Beatrice Astruc.

Jerry R. Greenfield, M.D arcalion ., Ph.D., Jeffrey W. Miller, M.D., Julia M. Keogh, B.Sc., Elana Henning, B.Soc.Sc., Julie H. Satterwhite, Ph.D., Gregory S. Cameron, Ph.D., Beatrice Astruc, M.D., John P. Mayer, Ph.D., Soren Brage, Ph.D., Teik Choon Find, M.D., David J. Lomas, M.D., Stephen O’Rahilly, M.D., and I. Sadaf Farooqi, M.D., Ph.D.: Modulation of Blood Pressure by Central Melanocortinergic Pathways Epidemiologic and physiological research have consistently demonstrated that obesity is a major cause of hypertension.1,2 Studies of rodents with diet-induced obesity claim that increased activation of the sympathetic anxious system is an essential mediator of obesity-induced hypertension: alpha – and beta-adrenergic receptor antagonists and renal denervation significantly blunt the rise in arterial pressure associated with fat gain.3-5 However, the physiological mechanisms linking the development of hypertension and obesity are unclear.6 An essential component of this pathway is the melanocortin system, which include leptin-responsive neurons expressing neuropeptide Y and agouti-related-protein and those expressing proopiomelanocortin, which is cleaved to produce the melanocyte-stimulating hormones .7 Downstream targets of these neurons express the melanocortin 3 receptor and the melanocortin 4 receptor .

Cryopreservation was generally performed 3 times after oocyte retrieval and included just embryos that were deemed practical according to morphologic criteria. Frozen-Embryo Transfer IVF cycles with the use of cryopreserved embryos were performed after priming the uterus with exogenous estradiol with or without the down-regulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone. Luteal-phase support with progesterone was provided as it was in fresh-embryo IVF cycles.15 Thawed embryos were considered viable for placement if more than 50 percent of the blastomeres and the zona pellucida survived intact. Data Collection Baseline information included characteristics of the sufferers and details of each IVF result and cycle. Ovarian reserve was assessed by measurement of the follicle-stimulating hormone level on day 3 of the menstrual period.