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J Neuroendocrinol 3: 1-9 Plotsky PM, Sawchenko PE 1987 Hypophysial-portal plasma levels, median eminence content and immunohistochemical staining of corticotropin releasing factor, arginine vasopressin and oxytocin following pharmacological adrenalectomy. Endocrinology 120: 1361- 1369 Raff H 1987 Glucocorticoid inhibition of neurohypophyseal vasopressin secretion. Am J Physiol 252:R635-R642 Sawchenko PE 1987a Evidence for differential regulation of corticotropin-releasing factor and vasopressin immunoreactivities in parvocellular neurosecretory and autonomic-related projections of the paraventricular nucleus.

Those results were originally established for the median eminence where it’s really clear: it doesn’t require colchicine treatment or anything to see that about 50% of the nerve terminals that have CRF also contain vasopressin (Whitnall et al1987a,b). Recent studies have indicated that certain stressors selectively stimulate release from that population (Whitnall 1989). Sawchenko: I find the data convincing. I am perplexed by the fact that Mark is able to detect AVP in the perikarya of parvocellular neurons in animals treated with colchicine.

Moreover, oxytocin is also widely recognized as a secretagogue for ACTH, and there is as yet no indication that oxytocin can be expressed by any substantial complement of parvocellular neurosecretory neurons. Magnocellular neurons would seem at present to constitute the only viable candidates for such an influence (Fig. 3). Potential mechanisms by which 23 Co-localization in neuroendocrine neurons ACTH OT AVP FIG. 3. Schematic sagittal view of the hypothalamus and pituitary to show the organization of magnocellular (mc) and parvocellular (pc) neurosecretory systems, highlighting potential sites at which interactions relevant to the control of pituitary corticotropin (ACTH) secretion may occur.

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