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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438699/cryptic-diversity-in-amazonian-frogs-integrative-taxonomy-of-the-genus-anomaloglossus-amphibia-anura-aromobatidae-reveals-a-unique-case-of-diversification-within-the-guiana-shield
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Jean-Pierre Vacher, Philippe J R Kok, Miguel T Rodrigues, Jucivaldo Dias Lima, Andy Lorenzini, Quentin Martinez, Manon Fallet, Elodie A Courtois, Michel Blanc, Philippe Gaucher, Maël Dewynter, Rawien Jairam, Paul Ouboter, Christophe Thébaud, Antoine Fouquet
Lack of resolution on species boundaries and distribution can hamper inferences in many fields of biology, notably biogeography and conservation biology. This is particularly true in megadiverse and under-surveyed regions such as Amazonia, where species richness remains vastly underestimated. Recently, integrative approaches using a combination of phenotypic and molecular phylogenetics evidence have proved extremely successful in reducing knowledge gaps, especially in animal groups displaying high levels of cryptic diversity like amphibians...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434943/epigenetic-pathways-in-human-disease-the-impact-of-dna-methylation-on-stress-related-pathogenesis-and-current-challenges-in-biomarker-development
#2
M Austin Argentieri, Sairaman Nagarajan, Bobak Seddighzadeh, Andrea A Baccarelli, Alexandra E Shields
HPA axis genes implicated in glucocorticoid regulation play an important role in regulating the physiological impact of social and environmental stress, and have become a focal point for investigating the role of glucocorticoid regulation in the etiology of disease. We conducted a systematic review to critically assess the full range of clinical associations that have been reported in relation to DNA methylation of CRH, CRH-R1/2, CRH-BP, AVP, POMC, ACTH, ACTH-R, NR3C1, FKBP5, and HSD11β1/2 genes in adults...
April 4, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429261/localization-of-the-dopamine-receptors-of-types-1-and-2-on-the-bodies-of-pomc-expressing-neurons-of-the-arcuate-nucleus-of-the-hypothalamus-in-mice-and-rats
#3
I V Romanova, A L Mikhrina, A O Shpakov
Using immunofluorescent techniques, we have demonstrated the presence of two main types of dopamine receptors, D1 and D2, on the bodies of neurons of the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus expressing the precursor of peptides of the melanocortin family proopiomelanocortin in C57Bl/6J mice and Wistar rats. These data show close functional relationship between the dopamine and melanocortin systems of the brain and involvement of dopamine in the control of synthesis and secretion of peptides of the melanocortin family...
January 2017: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427776/autoantibody-biomarkers-for-the-detection-of-serous-ovarian-cancer
#4
Benjamin A Katchman, Diego Chowell, Garrick Wallstrom, Allison F Vitonis, Joshua LaBaer, Daniel W Cramer, Karen S Anderson
Objective The purpose of this study was to identify a panel of novel serum tumor antigen-associated autoantibody (TAAb) biomarkers for the diagnosis of high-grade serous ovarian cancer. METHODS: To detect TAAb we probed high-density programmable protein microarrays (NAPPA) containing 10,247 antigens with sera from patients with serous ovarian cancer (n=30 cases/30 healthy controls) and measured bound IgG. We identified 735 promising tumor antigens and evaluated these with an independent set of serous ovarian cancer sera (n=30 cases/30 benign disease controls/30 healthy controls)...
April 17, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424580/the-role-of-microrna-in-the-modulation-of-the-melanocortinergic-system
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Adel Derghal, Mehdi Djelloul, Jérôme Trouslard, Lourdes Mounien
The central control of energy balance involves a highly regulated neuronal network within the hypothalamus and the dorsal vagal complex. In these structures, pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons are known to reduce meal size and to increase energy expenditure. In addition, leptin, a peripheral signal that relays information regarding body fat content, modulates the activity of melanocortin pathway neurons including POMC-, Agouti-related peptide (AgRP)/Neuropeptide Y (NPY)-, melanocortin receptors (MC3R and MC4R)-expressing neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420709/thermal-imprinting-modifies-adult-stress-and-innate-immune-responsiveness-in-the-teleost-sea-bream
#6
Ana Patrícia Mateus, Rita Costa, João C R Cardoso, Karl B Andree, Alicia Estévez, Enric Gisbert, Deborah M Power
The impact of thermal imprinting during development on the plasticity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal (HPI) axis and stress response in an adult ectotherm, the gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata, L.), was assessed. Fish were reared under 4 thermal regimes and the resulting adults exposed to acute confinement stress and plasma cortisol levels and genes of the HPI axis monitored. Changes in immune function, a common result of stress, was also evaluated using histomorphometric measurements of melano-macrophages centres (MMCs) in the head kidney and by monitoring macrophage related transcripts...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407740/mu-opioid-receptor-and-delta-opioid-receptor-differentially-regulate-microglial-inflammatory-response-to-control-proopiomelanocortin-neuronal-apoptosis-in-the-hypothalamus-effects-of-neonatal-alcohol
#7
Pallavi Shrivastava, Miguel A Cabrera, Lucy G Chastain, Nadka I Boyadjieva, Shaima Jabbar, Tina Franklin, Dipak K Sarkar
BACKGROUND: Opioid receptors are known to control neurotransmission of various peptidergic neurons, but their potential role in regulation of microglia and neuronal cell communications is unknown. We investigated the role of mu-opioid receptors (MOR) and delta-opioid receptors (DOR) on microglia in the regulation of apoptosis in proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons induced by neonatal ethanol in the hypothalamus. METHODS: Neonatal rat pups were fed a milk formula containing ethanol or control diets between postnatal days 2-6...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406939/role-of-neurod1-on-the-negative-regulation-of-pomc-expression-by-glucocorticoid
#8
Rehana Parvin, Akiko Saito-Hakoda, Hiroki Shimada, Kyoko Shimizu, Erika Noro, Yasumasa Iwasaki, Ken Fujiwara, Atsushi Yokoyama, Akira Sugawara
The mechanism of the negative regulation of proopiomelanocortin gene (Pomc) by glucocorticoids (Gcs) is still unclear in many points. Here, we demonstrated the involvement of neurogenic differentiation factor 1 (NeuroD1) in the Gc-mediated negative regulation of Pomc. Murine pituitary adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) producing corticotroph tumor-derived AtT20 cells were treated with dexamethasone (DEX) (1-100 nM) and cultured for 24 hrs. Thereafter, Pomc mRNA expression was studied by quantitative real-time PCR and rat Pomc promoter (-703/+58) activity was examined by luciferase assay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403939/melanocortin-4-receptor-is-not-required-for-estrogenic-regulations-on-energy-homeostasis-and-reproduction
#9
Pingwen Xu, Liangru Zhu, Kenji Saito, Yongjie Yang, Chunmei Wang, Yanlin He, Xiaofeng Yan, Ilirjana Hyseni, Qingchun Tong, Yong Xu
BACKGROUND: Brain estrogen receptor-α (ERα) is essential for estrogenic regulation of energy homeostasis and reproduction. We previously showed that ERα expressed by pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons mediates estrogen's effects on food intake, body weight, negative regulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis (HPG axis) and fertility. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: We report here that global deletion of a key downstream receptor for POMC peptide, the melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R), did not affect normal negative feedback regulation of estrogen on the HPG axis, estrous cyclicity and female fertility...
May 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403520/study-of-gene-expression-alteration-in-male-androgenetic-alopecia-evidence-of-predominant-molecular-signaling-pathways
#10
L Michel, P Reygagne, P Benech, F Jean-Louis, S Scalvino, S Ly Ka So, Z Hamidou, S Bianovici, J Pouch, B Ducos, M Bonnet, A Bensussan, A Patatian, E Lati, J Wdzieczak-Bakala, J-C Choulot, E Loing, M Hocquaux
BACKGROUND: Male androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is the most common form of hair loss in men and is characterized by a distinct pattern of progressive hair loss starting from the frontal area and the vertex of the scalp. Although several genetic risk loci have been identified, relevant genes for AGA remain to be defined. OBJECTIVES: Herein, molecular biomarkers associated with premature AGA were identified through gene expression analysis using cDNA generated from scalp vertex biopsies of hairless/bald men with premature AGA and healthy volunteers...
