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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530704/upregulation-of-cyp17a1-by-sp1-mediated-dna-demethylation-confers-temozolomide-resistance-through-dhea-mediated-protection-in-glioma
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J-Y Chuang, W-L Lo, C-Y Ko, S-Y Chou, R-M Chen, K-Y Chang, J-J Hung, W-C Su, W-C Chang, T-I Hsu
Steroidogenesis-mediated production of neurosteroids is important for brain homeostasis. Cytochrome P450 17A1 (CYP17A1), which converts pregnenolone to dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in endocrine organs and the brain, is required for prostate cancer progression and acquired chemotherapeutic resistance. However, whether CYP17A1-mediated DHEA synthesis is involved in brain tumor malignancy, especially in glioma, the most prevalent brain tumor, is unknown. To investigate the role of CYP17A1 in glioma, we determined that CYP17A1 expression is significantly increased in gliomas, which secrete more DHEA than normal astrocytes...
May 22, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529139/psychopharmacology-of-combined-activation-of-the-serotonin1a-and-%C3%AF-1-receptors
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REVIEW
Yukio Ago, Shigeru Hasebe, Naoki Hiramatsu, Hitoshi Hashimoto, Kazuhiro Takuma, Toshio Matsuda
The selective serotonin (5-HT) reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are generally used for the treatment of major depressive disorders, and the 5-HT1A and σ1 receptors are considered to be targets for treatment of psychiatric disorders. Some SSRIs such as fluvoxamine have agonistic activity towards for the σ1 receptor, but it is not known whether the effect on the receptor plays a key role in the pharmacological effects. We have recently demonstrated that fluvoxamine shows an anti-anhedonic effect in picrotoxin-induced model of anxiety/depression, while the SSRI paroxetine, which have little affinity for the σ1 receptor, does not...
May 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507119/regulation-of-the-sperm-calcium-channel-catsper-by-endogenous-steroids-and-plant-triterpenoids
#3
Nadja Mannowetz, Melissa R Miller, Polina V Lishko
The calcium channel of sperm (CatSper) is essential for sperm hyperactivated motility and fertility. The steroid hormone progesterone activates CatSper of human sperm via binding to the serine hydrolase ABHD2. However, steroid specificity of ABHD2 has not been evaluated. Here, we explored whether steroid hormones to which human spermatozoa are exposed in the male and female genital tract influence CatSper activation via modulation of ABHD2. The results show that testosterone, estrogen, and hydrocortisone did not alter basal CatSper currents, whereas the neurosteroid pregnenolone sulfate exerted similar effects as progesterone, likely binding to the same site...
May 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505538/synthesis-and-pharmacological-evaluation-of-neurosteroid-photoaffinity-ligands
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Pavel Y Savechenkov, David C Chiara, Rooma Desai, Alexander T Stern, Xiaojuan Zhou, Alexis M Ziemba, Andrea L Szabo, Yinghui Zhang, Jonathan B Cohen, Stuart A Forman, Keith W Miller, Karol S Bruzik
Neuroactive steroids are potent positive allosteric modulators of GABAA receptors (GABAAR), but the locations of their GABAAR binding sites remain poorly defined. To discover these sites, we synthesized two photoreactive analogs of alphaxalone, an anesthetic neurosteroid targeting GABAAR, 11β-(4-azido-2,3,5,6-tetrafluorobenzoyloxy)allopregnanolone, (F4N3Bzoxy-AP) and 11-aziallopregnanolone (11-AziAP). Both photoprobes acted with equal or higher potency than alphaxalone as general anesthetics and potentiators of GABAAR responses, left-shifting the GABA concentration - response curve for human α1β3γ2 GABAARs expressed in Xenopus oocytes, and enhancing [(3)H]muscimol binding to α1β3γ2 GABAARs expressed in HEK293 cells...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502262/effects-of-combined-iugr-and-prenatal-stress-on-the-development-of-the-hippocampus-in-a-fetal-guinea-pig-model
