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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1987 Dec 31;149(3):1149-55.

Production of human thyroid-stimulating hormone in Chinese hamster ovary cells.

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  • 1Shionogi Research Laboratories, Shionogi & Co., Ltd., Osaka, Japan.


Human thyroid-stimulating hormone (hTSH) has been produced in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells co-transformed with two plasmids: one carrying the alpha subunit cDNA with mouse dihydrofolate reductase gene and the other carrying hTSH beta subunit cDNA. Each cDNA was driven to expression under the control of SV40 early promoter. hTSH and its alpha subunit were secreted into culture media, and their secretion increased with exposure of the cells to increasing concentrations of methotrexate. Gel filtration analysis revealed that the molecular size of the hTSH was the same as that of natural hTSH. Furthermore, the CHO cell-produced hTSH elevated the cyclic AMP level in the rat thyroid cell line FRTL-5 in the same manner as natural hTSH does.

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