Prolactinergic neurons in a protochordate

Cell Tissue Res. 1983;233(2):471-4. doi: 10.1007/BF00238312.


Peptidergic neurons have been detected in the cerebral ganglion of the ascidian Styela plicata by means of cytochemical methods. After incubation with a mammalian antibody to human prolactin the perikarya show a strong immunoreactivity. The possible function of prolactin-like peptides in the nervous system of protochordates is discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chordata, Nonvertebrate / anatomy & histology
  • Chordata, Nonvertebrate / physiology*
  • Ganglia / metabolism*
  • Histocytochemistry
  • Immunologic Techniques
  • Neurons / metabolism*
  • Prolactin / metabolism*


  • Prolactin