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Kevin Stroek, Annemieke C Heijboer, Marelle J Bouva, Catharina P B van der Ploeg, Marie-Louise A Heijnen, Gert Weijman, Annet M Bosch, Robert de Jonge, Peter C J I Schielen, A S Paul van Trotsenburg, and Anita Boelen

Objective:

Congenital hypothyroidism (CH) is defined as thyroid hormone deficiency at birth due to disorders of the thyroid gland (thyroidal CH, CH-T), or the hypothalamus or pituitary (central CH, CH-C). The Dutch Newborn Screening (NBS) strategy is primarily based on determination of thyroxine (T4) concentrations in dried blood spots followed, if necessary, by thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroxine-binding globulin (TBG) measurement enabling detection of both CH-T and CH-C. A calculated T4/TBG ratio serves as an indirect measure for free T4. A T4/TBG ratio ≤ 17 in a second heel puncture is suggestive of CH-C.

Design and methods:

In the present study, we evaluated 11 years of Dutch CH NBS using a database of referred cases by assessing the contribution of each criterion in the unique stepwise T4-TSH-TBG NBS algorithm.

Results:

Between 2007 and the end of 2017, 1 963 465 newborns were screened in the Netherlands. Use of the stepwise algorithm led to 3044 referrals and the identification of 612 CH cases, consisting of 496 CH-T, 86 CH-C, and 30 CH of unknown origin diagnoses. We detected 62.8% of CH-C cases by the T4/TBG ratio in the second heel puncture. The positive predictive value (PPV) of the stepwise T4-TSH-TBG NBS algorithm was 21.0%.

Conclusion:

This evaluation shows that the Dutch stepwise T4-TSH-TBG NBS algorithm with a calculated T4/TBG ratio is of great value for the detection of both CH-T and CH-C in the Netherlands, at the cost of a lower PPV compared to TSH-based NBS strategies.

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Mark E Molitch

There can potentially be a number of clinical interactions that could adversely affect patient outcomes in a patient with a prolactinoma and psychiatric disease that might require antipsychotic and dopamine agonist treatment. Dopamine agonists stimulate the dopamine D2 receptor, resulting in a decrease in prolactin (PRL) levels and in prolactinoma size but action on dopamine receptors in the meso-limbic system may rarely cause psychosis and more commonly cause impulse control disorders. The psychiatric benefits of antipsychotic agents involve blocking the D2 and other dopamine receptors but this blockade often also causes hyperprolactinemia.

In patients with macroprolactinomas and psychosis, observation, estrogen/progestin replacement, and surgery can be considered in addition to dopamine agonists. In those who require dopamine agonists for PRL and tumor size control, the introduction of antipsychotics may blunt this effect, so that higher doses of the dopamine agonists may be needed. Alternatively, antipsychotics that have less of a blocking effect at the D2 receptor, such as aripiprazole, can be tried, if appropriate. For patients already on antipsychotic drugs who are found to have a macroprolactinoma for which dopamine agonists are required, dopamine agonists can be initiated at low dose and the dose escalated slowly. However, such patients require careful monitoring of psychiatric status to avoid the rare complication of exacerbation of the underlying psychosis. Again, if appropriate, use of antipsychotics that have less of a blocking effect at the D2 receptor may allow lower doses of dopamine agonists to be used in this situation.

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John-Paul Fuller-Jackson, Aimee L Dordevic, Iain J Clarke, and Belinda A Henry

Objective:

Retrospective studies suggest that women have more active brown adipose tissue (BAT) than men, but little is known of the effect of fluctuating sex steroids across the menstrual cycle on thermogenesis in women.

Design:

To characterise the effects of sex and sex steroids on BAT activity we recruited healthy weight men (n = 14) and women at two stages of the menstrual cycle (luteal, n = 9; follicular, n = 11).

Methods:

Infrared thermography measured supraclavicular temperature to index BAT thermogenesis in response to both cold (immersion of one hand in water at 15°C) and meal (Ensure, 10 kcal/kg body weight) stimuli.

Results:

Adaptive BAT temperature responses were greater (P < 0.05) in women than men, irrespective of stage of menstrual cycle. Whereas during cold exposure, the increase in BAT temperature was abrogated (P < 0.05) in women during follicular phase compared to men and women during luteal phase. Plasma concentrations of progesterone, 17β-estradiol, testosterone and cortisol were measured. Regression analyses demonstrated that baseline BAT temperature was positively correlated (P < 0.05) with progesterone levels, but was inversely associated (P < 0.05) with cortisol concentration. Both cold- and meal-induced changes in BAT temperature mildly correlated (P = 0.07; P < 0.05) with 17β-estradiol levels, but not with testosterone concentrations.

Conclusions:

Baseline supraclavicular temperature is elevated in women during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, which correlated with elevated progesterone concentrations. Women exhibited greater thermogenic responses than men, irrespective of the state of the menstrual cycle, which was associated with plasma levels of 17β-estradiol. We conclude that sex steroids may regulate BAT thermogenesis in healthy adults.

