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Effects of Food Restriction on Steroidogenesis in Dispersed Adrenocortical Cells from Yarrow's Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus jarrovii).
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PMID:  22721829     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Changes in energy balance can lead to functional alterations at all levels of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. However, relatively little is known about how energy balance affects functional properties of adrenocortical cells themselves. We investigated effects of restricted food intake on sensitivity to ACTH and rates of steroidogenesis in adrenocortical cells isolated from growing female and male Yarrow's Spiny Lizards (Sceloporus jarrovii). At the end of the feeding regimen, we assayed acute (3 h) progesterone (P(4)), corticosterone (B), and aldosterone (ALDO) production in response to ACTH in dispersed adrenocortical cells. Food restriction depressed growth rate by about 50% in both males and females but did not alter baseline plasma B measured at 10 weeks in either sex. At the cellular level, food restriction had the following effects: 1) increased basal B production in both sexes and basal ALDO production in males, 2) increased net maximal rates of production of P(4), B, and ALDO in response to ACTH, and 3) no overall effect on adrenocortical cellular sensitivity to ACTH. There were modest sex differences: overall rates of P(4) production were 46% greater in cells from females than from males, and in response to food restriction, the net maximal rate of ALDO production was 50% greater in cells from males than from females. Our results demonstrate that food restriction in S. jarrovii increases adrenocortical cellular rates of steroid production without affecting overall cellular sensitivity to ACTH.
Rocco V Carsia; Patrick J McIlroy; Robert M Cox; Michele Barrett; Henry B John-Alder
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  General and comparative endocrinology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1095-6840     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370735     Medline TA:  Gen Comp Endocrinol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Cell Biology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, New Jersey 08084, USA.
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