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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623763/saturated-high-fat-feeding-independent-of-obesity-alters-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-axis-function-but-not-anxiety-like-behaviour
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Cecile Hryhorczuk, Léa Décarie-Spain, Sandeep Sharma, Caroline Daneault, Christine Des Rosiers, Thierry Alquier, Stephanie Fulton
Overconsumption of dietary fat can elicit impairments in emotional processes and the response to stress. While excess dietary lipids have been shown to alter hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function and promote anxiety-like behaviour, it is not known if such changes rely on elevated body weight and if these effects are specific to the type of dietary fat. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of a saturated and a monounsaturated high-fat diet (HFD) on HPA axis function and anxiety-like behaviour in rats...
June 10, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618114/subjective-insomnia-symptoms-and-sleep-duration-are-not-related-to-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-activity-in-older-adults
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Rian J G Peters van Neijenhof, Erik van Duijn, Julia F Van Den Berg, Margot W M de Waal, Roos C van der Mast, Hannie C Comijs
Insomnia symptoms are highly prevalent in depressed older adults. This study investigates the association between hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity and symptoms of insomnia, respectively, sleep duration among 294 depressed and 123 non-depressed older adults of the Netherlands Study of Depression in Older people (NESDO) study. Insomnia symptoms were defined as clinically relevant when having a score ≥ 10 points on the Women's Health Initiative Insomnia Rating Scale (WHIIRS). Sleep duration was categorized in short (≤ 6 h per night), normal (7-8 h per night) and long (≥ 9 h per night) duration...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615628/glucocorticoids-ameliorate-tgf-%C3%AE-1-mediated-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-airway-epithelium-through-mapk-and-snail-slug-signaling-pathways
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Hyun-Woo Yang, Seoung-Ae Lee, Jae-Min Shin, Il-Ho Park, Heung-Man Lee
Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) is closely associated with tissue remodeling. Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a process of tissue remodeling, can be a therapeutic target of CRSwNP. Glucocorticoids are a type of steroid hormone that is used primarily in medical therapy for patients with CRSwNP; however, their effects on EMT in the airway epithelium remain unknown. To investigate the effects of dexamethasone and fluticasone propionate, a class of glucocorticoids, on transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) -induced EMT, we used A549 cells, human primary nasal epithelial cells (hPNECs) and ex vivo organ culture of the inferior turbinate...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614036/an-individualized-approach-to-the-evaluation-of-cushing-syndrome
#4
Susmeeta T Sharma
Cushing syndrome (CS) is caused by chronic exposure to excess glucocorticoids. Early recognition and treatment of hypercortisolemia can lead to decreased morbidity and mortality. The diagnosis of CS and thereafter, establishing the cause can often be difficult, especially in patients with mild and cyclic hypercortisolism. Surgical excision of the cause of excess glucocorticoids is the optimal treatment for CS. Medical therapy (steroidogenesis inhibitors, medications that decrease adrenocorticotropic hormone [ACTH] levels or glucocorticoid antagonists) and pituitary radiotherapy may be needed as adjunctive treatment modalities in patients with residual, recurrent or metastatic disease, in preparation for surgery, or when surgery is contraindicated...
June 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595089/dexamethasone-facilitates-fear-extinction-and-safety-discrimination-in-ptsd-a-placebo-controlled-double-blind-study
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Vasiliki Michopoulos, Seth D Norrholm, Jennifer S Stevens, Ebony M Glover, Barbara O Rothbaum, Charles F Gillespie, Ann C Schwartz, Kerry J Ressler, Tanja Jovanovic
Psychophysiological hallmarks of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) include exaggerated fear responses, impaired inhibition and extinction of conditioned fear, and decreased discrimination between safety and fear cues. This increased fear load associated with PTSD can be a barrier to effective therapy thus indicating the need for new treatments to reduce fear expression in people with PTSD. One potential biological target for reducing fear expression in PTSD is the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is dysregulated in PTSD...
May 31, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591224/low-dose-glucocorticoids-suppresses-ovarian-tumor-growth-and-metastasis-in-an-immunocompetent-syngeneic-mouse-model
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Kai-Ti Lin, Shu-Pin Sun, Jui-I Wu, Lu-Hai Wang
Ovarian cancer has the highest mortality rate among gynecologic malignancies. Despite chemotherapy and surgical debulking options, ovarian cancer recurs and disseminates frequently with a poor prognosis. We previously reported a novel role of glucocorticoids (GCs) in metastatic ovarian cancer by upregulating microRNA-708. In this study, we used an immunocompetent syngeneic mouse model and further evaluated the effect and optimal dosages of GCs in treating metastatic ovarian cancer. The treatment of C57BL/6-derived ovarian cancer ID-8 cells with a synthetic GC, dexamethasone (DEX), induced the expression of microRNA-708, leading to decreased cell migration and invasion through targeting Rap1B...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590513/diagnostic-accuracy-of-increased-urinary-cortisol-cortisone-ratio-to-differentiate-acth-dependent-cushing-s-syndrome
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Filippo Ceccato, Laura Trementino, Mattia Barbot, Giorgia Antonelli, Mario Plebani, Luca Denaro, Daniela Regazzo, Federico Rea, Anna Chiara Frigo, Carolina Concettoni, Marco Boscaro, Giorgio Arnaldi, Carla Scaroni
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Differential diagnosis between Cushing's Disease (CD) and Ectopic ACTH Syndrome (EAS) may be a pitfall for endocrinologists. The increasing use in clinical practice of chromatography and mass spectrometry improves the measurement of urinary free cortisol (UFF) and cortisone (UFE). We have recently observed that cortisol to cortisone ratio (FEr) was higher in a small series of EAS; in this paper we collected a larger number of ACTH-dependent CS to study the role of FEr to characterize the source of corticotropin secretion...
June 7, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589964/hpa-axis-genes-and-their-interaction-with-childhood-maltreatment-are-related-to-cortisol-levels-and-stress-related-phenotypes
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Lotte Gerritsen, Yuri Milaneschi, Christiaan Vinkers, Bert van Hemert, Laura van Velzen, Lianne Schmaal, Brenda Wjh Penninx
Stress responses are controlled by the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA)-axis and maladaptive stress responses are associated with the onset and maintenance of stress-related disorders such as major depressive disorder (MDD). Genes that play a role in the HPA-axis regulation may likely contribute to the relation between relevant neurobiological substrates and stress-related disorders. Therefore, we performed gene-wide analyses for 30 a-priori literature-based genes involved in HPA-axis regulation in 2014 subjects (34% male; mean age: 42...
June 7, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586019/protective-effects-of-astragaloside-iv-against-ovalbumin-induced-allergic-rhinitis-are-mediated-by-t-box-protein-expressed-in-t-cells-gata-3-and-forkhead-box-protein-3-retinoic-acid-related-orphan-nuclear-receptor-%C3%AE-t
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Keqiong Li, Yi Chen, Rong Jiang, Dilong Chen, Hong Wang, Wei Xiong, Danyang Li, Zehong Liu, Xiaopeng Li, Jing Li, Ke Yuan
3-O-β-D-xylopyranosyl-6-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl-cycloastragenol, or Astragaloside IV (AST), is one of the major active ingredients isolated from Astragalus membranaceous with distinct pharmacological effects, and possesses anti-inflammatory, immunoregulatory and antifibrotic properties. However, the effects of AST on allergic rhinitis remain to be elucidated. The present study aimed to examine the effects of AST on immunoglobulin (Ig) E‑mediated allergic reactions in vivo, by using a mouse model of allergic rhinitis established via repetitive sensitization and intranasal challenge with ovalbumin (OVA)...
June 6, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584167/severe-cushing-s-syndrome-due-to-small-cell-prostate-carcinoma-a-case-and-review-of-literature
#10
Marianne Elston, Veronica Crawford, Michael Swarbrick, Michael Dray, Michelle Head, John V Conaglen
Cushings syndrome (CS) due to ectopic adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) is associated with a variety of tumours most of which arise in the thorax or abdomen. Prostate carcinoma is a rare but important cause of rapidly progressive CS. To report a case of severe CS due to ACTH production from prostate neuroendocrine carcinoma and summarise previous published cases. A 71 year old man presented with profound hypokalaemia, oedema and new onset hypertension. He reported two weeks of weight gain, muscle weakness, labile mood and insomnia...
