Proposed System of Terminology for Preparations of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone

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Science  10 Apr 1959:
Vol. 129, Issue 3354, pp. 969-970
DOI: 10.1126/science.129.3354.969-a


During the past few years there has been a considerable amount of confusion with respect to the terminology used for adrenocorticotropins (ACTH) isolated from the pituitary glands of various species. In this paper (1) a unified system of nomenclature for these hormones is proposed. It is hoped that this system will furnish readily and at a glance, from the terminology itself, pertinent information about the source of the particular preparation as well as the chemical formula of any active degraded product derived from the natural hormone.