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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429545/do-the-benefits-of-using-calcitriol-and-other-vitamin-d-receptor-activators-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-outweigh-the-harms
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Nigel D Toussaint, Matthew J Damasiewicz
The primary indication for administration of calcitriol or other vitamin D receptor activators (VDRA) in chronic kidney disease (CKD) is secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT). Prevention and treatment of SHPT appears important, as imbalances in mineral metabolism are associated with renal osteodystrophy, and higher parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels are associated with increased rates of mortality and morbidity in CKD patients. There is, however, a lack of controlled trial data that show lowering PTH with calcitriol/VDRA equates to improved clinical outcomes...
March 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428084/metabolomics-of-fescue-toxicosis-in-grazing-beef-steers
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Ryan S Mote, Nicholas S Hill, Karan Uppal, ViLinh T Tran, Dean P Jones, Nikolay M Filipov
Fescue toxicosis (FT) results from consumption of tall fescue (Lolium arundinaceum) infected with an endophyte (Epichloë coenophiala) that produces ergot alkaloids (EA), which are considered key etiological agents of FT. Decreased weight gains, hormonal imbalance, circulating cholesterol disruption, and decreased volatile fatty acid absorption suggest toxic (E+) fescue-induced metabolic perturbations. Employing untargeted high-resolution metabolomics (HRM) to analyze E+ grazing-induced plasma and urine metabolome changes, fescue-naïve Angus steers were placed on E+ or non-toxic (Max-Q) fescue pastures and plasma and urine were sampled before, 1, 2, 14, and 28 days after pasture assignment...
April 18, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420820/high-insulin-impaired-ovarian-function-in-early-pregnant-mice-and-the-role-of-autophagy-in-this-process
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Yan Su, Juan Wu, Junlin He, Xueqing Liu, Xuemei Chen, Yubin Ding, Chen Zhang, Wenqi Chen, Yingxiong Wang, Rufei Gao
Metabolic disorders, such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and T2DM (type 2 diabetes mellitus), are associated with menstrual dysfunction, anovulation, infertility, and early pregnancy loss. Ovarian dysfunction is not only related to low pregnancy rates but also to the increased risk of miscarriage. Women with PCOS or T2DM, characterized by hyperinsulinemia, commonly experience ovarian dysfunction. In this study, we first explored whether high insulin levels directly affected ovarian functioning during embryo implantation...
April 18, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415774/chemoprevention-of-prostate-cancer-in-men-with-high-grade-prostatic-intraepithelial-neoplasia-hgpin-a-systematic-review-and-adjusted-indirect-treatment-comparison
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Kang Cui, Xiangnan Li, Yabing Du, Xiance Tang, Seiji Arai, Yiwei Geng, Ying Xi, Han Xu, Yue Zhou, Wang Ma, Tengfei Zhang
BACKGROUND: High-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN) is the precursor or premalignant form of prostate cancer. At least 30% patients with a confirmed HGPIN will develop prostate cancer within 1 year after repeated biopsy. HGPIN patients are the appropriate at-risk population for chemoprevention strategies investigation against prostate cancer. However the commonly used chemoprevention agents that targeted on hormonal imbalance or lifestyle-related factors showed varied results in HGPIN patients...
March 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412101/genetics-of-recurrent-miscarriage-and-fetal-loss
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REVIEW
M H Tur-Torres, C Garrido-Gimenez, J Alijotas-Reig
Despite years of research, miscarriage, particularly when recurrent, continues to pose a medical challenge. An embryo chromosomal error is responsible for 50-60% of recurrent cases; however, up to 30-50% remains an enigma. Successful pregnancy involves different maternal physiologic changes and certain complex interactions between the fetus and the mother by cytokines, angiogenic mediators and hormones. To date, research lines have focused on genetic and epigenetic polymorphisms related mainly to immune response and inflammatory mediators, and have yielded a significant relationship between recurrent miscarriage and immune mechanisms...
March 27, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410129/epigenetics-of-reproductive-infertility
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Laxmidhar Das, Sabnam Parbin, Nibedita Pradhan, Chahat Kausar, Samir K Patra
Infertility is a complex pathophysiological condition. It may caused by specific or multiple physical and physiological factors, including abnormalities in homeostasis, hormonal imbalances and genetic alterations. In recent times various studies implicated that, aberrant epigenetic mechanisms are associated with reproductive infertility. There might be transgenerational effects associated with epigenetic modifications of gametes and studies suggest the importance of alterations in epigenetic modification at early and late stages of gametogenesis...
June 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410062/role-of-imaging-in-the-evaluation-of-male-infertility
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Pardeep K Mittal, Brent Little, Peter A Harri, Frank H Miller, Lauren F Alexander, Bobby Kalb, Juan C Camacho, Viraj Master, Matthew Hartman, Courtney C Moreno
Infertility is defined herein as the inability to achieve pregnancy after frequently engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse for 1 year. Among infertile couples, the cause of infertility involves the male partner in approximately 50% of cases. Male infertility is usually caused by conditions affecting sperm production, sperm function, or both, or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm. Chronic health problems, injuries, lifestyle choices, anatomic problems, hormonal imbalances, and genetic defects can have a role in male infertility...
