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  • Chromogranin A: immunohistology reveals its universal occurrence in normal polypeptide hormone producing endocrine glands.

Chromogranin A: immunohistology reveals its universal occurrence in normal polypeptide hormone producing endocrine glands.

Life sciences (1983-10-24)
D T O'Connor, D Burton, L J Deftos
ABSTRACT

Chromogranin A is the major soluble protein co-stored and co-released with catecholamines from catecholamine storage vesicles of adrenal medulla and sympathetic nerve. We recently described a widespread distribution of chromogranin, by radioimmunoassay, in all polypeptide hormone producing tissues. To define the microanatomy of this distribution, we studied the immunohistology of chromogranin in normal bovine endocrine tissues using an antibody directed against bovine chromogranin A. The indirect anti-peroxidase technique was used, with a protein A bridge. Chromogranin staining was ubiquitous in polypeptide hormone producing endocrine tissues, and the staining was specific as judged by blockade of the staining reaction by pre-adsorption of the specific antiserum with purified bovine chromogranin A. Staining was present in adrenal medullary chromaffin cells, thyroid parafollicular C cells, parathyroid chief cells, pancreatic islet cells, intestinal enteroendocrine cells, and anterior pituitary cells. Staining was absent from the exocrine portions of these tissues, and from purely exocrine tissues. Thus, chromogranin may have a widespread, though as yet undefined, role in the neuroendocrine secretory process.

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Chromogranin A (LK2H10) Mouse Monoclonal Antibody