Journal article

Effects of vasopressin and elimination of corticotropin-releasing hormone-target cells on pro-opiomelanocortin mRNA levels and adrenocorticotropin secretion in ovine anterior pituitary cells

SA vandePavert, IJ Clarke, A Rao, KE Vrana, J Schwartz

JOURNAL OF ENDOCRINOLOGY | BIOSCIENTIFICA LTD | Published : 1997

Abstract

Although arginine-vasopressin (AVP) is reported to produce greater ACTH biosynthetic and secretary responses than does corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) in sheep anterior pituitary cells, neither factor appears to increase pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) mRNA levels, as does CRH in the cells of some other species. Since only a fraction of cells that express POMC mRNA may be able to respond to AVP, the aim of this study was to further delineate the regulation of POMC mRNA in ovine anterior pituitary corticotrophs, as a whole and in functional subpopulations of corticotrophs. We measured the effects of AVP, CRH or activation of protein kinase C by phorbol myristate acetate (PMA) in cultured ce..

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