Journal article

DOPAMINERGIC AGENTS DIFFERENTIALLY REGULATE BOTH PROCESSING AND CONTENT OF ALPHA-N-ACETYLATED ENDORPHIN AND ALPHA-MSH IN THE OVINE PITUITARY INTERMEDIATE LOBE

AI SMITH, CA WALLACE, IJ CLARKE, JW FUNDER

NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY | KARGER | Published : 1989

Abstract

Hypothalamo-pituitary disconnection (HPD) in the sheep results in a two-fold increase in pituitary intermediate lobe (IL) immunoreactive (ir)-alpha-N-acetylated endorphin (NacEP) and ir-alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (alpha MSH) content. The rise in IL NacEP content is accompanied by a markedly altered pattern of processing, in that NacEP1-27 becomes the dominant molecular species with a complementary fall in Nac alpha-EP and Nac gamma-EP. To determine if these effects reflect the loss of descending dopaminergic neuronal input to the IL, we have chronically treated two groups (n = 4 per group) of normal sheep with the dopamine antagonist haloperidol or the dopamine agonist bromocriptin..

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