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Ozge Berrak, Elif Damla Arisan, Pinar Obakan-Yerlikaya, Ajda Coker-Gürkan, Narçin Palavan-Unsal
Purvalanol and roscovitine are cyclin dependent kinase (CDK) inhibitors that induce cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in various cancer cells. We further hypothesized that co-treatment of CDK inhibitors with rapamycin, an mTOR inhibitor, would be an effective combinatory strategy for the inhibition of prostate cancer regard to androgen receptor (AR) status due to inhibition of proliferative pathway, PI3K/AKT/mTOR, and induction of cell death mechanisms. Androgen responsive (AR+), PTEN(-/-) LNCaP and androgen independent (AR-), PTEN(+/-) DU145 prostate cancer cells were exposed to purvalanol (20 µM) and roscovitine (30 µM) with or without rapamycin for 24 h...
October 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
L Ekenros, Z Papoutsi, C Fridén, K Dahlman Wright, A Lindén Hirschberg
AIM: Variations in sex hormone levels during the menstrual cycle may affect neuromuscular performance and the risk of sustaining musculoskeletal injury in women. The aim of this study was to investigate mRNA and protein levels for sex steroid hormone receptors in skeletal muscle in three distinct phases of the menstrual cycle. METHODS: Fifteen, healthy women with regular menstrual cycles participated in the study. Muscle biopsies from the vastus lateralis were obtained in three hormonally verified phases of the menstrual cycle for each individual, that is the follicular phase, the ovulatory phase and the luteal phase...
July 20, 2016: Acta Physiologica
M Paola Castelli, Saturnino Spiga, Andrea Perra, Camilla Madeddu, Giovanna Mulas, M Grazia Ennas, Gian Luigi Gessa
α2 adrenoreceptors (α2-ARs) play a key role in the control of noradrenaline and dopamine release in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Here, using UV-laser microdissection-based quantitative mRNA expression in individual neurons we show that in hTH-GFP rats, a transgenic line exhibiting intense and specific fluorescence in dopaminergic (DA) neurons, α2A adrenoreceptor (α2A-AR) mRNA is expressed at high and low levels in DA cells in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and substantia nigra compacta (SNc), respectively...
September 22, 2016: Neuroscience
He-Sheng Jiang, Xia-Ying Kuang, Wei-Li Sun, Yan Xu, Yi-Zi Zheng, Yi-Rong Liu, Guan-Tian Lang, Feng Qiao, Xin Hu, Zhi-Ming Shao
In this study we sought to correlate androgen receptor (AR) expression with tumor progression and disease-free survival (DFS) in breast cancer patients. We investigated AR expression in 450 breast cancer patients. We found that breast cancers expressing the estrogen receptor (ER) are more likely to co-express AR compared to ER-negative cancers (56.0% versus 28.1%, P < 0.001). In addition, we found that AR expression is correlated with increased DFS in patients with luminal breast cancer (P < 0.001), and decreased DFS in TNBC (triple negative breast cancer, P = 0...
July 5, 2016: Oncotarget
Miguel Henriques Abreu, Noémia Afonso, Pedro Henriques Abreu, Francisco Menezes, Paula Lopes, Rui Henrique, Deolinda Pereira, Carlos Lopes
PURPOSE: Male Breast Cancer (MBC) remains a poor understood disease. Prognostic factors are not well established and specific prognostic subgroups are warranted. PATIENTS/METHODS: Retrospectively revision of 111 cases treated in the same Cancer Center. Blinded-central pathological revision with immunohistochemical (IHQ) analysis for estrogen (ER), progesterone (PR) and androgen (AR) receptors, HER2, ki67 and p53 was done. Cox regression model was used for uni/multivariate survival analysis...
April 2016: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
Katsuhiko Yoshizawa, Michiko Yuki, Yuichi Kinoshita, Yuko Emoto, Takashi Yuri, Nobuaki Shikata, Susan A Elmore, Airo Tsubura
The frequency of breast cancer in men is extremely rare, reported to be less than 1% and there is currently no available animal model for male mammary tumors. We compared the characteristics of various immunohistochemical markers in N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU)-induced mammary adenocarcinomas in male and female Crj:CD(SD)IGS rats including: estrogen receptor α (ER), progesterone receptor (PgR), androgen receptor (AR), receptor tyrosine-protein kinase erbB-2 (HER2), GATA binding protein 3 (GATA3), and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA)...
