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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732265/chronic-work-stress-and-decreased-vagal-tone-impairs-decision-making-and-reaction-time-in-jockeys
#1
Kathleen Landolt, Paul Maruff, Ben Horan, Michael Kingsley, Glynda Kinsella, Paul D O'Halloran, Matthew W Hale, Bradley J Wright
The inverse relationship between acute stress and decision-making is well documented, but few studies have investigated the impact of chronic stress. Jockeys work exhaustive schedules and have extremely dangerous occupations, with safe performance requiring quick reaction time and accurate decision-making. We used the effort reward imbalance (ERI) occupational stress model to assess the relationship of work stress with indices of stress physiology and decision-making and reaction time. Jockeys (N=32) completed computerised cognitive tasks (Cogstate) on two occasions; September and November (naturally occurring lower and higher stress periods), either side of an acute stress test...
July 14, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710956/oxytocin-receptor-antagonist-treatments-alter-levels-of-attachment-to-mothers-and-central-dopamine-activity-in-pre-weaning-mandarin-vole-pups
#2
Zhixiong He, Wenjuan Hou, Xin Hao, Na Dong, Peirong Du, Wei Yuan, Jinfeng Yang, Rui Jia, Fadao Tai
Oxytocin (OT) is known to be important in mother-infant bonding. Although the relationship between OT and filial attachment behavior has been studied in a few mammalian species, the effects on infant social behavior have received little attention in monogamous species. The present study examined the effects of OT receptor antagonist (OTA) treatment on attachment behavior and central dopamine (DA) activity in male and female pre-weaning mandarin voles (Microtus mandarinus). Our data showed that OTA treatments decreased the attachment behavior of pups to mothers, measured using preference tests at postnatal day 14, 16, 18 and 20...
July 6, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704763/symptoms-of-anxiety-and-depression-in-type-2-diabetes-associations-with-clinical-diabetes-measures-and-self-management-outcomes-in-the-norwegian-hunt-study
#3
Kiyuri Naicker, Simon Øverland, Jeffrey A Johnson, Douglas Manuel, Jens C Skogen, Børge Sivertsen, Ian Colman
OBJECTIVE: To determine if symptoms of depression and anxiety are differentially associated with clinical diabetes measures and self-management behaviours in individuals with Type 2 diabetes, and whether these associations vary by patient sex. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis using data from 2035 adults with Type 2 diabetes in the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study. Multivariate logistic regression was used to explore associations between symptoms of depression and anxiety and waist girth, HDL cholesterol, systolic blood pressure, triglycerides, c-reactive protein, glycemic control, diet adherence, exercise, glucose monitoring, foot checks for ulcers, and the subjective patient experience...
July 6, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711724/neurotrophic-and-inflammatory-markers-in-bipolar-disorder-a-prospective-study
#4
Seline van den Ameele, Violette Coppens, Jeroen Schuermans, Peter De Boer, Maarten Timmers, Erik Fransen, Bernard Sabbe, Manuel Morrens
Altered neurotrophic signaling is thought to impair neuroplasticity in bipolar disorder (BD). Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is proposed as a neurotrophic marker in BD. However, the current evidence for its use in monitoring disease activity and illness progression is conflicting and an exploration of additional neurotrophic markers is needed. This prospective case-control study investigated mood-specific changes in potential neurotrophic markers and their association to inflammatory activity. Patients with BD were included during an acute mood episode, either depressive (n=35) or (hypo)manic (n=32)...
July 5, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711722/-lie-to-me-oxytocin-impairs-lie-detection-between-sexes
#5
Michaela Pfundmair, Wiebke Erk, Annika Reinelt
The hormone oxytocin modulates various aspects of social behaviors and even seems to lead to a tendency for gullibility. The aim of the current study was to investigate the effect of oxytocin on lie detection. We hypothesized that people under oxytocin would be particularly susceptible to lies told by people of the opposite sex. After administration of oxytocin or a placebo, male and female participants were asked to judge the veracity of statements from same- vs. other-sex actors who either lied or told the truth...
