The Natural Thyroid Diet

The Natural Thyroid Diet

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Thyroid Associated Ophthalmopathy

Orbital extracellular matrix exhibits a significant increase in tissue fractions of hyaluronan and chondroitin sulfate in patients with thyroid-associated ophthal-mopathy (TAO) (151). Immunoglobulin G of patients with TAO markedly stimulates hyaluronan secretion from retrobulbar fibroblasts (152) and such patients exhibit significantly greater antibody values against hyaluronan (153). Lymphocytes on retrobulbar fibroblasts show a tendency for TAO patients' lymphocytes to enhance the synthesis of hyaluronan (154). Hyaluronan expression is also increased at the extraocular muscle level in patients with TAO (155).

Thyroid Disorders Thyrotoxicosis

The term thyrotoxicosis (TS) refers to the biochemical and physiological manifestations of excessive quantities of thyroid hormones. TS may be due to sustained hormone overproduction (hyperthyroidism) or to excessive circulating hormone levels not associated with hyperthyroidism (Table 1). The effects of TS on the major organ systems are the same regardless of the underlying origin, and weight loss is a common feature in the presence of intermediate and severe TS. Thyrotoxicosis factitia Chronic thyroiditis Subacute thyroiditis Ectopic thyroid tissue (struma ovarii, metastatic thyroid cancer) Weight loss is a common manifestation of hyperthyroidism and is present in about 90 of such patients (Table 2). TS-induced weight loss is the result of the effects of thyroid hormones on different organs and on metabolism, particularly on the cardiovascular system, the sympathetic nervous system, the alimentary system, muscle, and energy metabolism 18 . Interestingly, a direct effect of thyroid...

TABLE 524 Thyroid Enlargement and Function

A diffusely enlarged gland includes the isthmus and the lateral lobes, but there are no discretely palpable nodules. Causes include Graves' disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and endemic goiter (related to iodine deficiency, now uncommon in the United States). Sporadic goiter refers to an enlarged gland with no apparent cause. This term refers to an enlarged thyroid gland that contains two or more identifiable nodules. Multiple nodules suggest a metabolic rather than a neoplastic process, but irradiation during childhood, a positive family history, enlarged cervical nodes, or continuing enlargement of one of the nodules raises the suspicion of malignancy. Symptoms of Thyroid Dysfunction Signs of Thyroid Dysfunction Evaluation of the thyroid gland includes a description of the gland and a functional assessment.

Nodular Thyroid Disease

Thyroid nodules, both solitary and multiple, are common and are often found incidentally on physical examination, ultrasonography, or computed tomography. They are more prevalent in women and increase in frequency with age. Although their pathogenesis is not clear, nodules are known to be associated with iodine deficiency, higher gravidity, and the ingestion of goitrogens. Further work-up of identified nodules is indicated, as the incidence of malignancy in solitary nodules is estimated at 5-6 . The incidence of malignancy is higher in children, adults younger than 30 or older than 60 years, and patients with a history of head or neck irradiation. Other historical risk factors include a family history of thyroid cancer, the presence of cervical lym-phadenopathy, and the recent development of hoarseness of the voice, progressive dysphagia, or shortness of breath. Initial assessment should include evaluation of thyroid function. Functional adenomas that present with hyperthyroidism are...

The parathyroid glands Fig 192

Inferior Thyroid Artery

These are usually four in number, a superior and inferior on either side however, the numbers vary from two to six. Ninety per cent are in close relationship to the thyroid, 10 are aberrant, the latter invariably being the inferior glands. Fig. 191 The relationship of the recurrent laryngeal nerve to the thyroid gland and the inferior thyroid artery. (a) The nerve is usually deep to the artery but (b) may be superficial to it or (c) pass through its branches. In these diagrams the lateral lobe of the thyroid is pulled forwards, as it would be in a thyroidectomy. Fig. 191 The relationship of the recurrent laryngeal nerve to the thyroid gland and the inferior thyroid artery. (a) The nerve is usually deep to the artery but (b) may be superficial to it or (c) pass through its branches. In these diagrams the lateral lobe of the thyroid is pulled forwards, as it would be in a thyroidectomy. Inferior thyroid artery Thyroid gland Each gland is about the size of a split pea and is of a...

Thyroid And Gonadal Dysfunction

Subclinical and clinical thyroid disease is common after treatment of HL. In a series of 151 patients, 26 cases of subclinical, 12 cases of manifest clinical hypothyroidism, and 2 cases of hyperthyroidism were documented.14 Thyroid dysfunction was more frequent in patients who underwent mantle or neck radiotherapy. Hypothyroidism was often revealed after the sixth year of follow-up. A high incidence of thy-roiditis was also reported in this group of patients. Annual monitoring of thyroid function should be incorporated in follow-up patients with HL, particularly in those treated with radiation involving neck.

Role Of Endocrine Glands In Thyroid Function

Hypothalamus Pituitary Tsh Thyroid Axis

Thyroid hormones are secreted based on a complex interaction of the hypothalamus, the adenohypophysis, and the thyroid gland. The hypothalamus has thyroid hormone receptors within many of its cells. It provides a tertiary level of control and stimulation of the thyroid gland by secreting thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH also known as thyrotropin-releasing factor TRF ), a peptide hormone, in response to lower than normal levels of thyroid hormone. Thyrotropin-releasing hormone may have many functions, but the primary function is to stimulate the adenohypophysis. The adenohypophysis, also known as the anterior pituitary, provides the secondary level of control and stimulation. It produces and secretes thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), or thyrotropin, a glycoprotein hormone. The main function of TSH is to stimulate the thyroid gland in hormonal production. Figure 11-9 depicts the hypothalamic response to subnormal levels of circulating free triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4),...

Approach To Hyperthyroidism Definitions

Hyperthyroidism Hypermetabolic condition that results from the effect of excessive amounts of thyroid hormones produced by the thyroid gland itself. Because almost all cases of thyrotoxicosis are caused by thyroid overproduction, these terms are often used synonymously. Thyrotoxicosis Usually used as a general term for biochemical and physiologic manifestations of excessive levels of thyroid hormones from any source, for example, exogenous ingestion. Thyroid Storm Thyroid storm is a dangerous condition of decompensated thyrotoxicosis. The patient has tachycardia (> 140 bpm). fever (104-106 F), agitation, delirium, restlessness or psychosis, vomiting, and or diarrhea. It usually results from long-neglected severe hyperthyroidism to which a complicating event (intercurrent illness infection, surgery, trauma, or iodine load) is added. Treatment includes supportive care with fluids, antibiotics if needed, and specific treatment directed at the hyperthyroidism large doses of antithyroid...

Mhc Class Ii Expression On Autoimmune And Malignant Thyroid Cells

Many investigators have used the thyroid gland as a model for research of autoimmune processes. Autoimmune thyroid diseases are the archetype of organ specific autoimmune disorders, and shares with them T-cell dependency as a common characteristic. Inappropriate MHC class II expression has been first observed on thyroid cells derived from patients with Graves' autoimmune thyroid disease 40 , and lead to the hypothesis that such expression would result in antigen presentation of thyroid autoantigens to T cells, thereby starting an autoimmune response 41 . Expression of MHC class II molecules was found to be common also on malignant thyroid cells 42 , and has been recently suggested to represent local antitumor response, which prevents metastatic spread of the malignant cells 43 . We and others have shown that T and inflammatory cell products, such as IFN-Y alone or synergistically with TNF-a, induced class II expression on normal and malignant thyrocyte cell lines derived from patients...

Follicular Thyroid Cancer

This does not tend to occur as frequently as in papillary cancer. Tumours tend to be isolated, encapsulated (90 ) and unilateral. Total or near thyroidectomy is advocated to facilitate 13'I screening for metastatic disease and increase the efficacy of therapeutic 131I. An exception to total or near total thyroidectomy may be made in minimally invasive follicular where total thyroid lobectomy and isthmusectomy are regarded as sufficient surgical treatment. Extrathyroidal invasion in follicular thyroid cancer is present at initial procedure in about 25 of patients (45). As with papillary thyroid cancer local invasion into adjacent structures should be managed where technically feasible by primary en-bloc excision to include the affected organs. The RLN on the affected side may need to be sacrificed if it cannot be separated or shaved from the tumour mass. On rare occasions, follicular thyroid cancer may invade directly into the jugular vein. In this situation it may be necessary to open...

Management Of Metastatic Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer

Neck and frequently involve the overlying skin resulting in ulceration. Thyroidectomy to gain local control is rarely feasible. Lymphatic and haematogenous spread occurs early in anaplastic thyroid cancer. At presentation, cervical lymphadenopathy is present in 85 of patients and distant metastases in 75 . Metastases to lung are the most common (> 80 ), followed by the adrenals (30 ), liver (17 ), bone and brain (15 ) (48,49). Historically the most favoured method of treating the primary cancer and associated regional lymph node metastases has been with external beam radiotherapy. In early series this was coupled with thyroidectomy in an attempt to control the local disease. Both response to treatment with DXT and control of local disease following surgery are extremely disappointing with local recurrence rates between 30 and 80 (50,51).

