Two naturally occuring enkephalins, Leu- and Met-enkephalin, were shown to inhibit adrenal corticosteroid biosynthesis. In isolated rat adrenal cell system corticosterone, desoxycorticosterone and aldosterone, and in isolated bovine adrenal cells cortisol, corticosterone and aldosterone production were markedly depressed in a dose-dependent fashion, both under basal conditions and following stimulation with ACTH1-24. The inhibitory action of enkephalins on corticosteroid synthesis could be augmented by increasing the Ca2+-concentration in the cell-containing medium. The demonstration that opioid peptides interfere with corticosteroidogenesis directly at the adrenal level points to the existence of a peripheral neuroendocrine relationship.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 31 1980|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology