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Growth Hormone [gh Somatotropin

The human anterior pituitary gland contains 5-10mg growth hormone (GH), which is synthesized and stored in cells referred to as somatotropes, which are located in the lateral wings of the gland. The human GH gene is on chromosome 17 and its mRNA transcript possesses 5 exons separated by 4 introns. The peptide contains 191 amino acids and has a plasma half-life of 20 minutes (Dinan, 1998). GH plays an important role in the regulation of growth and trophic metabolic processes. The peripheral physiology of GH and its salutary effects in models of peripheral nerve injury (Scheepens et al., 2001) is not the focus of the current summary the focus is how GH function may inform us about central nervous system (CNS) function in psychiatric disorders (Coplan et al., 1995).

Cloning Salmons with a Chimeric Growth Hormone Gene

An all fish chimeric growth hormone gene construct was developed for gene transfer in Atlantic salmon for enhancement of somatic growth rate (Du et al. 1992. Bio Technology 10, 176-180). The all fish gene construct contained a chinook salmon growth hormone (GH) cDNA coding region with the 5' and 3' untranslated regions flanked by a promoter and a 3' polyA sequence of an antifreeze protein gene isolated from ocean pout (Fig. 15.1). The use of an antifreeze protein gene promoter ensures that the expression of the GH gene is functional in the tissues. (Antifreeze proteins act to protect several fish species in subzero sea water temperatures by inhibiting ice crystal formation in blood plasma.) Fig. 15.1. Chimeric growth hormone gene for cloning salmon. Each salmon egg was microinjected through the micropyle with 35 ll DNA 106 copies) of the GH gene construct following by incubation until hatch. The fish were screened for the presence of the GH gene construct at the 11 and 14 months by...

Growth Hormone Has Several Metabolic Effects

Effects Growth Hormone Cellebrities

Aside from its general effect in causing growth, growth hormone has multiple specific metabolic effects, Comparison of weight gain of a rat injected daily with growth hormone with that of a normal littermate. including (1) increased rate of protein synthesis in most cells of the body (2) increased mobilization of fatty acids from adipose tissue, increased free fatty acids in the blood, and increased use of fatty acids for energy and (3) decreased rate of glucose utilization throughout the body. Thus, in effect, growth hormone enhances body protein, uses up fat stores, and conserves carbohydrates. Growth Hormone Promotes Protein Deposition Although the precise mechanisms by which growth hormone increases protein deposition are not known, a series of different effects are known, all of which could lead to enhanced protein deposition. Enhancement of Amino Acid Transport Through the Cell Membranes. Growth hormone directly enhances transport of at least some and perhaps most amino acids...

Factors That Stimulate or Inhibit Secretion of Growth Hormone

Glucose Inhibit Growth Hormone

Stimulate Growth Hormone Secretion Testosterone, estrogen Deep sleep ( stages II and IV) Growth hormone-releasing hormone Inhibit Growth Hormone Secretion Growth hormone inhibitory hormone (somatostatin) Growth hormone (exogenous) Somatomedins (insulin-like growth factors) Effect of extreme protein deficiency on the plasma concentration of growth hormone in the disease kwashiorkor. Also shown is the failure of carbohydrate treatment but the effectiveness of protein treatment in lowering growth hormone concentration. (Drawn from data in Pimstone BL, Barbezat G, Hansen JD, Murray P Studies on growth hormone secretion in protein-calorie malnutrition. Am J Clin Nutr 21 482, 1968.) Figure 75-7 demonstrates the effect of protein deficiency on plasma growth hormone and then the effect of adding protein to the diet. The first column shows very high levels of growth hormone in children with extreme protein deficiency during the protein malnutrition condition called kwashiorkor the second...

Abnormalities of Growth Hormone Secretion

A person with panhypopituitary dwarfism does not pass through puberty and never secretes sufficient quantities of gonadotropic hormones to develop adult sexual functions. In one third of such dwarfs, however, only growth hormone is deficient these persons do mature sexually and occasionally reproduce. In one type of dwarfism (the African pygmy and the Levi-Lorain dwarf), the rate of growth hormone secretion is normal or high, but there is a hereditary inability to form somatomedin C, which is a key step for the promotion of growth by growth hormone. Treatment with Human Growth Hormone. Growth hormones from different species of animals are sufficiently different from one another that they will cause growth only in the one species or, at most, closely related species. For this reason, growth hormone prepared from lower animals (except, to some extent, from primates) is not effective in human beings. Therefore, the growth hormone of the human being is called human growth hormone to...

Growth Hormone and Neurogenesis

A., Nilsson, M., & Eriksson, P. S. (2002). Insulin-like growth factor-I and neurogenesis in the adult mammalian brain. Brain Research. Developmental Brain Research, 134, 115-122. Coplan, J. D., Papp, L. A., Martinez, J., Pine, D., Rosenblum, L. A., Cooper, T., et al. (1995). Persistence of blunted human growth hormone response to clonidine in fluoxetine-treated patients with panic disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 152(4), 619-622. Coplan, J. D., Pine, D., Papp, L., & Gorman, J. M. (1997). A window on noradrenergic, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and corticotropin releasing-factor function in Anxiety and affective disorders The growth hormone response to clonidine. Psychopharmacology Bulletin, 33(2), 193-204. Coplan, J. D., Smith, E. L., Trost, R. C., Scharf, B. A., Altemus, M., Bjornson, L., et al. (2000a). Growth hormone response to cloni-dine in adversely reared young adult primates Relationship to serial cerbrospinal fluid...

Physiological Functions of Growth Hormone

All the major anterior pituitary hormones, except for growth hormone, exert their principal effects by stimulating target glands, including thyroid gland, adrenal cortex, ovaries, testicles, and mammary glands. The functions of each of these pituitary hormones are so intimately concerned with the functions of the respective target glands that, except for growth hormone, their functions are discussed in subsequent chapters along with the target glands. Growth hormone, in

Growth Hormone Promotes Growth of Many Body Tissues

Growth hormone, also called somatotropic hormone or somatotropin, is a small protein molecule that contains 191 amino acids in a single chain and has a molecular weight of 22,005. It causes growth of almost all tissues of the body that are capable of growing. It promotes increased sizes of the cells and increased mitosis, with development of greater numbers of cells and specific differentiation of certain types of cells such as bone growth cells and early muscle cells. Figure 75-5 shows typical weight charts of two growing littermate rats, one of which received daily injections of growth hormone and the other of which did not receive growth hormone. This figure shows marked enhancement of growth in the rat given growth hormone in the early days of life and even after the two rats reached adulthood. In the early stages of development, all organs of the treated rat increased proportionately in size after adulthood was reached, most of the bones stopped lengthening, but many of the soft...

Nocturnal Growth Hormone Secretion

Thus, adults with acute Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) quite consistently hyposecrete GH around the time of sleep onset. Studies followed depressed subjects into a drug-free recovery phase and found persistence of sleep-related GH hyposecretion, suggesting that this may be a trait marker for MDD. Investigators have proposed that secretion of growth hormone at night may be phase advanced in depression such that secretion occurs just prior to sleep onset instead of during the first few hours of sleep. Of interest, one group of investigators has reported that the phase-advanced GH peak is phase-delayed into the normal range after recovery from the depressive state, in contrast to the persistent, trait-like nature of the blunted nocturnal GH secretion in adult depression.

SST Analogs in the Treatment of Nongrowth Hormone Secreting and Nonfunctioning Pituitary Tumors

As it has been stated above, only the growth hormone (GH)-secreting pituitary adenomas, manifested by acromegaly, are routinely treated with SST analogs. However, other types of pituitary adenomas also express sst receptors and because of that they are candidates for such a therapy. The trials of the therapy of pituitary adenomas which do not secrete GH with commonly used SST analogs octreotide or lanreotide were not fully successful.4,5 The negative results depended probably on the fact that the above-mentioned classical SST analogs interact mainly with sst2 receptors, whereas PRL and ACTH inhibition by SST is mediated mostly

Regulation of Growth Hormone Secretion

For many years it was believed that growth hormone was secreted primarily during the period of growth but then disappeared from the blood at adolescence. This has proved to be untrue. After adolescence, secretion decreases slowly with aging, finally falling to about 25 per cent of the adolescent level in very old age. Growth hormone is secreted in a pulsatile pattern, increasing and decreasing. The precise mechanisms that control secretion of growth hormone are not fully understood, but several factors related to a person's state of nutrition or stress are known to stimulate secretion (1) starvation, especially with severe protein deficiency (2) hypoglycemia or low concentration of fatty acids in the blood (3) exercise (4) excitement and (5) trauma. Growth hormone also characteristically increases during the first 2 hours of deep sleep, as shown in Figure 75-6. Table 75-3 summarizes some of the factors that are known to influence growth hormone secretion. The normal concentration of...