Parathyroid Carcinoma

At operation macroscopic findings include a firm, greyish white tumour surrounded by a fibrous capsule. Adherence and invasion of adjacent structures such as the thyroid lobe, strap muscles, oesophagus or recurrent laryngeal nerve is common (82). The diagnosis should be made by the surgeon on the basis of these clinical and operative

Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism due to panhypopituitarism requires replacement with adrenocortical as well as with thyroid hormones. Use of levothyroxine alone can cause acute adrenal insufficiency. Small doses of levothyroxine in normal subjects merely depress pituitary thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) production and consequently reduce the output of thyroid hormone by an equivalent amount. Levothyroxine has been used in the treatment of nontoxic nodular goiter. In such patients it suppresses TSH secretion, and treatment is given on the assumption that nodular (like normal) thyroid tissue growth is dependent on TSH. The long-term value of levothyroxine in these patients remains unproven, and withdrawal of therapy leads to return of the goitre. Levothyroxine should not be used to treat obesity (see Obesity).

Treatment of hypothyroidism

Liothyronine is the most rapidly effective thyroid hormone, a single dose giving maximum effect within 24 h and passing off over 24 48 h. It is not used in routine treatment of hypothyroidism because its rapid onset of effect can induce heart failure. Its main uses are in myxoedema coma and psychosis, both rare conditions. A specialised use is during the withdrawal of levothyroxine replacement (to permit diagnostic radioiodine scanning) in patients with thyroid carcinoma. Subclinical hypothyroidism. This term refers to patients with a normal free T4 but elevated TSH. The indications for considering treatment in these patients are symptoms of hypothyrodism, presence of a goitre, detectable thyroid antibodies or hyper-cholesterolaemia. Adverse effects of thyroid hormone parallel the increase in metabolic rate. The symptoms and signs are those of hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of myocardial ischaemia, atrial fibrillation or heart failure are liable to be provoked by too...

Differentiated Thyroid carcinoma 1631 Epidemiology

In childhood, thyroid carcinoma is more a disease of teenagers, with the approximate median age of diagnosis being 15 years 4 . The incidence of DTC varies from 0.5-1.5 cases million year in children less than 15 years of age to 14.6, 36.1, and 53.2 cases per million per year in the 15-19, 20-24, and 25-29 year age groups, respectively 2, 5 . DTC is more common in females, and the female male incidence is greater than 5 1 in adolescents and young adults 1, 2 . This sex difference is not pronounced in children younger than 10 years. Although a definite increase in thyroid cancer cases has been identified in females age 20-40 years between the years 1975 and 2000, the same has not been found in males or in females less than age 20 years 2 . Incidence of thyroid cancer among males (blue) and females (pink) as a function of age at diagnosis. United States SEER 1975-2000 1 Although several prognostic scoring systems have been described for thyroid carcinoma, a thorough discussion of these...

Blood Supply Superior Inferior Thyroid

Three arteries supply and three veins drain the thyroid gland (Fig. 189) the superior thyroid artery arises from the external carotid and passes to the upper pole the inferior thyroid artery arises from the thyrocervical trunk of the 1st part of the subclavian artery and passes behind the carotid sheath to the back of the gland the thyroidea ima artery is inconstant when present, it arises from the aortic arch or the brachiocephalic artery the superior thyroid vein drains the upper pole to the internal jugular vein the middle thyroid vein drains from the lateral side of the gland to the internal jugular the inferior thyroid veins often several drain the lower pole to the bra-chiocephalic veins. As well as these named branches, numerous small vessels pass to the thyroid from the pharynx and trachea so that even when all the main vessels are tied, the gland still bleeds when cut across during a partial thy-roidectomy.

Answers To Case 19 Galactorrhea due to Hypothyroidism

Next step Check serum prolactin and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. Likely mechanism Hypothyroidism is associated with an elevated thyroid-releasing hormone (TRH) level, which acts as a prolactin-releasing hormone. The hyperprolactinemia then induces the galactorrhea.

Testing For Thyroid Disorders

The American Thyroid Association recommends a testing decision pathway for thyroid disorders in adult patients. Total thyroxine hormone levels should not be assessed in healthy or asymptomatic patients. In other words, total thyroxine level should not be used as a screening test to investigate for thyroid disease. If signs and symptoms of thyroid disorder are clear, the first laboratory test that should be ordered is TSH.37 If the results are abnormal compared to age- and gender-adjusted reference ranges, thyroid disease is likely present. For example, if TSH is less than 0.1 U mL in the adult, primary hyperthyroidism is most likely present.5 Free T4 (or free T4 index) can be analyzed if TSH results do not correlate with symptoms. However, due to the severe consequences of untreated thyroid disease in the neonate, particularly hypothyroidism, asymptomatic neonates are typically screened for T4 (total thyroxine) and followed up with TSH testing if abnormal results are obtained. Thyroid...


Several different conditions can cause hypothyroidism. The most common noniatrogenic condition causing hypothyroidism in the United States is Hashimoto thyroiditis, an autoimmune thyroiditis. Iatrogenic causes include post-Graves disease thyroid ablation and surgical removal of the thyroid gland. Another cause is secondary hypothyroidism related to hypothalamic or pituitary dysfunction. These conditions are primarily found in patients who have received intracranial irradiation or surgical removal of a pituitary adenoma. In primary hypothyroidism, the TSH level is elevated, indicating insufficient thyroid hormone production to meet metabolic demands. Free thyroid levels are low. In contrast, patients with secondary hypothyroidism have low or undetectable TSH levels. Once the diagnosis of primary hypothyroidism is made, further imaging or serologic testing is unnecessary if the thyroid gland is normal on physical examination. In cases of secondary hypothyroidism, however, further...

Thyroid Dysfunction

Thyroid dysfunction is a common occurrence in patients receiving IFN, with an incidence of 3-5 in patients treated for HCV (31-33), but higher incidences associated with therapy of malignancy. Both the dosage and duration of therapy with IFN are associated with an increased incidence of thyroid problems (34). Patients with antithyroglobulin or antithyroid peroxidase antibodies, prior to the start of IFN therapy, are at the highest risk of developing thyroid disease (35,36). These antibodies are present in 16 of U.S. women and 1.5-3 of U.S. males, and are also the characteristic autoantibodies seen in Hashimoto's thyroiditis (35). IFN causes an autoimmune destructive thyroiditis, which causes proteolysis and release of thyroid hormones, resulting in a clinically mild thyrotoxic state. As the gland is depleted of thyroid hormones, the persistent inflammation prevents further uptake of iodine and synthesis of thyroxine, resulting in hypothyroidism. Therefore, the commonest clinical...

The thyroid gland

Thyroid Vein

The thyroid is made up of (Fig. 189) 2 the lateral lobes each extending from the side of the thyroid cartilage downwards to the 6th tracheal ring 3 an inconstant pyramidal lobe projecting upwards from the isthmus, usually on the left side, which represents a remnant of the embryological descent of the thyroid. The gland is enclosed in the pretracheal fascia, covered by the strap muscles and overlapped by the sternocleidomastoids. The anterior jugular veins course over the isthmus. When the thyroid enlarges, the strap muscles stretch and adhere to the gland so that, at operation, they often appear to be thin layers of fascia. On the deep aspect of the thyroid lie the larynx and trachea, with the pharynx and oesophagus behind and the carotid sheath on either side. Two nerves lie in close relationship to the gland in the groove between the trachea and oesophagus lies the recurrent laryngeal nerve and deep to the Fig. 189 The thyroid and its blood vessels. Superior thyroid artery and vein...

Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer is a relatively rare malignancy accounting for less than 1 of all malignancies. Only 0.5 of cancer deaths are due to thyroid cancer with one death per million in the United Kingdom and surprisingly six deaths per million in the United States (4-6). Approximately 90-95 of thyroid cancers are differentiated thyroid cancers (DTC) originating from thyroid follicular cells. A classification of thyroid cancer is shown in Table 1. This is the most common thyroid cancer, responsible for approximately 80 of cases. Patients tend to be in the 30-40 year age group with a female to male bias of 2 1 (7). Papillary cancer is the predominant thyroid malignancy in children and patients who have previously been exposed to ionising radiation of the head or neck (8). Macroscopically tumours are hard and grey white in colour and lack a tumour capsule. Multifocal disease is common (80-85 ). Tumours may erode through the thyroid capsule to invade adjacent structures such as oesophagus,...

Thyroid Hormone

BMD at the distal and 8-mm sites on the radius was measured with SPA (Nuclear Data ND 1100A) in 78 postmenopausal women who had been on thyroid hormone replacement for a minimum of 5 years (165). The average age of the women was 64 years. Hypothyroidism in these women was initially caused by idiopathic hypothyroidism or primary autoimmune hypothyroidism. Forty-four of these women had persistently suppressed thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) values, whereas 34 did not. One hundred two women served as controls. The women with nonsuppressed TSH values had z-scores at the 8-mm and distal radial sites of -0.07 and -0.03, whereas the women with suppressed TSH had z-scores of -0.25 and -0.20, respectively. The differences between the three groups were not statistically significant. The authors estimated that a suppressed TSH was associated with at most a 5 decrease in BMD. Affinito et al. (166) also measured BMD at the distal radius in a study of 54 postmenopausal women with primary...

