Elzbieta Wasilewska-Dziubińska

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OBJECTIVE It has been reported that neuropeptides may play a role in the control of appetite and in the mechanism of hormone release. Neuropeptides such as beta-endorphin, neuropeptide Y (NPY), galanin and leptin may affect hormones release, on the other hand the hormonal status may modulate neuropeptide activity. METHODS The material consisted of 90(More)
OBJECTIVES It has been reported that leptin and neuropeptide Y (NPY) play a role in the control of appetite and in the regulation of hormonal secretion. METHODS Plasma leptin, neuropeptide Y (NPY) and galanin concentrations were estimated in 13 women with bulimia nervosa (BN) 19 women with anorexia nervosa (AN) and in 19 healthy women of the control group(More)
Orexin A (OxA), a recently discovered neuropeptide, is synthesized mainly by neurons located in the posterolateral hypothalamus and is a 33 amino acid peptide with N-terminal pyroglutamyl residue and two inter-chain disulfide bonds. It is a potent agonist for both the orexin-1 (OxR1) and orexin-2 (OxR2) receptors. Orexin A and its receptors are widely(More)
OBJECTIVES Some hormonal disturbances were demonstrated in starvation. Leptin, NPY and galanin play an important role in the control of appetite and in the mechanism of hormone release. METHODS In order to evaluate the effect of starvation on the relationship between leptin, neuropeptide Y (NPY) galanin and pituitary and gonadal hormones release, plasma(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of NMMA on the mechanism of leptin and NPY action in in vivo and in vitro on pituitary hormone release by female rats in diestrus. METHODS In vivo experiments based on four-day ip injections of: 1) murine recombinant leptin (mrLep); 2) human NPY; 3) saline; 4) NMMA (50 microg) was applied(More)
OBJECTIVE VIP and PACAP, two structurally related peptides, stimulate c AMP, steroidogenesis and progesterone (PROG) release from cultured rat granulosa cells. VIP and PACAP(38) are known to mimic the effects of beta-adrenergic receptor stimulation in the rat pinealocytes causing an increased melatonin synthesis. These effects were markedly potentiated by(More)
OBJECTIVE Valproate (VPA) a potent antiepileptic drug has been claimed to induce reproductive disturbances in men. Long-term VPA treatment can affect sperm morphology and induce testicular atrophy in non-epileptic rats. It has been reported that VPA reduced testosterone secretion stimulated by hCG in isolated rat Leydig cells. These results suggest direct(More)
OBJECTIVE Available data suggest that estrogens and leptin play a role in the control of the pubertal process. In humans and some mammal species the increase of the activity of gonadotropic axis accompanies the decrease in the rate of growth at puberty. The effect of 17β-estradiol and/or leptin administration on the somatotropic and gonadotropic axes was(More)
OBJECTIVE Mechanism(s) responsible for VPA-induced effects on reproductive axis activity are not fully recognized. Previously we reported that VPA suppressed only GnRH-stimulated but not the basal LH release from rat anterior pituitary (AP) cells in vitro. Since the inhibitory effect of VPA was exerted only in GnRH-activated cells, potential VPA impact on(More)
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