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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915075/building-the-case-for-a-novel-teleost-model-of-non-breeding-aggression-and-its-neuroendocrine-control
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Laura Quintana, Lucía Zubizarreta, Cecilia Jalabert, Gervasio Batista, Rossana Perrone, Ana Silva
In vertebrates, aggression has been traditionally associated with high levels of circulating androgens in breeding males. Nevertheless, the centrality of androgens as primary modulators of aggression is being reconsidered in at least in two particular cases: 1) territorial aggression outside the breeding season, and 2) aggression by females. We are developing the weakly electric fish, Gymnotus omarorum, as a novel, advantageous model system to address these two alternative forms of aggression. This species displays a short, escalated contest, after which a clear hierarchical status emerges...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914954/molecular-cloning-characterization-and-expression-profile-of-kisspeptin1-and-kisspeptin1-receptor-at-brain-pituitary-gonad-bpg-axis-of-golden-mahseer-tor-putitora-hamilton-1822-during-gonadal-development
#2
Neetu Shahi, Atul Kumar Singh, Monalisa Sahoo, Sumanta Kumar Mallik, Dimpal Thakuria
Complete cDNA sequences of kiss1 (gmkiss1) and its receptor kiss1r (gmkiss1r) were cloned and characterized from brain tissue of adult golden mahseer (Tor putitora). Thereafter, quantification of gmkiss1 and gmkiss1r mRNA expression in brain-pituitary-gonad (BPG) axis of male and female golden mahseer was carried out using quantitative real-time (qRT)-PCR assay during an annual reproductive cycle, at different gonadal development stages. The gmkiss1 cDNA was 508bp, with 330bp open reading frame (ORF), encoding a precursor protein of 109 amino acids, whereas gmkiss1r cDNA was 1383bp with an ORF of 1004bp, which encodes a 334 amino acid protein residue...
November 30, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913257/prodynorphin-and-kappa-opioid-receptor-mrna-expression-in-the-brain-relates-to-social-status-and-behavior-in-male-european-starlings
#3
Lauren V Riters, Melissa A Cordes, Sharon A Stevenson
Numerous animal species display behavioral changes in response to changes in social status or territory possession. For example, in male European starlings only males that acquire nesting sites display high rates of sexual and agonistic behavior. Past studies show that mu and delta opioid receptors regulate behaviors associated with social ascension or defeat. Opioids also act at kappa receptors, with dynorphin binding with the highest affinity; however, the role of these opioids in social behavior has not been well studied...
November 29, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912163/reproduction-impairment-and-endocrine-disruption-in-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio-after-waterborne-exposure-to-tboep
#4
Qinglong Xu, Ding Wu, Yao Dang, Liqin Yu, Chunsheng Liu, Jianghua Wang
Tris (2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBOEP) is widely used as a substitute of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). It has been frequently measured at concentrations of micrograms per liter (μg/L) in surface waters and waste water. However, limited information is available about the reproduction toxicology of TBOEP. In this study, adult zebrafish pairs were exposed to TBOEP at concentrations of 0, 5, 50, and 500μg/L for 21days. The effects on reproduction, hormone concentration, transcription of genes along the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, and gonadal development were investigated...
November 24, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911148/effects-of-chronic-estrogen-administration-in-the-ventromedial-nucleus-of-the-hypothalamus-vmh-on-fat-and-bone-metabolism-in-ovariectomized-rats
#5
Z Zhang, J Liu, A G Veldhuis-Vlug, Y Su, E Foppen, B C J van der Eerden, M Koedam, N Bravenboer, A Kalsbeek, A Boelen, E Fliers, P H Bisschop
Estrogen deficiency after ovariectomy (OVX) results in increased adiposity and bone loss, which can be prevented by systemic 17-β estradiol (E2) replacement. Studies in transgenic mice suggested that in addition to direct actions of estrogen in peripheral tissues, also estrogen signaling in the hypothalamus regulates fat distribution and bone metabolism. We hypothesized that the protective effect of systemic E2 on fat and bone metabolism in the OVX model is partly mediated through the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (VMH)...
