Pulsatile growth hormone release in the rat: Failure to demonstrate a correlation with sleep phases

John O. Willoughby, Joseph B. Martin, Leo P. Renaud, Paul Brazeau

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Abstract

Concurrent 5-hour profiles of growth hormone (GH) secretion and sleep phases were obtained in 7 rats chronically implanted with right atrial cannulae, and electroencephalographic, electromyographic, and electro oculographic electrodes. Hormone profiles confirmed pulsatile secretion of GH. Secretory GH episodes occurred every 3 to 4 hours and peaks generally exceeded 100 ng/ml, and, in 14 of the 21 troughs recorded, GH was immeasurable (<1 ng/ml). The comparison of hormone profiles and concurrent sleep patterns excluded a temporal relationship between episodic GH secretion and sleep cycles, while scattergrams of hormone values plotted against preceding sleep phase durations also failed to demonstrate a relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)991-996
Number of pages6
JournalEndocrinology
Volume98
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1976
Externally publishedYes

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