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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110240/lead-exposure-is-related-to-hypercortisolemic-profiles-and-allostatic-load-in-brazilian-older-adults
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Juliana N Souza-Talarico, Deborah Suchecki, Robert-Paul Juster, Pierrich Plusquellec, Fernando Barbosa Junior, Vinícius Bunscheit, Tania Marcourakis, Tatiane Martins de Matos, Sonia J Lupien
Lead levels (Pb) have been linked to both hyper- and hypo-reactivity of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) axis to acute stress in animals and humans. Similarly, allostatic load (AL), the 'wear and tear' of chronic stress, is associated with inadequate HPA axis activity. We examined whether Pb levels would be associated with altered diurnal cortisol profile, as a primary mediator of AL, during aging. Pb levels were measured from blood samples (BPb) of 126 Brazilian individuals (105 women), between 50 and 82 years old...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099600/dhea-and-frontal-fibrosing-alopecia-molecular-and-physiopathological-mechanisms
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Neide Kalil Gaspar
The transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGFβ1) promotes fibrosis, differentiating epithelial cells and quiescent fibroblasts into myofibroblasts and increasing expression of extracellular matrix. Recent investigations have shown that PPAR (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor*) is a negative regulator of fibrotic events induced by TGFβ1. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is an immunomodulatory hormone essential for PPAR functions, and is reduced in some processes characterized by fibrosis. Although scarring alopecia characteristically develops in the female biological period in which occurs decreased production of DHEA, there are no data in the literature relating its reduction to fibrogenic process of this condition...
November 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099123/hyperandrogenemia-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-prevalence-characteristics-and-association-with-body-mass-index
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Eleni Alexiou, Erifili Hatziagelaki, Vasilios Pergialiotis, Charalampos Chrelias, Dimitrios Kassanos, Charalampos Siristatidis, Giannoula Kyrkou, Maria Kreatsa, Eftihios Trakakis
BACKGROUND: Hyperandrogenemia is one of the major diagnostic features for the diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence and the characteristics of hyperandrogenemia in women with PCOS and to investigate the association of clinical and biochemical characteristics with body mass index (BMI) according to the presence of hyperandrogenemia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We studied 266 women diagnosed with PCOS. Hyperandrogenemia was defined by testosterone (T) and/or free testosterone (FT) and/or ∆4 androstenedione (Δ4-A) higher than 75% of the upper limits of each hormone...
January 18, 2017: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098598/science-of-intracrinology-in-postmenopausal-women
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Fernand Labrie, Alain Bélanger, Georges Pelletier, Céline Martel, David F Archer, Wulf H Utian
OBJECTIVE: To illustrate the marked differences between classical endocrinology that distributes hormones to all tissues of the body through the bloodstream and the science of intracrinology, whereby each cell of each peripheral tissue makes a small and appropriate amount of estrogens and androgens from the inactive precursor dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), DHEA being mainly of adrenal origin. Because only the inactivated sex steroids are released in the blood, influence in the other tissues is avoided...
January 16, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095431/hair-measurements-of-cortisol-dhea-and-dhea-to-cortisol-ratio-as-biomarkers-of-chronic-stress-among-people-living-with-hiv-in-china-known-group-validation
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Shan Qiao, Xiaoming Li, Samuele Zilioli, Zheng Chen, Huihua Deng, Juxian Pan, Weigui Guo
BACKGROUND: Existing literature suggests that endocrine measures, including the steroid hormones of cortisol and Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), as well as the DHEA to cortisol ratio in the human hair can be used as promising biomarkers of chronic stress among humans. However, data are limited regarding the validity of these measures as biomarkers of chronic stress among people living with HIV (PLWH), whose endocrine system or hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis may be affected by HIV infection and/or antiretroviral therapy (ART) medications...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077388/the-na-taurocholate-cotransporting-polypeptide-ntcp-slc10a1-ortholog-in-the-marine-skate-leucoraja-erinacea-is-not-a-physiological-bile-salt-transporter
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Dongke Yu, Han Zhang, Daniel A Lionarons, James L Boyer, Shi-Ying Cai
The Na(+)-dependent taurocholate co-transporting polypeptide (NTCP/SLC10A1) is a hepatocyte specific solute carrier, which plays an important role in maintaining bile salt homeostasis in mammals. The absence of an hepatic Na(+)-dependent bile salt transport system in marine skate and rainbow trout raises a question regarding the function of the Slc10a1 gene in these species. Here we have characterized the Slc10a1 gene in the marine skate, Leucoraja erinacea. The transcript of skate Slc10a1 (skSlc10a1) encodes 319 amino acids and shares 46% identity to human NTCP (hNTCP) with similar topology to mammalian NTCP...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077245/a-systematic-review-of-adrenarche-as-a-sensitive-period-in-neurobiological-development-and-mental-health
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Michelle L Byrne, Sarah Whittle, Nandita Vijayakumar, Meg Dennison, Julian G Simmons, Nicholas B Allen
Substantial hormonal and neurobiological changes occur during puberty, and are widely argued to render this period of life a sensitive period in terms of risk for mental health problems. However, there is a paucity of research focusing on adrenarche, the earlier phase of pubertal development. Furthermore, there is a limited understanding of the association between adrenarche and neural development during this phase of life. We systematically reviewed research examining human adrenarcheal development as operationalized by hormonal levels of DHEA and DHEA-S, in relation to indices of mental health (Systematic Review 1)...
December 21, 2016: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076306/parallel-diurnal-fluctuation-of-testosterone-androstenedione-dehydroepiandrosterone-and-17ohprogesterone-as-assessed-in-serum-and-saliva-validation-of-a-novel-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-salivary-steroid-profiling
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Marco Mezzullo, Alessia Fazzini, Alessandra Gambineri, Guido Di Dalmazi, Roberta Mazza, Carla Pelusi, Valentina Vicennati, Renato Pasquali, Uberto Pagotto, Flaminia Fanelli
BACKGROUND: Salivary androgen testing represents a valuable source of biological information. However, the proper measurement of such low levels is challenging for direct immunoassays, lacking adequate accuracy. In the last few years, many conflicting findings reporting low correlation with the serum counterparts have hampered the clinical application of salivary androgen testing. Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) makes it possible to overcome previous analytical limits, providing new insights in endocrinology practice...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071011/the-effects-of-a-low-calorie-diet-or-an-isocaloric-diet-combined-with-metformin-on-sex-hormones-in-obese-women-of-child-bearing-age
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Ewelina Swora-Cwynar, Magdalena Kujawska-Łuczak, Joanna Suliburska, Julita Reguła, Angelika Kargulewicz, Matylda Kręgielska-Narożna, Emilia Marcinkowska, Alina Kanikowska, Marzena Bielas, Marian Grzymisławski, Paweł Bogdański
BACKGROUND: The influence of weight loss treatment on sex hormones profile has been studied mainly in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but in obese premenopausal women without PCOS it still remains unclear. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of two approaches to obesity treatment on the serum level of sex hormones in obese women of child-bearing age without PCOS. METHODS: 77 obese Caucasian women (aged 31.2 ±8.3 years) were randomized into two groups: 39 women received a low-calorie diet (LC) and 38 received an isocaloric diet plus metformin (IM), for 12 weeks...
April 2016: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063892/an-intraocular-drug-delivery-system-using-targeted-nanocarriers-attenuates-retinal-ganglion-cell-degeneration
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Lei Zhao, Guojun Chen, Jun Li, Yingmei Fu, Timur A Mavlyutov, Annie Yao, Robert W Nickells, Shaoqin Gong, Lian-Wang Guo
Glaucoma is a common blinding disease characterized by loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). To date, there is no clinically available treatment directly targeting RGCs. We aim to develop an RGC-targeted intraocular drug delivery system using unimolecular micelle nanoparticles (unimNPs) to prevent RGC loss. The unimNPs were formed by single/individual multi-arm star amphiphilic block copolymer poly(amidoamine)-polyvalerolactone-poly(ethylene glycol) (PAMAM-PVL-PEG). While the hydrophobic PAMAM-PVL core can encapsulate hydrophobic drugs, the hydrophilic PEG shell provides excellent water dispersity...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063792/syntheses-and-antiproliferative-activities-of-novel-phosphatidylcholines-containing-dehydroepiandrosterone-moieties
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Marek Kłobucki, Aleksandra Grudniewska, Damian A Smuga, Małgorzata Smuga, Joanna Jarosz, Joanna Wietrzyk, Gabriela Maciejewska, Czesław Wawrzeńczyk
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a natural hormone with many beneficial properties including an anticancer activity. Unfortunately, DHEA is unstable in the body and exhibits cytotoxicity against healthy cells. In this study, a series of new phosphocholines containing DHEA at sn-1 and/or sn-2 positions were prepared. Succinic acid was used as a linker between the active drug and sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine. All the compounds were evaluated in vitro for their antiproliferative activities against four cell lines: Balb/3T3, HL-60, B16, and LNCaP...
January 4, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062256/dehydroepiandrosterone-increases-the-number-and-dendrite-maturation-of-doublecortin-cells-in-the-dentate-gyrus-of-middle-age-male-wistar-rats-exposed-to-chronic-mild-stress
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J J Herrera-Pérez, L Martínez-Mota, G Jiménez-Rubio, L Ortiz-López, E A Cabrera-Muñoz, N Galindo-Sevilla, E Zambrano, F Hernández-Luis, G B Ramírez-Rodríguez, M Flores-Ramos
Aging increases the vulnerability to stress and risk of developing depression. These changes have been related to a reduction of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels, an adrenal steroid with anti-stress effects. Also, adult hippocampal neurogenesis decreases during aging and its alteration or impaired is related to the development of depression. Besides, it has been hypothesized that DHEA increases the formation of new neurons. However, it is unknown whether treatment with DHEA in aging may stimulate the dendrite maturation of newborn neurons and reversing depressive-like signs evoked by chronic stress exposure...
January 4, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056433/pelvic-organ-prolapse-and-endogenous-circulating-sex-steroids-in-postmenopausal-women-a-case-control-study
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Barbara Bodner-Adler, Klaus Bodner, Cora Schneidinger, Oliver Kimberger, Ksenia Halpern, Heinz Koelbl, Wolfgang Umek
OBJECTIVE: We compared sex steroid levels of postmenopausal patients with symptomatic pelvic organ prolapse (POP) with postmenopausal matched patients without any sign of POP. Furthermore, we evaluated a possible relationship between sex steroid levels and various urogynecologic parameters in cases with POP. Main outcome of interest were differences in circulating estradiol levels between the two groups. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a case-control study and 46 postmenopausal women with symptomatic POP≥stage 2 were matched 1:1 with 46 urogynecologic healthy women...
December 26, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043700/prenatal-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-exposure-and-disruption-of-adrenal-androgens-and-glucocorticoids-levels-in-cord-blood-the-hokkaido-study
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Atsuko Araki, Takahiko Mitsui, Houman Goudarzi, Tamie Nakajima, Chihiro Miyashita, Sachiko Itoh, Seiko Sasaki, Kazutoshi Cho, Kimihiko Moriya, Nobuo Shinohara, Katsuya Nonomura, Reiko Kishi
Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is known for its endocrine disrupting properties. We previously demonstrated that prenatal DEHP exposure is associated with decreased progesterone levels and testosterone/estradiol ratio in the cord blood. However, evidence of the effects of prenatal DEHP exposure on adrenal androgen and glucocorticoids in infants is scarce. Thus, the objectives of this study were to investigate the association between prenatal DEHP exposure and adrenal androgen and glucocorticoids, and to discuss its effects on steroid hormone profiles in infants...
December 30, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041602/serum-vitamin-d-and-sex-hormones-levels-in-men-and-women-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
#15
Di Zhao, Pamela Ouyang, Ian H de Boer, Pamela L Lutsey, Youssef M K Farag, Eliseo Guallar, David S Siscovick, Wendy S Post, Rita R Kalyani, Kevin L Billups, Erin D Michos
INTRODUCTION: 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] deficiency has been associated with low testosterone levels in men, but there are conflicting reports of its associations with sex hormones in women. Less is known about whether these associations are independent of adiposity and lifestyle factors, and whether they differ by race/ethnicity. AIM: To examine associations of 25(OH)D concentrations with sex hormone levels. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of 3017 men and 2929 women in a multi-ethnic cohort...
February 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038403/higher-serum-dhea-concentrations-before-and-after-ssri-treatment-are-associated-with-remission-of-major-depression
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Christina M Hough, Daniel Lindqvist, Elissa S Epel, Molly St Denis, Victor I Reus, F Saverio Bersani, Rebecca Rosser, Laura Mahan, Heather M Burke, Owen M Wolkowitz, Synthia H Mellon
BACKGROUND: Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its sulfated ester DHEA-sulfate (DHEA-S), (together DHEA[S]), are the most abundant adrenal steroids in humans and are found in blood and the brain, where they function as neurosteroids with direct receptor affinities. Preclinical studies suggest that DHEA(S) has antidepressant/neuroprotective properties, and exogenously administered DHEA has shown antidepressant efficacy in humans. Nonetheless, the role of endogenous DHEA(S) levels in major depressive disorder (MDD) and antidepressant outcomes remains unclear...
December 5, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029519/adrenocorticotropic-hormone-levels-before-treatment-predict-recurrence-of-cushing-s-disease
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Chun-Heng Kuo, Shyang-Rong Shih, Hung-Yuan Li, Szu-Chi Chen, Po-Ju Hung, Fen-Yu Tseng, Tien-Chun Chang
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Cushing's disease (CD) is the most common cause of endogenous Cushing's syndrome. Transsphenoidal surgery (TSS) is the first choice of treatment. Predicting prognosis after treatment can benefit further strategies of management, but currently there is no convenient predictor. This study aims to investigate characteristic changes after treatment and to identify potential prognostic predictors. METHODS: We retrospectively studied the records of CD patients presenting to the National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan between 1992 and 2011...
October 28, 2016: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027879/a-novel-mode-of-operation-of-slc22a11-membrane-insertion-of-estrone-sulfate-versus-translocation-of-uric-acid-and-glutamate
#18
Peter Skwara, Edgar Schömig, Dirk Gründemann
Estrone sulfate alias estrone-3-sulfate (E3S) is considerably larger and much more hydrophobic than typical substrates of SLC22 transporters. It is puzzling that many otherwise unrelated transporters have been reported to transport E3S. The aim of this study was to scrutinize the mechanism of transport of E3S by SLC22A11, by direct comparison with uric acid (UA), an important physiological substrate. Heterologous expression of SLC22A11 in human 293 cells gave rise to a huge unidirectional efflux of glutamate (Glu) and aspartate, as determined by LC-MS/MS...
December 24, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008861/delayed-diagnosis-of-a-17-hydroxylase-17-20-lyase-deficient-case-presented-with-46-xy-female-low-normal-potassium-can-alert-clinician
#19
Emine Çamtosun, Zeynep Şıklar, Serdar Ceylaner, Pınar Kocaay, Merih Berberoğlu
17-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase deficiency (17OHD) is a rare autosomal recessive defect in adrenal and gonadal steroidogenesis, causes absence of secondary sexual characteristics frequently associated with hypertension and hyperkalemia. Here we report a 46, XY case, who had normal potassium levels and without hypertension. Here we present a 2,5 years old female admitted with female external genitalia and inguinal swelling. Pathology of biopsy revealed that this gonad is a testis. Karyotype was 46, XY. She had no hypertension and no hypokalemia...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008755/an-exploratory-analysis-of-the-association-between-levels-of-hormones-implied-in-steroid-biosynthesis-and-activity-of-abiraterone-in-patients-with-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Valentina Bertaglia, Marcello Tucci, Francesca Vignani, Consuelo Buttigliero, Emiliano Aroasio, Alfredo Berruti, Giorgio V Scagliotti, Massimo DI Maio
BACKGROUND: Abiraterone acetate, approved for patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), blocks androgen byosinthesis. We aimed to describe changes determined by abiraterone in hormones implied in steroid biosynthesis, exploring association between hormonal levels and drug activity. METHODS: Patients with mCRPC, receiving standard abiraterone + prednisone after docetaxel failure, were studied. We determined serum levels of progesterone, 17OH-progesterone, cortisol, ACTH, DHEA-sulphate, androstenedione, testosterone, sex hormone-binding globulin, aldosterone, plasma renin activity, and cholesterol, baseline and every 12 weeks...
December 22, 2016: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
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