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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917547/pituitary-stalk-interruption-syndrome-from-clinical-findings-to-pathogenesis
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Cheng-Zhi Wang, Ling-Ling Guo, Bai-Yu Han, Xing Su, Qing-Hua Guo, Yi-Ming Mu
Pituitary stalk interruption syndrome is a rare congenital defect manifesting with varying degrees of pituitary hormone deficiency. The signs and symptoms of PSIS during the neonatal period and infancy are often overlooked and therefore diagnosis is delayed. The typical manifestations of PSIS can be detected by magnetic resonance imaging. Several genes in Wnt, Notch and Shh signaling pathways related to hypothalamic-pituitary development, such as PIT1, PROP1, LHX3/LHX4, PROKR2, OTX2, TGIF and HESX1, have been found to be associated with PSIS...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891681/incomplete-re-expression-of-neuroendocrine-progenitor-stem-cell-markers-is-a-key-feature-of-%C3%AE-cell-dedifferentiation
#2
Abraham Neelankal John, Grant Morahan, Fang-Xu Jiang
There is increasing evidence to suggest that type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D), a pandemic metabolic disease, may be caused by β-cell dedifferentiation (βCD). However, there is currently no universal definition of βCD, and the underlying mechanism is poorly understood. We hypothesise that a high-glucose in-vitro environment mimics hyperglycaemia in vivo and that β cells grown in this milieu over a long period will undergo dedifferentiation. Herein, we report that the pancreatic β cell line MIN6 grown under a high-glucose condition did not undergo massive cell death but exhibited a glucose-stimulated insulin-secreting profile similar to that of immature β cells...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883233/intranasal-insulin-boosts-gustatory-sensitivity
#3
Rea Rodriguez-Raecke, Huan Yang, Yvonne F Brünner, Jessica Freiherr
Intranasal insulin had been in the spotlight not only for enhancing memory processes but also for its anorexic effects, as well as its effects on olfactory sensitivity. Here, the influence of intranasal insulin on gustatory sensitivity was investigated using intranasal applications of insulin or placebo in a double-blind manner alongside a control condition without any application. We hypothesized that intranasal insulin, as it mediates satiety, alters gustatory sensitivity whereas placebo application and control should not alter gustatory sensitivity...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874965/somatostatin-agonist-pasireotide-inhibits-exercise-stimulated-growth-in-the-male-siberian-hamster-phodopus-sungorus
#4
Rebecca Dumbell, Ines Petri, Frank Scherbarth, Victoria Diedrich, Herbert A Schmid, Stephan Steinlechner, Perry Barrett
The Siberian hamster (Phodopus sungorus) is a seasonal mammal, exhibiting a suite of physiologically and behaviourally distinct traits dependent on the time of year and governed by changes in perceived day length (photoperiod). These attributes include significant weight loss, reduced food intake, gonadal atrophy, and pelage change with short day photoperiod as in winter. The central mechanisms driving seasonal phenotype change during winter are mediated by a reduced availability of hypothalamic tri-iodothyronine (T3), but downstream mechanisms responsible for physiological and behavioural changes are yet to be fully elucidated...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870155/timing-of-maternal-exposure-and-fetal-sex-determine-the-effects-of-low-level-chemical-mixture-exposure-on-the-fetal-neuroendocrine-system-in-sheep
#5
M Bellingham, P A Fowler, E S MacDonald, B Mandon-Pepin, C Cotinot, S Rhind, R M Sharpe, N P Evans
We have shown that continuous maternal exposure to the complex mixture of environmental chemicals (ECs) found in human biosolids (sewage sludge), disrupts mRNA expression of genes crucial for development and long-term regulation of hypothalamo-pituitary gonadal (HPG) function in sheep. This study investigated whether exposure to ECs only during preconceptional period or only during pregnancy perturbed key regulatory genes within the hypothalamus and pituitary gland and whether these effects were different from chronic (life-long) exposure to biosolid ECs...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859809/forebrain-specific-transgene-rescue-of-11%C3%AE-hsd1-associates-with-impaired-spatial-memory-and-reduced-hippocampal-bdnf-mrna-levels-in-aged-11%C3%AE-hsd1-deficient-mice
#6
Sarah Caughey, Anjanette P Harris, Jonathan R Seckl, Megan C Holmes, Joyce L W Yau
Mice lacking the intracellular glucocorticoid-regenerating enzyme 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11β-HSD1) are protected from age-related spatial memory deficits. 11β-HSD1 is expressed predominantly in brain, liver and adipose tissue. Reduced glucocorticoid levels in brain in the absence of 11β-HSD1 may underlie the improved memory in aged 11β-HSD1 deficient mice. However, the improved glucose tolerance, insulin sensitization and cardio-protective lipid profile associated with reduced peripheral glucocorticoid regeneration may potentially contribute to the cognitive phenotype of aged 11β-HSD1 deficient mice...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859916/mild-thyrotoxicosis-leads-to-brain-perfusion-changes-an-arterial-spin-labeling-study
#7
Anna Göbel, Marcus Heldmann, Alexander Sartorius, Martin Göttlich, Anna-Luise Dirk, Georg Brabant, Thomas F Münte
Hypo- and hyperthyroidism have effects on brain structure and function as well as cognitive processes, including memory. However, little is known about the influence of thyroid hormones on brain perfusion and the relationship of such perfusion changes to cognition. This study aimed to demonstrate the effect of short-term experimental hyperthyroidism on brain perfusion in healthy volunteers and to assess whether perfusion changes, if present, are related to cognitive performance. It is known that an interaction exists between brain perfusion and cerebral oxygen consumption rate and it is believed that neural activation increases cerebral regional perfusion rate in brain areas associated with memory...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805784/role-of-isotocin-in-regulation-of-the-hypophysiotropic-dopamine-neurons-in-the-preoptic-area-of-the-catfish-clarias-batrachus
#8
Omprakash Singh, Santosh Kumar, Uday Singh, Yogesh Bhute, Praful S Singru
Dopamine (DA) has emerged as the potent inhibitory neuromodulator of LH secretion and reproduction in teleosts. The DA neurons located in the anterior subdivision of nucleus preopticus periventricularis (NPPa) in the preoptic area (POA) innervate the pituitary gland and regulate the LH cells. Although reduction in the inhibitory DAergic tone is crucial for stimulatory action of GnRH on LH cells, the role of other hypothalamic factors is suggested but not fully understood. Nonapeptide, isotocin (IST) has emerged as a likely candidate that may also influence the LH cell function...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805753/dehydroepiandrosterone-dhea-heightens-aggression-and-increases-androgen-receptor-and-aromatase-mrna-expression-in-the-brain-of-a-male-songbird
#9
Douglas W Wacker, Sahar Khalaj, Lindsey J Jones, Tara L Champion, Jason E Davis, Simone L Meddle, John C Wingfield
Dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA, is a testosterone/estrogen precursor and known modulator of vertebrate aggression. Male song sparrows (Melospiza melodia morphna) show high aggression during breeding and non-breeding life history stages when circulating DHEA levels are high, and low aggression during molt when DHEA levels are low. We previously showed that androgen receptor and aromatase mRNA expression are higher during breeding and/or non-breeding in brain regions associated with reproductive and aggressive behavior, but DHEA's potential role in mediating these seasonal changes remained unclear...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805752/targeting-corticotropin-releasing-factor-crf-projections-from-the-oval-nucleus-of-the-bnst-using-cell-type-specific-neuronal-tracing-studies-in-mouse-and-rat-brain
#10
Joanna Dabrowska, Daisy Martinon, Mahsa Moaddab, Donald G Rainnie
The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) is known to play a critical role in mediating the behavioral and autonomic responses to stressors. The oval nucleus of the BNST (BNSTov) contains cell bodies that synthesize the stress hormone, corticotropin releasing factor (CRF). Although afferent fibers originating from the BNSTov have been shown to innervate several key structures of the neuroendocrine and central autonomic system, the question remains as to whether, some of these fibers are CRF-positive. To directly address this question, we injected a "floxed" anterograde tracer (rAAV5/EF1a-DIO-mCherry) into the BNSTov of CRFp3...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801962/distribution-of-corticotropin-releasing-factor-type-1-receptor-like-immunoreactivity-in-the-rat-pituitary
#11
Asuka Mano-Otagiri, Takahiro Nemoto, Naoko Yamauchi, Yoshihiko Kakinuma, Tamotsu Shibasaki
Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) regulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis response to stress through its type 1 receptor (CRF1 ) in the corticotrophs of the anterior pituitary. Although CRF1 mRNA expression has been confirmed in the rat pituitary, the distribution pattern of CRF1 protein in the pituitary has not been reported. Therefore, we generated an antiserum against the amino acid fragment corresponding to the 177-188 sequence of the first extracellular loop of the rat CRF1 . By using the antiserum, CRF1 -like immunoreactivity (CRF1 -LI) was detected in the anterior lobe cells of the rat pituitary where some of them expressed intense signals...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791298/glucocorticoid-effects-on-cerebellar-development-in-a-chicken-embryo-model-exploring-changes-in-pax6-and-mmp-9-after-exposure-to-dexamethasone
#12
Lars Peter Engeset Austdal, Sigrid Bjørnstad, Gro H Mathisen, Petra K Aden, Ingvild Mikkola, Ragnhild E Paulsen, Kirsten E Rakkestad
The developing cerebellum is vulnerable to effects of glucocorticoids and cerebellar dysfunction is associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, e.g. autism. Transcription factor PAX6 and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) are critical for normal cerebellar development and are highly expressed in migrating neurons. Alterations in MMP-9 and PAX6 are associated with altered cerebellar development. In the present paper we have characterized growth rate and development of the cortical layers, and further investigated how the levels of PAX6 and MMP-9 as well as glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) change in the cerebellum during the fetal period (E12-21) in chicken, which corresponds to the human perinatal period...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791297/sex-specific-effects-of-chronic-administration-of-relaxin-3-on-food-intake-body-weight-and-hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal-axis-in-rats
#13
Juliane Calvez, Camila de Ávila, Geneviève Guèvremont, Elena Timofeeva
This study examined the effects of chronic central administration of relaxin-3 (RLN3) on food intake, body weight and fat mass in intact and sterilized male and female rats as well as on the hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis activity in intact male and female rats that received intracerebroventricular (icv) infusions of RLN3 (400 pmol/day) or vehicle during a 14-day period. The intact RLN3-injected rats displayed higher body weight than the vehicle-treated groups, and this increase was statistically significantly stronger in the female rats compared to the male rats...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755687/seasonal-control-of-mammalian-energy-balance-recent-advances-in-the-understanding-of-daily-torpor-and-hibernation
#14
Martin Jastroch, Sylvain Giroud, Perry Barrett, Fritz Geiser, Gerhard Heldmaier, Annika Herwig
Endothermic mammals and birds require intensive energy turnover to sustain high body temperatures and metabolic rates. To cope with energetic bottlenecks associated with the change of seasons, and to minimise energy expenditure, complex mechanisms and strategies, such as daily torpor and hibernation, are used. During torpor metabolic depression and low body temperatures save energy. However, these bouts of torpor lasting for hours to weeks are interrupted by active 'euthermic' phases with high body temperatures...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754564/food-restriction-lowers-the-acoustic-startle-response-in-both-male-and-female-rats-and-in-combination-with-acute-ghrelin-injection-abolishes-the-expression-of-fear-potentiated-startle-in-male-rats
#15
Donna J Toufexis, Olga Lipatova, Abbie C Johnson, Alfonso Abizaid
Food restriction has been reported to reduce anxiety-like behavior in male rats, while the effects of food restriction on anxiety in female rats are less clear. Ghrelin is a peptide hormone produced and secreted in the stomach that stimulates food intake and is believed to play a role in reward and emotional responses like fear expression. Under food restriction endogenous ghrelin levels increase. Here, we examined the effect of moderate food restriction (80% of ad-libitum fed weight), with or without an acute application of a small dose of exogenous ghrelin intended to cause an immediate hunger response, on the expression of the acoustic startle reflex (ASR)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27663274/visualization-of-kiss1-neuron-distribution-using-a-kiss1-cre-transgenic-mouse
