest that amylase release induced by carbachol in parotid slices is mediated by phosphoinositide accumulation. This mechanism appears to be triggered by the activation of M(1) and M(3) muscarinic receptor subtypes. Castration induced a decrease of the maximal effect of carbachol evoked amylase release and IP accumulation followed by a diminution in the number of parotid gland muscarinic acetylcholine receptors.

  18. Respiratory, metabolic and cardiac functions are altered by disinhibition of subregions of the medial prefrontal cortex

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    Hassan, Sarah F; Cornish, Jennifer L; Goodchild, Ann K


    The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is referred to as the visceral motor cortex; however, little is known about whether this region influences respiratory or metabolic outflows. The aim of this study was to describe simultaneous changes in respiratory, metabolic and cardiovascular functions evoked by disinhibition of the medial PFC (mPFC) and adjacent lateral septal nucleus (LSN). In urethane-anaesthetized rats, bicuculline methiodide was microinjected (2 mm; GABA-A receptor antagonist) into 90 sites in the mPFC at 0.72–4.00 mm from bregma. Phrenic nerve amplitude and frequency, arterial pressure, heart rate, splanchnic and lumbar sympathetic nerve activities (SNA), expired CO2, and core and brown adipose tissue temperatures were measured. Novel findings included disturbances to respiratory rhythm evoked from all subregions of the mPFC. Injections into the cingulate cortex evoked reductions in central respiratory function exclusively, whereas in ventral sites, particularly the infralimbic region, increases in respiratory drive and frequency, and metabolic and cardiac outflows were evoked. Disinhibition of sites in surrounding regions revealed that the LSN could evoke cardiovascular changes accompanied by distinct oscillations in SNA, as well as increases in respiratory amplitude. We show that activation of neurons within the mPFC and LSN influence respiratory, metabolic and cardiac outflows in a site-dependent manner. This study has implications with respect to the altered PFC neuronal activity seen in stress-related and mental health disorders, and suggests how basic physiological systems may be affected. PMID:24042503

  19. Destruction and creation of spatial tuning by disinhibition: GABA(A) blockade of prefrontal cortical neurons engaged by working memory.


    Rao, S G; Williams, G V; Goldman-Rakic, P S


    Local circuit neurons in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dPFC) of monkeys have been implicated in the cellular basis of working memory. To further elucidate the role of inhibition in spatial tuning, we iontophoresed bicuculline methiodide (BMI) onto functionally characterized neurons in the dPFC of monkeys performing an oculomotor delayed response task. This GABA(A) blockade revealed that both putative interneurons and pyramidal cells possess significant inhibitory tone in the awake, behaving monkey. In addition, BMI application primarily resulted in the loss of previously extant spatial tuning in both cell types through reduction of both isodirectional and cross-directional inhibition. This tuning loss occurred in both the sensorimotor and mnemonic phases of the task, although the delay activity of prefrontal neurons appeared to be particularly affected. Finally, application of BMI also created significant spatial tuning in a sizable minority of units that were untuned in the control condition. Visual field analysis of such tuning suggests that it is likely caused by the unmasking of normally suppressed spatially tuned excitatory input. These findings provide the first direct evidence of directional inhibitory modulation of pyramidal cell and interneuron firing in both the mnemonic and sensorimotor phases of the working memory process, and they implicate a further role for GABAergic interneurons in the construction of spatial tuning in prefrontal cortex.

  20. Blockade of prostaglandin E2-induced thermogenesis by unilateral microinjection of GABAA receptor antagonist into the preoptic area.


    Osaka, Toshimasa


    Previous studies have demonstrated that pretreatment of rats with a GABA(A) receptor antagonist microinjected bilaterally into the preoptic area (POA) blocked cold- or lipopolysaccharide-induced thermogenesis. Here, the involvement of GABA(A) receptors in prostaglandin (PG)E2-induced fever was examined. Thermogenic, tachycardic, vasoconstrictive, and hyperthermic responses were elicited by the unilateral microinjection of 0.57-1.1 pmol PGE2 into the region adjacent to the organum vasculosum of the lamina terminalis in urethane-chloralose-anesthetized rats. All these responses were blocked 10 min after pretreatment of the rats with a GABA(A) receptor antagonist, bicuculline methiodide or gabazine (50-500 pmol), microinjected unilaterally into the POA; and recovery occurred at approximately 70 min. Though the antagonist treatment alone had no effect on the O2 consumption rate or colonic temperature, it did elicit a bradycardic response. Pretreatment with the vehicle, saline, had no effect on the PGE2-induced responses. However, the blocking action of bicuculline/gabazine was efficacious when the agent was administered unilaterally, but not necessarily bilaterally, into the POA either contralateral or ipsilateral to the PGE2 injection site. These results suggest that the PGE2-induced responses are not simply mediated by the GABAergic transmission from the PGE2-sensitive site to the thermoefferent structure in the POA, although a tonic inhibitory input to POA neurons has a permissive role for the full expression of PGE2-induced fever.

  1. Prostaglandin E(2) fever mediated by inhibition of the GABAergic transmission in the region immediately adjacent to the organum vasculosum of the lamina terminalis.


    Osaka, Toshimasa


    Unilateral microinjection of prostaglandin (PG)E(2) into a region immediately adjacent to the organum vasculosum of the lamina terminalis (peri-OVLT) in the preoptic area elicited thermogenic, tachycardic, cutaneous vasoconstrictive, and hyperthermic responses simultaneously in urethane-chloralose-anesthetized rats. The magnitude of these responses increased dose-dependently over the range of 57 fmol-2.8 pmol, except for the vasoconstrictive response. Microinjection of a GABA(A) receptor antagonist, bicuculline methiodide or gabazine (5-20 pmol), into the PGE(2)-sensitive site in the peri-OVLT region also elicited responses similar to those induced by PGE(2). Although administration of a GABA(A) receptor agonist, muscimol (10 pmol), microinjected into the same site alone usually had no effect on the rate of whole-body O(2) consumption, heart rate or colon and skin temperatures, all PGE(2)-induced responses were blocked 10 min after the muscimol pretreatment and recovered at 50-90 min. Pretreatment with the vehicle, saline, had no effect on the PGE(2)-induced responses. These results suggest that spontaneous release of GABA and tonic activation of GABA(A) receptors in the peri-OVLT region prevent the elevation in the body core temperature under normal circumstances and that PGE(2)-induced febrile responses are mediated, at least in part, by inhibition of the GABAergic transmission in this area.

  2. M3-receptor activation counteracts opioid-mediated apneusis, but the apneusis per se is not necessarily related to an impaired M3 mechanism in rats.


    Niwa, Yuka; Haji, Akira


    Morphine slows the respiratory cycle due to a predominant prolongation of inspiration (apneusis) by postponing the spontaneous termination of inspiration (inspiratory off-switching). The present study investigates whether the morphine-induced apneusis results from impairment of cholinergic mechanisms in the central respiratory network. The efferent discharge was recorded from the phrenic nerve in artificially ventilated and anesthetized rats with vagotomy. All drugs were injected intravenously. The phrenic nerve displayed an augmenting discharge during inspiration and arrest of discharge during expiration in normal condition. Administration of morphine (0.3-10.0mg/kg) dose-dependently provoked apneusis characterized by a long-lasting, plateau inspiratory discharge of the phrenic nerve. It shortened the expiratory duration. Subsequent administration of physostigmine (0.1mg/kg) restored the morphine-induced apneusis to eupnea with a partial recovery of the augmenting inspiratory discharge. This modification of physostigmine was blocked by a non-specific muscarinic antagonist scopolamine (3.0mg/kg), leading to re-prolongation of inspiration. A similar antagonism was affected by an antagonist of M3 cholinergic receptors, 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide (4-DAMP, 1.0 and 10.0mg/kg) but not by an antagonist of M1 cholinergic receptors, pirenzepine (1.0 and 10.0mg/kg). These results demonstrate that the activation of endogenous M3 cholinergic mechanisms counteracts the morphine-induced apneusis. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Transient and reversible parkinsonism after acute organophosphate poisoning.


    Arima, Hajime; Sobue, Kazuya; So, MinHye; Morishima, Tetsuro; Ando, Hirkoshi; Katsuya, Hirotada


    Parkinsonism is a rare complication in patients with organophosphate poisoning. To date there have been two cases of transient parkinsonism after acute and severe cholinergic crisis, both of which were successfully treated using amantadine, an anti-parkinsonism drug. We report on an 81-year-old woman who was admitted for the treatment of acute severe organophosphate poisoning. Although acute cholinergic crisis was treated successfully with large doses of atropine and 2-pyridine aldoxime methiodide (PAM), extrapyramidal manifestations were noticed on hospital day 6. The neurological symptoms worsened, and the diagnosis of parkinsonism was made by a neurologist on hospital day 9. Immediately, biperiden (5mg), an anti-parkinsonism drug, was administered intravenously, and her symptoms markedly improved. From the following day, biperiden (5 mg/day) was given intramuscularly for eight days. Subsequently, neurological symptoms did not relapse, and no drugs were required. Our patient is the third case of parkinsonism developing after an acute severe cholinergic crisis and the first case successfully treated with biperiden. Patients should be carefully observed for the presence of neurological signs in this kind of poisoning. If present, an anti-parkinsonism drug should be considered.

  4. Emergence of dominant initiation sites for interictal spikes in rat neocortex

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    Vitantonio, Daniel; Xu, Weifeng; Geng, Xinling; Wolff, Brian S.; Takagaki, Kentaroh; Motamedi, Gholam K.


    Neuronal populations with unbalanced inhibition can generate interictal spikes (ISs), where each IS starts from a small initiation site and then spreads activation across a larger area. We used in vivo voltage-sensitive dye imaging to map the initiation site of ISs in rat visual cortex disinhibited by epidural application of bicuculline methiodide. Immediately after the application of bicuculline, the IS initiation sites were widely distributed over the entire disinhibited area. After ∼10 min, a small number of sites became “dominant” and initiated the majority of the ISs throughout the course of imaging. Such domination also occurred in cortical slices, which lack long-range connections between the cortex and subcortical structures. This domination of IS initiation sites may allow timing-related plasticity mechanisms to provide a spatial organization where connections projecting outward from the dominant initiation site become strengthened. Understanding the spatiotemporal organization of IS initiation sites may contribute to our understanding of epileptogenesis in its very early stages, because a dominant IS initiation site with strengthened outward connectivity may ultimately develop into a seizure focus. PMID:26445866

  5. Role of periaqueductal gray on the cardiovascular response evoked by disinhibition of the dorsomedial hypothalamus.


    da Silva, Luiz Gonzaga; de Menezes, Rodrigo Cunha Alvim; dos Santos, Robson Augusto Souza; Campagnole-Santos, Maria Jose; Fontes, Marco Antonio Peliky


    Activation of neurons in the region of the dorsomedial hypothalamus (DMH), by microinjection of the GABA(A) receptor antagonist bicuculline methiodide (BMI) results in increases in arterial pressure, heart rate as well as behavioral changes similar to those evoked by acute emotional stress. Previous anatomic studies clearly demonstrated projections from the DMH to the midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG), a brain region implicated in the organization of behavioral strategies associated with specific cardiovascular responses. In this study, physiological experiments in conscious rats were used to investigate the functional significance of this pathway. Unilateral inhibition of the lateral dorsolateral region of the PAG (l/dlPAG) with the GABA(A) receptor agonist, muscimol (1 nmol/100 nl) largely reduced the tachycardia and the pressor response produced by microinjection of BMI (10 pmol/100 nl) into the ipsilateral DMH. In contrast, inhibition of the ventrolateral PAG (vlPAG) region had no significant effect on the cardiovascular response evoked from disinhibition of the ipsilateral DMH. Our present results indicate that the l/dlPAG region is an important synaptic relay in the descending cardiovascular pathways from the DMH.

  6. Inhibitory effect of fentanyl citrate on the release of endothlin-1 induced by bradykinin in melanoma cells.


    Andoh, Tsugunobu; Shinohara, Akira; Kuraishi, Yasushi


    Our previous study showed that the μ-opioid receptor agonist fentanyl citrate inhibits endothelin-1-and bradykinin-mediated pain responses in mice orthotopically inoculated with melanoma cells. We also demonstrated that bradykinin induces endothelin-1 secretion in melanoma cells. However, the analgesic mechanisms of fentanyl citrate remain unclear. Thus, the present study was conducted to determine whether fentanyl citrate affects bradykinin-induced endothelin-1 secretion in B16-BL6 melanoma cells. The amount of endothelin-1 in the culture medium was measured using an enzyme immunoassay. The expression of endothelin-1, kinin B2 receptors, and μ-opioid receptors in B16-BL/6 melanoma cells was determined using immunocytochemistry. Fentanyl citrate inhibited bradykinin-induced endothelin-1 secretion. The inhibitory effect of fentanyl citrate on the secretion of endothelin-1 was attenuated by the μ-opioid receptor antagonist naloxone methiodide. The immunoreactivities of endothelin-1, kinin B2 receptors, and μ-opioid receptors in B16-BL6 melanoma cells were observed. These results suggest that fentanyl citrate regulates bradykinin-induced endothelin-1 secretion through μ-opioid receptors in melanoma cells. Copyright © 2016 Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.

  7. Role of central and peripheral opiate receptors in the effects of fentanyl on analgesia, ventilation and arterial blood-gas chemistry in conscious rats

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    Henderson, Fraser; May, Walter J.; Gruber, Ryan B.; Discala, Joseph F.; Puscovic, Veljko; Young, Alex P.; Baby, Santhosh M.; Lewis, Stephen J.


    This study determined the effects of the peripherally restricted µ-opiate receptor (µ-OR) antagonist, naloxone methiodide (NLXmi) on fentanyl (25 µg/kg, i.v.)-induced changes in (1) analgesia, (2) arterial blood gas chemistry (ABG) and alveolar-arterial gradient (A-a gradient), and (3) ventilatory parameters, in conscious rats. The fentanyl-induced increase in analgesia was minimally affected by a 1.5 mg/kg of NLXmi but was attenuated by a 5.0 mg/kg dose. Fentanyl decreased arterial blood pH, pO2 and sO2 and increased pCO2 and A-a gradient. These responses were markedly diminished in NLXmi (1.5 mg/kg)-pretreated rats. Fentanyl caused ventilatory depression (e.g., decreases in tidal volume and peak inspiratory flow). Pretreatment with NLXmi (1.5 mg/kg, i.v.) antagonized the fentanyl decrease in tidal volume but minimally affected the other responses. These findings suggest that (1) the analgesia and ventilatory depression caused by fentanyl involve peripheral µ-ORs and (2) NLXmi prevents the fentanyl effects on ABG by blocking the negative actions of the opioid on tidal volume and A-a gradient. PMID:24284037

  8. Role of endogenous opioid peptides in the infarct size-limiting effect of adaptation to chronic continuous hypoxia.


    Maslov, Leonid N; Naryzhnaia, Natalia V; Tsibulnikov, Sergey Yu; Kolar, Frantisek; Zhang, Yi; Wang, Hongxin; Gusakova, Anna M; Lishmanov, Yury B


    The objective of this study was to examine the involvement of endogenous opioid peptides and opioid receptor (OR) subtypes in the cardioprotective effect of adaptation to chronic hypoxia in rats. Rats were exposed to continuous normobaric hypoxia (CNH; 12% oxygen) for 3 weeks. Myocardial ischemia was induced by 20-min coronary artery occlusion followed by 3-h reperfusion in anesthetized open-chest animals. Various OR antagonists were administered to rats prior to ischemia. The size of myocardial infarction and the incidence of ischemic ventricular arrhythmias were assessed. Myocardial and plasma concentrations of opioid peptides (met-enkephalin, β-endorphin, and endomorphins) were determined. Adaptation to CNH significantly increased myocardial and plasma concentrations of opioids, potentiated their further elevation by ischemia/reperfusion, and reduced myocardial infarct size, but it did not affect the incidence of ischemic arrhythmias. The infarct size-limiting effect of CNH was abolished by OR antagonists naltrexone (non-selective), naloxone methiodide (non-selective peripherally acting), TIPP[ψ] (δ-OR), naltriben (δ2-OR), or CTAP (μ-OR), while BNTX (δ1-OR) and nor-binaltorphimine (κ-OR) had no effect. The results suggest that the infarct size-limiting effect afforded by adaptation to CNH is mediated by activation of peripheral δ2- and μ-ORs by elevated levels of endogenous opioid peptides. © 2013.

  9. Muscarinic receptor subtypes mediating the mucosal response to neural stimulation of guinea pig ileum

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    Carey, H.V.; Tien, X.Y.; Wallace, L.J.; Cooke, H.J.


    Muscarinic receptors involved in the secretory response evoked by electrical stimulation of submucosal neutrons were investigated in muscle-stripped flat sheets of guinea pig ileum set up in flux chambers. Neural stimulation produced a biphasic increase in short-circuit current due to active chloride secretion. Atropine and 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperadine methiodide (4-DAMP) (10/sup -7/ M) were more potent inhibitors of the cholinergic phase of the response than was pirenzepine. Dose-dependent increases in base-line short-circuit current were evoked by carbachol and bethanechol; 4-hydroxy-2-butynyl trimethylammonium chloride (McN A343) produced a much smaller effect. Tetrodotoxin abolished the effects of McN A343 but did not alter the responses of carbachol and bethanechol. McN A343 significantly reduced the cholinergic phase of the neurally evoked response and caused a rightward shift of the carbachol dose-response curve. All muscarinic compounds inhibited (/sup 3/H)quinuclidinyl benzilate binding to membranes from muscosal scrapings, with a rank order of potency of 4-DAMP > pirenzepine > McN A343 > carbachol > bethanechol. These results suggest that acetylcholine released from submucosal neurons mediates chloride secretion by interacting with muscarinic cholinergic receptors that display a high binding affinity for 4-DAMP. Activation of neural muscarinic receptors makes a relatively small contribution to the overall secretory response.

  10. Human embryonic stem cell-derived neuronal cells form spontaneously active neuronal networks in vitro.


    Heikkilä, Teemu J; Ylä-Outinen, Laura; Tanskanen, Jarno M A; Lappalainen, Riikka S; Skottman, Heli; Suuronen, Riitta; Mikkonen, Jarno E; Hyttinen, Jari A K; Narkilahti, Susanna


    The production of functional human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived neuronal cells is critical for the application of hESCs in treating neurodegenerative disorders. To study the potential functionality of hESC-derived neurons, we cultured and monitored the development of hESC-derived neuronal networks on microelectrode arrays. Immunocytochemical studies revealed that these networks were positive for the neuronal marker proteins beta-tubulin(III) and microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP-2). The hESC-derived neuronal networks were spontaneously active and exhibited a multitude of electrical impulse firing patterns. Synchronous bursts of electrical activity similar to those reported for hippocampal neurons and rodent embryonic stem cell-derived neuronal networks were recorded from the differentiated cultures until up to 4 months. The dependence of the observed neuronal network activity on sodium ion channels was examined using tetrodotoxin (TTX). Antagonists for the glutamate receptors NMDA [D(-)-2-amino-5-phosphonopentanoic acid] and AMPA/kainate [6-cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione], and for GABAA receptors [(-)-bicuculline methiodide] modulated the spontaneous electrical activity, indicating that pharmacologically susceptible neuronal networks with functional synapses had been generated. The findings indicate that hESC-derived neuronal cells can generate spontaneously active networks with synchronous communication in vitro, and are therefore suitable for use in developmental and drug screening studies, as well as for regenerative medicine.

  11. Effect of some blocking drugs on the pressor response to physostigmine in the rat

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    Gokhale, S. D.; Gulati, O. D.; Joshi, N. Y.


    Bretylium and guanethidine blocked the pressor effect of physostigmine and potentiated the responses to adrenaline and noradrenaline on the blood pressure of the rat. Morphine and atropine in small doses blocked the pressor effect of physostigmine without interfering with the actions of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Chlorpromazine in small doses (0.5 to 2.5 mg/kg) blocked the pressor effect of physostigmine and potentiated the responses to noradrenaline whilst those to adrenaline remained unaltered. 3,6-Di(3-diethylaminopropoxy)pyridazine di(methiodide) (Win 4981) blocked the pressor effect of physostigmine and, in its early stages, this block was partially reversed by choline chloride. N-Diethylaminoethyl-N-isopentyl-N'N'-diisopropylurea (P-286), in a dose that reduced the effect of dimethylphenylpiperazinium, had no effect on the pressor response to physostigmine or on the responses to adrenaline and noradrenaline. Hexamethonium, even in large doses (100 mg/kg), only blocked partially the effect of physostigmine while mecamylamine produced a complete block; the responses to adrenaline and noradrenaline were potentiated in both instances. ImagesFig. 1Fig. 2Fig. 3Fig. 4Fig. 5Fig. 6 PMID:14081658

  12. Increased GABA(A) inhibition of the RVLM after hindlimb unloading in rats

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    Moffitt, Julia A.; Heesch, Cheryl M.; Hasser, Eileen M.


    Attenuated baroreflex-mediated increases in renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA) in hindlimb unloaded (HU) rats apparently are due to changes within the central nervous system. We hypothesized that GABA(A) receptor-mediated inhibition of the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) is increased after hindlimb unloading. Responses to bilateral microinjection of the GABA(A) antagonist (-)-bicuculline methiodide (BIC) into the RVLM were examined before and during caudal ventrolateral medulla (CVLM) inhibition in Inactin-anesthetized control and HU rats. Increases in mean arterial pressure (MAP), heart rate (HR), and RSNA in response to BIC in the RVLM were significantly enhanced in HU rats. Responses to bilateral CVLM blockade were not different. When remaining GABA(A) inhibition in the RVLM was blocked by BIC during CVLM inhibition, the additional increases in MAP and RSNA were significantly greater in HU rats. These data indicate that GABA(A) receptor-mediated inhibition of RVLM neurons is augmented after hindlimb unloading. Effects of input from the CVLM were unaltered. Thus, after cardiovascular deconditioning in rodents, the attenuated increase in sympathetic nerve activity in response to hypotension is associated with greater GABA(A) receptor-mediated inhibition of RVLM neurons originating at least in part from sources other than the CVLM.

  13. GABA-ergic neurons in the leach central nervous system

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    Cline, H.T.


    GABA is a candidate for an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the leech central nervous system because of the well-documented inhibitory action of GABA in other invertebrates. To demonstrate that GABA meets the criteria used to identify a substance as a neurotransmitter, the author examined GABA metabolism and synaptic interactions of inhibitory motor neurons in two leech species, Hirudo medicinalis and Haementeria ghilianii. Segmental ganglia of the leech ventral nerve cord and identified inhibitors have the capacity to synthesize GABA when incubated in the presence of the precursor glutamate. Application of GABA to cell bodies of excitatory motor neurons or muscle fibers innervated by the inhibitors hyperpolarizes the membrane potential of the target cell and activates a chloride ion conductance channel, similar to the inhibitory membrane response following intracellular stimulation of the inhibitor. Bicuculline methiodide (5 x 10/sup -5/M), GABA receptor antagonist, blocks reversibly the response to applied GABA and the inhibitory synaptic inputs onto the postsynaptic neurons or muscle fibers without interfering with their excitatory inputs. Furthermore, the inhibitors are included among approximately 25 neurons per segmental ganglion that take up GABA by a high affinity uptake system, as revealed by /sup 3/H-GABA-autoradiography. The development of the capacities to synthesize and to take up GABA were examined in leech embryos. The embryos are able to synthesize GABA at early stages of the development of the nervous system, before any neurons have extended neutrites.

