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Metabolism of i.v. administered 45 kDa epidermal growth factor in the rat

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The 45 kDa epidermal growth factor (EGF-(45 kDa)) has been purified from rat urine. We have investigated the distribution and the processing of i.v. injected 125I-labeled EGF-(45 kDa) in the rat. 2.5 min after the i.v. injection only 12% of the label remained in the blood. Most of the label was found in the liver (54%), in the kidneys (7%) and in the skin (4%). The submandibular glands, stomach, small intestine, colon, spleen and lungs contained 1% or less of the radioactivity. Some of the 125I-EGF-(45 kDa) was processed to 125I-EGF-(6 kDa) immunoreactivity in the liver and in the kidneys. The kidneys excreted 125I-EGF-(45 kDa) in the urine, but we were not able to demonstrate 125I-EGF-(6 kDa) in urine. In conclusion, this study shows that homologous EGF-(45 kDa) is cleared from the circulation of rats within a few minutes, mainly by the liver and the kidneys. In vivo both the liver and the kidneys are able to process some of the EGF-(45 kDa) to EGF-(6 kDa) immunoreactivity.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftRegulatory Peptides
Vol/bind30
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)113-23
Antal sider11
ISSN0167-0115
StatusUdgivet - 10 sep. 1990

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