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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805746/melanocortins-melanocortin-receptors-and-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Robert P Lisak, Joyce A Benjamins
The melanocortins and their receptors have been extensively investigated for their roles in the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis, but to a lesser extent in immune cells and in the nervous system outside the hypothalamic axis. This review discusses corticosteroid dependent and independent effects of melanocortins on the peripheral immune system, central nervous system (CNS) effects mediated through neuronal regulation of immune system function, and direct effects on endogenous cells in the CNS. We have focused on the expression and function of melanocortin receptors in oligodendroglia (OL), the myelin producing cells of the CNS, with the goal of identifying new therapeutic approaches to decrease CNS damage in multiple sclerosis as well as to promote repair...
August 14, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757456/prenatal-developmental-origins-of-behavior-and-mental-health-the-influence-of-maternal-stress-in-pregnancy
#2
REVIEW
Bea R H Van den Bergh, Marion I van den Heuvel, Marius Lahti, Marijke Braeken, Susanne R de Rooij, Sonja Entringer, Dirk Hoyer, Tessa Roseboom, Katri Räikkönen, Suzanne King, Matthias Schwab
Accumulating research shows that prenatal exposure to maternal stress increases the risk for behavioral and mental health problems later in life. This review systematically analyzes the available human studies to identify harmful stressors, vulnerable periods during pregnancy, specificities in the outcome and biological correlates of the relation between maternal stress and offspring outcome. Effects of maternal stress on offspring neurodevelopment, cognitive development, negative affectivity, difficult temperament and psychiatric disorders are shown in numerous epidemiological and case-control studies...
July 28, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744866/effect-of-moderate-30-percent-global-maternal-nutrient-reduction-on-fetal-and-postnatal-baboon-phenotype
#3
Cun Li, Susan Jenkins, Vicki Mattern, Anthony G Comuzzie, Laura A Cox, Hillary F Huber, Peter W Nathanielsz
BACKGROUND: Most developmental programming studies on maternal nutrient reduction (MNR) are in altricial rodents whose maternal nutritional burden and offspring developmental trajectory differ from precocial non-human primates and humans. METHODS: Control (CTR) baboon mothers ate ad libitum; MNR mothers ate 70% global control diet in pregnancy and lactation. RESULTS: We present offspring morphometry, blood cortisol, and adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) during second half of gestation (G) and first three postnatal years...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744256/corticotropin-releasing-hormone-as-the-homeostatic-rheostat-of-feto-maternal-symbiosis-and-developmental-programming-in-utero-and-neonatal-life
#4
REVIEW
Viridiana Alcántara-Alonso, Pamela Panetta, Patricia de Gortari, Dimitris K Grammatopoulos
A balanced interaction between the homeostatic mechanisms of mother and the developing organism during pregnancy and in early neonatal life is essential in order to ensure optimal fetal development, ability to respond to various external and internal challenges, protection from adverse programming, and safeguard maternal care availability after parturition. In the majority of pregnancies, this relationship is highly effective resulting in successful outcomes. However, in a number of pathological settings, perturbations of the maternal homeostasis disrupt this symbiosis and initiate adaptive responses with unpredictable outcomes for the fetus or even the neonate...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741070/late-onset-x-linked-adrenal-hypoplasia-dax-1-nr0b1-two-new-adult-onset-cases-from-a-single-center
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Nikolaos Kyriakakis, Tolulope Shonibare, Julie Kyaw-Tun, Julie Lynch, Carlos F Lagos, John C Achermann, Robert D Murray
PURPOSE: DAX-1 (NR0B1) is an orphan nuclear receptor, which plays a critical role in development and regulation of the adrenal gland and hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal axis. Mutations in NR0B1 lead to adrenal hypoplasia congenita (AHC), hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) and azoospermia in men. Presentation is typically with adrenal insufficiency (AI) during infancy or childhood. To date only eight cases/kindreds are reported to have presented in adulthood. METHODS: We describe two new cases of men with DAX-1 mutations who presented in adulthood and who were diagnosed at a large University Hospital...
July 24, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722251/alteration-in-the-relationship-between-tanycytes-and-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-gnrh-neurosecretory-terminals-following-long-term-metabolic-manipulation-in-the-sheep
#6
Robert Pouchain Ribeiro Neto, Iain J Clarke, Gregory Conductier
The activity of the hypothalamo-pituitary gonadal (HPG) axis is influenced by energy reserves, such that an increase or a decrease in adiposity may perturb the secretion and action of GnRH. This is thought to be due to the signalling of hormones such as leptin, which act upon neuronal systems controlling GnRH secretion. Other work shows plasticity in the relationship between tanycytes and GnRH neurosecretory terminals in the median eminence across the estrous cycle and we hypothesised that similar plasticity may occur with altered metabolic status...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719905/childhood-onset-adult-growth-hormone-deficiency-clinical-hormonal-and-radiological-assessment-in-a-single-center-in-china
#7
Hongbo Yang, Huijuan Zhu, Xuemin Yan, Hui Pan
BACKGROUND: Although growth hormone deficiency (GHD) is an important issue in pediatric patients, adult GHD (AGHD) is a neglected field of endocrinology in China. The aim of this study is to characterize the clinical, hormonal, and radiological features in childhood-onset AGHD (CO AGHD) in a single center in China and to compare them with counterparts from Japan. METHODS: The medical records of 78 Chinese patients with CO AGHD were reviewed and compared with data from the HypoCCS database study from Japan (N = 69)...
July 18, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688266/neural-hormonal-responses-to-negative-affective-stimuli-impact-of-dysphoric-mood-and-sex
#8
K Mareckova, L Holsen, R Admon, S Whitfield-Gabrieli, L J Seidman, S L Buka, A Klibanski, J M Goldstein
BACKGROUND: Maladaptive responses to negative affective stimuli are pervasive, including clinically ill and healthy people, and men and women respond differently at neural and hormonal levels. Inspired by the Research Domain Criteria initiative, we used a transdiagnostic approach to investigate the impact of sex and dysphoric mood on neural-hormonal responses to negative affective stimuli. METHODS: Participants included 99 individuals with major depressive disorder, psychosis and healthy controls...
November 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674775/hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal-axis-after-a-single-epidural-triamcinolone-injection
#9
Ali Iranmanesh, Dakshinamurty Gullapalli, Ravinder Singh, Johannes D Veldhuis
PURPOSE: To quantify adrenocorticotropin and cortisol secretion after epidural glucocorticoid injection. METHODS: Eight men (ages 25-63 year) were studied at baseline, 1, 4, and 12 weeks after triamcinolone (80 mg) injection epidurally. Adrenocorticotropin (pg/mL) and cortisol (µg/dL) were measured every 10 min for 4 h, and after Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) (1 µg/kg) injection. RESULTS: Epidural triamcinolone markedly suppressed: (1) pre-CRH injection ACTH (from 18 ± 3...
August 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670427/kisspeptin-a-potential-factor-for-unexplained-infertility-and-impaired-embryo-implantation
#10
Aaida Mumtaz, Aqsa Khalid, Zehra Jamil, Syeda Sadia Fatima, Sara Arif, Rehana Rehman
BACKGROUND: Kisspeptin (KP) is a neuropeptide that causes the release of the gonadotropin releasing hormone, which controls hypothalamo pituitary ovarian axis and exerts a number of peripheral effects on reproductive organs. The primary objective of this study was to compare baseline KP levels in females with different types of infertility and identify possible correlations with risk of failure to conceive, preclinical abortion and pregnancy after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)...
July 2017: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670195/cortisol-response-to-low-dose-1-%C3%A2%C2%B5g-acth-stimulation-for-the-prediction-of-outcome-in-patients-with-systemic-inflammatory-response-syndrome
#11
Jelica Bjekić-Macut, Vojislav Radosavljević, Zoran Andrić, Dušan Ilić, Olivera Stanojlović, Danijela Vojnović Milutinović, Ivana Božić Antić, Marija Zdravković, Saša Hinić, Djuro Macut, Miloš Žarković
BACKGROUND: Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) changes cortisol dynamics and indicates dissociation between the adrenal cortex and the hypothalamo-pituitary unit. The aim of this study was to assess the cortisol response after stimulation with ACTH1-24 in patients with SIRS at admission to the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (RICU) and seven days later. METHODS: Fifty-four subjects were included in the study, and SIRS was defined according to the Consensus Conference criteria from 1992...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670189/acth-cortisol-and-il-6-levels-in-athletes-following-magnesium-supplementation
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Gordana Dmitrašinović, Vesna Pešić, Dušanka Stanić, Bosiljka Plećaš-Solarović, Marijana Dajak, Svetlana Ignjatović
BACKGROUND: Physical exercise activates the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and induces the body's inflammatory response. Due to contemporary dietary habits and increased energy expenditure, athletes are susceptible to depletion of magnesium ions. The aim of our study was to investigate, through assessment of plasma ACTH, serum IL-6, and salivary/serum cortisol levels, if chronic magnesium supplementation might reduce damaging stress effects in amateur rugby players. METHODS: Rugby players (N=23) were randomly assigned to intervention and control group...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Biochemistry
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
#13
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/28609296/neuroanatomical-pathways-underlying-the-effects-of-hypothalamo-hypophysial-adrenal-hormones-on-exploratory-activity
#14
Robert Lalonde, Catherine Strazielle
When injected via the intracerebroventricular route, corticosterone-releasing hormone (CRH) reduced exploration in the elevated plus-maze, the center region of the open-field, and the large chamber in the defensive withdrawal test. The anxiogenic action of CRH in the elevated plus-maze also occurred when infused in the basolateral amygdala, ventral hippocampus, lateral septum, bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, nucleus accumbens, periaqueductal grey, and medial frontal cortex. The anxiogenic action of CRH in the defensive withdrawal test was reproduced when injected in the locus coeruleus, while the amygdala, hippocampus, lateral septum, nucleus accumbens, and lateral globus pallidus contribute to center zone exploration in the open-field...
July 26, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587847/molecular-cloning-and-tissue-distribution-of-crh-and-pomc-mrna-in-the-fat-tailed-dunnart-sminthopsis-crassicaudata-an-australian-marsupial
#15
Ellyse B Noy, Melissa K Scott, Sylvia V H Grommen, Kylie A Robert, Bert De Groef
Like all vertebrates, marsupials respond to stressors with the activation of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis. However, peptides operating at the higher regulatory levels of this hormonal system, i.e. corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), have not been investigated in marsupials. Here we report the molecular cloning of the precursor cDNAs of CRH (prepro-CRH) and of ACTH (proopiomelanocortin; POMC) in an Australian marsupial, the fat-tailed dunnart (Sminthopsis crassicaudata)...
September 5, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555252/the-perinatal-effects-of-maternal-caffeine-intake-on-fetal-and-neonatal-brain-levels-of-testosterone-estradiol-and-dihydrotestosterone-in-rats
#16
S Karaismailoglu, M Tuncer, S Bayrak, G Erdogan, E L Ergun, A Erdem
Testosterone, estradiol, and dihydrotestosterone are the main sex steroid hormones responsible for the organization and sexual differentiation of brain structures during early development. The hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical axis, adrenal cells, and gonads play a key role in the production of sex steroids and express adenosine receptors. Caffeine is a non-selective adenosine antagonist; therefore, it can modulate metabolic pathways in these tissues. Besides, the proportion of pregnant women that consume caffeine is ∼60%...
August 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536363/update-on-treatment-guideline-in-fibromyalgia-syndrome-with-focus-on-pharmacology
#17
REVIEW
Sanam Kia, Ernet Choy
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic condition with unknown aetiology. The pathophysiology of the disease is incompletely understood; despite advances in our knowledge with regards to abnormal central and peripheral pain processing, and hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal dysfunction, there is no clear specific pathophysiological therapeutic target. The management of this complex condition has thus perplexed the medical community for many years, and several national and international guidelines have aimed to address this complexity...
May 8, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506881/altered-circadian-patterns-of-salivary-cortisol-in-individuals-with-schizophrenia-a-critical-literature-review
#18
Nathalie Coulon, Sylvie Brailly-Tabard, Michel Walter, Sylvie Tordjman
This article focuses on stress vulnerability in schizophrenia through an integrated clinical and biological approach. The objective of this article is to better understand the relationships between vulnerability, stress and schizophrenia. First, the concept of vulnerability is defined and several models of vulnerability in schizophrenia are reviewed. Second, a section is developed on the biology of stress, and more specifically on the stress responses of the hypothalamo-pitutary adrenal (HPA) axis. Then, studies of cortisol circadian rhythms are summarized, suggesting hyper-reactivity of the HPA axis in patients with schizophrenia and high risk individuals for schizophrenia...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506430/george-e-palade-memorial-lecture-my-life-in-pancreatic-research-unexpected-results-may-open-the-door
#19
REVIEW
Makoto Otsuki
The Palade Prize is the most distinguished award of the IAP for achievement in pancreatic research. It is named after George E. Palade, who in 1974 was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on protein trafficking in pancreatic acinar cells. It is a great honor to be awarded the 2016 Palade Prize. While I was in graduate school, I was conducting research on hypothalamo-pituitary-thyroid axis; after finishing graduate school, I began research on amylase isoenzymes. This was the first step of my pancreatic research...
July 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499018/intracystic-interferon-alpha-in-pediatric-craniopharyngioma-patients-an-international-multicenter-assessment-on-behalf-of-siope-and-ispn
#20
John-Paul Kilday, Massimo Caldarelli, Luca Massimi, Robert Hsin-Hung Chen, Yi Yen Lee, Muh-Lii Liang, Jeanette Parkes, Thuran Naiker, Marie-Lise van Veelen, Erna Michiels, Conor Mallucci, Benedetta Pettorini, Lisethe Meijer, Christian Dorfer, Thomas Czech, Manuel Diezi, Antoinette Yn Schouten-van Meeteren, Stefan Holm, Bengt Gustavsson, Martin Benesch, Hermann L Müller, Anika Hoffmann, Stefan Rutkowski, Joerg Flitsch, Gabriele Escherich, Michael Grotzer, Helen A Spoudeas, Kristian Azquikina, Michael Capra, Rolando Jiménez-Guerra, Patrick MacDonald, Donna L Johnston, Rina Dvir, Shlomi Constantini, Meng-Fai Kuo, Shih-Hung Yang, Ute Bartels
Background: Craniopharyngiomas are frequent hypothalamo-pituitary tumors in children, presenting predominantly as cystic lesions. Morbidity from conventional treatment has focused attention on intracystic drug delivery, hypothesized to cause fewer clinical consequences. However, the efficacy of intracystic therapy remains unclear. We report the retrospective experiences of several global centers using intracystic interferon-alpha. Methods: European Société Internationale d'Oncologie Pédiatrique and International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery centers were contacted to submit a datasheet capturing pediatric patients with cystic craniopharyngiomas who had received intracystic interferon-alpha...
May 11, 2017: Neuro-oncology
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