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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894193/currently-used-and-investigational-drugs-for-cushing%C3%A2-s-disease
#1
Denis Ciato, Aizhar G Mumbach, Marcelo Paez-Pereda, Günter K Stalla
Cushing's disease (CD) is caused by a corticotroph adenoma of the pituitary gland that secretes excess adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) causing increased morbidity and mortality. Surgery is the treatment of choice, but is not always successful. Alternatives include radiotherapy, adrenal surgery, and pharmaceutical therapy. The latter is increasingly gaining momentum due to the recent development of compounds that reduce hypercortisolaemia or its symptoms, acting through different mechanisms. Areas covered: In this article, the authors provide a complete overview of the treatment options for Cushing´s disease, including adrenal-directed, tumor-targeted, and peripheral therapies that are currently used or in development, and discuss their potential advantages and limitations...
November 29, 2016: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882133/effects-of-forced-swimming-stress-on-thyroid-function-pituitary-thyroid-stimulating-hormone-and-hypothalamus-thyrotropin-releasing-hormone-expression-in-adrenalectomy-wistar-rats
#2
Qiuyan Sun, Aihua Liu, Yanan Ma, Anyi Wang, Xinhong Guo, Weiping Teng, Yaqiu Jiang
In order to study the impact that is imposed on the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis of adrenalectomy male Wistar rats by stress caused by swimming, the blood level of triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4) and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), the expression of TSHβ mRNA at the pituitary and thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) expression at the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) were measured. A total of 50 male Wistar rats of 6-8 weeks of age and with an average weight of 190-210 grams were randomly divided into the following two groups: The surgical (without adrenal glands) and non-surgical (adrenalectomy) group...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869719/targeted-molecular-imaging-in-adrenal-disease-an-emerging-role-for-metomidate-pet-ct
#3
REVIEW
Iosif A Mendichovszky, Andrew S Powlson, Roido Manavaki, Franklin I Aigbirhio, Heok Cheow, John R Buscombe, Mark Gurnell, Fiona J Gilbert
Adrenal lesions present a significant diagnostic burden for both radiologists and endocrinologists, especially with the increasing number of adrenal 'incidentalomas' detected on modern computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A key objective is the reliable distinction of benign disease from either primary adrenal malignancy (e.g., adrenocortical carcinoma or malignant forms of pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma (PPGL)) or metastases (e.g., bronchial, renal). Benign lesions may still be associated with adverse sequelae through autonomous hormone hypersecretion (e...
November 18, 2016: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856655/glucocorticoids-and-chronic-inflammation
#4
REVIEW
Rainer H Straub, Maurizio Cutolo
Glucocorticoids are steroid hormones that once bound to their receptor interact with the DNA binding domain. Almost 1000-2000 genes are sensitive to their effects, including immune/inflammatory response genes. However, their role in pathophysiology and therapy is still debated. We performed a literature survey using the key words glucocorticoids, inflammation, autoimmune disease, rheumatology and adrenal glands in order to define important targets for this review on glucocorticoids. Considering endogenous/exogenous glucocorticoids in chronic inflammatory diseases brought up five major points for discussion: inadequately low production of endogenous cortisol relative to systemic inflammation (the disproportion principle); changes of the systemic and local cortisol-to-cortisone shuttle (reactivation and degradation of cortisol); inflammation-induced glucocorticoid resistance; highlights of present glucocorticoid therapy; and the role of circadian rhythms in action of cortisol...
December 2016: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853815/anatomical-variations-of-the-venous-drainage-from-the-left-adrenal-gland-an-anatomical-study
#5
Matthieu Siebert, Yohann Robert, Romain Didier, Antonin Minster, Wassila M'sallaoui, Alexandre Bellier, Philippe C J Chaffanjon
BACKGROUND: For radiologists, the venous drainage of adrenal glands is a key to the technique of selective adrenal venous sampling. For endocrine surgeons, it is key to adrenalectomy for carcinoma and pheochromocytoma. This study aims to demonstrate direct anastomosis between the left adrenal vein, the diaphragmatic circulation and the azygos system. Anatomical textbooks only offer very little information concerning the left adrenal vein (LAV) and its potential anastomosis with the reno-lumbo-azygo trunk (RLAT) and the diaphragmatic circulation...
November 16, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849367/fetal-exposure-to-low-levels-of-the-plasticizer-dehp-predisposes-the-adult-male-adrenal-gland-for-endocrine-disruption
#6
S Lee, D B Martinez-Arguelles, E Campioli, V Papadopoulos
In utero exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may affect adult health. Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is an EDC widely used in the production of polyvinyl chloride products and an ubiquitous environmental contaminant. Previously, we used a rat model system to show that fetal exposure to DEHP decreased levels of major steroid hormones in adulthood and that environmentally-relevant levels of DEHP affected both gene expression and epigenomic loci that were affected by exposure to high levels. In the adrenal gland, we reported that the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) and cholesterol biosynthesis pathways were sensitive targets of DEHP...
November 16, 2016: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813053/elevated-steroid-hormone-production-in-the-db-db-mouse-model-of-obesity-and-type-2-diabetes
#7
A Hofmann, M Peitzsch, C Brunssen, J Mittag, A Jannasch, A Frenzel, N F Brown, S M Weldon, G Eisenhofer, S R Bornstein, H Morawietz
Obesity and type 2 diabetes have become a major public health problem worldwide. Steroid hormone dysfunction appears to be linked to development of obesity and type 2 diabetes and correction of steroid abnormalities may offer new approaches to therapy. We therefore analyzed plasma steroids in 15-16 week old obese and diabetic db/db mice using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Lean db/+ served as controls. Db/db mice developed obesity, hyperglycemia, hyperleptinemia, and hyperlipidemia. Hepatic triglyceride storage was increased and adiponectin and pancreatic insulin were lowered...
November 3, 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791398/timing-of-glucocorticoid-administration-determines-severity-of-lipid-metabolism-and-behavioral-effects-in-rats
#8
Tao Wu, Jianguo Jiang, Luna Yang, Haifeng Li, Wanjing Zhang, Yangyang Chen, Binggong Zhao, Boda Kong, Ping Lu, Zhenzhen Zhao, Jiawei Zhu, Zhengwei Fu
Glucocorticoids (GCs) are a group of steroid hormones secreted by the adrenal glands in circadian cycles, and the dysregulation of GC signaling has been suggested to cause metabolic syndrome. Even though prolonged GC exposure is associated with serious side effects such as metabolic syndrome and central nervous system disorders, the use of GCs in anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive therapies has been continuously rising. Meanwhile, the exact mechanisms by which GCs can influence the lipid metabolism as well as behavior and how they are affected by time remain unknown...
October 28, 2016: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766021/dehydroepiandrosterone-supplementation-combined-with-whole-body-vibration-training-affects-testosterone-level-and-body-composition-in-mice
#9
Wen-Chyuan Chen, Yi-Ming Chen, Chi-Chang Huang, Yen-Dun Tzeng
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), the most abundant sex steroid, is primarily secreted by the adrenal gland and a precursor hormone used by athletes for performance enhancement. Whole-body vibration (WBV) is a well-known light-resistance exercise by automatic adaptations to rapid and repeated oscillations from a vibrating platform, which is also a simple and convenient exercise for older adults. However, the potential effects of DHEA supplementation combined with WBV training on to body composition, exercise performance, and hormone regulation are currently unclear...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759634/delayed-diagnosis-with-autoimmune-polyglandular-syndrome-type-2-causing-acute-adrenal-crisis-a-case-report
#10
Xiaojing Wang, Fan Ping, Cuijuan Qi, Xinhua Xiao
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune polyglandular syndrome type 2 (APS-2), also known as Schmidt's syndrome, is an uncommon disorder characterized by the coexistence of Addison's disease with thyroid autoimmune disease and/or type 1 diabetes mellitus. Addison's disease as the obligatory component is potentially life-threatening. Unfortunately, the delayed diagnosis of Addison's disease is common owing to its rarity and the nonspecific clinical manifestation. METHODS: Here we reported a case of 38-year-old female patient who presented with 2 years' history of Hashimoto's thyroiditis and received levothyroxine replacement...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754055/os-15-03-a-novel-mechanism-for-aldosterone-production-through-beta-3-adrenergic-receptor-%C3%AE-3-ar-in-heart-failure
#11
Kaoru Yamashita, Atsuhiro Ichihara, Kentaro Ito, Naohiro Yoshida, Fumiko Mitani, Jin Endo, Motoaki Sano, Keiichi Fukuda, Satoshi Morimoto
OBJECTIVE: Numerous clinical trials demonstrated that renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) was involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension-induced heart failure. While RAS is a major machinery required for aldosterone production, multiple minor systems, including catecholamine, could give rise to the aberrant aldosterone production beyond the RAS activation. We investigated the mechanism underlying the RAS-independent aldosterone production in heart failure. DESIGN AND METHOD: Dahl-salt sensitive rats fed high salt diet developed malignant hypertension, resulting in heart failure with inappropriately increased plasma aldosterone level...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734708/-multiple-endocrine-neoplasia-i-wermers-syndrome-forms-of-clinical-manifestation-5-case-studies
#12
Karolína Drbalová, Kateřina Herdová, Petr Krejčí, Monika Nývltová, Svatopluk Solař, Lenka Vedralová, Pavel Záruba, David Netuka, Petr Bavor
Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) is a condition in which several endocrine organs of an individual are affected by adenoma, hyperplasia and less often carcinoma, either simultaneously or at different stages of life. Two existing syndromes, MEN1 and MEN2 (2A, 2B), in literature is also mentioned MEN4, are associated also with other non-endocrine disorders. MEN1 (Wermer syndrome) affects the pituitary, parathyroid, and pancreatic area. 95 % of patients show very early manifestation of hyperparathyroidism, often before 40 years of age...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725439/ethanol-withdrawal-induced-impaired-recognition-is-reversed-by-chronic-exposure-to-stress-and-the-acute-administration-of-corticosterone-in-mice
#13
Hideaki Kato, Minoru Tsuji, Kazuya Miyagawa, Kotaro Takeda, Hiroshi Takeda
The present study was designed to ascertain the effects of repeated exposure to stress and the acute administration of corticosterone (1, 3, 10 mg/kg, intraperitoneally (i.p.)) on the ethanol withdrawal-induced impairment of novel object recognition in mice. Mice were chronically treated with 3% ethanol for 7 d, with or without exposure to restraint stress for 1 h/d. A significant decrease in cognitive function was observed in the ethanol plus no stress group at 48 h after the discontinuation of ethanol treatment...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725163/activation-of-ppar-%C3%AE-reduces-hpa-axis-activity-in-diabetic-rats-by-up-regulating-pi3k-expression
#14
Rafael Carvalho Torres, Nathalia Santos Magalhães, Patrícia M R E Silva, Marco A Martins, Vinicius F Carvalho
Increased hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) activity in diabetes is strongly associated with several morbidities noted in patients with the disease. We previously demonstrated that hyperactivity of HPA axis under diabetic conditions is associated with up-regulation of adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) receptors (MC2R) in adrenal and down-regulation of glucocorticoid receptors (GR and MR) in pituitary. This study investigates the role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-γ in HPA axis hyperactivity in diabetic rats...
October 8, 2016: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27696245/immunophenotypic-differences-between-neoplastic-and-non-neoplastic-androgen-producing-cells-containing-and-lacking-reinke-crystals
#15
Hector Mesa, Scott Gilles, Milton W Datta, Paari Murugan, Wendy Larson, Susan Dachel, Carlos Manivel
We performed a detailed morphologic, immunophenotypic, and endocrine characterization of neoplastic and non-neoplastic lesions of androgen-producing cells known to harbor or lack Reinke crystals (RCs) with an aim to provide further insight into the nature of these cells and crystals. Study cases were selected from the files of participating hospitals and subclassified according to current classifications: 20 with Leydig cell tumors (LCTs), 2 with testicular adrenal rest tumors (TARTs), 2 with testicular tumors of adrenogenital syndrome (TTAGS), and 2 with androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS)...
December 2016: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681884/induction-of-steroidogenic-cells-from-adult-stem-cells-and-pluripotent-stem-cells-review
#16
Takashi Yazawa, Yoshitaka Imamichi, Kaoru Miyamoto, Md Rafiqul Islam Khan, Junsuke Uwada, Akihiro Umezawa, Takanobu Taniguchi
Steroid hormones are mainly produced in adrenal glands and gonads. Because steroid hormones play vital roles in various physiological processes, replacement of deficient steroid hormones by hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is necessary for patients with adrenal and gonadal failure. In addition to HRT, tissue regeneration using stem cells is predicted to provide novel therapy. Among various stem cell types, mesenchymal stem cells can be differentiated into steroidogenic cells following ectopic expression of nuclear receptor (NR) 5A subfamily proteins, steroidogenic factor-1 (also known as adrenal 4 binding protein) and liver receptor homolog-1, with the aid of cAMP signaling...
November 30, 2016: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27668644/the-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-raas-physiology-and-molecular-mechanisms-of-functioning
#17
Monika Chaszczewska-Markowska, Maria Sagan, Katarzyna Bogunia-Kubik
Secretion of renin juxtaglomerular cells into bloodstream initiates activation of an enzymatic-hormonal cascade known as the RAAS (renin - angiotensin - aldosterone system). As a result, blood pressure is increased by the means several interrelated mechanisms. Mechanism of Zjednoczoaction of this system has been known for decades, but a few previously unknown components were recently added, such as ACE-2 and Ang(1-7), and their role often seems to be opposite to that of the conventional components. Local tissue systems also have important biological functions...
September 13, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27644577/postmortem-diagnosis-of-anorexia-nervosa-an-endocrinological-and-immunohistochemical-approach
#18
Akiko Ishigami, Itsuo Tokunaga, Akiyoshi Nishimura, Shin-Ichi Kubo
A female in her 30s was found dead after a fire. She was severely emaciated and had been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa (AN) about 5 years ago, but had not been treated recently. Therefore, we investigated not only her cause of death but also her condition of AN. Some of her organs weighed less than normal although no clear lesions were observed. In the pituitary gland, the number of follicle-stimulating hormone-immunopositive cells was markedly decreased although a normal number of thyroid-stimulating hormone-positive cells were detected...
2016: Journal of Medical Investigation: JMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27642975/os-15-03-a-novel-mechanism-for-aldosterone-production-through-beta-3-adrenergic-receptor-%C3%AE-3-ar-in-heart-failure
#19
Kaoru Yamashita, Atsuhiro Ichihara, Kentaro Ito, Naohiro Yoshida, Fumiko Mitani, Jin Endo, Motoaki Sano, Keiichi Fukuda, Satoshi Morimoto
OBJECTIVE: Numerous clinical trials demonstrated that renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) was involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension-induced heart failure. While RAS is a major machinery required for aldosterone production, multiple minor systems, including catecholamine, could give rise to the aberrant aldosterone production beyond the RAS activation. We investigated the mechanism underlying the RAS-independent aldosterone production in heart failure. DESIGN AND METHOD: Dahl-salt sensitive rats fed high salt diet developed malignant hypertension, resulting in heart failure with inappropriately increased plasma aldosterone level...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27621243/adrenal-incidentalomas-a-guide-to-assessment-treatment-and-follow-up
#20
REVIEW
Stavroula A Paschou, Andromachi Vryonidou, Dimitrios G Goulis
Adrenal incidentalomas are clinically unsuspected lesions that are detected in adrenal glands during imaging procedures for other causes. With widespread use of imaging - both computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - adrenal incidentalomas are now a common clinical problem. The two main clinical issues to be determined in this setting are the risk of malignancy and the hormonal activity of these lesions. The answers to these two questions, along with the clinical characteristics of each individual patient and co-morbidities, will guide the treatment strategy, which can vary from simple follow-up to surgical resection...
October 2016: Maturitas
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