Regional distribution of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) in rat brain determined by microdissection and radioimmunoassay

Michael K. Selmanoff, Phyllis M. Wise, Charles A. Barraclough

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    Abstract

    We have re-examined the distribution of LH-RH in rat brain and in particular those rostral hypothalamic areas reported to contain perikarya by immunocytological techniques. Adult male rats were decapitated and 20 discrete brain structures microdissected. Tissue from single rats was homogenized in 50 μ10.1 N HCl and 40 μ1 of this acid extract was radioimmunoassayed for LH-RH using the R-42 antibody. Low but detectable concentrations which ranged from 0.2 to 1.0 pg/μg protein were found in the interstitial nucleus of the stria terminalis (ventral aspect), medial preoptic nucleus (dorsal and ventral aspects), lateral preoptic nucleus, anterior hypothalamic nucleus, paraventricular nucleus, ventromedial nucleus (medial and lateral aspects) and the dorsomedial nucleus. Slightly higher concentrations (1.0-4.0 pg/μg protein) were measured in a rostral, medial basal corridor made up of the suprachiasmatic preoptic nucleus, the suprachiasmatic nucleus and the retrochiasmatic area. LH-RH was not detected (i.e. < 0.8 pg/area) in the bed nucleus of the diagonal band of Broca, caudate nucleus, lateral septal nucleus or the cingulate cortex.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)421-432
    Number of pages12
    JournalBrain Research
    Volume192
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 23 1980

    Keywords

    • H-RH distribution
    • hypothalamus
    • radioimmunoassay
    • rat brain

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Neuroscience(all)
    • Molecular Biology
    • Clinical Neurology
    • Developmental Biology

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