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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222414/urinary-steroid-metabolites-in-a-case-of-florid-ectopic-cushing-s-syndrome-and-clinical-correlations
#1
Angelos Kyriacou, Karolina G Stepien, Basil Issa
A 51-year old woman was admitted with multiple cerebral, pulmonary and intra-abdominal abscesses. The combination of apparent immunosuppression, obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypokalaemia, osteoporotic fractures and bilateral shoulder avascular necrosis led to a clinical diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome (CS). This was biochemically confirmed as follows: midnight serum cortisol 4275 nmol/L (60-250), non-suppressed overnight dexamethasone suppression test, raised salivary cortisol 716 nmol/L (5-46) and ACTH 639 ng/L (0-46)...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220105/acth-receptor-mc2r-specificity-what-do-we-know-about-underlying-molecular-mechanisms
#2
REVIEW
Davids Fridmanis, Ance Roga, Janis Klovins
Coincidentally, the release of this Research Topic in Frontiers in Endocrinology takes place 25 years after the discovery of the adrenocorticotropic hormone receptor (ACTHR) by Mountjoy and colleagues. In subsequent years, following the discovery of other types of mammalian melanocortin receptors (MCRs), ACTHR also became known as melanocortin type 2 receptor (MC2R). At present, five types of MCRs have been reported, all of which share significant sequence similarity at the amino acid level, and all of which specifically bind melanocortins (MCs)-a group of biologically active peptides generated by proteolysis of the proopiomelanocortin precursor...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219060/steady-state-therapy-with-azithromycin-or-low-dose-prednisolone-in-paediatric-cystic-fibrosis-patients-inflammatory-markers-and-disease-progression
#3
Galina Shmarina, Alexander Pukhalsky, Lucine Avakian, Sergey Semykin, Daria Pukhalskaya, Vladimir Alioshkin
BACKGROUND: Anti-inflammatory therapy is a logical approach to slowing the inevitable lung function deterioration in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. This study's aim was to evaluate inflammatory markers and disease progression in paediatric CF patients chronically treated with azithromycin or low-dose prednisolone. METHODS: The study included 204 patients with CF and 100 healthy controls; 102 CF patients were treated with basic therapy only (without anti-inflammatory treatment; WAT), and 102 individuals received basic therapy along with azithromycin (n = 59) or low-dose prednisolone (n = 43)...
February 21, 2017: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213370/promiscuity-among-the-mraps
#4
Adrian J L Clark, Li F Chan
The melanocortin 2 receptor accessory protein (MRAP) was originally discovered to be an essential co-receptor for the ACTH receptor/melanocortin 2 receptor, and it physically interacts with this receptor and is required for receptor trafficking and ligand binding. A related molecule, MRAP2, is mainly expressed in the CNS and appears to have a role with the melanocortin 4 receptor. Consistent with this is the observation that a massively obese phenotype develops when the Mrap2 gene is deleted in mice. However, the characteristics of this phenotype differ from those of Mc4r deleted mice, and suggest that an additional role, possibly resulting from an interaction with other receptors is possible...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210018/psychological-stress-and-changes-of-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-in-patients-with-de-novo-parkinson-s-disease
#5
Omer C Ibrahimagic, Amra Cickusic Jakubovic, Dzevdet Smajlovic, Zikrija Dostovic, Suljo Kunic, Amra Iljazovic
INTRODUCTION: Psychological stress and changes in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in period after diagnosis of "de novo" Parkinson disease (PD) could be a big problem for patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We measured psychological stress and changes in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) in thirty patients (15:15) with "de novo" Parkinson's disease, average age 64.17 ± 13.19 (28-82) years (Department of Neurology, University Clinical Center Tuzla)...
