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Corticotrophin releasing hormone

A E Hoban, R D Moloney, A V Golubeva, K A McVey Neufeld, O O'Sullivan, E Patterson, C Stanton, T G Dinan, G Clarke, J F Cryan
Gut microbiota colonization is a key event for host physiology that occurs early in life. Disruption of this process leads to altered brain development which ultimately manifests as changes in brain function and behaviour in adulthood. Studies using germ-free mice highlight the extreme impact on brain health that results from life without commensal microbes, however the impact of microbiota disturbances occurring in adulthood is less studied. To this end, we depleted the gut microbiota of 10-week-old male Sprague Dawley rats via chronic antibiotic treatment...
October 11, 2016: Neuroscience
Zheng Zheng, Simeng Gu, Yu Lei, Shanshan Lu, Wei Wang, Yang Li, Fushun Wang
"Safety first," we say these words almost every day, but we all take this for granted for what Maslow proposed in his famous theory of Hierarchy of Needs: safety needs come second to physiological needs. Here we propose that safety needs come before physiological needs. Safety needs are personal security, financial security, and health and well-being, which are more fundamental than physiological needs. Safety worrying is the major reason for mental disorders, such as anxiety, phobia, depression, and PTSD. The neural basis for safety is amygdala, LC/NE system, and corticotrophin-releasing hormone system, which can be regarded as a "safety circuitry," whose major behavior function is "fight or flight" and "fear and anger" emotions...
2016: Neural Plasticity
David J Owen, Lorna Wood, Barbara Tomenson, Francis Creed, James P Neilson
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether stress, anxiety and depression predict preterm birth in twin pregnancies. METHODS: A prospective cohort study with a convenience sample of women pregnant with dichorionic, diamniotic twins. They were interviewed at 24-28 weeks using the Life Events and Difficulties Schedule and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Corticotrophin-releasing hormone, ACTH and cortisol levels were assessed at 28 weeks. The main outcome was premature delivery; there were 42 preterm and 73 term births...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Jianying Tao, Juanxiu Lv, Weisheng Li, Pengjie Zhang, Caiping Mao, Zhice Xu
Melatonin is involved in the regulation of blood pressure through the receptor dependent or independent route. However, the effect of melatonin on fetal blood pressure is unknown. This study investigated the effect of melatonin on blood pressure of the late-term ovine fetus in utero. Melatonin and/or antagonists were intravenously administered into the fetuses. Mean arterial pressure and heart rate were recorded. Fetal blood samples were analyzed for biochemical parameters and hormones, including cortisol, angiotensin I, angiotensin II, aldosterone, atrial natriuretic peptide, corticotrophin-releasing hormone, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and endothelin...
September 2016: Reproductive Biology
Georgia Coleman, John Gigg, Maria Mercè Canal
The postnatal light environment that a mouse experiences during the critical first 3 postnatal weeks has long-term effects on both its circadian rhythm output and clock gene expression. Furthermore, data from our lab suggest that postnatal light may also impact the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is a key regulator of stress. To test the effect of postnatal light exposure on adult stress responses and circadian rhythmicity, we raised mice under either 24-h light-dark cycles (LD), constant light (LL) or constant dark (DD) during the first 3 postnatal weeks...
September 3, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Patrizia Carrarelli, Alice Luddi, Lucia Funghi, Felice Arcuri, Frederic Batteux, Cynthia Dela Cruz, Claudia Tosti, Fernando M Reis, Charles Chapron, Felice Petraglia
Ovarian endometrioma (OMA) and deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) are the most severe forms of endometriosis, but different pathogenetic mechanisms and clinical symptoms distinguish these two forms. Corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and urocortin (Ucn) are endometrial neuropeptides involved in tissue differentiation and inflammation. The expression of CRH, Ucn, Ucn2, CRH-receptors (type-1 and type-2) and inflammatory enzymes phospholipase-A2 group IIA (PLA2G2A) and cycloxygenase-2 (COX2) were evaluated in OMA (n = 22) and DIE (n = 26)...
October 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Nina Sarubin, Sven Hilbert, Felix Naumann, Peter Zill, Anna-Maria Wimmer, Caroline Nothdurfter, Rainer Rupprecht, Thomas C Baghai, Markus Bühner, Cornelius Schüle
Genetic variations in the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) have been associated with maladaptive stress responses and major depressive disorder (MDD). In a case-control study design, we examined whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and haploid genotype (haplotype) associations of MR gene NR3C2, GR gene NR3C1 and genes of GR chaperone molecules FK506 binding protein 5 (FKBP5) and corticotrophin-releasing hormone receptor 1 (CRHR1) differed between healthy subjects (n = 634) and inpatients with major depressive disorder (n = 412)...
August 22, 2016: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
Lihua Yao, Jianxin Chen, Hexiang Chen, Dan Xiang, Can Yang, Ling Xiao, Wanhong Liu, Huiling Wang, Gaohua Wang, Fan Zhu, Zhongchun Liu
Evidence has shown that gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) is involved in responses to stress and anxiety. The primary role of GRPR is to stimulate corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) or adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secretion. Thus, the mechanisms of GRPR signaling should be elucidated to discover novel therapeutic targets for treating depression. This study aimed to investigate GRPR alterations in the C57 mouse hypothalamus after the animals were subjected to stress and fluoxetine treatments...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Gui-Hai Chen, Lan Xia, Fang Wang, Xue-Wei Li, Chuan-An Jiao
Memory impairment is a frequent complaint in insomniacs; however, it is not consistently demonstrated. It is unknown whether memory impairment in insomniacs involves neuroendocrine dysfunction. The participants in this study were selected from the clinical setting and included 21 patients with chronic insomnia disorder (CID), 25 patients with insomnia and comorbid depressive disorder (CDD), and 20 control participants without insomnia. We evaluated spatial working and reference memory, object working and reference memory, and object recognition memory using the Nine Box Maze Test...
October 2016: Psychophysiology
Li Wang, Minjie Shen, Changyou Jiang, Lan Ma, Feifei Wang
BACKGROUND: The central nucleus of amygdala (CeA) is a crucial component of the neuronal circuitry mediating aversively emotion. Its role in the negative affective states during drug withdrawal includes changes in opioidergic, GABAergic, and CRF neurotransmission, etc However, the modulation of the neurobiological interconnectivity in the CeA, and the effects in the negative reinforcement of drug dependents are poorly understood. METHOD: We performed electrophysiological recordings to assess the membrane excitability of parvalbumin (PV)(+) interneurons in the CeA during chronic morphine withdrawal, and tested the morphine withdrawal-induced negative affective states, such as the aversive (assessed were performed by CPA), anxiety (assessed by EPM), and anhedonic-like (assessed by SPT) behaviors, as well as the mRNA level of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) when optogenetic inhibiting or activating PV(+) interneurons in the CeA...
July 6, 2016: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
Xiao Wu, Xiaoqiang Liang, Yijie DU, Yan Zhang, Meng Yang, Weiyi Gong, Baojun Liu, Jingcheng Dong, Ningxia Zhang, Hongying Zhang
The aim of the study was to examine the mechanism of action of Lidan Granule (LDG) for the prevention of gallstones using a guinea pig model. One hundred guinea pigs were divided into five groups randomly: control (standard diet and saline), model [lithogenic diet (LD) and saline], LDG-H (LD and 2 g/kg of LDG), LDG-L (LD and 1 g/kg of LDG), and ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) (LD and UDCA) as the positive control. At 6 weeks, the rate of gallstone formation and weight of the adrenal gland were recorded and serum levels of inflammatory cytokines were measured...
July 2016: Biomedical Reports
Lan-fang Guan, Ya-wei Li, Jun-jie Xu, Xiu-hong Zhong, Hong Zhang, Wen-he Zhu, Shi-jie Lv
OBJECTIVE: To explore the protection of high intensity microwave radiation on hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPAA) activity and hippocampal CA1 structure in rats and the protectiveeffect of Qindan Granule (QG) on radiation injured rats. METHODS: Totally 48 Wistar rats were randomlydivided into 8 groups, i.e., the normal control group, post-radiation day 1, 7, and 10 groups, 7 and 10days prevention groups, day 7 and 10 treatment groups, 6 in each group. Rats in prevention groups wererespectively administered with QG liquid (1 mL/100 g, 4...
April 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine
Wen-bin Ma, Xu-guang Liu, Hai-yan Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of chronological moxibustion on plasma corticosterone (CORT), corticotrophin releasing factor (CRF) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) rats, so as to explore its mechanisms underlying improvement of RA. METHODS: A total of 144 SD rats were randomly divided into normal control, model, moxibustion, sham-adrenalectomy (ADX, sham-ADX), ADX and ADX+moxibustion groups which were further separately divided into 4 subgroups (4 time-points: 12 pm, 6 am, 12 am, 6 pm, n = 6/subgroup)...
April 2016: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Caterina Squillacioti, Adriana De Luca, Giovanna Liguori, Sabrina Alì, Giuseppe Germano, Giuseppe Vassalotti, Luigi Navas, Nicola Mirabella
Cryptorchidism is the most common disorder of the sexual development in dogs, occurring in 13% of the males. Unilateral cryptorchidism is more frequent than bilateral and the right testis seems to be more frequently affected. Urocortin (UCN) is a corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH)-related peptide which was observed to affect several functions in male genital organs. The aim of the present study was to investigate the expression of UCN, and its receptors CRHR1 and CRHR2 by immunohistochemistry, Western blot and real-time RT-PCR in the normal and cryptic testis of the dog...
September 2016: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
Jin-Fang Ge, Ya-Yun Xu, Gan Qin, Jiang-Qun Cheng, Fei-Hu Chen
Metabolic disease subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) is closely associated with depression-like behavior both in human and animal studies, and our previous studies have identified the antidepressant effect of resveratrol (RES) in stressed rat model. The aim of this study was to investigate whether RES would manifest an antidepressant effect in SCH rat model and explore the possible mechanism. A SCH rat model was induced by hemi-thyroid electrocauterization, after which the model rats in the RES and LT4 groups received a daily intragastric injection of RES at the dose of 15 mg/kg or LT4 at the dose of 60 μg/kg for 16 days...
2016: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Mattia Barbot, Laura Trementino, Marialuisa Zilio, Filippo Ceccato, Nora Albiger, Andrea Daniele, Anna Chiara Frigo, Rodica Mardari, Giuseppe Rolma, Marco Boscaro, Giorgio Arnaldi, Carla Scaroni
INTRODUCTION: Diagnosing Cushing's syndrome (CS) can be a challenge, especially in ACTH-dependent CS, when it comes to detecting the origin of ACTH secretion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective data were collected on 170 patients with ACTH-dependent CS (149 CD, 21 EAS) referring to two endocrinology units, focusing on three non-invasive tests: dexamethasone 8 mg overnight challenge (HDDST); corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) assay and the desmopressin (DDAVP) test...
October 2016: Pituitary
Li-Hua Zhao, Yanting Yin, Dehua Yang, Bo Liu, Li Hou, Xiaoxi Wang, Kuntal Pal, Yi Jiang, Yang Feng, Xiaoqing Cai, Antao Dai, Mingyao Liu, Ming-Wei Wang, Karsten Melcher, H Eric Xu
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) from the secretin-like (class B) family are key players in hormonal homeostasis and are important drug targets for the treatment of metabolic disorders and neuronal diseases. They consist of a large N-terminal extracellular domain (ECD) and a transmembrane domain (TMD) with the GPCR signature of seven transmembrane helices. Class B GPCRs are activated by peptide hormones with their C termini bound to the receptor ECD and their N termini bound to the TMD. It is thought that the ECD functions as an affinity trap to bind and localize the hormone to the receptor...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Pan-Pan Jia, Yan-Bo Ma, Chun-Jiao Lu, Zakaria Mirza, Wei Zhang, Yong-Fang Jia, Wei-Guo Li, De-Sheng Pei
Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) has the potential to disrupt the thyroid endocrine system, but the underlying mechanism is unknown. In this study, zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos were exposed to different concentrations of DEHP (0, 40, 100, 200, 400 μg/L) from 2 to 168 hours post fertilization (hpf). Thyroid hormones (THs) levels and transcriptional profiling of key genes related to hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis were examined. The result of whole-body thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) indicated that the thyroid hormone homeostasis was disrupted by DEHP in the zebrafish larvae...
2016: PloS One
N E Ordyan, S G Pivina, V V Rakitskaya, V K Akulova
The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity changes were examined in the adult, prenatally stressed male rats in the experimental depression model--the paradigm of "learned helplessness". It was shown that in males descending from intact mothers a depressive-like state was accompanied by an increase in HPA activity. The expression of corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) increases, coupled with a rise in plasma levels of ACTH and corticosterone as well as in adrenal weight...
January 2016: Zhurnal Evoliutsionnoĭ Biokhimii i Fiziologii
Martin G Radvany, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Gary L Gallia, Gary S Wand, Roberto Salvatori
OBJECTIVE: Because magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) fails to detect many adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-secreting pituitary adenomas, inferior petrosal sinus sampling (IPSS) is considered the gold standard to differentiate Cushing disease (CD) from ectopic ACTH secretion syndrome (EAS). Some authors have suggested internal jugular vein sampling (IJVS) as an alternative to IPSS. METHODS: We simultaneously compared IJVS to IPSS in 30 consecutive patients referred for ACTH-dependent Cushing syndrome and equivocal MRI exams...
September 2016: Endocrine Practice
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