Using an antiserum raised against synthetic neurotensin (NT), the distribution of immunoreactivity in the pituitary and hypothalamus has been examined by immunocytochemistry at light and electron microscope level in a number of species of bony fishes. In most species immunoreactive perikarya were found in the preoptic region of the hypothalamus, with fibres throughout the tuberal hypothalamus and neurohypophysis (neural lobe and median eminence). In the neurohypophysis of teleosts NT-like immunoreactivity was seen in a dense band of fibres bordering the ACTH cells of the rostral pars distalis: absorption controls showed that this was due to the presence of an NT(8-13)-like or xenopsin-like sequence, which, according to electron microscopic observations, was contained in small dense cored vesicles. The antiserum also stained the pituitary ACTH cells of some species, apparently due to cross-reaction with the 17-19 sequence of ACTH. These results suggest that an NT-like peptide may have a role in control of the adenohypophysis in fishes.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1987|