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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710293/probing-gata-factor-function-in-mouse-leydig-cells-via-testicular-injection-of-adenoviral-vectors
#1
Gervette M Penny, Rebecca B Cochran, Marjut Pihlajoki, Antti Kyrönlahti, Anja Schrade, Merja Häkkinen, Jorma Toppari, Markku Heikinheimo, David B Wilson
Testicular Leydig cells produce androgens essential for proper male reproductive development and fertility. Here, we describe a new Leydig cell ablation model based on Cre/Lox recombination of mouse Gata4 and Gata6, two genes implicated in the transcriptional regulation of steroidogenesis. The testicular interstitium of adult Gata4(flox/flox);Gata6(flox/flox) mice was injected with adenoviral vectors encoding Cre + GFP (Ad-Cre-IRES-GFP) or GFP alone (Ad-GFP). The vectors efficiently and selectively transduced Leydig cells, as evidenced by GFP reporter expression...
July 14, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645248/characterizing-the-reproductive-transcriptomic-correlates-of-acute-dehydration-in-males-in-the-desert-adapted-rodent-peromyscus-eremicus
#2
Lauren Kordonowy, Matthew MacManes
BACKGROUND: The understanding of genomic and physiological mechanisms related to how organisms living in extreme environments survive and reproduce is an outstanding question facing evolutionary and organismal biologists. One interesting example of adaptation is related to the survival of mammals in deserts, where extreme water limitation is common. Research on desert rodent adaptations has focused predominantly on adaptations related to surviving dehydration, while potential reproductive physiology adaptations for acute and chronic dehydration have been relatively neglected...
June 23, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634453/relaxin-family-peptide-receptors-1-and-2-are-fully-functional-in-the-bovine
#3
Yanzhenzi Dai, Richard Ivell, Xuan Liu, Dana Janowski, Ravinder Anand-Ivell
In most mammals the peptide hormone relaxin is a key physiological component regulating early pregnancy and birth. However, synteny analysis shows that the gene encoding ovarian relaxin-2 is deleted in cows and sheep. While, these ruminants appear to exhibit a relaxin-like physiology, as in other mammals, until now a molecular understanding of this has been lacking. Cloning and expression analysis of the cognate bovine receptor for relaxin, RXFP1, as well as of the structurally related receptor, RXFP2, in female tissues, shows that these are expressed in a similar way to other mammals...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607406/distinct-activation-modes-of-the-relaxin-family-peptide-receptor-2-in-response-to-insulin-like-peptide-3-and-relaxin
#4
Shoni Bruell, Ashish Sethi, Nicholas Smith, Daniel J Scott, Mohammed Akhter Hossain, Qing-Ping Wu, Zhan-Yun Guo, Emma J Petrie, Paul R Gooley, Ross A D Bathgate
Relaxin family peptide receptor 2 (RXFP2) is a GPCR known for its role in reproductive function. It is structurally related to the human relaxin receptor RXFP1 and can be activated by human gene-2 (H2) relaxin as well as its cognate ligand insulin-like peptide 3 (INSL3). Both receptors possess an N-terminal low-density lipoprotein type a (LDLa) module that is necessary for activation and is joined to a leucine-rich repeat domain by a linker. This linker has been shown to be important for H2 relaxin binding and activation of RXFP1 and herein we investigate the role of the equivalent region of RXFP2...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487028/insl3-and-amh-in-patients-with-previously-congenital-or-acquired-undescended-testes
#5
Jocelyn van Brakel, Sabine M P F de Muinck Keizer-Schrama, Frans W J Hazebroek, Gert R Dohle, Frank H de Jong
BACKGROUND: In previous reports no differences in Leydig and Sertoli cell function were found between congenital undescended testis (CUDT) and acquired UDT (AUDT) on the basis of serum levels of LH, testosterone, FSH or inhibin B. This study tried to detect differences in Leydig and Sertoli cell function between CUDT and AUDT using insulin-like peptide 3 (INSL3) and anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH). METHOD: 118 men with a history of UDT (CUDT N=55 (6/55 bilateral), AUDT N=63 (15/63 bilateral)) were investigated...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482050/parallel-assessment-of-the-effects-of-bisphenol-a-and-several-of-its-analogs-on-the-adult-human-testis
#6
C Desdoits-Lethimonier, L Lesné, P Gaudriault, D Zalko, J P Antignac, Y Deceuninck, C Platel, N Dejucq-Rainsford, S Mazaud-Guittot, B Jégou
STUDY QUESTION: Are bisphenol A (BPA) and BPA analogs (BPA-A) safe for male human reproductive function? SUMMARY ANSWER: The endocrine function of human testes explants [assessed by measuring testosterone and insulin-like factor 3 (INSL3)] was impacted by exposure of the human adult testis explants to BPA/BPA-A. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The few epidemiologic studies performed suggest that bisphenols have potential endocrine disruptive properties, but they did not identify clear and direct patterns of endocrine disruption...
