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The hypothalamicgrowth hormone axis

Although the HPA and HPT axes have been more closely scrutinized in patients with psychiatric disorders, there is virtual universal agreement that the blunted growth-hormone response to a variety of provocative stimuli (particularly clonidine, an a 2-adrenergic agonist) in depressed patients is the most consistent finding in affective disorders research.(29) The mechanism underlying this phenomenon remains obscure, but it is of particular interest that, at least in some studies, it appears to persist upon recovery from depression, suggesting that it is a trait marker for depression vulnerability. There are reports of similar findings with other growth hormone-provocative stimuli, such as the use of apomorphine, desipramine, or levodopa. In addition, the blunted growth-hormone response to clonidine in depressed patients is particularly robust in those who have recently attempted suicide. Clearly, further work in this area is warranted, especially in the context of several reports of...

Human growth hormone in critical illness

Human growth hormone is a 191-amino-acid protein produced by the anterior pituitary. Its effects can be summarized as a protein-sparing effect which protects lean body mass, a reduction in body fat (lipolysis), improvement in immunocompetence, sodium and water retention, hyperglycemia, and (potentially) increased incidence of neoplasia. Human growth hormone is stimulated by the hypoglycemic state and also by exercise, sleep, high protein intake, and increased levels of leucine and arginine. Human growth hormone secretion is inhibited by long-term glucocorticoid administration and plasma free fatty acids (plasma free fatty acids are increased by epinephrine and glucagon). It is thought to exert its effects partially by direct action on tissues and partially through stimulation of the liver to produce insulin-like growth factor I, a 70-amino-acid chain. Baseline human growth hormone is elevated and diurnal variation is reduced in many stressed individuals. However, continuing high...

Treatment of growth hormone deficiency

Administration of human recombinant growth hormone to adults with growth hormone deficiency, who are already receiving appropriate thyroid, adrenal, and gonadal hormone replacement, increases lean body mass, muscle-to-fat ratio, exercise capacity, and muscle strength, augments cardiac output and lowers cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein concentrations, normalizes renal blood flow and glomerular filtration rate, stimulates the impaired peripheral conversion of T 4 to T3, increases bone turnover, and improves thermoregulation and psychological well being. However, it is difficult to define criteria for diagnosis and treatment of adult-onset growth hormone deficiency accurately, as production of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor I also declines in otherwise healthy elderly subjects in association with decreased muscle mass and increased adiposity (Ho.,,an.d,Ho fmaD,,199.5). Moreover, administration of growth hormone in healthy aging individuals also evokes beneficial...

Therapeutic uses of growth hormone

GH has a potentially wide range of therapeutic uses (Table 11.6). To date, however, its major application has been for the treatment of short stature. hGH extracted from human pituitary glands was first used to treat pituitary dwarfism (i.e. caused by suboptimal pituitary GH secretion) in 1958. It has subsequently proven effective in the treatment of short stature caused by a variety of other conditions, including idiopathic short stature Treatment of short stature caused by GH deficiency

Bovine growth hormone

In an interesting survey study on the effect of human size on longevity, researchers Samaras and Heigh found a consistent relationship. They discovered that longevity was associated with smaller stature or size, when not due to malnutrition, childhood disease, or prenatal disease.7 Their study reviewed many other longevity studies, involving many thousands of subjects. While such an effect is unlikely attributable to only one factor, the larger people typically are being exposed to larger amounts of bovine growth hormone, both from natural sources and from the many injections of synthetic hormones currently administered to milk-producing cows. Recently a professional football player who had received recognition as the outstanding college offensive lineman in the nation in the early 1990s made a very interesting observation. He played at a weight of about 290 pounds, and he was physically larger than most of his peers throughout the country at that time. He noted that he felt like the...

Growth hormone deficiency

Growth hormone is a polypeptide with anabolic effects on protein metabolism and with lipolytic and immunostimulating properties ( Ihornerefal 199.2). It is secreted by pituitary somatotropes in a pulsatile fashion that is believed to result principally from a dynamic interaction between two hypothalamic neuropeptides, the stimulatory growth-hormone-releasing hormone and the inhibitory somatostatin. Growth hormone has direct and indirect anabolic actions the principal mediator of the latter is insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I). To a certain extent, growth hormone action is reflected in serum concentrations of IGF-I, which is mainly generated by the liver and bound to six specific binding proteins, predominantly to IGF-binding protein 3. In critically ill patients, serum IGF-I correlates well with conventional nutritional indices such as nitrogen balance. Ihe immunostimulating properties of growth hormone are manifested in direct action on I lymphocytes and indirect effects through...

Growth hormone and insulin growth factor effects on metabolism

Stressful stimuli increase glucagon via stimulation of the sympathetic nerves to the pancreas and the b-adrenergic receptors in the pancreatic islets. Exercise, pyrogens, and some psychological conditions also increase the secretion of growth hormone. Glucagon and growth hormone help to maintain a nutrient supply to metabolizing tissues. Growth hormone is secreted from the anterior pituitary gland in a pulsatile fashion following stimulation from hypothalamic growth hormone releasing hormone. Release of growth hormone is inhibited by somatostatin. Growth hormone binds to its own specific receptor and regulates the expression of insulin growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in many tissues, particularly the liver. The metabolic actions of IGF-1 are modulated by at least six different circulating binding proteins. Growth hormone causes lipolysis and antagonizes insulin effects, as well as having anabolic actions mediated by IGF-1. In fasting and serious illness there is a reduction in the indirect...

Growth Hormone

Growth hormone is secreted by the anterior pituitary. Its secretion is enhanced by hypoglycemia. It has direct and indirect effects on decreasing glucose uptake in specific tissues such as muscle. Part of this effect may be due to the liberation of fatty acids from adipose tissue, which then inhibit glucose metabolism. If growth hormone is chronically administered, it causes persistent hyperglycemia, which stimulates the insulin secretion. The b cells, however, finally become exhausted, and diabetes ensues.

San Ling SiHoe and David Murphy 1 Introduction

A pioneering experiment in the early 1980s demonstrated that microinjection of recombinant growth hormone into the pronuclei of fertilized one-celled mouse embryos resulted in inheritable changes in the growth of these mice (1). Mammalian transgenic experiments have since contributed tremendously to our understanding of numerous complex biological processes. The power of the technique lies in that it allows the function, and developmental and physiological regulation of almost any protein to be studied within the context of the normal processes occurring in the whole animal.

Stressresponsive hormones

Stress-responsive hormones, including but not limited to adrenal corticosteroids and catecholamines, have a myriad of effects on various aspects of the immune response in both down- and upregulatory fashion.(23) Often hormones affect immunity in an 'inverted U-shaped' way, being suppressive at either abnormally high or abnormally low levels. As mentioned above, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, itself triggered by immunological as well as psychological events, is immunoregulatory, and both corticotrophin-releasing factor and ACTH have direct effects on immunity in addition to those via induction of release of cortisol. Growth hormone increases T- and NK-cell functions in aged animals. Prolactin antagonizes glucocorticoid-induced immune suppression. Gonadal hormones affect immunity. NK cell activity is higher in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (which should influence surgeons in the timing of cancer surgery in premenopausal women). Cellular immunity is depressed during...

Brain Specific CREB Loss in Mice

CREBNesCre mice lacked CREB immunoreactivity in almost all neurons and glia, probing with either of three antibodies recognizing CREB epitopes from the N-termi-nal half to the C-terminal end, indicating that no CREB protein, including truncated forms, were present (Fig. 5B). Phenotypically, CREBNesCre mice are essentially normal except for a reduction in body size due to a deficiency in growth hormone (T. M., unpublished data).

Sequencelevel genomics

Sequencing or genotyping the genome of individuals allows the characterization of what distinguishes the hereditable material of each individual from that of others. By matching differences in phenotype (e.g., blood pressure, adult height) between individuals and this genomic characterization (i.e., in association studies) genetic epidemiologists are able to impute these phenotypic differences to a small span of the genome. The smallness of the span is a function of the spatial resolution with which the genomic characterization occurs. Although there is controversy around what constitutes sufficient resolution, there is some consensus that genomic markers such as SNPs spaced every thousand bases will be sufficient to unambiguously resolve the span of the genome associated with a phenotypic difference to a single gene 112 . Currently, the cost of a single genotype is around 0.50 and so the cost of a high-resolution genome scan of an individual is on the order of magnitude of 1 million....

