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Onset puberty

Lara M Wierenga, Marieke G N Bos, Elisabeth Schreuders, Ferdi Vd Kamp, Jiska S Peper, Christian K Tamnes, Eveline A Crone
The onset of adolescence in humans is marked by hormonal changes that give rise to secondary sexual characteristics, noted as puberty. It has, however, proven challenging to unravel to what extent pubertal changes may have organizing effects on the brain beyond chronological age, as reported in animal studies. The present longitudinal study aimed to characterize the unique effects of age and puberty on subcortical brain volumes and included three waves of data collection at two-year intervals and 680 T1-weighted MRI scans of 271 participants (54% females) aged between 8 and 29 years old...
March 8, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Mohammad Reza Dehghani, Mohammad Mehrjardi, Nafi Dilaver, Masoud Tajamolian, Samaneh Enayati, Pirooz Ebrahimi, Mahsa Amoli, Sadaf Farooqi, Reza Maroofian
Congenital Leptin receptor (LEPR) deficiency is a rare genetic cause of early-onset morbid obesity characterised by severe early onset obesity, major hyperphagia, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism and immune and neuroendocrine/metabolic dysfunction. We identified a homozygous loss-of-function mutation, NM_002303.5:c.464 T > G; p.(Tyr155*), in the LEPR in an extended consanguineous family with multiple individuals affected by early-onset severe obesity and hyperphagia. Interestingly, the LEPR-deficient adult females have extremely high body mass index (BMI) with hypogonadal infertility, the BMI of the affected males began to decline around the onset of puberty (13-15 years) with fertility being preserved...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Patrizia Limonta, Marina Montagnani Marelli, Roberta Moretti, Monica Marzagalli, Fabrizio Fontana, Roberto Maggi
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is recognized as the central regulator of the functions of the pituitary-gonadal axis. The increasing knowledge on the mechanisms controlling the development and the function of GnRH-producing neurons is leading to a better diagnostic and therapeutic approach for hypogonadotropic hypogonadisms and for alterations of the puberty onset. During female life span, the function of the GnRH pulse generator may be affected by a number of inputs from other neuronal systems, offering alternative strategies for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions...
2018: Vitamins and Hormones
Joachim Woelfle, Anders Lindberg, Ferah Aydin, Ken K Ong, Cecilia Camacho-Hubner, Bettina Gohlke
Background: Whether children with chromosomal disorders of growth and puberty are affected by secular trends (STs) as observed in the general population remains unanswered, but this question has relevance for expectations of spontaneous development and treatment responses. Objectives: The aim of the study was to evaluate STs in birth parameters, growth, and pubertal development in girls with Turner syndrome (TS). Study design: Retrospective analysis of KIGS data (Pfizer International Growth Database)...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
F de Michele, J Poels, M G Giudice, F De Smedt, J Ambroise, M Vermeulen, D Gruson, C Wyns
STUDY QUESTION: How does the formation of the blood-testis barrier (BTB), as reflected by the expression of connexin 43 and claudin 11 proteins during the pubertal transition period, take place in vitro compared to samples from a large cohort of pre/peripubertal boys? SUMMARY ANSWER: The BTB connexin 43 and claudin 11 expression patterns appeared to be partially achieved in organotypic culture when compared to that in samples from 71 pre/peripubertal patients. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Although alterations in the protein expression patterns of the BTB, whose main components are connexin 43 and claudin 11, are known to be associated with impaired spermatogenesis in mice and adult men, there is a lack of knowledge on its formation in pre-peripubertal human tissue both in vitro and in vivo...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Riittakerttu Kaltiala-Heino, Hannah Bergman, Marja Työläjärvi, Louise Frisén
Increasing numbers of adolescents are seeking treatment at gender identity services in Western countries. An increasingly accepted treatment model that includes puberty suppression with gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogs starting during the early stages of puberty, cross-sex hormonal treatment starting at ~16 years of age and possibly surgical treatments in legal adulthood, is often indicated for adolescents with childhood gender dysphoria (GD) that intensifies during puberty. However, virtually nothing is known regarding adolescent-onset GD, its progression and factors that influence the completion of the developmental tasks of adolescence among young people with GD and/or transgender identity...
