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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314771/high-density-lipoprotein-hdl-metabolism-and-bone-mass
#1
Nicholaos Papachristou, Harry Blair, Kyriakos E Kypreos, Dionysios Papachristou
It is well appreciated that high density lipoprotein (HDL) and bone physiology and pathology are tightly linked. Studies, primarily in mouse models have shown that dysfunctional and/or disturbed HDL can affect bone mass through many different ways. Specifically, reduced HDL levels have been associated with the development of an inflammatory microenvironment that affects the differentiation and function of osteoblasts. In addition, perturbation in HDL metabolic pathways favor adipoblastic and restrain osteoblastic differentiation through, among others, the modification of specific bone-related chemokines and signaling cascades...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283583/dynamics-of-progesterone-and-estrogen-receptor-alpha-in-the-ventromedial-hypothalamus
#2
Susana Sá, Bruno M Fonseca
Cyclic fluctuations of estradiol and progesterone in females influence neuronal activity in the ventrolateral division of the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus (VMNvl), through the activation of progesterone (PRs) and estrogen receptors (ERs). The expression of ER and PR in the VMNvl is influenced by their cognate ligands and is a central upstream trigger in the pathway of VMNvl-dependent modulation of endocrine responses. By studying the role played by estradiol and progesterone in PR and ERα expression in the VMNvl along the estrous cycle and how the two receptors interact in the same neuron, we aim at evaluate the synergistic action both ovarian hormones in the regulation of VMNvl activity...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275169/mode-of-gh-administration-and-gene-expression-in-the-female-rat-brain
#3
Marion Walser, Linus Schiöler, Jan Oscarsson, Maria A I Åberg, Ruth Wickelgren, Johan Svensson, Jörgen Isgaard, N David Aberg
The endogenous secretion of growth hormone (GH) is sexually dimorphic in rats with females having a more even and males a more pulsatile secretion and low trough levels. The mode of GH administration, mimicking the sexually dimorphic secretion, has different systemic effects. In the brains of male rats, we have previously found that the mode of GH administration differently affects neuron haemoglobin beta (Hbb) expression whereas effects on other transcripts were moderate. The different modes of GH administration could have different effects on brain transcripts in female rats...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223314/attenuation-of-epidermal-growth-factor-egf-signaling-by-growth-hormone-gh
#4
Lorena Gonzalez, Johanna Gabriela Miquet, Pablo E Irene, María Eugenia Díaz, Soledad P Rossi, Ana Isabel Sotelo, Mónica B Frungieri, Cristal M Hill, Andrzej Bartke, Daniel Turyn
Transgenic mice overexpressing growth hormone (GH) show increased hepatic protein content of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), which is broadly associated with cell proliferation and oncogenesis. However, chronically elevated levels of GH result in desensitization of STAT-mediated EGF signal and similar response of Erk1/2 and Akt signaling to EGF compared to normal mice. To ascertain the mechanisms involved in GH attenuation of EGF signaling and the consequences on cell cycle promotion, phosphorylation of signaling mediators was studied at different time points after EGF stimulation, and induction of proteins involved in cell cycle progression was assessed in normal and GH-overexpressing transgenic mice...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219934/gja1-acts-downstream-of-acvr1-to-regulate-uterine-decidualization-via-hand2
#5
Hai-Fan Yu, Zhan-Peng Yue, Kai Wang, Zhan-Qing Yang, Hong-Liang Zhang, Shuang Geng, Bin Guo
Although Gja1 has been proved to play an important role in uterine decidualization, its regulatory mechanism remains largely unknown. Here, we showed that Gja1 was highly expressed in the decidual cells and promoted the proliferation of uterine stromal cells and expression of Prl8a2 and Prl3c1 which were two well-known differentiation markers for decidualization. Further analysis revealed that Gja1 might act downstream of Acvr1 and cAMP to regulate the differentiation of uterine stromal cells. Administration of cAMP analogue 8-Br-cAMP to Acvr1 siRNA-transfected stromal cells resulted in an obvious increase of Gja1 expression, whereas PKA inhibitor H89 impeded the induction of Gja1 elicited by Acvr1 overexpression, indicating that cAMP-PKA signal mediates the regulation of Acvr1 on Gja1 expression...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219933/akt-signalling-as-a-mediator-of-cardiac-adaptation-to-low-birth-weight
