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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637948/in-the-overnight-dexamethasone-suppression-test-1-0-mg-loading-is-superior-to-0-5-mg-loading-for-diagnosing-subclinical-adrenal-cushing-s-syndrome-based-on-plasma-dexamethasone-levels-determined-using-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#1
Yosuke Sasaki, Takuyuki Katabami, Shiko Asai, Hisashi Fukuda, Yasushi Tanaka
The low-dose dexamethasone suppression test (DST) is one of the commonly used initial tests for endogenous Cushing's syndrome (CS). However, there are two loading dose regimens (0.5-mg and 1-mg), which may cause some confusion in daily practice in Japan; furthermore, there are no reports regarding whether 0.5-mg DST is a better loading dose for detecting adrenal subclinical CS (SCS) based on the plasma dexamethasone (DEX) levels. Therefore, the aims of this study were (a) to develop a novel assay to measure DEX by using liquid chromatography tandem-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and (b) to compare between the 0...
June 21, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626131/homozygous-duoxa2-mutation-p-tyr138-in-a-girl-with-congenital-hypothyroidism-and-her-apparently-unaffected-brother-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#2
Chiho Sugisawa, Shinji Higuchi, Masaki Takagi, Yukihiro Hasegawa, Matsuo Taniyama, Kiyomi Abe, Tomonobu Hasegawa, Satoshi Narumi
Mutations in DUOXA2, encoding dual oxidase maturation factor 2, is a rare genetic cause of congenital hypothyroidism. Only four biallelic DUOXA2 mutation carriers have been described to date. This study was conducted to report the clinical and genetic findings of a DUOXA2 mutation-carrying family, and to review the previously reported cases. The proband was a 4-year-old girl, who was diagnosed as having congenital hypothyroidism in the frame of newborn screening. She had a high serum TSH level (138 mU/L) and a low free T4 level (0...
June 16, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626115/reappraisal-of-cyst-fluid-only-on-thyroid-fine-needle-aspiration-cytology
#3
Nami Takada, Mitsuyoshi Hirokawa, Ayana Suzuki, Miyoko Higuchi, Seiji Kuma, Akira Miyauchi
According to the Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology (BSRTC), cyst fluid only (CFO) cases are classified in the non-diagnostic category. To date, no large study focusing on CFO has been conducted. To reassess the diagnostic significance of CFO, we compared CFO nodules with non-diagnostic nodules excluding CFO (ND-other). We reviewed the conventional thyroid smears of 715 CFO and 766 ND-other nodules. We compared the timing of and findings at re-aspiration, the histology of resected specimens, and the proportion of malignant nodules between the two groups...
June 13, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626114/thyroid-stimulating-hormone-stimulation-downregulates-autophagy-and-promotes-apoptosis-in-chondrocytes
#4
Wei Xin, Yue Yu, Yuan Ma, Yuan Gao, Ying Xu, Liyong Chen, Qiang Wan
Subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) patients have normal thyroid hormone levels but increased thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level in serum. It has been reported that high TSH is related to abnormal skeletal development in mice with hypothyroidism. However, the cellular mechanism is not fully understood. In the present study, we aim to investigate the direct effects of TSH stimulation on chondrocytes, and the putative role of autophagy in this process. By using EdU incorporation assay and flow cytometry for mitochondrial membrane potential assay, we demonstrated deceased proliferation and promoted apoptosis in TSH stimulated primary mouse chondrocytes...
June 13, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592706/efficacy-and-safety-of-long-acting-pasireotide-in-japanese-patients-with-acromegaly-or-pituitary-gigantism-results-from-a-multicenter-open-label-randomized-phase-2-study
#5
Shigeyuki Tahara, Mami Murakami, Tomomi Kaneko, Akira Shimatsu
A multicenter, open-label, phase 2 study was conducted to investigate the efficacy and safety of long-acting pasireotide formulation in Japanese patients with acromegaly or pituitary gigantism. Medically naïve or inadequately controlled patients (on somatostatin analogues or dopamine agonists) were included. Primary end point was the proportion of all patients who achieved biochemical control (mean growth hormone [GH] levels<2.5μg/L and normalized insulin-like growth factor-1 [IGF-1]) at month 3. Thirty-three patients (acromegaly, n=32; pituitary gigantism, n=1) were enrolled and randomized 1:1:1 to receive open-label pasireotide 20mg, 40mg, or 60mg...
June 8, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539526/insulin-lispro-25-75-and-insulin-lispro-50-50-as-starter-insulin-in-japanese-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-subanalysis-of-the-classify-randomized-trial
#6
Hirotaka Watada, Makoto Imori, Pengfei Li, Noriyuki Iwamoto
In Japan, premixed insulins are commonly used as starter insulin for type 2 diabetes. This subpopulation analysis assessed the efficacy and safety of twice-daily LM25 (25% insulin lispro/75% insulin lispro protamine) and LM50 (50% insulin lispro/50% insulin lispro protamine) as starter insulin in Japanese subjects, and compared these results with the whole-trial populations of East Asian subjects. In this subpopulation analysis of an open-label, phase 4, randomized trial (CLASSIFY), Japanese subjects received LM25 (n = 88) or LM50 (n = 84) twice-daily for 26 weeks...
May 24, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539530/active-form-of-vitamin-d-ameliorates-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-by-alleviating-oxidative-stress-in-a-high-fat-diet-rat-model
#7
Chong-Gui Zhu, Ya-Xin Liu, Hao Wang, Bao-Ping Wang, Hui-Qi Qu, Bao-Li Wang, Mei Zhu
The purpose of this study was to determine whether treatment using the active form of vitamin D (1,25(OH)2D3) could protect against high-fat diet (HFD)-induced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in rats and ameliorate oxidative stress. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into three groups and treated with standard chow, HFD, or HFD plus intraperitoneal injection of 1,25(OH)2D3 (5 μg/kg body weight, twice per week), respectively, for 16 weeks. Serum lipid profiles, hepatic function, intrahepatic lipid, and calcium levels were determined...
May 23, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529245/inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-improves-insulin-resistance-of-l6-cells
#8
Fengyang Xie, Jian Zhu, Baolian Hou, Yuan Wang, Fanzhu Meng, Zhixing Ren, Shuping Ren
To explore the role of NF-κB activation in the development of insulin resistance and investigate whether or not that the inhibition of NF-κB activation by PDTC will improve the insulin resistance of L6 cells exposed to H2O2. L6 cells were treated with H2O2, PDTC or both H2O2 and PDTC for 4 hours. The uptake of glucose with stimulation of insulin, the expression of P38-MAPK, p- P38-MAPK, NF-κBp65, p- NF-κBp65, IRS-1, IRS-2, p-IRS-2, PI3K, IκBα, p- IκBα, caspase-8 and GLUT4, the production of ROS, TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-1β as well as the apoptosis rate of L6 cells were determined and compared in L6 treated with H2O2 alone or both H2O2 and PDTC...
May 20, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529277/levels-of-glucose-regulatory-hormones-in-patients-with-non-islet-cell-tumor-hypoglycemia-including-a-review-of-the-literature
#9
Izumi Fukuda, Akira Asai, Tomoko Nagamine, Taro Harada, Kyoko Tanimura-Inagaki, Naomi Hizuka, Hitoshi Sugihara
Non-islet cell tumor hypoglycemia (NICTH) is one of the causes of spontaneous hypoglycemia. The pathogenesis of NICTH is thought to be an excessive production by tumors of big insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-II. This study investigated the levels of glucose-regulatory hormones in patients with NICTH with high serum levels of big IGF-II (big IGF-II group) and compared these with profiles of patients with spontaneous hypoglycemia with normal IGF-II (normal IGF-II group). Circulating IRI, CPR, ACTH, cortisol, GH, and IGF-I levels measured during hypoglycemic episodes were examined retrospectively in 37 patients with big IGF-II producing NICTH and 6 hypoglycemic patients with normal IGF-II...
May 19, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529276/association-between-the-risk-of-falls-and-osteoporotic-fractures-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#10
Maki Yokomoto-Umakoshi, Ippei Kanazawa, Shiori Kondo, Toshitsugu Sugimoto
Diabetes mellitus is associated with an increased risk of falls, which increases the incidence of osteoporotic fractures and accordingly decreases quality of life. However, the association between fall risk and diabetic complications is not completely understood. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the association between fall risk and osteoporotic fractures in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). We enrolled 194 Japanese patients with T2DM and assessed their fall risk using a brief interview form that included five items covering physical and social aspects of functioning and environmental factors...
May 19, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529275/safety-and-effectiveness-of-long-term-growth-hormone-therapy-in-japanese-patients-with-adult-growth-hormone-deficiency-a-postmarketing-multicenter-observational-study
#11
Akira Shimatsu, Hitoshi Ishii, Hiromi Nishinaga, Osamu Murai, Kazuo Chihara
We aimed to evaluate the long-term safety and effectiveness of growth hormone (GH) therapy in Japanese patients with adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD). In this observational, multicenter study, Norditropin(®) (Novo Nordisk A/S, Bagsvaerd, Denmark) was administered as injections of 0.021 mg/kg/week as a starting dose divided into 6-7 doses/week. The dose was increased according to clinical response. Patients' data were obtained from medical records. Measurements (lipids, glucose metabolism, and body composition) taken at baseline; 3, 6, and 12 months; and yearly until the end of the study were collected...
May 19, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515387/functional-polymorphisms-affecting-th1-differentiation-are-associated-with-the-severity-of-autoimmune-thyroid-diseases
#12
Naoya Inoue, Mikio Watanabe, Azusa Nakaguchi, Daishi Ueda, Hayaka Kawaguti, Yoh Hidaka, Yoshinori Iwatani
The prognosis for autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITDs), such as Hashimoto's disease (HD) and Graves' disease (GD), varies among patients. Interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-18 also induce Th1 differentiation, and SOCS1 (Suppressor of cytokine signaling 1) and TIM-3 (T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain-3) are known to be negative regulators of Th1 cells. To clarify the association of functional polymorphisms in the IL12, IL12Rβ1, IL18, SOCS1 and TIM3 genes with the intractability and severity of autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD), we genotyped these polymorphisms in 151 GD patients, including 61 patients with intractable GD and 51 patients with GD in remission, in 140 HD patients, including 59 patients with severe HD and 55 patients with mild HD, and in 74 healthy controls...
May 16, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502923/g-protein-coupled-receptor-signaling-through-gpr176-gz-and-rgs16-tunes-time-in-the-center-of-the-circadian-clock-review
#13
Kaoru Goto, Masao Doi, Tianyu Wang, Sumihiro Kunisue, Iori Murai, Hitoshi Okamura
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) constitute an immensely important class of drug targets with diverse clinical applications. There are still more than 120 orphan GPCRs whose cognate ligands and physiological functions are not known. A set of circadian pacemaker neurons that governs daily rhythms in behavior and physiology resides in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the brain. Malfunction of the circadian clock has been linked to a multitude of diseases, such as sleeping disorders, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer, which makes the clock an attractive target for drug development...
May 13, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458337/outcomes-analysis-of-surgical-and-medical-treatments-for-patients-with-primary-aldosteronism
#14
Kyeong Seon Park, Jung Hee Kim, Ye Seul Yang, A Ram Hong, Dong-Hwa Lee, Min Kyong Moon, Sung Hee Choi, Chan Soo Shin, Sang Wan Kim, Seong Yeon Kim
Patients with aldosterone-producing adenomas are treated using surgery, and patients with idiopathic hyperaldosteronism receive medical treatment using mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs). However, the outcomes of surgical and medical treatment for primary aldosteronism (PA) remain unclear. Therefore, we compared the outcomes of surgical and medical treatment for PA and aimed to identify a specific subgroup that might benefit from medical treatment. We identified 269 patients who were treated for PA (unilateral excess: 221 cases; bilateral excess: 48 cases) during 2000-2015 at the Seoul National University Hospital and two other tertiary centers...
April 29, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450684/the-diagnostic-dilemma-of-tumor-induced-osteomalacia-a-retrospective-analysis-of-144-cases
#15
Juan Feng, Yan Jiang, Ou Wang, Mei Li, Xiaoping Xing, Li Huo, Fang Li, Wei Yu, Ding-Rong Zhong, Jin Jin, Yong Liu, Fang Qi, Wei Lv, Lian Zhou, Xun-Wu Meng, Wei-Bo Xia
Diagnostic delay of tumor induced osteomalacia (TIO) is common in clinic practice. To investigate the diagnostic condition of TIO in China and raise clinicians' awareness of TIO, we retrospectively analyzed clinical manifestations, biochemical features, and specially evaluated missed diagnoses and misdiagnoses among 144 TIO patients from Peking Union Medical College Hospital during December 1982 to December 2014. Clinical presentations of TIO mainly included bone pain, difficulty in walking, pathological fractures, muscle weakness, and height loss...
April 26, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442641/regulation-of-uridine-diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferase-2b15-expression-during-ovulation-in-the-rat
#16
Phuong T M Dam, You-Jee Jang, Jae-Il Park, Bum-Chae Choi, Sang-Jin Song, Sang-Young Chun
Uridine diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferase 2B15 (UGT2B15) conjugates 5α-androstane-3α, 17β-diol (3α-diol) to 3α-diol glucuronide (3α-diol G) in steroid target tissues. The present study investigated the regulation of UGT2B15 expression during the ovulatory process in the rat. Real-time PCR analysis revealed that treatment of immature rats with equine chorionic gonadotropin followed by human chorionic gonadotropin transiently stimulated UGT2B15 gene expression in granulosa cells of preovulatory follicles within 6 h...
April 22, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420821/use-of-liothyronine-without-levothyroxine-in-the-treatment-of-mild-consumptive-hypothyroidism-caused-by-hepatic-hemangiomas
#17
Shinji Higuchi, Masaki Takagi, Yukihiro Hasegawa
There have been reports of the use of levothyroxine or levothyroxine plus liothyronine for consumptive hypothyroidism caused by hepatic hemangiomas. Administration of levothyroxine without liothyronine can be inadequate to maintain normal levels of both free T3 and free T4 in some patients. However, there is no report of treatment with liothyronine plus propranolol. We herein present a case in which we used liothyronine therapy for multifocal hepatic hemangiomas in a Japanese patient with low free T3 and normal free T4 levels...
April 18, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420820/high-insulin-impaired-ovarian-function-in-early-pregnant-mice-and-the-role-of-autophagy-in-this-process
#18
Yan Su, Juan Wu, Junlin He, Xueqing Liu, Xuemei Chen, Yubin Ding, Chen Zhang, Wenqi Chen, Yingxiong Wang, Rufei Gao
Metabolic disorders, such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and T2DM (type 2 diabetes mellitus), are associated with menstrual dysfunction, anovulation, infertility, and early pregnancy loss. Ovarian dysfunction is not only related to low pregnancy rates but also to the increased risk of miscarriage. Women with PCOS or T2DM, characterized by hyperinsulinemia, commonly experience ovarian dysfunction. In this study, we first explored whether high insulin levels directly affected ovarian functioning during embryo implantation...
April 18, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420858/transcriptional-regulation-of-pancreas-development-and-%C3%AE-cell-function-review
#19
Yoshio Fujitani
A small number of cells in the adult pancreas are endocrine cells. They are arranged in clusters called islets of Langerhans. The islets make insulin, glucagon, and other endocrine hormones, and release them into the blood circulation. These hormones help control the level of blood glucose. Therefore, a dysfunction of endocrine cells in the pancreas results in impaired glucose homeostasis, or diabetes mellitus. The pancreas is an organ that originates from the evaginations of pancreatic progenitor cells in the epithelium of the forgut endoderm...
April 14, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420857/usefulness-of-anti-rabphilin-3a-antibodies-for-diagnosing-central-diabetes-insipidus-in-the-third-trimester-of-pregnancy
#20
Kanako Sakurai, Rika Yamashita, Satsuki Niituma, Shintaro Iwama, Yoshihisa Sugimura, Zenei Arihara, Kazuhiro Takahashi
We report a 27-year-old pregnant woman with polyuria, polydipsia and headache in the third trimester of pregnancy. Hypernatremia (153 mEq/L), high plasma osmolality (300 mOsm/kgH2O) and low urinary osmolality (92 mOsm/kgH2O) were observed at the admission to our hospital. Plasma arginine vasopressin (AVP) level was inappropriately low (2.2 pg/mL) compared to the high plasma osmolality. Plasma AVP responses to hypertonic-saline infusion were blunted, and her urine osmolality increased in response to desmopressin...
April 14, 2017: Endocrine Journal
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