P A van Wijk

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In pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's disease), the disturbed regulation of ACTH secretion is associated with neoplastic transformation of corticotropic cells. As these two phenomena are almost indissolubly connected, it is of prime importance to elucidate the factor(s) that induce corticotropic cell proliferation. Here we report on the(More)
Extrinsic factors such as hypothalamic hormones or intrapituitary growth factors may stimulate clonal expansion of a genomically altered cell and therefore play a role in pituitary tumorigenesis. Here we report on the effects of the hypophysiotrophic hormones corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and vasopressin (AVP) and the intrapituitary growth factor(More)
There is still some controversy concerning the question of whether Cushing's disease in man is caused by a primary dysfunction of the pituitary or a hypothalamic disorder. In the latter option, excessive hypothalamic stimulation of pituitary corticotropes would cause or contribute to the genesis of POMC-secreting adenomas. In the present study cerebrospinal(More)
Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and vasopressin are the most important hypothalamic factors regulating adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secretion. In this study we have investigated the responsiveness of the pituitary-adrenocortical axis to intravenous administration of CRH or lysine vasopressin (LVP) in 16 control dogs, 22 dogs with(More)
Pituitary tumorigenesis is now generally regarded as a multistep process of genomic damage leading to uncoupling of interdependent systems that control cell proliferation and differentiation. The alterations include mutations in genes encoding for proteins involved in signal transduction pathways, such as G-proteins and the p21 protein encoded for by the(More)
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