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1.  Serum calcitonin-lowering effect of magnesium in patients with medullary carcinoma of the thyroid. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1975;56(6):1615-1621.
The effect of magnesium chloride or magnesium sulfate infusion on circulating levels of immunoreactive calcitonin (iCT) was evaluated on nine occasions in three patients with metastatic medullary carcinoma of the thyroid. One patient was normocalcemic and had normal circulating levels of immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH), one patient was hypocalcemic and had surgical hypoparathyroidism, and one patient had mild to moderate hypercalcemia associated with bone metastases. The basal serum iPTH levels were undetectable in the latter two patients. In every instance magnesium administration produced a rapid and striking fall in circulating iCT and usually a detectable fall in serum calcium. During the hypermagnesemic state, serum iPTH fell from normal to undetectable in the patient with normal parathyroid function, while serum iPTH levels remained undetectable in the hypoparathyroid patient and in the patient with hypercalcemia associated with bone metastases. The results of these studies indicate that: (a) contrary to what has been reported in normal experimental animals, magnesium administration lowers circulating iCT in human subjects with thyroid medullary carcinoma and (b) the calcium-lowering effect produced by magnesium in patients with medullary carcinoma may, in part at least, be due to a redistribution of body calcium that is not mediated by the actions of either parathyroid hormone or clacitonin.
PMCID: PMC333141  PMID: 1202087
2.  Treatment of renal osteodystrophy with 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol. 
Nine patients with renal osteodystrophy were tested for 6.5 to 35 months with 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol (1,25-DHCC). A close biochemical follow-up was performed during the first 6 months of treatment, including biweekly determinations of serum calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, alkaline phosphatase and creatinine levels. A bone biopsy, radiologic investigations and determinations of plasma levels of immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (IPTH) and intestinal absorption of calcium 47 were performed before and after the 6 months. Although the five patients with osteitis fibrosa showed a significant improvement, the four with predominantly osteomalacic lesions showed no response to treatment. These four had a normal initial plasma iPTH level, higher serum calcium levels than the other five patients, extreme sensitivity to 1,25-DHCC, with frequent episodes of hypercalcemia, and only a slightly increased serum alkaline phosphatase level, which remained unchanged during treatment. All but one of the patients, irrespective of the histologic abnormality, showed a decrease in the uptake of radionuclide by bone after treatment. The renal function of one patient, a man with long-standing stable renal failure who had not undergone dialysis, deteriorated during treatment.
PMCID: PMC1705195  PMID: 6894103
3.  Etiology of Hyperparathyroidism and Bone Disease during Chronic Hemodialysis. III. EVALUATION OF PARATHYROID SUPPRESSIBILITY 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1973;52(1):173-180.
Parathyroid function was assessed by calcium infusions (4-8 h) in 16 patients with chronic renal insufficiency being treated by long-term hemodialysis. The concentrations of two immunoreactive species of parathyroid hormone in plasma (iPTH-9, mol wt 9500; iPTH-7, mol wt 7000) were estimated by radioimmunoassays utilizing two relatively specific antisera. Control values of the smaller species, iPTH-7, were uniformly high, whereas values of iPTH-9 were normal in 12 of 19 studies. Response of iPTH-7 to calcium infusions was variable, with significant decreases occurring only five times in 27 infusions. Concentrations of iPTH-9, however, decreased during every calcium infusion. In contrast to these acute responses, five of six patients studied during periods of dialysis against both low (< 6 mg/100 ml) and high (7-8 mg/100 ml) calcium concentrations in the dialyzate showed a decrease in values of iPTH-7 during the period of dialysis against the higher calcium concentration. It is concluded that plasma concentrations of iPTH-9 reflect primarily the moment-to-moment secretory status of the parathyroid glands, while concentrations of iPTH-7 reflect more closely chronic parathyroid functional status. It is further concluded that the failure of iPTH-7 to decrease during induced hypercalcemia should not be equated with autonomy of parathyroid gland function.
PMCID: PMC302239  PMID: 4734166
4.  Low serum levels of 1.25-dihydroxyvitamin D and histomorphometric evidence of osteomalacia after jejunoileal bypass for obesity. 
Gut  1980;21(7):624-631.
Twenty-seven unselected patients were investigated three to eight years after jejunoileal bypass for morbid obesity. The serum levels of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, and the renal excretions of calcium and magnesium were reduced. The serum alkaline phosphatase levels were increased. The serum levels of the two vitamin D metabolites 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) and 1.25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1.25-(OHD)2D) were reduced and inversely related to the increased serum levels of immunoreactive parathyroid hormones (iPTH). Serum 1.25-(OH)2D correlated positively and serum iPTH inversely with serum concentrations and renal excretion rates of calcium. Iliac crest bone biopsies after in vivo tetracycline double-labelling showed a reduced bone turnover with an increased amount of osteoid due to an increase in both surface extent and mean width of osteoid seams. The increased volume of osteoid was caused by a decreased osteoblastic function with a longer life-span of bone-forming sites and a prolongation of the mineralisation lag time. The amount of trabecular bone was normal. The results indicate an impaired vitamin D metabolism with osteomalacia and secondary hyperparathyroidism.
PMCID: PMC1419901  PMID: 7429327
5.  Immunologic differentiation of primary hyperparathyroidism from hyperparathyroidism due to nonparathyroid cancer 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1971;50(10):2079-2083.
Serum immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (IPTH) was measured by radioimmunoassay in 54 patients with primary hyperparathyroidism and in 18 consecutive patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism due to nonparathyroid cancer without apparent skeletal metastasis. Although serum calcium concentration was higher in the group with ectopic hyperparathyroidism, serum IPTH was lower (rank sum test, P < 0.001) and was undetectable in eight. A second anti-PTH antiserum also differentiated between IPTH in the two groups, although IPTH was undetectable in only 1 of 14 sera. When IPTH values in serial dilutions were plotted, slopes for the two patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism who had relatively high IPTH were less (P < 0.001) than slopes for standard hyperparathyroid sera. By using differences in either IPTH rank or slope of the dilutional curve of sera, primary hyperparathyroidism could be excluded as a cause of the hypercalcemia in 16 of the 18 patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism. The data are interpreted as indicating that PTH-like material in the serum of these patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism is immunologically different from the PTH in the serum of patients with primary hyperparathyroidism.
PMCID: PMC292141  PMID: 4330004
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1983;71(3):572-578.
The physiologic effects of epinephrine on mineral metabolism are not known. In six healthy men, insulin-induced hypoglycemia, a potent stimulus to endogenous epinephrine secretion, resulted in a decrement of 0.9±0.1 mg/dl (mean±SE, P < 0.001) in serum inorganic phosphorus and smaller increments in magnesium and total and ionized calcium. Plasma immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH) decreased and plasma immunoreactive calcitonin (iCT) increased appropriately with the increments in calcium and magnesium. We wished to determine to what extent these changes in mineral metabolism might be attributable to epinephrine. Therefore, in the same protocol, we infused the hormone over 60 min in these six men, in doses that resulted in steady-state plasma epinephrine concentrations ranging from 52 to 945 pg/ml (levels that span the physiologic range), for a total of 25 studies. Serum ionized calcium, iPTH, and iCT concentrations were unaltered by these physiologic elevations of plasma epinephrine. However, epinephrine resulted in dose-dependent decrements in serum inorganic phosphorus of 0.6±0.1 mg/dl (P < 0.005) for the highest epinephrine infusion rate. The plasma epinephrine concentration threshold for this hypophosphatemic effect was ∼50-100 pg/ml. Thus, the sensitivity of the hypophosphatemic response to epinephrine is comparable to that of the cardiac chronotropic, systolic pressor, and lipolytic responses to epinephrine, and considerably greater than that of the diastolic depressor, glycogenolytic, glycolytic, and ketogenic responses to the hormone in human beings. In view of its rapidity, the hypophosphatemic effect of epinephrine is probably the result of a net shift of phosphate from the extracellular compartment to intracellular compartments. We suggest that it is a direct effect of epinephrine, in that it is not mediated by changes in availability of the primary regulatory hormones PTH and CT, although indirect effects mediated by changes in other hormones, such as insulin, cannot be excluded. The hypophosphatemic response is also not attributable to increments in plasma calcium. These data indicate that epinephrine in physiologic concentrations is a hypophosphatemic hormone in man.
PMCID: PMC436905  PMID: 6402521
7.  Acute metabolic acidosis enhances circulating parathyroid hormone, which contributes to the renal response against acidosis in the rat. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1990;86(2):430-443.
Acute PTH administration enhances final urine acidification in the rat. HCl was infused during 3 h in rats to determine the parathyroid and renal responses to acute metabolic acidosis. Serum immunoreactive PTH (iPTH) concentration significantly increased and nephrogenous adenosine 3H,5H-cyclic monophosphate tended to increase during HCl loading in intact and adrenalectomized (ADX) rats despite significant increments in plasma ionized calcium. Strong linear relationships existed between serum iPTH concentration and arterial bicarbonate or proton concentration (P less than 0.0001). Serum iPth concentration and NcAMP remained stable in intact time-control rats and decreased in CaCl2-infused, nonacidotic animals. Urinary acidification was markedly reduced in parathyroidectomized (PTX) as compared with intact rats during both basal and acidosis states; human PTH-(1-34) infusion in PTX rats restored in a dose-dependent manner the ability of the kidney to acidify the urine and excrete net acid. Acidosis-induced increase in urinary net acid excretion was observed in intact, PTX, and ADX, but not in ADX-thyroparathyroidectomized rats. We conclude that (a) acute metabolic acidosis enhances circulating PTH activity, and (b) PTH markedly contributes to the renal response against acute metabolic acidosis by enhancing urinary acidification.
