Chorionic Gonadotropin, Human (hCG)
Scripps Laboratories is a world-leading producer and supplier of purified human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG). Various purities and subunits are available and are listed below. Please visit each product page to view individual product specifications.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is a sialoglycoprotein hormone secreted by the trophoblastic cells of the placenta during pregnancy. Its production increases shortly after implantation of the fertilized ovum in the uterine wall. Although its role in the female reproductive cycle is not clear, hCG is instrumental in the maintenance of the corpus luteum at the beginning of the gestation period.
Immunoassays for hCG serum levels are useful in the detection and/or verification of normal pregnancy, as elevated levels of hCG are reportedly detectable as early as seven days after conception. In addition, low levels of serum hCG may help diagnose ectopic pregnancy, while elevated levels of serum hCG have been reported in patients with trophoblastic disease, choriocarcinoma, and various other types of cancer.
hCG can be cleaved to yield two dissimilar subunits, α-hCG and β-hCG. The α-subunit (approximate molecular weight of 14,500 Daltons) is virtually identical to the α-subunits of the related pituitary hormones, FSH, LH, and TSH. The biological activity of hCG is dependent on the distinct make-up of the β-subunit (approximate molecular weight of 22,200 Daltons), which differs in amino acid sequence from the β-subunits of FSH, LH, and TSH.
These preparations of hCG are isolated from human pregnancy urine and are provided as a powder, lyophilized from ammonium bicarbonate. Protein content is determined using the Lowry Protein Assay (BSA standard). The α- and β-hCG subunits are prepared from highly purified intact hCG and are also provided as a powder lyophilized from ammonium bicarbonate. Protein content is determined by measuring the absorbance at 280nm, using Emg/ml = 0.43 for α-hCG and Emg/ml = 0.21 for β-hCG.
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