Semi-quantitative analysis of the effects of estrogen on CGRP- and methionine-enkephalin-immunoreactivity in the periventricular preoptic nucleus and the medial preoptic area of female rats.

Abstract

The effects of 17 beta-estradiol (E2) on calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP)- and methionine-enkephalin (Met-Enk)-immunoreactive (IR) nerve fibers in the periventricular preoptic nucleus (Pe) and the medial preoptic area, including the medial preoptic nucleus (MPN), of the female rat were studied semi-quantitatively by using a computer-based image analysis system. The area occupied by CGRP- and Met-Enk-IR fibers was significantly increased in the Pe and the MPN after 28-day exposure to E2. Computer-based analysis of CGRP- and Met-Enk-IR fibers in an area of 50-microns intervals from the wall of the third ventricle showed a low flat histogram pattern in ovariectomized rats, but E2 treatment caused a diphasic pattern, corresponding to the Pe and the MPN, respectively. Since the Pe and the MPN contain a high population of estrogen receptors, it is suggested that E2 may have an influence on the neuronal configuration of afferent fibers to these areas.

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@article{Yuri1992SemiquantitativeAO, title={Semi-quantitative analysis of the effects of estrogen on CGRP- and methionine-enkephalin-immunoreactivity in the periventricular preoptic nucleus and the medial preoptic area of female rats.}, author={Kudryavets Yuri and Mitsuhiro Kawata}, journal={Brain research}, year={1992}, volume={578 1-2}, pages={282-8} }