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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639210/-oxytocin-and-the-mechanisms-of-alcohol-dependence
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REVIEW
Till Faehrmann, Gerald Zernig, Sergei Mechtcheriakov
One of the crucial purposes of treating alcohol-dependent patients is to enhance their ability to stay abstinent after detoxification therapy. Anxiety and stress vulnerability are the main factors provoking alcohol craving and relapse. In the first months of abstinence, alcohol-dependent patients frequently show sleep disturbances, irritability and depression, indicating chronic activation of stress pathways. In addition, the loss of confidence in interpersonal interactions results in social withdrawal and reduced willingness to participate in therapeutic programs...
June 21, 2017: Neuropsychiatrie: Klinik, Diagnostik, Therapie und Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638222/corticotropin-releasing-factor-stimulates-colonic-motility-via-muscarinic-receptors-in-the-rat
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Kyung-Jo Kim, Ki Bae Kim, Soon Man Yoon, Joung-Ho Han, Hee Bok Chae, Seon Mee Park, Sei Jin Youn
AIM: To measure exogenous corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF)-induced motility of the isolated rat colon and to demonstrate the effect of pharmacologic inhibition on CRF-induced motility. METHODS: The isolated vascularly-perfused rat colon was used. Luminal pressure was monitored via microtip catheter pressure transducers in the proximal and distal colon. At first, exogenous CRF was administered in a stepwise manner and the concentration of CRF yielding maximal colonic motility was selected...
June 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623763/saturated-high-fat-feeding-independent-of-obesity-alters-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-axis-function-but-not-anxiety-like-behaviour
#3
Cecile Hryhorczuk, Léa Décarie-Spain, Sandeep Sharma, Caroline Daneault, Christine Des Rosiers, Thierry Alquier, Stephanie Fulton
Overconsumption of dietary fat can elicit impairments in emotional processes and the response to stress. While excess dietary lipids have been shown to alter hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function and promote anxiety-like behaviour, it is not known if such changes rely on elevated body weight and if these effects are specific to the type of dietary fat. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of a saturated and a monounsaturated high-fat diet (HFD) on HPA axis function and anxiety-like behaviour in rats...
June 10, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614607/anatomical-and-functional-implications-of-crh-neurons-in-a-septal-nucleus-of-the-avian-brain-an-emphasis-on-glial-neuronal-interaction-via-v1a-receptors-in-vitro
#4
Gurueswar Nagarajan, Alexander Jurkevich, Seong W Kang, Wayne J Kuenzel
Previously, we showed that corticotropin releasing hormone immunoreactive (CRH-ir) neurons in a septal structure are associated with stress and the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis in birds. In this study, we focused upon CRH-ir neurons located within the septal structure called the nucleus of the hippocampal commissure (NHpC). Immunocytochemical and gene expression analyses were used to identify the anatomical and functional characteristics of cells within the NHpC. A comparative morphometry analysis showed that CRH-ir neurons in the NHpC were significantly larger than CRH-ir parvocellular neurons in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) and lateral bed nucleus of the stria terminalis...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614436/social-instigation-and-repeated-aggressive-confrontations-in-male-swiss-mice-analysis-of-plasma-corticosterone-crf-and-bdnf-levels-in-limbic-brain-areas
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Paula Madeira Fortes, Lucas Albrechet-Souza, Mailton Vasconcelos, Bruna Maria Ascoli, Ana Paula Menegolla, Rosa Maria M de Almeida
Introduction: Agonistic behaviors help to ensure survival, provide advantage in competition, and communicate social status. The resident-intruder paradigm, an animal model based on male intraspecific confrontations, can be an ethologically relevant tool to investigate the neurobiology of aggressive behavior. Objectives: To examine behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms of aggressive behavior in male Swiss mice exposed to repeated confrontations in the resident intruder paradigm...
