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Neuroreport. 1996 Dec 20;8(1):373-7.

Endocrine-dependent accumulation of IGF-I by hypothalamic glia.

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Instituto Cajal, CSIC, Madrid, Spain.


Tanycytes are specialized glial cells of the hypothalamus and median eminence. Immunoreactive insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) levels fluctuate in tanycytes with the natural variations in sex steroids associated with the ovarian cycle. To determine whether these changes are as a result of differences in IGF-I accumulation, the peptide was labelled with digoxigenin and injected into the lateral cerebral ventricle. Tanycyte-like cells specifically accumulated digoxigenin-labelled IGF-I. This accumulation was mediated by IGF-I receptors and showed marked differences during the oestrous cycle, being low in the afternoon of pro-oestrus and high in the afternoon of oestrus. These results indicate that the accumulation by tanycytes of IGF-I or IGF-I fragments capable of receptor-mediated internalization is under endocrine control, suggesting that hypothalamic glia may be involved in neuroendocrine regulation.

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