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J Neuroendocrinol. 2009 Mar;21(4):282-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2009.01842.x.

Effects of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone outside the hypothalamic-pituitary-reproductive axis.

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  • 1Neurobiology Program and Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071, USA. dcs@uwyo.edu


Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is a hypothalamic decapeptide with an undisputed role as a primary regulator of gonadal function. It exerts this regulation by controlling the release of gonadotrophins. However, it is becoming apparent that GnRH may have a variety of other vital roles in normal physiology. A reconsideration of the potential widespread action that this traditional reproductive hormone exerts may lead to the generation of novel therapies and provide insight into seemingly incongruent outcomes from current treatments using GnRH analogues to combat diseases such as prostate cancer.

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