Background: Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH, human homologue of RFRP-3) suppresses gonadotropin secretion in animal models, but its effects have not been studied in the human. Objective: We tested the hypotheses that exogenous GnIH inhibits LH secretion (i) in postmenopausal women and (ii) in men concurrently administered exogenous kisspeptin. Design: Following in vitro and in vivo preclinical studies to functionally characterize the GnIH peptide, a dose-finding study (human GnIH: 1·5–150 μg/kg/h, iv for 3 h) was undertaken, and 50 μg/kg/h selected for further evaluation. Five postmenopausal women were administered 50 μg/kg/h iv infusion for 3 h or vehicle on two separate days. Four men were administered kisspeptin-10 (0·3 μg/kg iv bolus) with simultaneous infusion of GnIH (50 μg/kg/h, iv for 3 h) or vehicle. Participants: Healthy postmenopausal women (mean age 58 ± 2 years, LH: 30·8 ± 2·9 IU/l, FSH: 78·7 ± 6·4 IU/l, oestradiol: <50 pmol/l) and men (39·8 ± 2·1 years, mean total testosterone 12·1 ± 1·8 nmol/l, LH 2·2 ± 0·2 IU/l). Primary outcome: Change in area under curve (AUC) of LH during GnIHvs vehicle. Results: During GnIH administration in postmenopausal women, LH secretion decreased (ΔAUC: −9·9 ± 1·8 IU/3 h) vs vehicle (ΔAUC: −0·5 ± 1·7 IU/3 h; P = 0·02). Kisspeptin-10-stimulated LH responses in men were not affected by GnIH co-administration (60-min AUC of LH 6·2 ± 0·8 IU/h with kisspeptin-10 alone, 6·3 ± 1·0 IU/h, kisspeptin-10 with GnIH, P = 0·72). Exogenous GnIH was well tolerated, with no adverse events reported. Conclusions: Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone decreased LH secretion in postmenopausal women in this first-in-human study. Kisspeptin-stimulated LH secretion in men was not inhibited during concomitant administration of GnIH.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism