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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028790/imaging-factors-that-distinguish-between-patients-with-asymptomatic-and-symptomatic-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-with-mild-to-moderate-cervical-spinal-cord-compression
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Jun Ming Cao, Jing Tao Zhang, Da Long Yang, Yi Peng Yang, He Huan Xia, Liu Yang
BACKGROUND Not all patients with spinal cord compression due to cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) have clinical symptoms and signs. The aim of this study was to investigate and compare the imaging findings in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients with CSM with mild to moderate cervical spinal cord compression. MATERIAL AND METHODS A retrospective clinical study included 68 patients. Group A (n=30) had no symptoms and signs; group B (n=38) had symptoms and signs of cervical myelopathy. The age, sex, body mass index (BMI), history of steroid treatment, duration of symptoms, number of spondylotic cervical segments, Torg ratio, range of motion (ROM), incidence of cervical segmental instability, overall curvature of the cervical spine, direction of spinal cord compression, and spinal cord magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signal intensity were compared...
October 13, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027717/functional-characterization-of-five-nr5a1-gene-mutations-found-in-patients-with-46-xy-disorders-of-sex-development
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Helena Fabbri-Scallet, Maricilda Palandi de Mello, Gil Guerra-Júnior, Andréa Trevas Maciel-Guerra, Juliana Gabriel Ribeiro de Andrade, Camila Maia Costa de Queiroz, Isabella Lopes Monlleó, Dagmar Struve, Olaf Hiort, Ralf Werner
Steroidogenic factor-1 (SF1), encoded by the NR5A1 gene, is a key regulator of steroidogenesis and reproductive development. NR5A1 mutations described in 46,XY patients with disorder of sex development (DSD) can be associated with a range of conditions of phenotypes, however the genotype-phenotype correlation remains elusive in many cases. In the present study, we describe the impact of five NR5A1 variants (three novel: p.Arg39Cys, p.Ser32Asn and p.Lys396Argfs*34; and two previously described: p.Cys65Tyr and p...
October 13, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027649/sex-specific-effects-of-combined-exposure-to-chemical-and-non-chemical-stressors-on-neuroendocrine-development-a-review-of-recent-findings-and-putative-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Whitney J Cowell, Rosalind J Wright
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Environmental toxicants and psychosocial stressors share many biological substrates and influence overlapping physiological pathways. Increasing evidence indicates stress-induced changes to the maternal milieu may prime rapidly developing physiological systems for disruption by concurrent or subsequent exposure to environmental chemicals. In this review, we highlight putative mechanisms underlying sex-specific susceptibility of the developing neuroendocrine system to the joint effects of stress or stress correlates and environmental toxicants (bisphenol A, alcohol, phthalates, lead, chlorpyrifos, and traffic-related air pollution)...
October 13, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024132/expression-of-isotocin-is-male-specifically-upregulated-by-gonadal-androgen-in-the-medaka-brain
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Junpei Yamashita, Yukika Kawabata, Kataaki Okubo
Oxytocin, a mammalian neuropeptide primarily synthesized in the supraoptic and paraventricular nuclei of the hypothalamus, mediates a variety of physiological and behavioral processes ranging from parturition and lactation to affiliation and prosociality. Multiple studies in rodents have shown that the expression of the oxytocin gene (Oxt) is stimulated by estrogen, while androgen has no apparent effect. However, this finding is not consistent across all studies, and no study has examined sex steroid regulation of Oxt or its orthologs in other animals...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022646/low-skeletal-mass-is-an-important-predictor-of-osteoporosis-in-hiv-infected-men-in-india
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Deep Dutta, Meha Sharma, Rahul Bansal, Neera Sharma, Umesh Chandra Garga, Atul Anand, Kumar Gaurav
INTRODUCTION: This study evaluated prevalence and predictors of osteoporosis and sarcopenia in men with HIV. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 220 men with HIV were screened, of which 115 men, 30-50 years-age, having at least 1-year follow-up, underwent hormonal and DEXA analysis. 40 controls were also evaluated. RESULTS: Males with HIV had significantly lower BMD and Z-scores at all sites. Osteoporosis was diagnosed in 64.35%; commonest site being radius total (49...
October 12, 2017: Endokrynologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022558/klinefelter-syndrome-in-childhood-variability-in-clinical-and-molecular-findings
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Neşe Akcan, Şükran Poyrazoğlu, Firdevs Baş, Rüveyde Bundak, Feyza Darendeliler
OBJECTIVE: Klinefelter syndrome (KS) is the most common (1/500-1/1000) chromosomal disorder in males, but only 10% of cases are identified in childhood. This study aimed to review the data of the children with KS to assess the age and reason for diagnosis, clinical and laboratory findings, as well as the presence of comorbidities. METHODS: Twenty-three KS patients were analyzed retrospectively. Age at admission, presenting symptoms, comorbid problems, height, weight, pubertal status, biochemical findings, hormone profiles, bone mineral density, and karyotype were evaluated...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020941/fine-mapping-of-a-qtl-affecting-levels-of-skatole-on-pig-chromosome-7
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Maren van Son, Matthew P Kent, Harald Grove, Rahul Agarwal, Hanne Hamland, Sigbjørn Lien, Eli Grindflek
BACKGROUND: Previous studies in the Norwegian pig breeds Landrace and Duroc have revealed a QTL for levels of skatole located in the region 74.7-80.5 Mb on SSC7. Skatole is one of the main components causing boar taint, which gives an undesirable smell and taste to the pig meat when heated. Surgical castration of boars is a common practice to reduce the risk of boar taint, however, a selection for boars genetically predisposed for low levels of taint would help eliminating the need for castration and be advantageous for both economic and welfare reasons...
October 11, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018933/from-osteoimmunology-to-osteomicrobiology-how-the-microbiota-and-the-immune-system-regulate-bone
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REVIEW
Emory Hsu, Roberto Pacifici
Osteomicrobiology refers to the role of microbiota in bone health and the mechanisms by which the microbiota regulates post-natal skeletal development, bone aging, and pathologic bone loss. Here, we review recent reports linking gut microbiota to changes in bone phenotype. A pro-inflammatory cytokine milieu drives bone resorption in conditions such as sex steroid hormone deficiency. The response of the immune system to activation by the microbiome results in increased circulating osteoclastogenic cytokines in a T cell-dependent mechanism...
October 10, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016439/examining-the-ability-of-artificial-neural-networks-machine-learning-models-to-accurately-predict-complications-following-posterior-lumbar-spine-fusion
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Jun S Kim, Robert K Merrill, Varun Arvind, Deepak Kaji, Sara D Pasik, Chuma C Nwachukwu, Luilly Vargas, Nebiyu S Osman, Eric K Oermann, John M Caridi, Samuel K Cho
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional database study. OBJECTIVE: To train and validate machine learning models to identify risk factors for complications following posterior lumbar spine fusion. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Machine learning models such as artificial neural networks (ANNs) are valuable tools for analyzing and interpreting large and complex datasets. ANNs have yet to be used for risk factor analysis in orthopedic surgery. METHODS: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) database was queried for patients who underwent posterior lumbar spine fusion...
October 9, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993616/bone-corticalization-requires-local-socs3-activity-and-is-promoted-by-androgen-action-via-interleukin-6
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Dae-Chul Cho, Holly J Brennan, Rachelle W Johnson, Ingrid J Poulton, Jonathan H Gooi, Brett A Tonkin, Narelle E McGregor, Emma C Walker, David J Handelsman, T J Martin, Natalie A Sims
Long bone strength is determined by its outer shell (cortical bone), which forms by coalescence of thin trabeculae at the metaphysis (corticalization), but the factors that control this process are unknown. Here we show that SOCS3-dependent cytokine expression regulates bone corticalization. Young male and female Dmp1Cre.Socs3 (f/f) mice, in which SOCS3 has been ablated in osteocytes, have high trabecular bone volume and poorly defined metaphyseal cortices. After puberty, male mice recover, but female corticalization is still impaired, leading to a lasting defect in bone strength...
October 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993021/regulation-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio-locomotor-behavior-and-circadian-rhythm-network-by-environmental-steroid-hormones
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Yanbin Zhao, Kun Zhang, Karl Fent
Environmental exposure of fish to steroid hormones through wastewater and agricultural runoff may pose a health risk. Thus far, ecotoxicological studies have largely been focused on the disruption of the sex hormone system, but additional effects have been poorly investigated. Here we report on the effects of a series of different natural and synthetic steroid hormones on the locomotor behavior and the transcriptional levels of core clock genes in zebrafish eleuthero-embryos (Danio rerio). Of the 20 steroids analyzed, progestins and corticosteroids, including progesterone and cortisol, significantly decreased the locomotor activities of eleuthero-embryos at concentrations as low as 16 ng/L, while estrogens such as 17β-estradiol led to an increase...
October 6, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992603/sex-steroid-hormones-and-sex-hormone-binding-globulin-levels-cyp17-msp-ai-34t-c-and-cyp19-codon-39-trp-arg-variants-in-children-with-developmental-stuttering
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Hiwa Mohammadi, Mohammad Taghi Joghataei, Zohreh Rahimi, Faezeh Faghihi, Habibolah Khazaie, Hashem Farhangdoost, Masoud Mehrpour
Developmental stuttering is known to be a sexually dimorphic and male-biased speech motor control disorder. In the present case-control study, we investigated the relationship between developmental stuttering and steroid hormones. Serum levels of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), oestradiol, progesterone, cortisol, and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), as well as the 2nd/4th digit ratio (2D:4D), an indicator of prenatal testosterone level, were compared between children who stutter (CWS) and children who do not stutter (CWNS)...
October 6, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990514/bisphenol-a-in-reproduction-epigenetic-effects
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Rosanna Chianese, Jacopo Troisi, Sean Richards, Marika Scafuro, Silvia Fasano, Maurizio Guida, Riccardo Pierantoni, Rosaria Meccariello
BACKGROUND: Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disrupting chemical widely used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resin to produce a multitude of consumer products, food and drink containers, and medical devices. BPA is similar to estradiol in structure and thus interferes in steroid signalling with different outcomes on reproductive health depending on doses, life stage, mode, and timing of exposure. In this respect, it has an emerging and controversial role as a "reproductive toxicant" capable of inducing short and long-term effects including the modulation of gene expression through epigenetic modification (i...
October 9, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986724/progestin-is-important-for-testicular-development-of-male-turbot-scophthalmus-maximus-during-the-annual-reproductive-cycle-through-functionally-distinct-progestin-receptors
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Chengcheng Feng, Shihong Xu, Yifan Liu, Yanfeng Wang, Wenqi Wang, Jingkun Yang, Chunyan Zhao, Qinghua Liu, Jun Li
In teleost, sex steroid hormones are critical for reproduction. Progestin is known to promote spermiation. To further understand the functions of progestin via its receptors during the annual reproductive cycle in male turbot (Scophthalmus maximus), we observed testicular development, quantified several sex steroid hormones, detected the expression of progestin receptors, and measured various sperm parameters. Results showed that the turbot testicular structure was of the lobular type. During breeding season, a number of spermatocytes (stage III) developed into spermatids (stage IV), then differentiated into sperm during spermiogenesis (stage V), and finally regressed to spermatocytes (stage VI)...
October 6, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986464/a-role-of-endogenous-progesterone-in-stroke-cerebroprotection-revealed-by-the-neural-specific-deletion-of-its-intracellular-receptors
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Xiaoyan Zhu, Magalie Fréchou, Philippe Liere, Shaodong Zhang, Antoine Pianos, Fernandez Neïké, Christian Denier, Claudia Mattern, Michael Schumacher, Rachida Guennoun
Treatment with progesterone protects the male and female brain against damage after middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). However, in both sexes, the brain contains significant amounts of endogenous progesterone. It is not known whether endogenously produced progesterone enhances the resistance of the brain to ischemic insult. Here, we used steroid profiling by gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) for exploring adaptive and sex-specific changes in brain levels of progesterone and its metabolites after MCAO...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985338/rfamide-related-peptide-3-and-the-trade-off-between-reproductive-and-ingestive-behavior
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Jill E Schneider, Noah A Benton, Kim A Russo, Candice M Klingerman, Wilbur P Williams, Jessica Simberlund, Amir Abdulhay, Jeremy M Brozek, Lance J Kriegsfeld
Ingestive and sex behaviors are important for individual survival and reproductive success, but when environmental energy availability is limited, individuals of many different species make a trade-off, forfeiting sex for ingestive behavior. For example, food-deprived female Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) forego vaginal scent marking and lordosis (sex behaviors) in favor of foraging, hoarding, and eating food (ingestive behavior). Reproductive processes tend to be energetically costly, and individual survival requires homeostasis in metabolic energy...
