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Brain Res. 1997 May 30;758(1-2):259-62.

Immunohistochemical localization of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) in tanycytes, subcommissural organ and choroid plexus in the rat brain.

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Department of Pharmacology, Okayama University Medical School, Shikata-cho, Japan.


We investigated the immunohistochemical localization of the macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) in the rat brain. In addition to epithelial ependymal cells lining the ventricular wall, tanycytes in the basomedial hypothalamus were heavily immunostained. The immunoreactive processes of tanycytes made contacts to sinusoidal capillaries and reached the pial surface forming an immuno-positive structure at the floor of the hypothalamus. Other immunoreactive cells contained the subcommissural organ in the roof of the third ventricle and the epithelial lamina of the choroid plexus. The localization of MIF in cells which have contact with cerebrospinal fluid and blood vessels suggests that MIF might play a role as a humoral factor in the brain.

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