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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412653/the-relationship-between-dioxins-exposure-and-risk-of-prostate-cancer-with-steroid-hormone-and-age-in-vietnamese-men
#1
Xian Liang Sun, Teruhiko Kido, Seijiro Honma, Eitetsu Koh, Rie Okamoto, Ho Dung Manh, Shoko Maruzeni, Muneko Nishijo, Hideaki Nakagawa, Takeshi Nakano, Takumi Takasuga, Dang Duc Nhu, Nguyen Ngoc Hung, Le Ke Son
Although Vietnam's massive herbicide exposure in 1960s and 1970s was clearly injurious to health, not all causal relationships have been clarified. We therefore explored associations among dioxins, steroid hormones, age and prostate cancer risk in men. We compared serum levels of dioxin, steroid hormones and prostate specific antigen (PSA) in men aged 56-81years from herbicide-exposed hotspots (n=50) with those from non-sprayed regions (n=48). Mean serum levels of dioxin congeners in the hotspot group were 1...
April 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410384/relay-discovery-and-selection-for-large-scale-p2p-streaming
#2
Chengwei Zhang, Angela Yunxian Wang, Xiaojun Hei
In peer-to-peer networks, application relays have been commonly used to provide various networking services. The service performance often improves significantly if a relay is selected appropriately based on its network location. In this paper, we studied the location-aware relay discovery and selection problem for large-scale P2P streaming networks. In these large-scale and dynamic overlays, it incurs significant communication and computation cost to discover a sufficiently large relay candidate set and further to select one relay with good performance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404691/exemestane-and-its-active-metabolite-17-hydroexemestane-induce-udp-glucuronosyltransferase-ugt-2b17-expression-in-breast-cancer-cells
#3
Apichaya Chanawong, Peter Ian Mackenzie, Ross A McKinnon, Dong Gui Hu, Robyn Meech
Exemestane (EXE) is an aromatase inhibitor indicated for endocrine therapy of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. The primary active metabolite of EXE, 17-hydroexemestane (17-HE), is inactivated via glucuronidation, mainly by UGT2B17. UGT2B17 also has a primary role in inactivation of endogenous androgens testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and may play an important role in regulation of breast and prostate tumour intracrinology. We recently reported that UGT2B17 could be induced by both estrogenic and androgenic ligands in breast cancer cells via binding of the estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) or the androgen receptor (AR) to a complex regulatory unit in the proximal UGT2B17 promoter...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386189/the-effect-of-leonuri-herba-alkaloids-on-senile-bph-male-and-female-hormone-induced-model-rats
#4
Mingsan Miao, Tan Wang, Jing Liu, Yan Li, Zhenna Fu, Shuo Tian
Objective: To investigate the pharmacological effects of Leonuri Herba alkaloids (LHA) on prostate hyperplasia in older rats and the effect mechanism. Methods: Remove bilateral testes from BPH model rats, and conduct subcutaneous injection of testosterone and estradiol. At the same time, feed corresponding drugs to the rats by gastric perfusion for 30d. In the first 27d, conduct bladder fistula surgery. Three days after feeding, carry out the detection of the urine flow dynamics. Eyeball blood taking, determination of serum E2 levels, and quickly remove the prostate, thymus gland, spleen, kidney, lung, and bladder...
March 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380519/evidence-that-gene-expression-of-ovarian-follicular-tight-junction-proteins-is-regulated-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-in-cattle
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L Zhang, L F Schütz, C L Robinson, M L Totty, L J Spicer
Tight junctions (TJ) are common paracellular sealing structures that control the transport of water, ions, and macromolecules across cell layers. Because the role of TJ in bovine follicular development is unknown, we investigated the developmental and hormonal regulation of the transmembrane TJ protein, occludin (OCLN), and the cytoplasmic TJ proteins, TJ protein 1 (TJP1) and cingulin (CGN) in bovine granulosa cells (GC) and theca cells (TC). For this purpose, bovine GC and TC were isolated from large (>8 mm) and/or small (1 to 5 mm) follicles and either extracted for real-time PCR (qPCR) or cultured in vitro...
March 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377404/effect-of-androgen-on-kiss1-expression-and-luteinizing-hormone-release-in-female-rats
#6
Kinuyo Iwata, Yuyu Kunimura, Keisuke Matsumoto, Hitoshi Ozawa
Hyperandrogenic women have various grades of ovulatory dysfunction, which lead to infertility. The purpose of this study was to determine whether chronic exposure to androgen affects expression of kisspeptin (ovulation and follicle development regulator) or release of luteinizing hormone (LH) in female rats. Weaned females were subcutaneously implanted with 90-day continuous-release pellets of 5α-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and studied after 10 weeks of age. Number of Kiss1-expressing cells in both the anteroventral periventricular nucleus (AVPV) and arcuate nucleus (ARC) was significantly decreased in ovary-intact DHT rats...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373106/umbilical-cord-blood-androgen-levels-in-girls-and-boys-assessed-by-gas-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#7
Anna-Carin Lundell, Henrik Ryberg, Liesbeth Vandenput, Anna Rudin, Claes Ohlsson, Åsa Tivesten
Androgen exposure of the fetus during gestation plays an important role in human physiology and pathophysiology, but assessment of androgens, in particular dihydrotestosterone (DHT), in human umbilical cord blood is technically challenging. The aim of this study was to assess umbilical cord androgen levels, including DHT, at birth by a highly sensitive assay, and study their association with sex of the infant, sex-hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) levels, and gestational age at delivery. Swedish infants (27 girls, 26 boys) were recruited at maternity care clinics in Southern Sweden...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370068/dose-response-effects-of-sex-hormone-concentrations-on-body-composition-and-adipokines-in-medically-castrated-healthy-men-administered-graded-doses-of-testosterone-gel
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Arthi Thirumalai, Katya B Rubinow, Lori A Cooper, John K Amory, Brett T Marck, Alvin M Matsumoto, Stephanie T Page
OBJECTIVE: Serum sex steroid concentrations may alter body composition and glucose homeostasis in men in a dose-response manner. We evaluated these endpoints in healthy men rendered medically castrate through use of a gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist (acyline) with incremental doses of exogenous testosterone (T) gel. DESIGN: Subjects (n=6-9 per group) were randomly assigned to injections of acyline every 2 weeks plus transdermal T gel (1.25 g, 2.5 g, 5...
March 30, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356400/phospho-erk-and-sex-steroids-in-the-mpoa-involvement-in-male-mouse-sexual-behavior
#9
Arnaud Jean, Anne-Charlotte Trouillet, Njiva Andry Andrianarivelo, Sakina Mhaouty-Kodja, Helene Hardin-Pouzet
This paper aimed to investigate the mechanisms triggering ERK phosphorylation and its functional role in male sexual behaviour. ERK1/2 phosphorylated form was detected in the medial preoptic area of the hypothalamus (mPOA) during the sexual stimulation of naive and sexually experienced males who were sacrificed 5 minutes after the first intromission. This mating-induced ERK phosphorylation was increased in sexually experienced males compared to naive mice. The functional role of the ERK1/2 pathway activation during sexual behaviour was explored with the administration of a MEK inhibitor, SL-327 (30 mg/kg, i...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344042/exercise-differentially-affects-metabolic-functions-and-white-adipose-tissue-in-female-letrozole-and-dihydrotestosterone-induced-mouse-models-of-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#10
Rodrigo R Marcondes, Manuel Maliqueo, Romina Fornes, Anna Benrick, Min Hu, Niklas Ivarsson, Mattias Carlström, Samuel W Cushman, Karin G Stenkula, Gustavo A R Maciel, Elisabet Stener-Victorin
Here we hypothesized that exercise in dihydrotestosterone (DHT) or letrozole (LET)-induced polycystic ovary syndrome mouse models improves impaired insulin and glucose metabolism, adipose tissue morphology, and expression of genes related to adipogenesis, lipid metabolism, Notch pathway and browning in inguinal and mesenteric fat. DHT-exposed mice had increased body weight, increased number of large mesenteric adipocytes. LET-exposed mice displayed increased body weight and fat mass, decreased insulin sensitivity, increased frequency of small adipocytes and increased expression of genes related to lipolysis in mesenteric fat...
March 24, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334510/pharmacokinetics-of-testosterone-cream-applied-to-scrotal-skin
#11
R Iyer, S F Mok, S Savkovic, L Turner, G Fraser, R Desai, V Jayadev, A J Conway, D J Handelsman
Scrotal skin is thin and has high steroid permeability, but the pharmacokinetics of testosterone via the scrotal skin route has not been studied in detail. The aim of this study was to define the pharmacokinetics of testosterone delivered via the scrotal skin route. The study was a single-center, three-phase cross-over pharmacokinetic study of three single doses (12.5, 25, 50 mg) of testosterone cream administered in random sequence on different days with at least 2 days between doses to healthy eugonadal volunteers with endogenous testosterone suppressed by administration of nandrolone decanoate...
March 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324051/androgen-stimulates-growth-of-mouse-preantral-follicles-in-vitro-interaction-with-follicle-stimulating-hormone-and-with-growth-factors-of-the-tgf%C3%AE-superfamily
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Mhairi Laird, Kacie Thomson, Mark Fenwick, Jocelyn Mora, Stephen Franks, Kate Hardy
Androgens are essential for the normal function of mature antral follicles but also have a role in the early stages of follicle development. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common cause of anovulatory infertility, is characterized by androgen excess and aberrant follicle development that includes accelerated early follicle growth. We have examined the effects of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on development of isolated mouse preantral follicles in culture with the specific aim of investigating interaction with follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), the steroidogenic pathway, and growth factors of the TGFβ superfamily that are known to have a role in early follicle development...
April 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324045/ring-finger-protein-6-mediates-androgen-induced-granulosa-cell-proliferation-and-follicle-growth-via-modulation-of-androgen-receptor-signaling
#13
Jung Jin Lim, Chae Young Han, Dong Ryul Lee, Benjamin K Tsang
The destiny of the ovarian follicle (growth or atresia) is tightly regulated by the actions and interactions of endocrine, paracrine, and autocrine factors. Although androgens are known to be important in the regulation of folliculogenesis, whether they facilitate or suppress follicular growth has been controversial, and the mechanisms involved are not fully understood. Moreover, the role and regulation of androgen receptor (AR) in mediating androgen signaling during follicular development is not clear. Here, we report that the active androgen dihydrotestosterone upregulates the expression of AR and its E3 ligase ring finger protein 6 (RNF6), increasing site-specific AR polyubiquitination and AR transcriptional activity for soluble Kit ligand (sKit-L) expression in preantral follicle growth...
April 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324044/inverse-regulation-of-dht-synthesis-enzymes-5%C3%AE-reductase-types-1-and-2-by-the-androgen-receptor-in-prostate-cancer
#14
Étienne Audet-Walsh, Tracey Yee, Ingrid S Tam, Vincent Giguère
5α-Reductase types 1 and 2, encoded by SRD5A1 and SRD5A2, are the two enzymes that can catalyze the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, the most potent androgen receptor (AR) agonist in prostate cells. 5α-Reductase type 2 is the predominant isoform expressed in the normal prostate. However, its expression decreases during prostate cancer (PCa) progression, whereas SRD5A1 increases, and the mechanism underlying this transcriptional regulatory switch is still unknown. Interrogation of SRD5A messenger RNA expression in three publicly available data sets confirmed that SRD5A1 is increased in primary and metastatic PCa compared with nontumoral prostate tissues, whereas SRD5A2 is decreased...
April 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323036/targeting-androgen-receptor-versus-targeting-androgens-to-suppress-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
#15
Changcheng Guo, Shuyuan Yeh, Yuanjie Niu, Gonghui Li, Junhua Zheng, Lei Li, Chawnshang Chang
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death among men in the United States and its progression is tightly associated with the androgen/androgen receptor (AR) signals. Men castrated before puberty (eunuchs) or men with inherited deficiency of type II 5α-reductase (with failure to convert testosterone to the more potent dihydrotestosterone) (DHT) do not develop PCa. To date, androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) with anti-androgen treatments to reduce or prevent androgens from binding to the AR remains the main therapeutic option for advanced PCa since its discovery by Huggins and Hodges in 1941...
