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  1. Chlorpromazine versus reserpine for schizophrenia.

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    Nur, Selin; Adams, Clive E

    2016-04-28

    In the 1940s reserpine, refined from a plant extract that had been used for centuries, began to be used as a treatment for people with mental disorders and was one of the very first antipsychotic drugs. Its irreversible pharmacological potency and adverse effects meant that it has been withdrawn in the UK and its role has been superceded by 'newer' compounds. The effects of reserpine are of historical interest although there are some reports of it still being used in highly specialist situations in psychiatry. Chlorpromazine is also an old drug but it is still used for treatment of people with schizophrenia. To investigate the effects of two old medications (reserpine and chlorpromazine) for people with schizophrenia. Reserpine is now rarely used while chlorpromazine remains on the essential list of drugs of the World Health Organization (WHO). We searched the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group's Study-Based Register of Trials (24 March 2016). We included randomised clinical trials focusing on chlorpromazine versus reserpine for schizophrenia that presented useable data. We extracted data independently. For binary outcomes, we calculated risk ratio (RR) and its 95% confidence interval (CI), on an intention-to-treat basis. We employed a fixed-effect model for analyses. We assessed risk of bias for included studies and created a 'Summary of findings' table using GRADE. The review currently includes nine studies with an average 60 participants per study. All of these studies are now over 60 years old, conducted between 1955 and 1962. When chlorpromazine was compared with reserpine for people with schizophrenia, improvement in global state was better at short term for those receiving chlorpromazine (n = 781, 6 RCTs, RR 'not improved' 0.75 95% CI 0.62 to 0.92, low-quality evidence). Short-term improvement in paranoid distortion was measured using the Multidimensional Scale for Rating Psychiatric Patients (MSRPP). Data showed no clear difference between treatment groups (n

  2. Reserpine

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  3. Reserpine and calcium: interaction at the injection site.

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    Kaplanski, J; Stoof, J C

    1975-10-01

    The subcutaneous administration of calcium prior to reserpine prevented the development of the well-known reserpine effects. Pretreatment with other bivalent cations induced a similar effect. The inhibitory effect of reserpine on the in vitro uptake of labelled catecholamines in brain homogenates was also prevented in rats pretreated with bivalent cations. On the other hand when calcium was injected at a site other than that of reserpine, there was no antagonistic effect. The latter results suggest an interaction between bivalent cations and reserpine at the injection site that prevents the systemic absorption of reserpine.

  4. Behavioral and neurochemical effects induced by reserpine in mice.

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    de Freitas, Catiuscia Molz; Busanello, Alcindo; Schaffer, Larissa Finger; Peroza, Luis Ricardo; Krum, Bárbara Nunes; Leal, Caroline Queiroz; Ceretta, Ana Paula Chiapinotto; da Rocha, João Batista Teixeira; Fachinetto, Roselei

    2016-02-01

    Reserpine, a monoamine-depleting agent, which irreversibly and non-selectively blocks the vesicular monoamine transporter, has been used as an animal model to study several neurological disorders, including tardive dyskinesia and Parkinson's disease. The purpose of this study was to examine if motor deficits induced by reserpine in mice could be related to alterations in the expression of dopaminergic system proteins such as tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) and dopamine transporter (DAT) and in the activity of monoamine oxidase (MAO). Mice received either vehicle or reserpine (0.1, 0.5, or 1 mg/kg, s.c.) for four consecutive days. Two, 20, or 60 days after reserpine withdrawal, behavioral, and neurochemical changes were evaluated. Reserpine at a dose of 0.5 and 1 mg/kg increased vacuous chewing movements (VCMs) and reduced locomotion. Behavioral changes were accompanied by reduction in TH immunoreactivity in the striatum evaluated on days 2 and 20 after the last injection of 1 mg/kg reserpine. Furthermore, negative correlations were found between VCM and MAO-A or MAO-B on day 2 and TH striatal immunoreactivity on day 20 after the last injection of 1 mg/kg reserpine. A positive correlation was observed between VCMs and DAT immunoreactivity in the substantia nigra on day 2 after the last injection of 0.5 mg/kg reserpine. These findings suggest that the pharmacological blockage of vesicular monoamine transporter (VMAT) by reserpine caused neurochemical and behavioral alterations in mice.

  5. Extracellular dopamine and alterations on dopamine transporter are related to reserpine toxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans.

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    Reckziegel, Patrícia; Chen, Pan; Caito, Sam; Gubert, Priscila; Soares, Félix Alexandre Antunes; Fachinetto, Roselei; Aschner, Michael

    2016-03-01

    Reserpine is used as an animal model of parkinsonism. We hypothesized that the involuntary movements induced by reserpine in rodents are induced by dopaminergic toxicity caused by extracellular dopamine accumulation. The present study tested the effects of reserpine on the dopaminergic system in Caenorhabditis elegans. Reserpine was toxic to worms (decreased the survival, food intake, development and changed egg laying and defecation cycles). In addition, reserpine increased the worms' locomotor rate on food and decreased dopamine levels. Morphological evaluations of dopaminergic CEP neurons confirmed neurodegeneration characterized by decreased fluorescence intensity and the number of worms with intact CEP neurons, and increased number of shrunken somas per worm. These effects were unrelated to reserpine's effect on decreased expression of the dopamine transporter, dat-1. Interestingly, the locomotor rate on food and the neurodegenerative parameters fully recovered to basal conditions upon reserpine withdrawal. Furthermore, reserpine decreased survival in vesicular monoamine transporter and dat-1 loss-of-function mutant worms. In addition, worms pre-exposed to dopamine followed by exposure to reserpine had decreased survival. Reserpine activated gst-4, which controls a phase II detoxification enzymes downstream of nuclear factor (erythroid-derived-2)-like 2. Our findings establish that the dopamine transporter, dat-1, plays an important role in reserpine toxicity, likely by increasing extracellular dopamine concentrations.

  6. Effects of methysergide on platelets incubated with reserpine

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    Cumings, J. N.; Hilton, Barbara P.

    1971-01-01

    1. Platelets were incubated with methysergide and related compounds (2-bromo lysergic acid (BOL), ergotamine and methyl ergotamine) together with reserpine. 2. Methysergide inhibited the normal aggregation response of platelets to 5-hydroxytryptamine (5HT) but did not affect the reduction in the 5HT content caused by reserpine, or the uptake of 5HT by the platelets. 3. BOL, ergotamine and methyl ergotamine behaved similarly. Methysergide had greater anti5HT potency than BOL, and methyl ergotamine had greater potency than ergotamine. 4. The use of platelets as a model for synaptic preparations is discussed. 5. The role of 5HT receptor sites on the platelet membrane and the significance of the results for migraine patients treated with methysergide are discussed. PMID:5116036

  7. Reserpine-induced reduction in norepinephrine transporter function requires catecholamine storage vesicles.

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    Mandela, Prashant; Chandley, Michelle; Xu, Yao-Yu; Zhu, Meng-Yang; Ordway, Gregory A

    2010-01-01

    Treatment of rats with reserpine, an inhibitor of the vesicular monoamine transporter (VMAT), depletes norepinephrine (NE) and regulates NE transporter (NET) expression. The present study examined the molecular mechanisms involved in regulation of the NET by reserpine using cultured cells. Exposure of rat PC12 cells to reserpine for a period as short as 5min decreased [(3)H]NE uptake capacity, an effect characterized by a robust decrease in the V(max) of the transport of [(3)H]NE. As expected, reserpine did not displace the binding of [(3)H]nisoxetine from the NET in membrane homogenates. The potency of reserpine for reducing [(3)H]NE uptake was dramatically lower in SK-N-SH cells that have reduced storage capacity for catecholamines. Reserpine had no effect on [(3)H]NE uptake in HEK-293 cells transfected with the rat NET (293-hNET), cells that lack catecholamine storage vesicles. NET regulation by reserpine was independent of trafficking of the NET from the cell surface. Pre-exposure of cells to inhibitors of several intracellular signaling cascades known to regulate the NET, including Ca(2+)/Ca(2+)-calmodulin dependent kinase and protein kinases A, C and G, did not affect the ability of reserpine to reduce [(3)H]NE uptake. Treatment of PC12 cells with the catecholamine depleting agent, alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine, increased [(3)H]NE uptake and eliminated the inhibitory effects of reserpine on [(3)H]NE uptake. Reserpine non-competitively inhibits NET activity through a Ca(2+)-independent process that requires catecholamine storage vesicles, revealing a novel pharmacological method to modify NET function. Further characterization of the molecular nature of reserpine's action could lead to the development of alternative therapeutic strategies for treating disorders known to be benefitted by treatment with traditional competitive NET inhibitors. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Reserpine-induced Reduction in Norepinephrine Transporter Function Requires Catecholamine Storage Vesicles

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    Mandela, Prashant; Chandley, Michelle; Xu, Yao-Yu; Zhu, Meng-Yang; Ordway, Gregory A.

    2010-01-01

    Treatment of rats with reserpine, an inhibitor of the vesicular monoamine transporter (VMAT), depletes norepinephrine (NE) and regulates NE transporter (NET) expression. The present study examined the molecular mechanisms involved in regulation of the NET by reserpine using cultured cells. Exposure of rat PC12 cells to reserpine for a period as short as 5 min decreased [3H]NE uptake capacity, an effect characterized by a robust decrease in the Vmax of the transport of [3H]NE. As expected, reserpine did not displace the binding of [3H]nisoxetine from the NET in membrane homogenates. The potency of reserpine for reducing [3H]NE uptake was dramatically lower in SK-N-SH cells that have reduced storage capacity for catecholamines. Reserpine had no effect on [3H]NE uptake in HEK-293 cells transfected with the rat NET (293-hNET), cells that lack catecholamine storage vesicles. NET regulation by reserpine was independent of trafficking of the NET from the cell surface. Pre-exposure of cells to inhibitors of several intracellular signaling cascades known to regulate the NET, including Ca2+/Ca2+-calmodulin dependent kinase and protein kinases A, C and G, did not affect the ability of reserpine to reduce [3H]NE uptake. Treatment of PC12 cells with the catecholamine depleting agent, α-methyl-p-tyrosine, increased [3H]NE uptake and eliminated the inhibitory effects of reserpine on [3H]NE uptake. Reserpine non-competitively inhibits NET activity through a Ca2+-independent process that requires catecholamine storage vesicles, revealing a novel pharmacological method to modify NET function. Further characterization of the molecular nature of reserpine's action could lead to the development of alternative therapeutic strategies for treating disorders known to be benefitted by treatment with traditional competitive NET inhibitors. PMID:20176067

  9. (-) Epigallocatechin-3-gallate attenuates reserpine-induced orofacial dyskinesia and oxidative stress in rat striatum.

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    Wang, Mao-Hsien; Lin, Rui-Feng; Tseng, Hsiang-Chien; Soung, Hung-Sheng; Chang, Kuo-Chi; Tsai, Cheng-Chia

    2015-04-01

    Reserpine-induced orofacial dyskinesia (OD) has been used for decades as an animal model for human tardive dyskinesia (TD) because both of them have pathophysiology strongly associated with striatal oxidative stress. Green tea catechins, especially (-) epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), have potent antioxidative effects and are able to protect against various oxidative injuries. In this study, we examined the potential protective effects of EGCG on reserpine-induced behavioral and neurochemical dysfunction in rats. Reserpine treatment (1mg/kgs.c. one injection every other day, three injections total) induced significant increases (p<0.001) in the frequency of vacuous chewing movement (VCM) and tongue protrusion (TP) as well as the duration of facial twitching (FT). EGCG treatment (100mg/kgi.p. for 11days, starting 7days before the reserpine injections) was able to prevent most of the reserpine-induced OD. Also, EGCG treatment was able to reduce the reserpine-induced lipid peroxidation (LPO) production, and enhances the antioxidation power in the striatum of reserpine-treated rats. The above results indicate that EGCG has a protective role against reserpine-induced OD, probably via its powerful antioxidative properties. Thus, EGCG may possible have a clinically relevant therapeutic effect in preventing, delaying or even treating TD. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  10. Muscarinic antagonists microinjected into the subthalamic nucleus decrease muscular rigidity in reserpinized rats.

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    Hernández-López, S; Flores, G; Rosales, M G; Sierra, A; Martínez-Fong, D; Aceves, J

    1996-08-09

    The ability of anticholinergic agents microinjected into the subthalamic nucleus to reduce reserpine-induced muscular rigidity was assessed in rats. The electromyographical activity of the gastrocnemius-soleus muscle was used as a parameter of muscular rigidity. Reserpine (5 mg/kg i.p.) produced the appearance of electromyographical activity. The muscarinic antagonists M3 (1.27 nmol of 4-DAMP) and M1 (2.36 nmol of pirenzepine) markedly reduced the reserpine-induced electromyographical activity, whereas the M2 antagonist AFDX-116 (2.37 nmol) had no effect. These results suggest that a high cholinergic tone in the subthalamic nucleus is associated with the reserpine-induced muscular rigidity. Moreover, the M3 muscarinic antagonist is more effective than the M1 muscarinic antagonist in reducing the muscular rigidity in reserpinized rats, a model of Parkinson's disease, by blocking the high cholinergic tone in the subthalamic nucleus.

  11. Effect of reserpine on salivary gland radioiodine uptake in thyroid cancer

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    Levy, H.A.; Park, C.H.

    1987-04-01

    Nine patients with thyroid cancer were treated with reserpine in an attempt to reduce radiation exposure to the salivary glands from 100-150 mCi doses of I-131 therapy to thyroid remnants or metastases. Three control patients were not treated with reserpine but did receive 100-150 mCi of I-131. Parotid/background ratios of activity after radioablative doses of I-131 in patients not treated with reserpine were significantly higher than the patients treated with reserpine, and this was also true seven days after the radioablative dose. Combined therapy with reserpine, chewing gum, lemon candies, and hydration is suggested for the prevention of sialadenitis and xerostomia due to large doses of radioiodine.

  12. The metabolism of histamine in rat hypothalamus and cortex after reserpine treatment.

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    Maldonado, Martin; Maeyama, Kazutaka

    2015-01-01

    The effect of reserpine on histamine (HA) and tele-methylhistamine (N(τ)-MHA) in hypothalamus and cortex of rats was analyzed and compared to catecholamines. IP injection of reserpine (5 mg/kg) confirmed the effectiveness of reserpine treatment on noradrenaline and dopamine levels. Our in-vitro experiment with synaptosomal/crude mitochondrial fraction from hypothalamus and cortex confirmed that while mono amine oxidase (MAO) is an efficient metabolic enzyme for catecholamines, HA is not significantly affected by its enzymatic action. HMT activity after reserpine, pargyline and L-histidine treatment showed no differences compared to the control values. However HDC was significantly increased in both hypothalamus and cortex. In this study, Ws/Ws rats with deficiency of mast cells were used to clarify aspects of HA metabolism in HAergic neurons by eliminating the contribution of mast cells. The irreversible MAO-B inhibitor Pargyline (65 mg/kg) failed to accumulate N(τ)-MHA in the hypothalamus. However, when animals treated with reserpine and pargyline/reserpine were compared, the last group showed higher N(τ)-MHA values (p < 0.01). Moreover, the precursor of HA, L-histidine (1 g/kg), produced an increase of HA in the hypothalamus to 166% and the cortex to 348%. In conclusion, our results suggest that the effect of reserpine on the HA pools in the brain might be different. The neuronal HA pools are more resistant to reserpine as compared to those of catecholamine. Moreover, the HAergic pool appears to be more resistant to depletion than mast cells' pool, and thus HDC/HMT activity and its localization may play a key role in the understanding of HA metabolism in brain after reserpine treatment. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Effects of cerulein and epidermal growth factor on pancreatic growth in the reserpinized rat model.

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    Bérubé, F L; Benrezzak, O; Vanier, M; Morisset, J

    1993-07-01

    This study was undertaken to determine the effect of reserpine on rat pancreatic growth, to evaluate if reserpine-caused alterations can be prevented by epidermal growth factor (EGF) and/or cerulein treatment, to evaluate the time course of rat pancreas recovery after reserpine, and to determine if EGF and/or cerulein treatment can accelerate such a recovery. In the first experiment, three groups of male Sprague-Dawley rats (250-265 g) were used. Ad libitum-fed control animals received the reserpine vehicle, and one experimental group received reserpine (1 mg kg-1 day-1 for 7 days) while the other, pair-fed group received the reserpine vehicle with a reduced amount of food to result in malnourishment. Rats from each of these three groups were also assigned to one of four treatments consisting of saline, EGF (10 micrograms kg-1), cerulein (1 microgram kg-1), or a combination (same doses) twice a day for 7 days. In the morning of the 8th day, after an overnight fat, rats were killed. In the second experiment, rats were selected and treated with reserpine or the vehicle as described in experiment 1; after the 7-day treatment, a first cohort of animals was allowed a 30-day recovery period. Three other groups (an ad libitum-fed control, a pair-fed, and a reserpine group) were allowed a 6-day recovery period during which they were treated subcutaneously, twice a day, with either saline, EGF (10 micrograms kg-1), cerulein (1 microgram kg-1), or a combination (same doses). On the morning of the 31st or 7th day, after an overnight fat, rats were killed. After death, all pancreata were examined for weight and protein, amylase, chymotrypsinogen, RNA, and DNA content. In the ad libitum-fed control group, EGF caused pancreatic hypertrophy, whereas cerulein was associated with hypertrophy and hyperplasia. In the pair-fed malnourished group, the EGF effect was limited to slight increases in pancreatic weight and cell mass whereas cerulein caused hypertrophy; EGF plus cerulein

  14. Increased tyrosine hydroxylase activity in central adrenaline neurons after reserpine treatment.

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    Chamba, G; Renaud, B

    1983-09-02

    By using preferential microdissection of the adrenaline (A) and noradrenaline (NA) neurons within the A2-C2 region of the rat medulla oblongata, it was possible to study the biochemical response of these two neuronal populations to reserpine administration. Three days after reserpine injections (10 mg/kg s.c., per day for 3 days), tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) activity was increased in the adrenergic C2 region whilst no change was observed in the noradrenergic A2 region. The response of the A neurons to reserpine was of lesser magnitude than the increase in TH activity observed under the same conditions in the NA neurons of the locus coeruleus and of the A5 region, and was likely to have originated in the A cell bodies. In contrast with previous studies, this work suggests that the A-containing neurons are responsive to reserpine administration, despite the lack of change in phenylethanolamine-N-methyltransferase activity.

  15. Comparative responses of the central adrenaline- and noradrenaline-containing neurons after reserpine injections.

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    Lambás-Seńas, L; Chamba, G; Fety, R; Renaud, B

    1986-07-01

    The responses of the noradrenaline (NA)- and adrenaline (A)-containing neurons to a reserpine treatment have been studied in the rat brain by using biochemical indices of the neuronal activity. Three days after multiple reserpine injections, tyrosine hydroxylase activity was significantly increased in the locus coeruleus (LC), A1-C1 and C2 regions. No change in this activity was observed in the A2 region. Furthermore, the NA and A endogenous levels were markedly reduced both in NA and A cell bodies and/or terminals, suggesting a reserpine action on NA and A neurons. The NA turnover was unchanged in all the regions analyzed. Conversely, the A turnover was reduced in the LC, A2 and C2 regions and in the nucleus periventricularis of the hypothalamus. This result suggests a different degree of sensitivity and/or response of the NA and A neurons following reserpine administration.

  16. Reserpine has a direct action as a calcium antagonist on mammalian smooth muscle cells.

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    Casteels, R; Login, I S

    1983-01-01

    The effects of reserpine on excitation-contraction coupling and 45Ca exchange of smooth muscle cells of the rabbit ear artery and the guinea-pig taenia coli have been studied. Reserpine inhibited the spontaneous mechanical activity of the taenia coli and the force development induced by 59 mM-external K or 10(-5) M-carbachol. In the ear artery reserpine blocked the K-induced contraction but its effect on the contraction elicited by noradrenaline was smaller. At 0.2 mM-Ca, the inhibition of the tonic component of the noradrenaline-induced contraction was more pronounced than that of the phasic component. This reserpine action was fully reversible for the noradrenaline stimulus in the ear artery but less so for K-induced contractions. The inhibitory action on contractions induced in taenia coli by K-rich solution and by carbachol was even less reversible. The analysis of the effect of reserpine on the 45Ca exchange in the ear artery has revealed that it inhibits the increase of the fractional loss induced by K depolarization, but that it does not exert a significant effect on the increased fractional loss induced by 10(-5) M-noradrenaline. Reserpine slows down the filling with 45Ca of the agonist-sensitive store without affecting the steady-state amount of Ca taken up by the store. A study of the degree of filling of the store by measuring the force development and the 45Ca release elicited by noradrenaline in Ca-free medium, reveals that the force development after loading in a reserpine-containing medium remains less than the control, although the same amount of Ca is released from the store. It was shown by using tetrabenazine that the inhibitory action of reserpine on the Ca exchange and the force development is not due to an interaction of reserpine with the receptor molecules that are responsible for its depleting action on aminergic granules. These results strongly suggest that reserpine exerts a Ca antagonistic action on smooth muscle whereby it blocks the

  17. Cannabidiol Prevents Motor and Cognitive Impairments Induced by Reserpine in Rats

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    Peres, Fernanda F.; Levin, Raquel; Suiama, Mayra A.; Diana, Mariana C.; Gouvêa, Douglas A.; Almeida, Valéria; Santos, Camila M.; Lungato, Lisandro; Zuardi, Antônio W.; Hallak, Jaime E. C.; Crippa, José A.; Vânia, D’Almeida; Silva, Regina H.; Abílio, Vanessa C.

    2016-01-01

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychotomimetic compound from Cannabis sativa that presents antipsychotic, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects. In Parkinson’s disease patients, CBD is able to attenuate the psychotic symptoms induced by L-DOPA and to improve quality of life. Repeated administration of reserpine in rodents induces motor impairments that are accompanied by cognitive deficits, and has been applied to model both tardive dyskinesia and Parkinson’s disease. The present study investigated whether CBD administration would attenuate reserpine-induced motor and cognitive impairments in rats. Male Wistar rats received four injections of CBD (0.5 or 5 mg/kg) or vehicle (days 2–5). On days 3 and 5, animals received also one injection of 1 mg/kg reserpine or vehicle. Locomotor activity, vacuous chewing movements, and catalepsy were assessed from day 1 to day 7. On days 8 and 9, we evaluated animals’ performance on the plus-maze discriminative avoidance task, for learning/memory assessment. CBD (0.5 and 5 mg/kg) attenuated the increase in catalepsy behavior and in oral movements – but not the decrease in locomotion – induced by reserpine. CBD (0.5 mg/kg) also ameliorated the reserpine-induced memory deficit in the discriminative avoidance task. Our data show that CBD is able to attenuate motor and cognitive impairments induced by reserpine, suggesting the use of this compound in the pharmacotherapy of Parkinson’s disease and tardive dyskinesia. PMID:27733830

  18. Valeriana officinalis ameliorates vacuous chewing movements induced by reserpine in rats.

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    Pereira, Romaiana Picada; Fachinetto, Roselei; de Souza Prestes, Alessandro; Wagner, Caroline; Sudati, Jéssie Haigert; Boligon, Aline Augusti; Athayde, Margareth Linde; Morsch, Vera Maria; Rocha, João Batista Teixeira

    2011-11-01

    Oral movements are associated with important neuropathologies as Parkinson's disease and tardive dyskinesia. However, until this time, there has been no known efficacious treatment, without side effects, for these disorders. Thus, the aim of the present study was to investigate the possible preventive effects of V. officinalis, a phytotherapic that has GABAergic and antioxidant properties, in vacuous chewing movements (VCMs) induced by reserpine in rats. Adult male rats were treated with reserpine (1 mg/kg, s.c.) and/or with V. officinalis (in the drinking water, starting 15 days before the administration of the reserpine). VCMs, locomotor activity and oxidative stress measurements were evaluated. Furthermore, we carried out the identification of valeric acid and gallic acid by HPLC in the V. officinalis tincture. Our findings demonstrated that reserpine caused a marked increase on VCMs and the co-treatment with V. officinalis was able to reduce the intensity of VCM. Reserpine did not induce oxidative stress in cerebral structures (cortex, hippocampus, striatum and substantia nigra). However, a significant positive correlation between DCF-oxidation (an estimation of oxidative stress) in the cortex and VCMs (p < 0.05) was observed. Moreover, a negative correlation between Na(+)K(+)-ATPase activity in substantia nigra and the number of VCMs was observed (p < 0.05). In conclusion, V. officinalis had behavioral protective effect against reserpine-induced VCMs in rats; however, the exact mechanisms that contributed to this effect have not been completely understood.

  19. (-)Epigallocatechin-3-gallate prevents the reserpine-induced impairment of short-term social memory in rats.

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    Tseng, Hsiang-Chien; Wang, Mao-Hsien; Soung, Hung-Sheng; Chang, Yi; Chang, Kuo-Chi

    2015-12-01

    Reserpine has been confirmed to induce cognitive dysfunction and increase brain neural oxidative stress. Green tea catechins, particularly (-)epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), have strong antioxidative properties and can protect against numerous oxidative damages. In this study, we examined the possible protective effects of EGCG on reserpine-induced impairment of short-term memory in rats. Reserpine (1 mg/kg, intraperitoneal)-induced memory impairment was assessed using the social recognition task method; locomotor activity and the olfactory discrimination ability were not altered as measured by an open-field test and an olfactory discrimination test, respectively. EGCG treatment (100 and 300 mg/kg, intraperitoneal, for 7 days, starting 6 days before the reserpine injection) could improve the worsened social memory of reserpine-treated rats. Also, EGCG treatment reduced reserpine-induced lipid peroxidation and enhanced the antioxidation power in the hippocampi of reserpine-treated rats. These results suggest a protective effect of EGCG in treating reserpine-induced impairment of memory, most probably through its powerful antioxidative activities. Accordingly, EGCG may hold a clinically relevant value in preventing reserpine-induced cognitive dysfunction.

  20. Influence of auxins combinations on accumulation of reserpine in the callus of Rauvolfia tetraphylla L.

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    Anitha, S; Kumari, B D Ranjitha

    2007-11-01

    Reserpine is a monoterpene indole alkaloid used to treat hypertension because of its hypotensive property and psychiatric disorders because of its tranquilizing effect. Protocol has been standardized to enhance the synthesis of reserpine in leaf derived calli of Rauvolfia tetraphylla L. by adjusting the auxins combinations in the medium consisting of MS nutrient salts and B5 vitamins. Auxins such as naphthalene acetic acid (NAA), indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and indole-3-butyric acid (IBA) were used in 1-5 microM concentration along with 9 microM concentration of 2,4 dichlorophenoxy acetic acid (2,4-D), which was found suitable for callus induction. The combination of (2,4-D) with NAA had been proved to accumulate maximum amount of reserpine followed by 2,4-D with IBA. The IAA with 2,4-D combination yielded very less amount of reserpine than the other combinations and 9 microM 2,4-D alone. The results suggest that there may be synergetic effect of NAA with 2,4-D and IBA with 2,4-D for increase in the biomass and reserpine accumulation and antagonistic effect of IAA with 2,4-D for the above said factors in the callus.

  1. Ultrastructural alterations of the egg chambers of Galleria mellonella L. (Lepidoptera) developing after reserpine administration.

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    Głowacka, S K; Przełecka, A

    1985-01-01

    In the egg chambers of the wax moth Galleria mellonella L., developing after application of reserpine, a multilayered epithelium was observed through all the developmental stages. This epithelium consisted of "light" cells loaded with intracellular organelles. No "dark" cells, characteristic of the control material, were observed. All cells of the egg chambers of reserpine-treated insects were characterized mostly by an abundance of microtubules, strong vacuolation of cytoplasm, and dilation of intercellular and perinuclear spaces. Moreover, changes, such as malformation of nuclei and nucleoli, appearance of large glycogen deposits, occurrence of widened cisternae and canaliculi of rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER) connected with lipid droplets, and appearance of nonhomogeneous protein yolk spheres, were noted in the oocyte. The observed disturbances in the ultrastructure of the developing ovary are discussed in the aspect of a direct action of reserpine through the insect neurohormonal system, and of a possible indirect one by an impairment of calcium homeostasis.

  2. Behavioral and neurochemical effects of chronic administration of reserpine and SKF-38393 in rats

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    Neisewander, J.L.; Lucki, I.; McGonigle, P. )

    1991-05-01

    Alterations in the density of dopamine receptor subtypes and behaviors mediated by the D1-selective agonist SKF-38393 were examined in rats treated chronically with reserpine, SKF-38393 or the combination of these drugs. Animals received either vehicle or reserpine (1 mg/kg s.c.) on days 1 to 28 and, in addition, half of each of these groups were treated with vehicle and half were treated with SKF-38393 (5-10 mg/kg s.c.) on days 15 to 29. Quantitative autoradiographic measurement of D1 receptors labeled with ({sup 3}H)SCH-23390 and D2 receptors labeled with ({sup 3}H)spiroperidol revealed that chronic administration of reserpine increased the density of both receptor subtypes in the nucleus accumbens and caudate-putamen, but not in the substantia nigra. Chronic administration of SKF-38393 alone did not alter D1 receptor density in any of these regions. However, chronic administration of the agonist in reserpinized animals decreased D1 receptor density in the nucleus accumbens, but not in the caudate-putamen or substantia nigra, demonstrating that this partial agonist can selectively down-regulate D1 receptors when endogenous dopaminergic tone is removed. The chronic drug treatments also altered behavioral responses. Chronic administration of SKF-38393 alone produced sensitization of the oral dyskinesia response elicited by a challenge injection of the agonist, but no significant change in the grooming response. Acute administration of SKF-38393 in rats treated with reserpine for 14 days produced stereotypy which was not altered after chronic administration of the agonist. Surprisingly, chronic administration of reserpine alone produced a spontaneous oral dyskinesia, which was blocked dose-dependently by the D2-selective antagonist spiroperidol. These findings are discussed in terms of their relevance to Parkinson's disease and tardive dyskinesia.

  3. Effects of reserpine on reproduction and serotonin immunoreactivity in the stable fly Stomoxys calcitrans (L.) ✩

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    Liu, Samuel S.; Li, Andrew Y.; Witt, Colleen M.; Pérez de León, Adalberto A.

    2014-01-01

    Biogenic amines are known to play critical roles in key insect behaviors such as feeding and reproduction. This study documents the effects of reserpine on mating and egg-laying behaviors of the stable fly, Stomoxys calcitrans (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae), which is one of the most significant biting fly pests affecting cattle. Two sperm staining techniques were adapted successfully to reveal the morphology of stable fly sperm, for the first time, and determine successful mating in females through the assessment of sperm transfer. This approach was also applied to assess sperm transfer by males treated with different doses of reserpine. Mating or sperm transfer did not occur in flies during the first 3 days after emergence. Thereafter, the percentage of females that mated increased with age. Reserpine treatment of males reduced sperm transfer in a dose-dependent manner. Older males were more sensitive to reserpine treatment than younger flies. Reserpine treatment of 5 days old females reduced the number of eggs laid, but had no effect on egg-hatching rates. Results of immunoreactivity (IR) experiments indicated that serotonin in the neuronal processes innervating male testes was completely depleted by reserpine within 5 h after treatment. This effect was transient as the serotonin immunoreactive signal was recovered in 33.3% of the males at 1 day post-treatment and in 94.4% of the flies at 3 days post-treatment. The results of this study concur with previous findings in other insect species and extend our knowledge of the critical roles biogenic amines play in mating and oviposition behaviors of the stable fly. The work could provide a foundation to further characterize the specific roles of individual biogenic amines and their receptors in stable fly reproduction. PMID:23321479

  4. A study on the aetiology of reserpine ulceration and the antiulcer action of solcoseryl in rat stomach.

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    Cho, C H; Ogle, C W; Dai, S

    1985-11-01

    The aetiology of reserpine-induced gastric ulcer formation and the antiulcer effects of solcoseryl were studied in rats. Intraperitoneal injection of reserpine produced severe ulceration, as well as mast cell and histamine depletion, in the gastric glandular mucosa. Mepyramine and cimetidine markedly antagonized the gastric lesions, but did not influence the reduced mast cell count; atropine pretreatment significantly inhibited both parameters. Intramuscular injection of solcoseryl lessened ulcer severity and prevented the decreased mast cell counts and histamine levels in reserpine-treated rats. However, the same dose of solcoseryl injected intraperitoneally was ineffective. Solcoseryl, irrespective of the route of administration, did not influence the gastric secretory activities of reserpine. It is concluded that reserpine ulceration is both cholinergic- and histamine-mediated, and that the antiulcer effects of solcoseryl appear to be due to prevention of histamine depletion in the gastric mucosa.

  5. Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Reserpine Adsorption onto Strong Acidic Cationic Exchange Fiber

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    Guo, Zhanjing; Liu, Xiongmin; Huang, Hongmiao

    2015-01-01

    The kinetics and thermodynamics of the adsorption process of reserpine adsorbed onto the strong acidic cationic exchange fiber (SACEF) were studied by batch adsorption experiments. The adsorption capacity strongly depended on pH values, and the optimum reserpine adsorption onto the SACEF occurred at pH = 5 of reserpine solution. With the increase of temperature and initial concentration, the adsorption capacity increased. The equilibrium was attained within 20 mins. The adsorption process could be better described by the pseudo-second-order model and the Freundlich isotherm model. The calculated activation energy Ea was 4.35 kJ/mol. And the thermodynamic parameters were: 4.97<ΔH<7.44 kJ/mol, -15.29<ΔG<-11.87 kJ/mol and 41.97<ΔS<47.35 J/mol·K. The thermodynamic parameters demonstrated that the adsorption was an endothermic, spontaneous and feasible process of physisorption within the temperature range between 283 K and 323 K and the initial concentration range between 100 mg/L and 300 mg/L. All the results showed that the SACEF had a good adsorption performance for the adsorption of reserpine from alcoholic solution. PMID:26422265

  6. Effect of low dose intra-arterial reserpine on vascular wall norepinephrine content.

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    Porter, J M; Reiney, C G

    1975-01-01

    A number of reports in recent years have indicated that the administration of low dose intra-arterial reserpine has resulted in significant clinical improvement in patients with symptomatic vasospasm, with the benefits presumably resulting from regional vascular wall norepinephrine depletion with resultant vasodilatation. However, to date, there has been no evidence that such low dose reserpine actually alters vascular wall norepinephrine content. This study was performed to determine both regional and systemic effects of low dose intra-arterial reserpine on vascular-wall norepinephrine content, and the duration of any alterations. Twenty-four mongrel dogs had vascular segments excised and assayed for norepinephrine content, before and for up to 4 weeks following a single injection of reserpine, 0.01 mgm/kg, into one femoral artery. The results indicate a pronounced norepinephrine depletion in the injected femoral arterial system, with the reduction persisting for 2-4 weeks, at which time complete norepinephrine recovery occurred. The visceral vessels sampled also showed considerable norepinephrine depletion, indicating systemic spill-over of the drug from the injected peripheral arterial tree. The visceral vessels, however, showed maximal depletion at 24 hours, with recovery by 7 days. Images Fig. 1a. Fig. 1b. Fig. 1c. PMID:1147709

  7. Effects of Reserpine on Reproduction and Serotonin Immunoreactivity in the Stable Fly Stomoxys Calcitrans (L.)

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    Biogenic amines are known to play critical roles in key insect behaviors such as feeding and reproduction. This study documents the effects of reserpine on mating and egg-laying behaviors of the stable fly, Stomoxys calcitrans (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae), which is one of the most economically significa...

  8. Effect of reserpine on the histochemical and biochemical properties of rat intestinal mucin

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    Forstner, J.; Roomi, N.; Khorasani, R.; Kuhns, W.; Forstner, G. )

    1991-04-01

    Biochemical and histochemical parameters of intestinal mucins were examined in control and reserpine-treated rats. An assay for intestinal mucin sulfotransferase was developed and the activity shown to increase 3.4 times over control levels in rats given intraperitonal reserpine (0.5 mg/kg body wt) daily for 7 days. Histochemical staining of intestinal sections revealed an increase in sulfomucins in goblet cells of reserpine-treated rats. The effects were prominent as early as 1 day following injection, particularly in the distal third of the small intestine, and during the next 6 days these changes spread progressively to the middle and proximal thirds. After 3 days of treatment mucins were purified from each intestinal segment and compared to control mucins with respect to composition and (35S)NaSO{sub 4} incorporation. Although individual amino acid and carbohydrate molar ratios were unchanged, the total carbohydrate and sulfate content of mucins in treated animals was elevated (two to three times above control) in the middle and distal thirds of the intestine. In vivo ({sup 35}S)SO{sub 4} incorporation into these mucins was also proportionaltely elevated, and was targetted to O-linked oligosaccharide side chains. These findings are consistent with an action of reserpine causing an increased production of mucin which is enriched in glycoprotein components bearing sulfated oligosaccharide chains. The relevance of these findings to the production of hypersulfated and hyperglycosylated mucins in cystic fibrosis is discussed.

  9. Gallic acid decreases vacuous chewing movements induced by reserpine in rats.

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    Reckziegel, Patrícia; Peroza, Luis Ricardo; Schaffer, Larissa Finger; Ferrari, Mayara Calegaro; de Freitas, Catiuscia Molz; Bürger, Marilise Escobar; Fachinetto, Roselei

    2013-03-01

    Involuntary oral movements are present in several diseases and pharmacological conditions; however, their etiology and efficient treatments remain unclear. Gallic acid is a natural polyphenolic acid found in gall nuts, sumac, oak bark, tea leaves, grapes and wine, with potent antioxidant and antiapoptotic activity. Thus, the present study investigated the effects of gallic acid on vacuous chewing movements (VCMs) in an animal model induced by reserpine. Rats received either vehicle or reserpine (1mg/kg/day, s.c.) during three days, followed by treatment with water or different doses of gallic acid (4.5, 13.5 or 40.5mg/kg/day, p.o.) for three more days. As result, reserpine increased the number of VCMs in rats, and this effect was maintained for at least three days after its withdrawal. Gallic acid at two different doses (13.5 and 40.5mg/kg/day) has reduced VCMs in rats previously treated with reserpine. Furthermore, we investigated oxidative stress parameters (DCFH-DA oxidation, TBARS and thiol levels) and Na(+),K(+)-ATPase activity in striatum and cerebral cortex, however, no changes were observed. These findings show that gallic acid may have promissory use in the treatment of involuntary oral movements. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Mammogenesis and induced lactation with or without reserpine in nulliparous dairy goats.

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    Salama, A A K; Caja, G; Albanell, E; Carné, S; Casals, R; Such, X

    2007-08-01

    Nulliparous goats were used to evaluate the effects of a standard protocol for inducing lactation with or without using a prolactin-releasing agent (reserpine). Estrus was synchronized and goats were submitted to daily s.c. injections of estradiol-17beta and progesterone (0.5 and 1.25 mg/kg of body weight, respectively) for 7 d. The goats were divided into 2 groups and injected i.m. with 1 mg/d of reserpine (n = 7) or the vehicle (n = 7) on d 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20. Lactation was initiated by i.m. injections of dexamethasone (10 mg/d) from d 18 to 20. Goats were machine milked once daily from d 21 to 120, at which time they were mated with herd sires. Milk was measured and sampled daily during wk 1 of lactation and weekly thereafter. Udder traits were measured in all goats at d -2 (before the induction treatment) and on d 35 and 100 (during lactation). Goats initiated lactation on d 21 (100%) and milk yield increased thereafter. The milk yield of control and reserpine-treated goats increased as lactation advanced, peaking at wk 10 of lactation, when reserpine-treated goats yielded 1,079 +/- 89 mL/d of milk compared with 850 +/- 96 mL/d for control goats. Yet milk yield at the peak was only 55% of the peak milk yield observed in contemporary primiparous goats. The composition of initial milk (d 21) was different from that expected for colostrum. Milk composition stabilized after d 3 of lactation. There were no differences among groups for milk fat, protein, casein, or whey protein, but milk from control goats contained greater nonprotein nitrogen than that from reserpine-treated goats (0.48 +/- 0.02 vs. 0.41 +/- 0.02%). Teat length increased from 24.7 +/- 1.1 to 34.5 +/- 2.4 mm in control goats during mammogenesis (d -2 to 35), but stabilized in reserpine goats (25.2 +/- 2.2 mm). The distance between teats (11.5 +/- 0.4 cm), and the volume (922 +/- 63 mL) and depth (15.6 +/- 0.60 cm) of the udder increased similarly in both groups during mammogenesis and lactation

  11. The Influence of Reserpine and Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid (EDTA) on Serotonin Storage Organelles of Blood Platelets

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    Gerrard, Jonathan M.; Rao, Gundu H. R.; White, James G.

    1977-01-01

    The present investigation has evaluated the influence of reserpine on the serotonin-rich organelles bodies) in platelets from dogs, rabbits, and humans. Reserpine markedly depresses the levels of stored serotonin in human and animal platelets, accompanied by a small decrease in platelet ATP but no change in platelet ADP content. Thin sections of human platelets showed no change in the number or morphology of serotonin storage organelles during reserpine therapy, whereas a profound decrease in the size and number of dense bodies occurred in platelets from rabbits treated with reserpine. Dog platelets also showed a decrease in the number and density of serotonin storage organelles after reserpine therapy. The basis for the difference between rabbit and human platelets was explored by fixing platelets in glutaraldehyde and osmium in the presence or absence of the chelating agent ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). Most of the dense bodies in fixed human platelets were removed by EDTA while rabbit platelet dense bodies remained essentially intact. The results suggested that the opacity of rabbit platelet dense bodies following fixation with glutaraldehyde and osmium relate primarily to their serotonin content, while the electron density of human serotonin storage organelles in fixed cells is due primarily to their calcium content. Further confirmation of this concept came from studies of platelets using the whole mount technique. Rabbit platelet serotonin storage organelles were found to lack the inherent opacity of the human dense bodies, a finding consistent with the lower concentration of calcium in the rabbit organelles. ImagesFigures 1A-DFigure 2Figure 3Figure 4Figures 5 and 6Figure 7Figure 8 PMID:405872

  12. Alterations of pancreatic amylase secretion in the reserpinized rat model of cystic fibrosis. Effects of cerulein and EGF.

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    Morisset, J; Bérubé, F L; Vanier, M; Benrezzak, O

    1994-08-01

    Reserpine treatment resulted in altered enzyme secretion from rat pancreatic acini in response to carbamylcholine and secretin (1,2). This study was undertaken: (1) To evaluate if the alterations caused by reserpine can be prevented by EGF and/or cerulein treatments; (2) To determine the time-course of secretion recovery after reserpine treatment; and (3) To establish if EGF and/or cerulein treatments can accelerate such a recovery after the reserpine treatment. Male Sprague-Dawley rats (250-265 g) were used in these experiments. In experiment I, rats divided into three groups received either reserpine (R) or the reserpine vehicle for the controls (C) and the pair-fed controls (PF) for 7 d. During treatment, PF and R rats were given SC, twice a day, saline, EGF (10 micrograms/kg), cerulein (1 microgram/kg), or both at the same dose. C rats received saline in gelatin. In experiment II, rats were treated for 7 d with reserpine or the vehicle as described in experiment I, were allowed a 30-d recovery period and then were killed. In experiment III, C, PF, and R rats were treated for 7 d as described in experiment I; on the 8th d and for the next 6 d, reserpine rats received saline (reserpine-saline), cerulein, EGF, or both cerulein +EGF at the same dose as indicated in experiment I. C and PF rats received saline in gelatin. After sacrifice, acini were prepared, and amylase dose-response curves to carbamylcholine (Cch) and secretin were established. EGF, cerulein, or their combination given to R rats did not improve the desensitized secretory response to Cch.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  13. Effects of reserpine on recovery rates after inhibition of monoamine oxidase in different regions of mouse brain.

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    Hall, T R; Yurgens, P B; Figueroa, H R

    1984-01-01

    Adult mice were injected once with the monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor pargyline, every 3 days with the amine storage depletor reserpine, or with both drugs. Serotonin content of brainstem and cerebrum was increased after pargyline, decreased after reserpine, and showed intermediate values following administration of both drugs. MAO activity after pargyline recovered in a time-dependent fashion, with recovery rates of hypothalamus greater than cerebellum greater than cerebrum greater than brainstem. After reserpine, recovery rates of MAO were less in hypothalamus and cerebellum, suggesting that the amount of MAO synthesized may be related to the level of substrates in these regions.

  14. Gene transfer of a reserpine-sensitive mechanism of resistance to N-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium.

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    Liu, Y; Roghani, A; Edwards, R H

    1992-01-01

    The toxin N-methyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine produces a model of neural degeneration very similar to idiopathic Parkinson disease. To understand the cellular mechanisms that modulate susceptibility to its active metabolite N-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+), we have transfected a cDNA expression library from the relatively MPP(+)-resistant rat pheochromocytoma PC12 cells into MPP(+)-sensitive Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) fibroblasts. Selection of the stable transformants in high concentrations of MPP+ has yielded a clone extremely resistant to the toxin. Reserpine reverses the resistance to MPP+, suggesting that a transport activity protects against this form of toxicity, perhaps by sequestering the toxin within an intracellular compartment. In support of this hypothesis, dopamine loaded into the CHO transformant shows a localized distribution that is distinct from the pattern observed in wild-type cells and is also reversed by reserpine. Images PMID:1409604

  15. Reserpine modulates neurotransmitter release to extend lifespan and alleviate age-dependent Aβ proteotoxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans.

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    Saharia, Kopal; Arya, Upasna; Kumar, Ranjeet; Sahu, Rashmi; Das, Chinmaya Kumar; Gupta, Kuldeep; Dwivedi, Hemalata; Subramaniam, Jamuna R

    2012-02-01

    Aging is a debilitating process often associated with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease (AD). AD occurs at a very high incidence posing a huge burden to the society. Model organisms such as C. elegans become essential to understand aging or lifespan extension - the etiology, molecular mechanism and identification of new drugs against age associated diseases. The AD model, manifesting Aβ proteotoxicity, in C. elegans is well established and has provided valuable insights. Earlier, we have reported that Reserpine, an FDA-approved antihypertensive drug, increases C. elegans lifespan with a high quality of life and ameliorates Aβ toxicity in C. elegans. But reserpine does not seem to act through the known lifespan extension pathways or inhibition of its known target, vesicular monoamine transporter, VMAT. Reserpine's mode of action and the pathways it activates are not known. Here, we have evaluated the presynaptic neurotransmitter(s) release pathway and identified acetylcholine (ACh) as the crucial player for reserpine's action. The corroborating evidences are: i) lack of lifespan extension in the ACh loss of function (hypomorphic) - synthesis (cha-1) and transport (unc-17) mutants; ii) mitigation of chronic aldicarb effect; iii) lifespan extension in dopamine (cat-2) and dopamine and serotonin (bas-1) biosynthetic mutants; iv) no rescue from exogenous serotonin induced paralysis in the AD model worms; upon reserpine treatment. Thus, modulation of acetylcholine is essential for reserpine's action. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Behavioral effects of bidirectional modulation of brain monoamines by reserpine and d-amphetamine in zebrafish

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    Kyzar, Evan; Stewart, Adam Michael; Landsman, Samuel; Collins, Christopher; Gebhardt, Michael; Robinson, Kyle; Kalueff, Allan V.

    2013-01-01

    Brain monoamines play a key role in the regulation of behavior. Reserpine depletes monoamines, and causes depression and hypoactivity in humans and rodents. In contrast, d-amphetamine increases brain monoamines’ levels, and evokes hyperactivity and anxiety. However, the effects of these agents on behavior and in relation to monoamine levels remain poorly understood, necessitating further experimental studies to understand their psychotropic action. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) are rapidly emerging as a promising model organism for drug screening and translational neuroscience research. Here, we have examined the acute and long-term effects of reserpine and d-amphetamine on zebrafish behavior in the novel tank test. Overall, d-amphetamine (5 and 10 mg/L) evokes anxiogenic-like effects in zebrafish acutely, but not 7 days later. In contrast, reserpine (20 and 40 mg/L) did not evoke overt acute behavioral effects, but markedly reduced activity 7 days later, resembling motor retardation observed in depression and/or Parkinson’s disease. Three-dimensional ‘temporal’ (X, Y, Time) reconstructions of zebrafish locomotion further supports these findings, confirming the utility of 3D-based video-tracking analyses in zebrafish models of drug action. Our results show that zebrafish are highly sensitive to drugs bi-directionally modulating brain monoamines, generally paralleling rodent and clinical findings. Collectively, this emphasizes the potential of zebrafish tests to model complex brain disorders associated with monoamine dysregulation. PMID:23827499

  17. Depressive-like symptoms in a reserpine-induced model of fibromyalgia in rats.

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    Blasco-Serra, Arantxa; Escrihuela-Vidal, Francesc; González-Soler, Eva M; Martínez-Expósito, Fernando; Blasco-Ausina, M Carmen; Martínez-Bellver, Sergio; Cervera-Ferri, Ana; Teruel-Martí, Vicent; Valverde-Navarro, Alfonso A

    2015-11-01

    Since the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia is unknown, treatment options are limited, ineffective and in fact based on symptom relief. A recently proposed rat model of fibromyalgia is based on central depletion of monamines caused by reserpine administration. This model showed widespread musculoskeletal pain and depressive-like symptoms, but the methodology used to measure such symptoms has been criticized. Evidence relates the high prevalence of pain and depression in fibromyalgia to common pathogenic pathways, most probably focused on the monoaminergic system. The present study aims at a validation of the reserpine model of fibromyalgia. For this purpose, rats undergoing this model have been tested for depressive-like symptoms with a Novelty-Suppressed Feeding Test adaptation. Animals administered with reserpine and subjected to forced food deprivation performed a smaller number of incursions to the center of the open field, evidenced by a decrease in the per-minute rate of the rats' approaching, smelling or touching the food. They also took more time to eat from the central food than control rats. These NSFT findings suggest the presence of depressive-like disorders in this animal model of fibromyalgia.

  18. The effects of posture changes on blood pressure and heart rate of anesthetized and reserpinized sloths.

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    Duarte, D P; Huggins, S E; Da Costa, C P; Leal, A M

    1989-01-01

    1. Tilting sloths anesthetized with chloralose from erect to supine or supine to erect produced little or no effect on heart rate. 2. Tilting anesthetized sloths from erect to supine increased both systolic and diastolic pressures significantly and by about the same amounts. The maximum effect was produced in 20 sec. 3. Pressures stabilized at a higher level than in the erect posture but below the maximum reached in tilting. 4. Tilting these sloths from the supine to the erect posture resulted in a rapid (20 sec) and dramatic fall in pressures to below the initial erect pressure levels. Return to initial erect levels took place slowly. 5. Tilting reserpinized sloths from erect to supine or supine to erect produced little or no effect on heart rate. 6. Tilting reserpinized sloths from erect to supine increased both systolic and diastolic pressures materially and by similar amounts. The maximum effect took 50 sec. 7. Pressures stabilized at higher levels than in the erect posture but less than maximum reached with tilting. 8. Tilting these sloths from supine to erect caused significant falls in pressure to slightly below the initial erect pressure, with maximum effect reached in 30 sec and eventual return to control level. 9. Pressure changes were almost entirely the result of altered venous return. 10. Neither chloralose nor reserpine completely blocked vascular control but reduced it materially.

  19. Role of 5-HT1A receptors in the forced swimming wheel test in reserpine-treated mice.

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    Kasahara, K; Nagatani, T; Takao, K; Hashimoto, S

    1993-01-01

    The antidepressant-like effect of 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin(8-OH-DPAT), a selective 5-HT1A receptor agonist, was studied in the forced swimming wheel test in reserpine-treated mice. 8-OH-DPAT and the antidepressant imipramine, dose-dependently increased the number of turns of a water wheel made by mice. This effect of imipramine (30 mg/kg, i.p.) was enhanced by reserpine treatment 24 hr before the test. The effect of 8-OH-DPAT (0.3 mg/kg, i.p.) was also enhanced in reserpine-treated mice. This enhanced effect of 8-OH-DPAT was blocked by pretreatment with the 5-HT1A receptor antagonists, (-)-propranolol (3 mg/kg, i.p.) and NAN-190 (1 mg/kg, i.p.), but was not blocked by a beta-blocker, (-)-atenolol (3 mg/kg, i.p.). 8-OH-DPAT did not affect locomotor activity in the reserpinized mice and did not affect the reduction of monoamine content induced by reserpine. These results suggest that the effect of 8-OH-DPAT in increasing the number of turns of the wheel made by mice was exerted through a 5-HT1A receptor and that this effect did not reflect only changes in the locomotor activity of the mice.

  20. Effect of amantadine on motility of reserpinized mice as a function of brain biogenic amines and mouse strains.

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    Messiha, F S

    1989-01-01

    The effect of amantadine, reserpine or both on locomotor activity and whole brain content of selected biogenic amines and major metabolites was studied as a function of mouse strain. Successive administration of small dose regimens of reserpine, 0.2 mg/kg IP, did not alter motility from corresponding saline control. Administration of amantadine, 100 mg/kg, IP, prior to each of the reserpine treatments produced either stimulation of motor activity in the albino ICR and black C57BL/6 mice or caused inhibition from reserpine in the albino BALB/C and the brown CDF-1 mouse strains. This suggests a genotype strain sensitivity to the amantadine and reserpine interaction on the motor behavior of the mouse. The amantadine treatment did not alter brain dopamine concentration but increased its immediate acid metabolite, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid, in the C57BL/6 mice as contrasted with reduction of the same in the BALB/C mouse strain. Both BALB/C and C57BL/6 mice showed changes in brain normetanephrine levels as a consequence of the pharmacologic intervention used which suggest catecholaminergic sensitivity. The only changes produced by the agents studied in brain serotonin or 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid levels were confined to the BALB/C mouse strain. No changes occurred in brain levels of the compounds measured from corresponding controls in the CDF-1 mice. The results indicate differential sensitivity of the serotonergic and dopaminergic systems to drug-drug interaction studied which appears to be strain dependent.

  1. A COMPARISON OF IMIPRAMINE, CHLORPROMAZINE AND RELATED DRUGS IN VARIOUS TESTS INVOLVING AUTONOMIC FUNCTIONS AND ANTAGONISM OF RESERPINE.

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    HALLIWELL, G; QUINTON, R M; WILLIAMS, F E

    1964-10-01

    Seven structurally-related compounds consisting of three antidepressant drugs (imipramine, desmethylimipramine and amitriptyline), three tranquillizing agents (promazine, chlorpromazine and chlorprothixene) and a hybrid, desmethylpromazine, have been examined in a series of tests involving autonomic functions and antagonism of reserpine. Activities of the compounds in antagonizing reserpine-induced ptosis in rabbits and prolongation of alcohol hypnosis in mice give good correlation with their clinical actions, whilst their activities in augmenting excitation of rats by amphetamine and yohimbine toxicity in mice, and in reversing reserpine-induced bradycardia in rats offer further evidence for drug-induced sensitization to adrenergic or tryptaminic mechanisms, which is not however specific for antidepressant agents. No evidence has been obtained to indicate that a central parasympatholytic action is an important component of the antidepressant activity of imipramine and related drugs.

  2. Calcium influx and spontaneous phasic contractions of portal veins after treatment with reserpine, 6-hydroxydopamine, and cocaine.

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    Kaiman, M; Shibata, S

    1978-04-01

    Reserpine treatment increased the amplitude of the spontaneous phasic contraction (SPC) of portal veins obtained from rabbit and guinea pig but did not alter that of rat. The amplitude of the SPC of portal veins from these animals was increased after 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) but was not changed after cocaine treatment. Reserpine- and 6-OHDA-induced changes in portal vein SPC amplitude were accompanied by an increase in 45Ca influx. These results indicate that the elevation in SPC amplitude is accompanied by an increase in calcium influx.

  3. Transcranial low-level infrared laser irradiation ameliorates depression induced by reserpine in rats.

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    Mohammed, Haitham S

    2016-11-01

    Transcranial low-level infrared laser is a modality of therapy based on the principle of photons delivered in a non-invasive manner through the skull for the treatment of some neurological conditions such as psychological disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases among others. In the present study, effects of low-level infrared laser irradiation with different radiation powers (80, 200, and 400 mW, continuous wave) were investigated on normal animals subjected to forced swimming test (FST). Results indicated that there are changes in FST parameters in animals irradiated with laser; the lowest dose provoked a significant increase in animal activity (swimming and climbing) and a significant decrease in animal's immobility, while the highest laser dose resulted in a complete inverse action by significantly increasing animal immobility and significantly decreasing animal activity with respect to control animals. The lowest dose (80 mW) of transcranial laser irradiation has then utilized on animals injected with a chronic dose of reserpine (0.2 mg/kg i.p. for 14 days) served as an animal model of depression. Laser irradiation has successfully ameliorated depression induced by reserpine as indicated by FST parameters and electrocorticography (ECoG) spectral analysis in irradiated animals. The findings of the present study emphasized the beneficial effects of low-level infrared laser irradiation on normal and healthy animals. Additionally, it indicated the potential antidepressant activity of the low dose of infrared laser irradiation.

  4. Evidences for amelioration of reserpine-induced fibromyalgia in rat by low dose of gamma irradiation and duloxetine.

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    Shibrya, Eman E; Radwan, Rasha R; Abd El Fattah, Mai A; Shabaan, Esmat A; Kenawy, Sanaa A

    2017-05-01

    Fibromyalgia is a prevalent disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain and complex symptoms. This study was conducted to investigate the potential therapeutic effect of low-dose irradiation (LDI) alone or in combination with duloxetine on the reserpine-induced fibromyalgia in rats. Fibromyalgia was induced by administration of reserpine (1 mg/kg/s.c) for 3 consecutive days. Duloxetine (30 mg/kg, p.o) was administered 60 min before a forced swimming test (FST), and rats were exposed to a single dose of γ-radiation (0.5 Gy) 1 day before the FST. Reserpine significantly increased immobility time in the FST, decreased the amount of 5-hydroxytryptamine, dopamine, and norepinephrine in cerebral cortex. It also increased malondialdehyde and nitric oxide and reduced glutathione contents in brain tissue. LDI alone or combined with duloxetine completely antagonized reserpine-induced fibromyalgia as assessed by the measured parameters. One of the most significant findings in this study was that the therapeutic effect of duloxetine was more pronounced by its combination with LDI. A possible mechanism of action of LDI and duloxetine responsible for their therapeutic effect was discussed. On the basis of the presented evidences, it could be concluded that LDI alone or combined with duloxetine could be of value in the management of fibromyalgia.

  5. Accumbal α-adrenoceptors, but not β-adrenoceptors, regulate behaviour that is mediated by reserpine-sensitive storage vesicles.

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    Verheij, Michel M M; Saigusa, Tadashi; Koshikawa, Noriaki; Cools, Alexander R

    2015-02-01

    It has previously been demonstrated that mesolimbic α-adrenoceptors, but not β-adrenoceptors, control the release of dopamine that is derived from reserpine-sensitive storage vesicles. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether these storage vesicles also regulate α-adrenoceptor-mediated or β-adrenoceptor-mediated changes in behaviour. Accordingly, rats were pretreated with reserpine before the α-adrenoceptor antagonist phentolamine or the β-adrenoceptor agonist isoproterenol was locally applied to the nucleus accumbens. Both phentolamine and isoproterenol increased the duration of walking, rearing and grooming and decreased the duration of sitting. Reserpine counteracted the behavioural response elicited by phentolamine but not by isoproterenol. The results of the present study demonstrate that mesolimbic α-adrenoceptors, but not β-adrenoceptors, regulate behaviour that is mediated by reserpine-sensitive storage pools. It is hypothesized that the observed α-adrenoceptor-mediated increase in locomotor activity is due to the α-adrenoceptor-mediated increase in the release of accumbal intravesicular dopamine. Our finding that α-adrenoceptors inhibit, whereas β-adrenoceptors stimulate, locomotor activity may help explain why noradrenaline or environmental stressors have previously been found to have opposing effects on the regulation of behaviour.

  6. The effect of reserpine on sympathetic, purinergic neurotransmission in the isolated mesenteric artery of the dog: a pharmacological study.

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    Muramatsu, I.

    1987-01-01

    Electrical transmural stimulation evoked a transient contraction in the isolated mesenteric artery of the dog. This contraction was abolished by guanethidine or tetrodotoxin and was partially inhibited by prazosin. Noradrenaline was competitively antagonized by prazosin. Similarly, in the reserpine-treated artery, electrical transmural stimulation produced a transient contraction which was abolished by guanethidine or tetrodotoxin. However, prazosin failed to inhibit this contraction. The contraction to noradrenaline was not significantly different from the response it produced in control vessels. Tyramine (10(-5) M), which acts on sympathetic nerves to release noradrenaline, evoked a tonic contraction in the untreated artery. This contraction was abolished or markedly attenuated by prazosin or guanethidine. The response was not observed in the reserpine-treated artery, indicating that reserpine had depleted the nerves of noradrenaline. In the control vessel alpha,beta-methylene-ATP produced a transient contraction which was followed by a complete relaxation to the basal level. This contractile response was not significantly different in the presence of guanethidine or prazosin or in the reserpine-treated artery. After desensitization of the vessel to alpha,beta-methylene ATP (5 X 10(-6) M) the prazosin-resistant contractions induced by electrical transmural stimulation were abolished both in reserpine-treated and untreated arteries. Also the contractile responses to ATP and alpha-beta-methylene-ATP were abolished but the responses to tyramine (control vessels), noradrenaline and KCl were not affected. 8-Phenyltheophylline (10(-5) M) showed no inhibitory effect on the contractile responses to electrical transmural stimulation, tyramine, ATP or alpha,beta-methylene-ATP.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:3038238

  7. Simultaneous Estimation of Hydrochlorothiazide, Hydralazine Hydrochloride, and Reserpine Using PCA, NAS, and NAS-PCA.

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    Sharma, Chetan; Badyal, Pragya Nand; Rawal, Ravindra K

    2015-01-01

    In this study, new and feasible UV-visible spectrophotometric and multivariate spectrophotometric methods were described for the simultaneous determination of hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), hydralazine hydrochloride (H.HCl), and reserpine (RES) in combined pharmaceutical tablets. Methanol was used as a solvent for analysis and the whole UV region was scanned from 200-400 nm. The resolution was obtained by using multivariate methods such as the net analyte signal method (NAS), principal component analysis (PCA), and net analyte signal-principal component analysis (NAS-PCA) applied to the UV spectra of the mixture. The results obtained from all of the three methods were compared. NAS-PCA showed a lot of resolved data as compared to NAS and PCA. Thus, the NAS-PCA technique is a combination of NAS and PCA methods which is advantageous to obtain the information from overlapping results.

  8. Peripheral and spinal mechanisms of nociception in a rat reserpine-induced pain model.

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    Taguchi, Toru; Katanosaka, Kimiaki; Yasui, Masaya; Hayashi, Koei; Yamashita, Mai; Wakatsuki, Koji; Kiyama, Hiroshi; Yamanaka, Akihiro; Mizumura, Kazue

    2015-03-01

    Chronic widespread pain is a serious medical problem, yet the mechanisms of nociception and pain are poorly understood. Using a reserpine-induced pain model originally reported as a putative animal model for fibromyalgia, this study was undertaken to examine the following: (1) expression of several ion channels responsible for pain, mechanotransduction, and generation/propagation of action potentials in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG), (2) activities of peripheral nociceptive afferents, and (3) alterations in spinal microglial cells. A significant increase in mRNA expression of the acid-sensing ion channel (ASIC)-3 was detected in the DRG, and the behavioral mechanical hyperalgesia was significantly reversed by subcutaneous injection of APETx2, a selective blocker of ASIC3. Single-fiber recordings in vitro revealed facilitated mechanical responses of mechanoresponsive C-fibers both in the skin and muscle although the proportion of mechanoresponsive C-nociceptors was paradoxically decreased. In the spinal dorsal horn, microglial cells labeled with Iba1 immunoreactivity was activated, especially in laminae I-II where the nociceptive input is mainly processed compared with the other laminae. The activated microglia and behavioral hyperalgesia were significantly tranquilized by intraperitoneal injection of minocycline. These results suggest that the increase in ASIC3 in the DRG facilitated mechanical response of the remaining C-nociceptors and that activated spinal microglia may direct to intensify pain in this model. Pain may be further amplified by reserpine-induced dysfunction of the descending pain inhibitory system and by the decrease in peripheral drive to this system resulting from a reduced proportion of mechanoresponsive C-nociceptors.

  9. Mesolimbic alpha-, but not beta-adrenoceptors control the accumbal release of dopamine that is derived from reserpine-sensitive storage vesicles.

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    Verheij, M M M; Cools, A R

    2009-09-15

    Mesolimbic beta-, but not alpha-adrenoceptors control the accumbal release of dopamine that is derived from alpha-methyl-para-tyrosine-sensitive pools of newly synthesized neurotransmitter. The aim of this study was to investigate which of these adrenoceptors control the accumbal release of dopamine that is derived from reserpine-sensitive pools of previously stored neurotransmitter. Rats, that were divided in low-responders and high-responders to novelty, were pretreated with 1 mg/kg of reserpine before the alpha-adrenergic-agent phentolamine or the beta-adrenergic-agent isoproterenol was locally applied into the nucleus accumbens. The original finding that phentolamine and isoproterenol increased accumbal dopamine levels in low-responders and high-responders was replicated. Reserpine reduced the phentolamine-induced increase of accumbal dopamine in both types of rat. However, phentolamine could still increase accumbal dopamine levels in reserpine-treated high-responders, but not anymore in reserpine-treated low-responders. Reserpine did not reduce the isoproterenol-induced increase of accumbal dopamine in any type of rat. This study demonstrates that mesolimbic alpha-, but not beta-adrenoceptors control the accumbal release of dopamine that is derived from reserpine-sensitive storage vesicles. In addition, these data confirm our previous finding that dopamine can still be released from storage vesicles of reserpinized high-responders, but not of reserpinized low-responders. The collected data underline our notion that alpha- and beta-adrenergic drugs may have therapeutic effects in patients suffering from diseases in which accumbal dopamine is involved.

  10. Anti-inflammatory Effect of Amitriptyline on Ulcerative Colitis in Normal and Reserpine-Induced Depressed Rats

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    Fattahian, Ehsan; Hajhashemi, Valiollah; Rabbani, Mohammad; Minaiyan, Mohsen; Mahzouni, Parvin

    2016-01-01

    Depressive disorders are more common among persons with chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and anti-inflammatory effect of some antidepressants such as amitriptyline has been reported. Acetic acid colitis was induced in both reserpinised (depressed) and non-reserpinised (normal) rats. Reserpinised groups received reserpine (6 mg/kg, i.p.) one hour prior to colitis induction. Then Amitriptyline (5, 10, 20 mg/kg, i.p.) was administered to separate groups of male Wistar rats. All treatments were carried out two hours after colitis induction and continued daily for four days. Dexamethasone (1 mg/kg) and normal saline (1 mL/kg) were used in reference and control groups, respectively. At day five, animals were euthanized and colonic tissue injuries were assessed macroscopically and pathologically. Myeloperoxidase activity as a marker of neutrophil infiltration was also measured in colonic tissues. Results showed that reserpine (6 mg/kg, i.p.) intensified colitic condition. Compared to control, amitriptyline (10, 20 mg/kg) and dexamethasone significantly decreased weight of colon and ulcer index in normal and reserpine-induced depressed rats. Myeloperoxidase activity and pathological assessments also proved anti-inflammatory effect of amitriptyline. Our results suggest that amitriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant, could reduce inflammatory and ulcerative injuries of colon both in normal and depressed rats. So among the wide spread anti-depressant drugs, amitriptyline is a good choice to treat depression comorbidities in patients with IBD. PMID:28228811

  11. Effect of nicotine, alcohol and caffeine pretreatment on the gastric mucosal damage induced by aspirin, phenylbutazone and reserpine in rats.

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    Parmar, N S; Tariq, M; Ageel, A M

    1985-09-01

    The effects of nicotine (2.5 mg/100 ml), alcohol (25% v/v) and caffeine (30 mg/100 ml base) and their combination (nicotine, 2.5 mg/100 ml; alcohol, 25% v/v; and caffeine, 30 mg/100 ml base) fed in drinking water ad libitum for 21 days were studied on the gastric mucosal damage induced by aspirin, phenylbutazone and reserpine in rats. When given alone, none of them produced any visibly discernible gastric lesions. Their concurrent administration, however, produced some injury to the gastric mucosa which was far less severe than the lesions induced by any of the ulcerogenic drugs used in this study. Pretreatment with nicotine, alcohol and caffeine and their combination resulted in a significant augmentation of gastric lesions produced by aspirin, phenylbutazone and reserpine. These results establish an association between nicotine, alcohol and caffeine in the pathogenesis of gastric ulcers and also implicate them as modifying factors in the genesis of gastric lesions induced by aspirin, phenylbutazone and reserpine.

  12. Comparative extrapyramidal effects of Rauwolfia vomitoria, chlorpromazine and reserpine in mice.

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    Bisong, Sunday Agba; Brown, Richard Earl; Osim, Eme Effiom

    2013-01-01

    Most antipsychotics interfere with the dopaminergic system, resulting in extrapyramidal effects. This study compared the extrapyramidal effects of chlorpromazine (Cpz), the herb Rauwolfia vomitoria (RV) and its alkaloid reserpine (Res), used as antipsychotics, in mice. Ninety age-matched male CD-1 strain of mice (25-33 g body weight) were divided into 3 groups, each consisting of 5 subgroups (n = 6). Cpz (0.0, 0.25, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0 mg/kg, i.p.) was administered 30 min before testing. RV (0.0, 0.25, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0 mg/kg, i.p.) and Res (0.0, 0.1, 0.4, 0.8, 1.6 mg/kg, i.p.) were administered 24 h before testing. Locomotor behaviour (open field test) and motor coordination (acceleratory rotarod) were assessed. Mice were also observed for 10 min for tremor and vacuous chewing movement (VCM). CPZ and Res dose-dependently decreased locomotor behaviour and impaired motor coordination (p < 0.01). RV also decreased locomotor behaviour (4.0 mg/kg; p < 0.05) but had minimal effect on motor coordination. VCM was lower in the RV group (0.17 ± 0.16/10 min) than the Res (6.8 ± 1.36/10 min) and Cpz groups (7.83 ± 1.95/10 min): F ((4,25)) = 10.703; p < 0.01. The frequency of bouts of tremor was also lower in the RV group (1.17 ± 0.72/10 min) than the Res (21.2 ± 5.63/10 min) and Cpz (7.83 ± 1.59/10 min) groups: F ((4,25)) = 11.012; p < 0.001. The root bark extract of R. vomitoria, therefore, has great potential in the management of psychotic disorders.

  13. The Efflux Pump Inhibitor Reserpine Selects Multidrug-Resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae Strains That Overexpress the ABC Transporters PatA and PatB▿ †

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    Garvey, Mark I.; Piddock, Laura J. V.

    2008-01-01

    One way to combat multidrug-resistant microorganisms is the use of efflux pump inhibitors (EPIs). Spontaneous mutants resistant to the EPI reserpine selected from Streptococcus pneumoniae NCTC 7465 and R6 at a frequency suggestive of a single mutational event were also multidrug resistant. No mutations in pmrA (which encodes the efflux protein PmrA) were detected, and the expression of pmrA was unaltered in all mutants. In the reserpine-resistant multidrug-resistant mutants, the overexpression of both patA and patB, which encode ABC transporters, was associated with accumulation of low concentrations of antibiotics and dyes. The addition of sodium orthovanadate, an inhibitor of ABC efflux pumps, or the insertional inactivation of either gene restored wild-type antibiotic susceptibility and wild-type levels of accumulation. Only when patA was insertionally inactivated were both multidrug resistance and reserpine resistance lost. Strains in which patA was insertionally inactivated grew significantly more slowly than the wild type. These data indicate that the overexpression of both patA and patB confers multidrug resistance in S. pneumoniae but that only patA is involved in reserpine resistance. The selection of reserpine-resistant multidrug-resistant pneumococci has implications for analogous systems in other bacteria or in cancer. PMID:18362193

  14. 5-HT7 receptors and tryptophan hydroxylase in lymphocytes of rats: mitogen activation, physical restraint or treatment with reserpine.

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    Urbina, Mary; Arroyo, Rubén; Lima, Lucimey

    2014-01-01

    Serotonin (5-HT)7 receptors in lymphocytes play a relevant role as modulators of T cell functions and might be modified by stress protocols. The aims of this work were to evaluate: (i) the presence of 5-HT7 receptors in specific lymphocyte populations, (ii) the probable modifications of them by inflammatory stress with mitogen and (iii) the effects of physical and pharmacological stress. Blood lymphocytes were isolated by density gradients and differential adhesion to plastic. Concanavalin A (Con A) was systemically administered (500 μg/kg) or added to lymphocyte cultures (2.5 μg/ml, final volume 200 μl). Physical restraint was performed in Plexiglass boxes for 5 h per day for 5 days. Reserpine administration was 2.5 mg/kg for 3 days. Immunocytochemical labeling of CD4+, CD8+ and 5-HT7 receptors, and also tryptophan hydroxylase cells was performed. mRNA of 5-HT7 receptors was evaluated by RT-PCR. Controls were included for each protocol. Con A treatment or culture exposure increased the number of lymphocytes expressing 5-HT7 receptors or tryptophan hydroxylase, as compared to absence of the mitogen. Receptors were present in 12-16% of total rat lymphocytes, in ∼10% of CD4+ and in ∼5% of CD8+ cells from control rats. CD4+ decreased, and CD8+ and 5-HT7 cells increased after physical restraint. Reserpine treatment elevated CD8+ and 5-HT7 cells. Con A and physical restraint, but not reserpine treatment, significantly augmented 5-HT7 receptor mRNA in lymphocytes. Rat lymphocytes, expressing tryptophan hydroxylase, could synthesize 5-HT, functioning as a direct autocrine modulator. The modifications of CD4+, CD8+ and 5-HT7 receptors in lymphocytes by three stress protocols could have an impact on immune responses. In addition, the differential distribution of 5-HT7 receptors indicates potential specific physiopathological roles. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  15. Simultaneous Determination of Reserpine, Rescinnamine, and Yohimbine in Human Plasma by Ultraperformance Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Iqbal, Muzaffar; Alam, Aftab; Wani, Tanveer A.; Khalil, Nasr Y.

    2013-01-01

    A sensitive and selective UPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the determination of three indolic alkaloids (reserpine, rescinnamine, and yohimbine) in human plasma using papaverine as internal standard (IS). After a one step protein precipitation with acetonitrile, separation was carried out using C18 column (50 × 2.1 mm, i.d. 1.7 μm) and mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile : water : formic acid (60 : 40 : 0.1%, v/v/v) pumped at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. The mass spectrometric determination was carried out using an electrospray interface operated in the positive mode with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. The precursor to product ion transitions of m/z 609.32 > 195.01, m/z 635.34 > 221.03, m/z 355.19 > 144, and m/z 340.15 > 202.02 were selected for the quantification of reserpine, rescinnamine, yohimbine, and IS, respectively. The analytical response was found to be linear in the range of 0.36–400, 0.27–300, and 0.23–250 ng/mL with lower limit of quantification of 0.36, 0.27, and 0.23 ng/mL for reserpine, rescinnamine, and yohimbine, respectively. Validation was made following official guidelines. The proposed method enabled reproducible results and hence could be reliable for pharmacokinetic and toxicological analysis. PMID:24383039

  16. Acute treatment with bis selenide, an organic compound containing the trace element selenium, prevents memory deficits induced by reserpine in rats.

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    Bortolatto, Cristiani Folharini; Guerra Souza, Ana Cristina; Wilhelm, Ethel Antunes; Nogueira, Cristina Wayne

    2013-01-01

    Taking into account the promising pharmacological actions of (Z)-2,3-bis(4-chlorophenylselanyl) prop-2-en-1-ol) (bis selenide), an organic compound containing the trace element selenium, and the constant search for drugs that improve the cognitive performance, the objective of the present study was to investigate whether bis selenide treatment ameliorates memory deficits induced by reserpine in rats. For this aim, male adult rats received a single subcutaneous injection of reserpine (1 mg/kg), a biogenic amine-depleting agent used to induce memory deficit. After 24 h, bis selenide at doses of 25 and 50 mg/kg was administered to rats by intragastric route, and 1 h later, the animals were submitted to behavior tasks. The effects of acute administration of bis selenide on memory were evaluated by social recognition, step-down passive avoidance, and object recognition paradigms. Exploratory and locomotor activities of rats were determined using the open-field test. Analysis of data revealed that the social memory disruption caused by reserpine was reversed by bis selenide at both doses. In addition, bis selenide, at the highest dose, prevented the memory deficit resulting from reserpine administration to rats in step-down passive avoidance and object recognition tasks. No significant alterations in locomotor and exploratory behaviors were found in animals treated with reserpine and/or bis selenide. Results obtained from distinct memory behavioral paradigms revealed that an acute treatment with bis selenide attenuated memory deficits induced by reserpine in rats.

  17. Attenuation of reserpine-induced pain/depression dyad by gentiopicroside through downregulation of GluN2B receptors in the amygdala of mice.

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    Liu, Shui-bing; Zhao, Rong; Li, Xu-sheng; Guo, Hong-ju; Tian, Zhen; Zhang, Nan; Gao, Guo-dong; Zhao, Ming-gao

    2014-06-01

    Epidemiological studies demonstrate that pain frequently occurs comorbid with depression. Gentiopicroside (Gent) is a secoiridoid compound isolated from Gentiana lutea that exhibits analgesic properties and inhibits the expression of GluN2B-containing N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the anterior cingulate cortex of mice. However, the effects of Gent on the reserpine-induced pain/depression dyad and its underlying mechanisms are unclear. Reserpine administration (1 mg/kg subcutaneous daily for 3 days) caused a significant decrease in the nociceptive threshold as evidenced by the reduced paw withdrawal latency in response to a radiant heat source and mechanical allodynia. Behavioral detection indicated a significant increase in immobility time during a forced swim test, as well as decreased time in the central area and total travel distance in an open field test. Furthermore, reserpinized animals exhibited increased oxidative stress. Systemic Gent administration dose-dependently ameliorated the behavioral deficits associated with reserpine-induced pain/depression dyad. At the same time, the decrease in biogenic amine levels (norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin) was integrated with the increase in caspase-3 levels and GluN2B-containing NMDA receptors in the amygdala of the reserpine-injected mice. Gent significantly reversed the changes in the levels of biogenic amines, caspase-3, and GluN2B-containing NMDA receptors in amygdala. However, Gent did not affect the expression of GluN2A-containing NMDA receptors. The inhibitory effects of Gent on oxidative stress were occluded by simultaneous treatment of GluN2B receptors antagonist Ro25-6981. Our study provides strong evidence that Gent inhibits reserpine-induced pain/depression dyad by downregulating GluN2B receptors in the amygdala.

  18. The influences of reserpine and imipramine on the 5-HT2 receptor binding site and its coupled second messenger in rat cerebral cortex.

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    Lee, Ming-Jen; Wei, Jiann-Wu

    2013-08-31

    An investigation on the molecular mechanism of depression state, less attention was focused on changes at the intracellular messenger level. In this study the effects of reserpine, a monoamine depletor, and imipramine, an antidepressant, on serotonin-2 (5-HT2) receptor binding and its second messenger system of rat cerebral cortex were studied. The level of inositol 4-monophosphate (IP1) accumulation elicited by 100 microM 5-HT via activation of the 5-HT2 receptor on cerebral cortical slices at twelve hours after a single dose of reserpine (2 mg/kg, i.p.) was significantly higher in treated rats, when compared to that of saline-treated rats; this significant level lasted for at least four days. The level of IP1 accumulation in rat cerebral cortical slices elicited by 100 microM serotonin was higher in the group pretreated with reserpine (0.25 mg/kg/day) sub-chronically for seven days than the group pretreated with normal saline. In the receptor binding study, the maximum binding (B(max)) of 5-HT2 receptor binding was increased, when compared to the corresponding controls; whereas, the dissociation equilibrium constant (K(d)) value of the 5-HT2 receptor was found unchanged in the reserpine treated group. Increases in the sensitivity of phosphoinositol (PI) turnover coupled with the 5-HT2 receptor were also found in the long-term (21 days) low dose (0.1 mg/kg/day) administration of reserpine. However, a long-term administration of imipramine (10 mg/kg/day) reduced the function of the PI turnover coupled with the 5-HT2 receptor. Results obtained from the combined use of reserpine and imipramine demonstrated that this combination was able to antagonize the super-sensitivity of the second messenger responses in 5-HT2 receptor induced by long-term treatment with reserpine. Long-term treatment with reserpine but not imipramine also caused an increase in the B(max) of the 5-HT2 receptor. This up-regulation of the 5-HT2 receptor by reserpine could be antagonized by

  19. Curcumin Ameliorates Reserpine-Induced Gastrointestinal Mucosal Lesions Through Inhibiting IκB-α/NF-κB Pathway and Regulating Expression of Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide and Gastrin in Rats.

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    Long, Lingli; Wang, Jingnan; Chen, Ningning; Zheng, Shuhui; Shi, Lanying; Xu, Yuxia; Luo, Canqiao; Deng, Yubin

    2016-06-01

    The objective of our study was to investigate whether curcumin protects against reserpine-induced gastrointestinal mucosal lesions (GMLs) in rats and to explore the mechanism of curcumin's action. Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups: control group, reserpine-treated group, reserpine treatment group with curcumin at high dose (200 mg/kg), and reserpine treatment group with curcumin at low dose (100 mg/kg). Rats in reserpine-treated group were induced by intraperitoneally administered reserpine (0.5 mg/kg) for 28 days. TUNEL staining and hematoxylin and eosin staining were used to evaluate the apoptotic cells and morphologic changes. In addition, to explore the mechanism of curcumin in protecting GMLs, we used serum of experimental rats to assess the level of vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), gastrin, interleukin-6, interleukin-10, tumor necrosis factor-α and interferon-γ by ELISA and radioimmunoassay. The protein levels of NF-κB, p-IκB-α, IκB-α, Bcl-2, Bax, and cleaved-caspase-3 were examined by western blot analysis. Data were analyzed with SPSS 19.0 software package. Curcumin treatment prevented tissue damage and cell death in the reserpine-treated rats and effectively decreased inflammatory response and balanced the expression of VIP and gastrin in the reserpine-treated rats. NF-κB, p-IκB-α, Bax, and cleaved-caspase-3 were increased in the reserpine group, but the curcumin high-dose group inhibited them. Curcumin can target the IκB-α/NF-κB pathway to inhibit inflammatory response and regulate the level of VIP and gastrin in reserpine-induced GML rats.

  20. Effects of ethanolic extract of pine needles (Pinus eldarica Medw.) on reserpine-induced depression-like behavior in male Wistar rats.

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    Bolandghamat, Samira; Moghimi, Ali; Iranshahi, Mehrdad

    2011-07-01

    In this study, the antidepressant activity of ethanolic extract of Pinus eldarica Medw needles was assessed using forced swimming test (FST) in rats. MALE WISTAR RATS WERE RANDOMLY DIVIDED INTO SIX GROUPS AND TREATED AS FOLLOWS: first group was received only reserpine (6 mg/kg, i.p.), second group was received reserpine (6 mg/kg, i.p.) and imipramine (10 mg/kg, i.p.), three experimental groups received reserpine (6 mg/kg, i.p.) and three doses of pine needle extract (100, 300, and 500 mg/kg, p.o.) respectively and the final group (control group) received only vehicle (5% DMSO, i.p.). Acute oral administration of ethanolic extract of P. eldarica Medw needles at a dosage of 300 mg/kg reduced reserpine-induced increase in immobility time in the FST, demonstrating an antidepressant effect in the FST. Additionally, extract treatment did not modify the ambulation and rearing evaluated in open field test, indicating that antidepressant effect found in the forced swimming test was not based on the stimulation of locomotor activity. These results indicate that ethanolic extract of Pinus eldarica needles possesses an antidepressant activity.

  1. Effect of the enzymatic inhibitor of Kunitz on the gastric lesions from reserpine, from phenylbutazone, from pyloric ligation and by restraint in the rat

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    Guerrin, F.; Demaille, A.; Merveille, P.; Bel, C.

    1980-01-01

    The protective effects of certain polypeptides on gastric ulcerations caused from reserpine and phenylbutazone in the rate were studied. It was found that the Kunitz enzymatic inhibitor exerts a protective action in regard to gastric lesions. However, the inhibitor did not change the development of Shay ulcers and stress ulcers from restraint.

  2. Concentrations of biogenic amines in fundal layers in chickens with normal visual experience, deprivation, and after reserpine application.