Metabolic and Thermoregulatory Functions

Animal studies with rats have suggested that during sleep deprivation, energy expenditure increases while temperature and weight drop until body systems begin to fail, beginning with the endocrine and immune systems.y This and other studies have led to the proposal that sleep conserves energy loss through thermoregulation When core body temperature decreases during sleep, heat loss to the environment is minimized. Similar studies have understandably not been performed in humans, but humans also show lowered body temperature during sleep. A different interpretation of temperature changes begins with the observation that sleep in general and deeper NREM sleep in particular are increased when the body is heated y therefore it is suggested that sleep functions to allow the shedding of excess accumulated heat.y This approach emphasizes not the decreased rate of heat loss in sleep due to decreased core temperature but the reduced rate of heat production due to slowed metabolism. Sleep may...

Physicochemical Properties Of Drugs

It had been supposed that there might be a molecular weight limit on drug entry into brain from blood, uptake of drugs above about 800 kDa being small (25). However, drugs Levin studied, such as doxorubicin, vincristine, and etopside, are now known to be substrates for a potent mechanism that restricts brain entry of a wide range of drugs. Thus P-glycoprotein is sited in the apical (blood-facing) plasma membrane of the endothelium and is able to utilize ATP in pumping certain drugs from endothelial cells into blood, thus reducing brain entry, as reviewed by Borst and Schinkel (26) and in this volume by Begley et al. (23) and by Mayer (27). Substrates include vinblastine, ivermectin, digoxin, and cyclosporine. Molecules transported are often lipo-

Factors that Promote Growth

Extracellular factors that stimulate growth include peptide growth factors such as epidermal growth factor (EGF) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), which bind tyrosine kinase receptors located on the cell surface. Cytokines such as growth hormone, interleukins and prolactin also bind cell surface receptors which are not kinases themselves but are able to transduce their signals via interaction with separate tyrosine kinase molecules. Another class of growth factors bind serpentine receptors that couple to intracellular pathways via heterotrimeric G proteins. Lastly, steroid hormones such as oestrogen, which bind intracellular receptors, also have mitotic activity. All classes of receptors are capable of triggering a cascade of signalling events culminating in mitotic activity, or proliferation, of the target cell.

Fetal Origins Of Adult Disease

In all the epidemiological studies, there tends to be a loss in the associations between birth size and measures ofmetabolic competence until after 2-3 years of age, and again around adolescence until its completion. Both these time periods represent the transition between the different phases of growth infant to child and child to adolescence. This raises the question of the need for an established drive to growth, or growth trajectory for exposing the relationships in population studies. It raises the possibility that during childhood a growth hormone drive is required to expose the potential limitation in the underlying metabolic capacity for specific functions, and it is for this reason that height itselfis a good proxy for metabolic capacity.

Regulation of postnatal growth

As pointed out above postnatal growth during the suckling period is under similar genetic laws as is fetal growth. Do imprinted genes have a role in growth up to weaning First, the major postnatal growth control system based on growth hormone only comes into play shortly before weaning (Table 1). Second, one imprinted gene, Rasgrf1, has already been shown to have a role in postnatal growth specifically from birth to weaning (Table 2 Itier et al 1998). Third, the IGF system is likely to operate from birth to weaning as well. This is because Igf1 and Igf2 are expressed during this period after which Igf2 is silenced in rodents, Igf2 mutants grow at normal rates after birth (INS, IGF1 action Efstratiadis 1998), and Igf1 mutants grow at normal rates to weaning (INS, IGF2 action Wang et al 1999). Finally, placental Igf2 mutants which are born growth retarded (71 of normal) then show accelerated growth to weaning and thus catch up with their normal littermates (INS, IGF1, IGF2 action...

Injury of the Hypothalamic Pituitary Axis in Patients with Cancer

GH, growth hormone CRT, cranial radiation therapy TBI, total body irradiation HPA, hypothalamic-pituitary axis IGF-1, insulinlike growth factor 1 IGFBP3, IGF binding protein 3 GHRH,growth hormone-releasing hormone GnRH, gonadotropin-releasing hormone LH, luteinizing hormone FSH, follicle-stimulating hormone T4, thyroxine TSH, thyroid-stimulating hormone TRH, thyrotropin-releasing hormone ACTH, adrenocorticotrophin

Contribution of Radiation to Hypothalamic Pituitary Axis Injury

The effect of hydrocephalus on pre-irradiation endocrinopathy in children with infratentorial ependymoma.a Probability of pre-irradiation endocrine deficiency based on frontal horn diameter measured at diagnosis. b Probability of pre-irradiation growth hormone (GH) deficiency based on change (slope) in the Evan's index after diagnosis.The Evan's index is the ratio of the distance between the most lateral extent of the frontal horns of the lateral ventricles and the width of the parietal brain at the same level

Clinical Manifestations 521 GH Deficiency

The growth rate is typically slow in children who are undergoing treatment for cancer and usually improves (or catches up) after completion of cancer therapy (Fig. 5.8). Children whose growth rate does not improve or whose growth rate is less than the mean for age and sex should be evaluated for growth failure (Fig. 5.9). Causes of slow growth other than GH deficiency include hypothyroidism, radiation damage in growth centers of the long bones or the spine, chronic unresolved illness, poor nutrition, and depression. In individuals who have attained adult height, GH deficiency is usually asymptomatic 71 , but may be associated with easy fatigability, decreased muscle with increased fat mass, and increased risk for cardiovascular disease 12,16 .

Tissue Distribution of sst Receptor Subtypes

Before cloning of sst receptor subtypes, the detection of sst receptors was performed by ligand binding to the membrane homogenates or tissue slices to detect combined SST receptor binding activity. One of the first studies characterizing sst receptors was shown by Schonbruun and Tashjian. The authors showed the functional characteristics of SST receptor present in the GH4C1 rat pituitary tumor cells with the use of radiolabeled SST ( 125I-Tyr1 somatostatin) and conclude that the receptor is necessary for the biological action of SST such as inhibition of prolactin and growth hormone secretion from these cells.

Associated Medical Findings

Proptosis or periorbital fullness suggests an orbital process such as Graves' disease, orbital meningioma, or orbital pseudotumor. The patient's general appearance may suggest an underlying chromosomal, endocrinological, or metabolic disorder. For instance, the disfiguring frontal bossing and enlargement of the mandible and hands are characteristic of acromegaly associated with a growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma. The heart rate, blood pressure, and carotid and cardiac examinations are important in any patient with a possible ischemic event. Patients with pseudotumor cerebri tend to be young females with obesity or a history of recent weight gain. Skin lesions such as erythema migrans (Lyme disease) or malar rash (systemic lupus erythematosus), and abnormal discolorations, such as cafe(c)-au-lait spots and axillary freckling (neurofibromatosis), or hypopigmented ash-leaf spots (tuberous sclerosis) also may be helpful in guiding the evaluation of patients with visual...

LH or FSH Deficiency

Bertal hormones in a short or slowly-growing adolescent can cause fusion of bony growth centers and shorter-than-expected adult height. Such therapy should be provided only in coordination with the pediatric endocrinologist after an assessment of growth potential and treatment of GH or thyroid deficiencies. Initiation of sex steroid therapy in a short adolescent may be delayed until age 15 years to permit response to GH or thyroid hormone therapy and taller adult height. In short adolescents with delayed puberty, a few years of therapy with low-dose sex steroid therapy is preferable to full replacement. Such doses simulate the sex steroid levels observed in the first year or so of puberty and are less likely than full sex steroid replacement to cause inappropriate maturation of bone age. Girls can be treated with the conjugated estrogen tablets Premarin (0.3 mg every other day) or ethinyl estradiol (5 mcg daily, one quarter of a 20-mcg tablet daily) 47 . Menstrual spotting can be...

