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Clin Chim Acta. 1977 Sep 1;79(2):457-64.

No inhibition by Li+ of thyroxine monodeiodination to 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine and 3,3',5'-triiodothyronine (reverse triiodothyronine).


The possibility that lithium affects the conversion of thyroxine to 3,5,3"-triiodothyronine and 3,3',5'-triiodothyronine (reverse triiodothyronine) was studied by measurement of the serum concentractions of these parameters in five patients during the first week of lithium therapy. In three patients there was a decrease in serum thyroxine concentration and a slightly less pronounced decrease in that of serum 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine. In two patients, who also received L-tryptophan or flupentixol, no change was noted in the concentrations of these compounds. There was no increase in serum 3,3',5'-triiodothyronine concentration in any of the patients. No systematic change was found in the serum concentrations of thyrotropin or unsaturated thyroid-hormone binding proteins. The results obtained do not support the contention that lithium should inhibit the monodeiodenation of thyroxine to its active and inactive metabolites.

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