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Lucas A.,Endocrinology and Nutrition Service | Lucas A.,Autonomous University of Barcelona | Granada M.L.,Hormone Laboratory | Olaizola I.,Endocrinology and Nutrition Service | And 6 more authors.
Thyroid | Year: 2013

Background: The relationship between thyrotropin (TSH) concentrations and body mass index (BMI) in euthyroid subjects has been demonstrated only in some studies. Leptin regulates TSH secretion and TSH stimulates leptin secretion. The main aims of our study were to assess the relationship between leptin, the thyroid axis, and thyroid autoimmunity in a representative sample of a nonhospitalized euthyroid adult population of Catalonia and to determine whether smoking status could influence this relationship. Methods: This cross-sectional population-based study includes 894 euthyroid iodine-sufficient adults (390 men, 44.87±15.03 years old) with BMI 26.19±4.61 kg/m2, representative of people living in Catalonia. The study analyzes the relationship between TSH, free thyroxine (FT4), leptin, thyroperoxidase and/or thyroglobulin antibodies (thyroid autoimmunity), smoking status, and BMI. Measurements also include glycemia and insulinemia to calculate homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) index as a measure of insulin sensitivity. Results: In the univariate analysis and in the overall group, TSH correlated directly with BMI, leptin, and HOMA-IR (p=0.039, p<0.001, and p=0.010, respectively). In all men, TSH correlated directly with leptin (p=0.004), and in all women, directly with leptin (p=0.002) and HOMA-IR (p=0.031) and inversely with FT4 (p=0.024). Only in men who smoke, TSH correlated directly with leptin (p=0.010) and HOMA-IR (p=0.024). In women, TSH correlated directly with leptin (p=0.004) and in nonsmoking women, inversely with FT4 (p=0.047). In the multiple regression analysis, age (β=-0.00310, p=0.0265), smoking status (β=-0.24085, p=0.0202), and thyroid autoimmunity (β=0.20652, p=0.0075) were independent predictors of TSH variations. Leptin was a significant independent predictor of TSH variations only in smokers (β=0.16451, p=0.047). Conclusions: Leptin is an independent predictor of TSH concentration variations only in euthyroid smoker subjects of both sexes at all ranges of BMI, but not in nonsmokers. Age, smoking status, and positive thyroid autoimmunity also influenced TSH variability. © Copyright 2013, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2013. Source


Eleftheriades M.,Fetal Medicine Unit | Eleftheriades M.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Papastefanou I.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Lambrinoudaki I.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | And 7 more authors.
Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental | Year: 2014

Objective. To examine maternal serum concentrations of placental growth factor (PlGF) at 1114 gestational weeks in pregnancies that developed gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and to create first trimester prediction models for GDM.Methods. Case control study including 40 GDM cases and 94 controls. PlGF, biophysical and biochemical markers and maternalpregnancy characteristics were analyzed.Results. Log 10 transformed PlGF (log 10 PlGF) was not related to maternal factors. Log 10 PlGF was increased (p = 0.008) in the GDM group compared to the control group. Log 10 PlGF was associated with fasting glucose levels (p = 0.04) in the oral glucose tolerance test. Log 10 PlGF had a strong relation with birth weight adjusted for gestational age in the control but not in the GDM group. Maternal weight and maternal age were the only predictors of GDM among the maternal factors [area under the curve (AUC) = 0.73, p < 0.001]. Log 10 PlGF alone was a significant predictor of GDM (AUC = 0.63, p < 0.001). Combination of maternal weight, maternal age and log 10 PlGF resulted in an improved prediction (DR = 71.4%, for 25% FPR, AUC = 0.78, Model R2 = 0.17, p < 0.001). Conclusion. At 1114 weeks in pregnancies that develop GDM, the maternal serum levels of PlGF are increased. Measurement of serum PlGF at 1114 weeks improves the performance of early screening for GDM provided by maternal factors alone. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source


Escoin C.,Hospital General Universitario Of Alicante | Serna-Candel C.,Hospital Clinico San Carlos | Alfayate R.,Hormone Laboratory | Merino E.,Hospital General Universitario Of Alicante | And 4 more authors.
AIDS | Year: 2010

OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of erectile dysfunction in a cohort of HIV-infected men in a stable clinical state, the effect of exposure to antiretroviral therapy on sexual dysfunction and to identify the risk factors. DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional, observational study. METHODS: HIV-infected men without hepatitis C virus coinfection were included if they were antiretroviral therapy-naive (naive group), on current treatment with an enhanced protease inhibitor (protease inhibitor group) or on current treatment with two to three nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors along with one nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor and never having received treatment with protease inhibitor (nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor group). Erectile dysfunction was defined as an ejection fraction of 25 or less (International Index of Erectile Function-15). RESULTS: Ninety patients were included, with an age of 42 ± 8.2 years and CD4+ cell count of 465 cells/μl [P25-75 361-676]: 18.9% in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention class C and 72.2% with undetectable viral load. Seventy-six patients (84.4%) were receiving antiretroviral therapy, 39 (43.3%) in the protease inhibitor group. The prevalence of lipodystrophy was 31.5%. Forty-seven (53.4%) patients had an erectile dysfunction. Multivariate logistic regression analysis confirmed that there was an independent association between the patients age (per decade; odds ratio 2.2, 95% confidence interval 1.04-4.5, P = 0.04) and greater duration of exposure to protease inhibitor (per year; odds ratio 1.6, 95% confidence interval 1.12-2.4, P = 0.01). Older age, depression and lipodystrophy, combined with the duration of exposure to protease inhibitor, determined a lower score on various sexual dysfunction domains (P < 0.05). CONCLUSION: There is a high prevalence of erectile dysfunction in HIV-infected men, with age and the duration of exposure to protease inhibitor being the only identifiable risk factors. © 2010 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source


Hassiakos D.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Eleftheriades M.,Fetal Medicine Unit | Eleftheriades M.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Papastefanou I.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | And 7 more authors.
Hormone and Metabolic Research | Year: 2015

The aim of the study was to examine interleukin-6 (IL-6) maternal serum concentration at 11 to 14 gestational weeks in normal pregnancies and pregnancies complicated by gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and to create first trimester prediction models for GDM. Case-control study conducted in a Fetal Medicine Unit. Study population included 40 GDM cases and 94 controls. Maternal characteristics, first trimester ultrasound markers, biochemical indices, and IL-6 levels were used for our analysis. IL-6 was related to maternal weight among the maternal characteristics, (R2=0.0679, p=0.01). IL-6 was increased (p=0.001) in the GDM group (median=2 pg/ml) compared to the control group (median=1.5 pg/ml) even after adjustment for maternal weight. IL-6 was inversely related to birth weight adjusted for gestational age at delivery (r=-0.3382, p<0.001) and glucose levels at oral glucose test. Maternal weight and age were the only predictors of GDM among the maternal characteristics [Detection Rate (DR)=59.4%; for 25% False Positive Rate (FPR); Area Under the Curve (AUC)=0.7291; Model R2=0.1096, p<0.001]. IL-6 alone was a significant predictor of GDM (DR=51.3%; for 25% FPR; AUC=0.6731; Model R2=0.0616, p<0.001). Combination of maternal characteristics with IL-6 yielded an improved prediction (DR=67.5%; for 25% FPR; AUC=0.7586; Model R2=0.1521, p<0.001). IL-6 concentrations are increased at 11-14 weeks in pregnancies with GDM. Combination of maternal characteristics and maternal serum IL-6 levels may provide effective first trimester screening for GDM. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart·New York. Source


Callejo J.,University of Barcelona | Salvador C.,University of Barcelona | Gonzalez-Nunez S.,University of Barcelona | Almeida L.,University of Barcelona | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Ovarian Research | Year: 2013

Currently, cryopreservation of oocytes, embryos and ovarian tissue is considered the basis of fertility preservation programs for women with cancer and other diseases who are rendered sterile by gonadotoxic drugs or radiation.Numerous studies have confirmed that autograft of frozen-thawed ovarian tissue can restore ovarian function and fertility. A total of twenty-two live births have been reported but we still have to consider this technique as experimental. The main problem is that the implant undergoes ischemia until neoangiogenesis is restored, resulting in significant follicular loss.At the moment, there are numerous publications in different medical fields that publish successful experiences with plasma rich in platelets (PRP) in different clinical situations promoting angiogenesis. Thus, we considered the possibility of using it in the field of ovarian autologous transplantation in order to improve the vascularization of the implant and its quality. For this, both thawed ovarian tissue as practiced pockets on the rear side of the broad ligament which have been placed, have been impregnated with PRP. We can say that the implant treated in this way has had a rapid and successful response.We report a special interesting case because this is the first time that this technique is performed successfully in a woman without ovaries combined with growth factors to promote neoangiogenesis. Obviously, the results of the hormonal response come exclusively from the implanted tissue in these special conditions. © 2013 Callejo et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. Source

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