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Glucocorticoid deficiency

Petr Kosztyu, Martin Hill, Jana Jemelkova, Lydie Czernekova, Leona Raskova Kafkova, Miroslav Hruby, Karel Matousovic, Karel Vondrak, Josef Zadrazil, Ivan Sterzl, Jiri Mestecky, Milan Raska
BACKGROUND/AIMS: IgA nephropathy is associated with aberrant O-glycosylation of IgA1, which is recognized by autoantibodies leading to the formation of circulating immune complexes. Some of them, after deposition into kidney mesangium, trigger glomerular injury. In patients with active disease nonresponding to angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin II blockers, corticosteroids are recommended. METHODS: The relationship between the corticosteroid therapy and serum levels of IgA, aberrantly O-glycosylated IgA1, IgA-containing immune complexes and their mesangioproliferative activity was analyzed in IgA nephropathy patients and disease and healthy controls...
March 6, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Marissa Penna-Martinez, Natalie Filmann, Dimitra Bogdanou, Firouzeh Shoghi, Sabine Huenecke, Ralf Schubert, Eva Herrmann, Ulrike Koehl, Eystein S Husebye, Klaus Badenhoop
OBJECTIVES: On the basis of the immunomodulatory actions of vitamin D (VD), we investigated the effects of high-dose VD therapy over a 3 mo period on the immune response in patients with Addison's disease (AD). METHODS: This randomized, controlled, crossover trial included 13 patients with AD who received either cholecalciferol (4000 IU/d) for 3 mo followed by 3 mo placebo oil or the sequential alternative placebo followed by verum. Glucocorticoid replacement doses remained stable...
December 2, 2017: Nutrition
Matthew A Quinn, Xiaojiang Xu, Melania Ronfani, John A Cidlowski
Glucocorticoids (GCs) are master regulators of systemic metabolism. Intriguingly, Cushing's syndrome, a disorder of excessive GCs, phenocopies several menopause-induced metabolic pathologies. Here, we show that the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) drives steatosis in hypogonadal female mice because hepatocyte-specific GR knockout mice are refractory to developing ovariectomy-induced steatosis. Intriguingly, transcriptional profiling revealed that ovariectomy elicits hepatic GC hypersensitivity globally. Hypogonadism-induced GC hypersensitivity results from a loss of systemic but not hepatic estrogen (E2) signaling, given that hepatocyte-specific E2 receptor deletion does not confer GC hypersensitivity...
March 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Bushra Parveen, Manjari Tripathi, Divya Vohora
Long-term anti-epileptic drug (AED) therapy compromises bone health. Though vitamin-D deficiency is proposed to be involved, it alone is not held responsible. This accounts for investigating other mechanisms in bone accrual. Recent studies have shown modulation of inhibitors of wnt pathway, sclerostin and dickkopf-1 (DKK-1), in glucocorticoids-induced osteoporosis. We investigated whether AED monotherapy modulates wnt inhibitors in Indian women with epilepsy. Women of age > 20-40 years with the diagnosis of epilepsy and receiving AEDs (carbamazepine, valproate and levetiracetam) for at least a year were enrolled...
March 5, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Hongyang Zhang, Xiaojuan Shi, Long Wang, Xiaojie Li, Chao Zheng, Bo Gao, Xiaolong Xu, Xisheng Lin, Jinpeng Wang, Yangjing Lin, Jun Shi, Qiang Huang, Zhuojing Luo, Liu Yang
A fracture is the most dangerous complication of osteoporosis in patients because the associated disability and mortality rates are high. Osteoporosis impairs fracture healing and prognosis, but how intramembranous ossification (IO) or endochondral ossification (EO) during fracture healing are affected and whether these two kinds of ossification are different between glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (GIOP) and estrogen deficiency-induced osteoporosis (EDOP) are poorly understood. In this study, we established two bone repair models that exhibited repair via IO or EO and compared the pathological progress of each under GIOP and EDOP...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mutsumi Araki, Takashi Hisamitsu, Yumi Kinugasa-Katayama, Toru Tanaka, Yukihiro Harada, Shu Nakao, Sanshiro Hanada, Shuhei Ishii, Masahide Fujita, Teruhisa Kawamura, Yoshihiko Saito, Koichi Nishiyama, Yusuke Watanabe, Osamu Nakagawa
Bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9)/BMP10-ALK1 receptor signaling is essential for endothelial differentiation and vascular morphogenesis. Mutations in ALK1/ACVRL1 and other signal-related genes are implicated in human vascular diseases, and the Alk1/Acvrl1 deletion in mice causes severe impairment of vascular formation and embryonic lethality. In the microarray screen to search for novel downstream genes of ALK1 signaling, we found that the mRNA and protein expression of serum/glucocorticoid-regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) was rapidly up-regulated by the BMP9 stimulation of cultured human endothelial cells...
