G B Rampacek

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This study describes the distribution of catecholaminergic neurons in the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland of the domestic pig, Sus scrofa, an animal that is widely used as an experimental model of human physiology in addition to its worldwide agricultural importance. Hypothalamic catecholamine neurons were identified by immunocytochemical staining for(More)
The distribution of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH)-immunostained perikarya and processes was examined in the forebrains of six sexually mature female pigs by use of indirect biotin-avidin horseradish peroxidase immunocytochemistry. Two primary antisera (Drs. Y.F. Chen and V.D. Ramirez CRR11B73 and Miles-Yeda UZ-4) yielded positive staining.(More)
The distribution of proopiomelanocortin (POMC)-immunoreactive neurons was examined in the forebrains of nine sexually mature female pigs by indirect biotin-avidin horseradish peroxidase immunocytochemistry. Primary antiserum against ovine beta-endorphin (Bioflex #BF-EP-3-1) yielded positive staining of neuronal perikarya and processes. Adjacent control(More)
Hypothalamic growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) and somatotropin release-inhibiting factor or somatostatin (SS) immunoreactive (ir) neurons were localized in pigs (n = 8) and cattle (n = 7) to identify neuroanatomical sites involved in the regulation of growth hormone secretion. Coronal and sagittal frozen sections (30-60 microns) of Zamboni's fixed(More)
Leptin, secreted by white adipocytes, has profound feeding, metabolic, and neuroendocrine effects. Leptin acts on the brain, but specific anatomical sites and pathways responsible for mediating these effects are still unclear. We have systematically examined the distribution of leptin receptor containing neurons in the porcine hypothalamus by means of(More)
The secretion of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) and its temporal association with pulses of luteinizing hormone (LH) was examined in ovariectomized prepuberal gilts. Push-pull cannulae (PPC) were implanted within the anterior pituitary gland and LHRH was quantified from 10 min (200 microliters) perfusate samples. Serum LH concentrations were(More)
The increase in serum cortisol concentrations following naloxone administration to female pigs was abolished by hypophysial stalk-transection, even though CRH and ACTH stimulated cortisol release in these animals. We suggest that the opioid antagonist enhances cortisol secretion primarily by a central action in pigs.
The goal of this study was to determine the immunohistochemical characteristics of peripheral adrenergic OBR-immunoreactive (OBR-IR) neurons innervating adipose tissue in a pig. The retrograde tracer, Fast Blue (FB), was injected into either the subcutaneous, perirenal, or mesentery fat tissue depots of three male and three female pigs each with(More)
Antagonism of endogenous opioids with naloxone stimulates luteinizing hormone (LH) release in mature but not prepuberal gilts. The present report demonstrates that the opiate agonist morphine (500 micrograms), administered intracerebroventricularly (ICV), reduced LH secretion in both ovariectomized mature and prepuberal gilts. We suggest that opioid(More)
The effects of sham ovariectomy (SOVX) or ovariectomy (OVX) on (1) basal luteinizing hormone (LH) concentrations, (2) number of LH peaks per hour and (3) magnitude of LH peaks were determined in prepubertal and pubertal beef heifers. Basal LH concentrations were not influenced by SOVX of prepubertal or pubertal heifers. However, after OVX, basal LH(More)