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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29713130/mucosa-repair-mechanisms-of-tong-xie-yao-fang-mediated-by-crh-r2-in-murine-dextran-sulfate-sodium-induced-colitis
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Shan-Shan Gong, Yi-Hong Fan, Shi-Yi Wang, Qing-Qing Han, Bin Lv, Yi Xu, Xi Chen, Yao-Er He
AIM: To explore the significance of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH)-receptor (R)2 in mucosal healing of dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis and the effect of Tong-Xie-Yao-Fang (TXYF) on CRH-R2 expression and regulation. METHODS: Ulcerative colitis was induced in mice by administration of 3% (w/v) DSS for 7 d. Once the model was established, mice were administered urocortin-2 (30 μg/kg), a peptide which binds exclusively to CRH-R2, or various doses of aqueous TXYF extracts (2...
April 28, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29618970/corticotropin-releasing-factor-receptors-modulate-oxytocin-release-in-the-dorsolateral-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-bnst-in-male-rats
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Daisy Martinon, Joanna Dabrowska
The neuropeptide oxytocin (OT) plays an important role in the regulation of social and anxiety-like behavior. Our previous studies have shown that OT neurons send projections from the hypothalamus to the dorsolateral bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNSTdl ), a forebrain region critically involved in the modulation of anxiety-like behavior. Importantly, these OT terminals in the BNSTdl express presynaptic corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) receptor type 2 (CRFR2). This suggests that CRFR2 might be involved in the modulation of OT release...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29604138/glucocorticoid-withdrawal-affects-stress-induced-changes-of-urocortin-2-gene-expression-in-rat-adrenal-medulla-and-brain
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Andrej Tillinger, Ľubica Horváthová, Regina Nostramo, Lidia I Serova, Richard Kvetňanský, Esther L Sabban, Boris Mravec
Corticotropin-releasing factor is well known activator of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis, that represents crucial system participating on stress response of the organism. Urocortins are members of the corticotropin-releasing factor family of peptides with proposed effects on neuroendocrine and behavioral stress response mechanisms. Urocortin 2, one of three known urocortins, is present in central and peripheral stress response system and its expression can be augmented by glucocorticoids. In the present study we have examined how glucocorticoid withdrawal affects urocortin 2 gene expression after acute immobilization in the adrenal medulla and selected brain areas in rats...
March 31, 2018: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29584808/urocortin-2-improves-right-ventricular-function-and-attenuates-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Rui Adão, Pedro Mendes-Ferreira, Diana Santos-Ribeiro, Carolina Maia-Rocha, Luís Pimentel, Cláudia Pinto, Eamon P Mulvaney, Helen M Reid, B Therese Kinsella, François Potus, Sandra Breuils-Bonnet, Miriam T Rademaker, Steeve Provencher, Sebastién Bonnet, Adelino Leite-Moreira, Carmen Brás-Silva
Aims: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a devastating disease and treatment options are limited. Urocortin-2 (Ucn-2) has shown promising therapeutic effects in experimental and clinical left ventricular heart failure (HF). Our aim was to analyze the expression of Ucn-2 in human and experimental PAH, and to investigate the effects of human Ucn-2 (hUcn-2) administration in rats with monocrotaline (MCT)-induced pulmonary hypertension (PH). Methods and Results: Tissue samples were collected from patients with and without PAH and from rats with MCT-induced PH; and hUcn-2 (5ug/kg, bi-daily, i...
March 23, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29546369/how-uv-light-touches-the-brain-and-endocrine-system-through-skin-and-why
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Andrzej T Slominski, Michal A Zmijewski, Przemyslaw M Plonka, Jerzy P Szaflarski, Ralf Paus
The skin, a self-regulating protective barrier organ, is empowered with sensory and computing capabilities to counteract the environmental stressors to maintain and restore disrupted cutaneous homeostasis. These complex functions are coordinated by a cutaneous neuro-endocrine system that also communicates in a bidirectional fashion with the central nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, all acting in concert to control body homeostasis. Although UV energy has played an important role in the origin and evolution of life, UV absorption by the skin not only triggers mechanisms that defend skin integrity and regulate global homeostasis but also induces skin pathology (e...
