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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Previous studies have shown that serum inhibin as measured by alpha subunit-directed radioimmunoassay (RIA) and inhibin A ELISA was elevated in postmenopausal women with mucinous and granulosa cell cancers, with the RIA showing a more frequent elevation than the inhibin A ELISA. It was thus hypothesised that these cancers may also(More)
BACKGROUND The reproductive hormone inhibin has been used as a diagnostic marker of ovarian mucinous and granulosa cell cancers. The aims of this study were to develop a new inhibin immunofluorometric assay (alphaC IFMA) to replace an inhibin RIA as a diagnostic marker of these ovarian cancers and to assess whether the alphaC IFMA in combination with CA125,(More)
BACKGROUND Serum FSH levels rise with increasing age in normal women, particularly as they enter the menopausal transition and progress to the postmenopausal state. The contributions of decreasing levels of inhibin-A (INH-A) and inhibin-B (INH-B) to this rise are presently unclear, as there are no reports of dimeric INH levels in relation to menopausal(More)
Previous observations from our laboratory have demonstrated that the levels of immunoreactive inhibin (ir-inh) are elevated in almost all patients with granulosa cell tumors and in the majority of postmenopausal women with mucinous ovarian cancers. The present report confirms these findings in a larger group of post-menopausal women. Immunohistochemistry(More)
A number of immunoassay methods have been developed recently to detect specifically the bioactive alpha-beta A subunit inhibin dimer (inhibin A) in human plasma. However, the specificity of these assays in terms of their ability to detect the range of inhibin forms found in plasma and their relationship to bioactivity have not been investigated. Inhibin was(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship of serum inhibin A and inhibin B to ovarian follicular development in women undergoing pituitary down-regulation and ovarian stimulation with a fixed daily dose of recombinant human FSH in an in vitro fertilization program. Thirty-eight patients were treated randomly with either 100 or 200 IU/day(More)
In a previous study (see Ref.7), the molecular weight distribution of inhibin activity in fractionated human follicular fluid (hFF) and human male and female plasma/serum was determined by in vitro bioassay using ovine pituitary cells in culture and various specific inhibin A and inhibin alpha-subunit-directed immunoassays. It was shown, however, that the(More)
FSH comprises two distinct subunits, both of which contain asparagine-linked carbohydrate residues, located at positions 52 and 78 on the alpha-subunit and positions 7 and 24 on the beta-subunit. These carbohydrate chains have been shown to regulate the biological activity of FSH, including signal transduction and receptor binding. However, the specific(More)
SmartBead Technologies has developed a multiplexed immunofluorescence assay, the UltraPlex ANA Profile, which determines nine antinuclear antibodies simultaneously. The UltraPlex assay platform uses bar-coded microparticles to track analytes through assays. These bar-coded microparticles were used to tag and track key ANA markers: Jo-1, Scl-70, Sm, SmRNP,(More)
Inhibin immunoassays with a sufficiently broad specificity to detect all alpha subunit-containing forms are of value in detecting and monitoring various ovarian cancers. Assays to date with this specificity are not readily amenable to wide diagnostic application. The objective of this study was to develop a sensitive two-site ELISA using alpha(More)