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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321190/genomic-landscape-of-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumours-the-international-cancer-genome-consortium
#1
Andrea Mafficini, Aldo Scarpa
Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) may arise throughout the body and are a highly heterogeneous, relatively rare class of neoplasms difficult to study also for the lack of disease models. Despite this, knowledge on their molecular alterations has expanded in the latest years, also building from genetic syndromes causing their onset. Pancreatic NETs (PanNETs) have been among the most studied, and research so far has outlined a series of recurring features, as inactivation of MEN1, VHL, TSC1/2 genes, and hyperactivation of the PI3K/mTOR pathway...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317531/melanocortin-overexpression-limits-diet-induced-inflammation-and-atherosclerosis-in-ldlr-mice
#2
Salla Nuutinen, Liisa Ailanen, Eriika Savontaus, Petteri Rinne
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the arteries. The disease is initiated by endothelial dysfunction that allows the transport of leukocytes and low-density lipoprotein into the vessel wall forming atherosclerotic plaques. The melanocortin system is an endogenous peptide system that regulates, for example, energy homeostasis and cardiovascular function. Melanocortin treatment with endogenous or synthetic melanocortin peptides reduces body weight, protects the endothelium and alleviates vascular inflammation, but the long-term effects of melanocortin system activation on atheroprogression remain largely unknown...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298821/physiological-and-pathological-implications-of-retinoid-action-in-the-endometrium
#3
Yanwen Jiang, Lu Chen, Robert Taylor, Chunjin Li, Xu Zhou
Retinol (vitamin A) and its derivatives, collectively known as retinoids, are required for maintaining vision, immunity, barrier function, reproduction, embryogenesis, and cell proliferation and differentiation. Despite the fact that most events in the endometrium are predominantly regulated by steroid hormones (estrogens and progesterone), accumulating evidence shows that retinoid signaling is also involved in the development and maintenance of the endometrium, stromal decidualization, and blastocyst implantation...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273589/attenuation-of-perk-enhances-glucose-stimulated-insulin-secretion-in-islets
#4
Min Joo Kim, Se Hee Min, Seon Young Shin, Mi Na Kim, Hakmo Lee, Jin Young Jang, Sun-Whe Kim, Kyong Soo Park, Hye Seung Jung
PERK is a pancreatic endoplasmic reticulum (ER) kinase. Its complete deletion in pancreatic β cells induces insulin deficiency; however, the effects of partial Perk suppression are unclear. We investigated the effect of partial PERK suppression using the specific PERK inhibitors GSK2606414 and GSK2656157. Low dose GSK2606414 treatment for 24 h enhanced glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS), islet insulin content, and calcium transit in mouse (at 40 nM) and human (at 50~100 nM) pancreatic islets. GSK2606414 also induced the expression of the ER chaperone BiP and the release of calcium from the ER...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29255084/roles-of-activating-functions-1-and-2-of-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-in-lymphopoiesis
#5
Annica Andersson, Anna E Törnqvist, Sofia Movérare-Skrtic, Angelina I Bernardi, Helen H Farman, Pierre Chambon, Cecilia Engdahl, Marie K Lagerquist, Sara H Windahl, Hans Carlsten, Claes Ohlsson, Ulrika Islander
Apart from the role of sex steroids in reproduction, sex steroids are also important regulators of the immune system. 17β-estradiol (E2) represses T and B cell development, but augments B cell function, possibly explaining the different nature of immune responses in men and women. Both E2 and selective estrogen receptors modulators (SERM) act via estrogen receptors (ER). Activating functions (AF)-1 and 2 of the ER bind to coregulators and thus influence target gene transcription and subsequent cellular response to ER activation...
December 18, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233934/chronic-infusion-of-taurolithocholate-into-the-brain-increases-fat-oxidation-in-mice
#6
Hannah M Eggink, Lauren L Tambyrajah, Rosa van den Berg, Isabel Mol, Jose K van den Heuvel, Martijn Koehorst, Albert K Groen, Anita Boelen, Andries Kalsbeek, Johannes A Romijn, Patrick C N Rensen, Sander Kooijman, Maarten R Soeters
Bile acids can function in the postprandial state as circulating signaling molecules in the regulation of glucose and lipid metabolism via the transmembrane receptor TGR5 and nuclear receptor FXR. Both receptors are present in the central nervous system, but their function in the brain is unclear. Therefore, we investigated the effects of intracerebroventricular (icv) administration of taurolithocholate (tLCA), a strong TGR5 agonist, and GW4064, a synthetic FXR agonist, on energy metabolism. We determined the effects of chronic icv infusion of tLCA, GW4064, or vehicle on energy expenditure, body weight and composition as well as tissue specific fatty acid uptake in mice equipped with osmotic minipumps...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203573/mechanisms-of-%C3%AE-cell-dedifferentiation-in-diabetes-recent-findings-and-future-research-directions
#7
Mohammed Bensellam, Jean-Christophe Jonas, D Ross Laybutt
Like all the cells of an organism, pancreatic β-cells originate from embryonic stem cells through a complex cellular process termed differentiation. Differentiation involves the coordinated and tightly controlled activation/repression of specific effectors and gene clusters in a time-dependent fashion thereby giving rise to particular morphological and functional cellular features. Interestingly, cellular differentiation is not a unidirectional process. Indeed, growing evidence suggests that under certain conditions, mature β-cells can lose, to various degrees, their differentiated phenotype and cellular identity and regress to a less differentiated or a precursor-like state...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191939/effects-of-hypothalamic-leptin-gene-therapy-on-osteopetrosis-in-leptin-deficient-mice
#8
Kenneth A Philbrick, Stephen A Martin, Amy R Colagiovanni, Adam J Branscum, Russell T Turner, Urszula T Iwaniec
Impaired resorption of cartilage matrix deposited during endochondral ossification is a defining feature of juvenile osteopetrosis. Growing, leptin-deficient ob/ob mice exhibit a mild form of osteopetrosis. However, the extent to which the disease is (1) self-limiting and (2) reversible by leptin treatment is unknown. We addressed the first question by performing histomorphometric analysis of femurs in rapidly growing (2-month-old), slowly growing (4-month-old), and skeletally mature (6-month-old) wild type (WT) and ob/ob male mice...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142025/cardioprotection-of-dapagliflozin-and-vildagliptin-in-cardiac-reperfusion-injury-rats
#9
Pongpan Tanajak, Piangkwan Sa-Nguanmoo, Sivaporn Sivasinprasan, Savitree Thummasorn, Natthaphat Siri-Angkul, Siriporn Chattipakorn, Nipon Chattipakorn
Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor (SGLT2-i) effects on cardiac ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury are unclear. Unlike SGLT2-i, dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors (DPP4-i) have shown effective cardioprotection in cardiac I/R injury. We aimed to investigate whether SGLT2-i reduces myocardial dysfunction and myocardial injury to a greater extent than DPP4-i in obese-insulin resistant rats with/without cardiac I/R injury. The high fat (HF) diet induced obese-insulin resistant rats were divided into 4 groups and received the following treatments for 28 days: vehicle (HFV); vildagliptin at a dosage of 3 mg/kg/day (HFVil); dapagliflozin at a dosage of 1 mg/kg/day (HFDa); and combination drugs (HFDaVil)...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114012/cbl-downregulation-increases-rbp4-expression-in-adipocytes-of-female-mice
#10
Gulizar Issa Ameen, Silvia Mora
Obesity leads to adipose tissue dysfunction, insulin resistance and diabetes. Adipose tissue produces adipokines,that contribute to regulate insulin sensitivity. In turn insulin stimulates the production and release of some adipokines. Casitas-b-lymphoma proteins (c-Cbl, Cbl-b and Cbl3) are intracellular adaptor signalling proteins that are rapidly phosphorylated by activation of tyrosine kinase receptors. c-Cbl is rapidly phosphorylated by insulin in adipocytes. Here we tested the hypothesis that Cbl signalling regulates adipokine expression in adipose tissue...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109081/vitamin-d-the-placenta-and-early-pregnancy-effects-on-trophoblast-function
#11