Location and intensity of treatment Specialist treatments

Overall, the majority of studies that have compared intensive specialist treatment with less intensive treatment have not supported the use of more intensive approaches, with a few important exceptions. However, three points are important to note. Little attention has been paid to the issue of matching effects in these studies do patients with more severe or complex problems benefit more from intensive treatments, as would seem intuitively reasonable Second, many of the studies have had important methodological limitations, not least being small sample sizes that increase the risk of type 2 error. Third, as noted above, more complex cases tend to be excluded from research trials, which limits the generalizability of the existing research base. With improved methodology now available and an awareness of the possibility of matching effects, this issue is far from closed.

Pathogenesis and Pathophysiology

Growth hormone and Cortisol, all of which have well-described metabolic actions. The metabolic actions of cytokines are in general not so well understood and it is possible that many of these actions are mediated by hypothalamo-pituitary activation and subsequent elevation of catabolic hormones.

Central Nervous System

Angiotensin II, administered into the central nervous system, increases the release of luteinizing hormone, adrenocortical hormone, thyroid-releasing hormone, (3-endorphin, vasopressin, and oxytocin from the anterior pituitary. In contrast, centrally administered angiotensin II inhibits the release of anterior pituitary growth hormone and prolactin.

Preliminary Descriptive And Ecologic Studies

Studies seeking to clarify etiologic or risk factors have therefore looked for the sources of apparent differences between urban and rural rates in descriptive studies. Following is a selection of the epidemiologic research on PD and agricultural factors that followed the MPTP incidents. The studies for the most part built upon each other and are therefore listed in chronological order. The community of PD epidemiology researchers, being small, communicates internally unusually well. The first studies were simply ecologic looks at rates of PD versus rural or industrial region (as the exposures). Earlier individual studies tended to use convenience or clinical samples of PD cases and broad definitions of exposure, typical of exploratory stages. Later studies used case-control design, more detailed exposure assessments, and broader case-finding techniques. Results are not always consistent, and design differences likely account for some of that.

Sellar And Parasellar Tumors

The majority of pituitary tumors are benign epithelial neoplasms that develop from adeno-hypophyseal parenchyma and, as such, resemble normal pituitary histology. In addition to the clinically relevant hormones produced by the pituitary, a number of additional pep-tides and hypothalamic hormones are known to be produced. These include, amongst many, vasoactive intestinal polypeptide, growth-hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH), somatostatin, substance P and renin. Such findings attest to the functional complexity of the gland. In addition to the hormone-producing cells, apparently functionally inert or null cells are also found in the parenchyma, which also give rise to adenomas. These cells may produce either no hormone or an imperfect form with no biological activity. Multiple-hormone gene and gene receptor products are commonly seen in adenomas for example, growth hormone (GH) gene expression occurs in 50 of prolactinomas and 30 of corticotrophic adenomas. This functional diversity may...

Metabolic response to stress

Compared with the starving patient, the critically ill patient has a very different 'internal milieu' and exhibits greater and more prolonged negative nitrogen balance due to protein breakdown (gluconeogenesis). There is no adaptation to energy production from fat stores, and the basal metabolic rate is increased by 20 to 80 per cent. Metabolic and endocrine responses include stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, release of epinephrine (adrenaline), glucocorticoids, and glucagon, suppression of prolactin, growth hormone, and thyroid hormone release, metabolic resistance to the effects of insulin, production of cytokine mediators, and release of eicosanoid precursors from membrane-bound phospholipids (Fig 1). Fig. 1 Nutritional and metabolic imbalance in critical illness TNF, tumor necrosis factor HGH, human growth hormone.

Applications For Dna Technology

Since 1982, more than 30 products made using DNA technology have been approved and are being used around the world. These proteins are preferred to conventional drugs because they are highly specific and have fewer side effects. Medically important proteins include factors to treat immune-system deficiencies and anemia. Clotting factors for people with hemophilia, human growth hormone for people with growth defects, interferons for viral infections and cancer, and proteins, such as growth factors to treat burns and ulcers, are just a few other genetically engineered medicines in use today.

Growthhormoneproducing Adenomas

Growth hormone, a 191 amino acid protein, is released from the anterior pituitary gland under the stimulatory influence of GHRH. Its release is inhibited by somatostatin, which, in turn, is stimulated by hyperglycaemia. This is useful clinically as somatostatin analogues can be used to suppress GH production and the glucose tolerance test can be used to assess response to surgery (see below). In excess, it causes acromegaly, gigantism or both. Gigantism results from growth hormone excess before epi-physeal closure and frequently it is accompanied by the soft tissue thickening characteristics of acromegaly (Fig. 11.2).

General Considerations

The lung provides substantially greater bioavailability for macromolecules than any other port of entry to the body 3,4 . Large proteins (18-20 kDa), such as human growth hormone, show pulmonary bioavailability approaching or exceeding 50 5 , while bioavailability might approach 100 for small peptides and insulin (< 6 kDa) placed in the lung compared to delivery by subcutaneous injection. The lung has several dynamic barriers, the first of which is the lung surfactant layer, which is probably a single molecule thick. Spreading at the air water interface both in airway and alveolar surface, this surfactant layer may cause large molecules to aggregate, which might enhance engulfment and digestion by air space macophages. Interaction of some drug molecules administered by inhalation may interfere with surfactant function and lead to an increase in local surface tension, which could produce either collapse of the alveoli or edema through altered transpulmonary pressures 6 . Below the...

Insulin administration and adjuvant therapies

Insulin is useful for controlling and avoiding hyperglycemia. If it is added to the parenteral nutrition bag, the suggested intake ranges from 1 IU per 10 g glucose in malnourished minimally stressed patients to 1 IU per 4 to 5 g of glucose in severely catabolic patients. When resistance is severe, it is safer to administer insulin (1-3 IU h) with a syringe pump. Several anabolic agents are effective in, or should improve the efficacy of, the conventional nutritional-metabolic approach to protein metabolism in stress conditions. Hormones like insulin, growth hormone, and insulin-like growth factors are particularly promising ( Wllmoie nd Carp ntjer 1994.).

Presentation and Clinical Features

The clinical presentation varies between children and adults. Craniopharyngiomas are slow-growing tumors and hence may reach considerable size before diagnosis. Children will often tolerate marked visual deterioration and hydrocephalus before they complain. Nonspecific symptoms such as poor school performance, poor memory (hypothalamic compression) and disruptive behavior may go unnoticed. The endocrine features are manifest in short stature, delayed puberty, hyperphagia and obesity (this may be a prominent postoperative feature), and other behavioral problems. DI is less common. Adults present mainly with varying degrees of visual failure. Hydrocephalus at presentation is relatively rare, but neurobe-havioral syndromes unrelated to hydrocephalus are relatively common, including confusion, dementia and hypersomnia. The most common endocrinopathy in adults is gonadal failure, presenting as secondary amenorrhea in women and loss of libido in males.

Postoperative Morbidity

Most patients experience anterior and posterior pituitary endocrine deficits postoperatively, with less than 10 having normal endocrine function. Growth hormone deficiency is usually present, as is DI. Hyperphagia and obesity also occur and are attributed to hypothalamic damage. Choux cites the predictive factors in postoperative morbidity as age less than 5 years, severe hydrocephalus, pre-operative hypothalamic disturbance, large tumors over 3.5 cm and intraoperative complications 19 .

General Aspects and History

Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is the most prominent inducer of ACTH secretion. Furthermore, vasopressin, angiotensin II, vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH), norepinephrine and epinephrine also influence the secretion of ACTH. However, gene expression of proopiomelanocortin (the precursor of ACTH) in corticotropic cells is exclusively stimulated by CRH. Adrenal steroids via a negative feedback mechanism inhibit the secretion of ACTH.

Insulin Pump Treatment or Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion

Insulin pump therapy started in UK in 1976. Insulin pumps deliver a continuous basal insulin infusion (CSII) and patient-activated bolus doses at meal times. The pump is attached to the patients by an infusion set consisting of long flexible tubing with a needle or catheter on the end and is inserted subcuta-neously in the patient. In two meta-analysis CSII was compared with conventional insulin treatment 29,30 , which is not the actually used MDI. CSII caused a significant reduction in HbAlC of the size of 0.4-0.8 29,30 . This degree of improvement in glycaemic control for 10 years would reduce the number of patients developing retinopathy by about 5 29 . Using SIA for CSII provides a further small, but statistically significant improvement in glycaemic control (- 0.19 in HbAlC) as compared with regular insulin 31 . Therefore, the insulin of choice for CSII is now SIA. The frequency of hypo-glycaemia is less after CSII treatment rather than after MDI treatment in more recent studies...

Advertising versus science

As this chapter unfolds, you will learn that milk is not always a bad food. Indeed, when man does not try to improve on the natural process of milk production, milk can go all the way from being frankly toxic to being enormously nutritious. Healthy milk comes from healthy cows grazing on fields with nutrient-rich soil. This requires the avoidance of continual growth hormone stimulation of these cows. This requires the use of proper sanitary processing techniques, without relying almost completely on antibiotics to keep the milk from being grossly contaminated. This requires the total avoidance of pasteurization and homogenization of the collected milk.

Arginine and immune function

Arginine given in large doses has a unique effect on T-cell function. T lymphocytes are essential for wounding, and the depletion of arginine significantly impairs the wound healing response. Arginine acts as a thymotropic agent and stimulates in vitro and in vivo T-cell response. Arginine also reduces the inhibitory effect of injury and wounding on T-cell function. Supplemental dietary arginine increases thymic weight in uninjured rats and minimizes the thymic involution that occurs with injury. The gain in thymic weight is due to significant increases in the lymphocyte content of the thymic glands. In healthy humans, arginine enhances the mitogenic activity of peripheral blood lymphocytes and greatly reduces posttraumatic impairment in lymphocyte blastogenesis.14 The trophic effect that arginine exerts on the thymus results in improved host immunity. Saito et al. showed that diets containing 2 arginine of the total nonprotein calories increased survival and improved delayed...

Stress Hormonal Change Cytokines and Sleep Behavior

It should be noted that altered sleep physiology is not simply a function of altered cytokines and stress hormones. Slow wave steep (SWS) is also characterized by maximum release of growth hormone (GH) and a minimal release of cortisol, likely regulated by GHRH stimulation during a period of relative somatostatin withdrawal, accompanied by elevated levels of circulating ghrelin (VanCauter et al. 2004). Lange et al. recently reported on a study designed to investigate whether this hormonal pattern during SWS leads, both to a generally increased T-cell cytokine production, as well as to a shift toward type-1 cytokine production (Lange, Dimitrov, Fehm, and Bom 2006). Blood was sampled from eight humans during SWS, and cultures were stimulated with ionomycin and phorbol-myristate-acetate (PMA) in the absence and presence of GH neutralizing antibody or with physiological concentrations of

Neuroendocrine and metabolic effects

The neuroendocrine stress response after painful trauma is characterized by an increased secretion of catabolic hormones (ACTH, cortisol, glucagon, catecholamines) and a decreased secretion of anabolic hormones (insulin, testosterone, growth hormone). This results in hypermetabolism and release of substrates (glucose, amino acids, fat) from peripheral stores (muscle, fat tissue, liver). Hyperglycemia, increased protein breakdown, and a negative nitrogen balance are the consequences. In addition, the release of aldosterone and vasopressin is enhanced and results in sodium and water retention. Nociceptive impulses from the injured area contribute significantly to the initiation and maintainance of these effects, since regional anesthesia can potently reduce the stress response ( Keh.le.t.,,1 9.9.3). Other factors such as cell breakdown products or inflammatory mediators also play a role. Stress-induced activation of the hypothalamopituitary axis may cause suppression of immune functions...

Risk Factors For Obesity

Various medical genetic causes of obesity must also be considered. Endocrine conditions associated with weight gain include hypothyroidism, Cushing's syndrome, hypogonadism in the male, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in the female and growth hormone deficiency (42). Rare genetic causes of obesity include Prader-Willi syndrome, Bardet-Biedl syndrome and Cohen's syndrome. Diabetes can be an obvious consequence of the severe obesity associated with such syndromes.

The endocrine system in critical illness

The circulating levels of ACTH-cortisol, thyroid-stimulating hormone-thyroxine, epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine (noradrenaline), vasopressin, growth hormone, prolactin, insulin, and glucagon all increase in severe illness. These changes represent an exaggeration of normal host responses. There then develops a reduced thyroxine response to thyroid-stimulating hormone and a reduced synthesis of insulin-like growth factors in response to growth hormone. It is not clear at present of the significance of this tissue resistance or of the benefit of treating these derangements.

Achondroplasia Molecular Basis of the Disease

Achondroplasia is characterized by short stature, predominantly with shortening of the upper arms and thighs, more normal length of the forearms, lower legs, and torso, and an average adult height of approximately 4 feet. Other features include prominent forehead, flattened nasal bridge, lordosis, spinal stenosis, tibial bowing, and obstructive apnea. Achondroplasia results from a dominant gain-of-function mutation in the FGFR3 gene. One very common mutation, a G -A transition at nucleotide 1138 that leads to the substitution of glycine 380 by arginine (G380R), accounts for approximately 97 to 98 of cases. One less common mutation, also G380R (nucleotide 1138 G C), accounts for a further 1 to 2 of cases. The remainder are very rare mutations, G375C and G346E. When both partners of a couple have achondroplasia, there is a 1 in 4 chance of homozygous achondroplasia for each pregnancy. This is a much more severe disease that, like thanatophoric dysplasia, also affects the ribs and is...

Influence of anesthesia on the endocrinemetabolic response to surgery

Stress-induced changes in pituitary hormones are blocked or inhibited by regional anesthesia with local anesthetics. Thus the normal increase in plasma ACTH, b-endorphin, vasopressin, prolactin, and growth hormone is not observed, while the minor decrease in follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone in female patients is accelerated. Thyroid-stimulating hormone changes appear to be unaffected. The cortisol response to procedures on the lower part of the body is blocked by regional anesthesia, and correspondingly changes in aldosterone and renin are generally diminished. The increase in epinephrine and norepinephrine is blunted. The hyperglycemic response to surgery, considered to be due to a combination of increased glycogenolysis and insulin resistance, is reduced or blocked by regional analgesia. This is not mediated by inhibition of a single hormonal response to trauma but probably through the simultaneous inhibition of the cortisol, catecholamine, glucagon, and growth...

Physiology of calcium homeostasis

Circulating calcium is closely regulated by parathyroid hormone (PTH) and vitamin D through their effects on bone, kidney, and gut. A drop in circulating calcium elicits an increase in PTH which stimulates osteoclastic mediated mobilization of calcium from bone as well as renal reabsorption of calcium. PTH also stimulates 1-a-hydroxylation of 25-hydroxycalciferol by the kidney, leading to the formation of the active vitamin D metabolite 1,25-dihydroxycalciferol. This metabolite stimulates absorption of dietary calcium from the duodenum and colon. The 1,25-dihydroxy form of vitamin D is also necessary for the acute mobilization of calcium from bone in response to PTH, which may be important for the acute response to a fall in circulating calcium. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and is stored within the body. However, the active metabolite 1,25 dihydroxycalciferol has a half-life of less than 24 h. Therefore, if 1-a-hydroxylase activity is impaired, functional vitamin D deficiency...

Causes of Overweight and Obesity

The primary care physician must consider genetic syndromes and endocrine conditions as possible explanations for a child's obesity. Prader-Willi syndrome is characterized by a rapid increase in weight from ages 1 to 6, hypotonia and poor feeding in infancy, hypogonadism, and cognitive delay 13 . The majority of children with Cushing syndrome are obese and short in stature 14 , which contrasts with children who are obese from eating excess calories and are commonly taller than their peers. Other medical conditions like hypothyroidism or growth hormone deficiency can cause a child to be obese, which would be suggested by clinical findings like a goiter, short stature, or delayed puberty. After a complete history and physical examination, in the vast majority of obese patients the physician can reassure the parents that their child does not have a genetic disorder or a metabolic syndrome. The one laboratory test all obese patients need is a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test....

Chapter References

De Boer, H., Blok, G.J., and Van der Veen, E.A. (1995). Clinical aspects of growth hormone deficiency in adults. Endocrine Reviews, 16, 63-86. Murphy, W.J., Rui, H., and Longo, D.L. (1995). Effects of growth hormone and prolactin immune development and function. Life Sciences, 57, 1-14.

Biological Effects

Besides a stimulatory effect of CRF on the secretion of ACTH, it also enhances the synthesis of proopiomelanocortin (the precursor of ACTH and several other opioidergic peptides). Furthermore, CRF is able to potentiate the effects of AVP and oxytocin upon the secretion of ACTH. CRF is also known to suppress the secretion of growth hormone (GH). This mechanism, however, seems to be indirect in nature since suppression of GH requires somatostatin.

Inhibition of YSecretase

Y-Secretase is a complex consisting of the presenilins, nicastrin and anterior pharynx defective-1 (Aph-1), and presenilin enhancer-2 (Pen-2), with the presenilins constituting the catalytic site of the complex (Haass, 2004). Presenilin-1 and presenilin-2 are encoded by different genes, mutations of which are inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion causing a particularly aggressive early-onset form of familial AD. Y-Secretase is involved in the intramembrane proteolysis of a number of other substrates in addition to APP, including P-subunits of voltage-gated sodium channels, the immunoglobulin superfamily recognition molecule L1, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1, growth hormone receptor, apoER2 lipoprotein receptor, LRP, Erb B4 receptor, CD44, p75 neurotrophin receptor, Nectin-1a, syndecan-3, E- and N-cadherins, and Notch (Cai, Jiang, Grant, & Boulton, 2006 Cowan et al., 2005 Kim, Ingano, Carey, Pettingell, & Kovacs, 2005 Maretzky et al., 2005 Wong et al., 2005)....

