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M C Lardone, F Argandoña, M Flórez, A Parada-Bustamante, M Ebensperger, C Palma, A Piottante, A Castro
Several observational studies have showed a combination of lower testosterone (T) to LH ratio and higher estradiol (E2 ) to T ratio in secretory infertile men compared to men with normal spermatogenesis, suggesting a steroidogenic dysfunction of Leydig cells (Lc) that may involve increased aromatase activity. Low T/LH ratio is associated with Lc hyperplasia, which together with LH hyperstimulation may represent compensation for impaired T production. Aromatase expression and oestrogen production are mainly detected in Lc of the testis, although Sertoli and germ cells also contribute to testicular aromatase activity...
October 21, 2016: Andrology
J L Dentis, N B Schreiber, A M Burress, L J Spicer
Angiogenin is a member of the ribonuclease A superfamily of proteins that has been implicated in stimulating angiogenesis but whether angiogenin can directly affect ovarian granulosa or theca cell function is unknown. Therefore, the objective of these studies was to determine the effect of angiogenin on proliferation and steroidogenesis of bovine granulosa and theca cells. In experiments 1 and 2, granulosa cells from small (1 to 5 mm diameter) follicles and theca cells from large (8 to 22 mm diameter) follicles were cultured to evaluate the dose-response effect of recombinant human angiogenin on steroidogenesis...
October 20, 2016: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Guillermo Gervasini, Carlos Jara, Clara Olier, Nuria Romero, Ruth Martínez, Juan Antonio Carrillo
AIMS: Anastrozole, an aromatase inhibitor widely used in breast cancer, has recently been indicated to be a P-glycoprotein (ABCB1) substrate. We have aimed to determine whether ABCB1 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) can affect anastrozole plasma concentrations in these patients. In addition, we assessed the impact of SNPs in CYP19A1 and TCL1A on the development of arthralgia and cancer recurrence in our series. METHODS: This study included 110 postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer...
October 17, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Diqi Yang, Lei Wang, Pengfei Lin, Tingting Jiang, Nan Wang, Fan Zhao, Huatao Chen, Keqiong Tang, Dong Zhou, Aihua Wang, Yaping Jin
With granulosa and theca cells, the ovaries are responsible for producing oocytes and secreting sex steroids such as estrogen and progesterone. Endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) plays an important role in follicle atresia and embryo implantation. In this study, goat granulosa cells were isolated from medium-sized (4-6 mm) healthy follicles. Primary granulosa cells were immortalized by transfection with human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) to establish a goat granulosa cell line (hTERT-GGCs). These hTERT-GGCs expressed hTERT and had relatively long telomeres at passage 50...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
J Cadenas, J Leiva-Revilla, L A Vieira, L B Apolloni, F L N Aguiar, B G Alves, C H Lobo, A P R Rodrigues, G A Apgar, J Smitz, J R Figueiredo, C Maside
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of growth hormone (GH) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) added alone, sequentially or in combination, in the presence of insulin at physiological concentration (10 ng/mL) on the IVC of two different follicular categories: preantral (experiment 1; Exp.1) and early antral (experiment 2; Exp.2). Isolated follicles were individually cultured for 24 (Exp.1) and 18 days (Exp.2) in the following treatments: αMEM(+) (Control), or Control medium supplemented with 50 ng/mL GH (GH), 100 ng/mL VEGF (VEGF), the combination of both (GH + VEGF), GH during the first 12 days and VEGF from Day 12 until the end of the culture (GH/VEGF) and vice versa (VEGF/GH)...
September 13, 2016: Theriogenology
Susanne U Miedlich, Nima Karamooz, Stephen R Hammes
OBJECTIVE: Aromatase, or CYP19A1, is a type II cytochrome CYP450 enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of C19 androgens to C18 estrogens. Its crucial role in both female and male physiology has been deduced from human and animal studies using aromatase inhibitors, genetically altered mice, and patients with aromatase deficiency. The latter is an extremely rare disorder. Its diagnosis is particularly difficult in males, who go through puberty normally and therefore usually present as adults with elevated testosterone, bone abnormalities (e...
September 29, 2016: Bone
Xueping Liu, Hoeke Abele Baarsma, Chung Hwee Thiam, Corinna Montrone, Barbara Brauner, Gisela Fobo, Julia-Sophie Heier, Sven Duscha, Melanie Königshoff, Veronique Angeli, Andreas Ruepp, Monica Campillos
Phenotypic drug discovery offers some advantages over target-based methods, mainly because it allows drug leads to be tested in systems that more closely model distinct disease states. However, a potential disadvantage is the difficulty of linking the observed phenotype to a specific cellular target. To address this problem, we developed DePick, a computational target de-convolution tool to determine targets specifically linked to small-molecule phenotypic screens. We applied DePick to eight publicly available screens and predicted 59 drug target-phenotype associations...
