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Growth Hormone Prolactin and Acne

Growth hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland. It acts on the liver and peripheral tissues to stimulate the production of insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) formerly known as somatomedins. There are two forms of IGF, termed IGF-1 and IGF-2. IGF-1 is the more prevalent growth factor. It has been hypothesized that growth hormone may be involved in the development of acne 44 . Acne is most prevalent in adolescents during a time when growth hormone is maximally secreted and serum levels of IGF-1 are at their highest. In addition, IGF-1 can be locally produced within the skin where it can interact with receptors on the sebaceous gland to stimulate its growth. Furthermore, conditions of growth hormone excess, such as acromegaly are associated with seborrhea and the development of acne. In some tissues, the actions of IGF-1 can be mediated by androgens. It is possible that andro-gens may influence IGF-1 action in the sebaceous gland as well. Acne can also be exacerbated by...

Prokaryotes and the sizes of their contents

A matchbox model of a prokaryote the advantage of being small The prokaryotic cell surface the drawback of being small Because of the membrane's remarkable range of functions, being small is in some ways a disadvantage for prokaryotes. The smaller the cell, the smaller the area of the cell membrane. The smaller the membrane area, the less equipment can be fitted into it. The fewer the pieces of equipment, the more limited the range of membrane functions. Thus, the number of different materials that can be exchanged across the cell surface, the variety of cell components that can be manufactured, the range of stimuli to which the cell can respond, and so on, are all limited because prokaryotes are as small as they can be. In other words, being small restricts the adaptability3 of a prokaryote to changing conditions. It cramps the cell's lifestyle. Nevertheless, despite the remarkable devices by which bacteria cope with difficult circumstances, the limitation imposed by the small cell...

Preoperative abnormalities

Features include generalised myotonia, with muscles that are stiff and firm, short stature, pinched face and small mouth, low-set ears, and blepharospasm. Feeding difficulties, choking fits and feeding apnoeas are common.There is a characteristic gait, with bowing of long bones together with contractures.

Osteogenesis imperfecta

The general term given to a heterogeneous group of inherited disorders of collagen, caused by mutations of one of the two genes encoding collagen type 1, COL1A1 and COL1A2. Predominant features are osteopenia, multiple fractures, severe bony deformities, and short stature. Four broad types have been identified, but increased knowledge of the large number of genetic mutations suggests that further expansion of groupings will be needed (Cole & Cohen 1991,Marini 1998). In less severe cases, diagnosis may be delayed, but the resultant bony fragility, and propensity to fractures, may result in

Levels of Understanding

Any time we seek to understand an important medical idea, we can conceive of it in at least four different ways. The modes of understanding might be called the operational, the ostensive, the familial, and the essential. Operational conceptions are perhaps the most straightforward, because they rely on clearly specified criteria. For example, we might say that a patient with a heart rate that exceeds 100 beats per minute is tachycardic, or that a patient whose height is more than two standard deviations below the mean for age suffers from short stature. The emphasis with operational conceptions is on relatively easily observed features that can be compared to normal standards.

How Many Genes

There are in man known heritable traits which result in premature ageing, but luckily they are very rare. One is known as progeria. Young children with this genetic defect are initially normal, but after a few years a series of abnormal features become apparent. These include short stature, loss of hair, skin changes which make the face look adultlike, and several abnormalities in the vascular system which normally cause death in the early teens. Another less severe defect is called Werner's syndrome. Again, the individuals initially appear normal, at

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases

In emphysema23 (EM-fih-SEE-muh), alveolar walls break down and the lung exhibits larger but fewer alveoli (see fig. 22.19c). Thus, there is much less respiratory membrane available for gas exchange. The lungs become fibrotic and less elastic. The air passages open adequately during inspiration, but they tend to collapse and obstruct the outflow of air. Air therefore becomes trapped in the lungs, and over a period of time a person becomes barrel-chested. The overly stretched thoracic muscles contract weakly, which further contributes to the difficulty of expiration. People with emphysema become exhausted because they expend three to four times the normal amount of energy just to breathe. Even slight physical exertion, such as walking across a room, can cause severe shortness of breath.

Weight loss and anorexia

Simple dietary measures such as encouraging smaller, more frequent, meals may be helpful and a wide variety of nutritional supplements are available. Appetite stimulants such as megestrol acetate may be beneficial but weight gain is usually modest. Recombinant human growth hormone, although expensive, may partially reverse HIV-associated weight loss. In patients unable to tolerate oral feeding, enteral and parenteral feeding are alternative forms of nutrition but their efficacy and place in management are still being evaluated. Enteral nutrition offers a safer and cheaper alternative to total parenteral nutrition which is perhaps most useful in patients with severe diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting, in whom fluid balance and control of symptoms has been difficult.

Nutrition Renal Function and Recovery

Impact of endocrine-metabolic interventions on renal function and course of acute renal failure (ARF). Various other endocrine-metabolic interventions (eg, thyroxine, human growth hormone HGH , epidermal growth factor, insulin-like growth factor 1 IGF-1 ) have been shown to accelerate regeneration after experimental ARF 51 . In a rat model of postischemic ARF, treatment with IGF-1 starting 5 hours after induction of ARF accelerates recovery from

Anaesthetic problems

Any tissue or body fluid should be considered as potentially infectious, although in reality the main danger probably lies in accidental inoculation. However, there is nothing to suggest that routine nursing care carries a risk, therefore barrier nursing is unnecessary. Accidental transmission has occurred by contaminated instruments, and a cadaveric dural graft (Lane et al 1994), or by pituitary hormones from cadavers before the use of recombinant growth hormone (Holmes et al 1996). Martinez-Lage et al (1994) have described four patients who developed CJD from lyophilised dura mater grafts.

Beginnings Cambridge Biochemistry Department 19521960

I then explored an in vitro bioassay based on the glucose uptake of rat diaphragm following an initial report by Groen in Amsterdam. This did yield results of interest, but the specificity of the method was clearly not straightforward - a problem more generally for bioassays for insulin in blood. It did, however generate results which attracted much interest at that time. The most interesting novel findings from my own studies in patients with this method were that plasma insulin activity is decreased in hypopituitarism and increased in acromegaly (excessive production of pituitary growth hormone) 1,2 . This was, perhaps, expected as it was known from the work of Houssay and others that sensitivity to the blood glucose lowering effect of insulin is enhanced in hypopituitarism and decreased by pituitary extracts in experimental animals and by pituitary hypersecretion of growth hormone in acromegaly in man. My mentor (Prof. F.G. Young) had achieved distinction for his work on the...

Creutzfeldt Jakob disease CJD One of

The subacute spongiform encephalo-pathies a progressive degeneration of the CNS in humans, with dementia in the early stages. There may be myoclonus and typical EEG changes. Onset usually between 50 and 65 years. Occurs sporadically all over the world with an annual incidence of 1 per million population, but small clusters of cases are reported. Some cases have familial history. Has been transmitted in humans by corneal graft when the incubation period was 18 months, and by contaminated human pituitary-derived growth hormone with incubation periods of

Enhancement of Absorption

Remaining segment is the provision of enteral feeding as soon as possible postoperatively. The presence of growth factors, such as epidermal growth factor in the salivary glands and esophagus, makes oral feeding preferable. However, except for certain patient groups, as discussed below, there is no need for either special diets or dietary restrictions. what is important is that the patient consume as much energy and nitrogen as they can. This may mean upwards of 4,000 to 6,000 kcal and 150 g of nitrogen daily psychological training to induce such hyperphagia may be required. Bolus feedings should always be avoided, and the patient should be instructed to graze throughout the day. Although initial nonblinded studies of glutamine and growth hormone use suggested improved adaptation and absorption, two recent double-blinded, placebo-controlled studies cast doubt on whether either has any potential influence on bowel adaptation in humans. Studies with glucagon-like peptide II are...

Mouse Longevity Genes

Prop-1 The protein product is regulator of a pituitary-specific transcription factor (PIT-1). Inactivation leads to poor development of the pituitary and production of pituitary hormones, particularly growth hormone. Mutated prop-1 increases life span by about 50 percent. pit-1 This gene codes for PIT-1, a protein transcription factor. The

Exclusion of Specific Disorders

Approximately 6 of androgen excess patients suffer from a specific disorder, including classic and nonclassic 21-hydroxylase deficiencies, the HAIR-AN syndrome, or an ASN, among others (12). In patients clinically suspected of having an ASN, a computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging scan of the adrenals and transvaginal ovarian ultrasonography should be obtained to assess for adrenal or ovarian masses, respectively. Importantly, measurement of a basal 17-hydroxyprogesterone serum level should be obtained in the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle, preferably in the morning, to exclude 21-hydroxylase-deficient NCAH (39). In patients suspected of having Cushing's syndrome, it will also include a 24-hour urinary free cortisol level or a cortisol level following an overnight dexamethasone (1.0 mg at 11 pm) test. If the HAIR-AN syndrome is suspected, a basal or preferably a glucose-stimulated insulin level should be obtained. Growth hormone levels should be obtained in...

Influences on the Normal Menstrual Cycle

Teriorates, its decrease in estrogen and progesterone production leads to a reduction in hypothalamic en-dorphin release. This, in turn, triggers greater GnRH, LH, and FSH production and causes follicle maturation early in the next cycle. Psychological and physical stresses may also modify the menstrual cycle through increased secretion of endorphins stimulated by increased corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). This leads to a decrease in GnRH release, which interferes with ovulation. Abnormalities in adrenal steroid synthesis or insufficient production of hormones by the thyroid (thyroxin) or the pancreas (insulin) may result in anovulation and infrequent menses, although the mechanisms of action are unknown. Estrogen itself is associated with increased secretion of growth hormone, prolactin, ACTH, and oxytocin controlled in concert by the hypothalamus and the anterior and posterior regions of the pituitary. Genetic syndromes affecting hormone and steroid synthesis or chemical...

Cell Lines and Viruses

Recombinant virus OAdV623 contains the wild-type genome with a gene cassette inserted in a nonessential site (III) between the E4 and RH transcription units (2). The gene cassette comprises the PSMA enhancer and rat probasin promoter (the combination provides prostate cell-specific expression) linked to the E. coli purine nucleoside phosphorylase coding sequence and bovine growth hormone polyadenylation signal (8). OAdV220 contains a similar cassette in which the RSV promoter is used. In this case the cassette is inserted in site I between the pVIII and fiber genes (5).

Pulmonary Neuroendocrine Tumors

Patients often present with recurrent pneumonia, cough, hemoptysis, wheezing, dyspnea, or chest pain, although 13 to 51 of patients are asymptomatic. Ectopic secretion of corticotropin from pulmonary NET accounts for 1 of all cases of Cushing's syndrome, and ectopic secretion of growth hormone-releasing factor has been reported.12 The carcinoid syndrome occurs in about 3 of patients. This low frequency may be a consequence of the high pulmonary content of monoamine oxidase, which metabolizes serotonin.18 MRI and CT are used to identify these tumors as well as delineate tumor growth and identify lymph node metastases. Scintigraphy with 111In-octreotide helps in tumor staging. About 30 of pulmonary NETs fail to take up 111In-octreotide and lack somatostatin receptors.18

Reduction Of Surgical Stress

For patients whose nutritional status is normal, oral feeding ad libitum is appropriate in the postoperative period. For patients who are elderly or nutritionally depleted, nutritional supplementation, administration of an anabolic agent (e.g., oxandrolone or another anabolic steroid,22-24 insulin,25 or growth hormone GH 26,27) to enhance deposition of lean tissue, or both may be beneficial. Most of the studies addressing the use of anabolic agents have focused on critically ill catabolic patients, in whom both indirect effects (e.g., improved nitrogen balance26) and direct effects (e.g., improved wound healing and decreased length of stay with GH in burned children27 and decreased mortality with insulin in critically ill patients25) on outcome have been demonstrated. In a study published in 2000, a group of elderly patients undergoing opera

Clinical Presentations Of Huntington Disease

A feature of HD that investigators have not given serious attention is the significant weight loss invariably noted in all patients with HD.6869 Significant weight loss occurs even in animal models of HD. The mechanism underlying the weight loss is not known and it is not correlated with the severity of chorea, dystonia, depressive mood, or the course of the disease.69'70 An interesting observation is that a loss occurs in 90 of the 60,000 neurons normally found in the lateral tuberal nucleus (LTN) of the hypothalamus.7172 The severity of the neuronal loss in this nucleus appears to be directly correlated with the severity of the disease. HD patients with minimal motor dysfunction have the least number of losses of neurons in this nucleus.72 This nucleus contains high levels of NMDA and AMPA receptors and the neuronal loss may be due to glutamate toxicity that may be associated with Huntington disease.73 In early and recent literature, investigators have extensively reported...

Production of Adenoviral Vectors

All of these parameters make constructing adenoviral vectors that express the transgene to the desired level, are genetically stable and propagate well enough to allow high-level production, a somewhat empirical process. The net genome size of the vector, the deletions used, transgene orientation, the composition of the transgene and the transgene product itself can all affect the growth and productivity of the vector. The degree to which vector and transgene structure can effect genomic stability and productivity is illustrated by our experience with Ad5 vector 1 (Fig. 4). Vector 1 contains an El deletion into which the transgene was introduced in the El antiparallel orientation. The transgene is composed of our gene of interest flanked by the immediate-early gene promoter and intron A from the human cytomegalovirus, and the bovine growth hormone polyadenylation signal sequence. In addition to the deletion of the El region, the vector has an E3 deletion 73 .

Measuring Changes In Protein Synthesis In Vivo

Thus, the features ofboth Phase a and Phase b are identical. Th Qflooding dose method overcomes many of the practical limitations inherent in the constant infusion method. For example, in tissues with high protein turnover rates, the differences between Sj and Sp are minimized with th Qflooding dose method in contrast to the large differences between Sj and Sp noted above. Th Qflooding dose method has been employed in over 600 studies to date, and investigation of heart muscle protein changes include the effects of running, growth hormone, alcohol, intrauterine growth retardation and IGF-I dosage 26-31 , In th Qflooding dose method, animals are injected intravenously with phenylalanine (0.150 mmol per lOOg body weight) and sacrificed after 10 minutes 32 , Phenylalanine is chosen as this amino acid is (i) not considered to be a regulator of protein synthesis (ii) it is very soluble (iii) it occurs in very low concentrations in the intracellular pool, thereby...

Medullary Thyroid Cancer

The C cells can be inhibited by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D or glucocorticoids.1113 It can be enhanced by activation of the protein kinase A and protein kinase C intracellular pathways.1113 Calcium is the main physiologic, extracellular substance that regulates calcitonin secretion from C cells. Pentagastrin, P-adren-ergic agonists, and growth hormone-releasing factor have also been found to regulate calcitonin secretion from C cells.14-16 The increase in calcitonin secretion from C cells that occurs with calcium and pentagas-trin stimulation (calcitonin stimulation test) has been clinically useful for screening patients at risk for hereditary MTC and for patient follow-up to detect persistent or recurrent MTC.7 816 Calcitonin also may be secreted from Kulchitsky's cells of the lung, pituitary gland, thymus, hepatoma, and lung carcinoma or

Selecting the first animal cosmonauts

Preparing man's best friend to become an astronaut began with a rigorous screening process. One of the qualities required of the dogs was obvious - they had to be small. To fit in the limited payload space (9.8 cubic feet) of the R-1, along with all of the collateral equipment, the ideal dog had to weigh between 13 and 16 pounds, slightly larger than a house cat. But being small was only the first of many qualities the successful canine candidate had to possess.

First Adult Teeth To Grow Out In Children

Palatal And Alveolar Cyst Newborn

If a central eruption cyst or central mandibular incisor is present in the lower jaw, the diagnosis of median cleft syndrome must be excluded. This infant had median cleft syndrome. A single central maxillary incisor also may be seen in growth hormone deficiency.

Newborn Marfan Syndrome

Marfan Syndrome Newborn

A term newborn with Marfan syndrome who had a birth weight of 3720 g and a length of 54 cm. Note the tall stature with long slim limbs and hypotonia. In Marfan syndrome, limbs are disproportionately long and trunk length is usually normal resulting in a low upper lower segment ratio. Ophthalmologic and cardiovascular pathologies, such as dislocation of the lens and aneurys-mal dilatation of the aorta, are usually noted after the neonatal period. Figure 3.98. A term newborn with Marfan syndrome who had a birth weight of 3720 g and a length of 54 cm. Note the tall stature with long slim limbs and hypotonia. In Marfan syndrome, limbs are disproportionately long and trunk length is usually normal resulting in a low upper lower segment ratio. Ophthalmologic and cardiovascular pathologies, such as dislocation of the lens and aneurys-mal dilatation of the aorta, are usually noted after the neonatal period.

Radiographic Synopsis

Patchy areas of sclerosis of vertebral end-plates, pelvis, and proximal femurs (osteomesopyknosis) osteosclerosis of skull, spine, ribs, clavicles, pelvis, and proximal portions of the tubular bones osteoporosis of the remaining portions of tubular bones short stature (osteosclerosis with ectoder-mal dysplasia)

Osteoblastoma Of Spine

Tuberculous Spondylitis

Columbar kyphoscoliosis and lumbar lordosis, often of severe degree, are frequently found. The vertebral changes result in marked shortening of the spine in adulthood. Early-onset, severe, progressive kypho-scoliosis is a cardinal feature of spondylo-epi-meta-physeal dysplasia with joint laxity (SEMDJL, OMIM 271640), a potentially lethal skeletal dysplasia of autosomal recessive inheritance characterized by gross joint laxity with multiple dislocations (radial head dislocation, hip dislocation), short stature, congenital heart disease, elbow deformities, clubfoot, tapered fingers with spatulate distal phalanges, and a typical facies, consisting of oval face, long philtrum, small mandible, cleft palate, prominent eyes, and blue sclerae (Kozlowski et al. 1980 Beighton and Kozlowski 1980,1983). This disorder is distinct from spondylo-epi-metaphyseal dysplasia with multiple dislocations (OMIM 603546),which is also characterized by joint laxity and multiple dislocations but does not show...

Hormones Secreted By The Pituitary And Their Target Organs

The adenohypophysis produces and secretes many hormones that have diverse target areas. Growth hormone (GH) is released by the pituitary and causes growth and division of cells throughout the body. Prolactin is more specific in its function. Prolactin stimulates the mammary glands to become functional in milk production. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) are gonadotropins that cause the ovaries and testes to release hormones. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) causes the thyroid gland to secrete hormones and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) has an influence on the adrenal cortex. c. Prolactin, d. Growth hormone,

Xylanase Production Using Bacillus 2126

Furusato, Y. Murakami, T. Tanaka, H. Baba, T. Oishi, E. Ohtsuka, M. Ikehara, T. Yanagida, H. Kato. S. Moriyama and K. Horikoshi (1987). Construction of an excretion vector and extracellular production of human growth hormone from Escherichia coli. Gene, 54, 197-202.

Hormone Receptors and Therapy

Receptors Hydrophilic Hormones

In treating endocrine disorders, it is essential to understand the role of hormone receptors. For example, type II diabetes mellitus is thought to result from an insulin receptor defect or deficiency (among other possible causes). No amount of insulin replacement can correct this. And while growth hormone is now abundantly available thanks to genetic engineering, it is useless to children with Laron dwarfism, who have a

Hypothalamic and Cerebral Control

Both lobes of the pituitary gland are strongly subject to control by the brain. As we have seen, the anterior lobe is regulated by releasing and inhibiting hormones from the hypothalamus. Thus, the brain can monitor conditions within and outside of the body and stimulate or inhibit the release of anterior lobe hormones appropriately. For example, in cold weather, the hypothalamus stimulates the pituitary to secrete thyroid-stimulating hormone, which indirectly helps generate body heat in times of stress, it triggers ACTH secretion, which indirectly mobilizes materials needed for tissue repair during pregnancy, it induces prolactin secretion so a woman will be prepared to lactate after a highprotein meal, it triggers the release of growth hormone so we can best use the amino acids for tissue growth. GH Growth hormone (somatotropin)

Interactions Between the Endocrine System and Other Organ Systems

Atrial Natriuretic Hormone

Growth hormone, insulin-like growth factors, insulin, thyroid hormone, and glucocorticoids affect the development and metabolism of most tissues Parathyroid hormone, calcitonin, calcitriol, growth hormone, thyroid hormone, sex steroids, and other hormones affect bone development Growth hormone and testosterone stimulate muscular growth insulin regulates carbohydrate metabolism in muscle other hormones affect electrolyte balance, which is critical to muscle function

Review of Key Concepts

The anterior lobe secretes follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), prolactin (PRL), and growth hormone (GH). Their functions are summarized in table 17.4. 7. Growth hormone (GH) has an especially broad effect on the body, notably to stimulate the growth of cartilage, bone, muscle, and fat through its influence on protein, lipid, and carbohydrate metabolism. Many of its effects are mediated through insulin-like growth factors secreted by the liver.

Introductionacne Vulgaris

Although we know that hormones are important in the development of acne, many questions remain unanswered about the mechanism by which hormones exert their effects. For example, the specific hormones that are important in acne have not been definitively identified. Androgens such as dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and testosterone (T), the adrenal precursor dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), estrogens such as estradiol and other hormones such as growth hormone may each be important in acne. It is not known if these hormones are taken up from the serum by the sebaceous gland or if they are made locally within the gland. Finally, the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which these hormones exert their influence on the sebaceous gland have not been fully elucidated. The goal of this chapter is to present the clinical and experimental evidence for the role of hormones in acne while pointing out gaps in our current understanding. As future research fills in these gaps, we will be able to...

Achondroplastic Dwarfism

Achondroplastic24 (ah-con-dro-PLAS-tic) dwarfism is a condition in which the long bones of the limbs stop growing in childhood, while the growth of other bones is unaffected. As a result, a person has a short stature but a normal-sized head and trunk (fig. 7.12). As its name implies, achondroplastic dwarfism results from a failure of cartilage growth specifically, failure of the chondrocytes in zones 2 and 3 of the metaphysis to multiply and enlarge. This is different from pituitary dwarfism, in which a deficiency of growth hormone stunts the growth of all of the bones and a person has short stature but normal proportions throughout the skeletal system.

Secular Trend of Timing of Puberty

Central Precocious Puberty Pictures

During the last decades, a secular trend of growth and timing of puberty occurred consisting of increased adult height and earlier onset of puberty. In The Netherlands although the most recent survey showed an increase of final height again, the timing of puberty onset appears to level off, and in boys pubertal onset was even slightly retarded. Impaired fetal growth is associated with an increased risk of developing short stature, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease as a result of a changed programming in the differentiation and functioning of different organs 32 . With respect to puberty, earlier onset, more rapid progression, and increased prevalence of polycystic ovary disease and premature adrenarche have been described 33, 34 . A sexual dimorphism in the relation of birth weight and timing of puberty is reported as well, with an early onset in girls and a delayed onset in boys with decreasing birth weight 35 . Gonadal dysfunction is observed in both human and...

New Foods and New Factories

In 1994 Robert Devlin, working at the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, inserted a fish growth hormone gene into the eggs of the Pacific coho salmon. After fertilization, about 6 of the resulting embryos took up the gene and developed into fish with double the natural supply of growth hormone. The results were astounding. The transgenic fish grew faster and bigger than their natural siblings. A few were truly giants, reaching a weight 30 times greater than the average of coho taken from the sea Unlike people, fish grow throughout their life span, so their actual weight limits could be even greater. The transgenic fish also matured faster, which is crucially important to efficient food production. When interviewed after their research was published in the prestigious journal Nature, the scientists guardedly predicted a 20-year lead time to commercialization. How were the transgenic fish created The scientists at A F Protein achieved these astounding results by inserting an...

Other Factors Affecting Bone

At least 20 more hormones, growth factors, and vitamins affect osseous tissue in complex ways that are still not well understood (table 7.2). Bone growth is especially rapid in puberty and adolescence, when surges of growth hormone, estrogen, and testosterone promote ossification. These hormones stimulate rapid multiplication of osteogenic cells, matrix deposition by osteoblasts, and multiplication and hypertrophy of the chondrocytes in the metaphyses. Adolescent girls grow faster than boys and attain their full height earlier, not only because they begin puberty earlier but also because estrogen has a stronger effect than testosterone. Since males grow for a longer time, however, they usually grow taller. Growth ceases when the cartilage of the epiphyseal plates is depleted. At this time, the epiphyseal plates are said to close, the epiph-ysis and diaphysis of the bone fuse, and the bones can no longer increase in length. Excessive or deficient secretion of these steroids can...

Hormones And The Emergence Of Endocrinology

During the turbulent years leading up to and following World War II, the major question was whether only ovarian hormones such as progesterone and estrogen were the inducers and controllers of normal breast growth or were there other elements Lyons, in 1958, clearly defined the minimal hormonal growth requirements for normal mammary development in mice as being estrogen, adrenocortical steroids, growth hormone, and cortisol (Lyons, 1958 Lyons et al., 1958). Muhlbock in the Netherlands was particularly interested in the role of the pituitary in mammary gland physiology (Dux and Muhlbock, 1969a,b Muhlbock, 1956).

Hormone Imbalance Theory

Processing Resources Theory Aging

Growth hormone (GH) Accordingly, many attempts have been made to reverse these effects with hormone therapies that include GH, estrogen, or testosterone supplements. While these therapies have alleviated some of the symptoms of old age, they have not been able to reverse the aging process. With our limited knowledge of the cell and the complexities of physiological and endocrinological systems, there are real dangers associated with hormone therapies. Estrogen supplements can minimize bone thinning in menopausal women, but constant exposure to this hormone can lead to breast cancer. Similarly, androgen supplements in men can increase vigor and physical strength, but constant exposure to testosterone, and estrogen, is known to be a leading cause of prostate cancer. Growth hormone supplements suffer from similar problems in that they can induce cancers they can also lead to the development of bone deformations.

Classification and evolution of increased cardiometabolic risk states

Prevalence Metabolic Obesity

Whereas the etiology of cardiometabolic risk is not specifically known, it is well established that obesity and insulin resistance are generally present2-4. Insulin resistance, defined as a clinical state in which a normal or elevated insulin level produces an impaired biological response, is considered to be a hallmark for the presence of metabolic syndrome. Insulin resistance can be secondary to rare conditions such as abnormal insulin molecules, circulating insulin antagonists (e.g. glucocorticoids, growth hormone, anti-insulin antibodies), or even secondary to genetic syndromes such as the muscular dystrophies8. However, the insulin resistance considered as part of the metabolic syndrome essentially represents a target-tissue (i.e. skeletal muscle) defect in insulin action and accounts for the overwhelming majority of cases of insulin resistance reported for the human condition8. The cellular mechanisms that contribute to insulin resistance are not

Organ And Tissue Indicators Composition of Blood

Changes in plasma hormone concentrations are widely employed as indicators of the physiological condition of fish. Changes in the levels of hormones associated with reproduction are useful indicators of impaired reproductive function (see above). 'Stress' hormones, such as cortisol, are commonly used as indicators of acute or chronic responses to environmental stressors (see Chapter 11). In addition, hormones that are involved in the regulation of metabolic functions may also lend themselves to diagnostic assessment. For example, in some fishes, a reduction in food consumption (either enforced or by choice) is followed, within a few hours, by a reduction in the production of the thyroid hormone triiodo-L-thyronine (T3), and thus in a fall in blood T3 content (Farbridge et al., 1992 Leatherland and Farbridge, 1992). We have, therefore, employed commercially available assays to measure plasma T3 concentration to assess the nutritional condition of fish species held in culture (e.g....

Recombinant Technology Revolutionizes the Field

It was during this epoch that investigators demonstrated the striking age-related decline in the expression of the growth hormone (GH) gene in rats, which was later confirmed in the mouse and human. However, other expression studies, carried out primarily on rat, Drosophila, and housefly tissues did not produce the striking results that most scientists were expecting. The expression of some genes was shown to increase with age while others decreased, but there was no obvious connection to cellular senescence. Even worse, the expression of some genes was shown to decrease with age in the rat but not in Drosophila or the mouse, and since the aging process should be similar for all animals, those genes could not be the cause of a universal aging mechanism. When all expression studies were taken together, there appeared to be a general decline in the rate of gene expression with age and, with the exception of GH expression, no clear support for any single theory of the aging process.

Medical Treatment Of Insulinomas Diet

Somatostatin, a naturally occurring peptide widely distributed in the body, inhibits the release of growth hormone. Somatostatin analogues have been used for various types of endocrine tumors with considerable success. Somatostatin has been used effectively to reverse hyperinsulinism in metastatic islet cell carcinoma in some patients.19 However, the experience with octreotide in the treatment of insulinomas is limited, and many patients fail to respond. In our experience, octreotide scans were positive in fewer than 30 of patients with insulinomas. Rarely, octreotide may exacerbate the hypoglycemia.20

Executive Functions and the Brains Signaling System

Recognition of the amazing fact that executive functions generally operate without conscious awareness offers an important caveat to my use of the orchestra conductor as a metaphor for executive functions. Some might take my metaphor literally and assume that there is a special consciousness in the brain that coordinates other cognitive functions. One might picture a little man, a homunculus, a central executive somewhere behind one's forehead, exercising conscious control over cognition like a miniature Wizard of Oz. Thus, if there is a problem with the orchestra's playing, one might attempt to speak to the conductor, requesting or demanding needed improvements in performance.

The Modulation of Longevity

Another well documented example of increased lifespan was obtained by the Australian gerontologist Arthur Everitt. He removed the anteria pituitary of young rats (hypophysectomy) and discovered that this had an effect on lifespan comparable to calorie-resticted animals. There have been many studies of hormones on ageing, and claims that hormone treatment increase longevity. One is human growth hormone, because elderly males report increased muscular strength or other rejuvenating effects after a course of treatment. Another is melatonin, produced by the pineal gland in the brain, which is important for the control of sleep rythms. A number of extravagent claims have been made about about its beneficial effects in preventing age-related disease, or increasing the longevity of mice. The hormone DHEA (dihydroepiandrosterine) has also been credited with strong anti-ageing effects. There is no doubt that experiments with hormones will continue for a long time to come, and it is likely that...

Colostrum and Milk Synthesis

Milk synthesis is promoted by prolactin, a hormone of the anterior pituitary gland. In the nonpregnant state, dopamine ( prolactin-inhibiting hormone) from the hypothalamus inhibits prolactin secretion. Prolactin secretion begins 5 weeks into the pregnancy, and by full term it is 10 to 20 times its normal level. Even so, prolactin has little effect on the mammary glands until after birth. While the steroids of pregnancy prepare the mammary glands for lactation, they antagonize prolactin and suppress milk synthesis. When the placenta is discharged at birth, the steroid levels abruptly drop and allow prolactin to have a stronger effect. Milk is synthesized in increasing quantity over the following week. Milk synthesis also requires the action of growth hormone, cortisol, insulin, and parathyroid hormone to mobilize the necessary amino acids, fatty acids, glucose, and calcium.

Marfan SyndromeA Connective Tissue Disease

Serious anatomical and functional abnormalities can result from hereditary errors in the structure of connective tissue proteins. Marfan15 syndrome, for example, results from the mutation of a gene on chromosome 15 that codes for a glycoprotein called fibrillin, the structural scaffold for elastic fibers. Clinical signs of Marfan syndrome include unusually tall stature, long limbs and spidery fingers, abnormal spinal curvature, and a protruding pigeon breast. Some other signs include hyperextensible joints, hernias of the groin, and visual problems resulting from abnormally long eyeballs and deformed lenses. More seriously, victims exhibit a weakening of the heart valves and arterial walls. The aorta, where blood pressure is the highest, is sometimes enormously dilated close to the heart, and may suddenly rupture. Marfan syndrome is present in about 1 out of 20,000 live births and kills most of its victims by their mid-30s. Some authorities think that Abraham Lincoln's tall, gangly...

Anterior Lobe Hormones

Growth Hormone (GH), or Somatotropin GH is secreted by somatotropes, the most numerous cells in the anterior pituitary. The pituitary produces at least a thousand times as much GH as any other hormone. The general effect of GH is to promote mitosis and cellular differentiation and thus to promote widespread tissue growth. Unlike the foregoing hormones, GH is not targeted to any one or few organs, but has widespread effects on the body, especially

Chimpanzees begin training for space flight

Air Force Captain Jim Cook was a veterinarian and the AMFL's chief pathologist, and he said that most of his chimpanzee charges had come from the Cameroons in equatorial Africa. In fact they're classified as an anthropoid ape of Africa,'' he told Meeter. In the Latin known as Pan satyrus, sometimes as Pan troglodyte - a primitive little man not too unlike ourselves. Usually we try to get them as babies, one to three years of age.

Background On Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Among Adolacents

Recently, the concept of intrauterine programming has been extended to include possible fetal influences on androgen production in the peripubertal period. For example, Ibanez et al. (12) found evidence for precocity, ovarian androgen excess, and hyperinsulinism among some girls who had experienced restricted fetal growth. Other investigators have also found evidence for differences in the androgenic milieu of low-birthweight infants during childhood and beyond. For example, Korhonen et al. (13) reported significantly increased levels of DHEAS and androstenedione at age 7 among previously growth-restricted infants compared to normal infants. Szathmari et al. (14) reported increased levels of DHEA, DHEAS, and A4 during young adulthood in formerly low-birthweight girls no such effects were seen among formerly low-birthweight males, however. Future studies of these relationships are obviously required.

Fetal Nutrition and Timing of Puberty

Over the last decade growing evidence has been documented on the relationship between intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) and pubertal development indicating changes in timing and progression of puberty. These changes in pubertal development are part of a growing list of IUGR-related diseases, which includes type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, short stature and polycystic ovary syndrome. The influence of IUGR on the mechanisms behind the onset of puberty is still elusive. In the absence of prospective studies on gonadotropin-releasing hormone pulse patterns in IUGR children, other markers of pubertal development such as age at menarche in girls and progression of puberty have been employed. We investigated pubertal development and DHEAS levels in children born small for gestational age (SGA) after third trimester growth retardation and children born appropriate for gestational age (AGA). A faster progression of puberty was found in girls but not in boys. DHEAS levels...

Long Acting Somatostatin Analogues

Treatment with somatostatin analogues is usually limited to severe diarrheas or those refractory to other treatments because of its cost and because parenteral administration is required (Farthing, 2002). The usual starting dose of octreotide, which is the only synthetic analogue available in the United States, is 50 to 100 g 2 to 4 times a day administered subcutaneously. The dose and frequency can then be titrated to control the symptoms. Doses as high as 750 g 3 times daily have been used. The half-life of octreotide is 100 minutes compared with 2 to 3 minutes for native somatostatin, and octreotide has been shown to be 70-fold more potent than native somatostatin at inhibiting growth hormone release and 80-fold more potent at inhibiting acid secretion. There have been a small number of reports of cases in which intermittent subcutaneous administration is not effective and a continuous infusion of octreotide is more effective. With continued treatment, octreotide may become less...

Hormonal changes

Following fertilisation, the corpus luteum in the ovary secretes progesterone, oestrogens and relaxin, and these hormones are secreted by the placenta when it takes over the function of the corpus luteum from 6-8 weeks' gestation onwards. The placenta also secretes human chorionic somatomammotrophin (hCS previously known as human placental lactogen and chorionic growth hormone-prolactin).

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Role of insulin deficiency and the counter-regulatory hormones, and their respective sites of action, in the pathogenesis of hyper-glycemia and ketosis in diabetic ketoacido-sis (DKA).A, Metabolic processes affected by insulin deficiency, on the one hand, and excess of glucagon, cortisol, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and growth hormone, on the other. B, The roles of the adipose tissue, liver, skeletal muscle, and kidney in the pathogenesis of hyperglycemia and ketone-mia. Impairment of glucose oxidation in most tissues and excessive hepatic production of glucose are the main determinants of hyperglycemia. Excessive counterregula-tion and the prevailing hypertonicity, metabolic acidosis, and electrolyte imbalance superimpose a state of insulin resistance. Prerenal azotemia caused by volume depletion can contribute significantly to severe hyperglycemia. Increased hepatic production of ketones and their reduced utilization by peripheral tissues account for the ketonemia typically...

