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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350524/an-atf4-atg5-signaling-in-hypothalamic-pomc-neurons-regulates-obesity
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Yuzhong Xiao, Yalan Deng, Feixiang Yuan, Tingting Xia, Hao Liu, Zhigang Li, Shanghai Chen, Zhixue Liu, Hao Ying, Yi Liu, Qiwei Zhai, Feifan Guo
ATF4 (activating transcription factor 4) is an important transcription factor that has many biological functions, while its role in hypothalamic POMC (pro-opiomelanocortin-alpha) neurons in the regulation of energy homeostasis has not been explored. We recently discovered that mice with an Atf4 deletion specific to POMC neurons (PAKO mice) are lean and have higher energy expenditure. Furthermore, these mice are resistant to high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity and obesity-related metabolic disorders. Mechanistically, we found the expression of ATG5 (autophagy related 5) is upregulated in POMC neurons of PAKO mice, and ATF4 regulates ATG5 expression by binding directly to its promoter...
March 28, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346917/endocrine-long-term-follow-up-of-children-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1-and-optic-pathway-glioma%C3%A2
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Ilaria Sani, Assunta Albanese
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Children with optic pathway glioma (OPG) face sequelae related to tumour location and treatment modalities. We aimed to assess the prevalence of hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunctions in children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and OPG who did not receive radiotherapy or surgical resection. The causative role of tumour location on endocrinopathy development is investigated. METHODS: A retrospective follow-up study of 40 children with NF1 and OPG evaluated between August 1996 and May 2015 was undertaken...
March 27, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346523/a-moderate-diet-restriction-during-pregnancy-alters-the-levels-of-endocannabinoids-and-endocannabinoid-related-lipids-in-the-hypothalamus-hippocampus-and-olfactory-bulb-of-rat-offspring-in-a-sex-specific-manner
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María Teresa Ramírez-López, Mariam Vázquez, Ermelinda Lomazzo, Clementine Hofmann, Rosario Noemi Blanco, Francisco Alén, María Antón, Juan Decara, Rocío Arco, Laura Orio, Juan Suárez, Beat Lutz, Raquel Gómez de Heras, Laura Bindila, Fernando Rodríguez de Fonseca
Undernutrition during pregnancy has been associated to increased vulnerability to develop metabolic and behavior alterations later in life. The endocannabinoid system might play an important role in these processes. Therefore, we investigated the effects of a moderate maternal calorie-restricted diet on the levels of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG), arachidonic acid (AA) and the N-acylethanolamines (NAEs) anandamide (AEA), oleoylethanolamide (OEA) and palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) in the brain of newborn rat offspring...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345385/activation-of-5-ht1a-receptors-in-the-rat-dorsomedial-hypothalamus-inhibits-stress-induced-activation-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis
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Christopher E Stamper, James E Hassell, Adam J Kapitz, Kenneth J Renner, Miles Orchinik, Christopher A Lowry
Acute activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, leading to the release of corticosteroid hormones into the circulation, is an adaptive response to perceived threats. Persistent activation of the HPA axis can lead to impaired physiological or behavioral function with maladaptive consequences. Thus, efficient control and termination of stress responses is essential for well-being. However, inhibitory control mechanisms governing the HPA axis are poorly understood. Previous studies suggest that serotonergic systems, acting within the medial hypothalamus, play an important role in inhibitory control of stress-induced HPA axis activity...
