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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530840/oral-glucocorticoid-sparing-effect-of-benralizumab-in-severe-asthma
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Parameswaran Nair, Sally Wenzel, Klaus F Rabe, Arnaud Bourdin, Njira L Lugogo, Piotr Kuna, Peter Barker, Stephanie Sproule, Sandhia Ponnarambil, Mitchell Goldman
Background Many patients with severe asthma rely on oral glucocorticoids to manage their disease. We investigated whether benralizumab, a monoclonal antibody directed against the alpha subunit of the interleukin-5 receptor that significantly reduces the incidence of asthma exacerbations, was also effective as an oral glucocorticoid-sparing therapy in patients relying on oral glucocorticoids to manage severe asthma associated with eosinophilia. Methods In a 28-week randomized, controlled trial, we assessed the effects of benralizumab (at a dose of 30 mg administered subcutaneously either every 4 weeks or every 8 weeks [with the first three doses administered every 4 weeks]) versus placebo on the reduction in the oral glucocorticoid dose while asthma control was maintained in adult patients with severe asthma...
May 22, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530340/-can-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-be-prevented-with-glucocorticoids
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REVIEW
Hagit Cohen, Zeev Kaplan, Joseph Zohar
Glucocorticoids (GCs) play a major role in orchestrating the complex physiological and behavioral reactions essential for the maintenance of homeostasis. These compounds enable the organism to prepare for, respond to and cope with the acute demands of physical and emotional stressors. The appropriate GC release, commensurate with stressor severity, enables the body to properly contain stress responses so as to promote recovery by rapidly restoring homeostasis. Indeed, inadequate GC release following stress not only delays recovery by disrupting biological homeostasis in the short run but can also interfere with the processing or interpretation of stressful information that results in long-term disruptions in memory integration...
December 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530121/glucocorticoids-retain-bi-potent-fibroblast-progenitors-during-alveolar-septation-in-mice
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Stephen E McGowan, Diann M McCoy
Glucocorticoids have been widely used and exert pleiotropic effects on alveolar structure and function, but do not improve the long-term clinical outcomes for patients with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, emphysema, or interstitial lung diseases. Treatments which foster alveolar regeneration could substantially improve the long-term outcomes for such patients. One approach to alveolar regeneration is to stimulate and guide intrinsic alveolar progenitors along developmental pathways used during secondary septation...
May 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529816/sclerostin-activity-plays-a-key-role-in-the-negative-effect-of-glucocorticoid-signaling-on-osteoblast-function-in-mice
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Eric E Beier, Tzong-Jen Sheu, Emily A Resseguie, Masahiko Takahata, Hani A Awad, Deborah A Cory-Slechta, J Edward Puzas
Stress during prenatal development is correlated with detrimental cognitive and behavioral outcomes in offspring. However, the long-term impact of prenatal stress (PS) and disrupted glucocorticoid signaling on bone mass and strength is not understood. In contrast, the detrimental effect of lead (Pb) on skeletal health is well documented. As stress and Pb act on common biological targets via glucocorticoid signaling pathways and co-occur in the environment, this study first sought to assess the combined effect of stress and Pb on bone quality in association with alterations in glucocorticoid signaling...
2017: Bone Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529722/recent-advances-in-understanding-cushing-disease-resistance-to-glucocorticoid-negative-feedback-and-somatic-usp8-mutations
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Eleni Daniel, John Newell-Price
Cushing's disease is a rare disease with a characteristic phenotype due to significant hypercortisolism driven by over-secretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone and to high morbidity and mortality if untreated. It is caused by a corticotroph adenoma of the pituitary, but the exact mechanisms leading to tumorigenesis are not clear. Recent advances in molecular biology such as the discovery of somatic mutations of the ubiquitin-specific peptidase 8 ( USP8) gene allow new insights into the pathogenesis, which could be translated into exciting and much-needed therapeutic applications...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529581/expression-of-serum-and-glucocorticoid-regulated-kinase-1-and-its-association-with-clinicopathological-factors-and-the-survival-of-patients-with-adenocarcinoma-of-the-esophagogastric-junction
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Shegan Gao, Dan Wang, Guoqiang Kong, Shuoguo Li, Wei Wang, Huizhi Wang, Fuyou Zhou
While the aberrant expression and the controversial results of serum- and glucocorticoid-regulated kinase (SGK1) have been reported in a number of malignancies, the expression of SGK1 and its possible association with the progression of adenocarcinoma in the esophagogastric junction (AEG) remain to be elucidated. To the best of our knowledge, the expression and localization of SGK1 was examined for the first time in the present study in cancerous and adjacent tissue from 60 patients with AEG, and compared with 20 healthy mucosa control tissue samples...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529452/estradiol-suppresses-tlr4-triggered-apoptosis-of-decidual-stromal-cells-and-drives-an-anti-inflammatory-th2-shift-by-activating-sgk1