May 1, 2018: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29527918/modulation-of-iris-sphincter-and-ciliary-muscles-by-urocortin-2
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M Tavares-Silva, D Ferreira, S Cardoso, A R Raimundo, J Barbosa-Breda, A Leite-Moreira, A Rocha-Sousa
Urocortin 2 (UCN2) is a peptide related to corticotropin-releasing factor, capable of activating CRF-R2. Among its multisystemic effects, it has actions in all 3 muscle subtypes. This study's aim was to determine its potential role in two of the intrinsic eye muscle kinetics. Strips of iris sphincter (rabbit) and ciliary (bovine) muscles were dissected and mounted in isometric force-transducer systems filled with aerated-solutions. Contraction was elicited using carbachol (10(-6) M for iris sphincter, 10(-5) M for ciliary muscle), prior to all testing substances...
March 12, 2018: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29515519/molecular-modeling-of-structures-and-interaction-of-human-corticotropin-releasing-factor-crf-binding-protein-and-crf-type-2-receptor
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Paula G Slater, Sebastian E Gutierrez-Maldonado, Katia Gysling, Carlos F Lagos
The corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) system is a key mediator of the stress response and addictive behavior. The CRF system includes four peptides: The CRF system includes four peptides: CRF, urocortins I-III, CRF binding protein (CRF-BP) that binds CRF with high affinity, and two class B G-protein coupled receptors CRF1 R and CRF2 R. CRF-BP is a secreted protein without significant sequence homology to CRF receptors or to any other known class of protein. Recently, it has been described a potentiation role of CRF-BP over CRF signaling through CRF2 R in addictive-related neuronal plasticity and behavior...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29485699/cardiac-release-of-urocortin-precedes-the-occurrence-of-irreversible-myocardial-damage-in-the-rat-heart-exposed-to-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Richard A. Knight, Carol Chen-Scarabelli, Zhaokan Yuan, Roy B. McCauley, J. Di Rezze, Gabriele M. Scarabelli, Paul A. Townsend, David Latchman, Louis Saravolatz, Giuseppe Faggian, Alessandro Mazzucco, Hardial S. Chowdrey, Anastasis Stephanou, Tiziano M. Scarabelli First published: 22 February 2008 FEBS Letters, Volume 582, Issue 6, Pages 984-990 DOI: 10.1016/j.febslet.2008.02.035 The above article from FEBS Letters, published online on February 22, 2008 in Wiley Online Library (http://wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been withdrawn by agreement between the authors, the Journal Managing Editor Felix Wieland, and John Wiley & Sons Ltd...
February 2018: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29374836/corticotropin-releasing-factor-crf-neurocircuitry-and-neuropharmacology-in-alcohol-drinking
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Allyson L Schreiber, Nicholas W Gilpin
Alcohol use is pervasive in the United States. In the transition from nonhazardous drinking to hazardous drinking and alcohol use disorder, neuroadaptations occur within brain reward and brain stress systems. One brain signaling system that has received much attention in animal models of excessive alcohol drinking and alcohol dependence is corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF). The CRF system is composed of CRF, the urocortins, CRF-binding protein, and two receptors - CRF type 1 and CRF type 2. This review summarizes how acute, binge, and chronic alcohol dysregulates CRF signaling in hypothalamic and extra-hypothalamic brain regions and how this dysregulation may contribute to changes in alcohol reinforcement, excessive alcohol consumption, symptoms of negative affect during withdrawal, and alcohol relapse...
January 28, 2018: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248361/leptin-an-adipokine-with-central-importance-in-the-global-obesity-problem
#10
REVIEW
Jeffrey I Mechanick, Shan Zhao, W Timothy Garvey
Leptin has central importance in the global obesity and cardiovascular disease problem. Leptin is principally secreted by adipocytes and acts in the hypothalamus to suppress appetite and food intake, increase energy expenditure, and regulate body weight. Based on clinical translation of specific and networked actions, leptin affects the cardiovascular system and may be a marker and driver of cardiometabolic risk factors with interventions that are actionable by cardiologists. Leptin subnetwork analysis demonstrates a statistically significant role for ethnoculturally and socioeconomically appropriate lifestyle intervention in cardiovascular disease...
December 13, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247629/anxiolytic-and-antidepressant-like-actions-of-urocortin-2-and-its-fragments-in-mice
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Zsolt Bagosi, Krisztina Csabafi, Beáta Balangó, Dávid Pintér, Orsolya Szolomájer-Csikós, Zsolt Bozsó, Gábor Tóth, Gyula Telegdy, Gyula Szabó
The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like actions of Urocortin 2 (Ucn2) and its two fragments, Ucn2 (1-21) and Ucn2 (22-38), in mice, in an attempt to identify the biologically active sequence of this 38 amino acid neuropeptide. In this purpose, male C57BL/6 mice were treated intracerebroventricularly (icv) with 0.125, 0.25, 0.5 and 1 µg/2 µl of Ucn2, Ucn2 (1-21) or Ucn2 (22-38). After 30 min, the mice were evaluated in an elevated plus-maze test and a forced swim test for anxiety- and depression-like behavior, respectively...
February 1, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137551/environmental-manipulations-as-an-effective-alternative-treatment-to-reduce-endometriosis-progression
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Annelyn Torres-Reverón, Leslie L Rivera, Idhaliz Flores, Caroline B Appleyard
Treatments for endometriosis include pharmacological or surgical procedures that produce significant side effects. We aimed to determine how environmental enrichment (EE) could impact the progression of endometriosis using the autotransplantation rat model. Female rats were exposed to EE (endo-EE: toys and nesting materials, 4 rats per cage, larger area enclosure) or no enrichment (endo-NE: 2 rats per cage) starting on postnatal day 21. After 8 weeks, sham surgery or surgical endometriosis was induced by suturing uterine horn tissue next to the intestinal mesentery, then allowed to progress for 60 days during which EE or NE continued...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124350/role-of-trh-ucn3-neurons-of-the-perifornical-area-bed-nucleus-of-stria-terminalis-region-in-the-regulation-of-the-anorexigenic-pomc-neurons-of-the-arcuate-nucleus-in-male-mice-and-rats
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Zoltán Péterfi, Erzsébet Farkas, Kata Nagyunyomi-Sényi, Andrea Kádár, Szenci Ottó, András Horváth, Tamás Füzesi, Ronald M Lechan, Csaba Fekete
Two anorexigenic peptides, thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) and urocortin 3 (UCN3), are co-expressed in a continuous neuronal group that extends from the perifornical area to the bed nucleus of stria terminalis, raising the possibility that this cell group may be involved in the regulation of energy homeostasis. In this study, therefore, we tested the hypothesis that the TRH/UCN3 neurons regulate food intake by influencing feeding-related neuropeptide Y (NPY) and/or proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons in the arcuate nucleus (ARC)...
November 9, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121414/stress-induced-suppression-of-neuropeptide-y-induced-hunger-in-anorexic-chicks-involves-corticotrophin-releasing-factor-signalling-and-the-paraventricular-nucleus-of-the-hypothalamus
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J Wang, J Yi, P B Siegel, M A Cline, E R Gilbert
The Virginia lines of chickens have been selected for low (LWS) or high (HWS) juvenile body weight and have different severities of anorexia and obesity, respectively. The LWS that are exposed to stressors at hatch are refractory to neuropeptide Y (NPY)-induced food intake and the objective of the present study was to determine the underlying mechanisms. Chicks were exposed to a stressor (-20°C for 6 minutes and 22°C and delayed access to food for 24 hours) after hatching and the hypothalamic nuclei, including the lateral hypothalamus (LH), paraventricular nucleus (PVN), ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH) and arcuate nucleus (ARC), were collected 5 days later...
December 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056154/contribution-of-urocortin-to-the-development-of-excessive-drinking
#15
Andrey E Ryabinin, William J Giardino
The corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) system plays a role in alcohol consumption, and its dysregulation can contribute to alcohol use disorder. This system includes four peptide ligands: CRF, urocortin (Ucn)1, Ucn2, and Ucn3. Historically, attention focused on CRF, however, Ucn1 also plays a critical role in excessive alcohol use. This review covers evidence for this contribution and contrasts the role of Ucn1 with CRF. While CRF can promote binge consumption, this regulation occurs through generalized mechanisms that are not specific for alcohol...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28949067/loss-of-end-differentiated-%C3%AE-cell-phenotype-following-pancreatic-islet-transplantation
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S J Anderson, M G White, S L Armour, R Maheshwari, D Tiniakos, Y D Muller, E Berishvili, T Berney, J A M Shaw
Replacement of pancreatic β-cells through deceased donor islet transplantation is a proven therapy for preventing recurrent life-threatening hypoglycemia in type 1 diabetes. Although near-normal glucose levels and insulin independence can be maintained for many years following successful islet transplantation, restoration of normal functional β-cell mass has remained elusive. It has recently been proposed that dedifferentiation/plasticity towards other endocrine phenotypes may play an important role in stress-induced β-cell dysfunction in type 2 diabetes...
