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The role of prolactin and progesterone in the regulation of lipogenesis in maternal and foetal rat liver in vivo and in isolated hepatocytes during the last day of gestation.

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The administration of progesterone on day 21 of gestation increases the rates of lipogenesis in the liver in vivo and in hepatocytes isolated from rats on day 22 of pregnancy. Bromocriptine administration increases the rates of hepatic lipogenesis in vivo, but has no effect on lipid synthesis in hepatocytes under the same treatment conditions. Concurrently, the administration of progesterone or bromocriptine on day 21 to the mother increases the rates of lipogenesis in the foetal liver in vivo on day 22. The rates of lipid synthesis in foetal isolated hepatocytes are increased by progesterone administration, but remain unchanged by bromocriptine.

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