Pieter Uitterlinden

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Septic shock is the most severe clinical manifestation of meningococcal disease and is predominantly seen in children under 5 yr of age. Very limited research has been performed to elucidate the alterations of the GH/IGF-I axis in critically ill children. We evaluated the GH/IGF-I axis and the levels of IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs), IGFBP-3 protease,(More)
BACKGROUND Only a fraction of circulating insulin-like activity is due to insulin itself. The aim of this study was to determine total serum insulin-like activity mediated via the insulin receptor isoform A (IR-A) and isoform B (IR-B) by using kinase receptor activation (KIRA) assays specific for the IR-A and IR-B. METHODS The IR-A and IR-B KIRA assays(More)
The effects of somatostatin (SS-14 and/or SS-28) and of the three octapeptide SS-analogs that are available for clinical use (octreotide, BIM-23014 and RC-160) on hormone release by primary cultures of 15 clinically nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas (NFA), 7 prolactinomas, and 2 insulinomas were investigated. In the pituitary adenoma cultures, a comparison(More)
Previous studies on the effect of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist on prolactin (PRL) secretion from normal and tumorous pituitary cells have not been conclusive as to the mechanism of action of these agonists. In this study the short-term administration of a LHRH agonist did not affect circulating PRL levels, but depleted the PRL content of(More)
Cyproheptadine and its metabolite desmethylcyproheptadine were shown to suppress directly the release of adrenocorticotrophin (ACTH) and beta-lipotrophin/beta-endorphin activity from the neurointermediate lobe of the pituitary gland incubated in vitro. Neither compound affected the release of ACTH from the anterior pituitary gland. Serotonin stimulated the(More)
Chronic administration of corticosteroids results in a suppression of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis. The time course of the recovery of the HPA axis depends on the dose and duration of corticosteroid administration. We investigated the recovery of the HPA axis after 14 days of prednisolone administration to rats at a dose of 2.0(More)
The direct effects of human GH and IGF-I on PRL secretion and cell proliferation were studied on PRL secreting rat pituitary tumor 7315b cells in vitro, as well as the effects in vivo of human GH administration on body weight, IGF-I levels and tumor size in rats bearing this transplantable tumor. In the in vitro studies IGF-I levels above 5 nM stimulated(More)
The effects of the s.c. administration of a depot formulation of the luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) analogue Zoladex were studied in normal male rats, alone and in combination with three drugs with "antiandrogenic" action (ketoconazole, cyproterone acetate, and RU 23908) on prostatic weight and on circulating hormone levels in order to(More)
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