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C1063 Sigma

Chorionic gonadotropin human

lyophilized powder, vial of ~2,500 IU

Synonym: Choriogonin, HCG



Related Categories Cell Biology, Cell Signaling and Neuroscience, Chorionic Gonadotropin, Cytokines, Growth Factors and Hormones, Hormones,
sterility   sterile-filtered
form   lyophilized powder
mol wt   mol wt 37.9 kDa
contains   mannitol
packaging   vial of ~2,500 IU
drug control   Home Office Schedule 4.2
storage temp.   −20°C
Gene Information   human ... CGA(1081)


Analysis Note

The calculated value is based on the USP method for human Chorionic Gonadotrophin, to meet 2,500 IU per vial, with a tolerance of not less than 80.0% and not more than 125.0% of the potency stated.


When reconstituted with water to a concentration of 1,000 IU/mL, the vial will also contain 0.1 M sodium phosphate buffer (pH approx. 7.2) and 100 mg/mL of mannitol.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Human chorionic gondadotropin (hCG) may be used as an alternative to PMSG to induce ovulation in laboratory animals. When hCG was injected into laboratory animals via intravenous (i.v.), intraperitoneal (i.p.), or subcutaneous (s.c.) methodstet, the effective dose values for 50% of the animals (ED50) per animal and per body weight (kg) in parenthesis were as follows:
Mice: i.v. 0.2 (7.7) I.U.; i.p. 0.3 (11.5) I.U.; s.c. 0.7 (26.9) I.U.
Syrian hamsters: i.v. 1.0 (9.5) I.U.; i.p. 1.8 (17.1) I.U.; s.c. 2.6 (24.8) I.U.
Rats: i.v. 1.3 (4.6) I.U.; i.p. 3.5 (12.3) I.U.; s.c.7.5 (26.3) I.U.

Using PMSG, the ED50 values per animal and per body weight (kg) in parenthesis were as follows:
Mice: i.v. 0.8 (30.8) I.U.; i.p. 2.0 (76.9) I.U.; s.c. 2.8 (107.7) I.U
Syrian hamsters: i.v., 3.6 (34.3) I.U.; i. p., 8.0 (76.2) I.U.; s.c., 13.2 (125.7) I.U.
Rats: i.v., 6.0 (76.8) I.U.; i p., 20.8 (73.0) I.U.; s.c., 76.8 (269.5) I.U.

General description

Glycoprotein hormone consisting of a 92-amino acid α-chain which is identical to that of LH, FSH, and TSH; and a distinct 149-amino acid β-chain. Produced by chorionic tissue and responsible for maintaining the corpus luteum during early pregnancy. Also produced by trophoblast cell neoplasms, which are marked by elevated free hCG β-chains and hyperglycosylated hCG.

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