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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103392/a-peroxygenase-from-chaetomium-globosum-catalyzes-the-selective-oxygenation-of-testosterone
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Jan Kiebist, Kai-Uwe Schmidtke, Jörg Zimmermann, Harald Kellner, Nico Jehmlich, René Ullrich, Daniel Zänder, Martin Hofrichter, Katrin Scheibner
Unspecific peroxygenases (UPO, EC 1.11.2.1) secreted by fungi open an efficient way to selectively oxyfunctionalize diverse organic substrates including less activated hydrocarbons by transferring peroxide-borne oxygen. Herein, we investigated a cell-free approach to incorporate epoxy and hydroxyl functionalities directly into the bulky molecule of testosterone by a novel unspecific peroxygenase that was produced by the ascomycetous fungus Chaetomium globosum in a complex medium rich in carbon and nitrogen...
January 19, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065637/the-steroid-metabolite-16-%C3%AE-oh-androstenedione-generated-by-cyp21a2-serves-as-a-substrate-for-cyp19a1
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J Neunzig, M Milhim, L Schiffer, Y Khatri, J Zapp, A Sánchez-Guijo, M F Hartmann, S A Wudy, R Bernhardt
The 21-hydroxylase (CYP21A2) is a steroidogenic enzyme crucial for the synthesis of mineralo- and glucocorticoids. It is described to convert progesterone as well as 17-OH-progesterone, through a hydroxylation at position C21, into 11-deoxycorticosterone (DOC) and 11-deoxycortisol (RSS), respectively. In this study we unraveled CYP21A2 to have a broader steroid substrate spectrum than assumed. Utilizing a reconstituted in vitro system, consisting of purified human CYP21A2 and human cytochrome P450 reductase (CPR) we demonstrated that CYP21A2 is capable to metabolize DOC, RSS, androstenedione (A4) and testosterone (T)...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056997/human-lh-and-hcg-stimulate-differently-the-early-signalling-pathways-but-result-in-equal-testosterone-synthesis-in-mouse-leydig-cells-in-vitro
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Laura Riccetti, Francesco De Pascali, Lisa Gilioli, Francesco Potì, Lavinia Beatrice Giva, Marco Marino, Simonetta Tagliavini, Tommaso Trenti, Flaminia Fanelli, Marco Mezzullo, Uberto Pagotto, Manuela Simoni, Livio Casarini
BACKGROUND: Human luteinizing hormone (LH) and chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) are glycoprotein hormones regulating development and reproductive functions by acting on the same receptor (LHCGR). We compared the LH and hCG activity in gonadal cells from male mouse in vitro, i.e. primary Leydig cells, which is a common tool used for gonadotropin bioassay. Murine Leydig cells are naturally expressing the murine LH receptor (mLhr), which binds human LH/hCG. METHODS: Cultured Leydig cells were treated by increasing doses of recombinant LH and hCG, and cell signaling, gene expression and steroid synthesis were evaluated...
January 5, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041654/effects-of-dietary-soybean-isoflavones-si-on-reproduction-in-the-young-breeder-rooster
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Dai Heng, Tao Zhang, Ye Tian, Shangyu Yu, Wenbo Liu, Kaili Xu, Juan Liu, Yu Ding, Baochang Zhu, Yanzhou Yang, Cheng Zhang
Soybean isoflavones (SIs) are phytoestrogens that competitive with estrogens in body. Although SIs play an important role in reproduction, their role in testicular development in roosters is unknown. This study was conducted to investigate the effect of SIs on testicular development and serum reproductive hormone profiles in young breeder roosters (70-133days old). Gene expression of steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR), cholesterol side-chain cleavage enzyme (P450scc), and 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (3β-HSD), which are related to testosterone synthesis, in rooster testis were also evaluated after treatment with different SI doses...
