Szenci Ottó

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Nidogen-1 and nidogen-2 are major components of all basement membranes and are considered to function as link molecules between laminin and collagen type IV networks. Surprisingly, the knockout of one or both nidogens does not cause defects in all tissues or in all basement membranes. In this study, we have elucidated the appearance of the major basement(More)
Secretion of corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) from the hypothalamic paraventricular nuclei into the hypophysial-portal circulation is modulated by a variety of neuronal afferents. Effects of intracerebroventricular acetylcholine (ACH), gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and epinephrine (EPI) on immunoreactive (ir) CRF concentration in portal plasma were(More)
Two anorexigenic peptides, thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) and urocortin 3 (UCN3), are co-expressed in a continuous neuronal group that extends from the perifornical area to the bed nucleus of stria terminalis, raising the possibility that this cell group may be involved in the regulation of energy homeostasis. In this study, therefore, we tested the(More)
Abstract Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF-41) is the primary mediator of adrenocorticotropin secretion from the adenohypophysis. This 41-amino-acid peptide is synthesized in perikarya of the paraventricular nuclei, transported to nerve terminals in the external zone of the median eminence and released into the hypophysial-portal circulation. It is also(More)
Mechanical compression of the pituitary stalk with the help of a blunt stereotaxic knife results in posterior pituitary denervation (PPD) and sprouting proximal to the injury, leading to formation of an ectopic neurohypophysis in the stalk. This provides an experimental model for those cases in which traumatic damage severs the nerve fibers to the neural(More)
Nitroprusside-induced hypotension evokes ACTH secretion which is primarily mediated by enhanced secretion of immunoreactive corticotropin-releasing factor (irCRF) into the hypophysial-portal circulation. Portal plasma concentrations of neither arginine vasopressin nor oxytocin are significantly altered in this paradigm. Application of a delayed feedback(More)
Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), a potent ACTH secretagogue, has been found to exhibit many characteristics of central neurotransmitter/neuromodulatory substances. In this capacity, hypothalamic CRF might participate in postulated autoregulatory processes which regulate net secretion of adenohypophysical ACTH. We have examined the actions of centrally(More)
NPY exhibits modulatory activity at both the adenohypophysial and the central levels of the rat hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. In the present studies, the secretion and physiological activity of endogenous irNPY was examined. We have shown that: (i) irNPY is secreted into the hypophysial-portal circulation, (ii) hypophysial-portal concentration(More)
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