Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is reported to exist in high concentrations in plasma and tumor tissues of medullary thyroid carcinomas. CGRP-like immunoreactivity (LI) in tumor tissues of pheochromocytomas was investigated by radioimmunoassay. CGRP-LI in 9 pheochromocytomas ranged from 0.50 to 1240 ng/g wet tissue. Sephadex G-50 column chromatography revealed that most of CGRP-LI in tumor extracts was eluted in an identical position to synthetic human CGRP. Reverse-phase high pressure liquid chromatography revealed that CGRP-LI in tumor extracts was eluted in an identical position to synthetic human CGRP and in a more hydrophobic position. These results indicate that high concentrations of CGRP-LI also exist in tumor tissues of pheochromocytomas.
- Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP)