Using a recently developed statistically based method for assessment of the degree of concordance, we evaluated the degree of specific concordance (SC) between luteinizing hormone (LH) and progesterone secretory patterns. Eight healthy women volunteered for this study, undergoing a 12-h pulsatility study, sampling every 10 min. LH and progesterone pulse frequencies were estimated with the program DETECT (9.75 +/- 1 and 11.5 +/- 0.9 pulses/12 h, respectively; mean +/- SEM). The temporal relationship between LH and progesterone secretions was evaluated with cross-correlation analysis and with the computation of the SC index. Cross-correlation showed concordance between LH and progesterone (p less than 0.05) at a range of lag between 0 and 40 min, while the SC index indicated that LH and progesterone pulses were significantly (p less than 0.05) and maximally correlated at 10-min lag. In conclusion, our data demonstrated that the specific concordance confirms the statistically significant concordance of LH and progesterone secretory events in women during the midluteal phase. In addition, the use of this new, objective, statistically based approach permits, compared to traditional cross-correlation analysis, a more precise definition of the physiological time lag for temporal coupling of secretory events between the two hormones.
|Autori:||Genazzani AD; Guardabasso V; Petraglia F; Genazzani A|
|Titolo:||Specific concordance index defines the physiological lag between LH and progesterone in women during the midluteal phase of the menstrual cycle.|
|Anno del prodotto:||1991|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|