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EDITORIAL
Deborah M Power, Mark Sheridan, Robert M Dores
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April 20, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427902/effects-of-different-green-light-intensities-on-the-growth-performance-and-endocrine-properties-of-barfin-flounder-verasper-moseri
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Akiyoshi Takahashi, Satoshi Kasagi, Naoto Murakami, Sumihisa Furufuji, Shigeto Kikuchi, Kanta Mizusawa, Tadashi Andoh
We previously reported that the somatic growth of barfin flounder, Verasper moseri, was effectively stimulated by the green light compared to the blue and red lights. Herein, we report the effects of different green light intensities on the growth and endocrine system of the fish. Fish were reared in a dark room with light from a light-emitting diode (LED) at a peak wavelength of 518 nm under controlled photoperiod (10.5:13.5 h, light:dark cycle; 06:00-16:30, light) with three levels of photon flux density (PFD)-2 (low), 7 (medium), or 21 (high) μmol·m(-2)·s(-1) at the water surface...
April 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427901/the-20kda-and-22kda-forms-of-human-growth-hormone-hgh-exhibit-different-intracellular-signalling-profiles-and-properties
#3
Liu Yao-Xia, Chen Jing-Yan, Tang Xia-Lian, Chen Ping, Zhang Min
Human Growth Hormone (hGH) includes two main variants. The first is 22 kilodalton GH (22K-GH), which is predominant in the blood circulation. The second most abundant variant is 20K-GH, which makes up 5-10% of the blood circulation. Both bind and activate the same receptor, called the human growth hormone receptor (GHR). However, the reason why 22K-GH and 20K-GH exhibit similar, but not identical physiological activities remains poorly understood. In this article, the intracellular signalling profiles between these two hormones were examined...
April 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412388/prolactin-modulates-luteal-activity-in-the-short-nosed-fruit-bat-cynopterus-sphinx-during-delayed-embryonic-development
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Anuradha, Amitabh Krishna
The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of prolactin as a modulator of luteal steroidogenesis during the period of delayed embryonic development in Cynopterus sphinx. A marked decline in circulating prolactin levels was noted during the months of November through December coinciding with the period of decreased serum progesterone and delayed embryonic development. The seasonal changes in serum prolactin levels correlated positively with circulating progesterone (P) level, but inversely with circulating melatonin level during first pregnancy showing delayed development in Cynopterus sphinx...
April 13, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412386/characterization-of-rodent-constitutively-active-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-variants-and-their-constitutive-transactivation-mechanisms
#5
Hirotaka Ishii, Yujiro Hattori, Arisa Munetomo, Hiroshi Watanabe, Yasuo Sakuma, Hitoshi Ozawa
Estrogen receptor α (ERα) mRNAs exhibit remarkable heterogeneity owing to complicated alternative splicing. Some encode C-terminally-truncated ERα proteins, which display ligand-independent transactivation or dominant-negative activity. We previously characterized C-terminally-truncated ERα mRNA variants with cryptic sequences in humans and mice, and demonstrated that helices in the ligand-binding domains (LBDs) of ERα variants contribute to ligand-independent transcriptional activity. However, existence of non-conventional coding exons and generation of constitutively active ERα variants have remained to be examined in rats...
April 13, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412387/germ-cells-regulate-3-hydroxybutyrate-production-in-rat-sertoli-cells
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Mariana Regueira, Gustavo Marcelo Rindone, María Noel Galardo, Eliana Herminia Pellizzari, Selva Beatriz Cigorraga, Silvina Beatriz Meroni, María Fernanda Riera
Paracrine regulation of Sertoli cell function by germ cells is an outstanding characteristic of testicular physiology. It has been demonstrated that Sertoli cells produce ketone bodies and that germ cells may use them as energy source. The aim of the study was to analyze a possible regulation by germ cells of ketogenesis in Sertoli cells. Cultures of Sertoli cells (SC) obtained from 31-day-old rats were co-cultured with germ cells (GC). The results presented herein show that the presence of GC stimulated 3-hydroxybutyrate production and increased mRNA levels of two enzymes involved in ketogenesis-carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1a (CPT1a) and mitochondrial 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA (mHMGCoA) synthase- in SC...
April 12, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410970/insulin-and-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-modulate-the-lipolytic-action-of-growth-hormone-by-altering-signal-pathway-linkages
#7
Heather E Bergan-Roller, Alicia T Ickstadt, Jeffrey D Kittilson, Mark A Sheridan
Growth hormone (GH) has many actions in vertebrates, including the regulation of two disparate metabolic processes: growth promotion (anabolic) and th e mobilization of stored lipids (catabolic). Our previous studies showed that GH stimulated IGF-1 production in hepatocytes from fed rainbow trout, but in cells from fasted fish GH stimulated lipolysis. In this study, we used rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) to elucidate regulation of the mechanisms that enable cells to alter their lipolytic responsiveness to GH...