February 24, 2018: Angiogenesis
Arnaud Jannin, Emilie Merlen, Christine Do Cao, Nicolas Penel
Recently developed immunotherapeutic agents, like anti-cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen 4 antibody (CTLA4), anti-programmed cell death 1 (PD1) or anti-programmed cell death-ligand 1 (PDL1), have demonstrated substantial potential for the treatment of a variety of malignancies. Autoimmune side effects from these agents are diverse and can include multiple endocrinopathies like immunotherapy induced hypophysitis (IH). These toxicities appear to be more frequent in patients receiving anti-CTLA4 antibody compared to PD1/PDL1 agents...
February 20, 2018: Bulletin du Cancer
Emira Ayroldi, Maria Grazia Petrillo, Maria Cristina Marchetti, Lorenza Cannarile, Simona Ronchetti, Erika Ricci, Luigi Cari, Nicola Avenia, Sonia Moretti, Efisio Puxeddu, Carlo Riccardi
Long glucocorticoid-induced leucine zipper (L-GILZ) has recently been implicated in cancer cell proliferation. Here, we investigated its role in human thyroid cancer cells. L-GILZ protein was highly expressed in well-differentiated cancer cells from thyroid cancer patients and differentiated thyroid cancer cell lines, but poorly expressed in anaplastic tumors. A fusion protein containing L-GILZ, when overexpressed in an L-GILZ-deficient 8505C cell line derived from undifferentiated human thyroid cancer tissue, inhibited cellular proliferation in vitro...
February 21, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Isabel R Dias, José A Camassa, João A Bordelo, Pedro S Babo, Carlos A Viegas, Nuno Dourado, Rui L Reis, Manuela E Gomes
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: This review summarizes research on the use of sheep and goats as large animal models of human osteoporosis for preclinical and translational studies. RECENT FINDINGS: The most frequent osteoporotic sheep model used is the ovariectomized sheep with 12 months post-operatively or more and the combined treatment of ovariectomized sheep associated to calcium/vitamin D-deficient diet and glucocorticoid applications for 6 months, but other methods are also described, like pinealectomy or hypothalamic-pituitary disconnection in ovariectomized sheep...
February 19, 2018: Current Osteoporosis Reports
Anna Angelousi, Carolina Cohen, Soledad Sosa, Karina Danilowicz, Lina Papanastasiou, Marina Tsoli, Aparna Pal, Georgios Piaditis, Ashley Grossman, Gregory Kaltsas
Primary hypophysitis (PH) is a rare disease with a poorly-defined natural history. Our aim was to characterise patients with PH at presentation and during prolonged follow-up. Observational retrospective study of 22 patients was conducted from 3 centres. In 14 patients, PH was confirmed histologically and in the remaining 8 clinically, after excluding secondary causes of hypophysitis. All patients had hormonal and imaging investigations before any treatment. Median follow up was 48 months (25-75%: 3-60). There was a female predominance with a female/male ratio: 3...
February 19, 2018: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
Tomohiro Ishii, Masanori Adachi, Kei Takasawa, Satoshi Okada, Hotaka Kamasaki, Takuo Kubota, Hironori Kobayashi, Hirotake Sawada, Keisuke Nagasaki, Chikahiko Numakura, Shohei Harada, Kanshi Minamitani, Shigetaka Sugihara, Toshihiro Tajima
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We aimed to evaluate the incidence and characteristics of adrenal crisis in Japanese children with 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21-OHD). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective nationwide survey for the councilors of the Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology (JSPE) regarding adrenal crisis in children under 7 years with 21-OHD, admitted to hospitals from 2011 through 2016. We defined adrenal crisis as the acute impairment of general health due to glucocorticoid deficiency with at least two of symptoms, signs, or biochemical abnormalities...
February 16, 2018: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
Takayuki Tanaka, Kohei Yoshioka, Ryuta Nishikomori, Hidemasa Sakai, Junya Abe, Yuriko Yamashita, Ryugo Hiramoto, Akira Morimoto, Eiichi Ishii, Hirokazu Arakawa, Utako Kaneko, Yusei Ohshima, Nami Okamoto, Osamu Ohara, Ikue Hata, Yosuke Shigematsu, Tomoki Kawai, Takahiro Yasumi, Toshio Heike
OBJECTIVES: Mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD), a rare autosomal recessive autoinflammatory syndrome, is caused by disease-causing variants of the mevalonate kinase gene. A national survey was undertaken to investigate clinical and genetic features of MKD patients in Japan. METHODS: The survey identified ten patients with MKD. Clinical information and laboratory data were collected from medical records and by direct interviews with patients, their families, and their attending physicians...
