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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138241/decorin-a-growth-hormone-regulated-protein-in-humans
#1
Neha Bahl, Glenn Stone, Mark McLean, Ken K Y Ho, Vita Birzniece
CONTEXT: Growth hormone (GH) stimulates connective tissue and muscle growth, an effect that is potentiated by testosterone. Decorin, a myokine and a connective tissue protein, stimulates connective tissue accretion and muscle hypertrophy. Whether GH and testosterone regulate decorin in humans is not known. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether decorin is stimulated by GH and testosterone. DESIGN: Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study...
November 14, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097367/sex-chromosome-complement-defines-diffuse-versus-focal-angiotensin-ii-induced-aortic-pathology
#2
Yasir Alsiraj, Sean E Thatcher, Eric Blalock, Bradley Fleenor, Alan Daugherty, Lisa A Cassis
OBJECTIVE: Aortic pathologies exhibit sexual dimorphism, with aneurysms in both the thoracic and abdominal aorta (ie, abdominal aortic aneurysm [AAA]) exhibiting higher male prevalence. Women have lower prevalence of aneurysms, but when they occur, aneurysms progress rapidly. To define mechanisms for these sex differences, we determined the role of sex chromosome complement and testosterone on the location and progression of angiotensin II (AngII)-induced aortic pathologies. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We used transgenic male mice expressing Sry on an autosome to create Ldlr (low-density lipoprotein receptor)-deficient male mice with an XY or XX sex chromosome complement...
November 2, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065927/the-protective-role-of-estrogen-and-estrogen-receptors-in-cardiovascular-disease-and-the-controversial-use-of-estrogen-therapy
#3
REVIEW
Andrea Iorga, Christine M Cunningham, Shayan Moazeni, Gregoire Ruffenach, Soban Umar, Mansoureh Eghbali
Epidemiologic studies have previously suggested that premenopausal females have reduced incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) when compared to age-matched males, and the incidence and severity of CVD increases postmenopause. The lower incidence of cardiovascular disease in women during reproductive age is attributed at least in part to estrogen (E2). E2 binds to the traditional E2 receptors (ERs), estrogen receptor alpha (ERα), and estrogen receptor beta (ERβ), as well as the more recently identified G-protein-coupled ER (GPR30), and can exert both genomic and non-genomic actions...
October 24, 2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063642/neonatal-maternal-separation-opposes-the-facilitatory-effect-of-castration-on-the-respiratory-response-to-hypercapnia-of-the-adult-male-rat-evidence-for-the-involvement-of-the-medial-amygdala
#4
Luana Tenorio-Lopes, Mathilde S Henry, Danuzia Marques, Marie-Ève Tremblay, Guy Drolet, Frederic Bretzner, Richard Kinkead
Respiratory manifestations of panic disorder (PD) include a greater respiratory instability and enhanced responsiveness to CO2 compared to normal individuals. While the prevalence of PD is ~3 times greater in women compared with men, the origins of this sexual dimorphism remain poorly understood. Much like PD patients, adult female rats previously subjected to neonatal maternal separation (NMS) show an increase in their ventilatory response to CO2 . Because this effect of NMS is not observed in males, we hypothesized that testosterone prevents NMS-induced hyper-responsiveness to CO2 ...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063284/androgen-receptors-and-muscle-a-key-mechanism-underlying-life-history-trade-offs
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REVIEW
D Ashley Monks, Melissa M Holmes
Sexual dimorphism in skeletal muscle is prominent in mammals, with males typically having larger and stronger muscles than females. Furthermore, neuromuscular systems with sexual functions are remarkably sexually dimorphic in a wide variety of vertebrates. Endocrine mechanisms are of central importance for sexual differentiation of these traits, and anabolic actions of gonadal testosterone have been intensively studied. Here we review the relationship between androgen receptor (AR) and sexual differentiation of neuromuscular systems...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037971/to-fight-or-mate-hormonal-control-of-sex-recognition-male-sexual-behavior-and-aggression-in-the-gecko-lizard
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Tereza Schořálková, Lukáš Kratochvíl, Lukáš Kubička
Squamate reptiles are a highly diversified vertebrate group with extensive variability in social behavior and sexual dimorphism. However, hormonal control of these traits has not previously been investigated in sufficient depth in many squamate lineages. Here, we studied the hormonal control of male sexual behavior, aggressiveness, copulatory organ (hemipenis) size and sex recognition in the gecko Paroedura picta, comparing ovariectomized females, ovariectomized females treated with exogenous dihydrotestosterone (DHT), ovariectomized females treated with exogenous testosterone (T), control females and males...
