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Reprod Fertil Dev. 1997;9(4):475-80.

Isolation and partial characterization of tammar wallaby luteinizing hormone and development of a radioimmunoassay.

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Department of Physiology, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia.


Tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii) luteinizing hormone (LH) was purified from pituitaries collected from wild and captive populations by salt sequential precipitation, ion exchange chromatography and gel filtration. Pituitary tissue (5 g) yielded 1.8 mg of purified wallaby luteinizing hormone (ME-14B), as verified by sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). A heterologous radioimmunoassay has been developed for measurement of LH in plasma of marsupials using a monoclonal antibody raised against bovine LH (518B7). This assay system was able to measure basal LH concentrations in male and female tammars and detected a significant rise in plasma LH in response to oestradiol benzoate in female tammars and luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) in males. Parallel dose-response curves were also obtained from pituitary extracts from four other species of marsupial (brushtail possum, Trichosurus vulpecula; brown antechinus, Antechinus stuartii; kowari, Dasyuroides byrnei; and Eastern pygmy possum, Cercartetus nanus) in this assay, which suggests its usefulness in the measurement of LH in other marsupial species.

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