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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050286/a-prospective-study-of-serum-metabolites-and-glioma-risk
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Jiaqi Huang, Stephanie J Weinstein, Cari M Kitahara, Edward D Karoly, Joshua N Sampson, Demetrius Albanes
Malignant glioma is one of the most lethal adult cancers, yet its etiology remains largely unknown. We conducted a prospective serum metabolomic analysis of glioma based on 64 cases and 64 matched controls selected from Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Study. Median time from collection of baseline fasting serum to diagnosis was nine years (inter-decile range 3-20 years). LC/MS-MS identified 730 known metabolites, and conditional logistic regression models estimated odds ratios for one-standard deviation differences in log-metabolite signals...
September 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018407/dose-dependent-and-lasting-influences-of-intranasal-vasopressin-on-face-processing-in-men
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Daniel Price, Debra Burris, Anna Cloutier, Carol B Thompson, James K Rilling, Richmond R Thompson
Arginine vasopressin (AVP) and related peptides have diverse effects on social behaviors in vertebrates, sometimes promoting affiliative interactions and sometimes aggressive or antisocial responses. The type of influence, in at least some species, depends on social contexts, including the sex of the individuals in the interaction and/or on the levels of peptide within brain circuits that control the behaviors. To determine if AVP promotes different responses to same- and other-sex faces in men, and if those effects are dose dependent, we measured the effects of two doses of AVP on subjective ratings of male and female faces...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992226/arginine-vasotocin-and-neuropeptide-y-vary-with-seasonal-life-history-transitions-in-garter-snakes
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Ashley R Lucas, Daelyn Y Richards, Lucy M Ramirez, Deborah I Lutterschmidt
Transitions between life-history stages are often accompanied by dramatic behavioral switches that result from a shift in motivation to pursue one resource over another. While the neuroendocrine mechanisms that regulate such behavioral transitions are poorly understood, arginine vasotocin (AVT) and neuropeptide Y (NPY) are excellent candidates because they modulate reproductive and feeding behavior, respectively. We asked if seasonal changes in AVT and NPY are concomitant with the seasonal migration to and from the feeding grounds in red-sided garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis)...
August 1, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940638/does-l-citrulline-supplementation-improve-exercise-blood-flow-in-older-adults
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Joaquin U Gonzales, Andrea Raymond, John Ashley, Youngdeok Kim
What is the central question of this study? Does short-term supplementation with l-citrulline in order to increase l-arginine improve exercise blood flow and peripheral dilatation responses to exercise in older adults? What is the main finding and its importance? l-Citrulline increased femoral blood flow by 11% and vascular conductance by 14% during lower-limb exercise in older men, whereas no changes were observed in older women. This modest improvement in bulk muscle blood flow in older men has implications for altering muscle metabolism that may result in enhanced exercise tolerance in older adults...
September 20, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939132/peak-hyperammonemia-and-atypical-acute-liver-failure-the-eruption-of-an-urea-cycle-disorder-during-hyperemesis-gravidarum
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Nicolas Weiss, Fanny Mochel, Marika Rudler, Sophie Demeret, Pascal Lebray, Filomena Conti, Damien Galanaud, Chris Ottolenghi, Jean-Paul Bonnefont, Marc Dommergues, Jacques Bernuau, Dominique Thabut
BACKGROUND: Inborn urea cycle deficiencies are under-recognized metabolic causes of hyperammonaemia in adults. METHODS: A 28-year-old primigravida, 7-week pregnant woman affected by hyperemesis gravidarum developed acute liver injury and then acute liver failure (ALF) in less than 48 hours. RESULTS: Because the patient developed atypical features, especially mildly elevated serum transaminases contrasting with very high blood ammonia levels (281 μmol/l), concomitant with normal serum creatinine, an inborn error of metabolism was suspected...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921679/maternal-immune-activation-leads-to-increased-nnos-immunoreactivity-in-the-brain-of-postnatal-day-2-rat-offspring
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Jiaxian Zhang, Yu Jing, Hu Zhang, David K Bilkey, Ping Liu
Neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) is a key arginine metabolising enzyme in the brain, and nNOS-derived nitric oxide plays an important role in regulating glutamatergic neurotransmission. Nitric oxide and its related molecules are involved in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia, and human genetic studies have identified schizophrenia risk genes encoding nNOS. The present study systematically investigated how maternal immune activation (MIA; a risk factor for schizophrenia) induced by polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid affected nNOS-immunoreactivity in the brain of the resulting male and female offspring at the age of postnatal day (PND) 2...
