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      Enhanced Pulsatile Growth Hormone Secretion and Altered Metabolic Hormones by in Vivo Hexarelin Treatment in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats

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          Significant growth hormone (GH) reductions have been reported in diabetic animal models with disturbed metabolic balance coinciding with GH deficiency. Therefore, enhanced GH secretion may have beneficial effects in controlling diabetes. Thus, we aim to investigate the effect of hexarelin, a synthetic GH secretagogue (GHS), on GH secretion in streptozotocin (STZ, 65 mg/kg)-induced diabetic rats. Daily hexarelin (100 μg/kg) treatment was performed for two weeks in four-week-long STZ-diabetic and vehicle control rats. Pulsatile GH secretion in STZ-rats was significantly reduced in total, pulsatile, basal, and mass of GH secretion per burst. In addition, impaired GH secretion was followed by an increase in fasting-level free fatty acids (FFAs) and a decrease in insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) compared to control rats. After hexarelin treatment, pulsatile GH secretion in STZ-rats was significantly increased in total, pulsatile, and basal, but not in the mass GH secretion per burst, compared to STZ-rats without hexarelin treatment. However, there was no significant elevation in GH secretion in the hexarelin-treated control group. In addition, hexarelin-treated STZ-rats showed a significant decrease in fasting level FFAs, whereas suppression of fasting level for IGF-1 was maintained. These results suggest that STZ-induced diabetic rats have impaired pulsatile GH secretion, causing increased FFAs and decreased IGF-1 levels in circulation. Hexarelin injections for two weeks is able to normalize impaired pulsatile GH secretion with normal fasting levels of FFAs, but fails to recover IGF-1 levels.

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              It is well known that patients with type 2 diabetes have increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but it is not known whether they have underlying abnormalities in cardiac or skeletal muscle high-energy phosphate metabolism. We studied 21 patients with type 2 diabetes with no evidence of coronary artery disease or impaired cardiac function, as determined by echocardiography, and 15 age-, sex-, and body mass index-matched control subjects. Cardiac high-energy phosphate metabolites were measured at rest using 31P nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). Skeletal muscle high-energy phosphate metabolites, intracellular pH, and oxygenation were measured using 31P MRS and near infrared spectrophotometry, respectively, before, during, and after exercise. Although their cardiac morphology, mass, and function appeared to be normal, the patients with diabetes had significantly lower phosphocreatine (PCr)/ATP ratios, at 1.50+/-0.11, than the healthy volunteers, at 2.30+/-0.12. The cardiac PCr/ATP ratios correlated negatively with the fasting plasma free fatty acid concentrations. Although skeletal muscle energetics and pH were normal at rest, PCr loss and pH decrease were significantly faster during exercise in the patients with diabetes, who had lower exercise tolerance. After exercise, PCr recovery was slower in the patients with diabetes and correlated with tissue reoxygenation times. The exercise times correlated negatively with the deoxygenation rates and the hemoglobin (Hb)A1c levels and the reoxygenation times correlated positively with the HbA1c levels. Type 2 diabetic patients with apparently normal cardiac function have impaired myocardial and skeletal muscle energy metabolism related to changes in circulating metabolic substrates.

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                Int J Mol Sci
                Int J Mol Sci
                International Journal of Molecular Sciences
                08 October 2018
                October 2018
                : 19
                : 10
                [1 ]School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia; cesc0821@ 123456hotmail.com
                [2 ]School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100730, China; jinkui.yang@ 123456foxmail.com
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                [* ]Correspondence: chen.chen@ 123456uq.edu.au ; Tel.: +61-7-3365-3856; Fax: +61-7-3365-2398
                © 2018 by the authors.

                Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


                Molecular biology

                growth hormone, streptozotocin (stz), hexarelin, igf-1, free fatty acids, glucose


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