Lawson, D E; Bell, P A
Dihydrotachysterol and 5,6-trans-cholecalciferol are biologically active analogues of cholecalciferol (vitamin D) with a similarity in steric structure to 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol, the active form of the vitamin. The question arises as to the nature of the active form of these analogues. High specific radioactivity (14)C- and (3)H-labelled forms of dihydrotachysterol and 5,6-trans-cholecalciferol and its 25-hydroxy derivative were synthesized and their metabolism was studied in chicks and rats. All these steroids were very rapidly metabolized compared with cholecalciferol; 20% of the dihydrotachysterol dose was excreted in bile in the first 24h, about 50% as a carboxylic acid derivative. Although polar metabolites were detected in tissues, no 1-hydroxy form was observed. Larger proportions of the parent steroid and its 25-hydroxy metabolite were detected in tissues compared with cholecalciferol, but no single metabolite was detected at the intracellular site of action of cholecalciferol. It is suggested that analogues of cholecalciferol will be biologically active if they possess a hydroxyl group in the same steric position as that at C-1 of cholecalciferol, with the greatest activity shown by those that also have a C-25 hydroxyl group. The implication of these findings for the chemical features necessary for binding to receptor proteins are briefly discussed.
Cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) and ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) were determined simultaneously by selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mass spectrometry for different food matrixes. A small amount of starting sample was saponified and extracted before injection into a linear ion trap mass spectrometer equipped with an atmospheric pressure chemical ionization source. Dihydrotachysterol, which is absent from food and has a structure similar to that of vitamins D3 and D2, was used as an internal standard. Calibration curves for the 2 vitamins showed linearity with R2 values of 0.9999 and 0.9989 for vitamins D3 and D2, respectively. Limits of detection for vitamins D3 and D2 were 0.5 ng/g (1.3 pmol/g) and 1.75 ng/g (4.4 pmol/g) and limits of quantitation were 1.25 ng/g (3.24 pmol/g), and 3.75 ng/g (9.45 pmol/g), respectively. Accuracy and precision of the method were tested with the infant formula reference standard of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which showed a relative standard deviation of 6%. Recoveries ranged from 95 to 105%. Several food products were tested with AOAC Method 982.29, which is currently in use for vitamins D3 and D2, and results were comparable within 6%.
Si-tian LIU; You-lun GUI; W.J. Bremner; Er-sheng GAO; Chang-hai HE
Objective To investigate possible causes resulting in the differences in the spermatogenesis suppression on individual treated with levonorgestrel (LNG) implants and testosterone undecanoate(TU) injectable Methods Totally 21 Chinese male volunteers were given treatment with LNG implants (four rods, 75 mg/rod) and intramuscular injection of TU (500 mg, bimonthly for 3 times). According to the effects of treatment, they were divided into two groups, namely, azoospermia group (group A) and oligozoospermia group (group 0). Then seminal FSH, LH, T and estradiol (E2)were determined by immunoenzymetric assay, while seminal and serum dihydrotachysterol (DHT)and serum sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) were by radioimmunoassay, and seminal transferrin (Tf) by scatter turbidimetry assay.Results Seminal FSH, LH and serum DHT, SHBG, FTI (T/SHBG × 100) levels were significantly lower in group A than in group O, while higher seminal concentrations of E2 were observed in azoospermia group.Conclusion The differences in the spermatogenic suppression in Chinese men might be attributed to different rate of peripheral androgen metabolism, variations in serum SHBG levels,5a-reductase activity and individual aromatase activity during LNG plus TU administration. In addition, seminal sex hormones might be more sensitive indexes to assess the extent of feedback inhibition on hypothalamus-pituitary-testis with exogenous testosterone plus progestogen in the efficacy hormone male contraceptive trials.
Dennis, V W; Stead, N W; Andreoli, T E
Amphotericin B modifies the permeability properties of thin lipid membranes formed from solutions containing sheep red cell phospholipids and cholesterol. At 10(-6)M amphotericin B, the DC membrane resistance fell from approximately 10(8) to approximately 10(2) ohm-cm(2), and the membranes became Cl(-)-, rather than Na(+)-selective; the permeability coefficients for hydrophilic nonelectrolytes increased in inverse relationship to solute size, and the rate of water flow during osmosis increased 30-fold. These changes may be rationalized by assuming that the interaction of amphotericin B with membrane-bound sterol resulted in the formation of aqueous pores. N-acetylamphotericin B and the methyl ester of N-acetylamphotericin B, but not the smaller ring compounds, filipin, rimocidin, and PA-166, produced comparable permeability changes in identical membranes, and amphotericin B and its derivatives produced similar changes in the properties of membranes formed from phospholipid-free sterol solutions. However, amphotericin B did not affect ionic selectivity or water and nonelectrolyte permeability in membranes formed from solutions containing phospholipids and no added cholesterol, or when cholesterol was replaced by either cholesterol palmitate, dihydrotachysterol, epicholesterol, or Delta5-cholesten-3-one. Phospholipid-free sterol membranes exposed to amphotericin B or its derivatives were anion-selective, but the degree of Cl(-) selectivity varied among the compounds, and with the aqueous pH. The data are discussed with regard to, first, the nature of the polyene-sterol interactions which result in pore formation, and second, the functional groups on amphotericin B responsible for membrane anion selectivity.
Tokonami, Natsuko; Cheval, Lydie; Monnay, Isabelle; Meurice, Guillaume; Loffing, Johannes; Feraille, Eric; Houillier, Pascal
Hypercalcaemia can occur under various pathological conditions, such as primary hyperparathyroidism, malignancy or granulomatosis, and it induces natriuresis and polyuria in various species via an unknown mechanism. A previous study demonstrated that hypercalcaemia induced by vitamin D in rats increased endothelin (ET)-1 expression in the distal nephron, which suggests the involvement of the ET system in hypercalcaemia-induced effects. In the present study, we demonstrate that, during vitamin D-induced hypercalcaemia, the activation of ET system by increased ET-1 is responsible for natriuresis but not for polyuria. Vitamin D-treated hypercalcaemic mice showed a blunted response to amiloride, suggesting that epithelial sodium channel function is inhibited. We have identified an original pathway that specifically mediates the effects of vitamin D-induced hypercalcaemia on sodium handling in the distal nephron without affecting water handling. Acute hypercalcaemia increases urinary sodium and water excretion; however, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. Because vitamin D-induced hypercalcaemia increases the renal expression of endothelin (ET)-1, we hypothesized that ET-1 mediates the effects of hypercalcaemia on renal sodium and water handling. Hypercalcaemia was induced in 8-week-old, parathyroid hormone-supplemented, male mice by oral administration of dihydrotachysterol (DHT) for 3 days. DHT-treated mice became hypercalcaemic and displayed increased urinary water and sodium excretion compared to controls. mRNA levels of ET-1 and the transcription factors CCAAT-enhancer binding protein β and δ were specifically increased in the distal convoluted tubule and downstream segments in DHT-treated mice. To examine the role of the ET system in hypercalcaemia-induced natriuresis and polyuria, mice were treated with the ET-1 receptor antagonist macitentan, with or without DHT. Mice treated with both macitentan and DHT displayed hypercalcaemia and polyuria