  14. Biochemical basis for the toxic effects of triethyl lead

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    Galzigna, L.; Ferraro, M. V.; Manani, G.; Viola, A.


    Galzigna, L., Ferraro, M. V., Manani, G., and Viola, A. (1973).British Journal of Industrial Medicine,30, 129-133. Biochemical basis for the toxic effects of triethyl lead. The effects of triethyl lead (PbEt3) have been studied in vitro on the cholinesterase activity of rat diaphragm and in vivo on serum cholinesterase in the dog. PbEt3 dramatically increases the duration of succinylcholine-induced myoneural block and pyridine-2-aldoxime methiodide (PAM) is able to counteract both cholinesterase inhibition and the effects on neuromuscular transmission. On the other hand, PbEt3 catalyses the rearrangement of catecholamines to aminochromes in vitro and inhibits catecholamine effect on smooth muscle contraction. The toxicity of PbEt3 and particularly its action on the central nervous system can be explained by a combination of effects which might result from an upset of cholinergic and adrenergic central pathways due to the formation of endogenous psychotogenic complexes. Images PMID:4349924

  15. Action of certain tropine esters on voltage-clamped lobster axon.


    Blaustein, M P


    Tropine p-tolylacetate (TPTA) and its quaternary analogue, tropine p-tolylacetate methiodide (TPTA MeI) decrease the early transient (Na) and late (K) currents in the voltage-clamped lobster giant axon. These agents, which block the nerve action potential, reduce the maximum Na and K conductance increases associated with membrane depolarization. They also slow the rate at which the sodium conductance is increased and shift the (normalized) membrane conductance vs. voltage curves in the direction of depolarization along the voltage axis. All these effects are qualitatively similar to those resulting from the action of procaine on the voltage-clamped axon. One unusual effect of the tropine esters, noticeable particularly at large depolarization steps, is that they cause the late, K current to reach a peak and then fall off with increasing pulse duration. This effect has not been reported to occur as a result of procaine action. Tropine p-chlorophenyl acetate (TPClphiA), which differs from TPTA only by the substitution of a p-Cl for a p-CH(3) group on the benzene ring, had a negligible effect on axonal excitability.

  16. Muscarinic acetylcholine receptor activation increases transcellular transport of macromolecules across mouse and human intestinal epithelium in vitro.


    Cameron, H L; Perdue, M H


    The intestinal epithelium acts as a barrier restricting uptake of luminal macromolecules such as dietary antigens and microbes. Here, we examined the role of cholinergic signalling in the regulation of permeability to macromolecules. Mouse jejunum was mounted in Ussing chambers and permeability was determined by measuring the flux of the antigen-sized protein, horseradish peroxidase (HRP), across the tissue. Baseline HRP permeability was significantly reduced by neural blockade with tetrodotoxin or cholinergic muscarinic antagonism with atropine, suggesting that ongoing release of endogenous acetylcholine from enteric nerves regulates barrier function. Exogenous addition of the muscarinic agonist bethanechol caused significant increases in both HRP flux and the area of HRP-containing endosomes in enterocytes. Bethanechol-enhanced HRP flux was abrogated by the M3 receptor antagonist, 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide (4-DAMP), the phospholipase A(2) inhibitor quinacrine, and the cyclooxygenase inhibitor indomethacin. Complementary in vitro studies showed direct effects of bethanechol on T84 epithelial cells, where increased HRP uptake was associated with increased F-actin, and increased cytosolic phospholipase A(2) (cPLA(2)) phosphorylation. Taken together, these results provide evidence for cholinergic regulation of transepithelial transport of macromolecules, mainly mediated by activation of M3 receptors with subsequent involvement of phospholipase A(2) and cyclooxygenase products.

  17. Release of acetylcholine by syringin, an active principle of Eleutherococcus senticosus, to raise insulin secretion in Wistar rats.


    Liu, Ko Yu; Wu, Yang-Chang; Liu, I-Min; Yu, Wen Chen; Cheng, Juei-Tang


    The present study is designed to screen the effect of syringin, an active principle purified from the rhizome and root parts of Eleutherococcus senticosus (Araliaceae), on the plasma glucose and investigate the possible mechanisms. Plasma glucose decreased in a dose-dependent manner 60 min after intravenous injection of syringin into fasting Wistar rats. In parallel to the decrease of plasma glucose, increases of plasma insulin level as well as the plasma C-peptide was also observed in rats receiving same treatment. Both the plasma glucose lowering action and the raised plasma levels of insulin and C-peptide induced by syringin were also inhibited by 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperdine methiodide (4-DAMP), the antagonist of the muscarinic M3 receptors, but not affected by the ganglionic nicotinic antagonist, pentolinium or hexamethonium. Moreover, disruption of synaptic available acetylcholine (ACh) using an inhibitor of choline uptake, hemicholinium-3, or vesicular acetylcholine transport, vesamicol, abolished these actions of syringin. Also, physostigmine at concentration sufficient to inhibit acetylcholinesterase enhanced the actions of syringin. Mediation of ACh release from the nerve terminals to enhance insulin secretion by syringin can thus be considered. The results suggest that syringin has an ability to raise the release of ACh from nerve terminals, which in turn to stimulate muscarinic M3 receptors in pancreatic cells and augment the insulin release to result in plasma glucose lowering action.

  18. Differential discharge patterns of rhythmical activity in trigeminal motoneurons during fictive mastication and respiration in vitro.


    Koizumi, Hidehiko; Ishihama, Kohji; Nomura, Kimiko; Yamanishi, Tadashi; Kogo, Mikihiko; Matsuya, Tokuzo


    Rhythmical activity in trigeminal motoneurons (TMNs) was studied in an in vitro neonatal rat brainstem preparation that retains functionally active circuits for oral-motor behaviors. Whole-cell current-clamp recording from TMNs demonstrated rhythmical activities during both spontaneously generated respiratory activity and neurochemically induced rhythmical oral-motor activity. TMNs showed spontaneous rhythmical (0.08 +/- 0.04 Hz) activities of burst-firing pattern during inspiration synchronized with inspiratory activities recorded in hypoglossal nerves. During rhythmical oral-motor activity induced by bath application of N-methyl-d,l-aspartic acid and the GABA(A) receptor antagonist bicuculline methiodide, TMNs showed only a rhythmical (5.6 +/- 0.8 Hz) pattern of single-spike discharge. TMNs never showed a burst-firing pattern during rhythmical oral-motor activity even when membrane potentials were shifted either to depolarized or hyperpolarized levels. Rhythmical activity in TMNs exhibited different discharge patterns between rhythmical oral-motor activity and respiratory activity generated in vitro. Copyright 2002 Elsevier Science Inc.

  19. Photomagnetism in cyano-bridged bimetal assemblies.


    Ohkoshi, Shin-ichi; Tokoro, Hiroko


    The study of photoinduced phase-transition materials has implications for the fields of inorganic chemistry, solid-state chemistry, and materials science. Cyano-bridged bimetal assemblies are promising photomagnetic materials. Because cyano-bridged bimetal assemblies possess various absorption bands in the visible light region, their electronic and spin states can be controlled by visible light irradiation. Moreover, the selection of magnetic metal ions and organic ligands provide a way of controlling spin-spin interactions through a cyano bridge. In this Account, we describe cyano-bridged bimetal assemblies developed in our laboratory. Cu(II)(2)[Mo(IV)(CN)(8)]·8H(2)O (CuMo), Rb(I)Mn(II)[Fe(III)(CN)(6)] (RbMnFe), and Co(II)(3)[W(V)(CN)(8)](2)·(pyrimidine)(4)·6H(2)O (CoW) induce photomagnetism via photoinduced metal-to-metal charge transfers (MM'CT), while Fe(II)(2)[Nb(IV)(CN)(8)]·(4-pyridinealdoxime)(8)·2H(2)O (FeNb) exhibits a photoinduced magnetization via a photoinduced spin crossover. Irradiation with 473 nm light causes the CuMo system to exhibit a spontaneous magnetization with a Curie temperature (T(C)) of 25 K, but irradiation with 532, 785, and 840 nm light reduces the magnetization. In this reversible photomagnetic process, excitation of the MM'CT from Mo(IV) to Cu(II) produces a ferromagnetic mixed-valence isomer of Cu(I)Cu(II)[Mo(V)(CN)(8)]·8H(2)O (CuMo'). CuMo' returns to CuMo upon irradiation in the reverse-M'MCT band. RbMnFe shows a charge transfer (CT)-induced phase transition from the Mn(II)-Fe(III) phase to the Mn(III)-Fe(II) phase. Irradiation with 532 nm light converts the Mn(III)-Fe(II) phase into the Mn(II)-Fe(III) phase, and we observe photodemagnetization. In contrast, irradiation of the Mn(II)-Fe(III) phase with 410 nm light causes the reverse phase transition. A CT-induced Jahn-Teller distortion is responsible for this visible light-induced reversible photomagnetic effect. In the CoW system, a CT-induced spin transition causes the

  20. Effects of Prunus mume Siebold & Zucc. in the pacemaking activity of interstitial cells of Cajal in murine small intestine

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    Lee, Sang Weon; Kim, Sung Jin; Kim, Hyungwoo; Yang, Dongki; Kim, Hyun Jung; Kim, Byung Joo


    Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) function as pacemaker cells in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and therefore, serve an important role in regulating GI motility. The effects of a species of plum (Prunus mume Siebold & Zucc.) on cultured ICC cluster-induced pacemaker potentials in the mouse small intestine were investigated, and the effects of a methanolic extract of Prunus mume (m-PM) on ICC pacemaker activities were examined using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. ICC pacemaker membrane potentials were depolarized by m-PM in a concentration dependent manner in current clamp mode. 4-Diphenylacetoxy-N-methyl-piperidine methiodide, which is a muscarinic 3 (M3) receptor antagonist, was able to block m-PM-induced pacemaker potential increases, whereas methoctramine, which is a muscarinic 2 (M2) receptor antagonist, was not. When 1 mM guanosine diphosphate β-5 was present in the pipette solution, m-PM induced slight pacemaker depolarization. Following pretreatment in bath solution of Ca2+-free solution or a Ca2+-ATPase inhibitor in endoplasmic reticulum, the pacemaker currents were inhibited. Furthermore, pretreatment with PD98059, SB203580 or SP600125, which is a c-jun NH2-terminal kinase inhibitor, blocked m-PM-induced ICC potential depolarization. Furthermore, m-PM inhibited transient receptor potential melastatin (TRPM) 7 channels, but did not affect Ca2+-activated Cl− channels. These results suggest that m-PM is able to modulate pacemaker potentials through the muscarinic M3 receptor, via G-protein and external and internal Ca2+, in a mitogen-activated protein kinase and TRPM7-dependent manner. Therefore, m-PM may provide a basis for the development of a novel gastroprokinetic agent. PMID:28123510

  1. GABA-A receptors regulate neocortical neuronal migration in vitro and in vivo.


    Heck, Nicolas; Kilb, Werner; Reiprich, Petra; Kubota, Hisahiko; Furukawa, Tomonori; Fukuda, Atsuo; Luhmann, Heiko J


    The cortical migration process depends on a number of trophic factors and on the activation of different voltage- and ligand-gated channels. We investigated the role of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) type A receptors in the neuronal migration process of the newborn rat parietal cortex in vivo and in vitro. Local in vivo application of the GABA-A antagonist bicuculline methiodide (BMI) or the agonist muscimol via cortical surface Elvax implants induced prominent alterations in the cortical architecture when compared with untreated or sham-operated controls. BMI- and muscimol-treated animals revealed heterotopic cell clusters in the upper layers and a complete loss of the cortical lamination in the region underlying the Elvax implant. Immunocytochemical staining for glial fibrillary acidic protein, N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors, and GABA demonstrated that heterotopia was not provoked by glial proliferation and confirmed the presence of both glutamatergic and GABAergic neurons. In organotypic neocortical slices from embryonic day 18-19 embryos, application of BMI and to a lesser extent also muscimol induced an increase in the migration speed and an accumulation of neurons in the upper cortical layers. Spontaneous intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i) oscillations in neocortical slices from newborn rats were abolished by BMI (5 and 20 microM) and muscimol (1 and 10 microM), indicating that both compounds interfere with [Ca2+]i signaling required for normal neuronal migration. Electrophysiological recordings from migrating neurons in newborn rat neocortical slices indicate that long-term application of muscimol causes a pronounced reduction (1 microM muscimol) or blockade (10 microM) in the responsiveness of postsynaptic GABA-A receptors due to a pronounced receptor desensitization. Our results indicate that modulation of GABA-A receptors by compounds acting as agonists or antagonists may profoundly influence the neuronal migration process in the developing cerebral cortex.

  2. Fluctuations in central and peripheral temperatures induced by intravenous nicotine: central and peripheral contributions

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    Tang, Jeremy; Kiyatkin, Eugene A.


    Nicotine (NIC) is a highly addictive substance that interacts with different subtypes of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors widely distributed in the central and peripheral nervous systems. While the direct action of NIC on central neurons appears to be essential for its reinforcing properties, the role of peripheral actions of this drug remains a matter of controversy. In this study, we examined changes in locomotor activity and temperature fluctuations in the brain (nucleus accumbens and ventral tegmental area), temporal muscle, and skin induced by intravenous (iv) NIC at low human-relevant doses (10 and 30 μg/kg) in freely moving rats. These effects were compared to those induced by social interaction, an arousing procedure that induces behavioral activation and temperature responses via pure neural mechanism procedure, and iv injections of a peripherally acting NIC analogue, NIC pyrrolidine methiodide (NIC-PM) used at equimolar doses. We found that NIC at 30 μg/kg induces a modest locomotor activation, rapid and strong decrease in skin temperature, and weak increases in brain and muscle temperature. While these effects were qualitatively similar to those induced by social interaction, they were much weaker and showed a tendency to increase with repeated drug administrations. In contrast, NIC-PM did not affect locomotion and induced much weaker than NIC increases in brain and muscle temperatures and decreases in skin temperature; these effects showed a tendency to be weaker with repeated drug administrations. Our data indicate that NIC's actions in the brain are essential to induce locomotor activation and brain and body hyperthermic responses. However, rapid peripheral action of NIC on sensory afferents could be an important factor in triggering its central effects, contributing to neural and physiological activation following repeated drug use. PMID:21295014

  3. Critical Role of Peripheral Actions of Intravenous Nicotine in Mediating Its Central Effects

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    Lenoir, Magalie; Kiyatkin, Eugene A


    In addition to its direct action on central neurons, nicotine (NIC) activates multiple nicotinic acetylcholine receptors localized on afferent terminals of sensory nerves at the sites of its administration. Although the activation of these receptors is important in mediating the primary sensory and cardiovascular effects of NIC, their role in triggering and maintaining the neural effects of NIC remains unclear. Using high-speed electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG) recordings in freely moving rats, we showed that NIC at low intravenous (i.v.) doses (10–30 μg/kg) induced rapid, strong, and prolonged EEG desynchronization both in the cortex and ventral tegmental area (with decreases in α and robust increases in β and γ frequencies) and neck EMG activation that began during the injection (∼5 s). EEG and EMG effects of NIC were drastically reduced by pre-treatment with hexamethonium, a peripherally acting NIC antagonist, and the immediate EEG effects of NIC were strongly inhibited during urethane anesthesia. Although NIC pyrrolidine methiodide, a quaternary NIC analog that cannot enter the brain, also induced rapid EEG desynchronization, its effects were much shorter and weaker than those of NIC. Therefore, NIC by acting on peripheral nicotinic receptors provides a major contribution to its rapid, excitatory effects following i.v. administration. Since this action creates a sensory signal that rapidly reaches the brain via neural pathways and precedes the slower and more prolonged direct actions of NIC on brain cells, it could have a major role in associative learning and changes in the behavioral and physiological effects of NIC following its repeated use. PMID:21654739

  4. Neuroanatomical Circuitry Mediating the Sensory Impact of Nicotine in the Central Nervous System

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    Dehkordi, Ozra; Rose, Jed E.; Asadi, Sadegh; Manaye, Kebreten F.; Millis, Richard M.; Jayam-Trouth, Annapurni


    Direct actions of nicotine in the CNS appear to be essential for its reinforcing properties. However, activation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) on afferent sensory nerve fibers are important components of addiction to, and withdrawal from, cigarette smoking. The present study was to identify the neuroanatomical substrates activated by the peripheral actions of nicotine and to determine whether these sites overlap brain structures stimulated by direct actions of nicotine. Mouse brains were examined by immunohistochemistry for c-Fos protein after intraperitoneal injection of either nicotine (NIC, 30 and 40 µg/kg) and/or nicotine pyrrolidine methiodide (NIC-PM, 20 and 30 µg/kg). NIC-PM induced c-Fos immunoreactivity (IR) at multiple brain sites. In the brainstem, c-Fos IR was detected in locus coeruleus, laterodorsal tegmental nucleus and pedunculotegmental nucleus. In the midbrain, c-Fos IR was observed in areas overlapping the ventral tegmental area (VTA) which includes paranigral nucleus, parainterfascicular nucleus, parabrachial pigmental area and rostral VTA. Other structures of the nicotine brain-reward circuitry activated by NIC-PM included hypothalamus, paraventricular thalamic nucleus, lateral habenular nucleus, hippocampus, amygdala, accumbens nucleus, piriform cortex, angular insular cortex, anterior olfactory nucleus, lateral septal nucleus, bed nucleus of stria terminalis, cingulate and medial prefrontal cortex, olfactory tubercle, medial and lateral orbital cortex. Nicotine, acting through central and peripheral nAChRs, produced c-Fos IR in areas that overlapped NIC-PM induced c-Fos expressing sites. These neuroanatomical data are the first to demonstrate that the CNS structures which are the direct targets of nicotine are also anatomical substrates for the peripheral sensory impact of nicotine. PMID:25223294

  5. Hyperalgesic and hypoalgesic mechanisms evoked by the acute administration of CCL5 in mice.


    González-Rodríguez, Sara; Álvarez, Miguel G; García-Domínguez, Mario; Lastra, Ana; Cernuda-Cernuda, Rafael; Folgueras, Alicia R; Fernández-García, María Teresa; Hidalgo, Agustín; Baamonde, Ana; Menéndez, Luis


    We show here that the intraplantar administration of CCL5 in mice produces hyperalgesia at low doses but activates compensatory antinociceptive mechanisms at doses slightly higher. Thus, the injection of 3-10ng of CCL5 evoked thermal hyperalgesia through the activation of CCR1 and CCR5 receptors, as demonstrated by the inhibitory effect exerted by the selective antagonists J113863 (0.01-0.1μg) and DAPTA (0.3-3μg), respectively. The prevention of this hyperalgesia by diclofenac (1-10μg), the inhibitors of COX-1 SC-560 (0.1-1μg) or COX-2 celecoxib (1-5μg), the TRPV1 antagonist capsazepine (0.03-0.3μg) or the TRPA1 antagonist HC030031 (10-50μg) demonstrates the involvement of prostaglandin synthesis and TRP sensitization in CCL5-evoked hyperalgesia. Doses of CCL5 higher than 17μg did not evoke hyperalgesia. However, this effect was restored by the administration of naloxone-methiodide (5μg), nor-binaltorphimine (10mg/kg) or an anti-dynorphin A antibody (0.62-2.5ng). The administration of 30ng of CCL5 also induced hyperalgesia in mice with reduced number of circulating white blood cells in response to cyclophosphamide or with selective neutrophil depletion induced by an anti-Ly6G antibody. In fact, the number of neutrophils present in paws treated with 30ng of CCL5 was greater than in paws receiving the administration of the hyperalgesic dose of 10ng. Finally, the expression of the endogenous opioid peptide dynorphin A was demonstrated by double immunofluorescence assays in these neutrophils attracted by CCL5. These results support previous data describing the hyperalgesic properties of CCL5 and constitute the first indication that a chemokine of the CC group can activate endogenous analgesic mechanisms.

  6. Defense-like behaviors evoked by pharmacological disinhibition of the superior colliculus in the primate

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    DesJardin, Jacqueline T.; Holmes, Angela L.; Forcelli, Patrick A.; Cole, Claire E.; Gale, John T.; Wellman, Laurie L.; Gale, Karen; Malkova, Ludise


    Stimulation of the intermediate and deep layers of superior colliculus (DLSC) in rodents evokes both tracking/pursuit (approach) and avoidance/flight (defensive) responses (Dean et al., 1989). These two classes of response are subserved by distinct output projections associated with lateral (approach) and medial (defensive) DLSC (Comoli et al., 2012). In nonhuman primates, DLSC has been examined only with respect to orienting/approach behaviors, especially eye movements, however, defense-like behaviors have not been reported. Here we examined the profile of behavioral responses to the activation of DLSC by unilateral intracerebral infusions of the GABAA receptor antagonist, bicuculline methiodide (BIC), in nine freely moving macaques. Across animals, the most consistently evoked behavior was cowering (all animals), followed by increased vocalization and escape-like behaviors (seven animals), and attack of objects (three animals). The effects of BIC were dose-dependent within the range 2.5-14nmol (threshold dose of 4.6nmol). The behaviors and their latency to onset did not vary across different infusion sites within DLSC. Cowering and escape-like behaviors resembled the defense-like responses reported after DLSC stimulation in rats, but in the macaques these responses were evoked from both medial and lateral sites within DLSC. Our findings are unexpected in the context of an earlier theoretical perspective (Dean et al., 1989) that emphasized a preferential role of the primate DLSC for approach rather than defensive responses. Our data provide the first evidence for induction of defense-like behaviors by activation of DLSC in monkeys, suggesting that the role of DLSC in responding to threats is conserved across species. PMID:23283329

  7. Agonist activation of cytosolic Ca2+ in subfornical organ cells projecting to the supraoptic nucleus

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    Johnson, R. F.; Beltz, T. G.; Sharma, R. V.; Xu, Z.; Bhatty, R. A.; Johnson, A. K.


    The subfornical organ (SFO) is sensitive to both ANG II and ACh, and local application of these agents produces dipsogenic responses and vasopressin release. The present study examined the effects of cholinergic drugs, ANG II, and increased extracellular osmolarity on dissociated, cultured cells of the SFO that were retrogradely labeled from the supraoptic nucleus. The effects were measured as changes in cytosolic calcium in fura 2-loaded cells by using a calcium imaging system. Both ACh and carbachol increased intracellular ionic calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i). However, in contrast to the effects of muscarinic receptor agonists on SFO neurons, manipulation of the extracellular osmolality produced no effects, and application of ANG II produced only moderate effects on [Ca2+]i in a few retrogradely labeled cells. The cholinergic effects on [Ca2+]i could be blocked with the muscarinic receptor antagonist atropine and with the more selective muscarinic receptor antagonists pirenzepine and 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperdine methiodide (4-DAMP). In addition, the calcium in the extracellular fluid was required for the cholinergic-induced increase in [Ca2+]i. These findings indicate that ACh acts to induce a functional cellular response in SFO neurons through action on a muscarinic receptor, probably of the M1 subtype and that the increase of [Ca2+]i, at least initially, requires the entry of extracellular Ca2+. Also, consistent with a functional role of M1 receptors in the SFO are the results of immunohistochemical preparations demonstrating M1 muscarinic receptor-like protein present within this forebrain circumventricular organ.

  8. The Sensory Impact of Nicotine on Noradrenergic and Dopaminergic Neurons of the Nicotine Reward - Addiction Neurocircuitry

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    Rose, Jed E; Dehkordi, Ozra; Manaye, Kebreten F; Millis, Richard M; Cianaki, Salman Ameri; Jayam-Trouth, Annapurni


    The sensory experience of smoking is a key component of nicotine addiction known to result, in part, from stimulation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) at peripheral sensory nerve endings. Such stimulation of nAChRs is followed by activation of neurons at multiple sites in the mesocorticolimbic reward pathways. However, the neurochemical profiles of CNS cells that mediate the peripheral sensory impact of nicotine remain unknown. In the present study in mice, we first used c-Fos immunohistochemistry to identify CNS cells stimulated by nicotine (NIC, 40 μg/kg, IP) and by a peripherally-acting analog of nicotine, nicotine pyrrolidine methiodide (NIC-PM, 30 μg/kg, IP). Sequential double-labelling was then performed to determine whether noradrenergic and dopaminergic neurons of the nicotine reward-addiction circuitry were primary targets of NIC and NIC-PM. Double-labelling of NIC and/or NIC-PM activated c-Fos immunoreactive cells with tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) showed no apparent c-Fos expression by the dopaminergic cells of the ventral tegmental area (VTA). With the exception of sparse numbers of TH immunoreactive D11 cells, dopamine-containing neurons in other areas of the reward-addiction circuitry, namely periaqueductal gray, and dorsal raphe, were also devoid of c-Fos immunoreactivity. Noradrenergic neurons of locus coeruleus (LC), known to innervate VTA, were activated by both NIC and NIC-PM. These results demonstrate that noradrenergic neurons of LC are among the first structures that are stimulated by single acute IP injection of NIC and NIC-PM. Dopaminergic neurons of VTA and other CNS sites, did not respond to acute IP administration of NIC or NIC-PM by induction of c-Fos. PMID:27347434

  9. Pharmacologic study of muscarinic receptor subtypes and arteriolar dilations: a comparison of conducted and local responses.


    Rivers, R J


    Arteriolar relaxation caused by the application of muscarinic agonists is mediated by multiple factors. One factor causes dilation only at the point of drug microapplication (local response), and a second factor causes responses remote (500 microm away) from the site of application (conducted response). This study was performed to determine if different muscarinic subtypes mediate the two responses. Arterioles of anesthetized hamster cheek pouch were studied with videomicroscopy. Muscarinic antagonists methscopolamine, scopolamine, pirenzepine, 4-DAMP (4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide), and AFDX-116 [(11-2[[2-[(diethylamino)methyl]-1-piperidinyl]acetyl]-5, 11-dihydro-6H-pyrido [2,3-b][1,4]benzodiazepin-6-one)] were cumulatively applied, and the K(B) for each antagonist was determined for the local and conducted responses caused by methacholine microapplication (10(-4) M, 5 s). The pK(B) (local, conducted) were not significantly different for the two responses when using scopolamine (10.5, 10.4). When the antagonist AFDX-116 (5.6, 6.3), selective for muscarinic receptor (m2) subtype was applied, the K(B) was greater for the conducted response. The pK(B) was greater, however, for the local response when the m1 subtype-selective pirenzepine (7.7, 6.9) or m3 subtype-selective 4-DAMP (10.1, 9.8) was applied. Thus the antagonist pK(B) ratio for on the local and conducted responses depends on the subtype selectivity of the antagonist. These data strongly suggest that different receptors are involved in the two responses.

  10. A mechanism of action for morphine-induced immunosuppression: corticosterone mediates morphine-induced suppression of natural killer cell activity.


    Freier, D O; Fuchs, B A


    Morphine is a drug of abuse with an ability to down-regulate immune responsiveness that could have potentially serious consequences in both heroin addicts and in the clinical environment. The exact mechanism of action by which morphine induces immunosuppression has yet to be clearly determined. A direct mechanism of action is suggested to operate through lymphocyte opiate receptors, but the nature of such receptors is still in question. The alternative, an indirect mechanism of action is proposed to be mediated by two possible pathways, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation with increased production of adrenal corticosteroids, or activation of the sympathetic nervous system and concomitant catecholamine release. Natural killer (NK) cell activity was used to determine potential indirect mechanisms of action for morphine. NK activity in the B6C3F1 mouse was suppressed between 12 and 48 hr after implantation of 75 mg timed-release morphine pellets. Morphine suppressed NK activity in a dose-responsive manner. The opiate antagonists naloxone and naltrexone completely blocked morphine-induced suppression of NK activity, whereas naloxone methiodide, a congener that crosses the blood-brain barrier much more slowly than naloxone, produced very little blockade. Implantation of the 75-mg morphine pellets produced a significant elevation in serum corticosterone levels. In vitro exposure to corticosterone is known to suppress NK activity directly, whereas in vitro morphine was unable to alter directly NK activity. The glucocorticoid receptor antagonist Roussel-Uclaf 38486 blocked morphine-induced suppression of NK activity in a dose-responsive fashion. Naltrexone (10-mg pellet) antagonized the morphine-induced elevation in serum corticosterone.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  11. The Sensory Impact of Nicotine on Noradrenergic and Dopaminergic Neurons of the Nicotine Reward - Addiction Neurocircuitry.


    Rose, Jed E; Dehkordi, Ozra; Manaye, Kebreten F; Millis, Richard M; Cianaki, Salman Ameri; Jayam-Trouth, Annapurni


    The sensory experience of smoking is a key component of nicotine addiction known to result, in part, from stimulation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) at peripheral sensory nerve endings. Such stimulation of nAChRs is followed by activation of neurons at multiple sites in the mesocorticolimbic reward pathways. However, the neurochemical profiles of CNS cells that mediate the peripheral sensory impact of nicotine remain unknown. In the present study in mice, we first used c-Fos immunohistochemistry to identify CNS cells stimulated by nicotine (NIC, 40 μg/kg, IP) and by a peripherally-acting analog of nicotine, nicotine pyrrolidine methiodide (NIC-PM, 30 μg/kg, IP). Sequential double-labelling was then performed to determine whether noradrenergic and dopaminergic neurons of the nicotine reward-addiction circuitry were primary targets of NIC and NIC-PM. Double-labelling of NIC and/or NIC-PM activated c-Fos immunoreactive cells with tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) showed no apparent c-Fos expression by the dopaminergic cells of the ventral tegmental area (VTA). With the exception of sparse numbers of TH immunoreactive D11 cells, dopamine-containing neurons in other areas of the reward-addiction circuitry, namely periaqueductal gray, and dorsal raphe, were also devoid of c-Fos immunoreactivity. Noradrenergic neurons of locus coeruleus (LC), known to innervate VTA, were activated by both NIC and NIC-PM. These results demonstrate that noradrenergic neurons of LC are among the first structures that are stimulated by single acute IP injection of NIC and NIC-PM. Dopaminergic neurons of VTA and other CNS sites, did not respond to acute IP administration of NIC or NIC-PM by induction of c-Fos.

  12. Injection of oxotremorine in nucleus accumbens shell reduces cocaine but not food self-administration in rats.


    Mark, Gregory P; Kinney, Anthony E; Grubb, Michele C; Zhu, Xiaoman; Finn, Deborah A; Mader, Sarah L; Berger, S Paul; Bechtholt, Anita J


    Mesencephalic dopamine neurons form synapses with acetylcholine (ACh)-containing interneurons in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc). Although their involvement in drug reward has not been systematically investigated, these large aspiny interneurons may serve an important integrative function. We previously found that repeated activation of nicotinic cholinergic receptors enhanced cocaine intake in rats but the role of muscarinic receptors in drug reward is less clear. Here we examined the impact of local changes in muscarinic receptor activation within the NAcc on cocaine and food self-administration in rats trained on a progressive ratio (PR) schedule of reinforcement. Animals were given a minimum of 9 continuous days of drug access before testing in order to establish a stable breaking point (BP) for intravenous cocaine infusions (0.75 mg/kg/infusion). Rats in the food group acquired stable responding on the PR schedule within 7 days. On the test day, rats were bilaterally infused in the NAcc with the muscarinic receptor agonist oxotremorine methiodide (OXO: 0.1, 0.3 or 1 nmol/side), OXO plus the M(1) selective antagonist pirenzepine (PIRENZ; 0.3 nmol/side) or aCSF 15 min before cocaine or food access. OXO dose dependently reduced BP values for cocaine reinforcement (-17%, -44% [p<0.05] and -91% [p<0.0001] for 0.1, 0.3 and 1.0 nmol, respectively) and these reductions dissipated by the following session. Pretreatment with PIRENZ blocked the BP-reducing effect of 0.3 nmol OXO. Notably, OXO (0.1, 0.3 and 1.0 nmol/side) injection in the NAcc did not affect BP for food reward. The results suggest that muscarinic ACh receptors in the caudomedial NAcc may play a role in mediating the behavior reinforcing effects of cocaine.

  13. A novel muscarinic receptor-independent mechanism of KCNQ2/3 potassium channel blockade by Oxotremorine-M.


    Zwart, Ruud; Reed, Hannah; Clarke, Sophie; Sher, Emanuele


    Inhibition of KCNQ (Kv7) potassium channels by activation of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors has been well established, and the ion currents through these channels have been long known as M-currents. We found that this cross-talk can be reconstituted in Xenopus oocytes by co-transfection of human recombinant muscarinic M1 receptors and KCNQ2/3 potassium channels. Application of the muscarinic acetylcholine receptor agonist Oxotremorine-methiodide (Oxo-M) between voltage pulses to activate KCNQ2/3 channels caused inhibition of the subsequent KCNQ2/3 responses. This effect of Oxo-M was blocked by the muscarinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist atropine. We also found that KCNQ2/3 currents were inhibited when Oxo-M was applied during an ongoing KCNQ2/3 response, an effect that was not blocked by atropine, suggesting that Oxo-M inhibits KCNQ2/3 channels directly. Indeed, also in oocytes that were transfected with only KCNQ2/3 channels, but not with muscarinic M1 receptors, Oxo-M inhibited the KCNQ2/3 response. These results show that besides the usual muscarinic acetylcholine receptor-mediated inhibition, Oxo-M also inhibits KCNQ2/3 channels by a direct mechanism. We subsequently tested xanomeline, which is a chemically distinct muscarinic acetylcholine receptor agonist, and oxotremorine, which is a close analogue of Oxo-M. Both compounds inhibited KCNQ2/3 currents via activation of M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptors but, in contrast to Oxo-M, they did not directly inhibit KCNQ2/3 channels. Xanomeline and oxotremorine do not contain a positively charged trimethylammonium moiety that is present in Oxo-M, suggesting that such a charged moiety could be a crucial component mediating this newly described direct inhibition of KCNQ2/3 channels.

  14. Central and peripheral contributions to dynamic changes in nucleus accumbens glucose induced by intravenous cocaine

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    Wakabayashi, Ken T.; Kiyatkin, Eugene A.


    The pattern of neural, physiological and behavioral effects induced by cocaine is consistent with metabolic neural activation, yet direct attempts to evaluate central metabolic effects of this drug have produced controversial results. Here, we used enzyme-based glucose sensors coupled with high-speed amperometry in freely moving rats to examine how intravenous cocaine at a behaviorally active dose affects extracellular glucose levels in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), a critical structure within the motivation-reinforcement circuit. In drug-naive rats, cocaine induced a bimodal increase in glucose, with the first, ultra-fast phasic rise appearing during the injection (latency 6–8 s; ~50 μM or ~5% of baseline) followed by a larger, more prolonged tonic elevation (~100 μM or 10% of baseline, peak ~15 min). While the rapid, phasic component of the glucose response remained stable following subsequent cocaine injections, the tonic component progressively decreased. Cocaine-methiodide, cocaine's peripherally acting analog, induced an equally rapid and strong initial glucose rise, indicating cocaine's action on peripheral neural substrates as its cause. However, this analog did not induce increases in either locomotion or tonic glucose, suggesting direct central mediation of these cocaine effects. Under systemic pharmacological blockade of dopamine transmission, both phasic and tonic components of the cocaine-induced glucose response were only slightly reduced, suggesting a significant role of non-dopamine mechanisms in cocaine-induced accumbal glucose influx. Hence, intravenous cocaine induces rapid, strong inflow of glucose into NAc extracellular space by involving both peripheral and central, non-dopamine drug actions, thus preventing a possible deficit resulting from enhanced glucose use by brain cells. PMID:25729349

  15. The minor population of M3-receptors mediate contraction of human detrusor muscle in vitro.


    Chess-Williams, R; Chapple, C R; Yamanishi, T; Yasuda, K; Sellers, D J


    1 The objective was to determine the role of muscarinic receptor subtypes in mediating contraction of the human detrusor smooth muscle in vitro. 2 Contractile responses of human detrusor muscle strips to carbachol were obtained in the absence and presence of a range of muscarinic antagonists (pirenzepine, methoctramine, 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methyl piperidine methiodide (4-DAMP), tropicamide, oxybutynin and tolterodine). Affinity estimates (pKB values) were calculated for the antagonists and correlated with values at the cloned muscarinic receptor subtypes quoted in the literature. 3 Pirenzepine, methoctramine and tropicamide drugs that have high affinities at M1, M2 and M4-receptors, respectively, all had low affinities on the human detrusor (pKB values of 6.8, 6.9 and 6.5, respectively), whilst the M3-selective antagonist 4-DAMP had a high affinity (9.5). Schild plots for all four antagonists had slopes of unity indicating an action at a single receptor. Oxybutynin and tolterodine also acted as competitive antagonists with affinity estimates of 7.6 and 8.1, respectively. 4 When the antagonist affinities obtained on the bladder were plotted against the values published for these antagonists at the cloned muscarinic receptor subtypes, the best correlations were obtained for the m3- and m5-muscarinic receptor subtypes. 5 These data suggest that direct contractile responses of the human detrusor muscle to muscarinic receptor stimulation in vitro are mediated solely via the M3-muscarinic receptor subtype with no contribution from the major M2-receptor population.

  16. High fat diet induced-obesity facilitates anxiety-like behaviors due to GABAergic impairment within the dorsomedial hypothalamus in rats.


    de Noronha, Sylvana Rendeiro; Campos, Glenda Viggiano; Abreu, Aline Rezende; de Souza, Aline Arlindo; Chianca, Deoclécio A; de Menezes, Rodrigo C


    Overweight and obesity are conditions associated with an overall range of clinical health consequences, and they could be involved with the development of neuropsychiatric diseases, such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic disorder (PD). A crucial brain nuclei involved on the physiological functions and behavioral responses, especially fear, anxiety and panic, is the dorsomedial hypothalamus (DMH). However, the mechanisms underlying the process whereby the DMH is involved in behavioral changes in obese rats still remains unclear. The current study further investigates the relation between obesity and generalized anxiety, by investigating the GABAA sensitivity to pharmacological manipulation within the DMH in obese rats during anxiety conditions. Male Wistar rats were divided in two experimental groups: the first was fed a control diet (CD; 11% w/w) and second was fed a high fat diet (HFD; 45% w/w). Animals were randomly treated with muscimol, a GABAA agonist and bicuculline methiodide (BMI), a GABAA antagonist. Inhibitory avoidance and escape behaviors were investigated using the Elevated T-Maze (ETM) apparatus. Our results revealed that the obesity facilitated inhibitory avoidance acquisition, suggesting a positive relation between obesity and the development of an anxiety-like state. The injection of muscimol (an anxiolytic drug), within the DMH, increased the inhibitory avoidance latency in obese animals (featuring an anxiogenic state). Besides, muscimol prolonged the escape latency and controlling the possible panic-like behavior in these animals. Injection of BMI into the DMH was ineffective to produce an anxiety-like effect in obese animals opposing the results observed in lean animals. These findings support the hypotheses that obese animals are susceptible to develop anxiety-like behaviors, probably through changes in the GABAergic neurotransmission within the DMH.

  17. Asymmetry in the control of cardiac performance by dorsomedial hypothalamus.


    Xavier, Carlos Henrique; Beig, Mirza Irfan; Ianzer, Danielle; Fontes, Marco Antônio Peliky; Nalivaiko, Eugene


    Dorsomedial hypothalamus (DMH) plays a key role in integrating cardiovascular responses to stress. We have recently reported greater heart rate responses following disinhibition of the right side of the DMH (R-DMH) in anesthetized rats and greater suppression of stress-induced tachycardia following inhibition of the R-DMH in conscious rats [both compared with similar intervention in the left DMH (L-DMH)], suggesting existence of right/left side asymmetry in controlling cardiac chronotropic responses by the DMH. The aim of the present study was to determine whether similar asymmetry is present for controlling cardiac contractility. In anesthetized rats, microinjections of the GABAA antagonist bicuculline methiodide (BMI; 40 pmol/100 nl) into the DMH-evoked increases in heart rate (HR), left ventricular pressure (LVP), myocardial contractility (LVdP/dt), arterial pressure, and respiratory rate. DMH disinhibition also precipitated multiple ventricular and supraventricular ectopic beats. DMH-induced increases in HR, LVP, LVdP/dt, and in the number of ectopic beats dependent on the side of stimulation, with R-DMH provoking larger responses. In contrast, pressor and respiratory responses did not depend on the side of stimulation. Newly described DMH-induced inotropic responses were rate-, preload- and (largely) afterload-independent; they were mediated by sympathetic cardiac pathway, as revealed by their sensitivity to β-adrenergic blockade. We conclude that recruitment of DMH neurons causes sympathetically mediated positive chronotropic and inotropic effects, and that there is an asymmetry, at the level of the DMH, in the potency to elicit these effects, with R-DMH > L-DMH.

  18. Rapid Sensitization of Physiological, Neuronal, and Locomotor Effects of Nicotine: Critical Role of Peripheral Drug Actions

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    Lenoir, Magalie; Tang, Jeremy S.; Woods, Amina S.


    Repeated exposure to nicotine and other psychostimulant drugs produces persistent increases in their psychomotor and physiological effects (sensitization), a phenomenon related to the drugs' reinforcing properties and abuse potential. Here we examined the role of peripheral actions of nicotine in nicotine-induced sensitization of centrally mediated physiological parameters (brain, muscle, and skin temperatures), cortical and VTA EEG, neck EMG activity, and locomotion in freely moving rats. Repeated injections of intravenous nicotine (30 μg/kg) induced sensitization of the drug's effects on all these measures. In contrast, repeated injections of the peripherally acting analog of nicotine, nicotine pyrrolidine methiodide (nicotinePM, 30 μg/kg, i.v.) resulted in habituation (tolerance) of the same physiological, neuronal, and behavioral measures. However, after repeated nicotine exposure, acute nicotinePM injections induced nicotine-like physiological responses: powerful cortical and VTA EEG desynchronization, EMG activation, a large brain temperature increase, but weaker hyperlocomotion. Additionally, both the acute locomotor response to nicotine and nicotine-induced locomotor sensitization were attenuated by blockade of peripheral nicotinic receptors by hexamethonium (3 mg/kg, i.v.). These data suggest that the peripheral actions of nicotine, which precede its direct central actions, serve as a conditioned interoceptive cue capable of eliciting nicotine-like physiological and neural responses after repeated nicotine exposure. Thus, by providing a neural signal to the CNS that is repeatedly paired with the direct central effects of nicotine, the drug's peripheral actions play a critical role in the development of nicotine-induced physiological, neural, and behavioral sensitization. PMID:23761889

  19. An analysis of the action of cations of the lanthanide series on the mechanical responses of guinea-pig ileal longitudinal muscle.

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    Triggle, C R; Triggle, D J


    1. The inhibitory effects of lanthanide cations (Ln3+) on mechanical responses and 45Ca uptake in guinea-pig ileal longitudinal smooth muscle were studied. 2. Ln3+ strongly inhibited the phasic and tonic component of the response to the muscarinic agonist cis-2-methyl-4-dimethylaminomethyl-1,3-dioxolane methiodide (CD) the two components being affected to the same extent. Inhibition was also obtained for the responses evoked by high K+ but here the effect was mainly on the phasic response, the tonic component was merely delayed. 3. Other members of the Ln3+ series, with the exception of cerium, were found to be more effective than lanthanum in their ability to inhibit the CD response. Thulium, Tm3+, the thirteenth member of the series was the most effective cation. 4. Analysis of 170Tm uptake revealed at least two components. The concentration-dependence of one component, saturating at 2-5 x 10(-6) Tm, corresponded closely to that of the inhibitory effect of Tm3+ on contraction. 5. 170Tm uptake as a function of time showed a secondary rise after 30 min of exposure to the lanthanide. 6. Although 2-5 x 10(-6) M-Tm3+ produced 90% inhibition of the CD and the high K+ induced responses significant reduction of 45Ca uptake by the muscle was only detected when much higher Tm3+ concentrations (greater than or equal 10(-3) M-Tm3+) were used. 7. It is concluded that Ln3+ combine with membrane sites specifically involved in Ca2+ translocation during excitation-contraction coupling. PMID:1249741

  20. GABA uptake blocker NNC-711 exhibits marked anticonvulsant action in two cortical epileptic models in immature rats.


    Bernásková, K; Slamberová, R; Mares, P


    To study the anticonvulsant action of a gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) uptake inhibitor NNC-711 in two models of cortical epileptogenesis in immature rats. Twelve-, 18-, and 25-day-old rat pups with implanted electrodes were used in this study. Epileptogenic foci were elicited by a local application of bicuculline methiodide (BMI) on the sensorimotor cortical region by means of an implanted cannula, and cortical epileptic afterdischarges (ADs) were induced by low-frequency stimulation (8 Hz) of the same cortical area. Epileptogenic foci were formed after pretreatment with NNC-711 (1 or 10 mg/kg, i.p.), and epileptic ADs were elicited in the second experimental series. Then NNC-711 was administered in the same doses, and stimulation was repeated. NNC-711 did not block the formation of epileptogenic foci, but it significantly suppressed the spontaneous transition of interictal focal into ictal activity in all age groups. The intensity of movements accompanying stimulation of the sensorimotor cortex was less under the influence of NNC-711 in the 18- and 25-day-old rats. The duration of cortical ADs was shortened in all age groups, but transient abolition of ADs was observed only after the higher dose in the 25-day-old rats. In addition, the intensity of clonic seizures appearing during ADs decreased, and the transition of ADs into another type due to an involvement of limbic structures failed to appear in the 18- and 25-day-old rats. Primary epileptogenesis in the cerebral cortex was hardly influenced by NNC-711, but the spread of epileptic activity was markedly suppressed. This effect was better expressed in the 18- and 25-day-old animals than in the youngest group.

  1. Agonist activation of cytosolic Ca2+ in subfornical organ cells projecting to the supraoptic nucleus

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    Johnson, R. F.; Beltz, T. G.; Sharma, R. V.; Xu, Z.; Bhatty, R. A.; Johnson, A. K.


    The subfornical organ (SFO) is sensitive to both ANG II and ACh, and local application of these agents produces dipsogenic responses and vasopressin release. The present study examined the effects of cholinergic drugs, ANG II, and increased extracellular osmolarity on dissociated, cultured cells of the SFO that were retrogradely labeled from the supraoptic nucleus. The effects were measured as changes in cytosolic calcium in fura 2-loaded cells by using a calcium imaging system. Both ACh and carbachol increased intracellular ionic calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i). However, in contrast to the effects of muscarinic receptor agonists on SFO neurons, manipulation of the extracellular osmolality produced no effects, and application of ANG II produced only moderate effects on [Ca2+]i in a few retrogradely labeled cells. The cholinergic effects on [Ca2+]i could be blocked with the muscarinic receptor antagonist atropine and with the more selective muscarinic receptor antagonists pirenzepine and 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperdine methiodide (4-DAMP). In addition, the calcium in the extracellular fluid was required for the cholinergic-induced increase in [Ca2+]i. These findings indicate that ACh acts to induce a functional cellular response in SFO neurons through action on a muscarinic receptor, probably of the M1 subtype and that the increase of [Ca2+]i, at least initially, requires the entry of extracellular Ca2+. Also, consistent with a functional role of M1 receptors in the SFO are the results of immunohistochemical preparations demonstrating M1 muscarinic receptor-like protein present within this forebrain circumventricular organ.

  2. Inhibition by levetiracetam of a non-GABAA receptor-associated epileptiform effect of bicuculline in rat hippocampus

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    Margineanu, Doru Georg; Wülfert, Ernst


    Extracellular recording of field potentials, evoked by commissural stimulation in hippocampal area CA3 of anaesthetized rats, was performed in order to study the mode of action of the novel antiepileptic drug levetiracetam (ucb LO59). The amplitude of orthodromic field population spike (PS2) markedly increased and repetitive population spikes appeared when the recording micropipette contained either bicuculline methiodide (BMI), or the specific GABAA antagonist gabazine (SR-95531). BMI-induced increases in PS2 were reduced in a dose-dependent manner by 1 to 320 μmol kg−1 levetiracetam i.v., with a U-shape dose-response relationship. However, levetiracetam did not reduce the increases in PS2 produced by gabazine. Clonazepam (1 mg kg−1, i.p.), carbamazepine (20 mg kg−1, i.p.) and valproate (200 mg kg−1, i.v.) were ineffective in preventing BMI-induced increases in PS2, while the calcium channel antagonist flunarizine, 50 μmol kg−1, i.p., reduced PS2 increments caused by BMI. The L-type calcium channel blocker nifedipine, 100 μmol kg−1, i.p., was without effect. Similar to levetiracetam, flunarizine did not reduce the increases in PS2 induced by gabazine. These data suggest that the increased excitability of CA3 neurones, caused by BMI administered in situ, involves calcium-dependent processes not associated with blockade of GABAA receptors. The inhibition by levetiracetam of this calcium-dependent effect of BMI might contribute to the antiepileptic effects of the drug. PMID:9401779

  3. Analgesic effects of loperamide in bone cancer pain in mice.


    Menéndez, Luis; Lastra, Ana; Meana, Alvaro; Hidalgo, Agustín; Baamonde, Ana


    The intratibial inoculation of NCTC 2472 cells induces an osteosarcoma in C3H/HeJ mice. These mice show thermal hyperalgesic responses which may be blocked by the local administration of opiates over the tibial tumoral mass (Menéndez L, Lastra A, Hidalgo A, Meana A, Garcia E, Baamonde A. Peripheral opioids act as analgesics in bone cancer pain in mice. NeuroReport 2003b; 14:867-9). The aim of this report was to characterize the analgesic responses obtained by activating peripheral opioid receptors in bone cancer pain. Here, we initially describe that this osteosarcoma induces mechanical as well as thermal hyperalgesia. Loperamide, an opioid agonist unable to cross the blood-brain barrier, inhibits both thermal and mechanical hyperalgesia when s.c. injected, locally over the tibial tumoral mass (7.5-75 microg) or distantly, under the fur of the neck (4 mg/kg). These analgesic effects seem peripherally mediated since they are reverted by the administration of naloxone methiodide (10 mg/kg) and because the withdrawal latencies of the contralateral, non-affected, paws remain unaltered. Furthermore, only cyprodime (1 mg/kg) but not naltrindole (0.1 mg/kg) or nor-binaltorphimine (10 mg/kg) blocked these effects, showing the involvement of gamma-opioid receptors in the peripheral analgesia induced by loperamide on thermal and mechanical hyperalgesia. The advantages of using peripheral acting opiates -- devoid of central colateral effects -- for the treatment of cancer related pain are suggested.

  4. Pharmacological characterization of (3-thienylidene)-3,4-methylenedioxybenzoylhydrazide: a novel muscarinic agonist with antihypertensive profile.


    Zapata-Sudo, Gisele; Pereira, Sharlene L; Beiral, Hellen J V; Kummerle, Arthur E; Raimundo, Juliana M; Antunes, Fernanda; Sudo, Roberto T; Barreiro, Eliezer J; Fraga, Carlos A M


    Several new bioactive compounds of the N-acylhydrazone class were developed from the safrole, a Brazilian natural product obtained from sassafras oil (Ocotea pretiosa). This work investigated the effects on cardiovascular system of LASSBio-897, a new analogue of the lead compound 3,4-methylenedioxybenzoyl-2-thienylhydrazone named LASSBio-294. Thoracic aorta from Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats was prepared for isometric tension recording and for cGMP content determination. Blood pressure (BP) was measured in WKY rats and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) after treatment with 1 mg/kg intravenously of LASSBio-897 and during 14 days' treatment of SHR with 1 mg/kg/day perorally. LASSBio-897 (0.05-1 micromol/l) exhibited a potent vasodilatory activity in phenylephrine (Phe)-contracted aortic rings from WKY rats. This effect was abolished in endothelium-denuded aortic rings and after treatment with the nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitor, N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) or the guanylyl cyclase inhibitor, 1H-[1,2,4]oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one (ODQ). Also, LASSBio 897 (1 micromol/l) increased about 15 times the intracellular content of cGMP. LASSBio-897-induced vasodilation was totally inhibited by the muscarinic antagonist atropine and by the M(3) subtype selective antagonist 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide (4-DAMP), indicating the involvement of M(3) receptors. Intravenous administration of LASSBio-897 (1 mg/kg) produced significant hypotensive response in both WKY and SHR. The hypotensive effect of LASSBio-897 was also observed during the 14 days of oral administration. The novel N-acylhydrazone derivative LASSBio-897 exhibited a potent vasodilatory activity in aortic rings mediated by the NO/cGMP pathway via activation of endothelial M(3) receptors and was orally effective in reducing BP on SHR.

  5. Seizure-like activity in the disinhibited CA1 minislice of adult guinea-pigs

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    Karnup, Sergei; Stelzer, Armin


    Spontaneous activity was monitored during pharmacological blockade of GABAA receptor function in the CA1 minislice (CA3 was cut off). Synaptic inhibition was blocked by competitive GABAA antagonists bicuculline-methiodide (Bic) or GABAZINE (GBZ) and the chloride channel blocker picrotoxin (PTX). Extra- and intracellular recordings using sharp electrodes were carried out in stratum radiatum and pyramidale. At low antagonist concentrations (Bic, GBZ: 1-10 μm; PTX: < 100 μm), synchronized bursts (< 500 ms in duration, interictal activity) were seen as described previously. However, in the presence of high concentrations (Bic, GBZ: 50-100 μm; PTX: 100-200 μm), seizure-like, ictal events (duration 4-17 s) were observed in 67 of 88 slices. No other experimental measures to increase excitability were applied: cation concentrations ([Ca2+]o= 2 mm, [Mg2+]o= 1.7 mm, [K+]o= 3 mm) and recording temperature (30-32 °C) were standard and GABAB-mediated inhibition was intact. In whole-slice recordings prominent interictal activity, but fewer ictal events were observed. A reduced ictal activity was also observed when interictal-like responses were evoked by afferent stimulation. Ictal activity was reversibly blocked by antagonists of excitatory transmission, CNQX (40 μm) or d-AP5 (50 μm). Disinhibition-induced ictal development did not rely on group I mGluR activation as it was not prevented in the presence of group I mGluR antagonists (AIDA or 4CPG). (RS)-3,5-DHPG prevented the induction and reversed the tertiary component of the ictal event through a group I mGluR-independent mechanism. PMID:11313441

  6. Mechanism of the cardiovascular effects of the GABAA receptors of the ventral tegmental area of the rat brain.


    Yeganeh, Fahimeh; Ranjbar, Afsaneh; Hatam, Masoumeh; Nasimi, Ali


    The ventral tegmental area (VTA) contains GABA terminals involved in the regulation of the cardiovascular system. Previously, we demonstrated that blocking GABAA but not GABAB receptors produced a pressor response accompanied by marked bradycardia. This study was performed to find the possible mechanisms involved in these responses by blocking ganglionic nicotinic receptors, peripheral muscarinic receptors or peripheral V1 vasopressin receptors. Experiments were performed on urethane anesthetized male Wistar rats. Drugs were microinjected unilaterally into the VTA (100 nl). The average changes in mean arterial pressure (MAP) and heart rate (HR) were compared between pre- and post-treatment using paired t-test. Injection of bicuculline methiodide (BMI), a GABAA antagonist, into the VTA caused a significant increase in MAP and a decrease in HR. Administration (i.v.) of the nicotinic receptor blocker, hexamethonium, enhanced the pressor response but abolished the bradycardic response to BMI, which ruled out involvement of the sympathetic nervous system. Blockade of the peripheral muscarinic receptors by homatropine (i.v.) abolished the bradycardic effect of BMI, but had no effect on the pressor response, indicating that bradycardia was produced by the parasympathetic outflow to the heart. Both the pressor and bradycardic responses to BMI were blocked by V1 receptor antagonist (i.v.), indicating that administration of BMI in the VTA disinhibited the release of vasopressin into the circulation. In conclusion, we demonstrated that GABAergic mechanism of the VTA exerts a tonic inhibition on vasopressin release through activation of GABAA receptors. The sympathetic system is not involved in the decrease of blood pressure by GABA of the VTA. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Cardiovascular and behavioral effects produced by administration of liposome-entrapped GABA into the rat central nervous system.


    Vaz, G C; Bahia, A P C O; de Figueiredo Müller-Ribeiro, F C; Xavier, C H; Patel, K P; Santos, R A S; Moreira, F A; Frézard, F; Fontes, M A P


    Liposomes are nanosystems that allow a sustained release of entrapped substances. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the most prevalent inhibitory neurotransmitter of the central nervous system (CNS). We developed a liposomal formulation of GABA for application in long-term CNS functional studies. Two days after liposome-entrapped GABA was injected intracerebroventricularly (ICV), Wistar rats were submitted to the following evaluations: (1) changes in mean arterial pressure (MAP), heart rate (HR) and renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA) to ICV injection of bicuculline methiodide (BMI) in anesthetized rats; (2) changes in cardiovascular reactivity to air jet stress in conscious rats; and (3) anxiety-like behavior in conscious rats. GABA and saline-containing pegylated liposomes were prepared with a mean diameter of 200 nm. Rats with implanted cannulas targeted to lateral cerebral ventricle (n = 5-8/group) received either GABA solution (GS), empty liposomes (EL) or GABA-containing liposomes (GL). Following (48 h) central microinjection (2 μL, 0.09 M and 99 g/L) of liposomes, animals were submitted to the different protocols. Animals that received GL demonstrated attenuated response of RSNA to BMI microinjection (GS 48 ± 9, EL 43 ± 9, GL 11 ± 8%; P < 0.05), blunted tachycardia in the stress trial (ΔHR: GS 115 ± 14, EL 117 ± 10, GL 74 ± 9 bpm; P<0.05) and spent more time in the open arms of elevated plus maze (EL 6 ± 2 vs. GL 18 ± 5%; P = 0.028) compared with GS and EL groups. These results indicate that liposome-entrapped GABA can be a potential tool for exploring the chronic effects of GABA in specific regions and pathways of the central nervous system. Copyright © 2014 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Anatoxin-a interactions with cholinergic synaptic molecules.

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    Aronstam, R S; Witkop, B


    Anatoxin-a, a bicyclic amine isolated from blue-green alga, binds to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor of Torpedo electric tissue, thereby inducing conformational changes in the postsynaptic receptor--ion channel complex as evidenced by alterations in the binding of radiolabeled ligands to the complex. Anatoxin-a binds to the acetylcholine recognition site (Kd = 0.1--0.2 microM) as indicated by its competitive inhibition of specific [3H]acetylcholine and d-[3H]tubocurarine binding, Anatoxin-a stimulates the binding of three physiologically identified "ion channel blockers," [3H]perhydrohistrionicotoxin, [3H]phencyclidine, and [3H]phencyclidine methiodide. The 50% effective doses for these effects range from 0.14 to 0.28 microM. Incubation of Torpedo membranes with anatoxin-a before addition of a radiolabeled channel probe produces a time- and concentration-dependent attenuation of the binding compared to the situation in which anatoxin-a and the probe are added simultaneously. The time course for the elaboration of this decrease corresponds to electrophysiological measurements of anatoxin-a-induced desensitization of neuromuscular junction responses. In these nicotinic actions, anatoxin-a is about as potent as acetylcholine. Anatoxin-a has relatively low affinity for the muscarinic acetylcholine receptors of rat brain, inhibiting 3-[3H]quinuclidinyl benzilate binding (10(-10) M) by 50% at concentrations between 10 and 20 microM. In contrast to classical muscarinic agonists, anatoxin-a displays little regional selectivity in its binding, and its receptor affinity is unaltered by alkylation of the neural membranes with N-ethylmaleimide. PMID:6270690

  9. Desensitization of. gamma. -aminobutyric acid receptor from rat brain: two distinguishable receptors on the same membrane

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    Cash, D.J.; Subbarao, K.


    Transmembrane chloride flux mediated by ..gamma..-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor can be measured with a mammalian brain homogenate preparation containing sealed membrane vesicles. The preparation can be mixed rapidly with solutions of defined composition. Influx of /sup 36/Cl/sup -/ tracer initiated by mixing with GABA was rapidly terminated by mixing with bicuculline methiodide. The decrease in the isotope influx measurement due to prior incubation of the vesicle preparation with GABA, which increased with preincubation time and GABA concentration, was attributed to desensitization of the GABA receptor. By varying the time of preincubation with GABA between 10 ms and 50 s with quench-flow technique, the desensitization rates could be measured over their whole time course independently of the chloride ion flux rate. Most of the receptor activity decreased in a fast phase of desensitization complete in 200 ms at saturation with GABA. Remaining activity was desensitized in a few seconds. These two phases of desensitization were each kinetically first order and were shown to correspond with two distinguishable GABA receptors on the same membrane. The receptor activities could be estimated, and the faster desensitizing receptor was the predominant one, giving on average ca. 80% of the total activity. The half-response concentrations were similar, 150 and 114 for the major and minor receptors, respectively. The dependence on GABA concentration indicated that desensitization is mediated by two GABA binding sites. The fast desensitization rate was approximately 20-fold faster than previously reported rates while the slower desensitization rate was slightly faster than previously reported rates.

  10. Effect of Azasteroids on Gram-Positive Bacteria

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    Varricchio, Frederick; Doorenbos, Norman J.; Stevens, Audrey


    A group of nitrogen-containing steroids closely related in structure was screened for antibacterial activity, by use of Bacillus subtilis and Sarcina lutea as the test organisms. The most active compounds were cholesterol derivatives containing a tertiary or quaternary nitrogen in, or attached to, the A ring. Similar methyltestosterone or progesterone derivatives were inactive. All of the cholesterol derivatives that inhibited growth were surfactant, and, structurally, they would be classified as cationic detergents. Some of the inactive compounds were surfactant, but, structurally, they would be classified as nonionic detergents. Certain features of the antibacterial activity of one of the active steroids—ND 212 (4-dimethylaminoethyl-4-aza-5-cholesten-3-one methiodide)—were studied. Growth of a culture of B. subtilis containing 5 × 107 cells per milliliter was inhibited by 1 μg/ml (1.7 × 10−6m) of ND 212. The amount of growth inhibition was directly related to both cell and steroid concentration. Loss of viability was rapid and irreversible. With B. subtilis, cell lysis was observed. With S. lutea grown in C14-glucose, ND 212 caused release into the media of up to 25% of the cellular radioactivity. Extensive leakage occurred before loss of viability was observed. At bacteriostatic azasteroid concentrations, there was little leakage. ND 212 was readily bound in large amounts to B. subtilis cells. Inactive azasteroids were bound poorly. C14-cholestanone was also bound, whereas C14-methyltestosterone and C14-progesterone were not bound in significant amounts. At least 50% of the bound C14-cholestanone was associated with the membrane fraction. PMID:4960181

  11. PIP2 in pancreatic β-cells regulates voltage-gated calcium channels by a voltage-independent pathway.


    de la Cruz, Lizbeth; Puente, Erika I; Reyes-Vaca, Arturo; Arenas, Isabel; Garduño, Julieta; Bravo-Martínez, Jorge; Garcia, David E


    Phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) is a membrane phosphoinositide that regulates the activity of many ion channels. Influx of calcium primarily through voltage-gated calcium (CaV) channels promotes insulin secretion in pancreatic β-cells. However, whether CaV channels are regulated by PIP2, as is the case for some non-insulin-secreting cells, is unknown. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether CaV channels are regulated by PIP2 depletion in pancreatic β-cells through activation of a muscarinic pathway induced by oxotremorine methiodide (Oxo-M). CaV channel currents were recorded by the patch-clamp technique. The CaV current amplitude was reduced by activation of the muscarinic receptor 1 (M1R) in the absence of kinetic changes. The Oxo-M-induced inhibition exhibited the hallmarks of voltage-independent regulation and did not involve PKC activation. A small fraction of the Oxo-M-induced CaV inhibition was diminished by a high concentration of Ca(2+) chelator, whereas ≥50% of this inhibition was prevented by diC8-PIP2 dialysis. Localization of PIP2 in the plasma membrane was examined by transfecting INS-1 cells with PH-PLCδ1, which revealed a close temporal association between PIP2 hydrolysis and CaV channel inhibition. Furthermore, the depletion of PIP2 by a voltage-sensitive phosphatase reduced CaV currents in a way similar to that observed following M1R activation. These results indicate that activation of the M1R pathway inhibits the CaV channel via PIP2 depletion by a Ca(2+)-dependent mechanism in pancreatic β- and INS-1 cells and thereby support the hypothesis that membrane phospholipids regulate ion channel activity by interacting with ion channels.

  12. The effect of boric acid on acethylcholine, bethanechol and potasssium-evoked responses on ileum of rat.


    Ince, S; Turkmen, R; Yavuz, H


    1 The aim of this study was to clarify the effect of boric acid on contractions of rat isolated ileum. 2 Contractile responses expressed as Emax and pD2 for acetylcholine (10(-3)-10(-8) m, Ach), bethanechol (10(-3)-10(-8) m) and potassium (10-80 × 10(-3) m, KCl) were determined in the absence and presence of boric acid (10(-3); 5 × 10(-4); 10(-4) m). 3 The contractile response to Ach in the presence of verapamil (10(-6) or 10(-8) m) or in calcium-free Tyrode's solution was also determined in the absence and presence of boric acid. 4 Boric acid did not affect the contractile response to Ach, bethanechol or KCl. Single or cumulative treatment of boric acid did not affect ileum muscle contraction evoked by KCl. The atropine-resistant component of Ach-induced contraction and 4-diphenyl-acetoxy-N-methyl-piperidine methiodide-resistant component of bethanechol-induced contraction were not inhibited by boric acid (10(-3) m). The contractile response to Ach was reduced in calcium-free Tyrode's solution, and the contractile response was not affected by (10(-8) m). The addition of boric acid (10(-3) m) in combination with verapamil (10(-8) m) did not significantly affect the contractile response to Ach. 5 In conclusion, boric acid does not affect contractions induced by Ach, bethanechol or potassium in rat isolated ileum. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  13. Rational Basis for the Use of Bergamot Essential Oil in Complementary Medicine to Treat Chronic Pain.


    Rombolà, L; Amantea, D; Russo, R; Adornetto, A; Berliocchi, L; Tridico, L; Corasaniti, M T; Sakurada, S; Sakurada, T; Bagetta, G; Morrone, L A


    In complementary medicine, aromatherapy uses essential oils to improve agitation and aggression observed in dementia, mood, depression, anxiety and chronic pain. Preclinical research studies have reported that the essential oil obtained from bergamot (BEO) fruit (Citrus bergamia, Risso) modifies normal and pathological synaptic plasticity implicated, for instance, in nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Interestingly, recent results indicated that BEO modulates sensitive perception of pain in different models of nociceptive, inflammatory and neuropathic pain modulating endogenous systems. Thus, local administration of BEO inhibited the nociceptive behavioral effect induced by intraplantar injection of capsaicin or formalin in mice. Similar effects were observed with linalool and linalyl acetate, major volatile components of the phytocomplex, Pharmacological studies showed that the latter effects are reversed by local or systemic pretreatment with the opioid antagonist naloxone hydrochloride alike with naloxone methiodide, high affinity peripheral μ-opioid receptor antagonist. These results and the synergistic effect observed following systemic or intrathecal injection of an inactive dose of morphine with BEO or linalool indicated an activation of peripheral opioid system. Recently, in neuropathic pain models systemic or local administration of BEO or linalool induced antiallodynic effects. In particular, in partial sciatic nerve ligation (PSNL) model, intraplantar injection of the phytocomplex or linalool in the ipsilateral hindpaw, but not in the contralateral, reduced PSNL-induced extracellularsignal- regulated kinase (ERK) activation and mechanical allodynia. In neuropathic pain high doses of morphine are needed to reduce pain. Interestingly, combination of inactive doses of BEO or linalool with a low dose of morphine induced antiallodynic effects in mice. Peripheral cannabinoid and opioid systems appear to be involved in the antinociception produced by

  14. Kappa-opioid receptors mediate the antidepressant-like activity of hesperidin in the mouse forced swimming test.


    Filho, Carlos B; Del Fabbro, Lucian; de Gomes, Marcelo G; Goes, André T R; Souza, Leandro C; Boeira, Silvana P; Jesse, Cristiano R


    The opioid system has been implicated as a contributing factor for major depression and is thought to play a role in the mechanism of action of antidepressants. This study investigated the involvement of the opioid system in the antidepressant-like effect of hesperidin in the mouse forced swimming test. Our results demonstrate that hesperidin (0.1, 0.3 and 1 mg/kg; intraperitoneal) decreased the immobility time in the forced swimming test without affecting locomotor activity in the open field test. The antidepressant-like effect of hesperidin (0.3 mg/kg) in the forced swimming test was prevented by pretreating mice with naloxone (1 mg/kg, a nonselective opioid receptor antagonist) and 2-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-Nmethyl-N-[(1S)-1-(3-isothiocyanatophenyl)-2-(1-pyrrolidinyl)ethyl] acetamide (DIPPA (1 mg/kg), a selective κ-opioid receptor antagonist), but not with naloxone methiodide (1 mg/kg, a peripherally acting opioid receptor antagonist), naltrindole (3 mg/kg, a selective δ-opioid receptor antagonist), clocinnamox (1 mg/kg, a selective μ-opioid receptor antagonist) or caffeine (3 mg/kg, a nonselective adenosine receptor antagonist). In addition, a sub-effective dose of hesperidin (0.01 mg/kg) produced a synergistic antidepressant-like effect in the forced swimming test when combined with a sub-effective dose of morphine (1 mg/kg). The antidepressant-like effect of hesperidin in the forced swimming test on mice was dependent on its interaction with the κ-opioid receptor, but not with the δ-opioid, μ-opioid or adenosinergic receptors. Taken together, these results suggest that hesperidin possesses antidepressant-like properties and may be of interest as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of depressive disorders. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  15. Dorsomedial/Perifornical Hypothalamic Stimulation Increases Intraocular Pressure, Intracranial Pressure, and the Translaminar Pressure Gradient

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    Samuels, Brian C.; Hammes, Nathan M.; Johnson, Philip L.; Shekhar, Anantha; McKinnon, Stuart J.; Allingham, R. Rand


    Purpose. Intraocular pressure (IOP) fluctuation has recently been identified as a risk factor for glaucoma progression. Further, decreases in intracranial pressure (ICP), with postulated increases in the translaminar pressure gradient across the lamina cribrosa, has been reported in glaucoma patients. We hypothesized that circadian fluctuations in IOP and the translaminar pressure gradient are influenced, at least in part, by central autonomic regulatory neurons within the dorsomedial and perifornical hypothalamus (DMH/PeF). This study examined whether site-directed chemical stimulation of DMH/PeF neurons evoked changes in IOP, ICP, and the translaminar pressure gradient. Methods. The GABAA receptor antagonist bicuculline methiodide (BMI) was stereotaxically microinjected into the DMH/PeF region of isoflurane-anesthetized male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 19). The resulting peripheral cardiovascular (heart rate [HR] and mean arterial pressure [MAP]), IOP, and ICP effects were recorded and alterations in the translaminar pressure gradient calculated. Results. Chemical stimulation of DMH/PeF neurons evoked significant increases in HR (+69.3 ± 8.5 beats per minute); MAP (+22.9 ± 1.6 mm Hg); IOP (+7.1 ± 1.9 mm Hg); and ICP (+3.6 ± 0.7 mm Hg) compared with baseline values. However, the peak IOP increase was significantly delayed compared with ICP (28 vs. 4 minutes postinjection), resulting in a dramatic translaminar pressure gradient fluctuation. Conclusions. Chemical stimulation of DMH/PeF neurons evokes substantial increases in IOP, ICP, and the translaminar pressure gradient in the rat model. Given that the DMH/PeF neurons may be a key effector pathway for circadian regulation of autonomic tone by the suprachiasmatic nucleus, these findings will help elucidate novel mechanisms modulating circadian fluctuations in IOP and the translaminar pressure gradient. PMID:23033392

  16. Norepinephrine Causes a Biphasic Change in Mammalian Pinealocye Membrane Potential: Role of α1B-Adrenoreceptors, Phospholipase C, and Ca2+

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    Zemkova, Hana; Stojilkovic, Stanko S.


    Perforated patch clamp recording was used to study the control of membrane potential (Vm) and spontaneous electrical activity in the rat pinealocyte by norepinephrine. Norepinephrine did not alter spiking frequency. However, it was found to act through α1B-adrenoreceptors in a concentration-dependent manner (0.1–10 μm) to produce a biphasic change in Vm. The initial response was a hyperpolarization (∼13 mV from a resting potential of −46 mV) due to a transient (∼5 sec) outward K+ current (∼50 pA). This current appears to be triggered by Ca2+ released from intracellular stores, based on the observation that it was also seen in cells bathed in Ca2+-deficient medium. In addition, pharmacological studies indicate that this current was dependent on phospholipase C (PLC) activation and was in part mediated by bicuculline methiodide and apamin-sensitive Ca2+-controlled K+ channels. The initial transient hyperpolarization was followed by a sustained depolarization (∼4 mV) due to an inward current (∼10 pA). This response was dependent on PLC-dependent activation of Na+/Ca2+ influx but did not involve nifedipine-sensitive voltage-gated Ca2+ channels. Together, these results indicate for the first time that activation of α1B-adrenoreceptors initiates a PLC-dependent biphasic change in pinealocyte Vm characterized by an initial transient hyperpolarization mediated by a mixture of Ca2+-activated K+ channels followed by a sustained depolarization mediated by a Ca2+-conducting nonselective cation channel. These observations indicate that both continuous elevation of intracellular Ca2+ and sustained depolarization at approximately −40 mV are associated with and are likely to be required for activation of the pinealocyte. PMID:21828176

  17. Norepinephrine causes a biphasic change in mammalian pinealocye membrane potential: role of alpha1B-adrenoreceptors, phospholipase C, and Ca2+.


    Zemkova, Hana; Stojilkovic, Stanko S; Klein, David C


    Perforated patch clamp recording was used to study the control of membrane potential (V(m)) and spontaneous electrical activity in the rat pinealocyte by norepinephrine. Norepinephrine did not alter spiking frequency. However, it was found to act through α(1B)-adrenoreceptors in a concentration-dependent manner (0.1-10 μM) to produce a biphasic change in V(m). The initial response was a hyperpolarization (∼13 mV from a resting potential of -46 mV) due to a transient (∼5 sec) outward K(+) current (∼50 pA). This current appears to be triggered by Ca(2+) released from intracellular stores, based on the observation that it was also seen in cells bathed in Ca(2+)-deficient medium. In addition, pharmacological studies indicate that this current was dependent on phospholipase C (PLC) activation and was in part mediated by bicuculline methiodide and apamin-sensitive Ca(2+)-controlled K(+) channels. The initial transient hyperpolarization was followed by a sustained depolarization (∼4 mV) due to an inward current (∼10 pA). This response was dependent on PLC-dependent activation of Na(+)/Ca(2+) influx but did not involve nifedipine-sensitive voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels. Together, these results indicate for the first time that activation of α(1B)-adrenoreceptors initiates a PLC-dependent biphasic change in pinealocyte V(m) characterized by an initial transient hyperpolarization mediated by a mixture of Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels followed by a sustained depolarization mediated by a Ca(2+)-conducting nonselective cation channel. These observations indicate that both continuous elevation of intracellular Ca(2+) and sustained depolarization at approximately -40 mV are associated with and are likely to be required for activation of the pinealocyte.

  18. Effects of dihydroavermectin B1a and analogs on stretcher muscle of the lined shore crab, Pachygrapsus crassipes.


    Bowman, J W; Lee, B L; Whaley, H A; Thompson, D P


    1. Dihydroavermectin B1a (DHAVM, Ivermectin) at 1 microM reduces excitatory and inhibitory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs and IPSPs, respectively) in stretcher muscle fibres of the lined shore crab, Pachygrapsus crassipes. IPSPs decline faster and more extensively than EPSPs and, unlike EPSPs, do not recover upon replacement of DHAVM with picrotoxinin-containing medium. 2. Intracellular recordings show DHAVM reduces membrane resistance (Rin) and hyperpolarizes muscle fibres in a concentration-dependent manner, beginning at 10 nM. The rate and magnitude of DHAVM effects on Rin mirror its effects on EPSPs. 3. The decline in Rin due to DHAVM is sustained over time (i.e. there is no tendency for desensitization); it is also irreversible and not affected by coadministration of 1 mM gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), 0.1 mM bicuculline methiodide or addition of 20 mM Co2+ to the recording medium. 4. Replacement of DHAVM-containing medium with medium containing Cl- channel blockers (picrotoxinin or lindane) results in partial recovery of Rin, while channel blockers specific for other ions (TTX, TEA, 4-AP or verapamil) are without effect. The decline of Rin following application of DHAVM is attenuated in Cl(-)-free medium. 5. Results of tests using compounds structurally related to DHAVM reveal that relatively minor changes in the molecule often reduce biological activity significantly. Removal of one sugar, for instance, results in a ten-fold reduction in potency. 6. In general, avermectins that stimulate conductance in shore crab muscle also possess anthelmintic activity at similar concentrations, based on studies using the free-living nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  19. 2-Deoxy-D-glucose-induced hypothermia in anesthetized rats: Lack of forebrain contribution and critical involvement of the rostral raphe/parapyramidal regions of the medulla oblongata.


    Osaka, Toshimasa


    Systemic or central administration of 2-deoxy-d-glucose (2DG), a competitive inhibitor of glucose utilization, induces hypothermia in awake animals and humans. This response is mediated by the central nervous system, though the neural mechanism involved is largely unknown. In this study, I examined possible involvement of the forebrain, which contains the hypothalamic thermoregulatory center, and the medullary rostral raphe/parapyramidal regions (rRPa/PPy), which mediate hypoxia-induced heat-loss responses, in 2DG-induced hypothermia in urethane-chloralose-anesthetized, neuromuscularly blocked, artificially ventilated rats. The intravenous injection of 2DG (250mgkg(-1)) elicited an increase in tail skin temperature and decreases in body core temperature and the respiratory exchange ratio, though it did not induce any significant change in the metabolic rate. These results indicate that the hypothermic response was caused by an increase in heat loss, but not by a decrease in heat production and that it was accompanied by a decrease in carbohydrate utilization and/or an increase in lipid utilization as energy substrates. Complete surgical transection of the brainstem between the hypothalamus and the midbrain had no effect on the 2DG-induced hypothermic responses, suggesting that the hindbrain, but not the forebrain, was sufficient for the responses. However, pretreatment of the rRPa/PPy with the GABAA receptor blocker bicuculline methiodide, but not with vehicle saline, greatly attenuated the 2DG-induced responses, suggesting that the 2DG-induced hypothermia was mediated, at least in part, by GABAergic neurons in the hindbrain and activation of GABAA receptors on cutaneous sympathetic premotor neurons in the rRPa/PPy. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Muscarinic receptor M3 mediates human gallbladder contraction through voltage-gated Ca2+ channels and Rho kinase.


    Lee, Ming-Che; Yang, Ying-Chin; Chen, Yen-Cheng; Huang, Shih-Che


    Muscarinic receptors mediate contraction of the human gallbladder through unclear receptor subtypes. The aim of the present study was to characterize muscarinic acetylcholine receptors mediating contraction of the human gallbladder. Contraction of human gallbladder muscle strips caused by agonists carbachol and muscarine was measured and the inhibition of carbachol-induced contraction by muscarinic receptor antagonists was evaluated. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction was performed to determine the existence of muscarinic receptor subtypes. Carbachol and muscarine caused concentration-dependent contraction of gallbladder strips. Four receptor antagonists, including atropine, 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide (4-DAMP), methoctramine, and pirenzepine, inhibited the carbachol-induced contraction. The relative inhibitory potency of these receptor antagonists was atropine > 4-DAMP > methoctramine > pirenzepine. The antagonist affinity estimates (pA(2) values) correlated with the known affinities at M(3), M(4), and M(5) muscarinic receptors. In addition, the M(4)-selective antagonist muscarinic toxin 3 did not inhibit and the M(5)-selective positive allosteric modulator VU0238429 did not potentiate carbachol-induced gallbladder contraction. This suggests that M(3) muscarinic receptors mediate the muscarinic response predominantly. The contractile response of carbachol was attenuated by the voltage-gated Ca(2+) channel inhibitor nifedipine and Rho-kinase inhibitor H-1152, but not affected by protein kinase C inhibitor chelerythrine. This implies the involvement of voltage-gated Ca(2+) channel and Rho kinase but not protein kinase C. These results suggest a major role of M(3) muscarinic receptors mediating the human gallbladder contraction through voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels and Rho kinase. M(3)-selective muscarinic receptor antagonists could be of therapeutic importance in the treatment of biliary motility disorders.

  1. An antihypertensive opioid: Biphalin, a synthetic non-addictive enkephalin analog decreases blood pressure in spontaneously hypertensive rats.


    Bądzyńska, Bożena; Lipkowski, Andrzej W; Sadowski, Janusz


    Endogenous opioid systems may be engaged in the control of arterial pressure (MAP), however, given the risk of addiction, opioid receptor agonists are not used in antihypertensive therapy. We examined cardiovascular effects of biphalin, a potentially non-addictive dimeric enkephalin analog, an agonist of opioid μ and δ receptors. Biphalin was infused iv at 150μg/kg/h to anesthetized spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY). Along with MAP and heart rate (HR), renal blood flow (RBF) and iliac blood flow (IBF, a measure of hind limb perfusion) were measured using Transonic probes on renal and iliac artery, respectively. The effects of biphalin were compared with those of intravenous morphine (1.5mg/kg/h). In two SHR groups biphalin decreased MAP from 143±2 to 130±2 and from 177±4 to 167±3mmHg (p<0.001) while HR did not change or modestly decreased. The renal blood flow (RBF) increased modestly and both renal and hind limb vascular resistances decreased significantly (p<0.001). The responses were blocked by inhibition of peripheral opioid receptors with naloxone methiodide. Unlike in SHR, in WKY rats biphalin did not change MAP or vascular resistances. Morphine infusion decreased MAP in SHR from 169±6 to 150±6mmHg (less decrease in WKY) and significantly decreased RBF and IBF. Since biphalin, a non-addictive synthetic opioid, lowers MAP in SHR, a model of hypertension with pronounced neurogenic component, such analogs might find therapeutic application in human stress-induced hypertensive states. Biphalin's advantage is no associated reduction of renal perfusion. Copyright © 2015 Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.

  2. Functional asymmetry in the descending cardiovascular pathways from dorsomedial hypothalamic nucleus.


    Xavier, C H; Nalivaiko, E; Beig, M I; Menezes, G B; Cara, D C; Campagnole-Santos, M J; Fontes, M A P


    Neurons in the dorsomedial hypothalamus (DMH) play a key role in mediating tachycardia elicited by emotional stress. DMH activation by microinjections of the GABA(A) antagonist evokes tachycardia and physiological changes typically seen in experimental stress. DMH inhibition abolishes the tachycardia evoked by stress. Based on anatomic evidences for lateralization in the pathways from DMH, we investigated a possible inter-hemispheric difference in DMH-evoked cardiovascular responses. In anesthetized rats we compared changes in heart rate (HR), renal sympathetic activity (RSNA), mesenteric blood flow (MBF) and tail vascular conductance produced by activation of right (R) and left (L) sides of the DMH. We also evaluated the tachycardia produced by air jet stress after inhibition of R or L DMH. There were always greater increases in RSNA when bicuculline was injected ipsilaterally to the side where these parameters were recorded (average DeltaRSNA: L=+50% and R=+26%; P<0.05). Compared to pre-injection values, right DMH activation caused pronounced decrease (0.87+/-0.1% vs. 0.4+/-0.11%/mm Hg; P<0.05), whereas bicuculline methiodide (BMI) into left DMH produced no significant changes (0.95+/-0.09% vs. 1.04+/-0.25%/mm Hg) in tail vascular conductance. R or L DMH disinhibition produced decreases in MBF, but no differences in the range of these changes were observed. Activation of the right DMH caused greater tachycardia compared to the left DMH activation (average DeltaHR: R=+92 bpm; L=+48 bpm; P<0.05). Tachycardia evoked by air jet stress was smallest after right DMH inhibition (average DeltaHR: R=+57 bpm and L=+134 bpm; P<0.05). These results indicate that the descending cardiovascular pathways from DMH are predominantly lateralized and the right DMH might exert a prominent control on heart rate changes during emotional stress.

  3. Contribution of Central μ-Receptors to Switching Pulmonary C-Fibers-Mediated Rapid Shallow Breathing into An Apnea by Fentanyl in Anesthetized Rats

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    Zhang, Zhenxiong; Zhang, Cancan; Zhuang, Jianguo; Xu, Fadi


    Our previous study has shown that activating peripheral μ-receptors is necessary for switching the bronchopulmonary C-fibers (PCFs)-mediated rapid shallow breathing (RSB) into an apnea by systemic administration of fentanyl. The brainstem nuclei, such as the medial nucleus tractus solitarius (mNTS) and the Pre-Botzinger Complex (PBC), are required for completing the PCF-mediated respiratory reflexes. Moreover, these areas contain abundant μ-receptors and their activation prolongs expiratory duration (TE). Thus, we asked if central μ-receptors, especially those in the mNTS and PBC, are involved in fully expressing this RSB-apnea switch by fentanyl. In anesthetized rats, the cardiorespiratory responses to right atrial injection of phenylbiguanide (PBG, 3–6 μg/kg) were repeated after: 1) fentanyl (iv), a μ-receptor agonist, alone (8 μg/kg, iv); 2) fentanyl following microinjection of naloxone methiodide (NXM, an opioid receptor antagonist) into the cisterna magna (10 μg/4 μl); 3) the bilateral mNTS (10 mM, 20 nl); or 4) PBC (10 mM, 20 nl). Our results showed that PBG shortened TE by 37 ± 6 % (RSB, from 0.41 ± 0.05 to 0.26 ± 0.03 s, P < 0.01), but it markedly prolonged TE by 5.8-fold (an apnea, from 0.50 ± 0.04 s to 2.9 ± 0.57 s, P < 0.01) after fentanyl (iv). Pretreatment with NXM injected into the cisterna magna or the PBC, but not the mNTS, prevented the fentanyl-induced switch. This study, along with our previous results mentioned above, suggests that although peripheral μ-receptors are essential for triggering the fentanyl-induced switch, central μ-receptors, especially those in the PBC, are required to fully exhibit such switch. PMID:22759907

  4. Modulation of peripheral μ-opioid analgesia by σ1 receptors.


    Sánchez-Fernández, Cristina; Montilla-García, Ángeles; González-Cano, Rafael; Nieto, Francisco Rafael; Romero, Lucía; Artacho-Cordón, Antonia; Montes, Rosa; Fernández-Pastor, Begoña; Merlos, Manuel; Baeyens, José Manuel; Entrena, José Manuel; Cobos, Enrique José


    We evaluated the effects of σ1-receptor inhibition on μ-opioid-induced mechanical antinociception and constipation. σ1-Knockout mice exhibited marked mechanical antinociception in response to several μ-opioid analgesics (fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine, buprenorphine, and tramadol) at systemic (subcutaneous) doses that were inactive in wild-type mice and even unmasked the antinociceptive effects of the peripheral μ-opioid agonist loperamide. Likewise, systemic (subcutaneous) or local (intraplantar) treatment of wild-type mice with the selective σ1 antagonists BD-1063 [1-[2-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)ethyl]-4-methylpiperazine dihydrochloride] or S1RA [4-[2-[[5-methyl-1-(2-naphthalenyl)1H-pyrazol-3-yl]oxy]ethyl] morpholine hydrochloride] potentiated μ-opioid antinociception; these effects were fully reversed by the σ1 agonist PRE-084 [2-(4-morpholinethyl)1-phenylcyclohexanecarboxylate) hydrochloride], showing the selectivity of the pharmacological approach. The μ-opioid antinociception potentiated by σ1 inhibition (by σ1-receptor knockout or σ1-pharmacological antagonism) was more sensitive to the peripherally restricted opioid antagonist naloxone methiodide than opioid antinociception under normal conditions, indicating a key role for peripheral opioid receptors in the enhanced antinociception. Direct interaction between the opioid drugs and σ1 receptor cannot account for our results, since the former lacked affinity for σ1 receptors (labeled with [(3)H](+)-pentazocine). A peripheral role for σ1 receptors was also supported by their higher density (Western blot results) in peripheral nervous tissue (dorsal root ganglia) than in several central areas involved in opioid antinociception (dorsal spinal cord, basolateral amygdala, periaqueductal gray, and rostroventral medulla). In contrast to its effects on nociception, σ1-receptor inhibition did not alter fentanyl- or loperamide-induced constipation, a peripherally mediated nonanalgesic opioid effect. Therefore

  5. Peripheral endothelin B receptor agonist-induced antinociception involves endogenous opioids in mice

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    Quang, Phuong N.; Schmidt, Brian L.


    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) produced by various cancers is known to be responsible for inducing pain. While ET-1 binding to ETAR on peripheral nerves clearly mediates nociception, effects from binding to ETBR are less clear. The present study assessed the effects of ETBR activation and the role of endogenous opioid analgesia in carcinoma pain using an orthotopic cancer pain mouse model. mRNA expression analysis showed that ET-1 was nearly doubled while ETBR was significantly down-regulated in a human oral SCC cell line compared to normal oral keratinocytes (NOK). Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) cell culture treated with an ETBR agonist (10−4M, 10−5 M, and 10−6 M BQ-3020) significantly increased production of β-endorphin without any effects on leu-enkephalin or dynorphin. Cancer inoculated in the hind paw of athymic mice with SCC induced significant pain, as indicated by reduction of paw withdrawal thresholds in response to mechanical stimulation, compared to sham-injected and NOK-injected groups. Intratumor administration of 3 mg/kg BQ-3020 attenuated cancer pain by approximately 50% up to 3 hours post-injection compared to PBS-vehicle and contralateral injection, while intratumor ETBR antagonist BQ-788 treatment (100 and 300 μg/kg and 3 mg/kg) had no effects. Local naloxone methiodide (500 μg/kg) or selective μ-opioid receptor antagonist (CTOP, 500 μg/kg) injection reversed ETBR agonist-induced antinociception in cancer animals. We propose that these results demonstrate that peripheral ETBR agonism attenuates carcinoma pain by modulating β-endorphins released from the SCC to act on peripheral opioid receptors found in the cancer microenvironment. PMID:20206445

  6. Opioids in the nucleus accumbens stimulate ethanol intake.


    Barson, Jessica R; Carr, Ambrose J; Soun, Jennifer E; Sobhani, Nasim C; Leibowitz, Sarah F; Hoebel, Bartley G


    The nucleus accumbens (NAc) participates in the control of both motivation and addiction. To test the possibility that opioids in the NAc can cause rats to select ethanol in preference to food, Sprague-Dawley rats with ethanol, food, and water available, were injected with two doses each of morphine, the mu-receptor agonist [D-Ala(2),N-Me-Phe(4),Gly(5)-ol]-Enkephalin (DAMGO), the delta-receptor agonist D-Ala-Gly-Phe-Met-NH2 (DALA), the k-receptor agonist (+/-)-trans-U-50488 methanesulfonate (U-50,488H), or the opioid antagonist naloxone methiodide (m-naloxone). As an anatomical control for drug reflux, injections were also made 2mm above the NAc. The main result was that morphine in the NAc significantly increased ethanol and food intake, whereas m-naloxone reduced ethanol intake without affecting food or water intake. Of the selective receptor agonists, DALA in the NAc increased ethanol intake in preference to food. This is in contrast to DAMGO, which stimulated food but not ethanol intake, and the k-agonist U-50,488H, which had no effect on intake. When injected in the anatomical control site 2mm dorsal to the NAc, the opioids had no effects on ethanol intake. These results demonstrate that ethanol intake produced by morphine in the NAc is driven in large part by the delta-receptor. In light of other studies showing ethanol intake to increase enkephalin expression in the NAc, the present finding of enkephalin-induced ethanol intake suggests the existence of a positive feedback loop that fosters alcohol abuse. Naltrexone therapy for alcohol abuse may then act, in part, in the NAc by blocking this opioid-triggered cycle of alcohol intake.

  7. Synchronous inhibitory potentials precede seizure-like events in acute models of focal limbic seizures.


    Uva, Laura; Breschi, Gian Luca; Gnatkovsky, Vadym; Taverna, Stefano; de Curtis, Marco


    Interictal spikes in models of focal seizures and epilepsies are sustained by the synchronous activation of glutamatergic and GABAergic networks. The nature of population spikes associated with seizure initiation (pre-ictal spikes; PSs) is still undetermined. We analyzed the networks involved in the generation of both interictal and PSs in acute models of limbic cortex ictogenesis induced by pharmacological manipulations. Simultaneous extracellular and intracellular recordings from both principal cells and interneurons were performed in the medial entorhinal cortex of the in vitro isolated guinea pig brain during focal interictal and ictal discharges induced in the limbic network by intracortical and brief arterial infusions of either bicuculline methiodide (BMI) or 4-aminopyridine (4AP). Local application of BMI in the entorhinal cortex did not induce seizure-like events (SLEs), but did generate periodic interictal spikes sensitive to the glutamatergic non-NMDA receptor antagonist DNQX. Unlike local applications, arterial perfusion of either BMI or 4AP induced focal limbic SLEs. PSs just ahead of SLE were associated with hyperpolarizing potentials coupled with a complete blockade of firing in principal cells and burst discharges in putative interneurons. Interictal population spikes recorded from principal neurons between two SLEs correlated with a depolarizing potential. We demonstrate in two models of acute limbic SLE that PS events are different from interictal spikes and are sustained by synchronous activation of inhibitory networks. Our findings support a prominent role of synchronous network inhibition in the initiation of a focal seizure. Copyright © 2015 the authors 0270-6474/15/353048-08$15.00/0.

