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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429410/the-human-fetal-adrenal-produces-cortisol-but-no-detectable-aldosterone-throughout-the-second-trimester
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Zoe C Johnston, Michelle Bellingham, Panagiotis Filis, Ugo Soffientini, Denise Hough, Siladitya Bhattacharya, Marc Simard, Geoffrey L Hammond, Peter King, Peter J O'Shaughnessy, Paul A Fowler
BACKGROUND: Human fetal adrenal glands are highly active and, with the placenta, regulate circulating progesterone, estrogen and corticosteroids in the fetus. At birth the adrenals are essential for neonate salt retention through secretion of aldosterone, while adequate glucocorticoids are required to prevent adrenal insufficiency. The objective of this study was to carry out the first comprehensive analysis of adrenal steroid levels and steroidogenic enzyme expression in normal second trimester human fetuses...
February 12, 2018: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228121/low-dose-bisphenol-a-activates-the-erk-signaling-pathway-and-attenuates-steroidogenic-gene-expression-in-human-placental-cells
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Po-Wei Chu, Zhi-Jie Yang, Hui-Hsin Huang, Ai-An Chang, Yu-Chen Cheng, Gwo-Jang Wu, Hsin-Chieh Lan
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial material used for many plastic products and is considered an endocrine disruptor. BPA can be released into the environment and can spread through the food chain. It is well known that BPA exposure leads to lesions, especially in the reproductive system. According to previous studies, BPA reduces newborn numbers in pregnant mice and affects placentation. The placenta is a special endocrine organ during pregnancy. It secretes important hormones, such as progesterone and estrogen, to maintain gestation...
February 1, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191401/comparative-profiling-of-adrenal-steroids-in-maternal-and-umbilical-cord-blood
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Simon Travers, Laetitia Martinerie, Pascal Boileau, Qiong-Yao Xue, Marc Lombès, Eric Pussard
Fetal steroidome in late pregnancy receives multiple contributions from both maternal and fetal adrenals as well as from placenta. Depressed glucocorticoid levels have been reported in fetal blood at birth, yet studies on mineralocorticoid pathways are sparse. To investigate biosynthesis pathways at birth, adrenal steroids profiles were established in paired mothers and neonates. Forty-six paired healthy term newborns and their mothers from the Aldo cohort were assessed. Steroidomic profiles of mineralocorticoids, glucocorticoids and adrenal androgens were established from umbilical cord and maternal blood at birth using a highly sensitive and specific LC-MS/MS methodology...
April 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163791/abnormal-cyp11a1-gene-expression-induces-excessive-autophagy-contributing-to-the-pathogenesis-of-preeclampsia
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Tianying Pan, Guolin He, Meng Chen, Chenyi Bao, Yan Chen, Guangyu Liu, Mi Zhou, Shuying Li, Wenming Xu, Xinghui Liu
Objective: In this study, we investigated the exact mechanism by which excessive CYP11A1 expression impairs the placentation process and whether this causes preeclampsia (PE) in an in vivo model. Setting and Design: In order to study CYP11A1 overexpression, BeWo cells were transfected with CYP11A1. Pregnenolone, progesterone, and testosterone levels were measured by enzyme linked immunosorbent assays, and levels of autophagy markers were quantified by western blotting and immunofluorescence...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066529/steroidogenic-enzyme-activities-in-the-pre-and-post-parturient-equine-placenta
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Erin L Legacki, C Jo Corbin, Barry A Ball, Kirsten E Scoggin, Scott D Stanley, Alan J Conley
Steroidogenic enzymes in placentas shape steroid hormone profiles in the maternal circulation of each mammalian species. These include 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase/Δ5-4 isomerase (3βHSD) and 17α-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase cytochrome P450 (P450c17) crucial for progesterone and androgen synthesis, respectively, as well as aromatase cytochrome P450 (P450arom) that converts Δ4-androgens to estrogens. 5α-reductase is another important enzyme in equine placentas because 5α-dihydroprogesterone (DHP) sustains pregnancy in the absence of progesterone in the second half of equine pregnancy...
January 2018: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031687/structure-function-relationships-for-the-selective-inhibition-of-human-3%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-type-1-by-a-novel-androgen-analog
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Jenny H Pham, Catherine M Will, Vance L Mack, Matthew Halbert, Edward Alexander Conner, Kevin M Bucholtz, James L Thomas
3β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (3β-HSD1) is selectively expressed in human placenta, mammary glands and breast tumors in women. Human 3β-HSD2 is selectively expressed in adrenal glands and ovaries. Based on AutoDock 3 and 4 results, we have exploited key differences in the amino acid sequences of 3β-HSD1 (Ser194, Arg195) and 3β-HSD2 (Gly194, Pro195) by designing a selective inhibitor of 3β-HSD1. 2,16-Dicyano-4,5-epoxy-androstane-3,17-dione (16-cyano-17-keto-trilostane or DiCN-AND) was synthesized in a 4-step procedure from androstenedione...
November 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994098/the-impact-of-antiandrogen-flutamide-on-the-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1a-and-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-a-gene-and-protein-expression-in-the-pig-placenta-during-late-pregnancy
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Elzbieta Czaja, Iwona Wieciech-Rojkiewicz, Katarzyna Knapczyk-Stwora, Malgorzata Grzesiak, Maria Slomczynska
INTRODUCTION: In contrast to estradiol action, little is known about androgen signaling in placental development. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of diminished androgen action on hypoxia inducible factor 1a (HIF-1a) and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) protein expression as well as their mRNAs in the structures of fetal and maternal parts of porcine placenta during late pregnancy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Pregnant pigs were injected daily with antiandrogen flutamide, at a dose of 50 mg/kg body weight at different stages of pregnancy: between gestational days 83-89 (90 dpc) and 101-107 (108 dpc)...
2017: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750898/the-use-of-a-unique-co-culture-model-of-fetoplacental-steroidogenesis-as-a-screening-tool-for-endocrine-disruptors-the-effects-of-neonicotinoids-on-aromatase-activity-and-hormone-production
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Elyse Caron-Beaudoin, Rachel Viau, Andrée-Anne Hudon-Thibeault, Cathy Vaillancourt, J Thomas Sanderson
Estrogen biosynthesis during pregnancy is dependent on the collaboration between the fetus producing the androgen precursors, and the placenta expressing the enzyme aromatase (CYP19). Disruption of estrogen production by contaminants may result in serious pregnancy outcomes. We used our recently developed in vitro co-culture model of fetoplacental steroidogenesis to screen the effects of three neonicotinoid insecticides on the catalytic activity of aromatase and the production of steroid hormones. A co-culture of H295R human adrenocortical carcinoma cells with fetal characteristics and BeWo human choriocarcinoma cells which display characteristics of the villous cytotrophoblast was exposed for 24h to various concentrations of three neonicotinoids: thiacloprid, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid...
October 1, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682787/in-utero-virilization-secondary-to-a-maternal-krukenberg-tumor-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Carmen Bustamante, Alfonso Hoyos-Martínez, Daniela Pirela, Alejandro Díaz
BACKGROUND: Krukenberg tumors are ovarian metastatic adenocarcinomas with a primary origin usually located in the stomach, colon, gallbladder, pancreas, or breast. Occasionally, these tumors produce virilization in the affected individual due to androgen production by luteinization of the tumoral stroma. It is believed that during pregnancy these tumors are more likely to increase androgen production due to the elevated levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). High maternal androgens can cross the placenta producing virilization of the female fetus...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531286/is-foetal-hyperexposure-to-androgens-a-cause-of-pcos
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REVIEW
Panagiota Filippou, Roy Homburg
BACKGROUND: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrinopathy affecting reproductive-aged women. The pathophysiology of this syndrome is still not completely understood but recent evidence suggests that the intra-uterine environment may be a key factor in the pathogenesis of PCOS, in particular, hyperexposure of the foetus to androgens. High concentrations of maternal serum testosterone during pregnancy have been shown to influence behaviour during childhood, the prevalence of autism disorders and anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) concentrations in adolescence...
