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Caroline Wilson
The spread of breast cancer cells to bone and survival in this new metastatic environment is influenced not only by the genetic signature of the cells, but also multiple host cells and soluble factors produced locally (paracrine) or from distant sites (endocrine). Disrupting this metastatic process has been evaluated in clinical trials of the bone targeted agents bisphosphonates and denosumab and have shown that these agents reduce the recurrence of breast cancer in postmenopausal women only, suggesting the efficacy of the drugs are influenced by levels of reproductive endocrine hormones...
September 2016: Journal of Bone Oncology
J Zhang, P P Jin, K Fang, Q T Yi, M F Tang, C H Chen, J H Guo, M Gong
Objective: To explore the effects of varicocele on the expressions of inhibin B in rat testes and the relationship between expression of inhibin B and spermatogenesis dysfunction. Methods: Twenty specific-pathogen-free Sprague-Dawley (SD) male rats were randomly divided into two groups with random number table: 4-week control group (C4) and 4-week experimental group(V4). Experimental varicocele was created by partial ligation of left renal vein in the V4 group; vein isolation without ligation was performed in the C4 group...
September 27, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
C Yding Andersen
The aim of the present paper is to expand the concept on how follicular selection takes place in the follicular phase of the natural menstrual cycle. It is suggested that inhibin-B exerts a more intimate role in this process than previously understood. Inhibin-B shows a peak in the circulation around cycle day 7, simultaneous with selection of the dominant follicle, whereas levels of estradiol and inhibin-A only start to increase a few days later suggesting that inhibin-B is mainly responsible for down-regulating pituitary FSH release...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Rashid Sayyid, Andrew Evans, Karen Hersey, Ranjena Maloni, Antonio Hurtado-Coll, Girish Kulkarni, Antonio Finelli, Alexandre R Zlotta, Robert Hamilton, Martin Gleave, Neil Fleshner
PURPOSE: Degarelix, a new GnRH receptor antagonist with demonstrated efficacy as first-line treatment in the management of high-risk prostate cancer, possesses some theoretical advantages over LHRH analogues in terms of avoiding "testosterone flare" and lower FSH levels. We set out to determine if pre-operative degarelix influenced surrogates of disease control in a randomized phase II study. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: 39 patients were randomly assigned to one of 3 different neo-adjuvant arms: degarelix only, degarelix/bicalutmaide, or LHRH agonist/bicalutamide...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
J Miotla Zarebska, A Chanalaris, C Driscoll, A Burleigh, R E Miller, A M Malfait, B Stott, T L Vincent
OBJECTIVE: The role of inflammation in structural and symptomatic osteoarthritis (OA) remains unclear. One key mediator of inflammation is the chemokine CCL2, primarily responsible for attracting monocytes to sites of injury. We investigated the role of CCL2 and its receptor CCR2 in experimental OA. DESIGN: OA was induced in 10 week old male wild type, Ccl2(-/-) and Ccr2(-/-) mice, by destabilisation of the medial meniscus (DMM). RNA was extracted from whole joints at 6h and 7 days post surgery and examined by RT-PCR...
October 13, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Georgios Chrelias, Georgios-Marios Makris, Aristea-Maria Papanota, Aris Spathis, Georgios Salamalekis, Theodoros N Sergentanis, Demetrios Rizos, Petros Karakitsos, Charalampos Chrelias
BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are parts of the broader spectrum of hypertensive disorders complicating pregnancy. This study aims to examine the association between serum inhibin and leptin levels and pre-eclampsia. METHODS: This study included 98 consecutive cases of pregnant women with pre-eclampsia, together with their 98 pregnant controls, matched for age, gestational week and time period of delivery. Maternal venous blood samples were obtained within 24h before delivery...
October 11, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Ran Svirsky, Ron Maymon, Yaakov Melcer, Esther Klog, Howard Cuckle
OBJECTIVE: To investigate maternal serum inhibin as a marker of pre-eclampsia in twins. METHODS: 143 twins and 109 unaffected singleton pregnancies were recruited in the first trimester from the same institution. Blood samples were stored at recruitment and in the second trimester, retrospectively tested for inhibin and values expressed in multiples of the gestation-specific median (MoMs) in singletons, adjusted for maternal weight, as appropriate. RESULTS: The median inhibin level in unaffected twins was 2...
