Demonstration of desacetyl alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone in fetal and adult human anterior pituitary corticotrophs

P. J. Coates, I. Doniach, J. M. Holly, L. H. Rees

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    Immunocytochemistry, radioimmunoassay and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) techniques have been used in combination to investigate the presence of immunoreactive (ir)-alpha-MSH in the normal human pituitary gland, and to investigate the possible origin of these cells from the fetal pars intermedia. Two separate antisera to alpha-MSH were employed in immunocytochemistry to distinguish between authentic alpha-MSH and the desacetyl form. Only desacetyl alpha-MSH was detected in the pituitary gland of fetal and adult man, in both the pars (zona) intermedia and the pars anterior. In the fetus, a large proportion of the ACTH-containing cells of the anterior lobe also contained ir-alpha-MSH, while ir-alpha-MSH containing cells were more sparse in adults. Radioimmunoassay of acid extracts of adult pituitary tissue showed alpha-MSH levels representing less than 0.05% of the ACTH content of the gland. HPLC analysis of these extracts confirmed that only the desacetyl form was present. These results suggest that alpha-MSH peptides are synthesized by anterior lobe cells of the human pituitary gland, which are not derived from the fetal pars intermedia. Possible regulatory mechanisms affecting cells which contain ir-alpha-MSH are discussed, and by comparison with the intermediate lobe of other species it is concluded that there is little evidence for a true intermediate lobe in the human pituitary gland.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)525-530
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Endocrinology
    Volume120
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1989

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    Coates, P. J. ; Doniach, I. ; Holly, J. M. ; Rees, L. H. / Demonstration of desacetyl alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone in fetal and adult human anterior pituitary corticotrophs. In: Journal of Endocrinology. 1989 ; Vol. 120, No. 3. pp. 525-530.
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    In: Journal of Endocrinology, Vol. 120, No. 3, 1989, p. 525-530.

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