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Low serum bioactive luteinizing hormone in nonorganic male impotence: possible relationship with altered gonadotropin-releasing hormone pulsatility.

We determined the biological activity of serum LH in 23 men, aged 25-50 yr, complaining of nonorganic impotence of at least 1-yr duration and 20 normal men. All of the impotent men had normal general physical examinations, penile Doppler tests, psychological tests, and peripheral nerve conduction. Serum PRL, FSH, LH, and thyroid hormone concentrations were normal as were the results of provocative tests of TSH, gonadotropin, and PRL secretion. The mean serum immunoreactive LH (I-LH) levels, measured in each impotent and normal man in three samples taken at 15-min intervals, were similar [7.2 +/- 0.5 (+/-SE) vs. 6.4 +/- 0.5 mIU/mL (IU/L)]. In contrast, the mean serum bioactive LH (B-LH) level was significantly lower in the impotent men than in the normal men [15.9 +/- 2.1 (+/-SE) vs. 33.0 +/- 2.8 mIU/mL (IU/L); P less than 0.05], as was the LH bio- to immunoactive (B/I) ratio (2.1 +/- 0.2 vs. 5.6 +/- 0.5; P less than 0.02). The mean serum testosterone level in the impotent men, although all individual values were within the range of normal for our laboratory [200-900 ng/100 mL (693-3120 nmol/L)], was 25% lower than that in the normal men [347 +/- 23 vs. 450 +/- 26 ng/100 mL; P less than 0.05 (1204 +/- 81 vs. 1560 +/- 91 nmol/L)]. In addition, a significant positive correlation was found between serum testosterone levels and LH B/I ratios in the impotent men (r = 0.45; P = 0.029). Pulsatile LH secretion, measured in six impotent and four normal men in blood samples collected every 15 min for 6 h, was similar in the two groups. The mean serum I-LH levels were similar [7.5 +/- 1.1 (+/-SE) vs. 5.1 +/- 1.0 mIU/mL (IU/L)], while the mean serum B-LH level as well as the LH B/I ratio was significantly lower in the impotent men throughout the observation period [11.4 +/- 2.0 (+/-SE) vs. 26.0 +/- 3.2 mIU/mL (IU/L) and 1.4 +/- 0.2 vs. 5.4 +/- 0.6; P less than 0.05 and P less than 0.02, respectively]. The B-LH pulse amplitude in the impotent men was reduced [mean peak LH, 8.6 +/- 0.3 vs. 25.3 +/- 4.0 mIU/mL (IU/L); P less than 0.05], while the LH pulse frequency was similar in the two groups. The median intrapulse LH B/I ratios were significantly higher than the median interpulse ratios in both impotent (P = 0.02) and normal men (P = 0.01).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)[1]

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  1. Low serum bioactive luteinizing hormone in nonorganic male impotence: possible relationship with altered gonadotropin-releasing hormone pulsatility. Fabbri, A., Jannini, E.A., Ulisse, S., Gnessi, L., Moretti, C., Frajese, G., Isidori, A. J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab. (1988) [Pubmed]
 
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