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The stimulation of human prolactin secretion by 3-Iodo-L-tyrosine


Oral administration of a single 1 g dose of MIT to 10 normal male and female subjects resulted in a rise in serum prolactin in each subject. The mean peak level of serum prolactin attained by the 10 subjects was 36.3 plus or minus 7.9 ng/ml which was highly significantly elevated (P smaller than 0.0005) above the mean basal level of 5.3 plus or minus 1.0 ng/ml. While there was no significant difference between the basal serum prolactin levels of male and female subjects, the mean peak level attained by male subjects following MIT (18.8 plus or minus 3.3 ng/ml) was significantly less (P smaller than 0.0025) than that recorded for the female group (62.5 plus or minus 9.1). Serum levels of growth hormone (GH), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4) and cortisol were not significantly altered following MIT administration. The complete absence of side effects due to MIT make it a suitable drug for the acute clinical assessment of pituitary prolactin reserve.

Type Journal
ISBN 0021-972X (Print)
Authors Smythe, G. A.;Compton, P. J.;Lazarus, L. :
Published Date 1975-01-01
Published Volume 40
Published Issue 4
Published Pages 714-6
Status Published in-print
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