In Japan, premixed insulins are commonly used as starter insulin for type 2 diabetes. This subpopulation analysis assessed the efficacy and safety of twice-daily LM25 (25% insulin lispro/75% insulin lispro protamine) and LM50 (50% insulin lispro/50% insulin lispro protamine) as starter insulin in Japanese subjects, and compared these results with the whole-trial populations of East Asian subjects. In this subpopulation analysis of an open-label, phase 4, randomized trial (CLASSIFY), Japanese subjects received LM25 (n = 88) or LM50 (n = 84) twice-daily for 26 weeks. The primary outcome was change from baseline at Week 26 in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c). Results for Japanese subjects were generally similar to those for the whole-trial population. Similar changes from baseline in HbA1c were observed for LM25 and LM50 groups (least squares [LS] mean difference [95% confidence interval] of LM25 - LM50 = 0.13 [-0.16, 0.41]%, 1.42 [-1.75, 4.48] mmol/mol, p = 0.388). More LM50-treated subjects than LM25-treated subjects achieved HbA1c targets of <7.0% (59.5% versus 43.2%; p = 0.034) or ≤6.5% (45.2% versus 28.4%; p = 0.027). The reduction in postprandial blood glucose concentrations after morning and evening meals was statistically significantly greater for LM50 than for LM25. The incidence of both hypoglycemia and treatment-emergent adverse events were similar between treatment groups. Both LM25 and LM50 twice daily appear to be effective and well tolerated as starter insulin, although LM50 might be more effective for Japanese type 2 diabetes patients.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether treatment using the active form of vitamin D (1,25(OH)2D3) could protect against high-fat diet (HFD)-induced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in rats and ameliorate oxidative stress. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into three groups and treated with standard chow, HFD, or HFD plus intraperitoneal injection of 1,25(OH)2D3 (5 μg/kg body weight, twice per week), respectively, for 16 weeks. Serum lipid profiles, hepatic function, intrahepatic lipid, and calcium levels were determined. Hepatic histology was examined using hematoxylin/eosin, Masson’s trichrome, and Oil Red O staining. Oxidative stress was assessed by measuring hepatic malondialdehyde (MDA) and F2α-isoprostane content. Expression of nuclear factor-erythroid-2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and downstream target genes was analyzed using quantitative RT-PCR. 1,25(OH)2D3 treatment improved the serum lipid profile, reduced intrahepatic lipid levels, and attenuated hepatic steatosis and inflammation in HFD rats. Furthermore, MDA and F2α-isoprostane levels in liver tissue were reduced by 1,25(OH)2D3 administration. Although 1,25(OH)2D3 did not regulate the expression of Nrf2 mRNA, it did induce Nrf2 nuclear translocation. The expression of Nrf2 target genes, including Gclc, Nqo1, Sod2, and Cat, was up-regulated by 1,25(OH)2D3. We conclude that 1,25(OH)2D3 protects against HFD-induced NAFLD by attenuating oxidative stress, inducing NRF2 nuclear translocation, and up-regulating the expression of genes encoding antioxidant enzymes.
To explore the role of NF-κB activation in the development of insulin resistance and investigate whether or not that the inhibition of NF-κB activation by PDTC will improve the insulin resistance of L6 cells exposed to H2O2. L6 cells were treated with H2O2, PDTC or both H2O2 and PDTC for 4 hours. The uptake of glucose with stimulation of insulin, the expression of P38-MAPK, p- P38-MAPK, NF-κBp65, p- NF-κBp65, IRS-1, IRS-2, p-IRS-2, PI3K, IκBα, p- IκBα, caspase-8 and GLUT4, the production of ROS, TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-1β as well as the apoptosis rate of L6 cells were determined and compared in L6 treated with H2O2 alone or both H2O2 and PDTC. Compared with the L6 cells treated with H2O2 alone, the L6 cells treated with both H2O2 and PDTC showed (1) significantly lower production of ROS, TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-1β; (2) significantly decreased expression of P38-MAPK, p- P38-MAPK and NF-κBp65, p- NF-κBp65, p- IκBα and caspase-8; (3) significantly lower rate of apoptosis; (4) significantly higher expression of IRS-2, p-IRS-2 (Tyr 612), PI3K and GLUT4; (5) significantly higher uptake of glucose with stimulation of insulin; (6) significantly increased expression of Bcl2 and decreased ratio of Bax to Bcl2. Based on the findings of the present study, inhibition of NF-κB activation by PDTC would improve the insulin resistance of L6 cells exposed to H2O2.
