Molecular heterogeneity of human chorionic gonadotropin in serum and urine from patients with trophoblastic tumors.
R Hoermann, G Spoettl, M Grossmann, B Saller, K Mann
Journal of Molecular Medicine | Published : 1993
Many studies on the structure and function of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) have relied on purified hCG preparations obtained from pregnancy urine. In the present studies, in order to demonstrate possible differences between the hCG species present in serum and those released into urine, we examined serum and urinary samples derived from patients with trophoblastic tumors and of pregnancy origin by sodium dodecyl sulfate electrophoresis, isoelectric focusing, and two-dimensional electrophoresis including immunostaining with a specific hCG antibody and densitometry of the protein bands. This type of analysis was presently feasible only in patients presenting with extremely high serum lev..View full abstract