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Suppression, Estrogen receptor (ER) activity leads to Increased, secretion of GnRH from hypothalamus

Upstream event
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Key Event Relationship Overview

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AOPs Referencing Relationship

AOP Name Adjacency Weight of Evidence Quantitative Understanding Point of Contact Author Status OECD Status
Hypothalamic estrogen receptors inhibition leading to ovarian cancer adjacent High Not Specified Kalyan Gayen (send email) Under development: Not open for comment. Do not cite Under Development

Taxonomic Applicability

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Term Scientific Term Evidence Link
human Homo sapiens High NCBI
rat Rattus norvegicus High NCBI
mice Mus sp. High NCBI

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Sex Evidence
Female High
Male Low

Life Stage Applicability

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Term Evidence
Adult, reproductively mature High

Key Event Relationship Description

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Study on female human patient had shown Selective Estrogen Receptors Modulator (Clomiphene) act on the hypothalamic site and increase the hypothalamic GnRH secretion significantly (KERIN et al., 1985). Study on female rat had shown increased gonadotropin hormone secretion upon administration of very low dose (1-100 ng/kg) of clomiphene citrate. However, high dose (1µg/kg -2 mg/kg) of clomiphene citrate in female rat inhibit the gonadotropin hormone secretion (Koch et al., 1971).

Estradiol i.e. Estrogen receptor beta acts as a potent feedback molecule between the ovary and hypothalamic GnRH neurons, and exerts both positive and negative regulatory actions on GnRH synthesis and secretion (Hu et al., 2008). ESR2 control the GnRH release through the intracellular calcium ions release (Kenealy et al., 2011). Research had shown that nanomolar concentration of membrane-associated G protein-coupled estrogen receptor alter the patterns of Ca2+ release in GnRH neurone (Komatsuzaki and Kawato, 2007). Studies on mouse have shown several molecules such as, eastradiol, non-peptide neurotransmitters, gasotransmitters can modulate the GnRH neuron activity and GnRH secretion and control the reproductive functions (Spergel, 2019; Temple et al., 2004; Temple and Wray, 2005).

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Koch et al., had shown the ~107% increase in GnRH secretion after administration of clomiphene citrate (1-100 ng/kg) in adult female rat (Koch et al., 1971).

Boyer et al., had also shown the increasing GnRH secretion after administration of clomiphene citrate (1.0 mg/kg/day)in immature female rats (Boyar, 1970).

Roy et al., had shown that 17β-estradiol at 1 nm concentration over a 48 h time period down regulate (~55%) the expression of GnRH mRNA in GnRH-secreting, hypothalamic cell line (GT1–7) (Roy et al., 1999).

Chu et al., had shown using whole cell electrophysiology of the brain slice in adult female mice 10 picomolar concentration of estradiol reduce the firing of GnRH neurone (Chu et al., 2009).

Biological Plausibility
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Molecular mechanism for the enhancement of GnRH by suppression of Estrogen receptor activity is poorly known.

Uncertainties and Inconsistencies
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The release GnRH neurons depends on the concentration of the Selective Estrogen Receptors Modulator compound (Clomiphene). Scientific reports have shown the both stimulatory and inhibitory effects on the GnRH secretion exhibited by the estradiol depending on the concentration of clomiphene molecules and presence of types of receptors (Chu et al., 2009; Micevych and Kelly, 2012; Boyar, 1970).

Known modulating factors

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GnRH secretion from the neurone can be modulated by prostaglandin, glutamate, ATP, carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, neurotransmitters (norepinephrine, epinephrine, GABA, histamine and acetylcholine) (Spergel, 2019).

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Neural activity and elevated hormone release are observed for hours in in vivo study (Chu et al., 2009).

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Domain of Applicability

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Negative feedback action on GnRH secretion had shown in female guinea pig (Kelly et al., 1984).

Reduced firing of GnRH neurone was shown in adult female mice (Chu et al., 2009).

Alterations in the concentrations of oestrogen receptors in the hypothalamus was shown in rat (Adashi et al., 1980).

Negative Feedback of estrogen on GnRH secretion was studied in adult woman (Shaw et al., 2010).


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Adashi, E., Hsueh, A., & Yen, S. (1980). Alterations induced by clomiphene in the concentrations of oestrogen receptors in the uterus, pituitary gland and hypothalamus of female rats. Journal of Endocrinology, 87(3), 383-392.

Baez-Jurado, E., Rincon-Benavides, M. A., Hidalgo-Lanussa, O., Guio-Vega, G., Ashraf, G. M., Sahebkar, A., et al. (2018). Molecular mechanisms involved in the protective actions of Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators in brain cells. Front Neuroendocrinol, 52, 44-64. doi:S0091-3022(18)30094-3 [pii]10.1016/j.yfrne.2018.09.001.

Bharti, S., Misro, M., & Rai, U. (2013). Clomiphene citrate potentiates the adverse effects of estrogen on rat testis and down-regulates the expression of steroidogenic enzyme genes. Fertility and sterility, 99(1), 140-148. e5.

Boyar, R. M. (1970). Effects of clomiphene citrate on pituitary FSH, FSH-RF, and release of LH in immature and mature rats. Endocrinology, 86(3), 629-33. doi:10.1210/endo-86-3-629.

Bussenot, I., Parinaud, J., Clamagirand, C., Vieitez, G., & Pontonnier, G. (1990). Effect of clomiphene cirate on oestrogen secretion by human granulosa cells in culture. Human Reproduction, 5(5), 533-536.

Chu, Z., Andrade, J., Shupnik, M. A., & Moenter, S. M. (2009). Differential regulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone neuron activity and membrane properties by acutely applied estradiol: dependence on dose and estrogen receptor subtype. J Neurosci, 29(17), 5616-27. doi:29/17/5616 [pii]10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0352-09.2009.