October 23, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992603/sex-steroid-hormones-and-sex-hormone-binding-globulin-levels-cyp17-msp-ai-34t-c-and-cyp19-codon-39-trp-arg-variants-in-children-with-developmental-stuttering
#7
Hiwa Mohammadi, Mohammad Taghi Joghataei, Zohreh Rahimi, Faezeh Faghihi, Habibolah Khazaie, Hashem Farhangdoost, Masoud Mehrpour
Developmental stuttering is known to be a sexually dimorphic and male-biased speech motor control disorder. In the present case-control study, we investigated the relationship between developmental stuttering and steroid hormones. Serum levels of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), oestradiol, progesterone, cortisol, and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), as well as the 2nd/4th digit ratio (2D:4D), an indicator of prenatal testosterone level, were compared between children who stutter (CWS) and children who do not stutter (CWNS)...
October 6, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28977609/gonadal-hormone-dependent-sexual-differentiation-of-a-female-biased-sexually-dimorphic-cell-group-in-the-principal-nucleus-of-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-in-mice
#8
Masahiro Morishita, Sho Maejima, Shinji Tsukahara
We recently reported a female-biased sexually dimorphic area in the mouse brain in the boundary region between the preoptic area and the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST). We reexamined this area and found that it is a ventral part of the principal nucleus of the BNST (BNSTp). The BNSTp is a male-biased sexually dimorphic nucleus, but the ventral part of the BNSTp (BNSTpv) exhibits female-biased sex differences in volume and neuron number. The volume and neuron number of the BNSTpv were increased in males by neonatal orchiectomy and decreased in females by treatment with testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, or estradiol within 5 days after birth...
October 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963671/dimorphic-expression-of-sex-related-genes-in-different-gonadal-development-stages-of-sterlet-acipenser-ruthenus-a-primitive-fish-species
#9
Wei Wang, Hua Zhu, Ying Dong, ZhaoHui Tian, Tian Dong, HongXia Hu, CuiJuan Niu
Molecular mechanism of sex determination and differentiation of sturgeon, a primitive fish species, is extraordinarily important due to the valuable caviar; however, it is still poorly known. The present work aimed to identify the major genes involved in regulating gonadal development of sterlet, a small species of sturgeon, from 13 candidate genes which have been shown to relate to gonadal differentiation and development in other teleost fish. The sex and gonadal development of sterlets were determined by histological observation and levels of sex steroids testosterone (T), 11-ketotestosterone (11-KT), and 17β-estradiol (E2) in serum...
December 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963611/sexual-dimorphism-in-innate-immunity
#10
REVIEW
Sébastien Jaillon, Kevin Berthenet, Cecilia Garlanda
Sexual dimorphisms account for differences in clinical manifestations or incidence of infectious or autoimmune diseases and malignancy between females and males. Females develop enhanced innate and adaptive immune responses than males and are less susceptible to many infections of bacterial, viral, parasitic, and fungal origin and malignancies but in contrast, they are more prone to develop autoimmune diseases. The higher susceptibility to infections in males is observed from birth to adulthood, suggesting that sex chromosomes and not sex hormones have a major role in sexual dimorphism in innate immunity...
