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Cortisol and Growth Hormone

Growth hormone (GH) and Cortisol are thought to become important glucose-raising hormones only after hypoglycaemia has been prolonged for more than one hour. However, defects in Cortisol and GH release can cause profound and prolonged hypoglycaemia because of a reduction in hepatic glucose production and, to a lesser extent, by exaggeration of insulin-stimulated glucose uptake by muscle. Abnormalities in growth hormone and cortisol secretion in response to hypoglycaemia are characteristic of long-standing type 1 diabetes, affecting up to a quarter of patients who have had diabetes for more than ten years. In rare cases, coexistent endocrine failure such as Addison's disease or hypopituitarism also predisposes patients to severe hypoglycaemia. Pituitary failure, although uncommonly associated with type 1 diabetes, occasionally develops in young women as a consequence of ante-partum pituitary infarction. As an intact hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis is important for adequate...

Growth Hormone Secreting Tumors

Most surgeons rely on a postoperative glucose tolerance test with growth hormone (GH) levels. Unless special arrangements exist most laboratories do not run GH assays every day. As a consequence, the patient has usually been discharged before the results return, because most patients with acromegaly have short in-patient stays. The initial reduction in GH levels to cure or semicure levels (

Growth Hormone

Growth hormone, also called somatotropic hormone, is secreted by the anterior pituitary. This hormone regulates the growth of the individual until somewhere around early adulthood or the time when the person no longer gains height. Growth hormone is available as the synthetic products somatrem (Protropin) and somatropin (Humatrope). Both are of recombinant DNA origin and are identical to human GH and produce skeletal growth in children. These drugs are administered to children who have not grown because of a deficiency of pituitary GH and must be used before closure of bone epiphyses. Bone epiphyses are the ends of bones, separated from the main bone but joined to its cartilage, that allow for growth or lengthening of the bone. GH is ineffective in patients with closed epiphyses because when the epiphyses close, growth (in height) can no longer occur.

Human Growth Hormone

Human growth hormone (hGH) is a 191-amino-acid polypeptide that is released from anterior pituitary somatotrope cells. The hormone functions to promote linear growth during adolescence and modulate many physiological functions after completion of growth. Since 1984, somatropin (recombinant DNA-derived hGH) therapy has been applied in the treatment of growth hormone-deficient children. hGH is known to exhibit a distinct conformation at an acidic pH when compared to neutral pH 53 . Although the molecular conformations at acid and neutral pH share virtually identical extents of secondary structure, differences in the tertiary structure have been observed. The less stable acidic conformation is also implicated as the intermediate for undesirable aggregation 53 .

And Growth Hormone

Growth Hormone Adipose

Epinephrine,the glucocorticoids, thyroxine, and growth hormone stimulate the catabolism of carbohydrates and lipids.These hormones are thus antagonistic to insulin in their regulation of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.Thyroxine and growth hormone promote protein synthesis, however, and are needed for body growth and proper development of the central nervous system.The stimulatory effect of these hormones on protein synthesis is complementary to that of insulin. The anabolic effects of insulin are antagonized by glucagon, as previously described, and by the actions of a variety of other hormones. The hormones of the adrenals, thyroid, and anterior pituitary (specifically growth hormone) antagonize the action of insulin on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. The actions of insulin, thyroxine, and growth hormone, however, can act synergis-tically in the stimulation of protein synthesis.

Design and Construction of the Lentiviral Transfer Vector

(For a general reference on retroviral design, see (Lois et al. 2001). The basic design of the transfer vector consists of a cassette in which a promoter (P) drives the expression of a gene of interest (G) and this P+G cassette is inserted into a lentiviral vector flanked by LTR sequences (Lois et al. 2002). In most cases the engineering of a lentiviral transgene construct is a straightforward procedure. In some situations, however, some P+G combinations might be problematic and require some modifications. Several considerations have to be taken into account before engineering a lentiviral transfer vector. First, the capsid of the retrovirus has a maximum capacity of approximately 12 kB. Because the transfer vector contains LTRs and some sequences necessary for reverse transcription and packaging, the theoretical maximum size of the P+G cassette is 10 kB. Second, lentiviruses have an RNA genome and, therefore, the production of recombinant viruses might be affected by RNA processing...

Anterior Pituitary Hormones and Their Control Substances

Gonadotropin, leutinizing hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone Adrenocorticotropin (ACTH), p-lipotropin Growth hormone (GH) Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) Growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH), GH release-inhibiting hormone (GIH, somatostatin) MSH-releasing factor (MRF), MSH-release inhibiting factor (MIF)

Exogenous Trophic Influences

Growth hormone-releasing hormone has trophic activity in the human pituitary (43) and, in addition to a case report of diffuse somatotroph hyperplasia in a patient with a growth hormone-releasing hormone-producing bronchial carcinoid (44), there are several cases of true somatotroph adenoma formation in patients with growth hormone-releasing hormone-producing hypothalamic gangliocytomas (45,46). Corticotrophin-releasing hormone is trophic to corticotrophs(47,48), and a corticotroph adenoma developing in association with a corticotropin-releasing hormone-containing sellar gangliocytoma (49) suggests, as do the observations in growth hormone-releasing hormone-producing transgenic mice (50), that duration, pattern, and local level of exposure to hypothalamic hormone may be critical in defining the stability of the trophic response induced. For abnormal pituitary trophic responses in the presence of normal levels of hypothalamic hormones, no constitutionally active...

Neuroendocrine Activation

Insulin-induced hypoglycaemia was used to study pituitary function as early as the 1940s. The development of assays for adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and growth hormone (GH) allowed the direct measurement of pituitary function during hypoglycaemia in the 1960s, and many of the processes governing these changes were unravelled before elucidation of the counterregulatory system. The studies are comparable to those evaluating counterregulation, in that potential regulatory factors are blocked to measure the hormonal response to hypoglycaemia with and without the regulating factor. Growth hormone releasing hormone Growth hormone GH Growth hormone secretion is governed by two hypothalamic hormones growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) which stimulates GH secretion, and somatostatin which is inhibitory. GHRH secretion is stimulated by dopamine, GABA, opiates and through alpha adrenoceptors, whereas it is inhibited by serotonin and beta adrenoceptors. A study in rats showed that...

Dyskeratosis Congenita

Dyskeratosis congenita (DC) is characterized by ectodermal dysplasia and hematopoietic failure. The classic triad of ectodermal dysplasia consists of abnormal skin pigmentation, dystrophic nails, and leukoplakia of mucous membranes. In addition to the classic triad, there are a number of other somatic findings in DC. The most common of these are epiphora (tearing due to obstructed tear ducts), developmental delay, pulmonary disease, short stature, esophageal webs, dental caries, tooth loss, premature gray hair, and hair loss. Other ocular, dental, skeletal, cutaneous, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, and CNS abnormalities have also been reported.

Clinical Presentation and Therapy

NBS is characterized by short stature, progressive microcephaly with loss of cognitive skills, premature ovarian failure in females, recurrent sinopulmonary infections, and an increased risk for cancer, particularly lymphoma (van der Burgt et al. 1996 Resnick et al. 2002). There is no sex difference in expansion of NBS. Mental development is normal in 40 of patients, while 50 of patients have the borderline-to-mild retardation and 10 of patients are moderately retarded. No correlation was found between head circumference at birth and mental development (Green et al. 1995). All NBS patients also have a typical distinctive facial appearance, characterized by a receding forehead, prominent mid face with long nose and long philtrum, receding mandible, upward slanting palpebral fissures usually accompanied by epi-canthic folds, freckles on the cheeks and nose, large ears with dysplastic helices, and sparse hair (Digweed and Sperling 2004).

Identifying The Responsible Cellular Event

Insulin resistance is also frequently observed in clinical conditions associated with overproduction of counter-regulatory hormones such as cortisol, epi- nephrine, and growth hormone (6). Specifically, acromegaly, Cushing's syn- drome, and pheochromocytoma, on clinical grounds, are associated with attenuated insulin action and may present with impaired carbohydrate metabolism. A number of other human diseases and conditions characterized by insulin M resistance have been described, as recently reviewed by Hunter and Garvey these J are listed in Table 1 (6).