June 5, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581876/hypolipidemic-activity-of-quercus-acutissima-fruit-ethanol-extract-is-mediated-by-inhibition-of-acetylation
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Jin-Taek Hwang, Hyo-Kyoung Choi, Sung Hee Kim, Sangwon Chung, Haeng Jeon Hur, Jae Ho Park, Min-Yu Chung
The acetylation of histone and nonhistone proteins is associated with adipogenesis. The objective of the present study was to investigate whether an ethanol extract of Quercus acutissima fruit (QF) exhibits antiobesity effects through inhibition of acetylation in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes and high fat diet (HFD)-fed obese mice. We observed that QF acts as a histone acetyltransferase (HAT) inhibitor and that QF (400 μg/mL) markedly inhibits the activity of p300 and CREB-binding protein. QF (200 μg/mL) significantly attenuated lipid accumulation without apparent toxicity, which is likely attributable to a decrease in the expressions of lipogenic proteins, including fatty acid synthase, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma, sterol regulatory element-binding protein 1, and CCAAT-enhancer-binding proteins alpha that were otherwise increased by MDI (a hormonal cocktail containing methyl isobutylmethylxanthine, dexamethasone, and insulin)...
June 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566446/cortisol-related-metabolic-alterations-assessed-by-mass-spectrometry-assay-in-patients-with-cushing-s-syndrome
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Guido Di Dalmazi, Marcus Quinkler, Timo Deutschbein, Cornelia Prehn, Nada Rayes, Matthias Kroiss, Christina Maria Berr, Günter K Stalla, Martin Fassnacht, Jerzy Adamski, Martin Reincke, Felix Beuschlein
OBJECTIVE: Endogenous hypercortisolism is a chronic condition associated with severe metabolic disturbances and cardiovascular sequela. The aim of this study was to characterize metabolic alterations in patients with different degrees of hypercortisolism by mass-spectrometry-based targeted plasma metabolomic profiling and correlate the metabolomic profile with clinical and hormonal data. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Subjects (n=149) were classified according to clinical and hormonal characteristics: Cushing's syndrome (n=46), adrenocortical adenomas with autonomous cortisol secretion (n=31) or without hypercortisolism (n=27)...
May 31, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558870/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-2-cyano-3-12-dioxooleana-1-9-11-en-28-oate-13%C3%AE-28-olide-as-a-potent-anti-inflammatory-agent-for-intervention-of-lps-induced-acute-lung-injury
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Yi Mou, Yan-Lin Jian, Tong Chen, Zhang-Jian Huang, Yi-Xue Qiao, Si-Xun Peng, Da-Yong Zhang, Hui Ji, Yi-Hua Zhang
The present study was designed to synthesize 2-Cyano-3, 12-dioxooleana-1, 9(11)-en-28-oate-13β, 28-olide (1), a lactone derivative of oleanolic acid (OA) and evaluate its anti-inflammatory activity. Compound 1 significantly diminished nitric oxide (NO) production and down-regulated the mRNA expression of iNOS, COX-2, IL-6, IL-1β, and TNF-α in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW264.7 cells. Further in vivo studies in murine model of LPS-induced acute lung injury (ALI) showed that 1 possessed more potent protective effects than the well-known anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone by inhibiting myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, reducing total cells and neutrophils, and suppressing inflammatory cytokines expression, and thus ameliorating the histopathological conditions of the injured lung tissue...
May 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557790/long-non-coding-rna-profile-in-mantle-cell-lymphoma-identifies-a-functional-lncrna-ror1-as1-associated-with-ezh2-prc2-complex
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Guangzhen Hu, Shiv K Gupta, Tammy P Troska, Asha Nair, Mamta Gupta
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is an aggressive B-cell lymphoma characterized by rapid disease progression. The needs for new therapeutic strategies for MCL patients call for further understanding on the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of MCL. Recently, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been recognized as key regulators of gene expression and disease development, however, the role of lncRNAs in non-Hodgkin lymphoma and specifically in MCL is still unknown. Next generation RNA-sequencing was carried out on MCL patient samples along with normal controls and data was analyzed...
May 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555033/annual-wormwood-leaf-inhibits-the-adipogenesis-of-3t3-l1-and-obesity-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-rats
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Yuno Song, Soo-Jung Lee, Sun-Hee Jang, Tae Hoon Kim, Hong-Duck Kim, Sung-Woo Kim, Chung-Kil Won, Jae-Hyeon Cho
Annual wormwood (AW) (Artemisia annua L.) has anti-malarial, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-tumour, and anti-inflammatory activities. In the present study, we evaluated the effects of annual wormwood leaves (AWL) on adipocyte differentiation in 3T3-L1 cells and high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obese rats. 3T3-L1 adipocytes and HFD-induced obese rats were treated with AWL, and its effect on gene expression was analyzed using RT-PCR and Western blotting experiments. Treatment with AWL effectively prevented triglyceride accumulation during adipogenesis in a dose-dependent manner...
