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      Individual IGF-I Responsiveness to a Fixed Regimen of Low-Dose Growth Hormone Replacement Is Increased with Less Variability in Obese Compared to Non-Obese Adults with Severe Growth Hormone Deficiency

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          Background/Aims: Decreased GH and IGF-I levels and increased GH responsiveness are frequently reported in obesity. As GH-deficient adults are commonly obese, the role of obesity in affecting hepatic responsiveness of IGF-I generation to GH stimulation is unclear in severe GH-deficient states. To address this question, we challenged a cohort of severely GH-deficient non-obese and obese adults with a fixed low GH dose (0.2 mg/day), and examined the relationship of body mass index (BMI) with IGF-I response. Methods: 12 non-obese (6 males, median BMI 24.7 kg/m<sup>2</sup>) and 14 obese (7 males, median BMI 45.2 kg/m<sup>2</sup>) adults with severe GH deficiency were studied for 8 weeks. Blood samples were collected at baseline, and weeks 4 and 8. Results: There was a larger increment and reduced variability of IGF-I levels in obese compared to non-obese GH-deficient adults at week 8, but not at week 4. A similar but smaller increment and less variability was observed with IGFBP-3. Increment IGF-I positively correlated with baseline BMI at weeks 4 (r = 0.49, p < 0.02) and 8 (r = 0.47, p < 0.02). No gender differences were observed with the IGF-I and IGFBP-3 response. Conclusions: This study demonstrates that there is a larger increment and deceased individual variability of IGF-I to the low GH replacement dose in obese compared to non-obese adults with severe GH deficiency, regardless of gender. The positive association of IGF-I increment with BMI implies a greater impact of obesity rather than GH deficiency in enhancing hepatic sensitivity to GH. These findings, thus, question the reliability of interpreting single serum IGF-I levels in non-obese adults with severe GH deficiency treated with low GH replacement doses.

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          There is currently widespread interest in the IGFs (IGF-I and IGF-II) and their roles in the regulation of growth and differentiation of an ever increasing number of tissues are being reported. This selective review focused on the current state of our knowledge about the structure of mammalian IGFs and the multiple forms of mRNAs which arise from alternative splicing and promoter sites which arise from gene transcription. Current progress in the immunological measurement of the IGF is reviewed including different strategies for avoiding binding protein interference. The results of measurements of serum IGF-I and IGF-II in fetus and mother and at various stages of postnatal life are described. Existing knowledge of the concentration of these peptides in body fluids and tissues are considered. Last, an attempt is made to indicate circumstances in which the IGFs are exerting their actions in an autocrine/paracrine mode and when endocrine actions predominate. In the latter context it was concluded that an important role for GH action on skeletal tissues via hepatic production of IGF-I and endocrine action of IGF-I on growth cartilage is likely.
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                Horm Res Paediatr
                Hormone Research in Paediatrics
                S. Karger AG
                January 2006
                01 February 2006
                : 65
                : 1
                : 6-13
                90121 Horm Res 2006;65:6–13
                © 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel

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