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General and Comparative Endocrinology

Pei-San Tsai
The goal of this article is to discuss the nomenclature of members of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) superfamily. This superfamily currently consists of 5 families: (1) vertebrate GnRH, (2) adipokinetic hormone, (3) corazonin, (4) adipokinetic hormone/corazonin-related peptide and (5) invertebrate GnRH (or GnRH/corazonin). The naming of some of these peptides, especially members of the invertebrate GnRH family, may not have reflected their true evolutionary origin, leading to some confusion and controversy...
September 16, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Jan A Mennigen, Hélène Volkoff, John P Chang, Vance L Trudeau
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September 16, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Mingzhe Yuan, Qianqian Jia, Ting Wang, Qi Lu, Langlang Tang, Youji Wang, Weiqun Lu
Prolactin (PRL) and growth hormone (GH) play important roles in regulating salt and water balance through osmoregulatory organs in vertebrates. The aim of this study was to investigate the dynamic changes of GH/PRL hormone gene expressions in the pituitary gland and their receptors in gill and kidney, as well as the plasma osmolality when the olive flounder fish Paralichthys olivaceus were acclimated in freshwater (FW) conditions. After transfer from seawater (SW) to freshwater (FW), the osmolality of FW-adaption fish reached the lowest level at 1d which rose slightly afterwards...
September 16, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Wayne J Kuenzel
There has been remarkable progress in discoveries made in the avian brain, particularly over the past two decades. This review first highlights some of the discoveries made in the forebrain and credits the Avian Brain Nomenclature Forum, responsible for changing many of the terms found in the cerebrum and for stimulating collaborative research thereafter. The Forum facilitated communication among comparative neurobiologists by eliminating confusing and inaccurate names. The result over the past 15 years has been a standardized use of avian forebrain terms...
September 15, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Julia Fedotova, Lucian Hritcu
This study was designed to examine an anxiety-like behavior in the adult gonadectomized (GDX) male rats subjected to testosterone propionate (TP) treatment alone or in combination with 8-OH-DPAT, a 5-HT1A receptor agonist, or with NAN-190, 5-HT1A receptor antagonist. Two weeks after gonadectomy, GDX rats were subjected by treatments with the solvent, TP (0.5 mg/kg, s.c.), 8-OH-DPAT (0.05 mg/kg, s.c.), NAN-190 (0.1 mg/kg, i.p.), TP in combination with 8-OH-DPAT or NAN-190 during 14 days. Anxiety behavior was assessed in the elevated plus maze (EPM) and the open field test (OFT)...
September 14, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Samantha J Richardson, Stijn Van Herck, Joke Delbaere, Bronwyn M McAllan, Veerle M Darras
Normal development of the brain is dependent on the required amounts of thyroid hormones (THs) reaching specific regions of the brain during each stage of ontogeny. Many proteins are involved with regulation of TH bioavailability in the brain: the TH distributor protein transthyretin (TTR), TH transmembrane transporters (e.g. MCT8, MCT10, LAT1, OATP1C1) and deiodinases (D1, D2 and D3) which either activate or inactivate THs. Previous studies revealed that in mammals, T4, but not T3, accumulated in the choroid plexus and then entered the cerebrospinal fluid...
September 14, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Augustine Arukwe, Oju R Ibor, Aina O Adeogun
Receptor (i.e genomic) and non-receptor (or non-genomic) effects of endocrine toxicology have received limited or almost non-existent attention for tropical species and regions. In the present study, we have studied the effects of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) on neuro- and interrenal steroidogenesis of the African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) using molecular, immunochemical and physiological approaches. Juvenile fish (mean weight and length: 5.6 ± 0.6g and 8.2 ± 1.2 cm, respectively), were randomly distributed into ten 120 L rectangular glass tanks containing 60 L of dechlorinated tap water, at 50 fish per exposure group...
