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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334933/disrupted-in-schizophrenia-1is-essential-for-normal-hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal-hpi-axis-function
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Helen Eachus, Charlotte Bright, Vincent T Cunliffe, Marysia Placzek, Jonathan D Wood, Penelope J Watt
Psychiatric disorders arise due to an interplay of genetic and environmental factors, including stress. Studies in rodents have shown that mutants for Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia-1 (DISC1), a well-accepted genetic risk factor for mental illness, display abnormal behaviours in response to stress, but the mechanisms through which DISC1 affects stress responses remain poorly understood. Using two lines of zebrafish homozygous mutant for disc1, we investigated behaviour and functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal (HPI) axis, the fish equivalent of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327597/molecular-signaling-underlying-bulleyaconitine-a-baa-induced-microglial-expression-of-prodynorphin
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Teng-Fei Li, Hai-Yun Wu, Yi-Rui Wang, Xin-Yan Li, Yong-Xiang Wang
Bulleyaconitine (BAA) has been shown to possess antinociceptive activities by stimulation of dynorphin A release from spinal microglia. This study investigated its underlying signal transduction mechanisms. The data showed that (1) BAA treatment induced phosphorylation of CREB (rather than NF-κB) and prodynorphin expression in cultured primary microglia, and antiallodynia in neuropathy, which were totally inhibited by the CREB inhibitor KG-501; (2) BAA upregulated phosphorylation of p38 (but not ERK or JNK), and the p38 inhibitor SB203580 (but not ERK or JNK inhibitor) and p38β gene silencer siRNA/p38β (but not siRNA/p38α) completely blocked BAA-induced p38 phosphorylation and/or prodynorphin expression, and antiallodynia; (3) BAA stimulated cAMP production and PKA phosphorylation, and the adenylate cyclase inhibitor DDA and PKA inhibitor H-89 entirely antagonized BAA-induced prodynorphin expression and antiallodynia; (4) The Gs-protein inhibitor NF449 completely inhibited BAA-increased cAMP level, prodynorphin expression and antiallodynia, whereas the antagonists of noradrenergic, corticotrophin-releasing factor, A1 adenosine, formyl peptide, D1/D2 dopamine, and glucagon like-peptide-1 receptors failed to block BAA-induced antiallodynia...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295336/neurochemistry-of-neurons-in-the-ventrolateral-medulla-activated-by-hypotension-are-the-same-neurons-activated-by-glucoprivation
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Lindsay M Parker, Sheng Le, Travis Wearne, Kate Hardwick, Natasha N Kumar, Katherine J Robinson, Simon McMullan, Ann K Goodchild
Previous studies have demonstrated that a range of stimuli activate neurons, including catecholaminergic neurons, in the ventrolateral medulla. Not all catecholaminergic neurons are activated and other neurochemical content is largely unknown hence whether stimulus specific populations exist is unclear. Here we determine the neurochemistry (using in situ hybridization) of catecholaminergic and non-catecholaminergic neurons which express c-Fos immunoreactivity throughout the rostrocaudal extent of the ventrolateral medulla, in Sprague Dawley rats treated with hydralazine or saline...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294390/combined-xil-6r-and-urocortin-2-treatment-restores-mdx-diaphragm-muscle-force
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Jennifer Manning, Maria M Buckley, Ken D O'Halloran, Dervla O'Malley
Introduction Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is characterized by progressive muscle degeneration leading to immobility, respiratory failure and premature death. As chronic inflammation and stress are implicated in DMD pathology, the efficacy of an anti-inflammatory and anti-stress intervention strategy in ameliorating diaphragm dysfunction was investigated. Methods Diaphragm muscle contractile function was compared in wild-type and dystrophin-deficient mdx mice treated with saline, anti-IL-6R antibodies (xIL-6R), the corticotrophin-releasing factor receptor 2 (CRFR2) agonist, urocortin 2 or both xIL-6R and urocortin 2...