May 2016: Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology: Official Journal of the Gesellschaft Für Toxikologische Pathologie
Jenny-Maria Jönsson, Nicolai Skovbjerg Arildsen, Susanne Malander, Anna Måsbäck, Linda Hartman, Mef Nilbert, Ingrid Hedenfalk
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Although most ovarian cancers express estrogen (ER), progesterone (PR), and androgen (AR) receptors, they are currently not applied in clinical decision making. We explored the prognostic impact of sex steroid hormone receptor protein and mRNA expression on survival in epithelial ovarian cancer. METHODS: Immunohistochemical stainings for ERα, ERβ, PR, and AR were assessed in relation to survival in 118 serous and endometrioid ovarian cancers...
October 2015: Translational Oncology
Justyna Barć, Ewa Lucja Gregoraszczuk
Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs) are thought to interact with the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) and to have enzyme-inducing properties comparable to polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, therefore activation of steroid hormone receptors in endocrine tissues is also possible. The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of PCNs mixture, Halowax 1051 on gene and protein expression of receptors: estradiol (ERα/β), androgen (AR) and AHRGene expression was evaluated by real-time PCR after 6 h of exposition and protein expression by Western blot after 24 h...
February 2016: Chemosphere
Susanne Flor, Xianran He, Hans-Joachim Lehmler, Gabriele Ludewig
Recent studies identified polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) sulfate esters as a major product of PCB metabolism. Since hydroxy-PCBs (HO-PCBs), the immediate precursors of PCB sulfates and important contributors to PCB toxicity, were shown to have estrogenic activity, we investigated the estrogenicity/androgenicty of a series of PCB sulfate metabolites. We synthesized the five possible structural sulfate monoester metabolites of PCB 3, a congener shown to be biotransformed to sulfates, a sulfate ester of the paint-specific congener PCB 11, and sulfate monoesters of two HO-PCBs reported to interact with sulfotransferases (PCB 39, no ortho chlorines, and PCB 53, 3 ortho chlorines)...
February 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Yan-Jie Lu, Zhi-Jun Geng, Xiao-Yan Sun, Yu-Hong Li, Xiao-Bing Fu, Xiang-Yang Zhao, Bo Wei
The emerging role of stress-related signaling in regulating cancer development and progression has been recognized. However, whether stress serves as a mechanism to promote gastric cancer metastasis is not clear. Here, we show that the β2-AR agonist, isoprenaline, upregulates expression levels of CD44 and CD44v8-10 in gastric cancer cells. CD44, a cancer stem cell-related marker, is expressed at high levels in gastric cancer tissues, which strongly correlates with the occurrence of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-associated phenotypes both in vivo and in vitro...
October 2015: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Marina Grimaldi, Abdelhay Boulahtouf, Vanessa Delfosse, Erwan Thouennon, William Bourguet, Patrick Balaguer
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are exogenous substances interfering with hormone biosynthesis, metabolism, or action, and consequently causing disturbances in the endocrine system. Various pathways are activated by EDCs, including interactions with nuclear receptors (NRs), which are primary targets of numerous environmental contaminants. The main NRs targeted by environmental contaminants are the estrogen (ER α, β) and the androgen (AR) receptors. ERs and AR have pleiotropic regulatory roles in a diverse range of tissues, notably in the mammary gland, the uterus, and the prostate...
2015: Frontiers in Endocrinology
L H Petersen, M L Burleson, D B Huggett
β₃-adrenergic receptors (AR) are important in teleost cardiovascular regulation. To date, it is unknown whether temperature acclimation changes ß₃-AR functionality and consequently the involvement of this AR subtype in teleost cardiac regulation. Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) were acclimated at 12 °C or 23 °C (minimum 3 weeks) after which cardiovascular variables (cardiac output (Q), stroke volume (Sv) and heart rate (fH)) were measured upon injection of the ß₃-AR agonist, BRL(37344), and antagonist, SR(59230A)...
July 2015: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Vid Mlakar, Simona Jurkovic Mlakar, Janja Zupan, Radko Komadina, Janez Prezelj, Janja Marc
Adrenergic stimulation is important for osteoclast differentiation and bone resorption. Previous research shows that this happens through β2-adrenergic receptor (AR), but there are conflicting evidence on presence and role of α2A-AR in bone. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of α2A-AR and its involvement in neuro-endocrine signalling of bone remodelling in humans. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunohistochemistry were used to investigate α2A-AR receptor presence and localization in bone cells...
July 2015: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Daphna Fenchel, Yechiel Levkovitz, Ella Vainer, Zeev Kaplan, Joseph Zohar, Hagit Cohen
The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which plays a major role in the response to stress, and the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis are closely linked with the ability to inhibit the other. Testosterone, a product of the HPG, has many beneficial effects beyond its functions as a sex hormone including anti-anxiety properties. In this study we examined the effect of stress exposure on gonadal hormones, and their efficacy in modulating anxiety-like response in an animal model of PTSD. Male rats were exposed to predator scent stress, followed by analysis of brain expression of androgen receptor (AR) receptor and estrogen receptor α (ERα)...
