Acetylcholine stimulates growth hormone secretion in the neonatal rat pituitary

I. Pintér, G. Makara, Zs Ács

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Abstract

The direct effect of acetylcholine on pituitary growth hormone secretion during the postnatal period of the rat was studied using a superfusion system. Acetylcholine elicited a dose related stimulatory effect on growth hormone (GH) secretion in the pituitaries from 2-day old rats. M1 muscarinic agonist McN A343 mimicked the GH releasing effect of acetylcholine, nicotine was ineffective. The GH release elicited by acetylcholine diminished with postnatal development, it was small by the end of the third postnatal week and was not demonstrable in the adult pituitaries. The effect of acetylcholine was potently antagonized by pirenzepine (M1 antagonist) and 4-DAMP (M3 and M1 antagonist) but not by methoctramine (M2 antagonist). It is concluded that unlike in the adult, in the newborn rat the cholinergic regulation of pituitary GH secretion plays a prominent role directly at pituitary level most likely via M1 receptors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-939
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neuroendocrinology
Volume8
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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Growth Hormone
Acetylcholine
(4-(m-Chlorophenylcarbamoyloxy)-2-butynyl)trimethylammonium Chloride
Pirenzepine
Muscarinic Agonists
Nicotine
Cholinergic Agents

Keywords

  • Acetylcholine
  • GH secretion
  • Muscarinic receptor
  • Neonatal
  • Pituitary

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  • Endocrinology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Acetylcholine stimulates growth hormone secretion in the neonatal rat pituitary. / Pintér, I.; Makara, G.; Ács, Zs.

In: Journal of Neuroendocrinology, Vol. 8, No. 12, 1996, p. 935-939.

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