Francis Crick and the Central Dogma

Pigs now carry a gene for bovine growth hormone and show significant improvement in weight gain, feed efficiency, and reduced fat. Most soybean plants grown in the United States have been genetically engineered to survive the application of powerful herbicides. Corn plants (maize) now contain a bacterial gene that produces an insecticide protein rendering them poisonous to earworms.

Design and Preparation of DNA for Microinjection

Intron or of a promoter including introns generally resulted in better transgene expression than the use of the SV40 intron (see Note 8). To allow for correct transcriptional termination a polyadenylation poly(A) site should be included at the 3' end of the construct. Here, poly(A) sites of SV40 or bovine growth hormone are among the most frequently used. Note, that the construct must be released from vector sequences when completed thus there should still be suitable restrictions sites left for this purpose (see Note 9).

Cardiac Growth And Hypertrophy

In addition to the indirect effects of thyroid hormone on cardiac growth, other endocrine mediators of hypertrophy have been examined. Growth hormone, which mediates its effects in large part though IGF-1, may be a mediator of physiologic hypertrophy. By contrast, there is preliminary evidence that retinoic acid and vitamin D may inhibit cardiac growth.38,39

The Ligand Binding Site on IFNAR1

IFNAR1 is a member of the cytokine receptor superfamily, sharing conserved structural FNIII building blocks that form the extracellular ligand-binding domain. In IFNGR1, IFNGR2, growth hormone receptor, tissue factor, and IFNAR2, there are two FNIII domains, each containing 100 amino acids with seven P-strands and connecting loops. The extracellular domain of IFNAR1 is atypical, consisting of a tandem array of four FNIII domains, here denoted subdomains 1 through 4 (SD1-4 beginning from the N terminus) (Kotenko and Langer 2004 Mogensen et al. 1999 Pestka 1997). The four-domain structure of IFNAR1 appears to represent a tandem duplication of the more common two-domain structure.

Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism Associated With Other Pituitary Hormone Deficiencies Prop1 Gene Mutations

Combined pituitary hormone deficiency has been associated with rare abnormalities in gene-encoding transcription factors that are necessary for pituitary development (109). Prop-1 is required for the activation of genes involved in ventral differentiation and proliferation of the four ventral cell types (somatotropes, lac-totropes, thyrotropes, and gonadotropes) (110). Mutations in the gene Prop-1 (Prophet of Pit-1) are the most common cause of both familial and sporadic congenital combined pituitary hormone deficiency. Several different mutations in the Prop-1 gene have been identified and are inherited recessively. The hormonal phenotype includes deficiencies of growth hormone (GH), prolactin (PRL), and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Some subjects with Prop-1 mutations also present with LH and FSH deficiencies. However, there is variability in the clinical and hormonal expression of the cases reported thus far. Most affected patients fail to enter puberty and show consistently...

Estimation of Mature Height

Parenteral Nutrition Formula

Due to genetic influences, some children may be taller or shorter than average. Estimations may be helpful in evaluating short stature. The growth patterns of other family members may also be helpful in determining the correct diagnosis in such instances.12 Short stature during childhood and adolescence should be evaluated to determine whether it is a normal variation or whether it indicates an underlying caloric deficiency or disease.

Establishing Surgical Goals And An Overall Program Of Management

After presurgical assessment and before surgery, the surgical objective and its role in the overall management plan should always be considered. This is usually simple. For example, in the otherwise healthy patient in whom a clinically nonfunctioning macroadenoma is compromising vision, the surgical objectives would be decompression of the optic apparatus and an attempt at gross total tumor resection. The management plan would include long-term postoperative surveillance for and treatment of hypopituitarism and possible tumor recurrence. However, treatment decisions can be more complicated. For example, in the patient with acromegaly with a macroadenoma whose size and invasiveness are too great for a surgical cure, the aim would be decompression of neural structures and maximal reduction of tumor burden. The management plan would include normalization of growth hormone (GH) insulin-like growth hormone factor (IGF)-1 levels with various forms of pharmacotherapy, consideration of...

Nutritional Counseling

The special nutritional requirements of an individual with COPD are based on specific metabolic issues. The COPD patient has an increased basal metabolic demand that may be related to both a higher energy cost of breathing at rest as well as with activity (30). It has also been shown that with lower lean body mass, functional capacity (31,32), and survival decrease (33), independent of the FEVj or other indices. Attempts to treat the malnutrition and loss of lean body mass have focused on several interventions, including nutritional counseling. The use of anabolic steroids and growth hormone in combination with exercise have also been studied. The repletion of anabolic steroids has appeared to have a fair degree of safety so far, but there appears to be only an effect on the repletion of lean body mass and no effect on functional outcomes (34). Because there are possible risks in increasing the metabolic demands of these patients, more research will need to be done before this can be...

Mechanisms Of Counterregulatory Failure

In blood glucose (White et al., 1985) (Figure 6.10). Thus, patients with type 1 diabetes of long duration are at risk of severe and prolonged neuroglycopenia during hypoglycaemia as a direct consequence of inadequate glucose counterregulation. Although attenuated growth hormone and cortisol responses are less common, they are late manifestations in terms of diabetes duration.

Age Obesity And Glucose Counterregulation

Furthermore, it appears that the glycaemic thresholds for the secretion of epinephrine and growth hormone are set at a higher blood glucose level in non-diabetic children compared to adults (Jones et al., 1991). In children with type 1 diabetes, the secretion of epinephrine in response to hypoglycaemia commences at an even higher level. In children who have markedly elevated HbA1c values, there is a further shift of the blood glucose threshold to a higher level for the release of counterregulatory hormones. Both the autonomic nervous system and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis are activated in excess in the morbidly obese. Before and after bariatric surgery (average weight loss 40 kg over 12 months), severely obese non-diabetic subjects, underwent a hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemic clamp (blood glucose 3.4 mmol l). Before weight reduction, patients demonstrated brisk peak responses in glucagon, epinephrine, pancreatic polypeptide, and norepinephrine. After surgery and during...

Causes Of Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance may be caused by rare genetic defects that alter insulin binding to its cellular receptors or cause defects in receptor or postreceptor signal trans-duction (1). Recently, defects in the nuclear receptor, PPARy, have also been linked to syndromes of severe insulin resistance (2). In addition, some endocrine-metabolic syndromes, such as Cushing's syndrome, acromegaly, and polycystic ovary syndrome, are associated with insulin resistance because of the hormonal imbalances associated with these conditions. However, in the most common forms of insulin resistance, single gene defects have not been identified and the development of insulin resistance represents a complex interaction among a poorly understood array of predisposing genetic factors and acquired environmental factors that modify insulin sensitivity. Among the latter, the most prominent are obesity (particularly intra-abdominal obesity), physical inactivity, and increasing age. It is also now well documented...

Diagnosis Of Klinefelters Syndrome

KS in a prepubertal boy are verbal learning disabilities and taurodontism, the unusual enlargement of the pulp of the tooth seen roughly half of men and boys with KS (46). After puberty, individuals with KS will often exhibit tall stature (usually greater than 184 cm) with proportionally long legs and will frequently manifest an arm span that is greater than their height (51). In adults, the diagnosis of KS should be considered in men with gynecomastia, primary hypogonadism, infertility, or osteoporosis. Because serum testosterone levels may be normal, serum gonadotropins should also be measured. Peripheral blood karyotyping can be used to confirm the diagnosis, although this test can be negative in mosaic individuals, and tissue karyotype may be necessary (9).

Limits of the Abstract Standard Hard Cases and the Question of Individual Justice

However, this does not settle all of the problems with the treatment enhancement distinction even on the macro-level of public health. The first difficulty may arise when it comes to what could be called coupled phenomena , i.e. certain physical or mental features which by no means resemble a disease but may cause effects that certainly do. Then, in trying to treat or prevent the latter one must try to alter the former trait. To take some vivid examples If having a specific physical feature - such as black skin, or a short stature, or a hooked nose, or a disposition to obesity, or to shyness, or something similar - is coupled (at least statistically) with significant disadvantages in a society, then having one of these features might predispose its possessor to psychological problems, such as depression, that we do in fact con Johnny is a short eleven-year old boy with a documented growth hormone deficiency resulting from a brain tumor. His parents are of average height. His predicted...

