Impaired growth hormone secretion and increased growth hormone-binding protein levels in subfertile males
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate GH secretion in subfertile males. DESIGN: Comparing GH secretion to a GH stimulation test in two different patient groups and in a control group. PATIENTS: Nine oligozoospermic patients, nine asthenozoospermic patients, and nine age- and body mass index-matched fertile males with normal spermograms. INTERVENTION: All subjects underwent an IV arginine GH stimulation test. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Serum levels of FSH, LH, PRL, E2, T, insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), and GH-binding protein were measured. RESULTS: Basal levels of GH were similar in all three groups and serum GH increased in all groups after arginine. However, there was a significant difference between the two patient groups and the control group characterized by an impaired GH response in the subfertile patients. Serum FSH and serum GH-binding protein were significantly higher in the patient groups compared with the controls. Serum LH, PRL, T, E2, and IGF-I were similar in all three groups. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that subfertile men may suffer from relative GH insufficiency, which could have therapeutical implications.
|Authors||Ovesen, P.;Jorgensen, J. O.;Kjaer, T.;Ho, K. K.;Orskov, H.;Christiansen, J. S. :|
|Publisher Name||FERTILITY AND STERILITY|
|URL link to publisher's version||http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=8557135|