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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334933/disrupted-in-schizophrenia-1is-essential-for-normal-hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal-hpi-axis-function
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Helen Eachus, Charlotte Bright, Vincent T Cunliffe, Marysia Placzek, Jonathan D Wood, Penelope J Watt
Psychiatric disorders arise due to an interplay of genetic and environmental factors, including stress. Studies in rodents have shown that mutants for Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia-1 (DISC1), a well-accepted genetic risk factor for mental illness, display abnormal behaviours in response to stress, but the mechanisms through which DISC1 affects stress responses remain poorly understood. Using two lines of zebrafish homozygous mutant for disc1, we investigated behaviour and functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal (HPI) axis, the fish equivalent of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332004/social-setting-social-rank-and-hpa-axis-response-in-cynomolgus-monkeys
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Vanessa A Jimenez, Daicia C Allen, Megan N McClintick, Kathleen A Grant
RATIONALE: Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity under different social settings in non-human primates is understudied. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the response of pituitary-adrenal hormones (adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol) to pharmacological challenges of the HPA axis in male cynomolgus macaques under different social settings. METHODS: Male cynomolgus macaques (Macaca fascicularis, n = 11) were individually (A) and socially housed (B) in alternation, over consecutive months, in an ABA design...
March 22, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330718/adult-glucocorticoid-receptor-mrna-expression-volatility-in-response-to-an-acute-stressor-and-juvenile-csf-corticotropin-releasing-factor-a-pilot-neurodevelopmental-study
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Shariful A Syed, Eric L P Smith, Olcay Batuman, Leonard A Rosenblum, Michael J Owens, Charles B Nemeroff, Jeremy D Coplan
INTRODUCTION: Early life stress (ELS) has been shown to play a role in establishing persistent maladaptive HPA axis modifications that may contribute to the pathogenesis of mood and anxiety disorders. Central glucocorticoid receptor (GR) messenger RNA (mRNA) expression may facilitate (mal)adaptive responsivity to ELS. The role of adult monocytic GR mRNA expression, a putative CNS proxy, during acute stress exposure was explored as well as the ELS marker, juvenile cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) corticotropin-releasing factor...
March 19, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329436/prospective-evaluation-of-a-week-one-overnight-metyrapone-test-with-subsequent-dynamic-assessments-of-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-function-after-pituitary-surgery
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Katherine English, Warrick J Inder, Zara Weedon, Goce Dimeski, Jane Sorbello, Anthony W Russell, Emma L Duncan, Ross Cuneo
OBJECTIVE: To determine if an overnight metyrapone test (OMT) within the first week post pituitary surgery can definitively assess the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, compared with subsequent dynamic tests and glucocorticoid requirement at 6 months. DESIGN: Prospective study measuring morning cortisol levels on day 3 and 4 post-operatively, OMT day 5-7 and week 6, 250μg short Synacthen test (SST) week 6 and insulin tolerance test (ITT) week 7. PATIENTS AND MEASUREMENTS: Forty participants who underwent pituitary surgery at a single centre (Cushing's disease excluded) and were followed for at least 6 months...
March 22, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324042/interleukin-1-antagonism-decreases-cortisol-levels-in-obese-individuals
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Sandrine Andrea Urwyler, Philipp Schuetz, Fahim Ebrahimi, Marc Y Donath, Mirjam Christ-Crain
Context: Increased cortisol levels in obesity may contribute to the associated metabolic syndrome. In obesity, the activated innate immune system leads to increased interleukin (IL)-1β, which is known to stimulate the release of adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH). Objective: We hypothesised that in obesity IL-1 antagonism would result in downregulation of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, leading to decreased cortisol levels. Design and participants: In this prospective intervention study we included 73 patients with obesity (BMI >30kg/m2) and at least one additional feature of the metabolic syndrome...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324017/a-novel-selective-bombesin-receptor-subtype-3-agonist-promotes-weight-loss-in-male-diet-induced-obese-rats-with-circadian-rhythm-change
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Yasunori Nio, Natsu Hotta, Minoru Maruyama, Kenichi Hamagami, Toshimi Nagi, Masaaki Funata, Junichi Sakamoto, Masanori Nakakariya, Nobuyuki Amano, Tomohiro Okawa, Yasuyoshi Arikawa, Shinobu Sasaki, Shoki Okuda, Shizuo Kasai, Yugo Habata, Yasutaka Nagisa
Bombesin receptor subtype 3 (BRS-3) is an orphan G-protein-coupled receptor. Based on the obese phenotype of male BRS-3-deficient mice, BRS-3 has been considered an attractive target for obesity treatment. Here, we developed a novel selective BRS-3 agonist (Compound-A) and evaluated its anti-obesity effects. Compound-A showed anorectic effects and enhanced energy expenditure in diet-induced obese (DIO)-F344 rats. Moreover, repeated oral administration of Compound-A for 7 days resulted in a significant body weight reduction in DIO-F344 rats...