Clinical Presentation of Dyskeratosis Congenita

DC is also known as Zinsser-Engman-Cole syndrome (Zinsser 1906, Engman 1926, Cole et al. 1930). Classically DC is characterized by the triad of abnormal skin pigmentation, nail dystrophy, and mucosal leukoplakia. A variety of other noncutaneous abnormalities have also been reported since its first description (Table 5.1), including dental caries, tooth loss, esophageal webs, epiphora, short stature, developmental delay, hypogonadism, osteoporosis, pulmonary disease, premature grey hair, and hair loss (Trowbridge et al. 1977, Womer et al. 1983, Wiedemann et al. 1984, Zijlmans et al. 1997, Knight et al. 1998, Solder et al. 1998, Dokal 2000, Mason et al. 2005). Short stature

Receptor Tyrosine Kinases Mechanism of Signal Transduction

The kinase activity and phosphorylation of tyrosine residues accessible to the cytoplasm of the cell. In the most common model for this process, ligand binding to the extracellular domain results in dimerization of the receptor in the membrane (Figures 2b, 3a and 4). This mechanism has been demonstrated by high-resolution X-ray crystallographic analysis for the growth hormone receptor activated by its dimeric ligand (Wells, 1996). In some cases the receptors may form larger complexes (e.g. tetramers). Regardless, the receptor association leads to potentiation of the kinase activity, probably through structural (conformational) changes in the kinase domain. The second phase of the information transfer involves the phosphorylation of one or more tyrosine residues of the cytoplasmic domain of the receptor (Figure 4). Available evidence suggests that this occurs primarily through cross-phosphorylation (fr-a i-phosphorylation). In a receptor

Metabolic and endocrine effects

A rise in Cortisol secretion early in the night, as is seen in depression and with ageing. There is a reduction in prolactin secretion and a loss of the circadian rhythm and quantity secreted of TSH. Sleep fragmentation reduces growth hormone secretion during the initial NREM sleep cycle, although there is some compensatory increase in secretion during wakefulness. This effect on growth hormone and the autonomic abnormalities both reduce lipolysis.

Of Coronary Artery Disease Risk Factors

All childhood cancer survivors should be screened regularly for coronary artery disease (CAD) risk factors. While those treated with mantle radiation are probably most at risk for CAD, survivors treated with anthracyclines and high-dose cyclophosphamide are also likely to have damaged hearts that can ill afford further damage from a myocardial infarction. Patients who received brain irradiation, especially those with proven growth hormone deficiency or other hypothalamic-pituitary axis dysfunction,may also be at higher risk, compared with other survivors. Risk factors for CAD, such as family history, hypertension, smoking, hyperlipidemia, obesity, diabetes mellitus and a sedentary life-style, should be evaluated at each long-term visit. Counseling to reduce such risk factors is not only appropriate, it is extremely important. Signs and symptoms of pericarditis (fever, dyspnea, pleuritic chest pain, friction rub, ST and T wave changes, decreased QRS voltage), cardiomyopathy, valvular...

Human immunodeficiency virus infection HIV

And changes in growth hormone secretion which initially promote NREM sleep. The later changes occur when the immune response is failing and may be partly due to neuronal death or dysfunction caused by direct effects of the HIV, or to changes in production or release of neurotransmitters.

The Insulinlike Growth Factor 1 Igfi A Key Modulator Of Neurogenesis And Cognitive Functions

Activity of insulin-like proteins was discovered in 1957. The precise action of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) remained poorly understood until the production in the 1980s of recombinant human IGF-I. This trophic factor has been well characterized as a factor mediating growth hormone action (Jones & Clemmons, 1995 Isaksson, Ohlsson, Nils-son, Isgaard, & Lindahl, 1991). IGF-I is found in high levels in the blood and is believed to originate mainly from the liver (Pankov, 1999). The detection of the IGF-I gene using molecular techniques showed its presence in several organs, including the brain (Rotwein, Burgess, Milbrandt, & Krause, 1988). Substantial evidence supports the importance of IGF-I and insulin in normal development and maintenance of adequate neuronal functions throughout the entire lifespan. The structure of IGF-I is quite similar to insulin (Isaksson et al., 1991). Interestingly, researchers have suggested that the level of insulin in the brain is quite low and that,...

Nasas Current Research Program In Muscle Physiology

The First Biennial Space Biomedical Investigators' Workshop in 1999 demonstrated that excellent mechanistic research is being conducted on skeletal muscle that is in line with the 1998 Strategy report recommendations (NASA and USRA, 1999 NRC, 1998). The presentations included fundamental studies on fiber-type differentiation, multiple signaling pathways, hormonal regulation, and control of fiber-type gene expression. Investigators pursued novel genetic and biochemical strategies for combating muscle atrophy during rodent hindlimb unloading, such as growth hormone (GH) insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) gene therapy in genetically engineered mice and pharmacologic blockage of the ubiquitin degradation pathway. The inclusion of genetically modified organisms in the muscle research program is consistent with the Strategy report recommendation to exploit these animal models.

Hormonal Chemical Carcinogens

Indeed, the case for endogenous oestrogens in cancer promotion is well established but increasingly concern has arisen regarding external phyto- and xeno-oestrogens in our environment and the role they may play in carcinogenesis. Furthermore, the administration of chemicals that alter the synthesis or secretion of hormones can lead to neoplastic disease. For example, chemical modulation of thyroid and pituitary growth hormone can lead to neoplasms and changes in human growth hormone, transforming or insulin-like growth factors and testosterone (Figure 4) are all associated with carcinogenicity under circumstances where their normal function is interfered with. In each case there is an interruption to the normal hormonal relationship experienced by the target organ. An increasing number of synthetic compounds that possess steroid hormone and antisteroid hormone activity

Hearing about the diagnosis

The following account is based on semi-structured discussions with the six individual hospital endocrinologists and one gynaecologist with whom I work. Girls are referred to the paediatric endocrinologist with symptoms such as puffy hands or feet in infancy, short stature in childhood, or delay in signs of puberty in teen years. The degree of focus on fertility in the initial appointments depends on the reason for the referral, the age at diagnosis, and whether or not there are other serious health features that need immediate treatment. In childhood, the medical focus is usually growth hormone treatment through daily injections to increase height, which is monitored by measurement of linear growth every three months. The mean untreated Caucasian adult height is 143-147 cm, approximately 4 ft 9 in (Elsheikh et al. 2002). With treatment many girls grow to a height in the low normal range. From around the age of puberty, the medical focus turns to the use of sex hormone replacement...

The impact of infertility

These physical preoccupations, together with earlier teasing about their short stature, contribute to confusion and uncertainty about their body over and above the usual adolescent concerns. These preoccupations need to be named and addressed in various mediums before infertility, as a significant part ofthe social and emotional body, can begin to find a verbal expression. Their settled manner may have been assisted by their improved height and also the well-being that is said to accompany growth hormone, together with the confidence engendered by the availability of IVF, and the opportunities for frank peer discussion through the clinical group programme. For Shauna, the early emotional disruptions in childhood and issues associated with repeated surgery, alongside support from her family and hospital doctor, seem to have given her a determination to adapt to the condition, to think about infertility and to move forward. Shauna was also young enough to have growth hormone treatment...

Mantel Haenszel methods

When data are sparse, both in terms of event rates being low and trials being small, the estimates of the standard errors of the treatment effects that are used in the inverse variance methods may be poor. Mantel-Haenszel methods use an alternative weighting scheme, and have been shown to be more robust when data are sparse, and may therefore be preferable to the inverse variance method. in other situations they give similar estimates to the inverse variance method. They are available only for binary outcomes (see Stata command metan in Chapter 18).

HT Precursor Challenge

The best characterized precursor challenge is intravenous administration of the amino acid, -tryptophan (TRP), which reliably stimulates prolactin (PRL) and growth hormone (GH) secretion. Both responses are enhanced by acute 5-HT reuptake blockade with clomipramine15 although only the PRL response is inhibited by the non-selective 5-HT receptor antagonist, metergoline.16 However both responses are inhibited by pindolol which has 5-HT1A receptor antagonist properties.17 Neither response is blocked by the 5-HT2A 2C receptor antagonists, ritanserin and ketanserin,18,19 or by granisetron, a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist.20 These data suggest that the hormonal responses are mediated by 5-HT1A receptors although there is less certainty about the GH than the PRL response. Growth hormone

Table 304 Mucopolysaccharidoses And Mucolipidoses

Skeletal dysplasia with compressive neurological signs (severe in A, mild in B). No or little mental retardation. Corneal clouding 50 percent and organomegaly less prominent compared to other MPS. Survival to middle age Patients with Hurler-Scheie disease (type 2) have severe joint involvement, short stature, small thoraces, hepatosplenomegaly, coarse facial features, and corneal clouding. They may have near-normal mental abilities. The small thorax and cardiac involvement in this disease often reflect mitral valve insufficiency.

Chromosomal Anomalies

Mothers of infants with the Prader-Willi syndrome note decreased in utero fetal activity, and often these neonates are born in breech presentation. The affected individuals are of short stature and have small hands and feet and a narrowed cranial bifrontal diameter. 9 Their eyes are almond-shaped, and they often have strabismus. The face is long, and nearly 50 percent of patients have hypopigmentation of the skin. Other common features include a small phallus, cryptorchidism, and hypogonadism with a small flat scrotum. Affected infants have a feeble suck and severe hypotonia, which commonly requires the use of a feeding tube. Near the end of the first year of life, however, the hypotonia may become less severe. The degree of mental retardation may seem more prominent in early life and may be correlated with the severity of the hypotonia. At 1 to 3 years of age the patients gain considerable weight and become obese because of hyperphagia. As the hypotonia becomes less severe, they also...

Gene Transfer in Fish

The success rate of DNA integration into fish genome ranges from 10 to 75 . In most cases, multiple copies of gene are inserted in tandem at random locations in the genome. The level and specificity of gene expression depends on the promoter enhancer utilized in the gene construct. The majority of transgenic fish studies use promoters from animal viruses such as simian virus 40 (SV10) and rous sarcoma virus (RSV). Fish gene promoters have increasingly been used. In the early studies, mammalian genes, such as human growth hormone, were used. Some reports describe the use of genes from related fish species. Successful gene transfer must be evaluated by monitoring the expression of the transferred gene in the offspring of parental transgenic fish. The characteristic phenotype should be observed in the transgenic fish.

Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Survivors of HSCT may be at risk for insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance and type II diabetes 45 . Risk factors relevant to the development of these problems include obesity, family history of diabetes, inactivity, diet, use of growth hormone and race. In one study of 748 patients evaluated for type II diabetes, 34 had developed this condition at a median follow-up of 11 years. The prevalence of type II diabetes was 9 among the survivors of leukemia, with CML patients at highest risk 15 . The prevalence was age-related, with 12 occurring among leukemia

The Dopaminergic System

Some involvement of a dopaminergic system in the pathophysiology of RLS is undisputed. The strongest argument is based on the rapid and dramatic improvement of RLS with dopaminergic agents (151,152). As reviewed above, brain-imaging studies of the dopaminergic system in the basal ganglia have not revealed consistent abnormalities (see Section ''Basal Ganglia''). Another way to explore the integrity of the dopamine system is by measuring neuroendocrine responses to challenges with dopaminergic agonists or dopamine-blocking substances. For example, metoclopramide (a dopamine blocker) normally causes an increase in both prolactin and human growth hormone (hGH). Basic 24-hour time courses of prolactin and growth hormone do not differ between RLS subjects and controls (153). Furthermore, challenges with a dopamine antagonist in the early afternoon revealed a normal response in RLS subjects (154). Neuroendocrine response to a levodopa challenge was more pronounced during the night vs. the...

Hormones Mood and Cognition

Similar observations are reported with thyroid hormones (T3 and T4), which are crucial for normal brain development and function. Hypothyroidism during fetal life (a condition known as cretinism) produces short stature, sexual immaturity, and severe mental defects in afflicted individuals. In adulthood, hypothyroidism is often associated with depression, bipolar disorder, low energy, appetite and sleep changes, poor concentration, memory impairments, and apathy. The similarity of these symptoms with clinical depression routinely prompts clinicians to test thyroid functions to distinguish between the two conditions. The reverse interaction between affective illnesses, particularly major depression, and thyroid hypofunction has also been documented recently. As with cortisol, hyperthyroidism (as in Grave's disease) presents with several psychiatric symptoms including insomnia, irritability, agitation, major depression, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, paranoia, and most often,...

Formulation Applications

Pharmaceutically viable formulation applications include topical, pulmonary, depot and implantable drug delivery systems (Bhardwaj and Blanchard, 1996 Cleland andJones, 1996 Schwendeman etal., 1996 Johnson etal., 1997 Schwendeman et al., 1997 Carrasquillo et al., 1999 Stevenson et al., 1999 Wright et al., 2001 Kikwai et al., 2004). Simple depot formulations, designed to decrease dissolution rates, have used non-aqueous conditions to achieve controlled release. Growth hormone has also been suspended in oil for depot injections (Yu etal., 1996).

Presence Of Pancreatic Stem Cells

P-cell mass is destroyed, as in the case of type 1 diabetes (Lieter et al., 1987). However, in adults, islet cells have been shown to replicate and respond to stimuli known to initiate neonatal islet cell growth, such as glucose, growth hormone, several peptide growth factors, and especially hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) (Swenne, 1992 Hayek et al., 1995). These observations suggest that normal P-cell growth in the adult can accommodate functional demand. Furthermore, conditions such as obesity and pregnancy result in reversible increase in P-cell mass (Marynissen et al., 1983 Bonner-Weir et al., 1989 Brelje et al., 1993). There is also evidence for a slow turnover of adult cells through stem cell differentiation as demonstrated by a number of experimental models cellophane wrapping and partial duct obstruction (Rosenberg and Vinik, 1992), alloxan treatment (Korcakova, 1971), streptozotocin (STZ) treatment (Cantenys et al., 1981), partial pancreatectomy (Bonner-Weir et al., 1993),...

Obstructive sleep apnoeas in children

Developmental delay, and if OSA is severe there may be failure to thrive. Short stature is probably due to reduction in secretion of growth hormone through fragmentation of the initial episode of stages 3 and 4 NREM sleep at night. Mid-face hypoplasia and pectus excavatum may develop and if sleep apnoeas remain unrecognized right heart failure eventually occurs.

Physical Degradation

Cross-linkages via disulfide bond formation cause aggregation of peptides and proteins, as described in Section Hydrophobic bond formation, on the other hand, causes aggregation without covalent changes. Freeze-dried human growth hormone exhibited noncovalent aggregation in addition to chemical degradation via methionine oxidation and deamidation of asparagine residues.825 Noncovalent aggregation was also observed with P-galactosidase in aqueous solution, although freeze-dried P-galactosidase, having limited moisture, exhibited aggregation via disulfide bond formation. Size-exclusion chromato-grams indicated that the aggregates formed in solution were dissociated by guanidine hydrochloride, a hydrophobic-bond-breaking reagent (Fig. 201).811

Quantitative Description of Peptide and Protein Degradation

Chemical degradation of peptide and protein pharmaceuticals can also be analyzed kinetically in the same manner as for small-molecule drugs. Specifically, chemical degradation of small peptides in aqueous solutions generally conforms to simple first-order kinetics. For example, first-order kinetics have been reported for the hydrolysis in aqueous solution of secretin, which has 27 amino acid residues (Fig. 205).795 Deamidation, hydrolysis, and epimerization of an LH-RH antagonist having 10 amino acid residues (Fig. 206),802 deamidation of calcitonin, having 32 amino acid residues (Fig. 207),876 and degradation of gonadorelin877 and growth hormone-releasing hexapeptide878 also follow first-order kinetics.

Neuroendocrine Dysfunction

At present, there is not sufficient evidence to implicate hormonal dysfunction as a direct cause of OCD. However, some intriguing data build a circumstantial case for an association between OCD and growth hormone abnormalities, perhaps through the serotonergic system. In the epidemiological study of OCD among high school students, described earlier, males with OCD were noted to be smaller and lighter than the community of normal controls (Flament et al., 1988). This was also shown to be true of males with other anxiety disorders (Hamburger et al., 1989). There were no reductions in the height or weight of the adolescent girls with OCD. The small size of the OCD males could be due to an effective lack of growth hormone, or to a delay in the pubertal growth spurt, although, of course, no causality is demonstrated by the relationship. To address the issue of causality, future research might employ direct assays, hormonal challenges, or therapeutic interventions.

