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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228749/neuroprotective-role-of-the-pi3-kinase-akt-signaling-pathway-in-zebrafish
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Shuang Chen, Yunzhang Liu, Xiaozhi Rong, Yun Li, Jianfeng Zhou, Ling Lu
Neuronal survival and growth in the embryo is controlled partly by trophic factors. For most trophic factors (such as Insulin-like growth factor-1), the ability to regulate cell survival has been attributed to the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt kinase cascade. This study presents data illustrating the role of PI3K/Akt in attainment of normal brain size during zebrafish embryogenesis. Blocking PI3K with inhibitor LY294002 caused a significant reduction in brain size (in addition to global growth retardation) during zebrafish embryogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228748/chromogranin-a-regulation-of-obesity-and-peripheral-insulin-sensitivity
#2
REVIEW
Gautam K Bandyopadhyay, Sushil K Mahata
Chromogranin A (CgA) is a prohormone and granulogenic factor in endocrine and neuroendocrine tissues, as well as in neurons, and has a regulated secretory pathway. The intracellular functions of CgA include the initiation and regulation of dense-core granule biogenesis and sequestration of hormones in neuroendocrine cells. This protein is co-stored and co-released with secreted hormones. The extracellular functions of CgA include the generation of bioactive peptides, such as pancreastatin (PST), vasostatin, WE14, catestatin (CST), and serpinin...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228747/from-bioinactive-acth-to-acth-antagonist-the-clinical-perspective
#3
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Chiraz Ghaddhab, Jean-Marc Vuissoz, Johnny Deladoëy
The adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is a pituitary hormone derived from a larger peptide, the proopiomelanocortin (POMC), as are the MSHs (α-MSH, β-MSH, and γ-MSH) and the β-LPH-related polypeptides (Figure 1A). ACTH drives adrenal steroidogenesis and growth of the adrenal gland. ACTH is a 39 amino acid polypeptide that binds and activates its cognate receptor [melanocortin receptor 2 (MC2R)] through the two regions H6F7R8W9 and K15K16R17R18P19. Most POMC-derived polypeptides contain the H6F7R8W9 sequence that is conserved through evolution...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223965/central-control-of-feeding-behavior-by-the-secretin-pacap-and-glucagon-family-of-peptides
#4
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Revathi Sekar, Lei Wang, Billy Kwok Chong Chow
Constituting a group of structurally related brain-gut peptides, secretin (SCT), pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating peptide (PACAP), and glucagon (GCG) family of peptide hormones exert their functions via interactions with the class B1 G protein-coupled receptors. In recent years, the roles of these peptides in neuroendocrine control of feeding behavior have been a specific area of research focus for development of potential therapeutic drug targets to combat obesity and metabolic disorders. As a result, some members in the family and their analogs have already been utilized as therapeutic agents in clinical application...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223964/mouse-models-of-human-gwas-hits-for-obesity-and-diabetes-in-the-post-genomic-era-time-for-reevaluation
#5
Samantha Laber, Roger D Cox
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220108/adaptations-in-basal-and-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-activated-deoxycorticosterone-responses-following-ethanol-self-administration-in-cynomolgus-monkeys
#6
Vanessa A Jimenez, Patrizia Porcu, A Leslie Morrow, Kathleen A Grant
Acute ethanol activates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, while long-term exposure results in a blunted neuroendocrine state, particularly with regards to the primary endpoint, cortisol, the primary glucocorticoid produced in the adrenal cortex. However, it is unknown if this dampened neuroendocrine status also influences other adrenocortical steroids. Plasma concentration of the mineralocorticoid and neuroactive steroid precursor deoxycorticosterone (DOC) is altered by pharmacological challenges of the HPA axis in cynomolgus monkeys...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220107/new-insights-in-glucocorticoid-receptor-signaling-more-than-just-a-ligand-binding-receptor
#7
REVIEW
Karin Scheschowitsch, Jacqueline Alves Leite, Jamil Assreuy
The clinical use of classical glucocorticoids (GC) is narrowed by the many side effects it causes and the resistance to GC observed in some diseases. Since the great majority of GC effects depend on the activation of a glucocorticoid receptor (GR), many research groups had focused to better understand the signaling pathways involving those receptors. Transgenic animal models and genetic modifications of the receptor brought a huge insight into GR mechanisms of action. This in turn opened a new window for the search of selective GR modulators that ideally may have agonistic and antagonistic combined effects and activate one specific signaling pathway, inducing mostly transrepression or transactivation mechanisms...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220106/synchronization-by-daytime-restricted-food-access-modulates-the-presence-and-subcellular-distribution-of-%C3%AE-catenin-and-its-phosphorylated-forms-in-the-rat-liver
#8
Dalia Luz De Ita-Pérez, Mauricio Díaz-Muñoz
