In situ hybridization histochemistry was used to demonstrate corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) mRNA expression in the supraoptic nucleus of rats. Labeled cells with a range of grain densities were located mainly in the dorsal area of the nucleus. Long-term (6-weeks) lesioning of the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus, which eliminates the major CRH pool from the hypothalamo-hypophyseal system resulted in an increased CRH mRNA density within supraoptic neurons compared to within sham-operated rats. Adrenalectomy failed to effect CRH mRNA content either in sham-operated or paraventricular-lesioned animals. CRH gene expression in supraoptic neurons of long-term paraventricular lesioned rats may exhibit a compensatory mechanism in the hypothalamus by which supraoptic neurons can take over some of the functions of the lesioned paraventricular CRH cells.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1997|
- Corticotropin releasing hormone
- In situ hybridization histochemistry
- Paraventricular lesions
- Supraoptic nucleus
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