Peptides of postulated inhibin activity - lack of in vitro inhibin activity of a 94-residue peptide isolated from human seminal plasma, and of a synthetic replicate of its c-terminal 28-residue segment
A 94-residue polypeptide isolated from human seminal plasma and its chemically synthesized C-terminal 28-residue segment were studied in an in vitro inhibin bioassay utilizing rat pituitary cell cultures. Both peptides have previously been claimed to have inhibin activities, and the effects on the secretion and cellular content of gonadotrophins (FSH and LH) were now assessed in the in vitro assay. No inhibition was found. After 72 h of culture, both the cellular content and the spontaneous as well as the LHRH-stimulated release of bioactive or immunoactive FSH and LH remained unaffected. Similarly, no effects were found on the storage and/or release of prolactin, growth hormone, or thyrotropin. We conclude that both the native 94-residue peptide and the synthetic replicate of its C-terminal 28-residue segment, do not influence the pituitary FSH secretion when assessed in this in vitro system.