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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822806/pericardial-adipose-and-aromatase-a-new-translational-target-for-aging-obesity-and-arrhythmogenesis
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Gabriel B Bernasochi, Wah Chin Boon, Claire L Curl, Upasna Varma, Salvatore Pepe, Marianne Tare, Laura J Parry, Evdokia Dimitriadis, Stephen B Harrap, Chrishan J Nalliah, Jonathan M Kalman, Lea M D Delbridge, James R Bell
A correlation exists between the extent of pericardial adipose and atrial fibrillation (AF) risk, though the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Selected adipose depots express high levels of aromatase, capable of converting androgens to estrogens - no studies have investigated aromatase occurrence/expression regulation in pericardial adipose. The Women's Health Initiative reported that estrogen-only therapy in women elevated AF incidence, indicating augmented estrogenic influence may exacerbate cardiac vulnerability...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822779/molecular-characterization-of-kiss2-and-differential-regulation-of-reproduction-related-genes-by-sex-steroids-in-the-hypothalamus-of-half-smooth-tongue-sole-cynoglossus-semilaevis
#2
Bin Wang, Quan Liu, Xuezhou Liu, Yongjiang Xu, Xuesong Song, Bao Shi
Kisspeptin (Kiss) plays a critical role in mediating gonadal steroid feedback to the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons in mammals. However, little information regarding the regulation of kisspeptin gene by sex steroids is available in teleosts. In this study, we examined the direct actions of estradiol (E2) and testosterone (T) on hypothalamic expression of kisspeptin and other key factors involved in reproductive function of half-smooth tongue sole. As a first step, a partial-length cDNA of kiss2 was identified from the brain of tongue sole and kiss2 transcript levels were shown to be widely expressed in various tissues, notably in the ovary...
August 16, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822774/effects-of-neuropeptides-and-sex-steroids-on-the-pituitary-gonadal-axis-of-pre-pubertal-f1-wreckfish-h%C3%A4-puku-polyprion-oxygeneios-in-vivo-evidence-of-inhibitory-effects-of-androgens
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Matthew J Wylie, Alvin N Setiawan, Glen W Irvine, Jane E Symonds, Abigail Elizur, P Mark Lokman
The ability to advance puberty in broodstock that have a long generation interval and mature at large size is a highly valuable tool in contemporary aquaculture enterprise. Juvenile male and female wreckfish 'hāpuku' (Polyprion oxygeneios), a candidate for commercialization in aquaculture, were subjected to treatment for 8 weeks with two implants, one containing steroid (blank; estradiol-17β, E2; 11-ketotestosterone, KT; 17 α -methyltestosterone, MT), the other peptide (blank; gonadotropin-releasing hormone analog, GnRHa; kisspeptin, Kiss2-12)...
August 16, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821656/dissociable-effects-on-birdsong-of-androgen-signaling-in-cortex-like-brain-regions-of-canaries
#4
Beau A Alward, Jacques Balthazart, Gregory F Ball
The neural basis of how learned vocalizations change during development and in adulthood represents a major challenge facing cognitive neuroscience. This plasticity in the degree to which learned vocalizations can change in both humans and songbirds is linked to the actions of sex steroid hormones during ontogeny but also in adulthood in the context of seasonal changes in birdsong. We investigated the role of steroid hormone signaling in the brain on distinct features of birdsong using adult male canaries (Serinus canaria), which show extensive seasonal vocal plasticity as adults...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819354/mediating-roles-of-ppars-in-the-effects-of-environmental-chemicals-on-sex-steroids
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REVIEW
Qiansheng Huang, Qionghua Chen
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are ligand-activated nuclear receptors that are widely involved in various physiological functions. They are widely expressed through the reproductive system. Their roles in the metabolism and function of sex steroids and thus the etiology of reproductive disorders receive great concern. Various kinds of exogenous chemicals, especially environmental pollutants, exert their adverse impact on the reproductive system through disturbing the PPAR signaling pathway...