October 12, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Jezid Miranda, Stefania Triunfo, Merida Rodriguez-Lopez, Mikko Sairanen, Heikki Kouru, Miguel Parra-Saavedra, Francesca Crovetto, Francesc Figueras, Fatima Crispi, Eduard Gratacos
OBJECTIVE: To explore the potential value of a third trimester combined screening for the prediction of adverse perinatal outcome (APO) in the general population and among small-for-gestational age (SGA) neonates. METHODS: Nested case-control study within a prospective cohort of 1,590 singleton gestations referred for third-trimester evaluation (32(0) -36(6) weeks of gestation). Maternal baseline characteristics, mean arterial blood pressure, fetoplacental ultrasound and circulating biochemical markers [placental growth factor (PlGF), lipocalin-2, unconjugated estriol and inhibin A] were assessed in all women who subsequently presented an APO (n = 148) and in a control group without perinatal complications (n = 902)...
October 5, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Hao Wu, Stephanie A Pangas, Karen W Eldin, Kalyani R Patel, John Hicks, Jennifer E Dietrich, Rajkumar Venkatramani
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To report on the clinical characteristics and outcome of pediatric patients with juvenile granulosa cell tumor (JGCT) of the ovary. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Patients with histopathologically confirmed ovarian JGCT diagnosed between 1990 and 2016 were identified. Data on the clinical presentation, surgical management, oncologic management, laboratory investigation, follow-up, and outcome were collected. Tumor was staged according to the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) criteria...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Lijie Li, Yanmei Zheng, Ying Zhu, Jianchun Li
First-trimester screening may be a major advantage over a second-trimester approach since it opens prospects for early and more efficient interventions. The aim of the current study was to evaluate whether the measurement of maternal serum inhibin A, activin A and placental growth factor (PlGF) at three to four months gestation with the second-trimester uterine artery pulsatility index (PI) are useful in predicting preeclampsia in a group of nulliparous women. All the patients also underwent uterine artery Doppler examination to measure the PI at 22-24 weeks gestation...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
M J Callaghan, P McAuliffe, R J Rodgers, J Hernandez-Medrano, V E A Perry
Breeding bulls are commonly fed high-energy diets, which may induce subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA). In this experiment, 8 Santa Gertrudis bulls (age 20 ± 6 mo) were used to evaluate the extent and duration of effects of SARA on semen quality and the associated changes in circulating hormones and metabolites. The bulls were relocated and fed in yards with unrestricted access to hay and daily individual concentrate feeding for 125 d before SARA challenge. Semen was collected and assessed at 14-d intervals before the challenge to ensure acclimatization and the attainment of a stable spermiogram...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
Dragos Scarlet, Christine Aurich, Natascha Ille, Ingrid Walter, Corinna Weber, Dagmar Pieler, Walter Peinhopf, Peter Wohlsein, Jörg Aurich
Eight-week-old calves were either castrated by partial scrotal resection (SR) without removing the testes (n = 10), Burdizzo (BZ) clamp (n = 10), orchidectomy (OR; n = 10), or were left gonad intact as controls (CO; n = 10). Concentrations of anti-Muellerian hormone (AMH), inhibin A, luteinizing hormone (LH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in plasma were determined from 16 to 48 weeks of age. At 18 months, testes of SR, BZ, and CO bulls were obtained and the immunolocalization of LH and FSH receptors and AMH analyzed...
September 7, 2016: Theriogenology
Justine Hugon-Rodin, Négar Kalhorpour, Bruno Borghese, Corinne Bordonne, Pierre-Alexandre Just, Anne Gompel, Najiba Lahlou
In this report, we describe the first case ever reported in the literature, of an inhibin-A (INHA) and inhibin-B (INHB) producing fibrothecoma. A post-menopausal woman was referred to our unit because of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) level below the reference interval for postmenopausal women. By contrast luteinizing hormone, hCG, and estradiol levels were within normal range. This discrepancy suggested the secretion of FSH inhibitory factors. INHB and INHA levels were markedly elevated for age, 475 pg/mL and 100 pg/mL, respectively...
September 30, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Wolfgang Saeger, Werner Mohren, Matthias Behrend, Peter Iglauer, Waldemar Wilczak
A tumor in the adrenal region with two metastases in the liver was classified as poorly differentiated sarcoma on the base of extensive immunostainings (expression of vimentin, desmin, myogenin, and CD31, no expression of inhibin, melan A). Four years later in a second examination with molecular methods for a study of adrenal sarcomas, this diagnosis must be revised due to the lack of MDM-2 gene amplification and FKHR translocation which exclude sarcoma. Further immunostainings of many other parts of the tumor showed in one area more mature tumor tissue expressing synaptophysin, SF-1, and melan A...
