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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225044/fear-extinction-in-an-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-animal-model-influence-of-sex-and-estrous-cycle
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Adriano Edgar Reimer, Amanda Ribeiro de Oliveira, Juliana Belo Diniz, Marcelo Queiroz Hoexter, Euripedes Constantino Miguel, Mohammed Ragib Milad, Marcus Lira Brandão
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a neuropsychiatric condition that affects men and women equally, but with a sexually dimorphic pattern of development. Reproductive cycle events can influence symptom severity of OCD in females, indicating that ovarian hormones or their interaction with distinct neurotransmitter systems may play a role in OCD pathophysiology. Clinical studies and animal models have confirmed the importance of the serotonergic (5-HT) system in the neurobiology and treatment of OCD. Accordingly, the non-selective 5-HT2c agonist, meta-chlorophenylpiperazine (mCPP), exacerbates symptoms in untreated OCD patients...
December 7, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223873/molecular-characterization-and-expression-profiles-of-lpxrfa-at-the-brain-pituitary-gonad-axis-of-half-smooth-tongue-sole-cynoglossus-semilaevis-during-ovarian-maturation
#2
Bin Wang, Quan Liu, Xuezhou Liu, Yongjiang Xu, Bao Shi
Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH) has been characterized by its ability to inhibit either basal or gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)-induced gonadotropin synthesis and release in birds and mammals. However, the physiological role of GnIH on the reproductive axis in fish remains inconclusive, with most studies focusing on the orders Cypriniformes and Perciformes. To gain insight into the role of GnIH in the regulation of reproduction in the order Pleuronectiformes, we first cloned the LPXRFa gene, the piscine ortholog of GnIH, in the half-smooth tongue sole...
December 6, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223677/the-hypothalamus-pituitary-gonad-axis-tales-of-mice-and-men
#3
REVIEW
Athina Kaprara, Ilpo T Huhtaniemi
Reproduction is controlled by the hypothalamic - pituitary - gonadal (HPG) axis. Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons play a central role in this axis through production of GnRH, which binds to a membrane receptor on pituitary gonadotrophs and stimulates the biosynthesis and secretion of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). Multiple factors affect GnRH neuron migration, GnRH gene expression, GnRH pulse generator, GnRH secretion, GnRH receptor expression, and gonadotropin synthesis and release...
December 6, 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209900/effect-of-testosterone-on-trpv1-expression-in-a-model-of-orofacial-myositis-pain-in-the-rat
#4
Xiaofeng Bai, Xia Zhang, Qing Zhou
Recent clinical studies have revealed sex differences in response to transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) agonist-induced pain. However, the mechanism of these differences in TRPV1-related chronic pain remains unclear. In the present study, we investigate the effects of inflammation and gonadal hormones on TRPV1 expression in trigeminal ganglia. Inflammatory pain was modeled by injecting complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) into the left masseter muscle in rats. TRPV1 mRNA and protein levels in the trigeminal ganglia of male and female rats following CFA injection were assessed...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208686/effects-of-growth-hormone-administration-on-luteinizing-hormone-secretion-in-healthy-older-men-and-women
#5
Ranganath Muniyappa, Shannon D Sullivan, Sri Harsha Tella, Brent S Abel, S Mitchell Harman, Marc R Blackman
The known interactions between the somatotropic and hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axes have not been well delineated in older individuals. Aging-associated decline in insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) levels has been proposed to play a role in reproductive senescence in animals. However, the effects of GH on LH secretion are unknown in older individuals. Our objective was to determine whether GH modulates LH secretion or levels of sex steroids (SS) in healthy older (ages 65-88 years) men (n = 24) and women (n = 24) with low-normal plasma IGF-1 levels...
December 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208362/feminizing-effects-of-exposure-to-corexit-enhanced-water-accommodated-fraction-of-crude-oil-in-vitro-on-sex-determination-in-alligator-mississippiensis
#6
Cameron E Williams, Nicole A McNabb, Arnold Brunell, Russell H Lowers, Yoshinao Katsu, Demetri D Spyropoulos, Satomi Kohno
Deepwater Horizon spilled over 200 million gallons of oil into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. In an effort to contain the spill, chemical dispersants were applied to minimize the amount of oil reaching coastal shorelines. However, the biological impacts of chemically-dispersed oil are not well characterized, and there is a particular lack of knowledge concerning sublethal long-term effects of exposure. This study examined potential estrogenic effects of CWAF, Corexit 9500-enhanced water-accommodated fraction of oil, by examining its effect on estrogen receptors and sex determination in the American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis...
December 2, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203165/sex-hormone-levels-in-the-brain-of-d-aspartate-treated-rats
#7
Maria Maddalena Di Fiore, Alessandra Santillo, Sara Falvo, Gabriella Chieffi Baccari, Massimo Venditti, Federica Di Giacomo Russo, Monica Lispi, Antimo D'Aniello
d-Aspartate (d-Asp) is an endogenous amino acid present in the central nervous system and endocrine glands of various animal taxa. d-Asp is implicated in neurotransmission, physiology of learning, and memory processes. In gonads, it plays a crucial role in sex hormone synthesis. We have investigated the effects of chronic (30 days d-Asp drinking solution) and acute (i.p. injection of 2μmol/g bw d-Asp) treatments on sex steroid synthesis in rat brain. Furthermore, to verify the direct effect of d-Asp on neurosteroidogenic enzyme activities, brain homogenates were incubated with different substrates (cholesterol, progesterone, or testosterone) with or without the addition of d-Asp...
December 1, 2017: Comptes Rendus Biologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203121/using-a-memory-systems-lens-to-view-the-effects-of-estrogens-on-cognition-implications-for-human-health
#8
Donna L Korol, Wei Wang
Understanding the organizing and activating effects of gonadal steroids on adult physiology can guide insight into sex differences in and hormonal influences on health and disease, ranging from diabetes and other metabolic disorders, emotion and stress regulation, substance abuse, pain perception, immune function and inflammation, cognitive function and dysfunction accompanying neurological disorders. Because the brain is highly sensitive to many forms of estrogens, it is not surprising that many adult behaviors, including cognitive function, are modulated by estrogens...
December 1, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197784/simulated-photoperiod-influences-testicular-activity-in-quail-via-modulating-local-gnrhr-gnihr-gh-r-cnx-43-and-14-3-3
#9
Somanshu Banerjee, Chandra Mohini Chaturvedi
The hypothalamo-hypophyseal-gonadal axis mediated differential photosexual responses in quail kept under different simulated photoperiodic conditions have been studied in details. Local testicular GnRH-GnIH and their receptor system has been hypothesized to be modulated in quail showing different photo-sexual responses and thus influence the testicular activity and steroidogenesis through local (paracrine and autocrine) action. To validate this hypothesis, we studied the expression of gonadotropin releasing hormone receptor (GnRH-R), gonadotropin inhibiting hormone receptor (GnIH-R) mRNA, growth hormone receptor (GH-R), proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), 14-3-3, Connexin-43 (Cnx-43), steroidogenic factor-1 (SF-1), Steroidogenic Acute Regulatory protein (StAR), steroidogenic enzyme (3β HSD) in testis as well as androgen receptor (AR) in testis and epididymis of photosensitive (PS), scotorefractory (SR), photorefractory (PR) and scotosensitive (SS) quail...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194818/rapid-non-genomic-modulation-by-neurosteroids-of-dendritic-spines-in-the-hippocampus-androgen-estrogen-and-corticosteroid
#10
REVIEW
Gen Murakami, Yasushi Hojo, Asami Kato, Yoshimasa Komatsuzaki, Shigeo Horie, Mika Soma, Jonghyuk Kim, Suguru Kawato
Memories are stored in synapses which consist of axon terminals and dendritic spines. Dendritic spines are postsynaptic structures of synapses and essential for synaptic plasticity and cognition. Therefore, extensive investigations about functions and structures of spines have been performed. Sex steroids and stress steroids have been shown to modulate hippocampal synapses. Although rapid modulatory action of sex steroids on synapses has been studied in hippocampal neurons over several decades, its essential molecular mechanisms have not been fully understood...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192334/putative-independent-evolutionary-reversals-from-genotypic-to-temperature-dependent-sex-determination-are-associated-with-accelerated-evolution-of-sex-determining-genes-in-turtles
#11
Robert Literman, Alexandria Burrett, Basanta Bista, Nicole Valenzuela