β-catenin, the principal effector of the Wnt pathway, is also one of the cadherin cell adhesion molecules; therefore, it fulfills signaling and structural roles in most of the tissues and organs. It has been reported that β-catenin in the liver regulates metabolic responses such as gluconeogenesis and histological changes in response to obesity-promoting diets. The function and cellular location of β-catenin is finely modulated by coordinated sequences of phosphorylation-dephosphorylation events. In this article, we evaluated the levels and cellular localization of liver β-catenin variants, more specifically β-catenin phosphorylated in serine 33 (this phosphorylation provides recognizing sites for β-TrCP, which results in ubiquitination and posterior proteasomal degradation of β-catenin) and β-catenin phosphorylated in serine 675 (phosphorylation that enhances signaling and transcriptional activity of β-catenin through recruitment of different transcriptional coactivators)...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220105/acth-receptor-mc2r-specificity-what-do-we-know-about-underlying-molecular-mechanisms
#9
REVIEW
Davids Fridmanis, Ance Roga, Janis Klovins
Coincidentally, the release of this Research Topic in Frontiers in Endocrinology takes place 25 years after the discovery of the adrenocorticotropic hormone receptor (ACTHR) by Mountjoy and colleagues. In subsequent years, following the discovery of other types of mammalian melanocortin receptors (MCRs), ACTHR also became known as melanocortin type 2 receptor (MC2R). At present, five types of MCRs have been reported, all of which share significant sequence similarity at the amino acid level, and all of which specifically bind melanocortins (MCs)-a group of biologically active peptides generated by proteolysis of the proopiomelanocortin precursor...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203223/impaired-axonal-regeneration-in-diabetes-perspective-on-the-underlying-mechanism-from-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-experimental-studies
#10
REVIEW
Kazunori Sango, Hiroki Mizukami, Hidenori Horie, Soroku Yagihashi
Axonal regeneration after peripheral nerve injury is impaired in diabetes, but its precise mechanisms have not been elucidated. In this paper, we summarize the progress of research on altered axonal regeneration in animal models of diabetes and cultured nerve tissues exposed to hyperglycemia. Impaired nerve regeneration in animal diabetes can be attributed to dysfunction of neurons and Schwann cells, unfavorable stromal environment supportive of regenerating axons, and alterations of target tissues receptive to reinnervation...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194136/substance-p-and-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-key-regulators-of-cutaneous-microbiota-homeostasis
#11
REVIEW
Awa N'Diaye, Andrei Gannesen, Valérie Borrel, Olivier Maillot, Jeremy Enault, Pierre-Jean Racine, Vladimir Plakunov, Sylvie Chevalier, Olivier Lesouhaitier, Marc G J Feuilloley
Neurohormones diffuse in sweat and epidermis leading skin bacterial microflora to be largely exposed to these host factors. Bacteria can sense a multitude of neurohormones, but their role in skin homeostasis was only investigated recently. The first study focused on substance P (SP), a neuropeptide produced in abundance by skin nerve terminals. SP is without effect on the growth of Gram-positive (Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, and Staphylococcus epidermidis) and Gram-negative (Pseudomonas fluorescens) bacteria...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191004/ghrelin-reactive-immunoglobulins-in-conditions-of-altered-appetite-and-energy-balance
#12
REVIEW
Sergueï O Fetissov, Nicolas Lucas, Romain Legrand
Part of circulating ghrelin is bound to immunoglobulins (Ig) protecting it from degradation and preserving its functional activity. This review summarizes the data on ghrelin- and desacyl-ghrelin-reactive IgG in conditions of altered appetite and energy balance. Plasma levels and affinity kinetics of such IgG were compared in patients with obesity and anorexia nervosa (AN) and in animal models of obesity including ob/ob mice, high-fat diet-induced obese mice, and obese Zucker rats as well as in mice after chronic food restriction and activity-based anorexia and in rats with methotrexate-induced anorexia...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184214/modeling-pancreatic-endocrine-cell-adaptation-and-diabetes-in-the-zebrafish
#13
REVIEW
Lisette A Maddison, Wenbiao Chen
Glucose homeostasis is an important element of energy balance and is conserved in organisms from fruit fly to mammals. Central to the control of circulating glucose levels in vertebrates are the endocrine cells of the pancreas, particularly the insulin-producing β-cells and the glucagon producing α-cells. A feature of α- and β-cells is their plasticity, an ability to adapt, in function and number as a response to physiological and pathophysiological conditions of increased hormone demand. The molecular mechanisms underlying these adaptive responses that maintain glucose homeostasis are incompletely defined...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184213/loss-of-hepatic-ceacam1-a-unifying-mechanism-linking-insulin-resistance-to-obesity-and-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#14
REVIEW
Garrett Heinrich, Hilda E Ghadieh, Simona S Ghanem, Harrison T Muturi, Khadijeh Rezaei, Qusai Y Al-Share, Thomas A Bowman, Deqiang Zhang, Robert S Garofalo, Lei Yin, Sonia M Najjar
