Autoradiographic localization of binding sites for vasotocin in the brain and pituitary of the sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)

L. Moons, M. Cambré, T. F C Batten, F. Vandesande

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Abstract

Specific binding sites for vasotocin (VT) were detected in brain and pituitary of a teleost fish, the sea bass, after in vitro incubation of tissue sections with [3H]arginine-vasopressin (AVP) and light microscopic autoradiography. Conditions for the binding assay were optimized and as a result the binding was saturable and specific. In the brain [3H]AVP binding was found to occur in the pars lateralis and the pars ventralis of the ventral telencephalon, in the pars centralis of the dorsal telencephalon, in the hypothalamic region (especially in the nucleus preopticus, in the tuberal hypothalamus and around the posterior recess), in the tectum opticum and in the noncellular layer of the corpus cerebelli. In the pituitary a high density of [3H]AVP binding was observed in the areas of the pars distalis (PD) occupied by ACTH-, TSH- and GH-cells and also in the pars intermedia (PI). The present study presents the first anatomical evidence for the presence of VT specific binding sites in teleost brain and pituitary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-16
Number of pages6
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume100
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 1989
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Autoradiography
  • Binding site
  • Brain
  • Pituitary
  • Teleost
  • Vasopressin
  • Vasotocin

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