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Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology

Charlotte L George, Matthew T Birnie, Benjamin Flynn, Yvonne Kershaw, Stafford L Lightman, Becky L Conway-Campbell
In this paper we report differential decoding of the ultradian corticosterone signal by glucocorticoid target tissues. Pulsatile corticosterone replacement in adrenalectomised rats resulted in different dynamics of Sgk1 mRNA production, with a distinct pulsatile mRNA induction profile observed in the pituitary in contrast to a non-pulsatile induction in the prefrontal cortex. We further report the first evidence for pulsatile transcriptional repression of a glucocorticoid-target gene in vivo, with pulsatile regulation of Pomc transcription in pituitary...
October 18, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Gustavo José Leirós, Julieta María Ceruti, María Lía Castellanos, Ana Gabriela Kusinsky, María Eugenia Balañá
In androgenetic alopecia, androgens impair dermal papilla-induced hair follicle stem cell (HFSC) differentiation inhibiting Wnt signaling. Wnt agonists/antagonists balance was analyzed after dihydrotestosterone (DHT) stimulation in androgen-sensitive dermal papilla cells (DPC) cultured as spheroids or monolayer. In both culture conditions, DHT stimulation downregulated Wnt5a and Wnt10b mRNA while the Wnt antagonist Dkk-1 was upregulated. Notably, tissue architecture of DPC-spheroids lowers Dkk-1 and enhances Wnt agonists' basal expression; probably contributing to DPC inductivity...
October 18, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Rosamaria Lappano, Roberta Malaguarnera, Antonino Belfiore, Marcello Maggiolini
Certain environmental chemicals may accumulate in human serum and tissues eliciting estrogenic and/or carcinogenic effects. Therefore, there is heightened interest in determining whether environmental chemicals may increase the risk for endocrine-related tumors like breast cancer. For instance, metals as cadmium, zinc, copper, iron, nickel and aluminum have been shown to mimic estrogen action. Moreover, the exposure to these chemicals has been reported to stimulate diverse malignancies including breast cancer, which is the most common tumor in women worldwide...
October 17, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Corneille Edgar Ontsouka, Xiao Huang, Eldar Aliyev, Christiane Albrecht
Cell-based studies previously showed that the ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) transfers cholesterol across mammary epithelial cells (MEC). Data for phospholipid transport are lacking, and it is unclear from which cellular source the transported cholesterol stems, whether this transport activates signaling pathways, and how lactogenic hormones regulate it. To clarify these aspects, lipid transport and expressional analyses were performed in bovine primary (bMEC) and/or immortalized (MAC-T) MEC cultures...
October 16, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Koshiro Nishimoto, Minae Koga, Tsugio Seki, Kenji Oki, Elise P Gomez-Sanchez, Celso E Gomez-Sanchez, Mitsuhide Naruse, Tomokazu Sakaguchi, Shinya Morita, Takeo Kosaka, Mototsugu Oya, Tadashi Ogishima, Masanori Yasuda, Makoto Suematsu, Yasuaki Kabe, Masao Omura, Tetsuo Nishikawa, Kuniaki Mukai
Our group previously purified human and rat aldosterone synthase (CYP11B2 and Cyp11b2, respectively) from their adrenals and verified that it is distinct from steroid 11β-hydroxylase (CYP11B1 or Cyp11b1), the cortisol- or corticosterone-synthesizing enzyme. We now describe their distributions immunohistochemically with specific antibodies. In rats, there is layered functional zonation with the Cyp11b2-positive zona glomerulosa (ZG), Cyp11b1-positive zona fasciculata (ZF), and Cyp11b2/Cyp11b1-negative undifferentiated zone between the ZG and ZF...
October 14, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Giulia Cantini, Alessandra Di Franco, Edoardo Mannucci, Michaela Luconi
Glucagon-like peptide 1(9-36) [GLP-1(9-36)] is generated by dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP4) cleavage of the gut incretin hormone, GLP-1(7-36). Since GLP-1(9-36) has a very low affinity for the GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R), it has so far been considered an inactive form of GLP-1. Here we show GLP-1(9-36) activity in human adipose stem cells (ASC) in vitro. GLP-1(9-36) inhibits human ASC proliferation, glucose uptake and adipogenesis, as well as induces cell apoptosis, to a similar extent as GLP-1(7-36) and liraglutide...
October 13, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Chelsea Hepler, Rana K Gupta
The rising incidence of obesity and associated metabolic diseases has increased the urgency in understanding all aspects of adipose tissue biology. This includes the function of adipocytes, how adipose tissue expands in obesity, and how expanded adipose tissues in adults can impact physiology. Here, we highlight the growing appreciation for the importance of de novo adipocyte differentiation to adipose tissue expansion in adult humans and animals. We detail recent efforts to identify adipose precursor populations that contribute to the physiological postnatal recruitment of white, brown, and beige adipocytes in mice, and summarize new data that reveal the complexity of adipose tissue development in vivo...