December 2016: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202834/-a-case-of-lymphocytic-adenohypophysitis-presenting-visual-disturbance-in-the-third-trimester-of-pregnancy
#6
Ryo Yaoita, Miiko Ito, Kenichiro Matsuda, Yasuaki Kokubo, Shinya Sato, Yukihiko Sonoda
Lymphocytic hypophysitis(LH)has first been described as an autoimmune endocrinopathy by Goudie in 1962. In particular, lymphocytic adenohypophysitis(LAH)is usually associated with pregnancy and hypopituitarism due to insufficient endocrine of ACTH. However, several cases of LAH in pregnant patients showing only visual disturbances have recently been documented. We treated a patient with LAH presenting only the chiasma syndrome in the third trimester without hypopituitarism. A 27-year-old woman unexpectedly experienced visual disturbance starting in the 28th week of pregnancy...
February 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202381/sphenoid-sinus-carcinoid-tumour-causing-ectopic-acth-syndrome
#7
Sanjaya Perera, Ahmad Taha
A thirty-eight year old patient presented with a gradual increase in weight and Cushingoid facies of two years duration. He also had orbital congestion, with puffy eyelids and corkscrew conjunctival vessels, associated with painful eye movements. An endocrine evaluation revealed raised cortisol and ACTH. Head imaging was performed which showed an enhancing tumour arising from the sphenoid sinus, with osseous erosion of the sphenoid sinus, extending to the nasopharynx, sellar and a small amount extending intracranially...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201960/hypoglycemia-and-glucocorticoid-free-immunosuppression-are-related-with-low-dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate-level
#8
Martina Zahradnicka, Frantisek Saudek, Kvetoslav Lipar, Jelena Skibova
BACKGROUND: Low dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) levels and a high cortisol/DHEAS ratio are associated with higher mortality in elderly, dialyzed, and immunocompromised patients. The role of these hormones in patients with hypoglycemia unawareness (hypo) or in pancreas or islet recipients treated by glucocorticoid-free immunosuppressive regimen (IS) has not been studied. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the effects of IS and of recurrent hypoglycemia on DHEAS and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels in patients with type-1 diabetes (T1DM)...
February 13, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198428/acyl-ghrelin-induces-insulin-resistance-independently-of-gh-cortisol-and-free-fatty-acids
#9
Esben T Vestergaard, Niels Jessen, Niels Møller, Jens Otto Lunde Jørgensen
Ghrelin produced in the gut stimulates GH and ACTH secretion from the pituitary and also stimulates appetite and gastric emptying. We have shown that ghrelin also induces insulin resistance via GH-independent mechanisms, but it is unknown if this effect depends on ambient fatty acid (FFA) levels. We investigated the impact of ghrelin and pharmacological antilipolysis (acipimox) on insulin sensitivity and substrate metabolism in 8 adult hypopituitary patients on stable replacement with GH and hydrocortisone using a 2 × 2 factorial design: Ghrelin infusion, saline infusion, ghrelin plus short-term acipimox, and acipimox alone...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198198/comparative-evaluation-of-pain-stress-neuropeptide-y-acth-and-cortisol-levels-between-a-conventional-postoperative-care-protocol-and-a-fast-track-recovery-program-in-patients-undergoing-major-abdominal-surgery
#10
Maria Kapritsou, Elizabeth D Papathanassoglou, Evangelos Bozas, Dimitrios P Korkolis, Evangelos A Konstantinou, Ioannis Kaklamanos, Margarita Giannakopoulou
BACKGROUND: Fast-track (FT) postoperative protocol in oncological patients after major abdominal surgery reduces complications and length of postoperative stay compared to the conventional (CON) protocol. However, stress and pain responses have not been compared between the two protocols. OBJECTIVES: To compare stress, pain, and related neuropeptidic responses (adrenocorticotropic hormone [ACTH], cortisol, and neuropeptide Y [NPY]) between FT and CON protocols. METHOD: A clinical trial with repeated measurements was conducted (May 2012 to May 2014) with a sample of 63 hepatectomized or pancreatectomized patients randomized into two groups: FT ( n = 29) or CON ( n = 34)...
