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The growth hormone-releasing hormone receptor (GHRHR) is a member of the family of G protein-coupled receptors that is expressed on pituitary somatotrope cells and mediates the actions of GHRH in stimulating growth hormone (GH) synthesis and secretion. We report that the Ghrhr gene is located in the middle of mouse chromosome 6 in the same region as the(More)
The molecular characterization of GHRH and the GHRH receptor provides a framework for understanding the hypothalamic regulation of pituitary somatotroph function. The signaling events discerned from our investigation of GHRH receptor structure and function form the basis of a model for GHRH action, which is shown in Fig. 20. GHRH interaction with its seven(More)
The pituitary gonadotropins FSH and LH are key hormones for regulating gametogenesis and steroidogenesis in the ovary and testis. The cell surface receptors that mediate the biological activities of these hormones are thought to be expressed in a cell-specific fashion in the ovary and are regulated as animals progress through the reproductive cycle. Using(More)
Cortisol treatment for 6 or 12 days had no effect on serum FSH in intact males and animals castrated for 1 or 7 days, but pituitary FSH was increased by the steroid in both intact and castrate groups. In contrast, cortisol inhibited serum LH in both intact and castrated animals while only increasing pituitary levels of LH in 7 day castrates. Cortisol also(More)
To pursue questions concerning the regulation of somatic growth in a species amenable to both genetics and germ-line manipulation, we have isolated and characterized a full-length cDNA clone encoding mouse GH-releasing hormone (mGHRH). A GHRH cDNA clone isolated from a mouse placental library contains an open-reading frame of 309 basepairs that predicts a(More)
We have examined the expression of the rat inhibin genes in the maternal ovary during pregnancy. RNA blot analysis indicates that the inhibin-alpha chain mRNA is expressed in the ovary throughout gestation at levels comparable to those observed in cycling rats. In situ hybridization shows that the inhibin-alpha and -beta A mRNAs are produced in the(More)
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