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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811198/house-sparrows-mitigate-growth-effects-of-post-natal-glucocorticoid-exposure-at-the-expense-of-longevity
#1
Jacquelyn K Grace, Louise Froud, Alizée Meillère, Frédéric Angelier
Acute, short-term effects of early-life stress and associated glucocorticoid upregulation on physiology and survival are widely documented across vertebrates. However, the persistence and severity of these effects are largely unknown, especially through the adult stage and for natural systems. Here, we investigate physiological, morphological, and survival effects of post-natal glucocorticoid upregulation across the nestling, juvenile, and adult life stages in house sparrows (Passer domesticus). We manipulate circulating corticosterone concentration in wild, free-living house sparrow nestlings and monitor body size, size-corrected mass, two measures of health (hematocrit and phytohemagglutinin-induced skin swelling), and survival in a captive environment until adulthood...
August 12, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811197/seasonal-changes-in-plasma-testosterone-and-cortisol-suggest-an-androgen-mediated-regulation-of-the-pituitary-adrenal-axis-in-the-tarabul-s-gerbil-gerbillus-tarabuli-thomas-1902
#2
Yamina Zatra, Naouel Aknoun-Sail, Arezki Kheddache, Abdelouafi Benmouloud, Salima Charallah, Elara N Moudilou, Jean-Marie Exbrayat, Farida Khammar, Zaina Amirat
In the desert gerbil Gerbillus tarabuli (Thomas, 1902), cortisol is the main glucocorticosteroid produced by the adrenal glands. Plasma cortisol concentrations show highest values when testosterone is reduced and lowest values during the breeding season which occurs from early winter to late spring. In order to specify the implication of testicular androgens in these corticosteroid seasonal variations we investigated the effects induced by gonadectomy performed during the breeding season on the pituitary adrenal axis...
August 12, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807479/multifactorial-analyses-revealed-optimal-aquaculture-modalities-improving-husbandry-fitness-without-clear-effect-on-stress-and-immune-status-of-pikeperch-sander-lucioperca
#3
Sébastien Baekelandt, Baptiste Redivo, Syaghalirwa N M Mandiki, Thibaut Bournonville, Alexis Houndji, Benoît Bernard, Najlae El Kertaoui, Mélodie Schmitz, Pascal Fontaine, Jean-Noël Gardeur, Yannick Ledoré, Patrick Kestemont
High mortality and impairment in growth rate during pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) ongrowing are among the major bottlenecks for its development in aquaculture. These failures may be related to high stress responsiveness since the rearing conditions are not yet optimized for this species. The objectives were to characterize the stress and immunological responses of pikeperch to major aquaculture modalities, and to identify the optimal aquaculture conditions for improving its welfare status. In a screening experiment, eight factors considered as relevant for the welfare of pikeperch were compared in two modalities using a fractional multifactorial design (2(8-4))...
August 11, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797804/a-game-of-two-gene-expression-analysis-of-brain-cyp19a1b-and-gonadal-cyp19a1a-aromatase-in-females-of-a-neotropical-cichlid-fish-through-the-parental-care-period-and-removal-of-the-offspring
#4
Martín R Ramallo, Renato M Honji, Agustina Birba, Leonel Morandini, María L Varela, Griselda Genovese, Renata G Moreira, Gustavo M Somoza, Matías Pandolfi
For many species parental behavior is essential for the survival of the offspring. While the ultimate causes of teleost parental behavior have been widely studied, comparatively little is known about its proximate causes. The aim of this study was to analyze the yet unexplored, potential dual role of brain and gonadal aromatases, the enzymes responsible for the conversion of androgens to estrogens in the brains and gonads of teleosts, respectively, on the different stages of the maternal care period of the biparental cichlid Cichlasoma dimerus, locally known as chanchita...