Chemical Structure and Synthesis of Hormones

Polypeptide and Protein Hormones Are Stored in Secretory Vesicles Until Needed. Most of the hormones in the body are polypeptides and proteins. These hormones range in size from small peptides with as few as 3 amino acids (thyrotropin-releasing hormone) to proteins with almost 200 amino acids (growth hormone and prolactin). In general, polypeptides with 100 or more amino acids are called proteins, and those with fewer than 100 amino acids are referred to as peptides. Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) Growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) Growth hormone inhibitory hormone (GHIH) (somatostatin) Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) Dopamine or prolactin-inhibiting factor (PIF) Growth hormone Causes release of growth hormone Peptide Inhibits release of growth hormone Peptide

Opportunity from Complexity

Hypothalamic polypeptide that inhibits the secretion of immu-noreactive pituitary growth hormone. Science 1973 179 77-9. 6. Grant N, Clark D, Garsky V et al. Dissociation of somatostatin effects. Peptides inhibiting the release of growth hormone but not glucagon or insulin in rats. Life Sci 1976 19 629-31. 7. Meyers C, Arimura A, Gordin A et al. Somatostatin analogs which inhibit glucagon and growth hormone more than insulin release. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 1977 74 630-6. 9. Coy DH, Meyers C, Arimura A et al. Observations on the growth hormone, insulin, and glucagon release-inhibiting activities of somatostatin analogues. Metabolism 1978 27(9 Suppl 1) 1407-10. 22. Briard N, Dutour A, Epelbaum J et al. Species differences between male rat and ram pituitary somatostatin receptors involved in the inhibition of growth hormone secretion. Eur J Endocrinol 32. Shimon I, Taylor JE, Dong JZ et al. Somatostatin receptor subtype specificity in human fetal...

Coordination of Body Functions by Chemical Messengers

Secondary Endocrine Tissues

The endocrine hormones are carried by the circulatory system to cells throughout the body, including the nervous system in some cases, where they bind with receptors and initiate many reactions. Some endocrine hormones affect many different types of cells of the body for example, growth hormone (from the anterior pituitary gland) causes growth in most parts of the body, and thyroxine (from the thyroid gland) increases the rate of many chemical reactions in almost all the body's cells. The multiple hormone systems play a key role in regulating almost all body functions, including metabolism, growth and development, water and electrolyte balance, reproduction, and behavior. For instance, without growth hormone, a person would be a dwarf. Without thyroxine and triiodothyronine from the thyroid gland, almost all the chemical reactions of the body would become sluggish, and the person would become sluggish as well. Without insulin from the pancreas, the body's cells could use little of the...

Incidence of Somatostatin Receptors in Human Tumors

Colony Forming Ells

The direct antiproliferative effects of SST analogs as well as the positive effect of sst-receptor-targeted radiotherapy are determined by at least the presence of sst receptors. Some limited therapeutic effect of SST analogs can be achieved also in sst receptors-negative tumors, via growth hormone insulin-like growth factor inhibition and or antiangiogenic action. On the other hand, the detection of sst receptors does not predict that they are functional. Several observations reporting the discrepancies between the receptor incidence and therapeutic effects were published.31,38, The above mentioned discrepancies may depend on structural alterations of receptor proteins or on the alteration of the post-receptor events. It seems that the membrane localization of receptor proteins is also necessary for their biological activity, but this question needs further studies. The coexistence of different subtypes of sst receptors could be also relevant, since heterodimerization of sst...

Surges of Hormones Can Occur with Positive Feedback In a

Cyclical Variations Occur in Hormone Release. Superimposed on the negative and positive feedback control of hormone secretion are periodic variations in hormone release that are influenced by seasonal changes, various stages of development and aging, the diurnal (daily) cycle, and sleep. For example, the secretion of growth hormone is markedly increased during the early period of sleep but is reduced during the later stages of sleep. In many cases, these cyclical variations in hormone secretion are due to changes in activity

Human Chorionic Somatomammotropin

Second, this hormone has weak actions similar to those of growth hormone, causing the formation of protein tissues in the same way that growth hormone does. It also has a chemical structure similar to that of growth hormone, but 100 times as much human chorionic somatomammotropin as growth hormone is required to promote growth.

Routine laboratory tests

Free testosterone, testosterone, prolactin and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) are the specific hormones that may be part of the ED evaluation. These hormones have been associated with sexual desire. Luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) are determined for further differential diagnosis in the case of low testosterone values, to ascertain primary or secondary hypo-gonadism. Estradiol, growth hormone or, better, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and thyroid parameters are determined in individual cases to diagnose further hormonal deficits.

Consequences of Sleep Deprivation

With the exception of thyroid hormones, appreciable hormonal alterations have not been observed after total SD, including catecholamine, cortisol, or sex hormone levels (85). With partial SD, impaired glucose tolerance, elevated evening cortisol levels, and thyroid function abnormalities have been reported (79). Sleep loss can alter the pattern of secretion of hormones under circadian influence. For example, selective deprivation of SWS can diminish the secretion of growth hormone (86). 86. Beck U, Marquetand D. Effects of selective sleep deprivation on sleep-linked prolactin and growth hormone secretion. Arch Psychiatr Nervenkr 1976 223(1) 35-44.

Hormonal Regulation of Protein Metabolism

Growth Hormone Increases the Synthesis of Cellular Proteins. Growth hormone causes the tissue proteins to increase. The precise mechanism by which this occurs is not known, but it is believed to result mainly from increased transport of amino acids through the cell membranes or acceleration of the DNA and RNA transcription and translation processes for protein synthesis. Testosterone Increases Protein Deposition in Tissues. Testosterone, the male sex hormone, causes increased deposition of protein in tissues throughout the body, especially the contractile proteins of the muscles (30 to 50 per cent increase). The mechanism of this effect is unknown, but it is definitely different from the effect of growth hormone, in the following way Growth hormone causes tissues to continue growing almost indefinitely, whereas testosterone causes the muscles and, to a much lesser extent, some other protein tissues to enlarge for only several months. Once the muscles and other protein tissues have...

Body Temperature Is Controlled by Balancing Heat Production Against Heat Loss

Including muscle contractions caused by shivering (3) extra metabolism caused by the effect of thyroxine (and, to a less extent, other hormones, such as growth hormone and testosterone) on the cells (4) extra metabolism caused by the effect of epinephrine, norepinephrine, and sympathetic stimulation on the cells (5) extra metabolism caused by increased chemical activity in the cells themselves, especially when the cell temperature increases and (6) extra metabolism needed for digestion, absorption, and storage of food (thermogenic effect of food).

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and 5HT

Neuroendocrine challenge provides another method for probing the integrity of the serotonergic system in PMDD women. Administration of tryptophan to women with PMDD produced a blunted growth hormone and cortisol response compared to the response found in control women. These differences were detected during both phases of the menstrual cycle,39 suggesting that trait differences exist between PMDD patients and controls. When the prolactin response to tryptophan administration was evaluated, blunting occurred only during the premenstrual phase in this same group of symptomatic women. The more selective 5-HT1A partial agonist, buspirone, also led to a blunted prolactin response in PMDD patients compared to controls.40 However, women were tested only during the follicular phase, which is when the difference was detected. It is not known whether this partial agonist would have caused blunting in the luteal phase also. Two groups have investigated the prolactin response using a different...

Angiogenesis Inhibitors Encrypted within Larger Proteins

N-Terminal fragments of the human prolactin growth hormone family are antiangiogenic whereas the hormones themselves are angiogenic. They have also been shown to stimulate the expression of PAI. During the maturation of type I collagen, a 90-kDa N-terminal fragment is cleaved which is homologous to a domain of the antiangiogenic matrix molecule thrombospondin. The fragment has anti-angiogenic effects both in vitro and in vivo. Restin is a 22-kDa fragment of collagen XV that has been found by homology search with endostatin. It inhibits endothelial cell migration in vitro but does not effect proliferation. Vasostatin inhibits bFGF-induced angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo. It is a 180-kDa fragment of calreticullin. Calreticullin has been shown to exert similar effects.

Biochemical diagnosis

Another variable that might be significant to assess the androgen status in old age is plasma levels of SHBG. Its levels increase even with healthy aging, possibly due to a decrease in growth hormone (GH) production and an increase of the ratio of free estra-diol over FT 75 . Vermeulen and co-workers could demonstrate that the FT value calculated by TT SHBG (according to a second-degree equation following the mass action law) as determined by immunoassay appears to be a rapid, simple, and reliable indicator of BT and FT, comparable to FT values obtained by equilibrium dialysis 165 . An easy-to-use free calculator of calculated FT and BT can be found on So, determination of values of T and SHBG might provide a reasonable index of the androgen status in an aging person. BT is also a rather reliable index, but it should be mentioned that direct FT assays using a T analog do not yield a reliable estimate of FT 165 . What is a low T level

Segmentation Cleavage And Midline Defects

The clinical presentation of holoprosencephaly is dependent on the degree of CNS involvement. Infants with severe alobar forms often die shortly after birth. Survivors frequently present with severe mental retardation, seizures (infantile spasms occur early), severe motor impairments, poikolothermia, and endocrine insufficiencies. In the milder forms of holoprosencephaly, longer survival with various degrees of psychomotor retardation is possible. Endocrine dysfunction may become apparent, with diabetes insipidus and growth hormone deficiency having been reported in a number of cases. It should be re-emphasized that only the classic facial phenotypes are predictive of the severe alobar holoprosencephaly with its associated very poor prognosis but that a number of partial facial phenotypes, such as midline cleft lip or midface hypoplasia, are not necessarily associated with the most severe malformations in the spectrum.

