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      Improved in vitro Bioassay of Follitropin

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          The FSH-dependent aromatase activity of Sertoli cell enriched cultures of testicular cells from immature rats was utilized as a sensitive and specific in vitro bioassay for FSH activity. The conversion of 19-hydroxyandrostenedione to estradiol was used as the end point of the assay. By the introduction of a phosphodiesterase inhibitor into the culture medium, the sensitivity was improved 5–10 times, so that 0.05 mlU of FSH showed a response significantly different from the blank. Other pituitary or placental hormones, such as hLH, hTSH and hCG exhibited less than 0.8% cross-reactivity, whereas hGH, hPRL, ACTH<sub>1-24</sub>, LH-RH, and prostaglandin E<sub>2α</sub> did not show any cross-reaction at the doses tested.

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          Journal
          HRE
          Horm Res Paediatr
          10.1159/issn.1663-2818
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          1663-2818
          1663-2826
          1982
          1982
          25 November 2008
          : 16
          : 1
          : 42-48
          Affiliations
          aPediatric Endocrinology Unit and bReproductive Endocrinology Research Unit, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
          Article
          179483 Horm Res 1982;16:42–48
          10.1159/000179483
          6802740
          © 1982 S. Karger AG, Basel

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