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Testosterone AND DHEA

Marco Mezzullo, Flaminia Fanelli, Guido Di Dalmazi, Alessia Fazzini, Daniela Ibarra-Gasparini, Marianna Mastroroberto, Jenny Guidi, Antonio Maria Morselli-Labate, Renato Pasquali, Uberto Pagotto, Alessandra Gambineri
Hyperandrogenic disorders have been associated with psychological distress, reduced quality of life, anxiety and depression. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis plays a pivotal role in the adaptive response to stressor events. Salivary cortisol (SalF) and cortisone (SalE) testing have been proven to be useful in the evaluation of HPA-axis activity. This study investigated whether SalF and SalE responses to two putative stressor levels differed between the hyperandrogenic states in late adolescent and young women, thus measuring the HPA-axis adaptive response to acute stress events...
February 24, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Queenie Ho Yan Wong, Tracy Wing Yee Yeung, Sofie Shuk Fei Yung, Jennifer Ka Yee Ko, Hang Wun Raymond Li, Ernest Hung Yu Ng
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of 12-month DHEA supplementation on menstrual pattern and ovarian reserve markers in women with premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) METHODS: This is a prospective observational study. Women with POI were given DHEA supplements (25 mg three times daily) for 12 months. Sonographic assessment for ovarian volume and antral follicle count (AFC) and serum measurement for anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), estradiol, testosterone, liver function, and hemoglobin level were performed at baseline and monthly for 13 months after the supplementation...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Min Chen, Weibin Zhou, Zhe Zhang, Yuting Zou, Chengjiang Li
RATIONALE: The incidence of severe hyperandrogenism associated with masculinity in women is very low. While rare and difficult to diagnose, androgen secreting tumors should be suspected in women with hyperandrogenism and hirsutism, especially in the postmenopausal population. Herein we present one case of ovarian Leydig cell tumor (LCT) with markedly elevated serum testosterone levels and frank hirsutism. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 60-year-old woman, presented with increased hair growth and androgenic alopecia and the hormonal laboratory examination showed that she had elevated serum testosterone level and normal dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), androstenedione, 17- hydroxyprogesterone, cortisol and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Urszula Ambroziak, Alina Kuryłowicz, Anna Kępczyńska-Nyk, Agnieszka Kondracka, Sylvia Gajda, Damian Sieńko
AIM: The diagnosis of biochemical hyperandrogenism is still challenging because a set of appropriate, recommended diagnostic tests has not been established. In our study, we aimed to answer the question of whether salivary testosterone is a reliable test to establish the diagnosis of biochemical hyperandrogenism as compared to serum total testosterone (TT) measured either by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) or immunoassay and to assess which set of biochemical tests would be the most appropriate for the identification of biochemical hyperandrogenism...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Ellen Laan, Yvette Zimmerman, Rik H W van Lunsen, Hanneke M M Termeer, Nicole Appels, Bart C J M Fauser, Herjan J T Coelingh Bennink
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of combined oral contraceptives (OCs) on sexual function, either alone or together with DHEA. STUDY DESIGN: An exploratory randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, comparative, crossover study was conducted in 81 OC users. Subjects discontinued their OC for one cycle before being randomized for 10cycles to a 30μg ethinyl estradiol (EE)/levonorgestrel (LNG) OC or a 30μg EE/drospirenone (DRSP) OC, along with daily use of 50mg dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) or placebo during 5 OC cycles before crossing over from DHEA to placebo or the reverse for another 5cycles...
February 25, 2018: Contraception
Sevda Gholizadeh Shamasbi, Parvin Dehgan, Sakineh Mohammad-Alizadeh Charandabi, Akbar Aliasgarzadeh, Mojgan Mirghafourvand
INTRODUCTION: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common abnormalities in women of reproductive age that can lead to a variety of metabolic and reproductive disorders. Studies reveal that a healthy diet is the most effective way for treating the risk factors associated with metabolic disorders and place greater emphasis on the consumption of prebiotic foods. The present study aims to determine the effect of resistant Dextrin on metabolic parameters, including lipid profile, fasting blood glucose (FBS) and high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), and androgen levels, including serum levels of dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) and free testosterone, as the primary outcomes, and manifestations of PCOS including menstrual cycle irregularity and hirsutism, as the secondary outcomes...
February 26, 2018: European Journal of Nutrition
Mina Amiri, Ali Kabir, Fatemeh Nahidi, Maryam Shekofteh, Fahimeh Ramezani Tehrani
INTRODUCTION: Nowadays, selection of COCs with maximum antiandrogenic effects is one the main issues in treatment of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). OBJECTIVE: This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to compare the effects of COCs on the clinical and biochemical parameters of hyperandrogenism (HA) in patients with PCOS. METHODS: Electronic databases (PubMed, Scopus, ScienceDirect and web of science) were searched from 1987 to November 2015 to identify clinical trials investigating effect of the various COCs on the clinical and biochemical parameters of HA in patients...
February 19, 2018: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
Andrew D Grotzinger, Daniel A Briley, Laura E Engelhardt, Frank D Mann, Megan W Patterson, Jennifer L Tackett, Elliot M Tucker-Drob, K Paige Harden
Puberty is a complex biopsychosocial process that can affect an array of psychiatric and medical disorders emerging in adolescence. Although the pubertal process is driven by neuroendocrine changes, few quantitative genetic studies have directly measured puberty-relevant hormones. Hair samples can now be assayed for accumulation of hormones over several months. In contrast to more conventional salivary measures, hair measures are not confounded by diurnal variation or hormonal reactivity. In an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse sample of 1286 child and adolescent twins and multiples from 672 unique families, we estimated genetic and environmental influences on hair concentrations of testosterone, DHEA, and progesterone across the period of 8-18 years of age...
February 12, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Suheyla Dogan Bulut, Serdar Bulut, Ayse G Gundogmus, Cigdem Aydemir
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies have shown that sex hormones play a role in the development of schizophrenia and the severity of disease symptoms. However, study results have been inconsistent. This study compares the relationship between the severity of disease symptoms and levels of testosterone, and DHEA-S and cortisol in premenopausal female patients with schizophrenia and a matched group of healthy controls. METHODS: The study sample included 32 women who were diagnosed as having schizophrenia according to DSM-IV TR criteria, and 32 age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
February 11, 2018: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
Merja R Häkkinen, Taija Heinosalo, Niina Saarinen, Tero Linnanen, Raimo Voutilainen, Timo Lakka, Jarmo Jääskeläinen, Matti Poutanen, Seppo Auriola
An LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated to analyze simultaneously estrogens (estradiol, E2; estrone, E1), androgens (testosterone, T; androstenedione, A4; dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA), progestagens (17a-hydroxypregnenolone, 17OHP5; 17a-hydroxyprogesterone, 17OHP4; progesterone, P4), glucocorticoids (cortisol, F; cortisone E; corticosterone, B; 11-deoxycortisol, S; 21-hydroxyprogesterone, 21OHP4), and mineralocorticoids (aldosterone, A) from 150 μl of human serum, plasma, or endometrium and endometriotic tissue homogenates...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Elaheh Mohammadi, Soghra Mehri, Hasan Badie Bostan, Hossein Hosseinzadeh
Objective: Aging is a multifactorial phenomenon, which attribute to different diseases and abnormalities in living systems. Oxidative stress, which is an important factor in aging, exacerbates this process via different mechanisms. Crocin (CR), one of the active components of saffron showed strong antioxidant effects. In the present study, anti-aging property of crocin was investigated in mice. Materials and Methods: The model of aging was induced using administration of d-galactose (500 mg/kg, s...
January 2018: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
Walter Arancio, Marco Calogero Amato, Miriam Magliozzo, Giuseppe Pizzolanti, Rosalia Vesco, Carla Giordano
MicroRNAs can be used as very efficient circulating biomarkers. The role of microRNAs in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and the effects of antiandrogen therapy on microRNA expression is still not fully understood. A panel of serum microRNAs were retrotranscribed via looped reverse primer transcription specific for each miRNA and quantified via probe specific RT-PCR in 16 Caucasian hyperandrogenic PCOS women selected according to the Rotterdam criteria and in a subset of seven patients after four months of sequential reverse antiandrogenic therapy...
January 31, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
Matteo Spaziani, Mileno Benedetta, Fabio Rossi, Simona Granato, Natascia Tahani, Antonella Anzuini, Andrea Lenzi, Antonio F Radicioni
OBJECTIVE: Klinefelter Syndrome (KS) is the most common sex chromosome aneuploidy in males. As well as classic KS, less frequent higher-grade aneuploidies (HGAs) are also possible. While KS and HGAs both involve testicular dysgenesis with hypergonadotropic hypogonadism, they differ in many clinical features. The aim of this study was to investigate the endocrinal and metabolic differences between KS and HGAs. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, case-control study. METHODS: 88 patients with KS, 24 with an HGA and 60 healthy controls...
January 25, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
Yasir S Elhassan, Jan Idkowiak, Karen Smith, Miriam Asia, Helena Gleeson, Rachel Webster, Wiebke Arlt, Michael W O'Reilly
Context: Androgen excess in women is predominantly due to underlying polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). However there is a lack of clarity regarding patterns and severity of androgen excess that should be considered predictive of non-PCOS pathology. Objective: We examined the diagnostic utility of simultaneous measurement of serum dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), androstenedione (A4) and testosterone (T) to delineate biochemical signatures and cut-offs predictive of non-PCOS disorders in women with androgen excess...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Barbara Bodner-Adler, Klaus Bodner, Oliver Kimberger, Ksenia Halpern, Heinz Koelbl, Wolfgang Umek
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between endogenous sex steroids and various condition-specific quality of life domains in postmenopausal women with pelvic floor disorders. We hypothesized that woman with lowest androgen and estradiol concentrations would report worse scores of quality of life domains. METHODS: Forty-six women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and 47 cases with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) answered the validated pelvic floor questionnaire and underwent serum sex steroid measurement...
January 15, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Błażej Misiak, Dorota Frydecka, Olga Loska, Ahmed A Moustafa, Jerzy Samochowiec, Justyna Kasznia, Bartłomiej Stańczykiewicz
Neuroactive steroids, including testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its sulfate (DHEA-S) might play an important role in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Therefore, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies comparing the levels of testosterone, DHEA and DHEA-S in patients with schizophrenia and healthy controls. We searched electronic databases from their inception until Oct 29, 2017. Effect size (ES) estimates were calculated as Hedges' g. Data analysis was performed using random-effects models...
January 9, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Kimberly A Bertrand, A Heather Eliassen, Susan E Hankinson, Bernard A Rosner, Rulla M Tamimi
Prior research suggests that several endogenous hormones in premenopausal women are associated with breast cancer risk; however, few studies have evaluated associations of endogenous hormones with mammographic density (MD) in premenopausal women. We conducted a cross-sectional study of plasma hormone levels in relation to MD among 634 cancer-free premenopausal women in the Nurses' Health Study II. We measured percent MD from screening mammograms using a computer-assisted method. We assayed estradiol, estrone, and estrone sulfate in blood samples timed in early follicular and mid-luteal phases of the menstrual cycle as well as testosterone, androstenedione, progesterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), DHEA sulfate, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), and anti-Müllerian hormone in luteal or untimed samples...
January 12, 2018: Hormones & Cancer
Tom Seyfart, Nele Friedrich, Hanna Kische, Robin Bülow, Henri Wallaschofski, Henry Völzke, Matthias Nauck, Brian G Keevil, Robin Haring
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of sex hormones with anthropometry in a large population-based cohort, with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LCMS)-based sex hormone measurements and imaging markers. STUDY DESIGN/MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Cross-sectional data from 957 men and women from the population-based Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP) were used. Associations of a comprehensive panel of LCMS-measured sex hormones with anthropometric parameters, laboratory, and imaging markers were analyzed in multivariable regression models for the full sample and stratified by sex...
2018: PloS One
Laura Novello, Phyllis W Speiser
Adrenarche is when a child's adrenal cortex starts to secrete adrenal androgen precursors. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is the most abundant product of the adrenal cortex, and is a weak androgen agonist thought to be responsible for the clinical signs of pubarche by conversion to more potent androgens, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone. DHEA's extra-adrenal sulfation product, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, is a stable marker for adrenal androgenic activity. Pubarche is the physical manifestation of androgenic hormone production, and includes the development of pubic and axillary hair, adult body odor, and acne...
January 1, 2018: Pediatric Annals
Katia Collomp, Corinne Buisson, Nicolas Gravisse, Soraya Belgherbi, Zakaria Labsy, Manh-Cuong Do, Olivier Gagey, Sophie Dufay, Nancy Vibarel-Rebot, Michel Audran
BACKGROUND: Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) figures on the World Anti-Doping Agency list of prohibited substances in sport because it is assumed that athletes expect a significant increase in testosterone through DHEA administration. The literature on the hormonal effects of DHEA intake nevertheless appears to be very scant in healthy young subjects, especially women. PURPOSE: We examined the effects of DHEA on adrenal and gonadal hormones, IGF1 and free T3 in healthy young male and female recreationally trained volunteers...
January 10, 2018: Endocrine
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