Life and Medical Sciences
Cell & Developmental Biology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
The influence of ACTH and some of its N-terminal related peptides was investigated on the uptake of (3H)-2-deoxy-D-glucose in pure cultures of neurons from chick embryo cerebral hemispheres. ACTH influences deoxyglucose uptake in a time and dose-dependent fashion. The stimulation of deoxyglucose uptake is observed after a delay of 6-8 h and requires active protein synthesis. ACTH does not affect deoxyglucose in non-neuronal cells (astroglial cells, hepatocytes, myoblasts, fibroblasts). The effect of various peptide hormones, neuropeptides and growth factors, active in the central nervous system or other tissues, has also been examined. None of these were able to stimulate deoxyglucose uptake, suggesting that the regulation of hexose uptake in neurons is specific for the ACTH-related peptides.
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