The pathogenesis of human non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) remains unclear, in particular in the context of its relationship to insulin resistance and visceral obesity. Work on the carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1) in mice has resolved some of the related questions. CEACAM1 promotes insulin clearance by enhancing the rate of uptake of the insulin-receptor complex. It also mediates a negative acute effect of insulin on fatty acid synthase activity. This positions CEACAM1 to coordinate the regulation of insulin and lipid metabolism...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184212/the-daily-consumption-of-cola-can-determine-hypocalcemia-a-case-report-of-postsurgical-hypoparathyroidism-related-hypocalcemia-refractory-to-supplemental-therapy-with-high-doses-of-oral-calcium
#15
Valentina Guarnotta, Serena Riela, Marina Massaro, Sebastiano Bonventre, Angela Inviati, Alessandro Ciresi, Giuseppe Pizzolanti, Salvatore Benvenga, Carla Giordano
The consumption of soft drinks is a crucial factor in determining persistent hypocalcemia. The aim of the study is to evaluate the biochemical mechanisms inducing hypocalcemia in a female patient with usual high consumption of cola drink and persistent hypocalcemia, who failed to respond to high doses of calcium and calcitriol supplementation. At baseline and after pentagastrin injection, gastric secretion (Gs) and duodenal secretion (Ds) samples were collected and calcium and total phosphorus (Ptot) concentrations were evaluated...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167928/clinical-review-of-antidiabetic-drugs-implications-for-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-management
#16
REVIEW
Arun Chaudhury, Chitharanjan Duvoor, Vijaya Sena Reddy Dendi, Shashank Kraleti, Aditya Chada, Rahul Ravilla, Asween Marco, Nawal Singh Shekhawat, Maria Theresa Montales, Kevin Kuriakose, Appalanaidu Sasapu, Alexandria Beebe, Naveen Patil, Chaitanya K Musham, Govinda Prasad Lohani, Wasique Mirza
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a global pandemic, as evident from the global cartographic picture of diabetes by the International Diabetes Federation (http://www.diabetesatlas.org/). Diabetes mellitus is a chronic, progressive, incompletely understood metabolic condition chiefly characterized by hyperglycemia. Impaired insulin secretion, resistance to tissue actions of insulin, or a combination of both are thought to be the commonest reasons contributing to the pathophysiology of T2DM, a spectrum of disease originally arising from tissue insulin resistance and gradually progressing to a state characterized by complete loss of secretory activity of the beta cells of the pancreas...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163696/vasoinhibin-an-n-terminal-prolactin-fragment-directly-inhibits-cardiac-angiogenesis-in-three-dimensional-heart-culture
#17
Ryojun Nakajima, Eri Nakamura, Toshio Harigaya
Vasoinhibins (Vi) are fragments of the growth hormone/prolactin (PRL) family and have antiangiogenic functions in many species. It is considered that Vi derived from PRL are involved in the pathogenesis of peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). However, the pathogenic mechanism of PPCM, as well as heart angiogenesis, is not yet clear. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to clarify whether Vi act directly on angiogenesis inhibition in heart blood vessels. Endothelial cell viability was decreased by Vi treatment in a culture experiment...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163695/acth-action-on-messenger-rna-stability-mechanisms
#18
Agnès Desroches-Castan, Jean-Jacques Feige, Nadia Cherradi
The regulation of mRNA stability has emerged as a critical control step in dynamic gene expression. This process occurs in response to modifications of the cellular environment, including hormonal variations, and regulates the expression of subsets of proteins whose levels need to be rapidly adjusted. Modulation of messenger RNA stability is usually mediated by stabilizing or destabilizing RNA-binding proteins (RNA-BP) that bind to the 3'-untranslated region regulatory motifs, such as AU-rich elements (AREs)...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154552/chemokines-associated-with-pathologic-responses-to-orthopedic-implant-debris
#19
REVIEW
Nadim J Hallab, Joshua J Jacobs
Despite the success in returning people to health saving mobility and high quality of life, the over 1 million total joint replacements implanted in the US each year are expected to eventually fail after approximately 15-25 years of use, due to slow progressive subtle inflammation to implant debris compromising the bone implant interface. This local inflammatory pseudo disease state is primarily caused by implant debris interaction with innate immune cells, i.e., macrophages. This implant debris can also activate an adaptive immune reaction giving rise to the concept of implant-related metal sensitivity...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144231/non-genomic-actions-of-the-androgen-receptor-in-prostate-cancer
#20
REVIEW
Jacky K Leung, Marianne D Sadar
Androgen receptor (AR) is a validated drug target for prostate cancer based on its role in proliferation, survival, and metastases of prostate cancer cells. Unfortunately, despite recent improvements to androgen deprivation therapy and the advent of better antiandrogens with a superior affinity for the AR ligand-binding domain (LBD), most patients with recurrent disease will eventually develop lethal metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Expression of constitutively active AR splice variants that lack the LBD contribute toward therapeutic resistance by bypassing androgen blockade and antiandrogens...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
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