September 30, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935580/higher-growth-rate-and-gene-expression-in-male-zebra-finch-embryos-are-independent-of-manipulation-of-maternal-steroids-in-the-eggs
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Dorota Lutyk, Makhsud Tagirov, Szymon Drobniak, Joanna Rutkowska
Sexual dimorphism in prenatal development is widespread among vertebrates, including birds. Its mechanism remains unclear, although it has been attributed to the effect of maternal steroid hormones. The aim of this study was to investigate how increased levels of steroid hormones in the eggs influence early embryonic development of male and female offspring. We also asked whether maternal hormones take part in the control of sex-specific expression of the genes involved in prenatal development. We experimentally manipulated hormones' concentrations in the egg yolk by injecting zebra finch females prior to ovulation with testosterone or corticosterone...
December 1, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912255/sex-hormones-and-the-development-of-sexual-size-dimorphism-dihydrotestosterone-inhibits-growth-in-a-female-larger-lizard-sceloporus-undulatus
#12
Nicholas B Pollock, Stephanie Feigin, Marko Drazenovic, Henry B John-Alder
Sexual differences in adult body size (sexual size dimorphism; SSD) and color (sexual dichromatism) are widespread, and both male- and female-biased dimorphisms are observed even among closely related species. A growing body of evidence indicates testosterone (T) can regulate growth, thus the development of SSD, and sexual dichromatism. However, the mechanism(s) underlying these effects are conjectural, including possible conversions of T to estradiol (E2) or 5 α-dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In the present study, we hypothesized that effects of T are physiological responses mediated by androgen receptors, and we tested two specific predictions: 1) that DHT would mimic effects of T by inhibiting growth and enhancing coloration, and 2) that removal of endogenous T via surgical castration would stimulate growth...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28839245/hypermasculinised-facial-morphology-in-boys-and-girls-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-its-association-with-symptomatology
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Diana Weiting Tan, Syed Zulqarnain Gilani, Murray T Maybery, Ajmal Mian, Anna Hunt, Mark Walters, Andrew J O Whitehouse
Elevated prenatal testosterone exposure has been associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and facial masculinity. By employing three-dimensional (3D) photogrammetry, the current study investigated whether prepubescent boys and girls with ASD present increased facial masculinity compared to typically-developing controls. There were two phases to this research. 3D facial images were obtained from a normative sample of 48 boys and 53 girls (3.01-12.44 years old) to determine typical facial masculinity/femininity...
August 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831954/effects-of-different-dietary-dha-epa-ratios-on-gonadal-steroidogenesis-in-the-marine-teleost-tongue-sole-cynoglossus-semilaevis
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Houguo Xu, Lin Cao, Yuliang Wei, Yuanqin Zhang, Mengqing Liang
The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of dietary DHA and EPA on gonadal steroidogenesis in mature females and males, with a feeding trial on tongue sole, a typical marine teleost with sexual dimorphism. Three experimental diets differing basically in DHA:EPA ratio, that is, 0·68 (diet D:E-0·68), 1·09 (D:E-1·09) and 2·05 (D:E-2·05), were randomly assigned to nine tanks of 3-year-old tongue sole (ten females and fifteen males in each tank). The feeding trail lasted for 90 d before and during the spawning season...
August 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768472/phenotypic-integration-mediated-by-hormones-associations-among-digit-ratios-body-size-and-testosterone-during-tadpole-development
#15
Leandro Lofeu, Renata Brandt, Tiana Kohlsdorf
BACKGROUND: Developmental associations often explain phenotypic integration. The intersected hormonal regulation of ontogenetic processes fosters predictions of steroid-mediated phenotypic integration among sexually dimorphic traits, a statement defied by associations between classical dimorphism predictors (e.g. body size) and traits that apparently lack sex-specific functions (e.g. ratios between the lengths of Digits II and IV - 2D:4D). Developmental bases of female-biased 2D:4D have been identified, but these remain unclear for taxa presenting male-biased 2D:4D (e...
