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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453590/-understanding-cortisol-action-in-acute-inflammation-a-view-from-the-adrenal-gland-to-the-target-cell
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Julia Guerrero
Glucocorticoids (cortisol in humans) are essential for numerous biological functions. Among critically ill patients, therapy with cortisol has gained strength in recent years, but clinical results have been mixed. A series of events, that may explain the diversity of clinical responses, occur from the synthesis of cortisol in the adrenal gland to the activation of the cortisol receptor by the hormone when it enters the nucleus of the target cell. Some of these events are revised; a proposition for identifying critically ill patients who may benefit with this therapy is suggested...
February 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445897/adrenal-vein-catecholamine-levels-and-ratios-reference-intervals-derived-from-patients-with-primary-aldosteronism
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Candy W C Sze, Samuel Matthew O'Toole, Roger Kent Tirador, Scott A Akker, Matthew Matson, Leslie Perry, Maralyn Rose Druce, Tanja Dekkers, Jaap Deinum, Jacques W M Lenders, Graeme Eisenhofer, William Martyn Drake
Phaeochromocytoma localisation is generally reliably achieved with modern imaging techniques, particularly in sporadic cases. On occasion, however, there can be diagnostic doubt due to the presence of bilateral adrenal abnormalities, particularly in patients with mutations in genes predisposing them to the development of multiple phaeochromocytomas. In such cases, surgical intervention is ideally limited to large or functional lesions due to the long-term consequences associated with hypoadrenalism. Adrenal venous sampling (AVS) for catecholamines has been used in this situation to guide surgery, although there are few data available to support diagnostic thresholds...
April 26, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434547/stress-dose-corticosteroid-versus-placebo-in-neonatal-cardiac-operations-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Pertti K Suominen, Juho Keski-Nisula, Tiina Ojala, Paula Rautiainen, Timo Jahnukainen, Johanna Hästbacka, Pertti J Neuvonen, Olli Pitkänen, Jussi Niemelä, Anu Kaskinen, Jukka Salminen, Risto Lapatto
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroids can improve the hemodynamic status of neonates with postoperative low cardiac output syndrome after cardiac operations. This study compared a prophylactically administered stress-dose corticosteroid (SDC) regimen against placebo on inflammation, adrenocortical function, and hemodynamic outcome. METHODS: Forty neonates undergoing elective open heart operations were randomized into two groups. The SDC group received perioperatively 2 mg/kg methylprednisolone, and 6 hours after the operation, a hydrocortisone infusion (0...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430608/adrenalectomy-abolishes-hypergravity-induced-gastric-acid-hyposecretion
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Kiyong Na, Hyun-Soo Kim
Jet fighter pilots experience high gravitational acceleration forces in the cephalocaudal direction (+Gz), causing severe stress. Stress affects different physiological functions of the gastrointestinal tract. Although the effects of exposure to hypergravity on cardiovascular and cerebral functions have been the subject of numerous studies, crucial information regarding potential pathophysiological alterations following hypergravity exposure in the gastrointestinal tract is lacking. We recently documented a significant decrease in gastric secretory activity in rats after acute exposure to hypergravity...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427900/molecular-cloning-and-characterization-of-kiss1-in-brandt-s-voles-lasiopodomys-brandtii
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Yan Chen, Lan Liu, Zhengguang Li, Dawei Wang, Ning Li, Ying Song, Cong Guo, Xiaohui Liu
Kisspeptin, encoded by kiss1, has been regarded as a major modulator of mammalian puberty and fertility due to its stimulation on GnRH. Brandt's vole is one of the main pest species on the Inner Mongolian steppes for its striking reproductive capacity and kiss1 is a key candidate gene related to reproductive regulatory cascades. In this study, kiss1 cDNA was cloned from the hypothalamus of Brandt's voles and kiss1 mRNA levels were investigated in different tissues, and at different developmental stages, using high-throughput real-time PCR...
April 18, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427378/assessment-of-cardiac-function-in-children-with-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-a-case-control-study-in-cameroon
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J Tony Nengom, S Sap Ngo Um, D Chelo, R Mbono Betoko, J Boombhi, F Mouafo Tambo, A Chiabi, S Kingue, P Koki Ndombo
BACKGROUND: High level of androgens found in congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) seems to have a deleterious effect on heart function. We therefore evaluate cardiac function of children with CAH in comparison with a healthy group. METHODS: We carried out a case-control study in the single endocrinology unit of the Mother and Child Center of Chantal Biya's Foundation. Cases were matched for age and genotypic sex to 2 healthy controls. We analyzed the ejection fraction (LVEF), fractional shortening and left ventricular mass; output and cardiac index; E and A waves velocities, E/A ratio and the mitral deceleration time and diameter of the left atrium; tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion and pulmonary artery systolic pressure were also measured...
April 20, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427002/incidental-posterior-mediastinal-paraganglioma-the-safe-approach-to-management-case-report
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Juan A Muñoz-Largacha, Roan J Glocker, Jacob Moalem, Michael J Singh, Virginia R Litle
INTRODUCTION: Paragangliomas are neuroendocrine tumors arising from chromaffin cells located in sympathetic paraganglia. Mediastinal paragangliomas are extremely rare and can be classified as functional or non-functional according to their ability for secreting catecholamines. Patients can be asymptomatic and the diagnosis is usually incidental. Complete surgical resection remains the standard of care for paragangliomas. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We present a 44-year-old woman with a functional mediastinal paraganglioma incidentally found during the perioperative imaging workup for a diagnosed breast carcinoma...
March 31, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423475/primary-lymphocytic-hypophysitis-clinical-characteristics-and-treatment-of-50-cases-in-a-single-centre-in-china-over-18-years
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Shuchang Wang, Linjie Wang, Yong Yao, Feng Feng, Hongbo Yang, Zhiyong Liang, Kan Deng, Hui You, Jian Sun, Bing Xing, Zimeng Jin, Renzhi Wang, Hui Pan, Huijuan Zhu
OBJECTIVE: Primary lymphocytic hypophysitis (LYH) is rare and it is often evaluated in a small case series. This study aimed to describe the diagnosis and treatment of primary LYH in a larger cohort. DESIGN: A retrospective study of the diagnosis and treatment of primary LYH was conducted at Peking Union Medical College Hospital from 1999 to 2016. PATIENTS: Fifty patients (28 histologically-diagnosed and 22 clinically-diagnosed) were eligible for inclusion...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421470/adrenalectomy-indications-and-options-for-treatment
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Alemanno Giovanni, Bergamini Carlo, Prosperi Paolo, Valeri Andrea
The history of adrenal surgery is longstanding. Firstly described in 1889 by Thornton, the open adrenalectomy has been for decades the only surgical approach to adrenal diseases. Nowadays, instead, several approaches to adrenal glands have been described in the literature, such as laparoscopic adrenalectomy, robotic-assisted procedure and single-incision technique. Actually, laparoscopic adrenalectomy is considered as the gold standard treatment for adrenal lesions. In fact, all functional tumors, including pheochromocytoma, are candidates for a laparoscopic approach in the absence of other contraindications...
April 18, 2017: Updates in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421436/molecular-mechanisms-of-synthesis-of-noradrenaline-as-an-inducer-of-development-in-the-adrenal-glands-of-rats-in-ontogenesis
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N S Bondarenko, A R Murtazina, Yu O Nikishina, A Ya Sapronova, M V Ugrumov
The level of gene expression and the protein content of tyrosine hydroxylase and dopamine β-hydroxylase were determined. In the perinatal period of rats, when noradrenaline functions as a morphogenetic factor, the level of gene expression of these enzymes increased and the content of protein products of these genes was almost unchanged, indicating the difference in the regulatory mechanisms of their transcription and translation.
January 2017: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420705/synthesis-of-neutral-ether-lipid-monoalkyl-diacylglycerol-madag-by-lipid-acyltransferases
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Zhengping Ma, Joelle M Onorato, Luping Chen, David W Nelson, Chi-Liang Eric Yen, Dong Cheng
In mammals, ether lipids exert a wide spectrum of signaling and structural functions such as stimulation of immune responses, anti-tumor activities and enhancement of sperm functions. Abnormal accumulation of monoalkyl-diacylglycerol (MADAG) was found in Wolman disease, a human genetic disorder defined by a deficiency in lysosomal acid lipase. In the current study, we found that among the 9 recombinant human lipid acyltransferases examined, DGAT1, DGAT2, MGAT2, MGAT3, AWAT2/MFAT and DC3 were able to use 1-monoalkylglycerol (1-MAkG) as an acyl acceptor for the synthesis of monoalkyl-monoacylglycerol (MAMAG)...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416583/physiological-and-pathological-roles-in-human-adrenal-of-the-glomeruli-defining-matrix-protein-npnt-nephronectin
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Ada Ee Der Teo, Sumedha Garg, Timothy Isaac Johnson, Wanfeng Zhao, Junhua Zhou, Celso Enrique Gomez-Sanchez, Mark Gurnell, Morris Jonathan Brown
Primary aldosteronism is a common cause of hypertension, which becomes refractory if undiagnosed, but potentially curable when caused by an aldosterone-producing adenoma (APA). The discovery of somatic mutations and differences in clinical presentations led to recognition of small but common zona glomerulosa (ZG)-like adenomas, distinct from classical large zona fasciculata-like adenomas. The inverse correlation between APA size and aldosterone synthase expression prompted us to undertake a systematic study of genotype-phenotype relationships...
April 17, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412090/pituitary-gland-in-bipolar-disorder-and-major-depression-evidence-from-structural-mri-studies
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G Delvecchio, A C Altamura, J C Soares, P Brambilla
BACKGROUND: The function of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) has been widely investigated in mood disorders based on its role in regulating stress response. Particularly, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) reports have explored pituitary gland (PG) in both bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD). In this context, the present review summarizes the results from MRI studies with the final aim of commenting on the presence of common or distinct PG structural alterations between these two disabling illnesses...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411412/individual-differences-in-the-activity-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-relations-to-age-and-cumulative-risk-in-early-childhood
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Steven J Holochwost, Jean-Louis Gariépy, W Roger Mills-Koonce, Cathi B Propper, Jacek Kolacz, Douglas A Granger
This study examined individual differences in the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis with regard to age and cumulative risk during challenging laboratory tasks administered at 6, 12, 24, and 36 months. Saliva samples were collected from a majority-minority sample of N=185 children (57% African American, 50% female) prior to and following these tasks and later assayed for cortisol. Cumulative distal risk was indexed via a composite of maternal marital status, maternal education, income-to-needs ratio, the number of children in the household, and maternal age at childbirth...
March 24, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408300/%C3%AE-9-nachr-knockout-mice-exhibit-dysregulation-of-stress-responses-affect-and-reward-related-behaviour
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Sarasa A Mohammadi, Thomas J Burton, MacDonald J Christie
The α9α10-subtype of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) has recently garnered interest in biomedicine and is being pursued as an analgesic target. However, the receptor exhibits diverse tissue distribution, the function of which is known to varying degrees, and targeting this receptor for clinical treatments without a broad understanding of its function may have adverse consequences. The α9α10-nAChR is expressed in the adrenal and pituitary glands, suggesting a potential role in the stress response, but little is known about its function in this tissue...
April 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406323/the-inhibiting-effect-of-intravenous-anesthesia-on-adrenal-gland-functions-under-the-sepsis-condition
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Te Wang, Changdong Liu, Pihong Wei, Lili Lv, Zaiqi Yang
This study aims to explore the effect of intravenous anesthesia on the adrenal gland functions of rats with sepsis as well as on their lungs and adrenal gland tissues in order to provide a theoretical reference for the cure of sepsis. Female Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were taken as the research objects in this study. Venous channels of rats were constructed by catheterization through the external jugular vein, and the cecal ligation and puncture technique was adopted to duplicate the sepsis rat models. The level of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) in serum was detected using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and necrocytosis was observed by the fluorescent staining method...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406285/serotonin-and-serotonin-transporters-in-the-adrenal-medulla-a-potential-hub-for-modulation-of-the-sympathetic-stress-response
#17
Rebecca L Brindley, Mary Beth Bauer, Randy D Blakely, Kevin P M Currie
Serotonin (5-HT) is an important neurotransmitter in the central nervous system where it modulates circuits involved in mood, cognition, movement, arousal, and autonomic function. The 5-HT transporter (SERT; SLC6A4) is a key regulator of 5-HT signaling, and genetic variations in SERT are associated with various disorders including depression, anxiety, and autism. This review focuses on the role of SERT in the sympathetic nervous system. Autonomic/sympathetic dysfunction is evident in patients with depression, anxiety, and other diseases linked to serotonergic signaling...
April 13, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402131/can-imaging-predict-subclinical-cortisol-secretion-in-patients-with-adrenal-adenomas-a-ct-predictive-score
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Cristina Mosconi, Valentina Vicennati, Dimitris Papadopoulos, Guido Di Dalmazi, Antonio M Morselli-Labate, Rita Golfieri, Renato Pasquali
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to determine whether any correlation between CT findings and functional parameters exists to predict subclinical glucocorticoid secretion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective database study of 55 patients with incidentally discovered adenomas, investigated through CT with an adrenal protocol, assessing diameters and attenuation values on the unenhanced and contrast-enhanced phases. Patients underwent blood cortisol and corticotropin evaluation and overnight dexamethasone suppression test (DST), in accordance with clinical recommendations...
April 12, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401898/a-unique-haplotype-of-rccx-copy-number-variation-from-the-clinics-of-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-to-evolutionary-genetics
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Márton Doleschall, Andrea Luczay, Klára Koncz, Kinga Hadzsiev, Éva Erhardt, Ágnes Szilágyi, Zoltán Doleschall, Krisztina Németh, Dóra Török, Zoltán Prohászka, Balázs Gereben, György Fekete, Edit Gláz, Péter Igaz, Márta Korbonits, Miklós Tóth, Károly Rácz, Attila Patócs
There is a difficulty in the molecular diagnosis of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) due to the c.955C>T (p.(Q319*), formerly Q318X, rs7755898) variant of the CYP21A2 gene. Therefore, a systematic assessment of the genetic and evolutionary relationships between c.955C>T, CYP21A2 haplotypes and the RCCX copy number variation (CNV) structures, which harbor CYP21A2, was performed. In total, 389 unrelated Hungarian individuals with European ancestry (164 healthy subjects, 125 patients with non-functioning adrenal incidentaloma and 100 patients with classical CAH) as well as 34 adrenocortical tumor specimens were studied using a set of experimental and bioinformatic methods...
April 12, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401840/methylation-matters-fk506-binding-protein-51-fkbp5-methylation-moderates-the-associations-of-fkbp5-genotype-and-resistant-attachment-with-stress-regulation
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Rosa H Mulder, Jolien Rijlaarsdam, Maartje P C M Luijk, Frank C Verhulst, Janine F Felix, Henning Tiemeier, Marian J Bakermans-Kranenburg, Marinus H Van Ijzendoorn
The parent-child attachment relationship plays an important role in the development of the infant's stress regulation system. However, genetic and epigenetic factors such as FK506 binding protein 51 (FKBP5) genotype and DNA methylation have also been associated with hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis functioning. In the current study, we examined how parent-child dyadic regulation works in concert with genetic and epigenetic aspects of stress regulation. We study the associations of attachment, extreme maternal insensitivity, FKBP5 single nucleotide polymorphism 1360780, and FKBP5 methylation, with cortisol reactivity to the Strange Situation Procedure in 298 14-month-old infants...
May 2017: Development and Psychopathology
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