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Similar high molecular weight forms of growth hormone-releasing hormone are found in rat brain and testis

Tsagarakis, S.; Ge, F.; Besser, G.M.; Grossman, A.

Life Sciences 49(22): 1627-1634


ISSN/ISBN: 0024-3205
PMID: 1943467
DOI: 10.1016/0024-3205(91)90057-i
Accession: 041367237

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We have utilized a new radioimmunoassay for rat growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) to investigate the presence of GHRH in different organ systems of adult rat, and specifically the rat central nervous system (CNS). The highest concentration of GHRH was found, as expected, in the hypothalamus, but significant amounts were also located in the brain cortex, predominantly the frontal cortex, as well as in the testis. Smaller amounts were identified in the cerebellum and brain stem. Sephadex and reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography demonstrated that while hypothalamic GHRH exclusively eluted at the position of rat GHRH (1-43), in testis and brain the major form was predominantly (testis) or wholly (brain) of a higher molecular weight. While this molecular species has yet to be further characterized, the data suggest the similar GHRH-like species exist in the CNS as well as the testis.

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