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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522814/daily-corticosterone-rhythm-modulates-pineal-function-through-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-related-gene-transcriptional-program
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Sanseray da Silveira Cruz-Machado, Eduardo K Tamura, Claudia E Carvalho-Sousa, Vanderlei Amadeu Rocha, Luciana Pinato, Pedro A C Fernandes, Regina P Markus
Melatonin and glucocorticoids are key hormones in determining daily rhythmicity and modulating defense responses. In nocturnal animals, corticosterone peaks at light/dark transition,while melatonin peaks at the middle of the night in both nocturnal and diurnal animals. The crosstalk between adrenal and pineal glands under inflammatory conditions indicates that corticosterone potentiates nocturnal melatonin synthesis by reducing the activity of NFκB. This transcription factor, which modulates the expression of a key enzyme in melatonin synthesis, is sharply reduced at the entrance of darkness in the rat pineal gland...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522271/medroxyprogesterone-acetate-drives-m2-macrophage-differentiation-toward-a-phenotype-of-decidual-macrophage
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Yung-Chieh Tsai, Joseph T Tseng, Chia-Yih Wang, Mei-Tsz Su, Jyun-Yuan Huang, Pao-Lin Kuo
M1 macrophage differentiation plays a crucial role in enhanced inflammation during pregnancy, which may lead to pregnancy complications. Therefore, modulation of macrophage differentiation toward the M2 phenotype is desirable to ensure a successful pregnancy. Medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) is a potent progestin with an anti-inflammatory property, but its effect on macrophage differentiation is unknown. This study aimed to examine whether MPA can induce an M2 macrophage differentiation by using the human monocytes cell line THP-1 or primary monocytes...
May 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512085/self-reported-outcomes-and-adverse-events-after-medical-abortion-through-online-telemedicine-population-based-study-in-the-republic-of-ireland-and-northern-ireland
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Abigail R A Aiken, Irena Digol, James Trussell, Rebecca Gomperts
Objectives To assess self reported outcomes and adverse events after self sourced medical abortion through online telemedicine.Design Population based study.Setting Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where abortion is unavailable through the formal healthcare system except in a few restricted circumstances.Population 1000 women who underwent self sourced medical abortion through Women on Web (WoW), an online telemedicine service, between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2012.Main outcome measures Successful medical abortion: the proportion of women who reported ending their pregnancy without surgical intervention...
May 16, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487068/contraceptive-provision-after-medication-and-surgical-abortion
#4
Laura Laursen, Katrina Stumbras, Irene Lewnard, Sadia Haider
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to compare contraception provided to patients after medication and surgical abortion. STUDY DESIGN: Women who underwent first trimester induced abortion at a university-based urban clinic between May 2009 and May 2014 were identified. Medical records were reviewed to determine the method of contraception provided by the clinic to patients after medication and surgical abortion. Postabortal contraception was defined as any contraception administered or prescribed from our health system within 4 weeks of surgical abortion or mifepristone administration...
May 6, 2017: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485925/occurrence-and-ecotoxicological-effects-of-free-conjugated-and-halogenated-steroids-of-17%C3%AE-hydroxypregnanolone-and-pregnanediol-in-swiss-wastewater-and-surface-water
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Kun Zhang, Yanbin Zhao, Karl Fent
Apart from estrogens, the occurrence and ecotoxicity of steroids in the aquatic environment is poorly known. Here we analyzed 33 steroids, including estrogens, androgens, progestins, and glucocorticoids in hospital wastewaters, river water and in municipal wastewater treatment plant (WTP) influents and effluents at different sites in Switzerland. In addition, wastewater from different treatment steps of two WTPs with advanced treatment, such as ozonation or pulverized activated carbon, were analyzed to study the steroid's behavior during treatment...
May 9, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479892/chemical-constituents-of-cyperus-rotundus-l-and-their-inhibitory-effects-on-uterine-fibroids
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Ju Ying, Xiao Bing
BACKGROUND: Xiang Fu (Cyperus rotundus L) enters the liver, spleen and triple warmer meridians, and has qi stagnation-removing, qi circulation-promoting, menstruation-regulating and pain-relieving effects. Besides, it can improve ovarian function, and has hypolipidemic, hypoglycemic and neuroprotective actions. OBJECTIVES: To study the biflavone constituents in Cyperus rotundus L and to investigate the effect and mechanism of amentoflavone on inhibition of uterine tumors...
December 2016: African Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461586/dexamethasone-down-regulates-endothelin-receptors-and-reduces-endothelin-induced-production-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-in-cultured-rat-astrocytes
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Yutaka Koyama, Ayano Ukita, Kana Abe, Kuniaki Iwamae, Shogo Tokuyama, Keisuke Tanaka, Yuki Kotake
In brain disorders, astrocytes change phenotype to reactive astrocytes, and are involved in the induction of neuroinflammation and brain edema. The administration of glucocorticoids (GCs), such as dexamethasone (Dex), reduces astrocytic activation, but the mechanisms underlying this inhibitory action are not well understood. Endothelins (ETs) promote astrocytic activation. Therefore, the effects of Dex on ET receptor expressions were examined in cultured rat astrocytes. Treatment with 300 nM Dex for 6 - 48 hours reduced the mRNA expression of astrocytic ETA and ETB receptors to 30-40 % of non-treated cells...
