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Francesco De Logu, Raquel Tonello, Serena Materazzi, Romina Nassini, Camilla Fusi, Elisabetta Coppi, Simone Li Puma, Ilaria M Marone, Laura R Sadofsky, Alyn M Morice, Tommaso Susini, Alessandro Terreni, Gloriano Moneti, Mariarosaria Di Tommaso, Pierangelo Geppetti, Silvia Benemei
Aromatase inhibitors (AI) induce painful musculoskeletal symptoms (AIMSS), which are dependent upon the pain transducing receptor TRPA1. However, since the AI concentrations required to engage TRPA1 in mice are higher than those found in the plasma of patients, we hypothesized that additional factors may cooperate to induce AIMSS. Here we report that the aromatase substrate androstenedione, unique among several steroid hormones, targeted TRPA1 in peptidergic primary sensory neurons in rodent and human cells expressing the native or recombinant channel...
October 6, 2016: Cancer Research
Charli S Davies, Kendra N Smyth, Lydia K Greene, Debbie A Walsh, Jessica Mitchell, Tim Clutton-Brock, Christine M Drea
In vertebrates, reproductive endocrine concentrations are strongly differentiated by sex, with androgen biases typifying males and estrogen biases typifying females. These sex differences can be reduced in female-dominant species; however, even the most masculinised of females have less testosterone (T) than do conspecific males. To test if aggressively dominant, female meerkats (Suricata suricatta) may be hormonally masculinised, we measured serum androstenedione (A4), T and estradiol (E2) in both sexes and social classes, during both 'baseline' and reproductive events...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Alexander J Frey, Qingqing Wang, Christine Busch, Daniel Feldman, Lisa Bottalico, Clementina A Mesaros, Ian A Blair, Anil Vachani, Nathaniel W Snyder
A multiplexed quantitative method for the analysis of three major unconjugated steroids in human serum by stable isotope dilution liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS) was developed and validated on a Q Exactive Plus hybrid quadrupole/Orbitrap mass spectrometer. This quantification utilized isotope dilution and Girard P derivatization on the keto-groups of testosterone (T), androstenedione (AD) and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) to improve ionization efficiency using electrospray ionization...
October 13, 2016: Steroids
Daniel Jardines, Francesco Botrè, Cristiana Colamonici, Davide Curcio, Gemma Procida, Xavier de la Torre
The detection of the abuse of pseudo-endogenous steroids (testosterone and/or its precursors) is currently based on the application of the steroid module of the World Antidoping Agency (WADA), Athletes' Biological Passport (ABP), implemented through ADAMS. Diagnostic metabolites are monitored for every athlete and statistically evaluated with a predictive Bayesian approach. In the case of suspicious samples, the data of the ABP are confirmed and the isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) test is activated. We have previously demonstrated that IRMS enables confirmation of the non-endogenous origin of pseudo-endogenous steroids in otherwise non-suspicious samples, after a longitudinal evaluation of the ABP, even after the inclusion of additional long term diagnostic hydroxylated metabolites, and that the delta values of the parameters obtained during the IRMS confirmation process presented a much lesser variability compared to the parameters of the ABP...
October 12, 2016: Drug Testing and Analysis
Kemal Atasayan, Tevfik Yoldemir, Sedef Ramoglu, Dilek Gogas Yavuz
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the endothelial function and structure in patients with hirsutism in reproductive age. STUDY DESIGN: The study was conducted on 69 consecutive women admitted with complaints of hirsutism and 63 voluntary healthy women, as controls. A total of 132 subjects who applied to the Gynecology and Infertility Outpatient Clinics were included. Participants with modified Ferriman Gallway (mFG) score over 8 were considered to be hirsute. The demographic, metabolic, hormonal characteristics, risk factors of cardiovascular disease, CIMT (carotis intima media thickness) and FMD (flow-mediated dilatation) were compared between hirsute women and those in the control group...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Jeremy J Allen, Susan L Herrick, Joanne E Fortune
In cattle, primordial follicles form before birth. Fetal ovarian capacity to produce progesterone and estradiol is high before follicle formation begins and decreases around the time follicles first appear (around 90 days of gestation). However, mechanisms that regulate steroid production during this time remain unclear. We hypothesized that LH stimulates progesterone and androgen production and that FSH stimulates aromatization of androgens to estradiol. To test this, we cultured pieces from fetal bovine ovaries for 10 days without or with exogenous hormones and then measured the accumulation of steroids in the culture medium by RIA...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
Julia Farkas, Iurgi Salaberria, Bjarne Styrishave, Radka Staňková, Tomasz M Ciesielski, Anders J Olsen, Wilfried Posch, Trond P Flaten, Åse Krøkje, Willi Salvenmoser, Bjørn M Jenssen
Combined exposure to engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) and anthropogenic contaminants can lead to changes in bioavailability, uptake and thus effects of both groups of contaminants. In this study we investigated effects of single and combined exposures of silver (Ag) nanoparticles (AgNPs) and the synthetic hormone 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2) on tissue uptake of both contaminants in juvenile turbot (Scophthalmus maximus). Silver uptake and tissue distribution (gills, liver, kidney, stomach, muscle and bile) were analyzed following a 14-day, 2-h daily pulsed exposure to AgNPs (2 μg L(-1) and 200 μg L(-1)), Ag(+) (50 μg L(-1)), EE2 (50 ng L(-1)) and AgNP + EE2 (2 or 200 μg L(-1)+50 ng L(-1))...
