Journal article

EXPRESSION OF THE RELAXIN GENE IN RAT-TISSUES

JM GUNNERSEN, RJ CRAWFORD, GW TREGEAR

MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR ENDOCRINOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCI PUBL IRELAND LTD | Published : 1995

Abstract

The peptide hormone relaxin is produced at high levels in the corpus luteum of the rat ovary during pregnancy. The biological effects of the hormone include remodelling of collagen in target tissues such as the cervix, and inhibition of uterine contractility. In addition, many paracrine actions for the hormone have been proposed, however sites of relaxin production outside the ovary have not been well characterized. We have investigated relaxin gene expression in a range of rat tissues using the techniques of reverse transcription/polymerase chain reaction (RT/PCR), RNase protection and immunohistochemistry. Relaxin mRNA was detected by RT/PCR in brain, uterus, prostate gland, pancreas and k..

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