Comparison of particle-associated progesterone and oxytocin in the ovine corpus luteum

in Journal of Endocrinology
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ABSTRACT

The subcellular distribution of progesterone and oxytocin within the ovine corpus luteum was investigated using differential and density gradient centrifugation. Progesterone and oxytocin were associated with particles which sedimented to a density of 1·049–1·054 g/ml and 1·054–1·061 g/ml respectively. Particle-associated progesterone did not, however, display physical or biochemical characteristics consistent with its storage within secretory granules. When particle-associated progesterone was incubated in HEPES buffer at 37 °C, 70% of the total progesterone was recovered in the incubation medium. The remaining stable particle-associated progesterone was not affected by treatments which stimulated oxytocin release and which have been shown to cause the release of peptides and biogenic amines from secretory granules. These results suggest that particle-associated progesterone represents the intercalation of progesterone into cell membranes and they do not support the hypothesis that progesterone is stored, in a protein-bound form, in luteal secretory granules.

J. Endocr. (1986) 108, 109–116

 

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