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    Ohngemach, S; Hagel, G; Schaeffel, F

    1997-01-01

    Previous experiments in chickens have shown that dopamine released from the retina may be one of the messengers controlling the growth of the underlying sclera. It is also possible, however, that the apparent relationship between dopamine and myopia is secondary and artifactual. We have done experiments to assess this hypothesis. Using High Pressure Liquid Chromatography with electrochemical detection (HPLC-ED), we have asked whether changes in dopamine metabolism are restricted to the local retinal regions in which myopia was locally induced. Furthermore, we have measured the concentrations of biogenic amines separately in different fundal layers (vitreous, retina, choroid, and sclera) to find out how changes induced by "deprivation" (= removal of high spatial frequencies from the retinal image by translucent eye occluders which produce "deprivation myopia") are transmitted through these layers. Finally, we have repeated the deprivation experiments after intravitreal application of the irreversible dopamine re-uptake blocker reserpine to see how suppression of dopaminergic transmission affects these changes. We found that (1) Alterations in retinal dopamine metabolism were indeed restricted to the retinal areas in which myopia was induced. (2) The retina was the major source of dopamine release with a steep gradient both to the vitreal and choroidal side. Vitreal content was about one-tenth, choroidal content about one-third, and scleral content about one-twentieth of that of the retina. (3) There was a drop by about 40% in vitreal dopamine, DOPAC (3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid) and HVA (homovanilic acid) concentrations following deprivation which occurred already at a time where little changes could yet be seen in their total retinal contents. (4) Choroidal and scleral dopamine levels were not affected by deprivation, indicating that other messengers must relay the information to the sclera. (5) A single intravitreal injection of reserpine lowered dopamine and

  3. Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats (SHR) Are Resistant to a Reserpine-Induced Progressive Model of Parkinson’s Disease: Differences in Motor Behavior, Tyrosine Hydroxylase and α-Synuclein Expression

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    Leão, Anderson H. F. F.; Meurer, Ywlliane S. R.; da Silva, Anatildes F.; Medeiros, André M.; Campêlo, Clarissa L. C.; Abílio, Vanessa C.; Engelberth, Rovena C. G. K.; Cavalcante, Jeferson S.; Izídio, Geison S.; Ribeiro, Alessandra M.; Silva, Regina H.

    2017-01-01

    Reserpine is an irreversible inhibitor of vesicular monoamine transporter-2 (VMAT2) used to study Parkinson’s disease (PD) and screening for antiparkinsonian treatments in rodents. Recently, the repeated treatment with a low-dose of reserpine was proposed as a progressive model of PD. Rats under this treatment show progressive catalepsy behavior, oral movements and spontaneous motor activity decrement. In parallel, compared to Wistar rats, spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) are resistant to acute reserpine-induced oral dyskinesia. We aimed to assess whether SHR would present differential susceptibility to repeated reserpine-induced deficits in the progressive model of PD. Male Wistar and SHR rats were administered 15 subcutaneously (s.c.) injections of reserpine (0.1 mg/kg) or vehicle, every other day and motor activity was assessed by the catalepsy, oral movements and open field tests. Only reserpine-treated Wistar rats presented increased latency to step down in the catalepsy test and impaired spontaneous activity in the open field. On the other hand, there was an increase in oral movements in both reserpine-treated strains, although with reduced magnitude and latency to instauration in SHR. After a 15-day withdrawn period, both strains recovered from motor impairment, but SHR animals expressed reduced latencies to reach control levels. Finally, we performed immunohistochemistry for tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) and α-synuclein (α-syn) 48 h after the last injection or 15 days after withdrawn. Reserpine-treated animals presented a reduction in TH and an increase in α-syn immunoreactivity in the substantia nigra and dorsal striatum (dSTR), which were both recovered after 15 days of withdraw. Furthermore, SHR rats were resistant to reserpine-induced TH decrement in the substantia nigra, and presented reduced immunoreactivity to α-syn in the dSTR relative to Wistar rats, irrespective of treatment. This effect was accompanied by increase of malondaldhyde (MDA) in

  4. Antioxidant-mediated preventative effect of Dragon-pearl tea crude polyphenol extract on reserpine-induced gastric ulcers

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    YI, RUOKUN; WANG, RUI; SUN, PENG; ZHAO, XIN

    2015-01-01

    Dragon-pearl tea is a type of green tea commonly consumed in Southwest China. In the present study, the antioxidative and anti-gastric ulcer effects of Dragon-pearl tea crude polyphenols (DTCP) were determined in vitro and in vivo. Treatment with 25, 50 or 100 µg/ml DTCP resulted in notable antioxidant effects in vitro, which manifested as 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl and OH radical-scavenging activity. Furthermore, using an in vivo mouse model, DTCP was shown to reduce the gastric ulcer area in the stomach, in which the 200 mg/kg DTCP dose exhibited the most marked effect, with a gastric ulcer index inhibitory rate of 72.63%. In addition, DTCP was demonstrated to improve stomach acidity conditions in vivo by increasing the pH and reducing the level of gastric juice, as compared with the reserpine-induced gastric ulcer control mice. Furthermore, DTCP altered the serum levels of a number of oxidation-related biomolecules, including superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), malondialdehyde (MDA), lipid peroxidation (LPO) and catalase (CAT), to subsequently exert an anti-gastric ulcer effect. Treatment with 50, 100 and 200 mg/kg DTCP increased the SOD, GSH-Px and CAT levels and reduced the MDA and LPO levels in the mouse model of gastric ulcers. These serum level alterations resulted in the modified serum levels of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and nitric oxide (NO), which are associated with gastric mucosal protection. A reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay is a molecular biology experiment which could determine the changes of mRNA in tissues. Using the RT-PCR assay, DTCP was observed to increase the mRNA expression levels of certain genes associated with gastric ulcers: Epidermal growth factor, epidermal growth factor receptor, vascular endothelial growth factor and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1, while reducing gastrin expression levels. Therefore, the results indicated that DTCP induced a marked

  5. Antioxidant-mediated preventative effect of Dragon-pearl tea crude polyphenol extract on reserpine-induced gastric ulcers.

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    Yi, Ruokun; Wang, Rui; Sun, Peng; Zhao, Xin

    2015-07-01

    Dragon-pearl tea is a type of green tea commonly consumed in Southwest China. In the present study, the antioxidative and anti-gastric ulcer effects of Dragon-pearl tea crude polyphenols (DTCP) were determined in vitro and in vivo. Treatment with 25, 50 or 100 µg/ml DTCP resulted in notable antioxidant effects in vitro, which manifested as 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl and OH radical-scavenging activity. Furthermore, using an in vivo mouse model, DTCP was shown to reduce the gastric ulcer area in the stomach, in which the 200 mg/kg DTCP dose exhibited the most marked effect, with a gastric ulcer index inhibitory rate of 72.63%. In addition, DTCP was demonstrated to improve stomach acidity conditions in vivo by increasing the pH and reducing the level of gastric juice, as compared with the reserpine-induced gastric ulcer control mice. Furthermore, DTCP altered the serum levels of a number of oxidation-related biomolecules, including superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), malondialdehyde (MDA), lipid peroxidation (LPO) and catalase (CAT), to subsequently exert an anti-gastric ulcer effect. Treatment with 50, 100 and 200 mg/kg DTCP increased the SOD, GSH-Px and CAT levels and reduced the MDA and LPO levels in the mouse model of gastric ulcers. These serum level alterations resulted in the modified serum levels of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and nitric oxide (NO), which are associated with gastric mucosal protection. A reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay is a molecular biology experiment which could determine the changes of mRNA in tissues. Using the RT-PCR assay, DTCP was observed to increase the mRNA expression levels of certain genes associated with gastric ulcers: Epidermal growth factor, epidermal growth factor receptor, vascular endothelial growth factor and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1, while reducing gastrin expression levels. Therefore, the results indicated that DTCP induced a marked

  6. An in vivo dialysis and behavioural study of the release of 5-HT by p-chloroamphetamine in reserpine-treated rats.

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    Adell, A.; Sarna, G. S.; Hutson, P. H.; Curzon, G.

    1989-01-01

    1. Reserpine (2.5 mg kg-1 i.p.) decreased rat brain 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) by 86% 24 h later but most components of the 5-HT-dependent behavioural syndrome induced by p-chloroamphetamine (PCA, 5 mg kg-1 i.p.) or 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeODMT, 5 mg kg-1 i.p.) over 1 h after administration were unaffected. However, Straub tail was increased after giving PCA or 5-MeODMT and head weaving was decreased after giving 5-MeODMT. 2. Frontal cortex extracellular 5-HT concentrations of vehicle pretreated rats before injection of PCA, as calculated from dialysate 5-HT concentrations, were about 1/1000th of corresponding brain values. Extracellular 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) and brain values were comparable with each other. Dialysate 5-HT increased after PCA with peak values at 20-40 min. 3. Reserpine pretreatment reduced dialysate 5-HT concentration before PCA was given but the net increase (AUC) over the 1 h after PCA did not differ significantly from that seen in animals pretreated with vehicle. Dialysate 5-HIAA values slowly decreased after PCA injection in both reserpine and vehicle pretreated groups. 4. The results suggest that PCA causes the 5-HT syndrome by releasing 5-HT from the neuronal cytoplasm but that physiological release of 5-HT occurs from vesicular stores. PMID:2720308

  7. Evaluation of the face validity of reserpine administration as an animal model of depression--Parkinson's disease association.

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    Skalisz, Luana L; Beijamini, Vanessa; Joca, Samia L; Vital, Maria A B F; Da Cunha, Claudio; Andreatini, Roberto

    2002-06-01

    The aim of the present study was to develop an animal model for the study of depressive symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). Mice treated intraperitoneally with reserpine (RES), 2.0 and 1.0 mg/kg, or its vehicle (VEHIC) were submitted to the sucrose solution (2%) consumption test (a model employed to mimic the depressive symptoms found in PD) and to the spontaneous locomotor activity test (a model employed to mimic the motor impairment found in PD). All animals were submitted to both tests. Twenty-four hours after treatment, only RES 2.0-treated animals showed a significantly decreased preference for the sucrose solution (mean +/- S.E.M. RES 2.0 = 54.4 +/- 4.1%, RES 1.0 = 68.5 +/- 2.5%, VEHIC = 62.3 +/- 4.1%). There was no significant difference among groups in water, sucrose or total fluid consumption. Locomotor activity was significantly decreased by both RES doses (number of beam interruptions: RES 2.0 = 59.9 +/- 11.4, RES 1.0 = 82.2 +/- 9.7, VEHIC = 116.8 +/- 8.2). Thus, RES 2.0 administration to mice induced depressive (anhedonia) and motor (decreased locomotor activity) symptoms of depression-PD association. This suggests that the RES model shows an important aspect of face validity for the depressive state associated with PD, i.e., phenomenological similarities between the model and the situation being modeled.

  8. Silymarin Constituent 2,3-Dehydrosilybin Triggers Reserpine-Sensitive Positive Inotropic Effect in Perfused Rat Heart

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    Gabrielová, Eva; Zholobenko, Aleksey Vladimirovich; Bartošíková, Lenka; Nečas, Jiří; Modriansky, Martin

    2015-01-01

    2,3-dehydrosilybin (DHS) is a minor flavonolignan component of Silybum marianum seed extract known for its hepatoprotective activity. Recently we identified DHS as a potentially cardioprotective substance during hypoxia/reoxygenation in isolated neonatal rat cardiomyocytes. This is the first report of positive inotropic effect of DHS on perfused adult rat heart. When applied to perfused adult rat heart, DHS caused a dose-dependent inotropic effect resembling that of catecholamines. The effect was apparent with DHS concentration as low as 10 nM. Suspecting direct interaction with β-adrenergic receptors, we tested whether DHS can trigger β agonist-dependent gene transcription in a model cell line. While DHS alone was unable to trigger β agonist-dependent gene transcription, it enhanced the effect of isoproterenol, a known unspecific β agonist. Further tests confirmed that DHS could not induce cAMP accumulation in isolated neonatal rat cardiomyocytes even though high concentrations (≥ 10 μM) of DHS were capable of decreasing phosphodiesterase activity. Pre-treatment of rats with reserpine, an indole alkaloid which depletes catecholamines from peripheral sympathetic nerve endings, abolished the DHS inotropic effect in perfused hearts. Our data suggest that DHS causes the inotropic effect without acting as a β agonist. Hence we identify DHS as a novel inotropic agent. PMID:26418338

  9. Silymarin Constituent 2,3-Dehydrosilybin Triggers Reserpine-Sensitive Positive Inotropic Effect in Perfused Rat Heart.

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    Gabrielová, Eva; Zholobenko, Aleksey Vladimirovich; Bartošíková, Lenka; Nečas, Jiří; Modriansky, Martin

    2015-01-01

    2,3-dehydrosilybin (DHS) is a minor flavonolignan component of Silybum marianum seed extract known for its hepatoprotective activity. Recently we identified DHS as a potentially cardioprotective substance during hypoxia/reoxygenation in isolated neonatal rat cardiomyocytes. This is the first report of positive inotropic effect of DHS on perfused adult rat heart. When applied to perfused adult rat heart, DHS caused a dose-dependent inotropic effect resembling that of catecholamines. The effect was apparent with DHS concentration as low as 10 nM. Suspecting direct interaction with β-adrenergic receptors, we tested whether DHS can trigger β agonist-dependent gene transcription in a model cell line. While DHS alone was unable to trigger β agonist-dependent gene transcription, it enhanced the effect of isoproterenol, a known unspecific β agonist. Further tests confirmed that DHS could not induce cAMP accumulation in isolated neonatal rat cardiomyocytes even though high concentrations (≥ 10 μM) of DHS were capable of decreasing phosphodiesterase activity. Pre-treatment of rats with reserpine, an indole alkaloid which depletes catecholamines from peripheral sympathetic nerve endings, abolished the DHS inotropic effect in perfused hearts. Our data suggest that DHS causes the inotropic effect without acting as a β agonist. Hence we identify DHS as a novel inotropic agent.

  10. Revealing interaction between sulfobutylether-β-cyclodextrin and reserpine by chemiluminescence and site-directed molecular docking.

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    Xiong, Xunyu; Wu, Min; Zhao, Xinfeng; Song, Zhenghua

    2014-09-01

    The host-guest interaction between sulfobutylether-β-cyclodextrin (SBE-β-CD) and reserpine (RSP) is described using flow injection-chemiluminescence (FI-CL) and site-directed molecular docking methods. It was found that RSP could inhibit the CL intensity produced by a luminol/SBE-β-CD system. The decrease in CL intensity was logarithmic over an RSP concentration range of 0.03 to 700.0 nM, giving a regression equation of ∆I = 107.1lgCRES  + 186.1 with a detection limit of 10 pM (3σ). The CL assay was successfully applied in the determination of RSP in injection, saliva and urine samples with recoveries in the range 93.5-106.1%. Using the proposed CL model, the binding constant (KCD-R ) and the stoichiometric ratio of SBE-β-CD/RSP were calculated to be 7.4 × 10(6)  M(-1) and 1 : 1, respectively. Using molecular docking, it was confirmed that luminol binds to the small cavity of SBE-β-CD with a nonpolar interaction, while RSP targeted the larger cavity of SBE-β-CD and formed a 1 : 1 complex with hydrogen bonds. The proposed new CL method has the potential to become a powerful tool for revealing the host-guest interaction between CDs and drugs, as well as monitoring drugs with high sensitivity.

  11. Influence of cocaine and sodium on bretylium uptake by reserpine-treated guinea-pig left atrium.

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    García, A G; Sánchez-García, P

    1975-01-01

    1 The effects of cocaine and sodium on bretylium uptake into sympathetic nerve terminals were investigated in the reserpine-treated guinea-pig left atrium. The ability of bretylium pretreatment to increase the retention of noradrenaline was used as an index of bretylium uptake. Such increased retention has been assessed both by direct measurement and by the ability of tyramine to produce an inotropic response. 2 The restoration of the response to tyramine after incubation with noradrenaline was abolished when the atrium was pretreated with bretylium in the presence of cocaine. When bretylium was added before cocaine, or when alpha-methyl-noradrenaline (not a substrate for monoamine oxidase) was used for incubation, the responses to tyramine were restored in the normal way. 3 Bretylium greatly enhanced the retention of [3-H]-noradrenaline; when bretylium was added in the presence of cocaine, [3-H]-noradrenaline retention was severely impaired. 4 Pretreatment with bretylium in a low-sodium (25 mM) or sodium-free medium significantly decreased the retention of [3-H]-noradrenaline, as compared with the control. 5 Potassium deprivation did not modify the enhanced retention of [3-H]-noradrenaline induced by bretylium pretreatment. 6 Bretylium was released from the nerve terminals by exposure of the preparation to a sodium-free medium or to a solution containing calcium 50 mM, leading to a considerable decrease in [3-H]-noradrenaline retention. 7 The results are consistent with the view that both cocaine and sodium deprivation block the uptake of bretylium by the adrenergic nerve terminals, and that bretylium is probably taken up by a mechanism similar to or identical with the uptake system for noradrenaline and other amines. PMID:1148485

  12. Nitric oxide pathway activity modulation alters the protective effects of (-)Epigallocatechin-3-gallate on reserpine-induced impairment in rats.

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    Chen, Cheng-Neng; Chang, Kuo-Chi; Lin, Rui-Feng; Wang, Mao-Hsien; Shih, Ruoh-Lan; Tseng, Hsiang-Chien; Soung, Hung-Sheng; Tsai, Cheng-Chia

    2016-05-15

    Reserpine (RES) has been reported to increase the brain's neural oxidative stress and cause cognitive dysfunction. Having powerful antioxidative properties, green tea catechins, especially (-)epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), are able to protect against many oxidative injuries. In this study, we examined the protecting properties of EGCG on RES-induced impairment of short-term memory in three-month-old male Wistar rats. RES (1mg/kg i.p.) induced memory impairment (p<0.001) as evaluated by the social recognition task. EGCG treatment (100mg/kg i.p. for 7days, starting 6days before RES injection) was able to improve the impaired memory caused by RES. RES treatment increased the nitric oxide (NO) level and lipid peroxidation (LPO) production, and decreased the antioxidation power in hippocampi. EGCG treatment was able to counteract the RES-induced NO level and LPO production, as well as enhanced the hippocampal antioxidation power in RES-treated rats. In order to examine the implication of NO pathway activity in RES treatment, either NO precursor (L-arginine; L-A) or NO synthase inhibitor (L-NAME; L-N) was co-pretreated with EGCG; NO precursor treatment eliminated the protective effect of EGCG, in contrast to that NO synthase inhibitor treatment significantly increased the EGCG effects on cognitive and biochemical protection in RES-treated rats. These results suggested that the NO pathway was implicated, at least in part, in the RES-induced impairment, as well as in the protective effect of EGCG in treating RES-induced impairment of memory. The above evidence provides a clinically relevant value for EGCG in preventing RES-induced cognitive dysfunction. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Antidepressant-like effect of tetrahydroisoquinoline amines in the animal model of depressive disorder induced by repeated administration of a low dose of reserpine: behavioral and neurochemical studies in the rat.

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    Antkiewicz-Michaluk, Lucyna; Wąsik, Agnieszka; Możdżeń, Edyta; Romańska, Irena; Michaluk, Jerzy

    2014-07-01

    Animal models are widely used to study antidepressant-like effect in rodents. However, it should be mentioned that pharmacological models do not always take into account the complexity of the disease process. In the present paper, we demonstrated that repeated but not acute treatment with a low dose of reserpine (0.2 mg/kg i.p.) led to a pharmacological model of depression which was based on its inhibitory effect on the vesicular monoamine transporter 2, and monoamines depleting action in the brain. In fact, we observed that chronic treatment with a low dose of reserpine induced a distinct depressive-like behavior in the forced swim test (FST), and additionally, it produced a significant decrease in the level of dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin in the brain structures. 1,2,3,4-Tetrahydroisoquinoline (TIQ) and its close methyl derivative, 1-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline (1MeTIQ) are exo/endogenous amines present naturally in the mammalian brain which demonstrated a significant antidepressant-like effect in the FST and the reserpine model of depression in the rat. Both compounds, TIQ and 1MeTIQ, administered chronically in a dose of 25 mg/kg (i.p.) together with reserpine completely antagonized reserpine-produced depression as assessed by the immobility time and swimming time. Biochemical data were in agreement with behavioral experiments and demonstrated that chronic treatment with a low dose of reserpine in contrast to acute administration produced a significant depression of monoamines in the brain structures and impaired their metabolism. These neurochemical effects obtained after repeated reserpine (0.2 mg/kg i.p.) in the brain structures were completely antagonized by joint TIQ or 1MeTIQ (25 mg/kg i.p.) administration with chronic reserpine. A possible molecular mechanism of action of TIQ and 1MeTIQ responsible for their antidepressant action is discussed. On the basis of the presented behavioral and biochemical studies, we suggest that both

  14. Effect of chlorpromazine and reserpine on the catechol amine content of different areas of the central nervous system of the dog

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    Malhotra, C. L.; Prasad, K.

    1962-01-01

    The effects of chlorpromazine and reserpine on the noradrenaline and adrenaline contents of the frontal cortex, the hypothalamus, the hippocampus and the midbrain were studied in the dog. In control dogs, the catechol amine concentrations were highest in the hypothalamus and lowest in the frontal cortex and the hippocampus. Noradrenaline contents were about seven to nine times as high as those of adrenaline in all the areas. Small doses of chlorpromazine raised the catechol amines in all the areas, the rise being maximum with 5 mg/kg. With increase in the dose of chlorpromazine there was a gradual reversal of the effect and, with 25 mg/kg, there was diminution of noradrenaline content in all the areas except in the hypothalamus. In general, chlorpromazine produced a greater rise in adrenaline than it did of noradrenaline content, and the increase of both amines was very high in the midbrain and the hippocampus compared with the other areas. Reserpine, however, depleted the catechol amine contents of all areas. The depletion was greatest for noradrenaline, an effect quite marked in the midbrain and the frontal cortex. It was concluded that the actions of these two tranquillizers on the catechol amines of dog brain differed both as to site and mechanism. PMID:14468900

  15. Functional MRI of the Reserpine-Induced Putative Rat Model of Fibromyalgia Reveals Discriminatory Patterns of Functional Augmentation to Acute Nociceptive Stimuli

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    Wells, Jack A.; Shibata, Sayaka; Fujikawa, Akihiko; Takahashi, Masayasu; Saga, Tsuneo; Aoki, Ichio

    2017-01-01

    Functional neuroimaging, applied to pre-clinical models of chronic pain, offers unique advantages in the drive to discover new treatments for this prevalent and oppressive condition. The high spatial and temporal resolution of fMRI affords detailed mapping of regional pharmacodynamics that underlie mechanisms of pain suppression by new analgesics. Despite evidence supporting the translational relevance of this approach, relatively few studies have investigated fMRI abnormalities in rodent models of chronic pain. In this study, we used fMRI to map the BOLD response in a recently developed putative rat model of fibromyalgia to innocuous and acute nociceptive stimuli by applying a step-wise graded electrical forepaw stimulation paradigm, with comparison to healthy controls. We observed discriminatory functional signatures (p < 0.001) to 2 mA electrical forepaw stimulation, found to be innocuous in the control group. As such, this translational approach provides sensitive and quantitative neural correlates of the underlying chronic disease. The regional patterns of functional augmentation were found to be concordant with previous studies of nociception in the anaesthetised rat brain, supporting the specificity of this approach in the study of altered central pain processing in reserpine induced myalgia. The methodology introduced in this work represents a novel platform for emerging treatment evaluation in highly experimentally controlled conditions. PMID:28079057

  16. Nano-structured complexes of reserpine and quinidine drugs with chloranilic acid based on intermolecular H-bond: Spectral and surface morphology studies

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    Adam, Abdel Majid A.

    2014-06-01

    The study of the drug-acceptor interaction may be useful in understanding the drug-receptor interactions and the mechanism of drug action. Here, complexes of reserpine (Res) and quinidine (Qui) drugs with chloranilic acid (CLA) have been synthesized. Then, these complexes were characterized chemically and structurally using CHN elemental analysis, infrared (IR) and electronic absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The stoichiometry of the H-bonded complex was found to have a 1:1 ratio, so these complexes can be formulated as [(Drug)(CLA)]. IR measurements confirmed the presence of intermolecular H-bond. Application of Debye-Scherrer equation indicates that the formed complexes are in the range of nano-size. The Res complex exhibits a remarkable crystalline morphology. It was also found that the particle size of Res complex is 1.533 time higher than that of Qui complex. Interestingly, free Res molecular weight is higher than that of free Qui by the same ratio (precisely; 1.525).

  17. Kinetic properties of C-11 phenylephrine in isolated rat heart: Effects of di-deuterium substitution, age, MAO inhibition, and reserpine

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    Raffel, D.M.; Rosario, R.B. del; Tluczek, L.

    1995-05-01

    Elimination of the {alpha}-carbon CH{sub 3} group from C-11 hydroxyephedrine (HED) yields a new radiotracer for cardiac sympathetic neurons: C-11 phenylephrine (PHEN). This small structural change has profound effects on the tracer kinetics - HED is not metabolized by neuronal monoamine oxidase (MAO), while PHEN is an excellent MAO substrate. To assess the influence of MAO metabolism and vesicular storage on PHEN kinetics a series of constant infusion studies were performed. Isolated working rat hearts were perfused under control conditions for 25 min, then switched to a second perfusate circuit containing PHEN at tracer concentrations. PHEN was infused for 10 min then the heart switched back to normal perfusate to effect washout of PHEN. The amount of PHEN in the heart was externally measured using coinsidence detection. The data between 1 and 4 min were used to estimate an uptake constant, K{sub up} (ml/min/g wet). Washout data were fit to multiple exponentials. Several studies were done: (1) To slow MAO metabolism, the dideuterium substituted analog C-11 D{sub 2-}PHEN was made and studied as described above. (2) For both tracers, the effect of age on washout kinetics was studied as rat heart MAO levels steadily increase throughout the animal`s life. (3) The effect of MAO inhibition was studied using 100 {mu}M pargyline throughout the experiment. (4) Reserpine pretreated rats were used to assess the influence of vesicular storage on tracer kinetics.

  18. SEROTONIN BINDING TO PREPARATIONS FROM RAT BRAIN,

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    BRAIN , SEROTONIN, SEROTONIN, OXIDOREDUCTASES, LYSERGIC ACIDS, RESERPINE, CHLORPROMAZINE, ACETYLCHOLINE, FATTY ACIDS, NOREPINEPHRINE, LEARNING, PERMEABILITY, MITOCHONDRIA, MORPHOLOGY(BIOLOGY), DRUGS, PHYSIOLOGY.

  19. Effect of a new series of bicyclic compounds with potential thymoleptic properties on the reserpine-resistant uptake mechanism of central and peripheral monoamine neurones in vivo and in vitro.

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    Carlsson, A; Fuxe, K; Hamberger, B; Malmfors, T

    1969-05-01

    1. Bicyclic compounds with potential thymoleptic properties (Lu-compounds) have recently become available, and their effects on the membrane pumps of the central and peripheral monoamine neurones have now been tested and compared with those of the tricyclic antidepressant drugs.2. Biochemical and histochemical in vivo studies have been performed. The possible blocking action of Lu-compounds on the noradrenaline (NA) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) displacement caused by 4,alpha-dimethyl-metatyramine (H 77/77) and 4-methyl-alpha-ethyl-meta-tyramine (H 75/12), respectively, has been studied, and a positive result has been taken as evidence for membrane pump blocking activity. No certain effects were obtained on the 5-HT displacement induced by H 75/12, whereas a partial blockade of the NA displacement by H 77/77 in central NA neurones was obtained after most of the Lu-compounds (Lu-3-010, 3-049, 3-092, 4-012) and especially after the thiophthalane derivative Lu 5-003. The ED50 of the latter drug was around 8 mg/kg, that is, somewhere between protriptyline (ED50 4 mg/kg) and desipramine (ED50 15 mg/kg) in potency.3. Histochemical in vivo studies on the rat iris revealed that Lu 5-003 and especially the corresponding phthalane derivative Lu 3-010 were potent in blocking the uptake of alpha-methyl-NA in the adrenergic nerve terminals of the iris. The other Lu-compounds were less active. The releasing effects of the Lu-compounds on the extragranular accumulation of alpha-methyl-NA in the adrenergic terminals were weak compared with membrane blocking activity.4. In vitro studies on the central and peripheral catecholamine (CA) neurones have also been performed. In the same way as, for example, protriptyline the Lu-compounds only blocked accumulation of alpha-methyl-NA in the NA terminals but not in the dopamine (DA) nerve terminals. Lu 5-003 and Lu 3-010 were the most potent of the Lu-drugs when added in vitro. The Lu-drugs were also injected in vivo after which the effect on the alpha-methyl-NA accumulation was studied in vitro. In isotope experiments with labelled alpha-methyl-NA it was found that desipramine, Lu-3-010, Lu 3-092 and Lu 4-012 were equally potent in blocking uptake in the central nervous system.

  20. THE ACTION OF DRUGS ON FUNCTION AND PHOSPHORYLASE ACTIVITY.

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    ACETYLCHOLINE, *METABOLISM, AMINES, AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM, CARBOHYDRATES, DRUGS, EPINEPHRINE, ERGOT ALKALOIDS, GLUCOSE, GLYCOGEN, HEART, INHIBITION, LIVER, MUSCLES, RATS, RESERPINE, STIMULATION(PHYSIOLOGY)

  1. Calcium influx and postjunctional supersensitivity in guinea pig aortic strips.

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    Kaiman, M; Shibata, S

    1976-05-01

    Both reserpine and 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) pretreatment potentiated the sensitivity of guinea pig aortic strips to norepinephrine (NE), barium, methoxamine and potassium indicating postjunctional supersensitivity. However, cocaine treatmetn only potentiated the NE response indicating prejunctional supersensitivity. 6-OHDA and reserpine-induced supersensitivity but not cocaine-induced supersensitivity was accompanied by an increase in 45Ca influx.

  2. Evidence for a Critical Role of Catecholamines for Cardiomyocyte Lineage Commitment in Murine Embryonic Stem Cells

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    Lehmann, Martin; Nguemo, Filomain; Wagh, Vilas; Pfannkuche, Kurt; Hescheler, Jürgen; Reppel, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Catecholamine release is known to modulate cardiac output by increasing heart rate. Although much is known about catecholamine function and regulation in adults, little is known about the presence and role of catecholamines during heart development. The present study aimed therefore to evaluate the effects of different catecholamines on early heart development in an in vitro setting using embryonic stem (ES) cell-derived cardiomyocytes. Effects of catecholamine depletion induced by reserpine were examined in murine ES cells (line D3, αPIG44) during differentiation. Cardiac differentiation was assessed by immunocytochemistry, qRT-PCR, quantification of beating clusters, flow cytometry and pharmacological approaches. Proliferation was analyzed by EB cross-section measurements, while functionality of cardiomyocytes was studied by extracellular field potential (FP) measurements using microelectrode arrays (MEAs). To further differentiate between substance-specific effects of reserpine and catecholamine action via α- and β-receptors we proved the involvement of adrenergic receptors by application of unspecific α- and β-receptor antagonists. Reserpine treatment led to remarkable down-regulation of cardiac-specific genes, proteins and mesodermal marker genes. In more detail, the average ratio of ∼40% spontaneously beating control clusters was significantly reduced by 100%, 91.1% and 20.0% on days 10, 12, and 14, respectively. Flow cytometry revealed a significant reduction (by 71.6%, n = 11) of eGFP positive CMs after reserpine treatment. By contrast, reserpine did not reduce EB growth while number of neuronal cells in reserpine-treated EBs was significantly increased. MEA measurements of reserpine-treated EBs showed lower FP frequencies and weak responsiveness to adrenergic and muscarinic stimulation. Interestingly we found that developmental inhibition after α- and β-adrenergic blocker application mimicked developmental changes with reserpine. Using several

  3. Apparent involvement of a multidrug transporter in the fluoroquinolone resistance of Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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    Baranova, N N; Neyfakh, A A

    1997-01-01

    A Streptococcus pneumoniae strain selected for resistance to ethidium bromide demonstrated enhanced energy-dependent efflux of this toxic dye. Both the ethidium resistance and the ethidium efflux could be inhibited by the plant alkaloid reserpine. The ethidium-selected cells demonstrated cross-resistance to the fluoroquinolones norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin; this resistance could also be completely reversed by reserpine. Furthermore, reserpine potentiated the susceptibility of wild-type S. pneumoniae to fluoroquinolones and ethidium. The most plausible explanation for these results is that S. pneumoniae, like some other gram-positive bacteria, expresses a reserpine-sensitive multidrug transporter, which may play an important role in both intrinsic and acquired resistances of this pathogen to fluoroquinolone therapy. PMID:9174208

  4. Bisoprolol

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    ... Bisoprolol is in a class of medications called beta blockers. It works by relaxing blood vessels and slowing ... for irregular heartbeat such as disopyramide (Norpace); other beta blockers; reserpine; and rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane, in Rifamate, in ...

  5. Protriptyline

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    ... is in a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants. It works by increasing the amounts of certain ... and propafenone (Rythmol); methadone (Dolophine); metoclopramide (Reglan); other antidepressants; quinidine; ranitidine (Zantac); reserpine (Serpasil); ritonavir (Norvir); selective ...

  6. Effect of Hypericum perforatum on different models of movement disorders in rats.

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    Reis, Elizete M; Röpke, Jivago; Busanello, Alcindo; Reckziegel, Patrícia; Leal, Caroline Q; Wagner, Caroline; Boligon, Aline A; Athayde, Margareth L; Fachinetto, Roselei

    2013-10-01

    The effects of Hypericum perforatum, a plant with antidepressant action, were evaluated in models of abnormal movements in rats, brought about by administration of fluphenazine or reserpine. The number of vacuous chewing movements (VCMs) and locomotor activity (the number of crossings and rears in the open field test) were measured. In experiment 1, rats received a single administration of fluphenazine enanthate (25 mg/kg, intramuscular) and/or daily treatment with H. perforatum (300 mg/kg, in place of drinking water) for 7 days. Fluphenazine increased VCMs and decreased locomotor activity. H. perforatum had no effect on either the number of VCMs or the locomotor activity. In experiment 2, rats received reserpine every 2 days for 6 days (0.5 mg/kg, subcutaneous) and/or H. perforatum (300 mg/kg, in place of drinking water) daily for 16 days beginning 10 days before the first administration of reserpine. Reserpine treatment increased VCMs and decreased locomotor activity. H. perforatum had no effect on either the number of VCMs or the number of rears but did prevent the effect of reserpine on the number of crossings. In conclusion, H. perforatum failed to protect against orofacial movements induced by fluphenazine or reserpine in rats.

  7. In vitro infection model characterizing the effect of efflux pump inhibition on prevention of resistance to levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin in Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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    Louie, Arnold; Brown, David L; Liu, Weiguo; Kulawy, Robert W; Deziel, Mark R; Drusano, George L

    2007-11-01

    The prevalence of fluoroquinolone-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae is slowly rising as a consequence of the increased use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics to treat community-acquired pneumonia. We tested the hypothesis that increased efflux pump (EP) expression by S. pneumoniae may facilitate the emergence of fluoroquinolone resistance. By using an in vitro pharmacodynamic infection system, a wild-type S. pneumoniae strain (Spn-058) and an isogenic strain with EP overexpression (Spn-RC2) were treated for 10 days with ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin in the presence or absence of the EP inhibitor reserpine to evaluate the effect of EP inhibition on the emergence of resistance. Cultures of Spn-058 and Spn-RC2 were exposed to concentration-time profiles simulating those in humans treated with a regimen of ciprofloxacin at 750 mg orally once every 12 h and with regimens of levofloxacin at 500 and 750 mg orally once daily (QD; with or without continuous infusions of 20 microg of reserpine/ml). The MICs of ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin for Spn-058 were both 1 microg/ml when susceptibility testing was conducted with each antibiotic alone and with each antibiotic in the presence of reserpine. For Spn-RC2, the MIC of levofloxacin alone and with reserpine was also 1 mug/ml; the MICs of ciprofloxacin were 2 and 1 microg/ml, respectively, when determined with ciprofloxacin alone and in combination with reserpine. Reserpine, alone, had no effect on the growth of Spn-058 and Spn-RC2. For Spn-058, simulated regimens of ciprofloxacin at 750 mg every 12 h or levofloxacin at 500 mg QD were associated with the emergence of fluoroquinolone resistance. However, the use of ciprofloxacin at 750 mg every 12 h and levofloxacin at 500 mg QD in combination with reserpine rapidly killed Spn-058 and prevented the emergence of resistance. For Spn-RC2, levofloxacin at 500 mg QD was associated with the emergence of resistance, but again, the resistance was prevented when this levofloxacin regimen

  8. Gastric mucosal lesions induced by complete dopamine system failure in rats. The effects of dopamine agents, ranitidine, atropine, omeprazole and pentadecapeptide BPC 157.

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    Sikiric, P; Separovic, J; Buljat, G; Anic, T; Stancic-Rokotov, D; Mikus, D; Duplancic, B; Marovic, A; Zoricic, I; Prkacin, I; Lovric-Bencic, M; Aralica, G; Ziger, T; Perovic, D; Jelovac, N; Dodig, G; Rotkvic, I; Mise, S; Seiwerth, S; Turkovic, B; Grabarevic, Z; Petek, M; Rucman, R

    2000-01-01

    Up to now, for gastric lesions potentiation or induction, as well as determination of endogenous dopamine significance, dopamine antagonist or dopamine vesicle depletor were given separately. Therefore, without combination studies, the evidence for dopamine significance remains split on either blockade of dopamine post-synaptic receptor or inhibition of dopamine storage, essentially contrasting with endogenous circumstances, where both functions could be simultaneously disturbed. For this purpose, a co-administration of reserpine and haloperidol, a dopamine granule depletor combined with a dopamine antagonist with pronounced ulcerogenic effect, was tested, and the rats were sacrificed 24 h after injurious agent(s) administration. Haloperidol (5 mg x kg(-1) b.w. i.p.), given alone, produced the lesions in all rats. Reserpine (5 mg x kg(-1) b.w. i.p.), given separately, also produced lesions. When these agents were given together, the lesions were apparently larger than in the groups injured with separate administration of either haloperidol or reserpine alone. Along with our previous results, when beneficial agents were co-administered, all dopaminomimetics (bromocriptine 10 mg, apomophine 1 mg, amphetamine 20 mg x kg(-1) i.p.) apparently attenuated the otherwise consistent haloperidol-gastric lesions. Likewise, an apparent inhibition of the reserpine-lesions was noted as well. However, if they were given in rats injured with combination of haloperidol and reserpine, their otherwise prominent beneficial effects were absent. Ranitidine (10 mg), omeprazole (10 mg), atropine (10 mg), pentadecapeptide BPC 157 (Gly-Glu-Pro-Pro-Pro-Gly-Lys-Pro-Ala-Asp-Asp-Ala-Gly-Leu-Val) (10 microg or 10 ng x kg(-1) i.p.) evidently prevented both haloperidol-gastric lesions and reserpine-gastric lesions. Confronted with potentiated lesions following a combination of haloperidol and reserpine, these agents maintained their beneficial effects, noted in the rats treated with either

  9. Combination antitumor effect with central nervous system depressants on rat ascites hepatomas.

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    Koshiura, R; Miyamoto, K; Sanae, F

    1980-02-01

    Combined effect of twenty-one central nervous system depressants with several antitumor agents was studied in the in vitro and in vivo experimental systems, using rat ascites hepatoma call lines, AH13 and AH44, sensitive and insensitive to alkylating agents, respectively. Reserpine remarkably enhanced the cytotoxic effect of 1-(gamma-chloropropyl)-2-chloromethylpiperidine hydrobromide (CAP-2) both on AH13 and AH44 cells. In the in vivo combined experiments, reserpine also synergistically enhanced the life-prolonging effect of CAP-2 on AH13-bearing rats and, although CAP-2 was not potent on the prolongation of life span of AH44-bearing rats and reserpine was also ineffective at the doses examined, the life span of tumor-bearing rats receiving the combined administration was apparently prolonged compared with control groups. Thus, there was a parallelism between in vitro and in vivo experiments. These findings suggested that the antitumor-enhancing effect of reserpine might be due to the direct action on the tumor cells, and a possible mechanism that reserpine inhibited the DNA damage-repairing activity of the cells was contradictory. Other mechanisms are also discussed.

  10. Comparative study between two animal models of extrapyramidal movement disorders: prevention and reversion by pecan nut shell aqueous extract.

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    Trevizol, Fabiola; Benvegnú, Dalila M; Barcelos, Raquel C S; Pase, Camila S; Segat, Hecson J; Dias, Verônica Tironi; Dolci, Geisa S; Boufleur, Nardeli; Reckziegel, Patrícia; Bürger, Marilise E

    2011-08-01

    Acute reserpine and subchronic haloperidol are animal models of extrapyramidal disorders often used to study parkinsonism, akinesia and tardive dyskinesia. In humans, these usually irreversible and disabling extrapyramidal disorders are developed by typical antipsychotic treatment, whose pathophysiology has been related to oxidative damages development. So far, there is no treatment to prevent these problems of the psychiatric clinic, and therefore further studies are needed. Here we used the animal models of extrapyramidal disorders cited above, which were performed in two distinct experiments: orofacial dyskinesia (OD)/catalepsy induced by acute reserpine and subchronic haloperidol after (experiment 1) and before (experiment 2) oral treatment with pecan shell aqueous extract (AE), a natural and promissory antioxidant. When administered previously (exp.1), the AE prevented OD and catalepsy induced by both reserpine and haloperidol. When reserpine and haloperidol were administered before the extract (exp.2), the animals developed OD and catalepsy all the same. However, the orofacial parameter (but not catalepsy) in both animal models was reversed after 7 and 14 days of AE treatment. These results indicate that, acute reserpine and subchronic haloperidol administrations induced similar motor disorders, although through different mechanisms, and therefore are important animal models to study the physiopathology of extrapyramidal disorders. Comparatively, the pecan shell AE was able to both prevent and reverse OD but only to prevent catalepsy. These results reinforce the role of oxidative stress and validate the two animal models used here. Our findings also favor the idea of prevention of extrapyramidal disorders, rather than their reversal.

  11. X-ray microanalysis of exocrine glands in animal models for cystic fibrosis

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    Mueller, R.M.R.; Roomans, G.M.

    1985-01-01

    Elemental distribution and ultrastructure of the submandibular gland, the parotid gland and the pancreas were investigated in three suggested animal models of the disease cystic fibrosis: the chronically reserpinized rat, the chronically isoproterenol-treated rat, and the chronically pilocarpine-treated rat. To elucidate the cellular mechanism underlying the effects of these treatments, chronic effects of specific alpha - and beta -adrenergic agonists, as well as acute effects of reserpine and various agonists were also investigated. Reserpine, isoproterenol, and pilocarpine cause an increase in the calcium concentration in submandibular gland acinar cells, due to an increased calcium content of the intracellular mucus. In the parotid gland, reserpine and isoproterenol cause a decrease of the calcium concentration in acinar cells, due to a lower calcium content of the zymogen granules. In the submandibular gland, a decreased cellular Na concentration was noted after chronic treatment with isoproterenol or pilocarpine, and after a single dose of reserpine or isoproterenol. Ultrastructural changes in the exocrine glands investigated included excessive accumulation of intracellular secretory material and formation of abnormal uncondensed secretion granules. A common pattern in the animal models appears to be (1) inhibition of secretion resulting in intracellular accumulation of secretory material, (2) synthesis of secretory macromolecules with altered cation-binding properties.

  12. Pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy in iron deficiency anaemia: the role of noradrenaline.

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    Rossi, M. A.; Carillo, S. V.

    1982-01-01

    This study examined the effect of long-term administration of reserpine, an adrenergic blocking agent, on cardiac hypertrophy in animals with severe iron deficiency anaemia. This condition was induced by feeding rats on an iron-deficient diet for 30 days from the time of weaning. Anaemia was indicated by lowering of blood haemoglobin levels. Reserpine was administered i.p. (0.15 mg/kg body wt) every day during the experiment. Marked cardiac hypertrophy, as indicated by increase heart weight and increased size of cardiac muscle cells, was evidenced in iron-deficient rats, while the heart weights and myocardial cell size of drug-treated anaemic rats were in the normal range. The successful prevention of cardiac hypertrophy in anaemic iron-deficient rats by reserpine administration supports the hypothesis that noradrenaline plays a key role in the cardiac-hypertrophy process in iron deficiency anaemia. PMID:6212077

  13. Mild hypertension: a clinical trial conducted in hospital general practice.

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    Joesbury, H E; Phillips, C A; Garrett, R T; Wilkes, E; Smith, A J

    1976-12-18

    To compare findings in a hospital trial of hypotensive drugs with those in a general practice trial several patients with mild hypertension were studied at the same time in hospital and in general practice. They received bendrofluazide and potassium chloride or bendrofluazide, potassium chloride, and reserpine according to a double-blind crossover protocol, and blood biochemical values were studied over eight weeks and six months. When reserpine was withdrawn from nine women they followed a modified protocol comparing bendrofluazide and potassium chloride with potassium chloride alone. The blood pressure values measured by the general practitioners were similar to those measured in hospital. Both the diuretic alone and the diuretic with reserpine produced significant falls in blood pressures. Although plasma renin activity increased on diuretic treatment, continued treatment did not produce a further increase, and levels gradually declined towards normal.

  14. Mild hypertension: a clinical trial conducted in hospital general practice.

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    Joesbury, H E; Phillips, C A; Garrett, R T; Wilkes, E; Smith, A J

    1976-01-01

    To compare findings in a hospital trial of hypotensive drugs with those in a general practice trial several patients with mild hypertension were studied at the same time in hospital and in general practice. They received bendrofluazide and potassium chloride or bendrofluazide, potassium chloride, and reserpine according to a double-blind crossover protocol, and blood biochemical values were studied over eight weeks and six months. When reserpine was withdrawn from nine women they followed a modified protocol comparing bendrofluazide and potassium chloride with potassium chloride alone. The blood pressure values measured by the general practitioners were similar to those measured in hospital. Both the diuretic alone and the diuretic with reserpine produced significant falls in blood pressures. Although plasma renin activity increased on diuretic treatment, continued treatment did not produce a further increase, and levels gradually declined towards normal. PMID:793680

  15. The role of brain biogenic amines in the control of pituitary-adrenocortical activity

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    Maickel, R. P.

    1975-01-01

    It was found that pretreatment of animals with desmethyl imipramine antagonized the reserpine-induced sedation without preventing the decline in brain amines or the hypersecretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). The antagonism of reserpine-induced ACTH hypersecretion by the monoamine oxidose (MAO) inhibitor pargyline (MO 911, N-methyl-N-benzyl-2-propynylamine) was studied. Evidence is presented that this antagonism is related to the level of brain biogenic amines maintained during the course of action of the drug. Pretreatment with MAO inhibitors does not affect the ACTH hypersecretion evoked by exposure to cold or chlorpromazine, lending further support to the hypothesis that reserpine-induced ACTH hypersecretion is related to brain amine changes.

  16. GABAergic agents and clonidine attenuate footshock-induced aggression in mice.

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    Aley, K O; Kulkarni, S K

    1989-09-01

    The effects of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), baclofen, and clonidine was studied on footshock-induced aggression in mice. A lower dose (200 mg/kg) of GABA enhanced the aggressive score, while at a higher dose (400 mg/kg) it attenuated the aggressive behavior, the latter effect being reversed both by bicuculline and picrotoxin (PTX). Clonidine (0.5 and 1 mg/kg) enhanced the aggressive score, and the effect of clonidine was reversed by idazoxan. GABA (400 mg/kg) and clonidine (1 mg/kg) significantly reduced the aggressive score in reserpinized mice. Baclofen (5 mg/kg) showed no effect per se in either reserpinized or non-reserpinized mice. On concomitant administration of clonidine (0.5 mg/kg) with a subeffective dose of either GABA, baclofen, or diazepam, there was significant reduction in the aggressive score. A modulatory role of GABAergic and noradrenergic systems in footshock-induced aggression is suggested.

  17. The role of brain biogenic amines in the control of pituitary-adrenocortical activity

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    Maickel, R. P.

    1975-01-01

    It was found that pretreatment of animals with desmethyl imipramine antagonized the reserpine-induced sedation without preventing the decline in brain amines or the hypersecretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). The antagonism of reserpine-induced ACTH hypersecretion by the monoamine oxidose (MAO) inhibitor pargyline (MO 911, N-methyl-N-benzyl-2-propynylamine) was studied. Evidence is presented that this antagonism is related to the level of brain biogenic amines maintained during the course of action of the drug. Pretreatment with MAO inhibitors does not affect the ACTH hypersecretion evoked by exposure to cold or chlorpromazine, lending further support to the hypothesis that reserpine-induced ACTH hypersecretion is related to brain amine changes.

  18. Perirenal hemorrhage syndrome in market turkey toms: effect of management factors.

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    Frank, R K; Noll, S L; el Halawani, M; Newman, J A; Halvorson, D A; Ruth, G R

    1990-01-01

    Differences in the overall mortality rates and mortality due to perirenal hemorrhage syndrome (PHS) were compared in large white Nicholas tom turkeys. The study evaluated the effects of 1) four different light and temperature treatments; 2) three feed additives proposed to have anti-stress effects (reserpine, acetylsalicylic acid, and increased calcium); 3) toe-clipping on mortality, various disease conditions, and production parameters. Mortality varied from 0.60% to 3.57% among groups. Increased room temperature (21 C), toe-clipping, step-up/step-down lighting, and dietary reserpine reduced the incidence of PHS as compared with lower room temperature (13 C), no toe-clipping, intermittent lighting (2 hours light, 4 hours dark), and no dietary reserpine. Dietary aspirin or elevated calcium levels had no effect on PHS incidence. Overall mortality was greatest in the warmer rooms.

  19. Small-molecule screen in adult Drosophila identifies VMAT as a regulator of sleep.

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    Nall, Aleksandra H; Sehgal, Amita

    2013-05-08

    Sleep is an important physiological state, but its function and regulation remain elusive. In Drosophila melanogaster, a useful model organism for studying sleep, forward genetic screens have identified important sleep-modulating genes and pathways; however, the results of such screens may be limited by developmental abnormalities or lethality associated with mutation of certain genes. To circumvent these limitations, we used a small-molecule screen to identify sleep-modulating genes and pathways. We administered 1280 pharmacologically active small molecules to adult flies and monitored their sleep. We found that administration of reserpine, a small-molecule inhibitor of the vesicular monoamine transporter (VMAT) that repackages monoamines into presynaptic vesicles, resulted in an increase in sleep. Supporting the idea that VMAT is the sleep-relevant target of reserpine, we found that VMAT-null mutants have an increased sleep phenotype, as well as an increased arousal threshold and resistance to the effects of reserpine. However, although the VMAT mutants are consistently resistant to reserpine, other aspects of their sleep phenotype are dependent on genetic background. These findings indicate that small-molecule screens can be used effectively to identify sleep-modulating genes whose phenotypes may be suppressed in traditional genetic screens. Mutations affecting single monoamine pathways did not affect reserpine sensitivity, suggesting that effects of VMAT/reserpine on sleep are mediated by multiple monoamines. Overall, we identify VMAT as an important regulator of sleep in Drosophila and demonstrate that small-molecule screens provide an effective approach to identify genes and pathways that impact adult Drosophila behavior.

  20. Toxic alkaloids and their interaction with microsomal cytochrome P-450 in vitro.

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    Peeples, A; Dalvi, R R

    1982-12-01

    Studies on the binding spectra of certain alkaloids with rat liver microsomes revealed that brucine, scopolamine and strychnine are type I compounds, whereas boldine, emetine, nicotine, reserpine and sanguinarine show type II binding. In contrast, colchicine and solanine failed to produce any measurable binding spectra. In vitro incubation of colchicine, nicotine or scopolamine with microsomal suspensions and NADPH resulted in demethylation of these alkaloids, while the incubation of boldine, brucine, emetine, reserpine, sanguinarine or solanine showed little or no dealkylation reaction. Furthermore, the effect of these alkaloids on the in vitro microsomal metabolism of a drug, benzphetamine, has also been studied.

  1. Influence of WA-335, a factor which blocks serotonin receptors, on neuroleptic-induced catalepsy.

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    Maj, J; Sowińska, H; Baran, L

    1976-01-01

    In a previous study, anticataleptic action of cyproheptadine was reported. The present investigation deals with the influence of WA-335 (9,10-dihydro-10-(1-methyl-4-piperidylidene)-9-anthrol), another antagonist of serotonin, on catalepsy induced in rats with spiroperidol, pimozide, fluphenazine and reserpine. WA-335 antagonized catalepsy induced by these neuroleptics (the effect on reserpine-induced catalepsy was weakest). Joint administration of WA-335 and L-DOPA with an inhibitor of peripheral decarboxylase, or WA-335 and amantadine produced a stronger antagonistic effect (spiroperidol catalepsy) than either of these substances separately. WA-335 did not prevent catalepsy induced with physostigmine.

  2. Does alprazolam, in contrast to diazepam, activate alpha 2-adrenoceptors involved in the regulation of rat growth hormone secretion?

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    Eriksson, E; Carlsson, M; Nilsson, C; Söderpalm, B

    1986-04-21

    The conventional benzodiazepine diazepam and the novel triazolobenzodiazepine alprazolam were compared with respect to effects on growth hormone (GH) release in reserpine pretreated rats. The reserpine pretreatment was undertaken to eliminate brain monoaminergic influence on GH secretion, hence obtaining a low GH baseline from which a drug induced increase could be easily detected. Previous studies have indicated that activation of brain alpha 2-adrenoceptors is an indispensable prerequisite for GH release induced by other agents such as serotonin and opiate receptor agonists. In line with these findings, diazepam was found to induce GH release in reserpine pretreated rats only when the alpha 2-receptor agonist clonidine was simultaneously administered. In contrast, alprazolam caused a dose-dependent increase in plasma GH when given alone to reserpine pretreated rats. This effect of alprazolam was effectively antagonized by either of the two selective alpha 2-receptor antagonists yohimbine or idazoxane. The data indicate that alprazolam, but not diazepam, activates brain alpha 2-adrenoceptors involved in rat GH regulation. The possibility that an alpha 2-agonistic profile of alprazolam may contribute to the suggested effectiveness of the drug in the treatment of panic disorder is discussed.

  3. Feasibility Study of Pharmacological Treatment to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality After Brain Injury

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    1990-11-12

    amphetamine accelerated recoveri fron the hemiplegia induced by ablation or contusion injury to rat sensorimotor cortex After a unilateral contusion produced...animals, hemiplegia remained at baseline disability levels. This reserpine blockade of recovery from hemiplegia occurs during the potentiation of...recovery from hemiplegia without altering the drug induced stereotypies or increases in spontaneous activity. The other experiment examined the effects

  4. Quantification and characterization of alkaloids from roots of Rauwolfia serpentina using ultra high performance liquid chromatography-photo diode array-mass spectrometry (UHPLC-PDA-MS)

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    The roots of Rauwolfia serpentina (L.) Benth. ex Kurz has been used in native Indian medicine for treatment of various illnesses and has been mainly used to treat hypertension. Reserpine is potent substance which shared both central nervous system depressant and hypotensive actions. An UHPLC-UV meth...

  5. Effects of 071031B, a novel serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, on monoamine system in mice and rats.

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    Xue, Rui; He, Xin-Hua; Yuan, Li; Chen, Hong-Xia; Zhang, Li-Ming; Yong, Zheng; Yu, Gang; Fan, Shi-Yong; Li, Yun-Feng; Zhong, Bo-Hua; Zhang, You-Zhi

    2016-01-01

    Our previous study indicated that 071031B, a novel potential serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, showed robust antidepressant activity in multiple depression models, and could simultaneously inhibit 5-HT and NE reuptake in vitro. The present study was to evaluate the effects of 071031B on monoamine system in vivo, by using pharmacological models, including 5-HTP induced head-twitch test, yohimbine toxicity potentiation test, and reserpine induced hypothermia test, and determining monoamine transmitter levels in reserpine induced monoamine depletion model or chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) model. Results in pharmacological models indicated that acute administration of 071031B at 5-20 mg/kg significantly enhanced 5-HTP induced head-twitch behavior, potentiated yohimbine induced lethal rate, and reversed reserpine induced hypothermia. Further monoamine assays demonstrated that acute or chronic administration of 071031B at 10 or 20 mg/kg increased 5-HT and/or NE levels in various brain regions in reserpine or CUS induced monoamine depletion models, respectively, without effect on DA and its metabolites. Our results revealed that 071031B produces potent inhibition of 5-HT and NE reuptake in vivo.

  6. Contribution of monoaminergic nervous system in potentiation of 2-sec-butylphenyl N-methylcarbamate (BPMC) toxicity by malathion in male mice.

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    Takahashi, H; Tanaka, J; Tsuda, S; Shirasu, Y

    1987-04-01

    Malathion-induced marked potentiation of BPMC toxicity (about fivefold) was analyzed by measuring LD50 as an index of acute toxicity. The acute lethality of BPMC was decreased by muscarinic blockers (atropine, methylatropine, or trihexyphenidyl) or a monoamine oxidase inhibior (pargyline) and increased by a monoamine depleter (reserpine) or a dopaminergic blocker (haloperidol). The potentiation observed with BPMC and malathion was decreased by the muscarinic blockers, monoamine depleters (reserpine, alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine), an alpha-noradrenergic blocker (phentolamine), or haloperidol. The acute toxicities of other N-methylcarbamates MPMC (3,4-dimethylphenyl N-methylcarbamate), MTMC (3-methylphenyl N-methylcarbamate), NAC (1-naphthyl N-methylcarbamate), and XMC (3,5-dimethylphenyl N-methylcarbamate) were potentiated by malathion to a lesser degree than that of BPMC. Atropine protected against the lethalities of all N-methylcarbamates. Reserpine or haloperidol potentiated the lethalities of N-methylcarbamates with a similar tendency toward malathion. When the inhibitory effect of each N-methylcarbamate on brain acetylcholinesterase (AChE) was compared with its LD50, among five N-methylcarbamates BPMC had particularly strong anti-AChE activity. This characteristic of BPMC was not observed after the treatment with reserpine. These results suggest that BPMC may act not only on cholinergic nerves as an anti-AChE, but also on monoaminergic nerves which antagonize the lethal cholinergic effect. Malathion might inhibit the effect of BPMC on the monoaminergic nerves, thereby markedly potentiating the lethal effect of BPMC.

  7. Hypertension after clonidine withdrawal.

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    Husserl, F E; deCarvalho, J G; Batson, H M; Frohlich, E D

    1978-05-01

    Rebound hypertension occurred in two patients upon clonidine withdrawal. Treatment of the hypertensive crisis consists of both alpha- and beta-adrenergic receptor blockade, reserpine, or the reintroduction of clonidine. With effective control of pressure during the crisis, long-term antihypertensive therapy must be resumed.

  8. Neuroprotective effect of EGb761® and low-dose whole-body γ-irradiation in a rat model of Parkinson's disease.

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    El-Ghazaly, Mona A; Sadik, Nermin A H; Rashed, Engy R; Abd-El-Fattah, Amal A

    2015-12-01

    Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer's disease. The present study was undertaken to investigate the pretreatment effects of standardized Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb761(®)) and low-dose whole-body γ-irradiation on the neurological dysfunction in the reserpine model of PD. Male Wistar rats were pretreated orally with EGb761 or fractionated low-dose whole-body γ-irradiation or their combination, then subjected to intraperitoneal injection of reserpine (5 mg/kg body weight) 24 h after the final dose of EGb761 or radiation. Reserpine injection resulted in the depletion of striatal dopamine (DA) level, increased catalepsy score, increased oxidative stress indicated via depletion of glutathione (GSH), increased malondialdehyde (MDA) and iron levels, decreased DA metabolites metabolizing enzymes; indicated by inhibition by glutathione-S-transferase, and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH)-quinone oxidoreductase (NQO) activities, mitochondrial dysfunction; indicated by declined complex I activity, and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) level and increased apoptosis; indicated by decreased mitochondrial B cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) protein level and by transmission electron microscope. EGb761 and low-dose γ-radiation ameliorated the reserpine-induced state of oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and apoptosis in brain. It can be concluded that EGb761, a widely used herbal medicine and low dose of γ-irradiation have protective effects for combating Parkinsonism possibly via replenishment of GSH levels.

  9. [The antidepressive properties of anaprilin].

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    Arushanian, E B; Beĭer, E V

    1992-10-01

    After chronic administration of propranolol (1 and 5 mg/kg, 14 days) to rats time-course of forced swimming changed with the decrease of rhythmical index of depression. The drug attenuated depressogenic properties of reserpine and clonidine. Propranolol antidepressive activity is attributed to blockade cerebral adrenoreceptors.

  10. Active Efflux of Norfloxacin by Bacteroides fragilis

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    Miyamae, Shin; Nikaido, Hiroshi; Tanaka, Yoshinobu; Yoshimura, Fuminobu

    1998-01-01

    Norfloxacin was actively pumped out by Bacteroides fragilis, which is intrinsically resistant to most fluoroquinolones. Reserpine moderately inhibited the efflux. A one-step spontaneous mutant had increased resistance to norfloxacin, ethidium bromide, and puromycin, a result suggesting that the efflux is catalyzed by a multidrug pump with specificity similar to that of NorA/Bmr. PMID:9687419

  11. Evidence against an essential role of endogenous brain dopamine in methamphetamine-induced dopaminergic neurotoxicity.

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    Yuan, J; Callahan, B T; McCann, U D; Ricaurte, G A

    2001-06-01

    The present studies examined the role of endogenous dopamine (DA) in methamphetamine (METH)-induced dopaminergic neurotoxicity while controlling for temperature-related neuroprotective effects of the test compounds, reserpine and alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine (AMPT). To determine if the vesicular pool of DA was essential for the expression of METH-induced DA neurotoxicity, reserpine (3 mg/kg, given iintraperitoneally 24-26 h prior to METH) was given prior to a toxic dose regimen of METH. Despite severe striatal DA deficits during the period of METH exposure, mice treated with reserpine prior to METH developed long-term reductions in striatal DA axonal markers, suggesting that vesicular DA stores were not crucial for the development of METH neurotoxicity, but leaving open the possibility that cytoplasmic DA might be involved. To evaluate this possibility, cytoplasmic DA stores were depleted with AMPT prior to METH administration. When this study was carried out at 28 degrees C, complete neuroprotection was observed, likely due to lingering effects on core temperature because when the same study was repeated at 33 degrees C (to eliminate AMPT's hypothermic effect in METH-treated animals), the previously observed neuroprotection was no longer evident. In the third and final set of experiments, mice were pretreated with a combination of reserpine and AMPT, to deplete both vesicular and cytoplasmic DA pools, and to reduce striatal DA levels to negligible values during the period of METH administration (< 0.05%). When core temperature differences were eliminated by raising ambient temperature, METH-induced DA neurotoxic changes were evident in mice pretreated with reserpine and AMPT. Collectively, these findings bring into question the view that endogenous DA plays an essential role in METH-induced DA neurotoxicity.

  12. M-currents (Kv7.2-7.3/KCNQ2-KCNQ3) Are Responsible for Dysfunctional Autonomic Control in Hypertensive Rats

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    Berg, Torill

    2016-01-01

    Autonomic dysfunctions play important roles in hypertension, heart failure and arrhythmia, often with a detrimental and fatal effect. The present study analyzed if these dysfunctions involved M-channels (members of the Kv7/KNCQ family) in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Cardiac output and heart rate (HR) were recorded by a flow probe on the ascending aorta in anesthetized SHR and normotensive rats (WKY), and blood pressure (BP) by a femoral artery catheter. Total peripheral vascular resistance (TPR) was calculated. XE-991 (Kv7.1-7.4-inhibitor) reduced resting HR in WKY but only after reserpine in SHR. XE-991 increased TPR and BP baseline in both strains. Retigabine (Kv7.2-7.5-opener) reduced HR, TPR and BP, also after reserpine. Depolarization induced by 3,4-diaminopyridine (3,4-DAP), a voltage-sensitive K+ channel (Kv) inhibitor, activated release of both acetylcholine and norepinephrine, thus activating an initial, cholinergic bradycardia in SHR, followed by sustained, norepinephrine-dependant tachycardia in both strains. XE-991 augmented the initial 3,4-DAP-induced bradycardia and eliminated the late tachycardia in SHR, but not in WKY. The increased bradycardia was eliminated by hexamethonium and methoctramine (M2muscarinic receptor antagonist) but not reserpine. Retigabine eliminated the increased bradycardia observed in reserpinized SHR. XE-991 also increased 3,4-DAP-stimulated catecholamine release, but not after hexamethonium or reserpine. Conclusions: M-currents hampered parasympathetic ganglion excitation and, through that, vagal control of HR, in SHR but not WKY. M-currents also opposed catecholamine release in SHR but not in WKY. M-currents represented a vasodilatory component in resting TPR-control, with no strain-related difference detected. Excessive M-currents may represent the underlying cause of autonomic dysfunctions in hypertension. PMID:27965589

  13. Sensitivity changes to morphine and other drugs induced by cholinergic blockade.

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    Contreras, E; Tamayo, L; Quijada, L

    1975-04-01

    Mice were given several atropine injections at a high dosage level. After 2 to 5 days of cessation of treatment the effects of morphine, arecoline, amphetamine, pentylenetetrazol, reserpine, and hexobarbital were determined and compared with those found in saline injected controls. The influence of atropine treatment on tolerance development to morphine was also studied. After withdrawal of atropine a reduction of the analgesic responses to morphine and arecoline was observed. A decrease in hexobarbital sleeping time was also found. There was no significant influence on the analgesic effect of amphetamine, on the depressant action of reserpine, and on the convulsant effect of pentylenetetrazol. The influence of the administration and further withdrawal of atropine on tolerance development to morphine was masked by the concomitant reduction of morphine analgesia. It was impossible to observe a supersensitivity to the pharmacological agents studied.

  14. Anti-ulcer effect of the hot water extract of black tea (Camellia sinensis).

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    Maity, S; Vedasiromoni, J R; Ganguly, D K

    1995-06-01

    The effect of the hot water extract of black tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze, Theaceae) on ulceration induced by various ulcerogens and by cold restraint stress (CRS) was investigated in albino rats. While prior administration of tea extract for 7 days significantly reduced the incidence of ulcer, ulcer number and ulcer index produced by aspirin, indomethacin, ethanol, reserpine and CRS, it failed to inhibit the ulcers induced by serotonin and histamine. Tea extract also favourably altered the changes in acid and peptic activity of gastric secretion induced by aspirin, indomethacin, ethanol, reserpine and CRS. The observations suggest that the hot water extract of black tea possesses anti-ulcer activity, probably mediated through prostaglandins.

  15. CHLORPROMAZINE ALONE AND WITH RESERPINE—Use in the Treatment of Mental Diseases

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    Hollister, Leo E.; Jones, Kenneth P.; Brownfield, Bernard; Johnson, Franklin

    1955-01-01

    One hundred psychiatric patients were treated with chlorpromazine, alone or combined with reserpine. Fifty-six per cent of patients with chronic schizophrenic reactions showed moderate or pronounced improvement when treated with chlorpromazine alone. The results of treatment with the combined drugs were not so good as that. Indications are that treatment of patients with chronic schizophrenic reactions is more efficacious with these drugs than with other forms of somatic therapy. Complications of treatment were far greater with combined use of chlorpromazine and reserpine. For this reason, the combination appears to have limited usefulness. The Parkinson syndrome was the most frequent complication of large doses of these drugs. It appears to be a toxic reaction, requiring reduction in dosage. Jaundice appears to be neither a frequent nor a serious complication of treatment. PMID:13250424

  16. Stereochemistry of C7-allyl yohimbine explored by X-ray crystallography

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    Kagawa, Natsuko; Masuda, Yoshitake; Morimoto, Tsumoru; Kakiuchi, Kiyomi

    2013-03-01

    X-ray crystallographic analysis revealed that the palladium-catalyzed β-allylation of yohimbine proceeded in a (7S)-selective manner. The crystal structure had an indolenine unit that was generally unstable in air. A stereoselective outcome was obtained when the palladium π-allyl complex approached yohimbine from the less-hindered pro-S side. However, during reserpine allylation—because the structure of reserpine is that of a transoid-3, 15-ring junction—the palladium π-allyl complex approached from both sides: pro-S and pro-R. A computational method was developed to discuss this selectivity. Experimental details and considerations of the reaction are provided.

  17. Antidepressant-like effects of L-theanine in the forced swim and tail suspension tests in mice.

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    Yin, Cui; Gou, Lingshan; Liu, Yi; Yin, Xiaoxing; Zhang, Ling; Jia, Genguang; Zhuang, Xuemei

    2011-11-01

    L-theanine (γ-glutamylethylamide), an amino acid component of green tea, has been shown to reduce mental and physical stress, and to improve memory function. In this study, the antidepressant effect of L-theanine was investigated in mice using the forced swim test, tail suspension test, open-field test and reserpine test. L-theanine produced an antidepressant-like effect, since the administration of L-theanine at doses of 1, 4 and 20 mg/kg for 10 successive days significantly reduced the immobility time in both the forced swim test and tail suspension test, compared with the control group, without accompanying changes in ambulation in the open-field test. Moreover, L-theanine significantly antagonized reserpine-induced ptosis and hypothermia. Taken together, these results indicate that L-theanine possessed an antidepressant-like effect in mice, which may be mediated by the central monoaminergic neurotransmitter system.

  18. Anti-depressant-like activity of a novel serotonin type-3 (5-HT3) receptor antagonist in rodent models of depression.

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    Gupta, Deepali; Devadoss, Thangaraj; Bhatt, Shvetank; Gautam, Baldev; Jindal, Ankur; Pandey, Dilip; Mahesh, Radhakrishnan

    2011-08-01

    N-Cyclohexyl-3-methoxyquinoxalin-2-carboxamide (QCM-13), a novel 5-HT3 antagonist identified from a series of compounds with higher pA2 (7.6) and good log P (2.91) value was screened in rodent models of depression such as forced swim test (FST), tail suspension test (TST), interaction studies with standard anti-depressants and confirmatory studies such as reversal of parthenolide induced depression and reserpine induced hypothermia. In FST (2 and 4 mg/kg) and TST (2 and 4 mg/kg), QCM-13 significantly reduced the duration of immobility in mice without affecting the base line locomotion. QCM-13 (2 and 4 mg/kg) was also found to have significant interaction with standard anti-depressants (fluoxetine and bupropion in FST and TST respectively). Further, reversal of parthenolide induced depression in mice and reserpine induced hypothermia in rat models indicate the serotonergic influence of QCM-13 for anti-depressant potential.

  19. Recovery of memory following forgetting induced by depletion of biogenic amines.

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    Quartermain, D; Judge, M E

    1983-02-01

    Following depletion of biogenic amines by reserpine, mice were trained to avoid one compartment of a shuttle box by employing the procedures of Pavlovian fear conditioning. Retention was tested one week later using both an active and a passive measure. A robust amnesia was apparent in reserpine-treated animals on both retention measures. Treatment with the mixed dopamine-serotonin agonist lisuride 30 min prior to the test alleviated the memory loss. Since improved retention in the drug treated mice was indexed by increased response latencies in the passive test and decreased latencies in the active test it is unlikely that the improvement in performance was the result of non-specific effects on activity. The results are consistent with the hypothesis that lisuride treatment before testing facilitates retrieval processes.

  20. On the mechanism of the coronary dilator effect of serotonin in the dog.

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    Mena, M A; Vidrio, H

    1976-03-01

    In experiments designed to determine the nature of the coronary dilator effect of serotonin the influence of intracoronary administration of the amine on coronary perfusion pressure, heart rate and ventricular contractile force was assessed in anesthetized open-chest dogs in which the left coronary artery was perfused with blood at a constant rate. Serotonin elicited dose-related decreases in coronary perfusion pressure and increases in contractile force, and lowered heart rate slightly. The dilator response was antagonized by methysergide, slightly potentiated by practolol and unaffected by reserpine. The inotropic effect was partially antagonized by methysergide and completely blocked by practolol and reserpine. It is concluded that serotonin induces coronary dilatation by direct stimulation of specific receptors that this effect is independent of the cardiac stimulation produced by the amine, and the latter response is mediated through beta1-adrenoceptors activated by released norepinephrine.

  1. Lobeline effects on tonic and methamphetamine-induced dopamine release

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    Wilhelm, Clare J.; Johnson, Robert A.; Eshleman, Amy J.; Janowsky, Aaron

    2008-01-01

    The mechanisms of interaction between lobeline and the dopamine transporter (DAT) or the vesicular monoamine transporter (VMAT-2) are not clear. The goal of this study was to elucidate the effects of lobeline on these transporters in a cell system co-expressing the DAT and VMAT-2. Lobeline caused release of [3H]dopamine to a similar extent as reserpine (VMAT-2 inhibitor), but was less efficacious than methamphetamine or dopamine. Additionally, lobeline decreased the [3H]dopamine releasing effects of methamphetamine, unlike reserpine which increased release by methamphetamine. These results suggest that lobeline has unique properties at the DAT and VMAT-2 which may make it useful as a pharmacotherapeutic to treat methamphetamine abuse. PMID:18191815

  2. Differences in cardiovascular responses to peripherally administered GABA as influenced by basal conditions and type of anaesthesia.

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

    1986-07-01

    The cardiovascular (blood pressure, heart rate, cardiac contractility) effects of i.v. gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) were investigated in guinea-pigs anaesthetized with barbitone or urethane. GABA (0.1-10 mg kg-1) produced a transient 'depressive' effect on cardiovascular parameters which in barbitone-anaesthetized animals was followed by a transient 'excitatory' effect. Resting cardiovascular parameters were higher in urethane-as compared to barbitone-anaesthetized animals. Picrotoxin pretreatment (2 mg kg-1, i.v.) barely affected the cardiovascular changes produced by GABA in barbitone-anaesthetized animals. In picrotoxin pretreated animals anaesthetized with urethane, GABA produced an initial depression of cardiovascular parameters followed by an excitatory phase. Hexamethonium (20 mg kg-1, i.v.) suppressed or reduced markedly the GABA-induced cardiovascular changes both in barbitone- or urethane- anaesthetized animals. Reserpine pretreatment lowered resting cardiovascular parameters. In these animals, regardless of type of anaesthesia, the effects of i.v. GABA were of the 'excitatory' type only. Reserpine pretreated animals anaesthetized with barbitone were selected for further experiments. Various GABAA receptor agonists (homotaurine, muscimol, THIP, 5-aminovaleric acid) mimicked the 'excitatory' effect of GABA in reserpine pretreated animals anesthetized with barbitone and prevented the effects of subsequent GABA administration. On the other hand (+/-)-baclofen, a selective GABAB receptor agonist, had a slight depressant effect and did not prevent the 'excitatory' cardiovascular effects of GABA. Neither bicuculline nor picrotoxin pretreatment prevented the 'excitatory' cardiovascular effect of i.v. GABA in reserpine pretreated, guinea-pigs anaesthetized with barbitone. In adrenalectomized guinea-pigs or in preparations receiving i.v. phentolamine plus propranolol, GABA produced only a small 'depressant' effect on cardiovascular parameters. These findings

  3. Is serotonin in enteric nerves required for distension-evoked peristalsis and propulsion of content in guinea-pig distal colon?

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    Sia, T C; Flack, N; Robinson, L; Kyloh, M; Nicholas, S J; Brookes, S J; Wattchow, D A; Dinning, P; Oliver, J; Spencer, N J

    2013-06-14

    Recent studies have shown genetic deletion of the gene that synthesizes 5-HT in enteric neurons (tryptophan hydroxylase-2, Tph-2) leads to a reduction in intestinal transit. However, deletion of the Tph-2 gene also leads to major developmental changes in enteric ganglia, which could also explain changes in intestinal transit. We sought to investigate this further by acutely depleting serotonin from enteric neurons over a 24-h period, without the confounding influences induced by genetic manipulation. Guinea-pigs were injected with reserpine 24h prior to euthanasia. Video-imaging and spatio-temporal mapping was used to record peristalsis evoked by natural fecal pellets, or slow infusion of intraluminal fluid. Immunohistochemical staining for 5-HT was used to detect the presence of serotonin in the myenteric plexus. It was found that endogenous 5-HT was always detected in myenteric ganglia of control animals, but never in guinea-pigs treated with reserpine. Interestingly, peristalsis was still reliably evoked by either intraluminal fluid, or fecal pellets in reserpine-treated animals that also had their entire mucosa and submucosal plexus removed. In these 5-HT depleted animals, there was no change in the frequency of peristalsis or force generated during peristalsis. In control animals, or reserpine treated animals, high concentrations (up to 10 μM) of ondansetron and SDZ-205-557, or granisetron and SDZ-205-557 had no effect on peristalsis. In summary, acute depletion of serotonin from enteric nerves does not prevent distension-evoked peristalsis, nor propulsion of luminal content. Also, we found no evidence that 5-HT3 and 5-HT4 receptor activation is required for peristalsis, or propulsion of contents to occur. Taken together, we suggest that the intrinsic mechanisms that generate peristalsis and entrain propagation along the isolated guinea-pig distal colon are independent of 5-HT in enteric neurons or the mucosa, and do not require the activation of 5-HT3 or 5

  4. Neuropharmacological agents modifying endotoxin-induced changes in mice1

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    Wright, David J M; Weller, Malcolm P I

    1980-01-01

    A variety of neuropharmacological agents were tested to elucidate how chlorpromazine influenced an endotoxin-induced reaction. The results obtained, particularly with beta-adrenergic blocking agents, reserpine and fusaric acid, suggested that the primary locus of chlorpromazine's action was mediated by peripheral beta-adrenergic receptor blockade. Such a locus is compatible with the low doses of propranolol which suppress the reaction, and with successful treatment of shock with dopamine. PMID:6112273

  5. d-Fenfluramine and salbutamol: two drugs causing anorexia through different neurochemical mechanisms.

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    Garattini, S; Samanin, R

    1984-01-01

    Recent studies on some neurochemical and functional effects of d-fenfluramine and salbutamol in rats were summarized. It was found that d-fenfluramine releases serotonin almost exclusively from a reserpine-sensitive pool, but this is not the only mechanism by which it reduces food intake, as reserpine did not change its anorectic activity. The fact that d-norfenfluramine, the active metabolite of d-fenfluramine, uses mainly a reserpine-insensitive pool may help explain the failure of reserpine to reduce d-fenfluramine's effect on food intake. On the other hand, metergoline and chlorimipramine significantly reduced the effect of d-fenfluramine suggesting that drug's uptake into serotonin-confining neurons and serotonin release are important for the anorectic activity. The ability of d-fenfluramine to enhance serotonin function leads to a pattern of effects on various forms of eating that distinguishes this drug from d-amphetamine. In particular, studies with food-rewarded runway behaviour have clearly shown that d-fenfluramine reduces motivation for food whereas no such effect is clear for d-amphetamine. Salbutamol, a beta-adrenergic stimulant, was shown to reduce food intake in rats in a dose-dependent manner through a mechanism which seems to involve beta-adrenergic sites in the brain. The mechanism of action of salbutamol seems to be different from that of d-amphetamine since no cross-tolerance between the two drugs was found as regards their anorectic activity. Moreover, salbutamol and d-amphetamine affected differently some aspects of feeding behaviour in rats.

  6. (-)-1-(Benzofuran-2-yl)-2-propylaminopentane enhances locomotor activity in rats due to its ability to induce dopamine release.

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    Shimazu, S; Takahata, K; Katsuki, H; Tsunekawa, H; Tanigawa, A; Yoneda, F; Knoll, J; Akaike, A

    2001-06-15

    "Catecholaminergic and serotoninergic activity enhancer" effects are newly found mechanisms of action of a class of compound that enhance impulse propagation-mediated release of catecholamines and serotonin in the brain. In the present study, (-)-1-(benzofuran-2-yl)-2-propylaminopentane hydrochloride [(-)-BPAP HCl], a compound with selective and potent "catecholaminergic and serotoninergic activity enhancer" effects, was tested for its efficacy to potentiate locomotor activity in normal rats and to attenuate hypolocomotion in reserpine-treated rats. (-)-BPAP HCl potentiated locomotor activity in non-habituated rats during a 2-h observation period dose-dependently (0.3-10 mg/kg). (-)-BPAP HCl (1-3 mg/kg) was also effective to reverse reserpine-induced hypolocomotion. The effects of (-)-BPAP HCl in normal and reserpine-treated rats were attenuated by the dopamine D1 receptor antagonist, R(+)-7-chloro-8-hydroxy-3-methyl-1-phenyl-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-3-benzazepine (SCH 23390), suggesting that the effects of (-)-BPAP HCl were mediated by activation of the dopaminergic system. In addition, the administration of (-)-BPAP HCl increased ipsilateral turning in unilaterally 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned rats, implying presynaptic activation of nigrostriatal dopaminergic terminals by (-)-BPAP HCl. Furthermore, although antiparkinsonian agents, such as apomorphine and amantadine, failed to improve reserpine-induced ptosis, (-)-BPAP HCl significantly improved ptosis. These findings suggested that a "catecholaminergic and serotoninergic activity enhancer" compound, (-)-BPAP, stimulates motor function in rats and improves motor deficits in animal models of Parkinson's disease due to its ability to induce dopamine release.

  7. Depletion of cardiac catecholamine stores impairs cardiac norepinephrine re-uptake by downregulation of the norepinephrine transporter

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    Kreusser, Michael M.; Lehmann, Lorenz H.; Haass, Markus; Buss, Sebastian J.; Katus, Hugo A.; Lossnitzer, Dirk

    2017-01-01

    In heart failure (HF), a disturbed cardiac norepinephrine (NE) homeostasis is characterized by depleted cardiac NE stores, impairment of the cardiac NE re-uptake by the neuronal norepinephrine transporter (NET) and enhanced cardiac NE net release. Reduced cardiac NE content appears to be caused by enhanced cardiac NE net release from sympathetic neurons in HF, triggered by neurohumoral activation. However, it remains unclear whether reduced NE itself has an impact on cardiac NE re-uptake, independent of neurohumoral activation. Here, we evaluated whether depletion of cardiac NE stores alone can regulate cardiac NE re-uptake. Treatment of Wistar rats with reserpine (5 mg/kg/d) for one (1d) or five days (5d) resulted in markedly reduced cardiac NE content, comparable to NE stores in experimental HF due to pressure overload. In order to assess cardiac NE re-uptake, the specific cardiac [3H]-NE uptake via the NET in a Langendorff preparation was measured. Reserpine treatment led to decreased NE re-uptake at 1d and 5d compared to saline treatment. Expression of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), the rate-limiting enzyme of the NE synthesis, was elevated in left stellate ganglia after reserpine. Mechanistically, measurement of NET mRNA expression in left stellate ganglia and myocardial NET density revealed a post-transcriptional downregulation of the NET by reserpine. In summary, present data demonstrate that depletion of cardiac NE stores alone is sufficient to impair cardiac NE re-uptake via downregulation of the NET, independent of systemic neurohumoral activation. Knowledge about the regulation of the cardiac NE homeostasis may offer novel therapeutic strategies in HF. PMID:28282374

  8. The Effect of Propranolol on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Burned Service Members

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    2009-02-01

    no effect on memory without re- activation.17 However, one of the side effects of pro- pranolol is sleep disruption and sedation.21,22 This study...8. 22. Paykel ES, Fleminger R, Watson JP. Psychiatric side effects of antihypertensive drugs other than reserpine. J Clin Psycho- pharmacol 1982;2:14...The Effect of Propranolol on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Burned Service Members Laura L. McGhee, PhD,* Christopher V. Maani, MD,* Thomas H

  9. Fluvoxamine, a specific 5-hydroxytryptamine uptake inhibitor.

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    Claassen, V; Davies, J E; Hertting, G; Placheta, P

    1977-08-01

    1. On the basis of both in vitro and in vivo experiments fluvoxamine has been characterized as a potential anti-depressant drug with almost exclusively 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) uptake inhibiting properties. 2. Fluvoxamine is effective in inhibiting 5-ht uptake by blood platelets and brain synaptosomes. Due to inhibition of the membrane pump the compound prevents 5-HT depletion by the tyramine-derivatives H 75/12 and H 77/77. As a result of the interference with the neuronal re-uptake mechanism for 5-HT, fluvoxamine produces a decreased 5-HT turnover in the brain. Effects of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) are potentiated in mice and in combination with pargyline, fluvoxamine induces 5-HT-like behavioural effects. 3. In contrast to tricyclic antidepressants, noradrenaline uptake processes are either unaffected or only slightly inhibited by fluvoxamine. The noradrenaline depleting effects of tyramine derivates are not influenced by fluvoxamine. Reserpine effects, such as ptosis are affected only at very high doses of the test compound. The antagonism by fluvoxamine of the reserpine-induced lowering of the pentamethylenetetrazole convulsive threshold can be regarded as due to an effect upon 5-HT uptake. In contrast to the effects of desmethylimipramine and imipramine, no stimulatory effects are found in rats when rapidly acting reserpine-like compounds are given following a dose of fluvoxamine.

  10. Dopamine actions in vitro on enzyme and electrolyte secretion from normal and sympathectomized rat parotid glands.

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    Danielsson, A; Henriksson, R; Sundström, S; Wester, P

    1988-01-01

    1. Adult rats were denervated unilaterally by removal of the left superior cervical ganglion or chemically denervated with 6-hydroxydopamine or reserpine. Two weeks later the parotid glands were used for in vitro secretory studies and their catecholamines and major metabolites were measured. 2. Noradrenaline concentrations were reduced 2 weeks after surgical sympathectomy and reserpine pre-treatment 18 h previously, whereas 6-hydroxydopamine pre-treatment for 3 days reduced both noradrenaline and dopamine concentrations. 3. Dopamine caused a prominent amylase release from incubated control glands. However, a subsensitivity for dopamine-induced amylase release was recorded on the denervated side. 4. Dopamine caused a prominent potassium efflux measured as 86Rb+ efflux from control glands, but was without effect in denervated glands. This is in contrast to noradrenaline-induced 86Rb+ efflux which was equally effective in both denervated and control glands. 5. Dopamine caused [3H]noradrenaline efflux in control glands, but was without effect in surgically denervated glands and in glands pre-treated with reserpine or 6-hydroxydopamine. 6. It is concluded that dopamine-induced potassium release is caused by a presynaptic action on noradrenergic nerves, whereas dopamine-induced amylase release has a presynaptic and a postsynaptic component. The results suggest a specific action of dopamine in salivary glands, with different effects on enzyme release and ionic fluxes. PMID:2473198

  11. Role of Ca(2+) and protein kinase C in the serotonin (5-HT) transport in human platelets.

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    Turetta, L; Bazzan, E; Bertagno, K; Musacchio, E; Deana, R

    2002-05-01

    Accumulation of serotonin (5-HT) into human platelets was not affected by the presence of the extra-cellular calcium chelator EGTA, while decreased by platelet incubation with the membrane permeant chelator BAPTA-AM. Serotonin uptake also diminished upon platelet exposure to EGTA/thapsigargin or EGTA/ionomycin which increased the cytosolic [Ca(2+)] to levels lower than those inducing secretion of dense granules. The latter inhibition depended in part on changes of intra-granular pH, since the accumulation of acridine orange, which is driven into the dense granules by the intra-granular acid pH gradient, was slightly decreased in the presence of EGTA/thapsigargin. These compounds also inhibited the 5-HT uptake in platelets pre-incubated with reserpine and bafilomycin that prevent 5-HT from entering into the dense granules. Inhibitors of protease, protein phosphatase, Na(+)/H(+) exchanger or ciclo-oxygenase activities did not modify the serotonin accumulation. Addition of EGTA/thapsigargin to reserpine-treated, [(14)C]5-HT-loaded, platelets caused an imipramine-insensitive release of labelled serotonin. This release was reduced by both BAPTA-AM or protein kinase C inhibitor bisindoylmaleimide (GF). The latter compound, either alone or together with EGTA/thapsigargin, inhibited the 5-HT accumulation in reserpine-treated platelets. It is concluded that both cytosolic [Ca(2+)] and protein kinase C are involved in the regulation of the plasma membrane 5-HT transport.

  12. Subchronic Arsenic Exposure Induces Anxiety-Like Behaviors in Normal Mice and Enhances Depression-Like Behaviors in the Chemically Induced Mouse Model of Depression.

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    Chang, Chia-Yu; Guo, How-Ran; Tsai, Wan-Chen; Yang, Kai-Lin; Lin, Li-Chuan; Cheng, Tain-Junn; Chuu, Jiunn-Jye

    2015-01-01

    Accumulating evidence implicates that subchronic arsenic exposure causes cerebral neurodegeneration leading to behavioral disturbances relevant to psychiatric disorders. However, there is still little information regarding the influence of subchronic exposure to arsenic-contaminated drinking water on mood disorders and its underlying mechanisms in the cerebral prefrontal cortex. The aim of this study is to assess the effects of subchronic arsenic exposure (10 mg/LAs2O3 in drinking water) on the anxiety- and depression-like behaviors in normal mice and in the chemically induced mouse model of depression by reserpine pretreatment. Our findings demonstrated that 4 weeks of arsenic exposure enhance anxiety-like behaviors on elevated plus maze (EPM) and open field test (OFT) in normal mice, and 8 weeks of arsenic exposure augment depression-like behaviors on tail suspension test (TST) and forced swimming test (FST) in the reserpine pretreated mice. In summary, in this present study, we demonstrated that subchronic arsenic exposure induces only the anxiety-like behaviors in normal mice and enhances the depression-like behaviors in the reserpine induced mouse model of depression, in which the cerebral prefrontal cortex BDNF-TrkB signaling pathway is involved. We also found that eight weeks of subchronic arsenic exposure are needed to enhance the depression-like behaviors in the mouse model of depression. These findings imply that arsenic could be an enhancer of depressive symptoms for those patients who already had the attribute of depression.

  13. 5-HT in the dorsal raphe nucleus is involved in the effects of 100-Hz electro-acupuncture on the pain-depression dyad in rats

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    Wu, Yuan-Yuan; Jiang, Yong-Liang; He, Xiao-Fen; Zhao, Xiao-Yun; Shao, Xiao-Mei; Sun, Jing; Shen, Zui; Shou, Shen-Yun; Wei, Jun-Jun; Ye, Jia-Yu; Yan, Si-Si; Fang, Jian-Qiao

    2017-01-01

    The pain-depression dyad is becoming widespread in the clinic and is attracting increasing attention. A previous study by our group found that 100-Hz electro-acupuncture (EA), but not 2-, 50- and 2/100-Hz EA, was effective against the reserpine-induced pain-depression dyad. This finding is in contrast to the fact that low-frequency EA is commonly used to treat supraspinal-originating diseases. The present study aimed to investigate the mechanism underlying the effects of 100-Hz EA on the pain-depression dyad. Repeated reserpine injection was found to induce allodynia and depressive behaviors in rats. It decreased 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) levels and immunoreactive expressions in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN). 100-Hz EA alleviated the pain-depression dyad and upregulated 5-HT in the DRN of reserpine-injected rats. Intracerebroventricular injection of para-chlorophenylalanine, an inhibitor of 5-HT resynthesis, suppressed the upregulation of 5-HT in the DRN by 100-Hz EA and partially counteracted the analgesic and anti-depressive effects of 100-Hz EA. The present study was the first to demonstrate that 5-HT in the DRN is involved in mediating the analgesic and anti-depressive effects of 100-Hz EA on the pain-depression dyad. This finding provided a scientific basis for high-frequency EA as a potential treatment for the pain-depression dyad. PMID:28672900

  14. Mechanisms of vasoconstrictor responses to KCl in rat isolated perfused tail arteries: interaction with the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist UK14304.

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    Xiao, X H; Rand, M J

    1991-04-17

    The vasoconstriction in rat tail arteries during exposure to 56 mM KCl for 2-5 min consisted of an initial sharp peak followed by a secondary plateau. Both components were reduced by the alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists prazosin and WB4010. In arteries from reserpine-pretreated rats, the plateau was markedly reduced and only slightly further attenuated by prazosin, however the initial peak was not reduced but was now not affected by prazosin. Thus, the response to KCl in arteries from normal rats is partly due to release of noradrenaline, and this occurs to a greater extent in the plateau than in the peak component. Addition of UK14304 during the plateau reduced the vasoconstriction in arteries from normal rats; however, in arteries from reserpine-pretreated rats there was increased vasoconstriction. These effects of UK14304 were abolished by idazoxan and were not affected by prazosin, and can be attributed to prejunctional inhibition of noradrenaline release in arteries from normal rats and postjunctional enhancement of vasoconstriction in arteries from reserpine-pretreated rats.

  15. Subchronic Arsenic Exposure Induces Anxiety-Like Behaviors in Normal Mice and Enhances Depression-Like Behaviors in the Chemically Induced Mouse Model of Depression

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    Chang, Chia-Yu; Guo, How-Ran; Tsai, Wan-Chen; Yang, Kai-Lin; Lin, Li-Chuan

    2015-01-01

    Accumulating evidence implicates that subchronic arsenic exposure causes cerebral neurodegeneration leading to behavioral disturbances relevant to psychiatric disorders. However, there is still little information regarding the influence of subchronic exposure to arsenic-contaminated drinking water on mood disorders and its underlying mechanisms in the cerebral prefrontal cortex. The aim of this study is to assess the effects of subchronic arsenic exposure (10 mg/LAs2O3 in drinking water) on the anxiety- and depression-like behaviors in normal mice and in the chemically induced mouse model of depression by reserpine pretreatment. Our findings demonstrated that 4 weeks of arsenic exposure enhance anxiety-like behaviors on elevated plus maze (EPM) and open field test (OFT) in normal mice, and 8 weeks of arsenic exposure augment depression-like behaviors on tail suspension test (TST) and forced swimming test (FST) in the reserpine pretreated mice. In summary, in this present study, we demonstrated that subchronic arsenic exposure induces only the anxiety-like behaviors in normal mice and enhances the depression-like behaviors in the reserpine induced mouse model of depression, in which the cerebral prefrontal cortex BDNF-TrkB signaling pathway is involved. We also found that eight weeks of subchronic arsenic exposure are needed to enhance the depression-like behaviors in the mouse model of depression. These findings imply that arsenic could be an enhancer of depressive symptoms for those patients who already had the attribute of depression. PMID:26114099

  16. Fluvoxamine, a specific 5-hydroxytryptamine uptake inhibitor.

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    Claassen, V; Davies, J E; Hertting, G; Placheta, P

    1977-01-01

    1. On the basis of both in vitro and in vivo experiments fluvoxamine has been characterized as a potential anti-depressant drug with almost exclusively 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) uptake inhibiting properties. 2. Fluvoxamine is effective in inhibiting 5-ht uptake by blood platelets and brain synaptosomes. Due to inhibition of the membrane pump the compound prevents 5-HT depletion by the tyramine-derivatives H 75/12 and H 77/77. As a result of the interference with the neuronal re-uptake mechanism for 5-HT, fluvoxamine produces a decreased 5-HT turnover in the brain. Effects of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) are potentiated in mice and in combination with pargyline, fluvoxamine induces 5-HT-like behavioural effects. 3. In contrast to tricyclic antidepressants, noradrenaline uptake processes are either unaffected or only slightly inhibited by fluvoxamine. The noradrenaline depleting effects of tyramine derivates are not influenced by fluvoxamine. Reserpine effects, such as ptosis are affected only at very high doses of the test compound. The antagonism by fluvoxamine of the reserpine-induced lowering of the pentamethylenetetrazole convulsive threshold can be regarded as due to an effect upon 5-HT uptake. In contrast to the effects of desmethylimipramine and imipramine, no stimulatory effects are found in rats when rapidly acting reserpine-like compounds are given following a dose of fluvoxamine. PMID:302726

  17. The chlorpromazine enigma.

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    Baumeister, Alan A

    2013-01-01

    Two revolutionary drugs were introduced into psychiatry in the early 1950s for the treatment of agitated mental patients - reserpine and chlorpromazine. These drugs initiated the modern era of drug treatment for schizophrenia and other psychoses. Early research revealed that, although the pharmacological profiles of the two drugs overlapped considerably, they had different mechanisms of action. The mechanism of action of reserpine was determined first: it depletes monoamines from the brain and other tissues. By contrast, chlorpromazine has little or no effect on brain monoamine concentrations. The mystery created by two drugs that have similar pharmacological profiles but different mechanisms of action is the chlorpromazine enigma. For about eight years after the mechanism of action of reserpine was determined, researchers followed several false leads about the mechanism of action of chlorpromazine. Then, in 1963, Arvid Carlsson and Margit Lindqvist proposed that chlorpromazine (and haloperidol) work by blocking "monoaminergic" receptors. It was quickly determined that dopamine receptor blockade was the most important action. Although the idea of chemical communication between central neurons had yet to gain wide acceptance, this idea was central to resolving the chlorpromazine enigma.

  18. Control of Analyte Electrolysis in Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Using Repetitively Pulsed High Voltage

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    Kertesz, Vilmos; Van Berkel, Gary J

    2011-01-01

    Analyte electrolysis using a repetitively pulsed high voltage ion source was investigated and compared to that using a regular, continuously operating direct current high voltage ion source in electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The extent of analyte electrolysis was explored as a function of the length and frequency of the high voltage pulse using the model compound reserpine in positive ion mode. Using +5 kV as the maximum high voltage amplitude, reserpine was oxidized to its 2, 4, 6 and 8-electron oxidation products when direct current high voltage was employed. In contrast, when using a pulsed high voltage, oxidation of reserpine was eliminated by employing the appropriate high voltage pulse length and frequency. This effect was caused by inefficient mass transport of the analyte to the electrode surface during the duration of the high voltage pulse and the subsequent relaxation of the emitter electrode/ electrolyte interface during the time period when the high voltage was turned off. This mode of ESI source operation allows for analyte electrolysis to be quickly and simply switched on or off electronically via a change in voltage pulse variables.

  19. A behavioural study of the effect of pentadecapeptide BPC 157 in Parkinson's disease models in mice and gastric lesions induced by 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydrophyridine.

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    Sikiric, P; Marovic, A; Matoz, W; Anic, T; Buljat, G; Mikus, D; Stancic-Rokotov, D; Separovic, J; Seiwerth, S; Grabarevic, Z; Rucman, R; Petek, M; Ziger, T; Sebecic, B; Zoricic, I; Turkovic, B; Aralica, G; Perovic, D; Duplancic, B; Lovric-Bencic, M; Rotkvic, I; Mise, S; Jagic, V; Hahn, V

    1999-12-01

    The effect of a stomach pentadecapeptide, BPC 157, on Parkinson's disease in mice was investigated, along with its salutary activity on stomach lesions induced by parkinsongenic agents. Parkinsongenic agents, 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) (30.0 mg x kg(-1)b.w. i.p. once daily for 6d, and after 4d once 50.0 mg x kg(-1)b.w. i.p.) or reserpine (5.0 mg x kg(-1)b.w. i.p.) were applied i.p. BPC 157 (1.50 microg or 15.0 ng x kg(-1)b.w. i.p.) was applied 15 min before or alternatively 15 min after each MPTP administration. In reserpine studies, BPC 157 (10.0 microg or 10.0 ng x kg(-1)b.w. i.p.) was given either 15 min before reserpine or in the already established complete catalepsy 24 h thereafter. BPC 157 strongly improved the MPTP-impaired somatosensory orientation and reduced the MPTP-induced hyperactivity, and most importantly, MPTP-motor abnormalities (tremor, akinesia, catalepsy -otherwise very prominent in saline control), leading to almost complete abolition of otherwise regularly lethal course of MPTP treatment in controls. Likewise, in reserpine experiments, BPC 157 strongly prevented the development of otherwise very prominent catalepsy and when applied 24 h thereafter reversed the established catalepsy. In addition, a reduction of reserpine-hypothermy (BPC 157 pre-treatment) and reversal of further prominent temperature fall (BPC 157 post-treatment) have been consistently observed. Taking together these data, as the two most suitable animal models were consistently used and since the high effectiveness was demonstrated in pre- and post-treatment, microg and ng regimens, BPC 157 as an organoprotector should be further therapeutically investigated. Additionally, given in either regimen, pentadecapeptide BPC 157 strongly attenuated the stomach lesions in mice that otherwise consistently appeared in mice treated with the parkinsogenic neurotoxin MPTP.

  20. The effect of adenosine A(2A) receptor antagonists on hydroxyl radical, dopamine, and glutamate in the striatum of rats with altered function of VMAT2.

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    Gołembiowska, Krystyna; Dziubina, Anna

    2012-08-01

    It has been shown that a decreased vesicular monoamine transporter (VMAT2) function and the disruption of dopamine (DA) storage is an early contributor to oxidative damage of dopamine neurons in Parkinson's disease (PD). In our previous study, we demonstrated that adenosine A(2A) receptor antagonists suppressed oxidative stress in 6-hydroxydopamine-treated rats suggesting that this effect may account for neuroprotective properties of drugs. In the present study, rats were injected with reserpine (10 mg/kg sc) and 18 h later the effect of the adenosine A(2A) receptor antagonists 8-(3-chlorostyryl)caffeine (CSC) and 4-(2-[7-amino-2-(2-furyl)[1,2,4]triazolo[2,3-a][1,3,5]triazin-5-ylamino]ethyl)phenol (ZM 241385) on extracellular DA, glutamate and hydroxyl radical formation was studied in the rat striatum using in vivo microdialysis. By disrupting VMAT2 function, reserpine depleted DA stores, and increased glutamate and hydroxyl radical levels in the rat striatum. CSC (1 mg/kg) but not ZM 241385 (3 mg/kg) increased extracellular DA level and production of hydroxyl radical in reserpinised rats. Both antagonists decreased the reserpine-induced increase in extracellular glutamate. L-3,4-Dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) (25 mg/kg) significantly enhanced extracellular DA, had no effect on reserpine-induced hydroxyl radical production and decreased extracellular glutamate concentration. CSC but not ZM 241385 given jointly with L-DOPA increased the effect of L-DOPA on extracellular DA and augmented the reserpine-induced hydroxyl radical production. CSC and ZM 241385 did not influence extracellular glutamate level, which was decreased by L-DOPA. It seems that by decreasing the MAO-dependent DA metabolism rate, CSC raised cytosolic DA and by DA autoxidation, it induced hydroxyl radical overproduction. Thus, the methylxanthine A(2A) receptor antagonists bearing properties of MAO-B inhibitor, like CSC, may cause a risk of oxidative stress resulting from dysfunctional DA storage

  1. The metabotropic glutamate receptor 8 agonist (S)-3,4-DCPG reverses motor deficits in prolonged but not acute models of Parkinson’s disease

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    Johnson, Kari A.; Jones, Carrie K.; Tantawy, Mohammed N.; Bubser, Michael; Marvanova, Marketa; Ansari, M. Sib; Baldwin, Ronald M.; Conn, P. Jeffrey; Niswender, Colleen M.

    2012-01-01

    Metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGlus) are 7 Transmembrane Spanning Receptors (7TMs) that are differentially expressed throughout the brain and modulate synaptic transmission at both excitatory and inhibitory synapses. Recently, mGlus have been implicated as therapeutic targets for many disorders of the central nervous system, including Parkinson’s disease (PD). Previous studies have shown that nonselective agonists of group III mGlus have antiparkinsonian effects in several animal models of PD, suggesting that these receptors represent promising targets for treating the motor symptoms of PD. However, the relative contributions of different group III mGlu subtypes to these effects have not been fully elucidated. Here we report that intracerebroventricular (icv) administration of the mGlu8-selective agonist (S)-3,4-dicarboxyphenylglycine (DCPG [2.5, 10, or 30 nmol]) does not alleviate motor deficits caused by acute (two hour) treatment with haloperidol or reserpine. However, following prolonged pretreatment with haloperidol (three doses evenly spaced over 18–20 hours) or reserpine (18–20 hours), DCPG robustly reverses haloperidol-induced catalepsy and reserpine-induced akinesia. Furthermore, DCPG (10 nmol, icv) reverses the long-lasting catalepsy induced by 20 hour pretreatment with the decanoate salt of haloperidol. Finally, icv administration of DCPG ameliorates forelimb use asymmetry caused by unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine lesion of substantia nigra dopamine neurons. These findings suggest that mGlu8 may partially mediate the antiparkinsonian effects of group III mGlu agonists in animal models of PD in which dopamine depletion or blockade of D2-like dopamine receptors is prolonged and indicate that selective activation of mGlu8 may represent a novel therapeutic strategy for alleviating the motor symptoms of PD. PMID:22546615

  2. Photosensitizer-induced fluorescence of the rat adrenal gland and rat pheochromocytoma cells (PC 12) by meso-tetra(hydroxyphenyl)chlorin (mTHPC)

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    Colombo-Benkmann, Mario; Muhm, Markus; Gahlen, Johannes; Heym, Christine; Senninger, Norbert

    1997-12-01

    Rat adrenal glands exhibit an intense mTHPC-induced fluorescence. The objective of our study was the identification of adrenal cells exhibiting mTHPC-induced fluorescence under normal conditions and under stimulation of adrenal proliferation by reserpine. Furthermore mTHPC-uptake of rat pheochromocytoma (PC 12) cells was investigated. Four male Wistar rats received 0.5 mg mTHPC/kg iv 48 hours before perfusion. Furthermore four rats received reserpine (2 mg/kg im od), bromo-deoxy-uridine (BrdU; 50 mg/kg ip od) each for one week and mTHPC (0.5 mg/kg) 48 hours before perfusion. BrdU was detected immunohistochemically. PC 12-cells were incubated with 0.5 mg mTHPC/l culture medium for 24 or 48 hours. Cells and tissues were examined by fluorescence microscopy. The adrenal cortex exhibited an intense mTHPC-induced fluorescence. The adrenal medulla fluoresced faintly. Reserpine increased fluorescence of intramedullary cells, not coinciding with adrenal proliferation. Cortical fluorescence remained unchanged. PC 12-cells lying singly or in small groups and differentiating cells showed a more intense mTHPC- induced fluorescence than confluent cells. Differences of cortical and medullary uptake of mTHPC are independent of proliferation and may be explained by lipophilia of mTHPC, since adrenocytes have an uptake mechanism for cholesterol. The difference of mTHPC-uptake between PC 12-cells and chromaffin cells implicate the possibility of photodynamic applications for medullary neoplasia.

  3. Identification, characterization and distribution of monoterpene indole alkaloids in Rauwolfia species by Orbitrap Velos Pro mass spectrometer.

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    Kumar, Sunil; Singh, Awantika; Bajpai, Vikas; Kumar, Brijesh

    2016-01-25

    Monoterpene indole alkaloids (MIAs) are medicinally important class of compounds abundant in the roots of Rauwolfia species (Apocynaceae). MIAs such as yohimbine (aphrodisiac agent) and reserpine (antihypertensive, tranquilizer) are the official drugs included in Model List of Essential Drugs of World Health Organization (WHO). Therefore, we have attempt to identify and characterize the MIAs in the crude extracts of six Rauwolfia species using ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography coupled with Orbitrap Velos Pro hybrid mass spectrometer. The identity of the MIAs were construed using the high resolution tandem mass spectrometry (HRMS/MS) spectra of standard compounds 'yohimbine' and 'reserpine' in higher energy collisional dissociation (HCD) and collision-induced dissociation (CID) modes. The diagnostic fragment ions found in HCD mode was highly affected by variation of normalized collision energy (NCE) and gave few product ions ('C-F') while CID produced intense and more diagnostic product ions ('A-F'). Consequently, CID-MS/MS mode provided significantly more structural information about basic skeleton and therefore the recommended mode for analysis of MIAs. Furthermore, six diagnostic fragmentation pathways were established by multi-stage mass analysis (MS(n) (n=5)) analysis which gave information regarding the substitution. Fragment ions 'A-F' revealed the number and position of substituents on indole and terpene moieties. The proposed diagnostic fragmentation pathways have been successfully applied for identification and characterization of MIAs in crude root extracts of six Rauwolfia species. Ten bioactive reserpine class of MIAs were tentatively identified and characterized on the basis of chromatographic and mass spectrometric features as well as HRMS/MS an MS(n) (n=4) analysis.

  4. Elevated blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature in mice lacking the XLαs protein of the Gnas locus is due to increased sympathetic tone.

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    Nunn, Nicolas; Feetham, Claire H; Martin, Jennifer; Barrett-Jolley, Richard; Plagge, Antonius

    2013-10-01

    Imbalances of energy homeostasis are often associated with cardiovascular complications. Previous work has shown that Gnasxl-deficient mice have a lean and hypermetabolic phenotype, with increased sympathetic stimulation of adipose tissue. The Gnasxl transcript from the imprinted Gnas locus encodes the trimeric G-protein subunit XLαs, which is expressed in brain regions that regulate energy homeostasis and sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity. To determine whether Gnasxl knock-out (KO) mice display additional SNS-related phenotypes, we have now investigated the cardiovascular system. The Gnasxl KO mice were ∼20 mmHg hypertensive in comparison to wild-type (WT) littermates (P ≤ 0.05) and hypersensitive to the sympatholytic drug reserpine. Using telemetry, we detected an increased waking heart rate in conscious KOs (630 ± 10 versus 584 ± 12 beats min(-1), KO versus WT, P ≤ 0.05). Body temperature was also elevated (38.1 ± 0.3 versus 36.9 ± 0.4°C, KO versus WT, P ≤ 0.05). To investigate autonomic nervous system influences, we used heart rate variability analyses. We empirically defined frequency power bands using atropine and reserpine and verified high-frequency (HF) power and low-frequency (LF) LF/HF power ratio to be indicators of parasympathetic and sympathetic activity, respectively. The LF/HF power ratio was greater in KOs and more sensitive to reserpine than in WTs, consistent with elevated SNS activity. In contrast, atropine and exendin-4, a centrally acting agonist of the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor, which influences cardiovascular physiology and metabolism, reduced HF power equally in both genotypes. This was associated with a greater increase in heart rate in KOs. Mild stress had a blunted effect on the LF/HF ratio in KOs consistent with elevated basal sympathetic activity. We conclude that XLαs is required for the inhibition of sympathetic outflow towards cardiovascular and metabolically relevant tissues.

  5. Phytotherapy of experimental depression: Kalanchoe integra Var. Crenata (Andr.) Cuf Leaf Extract.

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    Kukuia, Kennedy K E; Asiedu-Gyekye, Isaac J; Woode, Eric; Biney, Robert P; Addae, Emmanuel

    2015-01-01

    Kalanchoe sp. have been used since 1921 for central nervous system (CNS) disorders such as psychosis and depression. It is known to possess CNS depressant effects. To investigate the antidepressant properties of the aqueous leaf extract of Kalanchoe integra. The study was carried out at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. ICR mice were subjected to the forced swimming test (FST) and tail suspension test (TST) after they had received extract (30-300 mg/kg), fluoxetine (3-30 mg/kg), desipramine (3-30 mg/kg) orally, or water (as vehicle). In a separate experiment, mice were pre-treated with reserpine (1 mg/kg), α-methyl paratyrosine (AMPT; 400 mg/kg), both reserpine (1 mg/kg) and AMPT (200 mg/kg) concomitantly, or p-chlorophenylalanine (pCPA; 200 mg/kg) to ascertain the role of the noradrenergic and serotoninergic systems in the mode of action of the extract. Means were analyzed by analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by Newman-Keuls' post hoc test. P < 0.05 was considered significant. In both FST and TST, the extract induced a decline in immobility, indicative of antidepressant-like effect. This diminution in immobility was reversed by pCPA, but not by reserpine and/or AMPT. The extract increased the swimming and climbing scores in the FST, suggestive of possible interaction with serotoninergic and noradrenergic systems. In the TST, the extract produced increases in both curling and swinging scores, suggestive of opioidergic monoaminergic activity, respectively. The present study has demonstrated the antidepressant potential of the aqueous leaf extract of K. integra is mediated possibly by a complex interplay between serotoninergic, opioidergic, and noradrenergic systems.

  6. Uptake of the neurotoxin, 4-methylphenylpyridinium, into chromaffin granules and synaptic vesicles: a proton gradient drives its uptake through monoamine transporter.

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    Moriyama, Y; Amakatsu, K; Futai, M

    1993-09-01

    Energy dependence for uptake of 4-methyphenylpyridinium (MPP+), a neurotoxin causing Parkinsonism-like symptoms, by adrenal chromaffin granule membrane vesicles and brain synaptic vesicles was studied. The compound was actively taken up by the chromaffin vesicles dependent on hydrolysis of ATP with a Km value of 22 microM and maximum velocity of 2.9 nmol/min/mg protein. The uptake was sensitive to reserpine (1 microM) and bafilomycin (50 nM) (inhibitors of the vesicular monoamine transporter and vacuolar-type H(+)-ATPase, respectively) and substrates for monoamine transporters, but insensitive to imipramine (an inhibitor of the monoamine transporter present in the plasma membrane). The uptake was greatly reduced upon dissipation of the proton gradient by ammonium ion or nigericin with KCl, but stimulated 1.6-fold by valinomycin plus K+. Dissipation of the proton gradient also induced rapid efflux of MPP+ from the vesicles. The MPP+ (monoamine) transporter was solubilized from chromaffin vesicles and reconstituted into liposomes with purified bacterial F0F1-ATPase. MPP+ was taken up by the liposomes coupled with ATP hydrolysis by F0F1, and the uptake was sensitive to reserpine, dissipation of the proton gradient, and azide. Brain synaptic vesicles also accumulated MPP+, showing similar kinetics, inhibitor sensitivities, and energy coupling to those of chromaffin vesicles. Furthermore, MPP+ inhibited the uptake of dopamine without affecting the uptake of glutamate or gamma-aminobutyrate. These results indicated that MPP+ was taken up through the reserpine-sensitive monoamine transporter into chromaffin vesicles and synaptic vesicles and that the energy for accumulation of MPP+ was supplied as a proton gradient (acidic inside) established by H(+)-ATPase.

  7. Efflux-related resistance to norfloxacin, dyes, and biocides in bloodstream isolates of Staphylococcus aureus.

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    DeMarco, Carmen E; Cushing, Laurel A; Frempong-Manso, Emmanuel; Seo, Susan M; Jaravaza, Tinevimbo A A; Kaatz, Glenn W

    2007-09-01

    Efflux is an important resistance mechanism in Staphylococcus aureus, but its frequency in patients with bacteremia is unknown. Nonreplicate bloodstream isolates were collected over an 8-month period, and MICs of four common efflux pump substrates, with and without the broad-spectrum efflux pump inhibitor reserpine, were determined (n = 232). A reserpine-associated fourfold decrease in MIC was considered indicative of efflux. Strains exhibiting efflux of at least two of the four substrates were identified ("effluxing strains" [n = 114]). For these strains, MICs with or without reserpine for an array of typical substrates and the expression of mepA, mdeA, norA, norB, norC, and qacA/B were determined using quantitative real-time reverse transcription-PCR (qRT-PCR). A fourfold or greater increase in gene expression was considered significant. The most commonly effluxed substrates were ethidium bromide and chlorhexidine (100 and 96% of effluxing strains, respectively). qRT-PCR identified strains overexpressing mepA (5 [4.4%]), mdeA (13 [11.4%]), norA (26 [22.8%]), norB (29 [25.4%]), and norC (19 [16.7%]); 23 strains overexpressed two or more genes. Mutations probably associated with increased gene expression included a MepR-inactivating substitution and norA promoter region insertions or deletions. Mutations possibly associated with increased expression of the other analyzed genes were also observed. Effluxing strains comprised 49% of all strains studied (114/232 strains), with nearly half of these overexpressing genes encoding MepA, MdeA, and/or NorABC (54/114 strains). Reduced susceptibility to biocides may contribute to persistence on environmental surfaces, and efflux of drugs such as fluoroquinolones may predispose strains to high-level target-based resistance.

  8. GZ-793A, a lobelane analog, interacts with the vesicular monoamine transporter-2 to inhibit the effect of methamphetamine

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    Horton, David B.; Nickell, Justin R.; Zheng, Guangrong; Crooks, Peter A.; Dwoskin, Linda P.

    2013-01-01

    GZ-793A inhibits methamphetamine-evoked dopamine release from striatal slices and methamphetamine self-administration in rats. GZ-793A potently and selectively inhibits dopamine uptake at the vesicular monoamine transporter-2 (VMAT2). The present study determined GZ-793A’s ability to evoke [3H]dopamine release and inhibit methamphetamine-evoked [3H]dopamine release from isolated striatal synaptic vesicles. Results show GZ-793A concentration-dependent [3H]dopamine release; nonlinear regression revealed a two-site model of interaction with VMAT2 (High- and Low-EC50 = 15.5 nM and 29.3 µM, respectively). Tetrabenazine and reserpine completely inhibited the GZ-793A-evoked [3H]dopamine release, however, only at the High-affinity site. Low concentrations of GZ-793A that interact with the extravesicular dopamine uptake site and the High-affinity intravesicular DA release site also inhibited methamphetamine-evoked [3H]dopamine release from synaptic vesicles. A rightward shift in the methamphetamine concentration-response was evident with increasing concentrations of GZ-793A, and the Schild regression slope was 0.49±0.08, consistent with surmountable allosteric inhibition. These results support a hypothetical model of GZ-793A interaction at more than one site on VMAT2 protein, which explains its potent inhibition of dopamine uptake, dopamine release via a High-affinity tetrabenazine- and reserpine-sensitive site, dopamine release via a Low-affinity tetrabenazine- and reserpine-insensitive site, and low-affinity interaction with the dihydrotetrabenazine binding site on VMAT2. GZ-793A-inhibition of the effects of methamphetamine supports its potential as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of methamphetamine abuse. PMID:23875622

  9. Paradoxical sleep deprivation modulates tyrosine hydroxylase expression in the nigrostriatal pathway and attenuates motor deficits induced by dopaminergic depletion.

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    Lima, Marcelo M S; Andersen, Monica L; Reksidler, Angela B; Ferraz, Anete C; Vital, Maria A B F; Tufik, Sergio

    2012-06-01

    The nigrostriatal pathway is very likely involved in sleep regulation, considering the occurrence and high prevalence of sleep-related disorders in patients with Parkinson's disease. Indeed, dopaminergic neurons in the ventral tegmental area were recently shown to fire in bursts during paradoxical sleep (PS), but little is known about the activity of the nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) cells in relation to PS. In view of that we hypothesized that paradoxical sleep deprivation (PSD) may play a relevant role in nigrostriatal tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) expression and, subsequently, in sleep rebound. The present study was designed to determine the effects of PSD in the nigrostriatal pathway in mice by means of neurochemical and behavioral approaches. Intraperitoneal reserpine (1 mg/kg) associated to α-methyl-p-tyrosine (αMT) (250 mg/kg) to produce catecholamine depletion, or rotenone (10 mg/kg) to increase striatal DA turnover were injected 30 min before the 24 h of PSD. Catalepsy and open-field tests indicated that motor deficits induced by reserpine-αMT were counteracted by PSD, which, in contrast, potentiated the motor impairment induced by rotenone. Besides, PSD produced down-regulation on TH expression within the substantia nigra pars compacta and striatum, without affecting the number or the optical density of dopaminergic neurons present in the respective areas. Interestingly, PSD potentiated the downregulation of TH expression in the substantia nigra pars compacta and striatum induced by the co-administration of reserpine-αMT. These results reinforce the notion of a strong participation of DA in PS, as a consequence of the modulation of TH protein expression in the nigrostriatal pathway.

  10. Phytotherapy of experimental depression: Kalanchoe integra Var. Crenata (Andr.) Cuf Leaf Extract

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    Kukuia, Kennedy K. E.; Asiedu-Gyekye, Isaac J.; Woode, Eric; Biney, Robert P.; Addae, Emmanuel

    2015-01-01

    Context: Kalanchoe sp. have been used since 1921 for central nervous system (CNS) disorders such as psychosis and depression. It is known to possess CNS depressant effects. Aims: To investigate the antidepressant properties of the aqueous leaf extract of Kalanchoe integra. Settings and Design: The study was carried out at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Materials and Methods: ICR mice were subjected to the forced swimming test (FST) and tail suspension test (TST) after they had received extract (30-300 mg/kg), fluoxetine (3-30 mg/kg), desipramine (3-30 mg/kg) orally, or water (as vehicle). In a separate experiment, mice were pre-treated with reserpine (1 mg/kg), α-methyl paratyrosine (AMPT; 400 mg/kg), both reserpine (1 mg/kg) and AMPT (200 mg/kg) concomitantly, or p-chlorophenylalanine (pCPA; 200 mg/kg) to ascertain the role of the noradrenergic and serotoninergic systems in the mode of action of the extract. Statistical analysis used: Means were analyzed by analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by Newman-Keuls’ post hoc test. P < 0.05 was considered significant. Results: In both FST and TST, the extract induced a decline in immobility, indicative of antidepressant-like effect. This diminution in immobility was reversed by pCPA, but not by reserpine and/or AMPT. The extract increased the swimming and climbing scores in the FST, suggestive of possible interaction with serotoninergic and noradrenergic systems. In the TST, the extract produced increases in both curling and swinging scores, suggestive of opioidergic monoaminergic activity, respectively. Conclusions: The present study has demonstrated the antidepressant potential of the aqueous leaf extract of K. integra is mediated possibly by a complex interplay between serotoninergic, opioidergic, and noradrenergic systems. PMID:25709333

  11. Fluoroquinolone resistance protein NorA of Staphylococcus aureus is a multidrug efflux transporter.

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    Neyfakh, A A; Borsch, C M; Kaatz, G W

    1993-01-01

    The gene of the Staphylococcus aureus fluoroquinolone efflux transporter protein NorA confers resistance to a number of structurally dissimilar drugs, not just to fluoroquinolones, when it is expressed in Bacillus subtilis. NorA provides B. subtilis with resistance to the same drugs and to a similar extent as the B. subtilis multidrug transporter protein Bmr does. NorA and Bmr share 44% sequence similarity. Both the NorA- and Bmr-conferred resistances can be completely reversed by reserpine. PMID:8431010

  12. [Fungal activity of various alkaloids isolated from Catharanthus roseus G. Don].

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    Rojas Hernández, N M; Díaz Pérez, C

    1977-01-01

    Evaluation is made of the fungal activity of ajmalicine, aparacine, catarantine, reserpine, tetrahydroalstonine, vincubine, vindoline and vindolinina--alkaloids isolated from C. roseus growing in Cuba--on new fungi strains and yeasts which include some of human clinical interest. The method employed was the diffusion in an agar mean with sections or cylinders containing solutions of the alkaloids at 2% and 3% concentrations. The best results are obtained with an aparicine base, while tetrahydroalstonine, vincubine and vindolinine solutions did not inhibit the growth in any of the germs tested.

  13. Evaluation of gastric anti-ulcer activity of fixed oil of Ocimum basilicum Linn. and its possible mechanism of action.

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    Singh, S

    1999-03-01

    Fixed oil of O. basilicum was found to possess significant antiulcer activity against aspirin, indomethacin, alcohol, histamine, reserpine, serotonin and stress-induced ulceration in experimental animal models. Significant inhibition was also observed in aspirin-induced gastric ulceration and secretion in pylorus ligated rats. The lipoxygenase inhibiting, histamine antagonistic and antisecretory effects of the oil could probably contribute towards antiulcer activity. O. basilicum fixed oil may be considered to be a drug of natural origin which possesses both antiinflammatory and anti-ulcer activity.

  14. [Effect of a membrane modulator from the 3-hydroxypyridine class on the pharmacological activity of a number of psychotropic preparations].

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    Smirnov, L D; Voronina, T A; Diumaev, K M

    1985-05-01

    Influence of membrane-active derivative of 3-hydroxypyridine on psychotropic activity of drugs with different chemical structure and type of action--neuroleptics (chlorpromazine, trifluoperazine, reserpine), tranquillizers (diazepam, phenazepam, calcium valproate), hypnotics (Hexobarbital), was studied in the experiment on animals. Application of psychotropic drugs after preliminary 3-hydroxypyridine administration was established to induce a considerable increase of their pharmacological activity--anxiolytic, sedative and hypnotic. Mechanism of action of 3-hydroxypyridine on pharmacological effects of psychotropic drugs is supposed to be caused by its membrane-modulating action, precisely by its influence on physical-chemical properties and phospholipid composition of synaptic biomembranes.

  15. Central nervous system depressant activities of melatonin in rats and mice.

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    Shaji, A V; Kulkarni, S K

    1998-03-01

    Melatonin (10 and 20 mg/kg) potentiated pentobarbitone (45 mg/kg) induced hypnosis; it (50 and 100 mg/kg) decreased both total and ambulatory activity; produced (10, 25 and 50 mg/kg) hypothermia and possessed (10-400 mg/kg) significant analgesic property both in tail-flick and acetic acid-induced writhing tests. Melatonin in low dose (10 mg/kg) significantly reduced the forced-swimming induced immobility period per se and also reserpine induced immobility. While the antinociceptive effect of melatonin was sensitive to reversal by naloxone (2 mg/kg), other CNS depressant profile resembled the effects of benzodiazepines.

  16. Studies on the hyperglycaemia induced by chlorpromazine in rats

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    Bonaccorsi, A.; Garattini, S.; Jori, A.

    1964-01-01

    Chlorpromazine induces in rats a marked and long-lasting hyperglycaemia which (a) is more marked at low than high room temperatures, (b) is inhibited by phentolamine but not by dibenamine, and (c) is prevented by adrenalectomy, by removal of the adrenal medullae and by treatment of the rats with reserpine. Other experimental results suggest that there is a correlation between the hyperglycaemia and the hypothermia induced by chlorpromazine and by its congeners. The hyperglycaemia seems to be the result of at least two factors: an activation of the adrenergic mechanisms and an impaired peripheral utilization of glucose. PMID:14208196

  17. Interaction of pyridostigmine bromide and N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide alone and in combination with P-glycoprotein expressed in Escherichia coli leaky mutant.

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    El-Masry, Eman M; Abou-Donia, Mohamed B

    2006-05-01

    P-glycoprotein (P-gp), the most extensively studied ATP-binding transporter, functions as a biological barrier by extruding toxic substances and xenobiotics out of the cell. This study was carried out to determine the effect of N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET) and pyridostigmine bromide (PB), alone and in combination, on P-gp expression using Escherichia coli leaky mutant transformed with Mdr1 gene (pT5-7/mdr1), which codes for P-gp or lactose permease (pT5-7/lacY) as negative control. Also, daunomycin (a known P-gp sustrate) was used as a positive control and reserpine (a known P-gp inhibitor) served as a negative control. An in vitro cell-resistant assay was used to monitor the potential of test compounds to interact with P-gp. Following exposure of the cells to pyridostigmine bromide or daunomycin, P-gp conferred significant resistance against both compounds, while reserpine and DEET significantly inhibited the glycoprotein. Cells were grown in the presence of noncytotoxic concentrations of daunomycin, pyridostigmine bromide, reserpine, or DEET, and membrane fractions were examined by Western immunoblotting for expression of P-gp. Daunomycin induced P-gp expression quantitatively more than pyridostigmine bromide, while reserpine and DEET significantly inhibited P-gp expression in cells harboring mdr1. Photoaffinity labeling experiment performed with the P-gp ligand [125I]iodoarylazidoprazosin demonstrated that compounds that induced or inhibited P-gp transport activity also bound to P-gp. DEET was also found to be a potent inhibitor of P-gp-mediated ATPase activity, whereas pyridostigmine bromide increased P-gp ATPase activity. Cells expressing P-gp or lac permease were exposed to pyridostigmine bromide and DEET, alone and in combination. Noncytotoxic concentrations of DEET significantly inhibited P-gp-mediated resistance against pyridostigmine bromide, resulting in a reduction of the number of effective drug interactions with biological targets. An explanation of

  18. Pressor effects of tryptamine analogues.

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    Bosin, T R; Hixson, E J; Maickel, R P

    1976-01-01

    1. Methylation of tryptamine in the 1-position had little effect on the potency of the drug as a pressor agent in the intact anaesthetized rat. 2. In contrast, substitution of a benzo[b]thiophene ring system for the indole ring decreased the pressor activity. 3. Pretreatment of the animals with reserpine reduced the pressor effect of tryptamine and its benzo[b]thiophene analogue while increasing the effect of the 1-methylindole analogue. 4. Pretreatment with phenoxybenzamine reduced the pressor effect of all three compounds. PMID:1252662

  19. Effects of an n-butanol extract from the stem of Tinospora crispa on blood pressure and heart rate in anesthetized rats.

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    Praman, Siwaporn; Mulvany, Michael J; Allenbach, Yves; Marston, Andrew; Hostettmann, Kurt; Sirirugsa, Poungpen; Jansakul, Chaweewan

    2011-01-27

    Tinospora crispa has been used in folkloric medicine for control of blood pressure, as an antipyretic, for cooling down the body temperature and for maintaining good health. To investigate the effects and mechanisms of action of an n-butanol extract from the stems of Tinospora crispa (T. crispa extract) on blood pressure and heart rate in anesthetized rats. Air-dried stems of T. crispa were extracted with water, followed by partitioned extract with chloroform, ethyl acetate, and finally by n-butanol. The n-butanol soluble part was evaporated under reduced pressure and lyophilization to obtain a crude dried powder (T. crispa extract). The effects and mechanisms of the T. crispa extract on blood pressure and heart rate were studied in anesthetized normal and reserpinized rats in vivo in the presence of different antagonists. T. crispa extract (1-100 mg/kg, i.v.) caused a decrease in mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) and this effect was inhibited by propranolol, phentolamine, atenolol and/or the β(2)-antagonist ICI-118,551, but not by atropine or hexamethonium. In reserpinized rats, the T. crispa extract had a dual effect: reduction in hypotensive activity, followed by a small increase in blood pressure. The decrease in MAP in reserpinized rat was slightly potentiated by phentolamine, but inhibited by propranolol or ICI-118,551 only if atenolol and phentolamine were also present. The increase in MAP was potentiated by propranolol and ICI-118,551, but was inhibited by phentolamine. The T. crispa extract had a dual effect on heart rate in the normal rat: a small transient decrease, followed by an increase in heart rate. The positive chronotropic effect of T. crispa extract was inhibited by propranolol, phentolamine and atenolol, but not by ICI-118,551, atropine or hexamethonium. Reserpine potentiated the positive chronotropic effect of the T. crispa extract and this effect was inhibited by propranolol, atenolol and ICI-118,551, but not by phentolamine. From these

  20. Simulation of outward transport of neuronal 3H-noradrenaline with the help of a two-compartment model.

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    Schömig, E; Trendelenburg, U

    1987-12-01

    In order to simulate the outward transport of 3H-noradrenaline induced by veratridine from adrenergic varicosities, a mathematical two-compartment model was developed in which the two compartments (representing axoplasm and storage vesicles) are arranged in series. Simulated results were compared with experimental results obtained with 100 mumol/l veratridine + 1 mmol/l ouabain and rat vasa deferentia kept in calcium-free solution (Bönisch and Trendelenburg 1987). As in experiments, the time course of efflux of 3H-noradrenaline had a pronounced and early peak under RPU-conditions, a minor peak under PU-conditions, and solely a plateau under U-conditions (where R stands for pretreatment with reserpine, P for pretreatment with pargyline, and U for inhibition of COMT by U-0521). From the width of the peak of release, it was deduced that--under RPU-conditions--about 40% of neuronal 3H-noradrenaline are distributed into the axoplasm, about 60% into the storage vesicle. However, this estimate represents an average value; the results are compatible with the view that the ratio "axoplasmic/vesicular 3H-noradrenaline" is quite variable from rat to rat. Under U-conditions, calculations confirm that reserpine-like compounds induce an efflux of tritium that consists predominantly of deaminated 3H-metabolites. The stimulation of outward transport, on the other hand, causes an efflux of tritium that consists predominantly of 3H-noradrenaline; indeed, the efflux of deaminated 3H-metabolites declines (as it did in experiments). Simulations showed further that the highest rates of outward transport of 3H-noradrenaline were achieved when there was a simultaneous induction of outward transport of 3H-noradrenaline and a reserpine-like effect (as it is known to occur when tissues are exposed to veratridine; Bönisch and Trendelenburg 1987). While there was satisfactory agreement between simulated and experimental results under various conditions, there were also two discrepancies that

  1. Antagonism by d,1-propranolol of imipramine effects in mice.

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    Souto, M; Francès, H; Lecrubier, Y; Puech, A J; Simon, P

    1979-11-23

    Three agents with known or suspected antidepressant activity, imipramine, salbutamol and dexamphetamine, were active in animal tests predictive of an antidepressant effect in man: antagonism of the hypothermia induced by reserpine, by oxotremorine or by a high dose of apomorphine, and the potentiation of the yohimbine-induced toxicity. These effects were antagonized by d,1-propranolol, suggesting that the stimulation of beta-adrenergic receptors could be a common mechanism underlying their effects. These results agree with the noradrenergic hypothesis of the pathophysiology of affective disorders.

  2. Effects of NorA Inhibitors on In Vitro Antibacterial Activities and Postantibiotic Effects of Levofloxacin, Ciprofloxacin, and Norfloxacin in Genetically Related Strains of Staphylococcus aureus

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    Aeschlimann, Jeffrey R.; Dresser, Linda D.; Kaatz, Glenn W.; Rybak, Michael J.

    1999-01-01

    NorA is a membrane-associated multidrug efflux protein that can decrease susceptibility to fluoroquinolones in Staphylococcus aureus. To determine the effect of NorA inhibition on the pharmacodynamics of fluoroquinolones, we evaluated the activities of levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, and norfloxacin with and without various NorA inhibitors against three genetically related strains of S. aureus (SA 1199, the wild-type; SA 1199B, a NorA hyperproducer with a grlA mutation; and SA 1199-3, a strain that inducibly hyperproduces NorA) using susceptibility testing, time-kill curves, and postantibiotic effect (PAE) methods. Levofloxacin had the most potent activity against all three strains and was minimally affected by addition of NorA inhibitors. In contrast, reserpine, omeprazole, and lansoprazole produced 4-fold decreases in ciprofloxacin and norfloxacin MICs and MBCs for SA 1199 and 4- to 16-fold decreases for both SA 1199B and SA 1199-3. In time-kill experiments reserpine, omeprazole, or lansoprazole increased levofloxacin activity against SA 1199-3 alone by 2 log10 CFU/ml and increased norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin activities against all three strains by 0.5 to 4 log10 CFU/ml. Reserpine and omeprazole increased norfloxacin PAEs on SA 1199, SA 1199B, and SA 1199-3 from 0.9, 0.6, and 0.2 h to 2.5 to 4.5, 1.1 to 1.3, and 0.4 to 1.1 h, respectively; similar effects were observed with ciprofloxacin. Reserpine and omeprazole increased the levofloxacin PAE only on SA 1199B (from 1.6 to 5.0 and 3.1 h, respectively). In conclusion, the NorA inhibitors dramatically improved the activities of the more hydrophilic fluoroquinolones (norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin). These compounds may restore the activities of these fluoroquinolones against resistant strains of S. aureus or may potentially enhance their activities against sensitive strains. PMID:9925528

  3. Experimental Papillary Necrosis of the Kidney

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    Solez, K.; Miller, M.; Quarles, P. A.; Finer, P. M.; Heptinstall, R. H.

    1974-01-01

    To test the thesis that vasoconstriction plays a significant role in the pathogenesis of papillary necrosis caused by bromoethylamine hydrobromide (BEA), medullary plasma flow was determined in rats treated with BEA. Medullary blood flow was normal ½ to 1 hour after BEA treatment, and was actually elevated 6 hours after BEA. There was no increase in plasma levels of prostaglandins A and E, which would have been expected if there had been medullary ischemia. Pretreatment with reserpine, which inhibited the development of papillary necrosis, had little effect on medullary plasma flow. These observations do not support the notion that vasoconstriction is the mechanism by which BEA causes papillary necrosis. PMID:4472110

  4. Evaluation of the anti-depressant activity of Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg) in male rats.

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    Moinuddin, Ghulam; Devi, Kshama; Kumar Khajuria, Deepak

    2012-01-01

    The present study was undertaken to evaluate anti-depressant activity of Myristica fragrans (MS). Male Wistar rats were subjected to imipramine and herbal extract of MS for their antidepressant activity using Forced Swimming Test (FST), Reserpine Reversal Test (RRT), Haloperidol-Induced Catalepsy (HIC), and Pentobarbitone Sleeping Time (PST). Administration of MS and imipramine revealed a statistically significant reduction in immobility time in FST, RRT, and protection against HIC, compared to the control group. However, there was no significant potentiation of PST. Our study demonstrated the potential antidepressant activity of MS.

  5. Evaluation of the anti–depressant activity of Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg) in male rats

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    Moinuddin, Ghulam; Devi, Kshama; Kumar Khajuria, Deepak

    2012-01-01

    Objective: The present study was undertaken to evaluate anti-depressant activity of Myristica fragrans (MS). Materials and Methods: Male Wistar rats were subjected to imipramine and herbal extract of MS for their antidepressant activity using Forced Swimming Test (FST), Reserpine Reversal Test (RRT), Haloperidol-Induced Catalepsy (HIC), and Pentobarbitone Sleeping Time (PST). Results: Administration of MS and imipramine revealed a statistically significant reduction in immobility time in FST, RRT, and protection against HIC, compared to the control group. However, there was no significant potentiation of PST. Conclusion: Our study demonstrated the potential antidepressant activity of MS. PMID:25050233

  6. Synthesis and psychotropic activity of functionally substituted diaziridines and bisdiaziridines

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    Kostyanovskii, R.G.; Shustov, G.V.; Nabiev, O.G.; Denisenko, S.N.; Sukhanova, S.A.; Lavretskaya, E.F.

    1987-04-01

    The authors examine the psychotropic activity of diaziridines which differ considerable in their structures and the C- and N-substituents. Diaziridines are monoamine oxidase inhibitors in the brain and, thus, are potential antidepressants. The acute toxicities and some pharmacological effects of diaziridines are shown. Mice were used in the experiments. The bisdiaziridines obtained differ in their /sup 1/H and /sup 13/C NMR spectra. The effect is presented of functionally substituted diaziridines on the effects of reserpine, 5-hydroxytryptophan, tryptamine, corazole, and apomorphine hypothermia.

  7. Quercetin potentiates L-Dopa reversal of drug-induced catalepsy in rats: possible COMT/MAO inhibition.

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    Singh, Amanpreet; Naidu, Pattipati S; Kulkarni, Shrinivas K

    2003-06-01

    L-Dopa plus carbidopa treatment remains the first-line therapy in Parkinson's disease. The use of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) and/or monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors as an adjunct to L-dopa therapy has yielded varying degrees of success. Quercetin, a flavonoid present in many plants, is reported to inhibit COMT and MAO activities, the key enzymes involved in the metabolism of dopamine. In the present study we have studied the effect of quercetin on the L-dopa plus carbidopa combination against perphenazine and reserpine-induced catalepsy in rats. Neuroleptic-induced catalepsy is a widely accepted animal model for testing the drugs used in parkinsonism. Catalepsy in rats was induced by administration of perphenazine (5 mg/kg i.p.) or reserpine (2.5 mg/kg i.p.) + alpha-methyl-P-tyrosine (200 mg/kg i.p.). Catalepsy in animals was assessed by using the bar test. The quercetin dose (25-100 mg/kg, p.o.) dependently reversed perphenazine- as well as reserpine-induced catalepsy. When quercetin was combined with a subthreshold dose of L-dopa plus carbidopa, the anticatatonic effect was potentiated. Pretreatment with a central COMT inhibitor, 3,5-dinitrocatechol (OR-486) (10 mg/kg p.o.), or a MAO-B inhibitor, selegiline (5 mg/kg i.p.), also potentiated the actions of threshold dose of quercetin against perphenazine- or reserpine-induced catalepsy. On the other hand adenosine (100 mg/kg i.p.), which is known to decrease the release of catecholamines through an action on presynaptic A(1) receptors, partly reversed the protective effect of quercetin against perphenazine-induced catalepsy. Quercetin through its COMT and MAO enzyme-inhibiting properties might potentiate the anticatatonic effect of L-dopa plus carbidopa treatment. The results of the present study strongly suggest that quercetin could serve as an effective adjunct to L-dopa therapy in Parkinson's disease.

  8. Efflux pump-mediated benzalkonium chloride resistance in Listeria monocytogenes isolated from retail food.

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    Jiang, Xiaobing; Yu, Tao; Liang, Yu; Ji, Shengdong; Guo, Xiaowei; Ma, Jianmin; Zhou, Lijun

    2016-01-18

    In this study, efflux pump-mediated benzalkonium chloride (BC) resistance, including plasmid-encoded (Qac protein family and BcrABC) and chromosome-borne efflux pumps, was investigated in Listeria monocytogenes from retail food in China. Among the 59 L. monocytogenes strains, 13 (22.0%) strains were resistant to BC. The PCR results showed that bcrABC was harbored by 2 of 13 BC resistant strains. However, none of the qac genes were detected among the 59 strains. The bcrABC was absent in both of the plasmid cured strains, indicating that this BC resistance determinant was plasmid-encoded in the two bcrABC-positive strains. In the presence of reserpine, most of the bcrABC-negative strains had decreases in the MICs of BC, suggesting the existence of other efflux pumps and their role in BC resistance. After exposed to reserpine, the reduction in BC MICs was observed in the two cured strains, indicating that efflux pumps located on chromosome was also involved in BC resistance. Our findings suggest that food products may act as reservoirs for BC resistant isolates of L. monocytogenes and plasmid- and chromosome-encoded efflux pumps could mediate the BC resistance of L. monocytogenes, which is especially relevant to the adaption of this organism in food-related environments with frequent BC use.

  9. Role of Efflux Pumps in Adaptation and Resistance of Listeria monocytogenes to Benzalkonium Chloride

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    Romanova, N. A.; Wolffs, P. F. G.; Brovko, L. Y.; Griffiths, M. W.

    2006-01-01

    In this study, potential mechanisms underlying resistance and adaptation to benzalkonium chloride (BC) in Listeria monocytogenes were investigated. Two groups of strains were studied. The first group consisted of strains naturally sensitive to BC which could be adapted to BC. The second group consisted of naturally resistant strains. For all adapted isolates, there was a correlation between the resistance to BC and ethidium bromide, but this was not the case for the naturally resistant isolates. To investigate the role of efflux pumps in adaptation or resistance, reserpine, an efflux pump inhibitor, was added to the strains. Addition of reserpine to the sensitive and adapted strains resulted in a decrease in the MIC for BC, whereas no such decrease was observed for the resistant strains, indicating that efflux pumps played no role in the innate resistance of certain strains of L. monocytogenes to this compound. Two efflux pumps (MdrL and Lde) have been described in L. monocytogenes. Studies showed low and intermediate levels of expression of the genes encoding the efflux pumps for two selected resistant strains, H7764 and H7962, respectively. Adaptation to BC of sensitive isolates of L. monocytogenes resulted in significant increases in expression of mdrl (P < 0.05), but no such increase was observed for lde for two adapted strains of L. monocytogenes, LJH 381 (P = 0.91) and C719 (P = 0.11). This indicates that the efflux pump Mdrl is at least partly responsible for the adaptation to BC. PMID:16672496

  10. Opposite influences of different adrenoceptors on baclofen-induced antinociception in mice.

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    Sabetkasai, M; Doost-Mohammady, R; Zarrindast, M R

    1997-01-01

    In the present study, the effects of adrenoceptor agonists and antagonists on baclofen-induced antinociception was investigated. Intraperitoneal administration of different doses of baclofen (2.5, 5 and 10 mg/kg) induced antinociception in the tail-flick test. The response was dose-dependent. The alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist, clonidine, increased, while the alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist, phenylephrine, decreased the baclofen response. In reserpine-treated animals, alpha 2-adrenoceptor, clonidine, induced antinociception and increased that of baclofen. Yohambine and propranolol but not prazosin decreased the baclofen effect. Although phenoxybenzamine itself induced antinociception it did not alter the baclofen response significantly. Reserpine treatment decreased the response induced by single administration of baclofen or phenoxybenzamine and that induced by a combination of baclofen with either phenoxybenzamine or prazosin. It may be concluded that alpha 2-adrenoceptor stimulation increases, while alpha 1-adrenoceptor activation decreases the baclofen-induced antinociception, and aminergic mechanism(s) may have a positive influence on baclofen response.

  11. Effect of carbonyl cyanide 3-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP) on killing Acinetobacter baumannii by colistin.

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    Park, Young Kyoung; Ko, Kwan Soo

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the effect of cyanide 3-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP) and other efflux pump inhibitors (EPIs) on the colistin susceptibility in Acinetobacter baumannii. While minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of colistin in all colistin-resistant strains decreased significantly with 25 μM of CCCP and 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP), phenyl-arginine-β-naphthylamide (PAβN), and reserpine did not decrease the colistin MICs. However, CCCP and DNP as well as PAβN and reserpine did not have a significant effect on the MICs of the other agents. Efflux pump gene expressions in colistin-resistant strains were not increased compared with those in colistin-susceptible strains. When only 5X MIC of colistin (5 mg/L) was provided to a colistin-susceptible A. baumannii strain, the bacterial cell number was reduced by 9 h after exposure to colistin, but regrowth was observed. When CCCP was added to colistin, bacterial cells were completely killed after 24 to 48 h of incubation, which was not due to the toxicity of CCCP itself. Colistin resistance in A. baumannii may not be due to efflux pumps. Our present study suggests that bacterial cells with reduced metabolic activity by CCCP are more susceptible to colistin in A. baumannii. It may show the possibility that combined therapy with colistin and other antimicrobial agents could effective against A. baumannii infections.

  12. Antinociceptive activity of morphine after injection of biogenic amines in the cerebral ventricles of the conscious rat

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    Sparkes, C. G.; Spencer, P. S. J.

    1971-01-01

    1. A simple cannula and a cannula guide for making injections into the cerebral ventricles of conscious rats are described. 2. Intraventricular injections of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) or of noradrenaline (NA) were without effect on the nociceptive threshold of rats. 3. Intraventricular injection of 5-HT potentiated the antinociceptive effect of morphine. Reserpine pretreatment antagonized the antinociceptive effect of morphine; this effect was reversed by intraventricular injection of 5-HT. 4. Intraventricular injection of NA attenuated the antinociceptive action of morphine but was without effect on the inhibition by reserpine of the antinociceptive effect of morphine. 5. Subcutaneous injection or slow intravenous infusion of either 5-HT or NA (up to 300 μg/rat) were without significant effect on the antinociceptive effects of morphine. 6. Intraperitoneal administration of dopa increased the nociceptive threshold above normal, but reduced the antinociceptive effect of morphine. Intraventricular injection of either dopa or dopamine had no antinociceptive effect but inhibited that of morphine. 7. It is suggested that the antinociceptive effect of morphine may depend on the balance between the concentrations of 5-HT and NA in the brain. PMID:5091158

  13. Monoamine mediation of the morphine-induced activation of mice

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    Carroll, Bernard J.; Sharp, Peter T.

    1972-01-01

    1. The dose-response relationship for hyperactivity in grouped mice following the injection of morphine sulphate has been established. 2. The activation response can be modified by drugs which affect either catecholamines or indoleamines. 3. The monoamine precursors L-DOPA and 5-hydroxytryptophan potentiate the response. 4. The monoamine synthesis inhibitors α-methyl-p-tyrosine and p-chlorophenylalanine reduce the response. 5. Inhibition of monoamine oxidase activity by pargyline caused a great increase in the response. The simultaneous administration of reserpine resulted in a further potentiation. 6. Reserpine blocked the response whenever it was given alone, either before, with or after the injection of morphine. 7. Blockade of α-adrenoceptors with phentolamine or phenoxybenzamine reduced the response. 8. Blockade of tryptaminergic receptors with methysergide or cinanserin also antagonized the response. 9. The major tranquillizers haloperidol and chlorpromazine reduced the response. Haloperidol was especially effective in this regard. 10. The tricyclic antidepressant drug imipramine potentiated the response. 11. The morphine antagonist nalorphine completely prevented the response. 12. The anticholinergic agent atropine and the antihistaminic drug mepyramine did not affect the response. 13. We conclude that dopamine, noradrenaline and 5-hydroxytryptamine are all involved in the normal activation response of grouped mice to morphine, with dopaminergic mechanisms being of primary importance. PMID:4263794

  14. A study of the role of noradrenaline in behavioral changes produced in the rat by psychotomimetic drugs.

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    Sugrue, M F

    1969-02-01

    1. LSD-25, psilocybin and JB-329 reduced the noradrenaline content of the rat hypothalamus.2. All three drugs affected the acquisition of a conditioned avoidance response, LSD-25 and psilocybin retarding and JB-329 enhancing the acquisition. With the exception of JB-329, doses affecting the acquisition of a conditioned avoidance response were lower than those required to decide hypothalamic noradrenaline concentrations. The time of peak drug effect on the acquisition of a conditioned avoidance response occurred approximately 1.5 hr after injection as opposed to 3 hr in the case of noradrenaline content.3. The amount of LSD-25, psilocybin and JB-329 necessary to elicit gross behavioural excitation was similar to the dose producing noradrenaline depletion. Here also the peak behavioural effect was detected earlier.4. Pretreatment with reserpine and alpha-MT had no effect on the intensity of gross behavioural excitation induced by LSD-25 and psilocybin but shortened the duration of the response. The excitation induced by JB-329 was abolished by reserpine pretreatment and was markedly reduced both in intensity and duration by the prior injection of alpha-MT.

  15. A study of the role of noradrenaline in behavioural changes produced in the rat by psychotomimetic drugs

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    Sugrue, M. F.

    1969-01-01

    1. LSD-25, psilocybin and JB-329 reduced the noradrenaline content of the rat hypothalamus. 2. All three drugs affected the acquisition of a conditioned avoidance response, LSD-25 and psilocybin retarding and JB-329 enhancing the acquisition. With the exception of JB-329, doses affecting the acquisition of a conditioned avoidance response were lower than those required to decide hypothalamic noradrenaline concentrations. The time of peak drug effect on the acquisition of a conditioned avoidance response occurred approximately 1.5 hr after injection as opposed to 3 hr in the case of noradrenaline content. 3. The amount of LSD-25, psilocybin and JB-329 necessary to elicit gross behavioural excitation was similar to the dose producing noradrenaline depletion. Here also the peak behavioural effect was detected earlier. 4. Pretreatment with reserpine and α-MT had no effect on the intensity of gross behavioural excitation induced by LSD-25 and psilocybin but shortened the duration of the response. The excitation induced by JB-329 was abolished by reserpine pretreatment and was markedly reduced both in intensity and duration by the prior injection of α-MT. PMID:5774043

  16. Drug-induced regulation of 1,4-dihydropyridine Ca sup 2+ channel antagonist binding sites in the brain and heart

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    Ramkumar, V.

    1987-01-01

    The ability of drugs to regulate the voltage-sensitive Ca{sup 2+} channels were assessed by determining the bind of ({sup 3}H)dihydropyridine Ca{sup 2+} channel antagonists in the heart and brain following administration of these drugs to rats and mice. Mice and rats implanted with morphine pellets for 3 days showed an increase in dihydropyridine binding sites in the brain, compared to non-treated or placebo treated controls. No increase in dihydropyridine binding sites was observed in the heart. The significance of the increase in binding to physical dependence on morphine is implied from the findings that pretreatment with Ca{sup 2+} channel antagonist drugs led to an attenuation of naloxone-precipitated withdrawal signs in both dependent rats and mice. Administration of other drugs, known to depress the CNS, was undertaken to determine whether the changes observed with morphine was a nonspecific response of the brain to depressant drugs. Prolonged administration of reserpine to rats resulted in no changes in dihydropyridine binding sites in the brain, even though the {beta}-adrenergic receptors in this tissue are upregulated. However, reserpine decreased the density of ({sup 3}H)nimodipine binding sites in the heart of this is accompanied by concomitant increases in {beta}-adrenergic receptors.

  17. Gastric and duodenal antiulcer and cytoprotective effects of proglumide in rats

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    Tariq, M.; Parmar, N.S.; Ageel, A.M.

    1987-05-01

    Proglumide has been studied for its ability to inhibit gastric secretion and to protect the gastroduodenal mucosa against the injuries caused by pyloric ligation, hypothermic restraint stress, acetic acid, nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs, reserpine, cysteamine and the cytodestructing agents: 80% ethanol, 0.6 M HCl, 0.2 M NaOH, 25% NaCl and 30 mg of acetylsalicylic acid in 0.35 M HCl in rats. The results of this study demonstrate that proglumide has both prophylactic and curative effects on various experimentally induced ulcers. It produced a dose-dependent inhibition of gastric secretion in the pylorus-ligated rats and reduced significantly the intensity of gastric lesions induced by pyloric ligation, hypothermic restraint stress, acetic acid, mucosal damaging agents and that of duodenal ulcers induced by cysteamine. The intensity of gastric lesions induced by nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs and reserpine was also reduced significantly by proglumide. Cimetidine, which was used as a standard antiulcer drug for comparison, also produced a similar protective effect in most of the models used by us. It was found to have a more potent antisecretory effect but failed to protect the rats against the gastric mucosal damage induced by hyperthermic restraint stress and 0.2 M NaOH. Our findings suggest that proglumide exerts these antiulcer effects by its antisecretory, gastric mucosal resistance increasing and cytoprotective activities. Further studies are required to find out its exact mechanism of action and therapeutic usefulness.

  18. Dopamine Disposition in the Presynaptic Process Regulates the Severity of Methamphetamine-induced Neurotoxicity

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    KUHN, DONALD M.; FRANCESCUTTI-VERBEEM, DINA M.; THOMAS, DAVID M.

    2008-01-01

    Methamphetamine (METH) is well-known for its ability to cause damage to dopamine (DA) nerve endings of the striatum. The mechanisms by which METH causes neurotoxicity are not fully understood but likely candidates are increased oxidative and nitrosative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction. Microglial activation is also emerging as an important element of the METH neurotoxic cascade and it appears that extensive crosstalk between these cells and DA nerve endings is an early event in this process. It may seem paradoxical, but DA itself is also thought to be an essential factor in the neuronal damaging effects of METH, but issues relating to its precise role in this regard remain unanswered. We present in this overview a summary of studies that tested how alterations in the disposition of presynaptic DA (injections of reserpine, L-DOPA, or clorgyline) modulate METH neurotoxicity. In all cases, these drugs significantly increased the magnitude of microglial activation as well as the severity of damage to striatal DA nerve endings caused by METH. The enhancement of METH effects in striatum by reserpine, L-DOPA, and clorgyline persisted for 14 days and showed no evidence of recovery. These data establish that subtle shifts in the newly-synthesized pool of DA can cause substantial changes in the severity of METH-induced neurotoxicity. DA released into the synapse by METH is very likely the source of downstream reactants that provoke microglial activation and the ensuing damage to DA nerve endings. PMID:18991856

  19. The involvement of noradrenergic mechanisms in the suppressive effects of diazepam on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity in female rats

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    Švob Štrac, Dubravka; Muck-Šeler, Dorotea; Pivac, Nela

    2012-01-01

    Aim To elucidate the involvement of noradrenergic system in the mechanism by which diazepam suppresses basal hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity. Methods Plasma corticosterone and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels were determined in female rats treated with diazepam alone, as well as with diazepam in combination with clonidine (α2-adrenoreceptor agonist), yohimbine (α2-adrenoreceptor antagonist), alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine (α-MPT, an inhibitor of catecholamine synthesis), or reserpine (a catecholamine depleting drug) and yohimbine. Results Diazepam administered in a dose of 2.0 mg/kg suppressed basal HPA axis activity, ie, decreased plasma corticosterone and ACTH levels. Pretreatment with clonidine or yohimbine failed to affect basal plasma corticosterone and ACTH concentrations, but abolished diazepam-induced inhibition of the HPA axis activity. Pretreatment with α-MPT, or with a combination of reserpine and yohimbine, increased plasma corticosterone and ACTH levels and prevented diazepam-induced inhibition of the HPA axis activity. Conclusion The results suggest that α2-adrenoreceptors activity, as well as intact presynaptic noradrenergic function, are required for the suppressive effect of diazepam on the HPA axis activity. PMID:22661134

  20. Angiotensin II type 1/adenosine A 2A receptor oligomers: a novel target for tardive dyskinesia.

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    Oliveira, Paulo A de; Dalton, James A R; López-Cano, Marc; Ricarte, Adrià; Morató, Xavier; Matheus, Filipe C; Cunha, Andréia S; Müller, Christa E; Takahashi, Reinaldo N; Fernández-Dueñas, Víctor; Giraldo, Jesús; Prediger, Rui D; Ciruela, Francisco

    2017-05-12

    Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a serious motor side effect that may appear after long-term treatment with neuroleptics and mostly mediated by dopamine D2 receptors (D2Rs). Striatal D2R functioning may be finely regulated by either adenosine A2A receptor (A2AR) or angiotensin receptor type 1 (AT1R) through putative receptor heteromers. Here, we examined whether A2AR and AT1R may oligomerize in the striatum to synergistically modulate dopaminergic transmission. First, by using bioluminescence resonance energy transfer, we demonstrated a physical AT1R-A2AR interaction in cultured cells. Interestingly, by protein-protein docking and molecular dynamics simulations, we described that a stable heterotetrameric interaction may exist between AT1R and A2AR bound to antagonists (i.e. losartan and istradefylline, respectively). Accordingly, we subsequently ascertained the existence of AT1R/A2AR heteromers in the striatum by proximity ligation in situ assay. Finally, we took advantage of a TD animal model, namely the reserpine-induced vacuous chewing movement (VCM), to evaluate a novel multimodal pharmacological TD treatment approach based on targeting the AT1R/A2AR complex. Thus, reserpinized mice were co-treated with sub-effective losartan and istradefylline doses, which prompted a synergistic reduction in VCM. Overall, our results demonstrated the existence of striatal AT1R/A2AR oligomers with potential usefulness for the therapeutic management of TD.

  1. Anti depressant activity of Mamsyadi Kwatha: An Ayurvedic compound formulation

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    Shreevathsa, M.; Ravishankar, B.; Dwivedi, Rambabu

    2013-01-01

    Depression is a psychiatric condition in which there is loss of interest in all pleasurable outlets, viz. food, sex, work, friends, hobbies and entertainment. The prevalence rate of the disease is 6-8% in women and 3-5% in men. Ayurveda, the science of life, provides systematic management principles for depression. Mamsyadi Kwatha is one such formulation stated by Yadavji Trikamji Acharya in Siddha Yoga Sangraha and Bheshaja Samhita, which is said to be effective in psychiatric conditions. The ingredients are Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Ashwagandh (Withania somnifera) and Parasika Yavani (Hyocymus niger) in an 8:4:1 ratio, respectively. The test drug was subjected for antidepressant activity in experimental models. The models selected for anti depressant activity were behavioral despair test, anti-reserpine test and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) test in albino mice. The test formulation showed significant inhibition of behavioural despair (P < 0.05), weak to moderate anti-reserpine activity - ptosis (P < 0.001), catatonia (P < 0.01), sedation (P < 0.01) and moderate effect in CFS test (P < 0.050). These effects clearly show that Mamsyadi Kwatha has an anti-depressant activity. PMID:24049416

  2. 7-(3-(4-(2,3-dimethylphenyl)piperazinyl)propoxy)-2 (1H)-quinolinone (OPC-4392), a presynaptic dopamine autoreceptor agonist and postsynaptic D2 receptor antagonist

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    Yasuda, Y.; Kikuchi, T.; Suzuki, S.; Tsutsui, M.; Yamada, K.; Hiyama, T.

    1988-01-01

    The assertion that OPC-4392 acts as an agonist at presynaptic dopamine autoreceptors is supported by the following behavioral and biochemical observations: OPC-4392, 3-PPP and apomorphine inhibited the reserpine-induced increase in DOPA accumulation in the forebrain of mice and in the frontal cortex, limbic forebrain and striatum of rats. In addition, the gamma-butyrolactone (GBL)-induced increase in DOPA accumulation in the mouse forebrain was also inhibited by OPC-4392, 3-PPP and apomorphine. The inhibitory effect of OPC-4392 on GBL-induced DOPA accumulation lasted for at least 8 hours after oral administration to mice, while that of 3-PPP and apomorphine disappeared in 4 hours after subcutaneous injection. OPC-4392 failed to increase spontaneous motor activity in reserpinized mice, enhance spontaneous ipsilateral rotation in rats with unilateral striatal kainic acid (KA) lesions, induce contralateral rotation in rats with unilateral striatal 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) lesions and inhibit /sup 14/C-acetylcholine (Ach) release stimulated by 20 mM KCl in rat striatal slices.

  3. The Role of Alpha-1 and Alpha-2 Adrenoceptors in Restraint Stress-Induced Liver Injury in Mice

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    Wang, Yimei; Jia, Li; Zhao, Zengming; Peng, Shuangqing; Lei, Linsheng

    2014-01-01

    Acute stress affects cellular integrity in many tissues including the liver, but its underlying mechanism is still unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential involvement of catecholamines and adrenoceptors in the regulation of acute restraint stress-induced liver injury. Restraint was achieved by placing mice in restraint tubes. Mice were treated with either an α-l antagonist, prazosin, an α-2 antagonist, yohimbine, a β-l antagonist, betaxolol, a β-2 antagonist, ICI 118551, or a central and peripheral catecholamine depleting agent, reserpine, and followed by restraint stress. Assessment of liver injury (serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) , hepatic total GSH, GSSG and GSH/GSSG ratio) , histopathology and of apoptosis, by TUNEL (terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labelling) assay and western blotting, was performed. Three hours of restraint stress resulted in liver injury, as indexed by elevated serum transaminase levels, decreased hepatic total GSH levels and GSH/GSSG ratio, increased hepatic GSSG levels as well as enhanced hepatocytes apoptosis. Either reserpine or prazosin or yohimbine was found to attenuate liver injury. Furthermore, prazosin and yohimbine protected against restraint-induced hepatocytes apoptosis through attenuating the activation of caspases-9 and -3 and reducing the Bax/Bcl-2 ratio. These results suggest that α-1 and α-2 adrenoceptors mediate restraint-induced liver oxidative injury through caspase-9 and Bcl-2 family of apoptotic regulatory proteins. PMID:24682087

  4. Xiaochaihutang prevents depressive-like behaviour in rodents by enhancing the serotonergic system.

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    Su, Guang Yue; Yang, Jing Yu; Wang, Fang; Xiong, Zhi Li; Hou, Yue; Zhang, Kuo; Song, Cui; Ma, Jie; Song, Shao Jiang; Teng, Huai Feng; Wu, Chun Fu

    2014-06-01

    Xiaochaihutang (XCHT) has been used in China for thousands of years to treat 'Shaoyang syndrome', which involves depressive-like symptoms. However, no studies were conducted to demonstrate its antidepressant effect and mechanism. This study was designed to confirm the antidepressant effect of XCHT and explore its mechanism using the pharmacological methods. Ultra-HPLC and mass spectrometry was used to identify the chemical constituents of XCHT. Forced swimming test (FST) and tail suspension test (TST) were used to determine the antidepressant-like activity of XCHT in mice and rats. The possible mechanism of XCHT was elucidated by the reserpine-induced hypothermia and 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)-induced head-twitch in mice. The levels of serotonin (5-HT) and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) were measured in prefrontal cortex and hippocampus tissue of both mice and rats. Moreover, the extracellular 5-HT in rat hippocampus was assessed by using microdialysis coupled to HPLC with electrochemical detection. Forty-four components were detected in XCHT. XCHT significantly reduced immobility time in the TST and the FST, antagonized reserpine-induced depressive-like behaviours, increased 5-HTP-induced head-twitches, elevated 5-HT and 5-HIAA levels, and increased 5-HT turnover at doses that did not affect general activity. These data demonstrate that XCHT has therapeutic effects in animal models of depression by enhancing the serotoninergic system in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus. © 2013 Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  5. Mechanisms by which smooth muscle sensitivity may be altered by calcium.

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    Kaiman, M; Shibata, S

    1978-01-01

    6-Hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) increased the sensitivity of rat, rabbit and guinea pig portal veins to norepinephrine (NE), methoxamine (ME), barium (Ba++) and calcium (Ca++) but not to potassium (K+). Reserpine potentiated the responses of NE, ME and Ca++ but not Ba++ or K+ in rabbit and guinea pig veins and did not alter the sensitivity of rat veins to all agonists tested. Cocaine only potentiated the NE responses of the veins and decreased the sensitivity of rabbit and guinea pig veins to K+. 6-OHDA increased 48Ca-influx in all veins whereas reserpine increased 45Ca-influx only in rabbit and guinea pig veins. Cocaine failed to increase 45Ca-influx in all veins tested. NE, ME and K+ increased 45Ca-influx in the veins from the different animals. The agonist-induced 45Ca-influx was greater in most of the supersensitive veins than in the control veins. In veins that failed to develop supersensitivity, agonist-induced 45Ca-influx did not differ from that of the control veins. It is concluded that the development of super- and subsensitivity exhibits species variation and that the alteration in Ca++ influx would be consistent with the changes in sensitivity of the venous smooth muscle.

  6. Biogenic amines in the nervous system of the cockroach, Periplaneta americana following envenomation by the jewel wasp, Ampulex compressa.

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    Banks, Christopher N; Adams, Michael E

    2012-02-01

    The emerald jewel wasp, Ampulex compressa, exploits the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana, as a host for its progeny. The wasp subdues the host by stinging directly into the brain and subesophageal ganglion, inducing long-term hypokinesia. The hypokinesic host lacks normal escape behavior and motivation to walk, making it easy for subjugation by the wasp. The mechanism underlying hypokinesia induction is not known, but depletion of monoamines induces behavior resembling venom-induced hypokinesia. To test whether amine depletion occurs in stung animals, we used high-performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection (HPLC-ED) to measure quantitatively amine levels in the central nervous system. Our data show clearly that levels of dopamine, serotonin, octopamine and tyramine remain unchanged in stung animals, whereas animals treated with reserpine exhibited marked depletion of all amines sampled. Furthermore, stung animals treated with reserpine show depletion of amines, demonstrating that envenomation also does not interfere with amine release. These results show that hypokinesia induced by Ampulex venom does not result from amine depletion or inability to release monoamines in the central nervous system.

  7. Endogenous dopamine (DA) modulates (3H)spiperone binding in vivo in rat brain

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    Bischoff, S.; Krauss, J.; Grunenwald, C.; Gunst, F.; Heinrich, M.; Schaub, M.; Stoecklin, K.V.; Vassout, A.; Waldmeier, P.; Maitre, L. )

    1991-01-01

    (3H)spiperone (SPI) binding in vivo, biochemical parameters and behavior were measured after modulating DA levels by various drug treatments. DA releasers and uptake inhibitors increased SPI binding in rat striatum. In other brain areas, the effects were variable, but only the pituitary remained unaffected. Surprisingly, nomifensine decreased SPI binding in frontal cortex. The effects of these drugs were monitored by measuring DA, serotonin (5-HT) and their metabolites in the same rats. The increased SPI binding in striatum was parallel to the locomotor stimulation with the following rank order: amfonelic acid greater than nomifensine greater than D-amphetamine greater than or equal to methylphenidate greater than amineptine greater than bupropion. Decreasing DA levels with reserpine or alpha-methyl-para-tyrosine reduced SPI binding by 45% in striatum only when both drugs were combined. In contrast, reserpine enhanced SPI binding in pituitary. Thus, the amount of releasable DA seems to modulate SPI binding characteristics. It is suggested that in vivo, DA receptors are submitted to dynamic regulation in response to changes in intrasynaptic concentrations of DA.

  8. Norepinephrine storage, distribution, and release in diabetic cardiomyopathy

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    Ganguly, P.K.; Beamish, R.E.; Dhalla, K.S.; Innes, J.R.; Dhalla, N.S.

    1987-06-01

    The ability of hearts to store, distribute, and release norepinephrine (NE) was investigated in rats 8 wk after the induction of diabetes by an injection of streptozotocin. Chronic diabetes was associated with increased content and concentration of NE in heart and in other tissues such as kidney, brain, and spleen. Reserpine or tyramine treatment resulted in depletion of endogenous cardiac NE in control and diabetic rats. The depletion of NE stores at different times after a dose of reserpine was greater in diabetic hearts. On the other hand, NE stores in diabetic hearts were less sensitive than control hearts to low doses of tyramine but were more sensitive to high doses. The uptake of (/sup 3/H)NE was greater in diabetic hearts in isolated perfused preparations. In comparison with the control values, diabetic hearts showed a decrease in (/sup 3/H)NE in the granular fraction and an increase in the supernatant fraction. Diabetic hearts also showed an accelerated spontaneous release of (/sup 3/H)NE. The increased cardiac NE and the uptake and release of NE in diabetic animals were reversible upon treatment with insulin. These results are consistent with the view that sympathetic activity is increased in diabetic cardiomyopathy and indicate that cardiac NE in diabetic rats is maintained at a higher level partly due to an increased uptake of released NE by adrenergic nerve terminals.

  9. Mechanism of cardiovascular actions of heptanolamines

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    Garrett, J.; Osswald, W.; Moreira, M. Gonçalves

    1962-01-01

    It has been suggested that heptaminol and methylheptaminol should be used as myocardial stimulants because they have cardiotonic actions similar to those of cardiac glycosides. However, as these aliphatic amines show definite sympathomimetic effects, the mechanism of their actions on the heart was investigated, in order to determine whether digitalis-like properties are involved in these effects. The pattern of pharmacological actions of heptaminol and methylheptaminol was compared with that of catechol amines, tyramine and k-strophanthin. The influence of atropine, hexamethonium, cocaine and reserpine was also investigated. The results show that both heptanolamines have a long-lasting cardiostimulant action which is abolished by cocaine and absent in reserpine pretreated animals. The pharmacological activity of these drugs may be entirely attributed to an indirect sympathomimetic action of the tyramine type, probably due to release of endogenous catechol amines. None of the experimental findings is consistent with the alleged digitalis-like action of these compounds. ImagesFig. 5Fig. 6 PMID:13897064

  10. The role of bound calcium in supersensitivity induced by cocaine.

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    Greenberg, R; Innes, I R

    1976-01-01

    1 Noradrenaline caused a small contraction of the cat isolated spleen strip bathed in a calcium-free solution; this contraction was greatly potentiated by cocaine. This potentiation was also present in isolated spleen strips where noradrenaline stores were depleted by reserpine. The maximum response of the spleen strip to noradrenaline in the absence of extracellular calcium was also increased by cocaine. 2 The disodium salt of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (Na-EDTA) but not Ca-EDTA antagonized the potentiation of the response to noradrenaline by cocaine in a calcium-free solution, and greatly reduced the magnitude of subsequent responses to noradrenaline and cocaine. 3 Strontium caused equivalent contractions of normal and reserpine-treated spleen strips bathed in a calcium-free solution. These responses were potentiated by cocaine. 4 Histamine caused a small contraction of the isolated spleen strip bathed in a Ca-free solution. Cocaine failed to potentiate these very small histamine contractions, but did potentiate the contraction of these same strips in response to noradrenaline. 5 It is concluded that the potentiation of the response of the isolated spleen strip to noradrenaline by cocaine in the absence of extracellular calcium is due to a mechanism other than decreased neuronal uptake of noradrenaline. It is suggested that cocaine makes a bound store of calcium more available to promote contraction of the spleen strip by noradrenaline. PMID:823996

  11. Effects of adrenergic and nitrergic blockade on theophylline-induced increase in peripheral blood flow in rat ear.

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    Sanae, F; Hayashi, H

    1998-11-01

    A bolus injection of theophylline produced a significant increase in peripheral blood flow in anesthetized rat ear, monitored by laser-Doppler flowmetry, with increases in arterial blood pressure and heart rate. These effects were attenuated by previous treatment with reserpine, but reserpine had no effect on the blood flow increase produced by acetylcholine. A dose of propranolol, which caused attenuation of the theophylline-induced increase in heart rate, did not change the peripheral blood flow. The higher dose of propranolol, which nearly canceled the increases in blood pressure and heart rate, caused attenuation of the blood flow increase but did not cancel it. However, the theophylline-induced flow increase was completely reversed by a nitric oxide synthase inhibitor, NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester, which alone had no effect, without any change in arterial blood pressure and heart rate. Treatment of the rats with the dose of inhibitor slightly and significantly reduced the response of peripheral blood flow to acetylcholine. The other isomer, NG-nitro-D-arginine methyl ester, and the other inhibitor, NG-monomethyl-L-arginine, did not have such an effect. These results suggest that the flow increase is due to an independent effect on the heart with modification by autonomic reflexes and involves the adrenergic and nitrergic pathways.

  12. Catecholamines released from the adrenal medulla exert a compensatory, protective effect at beta 2-adrenoceptors against Paf-induced death in mice.

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    Criscuoli, M; Subissi, A

    1988-01-01

    1. The effects of a number of drugs and experimental conditions, which inhibit or stimulate adrenergic function, were evaluated on platelet-activating factor (Paf)-induced death in conscious mice. 2. Adrenalectomy markedly potentiated Paf toxicity, while guanethidine and reserpine did not. However, reserpine, which produced a virtually complete depletion of catecholamines (CA) in cardiac tissue, was not able to reduce adrenal CA by more than 58%. Drugs which release noradrenaline from the adrenergic nerve terminals, such as tyramine and amphetamine, did not protect mice from Paf toxicity, while drugs or conditions which favour the release of CA from the adrenal medulla, such as urethane and cold-induced stress, did. 3. beta 2- and beta 1 + beta 2-adrenoceptor antagonists (ICI 118551, propranolol and nadolol), but not beta 1-antagonists (atenolol, practolol, metoprolol and CGP 20712 A), potentiated Paf toxicity at low doses; beta 2- and beta 1 + beta 2-agonists (salbutamol, fenoterol and isoprenaline), but not beta 1-agonists (prenalterol and tazolol) were potent inhibitors of Paf toxicity. alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists and antagonists did not exert significant effects. Propranolol did not appear to enhance the hypotensive action of Paf in pentobarbitone-anaesthetized mice. 4. It is concluded that manipulation of the release of CA from the adrenal medulla, but not from adrenergic nerves, has profound effects on Paf toxicity in mice. A number of considerations support the hypothesis that bronchoconstriction is a major determinant of Paf-induced death in mice.

  13. Evaluation of the effects and mechanisms of action of glufosinate, an organophosphate insecticide, on striatal dopamine release by using in vivo microdialysis in freely moving rats.

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    Ferreira Nunes, Brenda V; Durán, Rafael; Alfonso, Miguel; de Oliveira, Iris Machado; Ferreira Faro, Lilian R

    2010-10-01

    The purpose of the present work was to assess the effects of glufosinate ammonium (GLA), an aminoacid structurally related to glutamate, on in vivo dopamine (DA) release from rat striatum, using brain microdialysis coupled to HPLC-EC. Intrastriatal administration of GLA produced significant concentration-dependent increases in DA levels. At least two mechanisms can be proposed to explain these increases: GLA could be inducing DA release from synaptic vesicles or producing an inhibition of DA transporter (DAT). Thus, we investigated the effects of GLA under Ca(++)-free condition, and after pretreatment with reserpine and TTX. It was observed that the pretreatment with Ca(++)-free Ringer, reserpine or TTX significantly reduced the DA release induced by GLA. Coinfusion of GLA and nomifensine shows that the GLA-induced DA release did not involve the DAT. These results show that GLA-induced striatal DA release is probably mediated by an exocytotic-, Ca(++)-, action potential-dependent mechanism, being independent of DAT.

  14. Effects of ovarian hormone treatment on Ca(2+)-induced contractions and Ca(2+)-antagonism in the depolarized rat myometrium.

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    Zeitune, M G; Bazerque, P M

    1996-01-01

    The effects of estrogen (E), progesterone (P) and estrogen plus progesterone (E+P) treatment on Ca-induced contraction in the KCL-depolarized uterine muscle, and the influences on the Ca2+ antagonism induced by reserpine and verapamil "in vitro" were studied. Uterine muscles from rats in estrus were taken as controls. Uteri from spayed untreated rats showed the same sensitivity to Ca2+ as those from estrus rats, but castration decreased maximal contractile tension to Ca2+ and Ca2+ threshold. P treatment failed to modified the effects of castration on the responses to Ca2+. E or E+P treatments decreased the sensitivity to Ca2+ but only E+P increased slope values and maximal contractile tension. E and E+P increased the potency of verapamil Ca2+ antagonism but none of the treatments modified reserpine direct inhibitory effects. The results obtained suggest that alterations on uterine contractility by hormone treatment are the result of complex interactions between both genomic effects on the contractile process as well as non-genomic direct actions of the hormones on Ca2+ membrane permeability.

  15. Overexpression and functional characterization of an ABC (ATP-binding cassette) transporter encoded by the genes drrA and drrB of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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    Choudhuri, Baisakhee Saha; Bhakta, Sanjib; Barik, Rajib; Basu, Joyoti; Kundu, Manikuntala; Chakrabarti, Parul

    2002-10-01

    The genes encoding ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters occupy 2.5% of the genome of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. However, none of these putative ABC transporters has been characterized so far. We describe the development of expression systems for simultaneous expression of the ATP-binding protein DrrA and the membrane integral protein DrrB which together behave as a functional doxorubicin efflux pump. Doxorubicin uptake in Escherichia coli or Mycobacterium smegmatis expressing DrrAB was inhibited by reserpine, an inhibitor of ABC transporters. The localization of DrrA to the membrane depended on the simultaneous expression of DrrB. ATP binding was positively regulated by doxorubicin and daunorubicin. At the same time, DrrB appeared to be sensitive to proteolysis when expressed alone in the absence of DrrA. Simultaneous expression of the two polypeptides was essential to obtain a functional doxorubicin efflux pump. Expression of DrrAB in E. coli conferred 8-fold increased resistance to ethidium bromide, a cationic compound. 2',7'-bis-(2-Carboxyethyl)-5(6)-carboxyfluorescein (BCECF), a neutral compound, also behaved as a substrate of the reconstituted efflux pump. When expressed in M. smegmatis, DrrAB conferred resistance to a number of clinically relevant, structurally unrelated antibiotics. The resistant phenotype could be reversed by verapamil and reserpine, two potent inhibitors of ABC transporters.

  16. Fluoroquinolone Efflux in Streptococcus suis Is Mediated by SatAB and Not by SmrA ▿

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    Escudero, Jose Antonio; San Millan, Alvaro; Gutierrez, Belen; Hidalgo, Laura; La Ragione, Roberto M.; AbuOun, Manal; Galimand, Marc; Ferrándiz, María José; Domínguez, Lucas; de la Campa, Adela G.; Gonzalez-Zorn, Bruno

    2011-01-01

    Streptococcus suis is an emerging zoonotic pathogen. With the lack of an effective vaccine, antibiotics remain the main tool to fight infections caused by this pathogen. We have previously observed a reserpine-sensitive fluoroquinolone (FQ) efflux phenotype in this species. Here, SatAB and SmrA, two pumps belonging to the ATP binding cassette (ABC) and the major facilitator superfamily (MFS), respectively, have been analyzed in the fluoroquinolone-resistant clinical isolate BB1013. Genes encoding these pumps were overexpressed either constitutively or in the presence of ciprofloxacin in this strain. These genes could not be cloned in plasmids in Escherichia coli despite strong expression repression. Finally, site-directed insertion of smrA and satAB in the amy locus of the Bacillus subtilis chromosome using ligated PCR amplicons allowed for the functional expression and study of both pumps. Results showed that SatAB is a narrow-spectrum fluoroquinolone exporter (norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin), susceptible to reserpine, whereas SmrA was not involved in fluoroquinolone resistance. Chromosomal integration in Bacillus is a novel method for studying efflux pumps from Gram-positive bacteria, which enabled us to demonstrate the possible role of SatAB, and not SmrA, in fluoroquinolone efflux in S. suis. PMID:21930876

  17. Changes in fluoroquinolone-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae after 7-valent conjugate vaccination, Spain.

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    de la Campa, Adela G; Ardanuy, Carmen; Balsalobre, Luz; Pérez-Trallero, Emilio; Marimón, Jose M; Fenoll, Asunción; Liñares, Josefina

    2009-06-01

    Among 4,215 Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates obtained in Spain during 2006, 98 (2.3%) were ciprofloxacin resistant (3.6% from adults and 0.14% from children). In comparison with findings from a 2002 study, global resistance remained stable. Low-level resistance (30 isolates with MIC 4-8 microg/mL) was caused by a reserpine-sensitive efflux phenotype (n = 4) or single topoisomerase IV (parC [n = 24] or parE [n = 1]) changes. One isolate did not show reserpine-sensitive efflux or mutations. High-level resistance (68 isolates with MIC >or=16 microg/mL) was caused by changes in gyrase (gyrA) and parC or parE. New changes in parC (S80P) and gyrA (S81V, E85G) were shown to be involved in resistance by genetic transformation. Although 49 genotypes were observed, clones Spain9V-ST156 and Sweden15A-ST63 accounted for 34.7% of drug-resistant isolates. In comparison with findings from the 2002 study, clones Spain14-ST17, Spain23F-ST81, and ST8819F decreased and 4 new genotypes (ST9710A, ST57016, ST43322, and ST71733) appeared in 2006.

  18. Evaluation of the effects and mechanisms of action of flutriafol, a triazole fungicide, on striatal dopamine release by using in vivo microdialysis in freely moving rats.

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    Santana, M B; Rodrigues, K J A; Durán, R; Alfonso, M; Vidal, L; Campos, F; De Oliveira, I M; Faro, L R F

    2009-07-01

    The purpose of the present work was to assess the effects of flutriafol, a triazole fungicide, on in vivo dopamine (DA) release from rat striatum, using brain microdialysis coupled to high-performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection (HPLC-EC). Intrastriatal administration of flutriafol (1, 6 and 12 mM) produced significant concentration-dependent increases in DA levels to 218.5+/-51%, 1376+/-245% and 3093+/-345% compared with basal values, respectively. Those increases in DA levels could be due to an increased DA exocytotic release and/or a change in the activity of DA transporter (DAT). Thus, we investigated the effects of flutriafol (6mM) under Ca(++)- or Na(+)-free conditions, and after pretreatment with reserpine and TTX. When flutriafol was perfused in either Ca(++)- or Na(+)-free Ringer, the DA levels reduced 92% and 70%, respectively; perfusion of flutriafol in TTX-treated (10 microM) or reserpine-pretreated animals (10mg/kg), reduced the levels of DA to 73% and 86%, respectively. Co-infusion of flutriafol and nomifensine (20 microM) shows that the flutriafol-induced DA release did not involve the DAT. Our results suggest that flutriafol induces DA release via vesicular-, Ca(++)-, Na(+)- and TTX-dependent mechanism, being independent of DAT.

  19. Overexpression and functional characterization of an ABC (ATP-binding cassette) transporter encoded by the genes drrA and drrB of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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    Choudhuri, Baisakhee Saha; Bhakta, Sanjib; Barik, Rajib; Basu, Joyoti; Kundu, Manikuntala; Chakrabarti, Parul

    2002-01-01

    The genes encoding ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters occupy 2.5% of the genome of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. However, none of these putative ABC transporters has been characterized so far. We describe the development of expression systems for simultaneous expression of the ATP-binding protein DrrA and the membrane integral protein DrrB which together behave as a functional doxorubicin efflux pump. Doxorubicin uptake in Escherichia coli or Mycobacterium smegmatis expressing DrrAB was inhibited by reserpine, an inhibitor of ABC transporters. The localization of DrrA to the membrane depended on the simultaneous expression of DrrB. ATP binding was positively regulated by doxorubicin and daunorubicin. At the same time, DrrB appeared to be sensitive to proteolysis when expressed alone in the absence of DrrA. Simultaneous expression of the two polypeptides was essential to obtain a functional doxorubicin efflux pump. Expression of DrrAB in E. coli conferred 8-fold increased resistance to ethidium bromide, a cationic compound. 2',7'-bis-(2-Carboxyethyl)-5(6)-carboxyfluorescein (BCECF), a neutral compound, also behaved as a substrate of the reconstituted efflux pump. When expressed in M. smegmatis, DrrAB conferred resistance to a number of clinically relevant, structurally unrelated antibiotics. The resistant phenotype could be reversed by verapamil and reserpine, two potent inhibitors of ABC transporters. PMID:12057006

  20. Dopamine disposition in the presynaptic process regulates the severity of methamphetamine-induced neurotoxicity.

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    Kuhn, Donald M; Francescutti-Verbeem, Dina M; Thomas, David M

    2008-10-01

    Methamphetamine (METH) is well known for its ability to cause damage to dopamine (DA) nerve endings of the striatum. The mechanisms by which METH causes neurotoxicity are not fully understood, but likely candidates are increased oxidative and nitrosative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction. Microglial activation is also emerging as an important element of the METH neurotoxic cascade, and it appears that extensive cross-talk between these cells and DA nerve endings is an early event in this process. It may seem paradoxical, but DA itself is also thought to be an essential factor in the neuronal damaging effects of METH, but issues relating to its precise role in this regard remain unanswered. We present in this overview a summary of studies that tested how alterations in the disposition of presynaptic DA (injections of reserpine, L-DOPA, or clorgyline) modulate METH neurotoxicity. In all cases, these drugs significantly increased the magnitude of microglial activation as well as the severity of damage to striatal DA nerve endings caused by METH. The enhancement of METH effects in striatum by reserpine, L-DOPA, and clorgyline persisted for 14 days and showed no evidence of recovery. These data establish that subtle shifts in the newly synthesized pool of DA can cause substantial changes in the severity of METH-induced neurotoxicity. DA released into the synapse by METH is very likely the source of downstream reactants that provoke microglial activation and the ensuing damage to DA nerve endings.

  1. Amphetamine-enhanced accumulation of ( sup 3 H)-spiperone in mouse corpus striatum in vivo: Modification by other drugs

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    Dorris, R.L. )

    1989-01-01

    Other investigators have reported that amphetamine administered to rodents results in an increase in the in vivo accumulation of either the tritiated dopamine receptor ligand, spiperone or pimozide in the dopaminergic corpus striatum, (specific binding) while not altering that in the sparsely dopaminergically innervated cerebellum (non-specific binding). Experiments were undertaken to determine if the results could be replicated and if some other drugs would modify the effect. Male mice were injected with ({sup 3}H)-spiperone (20 {mu}Ci/Kg, 0.0003 mg/kg) s.c. and killed 2 hrs later for determination of radioactivity in corpus striatum and cerebellum. Amphetamine (20 mg/kg, i.p.) given 15 min before ({sup 3}H)-spiperone, increased accumulation in striatum but not cerebellum. The increase was inhibited by {alpha} - methyltyrosine ({alpha}-MT), haloperidol, reserpine or amantadine. It is suggested that the amphetamine-induced increase in accumulation of ({sup 3}H)-spiperone in corpus striatum (specific binding) depends on release of large amounts of dopamine, which then must be able to interact with the dopamine receptor. The antagonism of the effect by {alpha}-MT or reserpine can be explained by dopamine depletion, that of haloperidol by antagonism for binding at the receptor site. It is suggested that amantadine acts by a dual mechanism: (1) as a low efficacy agonist, it competes for binding to the receptor and (2) it has some ability to block dopamine release.

  2. Changes in Fluoroquinolone-Resistant Streptococcus pneumonia after 7-Valent Conjugate Vaccination, Spain

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    Ardanuy, Carmen; Balsalobre, Luz; Pérez-Trallero, Emilio; Marimón, Jose M.; Fenoll, Asunción; Liñares, Josefina

    2009-01-01

    Among 4,215 Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates obtained in Spain during 2006, 98 (2.3%) were ciprofloxacin resistant (3.6% from adults and 0.14% from children). In comparison with findings from a 2002 study, global resistance remained stable. Low-level resistance (30 isolates with MIC 4–8 μg/mL) was caused by a reserpine-sensitive efflux phenotype (n = 4) or single topoisomerase IV (parC [n = 24] or parE [n = 1]) changes. One isolate did not show reserpine-sensitive efflux or mutations. High-level resistance (68 isolates with MIC ≥16 μg/mL) was caused by changes in gyrase (gyrA) and parC or parE. New changes in parC (S80P) and gyrA (S81V, E85G) were shown to be involved in resistance by genetic transformation. Although 49 genotypes were observed, clones Spain9V-ST156 and Sweden15A-ST63 accounted for 34.7% of drug-resistant isolates. In comparison with findings from the 2002 study, clones Spain14-ST17, Spain23F-ST81, and ST8819F decreased and 4 new genotypes (ST9710A, ST57016, ST43322, and ST71733) appeared in 2006. PMID:19523289

  3. The influences of adrenolytic drugs and noradrenaline on the histamine release in cardiac anaphylaxis in vitro

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    Giotti, A.; Guidotti, A.; Mannaioni, P. F.; Zilletti, Lucilla

    1966-01-01

    1. The regional distribution (auricles, ventricles and septum) of histamine and its release during anaphylaxis were studied in isolated perfused guinea-pig hearts. 2. The highest value of histamine content was found in the right auricle, the lowest in the left ventricle and septum, both in normal hearts, and in the hearts subjected to anaphylaxis. 3. The fraction of the total histamine released in the course of 24 min by antigen was 50%. The fraction released from the different regions of the heart was similar. No evidence was found for release of 5-hydroxytryptamine. 4. A relation was found between the distribution of mast cells and the tissue concentration of histamine. The highest number of mast cells per unit area was found in the right auricle; the lowest in the left ventricle. 5. The histamine release by antigen was reduced by previous treatment with (+)-tubocurarine; the histamine release by (+)-tubocurarine was depressed by previous challenge of the heart with antigen. 6. Reserpine reduces histamine release. Perfusion of reserpine-treated hearts with noradrenaline partially restored histamine release. 7. β-Adrenergic blocking agents (dichloroisoproterenol and pronethalol) reduced histamine release. 8. The drugs tested did not modify the tissue concentration of histamine. 9. The possibility of a modulating activity of catecholamines on histamine release in cardiac anaphylaxis is discussed. PMID:4380397

  4. Two Distinct Major Facilitator Superfamily Drug Efflux Pumps Mediate Chloramphenicol Resistance in Streptomyces coelicolor▿

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    Vecchione, James J.; Alexander, Blair; Sello, Jason K.

    2009-01-01

    Chloramphenicol, florfenicol, and thiamphenicol are used as antibacterial drugs in clinical and veterinary medicine. Two efflux pumps of the major facilitator superfamily encoded by the cmlR1 and cmlR2 genes mediate resistance to these antibiotics in Streptomyces coelicolor, a close relative of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The transcription of both genes was observed by reverse transcription-PCR. Disruption of cmlR1 decreased the chloramphenicol MIC 1.6-fold, while disruption of cmlR2 lowered the MIC 16-fold. The chloramphenicol MIC of wild-type S. coelicolor decreased fourfold and eightfold in the presence of reserpine and Phe-Arg-β-naphthylamide, respectively. These compounds are known to potentiate the activity of some antibacterial drugs via efflux pump inhibition. While reserpine is known to potentiate drug activity against gram-positive bacteria, this is the first time that Phe-Arg-β-naphthylamide has been shown to potentiate drug activity against a gram-positive bacterium. PMID:19687245

  5. Effect of autonomic blockers on the heart rate of intact rats and animals with artificial hyperthyroidism.

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    Kapitola, J; Kölbel, F; Schüllerová, M; Schreiberová, O; Vilimovská, D

    1976-01-01

    The effect of various autonomic blockers on the heart rate (from the ECG recording) of intact rats and of animals with experimental hyperthyroidism induced by the administration of dried thyroid was studied. In intact rats, the heart rate fell significantly (by 22%) during the first week after the peroral administration of propranolol (0.05% in food), but trimepranol (0.02%), reserpine (0.001%) and guanethidine (0.1%) had no effect (in a suplementary experment, a small, but statistically significant decrease was also found after trimepranol). In experimental hyperthyroidism, using the same blocker doses, the heart rate fell significantly after propranolol (by 23%), trimepranol (22%), reserpine (16%) and, in a preliminary experiment, guanethidine (19%). On injecting 0.05 mg propranolol intravenously, the maximum drop in the heart rate in intact rats was 22%, while in hyperthyroidism it was hardly more than half this value (at all the intervals from 2 to 30 minutes the decrease was statistically significant). Practolol, in a dose of 0.3 mg i.v., was less effective -- in intact rats the heart rate fell by not more than 12% (at all the intervals from 2 to 30 minutes the decrease was significant), but in hyperthyroidism the drop was slower and statistically non-significant. The results do not furnish an unequivocal answer to the question of the role of adrenergic regulation of the heart rate under physiological conditions and in experimental hyperthyroidism in rats.

  6. Coadministration of Resveratrol and Rice Oil Mitigates Nociception and Oxidative State in a Mouse Fibromyalgia-Like Model

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    Peres Klein, Caroline; Rodrigues Cintra, Marcos; Binda, Nancy; Montijo Diniz, Danuza; Gomez, Marcus Vinicius; Souto, Andre Arigony; de Souza, Alessandra Hubner

    2016-01-01

    The mechanism underlying pain symptoms in fibromyalgia (FM) is not fully understood. Oxidative stress has emerged as pathophysiological event occurring during the development of the disease. The present study aimed at investigating the efficacy of resveratrol associated with rice bran oil on fibromyalgia-like mice model. Subcutaneous injection of reserpine (0.25 mg/Kg) during 3 days produced fibromyalgia-like symptoms. Resveratrol and/or rice oil or pregabalin were administered through oral route in therapeutic (single dose) and preventive (four doses) schemes. In both schemes, treatment with resveratrol associated with rice bran oil and pregabalin significantly reduced mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia in animals. The preventive scheme displayed antidepressant effect which was demonstrated by the forced swimming test as well as reduced reactive species in the cerebrospinal fluid of reserpinized animals. Taken together, our data provide evidences that the intake of resveratrol associated with rice bran oil plays antinociceptive and antidepressant actions probably through reducing reactive species and suggests the involvement of oxidative stress in this model of FM as possible underlying mechanism of pathogenesis of the disease. PMID:27069683

  7. Influence of efflux pump inhibitors on the multidrug resistance of Helicobacter pylori

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    Zhang, Zhan; Liu, Zhi-Qiang; Zheng, Peng-Yuan; Tang, Fu-Ai; Yang, Ping-Chang

    2010-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the effect of efflux pump inhibitors (EPIs) on multidrug resistance of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). METHODS: H. pylori strains were isolated and cultured on Brucella agar plates with 10% sheep’s blood. The multidrug resistant (MDR) H. pylori were obtained with the inducer chloramphenicol by repeated doubling of the concentration until no colony was seen, then the susceptibilities of the MDR strains and their parents to 9 antibiotics were assessed with agar dilution tests. The present study included periods before and after the advent of the EPIs, carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenyl hydrazone (CCCP), reserpine and pantoprazole), and the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) were determined accordingly. In the same way, the effects of 5 proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), used in treatment of H. pylori infection, on MICs of antibiotics were evaluated. RESULTS: Four strains of MDR H. pylori were induced successfully, and the antibiotic susceptibilities of MDR strains were partly restored by CCCP and pantoprazole, but there was little effect of reserpine. Rabeprazole was the most effective of the 5 PPIs which could decrease the MICs of antibiotics for MDR H. pylori significantly. CONCLUSION: In vitro, some EPIs can strengthen the activities of different antibiotics which are the putative substrates of the efflux pump system in H. pylori. PMID:20222174

  8. Drugs and gastric damage.

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    Cooke, A R

    1976-01-01

    The effects of aspirin, salicylate formulations and substitutes, smoking (nicotine), indomethacin, corticosteroids, phenylbutazone, ethanol, caffeine and reserpine on the gastric mucosa are discussed. The damaging effects of the drugs are considered in terms of the gastric mucosal barrier, gastric erosions, microbleeding and haematemesis and melaena and finally whether they cause peptic ulcer. There is suggestive evidence that unbuffered aspirin is a cause of haematemesis and melaena and of gastric ulcer but the incidence rates for hospital admission are low, being 10 to 15 per 100,000 heavy users per year. Aspirin in solution as acetylsalicylate buffered to maintain a neutral pH protects against gastric damage. Newer aspirin substitutes (mefenamic acid, fenoprofen, naproxen, tolmetin and ibuprofen) appear to cause less faecal blood loss than aspirin but their long-term effects have not been fully evaluated. Smoking is definitely associated with peptic ucler but the mechanism is unknown. Corticosteroids are probably not ulcerogenic despite clinical bias that they are. Indomethacin and phenylbutazone may be ulcerogenic but there is insufficient evidence to make firm judgements. Ethanol, caffeine and reserpine, on available evidence, are probably not ulcerogenic.

  9. The medical treatment of Parkinson disease from James Parkinson to George Cotzias.

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    Fahn, Stanley

    2015-01-01

    It took exactly 150 years since James Parkinson's description in 1817 of the illness bearing his name until the development of effective therapy for this disorder, namely, the introduction of high-dosage levodopa by George Cotzias in 1967. During the first 50 years, no effective therapy was available, but neurologists reported using different agents, including metals. Then, around 1867, Charcot found solanaceous alkaloids to be somewhat helpful, and these became the accepted and popular therapy for the next 75 years. When basic scientists discovered that these alkaloids had central antimuscarinic activity, pharmaceutical chemists developed synthetic chemical agents that were equally effective, with possibly less adverse effects, and around 1950 these synthetic drugs became the standard medical therapy for Parkinson's disease (PD). The link between dopamine and PD did not take place until 1957, 140 years after Parkinson's Essay. The clue came from research on reserpine, a drug derived from the Rauwolfia plant that caused a sedative effect, now recognized as a drug-induced parkinsonian state. Initial investigations revealed that reserpine caused the release and depletion of serotonin stores in the brain. With that knowledge, Arvid Carlsson, a young pharmacologist in Sweden, decided to explore the possibility that reserpine might also affect brain catecholamines. In his now famous, elegant, and simple experiment, he showed that injecting l-dopa, the precursor of catecholamines, alleviated the reserpine-induced parkinsonian state in animals, whereas the precursor of serotonin failed to do so. Carlsson then developed a highly sensitive assay to measure dopamine, and his lab found that dopamine is selectively present in high concentrations in the striatum and that administered l-dopa could restore the dopamine depleted by reserpine. Carlsson postulated that all these findings implicate dopamine in motor disorders. Oleh Hornykiewicz, a young pharmacologist in Vienna, on

  10. Endogenous competition against binding of [(18)F]DMFP and [(18)F]fallypride to dopamine D(2/3) receptors in brain of living mouse.

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    Rominger, Axel; Wagner, Erika; Mille, Erik; Böning, Guido; Esmaeilzadeh, Mouna; Wängler, Björn; Gildehaus, Franz-Josef; Nowak, Sebastian; Bruche, Ariane; Tatsch, Klaus; Bartenstein, Peter; Cumming, Paul

    2010-04-01

    Molecular imaging studies with benzamide radioligands can reveal competition from endogenous binding at D(2/3)-receptors in living brain. However, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) methods suffer from limited spatial resolution, and [(11)C]-labeled ligands are only available at positron emission tomography (PET) research sites with cyclotron-radiochemistry facilities, whereas [(18)F] can be transported, due to its longer physical half-life. Therefore, we endeavored to characterize the vulnerabilities of the benzamide antagonist [(18)F]desmethoxyfallypride (DMFP) and its high-affinity congener [(18)F]fallypride (FP) to competition from endogenous dopamine in living mouse brain. Groups of awake mice were pretreated with saline, amphetamine (10 mg/kg), or reserpine (5 mg/kg), followed by i.v. tracer injections. Mice were killed at 2.5-90 min (DMFP) or 2.5-180 min (FP) circulation times. Brains were dissected and regional radioactivity concentration measured by gamma counting. Other groups of mice were anesthetized for dynamic microPET recordings with DMFP or FP. Binding potentials (BP(ND)) were calculated using cerebellum as reference region. With 90-min circulation, DMFP BP(ND) in striatum was 2.4 by dissection and 2.2 by microPET, which showed a 62% decrease in response to amphetamine-evoked dopamine release and a 33% increase after reserpine-evoked dopamine depletion. With 120-min circulation, FP BP(ND) in striatum was 24.1 by dissection and 9.2 by microPET, which showed a 31% decrease in the amphetamine group, but no effect of reserpine. Dissection showed similar sensitivities for FP binding, but only a 29% amphetamine-evoked reduction for DMFP. Relative to gold standard ex vivo results, microPET estimates of DMFP BP(ND) were unbiased, whereas FP BP(ND) in striatum was substantially underestimated. Both tracers proved suitable for revealing pharmacologically evoked changes in competition at D(2/3)-receptors in striatum of living mice.

  11. Synthesis of Omeprazole Analogues and Evaluation of These as Potential Inhibitors of the Multidrug Efflux Pump NorA of Staphylococcus aureus▿ †

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    Vidaillac, Céline; Guillon, Jean; Arpin, Corinne; Forfar-Bares, Isabelle; Ba, Boubakar B.; Grellet, Jean; Moreau, Stéphane; Caignard, Daniel-Henri; Jarry, Christian; Quentin, Claudine

    2007-01-01

    A series of 11 pyrrolo[1,2-a]quinoxaline derivatives, 1a to 1k, sharing structural analogies with omeprazole, a eukaryotic efflux pump inhibitor (EPI) used as an antiulcer agent, was synthesized. Their inhibitory effect was evaluated using Staphylococcus aureus strain SA-1199B overexpressing NorA. By determinations of the MIC of norfloxacin in the presence of these EPIs devoid of intrinsic antibacterial activity and used at 128 μg/ml, and by the checkerboard method, compound 1e (MIC decrease, 16-fold; fractional inhibitory concentration index [ΣFIC], 0.18) appeared to be more active than compounds 1b to 1d, reserpine, and omeprazole (MIC decrease, eightfold; ΣFIC, 0.31), followed by compounds 1a and 1f (MIC decrease, fourfold; ΣFIC, 0.37) and 1g to 1k (MIC decrease, twofold; ΣFIC, 0.50 to 0.56). By time-kill curves combining norfloxacin (1/4 MIC) and the most efficient EPIs (128 μg/ml), compound 1e persistently restored the bactericidal activity of norfloxacin (inoculum reduction, 3 log10 CFU/ml at 8 and 24 h), compound 1f led to a delayed but progressive decrease in the number of viable cells, and compounds 1b to 1d and omeprazole acted synergistically (inoculum reduction, 3 log10 CFU/ml at 8 h but further regrowth), while compound 1a and reserpine slightly enhanced norfloxacin activity. The bacterial uptake of norfloxacin monitored by high-performance liquid chromatography confirmed that compounds 1a to 1f increased antibiotic accumulation, as did reserpine and omeprazole. Since these EPIs did not disturb the Δψ and ΔpH, they might directly interact with the pump. A structure-activity relationships study identified the benzimidazole nucleus of omeprazole as the main structural element involved in efflux pump inhibition and highlighted the critical role of the chlorine substituents in the stability and efficiency of compounds 1e to 1f. However, further pharmacomodulation is required to obtain therapeutically applicable derivatives. PMID:17101679

  12. Room-temperature super-extraction system (RTSES) optimizes the anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like behavioural effects of traditional Xiao-Yao-San in mice

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    2012-01-01

    Background Xiao-Yao-San (XYS) is a Chinese medicinal formula for treating anxiety and depression. This study aims to evaluate the use of a room-temperature super-extraction system (RTSES) to extract the major active components of XYS and enhance their psycho-pharmacological effects. Methods The neuroprotective roles of XYS/RTSES against reserpine-derived neurotoxicity were evaluated using a glial cell injury system (in vitro) and a depression-like C57BL/6 J mouse model (in vivo). The anxiolytic-behavioural effects were measured by the elevated plus-maze (EPM) test and the antidepressant effects were evaluated by the forced swimming test (FST) and tail suspension test (TST). Glucose tolerance and insulin resistance were assayed by ELISA. The expression of 5-HT1A receptors in the prefrontal cortex was examined by western blotting. Results XYS/RTSES (300 μg/mL) diminished reserpine-induced glial cell death more effectively than either XYS (300 μg/mL) or fluoxetine (30 μM) at 24 h (P = 0.0481 and P = 0.054, respectively). Oral administration of XYS/RTSES (500 mg/kg/day) for 4 consecutive weeks significantly elevated the ratios of entries (open arms/closed arms; P = 0.0177) and shuttle activity (P = 0.00149) on the EPM test, and reduced the immobility time by 90% on the TST (P = 0.00000538) and FST (P = 0.0000053839). XYS/RTSES also improved the regulation of blood glucose (P = 0.0305) and increased the insulin sensitivity (P = 0.0093). The Western blot results indicated that the activation of cerebral 5-HT1A receptors may be involved in the mechanisms of XYS/RTSES actions. Conclusion The RTSES could provide a novel method for extracting effective anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like substances. XYS/RTSES improved the regulation of blood glucose and increased the insulin sensitivity in reserpine-induced anxiety and depression. Neuroprotection of glial cells and activation of cerebral 5-HT1A receptors were also involved. PMID:23134744

  13. Pharmacological properties of 2,3,3a,4,5,6-hexahydro-8-methyl-1H-pyrazino [3,2,1-j,k]carbazol hydrochloride (pirlindole), a new antidepressant.

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    Mashkovsky, M D; Andrejeva, N I

    1981-01-01

    The hydrochloride salt of 2,3,3a,4,5,6-hexahydro-8-methyl-1H-pyrazino[3,2,1-j,k]carbazol hydrochloride (pirlindole) exerts pharmacological effects typical of antidepressants. This compound antagonizes the depressant effects of reserpine and tetrabenazine and potentiates the central effects of amphetamine and l-dopa. It also enhances the head-twitch effect of 5-hydroxy-tryptophan, the effects of noradrenaline, adrenaline, serotonin, tyramine on blood pressure as well as the hypertensive and tremor activities of tryptamine. Pirlindole inhibits the neuronal uptake of noradrenaline and exerts reversible, short-lasting anti-MAO activity. It does not possess anti-cholinergic activity. Clinical trials have shown pirlindole to be effective as an antidepressive drug.

  14. GABAA receptor sites modulating catecholamine secretion in the rat adrenal gland: evidence from 3H-muscimol autoradiography and in vivo functional studies.

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    Amenta, F; Collier, W L; Erdö, S L; Giuliani, S; Maggi, C A; Meli, A

    1988-01-01

    The occurrence and distribution of specific 3H-muscimol binding sites, most probably identical with A type gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors, were studied in sections of the rat adrenal gland by light microscope autoradiography. Specific binding was found primarily in the adrenal medulla, in association with chromaffin cells. A limited number of binding sites was also observed within the adrenal cortex. In urethane-anaesthetized hexamethonium-pretreated rats, intravenous GABA produced a set of 'excitatory' cardiovascular effects (increase in heart rate, force of contraction and blood pressure) which were mimicked by intravenous muscimol but not by intravenous baclofen, and were antagonized by pretreatment with bicuculline. The cardiovascular excitatory effects of intravenous GABA were unaffected by reserpine pretreatment, markedly reduced by administration of phentolamine plus propranolol, and almost completely abolished by adrenalectomy. Our findings indicate the presence of GABA receptor sites on adrenal chromaffin cells, whose excitation can produce changes in cardiovascular function.

  15. Dopaminergic inhibition involved in the alpha-naphthoxyacetic acid-induced jumping behavior in mice.

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    Yamada, K; Furukawa, T

    1980-05-16

    alpha-Naphthoxyacetic acid (alpha-NOAA), one of the retching-inducers, elicited a dose-dependent jumping behavior shortly after i.p. administration in doses ranging from 250 to 700 mg/kg in ddY mice, the incidence of jumping being 97% at a dose of 700 mg/kg. alpha-NOAA also induced hypothermia, retching, head shaking, salivation and lacrimation. Phentolamine, reserpine, disulfiram, tranylcypromine, haloperidol, scopolamine, bicuculline, diazepam and lithium among the drugs tested inhibited to a certain degree but not markedly the alpha-NOAA-induced jumping behavior. However, the behavior was markedly inhibited by a dopaminergic agonist, apomorphine (1 mg/kg, i.p.), and this inhibitory effect was significantly antagonized by a dopaminergic antagonist, haloperidol (2 mg/kg, i.p.). These findings suggest that the jumping behavior elicited by alpha-NOAA may be due to the inhibition of dopaminergic neuron activity.

  16. Effective doping of low energy ions into superfluid helium droplets

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    Zhang, Jie; Chen, Lei; Freund, William M.; Kong, Wei

    2015-01-01

    We report a facile method of doping cations from an electrospray ionization (ESI) source into superfluid helium droplets. By decelerating and stopping the ion pulse of reserpine and substance P from an ESI source in the path of the droplet beam, about 104 ion-doped droplets (one ion per droplet) can be recorded, corresponding to a pickup efficiency of nearly 1 out of 1000 ions. We attribute the success of this simple approach to the long residence time of the cations in the droplet beam. The resulting size of the doped droplets, on the order of 105/droplet, is measured using deflection and retardation methods. Our method does not require an ion trap in the doping region, which significantly simplifies the experimental setup and procedure for future spectroscopic and diffraction studies. PMID:26298127

  17. Mechanistic Study on the Antidepressant-Like Effect of Danggui-Shaoyao-San, a Chinese Herbal Formula

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    Huang, Zhen; Mao, Qing-Qiu; Zhong, Xiao-Ming; Li, Zhao-Yi; Qiu, Feng-Mei; Ip, Siu-Po

    2012-01-01

    Danggui-Shaoyao-San (DSS), a famous Chinese herbal formula, has been widely used in the treatment of various diseases. Previous studies have shown that DSS produces antidepressant-like effect in rodents. This study aims to investigate the mechanism(s) underlying the antidepressant-like action of DDS. The results showed that DSS treatment significantly antagonized reserpine-induced ptosis in mice. In addition, DSS treatment significantly increased sucrose consumption in chronic unpredictable stress- (CUS-) treated mice. DSS treatment also markedly attenuated CUS-induced decreases in noradrenaline and dopamine concentrations in mouse brain. Furthermore, DSS treatment significantly reversed CUS-induced increase in serum malondialdehyde (MDA) content and decrease in serum superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity in mice. The results suggest that the antidepressant-like activity of DSS is probably mediated by the modulation of central monoamine neurotransmitter systems and the reduction of oxidative stress. PMID:22924052

  18. [Evaluation of antimicrobial activity of indol alkaloids].

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    Rojas Hernández, N M

    1979-01-01

    In pursuing the study of the antimicrobial properties of alkaloids prepared from Cuban plants the activity of 10 indol alkaloids and 4 semisynthetic variables obtained from three plants--Catharanthus roseus G. Don., Vallesia antillana Wood and Ervatamia coronaria Staph, of the family Apocynaceae--growing in Cuba was assessed in vitro. The alkaloids and the variables used were catharantine, vindoline, vindolinine, perivine, reserpine, tabernaemontanine, tetrahydroalstonine, aparicine, vindolinic acid, reserpic acid and vindolininol. These were faced to 40 bacterial strains from the genera Salmonella, Shigella, Proteus, Escherichia, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus and Corynebacterium as well as to fungi and yeasts from the genera Aspergillus, kCunnighamella, kCandida and Saccharomyces. The method involving cylindric sections in a double agar layer was applied and lectures were obtained at 24-48 hours of incubation at 25 degrees C for fungi and yeasts and 37 degrees C for bacteria. Inhibition zones are reported in millimeters.

  19. Natural substances in psychiatry (Ginkgo biloba in dementia).

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    Itil, T; Martorano, D

    1995-01-01

    Natural substances and/or their synthetically developed active ingredients are frequently used in medicine. In psychiatry, two of the most well known natural compounds are reserpine and Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb). EGb is among the most popular over-the-counter medicines in Europe and is also available in the United States, primarily in health food stores. Already the European medical community has recognized EGb as an effective compound in the treatment of cerebral insufficiency. In a pilot bioequivalency study, the effects of three different commercially available EGb products were examined. Findings indicated significant quantitative central nervous system (CNS) effects in, at least, one of the three. Furthermore, the CNS effects of Ginkgold were similar to other psychoactive compounds classified as cognitive activators. Recent studies in which EGb 761 demonstrated therapeutic effects in the treatment of dementia have earned EGb the approval of the German BGA (Bundesgesundheit Amt) for use in the treatment of dementia.

  20. Pharmacological analysis of a new anorexic substance: 5-hydroxy-5(4'-chlorophenyl)-2, 3-dihydro-5H-imidazo-(2, 1-a) isoindole (Mazindol).

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    Gogerty, J H; Penberthy, C; Iorio, L C; Trapold, J H

    1975-04-01

    5-Hydroxy-5-(4'-chlorophenyl-2, 3-dihydro-5H-imidazo (2, 1-a)isoindole (mazindol), a novel tricyclic compound, has been shown to suppress food consumption in rats at doses causing weak central stimulation and little effects on blood pressure or heart rate. The substance produces dose-related decreases in the consumption of orange juice in cebus monkeys trained on an operant behavior schedule. The compound did not alter cardiac or pulmonary hemodynamics in the anesthetized dog but provided potentiation of norepinephrine pressor responses. Mazindol also demonstrated potent but incomplete antagonism of reserpine-induced hypothermia in mice, antagonism of tetrabenazine catalepsy in rats, and suppression of mouse-killing behavior of rats. Suppression of mouse-killing was reduced by lesions placed in the septal area of the brain. Brain monoamine oxidase or catechol-o-methyl-transferase activities were not altered, although preliminary experiments showed that mazindol reduced uptake of norepinephrine in brain tissue.

  1. Elevated blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature in mice lacking the XLαs protein of the Gnas locus is due to increased sympathetic tone

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    Nunn, Nicolas; Feetham, Claire H; Martin, Jennifer; Barrett-Jolley, Richard; Plagge, Antonius

    2013-01-01

    New Findings What is the central question of this study? Previously, we showed that Gnasxl knock-out mice are lean and hypermetabolic, with increased sympathetic stimulation of adipose tissue. Do these mice also display elevated sympathetic cardiovascular tone? Is the brain glucagon-like peptide-1 system involved? What is the main finding and its importance? Gnasxl knock-outs have increased blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature. Heart rate variability analysis suggests an elevated sympathetic tone. The sympatholytic reserpine had stronger effects on blood pressure, heart rate and heart rate variability in knock-out compared with wild-type mice. Stimulation of the glucagon-like peptide-1 system inhibited parasympathetic tone to a similar extent in both genotypes, with a stronger associated increase in heart rate in knock-outs. Deficiency of Gnasxl increases sympathetic cardiovascular tone. Imbalances of energy homeostasis are often associated with cardiovascular complications. Previous work has shown that Gnasxl-deficient mice have a lean and hypermetabolic phenotype, with increased sympathetic stimulation of adipose tissue. The Gnasxl transcript from the imprinted Gnas locus encodes the trimeric G-protein subunit XLαs, which is expressed in brain regions that regulate energy homeostasis and sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity. To determine whether Gnasxl knock-out (KO) mice display additional SNS-related phenotypes, we have now investigated the cardiovascular system. The Gnasxl KO mice were ∼20 mmHg hypertensive in comparison to wild-type (WT) littermates (P≤ 0.05) and hypersensitive to the sympatholytic drug reserpine. Using telemetry, we detected an increased waking heart rate in conscious KOs (630 ± 10 versus 584 ± 12 beats min−1, KO versus WT, P≤ 0.05). Body temperature was also elevated (38.1 ± 0.3 versus 36.9 ± 0.4°C, KO versus WT, P≤ 0.05). To investigate autonomic nervous system influences, we used heart rate variability

  2. Immobilized Catecholamine and Cocaine Effects on Contractility of Cardiac Muscle

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    Venter, J. Craig; Ross, John; Dixon, Jack E.; Mayer, Steven E.; Kaplan, Nathan O.

    1973-01-01

    Isoproterenol, norepinephrine, and epinephrine covalently bound to glass beads exert a positive inotropic effect on isometrically contracting papillary muscles from cats. Immobilized isoproterenol maintains increases in force and velocity of contraction for more than 5 hr. 1 μM Cocaine potentiates the action of immobilized norepinephrine, isoproterenol, and epinephrine, but not of isoproterenol in solution. The data presented indicate that the effects of immobilized catecholamines are not due to their coming off the glass. The effects observed with cocaine and immobilized catecholamines are not altered by prior treatment of the muscle with reserpine. These results suggest that the major site of catecholamine action is on receptors located on the extended surface of myocardial cells and a post-junctional site for cocaine potentiation. Images PMID:4515619

  3. Functional cloning and expression of emeA, and characterization of EmeA, a multidrug efflux pump from Enterococcus faecalis.

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    Lee, Eun-Woo; Chen, Jing; Huda, Md Nazmul; Kuroda, Teruo; Mizushima, Tohru; Tsuchiya, Tomofusa

    2003-02-01

    A fragment of chromosomal DNA from Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212 was cloned using Escherichia coli KAM32 host cells lacking major multidrug efflux pumps. E. coli KAM32 cells were sensitive to many antimicrobial agents, and the transformed cells harboring a recombinant plasmid became resistant to several structurally unrelated antimicrobial agents such as tetraphenylphosphonium chloride, 4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI), Hoechst 33342, acriflavine, benzalkonium chloride, norfloxacin and ethidium bromide. This suggests that the cloned DNA fragment carries a gene(s) encoding a multidrug efflux pump. Determination of the nucleotide sequence of the cloned DNA revealed a gene designated as emeA. The transformed E. coli cells showed efflux activity of several antimicrobial agents such as DAPI, Hoechst 33342 and acriflavine. Efflux of DAPI via EmeA was strongly inhibited by reserpine.

  4. Topical glyceryl trinitrate as adjunctive treatment in Raynaud's disease.

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    Franks, A G

    1982-01-09

    The effects of topical glyceryl trinitrate in Raynaud's disease were compared with those of placebo in a double-blind, crossover trial in 17 patients with bilateral Raynaud's disease and an associated collagen disease, who were receiving oral sympatholytic agents at the maximum levels they could tolerate. 1% glyceryl trinitrate ointment or a placebo of lanolin was applied to one hand only for 6 weeks, then patients changed to the other preparation for 6 weeks. The results were evaluated every 2 weeks. The frequency of attacks, severity of attacks, and size of ulcers in the treated hand were significantly lower when the patients were using glyceryl trinitrate ointment than when they were using placebo. The treatment of Raynaud's disease may be improved by using topical glyceryl trinitrate ointment as an adjunct to a basic regimen of oral sympatholytic agents. Glyceryl trinitrate ointment may obviate the need for more aggressive treatment, such as intraarterial reserpine, in selected patients.

  5. Nanoelectrospray ion generation for high-throughput mass spectrometry using a micromachined ultrasonic ejector array

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    Aderogba, S.; Meacham, J. M.; Degertekin, F. L.; Fedorov, A. G.; Fernandez, F. M.

    2005-05-01

    Ultrasonic electrospray ionization (ESI) for high-throughput mass spectrometry is demonstrated using a silicon micromachined microarray. The device uses a micromachined ultrasonic atomizer operating in the 900kHz-2.5MHz range for droplet generation and a metal electrode in the fluid cavity for ionization. Since the atomization and ionization processes are separated, the ultrasonic ESI source shows the potential for operation at low voltages with a wide range of solvents in contrast with conventional capillary ESI technology. This is demonstrated using the ultrasonic ESI microarray to obtain the mass spectrum of a 10μM reserpine sample on a time of flight mass spectrometer with 197:1 signal-to-noise ratio at an ionization potential of 200V.

  6. Effective doping of low energy ions into superfluid helium droplets.

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    Zhang, Jie; Chen, Lei; Freund, William M; Kong, Wei

    2015-08-21

    We report a facile method of doping cations from an electrospray ionization (ESI) source into superfluid helium droplets. By decelerating and stopping the ion pulse of reserpine and substance P from an ESI source in the path of the droplet beam, about 10(4) ion-doped droplets (one ion per droplet) can be recorded, corresponding to a pickup efficiency of nearly 1 out of 1000 ions. We attribute the success of this simple approach to the long residence time of the cations in the droplet beam. The resulting size of the doped droplets, on the order of 10(5)/droplet, is measured using deflection and retardation methods. Our method does not require an ion trap in the doping region, which significantly simplifies the experimental setup and procedure for future spectroscopic and diffraction studies.

  7. Effective doping of low energy ions into superfluid helium droplets

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    Zhang, Jie; Chen, Lei; Freund, William M.; Kong, Wei

    2015-08-21

    We report a facile method of doping cations from an electrospray ionization (ESI) source into superfluid helium droplets. By decelerating and stopping the ion pulse of reserpine and substance P from an ESI source in the path of the droplet beam, about 10{sup 4} ion-doped droplets (one ion per droplet) can be recorded, corresponding to a pickup efficiency of nearly 1 out of 1000 ions. We attribute the success of this simple approach to the long residence time of the cations in the droplet beam. The resulting size of the doped droplets, on the order of 10{sup 5}/droplet, is measured using deflection and retardation methods. Our method does not require an ion trap in the doping region, which significantly simplifies the experimental setup and procedure for future spectroscopic and diffraction studies.

  8. Brofaromine: a monoamine oxidase-A and serotonin uptake inhibitor.

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    Waldmeier, P C; Glatt, A; Jaekel, J; Bittiger, H

    1993-01-01

    Brofaromine is a tight-binding, reversible inhibitor of monoamine oxidase-A (MAO-A), with concomitant serotonin (5-HT) uptake-inhibiting properties. In psychopharmacologic investigations, the compound shows the properties expected of an MAO inhibitor, antagonizing the effects of reserpine, tetrabenazine, and 5-hydroxytryptophan in rats and mice, and suppressing rapid eye movement sleep in cats. Brofaromine showed antidepressant-like activity in a rat social conflict test. In radioligand binding assays, brofaromine exhibited weak or no interaction with alpha 1- and alpha 2-noradrenergic, 5-HT1, 5-HT2, 5-HT3, cholinergic, histamine H1 and H2, mu-opiate, GABAA, benzodiazepine, adenosine, neurotensin, and substance P receptors. Comparison of in vitro and in vivo potencies to inhibit 5-HT uptake with those of reference drugs, and direct evidence in patients and volunteers suggest that 5-HT uptake inhibition plays a role in the clinical profile of brofaromine.

  9. Effects of the diterpene sclareol glycol on body temperature in rats.

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    Georgieva, J

    1989-04-01

    The effects of the diterpene sclareol glycol (SG) of the labdane family on rectal body temperature in rats were studied. Sclareol glycol induced dose-dependent changes in temperature. At the lowest dose (5 mg/kg) SG produced a decrease followed by an increase in temperature; at the middle dose it produced a decrease and at the largest dose, an increase in rectal temperature. Sclareol glycol caused changes in apomorphine-induced hypothermia (at the low and middle doses it reversed hypothermia, and at the high dose hypothermia was enhanced). Sclareol glycol produced a dose-dependent reversal of reserpine-induced hypothermia. These results suggest that the diterpene sclareol glycol induces changes in core body temperature by interacting with dopamine (DA) receptors and with the second messenger system of 3',5'-AMP in the brain thermoregulatory areas.

  10. Monoamines and ovarian hormone-linked sexual and emotional changes: A review.

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    Janowsky, D S; Fann, W E; Davis, J M

    1971-09-01

    Emotional upsets related to changes in ovarian hormones are highly prevalent and are responsible for psychiatric morbidity and mortality. Significant increases in acute psychiatric hospitalizations, suicidal activity, and other psychopathology occur during the premenstruum and during menstruation. This paper reviews evidence indicating that menstrual cycle psychopathology may be mediated by the effects of estrogen, progesterone, and possibly the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system on the brain monoamines, norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. During the menstrual cycle, psychopathology often begins with the onset of luteal estrogen-progesterone-angiotensin-aldosterone secretion and intensifies as these hormone levels later fall, prior to and during menstruation. Aldosterone is reported elevated in cases of premenstrual tension syndrome. There are numerous reports of affective upsets occurring with the use of estrogen-progestin oral contraceptives and following their withdrawal. Contraceptives stimulate the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and are reported useful in alleviating premenstrual-menstrual emotional upsets and postpartum depressive episodes. Affective lability, prevalent at parturition, occurs when estrogen, progesterone, and aldosterone levels are first high and later falling. Exogenous estrogen and progesterone profoundly affect mating activity in castrated rhesus monkeys, and cyclic fluctuations in sexual activity in humans may occur during the menstrual cycle. Much information links manic and depressive reactions with alterations in brain monoamines. Lithium, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, and tricylic antidepressants, specifically used to treat affective disorders, are reported useful in treating ovarian hormone-linked upsets. Similarities exist between changes in animal behavior caused by drugs altering affective states and the effects of ovarian hormones. Like certain antidepressants, estrogen induces hyperactivity in rats. Like reserpine

  11. Evidence that abnormal platelet functions in human Chédiak-Higashi syndrome are the result of a lack of dense bodies.

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    Rendu, F.; Breton-Gorius, J.; Lebret, M.; Klebanoff, C.; Buriot, D.; Griscelli, C.; Levy-Toledano, S.; Caen, J. P.

    1983-01-01

    The structure and functions of platelets from three patients with the Chédiak-Higashi syndrome were examined. Electron-microscopic observations revealed a large reduction in the number of serotonin-storage granules or dense bodies but otherwise normal ultrastructure and normal amounts of alpha-granules and catalase-positive granules. The number of mepacrine-labeled granules was also reduced. Platelets contained normal amounts of beta-thromboglobulin and Platelet Factor 4. The platelet release reaction studied with thrombin as the inducer was impaired. The serotonin uptake by the patients' platelets was low and not inhibited by reserpine, and its metabolism was increased. These findings clearly show that platelets from human Chédiak-Higashi syndrome are deficient in the storage pool of dense granule substances and suggest that this granule defect has an influence on the release mechanism of other granule constituents. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 PMID:6222656

  12. Reproducible preparation of nanospray tips for capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry using 3D printed grinding device.

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    Tycova, Anna; Prikryl, Jan; Foret, Frantisek

    2016-04-01

    The use of high quality fused silica capillary nanospray tips is critical for obtaining reliable and reproducible electrospray/MS data; however, reproducible laboratory preparation of such tips is a challenging task. In this work, we report on the design and construction of low-cost grinding device assembled from 3D printed and commercially easily available components. Detailed description and characterization of the grinding device is complemented by freely accessible files in stl and skp format allowing easy laboratory replication of the device. The process of sharpening is aimed at achieving maximal symmetricity, surface smoothness and repeatability of the conus shape. Moreover, the presented grinding device brings possibility to fabricate the nanospray tips of desired dimensions regardless of the commercial availability. On several samples of biological nature (reserpine, rabbit plasma, and the mixture of three aminoacids), performance of fabricated tips is shown on CE coupled to MS analysis. The special interest is paid to the effect of tip sharpness.

  13. PubMed Central

    Latulippe, Lucien

    1983-01-01

    Raynaud's phenomenon can be idiopathic (Raynaud's disease) and is found in healthy individuals or secondary to various conditions. Our perception of Raynaud's phenomenon has made a clear progression, partly due to a more useful set of diagnostic criteria for those rheumatic inflammatory diseases which are autoimmune. When it is unilateral, a vascular cause is generally found. When it is bilateral, there is usually an association with a systemic disorder. Laboratory investigation should be undertaken only if the physical findings suggest it. The etiology of Raynaud's disease remains unknown. Medications proposed for its treatment are aimed at suppressing adrenergic neuronal activity of the sympathetic nervous system (reserpine, guanethidine, methyldopa) or suppressing alpha receptor activity (phenoxybenzamine, prazosin) or stimulating beta receptor activity (isoxsuprine, terbutaline). PMID:21283321

  14. Antidepressant-like activity of adhyperforin, a novel constituent of Hypericum perforatum L.

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    Tian, Jingwei; Zhang, Fangxi; Cheng, Jucan; Guo, Shuren; Liu, Pinglan; Wang, Hongbo

    2014-07-09

    Adhyperforin is a novel constituent of Hypericum perforatum L., but its antidepressant-like activity remains unclear. To explore that, several well-validated animal models of depression as well as neurotransmitter reuptake and transporter binding assays were conducted. The results showed adhyperforin could reduce the immobility time of mice in the forced swimming test and tail suspension assay, antagonize the behaviors induced by reserpine, and have no effect on locomotor activity. Furthermore, following establishment of a chronic unpredictable mild stress model, adhyperforin increased the number of crossings and rearings in rats in the open field test and increased the sucrose consumption. Finally, adhyperforin inhibited uptake of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, and displayed robust binding affinities for the serotonin and norepinephrine transporters. Overall, the current study provides the first evidence that adhyperforin is a novel, active ingredient of Hypericum perforatum L. with robust antidepressant-like activity.

  15. Quinones as dienophiles in the Diels-Alder reaction: history and applications in total synthesis.

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    Nawrat, Christopher C; Moody, Christopher J

    2014-02-17

    In the canon of reactions available to the organic chemist engaged in total synthesis, the Diels-Alder reaction is among the most powerful and well understood. Its ability to rapidly generate molecular complexity through the simultaneous formation of two carbon-carbon bonds is almost unrivalled, and this is reflected in the great number of reported applications of this reaction. Historically, the use of quinones as dienophiles is highly significant, being the very first example investigated by Diels and Alder. Herein, we review the application of the Diels-Alder reaction of quinones in the total synthesis of natural products. The highlighted examples span some 60 years from the landmark syntheses of morphine (1952) and reserpine (1956) by Gates and Woodward, respectively, through to the present day examples, such as the tetracyclines. Copyright © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Effect of central neurotropic substances on the hypophysisadrenal cortex system during immobilization of animals

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    Ryzhenkov, V. Y.

    1980-01-01

    The immobilization of guinea pigs for 5, 12, 24 and 48 hours, by securing to a slab, results in a persistent rise of the blood plasma 17-oxycorticosteroid concentration. Repeated administration of phenobarbital (50 mg/kg) and of the sodium salt of gamma-oxybutyric acid (500 mg/kg), as well as the combined administration of central m- and n-cholinolytics with small doses of phenobarbital tends to inhibit activation of the adrenal cortex during 48 hour immobilization of the animals. Repeated administration of aminazine (20 mg/kg) tends to decrease activation of the adrenal cortex. The administration of reserpine (0.1-5 mg/kg) 12-18 hours before immobilization of guinea pigs increases the response of the hypophysis-adrenal cortex system.

  17. The antidepressant-like effects of paeoniflorin in mouse models

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    QIU, FENGMEI; ZHONG, XIAOMING; MAO, QINGQIU; HUANG, ZHEN

    2013-01-01

    Peony is often used in Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of depression-like disorders. Our previous studies have demonstrated that the total glycosides of peony exert antidepressant-like effects in animal models. Paeoniflorin is the main active glycoside of peony. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antidepressant-like effects of paeoniflorin in mice, as well as its active mechanisms. The results revealed that intraperitoneally injected paeoniflorin significantly reduced the duration of immobility in forced swimming and tail suspension tests. The doses that affected the immobility response did not affect locomotor activity. Furthermore, paeoniflorin antagonized reserpine-induced ptosis, akinesia and hypothermia. Paeoniflorin also significantly increased the levels of serotonin (5-HT) and its metabolite 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) in the hippocampus. These results suggest that the upregulation of serotonergic systems may be an important mechanism for the antidepressant-like effects of paeoniflorin in mice. PMID:23599734

  18. Two components in the cellular response of rat tail arteries to nerve stimulation.

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    Cheung, D W

    1982-01-01

    1. The response of rat tail arteries to stimulation of perivascular nerves was studied with intracellular micro-electrodes. 2. E.j.p.s were recorded from all smooth muscle cells. With higher stimulus strength, a slow depolarization that lasted for more than 30 sec also appeared. Repetitive stimulation was more effective in eliciting this slow component than were single pulses. 3. E.j.p.s were resistant to phentolamine and yohimbine. However, guanethidine and sympathetic denervation with reserpine and 6-hydroxydopamine depressed e.j.p.s. 4. The slow depolarization was readily blocked by phentolamine (1 x 10(-6) g/ml.) and potentiated by cocaine (1 x 10(-6) g/ml.). 5. It is proposed that vascular smooth muscle activity can be regulated neurally by both the e.j.p. and the slow depolarization. Images Plate 1 PMID:6127406

  19. Antipsychotic agents in the treatment of anorexia nervosa: neuropsychopharmacologic rationale and evidence from controlled trials.

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    Brewerton, Timothy D

    2012-08-01

    The search for an effective psychopharmacologic strategy in the treatment of anorexia nervosa (AN) has been elusive for decades and has run the gamut from reserpine to typical antipsychotics, to lithium, to tetrahydrocannabinol, to growth hormone, to anticonvulsants, to antidepressants, to atypical antipsychotics. Only recently has there arisen a potential "diamond in the rough" in the form of the atypical antipsychotic agent, olanzapine, which, in four randomized clinical trials, has shown superiority to placebo (two studies), chlorpromazine (one study), and aripiprazole (one study) in terms of weight gain and/or reduction in obsessional symptoms. The pharmacologic profile of olanzapine and other antipsychotic medications is discussed in light of the known pathophysiology of AN involving serotonin and dopamine systems, as well as brain-derived neurotrophic factor.

  20. Behavior analysis and the growth of behavioral pharmacology

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    Laties, Victor G.

    2003-01-01

    Psychologists, particularly those influenced by the work of B. F. Skinner, played a major part in the development of behavioral pharmacology in the 1950s and 1960s. Revolutionary changes in pharmacology and psychiatry, including the discovery of powerful therapeutic agents such as chlorpromazine and reserpine, had produced a surge of interest in drug research. Pharmaceutical companies began hiring psychologists with operant conditioning backgrounds so as to compete successfully in the search for new drugs. Psychologists, most of whom were skilled in the behavior-analytic approach, started to assume prominent positions as authors and editors for the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics as its emphasis on behavior increased. This also proved true with the other publications founded to deal with the popularity of behavioral pharmacology. Especially important were contributions by B. F. Skinner, Peter B. Dews, and Joseph V. Brady. PMID:22478405

  1. [Antidepressive effects of 3 endogenous monoamines: psychopharmacologic profiles of noradrenaline, octopamine and phenethylamine].

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    Bulach, C; Doaré, L; Massari, B; Simon, P

    1984-01-01

    Norepinephrine (NE), octopamine (OA) and phenethylamine (PEA) are easily destroyed by M.A.O. but we could show, even injected intraperitoneally that they are active upon tests used generally to reveal an "antidepressant" effect. This effect is especially studied by using antagonism of apomorphine, reserpine, oxotremorine-induced hypothermia. The psychopharmacological spectra of NE and OA are close to the one of salbutamol and the observed effects correspond to alpha- and beta-adrenergic stimulations. The PEA spectrum is similar to the one of amphetamine and the observed effects correspond to adrenergic stimulations and to a dopaminergic stimulation. The mechanisms involved in the tests realized to show an "antidepressant" effect could reflect an activity not only through endogeneous NA but also possibly through endogeneous OA and PEA.

  2. Antidepressant profile of 9-methyl-2[-3-(4-phenyl-1-piperazinylpropyl)]-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-beta- carbolin-1-one (B-193).

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    Wiczyńska, B; Antkiewicz-Michaluk, L; Pilc, A; Chojnacka-Wójcik, E; Przegaliński, E

    1989-01-01

    A potential antidepressant activity of B-193 was studied in mice and rats. In in vitro studies B-193 did not affect the uptake of NA and 5-HT. In in vivo models the tested compound did not influence the reserpine-induced hypothermia, hypoactivity and ptosis, the stimulating action of L-DOPA, the apomorphine-induced hypothermia. On the other hand, it produced a positive effect in the despair test. When given repeatedly, it evoked adaptive changes in brain neurotransmitter receptors, i.e. it decreased the density of beta-adrenoceptors and increased the number of alpha 1 ones; those changes were accompanied with functional alternations in the reactivity of those receptors: an attenuated behavioral reaction to salbutamol and enhanced aggressiveness induced by a high dose of clonidine. Furthermore, B-193 administered repeatedly enhanced hyperlocomotion induced by amphetamine but did not influence the stereotypy induced by apomorphine. These results indicate that B-193 possesses properties characteristic for atypical antidepressants.

  3. Acquired resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to bedaquiline.

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    Andries, Koen; Villellas, Cristina; Coeck, Nele; Thys, Kim; Gevers, Tom; Vranckx, Luc; Lounis, Nacer; de Jong, Bouke C; Koul, Anil

    2014-01-01

    Bedaquiline (BDQ), an ATP synthase inhibitor, is the first drug to be approved for treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in decades. In vitro resistance to BDQ was previously shown to be due to target-based mutations. Here we report that non-target based resistance to BDQ, and cross-resistance to clofazimine (CFZ), is due to mutations in Rv0678, a transcriptional repressor of the genes encoding the MmpS5-MmpL5 efflux pump. Efflux-based resistance was identified in paired isolates from patients treated with BDQ, as well as in mice, in which it was confirmed to decrease bactericidal efficacy. The efflux inhibitors verapamil and reserpine decreased the minimum inhibitory concentrations of BDQ and CFZ in vitro, but verapamil failed to increase the bactericidal effect of BDQ in mice and was unable to reverse efflux-based resistance in vivo. Cross-resistance between BDQ and CFZ may have important clinical implications.

  4. [Influence of endogenous catecholamines on responses of rat lung to beta-adrenergic agonists].

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    Candenas, M L; Anselmi, E

    1988-12-01

    Relaxation responses to the beta-adrenoceptor agonists: isoprenaline (non selective), salbutamol (beta 2-selective) and noradrenaline (plus phentolamine 10(-5) M) (beta 1-selective) have been obtained on rat lung parenchymal strips in the absence and presence of pargyline and tropolone (monoamino-oxidase and catechol-O-methyltransferase inhibitors), cocaine (neuronal uptake blocking agent), corticosterone (extraneuronal uptake inhibitor) as well as in reserpinized rat. Responses to these beta-adrenergic agonists were not potentiated in the presence of any of these inhibitors. This indicates that endogenous catecholamines, enzymatic or uptake processes, do not modulate beta-adrenoceptor mediated responses of rat lung strip and demonstrates that there is no correlation between neuronal uptake/beta 1-adrenoceptors and extraneuronal uptake/beta 2-adrenoceptor mediated responses, as had previously been suggested.

  5. Thyroid storm. A review of cases at University of California, San Francisco.

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    Roizen, M; Becker, C E

    1971-10-01

    Retrospective study of the diagnosis and management of the 8 cases of thyroid storm in a series of 400 hyperthyroid patients led to conclusion that thyroid storm is a clinical diagnosis based on a life-endangering illness in a hyperthyroid patient whose hyperthyroidism has been severely exacerbated by a serious precipitating illness, and that storm is manifest by the symptoms of hyperpyrexia, tachycardia and striking alterations in consciousness. No laboratory tests were diagnostic of storm, and the underlying precipitating cause of thyroid storm was the major determinant of survival. Vigorous therapy must include blocking synthesis of thyroid hormones with antithyroid drugs, blocking release of preformed hormone with iodine, meticulous attention to hydration and supportive therapy, as well as correction of precipitating cause of storm. The blocking of the sympathetic nervous system with reserpine or guanethidine or with alpha and beta blocking drugs may be exceedingly hazardous and requires skillful management and constant monitoring in a critically ill patient.

  6. Behavior analysis and the growth of behavioral pharmacology.

    PubMed

    Laties, Victor G

    2003-01-01

    Psychologists, particularly those influenced by the work of B. F. Skinner, played a major part in the development of behavioral pharmacology in the 1950s and 1960s. Revolutionary changes in pharmacology and psychiatry, including the discovery of powerful therapeutic agents such as chlorpromazine and reserpine, had produced a surge of interest in drug research. Pharmaceutical companies began hiring psychologists with operant conditioning backgrounds so as to compete successfully in the search for new drugs. Psychologists, most of whom were skilled in the behavior-analytic approach, started to assume prominent positions as authors and editors for the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics as its emphasis on behavior increased. This also proved true with the other publications founded to deal with the popularity of behavioral pharmacology. Especially important were contributions by B. F. Skinner, Peter B. Dews, and Joseph V. Brady.

  7. Imaging the primate adrenal medulla with (/sup 123/I) and (/sup 131/I) metaiodobenzylguanidine: concise communication

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    Wieland, D.M.; Brown, L.E.; Tobes, M.C.; Rogers, W.L.; Marsh, D.D.; Mangner, T.J.; Swanson, D.P.; Beierwaltes, W.H.

    1981-04-01

    An evaluation of radioiodinated meta-iodobenzylguanidine (m-IBG) as an adrenomedullary imaging agent is reported in 15 rhesus monkeys. Scintiscans of the monkey adrenal medulla have been obtained with (/sup 123/I)- and (m-/sup 131/)IBG at 2 to 6 days after injection. The imaging superiority of m-IBG over its positional isomer, para-iodobenzylguanidine (p-IBG), is documented in both dogs and monkeys. Administration of reserpine, a depletor of catecholamine stores, markedly lowers the (m-/sup 131/I)-IBG content of the dog adrenal medulla, but the adrenergic blocking agents phenoxybenzamine and propanolol have no effect. Subcellular fractionation of the dog's adrenal medullae reveals that m-IBG is sequestered mainly in the chromaffin storage granules. The results of this study suggest that radioiodinated m-IBG, previously reported to image the primate myocardium, also merits evaluation as a clinical radiopharmaceutical for the adrenal medulla.

  8. Increase in fluoroquinolone non-susceptibility among clinical Streptococcus pyogenes in Belgium during 2007-10.

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    Van Heirstraeten, Liesbet; Leten, Gert; Lammens, Christine; Goossens, Herman; Malhotra-Kumar, Surbhi

    2012-11-01

    To study the temporal evolution of fluoroquinolone non-susceptibility among Streptococcus pyogenes during 2007-10 in Belgium. S. pyogenes (n = 4690) recovered from patients with tonsillopharyngitis or skin, wound or invasive infections were screened for fluoroquinolone non-susceptibility. A selection of fluoroquinolone-non-susceptible strains was investigated for resistance mechanisms: reserpine-sensitive efflux and mutations in topoisomerase genes parC and gyrA. Clonality was determined by emm typing. Fluoroquinolone non-susceptibility (ciprofloxacin MIC ≥2 mg/L) was identified in 535 (11.4%) of 4690 S. pyogenes recovered during 2007-10 in Belgium. The proportion of fluoroquinolone-non-susceptible S. pyogenes increased significantly from 4.3% (2008) to 10.9% (2009) to 21.6% (2010) and coincided with a significant increase in emm6 strains among fluoroquinolone-non-susceptible S. pyogenes. Ciprofloxacin MICs of 2-8 mg/L correlated with first-step ParC substitutions. Two high-level fluoroquinolone-resistant S. pyogenes strains (ciprofloxacin MICs 32 mg/L) showed second-step substitutions in GyrA (Ser-81→Phe or Tyr) in addition to first-step mutations in parC. Reserpine-sensitive efflux was not observed. We report an unprecedented increase in fluoroquinolone-non-susceptible S. pyogenes in Belgium, a country with high quinolone use, as well as emergence of two high-level fluoroquinolone-resistant S. pyogenes strains with second-step mutations in gyrA, warning us of the need for more prudent use of fluoroquinolones and for continued resistance surveillance.

  9. Involvement of norepinephrine and serotonin system in antidepressant-like effects of oleoylethanolamide in the mice models of behavior despair.

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    Yu, Hai-Ling; Sun, Lian-Ping; Li, Miao-Miao; Quan, Zhe-Shan

    2015-04-23

    Oleoylethanolamide (OEA) is an endocannabinoid analogy that belongs to a family of endogenous acylethanolamides. Increasing evidence suggests that OEA may act as an endogenous neuroprotective factor and participate in the control of mental disorder-related behaviors. In the present study, we investigated the antidepressant- like potential of OEA in mice in comparison with clomipramine (Cp). 50 mice were randomly divided into 5 groups, and treated with a vehicle (0.3% methyl cellulose, 20 mL/kg, p.o.), OEA (2.5, 5-10mg/kg, p.o.), or Cp (10mg/kg, p.o.) for 7 days. The immobility was used to evaluate depressive-like behaviors in tail suspension test (TST) and forced swimming test (FST). ELISA detected changes in cerebral noradrenaline (NE) and serotonin (5-HT) levels. Likewise, in the drug-induced model of depression, OEA was given once daily at 10mg/kg (p.o.) for 7 consecutive days. Then, the mice received reserpine (4 mg/kg, i.p.) and the rectal temperature was measured at different time points. Consequently, head twitch behavior induced by intraperitoneal injection of 5-hydroxy-tryptophan (5-HTP; 300 mg/kg) were determined. The experimental data showed that OEA (2.5-10mg/kg) treatment significantly decreased the immobility as compared to the control group, and OEA (10mg/kg) treatment significantly increased 5-HTP-induced head twitch behavior and reversed reserpine-induced hypothermia and increased cerebral levels of NE and 5-HT. Thus, the antidepressant effects of OEA may be related to regulating central monoamine neurotransmitters. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Novel inhibitory activity of the Staphylococcus aureus NorA efflux pump by a kaempferol rhamnoside isolated from Persea lingue Nees.

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    Holler, Jes Gitz; Christensen, S Brøgger; Slotved, Hans-Christian; Rasmussen, Hasse B; Gúzman, Alfonso; Olsen, Carl-Erik; Petersen, Bent; Mølgaard, Per

    2012-05-01

    To isolate a plant-derived compound with efflux inhibitory activity towards the NorA transporter of Staphylococcus aureus. Bioassay-guided isolation was used, with inhibition of ethidium bromide efflux via NorA as a guide. Characterization of activity was carried out using MIC determination and potentiation studies of a fluoroquinolone antibiotic in combination with the isolated compound. Everted membrane vesicles of Escherichia coli cells enriched with NorA were prepared to study efflux inhibitory activity in an isolated manner. The ethanolic extract of Persea lingue was subjected to bioassay-guided fractionation and led to the isolation of the known compound kaempferol-3-O-α-L-(2,4-bis-E-p-coumaroyl)rhamnoside (compound 1). Evaluation of the dose-response relationship of compound 1 showed that ethidium bromide efflux was inhibited, with an IC(50) value of 2 μM. The positive control, reserpine, was found to have an IC(50) value of 9 μM. Compound 1 also inhibited NorA in enriched everted membrane vesicles of E. coli. Potentiation studies revealed that compound 1 at 1.56 mg/L synergistically increased the antimicrobial activity of ciprofloxacin 8-fold against a NorA overexpresser, and the synergistic activity was exerted at a fourth of the concentration necessary for reserpine. Compound 1 was not found to exert a synergistic effect on ciprofloxacin against a norA deletion mutant. The 2,3-coumaroyl isomer of compound 1 has been shown previously not to cause acute toxicity in mice at 20 mg/kg/day. Our results show that compound 1 acts through inhibition of the NorA efflux pump. Combination of compound 1 with subinhibitory concentrations of ciprofloxacin renders a wild-type more susceptible and a NorA overexpresser S. aureus susceptible.

  11. Overexpression of the Novel MATE Fluoroquinolone Efflux Pump FepA in Listeria monocytogenes Is Driven by Inactivation of Its Local Repressor FepR

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    Guérin, François; Galimand, Marc; Tuambilangana, Fabrice; Courvalin, Patrice; Cattoir, Vincent

    2014-01-01

    Whereas fluoroquinolone resistance mainly results from target modifications in gram-positive bacteria, it is primarily due to active efflux in Listeria monocytogenes. The aim of this study was to dissect a novel molecular mechanism of fluoroquinolone resistance in this important human pathogen. Isogenic L. monocytogenes clinical isolates BM4715 and BM4716, respectively susceptible and resistant to fluoroquinolones, were studied. MICs of norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin were determined in the presence or in the absence of reserpine (10 mg/L). Strain BM4715 was susceptible to norfloxacin (MIC, 4 mg/L) and ciprofloxacin (MIC, 0.5 mg/L) whereas BM4716 was highly resistant to both drugs (MICs 128 and 32 mg/L, respectively). Reserpine was responsible for a 16-fold decrease in both norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin MICs against BM4716 suggesting efflux associated resistance. Whole-genome sequencing of the strains followed by comparative genomic analysis revealed a single point mutation in the gene for a transcriptional regulator, designated fepR (for fluoroquinolone efflux protein regulator) belonging to the TetR family. The frame-shift mutation was responsible for the introduction of a premature stop codon resulting in an inactive truncated protein. Just downstream from fepR, the structural gene for an efflux pump of the MATE family (named FepA) was identified. Gene expression was quantified by qRT-PCR and demonstrated that fepA expression was more than 64-fold higher in BM4716 than in BM4715. The clean deletion of the fepR gene from BM4715 was responsible for an overexpression of fepA with resistance to norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin, confirming the role of FepR as a local repressor of fepA. In conclusion, we demonstrated that overexpression of the new MATE efflux pump FepA is responsible for fluoroquinolone resistance in L. monocytogenes and secondary to inactivation of the FepR repressor. PMID:25188450

  12. High affinity binding of [3H]-tyramine in the central nervous system.

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    Vaccari, A.

    1986-01-01

    Optimum assay conditions for the association of [3H]-para-tyramine [( 3H]-pTA) with rat brain membranes were characterized, and a saturable, reversible, drug-specific, and high affinity binding mechanism for this trace amine was revealed. The binding capacity (Bmax) for [3H]-pTA in the corpus striatum was approximately 30 times higher than that in the cerebellum, with similar dissociation constants (KD). The binding process of [3H]-pTA involved the dopamine system, inasmuch as (a) highest binding capacity was associated with dopamine-rich regions; (b) dopamine and pTA equally displaced specifically bound [3H]-pTA; (c) there was a severe loss in striatal binding capacity for [3H]-pTA and, reportedly, for [3H]-dopamine, following unilateral nigrostriatal lesion; (d) acute in vivo reserpine treatment markedly decreased the density of [3H]-pTA and, reportedly, of [3H]-dopamine binding sites. In competition experiments [3H]-pTA binding sites, though displaying nanomolar affinity for dopamine, revealed micromolar affinities for the dopamine agonists apomorphine and pergolide, and for several dopamine antagonists, while having very high affinity for reserpine, a marker for the catecholamine transporter in synaptic vesicles. The binding process of [3H]-pTA was both energy-dependent (ouabain-sensitive), and ATP-Mg2+-insensitive; furthermore, the potencies of various drugs in competing for [3H]-pTA binding to rat striatal membranes correlated well (r = 0.96) with their reported potencies in inhibiting [3H]-dopamine uptake into striatal synaptosomes. It is concluded that [3H]-pTA binds at a site located on/within synaptic vesicles where it is involved in the transport mechanism of dopamine. PMID:3801770

  13. [A unique psychopharmacologic profile of adrafinil in mice].

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    Rambert, F A; Pessonnier, J; de Sereville, J E; Pointeau, A M; Duteil, J

    1986-01-01

    The following psychopharmacological effects of adrafinil have been observed in mice: increase in locomotor activity (64-256 mg.kg-1), antagonism (16-128 mg.kg-1) of the hypnotic effects of barbitone but not of pentobarbitone, reduction of immobility duration in the forced swimming test (16-256 mg.kg-1); slight antagonism (256 mg.kg-1) of electroshock-induced convulsions; no modification of rectal temperature; no stereotyped or climbing behaviour; no increase in lethality in aggregated mice (LD50 isolated = 1022 mg.kg-1, LD50 aggregated = 859 mg.kg-1); lack of effects on the provisional tests for antidepressants: no interaction with reserpine-, oxotremorine-, or apomorphine-induced hypothermia but potentiation of yohimbine-induced toxicity; lack of peripheral sympathetic effects (no mydriasis, no salivation, no contraction of the pilomotor muscles, no antagonism of reserpine-induced ptosis); lack of peripheral anticholinergic effects (no mydriasis, no antagonism of oxotremorine-induced salivation or lacrimation). As compared to no analeptic, anticholinergic or antidepressant drugs, adrafinil shows a unique behavioural profile in mice defined on the one hand by a specific stimulant activity associated with antidepressant-like effects that do no seem related to a beta-adrenergic mechanism and on the other hand by a lack of dopaminergic effects. Most adrafinil-induced effects (increase in locomotor activity, reduction of immobility duration in the forced swimming test) may correspond to a central alpha 1-adrenergic stimulation, but the unexpected lack of peripheral sympathetic effects remains unexplained.

  14. Nerve terminal effects of indoleamine psychotomimetics on 5-hydroxytryptamine.

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    Halaris, A E

    1982-01-01

    The mode of action of indoleamine psychotomimetics has been closely linked to 5-HT. Early work showed increases in rat brain levels of 5-HT which were later localized to the nerve-ending fraction. With improved methodology, the 5-HT increment was further detected in the synaptic vesicle fraction. These effects were obtained with several indoleamine hallucinogens but not with mescaline. LSD has been most thoroughly studied and has served as the prototypical compound in ascertaining the mode of action of these drugs. Pretreatment with reserpine abolished the 5-HT effects of LSD in the vesicular fraction. However, a new compartment, termed "juxtavesicular," displayed 5-HT increases following reserpine and LSD. A soluble binding site for 5-HT within the synaptoplasm has been postulated in confirmation of independent results by other groups of investigators. The origin of the 5-HT increment appears to be associated with newly synthesized amine. This was deduced from experiments involving various 5-HT synthesis blockers. To ascertain whether inhibition of raphé neuronal firing is responsible for the accumulation of 5-HT at the nerve terminal, two sets of experiments were performed. Destruction of the raphé cell bodies by radiofrequency lesions failed to abolish the LSD-induced 5-HT increase early after the lesion. Destruction of cortical 5-HT neurons with the neurotoxin 5,7-dihydroxytryptamine completely abolished the 5-HT effect of LSD. It was concluded that an intact nerve terminal is necessary for the expression of the LSD-mediated increases in 5-HT. A LSD "autoreceptor" is postulated, possibly identical to a 5-HT presynaptic receptor inhibiting the release of 5-HT.

  15. Gastric anti-ulcer and cytoprotective effect of selenium in rats

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    Parmar, N.S.; Tariq, M.; Ageel, A.M.

    1988-01-01

    Selenium, a trace element, in the form of sodium selenite has been studied for its ability to protect the gastric mucosa against the injuries caused by hypothermic restraint stress, aspirin, indomethacin, reserpine, dimaprit, and various other gastric mucosal-damaging (necrotizing) agents in rats. The results demonstrate that oral administration of sodium selenite produces a significant inhibition of the gastric mucosal damage induced by all the procedures used in this study. Selenium, in a nonantisecretory dose, produced a marked cytoprotective effect against all the necrotizing agents. The cytoprotective effect of selenium against the effects of 80% ethanol and 0.6 M HCl was significantly reversed by prior treatment with a dose of indomethacin that inhibits prostaglandin biosynthesis. These data indicate that sodium selenite inhibits the formation of these lesions by the mucosal generation of prostaglandins. The concentrations of nonprotein sulfhydryls (NP-SH) were significantly decreased in the gastric mucosa following the administration of necrotizing agents--80% ethanol and 0.6 M HCl. Treatment with sodium selenite, which significantly reduced the intensity of gastric lesions, did not replenish the reduced levels of gastric mucosal NP-SH, thus ruling out the mediation of its protective effect through sulfhydryls. The antisecretory effect of sodium selenite, which becomes evident only in the high dose of 20 mumol/kg, may be responsible for the inhibition of gastric lesions induced by aspirin, indomethacin, reserpine, and dimaprit. Our findings show that selenium possesses significant anti-ulcer and adaptive cytoprotective effects. However, further detailed studies are required to confirm these effects, to establish its mechanism(s) of action, and to determine its role in the prophylaxis and treatment of peptic ulcer disease.

  16. The newly synthesized pool of dopamine determines the severity of methamphetamine-induced neurotoxicity

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    Thomas, David M.; Francescutti-Verbeem, Dina M.; Kuhn, Donald M.

