Decreased beta-adrenergic receptor density in mononuclear leukocytes from thyroidectomized patients

G. Cognini, L. Piantanelli, E. Paolinelli, P. Orlandoni, A. Pellegrini, N. Masera

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Beta-adrenergic receptor characteristics were investigated in peripheral blood mononuclear leukocytes taken from patients before and after partial thyroidectomy. In order to discriminate the effect of surgical stress per se from that of thyroidectomy, the analysis was also performed on patients before and after cholecystectomy. Receptor characteristics were determined by using dihydroalprenolol as ligand in direct equilibrium binding experiments. The binding affinity showed no changes either when two different surgical treatments were compared or when the same patient was analysed before and after the operation. On the contrary, a significant decrease in receptor density was found in thyroidectomized patients when compared pre- and post-operatively. This fall in receptor number seems to be linked with thyroid function since no statistically significant changes were observed in cholecystectomized patients in relation to surgical operation. This view is further supported by data on T 3 serum levels, which show a significant fall after thyroidectomy but no statistically significant modifications after cholecystectomy. It is concluded that beta-adrenoceptor modulation plays an important role in the relationship between thyroid and beta-adrenergic system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-45
Number of pages6
JournalActa Endocrinologica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology


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