  8. Intracortical Microstimulation (ICMS) Activates Motor Cortex Layer 5 Pyramidal Neurons Mainly Transsynaptically.


    Hussin, Ahmed T; Boychuk, Jeffery A; Brown, Andrew R; Pittman, Quentin J; Teskey, G Campbell


    Intracortical microstimulation (ICMS) is a technique used for a number of purposes including the derivation of cortical movement representations (motor maps). Its application can activate the output layer 5 of motor cortex and can result in the elicitation of body movements depending upon the stimulus parameters used. The extent to which pyramidal tract projection neurons of the motor cortex are activated transsynaptically or directly by ICMS remains an open question. Given this uncertainty in the mode of activation, we used a preparation that combined patch clamp whole-cell recordings from single layer 5 pyramidal neurons and extracellular ICMS in slices of motor cortex as well as a standard in vivo mapping technique to ask how ICMS activated motor cortex pyramidal neurons. We measured changes in synaptic spike threshold and spiking rate to ICMS in vitro and movement threshold in vivo in the presence or absence of specific pharmacological blockers of glutamatergic (AMPA, NMDA and Kainate) receptors and GABAA receptors. With major excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission blocked (with DNQX, APV and bicuculline methiodide), we observed a significant increase in the ICMS current intensity required to elicit a movement in vivo as well as to the first spike and an 85% reduction in spiking responses in vitro. Subsets of neurons were still responsive after the synaptic block, especially at higher current intensities, suggesting a modest direct activation. Taken together our data indicate a mainly synaptic mode of activation to ICMS in layer 5 of rat motor cortex. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Airway smooth muscle relaxant effects of the cocaine pyrolysis product, methylecgonidine.


    el-Fawal, H A; Wood, R W


    Methylecgonidine (anhydroecgonine methylester; MEG) is produced when cocaine base ("crack") is heated. Since crack smoking can produce significant airway toxicity and the role of MEG in this toxicity is unknown, we determined the effects of MEG on guinea pig isolated tracheal rings. Trachea do not contract in response to MEG; rather, MEG (10(-9) to 10(-3) M) dose-dependently relaxed tissue precontracted with 2 x 10(-3) M acetylcholine (ACh). MEG (10(-9) to 10(-6) M) reduced the magnitude of contractions induced by ACh, carbachol, histamine and KCl in a nonsurmountable manner; the maximal response to these agents was not restored after repeated washing. MEG did not affect contractions induced by BaCl2. 4-Diphenyl acetoxymethyl piperidine methiodide (4-DAMP; 10(-7) M), in the presence or absence of MEG (10(-7) M), shifted the dose-effect curve for ACh 30-fold to the right. After washing, sensitivity to ACh was fully recovered in tissues exposed to 4-DAMP alone, but was still reduced to 50% of control in tissues exposed to 4-DAMP and MEG. The effects of MEG were unlike those of cocaine which, at 10(-7) to 10(-5) M, increased the magnitude of contractions induced by ACh (10(-9) to 2 x 10(-3) M); MEG (10(-7) M) abolished this increase. The mechanism by which MEG relaxes tracheal smooth muscle has not been established, but it is likely to be independent of direct interaction with sites that mediate the effects of the bronchoconstrictor agents used in this study.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  10. Low-dose morphine elicits ventilatory excitant and depressant responses in conscious rats: Role of peripheral μ-opioid receptors

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    Henderson, Fraser; May, Walter J.; Gruber, Ryan B.; Young, Alex P.; Palmer, Lisa A.; Gaston, Benjamin; Lewis, Stephen J.


    The systemic administration of morphine affects ventilation via a mixture of central and peripheral actions. The aims of this study were to characterize the ventilatory responses elicited by a low dose of morphine in conscious rats; to determine whether tolerance develops to these responses; and to determine the potential roles of peripheral μ-opioid receptors (μ-ORs) in these responses. Ventilatory parameters were monitored via unrestrained whole-body plethysmography. Conscious male Sprague-Dawley rats received an intravenous injection of vehicle or the peripherally-restricted μ-OR antagonist, naloxone methiodide (NLXmi), and then three successive injections of morphine (1 mg/kg) given 30 min apart. The first injection of morphine in vehicle-treated rats elicited an array of ventilatory excitant (i.e., increases in frequency of breathing, minute volume, respiratory drive, peak inspiratory and expiratory flows, accompanied by decreases in inspiratory time and end inspiratory pause) and inhibitory (i.e., a decrease in tidal volume and an increase in expiratory time) responses. Subsequent injections of morphine elicited progressively and substantially smaller responses. The pattern of ventilatory responses elicited by the first injection of morphine was substantially affected by pretreatment with NLXmi whereas NLXmi minimally affected the development of tolerance to these responses. Low-dose morphine elicits an array of ventilatory excitant and depressant effects in conscious rats that are subject to the development of tolerance. Many of these initial actions of morphine appear to involve activation of peripheral μ-ORs whereas the development of tolerance to these responses does not. PMID:24900948

  11. Gα14 subunit-mediated inhibition of voltage-gated Ca2+ and K+ channels via neurokinin-1 receptors in rat celiac-superior mesenteric ganglion neurons.


    Sugino, Shigekazu; Farrag, Mohamed; Ruiz-Velasco, Victor


    The mechanisms by which G proteins modulate voltage-gated Ca(2+)channel currents (CaV), particularly CaV2.2 and CaV2.3, are voltage dependent (VD) or voltage independent (VI). VD pathways are typically mediated by Gαi/oand GαSsubfamilies. On the other hand, VI inhibition modulation is coupled to the Gαqsubfamily and signaling pathways downstream of phospholipase C stimulation. In most studies, this latter pathway has been shown to be linked to Gαqand/or Gα11protein subunits. However, there are no studies that have examined whether natively expressed Gα14subunits (Gαqsubfamily member) couple G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) with CaV2.2 channels. We report that Gα14subunits functionally couple the substance P (SP)/neurokinin-1 (NK-1) receptor pathway to CaV2.2 channels in acutely dissociated rat celiac-superior mesenteric ganglion (CSMG) neurons. Exposure of CSMG neurons to SP blocked the CaV2.2 currents in a predominantly VD manner that was pertussis toxin and cholera toxin resistant, as well as Gαq/11independent. However, silencing Gα14subunits significantly attenuated the SP-mediated Ca(2+)current block. In another set of experiments, exposure of CSMG neurons to SP led to the inhibition of KCNQ K(+)M-currents. The SP-mediated M-current block was significantly reduced in neurons transfected with Gα14small-interference RNA. Finally, overexpression of the GTP-bound Gαq/11binding protein RGS2 did not alter the block of M-currents by SP but significantly abolished the oxotremorine methiodide-mediated M-current inhibition. Taken together, these results provide evidence of a new Gα14-coupled signaling pathway that modulates CaV2.2 and M-currents via SP-stimulated NK-1 receptors in CSMG neurons.

  12. In Vivo Voltage-Sensitive Dye Study of Lateral Spreading of Cortical Activity in Mouse Primary Visual Cortex Induced by a Current Impulse

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    Fehérvári, Tamás Dávid; Sawai, Hajime; Yagi, Tetsuya


    In the mammalian primary visual cortex (V1), lateral spreading of excitatory potentials is believed to be involved in spatial integrative functions, but the underlying cortical mechanism is not well understood. Visually-evoked population-level responses have been shown to propagate beyond the V1 initial activation site in mouse, similar to higher mammals. Visually-evoked responses are, however, affected by neuronal circuits prior to V1 (retina, LGN), making the separate analysis of V1 difficult. Intracortical stimulation eliminates these initial processing steps. We used in vivo RH1691 voltage-sensitive dye (VSD) imaging and intracortical microstimulation in adult C57BL/6 mice to elucidate the spatiotemporal properties of population-level signal spreading in V1 cortical circuits. The evoked response was qualitatively similar to that measured in single-cell electrophysiological experiments in rodents: a fast transient fluorescence peak followed by a fast and a slow decrease or hyperpolarization, similar to EPSP and fast and slow IPSPs in single cells. The early cortical response expanded at speeds commensurate with long horizontal projections (at 5% of the peak maximum, 0.08–0.15 m/s) however, the bulk of the VSD signal propagated slowly (at half-peak maximum, 0.05–0.08 m/s) suggesting an important role of regenerative multisynaptic transmission through short horizontal connections in V1 spatial integrative functions. We also found a tendency for a widespread and fast cortical response suppression in V1, which was eliminated by GABAA-antagonists gabazine and bicuculline methiodide. Our results help understand the neuronal circuitry involved in lateral spreading in V1. PMID:26230520

  13. Aminopyridines block an inactivating potassium current having slow recovery kinetics.

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    Wagoner, P K; Oxford, G S


    The blocking action of aminopyridines on an inactivating K current (lKi) in GH3 pituitary cells was studied before and after altering the macroscopic decay of the current with N-bromoacetamide (NBA). The first depolarizing pulse delivered either seconds or minutes after beginning 4-aminopyridine (4AP) application, elicited a current with both a more rapid decay and a reduced peak amplitude. The rapid decay (or time-dependent block) was especially prominent in NBA-treated cells. With continued drug application, subsequent test pulses revealed a stable block of peak current, greater in NBA-treated than control cells. Recovery from block was enhanced by hyperpolarizing holding potentials and by the first depolarizing pulse delivered after prolonged recovery intervals. Unlike aminopyridine block of other K currents, there was no convincing evidence for voltage shifts in activation or inactivation, or for voltage and frequency-dependent unblock. Increasing the open probability of the channels did, however, facilitate the block. Although the behavior of currents in 4AP was suggestive of "open channel block," the block was not produced by 4-aminopyridine methiodide, a positively charged aminopyridine. Moreover, because partial block and recovery occurred without opening the channels we suggest that aminopyridines bind to, or near, this K channel, that this binding is enhanced by opening the channel, and that a conformational change is induced which mimics inactivation. Because recovery from block is enhanced by negative potentials, we suggest that aminopyridine molecules may become "trapped" by inactivation awaiting the slow process of reactivation to escape their binding sites. PMID:2275964

  14. Enzymatic specificities and modes of action of the two catalytic domains of the XynC xylanase from Fibrobacter succinogenes S85.

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    Zhu, H; Paradis, F W; Krell, P J; Phillips, J P; Forsberg, C W


    The xylanase XynC of Fibrobacter succinogenes S85 was recently shown to contain three distinct domains, A, B, and C (F. W. Paradis, H. Zhu, P. J. Krell, J. P. Phillips, and C. W. Forsberg, J. Bacteriol. 175:7666-7672, 1993). Domains A and B each bear an active site capable of hydrolyzing xylan, while domain C has no enzymatic activity. Two truncated proteins, each containing a single catalytic domain, named XynC-A and XynC-B were purified to homogeneity. The catalytic domains A and B had similar pH and temperature parameters of 6.0 and 50 degrees C for maximum hydrolytic activity and extensively degraded birch wood xylan to xylose and xylobiose. The Km and Vmax values, respectively, were 2.0 mg ml-1 and 6.1 U mg-1 for the intact enzyme, 1.83 mg ml-1 and 689 U mg-1 for domain A, and 2.38 mg ml-1 and 91.8 U mg-1 for domain B. Although domain A had a higher specific activity than domain B, domain B exhibited a broader substrate specificity and hydrolyzed rye arabinoxylan to a greater extent than domain A. Furthermore, domain B, but not domain A, was able to release xylose at the initial stage of the hydrolysis. Both catalytic domains cleaved xylotriose, xylotetraose, and xylopentaose but had no activity on xylobiose. Bond cleavage frequencies obtained from hydrolysis of xylo-alditol substrates suggest that while both domains have a strong preference for internal linkages of the xylan backbone, domain B has fewer subsites for substrate binding than domain A and cleaves arabinoxylan more efficiently. Chemical modification with 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide methiodide and N-bromosuccinimide inactivated both XynC-A and XynC-B in the absence of xylan, indicating that carboxyl groups and tryptophan residues in the catalytic site of each domain have essential roles. Images PMID:8021170

  15. New Morphine Analogs Produce Peripheral Antinociception within a Certain Dose Range of Their Systemic Administration.


    Lackó, Erzsébet; Riba, Pál; Giricz, Zoltán; Váradi, András; Cornic, Laura; Balogh, Mihály; Király, Kornél; Csekő, Kata; Mousa, Shaaban A; Hosztafi, Sándor; Schäfer, Michael; Zádori, Zoltán Sándor; Helyes, Zsuzsanna; Ferdinandy, Péter; Fürst, Susanna; Al-Khrasani, Mahmoud


    Growing data support peripheral opioid antinociceptive effects, particularly in inflammatory pain models. Here, we examined the antinociceptive effects of subcutaneously administered, recently synthesized 14-O-methylmorphine-6-O-sulfate (14-O-MeM6SU) compared with morphine-6-O-sulfate (M6SU) in a rat model of inflammatory pain induced by an injection of complete Freund's adjuvant and in a mouse model of visceral pain evoked by acetic acid. Subcutaneous doses of 14-O-MeM6SU and M6SU up to 126 and 547 nmol/kg, respectively, produced significant and subcutaneous or intraplantar naloxone methiodide (NAL-M)-reversible antinociception in inflamed paws compared with noninflamed paws. Neither of these doses significantly affected thiobutabarbital-induced sleeping time or rat pulmonary parameters. However, the antinociceptive effects of higher doses were only partially reversed by NAL-M, indicating contribution of the central nervous system. In the mouse writhing test, 14-O-MeM6SU was more potent than M6SU after subcutaneous or intracerebroventricular injections. Both displayed high subcutaneous/intracerebroventricular ED50 ratios. The antinociceptive effects of subcutaneous 14-O-MeM6SU and M6SU up to 136 and 3043 nmol/kg, respectively, were fully antagonized by subcutaneous NAL-M. In addition, the test compounds inhibited mouse gastrointestinal transit in antinociceptive doses. Taken together, these findings suggest that systemic administration of the novel compound 14-O-MeM6SU similar to M6SU in specific dose ranges shows peripheral antinociception in rat and mouse inflammatory pain models without central adverse effects. These findings apply to male animals and must be confirmed in female animals. Therefore, titration of systemic doses of opioid compounds with limited access to the brain might offer peripheral antinociception of clinical importance.

  16. Nuclear medicine progress report for quarter ending September 30, 1984

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    Knapp, F.F. Jr.; Ambrose, K.R.; Goodman, M.M.; Srivastava, P.C.


    The preparation and animal testing of a new radio-iodinated p-iodophenylamine-linked dihydropyridine system is described. The model agent, 1-methyl-3-(N-(..beta..-(4-(/sup 125/I)iodophenyl)ethyl)carbamoyl)-1,4-dihydropyridine, was prepared by coupling 4-(/sup 125/I)iodoaniline with the methiodide salt succinimidyl ester of nicotinic acid followed by dithionite reduction to the lipid soluble product. The dihydropyridine agent showed good brain uptake in rats (5 min, 1.14% injected dose/gm; 60 min, 1.12% dose/gm) and good brain to blood ratios (5 min 3.9:1, 60 min, 3.5:1). In contrast the quaternary ammonium compound, prior to reduction, showed only moderate brain uptake (5 min, 0.63; 60 min, 0.46) and low brain to blood ratios (5 min, 0.05; 60 min, 0.06). Also described is further investigation of the effects of fasting on the relative myocardial retention of straight-chain iodovinyl fatty acids. 18-(/sup 125/)Iodo-17-octadecenoic acid showed good retention in unfasted rats. Studies have now been reported for fasted rats where this agent showed rapid myocardial wash-out. In fasted rats, approx. 70% wash-out at 30 min, and in unfasted rats, approx. 15% wash-out at 30 min was observed. During this period several shipments were made to Medical Cooperative investigators including three samples of /sup 191/Os-potassium osmate (Children's Hospital, Boston, and the University of Liege, Belgium) and 15-(p-(/sup 131/I)iodophenyl)-3-R,S-methylpentadecanoic acid (University of Massachusetts and Brookhaven National Laboratory).

  17. Identification of genomic sites for CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing in the Vitis vinifera genome.


    Wang, Yi; Liu, Xianju; Ren, Chong; Zhong, Gan-Yuan; Yang, Long; Li, Shaohua; Liang, Zhenchang


    CRISPR/Cas9 has been recently demonstrated as an effective and popular genome editing tool for modifying genomes of humans, animals, microorganisms, and plants. Success of such genome editing is highly dependent on the availability of suitable target sites in the genomes to be edited. Many specific target sites for CRISPR/Cas9 have been computationally identified for several annual model and crop species, but such sites have not been reported for perennial, woody fruit species. In this study, we identified and characterized five types of CRISPR/Cas9 target sites in the widely cultivated grape species Vitis vinifera and developed a user-friendly database for editing grape genomes in the future. A total of 35,767,960 potential CRISPR/Cas9 target sites were identified from grape genomes in this study. Among them, 22,597,817 target sites were mapped to specific genomic locations and 7,269,788 were found to be highly specific. Protospacers and PAMs were found to distribute uniformly and abundantly in the grape genomes. They were present in all the structural elements of genes with the coding region having the highest abundance. Five PAM types, TGG, AGG, GGG, CGG and NGG, were observed. With the exception of the NGG type, they were abundantly present in the grape genomes. Synteny analysis of similar genes revealed that the synteny of protospacers matched the synteny of homologous genes. A user-friendly database containing protospacers and detailed information of the sites was developed and is available for public use at the Grape-CRISPR website ( ). Grape genomes harbour millions of potential CRISPR/Cas9 target sites. These sites are widely distributed among and within chromosomes with predominant abundance in the coding regions of genes. We developed a publicly-accessible Grape-CRISPR database for facilitating the use of the CRISPR/Cas9 system as a genome editing tool for functional studies and molecular breeding of grapes. Among

  18. Ventral tegmental area neurons are either excited or inhibited by cocaine’s actions in the peripheral nervous system

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    Mejías-Aponte, Carlos A.; Kiyatkin, Eugene A.


    Cocaine’s multiple pharmacological substrates are ubiquitously present in the peripheral and central nervous system. Thus, upon its administration, cocaine acts in the periphery before directly acting in the brain. We determined whether cocaine alters ventral tegmental area (VTA) neuronal activity via peripheral actions, and whether this precedes its central actions. In urethane-anesthetized rats, we recorded VTA neurons responses to intravenous injections of two cocaine analogs: cocaine-hydrochloride (HCl, 0.25 mg/kg) that readily cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and cocaine-methiodide (MI, 0.33 mg/kg) that does not cross the BBB. Both cocaine analogs produced sustained changes in discharge rates that began 5s after the initiation of a 10s drug infusion. Within the first 90s post-injection the magnitudes of neuronal responsive of both cocaine analogs were comparable, but later in time the effects of cocaine-HCl were stronger and persisted longer than those of cocaine-MI. The proportion of neurons responsive to cocaine-HCl was twice to that of cocaine-MI (74% and 35% respectively). Both analogs also differed in the response onsets. Cocaine-MI rarely evoked responses after 1 min whereas cocaine-HCl continued to evoke responses within 3 min post-injection. VTA neurons were either excited or inhibited by both cocaine analogs. Most units responsive to cocaine-MI, regardless of excitation or inhibition, had electrophysiological characteristics of putative DA neurons. Units inhibited by cocaine-HCl also had characteristic of DA neurons whereas excited neurons had widely varying action potential durations and discharge rates. Cocaine-MI and cocaine-HCl each produced changes in VTA neuron activity under full DA receptor blockade. However, the duration of inhibition was shortened, the number of excitations increased, and they occurred with an earlier onset during DA receptor blockade. These findings indicate that cocaine acts peripherally with a short latency and

  19. [Dmt(1)]DALDA is highly selective and potent at mu opioid receptors, but is not cross-tolerant with systemic morphine.


    Riba, Pal; Ben, Yong; Nguyen, Thi M-D; Furst, Susanna; Schiller, Peter W; Lee, Nancy M


    The clinical effectiveness of morphine is limited by several side effects, including the development of tolerance and dependence. Most of these side effects are believed to be mediated by central opioid receptors; therefore, hydrophilic opioids, which don't cross the blood-brain barrier, may have advantages over morphine in some clinical applications. We recently synthesized several analogues of DALDA (Tyr-D-Arg-Phe-Lys-NH2), a highly hydrophilic peptide derived from the endogenous opioid peptide dermorphin; all of them, particularly [Dmt(1)] DALDA (Dmt - 2',6'-dimethyl tyrosine), had high potency and selectivity at mu receptors, the target of morphine, in activity assays. Here we report the pharmacological characterization of [Dmt(1)] DALDA in the whole animal. [Dmt(1)]DALDA was 40 times more potent than morphine in inducing antinociception in mice when both drugs were given s.c., and 6-14 times more potent than DAMGO, a selective m agonist, when both drugs were given it. However, [Dmt(1)]DALDA showed poor cross-tolerance to morphine; thus chronic morphine treatment of animals increased the antinociceptive AD(50) of systemic [Dmt(1)]DALDA two fold or less, as compared to an 8-9-fold increase for morphine and a 4-5-fold increase for DAMGO. The antinociceptive activity of [Dmt(1)]DALDA (i.t) was blocked by CTAP, a selective mu antagonist, but not by TIPP psi, a selective delta antagonist, nor by nor-BNI, a selective kappa antagonist. [Dmt(1)]DALDA-induced antinociception was also blocked by naloxone methiodide, an antagonist that does not cross the blood-brain barrier, when agonist and antagonist were given i.t. or i.c.v., but not when they were given s.c. We conclude that [Dmt(1)] DALDA is a highly potent analgesic acting at mu receptors. Though it appears to penetrate the blood-brain barrier, it exhibits low cross-tolerance to morphine, suggesting that it may have advantages over the latter in certain clinical applications.

  20. Thermodynamics of antagonist binding to rat muscarinic M2 receptors: antimuscarinics of the pridinol, sila-pridinol, diphenidol and sila-diphenidol type.

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    Waelbroeck, M.; Camus, J.; Tastenoy, M.; Lambrecht, G.; Mutschler, E.; Kropfgans, M.; Sperlich, J.; Wiesenberger, F.; Tacke, R.; Christophe, J.


    1. We studied the effect of temperature on the binding to rat heart M2 muscarinic receptors of antagonists related to the carbon/silicon pairs pridinol/sila-pridinol and diphenidol/sila-diphenidol (including three germanium compounds) and six structurally related pairs of enantiomers [(R)- and (S)-procyclidine, (R)- and (S)-trihexyphenidyl, (R)- and (S)-tricyclamol, (R)- and (S)-trihexyphenidyl methiodide, (R)- and (S)-hexahydro-diphenidol and (R)- and (S)-hexbutinol]. Binding affinities were determined in competition experiments using [3H]-N-methyl-scopolamine chloride as radioligand. The reference drugs were scopolamine and N-methyl-scopolamine bromide. 2. The affinity of the antagonists either increased or decreased with temperature. van't Hoff plots were linear in the 278-310 degrees K temperature range. Binding of all antagonists was entropy driven. Enthalpy changes varied from large negative values (down to -29 kJ mol-1) to large positive values (up to +30 kJ mol-1). 3. (R)-configurated drugs had a 10 to 100 fold greater affinity for M2 receptors than the corresponding (S)-enantiomers. Enthalpy and entropy changes of the respective enantiomers were different but no consistent pattern was observed. 4. When silanols (R3SiOH) were compared to carbinols (R3COH), the affinity increase caused by C/Si exchange varied between 3 and 10 fold for achiral drugs but was negligible in the case of chiral drugs. Silanols induced more favourable enthalpy and less favourable entropy changes than the corresponding carbinols when binding. Organogermanium compounds (R4Ge) when compared to their silicon counterparts (R4Si) showed no significant difference in affinity as well as in enthalpy and entropy changes. 5. Exchange of a cyclohexyl by a phenyl moiety was associated with an increase or a decrease in drug affinity (depending on the absolute configuration in the case of chiral drugs) and generally also with a more favourable enthalpy change and a less favourable entropy change

  1. Muscarinic receptor heterogeneity in follicle-enclosed Xenopus oocytes

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    Arellano, Rogelio O; Garay, Edith; Miledi, Ricardo


    Ionic current responses elicited by acetylcholine (ACh) in follicle-enclosed Xenopus oocytes (follicles) were studied using the two-electrode voltage-clamp technique. ACh generated a fast chloride current (Fin) and inhibited K+ currents gated by cAMP (IK,cAMP) following receptor activation by adenosine, follicle-stimulating hormone or noradrenaline. These previously described cholinergic responses were confirmed to be of the muscarinic type, and were independently generated among follicles from different frogs.Inhibition of IK,cAMP was about 100 times more sensitive to ACh than Fin activation; the half-maximal effective concentrations (EC50) were 6.6 ± 0.4 and 784 ± 4 nm, respectively.Both responses were blocked by several muscarinic receptor antagonists. Using the respective EC50 concentrations of ACh as standard, the antagonist 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide blocked the two effects with very different potencies. Fin was blocked with a half-maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) of 2.4 ± 0.07 nm, whilst the IC50 for IK,cAMP inhibition was 5.9 ± 0.2 μm.Oxotremorine, a muscarinic agonist, preferentially stimulated IK,cAMP inhibition (EC50= 15.8 ± 1.4 μm), whilst Fin was only weakly activated. In contrast, oxotremorine inhibited Fin generated by ACh with an IC50 of 2.3 ± 0.7 μm.Fin elicited via purinergic receptor stimulation was not affected by oxotremorine, indicating that the inhibition produced was specific to the muscarinic receptor, and suggesting that muscarinic actions do not exert a strong effect on follicular cell-oocyte coupling.Using reverse transcription-PCR, transcripts of a previously cloned muscarinic receptor from Xenopus (XlmR) were amplified from the RNA of both the isolated follicular cells and the oocyte. The pharmacological and molecular characteristics suggest that XlmR is involved in IK,cAMP inhibition.In conclusion, follicular cells possess two different muscarinic receptors, one resembling the M2 (or M4) subtype

  2. Ligand binding and functional characterization of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors on the TE671/RD human cell line

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    Bencherif, M.; Lukas, R.J. )


    Cells of the TE671/RD human clonal line express a finite number ((Bmax) of about 350 fmol/mg of membrane protein) of apparently noninteracting, high-affinity binding sites (KD of 0.07 nM and a Hill coefficient close to unity, nH = 0.94) for the muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (mAChR) radio antagonist, tritium-labeled quinuclidinyl benzilate ({sup 3}H-QNB). The rank order potency of selective antagonists that inhibit specific {sup 3}HQNB binding is: atropine greater than 4-DAMP (4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide) greater than pirenzepine greater than methoctramine greater than AFDx-116 (11-2(2-((diethylamino)methyl)-1-(piperidinyl) acetyl)-5,11-dihydro-6H-pyrido(2,3-b)(1,4)benzodiazepin-6-one). Functional studies indicate that phosphoinositide (PIns) hydrolysis in TE671/RD cells is increased by carbachol (EC50 of 10 microM), but not by nicotine (to concentrations as high as 1 mM). Agonist-stimulated PIns metabolism is inhibited by antagonists with the same rank order potency as for inhibition of {sup 3}HQNB binding. Functional responses are augmented in the presence of a nonhydrolyzable GTP analog, are strongly inhibited after 24-hr exposure to cholera toxin, but are only slightly inhibited after long-term exposure to pertussis toxin or forskolin. These studies identify a pharmacologically-defined M3-subtype of mAChR strongly coupled via a cholera toxin-sensitive mechanism to PIns hydrolysis in these cells. Within 1 hr of treatment of TE671/RD cells with 1 mM dibutyryl cyclic AMP or with 10 microM phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA), there is a 30 to 50% decrease in carbachol-stimulated PIns responsiveness that recovers to control values after 5 days of continued drug treatment. However, a comparable and more persistent inhibition of mAChR function is observed on cell treatment with 20 nM PMA.

  3. Postsynaptic membrane shifts during frequency potentiation of the hippocampal EPSP.


    Pitler, T A; Landfield, P W


    , at the soma. 4. Studies in which the membrane was hyperpolarized with injected current to approximately the IPSP reversal potential, or in which bicuculline methiodide was applied to the slices, indicated that depression of the IPSP by repetitive stimulation did not account for frequency potentiation of EPSP amplitude. 5. These data are therefore consistent with the conclusion that the frequency potentiation of composite EPSPs in central neurons depends on presynaptic mechanisms, rather than on generalized postsynaptic changes. However, our findings do not rule out localized postsynaptic changes in receptors or spines as possible contributing factors.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)

  4. Muscarinic M1 receptors activate phosphoinositide turnover and Ca2+ mobilisation in rat sympathetic neurones, but this signalling pathway does not mediate M-current inhibition

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    del Río, Elena; Bevilacqua, Jorge A; Marsh, Stephen J; Halley, Pamela; Caulfield, Malcolm P


    The relationship between muscarinic receptor activation, phosphoinositide turnover, calcium mobilisation and M-current inhibition has been studied in rat superior cervical ganglion (SCG) neurones in primary culture. Phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C (PLC) stimulation was measured by the accumulation of [3H]-cytidine monophosphate phosphatidate (CMP-PA) after incubation with [3H]-cytidine in the presence of Li+. The muscarinic agonist oxotremorine methiodide (oxo-M) stimulated PLC in a dose-dependent manner with an EC50 of approximately 3.5 μm. The concentration-response curve for oxo-M was shifted to the right by a factor of about 10 by pirenzepine (100 nm), suggesting a pKB (—log of the apparent dissociation constant) of 7.9 ± 0.4, while himbacine (1 μm) shifted the curve by a factor of about 13 (pKB∼7.1 ± 0.6). This indicates involvement of the M1 muscarinic receptor in this response. The accumulation of CMP-PA was localised by in situ autoradiography to SCG principal neurones, with no detectable signal in glial cells present in the primary cultures. The ability of oxo-M to release Ca2+ from inositol(1,4,5)trisphosphate (InsP3)-sensitive stores was determined by fura-2 microfluorimetry of SCG neurones voltage clamped in perforated patch mode. Oxo-M failed to evoke intracellular Ca2+ (Cai2+) mobilisation in SCG neurones voltage clamped at −60 mV, but produced a significant Cai2+ rise (67 ± 15 nm, n = 9) in cells voltage clamped at −25 mV. Thapsigargin (0.5–1 μm) caused a 70% inhibition of the oxo-M-induced Cai2+ increase, indicating its intracellular origin, while oxo-M-induced inhibition of M-current in the same cells was unaffected by thapsigargin. Our results do not support the involvement of InsP3-sensitive calcium mobilisation in M-current inhibition. PMID:10517804

  5. Acetylcholine mediates the release of IL-8 in human bronchial epithelial cells by a NFkB/ERK-dependent mechanism.


    Profita, Mirella; Bonanno, Anna; Siena, Liboria; Ferraro, Maria; Montalbano, Angela M; Pompeo, Flora; Riccobono, Loredana; Pieper, Michael P; Gjomarkaj, Mark


    Acetylcholine may play a role in cell activation and airway inflammation. We evaluated the levels of both mRNA and protein of muscarinic M(1), M(2), M(3) receptors in human bronchial epithelial cell line (16HBE). 16HBE cells were also stimulated with acetylcholine and extracellular signal-regulated kinase1/2 (ERK1/2) and NFkB pathway activation as well as the IL-8 release was assessed in the presence or absence of the inhibitor of Protein-kinase (PKC) (GF109203X), of the inhibitor of mitogenic activated protein-kinase kinase (MAPKK) (PDO9805), of the inhibitor of kinaseB-alpha phosphorilation (pIkBalpha) (BAY11-7082), and of muscarinic receptor antagonists tiotropium bromide, 4-Diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide (4-DAMP), telenzepine, gallamine. Additionally, we tested the IL-8-mediated neutrophil chemotactic activity of 16HBE supernatants stimulated with acetylcholine in the presence or absence of tiotropium. 16HBE cells expressed both protein and mRNA for muscarinic M(3), M(2) and M(1) receptors with levels of muscarinic M(3) receptor>muscarinic M(1) receptor>muscarinic M(2) receptor. Acetylcholine (10 microM) significantly stimulated ERK1/2 and NFkB activation as well as IL-8 release in 16HBE cells when compared to basal values. Furthermore, while the use of tiotropium, 4-DAMP, GF109203X, PDO98059, BAY11-7082 completely abolished these events, the use of telenzepine and gallamine were only partially able to downregulate these effects. Additionally, acetylcholine-mediated IL-8 release from 16HBE cells significantly increased chemotaxis toward neutrophils and this effect was blocked by tiotropium. In conclusion, acetylcholine activates the release of IL-8 from 16HBE involving PKC, ERK1/2 and NFkB pathways via muscarinic receptors, suggesting that it is likely to contribute to IL-8 related neutrophilic inflammatory disorders in the airway. Thus, muscarinic antagonists may contribute to control inflammatory processes in airway diseases.

  6. Muscarine inhibits high-threshold calcium currents with two distinct modes in rat embryonic hippocampal neurons.

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    Toselli, M; Taglietti, V


    1. Ca2+ channel modulation by muscarine was investigated in primary cultured embryonic rat hippocampal neurons using the whole-cell variant of the patch-clamp technique. 2. Muscarine produced a reversible and concentration-dependent decrease in the Ba2+ current amplitude. In 65% of neurons sensitive to the agonist, current inhibition was time and voltage dependent, being maximal between -20 and 0 mV and decreasing at depolarizing potentials. In the remaining 35% of neurons, the effects of muscarine were voltage independent, inhibition being constant in a wide potential range between -20 and +80 mV. 3. Different receptors might be involved in the two modes of modulation. Muscarine-induced voltage-dependent inhibition of Ba2+ current was best suppressed by the muscarinic receptor antagonist 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methyl-piperidine methiodide (81% suppression), while voltage-independent inhibition was best suppressed by AFDX116 (75% suppression). 4. In cells treated with omega-conotoxin (omega-CgTX), the voltage-independent mode of inhibition was strongly prevented, suggesting that the two modulatory mechanisms (voltage dependent and voltage independent) operate on separate classes of high-voltage-activated (HVA) Ca2+ channels. 5. A pertussis toxin-sensitive G-protein is involved in both modes of action of muscarine, since both modes were prevented by pretreatment of the cells with 50 ng ml-1 pertussis toxin. 6. Both modes of modulation were mimicked in different cells by intracellular application of GTP-gamma-S. However, the onset of voltage-independent inhibition was about 5 times slower than that of voltage-dependent inhibition, suggesting involvement of a more complex metabolic pathway for the former mode of channel modulation. 7. Relief of the voltage-dependent inhibition was obtained by depolarizing voltage prepulses and occurred with kinetics that depended on agonist concentration. 8. The voltage-dependent inhibition could be simulated by a kinetic model in which

  7. Muscarinic suppression of the M-current in the rat sympathetic ganglion is mediated by receptors of the M1-subtype.

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    Marrion, N. V.; Smart, T. G.; Marsh, S. J.; Brown, D. A.


    1. Under voltage-clamp dissociated adult and foetal rat superior cervical ganglion (s.c.g.) cells exhibited a non-inactivating voltage- and time-dependent component of K+ current termed the M-current (IM). IM was detected and measured from the current decay during hyperpolarizing voltage steps applied from potentials where IM was pre-activated. 2. Neither the resting membrane current nor the amplitude of these current decay relaxations were reduced by omitting Ca from the bathing fluid, showing that the M-current was not a 'Ca-activated' K-current dependent on a primary Ca-influx. Concentrations of (+)-tubocurarine sufficient to block the slow Ca-activated K-current IAHP did not inhibit IM or antagonize the effect of muscarinic agonists on IM, showing that IM was not contaminated by IAHP. Tetraethylammonium (1 mM), which blocks the fast Ca-activated K-current IC, produced a small inhibition of IM. This was not due to contamination of IM by IC since muscarinic agonists did not consistently block IC. 3. The muscarinic agonists muscarine, oxotremorine, McN-A-343 and methacholine reversibly suppressed IM, resulting in an inward (depolarizing) current. The rank order of potency was: oxotremorine greater than or equal to muscarine greater than McN-A-343 greater than methacholine. 4. The suppression of IM by muscarine was similar in cultured cells derived from adult and foetal tissue to that seen in the intact ganglia. 5. IM-suppression by muscarine was inhibited by pirenzepine (Pz) and AF-DX 116 with mean pKB values of 7.53 +/- 0.13 (n = 3) and 6.02 +/- 0.13 (n = 4) respectively. 6. The suppression of IM by muscarinic agonists was not affected by gallamine (10-30 microM). 4-Diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide inhibited the response at 300 nM. 7. Pirenzepine inhibited the contractions of the guinea-pig isolated ileum produced by muscarine with a mean pKB of 6.37 +/- 0.03 (n = 8). 8. These results suggest that the receptors mediating suppression of the M

  8. GABA and glutamate receptors in the horizontal limb of diagonal band of Broca (hDB): effects on cardiovascular regulation.


    Nasimi, Ali; Hatam, Masoumeh


    The horizontal limb of diagonal band of Broca (hDB) is a part of the limbic system. It has been shown that microinjection of L-glutamate into the hDB elicited cardiovascular depressive responses in anesthetized rats and pressor effect in unanesthetized rats. But the role of glutamate receptor subtypes has not yet been investigated. In addition the role of the GABAergic system of the hDB in cardiovascular responses is not known. Therefore, we examined the cardiovascular responses elicited by glutamate and GABA receptors in the hDB by using their agonists and antagonists. Drugs (50 nl) were microinjected into the hDB of anaesthetized rats. Blood pressure and heart rate were recorded before and throughout each experiment. The average changes in the mean arterial pressure and heart rate at different intervals were compared both within each case group and between the case and control groups using repeated measures of ANOVA. Microinjection of GABA(A) receptor antagonist, bicuculline methiodide (BMI, 1 mM) increased both the mean arterial pressure and heart rate, and muscimole, a GABA(A) agonist (500 pmol) caused a significant decrease in the mean arterial pressure and heart rate. Microinjection of L-glutamate (0.25 M) into the hDB resulted in a maximum decrease of the mean arterial pressure of 24.4 +/- 3.7 mmHg and heart rate of 25.2 +/- 3.08 beats/min. Injection of AP5, an antagonist of glutamate NMDA receptor (1 and 2.5 mM), and CNQX, an antagonist of glutamate AMPA receptor (0.5 and 1 mM) caused small, nonsignificant changes of the heart rate and the blood pressure. Either AP5 or CNQX when coinjected with glutamate abolished the depressor effect of glutamate, suggesting that simultaneous activation of both glutamate receptors is necessary for the effect of glutamate to emerge. The depressor effect of the glutaminergic system of the hDB on the cardiovascular system was similar to the previous studies. For the first time, the effects of CNQX, AP5, BMI, and muscimole

  9. Vasopressin and sympathetic systems mediate the cardiovascular effects of the GABAergic system in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis.


    Hatam, Masoumeh; Kharazmi, Fatemeh; Nasimi, Ali


    The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BST) is an important part of the limbic system. It has been shown that chemical stimulation of the BST elicited cardiovascular depressive and bradycardic responses. It was also demonstrated that GABA is present in the BST, though its role in cardiovascular control is not yet understood. This study was performed to find the effects of GABA receptor subtypes in the BST on cardiovascular responses and to find the possible mechanisms that mediate these responses in urethane-anesthetized rats. Microinjection of muscimol (500 pmol/100 nl), a GABA(A) agonist, into the BST produced a weak unsignificant decrease in the mean arterial pressure (MAP) and heart rate (HR). Injection of bicuculline methiodide (BMI, 100 pmol/100 nl), a GABA(A) antagonist, caused a significant increase in the MAP (41.3+/-5.1 mmHg) as well as in the HR (33.2+/-5.6 beats/min). Injection of two doses (500 and 1000 pmol/100 nl) of phaclofen, a GABA(B) antagonist, produced no significant change in either MAP or HR. Administration (i.v.) of the muscarinic receptor blocker, homatropine methyl bromide had no effect on the magnitude of mean arterial pressure or heart rate responses to BMI. This suggests that the parasympathetic system is not involved in these responses. However, administration (i.v.) of the nicotinic receptor blocker, hexamethonium bromide had no effect on the magnitude of mean arterial pressure response but abolished heart rate response to BMI. This suggests that the sympathetic system is involved in the bradycardic effect of GABA. On the other hand, administration (i.v.) of a selective vasopressin V(1) receptor antagonist abolished the pressor effect of BMI, which indicates that the GABAergic system of the BST decreases the arterial pressure via tonic inhibition of vasopressin release. In summary, we demonstrated, for the first time, that GABA exerts its influence in the BST through the activation of GABA(A), but not GABA(B), receptors that, in

  10. Much caution does no harm! Organophosphate poisoning often causes pancreatitis.


    Yoshida, Shozo; Okada, Hideshi; Nakano, Shiho; Shirai, Kunihiro; Yuhara, Toshiyuki; Kojima, Hiromasa; Doi, Tomoaki; Kato, Hisaaki; Suzuki, Kodai; Morishita, Kentaro; Murakami, Eiji; Ushikoshi, Hiroaki; Toyoda, Izumi; Ogura, Shinji


    Organophosphate poisoning (OP) results in various poisoning symptoms due to its strong inhibitory effect on cholinesterase. One of the occasional complications of OP is pancreatitis. A 62-year-old woman drank alcohol and went home at midnight. After she quarreled with her husband and drank 100 ml of malathion, a parasympathomimetic organophosphate that binds irreversibly to cholinesterase, she was transported to our hospital in an ambulance. On admission, activated charcoal, magnesium citrate, and pralidoxime methiodide (PAM) were used for decontamination after gastric lavage. Abdominal computed tomography detected edema of the small intestine and colon with doubtful bowel ischemia, and acute pancreatitis was suspected. Arterial blood gas analysis revealed severe lactic acidosis. The Ranson score was 6 and the APACHE II (Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation) score was 14. Based on these findings, severe acute pancreatitis was diagnosed. One day after admission, hemodiafiltration (HDF) was started for the treatment of acute pancreatitis. On the third hospital day, OP symptoms were exacerbated, with muscarinic manifestations including bradycardia and hypersalivation and decreased plasma cholinesterase activity. Atropine was given and the symptoms improved. The patient's general condition including hemodynamic status improved. Pancreatitis was attenuated by 5 days of HDF. Ultimately, it took 14 days for acute pancreatitis to improve, and the patient discharged on hospital day 32. Generally, acute pancreatitis associated with OP is mild. In fact, one previous report showed that the influence of organophosphates on the pancreas disappears in approximately 72 hours, and complicated acute pancreatitis often improves in 4-5 days. However, it was necessary to treat pancreatitis for more than 2 weeks in this case. Therefore, organophosphate-associated pancreatitis due to malathion is more severe. Although OP sometime causes severe necrotic pancreatitis or

  11. Intrinsic and Network Mechanisms Constrain Neural Synchrony in the Moth Antennal Lobe

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    Lei, Hong; Yu, Yanxue; Zhu, Shuifang; Rangan, Aaditya V.


    Projection-neurons (PNs) within the antennal lobe (AL) of the hawkmoth respond vigorously to odor stimulation, with each vigorous response followed by a ~1 s period of suppression—dubbed the “afterhyperpolarization-phase,” or AHP-phase. Prior evidence indicates that this AHP-phase is important for the processing of odors, but the mechanisms underlying this phase and its function remain unknown. We investigate this issue. Beginning with several physiological experiments, we find that pharmacological manipulation of the AL yields surprising results. Specifically, (a) the application of picrotoxin (PTX) lengthens the AHP-phase and reduces PN activity, whereas (b) the application of Bicuculline-methiodide (BIC) reduces the AHP-phase and increases PN activity. These results are curious, as both PTX and BIC are inhibitory-receptor antagonists. To resolve this conundrum, we speculate that perhaps (a) PTX reduces PN activity through a disinhibitory circuit involving a heterogeneous population of local-neurons, and (b) BIC acts to hamper certain intrinsic currents within the PNs that contribute to the AHP-phase. To probe these hypotheses further we build a computational model of the AL and benchmark our model against our experimental observations. We find that, for parameters which satisfy these benchmarks, our model exhibits a particular kind of synchronous activity: namely, “multiple-firing-events” (MFEs). These MFEs are causally-linked sequences of spikes which emerge stochastically, and turn out to have important dynamical consequences for all the experimentally observed phenomena we used as benchmarks. Taking a step back, we extract a few predictions from our computational model pertaining to the real AL: Some predictions deal with the MFEs we expect to see in the real AL, whereas other predictions involve the runaway synchronization that we expect when BIC-application hampers the AHP-phase. By examining the literature we see support for the former, and we

  12. Site-selective chemical modification of chymotrypsin using peptidyl derivatives bearing optically active diphenyl 1-amino-2-phenylethylphosphonate: Stereochemical effect of the diphenyl phosphonate moiety.


    Ono, Shin; Nakai, Takahiko; Kuroda, Hirofumi; Miyatake, Ryuta; Horino, Yoshikazu; Abe, Hitoshi; Umezaki, Masahito; Oyama, Hiroshi


    Diphenyl (α-aminoalkyl)phosphonates act as mechanism-based inhibitors against serine proteases by forming a covalent bond with the hydroxy group of the active center Ser residue. Because the covalent bond was found to be broken and replaced by 2-pyridinaldoxime methiodide (2PAM), we employed a peptidyl derivative bearing diphenyl 1-amino-2-phenylethylphosphonate moiety (Phe(p) (OPh)2 ) to target the active site of chymotrypsin and to selectively anchor to Lys175 in the vicinity of the active site. Previously, it was reported that the configuration of the α-carbon of phosphorus in diphenyl (α-aminoalkyl)phosphonates affects the inactivation reaction of serine proteases, i.e., the (R)-enantiomeric diphenyl phosphonate is comparable to l-amino acids and it effectively reacts with serine proteases, whereas the (S)-enantiomeric form does not. In this study, we evaluated the stereochemical effect of the phosphonate moiety on the selective chemical modification. Epimeric dipeptidyl derivatives, Ala-(R or S)-Phe(p) (OPh)2 , were prepared by separation with RP-HPLC. A tripeptidyl (R)-epimer (Ala-Ala-(R)-Phe(p) (OPh)2 ) exhibited a more potent inactivation ability against chymotrypsin than the (S)-epimer. The enzyme inactivated by the (R)-epimer was more effectively reactivated with 2PAM than the enzyme inactivated by the (S)-epimer. Finally, N-succinimidyl (NHS) active ester derivatives, NHS-Suc-Ala-Ala- (R or S)-Phe(p) (OPh)2 , were prepared, and we evaluated their action when modifying Lys175 in chymotrypsin. We demonstrated that the epimeric NHS derivative that possessed the diphenyl phosphonate moiety with the (R)-configuration effectively modified Lys175 in chymotrypsin, whereas that with the (S)-configuration did not. These results demonstrate the utility of peptidyl derivatives that bear an optically active diphenyl phosphonate moiety as affinity labeling probes in protein bioconjugation. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Biopolymers (Pept Sci) 106: 521-530, 2016.

  13. The role of peripheral and central sodium channels in mediating brain temperature fluctuations induced by intravenous cocaine

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    Kiyatkin, Eugene A.; Brown, P. Leon


    While cocaine’s interaction with the dopamine (DA) transporter and subsequent increase in DA transmission are usually considered key factors responsible for its locomotor stimulatory and reinforcing properties, many centrally-mediated physiological and psychoemotional effects of cocaine are resistant to DA receptor blockade, suggesting the importance of other, non-DA mechanisms. To explore the role of cocaine’s interaction with Na+ channels, rats were used to compare locomotor stimulatory and temperature (NAcc, temporal muscle and skin) effects of repeated iv injections of cocaine (1 mg/kg) with those induced by procaine (PRO 5 mg/kg), a short-acting local anesthetic with negligible effect on the DA transporter, and cocaine-methiodide (COC-MET 1.31 mg/kg), a quaternary cocaine derivative that is unable to cross the blood-brain barrier. While PRO, unlike cocaine, did not induce locomotor activation, it mimicked cocaine in its ability to increase brain temperature following the initial injection and to induce biphasic, down-up fluctuations following repeated injections. This similarity suggests that both these effects of cocaine may be driven by its action on Na+ channels, a common action of both drugs. While COC-MET also did not affect locomotor activity, it shared with cocaine and PRO their ability to increase brain temperature but failed to induce temperature decreases after repeated injections. These findings point toward activation of peripheral Na+ channels as the primary mechanism of rapid excitatory effects of cocaine and inhibition of centrally-located Na+ channels as a the primary mechanism for transient inhibitory effects of cocaine. DA receptor blockade (SCH23390 + eticlopride) fully eliminated locomotor stimulatory and temperature-increasing effects of cocaine, but its temperature-decreasing effects remained intact. Surprisingly, DA receptor blockade also altered the temperature fluctuations caused by PRO and COC-MET, suggesting that some of the

  14. GABAA and glutamate receptor involvement in dendrodendritic synaptic interactions from salamander olfactory bulb.


    Wellis, D P; Kauer, J S


    1. Whole-cell patch clamp and optical recording techniques were applied to the same in vitro salamander olfactory bulb preparations to study the postsynaptic responses of single mitral/tufted cells in the context of the surrounding neural activity in which they are embedded. Mitral/tufted cells were identified by intracellular filling with biocytin. 2. Single mitral/tufted cells were under a tonic GABAA receptor-mediated inhibitory influence as revealed by the recording of bicuculline methiodide (BMI)/picrotoxin-sensitive inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs) in symmetrical chloride conditions at a holding potential of -70 mV. Depolarizing voltage steps (100 ms) applied to single cells or electrical stimulation of the olfactory nerve or medial olfactory tract evoked a prolonged increase in the frequency of GABAergic IPSCs. 3. The frequency of spontaneous and driven IPSCs was reduced with application of the glutamate receptor antagonists 6-cyano-2,3-dihydroxy-7-nitro-quionoxaline (CNQX) or 2-amino-5-phosphonopentanoic acid (AP5) whereas olfactory nerve- or medial olfactory tract-driven IPSC frequency was enhanced with removal of bathing Mg2+, indicating that GABAergic interneurones were driven by mitral/tufted cells at both non-NMDA and NMDA receptors. 4. Olfactory nerve or medial olfactory tract stimulation evoked widely distributed changes in fluorescence in preparations stained with the voltage-sensitive dye RH414. The optical response predominantly consisted of a decrease in fluorescence, indicative of depolarization. The presence of the dye did not obviously affect mitral/tufted cell postsynaptic responses. 5. BMI enhanced the amplitude and duration of optical signals related to depolarization within the bulb and in regions central to the bulb. In the presence of BMI, depolarizing activity appeared to spread hundreds of micrometres into regions of the bulb not activated in control conditions showing explicitly that GABAA receptors in the bulb participate in

  15. Adoptive transfer of M2 macrophages reduces neuropathic pain via opioid peptides.


    Pannell, Maria; Labuz, Dominika; Celik, Melih Ö; Keye, Jacqueline; Batra, Arvind; Siegmund, Britta; Machelska, Halina


    During the inflammation which occurs following nerve damage, macrophages are recruited to the site of injury. Phenotypic diversity is a hallmark of the macrophage lineage and includes pro-inflammatory M1 and anti-inflammatory M2 populations. Our aim in this study was to investigate the ability of polarized M0, M1, and M2 macrophages to secrete opioid peptides and to examine their relative contribution to the modulation of neuropathic pain. Mouse bone marrow-derived cells were cultured as unstimulated M0 macrophages or were stimulated into an M1 phenotype using lipopolysaccharide and interferon-γ or into an M2 phenotype using interleukin-4. The macrophage phenotypes were verified using flow cytometry for surface marker analysis and cytokine bead array for cytokine profile assessment. Opioid peptide levels were measured by radioimmunoassay and enzyme immunoassay. As a model of neuropathic pain, a chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve was employed. Polarized M0, M1, and M2 macrophages (5 × 10(5) cells) were injected perineurally twice, on days 14 and 15 following CCI or sham surgery. Mechanical and heat sensitivity were measured using the von Frey and Hargreaves tests, respectively. To track the injected macrophages, we also transferred fluorescently stained polarized cells and analyzed the surface marker profile of endogenous and injected cells in the nerves ex vivo. Compared to M0 and M1 cells, M2 macrophages contained and released higher amounts of opioid peptides, including Met-enkephalin, dynorphin A (1-17), and β-endorphin. M2 cells transferred perineurally at the nerve injury site reduced mechanical, but not heat hypersensitivity following the second injection. The analgesic effect was reversed by the perineurally applied opioid receptor antagonist naloxone methiodide. M2 cells did not affect sensitivity following sham surgery. Neither M0 nor M1 cells altered mechanical and heat sensitivity in CCI or sham-operated animals. Tracing the

  16. Depolarizing Effects of Daikenchuto on Interstitial Cells of Cajal from Mouse Small Intestine

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    Kim, Hyungwoo; Kim, Hyun Jung; Yang, Dongki; Jung, Myeong Ho; Kim, Byung Joo


    Background: Daikenchuto (DKT; TJ-100, TU-100), a traditional herbal medicineis used in modern medicine to treat gastrointestinal (GI) functional disorders. Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) are the pacemaker cells of the GI tract and play important roles in the regulation of GI motility. Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of DKT on the pacemaker potentials (PPs) of cultured ICCs from murine small intestine. Materials and Methods: Enzymatic digestions were used to dissociate ICCs from mouse small intestine tissues. All experiments on ICCs were performed after 12 h of culture. The whole-cell patch-clamp configuration was used to record ICC PPs (current clamp mode). All experiments were performed at 30-32°C. Results: In current-clamp modeDKT depolarized and concentration-dependently decreased the amplitudes of PPs. Y25130 (a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist) or SB269970 (a 5-HT7 receptor antagonist) did not block DKT-induced PP depolarization, but RS39604 (a 5-HT4 receptor antagonist) did. Methoctramine (a muscarinic M2 receptor antagonist) failed to block DKT-induced PP depolarization, but pretreating 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide (a muscarinic M3 receptor antagonist) facilitated blockade of DKT-induced PP depolarization. Pretreatment with an external Ca2+-free solution or thapsigargin abolished PPsand under these conditions, DKT did not induce PP depolarization. Furthermore Ginseng radix and Zingiberis rhizomes depolarized PPs, whereas Zanthoxyli fructus fruit (the third component of DKT) hyperpolarized PPs. Conclusion: These results suggest that DKT depolarizes ICC PPs in an internal or external Ca2+-dependent manner by stimulating 5-HT4 and M3 receptors. Furthermore, the authors suspect that the component in DKT largely responsible for depolarization is probably also a component of Ginseng radix and Zingiberis rhizomes. SUMMARY Daikenchuto (DKT) depolarized and concentration-dependently decreased the amplitudes of

  17. Mechanisms underlying activation of transient BK current in rabbit urethral smooth muscle cells and its modulation by IP3-generating agonists.


    Kyle, Barry D; Bradley, Eamonn; Large, Roddy; Sergeant, Gerard P; McHale, Noel G; Thornbury, Keith D; Hollywood, Mark A


    We used the perforated patch-clamp technique at 37°C to investigate the mechanisms underlying the activation of a transient large-conductance K(+) (tBK) current in rabbit urethral smooth muscle cells. The tBK current required an elevation of intracellular Ca(2+), resulting from ryanodine receptor (RyR) activation via Ca(2+)-induced Ca(2+) release, triggered by Ca(2+) influx through L-type Ca(2+) (CaV) channels. Carbachol inhibited tBK current by reducing Ca(2+) influx and Ca(2+) release and altered the shape of spike complexes recorded under current-clamp conditions. The tBK currents were blocked by iberiotoxin and penitrem A (300 and 100 nM, respectively) and were also inhibited when external Ca(2+) was removed or the CaV channel inhibitors nifedipine (10 μM) and Cd(2+) (100 μM) were applied. The tBK current was inhibited by caffeine (10 mM), ryanodine (30 μM), and tetracaine (100 μM), suggesting that RyR-mediated Ca(2+) release contributed to the activation of the tBK current. When IP3 receptors (IP3Rs) were blocked with 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2-APB, 100 μM), the amplitude of the tBK current was not reduced. However, when Ca(2+) release via IP3Rs was evoked with phenylephrine (1 μM) or carbachol (1 μM), the tBK current was inhibited. The effect of carbachol was abolished when IP3Rs were blocked with 2-APB or by inhibition of muscarinic receptors with the M3 receptor antagonist 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide (1 μM). Under current-clamp conditions, bursts of action potentials could be evoked with depolarizing current injection. Carbachol reduced the number and amplitude of spikes in each burst, and these effects were reduced in the presence of 2-APB. In the presence of ryanodine, the number and amplitude of spikes were also reduced, and carbachol was without further effect. These data suggest that IP3-generating agonists can modulate the electrical activity of rabbit urethral smooth muscle cells and may contribute to the effects of

  18. Down-regulation of muscarinic receptors and the m3 subtype in white-footed mice by dietary exposure to parathion

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    Jett, D.A.; Hill, E.F.; Fernando, J.C.; Eldefrawi, M.E.; Eldefrawi, A.T.


    The effect of ad libitum dietary exposure (as occurs in the field) to parathion for 14 d was investigated on the muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (mAChR) in brains and submaxillary glands of adults of a field species, the white-footed mouse Peromyscus leucopus. Immunoprecipitation using subtype selective antibodies revealed that the relative ratios of the m1-m5 mAChR subtypes in Peromyscus brain were similar to those in rat brain. There was little variability in acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity in control mice brains but large variability in 39 exposed mice, resulting from differences in food ingestion and parathion metabolism. Accordingly, data on radioligand binding to mAChRs in each mouse brain were correlated with brain AChE activity in the same mouse, and AChE inhibition served as a biomarker of exposure reflecting in situ paraoxon concentrations. Exposure to parathion for 14 d reduced maximal binding (Bmax) of [3H]quinuclidinyl benzilate ([3H]QNB), [3H]-N-methylscopolamine ([3H]NMS), and [3H]-4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide ([3H]-4-DAMP) by up to approximately 58% without affecting receptor affinities for these ligands. Maximal reduction in Bmax of [3H]QNB and [3H]-4-DAMP binding occurred in mice with highest AChE inhibition, while equivalent maximal reduction in Bmax of [3H]NMS occurred in mice with only approximately 10% AChE inhibition, without further change at higher parathion doses. This is believed to be due to the hydrophilicity of [3H]NMS, which limits its accessibility to internalized desensitized receptors. In submaxillary glands (mAChRs are predominantly m3 subtype), there were significant dose-dependent reductions in [3H]QNB binding and m3 mRNA levels in exposed mice, revealed by Northern blot analyses. The reduction in m3 receptors is suggested to result mostly from reduced synthesis at the transcription level, rather than from translational or posttranslational events. The data suggest that down-regulation of mAChRs occurs

  19. Mechanisms underlying activation of transient BK current in rabbit urethral smooth muscle cells and its modulation by IP3-generating agonists

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    Kyle, Barry D.; Bradley, Eamonn; Large, Roddy; Sergeant, Gerard P.; McHale, Noel G.; Thornbury, Keith D.


    We used the perforated patch-clamp technique at 37°C to investigate the mechanisms underlying the activation of a transient large-conductance K+ (tBK) current in rabbit urethral smooth muscle cells. The tBK current required an elevation of intracellular Ca2+, resulting from ryanodine receptor (RyR) activation via Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release, triggered by Ca2+ influx through L-type Ca2+ (CaV) channels. Carbachol inhibited tBK current by reducing Ca2+ influx and Ca2+ release and altered the shape of spike complexes recorded under current-clamp conditions. The tBK currents were blocked by iberiotoxin and penitrem A (300 and 100 nM, respectively) and were also inhibited when external Ca2+ was removed or the CaV channel inhibitors nifedipine (10 μM) and Cd2+ (100 μM) were applied. The tBK current was inhibited by caffeine (10 mM), ryanodine (30 μM), and tetracaine (100 μM), suggesting that RyR-mediated Ca2+ release contributed to the activation of the tBK current. When IP3 receptors (IP3Rs) were blocked with 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2-APB, 100 μM), the amplitude of the tBK current was not reduced. However, when Ca2+ release via IP3Rs was evoked with phenylephrine (1 μM) or carbachol (1 μM), the tBK current was inhibited. The effect of carbachol was abolished when IP3Rs were blocked with 2-APB or by inhibition of muscarinic receptors with the M3 receptor antagonist 4-diphenylacetoxy-N-methylpiperidine methiodide (1 μM). Under current-clamp conditions, bursts of action potentials could be evoked with depolarizing current injection. Carbachol reduced the number and amplitude of spikes in each burst, and these effects were reduced in the presence of 2-APB. In the presence of ryanodine, the number and amplitude of spikes were also reduced, and carbachol was without further effect. These data suggest that IP3-generating agonists can modulate the electrical activity of rabbit urethral smooth muscle cells and may contribute to the effects of neurotransmitters on

  20. Removal of GABAergic inhibition alters subthreshold input in neurons in forepaw barrel subfield (FBS) in rat first somatosensory cortex (SI) after digit stimulation.


    Li, Cheng X; Callaway, Joseph C; Waters, Robert S


    Our objective was to test the hypothesis that suppression of GABAergic inhibition results in an enhancement of responses to stimulation of the surround receptive field. Neurons in the forepaw barrel subfield (FBS) in rat first somatosensory cortex (SI) receive short latency suprathreshold input from a principal location on the forepaw and longer latency subthreshold input from surrounding forepaw skin regions. Input from principal and surround receptive field sites was examined before, during, and after administration of the GABA(A) receptor blocker bicuculline methiodide (BMI) (in 165 mM NaCl at pH 3.3-3.5). In vivo extracellular recording was used to first identify the location of the glabrous forepaw digit representation within the FBS. In vivo intracellular recording and labeling techniques were then used to impale single FBS neurons in layer IV as well as neurons in layers III and V, determine the receptive field of the cell, and fill the cell with biocytin for subsequent morphological identification. The intracellular recording electrode was fastened with dental wax to a double-barrel pipette for BMI iontophoresis and current balance. A stimulating probe, placed on the glabrous forepaw skin surface, was used to identify principal and surround components of the receptive field. Once a cell was impaled and a stable recording was obtained, a stimulating probe was placed at a selected site within the surround receptive field. Single-pulse stimulation (1 Hz) was then delivered through the skin probe and the percentage of spikes occurring in 1-min intervals before BMI onset was used as a baseline measure. BMI was then iontophoresed while the periphery was simultaneously stimulated, and spike percentage measured during and after BMI ejection was compared with the pre-BMI baseline. The major findings are: (1) suppression of GABAergic inhibition enhanced evoked responses to firing level from sites in surround receptive fields in 65% of the cells ( n=17); (2) evoked

  1. Opioids in the Hypothalamic Paraventricular Nucleus Stimulate Ethanol Intake

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    Barson, Jessica R.; Carr, Ambrose J.; Soun, Jennifer E.; Sobhani, Nasim C.; Rada, Pedro; Leibowitz, Sarah F.; Hoebel, Bartley G.


    Background Specialized hypothalamic systems that increase food intake might also increase ethanol intake. To test this possibility, morphine and receptor-specific opioid agonists were microinjected in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of rats that had learned to drink ethanol. To cross-validate the results, naloxone methiodide (m-naloxone), an opioid antagonist, was microinjected with the expectation that it would have the opposite effect of morphine and the specific opioid agonists. Methods Sprague-Dawley rats were trained, without sugar, to drink 4% or 7% ethanol and were then implanted with chronic brain cannulas aimed at the PVN. After recovery, those drinking 7% ethanol, with food and water available, were injected with two doses each of morphine or m-naloxone. To test for receptor specificity, two doses each of the μ-receptor agonist [D-Ala2,N-Me-Phe4,Gly5-ol]-Enkephalin (DAMGO), δ-receptor agonist D-Ala-Gly-Phe-Met-NH2 (DALA), or k-receptor agonist U-50,488H were injected. DAMGO was also tested in rats drinking 4% ethanol without food or water available. As an anatomical control for drug reflux, injections were made 2 mm dorsal to the PVN. Results A main result was a significant increase in ethanol intake induced by PVN injection of morphine. The opposite effect was produced by m-naloxone. The effects of morphine and m-naloxone were exclusively on intake of ethanol, even though food and water were freely available. In the analysis with specific receptor agonists, PVN injection of the δ-agonist DALA significantly increased 7% ethanol intake without affecting food or water intake. This is in contrast to the k-agonist U-50,488H, which decreased ethanol intake, and the μ-agonist DAMGO, which had no effect on ethanol intake in the presence or absence of food and water. In the anatomical control location 2 mm dorsal to the PVN, no drug caused any significant changes in ethanol, food, or water intake, providing evidence that the active site was close to the

  2. Serotonergic modulation of neurotransmission in the rat basolateral amygdala.


    Rainnie, D G


    Whole cell patch-clamp recordings were obtained from projection neurons and interneurons of the rat basolateral amygdala (BLA) to understand local network interactions in morphologically identified neurons and their modulation by serotonin. Projection neurons and interneurons were characterized morphologically and electrophysiologically according to their intrinsic membrane properties and synaptic characteristics. Synaptic activity in projection neurons was dominated by spontaneous inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs) that were multiphasic, reached 181 +/- 38 pA in amplitude, lasted 296 +/- 27 mS, and were blocked by the GABAA receptor antagonist, bicuculline methiodide (30 microM). In interneurons, spontaneous synaptic activity was characterized by a burst-firing discharge patterns (200 +/- 40 Hz) that correlated with the occurrence of 6-cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione-sensitive, high-amplitude (260 +/- 42 pA), long-duration (139 +/- 19 mS) inward excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs). The interevent interval of 831 +/- 344 mS for compound inhibitory postsynaptic potentials (IPSPs), and 916 +/- 270 mS for EPSC bursts, suggested that spontaneous IPSP/Cs in projection neurons are driven by burst of action potentials in interneurons. Hence, BLA interneurons may regulate the excitability of projection neurons and thus determine the degree of synchrony within ensembles of BLA neurons. In interneurons 5-hydroxytryptamine oxalate (5-HT) evoked a direct, dose-dependent, membrane depolarization mediated by a 45 +/- 6.9 pA inward current, which had a reversal potential of -90 mV. The effect of 5-HT was mimicked by the 5-HT2 receptor agonist, alpha-methyl-5-hydroxytryptamine (alpha-methyl-5-HT), but not by the 5-HT1A receptor agonist, (+/-) 8-hydroxydipropylaminotetralin hydrobromide (8-OH-DPAT), or the 5-HT1B agonist, CGS 12066A. In projection neurons, 5-HT evoked an indirect membrane hyperpolarization ( approximately 2 mV) that was associated with a 75 +/- 42 p

  3. Electroacupuncture alleviates stress-induced visceral hypersensitivity through an opioid system in rats

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    Zhou, Yuan-Yuan; Wanner, Natalie J; Xiao, Ying; Shi, Xuan-Zheng; Jiang, Xing-Hong; Gu, Jian-Guo; Xu, Guang-Yin


    AIM: To investigate whether stress-induced visceral hypersensitivity could be alleviated by electroacupuncture (EA) and whether EA effect was mediated by endogenous opiates. METHODS: Six to nine week-old male Sprague-Dawley rats were used in this study. Visceral hypersensitivity was induced by a 9-d heterotypic intermittent stress (HIS) protocol composed of 3 randomly stressors, which included cold restraint stress at 4 °C for 45 min, water avoidance stress for 60 min, and forced swimming stress for 20 min, in adult male rats. The extent of visceral hypersensitivity was quantified by electromyography or by abdominal withdrawal reflex (AWR) scores of colorectal distension at different distention pressures (20 mmHg, 40 mmHg, 60 mmHg and 80 mmHg). AWR scores either 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4 were obtained by a blinded observer. EA or sham EA was performed at classical acupoint ST-36 (Zu-San-Li) or BL-43 (Gao-Huang) in both hindlimbs of rats for 30 min. Naloxone (NLX) or NLX methiodide (m-NLX) was administered intraperitoneally to HIS rats in some experiments. RESULTS: HIS rats displayed an increased sensitivity to colorectal distention, which started from 6 h (the first measurement), maintained for 24 h, and AWR scores returned to basal levels at 48 h and 7 d after HIS compared to pre-HIS baseline at different distention pressures. The AWR scores before HIS were 0.6 ± 0.2, 1.3 ± 0.2, 1.9 ± 0.2 and 2.3 ± 0.2 for 20 mmHg, 40 mmHg, 60 mmHg and 80 mmHg distention pressures, respectively. Six hours after termination of the last stressor, the AWR scores were 2.0 ± 0.1, 2.5 ± 0.1, 2.8 ± 0.2 and 3.5 ± 0.2 for 20 mmHg, 40 mmHg, 60 mmHg and 80 mmHg distention pressures, respectively. EA given at classical acupoint ST-36 in both hindlimbs for 30 min significantly attenuated the hypersensitive responses to colorectal distention in HIS rats compared with sham EA treatment [AWRs at 20 mmHg: 2.0 ± 0.2 vs 0.7 ± 0.1, P = 4.23 711 E-4; AWRs at 40 mmHg: 2.6 ± 0.2 vs 1.5 ± 0.2, P