    2009-01-01

    The neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) has long been implicated as a participant in the neurotoxicity caused by methamphetamine (METH), yet, its mechanism of action in this regard is not fully understood. Treatment of mice with the tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) inhibitor α-methyl-p-tyrosine (AMPT) lowers striatal cytoplasmic DA content by 55% and completely protects against METH-induced damage to DA nerve terminals. Reserpine, by disrupting vesicle amine storage, depletes striatal DA by more than 95% and accentuates METH-induced neurotoxicity. L-DOPA reverses the protective effect of AMPT against METH and enhances neurotoxicity in animals with intact TH. Inhibition of MAO-A by clorgyline increases pre-synaptic DA content and enhances METH striatal neurotoxicity. In all conditions of altered pre-synaptic DA homeostasis, increases or decreases in METH neurotoxicity paralleled changes in striatal microglial activation. Mice treated with AMPT, L-DOPA, or clorgyline + METH developed hyperthermia to the same extent as animals treated with METH alone, whereas mice treated with reserpine + METH were hypothermic, suggesting that the effects of alterations in cytoplasmic DA on METH neurotoxicity were not strictly mediated by changes in core body temperature. Taken together, the present data reinforce the notion that METH-induced release of DA from the newly synthesized pool of transmitter into the extracellular space plays an essential role in drug-induced striatal neurotoxicity and microglial activation. Subtle alterations in intracellular DA content can lead to significant enhancement of METH neurotoxicity. Our results also suggest that reactants derived from METH-induced oxidation of released DA may serve as neuronal signals that lead to microglial activation early in the neurotoxic process associated with METH. PMID:18088364

  17. Conditions that may affect the results of susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to pyrazinamide.

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    Zhang, Ying; Permar, Sallie; Sun, Zhonghe

    2002-01-01

    Pyrazinamide (PZA) is an important front-line anti-tuberculosis drug that is active only at acid pH. However, acid pH causes significant difficulty for PZA susceptibility testing. A common problem in PZA testing is false resistance caused by large bacterial inocula. This study investigated the relationship of false resistance to numbers of bacilli, pH and other factors that potentially affect susceptibility to PZA. Large inocula (10(7-8) bacilli/ml) of M. tuberculosis H37Ra caused significant increase in medium pH from 5.5 towards neutrality, and thus produced false resistance results. The increase in medium pH was determined to be a function of live bacilli; heat-killed bacilli had little or no effect. Susceptibility to PZA and its active derivative pyrazinoic acid (POA) was comparable on 7H11 agar medium, but POA was less active than PZA in liquid medium containing bovine serum albumin (BSA), suggesting that susceptibility to PZA or POA was reduced in the presence of BSA, because of its neutralising effect on medium pH and significant POA binding. A 3-month-old H37Ra culture was shown to be more susceptible to PZA exposure than a 4-day log-phase culture, suggesting that PZA is more active for non-growing bacilli. Finally, reserpine, an inhibitor of POA efflux pump, increased susceptibility to PZA even near neutral pH 6.8, with an MIC of 400 mg/L compared with 1,000 mg/L without reserpine. These findings should have implications for understanding the mode of action of PZA and for PZA susceptibility testing.

  18. Design, Development and Rationalization of Sarpagandha Ghanvati.

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    Pundarikakshudu, K; Bhatt, C J

    2015-01-01

    Sarpagandha ghanvati is a classical Ayurvedic formulation widely prescribed for anxiety and insomnia. It contains Sarpagandha (roots of Rauwolfia serpentina L. (Benth.) Ex Kurz; Family: Apocyanaceae), Khurasani ajowan (Hyocyamus niger L.; Family: Solanaceae) seeds, Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi DC. Family: Valerianaceae) roots and Pipplamul (root of Piper longum L.; Family: Piperaceae). The objective of this study was to make a comparative evaluation of Ghanvatis and tablets of this formulation. Two tablet formulations were prepared; one incorporating only powders of all ingredients; the other with ethanol extracts of the first three ingredients and powder of Piper longum root. Similarly, two types of Sarpagandha ghanvati pills were prepared; one as per Ayurvedic Formulary of India; the other with ethanol extracts of the first three ingredients and powder of Piper longum root. Alcohol extracted 0.22% w/w of total alkaloids as against 0.061% w/w extracted by water. Tablets prepared with powders of all the ingredients had friability more than 3.0% where as those prepared with ethanol extract had very low friability. Ghanvatis, prepared as per the Ayurvedic formulary, did not show reserpine although other alkaloids were present. They showed less content uniformity and lower drug release. Ethanol extracted reserpine along with other alkaloids. Ghanvatis made with the alcoholic extracts exhibited better content uniformity and drug release than the traditional formulation. Tablets prepared with powders or extracts of the ingredients exhibited good content uniformity but the release of alkaloids from the tablets of powders was only 80%. Tablets of the extracts had good content uniformity with 90% release of the total alkaloids. Tablets prepared with alcoholic extracts using 1% polyvinylpyrrolidone as binder and 5% dried starch powder as disintegrating agent confirmed to all the requirements. Thus, the study shows tablets made with the extracts are superior to

  19. Characterization of obestatin- and ghrelin-producing cells in the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas of rats: an immunohistochemical and electron-microscopic study.

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    Zhao, Chun-Mei; Furnes, Marianne W; Stenström, Björn; Kulseng, Bård; Chen, Duan

    2008-03-01

    Both ghrelin and obestatin are derived from preproghrelin by post-translational processing. We have morphologically characterized the cells that produce obestatin and ghrelin in new-born and adult Sprague-Dawley rats that were freely fed, fasted, or subjected to gastric bypass surgery or reserpine treatment. Tissue samples collected from the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas were examined by double-immunofluorescence staining, immunoelectron microscopy, and conventional electron microscopy. Obestatin was present in the stomach, duodenum, jejunum, colon, and pancreas. In the stomach, differences were noted in the development of obestatin- and preproghrelin-immunreactive (IR) cells on the one hand and ghrelin-IR cells on the other, particularly 2 weeks after birth. Preproghrelin- and obestatin-IR cells were more numerous than ghrelin-IR cells in the stomach, suggesting the lack of ghrelin in some A-like cells. Most obestatin-producing cells in the stomach were distributed in the basal part of the oxyntic mucosa; these cells co-localized with chromogranin A (pancreastatin) and vesicle monoamine transporters type 1 and 2, but not with serotonin or histidine decarboxylase. Immunoelectron microscopy revealed the obestatin- and ghrelin-producing cells to be A-like cells, characterized by numerous highly electron-dense granules containing ghrelin and obestatin. Some granules exhibited an even electron density with thin electron-lucent halos, suggestive of monoamines. Feeding status, gastric bypass surgery, and reserpine treatment had no obvious effect on the A-like cells. In the pancreas, obestatin was present in the peripheral part of the islets, with a distribution distinct from that of glucagon-producing A cells, insulin-producing beta cells, and cells producing pancreatic polypeptide Y. Thus, obestatin and ghrelin co-localize with an anticipated monoamine in A-like cells in the stomach, and obestatin is found in pancreatic islets.

  20. Design, Development and Rationalization of Sarpagandha Ghanvati

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    Pundarikakshudu, K.; Bhatt, C. J.

    2015-01-01

    Sarpagandha ghanvati is a classical Ayurvedic formulation widely prescribed for anxiety and insomnia. It contains Sarpagandha (roots of Rauwolfia serpentina L. (Benth.) Ex Kurz; Family: Apocyanaceae), Khurasani ajowan (Hyocyamus niger L.; Family: Solanaceae) seeds, Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi DC. Family: Valerianaceae) roots and Pipplamul (root of Piper longum L.; Family: Piperaceae). The objective of this study was to make a comparative evaluation of Ghanvatis and tablets of this formulation. Two tablet formulations were prepared; one incorporating only powders of all ingredients; the other with ethanol extracts of the first three ingredients and powder of Piper longum root. Similarly, two types of Sarpagandha ghanvati pills were prepared; one as per Ayurvedic Formulary of India; the other with ethanol extracts of the first three ingredients and powder of Piper longum root. Alcohol extracted 0.22% w/w of total alkaloids as against 0.061% w/w extracted by water. Tablets prepared with powders of all the ingredients had friability more than 3.0% where as those prepared with ethanol extract had very low friability. Ghanvatis, prepared as per the Ayurvedic formulary, did not show reserpine although other alkaloids were present. They showed less content uniformity and lower drug release. Ethanol extracted reserpine along with other alkaloids. Ghanvatis made with the alcoholic extracts exhibited better content uniformity and drug release than the traditional formulation. Tablets prepared with powders or extracts of the ingredients exhibited good content uniformity but the release of alkaloids from the tablets of powders was only 80%. Tablets of the extracts had good content uniformity with 90% release of the total alkaloids. Tablets prepared with alcoholic extracts using 1% polyvinylpyrrolidone as binder and 5% dried starch powder as disintegrating agent confirmed to all the requirements. Thus, the study shows tablets made with the extracts are superior to

  1. An analysis of the mechanism of the inotropic action of some milrinone analogues in guinea-pig isolated atria.

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    Dorigo, P.; Gaion, R. M.; Belluco, P.; Mosti, L.; Borea, P. A.; Maragno, I.

    1991-01-01

    1. It has been reported previously that the milrinone analogues, ethyl 5-cyano-1,6-dihydro-2-methyl-6-oxo-3 pyridine carboxylate (I) and ethyl 5-cyano-1,6-dihydro-2-ethyl-6-oxo-3 pyridine carboxylate (II) exert a positive inotropic effect (EC50 = 15.6 +/- 0.2 microM and 40.3 +/- 0.1 microM) both on spontaneously beating and on electrically driven atria from reserpine-treated guinea-pigs. In the present study the mechanism of the inotropic action of these two agents was investigated. 2. In electrically driven left atrium from reserpine-treated guinea-pigs the EC50 values for inotropic activity for compounds (I) and (II) corresponded to that of milrinone (EC50 = 25 +/- 0.1 microM) but compound (I) induced a greater maximum effect. This corresponded to a percentage increase in developed tension over control of 63 +/- 0.3 whereas the maximum inotropic effect of milrinone was 48 +/- 0.3 and that of compound (II) was 47 +/- 0.2. 3. The inotropic activity of compounds (I) and (II) (10-100 microM) was resistant to propranolol (0.1 microM), thus excluding the involvement of beta-adrenoceptors. 4. Since the inotropism induced by compounds (I) and (II) was not reduced by carbachol (1 nM-0.5 microM), an action involving changes in adenosine 3':5'-cyclic monophosphate (cyclic AMP) can be excluded. 5. The inotropic action of compounds (I) and (II) was blocked selectively by 8-phenyltheophyline (10 microM) or adenosine deaminase (2 u ml-1). 6. Both (I) and (II) inhibited, in an apparently competitive manner, the negative inotropic effect induced by N6-(L-phenylisopropyl) adenosine (L-PIA), a stable adenosine agonist.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1810600

  2. Studies of the interaction of 5-hydroxytryptamine and the perivascular innervation of the guinea-pig caecum

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    Drakontides, Anna B.; Gershon, Michael D.

    1972-01-01

    1. The action and interaction of noradrenaline (NA), 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and the sympathetic innervation was studied in the isolated taenia of the guinea-pig caecum. 2. Addition of 5-HT led to a contraction of the taenia while addition of NA or perivascular nerve stimulation resulted in relaxation. Responses to 5-HT or perivascular nerve stimulation were abolished by tetrodotoxin. Tetrodotoxin did not affect responses to applied NA. Hexamethonium and hyoscine converted the 5-HT response to a relaxation and augmented the relaxation which followed low frequency perivascular nerve stimulation. Hexamethonium and hyoscine did not affect the dose-response relationship for NA. 3. Fatigue of mechanical responses of the taenia to perivascular nerve stimulation was accelerated when nerves were stimulated in the presence of 5-HT or α-methyl-p-tyrosine (α-MPT). These two agents were additive in this action. 4. Reserpine, 6-hydroxydopamine and α-MPT all reduced the NA content of the taenia. However, only after 6-hydroxydopamine could adrenergic activity be related to NA content. 5. Segments of taenia were incubated with either tritiated NA or 5-HT. An increased rate of release of radioactivity followed perivascular nerve stimulation after incubation with either substance. This release did not occur when tissue was taken from animals given reserpine or 6-hydroxydopamine. 6. It is concluded that 5-HT activates neural elements exclusively while NA has a direct effect on smooth muscle. 5-HT can apparently be taken up by adrenergic axons, and appears to enter the releasable neurotransmitter pool. Since none of the actions characteristic of 5-HT are seen when it is released by adrenergic axons as a false neurotransmitter, the released amine probably fails to reach neuronal receptors for 5-HT. PMID:4342028

  3. Effect of chemical sympathectomy on serum levels of thyroid hormones and the biochemical profile of domestic pigeons.

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    Parikh, R; Pilo, B

    1995-06-25

    Recent studies have stressed the importance of the cholinergic system on avian metabolism. However, the role of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) remains unclear. The present study was, therefore, aimed to probe the mechanisms for modulation of avian metabolism by the sympathetic nervous system after inhibition of the adrenergic responses. Activities of serum thyroid hormones (tri-iodothyronine, T3, and thyroxine, T4), body weight, hepatic weight, as well as total lipid and water content in the liver and body temperature were some of the parameters examined after chemical sympathectomy with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) and reserpine treatment in 24-h starved pigeons. In addition, glucose was administered to the pigeons to identify the regulatory role played by glucose after disruption of the SNS. A reduction in body weight of the pigeons and an enhancement in the lipogenic machinery along with a corresponding increase in water content were some of the obvious effects in 6-OHDA+reserpine treated, as well as glucose-loaded sympathectomized birds. The cloacal temperature (Tc) and both the thyroid hormones showed a drastic decrease while the T3/T4 ratio was augmented as a result of sympathectomy. However, serum T3 and T4 levels were restored to control values when glucose load was given, indicating that glucose might be reversing some of the detrimental effects of 6-OHDA treatment by activating intrinsic autoregulatory mechanisms of thyroid gland, thereby reviving the levels of thyroid hormones. Thus, the influence of SNS appears to be crucial in the maintenance of serum thyroid hormones and body temperature, as well as metabolic activities of hepatic cells.

  4. Chronic treatment with the monoamine oxidase inhibitors clorgyline and pargyline down-regulates non-adrenoceptor [3H]-idazoxan binding sites in the rat brain.

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    Olmos, G.; Gabilondo, A. M.; Miralles, A.; Escriba, P. V.; García-Sevilla, J. A.

    1993-01-01

    1. The binding of [3H]-idazoxan in the presence of 10(-6) M (-)-adrenaline was used to quantitate non-adrenoceptor idazoxan binding sites (NAIBS) in the rat brain after treatment with various psychotropic drugs. 2. Chronic treatment (14 days) with the monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors clorgyline (0.3-10 mg kg-1, i.p.) and pargyline (10 mg kg-1, i.p.), but not with Ro 41-1049 (1 mg kg-1, i.p.), markedly decreased (30-50%) the density of NAIBS in the cerebral cortex without any apparent change in the affinity of the radioligand. 3. Acute (1 day) and/or chronic treatments (14 days) with other psychotropic drugs such as desipramine (3 mg kg-1, i.p.), cocaine (10 mg kg-1, i.p.), reserpine (0.12 mg kg-1, s.c.), haloperidol (1 mg kg-1, i.p.) and diazepam (10 mg kg-1, i.p.) did not alter the density of NAIBS in the cerebral cortex. 4. In vitro, the propargylamines clorgyline, pargyline and deprenyl displaced the binding of [3H]-idazoxan to NAIBS from two distinct sites, but only clorgyline displayed an apparent very high affinity for a relevant population of NAIBS (KiH = 40 pM; KiL = 10.6 microM). The structurally diverse MAO inhibitors Ro 16-6491 (selective for MAO-B) and Ro 41-1049 (selective for MAO-A), as well as the other psychotropic drugs (desipramine, cocaine, reserpine and haloperidol) displaced the binding of [3H]-idazoxan to NAIBS monophasically and with very low potencies.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:8385528

  5. Neuronal uptake and metabolism of 2- and 6-fluorodopamine: false neurotransmitters for positron emission tomographic imaging of sympathetically innervated tissues

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    Eisenhofer, G.; Hovevey-Sion, D.; Kopin, I.J.; Miletich, R.; Kirk, K.L.; Finn, R.; Goldstein, D.S.

    1989-01-01

    The neuronal uptake and metabolism of 2-fluorodopamine (2F-dopamine), 6-fluorodopamine (6F-dopamine) and tritium-labeled dopamine were compared in heart, submaxillary gland and spleen of rats to assess the utility of 18F-labeled 2F- or 6F-dopamine for positron emission tomographic imaging of sympathetically innervated tissues. Tritiated dopamine with and without 2F- or 6F-dopamine, or tritiated 2F-dopamine alone, were injected i.v. into rats that were or were not pretreated with desipramine to block catecholamine neuronal uptake or with reserpine to block vesicular translocation of catecholamines. Tissue and plasma samples were obtained at intervals up to 1 hr after injections. At 1 hr after injection of tritiated dopamine, tritium-labeled norepinephrine, dopamine, dihydroxyphenylacetic acid and dihydroxyphenylglucol accounted for less than 2% of the tritium in plasma but up to 92% of that in tissues; tritiated norepinephrine accounted for 70% or more of the tritium in tissues. In contrast, at 1 hr after injection of tritiated 2F-dopamine, tritiated 2F-norepinephrine accounted for 30 to 46% of the tritium in tissues. Desipramine and reserpine pretreatment blocked the tissue accumulation of tritiated and fluorinated dopamine as well as their dihydroxy-metabolites, indicating that accumulation of exogenous norepinephrine and dopamine analogs was within sympathetic storage vesicles. Relative to the doses of dopamine precursors, less 2F- and 6F-norepinephrine accumulated in tissues than tritiated norepinephrine, due largely to inefficient beta-hydroxylation of fluorinated dopamine.

  6. Distribution and expression of the Ade multidrug efflux systems in Acinetobacter baumannii clinical isolates.

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    Pagdepanichkit, Sirawit; Tribuddharat, Chanwit; Chuanchuen, Rungtip

    2016-09-01

    One hundred Acinetobacter baumannii clinical isolates were examined for inhibitory effect of reserpine and carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP) on the antimicrobial susceptibility and expression of 4 resistant-nodulation-cell division (RND)-type multidrug efflux systems, including AdeABC, AdeDE, AdeIJK, and AdeFGH, using RT-PCR. Ten A. baumannii isolates expressing AdeABC, AdeIJK, or AdeFGH were randomly selected for determination of transcription level and regulatory mutations. While all the isolates were resistant to multiple drugs, the reserpine and CCCP experiment showed that the multidrug resistance phenotype in most A. baumannii isolates was associated with efflux pumps. Most isolates expressed at least one of the RND-type efflux pumps tested (97%). AdeIJK expression was most common (97%), but none of the isolates produced AdeDE. Fifty-two percent of the A. baumannii isolates simultaneously produced up to 3 RND-type efflux systems (i.e., AdeABC, AdeFGH, and AdeIJK). No good correlation between the expression of RND-type efflux pumps and the type of antimicrobial resistance was observed. Overexpression of AdeABC, AdeIJK, and AdeFGH was not always related to the presence of mutations in their corresponding regulatory genes. This study highlights (i) the universal presence of the RND-type efflux pumps with variable levels of expression level among the A. baumannii in this collection and (ii) the complexity of their regulation of expression.

  7. Effects of electroconvulsive shock on noradrenergic and serotonergic receptors and their associated second messenger systems

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    Blendy, J.A.

    1989-01-01

    This thesis confirmed previous findings that repeated administration of electroconvulsive shock (ECS) increases alpha-1 adrenoceptors labeled by {sup 3}H-prazosin in rat fronto-parietal cortex. On the other hand, {sup 3}-WB4101 binding was unaffected by ECS treatment. {sup 3}H-prazosin labels two subtypes of alpha-1 adrenergic receptors with equal affinity. These subtypes are discriminated in the basis of their affinities for the antagonist WB4101. The subtype with high affinity for WB4101 has been termed alpha-1a, while that with lower affinity has been termed alpha-1b. Hence, when 60 nM prazosin is used to define specific binding, {sup 3} H-WB4101 labels primarily the alpha-1a adrenoceptor. When WB4101 was included in {sup 3}H-prazosin binding experiments at concentrations which mask the alpha-1a adrenoceptor, the fractional increase in binding caused by ESC was significantly higher. These findings indicate that ECS selectively increases the alpha-1b adrenoceptor subtype in rat cortex. Similarly, chronic administration of reserpine appears to increase predominantly the alpha-1b adrenoceptor since this treatment increases {sup 3} H-prazosin, but not {sup 3}H-WB4101 binding in rat frontoparietal cortex. Quantitative autoradiography confirms and extends the above homogenate binding studies. Analysis of autoradiograms from ECS treated animals show that alpha-1b adrenoceptors are increased in most cortical areas of the brain. Interestingly, alpha-1a adrenoceptors appear to be increased only in the amygdaloid nuclei. Chronic treatment with reserpine results in increases in {sup 3}H-prazosin binding in the cortex, thalamus, and ventral hippocampus whereas {sup 3}H-WB4101 binding is not altered in any of the brain regions surveyed.

  8. Effect of locally released catecholamines on lipolysis and injury of the hypoxic isolated rabbit heart.

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    Karwatowska-Kryńska, E; Beresewicz, A

    1983-08-01

    The ability of endogenous myocardial catecholamines to stimulate lipolysis of endogenous triglycerides and the role of this process in the development of myocardial injury were studied in isolated, Langendorff-perfused rabbit heart preparations exposed to 3 h of hypoxic perfusion followed by 30 min of aerobic perfusion. Untreated hearts responded not only to hypoxia but also to reoxygenation with surges of noradrenaline outflow lasting 10 and 5 min, respectively. During hypoxia but not during reoxygenation a parallel surge of glycerol outflow was observed. Nicotinic acid (10(-5) M) prevented glycerol outflow during hypoxia but did not influence the outflow of noradrenaline during either hypoxia or reoxygenation. Neither noradrenaline nor glycerol were detected in the effluent from the hearts depleted of endogenous catecholamines by reserpine pretreatment. Those hearts also showed a smaller lactate dehydrogenase release during hypoxia (49% reduction) and no increase in lactate dehydrogenase release during reoxygenation. Similar reduction of lactate dehydrogenase release during hypoxia (52% reduction) was observed in the hearts treated with nicotinic acid. This drug, however, did not prevent the reoxygenation-induced lactate dehydrogenase release. The effects of reserpinization and nicotinic acid treatment on lactate dehydrogenase release were not additive. It is concluded that hypoxia is a stimulus for lipolysis in the isolated rabbit heart and most probably this process is catecholamine dependent. At least part of the deleterious effect of endogenous catecholamines on hypoxic myocardium might be attributed to catecholamine-stimulated lipolysis of endogenous triglycerides. The latter, however, does not seem to contribute to deleterious effects of endogenous catecholamines during reoxygenation.

  9. Pharmacological properties of beta-amyrin palmitate, a novel centrally acting compound, isolated from Lobelia inflata leaves.

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    Subarnas, A; Tadano, T; Oshima, Y; Kisara, K; Ohizumi, Y

    1993-06-01

    Effects of beta-amyrin palmitate isolated from the leaves of Lobelia inflata were studied on the central nervous system of mice and were compared with those of antidepressant drugs, mianserin and imipramine. In the forced swimming test, beta-amyrin palmitate, like mianserin and imipramine, reduced the duration of immobility of mice significantly in a dose-dependent manner (5, 10 and 20 mg kg-1). beta-Amyrin palmitate (5, 10 and 20 mg kg-1) or mianserin (5, 10 and 20 mg kg-1) elicited a dose-related reduction in locomotor activity of mice and antagonized locomotor stimulation induced by methamphetamine. In contrast, imipramine (5, 10 and 20 mg kg-1) increased locomotor activity and potentiated methamphetamine-induced hyperactivity. beta-Amyrin palmitate showed no effect on reserpine-induced hypothermia, whilst mianserin (10 mg kg-1) and imipramine (10 and 20 mg kg-1) antagonized the reserpine-induced effect. Unlike imipramine, beta-amyrin palmitate and mianserin did not affect haloperidol-induced catalepsy, tetrabenazine-induced ptosis and apomorphine-induced stereotypy. beta-Amyrin palmitate and imipramine had no effects on the head-twitch response induced by 5-hydroxytryptophan, whereas mianserin (5, 10 and 20 mg kg-1) decreased it in a dose-dependent manner. A potentiating effect of beta-amyrin palmitate (5, 10 and 20 mg kg-1) on narcosis induced by sodium pentobarbitone was stronger than that of imipramine (10, 20 and 40 mg kg-1) but weaker than that of mianserin (2.5, 5 and 10 mg kg-1). These results suggest that beta-amyrin palmitate has similar properties in some respects to mianserin and might possess a sedative action.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  10. In vivo (/sup 3/H)spiperone binding: evidence for accumulation in corpus striatum by agonist-mediated receptor internalization

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    Chugani, D.C.; Ackermann, R.F.; Phelps, M.E.

    1988-06-01

    The processes of receptor internalization and recycling have been well-documented for receptors for hormones, growth factors, lysosomal enzymes, and cellular substrates. Evidence also exists that these processes also occur for beta-adrenergic, muscarinic cholinergic, and delta-opiate receptors in frog erythrocytes or cultured nervous tissue. In this study, evidence is presented that agonist-mediated receptor internalization and recycling occurs at the dopamine receptor in rat corpus striatum. First, the in vivo binding of the dopamine antagonist (3H)spiperone was increased by both electrical stimulation and pharmacologically induced increases of dopamine release. Conversely, depletion of dopamine with reserpine decreased in vivo (3H)spiperone binding, but the same reserpine treatment did not alter its in vitro binding. Second, the rate of dissociation of (3H)spiperone from microsomal membranes prepared from rat striatum following in vivo binding was fivefold slower than its dissociation following in vitro equilibrium binding. Mild detergent treatment, employed to disrupt endocytic vesicle membranes, increased the rate of dissociation of in vivo bound (3H)spiperone from microsomal membranes to values not significantly different from its in vitro bound dissociation rate. Third, treatment of rats with chloroquine, a drug that prevents receptor recycling but not internalization, prior to (3H)spiperone injection resulted in a selective increase of in vivo (3H)spiperone binding in the light microsome membranes. The existence of mechanisms that rapidly alter the number of neurotransmitter receptors at synapses provides dynamic regulation of receptors in response to varied acute stimulation states.

  11. In vitro activity of older and newer fluoroquinolones against efflux-mediated high-level ciprofloxacin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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    Daporta, Matilde Trigo; Muñoz Bellido, Juan Luis; Guirao, Genoveva Yagüe; Hernández, Manuel Segovia; García-Rodríguez, José Angel

    2004-08-01

    The effect of high-level efflux activity on the MICs of fluoroquinolones against Streptococcus pneumoniae in the absence of topoisomerase mutations leading to fluoroquinolones resistance was investigated. A S. pneumoniae ATCC 46619-derived strain with high-level efflux activity was obtained (SP-25A). Both the parent and obtained strains were tested against efflux substrates acriflavine (Acr) and ethidium bromide (EtBr), and against norfloxacin (NFX), ciprofloxacin (CFX), levofloxacin (LFX), moxifloxacin (MFX), trovafloxacin (TVX) and sitafloxacin (SFX), in presence and absence of the efflux pump inhibitor reserpine. gyrA, gyrB, parC and parE QRDR genes were amplified by PCR and sequenced. MICs of NFX and CFX against SP-25A were 64-fold higher than parent strain MICs (256 mg/L versus 4 mg/L and 64 mg/L versus 1mg/L, respectively). MIC of LFX increased from 1 to 4 mg/L and MICs of MFX, TVX and SFX remained virtually unchanged (0.1-0.2 mg/L). MICs of Acr and EtBr against SP-25A were 8- and 16-fold higher than against parent strains. In both cases, reserpine reverted MICs to the parent strain values (1 and 0.2 mg/L). Only parE showed two mutations leading to a Pro(454) --> Ser and Glu(443) changes, which have previously been shown not to lead to significant fluoroquinolones MIC increases. SP-25A showed a significant increase of MICs of the hydrophilic fluoroquinolones, apparently derived only from efflux activity. Efflux activity, at these high levels, can lead to high-level resistance to older hydrophilic fluoroquinolones, but does affect newer fluoroquinolones such as moxifloxacin, trovafloxacin and sitafloxacin.

  12. Enhanced serotonin-stimulated adenylate cyclase activity in membranes from adult guinea pig hippocampus.

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    Shenker, A; Maayani, S; Weinstein, H; Green, J P

    1983-05-16

    We have developed an assay for serotonin (5-HT) stimulation of adenylate cyclase activity in membranes from adult guinea pig hippocampus. The response to 5-HT is concentration-dependent, with an EC50 of 0.01 microM, a shallow slope, and mean maximal stimulation of 90% over basal activity. The response to 5-HT is GTP-dependent and additive to the maximal stimulation by histamine. Micromolar concentrations of the known 5-HT receptor agonists, tryptamine and 5-methoxytryptamine, also stimulate cAMP production in this system, and their effect is not additive to that elicited by a maximal concentration of 5-HT. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that the response to 5-HT is elicited through a distinct receptor coupled to adenylate cyclase; the magnitude and the reproducibility of the 5-HT response in this system should make it useful for receptor classification. To examine the effect of prior exposure to endogenous 5-HT on the responsiveness of the system, we assayed 5-HT stimulation of enzyme activity in membranes prepared from animals 25-27 hrs after treatment with a single injection of reserpine (5 mg/kg, i.p.). The mean maximal stimulation of adenylate cyclase by 5-HT was increased to 150% over basal activity with no effect on the EC50 or slope of the 5-HT concentration-response curve. Reserpine pretreatment did not affect basal activity or histamine-stimulated adenylate cyclase activity. These results are discussed in the context of a hypothesis that endogenous 5-HT normally exerts a desensitizing effect on its receptors in situ.

  13. The newly synthesized pool of dopamine determines the severity of methamphetamine-induced neurotoxicity.

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    Thomas, David M; Francescutti-Verbeem, Dina M; Kuhn, Donald M

    2008-05-01

    The neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) has long been implicated as a participant in the neurotoxicity caused by methamphetamine (METH), yet, its mechanism of action in this regard is not fully understood. Treatment of mice with the tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) inhibitor alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine (AMPT) lowers striatal cytoplasmic DA content by 55% and completely protects against METH-induced damage to DA nerve terminals. Reserpine, by disrupting vesicle amine storage, depletes striatal DA by more than 95% and accentuates METH-induced neurotoxicity. l-DOPA reverses the protective effect of AMPT against METH and enhances neurotoxicity in animals with intact TH. Inhibition of MAO-A by clorgyline increases pre-synaptic DA content and enhances METH striatal neurotoxicity. In all conditions of altered pre-synaptic DA homeostasis, increases or decreases in METH neurotoxicity paralleled changes in striatal microglial activation. Mice treated with AMPT, l-DOPA, or clorgyline + METH developed hyperthermia to the same extent as animals treated with METH alone, whereas mice treated with reserpine + METH were hypothermic, suggesting that the effects of alterations in cytoplasmic DA on METH neurotoxicity were not strictly mediated by changes in core body temperature. Taken together, the present data reinforce the notion that METH-induced release of DA from the newly synthesized pool of transmitter into the extracellular space plays an essential role in drug-induced striatal neurotoxicity and microglial activation. Subtle alterations in intracellular DA content can lead to significant enhancement of METH neurotoxicity. Our results also suggest that reactants derived from METH-induced oxidation of released DA may serve as neuronal signals that lead to microglial activation early in the neurotoxic process associated with METH.

  14. Occupancy of dopamine D2/3 receptors in rat brain by endogenous dopamine measured with the agonist positron emission tomography radioligand [11C]MNPA.

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    Seneca, Nicholas; Zoghbi, Sami S; Skinbjerg, Mette; Liow, Jeih-San; Hong, Jinsoo; Sibley, David R; Pike, Victor W; Halldin, Christer; Innis, Robert B

    2008-10-01

    Estimates of dopamine D(2/3) receptor occupancy by endogenous dopamine using positron emission tomography (PET) in animals have varied almost threefold. This variability may have been caused by incomplete depletion of dopamine or by the use of antagonist radioligands, which appear less sensitive than agonist radioligands to changes in endogenous dopamine. PET scans were performed in rats with the agonist PET radioligand [(11)C]MNPA ([O-methyl-(11)C]2-methoxy-N-propylnorapomorphine). [(11)C]MNPA was injected as a bolus plus constant infusion to achieve steady-state concentration in the body and equilibrium receptor binding in the brain. Radioligand binding was compared at baseline and after treatment with reserpine plus alpha-methyl-para-tyrosine, which cause approximately 95% depletion of endogenous dopamine. Depletion of dopamine increased radioligand binding in striatum but had little effect in cerebellum. Striatal [(11)C]MNPA binding potential was 0.93 +/- 0.12 at baseline and increased to 1.99 +/- 0.25 after dopamine depletion. Occupancy of D(2/3) receptors by endogenous dopamine at baseline was calculated to be approximately 53%. Striatal binding was displaceable with raclopride, but not with BP 897 (a selective D(3) compound), thus confirming the D(2) receptor specificity of [(11)C]MNPA binding. Radioactivity extracted from rat brain contained only 8-10% radiometabolites and was insignificantly altered by administration of reserpine plus alpha-methyl-para-tyrosine. Hence, dopamine depletion did not increase the PET measurements via an effect on radiotracer metabolism. Our in vivo estimate of dopamine's occupancy of D(2/3) receptors at baseline is higher than that previously reported using antagonist radioligands and PET, but is similar to that reported using agonist radioligands and ex vivo measurements.

  15. Myocardial kinetics of carbon-11-epinephrine in the isolated working rat heart

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    Nguyen, N.T.B.; DeGrado, T.R.; Chakraborty, P.

    1997-05-01

    The kinetics of EPI were studied in the isolated rat heart model to evaluate {sup 11}C-epinephrine (EPI) as a radiotracer for the assessment of sympathetic neuronal function in the heart. Isolated rat hearts were perfused in a working mode. Carbon-11-EPI was added to the perfusate during wash-in period of 20 min, followed by a washout period of 40 min. Radioactivity in the heart was externally monitored and time-activity curves were recorded as a function of time. Effluent samples were collected throughout each study to determine the fraction of {sup 11}C radioactivity as intact tracer. Time-activity curves of control hearts showed that {sup 11}C-EPI is taken up and retained by the myocardium. Desipramine inhibition (DMI) of uptake-1 resulted in a significant decrease in myocardial uptake and retention of {sup 11}C-EPI by 91% compared to controls. Addition of DMI to the perfusion medium during washout did not affect kinetics of {sup 11}C-EPI compared to control hearts. Reserpine pretreated rat hearts also showed significant decrease in tracer retention of 95% compared to controls. The metabolic data showed that, in control conditions, about 61% of {sup 11}C-EPI taken up by the rat heart is rapidly metabolized and released. Carbon-11-EPI traces sympathetic nerve terminals in the isolated rat heart. Uptake blockade by DMI and reserpine suggest that uptake and storage of {sup 11}C-EPI appear to be similar to that of norepinephrine. However, the prominent metabolic pathway warrants further consideration. These results suggest that {sup 11}C-EPI may be a suitable radiolabeled tracer for the evaluation of sympathetic vesicular function of the heart by PET. 23 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs.

  16. Behavioural profile of two potential antidepressant pyridazine derivatives including arylpiperazinyl moieties in their structure, in mice.

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    Rubat, C; Coudert, P; Bastide, P; Tronche, P

    1995-02-01

    The potential antidepressant effects of two pyridazine derivatives, 5-benzyl 6-methyl 2-[4-(3-trifluoro-methyl phenyl) piperazin-1-yl] methylpyridazin-3-one (PC4) and 5-benzyl 6-methyl 2-[4-(3-chlorophenyl) piperazin-1-yl] methylpyridazin-3-one (PC13), were evaluated using classical psychopharmacological tests in mice. The intraperitoneal LD50 values of PC4 and PC13 were respectively 1125.8 and 429.6 mg kg-1. Only at intraperitoneal doses of 100 mg kg-1 did PC4 or PC13 significantly decrease locomotor activity. Both compounds (5-20 mg kg-1, i.p.) reduced the duration of immobility of mice in the forces swimming test, antagonized reserpine (2.5 mg kg-1, i.p.)-induced ptosis, and potentiated reserpine (2.5 mg kg-1, i.p.)-induced hypothermia. PC4 and PC13 (20 mg kg-1, i.p.) partly reversed hypothermia induced by low dose apomorphine (5 mg kg-1, s.c.) but were less effective for higher doses of apomorphine (16 mg kg-1, s.c.). At 200 mg kg-1, intraperitoneal PC13 enhanced the toxic effects of yohimbine (30 mg kg-1, s.c.), while PC4 was inactive. Head twitches produced either by L-5-hydroxytryptophan (4 mg kg-1, i.p.) in mice pretreated with pargyline (100 mg kg-1, i.p.) or by 1-(2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodophenyl)-2-aminopropane (3 mg kg-1, i.p.) were antagonized by both pyridazine derivatives (20 mg kg-1, i.p.). PC4 and PC13 showed analgesic properties in the phenylbenzoquinone-induced abdominal constriction test (5.0 < ED50 < 5.5 mg kg-1, i.p.) and in the hot-plate test (10 to 37% of analgesia at 10 mg kg-1, i.p.).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  17. Antidepressant & anxiolytic activities of N-(pyridin-3-yl) quinoxalin-2-carboxamide: A novel serotonin type 3 receptor antagonist in behavioural animal models

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    Pandey, Dilip Kumar; Devadoss, Thangraj; Modak, Neha; Mahesh, Radhakrishnan

    2016-01-01

    Background & objectives: Alteration in the serotonin leads to the psychological illness, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorders and migraines. The objective of the current study was to investigate the antidepressant and anxiolytic activities of N-(pyridin-3-yl) quinoxalin-2-carboxamide (QCF-21), a novel 5-HT3 receptor antagonist in preclinical models of depression and anxiety. Methods: Antidepressant activity was evaluated in preliminary tests such as forced swim and tail suspension tests (FST & TST). Anti-anxiety effect of QCF-21 was investigated by employing elevated plus maze (EPM), light/dark and hole board tests. Olfactory bulbectomy (OBX) in rats was used as chronic model of depression. Mechanistic test of QCF-21 was evaluated by reserpine-induced hypothermia and 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)-induced head-twitch response. Results: The dose-response study revealed an initial antidepressant-like effect of QCF-21(0.25-1 mg/kg, i.p.) in the FST and TST and anxiolytic-like effect in EPM, light and dark and hole board tests. QCF-21 potentiated the 5-HTP-induced head-twitches response in mice and reversed reserpine-induced hypothermia in rats. QCF-21 significantly reversed the behavioural anomalies post-OBX in rats. Interpretation & conclusions: The present findings indicate the potential antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of QCF-21 at low doses in rodent behavioural models of depression and anxiety. Further studies need to be done to understand the underlying mechanism. PMID:28256473

  18. Drug-induced changes in the formation, storage and metabolism of tyramine in the mouse

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    Juorio, A.V.

    1979-01-01

    1 The endogenous concentrations of p- and m-tyramine in the mouse striatum were determined by a mass spectrometric integrated ion current technique and concentrations were 21.3 and 6.1 ng/g, respectively. 2 The present results further confirm that the administration of antipsychotic drugs (chlorpromazine, haloperidol, spiroperidol, α-flupenthixol and (+)-butaclamol) reduces p-tyramine concentrations in the mouse striatum. In contrast, striatal m-tyramine showed a tendency to increase, although only in the cases of haloperidol and (+)-butaclamol were the differences statistically significant. 3 Administration of antipsychotic drugs to mice pretreated with tranylcypromine or clorgyline produced a significant reduction in striatal p-tyramine when compared with the concentrations obtained in mice given a monoamine oxidase inhibitor. These results suggest that antipsychotic drugs reduce striatal p-tyramine formation. The moderate increases produced by monoamine oxidase inhibitors on striatal m-tyramine were not significantly changed after the administration of an antipsychotic. 4 Drugs that reduce dopamine turnover (apomorphine, piribedil, lergotrile, α-methyl-p-tyrosine) significantly increased the concentration of striatal p-tyramine. No significant changes were observed in striatal m-tyramine concentrations after apomorphine, piribedil or lergotrile; α-methyl-p-tyrosine produced a reduction in its concentration. 5 Drugs that impair amine storage (reserpine, tetrabenazine, oxypertine) reduced striatal concentrations of p-tyramine. The m-tyramine concentrations were also reduced by reserpine or tetrabenazine. 6 It is possible that striatal tyramines act as modulators, or transmitters, and control the activity of dopaminergic neurones. PMID:43172

  19. Terguride as a new anti-hyperprolactinemic agent: characterization in rats and dogs in comparison with bromocriptine.

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    Mizokawa, T; Akai, T; Nakada, Y; Yamaguchi, M; Nakagawa, H; Hasan, S; Rettig, K J; Wachtel, H

    1993-11-01

    Terguride, a derivative of the ergot alkaloid, was characterized as a new anti-hyperprolactinemic agent in rats and dogs in comparison with bromocriptine. Terguride was found to bind selectively to the pituitary dopamine D2-receptors with a high affinity (Kd = 0.39 nM). In reserpinized rats, terguride at 0.03 mg/kg, p.o. significantly reduced the serum prolactin (PRL) level. The PRL lowering effect and the effective dose were longer lasting and about 30 times lower than those of bromocriptine, respectively. In rats bearing estrogen-induced pituitary prolactinoma, chronic terguride induced shrinkage of the prolactinoma as well as reduction of the high serum PRL level. In lactating rats, terguride (1.0 mg/kg, s.c.) reduced milk production in the mammary gland, whereas bromocriptine showed no significant effect up to 10 mg/kg, s.c. Terguride (10 mg/kg, p.o.) did not induce any stereotypy and hypermotility in reserpinized rats, while bromocriptine induced both stereotypy and hypermotility significantly at 10 mg/kg, p.o. In dogs, terguride, like bromocriptine, reduced the serum PRL level, but did not affect the serum levels of growth hormone and luteinizing hormone. In dogs, bromocriptine induced both emesis and PRL-lowering at almost the same dose, whereas emesis-inducing doses of terguride were about 100 times higher than the PRL-lowering dose. These results suggest that terguride as a dopamine D2-agonist is a potent inhibitor of PRL secretion with less neurotropic side effects compared to bromocriptine, and thus a useful drug for the treatment of galactorrhea and hyperprolactinemia including prolactinoma.

  20. In vivo regulation of the serotonin-2 receptor in rat brain

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    Stockmeier, C.A.; Kellar, K.J.

    1986-01-13

    Serotonin-2 (5-HT-2) receptors in brain were measured using (/sup 3/H)ketanserin. The authors examined the effects of amitriptyline, an anti-depressant drug, of electroconvulsive shock (ECS) and of drug-induced alterations in presynaptic 5-HT function on (/sup 3/H)ketanserin binding to 5-HT-2 receptors in rat brain. The importance of intact 5-HT axons to the up-regulation of 5-HT-2 receptors by ECS was also investigated, and an attempt was made to relate the ECS-induced increase in this receptor to changes in 5-HT presynaptic mechanisms. Twelve days of ECS increased the number of 5-HT-2 receptors in frontal cortex. Neither the IC/sub 50/ nor the Hill coefficient of 5-HT in competing for (/sup 3/H)ketanserin binding sites was altered by ECS. Repeated injections of amitriptyline reduced the number of 5-HT-2 receptors in frontal cortex. Reserpine, administered daily for 12 days, caused a significant increase in 5-HT-2 receptors, but neither daily injections of p-chlorophenylalanine (PCPA) nor lesions of 5-HT axons with 5,7-dihydroxytryptamine (5,7-DHT) affected 5-HT-2 receptors. However, regulation of 5-HT-2 receptors by ECS was dependent on intact 5-HT axons since ECS could not increase the number of 5-HT-2 receptors in rats previously lesioned with 5,7-DHT. Repeated ECS, however, does not appear to affect either the high-affinity uptake of (/sup 3/H)5-HT or (/sup 3/H)imipramine binding, two presynaptic markers of 5-HT neuronal function. 5-HT-2 receptors appear to be under complex control. ECS or drug treatments such as reserpine or amitriptyline, which affect several monoamine neurotransmission systems including 5-HT, can alter 5-HT-2 receptors. 28 references, 1 figure, 7 tables.

  1. Antidepressant-like activity of sildenafil following acute and subchronic treatment in the forced swim test in mice: effects of restraint stress and monoamine depletion.

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    Socała, Katarzyna; Nieoczym, Dorota; Pieróg, Mateusz; Szuster-Ciesielska, Agnieszka; Wyska, Elżbieta; Wlaź, Piotr

    2016-10-01

    Sildenafil is a highly effective oral agent for the treatment of erectile dysfunction of multiple etiologies. Although in clinical practice sildenafil is often used in depressed patients, its influence on the pathophysiology of depression remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the antidepressant-like activity following acute and subchronic treatment with sildenafil in naïve mice as well as in mice with reserpine- and restraint stress-induced depressive-like behavior. Since corticosterone is released in response to acute stress, we also aimed to assess the influence of sildenafil on serum corticosterone level in non-stressed and stressed animals. The antidepressant activity of sildenafil was assessed in the forced swim test. Corticosterone serum level was determined by using ELISA method, while brain and serum sildenafil level via HPLC method. Sildenafil administered acutely exerted an antidepressant-like effect. Subchronic (14 days) administration of sildenafil resulted only in a weak antidepressant-like effect when evaluated 24 h after the last dose. Acute but not subchronic sildenafil administration reversed the reserpine- and stress-induced immobility in the forced swim test. The lack of effects of sildenafil after subchronic treatment could have been related to its complete elimination from the brain within 24 h from the last injection. Interestingly, acute administration of sildenafil produced a marked increase in serum corticosterone level in both non-stressed and stressed animals. Sildenafil exerts differential effects in the forced swim test after acute and subchronic administration. Further studies on the antidepressant activity of sildenafil are required.

  2. Biphasic effects of losartan potassium on immobility in mice.

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    Vijayapandi, Pandi; Nagappa, Anantha Naik

    2005-08-01

    The effects of losartan potassium, an angiotensin AT(1) receptor blocker on immobility in forced swim test have been studied. Effect of losartan potassium, nortriptyline HCl, fluoxetine HCl and reserpine per se and in combination on forced swimming-induced immobility in mice have also been studied. In mice, losartan potassium elicits biphasic responses i.e. positive responses at lower doses (0.1, 1.0 and 5 mg/kg, i.p.) in the forced swim test, a test of potential antidepressant activity and vice versa at higher dose (20 and 100 mg/kg, i.p.). In chronic studies, enhancement in immobility was observed for losartan potassium (3 and 30 mg/kg, p.o., 21 days). In acute combination studies, losartan potassium (1 and 5 mg/kg) significantly reversed the reserpine-induced immobility, but vice versa at 100 mg/kg. Losartan potassium (0.1 and 5 mg/kg) potentiate antidepressant activity of nortriptyline (30 mg/kg, i.p.) in mice, but vice versa at 100 mg/kg. Likewise, Losartan potassium (100 mg/kg), significantly reversed antidepressant activity of fluoxetine HCl, but at 0.1 and 5 mg/kg, failed to modify fluoxetine HCl induced immobility. The obtained biphasic effect of losartan potassium on immobility in mice might be due to inhibitory effect on AT(1) receptor at lower dose and pronounced effect on AT(2) receptor at higher dose (large concentrations of losartan potassium can displace Angiotensin II (Ang II) from its AT(1) receptor to AT(2) receptor.

  3. Resistance of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia to Fluoroquinolones: Prevalence in a University Hospital and Possible Mechanisms

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    Jia, Wei; Wang, Jiayuan; Xu, Haotong; Li, Gang

    2015-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical distribution and genotyping of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, its resistance to antimicrobial agents, and the possible mechanisms of this drug resistance. Methods: S. maltophilia isolates were collected from clinical specimens in a university hospital in Northwestern China during the period between 2010 and 2012, and were identified to the species level with a fully automated microbiological system. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed for S. maltophilia with the Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method. The minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of norfloxacin, ofloxacin, chloramphenicol, minocycline, ceftazidime, levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin against S. maltophilia were assessed using the agar dilution method, and changes in the MIC of norfloxacin, ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin were observed after the addition of reserpine, an efflux pump inhibitor. Fluoroquinolone resistance genes were detected in S. maltophilia using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay, and the expression of efflux pump smeD and smeF genes was determined using a quantitative fluorescent (QF)-PCR assay. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was employed to genotype identified S. maltophilia isolates. Results: A total of 426 S. maltophilia strains were isolated from the university hospital from 2010 to 2012, consisting of 10.1% of total non-fermentative bacteria. The prevalence of norfloxacin, ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin resistance was 32.4%, 21.9% and 13.2% in the 114 S. maltophilia isolates collected from 2012, respectively. Following reserpine treatment, 19 S. maltophilia isolates positive for efflux pump were identified, and high expression of smeD and smeF genes was detected in two resistant isolates. gyrA, parC, smeD, smeE and smeF genes were detected in all 114 S. maltophilia isolates, while smqnr gene was found in 25.4% of total isolates. Glu-Lys mutation (GAA-AAA) was detected at the 151th amino acid of the

  4. The non-peptidic delta opioid receptor agonist TAN-67 enhances dopamine efflux in the nucleus accumbens of freely moving rats via a mechanism that involves both glutamate and free radicals.

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    Fusa, K; Takahashi, I; Watanabe, S; Aono, Y; Ikeda, H; Saigusa, T; Nagase, H; Suzuki, T; Koshikawa, N; Cools, A R

    2005-01-01

    The activation of the delta-opioid receptors in the nucleus accumbens is known to induce a large and rapid increase of accumbal dopamine efflux. (+/-)-TAN-67 (2-methyl-4a(alpha)-(3-hydroxyphenyl)-1,2,3,4,4a,5,12,12a(alpha)-octahydro-quinolino[2,3,3,-g]isoquinoline) is a centrally acting non-peptidic delta opioid receptor agent which has recently become available. Interestingly, the (+) enantiomer of TAN-67 induces hyperalgesia in contrast to the (-) enantiomer of TAN-67 that produces profound antinociceptive effects in mice; the latter effects are mediated through delta-1 receptor stimulation. Using the microdialysis technique, the ability of the enantiomers of TAN-67 to alter the release of accumbal dopamine in vivo was analyzed. Like the 25-min infusion of the selective delta-1 opioid receptor agonist (D-[Pen2,5]-enkephalin) DPDPE (50 nM) and the delta-2 opioid receptor agonist deltorphin II (50 nM), the 25-min infusion of both (-)-TAN-67 (25 and 50 nM) and (+)-TAN-67 (25 and 50 nM) into the nucleus accumbens produced a similar transient dose-dependent increase in the accumbal extracellular dopamine level. Naloxone (1 mg/kg i.p., given 25 min prior to the drugs), namely a treatment that is known to inhibit the increase of dopamine induced by DPDPE and deltorphin II, did not affect the transient increase in the accumbal dopamine level produced by infusion of the enantiomers of TAN-67. The DPDPE and deltorphin II-induced increase in accumbal dopamine level, but not that of (-)-TAN-67 and (+)-TAN-67, was eliminated by subsequently perfused tetrodotoxin (2 microM) into the nucleus accumbens. The increase in accumbal dopamine level produced by an infusion of (-)-TAN-67 and (+)-TAN-67 was not altered by a Ca2+-free Ringer's solution. The (-)-TAN-67 and (+)-TAN-67-induced accumbal dopamine efflux was strongly prevented by reserpine (5 mg/kg i.p., given 24 h earlier) or alpha-methyl-para-tyrosine (250 mg/kg i.p., given 2 h earlier). The effects of the enantiomers of TAN

  5. Resistance of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia to Fluoroquinolones: Prevalence in a University Hospital and Possible Mechanisms.

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    Jia, Wei; Wang, Jiayuan; Xu, Haotong; Li, Gang

    2015-05-13

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical distribution and genotyping of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, its resistance to antimicrobial agents, and the possible mechanisms of this drug resistance. S. maltophilia isolates were collected from clinical specimens in a university hospital in Northwestern China during the period between 2010 and 2012, and were identified to the species level with a fully automated microbiological system. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed for S. maltophilia with the Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method. The minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of norfloxacin, ofloxacin, chloramphenicol, minocycline, ceftazidime, levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin against S. maltophilia were assessed using the agar dilution method, and changes in the MIC of norfloxacin, ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin were observed after the addition of reserpine, an efflux pump inhibitor. Fluoroquinolone resistance genes were detected in S. maltophilia using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay, and the expression of efflux pump smeD and smeF genes was determined using a quantitative fluorescent (QF)-PCR assay. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was employed to genotype identified S. maltophilia isolates. A total of 426 S. maltophilia strains were isolated from the university hospital from 2010 to 2012, consisting of 10.1% of total non-fermentative bacteria. The prevalence of norfloxacin, ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin resistance was 32.4%, 21.9% and 13.2% in the 114 S. maltophilia isolates collected from 2012, respectively. Following reserpine treatment, 19 S. maltophilia isolates positive for efflux pump were identified, and high expression of smeD and smeF genes was detected in two resistant isolates. gyrA, parC, smeD, smeE and smeF genes were detected in all 114 S. maltophilia isolates, while smqnr gene was found in 25.4% of total isolates. Glu-Lys mutation (GAA-AAA) was detected at the 151th amino acid of the gyrA gene, while Gly

  6. Benzalkonium chloride and heavy-metal tolerance in Listeria monocytogenes from retail foods.

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    Xu, Dongyang; Li, Yanli; Zahid, M Shamim Hasan; Yamasaki, Shinji; Shi, Lei; Li, Jian-rong; Yan, He

    2014-11-03

    Phenotypic and genotypic tolerance in 71 Listeria monocytogenes isolates from different varieties of foods to benzalkonium chloride (BC) and cadmium were investigated by susceptibility test and molecular methods. To investigate the role of efflux pumps in BC tolerance, reserpine, an efflux pump inhibitor, was added to the BC tolerant strains. Tolerance to BC and cadmium were 26.8% (19/71) and 49.3% (35/71) respectively. Strains with BC tolerance were significantly more frequent among those of serotype 4b (100%, 6/6) than among those of serotype 1/2a (or 3a) (13.5%, 5/37), which represent the predominant number of strains (52.1%, 37/71). Tolerance to cadmium was encountered among 62.2% (23/37) and 50.0% (3/6) of the serotype 1/2a (or 3a) and 4b strains, respectively, and among 19.0% (4/21) of the strains of the serotype 1/2c. All of the 10 (14.1%) isolates found to be BC and cadmium co-tolerance were isolated from raw meat or quick-frozen food made of wheat flour and rice. Five multi-drug resistant strains were tolerant to cadmium as well. Among 71 isolates examined, one contained qacA and three contained qacEΔ1-sul. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first detection of qacA and qacEΔ1-sul in L. monocytogenes, an indication of the possible horizontal transfer of the two genes. Addition of reserpine to the tolerant strains resulted in the loss of tolerance among seven out of 19 BC strains, suggesting a certain role the efflux pump played in mediating BC tolerance. Of the three distinct cadA types known to date in L. monocytogenes, the cadA1 and cadA2 genes were detected among 24 (33.8%) and three (4.2%) isolates respectively. The presence of cadA1 and cadA2 largely corresponded to the susceptibility phenotype. A subset (9/35 [25.7%]) of the cadmium-tolerant isolates lacked the known cadmium resistance determinants. These findings suggest that food products could act as a reservoir for L. monocytogenes harboring tolerance to BC and cadmium and will further

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

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

    1989-05-01

    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

  8. Facilitation of short-term social memory by ethanol in rats is mediated by dopaminergic receptors.

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    Prediger, Rui D S; Batista, Luciano C; Miyoshi, Edmar; Takahashi, Reinaldo N

    2004-08-12

    Ethanol is a drug that has apparently opposite effects on memory processes depending on when it is given relative to the task, as well as the nature of the task under study. Recently, we demonstrated that acute low doses of ethanol (0.5 and 1.0 g/kg, i.p.) improve the short-term social memory in rats in a specific and time-dependent manner, and that this action is, at least in part, related to opioid, but not to muscarinic receptors. In the present study, we evaluated whether this positive effect of ethanol on the short-term memory of rats is related to a reducing impact of interference during the task through two different procedures: the introduction of an unfamiliar juvenile rat or the placing of the adult rat in the open field during the inter-exposure interval. The actions of reserpine (0.4 and 0.8 mg/kg, s.c.), haloperidol (0.05 and 0.2 mg/kg, i.p.), the D2 receptor antagonist sulpiride (20.0 and 50.0 mg/kg, i.p.) and the D1 receptor antagonist SCH 23390 (0.01 and 0.03 mg/kg, s.c.) and their interaction with ethanol (1.0 g/kg, i.p.) in relation to short-term memory were also studied. The administration of ethanol (1.0 g/kg, i.p.), immediately after the end of the first presentation, did not reduce the effect on social memory of the introduction of an unfamiliar juvenile or placing the adult rat in the open field during the inter-exposure interval. The facilitatory effect of ethanol on social memory was inhibited by the pretreatment with reserpine and it was antagonized by the administration of haloperidol or sulpiride, but not by SCH 23390. These results indicate that the facilitation of short-term social memory by ethanol is not related to a reduction in the deleterious impact of interference and that this action of ethanol is mediated, at least in part, by D2 receptors, but not by D1 dopaminergic receptors.

  9. [Experimental studies on treatment of depression with YJ-XCC1Z3 in mouse models].

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    Wei, Xiao-Hui; Chang, Hong-Sheng; Zhai, Wei-Feng; Wang, Zheng-Tao

    2007-12-01

    To evaluate the pre-clinical effect of YJ-XCC1Z3 on the treatment of depression with the mice mouse. YJ-XCC1Z3 was administered at the dose of 405 mg x kg(-1) and 135 mg x kg(-1) to observe the locomotor activity with the mouse locomotor activity recorder apparatus, to observe the effect of YJ-XCC1Z3 on the duration of immohility in the mouse forced swimming test and tail suspension test, to observe the effect of YJ-XCC1Z3 on the body temperature and the metabolism of monoamine neurotransmitters in mouse brain in the mouse model of reserpine induced hypothermia, and to observe the effect of YJ-XCC1 Z3 on the times of 5-HTP induced head-twitches in mice. There were no significant changes in the locomotor activity, but a significant reduction in the immobility time was observed in the mice treated with YJ-XCC1Z3 405 mg x kg(-1) and imipramine in the forced swimming test and the tail suspension test. YJ-XCC1Z3 135 mg x kg(-1) and 405 mg x kg(-1) could improve the range of reserpine induced hypothermia in mice, and the latter could also enhance the times of 5-HTP induced head-twitches in mice. YJ-XCC1Z3 405 mg x kg(-1) and 135 mg x kg(-1) could increase the content of 5-HT and NE and decrease the ratio of 5-HIAA/5-HT in mouse brain, but the dose of 405 mg x kg(-1) could decrease the content of DA. The dose of 405 mg x kg(-1) could increase the content of 5-HIAA and had no obvious effect on the content of HVA and DOPAC. YJ-XCC1Z3 shows potent antidepressant effect by improving the behaviour of the mouse in depression and not inducing hyperlocomotion in the mice. This effect results in the increase of the content of 5-HT and NE in the mouse brain. YJ-XCC1Z3 can decrease the metabolism of 5-HT to effect the content of 5-HT.

  10. Antidepressant-like effect of ethanol extract from Zuojin Pill, containing two herbal drugs of Rhizoma Coptidis and Fructus Evodiae, is explained by modulating the monoaminergic neurotransmitter system in mice.

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    Wang, Qiang-Song; Ding, Shi-Lan; Mao, Hao-Ping; Cui, Yuan-Lu; Qi, Xue-Jie

    2013-07-09

    Zuojin Pill (ZJP), a traditional Chinese medicinal decoction, contains two herbal drugs: Coptis chinensis Franch. and Evodia rutaecarpa (Juss.) Benth. in the ratio of 6:1 (w/w). Previous pharmacological studies have shown that two herbs in ZJP have the antagonistic effects on catecholamine secretion in bovine adrenal medullary cells. Furthermore, the alkaloids from the two herbs in ZJP may provide a protective effect for depression in individuals with a low expressing 5-HTT allele by increasing receptor concentration in serotonergic neurons. However, antidepressant effect has not been reported before and has not been fully clarified. The present study aimed to investigate the antidepressant potential of ethanol extract from ZJP and its monoaminergic mechanism in mice. Seven alkaloids were determined from the ethanol extract of ZJP using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) with the gradient mobile phase. The ethanol extract from ZJP was used to evaluate the antidepressant potential in mice. Mouse models of depression including the tail suspension test (TST) and the forced swim test (FST) were used to evaluate the effects of the ethanol extract from ZJP. A possible mechanism was explored in the tests of antagonism of reserpine-induced ptosis and hypothermia, and 5-HTP induced head twitch response in mice. The contents of monoamine neurotransmitters including norepinephrine (NE), serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT) in hippocampus of mice and NE, 5-HT, dopamine (DA) in striatum of mice were determined by HPLC system with Electrochemical Detector (ECD). The results showed that intragastric administration of the ethanol extract from ZJP (5, 10, 20mg/kg) or fluoxetine (7.5mg/kg) significantly reduced the duration of immobility in TST and FST. However, the effect was not dose-dependent. Ethanol extract from ZJP (5, 10, 20mg/kg) also increased the accumulative number of the 5-HTP-induced head twitch response in mice. The mice were treated with the ethanol

  11. Involvement of serotonergic, noradrenergic and dopaminergic systems in the antidepressant-like effect of ginsenoside Rb1, a major active ingredient of Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer.

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    Wang, Guo-Li; He, Zhong-Mei; Zhu, Hong-Yan; Gao, Yu-Gang; Zhao, Yan; Yang, He; Zhang, Lian-Xue

    2017-05-23

    Ginsenoside Rb1, a 20 (S)-protopanaxadiol, is a major active ingredient of Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer, which as the King of Chinese herbs, has been wildly used for the treatment of central nervous system diseases. Previous studies have shown that 20 (S)-protopanaxadiol possesses a novel antidepressant-like effect in the treatment of depression, whereas ginsenoside Rb1 in depression has been rarely reported. The present study was to investigate the antidepressant-like effect of ginsenoside Rb1 and its relevant mechanisms. The whole experiment was divided into two parts: one part we examined the antidepressant-like effect of ginsenoside Rb1 with open-field test (OFT), tail suspension test (TST), forced swim test (FST), 5-HTP induced head-twitch and reserpine response in mice, another part we used chronic unpredicted mild stress (CUMS) model to further explore the antidepressant-like effect of ginsenoside Rb1 with caffeine, fluoxetine and p-Chlorophenylalanine (PCPA) in rats. Furthermore, the levels of monoamine neurotransmitters of NE, 5-HT, DA and their metabolites 5-HIAA, DOPAC, HVA were all measured by ELISA kits after the CUMS protocol. Our data indicated that 7 days treatment with ginsenoside Rb1 (4, 8, 10mg/kg, p.o.) significantly decreased immobility time in the FST and TST in mice, and played important roles in mice which were induced by 5-HTP (200mg/kg, i.p.) and reserpine (4mg/kg, i.p.). On the basis of CUMS model, 21 days treatment with ginsenoside Rb1 not only had effective interactions with caffeine (5mg/kg, i.p.), fluoxetine (1mg/kg, i.p.) and PCPA (100mg/kg, i.p.), but also significantly up-regulated the 5-HT, 5-HIAA, NE and DA levels in CUMS rats' brain, whereas HVA and DOPAC had no significant difference. Moreover, there was no alteration in spontaneous locomotion in any experimental group. These results suggest that ginsenoside Rb1 exhibits significant antidepressant-like effect in behavioral tests, chronic animal model and drug interactions, its

  12. Simultaneous Determination of Bioactive Monoterpene Indole Alkaloids in Ethanolic Extract of Seven Rauvolfia Species using UHPLC with Hybrid Triple Quadrupole Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry.

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    Kumar, Sunil; Singh, Awantika; Bajpai, Vikas; Srivastava, Mukesh; Singh, Bhim Pratap; Ojha, Sanjeev; Kumar, Brijesh

    2016-09-01

    Rauvolfia serpentina is an endangered plant species due to its over-exploitation. It has highly commercial and economic importance due to the presence of bioactive monoterpene indole alkaloids (MIAs) such as ajmaline, yohimbine, ajmalicine, serpentine and reserpine. To develop a validated, rapid, sensitive and selective ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with hybrid triple quadrupole-linear ion trap mass spectrometry (UHPLC-QqQLIT -MS/MS) method in the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode for simultaneous determination of bioactive MIAs in ethanolic extract of seven Rauvolfia species and herbal formulations. The separation of MIAs was achieved on an ACQUITY UPLC BEH™ C18 column (1.7 μm, 2.1 mm × 50 mm) using a gradient mobile phase (0.1% aqueous formic acid and acetonitrile) at flow rate 0.3 μL/min in 7 min. The validated method showed good linearity (r(2)  ≥ 0.9999), limit of detection (LOD) (0.06-0.15 ng/mL), limit of quantitation (LOQ) (0.18-0.44 ng/mL), precisions [intraday: relative standard deviation (RSD) ≤ 2.24%, interday: RSD ≤ 2.74%], stability (RSD ≤ 1.53%) and overall recovery (RSD ≤ 2.23%). The validated method was applied to quantitate MIAs. Root of Rauvolfia vomitoria showed a high content of ajmaline (48.43 mg/g), serpentine (87.77 mg/g) whereas high quantities of yohimbine (100.21 mg/g) and ajmalicine (120.51 mg/g) were detected in R. tetraphylla. High content of reserpine was detected in R. micrantha (35.18 mg/g) and R. serpentina (32.38 mg/g). The encouraging results of this study may lead to easy selection of suitable Rauvolfia species according to the abundance of MIAs. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  13. Rapid Drug Tolerance and Dramatic Sterilizing Effect of Moxifloxacin Monotherapy in a Novel Hollow-Fiber Model of Intracellular Mycobacterium kansasii Disease

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    Srivastava, Shashikant; Pasipanodya, Jotam; Sherman, Carleton M.; Meek, Claudia; Leff, Richard

    2015-01-01

    Mycobacterium kansasii is the second most common mycobacterial cause of lung disease. Standard treatment consists of rifampin, isoniazid, and ethambutol for at least 12 months after negative sputum. Thus, shorter-duration therapies are needed. Moxifloxacin has good MICs for M. kansasii. However, good preclinical models to identify optimal doses currently are lacking. We developed a novel hollow fiber system model of intracellular M. kansasii infection. We indexed the efficacy of the standard combination regimen, which was a kill rate of −0.08 ± 0.05 log10 CFU/ml/day (r2 = 0.99). We next performed moxifloxacin dose-effect and dose-scheduling studies at a half-life of 11.1 ± 6.47 h. Some systems also were treated with the efflux pump inhibitor reserpine. The highest moxifloxacin exposure, as well as lower exposures plus reserpine, sterilized the cultures by day 7. This suggests that efflux pump-mediated tolerance at low ratios of the area under the concentration-time curve from 0 to 24 h (AUC0–24) to MICs is an early bacterial defense mechanism but is overcome by higher exposures. The highest rate of moxifloxacin monotherapy sterilization was −0.82 ± 0.15 log10 CFU/ml/day (r2 = 0.97). The moxifloxacin exposure associated with 80% of maximal kill (EC80) was an AUC0–24/MIC of 317 (the non-protein-bound moxifloxacin AUC0–24/MIC was 158.5). We performed Monte Carlo simulations of 10,000 patients in order to identify the moxifloxacin dose that would achieve or exceed the EC80. The simulations revealed an optimal moxifloxacin dose of 800 mg a day. The MIC susceptibility breakpoint at this dose was 0.25 mg/liter. Thus, moxifloxacin, at high enough doses, is suitable to study in patients for the potential to add rapid sterilization to the standard regimen. PMID:25645830

  14. Evaluation of the analgesic effects of ammoxetine, a novel potent serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor

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    Zhang, Ting-ting; Xue, Rui; Zhu, Lei; Li, Juan; Fan, Qiong-yin; Zhong, Bo-hua; Li, Yun-feng; Ye, Cai-ying; Zhang, You-zhi

    2016-01-01

    Aim: The selective serotonin (5-HT) and norepinephrine (NE) reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are commonly used for the treatment of neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia. Ammoxetine ((±)-3-(benzo[d] [1,3]dioxol-4-yloxy)-N-methyl-3-(thiophen-2-yl)propan-1-amine) has been identified as a novel potent SNRI. In this study, we evaluated the acute analgesic properties of ammoxetine in different animal models of pain, and examined the involvement of monoamines in its analgesic actions. Methods: The analgesic effects of ammoxetine were assayed using models of acetic acid- and formalin-induced pain in mice, neuropathic pain induced by sciatic nerve injury (SNI), chronic constriction injury (CCI) and reserpine-induced fibromyalgia pain in rats. The contents of 5-HT and NE in brain regions of fibromyalgia rats were measured using HPLC-ECD. In all the experiments, duloxetine was used as a positive control drug. Results: Oral administration of ammoxetine (0.625–10 mg/kg) or duloxetine (2.5–40 mg/kg) dose-dependently decreased the number of acetic acid-induced writhing and formalin-induced first phase and second phase paw licking time in mice. Oral administration of ammoxetine (2.5–10 mg/kg) or duloxetine (10 mg/kg) alleviated mechanical allodynia in SNI and CCI rats and thermal hyperalgesia in CCI rats. The antiallodynic effect of ammoxetine in CCI rats was abolished by pretreatment with para-chlorophenylalanine methyl ester hydrochloride (PCPA, a 5-HT synthesis inhibitor) or α-methyl-para-tyrosine methylester (AMPT, a catecholamine synthesis inhibitor). Oral administration of ammoxetine (30 mg/kg) or duloxetine (50 mg/kg) significantly attenuated tactile allodynia in rats with reserpine-induced fibromyalgia. In the fibromyalgia rats, administration of ammoxetine (10, 30 mg/kg) or duloxetine (30, 50 mg/kg) dose-dependently increased the levels of 5-HT and NE, and decreased the metabolite ratio of 5-HT (5-HIAA/5-HT) in the spinal cord, hypothalamus, thalamus and prefrontal cortex

  15. The atypical 5-HT2 receptor mediating tachycardia in pithed rats: pharmacological correlation with the 5-HT2A receptor subtype

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    Centurión, David; Ortiz, Mario I; Saxena, Pramod R; Villalón, Carlos M

    2002-01-01

    In pithed rats, 5-HT mediates tachycardia both directly (by 5-HT2 receptors) and indirectly (by a tyramine-like effect). The receptor mediating tachycardia directly has been classified as an ‘atypical' 5-HT2 receptor since it was ‘weakly' blocked by ketanserin. Moreover, 1-(2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodophenyl)-2-aminopropane (DOI), a 5-HT2 agonist, failed to mimic 5-HT-induced tachycardia. Since 5-HT2 receptors consist of 5-HT2A, 5-HT2B and 5-HT2C subtypes, this study investigated if these subtypes mediate the above response. In pithed rats, intraperitoneally (i.p.) pre-treated with reserpine (5 mg kg−1), intravenous (i.v.) administration of 5-HT, 5-methoxytryptamine (5-MeO-T), 1-(3-chlorophenyl) piperazine (mCPP) and 5-carboxamidotryptamine (5-CT) (10, 30, 100 and 300 μg kg−1 each), produced dose-dependent tachycardic responses. Interestingly, DOI (10 – 1000 μg kg−1, i.v.) induced only slight, dose-unrelated, tachycardic responses, whilst the 5-HT2C agonist, Ro 60-0175 (10 – 1000 μg kg−1, i.v.), produced a slight tachycardia only at 300 and 1000 μg kg−1. In contrast, sumatriptan and 1-(m-trifluoromethylphenyl)- piperazine (TFMPP) were inactive. The rank order of potency was: 5-HT⩾5-MeO-T> mCPP⩾5-CT⩾DOI>Ro 60-0175. The tachycardic responses to 5-HT, which remained unaffected after i.v. saline (0.3 and 1 ml kg−1) or propranolol (3 mg kg−1), were selectively blocked by the 5-HT2A antagonists ketanserin (30 and 100 μg kg−1) or spiperone (10 and 30 μg kg−1) as well as by the non-selective 5-HT2 antagonists, ritanserin (10 and 30 μg kg−1) or mesulergine (100 μg kg−1). Remarkably, these responses were unaffected by the antagonists rauwolscine (5-HT2B), SB204741 (5-HT2B/2C) or Ro 04-6790 (5-ht6) (300 and 1000 μg kg−1 each). These results suggest that the ‘atypical' 5-HT2 receptors mediating tachycardia in reserpinized pithed rats are pharmacologically similar to the 5-HT2A

  16. Listeria monocytogenes Strains Selected on Ciprofloxacin or the Disinfectant Benzalkonium Chloride Exhibit Reduced Susceptibility to Ciprofloxacin, Gentamicin, Benzalkonium Chloride, and Other Toxic Compounds▿

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    Rakic-Martinez, Mira; Drevets, Douglas A.; Dutta, Vikrant; Katic, Vera; Kathariou, Sophia

    2011-01-01

    Listeria monocytogenes is a leading agent for severe food-borne illness and death in the United States and other nations. Even though drug resistance has not yet threatened therapeutic interventions for listeriosis, selective pressure associated with exposure to antibiotics and disinfectants may result in reduced susceptibility to these agents. In this study, selection of several L. monocytogenes strains on either ciprofloxacin (2 μg/ml) or the quaternary ammonium disinfectant benzalkonium chloride (BC; 10 μg/ml) led to derivatives with increased MICs not only to these agents but also to several other toxic compounds, including gentamicin, the dye ethidium bromide, and the chemotherapeutic drug tetraphenylphosphonium chloride. The spectrum of compounds to which these derivatives exhibited reduced susceptibility was the same regardless of whether they were selected on ciprofloxacin or on BC. Inclusion of strains harboring the large plasmid pLM80 revealed that MICs to ciprofloxacin and gentamicin did not differ between the parental and plasmid-cured strains. However, ciprofloxacin-selected derivatives of pLM80-harboring strains had higher MICs than those derived from the plasmid-cured strains. Susceptibility to the antimicrobials was partially restored in the presence of the potent efflux inhibitor reserpine. Taken together, these data suggest that mutations in efflux systems are responsible for the multidrug resistance phenotype of strains selected on ciprofloxacin or BC. PMID:22003016

  17. Antidepressant-Like Effect of Isorhynchophylline in Mice.

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    Xian, Yan-Fang; Fan, Ding; Ip, Siu-Po; Mao, Qing-Qiu; Lin, Zhi-Xiu

    2017-02-01

    Isorhynchophylline (IRN), an oxindole alkaloid, has been identified as the main active ingredient responsible for the biological activities of Uncaria rhynchophylla (Miq) Miq ex Havil. (Rubiaceae). Previous studies in our laboratory have revealed that IRN possesses potent neuroprotective effects in different models of Alzheimer's disease. However, the antidepressant-like effects of IRN are remained unclear. The present study aims to evaluate the antidepressant-like effects of IRN. The antidepressant-like effects of IRN was determined by using animal models of depression including forced swimming and tail suspension tests. The acting mechanism was explored by determining the effect of IRN on the levels of monoamine neurotransmitters and the activities of monoamine oxidases. Intragastric administration of IRN at 10, 20 and 40 mg/kg for 7 days caused a significant reduction of immobility time in both forced swimming and tail suspension tests, while IRN did not stimulate locomotor activity in the open-field test. In addition, IRN treatment antagonized reserpine-induced ptosis and significantly enhanced the levels of monoamine neurotransmitters including norepinephrine (NE) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), and the activity of monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) in the hippocampus and frontal cortex of mice. These results suggest that the antidepressant-like effects of IRN are mediated, at least in part, by the inhibition of monoamine oxidases.

  18. Wild Edible Fruit of Prunus nepalensis Ser. (Steud), a Potential Source of Antioxidants, Ameliorates Iron Overload-Induced Hepatotoxicity and Liver Fibrosis in Mice

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    Panja, Sourav; Das, Abhishek; Mandal, Nripendranath

    2015-01-01

    The antioxidant and restoration potentials of hepatic injury by Prunus nepalensis Ser. (Steud), a wild fruit plant from the Northeastern region of India, were investigated. The fruit extract (PNME) exhibited excellent antioxidant and reducing properties and also scavenged the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical (IC50 = 30.92 ± 0.40 μg/ml). PNME demonstrated promising scavenging potency, as assessed by the scavenging of different reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. Moreover, the extract revealed an exceptional iron chelation capacity with an IC50 of 25.64 ± 0.60 μg/ml. The extract induced significant improvement of hepatic injury and liver fibrosis against iron overload induced hepatotoxicity in mice in a dose-dependent manner, and this effect was supported by different histopathological studies. The phytochemical constitutions and their identification by HPLC confirmed the presence of purpurin, tannic acid, methyl gallate, reserpine, gallic acid, ascorbic acid, catechin and rutin. The identified compounds were investigated for their individual radical scavenging and iron chelation activity; some compounds exhibited excellent radical scavenging and iron chelation properties, but most were toxic towards normal cells (WI-38). On the other hand, crude PNME was found to be completely nontoxic to normal cells, suggesting its feasibility as a safe oral drug. The above study suggests that different phytochemicals in PNME contributed to its free radical scavenging and iron chelation activity; however, further studies are required to determine the pathway in which PNME acts to treat iron-overload diseases. PMID:26633891

  19. Beta receptor occupancy. Assessment in the intact animal.

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    Homcy, C J; Strauss, H W; Kopiwoda, S

    1980-01-01

    Organ uptake of 125I-hydroxybenzylpindolol, a potent beta adrenergic antagonist, was determined after intravenous administration. Pretreatment with the beta agonist, epinephrine, inhibited an almost identical fraction of 125I-hydroxybenzylpindolol binding as did the antagonist, propranolol. Specific beta receptor binding accounted for 50% of total uptake in the lung and demonstrated the following characteristics. The dose-response curve for propranolol inhibition of 125I-hydroxybenzylpindolol binding duplicated that reported for its physiologic action. Simultaneous serum propranolol levels as determined by a sensitive radioimmunoassay allowed an apparent dissociation rate constant approximately 7 nM to be obtained that correlated closely with the results reported from membrane binding studies. Alpha blockade had no effect and inhibition of 125I-hydroxybenzylpindolol binding by propranolol demonstrated stereospecificity. After chemical sympathectomy with reserpine or 6-OH dopamine, there was a 100% increase in receptor specific binding. Finally, a scintillation camera was employed to visually and quantitatively detect 125I-hydroxybenzylpindolol displacement from the lung during intravenous propranolol administration in the living animal. Reversal of binding was rapid and an in vivo inhibition curve was generated. Such a method provides the potential for longitudinally assessing beta receptor occupancy and apparent affinity directly in man. PMID:6102571

  20. Pramipexole enhances disadvantageous decision-making: Lack of relation to changes in phasic dopamine release.

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    Pes, Romina; Godar, Sean C; Fox, Andrew T; Burgeno, Lauren M; Strathman, Hunter J; Jarmolowicz, David P; Devoto, Paola; Levant, Beth; Phillips, Paul E; Fowler, Stephen C; Bortolato, Marco

    2017-03-01

    Pramipexole (PPX) is a high-affinity D2-like dopamine receptor agonist, used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD) and restless leg syndrome. Recent evidence indicates that PPX increases the risk of problem gambling and impulse-control disorders in vulnerable patients. Although the molecular bases of these complications remain unclear, several authors have theorized that PPX may increase risk propensity by activating presynaptic dopamine receptors in the mesolimbic system, resulting in the reduction of dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc). To test this possibility, we subjected rats to a probability-discounting task specifically designed to capture the response to disadvantageous options. PPX enhanced disadvantageous decision-making at a dose (0.3 mg/kg/day, SC) that reduced phasic dopamine release in the NAcc. To test whether these modifications in dopamine efflux were responsible for the observed neuroeconomic deficits, PPX was administered in combination with the monoamine-depleting agent reserpine (RES), at a low dose (1 mg/kg/day, SC) that did not affect baseline locomotor and operant responses. Contrary to our predictions, RES surprisingly exacerbated the effects of PPX on disadvantageous decision-making, even though it failed to augment PPX-induced decreases in phasic dopamine release. These results collectively suggest that PPX impairs the discounting of probabilistic losses and that the enhancement in risk-taking behaviors secondary to this drug may be dissociated from dynamic changes in mesolimbic dopamine release. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Clostridium perfringens epsilon toxin induces permanent neuronal degeneration and behavioral changes.

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    Morris, Winston E; Goldstein, Jorge; Redondo, Leandro M; Cangelosi, Adriana; Geoghegan, Patricia; Brocco, Marcela; Loidl, Fabián C; Fernandez-Miyakawa, Mariano E

    2017-05-01

    Clostridium perfringens epsilon toxin (ETX), the most potent toxin produced by this bacteria, plays a key role in the pathogenesis of enterotoxaemia in ruminants, causing brain edema and encephalomalacia. Studies of animals suffering from ETX intoxication describe severe neurological disorders that are thought to be the result of vasogenic brain edemas and indirect neuronal toxicity, killing oligodendrocytes but not astrocytes, microglia, or neurons in vitro. In this study, by means of intravenous and intracerebroventricular delivery of sub-lethal concentrations of ETX, the histological and ultrastructural changes of the brain were studied in rats and mice. Histological analysis showed degenerative changes in neurons from the cortex, hippocampus, striatum and hypothalamus. Ultrastructurally, necrotic neurons and apoptotic cells were observed in these same areas, among axons with accumulation of neurofilaments and demyelination as well as synaptic stripping. Lesions observed in the brain after sub-lethal exposure to ETX, result in permanent behavioral changes in animals surviving ETX exposure, as observed individually in several animals and assessed in the Inclined Plane Test and the Wire Hang Test. Pharmacological studies showed that dexamethasone and reserpine but not ketamine or riluzole were able to reduce the brain lesions and the lethality of ETX. Cytotoxicity was not observed upon neuronal primary cultures in vitro. Therefore, we hypothesize that ETX can affect the brain of animals independently of death, producing changes on neurons or glia as the result of complex interactions, independently of ETX-BBB interactions.

  2. Spiperone: evidence for uptake into secretory granules.

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    Dannies, P S; Rudnick, M S; Fishkes, H; Rudnick, G

    1984-01-01

    Spiperone, a dopamine antagonist widely used as a specific ligand for dopamine and serotonin receptors, is actively accumulated into the F4C1 strain of rat pituitary tumor cells. The accumulation of 10 nM [3H]spiperone was linear for 3 min and reached a steady state after 10 min. Spiperone accumulation was reduced 50% by preincubation with 5 microM reserpine, an inhibitor of biogenic amine transport into secretory granules, and was also blocked by monensin and ammonium chloride, both of which increase the pH of intracellular storage organelles. Uptake was not affected by replacing sodium in the buffer with lithium at equimolar concentrations. Spiperone at 1 microM inhibited by over 50% serotonin transport into membrane vesicles isolated from platelet dense granules; this concentration inhibited the Na+-dependent plasma membrane transport system less than 10%. The data indicate spiperone specifically interacts with the secretory granule amine transport system and suggest that this transport system is found in the F4C1 pituitary cell strain as well as in platelets and neurons. The data also suggest that experiments utilizing spiperone to measure dopamine and serotonin receptors be interpreted with caution. PMID:6584920

  3. Discovery of 4-(4-(2-((5-hydroxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalen-2-yl)(propyl)amino)-ethyl)piperazin-1-yl)quinolin-8-ol and its analogues as highly potent dopamine D2/D3 agonists and as iron chelator: In vivo activity indicates potential application in symptomatic and neuroprotective therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

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    Ghosh, Balaram; Antonio, Tamara; Reith, Maarten E. A.; Dutta, Aloke K.

