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Ovulation in mammals is preceded by surges of the two pituitary gonadotropins, LH and FSH. Although previous studies have shown that purified FSH induces ovulation when administered to hypophysectomized rats, proof that FSH has inherent ovulatory potential is lacking because all FSH preparations have varying degrees of residual LH. To determine if FSH alone(More)
To study the structure-function relationships of follitropin (FSH), we expressed the hormone in a heterologous cell system. A genomic clone bearing a 3.7-kilobase FSH beta insert containing the entire coding sequence was transfected alone or together with the alpha subunit gene into Chinese hamster ovary cells and stable lines expressing either FSH beta or(More)
Thirty-five patients with uncomplicated hypertension were observed for blood pressure behaviour after prolonged antihypertensive medication withdrawal. Twenty-three patients (Group 1) remained normotensive (systolic less than 140 mmHg, diastolic less than 95 mmHg) for over 60 weeks compared to 12 patients (Group 2) who became hypertensive again during a(More)
Gonadotroph adenomas may exhibit qualitative and quantitative defects in gonadotropin biosynthesis and secretion. Hypersecretion of immunoreactive FSH dimers by these adenomas occurs frequently; however, it has not been known whether this FSH is biologically active. Using the granulosa cell aromatase bioassay and a highly specific immunoradiometric assay(More)
Recent studies have shown that Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells transfected with the FSH subunit genes secrete bioactive FSH. Here, we determined the in vitro and in vivo bioactivity of recombinant FSH produced by CHO mutant cells deficient in the glycosylation enzyme N-acetylglucosamine transferase-I (NAGT-), resulting in glycoproteins with(More)
Recent reports suggest that epidermal growth factor (EGF) or related peptides may act as local hormones to regulate granulosa cell differentiation. While FSH and GnRH are known to stimulate accumulation of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) mRNA in granulosa cells, studies using nonovarian cells have shown stimulation of tPA by EGF. In this study, the(More)
The blood pressure levels of 17 men and 7 women aged 27-65 years with uncomplicated essential hypertension were studied during and after withdrawal of antihypertensive therapy. Medication during the treatment phase included diuretics alone (13 patients), diuretic-nondiuretic combinations (5 patients), and nondiuretics alone (6 patients). Blood pressures(More)
The objective of this study was to measure metabolic heat production in mild-moderate hypertensives when given chronic alpha-methyldopa for control of hypertension and to compare this with hydrochlorothiazide. Four men and one woman, age range 29-55 years, euthyroid, and not previously on alpha-methyldopa, had their drugs replaced by placebo for 4 weeks,(More)
Interleukin-1 is an important cytokine produced by activated macrophages. Because macrophages have been localized in the testis and interleukin-1 bioactivity has been observed in the testis, the potential effect of interleukin-1 on gonadotropin-stimulated androgen production was investigated using primary cultures of neonatal rat testis cells. Cells were(More)