The Thyroid Axis Is Regulated by NCoR1 via Its Actions in the Pituitary

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Endocrinology (Impact Factor: 4.5). 08/2012; 153(10):5049-57. DOI: 10.1210/en.2012-1504
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TSH is the most important biomarker in the interpretation of thyroid function in man. Its levels are determined by circulating thyroid hormone (TH) levels that feed back centrally to regulate the expression of the subunits that comprise TSH from the pituitary. The nuclear corepressor 1 (NCoR1), is a critical coregulator of the TH receptor (TR) isoforms. It has been established to play a major role in the control of TSH secretion, because mice that express a mutant NCoR1 allele (NCoRΔID) that cannot interact with the TR have normal TSH levels despite low circulating TH levels. To determine how NCoR1 controls TSH secretion, we first developed a mouse model that allowed for induction of NCoRΔID expression postnatally to rule out a developmental effect of NCoR1. Expression of NCoRΔID postnatally led to a drop in TH levels without a compensatory rise in TSH production, indicating that NCoR1 acutely controls both TH production and feedback regulation of TSH. To demonstrate that this was a cell autonomous function of NCoR1, we expressed NCoRΔID in the pituitary using a Cre driven by the glycoprotein α-subunit promoter (P-ΔID mice). Importantly, P-ΔID mice have low TH levels with decreased TSH production. Additionally, the rise in TSH during hypothyroidism is blunted in P-ΔID mice. Thus, NCoR1 plays a critical role in TH-mediated regulation of TSH in the pituitary by regulating the repressive function of the TR. Furthermore, these studies suggest that endogenous NCoR1 levels in the pituitary could establish the set point of TSH secretion.

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    • "However, previous findings on the role of co-factors in Trh regulation mainly concern TR recruitment of co-repressors, and particularly emphasize the role of NCoR in ligand-independent activation (Becker et al., 2001; Ishii et al., 2004; Satoh et al., 1999). Moreover, it was shown recently that mice expressing a mutant NCoR unable to link TR develop central hypothyroidism comparable to that observed in mice lacking TRH, linking NCoR to TRH and TSH negative regulation (Astapova et al., 2011; Costa-e-Sousa et al., 2012). However, few data are available on RXR interactions with co-regulators when they act as heterodimers (Laflamme et al., 2002; Putcha et al., 2012)). "
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    • "Thyroid hormones exert powerful feedback inhibition over the TRH response system by inhibiting TRH synthesis and processing in TRH neurons in the paraventricular region of the hypothalamus and decreasing TRH receptors and responses in the pituitary gland (Gershengorn, 1978; Perrone and Hinkle, 1978; Hinkle and Goh, 1982; Segerson et al., 1987; Fekete and Lechan, 2007; Costa and Hollenberg, 2012). Prolonged hypothyroidism leads to a 40-fold increase in TRH receptor mRNA levels in pituitary glands (Costa et al., 2012). In addition, pyroglutamyl peptidase, a highly specific TRH-degrading ectoenzyme, is dramatically increased in hyperthyroid animals (Schomburg and Bauer, 1997; Marsili et al., 2011). "
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Ricardo H Costa-e-Sousa