Actions and interactions of alcohol and insulin-like growth factor-1 on female pubertal development. Academic Article uri icon


  • Alcohol (ALC) is a drug that is capable of disrupting reproductive function in adolescent humans, as well as immature rhesus monkeys and rats. Critical to determining the mechanism(s) of the effects of ALC on the pubertal process is to have a better understanding of the important events involved in the initiation of puberty. For years it has been hypothesized that there may be metabolic signals capable of linking somatic growth to the activation of the reproductive system at the time of puberty. In recent years it has been shown that insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is one such signal that plays an early role in the pubertal process. In this review, we will describe the actions and interactions of ALC and IGF-1 on molecular and physiological processes associated with pubertal development.

published proceedings

  • Alcohol Clin Exp Res

author list (cited authors)

  • Dees, W. L., Srivastava, V., & Hiney, J. K.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Dees, W Les||Srivastava, Vinod||Hiney, Jill K

publication date

  • November 2009