April 14, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386370/modifications-of-anxiety-like-behavior-in-prenatally-stressed-male-offspring-with-imbalance-of-androgens
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Julia Fedotova, Viktoria Akulova, Svetlana Pivina, Jozef Dragasek, Martin Caprnda, Peter Kruzliak
Gonadal hormones have been well-known to affect brain regions known to be involved in the modulation of mood and affective-related behavior. Prenatal stress might alter hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, it could be a target for development of affective-related disorders in male offspring. The present study was designed to examine an anxiety-like behavior in the adult male offspring with low levels of endogenous androgens delivered from pregnant dams exposed to prenatal stress from gestation day 15 to gestation day 19...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384577/butyltin-contamination-in-northern-chilean-coast-is-there-a-potential-risk-for-consumers
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Yasna Mattos, Wolfgang B Stotz, María Soledad Romero, Manuel Bravo, Gilberto Fillmann, Ítalo B Castro
Imposex is the superimposition of non-functional male sex organs in gastropod females. This syndrome is a hormonal imbalance induced by tributyltin (TBT) which have been used in antifouling paints formulation. The present study aimed to perform an integrated environmental assessment of imposex and butyltin (BT) contamination using surface sediments and tissues of Thaisella chocolata (an edible gastropod) from northern Chile. The results showed imposex incidence in 11 out of 12 sites. In the most contaminated sites, which are areas under the influence of maritime activities, and also used for fishing and aquaculture, RPLI were over 60 and VDSI over 4 (high incidence of sterile females)...
April 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382782/fatty-acid-binding-protein-4-regulates-fatty-infiltration-after-rotator-cuff-tear-by-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1-in-mice
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Yong-Soo Lee, Ja-Yeon Kim, Kyung-Soo Oh, Seok Won Chung
BACKGROUND: Fatty infiltration in skeletal muscle is directly linked to loss of muscle strength and is associated with various adverse physical outcomes such as muscle atrophy, inflammation, insulin resistance, mobility impairments, and even mortality in the elderly. Aging, mechanical unloading, muscle injury, and hormonal imbalance are main causes of muscle fat accumulation, and the fat cells are derived from muscle stem cells via adipogenic differentiation. However, the pathogenesis and molecular mechanisms of fatty infiltration in muscles are still not fully defined...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370258/polyphenic-trait-promotes-liver-cancer-in-a-model-of-epigenetic-instability
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Marco Cassano, Sandra Offner, Evarist Planet, Alessandra Piersigilli, Suk Min Jang, Hugues Henry, Markus B Geuking, Catherine Mooser, Kathy D McCoy, Andrew J Macpherson, Didier Trono
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) represents the fifth most common form of cancer worldwide and carries a high mortality rate due to lack of effective treatment. Males are eight times more likely to develop HCC than females, an effect largely driven by sex hormones, albeit through still poorly understood mechanisms. We previously identified TRIM28 (tripartite protein 28), a scaffold protein capable of recruiting a number of chromatin modifiers, as a crucial mediator of sexual dimorphism in the liver. Trim28(hep-/-) mice display sex-specific transcriptional deregulation of a wide range of bile and steroid metabolism genes and development of liver adenomas in males...
March 30, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363614/acute-symptomatic-hypocalcemia-from-immune-checkpoint-therapy-induced-hypoparathyroidism
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Myint Aung Win, Kyaw Zin Thein, Aiham Qdaisat, Sai-Ching Jim Yeung
BACKGROUND: Ipilimumab (a monoclonal antibody against CTLA-4) and nivolumab (a humanized antibody against PD-1) target these immune checkpoint pathways and are used for treatment of melanoma and an increasing number of other cancers. However, they may cause immune-related adverse effects (IRAEs). Although many endocrinopathies are known to be IRAEs, primary hypoparathyroidism with severe hypocalcemia has never been reported. This is the first case of hypoparathyroidism as an IRAE presenting to an Emergency Department with acute hypocalcemia...
February 27, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363134/dissociable-effects-of-age-and-testosterone-on-adolescent-impatience
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Corinna Laube, Ahna Ballonoff Suleiman, Megan Johnson, Ronald E Dahl, Wouter van den Bos
The onset of adolescence is associated with an increase in transgressive behaviours-from juvenile delinquency to substance use and unprotected sex-that are often attributed to increased impulsiveness. In the past, this increase was ascribed to "raging hormones"; more recently, to an imbalance in the maturation of different brain regions. However, it remains unclear how these large-scale biological changes impact specific processes that result in impulsive decisions, namely, sensitivity to immediate rewards and general discounting of future options...