April 11, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410969/characterization-and-mechanism-of-phosphoinositide-3-kinases-pi3ks-members-in-insulin-induced-changes-of-protein-metabolism-in-yellow-catfish-pelteobagrus-fulvidraco
#8
Mei-Qin Zhuo, Yan-Xiong Pan, Kun Wu, Yi-Huan Xu, Zhi Luo
In the present study, seven phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) members (PI3KCa, PI3KCb, PI3KCd, PI3KCg, PI3KC2a, PI3KC2b and PI3KC3, respectively) were isolated and characterized from yellow catfish Pelteobagrus fulvidraco, and their roles in insulin-induced changes of protein metabolism were determined. These seven PI3Ks can be divided into three classes, class I (including PI3KCa, PI3KCb, PI3KCd and PI3KCg), class II (including PI3KC2a and PI3KC2b) and class III (only including PI3KC3). Compared with mammals, all of these members share similar domain structure...
April 11, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410968/increase-in-serum-noradrenaline-concentration-by-short-dives-with-bradycardia-in-indo-pacific-bottlenose-dolphin-tursiops-aduncus
#9
Miwa Suzuki, Mika Tomoshige, Miki Ito, Sotaro Koga, Makio Yanagisawa, Takashi Bungo, Yuya Makiguchi
In cetaceans, diving behavior immediately induces a change in blood circulation to favor flow to the brain and heart; this is achieved by intense vasoconstriction of the blood vessels that serve other organs. This blood circulation response is allied to a decrease in heart rate in order to optimize oxygen usage during diving. Vasoconstrictors are present in all mammals and stimulate the contraction of the smooth muscle in the walls of blood vessels. The most important of these vasoconstrictors are the hormones adrenaline (A), noradrenaline (NA), and angiotensin II (ANG II)...
April 11, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390960/thyroid-hormones-and-learning-associated-neuroplasticity
#10
REVIEW
Sander R Raymaekers, Veerle M Darras
Thyroid hormones (THs) are crucial for brain development and maturation in all vertebrates. Especially during pre- and perinatal development, disruption of TH signaling leads to a multitude of neurological deficits. Many animal models provided insight in the role of THs in brain development, but specific data on how they affect the brain's ability to learn and adapt depending on environmental stimuli are rather limited. In this review, we focus on a number of learning processes like spatial learning, fear conditioning, vocal learning and imprinting behavior and on how abnormal TH signaling during development shapes subsequent performance...
April 5, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347743/transcription-of-cyp19a1-is-directly-regulated-by-sf-1-in-the-theca-cells-of-ovary-follicles-in-chicken
#11
Jing Wang, Yanzhang Gong
Many studies have suggested the important role of estrogen in ovarian differentiation and development of vertebrates including chicken. Cytochrome P450 aromatase, encoded by CYP19A1, is a key enzyme in estrogen synthesis, but the mechanism of CYP19A1 regulation in chicken remains unknown. Here, we found that CYP19A1 was only expressed in the theca cell layers of chicken ovary follicles. Steroidogenic factor 1 (SF-1, also named as nuclear receptor subfamily 5 group A member 1, NR5A1), a potential regulators, was expressed in both the theca cell layers and granulosa cell layers...
March 24, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347742/corticosteroid-responses-of-snakes-to-toxins-from-toads-bufadienolides-and-plants-cardenolides-reflect-differences-in-dietary-specializations
#12
Shabnam Mohammadi, Susannah S French, Lorin A Neuman-Lee, Susan L Durham, Yosuke Kojima, Akira Mori, Edmund D Brodie, Alan H Savitzky
Toads are chemically defended by cardiotonic steroids known as bufadienolides. Resistance to the acute effects of bufadienolides in snakes that prey on toads is conferred by target-site insensitivity of the toxin's target enzyme, the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase. Previous studies have focused largely on the molecular mechanisms of resistance but have not investigated the physiological mechanisms or consequences of exposure to the toxins. Adrenal enlargement in snakes often is associated with specialization on a diet of toads...
March 24, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343933/testing-the-immunocompetence-handicap-hypothesis-testosterone-manipulation-does-not-affect-wound-healing-in-male-salamanders
#13
Jessica R Thomas, Sarah K Woodley
In vertebrates, a bidirectional relationship exists between the immune system and the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. In addition, sexual dimorphism in immunity has been documented in many vertebrates as well as some invertebrates, and males are generally less immunocompetent than their female counterparts. A possible explanation for this is described by the immunocompetence handicap hypothesis (ICHH), which proposes that elevated testosterone (T) levels direct resources towards the promotion of secondary sexual characteristics at a cost to immune function...
March 24, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327432/feedback-from-arctic-charr-feed-flavour-stimulation-and-re-feeding-after-feed-deprivation-stimulate-genes-encoding-both-orexigenic-and-anorexigenic-neuropeptides
#14
Anja Striberny, Even H Jørgensen
Despite vast research attention, the knowledge about central mechanisms of appetite regulation in teleost remains inconclusive. A common strategy in studies on appetite regulating mechanisms is to measure the response to feed restriction or - deprivation, but responses vary between fish species and between experiments, and are also likely dependent on the degree of energy perturbation. The anadromous Arctic charr is an interesting model for studying appetite regulation as its feeding cycle comprises months of winter anorexia, and hyperphagia during summer...