March 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322762/patterns-of-stress-responses-shift-during-seasonal-life-history-transitions-an-analysis-comparing-baseline-maximal-and-integrated-corticosterone-in-female-red-sided-garter-snakes-thamnophis-sirtalis-parietalis
#7
Catherine A Dayger, Deborah I Lutterschmidt
Glucocorticoids often rise and fall with a variety of external and internal cues and frequently vary among life-history stages. This suggests that changing glucocorticoids may coordinate life-history transitions. To explore this hypothesis, we asked if the time-course of stress-induced glucocorticoid levels differ between two life-history transitions (i.e., spring and fall migration) in female red-sided garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis). We collected non-migratory females from a communal den and migratory females from a road along the migration route and treated them with 4 h of capture stress; plasma corticosterone was measured before, during and after capture stress...
March 18, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319850/methylation-of-hpa-axis-related-genes-in-men-with-hypersexual-disorder
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Jussi Jokinen, Adrian E Boström, Andreas Chatzittofis, Diana M Ciuculete, Katarina Görts Öberg, John N Flanagan, Stefan Arver, Helgi B Schiöth
Hypersexual Disorder (HD) defined as non-paraphilic sexual desire disorder with components of compulsivity, impulsivity and behavioral addiction, and proposed as a diagnosis in the DSM 5, shares some overlapping features with substance use disorder including common neurotransmitter systems and dysregulated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function. In this study, comprising 67 HD male patients and 39 male healthy volunteers, we aimed to identify HPA-axis coupled CpG-sites, in which modifications of the epigenetic profile are associated with hypersexuality...
March 10, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319849/the-association-between-three-major-physiological-stress-systems-and-oxidative-dna-and-lipid-damage
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Catherine N Black, Mariska Bot, Dóra Révész, Peter G Scheffer, Brenda Penninx
BACKGROUND: Increased activity of the three major physiological stress systems (immune-inflammatory system, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis [HPA-axis], and autonomic nervous system [ANS]) is part of the pathophysiology of various somatic and psychiatric diseases. Oxidative damage is a key mechanism in both ageing and disease. Elucidating the relationship between these stress systems and oxidative damage would contribute to the understanding of the role of physiological stress in disease...
March 6, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319688/attenuated-dhea-and-dhea-s-response-to-acute-psychosocial-stress-in-individuals-with-depressive-disorders
#10
Xiaoling Jiang, Wen Zhong, Haiyan An, Mingyu Fu, Yuanyuan Chen, Zhenggang Zhang, Zhongju Xiao
BACKGROUND: In recent years, a relationship between depression and basal dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) levels has frequently been suggested, but responses of these adrenal steroids to psychosocial stress have not been examined in individuals with depressive disorders. In this study, we examined salivary DHEA, DHEA-S, and cortisol/DHEA response to the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) in individuals with depressive disorders and in healthy controls to discover whether the responses of DHEA and DHEA-S to acute psychosocial stress could be a more sensitive marker of HPA dysfunction in depressive disorders...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315609/the-levonorgestrel-releasing-intrauterine-device-potentiates-stress-reactivity
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Jurate Aleknaviciute, Joke H M Tulen, Yolanda B De Rijke, Christian G Bouwkamp, Mark van der Kroeg, Mirjam Timmermans, Vincent L Wester, Veerle Bergink, Witte J G Hoogendijk, Henning Tiemeier, Elisabeth F C van Rossum, Cornelis G Kooiman, Steven A Kushner
BACKGROUND: The levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device (LNG-IUD) is currently recommended as a first-line contraceptive with an exclusively local intrauterine influence. However, recent clinical trials have identified side effects of LNG-IUD that appear to be systemically mediated, including depressed mood and emotional lability. METHODS: We performed two experimental studies and a cross-sectional study. For each study, women were included from three groups: LNG-IUD (0...
February 28, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315608/brief-report-neighborhood-disadvantage-and-hair-cortisol-among-older-urban-african-americans
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Samuele Zilioli, Richard B Slatcher, Heather Fritz, Jason C Booza, Malcolm P Cutchin
Previous studies have shown that living in poor neighborhoods is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. However, researchers are now investigating the biological pathways responsible for the deleterious effects of neighborhood disadvantage on health. This study investigated whether neighborhood disadvantage (i.e., a measure of relative neighborhood quality derived by combining social and built environmental conditions) was associated with hair cortisol-a retrospective indicator of long-term hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis activation-and whether this link would be mediated by self-reported neighborhood satisfaction...
March 2, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315375/sigh-rate-during-emotional-transitions-more-evidence-for-a-sigh-of-relief
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Elke Vlemincx, Michel Meulders, James L Abelson
Evidence suggests that sighs regulate stress and emotions, e.g. by facilitating relief. This study aimed to investigate sigh rates during relief. In addition, links between sighs, anxiety sensitivity and HPA-axis activity were explored. Healthy volunteers (N=29) were presented cues predicting the valence of subsequent stimuli. By sequencing cues that predicted pleasant or unpleasant stimuli with or without certainty, transitions to certain pleasantness (relief) or to certain unpleasantness (control) were created and compared to no transitions...