March 2017: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193628/management-of-endocrine-disease-neuroendocrine-surveillance-and-management-of-neurosurgical-patients-non-pituitary
#11
Aoife Garrahy, Mark Sherlock, Chris J Thompson
Advances in the management of traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid haemorrhage and intracranial tumours have led to improved survival rates and an increased focus on quality of life of survivors. Endocrine sequelae of the acute brain insult and subsequent neurosurgery, peri-operative fluid administration and/or cranial irradiation are now well described. Unrecognized acute hypopituitarism, particularly ACTH/cortisol deficiency and diabetes insipidus, can be life-threatening. While hypopituitarism may be transient, up to 30% of survivors of TBI have chronic hypopituitarism, which can diminish quality of life and hamper rehabilitation...
February 13, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186359/testosterone-supplementation-glucocorticoid-milieu-and-bone-homeostasis-in-the-ageing-male
#12
REVIEW
Vladimir Z Ajdžanović, Branko R Filipović, Branka T Šošić Jurjević, Verica Lj Milošević
Male ageing is entwined with a continuous fall in free testosterone levels, which contributes to the pathogenesis of bone loss. Glucocorticoid excess, either dependent on the ageing process or iatrogenically induced, was found to additionally impair the bone structure and metabolism. Cautious testosterone supplementation in this respect may positively affect the glucocorticoid milieu and bone homeostasis, while testosterone-induced changes in the glucocorticoid output could serve as a determinant of bone-related therapeutic outcome...
February 10, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186107/blubber-transcriptome-response-to-acute-stress-axis-activation-involves-transient-changes-in-adipogenesis-and-lipolysis-in-a-fasting-adapted-marine-mammal
#13
J I Khudyakov, C D Champagne, L M Meneghetti, D E Crocker
Stress can compromise an animal's ability to conserve metabolic stores and participate in energy-demanding activities that are critical for fitness. Understanding how wild animals, especially those already experiencing physiological extremes (e.g. fasting), regulate stress responses is critical for evaluating the impacts of anthropogenic disturbance on physiology and fitness, key challenges for conservation. However, studies of stress in wildlife are often limited to baseline endocrine measurements and few have investigated stress effects in fasting-adapted species...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183788/prognostic-factors-in-ectopic-cushing-s-syndrome-due-to-neuroendocrine-tumors-a-multicenter-study
#14
Maria Vittoria Davi', Elisa Cosaro, Serena Piacentini, Giuseppe Reimondo, Nora Albiger, Giorgio Arnaldi, Antongiulio Faggiano, Giovanna Mantovani, Nicola Fazio, Alessandro Piovesan, Emanuela Arvat, Franco Grimaldi, Letizia Canu, Massimo Mannelli, Alberto Giacinto Ambrogio, Francesca Pecori Giraldi, Chiara Martini, Andrea Lania, Manuela Albertelli, Diego Ferone, Maria Chiara Zatelli, Davide Campana, Annamaria Colao, Carla Scaroni, Massimo Terzolo, Laura De Marinis, Sara Cingarlini, Rocco Micciolo, Giuseppe Francia
OBJECTIVE: Evidence is limited regarding outcome of patients with ectopic Cushing's syndrome (ECS) due to neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). DESIGN: We assessed the prognostic factors affecting the survival of patients with NETs and ECS. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of clinicopathological features, severity of hormonal syndrome, treatments from a large cohort of patients with NETs and ECS collected from 17 Italian centers. RESULTS: Our series included 110 patients, 58...
April 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179626/hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-dysregulation-and-double-product-increases-potentiate-ischemic-heart-disease-risk-in-a-black-male-cohort-the-sabpa-study
#15
Leoné Malan, Christiaan E Schutte, Ala'a Alkerwi, Saverio Stranges, Nicolaas T Malan
Emotional distress has been associated with a poorer prognosis in myocardial infarction patients. Elevated adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH), lower cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) and cortisol:DHEAS, as measures of emotional distress, might correlate with silent myocardial ischemia (SMI) and workload. Thus, we assessed the relationship between emotional distress, SMI and double product (systolic blood pressure (SBP) × heart rate). Cross-sectional South African biethnic single-set cohorts (N=378), aged 44...