June 2015: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Moa Säfholm, Erika Jansson, Jerker Fick, Cecilia Berg
Synthetic progesterone (progestins) and estrogens are widely used pharmaceuticals. Given that their simultaneous unintentional exposure occurs in wildlife and also in human infants, data on mixture effects of combined exposures to these hormones during development is needed. Using the Xenopus (Silurana) tropicalis test system we investigated mixture effects of levonorgestrel (LNG) and ethinylestradiol (EE2) on hormone sensitive endpoints. After larval exposure to LNG (0.1nM), or EE2 (0.1nM) singly, or in combination with LNG (0...
April 2015: Aquatic Toxicology
Álvaro Ruibal, Pablo Aguiar, María Carmen Del Rio, José Ignacio Arias, Primitiva Menéndez-Rodríguez, Francisco Gude, Michel Herranz
AIM: To study the clinical and biological (cellular proliferation and hormone-dependence) associations during the progression of histological grade (HG), from HG1 to HG3, in invasive ductal carcinomas of the breast (IDC) <1 cm. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study group included 119 women with IDCs ≤1 cm, aged between 27 and 88 years (median=61 years). The parameters analyzed were: histological grade (HG1: 52; HG2: 45; HG3: 22); axillary lymph node involvement (N); distant metastasis (M); and immunohistochemical expression of estrogen (ER), progesterone (PR) and androgen (AR) receptors, and Ki67, p53 and B-cell lymphoma 2 (BCL2)...
January 2015: Anticancer Research
Teresa Trotta, Lorenzo Guerra, Donatella Piro, Maria d'Apolito, Claudia Piccoli, Chiara Porro, Ida Giardino, Silvia Lepore, Stefano Castellani, Sante Di Gioia, Antonio Petrella, Angela Bruna Maffione, Valeria Casavola, Nazzareno Capitanio, Massimo Conese
BACKGROUND: The chloride channel CFTR (Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator) is expressed by many cell types, including hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs). In this study, we sought to better comprehend the regulation of CFTR activity in HSPCs, namely by beta-adrenergic stimuli. METHODS: The expression of β2-adrenergic receptor (β2-AR) in murine Sca-1(+) HSPCs was investigated by immunofluorescence/confocal microscopy and flow-cytometric analysis...
January 2015: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
S L Parr, T R Brown, F R B Ribeiro, K Y Chung, J P Hutcheson, B R Blackwell, P N Smith, B J Johnson
British × Continental steers (n = 168; 7 pens/treatment; initial BW = 362 kg) were used to evaluate the effect of dose/payout pattern of trenbolone acetate (TBA) and estradiol-17β (E2) and feeding of zilpaterol hydrochloride (ZH) on serum urea-N (SUN), NEFA, IGF-I, and E2 concentrations and LM mRNA expression of the estrogen (ER), androgen (ANR), IGF-I (IGF-IR), β1-adrenergic (β1-AR), and β2-adrenergic (β2-AR) receptors and IGF-I. A randomized complete block design was used with a 3 × 2 factorial arrangement of treatments...
August 2014: Journal of Animal Science
Madson Q Almeida, Laura C Kaupert, Luciana P Brito, Antonio M Lerario, Beatriz M P Mariani, Marta Ribeiro, Osmar Monte, Francisco T Denes, Berenice B Mendonca, Tânia A S S Bachega
BACKGROUND: Although chronic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and androgen hyperstimulation are assumed to be involved in the pathogenesis of adrenal myelolipomas associated with poor-compliance patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), the expression of their receptors has not yet been demonstrated in these tumors so far. METHODS: We analyzed Melanocortin 2 receptor (MC2R), Androgen Receptor (AR), Leptin (LEP), and Steroidogenic factor 1 (SF1) expression using real-time qRT-PCR in two giant bilateral adrenal myelolipomas from two untreated simple virilizing CAH cases and in two sporadic adrenal myelolipomas...
2014: BMC Endocrine Disorders
Marie Gibbs
Normally noradrenaline release ~30 min after training in the day-old chick is essential for memory consolidation by simultaneously increasing both glycogenolysis, by its stimulation of β2-adrenergic (AR) receptors, and glycogen synthesis, by its stimulation of α2-AR receptors in astrocytes. At the same time noradrenaline stimulation of β3-AR receptors increases glucose uptake solely in astrocytes. Intracerebral injection of small oligomeric β-amyloid protein (Aβ1-42) (Aβ) 45 min before one-trial bead discrimination learning in day-old chicks abolishes consolidation of memory 30 min post-learning...
February 2015: Metabolic Brain Disease
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