Radioautographic study of the rat brain and pituitary after injection of 3H dexamethasone

Cell Tissue Res. 1975 Aug 18;161(2):183-91. doi: 10.1007/BF00220367.


The central nervous system and the pituitary of adrenalectomized male rats injected with 3H-dexamethasone were examined by radioautography. At 1 hr after the injection, radioactivity concentration was high in the medial basal hypothalamus, the pituitary and the pineal gland. In the hypothalamus, radioactive material was found to be selectively concentrated in neurons in the ventral part of nucleus arcuatus and in the infundibular region. In the anterior pituitary, a large proportion of cells showed silver grains both in the cytoplasm and over the cell nuclei. However, in a small number of cells, the radioactive material was associated with the cell nuclei. Less radioactivity was present in the intermediate and posterior lobes. The pineal gland contained more silver grains than did other regions of the brain. The results obtained in the present study suggest essentially an action of dexamethasone in the medial basal hypothalamus and at the level of the pituitary.

MeSH terms

  • Adrenalectomy
  • Animals
  • Autoradiography
  • Cell Nucleus / metabolism
  • Dexamethasone / metabolism*
  • Hypothalamus / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Pineal Gland / metabolism
  • Pituitary Gland / metabolism*
  • Pituitary Gland, Anterior / metabolism
  • Pituitary Gland, Posterior / metabolism
  • Pituitary-Adrenal System / physiology*
  • Rats
  • Receptors, Cell Surface


  • Receptors, Cell Surface
  • Dexamethasone