#16
Shel Hwa Yeo, Victoria Kyle, Paul G Morris, Sophie Jackman, Lydia Sinnett-Smith, Maria Schacker, Chen Chen, William H Colledge
Kisspeptin neuropeptides are encoded by the Kiss1 gene and play a critical role in the regulation of the mammalian reproductive axis. Kiss1 neurons are found in two locations in the rodent hypothalamus; one in the arcuate (ARC) and another in the RP3V region which includes the anteroventral periventricular (AVPV) nucleus. Detailed mapping of the fibre distribution of Kiss1 neurons will help in understanding the action of these neurons in other regions of the brain. We have generated a transgenic mouse in which the Kiss1 coding region has been disrupted by a CRE-GFP transgene so that expression of the CRE recombinase protein is driven from the Kiss1 promoter...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27632792/sex-hormone-decline-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-synthesis-transport-and-clearance-in-the-brain
#17
A C Duarte, M V Hrynchak, I Gonçalves, T Quintela, C R A Santos
Sex hormones (SH) are essential regulators of the central nervous system (CNS). The decline in SH levels along with aging may contribute to compromised neuroprotection and for setting the grounds for neurodegeneration and cognitive impairments. In Alzheimer's Disease (AD), besides other pathological features, there is an imbalance between amyloid β (Aβ) production and clearance leading to its accumulation in the brain of older subjects. Aβ accumulation is a primary cause for brain inflammation and degeneration, and concomitant cognitive decline...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27631525/gaba-receptors-in-the-medial-preoptic-area-modulate-the-onset-of-estradiol-induced-maternal-behavior-in-hysterectomized-ovariectomized-pregnant-rats
#18
Porfirio Gómora-Arrati, Guadalupe Dominguez, Anders Ågmo
We studied the participation of GABA neurotransmission in the medial preoptic area (MPOA) in the onset of the pup retrieval response and nest building. Pregnant female rats were implanted with bilateral cannulae in the MPOA on 12 day of pregnancy, and on day 16 the females were hysterectomized-ovariectomized and given 200 μg/kg of estradiol benzoate. Two days later the females received one of the following intracerebral drug treatments: The GABAB agonist baclofen, 200 ng; the GABAB antagonist phaclofen, 1 μg; the GABAA antagonist bicuculline, 60 ng; physiological saline...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27623562/central-leptin-effects-on-glucose-homeostasis-are-modified-during-pregnancy-in-the-rat
#19
S R Ladyman, D R Grattan
Despite increased leptin concentrations during pregnancy, fat mass and food intake are increased. The satiety response to central leptin is suppressed indicating a state of leptin insensitivity in the hypothalamus. While the regulation of food intake is a major function of leptin, this hormone also influences a while range of functions within the body. These actions include regulation of glucose homeostasis, which undergoes major adaptation in the maternal body to generate optimal conditions for fetal development and growth...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27631195/deciphering-brain-insulin-receptor-and-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-receptor-signalling
#20
A Kleinridders
Insulin receptor (IR) and insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) are highly conserved receptor tyrosine kinases that share signalling proteins and are ubiquitously expressed in the brain. Central application of insulin or IGF1 exerts several similar physiological outcomes, varying in strength, whereas disruption of the corresponding receptors in the brain leads to remarkably different effects on brain size and physiology, thus highlighting the unique effects of the corresponding hormone receptors. Central insulin/IGF1 resistance impacts upon various levels of the IR/IGF1R signalling pathways and is a feature of the metabolic syndrome and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
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