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Growth hormone

Recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) was first made available as somatrem (Protropin , Genentech), which includes an additional methionyl group at the N-terminus. This product is more immunogenic than the natural sequence that was produced later, although the immunogenicity is believed to be caused by E. coli-derived impurities and not the extra methionine.70 Later, human GH with the natural sequence (somatotropin) was made available (Humatrope , Eli Lilly Nutropin , Genentech). Both products are approved for the treatment of GH deficiency in children. The recombinant hormones can now be produced in sufficient quantities and studies are now possible to explore a wider therapeutic use of GH. GH treatment is proving promising for short children who are not GH deficient, but such use is controversial because short stature by itself is not a disease. GH may also be promising for treatment of GH-deficient adults and to reverse catabolic conditions in patients. The availability of...

Diseases and Developmental Role of TRs

The phenotype of patients with RTH syndrome includes the symptoms of elevated levels of circulating thyroid hormone and decreased response to thyroid hormone. Various degrees of attention deficit, learning disabilities and mental retardation, hearing loss, and delay in bone growth and, therefore, short stature have been reported (25) (see Chapter 8 by Yoh and Privalsky). However, the precise role of TR0 inducing these symptoms is unknown. Interestingly, so far there is no human inherited disease described that is correlated with mutations in the gene encoding TRa. Mice model systems using knock-out of TRa or TR0 reveal distinct roles of these receptors in animal physiology (26), (see Chapter 2 by Gauthier et al.). TRa is important for early development, including bone growth, maturation of the intestine, and proper development of the immune system (27). Also, body temperature and heart rate is controlled by TRa (28). TR0, on the other hand, is involved in the maturation of cochlea,...

Recombinant Dna And Genetic Engineering

As noted above, segments of DNA contain information for the specific syntheses of particular proteins. Within the last two decades it has become possible to transfer this information between organisms by means of recombinant DNA technology, which has resulted in a new industry based on genetic engineering. Most often the recipient organisms are bacteria, which can be reproduced (cloned) over many orders of magnitude from a cell that has acquired the desired qualities. Therefore, to synthesize a particular substance, such as human insulin or growth hormone, the required genetic information can be transferred from a human source to bacterial cells, which then produce the substance as part of their metabolic processes.

Fluorescence spectroscopy

The CD spectra can be deconvoluted to calculate the percent of a-helix, p-sheet, bends, turns, and random coil components of the secondary structure. However, the information may be influenced by the solvent system and other factors, so it may be more useful to determine structural changes rather than an accurate prediction of absolute structural content. In the near-UV region (250 to 300 nm), CD spectroscopy can detect changes in the tertiary structure of proteins as this region reflects the environment of aromatic amino acids.64,65 Therefore, the near-UV CD spectra can be used to confirm that the correct tertiary structure is present or that refolding was successful. CD spectroscopy has been used to study the optical activity of insulin66,67 and leuprolide acetate, a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist.68 Near-UV CD spectra have been used to show that the tertiary structure of human growth hormone can be disturbed by cyclohexanol69 as the spectra for control human...

Other quality control procedures

Is characteristic for a given protein, making peptide mapping a very powerful and widely applicable tool for protein characterization. Peptide mapping is used to compare the structure of a specific lot to a reference standard to confirm correctness and lot-to-lot consistency of the primary structure. The use of peptide mapping techniques to analyze the primary structure of recombinant human interferon-a-2, IL-2, and granulocyte macrophage-col-ony stimulating factor has been discussed.153 154 Peptide maps can also be used to determine the identification integrity of the N- and C-terminal ends of proteins by tracking the corresponding peptides in the maps. By stress testing of the protein, peptide mapping can also be validated to monitor other degradation pathways, such as oxidation or deamidation. A combination of SEC, RP-HPLC, and CE has been used for peptide mapping.155 After proteolytic digestion, the size differences of obtained fragments were first characterized by SEC. The...

Creutzfeldt Jakob disease

Very few cases of CJD have resulted from exposure to an infected individual. The only proven way to contract CJD from an infected person has been during a medical procedure using tainted surgical instruments or human tissue. People have been infected during corneal transplants, implantation of electrodes in the brain, brain grafts, the injection of natural human growth hormone derived from cadaveric pituitaries, and after surgery with contaminated surgical instruments.

Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease Foundation Inc

Congenital condition characterized by a kittenlike mewing cry caused by a small larynx. The cry usually disappears after the first few weeks, but the syndrome is usually linked with mental retardation, poor muscle tone, heart problems, unusual facial characteristics (such as widely spaced eyes), small head, and short stature.

Autosomal Dominant Inheritance

If two people with the same AD condition have children together, there is a 75 chance with each pregnancy that they will have an affected son or daughter. There is a 25 chance that they will have a child who has a double dose of the mutation (homozygosity). In some instances, the child with a homozygous mutation may be very severely affected by the condition. For other conditions, such as achondroplasia (an AD disproportionate short stature syndrome), the homozygous state is lethal.