Thyroid hormones

L-thyroxine (T4 or tetraiodo-L-thyronine) and lio-thyronine (T3 or triiodo-L-thyronine) are the natural hormones of the thyroid gland. T4 is a less active precursor of T3, which is the major mediator of physiological effect. In this chapter T4 for therapeutic use is referred to as levothyroxine (the rINN, see p. 83) rather than levothyroxine (the former usage). For convenience, the term 'thyroid hormone' is used to comprise T4 plus T3. Both forms are available for oral use as therapy.

Thyroid storm

Thyroid crisis, or storm, is a life-threatening emergency due to liberation of large amounts of hormone into the circulation. Surgical storm is rare with modern methods of preparing hyperthyroid patients for surgery. Medical thyroid storm may occur in patients who are untreated or incompletely treated. It may be precipitated by infection, trauma, surgical emerg encies or operations, radiation thyroiditis, toxaemia of pregnancy or parturition. Treatment is urgently required to save life. Propranolol should be given immediately (i.v. slowly, 1 mg min to max of 10 mg, in severe cases, preceded by atropine 1-2 mg i.v. to prevent excessive bradycardia). Large doses of an antithyroid agent, preferably propylthiouracil 300-400 mg 4-hourly down a nasogastric tube or per rectum, are required. After this is initiated, iodide is used to inhibit further hormone release from the gland (600 mg-1.0 g iodide orally in the first 24 h) (see Potassium iodide). Large doses of adrenocorticoid, e.g....

Thyroid gland

The thyroid gland lies against the pharynx at the base of the neck. It consists of two lateral lobes connected by an isthmus. The gland produces thyroxine, a hormone that regulates the rate of metabolism in the body. It also produces a second hormone, calcitonin, which regulates the level of calcium in the blood. Thyroxine production depends on the availability of iodine. A deficiency of iodine causes thyroid gland enlargement, a condition called goiter. An undersecretion of thyroxine results in a condition known as cretinism (dwarfism with abnormal body proportions and possible mental retardation). In adults, an undersecretion results in myxedema (physical and mental sluggishness). Thyroxine oversecretion results in a high metabolic rate and Graves' disease.


Thyroid disorders occur more frequently in women than in men, occurring in up to 10 of all women. Tests for levels of TSH, free thyroxine, and free triiodothy-ronine are need by clinicians to make the diagnosis. Generally, high TSH values suggest primary hypothyroidism, while suppressed levels indicate primary hyper-thyroidism. Signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism include goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), optic changes including exophthalmos, proximal muscle weakness, tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, hyperthermia, and weight loss or inability to gain weight. Among women, the most common etiology of thyroid disease is thyroid autoimmunity, with Graves' disease more common than Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Other causes of primary hyperthyroidism include thyroid adenoma, toxic multinodular goiter, and thyroid carcinoma. Table 11-8 summarizes the typical laboratory findings in thyroid diseases. Thyroxine or free thyroxine levels are not always necessary for diagnosis if hyper-thyroid...

Biological Basis Of Geriatric Oncology

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The Antigen Specificity of Naturally Arising TR

The presence of the corresponding organ, as adoptive transfer of T cells from male mice were more effective at preventing neonatal thymectomy-induced autoimmune prostatitis than oophoritis, and vice versa for T cells from female mice (Taguchi et al. 1994). Studies from Mason's group extended this observation by demonstrating that ablation of the thyroid gland resulted in the selective functional loss of T cells within the CD4+ population capable of preventing radiation-induced autoimmune thyroiditis, but not diabetes (Seddon and Mason 1999). Curiously, thyroid ablation did not result in the loss of protective thymic CD4+ T cells. Although the CD4+ T cell population was not fractionated in these studies to ensure that the suppressing cells were indeed CD25+ TR, these data support the hypothesis that tissue-specific antigen recognition by TR is necessary for their survival, development, and or expansion in the periphery, as the tissue-protective CD4+ T cell population is functionally...

Answers To Case 2 Health Maintenance Age 66 Years

Next step Each of the following should be performed Stool for occult blood, colonoscopy or barium enema flexible sigmoidoscopy, pneumococcal vaccine, influenza vaccine, tetanus vaccine (if not within 10 yr), cholesterol screening, fasting blood sugar level, thyroid function tests, bone mineral density screening, and urinalysis.

Deregulation Of Inositol 145trisphosphate Pathway And Its Consequences

Another line of circumstantial evidence may be cited. For instance, monoterpe-nes such as limonene and perillyl alcohol have been reported not only to prevent tumour initiation and promotion, but also to inhibit tumour progression. These monoterpenes appear to inhibit the isoprenylation of G-proteins (Gould, 1997), which are a component of the signal transduction machinery (Figure 5). Similarly, abnormalities in the related pathway involving DAG and PKC may also be associated with cancers, as demonstrated by Hoelting et al. (1997) using the PKC agonist TPA (12-0-tetradecanoyl phorbol 13-acetate). They reported a 15 increase in the invasive ability of a follicular thyroid cancer cell line. In contrast, PKC inhibitors such as staurosporine, chelerythrine and calphostin C reduced invasion by 62 . CAI which inhibits calcium influx into cells, has been reported to inhibit the proliferative and invasive capacity of cell lines derived from human prostate cancer (Wasilenko et al. 1996). The...

The common carotid artery

On the right, the brachiocephalic (innominate) artery arises from the aortic arch and then bifurcates into the subclavian artery and the common carotid artery (CCA). On the left side, both the common carotid artery and the left subclavian artery originate directly from the aortic arch. The CCA is easily assessable on the neck where it runs in parallel with the jugular vein (Figure 1.1). At approximately the level of the 4th vertebrae, which is at the level of the upper border of the thyroid cartilage, the common carotid arteries bifurcate into the internal and external carotid arteries (Figure 1.2). The carotid bulb represents dilatation at the distal common carotid artery extending into the proximal internal carotid artery. The carotid bulb bears unique flow patterns yielding a boundary separation zone and its wall has numerous baro- and chemoreceptors. The size and location of the carotid bulb are variable.

Causes Of Cancers In

In another study, 19 of 135 patients with malignant carcinoid, developed autoimmune diseases including autoimmune thyroid disease, SLE, pernicious anemia and vasculitis 59 , The data indicate that interferon therapy may trigger the development of autoimmunity and should not be used in patients with clinical and laboratory features suggesting autoimmune diseases.

Ryanodine And Related Receptors In Calcium Mobilisation

A reference to the multifunctional receptor called megalin would not be out of place here. Megalin is a member of the low-density lipoprotein receptor family, which function as endocytic receptors. The megalin glycoprotein of rat kidney is approximately 330 kDa in size. The 550-kDa human homologue of megalin is found in the luminal surface of cells of the renal proximal tubule and epididymis. It is expressed in mammary epithelia, thyroid follicular cells, and the ciliary body of the eye (Lundgren et al. 1997). It is also found in parathyroid and trophoblast cells. Mackrill et al. (1999) raised antibodies against RyR from rabbit muscle. These antibodies recognised not only skeletal RyR but also another high-molecular-weight protein (k-HMW) in kidney microsomes thought to be a rabbit homologue of megalin. Antibodies raised against k-HMW were unable to recognise RyR. Furthermore, this protein showed partial sequence homology to RyR.

Etiology and Risk Factors

Lymphoma, sarcoma, melanoma, and cancer of the breast, thyroid, colon, and liver may also occur at higher frequency during this period of life in persons with inherited conditions (see Chaps. 9, 11, 12, 16-18, and 20). On aggregate, however, these cancers account for only a small proportion of the cancers that occur during adolescence and early adulthood.

Efect Of Aging On The Susceptibility To Carcinogenesis In Vivo

Animal experiments seem to confirm that there are age related differences in sensitivity to carcinogen in some tissues. Thus, with age, susceptibility to carcinogens in murine mammary gland, small intestine and colon, thyroid, ovarian follicular epithelium decreases, in subcutaneous tissue, cervix uteri and vagina increases and in others (lung, hemopoietic tissues) it remains stable (Table 1). For details see references 1,5-6). Age-related differences in cancer susceptibility have been observed after exposure to the same carcinogens in experimental systems. For example, in female rats exposed to N-nitrosomethylurea (NMU) in doses 10, 20 or 50 mg kg at the age of 3 month developed mammary carcinomas, tumors of the kidney, ovaries and colon. In contrast to young animals, the rats exposed to the same doses of the carcinogen at the age of 15 months showed a higher frequency of tumors of the corpus and cervix uteri, and a lower frequency of mammary and intestinal adenocarcinomas and tumors...

Functional Parameters

Structural integrity of cells Fragility of erythrocytes Fragility of capillary Strength of skin tension Experimental recovery of wounds Collagen accumulation in installed sponge Lipoprotein peroxidation Defence mechanisms Leucocyte chemotaxis Leukocyte phagocyte activity Leukocyte bactericide capacity Leucocyte metabolism Opsonic activity of serum Leucocyte production of interferon Blastogenesis of T lymphocytes Delayed skin hypersensitivity Rebuck's skin window technique Transport Intestinal absorption Iron absorption Cobalt absorption Transport plasma-tissue Erythrocyte capture of Zn Erythrocyte capture of Se Dosage answer to retinol Plasmatic answer of chromium to glucose load Urinary answer of chromium to glucose load Thyroid capture of radioiodine Haemostasis Prothrombin time

Hypoglycaemic stimuli for research Insulin tolerance test

Prior to performing an insulin tolerance test, it is important to rule out complete deficiency of counterrgulatory hormones and establish cardiovascular status. A 9 am cortisol, baseline thyroid function and ECG should be checked as being normal before proceeding. In its simplest form, the insulin tolerance test comprises intravenous injection of soluble insulin

Telomeres And Direct Proof Of Their

Many reports have appeared suggesting a telomere-independent mechanism of cellular senescence is present in epidermal keratinocytes (39,40) and in mammary (39), adenoid (41), thyroid (42), and prostate (43) epithelial cells. The investigators who reported these findings found that inactivation of the p16 pRB pathway (by methylation of the p16 gene or by expression of viral oncogenes such as the human papilloma virus protein E7) was required before telomerase could immortalize these epithelial cells. Many of these epithelial cells were grown in a chemically defined medium in which the proliferative life span of 10-20 doublings is much less than the approximately 50 doublings that are seen when keratinocytes are grown on feeder layers (44). We have shown that keratinocytes can be immortalized by telomerase alone without inactivating p16 when grown in the more hospitable environment provided by feeder layers (which produce additional growth factors, extracellular matrix and or epithelial...

All cancers154118231980

Table 3.7 reports incidence rates for carcinomas. In 13- to 14-year-olds and 15- to 19-year-olds, the head and neck forms the most common primary site group for carcinomas, making up 46 and 41 , respectively, of all carcinomas among these two age groups, but in 20- to 24-year-olds, carcinomas of the head and neck region make up only 25 of all carcinomas. The thyroid is by far the most common primary site for carcinomas in the head and neck, and rates for carcinoma of the thyroid steadily increase across the three age groups. Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), which is extremely rare in the population in Britain in general, 19 makes up more than 10 of all carcinomas in 13-to 14-year-olds, but represents only 2 among 20- to 24-year-olds, although the rate is similar to that seen in the younger age group. There are also marked differences in the incidences of certain cancers in this age group by gender, ethnicity, and country that are described in more detail elsewhere 23, 24 . Ethnic...

HER2 gene amplification in breast cancer

It is noteworthy that many genes are included in the HER2 amplicon. These include v-erbA thyroid hormone receptor-a (THRA1), the retinoic acid receptor a (RARA), the MLNs 50, 51, 62 steroidogenic acute regulatory protein related protein (MLN 64 CAB-1), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor binding protein (PBP PARBP TRAP-220), growth factor receptor-bound protein 7 (GRP7), homebox genes 2 and 7 (HOXB2 and HOXB7), junction plakoglobin (JUP), dopamine and cAMP-regulated phos-phoprotein (32 kDa in size) (DARPP-32), thyroid hormone receptor associated protein complex component 100 (TRAP-100), titin cap protein (TCP), CDC2 related protein kinase-7 (CrkRS), Aiolos, gastrin, 17P-hydroxy-steriod dehydrogenase type 1 (HSDl7B1), and topoisomerase IIa (topoIIa, encoded by TOP2A), all of which have been shown to be coamplified in the portion of the HER2-amplified tumors (5). High-resolution mapping of tumors with HER2 amplification with these gene-specific probes may provide additional...

Temporal Trends in incidence

Marked increases in incidence were also seen for gonadal germ cell tumors (accounted for primarily by testicular tumors), melanoma, and carcinoma of the thyroid (in all cases p< 0.0001) (Fig 3.6). There was no corresponding significant increase in ovarian germ cell tumors. Colorectal carcinomas showed a significant trend, which was accounted for by an increase between the second and third time periods (p< 0.001) (Fig 3.6).

Angiotensinogen Agt Gene

Experimental evidence suggests that the liver represents the primary source of plasma AGT. AGT is probably not stored in hepatocytes, but is constitutively secreted into the systemic circulation (15). Production of AGT by the liver is regulated by several hormonal factors including estrogen, glucocorticoids, thyroid hormone, insulin, and ANG II (15,16). In accordance with the local-tissue RAS concept, AGT is synthesized in many tissues other than the liver, for example the brain, kidney, heart, adrenal gland, vasculature, and adipose tissue. The AGT produced by these tissues may be converted locally or released into the bloodstream to contribute to the circulating pool of AGT. The production of AGT in these tissues may also be regulated locally, independently of the circulating system. The presence of other components of the RAS, such as renin and ACE necessary for the biosynthesis of active angiotensin peptides in most of the tissues that produce AGT, provides further evidence for...

Etiology and Pathogenesis 361 etiology

Whereas cancers in infants and young children are likely to be influenced strongly by congenital and prenatal factors, and cancers in the elderly are most strongly linked with environmental causes, the cancers in adolescent and young adult patients may be an interesting combination of both. It has been possible to attribute only very few cancers in this age group directly to single environmental or inherited factors. An exception is clear-cell adenocarcinoma of the vagina or cervix in adolescent females, with most cases caused by diethylstilbestrol taken prenatally by their mothers in an attempt to prevent spontaneous abortion 42 . Radiation-induced cancer may occur in adolescents and young adults after exposure during early childhood rates of thyroid cancer in children and adolescents have increased in Eastern European and Slavic countries since the Chernobyl accident in 1986 43 . In fact, many of the adolescent and young adult cancers that have been linked to etiologic factors are...

Osteocalcin in Cell Proliferation and Differentiation

Other hormones, such as thyroid hormones, that regulate the differentiation of osteoblasts also seem to function through the mediation of osteocalcin. Triiodothy-ronine (T3) has been found to inhibit the proliferation of the osteoblast-type MC3T3-E1 cells and, in parallel, induce the expression of osteocalcin mRNA and protein and alkaline phosphatase activity (Varga et al. 1997 Luegmayr et al. 1998). Oestrogen has been reported to increase cell proliferation in the early stages of in vitro culture of osteoblasts derived from mouse bone marrow. The effects of oestrogen seem to involve the osteoblast-specific transcription factor osf2 (cbfa1) (Sasaki-Iwaoka et al. 1999). Oestrogen increases the expression of osteocalcin, alkaline phosphatase, osteopontin, and transforming growth factor (TGF)p-1 as well as collagen type 1. Furthermore, exposure to oestrogen also increased the formation of bone nodules. Anti-oestrogens (Qu et al. 1998) blocked all these effects. Post-menopausal breast...

Radiopague Indicators Of Physiological Spaces And Processes

Several layers, at different stages of mineralization, can be distinguished (10) . In some tissues there are normally fairly high concentrations of heavy elements (e.g., iodine in the thyroid, iron in hemoglobin and in the hemochromatotic liver) at concentrations which just reach a level at which a pathological increase, or

Calcium Binding And The Molecular Configuration Of Calciumbinding Proteins

Fritz et al. (1998) pointed out that Zn2+-binding cysteine residues are clustered in the C-terminal part of the S100A3 molecule that is said to be involved in the recognition of target proteins. Transcription factors recognise and bind to specific sequences in the promoter regions of genes, which initiates gene transcription. The binding of transcription factors to the DNA has been attributed to specific structural motifs that are present in the transcription factors. Many transcription factors possess Zn2+-binding domains in the form of protrusions and these are described as zinc fingers. The zinc finger motif binds to specific elements in the promoter. Zinc fingers, first identified in the transcription factor TFIIIA derived from Xenopus, are known to be present in a large family of proteins that includes the thyroid hormone receptor, vitamin D3 receptor, and retinoic acid receptors, among others. Four types of zinc finger motifs have been identified. The TFIIIA zinc finger is...

Diagnosis of Graves Disease

The diagnosis of Graves' disease, aside from a history of thyroid problems, uses measures of visual acuity, pupillary light responses, and ocular motility. The configuration and movement of the lid margins should be carefully studied. The slit-lamp examination should include the measure of intraocular pressure by applanation tonometry both in downgaze and in the primary position. Because of the foreshortened rectus muscle's traction on the globe, attempts to force the eye into the primary position often result in a marked, though transient, elevation of the intraocular pressure. Visual field testing and a sonographic determination of rectus muscle thickness by A-scan complete the workup. Echographic confirmation of rectus muscle thickening in the midportions of muscle belly, but with no thickening at the tendinous insertions, is characteristic of Graves' disease and differentiates it from orbital myositis, in which the inflammatory swelling extends all the way to the point of...