2017: PPAR Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819133/combined-transcriptome-and-metabolome-analyses-of-metformin-effects-reveal-novel-links-between-metabolic-networks-in-steroidogenic-systems
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Sameer S Udhane, Balazs Legeza, Nesa Marti, Damian Hertig, Gaëlle Diserens, Jean-Marc Nuoffer, Peter Vermathen, Christa E Flück
Metformin is an antidiabetic drug, which inhibits mitochondrial respiratory-chain-complex I and thereby seems to affect the cellular metabolism in many ways. It is also used for the treatment of the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common endocrine disorder in women. In addition, metformin possesses antineoplastic properties. Although metformin promotes insulin-sensitivity and ameliorates reproductive abnormalities in PCOS, its exact mechanisms of action remain elusive. Therefore, we studied the transcriptome and the metabolome of metformin in human adrenal H295R cells...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818472/control-selection-and-confounding-factors-a-lesson-from-a-japanese-case-control-study-to-examine-acellular-pertussis-vaccine-effectiveness
#7
Satoko Ohfuji, Kenji Okada, Takashi Nakano, Hiroaki Ito, Megumi Hara, Haruo Kuroki, Yoshio Hirota
When using a case-control study design to examine vaccine effectiveness, both the selection of control subjects and the consideration of potential confounders must be the important issues to ensure accurate results. In this report, we described our experience from a case-control study conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of acellular pertussis vaccine combined with diphtheria-tetanus toxoids (DTaP vaccine). Newly diagnosed pertussis cases and age- and sex-matched friend-controls were enrolled, and the history of DTaP vaccination was compared between groups...
August 24, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816099/sex-differences-of-steroid-receptor-coactivator-1-expression-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-mice
#8
Jiayu Xiao, Jiqiang Zhang, Yangang Zhao, Wenjie Huang, Zhikai Guo, Bingyin Su, Qiang Guo
OBJECTIVE: The neural functional recovery of female is often better than that of male after spinal cord injury (SCI). Evidences show that estrogen can attenuate inflammation and promote the neural survival and regeneration after SCI. SRC-1 is an essential initiation factor for the estrogen-regulated target gene transcription and plays a key role in regulating estrogen activity. However, it is not known whether and how SRC-1 mediates the neural regeneration promoted by estrogen after SCI...
August 17, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814411/local-synthesis-of-sex-hormones-are-there-consequences-for-the-ocular-surface-and-dry-eye
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REVIEW
Emma J Gibson, Fiona Stapleton, James S Wolffsohn, Blanka Golebiowski
Sex hormones are associated with the physiology and pathophysiology of almost all organs in the body, as well as most diseases. Interest in the associations between sex hormones and ocular tissues has increased in recent years. Androgens may have a positive effect on dry eye, whereas the effects of oestrogen on ocular conditions remain unclear. Intracrinology, the local synthesis and metabolism of hormones that is unique to humans, is of relevance to the eye and may help to explain why studies of the relationship between oestrogens and dry eye signs and symptoms are inconclusive...
