Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a glycoprotein hormone produced during pregnancy. It is made by the developing embryo soon after conception. Its role is to prevent the disintegration of the corpus luteum of the ovary and thereby maintain progesterone production that is critical for a pregnancy in humans.
It can be used as a tumour marker as its β subunit is secreted by some cancers including seminoma, choriocarcinoma, germ cell tumours, hydatidiform mole, teratoma with elements of choriocarcinoma, and islet cell tumour.
Human chorionic gonadotropin
Human menopausal gonadotropin
Human menopausal gonadotropin (urine derived)
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|Molecular Weight||25719.70 g·mol−1|
|Appearance||Sterile Filtered White lyophilized (freeze-dried) powder.|
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It is recommended to reconstitute the lyophilized Human Chorionic Gonadotropin in sterile 18MΩ-cm H2O not less than 100 µg/ml, which can then be further diluted to other aqueous solutions.
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Short non-hydrophobic peptides (less than 5 amino acids) and peptides containing >25% non-clustered, charged residues and <25% hydrophobic residues will typically dissolve in aqueous solutions.
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ALWAYS allow peptides to come to room temperature before reconstituting with water. This will avoid most cases of peptides becoming cloudy.
Allow peptides to warm to room temperature before opening the vial to prevent condensation of atmospheric moisture onto the peptide, making it easier to handle and weigh. It is recommended to dissolve only the required amount into a buffer. The remainder of the stock should be stored dry at -20°C.
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