Human Growth Hormone

  • Michael J. Thomas
  • John A. Thomas


Human growth hormone (hGH) was discovered over three decades ago, and evidence of its therapeutic effectiveness was quickly recognized. Until recently, however, the therapeutic use of hGH was limited due to its scarcity and relatively high cost. Prior to recombinant-DNA-dervived (rDNA) hGH, the only source was from the pituitary glands of cadavers. In the human pituitary gland, approximately 10% of the dry weight of pituitary tissue is growth hormone.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Thomas
    • 1
  • John A. Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacology and ToxicologyWest Virginia University School of MedicineMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Department of PharmacologyUniversity of Texas Health Science CenterSan AntonioUSA

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