Aqueous extracts of rat milk stimulated growth hormone (GH) secretion from superfused pituitaries of two-day old rats. The GH stimulatory effect of milk increased with the time elapsed postpartum; growth hormone releasing hormone and thyrotropin releasing hormone seem to be the major milk borne GH releasing factors. These results indicate that milk intake may play a role in maintaining the high plasma GH levels observed in the neonatal period.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)