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Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), is a potent stimulator of synthesis and secretion of preopiomelanocortin-derived peptides. Although CRF concentrations in the human peripheral circulation are normally low, they increase throughout pregnancy and fall rapidly after parturition. Maternal plasma CRF probably originates from the placenta, which responds to(More)
Regulation of the rapid compensatory growth seen in the remaining adrenal gland of rats following unilateral adrenalectomy is poorly understood. The role of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is obscure as immunoneutralization of circulating ACTH does not affect the observed compensatory growth or hyperplasia. This finding, together with the fact that(More)
Studies in mammalian skin have shown expression of the genes for corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and the related urocortin peptide, with subsequent production of the respective peptides. Recent molecular and biochemical analyses have further revealed the presence of CRH receptors (CRH-Rs). These CRH-Rs are functional, responding to CRH and urocortin(More)
In recent studies to clone and characterize genes coding for the corticotropin-releasing factor-binding protein (CRF-BP), analysis of the tissue distribution of the CRF-BP gene indicated a high level of expression in the rat brain. We have now characterized by immunohistochemical and hybridization histochemical means the cellular localization of CRF-BP(More)
Initially the hypothalamic factor responsible for the release of corticotropin (CRF), was thought to be a simple peptide. More recent work has led to the conclusion that CRF is a multifactorial complex. In 1979 we proposed that vasopressin, much disputed as a CRF candidate, was a major constituent of the complex, interacting with a potentiating the CRF(More)
This study is the first to use CRH-binding protein (CRH-BP) purified from human plasma to investigate how the CRH-BP affects the physiological activity of CRH. After incubation at 37 C for 15 min, purified CRH-BP reduced the ACTH-releasing activity of synthetic human (h) CRH in a dose-dependent fashion; using hCRH and CRH-BP at concentrations commonly found(More)
The influences of short- and long-term castration and adrenalectomy (or both) upon corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) mRNA levels, CRH peptide levels, and endogenous opioid peptide (EOP) content in the hypothalamus, and basal and CRH-stimulated EOP release in vitro, were examined. Gonadal and adrenal steroids regulated the function of these hypothalamic(More)
We describe the generation of a recombinant herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) vector, tsK/CRH10, derived from the temperature-sensitive mutant tsK, expressing rat pre-procorticotropin-releasing hormone (ppCRH). In hypothalamic neurons, within the paraventricular and supraoptic nuclei, this neuropeptide precursor is processed to mature CRH (1-41), the key(More)