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Type I and III procollagen propeptides in growth hormone-deficient patients: effects of increasing doses of GH

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The effect of increasing doses of growth hormone on collagen synthesis in GH-treated GH-deficient patients was determined in a short-term study. The synthesis of type I and III collagen was estimated by measurements of the carboxyterminal propeptide of type I procollagen and the aminoterminal propeptide of type III procollagen. Type I collagen is mainly found in bone and type III collagen in loose connective tissue. We observed a GH dose dependency of both procollagen propeptides. Serum type I procollagen propeptide was significantly higher following GH doses of 4 and 6 IU/day for 14 days compared with 2 IU/day (normal replacement dose) (p = 0.04). Withdrawal of GH therapy for 14 days resulted in wider variation, but not significantly different from the levels at 2, 4 and 6 IU/day. A dose dependency was found regarding type III procollagen propeptide, showing significantly higher serum concentrations at a GH dose of 4 IU/day compared with 2 IU/day (p = 0.001), and of 6 IU/day compared with 4 IU/day (p = 0.001). Withdrawal of GH therapy resulted in significantly lower type III procollagen propeptide concentrations compared with those at a GH dose of 4 and 6 IU/day (p = 0.03). Serum type III procollagen propeptide increased twice as much as type I procollagen propeptide, by 47 vs 25%, at a GH dose of 6 IU/day compared with 2 IU/day. The differences between the effects on type I and type III collagen may reflect differences in secretion or turn-over rate of collagen in bone and loose connective tissue.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

TidsskriftActa endocrinologica
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)278-82
Antal sider5
StatusUdgivet - mar. 1991

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