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Dtugs and the Brain Week 1 Notes

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Dtugs and the Brain Week 1 Notes Bios 2060

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These notes introduce pharmacology and the biological aspects of drugs and the brain.
Scott Hooper
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Date Created: 08/21/16
Chapter 1: Pharmacology Introduction The interaction between the brain and drugs consist of parts of the brain make conscious choices and the drugs change the neural pathways of the brain. Pharmacology- The science of the actions of drugs and their effects on living organisms.  Before the 20th century drugs were naturally occurring substances mostly from plants. o Ex: THC the main chemical that comes from marijuana Neuropharmacology- Study of the drug-induced changes in nervous system cell function. Psychopharmacology- Drug changes in mood, thinking, and behavior. Neuropsychopharmacology- Chemical substances that act on the nervous system to alter behavior. Drug Action- What the drug does to the neurons it affects.  What specific neuron is affected when the drug is introduced to the body Drug Effect- The physiological or psychological function changes due to drug use.  Marijuana=sleepiness Therapeutic Effect- The drug-receptor interaction produces desired physical or behavioral changes.  Example scenario: A military solider needs to stay awake for long periods of time. o Solider takes amphetamine which makes them stay awake (Therapeutic Effect). Side Effect- All other effects from the brain.  Same scenario: o The solider that takes amphetamine to stay awake also feels a side effect of loss of appetite. Specific Drug Effects- Based on physical and biochemical interactions of a drug with a target site in living tissue.  A drug, like alcohol, is taken and the body's affect on the drug is the specific drug effect Non-Specific Drug Effects- Are based on certain unique characteristics of the individuals. (expectations, mood, etc.)  How the individual feels after drug use. Example first-time marijuana users report not feeling high Placebo- fake drug, it is more likely to work if the patient believes it will. Pharmacologically inert compound, but can have therapeutic effects and side effects.  They patients are more likely to believe the placebo is real if a middle aged man in a lab coat over a younger woman in regular clothes because the person fits their expectations. Psychosomatic illness- is an illness created by the mind, the brain chemicals change which replicates symptoms of an illness.  One theory as to why the placebo effect works, because the people believe they received treatment. Double-Blind Experiment- Neither the patient or the doctor knows which group receives the placebo or the real drug. Bioavailability- amount of drug in the blood that is free to bind at target sites. Pharmacokinetic- How quickly the drug makes an effect. 1 Routes of administration 2 Absorption and distribution 3 Binding 4 Inactivation 5 Excretion  Also depends on how rapidly the drug reaches its target, Frequency and history of drug use, the characteristics of the individuals and their environment. 1.Routes of Administration- How the drug enters the body. Alters rate of absorption and blood levels, each method has advantages and disadvantages.  Enternal- methods use the gastrointestinal (GI) tract; generally slow and produces variable blood levels.  Parenteral methods: injection, pulmonary, and topical administration First-Pass metabolism- potentially harmful chemicals are broken down by the liver before the chemical can enter through the bloodstream. Unless they take an abundance of the drug.  Rectal Administration- Drugs taken through the rectum, this is only given for children or those who keep throwing up.  Intravenous Injection- An IV the drug is admitted directly to the blood stream. Allows drug to reach brain instantly, risks of HIV. Heroin is taken through an IV. o Subcutaneous- just into the skin, slower injection but faster than oral or patches. o Intramuscular- Into the muscle can be slowed by oils. o Intravenous- Into the blood vessel.  Inhalation- Inhale straight to the lungs, rapid o Marijuana, nicotine, inhalers, and crack cocaine.  Topical- drug applied to mucous membranes, drug can be absorbed into the bloodstream.  Intranasal Administration- Drug taken through the nasal passage. Transmitted through the brain without having to pass through the blood-brain barrier. o Example includes cocaine, heroin, and caffeine.  Transdermal- the patches placed on the skin to administer drugs  Epidural- drug administered to the spinal cord to bypass the blood-brain barrier.  Infusion Pumps- Implanted under the scalp to continuously administer antibiotics to the brain by passes through the blood-brain barrier. Gene Therapy- application of DNA that encodes a specific protein.  Insulin therapy, a viral vector is used to correct the genes that are "turned off" 2.Absorption and Distribution- The rate of passage of the drug through the membranes  Phospholipids- Negatively charged region (hydrophilic) and two uncharged tails (hydrophobic) arranged in two layers. (the drawing represents the phospholipids). They form barriers. o Hydrophilic- loves water o Hydrophobic- hates water  Cell membranes- surrounds the interior of the cell. Made of phospholipid.  Proteins- allow ions to move across. Drugs bind to the proteins and changes the protein so the cell does something different.  Passive Diffusion- lipid-soluble drugs can pass through cell membranes. o Movement goes from higher to lower concentration.  Concentration Gradient- the larger, the faster the diffusion.  Partition Coefficient- Measure of lipid solubility. The ratio of amount of drug in the oil to amount in the water. Extent of ionization determines the oil/water solubility of the drug. o Most drugs are not lipid-soluble because they are weak acids or bases that ionize in water.  Ionization- depends on the pH solution. Low pH means more free hydrogen ions=more acidic. o Larger pH= Basic o pK aThe pH of the water at which 50% of the chemical has a hydrogen. o pKa of aspirin=3.5. o pH of stomach=2.0 Other factors that affect absorption: Rate the stomach empties, (the small intestines absorb much faster). Size and sex of individual.  Women have a smaller aqueous compartment therefore they are more affected by drugs. Lipid-soluble drugs can easily enter brain tissue, but the blood-brain limits movement of ionized molecules.  The brain is chemically fragile! Cerebrospinal fluid- fills the subarachnoid space around the brain and spinal cord.  No neuron ever sees a blood cell!  Blood vessels are surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid.  Brain capillaries have distinct morphology Astrocytes- extensions of glial cells Some parts of the brain are not isolated Area postrema- (chemical trigger zone) located in the brainstem medulla detects toxins Median Eminence- the hypothalamus allow hormones to move to the pituitary gland. How the brain controls hormonal release to the body.  The placenta is another barrier, however it is a very weak barrier. Many drugs can cross this barrier. Teratogens- induce developmental abnormalities things that harm the fetus. Drug Depots- Binding at inactive sites where no biological effect is initiated. Depot Binding- affects magnitude and duration of drug action  This explains why drugs affect people differently.


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