Evidence for the Biosynthesis of a Prolactin-Releasing Factor From the Ovine Pars Tuberalis, Which is Distinct from Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone

David Grey Hazlerigg

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Abstract

This study demonstrates the presence of two prolactin-releasing (PR) factors in media conditioned by primary pars tuberalis cells prepared from dispersed pars tuberalis tissue. One factor was identified as thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) on the basis of immunoreactivity and following purification by high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. The origin of TRH in the pars tuberalis conditioned media was investigated by measuring the expression of glutaminyl-cyclase (QC) by in situ hybridization. QC expression was not detected in pars tuberalis-specific cells, but was relatively abundant in cells in the pars distalis and hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus. These data suggest that TRH is not synthesized by the ovine pars tuberalis and more likely originated from the hypothalamic neuronal processes from the paraventricular nucleus that terminate in the median eminence. The second component of the conditioned media PR bioactivity was insensitive to the TRH-antiserum, less than 1 kDa and was not retained by the C18 reverse-phase column. The biosynthesis of the PR bioactivity by pars tuberalis cells was investigated using cycloheximide, forskolin and melatonin. Cycloheximide reduced the level of PR bioactivity produced by the pars tuberalis cells. Melatonin inhibited the increased level of PR bioactivity stimulated by forskolin. Collectively, these data demonstrate the synthesis of at least one regulator of prolactin secretion by ovine pars tuberalis-specific cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-954
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neuroendocrinology
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • pituitary gland
  • median eminence
  • lactotrophs
  • in situ hybridization
  • PRF
  • melatonin
  • MELATONIN RECEPTORS
  • EXPRESSION CLONING
  • PITUITARY
  • SIGNAL
  • DAYLENGTH
  • SECRETION
  • CYCLES
  • GLAND
  • CELLS

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