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GABA-ergic control of alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH) release by frog neurointermediate lobe in vitro

GABA-ergic control of alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH) release by frog neurointermediate lobe in vitro

Brain Research Bulletin 17(5): 717-723

Measurement of glutamate decarboxylase (GAD) activity in the intermediate lobe of the frog pituitary and brain showed that neurointermediate lobe extracts represented 12% of the GAD activity detected in the whole brain. No significant activity was measured in distal lobe extracts. Immunocytochemical studies revealed GAD-containing fibers among the parenchymal cells of the pars intermedia. The localization of GAD-like material in the intermediate lobe of the frog pituitary suggested a possible role of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the regulation of melanotropic cell secretion. Administration of GABA (10(-6) to 10(-4) M), to perifused neurointermediate lobes caused a brief stimulation of alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH) release followed by an inhibition. Picrotoxin (10(-4) M), a Cl- channel blocker, abolished only the stimulatory effect of GABA (10(-4) M), whereas bicuculline (10(-4) M), a specific antagonist of GABAA receptors, totally inhibited the effects of GABA (both stimulatory and inhibitory phases). Bicuculline induced by itself a slight stimulation of alpha-MSH release, suggesting that GABA-ergic nerve fibers present in the intermediate lobe are functionally active in vitro. The GABAA agonist muscimol (10(-7) to 10(-4) M) mimicked the biphasic effect of GABA on alpha-MSH release. Administration of baclofen, a specific GABAB agonist (10(-7) to 10(-4) M) induced a dose-dependent inhibition of alpha-MSH secretion. In contrast to GABA or muscimol, baclofen did not cause any stimulatory effect whatever the dose. Taken together these result suggested that GABAA and GABAB receptors were present on frog melanotrophs.

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