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Endocrinology. 1985 Mar;116(3):966-70.

Stress-induced secretion of adrenocorticotropin in rats is inhibited by administration of antisera to ovine corticotropin-releasing factor and vasopressin.


Intact handled rats were pretreated with the immunoglobulin G fractions from normal rabbit serum or antisera to ovine corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) and/or vasopressin and subjected to restraint or formalin stress. The formalin-induced rise in plasma ACTH was reduced to 28% in rats pretreated with anti-CRF, to 53% in those pretreated with antivasopressin, and to 16% in rats given both antibodies. Pretreatment of animals with anti-CRF, antivasopressin, or a combination of both antibodies also attenuated the ACTH response to restraint stress to 13%, 37%, and 12%, respectively, of those in normal rabbit serum-treated rats. Antiserum pretreatment did not reduce the restraint- or formalin-induced rise in plasma PRL in the same animals, however. We conclude, therefore, that both vasopressin and an ovine CRF-like peptide are physiologically relevant peptides involved in stress-induced ACTH release.

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