October 12, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Estelle Louiset, Céline Duparc, Sébastien Lenglet, Celso E Gomez-Sanchez, Hervé Lefebvre
In human adrenal, serotonin (5-HT), produced by mast cells located in zona glomerulosa, stimulates production of corticosteroids through a paracrine mechanism involving the 5-HT receptor type 4 (5-HT4). The aim of the present study was to investigate the transduction mechanisms associated with activation of 5-HT4 receptors in human adrenocortical cells. Our results show that 5-HT4 receptors are present in the outer adrenal cortex, both in glomerulosa and fasciculata zonae. In the zona glomerulosa. 5-HT4 receptor was detected both in immunopositive and immunonegative cells for 11β-hydroxylase, an enzyme involved in cortisol synthesis...
October 12, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Haolin Chen, Yiyan Wang, Renshan Ge, Barry R Zirkin
Adult Leydig cells develop from undifferentiated mesenchymal-like stem cells (stem Leydig cells, SLCs) present in the interstitial compartment of the early postnatal testis. Putative SLCs also have been identified in peritubular and perivascular locations of the adult testis. The latter cells, which normally are quiescent, are capable of regenerating new Leydig cells upon the loss of the adult cells. Recent studies have identified several protein markers to identify these cells, including nestin, PDGFRα, COUP-TFII, CD51 and CD90...
October 12, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Alisha M Truman, Jonathan L Tilly, Dori C Woods
The endocrine function of the ovary is dependent upon the ovarian follicle, which on a cellular basis consists of an oocyte surrounded by adjacent somatic cells responsible for generating sex steroid hormones and maintenance of hormonal stasis with the hypothalamic-pituitary axis. As females age, both fertility and the endocrine function of the ovary decline due to waning follicle numbers as well as aging-related cellular dysfunction. Although there is currently no cure for ovarian failure and endocrine disruption, recent advances in ovarian biology centered on ovarian stem cell and progenitor cell populations have brought the prospects of cell- or tissue-based therapeutic strategies closer to fruition...
October 12, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Kristin Wenzel, Rasmita Samal, Elke Hammer, Vishnu M Dhople, Stefan Gross, Uwe Völker, Stephan B Felix, Stephanie Könemann
Cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) trigger regenerative processes via paracrine mechanisms in response to changes in their environment. In the present study we explored alterations in the secretory activity of CPCs induced by raised aldosterone levels symptomatic for heart failure. The cytokine profile of the supernatant of CPCs that were treated with the mineralocorticoid showed an induction of interleukin-6 secretion. Mass spectrometric analyses revealed an increase in the abundance of secreted proteins associated with regeneration and cell migration like gelsolin and galectin-1...
October 11, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Lingman Ma, Lifen Qian, Qidi Ying, Yan Zhang, Changlin Zhou, Guanzhong Wu
Here, we investigated whether I4, which was initially developed as a hypoglycemic agent, possesses anti-atherosclerotic activity and attempted to elucidate the probable mechanism of action underlying this activity. ApoE(-/-) mice were fed a Western diet and simultaneously administered I4, glimepiride, or pioglitazone once daily for 12 weeks, and the atherosclerotic vascular lesions, lipid content, and expression levels of LOX-1, ICAM-1, VCAM-1 and Bax/Bcl-2 in mouse aortas were assessed. RAW264.7 macrophage-derived foam cells were obtained via ox-LDL stimulation to investigate the lipid-lowering, anti-atherosclerotic inflammation and anti-apoptotic effect of I4...
October 7, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Dinushan Nesan, Deborah M Kurrasch
The hypothalamus is a critical regulator of body homeostasis, influencing the autonomic nervous system and releasing trophic hormones to modulate the endocrine system. The developmental mechanisms that govern formation of the mature hypothalamus are becoming increasingly understood as research in this area grows, leading us to gain appreciation for how these developmental programs are susceptible to disruption by maternal exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals or other environmental factors in utero. These vulnerabilities, combined with the prominent roles of the various hypothalamic nuclei in regulating appetite, reproductive behavior, mood, and other physiologies, create a window whereby early developmental disruption can have potent long-term effects...
October 6, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Gabriela Carreno, Jose Mario Gonzalez-Meljem, Scott Haston, Juan Pedro Martinez-Barbera
The presence of adult pituitary stem cells (PSCs) has been described in murine systems by comprehensive cellular profiling and genetic lineage tracing experiments. PSCs are thought to maintain multipotent capacity throughout life and give rise to all hormone-producing cell lineages, playing a role in pituitary gland homeostasis. Additionally, PSCs have been proposed to play a role in pituitary tumorigenesis, in both adenomas and adamantinomatous craniopharyngiomas. In this manuscript, we discuss the different approaches used to demonstrate the presence of PSCs in the murine adult pituitary, from marker analyses to genetic tracing...