December 2016: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910716/persistent-amenorrhea-and-decreased-dheas-to-cortisol-ratio-after-recovery-from-anorexia-nervosa
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Alessandra Andrisani, Chiara Sabbadin, Silvia Minardi, Angela Favaro, Gabriella Donà, Luciana Bordin, Guido Ambrosini, Decio Armanini
Persistent amenorrhea is a frequent condition affecting anorexic patients after stable weight recovery. It has been proposed that it could be due to alterations of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis linked with persistent hormonal impairments, such as relative hypercortisolemia and hypoleptinemia, and psychological symptoms related to anorexia nervosa (AN). The aim of our study was to evaluate the metabolic and hormonal pattern involved in the persistence of amenorrhea after recovery from AN. Eight weight-recovered anorexic patients with amenorrhea were investigated and matched with 10 healthy eumenorrhoic women, comparable for age and BMI...
December 2, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909922/production-of-biologically-active-recombinant-goose-fsh-in-a-single-chain-form-with-a-ctp-linker-sequence
#7
Hui Li, Huanxi Zhu, Qinming Qin, Mingming Lei, Zhendan Shi
FSH is a glycoprotein hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that is essential for gonadal development and reproductive function. In avian reproduction study, especially in avian reproduction hormone study, it is hindered by the lack of biologically active FSH. In order to overcome this shortcoming, we prepared recombinant goose FSH as a single chain molecule and tested its biological activities in the present study. Coding sequences for mature peptides of goose FSH α and β subunits were amplified from goose pituitary cDNA...
December 1, 2016: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908416/suppression-of-the-brain-pituitary-testicular-axis-function-following-acute-arsenic-and-manganese-co-exposure-and-withdrawal-in-rats
#8
Isaac A Adedara, Amos O Abolaji, Ifeoluwa O Awogbindin, Ebenezer O Farombi
Despite the fact that most environmental exposures to metals do not occur in isolation, the combined effects of metal mixtures on brain-pituitary-gonadal axis are poorly known. The present study investigated the impacts of co-exposure to arsenic (As) and manganese (Mn) on sperm characteristics, reproductive hormones and selected oxidative stress indices in the brain, testes and epididymis of rats following exposure for 15 consecutive days to 60mg/L of AsO2Na and 30mg/L of MnCl2 in drinking water. The results showed that while the brain weight remained unaffected, the fluid intake and the weights of testes and epididymis significantly (p<0...
January 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906711/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-in-adolescent-girls
#9
Natalie Hecht Baldauff, Selma Feldman Witchel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common heterogeneous disorder that appears to have its origins during the peripubertal years. The diagnostic conundrum is that the typical clinical features, irregular menses and acne, occur during normal female puberty. Understanding the physiologic origins and molecular basis of the dysregulated hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis in PCOS is fundamental to interrupting the distinctive vicious cycle of hyperandrogenism and chronic anovulation...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904927/effects-of-tin-on-enzyme-activity-in-holothuria-grisea-echinodermata-holothuroidea
#10
Tatiana Miura Pereira, Lívia Pôncio Mattar, Edgar Rocha Pereira, Julia Merçon, Ary Gomes da Silva, Zilma Maria Almeida Cruz
This study evaluated the effect of tin exposure on enzyme activity in the sea cucumber (Holothuria grisea Selenka, 1867). After exposure to 0 (control), 0.04, 0.08, or 0.12 mg L(-1) tin, we tested the activities of total cholinesterase in longitudinal muscles, acid phosphatase in gonads and the respiratory tree, as well as alkaline phosphatase in the intestines during a 96-h bioassay. Regression analyses showed that all enzyme activities declined with increasing tin concentrations, except for acid phosphatase in the respiratory tree, which were similarly, inhibited at all tin concentrations...
November 30, 2016: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903428/gonadogenesis-and-annual-reproductive-cycles-of-an-endangered-cyprinid-fish-the-lake-minnow-eupallasella-percnurus-pallas-1814
#11
Piotr Hliwa, Jarosław Król, Justyna Sikorska, Jacek Wolnicki, Grzegorz J Dietrich, Rafał Kamiński, Agnieszka Stabińska, Andrzej Ciereszko
In this study, gonadogenesis, the effect of temperature (15, 20 and 25°C) on sex differentiation, and annual changes in the gonads of mature lake minnow Eupallasella percnurus (Pallas, 1814) were determined. The lake minnow was found to be a primary gonochoristic fish species, where gonads are formed directly in the ovaries or testes. The morphological differentiation of gonads was initiated 35days post hatch (DPH) when two types of gonadal anlages were visible: a pear-shaped gonad attached by a single mesentery string and a spindle-shaped gonad attached on both sides to the peritoneum...
November 22, 2016: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902909/marek-s-disease-in-backyard-chickens-a-study-of-pathologic-findings-and-viral-loads-in-tumorous-and-nontumorous-birds
#12
Aslı Mete, Radhika Gharpure, Maurice E Pitesky, Dan Famini, Karen Sverlow, John Dunn
Marek's disease (MD) is a major cause of mortality in backyard chickens. The diagnosis of MD is complex, however, and knowledge of Marek's disease virus (MDV) in spontaneous field cases such as in backyard chickens is largely unknown. In this study, 40 backyard chickens with a presumptive MD diagnosis based on histologic lymphoid infiltrations in peripheral nerves with and without lymphomas were investigated. Twenty-eight of the birds were submitted to the diagnostic laboratory for disease explorations, and 12 chickens were from a flock in which some members demonstrated anisocoria and pupil irregularities compatible with ocular MD...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902763/temperature-shift-alters-dna-methylation-and-histone-modification-patterns-in-gonadal-aromatase-cyp19a1-gene-in-species-with-temperature-dependent-sex-determination
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Yuiko Matsumoto, Brette Hannigan, David Crews
The environment surrounding the embryos has a profound impact on the developmental process and phenotypic outcomes of the organism. In species with temperature-dependent sex determination, gonadal sex is determined by the incubation temperature of the eggs. A mechanistic link between temperature and transcriptional regulation of developmental genes, however, remains elusive. In this study, we examine the changes in DNA methylation and histone modification patterns of the aromatase (cyp19a1) gene in embryonic gonads of red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta) subjected to a temperature shift during development...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901643/bilateral-testicular-tumors-resulting-in-recurrent-cushing-s-syndrome-after-bilateral-adrenalectomy
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Troy Puar, Manon Engels, Antonius E van Herwaarden, Fred C G J Sweep, Christina Hulsbergen-van de Kaa, Karin Kamphuis-van Ulzen, Vasileios Chortis, Wiebke Arlt, Nike Stikkelbroeck, Hedi L Claahsen-van der Grinten, Ad R M M Hermus
CONTEXT: Recurrence of hypercortisolism in patients after bilateral adrenalectomy for Cushing's disease is extremely rare. PATIENT: We present a rare case of a 27-year-old man who previously underwent bilateral adrenalectomy for Cushing's disease with complete clinical resolution. Cushingoid features recurred 12 years later, along with bilateral testicular enlargement. Hormonal tests confirmed ACTH-dependent Cushing's. Surgical resection of the testicular tumors led to clinical and biochemical remission...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900615/good-manufacturing-practice-requirements-for-the-production-of-tissue-vitrification-and-warming-and-recovery-kits-for-clinical-research
#15
Monica M Laronda, Kelly E McKinnon, Alison Y Ting, Ann V Le Fever, Mary B Zelinski, Teresa K Woodruff
Products that are manufactured for use in a clinical trial, with the intent of gaining US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for clinical use, must be produced under an FDA approved investigational new drug (IND) application. We describe work done toward generating reliable methodology and materials for preserving ovarian cortical tissue through a vitrification kit and reviving this tissue through a warming and recovery kit. We have described the critical steps, procedures, and environments for manufacturing products with the intent of submitting an IND...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900396/-persistent-mullerian-duct-syndrome-rare-incidental-finding-during-treatment-of-pediatric-inguinal-hernia
#16
P Sperling, T Meyer
BACKGROUND: Persistent mullerian duct syndrome (PMDS) is a rare, autosomal recessive disorder. It is a form of male disorder of sexual differentiation in which mullerian duct structures are present in male phenotypes and 46XY karyotypes. In affected individuals, uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix and vagina are present. METHODS: A 2-month-old boy was admitted to hospital with a right-sided inguinal hernia. The physical examination showed a phenotypically normal boy with a right sided indirect inguinal hernia and impalpable testis...