June 12, 2017: Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612996/crf1-and-crf2-receptors-in-the-bed-nucleus-of-stria-terminalis-differently-modulate-the-baroreflex-function-in-unanesthetized-rats
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Leandro A Oliveira, Jeferson Almeida, Lucas Gomes-de-Souza, Ricardo Benini, Carlos C Crestani
The baroreflex is an important blood pressure regulating mechanism. The bed nucleus of stria terminalis (BNST) modulates the baroreflex function. However, the local BNST neurochemical mechanisms involved in control of baroreflex responses are not completely understood. Therefore, in the present study we investigated the involvement of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) receptors within the BNST in baroreflex control of heart rate in unanesthetized rats. For this, we evaluated effects of bilateral microinjection into the BNST of either the selective CRF1 receptor antagonist CP376395 (5nmol/100nL) or the selective CRF2 receptor antagonist antisauvagine-30 (5nmol/100nL) in bradycardiac response evoked by blood pressure increases caused by intravenous infusion of phenylephrine as well as tachycardiac response to blood pressure decrease caused by intravenous infusion of sodium nitroprusside...
June 14, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611665/toll-like-receptor-4-in-paraventricular-nucleus-mediates-visceral-hypersensitivity-induced-by-maternal-separation
#7
Hui-Li Tang, Gongliang Zhang, Ning-Ning Ji, Lei Du, Bin-Bin Chen, Rong Hua, Yong-Mei Zhang
Neonatal maternal separation (MS) is a major early life stress that increases the risk of emotional disorders, visceral pain perception and other brain dysfunction. Elevation of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signaling in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) precipitates early life colorectal distension (CRD)-induced visceral hypersensitivity and pain in adulthood. The present study aimed to investigate the role of TLR4 signaling in the pathogenesis of postnatal MS-induced visceral hypersensitivity and pain during adulthood...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576418/a-methyl-balanced-diet-prevents-crf-induced-prenatal-stress-triggered-predisposition-to-binge-eating-like-phenotype
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Mariana Schroeder, Mira Jakovcevski, Tamar Polacheck, Maya Lebow, Yonat Drori, Mareen Engel, Shifra Ben-Dor, Alon Chen
Binge eating (BE) is a common aberrant form of eating behavior, characterized by overconsumption of food in a brief period of time. Recurrent episodes of BE constitute the BE disorder, which mostly affects females and is associated with early-life adversities. Here, we show that corticotropin releasing factor (CRF)-induced prenatal stress (PNS) in late gestation predisposes female offspring to BE-like behavior that coincides with hypomethylation of hypothalamic miR-1a and downstream dysregulation of the melanocortin system through Pax7/Pax3...
June 6, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575807/a-holistic-review-on-the-autoimmune-disease-vitiligo-with-emphasis-on-the-causal-factors
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REVIEW
Seema Patel, Abdur Rauf, Haroon Khan, Biswa Ranjan Meher, Syed Shams Ul Hassan
Vitiligo is an idiopathic systemic autoimmune disease affecting skin, hair and oral mucosa. This genetic yet acquired disease characterized by melanin loss is a cause of morbidity across all races. Though thyroid disturbance has been recognized as a key trigger of this pathology, an array of other factors plays critical role in its manifestation. Multiple hormones (corticotropin-releasing hormone, adrenocorticotropic hormone, α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone, melatonin, calcitriol, testosterone, estrogen), genes (Human leukocyte antigen (HLA), Cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4), Forkhead box D3 (FOXD3), Cluster of differentiation 117 (CD117), Estrogen receptor (ESR) 1, Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2), Vitiligo-associated protein 1 (VIT1)), and lifestyle choices (stress, diet, cosmetic products, and medications) have been suspected as drivers of this disorder...
