How to Grow Taller

Grow Taller 4 Idiots

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Growth Hormone GH Somatotropin Somatotropic Hormone STH

Growth hormone (GH), also known as somatotropin and somatotropic hormone (STH), is released by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland and is essential to all parts of the body that are associated with growth. This hormone affects the growth rate of children and adolescents, increases tissue mass, and stimulates cell division. Somatotropin is essential for the maintenance of the epiphyseal disk, the area where bone growth occurs, of long bones. Throughout life, growth hormone also plays a role in increasing protein synthesis, breakdown of fats, and blood glucose levels. Growth hormone tests are used to confirm over- or underactive pituitary disease, and to identify growth problems during all stages of life. Variations from Normal. Overproduction or increased levels of growth hormone can lead to gigantism in children or acromegaly in adults. Gigantism, characterized by abnormally large body proportions and abnormal sexual development, is usually attributed to hypersecretion of growth...

Short Stature

Growth is a continuum that involves changes in body size and form, changes in physiologic function, and biologic maturation. There is a corresponding increase in cell size and number. There is no true normal, rather an average (50th percentile) plus or minus two standard deviations (3rd-97th percentile). Measurements that fall belowjhe_3rd percentile for height are termed short stature. Risk Factors Etiology. There are four basic patterns of proportional short stature pathologic (postnatal onset), constitutional growth delay, familial short stature, and prenatal onset short Presentation. Pathologic short stature and constitutional short stature both start out with the patient in the normal range for height. Over time, the patient with pathologic short stature starts falling off the height curve, crossing percentiles. In constitutional short stature, normal final adult height is reached, but the growth spurt is delayed. Patients with familial short stature stay parallel to...

Tall Stature

Tall stature is usually a normal variant, familial tall stature. Exogenous obesity can also cause tall stature. Endocrine causes of tall stature include growth hormone excess (gigantism, acromegaly), androgen excess (tall as children but short as adults), and hyperthyroidism. Genetic syndromes and metabolic disorders responsible for tall stature include homocystinuria, cerebral gigantism, Beckwith-Wiedemann, Weaver-Smith, and Klinefelter syndromes. Homocystinuria is autosomal recessive, with an incidence of 1 200,000. Patients have a Marfanoid appearance with associated mental retardation or psychiatric illness. Cerebral gigantism (Sotos syndrome) are large for gestational age, have mental retardation, and a mild hydrocephalus.

Contemporary Endocrinology

Mendelson, 2000 Sports Endocrinology, edited by Michelle P Warren and Naama W. Constantini, 2000 Gene Engineering in Endocrinology, edited by Margaret A. Shupnik, 2000 Endocrinology of Aging, edited by John E. Morleyand Lucreta van den Berg, 2000 Human Growth Hormone Research and Clinical Practice, edited by Roy G. Smith and

Acromegaly see also Pituitary

Acromegaly is a rare condition, produced in adults by excessive growth hormone which is usually derived from a pituitary adenoma. Its incidence is about 4 cases per million per year and its prevalence is about 50 cases per million of the population. The pituitary adenoma usually arises from somatic mutation of the gene coding for part of a regulatory G protein, thus causing the production of growth hormone to become continuous instead of varying greatly during the day as it normally does in response to many stimuli, including exercise, stress, hypoglycaemia and adrenergic influences. Excessive growth hormone in children may produce gigantism as an occasional phenomenon. Growth hormone (GH) is a 191 amino acid peptide, which is secreted by the anterior pituitary and which acts by stimulating the hepatic production of somatomedin C (or insulin-like growth factor 1, IGF-1), one of the body's many growth factors which circulate and bind to target cell receptors. IGF, which as an ultimate...

Ectopic Neuronal Expression of Chimeric Transgenes

Ectopic expression of transgenes in cells that do not express the corresponding endogenous gene has been found in a number of transgenic studies in which chimeric fusion gene constructs have been employed. Analysis of this phenomenon has revealed that the unexpected pattern of expression results from a combinatorial action of cis-acting elements from both promoter and reporter regions of the transgene, which cannot be predicted from the expression patterns of the individual elements (16). For example, a construct containing the mouse metallothionein-I (MT-I) promoter linked to either the rat or human growth hormone gene produced a unique pattern of expression in several brain regions (17). This surprising result is clearly of interest with regard to the developmental relationships between different groups of neurons and may provide novel insights into developmental events. However, ectopic expression is not desirable in studies which are designed to target specific groups of neurons....

Transgenic Approaches to Neuronal Gene Function

Early transgenic studies in which overexpression of the growth hormone gene resulted in abnormally large mice provided a dramatic example of how transgenesis could be used to probe the function of proteins (21). Targeting of neural genes to specific brain tissues is now available as a technique to investigate the role of more enigmatic neural proteins. The gain-of-function approach may be applied to both normal mice and to genetic mutants in the latter case it is possible, through gene therapy to correct the genetic error by replacing the impaired gene. In the former case, however, transgene expression may not be associated with measurable changes in functional activity. Thus, transgene expression may be controlled by homeo-static mechanisms, endogenous gene activity may be suppressed, or receptor pathways may be down-regulated. An alternative loss-of-function approach may therefore be more appropriate to investigate the functional role of neural genes. Recent advances in technique...

Multivariate Response Data

We shall use an extension of the model for repeated measures data to illustrate how to model multivariate response data. Consider model (6) where we have data on successive occasions for each individual and in addition, for some or all individuals, we have a measure, say, of their final adult height y32), and their (log) income at age 25 years, y42), where the superscript denotes a measurement made at level 2. We can include these variables as further responses by extending (6) as follows

Bone growth and remodelling Growth

Before puberty, bone growth is stimulated mainly by growth hormone. Oestrogens and testosterone, the sex hormones produced at puberty, are responsible for the acceleration in growth of the long bones during the teenage years. The sex hormones also promote morphological changes in the skeleton that are typical of males and females.

General Morphology of Postnatal Mouse Mammary Gland Development

Rapid development of the rudimentary ductal epithelium is initiated in response to increasing levels of circulating hormones synthesized by the pituitary gland and the ovary, such as estrogen, progesterone, and growth hormone (GH) (30). Other growth factors, such as epidermal growth factor (EGF) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I, have also been demonstrated to stimulate ductal morphogenesis (31,32). Ductal morphogenesis progresses through a balance between proliferation and apoptosis with multi-layered club-shaped structures known as terminal end buds (TEB) (Fig. 2A-B). The TEB is composed of two predominant epithelial-cell types. The outermost layer of cells,

Colin D Nancarrow James T A Marshall and Kevin A Ward

The production of transgenic sheep has proven difficult compared to the mouse and lower animals. The work load is far greater and the rates of success far less by most criteria. However, the benefits to human and animal health and agricultural productivity are potentially enormous (Ward and Nancarrow, Chapter 5) and support for the continuation of the work is assured. Unfortunately, the low rate of transgenesis for sheep, at about 1 of injected, transferred embryos, means that investigation of the regulation of expression of the transgenes, their phenotypic effects, and optimization of the fusion gene constructs, all of utmost importance to the agricultural industry, can seldom be addressed. We know now that the mouse may not be a good model for the sheep, an example being the ovine metallothionein-ovine growth hormone fusion gene, GH9 (1-3), for which expression and phenotypic effects were quite different for sheep and mice. In sheep, pronuclear microinjection of several hundred...

Difficulties With Sleep With Advanced Age38

Advanced age has several effects on sleep that can cause problems. In fact, more than half of those over age 65 report disturbed sleep. One cause is the natural change in circadian rhythms in adults. As adults age, they tend to phase advance their internal circadian rhythms. But there is evidence that the rhythms also begin to flatten, so there is less difference between the nadir and the acrophase, and the response to zeitgebers gets a bit weaker. Additionally, the amount of slow wave sleep diminishes with age in adults, as does the release of melatonin and growth hormone. The net result is that by retirement age, sleep is shorter, shallower, and more fragmented, making sleep seem like more of a problem than it was before. Also, getting to sleep and staying asleep is frequently more of a problem. Yet, it is easier to doze off more during the day when engaged in quiet activities. Many of these changes occur sooner in males than females. Additionally, as people age, they are more...

Homeostasis of circulating retinol

The plasma retinol homeostatic set point is influenced by several dietary and hormonal factors these include protein, calorie and zinc nutriture, and fluctuating steroid hormone levels that occur during the oestrous cycle or as a result of stress. It is likely that steroid hormones act by influencing the synthesis of RBP (Borek et al., 1981). Ahluwalia et al. (1980) used hypophysectomized rats to demonstrate that without growth there was no vitamin A utilization. They showed that, in addition to dietary protein, growth hormone was required for mobilization of liver vitamin A stores. The data suggested that growth hormone may play an important role in vitamin A homeostasis by regulating retinol entry at the tissue level.