November 29, 2016: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899901/association-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-related-gene-variants-with-the-severity-of-autism-spectrum-disorders
#17
Takashi X Fujisawa, Shota Nishitani, Ryoichiro Iwanaga, Junko Matsuzaki, Chisato Kawasaki, Mamoru Tochigi, Tsukasa Sasaki, Nobumasa Kato, Kazuyuki Shinohara
Exposure to environmental chemicals, such as dioxin, is known to have adverse effects on the homeostasis of gonadal steroids, thereby potentially altering the sexual differentiation of the brain to express autistic traits. Dioxin-like chemicals act on the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), polymorphisms, and mutations of AhR-related gene may exert pathological influences on sexual differentiation of the brain, causing autistic traits. To ascertain the relationship between AhR-related gene polymorphisms and autism susceptibility, we identified genotypes of them in patients and controls and determined whether there are different gene and genotype distributions between both groups...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899157/disorders-of-sex-development-insights-from-targeted-gene-sequencing-of-a-large-international-patient-cohort
#18
Stefanie Eggers, Simon Sadedin, Jocelyn A van den Bergen, Gorjana Robevska, Thomas Ohnesorg, Jacqueline Hewitt, Luke Lambeth, Aurore Bouty, Ingrid M Knarston, Tiong Yang Tan, Fergus Cameron, George Werther, John Hutson, Michele O'Connell, Sonia R Grover, Yves Heloury, Margaret Zacharin, Philip Bergman, Chris Kimber, Justin Brown, Nathalie Webb, Matthew F Hunter, Shubha Srinivasan, Angela Titmuss, Charles F Verge, David Mowat, Grahame Smith, Janine Smith, Lisa Ewans, Carolyn Shalhoub, Patricia Crock, Chris Cowell, Gary M Leong, Makato Ono, Antony R Lafferty, Tony Huynh, Uma Visser, Catherine S Choong, Fiona McKenzie, Nicholas Pachter, Elizabeth M Thompson, Jennifer Couper, Anne Baxendale, Jozef Gecz, Benjamin J Wheeler, Craig Jefferies, Karen MacKenzie, Paul Hofman, Philippa Carter, Richard I King, Csilla Krausz, Conny M A van Ravenswaaij-Arts, Leendert Looijenga, Sten Drop, Stefan Riedl, Martine Cools, Angelika Dawson, Achmad Zulfa Juniarto, Vaman Khadilkar, Anuradha Khadilkar, Vijayalakshmi Bhatia, Vũ Chí Dũng, Irum Atta, Jamal Raza, Nguyen Thi Diem Chi, Tran Kiem Hao, Vincent Harley, Peter Koopman, Garry Warne, Sultana Faradz, Alicia Oshlack, Katie L Ayers, Andrew H Sinclair
BACKGROUND: Disorders of sex development (DSD) are congenital conditions in which chromosomal, gonadal, or phenotypic sex is atypical. Clinical management of DSD is often difficult and currently only 13% of patients receive an accurate clinical genetic diagnosis. To address this we have developed a massively parallel sequencing targeted DSD gene panel which allows us to sequence all 64 known diagnostic DSD genes and candidate genes simultaneously. RESULTS: We analyzed DNA from the largest reported international cohort of patients with DSD (278 patients with 46,XY DSD and 48 with 46,XX DSD)...
November 29, 2016: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899089/familial-forms-of-disorders-of-sex-development-may-be-common-if-infertility-is-considered-a-comorbidity
#19
Raja Brauner, Flavia Picard-Dieval, Henri Lottmann, Sébastien Rouget, Joelle Bignon-Topalovic, Anu Bashamboo, Ken McElreavey
BACKGROUND: Families with 46,XY Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) have been reported, but they are considered to be exceptionally rare, with the exception of the familial forms of disorders affecting androgen synthesis or action. The families of some patients with anorchia may include individuals with 46,XY gonadal dysgenesis. We therefore analysed a large series of patients with 46,XY DSD or anorchia for the occurrence in their family of one of these phenotypes and/or ovarian insufficiency and/or infertility and/or cryptorchidism...
November 29, 2016: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898696/regulation-of-gonad-morphogenesis-in-drosophila-melanogaster-by-btb-family-transcription-factors
#20
Diane Silva, Kenneth W Olsen, Magdalena N Bednarz, Andrew Droste, Christopher P Lenkeit, Edwin Chaharbakhshi, Emily R Temple-Wood, Jennifer C Jemc
During embryogenesis, primordial germ cells (PGCs) and somatic gonadal precursor cells (SGPs) migrate and coalesce to form the early gonad. A failure of the PGCs and SGPs to form a gonad with the proper architecture not only affects germ cell development, but can also lead to infertility. Therefore, it is critical to identify the molecular mechanisms that function within both the PGCs and SGPs to promote gonad morphogenesis. We have characterized the phenotypes of two genes, longitudinals lacking (lola) and ribbon (rib), that are required for the coalescence and compaction of the embryonic gonad in Drosophila melanogaster...
2016: PloS One
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