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See detailPartial Androgen Deficiency of Aging Male (PADAM) might in part be due to excessive organochlonide pesticide (OC) impregnation
Legros, Jean-Jacques ULg; Charlier, Corinne ULg; Bouillon, G. et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2003), 64(2), 136-136

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See detailA psycho-endocrinological overview of transsexualism
Michel, Aurore ULg; Mormont, Christian ULg; Legros, Jean-Jacques ULg

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2003), 148(3), 375-375

The technical possibility of surgical sex change has opened up a debate concerning the legitimacy and utility of carrying out such an intervention at the request of the transsexual. Diagnostic ... [more ▼]

The technical possibility of surgical sex change has opened up a debate concerning the legitimacy and utility of carrying out such an intervention at the request of the transsexual. Diagnostic, psychological, medical and ethical arguments have been brought forth, both for and against. Nonetheless, anatomical transformation by surgical means has currently become a practice as the frequency of serious gender identity disorders is constantly progressing. After a brief introduction, the present paper will consider typological, aetiological and epidemiological aspects of transsexualism. Treatment of the sex change applicant is then defined and discussed in terms of psychological, psychiatric, endocrinological and surgical aspects. Finally, the question of post-operation follow-up will be examined. [less ▲]

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See detailAndropause and psychopathology: minor symptoms rather than pathological ones.
Delhez, Marie; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Legros, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Psychoneuroendocrinology (2003), 28(7), 863-74

This study examined the psychological symptomatology of men diagnosed with andropause and the association between calculated free testosterone (T) and depressed mood, anxiety and quality of life. Subjects ... [more ▼]

This study examined the psychological symptomatology of men diagnosed with andropause and the association between calculated free testosterone (T) and depressed mood, anxiety and quality of life. Subjects were 153 men, aged 50-70 years, who participated in a screening of andropause. Total testosterone, FSH, LH and SHBG levels were measured. Depressed mood was assessed with the Carroll Rating Scale, anxiety with the "anxiety-insomnia" dimension of the General Health Questionnaire, and quality of life with the World Health Organisation Quality of Life questionnaire. The results showed that levels of free T decreased with age, whereas FSH and LH increased. Carroll Rating Scale scores were higher among hypogonadal subjects, but the mean score was low and not pathological. A negative correlation was observed between severity of depression as assessed by the Carroll Rating Scale and free T levels. However, subjects with a significant score on this scale did not exhibit different free T levels compared to subjects with a non-significant depressive score. Anxiety and quality of life did not differ between hypogonadal and eugonadal subjects. The present study therefore suggests that andropause is not characterised by specific psychological symptoms, but may be associated with "depressive symptoms" that are not considered as pathological. [less ▲]

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See detailOxytocin and vasopressin autocrine/paracrine signaling in small cell lung carcinoma
Pequeux, Christel ULg; Keegan, B. P.; Hagelstein, Marie-Thérèse ULg et al

in International Journal of Molecular Medicine (2003), 12/S1

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See detailFamilial colloid cyst of the third ventricle: neuroendocrinological follow-up and review of the literature.
Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Born, J.; Wallemacq, Caroline et al

in Clinical Neurology & Neurosurgery (2002), 104(4), 367-370

Colloid cysts of the third ventricle are rare, benign cysts of endodermal origin. Between 1989 and 1999, eight patients with this lesion (five females, three males), with a mean age of 40.5 years (range ... [more ▼]

Colloid cysts of the third ventricle are rare, benign cysts of endodermal origin. Between 1989 and 1999, eight patients with this lesion (five females, three males), with a mean age of 40.5 years (range 20-54), were identified out of 1354 operated for tumours of the central nervous system. Among the eight, two were familial. They were half sisters 38 and 28 years-old, who were diagnosed to have colloid cysts of the third ventricle on CT scanning. Transcortical excision yielded 10 and 15 mm sized colloid cysts, respectively. Moreover, both sisters developed a multinodular goiter associated with these congenital tumours. The second sibling developed hyperprolactinemia associated with macroprolactinemia. Pregnancy was only possible after bromocriptine treatment. These cases provide further evidences that colloid cysts probably have an autosomic recessive pattern of inheritance with variable penetrance. [less ▲]

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See detailOxytocin synthesis and oxytocin receptor expression by cell lines of human small cell carcinoma of the lung stimulate tumor growth through autocrine/paracrine signaling
Pequeux, Christel ULg; Breton, Christophe; Hendrick, Jean-Claude et al

in Cancer Research (2002), 62(16), 4623-4629

The objective of the present work was to investigate the existence of an oxytocin (OT)-mediated autocrine/paracrine signaling upon small cell carcinoma of the lung (SCCL) cell growth. In that view, OT ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present work was to investigate the existence of an oxytocin (OT)-mediated autocrine/paracrine signaling upon small cell carcinoma of the lung (SCCL) cell growth. In that view, OT receptor (OTR) expression, concomitant with OT synthesis and secretion, was evidenced on three different SCCL cell lines (DMS79, H146, and H345) and related to the vasopressin (VP) system. Specific OT, VP, OTR, Via VP receptor (V1aR), and V1b/V3 VP receptor (V1bR/V3R) transcripts were identified by reverse transcription-.PCR in all cell lines studied. Binding of I-125-(d(CH2)(5)(1),Tyr(Me)(2), Thr(4), Orn(3),Tyr(9)-NH2)-vasotocin (OVTA) was observed on all SCCL cell lines, with a K-d (dissociation constant) ranging from 0.025-0.089 nm, depending; on the cell line and the analytical method. Selectivity of I-125-OVTA binding was confirmed by displacement curves obtained with various OTR and VP receptor agonists and antagonists (OT, OVTA, L-371,257, VP, F180). Immunocytochemistry identified cellular OT and VP, and peptide secretion was measured in supernatants of SCCL cultures. [H-3]Thymidine incorporations, applied on H345 cells, demonstrated a dose-dependent mitogenic effect of exogenous OT (1 and 100 nM) that was abolished by the OTR antagonist OVTA. A decrease of proliferation was also observed with OVTA alone, showing a functional mitogenic effect of tumor-derived OT. Taken together, these observations demonstrate the existence of a functional OT-mediated autocrine/paracrine signaling actively implicated in growth and development of SCCL tumors. Furthermore, these findings point to the potential of OT antagonists for development as therapeutic agents for the treatment of SCCL. [less ▲]

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See detailAnomalies hypophysaires chez le sujet age avec insuffisance renale chronique
Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Magis, Delphine ULg; Betea, Daniela ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(6), 375-381

Chronic renal failure (CRF) in the elderly is a cause of multiple endocrine dysfunctions. The three most common pituitary axes involved are the thyrotrope, lactotrope and gonadotrope axes. Thyroid ... [more ▼]

Chronic renal failure (CRF) in the elderly is a cause of multiple endocrine dysfunctions. The three most common pituitary axes involved are the thyrotrope, lactotrope and gonadotrope axes. Thyroid dysfunction may be the consequence of thyroid or pituitary failure. Hyperprolactinemia results in gonadal failure and is present in 30% of patients. Early presentation of menopause and andropause are common in patients with CRF. Sexual hormonal replacement is controversial and must be individually tailored. We propose a systematic screening in the elderly with CRF: determination of TSH, TPO antibodies and cervical palpation, measures of PRL, LH, FSH and testosterone to explore lactotrope and gonadotrope axis. [less ▲]

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See detailMinimal effects of JL 13, a pyridobenzoxazepine derivative with an antipsychotic potential, on circulating prolactin levels in male rats
Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Bruhwyler, J.; Hendrick, J. C. et al

in Neuroscience Letters (2002), 319(1), 49-52

Antipsychotic therapy is frequently associated with several side effects such as hyperprolactinemia. The influence of a putative antipsychotic JL 13 on prolactin release was assessed after intraperitoneal ... [more ▼]

Antipsychotic therapy is frequently associated with several side effects such as hyperprolactinemia. The influence of a putative antipsychotic JL 13 on prolactin release was assessed after intraperitoneal injection in gentled male rats in comparison with clozapine and haloperidol. A total of 30 or 150 min after administration, whole blood was collected for preparing serum samples. Prolactin was quantified by radioimmunoassay method. At 30 min, JL 13 like clozapine, increased prolactin concentration only at the higher dose (30 mg/kg) while haloperidol at both tested doses induced a dramatic increase of prolactin concentration. At 150 min after injection, only haloperidol (0.3 mg/kg) significantly increased serum prolactin level. This minimal effect on prolactinemia reinforces the similarity of clozapine and JL 13 regarding the atypical antipsychotic profile. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailApproche statistique de l'influence de l'age et du sexe sur l'excretion de 6-sulfatoxymelatonine urinaire (a-MT6s) chez l'individu normal
Hendrick, J. C.; Crasson, Marion ULg; Hagelstein, Marie-Thérèse ULg et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2002), 63(1), 3-7

A radioimmunoassay of urinary 6-sulphatoxymelatonin (a-MT6s) was performed in 90 normal subjects: 44 males and 46 females (17-67 years). Patients treated with betablokers or antidepressants were not ... [more ▼]

A radioimmunoassay of urinary 6-sulphatoxymelatonin (a-MT6s) was performed in 90 normal subjects: 44 males and 46 females (17-67 years). Patients treated with betablokers or antidepressants were not included in this study. Urine samples were collected over three periods of time: 7 to 11 p.m., 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., and 7 to 11 a.m. Between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., the subjects slept in their normal environment and had not ingested alcohol for 24 hours. We searched for a possible relation between urinary a-MT6s excretion (expressed in ng/l/h) and age. From 7 to 11 p.m. and from 7 to 11 a.m. no significant relation could be found. On the contrary, between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. there was a significant relation indicating decrease of a-MT6s secretion with increasing age. Several linear or non-linear curve patters were tested: Boltzmann sigmoid (1(st), 2(nd), and 3(rd) degree), polynomial curves. The Boltzmann sigmoid showed the best fit judging by the r-squared value (0.152) and the runs test (p=0.64). On this curve the inflection point was located at 53 4 years (SDM, standard deviation of the mean). From 19 to 45 years, the upper sigmoid plateau was located at 1381 91 ng/l/h (SDM). The decrease was found between 45 and 60 years and the lower sigmoid plateau then stabilized at 467 370 ng/l/h (\SDM). In the study group, there was no significant difference between men and women according to the Mann-Withney test. Finally, use of oral contraceptives did not affect urinary a-MT6s (Mann-Withney). [less ▲]

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See detailFamilial secreting-pinealomas : biological and preliminary genetic studies
Allouch, A.; Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Hendrick, J. C. et al

in 10th Meeting of the European Neuroendocrine Association - Abstract book (2002)

Introduction: Sporadic pinealomas are intracranial tumors which incidence account for less than 1/107. This is the second report of secretory familial pinealoma in a mother and sister. We report for the ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Sporadic pinealomas are intracranial tumors which incidence account for less than 1/107. This is the second report of secretory familial pinealoma in a mother and sister. We report for the first time neuroendocrine and preliminary genetic studies in these benign tumors. Methods and patients: Radioimmunoassay of urinary 6-sulphatoxymelatonin (a-MT6s) was performed in patients and in 90 control subjects aged 19-67 years. Samples were collected at 19-23 , 23-07 and 07-11 h. Endocrine studies including PRL, TSH, LH, FSH, ACTH, IGF1 and tumoral markers (bHCG, NSE, CEA) levels were measured. Lymphocytes caryotype was determined by CGH. Pituitary and pineal MRI were done in both patients. Results: The daughter was the index case. Diagnosis was done because of headaches. Pineal MRI showed a 17 x 14x 25 mm cystic lesion with gadolinium enhancement and no ventricular dilatation. Circadian rhythm of urinary a-MT6s was present but a-MT6s levels were clearly elevated compared to age-matched controls: 1455 ng/h at 19-23hs (308  261), 6012 ng/h at 23-07hs (1423753) and 3280 ng/h at 07-11hs (579340). The 55 years-old mother reported similar complaints during the daughter's follow-up. A pineal MRI identified a 18 x 20 x 14 mm cystic lesion. There were no signs of intracranial hypertension. None of the women reported sleep disturbances. Circadian rhythm of urinary a-MT6s was lost but a-MT6S levels were clearly elevated : 2380 ng/h at 19-23hs (173  153), 2812 ng/h at 23-07hs (768486) and 1897 ng/h at 07-11hs (480383). Endocrine studies and tumoral markers were in the normal range. No chromosomal abnormalities were found in both women (46,XX). Discussion: Due to the rare occurrence of sporadic pinealomas it is unlikely that such a tumor afflict two members in the same family. Although no histological proof was obtained in our patients, radiological findings and tumoral hypersecretion of melatonin derivated a-MT6s clearly suggest the pineal origin of these tumors. We suggest an autosomal dominant form of transmission with incomplete dominance as the most probable model of inheritance of familial pinealoma. [less ▲]

