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Growth hormone monoclonal antibodies factor XI erythropoietin

Artificial cell encapsulated mouse fibroblasts with a human growth hormone (hGH) fusion gene continue to secrete and deliver human growth hormone (hGH) when implanted into animals in an animal model of dwarfism (Al-Hendy et al., 1996). Implantation of microencapsulated SK2 hybridoma cells that secreted anti-hIL-6 monoclonal antibodies (SK2 mAb) into transgenic mice (hIL-6 Tgm) suppressed IgG1 plasmacytosis, resulting in significant increases in survival time of these mice (Okada et al., 1997). Artificial cell encapsulated genetically engineered mouse myoblasts that secrete human factor XI have also been studied for potential use in hemophilia B (Basic etal., 1996). Artificial cell encapsulated myoblasts have been used to deliver erythropoietin in mouse thalasemia (Dalle etal., 1999).

Growth Hormone And Insulinlike Growth Factors In Acne

Growth hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland. It acts on the liver and peripheral tissues to stimulate the production of IGFs, formerly known as somatomedians. There are two forms of IGF, termed IGF-1 and IGF-2. IGF-1 is the more prevalent growth factor. It has been hypothesized that growth hormone may be involved in the development of acne (29). Acne is most prevalent in adolescents during a time when growth hormone is maximally secreted and serum levels of IGF-1 are highest. In addition, IGF-1 can be produced locally within the skin, where it can interact with receptors on the sebaceous gland to stimulate its growth. Furthermore, conditions of growth hormone excess such as acromegaly are associated with sebor-rhea and the development of acne. In some tissues, the actions of IGF-1 can be mediated by androgens. It is possible that androgens may influence IGF-1 action in the sebaceous gland as well.

Prokaryotes and the sizes of their contents

A matchbox model of a prokaryote the advantage of being small The prokaryotic cell surface the drawback of being small Because of the membrane's remarkable range of functions, being small is in some ways a disadvantage for prokaryotes. The smaller the cell, the smaller the area of the cell membrane. The smaller the membrane area, the less equipment can be fitted into it. The fewer the pieces of equipment, the more limited the range of membrane functions. Thus, the number of different materials that can be exchanged across the cell surface, the variety of cell components that can be manufactured, the range of stimuli to which the cell can respond, and so on, are all limited because prokaryotes are as small as they can be. In other words, being small restricts the adaptability3 of a prokaryote to changing conditions. It cramps the cell's lifestyle. Nevertheless, despite the remarkable devices by which bacteria cope with difficult circumstances, the limitation imposed by the small cell...

Lead Finding Using Conformationally Constrained Peptides Mimicking Exposed Protein Epitopes

We leave aside, here, the class of G protein-coupled membrane-bound receptors with seven transmembrane-spanning helices,20 for which the discovery of novel small molecule drug leads is amply precedented. Instead we focus (for reasons of personal interest) on the many signaling pathways operating between mammalian cells, which are initiated by the binding of a protein ligand (e.g. integrins, cytokines, growth hormones, etc.) to a receptor displayed outside the cell. Docking of the protein ligand to its receptor triggers signal transduction across the membrane, which ultimately leads to changes in the levels of gene expression in the nucleus. Small molecules that block specific signaling pathways appear to have great potential for the treatment of a wide range of human disorders, yet up to the present have been difficult to identify. From a structural viewpoint, perhaps the best studied ligand-receptor complex is that with human growth hormone (hGH).26-28 Crystallographic studies have...

Classification and evolution of increased cardiometabolic risk states

Whereas the etiology of cardiometabolic risk is not specifically known, it is well established that obesity and insulin resistance are generally present2-4. Insulin resistance, defined as a clinical state in which a normal or elevated insulin level produces an impaired biological response, is considered to be a hallmark for the presence of metabolic syndrome. Insulin resistance can be secondary to rare conditions such as abnormal insulin molecules, circulating insulin antagonists (e.g. glucocorticoids, growth hormone, anti-insulin antibodies), or even secondary to genetic syndromes such as the muscular dystrophies8. However, the insulin resistance considered as part of the metabolic syndrome essentially represents a target-tissue (i.e. skeletal muscle) defect in insulin action and accounts for the overwhelming majority of cases of insulin resistance reported for the human condition8. The cellular mechanisms that contribute to insulin resistance are not

Executive Functions and the Brains Signaling System

Recognition of the amazing fact that executive functions generally operate without conscious awareness offers an important caveat to my use of the orchestra conductor as a metaphor for executive functions. Some might take my metaphor literally and assume that there is a special consciousness in the brain that coordinates other cognitive functions. One might picture a little man, a homunculus, a central executive somewhere behind one's forehead, exercising conscious control over cognition like a miniature Wizard of Oz. Thus, if there is a problem with the orchestra's playing, one might attempt to speak to the conductor, requesting or demanding needed improvements in performance.

