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See detailReproductive experience alters corticosterone and CBG levels in the rat dam.
Pawluski, Jodi L; Charlier, Thierry ULg; Lieblich, Stephanie E et al

in Physiology & Behavior (2009), 96(1), 108-14

Reproductive experience has significant effects on the brain, behavior and hormone profiles of the mother. Recent work has demonstrated that primiparous rats exhibit decreased dendritic arborizations in ... [more ▼]

Reproductive experience has significant effects on the brain, behavior and hormone profiles of the mother. Recent work has demonstrated that primiparous rats exhibit decreased dendritic arborizations in the hippocampus, and enhanced hippocampus-dependent spatial memory performance at the time of weaning compared to nulliparous and, to a lesser degree, multiparous rats. Interestingly, enhanced spatial learning and reduced dendritic arbors are seen in nulliparous female rats exposed to chronic stress or repeated corticosterone administration. Based on these observations, we hypothesized that corticosterone may be altered in primiparous rats compared to multiparous and nulliparous rats. The present study investigated whether the levels of circulating corticosterone and its binding protein, corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), are altered with reproductive experience and pup-exposure during late pregnancy and the postpartum. Total serum corticosterone and CBG were assayed from five groups; multiparous, primiparous, nulliparous, primip-no-pups, and sensitized rats during gestation (days 14 and 19) and the postpartum period (days 1, 5, 14, 21, and 35). Results show that primiparous rats had significantly elevated total corticosterone on postpartum day 1. In addition, primiparous and multiparous rats had significantly lower CBG throughout the postpartum period than all other groups, with primiparous rats exhibiting lower levels than multiparous rats during mid-lactation. These data suggest that free corticosterone is elevated in both primiparous and multiparous dams and is elevated to a greater degree in primiparous compared to multiparous dams during lactation. Corticosterone and CBG levels were positively correlated with specific maternal behaviors during the first week postpartum in parturient rats, but not in sensitized rats, suggesting a role for corticosterone in the modulation of maternal behavior in parturient rats alone. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of coactivators SRC-1 and CARM1 in estrogen receptor-alpha and beta-dependent cell proliferation in the dentate gyrus of adult female rats
Charlier, Thierry ULg; Lieblich, Stephanie E; Pawluski, Jodi L et al

Poster (2007)

Nuclear receptors such as the estrogen receptors (ER) require the presence of coactivator proteins, such as the steroid receptor coactivator (SRC-1) and coactivator-associated arginine methyltransferase ... [more ▼]

Nuclear receptors such as the estrogen receptors (ER) require the presence of coactivator proteins, such as the steroid receptor coactivator (SRC-1) and coactivator-associated arginine methyltransferase (CARM1) to enhance the transcription of target genes. Importantly, in vitro work suggests that ER􀀁 and ER􀀂 differ in the ability to recruit coactivators such as SRC-1. For example, SRC-1 has a strong affinity for ER􀀁 and a weaker affinity for ER􀀂. Interestingly, both ER􀀁 and ER􀀂 are individually involved in estradiol-enhanced cell proliferation in the dentate gyrus of adult female rats. In addition, previous work suggests a role for CARM1 in cell proliferation and for SRC-1 in cell differentiation, therefore the present study aimed to determine whether proliferating cells in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus co-express the coactivators SRC-1 and CARM1. We also aimed to determine whether ER􀀁 and ER􀀂 agonists would result in altered expression of SRC-1 and CARM1 in new proliferating cells in the dentate gyrus. To investigate this, adult female rats were ovariectomized and treated with either the ER􀀁 agonist Propyl-pyrazole triol (PPT), the ER􀀂 agonist diarylpropionitrile (DPN), estradiol benzoate (EB), or vehicle (CTRL). Rats were then injected with BrdU (200 mg/kg) and sacrificed 24 hours later. Preliminary data suggests that DPN, PPT and EB increase cell proliferation in the dentate gyrus compared to the vehicle-injected group. Interestingly, the number of proliferating cell expressing SRC-1 is similar in all groups, suggesting that neither of the ER agonists nor EB treatment affects the co-expression of BrdU+ cells with SRC-1. However, additional measurements are currently being done to investigate whether CARM-1 is differentially expressed in proliferating cells in the hippocampus following selective ER agonist treatment. [less ▲]

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