Growth hormone treatment in growth retarded children with end stage renal failure

Effect on free/dissociable IGH-I levels

Abdullah Bereket, Charles H. Lang, Sandra L. Blethen, Frederick J. Kaskel, Charles Stewart, Thomas A. Wilson

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Growth retardation in children with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is associated with normal to slightly low concentrations of insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I and increased concentrations of IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs) in serum. Consequently, IGF-I bioactivity is reduced in serum from uremic patients presumably due to a decrease in the concentration of free IGF-I. Improvement of linear growth with growth hormone (GH) treatment of uremic children is thought to be due to increased IGF-I/IGFBP ratio, thus resulting in increased free IGF-I levels during treatment. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether free/dissociable IGF-I levels are in fact low in uremic children and whether increased growth velocity during GH treatment is associated with an increase in the free IGF-I concentration. Serum total and free/dissociable IGF-I concentrations were measured in 5 children with ESRD before and during treatment with GH, and in control children matched for age, pubertal status, and body mass index. Height velocity increased from 3.7 ± 1.0 cm/yr to 6.5 ± 1.2 cm/yr with an increment in height SDS at the end of the first year of GH treatment. Free/dissociable IGF-I concentrations tended to be lower in uremic children compared to control children (3.0 ± 0.3 vs 7.3 ± 2.1 μg/l, respectively). During GH treatment, free/dissociable IGF-I levels increased significantly to 8.5 ± 1.0 μg/l at 3 months and 6.9 ± 1.4 μg/l at 6-24 months, p<0.05 compared to pretreatment. Total IGF-I levels were 243 ± 18 μg/l in children with ESRD before treatment and these values also increased during GH treatment (740 ± 114 μg/l at 3 months and 442 ± 44 μg/l at 6-24 months, p<0.05, compared to pretreatment). Total IGF- I concentration in the control group was 439 ± 114 μg/l. These results support the hypothesis that growth retardation in children with chronic renal failure is associated with a reduction in the concentration of free, biologically available IGF-I, and that increased growth velocity during GH treatment of these children is associated with restoration of free IGF-I concentrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-202
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume10
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • chronic renal failure
  • free IGF-I
  • growth hormone
  • IGF-I
  • insulin-like growth factor-I
  • uremia

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  • Endocrinology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Growth hormone treatment in growth retarded children with end stage renal failure : Effect on free/dissociable IGH-I levels. / Bereket, Abdullah; Lang, Charles H.; Blethen, Sandra L.; Kaskel, Frederick J.; Stewart, Charles; Wilson, Thomas A.

In: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, Vol. 10, No. 2, 1997, p. 197-202.

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Bereket, Abdullah ; Lang, Charles H. ; Blethen, Sandra L. ; Kaskel, Frederick J. ; Stewart, Charles ; Wilson, Thomas A. / Growth hormone treatment in growth retarded children with end stage renal failure : Effect on free/dissociable IGH-I levels. In: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism. 1997 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 197-202.
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