Variation among species in the endocrine control of mammary growth and function: the roles of prolactin, growth hormone, and placental lactogen.

@article{Forsyth1986VariationAS,
  title={Variation among species in the endocrine control of mammary growth and function: the roles of prolactin, growth hormone, and placental lactogen.},
  author={Isabel A. Forsyth},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  year={1986},
  volume={69 3},
  pages={886-903}
}
Prolactin, growth hormone, and placental lactogen form a family of structurally related hormones, which may have evolved from a common ancestral peptide. Prolactin and growth hormone are present in all mammals, but the biological activity associated with placental lactogen has been detected in only some groups. Attempts to detect placental lactogen using bioassay and radioreceptor assay are reported and have been unsuccessful in an insectivore (the shrew), a bat, an edentate (the armadillo), a… CONTINUE READING
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