Endocrine Deficiencies

Men with low testosterone, women after menopause and both men and women with growth hormone deficiency without involvement of HPA axis perturbations tend to have abdominal obesity (49). These hormones prevent accumulation of body fat in intra-abdominal depots, and deficiency would then be expected to be followed by enlargement of these depots. The mechanisms whereby this occurs have been largely elucidated, and substitution with the deficient hormone is followed by a specific decrease of visceral fat as well as improvement of the factors included in the metabolic syndrome (6). The prevalence of such conditions seem to be in the order of 10 in the middle-aged male population (56).

Prolactinsecreting Pituitary Adenoma Prolactinoma

The initial treatment of prolactinomas involves the use of oral dopamine agonist therapy. Rapid reduction in PRL levels and shrinkage of both micro adenomas and macroadenomas occur in the majority of patients (3). In general, pituitary function is unaffected, but infarction has been described, which may result in loss of adenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), growth hormone (GH) and gonadotropins. Monitoring of basal levels and performance of dynamic testing, as outlined in Appendix 1 (see p. 197 et seq.), is recommended, particularly in macroadenomas.

Theoretical transmission of prions by medical devices with a tissue component

Given the history of the iatrogenic transmission of CJD from human dura mater transplantation (a medical device) and pituitary-derived growth hormone 18 , it is not implausible that devices with a bovine component could theoretically transmit vCJD to a susceptible individual. It should be recognized that some tissues are higher risk than others for prion transmission with the highest risk tissues from the central nervous system, including eyes. The WHO has provided a guidance based on the tissue type (e.g. central nervous system, muscle, tonsils, etc) and its relative infectivity 57 .

Fatty acids and cell signaling 31 Overview

Among the cellular actions of NEFAs are included effects on membrane fluidity and ion transport, e.g., Na+ K+-ATPase, Na+ and K+ channels, and Ca2+ currents (63). The effects of these ion channels on cell function are protean. As examples of potential biological relevance, the capacity of selected cis-unsaturated NEFAs including oleic acid to blunt basal and stimulated release of growth hormone from pituitary cells and nitric oxide from endothelial cells is mediated by inhibitory effects on Ca2+ signaling (22,64). Growth hormone and endothelial function are altered in obesity and may reflect in disordered part NEFA metabolism.

Subgrouping Of Visceral Obesity With The Metabolic Syndrome

Visceral obesity is associated with other endocrine abnormalities than that of cortisol. Indeed, visceral obese individuals with the metabolic syndrome may have all the hormonal abnormalities of the elderly, suggesting that this condition may be a sign of premature ageing (58). The most common deficiencies are those of growth hormone (GH) and sex steroids (59). Whereas men have low testosterone levels (60), women have irregular menstrual cycles (61). Functionally, the growth axis and the reproductive axis are influenced at many levels by the HPA axis. Prolonged activation of the HPA axis thus leads to suppression of GH secretion as well as inhibition of sex steroids (23,62).

Somatostatin is a hormone of the brain and the gut

Somatostatin is released from the cells of the pancreas in response to rapid rises of glucose and amino acids in the blood. This hormone has paracrine functions within the islets It inhibits the release of both insulin and glucagon. Its actions outside the pancreas slow the digestive activities of the gut. Pancreatic somatostatin extends the period of time during which nutrients are absorbed from the gut. Somatostatin is also produced in very small amounts by cells in the hypothalamus. Acting as a neurohormone, hypothalamic somatostatin is transported in the portal vessels to the anterior pituitary, where it inhibits the release of growth hormone and thyrotropin.

Clinical Focus Box 302

Tentially dangerous systemic arterial hypoxia during exercise. The signs and symptoms of a respiratory limitation to exercise include exercise cessation with low maximal heart rate, oxygen desaturation of arterial blood, and severe shortness of breath (Clinical Focus Box 30.2). The prospects of training-based rehabilitation are modest, although locomotor muscle-based adaptations can reduce lactate production and ventilatory demands in exercise. Specific training of respiratory muscles to increase their strength and endurance is of minimal benefit to patients with compromised lung function.

Clinical Focus Box 311

Growth Hormone and Pulsatile Hormone Secretion Growth hormone is a 191-amino acid protein hormone that is synthesized and secreted by somatotrophs of the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. As described in Chapter 32, the hormone plays a role in regulating bone growth and energy metabolism in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. A deficiency in growth hormone production during adolescence results in dwarfism and overproduction results in gigantism. Measurements of circulating growth hormone levels are, therefore, desirable in children whose growth rate is not appropriate for their age. Like many other peptide hormones, growth hormone secretion occurs in a pulsatile fashion. The most consistent pulse occurs just after the onset of deep sleep and lasts for about 1 hour. There are usually 4 to 6 irregularly timed pulses throughout the remainder of the day. In order to ob tain reliable information about growth hormone secretion, endocrinologists employ a dynamic test of growth hormone...

Clinical Focus Box 321

Recombinant Human Growth Hormone and GH Deficiency Growth hormone (GH) is species-specific, and humans do not respond to GH derived from animals. In the past, the only human GH available for treating children who were GH-deficient was a very limited amount made from human pituitaries obtained at autopsy, but there was never enough to meet the need. This problem was solved when the gene for human GH was cloned in 1979 and then expressed in bacteria. The production of large amounts of recombinant human GH, with all the activities of the natural substance, was now possible. During the 1980s, careful clinical trials established that recombinant human GH was safe to use in GH-deficient children to promote growth. The hormone was approved for clinical use and is now produced and sold worldwide.

Suggested Reading

The regulation of growth hormone secretion. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am 1996 3 541-571. Fliers E, Wiersinga WM, Swaab DF. Physiological and pathophysiological aspects of thryotropin-releasing hormone gene expression in the human hypothalamus. Thyroid 1998 8 921-928. Itoi K, Seasholtz AF, Watson SJ. Cellular and extracellular regulatory mechanisms of hypothalamic corticotropin-releasing hormone neurons. Endocr J 1998 45 13-33. Reichlin S. Neuroendocrinology, In Wilson JD, Foster DW, Kronenberg HM, Larsen PR, eds. Williams Textbook of Endocrinology. 9th Ed. Philadelphia WB Saunders, 1998. Zingg HH, Bourque CH, Bichet DG, eds. Vasopressin and oxytocin. Molecular, cellular and clinical advances. Adv Exp Med Biol 1998,449 000-000.

Thyroid Hormones Are Essential for Normal Body Growth

The thyroid hormones are important factors regulating the growth of the entire body. For example, an individual who is deficient in thyroid hormones, who does not receive thyroid hormone therapy during childhood, will not grow to a normal adult height. Thyroid Hormones and the Gene for GH. A major way thyroid hormones promote normal body growth is by stimulating the expression of the gene for growth hormone (GH) in the somatotrophs of the anterior pituitary gland. In a thyroid hormone-deficient individual, GH synthesis by the somatotrophs is greatly reduced and consequently GH secretion is impaired therefore, a thyroid hormone-deficient individual will also be GH-deficient. If this condition occurs in a child, it will cause growth retardation, largely a result of the lack of the growth-promoting action of GH (see Chapter 32).

Factors Contributing to Thymic Involution

Factors that contribute to thymic involution can be broadly subdivided into those that result from age-dependent systemic changes outside the thymus, those dependent on the thymic epithelial cells that support thymopoiesis, and those intrinsic to thymocyte progenitors and the thymocytes themselves. First, changes in thymopoiesis may result from systemic hormonal changes that occur over the life span of the individual. Growth hormone (GH) levels peak in man in the early twenties and decline with age. This pituitary hormone mediates its functions through production of insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1, which is primarily produced in the liver but also made by the bone marrow and thymic stroma. The age-dependent decline in GH IGF-1 has been linked to reduced hematopoiesis and increased deposition of adipose tissue in the bone marrow and thymus (33). HIV+ adults and children have demonstrated a consistent increase in thymic mass and na ve T-cell levels when GH was added to antiretroviral...

