Effects of tonin on the adrenal secretion in the rat.
Tonin infused intravenously at a rate of 12 micron g/kg/min for 2 hours stimulated aldosterone and corticosterone secretion in conscious rats. In pentobarbital-anesthetized rats treated with dexamethasone and morphine, tonin stimulated aldosterone secretion, but corticosterone was unaffected. Tonin did not stimulate steroidogenesis in isolated rat adrenal glomerulosa cells unless substrate, in the form of "stripped" rat plasma, was added, in which case large amounts of immunoreactive angiotensin II were generated. These results suggest that tonin may generate an angiotensin peptide in vivo, which in turn stimulates aldosterone secretion. ACTH is secreted in response to tonin infusion, and contributes to the adrenal response.
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