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1.  Effect of dietary phosphorus on circulating concentrations of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D and immunoreactive parathyroid hormone in children with moderate renal insufficiency. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1984;73(6):1580-1589.
The hyperparathyroidism characteristic of patients with moderate renal insufficiency could be caused by decreases in the plasma concentration of ionized calcium (Ca++) evoked by: (a) recurring increases in the plasma concentration of inorganic phosphorus that may be detectable only in the post-prandial period; (b) a reversible, phosphorus-mediated suppression of renal 25-hydroxyvitamin D-1 alpha-hydroxylase that decreases the plasma concentration of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25-(OH)2D) enough to decrease both gut absorption and bone resorption of Ca++; (c) both of these. In a group of eight children with moderate renal insufficiency, mean glomerular filtration rate (GFR) 45 +/- 4 (SE) ml/min per 1.73 M2, ages 6-17 yr, we tested these hypotheses by determining the effect of short term (5 d) restriction and supplementation of dietary intake of phosphorus on the plasma concentration of 1,25-(OH)2D, the serum concentrations of immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH) and phosphorus, and the fractional renal excretion of phosphorus ( FEPi ). When dietary phosphorus was normal, 1.2 g/d, the serum concentrations of phosphorus throughout the day were not greater than those of normal control children, and the serum concentrations of carboxyl-terminal iPTH (C-iPTH) were greater, 59 +/- 9 vs. 17 +/- 3 mu leq/ml, and unchanging; the serum concentration of intact-iPTH was also greater, 198 +/- 14 vs. 119 +/- 8 pg/ml. The plasma concentration of 1,25-(OH)2D was lower than that of age-matched controls, 27 +/- 3 vs. 36 +/- 2 pg/ml (P less than 0.01). When dietary phosphorus was restricted to 0.35 g/d, the plasma concentration of 1,25-(OH)2D increased by 60% to a mean value not different from that of normal controls, while serum concentrations of C-iPTH and intact-iPTH decreased by 25%, the latter concentration to a mean value not different from that of controls. FEPi decreased from 31 to 9%. When dietary phosphorus was supplemented to 2.4 g/d, the plasma concentration of 1,25-(OH)2D decreased 32%, while those of C-iPTH and intact-iPTH increased by 131 and 45%, respectively; FEPi increased from 27 to 53%. Plasma concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D remained normal and unchanged, and GFR did not change when dietary phosphorus was manipulated. The data demonstrate that in children with moderate renal insufficiency: (a) A normal dietary intake of phosphorus in attended by a decreased circulating concentration of 1,25-(OH)2D and an increased concentration of iPTH, but not by recurring increases in the serum concentration of phosphorus at any time of the day; (b) Dietary phosphorus is, however, a major determinant of the circulating concentrations of both 1,25-(OH)2D and iPTH, which vary inversely and directly, respectively, with dietary intake of phosphorus, and increase and decrease, respectively, to normal values when phosphorus is restricted for 5 d; (c) Restriction and supplementation of dietary phosphorus induces changes in the serum concentration of iPTH that correlate strongly but inversely with those induced in the plasma concentration of 1,25-(OH)2D (r = -0.88, P < 0.001); and (d) The physiologic responsiveness of the renal tubule to changes in dietary phosphorus is to a substantial extent intact. The data provide support for the second hypothesis stated.
PMCID: PMC437069  PMID: 6547151
2.  Hypocalcemia may not be essential for the development of secondary hyperparathyroidism in chronic renal failure. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1986;78(4):1097-1102.
Hypocalcemia is the main factor responsible for the genesis of secondary hyperparathyroidism in chronic renal disease. Studies with parathyroid cells obtained from uremic patients indicate that there is a shift in the set point for calcium-regulated hormone (parathyroid hormone [PTH] secretion. Studies were performed in dogs to further clarify this new potential mechanism. Hypocalcemia was prevented in uremic dogs by the administration of a high calcium diet. Initially, ionized calcium was 4.79 +/- 0.09 mg/dl and gradually increased up to 5.30 +/- 0.05 mg/dl. Despite a moderate increase in ionized calcium, immunoreactive PTH (iPTH) increased from 64 +/- 7.7 to 118 +/- 21 pg/ml. Serum 1,25(OH)2D3 decreased from 25.4 +/- 3.8 to 12.2 +/- 3.6 pg/ml. Further studies were performed in two other groups of dogs. One group received 150-200 ng and the second group 75-100 ng of 1,25(OH)2D3 twice daily. The levels of 1,25(OH)2D3 increased from 32.8 +/- 3.5 to a maximum of 69.6 +/- 4.4 pg/ml. In the second group the levels of serum 1,25(OH)2D3 after nephrectomy remained normal during the study. Amino-terminal iPTH did not increase in either of the two groups treated with 1,25(OH)2D3. In summary, the dogs at no time developed hypocalcemia; however, there was an 84% increase in iPTH levels, suggesting that hypocalcemia, per se, may not be the only factor responsible for the genesis of secondary hyperparathyroidism.
