An antiserum (ARK-1) specific to the gonadotropin-releasing hormone precursor (proGnRH) was produced by immunizing with a synthetic peptide (proGnRH 6-16; Gly-Leu-Arg-Pro-Gly-Gly-Lys-Arg-Asp-Ala-Glu) which bridges the proteolytic cleavage site of proGnRH. When used in the radioimmunoassay, ARK-1 bound 25% of the iodinated 5-16 fragment at a 1:30, 000 dilution with a sensitivity of 1 pg/tube. Using immunohistochemical techniques, we observed that in serial and the same sections through the preoptic-basal hypothalamus (POA-BH), the precursor molecule was primarily present in the cell soma, whereas GnRH was found in the cell soma, nerve fibers, and terminals of the same neurons. These data indicate that the processing of proGnRH to biologically active peptides (e.g., GnRH) in the rhesus macaque and the baboon POA-BH primarily occurs in the cell soma.
- Cell soma
- Preoptic-basal hypothalamus
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience