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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500827/psychological-vulnerability-to-stress-in-carriers-of-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-due-to-21-hydroxylase-deficiency
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Eleni-Magdalini Kyritsi, Georgia Koltsida, Ioanna Farakla, Aikaterini Papanikolaou, Elena Critselis, Emilia Mantzou, Emmanouil Zoumakis, Gerasimos Kolaitis, George P Chrousos, Evangelia Charmandari
OBJECTIVE: Carriers of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21-OHD) demonstrate increased secretion of cortisol precursors following ACTH stimulation, suggestive of impaired cortisol production and compensatory increases in hypothalamic corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) secretion. Both cortisol and CRH have behavioral effects, and hypothalamic CRH hypersecretion has been associated with chronic states of anxiety and depression. We performed an endocrinologic and psychological evaluation in carriers of 21-OHD and matched control subjects...
January 2017: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499969/corticotropin-releasing-hormone-modulates-airway-vagal-preganglionic-neurons-of-sprague-dawley-rats-at-multiple-synaptic-sites-via-activation-of-its-type-1-receptors-implications-for-stress-associated-airway-vagal-excitation
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Yuhong Guo, Xianxia Yan, Xingxin Chen, Ding He, Ming Zeng, Yonghua Chen, Chunmei Xia, Dongying Qiu, Jijiang Wang
Corticotropin-releasing hormone release is the final common pathway of stress-associated neuroendocrine responses. This study tested how corticotropin-releasing hormone modulates airway vagal preganglionic neurons. Airway vagal preganglionic neurons in neonatal rats were retrogradely labeled with fluorescent dye and identified in medullary slices, and their responses to corticotropin-releasing hormone (200nmolL(-1)) were examined using whole-cell patch clamp. The results show that under current clamp, corticotropin-releasing hormone (200nmolL(-1)) depolarized airway vagal preganglionic neurons and significantly increased the rate of their spontaneous firing...
May 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499100/probing-for-neuroadaptations-to-unpredictable-stressors-in-addiction-translational-methods-and-emerging-evidence
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Jesse T Kaye, Daniel E Bradford, Katherine P Magruder, John J Curtin
Stressors clearly contribute to addiction etiology and relapse in humans, but our understanding of specific mechanisms remains limited. Rodent models of addiction offer the power, flexibility, and precision necessary to delineate the causal role and specific mechanisms through which stressors influence alcohol and other drug use. This review describes a program of research using startle potentiation to unpredictable stressors that is well positioned to translate between animal models and clinical research with humans on stress neuroadaptations in addiction...
May 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498394/mir-34b-attenuates-trauma-induced-anxiety-like-behavior-by-targeting-crhr1
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Jing Zhu, Zhejun Chen, Jinxing Tian, Zehui Meng, Mingda Ju, Gencheng Wu, Zhanzhuang Tian
Exposure to trauma is a potential contributor to anxiety; however, the molecular mechanisms responsible for trauma-induced anxiety require further clarification. In this study, in an aim to explore these mechanisms, we observed the changes in the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis using a radioimmunoassay and the changes in anxiety-like behavior using the open field test and elevated plus maze test in a rat model following intervention with NBI‑27914, a specific corticotropin‑releasing hormone receptor 1 (CRHR1) antagonist...
May 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472693/salivary-alpha-amylase-and-noradrenaline-responses-to-corticotropin-releasing-hormone-administration-in-humans
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Liubov Petrakova, Karoline Boy, Lisa Mittmann, Lars Möller, Harald Engler, Manfred Schedlowski
Salivary alpha-amylase (sAA) is a digestive enzyme mainly responsible for the hydrolysis of starch and glycogen in the oral cavity. Since the secretion of sAA is largely under the control of the sympathetic nervous system, sAA activity is also considered to be a non-invasive marker of sympathetic activation. However, the direct association between sAA activity and other sympathetic parameters remains questionable. Therefore, we employed the corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) stimulation test to pharmacologically activate the sympathetic nervous system and to analyze plasma noradrenaline response together with sAA activity...
May 1, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461011/the-interaction-of-corticotropin-releasing-hormone-receptor-gene-and-early-life-stress-on-emotional-empathy
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Simone Grimm, Katharina Wirth, Yan Fan, Anne Weigand, Matti Gärtner, Melanie Feeser, Isabel Dziobek, Malek Bajbouj, Sabine Aust
Early life stress (ELS) is associated with increased vulnerability for depression, changes to the corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) system and structural and functional changes in hippocampus. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in the CRH receptor 1 (CRHR1) gene interact with ELS to predict depression, cognitive functions and hippocampal activity. Social cognition has been related to hippocampal function and might be crucial for maintaining mental health. However, the interaction of CRHR1 gene variation and ELS on social cognition has not been investigated yet...
