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DEMONSTRATION OF CALCITONIN GENE-RELATED PEPTIDE RECEPTORS IN THE GUBERNACULUM BY COMPUTERIZED DENSITOMETRY

J YAMANAKA, SA METCALFE, JM HUTSON

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY | W B SAUNDERS CO | Published : 1992

Abstract

The gubernaculum appears to guide inguinoscrotal testicular descent by migration into the scrotum ahead of the testis. Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) has been found in the scrotal branches of the genitofemoral nerve of neonatal rats, and is known to stimulate gubernacular motility in vitro. This study aimed to identify CGRP receptors in the gubernaculum, which should be present if CGRP mediates gubernacular migration toward the scrotum. Gubernacular sections from neonatal male rats were incubated with [125I]-human CGRP as well as a variety of unlabeled neuropeptides. By using computerized densitometry, the quantitation of CGRP binding derived from in vitro autoradiography demonstrate..

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