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  1. ACTH Antagonists

    Clark, Adrian John; Forfar, Rachel; Hussain, Mashal; Jerman, Jeff; McIver, Ed; Taylor, Debra; Chan, Li

    2016-01-01

    Adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) acts via a highly selective receptor that is a member of the melanocortin receptor subfamily of type 1 G protein-coupled receptors. The ACTH receptor, also known as the melanocortin 2 receptor (MC2R), is unusual in that it is absolutely dependent on a small accessory protein, melanocortin receptor accessory protein (MRAP) for cell surface expression and function. ACTH is the only known naturally occurring agonist for this receptor. This lack of redundancy and high degree of ligand specificity suggests that antagonism of this receptor could provide a useful therapeutic aid and a potential investigational tool. Clinical situations in which this could be useful include (1) Cushing’s disease and ectopic ACTH syndrome – especially while preparing for definitive treatment of a causative tumor, or in refractory cases, or (2) congenital adrenal hyperplasia – as an adjunct to glucocorticoid replacement. A case for antagonism in other clinical situations in which there is ACTH excess can also be made. In this article, we will explore the scientific and clinical case for an ACTH antagonist, and will review the evidence for existing and recently described peptides and modified peptides in this role. PMID:27547198

  2. ACTH (Adrenocorticotropic Hormone) Test

    ... loss. When the condition is due to a pituitary tumor (usually benign ), the affected person may also have ... and pituitary glands . Disease Cortisol ACTH Cushing disease (pituitary tumor producing ACTH) High High Adrenal tumor High Low " ...

  3. ACTH blood test

    ... by a non-cancerous tumor of the pituitary gland Rare type of tumor (lung, thyroid, or pancreas) making too much ACTH ( ectopic Cushing syndrome ) A lower-than-normal level of ACTH may indicate: Pituitary gland not producing enough hormones, such as ACTH ( hypopituitarism ) ...

  4. A radioimmunoassay for human ACTH

    A radioimmunoassay method for human adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is described. The antiserum was produced in a guinea pig by multiple injections of a total of 1 mg of porcine ACTH adsorbed with CM-cellulose and mixed with complete Freund's adjuvant. The antiserum used for this study at a final dilution of 1:500,000 was obtained from a guinea pig after 10 immunizations. A highly purified native ACTH (Li, α sub(h)sup(1-39) ACTH) was used as an assay standard and a tracer hormone. Separation of free and bound hormone was achieved by dextran coated charcoal. Extraction of ACTH from plasma samples was performed by Donald's method modified with silicic acid. The antibody appeared to be directed against the C-terminal portion of the hormone molecule and showed no significant reaction with other pituitary hormones (GH, TSH, LH, FSH, Hpr, Oxytocin, Arginine-and Lysine-Vasopressin). Plasma ACTH levels of 5 healthy subjects at nine o'clock averaged 32 +- 8.5 pg/ml (M +- SD). Plasma ACTH concentrations in a case of Sheehan's syndrome and of an untreated adrenogenital syndrome at nine o'clock were less than 20 and 194 pg/ml, respectively. A case of Cushing's syndrome accompanied with bilateral nodular hyperplasia of the adrenal cortex showed diminished diurnal variation and normal levels of plasma ACTH. In contrast, elevated plasma ACTH levels and lack of diurnal rhythm of ACTH secretion were observed in a suspected case of Cushing's disease. (auth.)

  5. The expression of the ACTH receptor

    L.L.K. Elias

    2000-10-01

    Full Text Available Adrenal glucocorticoid secretion is regulated by adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH acting through a specific cell membrane receptor (ACTH-R. The ACTH-R is a member of the G protein superfamily-coupled receptors and belongs to the subfamily of melanocortin receptors. The ACTH-R is mainly expressed in the adrenocortical cells showing a restricted tissue specificity, although ACTH is recognized by the other four melanocortin receptors. The cloning of the ACTH-R was followed by the study of this gene in human diseases such as familial glucocorticoid deficiency (FGD and adrenocortical tumors. FGD is a rare autosomal recessive disease characterized by glucocorticoid deficiency, elevated plasma ACTH levels and preserved renin/aldosterone secretion. This disorder has been ascribed to an impaired adrenal responsiveness to ACTH due to a defective ACTH-R, a defect in intracellular signal transduction or an abnormality in adrenal cortical development. Mutations of the ACTH-R have been described in patients with FGD in segregation with the disease. The functional characterization of these mutations has been prevented by difficulties in expressing human ACTH-R in cells that lack endogenous melanocortin receptor activity. To overcome these difficulties we used Y6 cells, a mutant variant of the Y1 cell line, which possesses a non-expressed ACTH-R gene allowing the functional study without any background activity. Our results demonstrated that the several mutations of the ACTH-R found in FGD result in an impaired cAMP response or loss of sensitivity to ACTH stimulation. An ACTH-binding study showed an impairment of ligand binding with loss of the high affinity site in most of the mutations studied.

  6. An Ectopic ACTH Secreting Metastatic Parotid Tumour

    Dacruz, Thomas; Kalhan, Atul; Rashid, Majid; Obuobie, Kofi

    2016-01-01

    A 60-year old woman presented with features of Cushing's syndrome (CS) secondary to an ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secreting metastatic parotid tumour 3 years after excision of the original tumour. She subsequently developed fatal intestinal perforation and unfortunately died despite best possible medical measures. Ectopic ACTH secretion accounts for 5–10% of all patients presenting with ACTH dependent hypercortisolism; small cell carcinoma of lung (SCLC) and neuroendocrine tumours (NET) account for the majority of such cases. Although there are 4 previous case reports of ectopic ACTH secreting salivary tumours in literature, to our knowledge this is the first published case report in which the CS developed after 3 years of what was deemed as a successful surgical excision of primary salivary tumour. Our patient initially had nonspecific symptoms which may have contributed to a delay in diagnosis. Perforation of sigmoid colon is a recognised though underdiagnosed complication associated with steroid therapy and hypercortisolism. This case demonstrates the challenges faced in diagnosis as well as management of patients with CS apart from the practical difficulties faced while trying to identify source of ectopic ACTH. PMID:26904316

  7. Proliferative signaling initiated in ACTH receptors

    C.F.P. Lotfi

    2000-10-01

    Full Text Available This article reviews recent results of studies aiming to elucidate modes of integrating signals initiated in ACTH receptors and FGF2 receptors, within the network system of signal transduction found in Y1 adrenocortical cells. These modes of signal integration should be central to the mechanisms underlying the regulation of the G0->G1->S transition in the adrenal cell cycle. FGF2 elicits a strong mitogenic response in G0/G1-arrested Y1 adrenocortical cells, that includes a rapid and transient activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases-mitogen-activated protein kinases (ERK-MAPK (2 to 10 min, b transcription activation of c-fos, c-jun and c-myc genes (10 to 30 min, c induction of c-Fos and c-Myc proteins by 1 h and cyclin D1 protein by 5 h, and d onset of DNA synthesis stimulation within 8 h. ACTH, itself a weak mitogen, interacts with FGF2 in a complex manner, blocking the FGF2 mitogenic response during the early and middle G1 phase, keeping ERK-MAPK activation and c-Fos and cyclin D1 induction at maximal levels, but post-transcriptionally inhibiting c-Myc expression. c-Fos and c-Jun proteins are mediators in both the strong and the weak mitogenic responses respectively triggered by FGF2 and ACTH. Induction of c-Fos and stimulation of DNA synthesis by ACTH are independent of PKA and are inhibited by the PKC inhibitor GF109203X. In addition, ACTH is a poor activator of ERK-MAPK, but c-Fos induction and DNA synthesis stimulation by ACTH are strongly inhibited by the inhibitor of MEK1 PD98059.

  8. ACTH in invertebrates: a molecule for all seasons

    D Malagoli

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available In vertebrate and invertebrate models, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH belongs to the melanocortin group of related peptides, which share a common precursor, pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC. Functional experiments indicate that in invertebrates, ACTH plays a major role in several biological functions. ACTH, whose effects have been conserved during evolution more than its amino acidic sequence, is, directly or indirectly, able to contrast agents that perturb a body’s homeostasis. Here we review evidence highlighting the involvement of ACTH and ACTH-like molecules in the response of invertebrate models versus immune, environmental and parasitic challenges.

  9. ACTH-Secreting Pheochromocytoma. Case report

    N S Kuznetsov

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Ectopic hormone-secreting pheochromocytomas are rare. Only case reports exist in the literature. Despite the large number of guides on diagnosis and treatment of pheochromocytoma, and Cushing syndrome, the extreme rarity of ectopic ACTH-syndrome caused by pheochromocytoma, and complexity of clinical cause numerous diagnostic errors leading to treatment failure. Therefore, we belive it appropriate to share our experience of this group of patients.

  10. CT findings in patients with infantile epilepsy on ACTH therapy

    A case of infantile spasms in which subdural hematoma developed after ACTH-Z therapy was reported. The results of CT evaluated before and after the therapy in 17 cases of infantile epilepsy including infantile spasms. Cerebral atrophy due to ACTH-Z therapy was remarkable, especially in the infants under one year old. We should vary careful in employing ACTH-Z therapy for infants of this age. (Ueda, J.)

  11. Prediction of Infantile Spasms Recurrence after ACTH Therapy

    J Gordon Millichap; John J Millichap

    2016-01-01

    Investigators from Okayama University Hospital, Japan, studied the predictive value of serial EEG findings (every 2 to 4 weeks) in relapse of epileptic spasms after synthetic ACTH therapy in patients with West syndrome (WS).

  12. The syndrome of achalasia, ACTH insensitivity and alacrima

    An unusual multisystem disorder characterized by the triad of selective ACTH insensitivity, achalasia and alacrima has recently been described. The following case fulfills the criteria for this syndrome which has not been previously reported in the radiographic literature. (orig.)

  13. ACTH-secreting bronchial carcinoid: a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge.

    McDermott, J H

    2008-09-01

    We describe a case of Cushing\\'s syndrome due to ectopic ACTH secretion, where the only potential source on conventional imaging was a tiny benign-appearing lung nodule, which failed to take up radiolabelled octreotide.

  14. ACTH-ectopic syndrome in patient with lung carcinoid

    L K Dzeranova

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available ACTH-ectopic hypercortisolism is one of the most соmplex variants of endocrine pathology presenting with v arious metabolic changes. Its early localization still represents a cornerstone of radical treatment of such patients. In this article w e discuss a clinical case of woman with ectopic secretion of ACTH by malignant lung carcinoid, which localization and therefore surgical treatment wаs possible only after three-year period of extensive diagnostic workup.

  15. Chronic ethanol consumption decreases adrenal responsiveness to adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) stimulation

    Increased alcohol consumption by adolescents and teenagers has heightened awareness of potential endocrine and developmental alterations. The current study was designed to determine whether chronic ethanol intake alters pituitary and adrenal function in the developing rat. One month old male Sprague Dawley rats were administered 6% ethanol in drinking water. After one month of treatment animals were sacrificed and blood, pituitary and adrenal glands collected. Plasma was assayed for ACTH and corticosterone (CS) by radioimmunossay (RIA). Five anterior pituitary glands per group were challenged with 100 μM corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) for 90 min at 37C under 95% air / 5% CO2. Media were analyzed for either ACTH (pituitary) or CS (adrenal) by RIA. Plasma ACTH and CS were unaffected by ethanol consumption. Pituitary response to CRF was not altered by ethanol. The lack of difference in ACTH release was not due to differences in pituitary content of ACTH. However, chronic ethanol consumption did decrease adrenal responsiveness to ACTH stimulation. In vitro corticosterone production was 1.21 ± 0.14 μg/adrenal in controls and 0.70 ± 0.06 μg/adrenal in ethanol consuming rats

  16. Adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) stimulation of sheep fetal adrenal cortex can occur without increased expression of ACTH receptor (ACTH-R) mRNA

    Carter, A M; Petersen, Y M; Towstoless, M;

    2002-01-01

    intravenous infusion of ACTH(1-24) was given to 6 fetuses for 24 h at a rate of 0.5 microg h(-1), starting on Day 126 or 127 of gestation (term approximately 147 days). Four control fetuses received an infusion of vehicle (saline). Total RNA was extracted from the fetal adrenal glands by the guanidinium...... beta-actin. Ratios of mRNA expression to beta-actin mRNA expression (arbitrary units) were calculated to correct for differences in RNA quality between samples. The concentration (mean +/- SEM) of immunoreactive cortisol in fetal plasma was greater after ACTH infusion than after vehicle infusion (47...

  17. Imaging in covert ectopic ACTH secretion: a CT pictorial review

    Sookur, Paul A.; Sahdev, Anju; Rockall, Andrea G.; Reznek, Rodney H. [St Bartholomew' s Hospital, Department of Academic Radiology, Dominion House, London (United Kingdom); Isidori, Andrea M. [Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Medical Pathophysiology, Rome (Italy); Monson, John P.; Grossman, Ashley B. [St Bartholomew' s Hospital, Department of Endocrinology, London (United Kingdom)

    2009-05-15

    The syndrome of ectopic adrenocorticotrophin secretion (EAS) is rare and is due to excess adrenocorticotrophin (ACTH) production from a nonpituitary tumour. These tumours can be covert, where the tumours are not readily apparent, and very small making them challenging to image. It is clinically and biochemically difficult to distinguish between covert EAS and Cushing's disease. The first-line investigation in locating the source of ACTH production is computed tomography (CT). The aim of this pictorial review is to illustrate the likely covert sites and related imaging findings. We review the CT appearances of tumours resulting in covert EAS and the associated literature. The most common tumours were bronchial carcinoid tumours, which appear as small, well-defined, round or ovoid pulmonary lesions. Rarer causes included thymic carcinoids, gastrointestinal carcinoids and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours. Awareness of the imaging characteristics will aid identification of the source of ACTH production and allow potentially curative surgical resection. (orig.)

  18. Does dexamethasone suppress the ACTH response in preterm babies?

    Reynolds, G J; Yu, V Y; Doery, J

    1989-01-01

    Tests of adrenal stimulation with adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) were performed before and after commencing dexamethasone treatment in 12 infants. All except one of the tests performed showed the expected twofold rise in serum cortisol, suggesting that in this group of premature babies dexamethasone did not suppress the adrenal response.

  19. Еctopic ACTH syndrome: clinical picture, diagnosis, treatment

    N S Kuznetsov

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Diagnosis and treatment of ectopic ACTH-syndrome currently is one of the most challenging problems among other forms of endogenous hypercorticism. This syndrome is associated with presence of extrapituitary tumors characterized with different histogenesis and localization, which produce adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH, or – rarely – corticotrophin-releasing hormone. In most cases the ectopic synthesis of ACTH is performed in bronchial carcinoid tumors (36–46%, oat cell cancer (18–20%, medullary thyroid cancer (3–7%, pheochromocytoma (9–23%, other sites are infrequent (pancreas, thymus, parotid gland, ovaries, uterus, prostate, colon, stomach, esophagus, etc.. Much of these tumors are aggressive and are characterized with propensity to metastasize and relapse. Currently there are few contradictory data on the comparative evaluation of the effectiveness of methods of topical diagnosis of the source of ectopic ACTH-secretion, and therefore there is an urgent need to develop an optimal and most efficient algorithm for diagnostic procedures to determine the extent of the tumor in patients with ectopic ACTH-syndrome. Indications for surgery, timing and extent of surgical intervention, the effectiveness of the operation, the causes and frequency of relapses are still discussed.The present difficulties of diagnosis, as well as the lack of a unified approach to the treatment of this disease in the complex, often lead to the progression and development of a large number of serious complications functions of up to disability, which in turn does not lead to significant improvement of quality of life. Thus further research is necessary to study of this disease

  20. Adrenal response to ACTH stimulation in Rusa deer (Cervus rusa timorensis).

    van Mourik, S; Stelmasiak, T

    1984-01-01

    Resting cortisol values in immobilized mature Rusa stags (Cervus rusa timorensis) and the response to synthetic ACTH were investigated. The mean level of cortisol in mature Rusa stags was found to be 3.80 ng/ml (SD = 0.87, N = 18). Over the range 0.37-6.0 i.u. the adrenal response to ACTH challenge was linearly related to the log dose ACTH administered (r = 0.998). More than 6 i.u. of ACTH caused maximal stimulation of the adrenal gland. Rusa deer appear to be much more sensitive to ACTH administration than other species. PMID:6150796

  1. La melatonina reduce la respuesta de cortisol al ACTH en humanos Melatonin reduces cortisol response to ACTH in humans

    Carmen Campino

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Melatonin receptors are widely distributed in human tissues but they have not been reported in human adrenal gland. Aim: To assess if the human adrenal gland expresses melatonin receptors and if melatonin affeets cortisol response to ACTH in dexamethasone suppressed volunteers. Material and methods: Adrenal glands were obtained from 4 patients undergoing unilateral nephrectomy-adrenalectomy for renal cáncer. Expression of mRNA MT1 and MT2 melatonin receptors was measured by Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR. The effect of melatonin on the response to intravenous (i.v. ACTH was tested (randomized cross-over, double-blind, placebo-controlled tríal in eight young healthy males pretreated with dexamethasone (1 mg at 23:00 h. On the next day at 08:00 h, an i.v. Une was inserted, at 08:30 h, and after a blood sample, subjeets ingested 6 mg melatonin or placebo. At 09:00 h, 1-24 ACTH (Cortrosyn, 1µg/1.73 m² body surface área was injected, drawing samples at 0, 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes after. Melatonin, cortisol, cortisone, progesterone, aldosterone, DHEA-S, testosterone and prolactin were measured by immunoassay. Results: The four adrenal glands expressed only MT1 receptor mRNA. Melatonin ingestión reduced the cortisol response to ACTH from 14.6+1.45µg/dl at 60 min in the placebo group to 10.8+1.2µg/dl in the melatonin group (p <0.01 mixed model test. It did not affect other steroid hormone levels and abolished the morningphysiological decline of prolactin. Conclusions: The expression ofMTl melatonin receptor in the human adrenal, and the melatonin reduction of ACTH-stimulated cortisol production suggest a direct melatonin action on the adrenal gland .

  2. ACTH-Secreting tumor of cecum. Case report

    N S Kuznetsov

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Ectopic hormonesecreting of cecum are rare. We report the case of a 52yearold woman with a typical clin ical picture of Cushing disease. Diagnostic tests confirmed ACTH dependent Cushing’s syndrome, which is caused by neuroendocrine tumor of the cecum. Due to the rarity of the disease, we believe it appropriate to share our experience of this group of patients.

  3. Reactive thymic hyperplasia following treatment of ACTH-producing tumors

    Surgical or conservative treatment of ACTH-producing tumors results in acute drop of the previously excessively high cortisol levels. The following associated pathophysiological changes also occur in the organism's recovery from stress, such as trauma, operation or chemotherapy of tumors. Both cases result in a regeneration of the immune system, which might even be exalted. The corresponding radiographic feature is the 'rebound' enlargement of the thymus occuring about six months after remission of hypercortisolism. Histological examination reveals benign thymus hyperplasia. Especially in cases of still unkown primary tumor the apperance of this anterior mediastinal mass can lead to misdiagnosis. We present the cases of two patients with diffuse thymic hyperplasia following surgical and medical correction of hypercortisolism. One patient suffered from classic Cushing's disease responding to transsphenoidal resection of an ACTH-secreting pituitary microadenoma. Six monsths later CT of the chest incidentally demonstrated an anterior mediastinal mass known as thymic hyperplasia. The second patient presented with an ectopic, still unknown source of ACTH-production. (orig./AJ)

  4. ACTH-like peptides increase pain sensitivity and antagonize opiate analgesia

    Heybach, J. P.; Vernikos, J.

    1981-01-01

    The role of the pituitary and of ACTH in pain sensitivity was investigated in the rat. Pain sensitivity was assessed by measuring paw-lick and jump latencies in response to being placed on a grid at 55 C. Hypophysectomy reduced pain sensitivity, and this effect was reversed by the intracerebroventricular (ICV) injection of the opiate antagonist naloxone. Similarly, the analgesia produced by a dose of morphine was antagonized by the administration of ACTH or alpha-MSH. The peripheral injection of ACTH or alpha-MSH in normal rats did not increase pain sensitivity. However, ACTH administered ICV increased pain sensivity within 10 min. The results indicate that the pituitary is the source of an endogenous opiate antagonist and hyperalgesic factor and that this factor is ACTH or an ACTH-like peptide. This activity resides in the N-terminal portion of the ACTH molecule since ACTH sub 4-10 is not active in this respect, nor does this activity require a free N-terminal serine since alpha-MSH appears to be almost as potent as the ACTH sub 1-24 peptide. It is concluded that ACTH-like peptides of pituitary origin act as endogenous hyperalgesic and opiate antagonistic factors.

  5. The melanocortin ACTH 1-39 promotes protection of oligodendrocytes by astroglia.

    Lisak, Robert P; Nedelkoska, Liljana; Benjamins, Joyce A

    2016-03-15

    Damage to myelin and oligodendroglia (OL) in multiple sclerosis (MS) results from a wide array of mechanisms including excitotoxicity, neuroinflammation and oxidative stress. We previously showed that ACTH 1-39, a melanocortin, protects OL in mixed glial cultures and enriched OL cultures, inhibiting OL death induced by staurosporine, ionotropic glutamate receptors, quinolinic acid or reactive oxygen species (ROS), but not nitric oxide (NO) or kynurenic acid. OL express melanocortin receptor 4 (MC4R), suggesting a direct protective effect of ACTH 1-39 on OL. However, these results do not rule out the possibility that astroglia (AS) or microglia (MG) also play roles in protection. To investigate this possibility, we prepared conditioned medium (CM) from AS and MG treated with ACTH, then assessed the protective effects of the CM on OL. CM from AS treated with ACTH protected OL from glutamate, NMDA, AMPA, quinolinic acid and ROS but not from kainate, staurosporine, NO or kynurenic acid. CM from MG treated with ACTH did not protect from any of these molecules, nor did CM from AS or MG not treated with ACTH. While protection of OL by ACTH from several toxic molecules involves direct effects on OL, ACTH can also stimulate AS to produce mediators that protect against some molecules but not others. Thus the cellular mechanisms underlying the protective effects of ACTH for OL are complex, varying with the toxic molecules. PMID:26944112

  6. Motion sickness susceptibility related to ACTH, ADH and TSH

    Kohl, R. L.; Leach, C.; Homick, J. L.; Larochelle, F. T.

    1983-01-01

    The hypothesis that endogenous levels of certain hormones might be indicative of an individual's susceptibility to stressful motion is tested in a comparison of subjects classified as less prone to motion sickness with those of higher susceptibility. The levels of ACTH and vasopressin measured before exposure to stressful motion were twice as high in the less-suceptible group. No significant differences were noted in the levels of angiotensin, aldosterone, or TSH. The differences between the two groups were greater for a given hormone than for any of the changes induced by exposure to stressful motion.

  7. Effect of MSH/ACTH peptides on fast axonal transport in intact and regenerating sciatic nerves

    Fast axonal transport was examined in intact rats treated with ACTH 4-10 or ACTH 4-9 (ORG 2766), hypophysectomized rats, adrenalectomized rats, and in ACTH 4-10 treated rats with crushed regenerating sciatic nerves by injecting 3H-leucine into the ventral horn region of the spinal cord. The distance traveled by the transported activity along the sciatic nerve and the rate of fast axonal transport were not significantly altered as a result of treatment with ACTH 4-10, ACTH 4-9 (ORG 2766), hypophysectomy, or adrenalectomy. Treatment with ACTH 4-9 (ORG 2766) at concentrations of 1 μg/Kg /day and 10 μg/Kg/day caused significant reductions (62% and 64% respectively) in the crest height of the fast axonal transport curve as compared to 0.9% saline treated control animals. No significant differences were found in comparing the distance, rate, slope, or crest height of ACTH 4-10 treated animals with crushed regenerating (7 or 14d) sciatic nerves to control animals. In the group of animals in days, the amount of radiolabeled activity was significantly increased in the ACTH 4-10 treated animals as compared to control animals. The results indicate that during regeneration the peptide acts to prolong the initially high levels of synthetic activity which occur in regenerating axons

  8. The effects of ACTH- and vasopressin-analogues on CO2-induced retrograde amnesia in rats

    Rigter, H.; Riezen, H. van; Wied, D. de

    1974-01-01

    Amnesia for a one-trial step-through passive avoidance response was induced in rats by application of CO2 until respiratory arrest occurred. The ACTH-analogue ACTH4–10 alleviated the amnesia when administered 1 hr prior to the retrieval test but not when given 1 hr prior to the acquisition trial. Th

  9. Effect of angiotensin II, catecholamines and glucocorticoid on corticotropin releasing factor (CRF-induced ACTH release in pituitary cell cultures.

    Murakami,Kazuharu

    1984-08-01

    Full Text Available The effects of angiotensin II, catecholamines and glucocorticoid on CRF-induced ACTH release were examined using rat anterior pituitary cells in monolayer culture. Synthetic ovine CRF induced a significant ACTH release in this system. Angiotensin II produced an additive effect on CRF-induced ACTH release. The ACTH releasing activity of CRF was potentiated by epinephrine and norepinephrine. Dopamine itself at 0.03-30 ng/ml did not show any significant effect on ACTH release, but it inhibited CRF-induced ACTH release. Corticosterone at 10(-7 and 10(-6M inhibited CRF-induced ACTH release. These results indicate that angiotensin II, catecholamines and glucocorticoid modulate ACTH release at the pituitary level.

  10. Muscarinic supersensibility of anterior pituitary ACTH and beta-endorphin release in major depressive illness

    Since numerious physiological systems display muscarinic receptor supersensitivity in major depressive illnesses, the authors have hypothesize that anterior pituitary release of ACTH and beta-Endorphin immunoreactivity may also be muscarinically supersensitive in depression. The studies were conducted under FDA-approved IND and with local human subjects committee approval. Plasma ACTH concentrations were determined as follows: samples were assayed in duplicate using equilibrium radioimmunoassay utilizing a rabbit anti-porcine ACTH antibody. Significance ofchanges in plasma cortisol, ACTH and beta-endorphin immunoreactivity after physostigmine and saline were determined by repeated measures analysis of variance. In all subject groups, physostigmine (relative to placebo) caused significant increases in plasma concentrations of cortisol, ACTH, and beta-endorphin immonoreactivity

  11. ACTH-producing neuroendocrine tumor of thymus with recurrences. Clinical case

    E A Dobreva

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available One of the most difficult in diagnostic and treatment options for endogenous Cushing is the ectopic ACTH syndrome, which causes the development of tumors of different histogenesis localization producing adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH, and much less - corticotropin hormone (CRH. ACTH-secreting tumors varied in location, morphological structure and the degree of malignancy. Most of these tumors are characterized by an aggressive course with a propensity to metastasize and relapse. The article presents data of the prevalence, pathogenesis of ectopic ACTH tumors localized in the thymus, analyzis of clinical, morphological features, the methods of diagnosis and treatment. Based on the current literature, the world and our own experience on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with ectopic ACTH syndrome with localization of hormone production in the thymus, we want to highlight the current state of the problem in order to create the most efficient algorithm for diagnostic search and treatment of this difficult group of patients.

  12. Detection of brain atrophy due to ACTH or corticosteroid therapy with computed tomography

    Tamai, I.; Takei, T. (National Sagamihara Hospital, Kanagawa (Japan)); Oota, H.; Maekawa, K.

    1981-07-01

    Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) or corticosteroids seemed to cause brain atrophy in infants. We studied the atrophy which was caused by these drugs with computed tomography (CT). 1) Nine cases of infantile spasms examined before, during and after ACTH therapy with CT. Brain atrophy on CT was observed immediately after the completion of ACTH therapy. The brain atrophy receded slightly after several months. It was more marked in younger patients, in cases treated by high doses of ACTH and in cases where brain atrophy had already been observed before ACTH therapy. 2) Twenty cases of infantile spasms or Lennox Gastaut syndrome were examined after ACTH therapy with CT. Brain atrophy was observed in twelve cases. Main features of brain atrophy were the enlargement of sylvian fissure and the widening of subarachnoid space at the frontal or temporal region. Mental retardation was observed in eighteen cases. 3) Two cases of nephrotic syndrome were treated with pulse therapy of prednisolone. CT was carried out before and after treatment. Atrophy of cerebrum was observed in these cases. 4) A case of infantile spasms treated with anticonvulsants without ACTH was studied by electroencephalography (EEG) and CT. The abnormal pattern of EEG was markedly corrected, while brain atrophy on CT was not observed after the therapy. Because of these observations the use of ACTH has to be reconsidered. ACTH should be the drug of second choice for the therapy of infantile spasms and should be used in case other anticonvulsants have no effect. ACTH should be used at lower dosages and for shorter periods of time.

  13. Immunohistochemical detection of acth and msh cells in the hypophysis of the hermaphroditic teleost, Diplodus sargus

    M Consiglio Grimaldi

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Hypophyseal ACTH and MSH cells were immunohistochemically characterised in the teleost fish, Diplodus sargus, using anti-ACTH (1-24 and anti a-MSH polyclonal antisera. ACTH cells were found both in the pars distalis and in the pars intermedia. In the former region, they appeared small, round-shaped and clustered; in the latter, they were either small or large and elongated. Moreover, a few ACTH-immunoreactive cells resembling microglia were present in the neurohypophysis. Conversely, MSH cells were found only in the pars intermedia, and were similar to the larger ACTH cells of the same region. In the pars intermedia, co-localisation of ACTH and MSH immunoreactivity in the same cell was revealed by double immunostaining, though the two hormones were also observed in distinct cell types. The distribution of ACTH cells appeared quite uniform, without any marked difference between the specimens tested. Conversely, MSH cell amount varied according to the stage of the sexual cycle of this teleost fish, which is characterised by protandrous hermaphroditism. In fact, a lower amount of MSH cells were observed in females, whereas no significant difference was found between immature and male specimens.

  14. Effectiveness of once-daily high-dose ACTH for infantile spasms.

    Hodgeman, Ryan M; Kapur, Kush; Paris, Ann; Marti, Candice; Can, Afra; Kimia, Amir; Loddenkemper, Tobias; Bergin, Ann; Poduri, Annapurna; Libenson, Mark; Lamb, Nathan; Jafarpour, Saba; Harini, Chellamani

    2016-06-01

    There is insufficient evidence to recommend a specific protocol for treatment of infantile spasms (IS) and a lack of standardization among, and even within, institutions. Twice-daily dosing (for the first two weeks) of high-dose natural ACTH for IS is used by many centers and recommended by the National Infantile Spasms Consortium (NISC). Conversely, it is our practice to use once-daily dosing of high-dose natural ACTH for IS. In order to determine the effectiveness of our center's practice, we retrospectively reviewed 57 cases over the past four years at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH). We found that 70% of infants were spasm-free at 14days from ACTH initiation and 54% continued to be spasm-free at 3-month follow-up. Electroencephalogram showed resolution of hypsarrhythmia (when present on the pretreatment EEG) in all responders. Additionally, once-daily dosing of ACTH was well tolerated. We performed a meta-analysis to compare our results against the reports of published literature using twice-daily high-dose ACTH for treatment of IS. The meta-analysis revealed that our results were comparable to previously published outcomes using twice-daily ACTH administration for IS treatment. Our experience shows that once-daily dosing of ACTH is effective for treatment of IS. If larger prospective trials can confirm our findings, it would obviate the need for additional painful injections, simplify the schedule, and support a universal standardized protocol. PMID:27084976

  15. Naloxone inhibits and morphine potentiates the adrenal steroidogenic response to ACTH

    Heybach, J. P.; Vernikos, J.

    1981-01-01

    The administration of morphine to hypophysectomized rats potentiated the steroidogenic response of the adrenal cortex to exogenous adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) in a dose-dependent fashion. Conversely, the opiate antagonist naloxone inhibited the adrenal response to ACTH. Naloxone pretreatment also antagonized the potentiating effect of morphine on ACTH-induced steroidogenesis in a dose-dependent manner. Neither morphine nor naloxone, administered to hypophysectomized rats, had any direct effect on adrenal steroidogenesis. These adrenal actions were stereospecific since neither the (+)-stereoisomer of morphine, nor that or naloxone, had any effect on the adrenal response to ACTH. The administration of human beta-endorphin to hypophysectomized rats had no effect on the adrenal corticosterone concentration nor did it alter the response of the adrenal gland to ACTH. These results indicate that morphine can potentiate the action of ACTH on the adrenal by a direct, stereospecific, dose-dependent mechanism that is prevented by naloxone pretreatment and which may involve competition for ACTH receptors on the corticosterone-secreting cells of the adrenal cortex.

  16. In vitro effects of acth on pigeon crop-sac epithelium.

    Ahmed, M; Mahmood, I; Hasan, R; Javaid, A; Naim, T; Fatima, H; Ahmed, M

    2001-01-01

    ACTH in vitro produces non-specific crop-sac epithelium response. Crop-sac maintained in 10 IU.ACTH in isologous serum at 37 degrees C for 6 hrs. showed an increase of 105 +/- 0.95 mg for 12 hrs. 115 +/- 1.13 mg, for 18 hr. 125 +/- 0.95 mg. and for 24 hrs. 145 +/- 2.31 mg. The results were analyzed statistically by ANOVA technique. A significant rise in mean weight. In ACTH treated crop-sac, indicates a time related relationship (P < 0.01, ANOVA, Table 2). Thus present data indicates that there is a correlation between the epithelial response and initiation of ACTH present in the serum. PMID:16414848

  17. ACTH Prevents Deficits in Fear Extinction Associated with Early Life Seizures

    Andrew T Massey

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Early life seizures are often associated with cognitive and psychiatric comorbidities that are detrimental to quality of life. In a rat model of early life seizures (ELS, we explored long-term cognitive outcomes in adult rats. Using ACTH, an endogeneous HPA-axis hormone given to children with severe epilepsy, we sought to prevent cognitive deficits. Through comparisons with dexamethasone, we sought to dissociate the corticosteroid effects of ACTH from other potential mechanisms of action. We found that while rats with a history of ELS were able to acquire a conditioned fear learning paradigm as well as controls, these rats had significant deficits in their ability to extinguish fearful memories. ACTH treatment did not alter any seizure parameters but nevertheless was able to significantly improve this fear extinction, while dexamethasone treatment during the same period did not. This ACTH effect was specific for fear extinction deficits and not for spatial learning deficits in a water maze. Additionally, ACTH did not alter seizure latency or duration suggesting that cognitive and seizure outcomes may be dissociable. Expression levels of melanocortin receptors, which bind ACTH, were found to be significantly lower in animals that had experienced ELS than in control animals, potentially implicating central melanocortin receptor dysregulation in the effects of ELS and suggesting a mechanism of action for ACTH. Taken together, these data suggest that early treatment with ACTH can have significant long-term consequences for cognition in animals with a history of ELS independently of seizure cessation, and may act in part through a CNS melanocortin receptor pathway.

  18. Changes in CRH and ACTH Synthesis during Experimental and Human Septic Shock

    Andrea Polito; Romain Sonneville; Céline Guidoux; Lucinda Barrett; Odile Viltart; Virginie Mattot; Shidasp Siami; Geoffroy Lorin de la Grandmaison; Fabrice Chrétien; Mervyn Singer; Françoise Gray; Djillali Annane; Jean-Philippe Brouland; Tarek Sharshar

    2011-01-01

    CONTEXT: The mechanisms of septic shock-associated adrenal insufficiency remain unclear. This study aimed at investigating the synthesis of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and vasopressin (AVP) by parvocellular neurons and the antehypophyseal expression of ACTH in human septic shock and in an experimental model of sepsis. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that ACTH secretion is decreased secondarily to alteration of CRH or AVP synthesis, we undertook a neuropathological study of the ant...

  19. Value of assessing adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH levels in differential diagnosis of hypercorticism

    Penezić Zorana

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Diagnosis and differential diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome remains a challenge in clinical endocrinology. The aim of this study was to establish the value of assessing adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH levels in differential diagnosis of hypercorticism using receiver operating characteristic (ROC curve. We have evaluated 114 patients with Cushing's syndrome testing the value of pathohistological examination and postoperative testing. The control group consisted of 53 obese healthy persons. ACTH level was determined using a commercial RIA (CIS, France. ACTH secreting pituitary adenoma was found in 56.14% examinees, ectopic secretion in 6.14%, cortisol secreting adrenal adenoma in 37.57%, and adrenal carcinoma in 6.14% of all patients with Cushing's syndrome. Basal ACTH level for pituitary adenoma was 107.29±75.69 pg/mL; for ectopic secretion 181.63±149.84 pg/mL; for adrenal adenoma 4.22±2.32 pg/mL; for adrenal carcinoma 5.50 ±7.72 pg/mL; and 34.76 ±10.07 pg/mL in control group. Testing the value of assessing ACTH the area under ROC curve was 0.9965±0.0071. Test sensitivity was 99.89% and test specificity was 97%. For ACTH cut-off level of 8 pg/mL, test sensitivity was 88.50%, with specificity of 99%. For ACTH cut-off level of 22 pg/mL, test sensitivity was 99.30%, with specificity of 98%. Our intermediate zone from 8 to 22 pg/mL confirms that assessment of ACTH level is a reliable tool in differential diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome.

  20. Multiple sclerosis, relapses, and the mechanism of action of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH

    Amy ePerrin Ross

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Relapses in multiple sclerosis (MS are disruptive and frequently disabling for patients, and their treatment is often a challenge to clinicians. Despite progress in the understanding of the pathophysiology of MS and development of new treatments for long-term management of MS, options for treating relapses have not changed substantially over the past few decades. Corticosteroids, a component of the HPA axis that modulate immune responses and reduce inflammation, are currently the mainstay of relapse treatment. Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH gel is another treatment option. Although it has long been assumed that the efficacy of ACTH in treating relapses depends on the peptide’s ability to increase endogenous corticosteroid production, evidence from research on the melanocortin system suggests that steroidogenesis may only partly account for ACTH influences. Indeed, the melanocortin peptides (ACTH and α-, β-, γ-melanocyte-stimulating hormones [MSH] and their receptors (MCRs exert multiple actions, including modulation of inflammatory and immune mediator production. Melanocortin receptors are widely distributed within the central nervous system and in peripheral tissues including immune cells (eg, macrophages. This suggests that the mechanism of action of ACTH includes not only steroid-mediated indirect effects, but also direct anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating actions via the melanocortin system. An increased understanding of the role of the melanocortin system, particularly ACTH, in the immune and inflammatory processes underlying relapses may help to improve relapse management.

  1. ACTH neuromodulation of the developing motor system and neonatal learning in the rat.

    Acker, G R; Berran, J; Strand, F L

    1985-01-01

    ACTH peptides influence the developing nervous system during the first three weeks of life in the rat. ACTH 4-10 and Org 2766 (10.0 micrograms/kg) accelerate the expression of motor hyperactivity usually exhibited in 15-day old normal animals, with ACTH 4-10 increasing the force of extensor digitorum longus muscle contraction amplitude. Following cold stress and peptide treatment, rate changes in motor activity from one age to the next are dramatically enhanced, with vertical activity being exhibited at an earlier age than controls. Grasping ability is similarly enhanced in 13-day old ACTH 4-10-treated animals. The retention of a T-maze learning paradigm is significantly enhanced in 16-day old ACTH 4-10 (10.0 micrograms/kg)-treated and Org 2766 (0.01 micrograms/kg)-treated animals, with these animals running the maze significantly faster than controls. Peptide treatment appears to reverse the apparent turning preference in the maze during extinction. It is suggested that ACTH peptides modulate the organization of the nervous system and facilitate neurotransmission, and may act on dopaminergic and cholinergic neurotransmitter systems. Motor behavior seems to reflect underlying neural substrates that are integrated to produce the overt behavior of the organism. PMID:2867532

  2. ACTH Modulates PTP-PEST Activity and Promotes Its Interaction With Paxillin.

    Gorostizaga, Alejandra Beatriz; Mori Sequeiros Garcia, M Mercedes; Acquier, Andrea B; Lopez-Costa, Juan J; Mendez, Carlos F; Maloberti, Paula M; Paz, Cristina

    2016-09-01

    Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) treatment has been proven to promote paxillin dephosphorylation and increase soluble protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) activity in rat adrenal zona fasciculata (ZF). Also, in-gel PTP assays have shown the activation of a 115-kDa PTP (PTP115) by ACTH. In this context, the current work presents evidence that PTP115 is PTP-PEST, a PTP that recognizes paxillin as substrate. PTP115 was partially purified from rat adrenal ZF and PTP-PEST was detected through Western blot in bioactive samples taken in each purification step. Immunohistochemical and RT-PCR studies revealed PTP-PEST expression in rat ZF and Y1 adrenocortical cells. Moreover, a PTP-PEST siRNA decreased the expression of this phosphatase. PKA phosphorylation of purified PTP115 isolated from non-ACTH-treated rats increased KM and VM . Finally, in-gel PTP assays of immunoprecipitated paxillin from control and ACTH-treated rats suggested a hormone-mediated increase in paxillin-PTP115 interaction, while PTP-PEST and paxillin co-localize in Y1 cells. Taken together, these data demonstrate PTP-PEST expression in adrenal ZF and its regulation by ACTH/PKA and also suggest an ACTH-induced PTP-PEST-paxillin interaction. J. Cell. Biochem. 117: 2170-2181, 2016. © 2016 The Authors. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27061092

  3. Stereotactic radiosurgery for patients with ACTH-producing pituitary adenomas after prior adrenalectomy

    Purpose: To review the results of stereotactic radiosurgery for patients with adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-producing pituitary adenomas after bilateral adrenalectomy. Methods and Materials: Eleven patients with ACTH-producing pituitary adenomas after bilateral adrenalectomy underwent radiosurgery between 1990 and 1999. Nine patients had documented tumor growth, hyperpigmentation, and elevated ACTH levels (median 920 ng/mL) at the time of radiosurgery. Five of these patients had tumor enlargement despite prior fractionated radiotherapy (median dose 50 Gy). Two patients were treated prophylactically within 1 month of their adrenalectomies to prevent future tumor growth. The median follow-up was 37 months (range 22-74). Results: Tumor growth control was achieved in 9 patients (82%); 2 patients had had continued tumor growth after radiosurgery. The ACTH levels decreased a median of 66% (range -99% to +27%); 4 patients had normal ACTH levels. Three patients had radiation-related complications, including diplopia (n=2), ipsilateral blindness (n=1), testosterone/growth hormone deficiency (n=1), and asymptomatic temporal lobe radiation necrosis (n=1): all had received prior radiotherapy. One patient who had undergone three prior resections and radiotherapy died 59 months after radiosurgery despite two additional attempts at tumor resection. Conclusion: Although our experience is limited, it appears that radiosurgery provides tumor control for most patients with ACTH-producing pituitary adenomas who have undergone bilateral adrenalectomy

  4. Difficulties in the Diagnosis of ACTH-ectopic Tumors. Case Report

    N S Kuznetsov

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available At the present time topical diagnosis of ACTH-producing neuroendocrine tumors of different localization is the most challenging problem for endocrinologists around the world. Despite the significant improvement of existing diagnostic techniques, in 9-19% localization of the source of ectopic secretion ACTH re-mains undetected throughout life. Thus even regular using of routine laboratory tests and visual methods of diag- nosis do not allow to reveal the primary tumor. This article describes a case report, that is particular by a long period of ectopic ACTH syndrome detection. However, this demonstrates the importance of inten-sive and prolonged diagnosis of primary tumor, that can significantly reduce the morbidity and mortality of these patients and improve their prognosis.

  5. Vasopressin and angiotensin II in reflex regulation of ACTH, glucocorticoids, and renin: effect of water deprivation

    Brooks, V. L.; Keil, L. C.

    1992-01-01

    Angiotensin II (ANG II) and vasopressin participate in baroreflex regulation of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), glucocorticoid, and renin secretion. The purpose of this study was to determine whether this participation is enhanced in water-deprived dogs, with chronically elevated plasma ANG II and vasopressin levels, compared with water-replete dogs. The baroreflex was assessed by infusing increasing doses of nitroprusside (0.3, 0.6, 1.5, and 3.0 micrograms.kg-1.min-1) in both groups of animals. To quantitate the participation of ANG II and vasopressin, the dogs were untreated or pretreated with the competitive ANG II antagonist saralasin, a V1-vasopressin antagonist, or combined V1/V2-vasopressin antagonist, either alone or in combination. The findings were as follows. 1) Larger reflex increases in ANG II, vasopressin, and glucocorticoids, but not ACTH, were produced in water-deprived dogs compared with water-replete dogs. 2) ANG II blockade blunted the glucocorticoid and ACTH responses to hypotension in water-deprived dogs, but not water-replete dogs. In contrast, vasopressin blockade reduced the ACTH response only in water-replete dogs. 3) Vasopressin or combined vasopressin and ANG II blockade reduced the plasma level of glucocorticoids related either to the fall in arterial pressure or to the increase in plasma ACTH concentration in water-replete dogs, and this effect was enhanced in water-deprived dogs. 4) In both water-deprived and water-replete animals, saralasin and/or a V1-antagonist increased the renin response to hypotension, but a combined V1/V2-antagonist did not. These results reemphasize the importance of endogenous ANG II and vasopressin in the regulation of ACTH, glucocorticoid, and renin secretion.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

  6. Diagnosis application of ACTH radioimmunoassay in diseases of hypothalamus, hypophysis and adrenal axis

    The diagnostic value of 900-1,100 am plasma ACTH radioimmunoassay were studied in 10 patients with Cushing's disease before and after treatment, three patients with Cushing's syndrome with adrenal tumours, one Nelson's syndrome patient; 13 patients with Addison's disease and 12 patients with hypo-pituitarism. Twenty-seven normal subjects were controls. The measurement of basal plasma ACTH gave good differentiation between: a. pituitary Cushing's disease from adrenal tumors; b. Addison's disease from hypo-pituitarism. However this assay has a limited value for the differentiation between Cushing's disease from normal subjects and it is often unhelpful in the differential diagnosis of hypo-pituitarism from normal subjects. (author)

  7. Adenomas hipofisários produtores de ACTH: Aspectos neurocirúrgicos

    Tella Jr Oswaldo Inácio

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Relatamos nossa experiência com 19 casos de adenomas hipofisários produtores de ACTH que foram tratados cirurgicamente. Os adenomas mono hormonais produtores de ACTH eram microadenomas em 50% dos casos, apresentando-se com o quadro típico da síndrome de Cushing. Os pluri-hormonais manifestaram-se por alterações visuais. O resultado do tratamento cirúrgico, geralmente por via transeptoesfenoidal, foi satisfatório na maioria dos casos. Para os pacientes em que não conseguimos cura cirúrgica, foi indicada a radioterapia.

  8. Influence of a prenatal stressor on ACTH-induced cortisol secretion in yearling Brahman heifers

    The objective of this study was to test whether prenatal stress affects postnatal adrenocortical responsiveness to exogenous adrenocorticotropin-releasing hormone (ACTH) in calves of Brahman cows transported for 2-hour periods at 60, 80, 100, 120, and 140 days of gestation. Prenatally stressed yearl...

  9. Cortisol and ACTH plasma levels in maternal filicides and violent psychiatric women.

    Spironelli, Chiara; Gradante, Federica; Gradante, Giuseppe; Angrilli, Alessandro

    2013-05-01

    Maternal filicide may be considered the result of significant interactions between increased individual vulnerability and overwhelming environmental stress. The present study examined whether the biological vulnerability to stress and psychotic depression in criminally insane filicidal women was associated with an imbalance of stress-related hormones. Early-morning plasma levels of hormones associated with depression and chronic stress, i.e., thyroid hormones, Cortisol and Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), were measured in 10 filicidal inpatients recovered in a high-security psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane and 10 matched psychiatric, non-filicidal, criminal mothers with comparable traumatic/abuse records. Filicidal mothers had higher than normative Cortisol levels and significantly higher ACTH levels than both the normative values and plasma levels of non-filicidal women. Levels of thyroid hormones fell within normal ranges, without between-groups differences. In addition, while psychiatric controls had the expected Cortisol-ACTH positive correlation, mothers who killed their children revealed no relationship between the two hormones. HPA in the group of filicide perpetrators was altered despite they had received antidepressant pharmacological treatment. The observed imbalance of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis indicates a possible filicides' reduced sensitivity of the adrenal glands to ACTH, probably due to the pre-hospitalization long-term affective stress which preceded child homicide. The results reveal the existence of large psycho-biological stress-sensitivity in filicides, and careful post-discharge psychiatric follow-up of such women is recommended. PMID:23375405

  10. Severe depression associated with ACTH, PRL, and GH deficiency: a case report.

    Kawai, K; Tamai, H; Nishikata, H; Kobayashi, N; Matsubayashi, S

    1994-06-01

    A 68-year-old man was hospitalized in August, 1990 with general malaise, loss of energy, poor appetite and severe depression. He had experienced depressed moods, markedly diminished interest, feelings of worthlessness, diminished ability to think, general malaise and muscle weakness beginning in November, 1989. He was treated for depression at another hospital until his emergent admission to our hospital because of difficulty in walking. Laboratory studies disclosed hyponatremia, low plasma ACTH level (4.2 pmol/L), and a low cortisol level (27.6 nmol/L). Rapid ACTH test elicited an increase in serum cortisol from 75.6 nmol/L to 361.2 nmol/L at 30 min. Ovine corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) did not stimulate secretion of either ACTH or cortisol. Human growth hormone releasing hormone (GRH) together with thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) elicited a normal response of TSH and low responses of GH and PRL. The patient's serum autoantibodies to anterior pituitary cell membranes using GH3 rat pituitary cells and AtT-20 mouse pituitary cells were positive. On the basis of these data, the diagnosis of selective ACTH, GH and PRL deficiency was made and thought to have been caused by lymphocytic adenohypophysitis. Following cortisol replacement therapy, he quickly regained his appetite and was restored to a normal mental state of being. PMID:7951579

  11. Changes in CRH and ACTH synthesis during experimental and human septic shock.

    Andrea Polito

    Full Text Available CONTEXT: The mechanisms of septic shock-associated adrenal insufficiency remain unclear. This study aimed at investigating the synthesis of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH and vasopressin (AVP by parvocellular neurons and the antehypophyseal expression of ACTH in human septic shock and in an experimental model of sepsis. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that ACTH secretion is decreased secondarily to alteration of CRH or AVP synthesis, we undertook a neuropathological study of the antehypophyseal system in patients who had died from septic shock and rats with experimental faecal peritonitis. METHODS: Brains obtained in 9 septic shock patients were compared to 10 nonseptic patients (controls. Parvocellular expression of AVP and CRH mRNA were evaluated by in situ hybridization. Antehypophyseal expression of ACTH, vasopressin V1b and CRH R1 receptors and parvocellular expression of iNOS in the PVN were evaluated by immunohistochemistry. The same experiments were carried out in a fecal peritonitis-induced model of sepsis. Data from septic rats with (n = 6 or without (n = 10 early death were compared to sham-operated (n = 8 animals. RESULTS: In patients and rats, septic shock was associated with a decreased expression of ACTH, unchanged expression of V1B receptor, CRHR1 and AVP mRNA, and increased expression of parvocellular iNOS compared to controls. Septic shock was also characterized by an increased expression of CRH mRNA in rats but not in patients, who notably had a greater duration of septic shock. CONCLUSION: The present study suggests that in humans and in rats, septic shock is associated with decreased ACTH synthesis that is not compensated by its two natural secretagogues, AVP and CRH. One underlying mechanism might be increased expression of iNOS in hypothalamic parvocellular neurons.

  12. Single-Session CT-Guided Percutaneous Microwave Ablation of Bilateral Adrenal Gland Hyperplasia Due to Ectopic ACTH Syndrome

    Bilateral adrenalectomy is currently the only available treatment for adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-dependent Cushing’s syndrome (ectopic ACTH syndrome) that is refractory to pharmacologic therapy. We describe two patients with refractory ectopic ACTH syndrome who were treated with CT-guided percutaneous microwave ablation of both hyperplastic adrenal glands in a single session: One was not a surgical candidate, and the other had undergone unsuccessful surgery. Following the procedure, both patients achieved substantial decreases in serum cortisol, symptomatic improvement, and decreased anti-hypertensive medication requirements

  13. Single-Session CT-Guided Percutaneous Microwave Ablation of Bilateral Adrenal Gland Hyperplasia Due to Ectopic ACTH Syndrome

    Sarma, Asha, E-mail: ashasarma@gmail.com; Shyn, Paul B., E-mail: pshyn@partners.org [Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Radiology (United States); Vivian, Mark A. [University of Manitoba, Department of Radiology (Canada); Ng, Ju-Mei [Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology (United States); Tuncali, Kemal [Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Radiology (United States); Lorch, Jorchen H. [Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Medicine (United States); Zaheer, Sarah N.; Gordon, Michael S. [Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Endocrinology (United States); Silverman, Stuart G. [Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Radiology (United States)

    2015-10-15

    Bilateral adrenalectomy is currently the only available treatment for adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-dependent Cushing’s syndrome (ectopic ACTH syndrome) that is refractory to pharmacologic therapy. We describe two patients with refractory ectopic ACTH syndrome who were treated with CT-guided percutaneous microwave ablation of both hyperplastic adrenal glands in a single session: One was not a surgical candidate, and the other had undergone unsuccessful surgery. Following the procedure, both patients achieved substantial decreases in serum cortisol, symptomatic improvement, and decreased anti-hypertensive medication requirements.

  14. Changes in plasma levels of cortisol and corticosterone after acute ACTH stimulation in rusa deer (Cervus rusa timorensis).

    van Mourik, S; Stelmasiak, T; Outch, K H

    1985-01-01

    Resting cortisol and corticosterone levels in immobilized mature rusa stags (Cervus rusa timorensis) and the influence of synthetic ACTH on the cortisol/corticosterone ratio (F/B ratio) were investigated. The basal concentration of cortisol was found to be 14.07 nmol/l (SD = 9.3, N = 15) and corticosterone was 3.79 nmol/l (SD = 2.3, N = 15). The cortisol/corticosterone ratio for the basal level was 5.31 (SD = 3.9, N = 15). After ACTH administration the cortisol/corticosterone ratio increased to 11.41 (SD = 5.4, N = 147) regardless of doses of ACTH administered to individual stags. The adrenal response to ACTH administration has a potential application for selection of deer most suitable for deer farming. PMID:2863041

  15. The effect of immobilizing drugs on adrenal responsiveness to ACTH in Rusa deer.

    Van Mourik, S; Stelmasiak, T

    1984-01-01

    Resting cortisol values in a fully tame Rusa deer (Cervus rusa timorensis) and the influence of two anaesthetics, Rompun and Fentaz, on cortisol levels as well as the response to synthetic ACTH were investigated. The mean level of cortisol in a completely tame Rusa deer was found to be 2.22 ng/ml (SD 1.45 ng/ml n = 36; minimal level recorded was 0.96 ng/ml, maximal level recorded was 9.21 ng/ml). No circadian rhythm of cortisol in plasma was detected. Rompun (xylazine hydrochloride) and/or Fentaz (fentanyl citrate) alone or in combination can be used for immobilization of Rusa deer. Neither Rompun nor Fentaz alone or in combination influences the cortisol response to synthetic ACTH administration. Because of the narrow range for safe dosage for Fentaz the use of Rompun for immobilizing deer is recommended. PMID:6149097

  16. Bilateral catheterization of the inferior petrosal sinuses in 23 cases of ACTh-dependent hypercoarisolism

    Our purpose is to assess the results of catheterization of the inferior petrosal sinuses, a measure that is included in the diagnostic protocol for ACTH-dependent hypercortisolism. We analyzed retrospectively the data obtained for 23 patients (20 women and 3 men) subjected to this procedure. The test was complete (catheterization both inferior petrosal sinuses) in 21 patients (91%). The sensitivity in differentiating between Cushing's disease (n=21) and ectopic ACTH syndrome (n=21) was 95.2% after administration of CRH, with a specificity of 100%, and the positive predictive value for the intra pituitary localization of the micro adenoma (confirmed by histological study in 19 cases) was 61%. Catheterization of the inferior petrosal sinuses shows an elevated sensitivity and specificity in the diagnosis of Cushing's disease, although the positive predictive value for determining the intrapituitary localization of the adenoma is low. (Author) 12 refs

  17. Correlation between electrical activity and ACTH/beta-endorphin secretion in mouse pituitary tumor cells

    1982-01-01

    The electrical and secretory activities of mouse pituitary tumor cells (AtT-20/D-16v), which contain and release the ACTH/beta-endorphin family of peptides, were studied by means of intracellular recordings and radioimmunoassays. Injection of depolarizing current pulses evoked action potentials in all cells and the majority (82%) displayed spontaneous action potential activity. Action potentials were found to be calcium-dependent. Barium increased membrane resistance, action potential amplitu...

  18. Effect of deafferentation of the rat tongue on plasma corticosterone, aldosterone, angiotensin and ACTH levels

    The effect of deafferentation of the tongue on the plasma level of hormones involved in regulation of the sodium ion level -- aldosterone, corticosterone, ACTH, and angiotensin -- was studied. Plasma hormone levels were determined by radioimmunoassay. The results indicate the important role of orosensory and taste perception in the processes of regulation of the sodium balance in the body. The experiments in this study were conducted on rats

  19. Ectopic ACTH Production Leading to Diagnosis of Underlying Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma

    Matheny, Leslee N.; Wilson, Jessica R.; Baum, Howard B. A.

    2016-01-01

    Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) has been described as a source of ectopic ACTH secretion in patients with Cushing’s syndrome. This is an infrequent association, occurring in less than 1% of MTC cases. Among these, it is even more unusual for an initial diagnosis of hypercortisolism to lead to the discovery of underlying MTC. Here we present a case of a patient with weakness, diarrhea, and hypokalemia who was found first to have Cushing’s syndrome and later diagnosed with metastatic MTC. The patient was treated initially with oral agents to control his hypercortisolism, then with an etomidate infusion after experiencing intestinal perforation. He also received vandetanib therapy targeting his underlying malignancy, as this has been shown to reverse clinical signs of Cushing’s syndrome in patients with MTC and subsequent ectopic ACTH secretion. Bilateral adrenalectomy was ultimately required. Medullary thyroid carcinoma should be considered in patients presenting with Cushing’s syndrome due to ectopic ACTH secretion, and a multimodality treatment approach is often required. PMID:27141514

  20. Effects of ACTH, capture, and short term confinement on glucocorticoid concentrations in harlequin ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus)

    Nilsson, P.B.; Hollmén, Tuula E.; Atkinson, S.; Mashburn, K.L.; Tuomi, P.A.; Esler, Daniel; Mulcahy, D.M.; Rizzolo, D.J.

    2008-01-01

    Little is known about baseline concentrations of adrenal hormones and hormonal responses to stress in sea ducks, although significant population declines documented in several species suggest that sea ducks are exposed to increased levels of environmental stress. Such declines have been observed in geographically distinct harlequin duck populations. We performed an adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) challenge to evaluate adrenal function and characterize corticosterone concentrations in captive harlequin ducks and investigated the effects of capture, surgery, and short term confinement on corticosterone concentrations in wild harlequin ducks. Harlequin ducks responded to the ACTH challenge with an average three-fold increase in serum corticosterone concentration approximately 90??min post injection, and a four- to five-fold increase in fecal glucocorticoid concentration 2 to 4??h post injection. Serum corticosterone concentrations in wild harlequin ducks increased within min of capture and elevated levels were found for several hours post capture, indicating that surgery and confinement maintain elevated corticosterone concentrations in this species. Mean corticosterone concentrations in wild harlequin ducks held in temporary captivity were similar to the maximum response levels during the ACTH challenge in captive birds. However, large variation among individuals was observed in responses of wild birds, and we found additional evidence suggesting that corticosterone responses varied between hatch year and after hatch year birds. ?? 2008.

  1. Adrenocortical responsiveness to infusions of physiological doses of ACTH is not altered in posttraumatic stress disorder

    M. Michele Murburg

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Early studies of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD reported that abnormal function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA system was associated with the disorder. However, subsequent studies attempting to identify a specific aspect of HPA dysfunction that characterizes PTSD have been marked by considerable inconsistency of results. A facet of HPA regulation that has been considered but not definitively investigated is the possibility that the responsiveness of the adrenal cortex to physiological concentrations of ACTH is diminished in PTSD. Relationships between PTSD and the adrenal androgen dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA have also been postulated. In this study we investigated the magnitude and time course of changes in concentrations of plasma cortisol and DHEA in response to bolus infusions of physiological doses of ACTH 1-24 in PTSD patients and control subjects. We found no evidence for PTSD-related alterations in cortisol or DHEA secretion in response to stimulation by low doses of ACTH and conclude that adrenocortical responsiveness is normal in PTSD. Results from this and other studies suggest that the occurrence of defects in HPA function in PTSD may be specific responses to particular combinations of trauma type, genetic susceptibility, and individual history.

  2. Role of ACTH in the Interactive/Paracrine Regulation of Adrenal Steroid Secretion in Physiological and Pathophysiological Conditions.

    Lefebvre, Hervé; Thomas, Michaël; Duparc, Céline; Bertherat, Jérôme; Louiset, Estelle

    2016-01-01

    In the normal human adrenal gland, steroid secretion is regulated by a complex network of autocrine/paracrine interactions involving bioactive signals released by endothelial cells, nerve terminals, chromaffin cells, immunocompetent cells, and adrenocortical cells themselves. ACTH can be locally produced by medullary chromaffin cells and is, therefore, a major mediator of the corticomedullary functional interplay. Plasma ACTH also triggers the release of angiogenic and vasoactive agents from adrenocortical cells and adrenal mast cells and, thus, indirectly regulates steroid production through modulation of the adrenal blood flow. Adrenocortical neoplasms associated with steroid hypersecretion exhibit molecular and cellular defects that tend to reinforce the influence of paracrine regulatory loops on corticosteroidogenesis. Especially, ACTH has been found to be abnormally synthesized in bilateral macronodular adrenal hyperplasia responsible for hypercortisolism. In these tissues, ACTH is detected in a subpopulation of adrenocortical cells that express gonadal markers. This observation suggests that ectopic production of ACTH may result from impaired embryogenesis leading to abnormal maturation of the adrenogonadal primordium. Globally, the current literature indicates that ACTH is a major player in the autocrine/paracrine processes occurring in the adrenal gland in both physiological and pathological conditions. PMID:27489549

  3. Tratamento das formas severas de miastenia pelo ACTH por via intravenosa

    José Lamartine de Assis

    1960-12-01

    Full Text Available O autor inicia o trabalho referindo as bases bioquímicas, fisiopatológicas e anátomo-patológicas do tratamento da miastenia pelo ACTH. Na miastenia grave há diminuição da síntese da acetilcolina no organismo, atuando o ACTH no sentido de aumentar esta síntese seja diretamente, por ativação da colinacetilase, seja indiretamente, mediante a redução da massa dos tecidos linfóides, em particular do timo, responsáveis pela elaboração de substâncias que diminuem a síntese da acetilcolina. O autor empregou o ACTH "Armour" e a Cortrofina "Organon", nas doses de 2,5 a 25 mg, sempre pela via intravenosa, diluídos em 250 a 1.000 ml de soluto glicosado a 5%, administrado gota a gôta, na velocidade média de 20 gôtas por minuto, durante 8 horas. Como medicação associada foi administrada a Prostigmina a todos os pacientes, substituída, depois, em alguns casos, pelo Mestinon ou pela Mytelaze. Como adjuvantes foram empregados o cloreto de potássio (2 a 8 g por dia e o sulfato de efedrina (25 mg 3 vêzes ao dia. Os pacientes foram mantidos em regime hiperprotéico e acloretado, sendo tomados todos os cuidados inerentes ao uso do ACTH. Foram estudados 10 pacientes portadores de miastenia com sintomatologia acentuada (8 casos e média (2 casos. Todos os doentes vinham sendo tratados com drogas anticolinesterásicas em doses adequadas (Prostigmina, Mestinon, Mytelaze e a sua sintomatologia respondia cada vez menos a esta terapêutica. Em alguns casos haviam sido tentados outros tratamentos (timectomia, denervação do seio carotídeo, irradiação da região tímica sem resultado. É de notar que as remissões espontâneas neste grupo de enfermos foram excepcionais e de curta duração. A evolução foi acompanhada do ponto de vista clínico, com a sintomatologia classificada como muito acentuada, acentuada, média e leve. Em todos os casos houve remissão completa ou quase completa da sintomatologia após dosagens variáveis de ACTH; no

  4. CXCL10/CXCR3 signaling mediates inhibitory action by interferon-gamma on CRF-stimulated adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) release.

    Horiguchi, Kotaro; Fujiwara, Ken; Tsukada, Takehiro; Yoshida, Saishu; Higuchi, Masashi; Tateno, Kozue; Hasegawa, Rumi; Takigami, Shu; Ohsako, Shunji; Yashiro, Takashi; Kato, Takako; Kato, Yukio

    2016-05-01

    Secretion of hormones by the anterior pituitary gland can be stimulated or inhibited by paracrine factors that are produced during inflammatory reactions. The inflammation cytokine interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) is known to inhibit corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF)-stimulated adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) release but its signaling mechanism is not yet known. Using rat anterior pituitary, we previously demonstrated that the CXC chemokine ligand 10 (CXCL10), known as interferon-γ (IFN-γ) inducible protein 10 kDa, is expressed in dendritic cell-like S100β protein-positive (DC-like S100β-positive) cells and that its receptor CXCR3 is expressed in ACTH-producing cells. DC-like S100β-positive cells are a subpopulation of folliculo-stellate cells in the anterior pituitary. In the present study, we examine whether CXCL10/CXCR3 signaling between DC-like S100β-positive cells and ACTH-producing cells mediates inhibition of CRF-activated ACTH-release by IFN-γ, using a CXCR3 antagonist in the primary pituitary cell culture. We found that IFN-γ up-regulated Cxcl10 expression via JAK/STAT signaling and proopiomelanocortin (Pomc) expression, while we reconfirmed that IFN-γ inhibits CRF-stimulated ACTH-release. Next, we used a CXCR3 agonist in primary culture to analyze whether CXCL10 induces Pomc-expression and ACTH-release using a CXCR3 agonist in the primary culture. The CXCR3 agonist significantly stimulated Pomc-expression and inhibited CRF-induced ACTH-release, while ACTH-release in the absence of CRF did not change. Thus, the present study leads us to an assumption that CXCL10/CXCR3 signaling mediates inhibition of the CRF-stimulated ACTH-release by IFN-γ. Our findings bring us to an assumption that CXCL10 from DC-like S100β-positive cells acts as a local modulator of ACTH-release during inflammation. PMID:26572542

  5. Neuromuscular block after intra-arterially injected acetylcholine. 2. Effects of ACTH treatments as possible detectors of desensitization level in the receptor site.

    Pinelli, P; Tonali, P; Gambi, D

    1973-04-01

    It has been suggested that the effect of ACTH in myasthenia gravis may be ascribed to an action involving neuromuscular transmission which favours repolarization processes, with a tendency towards hyperpolarization of the membranes of muscle fibres and motor nerve endings. A similar mechanism has been postulated for the action of ACTH in epilepsy (Klein, 1970). A direct or indirect action on nerve membrane would interfere with depolarization. There is evidence of raised concentration of intracellular potassium and increased outflow of sodium ions which would cause hyperpolarization of the membrane. This paper studies the effect of ACTH on the late block of neuromuscular transmission caused by acetylcholine (ACTH). PMID:4350704

  6. Clinical features and management of ectopic ACTH syndrome at a single institute in Japan

    Ectopic ACTH syndrome (EAS) is a diagnostic challenge because it is often indistinguishable from Cushing's disease. We describe our series of EAS patients referred to us during 1992-2009. Among 16 cases (9 females/7 males), with mean age of 58.4±19.0 yr, the ectopic source was identified in ten (proven EAS), whereas unidentified in six (occult/unknown EAS). Their salient clinical manifestations included Cushingoid feature (88%), skin pigmentation (88%), profound hypokalemia (88%), hypertension (75%), diabetes/impaired glucose tolerance (75%), hyperlipidemia (69%), and severe infection (44%). Dynamic endocrine tests revealed markedly elevated plasma ACTH levels (211±116 pg/mL) and cortisol levels (60.9±30.1 μg/dL) which showed resistance to overnight high-dose (8 mg) dexamethasone suppression test in 15 (94%) and unresponsiveness to corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) stimulation in 12 (75%). No ACTH gradient during inferior petrosal sampling was noted in 13 of 15 (87%). Imaging tests by CT/MRI identified the tumors in 8 of 16 (50%), in 4 of 11 (36%) and 4 of 6 (66.7%) octreotide-responders by somatostatin receptor scintigraphy, but in only one of 9 (11.1%) by [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) scan. Six cases deceased, including small cell carcinoma (2) and adenocarcinoma (1) of lung, neuroendocrine carcinoma of pancreas (1) and stomach (1), and olfactory neuroblastoma (1), whereas 4 cases survived after removal of the tumors, including bronchial carcinoid tumor (3) and thymic hyperplasia (1). Six occult/unknown EAS patients survived for 67.5 months after medical treatment with metyrapone to control hypercortisolism. Thus, various endocrine tests combined with imaging studies are required to correctly localize the tumors. Control of hypercortisolemia by metyrapone, even if tumor is unrecognized, is critical for better prognosis, and the long-term follow-up by repeated endocrine and imaging tests is mandatory. (author)

  7. Attention deficit associated with early life interictal spikes in a rat model is improved with ACTH.

    Amanda E Hernan

    Full Text Available Children with epilepsy often present with pervasive cognitive and behavioral comorbidities including working memory impairments, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. These non-seizure characteristics are severely detrimental to overall quality of life. Some of these children, particularly those with epilepsies classified as Landau-Kleffner Syndrome or continuous spike and wave during sleep, have infrequent seizure activity but frequent focal epileptiform activity. This frequent epileptiform activity is thought to be detrimental to cognitive development; however, it is also possible that these IIS events initiate pathophysiological pathways in the developing brain that may be independently associated with cognitive deficits. These hypotheses are difficult to address due to the previous lack of an appropriate animal model. To this end, we have recently developed a rat model to test the role of frequent focal epileptiform activity in the prefrontal cortex. Using microinjections of a GABA(A antagonist (bicuculline methiodine delivered multiple times per day from postnatal day (p 21 to p25, we showed that rat pups experiencing frequent, focal, recurrent epileptiform activity in the form of interictal spikes during neurodevelopment have significant long-term deficits in attention and sociability that persist into adulthood. To determine if treatment with ACTH, a drug widely used to treat early-life seizures, altered outcome we administered ACTH once per day subcutaneously during the time of the induced interictal spike activity. We show a modest amelioration of the attention deficit seen in animals with a history of early life interictal spikes with ACTH, in the absence of alteration of interictal spike activity. These results suggest that pharmacological intervention that is not targeted to the interictal spike activity is worthy of future study as it may be beneficial for preventing or ameliorating adverse

  8. Effects of steroids therapy and ACTH therapy on the central nervous system evaluated by CT. Nephrotic syndrome and infantile spasms

    Xano, E.; Yamashita, F.; Aoki, N.i; Matsuishi, T. (Kurume Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). School of Medicine); Yamamoto, M.

    1981-05-01

    CT scanning revealed cerebral atrophy of various degrees in 12 of 15 cases of nephrotic syndrome in which ACTH therapy was given and also in all the 8 cases of infantile spasms in which ACTH therapy was given. CT findings of cerebral atrophy were analysed by computor and expressed in terms of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)-space/intracranial space ratio (%). The ratio was 6.6 +- 3.9% in nephrotic syndrome, 16.4 +- 7.8% in infantile spasms, and 1.6 +- 0.8% in control, showing statistically significant differences among them. Abnormal CT findings of 12 cases of nephrotic syndrome returned to normal after withdrawal of steroids in 9 cases (75%). CT findings in 8 cases of infantile spasms also improved in all the cases after withdrawal of ACTH therapy. The results suggested that cerebral atrophy on CT scan is a reversible change. However, the effect of steroids and ACTH on the central nervous system is not sufficiently known yet. We should be very careful about long-term administration of great amount of steroids or ACTH to infants and children.

  9. Effect of different forms of delivery on mother and infant plasma levels of anterior pituitary hormones (PRL, TSH, ACTH)

    Objective: To study the effects of different forms of delivery on plasma levels of anterior pituitary hormones in both mother and infant. Methods: Maternal and cord blood plasma levels of PRL, TSH and ACTH were measured with RIA in 25 women undergone normal vaginal delivery (group VD) and 25 women undergone caesarean section (group CS, with spinal-epidural anaesthesia). Results: The plasma levels of PRL, TSH, ACTH of mother and infants in group VD were significantly higher than those in group CS (P<0.05). Conclusion: Caesarean section can affect the plasma levels of pituitary hormones in both the mother and neonate, the plasma levels of PRL, TSH, ACTH were lower than those in women undergone normal vaginal delivery. (authors)

  10. In vitro synthesis of ACTH- and beta-endorphin-related substances in the pars distalis of Anolis carolinensis.

    Dores, R M; Surprenant, A

    1984-10-01

    In order to investigate the biosynthesis of ACTH- and beta-endorphin-related substances in the pars distalis of Anolis carolinensis, explants of pars distali were incubated for 24 hr in a complete medium which contained [3H]tyrosine. Acid extracts of the incubates were immunoprecipitated with either an affinity-purified ACTH antiserum or an affinity-purified beta-endorphin antiserum and analyzed by sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Three distinct peaks of ACTH-related material were detected. The major peak comigrated with human ACTH(1-39), while two minor peaks corresponded in apparent molecular weight to ACTH biosynthetic intermediate and precursor-sized material. Three peaks of beta-endorphin-related material were also detected. The major peak comigrated with beta-endorphin(1-31), while two minor peaks corresponded to beta-lipotropin (LPH) and precursor-sized material. Sequential immunoprecipitation experiments indicated that the precursor-sized material had antigenic determinants for both ACTH and beta-endorphin. In addition this peak was identical in apparent molecular weight to the common precursor for alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH) and beta-endorphin in the pars intermedia of A. carolinensis (R.M. Dores, Peptides 3, 925-935). Analysis of extracts of reptile pars distalis by gel-filtration chromatography revealed a single peak of naloxone-reversible opiate bioactivity which coeluted with the peak of beta-endorphin-sized immunoreactivity. On a molar basis there is tenfold more opiate bioactivity in the reptile pars distalis than in the reptile pars intermedia. PMID:6092211

  11. Tourette's Syndrome Treated with ACTH and Prednisone: Report of Two Cases.

    Matarazzo, E B

    1992-01-01

    ABSTRACT Two cases of Tourette's syndrome in young boys presented with initial symptoms that coincided with the onset of an infectious disease. Standard treatment with neuroleptics yielded weak therapeutic effects, and provoked significant adverse effects at low doses, in both cases. Based on additional clinical and laboratory findings, it was hypothesized that an allergic process was affecting immunological mechanisms of the brain, and the patients were treated with ACTH and prednisone. In one case, this treatment led to remission of the tic symptoms, which remained improved through lengthy follow up. In the other case, tics resurfaced repeatedly at times of demonstrable recurrent bacterial infections, and required multiple courses of ACTH and prednisone to obtain a complete remission of the symptoms. These findings may provide a new area for research into the etiology and treatment of Tourette's syndrome. The presence of streptococcal infections in these two cases of TS is reminiscent of the findings of antistriatal antibodies in Sydenham's chorea produced by streptococcus, and raises the speculation that some cases of Tourette's syndrome may represent an autoimmune phenomenon directed to parts of the central nervous system following infection and may respond to treatments with hormones that have an anti-allergenic action. PMID:19630633

  12. The application of bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling in diagnosing ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome

    Objective: To discuss the clinical values of bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS) in diagnosing ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome (CS). Methods: BIPSS and pituitary MRI examination were performed in 43 patients with CS, which was followed by pituitary surgery later. The clinical data and imaging findings were retrospectively analyzed. The diagnostic values of the two kinds of examinations were analyzed by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve and were compared with the area under the ROC curves (AUC). Results: In making the qualitative diagnosis of CS with BIPSS, the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value was 0.95, 1.00, 1.00 and 0.71 respectively, while the AUC was 0.97, which was larger than that obtained from MRI. In making the diagnosis of the lesion's localization for Cushing's disease, the accuracy of BIPSS was 84.21%, which was much higher than that of pituitary MRI. Conclusion: BIPSS can be safely and successfully performed in most cases. With excellent diagnostic accuracy, both qualitative and localizing, BIPSS should be regarded as a useful and reliable method in diagnosing ACTH-dependent CS. (authors)

  13. Adrenal Incidentalomas with Supraphysiologic Response to ACTH Stimulus: A Case Report

    Marianna Antonopoulou

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We present the diagnostic approach of a patient with adrenal incidentalomas. A 72-year-old African American male had a CT scan of the abdomen showing right and left adrenal masses measuring and , respectively. The patient had negative hormonal workup. The radiologist insisted that the CT findings are consistent with adrenal hyperplasia, and therefore he underwent ACTH stimulation to rule out late-onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH. The stimulation test revealed that 17-hydroxyprogesterone and 11-deoxycortisol increased to levels high enough to confirm CAH, but cortisol had exaggerated response as well, thus making the diagnosis of CAH unlikely where metabolism is shifted to precursors. Subsequently, the patient underwent screening for Cushing's syndrome (CS with a dexamethasone suppression test. Patient failed the suppresion test, raising the issue for subclinical CS (SCS, likely due to ACTH-independent macronodular adrenal hyperplasia. Our patient had been diagnosed with MGUS and so far there are only 3 case reports of extramedullary plasmacytoma arising from the adrenals. One was bilateral and one had functional abnormalities. Our differential diagnosis includes subclinical CS with aberrant receptors versus a functioning extramedullary plasmacytoma.

  14. Effects of pramipexole on the duration of immobility during the forced swim test in normal and ACTH-treated rats.

    Kitagawa, Kouhei; Kitamura, Yoshihisa; Miyazaki, Toshiaki; Miyaoka, Junya; Kawasaki, Hiromu; Asanuma, Masato; Sendo, Toshiaki; Gomita, Yutaka

    2009-07-01

    The dopamine D2/D3 receptor agonist pramipexole has clinically been proven to improve depression or treatment-resistant depression. However, the involvement of the dopamine receptor system on the effect of pramipexole on depression remains unclear. We examined the influence of pramipexole on the duration of immobility during the forced swim test in normal and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-treated rats and further analyzed the possible role of dopamine receptors in this effect. Additionally, the mechanism by which pramipexole acts in this model was explored specifically in relation to the site of action through the use of microinjections into the intramedial prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens. Pramipexole (0.3-1 mg/kg) significantly decreased the duration of immobility in normal and ACTH-treated rats. This effect was blocked by L-741,626, a D2 receptor antagonist, and nafadotride, a D3 receptor antagonist, in normal rats. Furthermore, infusions of pramipexole into the intranucleus accumbens, but not the medial prefrontal cortex, decreased the immobility of normal and ACTH-treated rats during the forced swim test. Taken together, the results of these experiments suggested that pramipexole, administered into the intranucleus accumbens rather than the medial prefrontal cortex, exerted an antidepressant-like effect on ACTH-treated rats via the dopaminergic system. The immobility-decreasing effect of pramipexole may be mediated by dopamine D2 and D3 receptors. PMID:19274453

  15. Influence of perinatal stress on the hormone content in immune cells of adult rats: dominance of ACTH.

    Csaba, G; Tekes, K; Pállinger, E

    2009-08-01

    Rat dams were stressed by total deprivation of food and water for 48 h just before or directly after delivery and the offspring were studied when adult. The immune cells' hormone content (ACTH, histamine, serotonin, and T(3)) was measured by immunocytochemical flow cytometry. The elevation of ACTH content in males was convincing in each cell type (lymphocytes, monocytes and granulocytes, and mast cells). The change in histamine and T(3) content was inconsistent, while serotonin level did not change at all. As ACTH is the key hormone in the General Adaptation Syndrome, it seems likely that the perinatal stress primarily caused elevation in ACTH level and it was provoking the life-long hormonal imprinting. There was a difference between the reaction of males and females (with males' advance), which points to the gender dependence of the phenomenon. It is important that the effect of stress on the offspring was similar in case of direct (prenatal, in the mother) and indirect (postnatal, transmitted by milk) stress treatment, which calls attention to the danger of stress during this latter period. PMID:19384819

  16. The effects of an ACTH (4-9) analogue on development of cisplatin neuropathy in testicular cancer: A randomized trial

    J. van Gerven (Joop); A. Hovestadt (Ad); J.W.B. Moll (Wibe); C.J. Rodenburg (C.); T.A.W. Splinter (Ted); A.T. van Oosterom (Allan); L. Keizer (L.); T.E. Drogendijk (T.); C.M. Groenhout (C.); C.J. Vecht (Charles); J.P. Neijt (J.)

    1994-01-01

    textabstractThe efficacy of the ACTH (4-9) analogue Org 2766 in the prevention of subclinical cisplatin neuropathy was assessed in a double-blind placebo-controlled multi-centre study in patients with testicular cancer or adenocarcinoma of unknown primary. Forty-two patients received at least four c

  17. LATE DIAGNOSIS OF AN END STAGE PANCREATIC ACTH-OMA; CASE REPORT AND LITERATURE REVIEW

    R. Moldovanu

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: The management of digestive endocrine tumors is often challenging. These tumors are classified in two groups: pancreatic endocrine tumors (PEnT and endocrine tumors from digestive tract. Methods: A 27 years old, woman was admitted in the First Surgical Clinic Iaşi for ectopic Cushing syndrome and unknown origin liver metastasis. A laparoscopic liver metastasectomy (for biopsy and thermonecrosis of the other liver metastasis by overheated steam were performed. The histological and immune-histochemistry exams diagnosed metastasis from endocrine tumors. The biological exams revealed high levels of cortisol, ACTH and persistent hypokaliemia. Further imagery exams (CTscan, PETscan and Octreoscan diagnosed the primary tumor in the pancreas (ACTH-oma and other metastasis in ovaries. The patient was admitted again for upper GI hemorrhage and near-total dysphagia. The endoscopy and enteroscopy diagnosed multiples ulcers on the stomach, duodenum and jejunum, and peptic esophageal stenosis with reflux esophagitis. Other three surgical procedures have been performed: bilateral ovarectomy due to metastasis, bilateral adrenalectomy (to control the hypercortisol levels and jejunostomy. The postoperative course was complicated by bone (vertebral metastasis with paraplegia. The patient died after 18 months. Conclusions: PEnTs are rare tumors, and their management is always challenging. For these tumors it is necessary to recognize the clinical signs of the secreting tumors (inclusive carcinoid syndrome and to carefully explore the patients. Unfortunately, Octreoscan and Positron Emission Tomography are not available in Romania. Aggressive surgical treatment - excision of the primary lesion and multimodality approach of the liver metastasis (resection, ablative techniques, chemotherapy - is indicated for PEnTs, even in advanced stages. Liver transplant for non-resectable liver metastasis from PEnTs, it is also recommended in selected patients (after

  18. Optimising glucocorticoid replacement therapy in severely adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) deficient hypopituitary male patients.

    Behan, Lucy-Ann

    2011-04-18

    Context:  The optimal replacement regimen of hydrocortisone in adults with severe ACTH deficiency remains unknown. Management strategies vary from treatment with 15mg to 30mg or higher in daily divided doses, reflecting the paucity of prospective data on the adequacy of different glucocorticoid regimens. Objective:  Primarily to define the hydrocortisone regimen which results in a 24hour cortisol profile that most closely resembles that of healthy controls and secondarily to assess the impact on quality of life (QoL). Design:  10 male hypopituitary patients with severe ACTH deficiency (basal cortisol <100nM and peak response to stimulation <400nM) were enrolled in a prospective, randomised, crossover study of 3 hydrocortisone dose regimens. Following 6 weeks of each regimen patients underwent 24hour serum cortisol sampling and QoL assessment with the Short Form 36 and the Nottingham Health Profile questionnaires. Free cortisol was calculated using Coolen\\'s equation. All results were compared to those of healthy, matched controls. Results:  CBG was significantly lower across all dose regimens compared to controls (p<0.05). The lower dose regimen C(10mg mane\\/5mg tarde) produced a 24hour free cortisol profile which most closely resembled that of controls. Both regimen A(20mg mane\\/10mg tarde) and B(10mg mane\\/10mg tarde) produced supraphysiological post-absorption peaks. There was no significant difference in QoL in patients between the three regimens, however energy level was significantly lower across all dose regimens compared to controls (p<0.001). Conclusions:  The lower dose of HC(10mg\\/5mg) produces a more physiological cortisol profile, without compromising quality of life, compared to higher doses still used in clinical practice. This may have important implications in these patients, known to have excess cardiovascular mortality.

  19. Sensorimotor cortex ablation induces time-dependent response of ACTH cells in adult rats: behavioral, immunohistomorphometric and hormonal study.

    Lavrnja, Irena; Trifunovic, Svetlana; Ajdzanovic, Vladimir; Pekovic, Sanja; Bjelobaba, Ivana; Stojiljkovic, Mirjana; Milosevic, Verica

    2014-02-10

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) represents a serious event with far reaching complications, including pituitary dysfunction. Pars distalis corticotropes (ACTH cells), that represent the active module of hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical axis, seem to be affected as well. Since pituitary failure after TBI has been associated with neurobehavioral impairments the aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of TBI on recovery of motor functions, morphology and secretory activity of ACTH cells in the pituitary of adult rats. Wistar male rats, initially exposed to sensorimotor cortex ablation (SCA), were sacrificed at the 2nd, 7th, 14th and 30th days post-surgery (dps). A beam walking test was used to evaluate the recovery of motor functions. Pituitary glands and blood were collected for morphological and hormonal analyses. During the first two weeks post-injury increased recovery of locomotor function was detected, reaching almost the control value at day 30. SCA induces significant increase of pituitary weights compared to their time-matched controls. The volume of ACTH-immunopositive cells was reduced at the 7th dps, while at the 14th dps their volume was enlarged, in comparison to corresponding sham controls. Volume density of ACTH cells was increased only at 14th dps, while at day 30 this increase was insignificant. The plasma level of ACTH transiently increased after the injury. The most pronounced changes were observed at the 7th and 14th dps, and were followed by decrease toward control levels at the 30th dps. Thus, temporal changes in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis after traumatic brain injury appear to correlate with the recovery process. PMID:24291385

  20. Hiperplasia adrenal macronodular independente de ACTH (AIMAH: aspectos clínicos e moleculares Clinical and molecular aspects of the ACTH: independent bilateral macronodular adrenal hyperplasia

    Sonir R. Antonini

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available A AIMAH é caracterizada pela presença de macronódulos em ambas as adrenais, na ausência da estimulação do ACTH. Habitualmente, as manifestações clínicas aparecem somente após várias décadas de vida, provavelmente em função da baixa atividade esteroidogênica do tecido hiperplásico. Entretanto, em indivíduos assintomáticos cuja AIMAH foi descoberta acidentalmente, o eixo HHA já se encontra alterado. Estudos têm demonstrado que, na maioria dos casos de AIMAH, a secreção de cortisol é regulada de modo "aberrante" por hormônios como o GIP, AVP, catecolaminas, LH/hCG e serotonina, através de seus respectivos receptores, ectópicos ou eutópicos, porém aberrantemente acoplados à esteroidogênese. Os mecanismos moleculares responsáveis pela expressão ectópica dos receptores hormonais e/ou de seu acoplamento anormal à esteroidogênese adrenal ainda são pouco conhecidos. Embora a expressão aberrante destes receptores hormonais possa desempenhar um papel importante na iniciação da proliferação celular aumentada, bem como na esteroidogênese, é provável que eventos genéticos adicionais ocorram, envolvendo a regulação do ciclo celular, adesão e transcrição. Mutações no gene GNAS1 não associadas à síndrome de McCune-Albright podem ser encontradas em raros casos de AIMAH. Em alguns casos, a presença de receptor hormonal aberrante abre novas possibilidades de tratamento farmacológico específico do hipercortisolismo, seja isolado ou associado à adrenalectomia unilateral.AIMAH is a clinical condition characterized by the presence of adrenal macronodules even in the absence of ACTH. Usually the clinical overt syndrome only becomes apparent after several decades of life; this is probably due to the low steroidogenic enzyme capacity of the hyperplastic tissue. However, in asymptomatic individuals in whom the AIMAH was incidentally discovered, the HHA axis is usually disrupted. In the great majority of AIMAH cases

  1. In vivo fate of a behaviorally potent ACTH 4-9 analog; evidence for its specific uptake in the brain septal area

    The effects of ACTH-like neuropeptides on conditioned avoidance behavior and their tentative central sites of action are reviewed. The in vivo fate of the [3H]-ACTH 4-9 analog after various routes of peripheral administration in mice and rats are described, in particular, the uptake of intact peptide in the brain is emphasized, since ACTH-like neuropeptides elicit their behavioral activities by directly affecting the central nervous system. Subsequently, the metabolic profiles of the ACTH 4-9 analog in plasma and brain tissue are reported. The distribution of the [3H]-ACTH 4-9 analog throughout the rat brain is studied after intraventricular injection to allow detection in small brain areas and nuclei and to limit (peripheral) proteolysis. Finally, the effects of increased and decreased circulating levels of both ACTH-like peptides and structurally non-related but behaviorally active neuropeptides on the central distribution profile of intraventricularly injected [3H]-ACTH 4-9 analog are reviewed

  2. Difficulties in the diagnosis of ACTH-dependent Cushings syndrome in a patient after left adrenalectomy and treated with glucocorticoids

    Cushings syndrome (CS), that is a consequence of chronic excess of corticosteroides, is most frequently of iatrogenic origin. Corticotropin secreting pituitary adenomas are responsible for most cases of endogenous Cushings syndrome. Difficulties in the diagnosis and treatment of ACTH-dependent Cushings syndrome concern with localization of the source of pathological ACTH secretion, particularly when magnetic resonance imaging is unable to identify the pituitary microadenoma. In this paper we present the case of a patient with symptoms of Cushings syndrome and describe problems with localization of the source of hypercortisolemia. The diagnostic process was additionally complicated by the treatment with corticosteroids, occasionally applied due to concomitant diseases. This delayed the right diagnosis and treatment. (authors)

  3. ACTH administration during formation of preovulatory follicles impairs steroidogenesis and angiogenesis in association with ovulation failure in lactating cows.

    Biran, D; Braw-Tal, R; Gendelman, M; Lavon, Y; Roth, Z

    2015-10-01

    Ovulation failure, follicular persistence, and formation of follicular cysts are known to impair dairy cow fertility. Although the underlying mechanism is not entirely clear, stress-induced alteration in adrenal hormone secretion can cause these ovarian pathologies. Six synchronized lactating cows were scanned daily by ultrasound, and plasma samples were taken throughout the estrous cycle. Treatment cows (n = 3) were administered with ACTH analog every 12 h from day 15 to day 21 of the cycle to induce formation of follicular cysts. Ovaries were collected at the slaughterhouse on day 23 of the cycle before appearance of follicular pathologies. Control cows (n = 3) were administered placebo, resynchronized, and administered PGF2α on day 6 of the new cycle to induce development of a preovulatory follicle. Follicular fluid was aspirated from the preovulatory follicles of each group to determine their steroid milieu. Slices were taken from the follicular wall for total messenger (m) RNA isolation and semiquantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Administration of ACTH increased (P milk production. Androstenedione and estradiol concentrations in the follicular fluids were lower (P cows. On the other hand, the expression of steroidogenic acute regulatory protein and cytochrome P450 side-chain cleavage did not differ between groups. In addition, mRNA expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)120 and VEGF164 was higher (P < 0.01) in control than in ACTH-treated follicles, but that for angiopoietin-1 and 2 did not differ between groups. Findings indicated that ACTH administration throughout preovulatory follicle development alters follicular steroidogenesis in association with impaired angiogenesis. Such alterations might explain, in part, the mechanism underlying ovulation failure and the formation of persistent or cystic follicles under stress. PMID:26099839

  4. ACTH-induced stress response during pregnancy in a viviparous gecko: no observed effect on offspring quality.

    Preest, Marion R; Cree, Alison; Tyrrell, Claudine L

    2005-09-01

    The typical stress response in reptiles involves the release of corticosterone from the adrenal glands. Elevated maternal concentrations of corticosterone in mammals during pregnancy may have deleterious effects on offspring fitness, and recent work has shown a suppression of the hormonal response to stress during pregnancy in rats. Little is known about the influence of reproductive state on the secretion of corticosterone in viviparous reptiles or on the effects of high levels of corticosterone during reproduction on the developing embryos. We examined whether New Zealand common geckos (Hoplodactylus maculatus), pregnant with embryos at stages 34-35 of development, secrete corticosterone in response to adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) and whether an ACTH-induced increase in maternal corticosterone affects the outcome of pregnancy. Corticosterone concentrations in pregnant lizards increased more than seven-fold over basal levels following injection of ACTH. However, there were no significant effects of elevated corticosterone on the duration or success of pregnancy, or on various morphological measures, growth, or sprint speed of the offspring. This may reflect a lack of sensitivity of relevant embryonic tissues to corticosterone under the conditions of the present experiment or an ability of the embryos to bind, degrade, or restrict placental transport of corticosterone. Future studies should investigate the possibility of corticosteroid effects on other offspring tissues, including effects in adult life. PMID:16106406

  5. Altered plasma and pituitary adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) concentrations in male rats exposed to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD)

    TCDD induced hirsutism, alopecia and chloracne suggest that adverse effects of TCDD may be mediated through alterations in endocrine function. Anorexia, progressive weight loss, hypoglycemia, and accumulation of 14C-labeled TCDD in the adrenal gland suggest that this toxicant alters adrenal function. Previous studies in this laboratory have shown that exposure of rats to a single oral dose of TCDD results in increased adrenal microsomal lipid peroxidation, decreased adrenal microsomal cytochrome P-450 and 21-hydroxylation accompanied by depressed serum corticosterone levels. Adrenocortical function is regulated by the polypeptide ACTH which is secreted by the anterior pituitary gland. Thus, it is important to determine whether TCDD alters circulating ACTH and pituitary concentration of ACTH. Sprague Dawley rats (200-220g) were given a single oral dose of TCDD (50 μg/kg). Plasma and pituitary ACTH concentrations were determined by radioimmunoassay (RIA) on day 2 at 9:00a.m. following TCDD treatment. Rat plasma and pituitary ACTH concentrations were increased 1.5 and 4.7 fold, respectively. These results indicate that TCDD causes an early increase in plasma and pituitary ACTH concentrations which may be related to the subsequent impairment of adrenocortical function seen in the rat after exposure to TCDD

  6. Adrenocortical steroid response to ACTH in different phenotypes of non-obese polycystic ovary syndrome

    Cinar Nese

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Adrenal androgen excess is frequently observed in PCOS. The aim of the study was to determine whether adrenal gland function varies among PCOS phenotypes, women with hyperandrogenism (H only and healthy women. Methods The study included 119 non-obese patients with PCOS (age: 22.2 ± 4.1y, BMI:22.5 ± 3.1 kg/m2, 24 women with H only and 39 age and BMI- matched controls. Among women with PCOS, 50 had H, oligo-anovulation (O, and polycystic ovaries (P (PHO, 32 had O and H (OH, 23 had P and H (PH, and 14 had P and O (PO. Total testosterone (T, SHBG and DHEAS levels at basal and serum 17-hydroxprogesterone (17-OHP, androstenedione (A4, DHEA and cortisol levels after ACTH stimulation were measured. Results T, FAI and DHEAS, and basal and AUC values for 17-OHP and A4 were significantly and similarly higher in PCOS and H groups than controls (p  Conclusion PCOS patients and women with H only have similar and higher basal and stimulated adrenal androgen levels than controls. All three hyperandrogenic subphenotypes of PCOS exhibit similar and higher basal and stimulated adrenal androgen secretion patterns compared to non-hyperandrogenic subphenotype.

  7. The influence of chosen parameters of iodine-125 produced by IPRC on iodination of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)

    Based on Greenwood and Hunter method of iodination the estimation of protein labelling efficiency for Na125I produced by IPRC was performed. The adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH1-24) as a standard of protein had been used and iodine-125 preparations produced as well as by wet destillation, dry destillation and chromatographic methods were subject of investigation. The influence of some chosen properties of the preparations on labelling efficiency is discussed and conclusions concerning iodination repeatability as well as influence of storage time on labelling efficiency are presented. 16 refs., 2 figs., 9 tabs. (author)

  8. [Plasma ACTH, STH and other hormone levels in various groups under chlormethiazole, haloperidol or reserpine load in alchohol delirium, alcoholic hallucinations, and chronic alcoholism].

    Dobrzański, T; Pieschl, D

    1976-01-01

    Studies of 135 men with safely diagnosed alcohol delirium mostly revealed increased ACTH blood values when sober and increased T4 values in about 1/3 of these patients. There is a correlation between the psychiatric clinical picture of the alcohol delirium and the ACTH content of the plasma. Under load with chloromethiazole, halperidole or with reserpine, there is a significant drop in the increased ACTH and T4 values. In an acute alcoholic hallucinosis (n=16) similar endocrinological changes as in most cases of safely diagnosed alcohol delirium were observed. In a chronic alcoholic hallucinosis (n=11) and in chronic alcoholics (n=31) the endocrinological values were similar to those of patients after alcohol delirium. PMID:181772

  9. Nucleus accumbens deep-brain stimulation efficacy in ACTH-pretreated rats: alterations in mitochondrial function relate to antidepressant-like effects.

    Kim, Y; McGee, S; Czeczor, J K; Walker, A J; Kale, R P; Kouzani, A Z; Walder, K; Berk, M; Tye, S J

    2016-01-01

    Mitochondrial dysfunction has a critical role in the pathophysiology of mood disorders and treatment response. To investigate this, we established an animal model exhibiting a state of antidepressant treatment resistance in male Wistar rats using 21 days of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) administration (100 μg per day). First, the effect of ACTH treatment on the efficacy of imipramine (10 mg kg(-1)) was investigated alongside its effect on the prefrontal cortex (PFC) mitochondrial function. Second, we examined the mood-regulatory actions of chronic (7 day) high-frequency nucleus accumbens (NAc) deep-brain stimulation (DBS; 130 Hz, 100 μA, 90 μS) and concomitant PFC mitochondrial function. Antidepressant-like responses were assessed in the open field test (OFT) and forced swim test (FST) for both conditions. ACTH pretreatment prevented imipramine-mediated improvement in mobility during the FST (Panimals (Panimals (P>0.05). Analyses of PFC mitochondrial function revealed that ACTH-treated animals had decreased capacity for adenosine triphosphate production compared with controls. In contrast, ACTH animals following NAc DBS demonstrated greater mitochondrial function relative to controls. Interestingly, a proportion (30%) of the ACTH-treated animals exhibited heightened locomotor activity in the OFT and exaggerated escape behaviors during the FST, together with general hyperactivity in their home-cage settings. More importantly, the induction of this mania-like phenotype was accompanied by overcompensative increased mitochondrial respiration. Manifestation of a DBS-induced mania-like phenotype in imipramine-resistant animals highlights the potential use of this model in elucidating mechanisms of mood dysregulation. PMID:27327257

  10. Nucleus accumbens deep-brain stimulation efficacy in ACTH-pretreated rats: alterations in mitochondrial function relate to antidepressant-like effects

    Kim, Y; McGee, S; Czeczor, J K; Walker, A J; Kale, R P; Kouzani, A Z; Walder, K; Berk, M; Tye, S J

    2016-01-01

    Mitochondrial dysfunction has a critical role in the pathophysiology of mood disorders and treatment response. To investigate this, we established an animal model exhibiting a state of antidepressant treatment resistance in male Wistar rats using 21 days of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) administration (100 μg per day). First, the effect of ACTH treatment on the efficacy of imipramine (10 mg kg−1) was investigated alongside its effect on the prefrontal cortex (PFC) mitochondrial function. Second, we examined the mood-regulatory actions of chronic (7 day) high-frequency nucleus accumbens (NAc) deep-brain stimulation (DBS; 130 Hz, 100 μA, 90 μS) and concomitant PFC mitochondrial function. Antidepressant-like responses were assessed in the open field test (OFT) and forced swim test (FST) for both conditions. ACTH pretreatment prevented imipramine-mediated improvement in mobility during the FST (Panimals (Panimals (P>0.05). Analyses of PFC mitochondrial function revealed that ACTH-treated animals had decreased capacity for adenosine triphosphate production compared with controls. In contrast, ACTH animals following NAc DBS demonstrated greater mitochondrial function relative to controls. Interestingly, a proportion (30%) of the ACTH-treated animals exhibited heightened locomotor activity in the OFT and exaggerated escape behaviors during the FST, together with general hyperactivity in their home-cage settings. More importantly, the induction of this mania-like phenotype was accompanied by overcompensative increased mitochondrial respiration. Manifestation of a DBS-induced mania-like phenotype in imipramine-resistant animals highlights the potential use of this model in elucidating mechanisms of mood dysregulation. PMID:27327257

  11. Aberrant expression of glucagon receptors in adrenal glands of a patient with Cushing's syndrome and ACTH-independent macronodular adrenal hyperplasia

    Valeria de Miguel

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Adrenocorticotropin (ACTH independent bilateral macronodular adrenal hyperplasia (AIMAH is a rare cause of Cushing´s syndrome, characterized by bilateral adrenal lesions and excess cortisol production despite ACTH suppression. Cortisol synthesis is produced in response to abnormal activation of G-protein- coupled receptors, such as gastric inhibitory peptide, vasopressin, beta adrenergic agonists, LH/hCG and serotonin receptors. The aim of this study was to analyze the expression of glucagon receptors in adrenal glands from an AIMAH patient. A patient with ACTH-independent Cushing´s syndrome and bilateral macronodular adrenal hyperplasia was screened for altered activation of adrenal receptors by physiological (mixed meal and pharmacological (gonadotrophin releasing hormone, ACTH and glucagon tests. The results showed abnormally high levels of serum cortisol after stimulation with glucagon. Hypercortisolism was successfully managed with ketoconazole treatment. Interestingly, a 4-month treatment with a somatostatin analogue (octreotide was also able to reduce cortisol secretion. Finally, Cushing's syndrome was cured after bilateral adrenalectomy. Abnormal mRNA expression for glucagon receptor in the patient´s adrenal glands was observed by Real-Time PCR procedure. These results strongly suggest that the mechanism of AIMAH causing Cushing´s syndrome in this case involves the illicit activation of adrenal glucagon receptors. This is the first case reported of AIMAH associated with ectopic glucagon receptors.

  12. Effect of inhibitory avoidance trainning, ACTH, beta-endorphin and adrenaline on the incorporation of 14C-leucine into synaptosomal proteins of rat hypothalamus, amygdala and hippocampus

    'In vitro' incorporation of leucine to protein was studied in synaptosomes isolated from the hypothalamus, amygdala and hippocampus of rats submitted to inhibitory avoidance training or to the i.p. injection of ACTH, beta-endorphin or adrenaline; or in synaptosomes incubated with these substances. (M.A.C.)

  13. Early detection of response in small cell bronchogenic carcinoma by changes in serum concentrations of creatine kinase, neuron specific enolase, calcitonin, ACTH, serotonin and gastrin releasing peptide

    Bork, E; Hansen, M; Urdal, P;

    1988-01-01

    Creatine kinase (CK-BB), neuron specific enolase (NSE), ACTH, calcitonin, serotonin and gastrin releasing peptide (GRP) were measured in serum or plasma before and immediately after initiation of treatment in patients with small cell lung cancer (SCC). Pretherapeutic elevated concentrations of CK...

  14. Hypokalaemia as the only clinical symptom of ACTH ectopic secretion in a case of small cell carcinoma of the lung with very rapid evolution.

    Pentimone, F; Donadio, C; Camici, M; Cini, G

    1980-01-01

    A patient with heavy hypokalaemia is described: hypokalaemia and its effects were the unique clinical manifestations of small cell carcinoma of the lung, associated with ACTH ectopic secretion. The rapid unfavourable evolution denotes the explosive behaviour of the syndrome. PMID:7394347

  15. The first description of metyrapone use in severe Cushing Syndrome due to ectopic ACTH secretion in an infant with immature sacrococcygeal teratoma. Case Report.

    Wojcik, Malgorzata; Kalicka-Kasperczyk, Anna; Luszawska-Kutrzeba, Teresa; Balwierz, Walentyna; Starzyk, Jerzy B

    2015-12-01

    Cushing syndrome due to ectopic secretion of ACTH in infants is rare. The treatment of choice is radical resection of the tumour in combination with pre-operative chemotherapy using steroidogenesis inhibitors if necessary. If radical surgery is not possible, palliative treatment of hypercortisolemia is recommended. The most frequently used drug in infants is ketoconazole. Experience with the use of metyrapone is poor. We report an 8-month-old female infant with congenital immature sacrococcygeal teratoma secreting AFP, beta hCG and ACTH who had undergone non-radical resection of the tumour mass and was receiving standard risk chemotherapy (vinblastine, bleomycin, and cisplatin). The infant initially presented at the age of 6 months with ACTH-dependent Cushing syndrome (cortisol and ACTH level 325 ng/mL, 112 pg/mL respectively). Treatment with ketoconazole was initiated with a dose of 600 mg/day. Due to its ineffectiveness metyrapne was added in increasing dosages, up to 1,500 mg/day. In addition the schema of chemotherapy was changed (adriamycin, bleomycin, carboplatin), which resulted in normalization of cortisol levels and blood pressure. There were no metyrapone side effects during the treatment period. We can conclude that treatment with metyrapone at a dose of 1500 mg/day might be effective and safe in infants with Cushing syndrome. PMID:26859587

  16. Early postnatal treatment with ACTH4-9 analog ORG 2766 improves adult spatial learning but does not affect behavioural stress reactivity

    Horváth, K.M.; Meerlo, P.; Felszeghy, K.; Nyakas, C.; Luiten, P.G.M.

    1999-01-01

    Studies on adult animals and humans have shown that the ACTH(4-9) analog ORG 2766 influences cognitive performance and possibly has neurotrophic effects. For this reason we studied the effect of ORG 2766 applied in early postnatal life when brain structures and neuronal pathways are still developing

  17. Technetium-99m methoxyisobutylisonitrile localizes an ectopic ACTH-producing tumour: case report and review of the literature

    Jacobsson, H. (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden)); Wallin, G. (Dept. of Surgery, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden)); Werner, S. (Dept. of Endocrinology and Diabetology, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden)); Larsson, S.A. (Dept. of Hospital Physics, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden))

    1994-06-01

    Extensive investigation including whole-body examinations with computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging did not detect the suspected ectopic ACTH-producing tumour in a patient with advanced Cushing's syndrome and hypokalemic alkalosis. Gamma camera examination with technetium-99m methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) depicted the tumour, which was localized in the anterior neck and mediastinum. This was later verified by surgery. [sup 99m]Tc-MIBI is normally used for myocardial scintigraphy. Its accumulation is unspecific and merely reflects metabolic activity. Despite this, the present case shows that examination with this agent can provide important information with regard to tumour localization in a given situation, thereby serving as a complement to other imaging modalities. The current literature on [sup 99m]Tc-MIBI for tumour diagnosis is reviewed. (orig.)

  18. Lycopene and beta-carotene induce growth inhibition and proapoptotic effects on ACTH-secreting pituitary adenoma cells.

    Natália F Haddad

    Full Text Available Pituitary adenomas comprise approximately 10-15% of intracranial tumors and result in morbidity associated with altered hormonal patterns, therapy and compression of adjacent sella turcica structures. The use of functional foods containing carotenoids contributes to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and vascular disorders. In this study, we evaluated the influence of different concentrations of beta-carotene and lycopene on cell viability, colony formation, cell cycle, apoptosis, hormone secretion, intercellular communication and expression of connexin 43, Skp2 and p27(kip1 in ACTH-secreting pituitary adenoma cells, the AtT20 cells, incubated for 48 and 96 h with these carotenoids. We observed a decrease in cell viability caused by the lycopene and beta-carotene treatments; in these conditions, the clonogenic ability of the cells was also significantly decreased. Cell cycle analysis revealed that beta-carotene induced an increase of the cells in S and G2/M phases; furthermore, lycopene increased the proportion of these cells in G0/G1 while decreasing the S and G2/M phases. Also, carotenoids induced apoptosis after 96 h. Lycopene and beta-carotene decreased the secretion of ACTH in AtT20 cells in a dose-dependent manner. Carotenoids blocked the gap junction intercellular communication. In addition, the treatments increased the expression of phosphorylated connexin43. Finally, we also demonstrate decreased expression of S-phase kinase-associated protein 2 (Skp2 and increased expression of p27(kip1 in carotenoid-treated cells. These results show that lycopene and beta-carotene were able to negatively modulate events related to the malignant phenotype of AtT-20 cells, through a mechanism that could involve changes in the expression of connexin 43, Skp2 and p27(kip1; and suggest that these compounds might provide a novel pharmacological approach to the treatment of Cushing's disease.

  19. The Value of Somatostatin Receptor Imaging with In-111 Octreotide and/or Ga-68 DOTATATE in Localizing Ectopic ACTH Producing Tumors

    Zeynep Gözde Özkan

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective: We aimed to evaluate the value of somatostatin receptor imaging (SRI with In-111 octreotide and Ga-68 DOTATATE in localizing ectopic ACTH producing tumors. Methods: Nineteen patients who had In-111 octreotide somatostatin receptor scintigraphy (SRS and/or Ga-68 DOTATATE PET-CT to localize ectopic ACTH producing tumors between the years 2000 and 2012 were included retrospectively in our study. The results of SRI were compared with clinical onset, radiological findings and surgical data of the patients. Results: Sixteen In-111 octreotide SRS and five Ga-68 DOTATATE PET-CT were performed in 19 patients. In eight out of 19 patients, ectopic ACTH secretion site could be detected. In five patients, SRS showed pathologic uptake. In four of these patients, surgery revealed pulmonary carcinoid tumors and in one patient pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. In one patient, Ga-68 DOTATATE PET-CT revealed pathologic uptake in lung nodule which came out to be pulmonary carcinoid tumor. In another patient who had resection of metastases of atypical carcinoid tumor prior to scans, new metastatic foci were detected both with SRS and Ga-68 DOTATATE PET-CT imaging. In one patient, although SRS was negative, CT which was performed three years later showed a lung nodule diagnosed as pulmonary carcinoid tumor. In 11 patients, ectopic ACTH secretion site could not be detected. In 10 of those patients, scintigraphic and radiological imaging did not show any lesions and in one patient, Ga-68 DOTATATE PET-CT was false positive. Conclusion: SRI has a complementary role with radiological imaging in localizing ectopic ACTH secretion sites. PET-CT imaging with Ga-68 peptide conjugates is a promising new modality for this indication.

  20. Resposta do ACTH plasmático ao estímulo com CRH ou CRH + desmopressina em pacientes com síndrome de Cushing ACTH- dependente submetidos a cateterismo bilateral simultâneo dos seios petrosos inferiores Response of plasmatic ACTH to CRH or combined CRH/desmopressin stimulation in patients with ACTHdependent Cushing's syndrome submitted to simultaneous bilateral petrosal sinuses sampling

    Daniella Maria Carneiro do Rêgo

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar a resposta do ACTH plasmático após estímulo com CRH ou CRH + desmopressina em pacientes com síndrome de Cushing ACTH-dependente que realizaram cateterismo bilateral simultâneo dos seios petrosos inferiores. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: O procedimento foi realizado em 21 pacientes - 14 mulheres e 7 homens - com síndrome de Cushing ACTH-dependente no período de janeiro de 1998 a dezembro de 2003. Após a cateterização de ambos os seios petrosos, amostras de sangue para ACTH foram colhidas, simultaneamente, nos seios petrosos e veia periférica, tanto no estado basal como após três e cinco minutos da administração de CRH humano (100 mg (6 pacientes ou CRH + desmopressina (100 mg + 10 mg (15 pacientes. RESULTADOS: Aos três minutos, houve aumento percentual do ACTH tanto no grupo CRH (257,77 ± 240,36 no seio petroso direito e 718,78 ± 1.358,82 no seio petroso esquerdo [média ± desvio-padrão] como no grupo CRH + desmopressina (1.263,35 ± 1.842,91 no seio petroso direito [p = 0,06] e 583,93 ± 1.020,03 no seio petroso esquerdo [p = 0,83]. Aos cinco minutos houve declínio percentual do ACTH no grupo do CRH (181,07 ± 217,39 no seio petroso direito e 188,25 ± 270,15 no seio petroso esquerdo e aumento progressivo no grupo do CRH + desmopressina (1.365,29 ± 1.832,31 no seio petroso direito [p = 0,03] e 866,43 ± 1.431,72 no seio petroso esquerdo [p = 0,11]. Nos três pacientes com secreção ectópica não houve gradiente. CONCLUSÃO: A estimulação combinada CRH + desmopressina induziu maior produção de ACTH em adenomas corticotróficos em comparação ao CRH, o que pode melhorar a sensibilidade diagnóstica deste procedimento.OBJECTIVE: To compare the responses of plasmatic ACTH to CRH or combined CRH/desmopressin stimulation in patients with ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome submitted to simultaneous, bilateral inferior petrosal sinuses sampling. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The procedure was performed in 21 patients - 14

  1. Studies on the synthesis of sterol carrier protein-2 in rat adrenocortical cells in monolayer culture. Regulation by ACTH and dibutyryl cyclic 3',5'-AMP

    The effects of ACTH or dibutyryl cyclic AMP (Bt2cAMP) on the synthesis of sterol carrier protein-2 (SCP2) have been studied in rat adrenocortical cells in monolayer culture. Radiolabeling of total cellular proteins with [35S]methionine and immunoprecipitation with antibodies directed against rat liver SCP2, followed by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and fluorography, showed a 3-4-fold increase in the rate of synthesis of SCP2 in cells treated for 48 h with ACTH (1 microM) or Bt2cAMP (0.1 mM). The induction of SCP2 synthesis depended upon the concentrations of ACTH or Bt2cAMP with an ED50 of 8 and 100 nM, respectively, and increased linearly with time between 12 and 48 h of treatment. Immunoprecipitation of SCP2 synthesized in a rabbit reticulocyte in vitro translation system programmed with RNA isolated from cells treated with ACTH or Bt2cAMP revealed increased synthesis of SCP2 compared to RNA from control cells. The immunoprecipitable rat adrenal SCP2, synthesized in a cell-free translation system, showed mobility corresponding to Mr of 14,400 upon sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and was clearly larger than immunodetectable SCP2 synthesized in cultured adrenal cells (Mr = 11,300). The electrophoretic mobilities of rat liver SCP2 synthesized in cultured cells and in a cell-free translation system were the same as the respective forms from rat adrenal

  2. Effect of dopamine, dopamine D-1 and D-2 receptor modulation on ACTH and cortisol levels in normal men and women

    Boesgaard, S; Hagen, C; Andersen, A N; Fenger, M; Eldrup, E

    1990-01-01

    The regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis by dopamine is not fully understood. Therefore, we have studied the effect of dopamine, metoclopramide, a D-2 receptor antagonist, and fenoldopam, a specific D-1 receptor agonist, on ACTH and cortisol levels in normal subjects. Normal women...... received 5-h infusions of either glucose (N = 6) or dopamine at rates of 0.04 (N = 6), 0.4 (N = 6) and 4.0 micrograms.kg-1.min-1 (N = 8). After 3 h, 10 mg metoclopramide was given iv. No intergroup differences regarding ACTH and cortisol levels were observed (p greater than 0.05). In a second study six...... women received dopamine (4.0 micrograms.kg-1.min-1) or glucose for 18 h. During the infusions cortisol and ACTH levels were similar on the two study days. Administration of metoclopramide (10 mg) after 17 h induced a significant increase in cortisol levels during dopamine infusion (p less than 0...

  3. Use of radioguided surgery with [111In]-pentetreotide in the management of an ACTH-secreting bronchial carcinoid causing ectopic Cushing's syndrome.

    Grossrubatscher, E; Vignati, F; Dalino, P; Possa, M; Belloni, P A; Vanzulli, A; Bramerio, M; Marocchi, A; Rossetti, O; Zurleni, F; Loli, P

    2005-01-01

    Intraoperative [111In]-pentetreotide scintigraphy with a hand-held gamma detector probe has recently been proposed to increase the intraoperative detection rate of small neuroendocrine tumors and their metastases. We report a case of a 28-yr-old woman with ectopic Cushing's syndrome due to an ACTH-secreting bronchial carcinoid, in whom the use of radioguided surgery improved disease management. At presentation, radiolabeled pentetreotide scintigraphy was the only procedure able to detect the ectopic source of ACTH. After radiologic confirmation, the patient underwent removal of a bronchial carcinoid, with disease persistence. After surgery, pentetreotide scintigraphy showed pathologic uptake in the mediastinum not previously detected at surgery and only subsequently confirmed by radiologic studies. Despite a second thoracic exploration, hormonal, scintigraphic, and radiological evidence of residual disease persisted. Radioguided surgery was then performed using a hand-held gamma probe 48 h after iv administration of a tracer dose of radiolabeled [111In-DTPA-D-Phe1]-pentetreotide, which permitted detection and removal of multiple residual mediastinal lymph node metastases. Clinical and radiologic cure, with no evidence of tracer uptake at pentetreotide scintigraphy, was subsequently observed. The use of an intraoperative gamma counter appears a promising procedure in the management of metastatic ACTH-secreting bronchial carcinoids. PMID:15816375

  4. Contagem de células somáticas e produção leiteira em cabras Saanen estressadas via aplicação de ACTH Somatic cell count and milk production of Saanen goats stressed via application of ACTH

    Ana Paula Rodrigues Gaiato

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se neste estudo o efeito do estresse, via administração de ACTH (hormônio adrenocorticotrófico, sobre a quantidade e qualidade do leite produzido e a indicação de estresse pela alteração no nível de cortisol. Assim, 12 cabras lactantes foram distribuídas em dois grupos: seis animais receberam aplicação de 0,06 UI de ACTH/kg de PV (desafiadas e seis receberam solução placebo (controle, todas via intravenosa. O desafio ocorreu ao longo da lactação, com aplicação do protocolo aos 30, 60, 120 e 180 dias do início da lactação, avaliando-se em cada data os níveis de cortisol 30 minutos antes, no ato da aplicação, 60, 120 e 300 minutos depois. A produção leiteira foi mensurada diariamente durante 270 dias e, a cada 20 dias, o leite foi colhido para contagem de células somáticas (CCS pelo método direto. Os teores de cortisol mensurados em -30 e 0 minuto antes da aplicação de ACTH foram baixos e semelhantes entre os grupos. Entretanto, a partir de 60 minutos, constatou-se efeito da aplicação de ACTH, com teor de cortisol de 61,37±6,65 versus 5,47±1,21 ng/mL e de 51,17±10,21 versus 4,67±1,21 ng/mL aos 120 minutos. Aos 300 minutos, o cortisol retornou ao nível basal. Não houve diferença na produção de leite, no teor de proteína e de gordura do leite, cujos valores nos grupos ACTH e Placebo foram 1,37±0,59 e 1,38±0,63 kg de leite, respectivamente. A contagem de células somáticas não foi influenciada pelo estresse e apresentou valores situados na faixa indicada para animais sadios. Constatou-se estresse pontual em decorrência da aplicação de ACTH, porém sem alterações de natureza quantitativa e qualitativa do leite produzido, e isso indica que atividades de manejo que estressam os animais pontualmente não trazem prejuízos ao sistema produtivo.The objective of this study was to analyze the stress effect, via administration of ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone, on quantity and quality of milk

  5. Effects of Qiangji Jianli Yin on the hypothalamus CRH contents and plasma ACTH, cortisol levels in rat models of kidney-yang deficiency syndrome

    Objective: To investigate the effects of qiangji jianli yin on hypothalamus CRH contents and plasma ACTH, Cortisol levels in rat models with kidney-yang deficiency syndrome. Methods: Rat models of kidney-yang deficiency syndrome were prepared with intramuscular injuection of hydroeortisone and divided into 5 groups: (1) no further treatment, n=13 (2) treated with high dosage d qiangji jiandi yin, n=12 (3) treated with medium dosage of qiangji jianli yin, n=12 (4) treated with low dosage of qiangji jianli yin n=12, (5) treated with yougui wan, n=12. Ten rats injuected with intramuscular distilled water only served as controls. The animals were sacrificied 14 days later and the hypothalamus CRH contents as well as plasma AOM and cortisol levels were measured with RIA. The thymus gland weight index and the adrenal gland index were calculated. Results: (1) The hypothalamus CRH contents and plasma ACTH, cortisol levels were significantly lower (P<0.01) in the rat models of kidney-yang deficiency syndrome without any treatment thas those in controls rats; the thymus and adrenal gland weight index were significantly decreased too (P <0.01). The CRH conteats and ACTH, cortisol levels in all the three group of rat model treated with different dosage of qiangji jianli yin were significantly higher than those in the models without any treatment (P<0.05-0.01). Conclusion: In rat models of kidney-yang deficiency syndrome, dysfunction of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPAA) led to decreased secretion of related hormones. The HPAA function might be partially restored with administation of qiangji jianli yin. (authors)

  6. Glucocorticoid Fast Feedback Inhibition of Stress-Induced ACTH Secretion in the Male Rat: Rate Independence and Stress-State Resistance.

    Osterlund, Chad D; Rodriguez-Santiago, Mariana; Woodruff, Elizabeth R; Newsom, Ryan J; Chadayammuri, Anjali P; Spencer, Robert L

    2016-07-01

    Normal glucocorticoid secretion is critical for physiological and mental health. Glucocorticoid secretion is dynamically regulated by glucocorticoid-negative feedback; however, the mechanisms of that feedback process are poorly understood. We assessed the temporal characteristics of glucocorticoid-negative feedback in vivo using a procedure for drug infusions and serial blood collection in unanesthetized rats that produced a minimal disruption of basal ACTH plasma levels. We compared the negative feedback effectiveness present when stress onset coincides with corticosterone's (CORT) rapidly rising phase (30 sec pretreatment), high plateau phase (15 min pretreatment), or restored basal phase (60 min pretreatment) as well as effectiveness when CORT infusion occurs after the onset of stress (5 min poststress onset). CORT treatment prior to stress onset acted remarkably fast (within 30 sec) to suppress stress-induced ACTH secretion. Furthermore, fast feedback induction did not require rapid increases in CORT at the time of stress onset (hormone rate independent), and those feedback actions were relatively long lasting (≥15 min). In contrast, CORT elevation after stress onset produced limited and delayed ACTH suppression (stress state resistance). There was a parallel stress-state resistance for CORT inhibition of stress-induced Crh heteronuclear RNA in the paraventricular nucleus but not Pomc heteronuclear RNA in the anterior pituitary. CORT treatment did not suppress stress-induced prolactin secretion, suggesting that CORT feedback is restricted to the control of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis elements of a stress response. These temporal, stress-state, and system-level features of in vivo CORT feedback provide an important physiological context for ex vivo studies of molecular and cellular mechanisms of CORT-negative feedback. PMID:27145013

  7. Chronic psychosocial stress results in sensitization of the HPA axis to acute heterotypic stressors despite a reduction of adrenal in vitro ACTH responsiveness.

    Uschold-Schmidt, Nicole; Nyuyki, Kewir D; Füchsl, Andrea M; Neumann, Inga D; Reber, Stefan O

    2012-10-01

    Although chronic psychosocial stress is often accompanied by changes in basal hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity, it is vital for a chronically-stressed organism to mount adequate glucocorticoid (GC) responses when exposed to acute challenges. The main aim of the present study was to test whether this is true or not for the chronic subordinate colony housing (CSC, 19 days) paradigm, an established and clinically relevant mouse model of chronic psychosocial stress. As shown previously, CSC mice are characterized by unaffected morning and decreased evening plasma corticosterone (CORT) levels despite enlarged adrenals, suggesting a maladaptive breakdown of adrenal functioning. Plasma CORT levels, determined by repeated blood sampling via jugular vein catheters, as well as relative right adrenal CORT content were increased in CSC compared with single-housed control (SHC) mice in response to acute elevated platform (EPF, 5min) exposure. However, in vitro stimulation of adrenal explants with physiological and pharmacological doses of ACTH revealed an attenuated responsiveness of both the left and right adrenal glands following CSC, despite mRNA and/or protein expression of melanocortin 2 receptor (Mc2r), Mc2r accessory protein (MRAP), and key enzymes of steroidogenesis were not down-regulated. Taken together, we show that chronic psychosocial stressor exposure impairs in vitro ACTH responsiveness of both the left and right adrenal glands, whereas it increases adrenal responsiveness to an acute heterotypic stressor in vivo. This suggests that an additional factor present during acute stressor exposure in vivo rescues left and right adrenal ACTH sensitivity, or itself acts as CORT secretagogue in chronically stressed CSC mice. PMID:22444976

  8. Clinical management of critically ill patients with Cushing's disease due to ACTH-secreting pituitary macroadenomas: effectiveness of presurgical treatment with pasireotide.

    Cannavo, S; Messina, E; Albani, A; Ferrau, F; Barresi, V; Priola, S; Esposito, F; Angileri, F

    2016-06-01

    The management of critically ill Cushing's disease (CD) patients is extremely challenging. Pasireotide is indicated for the treatment of CD patients when pituitary surgery is unfeasible or has not been curative, but no data are available about the use of this drug as pre-operative treatment in critically ill patients. We report the effects of presurgical pasireotide therapy in CD patients in whom hypercortisolism caused life-threatening hypokalemia, alkalosis, and cardio-respiratory complications precluding surgical approach. Clinical, biochemical, and radiological data of two critically ill patients with ACTH-secreting pituitary macroadenoma, before and during first-line presurgical pasireotide treatment (600 μg s.c. bid). During the first 21 days of treatment, pasireotide therapy induced a rapid, partial decrease of plasma ACTH, serum cortisol, and urinary free cortisol levels, with the consequent normalization of serum potassium concentration and arterial blood gases parameters, in both the patients. They did not experience unmanageable side effects and underwent endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery after 4 weeks of effective treatment. Pre-operative MRI evaluation did not show pituitary tumor shrinkage. Surgical cure of CD was obtained in the first patient, while debulking allowed the pharmacological control of hypercortisolism in the second case. We suggest that pasireotide can induce a rapid improvement of clinical and metabolic conditions in critically ill CD patients in whom surgical approach is considered hazardous and need to be delayed. PMID:25877016

  9. Aberrant expression of glucagon receptors in adrenal glands of a patient with Cushing's syndrome and ACTH-independent macronodular adrenal hyperplasia Expresion aberrante de receptores de glucagón en tejido adrenal de un paciente con síndrome de Cushing e hiperplasia adrenal macronodular indedependiente de ACTH

    Valeria de Miguel

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Adrenocorticotropin (ACTH independent bilateral macronodular adrenal hyperplasia (AIMAH is a rare cause of Cushing´s syndrome, characterized by bilateral adrenal lesions and excess cortisol production despite ACTH suppression. Cortisol synthesis is produced in response to abnormal activation of G-protein- coupled receptors, such as gastric inhibitory peptide, vasopressin, beta adrenergic agonists, LH/hCG and serotonin receptors. The aim of this study was to analyze the expression of glucagon receptors in adrenal glands from an AIMAH patient. A patient with ACTH-independent Cushing´s syndrome and bilateral macronodular adrenal hyperplasia was screened for altered activation of adrenal receptors by physiological (mixed meal and pharmacological (gonadotrophin releasing hormone, ACTH and glucagon tests. The results showed abnormally high levels of serum cortisol after stimulation with glucagon. Hypercortisolism was successfully managed with ketoconazole treatment. Interestingly, a 4-month treatment with a somatostatin analogue (octreotide was also able to reduce cortisol secretion. Finally, Cushing's syndrome was cured after bilateral adrenalectomy. Abnormal mRNA expression for glucagon receptor in the patient´s adrenal glands was observed by Real-Time PCR procedure. These results strongly suggest that the mechanism of AIMAH causing Cushing´s syndrome in this case involves the illicit activation of adrenal glucagon receptors. This is the first case reported of AIMAH associated with ectopic glucagon receptors.La hiperplasia adrenal macronodular bilateral independiente de ACTH (HAMIA es una causa infrecuente de Síndrome de Cushing, caracterizada por lesiones adrenales bilaterales, hipercortisolismo y ACTH plasmática suprimida. La síntesis de cortisol estaría regulada a través de ligandos de receptores asociados a proteína G que se expresan en forma aberrante en la corteza de las glándulas adrenales. El objetivo de este trabajo es analizar

  10. Cortisol and ACTH response to oral dexamethasone in obesity and effects of sex, body fat distribution, and dexamethasone concentrations: a dose-response study.

    Pasquali, Renato; Ambrosi, Bruno; Armanini, Decio; Cavagnini, Francesco; Uberti, Ettore Degli; Del Rio, Graziano; de Pergola, Giovanni; Maccario, Mauro; Mantero, Franco; Marugo, Mario; Rotella, Carlo Maria; Vettor, Roberto

    2002-01-01

    There is increasing evidence that the abdominal obesity phenotype may be associated with multiple alterations of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis activity in both sexes. Our hypothesis is that the lack of adequate cortisol suppression after the dexamethasone test may constitute an indirect marker of HPA axis hyperactivity in the presence of the abdominal obesity phenotype. A total of 34 normal-weight (13 men and 21 women) and 87 obese (36 men and 51 women), healthy, nondepressed subjects therefore underwent four different dexamethasone suppression tests randomly performed at varying intervals of at least 1 wk between each test. After a standard overnight 1-mg dexamethasone test, which served as a reference, three other tests were randomly performed at 1-wk intervals by administering 0.0035, 0.0070, and 0.015 mg oral dexamethasone per kilogram of body weight overnight. Blood samples were obtained for cortisol, ACTH, and dexamethasone. Results were analyzed separately in men and women as well as in normal-weight [body mass index (BMI) 25 kg/m(2)) subjects. The waist circumference and the waist to hip ratio (WHR) were used as markers of body fat distribution. After the standard 1-mg test, cortisol suppression was greater than 90% in all subjects. However, after each test, obese women had significantly higher values of percent cortisol and percent ACTH suppression than normal-weight women without any difference between obese and normal-weight men. Considering the response to the three variable-dose tests, a clear dose- response pattern (P < 0.001 for trend analysis) in percent cortisol and percent ACTH suppression was found in all subjects. After each test men had significantly higher dexamethasone levels than women, regardless of BMI. However, obese women, but not men, had significantly higher dexamethasone levels after each test than their normal-weight counterpart. Plasma dexamethasone concentrations were dose related (P < 0.001 for trend

  11. Effect of adrenalectomy of glucocorticoid treatment upon ACTH, α-MSH, β-MSH, β-LPH, β-endorphin and γ-endorphin-like immunoreactivities in the anterior lobe of the pituitary

    The aim of the present study was the development of five specific and sensitive radioimmunoassay (RIA) methods which make possible simultaneous measurement of various peptides related to beta-lipotropin and ACTH in the distal lobes of normal rats, adrenalectomized (ADX) rats, or ADX rats under chronic dexamethasone treatment. (Auth.)

  12. Early detection of response in small cell bronchogenic carcinoma by changes in serum concentrations of creatine kinase, neuron specific enolase, calcitonin, ACTH, serotonin and gastrin releasing peptide

    Bork, E; Hansen, M; Urdal, P;

    1988-01-01

    Creatine kinase (CK-BB), neuron specific enolase (NSE), ACTH, calcitonin, serotonin and gastrin releasing peptide (GRP) were measured in serum or plasma before and immediately after initiation of treatment in patients with small cell lung cancer (SCC). Pretherapeutic elevated concentrations of CK...... extensive and local disease patients. Serotonin was generally overall elevated in 10% and GRP in 7% but elevations were seen only in patients with extensive disease. Out of the four most frequently elevated substances at least one marker was elevated in 80% of all the patients, including 91% in extensive...... determined within 4-8 weeks. The results indicate that serum CK-BB and NSE are potential markers for SCC at the time of diagnosis and that changes in the concentrations during the first course of cytostatic therapy are promising as biochemical tests for early detection of response to chemotherapy....

  13. Síndrome de Guillain-Barré: a propósito de 5 casos tratados com ACTH e cortisona

    José Lamartine de Assis

    1953-12-01

    Full Text Available São registrados 5. casos de síndrome de Guillain-Barré (polirradiculoneurite tratados com ACTH ou cortisona. Foi observada melhora rápida em todos êles, em tempo variável de um para outro caso, mas menor que o tempo médio de evolução da moléstia quando tais hormônios não são empregados. Em vista da evolução observada é discutida a teoria da patogenia alérgica da doença e sua inclusão no grupo das doenças desmielinizantes do sistema nervoso.

  14. Síndrome de Guillain-Barré: a propósito de três casos, sendo um tratado pelo ACTH

    José Lamartine de Assis

    1953-06-01

    Full Text Available O autor tece considerações sôbre a posição atual da síndrome de Guillain-Barré em face dos progressos recentes da virulogia, da experimentação e da terapêutica. Ao mesmo tempo procura justificar a aproximação daquela síndrome do grupo das afecçÕes desmielinizantes do sistema nervoso, com base nas observações próprias e naquelas encontradas na literatura; estas são de ordem clínica, anátomo-clínica e terapêutica, enquanto as primeiras são de ordem clínica e terapêutica. Dos três casos apresentados, os dois primeiros eram crônicos e com seqüelas irreversíveis, enquanto o terceiro era agudo e foi tratado pelo ACTH na dose de 15 mg em sôro glicosado isotônico, em gôta a gôta, por via intravenosa, durante 8 horas, diàriamente. Nos dois primeiros casos foi conseguida a recuperação da marcha sem apôio, sendo que, no primeiro, conseguiu-se, também, a recuperação satisfatória da movimentação ativa dos membros superiores, permitindo ao enfêrmo desincumbir-se sòzinho das suas atividades habituais indispensáveis. No caso 1 havia edema de papila bilateral que regrediu muito lentamente, além de bloqueio parcial transitório do canal raquidiano com líquor xantocrômico ; no caso 2 era de notar uma síndrome cordonal posterior dominante; no caso 3 havia, como fato digno de realce, comprometimento do miocárdio. Neste caso a remissão da sintomatologia clínica e a melhora progressiva das alterações eletrocardiográficas coincidiram com o emprêgo do ACTH.

  15. The measurement of glucocorticoid concentrations in the serum and faeces of captive African elephants (Loxodonta africana after ACTH stimulation : research communication

    S.K. Stead

    2000-07-01

    Full Text Available Conventionally, the assessment of adrenal responses to stress relies on blood sample collection. However, blood collection from animals is impossible without restraint or immobilisation that influences results. This study was undertaken to validate recently established enzyme immunoassays that measure faecal glucocorticoid metabolites in elephants, and to perform a preliminary investigation into the biological relevance of this non-invasive method for use in assessing the degree of stress in this species. Four juvenile African elephants were injected i.m. with 2.15 mg synthetic adrenocorticotrophic hormone (Synacthén, Novartis, Switzerland. Blood and faecal samples were collected over 4 h and 7 d respectively. Concentrations of serum cortisol and faecal cortisol metabolites were determined using immunoassay. Variability of basal and peak values in blood and faeces was observed among the elephants. After ACTH injection, serum cortisol concentrations increased by 400-700 %. An 11-oxoaetiocholanolone enzyme immunoassay (EIA proved best suited to measure cortisol metabolites (11,17-dioxoandrostanes when compared to a cortisol and corticosterone EIA in faecal samples. Concentrations of faecal 11,17-dioxoandrostanes increased by 570-1070 %, reaching peak levels after 20.0-25.5 h. Greater levels of glucocorticoid metabolites were measured in faecal samples from elephants kept in small enclosures compared to levels in the faeces of animals ranging over a larger area. The results of this preliminary study suggest that non-invasive faecal monitoring of glucocorticoid metabolites is useful in investigating adrenal activity in African elephants.

  16. Complicações neurológicas no decurso de tratamento pelo ACTH: A propósito de um caso de agnosia visual

    O. Freitas Julião

    1953-12-01

    Full Text Available Os autores relatam a observação de um menino de 8 anos de idade, portador de síndrome nefrótica tratada pelo ACTH e que apresentou uma série de graves distúrbios neurológicos conseqüentes a uma crise hipertensiva (a pressão arterial elevou-se a 220-130 mm Hg, ocorrida por ocasião desse tratamento. Manifestando-se inicialmente por cefaléia intensa, depois por crise convulsiva generalizada, à qual se seguiu estado comatoso e posteriormente síndrome confusional, a encefalopatía hipertensiva condicionou, como seqüelas neurológicas mais importantes, distúrbios visuais. Êstes, que se apresentaram, a princípio, sob a forma de amaurose total, assumiram depois o aspecto de distúrbios da percepção, tipo agnóstico, persistentes ainda hoje. A agnosia visual refere-se aos objetos, pessoas, figuras simbólicas e côres.

