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Neuroscience research

Nerve growth factor-like activity in the rat pituitary intermediate lobe.


PMID 3217050

Abstract

Nerve growth factor (NGF)-like immunoreactivity was demonstrated in the rat pituitary intermediate lobe by indirect immunofluorescence method using antisera specific to beta-NGF isolated from adult male mouse submaxillary salivary gland. Co-culture of frozen or fresh intermediate lobes with newborn rat superior cervical ganglion resulted in marked fiber growth from the ganglion, which was totally inhibited by NGF antiserum, suggesting the presence in situ and secretion in vitro of biologically active pituitary NGF. Pituitary stalk transection caused decrease in both the NGF immunoreactivity and biological activity. These findings suggest that pituitary NGF level is under neural regulation.