September 29, 2016: Endocrine Pathology
Caroline Wilson, Hannah Brown, Ingunn Holen
Multiple factors influence the survival of disseminated breast tumour cells (DTCs) in bone. Whilst gene signature studies have identified genes that predict a propensity of tumours to metastasise to bone, the bone environment is key in determining the fate of these tumour cells. Breast cancer cells locate to specific niches within the bone that support their survival, regulated by host factors within the bone microenvironment including bone cells, cells of the bone micro vasculature, immune cells and the extracellular matrix...
September 29, 2016: Endocrine-related Cancer
B Banco, G Grilli, C Giudice, A Tomas Marques, S Cotti Cometti, G Visigalli, V Grieco
During testicular maturation, both Sertoli cells (SCs) and germ cells (GCs) switch from an immature to a mature immunophenotype. The reexpression of markers of immaturity in adults has been reported in cancer and in other testicular pathologies, in men as well as in animal species. Naturally affected with testicular cancer, rabbits have long been used in human reproductive research, but reports on the expression of testicular cell markers in this species are few and data about the immunophenotype of normal postnatal SCs and GCs are lacking...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
Kiki M G J Wigny, Wendy van Dorp, Anne-Lotte L F van der Kooi, Yolanda B de Rijke, Andrica C H de Vries, Marij Smit, Saskia M F Pluijm, Erica L T van den Akker, Rob Pieters, Joop S E Laven, Marry M van den Heuvel-Eibrink
STUDY QUESTION: Are Inhibin B and testosterone levels reduced in boys with newly diagnosed cancer prior to therapy? SUMMARY ANSWER: Pretreatment serum levels of Inhibin B and testosterone are significantly reduced in boys with newly diagnosed cancer, compared to reference values. WHAT IS ALREADY KNOWN: Disease-related gonadal impairment has been demonstrated in girls and young women diagnosed with cancer, prior to therapy. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: We conducted a descriptive study in boys newly diagnosed with cancer between January 2006 and February 2014...
September 28, 2016: Human Reproduction
Théophile Vissiennon, Markus Freick, Ergin Kilic, Thomas Schmidt, Sven Dänicke, Marion Schmicke, Eckard Schneider
Congenital testicular tumours are seldom reported in bovine species. This case report describes the clinical, sonographical, haematological, pathomorphological and immunohistological features of a Sertoli cell tumour in a neonatal German Holstein calf. Microscopically, the enlarged testicle was composed of neoplastic cells, which were packed in well-formed tubules. The mostly polygonal shaped cells had round to elongated nuclei and a scanty eosinophilic cytoplasm. Some cells were arranged perpendicularly to the light PAS-positive basement membrane...
September 21, 2016: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe G, Grosstiere/Nutztiere
Dina Cortes, Rune Holt, Victoria Elizabeth de Knegt
A normal functioning hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis is required for normal testicular descent. The percentage of cases that result from a disturbance in this axis remains controversial. Much has yet to be learnt about cryptorchidism, but is seems that the existence of A dark spermatogonia (Ad spermatogonia) is essential for later fertility. Bilateral cryptorchid patients have a high risk of later infertility, even though they undergo early surgery for cryptorchidism. It is possible today to distinguish-to a certain extent-between three different groups of cryptorchid patients based on testicular histology, gonadotropins, and inhibin B at the time of early surgery: Group 1, patients suspected of prepubertal transient hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular hypofunction and a high risk of later infertility; Group 2, patients with hypergonadotropic hypogonadism and a primary testicular dysfunction; and Group 3, patients with normal histology and normal serum levels of inhibin B and gonadotropins at the time of early surgery and a low risk of later infertility...
October 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
S Davis, N Lahlou, M Bardsley, M-C Temple, K Kowal, L Pyle, P Zeitler, J Ross
The most common sex chromosome aneuploidy, Klinefelter syndrome (KS), is associated with primary gonadal failure and increased morbidity and mortality from cardiometabolic disorders in adulthood. Children with KS also have a high prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) features. To assess the relationship of gonadal and cardiometabolic function in children with KS, we evaluated serum hormones [gonadotropins, inhibin B (INHB), anti-mullerian hormone (AMH), total testosterone (TT)], and features of MetS (waist circumference, fasting lipid panel, fasting blood glucose (FBG), and blood pressure) in 93 pre-pubertal boys with KS age 4-12 years (mean 7...
September 16, 2016: Andrology
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