• Official Full Name
  • human chorionic gonadotropin
  • Background
  • In molecular biology, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced by the syncytiotrophoblast, a component of the fertilized egg, after conception. Following implantation, the syncytiotrophoblast gives rise to the placenta. Some cancerous tumors produce this hormone; therefore, elevated levels measured when the patient is not pregnant can lead to a cancer diagnosis. However, it is not known whether this production is a contributing cause or an effect of tumorigenesis. The pituitary analog of hCG, known as luteinizing hormone (LH), is produced in the pituitary gland of males and females of all ages. As of December 6, 2011, the United States FDA has prohibited the sale of "homeopathic" and over-the-counter hCG diet products and declared them fraudulent and illegal.
  • Synonyms
  • hCG; human chorionic gonadotropin
Source (Host):Species:Human
Product nameHuman Chorionic Gonadotrophin Reference standard
Source (Host):Species:
Product nameHuman Chorionic Gonadotropin

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