Clinical implications

The identification of the genomic regulatory regions and the specific transcription factors required for vascular-specific gene expression has several implications regarding the potential treatment of several diseases. First, the identification of vascular-specific fragments allows the possibility of delivering genes and their protein products specifically to blood vessels. The Tie1 promoter has been used not only to direct the expression of the P-galactosidase gene in an endothelial-specific fashion but has also been used to express growth hormone (55). Although these

Mechanisms of leptin action in immune cells

Leptin receptor (Ob-R) belongs to the family of class I cytokine receptors, which include receptors for IL-2, IL-3, IL-4, IL-6, IL-7, LIF, G-CSF, growth hormone-releasing hormone, prolactin, and erythropoietin (12). As mentioned in the previous section, Ob-R expression is present in hematopoietic cells as well as the cells that participate in the innate and adaptive immune response. Leptin signaling has recently been reviewed (47,48), and we have previously reviewed leptin signaling in mononuclear cells (10). Most members of the cytokine family of receptors stimulate tyrosine phosphorylation of signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT) proteins by activating JAK kinases, which are associated with the intracellular part of the transmembrane receptor (49,50).

Growth Factors and Neuropeptides

Sebocyte proliferation is stimulated by insulin, thyroid-stimulating hormone, and hydrocortisone (158). In rat preputial cells, growth hormone (GH) increased sebocyte differentiation and was more potent than either insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) or insulin. Furthermore, GH enhanced the effect of DHT on sebocyte differentiation perhaps complementing the effect of androgens in increasing sebum during puberty. IGFs, in contrast, had a greater effect on increasing DNA synthesis compared to GH, and had no effect on the response of the cell to DHT (159), although a role for IGF in causing the observed increase in sebum production at puberty has not been ruled out. This suggests that antagonists of IGF may offer a way of decreasing sebum synthesis.

Flow Cytometric Analysis of Immune Cells

Thus, the flow cytometric technique is used to characterize different cell types present in heterogeneous populations. Morphologically all lymphocytes are almost uniform, being small round cells with a dense nucleus and little cytoplasm. The different subpopulations of lymphocytes can be identified on the basis of expression of specific cell-surface proteins, using monoclonal antibodies targeted to the protein molecules. Flow cytometry is the most widely used technique in immunology and cell biology.

Cell Lines and Viruses

Recombinant virus OAdV623 contains the wild-type genome with a gene cassette inserted in a nonessential site (III) between the E4 and RH transcription units (2). The gene cassette comprises the PSMA enhancer and rat probasin promoter (the combination provides prostate cell-specific expression) linked to the E. coli purine nucleoside phosphorylase coding sequence and bovine growth hormone polyadenylation signal (8). OAdV220 contains a similar cassette in which the RSV promoter is used. In this case the cassette is inserted in site I between the pVIII and fiber genes (5).

Creutzfeldt Jakob disease CJD One of

The subacute spongiform encephalo-pathies a progressive degeneration of the CNS in humans, with dementia in the early stages. There may be myoclonus and typical EEG changes. Onset usually between 50 and 65 years. Occurs sporadically all over the world with an annual incidence of 1 per million population, but small clusters of cases are reported. Some cases have familial history. Has been transmitted in humans by corneal graft when the incubation period was 18 months, and by contaminated human pituitary-derived growth hormone with incubation periods of

Abundant Natural Antisense Transcripts And Their Biological Significance

Individual with a-thalassemia who has a chromosomal deletion that results in the expression of antisense RNA of a structurally normal a-globin gene (HBA2) (Tufarelli et al., 2003). Expression of the antisense RNA caused complete CpG island methylation of HBA2 in a transgenic model and in differentiating embryonic stem cells (Tufarelli et al., 2003). The relationship between the DNA methylation of sense promoter and the expression of antisense RNA is largely unknown (Mendes Soares and Valcarcel, 2006). A group of scientists reported that both sense and antisense strand transcriptions at the remote locus control region play an active role in the human growth hormone gene activation (Ho et al., 2006). Moreover, a report indicated that small double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) can induce transcriptional activation in human cells (Li et al., 2006). Interestingly, 21-nt dsRNAs targeting to a selected region of promoters can induce histone acetylation of the promoters and gene expression. Previous...

Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy with Lactic Acidosis and Strokelike Episodes

The clinical features include recurrent strokes that begin before 40 years of age, myopathy, ataxia, muscle twitching (myoclonus), dementia, and deafness. To a lesser extent, recurring vomiting, migrainelike headaches, diabetes, weakness, or paralysis of the external muscles of the eye that prevents side-to-side movement (progressive external ophthalmoplegia, PEO), droopy eyelids (ptosis), muscle weakness, and short stature are also associated with MELAS. Lactic acidosis is an increase of lactic acid concentration that decreases the pH and lowers the buffering capacity of body fluids. With MELAS, abnormal mitochondria presumably do not metabolize pyruvate and the excess pyruvate is reduced to lactic acid, which accumulates in the blood and other body fluids. A characteristic pathological feature in MELAS patients is the accumulation of large clumps of abnormal mitochondria in the walls of the small arteries and capillaries of the brain and muscles, although it is not clear whether...

Exclusion of Specific Disorders

Approximately 6 of androgen excess patients suffer from a specific disorder, including classic and nonclassic 21-hydroxylase deficiencies, the HAIR-AN syndrome, or an ASN, among others (12). In patients clinically suspected of having an ASN, a computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging scan of the adrenals and transvaginal ovarian ultrasonography should be obtained to assess for adrenal or ovarian masses, respectively. Importantly, measurement of a basal 17-hydroxyprogesterone serum level should be obtained in the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle, preferably in the morning, to exclude 21-hydroxylase-deficient NCAH (39). In patients suspected of having Cushing's syndrome, it will also include a 24-hour urinary free cortisol level or a cortisol level following an overnight dexamethasone (1.0 mg at 11 pm) test. If the HAIR-AN syndrome is suspected, a basal or preferably a glucose-stimulated insulin level should be obtained. Growth hormone levels should be obtained in...

Measuring Changes In Protein Synthesis In Vivo

Thus, the features ofboth Phase a and Phase b are identical. Th Qflooding dose method overcomes many of the practical limitations inherent in the constant infusion method. For example, in tissues with high protein turnover rates, the differences between Sj and Sp are minimized with th Qflooding dose method in contrast to the large differences between Sj and Sp noted above. Th Qflooding dose method has been employed in over 600 studies to date, and investigation of heart muscle protein changes include the effects of running, growth hormone, alcohol, intrauterine growth retardation and IGF-I dosage 26-31 , In th Qflooding dose method, animals are injected intravenously with phenylalanine (0.150 mmol per lOOg body weight) and sacrificed after 10 minutes 32 , Phenylalanine is chosen as this amino acid is (i) not considered to be a regulator of protein synthesis (ii) it is very soluble (iii) it occurs in very low concentrations in the intracellular pool, thereby...

Roles in Biological Processes

These serine proteases are used to remove pathogens by their hydrolytic activity. They degrade cell membrane proteins and connective tissue matrices by hydrolysis of extracellular matrix proteins such as fibronectin, type IV collagen and laminin, or solubilizing fibrous elastins 55, 56 . Immune cell proteases also are capable of cleaving cytokines, growth hormone, neuropeptides, and procoagulant proteins such as Factors X and V.

Neurofibromatoses Neurofibromatosis Type

Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1, von Recklinghausen disease) is a very common autosomal dominant disorder with a high mutation rate of 1 in 10,000, affecting about 1 in 3500 people worldwide. Although penetrance is high, the phe-notype is quite variable, even among members of the same family. More than 90 of NF1 patients have hundreds of lightly pigmented spots (cafe-au-lait spots), which are 15 mm or larger in diameter and scattered over the entire body hundreds of benign skin tumors (neurofibromas) originating from peripheral nerve sheaths on the torso, legs, arms, and face and tiny cell growths (hamartomas, Lisch nodules) on the surface of the iris. Curvature of the spine (scoliosis), enlarged head, short stature, inability to learn, disruption of brain stem functions, and weakening of the walls of blood vessels also occur to lesser extents. In about 30 of NF1 individuals, very large cell growths associated with interior nerves (plexiform neurofibromas) cause severe body deformations...