September 16, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911267/the-behavioral-and-molecular-evaluation-of-effects-of-social-instability-stress-as-a-model-of-stress-related-disorders-in-adult-female-rats
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Marta Maria Nowacka-Chmielewska, Daniela Kasprowska-Liśkiewicz, Jarosław Jerzy Barski, Ewa Obuchowicz, Andrzej Małecki
The study aimed to test the hypotheses that chronic social instability stress (CSIS) alters behavioral and physiological parameters and expression of selected genes important for stress response and social behaviors. Adult female Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to the 4-week CSIS procedure, which involves unpredictable rotation between phases of isolation and overcrowding. Behavioral analyses (Experiment 1) were performed on the same rats before and after CSIS (n = 16) and physiological and biochemical measurements (Experiment 2) were made on further control (CON; n = 7) and stressed groups (CSIS; n = 8)...
September 15, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877872/insulin-sensitivity-leptin-adiponectin-resistin-and-testosterone-in-adult-male-and-female-rats-after-maternal-neonatal-separation-and-environmental-stress
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Hershel Raff, Brian Hoeynck, Mack Jablonski, Cole Leonovicz, Jonathan M Phillips, Ashley L Gehrand
Care of premature infants often requires parental and caregiver separation particularly during hypoxic and hypothermic episodes. We have established a neonatal rat model of human prematurity involving maternal-neonatal separation and hypoxia with spontaneous hypothermia prevented with external heat. Adults previously exposed to these neonatal stressors show a sex difference in the insulin and glucose response to arginine stimulation suggesting a state of insulin resistance. The current study used this cohort of adult rats to evaluate insulin resistance (Homeostatic Model Assessment of Insulin Resistance [HOMA-IR]), plasma adipokines (reflecting insulin resistance states), and testosterone...
September 6, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871239/arginine-vasopressin-effects-on-subjective-judgments-and-neural-responses-to-same-and-other-sex-faces-in-men-and-women
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James K Rilling, Ting Li, Xiangchuan Chen, Pritam Gautam, Ebrahim Haroon, Richmond R Thompson
Arginine vasopressin (AVP) influences social and emotional behaviors across a wide range of species. In humans, intranasal AVP has been previously shown to alter physiological responses to and subjective judgments of same-sex faces in both men and women. The present study attempted to elucidate the neural mechanism for these effects by randomizing 40 healthy men and 40 healthy women to treatment with either 40 IU intranasal AVP or a saline placebo approximately 30 min before imaging their brain function with fMRI as they viewed same and other-sex faces...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803020/a-missense-mutation-in-pfas-phosphoribosylformylglycinamidine-synthase-is-likely-causal-for-embryonic-lethality-associated-with-the-mh1-haplotype-in-montb%C3%A3-liarde-dairy-cattle
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Pauline Michot, Sébastien Fritz, Anne Barbat, Mekki Boussaha, Marie-Christine Deloche, Cécile Grohs, Chris Hoze, Laurène Le Berre, Daniel Le Bourhis, Olivier Desnoes, Pascal Salvetti, Laurent Schibler, Didier Boichard, Aurélien Capitan
A candidate mutation in the sex hormone binding globulin gene was proposed in 2013 to be responsible for the MH1 recessive embryonic lethal locus segregating in the Montbéliarde breed. In this follow-up study, we excluded this candidate variant because healthy homozygous carriers were observed in large-scale genotyping data generated in the framework of the genomic selection program. We fine mapped the MH1 locus in a 702-kb interval and analyzed genome sequence data from the 1,000 bull genomes project and 54 Montbéliarde bulls (including 14 carriers and 40 noncarriers)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759308/vasopressin-deletion-is-associated-with-sex-specific-shifts-in-the-gut-microbiome
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Christopher T Fields, Benoit Chassaing, Matthew J Paul, Andrew T Gewirtz, Geert J de Vries
Brattleboro rats harbor a spontaneous deletion of the arginine-vasopressin (Avp) gene. In addition to diabetes insipidus, these rats exhibit low levels of anxiety and depressive behaviors. Recent work on the gut-brain axis has revealed that gut microbiota can influence anxiety behaviors. Therefore, we studied the effects of Avp gene deletion on gut microbiota. Since Avp gene expression is sexually different, we also examined how Avp deletion affects sex differences in gut microbiota. Males and females show modest but differentiated shifts in taxa abundance across 3 separate Avp deletion genotypes: wildtype (WT), heterozygous (Het) and AVP-deficient Brattleboro (KO) rats...