July 5, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697416/depression-and-anxiety-symptoms-are-associated-with-white-blood-cell-count-and-red-cell-distribution-width-a-sex-stratified-analysis-in-a-population-based-study
#6
Mojtaba Shafiee, Maryam Tayefi, Seyed Mahdi Hassanian, Zahra Ghaneifar, Mohammad Reza Parizadeh, Amir Avan, Farzad Rahmani, Zahra Khorasanchi, Mahmoud Reza Azarpajouh, Hamideh Safarian, Mohsen Moohebati, Alireza Heidari-Bakavoli, Habibolah Esmaeili, Mohsen Nematy, Mohammad Safarian, Mahmoud Ebrahimi, Gordon A Ferns, Naghmeh Mokhber, Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan
BACKGROUND: Depression and anxiety are two common mood disorders that are both linked to systemic inflammation. Increased white blood cell (WBC) count and red cell distribution width (RDW) are associated with negative clinical outcomes in a wide variety of pathological conditions. WBC is a non-specific inflammatory marker and RDW is also strongly related to other inflammatory markers. Therefore, we proposed that there might be an association between these hematological inflammatory markers and depression/anxiety symptoms...
July 3, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711723/diurnal-cortisol-rhythms-fatigue-and-psychosocial-factors-in-five-year-survivors-of-ovarian-cancer
#7
Michaela G Cuneo, Andrew Schrepf, George M Slavich, Premal H Thaker, Michael Goodheart, David Bender, Steve W Cole, Anil K Sood, Susan K Lutgendorf
Fatigue is a challenge in ovarian cancer survivorship and greatly impacts quality of life. In other cancer populations, fatigue has been associated with abnormal diurnal cortisol patterns. However, little is known about biological and behavioral factors in 5+-year ovarian cancer survivors and potential mechanisms underlying persistent fatigue have not been investigated in this population. Moreover, relationships between neuroendocrine and psychosocial factors in 5+-year ovarian cancer survivors have not been studied...
June 30, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700960/relationships-between-affiliative-social-behavior-and-hair-cortisol-concentrations-in-semi-free-ranging-rhesus-monkeys
#8
Lauren J Wooddell, Amanda F Hamel, Ashley M Murphy, Kristen L Byers, Stefano S K Kaburu, Jerrold S Meyer, Stephen J Suomi, Amanda M Dettmer
Sociality is a fundamental aspect of human behavior and health. One benefit of affiliative social relationships is reduced short-term levels of glucocorticoids (GCs), which are indicative of physiological stress. Less is known, however, about chronic GC production in relation to affiliative social behavior. To address this issue, we studied a semi-free ranging troop of rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) and collected hair samples to measure hair cortisol concentrations (HCCs), as a measure of chronic GC production, during routine biannual exams...
June 29, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686904/gender-differences-in-susceptibility-to-schizophrenia-potential-implication-of-neurosteroids
#9
Yu-Chi Huang, Chi-Fa Hung, Pao-Yen Lin, Yu Lee, Chih-Ching Wu, Su-Ting Hsu, Chien-Chih Chen, Mian-Yoon Chong, Chieh-Hsin Lin, Liang-Jen Wang
Past research has indicated gender differences in the clinical characteristics and course of schizophrenia. In this study, we investigated whether gender differences in the manifestation of schizophrenia are correlated with neurosteroids, including dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S), and pregnenolone. We further explored the potential relationship between the aforementioned neurosteroids and psychopathology. We recruited 65 schizophrenic patients (36 males and 29 females) and 103 healthy control subjects (47 males and 56 females) and obtained blood samples from the subjects in the morning while in a fasting state to determine the serum levels of DHEA, DHEA-S, and pregnenolone...
June 26, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672276/biological-stress-reactivity-as-an-index-of-the-two-polarities-of-the-experience-model
#10
Jaime R Silva, Anastassia Vivanco-Carlevari, Mauricio Barrientos, Claudio Martínez, Luis A Salazar, Mariane Krause
The two-polarities model of personality argues that experience is organized around two axes: interpersonal relatedness and self-definition. Differential emphasis on one of these poles defines adaptive and pathological experiences, generating anaclitic or introjective tendencies. The anaclitic pattern, on one hand, has been conceptually related with an exaggerated emphasis on interpersonal relatedness. On the other hand, the introjective pattern has been connected to high levels of self-criticism. The aim of this study was to investigate the psychophysiological basis for this relationship...
