David Pearson

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The hypothalamo-neurohypophyseal complex (HNC) of the fetal guinea pig shows a dramatic increase in its content of vasopressin and neurophysin between the 40th and 55th days of gestation. The values for radioimmunoassayable hormone and binding protein are at day 40, 2 milliunits and less than 0.1 microgram; and at day 55, about 100 milliunits and 10(More)
Organ cultures of the guinea pig hypothalamo-neurohypophysial complex could be maintained for periods as long as 3 weeks. Morphological studies using conventional light microscopy as well as electron microscopy indicate that neurosecretory cells remain viable during this time. Biochemical studies show that the capability of the cultures to synthesize a(More)
Organ cultures of the guinea pig hypothalamo-neurohypophysial complex synthesize the octapeptide hormone, vasopressin, a specific product of the neurosecretory cells of the supraoptic nucleus. Inhibitors of both protein and RNA synthesis (cycloheximide and bromotubercidin respectively) were found to block vasopressin biosynthesis. In the presence of(More)