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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225994/a-rare-case-of-ectopic-acth-syndrome-originating-from-malignant-renal-paraganglioma
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Esra Tutal, Demet Yılmazer, Taner Demirci, Evrim Cakır, Salih Sinan Gültekin, Bahadır Celep, Oya Topaloğlu, Erman Çakal
Ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) syndrome is characterized by hypercortisolism due to the hypersecretion of a non-pituitary ACTH-secreting tumor leading to Cushing's syndrome. Only a few cases have been reported previously as causing ectopic ACTH related to paraganglioma. Herein, we present a case of Cushing's syndrome, in who was proved to be attributable to an ACTH-secreting renal malignant paraganglioma. A 40-year-old woman presented with a five-month history of newly diagnosed hypertension and diabetes, weakness, hyperpigmentation, oligomenorrhea, hirsutism, and acneiform lesions...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225866/circulating-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-predict-disease-activity-and-treatment-response-in-patients-with-immune-thrombocytopenia
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J Zhou, Y Zhou, J Wen, X Sun, X Zhang
Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is a disease characterized by isolated thrombocytopenia. Abnormal effector T cell activation is an important mechanism in the pathogenesis of ITP. Regulatory T cells (Treg) have a strong immunosuppressive function for T cell activation and their importance in the pathophysiology and clinical treatment of ITP has been confirmed. Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are other immunosuppressive cells, which can also suppress T cell activation by secreting arginase, iNOS and ROS, and are essential for Treg cells' differentiation and maturation...
February 16, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222414/urinary-steroid-metabolites-in-a-case-of-florid-ectopic-cushing-s-syndrome-and-clinical-correlations
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Angelos Kyriacou, Karolina G Stepien, Basil Issa
A 51-year old woman was admitted with multiple cerebral, pulmonary and intra-abdominal abscesses. The combination of apparent immunosuppression, obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypokalaemia, osteoporotic fractures and bilateral shoulder avascular necrosis led to a clinical diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome (CS). This was biochemically confirmed as follows: midnight serum cortisol 4275 nmol/L (60-250), non-suppressed overnight dexamethasone suppression test, raised salivary cortisol 716 nmol/L (5-46) and ACTH 639 ng/L (0-46)...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218289/type-i-neuregulin1%C3%AE-is-a-novel-local-mediator-to-suppress-hepatic-gluconeogenesis-in-mice
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Takatomo Arai, Yumika Ono, Yujiro Arimura, Keimon Sayama, Tomohiro Suzuki, Satoko Shinjo, Mai Kanai, Shin-Ichi Abe, Kentaro Semba, Nobuhito Goda
Neuregulin1 is an epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like domain-containing protein that has multiple isoforms and functions as a local mediator in the control of various cellular functions. Here we show that type I isoform of neuregulin1 with an α-type EGF-like domain (Nrg1α) is the major isoform in mouse liver and regulates hepatic glucose production. Forced expression of Nrg1α in mouse liver enhanced systemic glucose disposal and decreased hepatic glucose production with reduced fasting blood glucose levels...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217067/septo-optic-dysplasia-de-morsier-s-syndrome
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Pedro Reis, Joana Mourão
Septo-optic dysplasia (SOD)/de Morsier's syndrome is characterized by optic nerve hypoplasia, pituitary endocrine dysfunction, and midline brain abnormalities. Hypopituitarism, hypothyroidism, hypogonadism, and adrenal insufficiency can lead to severe hypoglycemia, adrenal crisis, seizures, and sudden death. Anesthetic management of SOD was associated with high perioperative mortality. A 9-year-old male child proposed for dental treatments/extractions. Medical history of SOD with hypopituitarism, hypothyroidism, and delayed psychomotor development was observed...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197193/chinese-herbal-medicine-yougui-pill-reduces-exogenous-glucocorticoid-induced-apoptosis-in-anterior-pituitary-cells
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Yong-Zhi Ji, Long Geng, Hong-Bo Zhou, Hua-Chen Wei, Hong-Duo Chen
Long-term glucocorticoid use may result in sustained suppression of one or more secreted components from the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis, and often results in apoptosis. Yougui Pill (YGP), a 10-component traditional Chinese herbal medicine, has been shown to be clinically effective for glucocorticoid-induced suppression of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis. However, the pharmacological and molecular mechanisms remain unclear. We hypothesized that YGP would exert an anti-apoptosis effect on dexamethasone-treated anterior pituitary cells...