Ankana Ganguly, Jennifer Ann Tamblyn, Sarah Finn-Sell, Shiao-Yng Chan, Melissa Westwood, Janesh Gupta, Mark Kilby, Stephane R Gross, Martin Hewison
Pregnancy is associated with significant changes in vitamin D metabolism, notably increased maternal serum levels of active vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin (1,25(OH)2D). This appears to be due primarily to increased renal activity of the enzyme 25-hydroxyvitamin D-1α-hydroxylase (CYP27B1) that catalyzes synthesis of 1,25(OH)2D, but CYP27B1 expression is also prominent in both the maternal decidua and fetal trophoblast components of the placenta. The precise function of placental synthesis of 1,25(OH)2D remains unclear, but is likely to involve localised tissue-specific responses with both decidua and trophoblast also expressing the vitamin D receptor (VDR) for 1,25(OH)2D...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109080/central-leptin-regulates-heart-lipid-content-by-selectively-increasing-ppar-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-expression
#12
Cristina Mora, Cristina Pintado, Blanca Rubio, Lorena Mazuecos, Virginia Lopez, Alejandro Fernandez, Aurora Salamanca, Brenda Barcena, Teresa Fernandez-Agullo, Carmen Arribas, Nilda Gallardo, Antonio Andres
The role of central leptin in regulating the heart from lipid accumulation in lean leptin-sensitive animals has not been fully elucidated. Herein we investigated the effects of central leptin infusion on the expression of genes involved in cardiac metabolism and its role in the control of myocardial triacylglyceride (TAG) accumulation in adult Wistar rats. Intracerebroventricular (icv) leptin infusion (0.2µg/day) for 7 days markedly decreased TAG levels in cardiac tissue. Remarkably, the cardiac anti-steatotic effects of central leptin were associated with the selective up-regulation of gene and protein expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor β/δ (PPARβ/δ) and their target genes, adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL), hormone sensitive lipase (HSL), pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 4 (PDK4), and acyl CoA oxidase 1 (Acox1), involved in myocardial intracellular lipolysis and mitochondrial/peroxisomal fatty acid utilization...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321189/gut-brain-signaling-in-energy-homeostasis-the-unexpected-role-of-microbiota-derived-succinate
#13
REVIEW
Filipe de Vadder, Gilles Mithieux
In the context of the obesity epidemic, dietary fibers that are found essentially in fruit and vegetables attract more and more attention, since they exert numerous metabolic benefits resulting in the moderation of body weight. Short-chain fatty acids, such as propionate and butyrate, produced through their fermentation by the intestinal microbiota, have long been thought to be the mediators of these benefits. In fact, propionate and butyrate were recently shown to activate intestinal gluconeogenesis, a function exerting metabolic benefits via its capacity of signaling to the brain by gastrointestinal nerves...
February 2018: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259074/trophoblast-lineage-specification-differentiation-and-their-regulation-by-oxygen-tension
#14
REVIEW
Ching-Wen Chang, Anna K Wakeland, Mana M Parast
Development of the early embryo takes place under low oxygen tension. Under such conditions, the embryo implants and the trophectoderm, the outer layer of blastocyst, proliferate, forming the cytotrophoblastic shell, the early placenta. The cytotrophoblasts (CTBs) are the so-called epithelial 'stem cells' of the placenta, which, depending on the signals they receive, can differentiate into either extravillous trophoblast (EVT) or syncytiotrophoblast (STB). EVTs anchor the placenta to the uterine wall and remodel maternal spiral arterioles in order to provide ample blood supply to the growing fetus...
January 2018: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855317/novel-skeletal-effects-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1-glp-1-receptor-agonists
#15
REVIEW
Guillaume Mabilleau, Marie Pereira, Chantal Chenu
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) leads to bone fragility and predisposes to increased risk of fracture, poor bone healing and other skeletal complications. In addition, some anti-diabetic therapies for T2DM can have notable detrimental skeletal effects. Thus, an appropriate therapeutic strategy for T2DM should not only be effective in re-establishing good glycaemic control but also in minimising skeletal complications. There is increasing evidence that glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RAs), now greatly prescribed for the treatment of T2DM, have beneficial skeletal effects although the underlying mechanisms are not completely understood...
