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Several authors have investigated the role of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) in the reproductive tract, but there are no data available whether 17beta-estradiol (E2) regulates expression of members of the AHR pathway in the uterus. We therefore examined the mRNA expression of Ahr as well as the genes of the AHR dimerization partners ARNT1 and ARNT2 and the(More)
Estrogen-like effects of the heavy metal cadmium have been reported in both in vitro and in vivo studies. Yet, the molecular mechanisms involved in the hormonal activity of cadmium ions have not been fully elucidated. There are extensive data on cross-talk between aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) and estrogen receptor (ER). Recently, 17β-estradiol (E2) was(More)
Dominant and territorial behaviour are known social phenomena in cichlids and social stress influences reproduction and growth. The gonadotropic hormones trigger spermatogenesis and subordinate males have typically lower levels of gonadotropins than dominant males. In this study, we compared testis morphology and gene expression of dominant and subordinate(More)
Plant natural products derived from phenylalanine and the phenylpropanoid pathway are impressive in their chemical diversity and are the result of plant evolution, which has selected for the acquisition of large repertoires of pigments, structural and defensive compounds, all derived from a phenylpropanoid backbone via the plant-specific phenylpropanoid(More)
8-Prenylnaringenin (8-PN) and naringenin (Nar) are phytoestrogens found in food items and nutritional supplements, while 6-(1.1-dimethylallyl)naringenin (6-DMAN) is a component of an African plant. Besides their assumed beneficial effects they may promote mammary and endometrial cancer. We therefore assessed their proliferative and estrogenic potential on(More)
The effects of black cohosh extracts (Rhizoma Cimicifugae racemosae) on primary estrogen target organs, like mammary gland and endometrium are better described then those on other estrogen-sensitive systems e.g. the vasculature. We therefore treated ovariectomized DA/Han rats for 17 days with an isopropanolic Cimicifuga racemosa rhizoma extract (iCR) alone(More)
A variety of plant derived substances, so-called phytoestrogens (PEs), although structurally not related to steroids, produce effects similar to the mammalian estradiol. However, little is known so far about the structural requirements which determine PE activities. Taking into consideration that prenylation reactions are relatively common in plant(More)
Eight isoflavones derivatives, with isoprenyl and/or 7-methoxy substitution, isolated from Erythrina poeppigiana (Fabaceae) have been investigated for their estrogenic properties in receptor subtype-specific reporter gene assays. First we focused on their estrogen receptor alpha and beta (ERalpha and ERbeta) selectivity, second we addressed(More)
Several studies indicate that the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR), which plays an important role in mediating the toxicity of many industrial chemicals, plays an important role in the physiology of female reproductive tract organs. This makes it likely that the AHR and additional components of the AHR signalling pathway are under the control of female sex(More)