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Ahmed Bulldan, Mazen Shihan, Sandra Goericke-Pesch, Georgios Scheiner-Bobis
A gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH-A) implant induces hormonal castration in dogs that is associated with reduced prostate and testes size. We address the molecular events associated with hormonal castration by examining GnRH-A effects on expression and phosphorylation of a number of key signaling proteins. Male beagles were treated for 5 months with a GnRH-A implant, and then surgically castrated at 0, 3, 6, 12, and 24 weeks after implant removal; untreated animals served as controls. GnRH-A treatment led to activation of c-Raf, Erk1/2, and p53 in the testes...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Lingling Gao, Yang Gu, Xianghua Yin
The objective of the study is to assess the TNF-α levels in PCOS patients and healthy controls. A comprehensive electronic search in Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane Library database was conducted up to July 2016. Random-effects model was used to estimate the standardized mean differences (SMDs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Twenty-nine studies with a total of 1960 participants (1046 PCOS patients and 914 controls) were included in this meta-analysis. The TNF-α levels in PCOS patients were significantly higher than those in controls (random-effects, SMD = 0...
2016: PloS One
Silvana Giacinti, Paolo Carlini, Michela Roberto, Maria Bassanelli, Lidia Strigari, Francesco Pavese, Anna M Aschelter, Alessandra Felici, Maurizio Valeriani, Francesco Cognetti, Paolo Marchetti
Abiraterone acetate (AA) demonstrated its efficacy in the treatment of patients with metastatic castration resistance prostate cancer (mCRPC) in predocetaxel and postdocetaxel setting. However, we learn from pivotal studies that forms of primary and acquired resistance to this drug exist. Patient selection becomes so crucial to optimize treatment results. Potential predictive biomarkers have been identified but are not yet validated. In this scenario, clinical features and disease characteristics may still be of value in selecting patients for different treatments...
October 19, 2016: Anti-cancer Drugs
Xiang Lin, Qing Wang, Xilin Peng, Hui Li
Metandienone (MET) is an exogenous anabolic androgenic steroid. The interaction between MET and human serum albumin (HSA) was investigated by molecular modeling and different optical techniques. There was no possibility of energy transfer, and the fluorescence quenching of HSA induced by MET was mainly due to the complex formation. The differences of binding ability between MET and compounds 1-5 were significantly caused by space steric hindrance. The single crystallographic data of two steroids (compounds 4 and 5) were obtained in the methanol at the first time...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
Georgios Nikolakis, Constantine A Stratakis, Theodora Kanaki, Andrej Slominski, Christos C Zouboulis
The skin is an important extra-gonadal steroidogenic organ, capable of metabolizing various hormones from their precursors, as well as of synthesizing de novo a broad palette of sex steroids and glucocorticoids from cholesterol. In this manuscript, we review the major steroidogenic properties of human skin and we suggest steroidogenesis' impairment as a cardinal factor for various pathological conditions such as acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, and androgenic alopecia.
October 20, 2016: Reviews in Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
Meng Wu, Lishann Ingram, Ezequiel J Tolosa, Renzo E Vera, Qianjin Li, Sungjin Kim, Yongjie Ma, Demetri D Spyropoulos, Zanna Beharry, Jiaoti Huang, Martin E Fernandez-Zapico, Houjian Cai
Although the differentiation of oncogenically transformed basal progenitor cells is one of the key steps in prostate tumorigenesis, the mechanisms mediating this cellular process are still largely unknown. Here we demonstrated that an expanded p63+ and CK5+ basal/progenitor cell population, induced by the concomitant activation of oncogenic Kras(G12D) and androgen receptor (AR) signaling, underwent cell differentiation in vivo. The differentiation process led to suppression of the p63 expressing cells with a decreased number of CK5+ basal cells, but an increase of CK8+ luminal tumorigenic cells, and revealed a hierarchal lineage pattern consisting of p63+/CK5+ progenitor, CK5+/CK8+ transitional progenitor, and CK8+ differentiated luminal cells...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Yiyan Wang, Kaiming Yuan, Xiaoheng Li, Zhijian Su, Xingwang Li, Hongguo Guan, Ying Su, Hong-Shan Ge, Ren-Shan Ge
Leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) has many physiological roles. However, its effects on Leydig cell development are still unclear. Rat immature and adult Leydig cells were cultured with different concentrations of LIF alone or in combination with luteinizing hormone (LH) for 24 h. LIF (1 and 10 ng/ml) significantly increased androgen production in immature Leydig cells, but had no effects on testosterone production in adult Leydig cells. Further studies revealed that LIF dose-dependently increased Star and Hsd17b3 expression levels in immature Leydig cells...
