Reference values of serum calcitonin with calcium stimulation tests by electrochemiluminescence immunoassay before/after total thyroidectomy in Japanese patients with thyroid diseases other than medullary thyroid carcinoma
Minoru Kihara, Akira Miyauchi, Takumi Kudo, Mitsuyoshi Hirokawa, Akihiro Miya
Vol 63 No. 7
Calcitonin is a very sensitive tumor marker of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). MTC patients usually have very high values of serum calcitonin that can be used to diagnose the disease. To improve the diagnostic sensitivity in family members with small MTCs and to evaluate the postoperative biochemical cure status, a calcium stimulation test is widely used. Serum calcitonin has been measured using several methods, but in Japan, only an electrochemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA) is currently performed to determine serum calcitonin. Reference values for the calcium stimulation test using an ECLIA have not been reported. Here we conducted a calcium stimulation tests in 26 patients without MTC before and after total thyroidectomy. Preoperatively, the basal calcitonin values of all patients were within normal limits and increased to a mean of 14.4 pg/mL after calcium stimulation. We transformed the peak values before total thyroidectomy to a logarithmic distribution and calculated the normalized mean ± 1.96× standard deviation; the reference upper limit was thus expressed. In the female patients with non-MTC, the reference upper limit was 67.6 pg/mL. In all patients, the calcium stimulation test results after total thyroidectomy showed undetectable basal and stimulated calcitonin values (<0.5 pg/mL). This is the first study to determine reference values to be used for the calcium stimulation test along with an ECLIA in non-MTC patients. We propose that female patients are regarded as biochemically cured or normal when the stimulated calcitonin values by ECLIA are <67.6 pg/mL before surgery and <0.5 pg/mL after total thyroidectomy.
Guo-Li Duan, Chang-Nan Wang, Yu-Jian Liu, Qing Yu, Xiao-Lu Tang, Xin Ni, Xiao-Yan Zhu
Vol 63 No. 6
We have recently demonstrated that endotoxin causes oxidative stress and overproduction of nitric oxide in adrenal glands, thereby leading to adrenocortical insufficiency. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of resveratrol, a natural plant polyphenol with anti-oxidant and anti-nitrative properties, on endotoxemia-associated adrenocortical insufficiency. Resveratrol was administered immediately before injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Twenty four hours later, the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation tests was been performed to measure the plasma corticosterone level and the adrenal gland tissues were collected for histopathologic examination, and determination of malondialdehyde (MDA), total antioxidant capacity (T-AOC), superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, catalase (CAT) activity, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression, nitric oxide (NO) and peroxynitrite production. Treatment with resveratrol significantly inhibited endotoxemia-induced iNOS expression, NO production, and peroxynitrite formation and also attenuated LPS-induced oxidative stress in the adrenal gland, as evidenced by the decrease of pro-oxidant biomarker (MDA), and the increases of anti-oxidant biomarkers (T-AOC, CAT and SOD activity). H&E staining demonstrated that administration of LPS resulted in increased into the adrenal gland. H&E-stained sections of adrenal glands demonstrated signs of leukocyte infiltration and hemorrhage during endotoxemia, which were significantly improved by resveratrol treatment. In addition, resveratrol reversed the LPS-induced downregulation of ACTH receptor and silent information regulator 1 (SIRT1) in adrenal gland, as well as adrenocortical hyporesponsiveness to ACTH. Resveratrol exerts protective effects against endotoxemia-associated adrenocortical insufficiency by suppressing oxidative/nitrative stress. These findings support the potential for resveratrol as a possible pharmacological agent to improve adrenocortical insufficiency resulting from oxidative/nitrative damage.
