A novel testis-stimulating factor in familial male precocious puberty

Penelope K. Manasco, Mary E. Girton, Richard L. Diggs, John L. Doppman, Donald (Lynn) Loriaux, Kevin M. Barnes, Gordon B. Cutler, D. Lynn Loriaux, Barry D. Albertson

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Abstract

Background. Familial male precocious puyityis a gonadotropin-independent form of precocious puberty that occurs only in males. The cause of the disorder is unknown. To examine the hypothesis that the plasma of boys with familial male precocious puberty contains a novel stimulator of testicular testosterone production, we developed a bioassay using adult male cynomolgus monkeys. Methods. We collected plasma from 12 boys with familial male precocious puberty, 7 normal prepubertal boys of similar ages and with similar plasma gonadotropin levels, and 1 boy with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism and infused it into the testicular artery of adult male cynomolgus monkeys that had been pretreated with gonadotropin-releasing-hormone antagonist to inhibit the endogenous secretion of gonadotropins. Testicular venous effluent was collected at 15-minute intervals for 3 or 5 hours for the measurement of testosterone. Results. The mean (±SE) peak testosterone response, as compared with base line, was significantly greater in the monkeys infused with plasma from the 12 toys with familial male precocious puberty than in the monkeys infused with plasma from the 7 normal prepubertal boys and the boy with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (385±51 vs. 184±25 percent, P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-231
Number of pages5
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume324
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 24 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Manasco, P. K., Girton, M. E., Diggs, R. L., Doppman, J. L., Loriaux, D. L., Barnes, K. M., ... Albertson, B. D. (1991). A novel testis-stimulating factor in familial male precocious puberty. New England Journal of Medicine, 324(4), 227-231.