Hypothalamic interconnections of somatostatin and growth hormone releasing factor neurons

J. O. Willoughby, M. Brogan, R. Kapoor

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Combined immunohistochemical labelling for neurons containing growth hormone (GH) releasing factor (GRF) or somatostatin and single labelling immunohistochemistry combined with Fluorogold retrograde transport labelling were used to examine whether somatostatin or GRF neurons might be reciprocally innervated. Occasional somatostatin-immunoreactive neurons in the periventricular preoptic area were found to be closely approached by GRF-immunoreactive fibres, providing possible evidence of scant innervation of somatostatin neurons by GRF cells. In contrast, many GRF-immunoreactive neurons in the arcuate nucleus appeared to have somatostatin-immunoreactive fibres closely applied to their perikarya suggesting that GRF neurons might be innervated by somatostatin cells. Combined retrograde tracing and fluorescence in immunohistochemistry revealed somatostatin-immunoreactive neurons doubly labelled following injections of Fluorogold in the basal hypothalamus. Occasional GRF-immunoreactive neurons in the basal hypothalamus were doubly labelled following PO/AHA injections of Fluorogold. Numerous somatostatin-immunoreactive perikarya were observed in the periventricular arcuate region in colchicine-pretreated animals. We conclude that GH-regulating neurons do not have strong reciprocal innervations. The innervation of GRF neurons by somatostatin fibres may be derived from local somatostatin neurons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-591
Number of pages8
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


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