Immunoreactive α-MSH was measured in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma of rats. While treatment with haloperidol increased α-MSH levels in the plasma concentration of α-MSH in the CSF showed little change. Hypophysectomy also had little effect on the concentration of α-MSH in the CSF despite the fall in plasma α-MSH levels. This lack of correlation between α-MSH levels in the CSF and plasma suggests that the systemic circulation does not deliver α-MSH to the CSF. The apparently normal levels of α-MSH in the hypothalamus after hypophysectomy suggests that this tissue is able to synthesize α-MSH and it is possible that the hypothalamus is a source of the α-MSH in the CSF
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