October 19, 2016: Growth Factors
Shuai Gao, Yanfei Gao, Housheng Hansen He, Dong Han, Wanting Han, Amy Avery, Jill A Macoska, Xiaming Liu, Sen Chen, Fen Ma, Shaoyong Chen, Steven P Balk, Changmeng Cai
Although well characterized as a transcriptional activator that drives prostate cancer (PCa) growth, androgen receptor (AR) can function as a transcriptional repressor, and high-level androgens can suppress PCa proliferation. The molecular basis for this repression activity remains to be determined. Genes required for DNA replication are highly enriched among androgen-repressed genes, and AR is recruited to the majority of these genes, where it rapidly represses their transcription. This activity is enhanced in PCa cells expressing high AR levels and is mediated by recruitment of hypophosphorylated retinoblastoma protein (Rb)...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Or Friedman, Ehud Arad, Oded Ben Amotz
In the pursuit of success in sports, some athletes are not deterred by health risks associated with the (mis)use of black market preparations of dubious origin as performance-enhancing agents. Several studies published in the recent years demonstrated that anabolic-androgenic steroids, but also stimulants and growth hormones, are misused by numerous recreational athletes from all over the world. Trenbolone is an anabolic steroid routinely used in the finishing phase of beef production to improve animal performance and feed efficiency...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
C Yding Andersen
The aim of the present paper is to expand the concept on how follicular selection takes place in the follicular phase of the natural menstrual cycle. It is suggested that inhibin-B exerts a more intimate role in this process than previously understood. Inhibin-B shows a peak in the circulation around cycle day 7, simultaneous with selection of the dominant follicle, whereas levels of estradiol and inhibin-A only start to increase a few days later suggesting that inhibin-B is mainly responsible for down-regulating pituitary FSH release...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Rashid Sayyid, Andrew Evans, Karen Hersey, Ranjena Maloni, Antonio Hurtado-Coll, Girish Kulkarni, Antonio Finelli, Alexandre R Zlotta, Robert Hamilton, Martin Gleave, Neil Fleshner
PURPOSE: Degarelix, a new GnRH receptor antagonist with demonstrated efficacy as first-line treatment in the management of high-risk prostate cancer, possesses some theoretical advantages over LHRH analogues in terms of avoiding "testosterone flare" and lower FSH levels. We set out to determine if pre-operative degarelix influenced surrogates of disease control in a randomized phase II study. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: 39 patients were randomly assigned to one of 3 different neo-adjuvant arms: degarelix only, degarelix/bicalutmaide, or LHRH agonist/bicalutamide...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Zheng Zhang, Bo Jin, Yaqiong Jin, Shengquan Huang, Xiaohua Niu, Zebin Mao, Dianqi Xin
Androgens (AR) play an important role in initiation and progression of prostate cancer. It has been shown that AR exert their effects mainly through the androgen-activated AR which binds to androgen response elements (AREs) in the regulatory regions of target genes to regulate the transcription of androgen-responsive genes, thus, identification of AR downstream target gene is critical to understand androgen function in prostate cancer. In this study, our results showed that androgen treatment of LNCaP cells induced PTTG1 expression, which was blocked by the androgen receptor antagonist, Casodex...