September 14, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Wentao Han, Wenqian Xie, Yan Zhang, Fengwei Zhang, Haolin Zhang, Yingying Han, Zhengrong Yuan, Qiang Weng
Cytochrome P450 17A1 (P450c17) is the key enzyme required for the production of androgenic sex steroids by converting progestogens to androgens. 5α-reductases are enzymes that convert testosterone (T) to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which has a greater affinity for androgen receptors (AR) and stronger action than T. Our previous studies revealed that the scented glands of male muskrats expressed AR during the breeding and nonbreeding seasons. To further seek evidence of the activities of androgens in scented glands, the expression patterns of P450c17 and 5α-reductase 2 were investigated in the scented glands of male muskrats during the breeding and nonbreeding seasons...
September 14, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Bo Zhu, Wei Ge
There have been revolutionary progresses in genome engineering in the past few years. The newly-emerged genome editing technologies including zinc-finger nuclease (ZFN), transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats associated with Cas9 (CRISPR/Cas9) have enabled biological scientists to perform efficient and precise targeted genome editing in different species. Fish represent the largest group of vertebrates with many species having values for both scientific research and aquaculture industry...
September 14, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Kazuyoshi Tsutsui, Shogo Haraguchi, Hubert Vaudry
The brain synthesizes steroids de novo from cholesterol, which are called neurosteroids. Based on extensive studies on neurosteroids over the past thirty years, it is now accepted that neurosteroidogenesis in the brain is a conserved property across vertebrates. However, the formation of bioactive neurosteroids in the brain is still incompletely elucidated in vertebrates. In fact, we recently identified 7 α -hydroxypregnenolone (7 α -OH PREG) as a novel bioactive neurosteroid stimulating locomotor behavior in the brain of several vertebrates...
September 14, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Kathleen E Hunt, Nadine S Lysiak, Michael Moore, Rosalind M Rolland
Research into stress physiology of mysticete whales has been hampered by difficulty in obtaining repeated physiological samples from individuals over time. We investigated whether multi-year longitudinal records of glucocorticoids can be reconstructed from serial sampling along full-length baleen plates (representing ∼10 years of baleen growth), using baleen recovered from two female North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) of known reproductive history. Cortisol and corticosterone were quantified with immunoassay of subsamples taken every 4 cm (representing ∼60 d time intervals) along a full-length baleen plate from each female...
September 14, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Andrea F T Currylow, Tsilavo H Rafeliarisoa, Edward E Louis, Craig B Stanford, Soary T Randrianjafizanaka, Sarah M Chinn, Daniel E Crocker
The critically endangered Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is endemic to the southern coastlines of Madagascar. Once common, wild populations of this tortoise have undergone dramatic declines in recent years. Although there have been studies documenting reproductive activities, reproductive physiological parameters are unknown yet may be crucial in the recovery of the species. Over four research seasons in remote field locations native to A. radiata, we surveyed for, radio-tracked, and sampled wild, free ranging tortoises...
September 6, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Alexa L Thomas, Fumihiko Maekawa, Takaharu Kawashima, Hirotaka Sakamoto, Tatsuya Sakamoto, Perry Davis, Robert M Dores
In order to better understand the roles that melanocortin receptors (cMCRs) and melanocortin-2 receptor accessory proteins (cMRAP1 and cMRAP2) play in the HPA axis and hypothalamus, adrenal gland and hypothalamus mRNA from 1day-old white leghorn chicks (Gallus gallus), were analyzed by real-time PCR. mRNA was also made for kidney, ovary, and liver. Mrap1 mRNA could be detected in adrenal tissue, but not in any of the other tissues, and mrap2 mRNA was also detected in the adrenal gland. Finally, all five melanocortin receptors mRNAs could be detected in the adrenal gland; mc2r and mc5r mRNAs were the most abundant...
September 6, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
David A McKinney, Michael R Strand, Mark R Brown
Ecdysteroid hormones regulate several aspects of insect development and reproduction. The predominant ecdysteroids produced by insects including mosquitoes are ecdysone (E) and 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E). The ability to measure E and 20E titers is essential for many studies, but few sensitive, low cost options are currently available for doing so. To address this deficiency, we developed a new enzyme-linked immunoassay (EIA). In the first part of the study, we compared the affinity of two new antisera named EAB25 and EAB27 to other available ecdysteroid antisera...
