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Satoru Morita, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Kenji Endo, Shingo Suzaki, Akira Mitsuhashi, Takafumi Shiohara, Midori Yatabe, Atsuhiro Ichihara, Shuji Sakai
PURPOSE: To assess the effectiveness of image fusion guidance (IF) with pre-procedural computed tomography (CT) with intraprocedural fluoroscopy for adrenal venous sampling (AVS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: AVS before and after ACTH stimulation including bilateral segmental sampling of effluent tributaries was performed in 62 patients with IF. A 3D volume rendering image, including adrenal glands and veins extracted from previously obtained contrast-enhanced CT images, was manually registered to the real-time X-ray fluoroscopy...
March 14, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
James M Hawley, Laura J Owen, Miguel De Bono, John Newell-Price, Brian G Keevil
BACKGROUND: Measurement of serum dexamethasone during the overnight dexamethasone-suppression test (ONDST) has been recommended to reduce false positive results when investigating Cushing's syndrome or increasingly commonly found adrenal incidentalomas. Despite this, there remains a paucity of well-validated dexamethasone methods currently available. Here, we describe the development of a rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS serum dexamethasone assay and validate its utility in a cohort of postmenopausal females...
January 1, 2018: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
Verica Lj Milošević, Walter B Severs, Nataša M Ristić, Milica N Manojlović-Stojanoski, Florina V Popovska-Perčinić, Branka T Šošić-Jurjević, Lazo B Pendovski, Svetlana L Trifunović, Marko Š Miler, Vladimir Z Ajdžanović
Genistein (G) and related soy phytoestrogens have been studied for potential usefulness in different chronic diseases, and may ameliorate signs of aging. They have a profound influence on the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The present study utilized the rat model of mild andropause to thoroughly evaluate the effects of G and soy extract on the adrenal gland and related blood hormones. Adult male rats were orchidectomized (Orx) or sham operated (SO). Orx rats received daily subcutaneous injections for 3 weeks of solvent, or G (Orx+G, 30 mg/kg), or commercial soy extract (Orx+Soy, 30 mg/kg)...
March 12, 2018: Histology and Histopathology
A C Bennett, A Van Camp, V López, C Smith
The link between obesity-induced systemic inflammation and decreased insulin signalling is well-known. It is also known that peripherally produced inflammatory cytokines can cross the blood-brain barrier, resulting in the release of neurotoxins that can ultimately lead to the demise of central nervous system integrity. A high-mesembrine Sceletium tortuosum extract was recently shown to possess cytoprotective and mild anti-inflammatory properties in monocytes and to target specific p450 enzymes to reduce adrenal glucocorticoid synthesis...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
Sheela Verjee, Anna Weston, Christiane Kolb, Heba Kalbhenn-Aziz, Veronika Butterweck
Dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis plays an important part in the development of depressive symptoms. In this study, the effects of a commercial St. John's wort extract (STW3-VI), hyperforin, miquelianin, and the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor citalopram on the expression of genes relevant to HPA axis function were investigated in human neuronal cells. SH-SY5Y cells were treated with STW3-VI (20 µg/mL), hyperforin (1 µM), miquelianin (10 µM), or citalopram (10 µM) in the presence of the glucocorticoid receptor agonist dexamethasone (DEX,10 µM) for 6 h and 48 h, respectively...
March 2, 2018: Planta Medica
Jun-Ming Wang, Li-Xin Pei, Yue-Yue Zhang, Yong-Xian Cheng, Chun-Ling Niu, Ying Cui, Wei-Sheng Feng, Gui-Fang Wang
The dried roots of Rehmannia glutinosa Libosch. (Scrophulariaceae) are of both medicinal and nutritional importance. Our previous study has found that the 80% ethanol extract of R. glutinosa (RGEE) produced antidepressant-like activities in mouse behavioral despair depression models. However, its mechanisms are still unclear. The present study aimed to observe the antidepressant-like mechanisms of RGEE on a rat chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) model by involving monoaminergic neurotransmitters and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)...
February 22, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Xiangting Li, Ting Wu, Zhonghai Yu, Tingting Li, Jingsi Zhang, Zhennian Zhang, Min Cai, Wen Zhang, Jun Xiang, Dingfang Cai
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common but serious psychiatric disorder, but current treatments are inadequate for approximately half of the patients with MDD. Thus, better methods of treatment are urgently needed. This study aimed to investigate the antidepressant-like effects and potential mechanism of Apocynum venetum leaf extract (AVLE) in chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) rat model of depression. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The CUMS rat model of depression was used to investigate the antidepressant-like activity and relevant mechanism of AVLE (30, 60, and 125 mg/kg, i...