How do you choose the appropriate size doublelumen endotracheal tube

There are right and left DLTs to account for the anatomic differences between the right and left main stem bronchi. Most commonly left-sided tubes are used. The optimal tube size for a particular patient is the largest tube that will pass atraumatically through the glottis, advance down the trachea, and fit in the bronchus with a small air leak detectable when the cuff is deflated. Using the largest possible tube is associated with the least airway resistance and ensures that a bronchial seal is obtained with small cuff volumes. A DLT that is too small requires a large endobronchial cuff volume, which may result in cuff herniation across the carina. Many anesthesiologists select 41-Fr and 39-Fr DLTs for tall and short men, respectively, and 39-Fr and 35- to 37-Fr DLTs for tall and short women, respectively. There is considerable variation in left main stem bronchi diameters and a relatively weak predictive value of gender and height. Other alternatives to predict the size of the...

Interpretation of the Beneficial Actions of CR Based On the Adaptive Response Hypothesis

The characteristics of animals subjected to long-term CR are summarized in Fig. 13. These CR effects could differ in several aspects of physiology from those of fasting (starvation), but the hormonal profile of CR (lower plasma leptin, insulin, growth hormone and gonadotropins, and higher plasma free corticosterone) is similar to that of fasting 83 . Based on studies examining the respiratory quotient or respiratory exchange ratio, carbohydrate is the major fuel after feeding in CR animals, and fuel utilization shifts from carbohydrate to fat before feeding 21, 42 . Fasting also shifts the fuel utilization

Achondroplastic Dwarfism

Achondroplastic24 (ah-con-dro-PLAS-tic) dwarfism is a condition in which the long bones of the limbs stop growing in childhood, while the growth of other bones is unaffected. As a result, a person has a short stature but a normal-sized head and trunk (fig. 7.12). As its name implies, achondroplastic dwarfism results from a failure of cartilage growth specifically, failure of the chondrocytes in zones 2 and 3 of the metaphysis to multiply and enlarge. This is different from pituitary dwarfism, in which a deficiency of growth hormone stunts the growth of all of the bones and a person has short stature but normal proportions throughout the skeletal system.

Anabolic Androgenic Steroids

The doses used by athletes, however, are 10 to 1,000 times higher than the doses prescribed for medical purposes, and they can have devastating effects on one's health. They raise cholesterol levels, which promotes fatty degeneration of the arteries (atherosclerosis). This can lead to coronary artery disease, heart and kidney failure, and stroke. Deteriorating blood circulation also sometimes results in gangrene, which may require amputation of the extremities. As the liver attempts to dispose of the high concentration of steroids, liver cancer and other liver diseases may ensue. In addition, steroids suppress the immune system, so the user is more subject to infection and cancer. They cause a premature end to bone elongation, so people who use anabolic steroids in adolescence may never attain normal adult height.

Pharmacological Management

In general, if ICSs are used in doses of less than 400 micrograms day (beclomethasone or budesonide equivalent), there is little risk of systemic corticosteroid activity. The greatest concern raised about the use of ICS in children is their potential effect on growth. The published data in this area are confusing. Studies consistently report a growth delay of approx 1 cm in the first year of therapy. However, this delay appears to be short-lived because growth velocity reverts to pretreatment levels when children are followed longitudinally. The Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) trial is the largest and longest prospective clinical trial of ICSs in children between the ages of 5 and 12 yr with mild-to-moderate asthma. The results demonstrated a decrease in growth velocity in the first year of ICS therapy without additional growth effects as therapy continued for 4-6 yr. The measured difference in height between children receiving ICSs as compared to those assigned placebo was...

Counterregulatory Hormones

Hypoglycemia or stress can trigger the secretion of several hormones, including glucagon, the catecholamines such as epinephrine, growth hormone and Cortisol. These act to counter insulin's action in stimulating peripheral glucose disposal and inhibiting hepatic glucose output (89,90). Modulation of these counterregulatory hormones can impact glycemic control and or insulin action in diabetic patients. Antagonists of Glucagon and Growth Hormone Secretion - Growth hormone has insulin agonist and antagonistic effects increased levels may contribute to fasting hyperglycemia and impaired glucose tolerance in diabetics (101-104). The tetradecapeptide hormone somatostatin inhibits glucagon and insulin secretion from the pancreas and growth hormone secretion from the pituitary (105,106). Analogs have been designed to selectively inhibit glucagon and growth hormone secretion without affecting insulin secretion (107,108). The octapeptide analog octreotide, or SMS 201-995, enhances reduction of...