July 27, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984256/neonatal-endocrine-labomas-pitfalls-and-challenges-in-reporting-neonatal-hormonal-reports
#17
Sachin Chittawar, Deep Dutta, Deepak Khandelwal, Rajiv Singla
This review highlights pitfalls and challenges in interpreting neonatal hormone reports. Pre-analytical errors contribute to nearly 50% of all errors. Modern chemiluminescence assay are more accurate, have lower risk of Hook's effect, but continue to have problems of assay interference. Liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy is gold standard for most hormone assays. Neonatal hypoglycemia diagnostic cut-offs are lower than adults. Random growth hormone testing is of value in diagnosing growth hormone deficiency in neonates...
September 15, 2017: Indian Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982710/identification-of-extremely-premature-infants-at-low-risk-for-early-onset-sepsis
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Karen M Puopolo, Sagori Mukhopadhyay, Nellie I Hansen, C Michael Cotten, Barbara J Stoll, Pablo J Sanchez, Edward F Bell, Abhik Das, Angelita M Hensman, Krisa P Van Meurs, Myra H Wyckoff
BACKGROUND: Premature infants are at high risk of early-onset sepsis (EOS) relative to term infants, and most are administered empirical antibiotics after birth. We aimed to determine if factors evident at birth could be used to identify premature infants at lower risk of EOS. METHODS: Study infants were born at 22 to 28 weeks' gestation in Neonatal Research Network centers from 2006 to 2014. EOS was defined by isolation of pathogenic species from blood or cerebrospinal fluid culture at ≤72 hours age...
October 5, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28977799/luteinizing-hormone-and-gata4-action-in-the-adrenocortical-tumorigenesis-of-gonadectomized-female-mice
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Milena Doroszko, Marcin Chrusciel, Joanna Stelmaszewska, Tomasz Slezak, Adolfo Rivero-Muller, Artur Padzik, Slawomir Anisimowicz, Slawomir Wolczynski, Ilpo Huhtaniemi, Jorma Toppari, Nafis A Rahman
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Physiological role of luteinizing hormone (LH) and its receptor (LHCGR) in adrenal remains unknown. In inhibin-α/Simian Virus 40 T antigen (SV40Tag) (inhα/Tag) mice, gonadectomy-induced (OVX) elevated LH triggers the growth of transcription factor GATA4 (GATA4)-positive adrenocortical tumors in a hyperplasia-adenoma-adenocarcinoma sequence. METHODS: We investigated the role of LHCGR in tumor induction, by crossbreeding inhα/Tag with Lhcgr knockout (LuRKO) mice...
October 4, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974703/sex-steroid-production-associated-with-puberty-is-absent-in-germ-cell-free-salmon
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Lene Kleppe, Eva Andersson, Kai Ove Skaftnesmo, Rolf B Edvardsen, Per Gunnar Fjelldal, Birgitta Norberg, Jan Bogerd, Rüdiger W Schulz, Anna Wargelius
In all vertebrates studied so far, germ cells are not required for pubertal maturation of the gonadal steroidogenic system, subsequent development of secondary sex characteristics and reproductive behavior. To explore if the absence of germ cells affects puberty or growth in Atlantic salmon, germ cell-free (GCF), dnd knockout and wild type (WT) postsmolts were stimulated to enter puberty. No GCF fish entered puberty, whereas 66.7% (males) and 30% (females) WT fish completed or entered puberty, respectively...
October 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
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