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Hexarelin (Hex) is a new synthetic hexapeptide with potent growth hormone (GH)-releasing activity in both animals and men. We evaluated the GH response to a maximal dose of Hex (2 micrograms/kg iv) and GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) (1-29, 1 microgram/kg iv) in 45 short normal children (24 males and 21 females, age 5.9-14 yr, 24 prepubertal and 21 in Tanner(More)
We have evaluated baseline and l-dopa-stimulated peripheral growth hormone releasing hormone (pGHRH) secretion in 6 obese pre-pubertal children and in 7 age-matched controls. Baseline pGHRH levels were no different between obese (36.6 +/- 9.8 pg/ml, mean +/- SE) and control children (40.6 +/- 10.1 pg/ml). Administration of l-dopa (500 mg po) caused a(More)
We have evaluated the effect of acute administration of atenolol, a selective beta-adrenergic antagonist, on the GH response to GHRH in nine obese children and in eight age-matched controls. The GH response to GHRH (1-29, 1 microgram/kg iv), evaluated both as the GH peak and as integrated area under the curve, was significantly lower in the obese children(More)
We report the effect of growth hormone (GH) treatment for 4 to 10 years in 15 prepubertal non-GH-deficient short children (10 boys, 5 girls, aged 7.4 to 13.2 years). In 7 patients, GH was administered at a dosage of 0.5 U/kg per week (group 1: 4 boys, 3 girls) and in 8 patients (group 2: 6 boys, 2 girls) at a dosage of 1.0 U/kg per week. After the first(More)
OBJECTIVE Obesity is frequently associated with modifications of thyroid size and function. We evaluated the prevalence of thyroid function abnormalities and the effects of puberty and weight loss in obese children and adolescents. METHODS We examined 468 obese children (255 girls and 213 boys aged 3.7-17.9 years) and 52 normal-weight age-matched children(More)
We have evaluated the effect of oral administration of arginine chlorhydrate on the growth hormone response to growth hormone releasing hormone in a group of nine short prepubertal children (six boys and four girls). Arginine chlorhydrate 10 g, administered orally 60 min before an i.v. bolus injection of growth hormone releasing hormone 1-29, 1(More)
OBJECTIVE Premature pubarche (PP) is the most frequent sign of nonclassic congenital adrenal hyperplasia (NCCAH) due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency in childhood. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between the CYP21A2 genotype and baseline and ACTH-stimulated 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP) and cortisol serum levels in patients presenting(More)
We evaluated the growth hormone (GH) response to an acute clonidine test (0.15 mg/m2 po) in 30 normal prepubertal children (stature between the 3rd and 97th centile), in 29 short children (stature < 3rd centile for age) with height velocity (HV) > 10th centile and in 20 short children with HV < 10th centile. The three groups had comparable chronological(More)
these spatial limits of the solid state. Presently , one of the most fl ourishing research fi elds and at the same time one of the major challenges faced by contemporary solid state science and technology has been in designing, understanding, and controlling the properties of engineered nanostructures and functional nano-materials (e.g., oxides). [ 1 ] The(More)
BACKGROUND In Sardinia the mutational spectrum of CFTR gene is well defined. A mutation detection rate of 94% can be achieved by screening for 15 CFTR mutations with a frequency higher than 0.5%. The efficiency of this molecular test suggests that Sardinians may represent a suitable population for a preconceptional screening. METHODS Five hundred couples(More)