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Relative ability of ovine follicle stimulating hormone and its beta-subunit to generate antibodies having bioneutralization potential in nonhuman primates

Moudgal, NR and Sairam, MR and Dighe, RR (1989) Relative ability of ovine follicle stimulating hormone and its beta-subunit to generate antibodies having bioneutralization potential in nonhuman primates. In: Journal of Biosciences, 14 (2). pp. 91-100.

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Abstract

The relative ability of ovine follicle stimulating hormone and its beta-subunit, two potential candidates for male contraceptive vaccine, to generate antibodies in monkeys capable of bioneutralizing follicle stimulating hormone was assessed using in vitro model systems. Antiserum against native ovine follicle stimulating hormone was found to be highly specific to the intact form with no cross-reactivity with either of the two subunits while the antiserum against beta-subunit of follicle stimulating hormone could bind to the beta-subunit in its free form as well as when it is combined with alpha-subunit to form the intact hormone. Both antisera could block the binding of the hormone to the receptor if the hormone was preincubated with the antibody. However, the follicle stimulating hormone beta-antisera could only inhibit the binding of the hormone partially (33 percent inhibition) if the antibody and receptor were mixed prior to the addition of the hormone, while antisera to the native follicle stimulating hormone could block the binding completely (100 percent inhibition) in the same experiment. Similarly antisera to the native follicle stimulating hormone was significantly effective in blocking (100 percent) response to follicle stimulating hormone but not the beta-subunit antisera (0 percent) as checked using an in vitro granulosa cell system. Thus the probability of obtaining antibodies of greater bioneutralization potential is much higher if intact hormone is used as an antigen rather than its beta-subunit as a vaccine.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: FSH/SE;Antibodies/BI;Antigens/BI;Primates/MI;Gonadotropins/SE;Receptor,Immunologic/PH Immune Sera/BI;Granulosa Cells/CY;Contraceptive Agents/AI;Steroids/AI;Hormones/GE; Vaccines/BI;Antigen-Antibody Reactions/DE;Glycoprotein Hormones,alpha-subunit;Human;Animal;Rats;Male.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2010 04:09
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2010 04:09
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/31262

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