Interaction between the thyroid hormone receptor and the retinoic acid receptor

The thyroid hormone receptors (TR) are encoded by two different genes, giving rise to subtypes a and p. Thyroid hormone response elements (TRE) are typically composed of two or more sequences of a consensus AGGTCA half-site arranged as an inverted repeat (palindrome), everted repeat or direct repeat (Ribeiro et al., 1995), thereby allowing a great flexibility in half-site arrangement and orientation. Palindromic TREs are responsive to both thyroid hormone (tri-iodothyronine) and retinoic acid. The two hormones interact co-operatively to stimulate transcription of the growth hormone gene in the rat pituitary gland (Bedo et al, 1989 Morita et al., 1989, 1990). The presence or absence of thyroid hormone dictates how these dual-responsive elements are regulated. In the presence of thyroid hormone, TRs activate the TRE and also allow some degree of positive co-operativity with RARs. In the absence of thyroid hormone, the unliganded TR functions as a repressor, preventing either TR and RAR...

Functions For All Sleep

In addition to being an intuitive notion, the notion that sleep is for rest and restoration is supported by the fact that some hormones are primarily released during early SWS. Growth hormone is released in its highest levels in young, growing humans during sleep and only during the first SWS period of the night in adults. The levels of other anabolic hormones (prolactin, leutenizing hormone, testosterone) are also highest during sleep. In contrast, catabolic hormones such as the corticosteroids are low during normally phased sleep periods (see Chapter 5). However, there is evidence contrary to the hypothesis of a rest and restoration function for sleep (Rechtschaffen, 1998). There is a mean decrease in protein synthesis during sleep due mainly to fasting and the fact that level of muscle activity, hence wear and tear, during waking has a very low correlation with sleep length. While there is an increase in growth hormone during sleep, there is not an increase of overall

Drugs on the Near and Distant Horizons

Growth Hormone Fragment AOD9604 is a modified fragment of the amino acids in growth hormone from 177 to 191, and is orally active. This growth hormone fragment is said to bind to the fat cell, stimulating lipolysis and inhibiting reesterification without stimulating growth. A 12-wk multicenter trial randomized 300 obese subjects to one of five daily doses (1, 5, 10,20, and 30 mg) of A0D9604 or placebo. The 1-mg dose was the most effective for weight loss. Subjects on the 1-mg dose lost 2.6 kg, compared with 0.8 kg in the placebo group, and the rate of weight loss was constant throughout the trial (91). Phase III trials are evidently in the planning stages.

Hereditary Fructose Intolerance

Coarse facies and large tongue short stature corneas clear (vs. Hurler's disease) dimpled skin in back of arms and thighs no gibbus (acute-angle kyphosis) present (vs. Hurler's disease) nonpainful nodular lesions on left scapular area stiffening of joints deafness. Short stature very coarse, elongated facial features ( GARGOYLISm) bilateral corneal opacities retinal degeneration and papilledema saddle nose deformity systolic murmur in second right intercostal space enlarged heart and liver kyphoscoliosis with lumbar gibbus (acute angle kyphosis) stiff, immobile, and contracted large joints.

The Pubertal Transition And Menarche

Although the data relating age at menarche to height and weight are convincing and relatively consistent at the population level, these variables are poor predictors at the individual level. A prospective study of 633 prepubertal girls, initially aged 8-10 years, obtained data on growth (height and weight measured at monthly intervals), exact age, height, and weight at menarche, health status, age at menarche of mother and sisters, adult height and weight of both parents, and SES.10 The girls, most of whom were Caucasian and middle-class, had heights and weights that were similar to U.S. norms. The most striking finding from this study was the extreme variability in the results. Mean age at menarche was 12.8 1.2 years (range 9.1-17.7 years), mean height was 156.6 6.4 cm (range

Physiological actions of glucagon

Although insulin is the main glucose-lowering hormone, a number of humoral factors may increase blood glucose concentrations, including glucagon, catecholamines, cortisol, and growth hormone. Glucagon is a peptide hormone released by a-cells of the pancreas in response to drops in blood glucose concentration. In vivo experiments in dogs have shown that glucagon secretion increases twofold in response to a fall in glucose from 100 mg dl (5.6 mmol l) to 80 mg dl (4.5 mmol l).5 The principal target organ of glucagon action is the liver, in which it increases glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis and inhibits glycogenesis and glycolysis.* Glucagon acts via hepatic cell surface G-protein-coupled receptors by a number of intracellular mechanisms whose net result is that hepatic glucose production increases and blood glucose rises. Increasing evidence suggests that, in type 2 diabetes, hyperglucagonemia and or an imbalance between the glucagon insulin ratio is present.6

The Pineal Gland and the Biological Clock

Every day our serum Cortisol level peaks at approximately our wake-up time, growth hormone reaches its maximum blood level at the beginning of our sleep phase, prolactin does so soon after, while thyrotropin hormone peaks in the last part of our sleep phase. In the same way, mostly every hypothalamic, hypophyseal and hypophysis-dependent hormones show a fixed temporal pattern with peaks and troughs everyday at the same time and with a stable phase-relationship between them as well as with other types of physiological and behavioral rhythmic variables. For example, blood pressure and core body temperature, subjective alertness and potassium excretion, also vary predictably day by day, with values raising during the day and falling during sleep. Figure 2.71 illustrates the

Classification of diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is not a single disorder, but a collection of conditions with a common end result of raised blood glucose. Two main types of diabetes account for more than 95 of all cases of diabetes a minority of cases are due to various specific metabolic or genetic causes. Type 1 diabetes is a condition due to absolute insulin deficiency secondary to autoimmune destruction of the insulin-containing P-cells of the pancreas gland. Type 2 diabetes is a condition due to relative insulin deficiency and or impaired biological response to insulin ( insulin resistance ).15 Type 1 diabetes probably represents 5 to 10 of all cases of diabetes, and type 2 diabetes accounts for 85 of all cases. Other forms of diabetes may be secondary to other metabolic disorders, such as the endocrine disorder acromegaly in which excessive production of growth hormone inhibits the action of insulin or due to pancreatic problems (e.g., after surgical removal of pancreas) (Table 1.1). Individuals are usually...

The Modification of the Endocrine System of Domestic Animals

When the genes used in the initial mouse experiments were transferred to pigs, sheep, and rabbits (8), using the mouse metallothionein-I (MT-I) promoter and the human or the bovine growth hormone coding sequences, constitutive expression of the transgenes was obtained (13,14,16). This gave rise to a large rise in the level of circulating growth hormone but, in contrast to the mice, did not result in larger animals. Moreover, the animals were physiologically abnormal (13,14), and it became clear that the larger domestic animals did not respond to elevated growth hormone concentrations in the same way as laboratory mice (19,20). The initial results in pigs and sheep were obtained with transgenes encoding heterologous growth hormone proteins (bovine or human), and therefore, it was suggested that the poor growth response may have been owing to poor recognition of the hormone, particularly in view of a report that a faster-growing transgenic pig had been produced that contained a...

Orexigenic Gut Peptides Ghrelin

Ghrelin, the endogenous ligand for the growth hormone secretagog receptor (GHS-R), was discovered in 1999 (96,97). It is produced from preproghrelin peptide in the oxyntic gland in the fundus of the stomach, but not in the pylorus (97). Ghrelin is also produced, though to a lower extent, in the small and large intestine (96). Various ghrelin variants are produced from alternative splicing, but the mature molecule is a 28-amino-acid peptide with an octanoyl acyl group on its third amino acid residue. This is acquired after post-translational modification and is essential for its action on appetite (98). There is evidence for ghrelin expression in other tissues, including the hypothalamus, pancreas, lungs, ovaries, and testes. In the hypothalamus ghrelin expression is shown in the ARC adjacent to the orexigenic neurons NPY and AgRP, PVN, DMN, and VMN however, its physiological role needs to be established (99,100). Circulating levels change throughout the day in relations to meals,...

Gammahydroxybutyric acid

Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) occurs naturally in the central nervous system and was synthesized in the 1960s. It has been variously used or studied as an anaesthetic, an adjunct in alcohol or opiate withdrawal, a treatment for narcolepsy, an agent to reduce tissue oxygen demand in resuscitation and sepsis, and a stimulator of growth hormone (particularly for body builders). Because of its ability to impair consciousness and to provide associated relaxation, euphoria, disinhibition and increased sensuality, it has recently become a popular but illegal drug of abuse particularly at parties and has been labelled in the press as the 'date rape' drug.

Proposed Physiological Mechanisms

Elegant homeostatic regulatory mechanisms exert tight control over blood glucose concentrations during the postprandial period to ensure a smooth transition from the fed to the postabsorptive state. In the normal fed state, nutrients stimulate release of incretins, including glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP), into the circulation from endocrine cells located in the gut. The incretins augment the effects of rising blood glucose in stimulating insulin release from the P-cells. Insulin promotes an anabolic response characterized by glucose uptake in liver and muscle, and fat uptake in adipose tissue. In the postabsorptive state, counter-regulatory hormones (i.e., glucagon, epinephrine, cortisol, growth hormone) antagonize insulin action, stimulating release of stored metabolic fuels to maintain euglycemia. Metabolic fuels are directed away from storage via increased hepatic glycogenolysis, lipolysis, and gluconeogenesis.

Anabolic Effector Systems

Ghrelin is the endogenous ligand for the growth hormone secretagog receptor (172,173). Endocrine cells of the stomach secrete ghrelin, and consistent with its role as an anabolic effector, centrally and peripherally administered ghrelin results in increased food intake in both rats (174,175) and humans (176). Ghrelin infusion results in dramatic obesity, and circulating ghrelin levels are increased during fasting and rapidly decline after nutrients are provided to the stomach (172,173 for review, see ref. 177). Ghrelin binds to the growth hormone secretagog receptor, which is found in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus. NPY-producing cells in the ARC are critical mediators of the effect of ghrelin (178-181). Finally, clinical evidence points to elevated levels of ghrelin in weight-reduced patients (182) with the notable exception of patients who have been successfully treated for obesity by gastric bypass, in whom circulating ghrelin levels are close to undetectable (183).

Supratentorial Tumors

A 14-year-old girl presents to the physicians because of short stature. On physical examination the patient is found to have bitemporal visual field defects. A head CT shows calcification at the sella turcica. Presentation. The patient may present to the physician because of short stature secondary to pituitary-hypothalamic involvement. Peripheral vision loss may occur secondary to pressure or injury to the optic chiasm. If the patient has hydrocephalus, then papilledema is present. Diagnostic Tests. An MRI or CT scan of the head will help to make the diagnosis. In 90 of the cases calcifications on plain skull films or CT of the head are visualized. The patient with craniopharyngioma should undergo baseline endocrine studies. If there is an endocrine deficiency, replacement therapy with growth hormone, cortisone, thyroxine, or sex hormones may be necessary.

LDL Total cholesterol HDL [Triglycerides5

The answer is d. (Fauci, 14 e, p 1953. Tierney, 39 e, pp 1177-1182, 1193.) Diabetics with peripheral neuropathy are susceptible to developing a Charcot joint. The insensitivity of the feet predisposes the patient to multiple silent fractures causing a deformed joint. The Somogyi effect is nocturnal hypoglycemia, which stimulates a surge of counterregulatory hormones to produce a high fasting blood sugar in the morning. The Dawn phenomenon is morning hyperglycemia from reduced sensitivity to insulin in the morning hours evoked by spikes of growth hormone released during sleep. The Whipple triad is characteristic of hypoglycemia and consists of (1) hypoglycemic symptoms, (2) low fasting blood glucose, and (3) immediate recovery after administration of glucose. The Whipple triad is seen in any disorder that causes hypoglycemia (not only with insulinoma). Mature-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) is a rare autosomal dominant disorder characterized by impaired insulin secretion and...

Pharmacological Treatments Theoretical Basis

The third type of biologically informative investigation has been the study of growth hormone (GH) secretion. A variety of pharmacological challenge agents that stimulate release of GH have been studied in depressed adults. The idea has been to investigate the activity of certain neuronal pathways, particularly the monoamine pathways, as these are thought to be implicated in the aetiology of depression. Studies of adults with major depression have tended to show blunted GH response to provocative stimuli 100 , which has also been demonstrated in prepubertal children both during major depression 101-103 and after recovery 104 . Interestingly, however, the results with adolescents have been negative. Though some studies have reported high levels of GH in adolescents with major depression 105 , GH provocation studies with depressed adolescents 101, 105-107 have not found the blunting of GH response that has been reported in prepubertal children.