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Qiao Hou, Jiayu Wu, Yaguang Zhao, Xinying Wang, Fang Jiang, Dan-Na Chen, Ruizhi Zheng, Meichao Men, and Jia-Da Li

Objective:

To identify CCDC141 variants in a large Chinese cohort with congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (CHH) and to assess the contribution of CCDC141 to CHH.

Design:

Detailed phenotyping was conducted in CHH patients with CCDC141 variants and co-segregation analysis was performed, when possible.

Methods:

Whole-exome sequencing was performed in 177 CHH patients and 450 unrelated, ethnically matched controls from China.

Results:

Seven novel CCDC141 rare sequencing variants (RSVs) were identified in 12 CHH pedigrees. Four of the variants were private mutations; however, p.Q409X, p.Q871X and p.G1488S were identified in more than one patient. Up to 75% (9/12) of patients had mutations in other CHH-associated genes, which is significantly higher than CHH patients without CCDC141 RSVs. The co-segregation analysis for eight CHH families showed that 75% (6/8) CCDC141 RSVs were inherited from their fertile parents. Over half (58.3%, 8/18) of the patients exhibited other clinical deformities in addition to hypogonadism. One patient harbouring a CCDC141 RSV showed a reversal of CHH after sex-steroid replacement.

Conclusions:

Our results broaden the genotypic spectrum of CCDC141 in CHH, as CCDC141 RSVs alone do not appear sufficient to cause CHH. The phenotypic spectrum in patients with CCDC141 RSVs is much wider than originally believed.

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Benjamin Bouillet, Thomas Gautier, Damien Denimal, Maxime Samson, David Masson, Jean Paul Pais de Barros, Guillaume Maquart, Marion Xolin, Alexandra Grosfeld, Héloïse Dalle, Bruno Vergès, Marthe Moldes, and Bruno Fève

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Glucocorticoids (GC) are associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity despite increased HDL-C concentration. HDL-mediated cholesterol efflux, a major anti-atherogenic property of HDL particles, is negatively associated with CVD risk. We aimed to determine whether HDL-mediated cholesterol efflux was influenced by GC.

Design:

Prospective, observational study.

Methods:

Lipid parameters, HDL composition, HDL-mediated cholesterol efflux, cholesteryl ester transfer protein, phospholipid transfer protein and lecithin cholesterol acyl-transferase (LCAT) activities were determined in ten patients with giant cell arteritis before and 3 months after GC introduction and in seven control subjects. HDL concentration and composition, HDL-mediated cholesterol efflux and LCAT activity were determined in GC-treated mice.

Results:

In patients, HDL-C concentration was higher after than before treatment GC-treatment (P = 0.002), while HDL-mediated cholesterol efflux was decreased (P = 0.008) and negatively associated with the proportion of cholesteryl ester in HDL (P = 0.04), independently of CRP. As well, in mice, HDL-C level was increased after GC exposure (P = 0.04) and HDL-mediated cholesterol efflux decreased (P = 0.04). GC-treated patients had higher cholesteryl ester content in HDL, higher HDL2-to-HDL3 ratio and higher LCAT activity than before treatment (P = 0.008, P = 0.02 and P = 0.004, respectively).

Conclusions:

We report, for the first time, that in patients with giant cell arteritis and mice treated with GC, HDL-mediated cholesterol efflux was impaired by GC besides an increased HDL-C level. This impaired HDL functionality, possibly related to HDL enrichment in cholesteryl ester, could contribute to the increased CVD risk observed in GC-treated patients. Further studies are needed in larger populations, to further decipher the effect of GC on HDL.

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Henrik Olsen, Albin Kjellbom, Magnus Löndahl, and Ola Lindgren

Objective:

Autonomous cortisol secretion and possible autonomous cortisol secretion (ACS/pACS) are associated to an increase of cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus and dyslipidaemia. To our knowledge, the prevalence of smoking, another well-established risk factor for cardiovascular disease, has not been studied in detail in people with ACS/pACS or adrenal incidentalomas.

Methods:

Patients with adrenal incidentalomas were examined with the 1-mg overnight dexamethasone suppression test (cortisolONDST). Information about current smoking was collected from the patient’s records.

Results:

We studied 1044 patients, of whom 370 (35%) were current smokers. Of these, 22% had bilateral AI compared to 12% of the non-smokers (P < 0.001). Among patients with unilateral adrenal incidentalomas, smokers had larger adrenal incidentalomas than non-smokers (22 mm vs 19 mm, P < 0.001). Smokers also more often had cortisolONDST ≥50 nmol/L than non-smokers, 54% vs 40% (P < 0.001), a finding independent of the size of the adrenal incidentaloma in patients with unilateral adrenal incidentalomas.

Conclusions:

In the present study of patients with adrenal incidentalomas, the prevalence of current smoking was higher than in the general population. Furthermore, smokers had larger unilateral adrenal incidentalomas, more often bilateral adrenal incidentalomas, and more frequently ACS/pACS. Whether smoking is a risk factor for adrenal incidentalomas and ACS/pACS or our findings are due to case selection needs to be further studied.