February 9, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179447/diagnosis-of-endocrine-disease-differentiation-of-pathologic-neoplastic-hypercortisolism-cushing-syndrome-from-physiologic-non-neoplastic-hypercortisolism-formerly-known-as-pseudo-cushing-syndrome
#16
James Findling, Hershel Raff
Endogenous hypercortisolism (Cushing syndrome) usually implies the presence of a pathologic condition caused by either an ACTH-secreting neoplasm or autonomous cortisol secretion from a benign or malignant adrenal neoplasm. However, sustained or intermittent hypercortisolism may also accompany many medical disorders that stimulate physiologic/non-neoplastic activation of the HPA axis (formerly known as pseudo-Cushing syndrome); these two entities may share indistinguishable clinical and biochemical features...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179107/pro-inflammatory-immune-to-brain-signaling-is-involved-in-neuroendocrine-responses-to-acute-emotional-stress
#17
Jordi Serrats, Jan-Sebastian Grigoleit, Elena Alvarez-Salas, Paul E Sawchenko
Activation of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis by inflammatory stressors (e.g., bacterial lipopolysaccharide) is thought to involve vascular transduction of circulating cytokines, with perivascular macrophages (PVMs) along with endothelia, effecting activation of HPA control circuitry via inducible (cyclooxygenase-2- or COX-2- dependent) prostaglandin synthesis. To test the stressor-specificity of this mechanism, we examined whether ablation of PVMs or pharmacologic blockade of COX activity affected HPA responses to a representative emotional stressor, restraint...
February 4, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174066/discovery-of-4-chloro-2-2-4-dichloro-6-methylphenoxy-1-methyl-7-pentan-3-yl-1h-benzimidazole-a-novel-crf1-receptor-antagonist
#18
Michiyo Mochizuki, Takuto Kojima, Katsumi Kobayashi, Etsuo Kotani, Yuji Ishichi, Naoyuki Kanzaki, Hideyuki Nakagawa, Teruaki Okuda, Yohei Kosugi, Takahiko Yano, Yuu Sako, Maiko Tanaka, Kazuyoshi Aso
Compound 1 exhibits potent binding inhibition activity against a corticotropin-releasing factor 1 (CRF1) receptor (IC50=9.5nM) and in vitro antagonistic activity (IC50=88nM) but is rapidly metabolized by human hepatic microsomes (182μL/min/mg). Here we identified metabolically stable compounds with potent CRF binding inhibitory activity. Structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies considering in vitro metabolic stability revealed that 4-chloro-2-(2,4-dichloro-6-methylphenoxy)-1-methyl-7-(pentan-3-yl)-1H-benzimidazole 24d was more stable in human microsomes (87μL/min/mg) than compound 1...
November 8, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170483/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-pituitary-adenomas-a-review
#19
Mark E Molitch
Importance: Pituitary adenomas may hypersecrete hormones or cause mass effects. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment are important. Observations: Prevalence of pituitary adenomas ranges from 1 in 865 adults to 1 in 2688 adults. Approximately 50% are microadenomas (<10 mm); the remainder are macroadenomas (≥10 mm). Mass effects cause headache, hypopituitarism, and visual field defects. Treatments include transsphenoidal surgery, medical therapies, and radiotherapy...
February 7, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167369/post-dexamethasone-serum-copeptin-corresponds-to-hpa-axis-responsiveness-in-human-obesity
#20
Christian Schinke, Swen Hesse, Muriel Stoppe, Klara Meyer, Elisa Schmidt, Johannes Orthgiess, Lukas Bechmann, Anke Bresch, Michael Rullmann, Julia Luthardt, Osama Sabri, Matthias Blüher, Jürgen Kratzsch, Florian Then Bergh
CONTEXT: Increased activities of the arginine-vasopressin (AVP) system and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis were shown to be associated with human obesity, but relationships between these systems in obesity remain unclear. OBJECTIVES: To assess HPA axis responsiveness and its relation to serum concentrations of the AVP-surrogate copeptin in subjects with obesity (OB) in comparison to non-obesity controls (NOC). METHODS: In a cross-sectional monocentric study, thirty-nine OB (f/m 25/14; age 36...
January 16, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
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