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Yiyun Lou, Minhao Hu, Qijing Wang, Mu Yuan, Ning Wang, Fang Le, Lejun Li, Shisi Huang, Liya Wang, Xiangrong Xu, Fan Jin
A pro-inflammatory cytokine profile at the feto-maternal interface may predispose immune maladaptation notably in early miscarriages. We investigated the involvement of estradiol (E2)-activated serum-glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) in preserving the tolerogenic and pro-survival intrauterine microenvironment beneficial to gestation maintenance. Decidual SGK1 was down-regulated in early miscarriage, consistent with the lower serum E2 concentration seen in pregnancy loss. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/Toll-like receptors 4 (TLR4) signaling induced apoptosis and the pro-inflammatory T helper type (TH) 1 response of decidual stromal cells (DSCs) were associated with miscarriage...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528695/protein-phosphatase-5-promotes-hepatocarcinogenesis-through-interaction-with-amp-activated-protein-kinase
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Yao-Li Chen, Man-Hsin Hung, Pei-Yi Chu, Tzu-I Chao, Ming-Hsien Tsai, Li-Ju Chen, Yung-Jen Hsiao, Chih-Ting Shih, Feng-Shu Hsieh, Kuen-Feng Chen
The serine-threonine protein phosphatase family members are known as critical regulators of various cellular functions, such as survival and transformation. Growing evidence suggests that pharmacological manipulation of phosphatase activity exhibits therapeutic benefits. Ser/Thr protein phosphatase 5 (PP5) is known to participate in glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and stress-induced signaling cascades that regulate cell growth and apoptosis, and has been shown to be overexpressed in various human malignant diseases...
May 18, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528436/the-unresolved-riddle-of-glucocorticoid-withdrawal
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REVIEW
F Guerrero Pérez, A P Marengo, C Villabona Artero
Glucocorticoid (GC) therapy is the most common cause of adrenal insufficiency (AI). The real prevalence of AI after GC is unknown but it could involve more than 30% of patients. Some gene variation has been associated with the variability of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and this issue could contribute to the individual variation of adrenal function after GC treatment. Symptoms and signs of AI are nonspecific and frequently the diagnosis is delayed. Dosage, duration of treatment, administration route and serum cortisol value are not completely useful to predict AI...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528409/polychlorinated-biphenyl-related-alterations-of-the-expression-of-essential-genes-in-harbour-seals-phoca-vitulina-from-coastal-sites-in-canada-and-the-united-states
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Marie Noël, Neil Dangerfield, Steve Jeffries, Dyanna Lambourn, Monique Lance, Caren Helbing, Michel Lebeuf, Peter S Ross
As long-lived marine mammals found throughout the temperate coastal waters of the North Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) have become an invaluable sentinel of food-web contamination. Their relatively high trophic position predisposes harbour seals to the accumulation of harmful levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). We obtained skin/blubber biopsy samples from live-captured young harbour seals from various sites in the northeastern Pacific (British Columbia, Canada, and Washington State, USA) as well as the northwestern Atlantic (Newfoundland and Quebec, Canada)...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528362/budesonide-fluticasone-propionate-and-azithromycin-do-not-modulate-the-membrane-vesicle-release-by-thp-1-macrophages-and-respiratory-pathogens-during-macrophage-infection
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Charlotte Volgers, Gert E Grauls, Pauline H M Hellebrand, Paul H M Savelkoul, Frank R M Stassen
Patients with more severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease frequently experience exacerbations and it is estimated that up to 50% of these exacerbations are associated with bacterial infections. The mainstay treatment for these infection-related exacerbations constitutes the administration of glucocorticoids, alone or in combination with antibiotics. A recent line of evidence demonstrates that many hormones including the steroid beclomethasone can also directly affect bacterial growth, virulence, and antibiotic resistance...
May 20, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527915/methylparaben-and-butylparaben-alter-multipotent-mesenchymal-stem-cell-fates-towards-adipocyte-lineage
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Pan Hu, Haley Overby, Emily Heal, Shu Wang, Jiangang Chen, Chwan-Li Shen, Ling Zhao
Paraben esters and their salts are widely used as preservatives in cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and foods. We previously reported that parabens promoted adipocyte differentiation in vitro and increased adiposity but suppressed serum marker of bone formation in vivo. Here, we investigated the effects of parabens (methylparaben and butylparaben) on modulating cell fate of multipotent stem cell line C3H10T1/2. Both parabens modulated adipogenic, osteogenic, and chondrogenic differentiation of C3H10T1/2 cells in vitro...
May 17, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527581/nuclear-receptors-in-skeletal-homeostasis
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Hao Zuo, Yihong Wan
Nuclear receptors are a family of transcription factors that can be activated by lipophilic ligands. They are fundamental regulators of development, reproduction, and energy metabolism. In bone, nuclear receptors enable bone cells, including osteoblasts, osteoclasts, and osteocytes, to sense their dynamic microenvironment and maintain normal bone development and remodeling. Our views of the molecular mechanisms in this process have advanced greatly in the past decade. Drugs targeting nuclear receptors are widely used in the clinic for treating patients with bone disorders such as osteoporosis by modulating bone formation and resorption rates...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527570/mechanisms-of-glucocorticoid-action-during-development
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Jonathan T Busada, John A Cidlowski
Glucocorticoids are primary stress hormones produced by the adrenal cortex. The concentration of serum glucocorticoids in the fetus is low throughout most of gestation but surge in the weeks prior to birth. While their most well-known function is to stimulate differentiation and functional development of the lungs, glucocorticoids also play crucial roles in the development of several other organ systems. Mothers at risk of preterm delivery are administered glucocorticoids to accelerate fetal lung development and prevent respiratory distress...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527272/-does-corticosteroid-treatment-during-the-pre-and-postnatal-periods-affect-the-neurodevelopmental-outcome-of-premature-newborns
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Marita Lardón, José Uberos, Eduardo Narbona
INTRODUCTION: Glucocorticoids, widely used in the perinatal period, may be associated with adverse neurodevelopmental effects. OBJECTIVES: To analyze neurodevelopmental outcomes in a cohort of very low birth weight newborns treated with antenatal and/or postnatal corticosteroids. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study in which we included all very low birth weight babies admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit of a tertiary hospital between 2008 and 2013...
April 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527108/increased-expression-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-transcripts-i-and-vi-camp-response-element-binding-and-glucocorticoid-receptor-in-the-cortex-of-patients-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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G A Martínez-Levy, L Rocha, F Rodríguez-Pineda, M A Alonso-Vanegas, A Nani, R M Buentello-García, M Briones-Velasco, D San-Juan, J Cienfuegos, C S Cruz-Fuentes
A body of evidence supports a relevant role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Magnetic resonance data reveal that the cerebral atrophy extends to regions that are functionally and anatomically connected with the hippocampus, especially the temporal cortex. We previously reported an increased expression of BDNF messenger for the exon VI in the hippocampus of temporal lobe epilepsy patients compared to an autopsy control group. Altered levels of this particular transcript were also associated with pre-surgical use of certain psychotropic...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526123/-direct-mechanism-of-action-in-toxic-myopathies
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REVIEW
A Khelfi, M Azzouz, R Abtroun, M Reggabi, B Alamir
Toxic myopathies are a large group of disorders generated by surrounding agents and characterized by structural and/or functional disturbances of muscles. The most recurrent are those induced by commonly used medications. Illicit drugs, environmental toxins from animals, vegetables, or produced by micro-organisms as well as chemical products commonly used are significant causes of such disorders. The muscle toxicity results from multiple mechanisms at different biological levels. Many agents can induce myotoxicity through a direct mechanism in which statins, glucocorticoids and ethyl alcohol are the most representative...
May 16, 2017: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525786/steroid-bioaccumulation-profiles-in-typical-freshwater-aquaculture-environments-of-south-china-and-their-human-health-risks-via-fish-consumption
#18
Shan Liu, Xiang-Rong Xu, Zhan-Hui Qi, Hui Chen, Qin-Wei Hao, Yong-Xia Hu, Jian-Liang Zhao, Guang-Guo Ying
More attention was previously paid to adverse effects of steroids on aquatic organisms and their ecological risks to the aquatic environment. So far, little information has been reported on the bioaccumulative characteristics of different classes of steroids in cultured fish tissues. The present study for the first time provided a comprehensive analysis of the occurrence, bioaccumulation, and global consumers' health risks via fish consumption of androgens, glucocorticoids and progestanges in typical freshwater cultured farms in South China...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524138/-cortisol-levels-in-plasma-and-aqueous-humour-of-patients-with-steroid-induced-and-other-glaucomas
#19
E M Kasimov, F A Aghaeva
The paper describes the role of endogenous glucocorticoids in the pathogenesis of open-angle glaucoma. As to steroid-induced glaucoma (SG), however, indicators of systemic and local cortisol metabolism are yet underinvestigated. Aim - to determine and compare systemic (plasma) and local (aqueous humour) cortisol concentrations in patients with SG and other types of glaucoma (OTG). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective analysis was conducted in 64 patients who underwent plasma and aqueous humor sampling...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524083/idiopathic-inflammatory-myopathies-a-review-of-the-classification-and-impact-of-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Dana E Mandel, Charles J Malemud, Ali D Askari
Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs) are a group of autoimmune muscle diseases with significant morbidity and mortality. This review details and updates the pathogenesis and emerging importance of myositis-specific antibodies in the development of IIMs. An increase in the understanding of how these myositis-specific antibodies play a role in IIMs has led to the further categorization of IIMs from the traditional polymyositis versus dermatomyositis, to additional subcategories of IIMs such as necrotizing autoimmune myositis (NAM)...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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