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Neuroendocrine gene expression in the hypothalamus: in situ hybridization histochemical studies

W S Young, R T Zoeller
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 1987, 7 (4): 353-66
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1. We have reviewed recent studies in which in situ hybridization histochemistry (ISHH) was used to investigate the regulation of expression of neurohypophysial peptides and hypothalamic releasing hormones. 2. ISHH is a technique in which the presence and quantity of a specific mRNA can be determined in tissue sections with a high degree of resolution and sensitivity. 3. ISHH has been used to measure changes in cellular levels of mRNAs encoding vasopressin, oxytocin, corticotropin-releasing factor, gonadotropin-releasing hormone, thyrotropin-releasing hormone and somatostatin in response to various physiological challenges. 4. A theme emerging from these studies is that changes in levels of mRNA encoding neuroendocrine peptides reflect changes in biosynthesis and secretion.

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