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Conversion of Thyroxine to Triiodothyronine in Normal Human Subjects

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Science  11 Sep 1970:
Vol. 169, Issue 3950, pp. 1099-1100
DOI: 10.1126/science.169.3950.1099

Abstract

The conversion of thyroxine to triiodothyronine, previously demonstrated in athyreotic human subjects, has been investigated in normal subjects who were given intravenous injections of purified thyroxine labeled with carbon-14 in ring A and in the alanine side chain. Evidence for the conversion of T4 to T3 was provided by the finding of carbon-14 in the T3 fraction isolated from serums. It is estimated that an appreciable fraction of T4 may be transformed to T3 in normal man.