April 28, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456768/corticotropin-releasing-factor-receptor-1-antagonist-differentially-inhibits-freezing-behavior-and-changes-gamma-aminobutyric-acidergic-activity-in-the-amygdala-in-low-and-high-anxiety-rats
#7
A Skorzewska, A Wislowska-Stanek, M Lehner, D Turzynska, A Sobolewska, P Krzascik, A Plaznik
The aim of this study was to examine the effects of non-peptide corticotropin-releasing factor receptor 1 (CRF1) antagonist (antalarmin) administration on rat conditioned fear responses and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic brain activity (GAD67 expression and GABA concentration) in low-anxiety (LR) and high-anxiety (HR) rats. The animals were divided into the LR and HR groups based on the duration of their conditioned freezing response in the first contextual fear test. After 28 days, the animals were re-subjected to the contextual fear training and test...
February 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450265/construct-and-face-validity-of-a-new-model-for-the-three-hit-theory-of-depression-using-pacap-mutant-mice-on-cd1-background
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József Farkas, László Á Kovács, László Gáspár, Anna Nafz, Tamás Gaszner, Balázs Ujvári, Viktória Kormos, Valér Csernus, Hitoshi Hashimoto, Dóra Reglődi, Balázs Gaszner
Major depression is a common cause of chronic disability. Despite decades of efforts, no equivocally accepted animal model is available for studying depression. We tested the validity of a new model based on the three-hit concept of vulnerability and resilience. Genetic predisposition (hit 1, mutation of pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide, PACAP gene), early-life adversity (hit 2, 180-min maternal deprivation, MD180) and chronic variable mild stress (hit 3, CVMS) were combined. Physical, endocrinological, behavioral and functional morphological tools were used to validate the model...
April 25, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439099/optogenetic-silencing-of-a-corticotropin-releasing-factor-pathway-from-the-central-amygdala-to-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-disrupts-sustained-fear
#9
A Asok, A Draper, A F Hoffman, J Schulkin, C R Lupica, J B Rosen
The lateral central nucleus of the amygdala (CeAL) and the dorsolateral bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNSTDL) coordinate the expression of shorter- and longer-lasting fears, respectively. Less is known about how these structures communicate with each other during fear acquisition. One pathway, from the CeAL to the BNSTDL, is thought to communicate via corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), but studies have yet to examine its function in fear learning and memory. Thus, we developed an adeno-associated viral-based strategy to selectively target CRF neurons with the optogenetic silencer archaerhodopsin tp009 (CRF-ArchT) to examine the role of CeAL CRF neurons and projections to the BNSTDL during the acquisition of contextual fear...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434951/role-of-crf1-receptor-in-post-incisional-plasma-extravasation-and-nociceptive-responses-in-mice
#10
Asunción Romero, Juan-Antonio García-Carmona, María-Luisa Laorden, Margarita M Puig
The corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) is involved in a number of physiological functions including pain perception. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of CRF1 receptor in the long-lasting post-surgical changes in somatic nociceptive thresholds and in local inflammatory responses, using genetically engineered mice lacking functional CRF1 receptor. Animals underwent a plantar incision under anaesthesia with remifentanil (80μg/kg s.c.) and sevoflurane. Mechanical thresholds (von Frey) and plasma extravasation (Evan's blue) were evaluated at different time points...
April 20, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429110/inhibition-of-the-crf1-receptor-influences-the-activity-of-antidepressant-drugs-in-the-forced-swim-test-in-rats
#11
Andrzej Wróbel, Anna Serefko, Aleksandra Szopa, Karol Rojek, Ewa Poleszak, Krystyna Skalicka-Woźniak, Jarosław Dudka
Hyperactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) and impairment of the central corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) system are factors in the pathogenesis of depression. Though several antagonists of the CRF1 receptor were effective in the recognized behavioral tests for antidepressant activity, there is still little information on the potential interactions between CRF1 receptor inhibitors and conventional antidepressant therapy. The aim of our study was to assess the influence of SN003, a CRF1 receptor blocker, on the activity of imipramine and fluoxetine in the forced swim test (FST) in rats which presented some signs of depression...
April 20, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407319/effect-of-intravenous-or-perivascular-injection-of-synthetic-adrenocorticotropic-hormone-on-stimulation-test-results-in-dogs
#12
C M Johnson, P H Kass, T A Cohen, E C Feldman
BACKGROUND: Standard protocols for adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation testing (ACTHst) often involve intravenous (IV) injection of corticotropin. ACTH might be unintentionally injected into the perivascular (PV) space. OBJECTIVE: To compare stimulation test results after IV and PV injections of ACTH. ANIMALS: Twenty privately owned dogs were studied: 10 healthy and 10 with trilostane-treated naturally occurring hyperadrenocorticism (HAC)...
May 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
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/28391333/clinical-trials-in-minimal-change-disease
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Pietro Ravani, Enrica Bertelli, Simardeep Gill, Gian Marco Ghiggeri
Minimal change disease (MCD) is a pathological condition characterized by subtle glomerular lesions causing massive and reversible proteinuria that is usually steroid sensitive. Recurrence of symptoms of active disease following successful treatment (including proteinuria, oedema and oliguria) and steroid toxicity requires the use of other drugs to attain or maintain remission. Unresolved MCD is considered the initial step in the pathological pathway leading to focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)...
