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1

What is the blood supply of the thyroid?

Superior and Inferior Thyroid Arteries

2

What is the cell type found in inactive follicles?

Squamous Epithelium

3

What is the cell type found in active follicles?

Cuboidal Epithelium

4

What is the follicle?

Epithelial cells surrounding lumen - lumen filled with colloid

5

What is the function of the C cells (parafollicular cells)?

Produce calcitonin and maintain the follicle

6

What are the 2 precursors of thyroid hormone?

Thyroglobulin (TG) and Iodide

7

What is the Wolf-Chaikoff effect?

Increases in iodide intake decrease gland transport and hormone synthesis and vice- versa.

Allows for constant iodine storage even with dietary changes.

8

How is the Wolf-Chaikoff effect used clinically?

Very high iodide doses are used to rapidly shut down thyroid hormone production in hyperthyroid patients

9

What are the different thyroid hormones?

T3
T4
rT3

10

What is T4?

Thyroxine.

Tightly bound to transport proteins in blood Binds to receptor with low affinity

11

What is T3?

Triiodothyronine.

Primary active form
Binds with high affinity, low capacity to receptor

12

What is rT3?

Reverse Triiodothyronine.

Inactive

13

What are the components of the HPT axis?

Hypothalamus - PVN
Pituitary - Thyrotropes
Thyroid

14

How is the HPT axis regulated?

Negative feedback by T4/T3 in hypothalamus.

Negative feedback in pituitary by intracellular T3

15

What does the polarization of the thyroid follicle refer to?

Different functions of the apical and basolateral membranes

16

What is the function of the apical follicle?

Apical surface is exposed to the lumen (colloid) and thyroid hormone synthesis occurs here with the iodination of TG

17

What is the function of the basolateral follicle?

Basolateral surface is exposed to the blood and is responsible for the uptake of iodine and the release of thyroid hormone

18

What occurs with iodide trapping?

TSH stimulates iodide (I-) trapping by increasing the activity of the NIS (sodium iodide symporter) co- transporter in the basal membrane of the follicular epithelial cell.

19

What happens after iodide transported into the follicle?

I- transported to follicular lumen and oxidized by thyroid peroxidase (TPO) to form iodine (I).

20

What is iodination?

Tyrosyl residues on TG will have iodine added to them

21

What is the conjugation of iodinated tyrosines?

Conjugation of iodinated tyrosines to form T4 and T3-linked thyroglobulin (TG)

22

What is the function of the drug carbimazole?

Inhibits thyroid peroxidase.

Iodide will not be oxidized into iodine.

23

What happens of following conjugation of iodinated tyrosine?

-Conjugated thyroglobulin with T4/T3 enters follicular epithelial cell.

-Packaged in endosomes

-TG, MIT, DIT, T4, T3 released from vesicle

-T4/T3 secreted into circulation

24

What is the function of the radioactive iodide uptake scan?

Measures iodide uptake and used to determine function of thyroid gland.

Normal is 25% in 24 hours
> 60% = hyperthyroid

25

What is the function of Type I thyroid hormone conversion?

Outer and inner ring deiodinase
Liver, kidney, thyroid, skeletal muscle
Primary source of T3 in circulation

26

What is the function of Type II thyroid hormone conversion?

Outer ring deiodinase

Brain, pituitary, placenta, cardiac muscle

27

What is the function of Type III thyroid hormone conversion?

Inner ring deiodinase

Brain, placenta, skin

28

What are the transport proteins for thyroid hormone?

Thyroxine-binding globulin
Transthyretin
Albumin

29

What thyroid hormone is the most tightly bound in circulation?

T4

30

What is the thyroid hormone receptor?

Nuclear receptor family
- same as steroid hormones
- forms heterodimers with
- retinoic acid receptor (RXR)

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