Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

 Endocrine rhythms of growth hormone release: Insights from animal studies
 
Growth hormone (GH) secretory patterns emerge following birth, and changes in patterning occur throughout life. These secretory patterns are coupled to growth, reproduction and metabolism. Comparing human and animal studies, this review will highlight ultradian patterning of GH release and the mechanisms that contribute to this. Discussions will focus on the emergence in variations in the number and frequency of GH secretory events, and the amounts of GH released (peak and basal). Animal studies have contributed significantly to our understanding of the processes that regulate GH release.