March 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929494/crhr2-ucn2-signaling-is-a-novel-regulator-of-mir-7-yy1-fas-circuitry-contributing-to-reversal-of-colorectal-cancer-cell-resistance-to-fas-mediated-apoptosis
#17
Charalabos Pothoulakis, Monica Torre-Rojas, Marco A Duran-Padilla, Jonathan Gevorkian, Odysseas Zoras, Emmanuel Chrysos, George Chalkiadakis, Stavroula Baritaki
Colorectal cancer (CRC) responds poorly to immuno-mediated cytotoxicity. Underexpression of corticotropin-releasing-hormone-receptor-2 (CRHR2) in CRC, promotes tumor survival, growth and Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition (EMT), in vitro and in vivo. We explored the role of CRHR2 downregulation in CRC cell resistance to Fas/FasL-mediated apoptosis and the underlying molecular mechanism. CRC cell sensitivity to CH11-induced apoptosis was compared between Urocortin-2 (Ucn2)-stimulated parental and CRHR2-overexpressing CRC cell lines and targets of CRHR2/Ucn2 signaling were identified through in vitro and ex vivo analyses...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925754/plasma-urocortin-1-as-a-preoperative-marker-of-endometriosis-in-symptomatic-women
#18
Laura M Maia, Ana L Rocha, Helen L Del Puerto, Felice Petraglia, Fernando M Reis
Accurate noninvasive diagnostic tests for endometriosis are still missing. This study evaluated the predictive value of the neuropeptide urocortin 1 (Ucn1) to detect pelvic endometriosis in symptomatic women. We enrolled prospectively 97 consecutive women submitted to gynecologic laparoscopy for chronic or acute pelvic pain, infertility or adnexal mass. Preoperative blood samples were assayed for Ucn1 using enzyme immunoassay. Patients with endometriosis had higher plasma Ucn1 levels compared to patients with no lesions (median 59 vs...
March 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887029/urocortins-actions-in-health-and-heart-failure
#19
REVIEW
Miriam T Rademaker, A Mark Richards
The urocortins (Ucns), endogenous peptides belonging to the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) family, are increasingly recognized as having diverse and important multi-system functions, especially within the cardiovascular system. The biological actions of the three Ucns (Ucn1, Ucn2, Ucn3) are mediated via G-protein-coupled CRF receptors, with both peptides and receptors widely distributed throughout tissues and organs contributing to pressure/volume homeostasis including the heart, vasculature, kidneys and adrenals...
November 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859972/increased-oxytocin-monomeric-red-fluorescent-protein-1-fluorescent-intensity-with-urocortin-like-immunoreactivity-in-the-hypothalamo-neurohypophysial-system-of-aged-transgenic-rats
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Shigeo Ohno, Hirofumi Hashimoto, Hiroaki Fujihara, Nobuhiro Fujiki, Mitsuhiro Yoshimura, Takashi Maruyama, Yasuhito Motojima, Reiko Saito, Hiromichi Ueno, Satomi Sonoda, Motoko Ohno, Yuichi Umezu, Akinori Hamamura, Satoru Saeki, Yoichi Ueta
To visualize oxytocin in the hypothalamo-neurohypophysial system, we generated a transgenic rat that expresses the oxytocin-monomeric red fluorescent protein 1 (mRFP1) fusion gene. In the present study, we examined the age-related changes of oxytocin-mRFP1 fluorescent intensity in the posterior pituitary (PP), the supraoptic nucleus (SON) and the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of transgenic rats. The mRFP1 fluorescent intensities were significantly increased in the PP, the SON and the PVN of 12-, 18- and 24-month-old transgenic rats in comparison with 3-month-old transgenic rats...
March 2018: Neuroscience Research
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