Sermorelin in Las Vegas
What is Sermorelin? FAQ
Sermorelin is a form of Growth Releasing Factor (GRF) that contains only the first 29 amino acids. GRF that is produced by neurosecretory neurons in the brain contains 44 amino acids. When the structure of GRF was first described by the Nobel Laureates, R. Guilleman and A. Shalley in the 1970's one of their students, William Wehrenberg sought to determine which part of the molecule was essential for its pituitary stimulating action. By eliminating individual amino acids and then testing the remaining peptide, he found that only the first 29 amino acids are responsible for stimulating pituitary production and secretion of hGH.
Question: Is Sermorelin the same thing as human growth hormone (hGH)?
No, it is a growth hormone secretagogue, which means that it stimulates the pituitary gland to produce and secrete hGH. Sermorelin is a small peptide containing only 29 amino acids whereas hGH is a much larger molecule containing 191 amino acids.
Question: I've seen advertisements for HGH secretagogues that do not require a prescription. Are these the same as Sermorelin?
No, the secretagogues or hGH releasers are usually the amino acids L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-ornithine, glycine, L-dopa, as well as such substances as ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate and the herbs Macuna pruriens and Tribulus terrestris . While high doses of these compounds sometimes elicit release of hGH from the pituitary gland, the effect is non-specific. In other words, they create a general effect on brain activity, just as exercise does, that sometimes causes hGH to be released. However, the effect is intermittent and unreliable since it does not work through any receptor specific process on the pituitary gland. Also, high doses of amino acids can produce kidney problems presenting a risk for the regular use of such products. In contrast, Sermorelin has highly specific and saturable receptors on pituitary somatotrophs. Thus, it binds to the cells that produce and release hGH. Upon binding, Sermorelin initiates its action through a cylicAMP second messenger system exactly the same as that used by naturally occurring growth hormone releasing hormone. Furthermore, it has an excellent safety profile with little side effects.
Question: Must Sermorelin be injected just as is required for hGH?
Currently, the only method for effectively administering Sermorelin is by subcutaneous injection. However, because the molecule is much smaller than hGH, it may be possible to successfully administer it through the nasal mucousa using a spray formulation. This hypothesis is currently being tested clinically and the results should soon be known.
Question: Are the effective dosages of hGH and Sermorelin comparable?
Although the molecules work at different sites in the body (hGH at the liver and Sermorelin at the pituitary), the amount of material needed to be effective in raising serum IGF-1 are approximately the same. hGH is generally prescribed in daily doses of one or two international units (IU) while Sermorelin is prescribed in micrograms. However, one IU is equal to 333 micrograms so the weight of effective dosages is varies with factors like gender, BMI to name a few.
Question: Often, the effects of hGH fade after several months of use. What causes that loss of potency and does it also occur for Sermorelin?
Loss of hGH potency after about six months or more of continuous use is not unusual and is not due to inferior product. It is due to the fact that injection of hGH elevates blood levels of the hormone to unnaturally high values for several hours each day. Also, constant stimulation causes increased production of IGF-1 which also has more constant tissue exposure than under normal conditions. These factors causes target tissue receptors to “down regulate” in an attempt to prevent over stimulation by the unnatural exposure to hGH and IGF-1. Under physiological conditions, hGH is released from the pituitary gland in episodes that cause levels to increase and decrease many times throughout the day. Under such conditions, tachyphylaxis or down regulation does not occur since the tissues receptors get time to “rest” between each stimulatory event. In contrast to hGH, there is no loss of potency with Sermorelin because its action on the pituitary gland is modulated by feedback through somatostatin. This causes hGH to be released from the pituitary in episodes, rather than in “square wave” pharmacological presentation as occurs upon injection of the gene recombinant product. In addition, the pituitary gland up-regulates to stimulation by Sermorelin causing the gland to rejuvenate.
Question: Does Sermorelin have any non-endocrine effects that may be useful in treating aging clients?
Yes. There are many reports of data in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals showing that GRF/Sermorelin also has a direct effect on the brain to promote non-REM slow wave sleep.