In this study we have investigated the levels of prolactin, growth hormone, and insulin-like growth factor-1 in plasma and in tissue extracts of ankle joints of rats with acute or chronic adjuvant arthritis using enzyme immunoassay (EIA) and radioimmunoassay (RIA). We found a stable content of prolactin in plasma of the different groups but a significantly increased concentration of growth hormone was observed in the plasma of the group with chronic arthritis. Moreover, an increased concentration of insulin-like growth factor-1 was noted in the plasma of the acute group. This evidently had returned to normal levels in the chronic group. In contrast, decreased concentrations of prolactin, growth hormone, and insulin-like growth factor-1 were found in tissue extracts of ankle joints of the group with chronic arthritis. The changes in the levels of these hormones in adjuvant arthritis might suggest that they play a role in the pathogenesis of the disease. Understanding the mechanism(s) of hormonal participation in adjuvant arthritis may open new treatment strategies for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
- Adjuvant arthritis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy