Journal article

HYPOTHALAMO-PITUITARY DISCONNECTION IN THE FETAL SHEEP

GC ANTOLOVICH, IJ CLARKE, IC MCMILLEN, RA PERRY, PM ROBINSON, M SILVER, R YOUNG

NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY | KARGER | Published : 1990

Abstract

In this study we have applied the technique of hypothalamo-pituitary disconnection (HPD) to the fetal sheep at 108-112 days of gestation. The pituitary is surgically disconnected from the hypothalamus by the removal of the neural component of the median eminence above the level of the portal circulation. This procedure results in the complete disconnection of the pituitary from the hypothalamus. After HPD, the lactotroph response to the dopamine antagonist chlorpromazine was significantly reduced (p less than 0.005) indicating the functional isolation of the pituitary gland from the hypothalamus. The increase in plasma prolactin in response to exogenous thyrotrophin-releasing factor was main..

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