How FGF signalling pathways interact with other signalling pathways to coordinate bone chrondrogenesis

Along with FGFs, endochondral bone growth is regulated by many signalling molecules, including growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), parathyroid hormone related protein (PTHrP), Indian hedgehog (Ihh) and bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) (Reddi 1994, Erlebacher et al 1995). A feedback loop has been identified in which Ihh and PTHrP interact to coordinate chondrocyte differentiation (Lanske et al 1996, Vortkamp et al 1996). The relationship between the Ihh PTHrP and FGF signalling pathways has been investigated by examining the expression of Ihh and its receptor, patched, and of PTHrP in the growth plate of mice that are either lacking Fgfr3 or that overexpress Fgfr3 containing the activating mutation, G380R. In mice that overexpress Fgfr3 G380R, Ihh expression and signalling, as assessed by examining patched expression, is inhibited. Furthermore, expression of Brnp4, a molecule thought to be downstream of Ihh, is also suppressed in both growth plate cartilage and in...

Blattella germanica German cockroach

Bloom's syndrome Rare human autosomal recessive defect associated with genomic instability causing short stature, immunodeficiency and increased risk of all types of cancer. Caused by mutation of BLM locus on chromosome 15q in the gene encoding DNA helicase RecQ protein-like-3.

Differential Diagnosis

The differential diagnosis in this case must encompass three main conditions acute encephalopathy, acidosis with an elevated anion gap, and hypoketotic hypoglycemia. Common causes of encephalopathy include infection, hepatic and renal failure, and hypoglycemia. Laboratory testing for known infectious causes is a critical first-line step to distinguish infectious from noninfectious encephalopathy. An elevated anion gap may arise from an endogenous or exogenous source of acid. Common endogenous acids that potentially elevate the anion gap are L-lactic acid, D-lactic acid, b-hydroxybutyric acid, and aceto-acetic acid. Ingestion of a variety of common substances may also precipitate an elevated anion gap. The presence of oxalate crystals in the urine of the infant in this case suggested ingestion of ethylene glycol, which is oxidized to glycolic and oxalic acids. Comprehensive toxicology screening is necessary to rule out accidental or intentional ingestion. Finally, hypoketotic...

Crosstalk with Other Signaling Networks

ErbB receptors are not only the specific targets of EGF-like ligands, they also serve as integrators for signals emanating from heterologous signaling systems, thereby participating in a broader cellular signaling network (Gschwind et al. 2001 Prenzel et al. 2001 Holbro and Hynes 2004). Two distinct mechanisms of ErbB receptor transactivation have been described. First, ErbB receptors can serve as a scaffold that transmits information to downstream signaling pathways. This mode of interaction has been described for growth hormone (GH) and prolactin (Prl). Binding of these ligands to their specific receptors leads to the phosphorylation of the cytoplasmic part of ErbB1 or ErbB2 through the direct action of the tyrosine kinase Jak2, which is constitutively bound to the hormone receptors (Yamauchi et al. 1997 Yamauchi et al. 2000). In addition, the nonreceptor tyrosine kinase src is able to directly phosphorylate various residues on the ErbB1 receptor (Biscardi et al. 1999). In both...

Genetic Engineering in the Barnyard

In 1980, researchers microinjected pieces of DNA from microbes into the nucleus of a mouse egg, thereby pioneering the genetic transformation of mammalian germ cells by human hands. Two years later, in a similar experiment, using growth hormone genes, scientists first demonstrated that a mammalian phenotype (in this case, the size of a mouse) could be altered by purposeful genetic manipulation. In 1985, the feasibility of engineering farm animals (sheep, pigs, and rabbits) was demonstrated, and in 1987 the first transgenic poultry were produced. The ensuing years have witnessed proliferation of laboratory techniques for modifying a wide variety of genetic features in animals and also for manipulating germlines such that transgenes are perpetuated in ensuing generations. There has also been an extension from experimental research on laboratory animals to applied work on transgenic livestock, the goal being to modify the genes of barnyard animals in commercially important ways.

Vocabulary Builder

Octreotide A potent, long-acting somatostatin octapeptide analog which has a wide range of physiological actions. it inhibits growth hormone secretion, is effective in the treatment of hormone-secreting tumors from various organs, and has beneficial effects in the management of many pathological states including diabetes mellitus, orthostatic hypertension, hyperinsulinism, hypergastrinemia, and small bowel fistula. nih

Transgenic techniques

Transgenic technologies were developed and refined in several laboratories in the late 1970s and early 1980s (11-15). Advances came from integrating observations in cell culture transfection assays, somatic cell genetics, mouse embryology, and cell virology. Various approaches to transfer DNA to mouse embryos were tried, including retroviral infection (11). The goal of sustained long-term expression of a transferred gene was achieved by introducing a growth hormone gene under the control of the metallothionein promoter (16). This resulted in a phenotype of giant mice because of the overproduction of functional growth hormone.

PTHrP regulates endochondral bone formation

Studies of transgenic mice overproducing PTHrP in chondrocytes are consistent with this model (Weir et al 1996). These mice have few hypertrophic chondrocytes at birth and exhibit a delay in chondrocyte differentiation. Similarly, mice expressing a constitutively active PTH PTHrP receptor (Schipani et al 1997) show delay in the movement of chondrocytes from the proliferative to the hypertrophic chondrocyte compartment and show delay in death of hypertrophic chondrocytes. The constitutively active receptor sequence was derived from that of some patients with Jansen chondrodystrophy, a human disorder of short stature and hypercalcaemia (Schipani et al 1995). When the Jansen transgene is introduced into growth plates of PTHrP mice by appropriate matings, the overactive PTH PTHrP receptor rescues the growth plate abnormality and allows the mice to live for several months after birth (Schipani et al 1997). An analogous rescue of the PTHrP mice occurs when the transgene directing...

