05 December 2008
Human growth hormone (hGH) was analyzed by six monoclonal antibodies (Mabs) and a polyclonal antiserum (Pas) before and after molecular sieve chromatography of sera from healthy subjects. Their hGH levels were between < 0.2 and 0.4 ng/ml as determined with Pas. The six Mabs reacted with five distinct epitopes and bound to a hGH fragment corresponding to the amino acid sequence 15-125. Two of the Mabs showed reduced binding to 20-kD hGH. The binding of Mabs to dimeric forms of hGH varied. Human GH levels in unfractionated sera as determined with Mabs were < 3.1-390 ng/ml. After molecular sieve chromatography of the sera, one peak of hGH-immuno-reactive material of high molecular weight ( > 160 kD) and one at the elution volume of monomeric hGH were determined with Pas and Mabs. The major part of the high molecular weight hGH ( > 160 kD) seemed to consist of 22-kD hGH molecules, since Pas and all Mabs detected the hGH immunoreactivity ( > 160 kD) in a similar manner. This high molecular weight hGH ( > 160 kD) was distinguishable from the identified, receptor-like hGH-binding protein in serum.