The possible differential regulation of pulsatile follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) secretion in pre-pubertal children and in post-menopausal women was investigated. Children were studied for 4 h and post-menopausal women for 6 h; blood samples were taken every 10 min. Post-menopausal women were studied before and 21 days after administration of a single i.m. dose of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogue. Eight post-menopausal women and 18 children (nine boys and nine girls) were enrolled. The children were divided into two groups: A, at Tanner stages 0-1 (four boys and three girls); B, at Tanner stage 2-3 (five boys and six girls). Plasma LH and FSH concentrations were determined using an immunofluorimetric assay. Time series were analysed and the specific concordance (SC) index was computed to determine the degree of concordance between episodes of LH and FSH secretion. While children of group A had LH concentrations below the minimal detectable dose of 0.1 IU/l, group B showed measurable LH plasma concentrations (1.4 +/- 0.3 IU/l, mean +/- SEM). Plasma FSH concentrations were detectable in both groups. Group A showed FSH plasma concentrations significantly lower than those of group B (0.75 +/- 0.2 and 1.95 +/- 0.4 IU/l respectively; P < 0.05), but FSH pulse frequency was higher in group A (P < 0.05). Children of group B showed significant concomitance of LH and FSH secretory events at time 0 (P < 0.05).
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|Titolo:||Evidence suggesting an additional control mechanism regulating episodic secretion of luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone in pre-pubertal children and post-menopausal women.|
|Citazione:||Genazzani, A.d., Petraglia, F., Gastaldi, M., Volpogni, C., Gamba, O., Massolo, F., et al. (1994). Evidence suggesting an additional control mechanism regulating episodic secretion of luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone in pre-pubertal children and post-menopausal women. HUMAN REPRODUCTION, 9(10), 1807-1812.|
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