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D A Bangasser, H Dong, J Carroll, Z Plona, H Ding, L Rodriguez, C McKennan, J G Csernansky, S H Seeholzer, R J Valentino
Several neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders share stress as a risk factor and are more prevalent in women than in men. Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) orchestrates the stress response, and excessive CRF is thought to contribute to the pathophysiology of these diseases. We previously found that the CRF1 receptor (CRF1) is sex biased whereby coupling to its GTP-binding protein, Gs, is greater in females, whereas β-arrestin-2 coupling is greater in males. This study used a phosphoproteomic approach in CRF-overexpressing (CRF-OE) mice to test the proof of principle that when CRF is in excess, sex-biased CRF1 coupling translates into divergent cell signaling that is expressed as different brain phosphoprotein profiles...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Roshan R Naik, Trynke R de Jong
Motherhood brings about a multitude of behavioral and physiological changes in dams and some of these persist until after weaning. We studied behavioral changes associated with reproductive experience at lactating day (LD)8, at weaning (LD21), and 28 days post-weaning (PW28) compared to nulliparous (NP) females. Furthermore, in another cohort of animals, we quantified mRNA expression of five target genes known to be associated with maternal experience: arginin-vasopressin(Avp) and its 1A receptor(Avpr1a), oxytocin(Oxt) and its receptor(Oxtr), and corticotropin-releasing hormone(Crh) in three key maternal region: the medial preoptic area (MPOA), bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) and paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus(PVN)...
September 26, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Cezary Skobowiat, Arnold E Postlethwaite, Andrzej T Slominski
The back skin of C57BL/6 mice was exposed to a single 400 mJ/cm(2) dose of ultraviolet B (UVB), and parameters of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in relation to immune activity were tested after 30-90 min following irradiation. Levels of brain and/or plasma corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH), β-endorphin, ACTH and corticosterone (CORT) were enhanced by UVB. Hypophysectomy had no effect on UVB-induced increases of CORT. Mitogen induced IFNγ production by splenocytes from UVB-treated mice was inhibited at 30, 90 min and after 24 h...
September 26, 2016: Photochemistry and Photobiology
Zsolt Bagosi, Miklós Palotai, Balázs Simon, Péter Bokor, András Buzás, Beáta Balangó, Dávid Pintér, Miklós Jászberényi, Krisztina Csabafi, Gyula Szabó
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of the selective agonists of the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) 2 receptor, urocortin 2 (UCN 2) and urocortin 3 (UCN 3), on the anxiety- and depression-like signs induced by acute nicotine withdrawal in mice. In order to do so, male CFLP mice were exposed for 7 days to repeated intraperitoneal (IP) injection with nicotine or saline solution and 1day of acute withdrawal and then a single intracerebroventricular (ICV) injection with UCN 2, UCN 3 or saline solution...
September 29, 2016: Brain Research
Tomoyuki Kaneko, Katsuyuki Kaneda, Atsushi Ohno, Daiki Takahashi, Taiki Hara, Taiju Amano, Soichiro Ide, Mitsuhiro Yoshioka, Masabumi Minami
Pain is a complex experience involving sensory and affective components. Although the neuronal mechanisms underlying the sensory component of pain have been extensively studied, those underlying its affective component have yet to be elucidated. Recently, we reported that corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF)-induced depolarization in type II neurons within the dorsolateral bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (dlBNST) is critical for pain-induced aversive responses in rats. However, the intracellular signaling underlying the excitatory effects of CRF and the contribution of such signaling to the induction of pain-induced aversion remain unclear...
September 30, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Abdelrahman Alabsi, Adel Charbel Khoudary, Wassim Abdelwahed
BACKGROUND: Depression has been linked to disruption in the cerebral levels of specific neurotransmitters. L-tyrosine is a precursor of more than one of the neurotransmitters affected by depression. Even though setbacks of monoamines precursors include high doses and low efficiency, many studies have suggested using L-tyrosine as antidepressant. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the possible antidepressant effect of L-tyrosine loaded in a nanoparticle-designed formula, using behavioral tests in acute and chronic mild stress (CMS) models of depression in rats...
July 2016: Annals of Neurosciences
Judit Tenk, Ildikó Rostás, Nóra Füredi, Alexandra Mikó, Szilvia Soós, Margit Solymár, Balázs Gaszner, Miklós Székely, Erika Pétervári, Márta Balaskó
Previously demonstrated age-related changes in the catabolic melanocortin system that may contribute to middle-aged obesity and aging anorexia, raise the question of the potential involvement of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) in these phenomena, as this catabolic hypothalamic mediator acts downstream to melanocortins. Catabolic effects of CRF were shown to be mediated by both CRF1 (hypermetabolism) and CRF2 (anorexia) receptors. To test the potential role of CRF in age-related obesity and aging anorexia, we investigated acute central effects of the peptide on energy balance in male and female rats during the course of aging...
September 13, 2016: Peptides
Carlos Borges Filho, Cristiano Ricardo Jesse, Franciele Donato, Lucian Del Fabbro, Marcelo Gomes de Gomes, André Tiago Rossito Goes, Leandro Cattelan Souza, Renata Giacomeli, Michelle Antunes, Cristiane Luchese, Silvane Souza Roman, Silvana Peterini Boeira
Chrysin is a flavonoid which is found in bee propolis, honey and various plants. Antidepressant-like effect of chrysin in chronically stressed mice was previously demonstrated by our group. Conversely, neurochemical factors associated with this effect require further investigations. Thus, we investigated the possible involvement of pro-inflammatory cytokines, kynurenine pathway (KP), 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) metabolism and caspases activities in the effect of chrysin in mice exposed to unpredictable chronic stress (UCS)...
September 5, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Dominika Labuz, Melih Ö Celik, Andreas Zimmer, Halina Machelska
Neuropathic pain often results from peripheral nerve damage, which can involve immune response. Local leukocyte-derived opioid peptides or exogenous opioid agonists inhibit neuropathy-induced mechanical hypersensitivity in animal models. Since neuropathic pain can also be augmented by heat, in this study we investigated the role of opioids in the modulation of neuropathy-evoked heat hypersensitivity. We used a chronic constriction injury of the sciatic nerve in wild-type and opioid peptide-knockout mice, and tested opioid effects in heat and mechanical hypersensitivity using Hargreaves and von Frey tests, respectively...
2016: Scientific Reports
David H Epstein, Ashley P Kennedy, Melody Furnari, Markus Heilig, Yavin Shaham, Karran A Phillips, Kenzie L Preston
RATIONALE: In rodents, antagonism of receptors for corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) blocks stress-induced reinstatement of drug or palatable food seeking. OBJECTIVE: To test anticraving properties of the CRF1 antagonist pexacerfont in humans. METHODS: We studied stress-induced eating in people scoring high on dietary restraint (food preoccupation and chronic unsuccessful dieting) with body-mass index (BMI) >22. In a double-blind, between-groups trial, 31 "restrained" eaters were stabilized on either pexacerfont (300 mg/day for 7 days, then 100 mg/day for 21 days) or placebo...
September 5, 2016: Psychopharmacology
Jia Du, Shutao Wang, Hong You, Zhongqiang Liu
Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and ZnO nanoparticles (nano-ZnO) are widely distributed in the environment. However, the potential toxicity of co-exposure to PFOS and nano-ZnO remains to be fully elucidated. The test investigated the effects of co-exposure to PFOS and nano-ZnO on the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis in zebrafish. Zebrafish embryos were exposed to a combination of PFOS (0.2, 0.4, 0.8mg/L) and nano-ZnO (50mg/L) from their early stages of life (0-14days). The whole-body content of TH and the expression of genes and proteins related to the HPT axis were analyzed...
September 2016: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Shinya Kinoshita, Tetsufumi Kanazawa, Hiroki Kikuyama, Hiroshi Yoneda
BACKGROUND: To reduce the number of patients with depression, biomarkers for clarifying psychiatric disorders are warranted. Numerous candidates have been proposed; however, near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) with multi-channel probes and a dexamethasone/corticotropin-releasing hormone (DEX/CRH) test are still surviving for practical demand. Thirty-one outpatients with depressed moods were analyzed using both biological tests. RESULTS: The non-suppressors, as indicated by the DEX/CRH test, exhibited a high severity on the Hamilton Depression Scale and severe anxiety on the State Trait Anxiety Scale...
2016: Behavioral and Brain Functions: BBF
Bruna S da Silva, Diego L Rovaris, Jaqueline B Schuch, Nina R Mota, Renata B Cupertino, Angelita P Aroche, Guilherme P Bertuzzi, Rafael G Karam, Eduardo S Vitola, Luciana Tovo-Rodrigues, Eugenio H Grevet, Claiton H D Bau
BACKGROUND: The corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor 1 (CRHR1) gene has been repeatedly implicated in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in humans and animal models; however, the findings are not absolutely convergent. Since recent evidence from genome-wide association studies suggests that narrowing the phenotypic heterogeneity may be crucial in genetic studies of MDD, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of CRHR1 polymorphisms on MDD while addressing the influence of sex and smoking status...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Jolene M Incheglu, Kênia Cardoso Bícego, Luciane H Gargaglioni
The locus coeruleus (LC) is a pontine noradrenergic nucleus that acts as a central chemoreceptor to CO2/pH and has been implicated in the cognitive aspects of stress responses. This participation is in part mediated by the action of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), which when released in these situations increases the firing frequency of LC noradrenergic neurons. Nevertheless, the role of CRF1 receptors in the LC in breathing and temperature control is unknown. Therefore, we tested the involvement of CRF1 receptors located in the LC in room air ventilation and the ventilatory response induced by hypercapnia (7% CO2) in rats...
November 2016: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
Kimberly R Wiersielis, Brittany Wicks, Hannah Simko, Sarah R Cohen, Sabina Khantsis, Nausheen Baksh, David E Waxler, Debra A Bangasser
Hypersecretion of corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) is linked to the pathophysiology of major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, disorders that are more common in women than men. Notably, preclinical studies have identified sex differences in CRF receptors that can increase neuronal sensitivity to CRF in female compared to male rodents. These cellular sex differences suggest that CRF may regulate brain circuits and behavior differently in males and females. To test this idea, we first evaluated whether there were sex differences in anxiety-related behaviors induced by the central infusion of CRF...
November 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Megan K Mahoney, John H Barnes, David Wiercigroch, Mary C Olmstead
Both impulsivity and stress are risk factors for substance abuse, but it is not clear how these two processes interact to alter susceptibility for the disorder. The aim of this project was to examine the pharmacology of a stress-impulsivity interaction in rats. To do so, we tested the effects of yohimbine on impulsive action and then assessed whether behavioural changes could be reduced by antagonists at different receptor subtypes. Male Long-Evans rats were injected with various doses of yohimbine (0-5.0 mg/kg) before testing in the response-inhibition task...
October 2016: Behavioural Pharmacology
Hironobu Umakoshi, Yang Xiaomei, Takamasa Ichijo, Kohei Kamemura, Yuichi Matsuda, Yuichi Fujii, Tatsuya Kai, Tomikazu Fukuoka, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Atsushi Ogo, Tomoko Suzuki, Tatsuki Ogasawara, Mika Tsuiki, Mitsuhide Naruse
OBJECTIVE: Although corticotropin is a representative secretagogue of aldosterone, the utility of the cosyntropin stimulation test (C-ST) in diagnosing primary aldosteronism (PA) has not been elucidated. Aim of the study was to evaluate the clinical utility of C-ST for confirmatory testing and subtype classification of PA. DESIGN, SETTING AND PATIENTS: In this retrospective study, we identified patients with hypertension and positive case-detection results for PA who underwent C-ST and saline infusion testing (SIT) between 2006 and 2013 at eight referral centres in Japan...
July 30, 2016: Clinical Endocrinology
Lei Wang, Helmut Hiller, Justin A Smith, Annette D de Kloet, Eric G Krause
This study tested the hypothesis that deletion of angiotensin type 1a receptors (AT1a) from the paraventricular nucleus of hypothalamus (PVN) attenuates anxiety-like behavior, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity, and cardiovascular reactivity. We used the Cre/LoxP system to generate male mice with AT1a specifically deleted from the PVN. Deletion of the AT1a from the PVN reduced anxiety-like behavior as indicated by increased time spent in the open arms of the elevated plus maze. In contrast, PVN AT1a deletion had no effect on HPA axis activation subsequent to an acute restraint challenge but did reduce hypothalamic mRNA expression for corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH)...
September 1, 2016: Physiological Genomics
A M Canonne, G Bolen, D Peeters, F Billen, C Clercx
BACKGROUND: Treatment of canine idiopathic eosinophilic bronchopneumopathy mainly consists of long-term oral corticosteroid therapy. To avoid side effects, inhaled steroid therapy has been increasingly used but long-term clinical response and potential side effects are sparsely described. OBJECTIVES: Description of clinical response and side effects with long-term fluticasone in dogs with eosinophilic bronchopneumopathy. METHODS: Case series of dogs with eosinophilic bronchopneumopathy and treated with fluticasone monotherapy for at least 6 months...
October 2016: Journal of Small Animal Practice
François Bagate, Nicolas Lellouche, Pascal Lim, Stephane Moutereau, Keyvan Razazi, Guillaume Carteaux, Nicolas de Prost, Jean-Luc Dubois-Randé, Christian Brun-Buisson, Armand Mekontso Dessap
BACKGROUND: Relative adrenal insufficiency (RAI) is common in ICU patients, particularly during septic shock (SS). Cardiogenic shock (CS) may share some pathophysiological features with SS. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and long-term prognosis of RAI during CS. METHODS: Prospective observational study conducted in the intensive care and cardiology units in one university hospital in France. Patients meeting the criteria for CS without prior corticosteroid therapy were included...
July 25, 2016: Shock
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