Somatostatin is a hormone widely distributed among tissues which, depending upon species, will inhibit growth hormone release from the pituitary gland and modulate the release of insulin from the pancreas (e.g. Davis, 1975; Maglad et al.,1983). The physiological function of somatostatin in rumi-nants is largely unknown. Certainly effects of somatostatin on the function of the gastro-intestinal tract have been reported (Barry et al.,1985). However, somatostatin ap-pears not to modulate basal growth hormone release in ruminants (Davis, 1975).
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 56, , 47-48, 1996
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