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Distribution of adrenomedullin and proadrenomedullin N-terminal 20 peptide immunoreactivity in the pituitary gland of the frog Rana perezi
Authors: Collantes, M. (María)
Bodegas, M.E. (M.E.)
Sesma, M.P. (María Pilar)
Villaro, A.C. (Ana Cristina)
Keywords: Adrenomedullin
Proadrenomedullin N-terminal 20 peptide
Frog
Pituitary gland
Immunocytochemistry
Western blot
Issue Date: Aug-2003
Publisher: Elsevier
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0016-6480(03)00142-4
ISSN: 0016-6480
Citation: Collantes M, Bodegas ME, Sesma MP, Villaro AC. Distribution of adrenomedullin and proadrenomedullin N-terminal 20 peptide immunoreactivity in the pituitary gland of the frog Rana perezi. Gen Comp Endocrinol 2003 Aug;133(1):50-60.
Abstract
Adrenomedullin (AM) and proadrenomedullin N-terminal 20 peptide (PAMP) are two multifunctional peptides processed from a common precursor which have been described in numerous mammalian organs, including the pituitary gland. Previous studies have found AM immunoreactivity in neurohypophysis nerve fibers of amphibian pituitary. In the present study, immunocytochemical and Western blot analysis in the pituitary gland of the amphibian Rana perezi demonstrated in the adenohypophysis both AM and PAMP. AM-like immunoreactivity was found in a moderate number of endocrine cells of the pars distalis. In the neurohypophysis, AM was observed not only in nerve fibers of pars nervosa and axonal projections innervating the pars intermedia, but also in the outer zone of the median eminence. PAMP staining was observed in numerous endocrine cells scattered all over the pars distalis and in some cells of the pars tuberalis, but not in the neurohypophysis. In order to compare the quantity of AM and PAMP immunoreactivity between pars distalis of female and male specimens, an image analysis study was done. Significant differences for AM immunoreactivity (p<0.001) between sexes was found, the males showing higher immunostained area percentage. Differences of PAMP immunoreactivity were not significant (p=0.599). Western blot analysis detected bands presumably corresponding to precursor and/or intermediate species in the propeptide processing.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10171/16835
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