Obesity

Obesity is clinically defined as a weight more than 20 above the recommended norm for one's age, sex, and height. The National Institutes of Health estimate that 50 of people living in the United States are overweight and one-third are clinically obese. To judge whether you are one of them, you can calculate your body mass index (BMI). If W is your weight in kilograms and H is your height in meters, BMI W H2. (English-metric conversion factors can be found inside the back cover of this book.) A BMI of 20 to 25 kg m2 is considered to be optimal for most people. A BMI over 27 kg m2 is considered overweight, and above 30 kg m2 is considered obese.

Management Issues

It is not unusual for the patients with SDS to have short stature throughout life. The mean height and weight of patients is below the 5th percentile but after infancy growth velocity normalizes and so longitudinal measurements show height and weight measurements paralleling but below the 5th percentile. However, as in all manifestations of SDS, there is variability and some SDS patients can have heights above the 25th percentile. Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy to normalize digestion will not reverse the short stature. No phenotype-genotype correlations have been recognized for skeletal findings.

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Because growth often remains poor despite a functioning renal graft, a large multicenter controlled study was initiated to evaluate the effectiveness of recombinant human growth hormone in stimulating growth in children with a kidney allograft. In all three groups a significantly different growth velocity and change in height SDS occurred during the first year of treatment with growth hormone (P < 0.0001) compared with a control group. Preliminary data from the second year of treatment also show a continued improvement in growth velocity compared with baseline however, not of the magnitude seen during the first year. The mean glomerular filtration rate did not change significantly in the group receiving growth hormone. Acute rejection episodes were noted more frequently during treatment with growth hormone, especially for patients with a history of more than one episode. However, other factors, such as noncompliance with immunosuppressive medications, were not analyzed and cannot be...

Applications

A second example concerns the use of the mifepristone inducible gene expression system within the HC-Ad vector context 34 . In this system a chimeric trans-activator was used consisting of a mutated progesterone receptor ligand-binding domain, part of the activation domain of the human p65 subunit of the NF-kB complex, and a GAL4 DNA-binding domain. Expression of the fraws-activator was under the transcriptional control of the liver-specific transthyretin (TTR) promoter. A second expression cassette was located on the same vector and consisted of a 17-mer GAL4-binding site just upstream of a minimal TATA box containing the promoter and cDNA of human growth hormone (hGH). In the presence of the progesterone antagonist mifepristone the transactivator dimerizes, binds to the Gal4 DNA binding site and induces hGH expression. In vitro studies in HepG2 cells and in vivo experiments in mice demonstrated extremely tight control of gene expression and very strong

Figure 1628

A Finnish study investigating the possible association between growth hormone treatment and acceleration of chronic rejection and late allograft dysfunction in prepubertal children. The most common histologic findings between the eight growth hormone-treated and eight nontreated renal transplantation recipients are scored and compared (matched for age, donor age, human leukocyte antigen, immunosuppression, and renal function) 36 months after transplantation. Improvement in growth was clear during administration of growth hormone, without a negative influence on allograft survival. No significant difference in the amount of lymphocyte infiltration of the allografts between patients and the control group was seen. No acute rejection episodes occurred in the recipients treated with growth hormone but one occurred in the control group. SD standard deviation. (From Laine and coworkers 29 with permission.)

Figure 1629

Analysis of the safety and efficacy of growth hormone in pediatric renal transplantation recipients. Overall, a catch-up in growth was reported in each study, with changes in height standard deviation score from 0.2 to 1.0. These results were not as favorable as those reported when growth hormone was used in patients with chronic renal failure, perhaps owing to the use of corticosteroids after transplantation. In three studies, renal function was significantly decreased after administration of growth hormone. Twelve acute rejection episodes and four graft losses occurred however, a causal relationship is unclear 30 . A controlled trial using growth hormone after transplantation is currently underway by the North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study to help establish the efficacy and safety of growth hormone in pediatric transplantation recipients. Calculated clearance according to the Schwartz formula, except for Tonshoff (inulin clearance) 31 . (From Tonshoff 31 with...

Nutritional Therapy

The use of growth hormone (somatotropin) in combination with nutritional therpay may be beneficial in patients with active CD, particularly in children with steroid-dependent disease. In a preliminary randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study, growth hormone was administered subcutaneously at 5 mg d for 1 week followed by a maintenance dose of 1.5 mg d for 4 months, while the patients increased their protein intake to > 2 g per kg of body weight per day (Slonim et al, 2000). Whether this benefit will hold up in large, randomized controlled study and the long term effect of growth hormone therapy still need to be examined.

Insulinoma

Less than 10 of patients with MEN type I have an insulinoma, and less than 10 of patients with insulinomas have MEN type I.20,21 The median age of onset is in the third decade. There is a 1 to 1 male-to-female ratio. In MEN type I, approximately 80 are associated with multifocal islet disease.22 Although the insulin-producing tumor may be one of several islet cell tumors in the patient, the tumor that is making the insulin is usually solitary and relatively large, on the order of 2 to 4 cm. Patients usually present with symptoms of neuroglycopenia during fasting hypoglycemia (< 40 mg dL). The diagnosis is made by documenting hypoglycemia in association with inappropriately increased plasma levels of insulin and C peptide during a prolonged fast. Other causes of hypoglycemia include medications (insulin, sul-fonylureas), liver dysfunction, renal failure, wasting, and growth hormone (GH) deficiency. Once a diagnosis is made, preparations for surgical approach by preoperative...

Pituitary

Centers including the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the hypothalamus (Shan and Krukoff, 2001). In the PVN, large proportions of CRF- and nitric oxide-producing neurons were activated (Fos positive). These data suggest that intracerehroventricular AM stimulates the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis by activating CRH-producing neurons. These contrasting findings suggest that the effects of AM on the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis may vary according to the site of action. Regarding the relationship between AM and other anterior pituitary hormones, previous reports demonstrated that (1) AM was a growth hormone secretagogue in human and rat pituitary somatotrophs (Nakamura et al., 1998) (2) intravenous infusion of AM in healthy volunteers increases plasma PRL level (Meeran et al., 1997) (3) plasma AM levels correlated with serum free thyroid hormone levels in thyrotoxicosis (Taniyama et al., 1997) and (4) the changes in plasma AM were related to changes in LH dining the menstrual...

Osteoporosis

Current treatments involve calcium and vitamin D supplements (at about 400 to 1,000 IU day for vitamin D). The preferred calcium source is milk, cheese, or yogurt. Hormone replacement therapy, involving estrogen for women and testosterone for men, has proved to be very effective. However, the effective dose was once believed to be low enough that cancer induction was not a serious concern, but studies concluded in 2003 indicate that this may not be so. Growth hormone is also being tried as a therapy for both men and women to relieve the symptoms of this disease, but the potential for cancer induction is a serious concern. In addition to drug therapies, regular exercise is recommended as a way to prevent the onset of this disease or to minimize its effects once it has started. A sedentary lifestyle has a devastating effect on bone mass because the induction of osteoblasts (bone-forming cells) is known to be dependent on physical activity. Consequently, a lifelong habit of avoiding...

H2o2

One publication (138), which provided compelling evidence that MPs of aging rats were markedly deficient in the ability to generate O2- in response to opsonized zymosan and rat IFNy, also demonstrated that the respiratory burst could be restored to MPs of aged rats by providing them with syngeneic pituitary grafts from young donors. Deficient TNFa production was also restored. Restoration of O2- and TNFa production was not complete in most cases but was nevertheless dramatic. The effect of the pituitary graft was attributed to its secretion of growth hormone and prolactin both of which can prime MP for response to IFNy.

Turners syndrome

Skeletal abnormalities may include short stature, a short, webbed neck, with fusion of cervical vertebrae, a low hairline, cubitus valgus, a high arched palate, micrognathia, a shield chest, scoliosis, inverted, widely spaced nipples, and a short fourth metacarpal. Nail dysplasia and dental defects may occur.There is an increased incidence of fractures and osteoporosis.

Protein Synthesis

Protein synthesis, described in detail in chapter 4, is a complex process involving DNA, mRNA, tRNA, ribosomes, and often the rough ER. It is stimulated by growth hormone, thyroid hormones, and insulin, and it requires a supply of all the amino acids necessary for a particular protein. The liver can make many of these amino acids from other amino acids or from citric acid cycle intermediates by transamination reactions. The essential amino acids, however, must be obtained from the diet.

Pronuclear Injection

Dna Pronuclear Injection

Rat growth hormone was microinjected into the pronuclei of fertilized mouse eggs (Palmiter et al., 1982). Of 21 mice that developed from the injected eggs, seven carried the fusion gene and six of these grew significantly larger than their littermates. Several of these transgenic mice were found to have extraordinarily high levels of growth hormone mRNA in their liver and growth hormone in their serum. At 74 days of age, the transgenic mice weighed up to 44 g, while their non-transgenic littermates weighed approximately 29 g. The technique has also been used to attempt to produce therapeutic proteins within transgenic animals. For example, human a1 -antitrypsin (AAT) has been produced in mice for the treatment of cystic fibrosis lung disease and other conditions in which connective tissue is broken down irreversibly. AAT is a plasma protein that inhibits elastase, a key player in the inflammatory response that, unchecked, will lead to excessive tissue destruction. A DNA fragment...

Nitrogen Balance

Nitrogen balance is affected by some hormones. Growth hormone and sex steroids promote protein synthesis and positive nitrogen balance during childhood, adolescence, and pregnancy. Glucocorticoids, on the other hand, promote protein catabolism and negative nitrogen balance in states of stress.

GHSR antagonists

Ghrelin is an octanoylated 28 amino acid peptide hormone that is synthesized principally in the oxyntic mucosal cells of the stomach. It binds to and activates the growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHSR ghrelin receptor) which is expressed primarily (but certainly not exclusively) in the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland 54 . Intravenous administration of ghrelin has been reported to increase food intake in rodents and humans 55,56 . Plasma ghrelin levels rise

Investigations

In vivo studies in MSA, which involved testing of the endocrine component of the central autonomic nervous systems (the hypothalamic-pituitary axis) with a variety of challenge procedures, provided evidence of impaired humoral responses of the anterior and the posterior parts of the pituitary gland with impaired secretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) (Polinsky et al., 1987), growth hormone (Kimber et al., 1997), and vasopressin ADH (Kaufmann et al., 1992), respectively. Although these observations can be made in virtually all patients in an advanced stage of the disease, their prevalence during the early course of MSA is unknown. There is an ongoing debate about the diagnostic value of the growth-hormone response to clonidine (CGH-test), a neuropharmacological assessment of central adrenergic function, in PD and MSA. Clonidine is a centrally active alpha 2-adrenergic agonist which lowers blood pressure predominantly by reducing CNS sympathetic outflow. Kimber et al. (1997)...

Short Bowel Syndrome

Narcotics may be helpful by decreasing stool volume and intestinal transit time (1,8). Ultimately, getting nutrients into the gut lumen is important to both physiologic adaptation and to ultimate recovery. The addition of glutamine to the diet with parenteral growth hormone may be beneficial to the mucosa and reduce or eliminate parenteral nutrition needs in some patients (11).

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Growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factors (IGF)-1 and -2 are involved in ovarian function and possibly in the pathogenesis of PCOS. GH pulse amplitude and GH mean levels over 24 hours are reduced in obese PCOS compared with lean women with PCOS (6). IGF-1 and IGF-2 levels in women with PCOS do not seem to differ from those in women without PCOS, but the bioavailability of these hormones seems to be influenced by body weight in women with PCOS. Lean women with PCOS appear to have a higher IGF bioavailability (by IGF binding protein IGFBP -1 suppression and greater GH stimulation of IGF), whereas obese women with PCOS seem to have lower IGF bioavailability (because of higher insulin levels and reduced GH stimulation) (6). Alternatively, in a recent report from a UK birth cohort, Ong et al. (27) showed that a low birthweight was associated with greater weight gain in subsequent years and a higher androgen level at 8 years in both boys and girls. Similarly, Ibanez et al. (28)...

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