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Jenny Q Ouyang, Scott Davies, Davide Dominoni
Alternation between day and night is a predictable environmental fluctuation that organisms use to time their activities. Since the invention of artificial lighting, this predictability has been disrupted and continues to change in a unidirectional fashion with increasing urbanization. As hormones mediate individual responses to changing environments, endocrine systems might be one of the first systems affected, as well as being the first line of defense to ameliorate any negative health impacts. In this Review, we first highlight how light can influence endocrine function in vertebrates...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
Shunying Hu, Pingjun Zhu, Hao Zhou, Ying Zhang, Yundai Chen
BACKGROUND: Melatonin is a neuroendocrine hormone synthesized primarily by the pineal gland that is indicated to effectively prevent myocardial reperfusion injury. It is unclear whether melatonin protects cardiac function from reperfusion injury by modulating intracellular calcium homeostasis. OBJECTIVE: Demonstrate that melatonin protect against myocardial reperfusion injury through modulating IP3R and SERCA2a to maintain calcium homeostasis via activation of ERK1 in cardiomyocytes...
January 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Kilmer S McCully
The indoleamine hormone melatonin is synthesized by the pineal gland, controls circadian rhythm, and is dependent upon adenosyl methionine for enzymatic synthesis of melatonin from N-acetyl serotonin. Pineal melatonin secretion declines dramatically with aging and dementia. Elevated plasma homocysteine is a risk factor for atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease, and the marked decline in adenosyl methionine with aging leads to dysregulation of methionine metabolism and hyperhomocysteinemia. Thioretinaco ozonide is a disulfonium complex formed from thioretinamide, cobalamin, and ozone, which binds the alpha and gamma-phosphate groups of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and oxygen in the process of oxidative phosphorylation within mitochondria...
January 2018: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
Paula Pierozan, Marie Andersson, Ingvar Brandt, Oskar Karlsson
The environmental neurotoxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) is a glutamate receptor agonist that can induce oxidative stress and has been implicated as a possible risk factor for neurodegenerative disease. Detection of BMAA in mussels, crustaceans and fish, illustrates that the sources of human exposure to this toxin are more abundant than previously anticipated. The aim of this study was to determine uptake of BMAA in the pineal gland and subsequent effects on melatonin production in primary pinealocyte cultures and a rat model...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Pineal Research
Xiaobing Jiang, Yinsheng Chen, Zhihuan Zhou, Liping Luo, Wanming Hu, Huirong Zheng, Zhe Zhu, Jian Wang, Zhongping Chen
BACKGROUND: The pineal gland has been demonstrated to be involved in the development of mood and psychotic disorders. However, few studies have looked at the relationship between pineal region tumors and psychiatric disorders. Intracranial epidermoid cysts usually arise in cerebellopontine angle area, and are extremely rare in the pineal region. The case of pineal epidermoid cyst presenting as schizophrenia has never been reported before. CASE PRESENTATION: We described the case of a 23-year old man who presented to hospital with symptoms suggestive of schizophrenia...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Anna Ashton, Patrick N Stoney, Jemma Ransom, Peter McCaffery
Vitamin A is important for the circadian timing system; deficiency disrupts daily rhythms in activity and clock gene expression, and reduces the nocturnal peak in melatonin in the pineal gland. However, it is currently unknown how these effects are mediated. Vitamin A primarily acts via the active metabolite, retinoic acid (RA), a transcriptional regulator with emerging non-genomic activities. We investigated whether RA is subject to diurnal variation in synthesis and signaling in the rat pineal gland. Its involvement in two key molecular rhythms in this gland was also examined: kinase activation and induction of Aanat, which encodes the rhythm-generating melatonin synthetic enzyme...
March 8, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Marcela Valdés-Tovar, Rosa Estrada-Reyes, Héctor Solís-Chagoyán, Jesús Argueta, Ana María Dorantes-Barrón, Daniel Quero-Chávez, Ricardo Cruz-Garduño, Montserrat G Cercós, Citlali Trueta, Julián Oikawa-Sala, Margarita L Dubocovich, Gloria Benítez-King
Mood disorders are a spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders characterized by changes in the emotional state. In particular, major depressive disorder is expected to have a worldwide prevalence of 20% in 2020, representing a huge socioeconomic burden. Currently used antidepressant drugs have poor efficacy with only 30% of the patients getting in remission after the first-line of treatment. Importantly, mood disorder patients present uncoupling of circadian rhythms. In this regard, melatonin (5-methoxy-N-acetyltryptamine) an indolamine synthesized by the pineal gland during the night, contributes to synchronize body rhythms with the environmental light/dark cycle...
March 7, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
Hongfeng Zhao, Junxia Jiang, Gang Wang, Chong Le, John C Wingfield
Extra-retinal, non-pineal, encephalic photoreceptors (EP) play important roles in mediating development of the reproductive system by the annual change in day length (photoperiodic gonadal response - PGR) in birds. However, the distribution of rhodopsin-like EPs and their functional daily, circadian and seasonal changes are still unclear in the avian brain. This study identifies two novel groups of rhodopsin-immunoreactive cells in the nucleus paraventricularis magnocellularis (PVN) of the hypothalamus and in the medial basal hypothalamus (MBH) in a seasonally breeding species, Gambel's white-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii)...
March 3, 2018: Brain Research
Catarina C V Oliveira, Filipe Figueiredo, Florbela Soares, Wilson Pinto, Maria Teresa Dinis
The present study reveals the first characterization of the plasma melatonin rhythms of the meagre (Argyrosomus regius) under aquaculture conditions. Melatonin levels were monitored during a 24 h cycle under a photoperiod of 16 L:8D and under constant darkness (DD), respectively to characterize the daily rhythm of this indoleamine and to test its endogenous origin. Besides, to identify which light intensities are perceived as night or day by this species, the degree of inhibition of nocturnal melatonin production caused by increasing intensities of light was tested (3...
March 2, 2018: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Joham Choque-Velasquez, Roberto Colasanti, Julio C Resendiz-Nieves, Kléber E Gonzáles-Echevarría, Rahul Raj, Behnam Rezai Jahromi, Felix Goehre, Ann-Christine Lindroos, Juha Hernesniemi
OBJECTIVE: Nowadays, the sitting position has lost favor among neurosurgeons partly due to assumptions of increased complications, such as venous air embolisms (VAEs) and hemodynamic disturbances. Moreover, it may oblige the surgeon to a tiring posture. Herein, we describe our protocol for the "praying (steeper sitting) position" for pineal region surgery, a variant which may reduce some of the risks of the sitting position while providing a more ergonomic surgical position...
February 27, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Abdulkerim Kasım Baltaci, Rasim Mogulkoc
Background Melatonin, an important neurohormone released from the pineal gland, is generally accepted to exercise an inhibitor effect on the thyroid gland. Zinc mediates the effects of many hormones and is found in the structure of numerous hormone receptors. Aim The present study aims to examine the effect of melatonin supplementation and pinealectomy on leptin, neuropeptide Y (NPY), melatonin and zinc levels in rats with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Methods This study was performed on the 70 male rats...
March 2, 2018: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
Stepan Fedorko, Klaus Zweckberger, Andreas W Unterberg
OBJECTIVE Pineal region tumors are a rare and heterogeneous group of lesions. The optimal therapeutic approach is currently a topic of controversy, particularly in light of the potential operative risks and complications. The potential beneficial effects of surgery have already been described, but information about neurological outcome and, in particular, health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is still lacking in the literature. The aim of this study was to assess the therapeutic effect of resection of pineal region lesions, emphasizing grade of tumor resection, neurological outcome, quality of life, and the necessity of additional shunt procedures...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
B S Alghamdi
Melatonin is a neurohormone secreted from the pineal gland and has a wide-ranging regulatory and neuroprotective role. It has been reported that melatonin level is disturbed in some neurological conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease, which indicates its involvement in the pathophysiology of these diseases. Its properties qualify it to be a promising potential therapeutic neuroprotective agent, with no side effects, for some neurological disorders. This review discusses and localizes the effect of melatonin in the pathophysiology of some diseases...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Wamidh H Talib
Melatonin is a natural indoleamine produced by the pineal gland that has many functions, including regulation of the circadian rhythm. Many studies have reported the anticancer effect of melatonin against a myriad of cancer types. Cancer hallmarks include sustained proliferation, evading growth suppressors, metastasis, replicative immortality, angiogenesis, resisting cell death, altered cellular energetics, and immune evasion. Melatonin anticancer activity is mediated by interfering with various cancer hallmarks...
