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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...
July 5, 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...
June 20, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608287/increased-glutamic-acid-decarboxylase-expression-in-the-hypothalamic-suprachiasmatic-nucleus-in-depression
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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
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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...
June 8, 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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482270/metabolic-differences-between-short-children-with-gh-peak-levels-in-the-lower-normal-range-and-healthy-children-of-normal-height
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Anders Tidblad, Jan Gustafsson, Claude Marcus, Martin Ritzén, Klas Ekström
OBJECTIVE: Severe growth hormone deficiency (GHD) leads to several metabolic effects in the body ranging from abnormal body composition to biochemical disturbances. However, less is known regarding these parameters in short children with GH peak levels in the lower normal range during provocation tests. Our aim was to study the metabolic profile of this group and compare it with that of healthy children of normal height. DESIGN: Thirty-five pre-pubertal short children (<-2...
June 2017: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385526/sex-difference-in-mouse-hypothalamic-transcriptome-profile-in-stress-induced-depression-model
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Bhanu Chandra Karisetty, Nitin Khandelwal, Arvind Kumar, Sumana Chakravarty
The influence of sex on prevalence and presentation of human depression necessitates studying its role in depression. Additionally, stress can also affect the incidence and progression of depressive phenotypes. Hypothalamus is a well-reported sexually dimorphic brain region. Hence, we performed a gene-array to uncover the chronic stress-induced transcriptional changes in the hypothalamus of male, intact female (with ovaries) and ovariectomized female mice. Chronic variable mild stress model was used to induce depression-like behavior in mice, assessed by despair behavior in forced swim test...
May 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374504/polymorphisms-in-the-promoter-region-of-inos-predispose-to-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-south-indian-tamils
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V S Negi, C M Mariaselvam, D P Misra, N Muralidharan, C Fortier, D Charron, R Krishnamoorthy, R Tamouza
Nitric oxide synthase (NOS) catalyses the production of nitric oxide (NO) from L-Arginine, which participates in diverse biological processes including inflammation and apoptosis. Macrophages, chondrocytes, osteoblasts and osteoclasts express inducible NOS (iNOS) at the site of synovial inflammation. NO produced at the inflamed joint may contribute to peri-articular bone loss, mediate apoptosis and regulate Th1/Th2 balance in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Variations in the promoter region of NOS gene regulate the nitric oxide synthase expression and iNOS (NOS2) polymorphisms have been associated with susceptibility to autoimmune disorders...
June 2017: International Journal of Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359742/increased-vasopressin-expression-in-the-bnst-accompanies-paternally-induced-territoriality-in-male-and-female-california-mouse-offspring
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Christine N Yohn, Amanda B Leithead, Elizabeth A Becker
While developmental consequences of parental investment on species-typical social behaviors has been extensively characterized in same-sex parent-offspring interactions, the impact of opposite-sex relationships is less clear. In the bi-parental California mouse (Peromyscus californicus), paternal retrieval behavior induces territorial aggression and the expression of arginine vasopressin (AVP) in adult male offspring. Although similar patterns of territorially emerge among females, the sexually dimorphic AVP system has not been considered since it is generally thought to regulate male-typical behavior...
April 24, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325880/balancing-selection-maintains-polymorphisms-at-neurogenetic-loci-in-field-experiments
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Eija Lonn, Esa Koskela, Tapio Mappes, Mikael Mokkonen, Angela M Sims, Phillip C Watts
Most variation in behavior has a genetic basis, but the processes determining the level of diversity at behavioral loci are largely unknown for natural populations. Expression of arginine vasopressin receptor 1a (Avpr1a) and oxytocin receptor (Oxtr) in specific regions of the brain regulates diverse social and reproductive behaviors in mammals, including humans. That these genes have important fitness consequences and that natural populations contain extensive diversity at these loci implies the action of balancing selection...
April 4, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315977/seasonal-expression-of-arginine-vasotocin-mrna-and-its-correlations-to-gonadal-steroidogenic-enzymes-and-sexually-dimorphic-coloration-during-sex-reversal-in-the-gilthead-seabream-sparus-aurata
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José J Reyes-Tomassini, Ten-Tsao Wong, Yonathan Zohar
Arginine vasotocin is a hormone produced in the hypothalamus of teleost fish that has been shown to regulate gonad development and sexual behavior. To study the role of arginine vasotocin in the gonadal cycle of the hermaphrodite gilthead seabream, Sparus aurata, we cloned the seabream arginine vasotocin (avt) complementary DNA (cDNA). We investigated the expression of brain avt throughout the gonad cycle using real-time quantitative PCR and compared its expression levels to the expression levels of two key gonadal steroidogenic enzymes, cyp19a1a and cyp11b2...
June 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302371/urinary-metabolites-along-with-common-and-rare%C3%A2-genetic-variations-are-associated-with-incident%C3%A2-chronic-kidney-disease
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Gearoid M McMahon, Shih-Jen Hwang, Clary B Clish, Adrienne Tin, Qiong Yang, Martin G Larson, Eugene P Rhee, Man Li, Daniel Levy, Christopher J O'Donnell, Josef Coresh, J Hunter Young, Robert E Gerszten, Caroline S Fox
We assessed the association between urinary metabolites, genetic variants, and incident chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the Framingham Offspring cohort. Among the participants, 193 individuals developed CKD (estimated glomerular filtration rate under 60 ml/min/1.73m(2)) between cohort examinations 6 (1995-1998) and 8 (2005-2008, mean follow-up 9.7 years). They were age- and sex-matched to 193 control individuals free of CKD. A total of 154 urinary metabolites were measured using mass spectrometry, and the association between metabolites and CKD was examined using logistic regression...
June 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294385/potential-excitatory-role-of-nitric-oxide-on-2-deoxy-d-glucose-induced-gastric-motility-in-rats
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A M Sevgili, Z D Balkanci, A Erdem
Previous studies have shown that 2-deoxy-d-glucose (2-DG) increases gastric motility via the vagus nerve, but the underlying mechanism remains elusive. Since nitric oxide (NO) is involved in gastric motility, a possible interplay between 2-DG and NO can be suggested. In the present study, Wistar rats (250-350 g) of both sexes were intravenously injected with 2-DG (200 mg·kg(-1) ), and the effects of the intravenous injection of the nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitors; nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME, 10 mg·kg(-1) ) and N(ω) -nitro-l-arginine (l-NNA, 10 mg·kg(-1) ) were investigated...
March 13, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293949/coomassie-brilliant-blue-g-250-dye-new-application-for-forensic-fingerprint-analysis
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Erica Brunelle, Anh Minh Le, Crystal Huynh, Kelly Wingfield, Lenka Halámková, Juliana Agudelo, Jan Halámek
The Bradford reagent, comprised of the Coomassie Brilliant Blue G-250 dye, methanol and phosphoric acid, has been traditionally used for quantifying proteins. Use of this reagent in the Bradford assay relies on the binding of the Coomassie Blue G-250 dye to proteins. However, the ability of the dye to react with a small group of amino acids - arginine, histidine, lysine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan - makes it a viable chemical assay for fingerprint analysis in order to identify the biological sex of the fingerprint originator...
March 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283755/vasotocin-induces-sexually-dimorphic-effects-on-acoustically-guided-behavior-in-a-tropical-frog
#19
Alexander T Baugh, Michael J Ryan
The neuropeptide arginine vasotocin (AVT) promotes sexual advertisement and influences vocalization structure in male anuran amphibians. In the present study, we used wild túngara frogs (Physalaemus pustulosus) to investigate the effects of AVT on phonotaxis in males and females-thereby controlling for potential task differences between the sexes. Using a combined within- and between-subjects design, we showed that acoustic choice behavior in female frogs is not influenced by injection per se (vehicle) or by AVT...
April 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261089/sex-and-age-differences-in-motion-sickness-in-rats-the-correlation-with-blood-hormone-responses-and-neuronal-activation-in-the-vestibular-and-autonomic-nuclei
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Wei Zhou, Junqin Wang, Leilei Pan, Ruirui Qi, Peng Liu, Jiluo Liu, Yiling Cai
Many studies have demonstrated sex and age differences in motion sickness, but the underlying physiological basis is still in controversy. In the present study, we tried to investigate the potential correlates of endocrine and/or neuronal activity with sex and age differences in rats with motion sickness. LiCl-induced nausea symptom was evaluated by conditioned gaping. Motion sickness was assessed by measurement of autonomic responses (i.e., conditioned gaping and defecation responses), motor impairments (i...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
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