September 28, 2016: Environmental Pollution
Kathrine Eggers Pedersen, Robert J Letcher, Christian Sonne, Rune Dietz, Bjarne Styrishave
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are emerging in the Arctic and accumulate in brain tissues of East Greenland (EG) polar bears. In vitro studies have shown that PFASs might possess endocrine disrupting abilities and therefore the present study was conducted to investigate potential PFAS induced alterations in brain steroid concentrations. The concentrations of eleven steroid hormones were determined in eight brain regions from ten EG polar bears. Pregnenolone (PRE), the dominant progestagen, was found in mean concentrations of 5-47ng/g (ww) depending on brain region...
September 27, 2016: Environment International
Gulcin Sahin Ersoy, Tugba Altun Ensari, Dogan Vatansever, Volkan Emirdar, Ozge Cevik
OBJECTIVE: To determine the levels of WISP1 and betatrophin in normal weight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and to assess their relationship with anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels, atherogenic profile and metabolic parameters Methods: In this prospective cross-sectional study, the study group was composed of 49 normal weighed and 34 obese women with PCOS diagnosed based on the Rotterdam criteria; 36 normal weight and 26 obese age matched non-hyperandrogenemic women with regular menstrual cycle...
September 30, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Todd D Nebesio, Jamie L Renbarger, Zeina M Nabhan, Sydney E Ross, James E Slaven, Lang Li, Emily C Walvoord, Erica A Eugster
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the comparative effects of different glucocorticoids on the adrenal and growth hormone (GH) axes in children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). We sought to compare the effects of hydrocortisone (HC), prednisone (PDN), and dexamethasone (DEX) in children with classic CAH and to investigate a potential role of pharmacogenetics. METHODS: Subjects were randomly assigned to three sequential 6-week courses of HC, PDN, and DEX, each followed by evaluation of adrenal hormones, IGF-1, GH, and body mass index (BMI)...
2016: International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology
Aikaterini A Nella, Ashwini Mallappa, Ashley F Perritt, Verena Gounden, Parag Kumar, Ninet Sinaii, Lori-Ann Daley, Alexander Ling, Chia-Ying Liu, Steven J Soldin, Deborah P Merke
CONTEXT: Classic congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) management remains challenging, as supraphysiologic glucocorticoid doses are often needed to optimally suppress the ACTH-driven adrenal androgen overproduction. OBJECTIVE: To approximate physiologic cortisol secretion via continuous subcutaneous hydrocortisone infusion (CSHI) and evaluate the safety and efficacy of CSHI in difficult-to-treat CAH patients. DESIGN: Eight adult patients with classic CAH participated in a single-center open label phase I-II study comparing CSHI to conventional oral glucocorticoid treatment...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Jing Xu, Jon D Hennebold, David B Seifer
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the direct actions of active 1,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3 (VD3) upon primate follicular development at specific stages of folliculogenesis. DESIGN: Secondary preantral follicles were isolated from rhesus monkeys ovaries, encapsulated in alginate, and cultured for 40 days. Follicles were randomly assigned to experimental groups of control, low-dose VD3 (LVD3; 25 pg/mL), and high-dose VD3 (HVD3; 100 pg/mL). SETTING: National primate research center...
September 24, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
Shin-Hye Kim, Ju-Yeon Moon, Hironobu Sasano, Man Ho Choi, Mi-Jung Park
CONTEXT: Pediatric obesity has been related to hyperandrogenism and premature adrenarche in previous studies. However, little is known regarding the association between body fat mass and steroidogenic enzyme activities in children. OBJECTIVE: To examine whether body fat mass is associated with serum steroid profiles in girls. DESIGN, PARTICIPANTS, AND SETTING: We enrolled 242 girls (125 prepubertal, 117 pubertal; aged 7-13 years). Early morning blood samples were drawn at a university hospital to measure serum steroid profiles using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and steroidogenic enzyme activities were assessed from the ratios of steroid metabolites...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
J K O'Brien, K J Steinman, G A Fetter, T R Robeck
Circulating concentrations of testosterone and its precursor androstenedione, as well as dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and the adrenal hormones cortisol and corticosterone were measured at monthly intervals in 14 male killer whales (Orcinus orca) aged 0.8-38 years. Analyses were performed for examination of the relationships of age, sexual maturation status (STATUS), season, and environmental temperature (monthly air ambient temperature, A-TEMP) with hormone production using a mixed effects linear regression model with animal ID as the random variable...
