[Regulation of thyroid and pituitary functions by lipopolysaccharide]

Biomed Khim. 2010 Mar-Apr;56(2):179-86.
[Article in Russian]


Activation of toll-like receptors-4 by bacterial lipopolysaccharide downregulates pituitary and thyroid function. Besides decrease of thyroid-stimulating hormone secretion lipopolysaccharide affects secretion in follicular thyroid cells directly. The endotoxin partially activates and inhibits different phases of follicular thyrocytes' secretion. Lipopolysaccharide enhances thyroglobulin synthesis and exocytosis into follicular lumen and suppresses its resorbtion. It results in sharp drop of blood thyroxine concentration without decrease of deiodinases-mediated thiroxine to triiodothyronine conversion. Stimulation of the lipopolysaccharide-pretreated thyroid gland with thyroid-stimulating hormone increases resorbtion of thyroglobulin and thyroid hormone production. Combined stimulation of the thyroid gland increases protein bound thyroxine and triiodothyronine serum concentration unlike only TSH stimulation resulting in increase of free thyroid hormone levels. It also proves that binding capacity of thyroid hormone serum transport proteins during nonthyroidal illness syndrome remains normal.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Escherichia coli
  • Lipopolysaccharides / pharmacology*
  • Male
  • Pituitary Gland / drug effects*
  • Pituitary Gland / physiology
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Receptors, Thyrotropin / agonists
  • Thyroid Gland / drug effects*
  • Thyroid Gland / physiology
  • Thyroid Gland / ultrastructure
  • Thyroid Hormones / blood
  • Thyrotropin / blood
  • Thyrotropin / pharmacology
  • Toll-Like Receptor 4 / agonists


  • Lipopolysaccharides
  • Receptors, Thyrotropin
  • Thyroid Hormones
  • Toll-Like Receptor 4
  • Thyrotropin