August 2, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739507/neuroactive-steroids-and-diabetic-complications-in-the-nervous-system
#16
REVIEW
S Giatti, R Mastrangelo, M D'Antonio, M Pesaresi, S Romano, S Diviccaro, D Caruso, N Mitro, R C Melcangi
Important complications of diabetes mellitus in the nervous system are represented by diabetic peripheral neuropathy and diabetic encephalopathy. In this context, an important link is represented by neuroactive steroids (i.e., steroids coming from peripheral glands and affecting nervous functionality as well as directly synthesized in the nervous system). Indeed, diabetes does not only affect the reproductive axis and consequently the levels of sex steroid hormones, but also those of neuroactive steroids. Indeed, as will be here summarized, the levels of these neuromodulators present in the central and peripheral nervous system are affected by the pathology in a sex-dimorphic way...
July 21, 2017: Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660243/effects-of-selective-deletion-of-tyrosine-hydroxylase-from-kisspeptin-cells-on-puberty-and-reproduction-in-male-and-female-mice
#17
Shannon B Z Stephens, Melvin L Rouse, Kristen P Tolson, Reanna B Liaw, Ruby A Parra, Navi Chahal, Alexander S Kauffman
The neuropeptide kisspeptin, encoded by Kiss1, regulates reproduction by stimulating GnRH secretion. Kiss1-syntheizing neurons reside primarily in the hypothalamic anteroventral periventricular (AVPV/PeN) and arcuate (ARC) nuclei. AVPV/PeN Kiss1 neurons are sexually dimorphic, with females expressing more Kiss1 than males, and participate in estradiol (E2)-induced positive feedback control of GnRH secretion. In mice, most AVPV/PeN Kiss1 cells coexpress tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), the rate-limiting enzyme in catecholamine synthesis (in this case, dopamine)...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649252/sexual-dimorphic-responses-in-lymphocytes-of-healthy-individuals-after-carica-papaya-consumption
#18
Nur Ramziahrazanah Jumat, Mun Yee Chong, Zainina Seman, Rosita Jamaluddin, Nyet Kui Wong, Maha Abdullah
Sexual dimorphism in immune response is widely recognized, but few human studies have observed this distinction. Food with endo-immunomodulatory potential may reveal novel sex-biased in vivo interactions. Immunomodulatory effects of Carica papaya were compared between healthy male and female individuals. Volunteers were given fixed meals supplemented with papaya for 2 days. Changes in blood immune profiles and hormone levels were determined. In females, total natural killer (NK) cell percentages decreased (12...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647490/sex-biased-eicosanoid-biology-impact-for-sex-differences-in-inflammation-and-consequences-for-pharmacotherapy
#19
REVIEW
Simona Pace, Lidia Sautebin, Oliver Werz
The incidence, severity and progression of autoimmune diseases (e.g. scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis) and certain inflammatory diseases (e.g. asthma) are sex-biased where these pathologies dominate in women. However, other immune disorders such as sepsis, post-surgery infections and gout display higher incidence and severity in men. The molecular and cellular basis underlying this sex dimorphism remains incompletely elucidated but may provide important insights for sex-specific pharmacotherapy...
June 22, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613048/is-the-second-to-fourth-digit-ratio-2d-4d-a-biomarker-of-sex-steroids-activity
#20
Vincenzo de Sanctis, Ashraf T Soliman, Heba Elsedfy, Nada Soliman, Rania Elalaily, Salvatore Di Maio
The second-to-fourth digit ratio (2D:4D) has been used as an indirect method to investigate the putative effects of prenatal exposure to androgens, and has been reported to be smaller in males than in females. This gender difference in digit length ratios has been linked with the in utero balance of androgens to oestrogen. This sexual dimorphism in 2D:4D ratios is apparent by 2 years of age and seems to be established early in life, possibly by the 14th week of gestation. Digits in females attain their maximum length at about 2...
June 2017: Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews: PER
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