Serum insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) does not correlate positively with isometric strength, fatigue, and quality of life in post-polio syndrome

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Journal of the Neurological Sciences, ISSN: 0022-510X, Vol: 182, Issue: 2, Page: 107-115

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D. A. Trojan; L. Finch; J. P. Collet; S. Shapiro; A. Robinson; T. Ducruet; M. N. Pollak; B. Jubelt; R. G. Miller; J. C. Agre; T. L. Munsat; D. Hollander; R. Tandan; N. R. Cashman Show More Hide
Elsevier BV
Neuroscience; Medicine
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Objectives and background : To determine if serum insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) levels are associated with strength, body mass index (BMI), fatigue, or quality of life in post-poliomyelitis syndrome (PPS). PPS is likely due to a distal disintegration of enlarged post-polio motor units as a result of terminal axonal sprouting. Age-related decline in growth hormone and IGF-I (which support terminal axonal sprouts) is proposed as a contributing factor. Methods : As part of the North American Post-Poliomyelitis Pyridostigmine Study (NAPPS), baseline data on maximum voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC), BMI, subjective fatigue (fatigue severity scale, Hare fatigue symptom scale), health-related quality of life (short form health survey-36; SF-36), and serum IGF-I levels were gathered on 112 PPS patients. Pearson correlation coefficients were calculated to evaluate the association between serum IGF-I and MVIC in 12 muscles, BMI, two fatigue scales, and SF-36 scale scores. Results : There is a significant inverse correlation of IGF-I levels with MVIC in left ankle dorsiflexors ( r =−0.30, P <0.01), and left and right knee extensors ( r =−0.22, −0.25, P =<0.01, 0.01), but no significant correlations in other muscles. When men and women were evaluated separately, inverse correlations of IGF-I levels with MVIC were found only in men. IGF-I correlated inversely with BMI ( r =−0.32, P =0006) and age ( r =−0.32, P =0.0005). IGF-I did not correlate with the fatigue or SF-36 scales. Conclusions : In this exploratory study, we found that contrary to our expectations, IGF-I did not correlate positively with strength. IGF-I correlated negatively with strength in several lower extremity muscles, BMI, and age. IGF-I is likely not an important factor in the pathogenesis of fatigue and in determining quality of life in PPS, but its role on strength should be studied further.