December 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196531/enhancing-circadian-clock-function-in-cancer-cells-inhibits-tumor-growth
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Silke Kiessling, Lou Beaulieu-Laroche, Ian D Blum, Dominic Landgraf, David K Welsh, Kai-Florian Storch, Nathalie Labrecque, Nicolas Cermakian
BACKGROUND: Circadian clocks control cell cycle factors, and circadian disruption promotes cancer. To address whether enhancing circadian rhythmicity in tumor cells affects cell cycle progression and reduces proliferation, we compared growth and cell cycle events of B16 melanoma cells and tumors with either a functional or dysfunctional clock. RESULTS: We found that clock genes were suppressed in B16 cells and tumors, but treatments inducing circadian rhythmicity, such as dexamethasone, forskolin and heat shock, triggered rhythmic clock and cell cycle gene expression, which resulted in fewer cells in S phase and more in G1 phase...
February 14, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196341/suppressing-the-endocrine-and-autonomic-stress-systems-does-not-impact-the-emotional-stress-experience-after-psychosocial-stress
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Nida Ali, Jonas P Nitschke, Cory Cooperman, Jens C Pruessner
Acute psychosocial stress activates the physiological and endocrine stress systems and increases the subjective emotional experience of stress. While considerable efforts have been made to link changes in the activity of the biological stress systems with changes in the subjective emotional experience of stress, results so far have been mixed, at best. To investigate this association in a study employing experimental manipulation, we pharmacologically suppressed both the autonomic and the endocrine stress responses, and investigated the effects of acute psychosocial stress on the emotional stress experience...
January 28, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194607/il-17a-monoclonal-antibody-partly-reverses-the-glucocorticoids-insensitivity-in-mice-exposed-to-ozonec
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Xia Fei, Peng-Yu Zhang, Xue Zhang, Guo-Qing Zhang, Wu-Ping Bao, Ying-Ying Zhang, Min Zhang, Xin Zhou
Exposure to ozone has been associated with airway inflammation and glucocorticoid insensitivity. This study aimed to observe the capacity of anti-murine interleukin-17A monoclonal antibody (IL-17mAb) to reverse ozone-induced glucocorticoid insensitivity and to detect its effects with glucocorticoids in protecting against airway inflammation. After C57/BL6 mice were exposed to ozone (2.5 ppm; 3 h) for 12 times over 6 weeks, PBS, IL-17mAb (50 ug/ml), dexamethasone (2 mg/kg), and combination administration of IL-17mAb (50 ug/ml) and dexamethasone (2 mg/kg) were intraperitoneally injected into mice at a dose of 0...
February 13, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193212/corticomedullary-mixed-tumour-resembling-a-small-adrenal-gland-involvement-of-cancer-stem-cells-case-report
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Lian Duan, Fang Fang, Wanlei Fu, Zhenqiang Fang, Hui Wang, Shicang Yu, Zili Tang, Zhenqi Liu, Hongting Zheng
BACKGROUND: Adrenal corticomedullary mixed tumours are very rare. Its mechanism is rarely reported. Here we report the first case of a corticomedullary mixed tumour resembling a "small adrenal gland" with distinct arrangement of the cortical and medullary layers. We further hypothesize regarding the tumorigenic mechanism of this tumour. CASE PRESENTATION: A 58-year man had been diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension for 3 years. His 24-h urine vanillylmandelic acid (VMA) levels were slightly elevated...
