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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609670/differential-effects-of-the-18-kda-translocator-protein-tspo-ligand-etifoxine-on-steroidogenesis-in-rat-brain-plasma-and-steroidogenic-glands-pharmacodynamic-studies
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Philippe Liere, Antoine Pianos, Jean-Paul Oudinet, Michael Schumacher, Yvette Akwa
Etifoxine is indicated in humans for treating anxiety. In rodents, besides its anxiolytic-like properties, it has recently shown neuroprotective and neuroregenerative activities. It acts by enhancing GABAA receptor function and by stimulating acute steroid biosynthesis via the activation of the 18-kDa translocator protein. However, the regulatory action of etifoxine on steroid production is not well characterized. In this work, we performed dose-response, acute and chronic time-course experiments on the effects of intraperitoneal injections of etifoxine on steroid levels in adult male rat brain and plasma analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry...
June 3, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609669/sex-differences-in-associations-between-white-matter-microstructure-and-gonadal-hormones-in-children-and-adolescents-with-prenatal-alcohol-exposure
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K A Uban, M M Herting, J R Wozniak, E R Sowell
Despite accumulating evidence from animal models demonstrating that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) results in life-long neuroendocrine dysregulation, very little is known on this topic among humans with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). We expected that alterations in gonadal hormones might interfere with the typical development of white matter (WM) myelination, and in a sex-dependent manner, in human adolescents with FASD. In order to investigate this hypothesis, we used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to assess: 1) whether or not sex moderates the impact of PAE on WM microstructure; and 2) how gonadal hormones relate to alterations in WM microstructure in children and adolescents affected by PAE...
May 26, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603901/blunted-insula-activation-reflects-increased-risk-and-reward-seeking-as-an-interaction-of-testosterone-administration-and-the-maoa-polymorphism
#3
Lisa Wagels, Mikhail Votinov, Sina Radke, Benjamin Clemens, Christian Montag, Sonja Jung, Ute Habel
Testosterone, a male sex hormone, has been suggested to partly explain mixed findings in males and females when investigating behavioral tendencies associated with the MAOA polymorphism. Prior studies indicated that the MAOA polymorphism represents a vulnerability factor for financial risk-taking and harm avoidance and that testosterone increases human risk-taking. We therefore assumed an interactive influence of the MAOA polymorphism and testosterone application on decision making and corresponding neural correlates in a risk and reward context...
June 12, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601516/exposure-to-e2-and-ee2-environmental-concentrations-affect-different-components-of-the-brain-pituitary-gonadal-axis-in-pejerrey-fish-odontesthes-bonariensis
#4
Ángela Gárriz, Pamela S Del Fresno, Leandro A Miranda
The present study focuses on the effects of E2 and EE2 environmental concentrations on different components of the reproductive axis of pejerrey (Odontesthes bonariensis), a native fish species from Pampas lakes of Argentina. The results obtained demonstrated that E2 and EE2 separate or mixed, could disrupt key pathways of the pejerrey Brain-Pituitary-Gonadal axis. First, it was observed that at the brain level, gnrh-III and cyp19a1b mRNA expression increased significantly in the exposed fish. Secondly, in the pituitary fshb and lhb mRNA expression levels, the study did not show any differences between treated and control groups...
June 8, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590577/non-neural-androgen-receptors-affect-sexual-differentiation-of-brain-and-behavior
#5
REVIEW
D A Monks, A Swift-Gallant
Although gonadal testosterone is the principal endocrine factor that promotes masculine traits in mammals, the development of a male phenotype requires local production of both androgenic and estrogenic signals within target tissues. Much of our knowledge concerning androgenic components of testosterone signaling in sexual differentiation comes from studies of androgen receptor (Ar) loss of function mutants. Here, we review these studies of loss of Ar function and of AR overexpression either globally or selectively in the nervous system of mice...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585265/past-present-and-future-of-epigenetics-in-brain-sexual-differentiation
#6
REVIEW
Nancy G Forger
Sexual differentiation has long been considered "epigenetic," although the meaning of that word has shifted over time. Here we track the evolution of ideas about epigenetics in sexual differentiation, and identify principles that have emerged from recent studies. Experiments manipulating a particular epigenetic mechanism during neonatal life demonstrate a role for both histone acetylation and DNA methylation in the development of sex differences in the brain and behavior of rodents. In addition, hormone-dependent sex differences in the number of neurons of a particular phenotype may be programmed by differences in DNA methylation early in life...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576650/steroid-metabolism-in-the-brain-from-bird-watching-to-molecular-biology-a-personal-journey
#7
REVIEW
Jacques Balthazart
Since Arnold Adolph Berthold established in 1849 the critical role of the testes in the activation of male sexual behavior, intensive research has identified many sophisticated neurochemical and molecular mechanisms mediating this action. Studies in Japanese quail demonstrated the critical role of testosterone action and of testosterone aromatization in the sexually dimorphic medial preoptic nucleus in the activation of male copulatory behavior. The development of an immunohistochemical visualization of brain aromatase in quail then allowed further refinement in the localization of the sites of neuroestrogens production...
June 4, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576649/anti-androgenic-effects-of-bisphenol-a-on-spatial-memory-and-synaptic-plasticity-of-the-hippocampus-in-mice
#8
Zhaoqing Fang, Qingjie Zhu, Ting Gu, Xiuying Shen, Yang Yang, Yufeng Liang, Zigui Zhang, Xiaohong Xu
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a common environmental endocrine disruptor. Our recent studies found that exposure to BPA in both adolescent and adulthood sex-specifically impaired spatial memory in male mice. In this study, 11-week-old gonadectomied (GDX) male mice daily received subcutaneous injections of testosterone propionate (TP, 0.5mg/kg), TP and BPA (0.4 and 4mg/kg), or vehicle for 45days. The results of Morris water maze task showed that exposure to BPA did not affect the spatial memory of GDX mice but impaired that of sham (4mg/kg/day) and TP-treated GDX mice (0...
June 8, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573655/testosterone-effects-on-pain-and-brain-activation-patterns
#9
J C Choi, Y-H Park, S K Park, J S Lee, J Kim, J I Choi, K B Yoon, S Lee, D E Lim, J Y Choi, M H Kim, G Park, S S Choi, J-M Lee
BACKGROUND: This study investigated whether pain and pain-related unpleasantness ratings were altered by blood testosterone levels. We also investigated whether activation of brain regions that represent pain intensity [primary somatosensory cortex (S1)] and pain-related unpleasantness [perigenual ACC (pACC) and orbitofrontal cortex (OFC)] were affected by blood testosterone levels. METHODS: Twenty-six healthy men were recruited. Blood testosterone levels were measured before fMRI scanning...
July 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555252/the-perinatal-effects-of-maternal-caffeine-intake-on-fetal-and-neonatal-brain-levels-of-testosterone-estradiol-and-dihydrotestosterone-in-rats
#10
S Karaismailoglu, M Tuncer, S Bayrak, G Erdogan, E L Ergun, A Erdem
Testosterone, estradiol, and dihydrotestosterone are the main sex steroid hormones responsible for the organization and sexual differentiation of brain structures during early development. The hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical axis, adrenal cells, and gonads play a key role in the production of sex steroids and express adenosine receptors. Caffeine is a non-selective adenosine antagonist; therefore, it can modulate metabolic pathways in these tissues. Besides, the proportion of pregnant women that consume caffeine is ∼60%...
May 29, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550793/acute-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonist-treatment-enhances-extinction-memory-in-male-rats
#11
L Y Maeng, M B Taha, K K Cover, S S Glynn, M Murillo, K Lebron-Milad, M R Milad
Leuprolide acetate (LEU), also known as Lupron, is commonly used to treat prostate cancer in men. As a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) receptor agonist, it initially stimulates the release of gonadal hormones, testosterone (T) and estradiol. This surge eventually suppresses these hormones, preventing the further growth and spread of cancer cells. Individuals receiving this treatment often report anxiety and cognitive changes, but LEU's effects on the neural mechanisms that are involved in anxiety during the trajectory of treatment are not well known...
May 17, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523611/exogenous-phosphatidylcholine-supplementation-retrieve-aluminum-induced-toxicity-in-male-albino-rats
#12
Asmaa Fahmy Khafaga
This study investigated the ameliorative potential of exogenous phosphatidylcholine (PC) against aluminum-induced toxicity in male albino rats. Four groups of rats were used for this study (N = 8): group I served as the control, group II (PC treated) received L-α-phosphatidylcholine (egg yolk-derived) 100 mg/kg bwt/day orally, group III (aluminum treated) received aluminum chloride 100 mg/kg bwt/day orally, and group VI (aluminum + PC treated) received similar oral dose of aluminum and PC (100 mg/kg bwt/day)...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502742/seasonal-changes-of-androgen-receptor-estrogen-receptors-and-aromatase-expression-in-the-hippocampus-of-the-wild-male-ground-squirrels-citellus-dauricus-brandt
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Fengwei Zhang, Yu Wang, Wentao Han, Junjie Wang, Haolin Zhang, Xia Sheng, Zhengrong Yuan, Qiang Weng, Yingying Han
The wild ground squirrel is a typical seasonal breeder whose annual life cycle can be roughly divided into the breeding season, the post-breeding season and hibernation. Our previous study has reported the seasonal changes in the expressions of androgen receptor (AR), estrogen receptors α and β (ERα and ERβ), and aromatase cytochrome P450 (P450arom) in the hypothalamus of male wild ground squirrels. To further seek evidence of seasonal expression of steroid hormone receptors and steroid hormone synthases in other brain regions, we investigated the protein and mRNA expressions of AR, ERα, ERβ and P450arom in the hippocampus of the male wild ground squirrels during these different reproductive periods...
