Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in pituitary colloid and extrapituitary tissues
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The level of ACTH in bovine pituitary intraglandular colloid (IGC/ACTH), the holocrine secretion of the marginal half of the intermediate lobe (IL) cells, was found to correlate with the concentration of this peptide in blood plasma (BP/ACTH), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF/ACTH), the paraventricular nuclei (PVN/ACTH) and the arcuate nuclei (AN/ACTH). The ACTH content in all sites was measured by radioimmunoassay (RIA). Although the IL is virtually avascular, the intraglandular lumen housing the IGC communicates nonetheless with the venous cavernous sinuses as well as the subarachnoid cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). Therefore, we content that the IGC serves as a transport medium whereby IL materials gain access to these extrapituitary sites.
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