February 16, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
Paul R Mittelstadt, Matthew D Taves, Jonathan D Ashwell
Glucocorticoid (GC) signaling in thymocytes counters negative selection and promotes the generation of a self-tolerant yet Ag-responsive T cell repertoire. Whereas circulating GC are derived from the adrenals, GC are also synthesized de novo in the thymus. The significance of this local production is unknown. In this study we deleted 11β-hydroxylase, the enzyme that catalyzes the last step of GC biosynthesis, in thymic epithelial cells (TEC) or thymocytes. Like GC receptor-deficient T cells, T cells from mice lacking TEC-derived but not thymocyte-derived GC proliferated poorly to alloantigen, had a reduced antiviral response, and exhibited enhanced negative selection...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Bo Jiang, Dingyuan Ma, Huanhuan Chen, Xiaoyu Yang, Yugui Cui, Zhengfeng Xu, Jiayin Liu
OBJECTIVE To investigate the correlation of 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21-OHD) with male testicular dysplasia. METHODS Clinical data of 8 infertile males with congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to 21-OHD was retrospectively analyzed. In addition, potential mutations of the CYP21A2 gene was detected. RESULTS All patients were referred because of azoospermia or severe oligospermia and had small testis with averaged testicular volume of 6.1 mL. Three patients had testicular adrenal rest tumors. Endocrinologic examinations revealed low levels of leutinizing hormone and follicular stimulating hormone, normal or elevated testosterone, elevated progesterone, elevated or normal adrenocoticotropic hormone, and low or normal cortisol...
February 10, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
Oluwaseun Aremu Adeyanju, Olaniyi Soetan, Ayodele Soladoye, Lawrence A Aderemi Olatunji
Estrogen deficiency has been associated with increased cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and recent clinical trials of standard formulations of hormonal therapies have not demonstrated consistent beneficial effects. Estrogen-progestin therapy has been used as exogenous estrogen to normalise depressed estrogen level during menopause. Ovariectomized rodents mimic estrogen-deficient state in that they develop cardiometabolic dysfunction, including insulin resistance (IR).We therefore hypothesized that hormonal therapy with combined oral contraceptive steroids, ethinylestradiol/levonorgestrel (EEL) improves IR, obesity and glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) through reduction in circulating mineralocorticoid level in ovariectomized rats...
February 3, 2018: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Hui-Chun Huang, Shao-Jung Hsu, Ching-Chih Chang, Ming-Hung Tsai, Fa-Yauh Lee, Ming-Chih Hou, Shou-Dong Lee
Critical illness is accompanied by hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation, but adrenal insufficiency characterized by inadequate glucocorticoid synthesis is common in critically ill cirrhotic patients, the 'hepato-adrenal syndrome'. Adrenal cortex also synthesizes androgen (dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA). DHEA maintains microcirculation by enhancing vascular endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) activity. In critical patients of other disease entities, a shift of adrenal steroidogenesis away from androgens towards glucocorticoid has been noted, arousing interests in androgen replacement in critical settings...
February 1, 2018: Shock
Chuan Wu, Zuojia Chen, Sheng Xiao, Theresa Thalhamer, Asaf Madi, Timothy Han, Vijay Kuchroo
A balance between Th17 and regulatory T (Treg) cells is critical for immune homeostasis and tolerance. Our previous work has shown Serum- and glucocorticoid-induced kinase 1 (SGK1) is critical for the development and function of Th17 cells. Here, we show that SGK1 restrains the function of Treg cells and reciprocally regulates development of Th17/Treg balance. SGK1 deficiency leads to protection against autoimmunity and enhances self-tolerance by promoting Treg cell development and disarming Th17 cells. Treg cell-specific deletion of SGK1 results in enhanced Treg cell-suppressive function through preventing Foxo1 out of the nucleus, thereby promoting Foxp3 expression by binding to Foxp3 CNS1 region...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
Yunqiang Zhang, Xuyin Zhang, Yiqun Wang, Keqin Hua, Jingxin Ding
Combined 17 α-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase deficiency (17OHD) is a rare autosomal recessive disease that is a type of congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which results in hypertension, hypokalemia, sexual infantilism, primary amenorrhea in females (46,XX), or pseudohermaphroditism in males (46,XY). It is mainly caused by mutation in the CYP17A1 gene, which encodes a key enzyme in the steroidogenic pathway. However, these patients rarely experience adrenal crisis, due to abnormally high corticosterone levels. Here, we report a 17OHD patient who experienced clinical adrenal crisis on day 1 after gonadectomy...
January 18, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
Jia Liu, Xiujuan Zhang, Haiqing Zhang, Li Fang, Jin Xu, Qingbo Guan, Chao Xu
21‑Hydroxylase deficiency (21‑OHD) is the most common cause of congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, 21‑OHD is caused by mutations in the cytochrome P450 family 21 subfamily A member 2 (CYP21A2) gene. The present study was designed to investigate the genetic characteristics of one Chinese pedigree and to identify the genotype‑phenotype association, thereby facilitating the precise diagnosis of 21‑OHD at the molecular level. Members of a Chinese family with 21‑OHD were screened for mutations in the CYP21A2 gene...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
K Cetin Gedik, S Siddique, C L Aguiar
Lupus anticoagulant hypoprothrombinemia syndrome (LA-HPS) is a rare condition that may predispose both to thrombosis and bleeding due to positive lupus anticoagulant (LA) and factor II (FII) deficiency. It can be seen in association with infections or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and may require glucocorticoids (GCs) and/or immunosuppressive medications. Pediatric LA-HPS cases in the literature and three cases that received only rituximab (RTX) for LA-HPS (in addition to GCs) at two institutions between January 2010 and June 2017 were analyzed descriptively...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
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