Sabatino Maione

Sabatino Maione
Second University of Naples - University of Campania, Italy · Medicina Sperimentale

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January 2010 - present
Charles University in Prague
January 2009 - present
University of Aberdeen
January 2008 - December 2012
Università degli Studi di Siena

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Up to 80 % nursing home residents with dementia experiences chronic pain. Contextually, 97 % presents fluctuant neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS). Among the most challenging is agitation, connected with undertreated pain and managed through neuroleptics doubling death risk. Evidence is accumulating in favor of the involvement of the endocannabinoid s...
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Cinnabarinic acid (CA) is a trace kynurenine metabolite, which activates both type-4 metabotropic glutamate (mGlu4) and arylic hydrocarbon (Ah) receptors. We examined the action of CA in models of inflammatory and neuropathic pain moving from the evidence that mGlu4 receptors are involved in the regulation of pain thresholds. Systemic administratio...
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Gut microbiota has implications in Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders. Our study systematically identified preclinical studies aimed to investigate the possible gut microbiota contribution in neuropathy and neuropathic pain. The systematic review is reported in accordance with PRISMA checklist and guidelines outlined updated to 2020. We include...
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The 2-amino-4-(3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazol-4-yl)-butyric acid, homo-AMPA, an analog of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) and 2-aminoadipic acid, has shown no activity towards ionotropic and metabotropic glutamate 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 receptors (mGluR 1-7), agonist activity at mGluR6 while the activity at mGluR8 was never in...
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Background Purpose of the present systematic review is to investigate preclinical evidence in favor of the working hypothesis of efficacy of cannabinoids in ocular pain treatment. Methods Literature search includes the most relevant repositories for medical scientific literature from inception until November, 24 2021. Data collection and selection...
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Chronic social isolation generates a persistent state of stress associated with obesity along with some neuro-endocrine disorders and central behavioral sequelae (eg anxiety, depression, aggression, and allodynia). In this study, we evaluated the effect of social isolation on body weight, depressive- and anxious-aggressive-like behavior, as well as...
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Central post-stroke pain (CPSP) and associated depression remain poorly understood and pharmacological treatments are unsatisfactory. Recently, microglia activation was suggested to be involved in CPSP pathophysiology. The goal of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a co-ultramicronized combination of N-palmitoylethanolamide and lute...
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Following injury, the endocannabinoid system is activated in the brain suggesting a strategic role in the self-repair mechanisms. Indeed endocannabinoid system manipulation ameliorates traumatic brain injury (TBI) symptoms. Cannabidiol (CBD), together with △⁹-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the main phytocannabinoid extracted from the plant Cannabis...
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Neuropathic pain has long-term consequences in terms of affective and cognitive disturbances suggesting the involvement of supraspinal mechanisms. In the present study, we used the spared nerve injury (SNI) model to characterize the development of sensory and aversive components of neuropathic pain, and to determine their electrophysiological impac...
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Neuropathic pain (NP) remains an untreatable disease due to the complex pathophysiology that involves the whole pain neuraxis including the forebrain. Sensory dysfunctions such as allodynia and hyperalgesia are only part of the symptoms associated with neuropathic pain that extend to memory and affectivity deficits. The development of multi-target...
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Background Neuropathic pain is a clinically relevant adverse effect of several anticancer drugs that markedly impairs patients’ quality of life and frequently leads to dose reduction or therapy discontinuation. The poor knowledge about the mechanisms involved in neuropathy development and pain chronicization, and the lack of effective therapies, ma...
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The mammalian brain stores and distinguishes among episodic memories, i.e. memories formed during the personal experience, through a mechanism of pattern separation computed in the hippocampal dentate gyrus. Decision-making for food-related behaviors, such as the choice and intake of food, might be affected in obese subjects by alterations in the r...
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Aims: This study assessed the use of MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry as an alternative method to identify species associated with the thanatomicrobiota and epinecrotic communities. Methods and results: The study was conducted on 10 murine cadavers, and microbiological swabs were collected from five external anatomical sites (eyes, ears, nose, mouth,...