Yudai Okano, Tetsurou Satoh, Kazuhiko Horiguchi, Minoru Toyoda, Aya Osaki, Shunichi Matsumoto, Takuya Tomaru, Yasuyo Nakajima, Sumiyasu Ishii, Atsushi Ozawa, Nobuyuki Shibusawa, Takehiro Shimada, Tetsuya Higuchi, Kazuaki Chikamatsu, Masanobu Yamada
Vol 63 No. 10
The anti-programmed cell death-1 monoclonal antibody (mab), nivolumab has recently been approved for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic malignant melanoma and non-small-cell lung cancers in Japan. Ipilimumab, an anti-cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4 mab for malignant melanoma that was approved earlier than nivolumab in Western countries, is known to frequently cause endocrine immune-related adverse events such as hypophysitis and thyroid dysfunction. We herein report a patient with advanced melanoma who appeared to develop hypophysitis as a consequence of the inhibition of PD-1 by nivolumab. One week after the 6th administration of nivolumab, the patient developed progressive fatigue and appetite loss. Laboratory data on admission for the 7th administration of nivolumab showed eosinophilia and hyponatremia. Since ACTH and cortisol levels were low, nivolumab was discontinued and a large dose of hydrocortisone (100 mg/d) was promptly administered intravenously. A magnetic resonance imaging scan revealed the mild enlargement of the anterior pituitary gland and thickening of the stalk with homogenous contrast. A detailed assessment of anterior pituitary functions with hypothalamic hormone challenges showed that hormonal secretions other than ACTH and TSH were normal. With a replacement dose of hydrocortisone (20 mg/d), the 7th administration of nivolumab was completed without exacerbating the patient’s general condition. The present report provides the first detailed endocrinological presentation of nivolumab-induced hypophysitis showing the enlargement of the pituitary gland and stalk in a malignant melanoma patient in Japan. Oncologists and endocrinologists need to be familiar with potentially life-threatening hypophysitis induced by immune-checkpoint inhibitors.
Tomoya Kagawa, Mikio Watanabe, Naoya Inoue, Hiroshi Otsu, Minori Saeki, Yuka Katsumata, Yukina Takuse, Yoshinori Iwatani
Vol 63 No. 4
MicroRNA (miRNA) is a family of non-coding RNAs that have important roles in various vital functions. It has been reported that let-7e, a miRNA, may be involved in the regulation of interleukin (IL)-10 production. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of let-7e as a regulator of IL-10 production in the pathological processes of autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITDs). We evaluated the association between let-7e expression and intracellular expression of IL-10 in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) collected from 11 healthy volunteers. Then we investigated the expression levels of let-7e in the PBMCs of 50 patients with Graves’ disease (GD), 42 patients with Hashimoto’s disease (HD) and 28 healthy controls. We found negative correlations between the expression level of let-7e and IL-10 messengerRNA (mRNA) and between the expression level of let-7e and proportion of IL-10+ cells in stimulated PBMCs from healthy volunteers (r = -0.44, p = 0.0267 and r = -0.49, p = 0.0166, respectively). The expression levels of let-7e were significantly increased in HD patients compared with those in GD patients and healthy volunteers (p = 0.0003 and p = 0.0011, respectively). let-7e may be associated with the pathogenesis of HD through the regulation of intracellular IL-10 expression.
Hye Jeong Kim, Ji In Lee, Yoon Young Cho, Soo Youn Lee, Jung Han Kim, Byong Chang Jung, Sun Wook Kim, Jae Hoon Chung, Yong-Ki Min, Myung-Shik Lee, Moon-Kyu Lee, Jae Hyeon Kim
Vol 62. No. 3
The aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic efficacy of free metanephrines in plasma samples drawn in the seated position compared with 24-h urinary metanephrines in detecting pheochromocytomas in Asian patients. This prospective study was conducted at Samsung Medical Center between May 2010 and July 2011. The study contained 245 subjects, including 28 patients with histologically-proven pheochromocytoma, 44 with histologically-proven non-pheochromocytoma, 112 controls suspected of having tumors but with negative investigations during two or more years of follow-up, and 45 healthy normotensive volunteers. Plasma-free metanephrines were measured by LC-MS/MS. The cut-off values with optimal sensitivity and specificity for plasma metanephrine and plasma normetanephrine were 0.33 nmol/L and 0.61 nmol/L, respectively. Both the plasma metanephrines measurement and urinary metanephrines measurement had a sensitivity of 96.4% (p = 1.00). However, the urinary metanephrines measurement was significantly more specific than the plasma metanephrines measurement (94.2% vs. 75.6%; p < 0.001). When we applied cut-off values based on BMI, specificity improved from 75.6% to 87.2%, with a comparable gain in sensitivity. From a diagnostic perspective, measurement of free metanephrines in plasma drawn in the seated position is highly sensitive but insufficiently specific when compared with measurement of 24-h urinary fractionated metanephrines. The specificity may be improved by applying cut-off values based on BMI. We suggest that free metanephrines in plasma drawn from seated position can also be used as an initial screening test to ensure that pheochromocytomas are not missed in Asian patients.
