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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919556/measuring-inotocin-receptor-gene-expression-in-chronological-order-in-ant-queens
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Sarah Chérasse, Serge Aron
In vertebrates and invertebrates, oxytocin/vasopressin-like peptides modulate a variety of behaviors. The recent discovery of the gene and receptor sequences of inotocin, the insect ortholog of oxytocin/vasopressin, opens new opportunities for understanding the role of this peptide family in regulating behaviors in the most populated class of living animals. Ants live in highly organized colonies. Once a year, they produce future queens that soon leave the nest to mate and found new colonies. During the first months of their lives, ant queens display a sequence of behaviors ranging from copulation and social interactions to violent fighting...
September 14, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919554/revisiting-the-wandering-womb-oxytocin-in-endometriosis-and-bipolar-disorder
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REVIEW
Natalie L Dinsdale, Bernard J Crespi
Hippocrates attributed women's high emotionality - hysteria - to a 'wandering womb'. Although hysteria diagnoses were abandoned along with the notion that displaced wombs cause emotional disturbance, recent research suggests that elevated levels of oxytocin occur in both bipolar disorder and endometriosis, a gynecological condition involving migration of endometrial tissue beyond the uterus. We propose and evaluate the hypothesis that elevated oxytocinergic system activity jointly contributes to bipolar disorder and endometriosis...
September 14, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919179/effects-of-nest-deprivation-on-hypothalamic-mesotocin-in-incubating-native-thai-hens-gallus-domesticus
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Panpradap Sinpru, Tom E Porter, Mohamed E El Halawani, Yupaporn Chaiseha
Avian mesotocin (MT) is homologous to oxytocin in mammals. Native Thai chickens (Gallus domesticus) strongly express maternal behaviors including incubation and rearing. However, the role of MT during incubation behavior has never been studied. The objective of this study was to determine the physiological function(s) of the MTergic system in incubation behavior in native Thai chickens. The brains were collected from incubating (INC) and nest-deprived (ND) hens at different time points (days 3, 6, 8, 10, 14, 18, and 21; n=6)...
September 15, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918249/perinatal-depression-and-dna-methylation-of-oxytocin-related-genes-a-study-of-mothers-and-their-children
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Leonora King, Stephanie Robins, Gang Chen, Volodymyr Yerko, Yi Zhou, Corina Nagy, Nancy Feeley, Ian Gold, Barbara Hayton, Gustavo Turecki, Phyllis Zelkowitz
The present study investigated the association of perinatal depression (PD) with differential methylation of 3 genomic regions among mother and child dyads: exon 3 within the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene and 2 intergenic regions (IGR) between the oxytocin (OXT) and vasopressin (AVP) genes. Maternal PD was assessed at 5 time-points during pregnancy and postpartum. Four groups were established based on Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) cut-off scores: no PD, prenatal or postpartum depressive symptoms only and persistent PD (depressive symptoms both prenatally and postpartum)...
September 13, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918226/chronic-central-oxytocin-infusion-impairs-sociability-in-mandarin-voles
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Peirong Du, Zhixiong He, Zhenlu Cai, Xin Hao, Na Dong, Wei Yuan, Wenjuan Hou, Jinfeng Yang, Rui Jia, Faodao Tai
Oxytocin (OT) has been reported to increase social contact, however some studies have related OT to reduced social contact, particularly with unfamiliar individuals. The underlying mechanisms of OT on social contact remain unclear. In this study, male mandarin vole (Microtus mandarinus), a socially monogamous rodent, was used as an animal model in which osmotic minipumps were used to intracerebroventricularly administer two continuous dosages of OT or saline for 12 consecutive days. We examined the effect of long-term OT treatment on social behavior, anxiety levels, and levels of oxytocin, vasopressin (AVP) and dopamine (DA) receptors, mRNA expression in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc), and medial amygdala (MeA)...
September 13, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917111/-11-c-pf-3274167-as-a-pet-radiotracer-of-oxytocin-receptors-radiosynthesis-and-evaluation-in-rat-brain
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Benjamin Vidal, Iuliia A Karpenko, François Liger, Sylvain Fieux, Caroline Bouillot, Thierry Billard, Marcel Hibert, Luc Zimmer
INTRODUCTION: Oxytocin plays a major role in the regulation of social interactions in mammals by interacting with the oxytocin receptor (OTR) expressed in the brain. Furthermore, the oxytocin system appears as a possible therapeutic target in autism spectrum disorders and other psychiatric troubles, justifying current pharmacological researches. Since no specific PET radioligand is currently available to image OTR in the brain, the aim of this study was to radiolabel the specific OTR antagonist PF-3274167 and to evaluate [(11)C]PF-3274167 as a potential PET tracer for OTR in rat brains...
August 2, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916137/oxytocin-induces-penile-erection-and-yawning-when-injected-into-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-involvement-of-glutamic-acid-dopamine-and-nitric-oxide
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Fabrizio Sanna, Jessica Bratzu, Antonio Argiolas, Maria Rosaria Melis
Oxytocin (5-100ng), but not Arg(8)-vasopressin (100ng), injected unilaterally into the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) induces penile erection and yawning in a dose-dependent manner in male rats. The minimal effective dose was 20ng for penile erection and 5ng for yawning. Oxytocin responses were abolished not only by the oxytocin receptor antagonist d(CH2)5Tyr(Me)(2)-Orn(8)-vasotocin (1μg), but also by (+) MK-801 (1μg), an excitatory amino acid receptor antagonist of the N-methyl-d-aspartic acid (NMDA) subtype, SCH 23390 (1μg), a D1 receptor antagonist, but not haloperidol (1μg), a D2 receptor antagonist, and SMTC (40μg), an inhibitor of neuronal nitric oxide synthase, injected into the BNST 15min before oxytocin...
September 12, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915382/oxytocin-modulates-human-communication-by-enhancing-cognitive-exploration
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Miriam de Boer, Idil Kokal, Mark Blokpoel, Rui Liu, Arjen Stolk, Karin Roelofs, Iris van Rooij, Ivan Toni
Oxytocin is a neuropeptide known to influence how humans share material resources. Here we explore whether oxytocin influences how we share knowledge. We focus on two distinguishing features of human communication, namely the ability to select communicative signals that disambiguate the many-to-many mappings that exist between a signal's form and meaning, and adjustments of those signals to the presumed cognitive characteristics of the addressee ("audience design"). Fifty-five males participated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled experiment involving the intranasal administration of oxytocin...
September 8, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915380/oxytocin-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-exert-a-modulating-effect-on-the-onset-age-in-patients-with-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Jee In Kang, Hae Won Kim, Chul Hoon Kim, Eun Hee Hwang, Se Joo Kim
The oxytocin receptor (OXTR) is a potential candidate in the pathophysiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The present study investigated the association between common single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) of the OXTR gene and the affected status of OCD or distinct clinical subtypes of OCD including the age at onset and symptom dimensions. Ten SNPs of OXTR were examined in 615 patients with OCD and 581 healthy controls. Single-marker and haplotype-based association analyses were conducted. While OXTR variants were not associated with the affected status of OCD or its clinical symptom dimensions, rs2268493 (p=0...
September 7, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913643/does-oxytocin-lead-to-emotional-interference-during-a-working-memory-paradigm
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Marieke S Tollenaar, M Ruissen, B M Elzinga, E R A de Bruijn
BACKGROUND: Oxytocin administration may increase attention to emotional information. We hypothesized that this augmented emotional processing might in turn lead to interference on concurrent cognitive tasks. To test this hypothesis, we examined whether oxytocin administration would lead to heightened emotional interference during a working memory paradigm. Additionally, moderating effects of childhood maltreatment were explored. METHODS: Seventy-eight healthy males received 24 IU of intranasal oxytocin or placebo in a randomized placebo-controlled double-blind between-subjects study...
September 14, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912554/oxytocin-stimulates-hippocampal-neurogenesis-via-oxytocin-receptor-expressed-in-ca3-pyramidal-neurons
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Yu-Ting Lin, Chien-Chung Chen, Chiung-Chun Huang, Katsuhiko Nishimori, Kuei-Sen Hsu
In addition to the regulation of social and emotional behaviors, the hypothalamic neuropeptide oxytocin has been shown to stimulate neurogenesis in adult dentate gyrus; however, the mechanisms underlying the action of oxytocin are still unclear. Taking advantage of the conditional knockout mouse model, we show here that endogenous oxytocin signaling functions in a non-cell autonomous manner to regulate survival and maturation of newly generated dentate granule cells in adult mouse hippocampus via oxytocin receptors expressed in CA3 pyramidal neurons...
September 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912494/oxytocin-receptor-polymorphisms-are-differentially-associated-with-social-abilities-across-neurodevelopmental-disorders
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Danielle A Baribeau, Annie Dupuis, Tara A Paton, Stephen W Scherer, Russell J Schachar, Paul D Arnold, Peter Szatmari, Rob Nicolson, Stelios Georgiades, Jennifer Crosbie, Jessica Brian, Alana Iaboni, Jason Lerch, Evdokia Anagnostou
Oxytocin is a pituitary neuropeptide that affects social behaviour. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) have been shown to explain some variability in social abilities in control populations. Whether these variants similarly contribute to the severity of social deficits experienced by children with neurodevelopmental disorders is unclear. Social abilities were assessed in a group of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD, n = 341) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, n = 276) using two established social measures...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912192/mechanical-cervical-ripening-for-women-with-prolongedpregnancies-magpop-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-silicone-double-balloon-catheter-versus-the-propess-system-for-the-slow-release-of-dinoprostone-for-cervical-ripening-of-prolonged-pregnancies
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Caroline Diguisto, Amélie Le Gouge, Bruno Giraudeau, Franck Perrotin
INTRODUCTION: Induction of labour for prolonged pregnancies (PP) when the cervix is unfavourable is a challenging situation. Cervical ripening by pharmacological or mechanical techniques before oxytocin administration is used to increase the likelihood of vaginal delivery. Both techniques are equally effective in achieving vaginal delivery but excessive uterine activity, which induces fetal heart rate (FHR) anomalies, is more frequent after the pharmacological intervention. We hypothesised that mechanical cervical ripening could reduce the caesarean rate for non-reassuring FHR especially in PP where fetuses are already susceptible to this...
September 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911267/the-behavioral-and-molecular-evaluation-of-effects-of-social-instability-stress-as-a-model-of-stress-related-disorders-in-adult-female-rats
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Marta Maria Nowacka-Chmielewska, Daniela Kasprowska-Liśkiewicz, Jarosław Jerzy Barski, Ewa Obuchowicz, Andrzej Małecki
The study aimed to test the hypotheses that chronic social instability stress (CSIS) alters behavioral and physiological parameters and expression of selected genes important for stress response and social behaviors. Adult female Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to the 4-week CSIS procedure, which involves unpredictable rotation between phases of isolation and overcrowding. Behavioral analyses (Experiment 1) were performed on the same rats before and after CSIS (n = 16) and physiological and biochemical measurements (Experiment 2) were made on further control (CON; n = 7) and stressed groups (CSIS; n = 8)...
September 15, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911180/central-oxytocin-and-energy-balance-more-than-feelings
#15
Ismael González-García, Johan Fernø, Miguel López
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906174/a-patent-review-of-oxytocin-receptor-antagonists-2013-2017
#16
Timothy Katte, Michael Kassiou
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 14, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906007/intergrated-metabonomic-study-of-the-effects-of-guizhi-fuling-capsule-intervention-on-primary-dysmenorrheal-using-rp-uplc-ms-complementary-with-hilic-uplc-ms-technique
#17
Lang Lang, Zhaorui Meng, Lan Sun, Wei Xiao, Longshan Zhao, Zhili Xiong
Guizhi Fuling capsule (GFC), developed from the traditional Chinese prescription of Guizhi Fuling Wan, has been commonly used for the treatment of primary dysmenorrheal (PD). However, the intervention effective mechanism in vivo has not been well elucidated. In this study, an integrated plasma metabonomic strategy based on RP-UPLC-MS coupled with HILIC-UPLC-MS technique has been developed to investigate the global therapeutic effects and intervention mechanisms of Guizhi Fuling capsule (GFC) on dysmenorrhea rats induced by oxytocin...
September 14, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905354/standardizing-the-response-to-category-ii-tracings-during-induction-with-oxytocin-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
#18
Louisa R Chatroux, Leah M Savitsky, Blake Zwerling, Justin Williams, Alison G Cahill, Aaron B Caughey
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 13, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899620/the-action-radius-of-oxytocin-release-in-the-mammalian-cns-from-single-vesicles-to-behavior
#19
REVIEW
Bice Chini, Matthijs Verhage, Valery Grinevich
The hypothalamic neuropeptide oxytocin (OT) has attracted the attention both of the scientific community and a general audience because of its prosocial effects in mammals, and OT is now seen as a facilitator of mammalian species propagation. Furthermore, OT is a candidate for the treatment of social deficits in several neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions. Despite such possibilities and a long history of studies on OT behavioral effects, the mechanisms of OT actions in the brain remain poorly understood...
September 9, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899619/first-do-the-experiment-do-computerised-interpretation-of-cardiotocography-and-other-widely-used-interventions-improve-newborn-outcomes
#20
REVIEW
Philip Steer
The introduction of continuous electronic fetal heart rate monitoring (EFM) in labour has coincided with a steady and remarkable fall in perinatal mortality. Whether this is cause or coincidence remains unclear because randomised trials have been underpowered. Attempts to improve the sensitivity and specificity of fetal compromise detection using fetal blood sampling and pH measurement, pulse oximetry, and fetal electrocardiogram analysis have failed to provide evidence of additional value in randomised trials...
September 9, 2017: Early Human Development
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