October 15, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Yoko Yamada, Nobuaki Matsubara, Ken-Ichi Tabata, Takefumi Satoh, Naoto Kamiya, Hiroyoshi Suzuki, Takashi Kawahara, Hiroji Uemura, Akihiro Yano, Satoru Kawakami
BACKGROUND: Both abiraterone acetate (AA) and enzalutamide are promising agents for patients with pre- and post-chemotherapy metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Several retrospective analysis suggested clinical cross-resistance between these agents in patients previously treated with docetaxel. However, data on the antitumor activity of AA as a second androgen receptor-targeting new agent after the failure of enzalutamide in chemotherapy-naive mCRPC patients is unavailable...
October 18, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Anna Kępczyńska-Nyk, Marta Muszel, Mikołaj Radziszewski, Kamil Wocial
19-year-old hirsute woman with obesity, skin lesions with features of acanthosis nigricans around neck, armpits, thoracic cage and wrists escalating for couple of months, elevated testosterone and insulin plasma levels was admitted to hospital to perform diagnostic approach. The final diagnosis was hyperandrogenism-insulin resistance-acanthosis nigricans syndrome (HAIR-AN syndrome), considered as a subtype of policystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and impaired glucose tolerance. HAIR-AN is characterized by coexistence of: hyperandrogenism (HA), insulin resistance (IR) and acanthosis nigricans (AN)...
September 29, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Yasmeen Ganie, Colleen Aldous, Yusentha Balakrishna, Rinus Wiersma
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to describe the prevalence, clinical characteristics and aetiological diagnosis in children with disorders of sex development (DSDs) presenting to a tertiary referral centre. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of all cases of DSD referred to the Paediatric Endocrine Unit in Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH) from January 1995 to December 2014. RESULTS: A total of 416 children (15...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
Chad R Ritch, Michael S Cookson
Docetaxel based chemotherapy showed survival benefit and emerged as the mainstay of treatment for castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) in 2004. However, therapeutic options have expanded rapidly since 2011. The spectrum of new agents is broad and includes drugs that target the androgen axis (enzalutamide, abiraterone), immunotherapy (sipuleucel-T), bone seeking radionuclides (radium-223), and second line chemotherapy (cabazitaxel). In addition, new agents have been developed to reduce skeletal related events (denosumab)...
October 17, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Jacqui Wise
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October 17, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Yuen Ting Lam, Laura Lecce, Joanne T M Tan, Christina A Bursill, David J Handelsman, Martin K C Ng
Increasing evidence indicates that androgens regulate ischemia-induced neovascularization. However, the role of genomic androgen action mediated by androgen receptor (AR), a ligand-activated nuclear transcription factor, remains poorly understood. Using an AR knockout mouse strain that contains a transcriptionally inactive AR (AR(Δex3)KO), we examined the role of AR genomic function in modulating androgen-mediated augmentation of ischemia-induced neovascularization. Castrated wildtype (AR(WT)) and AR(Δex3)KO mice were implanted with dihydrotestosterone (DHT) or placebo pellets following hindlimb ischemia (HLI)...
October 18, 2016: Endocrinology
Ari L Mendell, Carolyn E Creighton, Bettina E Kalisch, Neil J MacLusky
Low free testosterone levels in men are associated with age-related cognitive decline and increased risk for neurotoxicity, resulting in disease. The mechanisms underlying these observations remain poorly defined. While rapid, androgen receptor-dependent activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) has been postulated as a neurotrophic and neuroprotective mechanism, actions of testosterone metabolites such as 5α-androstane-3α,17β-diol (3α-diol) may also be involved. We investigated the influence of 3α-diol on the induction of ERK phosphorylation in SH-SY5Y human female neuroblastoma cells and primary cortical neurons from male and female mice...
October 18, 2016: Endocrinology
Beata Banaszewska, Joanna Wrotyńska-Barczyńska, Robert Z Spaczynski, Leszek Pawelczyk, Antoni J Duleba
CONTEXT: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrinopathy affecting women of reproductive age. Hyperandrogenism is the central feature of PCOS. Studies on isolated ovarian theca-interstitial cells suggest that resveratrol, a natural polyphenol, reduces androgen production. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to evaluate endocrine and metabolic effects of resveratrol on PCOS. DESIGN AND SETTING: This was a randomized (1:1) double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that evaluated the effects of resveratrol over a period of 3 months in an academic hospital...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
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