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Frerichs, Marian

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Nursing and Health Studies


The effect of ethanol administration on plasma levels of growth hormone (GH) and somatomedin C (IGF-1) was investigated on 26-day-old male and female rats. Ethanol (3gm/kg) was administered IP to 5 male and 5 female rats at ages 24 and 25 days. Saline (10 ml/kg) was administered to 5 male and 5 female control rats on the same days. At age 26 days blood was collected by cardiac puncture at sacrifice. IGF-1 was extracted using C-18 cartridges, and plasma concentrations of GH and IGF-1 levels in ethanol groups compared to the control groups. Lowered plasma levels of IGF-1 may be a result of variables in the extraction methods. It is possible that ethanol reduces plasma levels of GH and somatomedins, which may have a role in mediating growth retardation associated with ethanol exposure conditions such as fetal alcohol syndrome.


Includes bibliographical references.


18 pages




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