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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919553/social-evaluative-threat-with-verbal-performance-feedback-alters-neuroendocrine-response-to-stress
#1
Jenny M Phan, Ekaterina Schneider, Jeremy Peres, Olga Miocevic, Vanessa Meyer, Elizabeth A Shirtcliff
Laboratory stress tasks such as the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) have provided a key piece to the puzzle for how psychosocial stress impacts the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, other stress-responsive biomarkers, and ultimately wellbeing. These tasks are thought to work through biopsychosocial processes, specifically social evaluative threat and the uncontrollability heighten situational demands. The present study integrated an experimental modification to the design of the TSST to probe whether additional social evaluative threat, via negative verbal feedback about speech performance, can further alter stress reactivity in 63 men and women...
September 15, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919556/measuring-inotocin-receptor-gene-expression-in-chronological-order-in-ant-queens
#2
Sarah Chérasse, Serge Aron
In vertebrates and invertebrates, oxytocin/vasopressin-like peptides modulate a variety of behaviors. The recent discovery of the gene and receptor sequences of inotocin, the insect ortholog of oxytocin/vasopressin, opens new opportunities for understanding the role of this peptide family in regulating behaviors in the most populated class of living animals. Ants live in highly organized colonies. Once a year, they produce future queens that soon leave the nest to mate and found new colonies. During the first months of their lives, ant queens display a sequence of behaviors ranging from copulation and social interactions to violent fighting...
September 14, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919555/disturbances-of-systemic-and-hippocampal-insulin-sensitivity-in-macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-mif-knockout-male-mice-lead-to-behavioral-changes-associated-with-decreased-psa-ncam-levels
#3
Ana Djordjevic, Biljana Bursać, Nataša Veličković, Ljupka Gligorovska, Djurdjica Ignjatović, Mirko Tomić, Gordana Matić
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a multifunctional cytokine well known for its role in inflammation enhancement. However, a growing body of evidence is emerging on its role in energy metabolism in insulin sensitive tissues such as hippocampus, a brain region implicated in cognition, learning and memory. We hypothesized that genetic deletion of MIF may result in the specific behavioral changes, which may be linked tо impairments in brain or systemic insulin sensitivity by possible changes of the hippocampal synaptic plasticity...
September 14, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919554/revisiting-the-wandering-womb-oxytocin-in-endometriosis-and-bipolar-disorder
#4
REVIEW
Natalie L Dinsdale, Bernard J Crespi
Hippocrates attributed women's high emotionality - hysteria - to a 'wandering womb'. Although hysteria diagnoses were abandoned along with the notion that displaced wombs cause emotional disturbance, recent research suggests that elevated levels of oxytocin occur in both bipolar disorder and endometriosis, a gynecological condition involving migration of endometrial tissue beyond the uterus. We propose and evaluate the hypothesis that elevated oxytocinergic system activity jointly contributes to bipolar disorder and endometriosis...
September 14, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866326/progesterone-improves-neurocognitive-outcomes-following-therapeutic-cranial-irradiation-in-mice
#5
Seema Yousuf, Daniel J Brat, Hui-Kuo Shu, Ya Wang, Donald G Stein, Fahim Atif
Despite improved therapeutic methods, CNS toxicity resulting from cancer treatment remains a major cause of post-treatment morbidity. More than half of adult patients with cranial irradiation for brain cancer develop neurobehavioral/cognitive deficits that severely impact quality of life. We examined the neuroprotective effects of the neurosteroid progesterone (PROG) against ionizing radiation (IR)-induced neurobehavioral/cognitive deficits in mice. Male C57/BL mice were exposed to one of two fractionated dose regimens of IR (3Gy×3 or 3Gy×5)...
September 14, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918249/perinatal-depression-and-dna-methylation-of-oxytocin-related-genes-a-study-of-mothers-and-their-children
#6
Leonora King, Stephanie Robins, Gang Chen, Volodymyr Yerko, Yi Zhou, Corina Nagy, Nancy Feeley, Ian Gold, Barbara Hayton, Gustavo Turecki, Phyllis Zelkowitz
The present study investigated the association of perinatal depression (PD) with differential methylation of 3 genomic regions among mother and child dyads: exon 3 within the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene and 2 intergenic regions (IGR) between the oxytocin (OXT) and vasopressin (AVP) genes. Maternal PD was assessed at 5 time-points during pregnancy and postpartum. Four groups were established based on Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) cut-off scores: no PD, prenatal or postpartum depressive symptoms only and persistent PD (depressive symptoms both prenatally and postpartum)...
