Changes in corticotrophin releasing factor of the stalk median eminence in rats with various cuts around the medial basal hypothalamus

G. B. Makara, E. Stark, G. Rappay, M. Kárteszi, M. Palkovits

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Abstract

The activity of corticotrophin releasing factor (CRF) in extracts of the stalk median eminence (SME) complex proper (average protein content, 30.6 μg) of male rats was assayed by monolayer cultures of anterior pituitary cells using the release of immunoreactive ACTH. Extracts which were equivalent to 0.025 SMR of control rats usually had detectable CRF activity, while there was not detectable activity in extracts of 0.4 SME equiv. Taken 8 days after complete surgical isolation of the medial basal hypothalamus (MBH). The activity of CRF in extracts from rats with an anterolateral cut around the MBH was at least ten times less than that in the control rats. One day after placing an anterolateral cut around the MBH the ACTH releasing activity of the SME was not significantly different from that of the control animals but activity decreased significantly 3 days after the operation and was at least ten times less than in the control animals on day 7 after the operation. It is suggested that most of the CRF activity of the SME is contained in nerve fibres entering the neurohaemal region from outside the MBH and that transection of these fibres produced the fall in CRF content of the SME in rats with partial or total surgical isolation of the MBH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-173
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Endocrinology
Volume83
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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