The metabolism of luteinizing hormone. Plasma clearance, urinary excretion, and tissue uptake.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The kinetics of plasma clearance, tissue uptake, and urinary excretion of tritiated ovine pituitary luteinizing hormone in adult male rats are reported. Most of the intravenously injected tritiated gonadotropin is cleared from circulation with a half-life of five minutes, and this is independent of the injected amount of hormone over a wide dose range. It was found that the hormone is rapidly removed from circulation by the kidneys, probably by glomerular filtration, and excreted in the urine. The radioactivity present in the urine is associated with material of the same molecular size as the native hormone and, moreover, the urinary hormone retains a significant amount of biological activity. A small amount of the hormone is catabolized by the kidney and liver, and our data suggest that this occurs in the cortex and hepatocytes, respectively.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ascoli, M; Liddle, RA; Puett, D

Published Date

  • July 1, 1975

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 21 - 36

PubMed ID

  • 168103

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0303-7207

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0303-7207(75)90029-5


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Ireland