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REVIEW
David S Lopez, Steven Canfield, Run Wang
The role of testosterone therapy (TTh) in cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes is still controversial, and it seems will remain inconclusive for the moment. An extensive body of literature has investigated the association of endogenous testosterone and use of TTh with CVD events including several meta-analyses. In some instances, a number of studies reported beneficial effects of TTh on CVD events and in other instances the body of literature reported detrimental effects or no effects at all. Yet, no review article has scrutinized this body of literature using the magnitude of associations and statistical significance reported from this relationship...
December 2016: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078217/testosterone-replacement-in-the-infertile-man
#2
REVIEW
Ahmad Majzoub, Edmund Sabanegh
Hypogonadism is a common clinical condition affecting men of different age groups. In addition to its sexual consequences, it has several implications posing significant concerns for a man's health and well-being. Recent advances in testosterone (T) supplementation have facilitated hypogonadism treatment. Despite that, patients complaining of infertility or seeking conception are still hindered by the unfavorable effects supplemental T has on testicular function. Consequently, alternative approaches that can stimulate endogenous T production are favored...
December 2016: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078215/off-label-therapies-for-testosterone-replacement
#3
REVIEW
Lorenzo DiGiorgio, Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad
The incidence of hypogonadism has been steadily increasing over the last few years. Exogenous testosterone has been the standard treatment for hypogonadal men, but is associated with suppression of spermatogenesis as well as other possible adverse effects. There are other medications, currently considered "off label" for androgen replenishment, that exert their effect through modulation of the hypothalamic-gonadal axis. These medications increase endogenous testosterone levels and offer a different therapeutic approach...
December 2016: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065723/social-context-dependent-relationships-between-mouse-dominance-rank-and-plasma-hormone-levels
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Cait M Williamson, Won Lee, Russell D Romeo, James P Curley
The associations between social status and endogenous testosterone and corticosterone have been well-studied across taxa, including rodents. Dominant social status is typically associated with higher levels of circulating testosterone and lower levels of circulating corticosterone but findings are mixed and depend upon numerous contextual factors. Here, we determine that the social environment is a key modulator of these relationships in Mus musculus. In groups of outbred CD-1 mice living in stable dominance hierarchies, we found no evidence of simple linear associations between social rank and corticosterone or testosterone plasma levels...
January 5, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056433/pelvic-organ-prolapse-and-endogenous-circulating-sex-steroids-in-postmenopausal-women-a-case-control-study
#5
Barbara Bodner-Adler, Klaus Bodner, Cora Schneidinger, Oliver Kimberger, Ksenia Halpern, Heinz Koelbl, Wolfgang Umek
OBJECTIVE: We compared sex steroid levels of postmenopausal patients with symptomatic pelvic organ prolapse (POP) with postmenopausal matched patients without any sign of POP. Furthermore, we evaluated a possible relationship between sex steroid levels and various urogynecologic parameters in cases with POP. Main outcome of interest were differences in circulating estradiol levels between the two groups. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a case-control study and 46 postmenopausal women with symptomatic POP≥stage 2 were matched 1:1 with 46 urogynecologic healthy women...
December 26, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054406/surfactant-protein-d-regulates-murine-testicular-immune-milieu-and-sperm-functions
#6
Sushama Rokade, Uday Kishore, Taruna Madan
PROBLEM: Surfactant protein D (SP-D), a pattern recognition protein that regulates inflammation and immune homoeostasis, is expressed by testicular germ cells under the influence of testosterone. This study investigates the role of SP-D in testicular immune privilege and sperm functions. METHOD OF STUDY: Testicular levels of cytokines and immunoregulatory molecules were evaluated in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-challenged SP-D gene knockout mice (SP-D(-/-) ). Further, sperm functions were assessed by computer-assisted sperm analyser (CASA) and in vitro capacitation...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017731/consistent-individual-variation-in-day-night-and-gnrh-induced-testosterone-concentrations-in-house-sparrows-passer-domesticus
#7
Katie B Needham, Ned A Dochtermann, Timothy J Greives
The hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, with gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) initiating the endocrine cascade, regulates testosterone secretion. Testosterone, through its pleiotropic effects, plays a crucial role in coordinating morphology, physiology and behavior in a reproductive context. The concentration of circulating testosterone, however, varies over the course of the day and in response to other internal or external stimuli, potentially making it difficult to relate testosterone sampled at one time point with traits of interest...
December 23, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017657/direct-reprogramming-of-mouse-fibroblasts-toward-leydig-like-cells-by-defined-factors
#8
Yan Yang, Ziyi Li, Xupeng Wu, Haolin Chen, Wenting Xu, Qi Xiang, Qihao Zhang, Jie Chen, Ren-Shan Ge, Zhijian Su, Yadong Huang
Leydig cells (LCs) play crucial roles in producing testosterone, and their dysfunction leads to male hypogonadism. LC transplantation is a promising alternative therapy for male hypogonadism. However, the source of LCs limits this strategy for clinical applications. Here, we report our success in reprogramming mice fibroblasts into LCs by expressing three transcriptional factors, Dmrt1, Gata4, and Nr5a1. The induced Leydig-like cells (iLCs) expressed steroidogenic genes, had a global gene expression profile similar to that of adult LCs, and acquired androgen synthesis capabilities...
