Neurohypophysial Peptides in the Gonads
The first indication that the ovary is a source of oxytocin came from the observations of Ott and Scott in 1910. However, the recent discovery by Wathes and Swann (1982) that ovine corpus luteum contains significant amounts of a substance with the biological, immunoreactive and Chromatographie properties of oxytocin, and the observation by Flint and Sheldrick (1982) that ovarian venous blood contained a higher concentration of the hormone than the arterial supply to the organ, has focussed attention on the presence of ‘neurohypophysial’ peptides in the gonads and their possible roles in reproduction.
KeywordsLeydig Cell Corpus Luteum Seminiferous Tubule Luteal Cell Performic Acid
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