PMCID: PMC423770  PMID: 3760186
3.  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
4.  Efficacy and safety of oral doxercalciferol in the management of secondary hyperparathyroidism in chronic kidney disease stage 4 
Indian Journal of Nephrology  2013;23(4):271-275.
This study was carried out to evaluate the efficacy and safety of doxercalciferol as therapy for secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 4 in a prospective clinical trial. A total of 35 CKD-4 patients who had a baseline parathyroid hormone (iPTH) >150 pg/mL and had not received any vitamin D analog in the preceding 8 weeks were followed up at intervals of 6 weeks for 18 weeks on oral therapy with doxercalciferol. The starting dose was 1.5 μg/day, and the dose was increased in steps of 1 μg/day if iPTH did not decrease by at least 30% on the subsequent visit. Doxercalciferol was stopped temporarily if low iPTH (<70 pg/mL), hypercalcemia (>10.7 mg/dL), or severe hyperphosphatemia (>8.0 mg/dL) occurred, and was restarted at a lower dose on reversal of these abnormalities. Calcium acetate was the only phosphate binder used. Mean iPTH decreased by 35.4 ± 4.4% from 381.7 ± 31.3 pg/mL to 237.9 ± 25.7 pg/mL (P < 0.001). The proportion of patients who achieved 30% and 50% suppression of iPTH levels was 83% and 72%, respectively. Mean serum calcium, phosphorus, and calcium-phosphorus product values did not differ significantly from the baseline values. Four, two, and nine patients developed hypercalcemia, severe hyperphosphatemia, and high CaxP (>55), respectively. Almost all patients recovered to an acceptable level within 2 weeks of stopping doxercalciferol and adjusting the phosphate binder dose. In all, 21 patients required temporary stoppage of therapy. Most of them were restarted on therapy at a reduced dose during the study. It can, therefore, be concluded that doxercalciferol is effective in controlling SHPT in CKD-4 patients with an acceptable risk of hyperphosphatemia and hypercalcemia.
PMCID: PMC3741971  PMID: 23960343
Chronic kidney disease; doxercalciferol; parathyroid hormone; pre-dialysis; secondary hyperparathyroidism; vitamin D
5.  Effects of paricalcitol on calcium and phosphate metabolism and markers of bone health in patients with diabetic nephropathy: results of the VITAL study 
Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation  2013;28(9):2260-2268.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with elevations in serum phosphate, calcium–phosphorus product and bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BAP), with attendant risks of cardiovascular and bone disorders. Active vitamin D can suppress parathyroid hormone (PTH), but may raise serum calcium and phosphate concentrations. Paricalcitol, a selective vitamin D activator, suppressed PTH in CKD patients (stages 3 and 4) with secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) with minimal changes in calcium and phosphate metabolism.
The VITAL study enrolled patients with CKD stages 2–4. We examined the effect and relationship of paricalcitol to calcium and phosphate metabolism and bone markers in a post hoc analysis of VITAL. The study comprised patients with diabetic nephropathy enrolled in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of paricalcitol (1 or 2 μg/day). Urinary and serum calcium and phosphate, serum BAP, and intact PTH (iPTH) concentrations were measured throughout the study.
Baseline demographics and calcium, phosphate, PTH (49% with iPTH <70 pg/mL), and BAP concentrations were similar between groups. A transient, modest yet significant increase in phosphate was observed for paricalcitol 2 μg/day (+0.29 mg/dL; P < 0.001). Dose-dependent increases in serum and urinary calcium were observed; however, there were few cases of hypercalcemia: one in the 1-μg/day group (1.1%) and three in the 2-μg/day group (3.2%). Significant reductions in BAP were observed that persisted for 60 days after paricalcitol discontinuation (P < 0.001 for combined paricalcitol groups versus placebo). Paricalcitol dose-dependent reductions in iPTH were observed. Paricalcitol in CKD patients (±SHPT) was associated with modest increases in calcium and phosphate.
Paricalcitol reduces BAP levels, which may be beneficial for reducing vascular calcification.
Trial registration
Trial is registered with, number NCT00421733.
PMCID: PMC3769981  PMID: 23787544
bone-specific alkaline phosphatase; calcitriol; hypercalcemia; hyperphosphatemia; paricalcitol; vitamin D receptor activation
6.  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
7.  Metabolic Consequences of Oral Administration of 24,25-Dihydroxycholecalciferol to Uremic Dogs 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1980;65(3):571-576.
24,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol [24,25-(OH)2D3], once considered a relatively inert metabolite of vitamin D3, has been recently recognized as a metabolically active product in some species. In previous studies, we have shown that infusion of 24,25(OH)2D3 into the thyroid artery of normal dogs results in prompt and complete suppression of parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion. In this study, we have examined the metabolic consequences of oral administration of this metabolite in dogs with experimentally induced renal hyperparathyroidism. Dogs with comparable degrees of renal insufficiency (glomerular filtration rate, 10-15 ml/min) were treated for 3 wk with daily doses of either 2 μg of 24,25(OH)2D3 or 50% ethanol, the vehicle in which the metabolite was suspended. After a 6-wk recovery period, treatments were reversed: dogs who had previously served as controls received the metabolite while dogs previously treated with metabolite received the vehicle. Administration of 24,25(OH)2D3 resulted in a 40-60% decrease of immunoreactive PTH. This was associated with a small (0.1-0.2 mg/dl) but unequivocal decrease of serum ionized calcium. Calcium balance, which was slightly negative under control conditions, became slightly but definitively positive on treatment with 24,25(OH)2D3. All other parameters measured, including total serum calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, creatinine, electrolytes, phosphorus excretion, and phosphorus balance, remained unchanged. The data support the hypothesis that 24,25(OH)2D3 not only decreases PTH secretion but also functions as an anabolic hormone in bone under the conditions of this experiment.
PMCID: PMC371397  PMID: 7354130
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1974;54(2):287-296.
Serum immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH) and plasma total calcium, ionized calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus levels were determined during the first 9 days of life in 137 normal term infants, 55 “sick” infants, and 43 hypocalcemic (Ca <7.5 mg/100 ml; Ca++<4.0 mg/100 ml) infants.
In the cord blood, elevated levels of plasma Ca++ and Ca were observed, while levels of serum iPTH were either undetectable or low. In normal newborns during the first 48 h of life there was a decrease in plasma Ca and Ca++, while the serum iPTH level in most samples remained undetectable or low; after 48 h there were parallel increases in plasma Ca and Ca++ and serum iPTH levels. Plasma Mg and P levels increased progressively after birth in normal infants.
In the sick infants, plasma Ca, Ca++ and P levels were significantly lower than in the normal newborns, while no significant differences were found in the plasma Mg levels. The general pattern of serum iPTH levels in the sick infants was similar to that observed in the normal group, though there was a tendency for the increase in serum iPTH to occur earlier and for the iPTH levels to be higher in the sick infants.
In the hypocalcemic infants, plasma Mg levels were consistently lower than in the normal infants after 24 h of age, while no significant differences were found in the plasma P levels. Hyperphosphatemia was uncommon and did not appear to be a contributing factor in the pathogenesis of hypocalcemia in most infants. Most of the hypocalcemic infants, including those older than 48 h, had inappropriately low serum iPTH levels.
Evidence obtained from these studies indicates that parathyroid secretion is normally low in the early new born period and impaired parathyroid function, characterized by undetectable or low serum iPTH, is present in most infants with neonatal hypocalcemia. Additional unknown factors appear to contribute to the lowering of plasma Ca in the neonatal period. The net effect of unknown plasma hypocalcemic factor(s) on the one hand and parathyroid activity on the other may account for differences in plasma Ca levels observed between normal, sick, and hypocalcemic infants. Depressed plasma Mg is frequently present in hypocalcemic infants. To what degree the hypomagnesemia reflects parathyroid insufficiency or the converse, to what degree parathyroid insufficiency and hypocalcemia are secondary to hypomagnesemia, is uncertain.
PMCID: PMC301556  PMID: 4858778
9.  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
10.  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
11.  A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of calcium acetate on serum phosphorus concentrations in patients with advanced non-dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease 
BMC Nephrology  2011;12:9.
Hyperphosphatemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) contributes to secondary hyperparathyroidism, soft tissue calcification, and increased mortality risk. This trial was conducted to examine the efficacy and safety of calcium acetate in controlling serum phosphorus in pre-dialysis patients with CKD.
In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 110 nondialyzed patients from 34 sites with estimated GFR < 30 mL/min/1.73 m2 and serum phosphorus > 4.5 mg/dL were randomized to calcium acetate or placebo for 12 weeks. The dose of study drugs was titrated to achieve target serum phosphorus of 2.7-4.5 mg/dL. Serum phosphorus, calcium, iPTH, bicarbonate and serum albumin were measured at baseline and every 2 weeks for the 12 week study period. The primary efficacy endpoint was serum phosphorus at 12 weeks. Secondary endpoints were to measure serum calcium and intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) levels.