September 13, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916138/peptide-yy-induces-characteristic-meal-patterns-of-aged-mice
#7
Sachiko Mogami, Chihiro Yamada, Naoki Fujitsuka, Tomohisa Hattori
BACKGROUND & AIM: Changes in eating behavior occur in the elderly due to oral and swallowing dysfunctions. We aimed to clarify the difference between basal meal patterns of young and aged mice in relation to appetite regulating hormones. METHODS: Thirty two of young (7-week-old) and aged (23-25-month-old) C57BL/6 male mice were acclimated to a single housing and then transferred to a highly sensitive automated feeding monitoring device. Feeding behavior was monitored from the onset of the dark phase after habituation to the device...
September 12, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916137/oxytocin-induces-penile-erection-and-yawning-when-injected-into-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-involvement-of-glutamic-acid-dopamine-and-nitric-oxide
#8
Fabrizio Sanna, Jessica Bratzu, Antonio Argiolas, Maria Rosaria Melis
Oxytocin (5-100ng), but not Arg(8)-vasopressin (100ng), injected unilaterally into the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) induces penile erection and yawning in a dose-dependent manner in male rats. The minimal effective dose was 20ng for penile erection and 5ng for yawning. Oxytocin responses were abolished not only by the oxytocin receptor antagonist d(CH2)5Tyr(Me)(2)-Orn(8)-vasotocin (1μg), but also by (+) MK-801 (1μg), an excitatory amino acid receptor antagonist of the N-methyl-d-aspartic acid (NMDA) subtype, SCH 23390 (1μg), a D1 receptor antagonist, but not haloperidol (1μg), a D2 receptor antagonist, and SMTC (40μg), an inhibitor of neuronal nitric oxide synthase, injected into the BNST 15min before oxytocin...
September 12, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867385/olfactory-conditioned-same-sex-partner-preference-in-female-rats-role-of-ovarian-hormones
#9
M B Tecamachaltzi-Silvaran, M Barradas-Moctezuma, D Herrera-Covarrubias, P Carrillo, A A Corona-Morales, C A Perez, L I García, J Manzo, Genaro A Coria-Avila
The dopamine D2-type receptor agonist quinpirole (QNP) facilitates the development of conditioned same-sex partner preference in males during cohabitation, but not in ovariectomized (OVX) females, primed with estradiol benzoate (EB) and progesterone (P). Herein we tested the effects of QNP on OVX, EB-only primed females. Females received a systemic injection (every four days) of either saline (Saline-conditioned) or QNP (QNP-conditioned) and then cohabited for 24h with lemon-scented stimulus females (CS+), during three trials...
September 11, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882473/age-related-changes-in-sexual-function-and-steroid-hormone-receptors-in-the-medial-preoptic-area-of-male-rats
#10
Victoria L Nutsch, Ryan G Will, Daniel J Tobiansky, Michael P Reilly, Andrea C Gore, Juan M Dominguez
Testosterone is the main circulating steroid hormone in males, and acts to facilitate sexual behavior via both reduction to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and aromatization to estradiol. The mPOA is a key site involved in mediating actions of androgens and estrogens in the control of masculine sexual behavior, but the respective roles of these hormones is not fully understood. As males age they show impairments in sexual function, and a decreased facilitation of behavior by steroid hormones compared to younger animals...
September 8, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888817/mate-choice-sexual-selection-and-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals
#11
REVIEW
Andrea C Gore, Amanda M Holley, David Crews
Humans have disproportionately affected the habitat and survival of species through environmental contamination. Important among these anthropogenic influences is the proliferation of organic chemicals, some of which perturb hormone systems, the latter referred to as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). EDCs are widespread in the environment and affect all levels of reproduction, including development of reproductive organs, hormone release and regulation through the life cycle, the development of secondary sexual characteristics, and the maturation and maintenance of adult physiology and behavior...
September 6, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882474/postpartum-inhibition-of-ovarian-steroid-action-increases-aspects-of-maternal-caregiving-and-reduces-medial-preoptic-area-progesterone-receptor-expression-in-female-rats
#12
Z A Grieb, S M Tierney, J S Lonstein
The rapid peripartum onset of maternal caregiving involves progesterone synergizing with estradiol, but prolonging progesterone exposure past this time can prevent the emergence of mothering. Interestingly, there is a 7-10day-long rise in progesterone during mid-lactation, but its effects on mothering are unknown. Given progesterone's potential to inhibit mothering onset, this mid-lactational rise may contribute to the normal attenuation of caregiving behaviors across lactation. To evaluate this, recently-parturient rats were ovariectomized and caregiving observed from postpartum days (PPD) 7-18...
September 16, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818501/is-human-brain-masculinization-estrogen-receptor-mediated-reply-to-luoto-and-rantala
#13
LETTER
David Puts, Natalie V Motta-Mena
Human genetic males are unlike rodent males in that neither the ability to convert testosterone to estrogen nor a functional estrogen receptor (ER) appears necessary for male-typical behavior, but a functional androgen receptor (AR) is required. Brain masculinization is probably mainly AR-mediated in human genetic males. ER binding may nevertheless have important masculinizing or defeminizing effects in human genetic females. Probably the strongest available evidence on this issue is derived from females exposed to synthetic estrogens in utero due to their mother's treatment with DES...
September 4, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870603/hormonal-correlates-of-development-and-natal-dispersal-in-wild-female-owl-monkeys-aotus-azarae-of-argentina
#14
Margaret Corley, Claudia Valeggia, Eduardo Fernandez-Duque
Pair-living and socially monogamous primates typically do not reproduce before dispersing. It is currently unclear whether this reproductive suppression is due to endocrine or behavioral mechanisms. Cooperatively breeding taxa, like callitrichids, may forego reproduction in natal groups because they reap inclusive fitness benefits and/or they are avoiding inbreeding. However, neither of these benefits of delayed reproduction appear to adequately explain the lack of reproduction prior to leaving the natal group in pair-living monogamous species...
September 1, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818500/cryptic-sexual-dimorphism-in-spatial-memory-and-hippocampal-oxytocin-receptors-in-prairie-voles-microtus-ochrogaster
#15
Marissa A Rice, Lauren E Hobbs, Kelly J Wallace, Alexander G Ophir
Sex differences are well documented and are conventionally associated with intense sex-specific selection. For example, spatial memory is frequently better in males, presumably due to males' tendency to navigate large spaces to find mates. Alternatively, monogamy (in which sex-specific selection is relatively relaxed) should diminish or eliminate differences in spatial ability and the mechanisms associated with this behavior. Nevertheless, phenotypic differences between monogamous males and females persist, sometimes cryptically...
August 30, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778538/on-estrogenic-masculinization-of-the-human-brain-and-behavior
#16
LETTER
Severi Luoto, Markus J Rantala
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 30, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757312/high-paternal-testosterone-may-protect-against-postpartum-depressive-symptoms-in-fathers-but-confer-risk-to-mothers-and-children
#17
Darby E Saxbe, Christine Dunkel Schetter, Clarissa D Simon, Emma K Adam, Madeleine U Shalowitz
Following the birth of an infant, decreases in testosterone and increases in depressive symptoms have been observed in fathers. Paternal testosterone may reflect fathers' investment in pair-bonding and paternal caregiving and, as such, may be associated with maternal and familial well-being. This study tests associations between paternal testosterone, paternal and maternal postpartum depressive symptoms, and subsequent family functioning. Within 149 couples, fathers provided testosterone samples when infants were approximately nine months old and both parents reported on postpartum depressive symptoms at two, nine, and 15months postpartum...
August 30, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765081/intranasal-oxytocin-and-a-polymorphism-in-the-oxytocin-receptor-gene-are-associated-with-human-directed-social-behavior-in-golden-retriever-dogs
#18
Mia E Persson, Agaia J Trottier, Johan Bélteky, Lina S V Roth, Per Jensen
The oxytocin system may play an important role in dog domestication from the wolf. Dogs have evolved unique human analogue social skills enabling them to communicate and cooperate efficiently with people. Genomic differences in the region surrounding the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene have previously been associated with variation in dogs' communicative skills. Here we have utilized the unsolvable problem paradigm to investigate the effects of oxytocin and OXTR polymorphisms on human-directed contact seeking behavior in 60 golden retriever dogs...
August 17, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803937/annual-variation-in-the-reproductive-hormone-and-behavior-rhythm-in-a-population-of-the-asian-short-toed-lark-can-spring-temperature-influence-activation-of-the-hpg-axis-of-wild-birds
#19
Shuping Zhang, Xianglong Xu, Weiwei Wang, Lidan Zhao, Lijun Gao, Wenyu Yang
Although a number of studies have demonstrated a correlation between ambient temperature and the timing of reproductive behavior in many bird species, the relationships between temperature, activation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonad (HPG) axis, laying, and hatching in free-living birds, remain unclear. We investigated the relationships between spring temperature, reproductive hormones, and behavior, in a population of the Asian short-toed lark (Calandrella cheleensis) on the Inner Mongolian Grasslands in 2014, 2015 and 2016...
August 16, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782547/early-life-stress-increases-testosterone-and-corticosterone-and-alters-stress-physiology-in-zebra-finches
#20
J Bayley Zito, Angy Hanna, Nora Kadoo, Michelle L Tomaszycki
Early life stress has enduring effects on behavior and physiology. However, the effects on hormones and stress physiology remain poorly understood. In the present study, parents of zebra finches of both sexes were exposed to an increased foraging paradigm from 3 to 33days post hatching. Plasma and brains were collected from chicks at 3 developmental time points: post hatching days 25, 60 and adulthood. Plasma was assayed for testosterone (T), estradiol (E2), and corticosterone (CORT). The paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus was assessed for corticotrophin releasing factor (CRH) and glucocorticoid receptor (GR) expression...
August 15, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
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