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Z Merhi, E Buyuk, M J Cipolla
STUDY QUESTION: Does vitamin D attenuate the adverse effects of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) on steroidogenesis by human granulosa cells (GCs)? SUMMARY ANSWER: AGEs alter the expression of genes important in steroidogenesis while 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (vit D3) in vitro attenuates some of the actions of AGEs on steroidogenic gene expression, possibly by downregulating the expression of the pro-inflammatory cell membrane receptor for AGEs (RAGE). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Vitamin D attenuates the pro-inflammatory effects of AGEs in non-ovarian tissues...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Lanlan Chen, Yu Zhao, Linchao Li, Lubin Xie, Xianwu Chen, Jianpeng Liu, Xiaoheng Li, Lixu Jin, Xingwang Li, Ren-Shan Ge
Bisphenol A (BPA) is widely used in consumer products and a potential endocrine disruptor linked with sexual precocity. However, its action and underlying mechanisms on male sexual maturation is unclear. In the present study, we used a unique in vivo ethane dimethane sulfonate (EDS)-induced Leydig cell regeneration model that mimics the pubertal development of Leydig cells and an in vitro stem Leydig cell differentiation model to examine the roles of BPA in Leydig cell development in rats. Intratesticular exposure to doses (100 and 1000 pmol/testis) of BPA from post-EDS day 14-28 stimulated Leydig cell developmental regeneration process by increasing serum testosterone level and Leydig cell-specific gene (Lhcgr, Star, Cyp11a1, Hsd3b1, Cyp17a1, Hsd17b3, and Hsd11b1) and their protein expression levels...
March 7, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Rafal P Piprek, Milena Damulewicz, Malgorzata Kloc, Jacek Z Kubiak
Development of the gonads is a complex process, which starts with a period of undifferentiated, bipotential gonads. During this period the expression of sex-determining genes is initiated. Sex determination is a process triggering differentiation of the gonads into the testis or ovary. Sex determination period is followed by sexual differentiation, i.e. appearance of the first testis- and ovary-specific features. In Xenopus laevis W-linked DM-domain gene (DM-W) had been described as a master determinant of the gonadal female sex...
March 2, 2018: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
Maria Wielsøe, Hans Eiberg, Mandana Ghisari, Peder Kern, Ole Lind, Eva Cecilie Bonefeld-Jørgensen
The present study investigated the effects of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in xenobiotic and steroid hormone-metabolizing genes in relation to breast cancer risk and explored possible effect modifications on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and breast cancer associations. The study also assessed effects of Greenlandic BRCA1 founder mutations. Greenlandic Inuit women (77 cases and 84 controls) were included. We determined two founder mutations in BRCA1: Cys39Gly (rs80357164) and 4684delCC, and five SNPs in xenobiotic and oestrogen-metabolizing genes: CYP17A1 -34T>C (rs743572), CYP19A1 *19C>T (rs10046), CYP1A1 Ile462Val (rs1048943), CYP1B Leu432Val (rs1056836) and COMT Val158Met (rs4680)...
March 6, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Chan Jin Park, Heehyen Kim, Jooyoung Jin, Radwa Barakat, Po-Ching Lin, Jeong Moon Choi, CheMyong Jay Ko
17β-estradiol is synthesized primarily in the gonads of both sexes and regulates the development and function of reproductive organs. Lately, we discovered that intestinal lymphocyte homeostasis is regulated by estradiol synthesized de novo in the endothelial cells of high endothelial venule of mesenteric lymph node and Peyer's patches in mice. This finding prompted us to hypothesize that the high endothelial venule of intestinal lymphoid tissues is the site of estradiol synthesis across the species. In this study, we determined if estradiol is synthesized in the porcine intestinal lymphoid tissues using adolescent piglets...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Science
Meltem Weger, Nicolas Diotel, Benjamin D Weger, Tanja Beil, Andreas Zaucker, Helen L Eachus, James A Oakes, Jean Luc do Rego, Karl-Heinz Storbeck, Philipp Gut, Uwe Straehle, Sepand Rastegar, Ferenc Mueller, Nils Krone
The spatial and temporal expression of steroidogenic genes in zebrafish has not been fully characterized. Since zebrafish are increasingly employed in endocrine and stress research, a better characterization of steroidogenic pathways is required to target specific steps in the biosynthetic pathways in the future. Here, we have systematically defined the temporal and spatial expression of steroidogenic enzymes involved in glucocorticoid biosynthesis (cyp21a2, cyp11c1, cyp11a1, cyp11a2, cyp17a1, cyp17a2, hsd3b1, hsd3b2), as well as the mitochondrial electron-providing co-factors ferredoxin (fdx1, fdx1b) during zebrafish development...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
B Zhang, W Ma, Q Zhu, W Xu, L Gao, B Xu, S Xu, C Gao, L Gao, J Liu, Y Cui
Approximately 40% of middle-aged men exhibit symptoms of late-onset hypogonadism (LOH). However, the mechanism of androgen deficiency is still currently unclear. As shown in our previous studies, the SET protein is expressed in testicular Leydig cells and ovarian granule cells. This study was designed to investigate the effect of the SET protein on androgen production in Leydig cells. The AdCMV/SET and AdH1siRNA/SET adenoviruses were individually transduced into a cultured mouse Leydig cell line (mLTC-1) with or without human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) stimulation in vitro...
February 26, 2018: Andrology
Genevieve E Ryan, Shaddy Malik, Pamela L Mellon
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common endocrinopathy in women of reproductive age, is characterized by hyperandrogenism, anovulation, and polycystic ovaries. Although its etiology is unknown, excess androgens are thought to be a critical factor driving the pathology of PCOS. We previously demonstrated that continuous exposure to the aromatase inhibitor letrozole (LET) in mice produces many hallmarks of PCOS, including elevated testosterone (T) and luteinizing hormone (LH), anovulation, and obesity...
February 19, 2018: Endocrinology
Lijia Xiao, Yuliang Wang, Kexin Xu, Hao Hu, Zhenyu Xu, Dinglan Wu, Zhu Wang, Wenxing You, Chi-Fai Ng, Shan Yu, Franky Leung Chan
Targeting of steroidogenic enzymes (e.g. abiraterone acetate targeting CYP17A1) has been developed as a novel therapeutic strategy against metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). However, resistance to steroidal inhibitors inevitably develops in patients, the mechanisms of which remain largely unknown. Liver receptor homolog-1 (LRH-1, NR5A2) is a nuclear receptor, originally characterized as an important regulator of some liver-specific metabolic genes. Here we report that LRH-1, which exhibited an increased expression pattern in high-grade prostate cancer and CRPC xenograft models, functions to promote de novo androgen biosynthesis via its direct transactivation of several key steroidogenic enzyme genes, elevating intratumoral androgen levels and reactivating AR signaling in CRPC xenografts as well as abiraterone-treated CRPC tumors...
February 8, 2018: Cancer Research
Riikka Oksala, Anu Moilanen, Reetta Riikonen, Petteri Rummakko, Arja Karjalainen, Mikko Passiniemi, Gerd Wohlfahrt, Päivi Taavitsainen, Chira Malmström, Meri Ramela, Hanna-Maija Metsänkylä, Riikka Huhtaniemi, Pekka J Kallio, Mika Vj Mustonen
We report the discovery of a novel nonsteroidal dual-action compound, ODM-204, that holds promise for treating patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), an advanced form of prostate cancer characterised by high androgen receptor (AR) expression and persistent activation of the AR signaling axis by residual tissue androgens. For ODM-204, has a dual mechanism of action. The compound is anticipated to efficiently dampen androgenic stimuli in the body by inhibiting CYP17A1, the prerequisite enzyme for the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and testosterone (T), and by blocking AR with high affinity and specificity...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
M C Lardone, F Argandoña, M Lorca, A Piottante, M Flórez, C Palma, M Ebensperger, A Castro
STUDY QUESTION: Is the expression of steroidogenic enzyme 17α-Hydroxylase/17,20-Lyase (CYP17A1) downregulated in Leydig cells (LCs) of men with spermatogenic failure and compensated impairment of LC function i.e. a low testosterone to LH (T/LH) ratio? SUMMARY ANSWER: Although the transcriptional expression of CYP17A1 is increased, its protein expression is decreased, in isolated LCs of men with spermatogenic failure and reduced serum T/LH. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Primary spermatogenic defects have been associated with functional and morphological abnormalities of LCs, characterized by decreased serum testosterone (T) levels, decreased T/LH, increased 17β-estradiol (E2) and E2/T ratio, and larger clusters of LCs (LC hyperplasia)...
February 9, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Zoe C Johnston, Michelle Bellingham, Panagiotis Filis, Ugo Soffientini, Denise Hough, Siladitya Bhattacharya, Marc Simard, Geoffrey L Hammond, Peter King, Peter J O'Shaughnessy, Paul A Fowler
BACKGROUND: Human fetal adrenal glands are highly active and, with the placenta, regulate circulating progesterone, estrogen and corticosteroids in the fetus. At birth the adrenals are essential for neonate salt retention through secretion of aldosterone, while adequate glucocorticoids are required to prevent adrenal insufficiency. The objective of this study was to carry out the first comprehensive analysis of adrenal steroid levels and steroidogenic enzyme expression in normal second trimester human fetuses...
February 12, 2018: BMC Medicine
Xiaomei Wang, Pengda Zou, Yuanyuan He, Kai Meng, Fusheng Quan, Yong Zhang
Luteinizing hormone (LH) is a glycoprotein that regulates the function of ovarian follicular cells. Theca cells (TCs) also have a key role in follicular growth and atresia. The effects and intracellular signaling mechanisms were investigated of LH on apoptosis and steroidogenesis in goat gonadotropin-independent follicular (1.0-4.0 mm) TCs. The results indicated that LH increased androstenedione secretion and relative abundance of CYP17A1 and BCL2 mRNA in the TCs, whereas LH in combination with LY294002, a PI3K/AKT inhibitor, decreased LH-induced function...