Promoting an Optimal Response to Therapy

Growth hormone is given either IM or subcutaneously (SC). The vial is not shaken but swirled to mix. The solution is clear, and the nurse should not give it if it is cloudy. These drugs are administered IM or SC. The weekly dosage is divided and given in three to seven doses throughout the week. The drug may (if possible) be given at bedtime to most closely adhere to the body's natural release of the hormone. Periodic testing of growth hormone levels, glucose tolerance, and thyroid functioning may be done at intervals during treatment.

Altered States Of Consciousness Internal Influences

Evidence has accumulated to support the belief that sleep serves a restorative function. Sleep deprivation can produce intense fatigue, perceptual distortion, diminished cerebral functioning, and disruption of bodily processes. It is known, for example, that the pituitary gland releases growth hormone only during slow-wave sleep stages. This may be why children appear to need more sleep than adults do.

Phenotypic similarity between relatives

Skin color is clearly heritable, as is adult height but even for characters such as these we must be very careful. We know that skin color is affected by genes, both from studies of cross-racial adoptions and from observations that the offspring of black African slaves were black even when they were born and reared in North America. But are the differences in height between Japanese and Europeans affected by genes The children

Amenorrhea Is Caused by Endocrine Disruption

Menstrual cycle disorders can be divided into two categories amenorrhea, the absence of menstruation, and oligomenorrhea, infrequent or irregular menstruation. Primary amenorrhea is a condition in which menstruation has never occurred. An example is Turner's syndrome, also called gonadal dysgenesis, a congenital abnormality caused by a nondisjunction of one of the X chromosomes, resulting in a 45 X0 chromosomal karyotype. Because the two X chromosomes are necessary for normal ovarian development, women with this condition have rudimentary gonads and do not have a normal puberty. Because of ovarian steroid deficiency (lack of estrogen), secondary sex characteristics remain prepubertal, and plasma LH and FSH are elevated. Other abnormalities include short stature, a webbed neck, a coarctation of the aorta, and renal disorders.

Maternal Physiology Changes Throughout Gestation

The maternal endocrine system undergoes significant adaptations. The hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis is suppressed by the high levels of sex steroids. consequently, circulating gonadotropins are low, and ovulation does not occur during pregnancy. In contrast, the rising levels of estrogens stimulate PRL release. PRL levels begin to rise during the first trimester, increasing gradually to reach a level 10 times higher near term (see Fig. 39.6). Pituitary lactotrophs undergo hyperplasia and hypertrophy and mostly account for the enlargement of the pregnant woman's pituitary gland. However, somatotrophs that produce growth hormone are reduced, and GH levels are low throughout pregnancy.

Hypocretin Actions At The Level Of The Pituitary Gland

Hypocretin-positive nerve terminals have been visualized in the external layer of the median eminence, adjacent to the fenestrated capillary endothelium of the portal vessels, and in the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland.31 Thus the peptides may be delivered to the hormone secreting cells of the adenohypophysis by either the long portal vessels (from median eminence), or the short portal vessels that connect the neural lobe with the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. Importantly, both hcrtr1 and hcrtr2 are expressed in anterior pituitary gland and thus hypocretin reaching the gland may exert trophic actions on hormone production or secretion. There appears to be some sexual dimorphism with regard to the receptor subtypes present in pituitary gland.32 Hcrtr1 expression is much higher in male than in female pituitaries and ovariectomy resulted in 12-fold increases in hcrtr1 expression in female rats.33 This increase in hcrtr1 expression was inhibited by estrogen replacement....

Types of Endocrine Disorders

Defects And Hormone

The anterior pituitary secretes growth hormone (GH), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), prolactin, and two gonadotropic hormones follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). The functions of these hormones are summarized in Figure 10-14. luteinizing hormone (LH) growth hormone (GH) thyroid-stimulating hormone hormone (CRH) growth hormone releasing

Chemical Classification of Hormones

Chemical Classes Hormones

Polypeptide hormones generally contain less than 100 amino acids an example is antidiuretic hormone (table 11.2). Protein hormones are polypeptides with more than 100 amino acids growth hormone is an example. The distinction between polypeptide and protein hormones is blurred in the case of insulin, which is composed of two polypeptide chains that are both derived from the same protein precursor.

Table 1 List of Some Special Growth Charts

Growth Chart For Marfan Syndrome

Pediatrics 1991 88(4) 853. Weight, height, sitting height, head circumference, triceps, and subscapular skinfold (plus other measure) for age 2 to 22 years Phebus CK, et al. J Pediatr 1984 105 28. Height- and weight-for-age birth to 18 years Tanner JM, et al. J Pediatr 1985 107 317-29. Height velocity (cm yr) age 2V2 to 19 years Tanner JM, et al. Pediatr Res 1975 9 611. Height- and height velocity-for-age 2 to 19 years (includes periods of treatment with human growth hormone) Lyon AJ. et al. Arch Dis Child 1985 60 932. Height-for-age birth to 18 years (girls)

Inputs That Control Hormone Secretion

Most hormones are released in short bursts, with little or no release occurring between bursts. Accordingly, the plasma concentrations of hormones may fluctuate rapidly over brief time periods. Hormones also manifest 24-h cyclical variations in their secretory rates, the circadian patterns being different for different hormones. Some are clearly linked to sleep for example, growth hormone's secretion is markedly increased

Review Activities

C. growth hormone. c. growth hormone. a. growth hormone Describe how thyroxine affects cell respiration. Why does a person who is hypothyroid have a tendency to gain weight and less tolerance for cold Compare and contrast the metabolic effects of thyroxine and growth hormone. 10. Describe the conditions of gigantism, acromegaly, Laron dwarfism, and kwashiorkor, and explain how these conditions relate to blood levels of growth hormone and IGF-1.

Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism

In malnutrition and chronic diseases, weight loss to below 80 of ideal body weight can delay or arrest pubertal development. Nutrition plays an important, but poorly understood, role in the control GnRH secretion, e.g., in regional enteritis gonadotropin secretion remains normal if nutrition is optimally balanced, whereas suboptimal nutrition will result in a hypogonadotropic state and arrested pubertal maturation. More than 50 of patients with regional enteritis have subnormal height velocity, and approx 25 will have short stature. The endocrine status is characterized by normal GH secretion and a slightly Craniopharyngioma. The most common neoplasm causing hypothalamic-pitu-itary dysfunction and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism is craniopharyngioma. It is a congenital tumor, which most commonly becomes symptomatic between the ages of 6 and 14 yr. At presentation, the most common symptoms are headache, visual disturbances, short stature, delayed...

Endocrine Functions of the Placenta

Chorionic Villi And Intervillous Space

The placenta secretes both steroid hormones and protein hormones. The protein hormones include chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and chorionic somatomammotropin (hCS), both of which have actions similar to those of some anterior pituitary hormones (table 20.7). Chorionic gonadotropin has LH-like effects, as previously described it also has thyroid-stimulating ability, like pituitary TSH. Chorionic somatomammotropin likewise has actions that are similar to two pituitary hormones growth hormone and prolactin. The placental hormones hCG and hCS thus duplicate the actions of four anterior pituitary hormones. The importance of chorionic gonadotropin in maintaining the mother's corpus luteum for the first 5 2 weeks of pregnancy has been previously discussed. There is also some evidence that hCG may in some way help to prevent immunological rejection of the implanting embryo. Chorionic somatomammotropin acts together with growth hormone from the mother's pituitary to produce a diabetic-like...

Function Of The Placenta

Primitive Umbilical Ring

During the first two months of pregnancy, the syncytiotrophoblast also produces human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which maintains the corpus luteum. This hormone is excreted by the mother in the urine, and in the early stages of gestation, its presence is used as an indicator of pregnancy. Another hormone produced by the placenta is somatomammotropin (formerly placental lactogen). It is a growth hormone-like substance that gives the fetus priority on maternal blood glucose and makes the mother somewhat diabetogenic. It also promotes breast development for milk production.

