Dynamic of the GRF-induced GH response in genetically obese Zucker rats: influence of central and peripheral factors.

To determine the time onset of the growth hormone (GH) alteration in the genetically obese rat, we studied the in vivo and in vitro rat growth hormone releasing factor (rGRF(1-29)NH2)-induced GH secretion in 6- and 8-week-old lean and obese male Zucker rats. Under sodium pentobarbital anesthesia, rGRF(1-29)NH2 (GRF) was injected intravenously at two doses… (More)