Regulation of Pilosebaceous Unit Activity

Pilosebaceous Unit

FIGURE 3 A schematic representation of potential pathways in sebocytes that can regulate lipogenesis. Abbreviations CAMP, cyclic adenosine monophosphate CRH, corticotrophic releasing hormone EGF, epidermal growth factor FGF, fibroblast growth factor GH, growth hormone IGF, insulin-like growth factors KGF, keratinocyte growth factor MSH, melanocyte stimulating hormone PPARs, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors TGF, transforming growth factor. FIGURE 3 A schematic representation of potential pathways in sebocytes that can regulate lipogenesis. Abbreviations CAMP, cyclic adenosine monophosphate CRH, corticotrophic releasing hormone EGF, epidermal growth factor FGF, fibroblast growth factor GH, growth hormone IGF, insulin-like growth factors KGF, keratinocyte growth factor MSH, melanocyte stimulating hormone PPARs, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors TGF, transforming growth factor.

Other Factors Affecting Bone

At least 20 more hormones, growth factors, and vitamins affect osseous tissue in complex ways that are still not well understood (table 7.2). Bone growth is especially rapid in puberty and adolescence, when surges of growth hormone, estrogen, and testosterone promote ossification. These hormones stimulate rapid multiplication of osteogenic cells, matrix deposition by osteoblasts, and multiplication and hypertrophy of the chondrocytes in the metaphyses. Adolescent girls grow faster than boys and attain their full height earlier, not only because they begin puberty earlier but also because estrogen has a stronger effect than testosterone. Since males grow for a longer time, however, they usually grow taller. Growth ceases when the cartilage of the epiphyseal plates is depleted. At this time, the epiphyseal plates are said to close, the epiph-ysis and diaphysis of the bone fuse, and the bones can no longer increase in length. Excessive or deficient secretion of these steroids can...

What is the physiologic response to electroconvulsive therapy

Heart rate of 20 or more and increases in blood pressure of 30 to 40 or more. Ventricular arrhythmias and ST-segment changes may be noted and tend to be self-limited. The duration of the tachycardia tends to correlate with the seizure duration as measured by electroencephalography (EEG), although hypertension often persists and requires therapy. Increases in adrenocorticotropic hormone, cortisol, epinephrine, vasopressin, prolactin, and growth hormone are noted. Intraocular pressure and intragastric pressure also transiently increase.

Production of Adenoviral Vectors

All of these parameters make constructing adenoviral vectors that express the transgene to the desired level, are genetically stable and propagate well enough to allow high-level production, a somewhat empirical process. The net genome size of the vector, the deletions used, transgene orientation, the composition of the transgene and the transgene product itself can all affect the growth and productivity of the vector. The degree to which vector and transgene structure can effect genomic stability and productivity is illustrated by our experience with Ad5 vector 1 (Fig. 4). Vector 1 contains an El deletion into which the transgene was introduced in the El antiparallel orientation. The transgene is composed of our gene of interest flanked by the immediate-early gene promoter and intron A from the human cytomegalovirus, and the bovine growth hormone polyadenylation signal sequence. In addition to the deletion of the El region, the vector has an E3 deletion 73 .

Adenosine Deaminase Narcolepsy Ear Infections

Achondroplasia is an autosomal dominant disorder that produces short stature due to deficient bone growth. Affected adult males and females reach about 4 feet 4 inches (131 cm) and 4 feet 1 inch (124 cm) in height, respectively. The worldwide incidence is about 1 in 25,000. positions that could block breathing of newborns must be avoided. Infections of the inner ear are common in infants and children and must be treated as soon as possible to avert hearing loss. Surgery may be needed to prevent sudden and possibly fatal cessation of breathing (apnea) during sleep. Excessive weight gain occurs frequently during childhood and, if not controlled, exacerbates skeletal and joint problems. Growth hormone therapy and surgical elongation of limbs have been attempted to increase height. However, the effectiveness of either of these procedures has not yet been established. Among adults, painful narrowing of the spinal canal is corrected by surgery (laminectomy). Orthopedic care may be required...

