Pulsatile secretion of gonadotropin was investigated in amenorrheic patients and in fertile and postmenopausal women to assess both follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) episodic secretion and its temporal coupling with luteinizing hormone (LH). Three groups of amenorrheic patients were studied: hyperandrogenic (n = 20), hypogonadotropic (n = 51), and normogonadotropic (n = 31). Nineteen fertile women (during the follicular and luteal phases of the cycle) and sixteen postmenopausal women were investigated as reference groups. All subjects demonstrated the presence of a distinct pulsatile pattern with LH and FSH pulses/4 h as follows: hyperandrogenic 3.95 +/- 0.26 and 3.85 +/- 0.2, hypogonadotropic 3.76 +/- 0.26 and 3.9 +/- 0.16, normogonadotropic 3.5 +/- 0.2 and 3.9 +/- 0.17 LH and FSH pulses/4 h, respectively (means +/- SE). Normal controls showed 4.1 +/- 0.2 and 3.1 +/- 0.2 pulses/4 h for LH (P < 0.05) and 3.2 +/- 0.1 and 3.6 +/- 0.3 pulses/4 h for FSH, during follicular and luteal phases, respectively. Postmenopausal women showed 3.6 +/- 0.2 and 3.0 +/- 0.3 pulses/4 h for LH and FSH, respectively. Specific concordance (SC) index demonstrated that LH and FSH were significantly and simultaneously secreted in all groups. Conversely, LH and FSH were not temporally related during the luteal phase. In conclusion, we report a distinct FSH episodic secretion and its temporal linkage with LH pulses irrespective of plasma concentrations of gonadal steroids in secondary amenorrhea.
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|Titolo:||FSH secretory pattern and degree of concordance with LH in amenorrheic, fertile, and postmenopausal women.|
|Citazione:||Genazzani, A.d., Petraglia, F., Volpogni, C., D'Ambrogio, G., Facchinetti, F., & Genazzani, A.r. (1993). FSH secretory pattern and degree of concordance with LH in amenorrheic, fertile, and postmenopausal women. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY, 264(5 Pt 1), 776-781.|
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