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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550792/social-stress-contagion-in-rats-behavioural-autonomic-and-neuroendocrine-correlates
#1
Luca Carnevali, Nicola Montano, Rosario Statello, Gino Coudé, Federica Vacondio, Silvia Rivara, Pier Francesco Ferrari, Andrea Sgoifo
The negative emotional consequences associated with life stress exposure in an individual can affect the emotional state of social partners. In this study, we describe an experimental rat model of social stress contagion and its effects on social behaviour and cardiac autonomic and neuroendocrine functions. Adult male Wistar rats were pair-housed and one animal (designated as "demonstrator" (DEM)) was submitted to either social defeat stress (STR) by an aggressive male Wild-type rat in a separate room or just exposed to an unfamiliar empty cage (control condition, CTR), once a day for 4 consecutive days...
May 20, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550726/indices-of-stress-and-immune-function-in-arctic-barnacle-goslings-branta-leucopsis-were-impacted-by-social-isolation-but-not-a-contaminated-grazing-environment
#2
Margje E de Jong, Isabella B R Scheiber, Nico W van den Brink, Anna Braun, Kevin D Matson, Jan Komdeur, Maarten J J E Loonen
In many areas around the Arctic remains and spoil heaps of old mines can be found, which have been abandoned after their heydays. Runoff from tailings of these abandoned mines can directly contaminate the local environment with elevated concentrations of trace metals. Few studies have investigated the possible negative effects of contaminants on Arctic terrestrial animals that use these areas. Trace metals can accumulate in animals and this accumulation has been linked to negative effects on fitness. Both, the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and/or the immune system have been named as possible underlying causes for these observations...
May 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550628/giovanni-verga-1879-1923-author-of-a-pioneering-treatise-on-pituitary-surgery-the-foundations-of-this-new-field-in-europe-in-the-early-1900s
#3
REVIEW
José M Pascual, Lorenzo Mongardi, Ruth Prieto, Inés Castro-Dufourny, María Rosdolsky, Sewan Strauss, Rodrigo Carrasco, Eduard Winter, Paolo Mazzarello
The field of pituitary surgery was born in the first decade of the twentieth century in Europe, and it evolved rapidly with the development of numerous innovative surgical techniques by some of the founding fathers of neurosurgery. This study investigates the pioneering Italian treatise on pituitary surgery, La Patologia Chirurgica dell'Ipofisi (Surgical Pathology of the Hypophysis), published in 1911 by Giovanni Verga (1879-1923), a surgeon from Pavía and one of Golgi's disciples. This little-known monograph compiles the earliest experience on pituitary surgery through the analysis of the first 50 procedures performed between 1903 and 1911...
May 27, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550464/anti-tumoral-effects-of-somatostatin-analogs-a-lesson-from-the-clarinet-study
#4
M Albertelli, E Nazzari, S Sciallero, F Grillo, S Morbelli, F De Cian, G Cittadini, E Ambrosetti, A Ciarmiello, D Ferone
Octreotide and lanreotide, the first-generation somatostatin analogs, successfully control hormone hyperproduction, and related syndromes, in patients with acromegaly and neuroendocrine tumors. However, their anti-tumor effect, rather evident in large number of pituitary adenomas in acromegalic patients, has been hypothesized for a long time in patients with neuroendocrine tumors as well, although a significant tumor shrinkage has rarely been observed. However, the recent publication of the CLARINET study has strengthened the evidence, already emerged with the PROMID trial, that the long-term treatment with the first-generation long-acting somatostatin analogs may exert an anti-tumor activity on G1 and G2 enteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, as well...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549664/role-of-glucocorticoid-receptor-mediated-mechanisms-in-cocaine-memory-enhancement
#5
S J Stringfield, J A Higginbotham, R Wang, A L Berger, R J McLaughlin, R A Fuchs
The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is a critical site for the reconsolidation of labile contextual cocaine memories following retrieval-induced reactivation/destabilization. Here, we examined whether glucocorticoid receptors (GR), which are abundant in the BLA, mediate this phenomenon. Rats were trained to lever press for cocaine reinforcement in a distinct environmental context, followed by extinction training in a different context. Rats were then briefly exposed to the cocaine-paired context (to elicit memory reactivation and reconsolidation) or their home cages (no reactivation control)...
May 23, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549539/sex-differences-in-physiological-response-to-the-combination-of-stress-and-smoking
#6
Michael Kotlyar, Paul Thuras, Dorothy K Hatsukami, Mustafa al'Absi
Stressful situations are among the most commonly cited smoking triggers. Smoking and stress exposure each individually increase cardiovascular and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal measures with larger increases occurring when stress and smoking are combined. In this analysis, sex differences in the physiological response to the combination of stress and smoking are examined. Smokers (36 males; 34 females) completed a laboratory session in which systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP), heart rate (HR), plasma epinephrine (Epi), norepinephrine and cortisol concentrations were measured at rest, while smoking a cigarette, during a speech task occurring immediately after smoking and at several time-points following the stressor...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549061/central-hypothyroidism-a-neglected-thyroid-disorder
#7
REVIEW
Paolo Beck-Peccoz, Giulia Rodari, Claudia Giavoli, Andrea Lania
Central hypothyroidism is a rare and heterogeneous disorder that is characterized by a defect in thyroid hormone secretion in an otherwise normal thyroid gland due to insufficient stimulation by TSH. The disease results from the abnormal function of the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, or both. Moreover, central hypothyroidism can be isolated or combined with other pituitary hormone deficiencies, which are mostly acquired and are rarely congenital. The clinical manifestations of central hypothyroidism are usually milder than those observed in primary hypothyroidism...
May 26, 2017: Nature Reviews. Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548945/soluble-antigens-from-the-neurotropic-pathogen-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-directly-induce-thymus-atrophy-in-a-mouse-model
#8
Zhen Liu, Dong-Ming Su, Zi-Long Yu, Feng Wu, Rui-Feng Liu, Shi-Qi Luo, Zhi-Yue Lv, Xin Zeng, Xi Sun, Zhong-Dao Wu
The nematode Angiostrongylus cantonensis (A.C.) is a neurotropic pathogen; stage-III larva invade the human (non-permissive host) central nervous system (CNS) to cause eosinophilic meningitis or meningoencephalitis accompanied by immunosuppression. In an A.C.-infectedmouse (another non-permissive host) model, CNS damage-associated T cell immune deficiency and severe inflammation were proposed to result from activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. However, glucocorticoids are anti-inflammatory agents...
May 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548875/overweight-obesity-and-height-as-risk-factors-for-meningioma-glioma-pituitary-adenoma-and-nerve-sheath-tumor-a-large-population-based-prospective-cohort-study
#9
Markus K H Wiedmann, Cathrine Brunborg, Antonio Di Ieva, Kristina Lindemann, Tom B Johannesen, Lars Vatten, Eirik Helseth, John A Zwart
BACKGROUND: In 2016, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has announced that avoiding body fatness (i.e. overweight and obesity) contributes to prevent meningioma occurrence, but considered the available evidence for glioma inadequate. The association of body fatness with other CNS tumor subgroups is largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether body fatness or body height are associated with risk for meningioma, glioma, pituitary adenoma (PA) or nerve sheath tumor (NST) in a large population-based Norwegian cohort...
May 26, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548594/immediate-ex-vivo-diagnosis-of-pituitary-adenomas-using-confocal-reflectance-microscopy-a-proof-of-principle-study
#10
Michael A Mooney, Joseph Georges, Mohammedhassan Izady Yazdanabadi, Katherine Y Goehring, William L White, Andrew S Little, Mark C Preul, Stephen W Coons, Peter Nakaji, Jennifer M Eschbacher
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of using confocal reflectance microscopy (CRM) ex vivo to differentiate adenoma from normal pituitary gland in surgical biopsy specimens. CRM allows for rapid, label-free evaluation of biopsy specimens with cellular resolution while avoiding some limitations of frozen section analysis. METHODS Biopsy specimens from 11 patients with suspected pituitary adenomas were transported directly to the pathology department. Samples were immediately positioned and visualized with CRM using a confocal microscope located in the same area of the pathology department where frozen sections are prepared...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546864/the-first-japanese-case-of-central-precocious-puberty-with-a-novel-mkrn3-mutation
#11
Junko Nishioka, Hirohito Shima, Maki Fukami, Shuichi Yatsuga, Takako Matsumoto, Kikumi Ushijima, Miyuki Kitamura, Yasutoshi Koga
MKRN3, located on chromosome 15q11.2, encodes makorin ring-finger 3, which is an upstream suppressor of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Mutation of this gene induces central precocious puberty (CPP). As MKRN3 is maternally imprinted, only the paternal allele is expressed. This is the first report of an 8-year-old Japanese girl with CPP caused by a novel frameshift mutation in MKRN3 (p.Glu229Argfs*3).
2017: Human Genome Variation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546800/hyperprolactinaemia-a-problem-in-patients-from-the-reproductive-period-to-the-menopause
#12
Sylwia Pałubska, Aneta Adamiak-Godlewska, Izabela Winkler, Katarzyna Romanek-Piva, Tomasz Rechberger, Marek Gogacz
Hyperprolactinaemia especially affects women in reproductive age (90/100,000) but also often is diagnosed in menopause age and leads to disturbances in functioning of LH-RH neurons and, as a consequence, to a decrease of FSH and LH, which causes inhibition of oestradiol production. Prolactin is a peptide hormone, phylogenetically one of the oldest, stimulating cells of various organs, which is produced and secreted mainly by lactotrophic acidophilic cells of the anterior lobe of the pituitary. It influences the increase in the mass of the mammary glands, and stimulation and maintenance of lactation after delivery...
March 2017: Przeglad Menopauzalny, Menopause Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546123/distribution-of-tyrosine-hydroxylase-immunoreactive-neurons-in-the-brain-of-the-viviparous-fish-gambusia-affinis
#13
Shilpa K Bhat, C B Ganesh
Tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) is the common precursor enzyme involved in the biosynthetic pathway of catecholaminergic neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine. In this investigation, the neuroanatomical distribution of TH-immunoreactivity was studied in the brain of the female mosquitofish Gambusia affinis. Numerous intensely stained TH-immunoreactive (ir) neurons were scattered in the olfactory bulb with their fibres extending towards the medial olfactory tract, whereas few telencephalic TH-ir cells with distinct fibres were observed in the dorsal nucleus of area ventralis telencephali and the posterior nucleus of area ventralis telencephali regions...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545527/what-intrinsic-factors-influence-responsiveness-to-acupuncture-in-pain-a-review-of-pre-clinical-studies-that-used-responder-analysis
#14
Yu-Kang Kim, Ji-Yeun Park, Seung-Nam Kim, Mijung Yeom, Seungmin Lee, Ju-Young Oh, Hyangsook Lee, Younbyoung Chae, Dae-Hyun Hahm, Hi-Joon Park
BACKGROUND: Not many studies have investigated individual sensitivity to acupuncture. To explore the intrinsic factors related to individual responses to acupuncture, we reviewed published pre-clinical studies using responder analysis on pain. METHODS: We searched the PubMed and EMBASE databases to June 2015. We included pre-clinical reports describing responders and non-responders to anti-nociceptive and analgesic effects of acupuncture in animal study. We identified the potential intrinsic factors which might be related with the response to acupuncture...
May 25, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545014/paracetamol-causes-endocrine-disruption-and-hepatotoxicity-in-male-fish-rhamdia-quelen-after-subchronic-exposure
#15
Izonete Cristina Guiloski, João Luiz Coelho Ribas, Laercio Dante Stein Piancini, Ana Carolina Dagostim, Silvana Maris Cirio, Luis Fernando Fávaro, Suelen Lúcio Boschen, Marta Margarete Cestari, Cláudio da Cunha, Helena Cristina Silva de Assis
Paracetamol is one of the most widely sold non-prescription drugs. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of the paracetamol on reproductive, biochemical, genetic, histopathological and hematogical biomarkers by waterborne exposure. Male fish of Rhamdia quelen were exposed to environmental concentrations of paracetamol (0, 0.25, 2.5μg/L) in a semi-static bioassay for 21days. Hemoglobin and hematocrit were reduced upon exposure to 0.25μg/L of paracetamol. Leukocytes and thrombocytes increased after paracetamol exposure...
