María Eugenia Escobar

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Diverse mutations in FSH-receptor (FSHR) gene have been described as possible cause of premature ovarian failure (POF). To investigate the presence of mutations and/or polymorphisms in FSHR gene, DNA from 20 POF, 5 of which were diagnosed as resistant ovary syndrome (ROS), and from 44 controls was isolated from peripheral lymphocytes. The complete coding(More)
Twenty-four girls were studied following long-term treatment (mean: 50 months) for acute lymphoblastic leukemia; 14 were prepubertal and 10 pubertal. Follow-up during endocrine studies ranged from 2 months to 6.7 years (mean: 2.3 years). Five of 14 prepubertal patients started clinical pubertal development at a normal age and were reevaluated during(More)
The effects of chronic renal failure on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis in 25 girls, aged 9.1 to 20.9 years (mean 13.8) were studied. Twelve patients on conservative treatment (group A) had serum creatinine values between 176.8 and 1502.8 mumol/l; 9 patients were on haemodialysis (group B); and 12 patients had received a renal transplant (group C).(More)
CONTEXT Kisspeptin, encoded by the KISS1 gene, is a key stimulatory factor of GnRH secretion and puberty onset. Inactivating mutations of its receptor (KISS1R) cause isolated hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (IHH). A unique KISS1R-activating mutation was described in central precocious puberty (CPP). OBJECTIVE Our objective was to investigate KISS1 mutations(More)
We have characterized a circulating inhibitor of FSH receptor binding found in two patients with hypergonadotropic amenorrhea and myasthenia gravis. The inhibitor behaves as an immunoglobulin according to several criteria, including precipitation by 30% ammonium sulfate, migration on DEAE-cellulose chromatography, specific binding to protein A-Sepharose,(More)
Plasma Oe2 concentration was measured by radioimmunoassay in patients with premature thelarche, with precocious puberty and in 29 normal controls. The mean plasma Oe2 was 1.5 pg/ml (0-7.2) in normal prepubertal girls, 23.8 +/- 17.8 (SD) in pubertal girls, 50.2 (+/- 19.4) in the follicular phase, and 94.2 (+/- 19.5) in the luteal phase of normal adult(More)
We have studied the effect of estradiol (E2) on the GH-insulin-like growth factor (GH-IGF) axis in 15 prepubertal GH deficiency (GHD) children and 44 prepubertal or early pubertal children with idiopathic short stature (SS). All of them received a daily dose of micronized E2 (1 or 2 mg) or placebo, for 3 days, before a sequential arginine-clonidine test. In(More)
OBJECTIVE SHBG is a circulating glycoprotein that binds dihydrotestosterone, testosterone and oestradiol with high affinity and low capacity. In girls, serum concentrations of SHBG gradually decrease with age due to a true fall in concentration and not to a change in the binding characteristics. The aim of our study was to determine the pattern of serum(More)
The growth response to 100 ng/kg BW X day ethinyl estradiol (2-4 micrograms/day) given for 18 months was studied in a group of nine patients with Turner's syndrome, aged 8.6-13.3 yr. All patients were prepubertal and had elevated gonadotropin levels. Growth velocity increased from 3.09 +/- 1.05 (+/-SD) to 7.09 +/- 1.47 cm/yr in the first 6 months, 6.08 +/-(More)
We recently demonstrated that adolescent girls with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) exhibit augmented LH secretion due to an increase in immunofluorometric and deconvolution-estimated LH secretory burst mass and pulse frequency. Concurrently, we inferred either a prolongation of apparent (endogenous) LH half-life or elevated basal (nonpulsatile) LH(More)