July 31, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715127/increased-aggression-and-lack-of-maternal-behavior-in-dio3-deficient-mice-are-associated-with-abnormalities-in-oxytocin-and-vasopressin-systems
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J Patrizia Stohn, M Elena Martinez, Maryam Zafer, Daniela López-Espíndola, Lauren M Keyes, Arturo Hernandez
Thyroid hormones regulate many aspects of brain development and function, and alterations in the levels of thyroid hormone action lead to abnormal anxiety- and depression-like behaviors. A complement of factors in the brain function independently of circulating levels of hormone to strictly controlled local thyroid hormone signaling. A critical factor is the type 3 deiodinase (DIO3), which is located in neurons and protects the brain from excessive thyroid hormone. Here we examined whether a local increase in brain thyroid hormone action secondary to DIO3 deficiency is of consequence for social behaviors...
July 17, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679627/ablation-of-arginase-ii-spares-arginine-and-abolishes-the-arginine-requirement-for-growth-in-male-mice
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Inka C Didelija, Mahmoud A Mohammad, Juan C Marini
Background: Arginine is considered a semiessential amino acid in many species, including humans, because under certain conditions its demand exceeds endogenous production. Arginine availability, however, is determined not only by its production but also by its disposal. Manipulation of disposal pathways has the potential to increase availability and thus abolish the requirement for arginine.Objective: The objective of the study was to test the hypothesis that arginase II ablation increases arginine availability for growth...
August 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674628/syndromes-of-orthostatic-intolerance-and-syncope-in-young-adults
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Viktor Hamrefors, Jasmina Medic Spahic, David Nilsson, Martin Senneby, Richard Sutton, Olle Melander, Artur Fedorowski
OBJECTIVE: To explore the clinical and neuroendocrine characteristics of syndromes of orthostatic intolerance and syncope in young adults. METHODS: Two hundred and thirty-six patients aged 18-40 years with orthostatic intolerance and/or syncope were examined by head-up tilt test (HUT). Plasma levels of epinephrine, norepinephrine, renin, C-terminal-pro-arginine-vasopressin (CT-proAVP), C-terminal-endothelin-1 and mid-regional-fragment of pro-atrial-natriuretic-peptide (MR-proANP) were analysed...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668996/dietary-l-arginine-accelerates-pupation-and-promotes-high-protein-levels-but-induces-oxidative-stress-and-reduces-fecundity-and-life-span-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Maria M Bayliak, Maria P Lylyk, Oksana V Maniukh, Janet M Storey, Kenneth B Storey, Volodymyr I Lushchak
L-Arginine, a precursor of many amino acids and of nitric oxide, plays multiple important roles in nutrient metabolism and regulation of physiological functions. In this study, the effects of L-arginine-enriched diets on selected physiological responses and metabolic processes were assessed in Drosophila melanogaster. Dietary L-arginine at concentrations 5-20 mM accelerated larval development and increased body mass, and total protein concentrations in third instar larvae, but did not affect these parameters when diets contained 100 mM arginine...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645860/gper-agonist-dilates-mesenteric-arteries-via-pi3k-akt-enos-and-potassium-channels-in-both-sexes
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Pollyana Peixoto, Rosária Dias Aires, Virgínia Soares Lemos, Nazaré Souza Bissoli, Roger Lyrio Dos Santos
AIM: The action of oestrogen has traditionally been attributed to the activation of nuclear receptors (ERα and ERβ). A third receptor, the G protein-coupled oestrogen receptor (GPER), has been described as mediator of the rapid action of oestrogen. Based on the possible protective role of oestrogen in the cardiovascular system, the present study was designed to determine whether selective GPER activation induces relaxation of mesenteric resistance arteries in both sexes and which signalling pathways are involved...
