Dopaminergic regulation of alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone and N-acetyl-beta-endorphin secretion in the fetal lamb.

Abstract

alpha MSH is present in high concentrations in the intermediate lobe of the fetal pituitary and has been implicated as a regulator of fetal adrenal steroidogenesis and fetal growth. However, there are few data regarding alpha MSH levels in fetal plasma or the control of fetal alpha MSH secretion. We measured alpha MSH immunoactivity in the plasma of… (More)

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