April 12, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385803/insulin-receptor-signaling-in-pomc-but-not-agrp-neurons-controls-adipose-tissue-insulin-action
#11
Andrew C Shin, Nika Filatova, Claudia Lindtner, Tiffany Chi, Seta Degann, Douglas Oberlin, Christoph Buettner
Insulin is a key regulator of adipose tissue lipolysis and impaired adipose tissue insulin action results in unrestrained lipolysis and lipotoxicity, which are hallmarks of the metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Insulin regulates adipose tissue metabolism through direct effects on adipocytes and through signaling in the CNS by dampening sympathetic outflow to the adipose tissue. Here we examined the role of insulin signaling in agouti-related protein (AgRP) and pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons in regulating both hepatic and adipose tissue insulin action...
April 6, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382689/p53-regulates-erk1-2-creb-cascade-via-a-novel-sash1-map2k2-crosstalk-to-induce-hyperpigmentation
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Ding'an Zhou, Zhongshu Kuang, Xing Zeng, Ke Wang, Jiangshu Ma, Huangchao Luo, Mei Chen, Yan Li, Jiawei Zeng, Shu Li, Fujun Luan, Yong He, Hongying Dai, Beizhong Liu, Hui Li, Lin He, Qinghe Xing
We previously reported that three point mutations in SASH1 and mutated SASH1 promote melanocyte migration in dyschromatosis universalis hereditaria (DUH) and a novel p53/POMC/Gαs/SASH1 autoregulatory positive feedback loop is regulated by SASH1 mutations to induce pathological hyperpigmentation phenotype. However, the underlying mechanism of molecular regulation to cause this hyperpigmentation disorder still remains unclear. In this study, we aimed to investigate the molecular mechanism undergirding hyperpigmentation in the dyschromatosis disorder...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381807/evaluation-of-the-effects-and-mechanism-of-l-citrulline-on-anti-obesity-by-appetite-suppression-in-obese-diabetic-kk-ay-mice-and-high-fat-diet-fed-sd-rats
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Maya Kudo, Hisae Yoshitomi, Maki Momoo, Shiori Suguro, Yoshie Yamagishi, Ming Gao
L-Citrulline (L-Cit), a free amino acid from watermelon, has effects on hypertension and anti-oxidization; however, there are few reports of effects related to obesity. This study investigated the effects and mechanism of L-Cit on anti-obesity in obese/diabetic KK-Ay mice and high-fat diet fed Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. L-Cit induced significant reduction of food intake, body weight and fat tissue mass in obese/diabetic KK-Ay mice. Moreover, blood glucose level did not change but free fatty acid level and serum insulin level were significantly decreased by treatment with L-Cit, suggesting that L-Cit improved glucose and fatty metabolism in obesity model mice...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378841/%C3%AE-msh-and-melanocortin-receptors-at-early-ontogeny-in-european-sea-bass-dicentrarchus-labrax-l
#14
A Tsalafouta, M Gorissen, T N M Pelgrim, N Papandroulakis, G Flik, M Pavlidis
Temporal patterns of whole-body α-MSH concentrations and of transcripts of melanocortin receptors during early development as well as the endocrine response (α-MSH, cortisol, MCR mRNAs) to stress at the end of the larval period were characterized in Dicentrarchus labrax. Immunohistochemistry showed α-MSH positive cells in the pituitary pars intermedia in all stages examined. As development proceeds, α-MSH content gradually increases; mRNA levels of mc2r and mc4r remain low until first feeding where peak values are observed...
April 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377240/next-generation-sequencing-of-the-monogenic-obesity-genes-lep-lepr-mc4r-pcsk1-and-pomc-in-a-norwegian-cohort-of-patients-with-morbid-obesity-and-normal-weight-controls
#15
Gry B N Nordang, Øyvind L Busk, Kristian Tveten, Hans Ivar Hanevik, Anne Kristin M Fell, Jøran Hjelmesæth, Øystein L Holla, Jens K Hertel
BACKGROUND: Rare sequence variants in at least five genes are known to cause monogenic obesity. In this study we aimed to investigate the prevalence of, and characterize, rare coding and splice site variants in LEP, LEPR, MC4R, PCSK1 and POMC in patients with morbid obesity and normal weight controls. METHOD: Targeted next-generation sequencing of all exons in LEP, LEPR, MC4R, PCSK1 and POMC was performed in 485 patients with morbid obesity and 327 normal weight population-based controls from Norway...
March 29, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372260/preliminary-investigation-for-effects-of-hypothalamic-leptin-ghrelin-and-arcuate-nucleus-pro-opiomelanocortin-system-on-regulation-of-high-altitude-acclimatization
#16
Yong-Nian Liu, Qi-Sheng Ma, Qiong Wu
This study aims to investigate the mechanism of hypothalamic Leptin/Ghrelin and arcuate nucleus pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) system in the regulation of high-altitude acclimatization. SD rats (male) were divided into two groups and separately fed at the 2260m and 4700m altitude. Tow groups contained 5 small groups separately, including 1 d, 3 d, 7 d, 15 d and 30 d, and 8 rats in each group. Blood, cerebrospinal fluid and tissues were taken at setting time. Leptin and Ghrelin were detected by using radioactivity immuno-assay...
March 30, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371364/muscarinic-receptors-mediate-the-endocrine-disrupting-effects-of-an-organophosphorus-insecticide-in-zebrafish
#17
João Gabriel Santos da Rosa, Heloísa Helena de Alcântara Barcellos, Michele Fagundes, Cristiane Variani, Mainara Rossini, Fabiana Kalichak, Gessi Koakoski, Thiago Acosta Oliveira, Renan Idalencio, Rafael Frandoloso, Angelo L Piato, Leonardo José Gil Barcellos
The glucocorticoid cortisol, the end product of hypothalamus-pituitary-interrenal axis in zebrafish (Danio rerio), is synthesized via steroidogenesis and promotes important physiological regulations in response to a stressor. The failure of this axis leads to inability to cope with environmental challenges preventing adaptive processes in order to restore homeostasis. Pesticides and agrichemicals are widely used, and may constitute an important class of environmental pollutants when reach aquatic ecosystems and nontarget species...
April 3, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371026/interaction-and-developmental-activation-of-two-neuroendocrine-systems-that-regulate-light-mediated-skin-pigmentation
#18
Gabriel E Bertolesi, Yi Nong Song, Karen Atkinson-Leadbeater, Jung-Lynn Jonathan Yang, Sarah McFarlane
Lower vertebrates use rapid light-regulated changes in skin colour for camouflage (background adaptation) or during circadian variation in irradiance levels. Two neuroendocrine systems, the eye/alpha melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) and the pineal complex/melatonin circuits, regulate the process through their respective dispersion and aggregation of pigment granules (melanosomes) in skin melanophores. During development, Xenopus laevis tadpoles raised on a black background or in the dark perceive less light sensed by the eye and darken in response to increased α-MSH secretion...
March 30, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369266/klinefelter-syndrome-comorbidities-linked-to-increased-x-chromosome-gene-dosage-and-altered-protein-interactome-activity
#19
Kirstine Belling, Francesco Russo, Anders B Jensen, Marlene D Dalgaard, David Westergaard, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts, Niels E Skakkebæk, Anders Juul, Søren Brunak
Klinefelter syndrome (KS) (47,XXY) is the most common male sex chromosome aneuploidy. Diagnosis and clinical supervision remain a challenge due to varying phenotypic presentation and insufficient characterization of the syndrome. Here we combine health data-driven epidemiology and molecular level systems biology to improve the understanding of KS and the molecular interplay influencing its comorbidities. In total, 78 overrepresented KS comorbidities were identified using in- and out-patient registry data from the entire Danish population covering 6...
April 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358856/dexmedetomidine-ameliorates-muscle-wasting-and-attenuates-the-alteration-of-hypothalamic-neuropeptides-and-inflammation-in-endotoxemic-rats
#20
Minhua Cheng, Tao Gao, Fengchan Xi, Chun Cao, Yan Chen, Chenyan Zhao, Qiurong Li, Wenkui Yu
Dexmedetomidine is generally used for sedaton in critically ill, it could shorten duration of mechanical ventilation, ICU stay and lower basic metabolism. However, the exact mechanism of these positive effects remains unkown. Here we investigated the hypothesis that dexmedetomidine could ameliorate muscle wasting in endotoxemic rats and whether it was related to hypothalamic neuropeptides alteration and inflammation. Fourty-eight adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were intraperitoneally injected with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (5 mg/kg) or saline, followed by 50 μg/kg dexmedetomidine or saline administration via the femoral vein catheter (infusion at 5 μg·kg-1·hr-1)...
2017: PloS One
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