We aimed to evaluate the long-term safety and effectiveness of growth hormone (GH) therapy in Japanese patients with adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD). In this observational, multicenter study, Norditropin® (Novo Nordisk A/S, Bagsvaerd, Denmark) was administered as injections of 0.021 mg/kg/week as a starting dose divided into 6-7 doses/week. The dose was increased according to clinical response. Patients’ data were obtained from medical records. Measurements (lipids, glucose metabolism, and body composition) taken at baseline; 3, 6, and 12 months; and yearly until the end of the study were collected. Adverse drug reactions (ADRs), serious ADRs, and serious adverse events (SAEs) were evaluated. Of 387 registered patients, 334 were eligible for safety. After GH treatment initiation, a marked decrease in total cholesterol was observed earlier in the child-onset group than in the adult-onset group. LDL-cholesterol also decreased, but no significant differences in changes in LDL-cholesterol between adult-onset and child-onset groups were found. A significant increase in HDL-cholesterol starting 1 year after GH treatment initiation was found in the adult-onset group. There was no effect of GH treatment on glucose metabolism. Because of the small number of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry data, the overall assessment of changes of body composition was difficult. Fifty-six (16.8%), 12 (3.6%), and 35 (10.5%) patients experienced ADRs, serious ADRs, and SAEs, respectively. This study demonstrated a favorable long-term safety and effectiveness profile of GH therapy in AGHD patients in the real-life Japanese clinical practice setting.
Diabetes mellitus is associated with an increased risk of falls, which increases the incidence of osteoporotic fractures and accordingly decreases quality of life. However, the association between fall risk and diabetic complications is not completely understood. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the association between fall risk and osteoporotic fractures in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). We enrolled 194 Japanese patients with T2DM and assessed their fall risk using a brief interview form that included five items covering physical and social aspects of functioning and environmental factors. We examined the associations between fall risk and the presence of diabetic complications, such as neuropathy, retinopathy, nephropathy, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and osteoporotic fractures (including any fracture and vertebral fractures only). In the multivariate logistic regression analysis, a longer history of T2DM, the presence of neuropathy and PAD, and a history of any fractures were significantly and positively associated with the risk of falls. On the other hand, a lower body mass index, the presence of neuropathy, and the risk of falls were independently and positively associated with the risk of any fracture. When fractures were limited to vertebral fractures only, the association with the risk of falls remained significant. We found that the risk of falls and osteoporotic fractures were associated in patients with T2DM and that a brief screening test of the risk of falls was useful for assessing the risk of osteoporotic fractures.
Non-islet cell tumor hypoglycemia (NICTH) is one of the causes of spontaneous hypoglycemia. The pathogenesis of NICTH is thought to be an excessive production by tumors of big insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-II. This study investigated the levels of glucose-regulatory hormones in patients with NICTH with high serum levels of big IGF-II (big IGF-II group) and compared these with profiles of patients with spontaneous hypoglycemia with normal IGF-II (normal IGF-II group). Circulating IRI, CPR, ACTH, cortisol, GH, and IGF-I levels measured during hypoglycemic episodes were examined retrospectively in 37 patients with big IGF-II producing NICTH and 6 hypoglycemic patients with normal IGF-II. The hormone profile data of 15 patients with NICTH from published case reports were reviewed and included in the analyses. Mean plasma glucose levels (36 vs. 29 mg/dL), serum IRI (0.53 vs. 0.37 μIU/mL), CPR (0.15 vs. 0.20 ng/mL), IGF-I SDS (-3.55 vs. -3.18 SD) and ACTH levels (27.3 vs. 33.8 pg/mL) were not significantly different between the big and normal IGF-II groups. However, mean serum GH (0.85 vs. 9.62 ng/mL) and plasma cortisol levels (16.2 vs. 34.5 μg/dL) were significantly lower in the big IGF-II group than in the normal IGF-II group (both p<0.05). In conclusion, although the magnitude of the decrease in insulin and IGF-I levels did not differ between spontaneous hypoglycemic patients caused by other etiologies, patients with NICTH tended to have low basal GH levels during hypoglycemic episodes. These differences in hormone profile may be helpful for selecting patients who require analysis of IGF-II.
The prognosis for autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITDs), such as Hashimoto’s disease (HD) and Graves’ disease (GD), varies among patients. Interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-18 also induce Th1 differentiation, and SOCS1 (Suppressor of cytokine signaling 1) and TIM-3 (T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain-3) are known to be negative regulators of Th1 cells. To clarify the association of functional polymorphisms in the IL12, IL12Rβ1, IL18, SOCS1 and TIM3 genes with the intractability and severity of autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD), we genotyped these polymorphisms in 151 GD patients, including 61 patients with intractable GD and 51 patients with GD in remission, in 140 HD patients, including 59 patients with severe HD and 55 patients with mild HD, and in 74 healthy controls. The frequency of the IL18 -607CC genotype which correlates with a high production of IL-18, was significantly higher in patients with GD in remission than in those with intractable GD (p=0.0178). The -607C allele was significantly higher in patients with severe HD than in those with mild HD (p=0.0050). The -607CC genotype in IL18 gene may be protective against the intractability of GD, and the -607C allele may enhance the severity of HD.
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) constitute an immensely important class of drug targets with diverse clinical applications. There are still more than 120 orphan GPCRs whose cognate ligands and physiological functions are not known. A set of circadian pacemaker neurons that governs daily rhythms in behavior and physiology resides in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the brain. Malfunction of the circadian clock has been linked to a multitude of diseases, such as sleeping disorders, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer, which makes the clock an attractive target for drug development. Here, we review a recently identified role of Gpr176 in the SCN. Gpr176 is an SCN-enriched orphan GPCR that sets the pace of the circadian clock in the SCN. Even without known ligand, this orphan receptor has an agonist-independent basal activity to reduce cAMP signaling. A unique cAMP-repressing G-protein subclass Gz is required for the activity of Gpr176. We also provide an overview on the circadian regulation of G-protein signaling, with an emphasis on a role for the regulator of G-protein signaling 16 (RGS16). RGS16 is indispensable for the circadian regulation of cAMP in the SCN. Developing drugs that target the SCN remains an unfulfilled opportunity for the circadian pharmacology. This review argues for the potential impact of focusing on GPCRs in the SCN for the purpose of tuning the body clock.
Patients with aldosterone-producing adenomas are treated using surgery, and patients with idiopathic hyperaldosteronism receive medical treatment using mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs). However, the outcomes of surgical and medical treatment for primary aldosteronism (PA) remain unclear. Therefore, we compared the outcomes of surgical and medical treatment for PA and aimed to identify a specific subgroup that might benefit from medical treatment. We identified 269 patients who were treated for PA (unilateral excess: 221 cases; bilateral excess: 48 cases) during 2000-2015 at the Seoul National University Hospital and two other tertiary centers. The main outcomes were the amelioration of hypertension and hypokalemia. Treatment improved hypertension in the surgical treatment group (78.2%) and the medical treatment group (55.6%) (p = 0.001). At the last follow-up, hypokalemia was normalized in the surgical treatment group (97.1%) and the medical treatment group (93.7%; p = 0.046). Among patients with unilateral aldosterone excess, surgery provided advantages in resolving hypertension without worsening renal function. Among patients who were >60 years old or had impaired renal function, surgical and medical treatment provided similar amelioration of hypokalemia and hypertension. Three patients developed hyperkalemia after surgery, and no patients developed hyperkalemia after initiating medical treatment. The surgical treatment group exhibited a lower postoperative estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and higher serum potassium levels, compared to the medical treatment group. Surgical treatment provided better hypertension and hypokalemia outcomes among patients with PA, compared to medical treatment. However, MRAs may be appropriate for elderly patients with impaired renal function.
Diagnostic delay of tumor induced osteomalacia (TIO) is common in clinic practice. To investigate the diagnostic condition of TIO in China and raise clinicians’ awareness of TIO, we retrospectively analyzed clinical manifestations, biochemical features, and specially evaluated missed diagnoses and misdiagnoses among 144 TIO patients from Peking Union Medical College Hospital during December 1982 to December 2014. Clinical presentations of TIO mainly included bone pain, difficulty in walking, pathological fractures, muscle weakness, and height loss. TIO patients demonstrated hypophosphatemia (0.48±0.13 mmol/L), elevated serum alkaline phosphatase (277.9±152.6 U/L), reduced tubular maximum for phosphorus/glomerular filtration rate (0.39±0.14) and markedly elevated serum fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) (median level 302.9 pg/mL). The average time from onset to a correct diagnosis was 2.9±2.3 years while the mean duration from onset to tumor resection was 5.4±4.2 years. The initial misdiagnosis rate was 95.1% (137/144) and 240 case-times of misdiagnoses occurred among the 144 cases. The most frequent misdiagnoses were intervertebral disc herniation, spondyloarthritis (including ankylosing spondylitis) and osteoporosis. A total of 43.1% (62/144) cases with hypophosphatemia presented on their laboratory sheets were neglected and missed diagnosed. Our study showed that TIO was frequently misdiagnosed and missed diagnosed due to its rarity, insidious onset, nonspecific clinical manifestations and clinicians’ poor recognition. It is necessary to test serum phosphorus in patients with musculoskeletal symptoms and difficulty in walking. The measurement of serum FGF23 is rather valuable. Once hypophosphatemia is discovered, TIO should be suspected and it is highly recommended to search for tumors and perform curative surgery.