Circadian sleepwake rhythms

The suprachiasmatic nucleus also controls other biological rhythms including body temperature and cortisol production with which the sleep-wake rhythm is normally synchronized. In contrast, growth hormone in adults is locked to the sleep-wake cycle and is released with the onset of SWS, whatever its timing.

In the theory of mind an intelligent supervisor in the brain that reads information and commands action

Homunculi (Latin, diminutive of *homo, man) have a rich history in science and philosophy, but not all homunculi were created equal. As a term in biology, 'homunculus' is a close relative of'animalculus' ('little animal'). The latter was a generic term used by the early microscopists of the seventeenth century to refer to the microorganisms discovered under the magnifying lens (Wilson 1995). Guided by a combination of naive observations and wishful thinking, animalculi were occasionally depicted as miniature editions of full-sized animals. Probably the most famous one was invented by the Dutch microscopist Nicolaas Hartsoeker. While investigating sperm, he portrayed the first 'homuncu-lus' a curled-up tiny human being enclosed inside a spermatozoon like a passenger on an aeroplane diving for a crash. Hartsoeker actually wrote that what he drew was not what he saw but what one might hope to see, yet this remark was rapidly forgotten, whereas the homunculus was not (ibid.). The mythical...

Novel Penetration Enhancers A Amino Acid

These delivery agents successfully increased absorption of several macromolecules in vivo in rats and primates, including humans, such as salmon calcitonin (42), interferon-a (43), heparin (44), and human growth hormone (hgH) (45). Wu (41) showed that these carriers can increase the permeability coefficient of human growth hormone across Caco-2 monolayers by 10-fold. Although it did have some effects on para-cellular transport, the major pathway was observed to be transcellular. Failure of these carriers to improve the transport of hydrocortisone, a transcellular marker, in Caco-2 monolayers showed that these carriers have a specific interaction with hGH, which makes the hGH more transportable, and such an interaction does not exist in the case of hydrocortisone. It was clearly established that these carriers do not damage cell membranes and thus are not classical penetration enhancers. Moreover, the carrier-drug complex is not absorbed by an active...

Agricultural Applications Crops And Cows

Recombinant DNA and biotechnology have been used to increase plant growth by increasing the efficiency of the plant's ability to fix nitrogen. Scientists take genes for nitrogen fixation from bacteria and place the genes into plant cells. Because of this, plants can obtain nitrogen directly from the atmosphere. The plants can produce their own proteins without the need for bacteria. Another way to insert genes into plants is with a recombinant tumor-inducing plasmid Ti plas-mid. This is obtained from the bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens. This bacteria invades plant cells and its plasmids insert chromosomes that carry the genes for tumor induction. An example of recombinant DNA with livestock is the recombinant bovine growth hormone that has been used to increase milk production in cows by 10 percent.

Hospitalized Patients

Hospital environment are some of these factors. To the best of our knowledge there is no study in which the correlation between sleep disorder-induced immune deficiencies in burned victims and the patient's evolution. Nonetheless, chronic disrupted sleep is known to delay some recovery processes, such as tissue wound healing. Indirect evidence indicate that sleep is crucial for tissue repair, insofar as major repairing factors, such as protein synthesis, cell division and growth hormone secretion, are augmented during sleep. Empirical data show that women exposed to short period of sleep deprivation exhibit an impairment of skin barrier homeostasis. The authors attribute this result to increased production of proinflammatory cytokines induced by sleep deprivation (Altemus, Rao, Dhabhar, Ding, and Granstein 2001), although in rats, sleep deprivation failed to impair the wound healing in rats submitted to tissue biopsy (Mostaghimi, Obermeyer, Ballamudi, Martinez-Gonzalez, and Benca...

Physical Exam Key Points

Evaluate for hepatomegaly, pigmentation, short stature, and neurologic signs. 1. Obtain serum glucose, insulin, cortisol, and growth hormone levels, and urinalysis for ketones. If possible, also obtain C-peptide, lactate, ammonia, thyroid-stimulating hormone, and thyroxine levels.

Sellarsuprasellar tumours pituitary adenoma

Many pituitary tumours are diagnosed before panhypopituitarism develops, but large tumours may cause gradual impairment of pituitary hormone secretion. Growth hormone and the gonadotrophins are first affected, followed by TSH and ACTH. Panhypopituitarism only occurs when more than 80 of the anterior pituitary is destroyed.

Biosynthesis and Degradation

Ghrelin is a motilin-related, growth hormone-releasing and orexigenic peptide that was originally isolated from the stomach by Kojima and colleagues (1999). The ghrelin peptide is a 28-amino-acid protein with a fatty-chain modification on the amino-terminal third amino acid, which seems to be important for some but not all of its biological functions (Fig. 4.26). Ghrelin (molecular weight 3314) displays a high degree of homology in various mammals. Ghrelin is derived from a 117-amino-acid precursor peptide, named preproghrelin. The strong GH-releasing activity of ghrelin is mediated by the activation of the growth hormone secretagogue (GHS) receptor type 1a (GHS-R1a). Interestingly, ghrelin mainly circulates as des-octanoyl ghrelin (i.e. without an esterifica-tion of Ser3), a form of the protein that is unable to stimulate GHS-R1a. This non-acylated ghrelin, which is present in human serum in far greater quantities than acylated ghrelin, seems to be devoid of any endocrine action,...

Receptors and Signal Transduction

Some, but not all biological effects of ghrelin, are mediated by activation of the growth hormone secretagogue (GHS) receptor (GHS-R). GHS-R is expressed by a single gene found on the human chromosome 3 (q26.2). Two types of GHS-R cDNAs exist, which are presumably the result of an alternate processing of a pre-mRNA. The two types have been designated as receptor 1a and 1b. In this context it is important to note that, unlike GHS-R 1a, GHS-R 1b seems not to be activated by ghrelin and its functional role is unknown.

Optic Nerve Hypoplasia

Infants with severe bilateral optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH) usually present with nystagmus and poor vision. Although these patients have small pale optic discs, the optic nerve abnormality may easily be missed when examining a small infant with nystagmus. Electrophysiological testing is extremely useful in detecting visual pathway abnormalities and may prompt review of the optic disc appearance. It is important to make a specific diagnosis, as ONH may be associated with endocrine abnormalities, particularly growth hormone deficiency, which need treatment. Pattern and Flash VEPs show varying degrees of attenuation and delay 2,49 and may be undetectable in severe cases. ERGs are normal and may be of high amplitude 13,48 .

The Epidemiology of Diabetes

Several studies in Europe show a doubling in incidence of type-1 diabetes over the last generation, with a clear shift of presentation to younger age groups 39, 40 although the data are largely restricted to children and adolescents. The incidence of type-1 diabetes has been highest around puberty in all populations studied 41, 42 . The earlier peak in girls is consistent with their earlier maturation 43 . The association between type-1 diabetes and puberty has never been satisfactorily explained, but may once again be an expression of insulin resistance. The hormonal changes of puberty (particularly the rise in growth hormone) place demands on insulin production that already damaged islets may be unable to meet. Again, BMI rises rapidly during puberty, and with it insulin resistance 44 (fig. 2).

Neurological Disorders and Neurodegenerative Diseases

GHRH regulates growth hormone release from the pituitary and, in addition to this neuroendocrine actions, much evidence implies an additional role for GHRH in carcinogenesis in non-pituitary tissues. Moreover, hypothalamic tumors (as e.g. hamartomas, choristomas, gliomas and gangliocitomas) may produce excessive GHRH. This increased production may lead to subsequent GH hypersecretion, resulting in acromegaly. Immunoreactivity for GHRH is present in several tumors, including carcinoid tumors, pancreatic cell tumors, small-cell lung cancers, adrenal adenomas and pheochromocitomas which have been reported to secrete GHRH.

Review The Concepts

Signaling by soluble extracellular molecules can be classified into three types endocrine, paracrine, and au-tocrine. Describe how these three methods of cellular signaling differ. Growth hormone is secreted from the pituitary, which is located at the base of the brain, and acts through growth hormone receptors located on the liver. Is this an example of endocrine, paracrine, or autocrine signaling Why

PET17b Subcloning Vector and pShuttle Cloning Vector

PET17b is a prokaryotic expression vector (Novagen). It is used to obtain restriction enzyme sites XbaI and NotI, and to make it easy to insert the target gene into the pShuttle vector for packaging Adv-heNOS. The pShuttle expression system (BD Biosciences Clontech) allows the target gene into a mammalian expression cassette, which consists of the human CMV immediate-early promoter enhancer(PCMV IE), a multiple cloning site (MCS), and the bovine growth hormone polyadenylation signal (BGH polyA). The entire cassette is flanked by unique I-CeuI and Pl-SceI restriction enzyme sites so that it can be excised and ligated to Adeno-X viral DNA. The vector backbone also possesses the pUC origin (pUC ori) and a kanamycin resistance gene (Kanr) for propagation and selection in E. coli.