September 16, 2016: Andrology
Shaheena Parween, Florence Roucher Boulez, Christa E Flück, Anne Lienhardt-Roussie, Delphine Mallet, Yves Morel, Amit V Pandey
CONTEXT: P450 oxidoreductase (POR) is required for the activities of steroid metabolizing cytochrome P450 enzymes in the endoplasmic reticulum. P450 oxidoreductase deficiency (PORD) is a form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Objective and Aim: Enzymatic and structural analysis of a novel L374H POR mutation from a patient with 46, XX disorder of sexual development. Design, setting, patient and intervention: 46,XX girl with non-consanguineous Turkish parents. Virilized external genitalia at birth; uterus and ovaries present, no sign of Antley-Bixler syndrome...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Jurate Aleknaviciute, Joke H M Tulen, Mirjam Timmermans, Yolanda B de Rijke, Elisabeth F C van Rossum, Frank H de Jong, Steven A Kushner
STUDY QUESTION: Does adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) induce gonadotropin release in premenopausal women? SUMMARY ANSWER: Administration of ACTH stimulates gonadotropin release, most likely by stimulation of the production of cortisol, in premenopausal women. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In animal models, acute activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis has been shown to induce gonadotropin release in the presence of sufficiently high estrogen levels...
October 2016: Human Reproduction
John J Stocking, Michael V Fiandalo, Elena A Pop, John H Wilton, Gissou Azabdaftari, James L Mohler
BACKGROUND: Eunuchs rarely, if ever, develop prostate cancer (CaP). This article reports on a 62-year-old functional eunuch from prepubertal mumps orchitis who developed clinically localized CaP. METHODS: Serum and CaP and benign prostate tissue androgen levels were measured using a validated liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry assay. The assay measures testosterone; dihydrotestosterone (DHT); the adrenal androgens, androstenedione and dehydroepiandrosterone; and the androgen metabolites, androsterone and androstanedione...
September 2016: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
Alexey V Kuzikov, Rami A Masamrekh, Yogan Khatri, Maria G Zavialova, Rita Bernhardt, Alexander I Archakov, Victoria V Shumyantseva
Direct electrochemistry and bioelectrocatalysis of a newly discovered C-19 steroid 1α-hydroxylase (CYP260A1) from the myxobacterium Sorangium cellulosum So ce56 were investigated. CYP260A1 was immobilized on screen-printed graphite electrodes (SPE) modified with gold nanoparticles, stabilized by didodecyldimethylammonium bromide (SPE/DDAB/Au). Cyclic voltammograms in argon-saturated substrate free 0.1 M potassium phosphate buffer, pH 7.4, and in enzyme-substrate complex with androstenedione demonstrated a redox processes with a single redox couple of E(0') of -299 ± 16 mV and -297...
November 15, 2016: Analytical Biochemistry
E L Larimore, O L Amundson, G A Bridges, A K McNeel, R A Cushman, G A Perry
These studies were conducted to evaluate causes for differences in circulating concentrations of estradiol before a GnRH-induced ovulation. Beef cows were synchronized by an injection of GnRH on day -7 and an injection of prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α) on day 0. In experiment 1, blood samples were collected every 3 h from PGF2α on day 0 to hour 33 after PGF2α and at slaughter (hour 36 to 42; n = 10). Cows were assigned to treatment group based on circulating concentrations of estradiol (E2): HighE2 vs LowE2...
October 2016: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
Iuliia Savchuk, Marie-Line Morvan, Tue Søeborg, Jean-Philippe Antignac, Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson, Bruno Le Bizec, Olle Söder, Konstantin Svechnikov
SCOPE: Resveratrol has a diverse array of healthful effects on metabolic parameters in different experimental paradigms but has also potential to inhibit steroidogenesis in rodent adrenals. The aim of the present study was to characterize the effects of resveratrol on human fetal adrenal steroidogenesis at gestational weeks (GW) 9-12. METHODS AND RESULTS: Adrenals from aborted fetuses (GW10-12) were used to prepare primary cultures of human fetal adrenocortical cells (HFAC)...
August 26, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
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