Syndromic lipodystrophies

Lipodystrophies associated with various syndromes with multiple clinical defects have also been identified. Most prominent among them are syndromes of mandibu-loacral dysplasia (MAD) and SHORT, an acronym for short stature, hyperextensibility ofjoints and or inguinal hernia, ocular depression, Reiger anomaly, and teething delays. Although two genetic loci, LMNA (42) and ZMPSTE24 (7) have been identified in MAD, identification of a genetic derangement for SHORT syndrome remains lacking. of bone in the mandible, clavicles, and terminal phalanges (acro-osteolysis) in addition to AT loss, suggesting a common genetic or metabolic defect affecting both the skeleton and AT (43). In addition, these patients also have short stature, delayed closure of cranial sutures, joint contractures, mottled skin pigmentation, and, more important, features of premature aging.

Content Changes

I have updated information on the following, drawing on research and review literature as recent as April 2002, even as the book was in production genetic translation in the nucleus (4), signal peptides (4), stem cell research (5), hair analysis (6), osteoporosis treatments (7), knee surgery (9), muscle-connective tissue relationships (11), mitosis in cardiac muscle (11), astrocyte functions (12), surgical treatment of parkinsonism (12), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (13), memory consolidation (14), functional MRI (14), the sensory role of filiform papillae (16), a new class of retinal photoreceptors (16), the history of anesthesia (16), the relationship of growth hormone to somatomedins (17), cytotoxic T cell activation (21), asthma (21), neuroimmunology (21), atrial natriuretic peptide (23), hunger and body weight homeostasis (26), heritability of alcoholism (26), the functions of relaxin (28), contraceptive options (28), the fate of sperm mitochondria (29), Werner syndrome (29),...

Hormonal changes

Following fertilisation, the corpus luteum in the ovary secretes progesterone, oestrogens and relaxin, and these hormones are secreted by the placenta when it takes over the function of the corpus luteum from 6-8 weeks' gestation onwards. The placenta also secretes human chorionic somatomammotrophin (hCS previously known as human placental lactogen and chorionic growth hormone-prolactin).

Resistin

The name of this adipokine was derived from the seminal observation that it induced insulin resistance in mice (40). Circulating resistin concentrations were shown to be increased in genetically obese rodents (ob ob and db db mice) as well as in high-fat-diet-induced obesity. Immunoneutralization of resistin was shown to improve hyper-glycemia and insulin resistance in high-fat-induced obese mice, whereas recombinant resistin administration impaired glucose tolerance and insulin action in normal mice. Insulin, TNF-a, epinephrine, -adrenoreceptor stimulation, and thiazolidine-diones reportedly decrease resistin gene expression. However, insulin, -adrenorecep-tor stimulation, and thiazolidinediones have been also observed to increase the expression of resistin, together with other factors such as glucose, growth hormone, and glucocorticoids (41). The real contribution of resistin in human pathophysiology remains controversial. Although resistin transcripts have been found in WAT of...

Transgene Expression

Temporal control of gene expression can be addressed using a regulatable vector system. To accomplish this, inducible transcription units can be engineered into a vector expressing the gene of interest. For example, our laboratory developed a glucocorticoid-inducible HSV amplicon system that is capable of a 30-fold gluco-corticoid-induction in transduced cell lines and a 50-fold induction in primary hepatocytes (16). Briefly, a glucocorticoid-inducible transcription unit composed of reiterated steroid-responsive cis elements and the human growth hormone gene was inserted into an HSV amplicon vector. In these studies, there was a basal level of expression that was induced following steroid treatment. Current work by many groups is aimed at refining regulatable systems. The most common inducible systems belong to the following classes tetracycline-regulated, ecdysone-inducible, antiprogestin-regu-lated, and dimerization-based regulation (22). A recent advance has been made in the class...

Cathepsin K

The predominantly selective expression of cathepsin K in osteoclasts, as well as the ability of this enzyme to degrade type one collagen, suggests that this protease plays a specific role in the resorption phase of bone remodeling. Several additional lines of scientific evidence have provided further validation for the role of cathepsin K in this process. It was shown that a cathepsin K antisense oligonucleotide was able to decrease both the level of cathepsin K expression within osteoclasts as well as the resorptive activity of these cells 29 . Recently, mutations in the human gene expressing cathepsin K have been identified 30-32 . All of these mutations have been shown to result in the expression of a truncated, inactive version of cathepsin K which manifests itself as pycnodysostosis, a disease characterized by osteosclerosis, short stature and a high rate of bone fractures. Patients with pycnodysostosis have the normal number of osteoclasts but the function of these cells in...