  17. Hiperplasia adrenal congênita: dosagem da 17-hidroxiprogesterona basal para seleção e casos para realização do teste de estímulo com ACTH sintético Congenital adrenal hyperplasia: measurement of basal 17-hydroxyprogesterone as a screening test to select patients for the synthetic ACTH provocative test

    Lúcia Helena Coelho Nóbrega

    2004-05-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: avaliar se os níveis de 17-hidroxiprogesterona podem predizer o resultado do teste de estímulo como diagnóstico de hiperplasia adrenal congênita, forma tardia. MÉTODOS: foram incluídas no estudo e avaliadas retrospectivamente 122 pacientes com suspeita clínica de hiperplasia adrenal congênita forma tardia. Essa suspeita clínica incluía sinais e/ou sintomas de hiperandrogenismo (hirsutismo, acne, pele oleosa, irregularidade menstrual, etc.. Todas as pacientes foram submetidas ao teste de estímulo da adrenal com ACTH sintético 0,25 mg (Synacthen®. Após repouso de 60 minutos as amostras foram colhidas nos tempos basal e 60 minutos após a administração de 0,25 mg de ACTH sintético para dosagem de 17-hidroxiprogesterona, sendo mantido o acesso venoso com catéter heparinizado. Foi utilizado o método de radioimunoensaio para realizar as dosagens séricas da 17-hidroxiprogesterona. A sensibilidade e a especificidade da 17-hidroxiprogesterona basal como teste de rastreamento para hiperplasia adrenal congênita foram medidas, avaliando vários pontos de corte. Curvas ROC foram feitas para analisar a performance do teste, utilizando o software Medcalc®. RESULTADOS: a análise por curva ROC mostrou um ponto de corte de 181 ng/dl acima do qual dever-se-ia realizar o teste de estímulo, bem próximo a 200 ng/dl, mais comumente aceito pela literatura. Níveis séricos da 17-hidroxiprogesterona mais altos que 200 ng/dl têm valores preditivo positivo e negativo de 75% e 100% e acurácia de 98,4% como diagnóstico de hiperplasia adrenal não-clássica. CONCLUSÕES: considerando os dados, sugerimos que pacientes com hiperandrogenismo clínico devam iniciar a investigação com 17-hidroxiprogesterona basal e, caso esta se mostre acima de 181 ng/dl, sigam a investigação com o teste de estímulo com ACTH sintético.INTRODUCTION: adrenal hyperplasia is a common genetic disorder and 95% of the cases are due to a 21-hydroxylase

  18. Evaluation of aldosterone-and cortisol levels in blood plasma in normal conditions of ingestion of sodium and potassium, after saline-increase and depletion, in regard to position, and after stimulation with ACTH and angiotensin II

    Methods for the determination of plasma aldosterone and cortisol, by radioimmunoassay, were performed utilizing highly specific antisera. With this methodology it was possible to evaluate cortisol and aldosterone secretion, in six normal subjects, submitted to a basal rice diet on standing and recumbent positions, the effects of exogenous cortrosyn (β1-24 ACTH) and angiotensin II and the same manoevres with progressively increased Na+ content of the diet. Aldosterone basal levels decreased with the increase of Na+ content in the diet. However, there were no significant differences between the relative increments observed on the recumbent position, at the three levels of sodium intake. The relative increase of plasma aldosterone after ACTH was similar for each basal level of aldosterone induced by different sodium intakes. The responsiveness of aldosterone secretion to cortrosyn and standing position was similar, with no relation to the sodium intake. The infusion of angiotensin II induced an increase in plasma aldosterone, and the relative increment in the levels of the hormone were higher with high sodium than on the rice diet. The average basal cortisol value at the different levels of sodium intake was significantly different being greater on the basal, rice diet, and there was a decrease in cortisol level after recumbency, with the theree diets. The injection of ACTH induced similar cortisol secretion with no relation to the sodium intake. The infusion of non-hypertensive doses of angiotensin II resulted in an anomalous fall in cortisol level, probably because of 'shunt' of substrates to biosynthesis with the added effect of cortisol diurnal rhythmycity. (Author)

  19. Effects of shugan jieyu panacea on behavior and levels of ACTH in plasma and T3, T4, TSH and rT3 in serum in depression rats

    Objective: To investigate the effects of Shugan Jieyu Panacea (SJP) on behavior and the levels of ACTH in plasma and T3, T4, TSH, rT3 in serum in depression model rats and explore the mechanism. Methods: The model rats were lonely fed and received chronic moderate intensive unpredictable stimulation. Normal control group, depressed model group, high dosage SJP group, middle dosage SJP group, low dosage SJP group and fluoxetine group were set up. Different drugs were used in various groups for 21 d, then the body mass, sugar consumption and the behavior changes of the rats were determined and the levels of ACTH in plasma and T3, T4, TSH, rT3 in serum were detected with radioimmunoassay. Results: Compared with normal group,the body mass was decreased (P4, rT3 markedly decreased (P3 was increased (P<0.05) in high, middle, low dosage SJP groups after treatment. At the same time, there was no obvious difference between SJP groups and fluoxetine groups. Conclusion: SJP can significantly improve the depression in rats, its mechanism may be connected with adjusting the function of HPAA and HPTA. (authors)

  20. Comparison of two commercial kits and two extraction methods for fecal glucocorticoid analysis in ocelots (Leopardus pardalis submitted to ACTH challenge Comparação do desempenho de dois conjuntos comerciais e de dois métodos de extração para a análise de glicocorticóides fecais em jaguatiricas (Leopardus pardalis submetidas ao desafio com ACTH

    Eduardo Antunes Dias

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available The ocelot (Leopardus pardalis is included in list of wild felid species protected by CITES and is part of conservation strategies that necessarily involve the use of assisted reproduction techniques, which requires practical and minimally invasive techniques of high reproducibility that permit the study of animal reproductive physiology. The objective of this study was to compare and validate two commercial assays: ImmuChem Double Antibody Corticosterone 125I RIA from ICN Biomedicals, Costa Mesa, CA, USA; and Coat-a-Count Cortisol 125I RIA from DPC, Los Angeles, CA, USA, for assessment of fecal glucocorticoid metabolites in ocelots submitted to ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone challenge. Fecal samples were collected from five ocelots kept at the Brazilian Center of Neotropical Felines, Associação Mata Ciliar, São Paulo, Brazil, and one of the animals was chosen as a negative control. The experiment was conducted over a period of 9 days. On day 0, a total dose of 100 IU ACTH was administered intramuscularly. Immediately after collection the samples were stored at 20C in labeled plastic bags. The hormone metabolites were subsequently extracted and assayed using the two commercial kits. Previously it was performed a trial with the DPC kit to check the best extraction method for hormones metabolites. Data were analyzed with the SAS program for Windows V8 and reported as means ± SEM. The Schwarzenberger extraction method was slightly better when compared with the Wasser extraction method (103,334.56 ± 19,010.37ng/g of wet feces and 59,223.61 ± 12,725.36ng/g of wet feces respectively; P=0,0657. The ICN kit detected an increase in glucocorticoid metabolite concentrations in a more reliable manner. Metabolite concentrations (ng/g wet feces on day 0 and day 1 were 66,956.28 ± 36,786.93 and 92,991.19 ± 28,555.63 for the DPC kit, and 205,483.32 ± 83,811.32 and 814,578.75 ± 292,150.47 for the ICN kit, respectively. The limit of detection for the

  1. The effect of 5-HT depletion in bilateral amygdalae on the behavior of depression and serum ACTH, TSH levels in mice%杏仁核去5-HT支配小鼠抑郁样行为学变化与血清ACTH和TSH浓度的关系

    宋亮; 刘阳; 张继猛; 刘芳; 陈幽婷

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effect of 5 - hydroxytryptamine (5 - HT) depletion in bilateral amygdalae by 5,7 -dihydroxytryptamine (5,7 - DHT) on the behavior of depression and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) , thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level in mice, to investigate its regulation on ACTH and TSH , so as to the relationship with depression. Methods Male Kunming mice were divided into control groups and 5,7 -DHT groups; to collect serum samples at differrent time point (1 h, 14 d, 21 d after operation) , then to detect the ACTH and TSH level of mouse serum by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay ( ELISA) ; to evaluate the depressive behavior in mice via forced swimming and tail suspension test. Results Compared with control group , the 14 day 5,7- DHT group significantly increased the immobility time of depression model in two tests (P <0. 05 ) , but only immobility time of tail suspension test increased in 21 day group. Compared with control group , the 14 day 5,7 -DHT group significantly decreased the serum ACTH and TSH levels ( P < 0.05 ) , and the 21 day ACTH levels were still lower than control group ( P < 0.05 ) , but higher than 14 day's, while the TSH level returned to normal. Conclusion The mice of which 5 -HT are depleted in bilateral amygdalae display depression behavior , while the ACTH and TSH in serum decrease significantly , but will increase to normal level gradually, while systems of depression have not vanished absolutely .%目的 观察小鼠双侧杏仁核去5-羟色胺(5-HT)支配后,在不同时程内所出现的抑郁样行为以及血清促肾上腺皮质激素(ACTH)和促甲状腺激素(TSH)浓度的变化,探讨杏仁核内的5-HT对下丘脑-垂体-肾上腺(HPA)轴和下丘脑-垂体-甲状腺(HPT)轴的调节以及与抑郁症的关系.方法 双侧杏仁核定位注射5-HT能神经元的特异性损毁剂5,7-双羟色胺(5,7-DHT,DHT组)或生理盐水加维生素C(Vc,溶剂组),在不同时间点(术后1 h、14天、21天)采血,

  2. 多囊卵巢综合征患者对ACTH反应的差异及其机制探讨%Mechanism of varied responsiveness to ACTH in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome

    徐呈; 杨军; 张惠杰; 洪洁; 宁光; 李小英

    2010-01-01

    目的 观察多囊卵巢综合征(PCOS)患者ACTH兴奋试验后17羟孕酮(17OHP)的不同反应,及其与21羟化酶(CYP21)启动子区单核苷酸多态性的关系,初步探讨PCOS患者肾上腺源性高雄激素的产生机制.方法 对30名正常女性和101例PCOS患者进行ACTH兴奋试验,将PCOS患者分为高反应组(HR-PCOS)和正常反应组(NR-PCOS).比较两亚组基本情况、激素水平.对其中87例PCOS患者和30名正常女性进行CYP21启动子区-710 bp-1 bp测序,了解其单核苷酸多态性与ACTH兴奋后17OHP水平之间的关系.结果 在101例PCOS患者中,21例(20.8%)ACTH兴奋试验后17OHP水平高于正常,为HR-PCOS组;其余80例(79.2%)反应正常,为NR-PCOS组.HR-PCOS组血清总睾酮水平高于NR-PCOS组(PT与17OHP高反应有关,-535位点的基因型与兴奋后170HP水平存在较好的相关性(r=0.20,P=0.03).其少见基因型(T/T型)和等位基因型T在高反应组中多见(PT in the promoter region of CYP21 A2 may play a role in regulating 21 hydroxylase gene expression and further influencing 17OHP responsiveness to ACTH.

  3. 吸毒人群血清ACTH、5-HT、β-内啡肽和cAMP水平的研究%A CLINICAL RESEARCH ON LEVELS OF ACTH,5-BT,β-ENDORPHIN,cAMP AND OTHER PARAMETERS OF DRUG ADDICTS

    杨朝阳; 李灿东; 黄世庚; 吕京和

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To compare the levels of serum ACTH, 5 - HT, β - endorphin, cAMP among drug addicts and control subjects. Methods: The cases - control comparison between drug addicts and healthy people was adopted. Diagnosis standards of drug addicts conform to the standards in Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders, CCMD - 3. Results: There is a significant difference in cAMP level between drug addict group and healthy group, while no differences in 5 - HT, ACTH, β- endorphin between two groups were observed. Conclusion: The increased serum cAMP may be one of the factors that influence the emotion changes in drug addicts.%目的:研究吸毒人群血清ACTH、5-羟色胺(5-HT)、β-内啡肽和cAMP水平与健康人群的差异.方法:对吸毒者和健康者进行病例一对照研究,吸毒者诊断标准均符合第三版(CCMD-3).结果:吸毒组与健康组血清cAMP水平存在显著性差异;5-HT、ACTH、B-内啡肽水平在两组间无显著性差异.结论:吸毒人群血清cAMP的含量升高可能是影响情志改变的因素之一.

  4. Brief cognitive interventions interact with resilience to modulate ACTH response to the Trier Social Stress Test

    Stefanie Eva Mayer; Abelson, James L; Thane Erickson; Hedieh Briggs; Jennifer Crocker; Israel Liberzon

    2012-01-01

    Rationale/statement of the problem : Stress undermines health, perhaps via activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary andrenal (HPA) axis. There is evidence that psychological factors (i.e., sense of control, familiarity, effective coping, and social support) can buffer stress effects and HPA axis activation. There is also evidence that resilience and compassionate goal orientations (striving to help others rather than promoting the self) are associated with health and well-being, perhaps via H...

  5. Chronic ethanol exposure produces tolerance to elevations in neuroactive steroids: Mechanisms and reversal by exogenous ACTH

    Boyd, Kevin N.; Kumar, Sandeep; O'Buckley, Todd K.; Morrow, A. Leslie

    2010-01-01

    Acute ethanol administration increases potent GABAergic neuroactive steroids, specifically (3α,5α)-3-hydroxypregnan-20-one (3α,5α-THP) and (3α,5α)-3,21-dihydroxypregnan-20-one. In addition, neuroactive steroids contribute to ethanol actions. Chronic ethanol exposure results in tolerance to many effects of ethanol, including ethanol-induced increases in neuroactive steroid levels. To determine the mechanisms of tolerance to ethanol-induced increases in neuroactive steroids, we investigated cri...

  6. CHANNEL CATFISH, ICTALURUS PUNCTATUS, LEUKOCYTES SECRETE IMMUNOREACTIVE ADRENAL CORTICOTROPIN HORMONE (ACTH). (R823881)

    The perspectives, information and conclusions conveyed in research project abstracts, progress reports, final reports, journal abstracts and journal publications convey the viewpoints of the principal investigator and may not represent the views and policies of ORD and EPA. Concl...

  7. Autoantibodies against α-MSH, ACTH, and LHRH in anorexia and bulimia nervosa patients

    Fetissov, Sergueï O.; Hallman, Jarmila; Oreland, Lars; af Klinteberg, Britt; Grenbäck, Eva; Hulting, Anna-Lena; Hökfelt, Tomas

    2002-01-01

    The hypothalamic arcuate nucleus is involved in the control of energy intake and expenditure and may participate in the pathogenesis of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN). Two systems are of particular interest in this respect, synthesizing α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) and synthesizing neuropeptide Y, respectively. We report here that 42 of 57 (74%) AN and/or BN patients studied had in their plasma Abs that bind to melanotropes and/or corticotr...

  8. Lower birth weight and attenuated adrenocortical response to ACTH in offspring from sows that orally received cortisol during gestation

    Kranendonk, G.; Hopster, H.; Fillerup, M.; Ekkel, E.D.; Mulder, E.J.H.; Wiegant, V.M.; Taverne, M.A.M.

    2006-01-01

    Prenatal stress is known to affect several offspring characteristics, but its effects depend among other factors on the period of gestation in which it is applied. In the present study, oral administration of hydrocortisone-acetate (HCA) was used to elevate cortisol concentrations in pregnant sows t

  9. ACTH deficiency, higher doses of hydrocortisone replacement, and radiotherapy are independent predictors of mortality in patients with acromegaly.

    Sherlock, M

    2009-11-01

    A number of retrospective studies report that patients with acromegaly have increased morbidity and premature mortality, with standardized mortality ratios (SMR) of 1.3-3. Many patients with acromegaly develop hypopituitarism as a result of the pituitary adenoma itself or therapies such as surgery and radiotherapy. Pituitary radiotherapy and hypopituitarism have also been associated with an increased SMR.

  10. Independent of 5-HT1A receptors, neurons in the paraventricular hypothalamus mediate ACTH responses from MDMA

    Zaretsky, Dmitry V.; Zaretskaia, Maria V.; DiMicco, Joseph A.; Durant, Pamela J.; Ross, Christian T.; Rusyniak, Daniel E

    2013-01-01

    Acute and chronic complications from the substituted amphetamine 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) are linked to activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. How MDMA activates the HPA axis is not known. HPA responses to stress are known to be mediated through the paraventricular (PVH) hypothalamus and to involve serotonin-1a (5-HT1A) receptors. We sought to determine if the PVH and 5-HT1A receptors were also involved in mediating HPA responses to MDMA. Rats were pretre...

  11. Using microarrays to identify positional candidate genes for QTL: the case study of ACTH response in pigs

    Jouffe, Vincent; Rowe, Suzanne; Liaubet, Laurence;

    2009-01-01

    Background: Microarray studies can supplement QTL studies by suggesting potential candidate. Microarray studies can supplement QTL studies by suggesting potential candidate genes in the QTL regions, which by themselves are too large to provide a limited selection of candidate genes. Here we provi...

  12. Exponentially Distributed Outages of Decreased ACTH and Cortisol Responses to Stress in Healthy Adults with Childhood Maltreatment

    Geetha. T; Karthika. K

    2014-01-01

    Preclinical research findings suggest that exposure to stress and concomitantly hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activation during early development can have permanent and potentially deleterious effects. A history of early-life abuse or neglect appears to increase risk for mood and anxiety disorders. Abnormal HPA response to stress challenge has been reported in adult patients with Major Depressive Disorder and PostTraumatic Stress Disorder. This paper discussed the cons...

  13. The effect of isoflurane anaesthesia and vasectomy on circulating corticosterone and ACTH in BALB/c mice

    Jacobsen, Kirsten Rosenmaj; Kalliokoski, Otto; Teilmann, Anne Charlotte;

    2012-01-01

    The use of blood corticosterone and faecal corticosterone metabolites as biomarkers of post-surgical stress and pain in laboratory animals has increased during the last decade. However, many aspects of their reliability in laboratory mice remain uninvestigated. This study investigated serum...... stress hormone profiles. Vasectomy resulted in an increase in corticosterone for at least four hours after surgery with a peak 30min after the mice regained righting reflex. Mice subjected to isoflurane anaesthesia without surgery had the highest level of serum corticosterone 5min after regained righting...... an increase in serum glucocorticoids, but the negative feedback mechanism of newly operated mice, was altered. This may have consequences for the interpretation of glucocorticoids measurements as a biomarker of post-surgical stress in mice....

  14. Lycopene and Beta-Carotene Induce Growth Inhibition and Proapoptotic Effects on ACTH-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma Cells

    Natália F Haddad; Anderson J Teodoro; Felipe Leite de Oliveira; Nathália Soares; Rômulo Medina de Mattos; Fábio Hecht; Rômulo Sperduto Dezonne; Leandro Vairo; Regina Coeli Dos Santos Goldenberg; Flávia Carvalho Alcântara Gomes; Denise Pires de Carvalho; Gadelha, Mônica R.; Luiz Eurico Nasciutti; Leandro Miranda-Alves

    2013-01-01

    Pituitary adenomas comprise approximately 10-15% of intracranial tumors and result in morbidity associated with altered hormonal patterns, therapy and compression of adjacent sella turcica structures. The use of functional foods containing carotenoids contributes to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and vascular disorders. In this study, we evaluated the influence of different concentrations of beta-carotene and lycopene on cell viability, colony formation, cell cycle, apopto...

  15. alpha-Melanocyte-stimulating-hormone precursors in the pig pituitary

    Fenger, M

    1986-01-01

    The occurrence of intermediates from the processing of ACTH-(1-39) [adrenocorticotropic hormone-(1-39)] to alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone was investigated in normal pig pituitaries by the use of sensitive and specific radioimmunoassays for ACTH-(1-13), ACTH-(1-14), ACTH-(1-13)-NH2 and ACTH-...

  16. An unusual case of an ACTH-secreting macroadenoma with a germline variant in the aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) gene

    Dinesen, Pia T; Dal, Jakob; Gabrovska, Plamena; Gaustadnes, Mette; Gravholt, Claus H; Stals, Karen; Denes, Judit; Asa, Sylvia L; Korbonits, Márta; Jørgensen, Jens O L

    2015-01-01

    diagnosed with a large pituitary tumor by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). His visual fields were intact and he exhibited no features of CD. Owing to an exuberant response to synacthen, an overnight dexamethasone suppression test was performed revealing inadequate suppression of plasma cortisol (419 nmol...... adrenocortical failure. Genetic testing revealed an AIP variant of unknown significance (p.R16H) without loss of the normal AIP allele in the tumor. A literature review showed ten CD patients with AIP gene variants, of whom five (including our case) were p.R16H. CD is occasionally dominated by pituitary tumor...... pituitary tumor growth rather than symptoms of hypersecretion.Resolution of both tumor remnant and hormonal hypersecretion may occur within 2 months after postoperative radiotherapy.The particular AIP gene variant identified in our patient is shared by four other reported cases of CD....

  17. Relationship among nitric oxide, leptin, ACTH, corticosterone, and IL-1β, in the early and late phases of adjuvant arthritis in male Long Evans rats

    Stofková, A.; Skurlová, M.; Tybitanclová, K.; Veselský, Leopold; Železná, Blanka; Jurčovičová, J.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 79, č. 26 (2006), s. 2486-2491. ISSN 0024-3205 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA305/06/0427 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50520514 Keywords : adjuvant arthritis * nitric oxide * IL-1beta Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 2.389, year: 2006

  18. Spatial learning and the hippocampal corticosterone receptor system of old rats : effect of the ACTH4-9 analogue ORG 2766

    Rigter, H; Veldhuis, H D; de Kloet, E R

    1984-01-01

    Old (26 months) and young (6 months) male Wistar rats were treated chronically for 2 weeks with ORG 2766 or with vehicle, delivered via subcutaneously implanted minipumps (0.5 microgram peptide/0.5 microliter/h). Learning of a spatial task was not impaired in the old animals, except for one measure,

  19. Hiperplasia adrenal congênita: dosagem da 17-hidroxiprogesterona basal para seleção e casos para realização do teste de estímulo com ACTH sintético Congenital adrenal hyperplasia: measurement of basal 17-hydroxyprogesterone as a screening test to select patients for the synthetic ACTH provocative test

    Lúcia Helena Coelho Nóbrega; Josivan Gomes de Lima; Maria Lúcia Coelho Nóbrega; Ana Luiza de Souza Brito; Raphael Pinto de Mendonça

    2004-01-01

    OBJETIVOS: avaliar se os níveis de 17-hidroxiprogesterona podem predizer o resultado do teste de estímulo como diagnóstico de hiperplasia adrenal congênita, forma tardia. MÉTODOS: foram incluídas no estudo e avaliadas retrospectivamente 122 pacientes com suspeita clínica de hiperplasia adrenal congênita forma tardia. Essa suspeita clínica incluía sinais e/ou sintomas de hiperandrogenismo (hirsutismo, acne, pele oleosa, irregularidade menstrual, etc.). Todas as pacientes foram submetidas ao te...

  20. Endocrine abnormalities in human temporal lobe epilepsy.

    Gallagher, B. B.

    1987-01-01

    Patients with temporal lobe epilepsy secrete ACTH at higher rates and in greater amounts than normal subjects. Temporal lobectomy restores ACTH secretion to normal amounts and rates. The ACTH secretion in temporal lobe epilepsy is independent of anticonvulsant drug effect and seizure frequency. Electrical stimulation of medial temporal lobe structures in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy affected ACTH secretion in a manner consistent with the hypothesis that ACTH secretion is regulated by ...

  1. Biosynthesis of phosphorylated forms of corticotropin-related peptides.

    Bennett, H P; Browne, C. A.; Solomon, S.

    1981-01-01

    Phosphorylated forms of corticotropin[ACTH (1-39)], corticotropin-like intermediary lobe peptide[CLIP, ACTH (18-39)], and the common precursor for ACTH and beta-lipotropin (beta-LPH) have been identified in extracts of rat pituitaries, 32P-Labeled inorganic phosphate was successfully incorporated into ACTH (1-39), CLIP, and the ACTH/beta-LPH precursor in rat neurointermediary lobe explants and into ACTH (1-39) in isolated rat anterior pituitary cells. After peptidase digestion of the labeled ...

  2. Radioimmunoassay for plasma corticotropin in frogs (Rana esculenta L.)

    A radioimmunoassay technique has been developed for measuring frog plasma corticotropin (ACTH) without prior extraction. Using synthetic porcine ACTH as a reference standard, 131I-labeled synthetic human ACTH (sp act greater than 500 mCi/mg) as tracer and rabbit anti-porcine ACTH serum, the lower measurable value was estimated at about 4 pg ACTH. Only human and porcine ACTH, ACTH, and frog pituitary ACTH reacted with the rabbit anti-porcine ACTH serum. No cross-reactivity has been found with synthetic ACTH, αMSH, and bovine βMSH. Appearance of damaged 131I-h ACTH components after storage in plasma solutions was followed for 7 days. The conditions making it possible to reduce ACTH damage have been ascertained. The average plasma corticotropin level (+- CI) was found to be 38.8 +- 7.8 pg/ml without any significant difference between males and females. These results suggest that frog ACTH secretion has much in common with mammalian secretions

  3. Imaging in Cushing's syndrome; Imagem em sindrome de Cushing

    Sahdev, Anju; Evanson, Jane [St. Bartholomew' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Diagnostic Imaging; Reznek, Rodney H. [St. Bartholomew' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom). Institute of Cancer. Cancer Imaging; Grossman, Ashley B. [St. Bartholomew' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Endocrinology]. E-mail: anju.sahdev@bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk

    2007-11-15

    Once the diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome (CS) has been established, the main step is to differentiate between ACTH dependent and independent disease. In adults, 80% of CS is due to ACTH-dependent causes and 20% due to adrenal causes. ACTH-secreting neoplasms cause ACTH-dependent CS. These are usually anterior pituitary microadenomas, which result in the classic Cushing's disease. Non-pituitary ectopic sources of ACTH, such as a small-cell lung carcinoma or carcinoid tumours, are the source of the remainder of ACTH-dependent disease. In the majority of patients presenting with clinical and biochemical evidence of CS, modern non-invasive imaging can accurately and efficiently provide the cause and the nature of the underlying pathology. Imaging is essential for determining the source of ACTH in ectopic ACTH production, locating the pituitary tumours and distinguishing adrenal adenomas, carcinomas and hyperplasias. In our chapter we review the adrenal appearances in ACTH-dependent and ACTH-independent CS. We also include a discussion on the use of MRI and CT for the detection and management of pituitary ACTH secreting adenomas. CT of the chest, abdomen and pelvis with intravenous injection of contrast medium is the most sensitive imaging modality for the identification of the ectopic ACTH source and detecting adrenal pathology. MRI is used for characterising adrenal adenomas, problem solving in difficult cases and for detecting ACTH-secreting pituitary adenomas. (author)

  4. Imaging in Cushing's syndrome

    Once the diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome (CS) has been established, the main step is to differentiate between ACTH dependent and independent disease. In adults, 80% of CS is due to ACTH-dependent causes and 20% due to adrenal causes. ACTH-secreting neoplasms cause ACTH-dependent CS. These are usually anterior pituitary microadenomas, which result in the classic Cushing's disease. Non-pituitary ectopic sources of ACTH, such as a small-cell lung carcinoma or carcinoid tumours, are the source of the remainder of ACTH-dependent disease. In the majority of patients presenting with clinical and biochemical evidence of CS, modern non-invasive imaging can accurately and efficiently provide the cause and the nature of the underlying pathology. Imaging is essential for determining the source of ACTH in ectopic ACTH production, locating the pituitary tumours and distinguishing adrenal adenomas, carcinomas and hyperplasias. In our chapter we review the adrenal appearances in ACTH-dependent and ACTH-independent CS. We also include a discussion on the use of MRI and CT for the detection and management of pituitary ACTH secreting adenomas. CT of the chest, abdomen and pelvis with intravenous injection of contrast medium is the most sensitive imaging modality for the identification of the ectopic ACTH source and detecting adrenal pathology. MRI is used for characterising adrenal adenomas, problem solving in difficult cases and for detecting ACTH-secreting pituitary adenomas. (author)

  5. Influence of Medium - Sized Load Exercise on Mouse ACTH of Psychological Stress and T - lymphocyte%中等负荷运动对心理应激大鼠ACTH、T淋巴细胞亚群的影响

    黄美蓉; 施鹏; 颜军

    2011-01-01

    应激对免疫功能的影响是复杂的,机体往往因应激源的种类、刺激强度、持续时间、被测个体差异等不同而产生不同的免疫应答.在应激状态下,中枢神经系统、内分泌神经系统的异常变化是影响机体免疫功能的主要中介.身体锻炼作为一种有效的心理干预手段,可以通过多种途径降低心理应激反应.本研究试图采用免疫学、神经内分泌学手段,通过对促肾上腺皮质激素和T淋巴细胞亚群的检测,探讨中等负荷身体锻炼应对心理应激的免疫学机制.

  6. Comparison of two commercial kits and two extraction methods for fecal glucocorticoid analysis in ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) submitted to ACTH challenge Comparação do desempenho de dois conjuntos comerciais e de dois métodos de extração para a análise de glicocorticóides fecais em jaguatiricas (Leopardus pardalis) submetidas ao desafio com ACTH

    Eduardo Antunes Dias; Marcilio Nichi; Marcelo A.B.V Guimarães

    2008-01-01

    The ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) is included in list of wild felid species protected by CITES and is part of conservation strategies that necessarily involve the use of assisted reproduction techniques, which requires practical and minimally invasive techniques of high reproducibility that permit the study of animal reproductive physiology. The objective of this study was to compare and validate two commercial assays: ImmuChem Double Antibody Corticosterone 125I RIA from ICN Biomedicals, Costa...

  7. Radioimmunoassay of plasma corticotropin in the edible Frog Rana esculenta L

    In the green Frog (Rana esculenta) the plasma contains a polypeptide immunologically related to human and porcine corticotropins. A radioimmunoassay capable of detecting 4.10-12 g hog ACTH has been used for a direct plasma ACTH assay in the Frog. Using this method the ACTH rate was determined both in untreated frogs and in animals under various experimental conditions

  8. A rare cause of Cushing's syndrome

    Folkestad, Lars; Andersen, Marianne Skovsager; Nielsen, Anne Lerberg;

    2014-01-01

    Excess glucocorticoid levels cause Cushing's syndrome (CS) and may be due to pituitary, adrenal or ectopic tumours. Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels are useful in identifying adrenal tumours. In rare cases, ACTH-producing phaeochromocytomas are the cause of CS. We present two cases of ACTH...

  9. Phosphorylated form of adrenocorticotropin and corticotropin-like intermediary lobe peptide in human tumors

    Many peptides contribute to the heterogeneity of immunoreactive adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) in man. The use of a radioimmunoassay (RIA) specifically directed against the C-terminal end of ACTH allowed the precise study of the following four peptides: ACTH itself, corticotropin-like intermediary lobe peptide (CLIP) or ACTH and their phosphorylated forms on SeR31. The authors have set up a high-performance liquid chromatography system that separates these four molecules in a single run, to establish their relative distributions in tumors responsible for Cushing's disease or for the ectopic ACTH syndrome, and to evaluate the possible interference of phospho-Ser31 on various RIA or immuno-radiometric assay (IRMA) recognition systems for ACTH. In this system, alkaline phosphatase treatment shifted the retention time of the phosphorylated peptides to that of their non-phosphorylated counterparts. In three tumors responsible for the ectopic ACTH syndrome, CLIP peptides were predominant in two and phosphorylated molecules represented between 22% and 50% of immuno-reactive materials. In five pituitary tumors responsible for Cushing's disease, ACTH peptides were predominant and the phosphorylated molecules varied between 35% and 75% in four of them. In the same tumor the ratios of phosphorylated to non-phosphorylated CLIP or ACTH were identical. The presence of phospho-Ser31 did not affect the recognition ability of two mid-ACTH and two C-terminal ACTH RIA's, nor of the ACTH IRMA. 15 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs

  10. Internal jugular vein: Peripheral vein adrenocorticotropic hormone ratio in patients with adrenocorticotropic hormone-dependent Cushing′s syndrome: Ratio calculated from one adrenocorticotropic hormone sample each from right and left internal jugular vein during corticotrophin releasing hormone stimulation test

    Sachin Chittawar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Demonstration of central: Peripheral adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH gradient is important for diagnosis of Cushing′s disease. Aim: The aim was to assess the utility of internal jugular vein (IJV: Peripheral vein ACTH ratio for diagnosis of Cushing′s disease. Materials and Methods: Patients with ACTH-dependent Cushing′s syndrome (CS patients were the subjects for this study. One blood sample each was collected from right and left IJV following intravenous hCRH at 3 and 5 min, respectively. A simultaneous peripheral vein sample was also collected with each IJV sample for calculation of IJV: Peripheral vein ACTH ratio. IJV sample collection was done under ultrasound guidance. ACTH was assayed using electrochemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA. Results: Thirty-two patients participated in this study. The IJV: Peripheral vein ACTH ratio ranged from 1.07 to 6.99 ( n = 32. It was more than 1.6 in 23 patients. Cushing′s disease could be confirmed in 20 of the 23 cases with IJV: Peripheral vein ratio more than 1.6. Four patients with Cushing′s disease and 2 patients with ectopic ACTH syndrome had IJV: Peripheral vein ACTH ratio less than 1.6. Six cases with unknown ACTH source were excluded for calculation of sensitivity and specificity of the test. Conclusion: IJV: Peripheral vein ACTH ratio calculated from a single sample from each IJV obtained after hCRH had 83% sensitivity and 100% specificity for diagnosis of CD.

  11. Phosphorylated form of adrenocorticotropin and corticotropin-like intermediary lobe peptide in human tumors

    Massias, J.F.; Hardouin, S.; Vieau, D.; Lenne, F.; Bertagna, X. (Univ Rene Descartes, Paris (France))

    1994-10-01

    Many peptides contribute to the heterogeneity of immunoreactive adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) in man. The use of a radioimmunoassay (RIA) specifically directed against the C-terminal end of ACTH allowed the precise study of the following four peptides: ACTH itself, corticotropin-like intermediary lobe peptide (CLIP) or ACTH and their phosphorylated forms on SeR[sup 31]. The authors have set up a high-performance liquid chromatography system that separates these four molecules in a single run, to establish their relative distributions in tumors responsible for Cushing's disease or for the ectopic ACTH syndrome, and to evaluate the possible interference of phospho-Ser[sup 31] on various RIA or immuno-radiometric assay (IRMA) recognition systems for ACTH. In this system, alkaline phosphatase treatment shifted the retention time of the phosphorylated peptides to that of their non-phosphorylated counterparts. In three tumors responsible for the ectopic ACTH syndrome, CLIP peptides were predominant in two and phosphorylated molecules represented between 22% and 50% of immuno-reactive materials. In five pituitary tumors responsible for Cushing's disease, ACTH peptides were predominant and the phosphorylated molecules varied between 35% and 75% in four of them. In the same tumor the ratios of phosphorylated to non-phosphorylated CLIP or ACTH were identical. The presence of phospho-Ser[sup 31] did not affect the recognition ability of two mid-ACTH and two C-terminal ACTH RIA's, nor of the ACTH IRMA. 15 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  12. Evaluation of adrenocortical function in Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris).

    Tripp, Kathleen M; Verstegen, John P; Deutsch, Charles J; Bonde, Robert K; de Wit, Martine; Manire, Charles A; Gaspard, Joseph; Harr, Kendal E

    2011-01-01

    The study objectives were to determine the predominant manatee glucocorticoid; validate assays to measure this glucocorticoid and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH); determine diagnostic thresholds to distinguish physiological vs. pathological concentrations; identify differences associated with sex, age class, female reproductive status, capture time, and lactate; and determine the best methods for manatee biologists and clinicians to diagnose stress. Cortisol is the predominant manatee glucocorticoid. IMMULITE 1000 assays for cortisol and ACTH were validated. Precision yielded intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation for serum cortisol: ≤23.5 and ≤16.7%; and ACTH: ≤6.9 and ≤8.5%. Accuracy resulted in a mean adjusted R(2)≥0.87 for serum cortisol and ≥0.96 for ACTH. Assay analytical sensitivities for cortisol (0.1 µg/dl) and ACTH (10.0 pg/ml) were verified. Methods were highly correlated with another IMMULITE 1000 for serum cortisol (r=0.97) and ACTH (r=0.98). There was no significant variation in cortisol or ACTH with sex or age class and no correlation with female progesterone concentrations. Cortisol concentrations were highest in unhealthy manatees, chronically stressed by disease or injury. ACTH was greatest in healthy free-ranging or short-term rehabilitating individuals, peracutely stressed by capture and handling. Cortisol concentrations ≥1.0 µg/dl were diagnostic of chronic stress; ACTH concentrations ≥87.5 pg/ml were diagnostic of peracute stress. In healthy long-term captive manatees, cortisol (0.4±0.2 µg/dl) and ACTH (47.7±15.9 pg/ml) concentrations were lower than healthy free-ranging, short-term rehabilitated or unhealthy manatees. Capture time was not significantly correlated with cortisol; ACTH correlation was borderline significant. Cortisol and ACTH were positively correlated with lactate. PMID:20187090

  13. Study to Allow Access to Pasireotide for Patients Benefiting From Pasireotide Treatment in a Novartis-sponsored Study.

    2016-02-28

    Cushing's Disease,; Acromegaly,; Neuroendocrine Tumors,; Pituitary Tumors; Ectopic ACTH Secreting (EAS) Tumors,; Dumping Syndrome,; Prostate Cancer,; Melanoma Negative for bRAF,; Melanoma Negative for nRAS

  14. Severe Hypokalaemia, Hypertension, and Intestinal Perforation in Ectopic Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Syndrome

    Karacaer, Cengiz; Açikgöz, Seyyid Bilal; Aydemir, Yusuf; Tamer, Ali

    2016-01-01

    Ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) syndrome is a rare cause of the Cushing’s syndrome. The occurrence of the ectopic ACTH syndrome presenting with severe hypokalaemia, metabolic alkalosis, and hypertension has been highlighted in case reports. However, presentation with lower gastrointestinal perforation is not known. We report the case of a 70-year-old male patient with severe hypokalaemia, metabolic alkalosis, hypertension, and colonic perforation as manifestations of an ACTH-secreting small cell lung carcinoma. Ectopic ACTH syndrome should be kept in mind as a cause of hypokalaemia, hypertension, and intestinal perforation in patients with lung carcinoma. PMID:26894113

  15. A radioimmunoassay of plasma corticotrophin

    An assay has been established, based on high-affinity antibodies against the N-terminal part of the ACTH molecule, with a detection limit of 2 pg ACTH when assaying 200 μl of unextracted plasma and allowing a total incubation time of 3 days. The antibody has been obtained by immunizing guinea-pigs with synthetic human 1-24 ACTH coupled to bovine serum albumin. The selected antibody has an equilibrium constant of 4x1011 litres/mole in a final dilution of 1/320,000. The antiserum reacts with synthetic human 1-39 ACTH as well as with synthetic human 1-24 ACTH; the hormonally inactive synthetic human 11-24 ACTH fragment and the α- and β-melanocyte-stimulating hormones do not cross-react in the assay. The inter-assay coefficient of variation of replicate estimates was 11-13%. The reproducibility of the standard curve was evaluated by calculating the amount of ACTH corresponding to 5% of the (B/T)0 value, 1.2+-0.4 pg ACTH/tube+-SD and 50% of the (B/T)0 value, 15.7+-2.6 pg ACTH/tube+-SD. Validation of the assay was obtained by assaying samples from patients with verified adrenal disorders, and the accuracy was supported by ACTH determinations in tests where metyrapon had been administered intravenously. Stimulation of ACTH production by insulin-induced hypoglycaemia was found as well. Special attention was always paid to the conditions under which the blood was sampled. A reference interval of 10-76 ng/l was found (115 normal subjects). (author)

  16. Radioimmunoassay of plasma corticotrophin

    An assay has been established, based on antibodies against the N-terminal part of the ACTH molecule with a high affinity, a detection limit of 2 pg ACTH when assaying 200 ul unextracted plasma, and implying a total incubation time of three days. The antibody has been obtained by immunizing guinea-pigs with synthetic human 1-24 ACTH coupled to bovine serum albumin. The selected antibody has an equilibrium constant of 4 x 1011 litres/mole in a final dilution of 1/320.000. The antiserum reacts with synthetic human 1-39 ACTH as well as with synthetic human 1-24 ACTH, and the hormonally inactive synthetic human 11-24 ACTH fragment as well as alpha- and beta-melanocyte-stimulating hormones do not cross-react in the assay. The interassay coefficient of variation of replicate estimates was 11-13%. The reproducibility of the standard curve have been evaluated by calculating the amount of ACTH corresponding to 5% of the (B/T)o value, 1.2+-0.4 pg ACTH/tube+-SD and 50% of (B/T)o value, 15.7+-2.6 pg ACTH/tube+-SD. Validation of the assay has been obtained by assaying samples from patients with verified adrenal disorders, and the accuracy is supported by ACTH determinations in test, where metyrapon had been administered intravenously. A stimulation of ACTH production by insulin-induced hypoglycaemia has been found as well. Special attention is always paid as to the conditions for the blood sampling. A reference interval of 10-76 ng/l has been found (115 normal subjects). (orig.)

  17. New developments in the medical treatment of Cushing's syndrome

    R. van der Pas (Rob); W.W. de Herder (Wouter); L.J. Hofland (Leo); R.A. Feelders (Richard)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractCushing's syndrome (CS) is a severe endocrine disorder characterized by chronic cortisol excess due to an ACTH-secreting pituitary adenoma, ectopic ACTH production, or a cortisol-producing adrenal neoplasia. Regardless of the underlying cause, untreated CS is associated with considerable

  18. Bilateral catheterization of inferior petrosal sinous: Utility in Cushing syndrome

    The aim of this study is to present our experience on bilateral and simultaneous inferior petrous sinus catheterization, on those patients with ACTH -dependent Cushing's syndrome. We describe the procedure and our results. Material and Method: A retrospective study was held between January 2003 and September 2009, including nine patients (2 men, 7 women) presenting ACTH - dependent Cushing's syndrome. Simultaneous inferior petrosal sinus catheterization was performed in all of them, sampling basal ACTH and after CRH stimulation. ACTH levels gradient in different pituitary locations and peripheral blood levels was recorded. Diagnosis was suggested when inappropriate and maintained hypercortisolemia. High urinary free cortisol levels and no response to dexamethasone suppression were detected. Eight out of nine patients had a prior negative imaging test result. Results: Inferior petrosal sinus bilateral catheterization was successfully performed in all cases, with no evidence of further complications. The results showed definitive diagnosis in all cases. In four patients ACTH levels gradient was lateralized to the left, leading to a specific surgical approach. One patient presented pituitary ACTH - secreting adenoma. Two other patients showed ectopic ACTH production, one showed suprarenal adenoma secreting ACTH and other one showed response to pituitary stimulation without side lateralisation, presenting a histological diagnosis of pituitary hyperplasia. Conclusion: Petrosal sinus catheterization is shown to be an efficient procedure to manage Cushing's syndrome differential diagnosis and to obtain specific anatomical information.

  19. Inferior petrosal sinus sampling in the diagnosis of adrenocorticotropin dependent Cushing syndrome with unknown origin

    Objective: To evaluate the value of inferior petrosal sinus sampling (IPSS) in the diagnosis of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) dependent Cushing syndrome (CS) with unknown origin. Methods: IPSS was carried out for the diagnosis of 16 cases with ACTH dependent CS who had not been identified after a series of dexamethasone suppression tests and radiological examinations. The ratio of inferior petrosal sinus/peripheral ACTH was assayed. The sensitivity and specificity of diagnosis of the Cushing disease were estimated. Results: The inferior petrosal sinus/peripheral ACTH ratio was over 2.0 in 13 cases. Twelve cases underwent surgery with pathological diagnosis of pituitary ACTH adenoma, 1 patient relieved after γ knife treatment. The ratio was < 2.0 in 3 cases including 2 pulmonary carcinoid and one pituitary ACTH adenoma. The sensitivity and specify of IPSS for the diagnosis of Cushing disease were 13/14 and 2/2 respectively. Conclusion: IPSS was a safe technique with high sensitivity, specify and infrequent complications in the diagnosis of ACTH dependent Cushing disease. It had great clinical value in the differential diagnosis of ACTH dependent Cushing disease with unknown origin. (authors)

  20. Cushing's disease; inferior petrosal sinus venography and samplings

    Hypersecretion of ACTH in patients with Cushing's syndrome originates from either a pituitary tumor (Cushing's disease) or an ectopic ACTH-secreting tumor. These 2 entities may be clinically indistinguishable, and additional difficulty arise because pituitary microadenomas may be radiologically occult. Recently, bilateral selective venous sampling from the inferior petrosal sinuses became the procedure of choice for confirming a false negative study of a combined hormonal test and pituitary ACTH hypersecretion. We performed selective venous catheterization and sampling for ACTH. The central location of the lesion was detected in 1 case (intersinus gradient = 1.1 : 1), and the remaining 5 cases revealed lateralization of the lesions (intersinus gradient = 3.7 - 20.1 : 1), which correlated well with transsphenoidal microadenomectomies in all the cases. We concluded that selective venous ACTH sampling from the inferior petroal sinus is a reliable and useful aid in the diagnosis of Cushing's disease when standard clinical and biochemical studies are inconclusive

  1. Seasonal and sex differences in responsiveness to adrenocorticotropic hormone contribute to stress response plasticity in red-sided garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis).

    Dayger, Catherine A; Lutterschmidt, Deborah I

    2016-04-01

    As in many vertebrates, hormonal responses to stress vary seasonally in red-sided garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis). For example, males generally exhibit reduced glucocorticoid responses to a standard stressor during the spring mating season. We asked whether variation in adrenal sensitivity to adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) explains why glucocorticoid responses to capture stress vary with sex, season and body condition in red-sided garter snakes. We measured glucocorticoids at 0, 1 and 4 h after injection with ACTH (0.1 IU g(-1)body mass) or vehicle in males and females during the spring mating season and autumn pre-hibernation period. Because elevated glucocorticoids can influence sex steroids, we also examined androgen and estradiol responses to ACTH. ACTH treatment increased glucocorticoids in both sexes and seasons. Spring-collected males had a smaller integrated glucocorticoid response to ACTH than autumn-collected males. The integrated glucocorticoid response to ACTH differed with sex during the spring, with males having a smaller glucocorticoid response than females. Although integrated glucocorticoid responses to ACTH did not vary with body condition, we observed an interaction among season, sex and body condition. In males, ACTH treatment did not alter androgen levels in either season, but androgen levels decreased during the sampling period. Similar to previous studies, plasma estradiol was low or undetectable during the spring and autumn, and therefore any effect of ACTH treatment on estradiol could not be determined. These data provide support for a mechanism that partly explains how the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis integrates information about season, sex and body condition: namely, variation in adrenal responsiveness to ACTH. PMID:26896543

  2. Direct measurement of the precursors of adrenocorticotropin in human plasma by two-site immunoradiometric assay

    An immunoradiometric assay (IRMA) for the direct measurement of the precursors of ACTH in unextracted human plasma has been developed and evaluated clinically in normal subjects and patients with disorders of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. The IRMA is based on an iodinated monoclonal antibody to ACTH and a monoclonal antibody to gamma MSH coupled to Sephacryl S300. The assay detects only peptides containing both epitopes, i.e. POMC (31K) and pro-ACTH (22K). The reference standard was partially purified POMC from culture medium of human corticotroph adenoma cells. The detection limit (greater than +2.5SD of the 0 standard) was 2.0 pmol/L and the within-assay coefficient of variation was less than 10% between 29 and 2600 pmol/L. Plasma concentrations of ACTH precursor peptides in 11 normal subjects sampled at 0930 h ranged from 5-34 pmol/L. The concentrations in the patient groups studied were: 260-2300 pmol/L in 5 patients with the ectopic ACTH syndrome associated with small cell lung cancer, less than 2.0-104 pmol/L in 10 patients with pituitary-dependent Cushing's disease, 23 pmol/L in a patient with Nelson's syndrome, and 3.0-230 pmol/L in 5 patients with Addison's disease. We conclude that this IRMA offers a simple and reliable method for measuring ACTH precursors in unextracted plasma. The proportionately greater elevation of ACTH precursors compared to ACTH in patients with the ectopic ACTH syndrome associated with small cell lung cancer but not in pituitary-dependent Cushing's syndrome, suggests that this assay may be clinically useful

  3. The effect of endotoxin administration on the secretory dynamics of oxytocin in follicular phase mares: relationship to stress axis hormones.

    Alexander, S L; Irvine, C H G

    2002-07-01

    The primary aim of this study was to define the secretory dynamics of oxytocin and vasopressin in pituitary venous effluent from ambulatory horses during acute endotoxaemia, a stimulus that may release both hormones. Our secondary aim was to investigate the role of oxytocin in regulating adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secretion by comparing oxytocin, vasopressin, corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and ACTH secretory profiles during endotoxaemia and by monitoring the ACTH response to oxytocin administration. Pituitary venous blood was collected nonsurgically continuously and divided into 1-min segments from eight follicular phase mares. Four mares were sampled for 30 min before and 3.5 h after receiving an i.v. infusion of bacterial endotoxin (TOX). Four control mares were sampled for 2.5 h without infusion of TOX. Another three follicular phase mares were given 5 U of oxytocin to replicate the peak response to TOX and pituitary blood collected every 1 min for 10 min before and 15 min after injection. Endotoxin raised the secretion rates of all hormones measured. All hormones were released episodically throughout the experiment, with TOX increasing the amplitude of peaks in each hormone. Peaks in oxytocin and vasopressin were coincident in each treated mare. Similarly, ACTH peaks were coincident with peaks of oxytocin and vasopressin in each treated mare, and with peaks of CRH in three mares. However, oxytocin administration did not affect ACTH secretion. We conclude that during endotoxaemia in horses: (i) oxytocin and vasopressin are secreted synchronously; (ii) oxytocin is unlikely to be acting as an ACTH secretagogue since inducing peak oxytocin concentrations observed during TOX does not raise ACTH; and therefore (iii) the close relationship between oxytocin and ACTH secretion is circumstantial and due to the fact that oxytocin secretion is concurrent with that of vasopressin, a proven ACTH secretagogue in horses. PMID:12121490

  4. Factors controlling the recirculation of the stem cells. Communication 2. Influence of adrenocorticotropin on the migration of haemopoietic stem cells from the shielded part of the bone marrow in irradiated mice

    In lethally irradiated (800 r) mice with partial shielding of bone marrow, to which large doses of ACTH of prolonged action have been administered twice after irradiation, a twofold reduction of colony yield in the spleen is observed. The administration of ACTH after total irradiation at the dose of 600 r have not affected endogenic colony formation. The results obtained are interpreted as emigration inhibition of stem cells from the protected bone marrow under the effect of high corticosterone level in blood plasma observed after ACTH injection

  5. Adrenocorticotropic hormone in serial cerebrospinal fluid in man - Subject to acute regulation by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical system?

    Kellner, Michael; Wortmann, Viola; Salzwedel, Cornelie; Kober, Daniel; Petzoldt, Martin; Urbanowicz, Tatiana; Pulic, Mersija; Boelmans, Kai; Yassouridis, Alexander; Wiedemann, Klaus

    2016-05-30

    Acute regulation of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical system has not been investigated in man. In a pilot study in healthy male volunteers we measured ACTH every twenty minutes in serial CSF for three hours after an intravenous placebo, hydrocortisone (100mg) or insulin (2mg/kg) injection. No acute inhibitory or stimulatory effects of these interventions were discovered. Our results corroborate previous findings in rhesus monkeys. The regulation of CSF ACTH and its potential relevance for behavioral alterations in health and disease (e.g. major depression or anorexia nervosa) in humans need further study. PMID:27031591

  6. Metabolic complications of endogenous Cushing: patient selection for screening

    Zh E Belaya

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Aims: this study evaluates the most common associations of symptoms and complications in patients with Cushing’s syndrome (CS in order to choose a potential population to be screened for CS and estimates the diagnostic accuracy of first line screening tests (cortisol, ACTH to differentiate ACTH-ectopic CS from Cushing’s disease. Materials and Methods: The clinical data of 259 patients with proven CS during 2001–2011 was analyzed. The clinical presentations of 197 patients (159 Cushing’s disease, 28 ACTH-ectopic CS and 10 cases of benign cortisol-secreting adrenal adenoma were compared according to the cause of hypercortisolism. ROC-analysis was performed to estimate the diagnostic accuracy of the first line tests (cortisol, ACTH to suggest ACTH-ectopic CS. A threshold for the test with the highest area under the curves was chosen based on the maximum sum of the sensitivity and specificity. Results: The most frequent complaints were related to fatigue, muscle weakness, weight gain and changes in appearance (facial plethora and fullness, striae. Among the complications of CS the most frequent were being overweight or obese (71%, hypertension (63%, dislipoproteinemia (41%, low traumatic fractures (43% and steroid-induced diabetes (31%. In women, 16% were older than 50, in those who were younger amenorrhea was registered in 43%. The patients with ACTH-ectopic CS had higher rate of low traumatic fractures (p=0.04, increased serum late-night cortisol, 24 hours urinary free cortisol, morning and evening ACTH and lower levels of potassium (p<0.01 for all parameters. Plasma late-night ACTH measurements showed the highest AUC (0,811 (95% CI 0,712–0,909 to differentiate ACTH-ectopic CS from Cushing’s disease. A cut off value of 108.9 pg/ml for late-night ACTH yielded a sensitivity of 60,7% and a specificity of 79%. Conclusions: patients with a coexistence of obesity, muscle weakness, fatigue, some components of metabolic syndrome and especially

  7. Hypocortisolaemia in a Labrador retriever

    A four-year-old Labrador retriever was presented with lethargy and exercise intolerance. Clinical examination was unremarkable. A subnormal cortisol response to adrenocorticotrophin hormone (ACTH) was demonstrated (plasma cortisol concentrations before and after administration of ACTH were both below the detection limit of the assay) but plasma aldosterone concentrations were within the normal range. Endogenous plasma ACTH concentrations were high, indicating primary adrenocortical disease. Following glucocorticoid supplementation at a replacement dose (prednisolone 0.1 mg/kg) the dog made a full clinical recovery

  8. Concentração plasmática do hormônio adrenocorticotrófico de parturientes submetidas a método não farmacológico de alívio da ansiedade e dor do parto Concentración de la hormona adrenocorticotrófica en parturientas sometidas a un método no farmacológico de alivio de ansiedad y el dolor durante el parto Corticotrophin hormone serum levels of parturients submitted to nonpharmacologic anxiety and pain relief method during labor

    Nilza Alves Marques Almeida

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: analisar os níveis séricos do hormônio adrenocorticotrófico (ACTH e a correlação entre esses níveis, a ansiedade e a dor na parturição. Dezessete parturientes (grupo controle - GC receberam assistência de enfermagem de rotina, e dezenove (grupo experimental - GE foram estimuladas e orientadas a realizar técnicas de respiração e relaxamento. Os níveis plasmáticos do ACTH, o traço e estado de ansiedade e a intensidade de dor foram avaliados. Os níveis de ACTH foram baixos no início do trabalho de parto, com pico no final e regressão no pós-parto imediato, sem diferença estatisticamente significativa entre os grupos. A redução do ACTH com alívio parcial do estresse do GE, sugere a interferência das técnicas de respiração e relaxamento. Os níveis do ACTH, não se correlacionaram à ansiedade e à dor, em ambos os grupos.La finalidad de este estudio fue analizar los niveles séricos de la hormona adrenocorticotrófica (ACTH, la correlación entre esos niveles, la ansiedad y el dolor en el parto. Diecisiete parturientas (grupo control - GC recibieron atención de enfermería de rutina y diecinueve (grupo experimento - GE fueron preparadas y orientadas a realizar técnicas de respiración y relajación. Los niveles de la ACTH, el trazo y estado de ansiedad y la intensidad del dolor fueron evaluados. Los niveles de la ACTH fueron bajos en el inicio del trabajo de parto, con elevación en el final y regresión en el postparto inmediato, sin diferencia estadísticamente significativa entre los grupos. La reducción de la ACTH con alivio parcial del stress del GE, sugiere la interferencia de las técnicas de respiración y relajación. Los niveles de la ACTH no se correlacionaron ni con la ansiedad ni con el dolor, en ambos grupos.This study aimed to analyze the plasma ACTH levels and the correlation between the ACTH levels and pain and anxiety during the parturition. Seventeen parturients received routine nursing

  9. What Are Pituitary Tumors?

    ... too little makes you sluggish. If a pituitary tumor makes too much TSH, it can cause hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland). Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH, also known as corticotropin ) causes ...

  10. The role of brain biogenic amines in the control of pituitary-adrenocortical activity

    Maickel, R. P.

    1975-01-01

    It was found that pretreatment of animals with desmethyl imipramine antagonized the reserpine-induced sedation without preventing the decline in brain amines or the hypersecretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). The antagonism of reserpine-induced ACTH hypersecretion by the monoamine oxidose (MAO) inhibitor pargyline (MO 911, N-methyl-N-benzyl-2-propynylamine) was studied. Evidence is presented that this antagonism is related to the level of brain biogenic amines maintained during the course of action of the drug. Pretreatment with MAO inhibitors does not affect the ACTH hypersecretion evoked by exposure to cold or chlorpromazine, lending further support to the hypothesis that reserpine-induced ACTH hypersecretion is related to brain amine changes.

  11. Cushing's Syndrome in Children

    ... may detect only about half of ACTH producing pituitary tumors; however, recently, at the National Institutes of Health, ... problems, dia- betes, and increased susceptibility to infections. · Pituitary tumors (adenomas) are usually treated by surgical removal, which ...

  12. Dexamethasone suppression test

    ... be due to: Adrenal tumor that produces cortisol Pituitary tumor that produces ACTH Tumor in the body that ... test: no change Cushing syndrome caused by a pituitary tumor (Cushing disease) Low-dose test: no change High- ...

  13. Full Text Available ... stimulates breast tissue in nursing mothers to produce milk ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) - causes the adrenal glands to ... less urine Oxytocin – initiates labor, uterine contractions and milk ejection in mothers

  14. Prognosis of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

    J. Gordon Millichap

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Investigators from Teikyo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan, evaluated the clinical features, prognosis, and prophylaxis of cyclic vomiting syndrome and the relationship between the syndrome and levels of adrenocorticotropic/antidiuretic hormones (ACTH/ADH.

  15. Selenium-75-cholesterol imaging and computed tomography of the adrenal glands in differentiating the cause of Cushing's syndrome

    Measurement of 75Se-cholesterol (Scintadren) uptake and computed tomography (CT) of the adrenal glands were compared as a means of differentiating the cause of Cushing's syndrome in 11 patients over a 2-year period. Quantitative Scintadren imaging differentiated adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH)-dependent disease from local adrenocortical lesions as the cause of Cushing's syndrome in all the patients studied. CT of the adrenal glands rapidly and accurately detected the adrenal mass lesions in 2 cases and was effective in documenting bilateral hyperplasia due to ectopic ACTH-dependent disease. However, in entopic ACTH (pituitary)-dependent disease the adrenal glands were of normal thickness in all but 2 patients, who had bilateral hyperplasia. Scintadren imaging and CT are useful non-invasive procedures for differentiating local adrenal disease from ACTH-dependent disease as the cause of Cushing's syndrome and should be the initial investigations once a firm clinical and biochemical diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome has been made

  16. A patient with Cushing disease lateralizing a pituitary adenoma by inferior petrosal sinus sampling using desmopressin: a case report.

    Lim, Joo Hee; Kim, Soo Jung; Jung, Mo Kyung; Kim, Ki Eun; Kwon, Ah Reum; Chae, Hyun Wook; Kim, Duk Hee; Kim, Ho-Seong

    2016-03-01

    A 14-year-old girl was referred for evaluation of the etiology of Cushing syndrome. During the previous 2 years, she had experienced weight gain, secondary amenorrhea, growth retardation, and back pain. Random serum cortisol level, 24-hour urinary free cortisol excretion, and overnight and low-dose dexamethasone suppression tests suggested Cushing syndrome. Midnight adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) level and high-dose dexamethasone suppression test confirmed Cushing disease. Pituitary magnetic resonance imaging was suspicious for microadenoma. To eliminate ectopic ACTH syndrome, and lateralize the pituitary tumor, inferior petrosal sinus sampling (IPSS) was performed by desmopressin use to stimulate ACTH. Finally, the patient was diagnosed with Cushing disease due to ACTH-secreting pituitary microadenoma, lateralized to the left side; subsequently underwent transsphenoidal surgery. Here we report a case of a 14-year-old girl diagnosed with Cushing disease with a pituitary tumor lateralized by IPSS using desmopressin, which is very rare in pediatric Cushing disease. PMID:27104179

  17. Ectopic Adrenocorticotropic Hormone-Secreting Bronchial Carcinoid Diagnosed by Balloon-Occluded Pulmonary Arterial Sampling.

    Yotsukura, Masaya; Kohno, Mitsutomo; Asakura, Keisuke; Kamiyama, Ikuo; Ohtsuka, Takashi; Hayashi, Yuichiro; Kurihara, Isao; Nakatsuka, Seishi; Asamura, Hisao

    2016-05-01

    We present the case of a 50-year-old man with Cushing syndrome caused by an ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-secreting tumor. A small nodule was located in close association with the lateral segmental branch of the pulmonary artery in the left upper lobe. Blood samples were obtained from various branches of the pulmonary artery by balloon-occluded retrograde sampling for the measurement of location-specific serum ACTH levels. After confirmation that the pulmonary nodule was responsible for the increased ACTH secretion, lobectomy was performed. This report demonstrates the usefulness of balloon-occluded retrograde pulmonary arterial sampling for the preoperative diagnosis of an ACTH-producing tumor whose diagnosis is difficult to confirm. PMID:27106427

  18. Characterization of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal-Axis in Familial Longevity under Resting Conditions

    Jansen, Steffy W; Roelfsema, Ferdinand; Akintola, Abimbola A;

    2015-01-01

    ). METHODS: During 24 h, venous blood was sampled every 10 minutes for determination of circulatory ACTH and cortisol concentrations. Deconvolution analysis, cross approximate entropy analysis and ACTH-cortisol-dose response modeling were used to assess, respectively, ACTH and cortisol secretion parameters...... HPA-axis in offspring from long-lived siblings, who are enriched for familial longevity and age-matched controls. DESIGN: Case-control study within the Leiden Longevity study cohort consisting of 20 middle-aged offspring of nonagenarian siblings (offspring) together with 18 partners (controls...... differ between offspring and controls. In addition, no significant differences in feedforward and feedback synchrony and adrenal gland ACTH responsivity were observed between groups. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that familial longevity is not associated with major differences in HPA-axis activity...

  19. Pituitary Tumors Fact Sheet

    ... Breasts Produce milk for nursing a baby Growth hormone (GH) Many areas of the body Control growth and metabolism Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) Adrenal gland Produce cortisol, needed to handle ...

  20. Genetics Home Reference: proopiomelanocortin deficiency

    ... links) Encyclopedia: ACTH Health Topic: Obesity Health Topic: Obesity in Children Additional NIH Resources (3 links) National Heart Lung ... Support and Advocacy Resources (4 links) Genetics of Obesity Study Healthy Children.org National Adrenal Diseases Foundation Obesity Action Coalition ...

  1. Serum cortisol level and adrenal reserve as a predictor of patients’ outcome after successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation

    Reza Mosaddegh

    2016-06-01

    Conclusion: Current study could not show the statistically significant difference in initial and post-ACTH serum cortisol levels between survivor and non-survivor patients with cardiac arrest who had initial successful CPR, except to that of minute 60.

  2. Disease: H00256 [KEGG MEDICUS

    Full Text Available ndromes. Endocr Dev 13:99-116 (2008) PMID:17161331 Metherell LA, Chan LF, Clark AJ The genetics of ACTH resistance syndromes. Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab 20:547-60 (2006) ...

  3. Dexamethasone suppression test

    DST; ACTH suppression test; Cortisol suppression test ... During this test, you will receive dexamethasone. This is a strong man-made (synthetic) glucocorticoid medication. Afterward, your blood is drawn ...

  4. Mifepristone effects on tumor somatostatin receptor expression in two patients with Cushing's syndrome due to ectopic adrenocorticotropin secretion.

    Bruin, C. de; Hofland, L.J.; Nieman, L.K.; Koetsveld, P.M. van; Waaijers, A.M.; Sprij-Mooij, D.M.; Essen, M. van; Lamberts, S.W.J.; Herder, W.W. de; Feelders, R.A.

    2012-01-01

    CONTEXT: Two patients presented with Cushing's syndrome due to ectopic ACTH secretion. Initial localization studies included computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and octreoscans ((111)In-pentreotide scintigraphy), which were negative in both patients. They were treated with the glucocort

  5. Molecular Characterization and Functional Regulation of Melanocortin 2 Receptor (MC2R) in the Sea Bass. A Putative Role in the Adaptation to Stress

    Agulleiro, Maria Josep; Sánchez, Elisa; Leal, Esther; Cortés, Raúl; Fernández-Durán, Begoña; Guillot, Raúl; Davis, Perry; Dores, Robert M.; Gallo-Payet, Nicole; Cerdá-Reverter, José Miguel

    2013-01-01

    The activation of melanocortin 2 receptor (MC2R) by ACTH mediates the signaling cascade leading to steroid synthesis in the interrenal tissue (analogous to the adrenal cortex in mammals) of fish. However, little is known about the functional regulation of this receptor in fish. In this work described, we cloned sea bass MC2R from a liver cDNA. SbMC2R requires the melanocortin 2 receptor accessory protein (MRAP) for its functional expression. Dietary cortisol but not long-term stress protocols downregulated interrenal sbMC2R expression. Data suggest the existence of a negative feedback on interrenal sbMC2R expression imposed by local or systemic glucocorticoids. This feedback could be involved in long-term stress adaptation by regulating interrenal sensitivity to ACTH. ACTH-induced MC2R activation stimulates hepatic lipolysis, suggesting that ACTH may mediate stress-induced effects upstream of cortisol release. PMID:23724142

  6. Genetics Home Reference: familial glucocorticoid deficiency

    ... Clark AJ, Metherell LA. ACTH resistance: genes and mechanisms. Endocr Dev. 2013;24:57-66. doi: 10. ... Metherell LA. Familial glucocorticoid deficiency: New genes and mechanisms. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2013 May 22;371(1- ...

  7. The Effect of Alpha-Lipoic Acid on Mitochondrial Superoxide and Glucocorticoid-Induced Hypertension

    Sharon L. H. Ong; Harpreet Vohra; Yi Zhang; Matthew Sutton; Whitworth, Judith A

    2013-01-01

    Aims. To examine the effect of alpha-lipoic acid, an antioxidant with mitochondrial superoxide inhibitory properties, on adrenocorticotrophic hormone- (ACTH-HT) and dexamethasone-induced hypertensions (DEX-HT) in rats and if any antihypertensive effect is mediated via mitochondrial superoxide inhibition. Methods. In a prevention study, rats received ground food or alpha-lipoic-acid-laced food (10 mg/rat/day) for 15 nights. Saline, adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH, 0.2 mg/kg/day), or dexamet...

  8. Pituitary tumors containing cholecystokinin

    Rehfeld, J F; Lindholm, J; Andersen, B N;

    1987-01-01

    We found small amounts of cholecystokinin in the normal human adenohypophysis and therefore examined pituitary tumors from 87 patients with acromegaly, Cushing's disease, Nelson's syndrome, prolactinoma, or inactive pituitary adenomas. Five adenomas associated with Nelson's syndrome contained......'s disease and 7 acromegaly with adenomas containing ACTH. The cholecystokinin peptides from the tumors were smaller and less sulfated than cholecystokinin from normal pituitary glands. We conclude that ACTH-producing pituitary cells may also produce an altered form of cholecystokinin....

  9. Cocaine cue versus cocaine dosing in humans: Evidence for distinct neurophysiological response profiles

    Reid, Malcolm S.; Flammino, Frank; Howard, Bryant; Nilsen, Diana; Prichep, Leslie S.

    2008-01-01

    Subjective, physiological and electroencephalographic (EEG) profiles were studied in cocaine dependent study participants in response to cocaine cue exposure or a dose of smoked cocaine. Both stimuli increased subjective ratings of cocaine high and craving, enhanced negative affect, and boosted plasma ACTH and skin conductance levels. However, cocaine dose produced a greater increase in high and a more prolonged increase in plasma ACTH, while cocaine cue produced a decline in skin temperature...