January 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337596/prolactin-regulation-of-the-hpa-axis-is-not-mediated-by-a-direct-action-upon-crh-neurons-evidence-from-the-rat-and-mouse
#15
Papillon Gustafson, Ilona Kokay, Tony Sapsford, Stephen Bunn, David Grattan
Centrally acting prolactin has been shown to have anti-stress effects by modulating the activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. We tested the hypothesis that prolactin directly targets hypothalamic corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) neurons. In situ hybridisation confirmed expression of mRNA encoding the long, but not the short, isoform of the prolactin receptor (PRLR) within the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the virgin rat; however, only 6% of CRH neurons expressed long-form Prlr mRNA. Examination of the functional response of CRH neurons to intracerebroventricular prolactin (500 ng) showed that these neurons did not respond with activation of phosphorylated signal transducer and activator of transcription 5 (pSTAT5), a marker of long-form PRLR activation...
March 23, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323961/normalized-early-post-operative-cortisol-and-acth-values-predict-nonremission-after-surgery-for-cushing-s-disease
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David Asuzu, Grégoire P Chatain, Christina Hayes, Sarah Benzo, Raven McGlotten, Meg Keil, Andrea Beri, Susmeeta T Sharma, Lynnette Nieman, Maya Lodish, Constantine Stratakis, Russell R Lonser, Edward H Oldfield, Prashant Chittiboina
Context: Perioperative increases in adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol mimic corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) stimulation testing. This phenomenon may help identify patients with residual adenoma after transsphenoidal surgery (TSS) for Cushing's disease (CD). Objective: To predict non-remission after TSS for CD. Design: Retrospective case control study of patients treated at a single center from December 2003 till July 2016...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319850/methylation-of-hpa-axis-related-genes-in-men-with-hypersexual-disorder
#17
Jussi Jokinen, Adrian E Boström, Andreas Chatzittofis, Diana M Ciuculete, Katarina Görts Öberg, John N Flanagan, Stefan Arver, Helgi B Schiöth
Hypersexual Disorder (HD) defined as non-paraphilic sexual desire disorder with components of compulsivity, impulsivity and behavioral addiction, and proposed as a diagnosis in the DSM 5, shares some overlapping features with substance use disorder including common neurotransmitter systems and dysregulated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function. In this study, comprising 67 HD male patients and 39 male healthy volunteers, we aimed to identify HPA-axis coupled CpG-sites, in which modifications of the epigenetic profile are associated with hypersexuality...
June 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315311/the-effects-of-crf-and-urocortins-on-the-sociability-of-mice
#18
Zsolt Bagosi, Gergely Karasz, András Czébely-Lénárt, Krisztina Csabafi, Miklós Jászberényi, Gyula Telegdy
The aim of our study was to determine the role of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), the urocortins (Ucn1, Ucn2 and Ucn3) and their receptors (CRF1 and CRF2) in the sociability of mice. Male CFLP mice were administered intracerebroventricularly (icv) with CRF and urocortins alone or in combination with antalarmin (specific CRF1 antagonist) and astressin2B (specific CRF2 antagonist) and then investigated in a Crawley social interaction test arena, that consists of three chambers. An unknown male in a cage was put in the first chamber and an empty cage was put in the opposite chamber...
March 14, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299639/age-related-changes-in-central-effects-of-corticotropin-releasing-factor-crf-suggest-a-role-for-this-mediator-in-aging-anorexia-and-cachexia
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Judit Tenk, Ildikó Rostás, Nóra Füredi, Alexandra Mikó, Margit Solymár, Szilvia Soós, Balázs Gaszner, Diana Feller, Miklós Székely, Erika Pétervári, Márta Balaskó
Hypothalamic corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) lays downstream to catabolic melanocortins and at least partly mediates their catabolic effects. Age-related changes in the melanocortin system (weak responsiveness in middle-aged and a strong one in old rats) have been shown to contribute to middle-aged obesity and later to aging anorexia and cachexia of old age groups. We hypothesized that catabolic (anorexigenic and hypermetabolic) CRF effects vary with aging similarly to those of melanocortins. Thus, we aimed to test whether age-related variations of CRF effects may also contribute to middle-aged obesity and aging anorexia leading to weight loss of old age groups...
February 2017: GeroScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284954/peri-adolescent-asthma-symptoms-cause-adult-anxiety-related-behavior-and-neurobiological-processes-in-mice
#20
Jasmine I Caulfield, Michael J Caruso, Kerry C Michael, Rebecca A Bourne, Nicole R Chirichella, Laura C Klein, Timothy Craig, Robert H Bonneau, Avery August, Sonia A Cavigelli
Human and animal studies have shown that physical challenges and stressors during adolescence can have significant influences on behavioral and neurobiological development associated with internalizing disorders such as anxiety and depression. Given the prevalence of asthma during adolescence and increased rates of internalizing disorders in humans with asthma, we used a mouse model to test if and which symptoms of adolescent allergic asthma (airway inflammation or labored breathing) cause adult anxiety- and depression-related behavior and brain function...
March 8, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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