May 30, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550160/corticotropin-releasing-hormone-receptor-2-exacerbates-chronic-cardiac-dysfunction
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Takuma Tsuda, Mikito Takefuji, Nina Wettschureck, Kazuhiko Kotani, Ryota Morimoto, Takahiro Okumura, Harmandeep Kaur, Shunsuke Eguchi, Teruhiro Sakaguchi, Sohta Ishihama, Ryosuke Kikuchi, Kazumasa Unno, Kunihiro Matsushita, Shizukiyo Ishikawa, Stefan Offermanns, Toyoaki Murohara
Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to effectively pump blood and maintain tissue perfusion. Despite numerous therapeutic advancements over previous decades, the prognosis of patients with chronic heart failure remains poor, emphasizing the need to identify additional pathophysiological factors. Here, we show that corticotropin releasing hormone receptor 2 (Crhr2) is a G protein-coupled receptor highly expressed in cardiomyocytes and continuous infusion of the Crhr2 agonist, urocortin 2 (Ucn2), reduced left ventricular ejection fraction in mice...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541004/the-effect-of-peripheral-crf-peptide-and-water-avoidance-stress-on-colonic-and-gastric-transit-in-guinea-pigs
#11
Zahid Hussain, Hae Won Kim, Cheal Wung Huh, Young Ju Lee, Hyojin Park
Functional dyspepsia (FD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are common gastrointestinal (GI) diseases; however, there is frequent overlap between FD and IBS patients. Emerging evidence links the activation of corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) receptors with stress-related alterations of gastric and colonic motor function. Therefore, we investigated the effect of peripheral CRF peptide and water avoidance stress (WAS) on upper and lower GI transit in guinea pigs. Dosages 1, 3, and 10 μg/kg of CRF were injected intraperitoneally (IP) in fasted guinea pigs 30 minutes prior to the intragastric administration of charcoal mix to measure upper GI transit...
July 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539353/crf-and-urocortin-3-protect-the-heart-from-hypoxia-reoxygenation-induced-apoptosis-in-zebrafish
#12
Tegan A Williams, Jillian C Bergstrome, Juliana Scott, Nicholas J Bernier
Fish routinely experience environmental hypoxia and have evolved various strategies to tolerate this challenge. Given the key role of the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) system in coordinating the response to stressors and its cardioprotective actions against ischemia in mammals, we sought to characterize the cardiac CRF system in zebrafish and its role in hypoxia tolerance. We established that all genes of the CRF system, the ligands CRFa, CRFb, urotensin 1 (UTS1) and urocortin 3 (UCN3), the two receptor subtypes (CRFR1 and CRFR2), and the binding protein (CRFBP) are expressed in the heart of zebrafish: crfr1 > crfr2 = crfbp > crfa > ucn3 > crfb > uts1...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521603/in-silico-binding-mechanism-prediction-of-benzimidazole-based-corticotropin-releasing-factor-1-receptor-antagonists-by-quantitative-structure-activity-relationship-molecular-docking-and-pharmacokinetic-parameters-calculation
#13
Neeraj Kumar, Shashank Shekhar Mishra, Chandra Shekhar Sharma, Hamendra Pratap Singh, Sourav Kalra
Despite the various research efforts toward the treatment of stress-related disorders, the drug has not yet launched last 20 years. Corticotropin releasing factor-1 receptor antagonists have been point of great interest in stress-related disorders. In the present study, we have selected benzazole scaffold-based compounds as corticotropin releasing factor-1 antagonists and performed 2D and 3D QSAR studies to identify the structural features to elucidating the binding mechanism prediction. The best 2D QSAR model was obtained through multiple linear regression method with r(2) value of ...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502391/bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-derived-corticotropin-releasing-factor-controls-binge-alcohol-drinking-via-interacting-with-corticotropin-releasing-factor-receptors-1-and-2-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area
#14
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499100/probing-for-neuroadaptations-to-unpredictable-stressors-in-addiction-translational-methods-and-emerging-evidence
#15
Jesse T Kaye, Daniel E Bradford, Katherine P Magruder, John J Curtin
Stressors clearly contribute to addiction etiology and relapse in humans, but our understanding of specific mechanisms remains limited. Rodent models of addiction offer the power, flexibility, and precision necessary to delineate the causal role and specific mechanisms through which stressors influence alcohol and other drug use. This review describes a program of research using startle potentiation to unpredictable stressors that is well positioned to translate between animal models and clinical research with humans on stress neuroadaptations in addiction...
May 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487631/activation-of-brain-somatostatin-signaling-suppresses-crf-receptor-mediated-stress-response
#16
REVIEW
Andreas Stengel, Yvette F Taché
Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) is the hallmark brain peptide triggering the response to stress and mediates-in addition to the stimulation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis-other hormonal, behavioral, autonomic and visceral components. Earlier reports indicate that somatostatin-28 injected intracerebroventricularly counteracts the acute stress-induced ACTH and catecholamine release. Mounting evidence now supports that activation of brain somatostatin signaling exerts a broader anti-stress effect by blunting the endocrine, autonomic, behavioral (with a focus on food intake) and visceral gastrointestinal motor responses through the involvement of distinct somatostatin receptor subtypes...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474562/stress-neuropeptides-and-gastric-mucosa
#17
Klara Gyires, Ágnes Fehér
Exposure of the organism to a hostile stimulus results in a series of coordinated reactions that aim to avoid the aversive effect and maintain or restore homeostasis of the organism. In response to noxious stimuli corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), the primary mediator of stress responses is released from the paraventricular nucleus resulting in activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis and coordination of the endocrine, autonomic, behavioral and immune responses to stress. Several other neuropeptides, released in a coordinated way are also involved in the regulation of the stress response...
November 18, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456768/corticotropin-releasing-factor-receptor-1-antagonist-differentially-inhibits-freezing-behavior-and-changes-gamma-aminobutyric-acidergic-activity-in-the-amygdala-in-low-and-high-anxiety-rats
#18
A Skorzewska, A Wislowska-Stanek, M Lehner, D Turzynska, A Sobolewska, P Krzascik, A Plaznik
The aim of this study was to examine the effects of non-peptide corticotropin-releasing factor receptor 1 (CRF1) antagonist (antalarmin) administration on rat conditioned fear responses and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic brain activity (GAD67 expression and GABA concentration) in low-anxiety (LR) and high-anxiety (HR) rats. The animals were divided into the LR and HR groups based on the duration of their conditioned freezing response in the first contextual fear test. After 28 days, the animals were re-subjected to the contextual fear training and test...
February 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456142/endogenous-glucocorticoids-role-in-the-etiopathogenesis-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#19
Rosaliana Libro, Placido Bramanti, Emanuela Mazzon
Endogenous glucocorticoids (eGCs) are steroid hormones with a wide spectrum of physiological effects. However, enhanced basal eGCs levels have been observed in patients affected by Alzheimer's disease (AD) and they have been correlated with dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis, hippocampal degeneration and reduced cognitive/memory performance. Therefore, it has been proposed that elevated concentration of eGCs might have a role in AD pathogenesis. AD is the most common form of dementia, characterized by the pathological accumulation of two proteins: the Amyloid Beta (Aβ) and the microtubule-associated protein tau in the neurons of the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex...
February 15, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450265/construct-and-face-validity-of-a-new-model-for-the-three-hit-theory-of-depression-using-pacap-mutant-mice-on-cd1-background
#20
József Farkas, László Á Kovács, László Gáspár, Anna Nafz, Tamás Gaszner, Balázs Ujvári, Viktória Kormos, Valér Csernus, Hitoshi Hashimoto, Dóra Reglődi, Balázs Gaszner
Major depression is a common cause of chronic disability. Despite decades of efforts, no equivocally accepted animal model is available for studying depression. We tested the validity of a new model based on the three-hit concept of vulnerability and resilience. Genetic predisposition (hit 1, mutation of pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide, PACAP gene), early-life adversity (hit 2, 180-min maternal deprivation, MD180) and chronic variable mild stress (hit 3, CVMS) were combined. Physical, endocrinological, behavioral and functional morphological tools were used to validate the model...
April 25, 2017: Neuroscience
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