March 13, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249734/role-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-nerve-growth-factor-in-the-regulation-of-neuropeptide-w-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Rikang Wang, Fengxia Yan, Rifang Liao, Pei Wan, Peter J Little, Wenhua Zheng
Nerve growth factor (NGF) and Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are neurotrophic factors involved in the growth, survival and functioning of neurons. In addition, a possible role of neurotrophins, particularly BDNF, in HPA axis hyperactivation has recently been proposed. Neuropeptide W (NPW) is an endogenous peptide ligand for the GPR7 and GPR8 and a stress mediator in the hypothalamus. It activates the HPA axis by working on hypothalamic corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH). No information is available about the interrelationships between neurotrophines like NGF/BDNF and NPW...
February 27, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245760/peripheral-corticotropin-releasing-factor-signaling-inhibits-gastric-emptying-mechanisms-of-action-and-role-in-stress-related-gastric-alterations-of-motor-function
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József Czimmer, Yvette Taché
The activation of corticotrophin releasing-factor (CRF) receptors in the brain is well established to coordinate the endocrine, behavioral, autonomic and visceral responses to stress. In addition, CRF receptors are also expressed within the gut where they exert biological actions and play a role in modulating stress-related gastrointestinal function. In particular, peripheral injection of CRF and related peptides, urocortin 1, 2 or 3 inhibit gastric emptying (GE) and alters fasted and fed pattern of gastroduodenal motility in several experimental species...
February 28, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117839/the-genetic-overlap-between-mood-disorders-and-cardiometabolic-diseases-a-systematic-review-of-genome-wide-and-candidate-gene-studies
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A T Amare, K O Schubert, M Klingler-Hoffmann, S Cohen-Woods, B T Baune
Meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies (meta-GWASs) and candidate gene studies have identified genetic variants associated with cardiovascular diseases, metabolic diseases and mood disorders. Although previous efforts were successful for individual disease conditions (single disease), limited information exists on shared genetic risk between these disorders. This article presents a detailed review and analysis of cardiometabolic diseases risk (CMD-R) genes that are also associated with mood disorders...
January 24, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106783/extract-of-polygala-tenuifolia-alleviates-stress-exacerbated-atopy-like-skin-dermatitis-through-the-modulation-of-protein-kinase-a-and-p38-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-pathway
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Bongjun Sur, Bombi Lee, Ye Seul Yoon, Pooreum Lim, Riwon Hong, Mijung Yeom, Hyang Sook Lee, Hijoon Park, Insop Shim, Hyejung Lee, Young Pyo Jang, Dae-Hyun Hahm
Atopic dermatitis (AD) and stress create a vicious cycle: stress exacerbates atopic symptoms, and atopic disease elicits stress and anxiety. Targeting multiple pathways including stress and allergic inflammation is, therefore, important for treating AD. In this study, we investigated the remedial value of Polygala tenuifolia Willd. (PTW) for treating immobilization (IMO) stress-exacerbated atopy-like skin dermatitis and its underlying mechanism. Trimellitic anhydride (TMA) was applied to dorsal skin for sensitization and subsequently both ears for eliciting T-cell-dependent contact hypersensitivity in mice, which underwent 2 h-IMO stress and PTW administration for the latter 6 and 9 days in the ear exposure period of TMA, respectively...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999087/selye-s-general-adaptation-syndrome-stress-induced-gastro-duodenal-ulceration-and-ibd
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George Fink
Hans Selye in a note to Nature in 1936 initiated the field of stress research by showing that rats exposed to nocuous stimuli responded by way of a "general adaptation syndrome" (GAS). One of the main features of the GAS was the "formation of acute erosions in the digestive tract, particularly in the stomach, small intestine and appendix". This provided experimental evidence for the view based on clinical data that gastro-duodenal (peptic) ulcers could be caused by stress. This hypothesis was challenged by Marshall and Warren's Nobel-prize (2005) winning discovery of a causal association between Helicobacter pylori and peptic ulcers...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908212/are-crh-ngf-as-psychoneuroimmune-regulators-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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F Z Zangeneh, M M Naghizadeh, M Bagheri, M Jafarabadi
PURPOSE: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects quality of life and can worsen anxiety and depression either due to the features of PCOS or due to the diagnosis of a chronic disease. Corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and nerves growth factor (NGF) are the modulator for the actions of the sympathetic nervous and immune systems. METHODS: In total, 171 women divided into two groups: study and control groups. Serum CRH, NGF, and interleukins: IL-1α. IL-1β, 17A, and TNFα were determined by ELISA Kits in both groups...
December 2, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832152/urocortin-treatment-improves-acute-hemodynamic-instability-and-reduces-myocardial-damage-in-post-cardiac-arrest-myocardial-dysfunction
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Chien-Hua Huang, Chih-Hung Wang, Min-Shan Tsai, Nai-Tan Hsu, Chih-Yen Chiang, Tzung-Dau Wang, Wei-Tien Chang, Huei-Wen Chen, Wen-Jone Chen
AIMS: Hemodynamic instability occurs following cardiac arrest and is associated with high mortality during the post-cardiac period. Urocortin is a novel peptide and a member of the corticotrophin-releasing factor family. Urocortin has the potential to improve acute cardiac dysfunction, as well as to reduce the myocardial damage sustained after ischemia reperfusion injury. The effects of urocortin in post-cardiac arrest myocardial dysfunction remain unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: We developed a preclinical cardiac arrest model and investigated the effects of urocortin...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27728996/social-stress-predicts-preterm-birth-in-twin-pregnancies
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David J Owen, Lorna Wood, Barbara Tomenson, Francis Creed, James P Neilson
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether stress, anxiety and depression predict preterm birth in twin pregnancies. METHODS: A prospective cohort study with a convenience sample of women pregnant with dichorionic, diamniotic twins. They were interviewed at 24-28 weeks using the Life Events and Difficulties Schedule and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Corticotrophin-releasing hormone, ACTH and cortisol levels were assessed at 28 weeks. The main outcome was premature delivery; there were 42 preterm and 73 term births...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27690274/activation-of-adenylate-cyclase-cyclic-amp-protein-kinase-a-signaling-by-corticotropin-releasing-factor-within-the-dorsolateral-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-is-involved-in-pain-induced-aversion
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Tomoyuki Kaneko, Katsuyuki Kaneda, Atsushi Ohno, Daiki Takahashi, Taiki Hara, Taiju Amano, Soichiro Ide, Mitsuhiro Yoshioka, Masabumi Minami
Pain is a complex experience involving sensory and affective components. Although the neuronal mechanisms underlying the sensory component of pain have been extensively studied, those underlying its affective component have yet to be elucidated. Recently, we reported that corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF)-induced depolarization in type II neurons within the dorsolateral bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (dlBNST) is critical for pain-induced aversive responses in rats. However, the intracellular signaling underlying the excitatory effects of CRF and the contribution of such signaling to the induction of pain-induced aversion remain unclear...
December 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27628238/electroacupuncture-ameliorates-abnormal-defaecation-and-regulates-corticotrophin-releasing-factor-in-a-rat-model-of-stress
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Yuxue Zhao, Changxiang Cui, Xiaochun Yu, Juanjuan Xin, Fengyan Lu, Junhong Gao, Bing Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) treatment on abnormal defaecation in a rat model of chronic heterotypic stress (CHS) and investigate the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: 20 male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups: normal (n=6), CHS (n=7), and CHS+EA (n=7). Rats in the CHS group and CHS+EA groups received four different types of stressors for 7 days. For rats in the CHS+EA group, EA was applied at ST36 in the bilateral hind legs for 30 min before each stress-loading session...
September 14, 2016: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27603752/oxytocin-for-the-treatment-of-drug-and-alcohol-use-disorders
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Mary R Lee, Elise M Weerts
There is growing interest in the use of oxytocin (OT) as a potential treatment for alcohol and other substance-use disorders. OT is a neuropeptide that modulates adaptive processes associated with addiction including reward, tolerance, associative learning, memory, and stress responses. OT exerts its effects through interactions with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and multiple neurotransmitter systems including the dopamine mesolimbic reward and corticotrophin-releasing factor stress systems. The effects of OT on stress systems are of high interest, given the strong link between stress, drug use and relapse, and known dysregulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis activity associated with substance-use disorders...
