To study the relationship of endogenous GHRH to the changes seen in serum GH concentration in neonatal primates, we administered antiserum to GHRH (GHRH-Ab) or GHRH antagonist, (N-Acetyl-Tyr1, D-Arg2)GHRH-(1-29)-NH2, to unanesthetized, fasted rhesus monkeys, 1-31 days of age, via an acutely placed venous catheter. The administration of GHRH-Ab resulted in a significant decrease in serum GH concentration at 1-2 and 7-9 days, but not at 28-31 days of age. The administration of GHRH antagonist resulted in a significant decrease in serum GH concentrations at 1-2 days, but not at 7 or 14 days of age. These results imply that basal serum GH is more dependent on endogenous GHRH at 1-2 days than after 7-28 days of age. This suggests developmental changes in the hypothalamic regulation of GH secretion with advancing age in the neonatal period.
- Growth hormone
- Growth hormone-releasing hormone
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental Biology