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      Distúrbios do eixo cálcio-PTH-vitamina D nas doenças hepáticas crônicas Translated title: Disturbances of calcium-PTH-vitamin D axis in chronic liver diseases


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          Distúrbios no eixo cálcio-PTH-vitamina D são freqüentemente associados às doenças hepáticas crônicas (DHC). Já foi demonstrado que pacientes com DHC apresentam uma tendência à diminuição do cálcio e vitamina D, com aumento compensatório do PTH. Embora a diminuição da hidroxilação da vitamina D em 25 (OH) vitamina D fosse considerada o mecanismo principal destas alterações, estudos recentes vêm demonstrando que, mesmo nos estágios avançados de doença, o fígado ainda consegue manter níveis adequados de 25 (OH) vitamina D. Desta forma, outros fatores (ex: dieta inadequada, diminuição da exposição à luz solar) seriam os responsáveis pelas alterações no eixo cálcio-PTH-vitamina D. Além disso, o tratamento das DHC com glicocorticóides (fibrose cística) e ribavirina (Hepatite C) parece contribuir como agravante destes distúrbios. Por outro lado, parece ser a osteoporose, e não a osteomalácia ou o hiperparatireoidismo secundário, a principal alteração nas DHC. Assim, continua objeto de discussão o papel das alterações do eixo cálcio-PTH-vitamina D na osteodistrofia hepática.

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          Disturbances in Calcium-PTH-Vitamin D axis are frequently associated with chronic liver diseases (CLD). In patients with CLD, a trend toward decreased serum calcium and vitamin D has already been demonstrated with compensatory increases in PTH levels. Even though reduced vitamin D hydroxylation has been considered the most important mechanism for these alterations, recent studies demonstrates an adequate production of 25(OH) Vitamin D even in end-stage liver disease. Therefore, other factors (i.e. inadequate diet, reduced exposure to sun light) would be responsible for the disturbances in calcium-PTH-vitamin D axis. Furthermore, antiviral drugs (such as ribavirin for hepatitis C) and glucocorticoids (cystic fibrosis) may also contribute to the worsening of these disturbances. On the other hand, osteoporosis, but not osteomalacia or secondary hyperparathyroidism, seems to be the main alteration in CLD. Thus, the clinical relevance of calcium-PTH-vitamin D disturbances in hepatic osteodistrophy is still under discussion.

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              Subcutaneous administration of insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-II/IGF binding protein-2 complex stimulates bone formation and prevents loss of bone mineral density in a rat model of disuse osteoporosis.

              Elevated serum levels of insulin-like growth factor binding protein-2 (IGFBP-2) and a precursor form of IGF-II are associated with marked increases in bone formation and skeletal mass in patients with hepatitis C-associated osteosclerosis. In vitro studies indicate that IGF-II in complex with IGFBP-2 has high affinity for bone matrix and is able to stimulate osteoblast proliferation. The purpose of this study was to determine the ability of the IGF-II/IGFBP-2 complex to increase bone mass in vivo. Osteopenia of the femur was induced by unilateral sciatic neurectomy in rats. At the time of surgery, 14-day osmotic minipumps containing vehicle or 2 microg IGF-II+9 microg IGFBP-2/100g body weight/day were implanted subcutaneously in the neck. Bone mineral density (BMD) measurements were taken the day of surgery and 14 days later using a PIXImus small animal densitometer. Neurectomy of the right hindlimb resulted in a 9% decrease in right femur BMD (P<0.05 vs. baseline). This loss in BMD was completely prevented by treatment with IGF-II/IGFBP-2. On the control limb, there was no loss of BMD over the 14 days and IGF-II/IGFBP-2 treatment resulted in a 9% increase in left femur BMD (P<0.05). Bone histomorphometry indicated increases in endocortical and cancellous bone formation rates and in trabecular thickness. These results demonstrate that short-term administration of the IGF-II/IGFBP-2 complex can prevent loss of BMD associated with disuse osteoporosis and stimulate bone formation in adult rats. Furthermore, they provide proof of concept for a novel anabolic approach to increasing bone mass in humans with osteoporosis.

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                Arquivos Brasileiros de Endocrinologia & Metabologia
                Arq Bras Endocrinol Metab
                Sociedade Brasileira de Endocrinologia e Metabologia (São Paulo )
                August 2004
                : 48
                : 4
                : 443-450
                [1 ] Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Brazil



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                Self URI (journal page): http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_serial&pid=0004-2730&lng=en

                Endocrinology & Diabetes
                Chronic liver diseases,Calcium,Vitamin D,Parathyroid hormone,Hepatic osteodistrophy,Doenças hepáticas crônicas,Cálcio,Vitamina D,PTH,Osteodistrofia hepática


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