Developmental and sex-related changes of the growth hormone axis in lean and obese Zucker rats.


The development and sex-related changes in the hypothalamic-pituitary GH axis were examined in lean and obese Zucker male and female rats from 6 to 12 weeks of age. Pituitary GH content was not different in any phenotype/sex group at 6 weeks. GH content increased with age in male rats, but at 10 and 12 weeks content was decreased in obese male rats relative… (More)