May 1, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459512/lichong-decoction-reduces-matrix-metalloproteinases-2-expression-but-increases-tissue-inhibitors-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-2-expression-in-a-rat-model-of-uterine-leiomyoma
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Yasong Wang, Donghua Li, Xin Xu, Ruiya Qian, Yalan Zhang, Yuhua Huang, Jianguo Geng, Xiaoli Zou, Hongjuan Han, Wufang Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of Lichong decoction (LD) on expression of matrix metalloproteinase- 2 (MMP-2) and metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP-2) in a rat model of uterine leiomyoma (UL). METHODS: UL was induced in rats using exogenous estrogen and progesterone. LD was administered (p.o.) for 4 weeks, and mifepristone (RU-486) used as a control. To observe the effect of LD on the uterine coefficient and uterine transverse diameter, a radioimmunoassay method was used to detect serum levels of sex hormones...
August 2016: Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chung i Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451923/mifepristone-ru486-acts-in-drosophila-melanogaster-females-to-counteract-the-life-span-shortening-and-pro-inflammatory-effects-of-male-sex-peptide
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John Tower, Gary N Landis, Jie Shen, Rachelle Choi, Yang Fan, Dasul Lee, Jaemin Song
Males with null mutation of Sex Peptide (SP) gene were compared to wild-type males for the ability to cause physiological changes in females that could be reversed by mifepristone. Males from wild-type strains decreased median female life span by average -51%. Feeding mifepristone increased life span of these females by average +106%. In contrast, SP-null males did not decrease female life span, and mifepristone increased median life span of these females by average +14%, which was equivalent to the effect of mifepristone in virgin females (average +16%)...
June 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445268/the-use-of-mifepristone-in-abortion-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-uterine-leiomyomas
#10
Qi Shen, Li Shu, Hui Luo, Xiaoli Hu, Xueqiong Zhu
To investigate the association between widespread use of mifepristone in abortions and risk of uterine leiomyomas.We conducted a case-control study of 305 patients with uterine leiomyomas between January 2011 and July 2012; 311 women with ordinary vaginitis were selected as controls during the same period. Data were collected by questionnaires (including past history, life history, menstruation history, reproductive history, abortion history, the use of mifepristone, and uterine leiomyomas risk factors) and calculated by univariate and multivariate conditional logistic regression analyses; odds ratios and its 95% confidence interval were calculated to estimate the risk for uterine leiomyomas...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444736/selective-progesterone-receptor-modulators-sprms-for-uterine-fibroids
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REVIEW
Ally Murji, Lucy Whitaker, Tiffany L Chow, Mara L Sobel
BACKGROUND: Uterine fibroids are smooth muscle tumours arising from the uterus. These tumours, although benign, are commonly associated with abnormal uterine bleeding, bulk symptoms and reproductive dysfunction. The importance of progesterone in fibroid pathogenesis supports selective progesterone receptor modulators (SPRMs) as effective treatment. Both biochemical and clinical evidence suggests that SPRMs may reduce fibroid growth and ameliorate symptoms. SPRMs can cause unique histological changes to the endometrium that are not related to cancer, are not precancerous and have been found to be benign and reversible...
April 26, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435130/intramyometrial-injection-of-vasopressin-a-novel-method-for-hemostasis-at-laparoscopic-management-of-cornual-ectopic
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Ramesh Bettaiah, Shwetha Sudhakar Kamath
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Injection of vasopressin into the uterus , significantly reduces the vascularity of the cornual ectopic, thereby resulting in bloodless surgery. DESIGN: A step by step demonstration of the surgical procedure. Canadian task force classification III SETTING: while all ectopics are associated with risk of hemorrhage, cornual pregnancies are feared for catastrophic hemorrhage and uncontrollable bleeding. The maternal mortality rate can be as high as 2...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428441/selective-glucocorticoid-receptor-modulators-sgrms-delay-castrate-resistant-prostate-cancer-growth
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Jacob Kach, Tiha M Long, Phillip Selman, Eva Y Tonsing-Carter, Maria A Bacalao, Ricardo R Lastra, Larischa de Wet, Shane Comiskey, Marc Gillard, Calvin VanOpstall, Diana C West, Wen-Ching Chan, Donald Vander Griend, Suzanne D Conzen, Russell Z Szmulewitz
Increased glucocorticoid receptor (GR) expression and activity following androgen blockade can contribute to castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) progression. Therefore, we hypothesized that GR antagonism will have therapeutic benefit in CRPC. However, the FDA-approved nonselective, steroidal GR antagonist, mifepristone, lacks GR specificity, reducing its therapeutic potential. Here we report that two novel non-steroidal and highly selective GR modulators (SGRMs), CORT118335 and CORT108297, have the ability to block GR activity in prostate cancer (PC) and slow CRPC progression...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421651/self-management-of-first-trimester-medical-termination-of-pregnancy-a-qualitative-study-of-women-s-experiences
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Carrie Purcell, Sharon Cameron, Julia Lawton, Anna Glasier, Jeni Harden
OBJECTIVE: To explore the experiences of women in Scotland who return home to complete medical termination of pregnancy (TOP) ≤63 days of gestation, after being administered with mifepristone and misoprostol at an NHS TOP clinic. DESIGN: Qualitative interview study. SETTING: One National Health Service health board (administrative) area in Scotland. POPULATION OR SAMPLE: Women in Scotland who had undergone medical TOP ≤63 days, and self-managed passing the pregnancy at home; recruited from three clinics in on NHS health board area between January and July 2014...