January 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004236/ghrelin-is-independently-associated-with-anti-mullerian-hormone-levels-in-obese-but-not-non-obese-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Margaret C Garin, Samantha F Butts, David B Sarwer, Kelly C Allison, Suneeta Senapati, Anuja Dokras
Ghrelin is an endogenous appetite stimulant that may have a role in ovarian function. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome have anovulation and frequently weight management issues; however the associations between ghrelin and hormonal markers in polycystic ovary syndrome have not been well studied. In order to characterize the association between total ghrelin levels and ovarian function and the possible modification of this relationship by obesity, we examined total ghrelin levels and anti-mullerian hormone, total testosterone, and insulin in obese and non-obese women with and without polycystic ovary syndrome...
December 21, 2016: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999413/neuroprotection-via-reduction-in-stress-altered-menstrual-patterns-as-a-marker-for-stress-and-implications-for-long-term-neurologic-health-in-women
#10
REVIEW
David Prokai, Sarah L Berga
Individuals under chronic psychological stress can be difficult to identify clinically. There is often no outwardly visible phenotype. Chronic stress of sufficient magnitude not only impacts reproductive function, but also concomitantly elicits a constellation of neuroendocrine changes that may accelerate aging in general and brain aging in particular. Functional hypothalamic amenorrhea, a phenotypically recognizable form of stress, is due to stress-induced suppression of endogenous gonadotropin-releasing hormone secretion...
December 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993043/mechanisms-of-action-of-compounds-that-enhance-storage-lipid-accumulation-in-daphnia-magna
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Rita Jordão, Bruno Campos, Benjamín Piña, Romà Tauler, Amadeu M V M Soares, Carlos Barata
Accumulation of storage lipids in the crustacean Daphnia magna can be altered by a number of exogenous and endogenous compounds, like 20-hydroxyecdysone (natural ligand of the ecdysone receptor, EcR), methyl farnesoate, pyrirproxyfen (agonists of the methyl farnesoate receptor, MfR), and tributyltin (agonist of the retinoid X acid receptor, RXR). This effect, analogous to the obesogenic disruption in mammals, alters Daphnia's growth and reproductive investment. Here we propose that storage lipid accumulation in droplets is regulated in Daphnia by the interaction between the nuclear receptor heterodimer EcR:RXR and MfR...
December 20, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992261/effects-of-testosterone-replacement-on-electrocardiographic-parameters-in-men-findings-from-two-randomized-trials
#12
Thiago Gagliano-Jucá, Tevhide Betül İçli, Karol M Pencina, Zhuoying Li, John Tapper, Grace Huang, Thomas G Travison, Panayiotis Tsitouras, S Mitchell Harman, Thomas W Storer, Shalender Bhasin, Shehzad Basaria
CONTEXT: Endogenous testosterone levels have been negatively associated with QTc interval in small case series; the effects of testosterone therapy on electrocardiographic parameters have not been evaluated in randomized trials. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of testosterone replacement on corrected QT interval (QTcF) in two randomized controlled trials. PARTICIPANTS: Men with pre- and post-randomization electrocardiograms (ECGs) from the Testosterone and Pain (TAP) and the Testosterone Effects on Atherosclerosis in Aging Men (TEAAM) Trials...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989876/iridoid-glycoside-from-cornus-officinalis-ameliorated-diabetes-mellitus-induced-testicular-damage-in-male-rats-involvement-of-suppression-of-the-ages-rage-p38-mapk-signaling-pathway
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Yuping Chen, Yunhao Wu, Xiaoyang Gan, Kai Liu, L V Xing, Hongsheng Shen, Guoying Dai, Huiqin Xu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Cornus officinalis (CO) has been widely used as a traditional Chinese medicine for treating diabetes mellitus (DM) and its complications. Iridoid glycoside from C. officinalis (IGCO) can resist apoptosis, hyperglycemia, oxidation and so on. The aim of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effects of IGCO on DM-induced testicular damage through inhibition of the AGEs/RAGE/p38 MAPK signaling pathway. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A DM model of male Wistar rats was induced with streptozotocin injection (30mg/kg, i...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986541/the-influence-of-androgens-on-hibernation-phenology-of-free-living-male-arctic-ground-squirrels
#14
M M Richter, B M Barnes, K M O'Reilly, A M Fenn, C L Buck
Free-living ground squirrel species are sexually dimorphic in hibernation phenology. The underlying causes of these differences are not yet known. Androgens, testosterone (T) in particular, inhibit hibernation. To determine the influence of endogenous androgens on annual timing of hibernation we first measured circulating levels of T and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), an adrenal androgen implicated in non-mating season aggression in other species, in free-living male arctic ground squirrels (Urocitellus parryii, AGS)...