August 15, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608287/increased-glutamic-acid-decarboxylase-expression-in-the-hypothalamic-suprachiasmatic-nucleus-in-depression
#17
Xueyan Wu, Rawien Balesar, Jing Lu, Sahar Farajnia, Qiongbin Zhu, Manli Huang, Ai-Min Bao
In depression, disrupted circadian rhythms reflect abnormalities in the central circadian pacemaker, the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). Although many SCN neurons are said to be GABAergic, it was not yet known whether and how SCN GABA changes occur in the SCN in depression. We, therefore, studied GABA in the SCN in relation to the changes in arginine vasopressin (AVP), which is one of the major SCN output systems. Postmortem hypothalamus specimens of 13 subjects suffering from depression and of 13 well-matched controls were collected...
June 12, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596215/reproductive-and-metabolic-state-differences-in-olfactory-responses-to-amino-acids-in-a-mouth-brooding-african-cichlid-fish
#18
Alexandre A Nikonov, Julie M Butler, Karen E Field, John Caprio, Karen P Maruska
Olfaction mediates many crucial life-history behaviors such as prey detection, predator avoidance, migration and reproduction. Olfactory function can also be modulated by an animal's internal physiological and metabolic states. While this is relatively well studied in mammals, little is known about how internal state impacts olfaction in fishes, the largest and most diverse group of vertebrates. Here we apply electro-olfactograms (EOGs) in the African cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni to test the hypothesis that olfactory responses to food-related cues (i...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594296/the-p53-r72p-polymorphism-does-not-affect-the-physiological-response-to-ionizing-radiation-in-a-mouse-model
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Emily R Domínguez, Jennifer Orona, Kevin Lin, Carlos J Pérez, Fernando Benavides, Donna F Kusewitt, David G Johnson
Tissue culture and mouse model studies show that the presence of the arginine (R) or proline (P) coding single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the tumor suppressor gene p53 at codon 72 (p53 R72P) differentially affects the responses to genotoxic insult. Compared to the P variant, the R variant shows increased apoptosis in most cell cultures and mouse model tissues in response to genotoxins, and epidemiological studies suggest that the R variant may enhance cancer survival and reduce the risks of adverse reactions to genotoxic cancer treatment...
June 18, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526281/effects-of-maternal-immune-activation-on-brain-arginine-metabolism-of-postnatal-day-2-rat-offspring
#20
Jiaxian Zhang, Yu Jing, Hu Zhang, David K Bilkey, Ping Liu
l-Arginine is a versatile semi-essential amino acid with a number of bioactive metabolites, and altered arginine metabolism has been implicated in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Earlier research has demonstrated that maternal immune activation (MIA; a risk factor for schizophrenia) alters arginine metabolism in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus of the adult offspring. The present study investigated how MIA affected the levels of l-arginine and its downstream metabolites in the whole forebrain, frontal cortex, hippocampus and cerebellum of male and female rat offspring at the age of postnatal day 2...
May 16, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
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