Plasma agouti-related protein (AGRP), growth hormone, insulin responses to a single circuit-resistance exercise in male college students.

Research paper by Abbass A Ghanbari-Niaki, Saeid S Nabatchian, Mehdi M Hedayati

Indexed on: 21 Mar '07Published on: 21 Mar '07Published in: Peptides


The ability of acute exercise to stimulate appetite and food intake depends on intensity, duration, and agouti-related protein (AGRP) levels. Fasting, as well as any negative energy balance, has been reported to increase AGRP expression in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) of the hypothalamus and other extra-hypothalamic tissues in human and rats. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the response of plasma AGRP, GH and insulin to a single circuit-resistance exercise. Twenty volunteer male college students completed a single bout of circuit-resistance training (10 exercises at 35% of 1RM). Blood samples were collected before, immediately and 30 min following the exercise protocol. Plasma AGRP and GH levels showed a significant increase immediately after exercise and returned to pre exercise values during the recovery period. The data indicate that exercise protocol was able to increase plasma AGRP and GH levels. A higher plasma AGRP level might result in an acute exercise-induced hyperphagia and help to fuel post-exercise restoration processes.