Pharmacology: Pituitary II Flashcards Preview

Module 6: Repro/Endocrine > Pharmacology: Pituitary II > Flashcards

Flashcards in Pharmacology: Pituitary II Deck (24)

What are the direct actions of growth hormone?

- GH directly stimulates fat metabolism throughout the body and directly stimulates gluconeogenesis in the liver

- GH stimulates IGF-1 (somatomedin C) synthesis and release in the liver
--> GH receptors are also on chondrocytes where GH stimulates IGF-1 synthesis and releas
--> IGF-1 increases AA transport into tissues and increase protein synthesis and is responsible for elongation of bone


How does somatostatin affect Growth Hormone actions?

Somatostatin is released from the hypothalamus SST receptors on the anterior pituitary --> Activates both Gi and Go proteins

Go --> shuts down Ca channels and GH isn't released

Gi --> shuts down adenylate cyclase and cAMP

(an inhibitory affect on growth hormone release)

--> leads to decreased GH release, and decreased IGF-1 activity


How does Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone affect Growth Hormone actions?

GHRH is released from the hypothalamus onto GHRH receptors on the anterior pituitary --> Gs stimulation --> adenylate cyclase stimulation --> cAMP activates Protein Kinase A --> GH gene transcription -->  Ca is allowed into the cell and along with other enzymes (which were activated by PKA) allows GH release into the blood

--> GH stimulates fat metabolism and gluconeogenesis and IGF-1 synthesis and release in liver


What are factors that stimulate GH release?

- Hypoglycemia
GH stimulates fat metabolism and gluconeogenesis when glucose is low

- Amino acids
Necessary for bone growth/protein synthesis
Arginine is most potent

- Deep sleep

- Exercise

- Dopamine agonists
DA normally stimulates GH release by inhibiting SST release, but in acromegaly DA inhibits GH release


What is the MOA of GH?

Growth hormone causes to GH receptors to dimerize and bind to JAK2 kinase

--> JAK2 kinase phosphorylates the GH receptor and itself and then STAT5 (all on tyrosine residues)

--> Phosphorylated STAT5 proteins dimerize, translocate to nucleus, and activate gene transcription


What are the types of recombinant GH?

Somatrem (mild allergies occur in 50% of patients)

Somatropin (less allergenic)


What is growth hormone therapy used for?

Treatment of:
hypopituitary dwarfism
(Laron syndrome)
Short stature


What is Laron syndrome?

Defect in GH receptor

--> GH cannot stimulate somatomedin C (IGF-1) synthesis and release

--> leads to stunted growth

Characteristic labs:
HIGH growth hormone
LOW somatomedin C


What is Mecasermin?

rhIGF-1 combined with rhIGF-BP-3 to increase IGF-1 stability

--> effective in treating Laron dwarfism


What is acromegaly?

- Excess GH production after closure epiphyseal plates

- Usually due to adenoma of somatotrophs

Features include:
Broadening of nose
Elongationg of Mandible
Severe narrowing of joints (degenerative arthritis)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Glucose intolerance
Hypertrophy of organs (cardiomegaly and CHF)


What is the pathophysiology of acromegaly?

GHRH is needed to activate Gs --> stimulates adenylyl cyclase in somatotrophs

GTPase of Gs is inactive --> Gs and adenylyl cyclase are constitutively active in absence of GHRH


What are the possible treatments for acromegaly?

Surgical removal or irradiation






What is the MOA of bromocriptine?

A treatment option for acromegaly, on tumors made up of somatotrophs that have reverted to a stem cell-like phenotype with D2 dopamine receptors
- these progenitors generally secrete both GH and prolactin

Bromocriptine (a dopamine agonist) is able to treat these tumors


What is cabergoline? Serious side effect?

A very long-acting D2 agonist that works on somatotrophic adenomas that are in progenitor form (have D2 receptors and secrete both prolactin and GH)

--> can cause mitral valve thickening and valve issues


What is octreotide?

Somatostatin analog treatment for acromegaly

--> is a peptide and must be injected every 30-45 days


What is Pasireotide?

New in 2013!

- somatostatin analog to treat Cushing's disease that persists after surgical removal of an ACTH-secreting pituitary tumor

Side Effects:
Abdominal pain


What is Pegvisomant?

A mutant form of GH acts as an antagonist at the GH receptor

--> used to treat acromegaly

--> It's a pegylated mutant hormone (PEG decreases antigenicity) that causes GH receptors to dimeraize, but not become activated


How does dopamine affect prolactin release?

Increased dopamine levels --> decreased prolactin; decreased milk production

Decreased dopamine --> increased prolactin; increased milk production


--> Increased prolactin levels feed back to activate dopamine release (negative biofeedback)


What is the MOA of TRH on prolactin release?

TRH can cause prolactin release:

TRH receptors activate Gq protein --> Phospholipase C (PLC) is activated to cleave PIP2 into IP3 --> IP3 goes to ER to release Ca stores --> increased Ca leads to prolactin release


What is the MOA of dopamine on prolactin?

Dopamine receptors activate Gi/Go proteins, leading to decreased Ca entering cells and decreased Adenylyl cyclase --> leading to decreased cAMP

--> no cAMP and closed Ca channels inhibits production and release of prolactin


What are causes of Hyperprolactinemia?

- Lack of sufficient dopamine

- Adenoma of lactotrophs
microadenoma vs macroadenoma

- Hypothyroidism
Excess TRH stimulates lactotrophs

- Antipsychotic
Most block D2 receptors


What are symptoms of hyperprolactinemia?

- Galactorrhea in females (rarely in males)

- Gynecomastia in males

- Amenorrhea due to elevated prolactin decreasing GnRH release leading to reversible infertility

- Loss of vision due to compression of optic nerves (macroadenoma only)


What are the treatments of hyperprolactinemia?

- Surgical removal of adenoma

- Dopamine agonists:


Is bromocriptine safe during pregnancy?  Why might it be necessary?