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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911267/the-behavioral-and-molecular-evaluation-of-effects-of-social-instability-stress-as-a-model-of-stress-related-disorders-in-adult-female-rats
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Marta Maria Nowacka-Chmielewska, Daniela Kasprowska-Liśkiewicz, Jarosław Jerzy Barski, Ewa Obuchowicz, Andrzej Małecki
The study aimed to test the hypotheses that chronic social instability stress (CSIS) alters behavioral and physiological parameters and expression of selected genes important for stress response and social behaviors. Adult female Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to the 4-week CSIS procedure, which involves unpredictable rotation between phases of isolation and overcrowding. Behavioral analyses (Experiment 1) were performed on the same rats before and after CSIS (n = 16) and physiological and biochemical measurements (Experiment 2) were made on further control (CON; n = 7) and stressed groups (CSIS; n = 8)...
September 15, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895465/paraneoplastic-cushing-syndrome-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Annelies Deldycke, Christel Haenebalcke, Youri Taes
OBJECTIVES: Paraneoplastic Cushing syndrome is a rare condition, representing a small fraction of the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-dependent cases of Cushing syndrome Methods: Four case descriptions and literature review, highlighting the diagnostic challenges and treatment options are presented. RESULTS: Different tumor types can be associated with ectopic ACTH secretion. The most common types are bronchial carcinoids and small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC)...
September 12, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889197/changes-in-gene-expression-in-the-locus-coeruleus-amygdala-circuitry-in-inhibitory-avoidance-ptsd-model
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Esther L Sabban, Lidia I Serova, Elizabeth Newman, Nurit Aisenberg, Irit Akirav
The locus coeruleus (LC)-amygdala circuit is implicated in playing a key role in responses to emotionally arousing stimuli and in the manifestation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here, we examined changes in gene expression of a number of important mediators of the LC-amygdala circuitry in the inhibition avoidance model of PTSD. After testing for basal acoustic startle response (ASR), rats were exposed to a severe footshock (1.5 mA for 10 s) in the inhibitory avoidance apparatus. They were given contextual situational reminders every 5 day for 25 days...
September 9, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871578/secondary-adrenal-insufficiency-following-nivolumab-therapy-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Toshiro Seki, Atsushi Yasuda, Masayuki Oki, Natsumi Kitajima, Atsushi Takagi, Nobuyuki Nakajima, Akira Miyajima, Masafumi Fukagawa
Currently, nivolumab (an anti-programmed cell death-1 receptor monoclonal antibody) is available for many types of advanced cancers in Japan. However, there have been few detailed case reports about endocrine-related adverse events of this therapy. Here, we report a patient with metastatic renal cell carcinoma who presented with secondary adrenal insufficiency following nivolumab therapy. Endocrinological assessment by rapid adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) tests revealed that the patient's disorder was a secondary adrenal insufficiency due to pituitary dysfunction...
September 20, 2017: Tokai Journal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859148/stellate-ganglion-block-attenuates-chronic-stress-induced-depression-in-rats
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Weiwei Wang, Weidong Shi, Hua Qian, Xijin Deng, Tong Wang, Wenzhi Li
BACKGROUND: Stress is a significant factor in the etiology of depression. Stellate ganglion block (SGB) has been shown to maintain the stability of the autonomic system and to affect the neuroendocrine system, including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The objective of this study was to determine the antidepressant-like effects of SGB on the autonomic system and the HPA axis, apoptosis-related proteins, related spatial learning and memory impairment, and sensorimotor dysfunction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842817/methamphetamine-induces-tet1-and-tet3-dependent-dna-hydroxymethylation-of-crh-and-avp-genes-in-the-rat-nucleus-accumbens
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Subramaniam Jayanthi, Betina Gonzalez, Michael T McCoy, Bruce Ladenheim, Veronica Bisagno, Jean Lud Cadet
Methamphetamine (METH) addiction is a biopsychosocial disorder that is accompanied by multiple relapses even after prolonged abstinence, suggesting the possibilities of long-lasting maladaptive epigenetic changes in the brain. Here, we show that METH administration produced time-dependent increases in the expression of corticotropin-releasing hormone (Crh/Crf), arginine vasopressin (Avp), and cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript prepropeptide (Cartpt) mRNAs in the rat nucleus accumbens (NAc). Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assays revealed that METH increased the abundance of phosphorylated CREB (pCREB) at the promoter of Cartpt but not at Avp or Crh DNA sequences...
August 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835420/evaluating-the-voiding-spot-assay-in-mice-a-simple-method-with-complex-environmental-interactions
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Huan Chen, Lanlan Zhang, Warren G Hill, Weiqun Yu
The voiding spot assay (VSA) on filter paper is an increasingly popular method for studying lower urinary tract physiology in mice. However, the ways VSA are performed differ significantly between laboratories, and many variables are introduced compared to the mouse's normal housing situation. Rodents are intelligent social animals, and it is increasingly understood that social and environmental stresses have significant effects on their physiology. Surprisingly, little is known about whether change of environment during VSA affects mouse voiding, and what the best methodologies are for retaining 'natural' micturition patterns...
