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Growth hormone (GH) variants: a potential avenue for a better diagnostic characterization of GH deficiency in children.
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PMID:  23027770     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Human growth hormone (hGH) is a heterogeneous protein hormone consisting of several isoforms. This heterogeneity is the consequence of multiple hGH genes, mRNA splicing, post-translational modifications and peripheral metabolism, and it represents one important reason for the disparity among GH assay results from different laboratories. However, other factors are involved: a) interference from endogenous GH binding proteins; b) different specificities of anti-GH (monoclonal and polyclonal) antibodies; c) different matrix effects among the calibrators; d) the use of different calibrators. The measurement of GH levels in response to provocative testing is an essential part of the diagnosis of GH deficiency. For this purpose, an accurate, reproducible and universally valid GH measurement would be highly desirable, but, despite a huge number of efforts in clinical biochemistry, this goal remains elusive.
Antonello E Rigamonti; Giuseppe Banfi; Cristina Meazza; Eugenio E Müller; Mauro Bozzola; Silvano G Cella
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-1
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Title:  Journal of endocrinological investigation     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1720-8386     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Endocrinol. Invest.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7806594     Medline TA:  J Endocrinol Invest     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Medical Pharmacology, University of Milan, Milan, Italy.
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