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C8554 Sigma

Chorionic gonadotropin human

lyophilized powder, mouse embryo tested

Synonym: Choriogonin, HCG



Related Categories Cell Biology, Cell Culture, Cell Signaling and Neuroscience, Chorionic Gonadotropin, Core Bioreagents,
sterility   aseptically processed
form   lyophilized powder
potency   ≥5,000 I.U. per mg
mol wt   apparent mol wt 37.9 kDa by SDS-PAGE
  mol wt 37.9 kDa
drug control   Home Office Schedule 4.2
solubility   H2O: 1 mL/vial
  saline: 1 mL/vial
suitability   mouse embryo tested
shipped in   dry ice
storage temp.   −20°C
Gene Information   human ... CGA(1081)



Recommended for superovulation induction in mice.

General description

Note: Actual molecular weight will vary from the theoretical depending upon the degree of glycosylation. Theoretical MW is 37.9 kDa based on native form which contains 2 subunits: α = 14.9 kDa (~10.2 kDa for the polypeptide and ~4.7 kDa for the carbohydrate), and β = 23.0 kDa (~16.0 kDa for the polypeptide and ~7.0 kDa for the carbohydrate). See J. Biol. Chem. 248, 6796-6827 (1973).

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.

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.

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