Nocturnal secretion of TSH and ACTH in male patients with depression and healthy controls

  • Peteranderl C
  • Antonijevic I
  • Steiger A
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Profound alterations of the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) systems at the hypophyseal level have been described in affective disorder. To precisely characterize the basal alterations of both axes during sleep, we simultaneously investigated sleep EEG and the secretion of thyrotropin, ACTH and cortisol in nine drug-free male patients with depression in comparison to 10 healthy age and sex matched controls. In depressed patients the nearly diametrical nocturnal secretion of thyrotropin and ACTH was disturbed by significantly blunted thyrotropin values (TSH AUC 51.96±5.68 vs. 87.23±13.63, P

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  • ACTH
  • Adrenal axis
  • Affective disorder
  • Sleep
  • TSH
  • Thyroid axis

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  • Axel SteigerMax-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Munich, DE

  • Christian Peteranderl

  • Irina A. Antonijevic

  • Harald Murck

  • Katja Held

  • Ralf Michael Frieboes

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