June 24, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692876/differentiating-constitutional-thinness-from-anorexia-nervosa-in-dsm-5-era
#11
Bruno Estour, Nesrine Marouani, Torrance Sigaud, François Lang, Eric Fakra, Yiin Ling, Aurélie Diamondé, James S Minnion, Bogdan Galusca, Natacha Germain
INTRODUCTION: Constitutional thinness (CT) is an underweight state characterized by normal menstruations and no change in feeding behaviour. Thinness is the only resemblance between Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and CT. Removal of amenorrhea from the new DSM 5 definition of AN might result in misdiagnosis between these two populations. The objective of this study was to compare CT, AN and Control subjects in terms of biological, anthropometric, and psychological markers in order to better distinguish AN from CT subjects...
June 23, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651103/does-cortisol-moderate-the-environmental-association-between-peer-victimization-and-depression-symptoms-a-genetically-informed-twin-study
#12
Mara Brendgen, Isabelle Ouellet-Morin, Sonia Lupien, Frank Vitaro, Ginette Dionne, Michel Boivin
Many youths who are victimized by peers suffer from depression symptoms. However, not all bullying victims show depression symptoms and individuals' biological sensitivity may play an important moderating role in this regard. In line with this notion, peer victimization has been associated with increased depressive symptoms in youth with higher basal cortisol secretion. It is unclear, however, whether this moderating effect of cortisol really concerns the environmental effect of peer victimization on depression...
June 19, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654774/fkbp5-moderation-of-the-relationship-between-childhood-trauma-and-maladaptive-emotion-regulation-strategies-in-adolescents
#13
Thorhildur Halldorsdottir, Ana Paula Soares de Matos, Yvonne Awaloff, Eiríkur Örn Arnarson, W Edward Craighead, Elisabeth B Binder
Maladaptive emotion regulation strategies, such as rumination and catastrophizing, are transdiagnostic risk factors for psychopathology. FK506-binding protein 51 (FKBP5) has been found to moderate the relationship between stressful life events and various psychiatric disorders. Given the cross-disorder moderation effect of FKBP5 at the diagnostic level, the aim of the current study was to examine whether the relationship between exposure to childhood trauma and transdiagnostic maladaptive emotion regulation processes would also be moderated by genetic FKBP5 variation in a community sample of adolescents...
June 17, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654773/increased-anxiety-and-fear-memory-in-adult-mice-lacking-type-2-deiodinase
#14
Soledad Bárez-López, Ana Montero-Pedrazuela, Daniel Bosch-García, César Venero, Ana Guadaño-Ferraz
A euthyroid state in the brain is crucial for its adequate development and function. Impairments in thyroid hormones (THs; T3 or 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine and T4 or thyroxine) levels and availability in brain can lead to neurological alterations and to psychiatric disorders, particularly mood disorders. The thyroid gland synthetizes mainly T4, which is secreted to circulating blood, however, most actions of THs are mediated by T3, the transcriptionally active form. In the brain, intracellular concentrations of T3 are modulated by the activity of type 2 (D2) and type 3 (D3) deiodinases...
June 16, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647673/constitutive-differences-in-glucocorticoid-responsiveness-to-stress-are-related-to-variation-in-aggression-and-anxiety-related-behaviors
#15
Sophie E Walker, Olivia Zanoletti, Isabelle Guillot de Suduiraut, Carmen Sandi
Glucocorticoids coordinate responses that enable an individual to cope with stressful challenges and, additionally, mediate adaptation following cessation of a stressor. There are important individual differences in the magnitude of glucocorticoid responsiveness to stressors. However, whether individual differences in glucocorticoid responsiveness to stress are linked to different behavioral strategies in coping with social and non-social challenges is not easily studied, owing to the lack of appropriate animal models...