PMCID: PMC296745  PMID: 2166755
8.  Nutritional Status of Vitamin D and the Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation in Korean Breast-fed Infants 
We investigated the vitamin D status and the effect of vitamin D supplementation in Korean breast-fed infants. The healthy term newborns were divided into 3 groups; A, formula-fed; B, breast-fed only; S, breast-fed with vitamin D supplementation. We measured serum concentrations of vitamin D (25OHD3), calcium (Ca), phosphorus (P), alkaline phosphatase (AP), intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) and bone mineral density (BMD) at 6 and 12 months of age. Using questionnaires, average duration of sun-light exposure and dietary intake of vitamin D, Ca and P were obtained. At 6 and 12 months of age, 25OHD3 was significantly higher in group S than in group B (P<0.001). iPTH was significantly lower in group S than in group B at 6 months (P=0.001), but did not differ at 12 months. Regardless of vitamin D supplementation, BMD was lower in group B and S than in group A (P<0.05). Total intake of vitamin D differed among 3 groups (P<0.001, A>S>B), but total intake of Ca and P were higher in group A than in group B and S (P<0.001). In conclusion, breast-fed infants show lower vitamin D status and bone mineralization than formula-fed infants. Vitamin D supplementation (200 IU/day) in breast-fed infants increases serum 25-OH vitamin D3, but not bone mineral density.
PMCID: PMC2800022  PMID: 20052352
Vitamin D; Nutritional Status; Bone Density; Vitamin D Deficiency; Dietary Supplements; Breast feeding; Infant
9.  The Relationship Between Technetium-99m-Methoxyisobutyl Isonitrile Parathyroid Scintigraphy and Hormonal and Biochemical Markers in Suspicion of Primary Hyperparathyroidism 
Objective: Technetium-99m-methoxyisobutyl isonitrile (Tc-99m MIBI) has been widely used to evaluate hyperfunctioning autonomous parathyroid glands in patients with elevated intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) and/or calcium (Ca) level. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between Tc-99m MIBI parathyroid scintigraphy and hormonal and biochemical markers in suspicion of primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT).
Material and Methods: Dual-phase Tc-99m MIBI parathyroid scintigraphy and total serum iPTH, Ca, phosphorus (P) and albumin measurements were performed in 60 patients (52 females, 8 males; mean age, 59.38±12.51 years; range, 34 to 86 years) with suspicion of PHPT.
Results: The iPTH median level was 160.3 pg/mL (47.8 to 782.6). Thirty-five of the patients had surgical resection of hyperfunctioning parathyroid glands. Of the 35 patients, parathyroid gland pathology was detected in 30 patients using scintigraphic examination. Tc-99m MIBI parathyroid scintigraphy was negative in 30 patients. The iPTH, Ca and P levels were significantly different between in the Tc-99m MIBI positive group and the negative group, respectively: For iPTH, 202.1 (47.8-782.6) pg/mL versus 111.6 (80.1-373) pg/mL; p<0.001. For Ca, 11.7±1.15 mg/dL versus 10.3±1.05 mg/dL; p<0.001 and for P levels, 2.46±0.62 mg/dL versus 3.40±0.70 mg/dL; p<0.001). There was no significant difference in serum albumin levels between the MIBI positive and MIBI negative groups (4.25±0.27 g/dL versus 4.25±0.41 g/dL; p>0.05). Tc-99m MIBI parathyroid scintigraphy showed good correlation with iPTH level and histopathological diagnosis. Sensitivity and specificity was found 83.3% and 76.7%, respectively at the level of iPTH>147.7pg/mL.
Conclusion: Tc-99m MIBI parathyroid scintigraphy is most likely to produce identification and localization of a parathyroid adenoma when both iPTH and Ca are elevated as well as decreased P levels.
Conflict of interest:None declared.
PMCID: PMC3629790  PMID: 23610725
Technetium-99m sestamibi; primary hyperparathyroidism; parathyroid hormone; calcium; phosphorus
10.  Reversal of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism by Cimetidine in Chronically Uremic Dogs 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1981;67(6):1753-1760.
Chronic cimetidine therapy has been shown to suppress circulating concentrations of immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH) in hemodialysis patients. To evaluate the long-term metabolic effects of cimetidine treatment, we studied seven chronically uremic dogs for 20 wk. The dogs were studied under metabolic conditions before, during, and after cimetidine therapy. iPTH fell progressively in the five treated dogs from 536±70 μleq/ml (mean±SE) (nl < 100 μleq/ml) before treatment to 291±25 μleq/ml at 12 wk (P < 0.001) and 157±32 μleq/ml at 20 wk (P < 0.001). The control dogs showed no consistent change in iPTH. The fall in iPTH was not associated with a change in serum ionized calcium. However, serum phosphorus decreased from 5.7±0.9 mg/dl to 3.4±0.2 mg/dl by the 20th wk (P < 0.05). By contrast, the serum concentration of 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol increased in all treated dogs from 33.4±4.3 pg/ml to 51.8±2.4 pg/ml during treatment (P < 0.01). Calcium balance was negative in all seven dogs before cimetidine (−347±84 mg/72 h) and remained so in the control dogs; it became positive in the five treated dogs after 12 wk (1,141±409 mg/72 h) (P < 0.05). Phosphorus balance, 24-h fractional phosphate excretion, and creatinine clearance remained unchanged. Pooled samples of serum obtained during the control and 20th wk of therapy were fractionated by gel filtration and the eluates assayed for immunoreactivity. The decrease in iPTH was associated with a decrease in all the immunoreactive species, indicating suppression of parathyroid gland secretion.