At 12 weeks, serum phosphorus concentration was significantly lower in the calcium acetate group compared to the placebo group (4.4 ± 1.2 mg/dL vs. 5.1 ± 1.4 mg/dL; p = 0.04). The albumin-adjusted serum calcium concentration was significantly higher (9.5 ± 0.8 vs. 8.8 ± 0.8; p < 0.001) and iPTH was significantly lower in the calcium acetate group compared to placebo (150 ± 157 vs. 351 ± 292 pg/mL respectively; p < 0.001). At 12 weeks, the proportions of subjects who had hypocalcemia were 5.4% and 19.5% for the calcium acetate and the placebo groups, respectively, while the proportions of those with hypercalcemia were 13.5% and 0%, respectively. Adverse events did not differ between the treatment groups.
In CKD patients not yet on dialysis, calcium acetate was effective in reducing serum phosphorus and iPTH over a 12 week period.
Trial Registration NCT00211978.
PMCID: PMC3055808  PMID: 21324193
12.  Evidence for Skeletal Resistance to Parathyroid Hormone in Magnesium Deficiency 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1979;64(5):1238-1244.
Hypocalcemia during magnesium (Mg) depletion has been well described, but the precise mechanism(s) responsible for its occurrence is not yet fully understood. The hypocalcemia has been ascribed to decreased parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion as well as skeletal resistance to PTH. Whereas the former is well established, controversy exists as to whether or not Mg depletion results in skeletal resistance to PTH. These studies examine the skeletal response to PTH in normal dogs and dogs fed a Mg-free diet for 4-6 mo. Isolated tibia from normal (serum Mg 1.83±0.1 mg/100 ml) and experimental dogs (serum Mg 1.34±0.15 mg/100 ml) were perfused with Krebs-Henseleit buffer during a constant infusion of 3 ng/ml of synthetic bovine PTH 1-34 (syn b-PTH 1-34). The arteriovenous (A-V) difference for immunoreactive PTH (iPTH) across seven normal bones was 37.5±3%. In contrast, the A-V difference for iPTH was markedly depressed to 10.1±1% across seven bones from Mg-depleted dogs. These findings correlated well with a biological effect (cyclic AMP [cAMP] production) of syn b-PTH 1-34 on bone. In control bones, cAMP production rose from a basal level of 5.8±0.2 to 17.5±0.7 pmol/min after syn b-PTH 1-34 infusion. In experimental bones, basal cAMP production was significantly lower than in controls, 4.5±0.1 pmol/min, and increased to only 7.1±0.4 pmol/min after syn b-PTH 1-34 infusion. Even when PTH concentrations were increased to 20 ng/ml, cAMP production by experimental bones was lower than in control bones perfused with 3 ng/ml. Histological examination of bones from Mg-deficient dogs showed a picture compatible with skeletal inactivity. These studies demonstrate decreased uptake of iPTH and diminished cAMP production by bone, which indicates skeletal resistance to PTH in chronic Mg deficiency.
PMCID: PMC371269  PMID: 227929
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
14.  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
15.  Comparison between Calcitriol and Calcitriol Plus Low-Dose Cinacalcet for the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in Chronic Dialysis Patients 
Nutrients  2013;5(4):1336-1348.
Aim: Uremic hyperparathyroidism (UHPT) has been shown to contribute to the development and progression of chronic kidney disease—mineral bone disorder. UHPT is frequently observed in chronic dialysis patients, and patients with UHPT are associated with increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. Cinacalcet is a novel agent that increases sensitivity to the calcium-sensing receptor and is approved for control of UHPT. Nevertheless, cinacalcet is costly and information regarding efficacy of low-dose cinacalcet on UHPT is limited. Methods: We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate treatment with either low-dose calcitriol combined with low-dose cinacalcet (25 mg) (d-Cinacalcet) or calcitriol alone (VitD) in dialysis patients with moderate to severe UHPT. A total of 81 dialysis patients were enrolled (40 subjects in d-Cinacalcet group and 41 subjects in VitD group). Demographic data including age, gender, duration on dialysis and biochemical data were reviewed and recorded. Results: At the end of the study, the intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) levels of the d-Cinacalcet group declined significantly (from 1166.0 ± 469.3 pg/mL to 679.8 ± 421.6 pg/mL, p < 0.0001), while there was no significant change in the VitD group. Significant decrease of serum calcium (Ca: 9.9 ± 0.6 mg/dL vs. 9.6 ± 0.8 mg/dL, p = 0.002), phosphorus (P: 5.9 ± 1.3 mg/dL vs. 4.9 ± 0.9 mg/dL, p < 0.0001) and calcium phosphate product (Ca × P: 58.7 ± 15.0 mg2/dL2 vs. 46.9 ± 8.9 mg2/dL2, p < 0.0001) were observed in the d-Cinacalcet group. In addition, the subjects in the d-Cinacalcet group had a greater proportion to achieve Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI)-recommended biochemical targets than the subjects in the VitD group (Ca: 48% vs. 24%; P: 78% vs. 32%; Ca × P: 85% vs. 37%; iPTH: 15% vs. 0%). Conclusions: We conclude that combination therapy of low-dose cinacalcet and calcitriol is more effective than calcitriol alone as a treatment for moderate and severe UHPT in chronic dialysis patients. Furthermore, this therapy is associated with improvement in hyperphosphatemia and hypercalcemia.
PMCID: PMC3705351  PMID: 23603995
cinacalcet; uremic hyperparathyroidism; dialysis; parathyroid hormone
16.  Do current screening recommendations allow for early detection of lithium-induced hyperparathyroidism in patients with bipolar disorder? 
Current screening recommendations for early detection of lithium-associated hyperparathyroidism propose an exclusive measurement of serum albumin-adjusted calcium (Aac) concentration as a single first step. However, longitudinal data in patients with recurrent affective disorders suggest that increases in serum intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) levels in lithium-treated patients may not necessarily be accompanied by a parallel increase in the concentration of Aac. If true, patients with an isolated increase in iPTH concentration above the reference range might be missed following current screening recommendations. Therefore, this study set out to examine key parameters of calcium metabolism, including iPTH and 25-hydroxycholecalciferol concentrations in patients with bipolar disorder that was or was not managed with lithium.
Sixty patients with bipolar disorder according to DSM-IV were enrolled, 30 of whom had received long-term lithium treatment (lithium group), whereas the other 30 patients were on psychopharmacological treatment not including lithium (non-lithium group) at the time of the study. Owing to exclusion criteria (e.g., lithium < 6 months, laboratory results indicative of secondary hyperparathyroidism), 23 bipolar patients composed the final lithium group, whereas 28 patients remained in the non-lithium group for statistical analyses.
Patients in the lithium group showed a significantly higher concentration of iPTH compared to the non-lithium group (p < 0.05). Similarly, Aac concentrations were significantly increased in the lithium group compared to the non-lithium group (p < 0.05). However, in a multivariate linear regression model, group affiliation only predicted iPTH concentration (p < 0.05). In line with this, none of the four patients in the lithium group with an iPTH concentration above the reference range had an Aac concentration above the reference range.
This study suggests that the biochemical characteristics between primary hyperparathyroidism and lithium-induced hyperparathyroidism differ substantially with regard to regulation of calcium homeostasis. As such, current screening practice does not reliably detect iPTH concentrations above the reference range. Therefore, further research is needed to elucidate the consequences of an isolated iPTH concentration above the reference range in order to develop the most appropriate screening tools for hyperparathyroidism in lithium-treated patients with bipolar disorder.
PMCID: PMC4230432  PMID: 25505674
Bipolar disorder; Lithium; Hyperparathyroidism; Calcium
17.  The relative roles of calcium, phosphorus, and parathyroid hormone in glucose- and tolbutamide-mediated insulin release. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1976;58(2):359-367.
The relative contributions of Ca++, phosphorus, and parathyroid hormone (PTH) on insulin secretion were evaluated in three groups of dogs. Dogs were studied with glucose infusions (group I) or standard intravenous glucose tolerance tests (IVGTT) (group II) before and after the development of diet-induced hypophosphatemia. Mean serum phosphorus levels for both groups fell from 4.1 to 1.1 mg/100 ml. Animals in group I demonstrated a fall in glucose disappearance rates (Kg) from 5.3+/-0.6% min to 3.5+/-0.5% after induction of hypophosphatemia (P less than 0.001). Mean insulin response was significantly greater in the hypophosphatemic animals than in controls in this group. In group II animals, mean insulin areas obtained during the IVGTT increased from 1,426+/-223 to 2,561+/-141 muU/ml/60 min after induction of hypophosphatemia, and were unaffected by Ca++ or PTH administration. Ca++ administration, but not hypophosphatemia or PTH infusion, increased significantly the mean insulin response to tolbutamide. Secondary hyperparathyroidism was induced by dietary manipulation in four dogs (group III). Mean PTH values increased from 71.4+/-2.1 to 3,012+/-372 pg/ml (P less than 0.001). Mean insulin response to an IVGTT was similar to group III animals, but increased from 1,352+/-128 to 1,894+/-360 muU/ml/60 min after the excessive dietary phosphorus was reduced for 3 mo, and plasma phosphorus fell from 3.2+/-0.1 to 2.8+/-0.3 mg/100 ml. PTH values decreased to 647+/-53 pg/ml. The insulin response to tolbutamide was comparable to that in group II animals, but increased significantly after calcium administration. Immunoreactive insulin disappearance rates were unaffected by hypophosphatemia or diet-induced secondary hyperparathyroidism. These data demonstrate that hypophosphatemia is associated with an augmented glucose-stimulated insulin release, without any effect on tolbutamide-stimulated insulin release. Hypercalcemia produces an augmented tolbutamide-stimulated insulin release with no apparent effect on glucose-stimulated insulin release. Finally, PTH does not appear to be an insulin antagonist and has no apparent effect on either glucose- or tolbutamide-stimulated insulin release in animals with dietary-induced secondary hyperparathyroidism.
PMCID: PMC333191  PMID: 956371
18.  Role of parathyroid hormone in the glucose intolerance of chronic renal failure. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1985;75(3):1037-1044.
Evidence has accumulated suggesting that the state of secondary hyperparathyroidism and the elevated blood levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) in uremia participate in the genesis of many uremic manifestations. The present study examined the role of PTH in glucose intolerance of chronic renal failure (CRF). Intravenous glucose tolerance tests (IVGTT) and euglycemic and hyperglycemic clamp studies were performed in dogs with CRF with (NPX) and without parathyroid glands (NPX-PTX). There were no significant differences among the plasma concentrations of electrolytes, degree of CRF, and its duration. The serum levels of PTH were elevated in NPX and undetectable in NPX-PTX. The NPX dogs displayed glucose intolerance after CRF and blood glucose concentrations during IVGTT were significantly (P less than 0.01) higher than corresponding values before CRF. In contrast, blood glucose levels after IVGTT in NPX-PTX before and after CRF were not different. K-g rate fell after CRF from 2.86 +/- 0.48 to 1.23 +/- 0.18%/min (P less than 0.01) in NPX but remained unchanged in NPX-PTX (from 2.41 +/- 0.43 to 2.86 +/- 0.86%/min) dogs. Blood insulin levels after IVGTT in NPX-PTX were more than twice higher than in NPX animals (P less than 0.01) and for any given level of blood glucose concentration, the insulin levels were higher in NPX-PTX than NPX dogs. Clamp studies showed that the total amount of glucose utilized was significantly lower (P less than 0.025) in NPX (6.64 +/- 1.13 mg/kg X min) than in NPX-PTX (10.74 +/- 1.1 mg/kg X min) dogs. The early, late, and total insulin responses were significantly (P less than 0.025) greater in the NPX-PTX than NPX animals. The values for the total response were 143 +/- 28 vs. 71 +/- 10 microU/ml, P less than 0.01. There was no significant difference in the ratio of glucose metabolized to the total insulin response, a measure of tissue sensitivity to insulin, between the two groups. The glucose metabolized to total insulin response ratio in NPX (5.12 +/- 0.76 mg/kg X min per microU/ml) and NPX-PTX (5.18 +/- 0.57 mg/kg X min per microU/ml) dogs was not different but significantly (P less than 0.01) lower than in normal animals (9.98 +/- 1.26 mg/kg X min per microU/ml). The metabolic clearance rate of insulin was significantly (P less than 0.02) reduced in both NPX (12.1 +/- 0.7 ml/kg X min) and NPX-PTX (12.1 +/- 0.9 ml/kg X min) dogs, as compared with normal animals (17.4 +/- 1.8 ml/kg X min). The basal hepatic glucose production was similar in both groups of animals and nor different from normal dogs; both the time course and the magnitude of suppression of hepatic glucose production by insulin were similar in both in groups. There were no differences in the binding affinity, binding sites concentration, and binding capacity of monocytes to insulin among NPX, NPX-PTX, and normal dogs. The data show that (a) glucose intolerance does not develop with CRF in the absence of PTH, (b) PTH does not affect metabolic clearance of insulin or tissue resistance to insulin in CRF, and (c) the normalization of metabolism in CRF in the absence of PTH is due to increased insulin secretion. The results indicate that excess PTH in CRF interferes with the ability of the beta-cells to augment insulin secretion appropriately in response to the insulin-resistant state.
PMCID: PMC423657  PMID: 3884663
19.  Low calcium dialysate combined with CaCO3 in hyperphosphatemia in hemodialysis patients 
This aim of this study was to observe the effects of the application of low calcium dialysate (LCD) combined with oral administration of CaCO3 in the treatment of hyperphosphatemia, as well as blood Ca2+, calcium-phosphate product (CPP), parathyroid hormone (PTH) and blood pressure in patients undergoing hemodialysis. Thirty-one maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients with hyperphosphatemia, but normal blood Ca2+, underwent dialysis with an initial dialy-sate Ca2+ concentration (DCa) of 1.50 mmol/l for six months and then with 1.25 mmol/l for six months. The patients who underwent dialysis with a DCa of 1.25 mmol/l were treated orally with 0.3 g CaCO3 tablets three times a day. In the third and sixth months [observation end point (OEP)] of the dialysis, the concentrations of Ca2+, phosphorus and intact PTH (iPTH) were measured; blood pressure and side-effects prior to and following dialysis were also observed. The Ca2+, CPP and iPTH levels increased (P<0.05) in the sixth month of treatment with a DCa of 1.50 mmol/l. However, the Ca2+ concentration declined to a certain degree, CPPs decreased significantly (P<0.05) and the iPTH concentration increased following treatment with a DCa of 1.25 mmol/l for six months. The incidence rate of adverse effects of LCD was 12.9% (4/31); the effects were mainly muscle spasms, hypotension and elevated PTH. The periodic application of LCD combined with the oral administration of CaCO3 effectively reduced serum phosphorus and CPPs among MHD patients with hyperphosphatemia, indicating that the treatment may be used clinically.
PMCID: PMC3702715  PMID: 23837063
low calcium dialysis; hyperphosphatemia; calcium-phosphate product; parathyroid hormone
20.  Secondary Hyperparathyroidism and Anemia in Children Treated by Hemodialysis 
Many patients treated with hemodialysis remain anemic despite exogenous erythropoietin therapy, suggesting the anemia experienced by these patients is multifactorial in etiology. Iron deficiency, infection, inflammation, and malnutrition have been implicated in this process. Additionally, secondary hyperparathyroidism has been associated with anemia in adults, but little data exists on this topic in children.
Study Design
Cross-sectional, retrospective.
Setting & Participants
Children treated in hemodialysis centers (N=588) within the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2002 Clinical Performance Measures (CPM) Project.
Intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) assessed in October, November, and December 2001 and categorized as quintiles.
Outcomes & Measurements
Achievement of a serum hemoglobin ≥11 g/dl was assessed by Poisson regression adjusting for sex, age, race, dialysis vintage, vascular access type, single-pool Kt/V, serum albumin, normalized protein catabolic rate (nPCR), calcium-phosphorus product, and erythropoietin alpha dose.
Using the second quintile (iPTH 103–224 pg/ml) as the reference quintile, there was no association between quintile of iPTH and achievement of the hemoglobin goal: 1st quintile prevalence ratio (95% confidence interval) 1.0 (0.9, 1.2); 3rd quintile 0.95 (0.8, 1.1); 4th quintile 0.99 (0.8, 1.2); 5th quintile 0.97 (0.8, 1.1). Only serum albumin ≥ 3.5 g/dl (Bromocresol Green assay method) or ≥ 3.2 g/dl (Bromocresol Purple assay method) was significantly associated with meeting the hemoglobin goal 1.4 (1.2, 1.6).
The simultaneous collection of iPTH and hemoglobin limits causal inference. Iron stores and iron therapy are potential confounders not accounted for in this study.
In the largest study on this topic in children, there was no association found between iPTH levels and achievement of a hemoglobin ≥ 11g/dl. Serum albumin was strongly associated with achievement of the hemoglobin goal.
PMCID: PMC2818429  PMID: 20116689
secondary hyperparathyroidism; anemia; hemodialysis
21.  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
22.  Long-term control of plasma calcitriol concentration in dogs and humans. Dominant role of plasma calcium concentration in experimental hyperparathyroidism. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1985;76(2):695-702.
Despite great interest in the elevated circulating levels of calcitriol (1,25-[OH]2D) associated with the clinical syndrome of human primary hyperparathyroidism, the relative potencies of known and potential stimuli/suppressors of long-term calcitriol levels have not been evaluated in either clinical or experimentally induced hyperparathyroid states. Based on reports that aparathyroid animals exhibit suppressed plasma calcitriol concentration and that acute administration of parathyroid hormone (PTH) to both humans and experimental animals or to renal slices in vitro results in increased plasma calcitriol concentration/production rate, it might be predicted that a chronic experimental model of either hypercalcemic primary hyperparathyroidism or hypocalcemic secondary hyperparathyroidism would show increased plasma calcitriol concentration. Chronic alterations in plasma calcium concentration have not been implicated as modulating calcitriol levels in any species. Accordingly, we investigated the long-term response of plasma calcitriol concentration in states of sustained experimental primary and secondary hyperparathyroidism. Intact dogs (group I) undergoing continuous intravenous PTH infusion for 12 d developed sustained hypercalcemia and hypophosphatemia, and plasma calcitriol concentration decreased from 23 +/- 3 to 14 +/- 3 pg/ml (P less than 0.01). Subsequent chelator (EGTA)-induced chronic normalization of hypercalcemia during ongoing PTH infusion resulted in a large and sustained increase in plasma calcitriol concentration to supernormal levels, reversible during subsequent cessation of chelator infusion. In additional intact dogs (group II), chronic chelator-induced hypocalcemic secondary hyperparathyroidism resulted in a sustained increase in plasma calcitriol concentration despite hyperphosphatemia. In normal human subjects undergoing a 12-13-d continuous intravenous PTH infusion to result in sustained moderate hypercalcemia (12.0 +/- 0.2 mg/100 ml) and hypophosphatemia, plasma calcitriol concentration decreased significantly (P less than 0.01) as in group I dogs and was followed by reversal to normal levels in a recovery period. The present results provide strong evidence in both humans and dogs that during experimentally induced chronic PTH excess, alterations in plasma calcium concentration dictate the directional response of circulating calcitriol concentrations. The long-term potency of plasma calcium concentration as a modulator of calcitriol metabolism is sufficient to override opposing modulation by plasma phosphorus concentration and PTH.
PMCID: PMC423880  PMID: 3928683
23.  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
24.  Response of bone metabolism related hormones to a single session of strenuous exercise in active elderly subjects 
Objective: To evaluate the effect of strenuous exercise on bone metabolism and related hormones in elderly subjects.
Methods: Twenty one active elderly subjects (11 men and 10 women; mean age 73.3 years) showing a mean theoretical Vo2max of 151.4% participated. Concentrations of plasma ionised calcium (iCa), serum intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH), 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), and 1.25-dihydroxy-vitamin D3 (1.25(OH)2D3), as well as the bone biochemical markers type I collagen C-telopeptide for bone resorption and osteocalcin and bone alkaline phosphatase for bone formation, were analysed before and after a maximal incremental exercise test.
Results: At basal level, iPTH was positively correlated with age (r = 0.56, p<0.01) and negatively correlated with 25(OH)D (r = –0.50; p<0.01) and 1.25(OH)2D3 (r = –0.47; p<0.05). Moreover, 25(OH)D and 1.25(OH)2D3 levels were negatively correlated with age (r = –0.50, p<0.01 and r = –0.53, p<0.01, respectively). After exercise, iCa and 25(OH)D decreased (p<0.001 and p = 0.01, respectively) while iPTH increased (p<0.001). The levels of 1.25(OH)2D3, bone biochemical markers, haematocrit, and haemoglobin were unchanged. The variations in iCa and 25(OH)D were not related to age and/or sex. The iPTH variation was directly related to basal iPTH levels (p<0.01) and indirectly related to age.
Conclusions: In active elderly subjects, strenuous exercise disturbed calcium homeostasis and bone related hormones without immediate measurable effect on bone turnover. Although an increase in iPTH could have an anabolic action on bone tissue, our findings from our short term study did not allow us to conclude that such action occurred.
PMCID: PMC1725278  PMID: 16046330
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1974;54(6):1382-1394.
Antibodies to a urea-trichloroacetic acid extract [hPTH-(TCA)] of human parathyroid tumors and to the synthetic NH2-terminal fragments of human parathyroid hormone hPTH-(1-12) and -(1-34) were developed in goats to characterize immunochemically various PTH preparations and to estimate immunoreactive PTH (iPTH) in human sera. They were quantitated on the basis of their capacity to bind [131I]-hPTH-(1-12), [131I]hPTH-(1-34) or [131I]bovine PTH (bPTH-(1-84)). The quality of the antibodies was assessed by reference to inhibition of their interaction with labeled peptides by synthetic hPTH comprising 34 NH2-terminal amino acid residues or fragments thereof [hPTH-(1-12), -(13-34), -(18-34), -(25-34), -(18-24)] or by the Sephadex G-100-purified full-length peptide hPTH-(1-84) [hPTH-(1-84)G-100]. The synthetic peptides used in this work correspond in their structure to the NH2-terminal amino acid sequence 1-34, as elucidated by Brewer and collaborators (1972. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A.69: 3583-3588). Inhibition studies were also carried out with bPTH-(1-34) and bPTH-(1-84). Anti-hPTH-(TCA) exhibited specificities directed to determinants in the COOH-terminal and NH2-terminal part of hPTH-(1-84) and exhibited cross-reactivity with bPTH-(1-84). Anti-hPTH-(1-34), on the other hand, showed immunological specificities mainly directed to antigenic determinants located in the COOH-terminal half of hPTH-(1-34). In addition, some reactivity with the NH2-terminal hPTH-(1-12) and with the extractive full-length peptides of human and bovine origin was observed. Antibodies to hPTH-(1-12) cross-reacted with hPTH-(1-34) and -(1-84)G-100.
iPTH was radioimmunologically determined in human sera by the following systems: (a) [131I]bPTH-(1-84), anti-hPTH-(TCA) and hPTH-(1-84)G-100 as standard; (b) [131I]hPTH-(1-34), anti-hPTH-(1-34) and hPTH-(1-34) as standard. With system (a), COOH-terminal fragments of hPTH-(1-84) having a molecular weight of approximately 7,000 were detected, and there was an almost total discrimination of serum iPTH levels in normal and in hyperparathyroid subjects. With system (b), on the other hand, several molecular species of iPTH were detected, including a component larger than hPTH-(1-84) and others similar to hPTH-(1-84) and to a fragment co-eluting with the NH2-terminal fragment hPTH-(1-34). When serum iPTH was assayed in system (b), there was a large overlap of iPTH levels in control subjects and in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism.
PMCID: PMC301693  PMID: 4474187

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