May 8, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432091/suppressive-effects-of-tnf%C3%AE-il6-and-macrophages-on-thecal-androgen-production
#7
Moafaq S Samir, Claire Glister, Dareen Mattar, Mhairi Laird, Philip G Knight
Pro-inflammatory cytokines secreted by macrophages and other cell-types are implicated as intra-ovarian factors affecting different aspects of ovarian function including follicle and corpus luteum 'turnover', steroidogenesis and angiogenesis. Here, we compared granulosal (GC) and thecal (TC) expression of TNF, IL6 and their receptors (TNFR1, TNFRSF1B, IL6R) during bovine antral follicle development; all five mRNA transcripts were detected in both GC and TC and statistically significant cell-type and follicle stage-related differences were evident...
April 21, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295519/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-associated-with-nonsyndromic-cryptorchidism-in-mexican-patients
#8
M Chávez-Saldaña, R M Vigueras-Villaseñor, E Yokoyama-Rebollar, D A Landero-Huerta, J C Rojas-Castañeda, L Taja-Chayeb, J O Cuevas-Alpuche, E Zambrano
Cryptorchidism is a frequent genitourinary malformation considered as an important risk factor for infertility and testicular malignancy. The aetiology of cryptorchidism is multifactorial in which certain SNPs, capable of inhibiting the development of the gubernaculum, are implicated. We analysed 16 SNPs by allelic discrimination and automated sequencing in 85 patients and 99 healthy people, with the objective to identify the association between these variants and isolated cryptorchidism. In two different patients with unilateral cryptorchidism, we found the variants rs121912556 and p...
March 10, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281692/ibuprofen-results-in-alterations-of-human-fetal-testis-development
#9
Millissia Ben Maamar, Laurianne Lesné, Kristin Hennig, Christèle Desdoits-Lethimonier, Karen R Kilcoyne, Isabelle Coiffec, Antoine D Rolland, Cécile Chevrier, David M Kristensen, Vincent Lavoué, Jean-Philippe Antignac, Bruno Le Bizec, Nathalie Dejucq-Rainsford, Rod T Mitchell, Séverine Mazaud-Guittot, Bernard Jégou
Among pregnant women ibuprofen is one of the most frequently used pharmaceutical compounds with up to 28% reporting use. Regardless of this, it remains unknown whether ibuprofen could act as an endocrine disruptor as reported for fellow analgesics paracetamol and aspirin. To investigate this, we exposed human fetal testes (7-17 gestational weeks (GW)) to ibuprofen using ex vivo culture and xenograft systems. Ibuprofen suppressed testosterone and Leydig cell hormone INSL3 during culture of 8-9 GW fetal testes with concomitant reduction in expression of the steroidogenic enzymes CYP11A1, CYP17A1 and HSD17B3, and of INSL3...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237342/changes-of-plasma-concentrations-of-insulin-like-peptide-3-and-testosterone-and-their-association-with-scrotal-circumference-during-pubertal-development-in-male-goats
#10
M A Hannan, N Kawate, Y Fukami, W W P N Weerakoon, E E Büllesbach, T Inaba, H Tamada
Insulin-like peptide 3 (INSL3) has been used as a testis-specific biomarker for puberty in several species, but the secretory profile of INSL3 during pubertal development in small ruminants is unknown. Here we sought to determine the age-related changes in the plasma concentrations of INSL3 and testosterone and their association with scrotal circumference during pubertal development in five male Shiba goats. Blood samples and scrotal circumference measurement were taken every 2 weeks from week 10 to week 52 of each goat's lifespan...
April 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152410/semen-quality-and-insulin-like-factor-3-associations-with-urinary-and-seminal-levels-of-phthalate-metabolites-in-adult-males
#11
Wei-Hsiang Chang, Meng-Hsing Wu, Hsien-An Pan, Pao-Lin Guo, Ching-Chang Lee
Certain phthalates have adverse effects on male reproductive functions in animals, and potentially affect human testicular function and spermatogenesis, but little is known about the active mechanisms. We measured the urinary and seminal phthalate metabolites and explored their associations on insulin-like factor 3 (INSL3) and semen quality. Urine, blood, and semen samples were collected from the male partners of subfertile (n = 253) and fertile (n = 37) couples in a reproductive center in southern Taiwan...
April 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933606/relaxin-like-peptides-in-male-reproduction-a-human-perspective
#12
REVIEW
Richard Ivell, Alexander I Agoulnik, Ravinder Anand-Ivell
The relaxin family of peptide hormones and their cognate GPCRs are becoming physiologically well-characterized in the cardiovascular system and particularly in female reproductive processes. Much less is known about the physiology and pharmacology of these peptides in male reproduction, particularly as regards humans. H2-relaxin is involved in prostate function and growth, while insulin-like peptide 3 (INSL3) is a major product of the testicular Leydig cells and, in the adult, appears to modulate steroidogenesis and germ cell survival...
May 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922185/relaxin-family-peptides-structure-activity-relationship-studies
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REVIEW
Nitin A Patil, K Johan Rosengren, Frances Separovic, John D Wade, Ross A D Bathgate, Mohammed Akhter Hossain
The human relaxin peptide family consists of seven cystine-rich peptides, four of which are known to signal through relaxin family peptide receptors, RXFP1-4. As these peptides play a vital role physiologically and in various diseases, they are of considerable importance for drug discovery and development. Detailed structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies towards understanding the role of important residues in each of these peptides have been reported over the years and utilized for the design of antagonists and minimized agonist variants...
May 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888281/the-actions-of-relaxin-family-peptides-on-signal-transduction-pathways-activated-by-the-relaxin-family-peptide-receptor-rxfp4
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Sheng Y Ang, Dana S Hutchinson, Bronwyn A Evans, Mohammed A Hossain, Nitin Patil, Ross A D Bathgate, Martina Kocan, Roger J Summers
The relaxin family peptide receptor 4 (RXFP4) is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) expressed in the colorectum with emerging roles in metabolism and appetite regulation. It is activated by its cognate ligand insulin-like peptide 5 (INSL5) that is expressed in enteroendocrine L cells in the gut. Whether other evolutionarily related peptides such as relaxin-2, relaxin-3, or INSL3 activate RXFP4 signal transduction mechanisms with a pattern similar to or distinct from INSL5 is still unclear. In this study, we compare the signaling pathways activated by various relaxin family peptides to INSL5...
January 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882303/ovarian-like-differentiation-in-eutopic-and-ectopic-endometrioses-with-aberrant-fsh-receptor-insl3-and-gata4-6-expression
#15
Baptiste Fouquet, Pietro Santulli, Jean-Christophe Noel, Micheline Misrahi
Endometriosis, the hormone-dependent extrauterine dissemination of endometrial tissue outside the uterus, affects 5-15% of women of reproductive age. Pathogenesis remains poorly understood as well as the estrogen production by endometriotic tissue yielding autocrine growth. Estrogens (E2) are normally produced by the ovaries. We investigated whether aberrant "ovarian-like" differentiation occurred in endometriosis. 69 women, with (n = 38) and without (n = 31) histologically proven endometriosis were recruited...
