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Multiple forms of acth biological activity in the pars intermedia of the rat adenohypophysis

Authors
Journal
Life Sciences
0024-3205
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
22
Issue
16
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0024-3205(78)90640-9
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract Acid extracts of a) acutely dispersed rat pars intermedia (PI) cells, b) media after incubation of PI cells, c) whole nervosa-intermedia, and d) whole pars distalis, were chromatographed on Sephadex G-50 Fine in 1% acetic acid. Three peaks of ACTH biological activity were resolved in all four extracts. Peak I eluted in the void volume of the column, peak III co-eluted with synthetic ACTH 1–39, and peak II eluted in an intermediate position. The predominant ACTH activity derived from the PI tissue was peak I, amounting to over 70% of the total ACTH activity present in that lobe. The positions of PI peaks I and II remained unaltered after rechromatography as well as after treatment with and chromatography in 8 M urea. However, peak I of PI ACTH was further resolved into two separate peaks by chromatography on Sephadex G-100 SF. Thus pars intermedia ACTH activity appears to be composed of four separate entities, with the predominant forms being larger than ACTH 1–39.

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