Growth hormone Binding Protein (GH-BP)

Alias names:

Growth hormone receptor

–  Useful in assessing GH status

 – Low levels in Laron dwarfism

Clinical applications:

Human growth hormone (GH) exists in several isomeric forms in serum, either free or bound to a specific binding protein(GH-BP).This protein is identical to extracellular domain of the GH receptor on the cell membrane. Level of GH-BP varies with age, being low in neonates and highest in young adults. Normal or elevated levels in patients with classical Laron syndrome indicate a defect in the transmembrane, intracellular or post translational GH receptor domains. Very low or absent GHBP denotes a defect in the extracellular domain. A low GH-BP in relatives of patients with Laron syndrome helps identify heterozygous carriers of patients with defects in the extracellular domain.


Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) using monoclonal antibody to GH-BP and GH-BP- HRP(horse raddish peroxidase).

 Test Information:

Test code # 114 .

Specimen requirements: 1.0 ml (minimum 0.2 ml) of serum. Collection of serum using red top tube is recommended.

Shipping requirements: Ship the samples frozen.

Turnaround time: Set up every  Friday and reported the same day.

Reference Range *:

Adults                          400 – 4260 pmol / L


3 – 8 yrs                 320 – 3820 pmol / L

9 – 13 yrs                240 – 2890 pmol / L

14 – 17 yrs               290 – 3140 pmol / L

* pg/ml is pmol/L /100.


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  2. Gelander L (1998) Growth hormone-Binding Protein levels over one year in Healthy pubertal children: intra-individual variation and correlation with height velocity. Ped Res 43: 256 -261.