February 26, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Hui-Li Yang, Wen-Jie Zhou, Chun-Jie Gu, Yu-Han Meng, Jun Shao, Da-Jin Li, Ming-Qing Li
Melatonin is a neurohormone synthesized from the aromatic amino acid tryptophan mainly by the pineal gland of mammals. Melatonin acts as a broad-spectrum antioxidant, powerful free radical scavenger, anti-inflammatory agent, anticarcinogenic factor, sleep inducer and regulator of the circadian rhythm, and potential immunoregulator. Melatonin and reproductive system are interrelated under both physiological and pathological conditions. Oxidative stress, inflammation, and immune dysregulation are associated with the pathogenesis of the female reproductive system which causes endometriosis (EMS), recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA), and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
Justin Mascitelli, Jan-Karl Burkhardt, Sirin Gandhi, Michael T Lawton
BACKGROUND: Surgical resection of cavernous malformations (CM) in the posterior thalamus, pineal region, and midbrain tectum is technically challenging owing to the presence of adjacent eloquent cortex and critical neurovascular structures. Various supracerebellar infratentorial (SCIT) approaches have been used in the surgical armamentarium targeting lesions in this region, including the median, paramedian, and extreme lateral variants. Surgical view of a posterior thalamic CM from the traditional ipsilateral vantage point may be obscured by occipital lobe and tentorium...
February 26, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Ana María Granados, Camila Ospina, Stephania Paredes
The purpose of this paper is to report a rare case of a pediatric pineal gliosarcoma. Gliomas on the pineal region are uncommon, representing 0.4%-1% of all brain tumors. Furthermore, pediatric gliosarcomas are a very rare entity. We present a case of a 5-year-old girl, with a history of headache, vomiting, diplopia, and gait disturbances. A pineal tumor was found with pathology results consistent with a gliosarcoma. A total of 25 cases of pediatric gliosarcomas have been reported, none of them in pineal topography...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Jun Song, Sai-Jun Ma, Jian-Hua Luo, Hui Zhang, Ri-Xiong Wang, Hui Liu, Li Li, Zhi-Guang Zhang, Rui-Xiang Zhou
Globally, gastric cancer (GC) is one of the most common types of cancer and the third leading cause of cancer‑related death. In China, gastric and liver cancers have the highest mortality rates. Melatonin, also known as N-acetyl‑5-methoxytryptamine, is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in animals and regulates sleep and wakefulness. Melatonin has been shown to inhibit various carcinomas, including GC. There are many different hypotheses to explain the anticancer effects of melatonin, including stimulation of apoptosis, inhibition of cell growth, regulation of anticancer immunity, induction of free-radical scavenging, and the competitive inhibition of estrogen...
February 26, 2018: Oncology Reports
Yina Chen, Qian Zhao, Yangjie Sun, Yin Jin, Jie Zhang, Jiansheng Wu
Melatonin, which is predominantly secreted by the pineal gland and is released into the blood, appears to have anti‑inflammatory properties. Several studies have shown that melatonin can relieve lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammatory responses of RAW264.7 cells. However, the mechanisms underlying this anti‑inflammatory effect remain to be fully elucidated, particularly the association between melatonin and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress (ERS). Therefore, the present study examined the anti‑inflammatory activity of melatonin in RAW264...
February 15, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Yina Chen, Qian Zhao, Qinfen Chen, Yuxue Zhang, Bule Shao, Yin Jin, Jiansheng Wu
The aim of the present study was to investigate the protective mechanism underlying of melatonin in severe acute pancreatitis (SAP). A total of 64 male Sprague‑Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups: The sham operation (SO) group, SAP group, melatonin treatment (MLT) group and p38 inhibitor (SB203580) treatment (SB) group. Acute pancreatitis was induced by 5% taurocholate through retrograde infusion into the biliopancreatic ducts. The melatonin and SB203580 treatment groups were administered with MLT and SB 30 min before operation the induction of SAP...
February 16, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
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