  10. Heart Failure Caused by Atrial Fibrillation in a Patient with Isolated Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Deficiency and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

    Ryo Maemura; Takashi Kajiya; Nobuyuki Koriyama; Souki Lee

    2014-01-01

    We report the case of a 75-year-old female patient with a history of Hashimoto′s thyroiditis who presented with congestive heart failure caused by atrial fibrillation associated with isolated adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) deficiency. This is the first case of the combination of these complex conditions. Clinical conditions in a patient with isolated ACTH deficiency and Hashimoto′s thyroiditis can be variable. Thus, it is sometimes difficult to establish a diagnosis. The mechanism underly...

  11. Human lymphocyte production of immunoreactive thyrotropin.

    Smith, E M; Phan, M.; Kruger, T E; Coppenhaver, D H; Blalock, J E

    1983-01-01

    Interferon-alpha inducers were previously shown to cause human lymphocyte production of a corticotropin (ACTH)-like peptide. Thyrotropin (TSH) was not produced under these conditions. In contrast, this report shows that a T-cell mitogen (staphylococcal enterotoxin A), which does not induce the ACTH-like peptide, caused human lymphocyte production of an immunoreactive (ir) TSH. Lymphocyte synthesis of the ir TSH was first detectable at 24 hr, peaked at 48 hr, and thereafter declined. NaDodSO4/...

  12. Inhibitors of the cytochrome P-450 enzymes block the secretagogue-induced release of corticotropin in mouse pituitary tumor cells.

    Luini, A G; Axelrod, J

    1985-01-01

    A mouse pituitary tumor cell line (AtT-20) releases corticotropin (ACTH) in response to a number of secretagogues, including corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), beta-adrenergic agents, N6,O2'-dibutyryladenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (Bt2 cAMP), and potassium. The stimulation of ACTH secretion induced by the secretagogues can be blocked by inhibitors of the enzymes that generate (phospholipase A2) and metabolize (lipoxygenase and epoxygenase) arachidonic acid. The phospholipase A2 block...

  13. Scintigraphy of the Adrenal Cortex in Cushing's Syndrome with NP-59: A Case Report

    Objectives: To describe the case of a patient with ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome that illustrates the usefulness of nuclear medicine in an important study that is rarely performed and, therefore, promote the knowledge of it, which is also scarce. Study Design: Description of case, the application of scintigraphy using radiolabelled noryodocolesterol I-131 and display pictures serial adrenal. Patient: female, 22 years, with a picture of 2 years of evolution studied by Cushing syndrome, ACTH dependent

  14. Pituitary oncocytoma presenting as Cushing′s disease

    M K Garg

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A 19-year-old girl presented with classical features of Cushing′s syndrome. Endocrinal evaluation was consistent with pituitary source of ACTH; but imaging showed normal pituitary. Bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling confirmed the diagnosis. A successful remission was achieved after adenomectomy by transphenoidal route. Histopathological examination was consistent with pituitary oncocytoma and immunohistochemistry was positive for synaptophysin, chromogranin, neuron specific enolase, S-100, ACTH, prolactin, and GH.

  15. Differential effects of mineralocorticoid blockade on the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis in pregnant and nonpregnant ewes

    Lingis, Melissa; Richards, Elaine M.; Keller-Wood, Maureen

    2011-01-01

    During pregnancy, plasma ACTH and cortisol are chronically increased; this appears to occur through a reset of hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) activity. We have hypothesized that differences in mineralocorticoid receptor activity in pregnancy may alter feedback inhibition of the HPA axis. We tested the effect of MR antagonism in pregnant and nonpregnant ewes infused for 4 h with saline or the MR antagonist canrenoate. Pregnancy significantly increased plasma ACTH, cortisol, angiotensin II...

  16. Basal and Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Stimulated Plasma Cortisol Levels Among Egyptian Autistic Children: Relation to Disease Severity

    Hewedi Doaa H

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Autism is a disorder of early childhood characterized by social impairment, communication abnormalities and stereotyped behaviors. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA axis deserves special attention, since it is the basis for emotions and social interactions that are affected in autism. Aim To assess basal and stimulated plasma cortisol, and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH levels in autistic children and their relationship to disease characteristics. Methods Fifty autistic children were studied in comparison to 50 healthy age-, sex- and pubertal stage- matched children. All subjects were subjected to clinical evaluation and measurement of plasma cortisol (basal and stimulated and ACTH. In addition, electroencephalography (EEG and intelligence quotient (IQ assessment were done for all autistic children. Results Sixteen% of autistic patients had high ACTH, 10% had low basal cortisol and 10% did not show adequate cortisol response to ACTH stimulation. Autistic patients had lower basal (p = 0.032 and stimulated cortisol (p = 0.04 and higher ACTH (p = 0.01 than controls. Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS score correlated positively with ACTH (r = 0.71, p = 0.02 and negatively with each of basal (r = -0.64, p = 0.04 and stimulated cortisol (r = -0.88, p Conclusions The observed hormonal changes may be due to a dysfunction in the HPA axis in autistic individuals. Further studies are warranted regarding the role of HPA axis dysfunction in the pathogenesis of autism.

  17. The effects of adrenocorticotrophic hormone and an equivalent dose of cortisol on the serum concentrations of lipids, lipoproteins, and apolipoproteins.

    Berg, Anna-Lena; Rafnsson, Arnar Thor; Johannsson, Magnus; Dallongeville, Jean; Arnadottir, Margret

    2006-08-01

    Previous studies have shown a strong lipid-lowering effect of adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) in healthy individuals and in patients with different kinds of dyslipoproteinemia. The mechanism behind this effect has not been established and its direct ACTH-specific nature has been questioned. Therefore, the present study was performed. Thirty healthy young males were randomized into 3 groups of equal size: one group received ACTH1-24 1 mg IM, daily for 4 days, another group was treated with cortisol 150 mg ID (50 mg tid) daily for 4 days, whereas a control group was observed for 4 days. Fasting blood samples were collected before and after treatment or observation. The serum concentrations of cholesterol (12%, P group but not in the cortisol and control groups. The statistical workup confirmed that only ACTH had a lowering effect on the apo B-containing lipoproteins. In contrast, the results indicated conformity between the treatment groups with respect to increases in the serum apo E concentrations. There were inconsistent changes in the serum concentrations of the triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, apo A, and lipoprotein(a). The main results were clear: the lowering effect of ACTH on the serum concentration of apo B-containing lipoproteins could not be ascribed to cortisol. These, in combination with previous in vitro results, indicated an ACTH-specific effect. PMID:16839845

  18. Type II muscle fibers atrophy associated with silent corticotroph adenoma in a dog.

    L Insabato

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The Silent Corticotroph Adenoma (SCA is a pituitary adenoma variant characterized by the immunoreactivity for adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH and related peptides, without the clinical signs of Cushing's disease. SCA has been postulated to either secrete structurally abnormal ACTH that is inactive but detectable by immunohistochemistry or radioimmunoassay, or to secrete ACTH intermittently or at low levels continuously. Excess of ACTH has been associated to type II muscle atrophy. We describe a case of type II muscle fibers atrophy associated with silent corticotroph adenoma in a dog. The dog showed moderate to severe proximal muscle wasting and weakness with normal levels of muscle-associated enzymes. In the limb muscle biopsies, type II fibers were uniformly smaller than type I fibers. In temporalis muscles, there were few atrophic fibers, and several irregular areas of loss of enzymatic activity observed in NADH, SDH and COX stains. The tumour showed a trabecular growth pattern and immunohistochemical analysis demonstrated the presence of cytoplasmic immunoreactivity for ACTH. The muscle atrophy was considered to be related to an excess of inactive ACTH. Studying spontaneous occurring rare diseases in animals could help to understand the mechanism of similar diseases in human has well.

  19. Evaluation of proopiomelanocortin mRNA in the peripheral blood from patients with Cushing's syndrome of different origin.

    Bondioni, S; Mantovani, G; Polentarutti, N; Ambrosi, B; Loli, P; Peverelli, E; Lania, A G; Beck-Peccoz, P; Spada, A

    2007-11-01

    ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome is due to ACTH overproduction originating from a pituitary corticotroph adenoma (Cushing's disease) or from ectopic tumors (ectopic ACTH syndrome). Due to difficulties in the differential diagnosis between these two forms of hypercortisolism it would be important to have molecular tools able to discriminate the two conditions. It is known that proopiomelanocortin (POMC) gene transcription can originate messengers of different length. ACTHomas show the normal 1072 nucleotides (nt) transcript, whereas ectopic tumors seem to be associated with a longer mRNA form (1450 nt). In order to analyse the presence of different POMC transcripts, we extracted total RNA from peripheral lymphocytes of 10 patients with Cushing's disease, 10 with ectopic Cushing syndrome, and 20 controls as well as from pituitary tissues (2 ACTH-omas and a normal pituitary polyA+ sample). Northern blot analysis correctly revealed a 1072 nt mRNA molecule in pituitary ACTH-oma and in the normal pituitary polyA+ RNA samples, whereas neither this molecule nor other alternative transcripts were detected in blood samples from patients and controls. These data were confirmed by the more sensitive RT-PCR technique. This study further underlines the need for alternative approaches in the diagnosis of ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome. PMID:18075284

  20. Management of occult adrenocorticotropin-secreting bronchial carcinoids: limits of endocrine testing and imaging techniques.

    Loli, P; Vignati, F; Grossrubatscher, E; Dalino, P; Possa, M; Zurleni, F; Lomuscio, G; Rossetti, O; Ravini, M; Vanzulli, A; Bacchetta, C; Galli, C; Valente, D

    2003-03-01

    The differential diagnosis and the identification of the source of ACTH in occult ectopic Cushing's syndrome due to a bronchial carcinoid still represents a challenge for the endocrinologist. We report our experience in six patients with occult bronchial carcinoid in whom extensive hormonal, imaging, and scintigraphic evaluation was performed. All patients presented with hypercortisolism associated with high plasma ACTH values. The CRH test and high dose dexamethasone suppression test suggested an ectopic source of ACTH in three of six patients. During bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling, none of the patients showed a central to peripheral ACTH gradient. At the time of diagnosis, none of the patients had radiological evidence of the ectopic source of ACTH, whereas pentetreotide scintigraphy identified the lesion in two of four patients. Finally, a chest computed tomography scan revealed the presence of a bronchial lesion in all patients, and pentetreotide scintigraphy identified four of six lesions. In all patients a bronchial carcinoid was found and removed. In one patient with scintigraphic evidence of residual disease after two operations, radioguided surgery, using a hand-held gamma probe after iv administration of radiolabeled pentetreotide, was performed; this allowed detection and removal of residual multiple mediastinal lymph node metastases. In conclusion, our data show that there is not a single endocrine test or imaging procedure accurate enough to diagnose and localize occult ectopic ACTH-secreting bronchial carcinoids. Radioguided surgery appears to be promising in the presence of multiple tumor foci and previous incomplete removal of the tumor. PMID:12629081

  1. Exogenous adrenocorticotrophic hormone does not elicit a salt appetite in growing pigs.

    Jankevicius, M L; Widowski, T M

    2003-02-01

    In rodents, rabbits, and sheep, exogenous adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) leads to a marked increase in sodium appetite. It has been suggested that if pigs show a similar response to stress, an appetite for salt could increase their attraction to blood and contribute to the development of tail biting. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of ACTH on salt appetite in growing pigs. Individually housed Yorkshire pigs (45 kg) were divided into three groups of four. Group 1 had free access to water, 0.5 M NaCl, and 0.5 M KCl solutions; Group 2 to water, 0.5, and 0.25 M NaCl solutions; Group 3 to water, 0.25, and 0.125 M NaCl solutions. Intramuscular injection of long-acting synthetic ACTH (50 IU twice daily for 5 days) did not elicit increases in intakes of any of the available salt solutions compared to pretreatment intakes. However, there was a 1.6-fold increase in both water and feed intake during ACTH treatment. ACTH treatment also stimulated significant increases in salivary cortisol concentrations. Although increases in salivary cortisol concentrations and in water and feed intake indicate that there were physiological responses to the treatment, exogenous ACTH given for 5 days did not elicit a sodium appetite in growing pigs. These findings do not support the notion that a stress-induced salt appetite serves as an underlying mechanism for tail biting. PMID:12576126

  2. Effects of anesthesia with isoflurane on plasma concentrations of adrenocorticotropic hormone in samples obtained from the cavernous sinus and jugular vein of horses.

    Carmalt, James L; Duke-Novakovski, Tanya; Schott, Harold C; van der Kolk, Johannes H

    2016-07-01

    OBJECTIVE To determine effects of anesthesia on plasma concentrations and pulsatility of ACTH in samples obtained from the cavernous sinus and jugular vein of horses. ANIMALS 6 clinically normal adult horses. PROCEDURES Catheters were placed in a jugular vein and into the cavernous sinus via a superficial facial vein. The following morning (day 1), cavernous sinus blood samples were collected every 5 minutes for 1 hour (collection of first sample = time 0) and jugular venous blood samples were collected at 0, 30, and 60 minutes. On day 2, horses were sedated with xylazine hydrochloride and anesthesia was induced with propofol mixed with ketamine hydrochloride. Horses were positioned in dorsal recumbency. Anesthesia was maintained with isoflurane in oxygen and a continuous rate infusion of butorphanol tartrate. One hour after anesthesia was induced, the blood sample protocol was repeated. Plasma ACTH concentrations were quantified by use of a commercially available sandwich assay. Generalized estimating equations that controlled for horse and an expressly automated deconvolution algorithm were used to determine effects of anesthesia on plasma ACTH concentrations and pulsatility, respectively. RESULTS Anesthesia significantly reduced the plasma ACTH concentration in blood samples collected from the cavernous sinus. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE Mean plasma ACTH concentrations in samples collected from the cavernous sinus of anesthetized horses were reduced. Determining the success of partial ablation of the pituitary gland in situ for treatment of pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction may require that effects of anesthesia be included in interpretation of plasma ACTH concentrations in cavernous sinus blood. PMID:27347826

  3. Differential gene expression by fiber-optic beadarray and pathway in adrenocorticotrophin-secreting pituitary adenomas

    JIANG Zhi-quan; GUI Song-bo; ZHANG Ya-zhuo

    2010-01-01

    Background Adrenocorticotrophin (ACTH)-secreting pituitary adenomas account for approximately 7%-14% of all pituitary adenomas, but its pathogenesis is still enigmatic. This study aimed to explore mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of ACTH-secreting pituitary adenomas.Methods We used fiber-optic beadarray to examine gene expression in three ACTH-secreting adenomas compared with three normal pituitaries. Four differentially expressed genes from the three ACTH-secreting adenomas and three normal pituitaries were chosen randomly for validation by reverse transcriptase-real time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). We then analyzed the differentially expressed gene profile with Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway.Results Fiber-optic beadarray analysis showed that the expression of 28 genes and 8 expressed sequence tags (ESTs)were significantly increased and the expression of 412 genes and 31 ESTs were significantly decreased. Bioinformatic and pathway analysis showed that the genes HIGD1B, EPS8, HPGD, DAPK2, and IGFBP3 and the transforming growth factor (TGF)-β signaling pathway and extracellular matrix (ECM)-receptor interaction pathway may play important roles in tumorigenesis and progression of ACTH-secreting pituitary adenomas.Conclusions Our data suggest that numerous aberrantly expressed genes and several pathways are involved in the pathogenesis of ACTH-secreting pituitary adenomas. Fiber-optic beadarray combined with pathway analysis of differential gene expression appears to be a valid method of investigating tumour pathogenesis.

  4. Ectopic corticotroph syndrome

    Penezić Zorana

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Endogenous Cushing's syndrome is a clinical state resulting from prolonged, inappropriate exposure to excessive endogenous secretion of Cortisol and hence excess circulating free cortisol, characterized by loss of the normal feedback mechanisms of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis and the normal circadian rhythm of cortisol secretion [2]. The etiology of Cushing's syndrome may be excessive ACTH secretion from the pituitary gland, ectopic ACTH secretion by nonpituitary tumor, or excessive autonomous secretion of cortisol from a hyperfunctioning adrenal adenoma or carcinoma. Other than this broad ACTH-dependent and ACTH-independent categories, the syndrome may be caused by ectopic CRH secretion, PPNAD, MAH, ectopic action of GIP or catecholamines, and other adrenel-dependent processes associated with adrenocortical hyperfunction. CASE REPORT A 31 year-old men with b-month history of hyperpigmentation, weight gain and proximal myopathy was refereed to Institute of Endocrinology for evaluation of hypercortisolism. At admission, patient had classic cushingoid habit with plethoric face, dermal and muscle atrophy, abdominal strie rubrae and centripetal obesity. The standard laboratory data showed hyperglycaemia and hypokaliemia with high potassium excretion level. The circadian rhythm of cortisol secretion was blunted, with moderately elevated ACTH level, and without cortisol suppression after low-dose and high-dose dexamethason suppression test. Urinary 5HIAA was elevated. Abdominal and sellar region magnetic resonance imaging was negative. CRH stimulation resulted in ACTH increase of 87% of basal, but without significant increase of cortisol level, only 7%. Thoracal CT scan revealed 14 mm mass in right apical pulmonary segment. A wedge resection of anterior segment of right upper lobe was performed. Microscopic evaluation showed tumor tissue consisting of solid areas of uniform, oval cells with eosinophilic cytoplasm and centrally

  5. Clinical study on postoperative steroid hormon replacement for preclinical Cushing's syndrome

    Diagnostic criteria for preclinical Cushing's syndrome (PCS) were reported in 1996. However, requirement of postoperative steroid hormone replacement is still controversial issue. In this study, we observed recent surgical cases retrospectively and evaluate the use of postoperative steroid hormone replacement. Eighteen patients with PCS underwent surgery from 1997 to 2007 in Jikei University Hospital. Thirteen of them received postoperative steroid hormone replacement. We investigated preoperative hormone activity by 131I-adosterol scintigraphy and suppression of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and evaluated the requirement of postoperative steroid hormone replacement. Preoperative serum cortisol was normal range in all patients. Serum ACTH was suppressed in 10 of them (56%). In 131I-adosterol scintigraphy, accumulation in ipsilateral side was observed in all patients. Accumulation in contralateral side was observed in 13 patients whose serum ACTH had tendency to be suppressed. Mean period of steroid hormone replacement was 19.8 weeks. Patients with lower preoperative ACTH tended to require longer period until withdrawal of steroid hormone replacement. In addition, patients received steroid hormone replacement with higher starting dose significantly required longer period. Three of them had complications during tapering of steroid hormone. Postoperative adrenal insufficiency is important issue as postoperative management of PCS patients whose function of contralateral adrenal or pituitary gland is suppressed. 131I-adosterol scintigraphy and preoperative serum ACTH were important factors to evaluate the requirement of postoperative steroid hormone replacement. Especially, patients with low preoperative serum ACTH tended to require long duration of postoperative steroid hormone replacement. On the other hand, patients with accumulation of contralateral side in 131I-adosterol scintigraphy and without suppression of serum ACTH may not require steroid hormone

  6. Simple and efficient derivation of mouse embryonic stem cell lines using differentiation inhibitors or proliferation stimulators.

    Lee, Kun-Hsiung; Chuang, Chin-Kai; Guo, Shyh-Forng; Tu, Ching-Fu

    2012-02-10

    The inhibition of endogenous differentiation-inducing signaling or the enhancement of growth capacity and viability of preimplantation embryos, via 2i (PD0325901 and CHIR99021), dramatically improves the establishment of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs). Using adrenocorticotropic hormone fragments 1-24 (ACTH 1-24), which enhances survival and/or proliferation of mESCs, also increases the derivation of mESCs from single blastomeres significantly. The CHIR99021 pathway and the proposed ACTH pathway are likely different. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the synergetic effects of 2i and ACTH 1-24 on derivation of mESCs. Results in the present study demonstrate that germline-transmitted mESCs could be efficiently derived from ICR and C57BL/6J at 0.5-4.5 days postcoitum denuded zygotes to blastocysts or isolated blastomeres of 2-8-cell embryos and cultured in 10 μL droplets with human foreskin fibroblast (Hs68) or STO (a mouse embryonic fibroblast line) feeders and in knockout serum replacement (KSR) ESC medium containing 2i or ACTH 1-24. The overall success rates for C57BL/6J and ICR were 56.2% when cultured in 2i+ACTH 1-24, 26.6% in 2i, 6.7% in ACTH 1-24, and 4.8% in KSR ESC medium. These results imply that CHIR99021 and ACTH 1-24 are synergistically enhancing the establishment of mESCs. The proposed protocol also demonstrates a highly efficient and reproducible method, has a simple layout, is easy to apply, and could be used as an alternative method for routinely establishing mESC lines. PMID:21521035

  7. Ovine corticotropin-releasing hormone stimulation test in patients with chronic renal failure: pharmacokinetic properties, and plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone and serum cortisol responses.

    Siamopoulos, K C; Eleftheriades, E G; Pappas, M; Sferopoulos, G; Tsolas, O

    1988-01-01

    The data on the status of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in haemodialysis (HD) patients are conflicting. Moreover, a state reminiscent of Cushing's syndrome has been reported in this group of patients. Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), that is produced by the hypothalamus and modulates the secretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), has been shown to be useful as a provocative test of the HPA axis. We investigated the effect of exogenous ovine CRH (oCRH) on plasma levels of ACTH and cortisol in 13 chronic HD patients. The plasma concentrations of immunoreactive CRH following oCRH administration were similar in patients and controls. In all patients, oCRH given intravenously as bolus injection caused a further increase in the already elevated levels of cortisol. The mean basal plasma levels of ACTH were within the normal range. There was, however, a blunted ACTH response to oCRH. We conclude that the HPA axis in chronic HD patients retains the ability to respond to exogenous oCRH. The patterns of the ACTH and cortisol response to this peptide resemble those observed in chronic stress (depression, anorexia nervosa). Besides, the kinetics of disappearance of oCRH indicate that the kidney may not be the major organ that metabolizes oCRH. PMID:2851525

  8. Conference lecture: influence of stress on estrus, gametes and early embryo development in the sow.

    Einarsson, S; Brandt, Y; Rodriguez-Martinez, H; Madej, A

    2008-11-01

    Systems with loose-housed sows have become common. Regrouping, which is commonly done after weaning and may coincide with many important reproductive events, causes stressful situations with elevated blood cortisol concentrations. Depending on group size, approximately 2-7 d are required for a new group of sows to become relatively stable. In a series of studies, the social stress after regrouping was simulated with repeated adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) treatments for approximately 48h. Sows were allocated into control and experimental groups, fitted with jugular catheters, and blood samples were collected every 2 or 4h. Follicular development and ovulation were monitored by transrectal ultrasonography every 4h. Simulated stress during pro-estrus prolonged estrus and disturbed the follicular growth and ovulation. Giving ACTH during estrus elevated concentrations of cortisol and progesterone, and changed the intraluminal environment, including exaggerated amounts of mucus in the UTJ and isthmus. Although ACTH had no effect on the time of ovulation (relative to onset of standing estrus), or on embryo development, fewer oocytes/embryos were retrieved from the ACTH group than from the control group (51% vs. 81%, Pcleavage rate of fertilized ova, as well as ova transport through the isthmic part of the oviduct. Treatment with ACTH after ovulation reduced numbers of spermatozoa at the zona pellucida and retarded cleavage rate of fertilized ova. Therefore, the timing of stress seemed to be an important factor regarding effects on reproductive events. PMID:18786720

  9. Sensitization of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis in a Male Rat Chronic Stress Model.

    Franco, Alier J; Chen, Chun; Scullen, Tyler; Zsombok, Andrea; Salahudeen, Ahmed A; Di, Shi; Herman, James P; Tasker, Jeffrey G

    2016-06-01

    Stress activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is regulated by rapid glucocorticoid negative feedback. Chronic unpredictable stress animal models recapitulate certain aspects of major depression in humans, which have been attributed to impaired glucocorticoid negative feedback. We tested for an attenuated HPA sensitivity to fast glucocorticoid feedback inhibition in male rats exposed to a chronic variable stress (CVS) paradigm. In vitro, parvocellular neuroendocrine cells of the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus recorded in slices from CVS rats showed an increase in basal excitatory synaptic inputs and a decrease in basal inhibitory synaptic inputs compared with neurons from control rats. There was no difference between control and CVS-treated rats in the rapid glucocorticoid suppression of excitatory synaptic inputs, a fast feedback mechanism. In vivo, CVS-treated rats showed an increase in ACTH secretion at baseline and after both iv CRH and acute stress and no impairment of the corticosterone suppression of the ACTH response, compared with controls. In an in vitro pituitary preparation, an increase in basal ACTH release, a small increase in CRH-induced ACTH release, and no decrement in the glucocorticoid suppression of ACTH release were seen in pituitaries from CVS rats. Thus, CVS does not suppress rapid glucocorticoid negative feedback at the hypothalamus or pituitary, but increases the synaptic excitability of paraventricular nucleus CRH neurons and the CRH sensitivity of the pituitary. Therefore, increased HPA activity in chronically stressed male rats is due to sensitization of the HPA axis, rather than to desensitization to rapid glucocorticoid feedback. PMID:27054552

  10. Cushing's disease; inferior petrosal sinus venography and samplings

    Chung, Tae Sub; Suh, Jung Ho; Kim, Dong Ik; Lee, Hyun Chul; Huh, Kap Bum; Kim, Young Soo; Chung, Sang Sup [College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1991-07-15

    Hypersecretion of ACTH in patients with Cushing's syndrome originates from either a pituitary tumor (Cushing's disease) or an ectopic ACTH-secreting tumor. These 2 entities may be clinically indistinguishable, and additional difficulty arise because pituitary microadenomas may be radiologically occult. Recently, bilateral selective venous sampling from the inferior petrosal sinuses became the procedure of choice for confirming a false negative study of a combined hormonal test and pituitary ACTH hypersecretion. We performed selective venous catheterization and sampling for ACTH. The central location of the lesion was detected in 1 case (intersinus gradient = 1.1 : 1), and the remaining 5 cases revealed lateralization of the lesions (intersinus gradient = 3.7 - 20.1 : 1), which correlated well with transsphenoidal microadenomectomies in all the cases. We concluded that selective venous ACTH sampling from the inferior petroal sinus is a reliable and useful aid in the diagnosis of Cushing's disease when standard clinical and biochemical studies are inconclusive.

  11. Surgical treatment of ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone syndrome with intra-thoracic tumor

    Zhou, Xiang; Hang, Junbiao; Che, Jiaming; Chen, Zhongyuan; Qiu, Weicheng; Ren, Jian; Yang, Xiaoqing; Xiang, Jie

    2016-01-01

    Background The study was to review the clinical manifestations and laboratory examinations of ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) syndrome, and to analyze the efficacy of surgical treatment. Methods The clinical data, surgical therapy, and outcome of 23 cases of ectopic ACTH syndrome accompanied by intra-thoracic tumors were reviewed. The tumors were removed from all the patients according to the principles of radical resection. Results The tumors were confirmed as associated with ectopic ACTH secretion in 19 cases. Hyperglycemia and hypokalemia were recovered, while plasma cortisol, plasma ACTH and 24-hour urinary free cortisol (UFC) levels were significantly reduced after surgery in these 19 cases. Recurrences of the disease were found in six cases during following-up, and five of them died. Conclusions The thoracic cavity should be a focus in routine examinations of patients with symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome (CS), because ectopic ACTH-producing tumors are commonly found in bronchus/lung and mediastinum. Despite the incidence of the pulmonary nodule secondary to opportunistic infection in some cases, surgery is still the first choice if the tumor is localized. The surgical procedure should be performed according to the principles in resection of lung cancer and mediastinal tumor. The surgical efficacy is significant for short-term periods; however, the recurrence of the disease in long-term periods is in great part related to distal metastasis or relapse of the tumor. PMID:27162663

  12. Copeptin under glucagon stimulation.

    Lewandowski, Krzysztof C; Lewiński, Andrzej; Skowrońska-Jóźwiak, Elżbieta; Stasiak, Magdalena; Horzelski, Wojciech; Brabant, Georg

    2016-05-01

    Stimulation of growth hormone (GH) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secretion by glucagon is a standard procedure to assess pituitary dysfunction but the pathomechanism of glucagon action remains unclear. As arginine vasopressin (AVP) may act on the release of both, GH and ACTH, we tested here the role of AVP in GST by measuring a stable precursor fragment, copeptin, which is stoichiometrically secreted with AVP in a 1:1 ratio. ACTH, cortisol, GH, and copeptin were measured at 0, 60, 90, 120, 150, and 180 min during GST in 79 subjects: healthy controls (Group 1, n = 32), subjects with pituitary disease, but with adequate cortisol and GH responses during GST (Group 2, n = 29), and those with overt hypopituitarism (Group 3, n = 18). Copeptin concentrations significantly increased over baseline 150 and 180 min following glucagon stimulation in controls and patients with intact pituitary function but not in hypopituitarism. Copeptin concentrations were stimulated over time and the maximal increment correlated with ACTH, while correlations between copeptin and GH were weaker. Interestingly, copeptin as well as GH secretion was significantly attenuated when comparing subjects within the highest to those in the lowest BMI quartile (p < 0.05). Copeptin is significantly released following glucagon stimulation. As this release is BMI-dependent, the time-dependent relation between copeptin and GH may be obscured, whereas the close relation to ACTH suggests that AVP/copeptin release might be linked to the activation of the adrenal axis. PMID:26578365

  13. Impaired release of corticosterone from adrenals contributes to impairment of circadian rhythms of activity in hyperammonemic rats.

    Llansola, Marta; Ahabrach, Hanan; Errami, Mohammed; Cabrera-Pastor, Andrea; Addaoudi, Kaoutar; Felipo, Vicente

    2013-08-15

    Patients with liver cirrhosis may present impaired sleep-wake and circadian rhythms, relative adrenal insufficiency and altered hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal gland (HPA) axis. The underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Circadian rhythms are modulated by corticosteroids which secretion is regulated by HPA axis. Hyperammonemia alters circadian rhythms of activity and corticosterone in rats. The aims were: (1) assessing whether corticosterone alterations are responsible for altered circadian rhythm in hyperammonemia: (2) to shed light on the mechanism by which corticosterone circadian rhythm is altered in hyperammonemia. The effects of daily corticosterone injection at ZT10 on circadian rhythms of activity, plasma corticosterone, adreno-corticotropic hormone (ACTH) and hypothalamic corticotropic releasing hormone (CRH) were assessed in control and hyperammonemic rats. ACTH-induced corticosterone release was analyzed in cultured adrenal cells. Corticosterone injection restores the corticosterone peak in hyperammonemic rats and their activity and circadian rhythm. Plasma ACTH and CRH in hypothalamus are increased in hyperammonemic rats. Corticosterone injection normalizes ACTH. Chronic hyperammonemia impairs adrenal function, reduces corticosterone content and ACTH-induced corticosterone release in adrenals, leading to reduced feedback modulation of HPA axis by corticosterone which contributes to impair circadian rhythms of activity. Impaired circadian rhythms and motor activity may be corrected in hyperammonemia and hepatic encephalopathy by corticosterone treatment. PMID:23376587

  14. A comparison between the equine and bovine hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenocortical axis.

    van der Kolk, J H; Fouché, N; Gross, J J; Gerber, V; Bruckmaier, R M

    2016-07-01

    In this review, we address the function of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis with special emphasis on the comparison between the bovine and equine species. The pars intermedia of the pituitary gland is particularly well developed in horses and cattle. However, its function is not well appreciated in cattle yet. The Wulzen's cone of the adenohypophysis is a special feature of ruminants. Total basal cortisol concentration is much higher in horses than that in cows with similar free cortisol fractions. Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) concentrations in equine pituitary venous blood are lower compared with other species, whereas plasma ACTH concentrations in cows are higher than those in horses. A CRF challenge test induced a more pronounced cortisol response in horses compared with cattle, whereas regarding ACTH challenge testing, the opposite seems true. Based on data from literature, the bovine species is characterized by relatively high basal blood CRF and ACTH and low cortisol and glucose concentrations. Obviously, further lowering of blood cortisol in cattle is easily prevented by the high sensitivity to ACTH, and as a consequence, subsequent increased gluconeogenesis prevents imminent hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is less likely in horses given their high muscle glycogen content and their relatively high cortisol concentration. When assessing HPA axis reactivity, response patterns to exogenous ACTH or CRH might be used as a reliable indicator of animal welfare status in cows and horses, respectively, although it is emphasized that considerable caution should be exercised in using measures of HPA activity solely to assess animal welfare. PMID:27345307

  15. Hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis suppression following induction chemotherapy in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia

    Perdomo-Ramírez, Iván

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Adrenal insufficiency has been reported in 46 % to 81.5 % of children receiving corticosteroids for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL. Methodology: To assess the frequency of such insufficiency, 40 patients under 18 years (mean: 8.5 years with new diagnosis of ALL were studied. Base-line cortisol and adrenocorticotropin (ACTH levels were measured, and they received 5-week therapy with prednisolone. After 3 days off-steroid therapy, a stimulation test with ACTH 1 μg was done. In patients with abnormal cortisol (<18 μg/dL new ACTH tests were done and cortisol levels were determined at days 7, 14 and 30 until cortisol post-stimulation levels were normal. Results: Three days after the last steroid dose 29/40 (72.5 % had adrenal insufficiency after ACTH stimulus. At day 30 no one had abnormal cortisol levels after ACTH stimulus. All patients with adrenal suppression were over 5 years (HR 4.69; CI95 %: 1.44-15.32; p = 0.011. Conclusion: Steroids used during ALL treatment may cause adrenal insufficiency. Patients over 5 years are at high risk of developing adrenal suppression. We suggest to follow-up those patients with stress episodes after induction chemotherapy as steroid supplementation may be indicated.

  16. Determination by R/A of plasma cortisol levels as a parameter of adrenocortical function before and after radiotherapy of gynaecological genital carcinoma

    rn 20 female patients with carcinoma of the genitals, day profiles of cortisol were established and ACTH stimulation tests carried out directly after radiotherapy and 6 months later. Plasma concentrations of cortisol were determined in a RIA as parameters of the adrenocortical function. The assumption of a change in adrenocortical activity after radiotherapy of gynaecological genital carcinoma could not be validated. Instead, there was a typical diurnal rhythm of plasma cortisol, with a peak in the early morning hours and a decrease until midnight. The same applies to the ACTH stimulation tests: In all cases, plasma cortisol levels were elevated after intravenous application of ACTH. This means that the 1976 findings of Samundzham and Butsan could not be proved. Since adrenal functions were absolutely normal in the observed cases, the adynamic clinical picture of patients after radiotherapy, which is rather infrequent, cannot be explained as being due to an impaired adrenocortical function. (orig./MG)

  17. Hipofunción glucocorticoide en la distrofia miotónica Glucocorticoid hypofunction in myotonic dystrophy

    L. Forga

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. La distrofia miotónica (DM1 es una enfermedad autonómica dominante cuyo defecto genético consiste en una expansión por repeticiones del triplete CTG en un gen que codifica una proteín-kinasa serina-treonina AMPc dependiente llamada DMPK. Se trata de una enfermedad multisistémica con conocida repercusión endocrinológica. En cuanto a la función suprarrenal, los resultados descritos han sido variables aunque últimamente se interpretan como indicadores de una hiperactividad del eje hipotálamo-hipófiso-adrenal. Material y métodos. Se han estudiado 25 pacientes (13 hombres y 12 mujeres afectos de DM1 a los que se ha analizado: cortisol y ACTH basales, test de estímulo con 0,25 mg de ACTH para cortisol y test de CRH para cortisol y ACTH. Asimismo se valoró el grado de expansión de CTG por Southern blot y PCR. Como grupo control para basales se estudiaron 25 individuos sanos equiparables por edad y sexo, a 11 de los cuales se realizó test de CRH. Resultado. Se diagnosticó a un paciente de insuficiencia suprarrenal primaria no autoinmune. En el resto de casos no hubo diferencias entre la ACTH basal de pacientes y controles, y la respuesta de cortisol a ACTH fue normal. Los pacientes presentaron un nivel de cortisol basal más bajo (pIntroduction. Myotonic dystrophy (DM1 is an autosomal dominant disorder whose genetic defect consists of the amplification of an unstable CTG trinucleotide repeat in the 3’ untranslated region of the dystrophia myotonica protein kinase gene (DMPK. This is a multi-systemic disease with a well-known endocrinological repercussion. With respect to the adrenal function variable results have been described, although lately they are interpreted as indicators of a hyperactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA axis Material and methods. Twenty-five patients (13 men and 12 women with DM1 were recruited. They were analysed for: basal cortisol and ACTH, stimulus test with 0.25 mg of ACTH for

  18. Nuclear imaging for the Cushing's syndrome etiological diagnosis; Les scintigraphies des etiologies du syndrome de Cushing

    Nocaudie, M. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, 59 - Lille (France). Service central de medecine nucleaire et imagerie fonctionnelle

    2000-11-01

    Etiologic diagnosing of a Cushing's syndrome relies upon the probabilities of the various causes of the pathologies. It takes advantage of the hormonal determinations to establish the mechanism of the hyper-secretion and of the radiological examination to detect morphological abnormalities. The scinti-scans are useful at this time only, to locate hyper-functioning tissue, to guide its resection and to suggest alternative option, either pharmaceutical or radio-metabolic. In the ACTH-independent Cushing's syndrome, noriodocholesterol scintigraphy can indicate that the adrenocortical hyper-functioning is unilateral or that it is bilateral. In the ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome, the current somatostatin radio-analogs have not proven their efficiency in pituitary ACTH-producing tumours but they are useful in the diagnosis and the management of bronchial carcinoids as of other neuro-endocrine tumors with the para-neoplastic Cushing's syndrome. (author)

  19. Central diabetes insipidus in a dog with a pro-opiomelanocortin-producing pituitary tumor not causing hyperadrenocorticism

    Central diabetes insipidus was diagnosed by vasopressin measurements during hypertonic stimulation in a 9-year-old male giant Schnauzer with polyuria and polydipsia. The impaired release of vasopressin was believed to be caused by a large pituitary tumor, which was visualized by computed tomography. Studies of the function of the anterior lobe and the pars intermedia of the pituitary gland were conducted, and high concentrations of ACTH and alpha-melanotrophic hormone (alpha-MSH) were found without concomitant hyperadrenocorticism. Studies of the molecular size of the immunoreactive ACTH in plasma by gel filtration revealed that most of the circulating immunoreactivity was not ACTH but its precursor pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) and low-molecular-weight POMC-derived peptides. The pituitary tumor of this dog probably originated from melanotrophic cells of the pars intermedia. The sensitivity of the pituitary-adrenocortical system for the suppressive effect of dexamethasone was unaffected

  20. Concomitant Cushing's Disease and Marked Hyperprolactinemia: Response to a Dopamine Receptor Agonist.

    Shiraishi, Jun; Koyama, Hidenori; Shirakawa, Manabu; Ishikura, Reiichi; Okazaki, Hirokazu; Kurajoh, Masafumi; Shoji, Takuhito; Moriwaki, Yuji; Yamamoto, Tetsuya; Namba, Mitsuyoshi

    2016-01-01

    A 38-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital because of amenorrhea, multiple bone fractures, and a Cushingoid appearance. Endocrinological investigations revealed that she had co-existing Cushing's disease and prolactinoma, with a serum level of prolactin (PRL) at 1,480 ng/mL, corticotropin (ACTH) at 81.3 pg/mL, and cortisol at 16.6 μg/dL. Due to the lack of indication for transsphenoidal surgery, cabergoline monotherapy was initiated. A 6-month course of treatment resulted in only subtle amelioration of hypercortisolism, while hyperprolactinemia was dramatically improved. In 5 cases of bihormonal (ACTH/PRL) pituitary macroadenoma reported in the English literature, 2 were initially treated with dopaminergic agonists with substantial effectiveness for both PRL and ACTH. We herein report an extremely rare case of bihormonal macroadenoma in which only PRL was responsive to treatment. PMID:27086808

  1. Nuclear imaging for the Cushing's syndrome etiological diagnosis

    Etiologic diagnosing of a Cushing's syndrome relies upon the probabilities of the various causes of the pathologies. It takes advantage of the hormonal determinations to establish the mechanism of the hyper-secretion and of the radiological examination to detect morphological abnormalities. The scinti-scans are useful at this time only, to locate hyper-functioning tissue, to guide its resection and to suggest alternative option, either pharmaceutical or radio-metabolic. In the ACTH-independent Cushing's syndrome, noriodocholesterol scintigraphy can indicate that the adrenocortical hyper-functioning is unilateral or that it is bilateral. In the ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome, the current somatostatin radio-analogs have not proven their efficiency in pituitary ACTH-producing tumours but they are useful in the diagnosis and the management of bronchial carcinoids as of other neuro-endocrine tumors with the para-neoplastic Cushing's syndrome. (author)

  2. Beta-endorphin in the plasma: Radioimmunological determination and findings in patients showing disorders at the level of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis

    Beta-endorphin and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) were determined simultaneously in the plasma using a radioimmunological procedure. It was found that in patients showing imbalances within the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal system (Addison's disease, Cushing's Syndrome, Nelson's Syndrome) as well as elevated levels of beta-endorphin the values of ACHT invariably were also increased. The behaviour of the plasma levels of beta-endorphin and ACTH before, during and subsequent to hypophyseal surgery gives evidence to prove the close link between the two hormones. Tests performed to examine the function of the corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) both in healthy volunteers and patients suffering from endocrinological disorders likewise pointed to a parallel behaviour pattern of the two hormones in their responding or failure to respond to stimulation. The fact that a significant correlation was established between all measured values of beta-endorphin and ACTH is further evidence in confirmation of a parallel release of these two hormones in man. (TRV)

  3. Does the corticoadrenal adenoma with ''pre-Cushing's syndrome'' exist

    An adrenal tumor was discovered fortuitously in a patient with no clinical features of Cushing's syndrome. On adrenal imaging, there was good uptake in the nodule but no visualization of the contralateral adrenal. The latter was seen, however, in a second scan performed under ACTH treatment. In the hormone assessment, basal cortisol and 17-hydroxycorticoids were normal and cortisol diurnal variation was near normal, but a dexamethasone suppression test and ACTH responses to metyrapone and insulin hypoglycemia were abnormal. Eight months after excision of a spongiocytic-type adenoma, the remaining adrenal was visible on scintigram and the hormonal tests were normal. This pattern suggests that the clinical Cushing's syndrome was enough to partially suppress ACTH and, consequently, visualization of the contralateral gland

  4. Production of corticosteroid hormones in vitro by adrenals in rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes.

    Kuznetsova, N V; Pal'chikova, N A; Kuzminova, O I; Selyatitskaya, V G

    2014-05-01

    We studied baseline and ACTH-stimulated in vitro production of corticosteroids by rat adrenals. Production of the basic corticosteroids pregnenolone (early precursor in corticosteroid synthesis), progesterone (intermediate precursor in synthesis of gluco- and mineralocorticoid hormones), and corticosterone (major glucocorticoid hormone in rodents) in animals with streptozotocin-induced diabetes was enhanced by 1.8-2.0 times in comparison with the control animals. Addition of ACTH to the incubation medium stimulated pregnenolone production by the adrenals equally in the control and experimental (diabetic) groups, while the increase in corticosterone production was less pronounced in the experimental group. Stimulation of corticosterone production in response to ACTH after saturation of the incubation medium with pregnenolone was also less pronounced in diabetic rats. PMID:24913572

  5. Ectopic Cushing' syndrome caused by a neuroendocrine carcinoma of the mesentery

    Petersenn Stephan

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background ACTH overproduction within the pituitary gland or ectopically leads to hypercortisolism. Here, we report the first case of Cushing' syndrome caused by an ectopic ACTH-secreting neuroendocrine carcinoma of the mesentery. Moreover, diagnostic procedures and pitfalls associated with ectopic ACTH-secreting tumors are demonstrated and discussed. Case presentation A 41 year-old man presented with clinical features and biochemical tests suggestive of ectopic Cushing's syndrome. First, subtotal thyroidectomy was performed without remission of hypercortisolism, because an octreotide scan showed increased activity in the left thyroid gland and an ultrasound revealed nodules in both thyroid lobes one of which was autonomous. In addition, the patient had a 3 mm hypoenhancing lesion of the neurohypophysis and a 1 cm large adrenal tumor. Surgical removal of the pituitary lesion within the posterior lobe did not improve hypercortisolism and we continued to treat the patient with metyrapone to block cortisol production. At 18-months follow-up from initial presentation, we detected an ACTH-producing neuroendocrine carcinoma of the mesentery by using a combination of octreotide scan, computed tomography scan, and positron emission tomography. Intraoperatively, use of a gamma probe after administration of radiolabeled 111In-pentetreotide helped identify the mesenteric neuroendocrine tumor. After removal of this carcinoma, the patient improved clinically. Laboratory testing confirmed remission of hypercortisolism. An octreotide scan 7 months after surgery showed normal results. Conclusion This case underscores the diagnostic challenge in identifying an ectopic ACTH-producing tumor and the pluripotency of cells, in this case of mesenteric cells that can start producing and secreting ACTH. It thereby helps elucidate the pathogenesis of neuroendocrine tumors. This case also suggests that patients with ectopic Cushing's syndrome and an octreotide

  6. Autonomous adrenocorticotropin reaction to stress stimuli in human fetus.

    Kosinska-Kaczynska, Katarzyna; Bartkowiak, Robert; Kaczynski, Bartosz; Szymusik, Iwona; Wielgos, Miroslaw

    2012-04-01

    The aim of the study was to determine whether human fetuses show ACTH response to stress stimuli, to define the gestational age from which these reactions may be present and to analyze the relationship between hormone concentrations and their changes, both in fetuses and in pregnant women. The study included 81 intrauterine transfusions carried out in 19 pregnant women. 52 procedures were performed directly into the umbilical vein, which is not innervated, so neutral for the fetus (the PCI group) and 29 transfusions into the intrahepatic vein -which puncture is stressful for the fetus (the IHV group). ACTH and cortisol concentrations in fetal and maternal plasma obtained during the procedures were assayed. The initial mean plasma ACTH concentration in the PCI group equaled 18.94pg/mL, but in the IHV group it was significantly higher and amounted 75.17pg/mL (ptransfusion both in the IHV group (95.8pg/mL, p>0.05) and in the PCI group (22.36pg/mL, p>0.05). The observed hormonal response in the IHV group proves the existence of fetal pituitary reaction to stress. The initial fetal ACTH concentration in the IHV group correlated with the number of transfusions performed on a single fetus (R=0.41; p=0.04). No correlation with parity, gestational weeks or the volume of transfused packed red blood cells was found. There was also no correlation between fetal and maternal ACTH concentrations in any group. Presented data suggest that the human fetus shows autonomous ACTH reaction to stress stimulation. PMID:21925813

  7. Profiling of adrenocorticotropic hormone and arginine vasopressin in human pituitary gland and tumor thin tissue sections using droplet-based liquid-microjunction surface-sampling-HPLC-ESI-MS-MS.

    Kertesz, Vilmos; Calligaris, David; Feldman, Daniel R; Changelian, Armen; Laws, Edward R; Santagata, Sandro; Agar, Nathalie Y R; Van Berkel, Gary J

    2015-08-01

    Described here are the results from the profiling of the proteins arginine vasopressin (AVP) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) from normal human pituitary gland and pituitary adenoma tissue sections, using a fully automated droplet-based liquid-microjunction surface-sampling-HPLC-ESI-MS-MS system for spatially resolved sampling, HPLC separation, and mass spectrometric detection. Excellent correlation was found between the protein distribution data obtained with this method and data obtained with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) chemical imaging analyses of serial sections of the same tissue. The protein distributions correlated with the visible anatomic pattern of the pituitary gland. AVP was most abundant in the posterior pituitary gland region (neurohypophysis), and ATCH was dominant in the anterior pituitary gland region (adenohypophysis). The relative amounts of AVP and ACTH sampled from a series of ACTH-secreting and non-secreting pituitary adenomas correlated with histopathological evaluation. ACTH was readily detected at significantly higher levels in regions of ACTH-secreting adenomas and in normal anterior adenohypophysis compared with non-secreting adenoma and neurohypophysis. AVP was mostly detected in normal neurohypophysis, as expected. This work reveals that a fully automated droplet-based liquid-microjunction surface-sampling system coupled to HPLC-ESI-MS-MS can be readily used for spatially resolved sampling, separation, detection, and semi-quantitation of physiologically-relevant peptide and protein hormones, including AVP and ACTH, directly from human tissue. In addition, the relative simplicity, rapidity, and specificity of this method support the potential of this basic technology, with further advancement, for assisting surgical decision-making. Graphical Abstract Mass spectrometry based profiling of hormones in human pituitary gland and tumor thin tissue sections. PMID:26084546

  8. Ectopic Cushing' syndrome caused by a neuroendocrine carcinoma of the mesentery

    ACTH overproduction within the pituitary gland or ectopically leads to hypercortisolism. Here, we report the first case of Cushing' syndrome caused by an ectopic ACTH-secreting neuroendocrine carcinoma of the mesentery. Moreover, diagnostic procedures and pitfalls associated with ectopic ACTH-secreting tumors are demonstrated and discussed. A 41 year-old man presented with clinical features and biochemical tests suggestive of ectopic Cushing's syndrome. First, subtotal thyroidectomy was performed without remission of hypercortisolism, because an octreotide scan showed increased activity in the left thyroid gland and an ultrasound revealed nodules in both thyroid lobes one of which was autonomous. In addition, the patient had a 3 mm hypoenhancing lesion of the neurohypophysis and a 1 cm large adrenal tumor. Surgical removal of the pituitary lesion within the posterior lobe did not improve hypercortisolism and we continued to treat the patient with metyrapone to block cortisol production. At 18-months follow-up from initial presentation, we detected an ACTH-producing neuroendocrine carcinoma of the mesentery by using a combination of octreotide scan, computed tomography scan, and positron emission tomography. Intraoperatively, use of a gamma probe after administration of radiolabeled 111In-pentetreotide helped identify the mesenteric neuroendocrine tumor. After removal of this carcinoma, the patient improved clinically. Laboratory testing confirmed remission of hypercortisolism. An octreotide scan 7 months after surgery showed normal results. This case underscores the diagnostic challenge in identifying an ectopic ACTH-producing tumor and the pluripotency of cells, in this case of mesenteric cells that can start producing and secreting ACTH. It thereby helps elucidate the pathogenesis of neuroendocrine tumors. This case also suggests that patients with ectopic Cushing's syndrome and an octreotide scan positive in atypical locations may benefit from

  9. Adrenocortical function in cane toads from different environments.

    Hernández, Sandra E; Sernia, Conrad; Bradley, Adrian J

    2016-05-01

    The adrenocortical function of cane toads (Rhinella marina) exposed to different experimental procedures, as well as captured from different environments, was assessed by challenging the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. It was found that restriction stress as well as cannulation increased plasma corticosterone (B) levels for up to 12h. A single dose of dexamethasone (DEX 2mg/kg) significantly reduced B levels demonstrating its potential for use in the evaluation of the HPA axis in amphibia. We also demonstrate that 0.05 IU/g BW (im) of synthetic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) significantly increased plasma B levels in cane toads. Changes in size area of the cortical cells were positively associated with total levels of B after ACTH administration. We also found differences in adrenal activity between populations. This was assessed by a DEX-ACTH test. The animals captured from the field and maintained in captivity for one year at the animal house (AH) present the highest levels of total and free B after ACTH administration. We also found that animals from the front line of dispersion in Western Australia (WA) present the weakest adrenal response to a DEX-ACTH test. The animals categorized as long established in Queensland Australia (QL), and native in Mexico (MX), do not shown a marked difference in the HPA activity. Finally we found that in response to ACTH administration, females reach significantly higher levels of plasma B than males. For the first time the adrenocortical response in cane toads exposed to different experimental procedures, as well as from different populations was assessed systematically. PMID:26877241

  10. Etiology and clinical profile of patients with Cushing′s syndrome: A single center experience

    Ariacherry C Ammini

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: There is little published literature on the profile of patients with Cushing′s syndrome (CS from India. The aim of this study was to compile data of CS patients treated at this hospital. Materials and Methods: Patients referred to the endocrine services of this hospital for diagnosis/treatment of CS from January 1985 to July 2012 were the subjects for this study. All patients had detailed medical history, physical examination and biochemical and hormonal assays (which changed with availability of tests and changing views. Assays for plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH (late 90s, salivary cortisol estimation, IJV sampling for ACTH and corticotrophin releasing hormone stimulation tests were added on later. Imaging included computed tomography (CT, magnetic resonance imaging (since the late 80′s and 68 Ga DOTA-TOC/FDG PET-CT (2008. Results: Three hundred sixty-four patients (250 females, 114 males, age 6 months to 65 years, mean 28 years + 12 years were diagnosed to have CS during this period. Two hundred and ninety-three patients (80.5% were ACTH dependent (CD 215, ectopic ACTH syndrome 22, occult ACTH source 56 while 71 (19.5% were ACTH independent (adrenal carcinoma 36, adenoma 30, primary pigmented nodular adrenal disease 4, AIMAH 1. Pituitary macro adenoma was seen in 14% of the CD cases. The most common presenting complaints were hypertension and diabetes mellitus. A total of 63% patients complained of weight gain while 15% had lost weight. Myopathy, infections, skeletal fractures and psychiatric problems were the other common observations in our patients. Conclusion: The clinical spectrum was broad. CD was the most common cause for CS.

  11. Diagnosis and treatment of primary aldosteronism. An analysis of 18 cases

    Early diagnosis of primary aldosteronism (PA) is important because the worldwide prevalence of PA among unselected hypertensive patients is 5% to 15%. We examined the records of 18 patients with PA who were evaluated at Toho University Medical Center Omori Hospital. We analyzed the results of confirmatory testing and subtype differentiation among 18 patients (7 men and 11 women, mean age (mean±standard deviation (SD), 55.1±14.7 years) who had received a diagnosis of PA within the previous 2.5 years. On confirmatory testing of PA, the ratios of positive results on the furosemide-upright test, captopril-loading test, and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation test were 88.9, 69.2 and 68.8%, respectively. On subtype differentiation, among 14 patients who underwent ACTH-stimulated adrenal venous sampling (ACTH-AVS), 6 were found to have bilateral hyperaldosteronism (BHA) and 8 were found to have aldosterone-producing adrenal adenoma (APA, 1 right and 7 left adenomas). In 2 of 4 patients who did not undergo ACTH-AVS, APA with right adenoma was diagnosed by abdominal CT scan and 131I-adosterol scintigraphy, however, determination of PA subtype was not possible in the remaining 2 patients. Patients with APA underwent adrenalectomy, and spironolactone was administered to patients with BHA. The therapeutic effectiveness of adrenalectomy and spironolactone did not differ. The furosemide-upright test should be the first choice for definitive diagnosis of PA; the captopril-loading test and ACTH stimulation test should be regarded as secondary examinations. It is necessary to use more than one confirmatory test, because these tests sometimes result in false negatives. Abdominal CT scan is not always useful for localizing adrenal tumors; therefore, we suggest a combination of CT scan, 131I-adosterol scintigraphy, and ACTH-AVS in determining the appropriate therapy. (author)

  12. Disease: H01011 [KEGG MEDICUS

    Full Text Available ted adrenocorticotropic hormone deficiency (IAD) is a rare disease characterized by low plasma ACTH and cortisol level...e TBX19 [HSA:9095] [KO:K10184] Low plasma ACTH [CPD:C02017] and cortisol [CPD:C00735] levels ICD-10: E23.6 M..., Klinger G, Bron-Harlev E, Shohat M Low estriol levels in the maternal triple-ma...mplete IAD but can not be detected in partial or late-onset IAD. Endocrine diseas

  13. Síndrome de west em gêmeos univitelinos

    Edson Zerati; Antônio Seba Junior

    1990-01-01

    Os autores registram os casos de dois gêmeos univitelinos com 6 meses de idade, do sexo masculino, com quadro de espasmos em flexão. O EEG nas duas crianças é idêntico, mostrando hipsarritmia. Foi empregado ACTH (2 unidades/K/dia) durante três semanas, com boa resposta ao medicamento. As crises cessaram no terceiro dia de administração do ACTH. Atualmente, o tratamento de manutenção é feito com clonazepam.

  14. Síndrome de west em gêmeos univitelinos

    Edson Zerati

    1990-09-01

    Full Text Available Os autores registram os casos de dois gêmeos univitelinos com 6 meses de idade, do sexo masculino, com quadro de espasmos em flexão. O EEG nas duas crianças é idêntico, mostrando hipsarritmia. Foi empregado ACTH (2 unidades/K/dia durante três semanas, com boa resposta ao medicamento. As crises cessaram no terceiro dia de administração do ACTH. Atualmente, o tratamento de manutenção é feito com clonazepam.

  15. The role of central melanocortin receptors in the activation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-axis and the induction of excessive grooming

    Von Frijtag, Josefien C; Croiset, Gerda; Hendrik Gispen, Willem; Adan, Roger A. H.; Wiegant, Victor M

    1998-01-01

    In accord with previous studies intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) injections of ACTH1-24 (1 μg) induced a display of excessive grooming, and increased the plasma concentrations of ACTH and corticosterone. Pituitary-adrenal activation was blocked by pretreatment with dexamethasone, indicating that the effect of the (i.c.v.) injected peptide was not caused by a peripheral effect on the adrenal cortex.Doses of 1 and 3 μg of a non-selective melanocortin-3/4-receptor antagonist (SHU 9119), or of 5 ...

  16. Corticotropin releasing factor stimulates cAMP formation in pituitary corticotropic tumor cells

    Addition of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) to membranes from two ACTH-secreting pituitary tumors strikingly increased in a dose-dependent fashion adenylate cyclase (AC) activity. Stimulation of AC activity by CRF in membranes from non-tumoral tissue adjacent to tumoral corticotrophs was considerably lower, and was lacking in membranes from a growth hormone secreting tumor. These data correlated well with in vivo pre-surgery and post-surgery ACTH responsiveness to CRF of the tumor bearing patients. Basal AC activity was higher in pituitary adenomas than in non-tumoral adjacent tissue

  17. Three cases of triple A syndrome (Allgrove syndrome) in pediatric surgeons' view.

    Erginel, Başak; Gün, Feryal; Kocaman, Hakan; Çelik, Alaadin; Salman, Tansu

    2016-04-01

    Triple A syndrome, also known as Allgrove syndrome, is a rare disease, and presents mainly in children. Its cardinal symptoms are achalasia, alacrima, and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) insensitivity. We report three cases of Triple A syndrome. Our aim is to inform pediatric surgeons about the existence of this rare syndrome and to highlight the need for suspicion of alacrima and ACTH insensitivity in cases of pediatric achalasia. Triple A syndrome should be considered in patients presenting with achalasia. Alacrima should be investigated by a Schirmer test, and adrenal dysfunction should be tested in cases of suspected triple A. PMID:27385299

  18. 131I-19-iodocholesterol adrenal scanning in Cushing's syndrome

    7 patients were investigated: 2 bilateral hyperplasia due to pituitary ACTH excess showed bilateral adrenal activity. 1 post-surgical remnant with recurrent Cushing's syndrome was detected. 1 adenoma showed unilateral intense activity and absent activity in the controlateral gland, even after ACTH treatment. 2 carcinomas were weakly imaged. In 1 case, hepatic metastasis showed 131I-19-iodocholesterol uptake. Adrenal imaging with 131I-19-iodocholesterol is not a good procedure for assessing hormonal function. It is a valuable and safe tool in the localization and diagnosis of adrenal lesions causing Cushing's syndrome, perhaps better than radiologic procedures. Radiation dosimetry is acceptable

  19. Constitution and behavior of follicular structures in the human anterior pituitary gland.

    Ciocca, D. R.; Puy, L. A.; Stati, A. O.

    1984-01-01

    The follicular structures present in the human pituitary gland were studied, at the light-microscopic level, using histochemical and immunocytochemical techniques. The antisera applied in the peroxidase-antiperoxidase procedure were anti-hFSH beta, anti-hLH beta, anti-hPRL, anti-hGH, anti-hTSH beta, anti-hLPH beta, anti-pACTH, and anti-hACTH. In the 10 normal pituitaries examined, follicles were always found in the three areas of the adenohypophysis. The wall of the pars distalis follicles sh...

  20. [Effect of high-altitude climate therapy on the adrenal cortex function in patients with bronchial asthma].

    Brimkulov, N N; Bakirova, A N; Chaltabaev, K S

    1990-06-01

    132 bronchial asthma patients living in Frunze (760 m above the sea level) and those on adaptation days 3-5 and 25-30 to the climate of North Tien Shan (3200 m above the sea level) underwent clinical and functional examination involving assessment of ACTH, cortisol and aldosterone levels. The patients showed clinical response and improvement of bronchial permeability associated with a pronounced growth of plasma cortisol levels starting on adaptation days 3-5. By adaptation days 25-30 cortisol levels were still on the increase while ACTH concentration tended to reduction. PMID:2145469

  1. A case of suspect “cyanosis”

    Elisabetta Antonucci

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available CLINICAL CASE A 70-year old woman was admitted to our hospital because of fever, asthenia and a suspected stroke. Her medical history showed a congenital cardiopathy (Patent Foramen Ovale, PFO. Skin and oral mucosa pigmentation, orthostatic hypotension, hypoglycemia and hyponatriemia arose the suspect of Addison’s disease. The diagnosis was confirmed by the evaluation of basal levels of plasma ACTH and serum cortisol, and serum cortisol levels after ACTH stimulation. Abdominal CT scan showed atrophy and calcification of adrenal glands. CONCLUSIONS In most cases, Addison’s disease is provoked by autoimmune destruction of the adrenal cortex; however, in our reported patient, tuberculosis could be a possible cause.

  2. Management Strategies for Aggressive Cushing's Syndrome: From Macroadenomas to Ectopics

    Carlotta Pozza

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Cushing’s syndrome (CS is a rare but severe clinical condition represented by an excessive endogenous cortisol secretion and hence excess circulating free cortisol, characterized by loss of the normal feedback regulation and circadian rhythm of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis due to inappropriate secretion of ACTH from a pituitary tumor (Cushing’s disease, CD or an ectopic source (ectopic ACTH secretion, EAS. The remaining causes (20% are ACTH independent. As soon as the diagnosis is established, the therapeutic goal is the removal of the tumor. Whenever surgery is not curative, management of patients with CS requires a major effort to control hypercortisolemia and associated symptoms. A multidisciplinary approach that includes endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, oncologists, and radiotherapists should be adopted. This paper will focus on traditional and novel medical therapy for aggressive ACTH-dependent CS. Several drugs are able to reduce cortisol levels. Their mechanism of action involves blocking adrenal steroidogenesis (ketoconazole, metyrapone, aminoglutethimide, mitotane, etomidate or inhibiting the peripheral action of cortisol through blocking its receptors (mifepristone “RU-486”. Other drugs include centrally acting agents (dopamine agonists, somatostatin receptor agonists, retinoic acid, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ “PPAR-γ” ligands and novel chemotherapeutic agents (temozolomide and tyrosine kinase inhibitors which have a significant activity against aggressive pituitary or ectopic tumors.

  3. Patient-specific modeling of the neuroendocrine HPA-axis and its relation to depression: Ultradian and circadian oscillations

    Gudmand-Høyer, Johanne; Ottesen, Stine Timmermann; Ottesen, Johnny T.

    2014-01-01

    underlying physiological mechanisms controlling the average levels as well as the ultradian frequencies and amplitudes of the hormones ACTH and cortisol. The results are promising since they point toward an exact etiology for depression. As a consequence new biomarkers and pharmaceutical targets may be...

  4. 78 FR 3879 - Ochoco National Forest, Paulina Ranger District; Oregon; Fox Canyon Cluster Allotment Management...

    2013-01-17

    ..., south of Big Summit Prairie. The four allotments are Antler, Brush Creek, Fox Canyon, and Gray Prairie....), Two B (74 ac.), Three (173 ac.), Four (52 ac.), Five (60 ac.), Six (82 ac.), and Seven (168 ac).The... aspens stand is not found to provide adequate protection. Seven Pasture Planting hardwoods, and...

  5. Main points of reading electroencephalograms and CT images in convulsive disorders

    Okuno, Takehiko (Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine)

    1982-12-01

    The main ponts for reading electroencephalogram and CT images in various convulsive diseases were described briefly. CT images and electroencephalograms were shown in intracranial hemorrhage, purulent meningitis due to influenzal virus, subacute sclerosing encephalitis, OTC deficiency, Aicardi syndromes, tuberous sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, cerebrovascular moyamoya disease, cerebral tumor, and nodding spasm (changes of cerebral atrophy with time course due to ACTH therapy).

  6. Pathobiology and oncogenesis of pituitary corticotroph adenomas in dogs

    Hanson, J.M.

    2007-01-01

    Pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism (PDH) or Cushing's disease is a common endocrinopathy in the elderly dog caused by a pituitary adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) producing tumor (corticotroph adenoma) of unknown pathogenesis. Surgical removal of the pituitary tumor is applied as routine tr

  7. The stress system in the human brain in depression and neurodegeneration.

    Swaab, D.F.; Bao, A.-M.; Lucassen, P.J.

    2005-01-01

    Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) plays a central role in the regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis, i.e., the final common pathway in the stress response. The action of CRH on ACTH release is strongly potentiated by vasopressin, that is co-produced in increasing amounts wh

  8. The stress system in the human brain in depression and neurodegeneration

    D.F. Swaab; A.M Bao; P.J. Lucassen

    2005-01-01

    Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) plays a central role in the regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis, i.e., the final common pathway in the stress response. The action of CRH on ACTH release is strongly potentiated by vasopressin, that is co-produced in increasing amounts wh

  9. Localization of the genes encoding the melanocortin-2 (Adrenocorticotropic hormone) and melanocortin-3 receptors to chromosomes 18p11. 2 and 20q13. 2-q13. 3 by fluorescence in situ hybridization

    Gantz, I.; Tashiro, Takao; Konda, Yoshitaka; Shimoto, Yoshimasa; Miwa, Hiroto; Munzert, G.; Barcroft, C.; Glover, T.; Yamada, Tadataka (Univ. of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI (United States))

    1993-10-01

    Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and [alpha]-, [beta]-, and [gamma]-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) are products of propiomelanocortin post-translational processing. These compounds are collectively labeled as melanocortins (MC). Aside from their established effects on the regulation of the adrenal cortex (ACTH) and melanocytes ([alpha]-MSH), the melanocortins have been implicated in a broad array of physiological events. Melanocortins mediate their effects through cell membrane receptors belonging to the superfamily of seven transmembrane G-protein-linked receptors. Using the technique of polymerase chain reaction with primers based on conserved areas of the seven transmembrane G-protein-linked receptor family, the authors recently isolated an [open quotes]orphan[close quotes] subfamily of this receptor group. Within the past year, two of these receptors were identified as specific for [alpha]-MSH (MC1) and ACTH (MC2). They have recently described a third melanocortin receptor (MC3) that appears to recognize the core heptapeptide sequence of melanocortins with equal potency and efficacy and identified its presence in the brain, placenta, and gut. Using the FISH technique, they localized the ACTH and the melanocortin-3 receptors to chromosome loci 18p11.2 and 20q12.3-q13.2, respectively. 19 refs., 1 fig.

  10. Transcriptional activation of melanocortin 2 receptor accessory protein by PPARγ in adipocytes

    Kim, Nam Soo; Kim, Yoon-Jin [Department of Biology, Research Institute for Basic Science, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-701 (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Si Young [R and D Center, Amore Pacific Corporation, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 446-729 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Tae Ryong, E-mail: trlee@amorepacific.com [R and D Center, Amore Pacific Corporation, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 446-729 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sang Hoon, E-mail: shkim@khu.ac.kr [Department of Biology, Research Institute for Basic Science, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-09-27

    Highlights: •MRAP enhanced HSL expression. •ACTH-mediated MRAP reduced glycerol release. •PPARγ induced MRAP expression. •PPARγ bound to the MRAP promoter. -- Abstract: Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in rodents decreases lipid accumulation and body weight. Melanocortin receptor 2 (MC2R) and MC2R accessory protein (MRAP) are specific receptors for ACTH in adipocytes. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) plays a role in the transcriptional regulation of metabolic pathways such as adipogenesis and β-oxidation of fatty acids. In this study we investigated the transcriptional regulation of MRAP expression during differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells. Stimulation with ACTH affected lipolysis in murine mature adipocytes via MRAP. Putative peroxisome proliferator response element (PPRE) was identified in the MRAP promoter region. In chromatin immunoprecipitation and reporter assays, we observed binding of PPARγ to the MRAP promoter. The mutagenesis experiments showed that the −1209/−1198 region of the MRAP promoter could function as a PPRE site. These results suggest that PPARγ is required for transcriptional activation of the MRAP gene during adipogenesis, which contributes to understanding of the molecular mechanism of lipolysis in adipocytes.