    2010-01-01

    The role of iron in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been implicated strongly due to generation of oxidative stress leading to dopamine cell death. In our overall goal to develop bifunctional/multifunctional drugs, we designed dopamine D2/D3 agonist molecules with a capacity to bind to iron. Binding assays were carried out with HEK-293 cells expressing either D2 or D3 receptors with tritiated spiperone to evaluate inhibition constants (Ki). Functional activity of selected compounds was carried out with GTPγS binding assay. SAR results identified compounds (+)-19a and (−)-19b as two potent agonists for both D2 and D3 receptors (EC50 (GTPγS); D2 = 4.51 and 1.69 nM and D3 = 1.58 and 0.74 nM for (−)-19b and (+)-19a, respectively). In vitro complexation studies with 19b demonstrated efficient chelation with iron. Furthermore, the deoxyribose assay with 19b demonstrated potent antioxidant activity. In PD animal model study, (−)-19b exhibited potent in vivo activity in reversing locomotor activity in reserpinized rats and also in producing potent rotational activity in 6-OHDA lesioned rats. This reports initial development of unique lead molecules which might find potential use in symptomatic and neuroprotective treatment of PD. PMID:20146482

  4. PLURIVESICULAR SECRETORY PROCESSES AND NERVE ENDINGS IN THE PINEAL GLAND OF THE RAT

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    De Robertis, Eduardo; de Iraldi, Amanda Pellegrino

    1961-01-01

    The pineal body of white normal rats, 1.5 to 3 months old, was studied under the electron microscope. A single type of parenchymal cell—the pinealocyte—is recognized as the main component of the tissue, and some of the structural characteristics of the nucleus and cytoplasm are described. The main morphological characteristic of the pinealocytes is represented by club-shaped perivascular expansions connected to the cell by thin pedicles. They are found lying in a large, clear space surrounding the blood capillaries. The name plurivesicular secretory processes is proposed, to emphasize the main structural feature and the probable function of these cellular expansions. A tubulofibrillar component is mainly found in the pedicle, and within the expansion there are numerous small mitochondria and densily packed vesicles of about 425 A. Two types of vesicles, one with a homogeneous content and another with a very dense osmium deposit, are described. Between the two types there are intermediary forms. In these processes, mitochondria show profound changes which may lead to complete vacuolization. The significance of this plurivesicular secretory component is discussed in the light of recent work on the biogenic amines of the pineal body and preliminary experiments showing the release of the vesicles containing dense granules after treatment with reserpine. These vesicles are interpreted as the site of storage of some of the biogenic amines. Bundles of unmyelinated nerve fibers and endings on large blood vessels which also contain a plurivesicular content are described and tentatively interpreted as adrenergic nerve terminals. PMID:13720811

  5. Biogenic amines modulate pulse rate in the dorsal blood vessel of Lumbriculus variegatus.

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    Crisp, Kevin M; Grupe, Rebecca E; Lobsang, Tenzin T; Yang, Xong

    2010-05-01

    The biogenic amines are widespread regulators of physiological processes, and play an important role in regulating heart rate in diverse organisms. Here, we present the first pharmacological evidence for a role of the biogenic amines in the regulation of dorsal blood vessel pulse rate in an aquatic oligochaete, Lumbriculus variegatus (Müller, 1774). Bath application of octopamine to intact worms resulted in an acceleration of pulse rate, but not when co-applied with the adenylyl cyclase inhibitor MDL-12,330a. The phosphodiesterase inhibitor theophylline mimicked the effects of OA, but the polar adenosine receptor antagonist 8(p-sulphophenyl)theophylline was significantly less potent than theophylline. Pharmacologically blocking synaptic reuptake of the biogenic amines using the selective 5-HT reuptake blocker fluoxetine or various tricyclic antidepressants also accelerated heart rate. Depletion of the biogenic amines by treatment with the monoamine vesicular transporter blocker reserpine dramatically depressed pulse rate. Pulse rate was partially restored in amine-depleted worms after treatment with octopamine or dopamine, but fully restored following treatment with serotonin. This effect of 5-HT was weakly mimicked by 5-methoxytryptamine, but not by alpha-methylserotonin; it was completely blocked by clozapine and partially blocked by cyproheptadine. Because they are known to orchestrate a variety of adaptive behaviors in invertebrates, the biogenic amines may coordinate blood flow with behavioral state in L.variegatus.

  6. Influence of Amineptine on Changes of Blood Pressure Evoked by Norepinephrine and Dopamine

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    Lim, Dong-Yoon; Lee, Kwang-Jae; Kim, Sang-Hoon; Kim, Bong-Han; Lee, Jon-Jin; Lee, Eun-Hwa; Chang, Kyoung-Sig; Hong, Soon-Pyo

    1991-01-01

    The influence of amineptine, an antidepressant currently employed having mainly selective dopaminergic neurochemical activity, on the pressor responses evoked by norepinephrine (NE) and dopamine (DA) was studied in anesthetized whole rats. Amineptine at doses of 0.5, 1.5, and 5.0 mg/kg/30 min infused into the femoral vein of the rat caused a dose-related inhibition of the pressor responses of NE and DA. The hypertensive responses of NE and DA augmented by pretreatment with reserpine, a catecholamine depletor, were also clearly depressed following the infusion of amineptine with a rate of 1.5 mg/kg/30 min. Furthermore, the pressor responses of NE and DA potentiated by pretreatment with debrisoquin, a sympathetic neuron blocker, were markedly diminished after pretreatment with the infusion of amineptine at the above same rate (1.5 mg/kg/30 min). These experimental results demonstrate that amineptine causes an inhibitory effect on the pressor responses evoked by NE and DA. It is thought that the amineptine effect may be due to the blockade of the peripheral adrenergic alpha-receptors in addition to the previously described uptake inhibition of dopamine. PMID:1807368

  7. Characterization of ToxCast Phase II compounds disruption of ...

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    The development of multi-well microelectrode array (mwMEA) systems has increased in vitro screening throughput making them an effective method to screen and prioritize large sets of compounds for potential neurotoxicity. In the present experiments, a multiplexed approach was used to determine compound effects on both neural function and cell health in primary cortical networks grown on mwMEA plates following exposure to ~1100 compounds from EPA’s Phase II ToxCast libraries. On DIV 13, baseline activity (40 min) was recorded prior to exposure to each compound at 40 µM. DMSO and the GABAA antagonist bicuculline (BIC) were included as controls on each mwMEA plate. Changes in spontaneous network activity (mean firing rate; MFR) and cell viability (lactate dehydrogenase; LDH and CellTiter Blue; CTB) were assessed within the same well following compound exposure. Activity calls (“hits”) were established using the 90th and 20th percentiles of the compound-induced change in MFR (medians of triplicates) across all tested compounds; compounds above (top 10% of compounds increasing MFR), and below (bottom 20% of compounds decreasing MFR) these thresholds, respectively were considered hits. MFR was altered beyond one of these thresholds by 322 compounds. Four compound categories accounted for 66% of the hits, including: insecticides (e.g. abamectin, lindane, prallethrin), pharmaceuticals (e.g. haloperidol, reserpine), fungicides (e.g. hexaconazole, fenamidone), and h

  8. Role of connective tissue growth factor in vascular and renal damage associated with hypertension in rats. Interactions with angiotensin II.

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    de las Heras, Natalia; Ruiz-Ortega, Marta; Rupérez, Mónica; Sanz-Rosa, David; Miana, María; Aragoncillo, Paloma; Mezzano, Sergio; Lahera, Vicente; Egido, Jesus; Cachofeiro, Victoria

    2006-12-01

    We have evaluated the role of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) in vascular and renal damage associated with hypertension and possible interactions with angiotensin II (Ang II). Spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) were treated with either the Ang II receptor antagonist candesartan (C;2 mg/Kg(-1)/day(-1)) or antihypertensive triple therapy (TT; in mg/Kg(-1)/day(-1);20 hydralazine +7 hydrochlorothiazide +0.15 reserpine) for 10 weeks. Wistar Kyoto rats were used as a normotensive control group. Hypertension was associated with an increase in aortic media area, media-to-lumen ratio and collagen density. Kidneys from SHR showed minimum renal alterations. Aorta and renal gene expression and immunostaining of CTGF were higher in SHR. Candesartan decreased arterial pressure, aortic media area, media-to-lumen ratio and collagen density. However, although arterial pressure decrease was comparable for both treatments, TT partially reduced these parameters. Candesartan-treated rats showed lower levels of vascular CTGF expression, aortic media area, media-to-lumen ratio and collagen density than TT-treated animals. Treatments improve renal damage and reduce renal gene expression and CTGF immunostaining in SHR in a similar manner. The results show that vascular and renal damage is associated with stimulation of CTGF gene and protein content. These results also might suggest that CTGF could be one downstream mediator of Ang II in hypertension-associated organ damage in SHR.

  9. Further analysis of the neuropharmacological profile of 9-amino-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroacridine (THA), and alleged drug for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease

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    Drukarch, B.; Leysen, J.E.; Stoof, J.C.

    1988-01-01

    In a recent study the authors have documented the acetylcholinesterase and outward K+-current inhibiting activity of 9-amino-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroacridine (THA), a drug reportedly active in the treatment of Alzheimer patients. In the present study they have investigated the effects of THA on the uptake and release of radiolabeled NA, DA and 5-HT. THA concentration-dependently inhibited the uptake of these monoamines with IC-50 values of approximately 1, 7 and 2 ..mu..M respectively. Release studies of these radiolabeled monoamines from control and reserpine pretreated tissue revealed that the THA-induced uptake inhibition does not occur at the level of the axonal membrane but at the level of the monoaminergic storage granules. In addition the affinity of THA for alpha-1, alpha-2 and beta-adrenoceptors, for D-2 dopamine, S-la and S-2 serotonin and for muscarinic receptors was investigated. It appeared that in concentrations up to 1 ..mu..M THA did not display any affinity towards these receptors. It is concluded from these experiments that the effects of THA on monoaminergic neurotransmission might contribute to the alleged therapeutic action of THA in Alzheimer's disease. 17 references, 3 figures, 1 table.

  10. Listeria monocytogenes strains selected on ciprofloxacin or the disinfectant benzalkonium chloride exhibit reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin, gentamicin, benzalkonium chloride, and other toxic compounds.

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    Rakic-Martinez, Mira; Drevets, Douglas A; Dutta, Vikrant; Katic, Vera; Kathariou, Sophia

    2011-12-01

    Listeria monocytogenes is a leading agent for severe food-borne illness and death in the United States and other nations. Even though drug resistance has not yet threatened therapeutic interventions for listeriosis, selective pressure associated with exposure to antibiotics and disinfectants may result in reduced susceptibility to these agents. In this study, selection of several L. monocytogenes strains on either ciprofloxacin (2 μg/ml) or the quaternary ammonium disinfectant benzalkonium chloride (BC; 10 μg/ml) led to derivatives with increased MICs not only to these agents but also to several other toxic compounds, including gentamicin, the dye ethidium bromide, and the chemotherapeutic drug tetraphenylphosphonium chloride. The spectrum of compounds to which these derivatives exhibited reduced susceptibility was the same regardless of whether they were selected on ciprofloxacin or on BC. Inclusion of strains harboring the large plasmid pLM80 revealed that MICs to ciprofloxacin and gentamicin did not differ between the parental and plasmid-cured strains. However, ciprofloxacin-selected derivatives of pLM80-harboring strains had higher MICs than those derived from the plasmid-cured strains. Susceptibility to the antimicrobials was partially restored in the presence of the potent efflux inhibitor reserpine. Taken together, these data suggest that mutations in efflux systems are responsible for the multidrug resistance phenotype of strains selected on ciprofloxacin or BC.

  11. Antioxidant and antiproliferative effects of different solvent fractions from Terminalia belerica Roxb. fruit on various cancer cells.

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    Basu, Tapasree; Panja, Sourav; Ghate, Nikhil Baban; Chaudhuri, Dipankar; Mandal, Nripendranath

    2017-04-01

    Terminalia belerica Roxb. fruits have been previously reported against diabetes, ulcer, microbial problems and hepatotoxicity. The present study was aimed to investigate antioxidant and anticancer potential of sequentially fractionated hexane (TBHE), chloroform (TBCE), ethyl acetate (TBEE), butanol (TBBE) and water (TBWE) extracts from the 70% methanolic extract of T. belerica fruits. TBCE, TBEE, TBBE and TBWE showed excellent ROS (reactive oxygen species) and RNS (reactive nitrogen species) scavenging activities which was investigated using 11 different assays for various free radicals. Among 5 fractions, TBHE and TBCE remained nontoxic to any of the malignant cell lines including normal cells (WI-38). TBBE and TBWE inhibited the proliferation of breast (MCF-7), cervical (HeLa) and brain (U87) cancer cells by inducing G2/M arrest while TBEE caused apoptosis. However, these fractions did not inhibit the proliferation of lung (A549) and liver (HepG2) cancer cells. BrdU incorporation study also suggested the efficient anticancer potential of TBEE, TBBE and TBWE. Moreover, TBBE and TBWE treated MCF-7, HeLa and U87 cells showed upregulation of p53 and p21 proteins. Phytochemical analysis reflected the presence of adequate quantities of different phytochemicals. Moreover, HPLC analysis show peaks of purpurin, catechin, tannic acid, reserpine, ellagic acid, methyl gallate, aconitine and rutin in TBBE, TBWE and TBEE. Hence these polar extracts of T. belerica can be used to develop drug against different types of cancer.

  12. Characteristics of the ambulation-increasing effect of GBR-12909, a selective dopamine uptake inhibitor, in mice.

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    Hirate, K; Kuribara, H

    1991-04-01

    Behavioral effects of a dopamine uptake inhibitor, GBR-12909 (GBR), were evaluated by ambulatory activity in mice. The single administration of over 10 mg/kg of GBR, i.p. and p.o., significantly increased the ambulatory activity. The repeated administration of GBR, at only 10 mg/kg, produced a reverse tolerance to its ambulation-increasing effect. However, a cross-reverse tolerance was induced between GBR (10 and 20 mg/kg) and methamphetamine (2 mg/kg) in both directions. Furthermore, 5 mg/kg of GBR significantly enhanced the effects of methamphetamine, cocaine, imipramine, morphine, scopolamine and caffeine. R-THBP, a coenzyme of tyrosine hydroxylase, also enhanced the effect of GBR. In contrast, the ambulation-increasing effect of 10 mg/kg of GBR was markedly reduced by haloperidol, chlorpromazine, tetrabenazine, oxypertine, reserpine and alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine. On the other hand, the effect of GBR was only slightly and/or scarcely modified by apomorphine, caerulein, physostigmine, pilocarpine, N6-(L-2-phenylisopropyl)-adenosine and naloxone. The neurochemical experiment in rats, not in mice, revealed that GBR possessed more dominant action on dopaminergic systems than noradrenergic or serotonergic systems. However, the behavioral characteristics of GBR are similar to those of methamphetamine and cocaine, which possess less selective action than GBR on dopaminergic and noradrenergic systems.

  13. Self-Aspirated Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization Source for Direct Sampling of Analytes on Surfaces and in Liquid Solutions

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    Asano, Keiji G; Ford, Michael J; Tomkins, Bruce A; Van Berkel, Gary J

    2005-01-01

    A self-aspirating heated nebulizer probe is described and demonstrated for use in the direct analysis of analytes on surfaces and in liquid samples by atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) mass spectrometry. Functionality and performance of the probe as a self-aspirating APCI source is demonstrated using reserpine and progesterone as test compounds. The utility of the probe to sample analytes directly from surfaces was demonstrated first by scanning development lanes of a reversed-phase thin-layer chromatography plate in which a three-component dye mixture, viz., Fat Red 7B, Solvent Green 3, and Solvent Blue 35, was spotted and the components were separated. Development lanes were scanned by the sampling probe operated under computer control (x, y plane) while full-scan mass spectra were recorded using a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer. In addition, the ability to sample the surface of pharmaceutical tablets (viz., Extra Strength Tylenol(reg. sign) and Evista(reg. sign) tablets) and to detect the active ingredients (acetaminophen and raloxifene, respectively) selectively was demonstrated using tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). Finally, the capability to sample analyte solutions from the wells of a 384-well microtiter plate and to perform quantitative analyses using MS/MS detection was illustrated with cotinine standards spiked with cotinine-d{sub 3} as an internal standard.

  14. Design, fabrication and test of a microfluidic nebulizer chip for desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry

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    Sen, A K; Darabi, J; Knapp, D R

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents design, microfabrication, and test of a microfluidic nebulizer chip for desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (DESI-MS) in proteomic analysis. The microfluidic chip is fabricated using cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) substrates. The fluidic channels are thermally embossed onto a base substrate using a nickel master and then a top substrate is thermally bonded to seal the channels. Carbon ink embossed into the top COC substrate is used to established electrical connection between the external power supply and the liquid in the channel. The microfluidic chip to external capillary connection is fabricated using Nanoport™ interconnection system. Preliminary leakage test was performed to demonstrate the interconnection system is leak-free and pressure test was performed to evaluate the burst pressure. Finally, the nebulizer chip was used to perform DESI-MS for analyzing peptides (BSA and bradykinin) and reserpine on the nanoporous alumina surface. DESI-MS performance of the microfluidic nebulizer chip is compared with that obtained using a conventional DESI nebulizer. PMID:20161284

  15. Effects of aripiprazole and terguride on dopamine synthesis in the dorsal striatum and medial prefrontal cortex of preweanling rats.

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    Iñiguez, S D; Cortez, A M; Crawford, C A; McDougall, S A

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether aripiprazole, a D2-like partial agonist increasingly prescribed to children, alters DA synthesis via actions at autoreceptors in the dorsal striatum and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of preweanling rats. The ability of dopaminergic agents to alter DOPA accumulation in the striatum and mPFC was measured after NSD-1015 on postnatal day (PD) 20. Dopaminergic tone was manipulated by administering reserpine, gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), or through amphetamine withdrawal. Results showed that the partial agonists aripiprazole and terguride increased striatal DOPA accumulation under normosensitive conditions, but decreased DOPA accumulation in states of low dopaminergic tone. A different pattern of results was observed in the mPFC, because terguride and haloperidol, but not aripiprazole, increased DOPA accumulation under normosensitive conditions. In conclusion, the present data show that aripiprazole affects striatal synthesis modulating autoreceptors in an adult-typical manner during the late preweanling period. Unlike in adult rats, however, the mPFC of preweanling rats appears to contain transitory synthesis modulating autoreceptors that are sensitive to drug manipulation.

  16. Discovering novel phenotypes with automatically inferred dynamic models: a partial melanocyte conversion in Xenopus

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    Lobo, Daniel; Lobikin, Maria; Levin, Michael

    2017-01-01

    Progress in regenerative medicine requires reverse-engineering cellular control networks to infer perturbations with desired systems-level outcomes. Such dynamic models allow phenotypic predictions for novel perturbations to be rapidly assessed in silico. Here, we analyzed a Xenopus model of conversion of melanocytes to a metastatic-like phenotype only previously observed in an all-or-none manner. Prior in vivo genetic and pharmacological experiments showed that individual animals either fully convert or remain normal, at some characteristic frequency after a given perturbation. We developed a Machine Learning method which inferred a model explaining this complex, stochastic all-or-none dataset. We then used this model to ask how a new phenotype could be generated: animals in which only some of the melanocytes converted. Systematically performing in silico perturbations, the model predicted that a combination of altanserin (5HTR2 inhibitor), reserpine (VMAT inhibitor), and VP16-XlCreb1 (constitutively active CREB) would break the all-or-none concordance. Remarkably, applying the predicted combination of three reagents in vivo revealed precisely the expected novel outcome, resulting in partial conversion of melanocytes within individuals. This work demonstrates the capability of automated analysis of dynamic models of signaling networks to discover novel phenotypes and predictively identify specific manipulations that can reach them. PMID:28128301

  17. Wild Edible Fruit of Prunus nepalensis Ser. (Steud), a Potential Source of Antioxidants, Ameliorates Iron Overload-Induced Hepatotoxicity and Liver Fibrosis in Mice.

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    Chaudhuri, Dipankar; Ghate, Nikhil Baban; Panja, Sourav; Das, Abhishek; Mandal, Nripendranath

    2015-01-01

    The antioxidant and restoration potentials of hepatic injury by Prunus nepalensis Ser. (Steud), a wild fruit plant from the Northeastern region of India, were investigated. The fruit extract (PNME) exhibited excellent antioxidant and reducing properties and also scavenged the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical (IC50 = 30.92 ± 0.40 μg/ml). PNME demonstrated promising scavenging potency, as assessed by the scavenging of different reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. Moreover, the extract revealed an exceptional iron chelation capacity with an IC50 of 25.64 ± 0.60 μg/ml. The extract induced significant improvement of hepatic injury and liver fibrosis against iron overload induced hepatotoxicity in mice in a dose-dependent manner, and this effect was supported by different histopathological studies. The phytochemical constitutions and their identification by HPLC confirmed the presence of purpurin, tannic acid, methyl gallate, reserpine, gallic acid, ascorbic acid, catechin and rutin. The identified compounds were investigated for their individual radical scavenging and iron chelation activity; some compounds exhibited excellent radical scavenging and iron chelation properties, but most were toxic towards normal cells (WI-38). On the other hand, crude PNME was found to be completely nontoxic to normal cells, suggesting its feasibility as a safe oral drug. The above study suggests that different phytochemicals in PNME contributed to its free radical scavenging and iron chelation activity; however, further studies are required to determine the pathway in which PNME acts to treat iron-overload diseases.

  18. Involvement of 5-HT2 receptors in the antinociceptive effect of Uncaria tomentosa.

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    Jürgensen, Sofia; Dalbó, Sílvia; Angers, Paul; Santos, Adair Roberto Soares; Ribeiro-do-Valle, Rosa Maria

    2005-07-01

    Uncaria tomentosa (Willd.) DC (Rubiaceae) is a vine that grows in the Amazon rainforest. Its bark decoctions are used by Peruvian Indians to treat several diseases. Chemically, it consists mainly of oxindole alkaloids. An industrial fraction of U. tomentosa (UT fraction), containing 95% oxindole alkaloids, was used in this study in order to characterize its antinociceptive activity in chemical (acetic acid-induced abdominal writhing, formalin and capsaicin tests) and thermal (tail-flick and hot-plate tests) models of nociception in mice. UT fraction given by the i.p. route dose-dependently suppressed the behavioural response to the chemical stimuli in the models indicated and increased latencies in the thermal stimuli models. The antinociception caused by UT fraction in the formalin test was significantly attenuated by i.p. treatment of mice with ketanserin (5-HT2 receptor antagonist), but was not affected by naltrexone (opioid receptor antagonist), atropine (a nonselective muscarinic antagonist), l-arginine (precursor of nitric oxide), prazosin (alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist), yohimbine (alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist), and reserpine (a monoamine depleter). Together, these results indicate that UT fraction produces dose-related antinociception in several models of chemical and thermal pain through mechanisms that involve an interaction with 5-HT2 receptors.

  19. Unexpected Analyte Oxidation during Desorption Electrospray Ionization - Mass Spectrometry

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    Pasilis, Sofie P; Kertesz, Vilmos; Van Berkel, Gary J

    2008-01-01

    During the analysis of surface spotted analytes using desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (DESI-MS), abundant ions are sometimes observed that appear to be the result of oxygen addition reactions. In this investigation, the effect of sample aging, the ambient lab environment, spray voltage, analyte surface concentration, and surface type on this oxidative modification of spotted analytes, exemplified by tamoxifen and reserpine, during analysis by desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry was studied. Simple exposure of the samples to air and to ambient lighting increased the extent of oxidation. Increased spray voltage lead also to increased analyte oxidation, possibly as a result of oxidative species formed electrochemically at the emitter electrode or in the gas - phase by discharge processes. These oxidative species are carried by the spray and impinge on and react with the sampled analyte during desorption/ionization. The relative abundance of oxidized species was more significant for analysis of deposited analyte having a relatively low surface concentration. Increasing spray solvent flow rate and addition of hydroquinone as a redox buffer to the spray solvent were found to decrease, but not entirely eliminate, analyte oxidation during analysis. The major parameters that both minimize and maximize analyte oxidation were identified and DESI-MS operational recommendations to avoid these unwanted reactions are suggested.

  20. Influences of diterpene sclareol glycol on some dopamine related behavior.

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    Georgieva, J V

    1991-01-01

    1. The effects of the diterpene sclareol glycol (SG) of the labdane family on some dopamine (DA) related behavior (locomotor activity in mice, apomorphine-induced stereotypy in mice and rats, and haloperidol-induced catalepsy in rats) were studied. 2. The locomotion frequency of mice was significantly increased by SG (stronger effect by low and medium dose). SG antagonized the hypomotility induced by reserpine pretreatment. SG enhanced the apomorphine decreased motility (induced by small dose of apomorphine). 3. SG provoked increase of apomorphine stereotypy. The long-term SG treatment augmented the sensitivity of rats to apomorphine-induced stereotypy. 4. SG at low dose decreased haloperidol-induced catalepsy: at higher dose it increased the catalepsy. SG treatment alone did not induce catalepsy. 5. These results were discussed in the light of a possible interaction of SG with dopaminergic transmission (DA autoreceptors and postsynaptic DA receptors) at the level of the striatum and the nucleus accumbens. The interaction of SG with adenylate cyclase (stimulation of catalytic subunit) and with GABAergic transmission in realization of its effects on DA related behavior was also discussed.

  1. Treatment resistant depression or dementia: a case report

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    SHI, Zhongyong; XIAO, Shifu; LI, Xia

    2016-01-01

    Summary: The current case describes a 78-year-old female with two previous episodes of major depression who presented with both symptoms of depression (amotivation and flattened affect) and typical symptoms of dementia (impaired memory and executive functioning). Even after a detailed clinical exam and neuropsychiatric testing, it remained difficult to definitively classify the diagnosis as either treatment-resistant depression or old-age dementia. After 8 weeks of inpatient treatment, including changing her reserpine-based antihypertensive medication, adjusting her antidepressants, and providing psychotherapy, her depressive and anxiety symptoms improved, but most of her cognitive symptoms persisted. Her symptoms did not change over 7 months of post-hospitalization follow-up. She subsequently developed advanced breast cancer and started chemotherapy; at this point her depressive and cognitive symptoms became more pronounced. We conclude that it will take two-to-three years of follow-up to determine whether the cognitive symptoms are residual to her depression or a newly emerging dementia (or both). This case shows that for elderly patients who have symptoms of both depression and dementia, detailed clinical examination and neuropsychiatric testing may need to be combined with longitudinal assessment of their responsiveness to treatment before a definitive diagnosis can be assigned. PMID:27605868

  2. Carbapenem and cefoxitin resistance of Klebsiella pneumoniae strains associated with porin OmpK36 loss and DHA-1 β-lactamase production.

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    Shi, Weifeng; Li, Kun; Ji, Yun; Jiang, Qinbo; Wang, Yuyue; Shi, Mei; Mi, Zuhuang

    2013-01-01

    Clinical isolates of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae) strains are being increased worldwide. Five pan-resistant K. pneumoniae strains have been isolated from respiratory and ICU wards in a Chinese hospital, and reveal strong resistance to all β-lactams, fluoroquinolones and aminoglycosides. Totally 27 β-lactamase genes and 2 membrane pore protein (porin) genes in 5 K. pneumoniae strains were screened by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The results indicated that all of 5 K. pneumoniae strains carried blaTEM-1 and blaDHA-1 genes, as well as base deletion and mutation of OmpK35 or OmpK36 genes. Compared with carbapenem-sensitive isolates by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), the resistant isolates markedly lacked the protein band of 34-40 kDa, which might be the outer membrane proteins of OmpK36 according to the electrophoresis mobility. In addition, the conjugation test was confirmed that blaDHA-1 mediated by plasmids could be transferred between resistant and sensitive strains. When reserpine (30 μg/mL) and carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP) (50 μg/mL) were added in imipenem and meropenem, the MICs had no change against K. pneumoniae strains. These results suggest that both DHA-1 β-lactamase and loss or deficiency of porin OmpK36 may be the main reason for the cefoxitin and carbapenem resistance in K. pneumoniae strains in our hospital.

  3. Enhanced stereotyped response to amphetamine after pretreatment with small doses of molindone.

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    Conway, P; Uretsky, N J

    1983-05-01

    Pretreatment of rats with small doses of the antipsychotic drug, molindone, enhanced the stereotyped behavioral response to amphetamine. In order to determine whether molindone enhanced amphetamine-induced stereotypy by the same mechanism as chronic administration of amphetamine or drugs that inhibit central noradrenergic transmission, the effect of these drugs on the stereotyped behavior produced by beta-phenethylamine (PEA) was compared. Following the administration of phenoxybenzamine, reserpine and diethyldithiocarbamate, the stereotyped response produced by beta-phenethylamine was intensified. In contrast, neither molindone nor chronic pretreatment with amphetamine altered beta-phenethylamine-induced stereotypy. As shown previously with chronic amphetamine pretreatment, molindone also failed to enhance the stereotyped response produced by apomorphine. However, in contrast to the effects of chronic administration of amphetamine, molindone both increased the striatal concentration of dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and blocked the ability of small doses of apomorphine to decrease this dopamine (DA) metabolite. The doses of molindone that blocked the apomorphine-induced reduction in the concentration of DOPAC in the striatum correlated with the doses that enhanced amphetamine-induced stereotypy. Since the decrease in DOPAC in the striatum produced by apomorphine is thought to be mediated through the stimulation of striatal DA autoreceptors, these results suggest that molindone enhances amphetamine-induced stereotypy by selectively inhibiting DA autoreceptors.

  4. Bystander effects of ionizing radiation can be modulated by signaling amines

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    Poon, R.C.C.; Agnihotri, N.; Seymour, C.; Mothersill, C.

    2007-10-15

    Actual risk and risk management of exposure to ionizing radiation are among the most controversial areas in environmental health protection. Recent developments in radiobiology especially characterization of bystander effects have called into question established dogmas and are thought to cast doubt on the scientific basis of the risk assessment framework, leading to uncertainty for regulators and concern among affected populations. In this paper we test the hypothesis that small signaling molecules widely used throughout the animal kingdom for signaling stress or environmental change, such as 5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT, serotonin), L-DOPA, glycine or nicotine are involved in bystander signaling processes following ionizing radiation exposure. We report data which suggest that nano to micromolar concentrations of these agents can modulate bystander-induced cell death. Depletion of 5-HT present in tissue culture medium, occurred following irradiation of cells. This suggested that 5-HT might be bound by membrane receptors after irradiation. Expression of 5-HT type 3 receptors which are Ca{sup 2+} ion channels was confirmed in the cells using immunocytochemistry and receptor expression could be increased using radiation or 5-HT exposure. Zofran and Kitryl, inhibitors of 5-HT type 3 receptors, and reserpine a generic serotonin antagonist block the bystander effect induced by radiation or by serotonin. The results may be important for the mechanistic understanding of how low doses of radiation interact with cells to produce biological effects.

  5. Effects of 5-hydroxytryptamine on defecation in open-field behavior in rats.

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    Kameyama, T; Suzuki, M; Nabeshima, T

    1980-06-01

    An attempt was made to elucidate the role of the serotonergic nervous sytem in defecation resulting from environmental stimulation in rats. The open-field (OF) test and shuttle box method were used to study the defecation. 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) significantly decreased the number of fecal boluses excreted in both emotional situations, namely, in both OF and shuttle box. The fecal excretion was significantly reduced compared with the controls after intraventricular injection of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT). Animals pretreated with p-chlorophenylalanine (pCPA) and 5,6-dihydroxytryptamine (5,6-DHT) tended to show a slight increase in the OF defecation. 5-HTP was equally effective in diminishing the OF performance of pCPA-treated rats. The inhibitory effects of 5-HTP on the defecation were also observed after depletion of biogenic amines by reserpine treatment. Home cage defecation was increased after 5-HTP administration, decreased under pretreatment with pCPA and not influenced by intraventricular injection of 5-HTP. These results suggested that the defecation after environmental stimuli was due to a change in 5-HT levels in the brain.

  6. Direct effect of cadmium on blood pressure and adrenergic system in the cat

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    Revis, N.W.; Bingham, G.

    1984-01-01

    The dose-response effect of cadmium on systolic and diastolic pressure were measured in the cat after injecting a bolus of cadmium intravenously. In animals treated with 100, 125, or 150 ug cadmium/kg BW systolic and diastolic pressure were both significantly increased. These increases were gradual as the dose Cd was increased from 75 to 125 ug. In an attempt to determine the mechanism associated with cadmium-induced hypertension in the cat the effect of this element on the adrenergic system was studied. The effect of ..cap alpha.. and BETA agonists on cadmium-induced increase in blood pressure were determined by the injection of either propranolol or phentolamine at 20 mg/kg BW. The hypertensive effect of 125 ug Cd was abolished by phentolamine but not by propranolol suggesting, that Cd may induce the release of norepinephrine from storage sites. In support of this suggestion we observed in cats treated with 125 ug Cd a significant increase in plasma norepinephrine which was not affected by propranolol or phentolamine injections. However reserpine pretreatment abolished both the increase in plasma norepinephrine and the cadmium-induced hypertensive effect. The data suggest that the associated mechanism of cadmium-induced hypertension may be related to the effect of this element of the release of norepinephrine. Increases in the extracellular levels of this neurotransmitter in turn provokes a rise in blood pressure through its interaction with the receptors of vascular smooth muscle cells. 38 references, 7 figures, 1 table.

  7. Transport of multidrug resistance substrates by the Streptococcus agalactiae hemolysin transporter.

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    Gottschalk, Birgit; Bröker, Gerd; Kuhn, Melanie; Aymanns, Simone; Gleich-Theurer, Ute; Spellerberg, Barbara

    2006-08-01

    Streptococcus agalactiae (group B streptococcus [GBS]) causes neonatal sepsis, pneumonia, and meningitis, as well as infections of the bovine udder. The S. agalactiae hemolysin is regarded as an important virulence factor, and hemolysin expression is dependent on the cyl gene cluster. cylA and cylB encode the ATP binding and transmembrane domains of a typical ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporter. The deduced proteins contain the signature sequence of a multidrug resistance (MDR) transporter, and mutation of the genes results in a nonhemolytic and nonpigmented phenotype. To further elucidate the function of the putative transporter, nonpolar deletion mutants of cylA were constructed. These mutants are nonhemolytic and can be complemented by the transporter genes. Wild-type strain and nonhemolytic cylA and cylK deletion mutants were exposed to known substrates of MDR transporters. Mutation of cylA significantly impaired growth in the presence of daunorubicin, doxorubicin, and rhodamine 6G and resulted in a decreased export of doxorubicin from the cells. The mutation of cylK, a gene of unknown function located downstream from cylA, caused a loss of hemolysis but had no effect on the transport of MDR substrates. Furthermore, the hemolytic activity of the wild-type strain was inhibited by reserpine in a dose-dependent manner. We conclude that CylAB closely resembles an ABC-type MDR transporter and propose that the GBS hemolysin molecule represents a natural substrate of the transporter.

  8. Incorporation of a venturi device in electrospray ionization.

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    Zhou, Li; Yue, Bingfang; Dearden, David V; Lee, Edgar D; Rockwood, Alan L; Lee, Milton L

    2003-11-01

    Electrospray ionization has grown to be one of the most commonly used ionization techniques for mass spectrometry, and efforts continue to improve its performance. Typically, the sprayer tip must be very close to the entrance orifice of the mass spectrometer in order to maximize the conduction of ions from the sprayer into the mass spectrometer. However, because of space-charge repulsion, most ions never reach the sampling orifice. In this work, an industrial air amplifier, for which the working mechanism is based on venturi and coanda effects, was added between an electrospray ionization source and a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. When a series of reserpine solutions (0.5, 1.0, 5.0, and 10.0 microM) were monitored using mass spectrometry, an over 5-fold increase in m/z 609.3 ion intensity was measured for a separation distance of 14 mm between the electrospray tip and interface capillary inlet, as compared to when the electrospray tip was in its normal position 1 mm in front of the inlet without the amplifier. When a voltage was applied to the air amplifier to further assist in focusing the electrosprayed ions, an approximately 18-fold increase in m/z 609.3 ion intensity was obtained. In addition, a 34-fold reduction in method detection limit was observed.

  9. Quantification and characterization of alkaloids from roots of Rauwolfia serpentina using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-photo diode array-mass spectrometry.

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    Sagi, Satyanarayanaraju; Avula, Bharathi; Wang, Yan-Hong; Khan, Ikhlas A

    2016-01-01

    A new UHPLC-UV method has been developed for the simultaneous analysis of seven alkaloids [ajmaline (1), yohimbine (2), corynanthine (3), ajmalicine (4), serpentine (5), serpentinine (6), and reserpine (7)] from the root samples of Rauwolfia serpentina (L.) Benth. ex Kurz. The chromatographic separation was achieved using a reversed phase C18 column with a mobile phase of water and acetonitrile, both containing 0.05% formic acid. The seven compounds were completely separated within 8 min at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min with a 2-μL injection volume. The method is validated for linearity, accuracy, repeatability, limits of detection (LOD), and limits of quantification (LOQ). Seven plant samples and 21 dietary supplements claiming to contain Rauwolfia roots were analyzed and content of total alkaloids (1-7) varied, namely, 1.57-12.1 mg/g dry plant material and 0.0-4.5 mg/day, respectively. The results indicated that commercial products are of variable quality. The developed analytical method is simple, economic, fast, and suitable for quality control analysis of Rauwolfia samples and commercial products. The UHPLC-QToF-mass spectrometry with electrospray ionization (ESI) interface method is described for the confirmation and characterization of alkaloids from plant samples. This method involved the detection of [M + H](+) or M(+) ions in the positive mode.

  10. Four pioneers of L-dopa treatment: Arvid Carlsson, Oleh Hornykiewicz, George Cotzias, and Melvin Yahr.

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    Lees, Andrew J; Tolosa, Eduardo; Olanow, C Warren

    2015-01-01

    Four individuals stand out as pioneers of the early work that led to levodopa becoming a revolutionary new treatment for Parkinson's disease: Arvid Carlsson, Oleh Hornykiewicz, George C. Cotzias, and Melvin D. Yahr. All four were MDs. The first three had extra training in pharmacology, and in fact did their research in pharmacology. The fourth was a clinical neurologist, the only one in this group with those credentials. The story starts with Carlsson, who became interested in studying the mechanism of reserpine's sedative effect, now recognized as a drug-induced parkinsonian state. A key experiment in 1957 showed that levodopa (l-dopa) could alleviate the immobility induced by reserpine in animals. Carlsson then showed that reserpine depleted brain dopamine, and that l-dopa restored it. Carlsson developed a sensitive fluorescent technique to measure dopamine levels, and his laboratory also showed the distribution of dopamine in animal brain to be highest in the striatum. Within a year, Carlsson postulated that dopamine appears to play a role in motor function. His proposal that dopamine serves as a neurotransmitter in brain was met with much skepticism, but he persisted and continued to study brain dopamine, eventually leading to being awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2000. Hornykiewicz also went into pharmacology research after graduating from medical school. Fortuitously, his assigned first project was on the blood pressure effects of dopamine, recognized as a precursor of norepinephrine. When he completed his postdoctoral studies, Carlsson's work on the reserpinized animal and on the regional distribution of brain dopamine was published. This inspired Hornykiewicz to determine dopamine levels in patients with Parkinson's disease. He obtained postmortem material, and his 1960 paper showed a marked depletion of dopamine in the striatum in this disorder. He went on in subsequent papers to correlate severity of parkinsonian features with the amount of

  11. Relative potential for selection of quinolone-resistance-determining-region mutations in Streptococcus pneumoniae by gemifloxacin, gatifloxacin and moxifloxacin.

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    De Azavedo, J C S; Duncan, C L; Kilburn, L; Downar, J; Kong, B; Lad, S; Low, D E; Bast, D J

    2006-08-01

    Serial passage of a clinical isolate of Streptococcus pneumoniae, in the presence of moxifloxacin, gatifloxacin or gemifloxacin, gave rise to resistant isolates. Non-susceptibility as defined by Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI, formerly NCCLS) breakpoints arose on Days 10, 11, and 12 with gatifloxacin, gemifloxacin, and moxifloxacin respectively. Moxifloxacin and gatifloxacin selected for a single step quinolone-resistant-determining-region (QRDR) mutation in DNA gyrase (GyrA) on Day 4 and 7 respectively, whereas gemifloxacin selected simultaneously for multi-step mutations in gyrase and topoisomerase IV (ParC) on Day 17 and activated a non-reserpine inhibited efflux mechanism by Day 4. As found in clinical isolates, mutations included Ser-81-Phe and Glu-85-Lys in GyrA and Ser-79-Phe or Asp-83-Tyr in ParC. At high MICs, moxifloxacin showed a previously unreported 4 amino-acid deletion in GyrB as well as a more unusual substitution Ser-79-Leu/Ile in ParC. Gemifloxacin showed a 2- to 16-fold greater activity than moxifloxacin or gatifloxacin against strains with two or more QRDR mutations, however, its potency did not translate to nonsusceptibility and gemifloxacin MIC values were either at or well above the CLSI nonsusceptible breakpoint concentration.

  12. Most drugs that reverse multidrug resistance also inhibit photoaffinity labeling of P-glycoprotein by a vinblastine analog

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    Akiyama, S.; Cornwell, M.M.; Kuwano, M.; Pastan, I.; Gottesman, M.M.

    1988-02-01

    Multidrug-resistant human KB carcinoma cells express a 170,000-dalton membrane glycoprotein (P-glycoprotein) that can be photoaffinity labeled with the vinblastine analog N-(p-azido-(3-/sup 125/I)salicyl)-N'-(beta-aminoethyl)vindesine. Several agents that suppress the multidrug-resistant phenotype, including N-solanesyl-N,N'-bis(3,4-dimethylbenzyl)ethylenediamine, cepharanthine, quinidine, and reserpine, were found to inhibit photolabeling of P-glycoprotein at doses comparable to those that reverse multidrug resistance. However, the phenothiazines chlorpromazine and trifluoperazine, which also effectively reverse multidrug resistance, were poor inhibitors of the photoaffinity labeling of P-glycoprotein. Chloroquine, propranolol, or atropine, which only partially reversed the drug resistance, also did not inhibit photolabeling. Naphthalene sulfonamide calmodulin inhibitors, W7 and W5, as well as many other drugs that did not circumvent multidrug resistance, did not inhibit photolabeling. These studies suggest that most, but not all, agents that phenotypically suppress multidrug resistance also inhibit drug binding to a site on P-glycoprotein with which a photoaffinity analog of vinblastine interacts.

  13. Angiotensin converting enzyme in the brain, testis, epididymis, pituitary gland and adrenal gland

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    Strittmatter, S.M.

    1986-01-01

    (/sup 3/H)Captopril binds to angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) in rat tissue homogenates. The pharmacology, regional distribution and copurification of (/sup 3/H)captopril binding with enzymatic activity demonstrate the selectivity of (/sup 3/H)captopril labeling of ACE. (/sup 3/H)Captopril binding to purified ACE reveals differences in cationic dependence and anionic regulation between substrate catalysis and inhibitor recognition. (/sup 3/H)Captopril association with ACE is entropically driven. The selectivity of (/sup 3/H)captopril binding permits autoradiographic localization of the ACE in the brain, male reproductive system, pituitary gland and adrenal gland. In the brain, ACE is visualized in a striatonigral neuronal pathway which develops between 1 and 7 d after birth. In the male reproductive system, (/sup 3/H)captopril associated silver grains are found over spermatid heads and in the lumen of seminiferous tubules in stages I-VIII and XII-XIV. In the pituitary gland, ACE is localized to the posterior lobe and patches of the anterior lobe. The adrenal medulla contains moderate ACE levels while low levels are found in the adrenal cortex. Adrenal medullary ACE is increased after hypophysectomy and after reserpine treatment. The general of ligand binding techniques for the study of enzymes is demonstrated by the specific labeling of another enzyme, enkephaline convertase, in crude tissue homogenates by the inhibitor (/sup 3/H)GEMSA.

  14. Intestinal transport of sophocarpine across the Caco-2 cell monolayer model and quantification by LC/MS.

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    Sun, Sen; Zhang, Hai; Sun, Fengfeng; Zhao, Liang; Zhong, Yanqiang; Chai, Yifeng; Zhang, Guoqing

    2014-06-01

    Sophocarpine is a biologically active component obtained from the foxtail-like sophora herb and seed that is often orally administered for the treatment of cancer and chronic bronchial asthma. The aim of this study was to develop a rapid and specific LC/MS method for the determination of sophocarpine and to explore its transcellular transport mechanism across the Caco-2 (the human colon adenocarcia cell lines) monolayer cell transwell model. Caco-2 cells were seeded on permeable polycarbonate membranes and incubated for 21 days. Before the experiment, the trans-epithelial electric resistance, integrity and alkaline phosphatase activity of the Caco-2 monolayers were verified and used in subsequent experiments. In the Caco-2 model constructed, many influencing factors were investigated, including time, concentration, pH and different protein inhibitors. The results suggested that sophocarpine was transported mainly by passive diffusion. The flux of sophocarpine was time- and concentration-dependent, and the pH also had an effect on its transportation. The PappBA was higher than PappAB , indicating that a polarized transport might exist for sophocarpine. MK-571 and reserpine, inhibitors of the multidrug resistance associated protein 2 and the breast cancer resistance protein, decreased the efflux of sophocarpine, while verapamil had no effect on its transport. These results revealed that sophocarpine is absorbed mainly by passive diffusion, and that a carrier-mediated mechanism is also involved in the transport of sophocarpine.

  15. The behavioral actions of lithium in rodent models: leads to develop novel therapeutics.

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    O'Donnell, Kelley C; Gould, Todd D

    2007-01-01

    For nearly as long as lithium has been in clinical use for the treatment of bipolar disorder, depression, and other conditions, investigators have attempted to characterize its effects on behaviors in rodents. Lithium consistently decreases exploratory activity, rearing, aggression, and amphetamine-induced hyperlocomotion; and it increases the sensitivity to pilocarpine-induced seizures, decreases immobility time in the forced swim test, and attenuates reserpine-induced hypolocomotion. Lithium also predictably induces conditioned taste aversion and alterations in circadian rhythms. The modulation of stereotypy, sensitization, and reward behavior are less consistent actions of the drug. These behavioral models may be relevant to human symptoms and to clinical endophenotypes. It is likely that the actions of lithium in a subset of these animal models are related to the therapeutic efficacy, as well the side effects, of the drug. We conclude with a brief discussion of various molecular mechanisms by which these lithium-sensitive behaviors may be mediated, and comment on the ways in which rat and mouse models can be used more effectively in the future to address persistent questions about the therapeutically relevant molecular actions of lithium.

  16. Tissue specific regulation of peripheral-type benzodiazepine receptor density after chemical sympathectomy

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    Basile, A.S.; Skolnick, P.

    1988-01-01

    The characteristics of (/sup 3/H)Ro 5-4864 binding to peripheral benzodiazepine receptors (PBR) in the central nervous system and peripheral tissues were examined after chemical sympathectomy with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA). One week after the intracisternal administration of 6-OHDA, the number of (/sup 3/H)Ro 5-4864 binding sites (Bmax) in the hypothalamus and striatum increased 41 and 50% respectively, concurrent with significant reductions in catecholamine content. An increase (34%) in the Bmax of (/sup 3/H)Ro 5-4864 to cardiac ventricle was observed one week after parenteral 6-OHDA administration. In contrast, the B/sub max/ of (/sup 3/H)Ro 5-4684 to pineal gland decreased 48% after 6-OHDA induced reduction in norepinephrine content. The Bmax values for (/sup 3/H)Ro 5-4864 binding to other tissues (including lung, kidney, spleen, cerebral cortex, cerebellum, hippocampus and olfactory bulbs) were unaffected by 6-OHDA administration. The density of pineal, but not cardiac PBR was also reduced after reserpine treatment, an effect reversed by isoproterenol administration. These findings demonstrate that alterations in sympathetic input may regulate the density of PBR in both the central nervous system and periphery in a tissue specific fashion. 33 references, 4 tables.

  17. Interlaboratory comparison of transformation in Syrian hamster embryo cells with model and coded chemicals

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    Tu, A.; Hallowell, W.; Pallotta, S.; Sivak, A.; Lubet, R.A.; Curren, R.D.; Avery, M.D.; Jones, C.; Sedita, B.A.; Huberman, E.

    1986-01-01

    Three independent laboratories tested eight model and five coded chemicals in the Syrian hamster embryo clonal transformation assay system to establish the intra- and interlaboratory reproducibility of the system and to identify sources of variability. When a common cell pool and the same lot of fetal calf serum were used, the three laboratories obtained consensus on the activity of eight model chemicals; five chemicals (benzo(a)pyrene, 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene, N-methyl-N'-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine, nitroquinoline-N-oxide, and lead chromate) induced morphological transformation without exogenous metabolic activation and three (N-2-fluorenylacetamide, pyrene, and anthracene) produced no transformation response. Five coded chemicals (2,6-dichloro p-phenylenediamine, 4,4'-oxydianiline, cinnamyl anthranilate, dichlorvos, and reserpine), representative of environmental chemical classes, but not necessarily strong carcinogens, produced more equivocal responses in this interlaboratory study. Efforts to increase the transformation frequency or to amplify the expression of the transformed phenotype constitute some of the approaches which should be explored in order to overcome these limitations.

  18. The antidepressant-like effect of bacopaside I: possible involvement of the oxidative stress system and the noradrenergic system.

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    Liu, Xiaojun; Liu, Fang; Yue, Rongcai; Li, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Jigang; Wang, Shuping; Zhang, Shoude; Wang, Rui; Shan, Lei; Zhang, Weidong

    2013-09-01

    In the present study, the antidepressant-like effect of bacopaside I, a saponin compound present in the Bacopa monniera plant, was evaluated by behavioral and neurochemical methods. Bacopaside I (50, 15 and 5 mg/kg) was given to mice via oral gavage for 7 successive days. The treatment significantly decreased the immobility time in mouse models of despair tests, but it did not influence locomotor activity. Neurochemical assays suggested that treatment by bacopaside I (50, 15 and 5 mg/kg) improved brain antioxidant activity to varying degrees after the behavioral despair test. Bacopaside I (15 and 5 mg/kg) significantly reversed reserpine-induced depressive-like behaviors, including low temperature and ptosis. Conversely, bacopaside I did not affect either brain MAO-A or MAO-B activity after the behavioral despair test in mice. Additionally, 5-hydroxytryptophan (a precursor of 5-serotonin) was not involved in the antidepressant-like effect of bacopaside I. These findings indicated that the antidepressant-like effect of bacopaside I might be related to both antioxidant activation and noradrenergic activation, although the exact mechanism remains to be further elucidated.

  19. Development of antimicrobial resistance in Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli adapted to biocides.

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    Mavri, Ana; Smole Možina, Sonja

    2013-01-01

    The potential for adaptive resistance of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli after step-wise exposure to increasing sub-inhibitory concentrations of five biocides as triclosan, benzalkonium chloride, cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorhexidine diacetate and trisodium phosphate, was investigated, to identify the mechanisms underlying resistance. The biocide resistance and cross-resistance to the antimicrobials erythromycin and ciprofloxacin, and to sodium dodecyl sulphate, were examined according to the broth microdilution method. The presence of active efflux was studied on the basis of restored sensitivity in the presence of the efflux pump inhibitors phenylalanine-arginine beta-naphthylamide, 1-(1-naphthylmethyl)-piperazine, cyanide 3-chlorophenylhydrazone, verapamil and reserpine. Changes in the outer membrane protein profiles and morphological changes in adapted strains were studied, as compared with the parent strains. Repeated exposure of C. jejuni and C. coli to biocides resulted in partial increases in tolerance to biocides itself, to other biocides and antimicrobial compounds. The developed resistance was stable for up to 10 passages in biocide-free medium. More than one type of active efflux was identified in adapted strains. These adapted strains showed different alterations to their outer membrane protein profiles, along with morphological changes. The data presented here suggest that different mechanisms are involved in adaptation to biocides and that this adaptation is unique to each strain of Campylobacter and does not result from a single species-specific mechanism.

  20. Antidepressant-like effect of novel 5-HT3 receptor antagonist N-n-butyl-3-ethoxyquinoxalin-2-carboxamide (6p): an approach using rodent behavioral antidepressant tests.

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    Bhatt, Shvetank; Mahesh, Radhakrishnan; Devadoss, Thangaraj; Jindal, Ankur Kumar

    2013-01-01

    The present study was designed to investigate the antidepressant potential of N-n-butyl-3-ethoxyquinoxalin-2-carboxamide (6p), a novel 5-HT3 receptor antagonist in rodent behavioral models of depression. The compound 6p was examined in various behavioral models like forced swim test (FST), tail suspension test (TST), mechanistic models [5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)-induced head twitch and reserpine-induced hypothermia (RIH)], and in chronic surgery model-olfactory bulbectomy in rats. Compound 6p (1, 2, and 4 mg/kg, i.p.) exhibited antidepressant-like effect in FST and TST after acute treatment without having an effect on baseline locomotor activity. Moreover, 6p (2 mg/kg, i.p.), potentiated the 5-HTP-induced head twitch responses in mice and inhibited the RIH in rats. Chronic treatment (14 days) with 6p (1 and 2 mg/kg, p.o.) and paroxetine (10 mg/kg, p.o.) in rats significantly reversed the behavioral anomalies induced by bilateral olfactory bulbectomy using open field exploration. The preliminary studies reveal that compound 6p exhibits antidepressant-like effect in behavioral rodent models of depression.

  1. Antidepressant-like activity of (4-phenylpiperazin-1-yl) (quinoxalin-2-yl) methanone (4a), a novel 5-HT(3) receptor antagonist: an investigation in behaviour-based rodent models of depression.

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    Mahesh, Radhakrishnan; Kumar, Baldev; Jindal, Ankur; Bhatt, Shvetank; Devadoss, Thangaraj; Pandey, Dilip Kumar

    2012-01-01

    The present study was designed to investigate the antidepressant potential of (4-phenylpiperazin-1-yl) (quinoxalin-3-yl) methanone (4a), a novel 5-HT(3) receptor antagonist, with an optimal log P (2.84) and pA(2) value (7.3) greater than ondansetron (6.9) using rodent behavioural models of depression. Swiss albino mice were used in actophotometer test, forced swim test (FST) and 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) induced head twitch response. Reserpine induced hypothermia (RIH) and olfactory bulbectomy were performed in male Wistar rats. Statistical analysis was carried out by using one-way analysis of variance followed by Tukey's test. Acute treatment of 4a (1-4 mg/kg, i.p.) in mice produced antidepressant-like effects in FST without affecting the baseline locomotion in actophotometer test. Further, 4a (2-4 mg/kg, i.p.) potentiated the 5-HTP induced head twitches response in mice and also antagonized RIH in rats. Furthermore, sub-chronic (14 days) treatment with 4a (2-4 mg/ kg, p.o.) significantly attenuated the behavioural anomalies induced by bilateral olfactory bulbectomy in rats in modified open field exploration. These preliminary investigations confirm that 4a exhibits antidepressant-like activity in behaviour based rodent models of depression.

  2. Characteristics of Ion Activation and Collision Induced Dissociation Using Digital Ion Trap Technology.

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    Xu, Fuxing; Dang, Qiankun; Dai, Xinhua; Fang, Xiang; Wang, Yuanyuan; Ding, Li; Ding, Chuan-Fan

    2016-08-01

    Collision induced dissociation (CID) is one of the most established techniques for tandem mass spectrometry analysis. The CID of mass selected ion could be realized by ion resonance excitation with a digital rectangular waveform. The method is simple, and highly efficient CID result could be obtained by optimizing the experimental parameters, such as digital waveform voltage, frequency, and q value. In this work, the relationship between ion trapping waveform voltage and frequency at preselected q value, the relationship between waveform frequency and the q value at certain ion trapping voltage for optimum CID efficiency were investigated. Experiment results showed that the max CID efficiency of precursor reserpine ions can be obtained at different trapping waveform voltage and frequency when q and β are different. Based on systematic experimental analysis, the optimum experimental conditions for high CID efficiency can be calculated at any selected β or q. By using digital ion trap technology, the CID process and efficient fragmentation of parent ions can be realized by simply changing the trapping waveform amplitude, frequency, and the β values in the digital ion trap mass spectrometry. The technology and method are simple. It has potential use in ion trap mass spectrometry. Graphical Abstract ᅟ.

  3. Surface Plasmon Resonance for Measuring Exocytosis from Populations of PC12 Cells: Mechanisms of Signal Formation and Assessment of Analytical Capabilities.

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    Moreira, Beatriz; Tuoriniemi, Jani; Kouchak Pour, Naghmeh; Mihalčíková, Lýdia; Safina, Gulnara

    2017-03-07

    Because of cell to cell variation, it is difficult to obtain statistically significant data on the frequency of exocytosis events (Rexocytosis, t(-1) m(-2)) with traditional single cell electrophysiological or fluorescence microscopy based methods. Here we take the first steps toward a rapid cost-effective surface plasmon resonance (SPR) based method for measuring the Rexocytosis for populations of PC12 cells. The conditions for culturing confluent monolayers on the sensor slides were optimized, and neurotransmitter exocytosis was evoked by injecting solutions with elevated [K(+)]. Exocytosis caused a shift of the resonance angle (Δθr) that was linearly proportional to Rexocytosis. The Δθr was mainly due to elevated concentration of secretory vesicles close to the cell membrane. The increased vesicle concentration thus acted as a proxy for the Rexocytosis that could not be measured directly. The Δθr was calibrated for Rexocytosis using single cell amperometry on parallel cell cultures. The cell populations were large enough for variation in responses between sensor slides to only reflect actual differences in biological condition. The applicability for drug screening is demonstrated by studying the effects of EGTA, reserpine, and prolonged stimulation by K(+).

  4. Development of (S)-N6-(2-(4-(Isoquinolin-1-yl)piperazin-1-yl)ethyl)-N6-propyl-4,5,6,7-tetrahydrobenzo[d]-thiazole-2,6-diamine and its analogue as a D3 receptor preferring agonist: Potent in vivo activity in Parkinson’s disease animal models

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    Ghosh, Balaram; Antonio, Tamara; Zhen, Juan; Kharkar, Prashant; Reith, Maarten E. A.; Dutta, Aloke K.

    2010-01-01

    Here we report structure-activity relationship study of a novel hybrid series of compounds where structural alteration of aromatic hydrophobic moieties connected to the piperazine ring and bioisosteric replacement of the aromatic tetralin moieties were carried out. Binding assays were carried out with HEK-293 cells expressing either D2 or D3 receptors with tritiated spiperone to evaluate inhibition constants (Ki). Functional activity of selected compounds in stimulating GTPγS binding was assessed with CHO cells expressing human D2 receptors and AtT-20 cells expressing human D3 receptors. SAR results identified compound (−)-24c (D-301) as one of the lead molecules with preferential agonist activity for D3 receptor (EC50 (GTPγS); D3 = 0.52 nM; D2/D3 (EC50): 223). Compounds (−)-24b and (−)-24c exhibited potent radical scavenging activity. The two lead compounds (−)-24b and (−)-24c exhibited high in vivo activity in two Parkinson’s disease (PD) animal models, reserpinized rat model and 6-OH-DA induced unilaterally lesioned rat model. Future studies will explore potential use of these compounds in the neuroprotective therapy for PD. PMID:20038106

  5. [Update on the pathophysiology of Parkinson' disease].

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    Duyckaerts, Charles; Sazdovitch, Véronique; Seilhean, Danielle

    2010-10-01

    Changes in the substantia nigra of patients with Parkinson's disease were suspected by Brissaud in the late 19th century. They were subsequently confirmed by Tretiakoff but neglected by Lewy, who described the inclusion bodies that bear his name. The experimental Parkinsonian syndrome caused by reserpine led Carlsson to discover the neuromediatory role of dopamine, a finding at the origin of L-DOPA therapy. Identification of a mutation of the alpha-synuclein gene in cases of familial Parkinson's disease with autosomal dominant transmission was followed by the detection of the protein product in Lewy bodies and neurites. Alpha-synuclein is now recognized as being the main constituent of Lewy bodies. Alpha-synuclein immunohistochemistry has revealed that lesions can extend from the autonomous nervous system to the cortex (in Lewy body dementia). The Lewy body itself does not appear to be the direct cause of symptoms, which correlate better with neuronal death. Neuronal death could be due to metabolic disturbances related to alpha-synuclein accumulation, ubiquitin-proteasome system dysfunction, or oxidative stress. Non-autonomous cell death, caused by neuro-inflammation or gliosis, has also been incriminated.

  6. Bioenergetics of serotonin transport by membrane vesicles derived from platelet dense granules.

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    Fishkes, H; Rudnick, G

    1982-05-25

    A population of membrane vesicles derived from platelet-dense granules was isolated from platelet osmotic lysates by density gradient centrifugation. The preparation is relatively free from contamination by mitochondrial and soluble enzymatic activities and contains only traces of serotonin and adenine nucleotides, but retains significant amounts of Na+-dependent serotonin transport (plasma membrane) activity. In the presence of ATP and in the absence of Na+, these vesicles accumulate serotonin to intravesicular concentrations over 100 times that of the medium. Transport is a saturable process (Km = 1.15 microM) inhibited by reserpine, carbonyl cyanide p-trifluoromethoxyphenylhydrazone, ammonia, and nigericin (in the presence of external potassium), but not by imipramine. When diluted into assay medium at pH 8.5, the interior of these vesicles remains relatively acidic. Addition of ATP further induced generation of a membrane potential (interior positive). The vesicles accumulate maximal concentrations of serotonin only when the vesicle interior is both acidic and positive with respect to the medium. These results are consistent with a transporter which catalyzes countertransport of at least two protons for each serotonin cation accumulated.

  7. Changes in spectral reflexions from the iridophores of the neon tetra.

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    Lythgoe, J N; Shand, J

    1982-04-01

    1. The iridescent stripe of the freshwater teleost, the neon tetra, changes from green in the daytime to violet-blue at night. 2. Spectral reflectance measurements were used to follow these colour changes. 3. Light causes a shift in reflectance to longer wavelengths in living fish and in isolated tissue from the lateral stripe. The change is reversed in darkness. 4. The spectral reflectance shifts to longer wavelengths when the fish is disturbed in darkness. No such colour changes were seen in fishes kept alive in 10(-4) M-reserpine. 5. Hypotonic Ringer solution causes a reflectance shift to longer wavelengths and hypertonic solution causes a shift to shorter wavelengths. 6. The iridescent reflexions from the lateral stripe which is continued across the iris originate from iridophores in the dermis. These iridophores contain regular stacks of broad, double-sided hexagonal plates that are about 10 nm thick. Each plate is contained within a pouch in the cytoplasm and is separated from its neighbour by approximately one quarter the wavelength of light. 7. A distinction is drawn between the physiologically active iridophores in the lateral stripe and iris that have broad hexagonal crystal plates which are very thin and the physiologically inactive iridophores that are also found in the iris, but in addition are found on the flanks below the lateral stripe, and on the head. These iridophores contain hexagonal crystals that are usually narrower than the active type, but are about 60-100 nm thick.

  8. Enhancement of 5-aminolevulinic acid-based fluorescence detection of side population-defined glioma stem cells by iron chelation

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    Wang, Wenqian; Tabu, Kouichi; Hagiya, Yuichiro; Sugiyama, Yuta; Kokubu, Yasuhiro; Murota, Yoshitaka; Ogura, Shun-ichiro; Taga, Tetsuya

    2017-01-01

    Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are dominantly responsible for tumor progression and chemo/radio-resistance, resulting in tumor recurrence. 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) is metabolized to fluorescent protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) specifically in tumor cells, and therefore clinically used as a reagent for photodynamic diagnosis (PDD) and therapy (PDT) of cancers including gliomas. However, it remains to be clarified whether this method could be effective for CSC detection. Here, using flow cytometry-based analysis, we show that side population (SP)-defined C6 glioma CSCs (GSCs) displayed much less 5-ALA-derived PpIX fluorescence than non-GSCs. Among the C6 GSCs, cells with ultralow PpIX fluorescence exhibited dramatically higher tumorigenicity when transplanted into the immune-deficient mouse brain. We further demonstrated that the low PpIX accumulation in the C6 GSCs was enhanced by deferoxamine (DFO)-mediated iron chelation, not by reserpine-mediated inhibition of PpIX-effluxing ABCG2. Finally, we found that the expression level of the gene for heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), a heme degradation enzyme, was high in C6 GSCs, which was further up-regulated when treated with 5-ALA. Our results provide important new insights into 5-ALA-based PDD of gliomas, particularly photodetection of SP-defined GSCs by iron chelation based on their ALA-PpIX-Heme metabolism. PMID:28169355

  9. Discovering novel phenotypes with automatically inferred dynamic models: a partial melanocyte conversion in Xenopus

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    Lobo, Daniel; Lobikin, Maria; Levin, Michael

    2017-01-01

    Progress in regenerative medicine requires reverse-engineering cellular control networks to infer perturbations with desired systems-level outcomes. Such dynamic models allow phenotypic predictions for novel perturbations to be rapidly assessed in silico. Here, we analyzed a Xenopus model of conversion of melanocytes to a metastatic-like phenotype only previously observed in an all-or-none manner. Prior in vivo genetic and pharmacological experiments showed that individual animals either fully convert or remain normal, at some characteristic frequency after a given perturbation. We developed a Machine Learning method which inferred a model explaining this complex, stochastic all-or-none dataset. We then used this model to ask how a new phenotype could be generated: animals in which only some of the melanocytes converted. Systematically performing in silico perturbations, the model predicted that a combination of altanserin (5HTR2 inhibitor), reserpine (VMAT inhibitor), and VP16-XlCreb1 (constitutively active CREB) would break the all-or-none concordance. Remarkably, applying the predicted combination of three reagents in vivo revealed precisely the expected novel outcome, resulting in partial conversion of melanocytes within individuals. This work demonstrates the capability of automated analysis of dynamic models of signaling networks to discover novel phenotypes and predictively identify specific manipulations that can reach them.

  10. Fragmentation of ions in a low pressure linear ion trap.

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    Collings, Bruce A

    2007-08-01

    The efficiency of in-trap fragmentation in a low-pressure linear ion trap (LIT), using dipolar excitation, is dependent upon the choice of both the excitation q and the drive frequency of the quadrupole. In the work presented here, fragmentation efficiencies have been measured as a function of excitation q for drive frequencies of 816 kHz and 1.228 MHz. The experiments were carried out by fragmenting reserpine (609.23-->448.20 Th and 397.21-->365.19 Th transitions) and caffeine (195-->138 Th and 138-->110 Th transitions). The data showed that the onset of efficient fragmentation occurred at a lower Mathieu q for the LIT operated at 1.228 MHz when compared with the LIT operated at 816 kHz. A comparison of the fragmentation efficiency curves as a function of pseudo-potential well depth showed that the onset of fragmentation is independent of the drive frequency. In addition, a comparison of the fragmentation efficiency curves showed that all four of the precursor ions fragmented within a range of four V of pseudo-potential well depth. The choice of an appropriate excitation q can then be determined based upon a minimum pseudo-potential well depth, quadrupole field radius, drive frequency, and the mass of interest. Fragmentation efficiencies were also found to be significantly greater when using the higher drive frequency.

  11. Oily nanosuspension for long-acting intramuscular delivery of curcumin didecanoate prodrug: preparation, characterization and in vivo evaluation.

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    Wei, Xiao-Lan; Han, Ying-Rui; Quan, Li-Hui; Liu, Chun-Yu; Liao, Yong-Hong

    2013-05-13

    The objective of this study was to prepare the nanocrystals of curcumin didecanoate (CurDD) by wet ball milling and to investigate the comparative pharmacokinetics of oily nano- and micro-suspensions after intramuscular (i.m.) administration to rats. Upon optimizing the wet ball milling parameters, CurDD nanocrystals were produced with median particle size of ~500 nm and the freeze-dried nanocrystals were readily dispersed in peanut oil to form stable nanosuspensions. Although the nanosuspension appeared to exhibit slower clearance from the injection site after i.m. injection, compared to microsuspension (~5 μm), a significantly higher maximum plasma curcumin concentration (69.0 ng/ml) was observed for the former than that for the latter (18.5 ng/ml). In addition, the nanosuspension provided significant higher plasma curcumin concentrations and brain CurDD contents for at least 15 days than the microsuspension, except for the initial times. A single i.m. injection of nanosuspension appeared to achieve reversal effect on reserpine-induced hypothermia for at least 13 days. This study demonstrates that CurDD nanosuspension may act as a long-acting i.m. injectable for sustained delivery of curcumin, potentially applicable to elicit a long-lasting antidepressant effect.

  12. Effects of Electroacupuncture with Dominant Frequency at SP 6 and ST 36 Based on Meridian Theory on Pain-Depression Dyad in Rats

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    Wu, Yuan-yuan; He, Xiao-fen; Zhao, Xiao-yun; Shao, Xiao-mei; Du, Jun-ying; Fang, Jian-qiao

    2015-01-01

    Epidemic investigations reveal an intimate interrelationship between pain and depression. The effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on pain or depression has been demonstrated individually, but its effect on pain-depression dyad is unknown. Our study aimed to screen a dominant EA frequency on pain-depression dyad and determine the validity of acupoint selection based on meridian theory. The pain-depression dyad rat model was induced by reserpine and treated using EA with different frequencies at identical acupoints to extract a dominant frequency and then administrated dominant-frequency EA at different acupoints in the above models. Paw withdrawal latency (PWL), emotional behavior of elevated zero maze (EZM) test, and open field (OF) test were conducted. We found that 100 Hz EA at Zusanli (ST 36) and Sanyinjiao (SP 6) (classical acupoints for spleen-deficiency syndrome) were the most effective in improving PWL, travelling distance in the EZM, and maximum velocity in OF compared to EA with other frequencies; ST 36 and SP 6 were proved more effective than other acupoints beyond the meridian theory and nonacupoints under the same administration of EA. Therefore, we concluded that 100 Hz is the dominant frequency for treating the pain-depression dyad with EA, and acupoints on spleen and stomach meridians are preferable choices. PMID:25821498

  13. Prevalence of Genes of OXA-23 Carbapenemase and AdeABC Efflux Pump Associated with Multidrug Resistance of Acinetobacter baumannii Isolates in the ICU of a Comprehensive Hospital of Northwestern China.

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    Jia, Wei; Li, Caiyun; Zhang, Haiyun; Li, Gang; Liu, Xiaoming; Wei, Jun

    2015-08-21

    The objective of this study was to explore the molecular epidemiology and the genetic support of clinical multidrug resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii) isolates in an ICU ward of a comprehensive hospital. A total of 102 non-duplicate drug-resistant A. baumannii isolates were identified and 93 (91.1%) of them were MDR strains. Molecular analysis demonstrated that carbapenemase genes blaOXA-23 and blaOXA-51 were presented in all 93 MDR isolates (100%), but other carbapenemase genes, including blaOXA-24, blaOXA-58, blaIMP-1, blaIMP-4, blaSIM, and blaVIM genes were completely absent in all isolates. In addition, genes of AdeABC efflux system were detected in 88.2% (90/102) isolates. Interestingly, an addition to efflux pump inhibitor, reserpine could significantly enhance the susceptibility of MDR isolates to moxifloxacin, cefotaxime, and imipenem (p < 0.01). Clonal relationship analysis further grouped these clinical drug-resistant isolates into nine clusters, and the MDR strains were mainly in clusters A, B, C, and D, which include 16, 13, 25, and 15 isolates, respectively. This study demonstrated that clinical isolates carrying carbapenemase-encoding genes blaOXA-23 and AdeABC efflux pump genes are the main prevalent MDR A. baumannii, and the co-expression of oxacillinase and efflux pump proteins are thus considered to be the important reason for the prevalence of this organism in the ICU of this hospital.

  14. Alkaloids Modulate Motility, Biofilm Formation and Antibiotic Susceptibility of Uropathogenic Escherichia coli

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    Dusane, Devendra H.; Hosseinidoust, Zeinab; Asadishad, Bahareh; Tufenkji, Nathalie

    2014-01-01

    Alkaloid-containing natural compounds have shown promise in the treatment of microbial infections. However, practical application of many of these compounds is pending a mechanistic understanding of their mode of action. We investigated the effect of two alkaloids, piperine (found in black pepper) and reserpine (found in Indian snakeroot), on the ability of the uropathogenic bacterium Escherichia coli CFT073 to colonize abiotic surfaces. Sub-inhibitory concentrations of both compounds (0.5 to 10 µg/mL) decreased bacterial swarming and swimming motilities and increased biofilm formation. qRT-PCR revealed a decrease in the expression of the flagellar gene (fliC) and motility genes (motA and motB) along with an increased expression of adhesin genes (fimA, papA, uvrY). Interestingly, piperine increased penetration of the antibiotics ciprofloxacin and azithromycin into E. coli CFT073 biofilms and consequently enhanced the ability of these antibiotics to disperse pre-established biofilms. The findings suggest that these alkaloids can potentially affect bacterial colonization by hampering bacterial motility and may aid in the treatment of infection by increasing antibiotic penetration in biofilms. PMID:25391152

  15. Virus-induced gene silencing in Rauwolfia species.

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    Corbin, Cyrielle; Lafontaine, Florent; Sepúlveda, Liuda Johana; Carqueijeiro, Ines; Courtois, Martine; Lanoue, Arnaud; Dugé de Bernonville, Thomas; Besseau, Sébastien; Glévarec, Gaëlle; Papon, Nicolas; Atehortúa, Lucia; Giglioli-Guivarc'h, Nathalie; Clastre, Marc; St-Pierre, Benoit; Oudin, Audrey; Courdavault, Vincent

    2017-07-01

    Elucidation of the monoterpene indole alkaloid biosynthesis has recently progressed in Apocynaceae through the concomitant development of transcriptomic analyses and reverse genetic approaches performed by virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS). While most of these tools have been primarily adapted for the Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus), the VIGS procedure has scarcely been used on other Apocynaceae species. For instance, Rauwolfia sp. constitutes a unique source of specific and valuable monoterpene indole alkaloids such as the hypertensive reserpine but are also well recognized models for studying alkaloid metabolism, and as such would benefit from an efficient VIGS procedure. By taking advantage of a recent modification in the inoculation method of the Tobacco rattle virus vectors via particle bombardment, we demonstrated that the biolistic-mediated VIGS approach can be readily used to silence genes in both Rauwolfia tetraphylla and Rauwolfia serpentina. After establishing the bombardment conditions minimizing injuries to the transformed plantlets, gene downregulation efficiency was evaluated at approximately a 70% expression decrease in both species by silencing the phytoene desaturase encoding gene. Such a gene silencing approach will thus constitute a critical tool to identify and characterize genes involved in alkaloid biosynthesis in both of these prominent Rauwolfia species.

  16. Development of adrenergic innervation in rat peripheral vessels: a fluorescence microscopic study.

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    Todd, M E

    1980-01-01

    The postnatal development of adrenergic innervation was followed in peripheral blood vessels of Wistar rats. The femoral vessels and their branches, the superficial epigastric and saphenous vessels, and the tail artery, were investigated from birth to maturity. The proximal ends of the vessels were studied with fluorescence microscopy after the catecholamine was converted to a fluorophore by hot formaldehyde vapour, and ultrastructural morphology confirmed that the nerve varicosities mainly contained small vesicles with dense cores, typical of adrenergic innervation. Further confirmation was obtained with reserpine pre-pretreatment, the sodium borohydride specificity test, and experiments to alter the non-specific fluorescence of elastin. The nerves in the arteries were immediately adjacent to the external elastic lamina, and they retained this position throughout postnatal development. Of the three muscular arteries, the development of innervation was earlier and more intense in the saphenous and superficial epigastric arteries than in the tail artery. However, the tail artery surpassed the other two both in the total number of nerves and in the density of innervation per unit area beyond 12 days of age, and maintained this lead to maturity. The superficial epigastric artery had the smallest total number of nerves but had a greater density of innervation than the saphenous. The femoral artery did not develop any appreciable innervation. The femoral vein demonstrated the greatest amount of fluorescence of any of the veins, the others having considerably less innervation than their companion arteries. Images Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 7 Fig. 8 PMID:7440396

  17. The central action of salbutamol, a beta-agonist with a potential antidepressant activity.

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    Przegalinski, E; Baran, L; Kedrek, G

    1980-01-01

    The pharmacological profile of salbutamol, an agonist of beta-adrenergic receptors and a potential antidepressant drug, and its effect on the central serotonin system were studied. It was found that salbutamol either had no effect, or, at higher doses, inhibited the spontaneous activity of mice and rats; it did not influence significantly either the produced by amphetamine locomotor stimulation (in mice and rats) or amphetamine stereotype (in rats). Salbutamol while not affecting body temperature of normal mice reversed hypothermia but not ptosis induced by reserpine, and counteracted the hypothermic action of apomorphine in mice. It neither affected the spiperone-induced catalepsy nor was active in the behavioural despair test in rats. Salbutamol had no effect either, on the fenfluramine-induced hyperthermia in rabbits, on the 5-hydroxytryptophan-induced head twitch reaction in mice, on the tryptamine-induced clonic convulsions of forepaw in rats on the flexor reflex in spinal rats, or on the quipazine- or fenfluramine-induced stimulation of this reflex. The above findings indicate that the pharmacological profile of salbutamol resembles that of classical imipramine-like antidepressant drugs to a very small extent and it does not affect the central serotonergic transmission.

  18. Effect of acetylated derivatives of some sympathomimetic amines on the isolated auricles and tracheal chain of the guinea-pig.

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    Marvola, M; Piirainen, L; Autio, S; Airaksinen, M

    1977-01-01

    The effects of acetylation of sympathomimetic amines, tyramine, amphetamine, ephedrine, phenylephrine, orciprenaline, and salbutamol, and their O- and N-acetyl derivatives and the effects of reserpine or physostigmine pretreatment on the isolated auricles and tracheal chain of guinea-pigs have been studied. All the parent drugs relaxed the tracheal chain and had a positive inotropic and chronotropic effect on the isolated auricles; only amphetamine, on the contrary, contracted the tracheal chain. O-acetylation of these sympathomimetic amines generally decreased less chronotropic than iontropic action on the isolated auricles. O-acetylation of tyramine however: actually increased the positive chronotropic activity of drug. As a rule, O-acetylation also decreased the beta-adrenergic effect of these compounds on the tracheal chain, but not so markedly as on the isolated auricles. N-acetylation generally abolished the adrenergic effects of these sympathomimetic amines on the isolated auricles and decreased those effects on the tracheal preparation. N,O-triacetylation of salbutamol abolished the stimulating effect of the parent drug on the auricles but increased the relaxant activity on the trachea. Physostigmine antagonized the effects of O-acetyltyramine and O-triacetylorciprenaline but not those of tyramine and orciprenaline on the trachea preparation. It is concluded that among the sympathomimetic amines acetylation may be utilized for the development of specific bronchodilators and O-acetylation for inducing drug latentiation.

  19. An electrodynamic ion funnel interface for greater sensitivity and higher throughput with linear ion trap mass spectrometers

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    Page, Jason S.; Tang, Keqi; Smith, Richard D.

    2007-09-01

    An electrospray ionization interface incorporating an electrodynamic ion funnel has been designed and implemented on a linear ion trap mass spectrometer (Thermo Electron, LTQ). We found ion transmission to be greatly improved by replacing the standard capillary-skimmer interface with the capillary-ion funnel interface. An infusion study using a serial dilution of a reserpine solution showed that ion injection (accumulation) times to fill the ion trap at a given automatic gain control (AGC) target value were reduced by ~90% which resulted in an ~10-fold increase in peak intensities. In liquid chromatography tandem MS (LC-MS/MS) experiments performed using a global protein digest sample from the bacterium, Shewanella oneidensis, more peptides and proteins were identified when the ion funnel interface was used in place of the standard interface. This improvement was most pronounced at lower sample concentrations, where extended ion accumulation times are required, resulting in an ~2-fold increase in the number of protein identifications. Implementation of the ion funnel interface on a LTQ Fourier transform (FT) mass spectrometer showed a ~25-50% reduction in spectrum acquisition time. The duty cycle improvement in this case was due to the ion accumulation event contributing a larger portion to the total spectrum acquisition time.

  20. Regulation of transepithelial ion transport in the rat late distal colon by the sympathetic nervous system.

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    Zhang, X; Li, Y; Zhang, X; Duan, Z; Zhu, J

    2015-01-01

    The colorectum (late distal colon) is innervated by the sympathetic nervous system, and many colorectal diseases are related to disorders of the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic regulation of colorectal ion transport is rarely reported. The present study aims to investigate the effect of norepinephrine (NE) in the normal and catecholamine-depleted condition to clarify the regulation of the sympathetic adrenergic system in ion transport in the rat colorectum. NE-induced ion transport in the rats colorectum was measured by short-circuit current (I(sc)) recording; the expression of beta-adrenoceptors and NE transporter (NET) were quantified by real-time PCR, and western blotting. When the endogenous catecholamine was depleted by reserpine, the baseline I(sc) in the colorectum was increased significantly comparing to controls. NE evoked downward deltaI(sc) in colorectum of treated rats was 1.8-fold of controls. The expression of beta(2)-adrenoceptor protein in the colorectal mucosa was greater than the control, though the mRNA level was reduced. However, NET expression was significantly lower in catecholamine-depleted rats compared to the controls. In conclusion, the sympathetic nervous system plays an important role in regulating basal ion transport in the colorectum. Disorders of sympathetic neurotransmitters result in abnormal ion transport, beta-adrenoceptor and NET are involved in the process.

  1. Involvement of Brain Monoamines in the Stimulant and Paradoxical Inhibitory Effects of Methylphenidate

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    Breese, George R.; Cooper, Barrett R.; Hollister, Alan S.

    2010-01-01

    The significance of central noradrenergic, dop-aminergic and serotonergic neural systems for the locomotor stimulant effects of methylphenidate was investigated in the rat. In order to study the role of brain catecholamines, rats were pretreated with reserpine (2.5 mg/kg) followed 24 hrs later by treatment with α-methyltyrosine (25 mg/kg) or U-14,624 (75 mg/kg), a dopamine-β-hydroxylase inhibitor. In these experiments, methylphenidate stimulated motor activity was antagonized by α-methyltyrosine and enhanced after treatment with U-14,624, suggesting that release of newly synthesized dopamine is important to a locomotor stimulant action of methylphenidate. Evidence implicating brain serotonin in the actions of methylphenidate was obtained in rats pretreated with pargyline or p-chlorophenylalanine (PCPA). Administration of pargyline 1 hr prior to methylphenidate was found to reduce the locomotor activity induced by methylphenidate and this was antagonized by pretreatment with low doses of PCPA. Higher doses of PCPA caused a significant elevation of methylphenidate induced activity which could be reduced by 5-hydroxytryptophan. Destruction of serotonergic neurons with 5,7-dihydroxytryptamine also potentiated methylphenidate induced locomotion. These latter findings suggest that serotonergic fibers have an inhibitory function in brain. These results are discussed in relation to the possible mechanism by which methylphenidate may act in hyperkinesis. PMID:128026

  2. Determination of loperamide in mdr1a/1b knock-out mouse brain tissue using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry and comparison with quantitative electrospray-triple quadrupole mass spectrometry analysis.

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    Shin, Young G; Dong, Teresa; Chou, Bilin; Menghrajani, Kapil

    2011-11-01

    Recently matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS) imaging has been used to analyze small molecule pharmaceutical compounds directly on tissue sections to determine spatial distribution within target tissue and organs. The data presented to date usually indicate relative amounts of drug within the tissue. The determination of absolute amounts is still done using tissue homogenization followed by traditional liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). In this study, the quantitative determination of loperamide, an antidiarrheal agent and a P-glycoprotein substrate, in mdr1a/1b (-/-) mouse brain tissue sections using MALDI MS on a quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry is described. 5 mg/mL α-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid in 50% acetonitrile with 0.1% trifluoroacetic acid and 0.5 μM reserpine was used as the MALDI matrix. The calibration curve constructed by the peak intensities of standard samples from MALDI MS was linear from 0.025 to 0.5 μM with r² = 0.9989. The accuracy of calibration curve standards was 78.3-105.9% and the percent deviation was less than 25%. Comparison between direct MALDI tissue analysis and conventional tissue analysis using homogenization followed by electrospray LC-MS/MS was also explored.

  3. The adrenergic-neurone blocking action of some coumaran compounds

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    Fielden, R.; Roe, A. M.; Willey, G. L.

    1964-01-01

    Ethyldimethyl(7-methylcoumaran-3-yl)ammonium iodide (SK&F 90,109) and its guanidine analogue [N-(7-methylcoumaran-3-yl)guanidine nitrate] (SK&F 90,238) abolish the effects of adrenergic nerve stimulation in cats, as do xylocholine and bretylium. SK&F 90,109 has slight sympathomimetic actions; these are less marked than in SK&F 90,238. Large doses of SK&F 90,109 have an action, dependent on local noradrenaline stores, that delays the appearance of adrenergic-neurone blockade in conscious cats. Responses to adrenaline are, in general, enhanced by each drug, but SK&F 90,238 transiently antagonizes tachycardia induced by adrenaline and isoprenaline. Both drugs inhibit the release of noradrenaline from the spleen during splenic nerve stimulation, but the release of catechol amines from the adrenal glands, in response to electrical or chemical stimulation, is unimpaired. In contrast to the prolonged adrenergic-neurone blocking action, any inhibition of the effects of cholinergic nerve stimulation is transient. Large intravenous doses produce neuromuscular blockade. The compounds have a slight central depressant action. In contrast to reserpine and guanethidine the noradrenaline content of rat hearts is not appreciably lowered 24 hr after a single dose of either drug. Unlike xylocholine they are not local anaesthetics. Related compounds also block the effects of adrenergic-nerve stimulation. The possible modes of action of these drugs are discussed. PMID:14256809

  4. An electrodynamic ion funnel interface for greater sensitivity and higher throughput with linear ion trap mass spectrometers

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    Page, Jason S.; Tang, Keqi; Smith, Richard D.

