Responsiveness of Intermediate Lobe Cells to Neural Mediators in Culture

I. Fazekas, H. Medzihradszky-Schweiger, G. Rappay, Z. Acs, M. Fekete, A. Gyévai

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Immunologically and biologically active ACTH, as well as biologically active α-MSH were secreted by monolayer cultures of rat pituitary intermediate lobe cells. The release of the immunoreactive ACTH and the bioactive a-MSH was inhibited by dopamine and by the dopamine agonist bromocriptine. The inhibition is probably mediated by specific dopaminergic receptors, since simultaneously added haloperidol prevented the dopamine induced hormone release inhibition. Pro-Leu-Gly-NH2, a potent inhibitor of the α-MSH secretion, had no effect on the release of ACTH. Synthetic ovine CRF stimulated the release of both immunoreactive ACTH and bioactive α-MSH in dose-dependent fashion. Corticosterone was without effect on hormone release in the cultures derived from both adrenalectomized and sham-operated animals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-345
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental and Clinical Endocrinology and Diabetes
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1984


  • ACTH
  • MSH
  • Pars intermedia
  • cell culture
  • dopamine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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