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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214580/localization-of-oxytocin-receptors-in-the-prairie-vole-microtus-ochrogaster-neocortex
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Auriane Duchemin, Adele M H Seelke, Trenton C Simmons, Sara M Freeman, Karen L Bales
Early experience and social context interact to alter the phenotype of complex social behaviors. These early experiences can also result in alterations to cortical organization and connections. Given the ability of the neuropeptide oxytocin (OT) to modulate social and reproductive behavior, OT is likely involved in these cortical processes. However, little is known about the distribution of OT and OT receptors (OTR) within the neocortex. Using autoradiographic and neuroanatomical techniques, we characterized the cortical distribution of oxytocin receptors (OTR) in prairie voles, a socially monogamous rodent species...
February 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213803/first-experiences-with-neuropsychological-effects-of-oxytocin-administration-in-childhood-onset-craniopharyngioma
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Anika Hoffmann, Jale Özyurt, Kristin Lohle, Julia Reichel, Christiane M Thiel, Hermann L Müller
PURPOSE: The hypothalamic hormone oxytocin plays a major role in regulation of behavior and body composition. Quality of survival is frequently impaired in childhood craniopharyngioma patients due to sequelae such as behavioral deficits and severe obesity caused by tumor or treatment-related hypothalamic lesions. METHODS: In our pilot cross-sectional study, we analyzed emotion recognition abilities and oxytocin concentrations in saliva and urine before and after single nasal administration of 24 IU oxytocin in 10 craniopharyngioma patients...
February 17, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212520/adp-ribosyl-cyclases-cd38-cd157-social-skills-and-friendship
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Anne Chong, Fabio Malavasi, Salomon Israel, Chiea Chuen Khor, Von Bing Yap, Mikhail Monakhov, Soo Hong Chew, Poh San Lai, Richard P Ebstein
Why some individuals seek social engagement while others shy away has profound implications for normal and pathological human behavior. Evidence suggests that oxytocin (OT), the paramount human social hormone, and CD38 that governs OT release, contribute to individual differences in social skills from intense social involvement to extreme avoidance that characterize autism. To explore the neurochemical underpinnings of sociality, CD38 expression of peripheral blood leukocytes (PBL) was measured in Han Chinese undergraduates...
January 16, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212464/oxytocin-reduces-ethanol-self-administration-in-mice
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Courtney E King, William C Griffin, Lauryn N Luderman, Malcolm M Kates, Jacqueline F McGinty, Howard C Becker
BACKGROUND: Excessive ethanol consumption remains an important health concern and effective treatments are lacking. The central oxytocin system has emerged as a potentially important therapeutic target for alcohol and drug addiction. These studies tested the hypothesis that oxytocin reduces ethanol consumption. METHODS: Male C57BL/6J mice were given access to ethanol (20% v/v) using a model of binge-like drinking ("drinking-in-the-dark") that also included the use of lickometer circuits to evaluate the temporal pattern of intake as well as 2-bottle choice drinking in the home cage...
February 17, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212181/effect-of-a-high-rate-versus-a-low-rate-oxytocin-infusion-for-maintaining-uterine-contractility-during-elective-cesarean-delivery-a-prospective-randomized-clinical-trial
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Adrienne Duffield, Christine McKenzie, Brendan Carvalho, Bharathi Ramachandran, Victoria Yin, Yasser Y El-Sayed, Edward T Riley, Alexander J Butwick
BACKGROUND: Oxytocin is routinely used as prophylaxis against uterine atony. During elective cesarean delivery (CD), an oxytocin bolus is used to initiate adequate uterine tone, followed by an oxytocin infusion to maintain uterine contractility. However, it is unclear whether oxytocin maintenance infusion rate influences total estimated blood loss (EBL). METHODS: We performed a prospective, randomized, double-blind trial in 51 women undergoing elective CD. Women were randomly assigned to receive an oxytocin maintenance infusion of 2...
March 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212171/ability-based-emotional-intelligence-in-schizophrenia
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Beatrice Frajo-Apor, Alex Hofer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As one part of social cognition, emotional intelligence is a controversially discussed construct. Although well founded critique on the conceptualization of emotional intelligence has emerged over the last years, studies about emotional intelligence - especially the ability-based approach by Mayer and Salovey - can persistently be found in schizophrenia research. RECENT FINDINGS: Studies published between October 2015 and October 2016 were included in this review...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211122/prolactin-regulation-of-oxytocin-neurone-activity-in-pregnancy-and-lactation
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Rachael A Augustine, Sharon R Ladyman, Gregory T Bouwer, Yousif Alyousif, Tony J Sapsford, Victoria Scott, Ilona C Kokay, David R Grattan, Colin H Brown
Secretion of prolactin for milk synthesis and oxytocin for milk secretion is required for successful lactation. In virgin rats, prolactin inhibits oxytocin neurones but this effect would be counterproductive during lactation when secretion of both hormones is required for synthesis and delivery of milk to the new-born. Hence, we determined the effects of intracerebroventricular (ICV) prolactin on oxytocin neurones in urethane-anaesthetised virgin, pregnant and lactating rats. Prolactin (2 μg) consistently inhibited oxytocin neurones in virgin and pregnant rats (by 1...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209155/intranasal-oxytocin-reduces-provoked-symptoms-in-female-patients-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-despite-exerting-sympathomimetic-and-positive-chronotropic-effects-in-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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M Sack, D Spieler, L Wizelman, G Epple, J Stich, M Zaba, U Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe psychiatric disease accompanied by neuroendocrine changes such as adrenergic overdrive and hence an elevated cardiovascular morbidity. Current pharmacotherapeutic options for PTSD are less than suboptimal, necessitating the development of PTSD-specific drugs. Although the neuropeptide oxytocin has been repeatedly suggested to be effective in PTSD treatment, there are, to our knowledge, only three studies that have assessed its efficacy on the intensity of PTSD symptoms in PTSD patients - among them one symptom provocation study in male veterans...
February 17, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208943/role-of-prophylactic-tranexamic-acid-in-reducing-blood-loss-during-elective-caesarean-section-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Sj Dhivya Lakshmi, Reena Abraham
INTRODUCTION: Obstetric haemorrhage accounts for 20-25% of maternal mortality and morbidity. Anti-fibrinolytics are being widely used in field of surgery. It is also used to reduce heavy menstrual blood loss. AIM: To analyse the effectiveness of Tranexamic Acid (TXA) in reducing blood loss during elective caesarean section. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This interventional, randomized, parallel group study was done in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecolgy, PSG IMSR, Coimbatore, from June 2014 to May 2015...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201982/transcriptome-profile-of-rat-genes-in-injured-spinal-cord-at-different-stages-by-rna-sequencing
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Ling-Ling Shi, Nan Zhang, Xiu-Mei Xie, Yue-Juan Chen, Rui Wang, Lin Shen, Jian-Sheng Zhou, Jian-Guo Hu, He-Zuo Lü
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury (SCI) results in fatal damage and currently has no effective treatment. The pathological mechanisms of SCI remain unclear. In this study, genome-wide transcriptional profiling of spinal cord samples from injured rats at different time points after SCI was performed by RNA-Sequencing (RNA-Seq). The transcriptomes were systematically characterized to identify the critical genes and pathways that are involved in SCI pathology. RESULTS: RNA-Seq results were obtained from total RNA harvested from the spinal cords of sham control rats and rats in the acute, subacute, and chronic phases of SCI (1 day, 6 days and 28 days after injury, respectively; n = 3 in every group)...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196477/screening-and-evaluating-of-long-noncoding-rnas-in-the-puberty-of-goats
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Xiaoxiao Gao, Jing Ye, Chen Yang, Kaifa Zhang, Xiumei Li, Lei Luo, Jianping Ding, Yunsheng Li, Hongguo Cao, Yinghui Ling, Xiaorong Zhang, Ya Liu, Fugui Fang, Yunhai Zhang
BACKGROUND: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are involved in regulating animal development, however, their function in the onset of puberty in goats remain largely unexplored. To identify the genes controlling the regulation of puberty in goats, we measured lncRNA and mRNA expression levels from the hypothalamus. RESULTS: We applied RNA sequencing analysis to examine the hypothalamus of pubertal (case; n = 3) and prepubertal (control; n = 3) goats. Our results showed 2943 predicted lncRNAs, including 2012 differentially expressed lncRNAs, which corresponded to 5412 target genes...
February 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193868/dopamine-in-the-medial-amygdala-network-mediates-human-bonding
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Shir Atzil, Alexandra Touroutoglou, Tali Rudy, Stephanie Salcedo, Ruth Feldman, Jacob M Hooker, Bradford C Dickerson, Ciprian Catana, Lisa Feldman Barrett
Research in humans and nonhuman animals indicates that social affiliation, and particularly maternal bonding, depends on reward circuitry. Although numerous mechanistic studies in rodents demonstrated that maternal bonding depends on striatal dopamine transmission, the neurochemistry supporting maternal behavior in humans has not been described so far. In this study, we tested the role of central dopamine in human bonding. We applied a combined functional MRI-PET scanner to simultaneously probe mothers' dopamine responses to their infants and the connectivity between the nucleus accumbens (NAcc), the amygdala, and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), which form an intrinsic network (referred to as the "medial amygdala network") that supports social functioning...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193309/sow-and-piglet-factors-determining-variation-of-colostrum-intake-between-and-within-litters
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I Declerck, S Sarrazin, J Dewulf, D Maes
Colostrum intake has a short- and long-term beneficial impact on piglet performance and mortality. Sows' colostrum production and piglets' colostrum intake are limited and highly variable. The present study investigated sow and piglet factors explaining the variation of colostrum intake between and within litters. The CV for colostrum intake and birth weight (BWb) of all piglets within a litter was calculated to evaluate the variation of colostrum intake and BWb within a litter (colostrum and litter BWb heterogeneity, respectively)...