October 20, 2016: Cell Chemical Biology
S R Mishra, N Thakur, A Somal, M S Parmar, R Reshma, G Rajesh, V P Yadav, M K Bharti, Jaya Bharati, A Paul, V S Chouhan, G T Sharma, G Singh, M Sarkar
The present study investigated the expression and localization of FGF and its functional receptors in the follicle of buffalo and the treatment of FGF2 on mRNA expression of CYP19A1 (aromatase), PCNA, and BAX (BCL-2 associated X protein) in cultured buffalo granulosa cells (GCs). Follicles were classified into four groups based on size and E2 level in follicular fluid (FF): F1, 4-6mm diameter, E2<0.5ng/ml of FF; F2, 7-9mm, E2=0.5-5ng/ml; F3, 10-13mm, E2=5-40ng/ml; F4, >14mm, E2>180ng/ml. The qPCR studies revealed that the mRNA expression of FGF1, FGF2 and FGF7 were maximum (P<0...
October 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
Minghui Chen, Yanwen Xu, Benyu Miao, Hui Zhao, Lu Luo, Huijuan Shi, Canquan Zhou
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that circadian genes might be involved in the development of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Hyperandrogenism is a hallmark feature of PCOS. However, the effect of hyperandrogenism on circadian gene expression in human granulosa cells is unknown, and the general expression pattern of circadian genes in the human ovary is unclear. METHODS: Expression of the circadian proteins CLOCK and PER2 in human ovaries was observed by immunohistochemistry...
2016: Journal of Ovarian Research
Oju R Ibor, Aina O Adeogun, Olusegun A Fagbohun, Augustine Arukwe
In the present study, we investigated the occurrence of intersex condition, histopathological changes in the gonad and endocrine disruptor biomarker responses in Tilapia species (Tilaipia guineensis, Sarotherodon galileaus and Oreochromis niloticus) along the Ogun River, Nigeria. The study sites covered a length of 320 km and a total of 1074 tilapias were collected from three sampling sites (Abeokuta, Isheri and Ikorodu) with different degrees of anthropogenic contamination. Samples were also collected from an upstream putative control site (Igboho) along the Ogun River...
December 2016: Chemosphere
N Z Shaban, W A Hegazy, S M Abdel-Rahman, O M Awed, S A Khalil
Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) provide novel approaches to the adjuvant therapy for postmenopausal women with estrogen-receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancers. In this study, different plant extracts from Olea europaea leaves (OLE), Sonchus oleraceus L. (SOE) and Mangifera indica peels (MPE) were prepared to identify phytoconstituents and measure antioxidant capacities. The effects of these three extracts on aromatase activity in human placental microsomes were evaluated. Additionally, the effects of these extracts on tissue-specific promoter expression of CYP19A1 gene in cell culture model (MCF-7) were assessed using qRT-PCR...
2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Jiaqiang Zheng, Huacheng Yan, Lei Shi, Yanying Kong, Yongpan Zhao, Li Xie, Jian Li, Mukun Huang, Jin Li, Shujin Zhao
BACKGROUND: The CYP19A1 enzyme (aromatase) encoded by the cytochrome P450 (CYP) 19A1 gene influences the final step in the biosynthesis of estrogen, which has been associated with Alzheimer disease (AD). It is possible that genetic polymorphisms in CYP19A1 could influence the risk of AD by altering the expression of CYP19A1. The ε4 allele of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene, which is the most significant known genetic risk factor for AD, may mask the effects of other loci. METHODS: To assess the potential association of CYP19A1 gene polymorphisms with the risk of AD, we conducted a case-control study in a Chinese Han population by recruiting 463 cases, including 207 patients diagnosed with AD and 256 healthy people matched for sex and age...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Sandro Sacchi, Federica Marinaro, Debora Tondelli, Jessica Lui, Susanna Xella, Tiziana Marsella, Daniela Tagliasacchi, Cindy Argento, Alessandra Tirelli, Simone Giulini, Antonio La Marca
BACKGROUND: d-chiroinositol (DCI) is a inositolphosphoglycan (IPG) involved in several cellular functions that control the glucose metabolism. DCI functions as second messenger in the insulin signaling pathway and it is considered an insulin sensitizer since deficiency in tissue availability of DCI were shown to cause insulin resistance (IR). Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a pathological condition that is often accompanied with insulin resistance. DCI can positively affects several aspect of PCOS etiology decreasing the total and free testosterone, lowering blood pressure, improving the glucose metabolism and increasing the ovulation frequency...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Xin Qi, Mohamed Salem, Wenyi Zhou, Miwa Sato-Shimizu, Gang Ye, Johan Smitz, Chun Peng
Neurokinin B (NKB) and its receptor, NK3R, play critical roles in reproduction by regulating the secretion of the hypothalamic GnRH. NKB and NK3R genes are also expressed in the ovary; however, their physiological roles within the ovary are unknown. The aim of this study was to determine whether NKB acts directly on the ovary to regulate reproduction. Injection of NKB into zebrafish accelerated follicle development, increased the mRNA levels of cyp11a1 and cyp19a1, and enhanced estradiol production. Similarly, NKB induced cyp11a1 and cyp19a1 expression in primary cultures of zebrafish follicular cells and stimulated estradiol production from cultured follicles...
