Divergent changes of serum 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine and 3,3',5'-triiodothyronine in patients with acute myocardial infarction.Acta Med Scand. 1977; 201(4):269-72.AM
The serum levels of thyroxine (T4), 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine (T3), 3,3',5'-triiodothyronine (reverse T3, rT3), thyroxine-binding globulin and thyroid-stimulating hormone have been monitored in 13 patients with acute myocardial infarction. The major changes recorded were a transient decrease in T3 and a transient increase in rT3. They reached a nadir and a peak, respectively, within three days. A conceivable explanation for these alterations is that the monodeiodination of T4 is diverted from the activating pathway (T4 to T3) to the inactivating pathway (T4 to rT3).