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Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2004 Jul 5;2:51.

The prolactin and growth hormone families: pregnancy-specific hormones/cytokines at the maternal-fetal interface.

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  • Institute of Maternal-Fetal Biology, Division of Cancer & Developmental Biology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, Kansas 66160, USA. msoares@kumc.edu

Abstract

The prolactin (PRL) and growth hormone (GH) gene families represent species-specific expansions of pregnancy-associated hormones/cytokines. In this review we examine the structure, expression patterns, and biological actions of the pregnancy-specific PRL and GH families.

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PMC471570
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