Jiewei Luo, Xiao Yang, Jixing Liang, Weihua Li
Vol 62. No. 1
Gitelman syndrome (GS) is a salt-wasting tubulointerstitial disease of autosomal recessive inheritance (OMIM613395) caused by genic mutation of SLC12A3, which codes thiazide-sensitive Na-Cl cotransporter (NCCT) gene. The gene mutation of the majority of GS patients is compound heterozygous. This study analyzes two cases of GS gene mutation and the clinical phenotype. Twenty patients of two GS pedigrees underwent direct sequence alignment of 26 exons of SLC12A3 to spot and locate mutant site. Proband A of Pedigree I had three mutant sites: Arg928Cys, a homozygote, missense mutation, and two homozygous silent mutations, Ala122Ala and Thr465Thr, and 8 members of Pedigree I carried Arg928Cy heterozygous mutation. Proband B of Pedigree II had a homozygote, Ser710X, and a termination codon was spotted, which would inevitably be translated into abridged and defective protein, and 7 members had Ser710X heterozygous mutation. The heterozygous mutation carriers of the two pedigrees often have stimulus-controlled hypokalemia after strenuous exercise. The parents of Proband A are cousins, a case of intermarriage. Both probands show hypokalemia, hypochloraemia, hypocalcinuria, hyperreninemia, and hyperaldosteronemia; Proband A has normal serum magnesium and increased urinary sodium excretion, while Proband B has hypomagnesemia and increased urinary magnesium ion excretion. Both probands have normal or lower blood pressure, weakness and numbness of lower extremities, muscular soreness, and occasional palpitations and chest discomfort. Proband A wearies easily and Proband B has occasional joint numbness and pain. These two homozygous mutations are responsible for the morbidity of two GS families and they show heterogenicity of clinical phenotype.
Liang Zhao, Jun Li, Zhao-Liang Li, Jie Yang, Ming-Long Li, Gong-Ling Wang
Vol 62 No. 10
Irisin is a newly identified myokine. Several studies have reported irisin concentrations in patients with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), but because of smaller sample sizes, the data from previous reports showed a wide range in serum/plasma irisin. Therefore, the present investigation is designed to summarize a precise confidence interval of circulating irisin in participants with GDM from a cross-sectional study in Chinese population and a meta-analysis for validation. Serum irisin was tested in patients with GDM and healthy controls (newly diagnosed cases: 61 and matched controls: 61) in the cross-sectional study. The two groups of participants were matched for age and pregnancy duration. Furthermore, we did a comprehensive meta-analysis to confirm whether serum/plasma irisin differs between participants with GDM and controls. Articles reported “circulating irisin and GDM” in Medline, PubMed, and EMBase were obtained, with the key word “myokine” or “irisin”. The comparison was analyzed by Review Manager 5.2. In the cross-sectional investigation, serum irisin showed a significant lower level in the GDM patients, compared with that in the control group. In the meta-analysis study, the summarized results of the present 5 studies in which 632 participants were included indicated that there was a lower level irisin of -58.68 ng/mL [95% confidence interval (CI)](-113.42, -3.93, P=0.04) in GDM patients than in the control group. The present cross-sectional investigation and meta-analysis is the first to show significant lower circulating irisin in subjects with GDM.
Birgit Harbeck, Swantje Brede, Claudia Witt, Sven Süfke, Hendrik Lehnert, Christian Haas
Vol 62 No. 5
Adrenal insufficiency (AI) is a rare disease caused by destruction of the adrenal glands or dysfunction of the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus. Treatment usually requires lifelong replacement therapy with glucocorticoids. Correct use of glucocorticoids and early dose adjustments are essential to cover the increased glucocorticoid demand in stress. Repeated education of patients and their partners is the best strategy to avoid life-threatening emergencies. However, there is a debate whether physicians’ knowledge regarding AI is sufficient, in part due to the rareness of this endocrine disorder. To determine the present specific knowledge of physicians in a large University Department of Internal Medicine with a clinically and scientifically active Division of Endocrinology, all interns, residents / fellows, specialists or senior physicians / consultants were asked to complete a questionnaire with various possible answers on the subject of AI (n=69, median age 30 years, range 23-49 years). The present data suggest that in the investigated University Hospital setting current physicians’ knowledge of medical replacement strategies in AI may be insufficient depending on the level of education and experience. Even physicians with training in endocrinology in part demonstrated extensive knowledge gaps. There might be a need for additional structured information and training on AI, even in specialized hospitals.
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