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Thyroid pharmacology. THYROID GLAND Location 12 to 20 g in size In neck, anterior to trachea Between cricoid cartilage and suprasternal notch Highly vascular.

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1 Thyroid pharmacology

2 THYROID GLAND Location 12 to 20 g in size In neck, anterior to trachea Between cricoid cartilage and suprasternal notch Highly vascular and soft in consistency.

3 THYROID GLAND Consists of two lobes Connected by an isthmus 4 parathyroid glands – Posterior region of each pole Laryngeal nerves traverse lateral borders of gland

4 Secretions Produces two related hormones Thyroxine (T4) Triiodothyronine (T3)

5 Action Play a critical role in Cell differentiation during development Help to maintain thermogenic and metabolic homeostasis in adult. Act through nuclear hormone receptors to modulate gene expression

6 Regulation of thyroid hormone synthesis T4 and T3 feed back to inhibit Hypothalamic production of thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) Pituitary production of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)

7 TSH-R, thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor, Tg- thyroglobulin NIS - sodium-iodide symporter; TPO- thyroid peroxidase DIT - di-iodotyrosine; MIT - monoiodotyrosine

8 Thyroid Hormone Synthesis Thyroid hormones are derived from thyroglobulin Large iodinated glycoprotein After secretion into the thyroid follicle Tg is iodinated on selected tyrosine residues that are subsequently coupled via an ether linkage Reuptake of Tg into thyroid follicular cell allows proteolysis and the release of T4 and T3.

9 Iodine Metabolism and Transport Iodide uptake is a critical first step in thyroid hormone synthesis Ingested iodine is bound to serum proteins (particularly albumin) Unbound iodine is excreted in urine Iodine extracts from circulation in a highly efficient manner – 10 to 25% of radioactive tracer (e.g., 123I) is taken up by the normal thyroid gland over 24 h; this value can rise to 70 to 90% in Graves' disease.

10 Na+/I- symporter (NIS) Mediate Iodide uptake Expressed at basolateral membrane of thyroid follicular cells. Expressed – Most highly in thyroid gland – Low levels in salivary glands, lactating breast, placenta Low I 2 levels increase amount of NIS & stimulate uptake High I 2 levels suppress NIS expression & uptake

11 Selective expression of NIS in thyroid allows – Treatment of hyperthyroidism – Isotopic scanning – Abolition of thyroid cancer with radioisotopes of iodine Without significant effects on other organs Mutation of the NIS gene is a rare cause of congenital hypothyroidism

12 Oranification Iodide enters thyroid  Trapped and transported to apical membrane of thyroid follicular cells  Oxidized in an organification reaction (Tyroid PerOxidase & H 2 O 2 )

13 Coupling Reactive iodine atom is added to selected tyrosyl residues within Tyroglobulin Iodotyrosines in Tg are then coupled via an ether linkage in a reaction Catalyzed by TPO Either T4 or T3 can be produced by this reaction Depending on number of iodine atoms present in iodotyrosines.

14 Storage, Release After coupling, Tg is taken back into thyroid cell It is processed in lysosomes to release T4 and T3 Uncoupled mono- and diiodotyrosines (MIT, DIT) are deiodinated by enzyme dehalogenase Recycling any iodide that is not converted into thyroid hormones

15 Factors Influence Synthesis and Release TSH is the dominant hormonal regulator of thyroid gland growth and function Variety of growth factors, most produced locally in thyroid gland, also influence synthesis Insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I Epidermal growth factor Transforming growth factor β (TGF- β) Endothelins Various cytokines.

16 Disorders of thyroid hormone synthesis – Rare causes of congenital hypothyroidism Majority of disorders due to recessive mutations in TPO or Tg Defects also identified in – TSH-R – NIS – Pendrin anion transporter Transports I 2 from cytoplasm to follicle lumen – H 2 O 2 generation – Dehalogenase

17 Biosynthetic defect of thyroid hormone  Inadequate amounts of hormone  Increased TSH synthesis  Goiter

18 Transport And Metabolism T4 is secreted from the thyroid gland in at least 20- fold excess over T3 Both circulate bound to plasma proteins Thyroxine-binding globulin (TBG) Transthyretin (TTR), formerly known as thyroxine- binding prealbumin (TBPA) Albumin

19 Functions of serum-binding proteins Increase pool of circulating hormone Delay hormone clearance Modulate hormone delivery to selected tissue sites

20 Con. of TBG is relatively low (1 to 2 mg/dL) High affinity for thyroid hormones (T4 > T3), it carries about 80% of bound hormones Albumin has relatively low affinity for thyroid hormones (high plasma con ~3.5 g/dL) It binds up to 10% of T4 and 30% of T3. TTR carries about 10% of T4 but little T3.

21 ≈ 99.98% of T4 and 99.7% of T3 are protein-bound T3 is less tightly bound than T4 Amount of free T3 > free T4 Unbound (free) cons T 4 ~2  10  11 M T 3 ~6  10  12 M

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23 Deiodinases In many respects, T4 may be thought of as a precursor for more potent T3 T4 is converted to T3 by the deiodinase enzymes Type I deiodinase Located primarily in thyroid, liver, kidney Has a relatively low affinity for T4 Type II deiodinase Higher affinity for T4 Found primarily in pituitary gland, brain, brown fat, thyroid gland

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25 T4 - T3 conversion may be impaired by Fasting Acute trauma Oral contraseptive agents Propylthiouracil Propranolol Amiodarone Glucocorticoids

26 THYROID HORMONE ACTION Act by binding to nuclear receptors, termed thyroid hormone receptors (TRs) ά and β Both ά and β are expressed in most tissues Both receptors are variably spliced to form unique isoforms

