Acute effects of testosterone infusion on the serum luteinizing hormone profile in eumenorrheic and polycystic ovary syndrome adolescents

Maria G Ropelato, Maria Cecilia Garcia-Rudaz, Maria E Escobar, Sonia V Bengolea, Maria L Calcagno, Johannes D Veldhuis, M Barontini

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CONTEXT: Little is known about the neuroendocrine effects of androgens on the GnRH-LH unit in females. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to evaluate androgen negative feedback on the GnRH-LH axis in eumenorrheic and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) adolescents. DESIGN AND SETTING: We conducted a prospective, longitudinal, randomized, double-blind study at a pediatric endocrinology clinical research center. PARTICIPANTS: Seven nonobese PCOS adolescents and seven matched controls (C) were studied in the early follicular phase of three consecutive menstrual cycles or in three consecutive months. INTERVENTION: Pulsatile LH release was determined during saline [baseline (B)] and constant testosterone (T) infusions: low dose (T-LD) 0.75 and high dose (T-HD) 2.5 mg/12 h iv. Blood samples were drawn every 20 min overnight. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: LH (immunofluorometric assay) and T (electrochemiluminescence immunoassay) were determined at B, and during both T-LD and T-HD. LH profiles were analyzed by deconvolution and approximate entropy analyses. RESULTS: On T-LD, C and PCOS serum T levels increased 2- to 3-fold vs. B. On T-HD, T values doubled in both groups vs. T-LD. Controls on T-LD had greater 12-h pulsatile LH secretion rate (P <0.05 vs. B) and on T-HD had lower mean, pulsatile, basal LH release and LH approximate entropy (vs. B, P <0.05). PCOS did not respond to T-LD. High-dose T did not alter mean LH in PCOS but increased pulsatile and reduced basal LH secretion. CONCLUSIONS: PCOS adolescents have impaired suppression of pulsatile LH secretion rate consistent with reduced androgen negative feedback. Attenuation of T feedback in nonobese adolescents with PCOS extends the pathophysiology of this syndrome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3602 - 3610
Number of pages9
JournalThe Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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