August 16, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814383/high-resolution-accurate-mass-hram-mass-spectrometry-urine-steroid-profiling-in-the-diagnosis-of-adrenal-disorders
#10
Jolaine M Hines, Irina Bancos, Cristian Bancos, Raman D Singh, Aditya V Avula, William F Young, Stefan K Grebe, Ravinder J Singh
BACKGROUND: Steroid profiling is a promising diagnostic tool for those with adrenal tumors, Cushing syndrome (CS), and disorders of steroidogenesis. Our objective was to develop a multiple-steroid assay using liquid-chromatography, high-resolution, accurate-mass mass spectrometry (HRAM LC-MS) and to validate the assay in patients with various adrenal disorders. METHODS: We collected 24-h urine samples from 114 controls and 71 patients with adrenal diseases. An HRAM LC-MS method was validated for quantitative analysis of 26 steroid metabolites in hydrolyzed urine samples...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811502/sex-steroid-hormones-regulate-leptin-transcript-accumulation-and-protein-secretion-in-3t3-l1-cells
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Mónica Z Jenks, Heather E Fairfield, Erik C Johnson, Ron F Morrison, Gloria K Muday
Leptin is an adipokine produced by fat cells that regulates food consumption and metabolic activity. Sexual dimorphism in leptin and fat stores have been observed in humans and rodents with females having more leptin and greater levels of subcutaneous fat than males. One potential mechanism leading to this dimorphism is steroid hormone regulated synthesis of transcripts encoding leptin. Identification of direct regulatory mechanisms is difficult in animals or primary adipocytes due to these intertwined dimorphisms...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804950/non-invasive-assessment-of-adrenocortical-function-as-a-measure-of-stress-in-the-endangered-golden-langur
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Jatin Sarmah, Chaya R Hazarika, Elizabeth V Berkeley, Stefanie B Ganswindt, Andre Ganswindt
The golden langur (Trachypithecus geei) is an endangered primate endemic to northern India and Bhutan. The main stressors to the species are habitat degradation and fragmentation. Non-invasive fecal glucocorticoid metabolite (fGCM) analysis is a powerful tool for assessing stress associated with environmental disturbances in wildlife. However, interspecific differences in glucocorticoid metabolism require careful selection of the antibody used in their quantification. The goals of this study were to: 1) validate an enzyme immunoassay (EIA) to determine fecal GC metabolite (fGCM) concentrations in the golden langur and 2) compare fGCM concentrations between golden langurs living under different environmental conditions...
July 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803209/20-hydroxyecdysone-attenuates-cardiac-remodeling-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Sukanya Phungphong, Anusak Kijtawornrat, Sirinut Chaiduang, Vitoon Saengsirisuwan, Tepmanas Bupha-Intr
BACKGROUND: Ecdysteroids, a group of steroid hormones found in insects and many plants, have been shown to prevent various changes in mammalian tissues after female sex hormone deprivation. PURPOSE: To examine whether an ecdysteroid, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20-HE), exhibits regulatory or protective roles in the cardiovascular system. STUDY DESIGN/METHOD: Blood pressure and cardiac function were evaluated in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) during and after daily treatment with 20-HE for six weeks...
August 9, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801087/cause-of-acute-encephalitis-encephalopathy-in-japanese-children-diagnosed-by-a-rapid-and-comprehensive-virological-detection-system-and-differences-in-their-clinical-presentations
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Kei Takasawa, Ryuichi Nakagawa, Shigeru Takishima, Kengo Moriyama, Ken Watanabe, Koji Kiyohara, Takeshi Hasegawa, Masahiro Shimohira, Kenichi Kashimada, Norio Shimizu, Tomohiro Morio
BACKGROUND: Acute encephalitis/encephalopathy (AE/E) is a rare and severe complication of common childhood infections; however, a treatment strategy based on clinical and pathological evidence has not been established. METHODS: The clinical data and aetiological results using a rapid and comprehensive virological detection system of 62 Japanese children diagnosed with AE/E from 2010 to 2014 were collected. We assessed clinical differences between causes and effectiveness of our multiplex PCR system to establish a pathogen-based treatment strategy for AE/E...
August 8, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799055/risk-factors-for-complicated-diverticulitis-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
H E Bolkenstein, B J M van de Wall, E C J Consten, I A M J Broeders, W A Draaisma
PURPOSE: The aim of this systematic review is to identify risk factors that can predict complicated diverticulitis. Uncomplicated diverticulitis is a self-limiting and mild disease, but 10% of patients with diverticulitis develop complications requiring further treatment. It is important to estimate the risk of developing complicated diverticulitis at an early stage to set the right treatment at initial presentation. METHODS: Embase, MEDLINE, and Cochrane databases were searched for studies reporting on risk factors for complicated diverticulitis...
