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Duncan C Gilbert, Trinh Duong, Howard G Kynaston, Abdulla A Alhasso, Fay H Cafferty, Stuart D Rosen, Subramanian Kanaga-Sundaram, Sanjay Dixit, Marc Laniado, Sanjeev Madaan, Gerald Collins, Alvan Pope, Andrew Welland, Matthew Nankivell, Richard Wassersug, Mahesh Kb Parmar, Ruth E Langley, Paul D Abel
OBJECTIVES: To compare quality of life (QoL) outcomes at 6 months between men with advanced prostate cancer (PCa) receiving either transdermal oestradiol (tE2) or LHRH agonists (LHRHa) for androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Men with locally advanced or metastatic PCa participating in an ongoing randomised, multi-centre UK trial comparing tE2 versus LHRHa for ADT were enrolled into a QoL sub-study. tE2 was delivered via 3 or 4 transcutaneous patches containing 100mcg of oestradiol/24 hours...
October 18, 2016: BJU International
J E Skjaeraasen, J A Devine, J A Godiksen, M Fonn, H OtterÅ, O S Kjesbu, B Norberg, Ø Langangen, Ø Karlsen
Wild caught North Sea saithe Pollachius virens were monitored for growth, sex steroid profiles and oocyte development pre-spawning and measured for egg size and group fecundity during the spawning season in the laboratory. Vitellogenesis commenced in late October-early November, at a leading cohort size (CL ) of c. 250 µm, after which oocytes grew rapidly in size until spawning started in February. Notably, a distinct cortical alveoli stage was virtually absent with yolk granules observed in developing oocytes at the very beginning of vitellogenesis...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
Frédérique Albarel, Jeanne Perrin, Margaux Jegaden, Florence Roucher-Boulez, Rachel Reynaud, Thierry Brue, Blandine Courbiere
Steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR) mutations are the most frequent aetiologies of congenital lipoid adrenal hyperplasia (CLAH). Phenotypes may vary, and puberty may be absent in affected individuals. To date, only two pregnancies have been described in 46,XX CLAH patients with StAR mutations; these patients exhibited ovarian steroidogenesis along with spontaneous puberty and menarche and normal menses. The patient described here presented with CLAH caused by the homozygous (unreported, 1 bp) deletion c...
October 3, 2016: Human Reproduction
Caroline Wilson, Hannah Brown, Ingunn Holen
Multiple factors influence the survival of disseminated breast tumour cells (DTCs) in bone. Whilst gene signature studies have identified genes that predict a propensity of tumours to metastasise to bone, the bone environment is key in determining the fate of these tumour cells. Breast cancer cells locate to specific niches within the bone that support their survival, regulated by host factors within the bone microenvironment including bone cells, cells of the bone micro vasculature, immune cells and the extracellular matrix...
September 29, 2016: Endocrine-related Cancer
Sanja Mandic, Juergen Kratzsch, Dario Mandic, Zeljko Debeljak, Iva Lukic, Vesna Horvat, Alexander Gaudl, Vatroslav Seric
In this study we present a case of falsely elevated oestradiol (E2) concentration, determined by two immunoassays, in a breast cancer patient receiving exemestane therapy. The positive bias of immunochemical measurements was revealed using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) which showed undetectable E2 concentration. The discrepancy is expected to be a consequence of the structural resemblance of E2 and exemestane sharing the same steroidal backbone. Inaccurate laboratory findings in therapy monitoring, as in this case, may lead to unnecessary changes of therapy...
September 28, 2016: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
Naglaa F Khedr
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder and has a profound impact on women's reproductive health. This study aimed to investigate the protective effect of a mixture of fish oil (FO) and wheat-germ oil (WGO) on ovarian dysfunction in diabetic rats. Female Albino rats were divided into control, diabetic and FO-WGO-diabetic groups. Diabetes was induced by intraperitoneal injection of 65mgkg-1 streptozotocin (STZ). Three weeks later, rats were given oral supplement of 0.4gkg-1 oil mix (1000mg FO+100mg WGO) daily for 3 weeks...
September 28, 2016: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Albert Stuart Reece, Mervyn Rees Thomas, Amanda Norman, Gary Kenneth Hulse
Whilst disturbances of female reproductive hormones and function are commonplace in opioid dependence, their pathophysiological interrelationships are not well understood. Hormonal levels in females were compared in 77 opioid dependent patients (ODP) and 148 medical controls (MC) including 205 and 364 repeat studies. Significant changes in FSH, LH, oestradiol, testosterone and SBG were noted including power functions with age. The FSH/LH was lower in ODP (P=0.0150) and the ratio inversion point occurred at 28...
September 20, 2016: Reproductive Toxicology
Georgios Christopoulos, Antonios Vlismas, Anna Carby, Stuart Lavery, Geoffrey Trew
A retrospective, cohort study of high-risk patients undergoing IVF treatment was performed to assess if there is a difference in clinical pregnancy rate, live birth rate and the incidence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, when a GnRH agonist (GnRHa) trigger with intensive luteal support is compared to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) with standard luteal support. The control group consisted of 382 high-risk patients having a GnRH antagonist protocol with 194 receiving an hCG trigger. All patients had ≥18 follicles ≥11mm or serum oestradiol >18,000pmol/l on the day of trigger...
September 2016: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
F J Schaefer, B Hermelink, P Husmann, W Meeus, J Adriaen, S Wuertz
A rearing experiment was conducted to test whether temperature protocols that differed from a simulation of natural conditions might induce maturation after isothermal grow-out in burbot Lota lota. Lota lota were acclimated to two different temperature regimes: low temperature (LT), close to natural temperature at 4·0° C and elevated, high temperature (HT) at 8·5° C over 40 and 27 days respectively, with all fish then wintered for 47 days. Every second fish was treated with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogue...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
Cristina Lemini, María Estela Avila, Martha Medina, Carlos Sánchez, Alejandra Figueroa, Juana García-Mondragón, Arsenio Vargas-Vázquez, Alejandro Jiménez-Orozco
The 17β-aminoestrogens (AEs) prolame, butolame and pentolame are weakly oestrogenic in rodents and display anticoagulant properties in contrast to oestradiol (E2 ) which presents procoagulant effects, potentially thrombogenic. They possess anti-anxiety and anti-depressive properties, being good candidates for menopausal hormone therapy. Their capability to induce proliferation of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells, which proliferative rate depends on oestrogens, has not been explored; thus, the aim of this work was to characterize it...
September 16, 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Robert J A H Eendebak, Ilpo Huhtaniemi, Stephen R Pye, Tomas Brian Ahern, Terence W O'Neill, Gyorgy Bartfai, Felipe F Casanueva, Mario Maggi, Gianni Forti, Robert D Alston, Aleksander Giwercman, Thang S Han, Krzysztof Kula, Mike Lean, Margus Punab, Neil Pendleton, Brian Keevil, Dirk Vanderschueren, Martin Kenneth Rutter, Gindo Tampubolon, Royston Goodacre, Fredrick C W Wu
CONTEXT: The Androgen Receptor (AR) gene exon 1 CAG repeat length has been proposed to be a determinant of between-individual variations in androgen action in target tissues, which might regulate phenotypic differences of human ageing. However, findings on its phenotypic effects are inconclusive. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether the AR CAG repeat length is associated with longitudinal changes in endpoints which are influenced by testosterone (T) levels in middle-aged and elderly European men...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Endocrinology
Tatiane Vilhena-Franco, André Souza Mecawi, Lucila Leico Kagohara Elias, José Antunes-Rodrigues
Water deprivation (WD) induces changes in plasma volume and osmolality, which in turn activate several responses, including thirst, the activation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and vasopressin (AVP) and oxytocin (OT) secretion. These systems seem to be influenced by oestradiol, as evidenced by the expression of its receptor in brain areas that control fluid balance. Thus, we investigated the effects of oestradiol treatment on behavioural and neuroendocrine changes of ovariectomized rats in response to WD...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Samuel Santos-Ribeiro, Nikolaos P Polyzos, Vuong Thi Ngoc Lan, Johannie Siffain, Shari Mackens, Lisbet Van Landuyt, Herman Tournaye, Christophe Blockeel
STUDY QUESTION: Does the timing of the first frozen embryo transfer (FET) after gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist triggering with the elective cryopreservation of all embryos affect pregnancy outcome? SUMMARY ANSWER: FETs performed immediately after a freeze-all cycle did not vary significantly from delayed FETs in terms of pregnancy rates. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: As interest in, and use of, the freeze-all strategy expands in the field of reproductive medicine, the optimal timing to perform the subsequent FET has become increasingly important...
September 8, 2016: Human Reproduction
Xue Zhang, Li-Juan Fu, Xue-Qing Liu, Zhuo-Ying Hu, Yu Jiang, Ru-Fei Gao, Qian Feng, Xi Lan, Yan-Qing Geng, Xue-Mei Chen, Jun-Lin He, Ying-Xiong Wang, Yu-Bin Ding
STUDY QUESTION: Does nm23 have functional significance in decidualization in mice and humans? SUMMARY ANSWER: nm23 affects decidualization via the phosphoinositide 3 kinase/mammalian target of rapamycin (PI3K-Akt-mTOR) signaling pathways in mouse endometrial stromal cells (ESCs; mESCs) and human ESCs. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The function of nm23 in suppressing metastasis has been demonstrated in a variety of cancer types. nm23 also participates in the control of DNA replication and cell proliferation and differentiation...
October 2016: Human Reproduction
Katelyn L Black, Christine F Witty, Jill M Daniel
Ovariectomized rats that received previous administration of oestradiol in midlife display enhanced cognition and increased hippocampal levels of oestrogen receptor alpha (ERα) months after oestradiol treatment ended as compared to ovariectomized controls. Objectives of the current work were to investigate mechanisms by which ERα levels are maintained following midlife oestradiol exposure and the role of ERα in memory in aging females in the absence of circuiting oestrogens. Unliganded ERα has increased interaction with the ubiquitin ligase, C terminus of Hsc-70 interacting protein (CHIP) leading to increased degradation of the receptor...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
Gamze Guney Eskiler, Gulsah Cecener, Berrin Tunca, Unal Egeli
The development of resistance to tamoxifen (Tam) remains a challenging clinical problem for ER+ breast cancer patients. To understand the mechanisms underlying of resistance, previous studies have driven the acquisition of Tam resistance by exposing cells to varying concentration of drug for varying lengths of time. However, a detailed protocol for the establishment of Tam-resistant cells remains to be clarified. In the present study, we aimed to determine and compare the effect of different in vitro protocols on the degree of resistance to 4-hydroxytamoxifen (4-OH Tam) for MCF7 cells...
September 1, 2016: Cell Biology and Toxicology
Anne Lethaby, Reuben Olugbenga Ayeleke, Helen Roberts
BACKGROUND: Vaginal atrophy is a frequent complaint of postmenopausal women; symptoms include vaginal dryness, itching, discomfort and painful intercourse. Systemic treatment for these symptoms in the form of oral hormone replacement therapy is not always necessary. An alternative choice is oestrogenic preparations administered vaginally (in the form of creams, pessaries, tablets and the oestradiol-releasing ring). This is an update of a Chochrane systematic review; the original version was first published in October 2006...
August 31, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Ganfeng Luo, Yanting Zhang, Li Wang, Yuanwei Huang, Qiuyan Yu, Pi Guo, Ke Li
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide in females. Sex hormones may play a protective effect in CRC pathogenesis. Ovarian sex steroid levels are reduced in premenopausal women after hysterectomy. Prospective studies have revealed an 80% decrease in serum oestradiol levels after bilateral oophorectomy in premenopausal women. We aimed to elucidate the relationship between hysterectomy or oophorectomy and risk of CRC. METHODS: We estimated relative risk (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) with the meta-analysis...
August 25, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Jia Jia, Jinhai Gou, Xia Zhao, Tao Yi, Zhengyu Li
It is known that apolipoprotein A1 (apoA1) is a stimulator of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), and that heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein E1 (hnRNP-E1)-containing RNP complexes is a key protector of basal stabilization of eNOS mRNA. Recently, we found that apoA1 and hnRNP-E1 were up-regulated during peri-implantation period, and the purpose of this study was to explore the roles of apoA1 and hnRNP-E1 during this period in the mouse. It was found that the up-regulation of apoA1 and hnRNP-E1 were dependent on the presence and status of blastocysts, on endometrial decidualization and on the progesterone and 17β-oestradiol status...
August 18, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
B K Behera, C G Sharma, S K Singh, H Kumar, R K Chaudhari, A S Mahla, G K Das, N Krishnaswamy
In this study, alteration in the follicular fluid composition and luteal function was investigated in the buffalo with endometritis. Genitalia were classified into cytological and purulent endometritis on the basis of polymorphonuclear cell cut off while non-endometritis served as control (n = 10/group). In the follicular phase, the number of surface follicles was counted, diameter of the largest follicle was measured and the follicular fluid was assayed for total protein, cholesterol, malondialdehyde (MDA), total antioxidant capacity (TAC), oestradiol (E2 ) and progesterone (P4 )...
October 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
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