July 1, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356184/placentation-in-the-plains-zebra-equus-quagga
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W R Twink Allen, Fiona Stansfield, Sandra Wilsher
The placenta and fetal gonads of 12 pregnant plains zebra (Equus quagga), estimated to be between 81 and 239 days of gestation, were examined. The diffuse, microcotyledonary zebra placenta appeared, developmentally, to be 3-4 weeks behind its counterpart in horse pregnancy and this, together with the presence of small and long-lived endometrial cups, low levels of zebra chorionic gonadotrophin in maternal serum and few accessory corpora lutea in the maternal ovaries during the first half of gestation, made zebra pregnancy more similar to donkey than horse pregnancy...
March 30, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323944/from-pregnancy-to-preeclampsia-a-key-role-for-estrogens
#12
REVIEW
Nadia Berkane, Philippe Liere, Jean-Paul Oudinet, Alexandre Hertig, Guillaume Lefèvre, Nicola Pluchino, Michael Schumacher, Nathalie Chabbert-Buffet
Preeclampsia (PE) results in placental dysfunction and is one of the primary causes of maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity. During pregnancy, estrogen is produced primarily in the placenta by conversion of androgen precursors originating from maternal and fetal adrenal glands. These processes lead to increased plasma estrogen concentrations compared with levels in nonpregnant women. Aberrant production of estrogens could play a key role in PE symptoms because they are exclusively produced by the placenta and they promote angiogenesis and vasodilation...
April 1, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238455/androgen-dependent-mechanisms-of-pro-angiogenic-networks-in-placental-and-tumor-development
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Veronika M Metzler, Simone de Brot, Robert S Robinson, Jennie N Jeyapalan, Emad Rakha, Thomas Walton, David S Gardner, Emma F Lund, Jonathan Whitchurch, Daisy Haigh, Jack M Lochray, Brian D Robinson, Cinzia Allegrucci, Rupert G Fray, Jenny L Persson, Niels Ødum, Regina R Miftakhova, Albert A Rizvanov, Ieuan A Hughes, Rieko Tadokoro-Cuccaro, David M Heery, Catrin S Rutland, Nigel P Mongan
The placenta and tumors share important characteristics, including a requirement to establish effective angiogenesis. In the case of the placenta, optimal angiogenesis is required to sustain the blood flow required to maintain a successful pregnancy, whereas in tumors establishing new blood supplies is considered a key step in supporting metastases. Therefore the development of novel angiogenesis inhibitors has been an area of active research in oncology. A subset of the molecular processes regulating angiogenesis are well understood in the context of both early placentation and tumorigenesis...
August 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193709/testosterone-represses-estrogen-signaling-by-upregulating-mir-22-a-mechanism-for-imbalanced-steroid-hormone-production-in-preeclampsia
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Xuan Shao, Yanlei Liu, Ming Liu, Yongqing Wang, Liying Yan, Hao Wang, Liyang Ma, Yu-Xia Li, Yangyu Zhao, Yan-Ling Wang
Preeclampsia, a multisystem syndrome occurring during mid- to late gestation in humans, is a leading cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. Patients usually present with high circulating testosterone and reduced estradiol production, but the mechanisms remain unclear. Revealing the mechanism that modulating the imbalance of testosterone and estradiol in preeclampsia is of great value in understanding the cause of the disease. The placenta is the predominant source of steroid hormone production during gestation, and we observed markedly increased 17β-HSD3 (17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 3) levels and downregulated aromatase expression, the key enzymes responsible for synthesis of testosterone and estradiol, respectively, in preeclamptic placentas compared with controls...
April 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161062/localisation-of-epidermal-growth-factor-egf-its-specific-receptor-egf-r-and-aromatase-at-the-materno-fetal-interface-during-placentation-in-the-pregnant-mare
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W R Twink Allen, Susan Gower, Sandra Wilsher
INTRODUCTION: Implantation and placentation in the mare does not commence until as late as day 40 after ovulation. The reasons for this and the growth factors and/or hormones which drive placentation when it does finally occur are of considerable academic and practical interest. METHOD: Placental interface tissues recovered from 11 accurately aged and perfused-fixed horse uteri between 20 and 68 days of gestation were stained immunocytochemically for Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), its specific receptor (EGF-R) and for the steroid hormone enzyme, aromatase...
February 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27441183/real-time-and-label-free-determination-of-ligand-binding-kinetics-to-primary-cancer-tissue-specimens-a-novel-tool-for-the-assessment-of-biomarker-targeting
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Thomas Mandel Clausen, Marina Ayres Pereira, Htoo Zarni Oo, Mafalda Resende, Tobias Gustavson, Yang Mao, Nobuo Sugiura, Janet Liew, Ladan Fazli, Thor G Theander, Mads Daugaard, Ali Salanti
In clinical oncology, diagnosis and evaluation of optimal treatment strategies are mostly based on histopathological examination combined with immunohistochemical (IHC) expression analysis of cancer-associated antigens in formalin fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue biopsies. However, informative IHC analysis depends on both the specificity and affinity of the binding reagent, which are inherently difficult to quantify in situ. Here we describe a label-free method that allows for the direct and real-time assessment of molecular binding kinetics in situ on FFPE tissue specimens using quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) enabled biosensor technology...
July 2016: Sensing and Bio-Sensing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27210415/evidence-of-sexual-dimorphism-in-placental-vitamin-d-metabolism-testosterone-inhibits-calcitriol-dependent-cathelicidin-expression
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Andrea Olmos-Ortiz, Janice García-Quiroz, Rebeca López-Marure, Irma González-Curiel, Bruno Rivas-Santiago, Aleida Olivares, Euclides Avila, David Barrera, Ali Halhali, Felipe Caldiño, Fernando Larrea, Lorenza Díaz
Male fetus and neonates show increased immune vulnerability compared to females, which results in a higher risk of perinatal infections. These differences could partially be due to sex steroids differential modulation of vitamin D metabolism; since calcitriol, the most active vitamin D metabolite, regulates immune responses and transcriptionally induces the antimicrobial peptide cathelicidin in the human placenta. Calcitriol availability depends on CYP27B1 and CYP24A1 expression, the cytochromes involved in its synthesis and degradation, respectively...
October 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27208621/maternal-testosterone-and-placental-function-effect-of-electroacupuncture-on-placental-expression-of-angiogenic-markers-and-fetal-growth
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Romina Fornes, Min Hu, Manuel Maliqueo, Milana Kokosar, Anna Benrick, David Carr, Håkan Billig, Thomas Jansson, Luigi Manni, Elisabet Stener-Victorin
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have elevated circulating androgens during pregnancy and are at an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Here we tested the hypotheses that maternal androgen excess decrease placental and fetal growth, and placental expression of markers of steroidogenesis, angiogenesis and sympathetic activity, and that acupuncture with low-frequency electrical stimulation prevents these changes. Pregnant rats were exposed to vehicle or testosterone on gestational day (GD)15-19...
September 15, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27155772/evolution-of-steroids-during-pregnancy-maternal-placental-and-fetal-synthesis
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REVIEW
Yves Morel, Florence Roucher, Ingrid Plotton, Claire Goursaud, Véronique Tardy, Delphine Mallet
Progesterone, estrogens, androgens and glucocorticoids are involved in pregnancy from implantation to parturition. Their biosynthesis and their metabolism result from complex pathways involving the fetus, the placenta and the mother. The absence of expression of some steroïdogenic enzymes as CYP17 in placenta and in adrenal fetal zone and the better determination of the onset and variation of others especially HSD3B2 during the pregnancy explain the production of the steroid hormones. Moreover the consequences of some disorders of steroidogenesis (especially aromatase, POR, CYP11A1 and 21-hydroxylase deficiencies) in fetus and mother during the pregnancy have permit to elucidate these complex pathways...
June 2016: Annales D'endocrinologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27149376/endocrine-disrupting-effects-of-triclosan-on-the-placenta-in-pregnant-rats
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Yixing Feng, Pin Zhang, Zhaobin Zhang, Jiachen Shi, Zhihao Jiao, Bing Shao
Triclosan (TCS) is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent that is frequently used in pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Reports have shown that TCS is a potential endocrine disruptor; however, the potential effects of TCS on placental endocrine function are unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the endocrine disrupting effects of TCS on the placenta in pregnant rats. Pregnant rats from gestational day (GD) 6 to GD 20 were treated with 0, 30, 100, 300 and 600 mg/kg/d TCS followed by analysis of various biochemical parameters...
2016: PloS One
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