Nature and prevalence of late onset hypogonadism

What are the pitfalls of diagnosing LOH There are several problems regarding LOH. For androgen deficiency it is difficult to rely on clinical symptoms, particularly in elderly men. In previously eugonadal adults, symptoms of T deficiency emerge only gradually and insidiously. Only the physical signs of longstanding T deficiency will be clinically recognized. Further, stringent criteria to diagnose T deficiency have not been formulated, neither in the young nor in the elderly male population. In the elderly population T deficiency is difficult to identify since symptoms of aging mimic symptoms of T deficiency and are also similar to growth hormone deficiency. It has

Hormone Secretion Transport and Clearance from the Blood

Onset of Hormone Secretion After a Stimulus, and Duration of Action of Different Hormones. Some hormones, such as norepinephrine and epinephrine, are secreted within seconds after the gland is stimulated, and they may develop full action within another few seconds to minutes the actions of other hormones, such as thyroxine or growth hormone, may require months for full effect. Thus, each of the different hormones has its own characteristic onset and duration of action each tailored to perform its specific control function.

Normal Hypothalamic Pituitary Axis

Diagrammatic Representation Pituitary Growth Hormone Growth hormone (GH) is a 191-amino acid polypeptide synthesized and secreted by the somatotrophs in the anterior pituitary gland in response to the hypothalamus releasing hormones, primarily GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) and somatostatin. GHRH secretion is usually steady, whereas somatostatin secretion is interrupted intermittently. Somatostatin contributes to the synthesis of GH in the pituitary but, paradoxically, inhibits GH release 45 . When somatostatin concentrations decrease, the tonic concentration of GHRH causes the release of GH into the systemic circulation. Factors such as neuropeptide Y, leptin, galanin, and ghrelin may also regulate GH secretion. In healthy children and adults, GH secretion is pulsatile, particularly during sleep,with two to six pulses per night 50 . In adolescents, additional pulses occur during the day, and the pulses have higher peaks than those seen in children and adults (Fig. 5.2 a). a Changes with pubertal status in the normal...

The influence of hormones on erection

Penis Size Hormone Blocker Patient

Growth Hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) It has been proven that GH and IGF-1 affect penis growth and androgen production 54 . In cases with isolated GH deficiency and micropenis, continuous treatment with recombinant growth hormone normalizes the penile size 54 . Recently it has been suggested that GH also plays a role in erection 55 . Recombinant GH caused dose-dependent relaxation of cavernous smooth musculature by increasing intracellular cGMP levels. During erection a 90 increase in intracavernous GH concentration occurred in the tumescence stage.

Physiology of Somatostatin

Somatostatin Receptors Location

Somatostatin (SST) was originally discovered as a hypothalamic peptide which inhibits growth hormone (GH) secretion from the pituitary gland. It appears in two molecular forms, composed of 14 or 28 amino-acid residues. Moreover, another family of peptides, called cortistatins (CST), was described. CST are encoded by a different gene, but they share partly the structure of SST and bind to SST receptors. Further studies revealed that SST is expressed not only in the hypothalamus but is widely distributed in central and peripheral nervous systems as well as in nonneural peripheral tissues, mainly in the gut. SST is now known to exert a large spectrum of functions, mostly of an inhibitory nature. It inhibits the secretion of hormones, like GH and thyrotropin (TSH), neuro-enterohormones like gastrin, cholecystokinin, vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP), motilin, secretin, pancreatic polypeptide and glucagon-like peptides (GLP), and exocrine secretions....

Cushings Syndrome Cushings Disease

The treatment of endogenous Cushing's syndrome depends on the underlying etiology. Growth Hormone Disorders Growth hormone (GH somatotropin) is secreted by the anterior pituitary in response to hypothalamic GH-releasing hormone (GHRH). GH promotes linear growth and has both anabolic and catabolic effects. Hypersecretion of GH causes gigantism when it occurs before epiphyseal closure and acromegaly when it begins afterward. Hyposecretion causes short stature in childhood and possibly a chronic fatigue-like syndrome in adults. GH acts indirectly through insulin-like growth factors (IGFs, somatomedins), with IGF-1 (formerly somatomedin C) being the most important for growth. Prolonged exposure to elevated levels of GH and IGF-1 results in the insidious onset of skeletal and soft tissue overgrowth, the latter of which is most pronounced in tissues containing large amounts of cartilage proteoglycans. '109 Cortical bone density is increased and trabecular bone (e.g., vertebral) density is...

Role of Dopamine and Melatonin in RLS Circadian Expression

Dopamine is very widespread in the brain, and its modulation effect on locomotor and motor activity is well-known. The main dopaminergic encephalic nuclei are represented by the substantia nigra (nigrostriatal system) and by the midbrain ventral tegmental area (mesocorticolimbic system). However, a conspicuous group of dopamine-producing cells is also documented in the hypothalamus, in particular the posterior (A11), arcuate (A12), dorsocaudalis (A13), and periventricular (A14) areas (105). Among the other functions, hypothalamic dopamine exerts an inhibitory action on pituitary prolactin (PRL) secretion and a descending control on the dorsal horn spinal neurons, which are likely relevant in modulating pain afferents (106). The interest around dopamine as a possible key neurotransmitter in RLS pathogenesis became more relevant after the discovery of several links between dopamine and circadian physiology. Central nervous system dopamine concentration follows a circadian trend with...

Prader Willi and Angelman Syndromes

Often they are mildly to moderately mentally retarded. They may be of short stature, with small hands, feet, and gonads. Behavioral problems are common and include obsessive-compulsive symptoms, compulsive food-related behaviors, temper tantrums, and aggression.

Role of Telomere Length and Telomerase in Human Disease

Strikingly, DC patients show increased chromosomal instability with age, consistent with a faster rate of telomere loss, suggesting that DC may be a chromosomal instability syndrome produced by a defect in telomerase activity and the proper maintenance of telomeres (see Du et al., this volume). DC patients develop many of the pathologies shown for the telomerase-deficient mouse model, such as short stature, hypogonadism and infertility, defects of the skin and the hematopoietic system, bone marrow failure, and premature death. Similarly to telomerase-deficient mice, human DC is characterized by showing disease anticipation in affected progeny, demonstrating that short telomeres directly contribute to disease presentation (Vulliamy et al. 2004). In addition, a number of patients diagnosed with aplastic anemia also show mutations in the telomerase Terc and Tert genes, resulting in accelerated telomere shortening and premature death (Yamaguchi et al. 2005, Marrone et al. 2004). However,...

Other Segmentation And Cleavage Disorders

Symptomatic hypoglycemias and diabetes insipidus later, growth hormone deficiency may become apparent. These endocrine insufficiencies can and should be treated by standard endocrine replacement protocols. Although retardation of cognitive development occurs especially in patients with obvious concomitant cortical anomalies, a number of cases with normal cognitive development are on record. Most cases of septo-optic dysplasia have been sporadic however, there are two observations in sibs and in cousins suggesting the existence of a form with autosomal recessive inheritance. It is an important consideration in the differential diagnosis in children presenting with optic hypoplasia. y

Physiological Basis of Sleep and Wakefulness

Several anabolic hormones, such as growth hormone, are secreted primarily during sleep, whereas catabolic hormones, such as cortisol, are produced mainly during wakefulness. The metabolic rate slows during NREM sleep, in which energy is conserved, the body temperature falls, and protein synthesis and other anabolic processes are accentuated.

Chronic Progressive External Ophthalmoplegia and Kearns Sayre Syndrome

Conditions to exclude include other mitochondrial diseases, primarily MERRF and MELAS any disease causing ophthalmoplegia when that is the sole presenting symptom, especially myasthenia gravis other diseases that cause multisystem involvement, such as collagen vascular diseases, particularly systemic lupus erythematosus and in the appropriate setting, Lyme disease (caused by infection with Borrelia burgdorferi) or Whipple's disease. Ihe ultimate diagnosis is made by muscle biopsy and mtDNA analysis. Ihere is no proven specific treatment, although coenzyme Q10 and carnitine have been used. Implanted cardiac pacemakers can be used for conduction defects. Associated endocrine abnormalities--growth hormone deficiency, diabetes mellitus, or hypoparathyroidism--can be treated medically. Although these conditions are considered chronic, complete heart block may result in sudden death.