September 2016: Endocrinology
Koei Ikeda, Kenji Shiraishi, Ayaka Yoshida, Yusuke Shinchi, Mune Sanada, Yamato Motooka, Kosuke Fujino, Takeshi Mori, Makoto Suzuki
BACKGROUND: The detection rate of synchronous multiple lung adenocarcinomas (SMLA), which display multiple ground glass opacity nodules in the peripheral lung, is increasing due to advances in high resolution computed tomography. The backgrounds of multicentric development of adenocarcinoma are unknown. In this study, we quantitated estrogen concentration in the peripheral lungs of postmenopausal female patients with SMLA. METHODS: The tissue concentration of estrogens (estrone [E1] and estdadiol [E2]) in the noncancerous peripheral lung were measured with liquid chromatography/electrospray tandem mass spectrometry in postmenopausal female patients with lung adenocarcinoma...
2016: PloS One
Darina Kachakova, Atanaska Mitkova, Elenko Popov, Olga Beltcheva, Alexandrina Vlahova, Tihomir Dikov, Svetlana Christova, Vanio Mitev, Chavdar Slavov, Radka Kaneva
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of our study was to elucidate the role of polymorphisms in AR, CYP1B1, CYP19, and SRD5A2 genes for prostate cancer (PC) development in Bulgarian patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We genotyped 246 PC patients and 261 controls (155 with benign prostate hyperplasia and 107 healthy population controls) using direct sequencing, PCR-RFLP, SSCP, and fragment analysis. RESULTS: The allele and genotype frequencies of most of the studied variants did not differ significantly between cases and controls...
2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
Laila A Ibrahim, Joseph M Kramer, R Stan Williams, John J Bromfield
The microenvironment of the ovarian follicle is key to the developmental success of the oocyte. Minor changes within the follicular microenvironment can significantly disrupt oocyte development, compromising the formation of competent embryos and reducing fertility. Previously described as a sterile environment, the ovarian follicle of women has been shown to contain colonizing bacterial strains, whereas in domestic species, pathogen-associated molecules are concentrated in the follicular fluid of animals with uterine infection...
October 2016: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
Young-Hee Jeong, Hanlin Lu, Chi-Hun Park, Meiyan Li, Huijuan Luo, Joung Joo Kim, Siyang Liu, Kyeong Hee Ko, Shujia Huang, In Sung Hwang, Mi Na Kang, Desheng Gong, Kang Bae Park, Eun Ji Choi, Jung Hyun Park, Yeon Woo Jeong, Changjong Moon, Sang-Hwan Hyun, Nam Hyung Kim, Eui-Bae Jeung, Huanming Yang, Woo Suk Hwang, Fei Gao
Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) provides an excellent model for studying epigenomic reprogramming during mammalian development. We mapped the whole genome and whole methylome for potential anomalies of mutations or epimutations in SCNT-generated dogs with XY chromosomal sex but complete gonadal dysgenesis, which is classified as 78, XY disorder of sex development (DSD). Whole genome sequencing revealed no potential genomic variations that could explain the pathogenesis of DSD. However, extensive but stochastic anomalies of genome-wide DNA methylation were discovered in these SCNT DSD dogs...
2016: Scientific Reports
Kathryn L G Russart, Turk Rhen
Atrazine is an herbicide used to control broadleaf grasses and a suspected endocrine disrupting chemical. Snapping turtles lay eggs between late May and early June, which could lead to atrazine exposure via field runoff. Our goal was to determine whether a single exposure to 2ppb or 40ppb atrazine during embryogenesis could induce short- and long-term changes in gene expression within the hypothalamus of snapping turtles. We treated eggs with atrazine following sex determination and measured gene expression within the hypothalamus...
July 29, 2016: Toxicology
B Kurowicka, M Chrusciel, A Zmijewska, G Kotwica
This study aimed to evaluate the effect of heat acclimation of neonatal and adult rats on their testes response to in vitro treatment with triiodothyronine (T3). Four groups of rats were housed from birth as: 1) control (CR) at 20°C for 90 days, 2) neonatal heat-acclimated (NHA) at 34°C for 90 days, 3) adult heat-acclimated (AHA) at 20°C for 45 days followed by 45 days at 34°C and 4) de-acclimated (DA) at 34°C for 45 days followed by 45 days at 20°C. Blood plasma and both testes were harvested from 90-day old rats...
2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
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