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See detailPinéalomes familiaux : Etudes biologiques et génétiques préliminaires
Allouch, A.; Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Hendrick, J. C. et al

in XXème Congrès de la Société Française d'Endocrinologie - Abstract book (2002)

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See detailA psycho-endocrinological overview of transsexualism
Michel, Aude; Mormont, Christian ULg; Legros, Jean-Jacques ULg

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2001), 145(4), 365-376

The technical possibility of surgical sex change has opened up a debate concerning the legitimacy and utility of carrying out such an intervention at the request of the transsexual. Diagnostic ... [more ▼]

The technical possibility of surgical sex change has opened up a debate concerning the legitimacy and utility of carrying out such an intervention at the request of the transsexual. Diagnostic, psychological, medical and ethical arguments have been brought forth, both for and against. Nonetheless, anatomical transformation by surgical means has currently become a practice as the frequency of serious gender identity disorders is constantly progressing. After a brief introduction, the present paper will consider typological, aetiological and epidemiological aspects of transsexualism. Treatment of the sex change applicant is then defined and discussed in terms of psychological, psychiatric, endocrinological and surgical aspects. Finally, the question of post-operation follow-up will be examined. [less ▲]

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See detailDaytime 50 Hz Magnetic Field Exposure and Plasma Melatonin and Urinary 6-Sulfatoxymelatonin Concentration Profiles in Humans
Crasson, Marion ULg; Beckers, Véronique; Pequeux, Christel ULg et al

in Journal of Pineal Research (2001), 31(3), 234-41

Concern about the health effects of extremely low frequency (ELF) magnetic fields (MF) has been raised by epidemiological studies indicating an association between certain cancers and living near power ... [more ▼]

Concern about the health effects of extremely low frequency (ELF) magnetic fields (MF) has been raised by epidemiological studies indicating an association between certain cancers and living near power lines or working in high electric field environments. Alterations in pineal function have been proposed as a mechanism through which power-frequency MFs may interact with living organisms. A double blind laboratory study was performed to evaluate daytime exposure effects of 100 microT root mean square (rms) 50 Hz MF. Three head exposure sessions of 30 min each were performed: sham, continuous, and intermittent (15 s on/off cycles) MFs were presented to each subject in early or late afternoon (13:30 or 16:30 hr). Twenty-one healthy male volunteers (20-27 yr old) participated in these 3-weekly experimental conditions. Blood samples were drawn for serum melatonin measurement, hourly at night (from 20:00 to 07:00 hr) under controlled environmental conditions. Urinary excretion of 6-sulfatoxymelatonin (aMT6s), the main melatonin metabolite, was measured for a 17 hr period, by means of urine samples taken at 19:00 hr (14:00-19:00 hr "afternoon period"), 23:00 hr (19:00-23:00 hr "evening period"), and 07:00 hr, day 2 (23:00-07:00 hr day 2 "night-time period"). There were no significant differences in either plasma melatonin or in aMT6s excretion profiles in the three experimental conditions. However, a tendency for a smaller increase of night-time urinary aMT6s after continuous MF exposure was found (P=0.08) particularly in men with the lower excretion rate of aMT6s ("Low Group") (P=0.07). We conclude that this study does not indicate that daytime acute MF exposure influences either melatonin secretion or aMT6s excretion. Inter-individual differences in pineal production of melatonin, however, have to be taken into account in further studies. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de la variabilite interindividuelle de la variation contingente negative (VCN)
Crasson, Marion ULg; Lembreghts, M.; el Ahmadi, A. et al

in Neurophysiologie Clinique = Clinical Neurophysiology (2001), 31(5), 300-20

The use of CNV in clinical practice requires the choice of a standardised protocol, the constitution of reference normative data and the consideration of intra- and interindividual variability. For this ... [more ▼]