Special Aspects of Nutritional Assessment in Down Syndrome

Given the short stature inherent to Down syndrome. it has been determined that caloric requirements lor children with Down syndrome aged 5 to 12 years should be based on body height rather than body weight to avoid overestimating'1 (see Table 22-2). It is important to note that obesity is a significant nutritional risk factor for children with Down syndrome, with approximately 25' i being affected.7 Prevention should therefore be the focus by promoting healthy eating habits early in life and avoiding use of food as a reward for good behavior. Regular physical activity such as swimming or dancing should also be encouraged.

Management Of Delayed Puberty

For induction of puberty in boys with constitutional delay of puberty, the indication for treatment is usually psychosocial boys with delayed puberty may suffer because of short stature and lack of pubertal progression. This distress may affect their school performance and their social relationships. Testosterone esters, given intramuscularly, remain the most commonly used treatment approach therapy can be started with 50 mg of a mixture of testosterone propionate and testosterone enanthate every 4 wk. Often, a treatment course of 6 to 12 mo will accelerate growth and sexual maturation, and such a short treatment course is usually sufficient to alleviate psychosocial problems related to pubertal delay. Other treatment options are testosterone undecanoate by mouth, transdermal testosterone patches or gels, or oxandrolone. Compared with other treatment regimens, a short-course of low-dose depot testosterone intramuscularly is an effective, practical, safe, well-tolerated, and...

Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency II

Affected children were born after uneventful pregnancies with normal height and weight. No delay in the separation of the umbilical cord was observed. They have severe mental retardation, short stature, a distinctive facial appearance, and the rare Bombay (hh) blood phenotype. From early life, they have suffered from recurrent episodes of bacterial infections, mainly pneumonia, periodontitis, otitis media, and localized cellulitis. During times of infections, the neutrophil count increases up to 150,000 l. Several mild to moderate skin infections, without obvious pus have also been observed (Wild et al. 2002). The infections have not been life-threatening events and are usually treated in the outpatient clinic. Interestingly, after the age of 3 years, the frequency of infections has decreased and the children no longer need prophylactic antibiotics. At older age, their main infectious problem is severe perio-dontitis as is also observed in patients with LAD I (Etzioni et al. 1998).

Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency

Chromosomal Perivascular Spaces

A rare juvenile type of MSD has been reported with onset in childhood. The disease is characterized by short stature, ichthyosis, hepatomegaly, moderate dysostosis multiplex and slowly progressive neurological abnormalities consisting of dementia, ataxia, quadriplegia, retinal degeneration, and blindness. Corneal clouding is not present.

Endocrine Control Systems

Blood vessel delivers the releasing hormone to the anterior pituitary gland, which in turn secretes a hormone called thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), or thyrotropin, into the blood. The TSH travels to the thyroid gland to stimulate the secretion of thyroid hormones, which stimulate metabolism in liver, muscle, and other cells. Heat produced as a by-product of metabolism warms the body. Some hormones are under dual control. Growth hormone (somatotropin) is stimulated by a releasing hormone called somatocrinin and inhibited by somatostatin. There are about seven anterior pituitary hormones that are controlled by similar mechanisms. Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is controlled by corticotropin-releasing hormone. Melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) and prolactin are under dual control by both releasing hormones and inhibiting hormones. The gonadotropins follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) are under the control of a single releasing hormone called...

The Islets of Langerhans Are the Functional Units of the Endocrine Pancreas

Islet Langerhans

Delta cells are the sites of production of so-matostatin in the pancreas. These cells are typically located in the periphery of the islet, often between beta cells and the surrounding mantle of alpha cells. Somatostatin produced by pancreatic delta cells is identical to that previously described in a neurotransmitter role (see Chapter 3) and as a hypothalamic hormone that inhibits growth hormone secretion by the anterior pituitary (see Chapter 32).

Other Neurological Disorders

Prader Willi syndrome is a complex genetic disorder characterized by hypotonia, short stature, hypogonadism, mental retardation, behavioral troubles and hyperphagia, which result in excessive obesity. Intermediate CSF hypocretin levels have been reported in the literature in two cases of Prader-Willi syndrome.11,14 This finding might represent a biological marker of this syndrome that could be also associated with Kleine-Levin syndrome.

Preoperative Assessment Pituitary Adenoma Surgery

Response monitoring, 225, 226 treatment protocol and follow-up, 224, 225 Germ cell tumors, chemotherapy, 241 incidence, 238, 239 malignant tumors, 239 markers, 240 metastasis, 240, 241 radiation therapy, 241 suprasellar tumor presentation, 239, 240 surgery, 240 types, 239 GH, see Growth hormone Giant cell tumors, bone, 254 Glioma, parasellar, GnRH, see Gonadotropin-releasing hormone Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), analogs for nonfunctioning pituitary tumor management, 87 Granular cell tumors, imaging, 249 management, 250 nomenclature, 249 origins, 249 Growth hormone (GH), see also Acromegaly, deficiency features, 193, 194 five-point day curve for status assessment, 200, 201 nonfunctioning pituitary tumor gonadal hormones, 83 growth hormone, 83 prolactin, 81, 82 thyroid hormone, 82, 83 vasopressin, 83 magnetic resonance imaging, 81, 84, tumor removal, 189 prevalence, 1, 189 Pituitary tumor transforming gene (PTTG), pituitary adenoma pathogenesis, 11, 12 Postoperative management,...

The pituitary is closely associated with the brain

Neurohormonal Regulation

The other peptide-and protein hormones produced by the anterior pituitary influence tissues that are not endocrine glands. These hormones are growth hormone, pro-lactin, melanocyte-stimulating hormone, endorphins, and enkephalins. Growth hormone (GH) acts on a wide variety of tissues to promote growth directly and indirectly. One of its important direct effects is to stimulate cells to take up amino acids. Growth hormone also promotes growth indirectly by stimulating the liver to produce chemical messages called somato-medins or insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), which stimulate the growth of bone and cartilage. Thus, in some of its actions, growth hormone can also be considered a tropic hormone in that it stimulates cells to produce and release other hormones. Overproduction of growth hormone in children causes gi-gantism (individuals may grow to nearly 8 feet tall Figure 42.6). Underproduction causes pituitary dwarfism, in which individuals fail to reach normal adult height.*...

And Laboratory Investigations

SD occurs with a relatively high frequency in Finland. Pregnancy and the perinatal period are uneventful. The first clinical signs usually appear at 6-9 months of age and include hypotonia, ataxia, and nystagmus. Gradually the patients develop spasticity. Many develop signs of athetosis. Motor development is delayed, and about 30 of the patients never walk without support. Speech development is also delayed, and the speech is dysarthric. The nystagmus disappears. Most patients acquire a divergent squint. Many patients are growth-retarded with a height below the second percentile. Mental development is delayed from early on, and most adults are severely mentally handicapped. Facial features may become coarse late in the course of the disease. Epileptic seizures may occur. Rarely, endocrine disturbances have been reported, including growth hormone deficiency and hypo-gonadotropic hypogonadism. The clinical course in SD patients is often static for many years, which delays evaluation for...

Laboratory Aids to Diagnosis

Muscle enzymes commonly measured are CK, aldolase, lactic dehydrogenase (LDH), and AST. CK is probably the most reliable indicator of muscle damage because skeletal muscle, compared with other tissues, contains relatively more of it. However, heart, brain, and smooth muscle also contain CK. Strenuous physical exertion as well as intramuscular injections may increase CK and cause elevated values for a week. Serum myoglobin is elevated in polymyositis in essentially all patients with active disease. However, this test is only performed in the setting of red urine or renal compromise. An immunoassay should be performed to detect myoglobinemia. Plasma cortisol, growth hormone, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), and thyroxine values are indicated if one of the endocrine myopathies is suspected. CK may also be elevated in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Hypothalamicpituitary Axis

Median Eminence Definition

The anterior lobe contains clusters of histologically distinct types of cells closely associated with blood sinusoids that drain into the venous circulation. These cells produce anterior pituitary hormones and secrete them into the blood sinusoids. The six well-known anterior pituitary hormones are produced by separate kinds of cells. Adrenocorti-cotropic hormone (ACTH), also known as corticotropin, is secreted by corticotrophs, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) by thyrotrophs, growth hormone (GH) by somatotrophs, prolactin (PRL) by lactotrophs, and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) by gonadotrophs. hormone. Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), thy-rotropin-releasing hormone (TRH), and growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) stimulate the secretion and synthesis of ACTH, TSH, and GH, respectively (Table 32.1). Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH), also known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), stimulates the synthesis and release of FSH...