The evolutionary lability of sex-determining mechanisms across the tree of life is well recognized, yet the extent of molecular changes that accompany these repeated transitions remain obscure. Most turtles retain the ancestral temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD) from which multiple transitions to genotypic sex determination (GSD) occurred independently, and two contrasting hypotheses posit the existence or absence of reversals back to TSD. Here we examined the molecular evolution of the coding regions of a set of gene regulators involved in gonadal development in turtles and several other vertebrates...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186291/sex-differences-in-the-behavioral-desensitization-of-water-intake-observed-after-repeated-central-injections-of-angiotensin-ii
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Jessica Santollo, K Linnea Volcko, Derek Daniels
Previous in vivo and in vitro studies demonstrate that the angiotensin type 1 receptor rapidly desensitizes after exposure to angiotensin II (AngII). Behaviorally, this likely underlies the reduced drinking observed after acute repeated central injections of AngII. To date, this phenomenon has been studied exclusively in male subjects. Because there are sex differences in the dipsogenic potency of AngII, we hypothesized that sex differences also exist in desensitization caused by AngII. As expected, when male rats were pretreated with AngII, they drank less water after a test injection of AngII than did rats pretreated with vehicle...
November 24, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184538/circulating-irisin-is-reduced-in-male-patients-with-type-1-and-type-2-myotonic-dystrophies
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Elena Dozio, Elena Passeri, Rosanna Cardani, Stefano Benedini, Carmen Aresta, Rea Valaperta, Massimiliano Corsi Romanelli, Giovanni Meola, Valeria Sansone, Sabrina Corbetta
Context: Myotonic dystrophies (DM) are dominantly inherited muscle disorders characterized by myotonia, muscle weakness, and wasting. The reasons for sarcopenia in DMs are uncleared and multiple factors are involved. Irisin, a positive hormone regulator of muscle growth and bone, may play a role. Objectives: To investigate (1) circulating irisin in a series of DM1 and DM2 male patients compared with healthy controls and (2) the relationships between irisin and anthropometric, metabolic and hormonal parameters...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183794/characterization-of-carp-gonadotropins-structure-annual-profile-and-carp-and-zebrafish-pituitary-topographic-organization
#14
Lian Hollander-Cohen, Matan Golan, Joseph Aizen, Michal Shpilman, Berta Levavi-Sivan
Two gonadotropins, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), are important players in the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis of vertebrates. In the present work, we describe the construction of recombinant(r) common carp (Cyprinus carpio; c) FSH (rcFSH) and LH (rcLH) using the P. pastorissystem, the generation of specific antibodies against their respective β subunits, and their use in the development and validation of specific ELISAs. We produced carp rLH and rFSH as single-chain polypeptides, wherein the GTH subunit α was joined with either cLHβ or cFSHβ mature protein-coding sequences to form a fusion gene that encodes a yoked polypeptide, in which the GTH β-subunit forms the N-terminal part and the α-subunit forms the C-terminal part...
November 25, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181751/effect-of-gasoline-fumes-on-reproductive-function-in-male-albino-rats
#15
Folarin O Owagboriaye, Gabriel A Dedeke, Joseph S Ashidi, Adeyinka A Aladesida, Wasiu E Olooto
The increase in the frequency of exposure to gasoline fumes and the growing incidence of infertility among humans has been a major concern and subject of discussion over the years in Nigeria. We therefore present the reproductive effect of gasoline fumes on inhalation exposure in 40 male albino rats. The rats were randomized into five experimental treatments (T) with eight rats per treatment. T1 (control) was exposed to distilled water while T2, T3, T4, and T5 were exposed to gasoline fumes in exposure chambers for 1, 3, 5, and 9 h daily respectively for 12 weeks...
November 27, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180105/sex-hormone-binding-globulin-b-expression-in-the-rainbow-trout-ovary-prior-to-sex-differentiation
#16
Claudio Pérez, Cristian Araneda, Francisco Estay, Nelson F Díaz, Denise Vizziano-Cantonnet
Salmonids have two sex hormone-binding globulin (Shbg) paralogs. Shbga is mainly expressed in the liver, while Shbgb is secreted by the granulosa cells of the rainbow trout ovary. Coexpression of shbgb and the gonadal aromatase cyp19a1a mRNAs been observed in granulosa cells, suggesting a physiological coordination between Shbgb expression and estrogen synthesis. As estrogens are essential for female sex determination in the fish ovary, we propose that Shbgb participates in early ovarian differentiation, either by binding with estrogen or through another mechanism that remains to be discovered...
November 24, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178636/a-novel-splice-site-variant-in-cyp11a1-in-trans-with-the-p-e314k-variant-in-a-male-patient-with-congenital-adrenal-insufficiency
#17
Montserrat Lara-Velazquez, Alexander Perdomo-Pantoja, Patrick R Blackburn, Jennifer M Gass, Thomas R Caulfield, Paldeep S Atwal
BACKGROUND: The CYP11A1 gene encodes the cytochrome P450 side-chain cleavage enzyme, which is essential for steroid formation. Recessive variants in this gene can lead to impairment of sexual differentiation caused by a complete or partial loss of steroid hormone production. The phenotypic spectrum in affected 46XY males may vary from surgically repairable defects including cryptorchidism and hypospadias to complete feminization of external gonads, accompanied by symptoms of adrenal dysfunction...
November 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178359/elevated-luteinising-hormone-despite-normal-testosterone-levels-in-older-men-natural-history-risk-factors-and-clinical-features
#18
Robert J A H Eendebak, Tomas Ahern, Agnieszka Swiecicka, Stephen R Pye, Terence W O'Neill, Bartfai Gyorgy, Felipe F Casanueva, Mario Maggi, Gianni Forti, Aleksander Giwercman, Thang S Han, Jolanta Słowikowska-Hilczer, Michael E J Lean, Margus Punab, Neil Pendleton, Brian G Keevil, Dirk Vanderschueren, Martin K Rutter, Gindo Tampubolon, Royston Goodacre, Ilpo T Huhtaniemi, Frederick C W Wu
OBJECTIVE: Elevated LH with normal testosterone (T) suggests compensated dysregulation of the gonadal axis. We describe the natural history, risk factors and clinical parameters associated with the development of high LH (HLH, LH>9.4 U/L) in ageing men with normal T (T≥10.5 nmol/L). DESIGN, PATIENTS AND MEASUREMENTS: We conducted a 4.3 year prospective observational study of 3,369 community-dwelling European men aged 40-79 years. Participants were classified as: incident (i) HLH (n=101, 5...
November 27, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177503/mice-with-either-diminished-or-elevated-levels-of-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-amh-have-decreased-litter-sizes
#19
Ian S McLennan, Kyoko Koishi, Nicola J Batchelor, Michael W Pankhurst
Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is both a gonadal hormone and a putative paracrine regulator of neurons, the uterus and the placenta. A mouse line with neuronal expression of AMH (Thy1.2-AMH) was generated to examine the role of paracrine AMH in the brain. The mice had normal behavior, but un-expectantly AMH was present in the circulation of the transgenic mice. Thy1.2-AMHTg/0 studs sired pups with a normal frequency, when mated with wild-type dams. In stark contrast, Thy1.2-AMHTg/0 dams rarely gave birth, with evidence of spontaneous mid-gestational abortion...
November 21, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175396/effects-of-triclosan-tcs-on-hormonal-balance-and-genes-of-hypothalamus-pituitary-gonad-axis-of-juvenile-male-yellow-river-carp-cyprinus-carpio
#20
Fan Wang, Fei Liu, Wanguang Chen, Ruijie Xu, Wei Wang
Triclosan (TCS) is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent which has been widely dispersed and determinated in the aquatic environment. However, the effects of TCS on reproductive endocrine in male fish are poorly understood. In this study, male Yellow River carp (Cyprinus carpio) were exposed to 0, 1/5, 1/10 and 1/20 LC50 (96 h LC50 of TCS to carp) TCS under semi-static conditions for 42 d. Vitellogenin (Vtg), 17β-estradiol (E2), testosterone(T), gonadotropin (GtH), and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) levels were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
November 20, 2017: Chemosphere
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