#5
A L Cumberland, H K Palliser, P Rani, D W Walker, J J Hirst
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and maternal stress during pregnancy are two compromises that negatively impact neurodevelopment and increase the risk of developing later life neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and behavioural disorders. Neurosteroids, particularly allopregnanolone, are important in protecting the developing brain and promoting many essential neurodevelopmental processes. Individually, IUGR and prenatal stress (PS) reduce myelination and neurogenesis within affected fetal brains, however less information is available on the combined effects of these two disorders on the term fetal brain...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458115/microtubule-associated-protein-2-in-bipolar-depression-impact-of-pregnenolone
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Shivani Daftary, Jung-Min Yon, Ehn-Kyoung Choi, Yun-Bae Kim, Collette Bice, Alexandra Kulikova, John Park, E Sherwood Brown
BACKGROUND: Pregnenolone, and related neurosteroids, may have antidepressant properties. Preclinical research proposes that microtubule associated protein 2 (MAP2) binding may be a mechanism for antidepressant properties of pregnenolone. Thus, MAP2 might be a novel target for antidepressant therapy. This clinical study is the first to examine serum MAP2 levels in people with bipolar depression and controls, and whether pregnenolone treatment is associated with a change in MAP2 levels...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456011/neurosteroid-biosynthesis-downregulation-and-changes-in-gabaa-receptor-subunit-composition-a-biomarker-axis-in-stress-induced-cognitive-and-emotional-impairment
#7
REVIEW
Andrea Locci, Graziano Pinna
By rapidly modulating neuronal excitability, neurosteroids regulate physiological processes, such as responses to stress and development. Excessive stress affects their biosynthesis and causes an imbalance in cognition and emotions. The progesterone derivative, allopregnanolone (Allo) enhances extrasynaptic and postsynaptic inhibition by directly binding at GABAA receptors, and thus, positively and allosterically modulates the function of GABA. Allo levels are decreased in stress-induced psychiatric disorders, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and elevating Allo levels may be a valid therapeutic approach to counteract behavioural dysfunction...
April 29, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452419/neurosteroid-sensitive-%C3%AE-gabaa-receptors-a-role-in-epileptogenesis
#8
Suchitra Joshi, Karthik Rajasekaran, John Williamson, Jaideep Kapur
OBJECTIVE: We determined the role of the neurosteroid-sensitive δ subunit-containing γ-aminobutyric acid A receptors (δ-GABARs) in epileptogenesis. METHODS: Status epilepticus (SE) was induced via lithium pilocarpine in adult rats, and seizures were assessed by continuous video-electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring. Finasteride was administered to inhibit neurosteroid synthesis. The total and surface protein expression of hippocampal δ, α4, and γ2 GABAR subunits was studied using biotinylation assays and Western blotting...
March 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416442/allopregnanolone-decreases-interictal-spiking-and-fast-ripples-in-an-animal-model-of-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#9
Maxime Lévesque, Rochelle Herrington, Leila Leclerc, Michael A Rogawski, Massimo Avoli
The objective of this study was to characterize the impact of allopregnanolone, a neurosteroid that acts as a positive allosteric modulator of synaptic and extrasynaptic GABAA receptors, on interictal spikes and high-frequency oscillations (ripples: 80-200 Hz, fast ripples: 250-500 Hz) in the pilocarpine model of mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. Seven out of 25 Sprague-Dawley rats experiencing 1 h of pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus (SE) began treatment with allopregnanolone (9.6-12.8 mg/kg/day) on the following day...
