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Serum concentrations of insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), IGF binding proteins 1 and 3 and growth hormone binding protein in obese women and the effects of growth hormone administration: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study


Obesity is associated with suppressed growth hormone (GH) concentrations but relatively little is known about insulin-like growth factors(IGFs) and binding proteins for GH and IGFs (GHBP and IGFBPs) and the modulatory effect of GH administration. In a double-blind, crossover design we studied the impact of 5 weeks of placebo or GH administration (0.03 body in nine obese women (mean +/- SEM: age 30.4 +/- 2.4 years; body mass index 37.0 +/- 2.8 kg/m2) on IGF-I, IGF-II, IGFBP-1 and -3 and GHBP. Serum IGF-I (microgram/l) levels were subnormal and increased significantly following GH (117 +/- 16 (placebo) vs 434 +/- 33 (GH) vs 198 +/- 15 (control (p < 0.01)). By contrast, serum IGF-II (microgram/l) levels were in the normal range and remained unchanged (608 +/- 20 (placebo) vs 647 +/- 40 (GH) (NS)). Serum IGFBP-3 was in the normal range and increased significantly during GH treatment, although relatively less than IGF-I, such that the molar ratio between IGF-I and IGFBP-3 increased with GH treatment, whereas the ratio between IGF-I + IGF-II and IGFBP-3 remained unchanged. Serum IGFBP-1 was low in the placebo situation but became further and almost completely suppressed during GH treatment. During a 2-h hyperinsulinemic, euglycemic glucose clamp, IGFBP-1 decreased in the placebo study and remained suppressed during GH. Serum GHBP (nmol/l) levels were elevated substantially compared to non-obese controls (p < 0.001) and did not change during GH treatment (2.37 +/- 0.36 (placebo) vs 2.21 +/- 0.25 (GH) vs 0.80 +/- 0.19 (control)).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Type Journal
ISBN 0804-4643 (Print)
Authors Jorgensen, J. O.;Pedersen, S. B.;Borglum, J.;Frystyk, J.;Ho, K. K.;Christiansen, J. S.;Orskov, H.;Blum, W. F.;Richelsen, B. :
Published Date 1995-01-01
Published Volume 133
Published Issue 1
Published Pages 65-70
Status Published in-print
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OpenAccess link to author's accepted manuscript version