Other hormonal responses during aerobic exercise

Hormone and Cortisol are secreted in response to exercise, rising in concentration in the plasma gradually over the first 30 minutes to 1 hour (Fig. 8.12) - i.e. these are relatively slow responses, and are likely to be involved particularly in the release of stored fuels during prolonged exercise. The plasma glucose concentration may rise or fall during exercise (discussed below), but the insulin concentration falls somewhat during endurance exercise (Fig. 8.13). This represents a-adrenergic inhibition of its secretion from the pancreas, brought about by the increased circulating adrenaline concentrations. Glucagon secretion may also increase, although this is not a major change except with very strenuous, prolonged exercise. The increase in adrenaline, glucagon, growth hormone and cortisol concentrations is a typical 'stress' response (see Fig. 7.6). Since the major effects of glucagon are on the liver, and liver metabolism may not be dominant during exercise because of restricted...

Steroid Effects May Be in Part Mediated by Trophic Factors

In the regulation of hypothalamic hormone secretion. IGF-I is locally synthesized by glia and neurons of the hypothalamus and other brain areas (53,54) and has prominent trophic actions, including stimulation of survival, proliferation and differentiation of specific neural cell populations (55,56). IGF-I may also participate in neuroendocrine events at the level of the hypothalamus because it has been shown to be involved in the feed-beck regulation of growth hormone by affecting the synthesis or the release of growth hormone-releasing hormone and somatostatin by hypothalamic neurons (57,58). IGF-I may also affect the reproductive axis by modulating the secretion of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone by hypothalamic cells and, therefore, the release of gonadotrophins (50,59).

Fetal Origins Hypothesis

Fetal growth mainly occurs in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. This growth is associated with cell division and depends on adequate supplies of nutrients and oxygen. Nutritional deficiency slows cell division directly or indirectly, acting through changes in growth factors or hormones, especially insulin and growth hormone. The timing of the malnutrition results in varying involvement of different organ systems, depending on their critical periods of growth. The size of the organ, distribution of cell types, patterns of hormonal secretion, metabolic activity, and structure may all be affected in such situations. The changes may persist and produce further alterations in function later in life.

Radiographic and Other Studies

Hyperglycemia may be a presenting feature of some organic acidemias. To ensure that glucose given is being used to stop or prevent catabolism and promote anabolism, an insulin drip may be used. Insulin and growth hormone have both been used to promote anabolism in patients who are not responding to the usual measures.

Dyskeratosis congenita

Other clinical manifestations include developmental delay, short stature, ocular, dental and skeletal abnormalities, hyperhidrosis, hyperkeratinization of the palms and soles, bullae on minimal trauma, hair loss, sometimes gonadal failure, and features of premature ageing.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome in Children Clinical Features

Will progress to cor pulmonare (Brouillette, Fembach, and Hunt 1982). Failure to thrive is a frequent complication of OSAS in children. Causes for poor growth include anorexia or dysphagia secondary to adenotonsillar hypertrophy, increased work of breathing, hypoxia, or abnormal nocturnal growth hormone secretion (Marcus, Koerner, Pysik, and Loughlin 1994).

Role of trophic factors

As a consequence, there has been intense investigation to identify treatments that maximize intestinal absorption adaptation with the goal of eliminating or at least minimizing the need for PN. Recent investigations in humans have focused on the use of trophic substances such as growth factors e.g., growth hormone (GH) and glucagon-like peptide-2 (GLP-2) and nutrients (e.g., glutamine). Byrne and colleagues have recently completed a randomized, controlled, prospective study of this combination treatment approach in 41 PN-dependent SBS patients (most with colon in continuity) in which PN reduction was the primary endpoint 79 . The control group was treated with an optimized diet supplemented with glutamine. They demonstrated a significant reduction in PN requirements in all groups studied however, the extent of reduction was greatest in the group in which GH was administered in addition to the diet and glutamine. The effect of this treatment on nutrient absorption and bowel...

Clinical features investigation

An important reason for testing is making a precise diagnosis, especially in the early stages of parkinsonism, as autonomic function is impaired in various parkinsonian syndromes, including idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD) (Mathias, 2005). A recent hypothesis suggests that in the initial phase of IPD, unlike previously considered, autonomic centres such as glossopharyngeal and vagal nuclei in the brain stem are affected (Braak et al., 2003). Tests that help currently to distinguish MSA from IPD include the clonidine-growth hormone stimulation test, and cardiac meta-idobenzylguanadine scintigraphy (Kimber et al., 1997 Courbon et al., 2003). Clonidine - alpha-2 adrenoceptor agonist growth hormone stimulation

Developmental effects of sleep disturbance

Even impairment of physical growth is associated with sleep disturbance. Failure to thrive is a recognized possible consequence of early-onset sleep-related breathing difficulties, although the mechanisms involved remain to be clarified. It has been suggested that 'psychosocial dwarfism' (growth retardation associated with emotional difficulties) may be caused by growth hormone abnormalities linked to sleep disturbance. (13)

Viral infections chronic parenchymal disorders

A worldwide disorder with incidence 1 1000000. Familial cases account for 10-15 . Age of onset 50-60 years. Non specific symptoms at onset (anxiety and depression) are rapidly followed by myoclonus, ataxia, akinetic rigid state, dementia. Death within 12 months is usual. A new variant (possibly linked to BSE) has been described in younger patients with a slower time course. Iatrogenic disease occurs following corneal or dural grafts, depth electrodes and cadaveric derived human growth hormone treatment.

Administering Different Types and Dosages of Cytokines and Their Effects on Sleep

Although the exact mechanisms of the somnogenic or antisomnogenic effects of cytokines have not yet been fully elucidated, the cascade has also been shown to involve other factors, such as growth hormone-releasing hormone, corticotrophin-releasing hormone, nitric oxide synthase, prostaglandins, and components of signaling mechanisms leading to activation of the transcription nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) (Mills and Dimsdale 2004).

Some additional questions

Several cell types, including keratinocytes, myoblasts and fibroblasts, have been studied in this regard. It has been shown, for example, that myoblasts, into which the factor IX gene and the growth hormone gene have been introduced, could express their protein products and secrete them into the circulation.

In vitro Random Mutagenesis

It would be expected that residues affecting the tightness of binding would be found predominantly at the interface surface of the antibody which contacts antigen. However, in growth hormone a few of the buried side chains were found, by alanine scanning, to enhance binding (Cunningham and Wells, 1989 Fuh et al., 1992). The change in affinity was due to a slowing of the offrate of the hormone (60-fold) and an increase in the on-rate (fourfold).

Drugs And The Pituitary Gland

Growth hormone (GH) is secreted by the pituitary gland to influence growth. Gigantism (during childhood) and acromegaly (after puberty) can occur with GH hypersecretion. They are frequently caused by a pituitary tumor. If the tumor cannot be destroyed by radiation, or bromocriptine, a prolactin-release inhibitor can inhibit the release of GH from the pituitary. Octreotide (Sandostatin) is a potent synthetic somatostatin used to suppress growth hormone release. It is very expensive and gastrointestinal side effects are common.

Velocardiofacial syndrome

Other features include hypocalcaemia in 60 per cent of cases, usually manifested in neonatal period often leading to seizures, short stature, hearing problems, renal problems, inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia, and frequent infections. About 10 per cent of males have hypospadias. Relatively slender hands with hypotonic and hyperextensible fingers are not uncommon. Behavioural problems are common in children and about 10 to 20 per cent of adults have psychiatric disorders including schizophrenic psychosis. Personality features have included blunted or inappropriate affect. (41>

Laurence Moon syndrome

This syndrome was first described by John Zachariah Laurence. This is an autosomal recessive disorder associated with loci in chromosomes 11q13, 11q21, 15q22 and 3p13.(54> The syndrome is associated with mental retardation, short stature, spastic paraparesis, hypogenitalism, and red cone dystrophy leading to night blindness by mean age of 9 years and often being registered blind by mean age of 15 years. The prevalence varies between 1 in 125 000 and 1 in 160 000. The prevalence has been reported to be higher in Bedouins of Kuwait (1 in 13 500) and in Newfoundland (1 in 17 500), where a founder effect of a handful of families from the West Country of England in 1800s is thought to be responsible. (55> Laurence-Moon syndrome is usually considered together with Bardet-Biedl syndrome, although strictly this is a separate syndrome. Bardet-Biedl syndrome presents with mental retardation, hypogenitalism, and red cone dystrophy however, it differs in that central obesity and postaxial...