March 18, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320971/neuroendocrine-androgen-action-is-a-key-extraovarian-mediator-in-the-development-of-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#16
Aimee S L Caldwell, Melissa C Edwards, Reena Desai, Mark Jimenez, Robert B Gilchrist, David J Handelsman, Kirsty A Walters
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal disorder characterized by reproductive, endocrine, and metabolic abnormalities. As the origins of PCOS remain unknown, mechanism-based treatments are not feasible and current management relies on treatment of symptoms. Hyperandrogenism is the most consistent PCOS characteristic; however, it is unclear whether androgen excess, which is treatable, is a cause or a consequence of PCOS. As androgens mediate their actions via the androgen receptor (AR), we combined a mouse model of dihydrotestosterone (DHT)-induced PCOS with global and cell-specific AR-resistant (ARKO) mice to investigate the locus of androgen actions that mediate the development of the PCOS phenotype...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261839/clinical-and-molecular-characteristics-in-15-patients-with-androgen-receptor-gene-mutations-from-south-china
#17
L Su, J Cheng, X Yin, G Liu, Z Lu, H Sheng, Y Cai, Q Shi, L Liu
A variety of mutations in the androgen receptor (AR) gene are linked to androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) or sexual development disorder. Here, we studied 15 patients with various degrees of disorders of genital hypoplasia from South China. Clinical data including basal hormone level, phenotype, karyotyping and SRY gene identification were documented. Exons with flanking intronic region of the AR gene were sequenced and analysed for mutations, and a total of eight mutations were identified in the AR gene...
March 6, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247927/osteogenesis-and-mineralization-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-collagen-type-i-based-recombinant-peptide-scaffolds
#18
Kendell M Pawelec, Davide Confalonieri, Franziska Ehlicke, Huibert A van Boxtel, Heike Walles, Sebastiaan G J M Kluijtmans
Recombinant peptides have the power to harness the inherent biocompatibility of natural macromolecules, while maintaining a defined chemistry for use in tissue engineering. Creating scaffolds from peptides requires stabilization via crosslinking, a process known to alter both mechanics and density of adhesion ligands. The chemistry and mechanics of linear scaffolds from a recombinant peptide based on human collagen type I (RCP) was investigated after crosslinking. Three treatments were compared: dehydrothermal treatment (DHT), hexamethylene diisocyanate (HMDIC), and genipin...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241109/sex-steroid-hormones-in-relation-to-barrett-s-esophagus-an-analysis-of-the-finbar-study
#19
M B Cook, S Wood, P L Hyland, P Caron, J Drahos, R T Falk, R M Pfeiffer, S M Dawsey, C C Abnet, P R Taylor, C Guillemette, L J Murray, L A Anderson
Previously, we observed strong positive associations between circulating concentrations of free testosterone and free dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in relation to Barrett's esophagus in a US male military population. To replicate these findings, we conducted a second study of sex steroid hormones and Barrett's esophagus in the Factors Influencing the Barrett/Adenocarcinoma Relationship (FINBAR) Study based in Northern Ireland and Ireland. We used mass spectrometry to quantitate EDTA plasma concentrations of nine sex steroid hormones and ELISA to quantitate sex hormone-binding globulin in 177 male Barrett's esophagus cases and 185 male general population controls within the FINBAR Study...
March 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235766/sigma1-targeting-to-suppress-aberrant-androgen-receptor-signaling-in-prostate-cancer
#20
Jeffrey D Thomas, Charles G Longen, Halley M Oyer, Nan Chen, Christina M Maher, Joseph M Salvino, Blase Kania, Kelsey N Anderson, William F Ostrander, Karen E Knudsen, Felix J Kim
Suppression of androgen receptor (AR) activity in prostate cancer by androgen depletion or direct AR antagonist treatment, although initially effective, leads to incurable castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) via compensatory mechanisms including resurgence of AR and AR splice variant (ARV) signaling. Emerging evidence suggests that Sigma1 (also known as sigma-1 receptor) is a unique chaperone or scaffolding protein that contributes to cellular protein homeostasis. We reported previously that some Sigma1-selective small molecules can be used to pharmacologically modulate protein homeostasis pathways...
February 24, 2017: Cancer Research
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