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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
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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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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)...
April 13, 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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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...
March 10, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315311/the-effects-of-crf-and-urocortins-on-the-sociability-of-mice
#10
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
#11
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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265716/don-t-stress-about-crf-assessing-the-translational-failures-of-crf1antagonists
#13
REVIEW
Samantha R Spierling, Eric P Zorrilla
BACKGROUND: Dr. Athina Markou sought treatments for a common neural substrate shared by depression and drug dependence. Antagonists of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) receptors, a target of interest to her, have not reached the clinic despite strong preclinical rationale and sustained translational efforts. METHODS: We explore potential causes for the failure of CRF1 antagonists and review recent findings concerning CRF-CRF1 systems in psychopathology. RESULTS: Potential causes for negative outcomes include (1) poor safety and efficacy of initial drug candidates due to bad pharmacokinetic and physicochemical properties, (2) specificity problems with preclinical screens, (3) the acute nature of screens vs...
March 7, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263830/repeated-corticosterone-injections-in-adult-mice-alter-stress-hormonal-receptor-expression-in-the-cerebellum-and-motor-coordination-without-affecting-spatial-learning
#14
Guillaume Harlé, Robert Lalonde, Coralie Fonte, Armelle Ropars, Jean-Pol Frippiat, Catherine Strazielle
Receptors for glucocorticoid (GR) and corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) are largely found in brain sensorimotor structures, particularly in cerebellum, underlining a potential role of stress hormones in the regulation of motor function. Since CRH is involved in neuroplasticity, known for its trophic effect on synapses, we investigated how manipulations in corticosterone serum levels can modulate the CRH system in the cerebellum and affect motor coordination. Corticosterone at doses of either 15 or 30mg/kg was injected in mice and the status of hormonal expression evaluated in cerebellum, hippocampus, and hypothalamus in undisturbed housing conditions or after different behavioral tests...
March 2, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251369/hpa-axis-reactivity-to-pharmacologic-and-psychological-stressors-in-euthymic-women-with-histories-of-postpartum-versus-major-depression
#15
Elizabeth H Ferguson, Arianna Di Florio, Brenda Pearson, Karen T Putnam, Susan Girdler, David R Rubinow, Samantha Meltzer-Brody
It is unclear whether women with a history of postpartum depression (PPD) have residual, abnormal hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis reactivity, as has been reported in major depression (MDD). Further unclear is whether the abnormalities in HPA axis reactivity associated with MDD represent a stable, underlying predisposition or a state-dependent phenomenon. This study sought the following: (1) to determine if euthymic postpartum women with a history of depression have an abnormal HPA axis reactivity to pharmacologic and psychological challenges and (2) to compare HPA reactivity in women with histories of PPD versus MDD...
March 1, 2017: Archives of Women's Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247312/interference-in-acth-immunoassay-negatively-impacts-the-management-of-subclinical-hypercortisolism
#16
Serkan Yener, Leyla Demir, Mustafa Demirpence, Mustafa Mahmut Baris, Ilgin Yildirim Simsir, Secil Ozisik, Abdurrahman Comlekci, Tevfik Demir
PURPOSE: Low plasma corticotropin is considered a useful parameter for the diagnosis of subclinical hypercortisolism in patients with an adrenal incidentaloma. However, immunoassays are vulnerable to interference from endogenous antibodies. In this study, subjects who underwent Hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis evaluation for the assessment of subclinical hypercortisolism were evaluated. The objective of the study was to ascertain whether antibody interference in corticotropin immunoassay affected the diagnostic work-up and clinical decisions...
February 28, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243044/hepatopulmonary-syndrome-is-associated-with-the-presence-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-patients-with-decompensated-cirrhosis
#17
Stergios Soulaidopoulos, Ioannis Goulis, George Giannakoulas, Theofilos Panagiotidis, Petros Doumtsis, Areti Karasmani, Theodora Oikonomou, Theodora Tzoumari, Haralampos Karvounis, Εvangelos Cholongitas
BACKGROUND: Hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a relatively common complication in patients with decompensated cirrhosis. Our aim was to evaluate the prevalence of HPS, its clinical impact, and the possible association between HPS and characteristics of patients with decompensated cirrhosis. METHODS: Patients with stable decompensated cirrhosis admitted to our department and assessed for HPS were included. For each patient, several clinical, laboratory and echocardiographic parameters as well as renal function were recorded...
2017: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202248/possible-role-of-adrenoceptors-in-the-hypothalamic-paraventricular-nucleus-in-corticotropin-releasing-factor-induced-sympatho-adrenomedullary-outflow-in-rats
#18
Shoshiro Okada, Naoko Yamaguchi
AIMS: A functional interaction between the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) system and noradrenergic neurons in the brain has been suggested. In the present study, we investigated the interrelationship between the central CRF-induced elevation of plasma catecholamines and adrenoceptor activation in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) using urethane-anesthetized rats. MAIN METHODS: In rats under urethane anesthesia, a femoral venous line was inserted for infusion of saline, and a femoral arterial line was inserted for collecting blood samples...
March 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167808/how-do-individuals-cope-with-stress-behavioural-physiological-and-neuronal-differences-between-proactive-and-reactive-coping-styles-in-fish
#19
Marco A Vindas, Marnix Gorissen, Erik Höglund, Gert Flik, Valentina Tronci, Børge Damsgård, Per-Ove Thörnqvist, Tom O Nilsen, Svante Winberg, Øyvind Øverli, Lars O E Ebbesson
Despite the use of fish models to study human mental disorders and dysfunctions, knowledge of regional telencephalic responses in non-mammalian vertebrates expressing alternative stress coping styles is poor. As perception of salient stimuli associated with stress coping in mammals is mainly under forebrain limbic control, we tested region-specific forebrain neural (i.e. mRNA abundance and monoamine neurochemistry) and endocrine responses under basal and acute stress conditions for previously characterised proactive and reactive Atlantic salmon...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096430/testing-hypotheses-about-individual-variation-in-plasma-corticosterone-in-free-living-salamanders
#20
Jessica R Thomas, Andrew J Magyan, Peter E Freeman, Sarah K Woodley
In vertebrates, many responses to stress as well as homeostatic maintenance of basal metabolism are regulated by plasma glucocorticoid hormones (GCs). Despite having crucial functions, levels of GCs are typically variable among individuals. We examined the contribution of several physiological factors to individual variation in plasma corticosterone (CORT) and the number of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) neurons in the magnocellular preoptic area of the brain in free-living Allegheny Mountain dusky salamanders...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
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