The good news is that this chart seems to show that one shot per day of this insulin gives adequate coverage for him. I had been so hopeful after her graph at 2 units twice daily that I did hope that using one unit twice a day would be a good level for her. As you can see, I gave up during the red curve, because it was obvious that this would not be the dose of insulin that we would be leaving her on. She is high for a few hours each day, which does mean her kidneys are having to work extra hard to shift all that sugar, but she’s also happy in herself at this level.
In addition to their effects on protein kinase activities, many hormones work alone or in combination to control the pattern of gene expression, on a tissue-specific basis.
Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK) has attracted considerable attention because it forms the gateway from the Krebs cycle into gluconeogenesis, it is regulated purely by control of gene expression, and it integrates the action of five major hormones: adrenalin, cortisol, insulin, glucagon and probably thyroid hormone. Adrenalin and glucagon were initially thought to act solely through a cyclic AMP reponse element (CRE) which is a palindromic DNA sequence TGACGTCA near the start of mRNA transcription.
The simple account above cannot explain the tissue specificity of gene expression, or the potentiation by corticosteroids and the inhibition by insulin.
The following cartoon showing the assembly of an active transcription complex at thestart of the PEPCK gene is taken from Duong et al (2002) J Biol Chem 277(35), 32234?32242.
Changes in gene expression are generally much slower than protein kinase effects (hours or days rather than seconds or minutes).
The slow response from genes limits their usefulness in responding to rapid changes in the environment. Changes in gene expression usually affect enzymes within the cytosolic compartment, rather than those sequestered within the mitochondria or other subcellular organelles. This almost certainly reflects the difficulties and delays associated with importing proteins manufactured on cytoslic ribosomes across the organelle membranes. Major blocks of metabolism are regulated as coherent units in response to environmental or internal events. International maintained databases such as OMIM and NCBI provide accurate and up-to-date information about human genetic research.
The following short exercise shows how to access genetic data from OMIM (On-line Mendelian Inheritance in Man) and link to the human genome project. The link below will open TWO windows: one of them is a set of instructions and the other is the database. The hypothalamus receives information from many sources, it controls the pituitary gland and the autonomic nervous system and it is the principal integrating centre for the overall regulation of physiology and metabolism.
The hypothalamus contains its own glucose-sensing cells and has receptors for pro-inflammatory cytokines and hormones such as insulin, leptin and corticosteroids.
The hypothalamus manufactures vasopressin and oxytocin which are transported and released by the posterior pituitary.
The hypothalamus also controls the autonomic nervous system, which provides direct neural regulation of blood distribution, pancreatic islet function and liver metabolism. The major effect of growth hormone is to promote the synthesis of insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) by target tissues, particularly liver, but also skeletal muscle and bone.
Adrenocorticotropic hormone [ACTH] is a 39 amino acid peptide derived from proopiomelanocortin which is necessary for the growth and normal activity of the adrenal cortex and the production of corticosteroid hormones (both mineralocorticoids and glucocorticoids). Pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) is a protein that is cleaved to yield a variety of important signals.
At least four distinct 7-transmembrane G-protein linked receptors recognise the core heptapeptide sequence of the melanocortins. Production of adrenal glucocorticoids and androgens from the zona fasciculata and reticularis is regulated by ACTH, which also contributes to the short-term secretion of mineralocorticoids from the zona glomerulosa. Mineralocorticoids such as aldosterone are produced by the outermost layer of the adrenal cortex (zona glomerulosa) and are mainly regulated by the renin ? angiotensin system.
Glucocorticoids such as cortisol are produced by the middle layer of the adrenal cortex (zona fasiculata) and are mainly regulated by ACTH. Glucocorticoids act slowly on the cell nucleus, changing the patterns of gene expression, and leading to increased protein breakdown, increased lipolysis and increased gluconeogenesis. At present it is practically impossible to separate the metabolic effects of the glucocorticoids from their effects on the immune system. There are important negative feedback loops controlling the release of the pituitary hormones. There are marked circadian variations in hormone output, so blood samples for hormone measurements should be timed and ideally taken at a consistent time of day.

ACTH and cortisol production is greatest in the early morning, shortly after waking, and is lowest around midnight. When high-dose corticosteroids are administered to patients for an extended period (for example in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease) this will suppress the patient's own ACTH and steroid production.
Dexamethasone is a synthetic glucocorticoid that binds to hypothalamic and pituitary receptors but does not interfere with the cortisol assay. Physical examination showed proximal muscle weakness, elevated blood pressure, and "pitting" lower extremity oedema (dimples fill slowly).
Neither low nor high doses of dexamethasone had any effect on serum cortisol measured the following day.
CT scans of abdomen and pelvis demonstrated multiple hypoechoic [see note] areas in the liver. Over the following month, hyperpigmentation, hirsutism, progressive biliary obstruction, and jaundice became evident. The patient died of hepatic coma and fluid overload at home, before therapy could be instituted, one month after the diagnosis was made. Note: the description "hypoechoic" is a direct quote from the original paper, but this term is normally applied to ultrasound rather than CT. Addisons disease can be a serious, life threatening condition requiring immediate treatment. The adrenal glands are essential for life, and their removal is fatal within a few days unless the patient receives lifetime hormonal and mineral support. These receptors link to heterotrimeric G proteins in the plasmalemma which dissociate after binding GTP. Free α subunits from the G-proteins regulate hormone-sensitive enzymes on the the inner face of the plasmalemma. Such regulation often involves either 3'5' cyclic AMP or IP3 + DAG, and may be either positive or negative. I debated whether to include it or not, because looking back now it makes me very embarrassed! It also tells me that this insulin pushes her blood glucose levels down too far too fast - classic signs of Somogyi rebounding.
She started off incredibly high, went dangerously low for about five hours before rocketing off the scale again. She’s eating well, doing her normal stuff, and I noted on her chart that day that she’d beaten Paris up after her morning walk around the garden! For most practical purposes it is active only in liver cells, which raises the interesting question of how the various hormones turn it on and off in just one tissue, without affecting gene expression in any of the others. There is a CRE binding protein CREB, which is a substrate for cyclic AMP dependent protein kinase.
Current theories envisage an extended array of regulatory elements and DNA binding proteins covering several hundred base pairs before the start of gene transcription, which act together in a combinatorial fashion to determine the polymerase initiation frequency.
CBP = CREB binding protein, DEX = dexamethasone (a synthetic corticosteroid), GR = glucocorticoid receptor and INS = insulin. There may also be delays waiting for mRNA to be degraded and for existing proteins to turn over and be removed from the cell. Subcellular organelles may also lack the rapid protein degradative machinery needed to terminate the response.
Look instead for the overall patterns, and the way that groups of genes and enzymes are regulated together.
It is the decarboxylating malate dehydrogenase in liver cytosol that converts malate plus NADP into pyruvate, carbon dioxide and NADPH, which is mainly used for fatty acid biosynthesis. The instructions will soon be covered by other windows, but you can always make the instructions visible by clicking the relevant icon in the task bar at the bottom of the screen. In addition, it receives neural inputs from chemosensors throughout the body, and is best placed to make an informed assessment of the overall metabolic situation.
In addition to managing the long term metabolic effects of the pituitary hormones, the hypothalamus simultaneously manages the short term metabolic changes mediated via the ANS. It is the precursor of the pitutitary hormones MSH and ACTH, and in addition transmits a variety of messages within the brain.
ACTH acts via a seven-transmembrane domain receptor belonging to the G protein coupled receptor superfamily leading to activation of the adenylate cyclase pathway and consecutive activation of protein kinase A. It is immediately adjacent to the adrenal medulla, which secretes adrenaline (epinephrine).

They have an overall anti-insulin, diabetogenic effect and they also have some mineralocorticoid actions, promoting sodium retention and potassium loss. The delays inherent in this feedback system lead to a pulsatile pattern of hormone release. Treatment must be tapered gradually, since a sudden withdrawl might precepitate acute adrenal insufficiency. Cushing's syndrome commonly results from the medical administration of immunosuppressive or anti-inflammatory doses of corticosteroid hormones, or from ectopic hormone production by neoplastic tissue elsewhere in the body. Most ACTH-secreting pituitary tumours retain their sensitivity to steroids, and hormone output falls when the dexamethasone dose is increased.
Sixteen months later, she developed fatigue, muscle weakness and cramping, peripheral oedema, increased abdominal girth, increased thirst, and polyuria. It is more frequent in women than in men, and commonly results from auto-immune or tubercular destruction of the adrenal cortex.
Not so low that you risk a hypo episode, and not too high that the kidneys are being stressed. She’s spending too long outside an acceptable blood glucose range - about 12 hours in each 24 hour period. I think the only good thing that could possibly be said about this blood glucose curve is that she wasn’t going to have a hypo incident with numbers like these! After phosphorylation it binds to the CRE and assists the formation of an initiation complex with RNA polymerase 2 (Pol II).
Where there is selection pressure for greater speed, additional controls may be introduced, such as the regulation of mRNA and protein stability.
This does not apply to steady state gene expression, which is tissue specific, and affects all parts of the cell. We will not quiz you about the individual details, but we expect you to recognise the larger theme. Neurosecretory cells within the hypothalamus deliver a variety of specific releasing factors into the hypophyseal portal system, which act on target cells in the anterior pituitary and cause the release of pituitary hormones. They also have anti-insulin, diabetogenic effects, increasing lipolysis in adipose tissue and glucose output from the liver, and decreasing glucose utilisation by peripheral tissues, except brain. ACTH may also activate other signal transduction cascades such as the protein kinase C and the lipo-oxygenase pathway.
It may be possible to establish the source of endogenously produced ACTH with a dexamethasone test. Lack of mineralocorticoids causes a catastrophic loss of sodium and water from the body, while the lack of glucocorticoids leads to hypoglycaemia. But even then notice that at about 2:00am her blood sugar level has gone above 15 and her kidneys will be under pressure to shift all that extra sugar again - not good. Whilst I believe everything on this site to be accurate, you must not follow any advice on this site without consulting your vet. Messenger RNAs are much more than passive tape recordings of the corresponding genes, but recognisable macromolecules in their own right, with distinct 3D structures, and maybe catalytic activity.
For example, human liver mitochondria contain a constant internal PEPCK activity which is probably used when recycling lactate into glucose.
ACTH slowly increases the output of adrenal fasciculata cells by increasing the expression of several key steroidogenic enzymes. Above about 12-15 the kidneys are overwhelmed and the renal threshold exceeded - and long-term damage to the kidneys could result. We have already encountered proteolytic digestion used to regulate enzyme activity in relation to lanosterol regulation of HMG-CoA reductase in lecture 21. This avoids the need to move reduced coenzyme between cell compartments, and the requirement changes little from day to day. Additionally, ACTH is crucial for the development of the adrenal cortex and may be involved in adrenal hypertrophy.

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