Oculocerebrorenal syndrome of Lowe

This is a very rare condition, inherited in an X-linked recessive manner (almost exclusively affecting males), which is known to affect approximately 1 in 200 000 live births.(69 An abnormal genetic locus in chromosome Xq24-26 has been identified for this disorder. Common physical features include short stature, infantile hypotonia, epilepsy (about 30 per cent), major eye problems including congenital cataracts, and renal tubular dysfunction. The overall prognosis for this condition is poor and most people affected by this condition do not live beyond childhood. Up to 25 per cent can have an IQ within the normal range but the majority have moderate to severe mental retardation.(4) There may be behavioural problems such as temper outbursts, screaming, and yelling. Characteristic hand-waving movements between the eyes have also been reported in the literature. Characteristic self-injurious behaviour associated with this condition include scratching, chewing the hands, and head banging,...

Misfolding of the Prion Protein Is Linked to Both Neurodegeneration and Propagation of Infectious Prions

The low incidence of sporadic prion diseases in humans (1 1 million) indicates that spontaneous conversion of the prion protein is a very rare process. However, invading PrPSc can efficiently induce the conversion of endogenous PrPC into the pathogenic conformation. Infectious forms in humans were linked to contaminated growth hormone derived from cadaveric pituitary gland, dura mater grafts, and corneal transplants (iatrogenic CJD), or to ritualistic cannibalism (kuru). New variant CJD (vCJD) has also been classified as an acquired prion disease, as strong evidence is accumulating for a causal association between BSE and vCJD. Familial prion diseases are invariably associated with mutations in the gene encoding the prion protein, indicating that

Biosynthesis and Secretion

Insulin is continuously secreted at a low basal level during fasting, but a postprandial rise in serum glucose or amino acid levels can augment blood levels of insulin severalfold. Other nutrients (e.g., arginine, leucine) and several hormones (e.g., glucagon, growth hormone, secretin, gastrin cholecystokinin, pancre-ozymin, adrenocorticotropin) modulate insulin release. The autonomic nervous system also participates in the regulation of the rate of insulin secretion, with the islets of Langerhans receiving both cholinergic and adrenergic innervation. Insulin secretion is enhanced by vagal (cholinergic) and diminished by sympathetic (adrenergic) stimulation.

Traditional Approaches To Snp Typing

Rflp For Willson Disease

Genotyping the T1565C (PlA1 A2) dimorphism of the GPIIIa (platelet fibrinogen receptor) gene by allele-specific PCR. (A) The two-reaction format Allele-specific forward primers are paired with a common reverse primer for amplification of either the PlA1 allele (T at 1565) or PlA2 allele (C at position 1565). A second pair of primers, specific for the human growth hormone locus, are included in each reaction as an internal positive control. After amplification products of each analysis are run in pairs (B), the PlA1 reaction is in the first lane of each pair and the PlA2 reaction is in the second lane of each pair and Product sizes and genotypes of illustrated examples are indicated. Lane S 100-bp DNA ladder (Gibco-BRL Gaithersburg, MD). Fig. 1. Genotyping the T1565C (PlA1 A2) dimorphism of the GPIIIa (platelet fibrinogen receptor) gene by allele-specific PCR. (A) The two-reaction format Allele-specific forward primers are paired with a common reverse primer for amplification...

Constitutional Chromosomal Abnormalities

Microsatellite Instability

A 47,XYY karyotype is seen in about 1 in 1000 male births, but it is usually found incidentally while looking for something else (amniocentesis for advanced maternal age, as part of a family study after detection of a familially transmitted structural abnormality, as part of a cancer study, etc.). This is because most individuals with 47,XYY are not dysmorphic. They tend to have tall stature and large tooth size, and some do show minor anomalies and have a severe type of acne in adolescence. IQs are near normal, although somewhat lower than siblings. Fertility is normal and 47,XYY individuals do not produce an increased incidence of offspring with sex chromosome abnormalities. Several decades ago the question was raised as to whether the presence of an extra Y chromosome predisposed males to violence, criminality, or aggressive behavior. This has not proved to be the case.

Neuro Neoplastic Interaction

Hypothalamic SST is the major negative regulator of growth hormone (GH) secretion from the anterior pituitary. More generally, SST inhibits the secretion of pituitary, pancreatic, and gastrointestinal hormones but also intestinal motility, absorption of nutrients and ions, vascular contractility, and cell proliferation 25 . The 14 or N-terminal extended 28-amino acid natural forms of SST, contain a cyclic domain through an intrachain disulfide bridge. They derive from the pre-pro-SST precursor and interact with five identified GPCR subtypes (SST1-5), in human tissues. All five subtypes bind SST14 or SST28 with the same high-affinity. Several SST synthetic analogs have been generated such as the pseudo-octapeptides octreotide and lanreotide, which behave like more selective, potent and stable agonists towards the SST2 and SST5 receptors. Later on, other compounds with high-selectivity for other SST subtypes have been developed (table 1). High-expression of SST receptors has been...

Insulin Like Growth Factors Insulin IGFs 1 and

- IGF-1 is mainly secreted by the liver and smooth muscle cells as a result of stimulation by growth hormone. Most cells are responsive to IGF-1, especially cells in muscle, cartilage, bone, liver, kidney, nerves, skin, and lungs. A large fraction of the circulating IGF-1 is attached to IGF-binding proteins (IGF-BPs).

Neuroactive Responses In Vivo To Ginkgo Biloba Egb 761

The expression of 43 genes and 13 genes was up regulated by at least twofold in cortex and hippocampus, respectively. A small number of genes such as those encoding growth hormone, prolactin, serum albumin LINE-1 repeat, and serine protease inhibitor were activated in both the brain regions. These observations are remarkable for three reasons. First, they provide molecular evidence for the action of a dietary supplement in the brain. Second, they show that EGb 761 has differential effects in the two brain regions that were selected for gene analysis. Third, the extract increased the abundance of the affected mRNAs suggesting increase in transcription although we cannot exclude the possibility of increased stability of mRNAs. EGb 761 also activated the transcription of genes that encode peptides important in cellular growth and function. These included growth hormone, prolactin, oxytosin neuro-physin 1, placental growth factor, brain derived...

Therapeutic Use of Androgens in Women

Female hypogonadism, especially prepuberal, may be an indication for androgen therapy. Androgens are necessary for normal pubic hair induction and long bone growth in both sexes. In prepuberal females with hy-popituitarism in whom all other hormonal deficiencies (estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, adrenal, and growth hormone) have been corrected, normal sexual development and long bone growth are not complete without androgen hormone replacement. Estrogen administration during adolescence is necessary for the development of the breast, the gynecoid pelvis, and other female characteristics. However, maximal long bone growth and development of axillary and pubic hair will not occur without small amounts of androgen replacement. The use of methyltestosterone (Android) and di-ethylstilbestrol in combination has been demonstrated to be very effective in inducing complete secondary sexual development in these females. Finally, low doses of androgens have been used to facilitate impaired...

Neuroendocrine challenge tests

Precursor loading of the serotonergic system with intravenous tryptophan produces prolactin and growth hormone secretion. In depressed patients, prolactin and growth hormone responses are blunted but recover with treatment 22) Responses to intravenous clomipramine, which similarly releases 5-HT by a presynaptic mechanism, are also blunted in depression.(23) The receptors mediating these responses are uncertain, although in any case the requirement for an intact presynaptic system precludes interpretation in terms of receptor subtype. Noradrenergic and dopaminergic function has been examined using the a (2)-adrenoceptor agonist clonidine and the mixed D1 2 receptor agonist apomorphine. Growth hormone responses to clonidine are usually reported as being blunted in major depression. (25) Apomorphine-stimulated growth hormone responses are also blunted in depressed patients 2.6) while, in symmetry, patients at risk of postpartum psychosis (usually manic in form) have enhanced apomorphine...

Protein and Amino Acid Needs in Disease

Simple tools have been used to identify the hypermetabolic state indirect calorimetry to measure energy expenditure, and N balance to follow protein loss. These measurements have shown that blunting the N loss in such patients is not as simple as supplying more calories, more amino acids, or different formulations of amino acids. What becomes clear is that although a nutritional problem exists, nutritional replacement will not correct the problem instead, the metabolic factors that cause the condition must be identified and corrected. Wilmore has categorized the factors that produce the hypermetabolic state into three groups stress hormones (cortisol, catecholamines, glucagon), cytokines (tumor necrosis factor, interleukins, etc.), and lipid mediators (prostaglandins, thromboxanes, etc.) ( 182). Strategies have been developed to address these various components. For example, insulin and growth hormone have been administered to provide anabolic hormonal stimuli to improve N balance....

