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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330372/non-estrogenic-xanthohumol-derivatives-mitigate-insulin-resistance-and-cognitive-impairment-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-mice
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Cristobal L Miranda, Lance A Johnson, Oriane de Montgolfier, Valerie D Elias, Lea S Ullrich, Joshua J Hay, Ines L Paraiso, Jaewoo Choi, Ralph L Reed, Johana S Revel, Chrissa Kioussi, Gerd Bobe, Urszula T Iwaniec, Russell T Turner, Benita S Katzenellenbogen, John A Katzenellenbogen, Paul R Blakemore, Adrian F Gombart, Claudia S Maier, Jacob Raber, Jan F Stevens
Xanthohumol (XN), a prenylated flavonoid from hops, improves dysfunctional glucose and lipid metabolism in animal models of metabolic syndrome (MetS). However, its metabolic transformation into the estrogenic metabolite, 8-prenylnaringenin (8-PN), poses a potential health concern for its use in humans. To address this concern, we evaluated two hydrogenated derivatives, α,β-dihydro-XN (DXN) and tetrahydro-XN (TXN), which showed negligible affinity for estrogen receptors α and β, and which cannot be metabolically converted into 8-PN...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316527/contrasting-effects-of-individual-versus-combined-estrogen-and-progestogen-regimens-as-working-memory-load-increases-in-middle-aged-ovariectomized-rats-one-plus-one-does-not-equal-two
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Alesia V Prakapenka, Ryoko Hiroi, Alicia M Quihuis, Catie Carson, Shruti Patel, Claire Berns-Leone, Carly Fox, Rachael W Sirianni, Heather A Bimonte-Nelson
Most estrogen-based hormone therapies are administered in combination with a progestogen, such as Levonorgestrel (Levo). Individually, the estrogen 17β-estradiol (E2) and Levo can improve cognition in preclinical models. However, although these hormones are often given together clinically, the impact of the E2 + Levo combination on cognitive function has yet to be methodically examined. Thus, we investigated E2 + Levo treatment on a cognitive battery in middle-aged, ovariectomized rats. When administered alone, E2 and Levo treatments each enhanced spatial working memory relative to vehicle treatment, whereas the E2 + Levo combination impaired high working memory load performance relative to E2 only and Levo only treatments...
December 7, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287628/sex-differences-in-the-brain-implications-for-behavioral-and-biomedical-research
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REVIEW
Elena Choleris, Liisa A M Galea, Farida Sohrabji, Karyn M Frick
Biological differences between males and females are found at multiple levels. However, females have too often been under-represented in behavioral neuroscience research, which has stymied the study of potential sex differences in neurobiology and behavior. This review focuses on the study of sex differences in the neurobiology of social behavior, memory, emotions, and recovery from brain injury, with particular emphasis on the role of estrogens in regulating forebrain function. This work, presented by the authors at the 2016 meeting of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, emphasizes varying approaches from several mammalian species in which sex differences have not only been documented, but also become the focus of efforts to understand the mechanistic basis underlying them...
February 2018: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287180/neurocognitive-and-physical-functioning-in-the-seveso-women-s-health-study
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Jennifer Ames, Marcella Warner, Paolo Brambilla, Paolo Mocarelli, William A Satariano, Brenda Eskenazi
2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) is neurotoxic in animals but few studies have investigated its effects on the human brain. Related dioxin-like compounds have been linked to poorer cognitive and motor function in older adults, with effects more pronounced in women, perhaps due to the loss of neuro-protective estrogen in menopause. On 10 July 1976, a chemical explosion in Seveso, Italy, resulted in one of the highest known residential exposures to TCDD. In 1996, we initiated the Seveso Women's Health Study, a retrospective cohort study of the health of the women who were newborn to 40 years old in 1976...
December 26, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203121/using-a-memory-systems-lens-to-view-the-effects-of-estrogens-on-cognition-implications-for-human-health
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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/29194818/rapid-non-genomic-modulation-by-neurosteroids-of-dendritic-spines-in-the-hippocampus-androgen-estrogen-and-corticosteroid
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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/29178947/dangguijakyak-san-ameliorates-memory-deficits-in-ovariectomized-mice-by-upregulating-hippocampal-estrogen-synthesis
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Deok-Sang Hwang, Namkwon Kim, Jin Gyu Choi, Hyo Geun Kim, Hocheol Kim, Myung Sook Oh
BACKGROUND: Dangguijakyak-san (DJS) is an herbal formulation that has been clinically applicable for treating postmenopausal symptoms and neurological disorders. It is reported that hippocampal estrogen attenuates memory impairment via neuroprotection and synaptogenesis. However, the effect of DJS on hippocampal estrogen synthesis remains unknown. In this study, we explored the effect of DJS and its neuroprotective mechanism against memory impairment in ovariectomized (OVX) mice, with respect to hippocampal estrogen stimulation...
November 25, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157306/a-pilot-study-of-the-immunogenicity-of-a-9-peptide-breast-cancer-vaccine-plus-poly-iclc-in-early-stage-breast-cancer
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Patrick M Dillon, Gina R Petroni, Mark E Smolkin, David R Brenin, Kimberly A Chianese-Bullock, Kelly T Smith, Walter C Olson, Ibrahim S Fanous, Carmel J Nail, Christiana M Brenin, Emily H Hall, Craig L Slingluff
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death worldwide. There is evidence that immunotherapy may play a role in the eradication of residual disease. Peptide vaccines for immunotherapy are capable of durable immune memory, but vaccines alone have shown sparse clinical activity against breast cancer to date. Toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists and helper peptides are excellent adjuvants for vaccine immunotherapy and they are examined in this human clinical trial. METHODS: A vaccine consisting of 9 MHC class I-restricted breast cancer-associated peptides (from MAGE-A1, -A3, and -A10, CEA, NY-ESO-1, and HER2 proteins) was combined with a TLR3 agonist, poly-ICLC, along with a helper peptide derived from tetanus toxoid...
November 21, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147956/endogenous-sex-hormones-and-memory-performance-in-middle-aged-greek-women-with-subjective-memory-complaints
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Eleni Armeni, Michail Apostolakis, Foteini Christidi, Demetrios Rizos, George Kaparos, Konstantinos Panoulis, Areti Augoulea, Andreas Alexandrou, Evangelia Karopoulou, Ioannis Zalonis, Nikolaos Triantafyllou, Irene Lambrinoudaki
The changing hormonal milieu during the menopausal transition may contribute to the development of memory disorders. We aimed to assess the association of sex hormones with memory function in a sample of Greek middle-aged women. This pilot study included 44 women with subjective memory complaints. Memory performance was evaluated using the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test (HVLT), the Brief Visuospatial Memory test (BVMT), and the verbal digits backwards test (VSPAN), to assess verbal, visuospatial, and working memory performance, respectively...
November 16, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128813/effect-of-aromatase-inhibitors-on-learning-and-memory-and-modulation-of-hippocampal-dickkopf-1-and-sclerostin-in-female-mice
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Saima Zameer, Divya Vohora
BACKGROUND: There has been conflicting reports on the effect of third generation aromatase inhibitors on cognition in estrogen-deficient states. Since aromatase inhibitors themselves cause estrogen deprivation, the present work was designed to evaluate the comparative effect of three aromatase inhibitors on behavioral measures of learning and memory in female mice. Further, in view of the reports of estrogen and Wnt signaling pathway in cognition, the role of two Wnt signaling antagonists (dickkopf-1 and sclerostin) in mediation of cognitive effects of aromatase inhibitors was evaluated...
June 13, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106594/estradiol-therapy-after-menopause-mitigates-effects-of-stress-on-cortisol-and-working-memory
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Alexandra Ycaza Herrera, Howard N Hodis, Wendy J Mack, Mara Mather
Context: Postmenopausal estradiol therapy (ET) can reduce the stress response. However, it remains unclear whether such reductions can mitigate effects of stress on cognition. Objective: Investigate effects of ET on cortisol response to a physical stressor, cold pressor test (CPT), and whether ET attenuates stress effects on working memory. Design: Women completed the CPT or control condition across two sessions and subsequently completed a sentence span task...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104731/edible-bird-s-nest-prevents-menopause-related-memory-and-cognitive-decline-in-rats-via-increased-hippocampal-sirtuin-1-expression
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Zhiping Hou, Peiyuan He, Mustapha Umar Imam, Jiemen Qi, Shiying Tang, Chengjun Song, Maznah Ismail
Menopause causes cognitive and memory dysfunction due to impaired neuronal plasticity in the hippocampus. Sirtuin-1 (SIRT1) downregulation in the hippocampus is implicated in the underlying molecular mechanism. Edible bird's nest (EBN) is traditionally used to improve general wellbeing, and in this study, we evaluated its effects on SIRT1 expression in the hippocampus and implications on ovariectomy-induced memory and cognitive decline in rats. Ovariectomized female Sprague-Dawley rats were fed with normal pellet alone or normal pellet + EBN (6, 3, or 1...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070044/neoadjuvant-everolimus-plus-letrozole-versus-fluorouracil-epirubicin-and-cyclophosphamide-for-er-positive-her2-negative-breast-cancer-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-pilot-trial
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Wei Wu, Heran Deng, Nanyan Rao, Na You, Yaping Yang, Minghui Cao, Jieqiong Liu
BACKGROUND: The response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) varies by estrogen receptor (ER) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) statuses, with responses being lower in ER-positive, HER2-negative tumors as compared with ER-negative, HER2-positive or triple-negative tumors. Neoadjuvant endocrine therapy (NET) is an attractive alternative to NAC for ER-positive, HER2-negative cancer. However, a prior trial comparing NET with standard NAC in ER-positive tumor showed that the difference of response was not significant...
October 25, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043988/effects-of-estrogen-on-learning-memory-and-expression-of-calbindin-d28k-in-hippocampus-in-vascular-dementia-rats
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Jing Li, Lei Zhang, Jiao-Jiao Li, - Xian-Qu, Lin Chen, Dong-Ying Li, Chun-Ying Li
Vascular dementia (VD) models were made first by repeating cerebral ischemia-reperfusion and followed by treating with estrogen. Learning-memory ability was measured by Morris water maze. Concentration of Ca(2+) in hippocampus was determined by Fura-2/AM fluorescence probe and the expression of Calbindin-D28K (CB) in hippocampal CA1 was tested by immunohistochemistry. Learning-memory ability was improved in E group rats; Concentration of Ca(2+) in hippocampus was decreased in E group rats. The expression of CB was less in E group rats...
July 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024164/understanding-role-of-steroids-in-typical-and-atypical-brain-development-advantages-of-using-a-brain-in-a-dish-approach
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REVIEW
Dwaipayan Adhya, Emily Annuario, Madeline A Lancaster, Jack Price, Simon Baron-Cohen, Deepak P Srivastava
Steroids have an important role in growth, development, sexual differentiation and reproduction. All four classes of steroids, androgens, estrogens, progestogens and glucocorticoids, have varying effects on the brain. Androgens and estrogens are involved in the sexual differentiation of the brain, and also influence cognition. Progestogens such as progesterone and its metabolites have been shown to be involved in neuroprotection, although their protective effects are timing dependent. Glucocorticoids are linked with stress and memory performance, also in a dose- and time-dependent manner...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016679/perimenopause-and-emergence-of-an-alzheimer-s-bioenergetic-phenotype-in-brain-and-periphery
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Lisa Mosconi, Valentina Berti, Crystal Guyara-Quinn, Pauline McHugh, Gabriella Petrongolo, Ricardo S Osorio, Christopher Connaughty, Alberto Pupi, Shankar Vallabhajosula, Richard S Isaacson, Mony J de Leon, Russell H Swerdlow, Roberta Diaz Brinton
After advanced age, female sex is the major risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD). The biological mechanisms underlying the increased AD risk in women remain largely undetermined. Preclinical studies identified the perimenopause to menopause transition, a neuroendocrine transition state unique to the female, as a sex-specific risk factor for AD. In animals, estrogenic regulation of cerebral glucose metabolism (CMRglc) falters during perimenopause. This is evident in glucose hypometabolism and decline in mitochondrial efficiency which is sustained thereafter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992038/understanding-female-receiver-psychology-in-reproductive-contexts
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Kathleen S Lynch
Mate choice decision-making requires four components: sensory, cognitive, motivation, and salience. During the breeding season, the neural mechanisms underlying these components act in concert to radically transform the way a female perceives the social cues around her as well as the way in which cognitive and motivational processes influence her decision to respond to courting males. The role of each of these four components in mate choice responses will be discussed here as well as the brain regions involved in regulating each component...
August 24, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980582/-focal-cerebral-ischemia-in-rats-with-estrogen-deficiency-and-endothelial-dysfunction
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A A Litvinov, E V Volotova, D V Kurkin, E O Logvinova, A P Darmanyan, I N Tyurenkov
AIM: To assess an effect of ovariectomy (OE) on the cerebral blood flow, endothelium-dependent vasodilation, neurological, cognitive and locomotor deficit as markers of brain damage after focal ischemia in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted in 48 female Wistar rats. Ovariectomy was performed with ovaries and uterine body extirpation, cerebral ischemia was performed by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in rats. To assess brain damage, Combs and Garcia scores, 'open field' test (OFT), 'extrapolatory escape test' (EET), 'passive avoidance test' (PAT), 'beam-walking test' were used...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956815/barhl1-is-downregulated-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-may-regulate-cognitive-functions-through-esr1-and-multiple-pathways
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Debmalya Barh, María E García-Solano, Sandeep Tiwari, Antaripa Bhattacharya, Neha Jain, Daniel Torres-Moreno, Belén Ferri, Artur Silva, Vasco Azevedo, Preetam Ghosh, Kenneth Blum, Pablo Conesa-Zamora, George Perry
The Transcription factor BarH like homeobox 1 (BARHL1) is overexpressed in medulloblastoma and plays a role in neurogenesis. However, much about the BARHL1 regulatory networks and their functions in neurodegenerative and neoplastic disorders is not yet known. In this study, using a tissue microarray (TMA), we report for the first time that BARHL1 is downregulated in hormone-negative breast cancers and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Furthermore, using an integrative bioinformatics approach and mining knockout mouse data, we show that: (i) BARHL1 and Estrogen Receptor 1 (ESR1) may constitute a network that regulates Neurotrophin 3 (NTF3)- and Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF)-mediated neurogenesis and neural survival; (ii) this is probably linked to AD pathways affecting aberrant post-translational modifications including SUMOylation and ubiquitination; (iii) the BARHL1-ESR1 network possibly regulates β-amyloid metabolism and memory; and (iv) hsa-mir-18a, having common key targets in the BARHL1-ESR1 network and AD pathway, may modulate neuron death, reduce β-amyloid processing and might also be involved in hearing and cognitive decline associated with AD...
September 28, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864864/the-anticancer-estrogen-receptor-antagonist-tamoxifen-impairs-consolidation-of-inhibitory-avoidance-memory-through-estrogen-receptor-alpha
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Martina Lichtenfels, Arethuza da Silva Dornelles, Fernanda Dos Santos Petry, Martina Blank, Caroline Brunetto de Farias, Rafael Roesler, Gilberto Schwartsmann
Over two-thirds of women with breast cancer have positive tumors for hormone receptors, and these patients undergo treatment with endocrine therapy, tamoxifen being the most widely used agent. Despite being very effective in breast cancer treatment, tamoxifen is associated with side effects that include cognitive impairments. However, the specific aspects and mechanisms underlying these impairments remain to be characterized. Here, we have investigated the effects of tamoxifen and interaction with estrogen receptors on formation of memory for inhibitory avoidance conditioning in female rats...
November 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
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