December 13, 2016: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956485/ovarian-control-of-growth-and-sexual-size-dimorphism-in-a-male-larger-gecko
#15
Lukáš Kubička, Tereza Schořálková, Jan Červenka, Lukáš Kratochvíl
Sexual size dimorphism (SSD) reflects sex-specific solutions to the allocation of energy among growth, reproduction and survival; however, the proximate mechanisms behind these solutions are still poorly known even in vertebrates. In squamates, sexual differences in body size used to be attributed to direct energy allocation to energetically demanding processes, largely to reproduction. In addition, SSD is assumed to be controlled by specific endogenous mechanisms regulating growth in a sex-specific manner, namely masculinization by male gonadal androgens, or feminization by ovarian hormones...
December 12, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924836/endogenous-testosterone-is-associated-with-lower-amygdala-reactivity-to-angry-faces-and-reduced-aggressive-behavior-in-healthy-young-women
#16
Macià Buades-Rotger, Christin Engelke, Frederike Beyer, Brian G Keevil, Georg Brabant, Ulrike M Krämer
Testosterone and cortisol have been proposed to influence aggressive behavior by altering the neural processing of facial threat signals. However, this has not been investigated in direct social interactions. Here, we explored the joint impact of testosterone, cortisol, and brain reactivity to anger expressions on women's reactive aggression in the Social Threat Aggression Paradigm (STAP). The STAP is a competitive reaction time task in which the purported opponent displays either an angry or a neutral facial expression at the beginning of each trial and delivers increasingly loud sound blasts to the participants, successfully provoking them...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870444/sex-differences-and-estrogen-regulation-of-bdnf-gene-expression-but-not-propeptide-content-in-the-developing-hippocampus
#17
Katherine E Kight, Margaret M McCarthy
Sex differences in adult brain function are frequently determined developmentally through the actions of steroid hormones during sensitive periods of prenatal and early postnatal life. In rodents, various cellular end points of the developing brain are affected by estradiol that is derived from the aromatization of circulating testosterone and/or synthesized within the brain. We have previously described a sex difference in neurogenesis in the hippocampus of neonatal rats that is modulated by estradiol. In this report, we examined a potential downstream regulator of the effects of estradiol on hippocampal cell proliferation by measuring gene expression of brain-derived neurotrophin (BDNF) in male and female neonatal rats in response to estradiol...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865788/testosterone-and-immune-reproductive-tradeoffs-in-healthy-women
#18
Tierney K Lorenz, Julia R Heiman, Gregory E Demas
Although testosterone (T) has been characterized as universally immunosuppressive across species and sexes, recent ecoimmunology research suggests that T's immunomodulatory effects (enhancing/suppressing) depend on the organism's reproductive context. Very little is known about the immune effects of T in healthy females, and even less about how reproductive effort modulates the immune effects of T in humans. We investigated how the interaction between endogenous T and sexual activity predicted menstrual cycle-related changes in several measures of immunity: inflammation (indexed by interleukin-6, IL-6), adaptive immunity (indexed by immunoglobulin A, IgA), and functional immunity (indexed by bactericidal assay)...
November 17, 2016: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861588/endogenous-testosterone-and-exogenous-oxytocin-modulate-attentional-processing-of-infant-faces
#19
Sarah K C Holtfrerich, Katharina A Schwarz, Christian Sprenger, Luise Reimers, Esther K Diekhof
Evidence indicates that hormones modulate the intensity of maternal care. Oxytocin is known for its positive influence on maternal behavior and its important role for childbirth. In contrast, testosterone promotes egocentric choices and reduces empathy. Further, testosterone decreases during parenthood which could be an adaptation to increased parental investment. The present study investigated the interaction between testosterone and oxytocin in attentional control and their influence on attention to baby schema in women...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852981/no-effect-of-testosterone-on-behavior-in-aged-wistar-rats
#20
Veronika Borbélyová, Emese Domonkos, Janka Bábíčková, Ľubomíra Tóthová, Martin Bosý, Július Hodosy, Peter Celec
In men, aging is accompanied by a gradual decline in androgen secretion. Studies suggest beneficial effects of endogenous and exogenous testosterone on affective behavior and cognitive functions. The aim of this study was to describe behavioral and cognitive sex differences and to analyze the effects of long-term androgen deficiency in aged male rats. Thirty-months old rats divided into three groups (males, females and males gonadectomized as young adults) underwent a battery of behavioral tests assessing locomotor activity, anxiety, memory, anhedonia, sociability and depression-like behavior...
November 12, 2016: Aging
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