December 2016: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27556938/serotonin-engages-an-anxiety-and-fear-promoting-circuit-in-the-extended-amygdala
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Catherine A Marcinkiewcz, Christopher M Mazzone, Giuseppe D'Agostino, Lindsay R Halladay, J Andrew Hardaway, Jeffrey F DiBerto, Montserrat Navarro, Nathan Burnham, Claudia Cristiano, Cayce E Dorrier, Gregory J Tipton, Charu Ramakrishnan, Tamas Kozicz, Karl Deisseroth, Todd E Thiele, Zoe A McElligott, Andrew Holmes, Lora K Heisler, Thomas L Kash
Serotonin (also known as 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)) is a neurotransmitter that has an essential role in the regulation of emotion. However, the precise circuits have not yet been defined through which aversive states are orchestrated by 5-HT. Here we show that 5-HT from the dorsal raphe nucleus (5-HT(DRN)) enhances fear and anxiety and activates a subpopulation of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) neurons in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (CRF(BNST)) in mice. Specifically, 5-HT(DRN) projections to the BNST, via actions at 5-HT2C receptors (5-HT2CRs), engage a CRF(BNST) inhibitory microcircuit that silences anxiolytic BNST outputs to the ventral tegmental area and lateral hypothalamus...
September 1, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27504123/mystixin-7-peptide-protects-ionotropic-glutamatergic-mechanisms-against-glutamate-induced-excitotoxicity-in-vitro
#17
Anatoly A Mokrushin
Hyperactivation of the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid type glutamate receptors (NMDARs) causes glutamate excitotoxicity, a process potentially important for many neurological diseases. This study aims to investigate protective effects of the synthetic corticotrophin-releasing factor-like peptide, mystixin-7 (MTX), on model glutamate-induced excitotoxicity in vitro. The technique online monitoring of electrophysiological parameters (excitatory glutamatergic alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic (AMPAR) and NMDAR-dependent postsynaptic mechanisms) in the olfactory cortex slices was used...
2016: International Journal of Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27440230/nucleus-incertus-corticotrophin-releasing-factor-1-receptor-signalling-regulates-alcohol-seeking-in-rats
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Leigh C Walker, Hanna E Kastman, Jan A Koeleman, Craig M Smith, Christina J Perry, Elena V Krstew, Andrew L Gundlach, Andrew J Lawrence
Alcoholism is a chronic relapsing disorder, and stress is a key precipitant of relapse. The nucleus incertus (NI) is highly responsive to corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF) and psychological stressors, receives a CRF innervation and expresses CRF1 and CRF2 receptor mRNA. Furthermore, the ascending NI relaxin-3 system is implicated in alcohol seeking in rats. Therefore, in alcohol-preferring rats, we examined the effect of bilateral injections into the NI of the CRF1 receptor antagonist, CP376395 or the CRF2 receptor antagonist, astressin-2B on yohimbine-induced reinstatement of alcohol seeking...
July 20, 2016: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27347405/prevention-of-gallstones-by-lidan-granule-insight-into-underlying-mechanisms-using-a-guinea-pig-model
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Xiao Wu, Xiaoqiang Liang, Yijie DU, Yan Zhang, Meng Yang, Weiyi Gong, Baojun Liu, Jingcheng Dong, Ningxia Zhang, Hongying Zhang
The aim of the study was to examine the mechanism of action of Lidan Granule (LDG) for the prevention of gallstones using a guinea pig model. One hundred guinea pigs were divided into five groups randomly: control (standard diet and saline), model [lithogenic diet (LD) and saline], LDG-H (LD and 2 g/kg of LDG), LDG-L (LD and 1 g/kg of LDG), and ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) (LD and UDCA) as the positive control. At 6 weeks, the rate of gallstone formation and weight of the adrenal gland were recorded and serum levels of inflammatory cytokines were measured...
July 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27323435/-effects-of-chronological-moxibustion-on-circadian-rhythm-activities-of-hypothalamus-pituitary-axis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-rats
#20
Wen-bin Ma, Xu-guang Liu, Hai-yan Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of chronological moxibustion on plasma corticosterone (CORT), corticotrophin releasing factor (CRF) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) rats, so as to explore its mechanisms underlying improvement of RA. METHODS: A total of 144 SD rats were randomly divided into normal control, model, moxibustion, sham-adrenalectomy (ADX, sham-ADX), ADX and ADX+moxibustion groups which were further separately divided into 4 subgroups (4 time-points: 12 pm, 6 am, 12 am, 6 pm, n = 6/subgroup)...
April 2016: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
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