In order to investigate the processing of OFQ containing peptides in the hypothalamus we have developed a sensitive and quantitative radioimmunoassay for OFQ. We fractionated rodent and monkey hypothalamic extracts by reversed- phase high performance liquid chromatography and found that the extracts contained multiple peaks of OFQ immunoreactivity with the major peak co- eluting with synthetic OFQ1-17. Mouse hypothalamic extracts were also fractionated by SDS-PAGE to determine the apparent molecular weights of molecules containing the OFQ peptide. Multiple peaks of OFQ immunoreactivity, ranging in size from approximately 1 to 30 kilodaltons, were detected by this method. These results suggest that OFQ1-17 is processed to smaller peptides in mouse and monkey hypothalamic neurons.
- Orphanin FQ
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience