Marie Christine Tonon

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I.c.v. administration of the octadecaneuropeptide (ODN), a peptide derived from diazepam-binding inhibitor (DBI), induces anorexigenic and anxiogenic-like actions in rodents. We have recently shown that, in goldfish, i.c.v. injection of ODN also reduces food consumption via the metabotropic endozepine receptor. However, there is little information regarding(More)
This study considers the possible involvement of the tripeptide TRH (thyrotropin releasing hormone) in the physiological regulation of melanophore stimulating hormone (MSH) secretion from the pars intermedia of the toad, Xenopus laevis. TRH was shown to stimulate release of MSH from superfused neurointermediate lobes obtained from white-background adapted(More)
While mammalian dopamine receptors have been extensively characterized, very little attention has been given to these receptors in lower vertebrates. Dopamine is thought to be a physiologically important melanotropin release-inhibiting factor in amphibians. By administering selective dopamine receptor agonists and antagonists to superfused neurointermediate(More)
The localization of CRF-41 related peptide was studied in the brain and posterior pituitary of the homozygous rats for the inherited diabetes insipidus (Brattleboro strain, DI) and of the Long-Evans rats (LE) as control. It was compared to the distribution of vasopressin (AVP), oxytocin (OXY) and OXY-neurophysin (N I). In both strains, CRF-41 was identified(More)
Dual labelling methods were employed for the electron microscopic detection of glutamate decarboxylase (GAD) immunoreactivity, together with vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) or neuropeptide Y (NPY) immunoreactivity in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of colchicine pretreated and untreated rats. These methods involved the combined use of diaminobenzidine(More)
Immunocytochemical studies showed the presence of a fiber system containing a CRF-like peptide in the median eminence and in the neural lobe of the pituitary gland of Xenopus laevis. During in vitro superfusion of neurointermediate lobe tissue, CRF, sauvagine and urotensin I induced a rapid and dose-dependent stimulation of secretion of MSH and endorphin.(More)
The aim of the present study was to identify cellular elements bearing high-affinity neurotensin (NT) binding sites in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the rat hypothalamus. Because the distribution of these binding sites had previously been reported to conform to that of both vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP)-containing nerve cell bodies and(More)
Possible co-existence of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), catecholamines, and neuropeptide Y (NPY) in the same nerve terminals of the frog intermediate lobe was investigated by immunocytochemistry at the electron microscopic level. Co-localization of GABA and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) was studied by using a double immunogold labeling procedure.(More)
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a 38-amino acid peptide of the glucagon-secretin-vasoactive intestinal polypeptide superfamily. Although PACAP is a potent stimulator of adenylate cyclase activity in the adenohypophysis, the precise target cells for PACAP in the anterior pituitary remain unknown. The aim of the present study was(More)
The ability of corticoliberin (CRF), urotensin I, sauvagine, arginine-vasopressin (AVP), and mesotocin to stimulate ACTH release by frog anterior pituitary cells and alpha-melanotropin (MSH) by frog neurointermediate lobe was studied in vitro using a perifusion technique. CRF and AVP were found to be potent stimulators of ACTH secretion, whereas urotensin I(More)