January 2018: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042402/ginsenoside-rg3-ameliorated-hfd-induced-hepatic-steatosis-through-downregulation-of-stat5-ppar%C3%AE
#16
Jin-Bong Lee, Sung-Jin Yoon, Sang-Hyun Lee, Moo-Seung Lee, Haiyoung Jung, Tae-Don Kim, Suk Ran Yoon, Inpyo Choi, Ik-Soo Kim, Su Wol Chung, Hee Gu Lee, Jeong-Ki Min, Young-Jun Park
Healthy expansion of adipose tissue maintains metabolic homeostasis by storing excess chemical energy in increased fat mass. The STAT5-PPAR gamma pathway reportedly regulates adipocyte differentiation, lipid metabolism and adipogenesis. Ginsenoside Rg3 is one of the diverse groups of steroidal saponins, the major active components of ginseng, which have demonstrated pharmacological properties. In this study, we evaluated the therapeutic effects of ginsenoside Rg3 under pathological conditions in vitro and in vivo We examined the effects of ginsenoside Rg3 on glucose level, insulin sensitivity and lipogenesis in high-fat diet-fed C57BL/6 mice...
December 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970286/obesity-stimulated-aldosterone-release-is-not-related-to-an-s1p-dependent-mechanism
#17
Stephan Werth, Helge Müller-Fielitz, Walter Raasch
Aldosterone has been identified as an important factor in obesity-associated hypertension. Here, we investigated whether sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), which has previously been linked to obesity, increases aldosterone release. S1P-induced aldosterone release was determined in NCI H295R cells in the presence of S1P receptor (S1PR) antagonists. In vivo release of S1P (100-300 µg/kgbw) was investigated in pithed, lean Sprague Dawley (SD) rats, diet-obese spontaneous hypertensive rats (SHRs), as well as in lean or obese Zucker rats...
December 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931557/protective-effect-of-cyanidin-3-o-glucoside-on-neonatal-porcine-islets
#18
Chao Li, Bin Yang, Zhihao Xu, Eric Boivin, Mazzen Black, Wenlong Huang, Baoyou Xu, Ping Wu, Bo Zhang, Xian Li, Kunsong Chen, Yulian Wu, Gina R Rayat
Oxidative stress is a major cause of islet injury and dysfunction during isolation and transplantation procedures. Cyanidin-3-O-glucoside (C3G), which is present in various fruits and vegetables especially in Chinese bayberry, shows a potent antioxidant property. In this study, we determined whether C3G could protect neonatal porcine islets (NPI) from reactive oxygen species (H2O2)-induced injury in vitro and promote the function of NPI in diabetic mice. We found that C3G had no deleterious effect on NPI and that C3G protected NPI from damage induced by H2O2 Significantly higher hemeoxygenase-1 (HO1) gene expression was detected in C3G-treated NPI compared to untreated islets before and after transplantation (P < 0...
December 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899903/socs3-expression-in-sf1-cells-regulates-adrenal-differentiation-and-exercise-performance
#19
João A B Pedroso, Pedro O R de Mendonca, Marco A S Fortes, Igor Tomaz, Vitor L Pecorali, Thais B Auricino, Ismael C Costa, Leandro B Lima, Isadora C Furigo, Debora N Bueno, Angela M Ramos-Lobo, Claudimara F P Lotfi, Jose Donato
Many hormones/cytokines are secreted in response to exercise and cytokine signaling may play a pivotal role in the training adaptations. To investigate the importance of cytokine signaling during vertical ladder climbing, a resistance exercise model, we produced mice lacking SOCS3 protein exclusively in steroidogenic factor-1 (SF1) cells (SF1 Socs3 KO mice). SF1 expression is found in steroidogenic cells of the adrenal cortex and gonads, as well as in neurons of the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus...
December 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870887/appetite-food-intake-and-gut-hormone-responses-to-intense-aerobic-exercise-of-different-duration
#20
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Adrian Holliday, Andrew Blannin
The purpose of the study is to investigate the effect of acute bouts of high-intensity aerobic exercise of differing durations on subjective appetite, food intake and appetite-associated hormones in endurance-trained males. Twelve endurance-trained males (age = 21 ± 2 years; BMI = 21.0 ± 1.6 kg/m2; VO2max = 61.6 ± 6.0 mL/kg/min) completed four trials, within a maximum 28 day period, in a counterbalanced order: resting (REST); 15 min exercise bout (15-min); 30 min exercise bout (30-min) and 45 min exercise bout (45-min)...
December 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
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