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Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (Gn-RH), also known as Luteinizing Hormone-Releasing Hormone (LH-RH), is a Decapeptide secreted pulsatily from the hypothalamus. It stimulates the release of the Gonadotropins - Luteinizing Hormone and Follicle Stimulating Hormone - exerting a stronger effect on Luteinizing Hormone. Testosterone and Estradiol, whose release is stimulated by the Gonadotropins, exert a negative feedback control on LH-RH both at the hypothalamic site and by decreasing pituitary receptor binding. LH-RH levels are low in patients with hypothalamic hypogonadism differentiating them from the high levels usually found in primary hypopituitary hypogonadism. Accentuation of the LH-RH pulse occurs at the onset of puberty triggering the release of LH and FSH required in pubertal development. LH-RH is stimulated by Epinephrine and suppressed by Dopamine and opiates. LH-RH and some of its agonists are frequently used to induce ovulation.
Adult Reference Range(s):
Males: 4.0 - 8.0 pg/mL
Females: 2.0 - 10.0 pg/mL