Uridine diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferase 2B15 (UGT2B15) conjugates 5α-androstane-3α, 17β-diol (3α-diol) to 3α-diol glucuronide (3α-diol G) in steroid target tissues. The present study investigated the regulation of UGT2B15 expression during the ovulatory process in the rat. Real-time PCR analysis revealed that treatment of immature rats with equine chorionic gonadotropin followed by human chorionic gonadotropin transiently stimulated UGT2B15 gene expression in granulosa cells of preovulatory follicles within 6 h. The progesterone receptor antagonist RU486 suppressed the gonadotropin-induced UGT2B15 expression. The expression of UGT2B15 and the levels of 3α-diol G were transiently increased by luteinizing hormone (LH) treatment in cultured preovulatory follicles. The LH-stimulated UGT2B15 mRNA level in cultured preovulatory follicles was inhibited by inhibitors of adenylyl cyclase, phosphoinositide 3-kinase and mitogen-activated protein kinase. Furthermore, a vitamin D receptor agonist (calcitriol) suppressed the LH-stimulated UGT2B15 expression in a dose-dependent manner. Taken together, these results indicate that gonadotropins transiently stimulate UGT2B15 expression and activity in preovulatory follicles, and UGT2B15 mRNA levels are regulated by the progesterone receptor and vitamin D receptor.
Metabolic disorders, such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and T2DM (type 2 diabetes mellitus), are associated with menstrual dysfunction, anovulation, infertility, and early pregnancy loss. Ovarian dysfunction is not only related to low pregnancy rates but also to the increased risk of miscarriage. Women with PCOS or T2DM, characterized by hyperinsulinemia, commonly experience ovarian dysfunction. In this study, we first explored whether high insulin levels directly affected ovarian functioning during embryo implantation. Mice in the insulin-treated group were given a subcutaneous injection of human recombinant insulin. After insulin treatment, serum levels of E2 (estrogen), PROG (progesterone), LH (luteinizing hormone), and FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) were obviously lower, and there was a significant decrement of ovarian GDF9 (growth differentiation factor 9) mRNA. H&E (hematoxylin and eosin) staining showed a greater number of immature follicles and less luteinization in the insulin group. Further autophagy was studied in this process. A significant increase of P62 (SQSTM1/Sequestosome1) and a decrease of Cathepsin B, BECN1 (Beclin 1), and ULK1 (Unc-51-like kinase 1) mRNA in ovary was found in the insulin group. Western blot analysis showed that the expressions of LC3 (microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3), BECN1, and Cathepsin B proteins in ovaries from insulin group were obviously reduced, while P62 proteins were significantly increased. All these results illustrated that insulin could directly impair ovarian function during embryo implantation and the imbalance of ovarian autophagy due to insulin. Autophagy could enhance the impaired ovarian function results from insulin.
There have been reports of the use of levothyroxine or levothyroxine plus liothyronine for consumptive hypothyroidism caused by hepatic hemangiomas. Administration of levothyroxine without liothyronine can be inadequate to maintain normal levels of both free T3 and free T4 in some patients. However, there is no report of treatment with liothyronine plus propranolol. We herein present a case in which we used liothyronine therapy for multifocal hepatic hemangiomas in a Japanese patient with low free T3 and normal free T4 levels. A 2-month-old Japanese male was referred to our hospital because of jaundice. Abdominal computed tomography showed multifocal hemangiomas in both lobes of the liver. TSH level was elevated, free T3 level was low, free T4 level was normal, and hypothyroidism due to hepatic hemangiomas was diagnosed. In addition to propranolol, liothyronine was started. We used liothyronine without levothyroxine for hypothyroidism because only free T3 level had decreased, whereas free T4 level remained in the normal range. The TSH and free T3 levels normalized in this patient in less than 1 month. The liothyronine dose was gradually reduced with regression of the hemangiomas, and liothyronine administration was discontinued at the age of 5 months. At the age of 11 months, growth and neurological development of the patient met age-specific norms, and he was euthyroid at that time. This is the first report demonstrating the use of liothyronine with propranolol for treatment of this type of consumptive hypothyroidism.