The overall control of protein synthesis and breakdown

Protein Breakdown Muscle

There are some generalisations that can be made about the regulation of protein synthesis and breakdown (summarised in Fig. 6.19). Two hormones have a general anabolic role (stimulating net protein synthesis) in the body insulin and growth hormone. In people with a deficiency of insulin (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus see Chapter 10) there is marked loss of protein from the body - the 'melting of flesh into urine'. Treatment with insulin restores body protein. Growth hormone acts through the insulin-like growth factors IGF-1 and IGF-2, and has an important role during development. In the adult this is not of major importance adults whose pituitaries have been removed do not need growth hormone to be replaced to lead fairly normal lives. However, growth hormone is beneficial in stimulating protein anabolism in patients who have lost protein through severe illness. Fig. 6.19 Overall control of protein synthesis and breakdown in muscle (and other tissues). Some of the stimuli here...

Protein and amino acid metabolism

In adults, arginine is classified as a nonessential amino acid that becomes conditionally essential during growth, trauma, and wound healing. In healthy adults fed an Arg-free diet for 6 to 7 d, de novo arginine synthesis is not affected, unlike nutritionally essential amino acids 137 . Arginine stimulates the secretion of insulin, glucagon, prolactin, catecholamines, corticosteroids, somatostatin, and growth hormone. Increased amounts of arginine are needed for growth for synthesis of collagen and connective tissue proteins 138 . Collagen is composed primarily of glycine, proline,

Molecular Genetics In Endocrinology

Severe Igf Deficiency Pathophysiology

THE GROWTH HORMONE PATHWAY The growth hormone (GH) pathway is comprised of a series of interdependent genes whose products are required for normal growth (see Fig. 1). The GH pathway genes include ligands (GH and insulin-like growth factor 1 or IGF-1), transcription factors (PIT1 and PROP1), agonists (GH-releasing hormone or GHRH), antagonists (somatostatin), and receptors such as the GHRH receptor (GHRHR) and the GH receptor (GHR). These genes are expressed in different organs and tissues, including the hypothalamus, pituitary, liver, and bone (see Fig. 1). The effective and regulated expression of the GH pathway is essential for growth in stature as well as for homeostasis of carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism. Diseases caused by known gene defects in the GH pathway include combined pituitary hormone deficiency (CPHD) caused by defects in transcription factors such as HESX1, LHX3, PROP1 and PIT1, isolated growth hormone deficiency (IGHD) caused by defects in the GH gene...

Vitamin D calcium and phosphorus homeostasis

Several factors, namely dietary phosphorus load and PTH, influence renal regulation of serum phosphorus. An estimated 90 to 95 per cent of phosphorus is filterable the remainder is protein bound. Roughly 5 to 20 per cent of filtered phosphorus is normally excreted. Increases in PTH levels and phosphorus intake hinder phosphorus reabsorption and promote phosphorus excretion. Other factors, such as extracellular fluid volume expansion, calcitonin, glucocorticoids, metabolic acidosis or alkalosis, and glucagon, induce hyperphosphaturia, whereas 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, insulin, growth hormone, and respiratory acidosis generate hypophosphaturia. Phosphorus retention typically occurs when the glomerular filtration rate falls below 25 ml min.

Localization Within the Central Nervous System

Furthermore, TRH-positive cells have been identified in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, the nucleus of the diagonal band of Broca and in several hypothalamic areas. Numerous TRH-containing cell bodies occur in the periaqueductal gray and the roots of the trigeminal nerve. In the medulla oblongata, TRH-containing cells are present in some raphe nuclei, in the area postrema and in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. Immunohistochemical studies have demonstrated the coexistence in neurons of TRH with one or more neuroactive substances, including CCK, dopamine, enkephalins, GABA, growth hormone, histamine, NPY, serotonin and substance P.

TBI and the Neuroendocrine System

Tbi And Sleep

Endocrine dysfunction after TBI affecting all hypothalamic-pituitary axes (i.e., corticotropin, growth hormone, gonadotropin, thyrotropin, prolactin, and vasopressin) has been described in clinical studies (Yuan and Wade 1991 Childers, Rupright, Jones, and Merveille 1998 Kelly, Gaw Gonzalo, Cohan, Berman, Swerdloff, and Wang 2000 Benvenga, Campenni, Ruggeri, and Trimarchi 2000 Lieberman, Oberoi, Gilkison, Masel, and Urban 2001 Agha, Phillips, Kelly, Tormey, and Thompson 2005). Indeed, hypopituitarism has been identified in up to half of the long-term survivors (6 to 36 months) of moderate to severe head injury (Kelly et al. 2000 Lieberman et al. 2001 Agha et al. 2005). Specifically, with respect to the HPA axis, a high incidence of ACTH and adrenal insufficiencies has been reported (Benvenga et al. 2000 Cohan et al. 2005). These abnormalities, which occur soon after TBI, are transient in some patients, while the majority shows recovery at 6 months (Agha et al. 2005). Additionally, the...

Supplemental Reading

DeVos A, Ultsch M, and Kossiakoff AA. Human growth hormone and extracellular domain of its receptor Crystal structure of the complex. Science 1992 255 306. Grinspoon S and Gelato M.The rational use of growth hormone in HIV-infected patients. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2001 86 3478 (editorial). A 53-year-old man visits his physician because he is bothered by headaches, which are becoming more intense and more frequent, so that he has one most of the time. The physician notices that the man's hands, feet, nose, and jaw are large and his voice is hoarse. The physician learns by questioning that the man has needed to purchase a larger wedding ring and larger shoes several times in the past 7 years. In a photograph of the man taken 10 years earlier, the nose and jaws are not large. The physician suspects acromegaly and finds after tests that the patient's serum growth hormone levels are elevated after oral glucose administration. A pituitary macroadenoma 1.1 cm in diameter is detected by...

Neuroendocrine Hormone Influence on the Immune System

It has also been shown that cells of the immune system contain receptors for growth hormone (GH) and prolactin (PRL) and that these hormones are potent modulators of the immune response (Gala 1991). A systematic survey of PRL receptor expression by flow cytometry showed that PRL receptors are universally expressed in normal hematopoietic tissues with some differences in density, which could be increased by concanavalin (Con)A treatment. GH receptors from a number of species have been sequenced and GH binding and cellular processing of the GH receptor have been studied in a cell line of immune origin. In the IM-9 cell line, it has been shown that GH stimulates proliferation and that the GH receptor can be down-regulated by phorbol esters (Suzuki, Suzuki, Saito, Ikebuchi, and Terao 1990). A role for GH in immunoregulation has been demonstrated in vitro for numerous immune functions, including stimulation of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA) synthesis in the spleen...

The Association Between Serum Igf1 And Breast Cancer Risk

Many studies support the role of IGF-1 in malignant transformation of breast epithelia. Animal studies have shown that transgenic mice which over-express growth hormone and IGF-1 exhibit an increased rate of developing mammary tumours (46, 47). Likewise, liver-IGF-1-deficient mice showed a 75 reduction of circulating IGF-1 compared to control mice which also correlated with a significant reduction in risk of mammary tumour development (48) while treatment of primates with growth hormone and IGF-1 led to mammary gland hyperplasia (49). Animal studies suggested that high levels of circulating IGF-1 could be responsible for an increased risk of breast cancer in humans and this hypothesis prompted studies looking at the relationship between serum IGF-1 and risk of breast cancer in human subjects.

PRL Molecular Aspects

After the processing of a 28 residue signal peptide, the mature human PRL molecule is secreted as a polypeptide with 199 amino acid residues, whereas mouse PRL is two residues shorter (Cooke 1989). In both species, six cysteines form three intramolecular disulfide bridges. The molecular weight of human PRL is approximately 23 kDa, but a 26-kDa glycosylated form is also produced. PRL circulates in blood as monomers of 23 to 26 kDa (Lewis, Sigh, Sinha, and Vanderlaan 1985). Larger macroprolactins (big-prolactin and big-big prolactin) represent both homo-oligomeric aggregates and immunoglobulin-complexed PRL. Furthermore, the physiological proteolysis of PRL to a C-terminally truncated 16 kDa variant results in a molecule with distinct biological activities that may activate unique receptors (Mittra 1980 Clapp and Weiner 1992). PRL is a tetrahelical cytokine most closely related to growth hormone and placental lactogenes. It binds to specific prolactin receptors that belong to the...