27 Thyroid hormone receptors ά Highly expressed in – Brain – Kidney – Gonads – Muscle – Heart TR ά 2 isoform contains a unique carboxy terminus that prevents thyroid hormone binding It may function to block actions of other TR isoforms

28 Thyroid hormone receptors β Highly expressed in – Pituitary – Liver TR β 2 isoform Has a unique amino terminus Selectively expressed in hypothalamus & pituitary Play a role in feedback control of thyroid axis

29 (1) T4 or T3 enters the nucleus (2) T3 binding dissociates CoR from TR (3) Coactivators (CoA) are recruited to the T3-bound receptor (4) gene expression is altered

30 Thyroid Hormone Resistance (RTH) An autosomal dominant disorder characterized by Elevated free thyroid hormone levels Inappropriately normal or elevated TSH Individuals with RTH (in general) do not exhibit signs and symptoms that are typical of hypothyroidism Apparently hormone resistance is compensated by increased levels of thyroid hormone

31 HYPOTHYROIDISM Worldwide most common cause of hypothyroidism - Iodine deficiency Other causes Autoimmune disease (Hashimoto's thyroiditis) Iatrogenic causes (treatment of hyperthyroidism)

32 Treatment T to 15 ug/kg/ day Dose adjusted by close monitoring of TSH levels T4 requirements- relatively great during first year of life High circulating T4 level is usually needed to normalize TSH Early treatment with T4 results in normal IQ levels

33 Hyperthyroidism Excessive thyroid function Thyrotoxicosis State of thyroid hormone excess Major etiologies of thyrotoxicosis Hyperthyroidism caused by Graves' disease Toxic multinodular goiter Toxic adenomas

34 Treatment Hyperthyroidism of Graves' disease is treated by reducing thyroid hormone synthesis Antithyroid drugs Reducing the amount of thyroid tissue with radioiodine (131I) Subtotal thyroidectomy No single approach is optimal and that patients may require multiple treatments to achieve remission. Antithyroid drugs are the predominant therapy in many centers in Europe and Japan Radioiodine is more often the first line of treatment in North America

35 ANTITHYROID DRUGS (Drugs used in hyperthyroidism) Thioamides (reduce the synthesis of thyroid hoemones ) – Carbimazole – Methimazole – Propylthiouraciliodide Radioactive iodine (I 131 ) Iodide ( high doses) Ionic inhibitors (inhibit iodide uptake) - use is obsolete due to toxicity – Thiocyanates – Perchlorates – Nitrates Propranolol - Adjunct therapy in thyrotoxicosis

36 Thioamides Mechanism – reduce the synthesis of thyroid hormones by inhibiting iodination of tyrosine and coupling of iodotyrosine to form T3 and T4 Clinical use – Carbimazole Graves disease-till remission of symptoms (30-60mg) maintenance dose(5-15mg) – Propylthiouracil ( mg/d orally) maintenance dose ( mg/d) Nodular toxic goiter Prior to surgery for hyperthyroidism With radioactive iodine to decrease symptoms before radiation effects are manifested Adverse effects – Hypothyroidism – Vasculitis, agranulocytosis, Hypoprothrombinaemia – Cholestatic jaundice – Hair pigmentation

37 Iodides Mechanism – Selectively trapped by the thyroid gland (uptake being increased in hyperthyroidism and reduced in hypothyroidism). – Large doses inhibit secretion of thyroid hormones by inhibition of thyroglobulin proteolysis – Induce involution and decrease vascularity of the gland. Clinical use Preoperative use in thyroid surgery(Potassium iodide, 60 mg orally thrice daily) Thyroid crisis Accidental over dosage of radioactive iodine (to protect the thyroid follicles) Prophylactic use in endemic goiter. Added to salt (1 in 100,000 parts )as iodized salts. As an expectorant, antiseptic for topical use

38 Adverse effects- Thioamides maculpapular pruritic rash murticarial rash Arthralgia Lymphadenopathy lupus-like syndrome Polyserositis

39 Adverse reactions – Acute hypersensitivity reactions (angioneurotic oedema, skin haemorrage, drug fever) – salivation, lacrimation, soreness of throat, conjunctivitis, coryza-like symptoms, skin rashes – Foetal or neonatal goiter

40 Radiioactive iodine Mechanism of action – Trapped by the thyroid follicles and incorporated into thyroglobulin – Emits both beta and gamma rays(half-life 8 days) – Beta rays - short range and act on thyroid tissue only – The gamma rays are more penetrative and can be detected by Gieger counter for diagnostic use.

41 Clinical Use Radioactive sodium iodide (5-8 m curie) orally. Grave’s disease, including relapse after subtotal thyroidectomy. Toxic nodular goiter Thyroid carcinoma Diagnosis of thyroid function micro curie is administered. best in patients over 35 years and in the presence of cardiac disease Clinical response is slow and may take 6-12 weeks for suppression of hyperthyroid symdrome

42 Effects of drugs on thyroid functions Drugs.Effect Dopamine, l-dopa, corticosteroids, somatostatin Inhibition of TRH and TSH secretion. Iodides, lithium.Inhibition of thyroxine synthesis, and hypothyroidism Cholestyramine, colestipol, sucralfate, aluminium salts Inhibit thyroxine absorption from gut Phenytoin, carbamazepine, rifampicin, phenobarbitone Enzyme induction. May enhance T3 and T4 metabolism Propylthiouracil, amiodaroneInhibit conversion of T4 to T3 corticosteroids, beta-blockers Androgens, glucocorticoids, Decrease thyroxine-binding globulin Oestrogens, tamoxifen, mitotaneIncrease thyroxine-binding globulin Salicylates, mefenamic acid, furosemide Displace T3 and T4 from thyroxine –binding globulin.


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