Metabolic clearance of human follicle-stimulating hormone assessed by radioimmunoassay, immunoradiometric assay, and in vitro Sertoli cell bioassay

Randall J. Urban, Vasantha Padmanabhan, Inese Beitins, Johannes D Veldhuis

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We measured the equilibrium MCR of purified human FSH via continuous infusion and its half-life by bolus injection in gonadotropin-deficient men. Serum FSH concentrations were determined by RIA, immunoradiometric assay, and an in vitro FSH bioassay (rat Sertoli cell). At steady state, the MCR of FSH averaged 5.4 ± 0.4 mL/min·m2, which was not statistically different in the three assays or at the three different infusion rates. The half-life of FSH after bolus injection averaged 274 ± 45 min (4.6 ± 0.75 h) when analyzed as a single exponential, and 1.8 and 10 h for biexponential kinetics. The distribution volume of FSH was 3.1 L (immunoradiometric assay) and 2.1 L (bioassay). In summary, the MCR of human FSH is invariant across a range of physiological gonadotropin concentrations and quantitatively similar in three different immunological/biological assays. These results support the hypothesis that removal of circulating FSH molecules proceeds in parallel for immunore-active and biologically active glycoprotein hormone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)818-823
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1991
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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