Human granulocytic ehrlichiosis HGE

Human Growth Foundation A nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to helping children and adults with disorders of growth and growth hormone through research, education, support, and advocacy. The Human Growth Foundation (HGF) includes concerned parents and friends of children The foundation was established in 1965 by five families of children with growth disorders. Their primary purpose was to identify other parents and children with similar problems, and to seek support for research and treatment, principally for growth hormone deficiency. Today, with the advent of synthetic growth hormone for humans, the foundation has broadened its goals to encompass many other growth disorders. The foundation has more than 1,000 members in 30 chapters and publishes a quarterly newsletter and multiple booklets. HGF also sponsors starter grants to encourage research in both physical and psychosocial areas of growth disorders. HGF also sponsors internet support lists and a chat room for parents...

Other pharmacokineticpharmacodynamics considerations

Type of diabetes mellitus, and these models may offer an alternative method for distinguishing rapid insulin metabolism from insulin resistance.14 Pharmacodynamics of growth hormone (GH) is mediated in most tissues by the local production of insulinlike growth factor I, also called somatomedin C. Using hypophysectomized rats as the animal model, recombinant human GH stimulates body weight gain with daily subcutaneous administrations in a log-linear manner.16

Be Sensitive to Cultural Issues

An individual's belief system is likely to influence the type of health information he or she shares with the health care provider. A vivid example of this is a Hopi woman with severely disabling congenital kyphoscoliosis who was described by her sister as being small and having pain in her legs and back that kept her from her normal activities. The woman was not portrayed as disabled because she had high status in the community due to her ability to make piki, a thin wafer bread (Hauck and Knoki-Wilson, 1996).

Sashko Damjanovski Laurent M Sachs and YunBo Shi 1 Introduction

Thyroid hormone (T3) plays important roles during vertebrate development (1). In humans, T3 is detected in the embryonic plasma by 6 mo and rises to high levels around birth (2). During this postembryonic period, extensive tissue remodeling and organogenesis take place. T3 deficiency during human development leads to developmental defects, such as mental retardation, short stature, and in the most severe form, cretinism (1,3). Likewise, T3 is also critical for amphibian development. It is the controlling agent of anuran metamorphosis, a process that transforms a tadpole into a tailless frog (1,4). Blocking synthesis of endogenous T3 leads to the formation of giant tadpoles that cannot metamorphose, while addition of exogenous T3 to premetamorphic tadpoles causes precocious metamorphosis. Importantly, most, if not all, organs are genetically predetermined to undergo specific changes, and these changes are organ autonomous. Thus, T3 appears to act directly on individual metamorphosing...

Relevant Findings Of Preclinical And Clinical Studies

The hypocretin neurons are at a crossroad, interacting with numerous systems that have already been implicated in the physiology of mental illness. Evidence suggests that bidirectional hypocretin interactions exist with virtually all known neurochemical determinants of mental illnesses, including all of the centrally active monoamine pathways (dopamine, nor-epinephrine, and serotonin), histamine and acetylcholine pathways, and also peptide transmitters. The monoamine pathways interact closely with hypocretin neurons. Hypocretins excite serotonergic neurons in the dorsal raphe (6), noradrenergic neurons in the locus coeruleus (7), and dopaminergic neurons in the ventral tegmental area (8). Central hypocretin administration suppresses prolactin (PRL) and growth hormone (GH) release (4,9), suggesting that, if it is acting alone, a deficit in hypocretin could be permissive for release. However, secretion of both PRL and GH may be altered in narcolepsy. In a comparison of four drug-free...

Islet Anatomy 2821 Cell Types

This multifunctional peptide is known for its role as an inhibitor of insulin, glucagon, and growth hormone secretion, as well as that of other polypeptide hormones. Both the circular 14 and 28 amino acid sequences have the functional character of both hormone and neurotransmitter, acting in an endocrine manner when released into the circulation, and in a paracrine manner when released locally, both by 6-cells and neurons. The 6-cells are also recognizable by the somewhat dendritic appearance they exhibit unipolar elongation of their cytoplasm, which extend to other cells as well as capillaries, and which are thought to be the site of somatostatin release.1

Hypothalamopituitaryadrenal axis

A negative feedback system controls the HPA axis. This regulates the release of corticosteroid-releasing hormone from the hypothalamus and subsequent release of glucocorticoids through the axis. In the context of low birthweight maternal nutritional imbalance, experimental evidence suggests changes to circulating cortisol, glucocorticoid receptor density and altered cortisol metabolism. When nutritional deprivation in utero in rat and sheep led to hypertension, an increase in glucocorti-coid receptor sensitivity in peripheral tissues was demonstrated (Bertram etal., 2001). Levels of corticotrophin-releasing hormone were raised in cord blood taken from growth-restricted foetuses, suggesting increased HPA activity (Goland etal., 1993). Low birthweight is associated with increased serum and urinary glucocorti-coid concentrations in children and raised basal cortisol concentrations and responsiveness to adrenocorticotrophic harmone (ACTH) in adults (Clark, 1998). Men born with lower...

Interaction Of Vitamin D With Other Factors

Ample attention has been paid to regulation of the VDR expression. Aside from homologous upregulation by 1,25-(OH)2D3 itself, VDR is regulated by a wide variety of factors acting via cAMP, for instance, PTH (189,223-227), PTH-related peptide (189,223,224), forskolin (228), and PGE2 (229). A recent study demonstrated that the inducible cAMP early repressor plays a regulatory role in the upregulation of VDR via cAMP (229). VDR expression may also be regulated via other signaling pathways as shown by the effects of growth hormone (230), glucocorticoids (190,231) epidermal growth factor (232), TGF-P (233), phorbol esters (234,235), retinoic acid (212,231,236,237), ER ligands (230,238-241), androgen receptor ligands (239), progesterone receptor ligands (231), and phosphorus (242). However, the significance of changes in abundance of the VDR for the ultimate biological activity of 1,25-(OH)2D3 is not always obvious. In the past several studies demonstrated that increase or decrease of VDR...

Regulation of Senescence

The coordinated events leading up to, and during, ethylene-insensitive senescence indicate tight control and suggest that an intricate interorgan, intraorgan and intracellular signalling mechanism is at work. However, no plant growth hormone has been shown to play the same crucial role as ethylene in ethylene-sensitive flower senescence. Abscisic acid is the most likely candidate for a similar but possibly lesser role in ethylene-insensitive flower senescence. In addition, a delicate interplay with other plant growth hormones should not be excluded as part of a complex regulatory mechanism. ABA has the ability to prematurely induce flower senescence in ethylene-insensitive daylily petals. Increases in lipid peroxidation, membrane permeability, proteinase and RNase activities have been observed upon ABA treatment with a high degree of similarity to natural senescence. A decrease in RNA content is also observed earlier in ABA-treated petals than naturally senescing petals. Changes in...

From Inclusion Bodies of Escherichia coli Cells

Isolation of Human Growth Hormone Inclusion Bodies From E. coli Cells Inclusion bodies produced in Escherichia coli are composed of densely packed denatured protein molecules in the form of particles (1,2). In addition to the recombinant protein of interest, inclusion bodies contain small amounts of host protein, ribo-somal components, and DNA RNA fragments (3). It is advisable to purify the inclusion bodies from the cells to a high-degree purity before carrying out solubilization and purification. This will reduce the number of purification steps after solubilization and refolding, minimize the interference of other contaminating proteins during refolding, and result in a therapeutic protein free from other cellular contaminants, such as lipids, carbohydrate, and endotoxin (4). Isolation of inclusion bodies from E. coli occurs by cell lysis with high-pressure disruption using a French press or sonication step followed by centrifugation (5). Further purification can be achieved...

Illustrations and Tables

Table 4.19 Medical-Family History Queries for Mental Illness Table 4.20 Medical-Family History Questions for Cardiac Disease Table 4.21 Medical-Family History Questions for Chronic Respiratory Disease Table 4.22 Medical-Family History Questions for Renal Disorders Table 4.23 Common Causes of Proportionate Short Stature Table 4.24 Medical-Family History Questions for Short Stature or Skeletal Dysplasias

The Approach Look For The Rare But Remember The Ordinary

In this chapter I provide suggestions for medical-family history queries for the following broad categories of disease birth anomalies (Section 4.2), hearing loss (Section 4.3), visual impairment (Section 4.4), mental retardation (Section 4.5), autism (Section 4.6), neurological conditions (Section 4.7), seizures (Section 4.8), dementia (Section 4.9), mental illness (Section 4.10), cardiac disease (Section 4.11), chronic respiratory disease (Section 4.12), renal disorders (Section 4.13), short stature (Section 4.14), diabetes (Section 4.15), reproductive loss and infertility (Section 4.16), and sudden infant death (Section 4.17). Family history markers for identifying individuals with an inherited susceptibility to cancer are discussed in Chapter 5. The decision to include these general groupings of disease in this chapter is based on my experience with some of the questions people have asked me most frequently about disorders in their family. Proportionate short stature with...

Changes in the Vulva and Vagina Throughout Life

Vulva Puberty

Controversy surrounds the clinical significance of these findings. Most cases of early pubertal development are idiopathic and probably do not represent precocious puberty unless bone maturation and developmental characteristics are so accelerated that diminished adult height is likely (18,19). However, because true endocrine pathology may be overlooked if early pubertal signs are dismissed, vigilant longitudinal follow-up of girls with early pubertal onset is advised (20). Several risk factors (genetics, low birth weight, higher body mass index, exposure to endocrine disruptors) are correlated statistically with earlier pubertal onset, but the biological mechanisms of accelerated onset are unknown (17,21-31).

Child with Rapid Growth and Precocious Sexual Maturation

A 6-year-old boy was admitted to the medical center with a 4-year history of rapid somatic growth and a 6-month history of pubic hair growth. The patient was the full-term product of a normal vaginal delivery following an uncomplicated first gestation in a 34-year-old healthy female. Birth weight was 8 lb 9 oz (3.9 kg) and length 21.5 in. (54.6 cm). There were no neonatal problems. The mother ceased breastfeeding the infant at 10 days of life and changed to formula because he did not seem to gain weight. Thereafter, weight gain was normal. Between 9 and 18 months of age, the patient's linear growth was just above the 95th percentile, but by 21 years of age, his height was average for a 4 -year-old child. His tall stature was disregarded by his family and pediatrician, who considered this normal since his parents were tall father 74 in. (1.90 m) and mother 66 in. (1.68 m) . When the patient was 3 years old, his mother observed that his penis was larger than that of age-matched peers,...

