Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I and IGF-binding protein-3 in relation to hemoglobin concentration in healthy term infants

Koc E., Bideci A., Cinaz P., Unlu M., Atalay Y., Turkyilmaz C.

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM, vol.10, no.6, pp.609-613, 1997 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Doi Number: 10.1515/jpem.1997.10.6.609
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.609-613
  • Keywords: insulin-like growth factor-I, insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3, newborn, hemoglobin, ERYTHROID COLONY FORMATION, STEM-CELL FACTOR, FACTOR-I, BFU-E, SERUM, ERYTHROPOIETIN, BLOOD, CULTURE, ROLES
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


In order to evaluate the role of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) in the maintenance of blood Hb concentration in infants, we studied the serum concentrations of IGF-I and IGFBP-3 in relation to blood hemoglobin values in 25 healthy term infants at birth and two months of age, The mean concentration of IGF-I was 18.6+/-7.1 ng/ml and IGFBP-3 was 1240+/-498 ng/ml at birth, Positive correlation was observed between the blood Hb concentrations and both IGF-I (r=0.56, p=0.004) and IGFBP-3 levels (r=0.38, p=0.04) at the first examination, Our results show that blood Hb is positively correlated to serum IGF-I levels indicating indirectly the involvement of mediators of growth hormone in the regulation of physiologic Hb concentrations at birth, As no relationship was found between IGF-I, IGFBP-3 and Hb levels at the second examination, the same association could not be demonstrated at two months of age.