These observations indicate that cimetidine suppressed circulating concentration of biologically active parathyroid hormone. A probable net decrease in the loss of phosphorus from bone to blood ensued, resulting in a fall in serum phosphorus. This may have stimulated synthesis of 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol and led to a positive calcium balance, thereby maintaining the serum ionized calcium concentration. The maintenance of phosphate balance, despite suppression of iPTH by cimetidine, indicates that factors other than hyperparathyroidism relate to phosphate homeostasis in chronically uremic dogs.
PMCID: PMC370753  PMID: 7240419
11.  Spontaneous Resolution of Primary Hyperparathyroidism in Parathyroid Adenoma 
Case Reports in Endocrinology  2012;2012:793753.
A 71 yo woman with primary hyperparathyroidism awaiting surgery because of significant hypercalcemia and hypercalciuria presented to the local emergency department with the chief complaints of discomfort in her neck, sore throat, and difficulty swallowing. She was found to be hypocalcemic with a calcium level of 8.1 mg/dL. She was seen by her endocrinologist three days later at which time serum calcium, iPTH, and serum phosphate levels were all within normal limits. Based on history and a series of ultrasounds the patient was diagnosed with spontaneous infarction of her parathyroid adenoma, which resulted in resolution of her primary hyperparathyroidism.
PMCID: PMC3502788  PMID: 23198183
12.  Acute Parathyroid Hormone Response to Epinephrine In Vivo 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1973;52(10):2434-2440.
The acute effects of epinephrine, norepinephrine, and isoproterenol on the plasma immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH) response were studied in 13 550-600 kg cows. Catecholamines were infused for 7.0 min. During epinephrine infusions at 0.08 μmol/min iPTH increased from 0.48±0.12 (mean±SE, ng/ml) to 1.09±0.18 ng/ml (P < 0.02). Small increases in plasma free fatty acids and glucose could be detected with 0.08 μmol/min epinephrine; the iPTH response to epinephrine was as sensitive as the free fatty acid and glucose responses and possibly of physiological importance. Plasma calcium (total and ionized) and magnesium did not change.
The responses were more pronounced at 0.8 μmol/min epinephrine with a mean iPTH increase from 0.49±0.16 ng/ml to 1.74±0.35 ng/ml (P < 0.01). Small decreases in plasma calcium occurred at 0.8 μmol/min epinephrine, but the plasma magnesium remained unchanged. However, when the plasma calcium was lowered with ethylene glycol bis(β-aminoethyl ether)-N, N′-tetraacetic acid (EGTA), a much more pronounced lowering of the plasma calcium was required to produce comparable increases of the plasma iPTH concentrations than when epinephrine was infused. It appears that epinephrine has a direct effect on the release of iPTH from the parathyroid glands.
Simultaneous infusions of calcium and epinephrine suppressed the stimulation by epinephrine. This points towards a common mechanism of the regulation of parathyroid hormone secretion caused by decreases in the extracellular calcium concentration and/or alterations in the distribution of calcium within parathyroid cells following the administration of epinephrine.
The iPTH response to epinephrine was suppressed in the presence of propranolol. Isoproterenol was less active in raising iPTH than epinephrine, and norepinephrine was the least active. The stimulation by isoproterenol and the suppression by propranolol suggest beta adrenergic receptor sites within the parathyroid glands.
PMCID: PMC302502  PMID: 4729041
13.  Proximal tubule reabsorption after hyperoncotic albumin infusion. Role of parathyroid hormone and dissociation from plasma volume. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1974;53(2):501-507.
Preferential expansion of the plasma volume by infusion of salt-poor hyperoncotic albumin solution decreases sodium reabsorption by the proximal tubule. The present micropuncture studies test the thesis that albumin infusion depresses proximal reabsorption by an effect unrelated to expansion of the plasma volume, perhaps due to an effect of parathyroid hormone (PTH) on proximal sodium reabsorption. Infusion of salt-poor hyperoncotic albumin significantly decreased plasma ionized calcium, increased immunoreactive PTH (iPTH) in plasma, decreased sodium reabsorption by the proximal tubule, and increased phosphate clearance. In contrast, infusions of albumin, in which the ionized calcium was restored to normal plasma levels, had no significant effect on ionized calcium, iPTH, proximal reabsorption, or phosphate clearance in intact dogs. Similarly, in parathyroidectomized animals given a constant replacement infusion of PTH, albumin infusion had no significant effect on proximal reabsorption or phosphate clearance. Plasma volume was markedly expanded following albumin infusion in all groups of dogs. These findings (a) indicate that PTH plays a significant role in the decrease in sodium reabsorption by the renal proximal tubule after salt-poor hyperoncotic albumin infusion, and (b) dissociate preferential expansion of the plasma volume from decreases in sodium reabsorption by the proximal tubule.
PMCID: PMC301492  PMID: 11344563
14.  Long-Term Cinacalcet HCl Treatment Improved Bone Metabolism in Japanese Hemodialysis Patients with Secondary Hyperparathyroidism 
American Journal of Nephrology  2008;29(3):230-236.
Few clinical trials conducted with cinacalcet have thoroughly addressed its effects of on bone metabolism. We assessed the effects of cinacalcet on bone markers in Japanese hemodialysis (HD) patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT).
200 Japanese HD patients with intact PTH (iPTH) levels ≥300 pg/ml were enrolled. The dose of cinacalcet was titrated from 25 up to 100 mg/day to achieve iPTH levels ≤250 pg/ml for 52 weeks.
At the end of the study visit, 57.8% of patients (115/199) had achieved iPTH levels ≤250 pg/ml. Serum Ca, phosphorus (P) and Ca × P levels decreased rapidly and were maintained throughout the study. At week 52, all bone metabolic markers levels had decreased significantly from baseline. Although bone resorption markers gradually decreased throughout the study period, bone alkaline phosphatase significantly increased during the first 4 weeks and then gradually decreased.
The time courses of changes in bone markers after cinacalcet treatment resembled those observed after surgical parathyroidectomy (PTx), sometimes described as the hungry bone syndrome, indicating that cinacalcet treatment induces a rapid recovery in bone response to calcium. In addition, long-term efficacy and safety of cinacalcet were also observed in Japanese patients undertaking long-term hemodialysis (167.0 ± 81.4 months).
PMCID: PMC2786022  PMID: 18797166
Osteodystrophy; Bone disease; Hyperparathyroidism; Parathyroid hormone; Calcium
15.  Rapid Decrease of Intact Parathyroid Hormone Could Be a Predictor of Better Response to Cinacalcet in Hemodialysis Patients 
Yonsei Medical Journal  2013;54(2):453-463.
Cinacalcet is effective for treating refractory secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT), but little is known about the response rates and clinical factors influencing the response.
Materials and Methods
A prospective, single-arm, multi-center study was performed for 24 weeks. Cinacalcet was administered to patients with intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) level greater than 300 pg/mL. Cinacalcet was started at a dose of 25 mg daily and titrated until 100 mg to achieve a serum iPTH level <300 pg/mL (primary end point). Early response to cinacalcet was defined as a decrease of iPTH more than 50% within one month.
Fifty-seven patients were examined. Based on the magnitude of iPTH decrease, patients were divided into responder (n=47, 82.5%) and non-responder (n=10, 17.5%) groups. Among the responders, 38 achieved the primary end point, whereas 9 patients showed a reduction in serum iPTH of 30% or more, but did not reach the primary end point. Compared to non-responders, responders were significantly older (p=0.026), female (p=0.041), and diabetics (p<0.001). Additionally, early response was observed more frequently in the responders (30/47, 63.8%), of whom the majority (27/30, 90.0%) achieved the primary end point. Multivariate analysis showed that lower baseline iPTH levels [odds ratio (OR) 0.96, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.93-0.99], the presence of diabetes (OR 46.45, CI 1.92-1125.6) and early response (OR 21.54, CI 2.94-157.7) were significant clinical factors affecting achievement of iPTH target.
Cinacalcet was effective in most hemodialysis patients with refractory SHPT. The presence of an early response was closely associated with the achievement of target levels of iPTH.
PMCID: PMC3575968  PMID: 23364981
Cinacalcet; end-stage renal disease; hemodialysis; parathyroid hormone; secondary hyperparathyroidism
16.  Etiology of hyperparathyroidism and bone disease during chronic hemodialysis 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1971;50(3):599-605.
Plasma concentration of immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (IPTH) was measured in 18 patients who had been on a hemodialysis program for longer than 6 months. A negative correlation was found between the predialysis plasma concentration of IPTH and the mean concentration of calcium in the dialysate previously used: plasma concentrations of IPTH were higher in patients dialyzed against a calcium concentration between 4.9 and 5.6 mg/100 ml than in patients dialyzed against a calcium concentration of 6.0 mg/100 ml or more. Plasma concentrations of IPTH also were higher in patients with bone disease than in patients without bone disease. Furthermore, a positive correlation was found between predialysis plasma concentrations of IPTH and calcium, and between mean predialysis concentration of IPTH and phosphate. To obviate the possibility that individual differences in susceptibility could have accounted for the observed effects of plasma phosphate and of dialysate calcium, a 2 × 2 factorial study was conducted in seven of these patients to examine the independent effects of perturbation of each of these factors. It was observed that plasma concentration of IPTH was lowest with the combination of high dialysate calcium and low plasma phosphate, highest with the combination of low dialysate calcium and high plasma phosphate, and intermediate with the two other combinations. It is concluded that both dialysate calcium and plasma phosphate are important determinants of parathyroid function in these patients.
PMCID: PMC291968  PMID: 5545122
17.  Suppressive Effects of 24,25-Dihydroxycholecalciferol on Bone Resorption Induced by Acute Bilateral Nephrectomy in Rats 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1981;68(3):803-810.
The possible suppressive effects of 24,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol on secondary hyperparathyroidism and increased bone resorption were investigated in adult rats raised on a diet normal in calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D, and subjected to acute bilateral nephrectomy. The animals had received subcutaneous radiocalcium 4 wk before the experiment. 5 h after nephrectomy an increase in serum total calcium, 45Ca-specific activity, citrate, phosphorus, and magnesium concentrations were observed. Serum immunoreactive parathyroid hormone increased, while serum calcitonin decreased. The osteoclast count in the tibial metaphyses was augmented. The biochemical and histological changes observed were partly parathyroid hormone and calcitonin independent, as they also occurred in parathyroidectomized hypocalcemic rats. Pretreatment with 650 pmol of 24,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol 16 h before nephrectomy prevented bone calcium mobilization and diminished the rise in serum total calcium and citrate both in parathyroid-intact and in parathyroidectomized animals. In parathyroid-intact rats, serum immunoreactive parathyroid hormone and calcitonin remained normal in spite of the fall in serum-ionized calcium, and the number of osteoclasts did not increase. In parathyroidectomized rats, 24,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol did not prevent the postnephrectomy rise in the osteoclast count. This latter observation suggests that this metabolite exerts its effect on bone either by acting on cells other than osteoclasts, i.e., the osteocytes, or by inhibiting cell activity. At equimolar dosage 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol had a potent stimulatory effect on bone resorption. This effect of 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol was partly blocked by the simultaneous administration of 24,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol.
The potential clinical significance of these observations remains to be determined.
PMCID: PMC370863  PMID: 6974178
18.  Hypercalcemia in a Patient with Polycythemia Vera 
Chonnam Medical Journal  2012;48(2):128-129.
A 59-year-old female with diabetes mellitus presented with hypercalcemia and polycythemia. Her serum calcium and intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) levels were increased, and Tc-99m sesta-MIBI scanning showed hot uptake in the lower portion of the left thyroid lobe. After parathyroidectomy, her calcium, iPTH, and polycythemia were normalized. In conclusion, the differential diagnosis of polycythemia and hypercalcemia should also include the possibility of a parathyroid tumor in addition to other neoplasms.
PMCID: PMC3434793  PMID: 22977755
Hypercalcemia; Polycythemia vera; Parathyroid tumor
19.  Nephrogenous Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate as a Parathyroid Function Test 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1977;60(4):771-783.
Nephrogenous cyclic AMP (NcAMP), total cyclic AMP excretion (UcAMP), and plasma immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH), determined with a multivalent antiserum, were prospectively measured in 55 control subjects, 57 patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (1°HPT), and 10 patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism.
In the group with 1° HPT, NcAMP was elevated in 52 patients (91%), and similar elevations were noted in subgroups of 26 patients with mild (serum calcium ≤10.7 mg/dl) or intermittent hypercalcemia, 19 patients with mild renal insufficiency (mean glomerular filtration rate, 64 ml/min), and 10 patients with moderate renal insufficiency (mean glomerular filtration rate, 43 ml/min). Plasma iPTH was increased in 41 patients (73%).
The development of a parametric expression for UcAMP was found to be critically important in the clinical interpretation of results for total cAMP excretion. Because of renal impairment in a large number of patients, the absolute excretion rate of cAMP correlated poorly with the hyperparathyroid state. Expressed as a function of creatinine excretion, UcAMP was elevated in 81% of patients with 1° HPT, but the nonparametric nature of the expression led to a number of interpretive difficulties. The expression of cAMP excretion as a function of glomerular filtration rate was developed on the basis of the unique features of cAMP clearance in man, and this expression, which provided elevated values in 51 (89%) of the patients with 1° HPT, avoided entirely the inadequacies of alternative expressions.
Results for NcAMP and UcAMP in nonazotemic and azotemic patients with hypoparathyroidism confirmed the validity of the measurements and the expressions employed.
PMCID: PMC372425  PMID: 197123
20.  Parathyroid Function in Primary Osteoporosis 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1973;52(1):181-184.
Two major species of serum immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH) were measured in 47 untreated patients with primary osteoporosis by using two highly specific radioimmunoassays. Mean iPTH was normal with one antiserum but was lower than normal (P < 0.001) with the other, iPTH values did not correlate with biochemical parameters or with the proportion of bone-resorbing surfaces in iliac crest bone biopsy specimens. These data suggest that the increased bone resorption is not due to increased parathyroid function in most osteoporotic patients. However, seven of our patients (15%) appear to represent a separate population because they had increased values with one or the other of the antisera.
