Author(s): Wide L
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Abstract The relationship between charge on human FSH (hFSH) molecules and their metabolic clearance rate (MCR) was investigated. The median charge of the hFSH molecules was expressed as their median mobility at electrophoresis in 0.075 M sodium veronal buffer, pH 8.6. MCR was estimated after single iv injection in mice of unfractionated and fractionated extracts of human pituitaries. There was a highly significant (P less than 0.001) correlation between charge and MCR both for forms of FSH present within the individual pituitary and for FSH in different pituitaries. After the iv injection there was a gradual change to a more negative median charge of hFSH in plasma. This was explained by the more rapid clearance of the less negatively charged forms of hFSH and thus selective survival of different forms in the circulation. This is a most likely explanation for the differences in median charge between FSH in pituitaries and in sera of men and women of corresponding age. The results suggest that MCR of human FSH is controlled by a gonadal-pituitary feed-back mechanism which involves changes in the structure of the FSH produced by the pituitary. It is suggested that charge is one factor involved in the regulation of the survival of FSH in the circulation and that this is of physiological importance for the control of the ovarian function during the menstrual cycle.
This article was published in Acta Endocrinol (Copenh)
and referenced in Journal of Glycomics & Lipidomics