Androgens Are Responsible for Secondary Sex Characteristics and the Masculine Phenotype

The growth spurt of adolescent males is influenced by a complex interplay between androgens, growth hormone (GH), nutrition, and genetic factors. The growth spurt includes growth of the vertebrae, long bones, and shoulders. The mechanism by which androgens (likely DHT) alter bone metabolism is unclear. Androgens accelerate closure of the epiphyses in the long bones, eventually limiting further growth. Because of the latter, precocious puberty is associated with a final short adult stature, whereas delayed puberty or eunuchoidism usually results in tall stature. An

Case Study for Chapter

Growth Hormone A 6-year-old boy was brought to the clinic to be evaluated for GH deficiency. The boy's height is between 2 and 3 standard deviations below the average height for his age. Initial physical examination rules out head trauma, chronic illness, and malnutrition. The patient's family history does not suggest similar short stature in immediate relatives. Thyroid hormones are normal. 4. Why is it important to treat GH deficiency and short stature prior to the onset of puberty 4. GH and IGF-I stimulate the epiphyseal growth plate of the long bones to grow. The epiphyseal plate fuses several years after puberty, at which time GH and IGF-I can no longer stimulate the growth of the bone. Therefore, the earlier GH therapy is initiated, the greater will be the chance of achieving normal adult height before long bone growth stops. Grumbach MM, Bin-Abbas BS, Kaplan SL. The growth hormone cascade progress and long-term results of growth hormone treatment in growth hormone deficiency....

Hamartomas Gangliocytomas of the Sellar Region

When carefully sought, ectopic foci of hypothalamic tissue are not unusual as autopsy findings, appearing as minute macroscopic masses attached to the ventral hypothalamus, the adjacent pia, or on the surface of the proximal posterior cerebral arteries. Although such hamartomatous nodules are clinically insignificant, on occasion they may be several centimeters, extend into the third ventricle, descend into the sella, or hang in the interpeduncular cistern, producing a variety of com-pressive and endocrinologic effects. Most symptomatic examples occur in young males, in whom precocious puberty is the best known manifestation (61). The latter features may simply be the result of hypothalamic compression however, in some instances, these lesions contain gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), thus providing an endocrine basis for accelerated sexual maturation. Other hypothalamic neuronal hamartomas liberate growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH), which may induce GH cell hyperplasia and...

The Somogyi Phenomenon The Concept Of Rebound Hyperglycaemia

Rebound Hyperglycaemia

In the late 1930s, a Hungarian biochemist, Michael Somogyi, working in St Louis, USA, suggested that nocturnal hypoglycaemia might provoke rebound hyperglycaemia on the following morning, and he supported his hypothesis with a demonstration that reducing evening doses of insulin led to a reduction in fasting urinary glycosuria (Somogyi, 1959). He proposed that nocturnal hypoglycaemia provokes a counterregulatory response with rises in plasma epinephrine, cortisol and growth hormone resulting in the release of glucose from the liver and inhibition of the effects of insulin over the next few hours. The logical conclusion from his hypothesis was that this 'rebound' elevated fasting blood glucose in the morning should be treated, not by an increase in the evening dose of insulin, but paradoxically by a reduction. The idea of 'rebound hyperglycaemia' following nocturnal hypoglycaemia, (also known as the Somogyi phenomenon) as an explanation for a high fasting blood glucose in...

Substantial Amounts of Calcium and Phosphate Enter and Leave Bone Each

Bone Growth Osteoid Mineralized Bone

Chondrocytes of epiphyseal plates are controlled by hormones. Insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), primarily produced by the liver in response to growth hormone, serves as a primary stimulator of chondrocyte activity and, ultimately, of bone growth. Insulin and thyroid hormones provide an additional stimulus for chondrocyte activity. height is reached at this point, since further linear growth is impossible. Not all bones undergo closure. For example, those in the fingers, feet, skull, and jaw remain responsive, which accounts for the skeletal changes seen in acromegaly, the condition of growth hormone overproduction (see Chapter 32).

Quantifying heritability

It must be stressed that this measure of genetic influence tells us what part of the population's variation in phenotype can be attributed to variation in genotype. It does not tell us what parts of an individual's phenotype can be ascribed to its genotype and to its environment. This latter distinction is not a reasonable one. An individual's phenotype is a consequence of the interaction between its genes and the sequence of environments that it experiences as it develops. It would be silly to say that 60 inches of your height were produced by your genes and 10 inches were then added by your environment. All measures of the importance of genes are framed in terms of the proportion of phenotypic variance ascribable to their variation. This approach is a special application of the more general technique of analysis of variance, used for apportioning relative weight to contributing causes. The technique was, in fact, invented originally to deal with experiments in which different...

Counterregulation During Hypoglycaemia

Cryer Counter Regulation

That blood glucose starts to rise when plasma insulin concentrations are still ten times the baseline values means that it is not simply the reduction in insulin that reverses hypogly-caemia, but active counterregulation must also occur. Many hormones are released when blood glucose is lowered (see below), but glucagon, the catecholamines, growth hormone and cortisol are regarded as being the most important. Several studies have determined the relative importance of these hormones by producing isolated deficiencies of each hormone (by blocking its release or action) and assessing the subsequent response to administration of insulin. These studies are exemplified in Figure 1.4 which assesses the relative importance of glucagon, adrenaline (epinephrine) and growth hormone in the counterregulation of short term hypoglycaemia. Somatostatin infusion blocks glucagon and growth hormone secretion and significantly impairs glucose recovery (Figure 1.4a). If growth hormone is replaced in the...

Metabolic Complications of Short Bowel Syndrome

Scolapio JS, Camilleri M, Fleming CR. el al. Effect of growth hormone, glutamine. and diet on adaptation in short-bowel syndrome a randomized, controlled study. Gastroenterology 1997 113 1074-81. 10. Shulman DI. Hu CS, Duekett G, Lavallee-Grey M. Effects of short-term growth hormone therapy in rats undergoing 75

GH Regulates Growth During Childhood and Remains Important Throughout Life

Dehydration Negative Feedback

As its name implies, growth hormone (GH) promotes the growth of the human body. It does not appear to stimulate fetal growth, nor is it an important growth factor during the first few months after birth. Thereafter, it is essential for the normal rate of body growth during childhood and adolescence. Growth hormone (also called somatotropin) is secreted by the anterior pituitary throughout life and remains physiologically important even after growth has stopped. In addition to its growth-promoting action, GH has effects on many aspects of carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism. For example, GH is thought to be one of the physiological factors that counteract and, thus, modulate some of the actions of insulin on the liver and peripheral tissues. Growth hormone is produced in somatotrophs of the anterior pituitary. It is synthesized in the rough ER as a larger prohormone consisting of an N-terminal signal peptide and the 191-amino acid hormone. The signal peptide is then cleaved...

Mitochondrial Encephalopathy with Lactic Acidosis and Strokelike Episodes

Hashimoto Encephalopathy Mri

Mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes constitute the MELAS acronym. The disease shows maternal inheritance with considerable intrafamilial variation in expression of the disease. The age at onset varies between 3 months and 40 years, but in most cases first signs and symptoms occur before adulthood. Early development is normal in the majority of patients. The first manifestations of disease usually belong to the group of general features of encephalomyopathies. Growth disturbance and epileptic seizures are the most frequent first symptoms. The disease is progressive with increasing symptomatology. Learning disabilities, cognitive regression, exercise intolerance, and limb weakness are frequent manifestations of the disease. The myopathic features are rarely very prominent in MELAS. Stroke-like episodes are rarely early signs of the disease but have occurred before the age of 40 years in almost all patients. The stroke-like events give rise...

