Posttranslational processing of corticotropin-releasing factor in the ovine tuberoinfundibular system and pituitary.
AI Smith, D Engler, MJ Fullerton, T Pham, C Wallace, FJ Morgan, IJ Clarke, JW Funder
Ann N Y Acad Sci | Published : 1987
The present studies were undertaken to characterize the immunoreactive-corticotropin-releasing factor (ir-CRF) in two areas of the ovine tuberoinfundibular system, hypophysial portal blood, and pituitary. With an antiserum raised against synthetic ovine (o)CRF(1-41) and 125I-Tyro-oCRF(1-41) as the tracer, concentrations of ir-CRF (pg/mg wet weight, n = 5) were: paraventricular hypothalamus (PVN), 11.7 +/- 2.5; median eminence (ME), 2276 +/- 296; anterior pituitary (AP), less than 0.5; posterior pituitary (PP), 10.0 +/- 2.2. Analysis of the ir-CRF in these areas on G-75 Sephadex chromatography revealed two main peaks--a 'major' peak which coeluted with synthetic oCRF(1-41) and a 'minor' peak ..View full abstract