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      Vasopressin Concentrations in Hypophysial Portal Plasma: Insignificant Reduction following Removal of the Posterior Pituitary Gland

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          This study was designed to determine the relative contribution of vasopressin-secreting nerve terminals in the median eminence compared to those in posterior pituitary to the high concentrations of the hormone in hypophysial portal blood. Vasopressin was measured by radioimmunoassay in plasma obtained by microcannulation of individual long portal veins of 8 intact male Long-Evans rats (2.0 ± 0.44 ng/ml SEM), and in 8 in which the posterior pituitary was removed just prior to collection (1.5 ± 0.3 ng/ml SEM). Since there was no significant difference (p = 0.23, NS) in the concentration of vasopressin in portal plasma after removal of the posterior pituitary gland, these results suggest that the direct vasopressin pathway to the median eminence is the major source of vasopressin in portal blood of the rat.

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          S. Karger AG
          26 March 2008
          : 33
          : 2
          : 88-90
          Departments of Neurology, Pharmacology a, and Anatomy b, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, N.Y., USA
          123208 Neuroendocrinology 1981;33:88–90
          © 1981 S. Karger AG, Basel

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