February 14, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Michel Pugeat, Ingrid Plotton, Aude Brac de la Perrière, Gerald Raverot, Henri Déchaud, Véronique Raverot
Measuring total testosterone level is the first-line approach in assessing androgen excess in women. The main pitfalls in measuring testosterone relate to its low concentration and to the structural similarity between circulating androgens and testosterone, requiring accurate techniques with high specificity and sensitivity. These goals can be achieved by immunoassay using a specific anti-testosterone monoclonal antibody, ideally after an extraction step. Liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) will be commonly used for measuring testosterone, providing optimal accuracy with a low limit of detection...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
Divya Krishnamurthy, Hassan Rahmoune, Paul C Guest
Many chronic diseases are associated with hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysfunction. Therefore, proteomic profiling of the pituitary gland has potential to uncover new information on the underlying pathways affected in these conditions. This could lead to identification of new biomarkers or drug targets for development of novel therapeutics. Here we present a protocol for preparation of pituitary protein extracts and analysis of the major hormones and accessory proteins using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jong Hee Choi, Min Jung Lee, Minhee Jang, Hak-Jae Kim, Sanghyun Lee, Sang Won Lee, Young Ock Kim, Ik-Hyun Cho
Background: Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed neuropsychiatric diseases, but the underlying mechanism and medicine are not well-known. Although Panax ginseng has been reported to exert protective effects in various neurological studies, little information is available regarding its antidepressant effects. Methods: Here, we examined the antidepressant effect and underlying mechanism of P. ginseng extract (PGE) in a chronic restraint stress (CRS)-induced depression model in mice...
January 2018: Journal of Ginseng Research
Valeria Romeo, Simone Maurea, Renato Cuocolo, Mario Petretta, Pier Paolo Mainenti, Francesco Verde, Milena Coppola, Serena Dell'Aversana, Arturo Brunetti
BACKGROUND: Adrenal adenomas (AA) are the most common benign adrenal lesions, often characterized based on intralesional fat content as either lipid-rich (LRA) or lipid-poor (LPA). The differentiation of AA, particularly LPA, from nonadenoma adrenal lesions (NAL) may be challenging. Texture analysis (TA) can extract quantitative parameters from MR images. Machine learning is a technique for recognizing patterns that can be applied to medical images by identifying the best combination of TA features to create a predictive model for the diagnosis of interest...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Norbert Gleicher, Vitaly A Kushnir, Sarah K Darmon, Qi Wang, Lin Zhang, David F Albertini, David H Barad
BACKGROUND: A recent report described a new PCOS-like phenotype in lean older infertile women, and was characterized by high age-specific anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) but hypo- rather than the expected hyper-androgenism. The hypo-androgenism was, furthermore, characterized of, likely, adrenal origin and autoimmune etiology. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We extracted data on 708 consecutive infertility patients, and separated them into three age-strata, <35, 36-42, and >42 years...
January 6, 2018: Endocrine
Piotr Celichowski, Karol Jopek, Marta Szyszka, Marianna Tyczewska, Ludwik K Malendowicz, Marcin Rucinski
INTRODUCTION: Sirtuins are NAD dependent class III histone deacetylases. In adrenal cortex mitochondria are able to transform - via nicotinamide nucleotide transhydrogenase (NNT) - NAD into NADPH, which is required for steroidogenesis. These findings suggest that sirtuins expressed in mitochondria, Sirt3, Sirt4 and Sirt5, may be associated with adrenal steroidogenesis. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to characterize the expression of mitochondrial sirtuins (Sirt3-5) in individual compartments of rat adrenal cortex, their developmental regulation and to demonstrate whether their expression is dependent on adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) and Nampt (nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase also known as visfatin/PBEF), the rate-limiting enzyme in the regulation of mammalian NAD synthesis...
December 20, 2017: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
Teruaki Sugino, Ryosuke Ando, Rei Unno, Keitaro Iida, Taku Naiki, Shuzo Hamamoto, Kentaro Mizuno, Atsushi Okada, Yukihiro Umemoto, Noriyasu Kawai, Keiichi Tozawa, Yutaro Hayashi, Anri Inaki, Daiki Kayano, Seigo Kinuya, Takahiro Yasui
BACKGROUND: Pheochromocytomas are rare neuroendocrine tumors, with a malignancy frequency of approximately 10%. The treatment of malignant pheochromocytoma is palliative, and the traditional management strategy has limited efficacy. Furthermore, no clear criteria exist for the treatment of metastatic pheochromocytoma, especially for unresectable lesions. We report a case of complete remission of metastatic pheochromocytoma in 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy after a single session of 131I-MIBG therapy...
