Inhibitory effects of the new bombesin receptor antagonist RC-3095 on the luteinizing hormone release in rats

Jacek Pinski, Tetsu Yano, Andrew V. Schally

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The effects of bombesin receptor antagonist RC-3095 and gastrin-releasing peptide [GRP (14-27)] on basal luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and testosterone levels, as well as on the release of LH and FSH in response to LH-releasing hormone, were studied in normal and castrated male rats. We also examined the release of LH and FSH after intracerebroventricular injection of RC-3095 under different types of anesthesia (urethane, sodium pentobarbital, Metofane). Following injection of 10 μg RC-3095 into the lateral brain ventricle, serum LH levels were rapidly and significantly (p < 0.001) lowered. This effect lasted for at least 60 min and was not affected by the type of anesthetic used. Serum FSH levels were not affected by intracerebroventricular administration of RC-3095 or GRP (14-27), indicating different central control mechanisms between LH and FSH release. The suppressive effect of RC-3095 on LH release could be completely prevented by prior intracerebroventricular administration of GRP (14-27) at a dose of 1 μg, but intravenous administration of either peptide RC-3095 or GRP (14-27) did not change the basal levels of LH, FSH, and testosterone. The pituitary LH response to LH-releasing hormone was also not modified by intravenous administration of RC-3095. These results indicate that bombesin-like peptides might be involved in control of LH release from the pituitary by an action on the CNS which is mediated by specific bombesin receptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)831-837
Number of pages7
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Bombesin receptor antagonist
  • Follicle-stimulating hormone
  • Luteinizing hormone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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