Searchable abstracts of presentations at key conferences in endocrinology

ea0031p141 | Growth and development | SFEBES2013

Impaired heart function and cardiac maturation in fetal mice with disrupted GR signalling in vascular smooth muscle and cardiomyocytes

Rog-Zielinska Eva A , Thompson Adrian , Moran Carmel , Kenyon Christopher J , Holmes Megan C , Chapman Karen E

Glucocorticoid signalling is essential for cardiac maturation late gestation. In mice, global glucocorticoid receptor deficiency (GR−/−) severely impairs cardiac function and ultrastructure at embryonic day (E) 17.5. To dissect direct effects of GR deficiency in the heart from effects on other systems, Sm22α-Cre mice were crossed with ‘floxed’ GR mice to generate SMGRKO mice with disrupted GR signalling in cardiomyocytes and vascular smoot...

ea0031p181 | Obesity, diabetes, metabolism and cardiovascular | SFEBES2013

The role of hepatic 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 in cholesterol homeostasis

Manwani Kajal , Man Tak Y , Kenyon Christopher J , Andrew Ruth , Chapman Karen E , Seckl Jonathan R

11β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type one (11β-HSD1) converts inert glucocorticoids to active forms, amplifying intracellular glucocorticoid action. 11β-HSD1 also catalyses the reduction of seven-ketocholesterol (7KC) to 7β-hydroxycholesterol (7βHC). 7KC may inhibit cholesterol biosynthesis (Brown et al. 2002). Alteration of cholesterol homeostasis is a major atherosclerotic risk factor. 11β-HSD1 deficiency/inhibition is atheroprotective ...