    2007-09-01

    An electrospray ionization interface incorporating an electrodynamic ion funnel has been designed and implemented in conjunction with a linear ion trap mass spectrometer (Thermo Electron, LTQ). We found ion transmission to be greatly improved by replacing the standard capillary-skimmer interface with the capillary-ion funnel interface. An infusion study using a serial dilution of a reserpine solution showed that ion injection times to fill the ion trap were reduced by ~90% which resulted in an ~10-fold increase in reported peak intensities. In liquid chromatography (LC)-MS and LC tandem MS (MS/MS) experiments performed using a proteomic sample from the bacterium, Shewanella oneidensis, the ion funnel interface provided an ~7-fold reduction in ion injection (accumulation) times. In a series of LC-MS/MS experiments we found that more dilute S. oneidensis samples provided more peptide and protein identifications when the ion funnel interface was used in place of the standard interface. This improvement was most pronounced at lower sample concentrations, where extended ion accumulation times are required, resulting in an ~2-fold increase in the number of protein identifications. Implementation of the ion funnel interface with a LTQ Fourier transform (FT) MS requiring much greater ion populations resulted in spectrum acquisition times reduced by ~25 to 50%.

  5. Cardiovascular effects of a new positive inotropic agent, (-)-(R)-1-(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-[(3,4-dimethoxyphenethyl)amino]-ethanol (TA-064) in the anesthetized dog and isolated guinea pig heart.

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    Nagao, T; Ikeo, T; Murata, S; Sato, M; Nakajima, H

    1984-08-01

    The positive inotropic effect of TA-064, (-)-(R)-1-(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-[(3,4-dimethoxyphenethyl)amino]ethanol, was studied in the anesthetized dog and isolated guinea pig heart. An intravenous administration of TA-064 dose-dependently increased the cardiac contractile force with little effect on blood pressure in dogs. The positive inotropic activity of TA-064 was 1/100 that of isoproterenol and similar to that of dobutamine. This effect of TA-064 was stereospecific, and it was blocked by practolol. Thus TA-064 has beta 1-adrenoceptor agonistic action. The positive inotropic effect of TA-064 was more pronounced than the positive chronotropic effect, compared with those of isoproterenol. Similar effect of TA-064 was observed in the reserpinized dog and in the isolated perfused heart of the guinea pig as well. TA-064 administered intraduodenally at a dose of 0.1 mg/kg increased contractile force by 120% of the control, and the effect lasted for more than 150 min. TA-064 given in the femoral artery demonstrated a very weak vasodilating effect on the artery. TA-064 is an orally active, positive inotropic agent. The selective positive inotropic action of TA-064 may result from its beta 1-adrenoceptor agonistic property.

  6. FCE 23884, substrate-dependent interaction with the dopaminergic system. I. Preclinical behavioral studies.

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    Buonamici, M; Mantegani, S; Cervini, M A; Maj, R; Rossi, A C; Caccia, C; Carfagna, N; Carminati, P; Fariello, R G

    1991-10-01

    FCE 23884, a newly synthetized ergoline derivative, shows dopamine (DA) agonist or antagonist properties depending on the functional state of the biological substrate. The compound behaves as a full DA antagonist in normal animals, but shows full agonist properties in denervated models in the same dose range. In normal animals, FCE 23884 impairs Sidmans avoidance in rats, reduces spontaneous locomotion in mice and monkeys and antagonizes apomorphine-induced climbing behavior in mice, yawning in rats, emesis in dogs and amphetamine-induced toxicity in grouped mice. After experimental procedures resulting in severe DA depletion, FCE 23884 behaves as a powerful DA-agonist mainly at D-1 receptors. FCE 23884 induces contralateral turning behavior in 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned rats and reverses 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine-induced akinesia in monkeys and reserpine-induced hypokinesia in mice. These results indicate that the antagonist or agonist activity of FCE 23884 is substrate-dependent and mostly related to the presence or absence of DA. This leads to the apparently paradoxical suggestion that the compound could be useful both in psychotic states and extrapyramidal diseases, i.e., in clinical conditions characterized by either excessive or impaired DAergic neurotransmission.

  7. PatA and PatB form a functional heterodimeric ABC multidrug efflux transporter responsible for the resistance of Streptococcus pneumoniae to fluoroquinolones.

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    Boncoeur, Emilie; Durmort, Claire; Bernay, Benoît; Ebel, Christine; Di Guilmi, Anne Marie; Croizé, Jacques; Vernet, Thierry; Jault, Jean-Michel

    2012-10-02

    All bacterial multidrug ABC transporters have been shown to work as either homodimers or heterodimers. Two possibly linked genes, patA and patB from Streptococcus pneumococcus, that encode half-ABC transporters have been shown previously to be involved in fluoroquinolone resistance. We showed that the ΔpatA, ΔpatB, or ΔpatA/ΔpatB mutant strains were more sensitive to unstructurally related compounds, i.e., ethidium bromide or fluoroquinolones, than the wild-type R6 strain. Inside-out vesicles prepared from Escherichia coli expressing PatA and/or PatB transported Hoechst 33342, a classical substrate of multidrug transporters, only when both PatA and PatB were coexpressed. This transport was inhibited either by orthovanadate or by reserpine, and mutation of the conserved Walker A lysine residue of either PatA or PatB fully abrogated Hoechst 33342 transport. PatA, PatB, and the PatA/PatB heterodimer were purified from detergent-solubilized E. coli membrane preparations. Protein dimers were identified in all cases, albeit in different proportions. In contrast to the PatA/PatB heterodimers, homodimers of PatA or PatB failed to show a vanadate-sensitive ATPase activity. Thus, PatA and PatB need to interact together to make a functional drug efflux transporter, and they work only as heterodimers.

  8. Are monoaminergic systems involved in the lethargy induced by a parasitoid wasp in the cockroach prey?

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    Weisel-Eichler, A; Libersat, F

    2002-05-01

    The venom of the parasitoid wasp Ampulex compressa induces long-lasting hypokinesia in the cockroach prey. Previous work indicates that the venom acts in the subesophageal ganglion to indirectly affect modulation of thoracic circuits for locomotion. However, the target of the venom in the subesophageal ganglion, and the mechanism by which the venom achieves its effects are as yet unknown. While the stung cockroaches appear generally lethargic, not all behaviors were affected, indicating that the venom targets specific motor systems and not behavior in general. Stung cockroaches were observed "freezing" in abnormal positions. Reserpine, which depletes monoamines, mimics the behavioral effects of the venom. We treated cockroaches with antagonists to dopamine and octopamine receptors, and found that the dopamine system is required for normal escape response. Dopamine injection induces prolonged grooming in normal cockroaches, but not in stung, suggesting that the venom is affecting dopamine receptors, or targets downstream of these receptors, in the subesophageal ganglion. This dopamine blocking effect fades slowly over the course of several weeks, similar to the time course of recovery from hypokinesia. The similarity in the time courses suggests that the mechanism underlying the hypokinesia may be the block of the dopamine receptors.

  9. Venom of a parasitoid wasp induces prolonged grooming in the cockroach

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    Weisel-Eichler; Haspel; Libersat

    1999-04-01

    The parasitoid wasp Ampulex compressa hunts cockroaches Periplaneta americana, stinging them first in the thorax and then in the head, the sting penetrating towards the subesophageal ganglion. After being stung the cockroach grooms almost continuously for approximately 30 min, performing all the normal components of grooming behavior. This excessive grooming is only seen after the head sting and cannot be attributed to stress, to contamination of the body surface or to systemic or peripheral effects. This suggests that the venom is activating a neural network for grooming. We suggest that the venom induces prolonged grooming by stimulating dopamine receptors in the cockroach, for the following reasons. (1) Reserpine, which causes massive release of monoamines, induces excessive grooming. (2) Dopamine injected into the hemocoel also induces excessive grooming and is significantly more effective than octopamine or serotonin. In addition, the dopamine agonist SKF 82958 induces excessive grooming when injected directly into the subesophageal ganglion. (3) Injection of the dopamine antagonist flupenthixol greatly reduces venom-induced grooming. (4) Dopamine, or a dopamine-like substance, is present in the venom.

  10. Mechanism of action of methylmercury on in vivo striatal dopamine release. Possible involvement of dopamine transporter.

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    Faro, L R F; do Nascimento, J L M; Alfonso, M; Durán, R

    2002-04-01

    Methylmercury (MeHg) produces significant increases in the spontaneous output of dopamine (DA) from rat striatal tissue. The mechanism through MeHg produces such increase in the extracellular DA levels could be due to increased DA release or decreased DA uptake into DA terminals. One of the aims of this study was to investigate the role of DA transporter (DAT) in the MeHg-induced DA release. Coinfusion of 400 microM MeHg and nomifensine (50 microM) or amphetamine (50 microM) produced increases in the release of DA similar to those produced by nomifensine and amphetamine alone. In the same way, MeHg-induced DA release was not attenuated under Ca(2+)-free conditions or after pretreatment with reserpine (10 mg/kg i.p.) or tetrodotoxin (TTX), suggesting that the DA release was independent of calcium and vesicular stores, as well as it was not affected by the blockade of voltage sensitive sodium channels. Thus, to investigate whether depolarization of dopaminergic terminal was able to affect MeHg-induced DA release, we infused 75 mM KCl through the dialysis membrane. Our results clearly showed a decrease induced by MeHg in the KCl-evoked DA release. Taken together, these results suggest that MeHg induces release of DA via transporter-dependent, calcium- and vesicular-independent mechanism and it decreases the KCl-evoked DA release.

  11. Presynaptic recording of quanta from midbrain dopamine neurons and modulation of the quantal size.

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    Pothos, E N; Davila, V; Sulzer, D

    1998-06-01

    The observation of quantal release from central catecholamine neurons has proven elusive because of the absence of evoked rapid postsynaptic currents. We adapted amperometric methods to observe quantal release directly from axonal varicosities of midbrain dopamine neurons that predominantly contain small synaptic vesicles. Quantal events were elicited by high K+ or alpha-latrotoxin, required extracellular Ca2+, and were abolished by reserpine. The events indicated the release of 3000 molecules over 200 microsec, much smaller and faster events than quanta associated with large dense-core vesicles previously recorded in vertebrate preparations. The number of dopamine molecules per quantum increased as a population to 380% of controls after glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) exposure and to 350% of controls after exposure to the dopamine precursor L-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA). These results introduce a means to measure directly the number of transmitter molecules released from small synaptic vesicles of CNS neurons. Moreover, quantal size was not an invariant parameter in CNS neurons but could be modulated by neurotrophic factors and altered neurotransmitter synthesis.

  12. Amantadin e tremor, a 5-hydroxytryptamine-mediated response?

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    Cox, B; Tha, S J

    1975-02-01

    Amantadine-induced tremor has been investigated using mice. Experiments with, mebanazine, reserpine, diethyldithiocarbamate, and p-chlorophenylalanine suggest that the tremorgenic action of amantadine is influenced by a balance between three putative central nervous system (CNS) transmitters: noradrenaline, dopamine and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT). Drugs which reduce the concentration of the catecholamines in brain increase amantadine induced tremor. p-Chlorophenylalanine, which specifically depletes brain 5-HT, antagonises amantadine-induced tremor. An ED50 (tremor) dose of amantadine decreases the concentration of 5-hydroxy-indoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) in rat brain, particularly when this elevated due to pretreatment with 5-hydroxytryptophan. Neither inhibition of monoamine oxidase nor reduction of 5-HT-reuptake appear to be responsible for this decrease. Experiments on rat fundus suggest that amantadine increased the sensitivity of receptors to 5-HT. A similar mechanism of action in the CNS could explain both the tremor and the decrease in brain 5-HIAA. The possible relevance of these findings is discussed with respect to the known anti-Parkinson action of amantadine.

  13. Interaction between halothane and morphine on isolated heart muscle.

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    Laorden, M L; Hernandez, J; Carceles, M D; Miralles, F S; Puig, M M

    1990-01-17

    The present study describes the effects of halothane on morphine activity in the isolated left atria of the rat. Concentration-response curves were obtained for the negative inotropic effects of morphine on electrically stimulated left atria. Morphine significantly decreased the contractile force, with an inhibitory concentration 16 (IC16) of 3.130.698 +/- 22.5 X 10(-9) M. The opiate agonist was more potent in reserpinized rats, causing a consistent negative inotropic action over a wide range (10(-8)-10(-4) M) or morphine concentrations. The IC16 of morphine was significantly (P less than 0.001) decreased in the presence of 1.5% v/v halothane. The administration of L-naloxone (3 X 10(-7)-10(-6) M) but not D-naloxone (10(-6) M) antagonized the inhibitory effects of morphine in the presence of halothane. These results demonstrate that halothane increases the potency of morphine on the isolated left atria and suggest that this effect is mediated by opioid receptors.

  14. A review of the gastroprotective effects of ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe).

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    Haniadka, Raghavendra; Saldanha, Elroy; Sunita, Venkatesh; Palatty, Princy L; Fayad, Raja; Baliga, Manjeshwar Shrinath

    2013-06-01

    The rhizomes of Zingiber officinale Roscoe (Zingiberaceae), commonly known as ginger is an important kitchen spice and also possess a myriad health benefits. The rhizomes have been used since antiquity in the various traditional systems of medicine to treat arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, muscular aches, pains, sore throats, cramps, hypertension, dementia, fever, infectious diseases, catarrh, nervous diseases, gingivitis, toothache, asthma, stroke and diabetes. Ginger is also used as home remedy and is of immense value in treating various gastric ailments like constipation, dyspepsia, belching, bloating, gastritis, epigastric discomfort, gastric ulcerations, indigestion, nausea and vomiting and scientific studies have validated the ethnomedicinal uses. Ginger is also shown to be effective in preventing gastric ulcers induced by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs like indomethacin, aspirin], reserpine, ethanol, stress (hypothermic and swimming), acetic acid and Helicobacter pylori-induced gastric ulcerations in laboratory animals. Various preclinical and clinical studies have also shown ginger to possess anti-emetic effects against different emetogenic stimuli. However, conflicting reports especially in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and motion sickness prevent us from drawing any firm conclusion on its effectiveness as a broad spectrum anti-emetic. Ginger has been shown to possess free radical scavenging, antioxidant; inhibition of lipid peroxidation and that these properties might have contributed to the observed gastroprotective effects. This review summarizes the various gastroprotective effects of ginger and also emphasizes on aspects that warranty future research to establish its activity and utility as a gastroprotective agent in humans.

  15. Monoamine depletion attenuates the REM sleep deprivation-induced increase in clonidine response in the forced swimming test.

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    Asakura, W; Matsumoto, K; Ohta, H; Watanabe, H

    1994-09-01

    Effect of monoamine depletion on the REM sleep (REMs) deprivation-induced increase in clonidine response in the forced swimming test was investigated. Mice were deprived of REMs by the small pedestal method. Clonidine HCl (10-1000 micrograms/kg, IP), an alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist, dose dependently increased swimming activities in group-housed and socially isolated mice used as the control groups. The dose-response relationship shifted to the left following REMs deprivation (ED50 values in the group-housed, isolated, and REMs-deprived mice were 250, 200, and 27 micrograms/kg, respectively). Monoamine depletion, induced by reserpine (5 mg/kg, IP) plus alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine (250 mg/kg, IP), did not produce any changes in the effects of clonidine in the control groups. However, in REMs-deprived mice, monoamine depletion significantly decreased the effect of 100 micrograms/kg clonidine, but not that of 300 micrograms/kg clonidine on swimming activity. These results indicate that clonidine-induced increase in swimming activity in the forced swimming test is mainly mediated by postsynaptic alpha 2-adrenoceptor, and that endogenous noradrenaline in the brain plays an important role in the increase of clonidine response following REMs deprivation treatment. The neuronal mechanism of the increase in clonidine response is discussed.

  16. Investigation of the enzymology and pharmacology of novel substrates and inhibitors of dopamine beta-monooxygenase

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    Roberts, S.F.

    1987-01-01

    Dopamine beta-monooxygenase (DBM) was shown to catalyze the selenoxidation of 2-(phenylseleno)ethylamines, selenium-containing analogues of dopamine, by the normal monooxygenase pathway. The compounds 2-(phenylseleno)-ethylamine (PAESe), 2-(4'-hydroxyphenylseleno)ethylamine (pOH PAESe), and 1-(phenylseleno)-2-propylamine (Me PAESe) were synthesized and fully characterized as DBM substrates. Two other classes of compounds were investigated as potential alternate substrates for DBM. The possibility of stereoselective sulfonylation of 2-(phenylsulfenyl)- ethylamine (PAESO) was considered. A unique class of compounds, 2-(phenylthio)ethanols were designed and synthesized as DBM substrates but were found to be a novel class of potent competitive inhibitors of DBM with respect to tyramine. Preliminary experiments were also performed in an effort to demonstrate that the potent antihypertensive and indirect-acting sympathomimetic activity of 2-(phenylthio)ethylamine (PAES) was a result of DBM-oxygenation of this compound in vivo. The specific reserpine-sensitive uptake of (/sup 3/H)-norepinephrine into rat brain synaptosomes was demonstrated as was the synaptosomal conversion of (/sup 3/H)-dopamine to (/sup 3/H)-norepinephrine.

  17. Neurotoxic compound N-(2-chloroethyl)-N-ethyl-2-bromobenzylamine hydrochloride (DSP4) depletes endogenous norepinephrine and enhances release of (/sup 3/H)norepinephrine from rat cortical slices

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    Landa, M.E.; Rubio, M.C.; Jaim-Etcheverry, G.

    1984-10-01

    The alkylating compound N-(2-chloroethyl)-N-ethyl-2-bromobenzylamine hydrochloride (DSP4) injected to rodents blocks norepinephrine (NE) uptake and reduces endogenous NE levels in the central nervous system and in the periphery. To investigate the processes leading to these alterations, rat cortical slices were incubated in the presence of DSP4. Cortical NE was depleted by 40% after incubation of slices in 10(-5) M DSP4 for 60 min and this was blocked by desipramine. The spontaneous outflow of radioactivity from cortical slices labeled previously with (/sup 3/H)NE was enhanced markedly both during exposure to DSP4 and during the subsequent washings, suggesting that NE depletion could be due to this stimulation of NE release. The radioactivity released by DSP4 was accounted for mainly by NE and its deaminated metabolite 3,4-dihydroxyphenylglycol. The enhanced release, independent of external Ca++, apparently originated from the vesicular pool as it was absent after reserpine pretreatment. Activities of the enzymes related to NE synthesis were not altered by DSP4 in vitro and only monoamine oxidase activity was inhibited at high concentrations. Thus, the depletion of endogenous NE produced by DSP4 is probably due to a persistent enhancement of its release from the vesicular pool. Fixation of DSP4 to the NE transport system is necessary but not sufficient to produce the acute NE depletion and the characteristic long-term actions of the compound.

  18. Mephedrone, a new designer drug of abuse, produces acute hemodynamic effects in the rat.

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    Meng, Harry; Cao, James; Kang, Jiesheng; Ying, Xiaoyou; Ji, Junzhi; Reynolds, William; Rampe, David

    2012-01-05

    Mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone) is a new and popular drug of abuse widely available on the Internet and still legal in some parts of the world. Clinical reports are now emerging suggesting that the drug displays sympathomimetic toxicity on the cardiovascular system but no studies have yet explored its cardiovascular effects. Therefore we examined the effects of mephedrone on the cardiovascular system using a combination of in vitro electrophysiology and in vivo hemodynamic and echocardiographic measurements. Patch clamp studies revealed that mephedrone, up to 30 μM, had little effect on the major voltage-dependent ion channels of the heart or on action potentials recorded in guinea pig myocytes. Subcutaneous administration of mephedrone (3 and 15 mg/kg) to conscious telemetry-implanted rats produced dose-dependent increases in heart rate and blood pressure which persisted after pre-treatment with reserpine. Echocardiographic analysis demonstrated that intravenous injection of mephedrone (0.3 and 1mg/kg) increased cardiac function, including cardiac output, ejection fraction, and stroke volume, similar to methamphetamine (0.3mg/kg). We conclude that mephedrone is not directly pro-arrhythmic, but induces substantial increases in heart rate, blood pressure and cardiac contractility and this activity contributes to the cardiovascular toxicity in people who abuse the drug.

  19. The Behavioral Actions of Lithium in Rodent Models

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    O’Donnell, Kelley C.; Gould, Todd D.

    2007-01-01

    For nearly as long as lithium has been in clinical use for the treatment of bipolar disorder, depression, and other conditions, investigators have attempted to characterize its effects on behaviors in rodents. Lithium consistently decreases exploratory activity, rearing, aggression, and amphetamine-induced hyperlocomotion; and it increases the sensitivity to pilocarpine-induced seizures, decreases immobility time in the forced swim test, and attenuates reserpine-induced hypolocomotion. Lithium also predictably induces conditioned taste aversion and alterations in circadian rhythms. The modulation of stereotypy, sensitization, and reward behavior are less consistent actions of the drug. These behavioral models may be relevant to human symptoms and to clinical endophenotypes. It is likely that the actions of lithium in a subset of these animal models are related to the therapeutic efficacy, as well the side effects, of the drug. We conclude with a brief discussion of various molecular mechanisms by which these lithium-sensitive behaviors may be mediated, and comment on the ways in which rat and mouse models can be used more effectively in the future to address persistent questions about the therapeutically relevant molecular actions of lithium. PMID:17532044

  20. Anti-depressant like activity of N-n-butyl-3-methoxyquinoxaline-2-carboxamide (6o) a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist.

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    Bhatt, Shvetank; Mahesh, Radhakrishnan; Devadoss, Thangaraj; Jindal, Ankur

    2013-06-01

    The compound 6o (at 0.5, 1 and 2 mg/kg, ip) with optimum log P and pA2 value, was subjected to forced swim test (FST) and tail suspension test (TST). The compound 6o significantly reduced the duration of immobility in mice without affecting the base line locomotion in actophotometer. Moreover, 6o (2 mg/kg, ip), potentiated the 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)-induced head twitch responses in mice and at 1 and 2 mg/kg, ip antagonized the reserpine-induced hypothermia (RIH) in rats. In interaction studies with various standard drugs/ligands using FST, 6o (1 and 2 mg/kg, ip) potentiated the anti-depressant effect fluoxetine (5 mg/kg, ip) and reversed the depressant effect of parthenolide (1 mg/kg, ip) by reducing the duration of immobility. Furthermore, 6o (1 and 2 mg/kg, ip) potentiated the effect of bupropion (10 mg/kg, ip) in TST. The behavioural anomalies of the olfactory bulbectomised (OBX) rats were augmented by chronic 6o (1 and 2 mg/kg) treatment as observed from the modified open field test (parameters: ambulation, rearing, fecal pellet). The results suggest that compound 6o exhibited anti-depressant like effect in rodent models of depression.

  1. Characteristics of Ion Activation and Collision Induced Dissociation Using Digital Ion Trap Technology

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    Xu, Fuxing; Dang, Qiankun; Dai, Xinhua; Fang, Xiang; Wang, Yuanyuan; Ding, Li; Ding, Chuan-Fan

    2016-08-01

    Collision induced dissociation (CID) is one of the most established techniques for tandem mass spectrometry analysis. The CID of mass selected ion could be realized by ion resonance excitation with a digital rectangular waveform. The method is simple, and highly efficient CID result could be obtained by optimizing the experimental parameters, such as digital waveform voltage, frequency, and q value. In this work, the relationship between ion trapping waveform voltage and frequency at preselected q value, the relationship between waveform frequency and the q value at certain ion trapping voltage for optimum CID efficiency were investigated. Experiment results showed that the max CID efficiency of precursor reserpine ions can be obtained at different trapping waveform voltage and frequency when q and β are different. Based on systematic experimental analysis, the optimum experimental conditions for high CID efficiency can be calculated at any selected β or q. By using digital ion trap technology, the CID process and efficient fragmentation of parent ions can be realized by simply changing the trapping waveform amplitude, frequency, and the β values in the digital ion trap mass spectrometry. The technology and method are simple. It has potential use in ion trap mass spectrometry.

  2. [Action mechanism of sodium polyacrylates against stomach ulcer].

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    Kokue, E; Hayama, T

    1975-05-01

    Three sodium polyacrylates (PAS) with different viscosities were examined for antiulcerogenic properties. Rats were fed with sugar containing a PAS for 4 hr and subjected to 12 hr reserpinization or stress by water immersion. Lower incidence of ulceration and larger amount of stomach content after the experiment were found in the PAS administered groups. The higher viscous PAS was more effective in prevention of ulceration and in prolongation of gastric emptying. Intragastric administration of the drugs to pylorus ligated rats reduced forestomach ulceration. However, differences in the antiulcerogenic activity of three drugs were not observed. The effects on the gastric secretion of three PAS (50 mg) were also examined, using pylorus ligated (6 hr) rats. In PAS groups, the free acid in the gastric juice was reduced to some extent. There was, however, no relation between the antiacid effect and viscosity. The drugs inhibited the peptic digestion in vitro, but the difference of viscosity was not related to the antipeptic effect. It is concluded that prolongation of gastric emptying may be a major factor in the antiulcerogenic activity of PAS.

  3. Quinpirole hydrochloride, a potential anti-parkinsonism drug.

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    Koller, W; Herbster, G; Anderson, D; Wack, R; Gordon, J

    1987-08-01

    Quinpirole hydrochloride, a putative dopamine agonist, was investigated in animal models of central dopaminergic activity, to evaluate its possible role in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. The drug induced stereotyped sniffing in rats but, unlike apomorphine, did not produce a maximal behavioural response (stereotyped gnawing). Pretreatment with neuroleptics blocked the stereotypy induced by quinpirole. Quinpirole reversed the effects of reserpine and alpha-methyl-paratyrosine, caused dose-dependent contralateral rotations in rats with unilateral lesions of the substantia nigra induced by 6-hydroxydopamine and induced vomiting in dogs. Small doses of quinpirole decreased locomotor activity, an effect presumably mediated by pre-synaptic autoreceptors. Quinpirole bound to D2 dopamine receptors in the striatum of the rat. The chronic injection of both subthreshold and suprathreshold doses, failed to induce behavioral supersensitivity. These data indicate that quinpirole can stimulate central dopaminergic receptors, and that it is a partial agonist with direct-acting properties. Quinpirole differs from other dopaminergic drugs and may be useful for the therapy of Parkinson's disease.

  4. Role of a transmembrane pH gradient in epinephrine transport by chromaffin granule membrane vesicles.

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    Schuldiner, S; Fishkes, H; Kanner, B I

    1978-08-01

    ATP-driven transport and accumulation of epinephrine in chromaffin granule membrane vesicles isolated from bovine adrenal medulla is inhibited by the proton ionophores carbonylcyanide p-trifluoromethoxyphenylhydrazone and nigericin, but not by valinomycin. Moreover, an artificially imposed pH gradient (interior acid) is able to drive this reserpine-sensitive transport system in the absence of ATP. Dicyclohexylcarbodiimide, an inactivator of the chromaffin granule membrane-bound ATPase, completely inhibits ATP-dependent epinephrine accumulation, but has much less effect when an imposed pH gradient is the driving force for epinephrine transport. The findings provide a strong indication that a pH gradient (interior acid) is the immediate driving force for epinephrine uptake in these storage granules and suggest that ATP-driven epinephrine transport is the result of two processes: (i) generation of a proton electrochemical gradient (interior acid and positive) by the membrane-bound, proton-translocating ATPase; and (ii) pH gradient-driven accumulation of the catecholamine.

  5. Role of a transmembrane pH gradient in epinephrine transport by chromaffin granule membrane vesicles.

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    Schuldiner, S; Fishkes, H; Kanner, B I

    1978-01-01

    ATP-driven transport and accumulation of epinephrine in chromaffin granule membrane vesicles isolated from bovine adrenal medulla is inhibited by the proton ionophores carbonylcyanide p-trifluoromethoxyphenylhydrazone and nigericin, but not by valinomycin. Moreover, an artificially imposed pH gradient (interior acid) is able to drive this reserpine-sensitive transport system in the absence of ATP. Dicyclohexylcarbodiimide, an inactivator of the chromaffin granule membrane-bound ATPase, completely inhibits ATP-dependent epinephrine accumulation, but has much less effect when an imposed pH gradient is the driving force for epinephrine transport. The findings provide a strong indication that a pH gradient (interior acid) is the immediate driving force for epinephrine uptake in these storage granules and suggest that ATP-driven epinephrine transport is the result of two processes: (i) generation of a proton electrochemical gradient (interior acid and positive) by the membrane-bound, proton-translocating ATPase; and (ii) pH gradient-driven accumulation of the catecholamine. PMID:29292

  6. Effects and underlying mechanisms of human opiorphin on cardiovascular activity in anesthetized rats.

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    Tian, Xiao-zhu; Chen, Yong; Bai, Lu; Luo, Pan; Du, Xue-jing; Chen, Qiang; Tian, Xin-min

    2015-02-15

    The present study was performed to investigate the peripheral cardiovascular effects of opiorphin in anesthetized rats. Intravenous (i.v.) injection of opiorphin (50-500nmol/kg) caused marked dose-dependent increase in blood pressure and heart rate. The pressor and tachycardic responses induced by opiorphin (300nmol/kg, i.v.) were significantly decreased by pretreatment with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor captopril or angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor antagonist valsartan, which suggested that endogenous angiotensin may be involved in the response to opiorphin. Pretreatment with α-adrenoreceptor antagonist phentolamine and β-adrenoceptor antagonist propranolol respectively attenuated the pressor response induced by opiorphin. Propranolol, but not phentolamine, inhibited the tachycardic response. Moreover, reserpine blocked both responses to opiorphin. These findings indicated that the effects of opiorphin to increase blood pressure and heart rate might be due to the stimulation of sympathetic ganglia. Additionally, studies with bilaterally adrenalectomized rats showed that adrenal medulla may be involved in the cardiovascular regulation of opiorphin. In addition, pretreatment with nonselective opioid receptor antagonist naloxone did not modify the cardiovascular responses to opiorphin, suggesting that the effects of opiorphin were not related to the opioid system. Furthermore, radioimmunoassay (RIA) showed that opiorphin significantly increased endogenous levels of angiotensin II and angiotensin III. In summary, all the results indicate that the cardiovascular effects induced by opiorphin are mediated through the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), the sympathetic ganglia and adrenal medulla, but not the opioid system.

  7. Electromechanical studies of an Anemonia sulcata toxin in mammalian cardiac muscle.

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    Ravens, U

    1976-12-01

    1. In guinea-pig papillary muscles toxin II isolated from the sea anemone Anemonia sulcata (ATX) enhanced the force of contraction without changing the time-to-peak tension. ATX increased the relaxation time. The positive inotropic effect was accompanied by a prolongation in action potential duration. The action potential amplitude and the resting membrane potential remained essentially unchanged. The velocity of depolarization (dV/dtmax) decreased slightly. The effects werenot modified by pretreatment of the animals with reserpine. 2. In preparations partially depolarized by elevated extracellular potassium (14.7 mM KCl) a concentration of 1 X 10(-8) M ATX was ineffective with respect to increase in force of contraction or delay of repolarization. The effects of 1 X 10(-8) M ATX could be reversed by 5 X 10(-7) M tetrodotoxin. 3. Our results suggest that ATX affects the action potential duration by delaying the inactivation of the fast sodium permeability change which initiates the action potential. It is not clear, however, in which manner this effect is related to the increase in force of contraction.

  8. Pharmacological effects of Eugenia uniflora (Myrtaceae) aqueous crude extract on rat's heart.

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    Consolini, Alicia E; Sarubbio, Marisol Gracía

    2002-06-01

    The effect of aqueous crude extract (ACE) of Eugenia uniflora L. (Myrtaceae) was studied on rat's perfused ventricles. This plant is used in South American traditional medicine as an antihypertensive and we already demonstrated previously its hypotensive properties. In this paper, maximal left intraventriclular pressure (P) of rat's hearts beating at 0.2 Hz firstly increased to 162.1+/-11.1% of basal value during 1-3 min of perfusing ACE 0.6%. Maximum rate of contraction (+P) also increased to duplicating +P/P ratio. Both types of effect were significantly decreased by either propranolol 0.35 microM, and pre-treatment with reserpine (5 mg/kg), suggesting that they were caused by a compound that releases cathecolamines with beta-adrenergic action. Nevertheless, after 20 min of perfusing ACE, ventricles decreased P to about 50% of their basal value, suggesting a negative-inotropic compound present in the extract. The perfusion of 1.2% ACE decreased P in a pressure-[Ca](o) curve (0.5-2 mM) in a non-competitive manner, suggesting that an irreversible Ca-blocking compound is also present in the extract. In summary, E. uniflora ACE has a dual effect on the heart related to its hypotensive action and is probably responsible for the therapeutic or adverse effects in patients under cardiac risk.

  9. Intracellular cAMP increases during the positive inotropism induced by androgens in isolated left atrium of rat.

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    Velasco, Lucía; Sánchez, Manuel; Rubín, José Manuel; Hidalgo, Agustín; Bordallo, Carmen; Cantabrana, Begoña

    2002-03-01

    Molecular interactions of androgens with the plasma membrane may produce rapid cardiovascular effects that cannot be explained by the classic genomic mechanisms. In this sense, 5 alpha- and 5 beta-dihydrotestosterone-induced an acute positive inotropic effect in isolated left atrium of rat, an effect which may be due to cAMP-dependent mechanisms. To prove this, intracellular levels of cAMP, after exposure to androgens in the organ bath, and binding to beta(1)-adrenoceptors were evaluated. After a 4-min exposure, 5 alpha- and 5 beta-dihydrotestosterone increased cAMP levels from 3.83+/-0.61 to 6.15+/-1.1 and 11.18+/-2.4 pmol cAMP/mg of protein, respectively. These increases were inhibited by atenolol and not modified by treatment of the rats with reserpine. The androgen-induced cAMP increase seems to be produced via an extracellular interaction, because positive inotropism and raised levels of cAMP were produced by 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone conjugated with bovine serum albumin (BSA). In addition, it is independent of beta(1)-adrenoceptor activation, because neither androgen displaced [(3)H]dihydroalprenolol binding. Therefore, the androgens induced a positive inotropic effect via a postsynaptic effect that increases intracellular levels of cAMP. This effect is modulated by transcriptional mechanisms or by a protein with a short half-life.

  10. Influence of the gastrointestinal microflora and efflux transporters on the absorption of scutellarin and scutellarein.

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    You, Hai-Sheng; Xing, Jian-Feng; Lu, Jun; Dong, Wei-Hua; Liu, Jun-Tian; Dong, Ya-Lin

    2014-09-01

    Scutellarin (SG) and its aglycone, Scutellarein (S), are flavonoids of therapeutic cardiocerebrovascular disease. SG was hydrolyzed by bacterial enzyme into S which was absorbed in the intestine. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of the microflora in the intestinal lumen and the efflux transporter of intestinal epithelial cells on the absorption process of SG and S. After oral administration of antibiotics in Sprague-Dawley rats, the reduced bacterial enzyme formation significantly hinders the absorption of SG, whereas scarcely that of S. The absorption study in situ single-pass intestinal perfusion revealed that S could be absorbed throughout the intestine of rats. The effective intestinal permeability of S in the jejunum was much lower than in the other sections of the GI tract. The efflux transporter promoted SG secretion into lumen from enterocytes, which hindered the absorption of both SG and S into the bloodstream. The efflux transporter protein inhibitor (verapamil, probenecid and reserpine) remarkably enhanced the absorption of S and the bioconversion of S into SG in both the rat intestine and Caco-2-monolayer models.

  11. Antidepressant Effects of Mallotus oppositifolius in Acute Murine Models

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    Kukuia, Kennedy K. E.; Mante, Priscilla K.; Ameyaw, Elvis O.; Adongo, Donatus W.

    2014-01-01

    Objective. Hydroalcoholic extract of leaves of Mallotus oppositifolius (MOE), a plant used for CNS conditions in Ghana, was investigated for acute antidepressant effects in the forced swimming (FST) and tail suspension tests (TST). Results. In both FST and TST, MOE (10, 30, and 100 mg kg−1) significantly decreased immobility periods and frequencies. A 3-day pretreatment with 200 mg kg−1, i.p., para-chlorophenylalanine (PCPA), a tryptophan hydroxylase inhibitor, reversed the decline in immobility and the increase of swimming score induced by MOE in the modified FST. Pretreatment with reserpine alone (1 mg kg−1), α-methyldopa alone (400 mg kg−1, i.p.), or a combination of both drugs failed to reverse the decline in immobility or the increase in swimming score caused by the extract in the modified FST. The extract potentiated the frequency of head twitch responses induced by 5-hydroxytryptamine. Pretreatment with d-serine (600 mg kg−1, i.p.), glycine/NMDA agonist, abolished the behavioural effects of MOE while d-cycloserine (2.5 mg kg−1, i.p.), a glycine/NMDA partial agonist, potentiated it in both TST and modified FST. Conclusion. The extract exhibited antidepressant effects in mice which is mediated by enhancement of serotoninergic neurotransmission and inhibition of glycine/NMDA receptor activation. PMID:25045543

  12. Antidepressant and anxiolytic-like effects of 4n, a novel 5-HT3 receptor antagonist using behaviour based rodent models.

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    Kumar, Baldev; Jindal, Ankur; Pandey, Dilip Kumar; Bhatt, Shvetank; Devadoss, Thangaraj; Mahesh, Radhakrishnan

    2012-09-01

    The present study was designed to investigate the putative antidepressant and anxiolytic-like effects of N-n-Butylquinoxalin-2-carboxamide (4n), a novel 5-HT3 receptor antagonist, with an optimal log P (2.01) and pA2 value (7.3) greater than ondansetron (6.9) using rodent behavioural models of depression and anxiety. Acute treatment of 4n (1-4 mg/kg, ip) in mice produced antidepressant-like effect in forced swim test (FST) without affecting the baseline locomotion in actophotometer test in mice. 4n (2-4 mg/kg, ip) treatment also potentiated the 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) induced head twitch response in mice. Further, 4n (1-4 mg/kg, ip) treatment antagonized reserpine induced hypothermia in rats. Chronic treatment (14 days) with 4n (1-4 mg/kg) and paroxetine (10 mg/kg) significantly attenuated the behavioural anomalies induced by bilateral olfactory bulbectomy in rats in modified open field paradigm. An anxiogenic-like behaviour was induced by light alone as the stimulus using light-dark aversion test. 4n (2-4 mg/kg, ip) treatment significantly increased no. of transitions between dark and lit area and the time spent in the lit area. In conclusion, these preliminary investigations confirm that 4n exhibited antidepressant and anxiolytic-like effects in rodent models of depression and anxiety.

  13. Antidepressant-like effect of novel 5-HT3 receptor antagonist N-n-butyl-3-ethoxyquinoxalin-2-carboxamide (6p): An approach using rodent behavioral antidepressant tests

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    Bhatt, Shvetank; Mahesh, Radhakrishnan; Devadoss, Thangaraj; Jindal, Ankur Kumar

    2013-01-01

    Objective: The present study was designed to investigate the antidepressant potential of N-n-butyl-3-ethoxyquinoxalin-2-carboxamide (6p), a novel 5-HT3 receptor antagonist in rodent behavioral models of depression. Materials and Methods: The compound 6p was examined in various behavioral models like forced swim test (FST), tail suspension test (TST), mechanistic models [5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)-induced head twitch and reserpine-induced hypothermia (RIH)], and in chronic surgery model-olfactory bulbectomy in rats. Results: Compound 6p (1, 2, and 4 mg/kg, i.p.) exhibited antidepressant-like effect in FST and TST after acute treatment without having an effect on baseline locomotor activity. Moreover, 6p (2 mg/kg, i.p.), potentiated the 5-HTP–induced head twitch responses in mice and inhibited the RIH in rats. Chronic treatment (14 days) with 6p (1 and 2 mg/kg, p.o.) and paroxetine (10 mg/kg, p.o.) in rats significantly reversed the behavioral anomalies induced by bilateral olfactory bulbectomy using open field exploration. Conclusion: The preliminary studies reveal that compound 6p exhibits antidepressant-like effect in behavioral rodent models of depression. PMID:24014909

  14. Effect of local infusion of glutamate analogues into the nucleus accumbens of rats: an electrochemical and behavioural study.

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    Svensson, L; Zhang, J; Johannessen, K; Engel, J A

    1994-04-18

    In vivo voltammetry at electrochemically pretreated carbon fibre electrodes was used to investigate the effect of local infusion of glutamate analogues on dopamine (DA) release in rat nucleus accumbens. Infusion of a low dose of NMDA or AMPA (1 mM/0.2 microliter), but not L-glutamate or kainate, was followed a few minutes later by a large but short-lived increase in the extracellular concentration of DA. The involvement of spreading depression was indicated since this response could be repeated only after a short refractory period, and the response magnitude did not seem to be dependent on the dose infused. Furthermore, the increase in DA release was accompanied by a marked negative shift in brain field potential and a similar increase in release could be induced by local infusion of K+. The infusion of NMDA, AMPA or kainate was followed by behavioural activation of the animals but not convulsions. The behavioural response induced by NMDA was dose-dependently reduced by haloperidol, which suggests the involvement of a DA-dependent mechanism in this effect. Co-infusion of the DA transport inhibitors, nomifensine or GBR 12909, failed to alter the DA response to NMDA, while this response was completely blocked by co-infusion of tetrodotoxin or pretreatment with reserpine. It is evident from this study that local infusion of NMDA or AMPA may induce spreading depression in rat nucleus accumbens and that this condition is associated with a vast release of DA and behavioural activation.

  15. Neuroprotective potential of Beta vulgaris L. in Parkinson's disease.

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    Nade, Vandana S; Kawale, Laxman A; Zambre, Shankar S; Kapure, Amit B

    2015-01-01

    The objective was to investigate the neuroprotective role of Beta vulgaris in Parkinson's disease (PD). PD was induced by administration of reserpine (5 mg/kg/day, i.p for 5 consecutive days), haloperidol (1 mg/kg, i.p.), and tacrine (2.5 mg/kg, i.p.) in experimental animals. The symptoms of PD such as tremors, akinesia, rigidity, catalepsy, and vacuous chewing movements (VCMs) were evaluated. Foot shock-induced aggression (FSIA) model was used to confirm anti-parkinsonian activity. The methanolic extract of Beta vulgaris (MEBV) was administered at doses of 100, 200, and 300 mg/kg, p.o. The combination of L-dopa and carbidopa was used as a standard drug. Behavioral studies such as locomotor activity and grip strength were determined, and oxidative stress was evaluated in FSIA model in rat brain. Pretreatment with MEBV (200 and 300 mg/kg) significantly reduced the intensity of muscular rigidity, duration of catalepsy, akinesia, the number of tremors, VCMs, and increase fighting behavior. The locomotor activity and grip strength were significantly increased by MEBV. In FSIA, the biochemical analysis of brain revealed the increased level of lipid peroxidation (LPO) and decreased levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT). MEBV significantly reduced LPO level and restored the defensive antioxidant enzymes SOD and CAT in rat brain. The results indicated the protective role of B. vulgaris against PD. The mechanism of protection may be due to augmentation of cellular antioxidants.

  16. Traditional knowledge and formulations of medicinal plants used by the traditional medical practitioners of bangladesh to treat schizophrenia like psychosis.

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    Ahmed, Md Nasir; Kabidul Azam, Md Nur

    2014-01-01

    Schizophrenia is a subtle disorder of brain development and plasticity; it affects the most basic human processes of perception, emotion, and judgment. In Bangladesh the traditional medical practitioners of rural and remote areas characterized the schizophrenia as an insanity or a mental problem due to possession by ghosts or evil spirits and they have used various plant species' to treat such symptoms. The aim of the present study was to conduct an ethnomedicinal plant survey and documentation of the formulations of different plant parts used by the traditional medical practitioners of Rangamati district of Bangladesh for the treatment of schizophrenia like psychosis. It was observed that the traditional medical practitioners used a total of 15 plant species to make 14 formulations. The plants were divided into 13 families, used for treatment of schizophrenia and accompanying symptoms like hallucination, depression, oversleeping or insomnia, deterioration of personal hygiene, forgetfulness, and fear due to evil spirits like genies or ghost. A search of the relevant scientific literatures showed that a number of plants used by the medicinal practitioners have been scientifically validated in their uses and traditional medicinal knowledge has been a means towards the discovery of many modern medicines. Moreover, the antipsychotic drug reserpine, isolated from the dried root of Rauvolfia serpentina species, revolutionized the treatment of schizophrenia. So it is very much possible that formulations of the practitioner, when examined scientifically in their entireties, can form discovery of lead compounds which can be used as safe and effective antipsychotic drug to treat schizophrenia.

  17. Traditional Knowledge and Formulations of Medicinal Plants Used by the Traditional Medical Practitioners of Bangladesh to Treat Schizophrenia Like Psychosis

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    Kabidul Azam, Md. Nur

    2014-01-01

    Schizophrenia is a subtle disorder of brain development and plasticity; it affects the most basic human processes of perception, emotion, and judgment. In Bangladesh the traditional medical practitioners of rural and remote areas characterized the schizophrenia as an insanity or a mental problem due to possession by ghosts or evil spirits and they have used various plant species' to treat such symptoms. The aim of the present study was to conduct an ethnomedicinal plant survey and documentation of the formulations of different plant parts used by the traditional medical practitioners of Rangamati district of Bangladesh for the treatment of schizophrenia like psychosis. It was observed that the traditional medical practitioners used a total of 15 plant species to make 14 formulations. The plants were divided into 13 families, used for treatment of schizophrenia and accompanying symptoms like hallucination, depression, oversleeping or insomnia, deterioration of personal hygiene, forgetfulness, and fear due to evil spirits like genies or ghost. A search of the relevant scientific literatures showed that a number of plants used by the medicinal practitioners have been scientifically validated in their uses and traditional medicinal knowledge has been a means towards the discovery of many modern medicines. Moreover, the antipsychotic drug reserpine, isolated from the dried root of Rauvolfia serpentina species, revolutionized the treatment of schizophrenia. So it is very much possible that formulations of the practitioner, when examined scientifically in their entireties, can form discovery of lead compounds which can be used as safe and effective antipsychotic drug to treat schizophrenia. PMID:25101175

  18. Long-term stability in biomass and production of terpene indole alkaloids by hairy root culture of Rauvolfia serpentina and cost approximation to endorse commercial realism.

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    Pandey, Pallavi; Kaur, Ranjeet; Singh, Sailendra; Chattopadhyay, Sunil Kumar; Srivastava, Santosh Kumar; Banerjee, Suchitra

    2014-07-01

    The effect of 6 years of cultivation and use of table-sugar (TS) on the biomass/terpene alkaloid productivities and rol gene expression were studied in a hairy root (HR) clone of Rauvolfia serpentina. The media cost could be reduced >94 % by replacing sucrose (SUC) with TS—an unexplored avenue for HR cultivation. The overall productivities increased over long-term cultivation with sugar proving superior to SUC for biomass (24.4 ± 2.11 g/l DW after 40 days to 17.31 % higher) and reserpine (0.094 ± 0.008 % DW after 60 days to 193.8 % more) production. The latter however revealed comparatively better yields concerning ajmaline (0.507 ± 0.048 % DW after 60 days to 61.98 % higher) and yohimbine (0.628 ± 0.062 % DW after 60 days to 38.32 % higher), respectively. PCR amplification of rol genes confirmed long-term expression stability.

  19. Induction of locomotor activity by the glutamate antagonist DNQX injected into the ventral tegmental area.

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    Dalia, A; Uretsky, N J; Wallace, L J

    1996-07-29

    DNQX, an antagonist of AMPA/kainate receptors, was injected into the ventral tegmental area (VTA) to test the hypothesis that AMPA/kainate receptors in this brain region might be involved in regulation of locomotor activity. Bilateral injection of 1 microgram DNQX into the VTA increased locomotor activity. In addition, unilateral injection of DNQX into this site produced contraversive turning, which was potentiated by coadministration of amphetamine (1 mg/kg, i.p.). These results suggest that a glutamatergic afferent to the VTA is tonically active in inhibiting locomotor activity. The locomotor stimulation produced by DNQX was not associated with a change in DOPAC/DA level in the nucleus accumbens or the striatum. However, the locomotor stimulation produced by DNQX was markedly attenuated following blockade of dopaminergic receptors by haloperidol (0.5 mg/kg, s.c.) or following dopamine depletion induced by reserpine plus alpha-methyl-para-tyrosine pretreatment. These results suggest that a basal activation of dopaminergic receptors is required for expression of the locomotor activity elicited by DNQX.

  20. Molecular analysis of type II topoisomerases of Aeromonas hydrophila isolated from fish and levofloxacin-induced resistant isolates in vitro.

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    Hu, Ruixue; Du, Na; Chen, Nan; Lin, Li; Zhai, Yanhua; Gu, Zemao

    2016-05-01

    The mechanisms of resistance to levofloxacin for Aeromonas hydrophila isolated from diseased fish and selected in vitro were examined in this study. Levofloxacin-resistant mutants were obtained by selection of A. hydrophila in vitro. The quinolone resistance-determining regions (QRDRs) of the gyrA and parC genes were sequenced in Lev(R) strains and reverse mutation strains. All Lev(R) strains carried a point mutation at codon 83 (Ser → Ile), and one strain (25 %) harbored a mutation at position 92 (Leu → Met) in the GyrA-QRDR. After being transferred in a levofloxacin-free medium, one strain of the mutants was successfully reversed and the reversion was related with mutations of GyrA-QRDR at positions 81 (Gly → Asp) and 83 (Ile → Ser). No amino acid alteration was found in the ParC-QRDR. In addition, the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of levofloxacin for the mutants was lower in the presence of reserpine, and all mutants were also resistant to some of the other quinolones. It was found that the mechanism of levofloxacin resistance of A. hydrophila selected in vitro was related to gyrA of type II topoisomerase, and an efflux mechanism was involved in the resistance as well.

  1. Effects of beta-adrenoceptor drug stimulation on various models of gastric ulcer in rats.

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    Esplugues, J.; Lloris, J. M.; Martí-Bonmatí, E.; Morcillo, E. J.

    1982-01-01

    1. Experiments were designed to evaluate the effect of the pharmacological activation of beta-adrenoceptors on various models of gastric ulcer in the rat. 2. Pretreatment with the beta-adrenoceptor stimulant drugs, isoprenaline or salbutamol, significantly inhibited stress-induced gastric ulcers. This anti-ulcer effect was abolished by propranolol but not by atenolol, suggesting that beta 2-adrenoceptors mediate this response. 3. In the pylorus-ligation model, salbutamol inhibited lesion formation and reduced the intragastric content of hydrogen ions, histamine and pepsin although the latter was only affected with the higher dose of salbutamol. 4. Salbutamol also prevented the ulcerogenic action on the gastric mucosa of an exogenously perfused artificial gastric juice, showing that the anti-ulcer effect is not necessarily dependent on acid inhibition. 5. Salbutamol also reduced the formation of acute ulcers induced by various iatrogenic means (histamine, polymyxin B, reserpine and indomethacin). 6. Long-term treatment with salbutamol accelerated the healing of experimental chronic gastric ulcer. 7. In anaesthetized rats, salbutamol produced a dose-related increase in mucosal blood flow which may contribute to its mode of action. 8. It is concluded that beta-adrenoceptor agonists exert preventive and curative effects on gastric damage induced in the rat. This effect seems specific and mediated through beta-adrenoceptor activation. PMID:6125225

  2. Positron emission tomographic imaging of cardiac sympathetic innervation and function

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    Goldstein, D.S.; Chang, P.C.; Eisenhofer, G.; Miletich, R.; Finn, R.; Bacher, J.; Kirk, K.L.; Bacharach, S.; Kopin, I.J. )

    1990-05-01

    Sites of uptake, storage, and metabolism of ({sup 18}F)fluorodopamine and excretion of ({sup 18}F)fluorodopamine and its metabolites were visualized using positron emission tomographic (PET) scanning after intravenous injection of the tracer into anesthetized dogs. Radioactivity was concentrated in the renal pelvis, heart, liver, spleen, salivary glands, and gall bladder. Uptake of 18F by the heart resulted in striking delineation of the left ventricular myocardium. Pretreatment with desipramine markedly decreased cardiac positron emission, consistent with dependence of the heart on neuronal uptake (uptake-1) for removal of circulating catecholamines. In reserpinized animals, cardiac positron emission was absent within 30 minutes after injection of ({sup 18}F)-6-fluorodopamine, demonstrating that the emission in untreated animals was from radioactive labeling of the sympathetic storage vesicles. Decreased positron emission from denervated salivary glands confirmed that the tracer was concentrated in sympathetic neurons. Radioactivity in the gall bladder and urinary system depicted the hepatic and renal excretion of the tracer and its metabolites. Administration of tyramine or nitroprusside increased and ganglionic blockade with trimethaphan decreased the rate of loss of myocardial radioactivity. The results show that PET scanning after administration of ({sup 18}F)fluorodopamine can be used to visualize sites of sympathetic innervation, follow the metabolism and renal and hepatic excretion of catecholamines, and examine cardiac sympathetic function.

  3. Effect of the alkaloid (-)cathinone on the release of radioactivity from rabbit atria prelabelled with /sup 3/H-norepinephrine

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    Kalix, P.

    1983-02-14

    In certain countries of East Africa and the Arab Peninsula, fresh leaves of the khat shrub are used as a stimulant. The effect of the plant material can be explained by the presence of the phenylalklamine alkaloid (-)cathinone in the leaves, since this substance has been shown to have an amphetamine-like releasing effect on CNS tissue prelabelled with /sup 3/H-dopamine. Characteristically, the chewing of khat is accompanied by sympathomimetic effects, especially at the cardiovascular level. To test whether these might be due to release of neurotransmitter from adrenergic nerve endings, the effect of (-)cathinone on the efflux of radioactivity from isolated rabbit atrium tissue prelabelled with /sup 3/H-norepinephrine was investigated. It was found that, at concentrations below 1 ..mu..M, (-)cathinone caused an immediate increase of efflux. The effect was dose-dependent and was potentiated by pretreatment of the rabbits with reserpine. Preincubation of the tissue with desipramine and cocaine prevented the induction of release by (-)cathinone. The results indicate that the alkaloid (-)cathinone has an amphetamine-like releasing effect on noradrenergic nerve endings and they suggest that the cardiovascular symptoms observed during khat consumption are due to release of neurotransmitter from physiologicl storage sites.

  4. Optimization of hydrophilic interaction LC by univariate and multivariate methods and its combination with salting-out liquid-liquid extraction for the determination of antihypertensive drugs in the environmental waters.

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    Wang, Qing; Yin, Chen-ru; Xu, Li

    2013-03-01

    Hydrophilic interaction LC for the separation of four antihypertensive drugs was optimized by both univariate and multivariate methods. The column efficiency, resolution, and separation time were used as the three assessment parameters. The best separation condition of 97% ACN with 3% aqueous buffer containing 50 mM ammonium acetate at a pH of 3.0 was obtained by the two optimization methods. The multivariate optimization, orthogonal array design herein, was demonstrated to be a little tedious, but afforded a much better understanding of underlying separation factors. The content of ACN in the mobile phase contributed most significantly to separation. Furthermore, sample diluent and injection volume were found to influence the chromatographic performance. To match the hydrophilic interaction LC mobile phase, a proper sample pretreatment method, salting-out liquid-liquid extraction, in which ACN was the extractant, was chosen. Since reserpine was unstable under both acidic and alkaline conditions, it was not studied in this part. The optimal salting-out liquid-liquid extraction parameters were as follows: 400 μL ACN was added to 1 mL sample solution containing 500 mg NH4 Cl at a pH of 14.0. The linearity ranged from 0.01 to 1.00 μg/mL with r(2) > 0.9937. The LODs were between 1.9 and 2.5 ng/mL. The developed method was applied to the environmental water sample with good performance.

  5. Biochemistry and pharmacology of reversible inhibitors of MAO-A agents: focus on moclobemide.

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    Nair, N P; Ahmed, S K; Kin, N M

    1993-01-01

    Moclobemide, p-chloro-N-[morpholinoethyl]benzamide, is a prototype of RIMA (reversible inhibitor of MAO-A) agents. The compound possesses antidepressant efficacy that is comparable to that of tricyclic and polycyclic antidepressants. In humans, moclobemide is rapidly absorbed after a single oral administration and maximum concentration in plasma is reached within an hour. It is moderately to markedly bound to plasma proteins. MAO-A inhibition rises to 80% within two hours; the duration of MAO inhibition is usually between eight and ten hours. The activity of MAO is completely reestablished within 24 hours of the last dose, so that a quick switch to another antidepressant can be safely undertaken if clinical circumstances demand. RIMAs are potent inhibitors of MAO-A in the brain; they increase the free cytosolic concentrations of norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine in neuronal cells and in synaptic vesicles. Extracellular concentrations of these monoamines also increase. In the case of moclobemide, increase in the level of serotonin is the most pronounced. Moclobemide administration also leads to increased monoamine receptor stimulation, reversal of reserpine induced behavioral effects, selective depression of REM sleep, down regulation of beta-adrenoceptors and increases in plasma prolactin and growth hormone levels. It reduces scopolamine-induced performance decrement and alcohol induced performance deficit which suggest a neuroprotective role. Tyramine potentiation with moclobemide and most other RIMA agents is negligible. PMID:7905288

  6. Further studies on the neuroleptic profile of manassantin A.

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    Rao, K V; Puri, V N; el-Sawaf, H A

    1990-04-25

    In an earlier preliminary study, manassantin A, a neolignoid from Saururus cernuus was found to show neuroleptic type activity in mice when given by the i.p. route. It blocked the stereotypy and hyperactivity caused by amphetamine at doses comparable to those of haloperidol, but unlike the latter, did not show catalepsy or ptosis at atoxic doses. In the present study, a more detailed comparison of manassantin A with haloperidol and in some cases with chlorpromazine and reserpine using a variety of neuroleptic parameters and by various routes of administration is described. Results of the present study clearly show that the drug is readily absorbed from various routes of administration and shows many of the patterns of neuroleptic activity. Manassantin A was comparable to haloperidol in many of the tests but unlike the latter, did not produce antiadrenergic or anticholinergic effects. Manassantin A was found to bind weakly to calf caudate membranes (IC50 3500 nM) while haloperidol (IC50 5 nM) and chlorpromazine (IC50 50 nM) inhibited [3H]haloperidol binding. Manassantin A also did not affect the dopamine-induced adenylate cyclase activity in rat caudate nuclei (IC50 greater than 10,000 nM) while haloperidol (IC50 700 nM) and chlorpromazine (IC50 350 nM) inhibited the enzyme synthesis. These biochemical and behavioral tests suggest that manassantin A exhibits a selective neuroleptic profile and may be considered to behave as an atypical agent.

  7. Active uptake and extravesicular storage of m-iodobenzylguanidine in human neuroblastoma SK-N-SH cells

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    Smets, L.A.; Loesberg, C.; Janssen, M.; Metwally, E.A.; Huiskamp, R.

    1989-06-01

    Radioiodinated m-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG), an analogue of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine (NE), is increasingly used in the diagnosis and treatment of neural crest tumors. Active uptake and subsequent retention of MIBG and NE was studied in human neuroblastoma SK-N-SH cells. Neuron-specific uptake of (125I)MIBG and (3H)NE saturated at extracellular concentration of 10(-6) M and exceeded by 20-30-fold that by passive diffusion alone. A minimum of 50% of accumulated MIBG remained permanently stored but the SK-N-SH cells were incapable of retaining recaptured (3H)NE. (125I)MIBG was displaced from intracellular binding sites by unlabeled MIBG with 10-fold higher potency than by unlabeled NE. MIBG stored in SK-N-SH cells was insensitive to depletion by the inhibitor of granular uptake reserpine (RSP) and was not precipitated in a granular fraction by differential centrifugation. Only few electron-dense granules were found in these cells by electron microscopy. In contrast, MIBG storage in PC-12 pheochromocytoma cells which contained many storage granules, was sensitive to RSP and part of accumulated drug was recovered in a granular fraction. Accordingly, storage of MIBG in the SK-N-SH neuroblastoma cells is predominantly extravesicular and thus essentially different from that of biogenic amines in normal adrenomedullary tissue or in pheochromocytoma tumors, while sharing with these tissues a common mechanism of active uptake.

  8. Dual aminergic regulation of central beta adrenoceptors. Effect of atypical antidepressants and 5-hydroxytryptophan

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    Manier, D.H.; Gillespie, D.D.; Sulser, F.

    1989-06-01

    Nonlinear regression analysis of agonist competition binding curves reveals that the (/sup 3/H)-dihydroalprenolol-labeled receptor population with low affinity for isoproterenol is increased by p-chlorophenylalanine (PCPA) and this increase is abolished by 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) in vivo. Desipramine (DMI) decreased the beta adrenoceptor population with high agonist affinity to the same degree in PCPA-treated animals as in control animals, thus explaining the reported discrepancy between beta adrenoceptor number and responsiveness of the beta adrenoceptor-coupled adenylate cyclase system. Mianserin also selectively reduced the beta adrenoceptor population with high agonist affinity in membrane preparations of normal animals, whereas fluoxetine selectively abolished the upregulation of the low affinity sites in reserpinized animals and had no effect on either receptor population from brain of normal animals. The results emphasize the importance of nonlinear regression analysis of agonist competition binding for the interpretation of drug action and encourage the pursuit of the molecular neurobiology of the serotonin (5-HT)/norepinephrine (NE) link in brain.

  9. Antidepressant-like effect of harmane and other beta-carbolines in the mouse forced swim test.

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    Farzin, Davood; Mansouri, Nazanin

    2006-07-01

    The purpose of the present study was to determine the effects of harmane, norharmane and harmine on the immobility time in the mouse forced swim test (FST) - an animal model of depression. After 30 min of the beta-carbolines injections, mice were placed individually in a vertical glass cylinder (height, 25 cm; diameter, 12 cm) containing water about 15 cm deep at 22+/-1 degrees C and forced to swim. Treatment of animals with harmane (5-15 mg/kg, i.p.), norharmane (2.5-10 mg/kg, i.p.) and harmine (5-15 mg/kg, i.p.) reduced dose-dependently the time of immobility. Their antidepressant-like effects were not affected by pretreatment with reserpine at the dose of 5 mg/kg, i.p., 18 h before the test, which did not modify the immobility time. Conversely, when flumazenil (5 mg/kg, i.p.) was administered 30 min before the test, it was able to antagonize completely the antidepressant-like effects of harmane, norharmane and harmine. It was concluded that harmane, norharmane and harmine reduce the immobility time in this test, suggesting an antidepressant-like effect, via an inverse-agonistic mechanism located in the benzodiazepine receptors.

  10. Lycaenid Caterpillar Secretions Manipulate Attendant Ant Behavior.

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    Hojo, Masaru K; Pierce, Naomi E; Tsuji, Kazuki

    2015-08-31

    Mutualistic interactions typically involve the exchange of different commodities between species. Nutritious secretions are produced by a number of insects and plants in exchange for services such as defense. These rewards are valuable metabolically and can be used to reinforce the behavior of symbiotic partners that can learn and remember them effectively. We show here novel effects of insect exocrine secretions produced by caterpillars in modulating the behavior of attendant ants in the food-for-defense interaction between lycaenid butterflies and ants. Reward secretions from the dorsal nectary organ (DNO) of Narathura japonica caterpillars function to reduce the locomotory activities of their attendant ants, Pristomyrmex punctatus workers. Moreover, workers that feed from caterpillar secretions are significantly more likely to show aggressive responses to eversion of the tentacle organs of the caterpillars. Analysis of the neurogenic amines in the brains of workers that consumed caterpillar secretions showed a significant decrease in levels of dopamine compared with controls. Experimental treatments in which reserpine, a known inhibitor of dopamine in Drosophila, was fed to workers similarly reduced their locomotory activity. We conclude that DNO secretions of lycaenid caterpillars can manipulate attendant ant behavior by altering dopaminergic regulation and increasing partner fidelity. Unless manipulated ants also receive a net nutritional benefit from DNO secretions, this suggests that similar reward-for-defense interactions that have been traditionally considered to be mutualisms may in fact be parasitic in nature. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Liquid Microjunction Surface Sampling Probe Electrospray Mass Spectrometry for Detection of Drugs and Metabolites in Thin Tissue Sections

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    Van Berkel, Gary J; Kertesz, Vilmos; Koeplinger, Kenneth A.; Vavek, Marissa; Kong, Ah-Ng Tony

    2008-01-01

    A self-aspirating, liquid micro-junction surface sampling probe/electrospray emitter mass spectrometry system was demonstrated for use in the direct analysis of spotted and dosed drugs and their metabolites in thin tissue sections. Proof-of-principle sampling and analysis directly from tissue without the need for sample preparation was demonstrated first by raster scanning a region on a section of rat liver onto which reserpine was spotted. The mass spectral signal from selected reaction monitoring was used to develop a chemical image of the spotted drug on the tissue. The probe was also used to selectively spot sample areas of sagittal whole mouse body tissue sections that had been dosed orally (90 mg/kg) with R,S-sulforaphane 3 hrs prior to sacrifice. Sulforaphane and its glutathione and N-acetyl cysteine conjugates were monitored with selected reaction monitoring and detected in the stomach and various other tissues from the dosed mouse. No signal for these species was observed in the tissue from a control mouse. The same dosed tissue section was used to illustrate the possibility of obtaining a line scan across the whole body section. In total these results illustrate the potential for rapid screening of the distribution of drugs and metabolites in tissue sections with the micro-liquid junction surface sampling probe/electrospray mass spectrometry approach.

  12. Lack of functional evidence for the involvement of sigma opiate receptors in the actions of the 3-PPP enantiomers on central dopaminergic systems: discrepancies between in vitro and in vivo observations.

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    Hjorth, S; Clark, D; Carlsson, A

    1985-08-19

    In vitro radioligand binding and autoradiographic distribution studies have suggested the possible involvement of central sigma-opiate sites in the effects of several purportedly dopaminergic agents. Specifically, Largent et al. (Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 81, 4983, 1984) proposed that "actions of 3-PPP at sigma receptors may account for the effect of the drug on behavior and dopaminergic nerve function". Using the sigma-opiate- and dopamine (DA)-preferring (-)- and (+)-enantiomer, respectively, of butaclamol, and the two enantiomers of 3-PPP, the present study was undertaken to address the in vivo functional significance of this proposal. To this end we investigated various biological responses considered to reflect drug interactions with DA cell body and terminal autoreceptors and with presumed non-synaptic and postsynaptic DA receptors in the rat CNS. (+)- but not (-)-butaclamol antagonized the 3-PPP (either enantiomer)-induced DA synthesis and prolactin decreases in GBL-treated rats, the (+)-3-PPP-induced inhibition of substantia nigra DA cell firing and the (+)-3-PPP-induced reversal of reserpine akinesia. Taken together with previous findings available data suggest that DA rather than sigma-opiate receptors mediate the neurochemical, electrophysiological, behavioral and other physiological (prolactin, body temperature) effects of 3-PPP and its enantiomers. The in vivo pharmacological relevance of the claimed non-dopaminergic, proposedly sigma-opiatergic, radioligand binding demonstrated in vitro (with e.g. (+)-3-PPP) thus remains to be established.

  13. Pharmacological characterization of renal vascular dopamine receptors.

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    Schmidt, M; Imbs, J L

    1980-01-01

    We present an in vitro method for studying the renal effects of dopamine in the isolated rat kidney. The organ is perfused in an open circuit and can be maintained satisfactorily for up to 180 min. The responses to dopamine were studied in the presence of phenoxybenzamine (10(-5) M) and sotalol (10(-5) M) while stable renal vasoconstriction was maintained by perfusion with prostaglandine F2 alpha. Dopamine induced dose-dependent renal vasodilation with an ED50 of 2.53 X 10(-6) moles/liter, which was not modified by reserpine pretreatment. (+) Butaclamol but not (-) butaclamol shifted the dopamine dose-response curve to the right in a parallel fashion, indicating competitive antagonism. Haloperidol and sulpiride at concentrations without intrinsic effect on vascular resistance also acted as competitive inhibitors for dopamine. Calculation of empirical pA2 values yielded the following relative potencies for these antagonists: (+) butaclamol greater than haloperidol greater than sulpiride. The renal vascular dopamine receptors are tentatively classified as being of the D1 type.

  14. Agents in development for the management of cocaine abuse.

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    Gorelick, David A; Gardner, Eliot L; Xi, Zheng-Xiong

    2004-01-01

    Cocaine abuse is a serious health problem in many areas of the world, yet there are no proven effective medications for the treatment of cocaine dependence. Preclinical studies suggest that the reinforcing effect of cocaine that promotes its abuse is mediated by blockade of the presynaptic dopamine transporter. This results in increased dopamine activity in the mesolimbic or meso-accumbens dopamine reward system of brain. Development of new medications to treat cocaine dependence has focused on manipulation of this dopamine system, either by direct action on dopamine binding sites (transporter or receptors) or indirectly by affecting other neurotransmitter systems that modulate the dopamine system. In principle, a medication could act via one of three mechanisms: (i) as a substitute for cocaine by producing similar dopamine effects; (ii) as a cocaine antagonist by blocking the binding of cocaine to the dopamine transporter; or (iii) as a modulator of cocaine effects by acting at other than the cocaine binding site. The US National Institute on Drug Abuse has a Clinical Research Efficacy Screening Trial (CREST) programme to rapidly screen existing medications. CREST identified four medications warranting phase II controlled clinical trials: cabergoline, reserpine, sertraline and tiagabine. In addition, disulfiram and selegiline (deprenyl) have been effective and well tolerated in phase II trials. However, selegiline was found ineffective in a recent phase III trial. Promising existing medications probably act via the first or third aforementioned mechanisms. Sustained-release formulations of stimulants such as methylphenidate and amfetamine (amphetamine) have shown promise in a stimulant substitution approach. Disulfiram and selegiline increase brain dopamine concentrations by inhibition of dopamine-catabolising enzymes (dopamine-beta-hydroxylase and monoamine oxidase B, respectively). Cabergoline is a direct dopamine receptor agonist, while reserpine depletes

  15. [Pharmacological researches of curcumin solid dispersions on experimental gastric ulcer].

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    Mei, Xueting; Xu, Donghui; Wang, Sheng; Xu, Shibo

    2009-11-01

    To research the pharmacological action of curcumin solid dispersions (SDs, curcumin and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) k30 in the ratio of 1:8) was investigated on experimental gastric ulcer in rats and mice. Animals were randomly divided into several experimental groups. Each group consisted of 10 animals. The control group received PVP vehicle (720 mg x kg(-1), po) throughout the course of the experiments. The treatment groups received different doses of curcumin SDs (equivalent to curcumin 10, 30 and 90 mg x kg(-1), po), and ranitidine (27 mg x kg(-1), po) was used as the positive control. In acetic acid-induced gastric ulcers model, serum NO, plasma ET and gastric ulcer indexes of rats were measured after oral administration for 14 d. In rat ulcer model induced by pylorus-ligature, gastric volume pepsin and gastric ulcer indexes of rats were measured after oral administration for 3 d and pylorus-ligature inducement for 16 h. Gastric ulcer indexes of mice were measurement after oral administration for 3 d and subcutaneous injection reserpine 10 mg x kg(-1). The results showed that curcumin SDs (equivalent to curcumin 30, and 90 mg x kg(-1), po) could reduce the ulcer indexes 4.59 +/- 0.96 and 3.33 +/- 0.93 (P < 0.01), and increase serum NO level (29.75 +/- 5.90) mmol x L(-1) (P < 0.05) and (39.63 +/- 12.73) mmol x L(-1) (P < 0.01), compared to gastric index 5.87 +/- 0.48 and NO level (23.63 +/- 5.73) mmol x L(-1) in control group. Compared to plasma ET (163.65 +/- 63.84) ng x L(-1) in control group, curcumin SDs (equivalent to 90 mg x kg(-1), po) could decrease plasma ET level (104.22 +/- 63.84) ng x L(-1) (P < 0.05). Compared to gastric ulcer indexes 4.25 +/- 0.71 of control group in rat pylorus-ligature model, curcumin SDs (equivalent to curcumin 90 mg x kg(-1)) could reduce gastric ulcer to 2.38 +/- 0.74 (P < 0.01). Compared to gastric volume (14.61 +/- 1.80) mL, acidity of gastric juice (87.70 +/- 9.84) mmol x L(-1), and the activity of pepsin (408.63 +/- 41

  16. Monoamines and their metabolites in the avian brain

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    Juorio, A. V.; Vogt, Marthe

    1967-01-01

    1. In the avian brain, a high concentration of dopamine was found in a sharply contoured region of the nucleus basalis which may or may not have included the nucleus entopeduncularis, and therefore lay within the palaeostriatum of the nomenclature of Crosby and Huber. This was thus the only region which may be considered biochemically homologous to the mammalian corpus striatum. For purposes of macroscopic identification only, the region is described here as the `anterior part of the nucleus basalis'. The concentration of dopamine was 3 μg/g in the pigeon, about the same in the duck and chicken, and 7·5 μg/g in the finch. In the pigeon this region also contained some noradrenaline; the quantity of 5-hydroxytryptamine (1·4 μg/g) and 5-hydroxyindolylacetic acid (0·6 μg/g) was larger than in any other part of the brain. 2. In the brain of the pigeon and the chicken, the highest concentrations of noradrenaline (1·5 and 1·4 μg/g) were found in the hypothalamus. 3. The concentration of adrenaline was higher in the avian than in the mammalian brain. In the hypothalamus, it ranged from 0·4 μg/g in the pigeon to 1 μg/g in the chicken. 4. Fluorescence microscopy, using the formaldehyde condensation method, showed, in the anterior part of the nucleus basalis, a large area of diffuse green-yellow fluorescence, similar in appearance to the fluorescence of the striatum of the rat. In addition this part of the brain contained a small region of fluorescent fibres and varicosities. It is suggested that the diffuse fluorescence was produced by dopamine. It was absent from brains of reserpine-treated pigeons. 5. In the pigeon, reserpine, tetrabenazine and prenylamine produced a decrease in the concentration of brain monoamines, an effect which was comparable to that seen in mammals. Yet, none of these drugs raised the concentration of homovanillic acid, but they increased that of 5-hydroxyindolylacetic acid; these drugs raise the concentration of both acids in mammalian

  17. Fluoroquinolone Resistance in Bacteroides fragilis following Sparfloxacin Exposure

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    Peterson, M. L.; Hovde, L. B.; Wright, D. H.; Hoang, A. D.; Raddatz, J. K.; Boysen, P. J.; Rotschafer, J. C.

    1999-01-01

    the MICs of trovafloxacin and sparfloxacin at frequencies of 2.2 × 10−9 and 3.3 × 10−10, respectively, and 2× the MIC of clinafloxacin at a frequency of 5.5 × 10−11; no mutants were selected with ciprofloxacin. The susceptibilities of strains to trovafloxacin, levofloxacin, clinafloxacin, sparfloxacin, and ciprofloxacin before and after exposure to sparfloxacin were modestly affected by the presence of reserpine (20 μg/ml), an inhibitor of antibiotic efflux. The mechanism of fluoroquinolone resistance is being explored, but it is unlikely to be efflux due to a lack of cross-resistance to unrelated antimicrobial agents and to the fact that the MICs for strains before and after exposure to sparfloxacin are minimally affected by reserpine. PMID:10471574

  18. Effect of acute and chronic treatment with QCF-3 (4-benzylpiperazin-1-yl) (quinoxalin-2-yl) methanone, a novel 5-HT(3) receptor antagonist, in animal models of depression.

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    Devadoss, Thangaraj; Pandey, Dilip K; Mahesh, Radhakrishnan; Yadav, Shushil K

    2010-01-01

    The serotonin type 3 (5-HT(3)) receptor is unique among the seven recognized serotonin receptor "families". The existence serotonin type 3 receptor (5-HT(3)) in neuro-anatomical regions stimulated the research interest for novel therapeutic targets such as anxiety, depression, nociception and cognitive function. In the current study, (4-benzylpiperazin-1-yl) (quinoxalin-2-yl) methanone (QCF-3), a novel 5-HT(3) receptor antagonist, with an optimal log P (the logarithm of the ratio of the concentrations of the un-ionized solute in the solvents is called log P) and significant pA2 value (is a negative logarithm of the molar concentration of antagonist required to reduce the effect of multiple dose agonist to that of single dose) was screened for its anti-depressant potential using rodent behavioral models of depression. Psycho-pharmacological investigations involved acute and chronic treatment (14 days) with QCF-3 and assessment of behavior during the forced swim test (FST) and tail suspension test (TST) in mice and olfactory bulbectomised rats. A dose response study in mice revealed an initial anti-depressant-like effect of QCF-3 (0.5-4 mg/kg, ip) in the FST and TST. Interaction studies showed that QCF-3 (1 and 2 mg/kg) significantly enhanced the antidepressant action of fluoxetine and bupropion in the FST and TST, respectively. QCF-3 (1 and 2 mg/kg) potentiated the 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) induced head twitches response in mice and reversed reserpine-induced hypothermia in rats. Further, OBX rats exhibited behavioral anomalies in the open field and hyper-emotionality tests that were attenuated by chronic QCF-3 treatment. In conclusion, this behavioral study describes an antidepressant-like effect of QCF-3 in rodent behavioral models of depression.

  19. Evidence that GABAA receptors mediate relaxation of rat duodenum by activating intramural nonadrenergic-noncholinergic neurones.

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

    1984-06-01

    GABA produced rapid and transient relaxation of rat duodenum. Homotaurine (3-aminopropansulphonic acid) but not (+/-)-baclofen had a GABA-like effect. GABA-induced relaxation was almost completely inhibited by tetrodotoxin but was unaffected by atropine. Cross desensitization developed between GABA and homotaurine but not between GABA and (+/-)-baclofen. The concentration response curve to the relaxant effects of GABA was shifted to the right by both bicuculline and picrotoxin. However maximal relaxation was still produced by GABA in the presence of bicuculline but not in the presence of picrotoxin. GABA-induced relaxation was not affected by prazosin, yohimbine, propranolol or reserpine pretreatment. Field stimulation (0.1 Hz) of rat isolated duodenum in the presence of atropine and guanethidine produced relaxation similar to that produced by GABA. The ganglionic stimulant DMPP produced a similar effect. Neither Met-enkephalin, noradrenaline, 5-HT, histamine, VIP or arachidonic acid could be held responsible for GABA-induced neurogenic relaxation of rat duodenum. ATP produced relaxations which closely mimicked those produced by either GABA or field stimulation. Exposure to ATP desensitized responses to both GABA and field stimulation to about the same extent. ATP, GABA and field stimulation-induced relaxation was unaffected by either theophylline or indomethacin, but was significantly and selectively antagonized by apamin. In conclusion, GABA-induced relaxation of rat isolated duodenum is largely dependent upon activation of intra-mural nonadrenergic-noncholinergic neurones. The GABA receptor involved appears to be of the GABAA subtype. Circumstantial evidence is provided indicating that ATP might be the endogenous substance released by GABA.

  20. [Effect of electroacupuncture on cellular structure of hippocampus in splenic asthenia pedo-rats].

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    Yang, Zhuo-xin; Zhuo, Yuan-yuan; Yu, Hai-bo; Wang, Ning

    2010-02-01

    To observe the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on hippocampal structure in splenic asthenia pedo-rats. A total of 15 SD male rats were randomly assigned to normal control group (n=5), model group (n=5) and EA group (n=5). Splenic asthenic syndrome model was established by intragastric administration of rhubarb and intraperitoneal injection of Reserpine for 14 d. EA (1 mA, 3 Hz/iS Hz) was applied to bilateral "Zusanli" (ST 36) and "Sanyinjiao" (SP 6) for 20 mm, once a day for 14 days. The cellular structure of hippocampus was observed by light microscope and transmission electron microscope. Optical microscopic observation showed that in normal control group, the cellular nucleus was distinct, and the granular cell layer well-arranged and tight. In model group, the intracellular space was widened, and the granular cell layer was out of order in the arrangement. In EA group, the celluldr nucleus and the granular cell layer were nearly normal. Results of the electronic microscope showed that cells in model group had a karyopyknosis with irregular appearance and clear incisure, and some of them presented dissolving and necrotic phenomena; and those in EA group were milder in injury, had nearly-normal nucleus with visible nucleoli and relatively-intact nuclear membrane. Regarding the cellular plasma, in comparison with rich normal organelles of control group, the mitochondria in model group were swelling, with vague, dissolved and broken cristae, while in EA group, majority of the organelles were well-kept, and slightly dissolved mitochondrial cristae found. In regard to the synaptic structure, in comparison with control group, synaptic apomorphosis and swelling mitochondria were found in model group While in EA group, milder swelling and hydropic degeneration were seen. Different from the distinct pre- and post-synaptic membrane and synaptic vesicles of control group, while those in EA group were nearly-normal. electroacupunture can effectively relieve splenasthenic

  1. Development of Transcriptomic Resources for Interrogating the Biosynthesis of Monoterpene Indole Alkaloids in Medicinal Plant Species

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    Góngora-Castillo, Elsa; Childs, Kevin L.; Fedewa, Greg; Hamilton, John P.; Liscombe, David K.; Magallanes-Lundback, Maria; Mandadi, Kranthi K.; Nims, Ezekiel; Runguphan, Weerawat; Vaillancourt, Brieanne; Varbanova-Herde, Marina; DellaPenna, Dean; McKnight, Thomas D.; O’Connor, Sarah; Buell, C. Robin

    2012-01-01

    The natural diversity of plant metabolism has long been a source for human medicines. One group of plant-derived compounds, the monoterpene indole alkaloids (MIAs), includes well-documented therapeutic agents used in the treatment of cancer (vinblastine, vincristine, camptothecin), hypertension (reserpine, ajmalicine), malaria (quinine), and as analgesics (7-hydroxymitragynine). Our understanding of the biochemical pathways that synthesize these commercially relevant compounds is incomplete due in part to a lack of molecular, genetic, and genomic resources for the identification of the genes involved in these specialized metabolic pathways. To address these limitations, we generated large-scale transcriptome sequence and expression profiles for three species of Asterids that produce medicinally important MIAs: Camptotheca acuminata, Catharanthus roseus, and Rauvolfia serpentina. Using next generation sequencing technology, we sampled the transcriptomes of these species across a diverse set of developmental tissues, and in the case of C. roseus, in cultured cells and roots following elicitor treatment. Through an iterative assembly process, we generated robust transcriptome assemblies for all three species with a substantial number of the assembled transcripts being full or near-full length. The majority of transcripts had a related sequence in either UniRef100, the Arabidopsis thaliana predicted proteome, or the Pfam protein domain database; however, we also identified transcripts that lacked similarity with entries in either database and thereby lack a known function. Representation of known genes within the MIA biosynthetic pathway was robust. As a diverse set of tissues and treatments were surveyed, expression abundances of transcripts in the three species could be estimated to reveal transcripts associated with development and response to elicitor treatment. Together, these transcriptomes and expression abundance matrices provide a rich resource for

  2. Early Treatment With Olmesartan Prevents Juxtamedullary Glomerular Podocyte Injury and the Onset of Microalbuminuria in Type 2 Diabetic Rats

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    Sofue, Tadashi; Kiyomoto, Hideyasu; Kobori, Hiroyuki; Urushihara, Maki; Nishijima, Yoko; Kaifu, Kumiko; Hara, Taiga; Matsumoto, Sachiko; Ichimura, Atsuhiko; Ohsaki, Hiroyuki; Hitomi, Hirofumi; Kawachi, Hiroshi; Hayden, Melvin R.; Whaley-Connell, Adam; Sowers, James R.; Ito, Sadayoshi; Kohno, Masakazu; Nishiyama, Akira

    2012-01-01

    Background Studies were performed to determine if early treatment with an angiotensin II (Ang II) receptor blocker (ARB), olmesartan, prevents the onset of microalbuminuria by attenuating glomerular podocyte injury in Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rats with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Methods OLETF rats were treated with either a vehicle, olmesartan (10 mg/kg/day) or a combination of nonspecific vasodilators (hydralazine 15 mg/kg/day, hydrochlorothiazide 6 mg/kg/day, and reserpine 0.3 mg/kg/day; HHR) from the age of 7–25 weeks. Results OLETF rats were hypertensive and had microalbuminuria from 9 weeks of age. At 15 weeks, OLETF rats had higher Ang II levels in the kidney, larger glomerular desmin-staining areas (an index of podocyte injury), and lower gene expression of nephrin in juxtamedullary glomeruli, than nondiabetic Long-Evans Tokushima Otsuka (LETO) rats. At 25 weeks, OLETF rats showed overt albuminuria, and higher levels of Ang II in the kidney and larger glomerular desmin-staining areas in superficial and juxtamedullary glomeruli compared to LETO rats. Reductions in mRNA levels of nephrin were also observed in superficial and juxtamedullary glomeruli. Although olmesartan did not affect glucose metabolism, it decreased blood pressure and prevented the renal changes in OLETF rats. HHR treatment also reduced blood pressure, but did not affect the renal parameters. Conclusions This study demonstrated that podocyte injury occurs in juxtamedullary glomeruli prior to superficial glomeruli in type 2 diabetic rats with microalbuminuria. Early treatment with an ARB may prevent the onset of albuminuria through its protective effects on juxtamedullary glomerular podocytes. PMID:22318512

  3. Overexpression of VMAT-2 and DT-diaphorase protects substantia nigra-derived cells against aminochrome neurotoxicity.

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    Muñoz, Patricia; Paris, Irmgard; Sanders, Laurie H; Greenamyre, J Timothy; Segura-Aguilar, Juan

    2012-07-01

    We tested the hypothesis that both VMAT-2 and DT-diaphorase are an important cellular defense against aminochrome-dependent neurotoxicity during dopamine oxidation. A cell line with VMAT-2 and DT-diaphorase over-expressed was created. The transfection of RCSN-3 cells with a bicistronic plasmid coding for VMAT-2 fused with GFP-IRES-DT-diaphorase cDNA induced a significant increase in protein expression of VMAT-2 (7-fold; P<0.001) and DT-diaphorase (9-fold; P<0.001), accompanied by a 4- and 5.5-fold significant increase in transport and enzyme activity, respectively. Studies with synaptic vesicles from rat substantia nigra revealed that VMAT-2 uptake of ³H-aminochrome 6.3 ± 0.4nmol/min/mg was similar to dopamine uptake 6.2 ± 0.3nmol/min/mg that which were dependent on ATP. Interestingly, aminochrome uptake was inhibited by 2μM lobeline but not reserpine (1 and 10μM). Incubation of cells overexpressing VMAT-2 and DT-diaphorase with 20μM aminochrome resulted in (i) a significant decrease in cell death (6-fold, P<0.001); (ii) normal ultra structure determined by transmission electron microscopy contrasting with a significant increase of autophagosome and a dramatic remodeling of the mitochondrial inner membrane in wild type cells; (iii) normal level of ATP (256 ± 11μM) contrasting with a significant decrease in wild type cells (121±11μM, P<0.001); and (iv) a significant decrease in DNA laddering (21 ± 8pixels, P<0.001) cells in comparison with wild type cells treated with 20μM aminochrome (269 ± 9). These results support our hypothesis that VMAT-2 and DT-diaphorase are an important defense system against aminochrome formed during dopamine oxidation. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Roles of PKA, PI3K, and cPLA2 in the NO-mediated negative inotropic effect of beta2-adrenoceptor agonists in guinea pig right papillary muscles.