December 26, 2016: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017657/direct-reprogramming-of-mouse-fibroblasts-toward-leydig-like-cells-by-defined-factors
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Yan Yang, Ziyi Li, Xupeng Wu, Haolin Chen, Wenting Xu, Qi Xiang, Qihao Zhang, Jie Chen, Ren-Shan Ge, Zhijian Su, Yadong Huang
Leydig cells (LCs) play crucial roles in producing testosterone, and their dysfunction leads to male hypogonadism. LC transplantation is a promising alternative therapy for male hypogonadism. However, the source of LCs limits this strategy for clinical applications. Here, we report our success in reprogramming mice fibroblasts into LCs by expressing three transcriptional factors, Dmrt1, Gata4, and Nr5a1. The induced Leydig-like cells (iLCs) expressed steroidogenic genes, had a global gene expression profile similar to that of adult LCs, and acquired androgen synthesis capabilities...
January 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008861/delayed-diagnosis-of-a-17-hydroxylase-17-20-lyase-deficient-case-presented-with-46-xy-female-low-normal-potassium-can-alert-clinician
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Emine Çamtosun, Zeynep Şıklar, Serdar Ceylaner, Pınar Kocaay, Merih Berberoğlu
17-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase deficiency (17OHD) is a rare autosomal recessive defect in adrenal and gonadal steroidogenesis, causes absence of secondary sexual characteristics frequently associated with hypertension and hyperkalemia. Here we report a 46, XY case, who had normal potassium levels and without hypertension. Here we present a 2,5 years old female admitted with female external genitalia and inguinal swelling. Pathology of biopsy revealed that this gonad is a testis. Karyotype was 46, XY. She had no hypertension and no hypokalemia...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002202/bh4-improves-postprandial-endothelial-function-after-a-high-fat-meal-in-men-and-postmenopausal-women
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Yashesh Shah, Leon Bass, Gareth W Davison, Nichole Seigler, Jennifer S Pollock, Jeff Thomas, Ryan A Harris
OBJECTIVE: The timing and duration of menopause is important when evaluating the risk for cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women, likely related in part to nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability. The flow-mediated dilation (FMD) test is a noninvasive assessment of NO bioavailability in humans, and tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) is essential for NO synthesis. A high-fat meal (HFM) has been used to increase lipemia and reduce NO bioavailability. Thus, this study sought to determine if menopausal transition has any impact on the postprandial endothelial function response to a HFM, and evaluate the effect of BH4 on postprandial endothelial function in postmenopausal women and men...
December 19, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993043/mechanisms-of-action-of-compounds-that-enhance-storage-lipid-accumulation-in-daphnia-magna
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Rita Jordão, Bruno Campos, Benjamín Piña, Romà Tauler, Amadeu M V M Soares, Carlos Barata
Accumulation of storage lipids in the crustacean Daphnia magna can be altered by a number of exogenous and endogenous compounds, like 20-hydroxyecdysone (natural ligand of the ecdysone receptor, EcR), methyl farnesoate, pyrirproxyfen (agonists of the methyl farnesoate receptor, MfR), and tributyltin (agonist of the retinoid X acid receptor, RXR). This effect, analogous to the obesogenic disruption in mammals, alters Daphnia's growth and reproductive investment. Here we propose that storage lipid accumulation in droplets is regulated in Daphnia by the interaction between the nuclear receptor heterodimer EcR:RXR and MfR...
December 20, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988506/plasma-concentrations-of-osteocalcin-are-associated-with-the-timing-of-pubertal-progress-in-boys
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Michael M Schündeln, Lena Bäder, Cordula Kiewert, Ralf Herrmann, Dagmar Führer, Berthold P Hauffa, Corinna Grasemann
BACKGROUND: Animal models have shown that the skeletal hormone osteocalcin stimulates testicular testosterone synthesis. To assess whether osteocalcin might be a useful marker to detect pubertal development disorders, we examined osteocalcin plasma concentrations in children and adolescents with and without disorders of pubertal development. METHODS: Osteocalcin concentrations were investigated in a total of 244 patients with endocrine disorders (122 males, mean age: 11...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27951541/pubertal-development-in%C3%A2-17beta-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-type-3-deficiency%C3%A2
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Olaf Hiort, Louise Marshall, Wiebke Birnbaum, Lutz Wünsch, Paul-Martin Holterhus, Ulla Döhnert, Ralf Werner
BACKGROUND: 17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (17β-HSD) type 3 deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder with diminished testosterone synthesis and consequently underandrogenisation. 46,XY patients with 17β-HSD type 3 deficiency are often assigned a female sex at birth but have a high virilisation potential at the time of puberty. METHODS: We studied four 46,XY patients with 17β-HSD type 3 deficiency at puberty with regard to the underlying mutations, the hormone values, and the clinical findings...