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Background: Tissue type 2 transglutaminase (TG2, E.C. 2.3.2,13) is reported to be involved in the phagocytosis of apoptotic cells in mouse microglial BV2 cells and peripheral macrophages. In this study, by using lipopolysaccharide (LPS)- or amyloid-β 1-42 (Aβ 1-42) peptide-stimulated microglial cell line BV2 and mouse primary microglial cells, we e...
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The prelimbic division (PrL) of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) is a cerebral division that is putatively implicated in the chronic pain and depression. We investigated the activity of PrL cortex neurons in Wistar rats that underwent chronic constriction injury (CCI) of sciatic nerve and were further subjected to the forced swimming (FS) test a...
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Chronic pain, including neuropathic pain, represents an untreated disease with important repercussions on the quality of life and huge costs on the national health system. It is well known that opioids are the most powerful analgesic drugs, but they represent the second or third line in neuropathic pain, that remain difficult to manage. Moreover, t...
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Background The endocannabinoid (EC) system has been recently indicated as a possible therapeutic target in inflammatory bowel disease patients (IBD). G-protein-coupled cannabinoid receptors type 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2) are the two most important components of the EC system. In our previous study, we demonstrated that a specific CB2 variant contribute...
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The bioactive form of vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25D3), exerts immunomodulatory actions resulting in neuroprotective effects potentially useful against neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases. In fact, vitamin D deficiency status has been correlated with painful manifestations associated with different pathological conditions. In this...
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Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are key receptors through which infectious and non-infectious challenges act with consequent activation of the inflammatory cascade that plays a critical function in various acute and chronic diseases, behaving as amplification and chronicization factors of the inflammatory response. Previous studies have shown that synth...
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Chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain is a clinically relevant adverse effect of several anticancer drugs leading to dose reduction or therapy discontinuation. The lack of knowledge about the mechanisms of neuropathy development and pain chronicization makes chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain treatment an unmet medical need. In this context, the...
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Background: Chronic constriction injury (CCI) is a model of neuropathic pain induced by four loose ligatures around the sciatic nerve. This work aimed to investigate the sensory, affective, cognitive, and motor changes induced by an adaptation of the CCI model by applying a single ligature around the sciatic nerve. Methods: Mechanical allodynia...
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The two most important and studied phytocannabinoids present in Cannabis sativa L. are undoubtedly cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotropic compound, but with other pharmacological properties, and Δ 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ 9-THC), which instead possesses psychotropic activity and is responsible for the recreative use of hemp. Recently, the homolog s...
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The animal models of neuropathic pain that faithfully reproduce the symptoms that occur in humans are a fundamental tool for understanding the mechanisms underlying the disease, identifying new targets, and developing effective drugs. So far, the studies aimed at describing the animal models of neuropathic pain have been focused mainly on the senso...
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Neuropathic pain is a pathological condition induced by a lesion or disease affecting the somatosensory system, with symptoms like allodynia and hyperalgesia. It has a multifaceted pathogenesis as it implicates several molecular signaling pathways involving peripheral and central nervous systems. Affective and cognitive dysfunctions have been repor...
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Focusing on the importance of the free phenolic hydroxyl moiety, a family of 23 alkylresorcinol-based compounds were developed and evaluated for their cannabinoid receptor binding properties. The non-symmetrical hexylresorcinol derivative 29 turned out to be a CB2-selective competitive antagonist/inverse agonist endowed with good potency. Both the...
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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) represents an important public health problem and is followed by neuroinflammation and neurological dysfunctions. It has been suggested that brain trauma is often associated with deep behavioral alterations and chronic pain-like syndrome. Despite inducing minimal brain damage, mild TBI (mTBI) leads to persistent behavio...
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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the main cause of death in young people and currently no drugs to treat brain injury exist. Recently, we have reported that mice with mild-TBI with a specific injury in the insula, showed elevated levels of a little investigated N -acyl amino acid, the N -oleoyl-glycine (OlGly). N -acyl-amino acids have recent...
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The cellular microenvironment plays a critical role in the maintenance of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) and their subsequent cell lineage differentiation. Recent studies suggested that individuals with adipocyte-related metabolic disorders have altered function and adipogenic potential of adipose stem cell subpopulations, pri...
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Aging is a physiological condition involving progressive degenerative modifications and loss of functionality in all organ systems. In general, aged patients are frail and sensitive to anesthesia and surgery. Clinical practice indicates that being more sensitive to anesthetic drugs and more susceptible to the side effects, elderly requires usually...
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The butyl homologues of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabutol (Δ9-THCB), and cannabidiol, cannabidibutol (CBDB), were isolated from a medicinal Cannabis sativa variety (FM2) inflorescence. Appropriate spectroscopic and spectrometric characterization, including NMR, UV, IR, ECD, and HRMS, was carried out on both cannabinoids. The chemical...
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(-)-Trans-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) is the main compound responsible for the intoxicant activity of Cannabis sativa L. The length of the side alkyl chain influences the biological activity of this cannabinoid. In particular, synthetic analogues of Δ9-THC with a longer side chain have shown cannabimimetic properties far higher than Δ9-THC its...
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In breast cancer, Lysine-specific demethylase-1 (LSD1) and other lysine demethylases (KDMs), such as Lysine-specific demethylase 6A also known as Ubiquitously transcribed tetratricopeptide repeat, X chromosome (UTX), are co-expressed and co-localize with estrogen receptors (ERs), suggesting the potential use of hybrid (epi)molecules to target histo...
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It is a common opinion that metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 6 (mGluR6) is expressed exclusively in the retina, and in particular in the dendrites of ON-bipolar cells. Glutamate released at the darkness from photoreceptors activates mGluR6 which is negatively associated with a membrane non-selective cation channel, the transient receptor pot...
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The mechanisms underlying chronic and neuropathic pain pathology involve peripheral and central sensitisation. The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) seems to participate in pain chronification, and glutamatergic neurotransmission may be involved in this process. Thus, the aim of the present work was to investigate the participation of the prelimbic (...
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The chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve is a nerve injury‐based model of neuropathic pain (NP). Comorbidities of NP such as depression, anxiety, and cognitive deficits are associated with a functional reorganization of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Here, we have employed an adapted model of CCI by placing one single loose...
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The dorsal striatum, apart from controlling voluntary movement, displays a recently demonstrated pain inhibition. It is connected to the descending pain modulatory system and in particular to the rostral ventromedial medulla through the medullary dorsal reticular nucleus. Diseases of the basal ganglia, such as Parkinson's disease, in addition to be...
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This study investigated whether metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR) 5 and 8 are involved in the effect of ultramicronizedpalmitoylethanolamide (um-PEA) on the cognitive behavior and long term potentiation (LTP) at entorhinal cortex (LEC)-dentate gyrus (DG) pathway in mice rendered neuropathic by the spare nerve injury (SNI). SNI reduced discrim...
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Recent evidence points to the gut microbiota as a regulator of brain and behavior, although it remains to be determined if gut bacteria play a role in chronic pain. The endocannabinoid system is implicated in inflammation and chronic pain processing at both the gut and central nervous system (CNS) levels. In the present study, we used low Vitamin D...
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Neurological dysfunctions are the most impactful and persistent consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Indeed, previous reports suggest that an association between TBI and chronic pain syndromes, as well anxio-depressive behaviors, tends to be more common in patients with mild forms of TBI. At present, no effective treatment options are avai...
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This study sought to determine the possible detrimental effects of several low- or non-caloric sweeteners on endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), inflammation and behavioural changes in mice. C57BL/6 male mice received low and high dose of natural and artificial sweeteners for 4 weeks. EPCs, physical and biochemical variables, inflammation and beha...
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Glutamate is the main excitatory neurotransmitter in the nervous system and plays a critical role in nociceptive processing and pain modulation. G-protein coupled metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) are widely expressed in the central and peripheral nervous system, and they mediate neuronal excitability and synaptic transmission. Eight differ...
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The discovery of extended catalytic versatilities is of great importance in both the chemistry and biotechnology fields. Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) belongs to the amidase signature superfamily and is a major endocannabinoid inactivating enzyme using an atypical catalytic mechanism involving hydrolysis of amide and occasionally ester bonds. F...
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The mechanisms underlying neuropathic pain are poorly understood. Here we show the unexplored role of the hydroxyl carboxylic acid receptor type 2 (HCAR2) in 2 models of neuropathic pain. We used an oral treatment with dimethyl fumarate and the HCAR2 endogenous ligand β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) in wild-type (WT) and HCAR2-null mice. We found an up-reg...
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Clinical studies indicate that cannabidiol (CBD), the primary non-addictive component of cannabis that interacts with the serotonin (5-HT) 1A receptor, may possess analgesic and anxiolytic effects. However, its effects on 5-HT neuronal activity, as well as its impact in models of neuropathic pain are unknown. First, using in-vivo single unit extrac...
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The study investigated the role of the metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 7 (mGluR7) in pain signalling in the dorsal striatum of sham and neuropathic rats. Supraspinal circuitries involved in the dorsal striatum control of pain were also explored. In the sham rats, microinjection of N,N'-bis(diphenylmethyl)-1,2-ethanediamine (AMN082), a selec...
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Cigarette smokers with brain damage involving the insular cortex display cessation of tobacco smoking, suggesting that this region may contribute to nicotine addiction. In the present study, we speculated that molecules in the insular cortex that are sensitive to experimental traumatic brain injury (TBI) in mice might provide leads to ameliorate ni...
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Our previous work discovered that combining the appropriate 5- and N6-substitution in adenosine derivatives leads to highly selective human A1 adenosine receptor (hA1AR) agonists or highly potent dual hA1AR agonists and hA3AR antagonists. In order to explore novel dual adenosine receptor ligands, a series of N6-substituted-5-pyrazolyl-adenosine a...
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The role of neuroinflammatory cells in the establishment of neuropathic pain has been investigated in depth in the last few years. In particular, microglia have been shown to be key players in the induction of tactile allodynia, as they release proinflammatory molecules that, in turn, sensitize nociceptive neurons within the spinal cord. However, t...
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Recent findings suggest that soluble forms of amyloid-β (sAß) peptide contribute to synaptic and cognitive dysfunctions in early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD). On the other hand, neuroinflammation and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme have gained increased interest as key factors involved early in AD, although the signaling pathways and pathophy...
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This chapter describes surgical procedures for the induction of neuropathic pain using an animal model (rat or mouse) of spared nerve injury. In addition to technical details of the surgical technique, details of anesthesia and perioperative care are also included.
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The effects of glutamate, the main excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system (CNS), are finely modulated by metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors. The mGlu receptors of group III (mGlu4, mGlu6, mGlu7, and mGlu8) are those less known because of the lack of selective and brain-penetrant ligands. Excepted for mGlu6 receptor, the expr...
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The endogenous fatty acid amide palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) has been shown to exert antiinflammatory actions mainly through inhibition of the release of pro-inflammatory molecules from mast cells, monocytes and macrophages. Indirect activation of the endocannabinoid (eCB) system is among the several mechanisms of action that have been proposed to u...
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The microbiota-gut-brain axis (MGBA) regulates the reciprocal interaction between chronic inflammatory bowel and psychiatric disorders. This interaction involves multiple pathways that are highly debated. We examined the behavioural, biochemical and electrophysiological alterations, as well as gut microbiota composition in a model of antibiotic-ind...
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Metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) are key players in modulating excitatory transmission and important regulators of synaptic plasticity. mGluRs are G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that have been subdivided into three groups (mGluR1–mGluR8) based on sequence homology, intracellular pathways, and pharmacological profile. mGluRs are widely...
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Depressive symptoms and other neuropsychiatric dysfunctions are common in neurodegenerative disorders, including chronic pain and dementia. A correlation between the β-amyloid protein accumulation and the development of depression has been suggested, however the underlying mechanisms are unknown. D-Aspartate (D-Asp) is a free D-amino acid found in...
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Structural determinants of affinity of N(6)-substituted-5'-C-(ethyl-tetrazol-2-yl)-adenosine and 2-chloro-adenosine derivatives at adenosine receptor (AR) subtypes were studied with binding and molecular modeling. Small N(6)-cycloalkyl and 3-halo-benzyl groups furnished potent dual acting A1AR agonists and A3AR antagonists. 4 was the most potent du...