March 14, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356501/anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-amh-and-fertility-management-in-agricultural-species
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Francesca Mossa, Fermin Jimenez-Krassel, Danielle M Scheetz, Miriam Weber-Nielsen, Alexander C O Evans, Jim Ireland
A reliable, easy to assess marker for fertility in agricultural species would be highly desirable and Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) is a promising candidate. This review summarizes recent findings concerning AMH and its role in fertility management, mainly in cattle. It focuses on: 1) alterations in circulating AMH concentrations from birth to puberty and during estrous cycles; 2) correlation of circulating AMH concentrations with ovarian follicle numbers and ovarian reserve; 3) factors that impact circulating AMH concentrations; 4) use of AMH as a predictor of fertility...
March 29, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342765/hippocampal-insulin-resistance-and-altered-food-decision-making-as-players-on-obesity-risk
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REVIEW
Amanda Brondani Mucellini, Natasha Kim de Oliveira da Fonseca, Gisele Gus Manfro, Patrícia Pelufo Silveira
There are increasing evidences that hippocampus can modulate the decision of what, when and how much to eat, in addition to its already recognized role in learning and memory processes. Insulin also has been linked to brain functions such as feeding behavior and the imbalance of its mechanism of action on hippocampus is being related to cognitive dysfunction. The discussion here is whether changes in insulin action could contribute to intake dysregulation and obesogenic behavior as a primary consequence of impairing hippocampal functioning, aside from the role of this hormone on obesity development through peripheral metabolic pathways...
March 22, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337122/cerebrospinal-fluid-cortisol-mediates-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-relationships-to-mortality-after-severe-tbi-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Miranda J Munoz, Raj G Kumar, Byung-Mo Oh, Yvette P Conley, Zhensheng Wang, Michelle D Failla, Amy K Wagner
Distinct regulatory signaling mechanisms exist between cortisol and brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that may influence secondary injury cascades associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and predict outcome. We investigated concurrent CSF BDNF and cortisol relationships in 117 patients sampled days 0-6 after severe TBI while accounting for BDNF genetics and age. We also determined associations between CSF BDNF and cortisol with 6-month mortality. BDNF variants, rs6265 and rs7124442, were used to create a gene risk score (GRS) in reference to previously published hypothesized risk for mortality in "younger patients" (<48 years) and hypothesized BDNF production/secretion capacity with these variants...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333235/ovarian-hormones-and-obesity
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Brigitte Leeners, Nori Geary, Philippe N Tobler, Lori Asarian
BACKGROUND: Obesity is caused by an imbalance between energy intake, i.e. eating and energy expenditure (EE). Severe obesity is more prevalent in women than men worldwide, and obesity pathophysiology and the resultant obesity-related disease risks differ in women and men. The underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Pre-clinical and clinical research indicate that ovarian hormones may play a major role. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: We systematically reviewed the clinical and pre-clinical literature on the effects of ovarian hormones on the physiology of adipose tissue (AT) and the regulation of AT mass by energy intake and EE...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296657/neuroendocrine-derangements-in-early-septic-shock-pharmacotherapy-for-relative-adrenal-and-vasopressin-insufficiency
#18
James W Schurr, Paul M Szumita, Jeremy R DeGrado
Septic shock is a leading cause of mortality in intensive care units throughout the world. While this disease state represents a highly complex pathophysiology involving numerous organ systems, the early approach to care includes adequate hemodynamic support traditionally achieved via infusions of vasoactive medications after adequate fluid resuscitation. Relative adrenal and vasopressin deficiencies are a common feature of septic shock that contribute to impaired hemodynamics. Hydrocortisone and vasopressin are endocrine system hormone analogues that target the acute neuroendocrine imbalance associated with septic shock...
March 14, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295435/the-role-of-thyroid-hormones-in-acute-coronary-syndromes-prognostic-value-of-alterations-in-thyroid-hormones
#19
REVIEW
Vasileios Lamprou, Dimitrios Varvarousis, Kali Polytarchou, Giolanda Varvarousi, Theodoros Xanthos
The prognosis of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) is affected by many factors. Normal thyroid homeostasis is known to alter during various critical illnesses, a condition that has been shown to correlate with the severity of the disease and increased mortality. The purpose of this article is to review literature to emphasize the considerable association of thyroid function with the cardiovascular system and summarize all existing evidence with regard to the role of thyroid hormones alterations during ACS. The electronic databases of PubMed, Medline, Scopus, and Cochrane were searched for relevant literature and studies...
March 10, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294570/how-does-obesity-affect-the-endocrine-system-a-narrative-review
#20
REVIEW
M Poddar, Y Chetty, V T Chetty
Obesity is a chronic, relapsing medical condition that results from an imbalance of energy expenditure and consumption. It is a leading cause of preventable illness, disability and premature death. The causes of obesity are multifactorial and include behavioural, socioeconomic, genetic, environmental and psychosocial factors. Rarely are endocrine diseases, e.g., hypothyroidism or Cushing's syndrome, the cause of obesity. What is less understood is how obesity affects the endocrine system. In this review, we will discuss the impact of obesity on multiple endocrine systems, including the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, changes in vitamin D homeostasis, gender steroids and thyroid hormones...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Obesity
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