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  • 1 Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Isotope Division 400 085 Bombay (India)
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Preparation and purification of radioiodinated progesterone derivatives for the development of a radioimmunoassay of progesterone is described. We have standardized two procedures for preparing radioiodinated progesterone conjugate. In the first procedure125I labeled histamine was conjugated to progesterone 11 hemisuccinate by the mixed anhydride method. In the secod procedure, tyrosyl methyl ester was conjugated to progesterone 11 hemisuccinate and iodination of the conjugate was carried out. Purification of the iodinated products was carried out by solvent extraction and thin layer chromatography techniques. The radiochemical purity of the tracers prepared by both methods were more than 95%. Labeled progesterone derivatives prepared were used for developing a radioimmunoassay procedure. The non-specific binding of the tracer was about 2–3%, while up to 80% binding could be obtained in the presence of excess antibody. The radioiodinated tracer could be used up to four months in the assay.