2018: Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics
Kristen M Culbert, Elaine B Sinclair, Britny A Hildebrandt, Kelly L Klump, Cheryl L Sisk
Exposure to testosterone early in life may contribute to sex differences and pubertal changes in risk for eating pathology (i.e., females > males, after pubertal onset). Specifically, perinatal testosterone permanently alters brain structure/function and drives the masculinization of several sex-differentiated behaviors. However, the effects of perinatal testosterone are often not evident until puberty when increases in gonadal hormones activate the expression of sex typical behavior, including eating behaviors (e...
February 2018: Journal of Abnormal Psychology
SriDurgaDevi Kolla, Mary Morcos, Brian Martin, Laura N Vandenberg
Throughout life, mammary tissue is strongly influenced by hormones. Scientists have hypothesized that synthetic chemicals with hormonal activities could disrupt mammary gland development and contribute to breast diseases and dysfunction. Bisphenol S (BPS) is an estrogenic compound used in many consumer products. In this study, CD-1 mice were exposed to BPS (2 or 200 μg/kg/day) during pregnancy and lactation. Mice exposed to 0.01 or 1 μg/kg/day ethinyl estradiol (EE2), a pharmaceutical estrogen, were also evaluated...
March 8, 2018: Reproductive Toxicology
Greisa Vila, Anton Luger
Growth hormone (GH) is not approved for use during conception and pregnancy. Nevertheless, data from the clinical care practice reveal that most women concieve on GH replacement therapy (GHRT), and more than half continue on GHRT also during pregnancy. GH stimulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis at all levels, and there is evidence that GH deficiency impacts the morphology of reproductive organs, onset of puberty, ovarian function and fertility. Patients with hypopituitarism often conceive using assisted reproductive techniques and several studies support the benefit of GH supplementation for achieving fertility in women with growth hormone deficiency...
March 8, 2018: Minerva Endocrinologica
Tabata Mariz Bohlen, Marina Augusto Silveira, Daniella do Carmo Buonfiglio, Hildebrando Candido Ferreira-Neto, José Cipolla-Neto, Jose Donato, Renata Frazao
The reproduction of seasonal breeders is modulated by exposure to light in an interval of 24 h defined as photoperiod. The interruption of reproductive functions in seasonally breeding rodents is accompanied by the suppression of the Kiss1 gene expression, which is known to be essential for reproduction. In non-seasonal male rodents, such as rats and mice, short-day photoperiod (SP) conditions or exogenous melatonin treatment also have anti-gonadotropic effects; however, whether photoperiod is able to modulate the puberty onset or Kiss1 gene expression in mice is unknown...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Monica Moresco, Fabio Pizza, Elena Antelmi, Giuseppe Plazzi
Narcolepsy type 1 (NT1) is a rare chronic neurologic disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, hallucinations and disrupted nocturnal sleep, usually with onset during childhood/adolescence. Pediatric NT1 is associated with limitations on children's activities and achievements, especially poor performance at school, difficulty with peers due to disease symptoms and comorbidities including depression, obesity, and precocious puberty. NT1 disease is caused by the selective loss of hypocretin-producing neurons in the lateral hypothalamus, most probably related to an autoimmune pathophysiology...
March 5, 2018: Current Drug Metabolism
Alessandra Rota, Battista Puddu, Chiara Sabatini, Duccio Panzani, Anne-Lyse Lainé, Francesco Camillo
In male donkeys, puberty and the related events have been poorly characterized. The aim of this study was to evaluate the age at which male donkeys reach puberty, and characterize age associated changes in testicular size, testicular blood flow, serum testosterone concentration and semen quality. Every two months, starting at 6 months and finishing at 24 months of age, five male donkeys born in May to July were subjected to B-mode ultrasound examination to assess testicular size and scrotum content and blood serum sampling for testosterone concentration...
February 24, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Tom C Zwart, Marcel G Smits, Toine C G Egberts, Carin M A Rademaker, Ingeborg M van Geijlswijk
The extent of continuance of melatonin therapy initiated in pre-pubertal children with chronic sleep onset insomnia (CSOI) was investigated in young adult life. Sleep timing, sleep quality, adverse events, reasons for cessation of therapy, and patient characteristics with regard to therapy regimen, chronotype and lifestyle factors possibly influencing sleeping behavior were assessed. With an online survey using questionnaires (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, Insomnia Severity Index, Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire, and Munich Chronotype Questionnaire), outcomes were measured and compared with age-related controls...
March 2, 2018: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
Rianne van Rooijen, Caroline M M Junge, Chantal Kemner
During puberty a dip in face recognition is often observed, possibly caused by heightened levels of gonadal hormones which in turn affects the re-organization of relevant cortical circuitry. In the current study we investigated whether a pubertal dip could be observed in three other abilities related to social information processing: gaze following, emotion recognition from the eyes, and empathizing abilities. Across these abilities we further explored whether these measurements revealed sex differences as another way to understand how gonadal hormones affect processing of social information...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Fatemeh Bagheripuor, Mahboubeh Ghanbari, Abass Piryaei, Asghar Ghasemi
NEW FINDINGS: What is the central question of this study? Does fetal hypothyroidism in rats alter uterine contractions and structure in the adult offspring? What is the main finding and its importance? Our study indicated that maternal hypothyroidism during pregnancy increased gestational length and decreased litter size as well as delayed puberty onset; in addition, maternal hypothyroidism caused irregular uterine contractions and histological changes in the uterus in the female offspring...
February 27, 2018: Experimental Physiology
Aneta Monika Gawlik, Magdalena Hankus, Kamila Szeliga, Aleksandra Antosz, Tomasz Gawlik, Kamil Soltysik, Agnieszka Drosdzol-Cop, Krzysztof Wilk, Grzegorz Kudela, Tomasz Koszutski, Ewa Malecka-Tendera
Objective: Estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) for Turner syndrome (TS) is a widely discussed topic; however, the optimal model of ERT for patients with delayed diagnosis and/or initiation of therapy is still unclear, mainly due to insufficient data. We present the results of a prospective observational single-center study in which the efficacy of late-onset puberty induction by one-regimen transdermal ERT in TS girls was evaluated. Methods: The analysis encompassed 49 TS girls (63...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Saniya Rattan, Emily Brehm, Liying Gao, Jodi A Flaws
Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a ubiquitous environmental toxicant and endocrine disrupting chemical, but little is known about its effects on female reproduction. Thus, we tested the hypothesis that prenatal exposure to DEHP accelerates the onset of puberty, disrupts estrous cyclicity, disrupts birth outcomes, and reduces fertility in the F1, F2, and F3 generations of female mice. Pregnant CD-1 mice were orally dosed with corn oil (vehicle control) or DEHP (20 and 200 µg/kg/day and 500 and 750 mg/kg/day) from gestation day 10...
February 19, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Annette Korsholm Mouritsen, Alexander Siegfried Busch, Lise Aksglaede, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts, Anders Juul
OBJECTIVE: Only a few genetic loci are known to be associated with male pubertal events. The ability of excreting testosterone (T) and other steroids in the urine depends on sulfation and glucuronidation. One of several essential glucuronidases is encoded by the UGT2B17 gene. In a preliminary report, we found that homozygous deletion of UGT2B17 in boys was associated with lower urinary excretion of T. We hypothesized that boys with a lower glucuronidation capacity may have altered androgen action and excretion affecting pubarche, as this represents a T dependent event...
February 21, 2018: Endocrine Connections
Gabriel Adan Araújo Leite, Marciana Sanabria, Marilia Martins Cavariani, Janete Aparecida Anselmo-Franci, Patrícia Fernanda Felipe Pinheiro, Raquel Fantin Domeniconi, Wilma De Grava Kempinas
The increase of obesity, bad eating habits and the lack of physical exercises are highly related to dyslipidemias. Rosuvastatin is a lipid-lowering drug and has been indicated to prevent cardiovascular diseases and to treat dyslipidemias due to its higher efficiency to reduce serum cholesterol concentrations. This study aimed to evaluate the reproductive adverse effects on sexual maturity due to rosuvastatin exposure in juvenile male rats during prepuberty. Three groups were randomly formed with newly weaned rats: control, whose rats received saline solution 0...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
Carla Bizzarri, Tiziana Antonia Timpanaro, Maria Cristina Matteoli, Ippolita Patrizia Patera, Marco Cappa, Stefano Cianfarani
BACKGROUND: Linear growth was reported to be negatively affected by type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM), in relation to disease duration and poor metabolic control. It is unclear whether a subtle growth failure still persists despite the optimization of therapy. Our aim was to analyse pubertal growth, adult height, and metabolic profile in a cohort of children with T1DM undergoing intensive insulin treatment by multiple daily injections or continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII). METHODS: One-hundred and four children (51 males) with prepubertal onset of T1DM were prospectively followed up to final height attainment...
February 16, 2018: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
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