December 19, 2017: BMC Research Notes
Dongye He, Xuan Sai, Ning Wang, Xiaoyu Li, Lili Wang, Yongping Xu
Camellia euphlebia (family, Theaceae) is a Chinese folk medicine, known for its multiple pharmacological properties. The present study aimed to provide further insights into the therapeutic basis of C. euphlebia using several animal behavioral tests and physiological indexes. Tail suspension test, forced swimming test, open-field test, chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS), reversal of reserpine-induced hypothermia and palpebral ptosis, and 5-hydroxytryptophane-induced head-twitch response were used to evaluate the antidepressant effect of aqueous extract of Camellia euphlebia (AEC) on mice...
December 16, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
Kathleen E Hunt, Nadine S Lysiak, Jooke Robbins, Michael J Moore, Rosemary E Seton, Leigh Torres, C Loren Buck
Recent studies have demonstrated that some hormones are present in baleen powder from bowhead ( Balaena mysticetus) and North Atlantic right ( Eubalaena glacialis ) whales. To test the potential generalizability of this technique for studies of stress and reproduction in large whales, we sought to determine whether all major classes of steroid and thyroid hormones are detectable in baleen, and whether these hormones are detectable in other mysticetes. Powdered baleen samples were recovered from single specimens of North Atlantic right, bowhead, blue ( Balaenoptera [ B ...
2017: Conservation Physiology
Sungho Kim, Ho-Seong Han, YoungRok Choi, Yoo-Seok Yoon, Jai Young Cho
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic resection of retroperitoneal mass is challenging because of its location close to major vessels and a limited range of laparoscopic instruments [1-3]. We report a case of a huge retroperitoneal paraganglioma that was successfully excised laparoscopically using maneuver of hanging IVC METHOD: A 67-year-old female had abdominal mass detected during routine check-up. She had no symptoms associated mass. Hematologic, biochemical investigations, and hormone tests reveal normal results...
December 7, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
Katrina Flaskerud, Michael Bukowski, Mikhail Golovko, LuAnn Johnson, Stephen Brose, Ashrifa Ali, Beth Cleveland, Matthew Picklo, Susan Raatz
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of various cooking techniques on the fatty acid and oxylipin content of farmed rainbow trout. Rainbow trout is an excellent source of long-chain omega-3 ( n -3) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) which have beneficial health effects. Fillets of 2-year-old farmed rainbow trout were baked, broiled, microwaved, or pan-fried in corn (CO), canola (CaO), peanut (PO), or high oleic sunflower oil (HOSO). Fatty acids and oxidized lipids were extracted from these samples and their respective raw fillet samples...
November 2017: Food Science & Nutrition
Sen Wang, Wei-Cheng Gao, San-San Chen, Liang Bai, Li Luo, Xiang-Guang Zheng, You Luo
Objective: To define the survival effect of surgery of primary adrenal malignant lesions in metastatic adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) patients. Patients and methods: We used the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database (1973-2014) to identify metastatic ACC patients (stage IV by using European Network for the Study of Adrenal Tumors stage classification). Correlated variables, including age, sex, race, tumor laterality, treatment modality, lymph node dissection, surgery of metastatic site, tumor size, and tumor stage, were extracted...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
Hirohito Shima, Katrin Koehler, Yumiko Nomura, Kazuhiko Sugimoto, Akira Satoh, Tsutomu Ogata, Maki Fukami, Ramona Jühlen, Markus Schuelke, Klaus Mohnike, Angela Huebner, Satoshi Narumi
BACKGROUND: Myelodysplasia, infection, restriction of growth, adrenal hypoplasia, genital phenotypes and enteropathy (MIRAGE) syndrome is a recently described congenital disorder caused by heterozygous SAMD9 mutations. The phenotypic spectrum of the syndrome remains to be elucidated. METHODS AND RESULTS: We describe two unrelated patients who showed manifestations compatible with MIRAGE syndrome, with the exception of haematological features. Leucocyte genomic DNA samples were analysed with next-generation sequencing and Sanger sequencing, revealing the patients to have two de novoSAMD9 mutations on the same allele (patient 1 p...
February 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
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