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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749439/effects-of-melatonin-on-early-pregnancy-in-mouse-involving-the-regulation-of-star-cyp11a1-and-ihh-expression
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Shengyu Guan, Lu Xie, Teng Ma, Dongying Lv, Wang Jing, Xiuzhi Tian, Yukun Song, Zhiping Liu, Xianghong Xiao, Guoshi Liu
To test whether melatonin plays an important role in the process of early pregnancy, melatonin was given in drinking water to pregnant mice at different gestation stages. These included mice who were given melatonin 14 days prior to their successful mating (confirmed by vaginal plug) (Group A), after successful mating (Group B), and 14 days prior to and until after successful mating (Group C). Melatonin administration significantly enhanced serum as well as ovarian melatonin levels in the mice. It was observed that melatonin did not affect the natural estrous of mice...
July 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749022/effects-of-gnrh-a-progesterone-releasing-device-and-energy-balance-on-an-oestrus-synchronisation-program-in-anoestrous-dairy-cows
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S K Sahu, J F Cockrem, T J Parkinson, R A Laven
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this research was to study the roles of the day 0 energy balance and gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and progesterone levels on dominant follicle (DF) and corpus luteum (CL) development during the first 7 days of a gonadotrophin-prostaglandin-gonadotrophin (GPG) + progesterone (P4) program in anoestrous dairy cows. METHODS: Cows (n = 81) were allocated to one of the three treatments: (1) GPG + P4 (days 0 and 9, 100 µg GnRH; day 0-7, intravaginal P4 device; day 7, 500 µg PGF2α ); (2) GPG (as for treatment 1 but excluding the P4 device) and (3) prostaglandin + GnRH + P4 (as for treatment 1, but excluding day 0 GnRH)...
August 2017: Australian Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747540/historical-aspects-chronicling-the-discovery-of-ifnt
#3
Fuller Warren Bazer, William W Thatcher
It has been 42 years since a protein, now known as interferon tau (IFNT), was discovered in ovine conceptus-conditioned culture medium. In 1975, purification and testing of native IFNT revealed its unique antiluteolyic activity to prevent regression of corpora lutea on ovaries of nonpregnant ewes. Antiviral, antiproliferative and immunomodulatory properties of native and recombinant IFNT were also demonstrated. In addition, progesterone and IFNT were found to act cooperatively to silence expression of classical interferon stimulated genes in a cell-specific manner in ovine uterine luminal and superficial glandular epithelia...
July 26, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747362/alterations-of-adrenal-steroidomic-profiles-in-preterm-infants-at-birth
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Simon Travers, Laetitia Martinerie, Pascal Boileau, Marc Lombès, Eric Pussard
OBJECTIVE: Preterm infants have relative adrenal and kidney immaturity. Recently, we linked their urine sodium loss to a hypoaldosteronism at variance with an appropriate stimulation of the renin-angiotensin system. To investigate this defective aldosterone secretion, we analyse the biosynthesis pathways of adrenal steroids in neonates according to gestational age (GA). DESIGN: Multicentre study (Premaldo) including 152 neonates classified into three groups: group 1 (very preterm (VPT)): <33 ‰gestational weeks (GW); group 2 (preterm (PT)): 33-36 GW and group 3 (term (T)): ≥37 GW...
July 26, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746946/endocrine-factors-determining-immune-polarization-during-perinatal-transition
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Barna Vásárhelyi, Tivadar Tulassay
In utero the skewness of the adaptive immune system towards Th2 ('antiinflammatory') direction and low of Th1/Th2 cell ratio defend the fetus against rejection by the maternal immune system. Th2 dominance at birth is also of importance as it prevents uncontrolled inflammatory processes during parturition. This condition should change rapidly after birth. In an extrauterine milieu that is inherent with exposure to microorganisms, Th1 ('proinflammatory') polarization (i. e. increased Th1 cytokine production along with high Th1/Th2 ratio) are required to maintain an efficient immune response...
July 26, 2017: Klinische Pädiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745321/conditional-expression-of-ki-ras-g12v-in-the-mammary-epithelium-of-transgenic-mice-induces-estrogen-receptor-alpha-er%C3%AE-positive-adenocarcinoma
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S Andò, R Malivindi, S Catalano, P Rizza, I Barone, S Panza, D Rovito, C Emprou, J-M Bornert, G Laverny, D Metzger
Appropriate 'in vivo' models are crucial for studying breast cancer biology and evaluating the efficacy of therapeutic agents. Thus we engineered a novel transgenic mouse line expressing the human Ki-Ras bearing an activating mutation (Ki-Ras((G12V))) selectively in the mammary epithelium after lactation. These mice develop invasive ductal adenocarcinomas with 100% incidence within 3-9 months after Ki-Ras((G12V)) induction. Immunophenotyping revealed that the mammary tumors express luminal markers, are positive for estrogen and progesterone receptors, negative for HER2 and have a low proliferation index...
July 24, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743832/a-nomogram-to-predict-her2-status-in-breast-cancer-patients-with-her2-borderline-disease-as-determined-via-immunohistochemistry
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Qianqian Guo, Kai Chen, Xiaojie Lin, Yi Su, Rui Xu, Yan Dai, Chang Qiu, Xue Song, Siying Mao, Qianjun Chen
This study aimed to develop a nomogram to predict fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assay results for HER2-borderline breast cancer as determined via immunohistochemistry (IHC) among patients in China. We reviewed a database of breast cancer patients diagnosed between January 2007 and April 2013 at our institutions. We used logistic regression to develop a nomogram and we used receiver operating characteristic curve analysis and calibration plots to validate our nomogram. In total, 1138, 301 and 344 patients had IHC-determined HER2-negative, HER2-borderline and HER2-positive disease, respectively...
July 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743551/solubilizing-steroidal-drugs-by-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-derivatives
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Dennis H Schwarz, Annegret Engelke, Gerhard Wenz
Administration of steroidal drugs is hampered by their very low solubilities in water. β-Cyclodextrin and β-cyclodextrin derivatives can solubilize steroids and improve bio-availability of these hydrophobic APIs. A systematic overview of the achievable solubility enhancements of various steroids, testosterone, estradiol, progesterone, hydrocortisone, prednisone, dexamethasone, and finasteride, is provided. Beside the spatial fit of the steroid within the cyclodextrin cavity also hydrophilic substituents at the cyclodextrin framework play an important role in the extent of solubilization observed...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743530/different-inhibitory-potential-of-sex-hormones-on-nnk-detoxification-in-vitro-a-possible-explanation-for-gender-specific-lung-cancer-risk
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Claudia Stapelfeld, Karolina-Theresa Neumann, Edmund Maser
Smoking women are probably at a higher risk to develop lung cancer than men. Different explanations exist for these findings, a gender-specific impairment of tobacco carcinogen metabolism being one of them. In this study, we examined the inhibition of NNK reduction to NNAL, the first and most important detoxication step of this tobacco-specific carcinogen. It is mediated by different carbonyl reductases of the SDR (CBR1 and 11βHSD1) and AKR (AKR1B10, AKR1C1, AKR1C2 and AKR1C4) superfamilies. Inhibition constants of NNK reduction were determined with male (testosterone) and female (estradiol, progesterone) sex hormones and the contraceptives ethinylestradiol and drospirenone in A549 cells and with purified enzymes...
July 22, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743027/impact-of-heat-stress-on-estrus-expression-and-follicle-size-in-estrus-under-field-conditions-in-dairy-cows
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L K Schüller, I Michaelis, W Heuwieser
The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of heat stress on the expression of estrus signs and follicular diameter at the day of estrus in dairy cows under farm conditions. Cows reported in estrus (i.e., by an automated activity monitoring system or by the herd manager) were examined by a veterinarian. Uterine contractility and the largest diameter of all ovarian structures was determined by transrectal palpation and ultrasonography, respectively. The amount of estrus discharge, mounting traces and the color of the vaginal mucosa were determined in an external examination and scored on 3-point scales...
July 10, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742594/cervical-evaluation-in-pregnancy-proper-measurement-evaluation-and-management
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Joseph R Wax, Angelina Cartin, Michael G Pinette
Preterm birth is the leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality in developed nations. The heterogeneous causes of spontaneous preterm birth make prediction and prevention difficult. The primary importance of transvaginal cervical sonography and cervicovaginal fetal fibronectin lies in their high negative predictive values in assessing risk for preterm birth. Cervical length may be useful in identifying women who are candidates for cervical cerclage or progesterone therapy for preterm birth prevention...
September 2017: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742586/summary-of-future-developments
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Jessica R Zolton, Alan Decherney
Endometriosis is a chronic disease with the potential to cause devastating clinical manifestations such as infertility and chronic pelvic disease. Current treatment is limited to surgical intervention and pharmacologic therapy targeting estrogen and progesterone to suppress ectopic endometrial tissue proliferation. Undesired side effects and contraindications to the use of hormonal medications may reduce treatment options. As the pathogenesis of endometriosis continues to be investigated, new therapies will emerge...
September 2017: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742579/a-review-of-the-epigenetic-contributions-to-endometriosis
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Frances W Grimstad, Alan Decherney
Epigenetic influences have been postulated to affect the course of endometriosis. DNA methyltransferases, estrogen and progesterone receptors, micro-RNAs, and histone deacetylators, have shown differential expression in endometriosis compared with normal endometrium. Others such as aromatase, Steroid Factor-1, COX-2, and Homeobox A10 also have epigenetic modifications in endometriosis. Limitations in this area of research include heterogeneity in study design, patient populations, and methods of analysis. Larger, controlled studies are needed...
September 2017: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742263/progesterone-receptor-modulators-for-endometriosis
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REVIEW
Jing Fu, Hao Song, Min Zhou, Huili Zhu, Yuhe Wang, Hengxi Chen, Wei Huang
BACKGROUND: Endometriosis is defined as the presence of endometrial tissue (glands and stroma) outside the uterine cavity. This condition is oestrogen-dependent and thus is seen primarily during the reproductive years. Owing to their antiproliferative effects in the endometrium, progesterone receptor modulators (PRMs) have been advocated for treatment of endometriosis. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of PRMs primarily in terms of pain relief as compared with other treatments or placebo or no treatment in women of reproductive age with endometriosis...
July 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742191/high-progesterone-levels-during-the-luteal-phase-related-to-the-use-of-an-aromatase-inhibitor-in-breast-cancer-patients
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C Alviggi, R Marci, R Vallone, A Conforti, F Di Rella, I Strina, S Picarelli, P De Rosa, M De Laurentiis, C Yding Andersen, G De Placido
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the hormonal profile in three breast cancer patients who underwent controlled ovarian stimulation in the presence of the aromatase inhibitor letrozole. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In IVF University referral center, a case series of three breast cancer patients who underwent controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) with recombinant FSH and letrozole were investigated. Ovulation was induced with hCG (case No. 1) or with GnRH agonist (case No. 2-3). The primary outcome of our study was the detection of progesterone levels in the luteal phase...
July 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741737/effect-of-exogenous-progesterone-administration-on-luteal-sensitivity-to-pgf-during-the-early-development-of-the-corpus-luteum-in-mares-and-cows
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A Garcia-Muñoz, X Valldecabres-Torres, J R Newcombe, J Cuervo-Arango, E Garcia-Rosello
The objective of this study was to determine the effect of exogenous progesterone administration at ovulation and during the early development of the CL, on its future sensitivity to a single administration of PGF2a in mares and cows. Horse Retrospective reproductive data from an equine clinic in the UK during three breeding seasons were used. Mares were divided into: control group, cycles with single ovulations; double ovulation group cycles with asynchronous double ovulations; and PRID group: cycles with single ovulations and treatment with intravaginal progesterone device (CIDR) immediately after the ovulation...
July 25, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741064/injectable-sustained-release-depots-of-plga-microspheres-for-insoluble-drugs-prepared-by-hot-melt-extrusion
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Yuting Guo, Yunning Yang, Luying He, Rong Sun, Chenguang Pu, Bin Xie, Haibing He, Yu Zhang, Tian Yin, Yanjiao Wang, Xing Tang
PURPOSE: Progesterone (PRG) was selected as a model drug to develop a long-acting injection system for poorly water-soluble drugs. METHODS: Microspheres with high density-low porosity were prepared by hot-melt extrusion (HME) combined with wet-milling as the representative formulation, and a microcrystal suspension was also studied as a comparison. The morphology, particle size and distribution, polymorphism, drug distribution, density and porosity were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, laser diffraction particle size analyzer, power X-ray diffraction and DSC respectively...
July 24, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740098/puerarin-ameliorated-the-behavioral-deficits-induced-by-chronic-stress-in-rats
#18
Zhi-Kun Qiu, Guan-Hua Zhang, De-Sheng Zhong, Jia-Li He, Xu Liu, Ji-Sheng Chen, Da-Nian Wei
The present study aimed to investigate the mechanisms underlying the antidepressant-like effects of puerarin via the chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) procedure in rats. Similar to Sertraline (Ser), Chronic treatment of puerarin (60 and 120 mg/kg, i.g) elicited the antidepressant-like effects by reversing the decreased sucrose preference in sucrose preference test (SPT), by blocking the increased latency to feed in novelty-suppressed feeding test (NSFT) and the increased immobility time in forced swimming test (FST) without affecting locomotor activity...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739725/high-efficient-screening-method-for-identification-of-key-genes-in-breast-cancer-through-microarray-and-bioinformatics
#19
Zihao Liu, Gehao Liang, Luyuan Tan, A N Su, Wenguo Jiang, Chang Gong
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of the present study was to identify key pathways and genes in breast cancer and develop a new method for screening key genes with abnormal expression based on bioinformatics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three microarray datasets GSE21422, GSE42568 and GSE45827 were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database and differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were analyzed using GEO2R. The gene ontology (GO) and pathway enrichment analysis were established through DAVID database...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739507/neuroactive-steroids-and-diabetic-complications-in-the-nervous-system
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REVIEW
S Giatti, R Mastrangelo, M D'Antonio, M Pesaresi, S Romano, S Diviccaro, D Caruso, N Mitro, R C Melcangi
Important complications of diabetes mellitus in the nervous system are represented by diabetic peripheral neuropathy and diabetic encephalopathy. In this context, an important link is represented by neuroactive steroids (i.e., steroids coming from peripheral glands and affecting nervous functionality as well as directly synthesized in the nervous system). Indeed, diabetes does not only affect the reproductive axis and consequently the levels of sex steroid hormones, but also those of neuroactive steroids. Indeed, as will be here summarized, the levels of these neuromodulators present in the central and peripheral nervous system are affected by the pathology in a sex-dimorphic way...
July 21, 2017: Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology
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