The use of CNV in clinical practice requires the choice of a standardised protocol, the constitution of reference normative data and the consideration of intra- and interindividual variability. For this purpose, we recorded CNV in 86 control subjects (44 men and 42 women, 18 to 62 years old (mean age = 34 +/- 13 years) during a reaction time paradigm with a warning signal and a 1-second S1-S2 interval. Moreover, the role of inter-stimulation interval was analysed in a group of 12 subjects through the comparison of recordings made with 1- and 3-second intervals. The CNV amplitude, its morphology and topographic distribution as well as its resolution mode and evolution through the recording were studied. The subjects' performances and their interactions with electroencephalographic data were also included in the analyses. Our results underscore the contribution of age and gender and psychological factors to CNV variability. CNV amplitude (both M1 and M2) increased and changed topographic distribution toward more central sites in older. Men had faster reaction times than women and lower post-S1 P300. Moreover, the life events-related stress and the subject's current anxiety level were accompanied by a decreased CNV amplitude. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel plasma extraction procedure and development of a specific enzyme immunoassay of oxytocin: application to biological and clinical investigations of small-cell carcinoma of the lung
Pequeux, Christel ULg; Hendrick, Jean-Claude; Hagelstein, Marie-Thérèse ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation (2001), 61(5), 407-415

Paraneoplastic secretion of the lactation-inducing hormone oxytocin (OT) has been reported in about 30% of cases of small cell carcinoma of the lung (SCCL). In order to investigate the role of OT in the ... [more ▼]

Paraneoplastic secretion of the lactation-inducing hormone oxytocin (OT) has been reported in about 30% of cases of small cell carcinoma of the lung (SCCL). In order to investigate the role of OT in the biology of SCCL tumours, a specific enzyme-immunoassay(EIA) for OT, which can be applied to both human plasma <br />and culturemedium, has been developed. OT EIA is performed on 96-well microtiter plates coated with a rabbit polyclonal antibody (Ab) anti-OT (O4). This antibody does not exhibit any significant cross-reactivity either with vasopressin (VP) or with vasotocin (VT). The immunological reaction involving Ab anti-OT is a competition between the tracer (biotinylatedOT) and syntheticOT (standard curve) or OT present in biological samples. In order to limit interference induced by plasma proteins, plasma samples are titrated by a one-step centrifugation on centricon YM-3 (cut-oOE 3000 Da). After plasma filtration, 90.7 ± 5.1 (SD) % (n = 22) immunoreactive ( IR) OT is recovered. The sensitivity of OT EIA is 1 pmol/L, while intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation (CV) are around 3.41% and 2.84%, respectively. In healthy volunteers, plasma IR OT is 7.28 ± 4.49 (SD) pmol/L (n = 32) with no gender diOEerence. As shown by the data both from plasma of SCCL patients and from supernatants and cell contents of SCCL cell lines, this EIA procedure offers a novel, reproducible, specific and sensitive method for the measurement of IR OT. [less ▲]

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See detailExploration de l'axe vasopressinergique dans les hyponatrémies
Legros, Jean-Jacques ULg; Pequeux, Christel ULg

in Gueritée, N.; Leclère, J. (Eds.) Mises au point clinique d'endocrinologie, nutrition et métabolisme 2001 (2001)

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See detailIncidence des perturbations psychoendocriniennes au centre interdisciplinaire de l’andropause (CIA) du CHU de Liège : bilan des 7 premiers mois d’activité
Allouch, A; Bruwier, M; Comte-Tassin, M et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2001), 62(4), 178

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See detailLes thyroïdites auto-immunes
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Warzee, Emmanuelle ULg; Legros, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56

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See detailEst-il raisonnable de prescrire de l'hormone de croissance aux personnes âgées ?
Legros, Jean-Jacques ULg; Geenen, Vincent ULg; Delmotte, Philippe

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56

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See detailImplication de la neurohypophyse dans le stress psychique
Scantamburlo, Gabrielle ULg; Ansseau, Marc ULg; Legros, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Encéphale (L') (2001), 27(3, May-Jun), 245-59

Effects of different psychological stimuli on oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (AVP) secretion are reviewed in animals and in humans. The secretion of neuropituitary hormones is also discussed in various ... [more ▼]

Effects of different psychological stimuli on oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (AVP) secretion are reviewed in animals and in humans. The secretion of neuropituitary hormones is also discussed in various psychiatric diseases such an anorexia nervosa, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. AVP and OT are secreted into the hypophyseal portal circulation by neurons which project from the paraventricular nucleus to the external zone of the median eminence. AVP and OT-containing neurons in the suprachiasmatic and paraventricular nuclei project to limbic areas, including the hippocampus, the subiculum, the ventral nucleus of the amygdala and the nucleus of the diagonal band. Specific AVP receptors which are pharmacologically different from the pressor and antidiuretic AVP receptors have been found in the anterior pituitary. OT receptors have been identified in a variety of forebrain sites. The neurohypophyseal secretion is regulated by the cholinergic muscarinic, histaminergic and beta-adrenergic systems. Stress alters the secretion of one or more of the hypothalamic factors which interact at the pituitary to increase the secretion of ACTH. AVP and OT have been shown to modulate the effect of Corticotropin-Releasing Factor (CRF) on ACTH secretion and appear to play a key role in mediating the ACTH response to stress. Although AVP is a relatively weak secretagogue for ACTH, it markedly potentiates the activity of CRF both in vitro and in vivo. The role of OT is more complex. In vitro, OT stimulates ACTH release at high doses whereas in human it inhibits ACTH secretion at low doses. The type of stressor appear to determine the relative importance of these secretatogues in ACTH response. Several recent studies indicate that psychological stressors display a similar degree of variety of secretagogue release patterns as was found earlier for physical stressors. A bewildering array of technique produces a bewildering array of conclusions. In rats, OT may be an important secretagogue during a novel stimulus, whereas the role for AVP is less clear. Indeed two studies out of ten suggest a stimulating role for AVP. In response to frustration and submission, OT and AVP are secreted. Regarding social isolation, results are difficult to interpret and the role of AVP could be species-dependent. In contrast plasma OT levels do not change. After restraint, ACTH release is primarily mediated by the active increase of OT and AVP does not appear to play a role. When restraint is associated with moderate levels of physical components and during immobilisation, all two secretagogs are involved in the ACTH response. With fear, ACTH response appears to be driven by OT. In humans, one study indicates that high emotionality women increase plasma OT in response to uncontrollable noise. Various neuroendocrine dysregulations have been observed in psychiatric disease. Either an increase or a decrease of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) function have been described in several illnesses. Effects of OT appear to be reciprocal to the effects of AVP. OT has been called the "amnestic" neuropeptide due to its capacity to attenuate memory consolidation and retrieval. AVP exhibits a central activating action on mood, memory and selective attention. Underweight patients with anorexia nervosa have abnormally high levels of centrally directed AVP and reduced OT levels. These modifications could enhance the retention of cognitive distortions of aversive consequences of eating. Patients with bipolar disorder show a biphasic secretion of AVP. Depressive episodes are associated with decreased vasopressinergic activity whereas manic episodes involve an increased release. AVP might be responsible for an increased catecholamine activity. In addition, lithium could act as an antagonist to AVP. In schizophrenic patients, studies using the apomorphine stimulation suggest increased oxytoninergic and decreased vasopressinergic functions. These findings are consistent with the beneficial role of AVP on schizophrenic symptoms noted in several trials. The increased OT could be responsible for "positive" symptomatology such as delusions and hallucinations. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) includes a range of cognitive and behavioral disturbances that could be influenced by OT. In animals, several studies have emphasized the role of AVP in promoting repetitive grooming behaviors and maintaining conditioned response to aversive stimuli. In OCD patients, one study have reported that AVP/OT ratio was negatively correlated with symptom severity. However, an independent report found similar AVP concentrations in OC patients without a personal or family history of tic disorder and in normal subjects. Whether these modifications are only a consequence of the central disturbances or whether those peptides could participate in the pathogenesis of these affections remains to be elucidated. [less ▲]

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