February 13, 2017: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191670/involvement-of-the-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-akt-signaling-pathway-in-bone-morphogenetic-protein-9-stimulated-osteogenic-differentiation-and-stromal-cell-derived-factor-1-production-in-human-periodontal-ligament-fibroblasts
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Kirara Furue, Kotaro Sena, Kenji Sakoda, Toshiaki Nakamura, Kazuyuki Noguchi
Recent studies have shown that bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP-9) can induce osteogenic differentiation in human periodontal stem cells and human periodontal ligament fibroblasts (PDLFs). Bone morphogenetic protein 9 may be used in periodontal tissue regeneration because of its potent osteoinductive ability. Human periodontal ligament cells also have been demonstrated to produce stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1), which is important for stem-cell homing and recruitment to injured sites. In the present study, we examined the involvement of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling axis in osteogenic differentiation and SDF-1 production in human PDLFs stimulated with BMP-9 in osteogenic medium supplemented with dexamethasone and ascorbic acid...
February 13, 2017: European Journal of Oral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179447/diagnosis-of-endocrine-disease-differentiation-of-pathologic-neoplastic-hypercortisolism-cushing-syndrome-from-physiologic-non-neoplastic-hypercortisolism-formerly-known-as-pseudo-cushing-syndrome
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James Findling, Hershel Raff
Endogenous hypercortisolism (Cushing syndrome) usually implies the presence of a pathologic condition caused by either an ACTH-secreting neoplasm or autonomous cortisol secretion from a benign or malignant adrenal neoplasm. However, sustained or intermittent hypercortisolism may also accompany many medical disorders that stimulate physiologic/non-neoplastic activation of the HPA axis (formerly known as pseudo-Cushing syndrome); these two entities may share indistinguishable clinical and biochemical features...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173836/complex-regulation-of-neutrophil-derived-mmp-9-secretion-in-central-nervous-system-tuberculosis
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Catherine W M Ong, Przemyslaw J Pabisiak, Sara Brilha, Poonam Singh, Federico Roncaroli, Paul T Elkington, Jon S Friedland
BACKGROUND: Central nervous system tuberculosis (CNS-TB) may be fatal even with treatment. Neutrophils are the key mediators of TB immunopathology, and raised CSF matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) which correlates to neutrophil count in CNS-TB is associated with neurological deficit and death. The mechanisms by which neutrophils drive TB-associated CNS matrix destruction are not clearly defined. METHODS: Human brain biopsies with histologically proven CNS-TB were stained for neutrophils, neutrophil elastase, and MMP-9...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161637/ameloblastin-and-enamelin-prevent-osteoclast-formation-by-suppressing-rankl-expression-via-mapk-signaling-pathway
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Wichida Chaweewannakorn, Wataru Ariyoshi, Toshinori Okinaga, Kazumasa Morikawa, Katsura Saeki, Kenshi Maki, Tatsuji Nishihara
Ameloblastin (Ambn) and enamelin (Enam) play a pivotal role in enamel mineralization. Previous studies have demonstrated that these enamel-related gene products also affect bone growth and remodeling; however, the underlying mechanisms have not been elucidated. In the present study, we examined the effects of Ambn and Enam on the receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL) expression induced with 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) and dexamethasone (DEX) on mouse bone marrow stromal cell line ST2 cells...