The Haematopoietic Receptor Superfamily

The extracellular regions of the superfamily all contain combinations of haematopoietic cytokine, FNIII and in some cases C2 Ig domains. The haematopoietic domain has a length of about 100 amino acids with a characteristic Cys-X-Trp motif and three other conserved Cys residues. The FNIII domain was first identified in an extracellular matrix protein, but it is also common in membrane molecules in the nervous system which often have a characteristic Ig domain'5. It includes the Trp-Ser-X-Trp-Ser (WSXWS) motif required for ligand binding and signal transduction''. The extracellular binding domain of the growth hormone receptor was the first to be co-crystallized with its ligand (GH) and the three-dimensional structure solved at a resolution of 2.8 A by X-ray crystallography5,6 and NMR7. The receptor has two domains (haematopoietic receptor and FNIII) of about 100 residues each, consisting of two antiparallel P-sheets of four and three strands with a similar folding pattern to the Ig C2...

Possible Mechanisms for Blunted GH Secretion to GH Secretagogues in Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Blunted GH responses to GH secretagogues, such as cloni-dine, desipramine, the insulin tolerance test, and others, were thought to detect down-regulation of postsynaptic alpha-2 receptors following excessive central noradrenaline (NA) activity in major depressive disorder (Coplan et al., 1995 Siever et al., 1982). That GH responses are blunted in response to both clonidine and growth hormone releasing factor (GRF) in Panic Disorder (PD) refuted the view that reduced GH response to clonidine simply reflects a specific alpha-2 abnormality. Uhde, Tancer, and Rubinow (1992) have reviewed the possible site(s) where blunting of GH may occur. These include (1) reduced availability of pituitary GH stores secondary to reduced synthesis or excessive secretion (this option seems unlikely as GH responses to the dopamine agonist, apomorphine, are exaggerated in PD) (2) overall hypersecretion of GH with secondary inhibition of GH secretion to secretory stimuli (3) an abnormally enhanced negative...

Detection and Screening

Furthermore, survivors need to be screened as they undertake or contemplate changes in their life that increase the workload of the heart,such as beginning a new exercise program, starting growth hormone therapy, becoming pregnant or undergoing anesthesia. Clearly,those patients who have had an abnormal study or a symptomatic cardiac event at any time should have more frequent cardiac screening. The importance of screening all survivors treated with potentially cardiotoxic therapy is underscored by the fact that Lipshultz and colleagues could not find a correlation between patient- or parent-reported symptoms and measures of LV function or exercise tolerance in those treated for ALL with doxorubicin with or without chest irradiation 11 .

Hypothalamic Releasing and Inhibitory Hormones That Control Secretion of the Anterior Pituitary Gland

Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) Growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) Growth hormone inhibitory hormone Stimulates secretion of TSH by thyrotropes Stimulates secretion of FSH and LH by gonadotropes Stimulates secretion of ACTH by corticotropes Stimulates secretion of growth hormone by somatotropes Inhibits secretion of growth hormone by somatotropes

Elevated Blood Glucose Concentration and Adrenal Diabetes

Both the increased rate of gluconeogenesis and the moderate reduction in the rate of glucose utilization by the cells cause the blood glucose concentrations to rise. The rise in blood glucose in turn stimulates secretion of insulin. The increased plasma levels of insulin, however, are not as effective in maintaining plasma glucose as they are under normal conditions. For reasons that are not entirely clear, high levels of glucocorticoid reduce the sensitivity of many tissues, especially skeletal muscle and adipose tissue, to the stimulatory effects of insulin on glucose uptake and utilization. One possible explanation is that high levels of fatty acids, caused by the effect of glucocor-ticoids to mobilize lipids from fat depots, may impair insulin's actions on the tissues. In this way, excess secretion of glucocorticoids may produce disturbances of carbohydrate metabolism very similar to those found in patients with excess levels of growth hormone.

Evaluation Guidelines Table82

When visual loss due to a sellar process is suspected, pituitary and hypothalamic function should be evaluated. The basic outpatient endocrinological panel should include serum prolactin, growth hormone (GH) (after a 75-g oral glucose load), insulin-like growth factor-I, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), cortisol (serum morning sample or 24-hour urine free cortisol), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), T3, T4, luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), estradiol, and testosterone level. Low values, and even normal ones in some instances, are consistent with hypopituitarism. High values imply pituitary hypersecretion by a pituitary adenoma.

Insulin andor IGFI Resistance with Aging

The growth hormone (GH) IGF-I axis is known to be involved in aging of physiological functions. Recent studies indicate that the GH IGF-I axis may also be associated with cognitive functioning. For example, Aleman et al. (1999) determined whether age-related decline in circulating IGF-I levels were correlated with cognitive performances. Twenty-five healthy older men with well-preserved functional ability participated in the study. Neuropsychological tests of general knowledge, vocabulary, basic visual perception, reading ability, visuoconstructive ability, perceptual-motor speed, mental tracking, and verbal long-term memory were administered. Performance on the last four tests declined with age, whereas the first four were not as

Foreword to the Fourth Edition

Studies of cytokines have drawn scientists from a multiplicity of fields including immunologists, hema-tologists, molecular biologists, neurobiologists, cell biologists, biochemists, physiologists, and others. Consequently, the burgeoning field of cytokine research is unique and interdisciplinary. The chapters in this Handbook cover the structure and functions of cytokines, their genes, receptors, mechanisms of signal transduction and clinical applications. This fourth edition of The Cytokine Handbook is required, at this relatively early date, to keep up with rapid developments in these dynamic disciplines. All the chapters, and even this foreword, have been updated and numerous new chapters by internationally renowned experts have been added including the new Interleukins, 19-27. The new edition has been greatly reorganized with the addition of chapters to cover the more general topics of molecular genetics, signal transduction and common structural features of cytokines and their...

Endogenous Substances Single Protein Analysis 9411 Hormones and Growth Factors

A variety of hormones have been measured in NAF, including estrogens, androgens, progesterone, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, prolactin, growth hormone, and the growth factors epidermal growth factor, transforming growth factor-a, vascular endothelial growth factor, and basic fibroblast growth factor (Chatterton et al., 2004 Hsiung et al., 2002 Petrakis, 1989 Sauter et al., 2002b). Elevated levels of estrogens, cholesterol, and cholesterol epoxides have been suggested to have etiologic significance in breast disease (Petrakis, 1993).

Carinal Resection and Reconstruction

Once the airway is open, CPAP cannot be administered from above. A second tube can be placed from the field into the deflated lung, or a jet catheter can be used (see Figure 18-2c). The jet catheter has the advantage of being small enough to allow surgery to proceed, of not requiring an entire circuit, and that the length that needs to be placed in the trachea is very small. Since large tidal volumes are not needed on the surgical side, the force and mess of jetting is less.

Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription STAT

The STATs (signal transducers and activators of transcription) constitute a family of signal transduction proteins that are activated in the cytoplasm by the binding of extracellular polypeptides to transmembrane receptors and which then regulate the transcription of immediate-response genes. Following their obligatory tyrosine phosphorylation, induced by a cytokine ligand, STATs dimerize, translocate to the nucleus and bind directly to response elements present in the promoters of target genes in order to trigger induction of transcription. Thus far, six mammalian STAT proteins (plus several isoforms) have been identified (Darnell, 1997). Two homologues of STAT5 exist (STAT5A and STAT5B) that are encoded by different genes. Expression of STAT proteins is ubiquitous, except for STAT4, which is expressed in several tissues including spleen, heart, brain, peripheral blood cells and testis. Most STATs are activated by many different ligands. IL-2, IL-7, IL-9 and IL-15 activate STAT3 and...

Neurotransmitter Correlates

Reported to correlate with life history of aggression in a sample of personality-disordered subjects, covariance analyses revealed that most of this relationship could be statistically accounted for by reductions in CSF 5-HIAA (Brown et al., 1979). One study investigating the effects of the noradrenergic alpha-2 receptor agonist clonidine on the release of hypothalamic growth hormone release revealed a relationship with self-reported irritability in both personality-disordered patients and healthy volunteers (Coccaro et al., 1991), but this effect remains to be replicated.