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Sneha Arya, Ankita Tiwari, Anurag Ranjan Lila, Vijaya Sarathi, Vishwambhar Vishnu Bhandare, Bajarang Vasant Kumbhar, Khushnandan Rai, Ambarish Kunwar, Hemangini Thakkar, Kunal Thakkar, Saba Samad Memon, Virendra Patil, Kranti Khadilkar, Swati S Jadhav, Nalini S Shah, and Tushar Bandgar

Objective:

To evaluate the pathogenic role of a few benign variants and hypomorphic pathogenic variants in SRD5A2.

Design and methods:

We retrospectively analyzed phenotypes and genotypes in 23 Indian patients with genetically proven steroid 5α-reductase 2 (SRD5A2) deficiency. The interactions of the SRD5A2 enzymes resulting due to the most common benign variant (p.Val89Leu), the most common (hypomorphic) pathogenic variant (p.Arg246Gln) and the double variants (p.Val89Leu and p.Arg246Gln) in SRD5A2 were compared with that of the wild type (WT) enzyme by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation.

Results:

The majority (n = 19, 82.61%) of patients presented for atypical genitalia and had male gender identity (16/20). Including the two novel ones (p.Leu83Pro, p.Ala28Leufs*103), a total of nine different pathogenic variants were observed. p.Arg246Gln was the most common pathogenic variant (n = 12). Homozygous p.Arg246Gln (n = 9) variant was associated with milder undervirilization (Sinnecker score of ≤3a: 8/9 vs 6/14, P = 0.04) and had concurrent homozygous p.Val89Leu in all patients. Interestingly, asymptomatic fathers of two index patients were homozygous for p.Arg246Gln which questioned the pathogenicity of the variation as a sole factor. Unlike all symptomatic homozygous p.Arg246Gln patients who were also homozygous for p.Val89Leu, asymptomatic homozygous p.Arg246Gln fathers were heterozygous for p.Val89Leu. On MD simulation SRD5A2 p.Val89Leu-Testeosterone (T) and SRD5A2 p.Arg246Gln-T complexes, but not SRD5A2 p.Val89Leu and p.Arg246Gln-T complex, demonstrated close interaction between NADPH and T as that of SRD5A2 WT-T.

Conclusions:

p.Arg246Gln may not be pathogenic as a sole variation even in the homozygous state; additional contribution of homozygous p.Val89Leu variant may be essential for the pathogenicity of p.Arg246Gln in SRD5A2.

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Marco Mezzullo, Guido Di Dalmazi, Alessia Fazzini, Margherita Baccini, Andrea Repaci, Alessandra Gambineri, Valentina Vicennati, Carla Pelusi, Uberto Pagotto, and Flaminia Fanelli

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Teresa Porcelli, Filippo Maffezzoni, Letizia Chiara Pezzaioli, Andrea Delbarba, Carlo Cappelli, and Alberto Ferlin

Male osteoporosis has been neglected for too long time and there is need for a change. This condition is clearly under-estimated, under-diagnosed and under-treated. The diagnosis is often made late in the natural history of the pathology or even after a fracture event. Guidelines on screening politics do not agree whether and when men should be considered, and clinical trials are far less performed in men with respect to women. Actually, most of our knowledge on male osteoporosis, especially regarding treatment, is extrapolate from the female counterpart. Male osteoporosis is frequently secondary to other conditions and often associated with comorbidities. Therefore, identification of specific causes of male osteoporosis is essential to drive a correct and personalized treatment. Moreover, men have more osteoporosis-related complications and higher mortality rate associated with fractures. Furthermore, not only fewer men receive a correct and timely diagnosis, but also fewer men receive adequate treatment, and adherence to therapy is far less in men than in women. Of note, very few studies assessed the effect of antiosteoporotic treatments in men and most of them considered only bone density as primary endpoint. This review focuses on the areas that are still nebulous in male osteoporosis field, from identification of subjects who need to be evaluated for osteoporosis and screening programs dealing with primary prevention to diagnostic procedures for good estimates of bone quantity and quality and precise calculation of fracture risk and personalized treatment that take into account the pathophysiology of osteoporosis.

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Merel M Ruissen, Anne Linde Mak, Ulrich Beuers, Maarten E Tushuizen, and Adriaan G Holleboom

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a growing health problem with a global prevalence of over 25% and prevalence rates of over 60% in high-risk populations. It is considered the hepatic component of the metabolic syndrome and is associated with an increased risk of the development of various liver-associated and cardiometabolic complications. Given the complexity of NAFLD and associated comorbidities and complications, treatment requires interventions from a variety of different healthcare specialties. However, many clinicians are currently insufficiently aware of the potential harm and severity of NAFLD and associated comorbidities, complications and the steps that should be taken when NAFLD is suspected. Recognizing which patients suffer from non-progressive simple steatosis, metabolically active NASH with high risk of developing cardiovascular disease and which patients have a high risk of developing cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma is important. Unfortunately, this can be difficult and guidelines towards the optimal diagnostic and therapeutic approach are ambivalent. Here we review the pathogenesis, diagnostics and treatment of NAFLD and discuss how multidisciplinary care path development could move forward.