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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918249/perinatal-depression-and-dna-methylation-of-oxytocin-related-genes-a-study-of-mothers-and-their-children
#1
Leonora King, Stephanie Robins, Gang Chen, Volodymyr Yerko, Yi Zhou, Corina Nagy, Nancy Feeley, Ian Gold, Barbara Hayton, Gustavo Turecki, Phyllis Zelkowitz
The present study investigated the association of perinatal depression (PD) with differential methylation of 3 genomic regions among mother and child dyads: exon 3 within the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene and 2 intergenic regions (IGR) between the oxytocin (OXT) and vasopressin (AVP) genes. Maternal PD was assessed at 5 time-points during pregnancy and postpartum. Four groups were established based on Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) cut-off scores: no PD, prenatal or postpartum depressive symptoms only and persistent PD (depressive symptoms both prenatally and postpartum)...
September 13, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912554/oxytocin-stimulates-hippocampal-neurogenesis-via-oxytocin-receptor-expressed-in-ca3-pyramidal-neurons
#2
Yu-Ting Lin, Chien-Chung Chen, Chiung-Chun Huang, Katsuhiko Nishimori, Kuei-Sen Hsu
In addition to the regulation of social and emotional behaviors, the hypothalamic neuropeptide oxytocin has been shown to stimulate neurogenesis in adult dentate gyrus; however, the mechanisms underlying the action of oxytocin are still unclear. Taking advantage of the conditional knockout mouse model, we show here that endogenous oxytocin signaling functions in a non-cell autonomous manner to regulate survival and maturation of newly generated dentate granule cells in adult mouse hippocampus via oxytocin receptors expressed in CA3 pyramidal neurons...
September 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889022/injection-of-oxytocin-into-paraventricular-nucleus-reverses-depressive-like-behaviors-in-the-postpartum-depression-rat-model
#3
Tong Wang, Cuige Shi, Xiaoxiao Li, Pan Zhang, Bo Liu, Hao Wang, Yongjun Wang, Yutao Yang, Yan Wu, Hui Li, Zhi-Qing David Xu
Oxytocin (OXT) has been considered as a neuroregulator mediating social behaviors and stress-related disorders. Recent clinical studies suggest that OXT might also act as antidepressant in postpartum depression (PPD) patients, but the mechanism is still unknown. In the present study, we explored the effect of OXT in paraventricular nucleus (PVN) and possible signaling pathway involved in a PPD rat model induced by gestation restraint stress (GRS). PPD rats exhibited depressive-like behaviors with significantly longer immobility time, shorter climbing time, and lower sucrose consumption compared to the control rats...
September 6, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877512/sex-dependent-neural-effect-of-oxytocin-during-subliminal-processing-of-negative-emotion-faces
#4
Lizhu Luo, Benjamin Becker, Yayuan Geng, Zhiying Zhao, Shan Gao, Weihua Zhao, Shuxia Yao, Xiaoxiao Zheng, Xiaole Ma, Zhao Gao, Jiehui Hu, Keith M Kendrick
In line with animal models indicating sexually dimorphic effects of oxytocin (OXT) on social-emotional processing, a growing number of OXT-administration studies in humans have also reported sex-dependent effects during social information processing. To explore whether sex-dependent effects already occur during early, subliminal, processing stages the present pharmacological fMRI-study combined the intranasal-application of either OXT or placebo (n = 86-43 males) with a backward-masking emotional face paradigm...
September 4, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864977/oxytocin-and-animal-models-for-autism-spectrum-disorder
#5
Shlomo Wagner, Hala Harony-Nicolas
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of complex neurodevelopmental conditions characterized by deficits in social communication and by repetitive and stereotypic patterns of behaviors, with no pharmacological treatments available to treat these core symptoms. Oxytocin is a neuropeptide that powerfully regulates mammalian social behavior and has been shown to exert pro-social effects when administered intranasally to healthy human subjects. In the last decade, there has been a significant interest in using oxytocin to treat social behavior deficits in ASD...
