Allopregnanolone, a circulating neuroactive steroid hormone, is involved in the modulation of behavioral functions, stress, and the neuroendocrine axis. The aim of this study was to evaluate serum allopregnanolone concentrations in girls with central precocious puberty (n = 12), girls with normal pubertal development at the same pubertal stage (n = 17), and prepubertal girls (age-matched; n = 16). Gonadotropin and steroid hormones (allopregnanolone, cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, and E2) were assessed in all patients. GnRH and ACTH stimulation tests were performed in all girls with central precocious puberty and in some pubertal controls. Basal allopregnanolone levels in girls with central precocious puberty were significantly higher than in normal controls (P < 0.01). Allopregnanolone levels increased significantly after GnRH and ACTH stimulation tests (P < 0.05) both in girls with central precocious puberty and in those with normal pubertal development. There was no difference found between the peak values. In conclusion, our study shows that allopregnanolone is hypersecreted in central precocious puberty, confirming a pubertal stage-related increase in its levels during normal pubertal development. The increase in serum allopregnanolone after GnRH and ACTH stimulation tests demonstrates that both adrenal cortex and gonads are sources of this neuroactive steroid.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2002|
|Titolo:||High serum allopregnanolone levels in girls with precocious puberty|
|Autori:||L. Iughetti; B Predieri; L. Cobellis; S. Luisi; M. Luisi; S. Forese; F. Petraglia; S. Bernasconi.|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1210/jc.87.5.2262|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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