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Plasma active ghrelin levels until 8 Weeks after birth in preterm infants: Relationship with anthropometric and biochemical parameters
  1. Toshiaki Shimizu (tsimizut{at}aol.com)
  1. Dept of Pediatrics, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Japan
    1. Tomohiro Kitamura
    1. Dept of Pediatrics, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Japan
      1. Naomi Yoshikawa
      1. Dept of Pediatrics, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Japan
        1. Ken Hisata
        1. Dept of Pediatrics, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Japan
          1. Kyoko Tanaka
          1. Dept of Pediatrics, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Japan
            1. Koich Shinohara
            1. Dept of Pediatrics, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Japan
              1. Hiroki Suganuma
              1. Dept of Pediatrics, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Japan
                1. Yuichiro Yamashiro
                1. Dept of Pediatrics, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Japan

                  Abstract

                  To investigate the relationship between plasma ghrelin levels and postnatal growth in preterm infants, we measured the active ghrelin concentrations in the cord blood and in the plasma of 25 very low birth weight (VLBW) infants. The results indicate that the level of circulating active ghrelin markedly increases after birth in VLBW infants, and suggest that the increased ghrelin levels reflect the maturation of ghrelin production in the stomach and increased physiological need for the effects of ghrelin.

                  • ghrelin
                  • growth
                  • insulin like growth factor-I
                  • leptin
                  • preterm infant

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