September 1, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Susanne Neupert, Pawel Marciniak, Rene Köhler, Ronald J Nachman, Charles P-C Suh, Reinhard Predel
Capa and pyrokinin (pk) genes in hexapods share a common evolutionary origin. Using transcriptomics and peptidomics, we analyzed products of these genes in two beetles, the giant mealworm beetle (Zophobas atratus; Tenebrionidae) and the boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis grandis; Curculionidae). Our data revealed that even within Coleoptera, which represents a very well-defined group of insects, highly different evolutionary developments occurred in the neuropeptidergic system. These differences, however, primarily affect the general structure of the precursors and differential processing of mature peptides and, to a lesser degree, the sequences of the active core motifs...
August 31, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Masatoshi Mita, Hidekazu Katayama
A relaxin-like gonad-stimulating peptide (RGP) from starfish Patiria (Asterina) pectinifera is the first identified invertebrate gonadotropin for final gamete maturation. Recently, we succeeded in obtaining specific antibodies against P. pectinifera RGP (PpeRGP). In this study, the antibodies were used for the development of a specific and sensitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the measurement of PpeRGP. A biotin-conjugated peptide that binds to peroxidase-conjugated streptavidin is specifically detectable using 3, 3', 5, 5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB)/hydrogen peroxide as a substrate; therefore, biotin-conjugated RGP (biotin-PpeRGP) was synthesized chemically...
August 28, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Matthew J Wylie, Alvin N Setiawan, Glen W Irvine, Jane E Symonds, Abigail Elizur, Marcileida Dos Santos, P Mark Lokman
In order to better understand how photo-thermal conditions affect oogenesis in captive-bred F1 hāpuku, a wreckfish considered for aquaculture in New Zealand, juvenile (pre-pubertal) fish were assigned to one of two regimes: exposed to a constant temperature of 17 °C (CT group) or to seasonally varying temperatures (VT group range: 10-17 °C), both under simulated ambient photoperiod, for nearly 2 years. Development in females was monitored through repeated gonadal biopsies (histology; target gene mRNA levels) and blood sampling (plasma levels of estradiol-17β; E2)...
August 26, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Laura Camacho-Jiménez, Edna Sánchez-Castrejón, Fernando Díaz, Manuel B Aguilar, Ma Enriqueta Muñoz-Márquez, Elizabeth Ponce-Rivas
Crustacean hyperglycemic hormones (CHHs) are multifunctional neuropeptides ubiquitous in crustaceans. In Litopenaeus vannamei, CHH-B2 is a CHH eyestalk isoform whose expression has been shown to vary with enviromental conditions, suggesting its relevance for ecophysiological performance of shrimp, controlling processes related to metabolism and osmo-ionic regulation. To study the involvement of CHH-B2 in these processes, we cloned and expressed a recombinant version with a free C-terminal glycine (rCHH-B2-Gly) in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris...
August 24, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Christopher Young, Andre Ganswindt, Richard McFarland, Charon de Villiers, Joritha van Heerden, Stefanie Ganswindt, Louise Barrett, S Peter Henzi
The development of non-invasive techniques to analyse physiological stress in mammalian species has revolutionised field-based endocrinology. However, careful validation of the methods used to determine faecal glucocorticoid metabolite (fGCM) and other hormone concentrations are required on a species- and sex-specific basis. In this study, we performed an adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation test on four (two male and two female) captive vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) to determine the most appropriate enzyme immunoassay (EIA) from a suite of available EIAs...
August 23, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Vincent A Viblanc, Quentin Schull, Tina Cornioley, Antoine Stier, Jean-Jérôme Ménard, René Groscolas, Jean-Patrice Robin
A large number of studies have focused on the reactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the consequences of glucocorticoids (GC) in mediating life-history trade-offs. Although short-term increases in GCs are viewed as adaptive, mobilizing energy substrates allowing animals to deal with impending threats (e.g. stimulating hepatic gluconeogenesis, stimulating lipolysis, mobilizing amino acids), few studies have actually measured the exact time-course of substrate mobilisation in response to acute stress in natural conditions...
August 23, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
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