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Summary Release of endogenous somatostatin (SRIF) from the rat cerebral cortical slices incubated in Krebs-bicarbonate buffer was increased from the basal rate of 3.4±0.6% of the total SRIF content in 15 min at [K+]o=5.6 mM, to 13.1±1.6% upon raising the [K+]o to 56.6 mM. The high-K+ evoked SRIF release was absent when Ca++ in the medium was replaced by Mn++. The isolated synaptosomes from rat cerebral cortex contain 13.2±3.1 ng SRIF/mg protein compared to 0.33±0.01 ng/mg protein in the cortical tissue as a whole, suggesting that nerve terminals are the main source of the peptide released upon membrane depolarization.
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