Differentiation Studies

In one of the earliest reports on the use of MSCs as targets for gene therapy, Allay et al. (1997) showed expression of bacterial LacZ reporter gene in human MSCs implanted in athymic mice that were expressing an osteoblastic and osteocytic pheonotype. In addition, it was demonstrated that hMSCs transfected with a gene for human interleukin-3 (IL-3) and then implanted into nonobese diabetic severe combined immunodeficiency disease (NOD SCID) mice showed detectable levels of secreted hIL-3 for up to 12 wk postimplantation. Evidence was also presented showing that mouse MSCs transfected with the gene for human factor IX and then implanted into syngeneic mice had detectable levels of protein in plasma (Gordon et al., 1997). Another study demonstrated the presence of human growth hormone and factor IX expression in dogs that had been injected with genetically modified autologous MSCs (Hurwitz et al., 1997). Therapeutic levels of human factor VIII were detected in NOD SCID mice injected...

Problems with use

Sodium oxybate has been used illicitly in low doses to induce a sense of euphoria and relaxation, and in high doses as a body building drug, in view of its effect on growth hormone, and as a date rape drug, because of its quick-acting and profound hypnotic effect.

Management of Delayed Puberty

Promptly referred to a pediatric endocrinologist for further evaluation and treatment. The use of hormonal replacement therapy for induction and progression of puberty must be closely monitored together with skeletal growth, as the two processes are closely linked. Generally, the recommendation will be to initiate a regimen of hormone replacement such as estrogen, which is now available in a variety of doses and modes of administration. Gonado-tropins, gonadotropin agonists or antagonists, progesterone and growth hormone may also be part of the treatment regimen.

Nicotine And Depression

Stimulation of possibly presynaptic nicotinic receptors during short-term exposure results in release of ACh, NE, DA, 5-HT, vasopressin, growth hormone, and ACTH in the brain and catecholamines in other sites, e.g., the adrenal medulla and blood vessels (123). Central nervous system effects are due to actions of nicotine on receptors and are dose-related. Cholinergic mechanisms and the interaction of ACh and catecholamines, both implicated in depression, may be a common link here as well (151).

What is Turner Syndrome

Those with TS this includes a combination of characteristic physical features and a complete or partial absence of the second sex (X) chromosome in some or all cells (Saenger et al. 2001). Described and named by Henry Turner (1938), nearly all those with the syndrome have short stature and insufficiently or non-functioning ovaries and thus face future infertility.

Infantchildhoodpuberty Model Of Growth

The phenotypic expression of this potential is determined by a number of factors, amongst which the interaction ofthe available energy and nutrients, with the modulating influence ofthe hormonal milieu is of special and most critical importance7. The relative importance of nutrients and hormones is not constant, but changes at different stages of development, so that for any one period the major drive towards net tissue deposition is likely to vary from any other stage. Three major phases of growth have been identified by Karlberg, based upon the relative importance ofthe balance of substrate and hormones at the different stages fetal-infant childhood and pubertal8. Thus, it is suggested that although the overall pattern of growth during early life may approximate a smoothed curve, this might in reality comprise the sum ofthree independent curves, for each ofthe three separate periods. The dominant driver for the fetal-infant period is the availability of substrate. Hormonal factors...

Anterior Lobe or Adenohypophysis

Somatotropin (STH) is a growth-promoting hormone and, in fact, is usually called growth hormone. Its presence at appropriate developmental periods is essential for normal growth. Too much can produce a distorted growth problem called acromegaly too little results in dwarfism.

Physiology Aminostatic Theories

See also at Triglycerides. bile salts and, 804-805 carbohydrate lack and, 846 cortisol and, 846, 952 growth hormone and, 846, 922-923 in diabetes mellitus type I, 973-974 insulin and, 965-966, 969-970 liver in, 842,844, 861-862 regulation of, 846 thyroid hormone and, 846, 936 neutral, 12f, 46f, 294f, 850. See also

Transport and Storage of Amino Acids

Release of Amino Acids from the Cells as a Means of Regulating Plasma Amino Acid Concentration. Whenever plasma amino acid concentrations fall below normal levels, the required amino acids are transported out of the cells to replenish their supply in the plasma. In this way, the plasma concentration of each type of amino acid is maintained at a reasonably constant value. Later, it is noted that some of the hormones secreted by the endocrine glands are able to alter the balance between tissue proteins and circulating amino acids. For instance, growth hormone and insulin increase the formation of tissue proteins, whereas adrenocortical glucocorticoid hormones increase the concentration of plasma amino acids.

Transpharmers Bioreactors for Pharmaceutical Products

The application of transgenic technology to commercially important livestock is expected to generate major effects in agriculture and medicine. Three areas of development have been the focus of intensive investigation (1) For improved desirable traits, such as increased growth rate, feed conversion, reduction of fat, improved quality of meat and milk. Growth hormone transgenes have been inserted into genomes of pig, sheep, and cow (2) For improved resistance to diseases - A number of genes contributing to the immune system (such as heavy and light chains of an antibody that binds to a specific antigen) can be introduced to confer in vivo immunization to transgenic animals (3) To raise transgenic animals for the production of pharmaceutical proteins - The concept of using farm animals as bioreactors has raised the prospect of a revolutionary role of livestock species. The list of proteins includes human lactoferrin, human collagen, ocj-antitrypsin, blood coagulation factor,...

Opioid Analgesics

Receptors that cause reactions in the organism that are analogous to the reactions upon introduction of morphine (suppression of respiration, myosis, disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, euphoria) have been named f -receptors. Receptors that cause effects analogous to those caused by ketazocine (analgesia, sedative effects, myosis) have been named K-recep-tors. Analgesic receptors that also cause psychotomimetic reactions (hallucination dyspho-ria, stimulation of respiratory and cardiovascular system, mydriasis) are characteristic of those included in the class of the agonist-antagonists of the type of N-allylnormethazocine named a-receptors. Receptors that react to the action of enkephalins and that cause analgesia and release of growth hormone have been named S-receptors.

Why Gene Cloning

(1) To produce a protein in large quantity. Large-scale production of therapeutic proteins has been a primary locus of biotechnology. Many proteins of potential therapeutic values are often found in minute amounts in biological systems. It is not economically feasible to purify these proteins from their natural sources. To circumvent this, the gene of a desirable protein is inserted into a suitable host system that can efficiently produce the protein in large quantities. Examples of pharmaceuticals of this type include human insulin, human growth hormone, interferon, hepatitis B vaccine, tissue plasminogen activator, interleukin-2, and erythropoietin. Another area of great interest is the development of transpharmers . The gene of a pharmaceutical protein is cloned into livestock animals, and the resulting transgenic animals can be raised for milking the protein. that are previously not present in the system. The development of pest-resistant plants has been achieved by cloning a...


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Material And Methods

The Copenhagen Perinatal Cohort consists of about 9000 infants born 1959-61 at Rigshospitalet, the main university hospital in Copenhagen. Data on length, weight and head circumference were collected at birth and at 12 months89 . All measurements were done by paediatricians at the hospital. Furthermore, duration ofbreastfeeding (total duration) was recorded at the one year examination. Personal identification numbers have made it possible to collect data from several Danish public registers. Among these data is draft information on all conscripts (only males) which include data on adult height (and IQ). Thus, it will be possible to examine if an influence of breast-feeding on growth during infancy has any effect on adult stature. Data on the relation between linear growth and relevant background variables in males will be published elsewhere. Here we present data on the relation between linear growth during the first year of life and background variables in females from the cohort.

Endocrine Disorders

Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy is caused by a heterozygous loss-of-function mutation in the Gsa gene resulting in a clinical picture with presentation of short stature, short fingers and toes, obesity, mild mental retardation, as well as other components. However, clinical presentations may vary. Furthermore, it has become evident that the phenomena of genetic imprinting, affects Gsa. Thus, patients who receive Gsa mutations maternally develop hormonal resistance (pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ia) in addition to the Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy, because the maternal defect allele tends to be expressed in various organs under hormonal control. On the other hand, the paternally derived defect Gsa alleles are silenced owing to genetic imprinting, and thus the phenotype will be limited to Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy.

Animal Studies

Several animal models for microgravity-associated bone loss have been proposed, with particular attention given in recent years to a rat model involving hindlimb unloading. Although many insights have been obtained using this and other antiorthostatic models of skeletal unloading, concerns remain about their ability to provide a true reflection of what may be experienced by the human skeleton during spaceflight. In particular, it must be recognized that the number and variety of hormonal, nutrient, and other stresses applicable to the human situation may differ fundamentally from those of the hindlimb-unloaded rat. In accord with Strategy report recommendations, work at ARC continues to validate the hindlimb-unloading model and to delineate the mechanistic role of various hormones and cytokines. This work should continue to provide valuable information, particularly if molecularly based studies can be incorporated. Also in accord with Strategy report recommendations, some studies are...