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      Dopaminergic Regulation of Gonadotropin and Thyrotropin Hormone Secretion Is Altered with Age

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          To determine if age-related changes in glycoprotein pituitary hormone secretion are associated with alterations in dopaminergic regulation, plasma gonadotropins and TSH were measured before and after L-dopa administration in 44 young (31–44 years of age) and 42 old (64–88 years of age) healthy male participants. Plasma GH and PRL were also determined in order to examine the somatotroph and lactotrope response. In the young, following L-dopa, plasma FSH, LH and TSH were unchanged from baseline. However, in older subjects, plasma FSH was significantly increased (p < 0.001) and a similar trend was noted for LH. Plasma TSH was significantly depressed (p < 0.002) in older subjects only. Following L-dopa, increases in plasma GH and decreases in plasma PRL were of similar magnitude in each group. These data indicate that dopaminergic modulation of gonadotropins and TSH is altered with age.

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          Horm Res Paediatr
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          02 December 2008
          : 36
          : 1-2
          : 41-46
          aDivisions of Gerontology and Endocrinology, Beth Israel Hospital, and Division of Aging, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass. bThe Normative Aging Study, Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic, Boston, Mass.; cDepartment of Medicine and Geriatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N.Y., USA
          182105 Horm Res 1991;36:41–46
          © 1991 S. Karger AG, Basel

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