Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS

, Volume 63, Issue 4, pp 414–434 | Cite as

Thyroid hormone-induced oxidative stress

  • P. Venditti
  • S. Di MeoEmail author


Hypermetabolic state in hyperthyroidism is associated with tissue oxidative injury. Available data indicate that hyperthyroid tissues exhibit an increased ROS and RNS production. The increased mitochondrial ROS generation is a side effect of the enhanced level of electron carriers, by which hyperthyroid tissues increase their metabolic capacity. Investigations of antioxidant defence system have returned controversial results. Moreover, other thyroid hormone-linked biochemical changes increase tissue susceptibility to oxidative challenge, which exacerbates the injury and dysfunction they suffer under stressful conditions. Mitochondria, as a primary target for oxidative stress, might account for hyperthyroidism linked tissue dysfunction. This is consistent with the inverse relationship found between functional recovery of ischemic hyperthyroid hearts and mitochondrial oxidative damage and respiration impairment. However, thyroid hormone-activated mitochondrial mechanisms provide protection against excessive tissue dysfunction, including increased expression of uncoupling proteins, proteolytic enzymes and transcriptional coactivator PGC-1, and stimulate opening of permeability transition pores.

Key words.

Thyroid hormones oxidative stress ROS production antioxidant capacity mitochondria 


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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento delle Scienze Biologiche, Sezione di FisiologiaUniversitá degli Studi di Napoli Federico IINapoliItaly

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