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Somatostatin infusion withdrawal: studies in the acute and recovery phase of anorexia nervosa, and in obesity.
Eur J Endocrinol. 2003 Feb; 148(2):237-43.EJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Changes in GH/IGF-I axis activity occur in both anorexia nervosa (AN) and obesity (OB). A GH hypersecretory state with very low plasma IGF-I levels is present in AN, whereas in morbid OB, GH secretion is dull and plasma IGF-I levels are generally preserved. Endogenous GHRH activity in AN and OB has never been directly studied, although indirect evidence would indicate that GHRH function is altered in either condition, possibly enhanced and reduced respectively. Somatostatin (SS) infusion withdrawal (SSIW) is followed by a rebound rise of plasma GH in animals and humans, an event which, allegedly, is mediated by endogenous GHRH release.

METHODS

In the present study, 28 young women, eight with active AN (A-AN), six with AN in the recovery phase (R-AN), eight with morbid OB, and six healthy age-matched normal weight subjects (NW), were studied. All subjects underwent, on different occasions, the following two tests: (i) acute GHRH injection (1 microg/kg, i.v.); (ii) infusion of SS (9 microg/kg per h i.v. over 60 min), with blood samples drawn prior to and at different intervals after drug injections. Plasma GH levels were measured at each time interval in all sessions, and, in addition, baseline plasma estradiol, free triiodothyronine, TSH, IGF-I and insulin were measured at -30 min.

RESULTS

Baseline plasma GH concentrations were significantly higher in A-AN than in NW (4.7+/-0.7 vs 2.1+/-0.6 microg/l, P<0.01). Baseline GH levels in R-AN were also higher than in NW, but the difference did not reach statistical significance (5.6+/-1.7 microg/l, not significant (NS)). Baseline plasma GH concentrations were significantly lower in OB than in NW (0.3+/-0.1 microg/l, P<0.01). GHRH-stimulated GH release was significantly higher in A-AN than in NW (mean change in area under the curve (DeltaAUC) 1904.9+/-626.1 vs 613.9+/-75.9 microg/l per min, P<0.01), whereas no statistically significant difference was present between R-AN and NW (mean DeltaAUC 638.2+/-293.0 microg/l per min, NS); in OB, GHRH failed to evoke a plasma GH rise (mean DeltaAUC 239.8+/-89.9 microg/l per min vs A-AN, R-AN, and NW, P<0.01). SS infusion markedly reduced plasma GH concentrations in both A-AN and R-AN and, to a lesser extent, in NW, but failed to do so in OB. In A-AN, SSIW was followed by a plasma GH rise markedly higher than that present in NW (mean DeltaAUC 193.0+/-42.3 vs 60.1+/-11.4 microg/l per min, P<0.01), whereas in R-AN the GH response after SSIW was nearly superimposable on that registered in NW (mean DeltaAUC 72.9+/-22.8 microg/l per min, NS). There were no changes in plasma GH levels after SSIW in OB (mean DeltaAUC 22.8+/-9.7 microg/l per min). In all groups, DeltaAUCs of the GH response to GHRH and after SSIW were highly positively correlated (r=0.7, P<0.01).

CONCLUSIONS

These data support the view that a high endogenous GHRH tone, which subsides in the recovery phase of the disease, is present in AN, whereas GHRH hypofunction, possibly associated with pituitary impairment, might indicate OB.

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Istituto Auxologico Italiano, IRCCS, Ospedale San Luca, University of Milan, Milan, Italy.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12590644

