Several reports have shown elevated circulating beta-endorphin (beta-EP) levels in patients with polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD). However, it is not yet clear whether these high beta-EP levels are linked to the etiopathogenesis of PCOD or are secondary to the obesity. In the present study we measured beta-EP plasma concentrations in 19 PCOD patients, 10 with normal weight (Group A) and 9 with excessive weight (Group B), and in 18 normally ovulating women, 10 with normal weight (Group C) and 9 with excessive weight (Group D). beta-EP values were similar in the two groups of non-obese patients and controls. beta-EP concentrations were also similar in the two groups of obese patients and controls, and they were significantly higher (p less than 0.05) than in non-obese patients. Our data indicate that in PCOD, elevated beta-EP values are related to obesity, suggesting that they are not linked to the pathogenesis of PCOD.

Plasma β-endorphin levels in obese and non-obese patients with polycystic ovarian disease / Nappi, C.*; Petraglia, F.; Cudemo, V.; Volpe, A.; Facchinetti, F.; Genazzani, A.R.; Montemagno, U.. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS, GYNECOLOGY, AND REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY. - ISSN 0301-2115. - ELETTRONICO. - 30:(1989), pp. 151-156. [10.1016/0028-2243(89)90062-2]

Plasma β-endorphin levels in obese and non-obese patients with polycystic ovarian disease

Petraglia, F.
;
Facchinetti, F.;
1989

Abstract

Several reports have shown elevated circulating beta-endorphin (beta-EP) levels in patients with polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD). However, it is not yet clear whether these high beta-EP levels are linked to the etiopathogenesis of PCOD or are secondary to the obesity. In the present study we measured beta-EP plasma concentrations in 19 PCOD patients, 10 with normal weight (Group A) and 9 with excessive weight (Group B), and in 18 normally ovulating women, 10 with normal weight (Group C) and 9 with excessive weight (Group D). beta-EP values were similar in the two groups of non-obese patients and controls. beta-EP concentrations were also similar in the two groups of obese patients and controls, and they were significantly higher (p less than 0.05) than in non-obese patients. Our data indicate that in PCOD, elevated beta-EP values are related to obesity, suggesting that they are not linked to the pathogenesis of PCOD.
1989
30
151
156
Nappi, C.*; Petraglia, F.; Cudemo, V.; Volpe, A.; Facchinetti, F.; Genazzani, A.R.; Montemagno, U.
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