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      The Effects of Human Growth Hormone and Prednisone on Whole Body Estimates of Protein Metabolism

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          Human growth hormone (GH) increases estimates of whole body protein synthesis, but has little effect on the rates of proteolysis either post-absorptively or when absorption occurs during a meal. In contrast to insulin, GH stimulates protein synthesis in skeletal muscle tissue. Prednisone in high doses induces protein catabolism and has been used as a controlled model for catabolic illness. Prednisone increases the rates of proteolysis and amino acid oxidation, but has little effect on estimates of protein synthesis. The administration of high doses of GH together with prednisone prevents the protein catabolic effects of prednisone alone. Thus, GH may provide a new management strategy in patients with significant protein catabolic conditions.

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          Journal
          HRE
          Horm Res Paediatr
          10.1159/issn.1663-2818
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-5740-5
          978-3-318-01971-1
          1663-2818
          1663-2826
          1992
          1992
          03 December 2008
          : 38
          : Suppl 2
          : 44-46
          Affiliations
          Nemour’s Children’s Clinic, University of Florida Health Science Center, Jacksonville, FL, USA; Medizinische Universitäts-Poliklinik, Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland
          Article
          182593 Horm Res 1992;38:44–46
          10.1159/000182593
          1292981
          © 1992 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 3
          Categories
          Anabolic and Metabolic Effects of Growth Hormone Action

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