February 1, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161541/yupingfeng-powder-relieves-the-immune-suppression-induced-by-dexamethasone-in-mice
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Yuhua Li, Bin Zheng, Huajie Tian, Xiaotao Xu, Yang Sun, Qibing Mei, Xiaotian Lin, Li Liu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Yupingfeng Powder (YPF), a Chinese medical formula, is used traditionally for allergic diseases and characterized by reducing allergy relapse. In the present study, we attempted to investigate the effect of YPF on the immunity of mice and the possible mechanisms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An immunosuppressive mice model induced by Dexamethasone (Dex) was used. Blood samples, spleen and thymus were collected. Then, hematology parameters and organ weight were measured; Phenotypic analyses (CD4(+)/CD8(+)) of lymphocytes were performed using a flow cytometer; Phagocytosis of peritoneal macrophages were evaluated by particle tracers; Spleen lymphocytes were isolated, whose proliferation and apoptosis were assessed...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157491/intravenous-dexamethasone-administration-before-orthognathic-surgery-reduces-the-postoperative-edema-of-the-masseter-muscle-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Harutsugi Abukawa, Takashi Ogawa, Michihide Kono, Toshiyuki Koizumi, Yoko Kawase-Koga, Daichi Chikazu
PURPOSE: Dexamethasone seems to suppress postoperative swelling. However, the standard administration dose of dexamethasone for bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO) has not been reported. This study focused on clarifying the most effective dose of dexamethasone for BSSO. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This research was planned as a prospective, randomized controlled, double-blind study. Patients undergoing BSSO were randomly assigned to receive intravenous preoperative dexamethasone under 3 different dose conditions: 16 mg, 8 mg, and 0 mg (control)...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155238/dickkopf-1-is-involved-in-dexamethasone-mediated-hair-follicle-regression
#17
Mi Hee Kwack, Jun Ho Lee, Chang Hoon Seo, Jung Chul Kim, Moon Kyu Kim, Young Kwan Sung
The stress-related neurohormones including glucocorticoids (GCs) are secreted by hair follicles (HFs) and GCs suppress murine hair growth in vivo. In this study, we found that dexamethasone (Dex), a synthetic GC, increased the expression of dickkopf-1 (DKK1), a known catagen inducer, in dermal papilla (DP) cells but not in follicular keratinocytes. The neutralizing DKK1 antibody significantly attenuated the Dex-induced inhibition of human hair shaft elongation. In addition, the neutralizing Dkk1 antibody delayed Dex-induced catagen in mice...
February 3, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155193/dexamethasone-treatment-decreases-replication-of-viral-hemorrhagic-septicemia-virus-in-epithelioma-papulosum-cyprini-cells
#18
Min Sun Kim, Su Jin Lee, Seung Hyuk Choi, Yue Jai Kang, Ki Hong Kim
The expression of Mx1 in EPC cells after treatment with poly(I:C) or infection with viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) was significantly suppressed by treatment with dexamethasone. However, the titer of VHSV did not increase but instead decreased after dexamethasone treatment. This suggests that dexamethasone not only downregulates type I IFN but also affects certain factors that are necessary for VHSV replication. An important effect of HSP90 on replication of RNA viruses and downregulation of HSP90 by glucocorticoids have been reported...
February 2, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137660/effects-of-moderate-treadmill-exercise-and-fluoxetine-on-behavioural-and-cognitive-deficits-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-dysfunction-and-alternations-in-hippocampal-bdnf-and-mrna-expression-of-apoptosis-related-proteins-in-a-rat-model-of-post-traumatic
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Sakineh Shafia, Abbas Ali Vafaei, Seyed Afshin Samaei, Ahmad Reza Bandegi, Alireza Rafiei, Reza Valadan, Zahra Hosseini-Khah, Raziyeh Mohammadkhani, Ali Rashidy-Pour
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that develops after an individual has experienced a major trauma. Currently, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like fluoxetine are the first-line choice in PTSD drug treatment but their moderate response rates and side effects indicate an urgent need for the development of new treatment. Physical activity is known to improve symptoms of certain neuropsychiatric disorders. The present study investigated the effects of moderate treadmill exercise, the antidepressant fluoxetine and the combined treatment on behavioural deficits, and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction...
January 28, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135738/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-struthanthus-vulgaris
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Franciane Martins Marques, Maycow Rodrigues da Costa, Cátia Vittorazzi, Luciane De Souza Dos Santos Gramma, Thiago Barth, Tadeu Uggere de Andrade, Denise Coutinho Endringer, Rodrigo Scherer, Marcio Fronza
Struthanthus vulgaris is probably the most common medicinal mistletoe plant in Brazil, and has been used in folk medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent and for cleaning skin wounds. Our proposal was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory activity of S. vulgaris ethanol leaf extract and provide further insights of how this biological action could be explained using in vitro and in vivo assays. In vitro anti-inflammatory activity was preliminarily investigated in lipopolysaccharide/interferon gamma-stimulated macrophages based on their ability to inhibit nitric oxide production and tumor necrosis factor-alpha...
January 30, 2017: Planta Medica
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