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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622452/a-seasonal-and-age-related-study-of-interstitial-cells-in-the-pineal-gland-of-male-viscacha-lagostomus-maximus-maximus
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Fabricio Ivan Busolini, Gabriela Judith Rosales, Verónica Palmira Filippa, Fabian Heber Mohamed
The pineal gland of viscacha exhibits histophysiological variations throughout the year, with periods of maximal activity in winter and minimal activity in summer. The aim of this study was to analyze the interstitial cells (IC) in the pineal gland of male viscachas in relation to season and age. The S-100 protein, glio-fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), and vimentin were detected in adult and immature animals by immunohistochemistry (IHC). Double-IHC was also performed. The S-100 protein was localized within both, IC nucleus and cytoplasm...
June 16, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621458/what-did-the-unossified-zone-of-the-non-mammalian-therapsid-braincase-house
#2
Michael Laaß, Burkhard Schillinger, Anders Kaestner
Most nonmammalian synapsids possess a mid-dorsal depression in the brain cavity known as the "unossified zone." It remains obscure which structures this zone contained, and, as candidates, the vermis of the cerebellum, the superior sagittal sinus, a junction of several blood vessels, the pineal gland or other midbrain structures were considered. Neutron tomography of a skull of Diictodon feliceps (Therapsida, Anomodontia) revealed some clear impressions of canals in this region of the brain cavity. Furthermore, the prootic sinus probably ran on the internal surface of the pila antotica and had a similar course in anomodonts as it has been proposed for cynodonts and Mesozoic mammals...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608861/neonatal-pinealectomy-in-rats-a-simple-micro-suction-technique
#3
Bohdan Pawlicki, Brandon Michael Henry, Krzysztof A Tomaszewski, Mariusz Gajda, Iwona Brzozowska, Jerzy A Walocha, Anna Skowron-Cendrzak
To determine the role of the pineal gland and its secretory product melatonin on various aspects of the functioning of the organism, the gland can be easily surgically removed in rats within 18 hours after birth. We performed pinealectomy in rats in a state of deep hypothermia under an operating microscope, using a micro-suction device of our own construction. The rats were induced into a state of suspended animation by placing them in the freezing compartment at minus 20 Celsius degrees. The cessation of respiration and heart beat lasted for about 15 minutes...
2017: Folia Medica Cracoviensia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608154/neural-control-of-daily-and-seasonal-timing-of-songbird-migration
#4
Tyler J Stevenson, Vinod Kumar
Bird migration is one of most salient annual events in nature. It involves predictable seasonal movements between breeding and non-breeding habitats. Both circadian and circannual clocks are entrained by photoperiodic cues and time daily and seasonal changes in migratory physiology and behavior. This mini-review provides an update on daily and seasonal rhythms of migratory behavior, and examines the neuroendocrine and molecular pathways involved in the timing of migration in songbirds. Recent findings have identified key neural substrates, and suggest the involvement of multiple neuroendocrine regulatory systems in controlling seasonal states in migrants...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604593/melatonin-modulates-neuronal-cell-death-induced-by-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-under-insulin-resistance-condition
#5
Juhyun Song, Oh Yoen Kim
Insulin resistance (IR) is an important stress factor in the central nervous system, thereby aggravating neuropathogenesis and triggering cognitive decline. Melatonin, which is an antioxidant phytochemical and synthesized by the pineal gland, has multiple functions in cellular responses such as apoptosis and survival against stress. This study investigated whether melatonin modulates the signaling of neuronal cell death induced by endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress under IR condition using SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells...
June 10, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587149/suppression-of-osteoclastogenesis-by-melatonin-a-melatonin-receptor-independent-action
#6
Hyung Joon Kim, Ha Jin Kim, Moon-Kyoung Bae, Yong-Deok Kim
In vertebrates, melatonin is primarily secreted from the pineal gland but it affects various biological processes including the sleep-wake cycle, vasomotor control, immune system and bone homeostasis. Melatonin has been known to promote osteoblast differentiation and bone maturation, but a direct role of melatonin on osteoclast differentiation is still elusive. The present study investigated the effect of melatonin on the differentiation of macrophages to osteoclasts. The presence of melatonin significantly reduced receptor activator of nuclear factor κB ligand (RANKL)-induced osteoclastogenesis and the siRNA-mediated knockdown of the melatonin receptor failed to overcome the anti-osteoclastogenic effect of melatonin...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583453/conservative-and-surgical-treatment-of-patients-with-pineal-cysts-a-prospective-case-series-of-110-patients
#7
Martin Májovský, David Netuka, Vladimír Beneš
BACKGROUND: A pineal cyst is a relatively common benign condition of the pineal gland. The clinical management of patients with a pineal cyst remains controversial, especially when patients present with non-specific symptoms. METHODS: We performed a prospective study between 2000 and 2016. All patients with a pineal cyst larger than 7 mm were included. Epidemiological data, presenting symptoms, surgical results and radiographic and clinical follow-up were documented...
June 2, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567065/the-psychoneuroendocrine-immunotherapy-of-cancer-historical-evolution-and-clinical-results
#8
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Paolo Lissoni, Giusy Messina, Arianna Lissoni, Rovelli Franco
The prognosis of the neoplastic diseases depends not only on the biogenetic characteristics of cancer cells but also on the immunological response of patients, which may influence the biological features of cancer cells themselves as well as the angiogenic processes. Moreover, the immune system in vivo is under a physiological psychoneuroendocrine (PNE) regulation, mainly mediated by the brain opioid system and the pineal gland. In more detail, the anticancer immunity is stimulated by the pineal hormone melatonin (MLT) and inhibited by the opioid system, namely, through a mu-opioid receptor...
2017: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533170/synchronizing-effects-of-melatonin-on-diurnal-and-circadian-rhythms
#9
REVIEW
Martina Pfeffer, Horst-Werner Korf, Helmut Wicht
In mammals, the rhythmic secretion of melatonin from the pineal gland is driven by the circadian clock in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus. The robust nightly peak of melatonin secretion is an output signal of the circadian clock and is supposed to deliver the circadian message to the whole of the organism. Since the circadian system regulates many behavioral and physiological processes, its disruption by external (shift-work, jet-lag) or internal desynchronization (blindness, aging) causes many different health problems...
May 19, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527997/zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-mediated-cytotoxicity-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-and-level-of-antioxidants-in-presence-of-melatonin
#10
S Sruthi, N Millot, P V Mohanan
Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) are widely used in a variety of products and are currently being investigated for biomedical applications. However, they have the potential to interact with macromolecules like proteins, lipids and DNA within the cells which makes the safe biomedical application difficult. The toxicity of the ZnO NP is mainly attributed reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Different strategies like iron doping, polymer coating and external supply of antioxidants have been evaluated to minimize the toxic potential of ZnO NPs...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522826/disruption-of-melatonin-synthesis-is-associated-with-impaired-14-3-3-and-mir-451-levels-in-patients-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
#11
Cécile Pagan, Hany Goubran-Botros, Richard Delorme, Marion Benabou, Nathalie Lemière, Kerren Murray, Frédérique Amsellem, Jacques Callebert, Pauline Chaste, Stéphane Jamain, Fabien Fauchereau, Guillaume Huguet, Erik Maronde, Marion Leboyer, Jean-Marie Launay, Thomas Bourgeron
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by a wide genetic and clinical heterogeneity. However, some biochemical impairments, including decreased melatonin (crucial for circadian regulation) and elevated platelet N-acetylserotonin (the precursor of melatonin) have been reported as very frequent features in individuals with ASD. To address the mechanisms of these dysfunctions, we investigated melatonin synthesis in post-mortem pineal glands - the main source of melatonin (9 patients and 22 controls) - and gut samples - the main source of serotonin (11 patients and 13 controls), and in blood platelets from 239 individuals with ASD, their first-degree relatives and 278 controls...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522814/daily-corticosterone-rhythm-modulates-pineal-function-through-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-related-gene-transcriptional-program
#12
Sanseray da Silveira Cruz-Machado, Eduardo K Tamura, Claudia E Carvalho-Sousa, Vanderlei Amadeu Rocha, Luciana Pinato, Pedro A C Fernandes, Regina P Markus
Melatonin and glucocorticoids are key hormones in determining daily rhythmicity and modulating defense responses. In nocturnal animals, corticosterone peaks at light/dark transition,while melatonin peaks at the middle of the night in both nocturnal and diurnal animals. The crosstalk between adrenal and pineal glands under inflammatory conditions indicates that corticosterone potentiates nocturnal melatonin synthesis by reducing the activity of NFκB. This transcription factor, which modulates the expression of a key enzyme in melatonin synthesis, is sharply reduced at the entrance of darkness in the rat pineal gland...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512916/regulation-of-bone-mass-through-pineal-derived-melatonin-mt2-pathway
#13
Kunal Sharan, Kirsty Lewis, Takahisa Furukawa, Vijay K Yadav
Tryptophan, an essential amino acid through a series of enzymatic reactions gives rise to various metabolites viz., serotonin and melatonin that regulate distinct biological functions. We show here that tryptophan metabolism in the pineal gland favors bone mass accrual through production of melatonin, a pineal-derived neurohormone. Pineal gland-specific deletion of Tph1, the enzyme that catalyzes the first step in the melatonin biosynthesis lead to a decrease in melatonin levels and a low bone mass due to an isolated decrease in bone formation while bone resorption parameters remained unaffected...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512846/melatonin-influences-the-sonic-hedgehog-signaling-pathway-in-porcine-cumulus-oocyte-complexes
#14
Sanghoon Lee, Jun-Xue Jin, Anukul Taweechaipaisankul, Geon A Kim, Curie Ahn, Byeong Chun Lee
Melatonin, which is synthesized in the pineal gland and peripheral reproductive organs, has antioxidant properties and regulates physiological processes. It is well known that melatonin affects in vitro maturation (IVM) of oocytes and embryonic development in many species. However, beneficial effects of melatonin on IVM have been explained mainly by indirect antioxidant effects and little information is available on the underlying mechanism by which melatonin directly acts on porcine cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507478/melatonin-regulates-the-aging-mouse-hippocampal-homeostasis-via-the-sirtuin1-foxo1-pathway
#15
Anorut Jenwitheesuk, Parichart Boontem, Prapimpun Wongchitrat, Jiraporn Tocharus, Sujira Mukda, Piyarat Govitrapong
Sirtuin1 (SIRT1) and forkhead box transcription factor O subfamily 1 (FOXO1) play vital roles in the maintenance of hippocampal neuronal homeostasis during aging. Our previous study showed that melatonin, a hormone mainly secreted by the pineal gland, restored the impaired memory of aged mice. Age-related neuronal energy deficits contribute to the pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative disorders. An attempt has been made to determine whether the effect of melatonin is mediated through the SIRT1-FOXO1 pathways...
2017: EXCLI journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505494/melatonin-protects-mice-against-stress-induced-inflammation-through-enhancement-of-m2-macrophage-polarization
#16
Woo-Jin Yi, Tae Sung Kim
Stress is known to cause neuropsychiatric diseases, and it has a detrimental impact on the function of the immune system. Melatonin (MLT), a pineal gland hormone, exhibits potent anti-inflammatory properties and it plays a fundamental role in neuroimmunomodulation. In the present study, we investigated the molecular mechanisms of MLT in stress-induced inflammation, focusing on macrophage polarization. MLT (50 and 100mg/kg) or a vehicle control (5% ethanol in saline) was intraperitoneally administered to mice once a day for 5days...
May 12, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500782/melatonin-protects-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-against-iron-overload-induced-osteogenic-differentiation-dysfunction-and-senescence
#17
Fan Yang, Lei Yang, Yuan Li, Gege Yan, Chao Feng, Tianyi Liu, Rui Gong, Ye Yuan, Ning Wang, Elina Idiiatullina, Timur Bikkuzin, Valentin Pavlov, Yang Li, Chaorun Dong, Dawei Wang, Yang Cao, Zhenbo Han, Lai Zhang, Qi Huang, Fengzhi Ding, Zhengang Bi, Benzhi Cai
Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) are an expandable population of stem cells which can differentiate into osteoblasts, chondrocytes and adipocytes. Dysfunction of BMSCs in response to pathological stimuli contributes to bone diseases. Melatonin, a hormone secreted from pineal gland, has been proved to be an important mediator in bone formation and mineralization. The aim of this study was to investigate whether melatonin protected against iron overload-induced dysfunction of BMSCs and its underlying mechanisms...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498717/melatonin-as-a-versatile-molecule-to-design-novel-multitarget-hybrids-against-neurodegeneration
#18
Eva Ramos, Javier Egea, Cristóbal de Los Ríos, José Marco-Contelles, Alejandro Romero
Melatonin is an indoleamine produced mainly in the pineal gland. The natural decline of melatonin levels with aging strongly contributes to the development of neurodegenerative disorders. Pleiotropic actions displayed by melatonin prevent several processes involved in neurodegeneration such as neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, excitotoxicity and/or apoptosis. This review focuses on a number of melatonin hybrids resulting from the juxtaposition of tacrine, berberine, tamoxifen, curcumin, N,N-dibenzyl(N-methyl)amine, among others, with potential therapeutic effects for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases...
May 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487255/disruption-of-adolescents-circadian-clock-the-vicious-circle-of-media-use-exposure-to-light-at-night-sleep-loss-and-risk-behaviors
#19
Yvan Touitou, David Touitou, Alain Reinberg
Although sleep is a key element in adolescent development, teens are spending increasing amounts of time online with health risks related to excessive use of electronic media (computers, smartphones, tablets, consoles…) negatively associated with daytime functioning and sleep outcomes. Adolescent sleep becomes irregular, shortened and delayed in relation with later sleep onset and early waking time due to early school starting times on weekdays which results in rhythm desynchronization and sleep loss. In addition, exposure of adolescents to the numerous electronic devices prior to bedtime has become a great concern because LEDs emit much more blue light than white incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs and have therefore a greater impact on the biological clock...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481310/effects-of-melatonin-and-its-analogues-on-pancreatic-inflammation-enzyme-secretion-and-tumorigenesis
#20
REVIEW
Jolanta Jaworek, Anna Leja-Szpak, Katarzyna Nawrot-Porąbka, Joanna Szklarczyk, Michalina Kot, Piotr Pierzchalski, Marta Góralska, Piotr Ceranowicz, Zygmunt Warzecha, Artur Dembinski, Joanna Bonior
Melatonin is an indoleamine produced from the amino acid l-tryptophan, whereas metabolites of melatonin are known as kynuramines. One of the best-known kynuramines is N¹-acetyl-N¹-formyl-5-methoxykynuramine (AFMK). Melatonin has attracted scientific attention as a potent antioxidant and protector of tissue against oxidative stress. l-Tryptophan and kynuramines share common beneficial features with melatonin. Melatonin was originally discovered as a pineal product, has been detected in the gastrointestinal tract, and its receptors have been identified in the pancreas...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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