#6
Kimberley Cw Wang, Kimberley J Botting, Song Zhang, Caroline McMillen, Doug A Brooks, Janna L Morrison
Intrauterine insults, such as poor nutrition and placental insufficiency, can alter cardiomyocyte development and this can have significant long-term implications for heart health. Consequently, epidemiological studies have shown that low birth weight babies have an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease in adult life. In addition, intrauterine growth restriction can result in increased left ventricular hypertrophy, which is the strongest predictor for poor health outcomes in cardiac patients. The mechanisms responsible for these associations are not clear, but a suboptimal intrauterine environment can program alternative expression of genes such as cardiac IGF-2/H19, IGF-2R and AT1R through either an increase or decrease in DNA methylation or histone acetylation at specific loci...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213399/continuous-model-of-conceptus-implantation-to-the-maternal-endometrium
#7
Kazuhiko Imakawa, Rulan Bai, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Atsushi Ideta, Yoshito Aoyagi, Kazuya Kusama
As placental morphology as well as trophoblast characteristics exhibit wide diversity across mammalian species, underling molecules were also thought to vary greatly. In the majority of cases, however, regardless of the mode of implantation, physiological and biochemical processes in conceptus implantation to the maternal endometrium including the kinds of gene expression and their products are now considered to share many similarities. In fact, recent progress has identified that in addition to the hormones, cytokines, proteases and cell adhesion molecules classically characterized, molecules related to lymphocyte homing and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) are all required for the progression of conceptus implantation to placentation...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213398/foxo-integration-of-insulin-signaling-with-glucose-and-lipid-metabolism
#8
Sojin Lee, Henry H Dong
The forkhead box O family consists of FoxO1, FoxO3, FoxO4 and FoxO6 proteins in mammals. Expressed ubiquitously in the body, the four FoxO isoforms share in common the amino DNA binding domain, known as "forkhead box" domain. They mediate the inhibitory action of insulin or insulin-like growth factor on key functions involved in cell metabolism, growth, differentiation, oxidative stress, senescence, autophagy and aging. Genetic mutations in FoxO genes or abnormal expression of FoxO proteins are associated with metabolic disease, cancer or altered lifespan in humans and animals...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196954/metformin-and-thyroid-disease
#9
Xianghui Meng, Shuhang Xu, Guofang Chen, Michael Derwahl, Chao Liu
An intriguing area of research in thyroidology is the recently discovered association of insulin resistance with thyroid functional and morphological abnormalities. Individuals with hyperinsulinemia have larger thyroid gland and a higher prevalence of thyroid nodules and cancer. Accordingly, patients treated with metformin have a smaller thyroid volume and a lower risk of incident goiter, thyroid nodule and cancer. Multiple studies in vitro and in vivo have demonstrated that metformin can inhibit the growth of thyroid cells and different types of thyroid cancer cells by affecting the insulin/IGF-1 and mTOR pathways...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184000/angptl6-expression-is-coupled-with-mitochondrial-oxphos-function-to-regulate-adipose-fgf21
#10
Seul Gi Kang, Hyon-Seung Yi, Min Jeong Choi, Min Jeong Ryu, Saetbyel Jung, Hyo Kyun Chung, Joon Young Chang, Yong Kyung Kim, Seong Eun Lee, Hyeon-Woo Kim, Hoil Choi, Dong Seok Kim, Ju Hee Lee, Koon Soon Kim, Hyun Jin Kim, Chul-Ho Lee, Yuichi Oike, Minho Shong
Recent studies revealed that the inhibition of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) is coupled with the mitochondrial unfolded protein response, thereby stimulating the secretion of non-cell-autonomous factors, which may control systemic energy metabolism and longevity. However, the nature and roles of non-cell-autonomous factors induced in adipose tissue in response to reduced OXPHOS function remain to be clarified in mammals. CR6-interacting factor 1 (CRIF1) is an essential mitoribosomal protein for the intramitochondrial production of mtDNA-encoded OXPHOS subunits...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183999/gain-of-function-%C3%AE-catenin-in-uterine-mesenchyme-leads-to-impaired-implantation-and-decidualization
#11
Amanda Lynn Patterson, Jamieson Pirochta, Stephanie Tufano, Jose Teixeira
Embryo implantation and endometrial decidualization are critical events that occur during early pregnancy in humans and mice, and perturbation in either can result in infertility. WNT signaling through the canonical β-catenin pathway plays a pivotal role in embryonic Müllerian duct development, postnatal uterine maturation, and establishment of pregnancy. Loss of β-catenin in the Müllerian duct mesenchyme (MDM)-derived stroma and myometrium results in impaired decidualization and infertility; whereas gain of function (GOF) results in formation of mesenchymal tumors and sub-fertility attributed to malformed oviducts...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154004/sub-erythemal-ultraviolet-radiation-reduces-metabolic-dysfunction-in-already-overweight-mice
#12
Naomi Fleury, Martin Feelisch, Prue Hart, Richard Weller, Jordan Smoothy, Vance Bruce Matthews, Shelley Gorman
Exposure to sunlight may limit cardiometabolic risk. In our previous studies, regular exposure to sub-erythemal (non-burning) ultraviolet radiation (UVR) reduced signs of adiposity and cardiometabolic dysfunction in mice fed a high fat diet. Some of the observed effects were dependent on skin release of nitric oxide following UVR exposure. Here, we examine the effects of sub-erythemal UVR on signs of adiposity and metabolic dysfunction in already overweight mice, comparing the effects of two sunlamps with distinct emitted light spectra...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148717/blockage-of-androgen-and-administration-of-estrogen-induce-transdifferentiation-of-testis-into-ovary
#13
Hongjuan Shi, Tian Gao, Zhilong Liu, Lina Sun, Xiaolong Jiang, Lili Chen, Deshou Wang
Induction of sex reversal of XY fish has been restricted to the sex undifferentiated period. In the present study, differentiated XY tilapia were treated with Trilostane (TR), Metopirone (MN) and Glycyrrhetinic acid (GA) (inhibitor of 3β-HSD, Cyp11b2 and 11β-HSD respectively) alone, or in combination with 17β-estrodiol (E2) from 30 to 90 dah (days after hatching). At 180 dah, E2 alone resulted in 8.3%, and TR, MN and GA alone resulted in no secondary sex reversal (SSR), while TR+E2, MN+E2 and GA+E2 resulted in 88...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138003/the-effects-of-liraglutide-in-mice-with-diet-induced-obesity-studied-by-metabolomics
#14
Martina Buganova, Helena Pelantova, Martina Holubova, Blanka Sediva, Lenka Maletinska, Blanka Zelezna, Jaroslav Kunes, Petr Kacer, Marek Kuzma, Martin Haluzik
Liraglutide is the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist widely used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Recently, it has been demonstrated to decrease cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes and high cardiovascular risk. While the major modes of liraglutide action are well-known, its detailed action at the metabolic level has not been studied. To this end, we explored the effect of 2-week liraglutide treatment in C57BL/6 male mice with obesity and diabetes induced by 13 weeks of high-fat diet using NMR spectroscopy to capture the changes in urine metabolic profile induced by the therapy...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096436/angiotensin-ii-induces-differential-insulin-action-in-rat-skeletal-muscle
#15
Juthamard Surapongchai, Mujalin Prasannarong, Tepmanas Bupha-Intr, Vitoon Saengsirisuwan
Angiotensin II (ANGII) is reportedly involved in the development of skeletal muscle insulin resistance. The present investigation evaluated the effects of two ANGII doses on the phenotypic characteristics of insulin resistance syndrome and insulin action and signaling in rat skeletal muscle. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were infused with either saline (SHAM) or ANGII at a commonly used pressor dose (100 ng/kg/min; ANGII-100) or a higher pressor dose (500 ng/kg/min; ANGII-500) via osmotic minipumps for 14 days. We demonstrated that ANGII-100-infused rats exhibited the phenotypic features of non-obese insulin resistance syndrome, including hypertension, impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance of glucose uptake in the soleus muscle, whereas ANGII-500-treated rats exhibited diabetes-like symptoms, such as post-prandial hyperglycemia, impaired insulin secretion and hypertriglyceridemia...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057867/molecular-diversity-of-corticotropin-releasing-hormone-mrna-containing-neurons-in-the-hypothalamus