PMCID: PMC302240  PMID: 4734167
21.  Immunoreactive Forms of Circulating Parathyroid Hormone in Primary and Ectopic Hyperparathyroidism 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1974;54(1):175-181.
The immunoreactive forms of parathyroid hormone (iPTH) in the plasma of six patients with primary, adenomatous hyperparathyroidism and six patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism due to non-parathyroid cancer were compared by using gel filtration on columns of Bio-Gel P-150 and radioimmunoassay of iPTH in eluted fractions after concentration. We found much less (p<0.001) small (mol wt<9,500) COOH-terminal fragments of iPTH in plasma samples from ectopic hyperparathyroid patients (0.52±0.13 ng eq/ml) than in samples from primary hyperparathyroid patients (3.70±1.15 ng eq/ml). The quantity of iPTH eluting with or before native bovine PTH [1-84] was the same in both syndromes (ectopic hyperparathyroidism, 0.82±0.22 ng eq/ml; primary hyperparathyroidism, 0.73±0.09 ng eq/ml), and these values correlated positively with plasma calcium concentration (ectopic hyperparathyroidism, r=0.908; primary hyperparathyroidism, r=0.919). In both syndromes, plasma samples had an iPTH component that eluted well before PTH [1-84] (mol wt 9,500), but this component was present in much larger quantities in three patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism. We conclude that (a) the decreased quantity of biologically inactive COOH-terminal fragments of iPTH circulating in ectopic hyperparathyroidism accounts for the previously reported relatively lower total serum iPTH values in this syndrome as compared with primary hyperparathyroidism (Riggs et al. 1971. J. Clin. Invest. 50: 2079); (b) there appears to be sufficient iPTH with presumed biologic activity to account for the hypercalcemia in both syndromes; (c) a large PTH component, not previously recognized in plasma, is present in both ectopic and primary hyperparathyroidism and may exist as the predominant immunoreactive form of the hormone in some patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism.
PMCID: PMC301537  PMID: 4834887
22.  Immunoheterogeneity of Parathyroid Hormone in Venous Effluent Serum from Hyperfunctioning Parathyroid Glands 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1977;60(6):1367-1375.
The immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH) in the plasma of hyperparathyroid man consists largely of carboxyl (COOH)-terminal fragments of the hormone. Although these fragments have been thought to arise principally or solely from peripheral metabolism of intact human PTH {hPTH(1-84)} secreted from the parathyroid gland, there is disagreement about the source of iPTH fragments in vivo.
To reexamine this question, we fractionated peripheral and thyroid or parathyroid venous effluent sera from four patients with primary hyperparathyroidism using a high-resolution gel filtration system (Bio-Gel P-150 columns run by reverse flow). The column effluents were analyzed using two PTH radioimmunoassays, one directed toward the amino(NH2)-terminal region of the molecule, the other toward the COOH-terminal region.
In all four thyroid or parathyroid venous effluent sera studied, iPTH was 9-180 times higher than in peripheral serum from the same patient; after fractionation, hPTH(1-84) accounted for only a portion of the total iPTH (35-55% with the assay directed toward the COOH-terminal region of hPTH, >90% with the NH2-terminal directed assay.) The remaining iPTH eluted from Bio-Gel P-150 after hPTH(1-84) as NH2-or COOH-terminal hPTH fragments. These results suggest that parathyroid tumors secrete large quantities of hPTH fragments. Based on estimates of their molar concentrations in serum, tumor-secreted COOH-terminal hPTH fragments could account for most of these peptides in peripheral serum if their survival times were, as estimated by several other workers, 5-10 times that of hPTH(1-84).
We conclude that, in contrast to published information, secretory products of hyperfunctioning parathyroid tissue are probably a major source of serum PTH immunoheterogeneity.
PMCID: PMC372494  PMID: 915003
23.  Is serum phosphorus control related to parathyroid hormone control in dialysis patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism? 
BMC Nephrology  2012;13:76.
Elevated serum phosphorus (P) levels have been linked to increased morbidity and mortality in dialysis patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) but may be difficult to control if parathyroid hormone (PTH) is persistently elevated. We conducted a post hoc analysis of data from an earlier interventional study (OPTIMA) to explore the relationship between PTH control and serum P.
The OPTIMA study randomized dialysis patients with intact PTH (iPTH) 300–799 pg/mL to receive conventional care alone (vitamin D and/or phosphate binders [PB]; n = 184) or a cinacalcet-based regimen (n = 368). For patients randomized to conventional care, investigators were allowed flexibility in using a non-cinacalcet regimen (with no specific criteria for vitamin D analogue dosage) to attain KDOQI™ targets for iPTH, P, Ca and Ca x P. For those assigned to the cinacalcet-based regimen, dosages of cinacalcet, vitamin D sterols, and PB were optimized over the first 16 weeks of the study, using a predefined treatment algorithm. The present analysis examined achievement of serum P targets (≤4.5 and ≤5.5 mg/dL) in relation to achievement of iPTH ≤300 pg/mL during the efficacy assessment phase (EAP; weeks 17–23).
Patients who achieved iPTH ≤ 300 pg/mL (or a reduction of ≥30% from baseline) were more likely to achieve serum P targets than those who did not, regardless of treatment group. Of those who did achieve iPTH ≤ 300 pg/mL, 43% achieved P ≤4.5 mg/dL and 70% achieved P ≤5.5 mg/dL, versus 21% and 46% of those who did not achieve iPTH ≤ 300 pg/mL. Doses of PB tended to be higher in patients not achieving serum P targets. Patients receiving cinacalcet were more likely to achieve iPTH ≤300 pg/mL than those receiving conventional care (73% vs 23% of patients). Logistic regression analysis identified lower baseline P, no PB use at baseline and cinacalcet treatment to be predictors of achieving P ≤4.5 mg/dL during EAP in patients above this threshold at baseline.
This post hoc analysis found that control of serum P in dialysis patients was better when serum PTH levels were lowered effectively, regardless of treatment received.
Trial registration identifier NCT00110890
PMCID: PMC3473247  PMID: 22863242
24.  An iPTH based protocol for the prevention and treatment of symptomatic hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy 
The Journal of surgical research  2013;186(1):10.1016/j.jss.2013.09.026.
Symptomatic hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy is a barrier to same day surgery, and the cause of ER visits. A standard protocol of calcium and vitamin D supplementation, dependent on intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) levels, can address this issue. How effective is it? When does it fail?
We performed a retrospective review of the prospective Thyroid Database from January 2006 to December 2010. 620 patients underwent completion (CT) or total thyroidectomy (TT), and followed our post-operative protocol of calcium carbonate administration for iPTH levels ≥10pg/ml and calcium carbonate and 0.25μg calcitriol BID for iPTH <10pg/ml. Calcium and iPTH values, pathology and medication, were compared to evaluate protocol efficacy. A p value <0.05 was considered statistically significant.
Using the protocol, sixty-one (10.2%) patients were chemically hypocalcemic but never developed symptoms and twenty-four (3.9%) patients developed breakthrough symptomatic hypocalcemia. The symptomatic (SX) and asymptomatic (ASX) groups were similar with regard to gender, cancer diagnosis, and pre-operative calcium and iPTH. The symptomatic group was significantly younger (39.6 ± 2.8 vs. 49 ± 0.6 years, p=0.01), with lower post-operative iPTH levels. 33% (n=8) of SX patients had an iPTH ≤5 pg/ml vs. only 6% (n=37) of ASX patients. While the majority of patients with a PTH <5 pg/ml were asymptomatic, 62.5% (n=5) of SX patients with iPTH levels ≤5 pg/ml, required an increased in calcitriol dose to achieve both biochemical correction and symptom relief.
Prophylactic calcium and vitamin D supplementation based on post-operative iPTH levels can minimize symptomatic hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy. An iPTH ≤ 5pg/ml may warrant higher initial doses of calcitriol in order to prevent symptoms.
PMCID: PMC3871885  PMID: 24144426
intact parathyroid hormone; symptomatic; hypocalcemia; protocol
25.  Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D3, parathyroid hormone and blood pressure in an elderly cohort from Germany: a cross-sectional study 
Although several studies indicate a link between vitamin D status and blood pressure (BP), the results are inconsistent. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether in predominantly non-obese elderly people without vitamin D deficiency or very high intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) levels serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 [25(OH)D3] and iPTH are independently associated with BP.
Cross-sectional data of 132 non-institutionalised subjects (90 women and 42 men, aged 66- 96 years) from Giessen, Germany, were analysed. Serum 25(OH)D3 and iPTH were measured by an electrochemiluminescence immunoassay and BP was determined with a sphygmomanometer. We performed univariate and multiple regression analyses to examine the influence of 25(OH)D3 and iPTH on BP with adjustments for age, body composition and lifestyle factors.
While iPTH had no impact on BP, 25(OH)D3 was negatively associated with systolic BP in men, but not in women. After splitting the cohort into antihypertensive medication users and non-users, 25(OH)D3 was a significant predictor for systolic and diastolic BP only in men not receiving antihypertensive medicine, even after multiple adjustment. Adjustment for 25(OH)D3 resulted in an inverse association of iPTH with diastolic BP also only in men without intake of antihypertensive medicine.
In elderly men without vitamin D deficiency and not taking antihypertensive medicine, 25(OH)D3 may be a negative determinant of BP, independent of iPTH, body composition and lifestyle factors. Furthermore, iPTH may be an independent negative determinant of diastolic BP in men not taking antihypertensive medicine.
PMCID: PMC3362780  PMID: 22433818
25-Hydroxyvitamin D3; Parathyroid hormone; Blood pressure; Elderly

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