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Natural testosterone supplementation

R-C C Njoku, S O Abarikwu, A A Uwakwe, C J Mgbudom-Okah
The growing patronage on herbal remedies and formulations from natural products in most developing countries has warranted research into certain health challenges including their antifertility effects. This study assessed the effects of boiled Telfairia occidentalis (TO) seed-supplemented diets on the level of testosterone and semen quality in Wistar rats. Boiled TO seed diets at 10%, 15% and 30% were given to rats for 60 days. Our study showed that sperm quality was impaired as evidenced by the decreased number of motile spermatozoa, epididymal sperm numbers, percentage live/dead ratio and increased numbers of abnormal spermatozoa comparable to control values (p < ...
May 14, 2018: Andrologia
D Y Saad, M M Soliman, A A Mohamed, G B Youssef
The current study was aimed to evaluate the protective effect of Holothurian atra (HA) extract; naturally occurring marine resource, against methotrexate (MTX) induced testicular dysfunction. Mature rats received either MTX (20 mg/kg, intraperitoneally) or saline on the 7th day of experiment al design. Seven days prior and after MTX-injection, rats received HA at dose of 300 mg/kg intragastrically (HA + MTX group; HA group alone). Serum was extracted and testicular tissues were examined for the changes in serum biochemistry (liver & kidney biomarkers, testicular hormones and antioxidants), molecular and histopthological alterations using RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry...
April 23, 2018: Andrologia
Sandhya Kumari, Guruprasad Nayak, Sonu T Lukose, Sneha Guruprasad Kalthur, Nandini Bhat, Aswathi R Hegde, Srinivas Mutalik, Guruprasad Kalthur, Satish Kumar Adiga
Development of excellent curative therapy for most of the malignancies has resulted in a growing population of cancer survivors who are at increased risk for a variety of health problems including infertility. Therefore, fertility preservation has become an important issue during cancer treatment in recent years. Combination therapy with natural agents such as vitamins, antioxidants, dietary supplements, and plant products are considered as an attractive option to mitigate normal tissue toxicity imparted by chemotherapy...
November 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Michael von Wolff, Petra Stute, Markus Eisenhut, Ulrich Marti, Norman Bitterlich, Nick A Bersinger
Basic research into a possible link between serum and follicular fluid androgen concentrations to detemine whether androgen supplementation in low responders affects follicular endocrine milieu is still lacking. Ninety-seven women (aged 28-43 years) undergoing one natural IVF cycle without any hormone stimulation were analysed. Serum and follicular fluid were collected at the time of follicle aspiration, and the concentrations of LH, total testosterone, oestradiol, dehydroepiandrosterone and anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) were determined...
August 2, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Nur Ramziahrazanah Jumat, Mun Yee Chong, Zainina Seman, Rosita Jamaluddin, Nyet Kui Wong, Maha Abdullah
Sexual dimorphism in immune response is widely recognized, but few human studies have observed this distinction. Food with endo-immunomodulatory potential may reveal novel sex-biased in vivo interactions. Immunomodulatory effects of Carica papaya were compared between healthy male and female individuals. Volunteers were given fixed meals supplemented with papaya for 2 days. Changes in blood immune profiles and hormone levels were determined. In females, total natural killer (NK) cell percentages decreased (12...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Dominique H Eghlidi, Vasilios T Garyfallou, Steven G Kohama, Henryk F Urbanski
The hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC) represents a major component of the neuroendocrine reproductive axis and plays an important role in controlling the onset of puberty as well as age-associated reproductive senescence. Although significant gene expression changes have been observed in the ARC during sexual maturation, it is unclear what changes occur during aging, especially in males. Therefore, in the present study, we profiled the expression of reproduction-related genes in the ARC of young and old male rhesus macaques, as well as old males that had received 6 months of hormone supplementation (HS) in the form of daily testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone; we also compared morning vs night ARC gene expression in the old males...
