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Peptides. 1985;6 Suppl 3:389-92.

CCK-like peptides in the neural complex of a protochordate.


The neural complex of the ascidian Styela plicata has been investigated by means of cytochemical and immunocytochemical methods. In the cerebral ganglion, using a mammalian antibody to synthetic CCK-8, immunoreactive neurons and nerve fibers have been localized; at the same time immunofluorescent cells are scattered in some glandular lobules of the neural gland. The possible functions of a CCK-8-like peptide in ascidians is suggested and discussed.

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