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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345754/second-to-fourth-digit-ratio-2d-4d-is-unrelated-to-measures-of-somatic-reproductive-effort-among-young-men-from-cebu-the-philippines
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Alexander V Georgiev, Calen P Ryan, Lee T Gettler, Thomas W McDade, Christopher W Kuzawa
OBJECTIVES: A low second-to-fourth (2D:4D) digit ratio, a retrospective marker of high prenatal androgens, predicts increased investment in costly sexually dimorphic traits in men in some studies, although results are mixed. Here we test the hypothesis that the association of low 2D:4D ratios with increased muscularity and decreased adiposity depends on current testosterone (T) levels, such that digit ratio will be a particularly strong predictor of outcomes among men exhibiting a mating-effort-oriented endocrinological profile (high T)...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343933/testing-the-immunocompetence-handicap-hypothesis-testosterone-manipulation-does-not-affect-wound-healing-in-male-salamanders
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Jessica R Thomas, Sarah K Woodley
In vertebrates, a bidirectional relationship exists between the immune system and the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. In addition, sexual dimorphism in immunity has been documented in many vertebrates as well as some invertebrates, and males are generally less immunocompetent than their female counterparts. A possible explanation for this is described by the immunocompetence handicap hypothesis (ICHH), which proposes that elevated testosterone (T) levels direct resources towards the promotion of secondary sexual characteristics at a cost to immune function...
March 23, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341248/abnormal-lipid-lipoprotein-metabolism-and-high-plasma-testosterone-levels-in-male-but-not-female-aromatase-knockout-mice
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Akiko Amano, Yoshitaka Kondo, Yoshihiro Noda, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Noriaki Kawanishi, Shuichi Machida, Kazuteru Mitsuhashi, Takafumi Senmaru, Michiaki Fukui, Osamu Takaoka, Taisuke Mori, Jo Kitawaki, Masafumi Ono, Toshiji Saibara, Hiroshi Obayashi, Akihito Ishigami
Sex steroid hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone, are believed to play important roles in lipid metabolism. To elucidate the effects of estrogen depletion on lipid metabolism in male and female mice, we used aromatase-knockout (ArKO) mice, in which Cyp19 gene disruption prevented estrogen synthesis in vivo. These mice were divided into the following 4 groups: male and female ArKO mice and male and female wild-type (WT) mice. These mice were fed a normal-fat diet (13.6% fat) ad libitum. At 159 days after birth, the mice were tested for liver and plasma lipid content and hepatic hormone receptor- and lipid/lipoprotein metabolism-related gene expression...
March 21, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304393/the-effects-of-oestrogens-and-their-receptors-on-cardiometabolic-health
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REVIEW
Eugenia Morselli, Roberta S Santos, Alfredo Criollo, Michael D Nelson, Biff F Palmer, Deborah J Clegg
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of mortality in developed countries. The incidence of CVD is sexually dimorphic, and research has focused on the contribution of sex steroids to the development and progression of the cardiometabolic syndrome, which is defined as a clustering of interrelated risk factors that promote the development of atherosclerosis (which can lead to CVD) and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Data are inconclusive as to how sex steroids and their respective receptors increase or suppress the risk of developing the cardiometabolic syndrome and thus CVD...
March 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286991/cardiovascular-disease-in-women-is-it-different-to-men-the-role-of-sex-hormones
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G M C Rosano, I Spoletini, C Vitale
Cardiovascular disease in women differs in clinical presentation, pathophysiology and prognosis from that in men. The role of estrogens and androgens may help explain such sex dimorphisms, being involved in cardiac function, endothelial function and vascular tone. In particular, the cardioprotective effect of estrogen replacement therapy is observed in postmenopausal women in a time-dependent manner, i.e. when it is initiated at their first menopausal symptoms. Postmenopausal women, beyond aged men, may also benefit from testosterone supplementation therapy...
April 2017: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275215/roles-of-gata6-during-gonadal-development-in-japanese-flounder-gonadogenesis-regulation-of-gender-related-genes-estrogen-formation-and-gonadal-function-maintenance
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Zan Li, Xiumei Liu, Yan Sun, Jinxiang Liu, Yuezhong Liu, Mengxun Wang, Quanqi Zhang, Xubo Wang
GATA-binding protein 6 (GATA6), a highly-conserved transcription factor of the GATA family plays an important role in gonadal cell proliferation, differentiation and endoderm development. In this study, the full-length cDNA of GATA6 of Paralichthys olivaceus (Japanese flounder) was obtained. Phylogenetic, gene structure and synteny analyses demonstrated that GATA6 of P. olivaceus is homologous to that of teleosts and tetrapods. The P. olivaceus GATA6 transcript showed higher expression in testis than in ovary, demonstrating a sexually dimorphic gene expression...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262723/developmental-sex-differences-in-the-metabolism-of-cardiolipin-in-mouse-cerebral-cortex-mitochondria
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Estefanía Acaz-Fonseca, Ana Ortiz-Rodriguez, Ana B Lopez-Rodriguez, Luis M Garcia-Segura, Mariana Astiz
Cardiolipin (CL) is a mitochondrial-specific phospholipid. CL content and acyl chain composition are crucial for energy production. Given that estradiol induces CL synthesis in neurons, we aimed to assess CL metabolism in the cerebral cortex (CC) of male and female mice during early postnatal life, when sex steroids induce sex-dimorphic maturation of the brain. Despite the fact that total amount of CL was similar, its fatty acid composition differed between males and females at birth. In males, CL was more mature (lower saturation ratio) and the expression of the enzymes involved in synthetic and remodeling pathways was higher, compared to females...
