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10th European Congress of Endocrinology


The functions of peripheral ghrelin

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Ghrelin and the gonads

Manuel Tena-Sempere

Gonadal function is primarily driven by the tropic actions of pituitary gonadotropins (LH and FSH), whose secretion is in turn regulated by the hypothalamic decapeptide GnRH. This neuro-hormonal axis (namely, the HPG axis) is under the modulation of a wide diversity of regulatory signals, which include metabolic cues and factors controlling energy homeostasis. Among those, a dominant role of leptin, the adipose hormone signaling energy sufficiency, in the control of gonadal fu...

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Ghrelin and the endocrine pancreas

Granata Riccarda

Ghrelin was isolated from the stomach and identified as an endogenous ligand of the growth hormone secretagogue receptor type 1a (GHS-R1a). Numerous studies have demonstrated that acylated ghrelin, besides its main endocrine actions such as stimulation of GH secretion and regulation of energy balance, has a wide spectrum of peripheral activities which engage metabolic, endocrine, cardiovascular, bone and immune systems. It is now clear that also unacylated ghrelin, although un...

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Ghrelin and bone

Delhanty Patric

Gastrectomy causes rapid development of osteopenia that, in animal models at least, is independent of nutritional effects. Ghrelin is produced primarily in the stomach, suggesting a link between the loss of ghrelin and gastrectomy induced osteopenia. Ghrelin stimulates growth hormone (GH) secretion and could positively affect bone metabolism via the GH-IGF axis, although ghrelin receptor (GHS-R) deleted mice have unaltered BMD and BMC, despite having suppressed IGF-I serum lev...

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Peptidyl growth hormone secretagogues in cardioprotection

Ong Huy , Lafreniere-Bessi Valerie , Marleau Sylvie

Peptidyl growth hormone secretagogues (GHS), including ghrelin and growth hormone releasing peptides (GHRPs), have been reported to exert cardioprotective effects in experimental models of ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury through GH-independent pathway. Along this line, we have identified CD36 as a main target for GHRP binding and action in the heart. Yet, not much is known regarding the molecular mechanisms of the cardioprotective effects of GHRPs. The objective of this stud...