Cosman, F. (2003). Selective estrogen-receptor modulators. Clin Geriatr Med, 19(2), 371-9. doi:S0749-0690(02)00114-3 [pii]10.1016/s0749-0690(02)00114-3.

Couse, J. F., & Korach, K. S. (1999). Estrogen receptor null mice: what have we learned and where will they lead us? Endocr Rev, 20(3), 358-417. doi:10.1210/edrv.20.3.0370.

Goerzen, J., Corenblum, B., & Taylor, P. J. (1985). Potentiation of GnRH response by clomiphene citrate. J Reprod Med, 30(10), 749-52.

Haskell, S. G. (2003). Selective estrogen receptor modulators. South Med J, 96(5), 469-76. doi:10.1097/01.SMJ.0000051146.93190.4A.

Hu, L., Gustofson, R. L., Feng, H., Ki Leung, P., Mores, N., Krsmanovic, L. Z., et al. (2008). Converse regulatory functions of estrogen receptor-α and-β subtypes expressed in hypothalamic gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons. Molecular Endocrinology, 22(10), 2250-2259.

Kelly, M. J., Ronnekleiv, O. K., & Eskay, R. L. (1984). Identification of estrogen-responsive LHRH neurons in the guinea pig hypothalamus. Brain Res Bull, 12(4), 399-407. doi:0361-9230(84)90112-6 [pii]10.1016/0361-9230(84)90112-6.

Kenealy, B., Keen, K., & Terasawa, E. (2011). Rapid action of estradiol in primate GnRH neurons: the role of estrogen receptor alpha and estrogen receptor beta. Steroids, 76(9), 861-866.

KERIN, J. F., LIU, J. H., PHILLIPOU, G., & Yen, S. (1985). Evidence for a hypothalamic site of action of clomiphene citrate in women. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 61(2), 265-268.

Koch, Y., Dikstein, S., Superstine, E., & Sulman, F. G. (1971). The effect of promethazine and clomiphene on gonadotrophin secretion in the rat. J Endocrinol, 49(1), 13-7. doi:10.1677/joe.0.0490013.

Komatsuzaki, Y., & Kawato, S. (2007). Rapid Effect of Progesterone on the Intracellular Ca2+ Oscillation of Immortalized Hypothalamic GT1-7 Cells. bioimages, 15, 1-7.

Kumar, A., & Pakrasi, P. L. (1995). Estrogenic and antiestrogenic properties of clomiphene citrate in laboratory mice. Journal of Biosciences, 20(5), 665-673.

Micevych, P. E., & Kelly, M. J. (2012). Membrane estrogen receptor regulation of hypothalamic function. Neuroendocrinology, 96(2), 103-10. doi:000338400 [pii]10.1159/000338400.

Ng, Y., Wolfe, A., Novaira, H. J., & Radovick, S. (2009). Estrogen regulation of gene expression in GnRH neurons. Molecular and cellular endocrinology, 303(1-2), 25-33.

Petersen, S. L., McCrone, S., Keller, M., & Shores, S. (1995). Effects of estrogen and progesterone on luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone messenger ribonucleic acid levels: consideration of temporal and neuroanatomical variables. Endocrinology, 136(8), 3604-10. doi:10.1210/endo.136.8.7628399.

Roy, D., Angelini, N. L., & Belsham, D. D. (1999). Estrogen directly represses gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) gene expression in estrogen receptor-α (ERα)-and ERβ-expressing GT1–7 GnRH neurons. Endocrinology, 140(11), 5045-5053.

Shaw, N. D., Histed, S. N., Srouji, S. S., Yang, J., Lee, H., & Hall, J. E. (2010). Estrogen negative feedback on gonadotropin secretion: evidence for a direct pituitary effect in women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 95(4), 1955-61. doi:jc.2009-2108 [pii]10.1210/jc.2009-2108.

Spergel, D. J. (2019). Modulation of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Neuron Activity and Secretion in Mice by Non-peptide Neurotransmitters, Gasotransmitters, and Gliotransmitters. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne), 10, 329. doi:10.3389/fendo.2019.00329.

Tan, S. L., Farhi, J., Homburg, R., & Jacobs, H. S. (1996). Induction of ovulation in clomiphene-resistant polycystic ovary syndrome with pulsatile GnRH. Obstet Gynecol, 88(2), 221-6. doi:0029-7844(96)00190-1 [pii]10.1016/0029-7844(96)00190-1.

Temple, J. L., Laing, E., Sunder, A., & Wray, S. (2004). Direct action of estradiol on gonadotropin-releasing hormone-1 neuronal activity via a transcription-dependent mechanism. J Neurosci, 24(28), 6326-33. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1006-04.200424/28/6326 [pii].

Temple, J. L., & Wray, S. (2005). Bovine serum albumin-estrogen compounds differentially alter gonadotropin-releasing hormone-1 neuronal activity. Endocrinology, 146(2), 558-63. doi:en.2004-1117 [pii]10.1210/en.2004-1117.

Zhang, Z., Bartsch, J. W., Benzel, J., Lei, T., Nimsky, C., & Voellger, B. (2009). Selective estrogen receptor modulators decrease invasiveness in pituitary adenoma cell lines AtT-20 and TtT/GF by affecting expression of MMP-14 and ADAM12. FEBS Open Bio, 10(11), 2489-2498. doi:10.1002/2211-5463.12999.

Zoeller, R. T., & Young, W. S., 3rd (1988). Changes in cellular levels of messenger ribonucleic acid encoding gonadotropin-releasing hormone in the anterior hypothalamus of female rats during the estrous cycle. Endocrinology, 123(3), 1688-9. doi:10.1210/endo-123-3-1688.