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Heath D Schmidt – One of the best experts on this subject based on the ideXlab platform.
repeated administration of an Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor attenuates nicotine taking in rats and smoking behavior in human smokersTranslational Psychiatry, 2016Co-Authors: Rebecca L Ashare, Laura E Rupprecht, Matthew R Hayes, Blake A Kimmey, Maureen E Bowers, Heath D SchmidtAbstract:
Tobacco smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death worldwide and current smoking cessation medications have limited efficacy. Thus, there is a clear need for translational research focused on identifying novel pharmacotherapies for nicotine addiction. Our previous studies demonstrated that acute administration of an Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor (AChEI) attenuates nicotine taking and seeking in rats and suggest that AChEIs could be repurposed for smoking cessation. Here, we expand upon these findings with experiments designed to determine the effects of repeated AChEI administration on voluntary nicotine taking in rats as well as smoking behavior in human smokers. Rats were trained to self-administer intravenous infusions of nicotine (0.03 mg kg−1 per 0.59 ml) on a fixed-ratio-5 schedule of reinforcement. Once rats maintained stable nicotine taking, galantamine or donepezil was administered before 10 consecutive daily nicotine self-administration sessions. Repeated administration of 5.0 mg kg−1 galantamine and 3.0 mg kg−1 donepezil attenuated nicotine self-administration in rats. These effects were reinforcer-specific and not due to adverse malaise-like effects of drug treatment as repeated galantamine and donepezil administration had no effects on sucrose self-administration, ad libitum food intake and pica. The effects of repeated galantamine (versus placebo) on cigarette smoking were also tested in human treatment-seeking smokers. Two weeks of daily galantamine treatment (8.0 mg (week 1) and 16.0 mg (week 2)) significantly reduced smoking rate as well as smoking satisfaction and reward compared with placebo. This translational study indicates that repeated AChEI administration reduces nicotine reinforcement in rats and smoking behavior in humans at doses not associated with tolerance and/or adverse effects.
donepezil an Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor attenuates nicotine self administration and reinstatement of nicotine seeking in ratsAddiction Biology, 2014Co-Authors: Blake A Kimmey, Matthew R Hayes, Laura E Rupprecht, Heath D SchmidtAbstract:
Nicotine craving and cognitive impairments represent core symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and predict relapse in abstinent smokers. Current smoking cessation pharmacotherapies have limited efficacy in preventing relapse and maintaining abstinence during withdrawal. Donepezil is an Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor that has been shown previously to improve cognition in healthy non–treatment-seeking smokers. However, there are no studies examining the effects of donepezil on nicotine self-administration and/or the reinstatement of nicotine-seeking behavior in rodents. The present experiments were designed to determine the effects of acute donepezil administration on nicotine taking and the reinstatement of nicotine-seeking behavior, an animal model of relapse in abstinent human smokers. Moreover, the effects of acute donepezil administration on sucrose self-administration and sucrose seeking were also investigated in order to determine whether donepezil’s effects generalized to other reinforced behaviors. Acute donepezil administration (1.0 or 3.0 mg/kg, i.p.) attenuated nicotine, but not sucrose self-administration maintained on a fixed-ratio 5 schedule of reinforcement. Donepezil administration also dose-dependently attenuated the reinstatement of both nicotine- and sucrose-seeking behaviors. Commonly reported adverse effects of donepezil treatment in humans are nausea and vomiting. However, at doses required to attenuate nicotine self-administration in rodents, no effects of donepezil on nausea/malaise as measured by pica were observed. Collectively, these results indicate that increased extracellular acetylcholine levels are sufficient to attenuate nicotine taking and seeking in rats and that these effects are not due to adverse malaise symptoms such as nausea.
galantamine an Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor and positive allosteric modulator of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors attenuates nicotine taking and seeking in ratsNeuropsychopharmacology, 2012Co-Authors: Thomas J Hopkins, Laura E Rupprecht, Matthew R Hayes, Julie A Blendy, Heath D SchmidtAbstract:
Current smoking cessation pharmacotherapies have limited efficacy in preventing relapse and maintaining abstinence during withdrawal. Galantamine is an Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor that also acts as a positive allosteric modulator of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Galantamine has recently been shown to reverse nicotine withdrawal-induced cognitive impairments in mice, which suggests that galantamine may function to prevent relapse in human smokers. However, there are no studies examining whether galantamine administration modulates nicotine self-administration and/or reinstatement of nicotine seeking in rodents. The present experiments were designed to determine the effects of galantamine administration on nicotine taking and reinstatement of nicotine-seeking behavior, an animal model of relapse. Moreover, the effects of galantamine on sucrose-maintained responding and sucrose seeking were also examined to determine whether galantamine’s effects generalized to other reinforced behaviors. An inverted U-shaped dose-response curve was obtained when animals self-administered different unit doses of nicotine with the highest responding for 0.03 mg/kg per infusion of nicotine. Acute galantamine administration (5.0 mg/kg, i.p.) attenuated nicotine self-administration when animals were maintained on either a fixed-ratio 5 (FR5) or progressive ratio (PR) schedule of reinforcement. Galantamine administration also attenuated the reinstatement of nicotine-seeking behavior. No significant effects of galantamine on sucrose self-administration or sucrose reinstatement were noted. Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors have also been shown to produce nausea and vomiting in humans. However, at doses required to attenuate nicotine self-administration, no effects of galantamine on nausea/malaise as measured by pica were noted. These results indicate that increased extracellular acetylcholine levels and/or nicotinic acetylcholine receptor stimulation is sufficient to attenuate nicotine taking and seeking in rats and that these effects are reinforcer selective and not due to adverse malaise symptoms such as nausea.
Christophe Rochais – One of the best experts on this subject based on the ideXlab platform.
Rational design of novel benzisoxazole derivatives with Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitory and serotoninergic 5-HT4 receptors activities for the treatment of Alzheimer’s diseaseScientific Reports, 2020Co-Authors: Julien Lalut, Hugo Payan, Audrey Davis, Cédric Lecoutey, Rémi Legay, Jana Sopkova-de Oliveira Santos, Sylvie Claeysen, Patrick Dallemagne, Christophe RochaisAbstract:
A rigidification strategy was applied to the preclinical candidate donecopride, an Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor possessing 5-HT4R agonist activity. Inspired by promising bioactive benzisoxazole compounds, we have conducted a pharmacomodulation study to generate a novel series of multitarget directed ligands. The chemical synthesis of the ligand was optimized and compounds were evaluated in vitro against each target and in cellulo. Structure-activity relationship was supported by docking analysis in human Acetylcholinesterase binding site. Among the synthesized compounds, we have identified a novel hybrid 32a (3-[2-[1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-4-piperidyl]ethyl]-4-methoxy-1,2-benzoxazole) able to display nanomolar Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitory effects and nanomolar Ki for 5-HT4R.
Toshio Matsuda – One of the best experts on this subject based on the ideXlab platform.
pharmacological aspects of the Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor galantamineJournal of Pharmacological Sciences, 2011Co-Authors: Yukio Ago, Toshio Matsuda, Ken Koda, Kazuhiro TakumaAbstract:
Several lines of evidence suggest that cholinergic deficits may contribute to the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders as well as Alzheimer’s disease. There is growing clinical evidence that galantamine, currently used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, may improve cognitive dysfunction and psychiatric illness in schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, and alcohol abuse. Since galantamine is a rather weak Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor, but has additional allosteric potentiating effects at nicotinic receptors, it affects not only cholinergic transmission but also other neurotransmitter systems such as monoamines, glutamate, and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) through its allosteric mechanism. It is likely that these effects may result in more beneficial effects. To understand the underlying mechanism for the clinical effectiveness of galantamine, neuropharmacological studies have been performed in animal models of several psychiatric disorders. These studies suggest that not only the nicotinic receptor–modulating properties but also the muscarinic receptor activation contribute to the antipsychotic effect and improvement of cognitive dysfunction by galantamine. This review summaries the current status on the pharmacology of galantamine, focusing on its effect on neurotransmitter release and pharmacological studies in animal models of psychiatric disorders.