Comprehension Questions

12.1 A 42-year-old woman presents to your office for her annual physical. On examination, you note neck fullness. When you palpate her thyroid, it is enlarged, smooth, rubbery, and nontender. The patient is asymptomatic. You send her for thyroid function testing her T4, free T4. and T, are normal, but her TSH is slightly elevated. What is the most likely diagnosis B. Thyroid cancer C. Hashimoto thyroiditis A. Repeat thyroid function tests B. Thyroid ultrasound C. Nuclear thyroid scan A. Thyroid function tests 12.4 A 35-year-old woman who was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 4 weeks ago presents to your office complaining of persistent feelings of fatigue and sluggishness. After confirming your diagnosis with a measurement of the TSH. you started her on levothyroxine 50 jjg daily. She has been reading about her diagnosis on the Internet and wants to try desiccated thyroid extract instead of the medicine you gave her. On examination, she weighs 175 lb. her heart rate is 64 bpm at rest,...

Position of the Injury

The best method of pinpointing the location of an injury is to use fixed anatomical landmarks. On the head, one can use the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth on the neck, the prominence of the thyroid cartilage and the sternocleidomas-toid muscles can be used and on the trunk, the nipples, umbilicus, and bony prominences can be used as points of reference. The advantages of using simple anatomical diagrams and body charts for locating the injury are self-evident. It is a simple process to record the position of an injury accurately, yet when medical records are reviewed, it is both surprising and disappointing to find only a vague indication of location.

From GHReleasing Peptides to Ghrelin

Ghrelin, discovered in 1999 as a natural ligand of the GHS-R 1a 7 , is a 28 amino acid peptide predominantly produced by the stomach, but also expressed in bowel, pancreas, kidney, lung, placenta, thyroid, testis, ovary, pituitary and hypothalamus. Within the stomach, ghrelin is produced by enteroendocrine cells, probably the X A-like cells, a major endocrine population in the oxyntic mucosa, the hormonal product of which had not previously been clarified 3,8 .

Use in Prevention and Therapy

Ample intake of iodine (from seafood, iodized salt, or kelp supplements), especially during pregnancy, lactation, and childhood, will maintain production of thyroid hormone and prevent IDD. Inadequate iodine intake during childhood can impair learning ability and school performance.2 Hypothyroidism. If the iodine content of the diet is marginal or low, borderline hypothy-roidism may produce symptoms of fatigue, lassitude, and poor concentration. Replenishing thyroid stores of iodine can be beneficial.

Leptin and Congenital Leptin Deficiency

Congenital leptin deficiency due to mutations in the leptin gene or receptor is a rare, but treatable, cause of severe early-onset obesity and various endocrine disturbances in both rodents and humans 74, 75 . According to the lypostatic theory, a state of 'perceived starvation' might exist in these subjects and results in a chronic stimulation of excessive food intake 39 . Leptin therapy has shown to have dramatically beneficial effects on weight, fat mass and appetite, hyperinsulinaemia and lipid levels, as well as on neuroendocrine phe-notypes and immune functions in these subjects 76, 77 . Leptin treatment blunts the changes in circulating thyroid hormone and corticosterone levels that are normally associated with food deprivation. It has been suggested that the inhibition of thyroid hormone secretion may have evolved to limit energy expenditure and prevent protein catabolism during starvation 78 . The effect of leptin on circulating thyroid hormone can be explained at least in...

N Retinal Pigment Epithelium

Hyaluronan has been identified in the media of cultured RPE (105) where it is secreted preferentially from the apical surface of RPE, suggesting that RPE is an important source of the hyaluronan present in IPM (106). Retinal glia and RPE are the principal sources of glycosaminoglycan components in retina in vitro, and endogenous neurotrophic growth factors greatly modify glycosaminoglycan synthesis (107). Human fetal RPE is a direct target for thyroid hormones shown by measuring the accumulation of hyaluronan in RPE culture media (108). Cultured human RPE cells express the standard form of CD44 (termed CD44s) and variant isoforms containing exon v6 or v10, which are preferentially expressed by proliferating human RPE cells (109).

Chromatin Versus Other Determinants Of Aging

In the mouse, several gene knockout strains have been serendipitously discovered to influence life span. For example, ablation of the ku86 locus yields mice that manifest a number of pathologies suggestive of premature senescence (18). Conversely, life span extension is observed in association with Pit1 and Prop1 mutations in the Ames and Snell dwarf mouse models, respectively. Homozygous defects at Pit1 or Prop1 loci compromise anterior pituitary development, leading to reductions in growth hormone, prolactin, and thyroid-stimulating hormone, as well as to indirect deficiencies in insulinlike growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and thyroid hormones (19).

Neuroendocrine Tumors

Neuroendocrine tumours (NET) constitute a heterogeneous group of neoplasms that originate from endocrine glands, such as the pituitary, parathyroids, and adrenals, as well as endocrine islets within glandular tissue (thyroid or pancreatic) and cells dispersed between exocrine cells, such as the endocrine cells of the digestive and respiratory tracts 31 . NET can be divided into four groups (a) carcinoid tumours, (b) islet cell tumours, (c) chromaffin cell tumours (PHs and paragangliomas), and (d) medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC).

Positive Autoantibodies but Without Symptoms of Autoimmune Disorders

The report by Okanoue et al. (28), which followed 677 patients with chronic hepatitis C virus during therapy, found that autoimmune side effects were more frequent among those individuals who had pre-existing autoantibodies. Of 24 patients with pretreatment antimicrosomal antibodies, for example, four individuals (16 ) developed hypothyroidism during therapy, compared to 2 653 (0.32 ) without antimicrosomal antibodies, who developed this problem. Likewise, Custro et al. (29) found that HCV patients with pretreatment thyroid autoantibodies (antimicrosomal thyroid peroxidase and antithyroglobulin antibodies) were 3x more likely to develop hypothyroidism during therapy than HCV patients who were seronegative. Bell et al. (30) studied a group of patients with HCV hepatitis, including 20 patients who had one or more pre-existing autoantibody, and 20 patients without any pre-existing autoantibodies. During treatment with IFN-a, 6 20 patients (30 ) with autoantibodies developed new...

Radioimmunotherapy RIT

I-131 tositumomab I-131 tositumomab is a conjugate of the murine anti-CD20 antibody tositumomab and I-131. It is approved for use in patients with relapsed refractory follicular or transformed NHL. As with Y-90 ibritumomab tiuxetan, treatment occurs over about a week. Thyroid protection is required with I-131 tositumomab because of the radioactive iodine. I-131 is a gamma emitter, and dosimetry is required to provide patient-specific dosing. In a multicenter pivotal trial,86 65 of the 60 heavily pretreated patients with NHL responded including 20 CR. The response rate in the subset with follicular histologies was 81 . Response rates and response duration were significantly higher than from the last chemotherapy. The response rate has been 63 with 29 complete responses in rituximab-refractory patients.

Enhancement of cell motility and cellmatrix interaction

Integrin receptors have been particularly implicated in tumour progression, and interaction of tumour cells and endothelial cells is likely to increase tumour cell entry into the circulation and subsequent extravasation. HGF stimulates adhesion of B-lymphoma cells to the extracellular matrix mediated via a4pi and avbl integrins, and promotes migration and invasion of the tumour cells (82). In non-transformed human thyroid epithelial cells, integrin is diffusely distributed, disconnected from the cytoskeleton, and unable to mediate adhesion to the substratum, however, in their counterpart papillary thyroid cancer cells, HGF induces recruitment of integrin molecules at focal adhesions and enhances attachment and spreading of cells via avp3 integrin (113). Likewise, HGF stimulates the expression of integrin in hepatoma cells with subsequent increases in adhesive properties of the cells to endothelial cells and to the extracellular matrix (76). On the other hand, HGF stimulates attachment...

Pretreatment Evaluation And Education

Fatigue and headache, depression and irritability, alopecia, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, insomnia, and the potential for disturbances in bone marrow and thyroid function. Ribavirin side effects, such as hemo-lysis and risk of teratogenicity, are discussed in detail. The patient is advised on the need for adequate contraception, and, if the patient is a female of childbearing potential, she is informed that monthly pregnancy tests will be performed while she is on therapy, and for 6 mo after stopping therapy. A detailed discussion of the authors' approach to these other side effects is found later in this chapter.

Structure And Function Of Histone Acetyltransferases

Inantly found in proteins that function at the chromatin level (Aasland et al., 1995). The PHD finger is an integral part of the enzymatic core of the CBP HAT domain (Bordoli et al., 200la Kalkhoven et al, 2002) but is dispensable for p300 HAT activity (Bordoli et al., 200la). The HAT domain is preceded by the bromodomain, a 110 amino acid domain which is found in many chromatin-associated proteins (Jeanmougin et al., 1997 Winston and Allis, 1999). Bromodomains function as acetyl-lysine binding domains (Dhalluin et al., 1999 Jacobson et al., 2000), and could therefore play a role in tethering CBP and p300 to specific chromosomal sites (Manning et al., 2001). Interestingly, the bromodomain of p300 was recently shown to cooperate with the PHD finger in binding of hyperacetylated nucleo-somes (Ragvin et al., 2004). The preferred in vitro sites of acetylation on the N-terminal histone tails are lysine 12 (K12) and K15 in histone H2B, K14 and K18 in histone H3 and K5 and K8 in histone H4...

Hgf And Met Prognostic Significance

On the other hand, over-expression of the Met receptor was noted in a wide variety of cancer tissues (Table 3), and importantly, expression levels of the Met receptor were higher in more advanced malignant cases in many types of carcinomas (Table 4). Comparative analysis between Met receptor expression and clinicopathological features in cancer patients indicated that higher levels of Met receptor expression are an useful indicator for relapse and a poor prognosis of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (200), endometrial carcinoma (190), breast cancer (245), pulmonary adenocarcinoma (170), and thyroid cancer (212). Therefore, expressions of HGF

Blood Sampling Conditions

Drugs such as glucocorticoids, thyroid hormones, diuretics, ACE inhibitors, -blockers, and adrenergic agonists may lower the plasma levels of natriuretic peptides. Treatment with diuretics results in a rapid drop in BNP and NT-proBNP. Therefore, blood samples intended to be used for the diagnosis of heart failure should ideally be drawn before the start of therapy. In stable chronic heart failure patients who are receiving optimized therapy, BNP and NT-proBNP concentrations may be unexpectedly low (16). As another example of confounding by treatment received, human recombinant BNP (nesiritide) is molecularly identical to endogenously released BNP and will be detected by immunoas-says for BNP. Thus, BNP should not be measured for diagnostic or monitoring purposes during infusion of nesiritide. Two hours (i.e., more than five times the half-life) after discontinuation of the infusion, therapeutically administered BNP should no longer contribute to the measured BNP concentration....

Other Conditions That Increase Natriuretic Peptides

Concentrations of BNP and NT-proBNP may be elevated in settings other than acute heart failure. Such increases do not represent analytic false positives but may cause false positive clinical diagnostic results, if other etiologies for abnormal BNP results are not considered. Disease processes other than heart failure (e.g., renal and thyroid function) have been shown to influence the concentration of natriuretic peptides (37). As an example, hyperthyroidism increases and hypothyroidism decreases natriuretic peptide concentrations (38). Renal impairment has been shown to increase NT-proBNP concentrations substantially and BNP to a lesser extent (39,40). In severe renal impairment (glomerular filtration rate of < 60 mL min1.73 m2 ) and end-stage renal diseases, testing of BNP or NT-proBNP may be difficult to interpret because decision limits for the diagnosis of heart failure or risk stratification were developed almost solely in patients without significant renal dysfunction....

Causes Of Hyponatremia

The free water excretion is impaired (urine not maximally concentrated, > 150-200 mOsm kg). If the urine is maximally dilute, it is handling free water normally but its capacity for excretion has been overwhelmed, as in central polydipsia. More commonly, free water excretion is impaired and the urine is not maximally dilute as it should be. Two important diagnoses must be considered at this point hypothyroidism and adrenal insufficiency. Thyroid hormone and Cortisol both are permissive for free water excretion, so their deficiency causes water retention. Isolated Cortisol deficiency can mimic SIADH. In contrast, patients with Addison disease also lack aldosterone, so they have impaired ability to retain sodium. Patients with adrenal insufficiency are usually hypovolemic and often present in shock. Euvolemic hyponatremia is most commonly caused by SIADH. Nonphysiologic nonosmotically mediated (therefore inappropriate) secretion can occur in the setting of pulmonary disease, CNS...

Tumor Initiation Promotion and Progression

Evidence for multistage induction of malignant tumors has also been observed for mammary gland, thyroid, lung, and urinary bladder and in cell culture systems (reviewed in Reference 9), thus it seems to be a general phenomenon. This experimental evidence is consistent with the observed clinical history of tumor development in humans after exposure to known carcinogens that is, initial exposure to a known chemical or physical carcinogen, a long lag period during which exposure to promoting agents probably occurs, and finally the appearance of a malignant tumor.

Clinical Features of Graves Disease

Conjunctival Injection Graves

Graves' disease (also called thyroid ophthalmopathy, dys-thyroid ophthalmopathy, or endocrine orbitopathy) is an autoimmune disease that commonly, though not always, is associated with hyperthyroidism. It is accompanied by a broad spectrum of signs and symptoms of orbital inflammation. Chief among these is exophthalmos. Graves' disease is the most common cause of exophthalmos among

The fascial compartments of the neck Fig 188

Carotid Sheath

Pretracheal fascia (containing thyroid, trachea, oesophagus and recurrent nerve) Pretracheal fascia (containing thyroid, trachea, oesophagus and recurrent nerve) Left lobe I of thyroid 3 The pretracheal fascia encloses the 'visceral compartment of the neck'. Extending from the hyoid above to the fibrous pericardium below, it encloses larynx and trachea, pharynx and oesophagus and the thyroid gland. A separate tube of fascia forms the carotid sheath, containing carotid, internal jugular and vagus nerve and bearing the cervical sympathetic chain in its posterior wall. (Some points of clinical significance concerning this fascia are to be found under 'The thyroid', page 267.)

Radiolabeled Antibodies

Adverse events included fatigue (43 ), fever (30 ), nausea (25 ), infection (25 ), chills (15 ), vomiting (13 ), pruritis (13 ), anorexia (10 ), and hypotension (10 ). The hematologic nadir occurred on days 43, 46, and 34 for red cells, white cells, and platelets, and median recovery occurred at 74, 78, and 73 days, respectively. In this study, five patients developed myelodysplastic syndrome 1.2-7.5 years after treatment, but all had previously received alkylating agents.25 Two patients later developed bladder cancer, but both had previously received cyclophosphamide. An elevation of Thyroid stimulating humane (TSH) was noted in five patients, but was asymptomatic in all five.

Clinical features

1 The development of the thyroid accounts for the rare occurrence of the whole or a part of the gland remaining as a swelling at the tongue base (lingual thyroid) and for the much commoner occurrence of a thyroglossal cyst or sinus along the pathway of descent. Such a sinus can be dissected from the midline of the neck along the front of the hyoid (in such intimate contact with it that the centre of the hyoid must be excised during the dissection) then backwards through the muscles of the tongue to the foramen caecum (Fig. 190). Descent of the thyroid may go beyond the normal position in the neck down into the superior mediastinum (retrosternal goitre). 2 A benign enlargement of the thyroid may compress or displace any of its close relations the trachea and oesophagus may be narrowed, with resulting difficulty in breathing and swallowing, and the carotid may be displaced posteriorly. A carcinoma of the thyroid invades its neighbours rather than displacing them eroding into trachea or...

Tight Junction Its Possible Role In Cancer Invasion And Metastasis

Using freeze-fracture electron microscopy, CochandPriollet and colleagues (59) have recently studied thyroid oncocytic tumours. Both gap junctions and tight junction were found to be markedly reduced. The reduction of tight junction is particular obvious in malignant tumours.

In Human Ovarian Cancer

The presence of lymphocytes and round cells in human tumors has long been recognized (reviewed in ref. 12). In the late 1970s, several carcinomas were noted to contain mainly lymphocytes and macrophages (13,14), often with a predominance of macrophages. Alpha-napthyl esterase-positive macrophages localized to necrotic areas in addition to being found within and around the tumor parenchyma. Other cell types, particularly granulocytes, have not been found so consistently. More recent studies have used immunohistochemistry with specific monoclonal antibodies to deduce the phenotype of infiltrating cells. CD3+, CD45RO+, and CD68+ populations were all found in a series of 75 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded thyroid carcinomas (15), with CD3+ T-cells and macrophages occurring in comparable numbers. In colonic carcinomas, the infiltrate consisted of macrophages and CD4+ a p T-cells. CD8+ T-cells were also abundant, particularly in close association with tumor cells (16). In carcinoma of the...

Non Histone Protein Acetylation Link To Diseases

Pathways Thyroid Hormone Receptors

Nuclear protein acetylation increases dramatically immediately after UV irradiation suggesting causal relationship exists between nuclear protein acetylation and nucleotide excision repair of DNA in human cells (Ramanathan and Smerdon, 1986). Over expression of oncoprotein PU.1 inhibits erythroid cell differentiation and contributes to the formation of murine erythroleukemias (MEL) by inhibiting CBP mediated acetylation of several nuclear proteins (Hong et al., 2002) (Fig. 3b). Microtubules are formed from a protein called tubulin and have to be broken down for the cell to divide. Acetylation of tubulin leads to stabilizes micro-tubules (Maruta et al., 1986) and therefore the inhibitors of tubulin deacetylases are important for anti cancer therapy (Fig. 3b). -catenin is key component in Wnt signaling pathway, which is implicated in many human cancers (Clevers, 2004). CBP mediated acetylation of -catenin differentially regulates its function in a promoter dependent manner. The site of...