February 14, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188254/differential-effects-of-oxytocin-receptor-antagonists-atosiban-and-nolasiban-on-ot-mediated-signalling-in-human-amnion-and-myometrium
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Sung Hye Kim, Oliver Pohl, Andre Chollet, Jean-Pierre Gotteland, Adam D J Fairhurst, Phillip R Bennett, Vasso Terzidou
One of the most established roles of oxytocin (OT) is in inducing uterine contractions and labour. Apart from contractions, our recent study have shown that OT can also activate pro-inflammatory pathways in both human myometrial and amnion cells which suggests the pro-inflammatory role of OT should be taken into account when developing tocolytics targeting the OT/OT receptor (OT/OTR) system. The OTR antagonist, Atosiban, is currently used therapeutically for the treatment of PTL. We have previously shown that Atosiban fails to inhibit the pro-inflammatory effects of OT in human amnion, and Atosiban alone activates NF-κB and MAPKs thus upregulating downstream pro-labour genes...
February 10, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188160/endogenous-hydrogen-sulfide-contributes-to-uterine-quiescence-during-pregnancy
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Xingji You, Zixi Chen, Huina Zhao, Chen Xu, Weina Liu, Qianqian Sun, Ping He, Hang Gu, Xin Ni
Recent evidence suggests that uterine activation for labor is associated with inflammation within uterine tissues. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) plays a critical role in inflammatory responses in various tissues. Our previous study has shown that human myometrium produces H2S via its generating enzymes cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE) and cystathionine-β-synthetase (CBS) during pregnancy. We therefore explored whether H2S plays a role in the maintenance of uterine quiescence during pregnancy. Human myometrial biopsies were obtained from pregnant women at term...
February 10, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185482/suckling-induced-activation-pattern-in-the-brain-of-rat-pups
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János Barna, Eva Renner, Antónia Arszovszki, Melinda Cservenák, Zsolt Kovács, Miklós Palkovits, Arpád Dobolyi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to understand the effects of suckling on the brain of the pups by mapping their brain activation pattern in response to suckling. METHODS: The c-fos method was applied to identify activated neurons. Fasted rat pups were returned to their mothers for suckling and sacrificed 2 hours later for Fos immunohistochemistry. Double labeling was also performed to characterize some of the activated neurons. For comparison, another group of fasted pups were given dry food before Fos mapping...
February 10, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183001/social-impairments-among-children-perinatally-exposed-to-oxytocin-or-oxytocin-receptor-antagonist
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Edwa Friedlander, Ohad Feldstein, David Mankuta, Maya Yaari, Ayelet Harel-Gadassi, Richard P Ebstein, Nurit Yirmiya
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 6, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181995/is-the-bishop-score-significant-in-predicting-the-success-of-labor-induction-in-multiparous-women
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D Navve, N Orenstein, R Ribak, Y Daykan, G Shechter-Maor, T Biron-Shental
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the Bishop-score upon admission effects mode of delivery, maternal or neonatal outcomes of labor induction in multiparous women. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study including 600 multiparous women with a singleton pregnancy, 34 gestational weeks and above who underwent labor induction for maternal, fetal or combined indications. Induction was performed with one of three methods- oxytocin, a slow release vaginal prostaglandin E2 insert (10 mg dinoprostone) or a transcervical double balloon catheter...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179456/kinetics-of-milk-lipid-droplet-ld-transport-growth-and-secretion-revealed-by-intravital-imaging-ld-release-is-intermittently-stimulated-by-oxytocin
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Andrius Masedunskas, Yun Chen, Rebecca Stussman, Roberto Weigert, Ian H Mather
The lipid droplet (LD) fraction of milk has attracted special attention because it supplies preformed lipids for neonatal development and the assembled LDs are secreted by a unique apocrine mechanism. Because many aspects of this key process remain uncharacterized we developed a facile method for the intravital imaging of mammary cells in transgenic mice, which express fluorescently-tagged marker proteins. Using these techniques, we describe the first kinetic analysis of LD growth and secretion at peak lactation in real time...
February 8, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174180/suprachiasmatic-vasopressin-to-paraventricular-oxytocin-neurocircuit-in-the-hypothalamus-relays-light-reception-to-inhibition-of-feeding-behavior
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Putra Santoso, Masanori Nakata, Yoichi Ueta, Toshihiko Yada
Light syncronizes body's circadian rhythms by modulating the master clock located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus. In modern life, the extended and/or irregular light exposure impairs circadian rhythms and consequently promotes feeding and metabolic disorders. However, the neuronal pathway through which light is coupled to feeding behavior is less elucidated. The present study employed the light exposure during dark phase of the day in rats and observed its effect on neuronal activity and feeding behavior...
February 7, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
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