Endocrinology of male and female puberty

An overview

Vidhya Viswanathan, Peter A. Lee, Christopher P. Houk

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The complex process of pubertal growth and development requires multiple mediators. This chapter presents recently described molecular mechanisms, such as the kisspeptin-GPR 54 complex, and other factors that govern changes in the level of functioning at the hypothalamicpituitary- gonadal axis that regulate the complex process of sexual development, reproductive development, and linear growth. The relationship between hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal hormone secretion and the resultant effects on physical changes and overall growth in puberty are also described. Sex steroids, androgens and estrogens, have both direct and indirect effects on growth. Direct actions include stimulation of the bony growth plate while indirect effects occur via growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1. Bone mass accrual, mediated by sex steroids and growth hormone, is maximal at the late stages of puberty after peak height velocity in both sexes. The changes in bone mass accumulation, bone density, and fat and lean body mass that occur during puberty all show distinct sexually dimorphic patterns of development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages2651-2669
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781441917959
ISBN (Print)9781441917942
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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Endocrinology
Puberty
Growth and Development
Growth Hormone
Kisspeptins
Gonadal Hormones
Bone and Bones
Sexual Development
Growth Plate
Pituitary Hormones
Gonadal Steroid Hormones
Somatomedins
Growth
Bone Density
Androgens
Estrogens
Fats
Steroids

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  • Nursing(all)

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Viswanathan, V., Lee, P. A., & Houk, C. P. (2012). Endocrinology of male and female puberty: An overview. In Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease (pp. 2651-2669). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1795-9_157

Endocrinology of male and female puberty : An overview. / Viswanathan, Vidhya; Lee, Peter A.; Houk, Christopher P.

Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease. Springer New York, 2012. p. 2651-2669.

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Viswanathan, V, Lee, PA & Houk, CP 2012, Endocrinology of male and female puberty: An overview. in Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease. Springer New York, pp. 2651-2669. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1795-9_157
Viswanathan V, Lee PA, Houk CP. Endocrinology of male and female puberty: An overview. In Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease. Springer New York. 2012. p. 2651-2669 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1795-9_157
Viswanathan, Vidhya ; Lee, Peter A. ; Houk, Christopher P. / Endocrinology of male and female puberty : An overview. Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease. Springer New York, 2012. pp. 2651-2669
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