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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213302/disrupting-effects-of-azocyclotin-to-the-hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal-axis-and-reproduction-of-xenopus-laevis
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Shuying Li, Meng Li, Wenjun Gui, Qiangwei Wang, Guonian Zhu
Over the past few decades, the hazards associated with the extensive use of organictin compounds have become an issue of extreme concern, while at present the effects of these substances on amphibians remain poorly understood. In the present study, we chose azocyclotin, one of common use acaricides in China. We focused on sexual development and steroidogenesis disrupting effects of azocyclotin in the Xenopus laevis. Tadpoles were exposed to azocyclotin (0.05 and 0.5μg/L) for long-term (4 months) study. Results showed that exposure to azocyclotin caused developmental toxicity, including decreased survival, body weight, body length, gonadosomatic index, hepatosomatic index and female phenotype...
February 8, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197193/chinese-herbal-medicine-yougui-pill-reduces-exogenous-glucocorticoid-induced-apoptosis-in-anterior-pituitary-cells
#2
Yong-Zhi Ji, Long Geng, Hong-Bo Zhou, Hua-Chen Wei, Hong-Duo Chen
Long-term glucocorticoid use may result in sustained suppression of one or more secreted components from the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis, and often results in apoptosis. Yougui Pill (YGP), a 10-component traditional Chinese herbal medicine, has been shown to be clinically effective for glucocorticoid-induced suppression of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis. However, the pharmacological and molecular mechanisms remain unclear. We hypothesized that YGP would exert an anti-apoptosis effect on dexamethasone-treated anterior pituitary cells...
December 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191860/hypothalamic-damage-in-multiple-sclerosis-correlates-with-disease-activity-disability-depression-and-fatigue
#3
E Kantorová, H Poláček, M Bittšanský, E Baranovičová, P Hnilicová, D Čierny, Š Sivák, V Nosáľ, K Zeleňák, E Kurča
OBJECTIVES: Disturbances in the hypothalamo-pituitary axis are supposed to modulate activity of multiple sclerosis (MS). We hypothesised that the extent of HYP damage may determine severity of MS and may be associated with the disease evolution. We suggested fatigue and depression may depend on the degree of damage of the area. METHOD: 33 MS patients with relapsing-remitting and secondary progressive disease, and 24 age and sex-related healthy individuals (CON) underwent 1H-MR spectroscopy (1H-MRS) of the hypothalamus...
February 13, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179107/pro-inflammatory-immune-to-brain-signaling-is-involved-in-neuroendocrine-responses-to-acute-emotional-stress
#4
Jordi Serrats, Jan-Sebastian Grigoleit, Elena Alvarez-Salas, Paul E Sawchenko
Activation of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis by inflammatory stressors (e.g., bacterial lipopolysaccharide) is thought to involve vascular transduction of circulating cytokines, with perivascular macrophages (PVMs) along with endothelia, effecting activation of HPA control circuitry via inducible (cyclooxygenase-2- or COX-2- dependent) prostaglandin synthesis. To test the stressor-specificity of this mechanism, we examined whether ablation of PVMs or pharmacologic blockade of COX activity affected HPA responses to a representative emotional stressor, restraint...
February 4, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178768/distribution-of-endomorphin-like-immunoreactive-neurones-in-the-brain-of-the-cichlid-fish-oreochromis-mossambicus
#5
Vijayalaxmi, C B Ganesh
Endomorphins are tetrapeptides involved in pain and neuroendocrine responses with high affinity for mu opioid receptors in mammals. In the present investigation, we studied the distribution of endomorphin-like-immunoreactive (EM-L-ir) neurones in the brain of the cichlid fish Oreochromis mossambicus. Application of antisera against endomorphin 1 and 2 (EM-1-2) revealed the presence of EM-L-ir somata and fibres throughout the different subdivisions of the olfactory bulb such as the olfactory nerve layer and the granule cell layer...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145008/kisspeptin-a-new-peptidergic-system-regulating-oxytocin-neurons-and-their-reproductive-plasticity-in-the-hypothalamo-neurohypophysial-system
#6
William E Armstrong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137650/functional-evidence-that-the-nucleus-of-the-hippocampal-commissure-shows-an-earlier-activation-from-a-stressor-than-the-paraventricular-nucleus-implication-of-an-additional-structural-component-of-the-avian-hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal-axis
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Gurueswar Nagarajan, Seong W Kang, Wayne J Kuenzel
Despite extensive data addressing the regulation of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in vertebrates, the neuroendocrine regulation of stress in birds remains incomplete. The paraventricular nucleus (PVN) contains the key neuropeptides, corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) and arginine vasotocin (AVT), containing neurons. However, another population of CRH neurons was recently identified in a septal nucleus called the nucleus of the hippocampal commissure (NHpC). Therefore, the current study investigated changes in gene expression of CRH and AVT in the PVN and CRH in the NHpC, as well as changes in plasma corticosterone concentrations following a stressor, food deprivation...
January 27, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111094/peri-pubertal-high-caffeine-exposure-increases-ovarian-estradiol-production-in-immature-rats
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Yoojin Kwak, Hyeonhae Choi, Jaeman Bae, Yun-Young Choi, Jaesook Roh
Chronic caffeine consumption exerts a negligible effect on the reproductive organs of normal adult females, but it is not known whether this is also true for children and adolescents. Here, we investigated the effects of high caffeine exposure on sexual maturation and ovarian estradiol production in immature female rats. Immature female SD rats were divided into controls and caffeine groups fed 120 and 180mg/kg/day for 4 or 8 weeks. There was a significant delay in vaginal opening in the caffeine-fed groups...
January 19, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051939/ecologically-relevant-cooling-early-in-life-alters-prefledging-adrenocortical-response-in-free-living-songbirds
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Sharon E Lynn, Michael D Kern
In vertebrates, exposure to stressful stimuli early in development may alter the activity of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, with the potential for fitness consequences later in life. For altricial species, whose young rely on their parents for food, warmth, and protection from predators, adult behavior can modify the impact of some stressors on their offspring after birth or hatching. We have shown that single bouts of cooling that normally occur when brooding females leave the nest elevate corticosterone secretion in very young free-living eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis) chicks...
January 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043861/the-importance-of-the-hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal-axis-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-anorexia-nervosa
#10
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Rami Bou Khalil, Lama Souaiby, Nassim Farès
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder, mainly affecting women, with a lifetime prevalence of about 1%, that can run a chronic course. While an effective pharmacotherapy is lacking, it is hypothesized that the progesterone and type II glucocorticoid receptor antagonist mifepristone (RU486) might be useful, as it is well known that the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) is activated in AN. Even if secondary to the eating disorder, an active HPA axis may contribute to maintaining the neuroendocrine, emotional and behavioral effects observed in AN...
December 30, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024269/aromatase-changes-in-depression-a-postmortem-and-animal-experimental-study
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Juan-Li Wu, Yang He, Radovan Hrubý, Rawien Balesar, Yang-Jian Qi, Lei Guo, Zhong Ren, Qiong-Bin Zhu, Man-Li Huang, Dick F Swaab, Ai-Min Bao
A hyperactive hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is a prominent feature in depression. It has been shown that androgens inhibit HPA activity and that estrogens stimulate it. We have therefore investigated, in human postmortem hypothalamus, whether depression features an increase in aromatase, which is the rate-limiting enzyme for the conversion of androgens to estrogens. In addition, we have tested the effect of an aromatase inhibitor on depression-like symptoms in a frequently used animal model for depression...
November 30, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012292/behavioral-and-physiological-consequences-of-enrichment-loss-in-rats
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Brittany L Smith, Carey E Lyons, Fernanda Guilhaume Correa, Stephen C Benoit, Brent Myers, Matia B Solomon, James P Herman
Significant loss produces the highest degree of stress and compromised well-being in humans. Current rodent models of stress involve the application of physically or psychologically aversive stimuli, but do not address the concept of loss. We developed a rodent model for significant loss, involving removal of long-term access to a rewarding enriched environment. Our results indicate that removal from environmental enrichment produces a profound behavioral and physiological phenotype with depression-like qualities, including helplessness behavior, hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical axis dysregulation and overeating...
December 2, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007534/fkbp5-polymorphism-is-associated-with-insulin-resistance-in-children-and-adolescents-with-obesity
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Marta Fichna, Izabela Krzyśko-Pieczka, Magdalena Żurawek, Bogda Skowrońska, Danuta Januszkiewicz-Lewandowska, Piotr Fichna
OBJECTIVE: Since metabolic syndrome shares several clinical features with hypercortisolism, it was hypothesised that genes altering individual glucocorticoid (GC) sensitivity might be implicated in pathogenesis of obesity and its adverse outcomes. FKBP5 gene encodes a chaperon protein in the GC receptor (GR) complex, which modulates steroid action upon target genes. Its functional variant, rs1360780, may enhance FKBP5 gene transcription, affect GR signalling and thereby influence the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis...
December 19, 2016: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999963/identification-of-an-endocannabinoid-system-in-the-rat-pars-tuberalis-a-possible-interface-in-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-system
#14
Arsalan Jafarpour, Faramarz Dehghani, Horst-Werner Korf
Endocannabinoids (ECs) are ubiquitous endogenous lipid derivatives and play an important role in intercellular communication either in an autocrine/paracrine or in an endocrine fashion. Recently, an intrinsic EC system has been discovered in the hypophysial pars tuberalis (PT) of hamsters and humans. In hamsters, this EC system is under photoperiodic control and appears to influence the secretion of hormones such as prolactin from the adenohypophysis. We investigate the EC system in the PT of the rat, a frequently used species in endocrine research...
December 20, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986975/roles-of-hippocampal-somatostatin-receptor-subtypes-in-stress-response-and-emotionality
#15
Thomas D Prévôt, François Gastambide, Cécile Viollet, Nadia Henkous, Guillaume Martel, Jacques Epelbaum, Daniel Béracochéa, Jean-Louis Guillou
Altered brain somatostatin functions recently appeared as key elements for the pathogenesis of stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders. The hippocampus exerts an inhibitory feedback on stress but the mechanisms involved remain unclear. We investigated herein the role of hippocampal somatostatin receptor subtypes in both stress response and behavioral emotionality using C57BL/6, wild type and sst2 or sst4 knockout mice. Inhibitory effects of hippocampal infusions of somatostatin agonists on stress-induced hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) activity were tested by monitoring peripheral blood and local hippocampus corticosterone levels, the latter by using microdialysis...
January 18, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965624/ru486-mitigates-hippocampal-pathology-following-status-epilepticus
#16
Aynara C Wulsin, James P Herman, Steve C Danzer
Status epilepticus (SE) induces rapid hyper-activation of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis. HPA axis hyperactivity results in excess exposure to high levels of circulating glucocorticoids, which are associated with neurotoxicity and depression-like behavior. These observations have led to the hypothesis that HPA axis dysfunction may exacerbate SE-induced brain injury. To test this hypothesis, we used the mouse pilocarpine model of epilepsy to determine whether use of the glucocorticoid receptor antagonist RU486 can attenuate hippocampal pathology following SE...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930953/adolescent-binge-alcohol-exposure-increases-risk-assessment-behaviors-in-male-wistar-rats-after-exposure-to-an-acute-psychological-stressor-in-adulthood
#17
Audrey Torcaso, AnnaDorothea Asimes, Margaret Meagher, Toni R Pak
Teenage binge drinking is a common practice that has been shown to increase the risk for developing mood disorders in adulthood. The hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is often dysfunctional in mood disorder patients, and animal models of adolescent binge alcohol exposure similarly show disordered HPA axis function, even after long periods of alcohol abstinence. Here, we sought to investigate the anxiety-like behavioral consequences of binge alcohol exposure in a Wistar rat model. Male rats were administered alcohol in a binge pattern during peri-puberty, and one month later, anxiety-like behaviors were measured using the elevated plus maze...
February 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870155/timing-of-maternal-exposure-and-fetal-sex-determine-the-effects-of-low-level-chemical-mixture-exposure-on-the-fetal-neuroendocrine-system-in-sheep
#18
M Bellingham, P A Fowler, E S MacDonald, B Mandon-Pepin, C Cotinot, S Rhind, R M Sharpe, N P Evans
We have shown that continuous maternal exposure to the complex mixture of environmental chemicals (ECs) found in human biosolids (sewage sludge), disrupts mRNA expression of genes crucial for development and long-term regulation of hypothalamo-pituitary gonadal (HPG) function in sheep. This study investigated whether exposure to ECs only during preconceptional period or only during pregnancy perturbed key regulatory genes within the hypothalamus and pituitary gland and whether these effects were different from chronic (life-long) exposure to biosolid ECs...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867878/prevalence-of-hypothalamo-pituitary-dysfunction-in-patients-of-traumatic-brain-injury
#19
K V S Hari Kumar, M N Swamy, M A Khan
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common in young soldiers of armed forces leading to significant morbidity and mortality. We studied the prevalence of hypopituitarism following TBI and its association with trauma severity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a 12-month prospective study of 56 TBI patients for the presence of hormonal dysfunction. Hormonal parameters were estimated during the early phase (0-10 days posttraumatically) and after 6 and 12 months...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856292/the-challenge-hypothesis-where-it-began-and-relevance-to-humans
#20
REVIEW
John C Wingfield
A contribution to a special issue on Hormones and Human Competition. Over 40years ago assay methods that allowed the accurate measurement of circulating levels of hormones were developed for the first time enabling us to sample free-living as well as captive animals. This led to a new concept called "field endocrinology". It quickly became apparent that endocrine profiles of animals under natural conditions were very different from congeners in captivity. Furthermore, hormone data could be organized by functional units (e...
November 14, 2016: Hormones and Behavior
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