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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-09-09

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Weizmann Institute researchers
showing that the mammary
gland itself produces a key pep-
tide hormone regulating the mat-
uration and operation of the
reproductive system and brain.
This study, published in the
May 24 issue of the Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sci-
ences (P.NAS., Vol. 91, pp. 4994-
6), was carried out by Prof.
Yitzhak Koch and Ms. Nurit Ben
Aroya of the Institute's Depart-
ment of Hormone Research; and
Dr. Aaron Palmon, Professor Yigl
Burstein, Professor Mati Frid-
kin, and Shoshana Tel-Or of the
department of organic chemistry.
The finding in laboratory an-
imals that lactating breasts man-
ufacture that hormone — known
as gonadotropin releasing hor-
mone or GnRH — resolves a
long-debated issue as to whether
any of the various peptide hor-
mones found in the milk of hu-
mans, cows, sheep, goats and
rats are made by the mamma-
ry itself or merely taken up by
breast tissue from the blood. The
fact that GnRH is produced by
the nursing breast, and in
amounts that are presumably
regulated by this organ,
strengthens the belief that this
vital brain hormone is important
for a mother's control over her
baby's development. This dis-
covery also helps explain why
GnRH is present in milk at a con-
centration at least 10 times that
of the other peptide hormones
found there.
Local synthesis of GnRH in
the breast was demonstrated by
using the reverse transcription-
PCR, an enzymatic process en-
abling amplification of the levels
of RNA responsible for produc-
ing GnRH. The researchers iden-
tified GnRH mRNA in lactating
breast tissue but not in the
breast tissue of virgin rats.
Ever since 1977, when Pro-
fessor Koch and Fridkin discov-
ered GnRH in milk, the first
peptide hormone to be identified
in this essential fluid, the scien-
tists have been convinced that its
presence must have crucial im-
portance for the neonate, for the
mother, or for both. Although re-
search into these questions is just
beginning, there are already
hints of its possible physiological
relevance.
GnRH is best known for its
pivotal role in the regulation of
reproduction in adults. For this
purpose, GnRH is synthesized
and secreted by specialized nerve
cells in the brain, stimulating the
release from the pituitary gland
of hormones acting on the testes
and ovaries. Moreover, in early
.1.1 , c, the peptide hormone alb°

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