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    Faucher, Fabien A; Gannier, François E; Lignon, Jacques M; Cosnay, Pierre; Malécot, Claire O

    2008-01-01

    Although beta(2)-adrenoceptors represent 15-25% of beta-adrenoceptors in the guinea pig heart, their functionality is controversial. We assessed the inotropic effects of beta(2)-adrenoceptor partial agonists in right papillary muscles. Salbutamol induced a small but significant concentration-dependent negative inotropic effect (NIE, -5% at 60 nM) followed by a moderate positive inotropic effect (+36% at 6 microM) due to activation of beta(1)-adrenoceptors. In the presence of 4 microM atenolol, the concentration-dependent NIE (-12% at 6 microM) was biphasic, best described by a double logistic equation with respective EC(50) values of 3 and approximately 420 nM, and was insensitive to SR59230A. In muscles from pertussis toxin-treated guinea pigs, the salbutamol-induced positive inotropic effect was sensitive to low concentrations of ICI-118551 in an unusual manner. Experiments in reserpinized animals revealed the importance of the phosphorylation-dephosphorylation processes. PKA inhibition reduced and suppressed the effects obtained at low and high concentrations, respectively, indicating that its activation was a prerequisite to the NIE. The effect occurring at nanomolar concentrations depended upon PKA/phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/cytosolic phospholipase A(2) (cPLA(2)) activations leading to nitric oxide (NO) release via the arachidonic acid/cyclooxygenase pathway. NO release via PKA-dependent phosphorylation of the receptor was responsible for the inotropic effect observed at submicromolar concentrations, which is negatively controlled by cPLA(2). The possibility that these effects are due to an equilibrium between different affinity states of the receptor (G(s)/G(i) coupled and G(i) independent with different signaling pathways) that can be displaced by ICI-118551 is discussed. We conclude that beta(2)-adrenoceptors are functional in guinea pig heart and can modulate the inotropic state.

  5. Carrier-mediated transport of enkephalins and N-Tyr-MIF-1 across blood-brain barrier

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    Banks, W.A.; Kastin, A.J.; Fischman, A.J.; Coy, D.H.; Strauss, S.L.

    1986-10-01

    The saturable, carrier-mediated system capable of the brain-to-blood transport of small peptides with an N-terminal tyrosine was characterized. The rate of disappearance of intraventricularly injected iodinated peptide in the presence or absence of the inhibitor being tested was determined from formulas based on the residual radioactivity in the brains of mice after decapitation. The injection of 100 nmol/mouse of unlabeled N-Tyr-MIF-1 (TMIF) increased the half-time disappearance of 125I-TMIF (ITMIF) in the central nervous system (CNS) from 14.1 to 88.7 min (P less than 0.00005). Technetium, a substance transported out of the brain by the same system that transports iodine, was used as a control; the half-time disappearance of technetium pertechnetate was unaffected by unlabeled TMIF. With two related but distinct techniques, the maximum transport rate out of the CNS (Vmax) for TMIF was 0.266 nmol X g of brain per min (method 1) and 0.297 nmol X g-1 X min-1 (method 2), while the amount of unlabeled material needed to achieve 50% of Vmax (Km) was 15.2 nmol/g (method 1) and 15.1 nmol/g (method 2). The lack of effect of the tyrosinated fragments of TMIF as inhibitors indicates that TMIF is being transported in intact form. The Vmax for methionine enkephalin determined with labeled and unlabeled methionine enkephalin was 0.630 nmol X g-1 X min-1 and the Km was 24.95 nmol/g. Studies with the metabolic modulators furosemide, acetozolamide, reserpine, ouabain, and theophylline suggest that the system is sodium dependent and probably independent of ATPase.

  6. Screening approach by ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for the blood quantification of thirty-four toxic principles of plant origin. Application to forensic toxicology.

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    Carlier, Jérémy; Guitton, Jérôme; Romeuf, Ludovic; Bévalot, Fabien; Boyer, Baptiste; Fanton, Laurent; Gaillard, Yvan

    2015-01-15

    Plant poisonings have left their mark on history and still cause many deaths, whether intentional or accidental. The means to show toxicological evidence of such poisonings should be implemented with great care. This article presents a technique for measuring thirty-nine toxic principles of plant origin in the blood, covering a large amount of toxins from local or exotic plants: α-lobeline, α-solanine, aconitine, ajmaline, atropine, brucine, cephalomannine, colchicine, convallatoxin, cymarine, cytisine, digitoxin, digoxin, emetine, gelsemine, ibogaine, jervine, kavain, lanatoside C, lupanine, mitragynine, neriifolin, oleandrin, ouabain, paclitaxel, physostigmine, pilocarpine, podophyllotoxin, proscillaridin A, reserpine, retrorsine, ricinine, scopolamine, senecionine, sparteine, strophanthidin, strychnine, veratridine and yohimbine. Analysis was carried out using an original ultra-high performance liquid chromatography separation coupled with tandem mass spectrometry detection. Extraction was a standard solid phase extraction performed on Oasis(®) HLB cartridge. Thirty-four of the thirty-nine compounds were put through a validation procedure. The assay was linear in the calibration curve range from 0.5 or 5 μg/L to 1000 μg/L according to the compounds. The method is sensitive (LOD from 0.1 to 1.6 μg/L). The within-day precision of the assay was less than 22.5% at the LLOQ, and the between-day precision was less than 21.5% for 10 μg/L for all the compounds included. The assay accuracy was in the range of 87.4 to 119.8% for the LLOQ. The extraction recovery and matrix effect ranged from 30 to 106% and from -30 to 14%, respectively. It has proven useful and effective in several difficult forensic cases. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Beta-adrenoceptor profile of ractopamine HCl in isolated smooth and cardiac muscle tissues of rat and guinea-pig.

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    Colbert, W E; Williams, P D; Williams, G D

    1991-12-01

    The investigational sympathomimetic amine, ractopamine hydrochloride, has been profiled for adrenergic activity in selected smooth and cardiac muscle preparations. There was no significant interaction of ractopamine with alpha-adrenergic receptors in the rat vas deferens at concentrations up to 10(-5) M. However, ractopamine produced a concentration-dependent increase in the force and rate of contractions of atria isolated from normal and reserpinized guinea-pigs (EC50 = 1 x 10(-7) M). These increases were submaximal compared with isoprenaline (70-85%), suggesting partial agonist activity at the beta 1-receptor site. Ractopamine completely relaxed the KCl-contracted guinea-pig trachea and rat costo-uterine smooth muscle to their resting tensions (EC50 = 3 x 10(-7) and 5.5 x 10(-8) M, respectively), indicative of full beta 2-agonist properties. Propranolol blocked the response of ractopamine in isolated tracheal and atrial tissues (pA2 = 7.70), demonstrating a beta-adrenergic mechanism of activity. Ractopamine also exhibited antagonism of the response of the guinea-pig trachea to the beta-agonist, isoprenaline. Relative to other beta-agonists, ractopamine was 100-fold more potent than the phenethanolamines, salbutamol and ritodrine, at the beta 1-adrenoceptor, and approximately 7- to 11-fold more potent than ritodrine, but only one-sixth to one-tenth as potent as salbutamol at the beta 2-adrenoceptor. Thus, ractopamine possesses significant beta 1- and beta 2-agonist properties. The submaximal stimulation of the force and rate of atrial contractions is indicative of a partial beta 1-agonist, while the maximal relaxation of the tracheal and costo-uterine smooth muscle is characteristic of a full beta 2-agonist.

  8. Comparative Phenotypic and Genotypic Analysis of Swiss and Finnish Listeria monocytogenes Isolates with Respect to Benzalkonium Chloride Resistance

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    Meier, Anja B.; Guldimann, Claudia; Markkula, Annukka; Pöntinen, Anna; Korkeala, Hannu; Tasara, Taurai

    2017-01-01

    Reduced susceptibility of Listeria monocytogenes to benzalkonium chloride (BC), a quaternary ammonium compound widely used in food processing and hospital environments, is a growing public health and food safety concern. The minimal inhibitory concentration of BC on 392 L. monocytogenes strains from Switzerland (CH) and Finland (FIN) was determined. Within this strain collection, benzalkonium chloride resistance was observed in 12.3% (24/195) of Swiss and 10.6% (21/197) of Finnish strains. In both countries, the highest prevalence of BC-resistant strains (CH: 29.4%; FIN: 38.9%) was detected among serotype 1/2c strains. Based on PCR analysis, genes coding for the qacH efflux pump system were detected for most of the BC-resistant strains (CH: 62.5%; FIN: 52.4%). Some Swiss BC-resistant strains harbored genes coding for the bcrABC (16.7%) efflux pump system, while one Finnish BC-resistant strain harbored the emrE gene previously only described among BC-resistant L. monocytogenes strains from Canada. Interestingly, a subset of BC-resistant strains (CH: 5/24, 20.8%; FIN: 9/21, 42.8%) lacked genes for efflux pumps currently known to confer BC resistance in L. monocytogenes. BC resistance analysis in presence of reserpine showed that the resistance was completely or partially efflux pump dependent in 10 out of the 14 strains lacking the known BC resistance genes. Sequence types 155 and ST403 were over-representated among these strains suggesting that these strains might share similar but yet unknown mechanisms of BC resistance. PMID:28386248

  9. Beyond reverse pharmacology: Mechanism-based screening of Ayurvedic drugs

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    Lele, R. D.

    2010-01-01

    This paper reviews the pharmacology of Indian medicinal plants, starting with the historical background of European work on the subject beginning as early as the 17th century, and tracing its history through the work of Sen and Bose in the 1930‘s, and Vakhil’s historic 1949 paper on Sarpaghanda. The often crucial role of patient feedback in early discoveries is highlighted, as is the time lag between proof of pharmacological action and identification of the active principle, and subsequent elucidation of mechanism of action. In the case of Indian plants in the 20th century this process sometimes took almost 50 years. Reserpine and its mechanisms are given in detail, and its current relevance to public health discussed. The foundation of present day methods of pharmacology is briefly presented so the complexity of methods used to identify properties of Ayurveda derived drugs like forskolin and baicalein, and their bioavailability, may be better appreciated. Ayurveda derived anti-oxidants and their levels of action, immuno-modulators, particularly with respect to the NF-kB pathway and its implications for cancer control, are all considered. The example of curcumin derived from turmeric is explained in more detail, because of its role in cancer prevention. Finally, the paper emphasizes the importance of Ayurveda’s concepts of rasayana as a form of dietary chemo-prevention; the significance of ahar, diet, in Ayurveda’s aspiration to prevent disease and restore health thus becomes clear. Understood in this light, Ayurveda may transcend pharmacology as a treatment paradigm. PMID:21731372

  10. A ganglionic stimulant, 1,1-dimethyl-4-phenylpiperazinium, caused both cholinergic and adrenergic responses in the isolated mouse atrium.

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    Ochi, Kenta; Teraoka, Hiroki; Unno, Toshihiro; Komori, Sei-Ichi; Yamada, Masahisa; Kitazawa, Takio

    2013-03-15

    An isolated atrial preparation of the mouse is useful for analyzing the actions of drugs on the myocardium, autonomic neurons and endocardial endothelium. The aim of the present study was to examine the functions of intrinsic neurons of the atrium using a ganglionic stimulant, 1,1-dimethyl-4-phenylpiperazinium (DMPP). DMPP (1-100 μM) caused a negative chronotropic action followed by a positive chronotropic action in spontaneously beating right atria and also caused biphasic inotropic actions consisting of initial inhibition followed by potentiation of electrical field stimulation (EFS)-induced contraction in the left atria. Inotropic actions in the left atria induced by DMPP were characterized using some autonomic drugs and M2 and/or M3 muscarinic receptor knockout (M2R-KO, M3R-KO and M2M3R-KO) mice. Atropine and hexamethonium decreased the initial negative inotropic actions of DMPP. In the atria from pertussis toxin-treated, M2R-KO and M2/M3R-KO mice, the negative inotropic actions were abolished. On the other hand, the following positive inotropic actions were decreased by hexamethonium, atropine and atenolol. In the atria from reserpine-treated mice, positive inotropic actions were also decreased. The positive inotropic action induced by DMPP was almost the same in M2R-KO mice but was reduced in both M3R-KO mice and M2/M3R-KO mice. In conclusion, DMPP caused biphasic inotropic/chronotropic actions in the mouse atrium through activation of intrinsic cholinergic and adrenergic neurons. M2 and M3 muscarinic receptors and β1-adrenoceptor are thought to be involved in these actions.

  11. Integration of Multiple Components in Polystyrene-based Microfluidic Devices Part 2: Cellular Analysis

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    Anderson, Kari B.; Halpin, Stephen T.; Johnson, Alicia S.; Martin, R. Scott; Spence, Dana M.

    2012-01-01

    In Part II of this series describing the use of polystyrene (PS) devices for microfluidic-based cellular assays, various cellular types and detection strategies are employed to determine three fundamental assays often associated with cells. Specifically, using either integrated electrochemical sensing or optical measurements with a standard multi-well plate reader, cellular uptake, production, or release of important cellular analytes are determined on a PS-based device. One experiment involved the fluorescence measurement of nitric oxide (NO) produced within an endothelial cell line following stimulation with ATP. The result was a four-fold increase in NO production (as compared to a control), with this receptor-based mechanism of NO production verifying the maintenance of cell receptors following immobilization onto the PS substrate. The ability to monitor cellular uptake was also demonstrated by optical determination of Ca2+ into endothelial cells following stimulation with the Ca2+ ionophore A20317. The result was a significant increase (42%) in the calcium uptake in the presence of the ionophore, as compared to a control (17%) (p < 0.05). Finally, the release of catecholamines from a dopaminergic cell line (PC 12 cells) was electrochemically monitored, with the electrodes being embedded into the PS-based device. The PC 12 cells had better adherence on the PS devices, as compared to use of PDMS. Potassium-stimulation resulted in the release of 114 ± 11 µM catecholamines, a significant increase (p < 0.05) over the release from cells that had been exposed to an inhibitor (reserpine, 20 ± 2 µM of catecholamines). The ability to successfully measure multiple analytes, generated in different means from various cells under investigation, suggests that PS may be a useful material for microfluidic device fabrication, especially considering the enhanced cell adhesion to PS, its enhanced rigidity/amenability to automation, and its ability to enable a wider range of

  12. Identification of active ingredients in Wuzhuyu decoction improving migraine in mice by spectral efficiency association.

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    Pan, Xueqiang; Wang, Manyuan; Wu, Yanchuan; Lu, Xuran; Shang, Yawen; Xu, Yongsong; Zhai, Yongsong; Li, Jing; Li, Zhaoxia; Gong, Muxin

    2015-07-01

    Wuzhuyu decoction is a traditional Chinese medicine used for the effective treatment of migraines, termed 'Jueyin headache', in China. However, there have been few investigations to clarify the composition of Wuzhuyu decoction for the treatment of migraines. In the present study, 10 types of Wuzhuyu decoction were analyzed by chromatograms. 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)-depletion mouse models of migraine were prepared by subcutaneous injection of reserpine and placement of autologous blood clots in the cerebral cortex. The levels of 5-HT, noradrenaline (NE), dopamine (DA), nitric oxide (NO) and nitric oxide synthase (NOS) in the brain tissues and sera of the mice were determined. The ingredients and pharmacodynamic indices of the Wuzhuyu decoctions were analyzed using spectral efficiency association by partial least squares regression. The levels of 5-HT, NE and DA in the mouse brain tissues were reduced to 337.785 ± 84.504, 171.173 ± 65.172 and 242.075 ± 158.621 mg/g brain tissue, respectively. The level of NO in the brain tissues increased to 0.425 ± 0.184 µmol/g protein and the activities of NOS in the brain tissues and sera increased to 0.719 ± 0.477 U/mg and 50.688 ± 8.132 U/ml, respectively. Regarding the ingredients of the Wuzhuyu decoction, those with significant regression coefficients were ginsenoside-Rg1, Re, Rb1, rutaevine (Rv), limonin (Li), evodiamine (Ev), rutaecarpine (Ru) and substance X (awaiting identification). Rg1, Re, Rb1, Rv, Li, Ev, Ru and X in the Wuzhuyu decoction were observed to yield the pharmacological effects, whereas Rb1, Rv and Ev were important in index improvement.

  13. Renoprotection by nitric oxide donor and lisinopril in the remnant kidney model.

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    Benigni, A; Zoja, C; Noris, M; Corna, D; Benedetti, G; Bruzzi, I; Todeschini, M; Remuzzi, G

    1999-04-01

    Previous studies showed a renoprotective effect of l-arginine in experimental uremia. Whether this was caused by an increased nitric oxide (NO) release or depended on l-arginine per se is not clear. Here, we evaluated whether chronic administration of an NO donor, molsidomine, controlled systemic blood pressure and renal disease progression and prolonged survival in rats with renal mass reduction (RMR). Rats with RMR received the following daily in the drinking water: group 1 (n = 21), no specific therapy (vehicle); group 2 (n = 12), molsidomine, 120 mg/L; group 3 (n = 9), lisinopril, 25 mg/L; and group 4 (n = 12), reserpine, 5 mg/L, hydralazine, 80 mg/L, and hydrochlorothiazide, 25 mg/L, from day 21 after surgery, when rats had hypertension and proteinuria, until the death of the vehicle-treated rats. Molsidomine normalized systemic hypertension, only partially reduced proteinuria and serum creatinine levels, but significantly prolonged animal survival, particularly in the early stage of the disease. Lisinopril at a similar systemic blood pressure was even better than molsidomine in limiting proteinuria, preserving renal function, and prolonging survival, but triple therapy, despite being effective on blood pressure, offered no renoprotection or prolonged survival. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) levels, formed in excessive amounts by the kidneys of these animals, were reduced by molsidomine and lisinopril, but not by triple therapy. The prolongation of survival by NO donor could be attributed to its effect of reducing ET levels, which in turn may limit the smooth muscle cell proliferation and matrix accumulation responsible for organ and, especially, myocardial fibrosis in uremia.

  14. Cold adaptive thermogenesis following consumption of certain pungent spice principles: A validation study.

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    Pandit, Chaitanya; Anilakumar, K R

    2017-02-01

    Identifying a means to activate or potentiate thermogenic mechanisms through ingestion of dietary compounds have important implications in cold endurance and survival. Although many reports discuss the thermogenic potential of spices, it is surprising that none of the studies verify whether consumption of spices can improve cold endurance. In this study, we have attempted to evaluate if ingestion of certain spices can activate heat-generating mechanisms in the body such that a fall in. core body temperature (CBT) can be delayed or prevented when faced with a cold challenge. Ten commonly used spices in the Indian cuisine were chosen and 70% ethanol extract of the spices were fed orally to male Wistar rats at a dose of 250mg/kg for a period of 7 days. A change in CBT during cold exposure was recorded before and after treatment. At the end of the experiment, plasma norepinephrine and serum free fatty acid levels were estimated. We observed that among the ten spices, treatment with cinnamon and pepper extracts showed significant improvement in comparison to the control group. Based on evidence in literature and the HPLC-MS analysis from our lab, we hypothesized that the effects of the pepper and cinnamon extracts might be due to their piperine and cinnamaldehyde content respectively. However, no improved endurance was observed when they were administered alone. Poor endurance following depletion of endogenous norepinephrine levels using reserpine indicated its involvement in mediating the heat generating processes. However, it is noteworthy that green tea and spice treated animals exhibited a fall in CBT which was lower than their initial fall. In conclusion, our findings provide experimental evidence that ingestion of spices, viz., pepper and cinnamon, might elicit thermogenic responses such that hypothermia can be delayed or prevented upon cold exposure. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Increased uptake of [123I]-meta-iodobenzylguanidine and [18F]-dopamine in mouse pheochromocytoma cells and tumors after treatment with the histone deacetylase inhibitors romidepsin and trichostatin A

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    Martiniova, Lucia; Perera, Shiromi M.; Brouwers, Frederieke M.; Alesci, Salvatore; Abu-Asab, Mones; Marvelle, Amanda F.; Kiesewetter, Dale O.; Thomasson, David; Morris, John C.; Kvetnansky, Richard; Tischler, Arthur S.; Reynolds, James C; Fojo, A. Tito; Pacak, Karel

    2014-01-01

    Purpose [131I]-meta-iodobenzylguanidine ([131I]-MIBG) is the most commonly employed treatment for metastatic pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma; however, its success is limited. Its efficacy depends on the [131I]-MIBG concentration reached within the tumor through its uptake via the norepinephrine transporter and retention in neurosecretory granules. Purpose is to enhance [123I]-MIBG uptake in cells and liver pheochromocytoma tumors. Experimental Design We report the in vitro effects of two histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors, romidepsin and trichostatin A, on increased uptake of [3H]-norepinephrine and [123I]-MIBG in mouse pheochromocytoma (MPC) cells, and the effect of romidepsin on [18F]-fluorodopamine and [123I]-MIBG uptake in a mouse model of metastatic pheochromocytoma. The effects of both inhibitors on norepinephrine transporter activity were assessed in MPC cells by [123I]-MIBG uptake studies with and without the transporter blocking agent desipramine and the vesicular blocking agent reserpine. Results Both HDAC inhibitors increased [3H]-norepinephrine, [123I]-MIBG, and [18F]-fluorodopamine uptake through the norepinephrine transporter in MPC cells. In vivo, inhibitor treatment resulted in increased uptake of [18F]-fluorodopamine and in pheochromocytoma liver metastases as measured by maximal standardized uptake values on PET imaging (p < 0.001). Analysis of biodistribution after inhibitor treatment confirmed the PET results in that uptake of [123I]-MIBG was significantly increased in liver metastases (p < 0.05). Therefore, HDAC inhibitor treatment increased radioisotope uptake in MPC cells in vitro and in liver metastases in vivo, through increased norepinephrine transporter activity. Conclusion These results suggest that HDAC inhibitors could enhance the therapeutic efficacy of [131I]-MIBG treatment in patients with malignant pheochromocytoma. PMID:21098082

  16. Therapeutic advantage of converting enzyme inhibitors in arresting progressive renal disease associated with systemic hypertension in the rat.

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    Anderson, S; Rennke, H G; Brenner, B M

    1986-01-01

    Micropuncture and morphologic studies were performed in six groups of male Munich-Wistar rats after removal of the right kidney and segmental infarction of two-thirds of the left kidney. Groups 1 and 4 received no specific therapy. Groups 2 and 5 were treated with the angiotensin I-converting enzyme inhibitor, enalapril, 50 mg/liter, in the drinking water. Groups 3 and 6 were treated with reserpine (5 mg/liter), hydralazine (80 mg/liter), and hydrochlorothiazide (25 mg/liter). All rats were fed standard chow. Groups 1-3 underwent micropuncture study 4 wk after renal ablation. Untreated group 1 rats exhibited systemic hypertension and elevation of the single nephron glomerular filtration rate (SNGFR) due to high average values for the mean glomerular transcapillary hydraulic pressure gradient (delta P) and glomerular plasma flow rate (QA). In group 2 rats, treatment with enalapril prevented systemic hypertension and maintained delta P at near-normal levels without significant reduction in SNGFR and QA. In contrast, triple drug therapy normalized systemic hypertension, but failed to lower delta P in group 3 rats. Groups 4-6 were followed for 12 wk after renal ablation. Untreated group 4 rats demonstrated continuous systemic hypertension, progressive proteinuria, and glomerular structural lesions, including mesangial expansion and frequent areas of segmental sclerosis. In group 5 rats, treatment with enalapril maintained systemic blood pressure at normal levels over the 12-wk period and dramatically limited the development of proteinuria and glomerular lesions. Despite equivalent systemic blood pressure control in group 6 rats, failure of triple drug therapy to control glomerular hypertension was associated with progressive proteinuria and glomerular lesions comparable to those seen in untreated group 4 rats. Thus, unless glomerular capillary hypertension is corrected, control of systemic blood pressure is insufficient to prevent progressive renal injury in rats with

  17. Determination of Collision Cross Sections Using a Fourier Transform Electrostatic Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer.

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    Dziekonski, Eric T; Johnson, Joshua T; Lee, Kenneth W; McLuckey, Scott A

    2017-07-11

    Collision cross sections (CCSs) were determined from the frequency-domain linewidths in a Fourier transform electrostatic linear ion trap. With use of an ultrahigh-vacuum precision leak valve and nitrogen gas, transients were recorded as the background pressure in the mass analyzer chamber was varied between 4× 10(-8) and 7 × 10(-7) Torr. The energetic hard-sphere ion-neutral collision model, described by Xu and coworkers, was used to relate the recorded image charge to the CCS of the molecule. In lieu of our monoisotopically isolating the mass of interest, the known relative isotopic abundances were programmed into the Lorentzian fitting algorithm such that the linewidth was extracted from a sum of Lorentzians. Although this works only if the isotopic distribution is known a priori, it prevents ion loss, preserves the high signal-to-noise ratio, and minimizes the experimental error on our homebuilt instrument. Six tetraalkylammonium cations were used to correlate the CCS measured in the electrostatic linear ion trap with that measured by drift-tube ion mobility spectrometry, for which there was an excellent correlation (R (2) ≈ 0.9999). Although the absolute CCSs derived with our method differ from those reported, the extracted linear correlation can be used to correct the raw CCS. With use of [angiotensin II](2+) and reserpine, the corrected CCSs (334.9 ± 2.1 and 250.1 ± 0.5, respectively) were in good agreement with the reported ion mobility spectrometry CCSs (335 and 254.3, respectively). With sufficient signal-to-noise ratio, the CCSs determined are reproducible to within a fraction of a percent, comparable to the uncertainties reported on dedicated ion mobility instruments. Graphical Abstract ᅟ.

  18. Determination of Collision Cross Sections Using a Fourier Transform Electrostatic Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer

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    Dziekonski, Eric T.; Johnson, Joshua T.; Lee, Kenneth W.; McLuckey, Scott A.

    2017-07-01

    Collision cross sections (CCSs) were determined from the frequency-domain linewidths in a Fourier transform electrostatic linear ion trap. With use of an ultrahigh-vacuum precision leak valve and nitrogen gas, transients were recorded as the background pressure in the mass analyzer chamber was varied between 4× 10-8 and 7 × 10-7 Torr. The energetic hard-sphere ion-neutral collision model, described by Xu and coworkers, was used to relate the recorded image charge to the CCS of the molecule. In lieu of our monoisotopically isolating the mass of interest, the known relative isotopic abundances were programmed into the Lorentzian fitting algorithm such that the linewidth was extracted from a sum of Lorentzians. Although this works only if the isotopic distribution is known a priori, it prevents ion loss, preserves the high signal-to-noise ratio, and minimizes the experimental error on our homebuilt instrument. Six tetraalkylammonium cations were used to correlate the CCS measured in the electrostatic linear ion trap with that measured by drift-tube ion mobility spectrometry, for which there was an excellent correlation (R 2 ≈ 0.9999). Although the absolute CCSs derived with our method differ from those reported, the extracted linear correlation can be used to correct the raw CCS. With use of [angiotensin II]2+ and reserpine, the corrected CCSs (334.9 ± 2.1 and 250.1 ± 0.5, respectively) were in good agreement with the reported ion mobility spectrometry CCSs (335 and 254.3, respectively). With sufficient signal-to-noise ratio, the CCSs determined are reproducible to within a fraction of a percent, comparable to the uncertainties reported on dedicated ion mobility instruments.

  19. Β-adrenergic-stimulated L-type channel Ca²+ entry mediates hypoxic Ca²+ overload in intact heart.

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    Zhang, Huiliang; Shang, Wei; Zhang, Xing; Gu, Jingli; Wang, Xianhua; Zheng, Ming; Wang, Yanru; Zhou, Zhuan; Cao, Ji-Min; Ji, Guangju; Zhang, Rongli; Cheng, Heping

    2013-12-01

    Ca(2+) mishandling plays a key role in ischemia- and hypoxia-related cardiac dysfunction and injury. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying hypoxic intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) overload remain incompletely understood. This study aimed to investigate possible mechanisms of [Ca(2+)]i overload during hypoxia in the intact heart. In Langendorff-perfused heart expressing the Ca(2+) indicator GCaMP2, confocal microscopy was used to simultaneously visualize [Ca(2+)]i, mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm, by tetramethylrhodamine methyl ester) and sarcolemmal integrity (by Evans blue). Upon hypoxia (pO2 ~20 mmHg in glucose-free perfusate), [Ca(2+)]i transients were initially enhanced and then became depressed, arrhythmic, and completely abolished within 12 min. At ~20 min, basal [Ca(2+)]i rose to its first peak at a supraphysiological level, coincident with loss of ΔΨm and onset of rigor. A greater [Ca(2+)]i rise occurred at ~2h and was linked to the loss of sarcolemmal integrity. Removal of extracellular Ca(2+) or blockade of the l-type Ca(2+) channel (LTCC) (10 μM diltiazem or nifedipine) prevented [Ca(2+)]i overload and markedly delayed the loss of ΔΨm; by contrast, depletion of the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) store by thapsigargin did not have any significant effect. Importantly, β-adrenergic blockade or depletion of the sympathetic catecholamine store by reserpine slowed the Ca(2+) and mitochondrial responses to hypoxia in intact heart. This LTCC-mediated hypoxic [Ca(2+)]i overload was reproduced in isolated cardiomyocytes when β-adrenergic agonist was present. Taken together, we conclude that Ca(2+) entry through β-adrenergic-stimulated LTCC underlies hypoxia-induced [Ca(2+)]i overload and the ensuing loss of mitochondrial function in intact heart. © 2013. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Possible involvement of 5-HT and 5-HT2 receptors in acceleration of gastrointestinal transit by escin Ib in mice.

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    Matsuda, H; Li, Y; Yoshikawa, M

    2000-01-01

    We have reported previously that escin Ib accelerated gastrointestinal transit (GIT) in mice, and that its effect may be mediated by the release of endogenous prostaglandins (PGs) and nitric oxide (NO). In this study, the possible involvement of 5-HT and 5-HT receptors in the GIT acceleration of escin Ib was investigated in mice. The acceleration of GIT by escin Ib (25 or 50 mg/kg, p.o.) was attenuated by pretreatment with ritanserin (0.5-5 mg/kg, s.c., a 5-HT(2A/2C/2B) receptor antagonist), but not with MDL 72222 (1 and 5 mg/kg, s.c.) and metoclopramide (10 mg/kg, s.c.) (5-HT3 receptor antagonists) or tropisetron (1 and 10 mg/kg, s.c., a 5-HT(3/4) receptor antagonist). Furthermore, pretreatment with ketanserin (0.05-5 mg/kg, s.c.), haloperidol (1-5 mg/kg, s.c.) and spiperone (0.5-5 mg/kg, s.c.) (5-HT2A receptor antagonists), as well as a bolus of dl-p-chlorophenylalanine methyl ester (PCPA, 1000 mg/kg, p.o., 1, 6 or 24 h before administration of the sample) (an inhibitor of 5-HT synthesizing enzyme tryptophan hydroxylase) and reserpine (5 mg/kg, p.o.) (a 5-HT depletor), but not 6-hydroxydopamine (80 mg/kg, i.p., a dopamine depletor) or repeated PCPA (300 mg/kg x2, p.o., 72 and 48 h before administration of the sample), also attenuated the effects of escin Ib. It is postulated that escin Ib accelerates GIT, at least in part, by stimulating the synthesis of 5-HT to act through 5-HT2, possibly 5-HT2A receptors, which in turn causes the release of NO and PGs.

  1. Possible involvement of dopamine and dopamine2 receptors in the inhibitions of gastric emptying by escin Ib in mice.

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    Matsuda, H; Li, Y; Yoshikawa, M

    2000-11-03

    It was previously reported that escin Ib isolated from horse chestnut inhibited gastric emptying (GE) in mice, in which the capsaicin-sensitive sensory nerves (CPSN), the central nervous system and endogenous prostaglandins (PGs) were involved. In the present study, the possible involvement of dopamine and dopamine receptors in the inhibition of GE by escin Ib were investigated in mice. GE inhibition by escin Ib (25 mg/kg, p.o.) was attenuated after pretreatment with a single bolus of DL-alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine methyl ester (400 mg/kg, s.c., an inhibitor of tyrosine hydroxylase), reserpine (5 mg/kg, p.o., a catecholamine depletor), 6-hydroxydopamine (80 mg/kg, i.p., a dopamine depletor). Furthermore, pretreatment with spiperone (0.5-5 mg/kg, s.c., a dopamine2 receptor antagonist), haloperidol (0.5-10 mg/kg, s.c.) and metoclopramide (1-10 mg/kg, s.c.) (centrally acting dopamine2 receptor antagonists) attenuated the effect of escin Ib. Domperidone (0.1-5 mg/kg, s.c., a peripheral-acting dopamine2 antagonist) showed a weak attenuation, but SCH 23390 (1-5 mg/kg, s.c., a dopamine, receptor antagonist) did not. It is postulated that escin Ib inhibits GE, at least in part, mediated by CPSN, to stimulate the synthesis and/or release of dopamine, to act through central dopamine2 receptor, which in turn causes the release of PGs.

  2. Comparative Phenotypic and Genotypic Analysis of Swiss and Finnish Listeria monocytogenes Isolates with Respect to Benzalkonium Chloride Resistance.

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    Meier, Anja B; Guldimann, Claudia; Markkula, Annukka; Pöntinen, Anna; Korkeala, Hannu; Tasara, Taurai

    2017-01-01

    Reduced susceptibility of Listeria monocytogenes to benzalkonium chloride (BC), a quaternary ammonium compound widely used in food processing and hospital environments, is a growing public health and food safety concern. The minimal inhibitory concentration of BC on 392 L. monocytogenes strains from Switzerland (CH) and Finland (FIN) was determined. Within this strain collection, benzalkonium chloride resistance was observed in 12.3% (24/195) of Swiss and 10.6% (21/197) of Finnish strains. In both countries, the highest prevalence of BC-resistant strains (CH: 29.4%; FIN: 38.9%) was detected among serotype 1/2c strains. Based on PCR analysis, genes coding for the qacH efflux pump system were detected for most of the BC-resistant strains (CH: 62.5%; FIN: 52.4%). Some Swiss BC-resistant strains harbored genes coding for the bcrABC (16.7%) efflux pump system, while one Finnish BC-resistant strain harbored the emrE gene previously only described among BC-resistant L. monocytogenes strains from Canada. Interestingly, a subset of BC-resistant strains (CH: 5/24, 20.8%; FIN: 9/21, 42.8%) lacked genes for efflux pumps currently known to confer BC resistance in L. monocytogenes. BC resistance analysis in presence of reserpine showed that the resistance was completely or partially efflux pump dependent in 10 out of the 14 strains lacking the known BC resistance genes. Sequence types 155 and ST403 were over-representated among these strains suggesting that these strains might share similar but yet unknown mechanisms of BC resistance.

  3. The mode of inotropic action of ciguatoxin on guinea-pig cardiac muscle.

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    Seino, A.; Kobayashi, M.; Momose, K.; Yasumoto, T.; Ohizumi, Y.

    1988-01-01

    1. Ciguatoxin (CTX) caused a dose-dependent increase in the contractile force of the guinea-pig isolated left atria at concentrations ranging from 0.1 to 10 ng ml-1 with the ED50 value of 0.5 ng ml-1. 2. In the atria, tetrodotoxin (5 x 10(-7) M) inhibited markedly the inotropic action of CTX. The inotropic effect of CTX at low concentrations was abolished by practolol (10(-5) M) and reserpine (2 mg kg-1 daily, for 3 days), whereas that of CTX at high concentrations was partially inhibited by both drugs. 3. In single atrial cells, CTX (3 ng ml-1) produced a marked increase in the amplitude of longitudinal contractions. 4. CTX (3 ng ml-1) caused marked prolongation in the falling phase of action potentials of atrial strips without affecting the maximum rate of rise of action potentials and membrane resting potentials. The effect of CTX on action potentials was abolished by tetrodotoxin (10(-6) M). 5. The whole-cell patch-clamp experiments on myocytes revealed that CTX (20 ng ml-1) shifted the current-voltage curve of Na inward currents by 40 mV in the negative direction. CTX caused a small sustained Na inward current even at resting membrane potentials. 6. These results suggest that the inotropic action of lower concentrations of CTX is primarily due to an indirect action via noradrenaline release, whereas that of higher concentrations is caused not only by an indirect action but also by a direct action on voltage-dependent Na channels of cardiac muscle.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:3207997

  4. Role of dopaminergic and GABAergic mechanisms in discrete brain areas in phencyclidine-induced locomotor stimulation and turning behavior.

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    Yamaguchi, K; Nabeshima, T; Kameyama, T

    1986-12-01

    This study was designed to test whether phencyclidine (PCP)-induced turning behavior and locomotor stimulation result from the action of this drug on functionally different neuronal systems and different sites of the brain. PCP produced turning behavior towards the drug injection side with unilateral injection of PCP (50-100 micrograms) into the globus pallidus, but not the nucleus accumbens and the caudate nucleus. This turning behavior was strongly attenuated by a gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) antagonist, bicuculline, and by pimozide which reduces dopaminergic transmission in non-injection sites. Turning behavior induced by intraperitoneal injection of PCP (7.5 mg/kg) was enhanced by a GABA agonist, baclofen, and attenuated by GABA antagonists (bicuculline, picrotoxin). On the other hand, PCP produced significant locomotor stimulation, sniffing, rearing and forward locomotion with unilateral injection of 25-100 micrograms into the nucleus accumbens and the caudate nucleus. These behaviors were strongly antagonized by intraperitoneal injection of pimozide. The locomotor stimulation induced by intraperitoneal injection of PCP (5 mg/kg) was markedly enhanced by a small dose of methamphetamine and, by contrast, attenuated by reserpine, 6-hydroxydopamine, haloperidol, pimozide and a low dose of apomorphine which inhibits the release of dopamine by the stimulation of presynaptic receptors. These results suggest that PCP-induced turning behavior may be produced through stimulation of GABAergic transmission in the globus pallidus, although PCP-induced locomotor stimulation, sniffing, rearing and forward locomotion may be produced by increasing dopaminergic transmission in the nucleus accumbens and the caudate nucleus.

  5. Increased uptake of [¹²³I]meta-iodobenzylguanidine, [¹⁸F]fluorodopamine, and [³H]norepinephrine in mouse pheochromocytoma cells and tumors after treatment with the histone deacetylase inhibitors.

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    Martiniova, Lucia; Perera, Shiromi M; Brouwers, Frederieke M; Alesci, Salvatore; Abu-Asab, Mones; Marvelle, Amanda F; Kiesewetter, Dale O; Thomasson, David; Morris, John C; Kvetnansky, Richard; Tischler, Arthur S; Reynolds, James C; Fojo, Antonio Tito; Pacak, Karel

    2011-02-01

    [¹³¹I]meta-iodobenzylguanidine ([¹³¹I]MIBG) is the most commonly used treatment for metastatic pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma. It enters the chromaffin cells via the membrane norepinephrine transporter; however, its success has been modest. We studied the ability of histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors to enhance [¹²³I]MIBG uptake by tumors in a mouse metastatic pheochromocytoma model. HDAC inhibitors are known to arrest growth, induce differentiation and apoptosis in various cancer cells, and further inhibit tumor growth. We report the in vitro and in vivo effects of two HDAC inhibitors, romidepsin and trichostatin A, on the uptake of [(3)H]norepinephrine, [¹²³I]MIBG, and [(18)F]fluorodopamine in a mouse model of metastatic pheochromocytoma. The effects of both inhibitors on norepinephrine transporter activity were assessed in mouse pheochromocytoma (MPC) cells by using the transporter-blocking agent desipramine and the vesicular-blocking agent reserpine. HDAC inhibitors increased [(3)H]norepinephrine, [¹²³I]MIBG, and [(18)F]fluorodopamine uptake through the norepinephrine transporter in MPC cells. In vivo, inhibitor treatment resulted in significantly increased uptake of [(18)F]fluorodopamine positron emission tomography (PET) in pheochromocytoma liver metastases (19.1 ± 3.2% injected dose per gram of tumor (%ID/g) compared to liver metastases in pretreatment scans 5.9 ± 0.6%; P<0.001). Biodistribution analysis after inhibitors treatment confirmed the PET results. The uptake of [(123)I]MIBG was significantly increased in liver metastases 9.5 ± 1.1% compared to 3.19 ± 0.4% in untreated control liver metastases (P<0.05). We found that HDAC inhibitors caused an increase in the amount of norepinephrine transporter expressed in tumors. HDAC inhibitors may enhance the therapeutic efficacy of [(131)I]MIBG treatment in patients with advanced malignant pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma.

  6. Effect of Saraswatarishta in animal models of behavior despair

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    Parekar, Reshma R.; Jadhav, Kshitij S.; Marathe, Padmaja A.; Rege, Nirmala N.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Saraswatarishta (SA) is a herbo-mineral formulation consisting of 18 plants some of which are Medhyarasayanas. It has been claimed to be useful in treating central nervous system disorders. Objective: To evaluate antidepressant effect of ‘Saraswatarishta’(SA) alone and in combination with imipramine and fluoxetine in animal models of depression. Materials and Methods: After obtaining IAEC permission, 144 rats (n = 36/part) were randomized into 6 groups- Group 1: Distilled water (1 mL), Group 2: Imipramine (30 mg/kg), Group 3: Fluoxetine (10 mg/kg), Group 4: SA (1.8 mL/kg), Group 5: Imipramine + SA, Group 6: Fluoxetine + SA. Effects of study drugs were evaluated in forced swim test (FST) with single exposure to FST (Part 1) and repeated exposure for 14 days (Part 2). In Part 3, reserpine was used with FST and effects of study drugs were evaluated against single exposure to FST. Same model was used with repeated exposures to FST (Part 4). In each part, rats were subjected to open field test (OFT) for 5 min prior to final FST. The variables measured: Immobility time in FST; line crossing, rearing and defecation in the OFT. Results: In all four parts, individual drugs and combinations thereof produced significant decrease in immobility time as compared to control, and extent of decrease was comparable amongst these groups. However, values for combination of fluoxetine with SA group were found to be lesser than that for individual agents in Parts 2 and 3. Combination of SA with imipramine did not enhance its anti-depressant effect in any of the parts. OFT findings did not vary significantly amongst the study groups. Conclusion: Decreased immobility in FST and absence of generalized stimulation or depression of motor activity in OFT point towards potential antidepressant effect of Saraswatarishta. Its co-administration with fluoxetine showed more promising effects. PMID:25336844

  7. Central action of ipsapirone, a new anxiolytic drug, on serotoninergic, noradrenergic and dopaminergic functions.

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    Maj, J; Chojnacka-Wójcik, E; Tatarczyńska, E; Kłodzińska, A

    1987-01-01

    Ipsapirone (TVX Q 7821, 2-(4-(4-(2-pyrimidinyl)-1-piperazinyl)butyl)-1,2-benzisothiazol-3- (2H)one-1, 1-dioxidehydrochloride), a new anxiolytic drug in respect of the evaluation of its effect on central 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), noradrenaline and dopamine functions was studied. It was found that ipsapirone inhibits induced by 8-OH-DPAT and 5-methoxydimethyltryptamine (agonists of 5-HT1A receptors) behavioural effects (flat body posture and forepaw treading) in normal and reserpinized rats. Ipsapirone partly inhibited in rats but not in mice the 8-OH-DPAT-induced hypothermia. Ipsapirone, administered at high doses, decreased the body temperature in rats and mice, inhibited the 5-hydroxytryptophan-induced head twitches in mice and the tryptamine-induced convulsions and tremor in rats. In the hind limb flexor reflex preparation of the spinal rat only high doses of the drug inhibited stimulation induced by quipazine, m-chlorphenylpiperazine, 8-OH-DPAT and St 587 (an agonist of alpha 1-adrenoceptors). Ipsapirone did not block the fenfluramine- and m-chlorphenylpiperazine-induced hyperthermia in rats at an ambient temperature of 28 degrees C. The drug did not affect clonidine-induced sedation and inconsiderably attenuated clonidine-induced hypothermia in mice. It attenuated the d-amphetamine-induced locomotor hyperactivity in mice and rats but, given alone, decreased the locomotor activity. The obtained results indicate that ipsapirone exhibits 5-HT1A antagonistic effect, and only at high doses it can also produce an inhibitory effect on 5-HT2 and the alpha 1-adrenergic function.

  8. Homology modeling, molecular dynamics, and virtual screening of NorA efflux pump inhibitors of Staphylococcus aureus

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    Bhaskar, Baki Vijaya; Babu, Tirumalasetty Muni Chandra; Reddy, Netala Vasudeva; Rajendra, Wudayagiri

    2016-01-01

    Emerging drug resistance in clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus might be implicated to the overexpression of NorA efflux pump which is capable of extruding numerous structurally diverse compounds. However, NorA efflux pump is considered as a potential drug target for the development of efflux pump inhibitors. In the present study, NorA model was constructed based on the crystal structure of glycerol-3-phosphate transporter (PDBID: 1PW4). Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation was performed using NAMD2.7 for NorA which is embedded in the hydrated lipid bilayer. Structural design of NorA unveils amino (N)- and carboxyl (C)-terminal domains which are connected by long cytoplasmic loop. N and C domains are composed of six transmembrane α-helices (TM) which exhibits pseudo-twofold symmetry and possess voluminous substrate binding cavity between TM helices. Molecular docking of reserpine, totarol, ferruginol, salvin, thioxanthene, phenothiazine, omeprazole, verapamil, nalidixic acid, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, and acridine to NorA found that all the molecules were bound at the large hydrophobic cleft and indicated significant interactions with the key residues. In addition, structure-based virtual screening was employed which indicates that 14 potent novel lead molecules such as CID58685302, CID58685367, CID5799283, CID5578487, CID60028372, ZINC12196383, ZINC72140751, ZINC72137843, ZINC39227983, ZINC43742707, ZINC12196375, ZINC66166948, ZINC39228014, and ZINC14616160 have highest binding affinity for NorA. These lead molecules displayed considerable pharmacological properties as evidenced by Lipinski rule of five and prophecy of toxicity risk assessment. Thus, the present study will be helpful in designing and synthesis of a novel class of NorA efflux pump inhibitors that restore the susceptibilities of drug compounds. PMID:27757014

  9. Determination of salivary efavirenz by liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Theron, Anri; Cromarty, Duncan; Rheeders, Malie; Viljoen, Michelle

    2010-10-15

    A novel and robust screening method for the determination of the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, efavirenz (EFV), in human saliva has been developed and validated based on high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Sample preparation of the saliva involved solid-phase extraction (SPE) on C18 cartridges. The analytes were separated by high performance liquid chromatography (Phenomenex Kinetex C18, 150mm×3mm internal diameter, 2.6μm particle size) and detected with tandem mass spectrometry in electrospray positive ionization mode with multiple reaction monitoring. Gradient elution with increasing methanol (MeOH) concentration was used to elute the analytes, at a flow-rate of 0.4mL/min. The total run time was 8.4min and the retention times for the internal standard (reserpine) was 5.4min and for EFV was 6.5min. The calibration curves showed linearity (r(2), 0.989-0.992) over the concentration range of 3.125-100μg/L. Mean intra- and inter-assay relative standard deviation, accuracy, mean extraction recovery, limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantification (LOQ) were 0.46-9.43%, 80-120%, 60% (±7.95), 1.84 and 6.11μg/L respectively. The working range was defined as 6.25-100μg/L. This novel LC-MS/MS assay is suitable for reliable detection of low EFV concentrations in saliva and can be used as a screening tool for monitoring EFV compliance.

  10. Genomic Characterization of Ciprofloxacin Resistance in a Laboratory-Derived Mutant and a Clinical Isolate of Streptococcus pneumoniae

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    Lupien, Andréanne; Billal, Dewan S.; Fani, Fereshteh; Soualhine, Hafid; Zhanel, George G.; Leprohon, Philippe

    2013-01-01

    The broad-spectrum fluoroquinolone ciprofloxacin is a bactericidal antibiotic targeting DNA topoisomerase IV and DNA gyrase encoded by the parC and gyrA genes. Resistance to ciprofloxacin in Streptococcus pneumoniae mainly occurs through the acquisition of mutations in the quinolone resistance-determining region (QRDR) of the ParC and GyrA targets. A role in low-level ciprofloxacin resistance has also been attributed to efflux systems. To look into ciprofloxacin resistance at a genome-wide scale and to discover additional mutations implicated in resistance, we performed whole-genome sequencing of an S. pneumoniae isolate selected for resistance to ciprofloxacin in vitro (128 μg/ml) and of a clinical isolate displaying low-level ciprofloxacin resistance (2 μg/ml). Gene disruption and DNA transformation experiments with PCR fragments harboring the mutations identified in the in vitro S. pneumoniae mutant revealed that resistance is mainly due to QRDR mutations in parC and gyrA and to the overexpression of the ABC transporters PatA and PatB. In contrast, no QRDR mutations were identified in the genome of the S. pneumoniae clinical isolate with low-level resistance to ciprofloxacin. Assays performed in the presence of the efflux pump inhibitor reserpine suggested that resistance is likely mediated by efflux. Interestingly, the genome sequence of this clinical isolate also revealed mutations in the coding region of patA and patB that we implicated in resistance. Finally, a mutation in the NAD(P)H-dependent glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase identified in the S. pneumoniae clinical strain was shown to protect against ciprofloxacin-mediated reactive oxygen species. PMID:23877698

  11. An HPLC-MS method for the quantification of new acetylcholinesterase inhibitor PC 48 (7-MEOTA-donepezil like compound) in rat plasma: Application to a pharmacokinetic study.

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    Mzik, Martin; Korabecny, Jan; Nepovimova, Eugenie; Voříšek, Viktor; Palička, Vladimir; Kuca, Kamil; Zdarova Karasova, Jana

    2016-05-01

    A simple, rapid and sensitive method based on liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) has been developed and validated for the quantitative determination in rat plasma of a new candidate for AD treatment, namely PC 48 (a 7-MEOTA-donepezil like compound) in rat plasma. Sample preparation involved pH adjustment with sodium hydroxide followed by solvent extraction with ethyl acetate:dichloromethane (80:20, v/v). The chromatographic separation was achieved on an Ascentis Express RP-Amide column (75 mm × 2.1mm, 2.7 μm) with a gradient mobile phase consisting of 0.05 M aqueous formic acid and acetonitrile. Detection was carried out using positive-ion electrospray tandem mass spectrometry on an LTQ XL system using the MS/MS CID (collision-induced dissociation) mode. The method was linear in the range 0.1-1000 ng/ml (r(2)=0.999) with a lower limit of quantitation of 0.1 ng/mL. Extraction recovery was in the range 63.5-72.1% for PC 48 and 70.5% for reserpine (internal standard, IS). Intra- and inter-day precisions measured as relative standard deviation were below 10.8% and accuracy was from -7.2% to 7.4%. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study involving intramuscular application of 3.86 mg/kg PC 48 to rats for the first time. Pharmacokinetic parameters for PC 48 include Cmax 39.09 ± 4.45 ng/mL,Tmax 5.00 ± 3.08 min, AUC0-t 23374 ± 4045 min ng/mL and t1/2 1065 ± 246 min.

  12. Psychopharmacological investigation of the monoamine oxidase inhibitory activity of molindone, a dihydroindolone neuroleptic.

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    Balsara, J J; Gada, V P; Nandal, N V; Chandorkar, A G

    1984-09-01

    24 h pretreatment with molindone enhanced the behavioural effects of L-dopa and 5-HTP, precursors of biogenic amines (catecholamines and 5-HT respectively) preferentially deaminated by MAO-A, confirming that a metabolite of molindone inhibits MAO-A. 24 h pretreatment with molindone enhanced the behavioural effects of tryptamine and antagonized reserpine-induced ptosis, and in molindone-pretreated rats L-tryptophan induced behavioural effects, probably because of the MAO-A inhibitory activity exerted by a metabolite of molindone. Since 24 h pretreatment with molindone, unlike 30 min pretreatment with clomipramine, failed to antagonize fenfluramine and p-chloramphetamine-induced behavioural syndromes, it suggests that molindone and/or its metabolites most probably do not exert 5-HT neuronal uptake blocking activity and the potentiation of 5-HTP-induced behavioural syndrome is due to a metabolite's MAO-A inhibitory activity. As 2 h pretreatment with molindone induced catalepsy and antagonized apomorphine-induced climbing behaviour in mice and stereotypy in rats, while 24 h pretreatment failed to induce catalepsy and to antagonize apomorphine-induced behaviour, it appears that, at 24 h, the tissue levels of molindone are inadequate to block postsynaptic striatal and mesolimbic DA receptors and that, though a metabolite of molindone is biologically active so far as inhibition of MAO-A is concerned, the metabolites are devoid of neuroleptic activity. Further, since 2 h pretreatment with molindone failed to enhance the behavioural effects of L-dopa, it suggests that at 2 h the degree of MAO-A inhibition induced by molindone and/or the metabolite is not sufficient to counteract the neuroleptic activity of the parent compound.

  13. Chlorpromazine versus every other antipsychotic for schizophrenia: a systematic review and meta-analysis challenging the dogma of equal efficacy of antipsychotic drugs.

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    Samara, Myrto T; Cao, Haoyin; Helfer, Bartosz; Davis, John M; Leucht, Stefan

    2014-07-01

    It is one of the major psychiatric dogmas that the efficacy of all antipsychotic drugs is same. This statement originated from old, narrative reviews on first-generation antipsychotics, but this old literature has never been meta-analysed. We therefore conducted a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials on the efficacy of chlorpromazine versus any other antipsychotic in the treatment of schizophrenia. If the benchmark drug chlorpromazine were significantly more or less effective than other antipsychotics, the notion of equal efficacy would have to be rejected. We searched the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group׳s specialized register, MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsychInfo and reference lists of relevant articles. The primary outcome was response to treatment. We also analyzed mean values of schizophrenia rating scales at endpoint and drop-out rates. 128, mostly small, RCTs with 10667 participants were included. Chlorpromazine was compared with 43 other antipsychotics and was more efficacious than four (butaperazine, mepazine, oxypertine and reserpine) and less efficacious than other four antipsychotics (clomacran, clozapine, olanzapine and zotepine) in the primary outcome. There were no statistically significant efficacy differences between chlorpromazine and the remaining 28 antipsychotics. The most important finding was that, due to low numbers of participants (median 50, range 8-692), most comparisons were underpowered. Thus we infer that the old antipsychotic drug literature was inconclusive and the claim for equal efficacy of antipsychotics was never evidence-based. Recent meta-analyses on second-generation antipsychotics were in a better position to address this question and small, but consistent differences between drugs were found. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. and ECNP. All rights reserved.

  14. Occurrence of a unique protein toxin from the Indian King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) venom.

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    Gomes, A; De, P; Dasgupta, S C

    2001-01-01

    A unique (lethal-cardiotoxic-hemorrhagic) protein toxin (Toxin CM55) was isolated and purified from Indian King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) venom by CM-sephadex ion exchange chromatography and reverse phase HPLC. The purified toxin had an SDS-molecular weight of 22 +/- 0.5 kD. UV absorption spectra of Toxin CM55 showed a peak at 280 nm, whereas when excited at 280 nm fluorescence, Toxin CM55 showed an E(max) at 333.4 nm. Toxin CM55 had an LD(50) of 28.28 microg/20 g (i. v.) in albino mice. The cardiotoxic action of the toxin was established on isolated guinea pig/rabbit heart and guinea pig auricle. In rats, Toxin CM55 caused ECG abnormalities including widened QRS complex and monomorphic ventricular tachycardia suggesting that the possible site of action of Toxin CM55 was the ventricle. Toxin CM55 produced significant vasoconstriction on peripheral blood vessels. It produced significant contraction of isolated guinea pig ileum, rat fundus and rat uterus, which was completely antagonised by methysergide. The toxin was found to release a significant amount of serotonin from rabbit platelets. Toxin CM55 produced cutaneous hemorrhage in albino mice, which was also produced in reserpine and p-chloro phenylalanine pretreated animals. Rabbit antiserum was raised against Toxin CM55, which gave prominent bands in immunogel diffusion and immunoelectrophoresis. The antiserum provided 2 LD(50) protection against Toxin CM55-induced lethality in mice and also neutralised 3 MHD hemorrhagic dose of the toxin.

  15. Lung epinephrine synthesis

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    Kennedy, B.; Elayan, H.; Ziegler, M.G. )

    1990-04-01

    We studied in vitro and in vivo epinephrine (E) synthesis by rat lung. Nine days after removal of the adrenal medullas, circulating E was reduced to 7% of levels found in sham-operated rats but 30% of lung E remained. Treatment of demedullated rats with 6 hydroxydopamine plus reserpine did not further reduce lung E. In the presence of S-(3H)adenosylmethionine lung homogenates readily N-methylated norepinephrine (NE) to form (3H)E. The rate of E synthesis by lung homogenates was progressively more rapid with increasing NE up to a concentration of 3 mM, above which it declined. The rate of E formation was optimal at an incubation pH of 8 and at temperatures of approximately 55 degrees C. We compared the E-forming enzyme(s) of lung homogenates with those of adrenal and cardiac ventricle. The adrenal contains mainly phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PNMT), which is readily inhibited by SKF 29661 and methylates dopamine (DA) very poorly. Cardiac ventricles contain mainly nonspecific N-methyltransferase (NMT), which is poorly inhibited by SKF 29661 and readily methylates both DA and NE. Lung homogenates were inhibited by SKF 29661 about half as well as adrenal but more than ventricle. We used the rate of E formation from NE as an index of PNMT-like activity and deoxyepinephrine synthesis from DA as an index of NMT-like activity. PNMT and NMT activity in rat lung homogenates were not correlated with each other, displayed different responses to change in temperature, and were affected differently by glucocorticoids.

  16. Calcium and magnesium in exocrine secretion--an X-ray microanalytical study

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    Roomans, G.M.; Barnard, T.

    1982-01-01

    Calcium and magnesium distribution in mammalian exocrine glands under resting, stimulated and pathological conditions was investigated by X-ray microanalysis of thick and ultrathin cryosections. Ultrathin sections were cut from tissue frozen in the presence of a polymer cryoprotectant, dextran. The effect of this treatment on isolated rabbit pancreas. Dextran caused a disturbance in water and ion transport, partly due to an osmotic effect and the impermeability of the pancreatic epithelium to dextran; this does, however, not necessarily invalidate intracellular measurements on frozen-dried sections. Cholinergic stimulation of the rat pancreas caused a change of Ca distribution from the basal to the apical part of the cell; this may be a component of the secretory Ca flux. Kinetic considerations make a significant Ca movement via the ER-Golgi endomembrane space less likely. The mitochondrial Ca concentration is low, and not significantly changed by cholinergic stimulation. X-ray microanalysis was carried out on submandibular glands of rats after chronic treatment with reserpin and/or isoproterenol (an animal model for cystic fibrosis, CF). The acinar cells had elevated Mg and Ca and lowered K concentrations. Analysis of ultrathin cryosections showed high levels of Ca and Mg in secretory granules, mucus globules and the ER. Ca and Mg in the ER may be transported intracellularly with secretory proteins to secretion granules or mucus globules. The decrease in cell K may be due to efflux of K caused by elevated cytoplasmic Ca levels. A similar decrease in cell K was caused by incubation of rat salivary glands with diluted serum from CF patients, a treatment which has been reported to mimic the effect of a rise in cytoplasmic Ca.

  17. Mechanism of renal effects of intracerebroventricular histamine in rabbits.

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    Kook, Y J; Kim, K K; Yang, D K; Ahn, D S; Choi, B K

    1988-01-01

    Histamine, when given intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.), has been reported to produce antidiuresis in the rabbit. In this study it was attempted to elucidate the mechanism involved in the effect. Histamine (H), 100 micrograms/kg i.c.v., produced antidiuresis with decreases in renal plasma flow and glomerular filtration rate in urethane-anesthetized rabbits. With larger doses, a tendency towards increased electrolyte excretion was noted in spite of decreased filtration. In the denervated kidney, marked diuresis and natriuresis were observed following i.c.v. H, whereas the contralateral innervated kidney responded with typical antidiuresis. Reserpinized rabbits also responded with marked natriuresis to i.c.v. H. Diphenhydramine (D), 250 micrograms/kg i.c.v., increased urine flow rate, sodium and potassium excretion, along with increase in renal perfusion. With 750 micrograms/kg i.c.v., marked natriuresis was observed in spite of decreased filtration. When H was given after D (250 micrograms/kg) the antidiuresis was completely abolished, and diuresis became more prominent. Cimetidine, 250 micrograms/kg i.c.v., elicited antidiuresis with decreases in renal hemodynamics, the pretreatment with cimetidine did not influence the antidiuresis by H and no natriuresis was noted. The present study suggests that histamine, given i.c.v., influences renal function in dual ways, i.e., antidiuresis by increasing the sympathetic tone to the kidney and diuresis due to some humoral natriuretic factor, the latter becoming apparent only when the former influence has been removed, and further suggests that H1-receptors might be involved in the nerve-mediated antidiuresis, whereas H2-receptors might mediate the humorally induced natriuresis and diuresis.

  18. Transport and metabolism of MitoQ10, a mitochondria-targeted antioxidant, in Caco-2 cell monolayers.

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    Li, Yan; Fawcett, J Paul; Zhang, Hu; Tucker, Ian G

    2007-04-01

    Mitoquinone (MitoQ(10) mesylate) is a mitochondria-targeted antioxidant formulated for oral administration in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. We have investigated the absorption and metabolism of MitoQ(10) in Caco-2 cell monolayers. The intracellular accumulation of MitoQ(10) was 18-41% of the total amount of MitoQ(10) added. Some of the intracellular MitoQ(10) was reduced to mitoquinol and subsequently metabolized to glucuronide and sulfate conjugates. Transport of MitoQ(10) was polarized with the apparent permeability (P(app)) from basolateral (BL) to apical (AP) (P(appBL-->AP)) being >2.5-fold the P(app) from apical to basolateral (P(appAP-->BL)). In the presence of 4% bovine serum albumin on the basolateral side, the P(appAP-->BL) value increased 7-fold compared with control. The P(appBL-->AP) value decreased by 26, 31 and 61% in the presence of verapamil 100 microM, ciclosporin 10 and 30 microM, respectively, whereas the P(appAP-->BL) value increased 71% in the presence of ciclosporin 30 microM. Apical efflux of mitoquinol sulfate and mitoquinol glucuronide conjugates was significantly decreased by ciclosporin 30 microM and the breast cancer receptor protein (BCRP) inhibitor, reserpine 25 microM, respectively. These results suggested that the bioavailability of MitoQ(10) may be limited by intracellular metabolism and the action of P-glycoprotein and BCRP. However, the dramatic increase in absorptive P(app) in the presence of bovine serum albumin on the receiver side suggests these barrier functions may be less significant in-vivo.

  19. Neuroprotective potential of Beta vulgaris L. in Parkinson's disease

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    Nade, Vandana S.; Kawale, Laxman A.; Zambre, Shankar S.; Kapure, Amit B.

    2015-01-01

    Objective: The objective was to investigate the neuroprotective role of Beta vulgaris in Parkinson's disease (PD). Materials and Methods: PD was induced by administration of reserpine (5 mg/kg/day, i.p for 5 consecutive days), haloperidol (1 mg/kg, i.p.), and tacrine (2.5 mg/kg, i.p.) in experimental animals. The symptoms of PD such as tremors, akinesia, rigidity, catalepsy, and vacuous chewing movements (VCMs) were evaluated. Foot shock-induced aggression (FSIA) model was used to confirm anti-parkinsonian activity. The methanolic extract of Beta vulgaris (MEBV) was administered at doses of 100, 200, and 300 mg/kg, p.o. The combination of L-dopa and carbidopa was used as a standard drug. Behavioral studies such as locomotor activity and grip strength were determined, and oxidative stress was evaluated in FSIA model in rat brain. Results: Pretreatment with MEBV (200 and 300 mg/kg) significantly reduced the intensity of muscular rigidity, duration of catalepsy, akinesia, the number of tremors, VCMs, and increase fighting behavior. The locomotor activity and grip strength were significantly increased by MEBV. In FSIA, the biochemical analysis of brain revealed the increased level of lipid peroxidation (LPO) and decreased levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT). MEBV significantly reduced LPO level and restored the defensive antioxidant enzymes SOD and CAT in rat brain. Conclusions: The results indicated the protective role of B. vulgaris against PD. The mechanism of protection may be due to augmentation of cellular antioxidants. PMID:26288473

  20. Proton motive force-driven and ATP-dependent drug extrusion systems in multidrug-resistant Lactococcus lactis.

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    Bolhuis, H; Molenaar, D; Poelarends, G; van Veen, H W; Poolman, B; Driessen, A J; Konings, W N

    1994-01-01

    Three mutants of Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis MG1363, termed EthR, DauR, and RhoR, were selected for resistance to high concentrations of ethidium bromide, daunomycin, and rhodamine 6G, respectively. These mutants were found to be cross resistant to a number of structurally and functionally unrelated drugs, among which were typical substrates of the mammalian multidrug transporter (P-glycoprotein) such as daunomycin, quinine, actinomycin D, gramicidin D, and rhodamine 6G. The three multidrug-resistant strains showed an increased rate of energy-dependent ethidium and daunomycin efflux compared with that of the wild-type strain. This suggests that resistance to these toxic compounds is at least partly due to active efflux. Efflux of ethidium from the EthR strain could occur against a 37-fold inwardly directed concentration gradient. In all strains, ethidium efflux was inhibited by reserpine, a well-known inhibitor of P-glycoprotein. Ionophores which selectively dissipate the membrane potential or the pH gradient across the membrane inhibited ethidium and daunomycin efflux in the wild-type strain, corresponding with a proton motive force-driven efflux system. The ethidium efflux system in the EthR strain, on the other hand, was inhibited by ortho-vanadate and not upon dissipation of the proton motive force, which suggests the involvement of ATP in the energization of transport. The partial inhibition of ethidium efflux by ortho-vanadate and nigericin in the DauR and RhoR strains suggest that a proton motive force-dependent and an ATP-dependent system are expressed simultaneously. This is the first report of an ATP-dependent transport system in prokaryotes which confers multidrug resistance to the organism. PMID:7961458

  1. The effects of high pressure helium and nitrogen on the release of acetylcholine from the guinea-pig ileum

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    Little, Hilary J.; Paton, W.D.M.

    1979-01-01

    1 The effects of high pressures of helium and of nitrogen on acetylcholine release were tested using the guinea-pig ileum as a model preparation. A superfusion system was designed in which this tissue could be maintained under physiological conditions in a high pressure chamber. 2 Helium, at a pressure of 136 atm slightly increased the spontaneous output of acetylcholine but produced no significant changes at 68 atm (136 atm is close to the lethal pressure for small mammals). 3 The acetylcholine release evoked by electrical stimulation or by 55 mM potassium was not altered by 136 atm of helium. Effects on tetrodotoxin-treated tissues were not consistent. 4 Nitrogen, which in contrast to helium possesses general anaesthetic properties, caused considerable increases in spontaneous and in electrically evoked acetylcholine output at pressures which produce anaesthesia. These increases were not changed when helium was used to increase the total pressure to 136 atm, although this reverses the general anaesthetic actions of nitrogen in vivo. 5 The increases in rate of acetylcholine release produced by nitrogen were observed in tetrodotoxintreated tissues and in tissues from reserpine-treated animals. In a calcium-free medium the increases were considerably smaller. 6 The conclusions from these results are that while high pressures of helium caused little or no change in acetylcholine release rates, nitrogen produced large changes, which were not due to effects on axonal conduction. The effect of nitrogen is not apparently related to its general anaesthetic actions. Differences such as these in transmitter release would be likely to contribute to the differing physiological effects of these two gases. PMID:40648

  2. Vasodilator responses to dopamine in rat perfused mesentery are age-dependent.

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    Wanstall, J. C.; O'Donnell, S. R.

    1989-01-01

    1. Dose-dependent vasodilator responses to dopamine, isoprenaline, noradrenaline, 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine (IBMX) and sodium nitroprusside were obtained in isolated perfused mesentery preparations, taken from reserpine-treated rats of different ages. The preparations were pretreated with phenoxybenzamine (1 microM) and perfused with physiological salt solution containing cocaine (10 microM), additional KCl (20 mM) and vasopressin (0.1 microM). 2. Vasodilator responses to dopamine were abolished by the dopamine1 (DA1)-selective antagonist SCH 23390 (10 nM) and those to isoprenaline by propranolol (1 microM), but the vasodilator responses to noradrenaline were abolished only when SCH 23390 and propranolol were used together. This indicated that dopamine was acting via DA1-receptors, isoprenaline via beta-adrenoceptors and that noradrenaline could act via DA1-receptors and beta-adrenoceptors in this preparation. 3. Responses to all the vasodilator drugs decreased in magnitude between the ages of 1 and 2 months. Responses to dopamine declined further in 4 month-old rats and were negligible at 6 or 22-24 months of age. Responses to isoprenaline were well maintained up to 6 months of age, but were negligible at 22-24 months. 4. It is concluded that, in the rat mesenteric vasculature, there is a non-specific decline in responses to vasodilator drugs during development (1 to 2 months). Subsequently there is a specific decline in DA1-receptor-mediated and beta-adrenoceptor-mediated responses; the former are lost at an earlier age than the latter. This different time course suggests that age influences receptor numbers, or their coupling to adenylate cyclase, rather than a post-receptor event in the adenylate cyclase/cyclic AMP pathway. PMID:2804550

  3. Comparative neurochemical profile of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine and its metabolite alpha-methyldopamine on key targets of MDMA neurotoxicity.

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    Escubedo, E; Abad, S; Torres, I; Camarasa, J; Pubill, D

    2011-01-01

    The neurotoxicity of MDMA or "Ecstasy" in rats is selectively serotonergic, while in mice it is both dopaminergic and serotonergic. MDMA metabolism may play a key role in this neurotoxicity. The function of serotonin and dopamine transporter and the effect of MDMA and its metabolites on them are essential to understand MDMA neurotoxicity. The aim of the present study was to investigate and compare the effects of MDMA and its metabolite alpha-methyldopamine (MeDA) on several molecular targets, mainly the dopamine and serotonin transporter functionality, to provide evidence for the role of this metabolite in the neurotoxicity of MDMA in rodents. MeDA had no affinity for the serotonin transporter but competed with serotonin for its uptake. It had no persistent effects on the functionalism of the serotonin transporter, in contrast to the effect of MDMA. Moreover, MeDA inhibited the uptake of dopamine into the serotonergic terminal and also MAO(B) activity. MeDA inhibited dopamine uptake with a lower IC(50) value than MDMA. After drug washout, the inhibition by MeDA persisted while that of MDMA was significantly reduced. The effect of MDMA on the dopamine transporter is related with dopamine release from vesicular stores, as this inhibition disappeared in reserpine-treated animals. However, the effect of MeDA seems to be a persistent conformational change of this transporter. Moreover, in contrast with MDMA, MeDA did not show affinity for nicotinic receptors, so no effects of MeDA derived from these interactions can be expected. The metabolite reduced cell viability at lower concentrations than MDMA. Apoptosis plays a key role in MDMA induced cellular toxicity but necrosis is the major process involved in MeDA cytotoxicity. We conclude that MeDA could protect against the serotonergic lesion induced by MDMA but potentiate the dopaminergic lesion as a result of the persistent blockade of the dopamine transporter induced this metabolite.

  4. The role of co-transported sodium in the effect of indirectly acting sympathomimetic amines.

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    Bönisch, H

    1986-02-01

    The adrenergic nerve endings of vasa deferentia of either untreated or reserpine (R) and/or pargyline (P) pretreated rats were loaded with 3H-noradrenaline; COMT was inhibited by U-0521 (U). After 100 min of wash-out with Ca2+-free solution, the efflux of tritium (and of 3H-noradrenaline) from the tissue was largely of neuronal origin and remained constant with time (when expressed as fractional rate of loss; FRL). After 110 min of wash-out the effect of inhibition of the Na+,K+-ATPase (by low K+ or ouabain) on basal and on sympathomimetic amine-induced efflux of tritium (or 3H-noradrenaline, under the condition U) was studied in paired experiments. Inhibition of the Na+,K+-ATPase caused a time-dependent increase in the efflux of tritium (or 3H-noradrenaline) which was inhibited by desipramine. Inhibition of the Na+,K+-ATPase also caused a time-dependent reduction of the initial rate of neuronal uptake of 3H-noradrenaline. The effectiveness of the sympathomimetic amines tyramine and amphetamine in inducing "release" (i.e., outward-transport) of noradrenaline depended on the experimental condition: it was most pronounced under the condition RPU, followed by the condition PU and lowest under the condition U (i.e., in tissue of untreated rats). Inhibition of the Na+,K+-ATPase caused an early and transient enhancement of the "release" of noradrenaline induced by tyramine or amphetamine. This enhancement was seen already within the first min after inhibition of the ATPase, i.e., before a pronounced inhibition of uptake (of noradrenaline) and before a pronounced increase of the basal efflux was observed.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  5. Neuronal efflux of noradrenaline induced by tris or lithium as substitutes for extracellular sodium.

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    Bönisch, H; Langeloh, A

    1986-05-01

    Vasa deferentia of either untreated or reserpine (R) and/or pargyline (P) pretreated rats were incubated with 3H-noradrenaline and then washed with amine- and Ca2+-free solution until (after 100 min) the efflux of radioactivity largely originated from adrenergic nerve endings; COMT was inhibited by U-0521 (U). After 110 min of wash out, the sodium chloride in the wash-out solution was replaced by an equimolar concentration of either Tris-HCl or LiCl. This caused a desipramine-sensitive (i.e., carrier-mediated) efflux of tritiated noradrenaline. The initial increase of the "low Na+"-induced efflux dependent on the experimental conditions: it was most pronounced when the axoplasmic concentration of noradrenaline was high (RPU) and relatively small when MAO and vesicular storage were intact (U). The effects of Li+ and Tris+ differed with regard to the time course of the efflux of tritium: under all three experimental conditions (RPU, PU, U), Tris+ caused the rate of efflux of tritium to increase gradually within the 30 min period of observation, while Li+ either had a "peak-effect" (RPU, PU) or a "plateau-effect" (U). Under "U-conditions" Tris+ caused a slowly increasing, pronounced increase with time of the efflux of both, 3H-noradrenaline and 3H-DOPEG; whereas Li+ caused only a small and sustained increase of the efflux of 3H-noradrenaline and a decrease in the efflux of 3H-DOPEG.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  6. Dopamine mediates striatal malonate toxicity via dopamine transporter-dependent generation of reactive oxygen species and D2 but not D1 receptor activation.

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    Xia, X G; Schmidt, N; Teismann, P; Ferger, B; Schulz, J B

    2001-10-01

    Intrastriatal injection of the reversible succinate dehydrogenase inhibitor malonate results in both chemically induced hypoxia and striatal lesions that are similar to those seen in Huntington's disease and cerebral ischaemia. The mechanisms leading to neuronal death involve secondary excitotoxicity, the release of dopamine from nigrostriatal fibres and the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) including nitric oxide (NO) and hydroxyl radicals. Here, we further investigated the contribution and mechanism of dopamine on malonate-induced striatal lesions. Prior lesions of the nigrostriatal pathway with 6-OHDA or the depletion of striatal dopamine stores by pretreatment with reserpine, an inhibitor or the vesicular monoamine transporter type-2 (VMAT2), in combination with alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine resulted in a significant reduction of malonate-induced striatal lesion volumes. This was paralleled by block or reduction of the malonate-induced generation of ROS, as measured by the conversions of salicylate to 2,3-dihydroxybenzoic acid (2,3-DHBA) using microdialysis. Systemic or intrastriatal application of L-DOPA or dopamine, respectively, reconstituted malonate toxicity and the generation of ROS in 6-OHDA-lesioned rats. Block of the dopamine transporter by GBR12909 did not result in a reduction of malonate-induced dopamine release, but significantly reduced the generation of hydroxyl radicals. The D2 receptor agonist lisuride and the mixed D1 and D2 receptor agonist apomorphine, but not the D1 receptor agonist SKF38393, partially restored malonate toxicity in 6-OHDA-lesioned rats without increasing the generation of ROS. In line with these results sulpiride, an inhibitor of D2 receptors, reduced the malonate-induced lesion volume, whereas SCH23390, an inhbitor of D1 receptors, was ineffective. Our data suggest that malonate-induced dopamine toxicity to energetically impaired neurons is mediated by two independent pathways: (i) dopamine transporter uptake

  7. Changes in spectral reflexions from the iridophores of the neon tetra.

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    Lythgoe, J N; Shand, J

    1982-01-01

    1. The iridescent stripe of the freshwater teleost, the neon tetra, changes from green in the daytime to violet-blue at night. 2. Spectral reflectance measurements were used to follow these colour changes. 3. Light causes a shift in reflectance to longer wavelengths in living fish and in isolated tissue from the lateral stripe. The change is reversed in darkness. 4. The spectral reflectance shifts to longer wavelengths when the fish is disturbed in darkness. No such colour changes were seen in fishes kept alive in 10(-4) M-reserpine. 5. Hypotonic Ringer solution causes a reflectance shift to longer wavelengths and hypertonic solution causes a shift to shorter wavelengths. 6. The iridescent reflexions from the lateral stripe which is continued across the iris originate from iridophores in the dermis. These iridophores contain regular stacks of broad, double-sided hexagonal plates that are about 10 nm thick. Each plate is contained within a pouch in the cytoplasm and is separated from its neighbour by approximately one quarter the wavelength of light. 7. A distinction is drawn between the physiologically active iridophores in the lateral stripe and iris that have broad hexagonal crystal plates which are very thin and the physiologically inactive iridophores that are also found in the iris, but in addition are found on the flanks below the lateral stripe, and on the head. These iridophores contain hexagonal crystals that are usually narrower than the active type, but are about 60-100 nm thick. Images Plate 1 Plate 2 Plate 3 Plate 4 Plate 5 PMID:7108777

  8. Anatomical Transcriptome of G Protein-Coupled Receptors Leads to the Identification of a Novel Therapeutic Candidate GPR52 for Psychiatric Disorders

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    Yao, Shuuhei; Shinohara, Tokuyuki; Sakuma, Kensuke; Imaichi, Sachiko; Chikatsu, Tomoko; Kuniyeda, Kanako; Siu, Foo Kok; Peng, Lam Sock; Zhuo, Katherine; Mun, Lay Sock; Han, Tan Min; Matsumoto, Yoshio; Hashimoto, Tadatoshi; Miyajima, Nobuyuki; Itoh, Yasuaki; Ogi, Kazuhiro; Habata, Yugo; Mori, Masaaki

    2014-01-01

    Many drugs of abuse and most neuropharmacological agents regulate G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in the central nervous system (CNS)_ENREF_1. The striatum, in which dopamine D1 and D2 receptors are enriched, is strongly innervated by the ventral tegmental area (VTA), which is the origin of dopaminergic cell bodies of the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system_ENREF_3 and plays a central role in the development of psychiatric disorders_ENREF_4. Here we report the comprehensive and anatomical transcript profiling of 322 non-odorant GPCRs in mouse tissue by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR), leading to the identification of neurotherapeutic receptors exclusively expressed in the CNS, especially in the striatum. Among them, GPR6, GPR52, and GPR88, known as orphan GPCRs, were shown to co-localize either with a D2 receptor alone or with both D1 and D2 receptors in neurons of the basal ganglia. Intriguingly, we found that GPR52 was well conserved among vertebrates, is Gs-coupled and responsive to the antipsychotic drug, reserpine. We used three types of transgenic (Tg) mice employing a Cre-lox system under the control of the GPR52 promoter, namely, GPR52-LacZ Tg, human GPR52 (hGPR52) Tg, and hGPR52-GFP Tg mice. Detailed histological investigation suggests that GPR52 may modulate dopaminergic and glutamatergic transmission in neuronal circuits responsible for cognitive function and emotion. In support of our prediction, GPR52 knockout and transgenic mice exhibited psychosis-related and antipsychotic-like behaviors, respectively. Therefore, we propose that GPR52 has the potential of being a therapeutic psychiatric receptor. This approach may help identify potential therapeutic targets for CNS diseases. PMID:24587241

  9. Further studies on the mode of action of psychotomimetic drugs

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    Bradley, P.B.; Briggs, I.

    1974-01-01

    1 The actions of 5-methoxytryptamine (5-MeOT), N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), 5-hydroxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (bufotenine, 5-HODMT) and 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeODMT), and their interactions with 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), acetylcholine, (-)-noradrenaline, and glutamate were studied by microiontophoresis on single neurones in the brain stem of rats anaesthetized with urethane or decerebrate cats. 2 Like D-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD 25) the three psychotomimetic derivatives (DMT, 5-HODMT, 5-MeODMT) specifically antagonized 5-HT excitations of single neurones, but the non-psychotomimetic 5-MeOT had no antagonistic effects. 3 In contrast to LSD 25, the psychotomimetic tryptamines only rarely antagonized glutamate effects, indicating that the excitatory 5-HT receptors and the glutamate receptors on the same neurones may be closely related spatially, but are separate. 4 The methylated tryptamine derivatives were able to mimic the actions of 5-HT on neurones. The non-psychotomimetic 5-MeOT was most potent in this respect, while the other three derivatives which are psychotomimetic, were less active. 5 The 5-HT mimicking actions of 5-MeOT were the same in rats pretreated with p-chlorophenylalanine or reserpine as in untreated rats. It therefore seems that the 5-HT mimicking actions are unlikely to be due to release of 5-HT, but are due to direct actions on 5-HT receptors. 6 The evidence presented supports the hypothesis that LSD-like psychotomimetics act by an antagonism of 5-HT in the lower brain stem, and is not compatible with the suggestion that the psychotomimetic action of these drugs is related to 5-HT receptor stimulation. PMID:4277490

  10. Ambient Mass Spectrometry Imaging with Picosecond Infrared Laser Ablation Electrospray Ionization (PIR-LAESI).

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    Zou, Jing; Talbot, Francis; Tata, Alessandra; Ermini, Leonardo; Franjic, Kresimir; Ventura, Manuela; Zheng, Jinzi; Ginsberg, Howard; Post, Martin; Ifa, Demian R; Jaffray, David; Miller, R J Dwayne; Zarrine-Afsar, Arash

    2015-12-15

    A picosecond infrared laser (PIRL) is capable of cutting through biological tissues in the absence of significant thermal damage. As such, PIRL is a standalone surgical scalpel with the added bonus of minimal postoperative scar tissue formation. In this work, a tandem of PIRL ablation with electrospray ionization (PIR-LAESI) mass spectrometry is demonstrated and characterized for tissue molecular imaging, with a limit of detection in the range of 100 nM for reserpine or better than 5 nM for verapamil in aqueous solution. We characterized PIRL crater size using agar films containing Rhodamine. PIR-LAESI offers a 20-30 μm vertical resolution (∼3 μm removal per pulse) and a lateral resolution of ∼100 μm. We were able to detect 25 fmol of Rhodamine in agar ablation experiments. PIR-LAESI was used to map the distribution of endogenous methoxykaempferol glucoronide in zebra plant (Aphelandra squarrosa) leaves producing a localization map that is corroborated by the literature. PIR-LAESI was further used to image the distribution inside mouse kidneys of gadoteridol, an exogenous magnetic resonance contrast agent intravenously injected. Parallel mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) using desorption electrospray ionization (DESI) and matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) were performed to corroborate PIR-LAESI images of the exogenous agent. We further show that PIR-LAESI is capable of desorption ionization of proteins as well as phospholipids. This comparative study illustrates that PIR-LAESI is an ion source for ambient mass spectrometry applications. As such, a future PIRL scalpel combined with secondary ionization such as ESI and mass spectrometry has the potential to provide molecular feedback to guide PIRL surgery.