March 27, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344570/tanycytes-as-regulators-of-seasonal-cycles-in-neuroendocrine-function
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REVIEW
Jo E Lewis, Francis J P Ebling
Annual cycles of physiology and behavior are highly prevalent in organisms inhabiting temperate and polar regions. Examples in mammals include changes in appetite and body fat composition, hibernation and torpor, growth of antlers, pelage and horns, and seasonal reproduction. The timing of these seasonal cycles reflects an interaction of changing environmental signals, such as daylength, and intrinsic rhythmic processes: circannual clocks. As neuroendocrine signals underlie these rhythmic processes, the focus of most mechanistic studies has been on neuronal systems in the hypothalamus...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344067/upregulation-of-orexin-hypocretin-expression-in-aged-rats-effects-on-feeding-latency-and-neurotransmission-in-the-insular-cortex
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Janel M Hagar, Victoria A Macht, Steven P Wilson, James R Fadel
Aging is associated with changes in numerous homeostatic functions, such as food intake, that are thought to be mediated by the hypothalamus. Orexin/hypocretin neurons of the hypothalamus regulate several physiological functions, including feeding, sleep and wakefulness. Evidence from both clinical and animal studies supports the notion that aging is associated with loss or dysregulation of the orexin system. Here, we used virus-mediated gene transfer to manipulate expression of orexin peptides in young and aged rats and examined behavioral and neurochemical correlates of food intake in these animals...
March 23, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344017/intranasal-delivery-of-n-terminal-modified-leptin-pluronic-conjugate-for-treatment-of-obesity
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Dongfen Yuan, Xiang Yi, Yuling Zhao, Chi-Duen Poon, Kristin M Bullock, Kim M Hansen, Therese S Salameh, Susan A Farr, William A Banks, Alexander V Kabanov
Leptin is an adipocyte-secreted hormone that is delivered via a specific transport system across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to the brain where it acts on the hypothalamus receptors to control appetite and thermogenesis. Peripheral resistance to leptin due to its impaired brain delivery prevents therapeutic use of leptin in overweight and moderately obese patients. To address this problem, we modified the N-terminal amine of leptin with Pluronic P85 (LepNP85) and administered this conjugate intranasally using the nose-to-brain (INB) route to bypass the BBB...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343142/circuit-mechanisms-of-sleepiness-and-cataplexy-in-narcolepsy
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REVIEW
Sara Pintwala, John Peever
Narcolepsy is a debilitating sleep disorder caused by loss of orexin neurons in the lateral hypothalamus. Excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy are the major complaints in narcolepsy, and are associated with impaired quality of life. Although it is unclear how orexin loss causes sleepiness and cataplexy, animal models have been instrumental in identifying the neurobiological underpinnings of narcolepsy because they reliably recapitulate disease symptoms. Current evidence indicates that orexin cell loss causes sleepiness and cataplexy by destabilizing the ability of the circuits that initiate and sustain normal levels of arousal and motor activity...
March 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343139/oxytocin-in-corticosterone-induced-chronic-stress-model-focus-on-adrenal-gland-function
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Dušanka Stanić, Bosiljka Plećaš-Solarović, Duško Mirković, Predrag Jovanović, Slađana Dronjak, Bojan Marković, Tea Đorđević, Svetlana Ignjatović, Vesna Pešić
Chronic stress conditions can lead to considerable and extensible changes in physiological and psychological performances, and in emergence of risk for various somatic diseases. On the other hand, the neuropeptide oxytocin is reported to increase the resistance of the organism to stress and modulate activity of autonomic nervous system. Chronic corticosterone administration is used as a rat model for a state observed in terms of chronic stress exposure, when negative feedback mechanism of hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis activity is disrupted...
March 10, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342855/regulation-of-reproduction-via-tight-control-of-gonadotropin-hormone-levels
#10
Djurdjica Coss
Mammalian reproduction is controlled by the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. GnRH from the hypothalamus regulates synthesis and secretion of gonadotropins, LH and FSH, which then control steroidogenesis and gametogenesis. In females, serum LH and FSH levels exhibit rhythmic changes throughout the menstrual or estrous cycle that are correlated with pulse frequency of GnRH. Lack of gonadotropins leads to infertility or amenorrhea. Dysfunctions in the tightly controlled ratio due to levels slightly outside the normal range occur in a larger number of women and are correlated with polycystic ovaries and premature ovarian failure...
March 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342689/induction-of-out-of-season-egg-laying-by-artificial-photoperiod-in-yangzhou-geese-and-the-associated-endocrine-and-molecular-regulation-mechanisms
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Huanxi Zhu, Xibing Shao, Zhe Chen, Chuankun Wei, Mingming Lei, Shijia Ying, Jianning Yu, Zhendan Shi
This study was carried out to induce out-of-season breeding, in the summer, and to achieve high reproductive performance using artificial photoperiod manipulation in the long-day breeding Yangzhou goose. Young geese were subject to a two-phase short-to-long (group A) or a three-phase (long-short-long; group B) photoperiod program February through October. Egg-laying was induced to start similarly in both groups in May, increased to a peak level in July, and then decreased gradually through to October. The peak and post-peak laying rates were higher with the three-phase than with the two-phase program...
March 18, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341876/consumption-of-green-tea-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-enhances-systemic-immune-response-antioxidative-capacity-and-hpa-axis-functions-in-aged-male-swiss-albino-mice
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Rohit Sharma, Anamika Sharma, Amita Kumari, Pankaj Markand Kulurkar, Rajneesh Raj, Ashu Gulati, Yogendra S Padwad
The present investigation assessed the potential of green tea phytochemical epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) in alleviating age-associated aberrations in immunity, hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and redox homeostasis using 16 months old male Swiss albino mice. Four groups of animals (n = 6 per group) were supplemented with either aqueous EGCG at 25, 50 and 100 mg/kg/animal or vehicle control for 6 weeks. A concurrent analysis of CD4(+) and CD8(+) lymphocytes in splenocytes, differential leucocyte population, T cell differentiation markers in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), neutrophil functions, immunoglobulins profile in intestine, circulatory HPA axis hormonal levels as well as inflammatory and oxidative stress in the liver was performed...
March 24, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340290/nucleus-accumbens-dopamine-receptors-mediate-hypothalamus-induced-antinociception-in-the-rat-formalin-test
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A Siahposht-Khachaki, P Pourreza, S Ezzatpanah, A Haghparast
BACKGROUND: Lateral hypothalamus (LH) involves in modulation of tonic pain. Regarding the direct and indirect neural connections between the LH and nucleus accumbens (NAc), we aimed to examine the pain modulatory role of NAc dopamine receptors in modulation of LH-induced analgesia in the formalin test. METHODS: Vehicle-control groups received saline or DMSO into the NAc and saline into the LH. Carbachol-control groups received carbachol (250 nmol/L) into the LH, 5 min after saline or DMSO injection into the NAc...
March 24, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340271/snp-detection-using-rna-sequences-of-candidate-genes-associated-with-puberty-in-cattle
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M M Dias, A Cánovas, C Mantilla-Rojas, D G Riley, P Luna-Nevarez, S J Coleman, S E Speidel, R M Enns, A Islas-Trejo, J F Medrano, S S Moore, M R S Fortes, L T Nguyen, B Venus, I S D P Diaz, F R P Souza, L F S Fonseca, F Baldi, L G Albuquerque, M G Thomas, H N Oliveira
Fertility traits, such as heifer pregnancy, are economically important in cattle production systems, and are therefore, used in genetic selection programs. The aim of this study was to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) using RNA-sequencing (RNA-Seq) data from ovary, uterus, endometrium, pituitary gland, hypothalamus, liver, longissimus dorsi muscle, and adipose tissue in 62 candidate genes associated with heifer puberty in cattle. RNA-Seq reads were assembled to the bovine reference genome (UMD 3...
March 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339630/mr-tractography-in-short-lasting-unilateral-neuralgiform-headache-attacks-with-conjunctival-injection-and-tearing-sunct-patients-case-reports
#15
Ozlem Coskun, Murat Ucar, Doga Vuralli, Funuzar Yildirim, Rumeysa Cetinkaya, Suna Akin Takmaz, Serap Ucler
Background. : Short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attack with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT) is one of the trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias where neurovascular compression was detected in neuroimaging in recent years. Case. : We report two cases, a 52-year-old adult and a 69-year-old elderly patient with short-lasting and recurrent headache combined with cranial autonomic features. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and magnetic resonance (MR) tractography of both patients outlined structural changes of the trigeminal nerve revealing neurovascular compression...
February 11, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339619/relationship-of-neuropeptide-ff-receptors-with-pubertal-maturation-of-gilts%C3%A2
#16
Jennifer F Thorson, Neely L Heidorn, Vitaly Ryu, Krzysztof Czaja, Danny J Nonneman, C Richard Barb, Gary J Hausman, Gary A Rohrer, Ligia D Prezotto, Richard B McCosh, Elane C Wright, Brett R White, Bradley A Freking, William T Oliver, Stanley M Hileman, Clay A Lents
Mechanisms governing the timing of puberty in pigs are poorly understood. A genome-wide association study for age at first estrus in pigs identified candidate genes including neuropeptide FF receptor 2 (NPFFR2), which is a putative receptor for RFamide-related peptides (RFRP). RFRP has been shown to negatively regulate secretion of reproductive hormones from hypothalamic and pituitary tissue of pigs in culture. Here, the porcine NPFFR2 gene was further screened and four potentially functional variants were identified to be associated with age at first estrus in pigs (1,288 gilts)...
January 28, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339602/gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-kisspeptin-and-gonadal-steroids-directly-modulate-nucleobindin-2-nesfatin-1-in-murine-hypothalamic-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-neurons-and-gonadotropes%C3%A2
#17
A Hatef, S Unniappan
Neuroendocrine regulation of metabolism and reproduction are tightly interlinked. Nesfatin-1 is an 82 amino acid metabolic peptide derived from nucleobindin-2 (NUCB2). NUCB2 mRNA and protein significantly increase in the hypothalamus of rats during puberty-to-adult transition. Administration of nesfatin-1 modulates circulating LH and testosterone in male rats. However, whether nesfatin-1 acts directly on neurons and gonadotropes remain unknown. In addition, whether reproductive hormones of the hypothalamo-pituitary gonadal axis modulate NUCB2/nesfatin-1 is unclear...
January 28, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339138/cognitive-performance-and-the-alteration-of-neuroendocrine-hormones-in-chronic-tension-type-headache
#18
Ping Qu, Jin-Xia Yu, Lan Xia, Gui-Hai Chen
Tension-type headache (TTH) is the most prevalent primary headache. Chronic TTH (CTTH), the most serious form of TTH, is refractory, with a high socio-economic burden. Research studies have shown patients with migraine often had cognitive impairment, but few studies have focused on the cognition in CTTH patients. In the present study, we assumed that patients with CTTH also have cognitive impairments, which are modulated by the neuroendocrine state. Participants were recruited, including CTTH patients and healthy controls...
March 24, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339047/hypothalamo%C3%A2-hypophysial-system-in-rats-with-autotransplantation-of-the-adrenal-cortex
#19
Nae Takizawa, Susumu Tanaka, Souichi Oe, Taro Koike, Tadashi Matsuda, Hisao Yamada
Patients with bilateral pheochromocytoma often require an adrenalectomy. Autotransplantation of the adrenal cortex is an alternative therapy that could potentially be performed instead of receiving glucocorticoid replacement following adrenalectomy. Adrenal cortex autotransplantation aims to avoid the side effects of long‑term steroid treatment and adrenal insufficiency. Although the function of the hypothalamo‑hypophysial system is critical for patients who have undergone adrenal cortex autotransplantation, the details of that system, with the exception of adrenocorticotropic hormone in the subjects with adrenal autotransplantation, have been overlooked for a long time...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338740/the-role-of-vip-in-social-behavior-neural-hotspots-for-the-modulation-of-affiliation-aggression-and-parental-care
#20
Marcy A Kingsbury, Leah C Wilson
Although the modulation of social behaviors by most major neurochemical systems has been explored, there are still standouts, including the study of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP). VIP is a modulator of circadian, reproductive, and seasonal rhythms and is well known for its role in reproductive behavior, as it is the main vertebrate prolactin-releasing hormone. Originally isolated as a gut peptide, VIP and its cognate receptors are present in virtually every brain area that is important for social behavior, including all nodes of the core "social behavior network" (SBN)...
December 16, 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
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