This retrospective study assessed fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and body mass index (BMI) during the first trimester of pregnancy as potential screening indicators of later gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). The study population included 820 pregnant women who delivered in our hospital between 17 September 2013 and 3 March 2014. Demographics and baseline characteristics were collected at the first antenatal visit; FPG levels were measured at 8 or 9 weeks. All participants underwent a 75-g oral glucose tolerance test at 24-28 weeks gestation. Multivariate logistic regression and receiver operating characteristic curve analysis were performed to determine the diagnostic power of risk factors. GDM was diagnosed in 20.3% of the women. There was an increased prevalence of GDM with advancing age, parity, high FPG, and obesity, but not in women with family predisposition. FPG (OR: 3.984; 95% CI: 2.397-6.62) and BMI (OR: 1.144; 95% CI: 1.083-1.208) were independent risk factors for later development of GDM (p<0.01). FPG level ≥4.6 mmoL/L was the best threshold for predicting GDM with a sensitivity of 53.89 and specificity of 70.90%. BMI ≥23.5 kg/m2 yielded a sensitivity of 48.5% and a specificity of 73.1% for predicting GDM. FPG and BMI combined markedly enhanced the predictive capability for GDM (OR, 3.861; 95% CI: 2.701-5.520). High FPG or BMI in the first trimester, especially in combination, may predict later GDM with limited accuracy and specificity in Chinese women.
We report a 27-year-old pregnant woman with polyuria, polydipsia and headache in the third trimester of pregnancy. Hypernatremia (153 mEq/L), high plasma osmolality (300 mOsm/kgH2O) and low urinary osmolality (92 mOsm/kgH2O) were observed at the admission to our hospital. Plasma arginine vasopressin (AVP) level was inappropriately low (2.2 pg/mL) compared to the high plasma osmolality. Plasma AVP responses to hypertonic-saline infusion were blunted, and her urine osmolality increased in response to desmopressin. The diagnosis of central diabetes insipidus was made from these results. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of hypothalamic-pituitary region demonstrated a significant enlargement of the pituitary stalk, suggesting the presence of hypophysitis. In addition, serum anti-rabphilin-3A antibodies that have been recently reported as a biomarker of lymphocytic infundibulo-neurohypophysitis, were positive. Diabetes insipidus continued after delivery, suggesting that polyuria was not mainly due to excessive vasopressinase activity or reduced renal sensitivity to AVP by prostaglandin E2 that can cause temporal polyuria during pregnancy. We therefore clinically diagnosed central diabetes insipidus due to lymphocytic infundibulo-neurohypophysitis, without performing invasive transsphenoidal pituitary biopsy. This case suggested the usefulness of anti-rabphilin-3A antibodies for the etiological diagnosis of central diabetes insipidus during pregnancy.
A small number of cells in the adult pancreas are endocrine cells. They are arranged in clusters called islets of Langerhans. The islets make insulin, glucagon, and other endocrine hormones, and release them into the blood circulation. These hormones help control the level of blood glucose. Therefore, a dysfunction of endocrine cells in the pancreas results in impaired glucose homeostasis, or diabetes mellitus. The pancreas is an organ that originates from the evaginations of pancreatic progenitor cells in the epithelium of the forgut endoderm. Pancreas organogenesis and maturation of the islets of Langerhans occurs via a coordinated and complex interplay of transcriptional networks and signaling molecules, which guide a stepwise and repetitive process of the propagation of progenitor cells and their maturation, eventually resulting in a fully functional organ. Increasing our understanding of the extrinsic, as well as intrinsic mechanisms that control these processes should facilitate the efforts to generate surrogate β cells from ES or iPS cells, or to reactivate the function of important cell types within pancreatic islets that are lost in diabetes.
To understand metformin’s effects on fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) and fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR1), we investigated circulating fibroblast growth factor-19 (FGF19), FGF21 levels, and FGFR1 in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). In addition, protein kinase B (Akt) signaling pathway was detected to explain the possible mechanisms. T2DM was induced by feeding rats with high-fat diet for 11 weeks, followed by a low dose of streptozotocin (STZ, 30-35 mg/kg, intraperitoneally). Control rats (Con) were fed on a normal chow; diabetic rats (DM) were fed on high-fat diet supplemented with or without metformin (METF) for 12 weeks (500 mg·kg-1·d-1). Biochemical parameters were detected at the end of 24th weeks. FGFR1 expression and protein kinase B (Akt) phosphorylation in the pancreas and visceral adipose tissues were detected using either Western blot (WB) or immunohistochemistry (IHC). Serum FGF19 and FGF21 were measured using enzyme-linked immune sorbent assay (ELISA). Metformin treated DM rats showed improved glucose, lipid and bile acid metabolism. Besides, significantly decreased FGF19 and increased FGF21 were observed in DM+METF rats. DM rats showed significantly increased FGFR1 both in the pancreas and visceral adipose tissues. While in DM+METF rats, FGFR1 was almost remained at a normal level in the pancreas and increased in the visceral adipose tissue compared to that in DM rats. Besides, metformin treatment restores Akt phosphorylation in both tissues. The altered glucose and lipid profiles by metformin treatment may be associated with the increased circulating FGF21 and tissue-specific expressions of FGFR1.
Vitamin D is a modulator of both the innate and adaptive immune system. As vitamin D deficiency was a risk factor for some autoimmune diseases, we aimed to evaluate the serum vitamin D levels in autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD) including Graves’ disease (GD) and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (HT) and investigated the association between serum vitamin D levels and AITD. 175 AITD patients including 51 GD, 61 euthyroid HT (mild HT), 63 euthyroid HT patients with hypothyroidism receiving hormone therapy (treated HT) were recruited from the outpatient department. 51 controls were from the physical checkup center of the hospital. 25-Hydroxyvitamin D levels, thyroid function, antithyroid antibodies, IL-4, IL-17, and TNF-α were determined. Compared with the controls, treated and mild HT patients had significantly lower 25(OH)D levels (45.77±3.48 vs. 83.49±6.24 nmol/L, P<0.001) and (55.25±3.88 vs. 83.49±6.24 nmol/L, P<0.001), respectively. However, GD patients had similar 25(OH)D levels (81.77±5.60 vs. 83.49±6.24 nmol/L P=0.808). Compared to 24.1% controls with prevalent vitamin D deficiency, mild HT and treated HT patients were significantly different (55.4%, p<0.001) and (70.3%, p<0.001), respectively; no difference was seen in the GD patients (22.9%, P=0.797). Serum 25(OH)D levels were not associated with thyroid function, antithyroid antibodies, and serum cytokines IL-4, IL-17, and TNF-α in patients with AITD. We observed relatively low vitamin D level in mild and treated HT patients, while GD patients had similar 25(OH)D levels to those of healthy individuals. Further studies are imperative to explore the complex etiology of vitamin D deficiency in AITD.
Retinoic acid (RA) is converted from retinal by retinaldehyde dehydrogenases (RALDHs) and is an essential signaling molecule in embryonic and adult tissue. We previously reported that RALDH1 was produced in the rat anterior pituitary gland and hypothesized that RA was generated in the gland. Midkine (MK) is an RA-inducible growth factor, and MK production in the rat anterior pituitary gland was recently reported. However, the mechanism that regulates gene expression of MK in the pituitary gland has not been determined. To investigate regulation of MK production in the anterior pituitary gland, we analyzed changes in MK mRNA in cultured rat anterior pituitary cells. We identified MK-expressing cells by double-staining with in situ hybridization and immunohistochemical techniques for RALDH1. MK mRNA was expressed in RALDH1-producing cells in the anterior pituitary gland. Using isolated anterior pituitary cells of rats, we examined the effect of RA on gene expression of MK. Quantitative real-time PCR revealed that 72 h exposure to a concentration of 10-6 M of retinal and all-trans retinoic acid increased MK mRNA levels by about 2-fold. Moreover, the stimulatory effect of all-trans retinoic acid was mimicked by the RA receptor agonist Am80. This is the first report to show that RA is important in regulating MK expression in rat anterior pituitary gland.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an ovulatory disorder that affects 6-10% of women of reproductive age. Serum AMH level may be an additional factor, or surrogate of PCOM, in the diagnostic criteria of PCOS. We evaluated the correlations between the serum AMH level and various endocrine and metabolic features in PCOS using the latest fully automated assay. Serum AMH level was compared between 114 PCOS patient (PCOS group) and 95 normal menstrual cycle women (Control group). Correlations between serum AMH level and various endocrine and metabolic factors were analysed in PCOS group. The serum AMH level was significantly higher in the PCOS group (8.35±8.19 ng/mL) than in the Control group (4.99±3.23 ng/mL). The serum AMH level was independently affected by age and the presence of PCOS on multiple regression analysis. Ovarian volume per ovary (OPVO) showed the strongest positive correlation (r=0.62) with the serum AMH level among related factors. On receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis, the cut-off value of AMH for the diagnosis of PCOS was 7.33 ng/mL, but this value did not have high efficacy (sensitivity 44.7%, specificity 76.8%). A cut-off value of 10 ng/mL had a high specificity of 92.6%, although the sensitivity was low (24.6%). The serum AMH level was elevated and reflected ovarian size in PCOS patients. The serum AMH level could be a surrogate for ultrasound findings of the ovaries in PCOS and might be useful for estimating ovarian findings without transvaginal ultrasound in the diagnosis of PCOS.
Vitamin D-dependent rickets type 2A (VDDR2A) is a rare inherited disorder with decreased tissue responsiveness to 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D [1,25(OH)2D], caused by loss of function mutations in the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene. Approximately 50 types of mutations have been identified so far that change amino acids in either the N-terminal DNA binding domain (DBD) or the C-terminal ligand binding domain (LBD) of the VDR protein. The degree of responsiveness to 1,25(OH)2D varies between patients with VDDR2A, which may depend on their residual VDR function. In this report, we describe a female patient with VDDR2A caused by an early stop codon (R30X) in the VDR gene that resulted in a severely truncated VDR protein. She developed alopecia and bowed legs within a year after birth and was diagnosed with rickets at the age of 2. She had been treated with active vitamin D and oral calcium supplementation until 22 years of age, when she developed secondary hyperparathyroidism and high bone turnover. The genetic diagnosis of VDDR2A promoted the discontinuation of active vitamin D treatment in favor of monotherapy with oral calcium supplementation. We observed amelioration of the secondary hyperparathyroidism and normalization of bone metabolic parameters within 6 years.
An age-associated androgen decrease and its pathological conditions are defined as late-onset hypogonadism (LOH). Among the various symptoms associated with LOH, a visceral fat increase is strongly associated with relatively low levels of testosterone. However, few studies have investigated the relationship between the Aging Males’ Symptoms (AMS) scores and metabolic abnormalities. Thus, we aimed to clarify this relationship by investigating the relationship between AMS scores and various markers in blood. During routine health examinations in 241 middle-aged males (52.7±7.5 years of age, mean±SD), 150 males (62.2%) displayed higher AMS values than normal. No statistical association was observed between total AMS scores and any testosterone value. All mental, physical and sexual AMS subscales were significantly positively correlated with insulin levels and HOMA-IR. Only sexual subscale scores were significantly inversely associated with free or bioavailable testosterone level. Males with insulin resistance (HOMA-IR≥2.5) demonstrated significantly higher AMS scores than those with normal insulin sensitivity (HOMA-IR<2.5). AMS values were positively correlated with fasting blood glucose, insulin and HOMA-IR values. Interestingly, univariate and multivariate analyses revealed that HOMA-IR≥2.5 was a significant predictor for detection of moderately severe AMS values (AMS≥37), whereas AMS≥37 was not a predictor of metabolic syndrome by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) criterion. In conclusion, almost 60% of healthy male subjects displayed abnormal AMS scores. AMS values were not associated with testosterone values but rather were related to insulin resistance, particularly in subjects with moderately severe AMS values. Insulin resistance-related general unwellness might be reflected by AMS values.
We analyzed the efficacy and safety of once weekly dulaglutide 0.75 mg by sex in 2 randomized, controlled phase 3 studies in Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes (a 52-week monotherapy study [comparator liraglutide 0.9 mg] and a 26-week combination therapy study [comparator insulin glargine]). Females comprised 18% of patients in the monotherapy study and 29% of patients in the combination therapy study. Mean reductions from baseline in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) were similar between the sexes for dulaglutide- and liraglutide-treated patients (range -1.17% to -1.49%). Females had numerically greater weight loss or less weight gain than males across all treatment groups. The percentages of patients with reductions in both HbA1c and weight from baseline were also greater for females than for males in all treatment groups. In all treatment groups, the incidences of treatment-emergent adverse events tended to be greater among females than among males. No differences in the incidences of total or nocturnal hypoglycemia were observed between the sexes in any treatment group. Overall, in 2 studies in Japan, across all treatment groups it appeared that HbA1c lowering was unaffected by patient sex, while female patients had greater weight loss or less weight gain and greater incidence of adverse events, including nausea, compared to male patients. Incidences of patients discontinuing dulaglutide early due to adverse event were low (<10%) for both sexes, and no new safety concerns related to dulaglutide were identified for either sex. Therefore, the benefit/risk ratio for dulaglutide remains unchanged, positive for both sexes.
Turner syndrome results from the entire or partial loss of the second X chromosome, and is associated with a number of medical problems. Affected women require long-term medical follow-up. This study investigated the status of medical follow-up focusing on the transition for young adult women with Turner syndrome (TS). The clinical profiles of 63 women with TS over the age of 16 were retrospectively examined. Thirty-three women are continuously followed by pediatric endocrinologists at our pediatric division. Twenty women were transferred to gynecologists as primary care physicians. Eight young adult women dropped out of the regular health check-up from our pediatric division even though 7 women were undergoing estrogen replacement therapy. We further reviewed the complications and management of the 33 women who were continuously followed at our pediatric division. A high incidence of obesity and liver dysfunction were observed in this age group (23.5±8.7). Nineteen out of 33 women consulted a cardiologist in the adult care division for cardiovascular complications. In the analysis of 20 women who were transferred to gynecologists, mainly two gynecologists accepted the transfer and have become accustomed to clinical care for TS. Seven women who were followed by the gynecologist in our facility were adequately managed for lifelong complications. Since there is no clear framework for transition in Japan, coordination with other specialists, especially gynecologists, is essential for the successful management of adult women with TS. Patient education and provision of information are required for establishing self-advocacy, which will prevent drop-out.