April 15, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414121/neural-derived-estradiol-regulates-brain-plasticity
#10
REVIEW
Iñigo Azcoitia, Maria Angeles Arevalo, Luis M Garcia-Segura
In addition to be an ovarian hormone, estradiol is a neurosteroid synthesized by neural cells. The brain is a steroidogenic tissue that metabolizes testosterone to estradiol. The last step in the synthesis of estradiol is catalyzed by the enzyme aromatase, which is widely expressed in the brain of male and female animals and humans. Studies that have manipulated the expression or the activity of aromatase have revealed that brain-derived estradiol acts as a neuromodulator and regulates different forms of brain plasticity in male and female animals...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412873/%C3%AE-3-adrenergic-receptors-adipokines-and-neuroendocrine-activation-during-stress-induced-by-repeated-immune-challenge-in-male-and-female-rats
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Agnesa Csanova, Natasa Hlavacova, Malgorzata Hasiec, Michal Pokusa, Barbora Prokopova, Daniela Jezova
The main hypothesis of the study is that stress associated with repeated immune challenge has an impact on β3-adrenergic receptor gene expression in the brain. Sprague-Dawley rats were intraperitoneally injected with increasing doses of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) for 5 consecutive days. LPS treatment was associated with body weight loss and increased anxiety-like behavior. In LPS-treated animals of both sexes, β3-receptor gene expression was increased in the prefrontal cortex but not the hippocampus. LPS treatment decreased β3-receptor gene expression in white adipose tissue with higher values in males compared to females...
April 16, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407365/role-of-allopregnanolone-biosynthesis-in-acute-stress-induced-anxiety-like-behaviors-in-mice
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Kazumi Yoshizawa, Ayano Okumura, Kozue Nakashima, Tomoyo Sato, Tatsuya Higashi
The neurosteroid allopregnanolone (3α, 5α-tetra-hydroprogesterone: ALLO) elicits anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, and hypnotic anesthetic effects in vivo similar to those induced by other positive allosteric modulators of the GABAA receptor. Endogenous ALLO has been shown to be rapidly elevated in the brain by acute stress paradigms, such as immobilization, in animal models. The present study was designed to ascertain the role of neurosteroid biosynthesis in the anxiety-like behavior induced by immobilization stress...
April 13, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374007/contribution-of-resting-conductance-gabaa-receptor-mediated-miniature-synaptic-currents-and-neurosteroid-to-chloride-homeostasis-in-central-neurons
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Tushar D Yelhekar, Michael Druzin, Staffan Johansson
Maintenance of a low intraneuronal Cl(-) concentration, [Cl(-)]i, is critical for inhibition in the CNS. Here, the contribution of passive, conductive Cl(-) flux to recovery of [Cl(-)]i after a high load was analyzed in mature central neurons from rat. A novel method for quantifying the resting Cl(-) conductance, important for [Cl(-)]i recovery, was developed and the possible contribution of GABAA and glycine receptors and of ClC-2 channels to this conductance was analyzed. The hypothesis that spontaneous, action potential-independent release of GABA is important for [Cl(-)]i recovery was tested...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367959/polymorphisms-of-sts-gene-and-sult2a1-gene-and-neurosteroid-levels-in-han-chinese-boys-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-an-exploratory-investigation
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Liang-Jen Wang, Wen-Ching Chan, Miao-Chun Chou, Wen-Jiun Chou, Min-Jing Lee, Sheng-Yu Lee, Pao-Yen Lin, Yi-Hsin Yang, Cheng-Fang Yen
This study examined the relationships among polymorphisms of the STS gene and SULT2A1 gene, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its sulfated form (DHEA-S), and characteristics of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We used cheek swabs to obtain the genomic DNA of 200 ADHD male probands (mean age: 8.7 years), 192 patients' mothers and 157 patients' fathers. Three SNPs in the STS gene (rs6639786, rs2270112, and rs17268988) and one SNP in the SULT2A1 gene (rs182420) were genotyped. Saliva samples were collected from the ADHD patients to analyze DHEA and DHEA-S levels...
April 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363987/progesterone-induced-neuroprotection-in-reperfusion-promoted-mitochondrial-dysfunction-following-focal-cerebral-ischemia-in-rats
#15
Syed Suhail Andrabi, Suhel Parvez, Heena Tabassum
Alterations in mitochondrial permeability transition and organelle damage are key players in the development of cerebral ischemic tissue injury due to associated modifications in ATP turnover and cellular apoptosis/necrosis. Early restoration of blood flow and improvement of mitochondrial function might reverse the situation and help in recovery following an onset of stroke. Mitochondria and related bioenergetics can be effectively used as pharmacological targets. Progesterone (P4), one of the promising neurosteroids, has been found neuroprotective in various models of neurological diseases through a number of mechanisms...
