The specific nuclear-binding of T3 (NBT3) in mononuclear blood cells, and the concentrations of TSH, thyroid hormones, and binding proteins were measured after overnight fasting in 12 obese and in 14 non-obese women, none of the subjects were taking any medicine. The concentrations of TSH and free plus bound-T3 (TT3) were significantly higher in the obese (p less than 0.05), concentrations of T4 and binding proteins did not differ. The NBT3 was significantly lower in the obese women; the maximal binding capacity (MBC) was 34.5 +/- 11.6 fmol/mg DNA in the obese subjects and 50.0 +/- 11.6 fmol/mg DNA in the non-obese subjects (p less than 0.02). The binding affinities did not differ. We have previously shown that increasing T3 concentrations within the physiological range down-regulates NBT3. Therefore, the reduced NBT3 in the obese women was probably secondary to the increased TT3 concentration and was not caused by a primary tissue resistance. The higher TSH and TT3 in the obese women could be caused by a greater caloric intake.
|Journal||Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1989|
- Cell Nucleus
- Middle Aged
- Receptors, Thyroid Hormone
- Serum Albumin
- Thyroxine-Binding Proteins
Matzen, L. E., Kvetny, J., & Pedersen, K. K. (1989). TSH, thyroid hormones and nuclear-binding of T3 in mononuclear blood cells from obese and non-obese women. Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation, 49(3), 249-53.