April 19, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420496/the-value-of-hysteroscopic-management-of-cesarean-scar-pregnancy-a-report-of-44-cases
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Ying Pan, Mu-Biao Liu
OBJECTIVE: With the incidence of cesarean scar pregnancy (CSP) rising, the reports of serious adverse outcomes of it have increased gradually. The management of CSP remains an inadequately explored clinical field, and there is no consensus on it presently. The present study was performed to investigate the efficacy and safety of operative hysteroscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of CSP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-four patients with CSP underwent operative hysteroscopy for removal of scar ectopic pregnancy in our institution...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414589/progesterone-decreases-in-vitro-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-expression-in-dendritic-and-cd4-cells-from-maternal-fetal-interface-of-rats
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Pedro Kastein Faria da Cunha Bianchi, Rafael Magdanelo Leandro, Aline Nayara Poscai, Tulio Yoshinaga, Patrícia Orlandini Gonçalez, José Roberto Kfoury Junior
PROBLEM: Several mechanisms contribute to the tolerogenic state observed during pregnancy, such as the activity of the enzyme indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO). This initializes the catabolism of tryptophan, inducing T cells to apoptosis due to its deprivation and by the action of its catabolites in the placental microenvironment. Progesterone plays an important part on immunological tolerance mechanisms during pregnancy; however, there is no evidence it is related to IDO activity. Thus, this study aimed to investigate progesterone influence on the maternal-fetal interface of pregnant Wistar rats, by identifying IDO positive cells by immunophenotyping and flow cytometry under exogenous progesterone supplementation...
April 17, 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412963/posttranslationally-modified-progesterone-receptors-direct-ligand-specific-expression-of-breast-cancer-stem-cell-associated-gene-programs
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Todd P Knutson, Thu H Truong, Shihong Ma, Nicholas J Brady, Megan E Sullivan, Ganesh Raj, Kathryn L Schwertfeger, Carol A Lange
BACKGROUND: Estrogen and progesterone are potent breast mitogens. In addition to steroid hormones, multiple signaling pathways input to estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) actions via posttranslational events. Protein kinases commonly activated in breast cancers phosphorylate steroid hormone receptors (SRs) and profoundly impact their activities. METHODS: To better understand the role of modified PRs in breast cancer, we measured total and phospho-Ser294 PRs in 209 human breast tumors represented on 2754 individual tissue spots within a tissue microarray and assayed the regulation of this site in human tumor explants cultured ex vivo...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407578/a-peek-into-the-drug-development-scenario-of-endometriosis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Luxitaa Goenka, Melvin George, Maitrayee Sen
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE: Endometriosis is a gynaecological disease that is characterised by the presence of endometrium like tissue-epithelium and stroma that develops outside the uterine cavity, which is responsible for pelvic pain and infertility. Even though several medical therapies exist for the treatment of endometriosis, each of the drug class has its own limitations such as cost of treatment, side-effects and its short-term effect on the symptoms of endometriosis. In this review, we have attempted to summarize the current status and challenges of drug development for endometriosis...
June 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391165/metapristone-suppresses-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-proliferation-and-metastasis-via-modulating-ras-raf-mek-mapk-signaling-pathway
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Guirong Zheng, Zhichun Shen, Hongning Chen, Jian Liu, Kai Jiang, Lulu Fan, Lee Jia, Jingwei Shao
BACKGROUND: Metastasis is the key phase of cancer progression that characterizes a more advanced stage and a poorer prognosis. The majority of cancer fatalities occur as a consequence of metastasis. OBJECTIVE: Mifepristone (RU486), a chemical abortifacient, has recently been used in clinical trials for psychotic depression and cancer chemotherapy. As the most predominant biological active metabolite of mifepristone, metapristone is being developed as a novel cancer metastasis chemopreventive agent by us...
June 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376402/metapristone-ru486-derivative-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-migration-as-melanoma-metastatic-chemopreventive-agent
#20
Ning Zheng, Jiahang Chen, Weiqun Liu, Jichuang Wang, Jian Liu, Lee Jia
Uncontrolled cell proliferation and metastasis are the two well-known manifestations of melanoma. We hypothesized that metapristone, a potential cancer metastatic chemopreventive agent derived from mifepristone (RU486), had a dual function to fight cancer. In the present study, our findings clearly demonstrated that metapristone had modest cytostatic effect in melanoma cells. Metapristone inhibited cell viability and induced both early and late apoptosis in B16F10 and A375 cells in a time- and concentrate-dependent manner...
June 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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