August 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833238/crf1-receptor-dependent-increases-in-irritability-like-behavior-during-abstinence-from-chronic-intermittent-ethanol-vapor-exposure
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Adam Kimbrough, Giordano de Guglielmo, Jenni Kononoff, Marsida Kallupi, Eric P Zorrilla, Olivier George
BACKGROUND: In humans, emotional and physical signs of withdrawal from ethanol are commonly seen. Many of these symptoms, including anxiety-like and depression-like behavior, have been characterized in animal models of ethanol dependence. One issue with several current behavioral tests that measure withdrawal in animal models is they are often not repeatable within subjects over time. Additionally, irritability, one of the most common symptoms of ethanol withdrawal in humans, has not been well characterized in animal models...
August 23, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819949/addison-s-disease-concomitant-with-corticotropin-deficiency-and-pituitary-crh-resistance-a-case-report
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Krzysztof C Lewandowski, Katarzyna Malicka, Katarzyna Dąbrowska, Andrzej Lewiński
A 36-year-old woman was found to have a low morning ACTH concentration despite a history of Addison's disease. Past medical history: At the age of 23 years the subject developed Graves's disease, which was treated with radioiodine. At about the same time, she claimed to have two episodes of pancreatitis treated with cholecystectomy. About seven months later she was euthyroid on L-thyroxine (TSH 1.51 mIU/mL) but was admitted with hypotension, hyponatraemia (sodium 109 mmol/L), and low morning cortisol (119 nmol/L)...
2017: Endokrynologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810889/dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate-and-dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate-cortisol-ratio-in-cirrhotic-patients-with-septic-shock-another-sign-of-hepatoadrenal-syndrome
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Ming-Hung Tsai, Hui-Chun Huang, Yun-Shing Peng, Yung-Chang Chen, Ya-Chung Tian, Chih-Wei Yang, Jau-Min Lien, Ji-Tseng Fang, Cheng-Shyong Wu, Sen-Yung Hsieh, Fa-Yauh Lee
BACKGROUND: Cirrhotic patients are susceptible to sepsis and critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency (CIRCI). Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) is a corticotropin-dependent adrenal androgen, which has immunostimulating and antiglucocorticoid effects. Considering the synchronized synthesis of cortisol and DHEAS and their opposing effects to each other, investigators have proposed measuring these two hormones as a ratio. Severe sepsis has been associated with low DHEAS, especially relative to high cortisol...
August 15, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782622/banxia-houpu-decoction-restores-glucose-intolerance-in-cums-rats-through-improvement-of-insulin-signaling-and-suppression-of-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-in-liver-and-brain
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Ke-Ke Jia, Yan-Jing Zheng, Yan-Xiu Zhang, Jia-Hui Liu, Rui-Qing Jiao, Ying Pan, Ling-Dong Kong
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Banxia-houpu decoction is a famous formula in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with the powerful anti-depressant activity. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to investigate the effect of Banxia-houpu decoction on glucose intolerance associated with anhedonia in chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) rats, then to explore its underlying pharmacological mechanisms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After 6-week CUMS procedure, male Wistar rats were given Banxia-houpu decoction (3...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774292/rosetta-broker-for-membrane-protein-structure-prediction-concentrative-nucleoside-transporter-3-and-corticotropin-releasing-factor-receptor-1-test-cases
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Dorota Latek
BACKGROUND: Membrane proteins are difficult targets for structure prediction due to the limited structural data deposited in Protein Data Bank. Most computational methods for membrane protein structure prediction are based on the comparative modeling. There are only few de novo methods targeting that distinct protein family. In this work an example of such de novo method was used to structurally and functionally characterize two representatives of distinct membrane proteins families of solute carrier transporters and G protein-coupled receptors...
August 3, 2017: BMC Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762178/the-influence-of-duloxetine-on-detrusor-overactivity-in-rats-with-depression-induced-by-13-cis-retinoic-acid
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Andrzej Wróbel, Ewa Rechberger, Tomasz Rechberger
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of duloxetine in an animal model of detrusor overactivity induced by depression. METHODS: After 6 weeks of 13-cis-retinoic acid administration at a dose of 1 mg/kg/day, rats were given duloxetine at a dose of 1 mg/kg. This was followed by conscious cystometry, a forced swim test, and locomotor activity measurement. The levels of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) in the hypothalamus, amygdala and plasma were also determined...
July 31, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755509/the-changes-in-and-relationship-between-plasma-nitric-oxide-and-corticotropin-releasing-hormone-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
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Yun-Rong Lu, Yan Zhang, Ying-Bo Rao, Xi Chen, Han-Fen Lou, Yu Zhang, Hai-Yan Xie, Ping Fang, Li-Wei Hu
Because there is strong evidence of roles of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis and nitric oxide (NO) synthase-NO system in depression, but the relationship between them is unknown, the aim of this study was to elucidate whether there is any correlation between NO and corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) in major depressive disorder (MDD) patients. In 16 outpatients with MDD and 18 healthy controls, the plasma amino acids citrulline (Cit) and arginine (Arg) were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography, and CRH levels was measured by radioimmunoassay...
July 29, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744978/the-role-of-prolactin-in-the-suppression-of-crh-mrna-expression-during-pregnancy-and-lactation-in-the-mouse
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Papillon Gustafson, Stephen Bunn, David R Grattan
Maternal stress is associated with negative health consequences for both the mother and her offspring. To prevent these adverse outcomes, activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is attenuated during pregnancy and lactation. While the mechanisms generating this adaptive change have not been fully defined, the anterior pituitary hormone prolactin may play a significant role. This study investigated the role of prolactin in regulating the basal activity of the HPA axis during pregnancy and lactation in the mouse, focussing upon the corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) neurons...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741626/dopamine-and-stress-system-modulation-of-sex-differences-in-decision-making
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Polymnia Georgiou, Panos Zanos, Shambhu Bhat, J Kathleen Tracy, Istvan J Merchenthaler, Margaret M McCarthy, Todd D Gould
Maladaptive decision making is associated with several neuropsychiatric disorders, including problem gambling and suicidal behavior. The prevalence of these disorders is higher in men versus women, suggesting gender-dependent regulation of their pathophysiology underpinnings. We assessed sex differences in decision making using the rat version of the Iowa gambling task. Female rats identified the most optimal choice from session 1, while male rats from session 5. Male, but not female rats, progressively improved their advantageous option responding and surpassed females...
July 25, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740098/puerarin-ameliorated-the-behavioral-deficits-induced-by-chronic-stress-in-rats
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Zhi-Kun Qiu, Guan-Hua Zhang, De-Sheng Zhong, Jia-Li He, Xu Liu, Ji-Sheng Chen, Da-Nian Wei
The present study aimed to investigate the mechanisms underlying the antidepressant-like effects of puerarin via the chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) procedure in rats. Similar to Sertraline (Ser), Chronic treatment of puerarin (60 and 120 mg/kg, i.g) elicited the antidepressant-like effects by reversing the decreased sucrose preference in sucrose preference test (SPT), by blocking the increased latency to feed in novelty-suppressed feeding test (NSFT) and the increased immobility time in forced swimming test (FST) without affecting locomotor activity...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735061/up-regulation-of-glur1-in-paraventricular-nucleus-and-greater-expressions-of-synapse-related-proteins-in-the-hypothalamus-of-chronic-unpredictable-stress-induced-depressive-rats
#18
Rong Li, Xia Zhao, Li Cai, Wan-Wan Gao
Converging evidence indicates that abnormal glutamatergic and synaptic systems may be associated with the pathophysiology of depression. Over-activation of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) neurons in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) plays a key role in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis hyperactivity and is a prominent feature in depression. In this study, we examined the effect of chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) in rats on the expression of AMPA subunit GluR1 protein in the hypothalamic PVN as well as on the expression of GluR1 and several synapse-related proteins in the hypothalamus...
July 19, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711193/nociceptin-receptors-in-alcohol-use-disorders-a%C3%A2-positron-emission-tomography-study-using-11-c-nop-1a
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Rajesh Narendran, Roberto Ciccocioppo, Brian Lopresti, Jennifer Paris, Michael L Himes, N Scott Mason
BACKGROUND: The neuropeptide transmitter nociceptin, which binds to the nociceptin/orphanin FQ peptide (NOP) receptor, is a core component of the brain's antistress system. Nociceptin exerts its antistress effect by counteracting the functions of corticotropin-releasing factor, the primary stress-mediating neuropeptide in the brain. Basic investigations support a role for medications that target nociceptin receptors in the treatment of alcohol use disorders. Thus, it is of high interest to measure the in vivo status of NOP receptors in individuals with alcohol use disorders...
May 31, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705713/sn003-a-crf1-receptor-antagonist-attenuates-depressive-like-behavior-and-detrusor-overactivity-symptoms-induced-by-13-cis-retinoic-acid-in-rats
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Andrzej Wróbel, Urszula Doboszewska, Ewa Rechberger, Piotr Wlaź, Tomasz Rechberger
Overactive bladder (OAB) often co-exists with depression in women. The corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) system participates in the pathophysiology of both disorders. Therefore, we tested the effects of acute treatment with a reversible CRF receptor type-1 (CRF1) antagonist, SN003 (1mg/kg, i.v.), representatives of first (solifenacin, 0.03mg/kg, i.v.) and second (mirabegron, 1mg/kg, i.v.) line treatments for OAB as well as an antidepressant imipramine (30mg/kg, i.p.) on changes in depressive-like behavior and detrusor overactivity (DO) symptoms induced by a 6-week administration of 13-cis-retinoic acid (13-cis-RA, 1mg/kg/day, i...
July 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
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