Effects of peptidic growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHS-R) antagonist [D-Lys3] on some of serum hormonal and biochemical parameters in Wistar rat model

Efeitos do antagonista [D-Lys3] do receptor do peptídeo secretagogo do hormônio do crescimento (GHS-R) sobre alguns parâmetros bioquímicos e hormonais séricos em um modelo em ratos Wistar

Habib Aghdam Shahryar Alireza Lotfi About the authors


: The present study investigated the effects of different dosages of a GHS-R antagonist [D-Lys3] on some serum hormonal (cortisol, T3 and T4) and biochemical parameters in a rat.

Materials and methods

: Thirty-six 60-day-old male rats were assigned to four treatments. [D-Lys3]-GHRP-6 solutions were infused via intraperitoneal injections. Blood was collected and analyzed.


: The large dosages of a GHS-R antagonist (200 ng/kg BW) caused increases in cortisol, whereas no significant changes occurred when low dosages were injected. There were no significant changes in T3 and T4 following the administration of the GHS-R antagonist, but a considerable increase was observed in blood glucose levels of the groups (G50, G100, and G200 ng/kg BW). There was a significant increase in total protein when the greatest dose was administrated (G200 ng/kg BW). However, total cholesterol, triglycerides, and albumin showed no significant changes.


: Exogenous GHS-R antagonist can cause an increase in glucose and moderate increases in cortisol and total protein, yet it has no significant effect on T3 and T4 levels or on the concentrations of serum lipids. The effect of GHS-R antagonist is not completely adverse to the effects of ghrelin. Further molecular studies are necessary to identify the physiological effects of the peptidic GHS-R antagonist. Arq Bras Endocrinol Metab. 2014;58(3):288-91

Ghrelin receptor; GHS-R; GH-releasing; regulatory peptide; peripheral infusion

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