Fat metabolism during endurance exercise

The fatty acids oxidised during endurance exercise come from two main sources triacylglycerol stored in adipose tissue, and triacylglycerol stored in the muscles themselves. The latter is difficult to study and the factors controlling muscle triacylglycerol utilisation are not clear. Nevertheless, the muscle triacylglycerol concentration falls during intense, long-lasting exercise. The regulation of fat mobilisation from adipose tissue is better understood. The main stimulus for this to increase during exercise is adrenergic. Blockade of P-adrenergic receptors in adipose tissue with the drug propranolol prevents the increase in lipolysis during exercise (see Fig. 7.7). The main stimulus may be circulating adrenaline or activation of the sympathetic nerves. Studies of exercise in people who have had spinal cord injuries, so that some of their adipose tissue is innervated whilst some is not, suggest that circulating adrenaline is more important than the sympathetic innervation. The...

Multiple Endocrine Neoplasias MEN Types 1 and

The familial MEN syndromes are characterized by clustering of benign and malignant endocrine tumors and other systemic manifestations. MEN type 1 includes combinations of more than 20 different types of tumors, but the most characteristic are tumors of the parathyroid, pituitary, and pancreatic glands. The term multiple refers both to the occurrence of multiple tumors in the same gland and to multiple different kinds of tumors in the same individual and or family. MEN1 is inherited as an autosomal dominant disease with variable penetrance and a prevalence of 1 in 30,000 to 1 in 50,000.98 The MEN1 gene has been localized to chromosome 11q13 and encodes a protein called menin. Menin is thought to interact with one or more transcription factors in the nucleus, and loss of its function is thought to be the mechanism of tumor formation in the syndrome.99 Much of the morbidity associated with this syndrome is attributable to the excess production of hormones. Hyperparathyroidism from...

Genetic Variation in Sleep Under Normal Conditions and during Inflammatory Disease

Modulated by the gene Acad (acylcoenzyme-A-dehydrogenase) (Tafti et al. 2003). Analysis of delta power during recovery after sleep deprivation of recombinant inbred (RI) mice revealed a quantitative trait locus (QTL) on Chr 13 that accounted for 49 of the genetic variance (Franken et al. 2001a). This locus (Dpsl, or delta power in SWS QTL1), incorporates a number of genes associated with brain energy metabolism (e.g., neurotrophic tyrosine kinase-2 receptor, growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH), glycogen phosphorylase, adenosine deaminase). DBA 2J mice show lower delta power during SWS and predominant theta power in the EEG (Franken et al. 2001a). Furthermore, their sleep is fragmented, and sleep pressure accumulates at a slower rate in this strain as compared to other inbred strains (Franken et al. 2001a). Analysis of these traits revealed association to a polymorphism in the retinoic acid receptor beta (Rarb) gene (Maret, Franken, Dauvilliers, Ghyselinck, Chambon, and Tafti...

Age Related Changes in Sleep and Relation to Altered Immunity

As a further attempt to understand altered sleep with age, Mazzoccoli et al. explored whether age-related changes in neurotransmitters, hormones and cytokines, and in particular age-related changes in the 24-h hormonal and nonhormonal rhythms of their production, might be in some way responsible for altered sleep and or immune functioning with age (Mazzoccoli et al. 1997). Cortisol, melatonin, thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), free thyroxine (T4), growth hormone (GH), insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), and IL-2 serum levels were measured, along with a detailed lymphocyte subpopulation analysis, on blood samples collected over a 24-h period from healthy young subjects (aged 36 to 58 years) and healthy older subjects (aged 65 to 78 years). The values of CD20+ (B cells) and CD25+ (activated T cells, expressing the alpha chain of the IL-2r) were higher in elderly subjects. In contrast, there was no statistically significant difference in the...

Cytokines and the classical stress hormone system

Current evidence points to a significant interdependence of the neuroendocrine axis and the cytokine mediator systems. For example, the exogenous administration of tumor necrosis factor elicits increased secretion of ACTH, cortisol, catecholamines, and growth hormone. These interdependent mediator systems also exhibit negative feedback. For example, glucocorticoids reduce tumor necrosis factor and IL-1 transcription. The cytokines may also serve to attenuate the magnitude of the postinjury metabolic response by direct influences upon hypothalamic and pituitary hormone production. This is suggested by the thyroid hormonal profile commonly observed in critically ill patients which may serve to limit the degree of catabolic processes in the seriously ill. If this challenge is of a modest reparable degree and of limited duration, the initial counter-regulatory hormone and cytokine responses promote the mobilization of energy stores and the maintenance of substrate availability for...

Somatostatin Analogue

Octreotide acetate (Sandostatin) is a synthetic peptide analogue of the hormone somatostatin. Its actions include inhibition of the pituitary secretion of growth hormone and an inhibition of pancreatic islet cell secretion of insulin and glucagon. Unlike somatostatin, which has a plasma half-life of a few minutes, octreotide has a plasma elimination half-life of 1 to 2 hours. Excretion of the drug is primarily renal. Octreotide is useful in inhibiting the secretion of various autacoids and peptide hormones by metastatic carcinoid tumors (serotonin) and islet cell carcinomas of the pancreas (gastrin, glucagon, insulin, vasoactive intestinal peptide). The diarrhea and flushing associated with the carcinoid syndrome are improved in 70 to 80 of the patients treated with octreotide. Its side effects, which are usually mild, include nausea and pain at the injection site. Mild transient hypoglycemia or hyper-glycemia may result from alterations in insulin, glucagon, or growth hormone...


Anise, atlas cedar, eucalyptus dives, yarrow, clary sage, chamomile, pennyroyal, and rosemary oils are not to be used during pregnancy spike lavender and niaouli, which have hormone-like properties, should be used with caution. Fennel oil stimulates the production of estrogen and is not to be used if an individual has breast cancer or if there is a family history of the disease. Basil and possibly tarragon oils can be carcinogenic in large quantities. Thuja, wormwood, mugwort, tansy, and hyssop are toxic when taken internally. Pine is not to be used internally. Hyssop and thuja should be administered only in small doses externally. Pennyroyal is poisonous in large doses. Savory and oregano dosages are not to exceed three drops taken internally and not to be used for more than a 21-day period. Oregano, thyme, and savory are not for external use although thyme and oregano are well tolerated if rubbed into the soles of the feet. Internal use of thyme should not exceed three drops per...

Endocrine Factors

Two distinct lines of epidemiologic and basic science research have converged in the hypothesis that the somatotropic axis plays an important role in the development of prostate cancer. Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is an important hormone in the axis, conveying centrally regulated signals to the tissue level. IGF-1 is a mitogen that stimulates cell proliferation and inhibits apoptosis. Recent epidemiologic studies suggest an association between elevated blood levels of IGFs and risk of prostate cancer, although data are inconsistent across the studies.111112 Although it is well known that growth hormone (GH) is a major factor regulating IGF levels, there is no evidence about how the physiological mechanisms regulating GH secretion on the basis of IGF-1 serum concentration may change in the presence of prostate cancer. From experimental studies, it appears that GH might be involved in regulating prostate function. The coexpression of GH and its receptor demonstrated by Chopin...


Like glucagons and cAMP, growth hormone (GH) decreases FAS mRNA abundance by decreasing both gene transcription and mRNA stability.88,89 GH-mediated inhibition of lipogenesis in adipocytes of growing pigs was due to decreased insulin sensitivity.90 However, GH did not alter early events in the insulin signaling cascade, such as receptor binding and receptor kinase activation, suggesting that GH alters insulin signaling downstream of receptor activation.90 89. Donkin, S. S., McNall, A. D., Swencki, B. S., Peters, J. L., and Etherton, T. D., The growth hormone-dependent decrease in hepatic fatty acid synthase mRNA is the result of a decrease in gene transcription, J. Mol. Endocrinol., 16, 151, 1996. 90. Magri, K. A., Adamo, M., Leroith, D., and Etherton, T. D., The inhibition of insulin action and glucose metabolism by porcine growth hormone in porcine adipocytes is not the result of any decrease in insulin binding or insulin receptor kinase activity, Biochem. J., 266, 107, 1990.


Communities from a wide area of the urban city of Shanghai to participate in a prospective epidemiological study of diet and cancer.9 The eligibility criteria were ages 45 to 64 years and no history of cancer. At recruitment, we interviewed each subject using a structured questionnaire that sought information on level of education, usual occupation, adult height and usual adult weight, history of tobacco and alcohol use, current diet, and medical history. In addition to the interview, we collected a 10-ml non-fasting blood sample and a single-void urine sample from each study participant. Serum specimens were stored at -70 C and -20 C, and urine samples were stored at -20 C only. During the 3-year recruitment period, 18,244 men (about 80 of eligible subjects) enrolled in the study.

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