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Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2003 Jan;284(1):R131-9. Epub 2002 Oct 3.

Sleep in mice with nonfunctional growth hormone-releasing hormone receptors.

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Department of Physiology and Endocrine Unit, University of Szeged, A. Szent-Györgyi Medical Center, 6720 Szeged, Hungary.


The role of the somatotropic axis in sleep regulation was studied by using the lit/lit mouse with nonfunctional growth hormone (GH)-releasing hormone (GHRH) receptors (GHRH-Rs) and control heterozygous C57BL/6J mice, which have a normal phenotype. During the light period, the lit/lit mice displayed significantly less spontaneous rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) and non-REMS (NREMS) than the controls. Intraperitoneal injection of GHRH (50 microg/kg) failed to promote sleep in the lit/lit mice, whereas it enhanced NREMS in the heterozygous mice. Subcutaneous infusion of GH replacement stimulated weight gain, increased the concentration of plasma insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), and normalized REMS, but failed to restore normal NREMS in the lit/lit mice. The NREMS response to a 4-h sleep deprivation was attenuated in the lit/lit mice. In control mice, intraperitoneal injection of ghrelin (400 microg/kg) elicited GH secretion and promoted NREMS, and intraperitoneal administration of the somatostatin analog octretotide (Oct, 200 microg/kg) inhibited sleep. In contrast, these responses were missing in the lit/lit mice. The results suggest that GH promotes REMS whereas GHRH stimulates NREMS via central GHRH-Rs and that GHRH is involved in the mediation of the sleep effects of ghrelin and somatostatin.

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