March 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Lia A Bernardi, Matthew T Dyson, Hideki Tokunaga, Christia Sison, Muge Oral, Jared C Robins, Serdar E Bulun
Endometriotic stromal cells synthesize estradiol via the steroidogenic pathway. Nuclear receptor subfamily 5, group A, member 1 (NR5A1) is critical, but alone not sufficient, in activating this cascade that involves at least 5 genes. To evaluate whether another transcription factor is required for the activation of this pathway, we examined whether GATA Binding Protein 6 (GATA6) can transform a normal endometrial stromal cell (NoEM) into an endometriotic-like cell by conferring an estrogen-producing phenotype...
January 1, 2018: Reproductive Sciences
Monika Kmeťová Sivoňová, Jana Jurečeková, Zuzana Tatarková, Peter Kaplán, Lucia Lichardusová, Jozef Hatok
Androgens play an important role during the development of both normal prostate epithelium and prostate cancer and variants of genes involved in androgen metabolism may be related to an increased risk of prostate disease. Cytochrome P450 17α-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase (CYP17A1) is a key regulatory enzyme in the steroidogenic pathway; it catalyses both 17α-hydroxylase and 17,20-lyase activities and is essential for the production of both androgens and glucocorticoids. In this review, we focus on the structure and enzymatic activity of CYP17A1 and the mechanism of modulation of CYP17A1 activities...
December 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
Hai-Tao Gao, Run Xu, Wei-Xin Cao, Qian-Nan Di, Rui-Xian Li, Lingeng Lu, Qian Xu, Shu-Qin Yu
Human beings are inevitably exposed to ubiquitous phthalate esters (PEs), and simultaneously ingesting high quantities of food emulsifiers via daily diet. Glycerin monostearate (GMS) is a widely used food emulsifier. The purposes of this study were to investigate the combined effects between the mixture of six frequently used PEs (MIXPs) and GMS on male rat reproductive system, and further to explore the underlying mechanisms. Male rats were orally administered either sodium carboxymethyl cellulose as controls or MIXPs at three different low-doses with or without GMS (200mg/kg/d) by gavage...
January 20, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
T Kaminski, N Smolinska, M Kiezun, K Dobrzyn, K Szeszko, A Maleszka
Orexin A (OXA) and B (OXB) are hypothalamic neuropeptides identified as regulators of food intake, energy homoeostasis, sleep-wake cycle and arousal. They also create an integrative link between energy homoeostasis and reproduction. Although their functions in the ovaries and testes have been partially explored, to date, less attention has been focused on the role of the peptides in the uterus. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of one of orexins - orexin B on oestradiol (E2), oestrone (E1) and testosterone (T) secretion by porcine endometrial and myometrial slices as well as the gene expression of key steroidogenic enzymes responsible for steroid production (CYP17A1, CYP19A3) during the luteal phase of the oestrous cycle (days 10 to 11) and early pregnancy (days 10 to 11, 12 to 13, 15 to 16, 27 to 28)...
January 25, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Yunqiang Zhang, Xuyin Zhang, Yiqun Wang, Keqin Hua, Jingxin Ding
Combined 17 α-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase deficiency (17OHD) is a rare autosomal recessive disease that is a type of congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which results in hypertension, hypokalemia, sexual infantilism, primary amenorrhea in females (46,XX), or pseudohermaphroditism in males (46,XY). It is mainly caused by mutation in the CYP17A1 gene, which encodes a key enzyme in the steroidogenic pathway. However, these patients rarely experience adrenal crisis, due to abnormally high corticosterone levels. Here, we report a 17OHD patient who experienced clinical adrenal crisis on day 1 after gonadectomy...
January 18, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
Zhi-Hao Liu, Qi-Liang Chen, Qiang Chen, Fang Li, Ying-Wen Li
In fish, spermatogenesis and somatic growth are mainly regulated by hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) and hypothalamic-pituitary-somatic (HPS) axes, respectively. Xenoestrogens have been reported to impair spermatogenesis in some fishes, and arrest somatic growth in some others, whereas, whether xenoestrogens are capable of disrupting spermatogenesis and somatic growth simultaneously in fish that exhibits sexual dimorphic growth is little known, and the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. In this study, male juveniles of yellow catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco), which exhibits a sexual dimorphic growth that favors males, were exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) for 28 days...
January 16, 2018: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Lijun Wu, Liwang Gao, Xiaoyuan Zhao, Meixian Zhang, Jianxin Wu, Jie Mi
BACKGROUND: The genome-wide association study has founded hypertension-related single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs11191548 near CYP17A1 encoding a key enzyme involved in steroid metabolism, but the molecular mechanisms are not understood and the associations of the SNP with hypertension-related traits are not fully described, especially in children. The aim of the present study is to investigate the associations between the SNP and two hypertension-related traits, lipids and leptin...
January 16, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
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