Journal article

Increased galanin and neuropeptide-Y immunoreactivity within the hypothalamus of ovariectomised ewes following a prolonged period of reduced body weight is associated with changes in plasma growth hormone but not gonadotropin levels

ML BarkerGibb, IJ Clarke

NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY | KARGER | Published : 1996

Abstract

Manipulation of diet is known to affect the secretion of the gonadotropins and growth hormone (GH). The former are under the direct regulation of hypothalamic gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and the latter is under the dual control of GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) and somatostatin (SRIH). At the level of the hypothalamus, both galanin (GAL) and neuropeptide Y (NPY) are thought to regulate the secretion of the above releasing and inhibiting factors. Both peptides are also potent orexigenic agents. We have studied ovariectomised ewes that were either well-fed (HIGHs) or underfed (LOWs) and used immunocytochemistry and image analysis to measure the levels of GAL and NPY in hypothalamic nucl..

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