Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a member of the secretin family. It was isolated and characterized in 1989. Its neuroendocrine role was demonstrated in vivo and in vitro systems. It seems that in vivo the effect of PACAP on the gonadotrop hormone secretion depends on the route of administration. It was reported that intravenous (iv) injection of PACAP elevated, while intra-cerebro-ventricular (icv) administration depressed plasma LH levels. In the present study it was demonstrated that PACAP, administered icv before the critical period of the proestrous stage, blocked the ovulation and prevented the proestrous LH surge in rats. The blocking effect of PACAP is not directly mediated by endogenous opioids because the antagonizing effect of Naloxone, an opioid receptor antagonist, was questionable. Under our experimental conditions we could not confirm the stimulating effect of iv administered PACAP.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Acta biologica Hungarica|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Environmental Science(all)