August 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
Zafer Sahin, Ahmet Ozkaya, Gokhan Cuce, Mirac Uckun, Ertan Yologlu
Testis tissue is prone to oxidation because its plasma membrane contains many polyunsaturated fatty acids. Naringenin is a plant-derived natural flavonoid. We investigated the possible ameliorative role of naringenin on the hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 )-induced testicular damage in Wistar rats. Animals received 12 mg/kg H2 O2 by intraperitoneal injection, and 50 mg/kg naringenin via orogastric gavage for 4 weeks. In the H2 O2 group, the testis malondialdehyde level increased, while the amount of reduced glutathione, glutathione transferase activities, and the testis weight decreased...
September 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
D H Abbott, B H Rayome, D A Dumesic, K C Lewis, A K Edwards, K Wallen, M E Wilson, S E Appt, J E Levine
Study question: Do naturally occurring, hyperandrogenic (≥1 SD of population mean testosterone, T) female rhesus monkeys exhibit traits typical of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? Summary answer: Hyperandrogenic female monkeys exhibited significantly increased serum levels of androstenedione (A4), 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP), estradiol (E2), LH, antimullerian hormone (AMH), cortisol, 11-deoxycortisol and corticosterone, as well as increased uterine endometrial thickness and evidence of reduced fertility, all traits associated with PCOS...
April 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
Donatella Canistro, Fabio Vivarelli, Silvia Cirillo, Guglielmo Costa, Carlo Andreotti, Moreno Paolini
Over the past years, there has been a growing interest in the natural constituents of foods as a potential means of cancer control. To date, epidemiology studies seem to indicate an inverse association between regular consumption of fruit and vegetables and cancer risk. Here, the potential chemopreventive activity of the polyphenolic extract (PPE) of peach (Prunus persica L. Batsch) and of the freeze-dried fruit in toto (LFT), focusing on the modulation of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes (XMEs) in vivo, was investigated...
November 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Salah A Sheweita, S Al-Shora, M Hassan
Benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) is an environmental toxicant and endocrine disruptor. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the toxicity of B[a]P in testis of rats and also to study the role of silymarin and thymoquinone (TQ) as natural antioxidants in the alleviation of such toxicity. Data of the present study showed that levels of testosterone, estrogen and progesterone were significantly decreased after treatment of rats with B[a]P. In addition, B[a]P caused downregulation of the expressions of steroidogenic enzymes including CYP17A1 and CP19A1, and decreased the activity of 17-β hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (17β-HSD)...
September 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Fangzhen Xia, Ningjian Wang, Bing Han, Qin Li, Yi Chen, Chunfang Zhu, Yingchao Chen, Xiaoqi Pu, Zhen Cang, Chaoxia Zhu, Meng Lu, Ying Meng, Hui Guo, Chi Chen, Dongping Lin, Junke Zheng, Lin Kuang, Weiping Tu, Bin Li, Lin Hu, Zhoujun Shen, Yingli Lu
BACKGROUND: Aging is associated with variations in hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis hormones. However, it is not clear how aging changes these hormones. This study examined the natural alterations in the HPG axis in aging men and women in China. METHODS: Data were obtained from our cross-sectional study (SPECT-China) in 16 areas of three provinces in East China between February and June 2014. There were 6,825 subjects selected, including 2,908 men and 3,917 women aged 25-93 years who had no diseases affecting HPG hormones and did not take exogenous supplements...
2017: Neuroendocrinology
Ahmed Bulldan, Raimund Dietze, Mazen Shihan, Georgios Scheiner-Bobis
In the classical signaling pathway, testosterone regulates gene expression by activating the cytosolic/nuclear androgen receptor. In the non-classical pathway, testosterone activates cytosolic signaling cascades that are normally triggered by growth factors. The nature of the receptor involved in this signaling pathway is a source of controversy. In the Sertoli cell line 93RS2, which lacks the classical AR, we determined that testosterone stimulates the non-classical signaling pathway, characterized by the phosphorylation of Erk1/2 and transcription factors CREB and ATF-1...
2016: Cellular Signalling
Michael Louis Eisenberg
While early studies demonstrated a positive association between testosterone and prostate cancer, evidence on the nature of the relationship has evolved with time and newer data. Studies examining links between baseline testosterone levels as well as testosterone therapy and incident prostate cancer, reveal a more complex relationship. Moreover, investigators have reported their initial experiences with supplementing testosterone in men with a history of both treated and untreated prostate cancer.
