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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744978/the-role-of-prolactin-in-the-suppression-of-crh-mrna-expression-during-pregnancy-and-lactation-in-the-mouse
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672951/hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-hypersensitivity-in-female-rats-on-a-post-weaning-high-fat-diet-after-chronic-mild-stress
#7
Lian Liu, Junqiang Yang, Feng Qian, Chengbiao Lu
A high-fat diet (HFD) is highly correlated to obesity, metabolic diseases and certain behavioral changes. However, the effects of post-weaning HFD in rats during puberty and the role of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in this process have remained elusive. The present study hypothesized that the HPA axis mediates the behavioral alterations induced by a post-weaning HFD. To investigate this, female rats were divided into two groups, one of which was fed a HFD from postnatal weeks (PWs) 4-12, while the other group received standard chow...
July 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658297/abnormal-dendritic-maturation-of-developing-cortical-neurons-exposed-to-corticotropin-releasing-hormone-crh-insights-into-effects-of-prenatal-adversity
#8
Megan M Curran, Curt A Sandman, Elysia Poggi Davis, Laura M Glynn, Tallie Z Baram
Corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) produced by the hypothalamus initiates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which regulates the body's stress response. CRH levels typically are undetectable in human plasma, but during pregnancy the primate placenta synthesizes and releases large amounts of CRH into both maternal and fetal circulations. Notably, placental CRH synthesis increases in response to maternal stress signals. There is evidence that human fetal exposure to high concentrations of placental CRH is associated with behavioral consequences during infancy and into childhood, however the direct effects on of the peptide on the human brain are unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655495/tranylcypromine-in-mind-part-i-review-of-pharmacology
#9
REVIEW
Sven Ulrich, Roland Ricken, Mazda Adli
It has been over 50 years since a review has focused exclusively on the monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor tranylcypromine (TCP). A new review has therefore been conducted for TCP in two parts which are written to be read preferably in close conjunction: Part I - pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug interactions, toxicology; and Part II - clinical studies with meta-analysis of controlled studies in depression, practice of TCP treatment, place in therapy. Pharmacological data of this review part I characterize TCP as an irreversible and nonselective MAO-A/B inhibitor at low therapeutic doses of 20mg/day with supplementary norepinephrine reuptake inhibition at higher doses of 40-60mg/day...
June 24, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647674/in-pregnancy-increased-maternal-stai-trait-stress-score-shows-decreased-insulin-sensitivity-and-increased-stress-hormones
#10
Georgios Valsamakis, Dimitrios C Papatheodorou, Nikolaos Chalarakis, Nikolaos Vrachnis, Elpida J Sidiropoulou, Maria Manolikaki, Aimilia Mantzou, Alexandra Margeli, Ioannis Papassotiriou, George P Chrousos, George Mastorakos
INTRODUCTION: Chronic or acute stressors influence maternal and fetal Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axes (HPA) during pregnancy. In this study, the effect of maternal stress into maternal insulin sensitivity was investigated during pregnancy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-two pregnant women [aged 27.1±2.5 (mean±SD) yrs; BMI=25±2.2kg/m(2)] had at the 2(nd) and 3(rd) trimesters anthropometry, fasting blood samples (cortisol, Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH), active amylin, Interleukin (IL6)), Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) for glucose and insulin, state-trait anxiety inventory (STAI) trait and state questionnaires (for stress assessment)...
June 13, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647536/crhr1-exacerbates-the-glial-inflammatory-response-and-alters-bdnf-trkb-pcreb-signaling-in-a-rat-model-of-global-cerebral-ischemia-implications-for-neuroprotection-and-cognitive-recovery
#11
Patricia B de la Tremblaye, Simon M Benoit, Sarah Schock, Hélène Plamondon
This study examined the impact of corticotropin-releasing hormone type 1 receptor (CRHR1) blockade using Antalarmin (ANT) on the expression of markers of neuroplasticity and inflammation, as well as neuroprotection and behavioral recovery following global cerebral ischemia. Male Wistar rats (N=50) were treated with ANT (2μg/2μl; icv) or a vehicle solution prior to a sham or four vessel (4VO) occlusion. Seven days post ischemia, anxiety was assessed in the Elevated Plus Maze and Open Field tests, and fear and spatial learning in a Y-Maze Passive Avoidance Task and the Barnes Maze...
June 21, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642375/acquired-resistance-to-corticotropin-therapy-in-nephrotic-syndrome-role-of-de-novo-neutralizing-antibody
#12
Pei Wang, Yan Zhang, Yu Wang, Andrew S Brem, Zhangsuo Liu, Rujun Gong
There is increasing evidence supporting the use of corticotropin as an alternative treatment of refractory proteinuric glomerulopathies. The efficacy of short-acting corticotropin, however, remains unknown and was tested here in an adolescent with steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome caused by minimal change disease. After developing Cushing syndrome and recently being afflicted with severe cellulitis, the patient was weaned off all immunosuppressants, including corticosteroids. This resulted in a relapse of generalized anasarca, associated with massive proteinuria and hypoalbuminemia...
June 22, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641395/effect-of-in-ovo-injection-of-corticotropin-releasing-hormone-on-the-timing-of-hatching-in-broiler-chickens
#13
Yugo Watanabe, Sylvia V H Grommen, Bert De Groef
In chicken embryos, intravenous injection of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) causes the release of both corticosteroids and thyroid hormones. These hormones initiate and enhance the hatching process, raising the possibility that CRH treatment of the late chicken embryo could accelerate hatching and/or decrease the spread of hatching. We performed a series of exploratory tests to investigate whether in ovo delivery methods of CRH other than intravenous injection that are more practical in a commercial setting, affect hatching time in broilers...
June 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638222/corticotropin-releasing-factor-stimulates-colonic-motility-via-muscarinic-receptors-in-the-rat
#14
Kyung-Jo Kim, Ki Bae Kim, Soon Man Yoon, Joung-Ho Han, Hee Bok Chae, Seon Mee Park, Sei Jin Youn
AIM: To measure exogenous corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF)-induced motility of the isolated rat colon and to demonstrate the effect of pharmacologic inhibition on CRF-induced motility. METHODS: The isolated vascularly-perfused rat colon was used. Luminal pressure was monitored via microtip catheter pressure transducers in the proximal and distal colon. At first, exogenous CRF was administered in a stepwise manner and the concentration of CRF yielding maximal colonic motility was selected...
June 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623763/saturated-high-fat-feeding-independent-of-obesity-alters-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-axis-function-but-not-anxiety-like-behaviour
#15
Cecile Hryhorczuk, Léa Décarie-Spain, Sandeep Sharma, Caroline Daneault, Christine Des Rosiers, Thierry Alquier, Stephanie Fulton
Overconsumption of dietary fat can elicit impairments in emotional processes and the response to stress. While excess dietary lipids have been shown to alter hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function and promote anxiety-like behaviour, it is not known if such changes rely on elevated body weight and if these effects are specific to the type of dietary fat. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of a saturated and a monounsaturated high-fat diet (HFD) on HPA axis function and anxiety-like behaviour in rats...
June 10, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614607/anatomical-and-functional-implications-of-crh-neurons-in-a-septal-nucleus-of-the-avian-brain-an-emphasis-on-glial-neuronal-interaction-via-v1a-receptors-in-vitro
#16
Gurueswar Nagarajan, Alexander Jurkevich, Seong W Kang, Wayne J Kuenzel
Previously, we showed that corticotropin releasing hormone immunoreactive (CRH-ir) neurons in a septal structure are associated with stress and the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis in birds. In this study, we focused upon CRH-ir neurons located within the septal structure called the nucleus of the hippocampal commissure (NHpC). Immunocytochemical and gene expression analyses were used to identify the anatomical and functional characteristics of cells within the NHpC. A comparative morphometry analysis showed that CRH-ir neurons in the NHpC were significantly larger than CRH-ir parvocellular neurons in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) and lateral bed nucleus of the stria terminalis...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614036/an-individualized-approach-to-the-evaluation-of-cushing-syndrome
#17
Susmeeta T Sharma
Cushing syndrome (CS) is caused by chronic exposure to excess glucocorticoids. Early recognition and treatment of hypercortisolemia can lead to decreased morbidity and mortality. The diagnosis of CS and thereafter, establishing the cause can often be difficult, especially in patients with mild and cyclic hypercortisolism. Surgical excision of the cause of excess glucocorticoids is the optimal treatment for CS. Medical therapy (steroidogenesis inhibitors, medications that decrease adrenocorticotropic hormone [ACTH] levels or glucocorticoid antagonists) and pituitary radiotherapy may be needed as adjunctive treatment modalities in patients with residual, recurrent or metastatic disease, in preparation for surgery, or when surgery is contraindicated...
June 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611262/relative-adrenal-insufficiency-is-associated-with-the-clinical-outcome-in-patients-with-stable-decompensated-cirrhosis
#18
Evangelos Cholongitas, Ioannis Goulis, Eirini Pagkalidou, Anna Haidich, Apostolos Karagiannis, Theodora Nakouti, Chrysoula Pipili, Theodora Oikonomou, Spyros Gerou, Evangelos Akriviadis
BACKGROUND: The clinical impact of relative adrenal insufficiency (AI) on patients with stable decompensated cirrhosis (DeCi) has not been yet elucidated. AIM: Explore the association between AI and outcome [death or liver transplantation (LT)] in patients with DeCi. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patients with DeCi presenting no active complication have been included. Clinical and laboratory data, including serum levels of corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG), interleukin (IL)-1b, IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor (TNFα) were recorded in each participant...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590513/diagnostic-accuracy-of-increased-urinary-cortisol-cortisone-ratio-to-differentiate-acth-dependent-cushing-s-syndrome
#19
Filippo Ceccato, Laura Trementino, Mattia Barbot, Giorgia Antonelli, Mario Plebani, Luca Denaro, Daniela Regazzo, Federico Rea, Anna Chiara Frigo, Carolina Concettoni, Marco Boscaro, Giorgio Arnaldi, Carla Scaroni
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Differential diagnosis between Cushing's Disease (CD) and Ectopic ACTH Syndrome (EAS) may be a pitfall for endocrinologists. The increasing use in clinical practice of chromatography and mass spectrometry improves the measurement of urinary free cortisol (UFF) and cortisone (UFE). We have recently observed that cortisol to cortisone ratio (FEr) was higher in a small series of EAS; in this paper we collected a larger number of ACTH-dependent CS to study the role of FEr to characterize the source of corticotropin secretion...
June 7, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573220/jieyuanshen-decoction-exerts-antidepressant-effects-on-depressive-rat-model-via-regulating-hpa-axis-and-the-level-of-amino-acids-neurotransmitter
#20
Zhang Qiuxia, Ma Xinlong, Yang Yilong, Zhao Hui, Wang Yali, Yao Xiaoquan, Wang Lei, Chang Jiahui, Zou Haiyan
BACKGROUND: Jieyuanshen decoction (JYAS-D) - a traditional Chinese medicine was invented by Professor Nie based on classic formulas, chaihu jia longgu muli decoction has been proved as having favorable curative effects on depression in clinical practices. The aim of this study was to investigate the antidepressant effects and its molecular mechanism of JYAS-D. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The model of depression was established by Chronic Unpredictable Stress. Different doses (8...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
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