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K Dziendzikowska, A Krawczyńska, M Oczkowski, T Królikowski, K Brzóska, A Lankoff, M Dziendzikowski, T Stępkowski, M Kruszewski, J Gromadzka-Ostrowska
The growing use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in various applications, including consumer, agriculture and medicine products, has raised many concerns about the potential risks of nanoparticles (NPs) to human health and the environment. An increasing body of evidence suggests that AgNPs may have adverse effects of humans, thus the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of AgNPs on the male reproductive system. Silver particles (20nm AgNPs (groups Ag I and Ag II) and 200nm Ag sub-micron particles (SPs) (group Ag III)) were administered intravenously to male Wistar rats at a dose of 5 (groups Ag I and Ag III) or 10 (group Ag II) mg/kg of body weight...
October 13, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
L Li, Y Wang, X Li, S Liu, G Wang, H Lin, Q Zhu, J Guo, H Chen, H-S Ge, R-S Ge
Stem Leydig cells have been demonstrated to differentiate into adult Leydig cells via intermediate stages of progenitor and immature Leydig cells. However, the exact regulatory mechanisms are unclear. We hypothesized that the development of stem or progenitor Leydig cells depends upon locally produced growth factors. Microarray analysis revealed that the expression levels of activin type I receptor (Acvr1) and activin A receptor type II-like 1 (Acvrl1) were stem > progenitor = immature = adult Leydig cells...
September 27, 2016: Andrology
Peter Sidaway
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 20, 2016: Nature Reviews. Urology
Jason W D Hearn, Ghada AbuAli, Chad A Reichard, Chandana A Reddy, Cristina Magi-Galluzzi, Kai-Hsiung Chang, Rachel Carlson, Laureano Rangel, Kevin Reagan, Brian J Davis, R Jeffrey Karnes, Manish Kohli, Donald Tindall, Eric A Klein, Nima Sharifi
BACKGROUND: HSD3B1 (1245A>C) has been mechanistically linked to castration-resistant prostate cancer because it encodes an altered enzyme that augments dihydrotestosterone synthesis from non-gonadal precursors. We postulated that men inheriting the HSD3B1 (1245C) allele would exhibit resistance to androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT). METHODS: In this multicohort study, we determined HSD3B1 genotype retrospectively in men treated with ADT for post-prostatectomy biochemical failure and correlated genotype with long-term clinical outcomes...
October 2016: Lancet Oncology
Emmanuel S Antonarakis
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October 2016: Lancet Oncology
N Smolinska, K Dobrzyn, M Kiezun, K Szeszko, A Maleszka, T Kaminski
Adiponectin and its receptors are expressed in the human and porcine uterus and this endocrine system has important role in the regulation of reproductive processes. The expression of steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR) and 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (HSD3B1) were observed in the human and porcine uterus during the oestrous cycle and pregnancy. The de novo synthesis of steroids in the uterus might be a crucial factor for effective implantation and maintenance of pregnancy. We hypothesized that adiponectin modulates the expression of key enzymes in the synthesis of the steroids: StAR, P450 side chain cleavage enzyme (CYP11A1) and HSD3B1, as well as progesterone (P4) and androstenedione (A4) secretion by the porcine uterus...
June 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Hitoshi Okamura, Masao Doi, Kaoru Goto, Rika Kojima
With the current societal norm of shiftwork and long working hours, maintaining a stable daily life is becoming very difficult. An irregular lifestyle disrupts circadian rhythms, resulting in the malfunction of body physiology and ultimately leading to lifestyle-related diseases, including hypertension. By analyzing completely arrhythmic Cry1/Cry2 double-knockout (Cry-null) mice, we found salt-sensitive hypertension accompanied by hyperaldosteronism. On the basis of a DNA microarray analysis of the adrenal gland and subsequent biochemical analyses, we discovered that Hsd3b6/HSD3B1, a subtype of 3β-HSD, is markedly overexpressed in aldosterone-producing cells in the Cry-null adrenal cortex...
October 2016: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Xiaoheng Li, Shuyan Cao, Baiping Mao, Yanfang Bai, Xiaomin Chen, Xiudi Wang, Ying Wu, Linxi Li, Han Lin, Qingquan Lian, Ping Huang, Ren-Shan Ge
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is a synthetic antioxidant used for food preservation. Whether BHA affects testosterone biosynthesis is still unclear. The effects of BHA on the steroidogenesis in rat immature Leydig cells were investigated. Rat immature Leydig cells were isolated from 35-old-day rats and cultured with BHA (50 μM) for 3 h in combination with 22R-OH-cholesterol, pregnenolone, progesterone, androstenedione, testosterone or dihydrotestosterone, and the concentrations of 5α-androstanediol and testosterone in the media were measured...
July 7, 2016: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
Linxi Li, Xiaomin Chen, Guoxin Hu, Sicong Wang, Renai Xu, Qiqi Zhu, Xiaoheng Li, Mingcang Wang, Qing-Quan Lian, Ren-Shan Ge
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) is a widely used synthetic phthalic diester and monobutyl phthalate (MBP) is its main metabolite. DBP can be released into the environment and potentially disrupting mammalian male reproductive endocrine system. However, the potencies of DBP and MBP to inhibit Leydig cell steroidogenesis and their possible mechanisms are not clear. Immature Leydig cells isolated from rats were cultured with 0.05-50 μM DBP or MBP for 3 h in combination with testosterone synthesis regulator or intermediate...
2016: BioMed Research International
Thet Su Myat, Masafumi Tetsuka
Gossypol, a polyphenolic aldehyde found in cottonseed, has been shown to perturb steroidogenesis in granulosa and luteal cells of rats, pigs and cattle. However, little is known about the direct effect of gossypol on theca cell functions in any species. The present study was conducted to investigate the effect of gossypol on the steroidogenesis and the expression of genes involved in it in cultured bovine theca cells. Theca cells were isolated from healthy preovulatory follicles and were cultured in the presence of luteinizing hormone (LH) for up to 7 days...
April 29, 2016: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
Vengala Rao Yenuganti, Torsten Viergutz, Jens Vanselow
After parturition, one of the major problems related to nutritional management that is faced by the majority of dairy cows is negative energy balance (NEB). During NEB, excessive lipid mobilization takes place and hence the levels of free fatty acids, among them oleic acid, increase in the blood, but also in the follicular fluid. This accumulation can be associated with serious metabolic and reproductive disorders. In the present study, we analyzed the effects of physiological concentrations of oleic acid on cell morphology, apoptosis, necrosis, proliferation and steroid production, and on the abundance of selected transcripts in cultured bovine granulosa cells...
June 1, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Fumie Kubota-Nakayama, Yasuhiro Nakamura, Sachiko Konosu-Fukaya, Abdullah Azmahani, Kazue Ise, Yuto Yamazaki, Yuko Kitawaki, Saulo J A Felizola, Yoshikiyo Ono, Kei Omata, Ryo Morimoto, Noriyuki Iwama, Fumitoshi Satoh, Hironobu Sasano
Adrenal Cushing syndrome (CS) is caused by the overproduction of cortisol in adrenocortical tumors including adrenal cortisol-producing adenoma (CPA). In CS, steroidogenic enzymes such as 17α-hydroxylase/17, 20-lase (CYP17A1), 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (HSD3B), and 11β-hydroxylase (CYP11B1) are abundantly expressed in tumor cells. In addition, several transcriptional factors have been reported to play pivotal roles in the regulation of these enzymes in CPA, but their correlations with those enzymes above have still remained largely unknown...
August 2016: Human Pathology
Ren-Ai Xu, Baiping Mao, Senlin Li, Jianpeng Liu, Xiaojun Li, Huitao Li, Ying Su, Guoxin Hu, Qing-Quan Lian, Ren-Shan Ge
Phthalates are associated with preterm delivery. However, the mechanism is unclear. Progesterone formed by 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 (HSD3B1) and estradiol by aromatase (CYP19A1) in placenta are critical for maintaining pregnancy. In this study, we compared structure-activity relationships (SAR) of 14 phthalates varied in carbon atoms in alcohol moiety to inhibit human HSD3B1 in COS1 and CYP19A1 in JEG-3 cells. There were responses in that only diphthalates with 4-7 carbon atoms were competitive HSD3B1 inhibitors and diphthalates with 6 carbon atoms were CYP19A1 inhibitors...
June 2016: Reproductive Toxicology
Li Guang-Yu, Lan Hai-Yan, Liang Ji-Hong, Mo Yun-Cong, Deng Xue-Lian, Lin Chun-Yu, Su Wen-Yong
Myeloid cell leukemia-1 (MCL1), an anti-apoptotic member of the BCL2 family, is expressed abundantly in the testis. Previous characterization revealed that MCL1 is expressed exclusively in the Leydig cells in the mouse testis, yet what it does in these cells remains unknown. We therefore analyzed testosterone biosynthesis in isolated primary Leydig cells and the MA-10 cell line, in which MCL1 was knocked down using an siRNA strategy. The mRNA abundance of the steroidogenic genes Star, Cyp11a1, Cyp17a1, Hsd3b1, Srd5a, and the luteinizing hormone/choriogonadotropin receptor Lhcgr were significantly reduced following MCL1 knockdown...
March 2016: Molecular Reproduction and Development
E Gregson, R Webb, E L Sheldrick, B K Campbell, G E Mann, S Liddell, K D Sinclair
Reproductive management in cattle requires the synchrony of follicle development and oestrus before insemination. However, ovulation of follicles that have not undergone normal physiological maturation can lead to suboptimal luteal function. Here, we investigated the expression of a targeted set of 47 genes in (a) a first-wave vs final-wave dominant follicle (DF; the latter destined to ovulate spontaneously) and (b) 6-day-old corpora lutea (CLs) following either spontaneous ovulation or induced ovulation of a first-wave DF to ascertain their functional significance for competent CL development...
June 2016: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
Xiaoheng Li, Xiaomin Chen, Guoxin Hu, Linxi Li, Huina Su, Yiyan Wang, Dongxin Chen, Qiqi Zhu, Chao Li, Junwei Li, Mingcang Wang, Qingquan Lian, Ren-Shan Ge
Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) is one of the phthalate plasticizers. The objective of the present study was to investigate the effects of DCHP on fetal Leydig cell distribution and function as well as testis development. Female pregnant Sprague Dawley dams orally received vehicle (corn oil, control) or DCHP (10, 100, and 500 mg/kg/day) from gestational day (GD) 12 to GD 21. At GD 21.5, testicular testosterone production, fetal Leydig cell number and distribution, testicular gene and protein expression levels were examined...
March 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Monica Sakai, Daniel B Martinez-Arguelles, Armen G Aprikian, Anthony M Magliocco, Vassilios Papadopoulos
BACKGROUND: Intratumoral androgen formation may be a factor in the development of prostate cancer (PCa), particularly castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). To evaluate the ability of the human prostate to synthesize de novo steroids, we examined the expression of key enzymes and proteins involved in steroid biosynthesis and metabolism. METHODS: Using TissueScan™ Cancer qPCR Arrays and quantitative RT-PCR, we performed comparative gene expression analyses between various prostate cell lines and biopsies, including normal, hyperplastic, cancerous, and androgen-deprived prostate cells lines, as well as normal, benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), PCa, and CRPC human specimens...
May 2016: Prostate
Shiwen Liu, Baiping Mao, Yanfang Bai, Jianpeng Liu, Huitao Li, Xiaoheng Li, Qingquan Lian, Ren-Shan Ge
Progesterone and estradiol produced by the human placenta are critical for maintenance of pregnancy and fetal development. In the human placenta, 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 (HSD3B1) is responsible for the formation of progesterone from pregnenolone and aromatase (CYP19A1) for the production of estradiol from androgen. Insecticide methoxychlor (MXC) and its metabolite hydroxychlor (HPTE) may disrupt the activities of these 2 enzymes. In this study, we investigated the effects of MXC and HPTE on steroid production in human placental JEG-3 cells and on HSD3B1 and CYP19A1 activities...
2016: Pharmacology
Yaoyao Dong, Baiping Mao, Linxi Li, Hongguo Guan, Ying Su, Xiaoheng Li, Qingquan Lian, Ping Huang, Ren-Shan Ge
Gossypol is a chemical isolated from cotton seeds. It exists as (+) or (-) enantiomer and has been tested for anticancer, abortion-inducing, and male contraception. Progesterone formed from pregnenolone by 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 (HSD3B1) and estradiol from androgen by aromatase (CYP19A1) are critical for the maintenance of pregnancy or associated with some cancers. In this study we compared the potencies of (+)- and (-)-gossypol enantiomers in the inhibition of HSD3B1 and aromatase activities as well as progesterone and estradiol production in human placental JEG-3 cells...
March 2016: Fitoterapia
Malin Hagberg Thulin, Maria E Nilsson, Pontus Thulin, Jocelyn Céraline, Claes Ohlsson, Jan-Erik Damber, Karin Welén
The skeleton is the preferred site for prostate cancer (PC) metastasis leading to incurable castration-resistant disease. The increased expression of genes encoding steroidogenic enzymes found in bone metastatic tissue from patients suggests that up-regulated steroidogenesis might contribute to tumor growth at the metastatic site. Because of the overall sclerotic phenotype, we hypothesize that osteoblasts regulate the intratumoral steroidogenesis of castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) in bone. We here show that osteoblasts alter the steroidogenic transcription program in CRPC cells, closely mimicking the gene expression pattern described in CRPC...
February 15, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
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