Expression and translation of the growth hormone-receptor gene in the guinea-pig

in Journal of Endocrinology
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The refractoriness of guinea-pigs to the growth-promoting actions of exogenous GH has been suggested to be due to a deficiency or defect in tissue GH receptors or in GH-receptor gene expression. GH-receptor mRNA was, however, demonstrated by Northern blot analysis and by the polymerase chain reaction in extracts of guinea-pig liver, adipose tissue, brain, hypothalamus and pituitary gland. High-affinity, low-capacity binding sites for radio-labelled ovine GH were also demonstrated on the plasma membranes of guinea-pig liver and were similar to those in rat liver. These results demonstrate that the unresponsiveness of guinea-pigs to exogenous GH is not due to the absence of GH receptors.

Journal of Endocrinology (1992) 133, 357–362


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