OBJECTIVES: Growth hormone (GH) and its tissue mediator, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), are involved in oxidative processes, lipid peroxidation (LPO) included. Bivalent iron (Fe2+) is frequently used to experimentally induce oxidative damage to macromolecules (Fe2++H2O2+H+→Fe3++•OH+H2O). The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of GH and/or IGF-I on the iron-induced LPO in the rat liver and porcine thyroid homogenates.
METHODS: Rat liver and porcine thyroid homogenates were incubated in presence of GH (100; 10; 1.0; 0.1; 0.01; 0.001; 0.0001 µg/ml) or IGF-I (1000; 100; 10; 1.0; 0.1; 0.01; 0.001; 0.0001 µg/ml) or GH (100 µg/ml)+IGF-I, or FeSO4+H2O2 plus GH and/or IGF-I. The level of LPO was expressed as concentrations of malondialdehyde+4-hydroxyalkenals (MDA+4-HDA) per mg of protein.
RESULTS: GH and/or IGF-I did not change the basal level of oxidative damage to lipids. In the rat liver homogenates, GH did not affect the iron-induced LPO, whereas IGF-I--in the lowest two concentrations--enhanced the process. In porcine thyroid homogenates, GH--in its two lowest concentrations--prevented, whereas in other concentrations, it enhanced the iron-induced LPO. IGF-I, in all used concentrations, enhanced the iron-induced LPO.
CONCLUSION: GH and/or IGF-I may reveal prooxidative effects. This fact does not support their application in the treatment of disorders associated with increased oxidative damage.