Approach To Dementia Alzheimer Disease

Treatable, a screening test for depression should be performed when dementia is evaluated. Similarly, hypothyroidism and vitamin B,, deficiency are common and treatable conditions that can cause cognitive problems. Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and vitamin Bp levels should be performed as a routine part of the work-up. Neurosyphilis could present in this fashion, but is such an uncommon diagnosis that routine screening would not be recommended. Evaluation for neurosyphilis would be warranted if there were identified high-risk factors, history of the disease, or if the patient lived in an area with a high prevalence of syphilis. Neuroimaging with either a noncontrast CT scan or an MRI of the brain is recommended to rule out other confounding diagnoses. Other testing, such as positron emission tomography (PET), genetic testing, and spinal fluid analysis are not routinely recommended.

Physiological Effects Of Glucocortioids

Glucocorticoids enhance the lipolytic actions of other hormones, such as growth hormone, catecholamines, glucagon, and thyroid hormone. Gluco-corticoids also help in the mobilization of fatty acids from adipose tissues to the liver, where the metabolism of fatty acids inhibits glycolytic enzymes and promote gluconeogenesis. As a result of increased fatty acids oxidation,

The Role Of Thymosin Family Actinbinding Proteins In Actin Dynamics

Both TP10 and TP15 have been investigated for their possible relationship with cancer progression. TP 10 protein was reported to occur at high levels in the malignant cell rather than the normal tissue component of human breast cancer, and the level of expression increased with tumour grade (Verghese-Nikolakaki et al. 1996). The expression of TP 10 gene was higher in five thyroid carcinoma cell lines as compared with normal thyroid-derived primary cells. Expression of the gene was higher in anaplastic tumour tissue (Califano et al. 1998).

Answers To Case 45 Amenorrhea Primary Miillerian Agenesis

Summary A 17-year-old nulliparous female, who may have only one kidney, presents with primary amenorrhea. She denies weight loss or excessive exercise. On examination, she is 5 ft 6 inches tall and weighs 140 lb. Her blood pressure is 1 10 60. Her thyroid gland is normal. She has appropriate Tanner stage IV breast development, axillary and pubic hair, and female external genitalia.

Anionexchange resins bile acid sequestrants

About half the patients who take Colestyramine experience constipation and some complain of anorexia, abdominal fullness and occasionally of diarrhoea these effects are dose-related but may limit or prevent its use. Because the drug binds anions, drugs such as warfarin, digoxin, thiazide diuretics, phenobarbitone and thyroid hormones should be taken 1 h before or 4 h after Colestyramine to avoid impairment of their absorption.

The Team Approach

Neonatal thyroxine levels are generally elevated at birth when compared to adults, such as 11.8 to 22.6 g dL for ages 1 to 3 days, due to maternal estrogen-induced thyroid-binding globulin (TBG) levels. The medical decision limit for detecting neonatal hypothyroidism is less than 7.5 g dL.5 However, synthesis of thyroid hormones require adequate intake of proteins, so the thyroid screen should occur after adequate feedings. In preterm infants, thyroxine level is also lower and tends to rise up to typical reference ranges when term birth weight is reached. Thy-roxine levels gradually decline to the adult reference range by age 10, with some fluctuations in the values at onset of puberty. Free thyroxine is generally near adult levels but generally is tested only after repeat thyroxine levels and TSH are determined to be abnormal.

The common carotid arteries

In the neck, each common carotid artery lies on the cervical transverse processes, separated from them by the prevertebral muscles. Medially are the larynx and trachea, with the recurrent laryngeal nerve, pharynx and oesophagus, together with the thyroid gland, which overlaps on to the anterior aspect of the carotid. Superficially, the artery is covered by the sternoclei-domastoid and, in its lower part, by the strap muscles and is crossed by the intermediate tendon of omohyoid. The common carotid artery gives off no side branches but terminates at the level of the upper border of the thyroid cartilage (at the vertebral level C4) into the external and internal carotids, which are more or less equal in size.

Hyaluronan in the Stroma of Epithelial Malignancies

The connective tissue stroma that surrounds most epithelial cancers is enriched in hyaluronan. Examples of tumors with a hyaluronan 'halo' include breast (27), prostate (53), ovarian (54), lung (33), gastric (29), colon (36), thyroid (55), and skin squamous cell (56) carcinomas. These hyaluronan deposits can serve as strong indicators of unfavorable prognosis for the patients (27,33,53-55,57) and probably contribute to the spreading of the malignant epithelial cells. Several mechanisms are likely to contribute to the hyaluronan accumulation. The malignant epithelial cells secrete (growth) factors, like TGFb (58), that stimulate the synthesis of hyaluronan by the stromal cells in a paracrine manner (59,60).

Balancing the risk and Benefits of RT in adolescent and young adult Patients

The same balance of risks concerning efficacy versus toxicity must be considered for the adolescent and young adult population, even though the neurocogni-tive toxicity of conventional RT doses at this age is not clear-cut due to the scarcity of good evidence from long-term follow-up studies. There is concern that, although early estimates of neurocognitive function after cranial radiation may be acceptable, long-term survival may reveal progressive accelerated cognitive decline in a proportion of the population, representing a hidden toxicity 100 . The risk of ovarian radiation from spinal fields is an important consideration, worthy of ovarian ultrasound for assessment and consideration of oophoropexy to a location outside the planned radiation fields. These concerns are greatest for those diagnosed in this young age group, as they have the longest time to live and to experience the tox-icity. The endocrine consequences of cranial RT are considerable. However, the availability of...

Colonicjejunal Esophageal Replacement

Another organ that is much more rarely used is a free jejunal graft. In this situation, a segment of jejunum is dissected with its vascular pedicle and bowel continuity is re-established with an end-to-end anastomosis. The free jejunal segment is then brought up into the neck and the superior thyroid lingual or facial arteries are anastomosed to the jejunal artery and vein. In addition, the transverse cervical artery at the base of the neck may be used. The free jejunal graft is best

Putative New Natural Ghrelin Hormones and Companion Receptor Subtypes

Besides the GHRP ghrelin GHS type 1a receptor, the Merck group cloned another related GHS receptor designated type 1b in 1997. The type 1b receptor is a truncated version of the type 1a GHS receptor because only TM-1 through TM-5 domains are encoded. Its function is still unknown. Neither the GHRPs nor ghrelin bind to this receptor and the type 1a and 1b receptors are localised to separate chromosomes. When selective, sensitive hybridisation probes for the type 1a and 1b receptors were utilised, the mRNA distribution in normal human tissues demonstrates the truncated type 1b receptor is widely distributed while the type 1a GHRP ghrelin active receptor is much more restricted, i.e., predominantly in the pituitary gland but also in the thyroid gland, pancreas, spleen, myocardium and adrenal gland. In contrast to the distribution of the active type 1a receptor, the expression of the mRNA distribution of the ghrelin peptide is widespread in human tissues, which suggests that ghrelin may...

Extramedullary Plasmacytoma

Primary extramedullary plasmacytoma occurs rarely and involves most commonly the upper air passages and paranasal sinuses (90 ), though a variety of organ involvement has been reported.105 The clinical manifestations depend on the sites of involvement. In the head and neck region, painless or painful mass may be the first sign. Nasal obstruction, discharge, epistaxis, hoarseness, or hemoptysis may occur. Less commonly involved sites include lung, GI tract, lymph nodes, and the thyroid gland. Only about 20 of patients will have serum monoclonal proteins, and the bone marrow is not involved. Diagnosis is made by histologic or cytologic demonstration of myeloma cells in the biopsied specimen. Establishment of monoclonality, by specific antibody staining for cyto-plasmic immunoglobulin to show light-chain restriction or immunoglobulin gene rearrangement, is sometimes necessary to differentiate this entity from reactive plasmacytosis. A bone survey is necessary to exclude bone involvement,...

The Molecular Basis For The Regulation Of Mhc Class Ii Expression In Thyrocytes

Only few studies have looked at the different levels of regulation of MHC class II gene expression in thyroid cells, although the phenomenon of MHC class II induction in autoimmune and malignant diseases is very well documented, as has been described before. In IFN-y-induced macrophages the stability of MHC class II mRNA indicated long-lived transcripts. In contrast, in three different malignant thyroid cell lines the half-life value of HLA-DRa mRNA was Polymorphism of MHC class II promoter may also influence their expression. However, when the sequence of the HLA-DRa promoter was determined in three malignant thyroid cell lines and in normal thyroid epithelial cells, which exhibited different levels of HLA-DR expression, no changes or point mutations could be found compared to the published sequence from B cell 63 . Hence, the structure of the promoter in thyroid cells was identical to that of immune cells, and no polymorphism of the promoter was found. Recent evidence show that the...

Answers To Case 44 Thy rotoxicosisG raves Disease

Confirm diagnosis A low serum thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) level and an increased free thyroxine (T,) level with this clinical presentation would be confirmatory. However, other tests that might help would be thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulins or diffusely elevated uptake of radioactive iodine on thyroid scan. Treatment options Antithyroid drugs, radioactive iodine ablation, or surgical ablation of the thyroid.

Endocrine Glands Involved In Reproduction

The hypothalamus is derived from neuroendocrine tissue in the mesencephalon, or middle section of the brain. It provides the tertiary level of control and stimulation of hormone secretion. The hypothalamus makes releasing hormones such as thyroid-releasing hormone (TRH) and Gn-RH, both peptide in nature. The primary function of these hormones is to stimulate pituitary secretion of secondary hormones such as LH and FSH. However, these hormones also respond to other hormones in a positive and negative feedback system such that a highly coordinated monthly cycle occurs in the mature female. There is a similar coordinated cycle in the mature male that spans a 24-hour cycle. Other hypothalamic hormones that play a role in sexual development and reproduction include TRH and cortisol-releasing hormone (CRH), which have the ability to stimulate secondary endocrine glands.4 The pituitary gland is composed of two unique glandular tissues, the neurohy-pophysis and the adenohypophysis, which...

Osteonectin Expression In Cancer Development And Progression

Osteonectin reportedly occurs in a wide spectrum of cancerous tissues from human subjects. Porter et al. (1995) found high osteonectin immunoreactivity in invasive tumours of the GI tract, breast, lung, kidney, ovary, brain, and adrenal cortex. They state that normal tissues show low levels of reactivity. It is somewhat paradoxical that trophoblast cells, which are a highly invasive cell component of the placenta, show low levels of reactivity. Nevertheless, bone extracts and osteonectin itself have been found to enhance the motility in vitro of prostate epithelial cells as well as prostate cancer cells (Jacob et al. 1999). The presence of osteonectin has also been demonstrated in normal as well as adenoma of human thyroid (Burgi-Saville et al. 1997). However, there is a reasonable body of evidence that suggests a close association of osteonectin expression with the progression of human melanomas. Osteonectin is not expressed by normal melanocytes and it is weakly expressed in a small...

The lymph nodes of the neck

Jugular Lymph Node

Along the front of the neck lies another group of vertically disposed nodes, the infrahyoid (on the thyrohyoid membrane), the prelaryngeal and the pre- and paratracheal nodes. These drain the thyroid, larynx, trachea and part of the pharynx and empty into the deep cervical group.

Approach To Thyrotoxicosis In Pregnancy Definitions

Hyperthyroidism Syndrome caused by excess thyroid hormone, leading to nervousness, tachycardia, palpitations, weight loss, diarrhea, and heat intolerance. Thyroid storm Extreme thyrotoxicosis leading to central nervous system dysfunction (coma or delirium) and autonomic instability (hyperthermia, hypertension, or hypotension).

Clinical Approach

Hyperthyroidism is rare in pregnancy, occurring in approximately 1 2000 pregnancies. Symptoms of thyrotoxicosis include tachycardia, heat intolerance, nausea, weight loss or failure to gain weight despite adequate food intake, thyromegaly, thyroid bruit, tremor, exophthalmos, and systolic hypertension. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism in pregnancy is Graves' disease, an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies are produced that mimic the function of thyroid-stinuilating hormone (TSH). These antibodies stimulate the thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormone, leading to the symptoms responsible for thyrotoxicosis. The diagnosis of hyperthyroidism is confirmed by the presence of an elevated free T4 level and low serum TSH level. Treatment during pregnancy may be medical or surgical however, in general hyperthyroidism in pregnancy is managed medically. PTU is generally accepted as the drug of choice in pregnancy. PTU inhibits the peripheral conversion of T, to triiodothyronine...

Endocrine Abnormalities and Cytokines

Weight Loss Cytokine

Several endocrine abnormalities, such as low levels of testosterone and growth hormone and increased production of cytokines, have been correlated with weight loss in AIDS, while adrenal and thyroid hormones show conflicting patterns 63 . The synergic action of TNF and other cytokines is

Macroscopic And Microscopic Features Of Neoplasms

The site of the primary tumor also frequently determines the mode of, and target organs for, metastatic spread. In addition to local spread, cancers metastasize via lymphatic channels or blood vessels. For example, carcinomas of the lung most frequently metastasize to regional lymph nodes, pleura, diaphragm, liver, bone, kidneys, adrenals, brain, thyroid, and spleen. Carcinomas of the colon metastasize to regional lymph nodes, and by local extension, they ulcerate and obstruct the gastrointestinal tract. The most common site of distant metastasis of colon carcinomas is the liver, via the portal vein, which receives much of the venous return from the colon and flows to the liver. Breast carcinomas most frequently spread to axillary lymph nodes, the opposite breast through lymphatic and spleen.

Nitrogenous Biomarkers Of Nutritional Status

Filtration rate, so assessment of this protein must also be carefully evaluated. Transferrin is the protein that acts as a carrier protein for iron. It has a half-life of 8 days, which makes it a sensitive marker of recent protein-energy nutritional status. Iron concentration must be taken into consideration when evaluating nutritional status based upon transferrin concentration. Transthyretin, or TBPA, is the protein that acts as a carrier for thyroid hormones. Its short half-life of 1-2 days makes it a sensitive marker for protein-energy nutritional status. Thyroid hormone level must be taken into consideration when evaluating nutritional status based upon trans-thyretin concentration. The use of multiple biochemical markers for nutritional status gives a more accurate picture of nutritional status than relying upon the measurement of only one marker. Several indices use multiple markers for calculating nutritional status.

Steroid Receptor Superfamily

The steroid receptor superfamily comprises the glucocorticoid (GR), progesterone (PR), mineralocorticoid (MR), androgen (AR), thyroid hormone (TR),and vitamin D3 (VDR) receptors (60). These receptors bind to steroid hormones and are translocated to the nucleus where they bind to hormone responsive elements on DNApromotor regions to alter gene expression. While steroids are very effective anti-inflammatory agents, they have a multiplicity of serious side effects that limit their full use.

Coactivator Corepressor Interactions

Co-repressors in PPAR biology are less well characterized. The concept of a co-repressor was developed from other nuclear receptors such as the thyroid hormone receptor (TR) 80 . These receptors have profound repressive qualities in the absence of ligand. They can silence quite constitutively active promoters. In contrast, many PPAR reporter systems are rather inactive without PPAR and introduction of PPAR can provide transcriptional activation without the apparent addition of ligand 81 . It has been shown, however, that dominant-negative forms of PPARy bind to co-repressors such as N-COR and SMRT and are defective for their ligand-dependant dissociation 71, 72 . It has also been shown that PPARy binds to co-repressors in solution, but not when bound to DNA 82 . The binding domain for the co-repressors has recently been visualized by X-ray crystallography to residues in helix 4 and 12 of PPARa, and is mediated by overlapping yet distinct residues compared with those involved in...

Diagnostic Confirmation Of Metastatic

Normal and neoplastic thyroid tissue, produce a unique tumour marker, thyroglobulin (Tg). Following total thyroidectomy for DTC, serum Tg levels should theoretically fall to zero, although levels of < 3 ng ml are deemed acceptable. As TSH is the best stimulus for Tg production a baseline Tg level should be obtained just prior to 13'i scanning when the patient is hypothyroid following total thyroidectomy. Thyroglobulin levels may then be monitored routinely at regular intervals in patients who have undergone total thyroidectomy or checked when recurrent or metastatic disease is suspected clinically. Rising Tg levels are suggestive of recurrent or metastatic disease and 13'i scanning should then be performed (21,22). Tg measurement has

Management Of Metastatic

Papillary thyroid cancer may spread via intrathyroidal lymphatic channels and at the time of the initial operation, coexisting, contralateral, intrathyroidal disease has been reported in 30 to 87.5 of patients with papillary thyroid cancer (28,29). Analysis of 576 patients followed for a median of 10 years demonstrated a recurrence rate of 11 in patients undergoing total thyroidectomy compared to 19 in patients undergoing subtotal resection (30). Local recurrence is a serious complication with a mortality rate of 50 (30-32). An exception to total or near total thyroidectomy may be advocated for the management of papillary microcarcinoma or the rare, encapsulated papillary carcinoma, when intrathyroidal spread is rare and unilateral total thyroid lobectomy deemed adequate. In patients where extrathyroidal papillary cancer invades local structures, it may be necessary to include part of the trachea or oesophagus, recurrent laryngeal nerve or jugular vein in an en-bloc excision with the...

Retinoid Receptors Belong to the Nuclear Hormone Receptor Family

NRs comprise a large and evolutionary well conserved family of transcription factors found in organisms as diverse as nematodes, flies, and mammals (reviewed in Refs 47-49 ). NRs are thought to function as ligand-activated transcription factors, exerting widely different biological functions by regulating target gene expression positively and or negatively, and include the receptors for certain small, lipophilic molecules. RARs bind both all-trans and 9-cis retinoic acids, whereas RXRs only bind 9-cRA (see Ref. 50 and references therein). Retinoid receptors activate transcription by recognizing and binding consensus sequences known as RA response elements (RAREs) in the promoters of target genes (see below). RAR binds DNA as a heterodimer with RXR, while RXR also has the ability to bind DNA as a homodimer. Additionally, RXR forms heterodimers with a number of other NRs, including the receptors for thyroid hormone (TR) and vitamin D3 (VDR) 50 , thereby coupling retinoid signaling to a...

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