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Study of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Pulse Frequency in Sexual Maturation and in the Menstrual Cycle

This study has been completed.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
University of Michigan
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First received: October 18, 1999
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: December 2003

OBJECTIVES: I. Evaluate the sleep-entrained patterns of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and sex steroid secretion in normal and hypogonadal children.

II. Examine the acute effects of sex steroids on the sleep-entrained patterns of GnRH secretion in pubertal children and normal adults, either by stimulation of endogenous production with pulsatile injection or by intravenous infusion of GnRH.

III. Examine the role of endogenous opioids by means of opioid receptor blockade in the sex steroid regulation of GnRH secretion in pubertal children and normal adults.

Precocious Puberty

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Screening

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Study Start Date: April 1993
Detailed Description:

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This project involves several clinical protocols that study the regulation and role of pulsatile gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion.

Studies include dynamic and repeated stimulation tests of pulsatile GnRH; plasma luteinizing hormone, follicular-stimulating hormone, testosterone (T), estradiol (E2), and GnRH measurements at cyclic and episodic intervals; and evaluation of adrenal androgen patterns.

Circadian rhythms of GnRH secretion are monitored during sleep and awake hours. Growth hormone secretory patterns and responses to provocative stimuli are studied as clinically indicated.

Selected participants undergo an assessment of pituitary responsiveness following T, E2, and/or naloxone infusions. The suppressive effects of E2 are also studied during the early follicular phase of the menstrual cycle.

Endocrinologically normal children and normal adult men and women are also studied.


Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 35 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes


--Disease Characteristics--

  • Suspected or proven hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal dysfunction, i.e.: Significant short stature and possible hypopituitarism Delayed adolescence Precocious puberty Isolated growth hormone deficiency (IGHD)Primary hypogonadism
  • Women are also studied, including those with the following disorders: Infertility Oligo- or amenorrhea Hirsutism

--Patient Characteristics--

  • Age: 7 to 16 (18 to 35 for women and volunteers)
  • Other: No pregnant or nursing women No prisoners Not in neuropsychiatric institute or other facility for mental illness
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00004335

United States, Michigan
University of Michigan Health Systems
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
University of Michigan
Study Chair: Carol M. Foster University of Michigan
  More Information Identifier: NCT00004335     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 199/11894
Study First Received: October 18, 1999
Last Updated: June 23, 2005

Keywords provided by National Center for Research Resources (NCRR):
endocrine disorders
growth hormone deficiency
precocious puberty
rare disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Puberty, Precocious
Gonadal Disorders
Endocrine System Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017