#16
Roman A Romanov, Alan Alpar, Tomas Hökfelt, Tibor Harkany
Hormonal responses to acute stress rely on the rapid induction of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) production in the mammalian hypothalamus, with subsequent instructive steps culminating in corticosterone release at the periphery. Hypothalamic CRH neurons in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus are therefore considered "stress neurons". However, significant morphological and funtional diversity amongst neurons that can transiently produce CRH in other hypothalamic nuclei has been proposed, particularly since histochemical evidence associates CRH to both GABA and glutamate neurotransmission...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053002/jab1-is-a-t2-dependent-coactivator-or-a-t3-dependent-corepressor-of-trb1-mediated-gene-regulation
#17
Gabriela Hernández-Puga, Arturo Mendoza, Alfonso León-Del-Río, Aurea Orozco
Thyroid hormones (THs) induce pleiotropic effects in vertebrates, mainly through the activation or repression of gene expression. These mechanisms involve thyroid hormone binding to thyroid hormone receptors, an event that is followed by the sequential recruitment of coactivator or corepressor proteins, which in turn modify the rate of transcription. In the present study we looked for specific coregulators recruited by the long isoform of the teleostean thyroid hormone receptor beta 1 (L-Trb1) when bound to the bioactive TH 3,5-T2 (T2)...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28232636/skeletal-muscle-insulin-resistance-role-of-mitochondria-and-other-ros-sources
#18
REVIEW
Sergio Di Meo, Susanna Iossa, Paola Venditti
At present, obesity is one of the most important public health problems in the world because it causes several diseases and reduces life expectancy. Although it is well known that insulin resistance plays a pivotal role in the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (the more frequent disease in obese people) the link between obesity and insulin resistance is yet a matter of debate. One of the most deleterious effects of obesity is the deposition of lipids in non-adipose tissues when the capacity of adipose tissue is overwhelmed...
April 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184001/igfbp-4-regulates-adult-skeletal-growth-in-a-sex-specific-manner
#19
David E Maridas, Victoria E DeMambro, Phuong T Le, Kenichi Nagano, Roland Baron, Subburaman Mohan, Clifford J Rosen
Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and its binding proteins are critical mediators of skeletal growth. Insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 4 (IGFBP-4) is highly expressed in osteoblasts and inhibits IGF-1 actions in vitro Yet, in vivo studies suggest that it could potentiate IGF-1 and IGF-2 actions. In this study, we hypothesized that IGFBP-4 might potentiate the actions of IGF-1 on the skeleton. To test this, we comprehensively studied 8- and 16-week-old Igfbp4(-/-) mice. Both male and female adult Igfbp4(-/-) mice had marked growth retardation with reductions in body weight, body and femur lengths, fat proportion and lean mass at 8 and 16 weeks...
April 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138002/high-fat-feeding-unmasks-variable-insulin-responses-in-male-c57bl-6-mouse-substrains
#20
Rebecca L Hull, Joshua R Willard, Matthias D Struck, Breanne M Barrow, Gurkirat S Brar, Sofianos Andrikopoulos, Sakeneh Zraika
Mouse models are widely used for elucidating mechanisms underlying type 2 diabetes. Genetic background profoundly affects metabolic phenotype; therefore, selecting the appropriate model is critical. Although variability in metabolic responses between mouse strains is now well recognized, it also occurs within C57BL/6 mice, of which several substrains exist. This within-strain variability is poorly understood and could emanate from genetic and/or environmental differences. To better define the within-strain variability, we performed the first comprehensive comparison of insulin secretion from C57BL/6 substrains 6J, 6JWehi, 6NJ, 6NHsd, 6NTac and 6NCrl...
April 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
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