March 14, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314545/loneliness-in-older-adults-is-associated-with-diminished-cortisol-output
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N Schutter, T J Holwerda, M L Stek, J J M Dekker, D Rhebergen, H C Comijs
OBJECTIVE: Loneliness in older adults has been associated with increased mortality and health problems. One of the assumed underlying mechanisms is dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis (HPA-axis). The purpose of this study was to investigate whether loneliness in older adults is associated with HPA-axis dysregulation and whether this association differs between depressed and non-depressed persons. METHODS: Cross-sectional data of 426 lonely and non-lonely older adults in the Netherlands Study of Depression in Older Persons (NESDO) were used...
April 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301846/programming-of-the-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-axis-by-very-preterm-birth
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Martijn J J Finken, Bibian van der Voorn, Jonneke J Hollanders, Charlotte A Ruys, Marita de Waard, Johannes B van Goudoever, Joost Rotteveel
BACKGROUND: Many very preterm (i.e., <32 weeks of gestation) newborns fail to mount an adequate adrenocortical response to stress or illness, termed relative adrenal insufficiency. Conversely, later in life these infants show features of increased glucocorticoid bioactivity, such as abdominal adiposity, insulin resistance, raised blood pressure, shorter stature and internalizing problem behavior. SUMMARY: Studies suggested that very preterm newborns have impairments along multiple levels of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis...
March 17, 2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298251/impact-of-psychological-health-on-peripheral-endothelial-function-and-the-hpa-axis-activity-in-healthy-adolescents
#16
Yun Chen, Walter Osika, Frida Dangardt, Peter Friberg
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The development of adolescence psychological health over a 3-year period and its relationship to peripheral endothelial function and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis activity were examined in a cohort of healthy adolescents in a longitudinal study. METHODS: A total of 162 adolescents (94 females) participated in both baseline (mean age 14.5 ± 1 years) and three-year follow-up studies. Psychological health was evaluated by self-report using the Beck Youth Inventories of Emotional and Social Impairment and the psychosomatic problem scale...
March 9, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293470/hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-and-depression-symptom-effects-of-an-arginine-vasopressin-type-1b-receptor-antagonist-in-a-one-week-randomized-phase-1b-trial
#17
David A Katz, Charles Locke, Nicholas Greco, Wei Liu, Katherine A Tracy
BACKGROUND: Arginine vasopressin 1B receptor (V1B) antagonists may have utility for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). METHODS: The V1B antagonist ABT-436 (N = 31) or matching placebo (N = 20) was administered to MDD subjects for 7 days. The main study objectives were to assess the safety and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) effects of ABT-436 in MDD subjects. MDD symptoms were assessed using the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D-17) and the subject-rated Mood and Anxiety Symptom Questionnaire (MASQ)...
March 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292649/increased-methylation-of-glucocorticoid-receptor-gene-promoter-1f-in-peripheral-blood-of-patients-with-generalized-anxiety-disorder
#18
Wei Wang, Junqin Feng, Cui Ji, Xin Mu, Qingyan Ma, Yajuan Fan, Ce Chen, Chengge Gao, Xian-Cang Ma, Feng Zhu
Previous findings on the dysfunction of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are controversial, and the molecular mechanisms underlying such dysfunction remain unclear. We analyzed the methylation status of the NR3C1 1F promoter and the expression of glucocorticoid receptor-α isoform (GRα) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PMBCs), the basal cortisol level in serum, and a functional neuroendocrine marker for GR sensitivity in the PMBCs in 64 patients with current GAD and 85 healthy controls...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290618/c3435t-polymorphism-of-the-mdr1-gene-is-not-associated-with-blood-levels-of-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-axis-hormones-in-healthy-male-subjects
#19
A Suzuki, Y Matsumoto, T Shirata, K Goto, M Enokido, K Otani
In vitro studies have shown that multidrug resistance protein 1 (MDR1) has an affinity for cortisol; however, in vivo association studies on the relationship between MDR1 gene polymorphisms and blood cortisol levels have produced inconsistent results. Therefore, we examined the effects of the C3435T polymorphism of the MDR1 gene on blood levels of hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis hormones such as cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in healthy subjects. The subjects comprised 30 healthy Japanese males...
March 8, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288364/hair-analysis-reveals-subtle-hpa-axis-suppression-associated-with-use-of-local-corticosteroids-the-lifelines-cohort-study
#20
Vincent L Wester, Gerard Noppe, Mesut Savas, Erica L T van den Akker, Yolanda B de Rijke, Elisabeth F C van Rossum
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Scalp hair is increasingly used to measure the long-term exposure to endogenous glucocorticoids hormones. Long-term cortisone (HairE) and cortisol (HairF) have been associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and psychopathology. However, little is known about the influence of the use of local corticosteroids and major stressful life events on hair glucocorticoids. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We determined HairE and HairF using liquid chromatography - tandem mass spectrometry in 295 adult participants of the population-based Lifelines cohort study (75% females, median age 42)...
February 27, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
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