The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relationship between central and peripheral concentrations of proopiocortin-related peptides in different periods of life. One hundred and eighty-nine plasma samples from normal subjects (18-87 years) obtained in basal conditions, and 20 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples obtained by lumbar puncture from healthy volunteers (18-75 years) were studied. beta Lipotropin (beta LPH), beta endorphin (beta EP) and ACTH were measured by specific RIA after silicic acid plasma extraction and gel chromatography (beta LPH and beta EP). No sex differences were found in the patterns of the three peptides either in the plasma or in CSF. In the plasma samples, both beta LPH and beta EP concentrations showed a pattern throughout life which was expressed by a paraboloid function with the lowest values found in young and old subjects and with peaks at 51.3 and 48.2 years, respectively. On the contrary, ACTH values failed to be represented by a significant linear or curvilinear regression and presented only a slight decrease in subjects over 75 years of age. CSF levels of beta LPH were significantly lower in 45-76 year old subjects (18.8 +/- 12.6 fmol/ml, M +/- SD) than in 18-44 year old subjects (34.5 +/- 15.8; p less than 0.05), as were those of beta EP (elderly: 41.2 +/- 19.7; young: 94.2 +/- 36.7; p less than 0.05), which showed a significantly linear inverse correlation with age (r = 0.6062, p less than 0.01). These CSF samples did not show any ACTH variations connected with age.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Different patterns of central and peripheral beta EP, beta LPH and ACTH throughout life.

GENAZZANI, ANDREA
1983

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relationship between central and peripheral concentrations of proopiocortin-related peptides in different periods of life. One hundred and eighty-nine plasma samples from normal subjects (18-87 years) obtained in basal conditions, and 20 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples obtained by lumbar puncture from healthy volunteers (18-75 years) were studied. beta Lipotropin (beta LPH), beta endorphin (beta EP) and ACTH were measured by specific RIA after silicic acid plasma extraction and gel chromatography (beta LPH and beta EP). No sex differences were found in the patterns of the three peptides either in the plasma or in CSF. In the plasma samples, both beta LPH and beta EP concentrations showed a pattern throughout life which was expressed by a paraboloid function with the lowest values found in young and old subjects and with peaks at 51.3 and 48.2 years, respectively. On the contrary, ACTH values failed to be represented by a significant linear or curvilinear regression and presented only a slight decrease in subjects over 75 years of age. CSF levels of beta LPH were significantly lower in 45-76 year old subjects (18.8 +/- 12.6 fmol/ml, M +/- SD) than in 18-44 year old subjects (34.5 +/- 15.8; p less than 0.05), as were those of beta EP (elderly: 41.2 +/- 19.7; young: 94.2 +/- 36.7; p less than 0.05), which showed a significantly linear inverse correlation with age (r = 0.6062, p less than 0.01). These CSF samples did not show any ACTH variations connected with age.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
Facchinetti, F; Petraglia, F; Nappi, G; Martignoni, E; Antoni, G; Parrini, D; Genazzani, Andrea
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