S. Papavasiliou

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Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and gonadal steroids regulate synthesis and release of luteinizing hormone (LH). GnRH is secreted intermittently by the hypothalamus, producing pulsatile LH release, and a pulsatile GnRH stimulus is required to maintain LH secretion. We report the regulatory effects of GnRH pulse injections on pituitary concentrations(More)
Prolactin (PRL) circadian profiles were analyzed using methods of nonlinear dynamics, directly from the experimental data, by combining in a single time-series (432 measurements), six individual 24-hour PRL profiles (72 measurements per profile, sampling interval = 20 min), obtained from young healthy human volunteers (4 males, 2 females), under basal(More)
As human beings venture into space in the 21st century, they will be confronted with a "hypodynamic" and thus hostile environment for the bone homeostasis, that could potentially compromise their mobility in general and skeletal strength in particular after landing. From this point of view, space flight studies are especially interesting and intriguing(More)
Several instruments have been developed for the assessment of emotional distress in patients with diabetes. The Problem Areas in Diabetes Scale (PAID) is a brief self-report scale that evaluates diabetes-related distress. There is a lack of validated instruments for the evaluation of psychological aspects in patients with diabetes in Greek language. The(More)
Alpha and LH beta subunit mRNAs were measured in pituitaries of 4-day cycling rats during the estrous cycle. A two-fold increase in alpha mRNA occurred between 0800-2000 h on diestrus, but alpha mRNA concentrations were stable during other days of the cycle. LH beta mRNA concentrations were low during estrus and metestrus (11-16 pg cDNA bound/100 micrograms(More)
An acute transient fall in the number of pituitary GnRH receptors (GnRH-R) is observed before the preovulatory gonadotropin surge in cycling rats and before the afternoon daily gonadotropin surge in ovariectomized estradiol-treated rats. In the latter model, this fall can be reproduced by administration of the opioid antagonist naloxone, whereas the opioid(More)
The number of pituitary GnRH receptors (GnRH-BC) is stable throughout the day in ovariectomized-estradiol treated rats, but undergo an acute transient reduction prior to the afternoon gonadotropin surge. To investigate the mechanisms controlling GnRH-BC we studied the effects of opioid-active compounds in this model. Morphine, given at 1400h, abolished both(More)
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