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The epithelial differentiating activity in vivo of (E)-4-[2-(5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-5,5,8,8-tetramethyl-2-naphthylenyl) -1-propenyl]benzoic acid and 4,4-difluororetinoic acid.

By D A Miller, A Stephens-Jarnagin and H F DeLuca


Female rats fed on a vitamin A-deficient diet from weaning were oophorectomized after introitus and used to test analogues of all-trans-retinoic acid for epithelial differentiation activity by the vaginal-smear assay. Several modifications have been made in the assay; housing facilities were modified, the diet changed and the existing scoring system for the assay altered. The arotinoid (E)-4-[2-(5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-5,5,8,8-tetramethyl-2-naphthylenyl)-1 -propenyl] benzoic acid was 12-fold more active than all-trans-retinoic acid, which had a 50% effective dose (ED50) of 80 pmol/vagina. The fluorinated analogue 4,4-difluororetinoic acid had an ED50 of 2.5 nmol/vagina and was therefore 30-fold less active than all-trans-retinoic acid

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1985
DOI identifier: 10.1042/bj2270311
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