March 31, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356049/calcium-engaged-mechanisms-of-nongenomic-action-of-neurosteroids
#16
Elzbieta Rebas, Tomasz Radzik, Tomasz Boczek, Ludmila Zylinska
Among hundreds of molecules affecting variety of neuronal processes, neurosteroids form the unique group because of their dual mechanism of action. Classically, they bind to intracellular and/or nuclear receptors, and next modify gene transcription. Another mode of action is linked with the rapid effects induced at the plasma membrane level within seconds or milliseconds. The negative and positive modulations have been documented for GABAA receptor complex, glycine receptor, NMDA receptor, AMPA receptor, G protein-coupled receptors and sigma-1 receptor, as well as for several membrane ion channels and plasma membrane enzymes...
March 28, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334947/protocadherin-19-pcdh19-interacts-with-paraspeckle-protein-nono-to-co-regulate-gene-expression-with-estrogen-receptor-alpha-er%C3%AE
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Duyen H Pham, Chuan C Tan, Claire C Homan, Kristy L Kolc, Mark A Corbett, Dale McAninch, Archa H Fox, Paul Q Thomas, Raman Kumar, Jozef Gecz
De novo and inherited mutations of X-chromosome cell adhesion molecule protocadherin 19 (PCDH19) cause frequent, highly variable epilepsy, autism, cognitive decline and behavioural problems syndrome. Intriguingly, hemizygous null males are not affected while heterozygous females are, contradicting established X-chromosome inheritance. The disease mechanism is not known. Cellular mosaicism is the likely driver. We have identified p54nrb/NONO, a multifunctional nuclear paraspeckle protein with known roles in nuclear hormone receptor gene regulation, as a PCDH19 protein interacting partner...
June 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318987/a-clinical-evaluation-of-the-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-intravenous-alfaxalone-in-cyclodextrin-in-male-and-female-rats-following-a-loading-dose-and-constant-rate-infusion
#18
Kate L White, Stuart Paine, John Harris
OBJECTIVE: To characterise, as a clinical study, the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and describe the hypnotic effect of the neurosteroid alfaxalone (3α-hydroxy-5 α-pregnane-11, 20-dione) formulated with 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin in male and female rats. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, experimental laboratory study. ANIMALS: A total of 12 (six male and six female) adult, aged-matched Sprague Dawley rats. METHODS: Surgery and instrumentation was performed under isoflurane anaesthesia in an oxygen/nitrous oxide mixture (1:2) and local anaesthetic infiltration...
February 1, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315270/sigma-1-receptor-agonists-and-their-clinical-implications-in-neuropsychiatric-disorders
#19
Yakup Albayrak, Kenji Hashimoto
Accumulating evidence suggests that sigma-1 receptors play a role in the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric diseases, as well as in the mechanisms of some selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Among the SSRIs, the order of affinity for sigma-1 receptors is as follows: fluvoxamine > sertraline > fluoxetine > escitalopram > citalopram > paroxetine. Some SSRIs (e.g., fluvoxamine, fluoxetine and escitalopram) and other drugs (donepezil , ifenprodil , dehydroepiandeterone (DHEA)) potentiate nerve-growth factor (NGF)-induced neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells, and these effects could be antagonized by the selective sigma-1 receptor antagonist NE-100...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295708/seasonal-alterations-in-the-daily-rhythms-in-hypothalamic-expression-of-genes-involved-in-the-photoperiodic-transduction-and-neurosteroid-dependent-processes-in-migratory-blackheaded-buntings
#20
Ila Mishra, Devraj Singh, Vinod Kumar
This study investigated seasonal alterations in the daily rhythms of hypothalamic expression of genes involved in the photoperiodic regulation of annual cycles in birds. We measured 4-hourly mRNA expression of genes involved in the photoperiodic transduction (OPN5, EYA3, CGA, TSHβ, DIO2, DIO3) and neurosteroid-dependent processes (AR, CYP19, ERα, ERβ) in the hypothalamus of migratory blackheaded buntings photoinduced with photosensitive, photostimulated (early and late stimulated) and photorefractory seasonal states...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
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