Regulation and distribution of squirrel monkey chorionic gonadotropin and secretogranin II in the pituitary.

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  • Secretogranin II (SgII) is a member of the granin family of proteins found in neuroendocrine and endocrine cells. The expression and storage of SgII in the pituitary gland of Old World primates and rodents have been linked with those of luteinizing hormone (LH). However, New World primates including squirrel monkeys do not express LH in the pituitary gland, but rather CG is expressed. If CG takes on the luteotropic role of LH in New World primates, SgII may be associated with the expression and storage of CG in the pituitary gland. The goal of this study was to evaluate the regulation and distribution of CG and SgII in the squirrel monkey. A DNA fragment containing approximately 750 bp of squirrel monkey SgII promoter was isolated from genomic DNA and found to contain a cyclic-AMP response element that is also present in the human SgII promoter and important for GnRH responsiveness. The squirrel monkey and human SgII promoters were similarly activated by GnRH in luciferase reporter gene assays in LβT2 cells. Double immunofluorescence microscopy demonstrated close association of SgII and CG in gonadotrophs of squirrel monkey pituitary gland. These results suggest that CG and SgII have a similar intercellular distribution and are coregulated in squirrel monkey pituitary gland.
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  • Amino Acid Sequence, Animals, Chorionic Gonadotropin, Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone, Humans, Molecular Sequence Data, Pituitary Gland, Promoter Regions, Genetic, Saimiri, Secretogranin II, Sequence Alignment
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  • Vasauskas AA; Hubler TR; Mahanic C; Gibson S; Kahn AG; Scammell JG
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  • 509
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  • 513
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  • 170
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  • 3