August 7, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789856/age-related-differences-in-stress-responsiveness-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-of-nonhuman-primates-with-various-types-of-adaptive-behavior
#5
Nadezhda D Goncharova, Tamara E Oganyan
Aging is characterized by disturbances in the functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, associated with disturbances in the adaptation processes and increase of the probability of the onset of post-stress syndrome. However, the individual features of age-related disorders stress reactivity of HPA axis have not been studied. The purpose was to study individual characteristics of the HPA axis responsiveness to acute psycho-emotional stress exposure (restraint, ASE) at different age periods on the model of the young adult and old physically healthy female rhesus monkeys that differ in their behavioral responses to stress, i...
August 5, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782537/expression-of-sweet-taste-receptor-and-gut-hormone-secretion-in-modelled-type-2-diabetes
#6
Rilu Feng, Cheng Qian, Qianjing Liu, Yunqiu Jin, Lianyong Liu, Shengxian Li, Yu Liao, Huan Zhou, Wei Liu, Chris K Rayner, Jing Ma
It was detected that sweet taste receptors (STRs) were expressed in L cells which secreted glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) in the gut. The STR blocker lactisole reduced GLP-1 secretion and increased blood glucose level. Therefore, we investigated the expression of sweet taste molecules in the proximal and distal small intestine, and gut hormones secretion in healthy control and type 2 diabetic rats. Two groups of rats (Sprague Dawley (SD), and Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF)) were involved in the study. Each group (n=10) was performed by an intragastric glucose infusion (50% glucose solution, 2g/kg body weight)...
August 4, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782536/immunolesion-of-melanopsin-neurons-causes-gonadal-regression-in-pekin-drakes-anas-platyrhynchos-domesticus
#7
H Potter, E Alenciks, K Frazier, A Porter, G S Fraley
Several light sensitive receptors have been described in the avian brain that are thought to regulate the reproductive axis independently from the eyes and pineal gland.Recently, our lab has described the presence of three of these photoneuroendocrine systems in the Pekin duck: opsin, opsin 5, & melanopsin. We set out to test the hypothesis that melanopsin receptive neurons are necessary to maintain seasonal reproductive status along with growth and development in the Pekin drake. To accomplish these goals we first investigated 50-week-old Pekin drakes that were housed in the aviary at Hope College under long day length (18 hrs lights on) conditions in floor pens...
August 4, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782535/alpha-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-induced-anorexia-in-japanese-quail-coturnix-japonica-likely-involves-the-ventromedial-hypothalamus-and-paraventricular-nucleus-of-the-hypothalamus
#8
Taylor Lear, Lingbin Liu, Madison O'Donnell, Betty R McConn, D Michael Denbow, Mark A Cline, Elizabeth R Gilbert
Alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) reduces food intake in birds and mammals. The objective of this experiment was to determine effects of α-MSH on food and water intake, and hypothalamic c-Fos immunoreactivity and appetite-associated factor mRNA in Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica), a species that has not undergone the same artificial selection for growth-related traits as the chicken. At 7days post-hatch, 3-h-fasted quail were intracerebroventricularly (ICV) injected into the lateral ventricle with 0 (vehicle), 0...
August 4, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782538/circulating-insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-proteins-in-fish-their-identities-and-physiological-regulation
#9
REVIEW
Munetaka Shimizu, Walton W Dickhoff
Insulin-like growth factor binding proteins (IGFBPs) play crucial roles in regulating the availability of IGFs to receptors and prolong the half-lives of IGFs. There are six IGFBPs present in the mammalian circulation with IGFBP-3 being most abundant. In mammals IGFBP-3 is the major carrier of circulating IGFs, facilitated by forming a ternary complex with IGF and an acid-labile subunit (ALS). IGFBP-1 is generally inhibitory to IGF action by preventing it from interacting with its receptors. In teleosts, the third-round of vertebrate whole genome duplication created paralogs of each IGFBP, except IGFBP-4...
August 3, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782534/variation-in-adrenal-and-thyroid-hormones-with-life-history-stage-in-juvenile-northern-elephant-seals-mirounga-angustirostris
#10
J A Jelincic, M S Tift, D S Houser, D E Crocker
The classical approach to quantifying the impact of stressors on wildlife is through characterization of hormones associated with the generalized stress response. However, interpretation of hormone data can be difficult due to the range of natural variation within a species and potential confounds of individual and life-history variables. Blood adrenal and thyroid hormones were measured in 144 chemically immobilized yearling northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) to characterize variation between sexes and across semiannual haul-outs...
August 3, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782533/co-localization-of-three-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-transcripts-in-larval-parasitic-and-adult-sea-lamprey-brains
#11
Emily R Van Gulick, Timothy J Marquis, Stacia A Sower
RNA expression of lamprey gonadotropin-releasing hormone (lGnRH)-I, -II, and -III was demonstrated in the brains of larval, parasitic phase and adult sea lampreys, Petromyzon marinus, using a highly sensitive triple-label in situ hybridization technique. In female larval lampreys, lGnRH-I and-II were co-expressed in the same neurons throughout the olfactory bulbs, preoptic area (POA), and rhombencephalon (hindbrain); lGnRH-I, -II and -III were triple co-expressed in the hypothalamus and in the paranuclear region of neuronal somas in the rhombencephalon...
August 3, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779857/hormonal-changes-over-the-spawning-cycle-in-the-female-three-spined-stickleback-gasterosteus-aculeatus
#12
Chrysoula Roufidou, Monika Schmitz, Ian Mayer, Marion Sebire, Ioanna Katsiadaki, Yi Ta Shao, Bertil Borg
Female three-spined sticklebacks are batch spawners laying eggs in a nest built by the male. We sampled female sticklebacks at different time points, when they were ready to spawn and 6, 24, 48 and 72 hours post-spawning (hps) with a male. Following spawning, almost all females (15 out of 19) had ovulated eggs again at Day 3 post-spawning (72hps). At sampling, plasma, brain and pituitaries were collected, and the ovary and liver were weighed. Testosterone (T) and estradiol (E2) were measured by radioimmunoassay...
August 2, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774755/human-seasonal-and-circadian-studies-in-antarctica-halley-75-0-s
#13
Josephine Arendt, Benita Middleton
Living for extended periods in Antarctica exposes base personnel to extremes of daylength (photoperiod) and temperature. At the British Antarctic Survey base of Halley, 75(0)S, the sun does not rise for 110 d in the winter and does not set for 100 d in summer. Photoperiod is the major time cue governing the timing of seasonal events such as reproduction in many species. The neuroendocrine signal providing photoperiodic information to body physiology is the duration of melatonin secretion which reflects the length of the night: longer in the short days of winter and shorter in summer...
July 31, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765074/estrogenic-effects-associated-with-bisphenol-a-exposure-in-male-zebrafish-danio-rerio-is-associated-with-changes-of-endogenous-17%C3%AE-estradiol-and-gene-specific-dna-methylation-levels
#14
Fei Zhao, Penghao Wei, Jun Wang, Miao Yu, Xiaona Zhang, Hua Tian, Wei Wang, Shaoguo Ru
The binding affinity of bisphenol A (BPA) to estrogen receptors (ERs) is much lower than that of 17β-estradiol (E2), and whether there are other molecular mechanisms responsible for the estrogenic action of BPA in vivo currently remains unknown. The objective of this study was to explore the potential association between the estrogenic effect induced by bisphenol A in vivo and changes of endogenous E2 and gene specific DNA methylation levels. After a waterborne exposure of male zebrafish to 500, 1000, or 1500μg/L of BPA for 21d, vitellogenin (VTG) concentration in whole body homogenate, plasma E2 and testosterone levels, hepatic ERs mRNA expressions, gonadal cyp19a1a and cyp17a1 mRNA expressions, and methylation levels of hepatic esr1 and gonadal cyp19a1a's promoters were determined...
July 29, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765073/strain-differences-in-intermale-aggression-and-possible-factors-regulating-increased-aggression-in-japanese-quail
#15
Fumihiko Maekawa, Koki Nagino, Jiaxin Yang, Nang T T Htike, Shinji Tsukahara, Takayoshi Ubuka, Kazuyoshi Tsutsui, Takaharu Kawashima
The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) of Japan established a strain of Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) known as NIES-L by rotation breeding in a closed colony for over 35 years; accordingly, the strain has highly inbred-like characteristics. Another strain called NIES-Brn has been maintained by randomized breeding in a closed colony to produce outbred-like characteristics. The current study aimed to characterize intermale aggressive behaviors in both strains and to identify possible factors regulating higher aggression in the hypothalamus, such as sex hormone and neuropeptide expression...
July 29, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760716/the-growth-hormone-signaling-system-insights-into-coordinating-the-anabolic-and-catabolic-actions-of-growth-hormone
#16
REVIEW
Heather E Bergan-Roller, Mark A Sheridan
Although growth hormone (GH) is a multifunctional factor that coordinates various aspects of feeding, reproduction, osmoregulation, and immune system function, perhaps two of its most studied actions are the regulation of growth and metabolism, particularly lipid metabolism. In this review, we describe the major growth-promoting and lipid metabolic actions of GH and then discuss how the GH system regulates these actions. Numerous intrinsic and extrinsic factors provide information about the metabolic status of the organism and influence the production of release of GH...
July 28, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757434/adrenal-responses-of-large-whales-integrating-fecal-aldosterone-as-a-complementary-biomarker-to-glucocorticoids
#17
Elizabeth A Burgess, Kathleen E Hunt, Scott D Kraus, Rosalind M Rolland
Until now, physiological stress assessment of large whales has predominantly focused on adrenal glucocorticoid (GC) measures. Elevated GC concentrations in feces (fGC) are known to reflect stressful disturbances, such as fishing gear entanglement and human-generated underwater noise, in North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis). However, there can be considerable variation in GC production as a function of sex and life history stage, which may confound the interpretation of fGC levels. Additionally, GC antibodies used in immunoassays can cross-react with other fecal metabolites (i...
July 27, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756245/understanding-variation-in-migratory-movements-a-mechanistic-approach
#18
REVIEW
Heather E Watts, Jamie M Cornelius, Adam M Fudickar, Jonathan Pérez, Marilyn Ramenofsky
Spatial and temporal fluctuations in resource availability have led to the evolution of varied migration patterns. In order to appropriately time movements in relation to resources, environmental cues are used to provide proximate information for timing and the endocrine system serves to integrate these external cues and behavioral and physiological responses. Yet, the regulatory mechanisms underlying migratory timing have rarely been compared across a broad range of migratory patterns. First, we offer an updated nomenclature of migration using a mechanistic perspective to clarify terminology describing migratory types in relation to ecology, behavior and endocrinology...
July 26, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754274/review-structure-function-and-evolution-of-gnih
#19
REVIEW
Kazuyoshi Tsutsui, Tomohiro Osugi, You Lee Son, Takayoshi Ubuka
Neuropeptides that possess the Arg-Phe-NH2 motif at their C-termini (i.e., RFamide peptides) have been characterized in the nervous system of both invertebrates and vertebrates. In vertebrates, RFamide peptides make a family and consist of the groups of gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH), neuropeptide FF (NPFF), prolactin-releasing peptide (PrRP), kisspeptin (kiss1 and kiss2), and pyroglutamylated RFamide peptide/26RFamide peptide (QRFP/26RFa). It now appears that these vertebrate RFamide peptides exert important neuroendocrine, behavioral, sensory, and autonomic functions...
July 25, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743557/a-high-fat-high-protein-diet-attenuates-the-negative-impact-of-casein-induced-chronic-inflammation-on-testicular-steroidogenesis-and-sperm-parameters-in-adult-mice
#20
Jing-Lu Zhao, Yu-Yun Zhao, Wei-Jie Zhu
The interaction between obesity and chronic inflammation has been studied. Diet-induced obesity or chronic inflammation could reduce the testicular functions of males. However, the mechanism underlying the reproductive effects of fattening foods in males with or without chronic inflammation still needs further discussion. This study was aimed to investigate the effects of high-fat, high-protein diet on testicular steroidogenesis and sperm parameters in adult mice under physiological and chronic inflammatory conditions...
July 22, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
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