High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and specific radioimmunoassay (RIA) for arginine vasopressin (AVP), mesotocin (MT), and oxytocin (OT) were used to identify and quantify these peptides in the testis of the brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) and the northern brown bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus). Arginine vasopressin (0.092 +/- 0.041 ng/g) and MT (0.198 +/- 0.089 ng/g), but not OT, were found in the possum testis, while the bandicoot testis contained AVP (0.061 ng/g), MT (0.108 +/- 0.024 ng/g), and OT (0.114 +/- 0.05.3 ng/g). The values correlate well with those reported for AVP- and OT-like peptides in the testis of eutherian mammals. It was concluded that there are neurohypophysial peptides present in the marsupial testis.
|Author||R. A. D. Bathgate, C. Sernia and R. T. Gemmell|