Short Term Eating Behavior Is Set by Ghrelin and PYY336

Ghrelin is a peptide hormone (28 amino acids) produced in cells lining the stomach. It was originally recognized as the stimulus for the release of growth hormone (ghre is the Proto-Indo-European root of grow ), then subsequently shown to be a powerful appetite stimulant that works on a shorter time scale (between meals) than leptin and insulin. Ghrelin receptors are located in the pituitary gland (presumably mediating growth hormone release) and in the hypothalamus (affecting appetite), as well as in heart muscle and adipose tissue. The concentration of ghrelin in the blood varies strikingly between meals, peaking just before a meal and

Viral Damage to Tissues and Organs

Diarrhea Rotavirus

In some situations infected cells may show no obvious damage, but, as discussed in Chapter 5, specialized cells may carry out their functions less effectively after infection. For example, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus infection of hybridoma cells appears harmless, but less antibody is produced by infected than by uninfected cells. In mice, the same virus has no cytopathic effect on cells of the anterior pituitary, but the output of growth hormone is reduced and as a result the mice are runted likewise, persistent infection of insulin-producing islet cells in the pancreas may result in a lifelong elevation of blood glucose levels (diabetes). Other viruses may indirectly alter the expression of cell surface MHC molecules, leading to destruction of the infected cells by immunologic mechanisms thus, enhanced class II MHC expression after infection of glial cells by mouse hepatitis virus, perhaps due to the production of interferon -y, may render these cells susceptible to immune...

Human Breast Cancer Cell Line Mda-ms231

R., Casabiell, X., Camina, J. P., Zugaza, J. L., and Casaneuva, F. F. (1997) Cis-unsaturated free fatty acids block growth hormone and prolactin secretion in thyrotropin-releasing hormone-stimulated GH3 cells by perturbing the function of plasma membrane integral proteins. Endocrinology 138, 264-272.

Modification of the ICSI Procedure

Unlike complete fertilization failure, alleviation of minor fertilization abnormalities that often lead to the formation of poor-quality embryos is a more complicated issue because of multifactorial etiology of such conditions. If an oocyte factor is suspected, modification of the ovarian stimulation protocol, with continuous readjustment of serum LH concentration (51), may be attempted. In women of 40 years of age ovarian co-stimulation with growth hormone can also be of help (66).

Physiopathology of Hypogonadism

Acromegaly is a disease characterized by the excessive production of growth hormone (GH). More than 99 of cases of acromegaly result from a tumor of the pituitary gland secreting either GH or both GH and PRL. Gangliocytomas of the hypothalamus or pituitary and ectopic neuroendocrine tumors secreting GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) account for less than 1 (33).

Effects Of Androgen Replacement On Body Composition And Muscle Function In Hiv Infection

Terol acetate) (55), anabolic hormones (such as human growth hormone (56,57), insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1 (57), and androgens (44,52,53,58-67) and immune response modulators, such as thalidomide. Dronabinol increases appetite but does not increase lean body mass. Similarly, megesterol acetate treatment produces a modest weight gain but no significant change in lean body mass. Importantly, this progestational agent decreases serum testosterone levels and may produce androgen deficiency symptoms. In two recently published clinical trials, treatment of HIV-infected men with human growth hormone (hGH) was associated with a 1.5-kg increase in lean body mass (56,57). Although greater gains in weight were recorded after 6 wk of hGH treatment, these gains were not sustained with continued treatment for 12 wk. The reasons for the failure to sustain weight gains during hGH treatment are not clear, although it is conceivable that weight gain early in the course of treatment results from...

In the Production of Transgenic Mice Protocol

Pick a few individual colonies and test for the correct insertion by PCR. The insertion of B box into the shuttle vector allows amplification by a combination of a 5' end bovine growth hormone-PA primer and a 3' end B box primer. Prepare DNA for each positive shuttle vector and confirm these clones with restriction enzymes by comparing the digestion pattern with the vector.

Constitutional Delay of Puberty

The absence of a pathologic medical history, otherwise normal findings on physical examination, and a positive family history of delayed puberty in one or both parents suggest the diagnosis of constitutional delay. However, before making that diagnosis, important pathological conditions (e.g., CNS tumors) must be excluded. Boys with constitutional delay usually have delayed growth in childhood, and, consequently, they are short when compared with their peers. The bone age is retarded from the chronological age, but the developmental milestones are achieved at a normal bone age, i.e., onset of the first signs of pubertal development by a bone age of 14 yr. Gonadotropin and testosterone concentrations increase in concert with the advancement of the bone age. Thus, all stages of pubertal development occur at an age that is later than usual. However, boys with constitutional delay in growth and puberty do not reach their predicted adult height (50). One explanation is that reduced...

Paul B Pritchard III MD

Normal adults exhibit little change in serum PRL during waking hours, except for brief elevations after naps (2). Multiple nocturnal PRL surges occur which, unlike growth hormone (GH), are not entrained to specific sleep stages (3). Serum PRL returns to daytime values within 90 minutes of waking.

On Life Longevity Problems

Among many factors, the human growth hormone, hGH, has a great deal to do with human longevity. After the age of 60, this hormone begins to shut down. The process is called hGH menopause. The certain procedures of injecting this hormone have resulted in not only stopping normal march toward aging, but also reversing certain biological functions. In conclusion, we would like to quote from Dr. Michael Jazwinski, Louisiana

Changes In Serum Prolactin With Brain Stimulation

Subsequent to the ECT reports, investigators studied the effects of other methods of brain stimulation on PRL secretion. Parra (14) demonstrated a transient elevation of serum PRL with the direct stimulation of the amygdala in humans, but a subsequent study (15) of limbic and extralimbic structures showed that elevations of serum PRL occur only when stimulation evokes high-frequency, widespread limbic discharges. Thus, it appears that stimulation within physiologic ranges control prolactin release via subcortical structures other than the amygdala. Gallagher (16) confirmed that the stimulation of the amygdala and hippocampus causes elevations of serum prolactin and ACTH, but not growth hormone, only when stimuli are sufficient to produce seizures or after-discharges that last 10 seconds or more.

Neighborhood Symptoms

Headache is probably the most common neighborhood symptom. It is present in three quarters of patients at some stage in their histories on careful questioning. It is believed that headache results from stretching of the dural lining of the pituitary fossa and diaphragma sellae. As in many headaches caused by mass intracranial lesions, the pattern is more common in the early morning but is usually not severe, except in apoplexy. It may, however, dominate some patients' lives, particularly in acromegaly and, to a lesser extent, in prolactinoma. In the latter it may complicate dopamine agonist therapy (q.v.) in the former, somatostatin analogs have a surprising effect not related to lowering of growth hormone and insulin-like growth hormone factor (IGF)-1 levels. In all patients with headache, it is essential to take a careful drug use history, because regular use of non prescription medication containing paracetamol may lead to so-called analgesia headache. Changing to nonsteroidal...

The Fetal Endocrine System Gradually Matures

The rate of fetal growth increases significantly during the last trimester. Surprisingly, growth hormone of maternal, placental, or fetal origin has little effect on fetal growth, as judged by the normal weight of hypopituitary dwarfs or anencephalic fetuses. Fetal insulin is the most important hormone in regulating fetal growth. Glucose is the main metabolic fuel for the fetus. Fetal insulin, produced by the pancreas by week 12 of gestation, regulates tissue glucose use, controls liver glycogen storage, and facilitates fat

Experimental Nutrients in Short Bowel Syndrome

The role of glutamine in gut adaptation in humans remains controversial with supportive data on both sides. Glutamine in combination with growth hormone has been evaluated as a therapy for adults with SBS.XIJ Growth hormone causes hypertrophy of the gastrointestinal (Gl) tract and increases body weight, distal ileal weight, and mucosal weight in rats undergoing 75c c resection of small bowel.10 Studies of growth hormone use in humans have shown mixed results, although its use in young children is being actively researched.

Post Therapy Evaluation and Treatment of Hormone Deficiencies

Testosterone (men) Growth hormone GH Growth Hormone Once the decision is made to evaluate the patient's GH axis, a stimulation test must be done, because basal GH or IGF-1 levels are not usually diagnostic. The most sensitive stimulation test for GH deficiency is an insulin tolerance test, in which subjects are rendered hypoglycemic with an insulin injection and the GH response is measured. However, this is a cumbersome test and is not recommended in older patients or those with cardiac disease or seizures. There is no consensus as to an acceptable alternative test, although a recent direct comparison of five commonly used tests (including the insulin tolerance test) suggests that a combination of arginine and growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) provides the greatest reliability (38,39).

Regulating the Reproductive Cycle

The eight hormones known to be released from the hypophysis gland are vasopressin (the anti-diuretic hormone ), oxytocin, prolactin, growth hormone, thyrotropin, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH). Vasopressin is released in response to low water levels in the blood it stimulates the kidneys to retain water, reduce urine output, and increase blood pressure until blood water levels return to normal, upon which it will no longer be produced. Oxytocin causes muscular contractions in the uterus during childbirth and in the breast for the secretion of milk for an infant. Prolactin is present in males and females, but it is functional only in females. It stimulates milk production from fat deposits in the breast. Growth hormone causes growth in children it is present in adults, but contributes only to the control of metabolic rate. Thyrotropin stimulates the thyroid gland to produce and secrete various hormones that control...

Reflection and Refraction

The angles 9 and 9 ' are measured between the surface normal and the incident and reflected beams, respectively. The surface itself is assumed to be smooth, with surface irregularities being small compared to the wavelength of radiation. This results in so-called specular reflection.

Effects or Functions of Specialized Cells

Although they do not immediately kill cells, infections with noncytocidal viruses often interfere with the specialized functions of differentiated cells. For example, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM) virus replicating in somatotropic cells of the pituitary gland of the persistently infected mouse lowers the production of the mRNA for growth hormone in the infected cells, thus impeding the growth and development of the animal. Similarly, LCM virus replicating in 3 cells of the islets ol Langerhans in the pancreas can induce hyperglycemia in the mouse, not dissimilar to insulin-dependent diabetes in humans. (3-Adrenergic receptors and opiate receptors are impaired in brain cells persistently infected with measles virus. Viruses that infect lymphocytes may induce a generalized immunosuppression. Rhinovirus infection of the nasal epithelium results in cilial stasis and later in the destruction of cilia, although the cells are often not killed. This effect can be demonstrated in organ...

Diagnosis Of Acromegaly

Excessive GH production is chacterized by an elevated serum insulin-like growth hormone factor-1 (IGF-1) and the lack of adequate GH reduction after oral glucose ingestion. Serum IGF-1 concentrations are age and gender dependent. GH secretion and serum IGF-1 concentrations decline with increasing age,

Endocrine Actions Of Hypocretins


The hypothalamic interaction between hypocretins and the adrenal axis is mediated by neuropeptide Y (NPY). This is demonstrated by the blockade of central NPY function using antagonists or antibodies. Blocking NPY activity inhibits the hypocretin-induced corticosterone release.103 In this sense, it is interesting to note that Hcrt1 stimulates the expression of NPY in the rat, both in vitro104 and in vivo9 and in the goldfish (Carassius auratus) 05 The participation of NPY arcuate neurons in the hypothalamic actions of hypocretins is not exclusive of the adrenal axis. In fact, the hypocretin-NPY neuronal circuit3961106 plays a fundamental role in hypocretin actions in the gonadal axis,107108 prolactin release,109 regulation of body temperature,110111 drinking behaviour,106 orexigenic actions of Hcrt1 and Hcrt29112-115 and probably the GH -axis (see below, Hypocretins and Growth Hormone Axis). 4.2. Hypocretins and Growth Hormone Axis Although the lateral hypothalamic area (LHA) does not...

Indications For Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Patients with acromegaly, Cushing's disease (CD), Nelson's syndrome, or a prolactinoma unresponsive to dopamine agonist therapy are candidates for pituitary radiation therapy. Although medications may control excessive growth hormone (GH) secretion in patients with acromegaly and excessive cortisol production in patients with CD, no current medical therapy cures the disease. Thus, definitive therapy is necessary, and pituitary radiation offers the possibility of remission or cure. In patients with acromegaly, CD and Nelson's syndrome, the first treatment is usually surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible. If there is residual disease, then medical therapy is given to control hormone hypersecretion (acromegaly, CD). In patients with a prolactinoma who do not respond to dopamine agonist therapy (approx 8 of patients), additional treatment, which may include surgery and radiation therapy, is indicated. Even though a large invasive tumor cannot be cured with surgery, the...

Concentration and Metabolism

An increase in body weight and fat tissue is associated with several abnormalities of sex steroid balance in premenopausal women. They involve both androgens and estrogens and their main transport protein, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). Changes in SHBG, which binds testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) with high affinity and estrogens with lower affinity, also lead to an alteration of androgen and estrogen delivery to target tissues. The concentrations of SHBG are regulated by a complex of factors, which include estrogens, iodothyronines and growth hormone (GH) as stimulating, and androgens and insulin as inhibiting factors (5). The net balance of this regulation is probably responsible for decreased SHBG con- OBESITY AND HORMONAL ABNORMALITIES Table 17.3 Main alterations of the growth hormone insulin-like growth factor 1 (GH-IGF-I) axis in obesity (53) have shown that GH metabolic clearance rate is increased in obesity, in proportion to body weight. The blunted response to...

Increase In height

The sex hormones normally serve to close the epiphyses after puberty. In some patients with hypogonadism, the limbs continue to grow for longer than usual. Thus the sitting height of the patient head, neck and trunk) will be considerably less than half the height of the patient measured standing. Likewise the span of the fully extended arms will cxcced the height standing or, more significantly, twice the sitting height.

Decrease in height

Adult height is influenced by polygenic inheritance and has a normal distribution. However, any significant illness in childhood will have an impact on the rate of growth. Most conditions that result in short stature can usually be identified from coexistent features (see Table 2.5). Possible exceptions include selective failure of growth hormone secretion, chronic renal disease, intestinal malabsorption and, in girls. Turner's syndrome if the neck webbing is overlooked. Reduction in height is a normal process of ageing. It is accentuated by severe kyphosis, multiple compression fractures of the spine or exlensive lumbar disc disease.

Of Myelinogenesis

Hormones have a dramatic effect on myelinogene-sis. A deficiency of growth hormone during the critical period leads to hypomyelination. Most of the effects of growth hormone are mediated by IGF-I. Administration of this substance in early development leads to an increase in all brain constituents, but par


Pituitary adenomas are commonly divided into functioning tumors (those that secrete pituitary hormones and cause clinical syndromes) and nonfunctioning tumors (those that do not secrete a pituitary hormone that leads to a clinical syndrome) (1). Tumors that do not secrete growth hormone (GH), adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), prolactin, or thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) constitute the nonfunctioning pituitary tumors. Approximately 30 of pituitary adenomas are considered nonfunctioning by these criteria.

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A classical approach based on administration of combinations of inhibitors alone, could be provided by the suppressive effect of a highly mutated spectrum of mutants on residual infectivity. Suppression of mutant spectra on higher fitness virus or on specific variant virus types was previously documented with VSV 20 , with poliovirus vaccines containing virulent forms as minority components 12 , with antigenic variants of FMDV 9 and with variants of LCMV with different potential to induce a growth hormone deficiency syndrome in mice 72 . RNA cotransfection experiments have shown that mutated, preextinction RNA is able to interfere with residual infectious RNA, resulting in a delayed viral production 43 . The interference was exerted specifically by high molar mass preextinction RNA, and was not the result of induction of interferon or other nonspecific antiviral responses. This type of interference is probably mediated by abnormal expression of normal and aberrant FMDV proteins that...

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