Relaxin pp 163-169 | Cite as

Chemical Studies on Relaxin

  • H. D. Niall
  • R. James
  • M. John
  • J. Walsh
  • S. Kwok
  • G. D. Bryant-Greenwood
  • G. W. Treager
  • R. A. Bradshaw
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB)

Abstract

Relaxin is a low molecular weight peptide hormone (6000 daltons) with multiple biological effects during pregnancy in mammals. It relaxes the pubic symphysis, causes inhibition of uterine contractions, softens the cervix and stimulates mammary gland development. While it has been identified in several non-mammalian species, its physiological role in these is unclear.

Keywords

Glycine Serine Arginine Glutamine Tryptophan 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. D. Niall
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • R. James
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • M. John
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • J. Walsh
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • S. Kwok
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • G. D. Bryant-Greenwood
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • G. W. Treager
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • R. A. Bradshaw
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Howard Florey InstituteUniversity of Melbourne ParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy and Reproductive BiologyUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHololuluUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biological ChemistryWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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