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      Bioactivity of Luteinizing Hormone during Normal Puberty in Girls and Boys

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          In order to evaluate the in vitro bioactivity of LH during normal puberty compared to LH immunoactivity measured in a highly sensitive immunoassay, blood plasma samples from healthy children were analyzed in a mouse Leydig cell assay (MLCA). Blood samples were obtained from 60 healthy girls and boys during normal pubertal development. Samples were taken on two occasions with a 1-year interval. Three daytime samples and three nighttime samples were analyzed. The correlation of the LH immunoradiometric assay (IRMA) activity with the LH activity in the MLCA varied from 0.60 to 0.96 in the different pubertal stages. During pubertal development, a gradually increase in the activity of LH in both the IRMA and MLCA was found. The ratio of the in vitro bioactivity compared to the immunoreactivity (B/I ratio) did not change significantly during puberty: it was 0.84 (SD 0.58) and 0.66 (SD 0.40) during the first and second sampling period in girls and 0.88 (SD 0.38) and 0.91 (SD 0.46, NS) in the boys. The B/I ratio of LH does not change during puberty. With a high sensitivity and specificity, measurement of LH by IRMA gives representative measurements of the LH in vitro bioactivity in children during pubertal development.

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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
          1999
          May 1999
          02 November 1999
          : 51
          : 5
          : 230-237
          Affiliations
          aResearch Institute of Endocrinology, Reproduction and Metabolism, and bEndocrine Laboratory, Free University Hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
          Article
          23376 Horm Res 1999;51:230–237
          10.1159/000023376
          10559667
          © 1999 S. Karger AG, Basel

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