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Alzheimers leads to deficits in cholinergic signaling, what will this do?

Cholinergic neuron loss in hippocampus (memory and learning) and frontal cortex (executive function)
Decreases in choline acetyltransferase activity, acetylcholine amount, acetylcholinesterases, choline transport, and nicotinic acetylcholine receptor expression


Donepezil (Aricept), Rivastigmine (Exelon), and Galantamine (Razadyne) are what drug class?

Cholinesterase Inhibitors


What is the cholinesterase inhibitors mechanism of action?
Donepezil (Aricept), Rivastigmine (Exelon), Galantamine (Razadyne)

Prevents action of acetylcholinesterase, thereby increasing acetylcholine concentrations in the synapse


Effects and side effects of cholinesterase inhibitors?
Donepezil (Aricept), Rivastigmine (Exelon), Galantamine (Razadyne)

Effects: slight improvement in cognitive function, indicated for mild to moderate Alzheimers but does not halt the disease
Side effects: nausea, diarrhea, dizzy, headache, bronchocontriction


What class of drug is Memantine (Namenda)?

NMDA Receptor Antagonist


What are the indications and side effects of Memantine (Namenda) - NMDA receptor antagonists?

Indications: moderate to severe Alzheimers, has modest benefits
Side effects: dizzy, headache, fatigue, sedation, hypertension, rash, diarrhea, weight gain, urinary frequency, anemia


What are the two possible mechanisms of action of Memantine (Namenda)?

1. Blocking leaky channels help reduce calcium-induced excitotoxicity
2. Blocking leaky channels help reduce background noise, making signals stronger


What are two protein aggregates that are seen in patient's with Alzheimers that future treatments may be able to focus on?

Amyloid plaques (amyloid beta): Block synthesis, promote clearance, block plaque aggregation formation
Neurofibrillary tangles (hyperphosphorylated tau): block aggregation of Tau


What are two ways that Amyloid-beta can be processed?

Amyloidogenic: APP (Amyloid Precursor Protein) gets cleaved by beta-secretase followed by gamma-secretase and the aggregates form plaque **Hallmark of Alzheimers
Nonamyloidogenic: APP gets cleaved by alpha-secretase followed by gamma-secretase, no Amyloid-beta is formed


What is the ApoE gene? What is the risk factor difference between ApoE2, ApoE3, and ApoE4?

ApoE gene encodes for a protein that facilitates clearance of Amyloid-beta
ApoE2: low risk for Alzheimers
ApoE3: normal risk for Alzheimers
ApoE4: increased risk (x3) for Alzheimers


What is Tau protein? What happens to it in Alzheimers? How are Neurofibrillary tangles formed?

Tau protein is in normal neurons in the microtubules
It becomes hyperphosphorylated in Alzheimers
Proteins become tangled and form Neurofibrillary tangles which correlates with neuronal death


What is Parkinson's disease?

A movement disorder occurring mostly in the elderly, genetic risk factors but no obvious cause
Characterized by dyskinesias (difficulty of movement), muscle rigidity, tremor at rest, cognitive impairments, depression


What does the basal ganglia consist of and what is its function?

Basal Ganglia: striatum, globus pallidus, subthalamic nuclei, substantia nigra
Function: starts purposeful movement and suppresses unwanted movement


What two neurotransmitters must be balanced in order for controlled movement? Which is decreased in Parkinsons?

Dopamine and Acetylcholine
Dopamine in the Striatum is decreased in Parkinsons


Which classes of drugs are effective for Parkinsons? How do they work?

Dopaminergic agents: increase dopamine in the striatum and mimic dopamine (dopamine agonists), ex: Pramipexole and ropinirole
Anticholinergic agents: prevent cholinergic inhibition of dopamine release


How does Levodopa work?

Levodopa is a dopamine precursor, it is converted to dopamine. It is first line therapy for Parkinsons although the effectiveness of therapy wears off in a couple years (due to neurodegeneration)


What meds are given with Levodopa to help it reach the brain in a small enough dose to not cause problems in the periphery?

Levodopa is given with Carbidopa (peripheral decarboxylase inhibitor) and entacapone (COMT inhibitor) because Levodopa is degraded by decarboxylases and COMT
When effectiveness wanes, Entacapone is added


Levodopa side effects?

Dyskinesias (involuntary movements), "on-off" effect (fluctuations between hypokinesia and improvements)
Acute side effects that disappear in a few weeks include N/V, anorexia, hypotension, psychosis (schizophrenia-like symptoms)


What is the main drug interaction with Levodopa?

Non-selective MAOI's cause an overload of dopamine and norepinephrine leading to peripheral side effects


What do Pramipexole and ropinirole do?

They are dopamine agonists, they mimic dopamine in the striatum
They are selective D2/D3 receptors, highly effective, fewer side effects than dopamine agonists that hit D1/D2 receptors, although they may cause hallucinations or compulsive behaviors


What is Selegiline?

MAO-B inhibitor, decreases dopamine degradation
It does not have unwanted effects of MAOI's, not involved in NE metabolism


What is Amantadine do?

It is a synthetic antiviral that enhances dopamine release into the synapse


How do anticholinergic drugs work for Parkinsons? Hint: they are also muscarinic receptor antagonists

Since muscarinic receptors inhibit dopamine release, by blocking these receptors, more dopamine can be released
Muscarinic receptors are present in stratum where they inhibit dopamine release from dopamine neurons
Example: Benztropine


Side effects of anticholinergic drugs?

Dry mouth, constipation, impaired vision, urinary retention


What are Lewy bodies?

Found in Parkinsons, they are protein aggregates composed of alpha-synuclein protein. Alpha-synuclein function is unclear.


Anesthetic considerations: Memantine (NMDA receptor antagonist)

Clearance can be reduced by increasing urinary pH, be careful with bicarb


Anesthetic considerations: Cholinesterase inhibitors- Donepezil (Aricept), Rivastigmine (Exelon), Galantamine (Razadyne)

Prolong succinylcholine
Relative resistance to non-depolarizing muscle relaxants


Anesthetic considerations: Anticholinergic drugs (Example: Benzotropine)

Assess for anticholinergic side effects (increased HR)
Avoid drugs that impact cholinergic tone (TCA) or increase side effects (HR), if possible


Anesthetic considerations: Amantadine

Evaluate for anti-cholinergic like side effects, rule-out congestive heart failure side effect


Anesthetic considerations: Levodopa and decarboxylase inhibitors (Carbidopa)

Must receive every 6-12 hours. Administer 20 min pre-op and intra-op per NG (to avoid loss of effect, neuromuscular/respiratory failure)
Assess for side effects: cardiac dysrhythmias, adrenergic stimulation, orthostatic hypotension, GI


Anesthetic considerations: Synthetic dopamine agonists (Example: pramipexole and ropinirole)

Assess for side effects: CV, hypotension, pleuro-pulmonary fibrosis


Anesthetic considerations: Selegine (MAO-B)

Avoid ephedrine, meperidine (demerol). Use caution with vasoactive medications
Pronounced effect with neuromuscular blockers, sedatives, diuretics (titrate carefully)