May 8, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544900/kinetics-of-glucocorticoid-exposure-in-developing-zebrafish-a-tracer-study
#16
Peter Johannes Steenbergen, Nabila Bardine, Faiza Sharif
In the current study the dynamics of glucocorticoid uptake by zebrafish chorionated embryos from the surrounding medium were studied, using 2.5 μM cortisol or dexamethasone solutions complemented with their tritiated variant. We measured the uptake of radioactive cortisol by embryos during a 1 h submersion. Interestingly, the signal in chorionated embryos was 85% (exposure: 1-2 hpf) or 78% (exposure: 48-49 hpf) of the signal present in an equal volume medium. By comparing embryos measured without chorion, we found that 18-20% of the radioactivity present in chorionated embryos is actually bound to the chorion or located in the perivitelline space...
May 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544861/social-buffering-of-stress-in-development-a-career-perspective
#17
Megan R Gunnar
This review provides a broad overview of my research group's work on social buffering in human development in the context of the field. Much of the focus is on social buffering of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) system, one of the two major arms of the mammalian stress system. This focus reflects the centrality of the HPA system in research on social buffering in the fields of developmental psychobiology and developmental science. However, buffering of the cardiovascular and autonomic nervous system is also discussed...
May 2017: Perspectives on Psychological Science: a Journal of the Association for Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544399/molecular-species-of-prostaglandins-involved-in-modulating-luteinizing-hormone-pulses-of-female-rats-under-infectious-stress-conditions
#18
Takashi Matsuwaki, Mugiko Komatsuda, Ayano Fujisawa, Mio Doke, Keitaro Yamanouchi, Masugi Nishihara
Mammalian reproductive function is controlled by the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, which is suppressed under infectious stress conditions. We have previously demonstrated, by analyzing the pulsatility of luteinizing hormone (LH), that prostaglandins (PGs) in the central nervous system (CNS) mediate infectious stress to suppress the activity of the HPG axis. The aim of the present study is to characterize the types of PGs responsible for suppression of the HPG axis. We focused on 3 major types of PGs, i...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542730/estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-regulates-the-tumoral-suppressor-pten-to-modulate-pituitary-cell-growth
#19
Pablo Anibal Perez, Juan Pablo Petiti, Florencia Picech, Carolina Beatriz Guido, Liliana Del Valle Sosa, Ezequiel Grondona, Jorge Humberto Mukdsi, Ana Lucia De Paul, Alicia Ines Torres, Silvina Gutierrez
In this study, we focused on ERβ regulation in the adenohypophysis under different estrogenic milieu, by analyzing whether ER modulates the phosphatase and tensin homologue deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN) expression and its subcellular localization on anterior pituitary glands from Wistar rats and GH3 lactosomatotroph cells that over-expressed ERβ. ERβ was regulated in a cyclic manner, and underwent dynamic changes throughout the estrous cycle, with decreased ERβ+ cells in estrus and under E2 treatment, but increased in ovariectomized rats...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542264/child-mortality-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-activity-and-cellular-aging-in-mothers
#20
Cindy K Barha, Katrina G Salvante, Courtney W Hanna, Samantha L Wilson, Wendy P Robinson, Rachel M Altman, Pablo A Nepomnaschy
Psychological challenges, including traumatic events, have been hypothesized to increase the age-related pace of biological aging. Here we test the hypothesis that psychological challenges can affect the pace of telomere attrition, a marker of cellular aging, using data from an ongoing longitudinal-cohort study of Kaqchikel Mayan women living in a population with a high frequency of child mortality, a traumatic life event. Specifically, we evaluate the associations between child mortality, maternal telomere length and the mothers' hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPAA), or stress axis, activity...
2017: PloS One
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