A study of growth hormone release in man after oral administration of amino acids

A. Isidori, A. Lo Monaco, M. Cappa

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Abstract

A study was carried out in 15 male volunteers to evaluate qualitatively the secretion of growth factors following stimulation by oral amino acids. The results showed that oral administration of a combination of two amino acids (1200 mg l-lysine plus 1200 mg l-arginine) provoked a release of pituitary somatotropin and insulin. This phenomenon was reproducible and the growth hormone secreted in response to this stimulation had biological activity {as demonstrated by a radioreceptor assay and somatomedin induction). The effect appeared to be specific to the combination of the two amino acids; neither of the amino acids demonstrated appreciable stimulating activity when administered alone, even at the same doses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-481
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Medical Research and Opinion
Volume7
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1981

Keywords

  • Arginine
  • Drug Combinations
  • Growth Hormone
  • Lysine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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