August 1, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497912/testosterone-replacement-therapy-long-term-safety-and-efficacy
#14
REVIEW
Giovanni Corona, Alessandra Sforza, Mario Maggi
Recent position statements and guidelines have raised the distinction between a true and false, age-related hypogonadism (HG) or late-onset hypogonadism (LOH). The former is the consequence of congenital or acquired "organic" damage of the brain centers or of the testis. The latter is mainly secondary to age-related comorbidities and does not require testosterone (T) therapy (TTh). In addition, concerns related to cardiovascular (CV) safety have further increased the scepticism related to TTh. In this paper, we reviewed the available evidence supporting the efficacy of TTh in non-organic HG and its long term safety...
April 30, 2017: World Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495656/dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate-augments-blood-brain-barrier-and-tight-junction-protein-expression-in-brain-endothelial-cells
#15
Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Georgios Scheiner-Bobis
Tight junctions (TJ) between brain endothelial cells are essential for formation and maintenance of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Although loss of BBB integrity is associated with several neuropathological disorders, treatments that augment or stabilise the BBB are scarce. Here we show that physiological concentrations of dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) stimulate the expression of the TJ proteins zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1) and claudin-3 in the brain-derived endothelial cell line bEnd.3 and promote TJ formation between neighbouring cells, demonstrated by augmented transendothelial resistance across cell monolayers...
May 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490267/darolutamide-odm-201-for-the-treatment-of-prostate-cancer
#16
Neal D Shore
Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is a mainstay initial treatment for advanced hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (HSPC), but disease progression to castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) invariably occurs when patients do not succumb to another disease or comorbidity. Recognition that the androgen receptor (AR) axis continues to drive disease progression has led to the development of several AR-directed approved agents, including abiraterone acetate and enzalutamide. An investigational agent, darolutamide (ODM-201, BAY-1841788), has completed early-phase clinical trials, and two global phase III trials are currently accruing patients...
June 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489322/developmental-effects-of-androgens-in-the-human-brain
#17
REVIEW
Tuong-Vi Nguyen
Neuroendocrine theories of brain development posit that androgens play a crucial role in sex-specific cortical growth, but little is known about the differential effects of testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) on cortico-limbic development and cognition during adolescence. In this context, the NIH Study of Normal Brain Development, a longitudinal study of typically developing children and adolescents 4 to 24 years of age (n=433), offered a unique opportunity to examine the developmental effects of androgens on cortico-limbic maturation and cognition...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483475/dual-action-of-neuro-estrogens-in-the-regulation-of-male-sexual-behavior
#18
Charlotte Anne Cornil, Catherine de Bournonville
Estrogens derived from brain testosterone aromatization (neuro-estrogens) are critical for the activation of male sexual behavior. Their effects on this behavior are typically associated with long-term changes in circulating levels of testosterone and the transcriptional activity of their liganded nuclear receptors. According to this view, neuro-estrogens would prime the neural circuits controlling the long-term expression of behavior, which would then be acutely regulated by neurotransmitter systems conveying information from the social environment...
May 5, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475292/long-term-follow-up-of-endocrine-function-among-young-children-with-newly-diagnosed-malignant-central-nervous-system-tumors-treated-with-irradiation-avoiding-regimens
#19
Anne M Cochrane, Clement Cheung, Kasey Rangan, David Freyer, Leena Nahata, Girish Dhall, Jonathan L Finlay
BACKGROUND: The adverse effects of irradiation on endocrine function among patients with pediatric brain tumor are well documented. Intensive induction chemotherapy followed by marrow-ablative chemotherapy with autologous hematopoietic cell rescue (AuHCR) without central nervous system (CNS) irradiation has demonstrated efficacy in a proportion of very young children with some malignant CNS tumors. This study assessed the long-term endocrine function of young children following chemotherapy-only treatment regimens...
May 5, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472669/the-role-of-estrogen-g-protein-coupled-receptor-30-gpr30-and-sexual-experience-in-sexual-incentive-motivation-in-male-rats
#20
W R Hawley, C Battista, S R Divack, N B Morales Núñez
Male rats exhibit reductions in sexual motivation following systemic administration of drugs that inhibit the conversion of testosterone to estrogen, which indicates that estrogen signaling plays a role in male rat sexual motivation. Given that estrogen G-protein coupled receptor 30 (GPR30) is expressed in brain areas that are important for male sexual behaviors and endocrine function, the primary aim of the current study was to examine the role that GPR30 plays in sexual motivation in both sexually naïve and sexually experienced male rats...
May 1, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
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