Intercellular communications within the rat anterior pituitary. XVI: Postnatal changes of distribution of S-100 protein positive cells, connexin 43 and LH-RH positive sites in the pars tuberalis of the rat pituitary gland. An immunohistochemical and electron microscopic study

Ikuo Wada, Eisuke Sakuma, Nobuyuki Shirasawa, Kenjiro Wakabayashi, Takanobu Otsuka, Kazuki Hattori, Takashi Yashiro, Damon C. Herbert, Tsuyoshi Soji

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Abstract

The architecture of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) nerve ends and the S-100 protein containing folliculo-stellate cells forming gap junctions in the pars tuberalis is basically important in understanding the regulation of the hormone producing mechanism of anterior pituitary glands. In this study, intact male rats 5-60 days old were prepared for immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy. From immunostained sections, the S-100 containing cells in pars tuberalis were first detected on day 30 and increased in number to day 60; this was parallel to the immunohistochemical staining of gap junction protein, connexin 43. LH-RH positive sites were clearly observed on just behind the optic chiasm and on the root of pituitary stalk on day 30. On day 60, the width of layer increased, while follicles and gap junctions were frequently observed between agranular cells in 10 or more layers of pars tuberalis.In the present study, we investigated the sexual maturation of the anterior pituitary glands through the postnatal development of S-100 positive cells, connexin 43 and LH-RH nerves. It is suggested that the folliculo-stellate cell system including the LH-RH neurons in the pars tuberalis participates in the control of LH secretion along with the portal vein system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalTissue and Cell
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2014

Keywords

  • Folliculo-stellate cell
  • LH-RH
  • Pars tuberalis
  • Rat
  • S-100 protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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