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Journal of Endocrinology

Li Ding, Yue Yin, Lingling Han, Yin Li, Jing Zhao, Weizhen Zhang
Neurogenin3-driven deletion of tuberous sclerosis complex 1 (Tsc1) activated mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) measured by up-regulation of mTOR and S6 phosphorylation in islet cells. Neurogenin3-Tsc1-/- mice demonstrated a significant increase in average islet size and mean area of individual islet cell. Insulin mRNA and plasma insulin levels increased significantly after weaning. Glucagon mRNA and plasma levels increased in neonate followed by modest reduction in adult. Somatostatin mRNA and plasma levels markedly increased...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Charlene Diepenbroek, Leslie Eggels, Mariette T Ackermans, Eric Fliers, Andries Kalsbeek, Mireille J Serlie, Susanne E la Fleur
We previously showed that rats on a free-choice high-fat-high-sugar (fcHFHS) diet become rapidly obese and develop glucose intolerance within a week. Interestingly, neither rats on a free-choice high-fat diet (fcHF), although equally obese and hyperphagic, nor rats on a free-choice high-sugar (fcHS) diet consuming more sugar water, develop glucose intolerance. We here investigated whether changes in insulin sensitivity contribute to the observed glucose intolerance and whether this was related to consumption of saturated fat and/or sugar water...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
James Sm Cuffe, Eleanor L Turton, Lisa K Akison, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Karen M Moritz
Maternal stress can impair fetal development and program sex-specific disease outcomes in offspring through the actions of maternally produced glucocorticoids, predominantly corticosterone (Cort) in rodents. We have demonstrated in mice that male but not female offspring prenatally exposed to Cort (33µg/kg/h for 60h beginning at E12.5) develop cardiovascular/renal dysfunction at 12 months. At 6 months of age, renal function was normal but male offspring had increased plasma aldosterone concentrations, suggesting altered adrenal function may precede disease...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Riccardo Dore, Luka Levata, Hendrik Lehnert, Carla Schulz
Nesfatin-1 was identified in 2006 as a potent anorexigenic peptide involved in the regulation of homeostatic feeding. It is processed from the precursor-peptide NEFA/nucleobindin 2 (NUCB2) which is expressed both in the central nervous system as well as in the periphery, from where it can access the brain via non-saturable transmembrane diffusion. In hypothalamus and brainstem, nesfatin-1 recruits the oxytocin-, the melancortin- and other systems to relay its anorexigenic properties. NUCB2/nesfatin-1 peptide expression in reward-related areas suggests that nesfatin-1 might also be involved in hedonic feeding...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Derek S Boeldt, Ian M Bird
Maternal vascular adaptation to pregnancy is critically important in order to expand the capacity for blood flow through the uteroplacental unit to meet the needs of the developing fetus. Failure of the maternal vasculature to properly adapt can result in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy such as preeclampsia (PE). Herein, we review the endocrinology of maternal adaptation to pregnancy and contrast this with that of PE. Our focus is specifically on those hormones with directly impact endothelial cell function and dysfunction, as endothelial cell dysfunction is a hallmark of PE...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Cinthia García-Luna, Paulina Soberanes-Chavez, Patricia de Gortari
Feeding patterns are important factors in obesity evolvement. Time-restricted feeding schedules (tRF) during resting phase change energy homeostasis regulation, disrupting the circadian release of metabolism-regulating hormones, such as leptin, insulin and corticosterone and promoting body weight gain. Thyroid (HPT) and adrenal (HPA) axes exhibit a circadian regulation and are involved in energy expenditure, thus studying their parameters in tRF paradigms will elucidate their role in energy homeostasis impairments under such conditions...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Denys deCatanzaro, Tyler J Pollock
Estradiol-17β (E2) plays critical roles in female maturation, sexual receptivity, ovulation, and fertility. In many mammals, contact with males can similarly affect these female parameters, while male excretions contain significant quantities of E2 We administered radiolabeled estradiol ([(3)H]E2) to male mice in doses representing a small fraction of their endogenous E2 These males were paired with sexually-receptive females, and radioactivity was traced into the females' systems. In Experiment 1, males were given [(3)H]E2 at 24 and 1 h prior to mating...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Liza Margareth Sousa, Renata Silva, Vanessa Fonseca, Rafael Leandro, Thiago Di Vincenzo, Ana Bárbara Alves-Wagner, Ubiratan Fabres Machado, Paula Papa
This study aimed to determine in the canine corpus luteum throughout the diestrus: 1) the influence of insulin on glucose utilization; 2) the regulation of genes potentially involved; and 3) the influence of hypoxia on glucose transporter expression and steroidogenesis, after treatment with cobalt chloride (CoCl2). Glucose uptake by luteal cells increased 2.7 folds (P<0.05) in response to insulin; a phenomenon related to increased expression of glucose transporter (GLUT) 4 and phosphorylation of protein kinase B (AKT)...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Nailliw Z Preite, Bruna P P Nascimento, Cynthia R Muller, Anna Laura V Americo, Talita S Higa, Fabiana S Evangelista, Carmen L Lancellotti, Felipe Dos Santos Henriques, Miguel Luiz Batista Júnior, Antonio C Bianco, Miriam Oliveira Ribeiro
The brown adipose tissue (BAT) mediates adaptive changes in metabolic rate by responding to the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) through β-adrenergic receptors (AR). Here we wished to define the role played by the ARβ3 isoform in this process. This study focused on the ARβ3 knockout mice (ARβ3KO), including responsiveness to cold exposure, diet-induced obesity, intolerance to glucose, dyslipidemia and lipolysis in white adipose tissue (WAT). ARβ3KO mice defend core temperature during cold exposure (4ºC for 5h), with faster BAT thermal response to Norepinephrine (NE) infusion when compared to wild-type (WT) mice...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Christiane Koch, Manuela S Bartlang, Jana Thabea Kiehn, Lisa Lucke, Nadine Naujokat, Charlotte Helfrich-Förster, Stefan O Reber, Henrik Oster
In modern societies, the risk of developing a whole array of affective and somatic disorders is associated with the prevalence of frequent psychosocial stress. Therefore, a better understanding of adaptive stress responses and their underlying molecular mechanisms is of high clinical interest. In response to an acute stressor each organism can either show passive freezing or active fight-or-flight behavior, with activation of sympathetic nervous system and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis providing the necessary energy for the latter by releasing catecholamines and glucocorticoids (GC)...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Iulia Potorac, Adolfo Rivero-Muller, Ashutosh Trehan, Michal Kielbus, Krzysztof Jozwiak, Francois Pralong, Aicha Hafidi, Albert Thiry, Jean-Jacques Menage, Ilpo T Huhtaniemi, Albert Beckers, Adrian F Daly
Glycoprotein hormones are complex hormonally active macromolecules. Luteinizing hormone (LH) is essential for the postnatal development and maturation of the male gonad. Inactivating LHB gene mutations are exceptionally rare and lead to hypogonadism that is particularly severe in males. We describe a family with selective LH deficiency and hypogonadism in two brothers. DNA sequencing of LHB was performed and the effects of genetic variants on hormone function and secretion were characterized by mutagenesis studies, confocal microscopy and functional assays...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Dawn Elizabeth Livingstone, Emma M Di Rollo, Tracy Cs Mak, Karen Sooy, Brian R Walker, Ruth Andrew
5α-reductases irreversibly catalyse A-ring reduction of pregnene steroids, including glucocorticoids and androgens. Genetic disruption of 5α-reductase 1 in male mice impairs glucocorticoid clearance and predisposes to glucose intolerance and hepatic steatosis upon metabolic challenge. However it is unclear whether this is driven by changes in androgen and/or glucocorticoid action. Female mice with transgenic disruption of 5α-reductase 1 (5αR1-KO) were studied, representing a 'low androgen' state. Glucocorticoid clearance and stress responses were studied in mice aged 6m...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
S P Sivarajasingam, Nesrina Imami, Mr Johnson
Human labour is an inflammatory event, physiologically driven by an interaction between hormonal and mechanical factors and pathologically associated with infection, bleeding and excessive uterine stretch. The initiation and communicators of inflammation is still not completely understood, however the role of cytokines and chemokine have been implicated. We summarise the current understanding of the nature and role of cytokines, chemokines and hormones and their involvement in signalling within the myometrium particularly during labour...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Tatiane Vilhena-Franco, André Souza Mecawi, Lucila Leico Kagohara Elias, José Antunes-Rodrigues
Water deprivation (WD) induces changes in plasma volume and osmolality, which in turn activate several responses, including thirst, the activation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and vasopressin (AVP) and oxytocin (OT) secretion. These systems seem to be influenced by oestradiol, as evidenced by the expression of its receptor in brain areas that control fluid balance. Thus, we investigated the effects of oestradiol treatment on behavioural and neuroendocrine changes of ovariectomized rats in response to WD...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Che-Pei Kung, Maureen E Murphy
In the context of tumor suppression, p53 is an undisputedly critical protein. Functioning primarily as a transcription factor, p53 helps fend off the initiation and progression of tumors by inducing cell cycle arrest, senescence or programmed cell death (apoptosis) in cells at the earliest stages of precancerous development. Compelling evidence, however, suggests that p53 is involved in other aspects of human physiology, including metabolism. Indeed, recent studies suggest that p53 plays a significant role in the development of metabolic diseases, including diabetes, and further that p53's role in metabolism may also be consequential to tumor suppression...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Baiba Steinbrekera, Robert D Roghair
The risk of hypertension is increased by intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and preterm birth. In the search for modifiable etiologies for this life-threatening cardiovascular morbidity, a number of pathways have been investigated, including excessive glucocorticoid exposure, nutritional deficiency, and aberration in sex hormone levels. As a neurotrophic hormone intimately involved in cardiovascular regulation whose levels are influenced by glucocorticoids, nutritional status and sex hormones, leptin has emerged as a putative etiologic and thus therapeutic agent...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Xiwen Xiong, Xupeng Sun, Qingzhi Wang, Xinlai Qian, Yang Zhang, Xiaoyan Pan, Xiaocheng Charlie Dong
Chronic exposure of pancreatic β-cells to abnormally elevated levels of free fatty acids can lead to β-cell dysfunction and even apoptosis, contributing to type 2 diabetes pathogenesis. In pancreatic β-cells, SIRT6 has been shown to regulate insulin secretion in response to glucose stimulation. However, what roles SIRT6 play in β-cells in response to lipotoxicity remain poorly understood. Our data indicated that SIRT6 protein and mRNA levels were reduced in islets from diabetic and aged mice. High concentrations of palmitate also led to a decrease in SIRT6 expression in MIN6 β-cells and resulted in cell dysfunction and apoptosis...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Janine Leckelt, Pedro Guimarães, Annett Kott, Alfredo Ruggeri, Oliver Stachs, Simone Baltrusch
Small fiber neuropathy is one of the most common and painful long-term complications of diabetes mellitus. Examination of the subbasal corneal nerve plexus is a promising surrogate marker of diabetic neuropathy. To investigate the efficacy, reliability and reproducibility of in vivo corneal confocal microscopy (IVCCM), we used thy1-YFP mice, which express yellow fluorescence protein (YFP) in nerve fibers. Four weeks after multiple low-dose injections of streptozotocin, thy1-YFP mice showed manifest diabetes...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Donlaporn Kittivanichhkul, Narattaphol Charoenphandhu, Phisit Khemawoot, Suchinda Malaivijitnond
Since the in vitro and in vivo anti-osteoporotic effects of Pueraria mirifica (PM) in rodents have been verified, its activity in menopausal monkeys was evaluated as required before it can be applicable for human use. In this study, postmenopausal osteoporotic monkeys were divided into two groups (five per group), and fed daily with standard diet alone (PMP0 group) or diet mixed with 1,000 mg/kg BW of PM powder (PMP1000 group) for 16 months. Every two months, the bone mineral density (BMD), bone mineral content (BMC) and bone geometry parameters (cortical area and thickness, and periosteal and endosteal circumference) at the distal radius and proximal tibia were determined using peripheral quantitative computed tomography together with plasma and urinary bone markers...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Alejandro Ibañez-Costa, Esther Rivero-Cortés, M Carmen Vázquez-Borrego, Manuel D Gahete, Luis Jimenez-Reina, Eva Venegas, Andrés de la Riva, Miguel Ángel Arráez, Inmaculada González-Molero, Herbert A Schmid, Silvia Maraver-Selfa, Inmaculada Gavilán-Villarejo, Juan A Garcia-Arnes, Miguel Ángel Japón, Alfonso Soto, Maria Angeles Galvez, Raul M Luque Huertas, Justo P Castaño
Somatostatin analogs (SSA) are the mainstay of pharmacological treatment for pituitary adenomas. However, some patients escape from therapy with octreotide, a somatostatin receptor 2 (sst2)-preferring SSA, and pasireotide, a novel multi-sst-preferring SSA, may help to overcome this problem. It has been proposed that correspondence between sst1-sst5 expression pattern and SSA binding profile could predict patient's response. To explore the cellular/molecular features associated to octreotide/pasireotide response, we performed a parallel comparison of their in vitro effects, evaluating sst1-5 expression, intracellular Ca2+ signaling ([Ca2+]i), hormone secretion and cell viability, in a series of 85 pituitary samples...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
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