Citation

Pincelli, Angela I., et al. "Somatostatin Infusion Withdrawal: Studies in the Acute and Recovery Phase of Anorexia Nervosa, and in Obesity." European Journal of Endocrinology, vol. 148, no. 2, 2003, pp. 237-43.
Pincelli AI, Rigamonti AE, Scacchi M, et al. Somatostatin infusion withdrawal: studies in the acute and recovery phase of anorexia nervosa, and in obesity. Eur J Endocrinol. 2003;148(2):237-43.
Pincelli, A. I., Rigamonti, A. E., Scacchi, M., Cella, S. G., Cappa, M., Cavagnini, F., & Müller, E. E. (2003). Somatostatin infusion withdrawal: studies in the acute and recovery phase of anorexia nervosa, and in obesity. European Journal of Endocrinology, 148(2), 237-43.
Pincelli AI, et al. Somatostatin Infusion Withdrawal: Studies in the Acute and Recovery Phase of Anorexia Nervosa, and in Obesity. Eur J Endocrinol. 2003;148(2):237-43. PubMed PMID: 12590644.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Somatostatin infusion withdrawal: studies in the acute and recovery phase of anorexia nervosa, and in obesity. AU - Pincelli,Angela I, AU - Rigamonti,Antonello E, AU - Scacchi,Massimo, AU - Cella,Silvano G, AU - Cappa,Marco, AU - Cavagnini,Francesco, AU - Müller,Eugenio E, PY - 2003/2/20/pubmed PY - 2003/4/4/medline PY - 2003/2/20/entrez SP - 237 EP - 43 JF - European journal of endocrinology JO - Eur. J. Endocrinol. VL - 148 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Changes in GH/IGF-I axis activity occur in both anorexia nervosa (AN) and obesity (OB). A GH hypersecretory state with very low plasma IGF-I levels is present in AN, whereas in morbid OB, GH secretion is dull and plasma IGF-I levels are generally preserved. Endogenous GHRH activity in AN and OB has never been directly studied, although indirect evidence would indicate that GHRH function is altered in either condition, possibly enhanced and reduced respectively. Somatostatin (SS) infusion withdrawal (SSIW) is followed by a rebound rise of plasma GH in animals and humans, an event which, allegedly, is mediated by endogenous GHRH release. METHODS: In the present study, 28 young women, eight with active AN (A-AN), six with AN in the recovery phase (R-AN), eight with morbid OB, and six healthy age-matched normal weight subjects (NW), were studied. All subjects underwent, on different occasions, the following two tests: (i) acute GHRH injection (1 microg/kg, i.v.); (ii) infusion of SS (9 microg/kg per h i.v. over 60 min), with blood samples drawn prior to and at different intervals after drug injections. Plasma GH levels were measured at each time interval in all sessions, and, in addition, baseline plasma estradiol, free triiodothyronine, TSH, IGF-I and insulin were measured at -30 min. RESULTS: Baseline plasma GH concentrations were significantly higher in A-AN than in NW (4.7+/-0.7 vs 2.1+/-0.6 microg/l, P<0.01). Baseline GH levels in R-AN were also higher than in NW, but the difference did not reach statistical significance (5.6+/-1.7 microg/l, not significant (NS)). Baseline plasma GH concentrations were significantly lower in OB than in NW (0.3+/-0.1 microg/l, P<0.01). GHRH-stimulated GH release was significantly higher in A-AN than in NW (mean change in area under the curve (DeltaAUC) 1904.9+/-626.1 vs 613.9+/-75.9 microg/l per min, P<0.01), whereas no statistically significant difference was present between R-AN and NW (mean DeltaAUC 638.2+/-293.0 microg/l per min, NS); in OB, GHRH failed to evoke a plasma GH rise (mean DeltaAUC 239.8+/-89.9 microg/l per min vs A-AN, R-AN, and NW, P<0.01). SS infusion markedly reduced plasma GH concentrations in both A-AN and R-AN and, to a lesser extent, in NW, but failed to do so in OB. In A-AN, SSIW was followed by a plasma GH rise markedly higher than that present in NW (mean DeltaAUC 193.0+/-42.3 vs 60.1+/-11.4 microg/l per min, P<0.01), whereas in R-AN the GH response after SSIW was nearly superimposable on that registered in NW (mean DeltaAUC 72.9+/-22.8 microg/l per min, NS). There were no changes in plasma GH levels after SSIW in OB (mean DeltaAUC 22.8+/-9.7 microg/l per min). In all groups, DeltaAUCs of the GH response to GHRH and after SSIW were highly positively correlated (r=0.7, P<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: These data support the view that a high endogenous GHRH tone, which subsides in the recovery phase of the disease, is present in AN, whereas GHRH hypofunction, possibly associated with pituitary impairment, might indicate OB. SN - 0804-4643 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12590644/Somatostatin_infusion_withdrawal:_studies_in_the_acute_and_recovery_phase_of_anorexia_nervosa_and_in_obesity_ L2 - https://eje.bioscientifica.com/doi/10.1530/eje.0.1480237 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -