The International Journal of Romanian Society of Endocrinology / Registered in 1938

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  • General Endocrinology

    Farhangi MA, Tajmiri S

    The Correlation between Inflammatory and Metabolic Parameters with Thyroid Function in Patients with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: The Potential Role of Interleukin 23 (Il-23) and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (Vegf) – 1

    Acta Endo (Buc) 2018 14(2): 163-168 doi: 10.4183/aeb.2018.163

    Context. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common autoimmune disorder as cause of secondary hypothyroidism. The disease is associated with several metabolic disturbances and inflammatory disorders. Objectives. The aim of the current report was to evaluate several inflammatory and metabolic predictors of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Subjects and Methods. In the current study, forty patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis participated in the current study. They were aged between 20 to 50 years old. Anthropometric and nutritional measurements were assessed and biochemical factors including serum VEGF, IL-23, Nesfatin-1 and serum lipids were measured. Results. Waist circumference was higher among patients with lower serum TSH concentrations. Serum HDL and T4 concentrations were lower and serum IL-23 was higher among patients with higher TSH concentrations. BMI, WC and serum HDL were negative predictors of serum TSH while IL-23 was positively associated with TSH concentrations. Serum lipids including TC, TG and LDL were also negatively associated with T3 and T4 concentrations. Conclusions. According to our findings, VEGF and serum IL-23 were potent predictors of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. However, further studies are warranted to better clarify these associations and underlying pathologic mechanisms.
  • General Endocrinology

    Farhangi MA, Saboor-Yaraghi A.A., Eshraghian M, Ostadrahimi A, Keshavarz SA

    Serum Transforming Growth Factor ß (TGF-ß) is Asociated with Body Mas Index in Healthy Women

    Acta Endo (Buc) 2013 9(3): 361-368 doi: 10.4183/aeb.2013.361

    Background. Elevated serum transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) is associated with diabetes, cancers and several other diseases in numerous studies. However, there are a few studies reporting the possible relationship between serum TGF-β and obesity indices in apparently healthy individuals. In the present study we examined the possible relationship between body mass index (BMI), fasting serum glucose, lipid profile and liver enzymes in healthy women. Materials and methods. A total of 84 women (BMI 30.12 ± 5.74 kg/m2) were investigated. Anthropometric variables (weight, height, waist circumference and hip circumference) were measured in participants and BMI and waist to hip ratio (WHR) were calculated. Serum concentrations of TGF-β, fasting serum glucose (FSG), serum lipids and liver enzymes were assayed by commercial Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits. Results. Among anthropometric variables, BMI and WC were potent positive predictors of serum TGF-β in stepwise multiple linear regression model (P<0.05). Serum ALT concentration was also positively correlated with serum TGF-β after adjustment for age and other biochemical variables (P = 0.031). In simple correlation analysis, serum TGF-β was positively associated with fat mass and negatively with fat free mass (P < 0.05). Conclusions. Our study confirms that serum TGF-β concentration is associated with indices of both general (BMI) and central obesity (WC), fat mass and liver enzyme in healthy Iranian women. Further studies are needed to possibly confirm these findings and to explore underlying mechanisms.