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      Maintenance of Homeostasis for Thyroid Hormone in the Adult Rat Brain: Possible Involvement of a Nuclear-Mediated Phenomenon

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          During adult-onset peripheral hypothyroidism, the brain maintains normal levels of thyroid hormone for some time through a mechanism of ‘central homeostasis’. Although onset, duration, and termination of such a homeostatic phenomenon have been recently evaluated in rat models, the mechanism behind remains unknown. During our investigation to understand the mechanism further, we injected the protein synthesis blockers actinomycin D and cycloheximide along with propylthiouracil to adult male rats during the days of onset (day 2) and termination (day 20) of the homeostatic mechanism. We evaluated synaptosomal T<sub>3</sub> level and neuronal Na<sup>+</sup>-K<sup>+</sup>-ATPase and acetylcholinesterase activities along with deiodinase II activity and cyclic adenosine monophosphate level in the cerebral cortex. The results indicated prevalence of unchanged or lower levels of synaptosomal T<sub>3</sub> on the 2nd and on the 20th day, respectively. Such a condition has been parallely supported by reflections in cerebrocortical deiodinase II activity and cyclic adenosine monophosphate levels. The activities of cerebrocortical synaptosomal Na<sup>+</sup>-K<sup>+</sup>-ATPase and acetylcholinesterase, which are the two important physiological parameters for neuronal function, have been found to be supportive of the involvement of a neuronal protein-mediated factor in the ‘on’ and ‘off’ reactions in central homeostasis during peripheral hypothyroidism. The results of our study indicate that the expression of ‘central thyroid hormone homeostasis’ is a genomic nuclear-mediated mechanism.

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          Identification of monocarboxylate transporter 8 as a specific thyroid hormone transporter.

          Transport of thyroid hormone across the cell membrane is required for its action and metabolism. Recently, a T-type amino acid transporter was cloned which transports aromatic amino acids but not iodothyronines. This transporter belongs to the monocarboxylate transporter (MCT) family and is most homologous with MCT8 (SLC16A2). Therefore, we cloned rat MCT8 and tested it for thyroid hormone transport in Xenopus laevis oocytes. Oocytes were injected with rat MCT8 cRNA, and after 3 days immunofluorescence microscopy demonstrated expression of the protein at the plasma membrane. MCT8 cRNA induced an approximately 10-fold increase in uptake of 10 nM 125I-labeled thyroxine (T4), 3,3',5-triiodothyronine (T3), 3,3',5'-triiodothyronine (rT3) and 3,3'-diiodothyronine. Because of the rapid uptake of the ligands, transport was only linear with time for <4 min. MCT8 did not transport Leu, Phe, Trp, or Tyr. [125I]T4 transport was strongly inhibited by L-T4, D-T4, L-T3, D-T3, 3,3',5-triiodothyroacetic acid, N-bromoacetyl-T3, and bromosulfophthalein. T3 transport was less affected by these inhibitors. Iodothyronine uptake in uninjected oocytes was reduced by albumin, but the stimulation induced by MCT8 was markedly increased. Saturation analysis provided apparent Km values of 2-5 microM for T4, T3, and rT3. Immunohistochemistry showed high expression in liver, kidney, brain, and heart. In conclusion, we have identified MCT8 as a very active and specific thyroid hormone transporter.
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            Monocarboxylate transporter 8 (MCT8) is a thyroid hormone transporter, the gene of which is located on the X chromosome. We tested whether mutations in MCT8 cause severe psychomotor retardation and high serum triiodothyronine (T3) concentrations in five unrelated young boys. The coding sequence of MCT8 was analysed by PCR and direct sequencing of its six exons. In two patients, gene deletions of 2.4 kb and 24 kb were recorded and in three patients missense mutations Ala150Val, Arg171 stop, and Leu397Pro were identified. We suggest that this novel syndrome of X-linked psychomotor retardation is due to a defect in T3 entry into neurons through MCT8, resulting in impaired T3 action and metabolism.
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                S. Karger AG
                September 2007
                16 August 2007
                : 86
                : 2
                : 94-103
                Department of Animal Physiology, Bose Institute, Calcutta, India
                107580 Neuroendocrinology 2007;86:94–103
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Figures: 6, References: 40, Pages: 10
                TRH, Thyrotropin and Thyroid Hormones


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