May 28, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552654/microrna-hsa-mir-370-3p-suppresses-the-expression-and-induction-of-cyp2d6-by-facilitating-mrna-degradation
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Linjuan Zeng, Yinting Chen, Yong Wang, Li-Rong Yu, Bridgett Knox, Jiwei Chen, Tieliu Shi, Si Chen, Zhen Ren, Lei Guo, Yuanfeng Wu, David Liu, Kaihong Huang, Weida Tong, Dianke Yu, Baitang Ning
Cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) participates in the metabolism of approximately 20-25% of prescribed drugs. Genetic polymorphisms influence the expression and/or activity of CYP2D6, and inter-individual differences in drug activation and elimination caused by CYP2D6 genetic variants were reported. However, little is known about the potential modulation of CYP2D6 expression by microRNAs (miRNAs). In the current study, by using in silico prediction of the stabilities of miRNA/mRNA complexes, we screened 38 miRNA candidates that may interact with the transcript of CYP2D6...
May 25, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551822/glucocorticoid-therapy-causes-contradictory-changes-of-serum-wnt-signaling-related-molecules-in-systemic-autoimmune-diseases
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Mai Kawazoe, Kaichi Kaneko, Kotaro Shikano, Natsuko Kusunoki, Toshihiro Nanki, Shinichi Kawai
The objective of this study was to investigate the clinical significance of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway in glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis. A total of 91 patients with systemic autoimmune diseases who received initial glucocorticoid therapy with prednisolone (30-60 mg daily) were prospectively enrolled. We measured serum levels of N-terminal peptide of type I procollagen (P1NP), bone alkaline phosphatase (BAP), tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase isoform 5b (TRACP-5b), N-telopeptide cross-linked type I collagen (NTX), sclerostin, Dickkopf-1 (Dkk-1), and Wnt3a before starting glucocorticoid therapy and every week for 4 weeks after its initiation...
May 27, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551191/a-commercial-immune-modulating-feed-additive-restores-l-selectin-and-ccl5-expression-following-dexamethasone-treatment-of-murine-immune-cells-in-a-myd88-dependent-manner
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R J Ortiz-Marty, A Lewandowski, J D Chapman, I Kanevsky-Mullarky
Bovine mastitis costs the dairy industry billions of dollars every year and presents a health challenge in dairy facilities. Immunosuppressive effects of the periparturient period increase the incidence of mastitis. During this time, cattle experience an elevation in circulating cortisol, which reduces polymorphonuclear cell function and ability to clear infection. OmniGen-AF (OMN; Phibro Animal Health, Teaneck, NJ) is an immunomodulatory feed additive that alters gene expression and is used to reduce rates of mastitis...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542361/granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-blockade-enables-dexamethasone-to-inhibit-lipopolysaccharide-induced-murine-lung-neutrophils
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Jesus Banuelos, Yun Cao, Soon Cheon Shin, Bruce S Bochner, Pedro Avila, Shihong Li, Xin Jiang, Mark W Lingen, Robert P Schleimer, Nick Z Lu
Glucocorticoids promote neutrophilic inflammation, the mechanisms of which are poorly characterized. Using a lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute murine lung injury model, we determined the role of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) in mouse lung neutrophil numbers in the absence and presence of dexamethasone, a potent glucocorticoid. G-CSF was blocked using a neutralizing antibody. Airway neutrophil numbers, cytokine levels, and lung injury parameters were measured. Glucocorticoid treatment maintained LPS-induced airway G-CSF while suppressing TNF and IL-6...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541554/activation-of-group-2-innate-lymphoid-cells-exacerbates-and-confers-corticosteroid-resistance-to-mouse-nasal-type-2-inflammation
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Taiyo Morikawa, Ayumi Fukuoka, Kazufumi Matsushita, Koubun Yasuda, Naruhito Iwasaki, Shoko Akasaki, Shigeharu Fujieda, Tomohiro Yoshimoto
Both Th2 cells and group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) contribute to allergic diseases. However, their exact role and relationship in nasal allergic disorders is unclear. In this study, we investigated the cooperation of Th2 cells and ILC2s in a mouse model of nasal allergic disorder. To differentially activate Th2 cells and/or ILC2s in nasal mucosa, mice were intranasally administered ovalbumin (OVA) antigen, papain, an ILC2-activator, or both for 2 weeks. Epithelial thickness and number of eosinophils in the nasal mucosa were evaluated at 24 hours after the final challenge...
May 25, 2017: International Immunology
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