Regulation Of Fuel Metabolism

The pathways that are operational in fuel metabolism depend on the nutritional status of the organism. Shifts between storage and mobilization of a particular fuel, as well as shifts among the types of fuel being used, are very pronounced in going from die well-fed state to an overnight fast, and finally to a prolonged state of starvation. The shifting metabolic patterns are regulated mainly by the insulin glucagon ratio. Insulin is an anabolic hormone that promotes fuel storage. Its action is opposed by a number of hormones, including glucagon, epinephrine, Cortisol, and growth hormone. The major function of glucagon is to respond rapidly to decreased blood glucose levels by promoting the synthesis and release of glucose into the circulation. Anaboiic and catabolic pathways are controlled at three important levels

Pituitary Gonadotropin Gene Expression

Many studies of the mechanisms underlying basal- and GnRH-stimulated expression of the LHb promoter have been performed in heterologous cell lines typically derived from kidney fibroblasts or somatotropes. While such analyses have identified several cis-acting elements that are theoretically involved in appropriate regulation of this promoter, confirmation of these results will require the use of the newly derived gonadotrope-lineage cell line, LPT2 (59), or further use of transgenic mice. In this regard, three cis-acting elements that have been identified through a variety of in vitro methods have been confirmed within the bovine promoter in transgenic mice (60 and personal observation). One such site, the gonadotrope-specific element (GSE), had been identified in the a-subunit promoter through the use of transient transfections. This site binds the orphan nuclear receptor, steroidogenic factor 1 or SF-1 (60,61). The LHp proximal promoter harbors two sequences that match an SF-1...

Genetic Identification Of Novel Fsh Regulators

Steroidogenic factor-1 (SF-1) is a transcription factor implicated in the expression of steroid hydroxylases (76,77). Homozygous SF-1 null mutants exhibit gonadal and adrenal agenesis, are phenotypically female (by appearance of external genitalia), and die shortly after birth because of adrenocortical insufficiency (78). However, animals treated with steroids are viable. These animals also exhibit pituitary and hypothalamic defects. In the pituitary, FSHp mRNA and FSH protein are barely detectable (as is the case for LHp and LH protein). The a-subunit of the gonadotropins is expressed, but at lower levels relative to controls, while expression of TSH, growth hormone, prolactin, and ACTH are normal (79). The downregulation of FSH (and LH) is interesting in light of the fact that SF-1 is expressed specifically within the gonadotrope cells of the pituitary.

From Higher Centers

GROWTH ENDOCRINE SYSTEM (GES). The hypothalamus (HT), always influenced from higher nervous system centers which includes external stimulation, produces two releasing hormones with opposite actions on the adenohypophysis or anterior pituitary (AP) the growth hormone-releasing hormone (GRH) and the growth hormone-inhibiting hormone (GIH), also called somatostatin. The figure also depicts the relationships with the pancreas, stomach, small intestine and liver. See text for more details. Figure 2.64. GROWTH ENDOCRINE SYSTEM (GES). The hypothalamus (HT), always influenced from higher nervous system centers which includes external stimulation, produces two releasing hormones with opposite actions on the adenohypophysis or anterior pituitary (AP) the growth hormone-releasing hormone (GRH) and the growth hormone-inhibiting hormone (GIH), also called somatostatin. The figure also depicts the relationships with the pancreas, stomach, small intestine and liver. See text for more...

NREM Sleep

Adenosine may very well be the cumulative meter of brain activity during waking that influences when and how much sleep is needed. The affects of adenosine on sleep are attenuated by caffeine. As mentioned above, glutamate is used in the process of producing slow waves and spindles. Key neuromodulators for NREMS include several peptides such as somatostatin and substances related to opiates. Substances in the blood that facilitate NREMS include cholecystokinin, prostaglandins, interleukins, growth hormone, and prolactin.


The breed of animal used is dependent on the aims of the experiment. If successful, the cysteine double fusion transgene, Cys EK (26), will ultimately be used in Merinos to promote wool growth growth hormone genes that reduce fat content or increase growth rates will be used in any of the various meat-sheep and so on, although in the future some transgenes may be of general use, in animal health for instance.