August 10, 2017: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797804/a-game-of-two-gene-expression-analysis-of-brain-cyp19a1b-and-gonadal-cyp19a1a-aromatase-in-females-of-a-neotropical-cichlid-fish-through-the-parental-care-period-and-removal-of-the-offspring
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Martín R Ramallo, Renato M Honji, Agustina Birba, Leonel Morandini, María L Varela, Griselda Genovese, Renata G Moreira, Gustavo M Somoza, Matías Pandolfi
For many species parental behavior is essential for the survival of the offspring. While the ultimate causes of teleost parental behavior have been widely studied, comparatively little is known about its proximate causes. The aim of this study was to analyze the yet unexplored, potential dual role of brain and gonadal aromatases, the enzymes responsible for the conversion of androgens to estrogens in the brains and gonads of teleosts, respectively, on the different stages of the maternal care period of the biparental cichlid Cichlasoma dimerus, locally known as chanchita...
August 7, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790978/progress-and-challenges-in-the-search-for-the-mechanisms-of-pulsatile-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-secretion
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REVIEW
Stephanie Constantin
Fertility relies on the proper functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. The hormonal cascade begins with hypothalamic neurons secreting gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) into the hypophyseal portal system. In turn, the GnRH-activated gonadotrophs in the anterior pituitary release gonadotropins, which then act on the gonads to regulate gametogenesis and sex steroidogenesis. Finally, sex steroids close this axis by feeding back to the hypothalamus. Despite this seeming straightforwardness, the axis is orchestrated by a complex neuronal network in the central nervous system...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780570/sex-steroids-differentially-regulate-fshb-lhb-and-gnrhr-expression-in-atlantic-cod-gadus-morhua
#18
Kristine von Krogh, Gunnveig Toft Bjørndal, Rasoul Nourizadeh-Lillabadi, Kjetil Hodne, Erik Ropstad, Trude Marie Haug, Finn-Arne Weltzien
Depending on the stage of gonad maturation, as well as other factors, gonadal steroids can exert either a positive or negative feedback at the brain and pituitary level. While this has been demonstrated in many teleost species, little is known about the nature of steroid feedback in Gadiform fish. Using an optimized in vitro model system of the Atlantic cod pituitary, the present study investigated potential effects of two physiologically relevant doses of estradiol, testosterone or dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on cell viability and gene expression of gonadotropin subunits (fshb/lhb) and two suggested reproduction relevant gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptors (gnrhr1b/gnrhr2a) during three stages of sexual maturity...
August 5, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780396/mobile-phone-1800mhz-radiation-impairs-female-reproduction-in-mice-mus-musculus-through-stress-induced-inhibition-of-ovarian-and-uterine-activity
#19
Saba Shahin, Surya Pal Singh, Chandra Mohini Chaturvedi
Present study investigated the long-term effects of mobile phone (1800MHz) radiation in stand-by, dialing and receiving modes on the female reproductive function (ovarian and uterine histo-architecture, and steroidogenesis) and stress responses (oxidative and nitrosative stress). We observed that mobile phone radiation induces significant elevation in ROS, NO, lipid peroxidation, total carbonyl content and serum corticosterone coupled with significant decrease in antioxidant enzymes in hypothalamus, ovary and uterus of mice...
August 2, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771393/single-dose-testosterone-administration-impairs-cognitive-reflection-in-men
#20
Gideon Nave, Amos Nadler, David Zava, Colin Camerer
In nonhumans, the sex steroid testosterone regulates reproductive behaviors such as fighting between males and mating. In humans, correlational studies have linked testosterone with aggression and disorders associated with poor impulse control, but the neuropsychological processes at work are poorly understood. Building on a dual-process framework, we propose a mechanism underlying testosterone's behavioral effects in humans: reduction in cognitive reflection. In the largest study of behavioral effects of testosterone administration to date, 243 men received either testosterone or placebo and took the Cognitive Reflection Test (CRT), which estimates the capacity to override incorrect intuitive judgments with deliberate correct responses...
August 1, 2017: Psychological Science
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