Formulation of peptidesproteins for pulmonary delivery

Other peptide and protein drugs that have been targeted for pulmonary absorption include interferons,65 cyclosporin A, deoxyribonuclease, j-AT,66 human growth hormone (hGH), 1-deaminocysteine-8-D-arginine vasopressin,67 and a decapeptide.68 A hexapeptide, His-D-Trp-Ala-Trp-D-Phe-Lys-NH2, resulted in a bioavailability of about 43 compared to intravenous administration when administered intratracheally to dogs. This hexapeptide has been discovered to elicit growth hormone (GH) release and may provide an alternate treatment for GH deficiency.69

Conclusions And Prospects

Gomez, J.M., Weil, C., Ollitrault, M., Le Bail, P.Y., Breton, B., Le Gac, F. Growth hormone (GH) and gonadotropin subunit gene expression and pituitary and plasma changes during sper-matogenesis and oogenesis in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 113 413-428 (1999). Meiri, I., Knibb, W.R., Zohar, Y., Elizur, A. Temporal profile of P follicle-stimulating hormone, P luteinizing hormone, and growth hormone gene expression in the protandrous hermaphrodite, giltheadseabream, Sparus aurata. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 137 288-299 (2004). Melamed, P., Gur, G., Elizur, A., Rosenfeld, H., Sivan, B., Rentier Delrue, F., Yaron, Z. Differential effects of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, dopamine and somatostatin and their second messengers on the mRNA levels of gonadotropin II beta subunit and growth hormone in the teleost fish, tilapia. Neuroendocrinology 64 320-328 (1996). Melamed, P., Rosenfeld, H., Elizur, A., Yaron, Z. Endocrine regulation of gonadotropin and growth...

Production Of Somatostatin By Recombinant Dna Technology

Also, the transgenic recipients of human's or other species' genes need not be microbes. One of the first attempts to engineer a transgenic mammal involved transfer of the human gene for growth hormone into mice. Although only a small fraction of the mice accepted the gene and transmitted copies to their offspring, those individuals grew much larger and became known as super-

Neuroendocrine Studies

Day- and nighttime growth hormone (GH) secretion expressed as a fraction of total 24-h secretion. Upper bar controls. Lower bar patients. Fig. 2. Day- and nighttime growth hormone (GH) secretion expressed as a fraction of total 24-h secretion. Upper bar controls. Lower bar patients.

Chromatographic Purification

C., Eshwari, A. N. S., Totey, S. M., and Panda, A. K. (1998) Solubilization of recombinant ovine growth hormone with retention of native-like secondary structure and its refolding from the inclusion bodies of Escherichia coli. Biotechnol. Prog. 14, 722-728. 14. Cardamone, M., Puri, N. K., and Brandon, M. R. (1995) Comparing the refolding and reoxidation of recombinant porcine growth hormone from a urea denatured state and from Escherichia coli inclusion bodies. Biochemistry 34, 5773-5794. 15. St John, R. J., Carpenter, J. F., Balny, C., and Randolph, T. W. (2001) High pressure refolding of recombinant human growth hormone from insoluble aggregates. Structural transformations, kinetic barriers, and energetics. J. Biol. Chem. 276, 46856-46863. 16. Patra, A. K., Mukhopadhyay, R., Mukhija, R., Krishnan, A., Garg, L. C., and Panda, A. K. (2000) Optimization of inclusion body solubilization and renaturation of recombinant human growth hormone from Escherichia...

Definition of the Disease

ACTH deficiency is usually associated with other anterior pituitary hormone deficiencies such as deficiencies of gonadotropins, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH thyrotropin), and or growth hormone. CRH and ACTH deficiencies with consequent adrenal atrophy results from the use of exogenous glucocorticoids that suppress CRH and consequently lead to suppressed ACTH. Acute glucocorticoid withdrawal in patients treated with high-dose or suppressive doses of glucocorticoids can induce acute glucocorticoid insufficiency. Such situations can be life-threatening even in the absence of mineralocorticoid insufficiency.

Confounding Factors In Recognizing Patterns Of Inheritance

The practical 6-year-old who states, One of the people has freckles and so he finds someone else who has freckles too, unknowingly describes the definition of assortative mating. Humans do not choose a mating partner randomly. We tend to have children with people from similar cultural and ethnic backgrounds. It is not unusual for people with comparable medical challenges to have children together. For example, two people with the same condition, such as deafness or short stature, may have children together. Because there are multiple etiologies for either of these conditions, it may be difficult to determine an inheritance pattern and provide appropriate genetic counseling.

Teleost Gonadotropins

By periodical bursts (Rosenfeld, 2003). Such a pattern of slow basal rate with bursts of rapid change typifies other pituitary hormones, including growth hormone (Wallis, 1996), and prolactin (Wallis, 2000), but differs from that characterizing the mammalian FSHP (Wallis, 2001). Interestingly, the LHP data exhibit completely distinct patterns with a slow basal rate of evolution among all teleost lineages, and episodes of rapid change in mammals, especially in Perissodactyla, Artiodactyla, and Primates (Wallis, 2001). Figure 3. Cartoon representing a typical teleost adenohypophysis, with relative localization of the gonadotrophs, LH and FSH producing cells. Abbreviations GH - growth hormone PRL - prolactin TSH - thyroid-stimulating hormone N - neurohypophysis PI - pars intermidia PPD - proximal pars distalis RPD - rostral pars distalis. (See Color Plates). Figure 3. Cartoon representing a typical teleost adenohypophysis, with relative localization of the gonadotrophs, LH and FSH...