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is caused by excess secretion of aldosterone and is an independent risk factor for cardio-cerebro-vascular (CCV) events. The goal of treatment of PA should include prevention of CCV events. A definitive diagnosis of PA is established by confirmatory tests [saline infusion test (SIT), furosemide upright test (FUT) and captopril challenge test (CCT)]. However, there is no information on whether the hormone levels measured by these confirmatory tests are associated with CCV events. The aim of this retrospective study was to elucidate the relationship between the results of the above confirmatory tests and prevalence of CCV disease in patients with PA. The study subjects were 292 PA patients who were assessed for past history of CCV events at the time of diagnosis of PA. CCV events were significantly higher in patients with positive than negative SIT (12.8% vs. 3.3%, p=0.04). There were no differences in the incidences of CCV events between patients with positive and negative CCT and FUT (CCT: 11.0% vs. 3.9%, p=0.13, FUT: 6.1% vs. 5.7%, p=0.93). Our results demonstrated a higher incidence of CCV disease in PA SIT-positive patients compared to those with negative test. SIT is a potentially useful test not only for the diagnosis of PA but also assessment of the risk of CCV events.
Type 2 diabetes, which is characterized by a combination of decreased insulin secretion and decreased insulin sensitivity, can be delayed or prevented by healthy lifestyle behaviors. Therefore, it is important that the population in general understands their personal risk at an early age to reduce their chances of ever developing the disease. A family history of hypertension is known to be associated with insulin resistance, but the effect of a family history of hypertension on the onset of type 2 diabetes has not well been examined. We performed a retrospective study examining patient age at the time of the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes by analyzing a dataset of 1,299 patients (1,021 men and 278 women) who had been diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes during a health checkup. The mean ± standard deviation of the patient age at the time of the diagnosis of diabetes was 49.1 ± 10.4 years for patients with a family history of hypertension and 51.8 ± 11.4 years for patients without a family history of hypertension (p < 0.001). A multivariate linear regression analysis showed a significant association between a family history of hypertension and a younger age at the time of the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, independent of a family history of diabetes mellitus and a male sex, suggesting that a positive family history of hypertension might be associated with the accelerated onset of type 2 diabetes.
This study aimed to assess the relationship between the metabolic effect after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) in morbidly obese Japanese patients, with or without type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and improved pancreatic steatosis (PS). The study enrolled 27 morbidly obese Japanese patients who were undergoing LSG. Their clinical and metabolic effects were evaluated at baseline and six months after LSG. Pancreas volume (PV), pancreatic attenuation (PA), and splenic attenuation (SA) were measured using a 64-row computed tomography (CT). Changes in PV, PA-SA, and PA/SA were evaluated. The mean body-weight loss, body mass index loss, and percentage of excess weight loss (%EWL) were -34.4 kg (p < 0.001), -11.0 kg/m2 (p < 0.001), and 43.7%, respectively. The mean PV was 96.7 mL at baseline, and it decreased six months after LSG (-16.3mL, p < 0.001). The mean PA significantly increased six months after LSG (9.5 HU, p < 0.001). PA-SA (-23.2 HU vs. -13.3 HU, p = 0.003), and PA/SA (0.54 vs. 0.73, p < 0.001) also significantly increased six months after LSG. In T2DM patients, decreased PV correlated with decreased fasting blood sugar, decreased insulin, and reduced liver volume. In conclusion, PV significantly decreased after LSG in morbidly obese Japanese patients, and that decrease correlated with improvements in PS. In addition, PS plays an important role of development and progression of insulin resistance and T2DM.
Prenatal undernutrition and postnatal overnutrition increase the risk of some peripheral and central metabolic disorders in adulthood. We speculated that disturbances of appetite/metabolic regulatory factors might already have been established in the early stages of life and contribute to obesity later in life. The effects of a high-fat diet on the levels of peripheral and central appetite/metabolic regulatory factors were compared between the offspring of normally nourished dams and those of undernourished dams in the peri-pubertal period. In the offspring of the normally nourished dams (control), the consumption of the high-fat diet resulted in lower hypothalamic mRNA levels of orexigenic factors (neuropeptide Y (NPY) and prepro-orexin (pporexin)), whereas no such changes were seen in the offspring of the undernourished dams (subjected to intrauterine growth restriction). These results indicate that in high-energy conditions either the adaptive response does not function properly or has not been established in the offspring of undernourished dams. Because NPY and pporexin are negatively regulated by leptin, these findings suggest that in the intrauterine growth restriction group, the leptin resistance of hypothalamic functions, which is usually caused by diet-induced obesity in adulthood, had already been established in the peri-pubertal period.
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