Differential effects of melatonin on the stimulated release of LH from dispersed pituitary cells of the prepubertal female rat

in Journal of Endocrinology
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ABSTRACT

The effect of melatonin on the stimulated release of LH from prepubertal female rat pituitary cells in vitro was investigated. Significant inhibition of LH-releasing hormone and calcium ionophore-induced LH release was seen but not of potassium-induced release. These results suggest a specific interaction between melatonin and the endogenous events leading to LH release, and may implicate melatonin as an important neuroendocrine component of pubertal development in this species.

J. Endocr. (1985) 107, 107–112

 

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