Response to a growth hormone-releasing hormone analog in heifers treated with recombinant growth hormone

E. E. Grings, R. Scarborough, A. V. Schally, J. J. Reeves

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Abstract

Sixteen pregnant Holstein heifers (430kg) were used to determine the effect of long-term administration of a bovine growth hormone (bGH) made by recombinant DNA technology on the ability of a bolus injection of a growth hormone-releasing hormone analog (Ac-His-1, D-Ala-2, Nle-27, GHRH(1-29 NH2) to increase serum GH. Eight heifers received a daily intramuscular injection of bGH (50 mg/day) for 5 months while the other half received a daily injection of physiological saline (control) over the same period. On the last day of bGH treatment and 1, 5, 10 and 25 days after the cessation of bGH treatment, five heifers from each group were challenged with GHRH analog and the response to this releasing hormone analog was measured. Basal GH concentrations were elevated on the last day of treatment in bGH-treated heifers and declined to concentrations similar to control heifers by 1 day after cessation of treatment. Response to GHRH analog was impaired by bGH during the last day of treatment and one day later. Responsiveness returned to a level similar to controls by 5 days after the end of bGH treatment. Response to GHRH analog was lessened during the period of bGH treatment but there were no long term effects on the animals' ability to respond to the releasing hormone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalDomestic Animal Endocrinology
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Endocrinology

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