Journal article

The distribution of progesterone receptor immunoreactivity and mRNA in the preoptic area and hypothalamus of the ewe: Upregulation of progesterone receptor mRNA in the mediobasal hypothalamus by oestrogen

CJ Scott, AM Pereira, JA Rawson, DM Simmons, WG Rossmanith, NH Ing, IJ Clarke

JOURNAL OF NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY | BLACKWELL SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2000

Abstract

The distribution of progesterone receptors (PR) was mapped in the hypothalamus of the ewe using immunocytochemistry. These results were confirmed using in situ hybridization with a sheep-specific 35S-labelled riboprobe. In addition, the effect of oestrogen on the level of PR mRNA in the hypothalamus was examined in ovariectomized (OVX) ewes following treatment with an oestrogen implant or without treatment. PR immunoreactive (-ir) cells were readily detected in OVX animals. Labelled cells were observed in four main hypothalamic regions: the preoptic area (POA), including the organum vasculosum of the lamina terminalis, periventricular nucleus (PeVN), ventromedial nucleus (VMN) and the arcuat..

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