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      Growth Hormone Response to Oral Glucose Load: From Normal to Pathological Conditions

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          The exact physiological basis of acute growth hormone (GH) suppression by oral glucose is not fully understood. Glucose-mediated increase in hypothalamic somatostatin seems to be the most plausible explanation. Attempts to better understand its underlying mechanisms are compromised by species disparities in the response of GH to glucose load. While in humans, glucose inhibits GH release, the acute elevation of circulating glucose levels in rats has either no effect on GH secretion or may be stimulatory. Likewise, chronic hyperglycemia alters GH release in both humans and rats nonetheless in opposite directions. Several factors influence nadir GH concentrations including, age, gender, body mass index, pubertal age, and the type of assay used. Besides the classical suppressive effects of glucose on GH release, a paradoxical GH increase to oral glucose may be observed in around one third of patients with acromegaly as well as in various other disorders. Though its pathophysiology is poorly characterized, an altered interplay between somatostatin and GH-releasing hormone has been suggested and a link with pituitary ectopic expression of glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide receptor has been recently demonstrated. A better understanding of the dynamics mediating GH response to glucose may allow a more optimal use of the OGTT as a diagnostic tool in various conditions, especially acromegaly.

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          The Acromegaly Consensus Group reconvened in November 2007 to update guidelines for acromegaly management. The meeting participants comprised 68 pituitary specialists, including neurosurgeons and endocrinologists with extensive experience treating patients with acromegaly. EVIDENCE/CONSENSUS PROCESS: Goals of treatment and the appropriate imaging and biochemical and clinical monitoring of patients with acromegaly were enunciated, based on the available published evidence. The group developed a consensus on the approach to managing acromegaly including appropriate roles for neurosurgery, medical therapy, and radiation therapy in the management of these patients.
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            The role of liver-derived insulin-like growth factor-I.

            IGF-I is expressed in virtually every tissue of the body, but with much higher expression in the liver than in any other tissue. Studies using mice with liver-specific IGF-I knockout have demonstrated that liver-derived IGF-I, constituting a major part of circulating IGF-I, is an important endocrine factor involved in a variety of physiological and pathological processes. Detailed studies comparing the impact of liver-derived IGF-I and local bone-derived IGF-I demonstrate that both sources of IGF-I can stimulate longitudinal bone growth. We propose here that liver-derived circulating IGF-I and local bone-derived IGF-I to some extent have overlapping growth-promoting effects and might have the capacity to replace each other (= redundancy) in the maintenance of normal longitudinal bone growth. Importantly, and in contrast to the regulation of longitudinal bone growth, locally derived IGF-I cannot replace (= lack of redundancy) liver-derived IGF-I for the regulation of a large number of other parameters including GH secretion, cortical bone mass, kidney size, prostate size, peripheral vascular resistance, spatial memory, sodium retention, insulin sensitivity, liver size, sexually dimorphic liver functions, and progression of some tumors. It is clear that a major role of liver-derived IGF-I is to regulate GH secretion and that some, but not all, of the phenotypes in the liver-specific IGF-I knockout mice are indirect, mediated via the elevated GH levels. All of the described multiple endocrine effects of liver-derived IGF-I should be considered in the development of possible novel treatment strategies aimed at increasing or reducing endocrine IGF-I activity.
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              Consensus statement on the standardization and evaluation of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor assays.

              Growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) measurements are widely used in the diagnosis of disorders of GH secretion, evaluation of children with short stature from multiple causes, management of disorders that lead to nutritional insufficiency or catabolism, and monitoring both GH and IGF-I replacement therapy. Therefore, there is an ongoing need for accurate and precise measurements of these 2 peptide hormones. Representatives of the Growth Hormone Research Society, the IGF Society, and the IFCC convened an international workshop to review assay standardization, requirements for improving assay comparability, variables that affect assay interpretation, technical factors affecting assay performance, assay validation criteria, and the development and use of normative data. Special attention was given to preanalytical conditions, the use of international commutable reference standards, antibody specificity, matrix requirements, QC analysis, and interference by binding proteins. Recommendations for each of these variables were made for measurements of each peptide. Additionally, specific criteria for IGF-I were recommended for age ranges of normative data, consideration of Tanner staging, and consideration of the effect of body mass index. The consensus statement concludes that major improvements are necessary in the areas of assay performance and comparability. This group recommends that a commutable standard for each assay be implemented for worldwide use and that its recommendations be applied to accomplish the task of providing reliable and clinically useful results.

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                S. Karger AG
                April 2019
                25 January 2019
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                Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Hôpital de Bicêtre, Service d’Endocrinologie et des Maladies de la Reproduction, Centre de Référence des Maladies Rares de l’Hypophyse, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (Inserm) U1185, Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France
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                *Philippe Chanson, MD, MS, Service d’Endocrinologie et des Maladies de la Reproduction, Hôpital de Bicêtre, FR–94275 Le Kremlin Bicêtre (France), E-Mail philippe.chanson@aphp.fr
                497214 Neuroendocrinology 2019;108:244–255
                © 2019 S. Karger AG, Basel

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