March 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221827/hormonally-mediated-increases-in-sex-biased-gene-expression-accompany-the-breakdown-of-between-sex-genetic-correlations-in-a-sexually-dimorphic-lizard
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Robert M Cox, Christian L Cox, Joel W McGlothlin, Daren C Card, Audra L Andrew, Todd A Castoe
The evolution of sexual dimorphism is predicted to occur through reductions in between-sex genetic correlations (rmf) for shared traits, but the physiological and genetic mechanisms that facilitate these reductions remain largely speculative. Here, we use a paternal half-sibling breeding design in captive brown anole lizards (Anolis sagrei) to show that the development of sexual size dimorphism is mirrored by the ontogenetic breakdown of rmf for body size and growth rate. Using transcriptome data from the liver (which integrates growth and metabolism), we show that sex-biased gene expression also increases dramatically between ontogenetic stages bracketing this breakdown of rmf...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208851/2d-4d-ratio-and-its-implications-in-medicine
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Saravanakumar Jeevanandam, Prathibha K Muthu
Digit ratios, especially 2D:4D ratio, a potential proxy marker for prenatal androgen exposure shows sexual dimorphism. Existing literature and recent research show accumulating evidence on 2D:4D ratio showing correlations with various phenotypic traits in humans. Ratio of 2D:4D is found to correlate negatively to testosterone and positively to oestrogen in the foetus. Interestingly, it is constant since birth and not influenced by the adult hormone levels. Usually, males have lower ratios when compared to females...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179813/sex-differences-in-the-effects-of-androgens-acting-in-the-central-nervous-system-on-metabolism
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Jamie Morford, Franck Mauvais-Jarvis
One of the most sexually dimorphic aspects of metabolic regulation is the bidirectional modulation of glucose and energy homeostasis by testosterone in males and females. Testosterone deficiency predisposes men to metabolic dysfunction, with excess adiposity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes, whereas androgen excess predisposes women to insulin resistance, adiposity, and type 2 diabetes. This review discusses how testosterone acts in the central nervous system, and especially the hypothalamus, to promote metabolic homeostasis or dysfunction in a sexually dimorphic manner...
December 2016: Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119871/why-is-digit-ratio-correlated-to-sports-performance
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REVIEW
Tae Beom Kim, Khae Hawn Kim
Second to fourth digit ratio is the ratio of second to fourth digit length. It has been known that digit ratio is sexually dimorphic in humans, such that males tend to have lower digit ratio (longer fourth digits relative to second digits) than females. Digit ratio is thought to be a biomarker of the balance between fetal testosterone (FT) and fetal estrogen (FE) in a relatively narrow developmental window at the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. On the contrary, the relationships between digit ratio and levels of sex steroids in adults are not clear...
December 2016: Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070912/role-of-testosterone-and-y-chromosome-genes-for-the-masculinization-of-the-human-brain
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Ivanka Savic, Louise Frisen, Amirhossein Manzouri, Anna Nordenstrom, Angelica Lindén Hirschberg
Women with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS) have a male (46,XY) karyotype but no functional androgen receptors. Their condition, therefore, offers a unique model for studying testosterone effects on cerebral sex dimorphism. We present MRI data from 16 women with CAIS and 32 male (46,XY) and 32 female (46,XX) controls. METHODS: FreeSurfer software was employed to measure cortical thickness and subcortical structural volumes. Axonal connections, indexed by fractional anisotropy, (FA) were measured with diffusion tensor imaging, and functional connectivity with resting state fMRI...
January 10, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062481/sex-specific-effects-of-sex-steroids-on-alveolar-epithelial-na-transport
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Melanie Haase, Mandy Laube, Ulrich H Thome
Alveolar fluid clearance mediates perinatal lung transition to air breathing in newborn infants, which is accomplished by epithelial Na+ channels (ENaC) and the Na,K-ATPase. Male sex represents a major risk factor for developing respiratory distress, especially in preterm infants. We previously showed that male sex is associated with reduced epithelial Na+ transport, possibly contributing to the sexual dimorphism in newborn respiratory distress. This study aimed to determine sex-specific effects of sex steroids on epithelial Na+ transport...
January 6, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057567/prenatal-administration-of-letrozole-reduces-sdn-and-scn-volume-and-cell-number-independent-of-partner-preference-in-the-male-rat
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Sandra Olvera-Hernández, Miguel Tapia-Rodríguez, Dick F Swaab, Alonso Fernández-Guasti
During development, the exposure to testosterone, and its conversion to estradiol by an enzyme complex termed aromatase, appears to be essential in adult male rats for the expression of typical male sexual behavior and female-sex preference. Some hypothalamic areas are the supposed neural bases of sexual preference/orientation; for example, male-oriented rams have a reduced volume of the sexually dimorphic nucleus (oSDN), while in homosexual men this nucleus does not differ from that of heterosexual men. In contrast, homosexual men showed a larger number of vasopressinergic cells in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN)...
January 3, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028198/sex-dependent-regulation-of-aromatase-mediated-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-basolateral-amygdala
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Roland A Bender, Lepu Zhou, Ricardo Vierk, Nicola Brandt, Alexander Keller, Christine E Gee, Michael K E Schäfer, Gabriele M Rune
The basolateral amygdala (BLA) integrates sensory input from cortical and subcortical regions, a function that requires marked synaptic plasticity. Here we provide evidence that cytochrome P450 aromatase (AROM), the enzyme converting testosterone to 17β-estradiol (E2), contributes to the regulation of this plasticity in a sex-specific manner. We show that AROM is expressed in the BLA, particularly in the basolateral nucleus (BL), in male and female rodents. Systemic administration of the AROM inhibitor letrozole reduced spine synapse density in the BL of adult female mice but not in the BL of male mice...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990162/the-changes-of-serum-leptin-and-kisspeptin-levels-in-chinese-children-and-adolescents-in-different-pubertal-stages
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Hui Juan Zhu, Su Juan Li, Hui Pan, Naishi Li, Dian Xi Zhang, Lin Jie Wang, Hong Bo Yang, Qinyong Wu, Feng Ying Gong
The aim of the study is to investigate the changes of serum leptin and kisspeptin levels in children and adolescents with different pubertal stages and nutritional states. A total of 647 Chinese children and adolescents were recruited, and serum estradiol, testosterone, pituitary gonadotropins, leptin, and kisspeptin levels were measured. The results showed that serum leptin levels of boys in T2 stage were the highest among the five stages, while they showed a gradual increase from T1 to T5 stage in girls and reached the highest in T5 stage (P < 0...
2016: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986541/the-influence-of-androgens-on-hibernation-phenology-of-free-living-male-arctic-ground-squirrels
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M M Richter, B M Barnes, K M O'Reilly, A M Fenn, C L Buck
Free-living ground squirrel species are sexually dimorphic in hibernation phenology. The underlying causes of these differences are not yet known. Androgens, testosterone (T) in particular, inhibit hibernation. To determine the influence of endogenous androgens on annual timing of hibernation we first measured circulating levels of T and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), an adrenal androgen implicated in non-mating season aggression in other species, in free-living male arctic ground squirrels (Urocitellus parryii, AGS)...
March 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960112/digit-ratio-2d-4d-and-month-of-birth-a-link-to-the-solstitial-melatonin-testosterone-effect
#18
Anita Szwed, Magdalena Kosinska, John T Manning
BACKGROUND: Digit ratio (2D:4D) is a sexually dimorphic trait and its determination in utero is influenced by testosterone. The solstitial-melatonin-testosterone hypothesis posits that melatonin inhibits the production of foetal testosterone and melatonin levels are at their lowest in months when light levels are high. AIMS: We test the relationship between 2D:4D, month-of-birth and light levels. STUDY DESIGN: We recruited participants whose year of birth was spread across the 20th Century...
December 10, 2016: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956485/ovarian-control-of-growth-and-sexual-size-dimorphism-in-a-male-larger-gecko
#19
Lukáš Kubička, Tereza Schořálková, Jan Červenka, Lukáš Kratochvíl
Sexual size dimorphism (SSD) reflects sex-specific solutions to the allocation of energy among growth, reproduction and survival; however, the proximate mechanisms behind these solutions are still poorly known even in vertebrates. In squamates, sexual differences in body size used to be attributed to direct energy allocation to energetically demanding processes, largely to reproduction. In addition, SSD is assumed to be controlled by specific endogenous mechanisms regulating growth in a sex-specific manner, namely masculinization by male gonadal androgens, or feminization by ovarian hormones...
December 12, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890604/gender-dimorphism-in-pediatric-osa-is-it-for-real
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REVIEW
Pablo E Brockmann, Dorit Koren, Leila Kheirandish-Gozal, David Gozal
In epidemiologic studies focused on adults, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has higher prevalence in men than in women. The evidence supporting a gender-related discrepant prevalence of OSA is however much more tenuous in children. Here, we aimed to review the evidence concerning gender- based differences in the prevalence of OSA in children, and if so, to examine the evidence with the intent to identify potential factors that may account for this putative association. Gender-based perception and reporting of clinical manifestations of OSA may be modulated by several social and cultural factors in children...
November 23, 2016: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
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