December 2015: World Journal of Men's Health
Jason R Kovac, Michael Pan, Shawn Arent, Larry I Lipshultz
An increasing number of men are being diagnosed with hypogonadism. While many benefit from testosterone supplementation therapy, others who do not meet the criteria for hormone supplementation have turned to dietary adjuncts as a way or gaining improvements in libido, energy, and physical performance. These oral adjunct medications include controlled substances such as androstenedione, androstenediol as well as other "over-the-counter" options like DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) and herbal remedies like Tribulus terrestris This review will focus on the use of these adjunct medications in isolation, or in combination with testosterone supplementation therapy as well as the biochemical nature of the supplements, the results of scientific trials as well as the side effects that limit their use...
November 2016: American Journal of Men's Health
Mazen Shihan, Kai-Hui Chan, Lutz Konrad, Georgios Scheiner-Bobis
Although classical and non-classical signaling of testosterone has been documented in several investigations, the nature of the receptor involved in the non-classical pathway remains a source of controversy. While some investigators favor the exclusive participation of the cytosolic/nuclear androgen receptor (AR) in both pathways, others propose a membrane-bound receptor as the mediator of the non-classical testosterone signaling. Evidence is provided here that in the spermatogenic cell line GC-2 the non-classical signaling pathway of testosterone, characterized through the activation of Erk1/2 and transcription factors like CREB or ATF-1, is not mediated through the classical nuclear androgen receptor (AR) but rather by a membrane-associated receptor...
October 2015: Cellular Signalling
A I Decloedt, L Bailly-Chouriberry, J Vanden Bussche, P Garcia, M-A Popot, Y Bonnaire, L Vanhaecke
Traditionally, steroids other than testosterone are considered to be synthetic, anabolic steroids. Nevertheless, in stallions, it has been shown that β-Bol can originate from naturally present testosterone. Other precursors, including phytosterols from feed, have been put forward to explain the prevalence of low levels of steroids (including β-Bol and ADD) in urine of mares and geldings. However, the possible biotransformation and identification of the precursors has thus far not been investigated in horses...
August 2015: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Matthias Saar, Christina Körbel, Johannes Linxweiler, Volker Jung, Jörn Kamradt, Andrea Hasenfus, Michael Stöckle, Gerhard Unteregger, Michael D Menger
BACKGROUND: In vivo model systems in prostate cancer research that authentically reproduce tumor growth are still sparse. While orthotopic implantation is technically difficult, particularly in the mouse, most models favor subcutaneous tumor growth. This however provides little information about natural tumor growth behavior and tumor stroma interaction. Furthermore, established prostate cancer cell lines grown as in vivo xenografts are not able to reflect the variety of tumor specific growth patterns and growth behavior in men...
October 2015: Prostate
Hayley Gray, Jennifer Seltzer, Robert L Talbert
PURPOSE: The relationship between recurrent prostate cancer risk and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for hypogonadal men is explored. SUMMARY: The medical literature was searched to identify articles evaluating the use of TRT in symptomatic hypogonadal men with a history of prostate cancer. Eight English-language articles investigating TRT use in hypogonadal men with a history of prostate cancer were analyzed. For evaluative purposes, the normal ranges used for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and total testosterone levels were less than 4...
April 1, 2015: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
C D Rahnema, L E Crosnoe, E D Kim
Colloquially referred to by various misleading monikers ('pro-hormones', 'natural steroids', 'testosterone boosters', etc.) designer anabolic steroids have been popular now for over a decade as a way to achieve classic anabolic steroid-like results from products sold in the legal marketplace. Recent evidence suggests that anabolic steroid use may be the most common cause of hypogonadism in men of reproductive age. Despite recent regulatory efforts that have banned specific compounds, many anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) remain available in over-the-counter dietary supplements that are legally sold in the United States...
March 2015: Andrology
Wouter E van den Berg, Sander Lamballais, Steven A Kushner
The establishment of social hierarchies is a naturally occurring, evolutionarily conserved phenomenon with a well-established impact on fitness and health. Investigations of complex social group dynamics may offer novel opportunities for translational studies of autism spectrum disorder. Here we describe a robust behavioral paradigm using an automated version of the tube test. Isogenic groups of male and female mice establish linear social hierarchies that remain highly stable for at least 14 days, the longest interval tested...
May 2015: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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