Analysis of endogenous and recombinant bovine somatotropin in serum

Marco H. Blokland, Klaas L. Wubs, Merel A. Nessen, Saskia S. Sterk, Michel W.F. Nielen

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Within the EU the use of growth hormones is banned. However, in several countries outside the EU the use of the growth hormone somatotropin, a 191 amino acid protein, for cattle is allowed. In the United States recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST) is allowed to increase milk production in cows, while recombinant porcine somatotropin (rpST) is registered in Australia as a growth promoter for pigs (Blokland et al., 2003). Given the good/positive effect on, amongst others, animal growth and milk production and the scale of production of these proteins (by recombinant technology) it is expected that somatotropin is used illegally as growth promoter in Europe. Consequently effective analytical methods are needed for residue control.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFarm animal proteomics 2013
EditorsAndré de Almeida, David Eckersall, Elena Bencurova, Saskia Dolinska, Patrik Mlynarcik, Miroslava Vincova, Mangesh Bhide
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)9789086867769
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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