Applications

A second example concerns the use of the mifepristone inducible gene expression system within the HC-Ad vector context 34 . In this system a chimeric trans-activator was used consisting of a mutated progesterone receptor ligand-binding domain, part of the activation domain of the human p65 subunit of the NF-kB complex, and a GAL4 DNA-binding domain. Expression of the trans-activator was under the transcriptional control of the liver-specific transthyretin (TTR) promoter. A second expression cassette was located on the same vector and consisted of a 17-mer GAL4-binding site just upstream of a minimal TATA box containing the promoter and cDNA of human growth hormone (hGH). In the presence of the progesterone antagonist mifepristone the transactivator dimerizes, binds to the Gal4 DNA binding site and induces hGH expression. In vitro studies in HepG2 cells and in vivo experiments in mice demonstrated extremely tight control of gene expression and very strong

H2o2

One publication (138), which provided compelling evidence that MPs of aging rats were markedly deficient in the ability to generate O2- in response to opsonized zymosan and rat IFNy, also demonstrated that the respiratory burst could be restored to MPs of aged rats by providing them with syngeneic pituitary grafts from young donors. Deficient TNFa production was also restored. Restoration of O2- and TNFa production was not complete in most cases but was nevertheless dramatic. The effect of the pituitary graft was attributed to its secretion of growth hormone and prolactin both of which can prime MP for response to IFNy.

Bloom Syndrome

Bloom syndrome (BS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by short stature, immune deficiency, redness and often infections as a result of localized capillary expansions and lesions (telangiectasis), primarily of the cheeks and nose, creating the so-called butterfly pattern, sensitivity to sunlight, and increased occurrence of a wide range of cancers, including lymphomas, leukemias, and laryngeal, cervical, and gastrointestinal carcinomas. Life expectancy is not much longer than 50 years. In contrast to cultured normal cells, those from BS patients have large numbers of chromosome abnormalities, such as deletions, duplications, broken chromosomes, and unusual chromosome configurations. An interesting chromosome phenomenon called sister chromatid exchange (SCE), which entails recombination between chromatids of duplicated chromosomes, is commonly observed in cultured BS cells. In addition to chromosome abnormalities, the rate of gene mutation is about 10 times higher in...

Conclusions

22 Sonntag WE, Xu X, Ingram RL, D'Costa A. Moderate caloric restriction alters the subcellular distribution of somatostatin mRNA and increases growth hormone pulse amplitude in aged animals. Neuroendocrinol. 1995 61 601-608. 25 Shimokawa I, Higami Y, Utsuyama M, et al. Life span extension by reduction in growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor-1 axis in a transgenic rat model. Am J Pathol 2002 160 2259-2265. 27 Shimokawa I, Higami Y, Tsuchiya T, et al. Life span extension by reduction of the growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor-1 axis Relation to caloric restriction. FASE J 2003 17 1108-1109. 62 Campbell GA, Kurcz M, Marshall S, Meites J. Effects of starvation in rats on serum levels of follicle stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, thyrotropin, growth hormone and prolactin Response to LH-releasing hormone and thyrotropin-releasing hormone. Endocrinology 1977 100 580-587.

GHSR antagonists

Ghrelin is an octanoylated 28 amino acid peptide hormone that is synthesized principally in the oxyntic mucosal cells of the stomach. It binds to and activates the growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHSR ghrelin receptor) which is expressed primarily (but certainly not exclusively) in the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland 54 . Intravenous administration of ghrelin has been reported to increase food intake in rodents and humans 55,56 . Plasma ghrelin levels rise

Short Bowel Syndrome

Narcotics may be helpful by decreasing stool volume and intestinal transit time (1,8). Ultimately, getting nutrients into the gut lumen is important to both physiologic adaptation and to ultimate recovery. The addition of glutamine to the diet with parenteral growth hormone may be beneficial to the mucosa and reduce or eliminate parenteral nutrition needs in some patients (11).

Cytokine Inhibition

The cytokine insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) mediates the mitogenic effect of growth hormone (GH). IGF-1 appears to play a permissive role in the development of ischemia-induced retinal neovascularization and is able to induce retinal neovascularization directly 49 . Both local and systemic expression of IGF-1 appear to contribute to its intraocular levels. IGF-1 inhibition by a receptor antagonist suppresses experimental retinal neovas-cularization. This approach can offer a beneficial effect in diabetic retinopa-thy and may also be effective in choroidal neovascularization.

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