The aim of this work was to assess the relationship between GH-binding protein (GHBP) and leptin. Both peptides are nutritionally regulated, but the recent implication of a role for leptin in the GH axis requires further study. To avoid the sexual dimorphism in leptin values, we performed leptin standardization according to gender (SD score-leptin). The relationship between SD score-leptin and GHBP was studied in 128 adults with different nutritional status [8 groups according to body mass index (BMI)], ranging from severely underweight anorexia nervosa to highly morbid obesity. Both GHBP and SD score-leptin significantly increased according to BMI within the range from 18-27 kg/m2, whereas no significant differences were found among underweight groups (BMI, <18 kg/m2) or among obesity grades (BMI, >27 kg/m2). We found a strong correlation between GHBP and SD score-leptin (r = 0.8; P < 0.0001). Multiple regression analysis revealed SD scoreleptin to be a significant determinant of GHBP, accounting for 64% of the variation, whereas BMI did not contribute further to explaining changes in GHBP. This suggests a physiological pathway involving both GHBP (the soluble fraction of GH receptor) and leptin. Thus, we might speculate that leptin could be the signal that induces the related nutritional changes observed in GHBP/GH receptor expression.
Llopis, M. A., Granada, M. L., Cuatrecasas, G., Formiguera, X., Sánchez-Planell, L., Sanmartí, A., Alastrué, A., Rull, M., Corominas, A., & Foz, M. (1998). Growth hormone-binding protein directly depends on serum leptin levels in adults with different nutritional status. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 83(6), 2006-2011. https://doi.org/10.1210/jc.83.6.2006