June 16, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668711/dhea-and-dhea-s-levels-in-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-a-meta-analytic-review
#16
REVIEW
Mirjam van Zuiden, Sanne Q Haverkort, Zhonglin Tan, Joost Daams, Anja Lok, Miranda Olff
Differences in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) functioning between patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and controls are among the most consistent neurobiological findings in PTSD. HPA-axis activation results in the output of various steroid hormones including dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is then converted into dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S), with anti-glucocorticoid actions among its pleiotropic effects. To investigate whether there is evidence for consistent differences in basal DHEA and DHEA-s levels between individuals with and without PTSD, we performed random-effect meta-analyses aggregating findings of previously published studies...
June 15, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651102/childhood-stress-and-birth-timing-among-african-american-women-cortisol-as-biological-mediator
#17
Shannon L Gillespie, Lisa M Christian, Angela D Alston, Pamela J Salsberry
Preterm birth (PTB) occurs among 1:11U.S. white women and 1:7.5 African American women and is a significant driver of racial disparities in infant mortality. Maternal stress is the most common clinical phenotype underlying spontaneous PTB. Specific patterns of stress and biological mediators driving PTB remain unclear. We examined the effect of childhood stress on birth timing among African American women and evaluated maternal cortisol elevation as a biological mediator. A prospective observational design was employed, with a single study visit at 28-32 weeks gestation and medical record review...
June 15, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647674/in-pregnancy-increased-maternal-stai-trait-stress-score-shows-decreased-insulin-sensitivity-and-increased-stress-hormones
#18
Georgios Valsamakis, Dimitrios C Papatheodorou, Nikolaos Chalarakis, Nikolaos Vrachnis, Elpida J Sidiropoulou, Maria Manolikaki, Aimilia Mantzou, Alexandra Margeli, Ioannis Papassotiriou, George P Chrousos, George Mastorakos
INTRODUCTION: Chronic or acute stressors influence maternal and fetal Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axes (HPA) during pregnancy. In this study, the effect of maternal stress into maternal insulin sensitivity was investigated during pregnancy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-two pregnant women [aged 27.1±2.5 (mean±SD) yrs; BMI=25±2.2kg/m(2)] had at the 2(nd) and 3(rd) trimesters anthropometry, fasting blood samples (cortisol, Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH), active amylin, Interleukin (IL6)), Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) for glucose and insulin, state-trait anxiety inventory (STAI) trait and state questionnaires (for stress assessment)...
June 13, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647675/abstinence-from-prolonged-ethanol-exposure-affects-plasma-corticosterone-glucocorticoid-receptor-signaling-and-stress-related-behaviors
#19
Sucharita S Somkuwar, Leandro F Vendruscolo, McKenzie J Fannon, Brooke E Schmeichel, Tran Bao Nguyen, Jasmin Guevara, Harpreet Sidhu, Candice Contet, Eric P Zorrilla, Chitra D Mandyam
Alcohol dependence is linked to dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Here, we investigated effects of repeated ethanol intoxication-withdrawal cycles (using chronic intermittent ethanol vapor inhalation; CIE) and abstinence from CIE on peak and nadir plasma corticosterone (CORT) levels. Irritability- and anxiety-like behaviors as well as glucocorticoid receptors (GR) in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) were assessed at various intervals (2h-28d) after cessation of CIE. Results show that peak CORT increased during CIE, transiently decreased during early abstinence (1-11d), and returned to pre-abstinence levels during protracted abstinence (17-27d)...
June 12, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644985/depressive-like-behavior-is-elevated-among-offspring-of-parents-exposed-to-dim-light-at-night-prior-to-mating
#20
Yasmine M Cissé, Kathryn L G Russart, Randy J Nelson
Rates of major depressive disorder (MDD) have steadily increased over the past 50 years. Many factors have been implicated in the etiology of depressive disorders and environmental influences are being increasingly recognized. The increase in depression rates has coincided with increased artificial nighttime lighting. Exposure to light at night (LAN) has been associated with increased depressive-like behavior in rodents and decreased mood in humans. However, relatively little is known on the multigenerational effects of dLAN on affect...
June 12, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
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