Comparative immunocytochemical demonstration of ACTH-, LH and FSH-containing cells in the pituitary of neonatal, immature and adult rats

Kinji Inoue, Nobuyoshi Hagino

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Abstract

By means of immunocytochemistry, the development of ACTH-, LH- and FSH cells was examined in the anterior pituitary of 5-day-old neonatal, 15-day-old immature and adult rats. ACTH-positive cells are angular and the periphery of these cells is strongly reactive with anti-ACTH serum. In contrast, LH- and FSH-immunopositive cells are ovoid elements, ranging in cell size and intensity of staining. Angular cells, in which only the cell periphery reacted with anti-LH β serum, were observed in neonatal and immature rats; however, these cells were not stained with either anti-FSH β serum or anti-ACTH serum. Observation of serial semithin sections revealed that ACTH-immunopositive cells do not react with either anti-LH β or anti-FSH β serum. Finally, it was observed that ACTH cells and LH cells are both functionally differentiated already in 5-day-old neonatal rats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-75
Number of pages5
JournalCell and Tissue Research
Volume235
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1984
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ACTH cells
  • FSH cells
  • Immunocytochemistry
  • LH cells
  • Pituitary rat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology
  • Cell Biology

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