Trisomy 21 (47 XY,+21 47,XX,+21) is the most common autosomal trisomy, and it causes Down syndrome. This well known syndrome is seen in approximately 1 in 800 live births and is characterized by mental retardation (IQ ranging typically from 20 to 70), short stature, hypotonia, characteristic facial features (depressed nasal bridge, upslantiug palpebral fissures, epi-canthic fold), congenital heart defects (in about 40 of cases), increased risk of leukemia, frequent respiratory infections,- and the development of Alzheimer disease by the fifth or sixth decade of life. At least three fourths of Down syndrome conceptions are spontaneously lost during pregnancy. As a result of surgical correction of congenital heart defects and more advanced treatment of leukemia and infections, the survival rate of babies with Down syndrome has increased substantially about 80 now survive to age 10 and beyond.

Cell Function

The function of the osteoclast is to resorb bone by producing a variety of different enzymes in the space created by the osteoclasts' ruffled border and the bone surface. These lysosomal enzymes are synthesized by the osteoclast and secreted across the ruffled border. In the bone-resorbing compartment, they reach a high concentration, creating an acidified environment that is reponsible for dissolving the mineral and exposing the matrix. Once exposed the enzymes degrade the matrix. Collagenase releases hydroxyapatite crystals, and the residual fibers are digested by latent collagenase or by the actions of cathepsins. Again, the use of human and mouse genetic studies have provided a vast amount of information on the function these secreted molecules play during resorption. Absence of cathepsin K, a lysosomal protease, causes the human syndrome pycnodystosis, characterized by osteosclerosis and short stature (115,116). However, absence of Tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (Acp5)...


Bardet-Biedel short stature, developmental delay, hypogonadism, Polydactyly of feet or hands, retinitis pigmentos Cushing short stature, buffalo hump Prader-Willi Syndrome short stature, developmental delay, early FTT and hypotonia, hypogonadism, polyphagia, problems with behavioral control Pseudohypoparathyroidism short stature, round face, brachydactyly, developmental delay, delayed dental eruption

Turner Syndrome Xo

Turner syndrome occurs in 1 5000 newborns. It has a sporadic occurrence. Usually it is the paternal X chromosome that is missing. All patients have short stature and gonadal dysgenesis. Findings include a tendency to obesity, congenital lymphedema, broad (shield) chest, and widely spaced nipples. Patients have a low posterior hairline and a webbed neck (pterygium coli).

Carcinoid syndrome

The tumours contain argentaffin cells, which secrete a number of biologically active substances, characteristically serotonin but also histamine, bradykinin, catecholamines, prostaglandins, growth hormone releasing factor, adrenocorticotrophic hormone and pancreatic polypeptide.


A child with tall stature, loose joints, and detached retinas is found to have a mutation in type II collagen. Recall that collagen consists of a repeating tripeptide motif where the first amino acid of each tripeptide is the same. Which of the following amino acids is the recurring amino acid most likely to be altered in mutations that distort collagen molecules

Electrolyte Tests

About 85 of the body's phosphorus is found in bones and teeth and is combined with calcium. The rest of phosphorus is in the soft tissues. Phosphorus in the blood exists as phosphate, which is necessary for the generation of bony tissue the metabolism of glucose, fats, and proteins and the storage and transfer of energy. The range of normal for adult phosphate levels is significantly different than the range of normal for children. The difference is partially attributed to the increased level of growth hormone present in children until puberty. Variations from Normal. Hyperphosphatemia, increased phosphorus level, is most commonly associated with kidney dysfunction as in renal insufficiency, severe nephritis, and renal failure. Hypoparathyroidism, increased growth hormone, vitamin D excess, bone tumors, and Addison's disease also demonstrate increased phosphate concentrations. In most of these situations, a decrease in plasma calcium is also present and diagnos-tically significant.


A subacute spongiform encephalopathy with a very long incubation period, it is presumably caused by a slow virus or prion and transmitted via corneal transplants, dura mater allografts, contaminated cadaveric growth hormone, or neurosurgical contamination. Lithium overdose may mimic signs and symptoms.


The answer is d. (Fauci, 14 e, p 620.) Ectopic acromegaly is a para-neoplastic endocrine disorder related to small cell lung cancer and secretion of growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH). Hypercalcemia is a paraneoplastic endocrine syndrome associated with non-small cell cancers which is caused by secretion of parathyroid hormone-related pep-tides (PTHrP) hypercortisolism caused by ACTH release occurs with small cell lung cancers, and cellular release of phosphorus causes hyper-phosphatemia associated with lung cancer gynecomastia caused by human chorionic gonadotropin secretion (hCG) also occurs with lung cancers.

Marfan Syndrome P

Findings of Marfan include tall stature, long limbs, little subcutaneous fat, muscle hypotonia, and arachnodactyly. Sixty percent have kyphosis or scoliosis. Pectus excavatum or carinatum is very common. Ocular findings include lens subluxation, myopia, and retinal detachment. Cardiac anomalies are dilatation with or without dissecting aneurysm of the ascending aorta, and mitral valve prolapse. Occasionally, patients have large ears, hemivertebra, learning disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Patients are of normal intelligence. Vascular complications can occur at any time and are the chief cause of death. Marfan is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion with wide variability in expression.

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A 4-year-old Jewish child has a history of poor sucking at birth, as well as multiple respiratory infections during childhood. He is of short stature and has not been able to eat due to progressive vomiting. On examination, strength is normal, but he is hyporeflexic. There is sensory disassociation, with loss of pain and temperature sensation and preservation of tactile and vibratory sense. The corneas are ulcerated, pupils do not react, and he has orthostatic hypotension. (SELECT 1 DIAGNOSIS)

Physical Examination

A careful general physical examination is useful in the evaluation of the obese child. Such an examination yields identification of physical findings that may suggest an underlying endocrine syndrome or genetic disorder. The physical examination should include an overall assessment of the child's body habitus and notation of the pattern of fat distribution. Careful measurement of the height and weight of the child is important to rule out underlying short stature, which may indicate an associated endocrine or genetic abnormality. The presence of a buffalo hump, moon facies, short stature, and hypertension may suggest Cushing's syndrome (although many normal obese children have extra fat deposition over the upper back). Hypogonadism is present in a number of syndromes (Prader-Willi, Bardet-Biedl, and others). Short stature, short metacarpals and metatarsals, subcutaneous calcifications, and mental retardation are present in pseudohypoparathyroidism. The presence of acanthosis nigricans...

The Glyoxylate Cycle

pMTaceAl and pMTaceBl contain the complete sheep growth-hormone sequence, whereas pMTaceA2 and pMTaceB2 contain only exon 5, as shown in Fig 1 Specific activities are expressed as nmoles of product formed 20 min mg protein and are corrected for a low level of malate synthase activity in L-cell control extracts No isocitrate lyase activity was detected in untransformed L-cells have both recently been isolated and sequenced (36-38), and their modification for transcription in eukaryotes has been carried out in similar fashion to that described for the cysteine genes, using the sheep MT-Ia promoter sequence and exon 5 of the sheep growth-hormone gene. When transferred to L-cells in culture, all three genes produced RNA transcripts of the predicted sizes (27,39), and these were translated into active enzyme as indicated by the activities of isocitrate lyase and malate synthase in extracts prepared from the transformed cells (Table 3). The genes were then transferred to mice, and their...

Secondary diabetes

There are a small number of people who develop diabetes as a result of other diseases of the pancreas. For example, pancreatitis (or inflammation of the pancreas) can bring on the condition by destroying large parts of the gland. Some people suffering from hormonal diseases, such as Cushing's syndrome (the body makes too much steroid hormone) or acromegaly (the body makes too much growth hormone), may also have diabetes as a side-effect of their main illness. It can also be a result of damage to the pancreas caused by chronic over-indulgence in alcohol.


Tall stature may sometimes be seen. Boys may present with increased adipose tissue in the mammary area mistaken for breast development. Abdominal striae are present. A large pubic fat pad gives the appearance of micropenis. Puberty may come early. Associated obesity of the proximal extremities is common.

Neuroendocrine Tests

The hypothalamic-pituitary-growth hormone system. The release of growth hormone (GH) from the anterior pituitary is regulated by hypothalamic peptides, especially GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) and somatostatin, which in turn are controlled by the classic neurotransmitters and insulin-like growth factor-1. Blunted GH response has been reported following administration of insulin, L-dopa, d-amphetamine, clonidine and GHRH, but the findings are equivocal 149 . The blunted GH secretion to clonidine is not only observed in depression and panic attacks, but also in GAD and social phobia. However, the abnormality is not observed in schizophrenia or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). On the other hand, some investigators have observed no difference between depressed patients and controls in the clonidine GH or GHRH GH challenges 149,150 . In a recent study, an enhanced GH release in response to pyridostigmine (PYD) in subjects with major depression (sensitivity 63 ), but not inpatients with...

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