December 2016: BBA Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793455/effects-of-long-acting-gnrh-antagonist-degarelix-acetate-on-plasma-insulin-like-peptide-3-testosterone-and-luteinizing-hormone-concentrations-and-scrotal-circumference-in-male-goats
#16
M A Hannan, N Kawate, Y Fukami, W W P N Weerakoon, E E Büllesbach, T Inaba, H Tamada
We recently reported that plasma insulin-like peptide 3 (INSL3) concentrations increased soon after endogenous and exogenous stimulations of LH in male goats and bulls. However, the effects of LH suppression on INSL3 secretion are unknown in domestic animals. Here, we examined the effects of a long-acting GnRH antagonist (degarelix acetate; 4 mg/kg) on the secretions of plasma INSL3 and testosterone in two phases, an immediate and a long-term phase in male goats (n = 6; aged, 13-16 months). During the immediate phase, blood was taken at 15-minute intervals for 8 hours on Days -5, 0, and 3...
January 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27592693/functional-insulin-like-factor-3-insl3-hormone-receptor-system-in-the-testes-and-spermatozoa-of-domestic-ruminants-and-its-potential-as-a-predictor-of-sire-fertility
#17
Ali M Pitia, Kyoko Uchiyama, Hiroaki Sano, Masashi Kinukawa, Yoshiaki Minato, Hiroshi Sasada, Tetsuya Kohsaka
Insulin-like factor 3 (INSL3) is essential for fetal testis descent, and has been implicated in the testicular and sperm functions in adult males; however, similar functions in domestic ruminants remain largely unknown. This study investigated the functional INSL3 hormone-receptor system in adult ruminant testes and spermatozoa, and explored its potential to diagnose the fertility of sires. Testes and spermatozoa were obtained from fertile bulls, rams and he-goats, whereas subfertile testes and spermatozoa were obtained only from bulls...
April 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27566230/expression-profiling-identifies-sertoli-and-leydig-cell-genes-as-fsh-targets-in-adult-zebrafish-testis
#18
Diego Crespo, Luiz H C Assis, Tomasz Furmanek, Jan Bogerd, Rüdiger W Schulz
Spermatogonial stem cells are quiescent, undergo self-renewal or differentiating divisions, thereby forming the cellular basis of spermatogenesis. This cellular development is orchestrated by follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), through the production of Sertoli cell-derived factors, and by Leydig cell-released androgens. Here, we investigate the transcriptional events induced by Fsh in a steroid-independent manner on the restart of zebrafish (Danio rerio) spermatogenesis ex vivo, using testis from adult males where type A spermatogonia were enriched by estrogen treatment in vivo...
December 5, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27470300/the-testicular-hormones-amh-inhb-insl3-and-testosterone-can-be-independently-deficient-in-older-men
#19
Yih Harng Chong, Michael W Pankhurst, Ian S McLennan
Background: Late-onset hypogonadism is symptomatically diverse and not fully explained by circulating testosterone level. The adult testes secrete four distinct hormones (testosterone, AMH, INSL3, and InhB) into the circulation. Testosterone and InhB have proven dynamic regulation, with limited information available for AMH and INSL3. During aging, there is cellular senescence, which may underlie the diversity of hypogonadism. This leads to the postulate that the relative levels (profile) of the four testicular hormones in older men are variable and cannot be evaluated by the measurement of one hormone...
April 1, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27465829/endogenous-inhibins-regulate-steroidogenesis-in-mouse-tm3-leydig-cells-by-altering-smad2-signalling
#20
Yao Wang, Maree Bilandzic, Guck T Ooi, Jock K Findlay, Kaye L Stenvers
This study tested the hypothesis that inhibins act in an autocrine manner on Leydig cells using a pre-pubertal Leydig cell line, TM3, as a model of immature Leydig cells. The expression of Inha, Inhba, and Inhbb in TM3 cells was determined by RT-PCR and the production of the inhibin-alpha subunit was confirmed by western blot. Knockdown of Inha expression resulted in significant decreases in the expression of Leydig cell markers Cyp17a1, Cyp11a1, Nr5a1, and Insl3. Western blot showed that activin A, TGFβ1 and TGFβ2 activated SMAD2, and that knockdown of Inha expression in TM3 cells enhanced both activin A- and TGFβ-induced SMAD2 activation...
November 15, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
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