December 12, 2016: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917368/sex-steroid-hormone-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-pesticide-use-and-the-risk-of-prostate-cancer-a-nested-case-control-study-within-the-agricultural-health-study
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Carol H Christensen, Kathryn Hughes Barry, Gabriella Andreotti, Michael C R Alavanja, Michael B Cook, Scott P Kelly, Laurie A Burdett, Meredith Yeager, Laura E Beane Freeman, Sonja I Berndt, Stella Koutros
Experimental and epidemiologic investigations suggest that certain pesticides may alter sex steroid hormone synthesis, metabolism or regulation, and the risk of hormone-related cancers. Here, we evaluated whether single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) involved in hormone homeostasis alter the effect of pesticide exposure on prostate cancer risk. We evaluated pesticide-SNP interactions between 39 pesticides and SNPs with respect to prostate cancer among 776 cases and 1,444 controls nested in the Agricultural Health Study cohort...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907900/insulin-resistance-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-euglycaemic-hyperinsulinaemic-clamp-studies
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Samantha Cassar, Marie L Misso, William G Hopkins, Christopher S Shaw, Helena J Teede, Nigel K Stepto
STUDY QUESTION: What is the degree of intrinsic insulin resistance (IR) in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and the relative contribution of BMI to overall IR based on meta-analysis of gold standard insulin clamp studies? SUMMARY ANSWER: We report an inherent reduction (-27%) of insulin sensitivity (IS) in PCOS patients, which was independent of BMI. WHAT IS ALREADY KNOWN: PCOS is prevalent, complex and underpinned by IR but controversies surround the degree of intrinsic IR in PCOS, the effect of BMI and the impact of the different diagnostic criteria (NIH versus Rotterdam) in PCOS...
November 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892862/melamine-negatively-affects-testosterone-synthesis-in-mice
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Jiarui Sun, Yinan Cao, Xinchen Zhang, Qiling Zhao, Endong Bao, Yingjun Lv
Several studies have found that melamine causes damage to the testes, epididymis and sperm. However, few studies have investigated the effect of melamine on the synthesis of testosterone, which plays an import role in testicular development and spermatogenesis. In present study, mice were orally administrated with 2, 10 or 50mg/kg of melamine for 28days. In these groups, various abnormalities were observed including disruption of the seminiferous tubule structure, an increased necrotic germ cells and sperm abnormalities, and a reduced sperm count...
December 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890531/short-term-effects-of-diabetes-on-neurosteroidogenesis-in-the-rat-hippocampus
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Simone Romano, Nico Mitro, Silvia Diviccaro, Roberto Spezzano, Matteo Audano, Luis Miguel Garcia-Segura, Donatella Caruso, Roberto Cosimo Melcangi
Diabetes may induce neurophysiological and structural changes in the central nervous system (i.e., diabetic encephalopathy). We here explored whether the levels of neuroactive steroids (i.e., neuroprotective agents) in the hippocampus may be altered by short-term diabetes (i.e., one month). To this aim, by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry we observed that in the experimental model of the rat raised diabetic by streptozotocin injection, one month of pathology induced changes in the levels of several neuroactive steroids, such as pregnenolone, progesterone and its metabolites (i...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888061/secretory-function-of-ovarian-cells-and-myometrial-contractions-in-cow-are-affected-by-chlorinated-insecticides-chlordane-heptachlor-mirex-in-vitro
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Michael Hubert Wrobel, Jaroslaw Mlynarczuk
The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of chlordane, heptachlor and mirex, on hormonal regulation of the force of myometrial contractions. Myometrial, endometrial, granulosa and luteal cells as well as strips of myometrium from non-pregnant cows were incubated with three insecticides at environmentally relevant doses (0.1, 1 or 10ng/ml). None of the insecticides affected the viability of studied cells. Chlordane stimulated, while heptachlor and mirex inhibited, secretion of testosterone and estradiol from granulosa cells as well as secretion of progesterone from luteal cells, respectively...
January 1, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888021/heightened-aggressive-behavior-in-mice-deficient-in-aldo-keto-reductase-1a-akr1a
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Takujiro Homma, Ryusuke Akihara, Satoshi Okano, Mototada Shichiri, Yasukazu Yoshida, Ken-Ichi Yamada, Satoshi Miyata, Osamu Nakajima, Junichi Fujii
Aldehyde reductase (Akr1a) is involved in the synthesis of ascorbic acid (AsA) which may play a role in social behavior. In the current study, we performed analyses on Akr1a-deficient (Akr1a(-/-)) mice that synthesize about 10% as much AsA as wild-type mice from the viewpoint of intermale aggression. The use of the resident-intruder test revealed that the Akr1a(-/-) mice exhibited more aggressive phenotypes than wild-type control mice. Unexpectedly, however, the oral administration of additional AsA failed to reduce the aggressive behavior of Akr1a(-/-) mice, suggesting that the heightened aggression was independent of AsA biosynthesis...
February 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872709/the-effect-of-sugar-cane-molasses-on-the-immune-and-male-reproductive-systems-using-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-methods
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Farzana Rahiman, Edmund John Pool
OBJECTIVES: Sugar cane molasses is a commonly used ingredient in several food products. Contrasting reports suggest that molasses may have potential adverse or beneficial effects on human health. However, little evidence exists that examines the effects of molasses on the different physiological systems. This study investigated the effects of sugar cane molasses on various physiological systems using in vivo and in vitro methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Molasses was administered orally to BALB/c, male mice and animals were randomly assigned into either a treatment or control group...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866972/letrozole-regulates-actin-cytoskeleton-polymerization-dynamics-in-a-src-1-dependent-manner-in-the-hippocampus-of-mice
#18
Yangang Zhao, Yanlan Yu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Li He, Linli Qiu, Jikai Zhao, Mengying Liu, Jiqiang Zhang
In the hippocampus, local estrogens (E2) derived from testosterone that is catalyzed by aromatase play important roles in the regulation of hippocampal neural plasticity, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. The actin cytoskeleton contributes greatly to hippocampal synaptic plasticity; however, whether it is regulated by local E2 and the related mechanisms remain to be elucidated. In this study, we first examined the postnatal developmental profiles of hippocampal aromatase and specific proteins responsible for actin cytoskeleton dynamics...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860310/engineering-mycobacterium-smegmatis-for-testosterone-production
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Lorena Fernández-Cabezón, Beatriz Galán, José L García
A new biotechnological process for the production of testosterone (TS) has been developed to turn the model strain Mycobacterium smegmatis suitable for TS production to compete with the current chemical synthesis procedures. We have cloned and overexpressed two genes encoding microbial 17β-hydroxysteroid: NADP 17-oxidoreductase, from the bacterium Comamonas testosteroni and from the fungus Cochliobolus lunatus. The host strains were M. smegmatis wild type and a genetic engineered androst-4-ene-3,17-dione (AD) producing mutant...
November 17, 2016: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853336/seventeen-alpha-hydroxylase-deficiency-associated-with-absent-gonads-and-myelolipoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#20
Mahmood Soveid, Ghanbar Ali Rais-Jalali
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia comprises a group of disorders resulting from defects in enzymes required for the synthesis of cortisol. The clinical presentation depends on the specific enzyme defect. We report a rare case of congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to 17 alpha-hydroxylase deficiency. A 26-year-old female patient referred with hypertension and hypokalemia. She also had primary amenorrhea and lack of sexual development. The karyotype was 46, XY. Hormonal evaluation showed low serum levels of all steroid hormones, requiring alpha-hydroxylation, which included cortisol, 17 alpha-hydroxy progesterone, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, estradiol, and testosterone...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
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