October 6, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Shifeng Su, Xiaoyu Chen, Jiang Geng, John T Minges, Gail Grossman, Elizabeth M Wilson
Melanoma antigen-A11 (MAGE-A11) is a proto-oncogene involved in androgen receptor signaling and androgen-dependent cell growth. In this report we provide evidence that MAGE-A11 interacts with Skp2 (S phase kinase-associated protein), the substrate recognition protein of the Skp1-Cullin1-F-box E3 ubiquitin ligase, and with Skp2 binding protein, cyclin A. A similar cyclin A binding motif in MAGE-A11 and Skp2A was consistent with a competitive relationship between MAGE-A11 and Skp2 in binding cyclin A. Skp2 inhibited MAGE-A11 interaction with cyclin A...
October 6, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Xiaoguang Li, Na Liu, Yizhu Wang, Jinglong Liu, Haigang Shi, Zhenzhen Qu, Tingting Du, Bin Guo, Bin Gu
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with inhibited osteogenesis of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs). Brain and muscle ARNT-like protein 1 (BMAL1) has been linked to the T2DM-related bone remodeling, however, the specific mechanism is still unclear. Herein, we aimed to determine the role of BMAL1 in T2DM-induced suppression of BMSCs osteogenesis. Inhibited osteogenesis and BMAL1 expression were showed in diabetic BMSCs. And while β-catenin and T cell factor (TCF) expression were decreased, the glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) and nemo-like kinase (NLK) expression were increased in diabetic BMSCs...
October 4, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Marisa Morgan, Alok Deoraj, Quentin Felty, Deodutta Roy
BACKGROUND: Estrogen-mimicking endocrine disruptors (EEDs) such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), bisphenol A (BPA), and phthalates have been found ubiquitously throughout our environment. Although exposure to EEDs has the ability to interfere with endocrine control of reproductive function and development in both humans and wildlife, inconsistent reports have made it difficult to draw conclusions concerning the hypothesized increased risk of breast cancer associated with EEDs. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to examine the cross-sectional relationship between exposure to PCBs, BPA or phthalates; and risk of breast cancer in U...
October 4, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Edgar Flores-Soto, Jorge Reyes-García, Abril Carbajal-García, Elías Campuzano-González, Mercedes Perusquía, Bettina Sommer, Luis M Montaño
: Testosterone (TES), other androgens and female sex steroids induce non-genomic rapid relaxing effects in airway smooth muscle (ASM). In guinea pig ASM, basal tension was relaxed by dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and TES; 17β-estradiol (E2) had a small effect. Blockers of L-type voltage dependent Ca(2+) channel (L-VDCC, D-600) and store operated Ca(2+) channel (SOC, 2-APB) also relaxed the basal tone. In tracheal myocytes, DHEA and TES diminished intracellular basal Ca(2+) concentrations (b[Ca(2+)]i) as D-600+2-APB but to a higher extend...
October 4, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Tanwir Habib, Ameera Sadoun, Nancy Nader, Shigeru Suzuki, Wei Liu, Puthen V Jithesh, Tomoshige Kino
Glucocorticoids are important therapeutic compounds for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). AKT1 or the protein kinase B is frequently activated in ALL, and contributes to the development of glucocorticoid resistance. We examined impact of AKT1 on glucocorticoid receptor (GR)-induced transcriptional activity in cooperation with phospho-serine/threonine-binding protein 14-3-3. AKT1 has two distinct actions on GR transcriptional activity, one through segregation of GR in the cytoplasm by phosphorylating GR at Ser-134 and subsequent association of 14-3-3, and the other through direct modulation of GR transcriptional activity in the nucleus...
October 4, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Lisandra L Martin, Clemens Kubeil, Alexandr N Simonov, Vladimir L Kuznetsov, C Jo Corbin, Richard J Auchus, Alan J Conley, Alan M Bond, Raymond J Rodgers
Within the superfamily of cytochrome P450 enzymes (P450s), there is a small class which is functionally employed for steroid biosynthesis. The enzymes in this class appear to have a small active site to accommodate the steroid substrates specifically and snuggly, prior to the redox transformation or hydroxylation to form a product. Cytochrome P450c17 is one of these and is also a multi-functional P450, with two activities, the first 17α-hydroxylation of pregnenolone is followed by a subsequent 17,20-lyase transformation to dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) as the dominant pathways to cortisol precursors or androgens in humans, respectively...
October 3, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
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