Motor area See motor cortex

Motor homunculus The term for the brain map representing the body parts and their relative size according to how much of the motor cortex is devoted to each. Electrically stimulating areas in the motor cortex, different parts of the body respond. Drawing a map of these activated body areas as they are represented in each region of the motor cortex will reveal a distorted image of a man. (Homunculus is Latin for little men. )

Role Of Protein Methylation In Adaptation

The MCPs are the principal sensory receptors of the bacterial chemotaxis system. They have a structural organization, membrane topology, and mode of function that is typical of type I receptors in all cells, including important vertebrate type I receptors such as the insulin, growth hormone, and cytokine receptors. In recent years, the Tar protein from Salmonella typhimurium has emerged as both the archetypal MCP and as a model to understand general principles of type I receptor function. Tar has the typical membrane topology of a type I receptor with an N-terminal extracytoplasmic sensing domain connected via a hydrophobic membrane-spanning sequence to an intracellular signaling domain. The sensing and signaling domains can function independent of the membrane and independent of one another. Most MCPs have this structural organization. Sequence comparisons indicate that, as one might expect, the extracytoplasmic sensing domains tend to be highly variable, whereas the cytoplasmic...


On physical exam the short-stature 13-year-old ranked below the 3rd percentile for height and weight. He had a normal temperature at the time of exam with a heart rate of 72 bpm, respiratory rate of 20 (16-25 bpm), and blood pressure of 106 72 mm Hg. Also, clubbing of the extremities was evident. Although the patient was not in acute respiratory distress or wheezing, pulmonary exam revealed crackling sounds bilaterally. The abdomen was soft and supple, no hepatosplenomegaly noted.


Using anabolic agents such as steroid hormones and human growth hormone in conjunction with resistance exercise and good nutrition can be beneficial. In addition to indicating how much LBM an individual has, BIA can give information about hydration status. Hydration, or the amount of water in the body, is very important for overall health.

Secondary structure

A protein may contain about 30 of the residues in a-helices and 30 in p-sheets (although this will vary widely from one protein to another) and the rest in other conformations, such as the random coils or p-bends. Some proteins, such as growth hormone, are largely a-helical in structure. On the other hand, the primary secondary structural elements in immunoglobulins are the antiparallel p-sheets and random coil conformations, although some short stretches of a-helices and p-turns are present.6 A fully extended polypeptide chain of about 60 residues may be about 200 A long, but the folded globular protein may actually be just about 30 A in diameter. An a-helix generally contains 10 to 15 residues, and a p-sheet may contain only about 3 to 10 residues. At the end of these regular structures, the polypeptide chain generally makes sharp bends, thus reversing the direction of the polypeptide chain. These reverse turns, also called hairpin bends, p-bends, or p-turns, often connect...


For the separation and quantitation of human growth hormone, human insulin, and proinsulin.56 When using CE with protein drugs, the protein may adsorb onto the capillary this may be prevented by using surface-modified capillaries.55 Strege and Lagu57 reported that CE can be used for protein separations of high efficiency and resolution by using polyacrylamide-coated silica capillaries and buffers containing ionic surfactants. However, CE can be a difficult, variable, and time-consuming method for proteins, although it may work well for some other compounds.


Mutations have also been identified in the two minor components of cartilage collagen fibrils, the type IX and XI collagens (Table 2). Type IX collagen mutations have been shown to cause multiple epi-physeal dysplasia, a clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by early-onset osteoarthrosis and mildly short stature (58-65). Mutations in type IX collagen genes have also been found in the two most common musculoskeletal disorders, osteoarthrosis and lumbar disc disease (6670). Type XI collagen mutations have been identified in Stickler and Marshall syndromes, otospondylo-megaepiphyseal dysplasia, and Weissenbacher-Zweymuller syndrome (71-77). About 30 type X collagen mutations have been characterized in patients with Schmid metaphyseal chondrodysplasia (49,78).

Endocrine factors

Endocrine disturbances can influence prevalence of the metabolic syndrome, specifically hyperandrogenaemia and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) (discussed in more detail in Chapter 12). The menopause also may influence development of the metabolic syndrome and a summary of the relationships between the metabolic syndrome and menopause hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is discussed below. Also, low total testosterone and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) levels both independently predict development of the metabolic syndrome and diabetes in middle-aged Finnish men (Laaksonen etal., 2004). For further discussion of the role of androgens in obesity, see Marin and Arver (1998). The growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis also may play a role in the development of the metabolic syndrome and this hormonal axis is discussed in more detail in Chapter 14. Similarities between Cushing's disease and the metabolic syndrome also suggest that a role for the glucocorticoid axis is...


While researchers are still studying the role of endorphins in the body, they have outlined their role in mood, pain mediation, euphoria, stress, and regulating intestinal contractions. Endorphins have also been implicated in the release of hormones from the pituitary gland, such as growth hormone and gonadotropin hormones, which act on the sex organs.

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Dwarfism Unusually short stature that can be caused by a variety of genetic and other conditions. Between one in 14,000 and one in 27,000 babies are born each year with some form of dwarfism. Dwarfism is generally defined as adult height of four feet 10 inches or less. Many types of dwarfism are conditions marked by abnormal bone growth that are divided into two types short-trunk and short-limb dysplasias. Children with short-trunk dysplasia have a shortened trunk with relatively longer limbs, whereas those with short-limb dysplasia have a near-normal size trunk but small arms and legs. Both types result in parts of the body that are not in proportion to one another. In the past, the term dwarfism was only used to refer to these cases of disproportionate short stature, while midget was applied to conditions in which all parts of the body match in size. However, the word midget is today considered offensive by many people of short stature. Today the terms little person, person of short...

Receptor Activation

Recent elegant studies on the crystal structure of ErbB1, -2, and -3 receptors have provided important new insights into how ErbB receptor dimerization and signal transmission is regulated (Burgess et al. 2003). For many different ligand receptor systems it is well established that receptor dimerization is achieved by the binding of a bivalent ligand to the extracellular domains of two receptor monomers, thereby crosslinking them into a dimer. This mode of action was first demonstrated for the human growth hormone and its receptor (deVos et al. 1992), and has been observed for several other receptor tyrosine kinases, like the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptor Flt-1 (Wiesmann et al. 1997), the


To estimate your body mass index (BMI), first identify your weight (to the nearest ten pounds) in the top row of Table 4.3. Next, move your finger down the column below that weight until you come to the row that represents your height. The number at the intersection of your height and weight is your BMI.


Microemulsions, which can form spontaneously, may also offer a good means to avoid such shear157 and should be investigated for the incorporation of peptides and proteins. A multiple water-in-oil-in-water (w o w) emulsion containing bovine growth hormone for sustained release has also been described in the patent literature.158


Shaking may result during manufacture, shipping, or handling (e.g., reconstitution of lyophilized product) of the product. Aggregation could result during shaking because a protein adsorbs and then unfolds at the air-water interfaces generated by shaking or shear, thereby exposing the hydrophobic amino acids, which are normally located in the interior. The exposed hydro-phobic amino acid side chains of one molecule interact with those of another to form aggregates. As much as 70 of porcine growth hormone was lost by aggregation when a 0.5 mg ml solution was vortexed for just 1.0 min.5 Because shaking results in rapid change of surface, it is possible that some protein may first denature at the surface, enter the bulk, and then aggregate in bulk. Aggregation of g-globulin on shaking resulted in two types of aggregates. Under electron microscopy, these appeared as either long fibers or small particles. It is believed that the fibers formed at the interface and the particles formed in...

Human gene therapy

Human growth hormone (HGH) Human growth hormone is a peptide hormone secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain that enhances tissue growth by stimulating protein formation. A synthetic recombinant human growth hormone called Serostim is available to HIV positive people who have HIV wasting syndrome. Naturally occurring HGH is secreted most heavily by the body during adolescence. It gradually decreases over the course of a lifetime, though it never is completely absent from the body. Having too much or too little as a child can lead to various growth abnormalities. Human growth hormone has also been used successfully in the treatment of body fat redistribution syndrome. Buffalo hump as well as truncal obesity due to fat redistribution have resolved themselves in a few weeks or months of treatment with HGH. Daily subcutaneous injections are used in the treatment. Treatment can result also in abnormal breast growth in men. Treatment results may reverse themselves somewhat in people...


Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) A complex genetic disorder that causes short stature, mental RETARDATION or a LEARNING DISABILITY, incomplete sexual development, characteristic behavior problems, low muscle tone, and an involuntary urge to eat constantly. This, coupled with a reduced need for calories, leads to obesity.


The architecture of the cartilage extracellular matrix is exquisitely sensitive to the relative abundances of matrix molecules, the primary structures of the proteins, and their state of post-translational maturation. Abnormalities in the structural proteins have distinct clinical outcomes, depending on the specific role of each protein in skeletogenesis. However, common to most of these conditions is alteration of chondrocyte alignment and proliferation at the growth plate, leading to short stature and deformity. For articular cartilage, disrupting the structure and intermolecular interactions of cartilage extracellular matrix structural proteins compromises the ability of the joint surfaces to withstand compressive loads, leading to degradation of the matrix and osteoarthrosis.


On a daily basis, they focus on the biochemistry of the human body and how it relates to thyroid function, calcium deposition, menses, extreme obesity, genital ambiguity, secondary sex characteristics, insulin-dependent and insulin-resistant diabetes mellitus, short stature, and more. With so much groundbreaking research in medicine today happening at the biochemical level with cell receptors and manipulation of DNA, endocrinology has become a field rich with opportunity for research and development.

Fold Recognition

Two (probably) unrelated protein structures sharing a similar topology, a calcium phospholipid binding protein (PDB id 1RSY) from rat and the human growth hormone receptor (PDB id 3HHR). These two proteins share less than 5 sequence identity, and yet their topology is extremely similar.

Puberty precocious

One of the problems with starting puberty at an earlier age is that puberty also triggers a period of rapid growth and weight gain that stops when puberty ends. Because bone growth stops at an earlier age than normal, children with precocious puberty usually do not achieve their potential full adult height. Although they may at first seem tall compared to their classmates, they will stop growing too soon and end up at a shorter height than normal. If untreated, boys typically grow no taller than 5 feet, 4 inches and girls rarely reach 5 feet.

Vascular function

Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) have been used to study changes in function that are apparent at birth. Such cells are the first point of exposure of foetal endothelial cells to the blood after placental exchange between maternal and foetal circulations. Their location would also give such cells the facility to prime the foetal circulation. When HUVECs have been exposed to venous serum obtained from growth-restricted foetuses, endothelial dysfunction has been demonstrated. This included an increase in endothelial expression of adhesion molecules, cytokine production and apoptosis (Wang, Athayde and Trudinger, 2002, 2003 Wang etal., 2002). Unexpectedly eNOS expression also was shown to be increased significantly (Wang, Athayde and Trudinger, 2003). Similar findings have been demonstrated when eNOS expression was quantified in HUVECs obtained from clinically growth-restricted pregnancies at term (Cunningham etal., 2004a). We also suggest that the up-regulation may be...

Th2 cell

Thalidomide is also currently being investigated for use against primary HIV infection and AIDS-related wasting syndrome. Since the sixties, thalidomide has been found to be relatively safe in nonpregnant populations and effective in treating a number of clinical conditions, many of which are similar to each other and to symptoms observed in HIV patients. A common link may be tumor necrosis factor alpha, a cytokine, or intracellular messenger, that is possibly a key element in both wasting syndrome and HIV activation. Thalidomide has been found to selectively inhibit TNF production and release. It is a possible alternative to the immensely expensive human growth hormone, another experimental antiwasting treatment. (Trade name is Synovir.)


TGF-p is one of the most abundant growth factors secreted by bone cells and its regulation is crucial for bone development and growth. The inhibitory effect of 1,25-(OH)2D3 on cell growth could be related to an induction of TGF-p synthesis (153). VDREs have been identified in the human TGF-p gene (154), and 1,25-(OH)2D3 has been found to increase TGF-p2 mRNA and TGF-p2 concentration in culture supernatant of human osteoblasts, as well as TGF-p receptor type I and II synthesis (155). 1,25-(OH)2D3 increased the release of TGF-p in cultured bone cells from patients with isolated growth hormone deficiency and normal controls but not in cells from patients with multiple pituitary hormone deficiencies (156). Recently it has also been shown that 1,25-(OH)2D3 increases the expression of both TGF-p type I and II receptors on human osteoblasts and a coupling has been made with the growth regulatory effects of 1,25-(OH)2D3(157). Osteoblasts produce insulin-like growth factors (IGF) I and II....


Big Lips Genetics

With multiple malformations and pigmentary dysplasia who died at 2 monts of age. Phenotypic presentation was variable and included facial dysmorphism, scoliosis, ASD, PDA, dysplastic pulmonary and tricuspid valves, short stature, and mental retardation. Trisomy 12 cells have been found in lymphocytes, skin fibroblasts, urine sediments, and internal organs including liver, spleen, adrenal, and thymus.

Fat Sexy Salmon

The GM fish had been created by microinjecting salmon eggs with a molecular construct consisting of a fish growth-hormone gene attached to a promoter region that turned up production of the growth hormone to 40 times higher levels than in non-transgenic controls. The result was not only larger coho salmon, but also precocious sexual development as the GM fish began Since then, the experimental introduction of growth hormone genes into fish has become something of a fad, having been accomplished also in chinook salmon, Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, Arctic charr, mud loach, Japanese medaka, tilapia, flounder, and some 20 other species of fish worldwide. Part of the motivation simply has been to learn more about the physiological and metabolic action of growth hormones and to develop better laboratory techniques for genetic transformation in fishes. Another motivation, however, has been to improve profits from commercial fish farming. By theoretically modeling the...

Growth Industry

Insulin was the first human hormone to be produced in commercial quantities by transgenic microbes. The second, following close on its heels, was human growth hormone (hGH), also known as somatotropin, derived from Greek words for body and nourishment. Like insulin, therapeutic hGH has a fascinating and somewhat troubled history. In the 1920s, growth hormones (GHs) were purified from mammals and were shown to be effective in increasing growth in rats and dogs. In the 1930s, first attempts to treat human dwarfism using GH from bovine pituitary glands failed. Not until the 1940s was it fully appreciated that primates, humans included, respond only to primate GHs. In 1958, the first clinical use of human GH to treat hypopituitary dwarfism took place. During a 10-month trial, a 17-year-old patient administered the drug grew much faster. A rush to administer hGH to undersized children followed during the 1960s and 1970s, and thousands were injected with the compound. Research on...


Second, a common tendency has been to suppose that a given transgene will affect only the specific organismal trait in question, such as insecticide resistance, or the capacity to produce a pharmaceutical drug. But living creatures are complex beings with multitudinous metabolic and physiological demands underlying successful survival and reproduction. Biological intuition predicts, and empirical experience confirms, that specific genetic traits seldom can be altered without precipitating collateral effects. Cascades of ancillary or compensatory impacts on the transgenic organisms often become apparent only after the fact. The phenomenon of yield drag in transgenic crops (see chapter 4) is one familiar example. Side-impacts of inserting growth-hormone genes into fish (see chapter 6) is another. The prospect of unanticipated side effects must also be borne in mind by anyone contemplating the genetic modification of humans.


Of cyclodextrin molecules with amino acid side chains of a protein is shown in Figure 4.1.75 Aromatic amino acids are known to form an inclusion complex with cyclodextrins.76 Brewster et al.63 reported that 20 to 40 molecules of HPp-CD interact with one molecule of interleukin (IL) 2, a protein with 133 amino acids. In this study, the cyclodextrin inhibited the aggregation of IL-2 and insulin. The bioactivity of IL-2 was not affected by complexation with cyclodextrin. In general, changes in bioactivity are not expected if the protein site encapsulated by the cyclodextrin is not essential to bioactivity.75 In this case, the protein-cyclodextrin complex can still bind to a receptor as the region affected by the complexation is redundant to bioactivity. HP-CD is also reported to solubilize ovine growth hormone64 and to prevent aggregation of porcine growth hormone.77

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