March 19, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322764/cloning-expression-and-functional-characterization-on-vitellogenesis-of-estrogen-receptors-in-scatophagus-argus
#15
Xue-Fan Cui, Yuan Zhao, Hua-Pu Chen, Si-Ping Deng, Dong-Neng Jiang, Tian-Li Wu, Chun-Hua Zhu, Guang-Li Li
Estrogen receptors (Er) play a critical role in vitellogenesis. Three ers (erα, erβ1 and erβ2) and vitellogenins (vtg-A, vtg-B and vtg-C) subtypes were isolated in various fish species, while the contribution of each Er to the regulation of vtgs expression was not analyzed in detail. Here, erα, erβ1 and erβ2 were cloned and all were found to be expressed in female liver in Scatophagus argus. During proteic vitellogenesis stage, erα was simultaneously up-regulated, while erβ1 and erβ2 were not, with three vtgs in female liver...
March 18, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322763/thymus-conservation-in-evolution
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REVIEW
Antonella Franchini, Enzo Ottaviani
From an evolutionary point of view, the thymus is a new organ observed for the first time in fish concomitantly with the appearance of adaptive clonotypical immunity. Hormone and neuropeptide expression was demonstrated in different species suggesting a conserved role of these molecules. An integrated evolution of immune and neuroendocrine responses appears to have been realized by means of the re-use of ancestral material, such as neuroendocrine cells and mediators, to create a thymic microenvironment for the maturation and differentiation of T cells...
March 18, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322762/patterns-of-stress-responses-shift-during-seasonal-life-history-transitions-an-analysis-comparing-baseline-maximal-and-integrated-corticosterone-in-female-red-sided-garter-snakes-thamnophis-sirtalis-parietalis
#17
Catherine A Dayger, Deborah I Lutterschmidt
Glucocorticoids often rise and fall with a variety of external and internal cues and frequently vary among life-history stages. This suggests that changing glucocorticoids may coordinate life-history transitions. To explore this hypothesis, we asked if the time-course of stress-induced glucocorticoid levels differ between two life-history transitions (i.e., spring and fall migration) in female red-sided garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis). We collected non-migratory females from a communal den and migratory females from a road along the migration route and treated them with 4h of capture stress; plasma corticosterone was measured before, during and after capture stress...
March 18, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322761/pre-gnrh-and-gnrh-induced-testosterone-levels-do-not-vary-across-behavioral-contexts-a-role-for-individual-variation
#18
Medhavi Ambardar, Jennifer L Grindstaff
Hormones can facilitate the expression of behavior, but relatively few studies have considered individual variation and repeatability in hormone-behavior relationships. Repeated measures of hormones are valuable because repeatability in hormone levels might be a mechanism that drives repeatability in behavior ("personality"). Testosterone is predicted to promote territorial aggression and suppress parental behaviors. In our population of eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis), parental care and nest defense aggression toward a heterospecific are repeatable...
March 18, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322767/cloning-localization-and-differential-expression-of-neuropeptide-y-during-early-brain-development-and-gonadal-recrudescence-in-the-catfish-clarias-gariepinus
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Cheni-Chery Sudhakumari, Arumugam Anitha, Raju Murugananthkumar, Dinesh Kumar Tiwari, Dharavath Bhasker, Balasubramanian Senthilkumaran, Aparna Dutta Gupta
Neuropeptide-Y (NPY) has diverse physiological functions which are extensively studied in vertebrates. However, regulatory role of NPY in relation to brain ontogeny and recrudescence with reference to reproduction is less understood in fish. Present report for the first time evaluated the significance of NPY by transient esiRNA silencing and also analyzed its expression during brain development and gonadal recrudescence in the catfish, Clarias gariepinus. As a first step, full-length cDNA of NPY was cloned from adult catfish brain, which shared high homology with its counterparts from other teleosts upon phylogenetic analysis...
March 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322766/characterization-of-a-molt-related-myostatin-gene-fmmstn-from-the-banana-shrimp-fenneropenaeus-merguiensis
#20
Rui Qun Zhuo, Ting Ting Zhou, Shi Ping Yang, Siuming Francis Chan
Myostatin is an important member of the Transforming Growth Factor (TGF) family that functions to regulate muscle growth in animals. In this study, the myostatin gene (FmMstn) and two slightly different (short and long forms) cDNAs of the banana shrimp Fenneropenaeus merguiensis were cloned and characterized. Similar to Mstn gene of the scallop, fish and mammal, FmMstn gene consists of 3 exons and 2 introns. The 2 kb upstream promoter region of the FmMstn gene consists of putative response elements for myocyte enhancing factor (MEF2) and E-box factors...
March 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
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