September 2, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864974/oxytocin-and-schizophrenia-spectrum-disorders
#6
Ulrich Ettinger, René Hurlemann, Raymond C K Chan
In this chapter, we present an overview of studies of oxytocin (OXT) in schizophrenia and the schizophrenia spectrum. We first outline the current state of pharmacological treatment of the symptoms of schizophrenia and point to unmet clinical needs. These relate particularly to the debilitating negative symptoms and social cognitive deficits that are frequently observed in patients suffering from schizophrenia. We argue that new treatments are needed to alleviate these impairments. As OXT has been proposed and investigated as a putative treatment, we will then summarise evidence from studies in patients with schizophrenia that have investigated the effects of OXT at several levels, i...
September 2, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819236/impact-of-sex-fat-distribution-and-initial-body-weight-on-oxytocin-s-body-weight-regulation
#7
Yuko Maejima, Masato Aoyama, Kazuho Sakamoto, Teruo Jojima, Yoshimasa Aso, Katsuya Takasu, Seiichi Takenosihita, Kenju Shimomura
Obesity is considered as a worldwide problem in both males and females. Although many studies have demonstrated the efficiency of oxytocin (Oxt) as an anti-obesity peptide, there is no comparative study of its effect in males and females. This study aims to determine factors (sex, initial body weight, and fat distribution) that may affect the ability of Oxt to regulate body weight (BW). With regard to sex, Oxt reduced BW similarly in males and females under both high fat diet (HFD) and standard chow-fed condition...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808909/oxytocin-and-anxiety-disorders-translational-and-therapeutic-aspects
#8
REVIEW
Wadih Jean Naja, Michaelangelo Pietro Aoun
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to evaluate the most recent literature examining the oxytocin (OXT) system's role in human anxiety by surveying various fields of preclinical and clinical research supporting this role, and queries whether the OXT system might be a target for novel anxiolytics. RECENT FINDINGS: Evidence from the diverse body of literature presented here, from translational research, genetic and neuroimaging studies, to clinical trials of intranasal (IN) OXT reveals a positive association...
August 15, 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800490/oxytocin-secretion-is-pulsatile-in-men-and-is-related-to-social-emotional-functioning
#9
Charumathi Baskaran, Franziska Plessow, Lisseth Silva, Elisa Asanza, Dean Marengi, Kamryn T Eddy, Patrick M Sluss, Michael L Johnson, Madhusmita Misra, Elizabeth A Lawson
The hypothalamic hormone oxytocin (OXT) plays an important role in a range of physiological processes and social-emotional functioning in both sexes. In women, physiological stimuli, such as suckling and parturition, result in pulsatile release of OXT into the peripheral circulation via the posterior pituitary gland. However, data regarding OXT secretory patterns in men during a state of rest are limited. Further, the relationship between secretory dynamics of OXT and emotional measures has never been evaluated...
July 24, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753494/ovarian-steroids-oxytocin-and-tumor-necrosis-factor-modulate-equine-oviduct-function
#10
P Pinto-Bravo, A Galvão, M R Rebordão, A Amaral, D Ramilo, E Silva, A Szóstek-Mioduchowska, G Alexandre-Pires, R Roberto da Costa, D J Skarzynski, G Ferreira-Dias
The oviduct plays important roles in the early reproductive process. The aim of this study was to evaluate gene transcription and protein expression of progesterone receptor (PGR), estrogen receptors 1 (ESR1) and 2 (ESR2); oxytocin receptor (OXTR); prostaglandin F2α synthase (AKR1C3), and prostaglandin E2 synthase (Ptges) in mare oviduct in different estrous cycle stages. Estradiol (E2), progesterone (P4), oxytocin (OXT), and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF) effect on in vitro PGE2 and prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α) secretion by equine oviduct explants or by oviductal epithelial cells (OECs) were also assessed...
June 24, 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715127/increased-aggression-and-lack-of-maternal-behavior-in-dio3-deficient-mice-are-associated-with-abnormalities-in-oxytocin-and-vasopressin-systems
#11
J Patrizia Stohn, M Elena Martinez, Maryam Zafer, Daniela López-Espíndola, Lauren M Keyes, Arturo Hernandez
Thyroid hormones regulate many aspects of brain development and function, and alterations in the levels of thyroid hormone action lead to abnormal anxiety- and depression-like behaviors. A complement of factors in the brain function independently of circulating levels of hormone to strictly controlled local thyroid hormone signaling. A critical factor is the type 3 deiodinase (DIO3), which is located in neurons and protects the brain from excessive thyroid hormone. Here we examined whether a local increase in brain thyroid hormone action secondary to DIO3 deficiency is of consequence for social behaviors...
July 17, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696286/intranasal-oxytocin-treatment-for-social-deficits-and-biomarkers-of-response-in-children-with-autism
#12
Karen J Parker, Ozge Oztan, Robin A Libove, Raena D Sumiyoshi, Lisa P Jackson, Debra S Karhson, Jacqueline E Summers, Kyle E Hinman, Kara S Motonaga, Jennifer M Phillips, Dean S Carson, Joseph P Garner, Antonio Y Hardan
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by core social deficits. Prognosis is poor, in part, because existing medications target only associated ASD features. Emerging evidence suggests that the neuropeptide oxytocin (OXT) may be a blood-based biomarker of social functioning and a possible treatment for ASD. However, prior OXT treatment trials have produced equivocal results, perhaps because of variability in patients' underlying neuropeptide biology, but this hypothesis has not been tested. Using a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel design, we tested the efficacy and tolerability of 4-wk intranasal OXT treatment (24 International Units, twice daily) in 32 children with ASD, aged 6-12 y...
July 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694300/the-regulation-of-oxytocin-and-oxytocin-receptor-in-human-placenta-according-to-gestational-age
#13
Seung Chul Kim, Jae-Eon Lee, Seong Soo Kang, Hoe-Saeng Yang, Sun Suk Kim, Beum-Soo An
Oxytocin (OXT) is a peptide hormone that plays a central role in the regulation of parturition and lactation in the uterus. OXT signaling is mediated by OXT receptor (OXTR), which shows species- and tissue-specific expressions and gene regulation. In the present study, we examined synthesis of OXT and OXTR in human placenta tissue according to gestational age. A total of 48 placentas were divided into early preterm, late preterm, and term groups depending on gestational age, and expression of OXT and OXTR was evaluated...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684238/involvement-of-central-nesfatin-1-neurons-on-oxytocin-induced-feeding-suppression-in-rats
#14
Reiko Saito, Satomi Sonoda, Hiromichi Ueno, Yasuhito Motojima, Mitsuhiro Yoshimura, Takashi Maruyama, Hirofumi Hashimoto, Kentaro Tanaka, Yukiyo Yamamoto, Koichi Kusuhara, Yoichi Ueta
Peripheral anorectic hormones, such as peptide YY (PYY) and oxytocin (OXT), suppress food intake. A newly identified anorectic neuropeptide, nesfatin-1, is synthesized in both peripheral tissue and the central nervous system, particularly by various nuclei in the hypothalamus and brainstem. Here, we examined the effects of intraperitoneal (ip) administration of PYY3-36, OXT, and OXT analog, on nesfatin-1-immunoreactive (ir) neurons in the rat hypothalamus and brainstem, using Fos double fluorescence-immunohistochemistry...
August 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629540/kinetics-and-dose-dependency-of-intranasal-oxytocin-effects-on-amygdala-reactivity
#15
Franny B Spengler, Johannes Schultz, Dirk Scheele, Maximiliane Essel, Wolfgang Maier, Markus Heinrichs, René Hurlemann
BACKGROUND: Current neuroimaging perspectives on a variety of mental disorders emphasize dysfunction of the amygdala. The neuropeptide oxytocin (OXT), a key mediator in the regulation of social cognition and behavior, accumulates in cerebrospinal fluid after intranasal administration in macaques and humans and modulates amygdala reactivity in both species. However, the translation of neuromodulatory OXT effects to novel treatment approaches is hampered by the absence of studies defining the most effective dose and dose-response latency for targeting the amygdala...
May 10, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616820/possible-involvement-of-central-oxytocin-in-cisplatin-induced-anorexia-in-rats
#16
Koichi Arase, Hirofumi Hashimoto, Satomi Sonoda, Hiromichi Ueno, Reiko Saito, Yasuhito Motojima, Mitsuhiro Yoshimura, Takashi Maruyama, Keiji Hirata, Yasuhito Uezono, Yoichi Ueta
During cancer chemotherapy, drugs such as 5-HT3 receptor antagonists have typically been used to control vomiting and anorexia. We examined the effects of oxytocin (OXT), which has been linked to appetite, on cisplatin-induced anorexia in rats. Fos-like immunoreactivity (Fos-LI) expressed in the supraoptic nucleus (SON), the paraventricular nucleus (PVN), the area postrema and the nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS) after intraperitoneal (ip) administration of cisplatin. We also examined the fluorescence intensity of OXT-mRFP1 after ip administration of cisplatin in OXT-mRFP1 transgenic rats...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606214/differential-susceptibility-effects-of-oxytocin-gene-oxt-polymorphisms-and-perceived-parenting-on-social-anxiety-among-adolescents
#17
Susanne Olofsdotter, Cecilia Åslund, Tomas Furmark, Erika Comasco, Kent W Nilsson
Social anxiety is one of the most commonly reported mental health problems among adolescents, and it has been suggested that parenting style influences an adolescent's level of anxiety. A context-dependent effect of oxytocin on human social behavior has been proposed; however, research on the oxytocin gene (OXT) has mostly been reported without considering contextual factors. This study investigated the interactions between parenting style and polymorphic variations in the OXT gene in association with social anxiety symptoms in a community sample of adolescents (n = 1,359)...
June 13, 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604123/oxytocin-plasma-levels-in-orgasmic-and-anorgasmic-women
#18
Salvatore Caruso, Diletta Mauro, Guido Scalia, Concetta Ilenia Palermo, Agnese Maria Chiara Rapisarda, Antonio Cianci
The study aimed to evaluate oxytocin (Oxt) serum levels before and after sexual intercourse in women affected by anorgasmia. The sample was constituted of 15 anorgasmic women and 16 orgasmic women. The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI, cutoff ≤26.55) and the Female Sexual Distress Scale (FSDS, cutoff ≥15) questionnaires were used to assess sexual function and sexual distress, respectively. Serum Oxt levels were measured before sexual intercourse (T0) and 5 min after coital sexual activity (T1). Anorgasmic women had an unpleasant sexual experience (FSFI total score, 20...
June 11, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603013/oxytocin-oxt-stimulated-inhibition-of-kir7-1-activity-is-through-pip2-dependent-ca-2-response-of-the-oxytocin-receptor-in-the-retinal-pigment-epithelium-in-vitro
#19
Nathaniel York, Patrick Halbach, Michelle A Chiu, Ian M Bird, De-Ann M Pillers, Bikash R Pattnaik
Oxytocin (OXT) is a neuropeptide that activates the oxytocin receptor (OXTR), a rhodopsin family G-protein coupled receptor. Our localization of OXTR to the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), in close proximity to OXT in the adjacent photoreceptor neurons, leads us to propose that OXT plays an important role in RPE-retinal communication. An increase of RPE [Ca(2+)]i in response to OXT stimulation implies that the RPE may utilize oxytocinergic signaling as a mechanism by which it accomplishes some of its many roles...
September 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588469/oxytocin-increases-the-perceived-value-of-both-self-and-other-owned-items-and-alters-medial-prefrontal-cortex-activity-in-an-endowment-task
#20
Weihua Zhao, Yayuan Geng, Lizhu Luo, Zhiying Zhao, Xiaole Ma, Lei Xu, Shuxia Yao, Keith M Kendrick
The neuropeptide oxytocin (OXT) can influence self-processing and may help motivate us to value the attributes of others in a more self-like manner by reducing medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) responses. We do not know however whether this OXT effect extends to possessions. We tend to place a higher monetary value on specific objects that belong to us compared to others, known as the "endowment effect". In two double-blind, between-subject placebo (PLC) controlled experiments in subjects from a collectivist culture, we investigated the influence of intranasal OXT on the endowment effect, with the second study incorporating functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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