The aim of this experiment was to evaluate the effects of an intracerebroventricular (icv) injection of prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) on the sympathetic activation and the thermogenic changes in rats with acute lesions of the ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH). Four groups of six Sprague-Dawley male rats were anesthetized with ethyl-urethane. The firing rate of the sympathetic nerves innervating the interscapular brown adipose tissue (IBAT) and the colonic and IBAT temperatures were monitored both before and after one of the following treatments: 1) VMH lesion plus icv injection of PGE1 (500 ng); 2) VMH lesion plus icv injection of saline: 3) sham lesion plus icv injection of PGE1; and 4) sham lesion plus icv injection of saline. PGE1 induced an increase in the firing rate of IBAT nerves and the colonic and IBAT temperatures. These effects were reduced by VMH lesion. The findings indicate that acute lesions of the VMH reduce the effects of PGE1 and seem to suggest a possible role played by the VMH in the control of the sympathetic activation and the thermogenic changes during PGE1 hyperthermia.

Acute lesions of the ventromedial hypothalamus reduce sympathetic activation and thermogenic changes induced by PGE1.

VIGGIANO, Andrea;
1997

Abstract

The aim of this experiment was to evaluate the effects of an intracerebroventricular (icv) injection of prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) on the sympathetic activation and the thermogenic changes in rats with acute lesions of the ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH). Four groups of six Sprague-Dawley male rats were anesthetized with ethyl-urethane. The firing rate of the sympathetic nerves innervating the interscapular brown adipose tissue (IBAT) and the colonic and IBAT temperatures were monitored both before and after one of the following treatments: 1) VMH lesion plus icv injection of PGE1 (500 ng); 2) VMH lesion plus icv injection of saline: 3) sham lesion plus icv injection of PGE1; and 4) sham lesion plus icv injection of saline. PGE1 induced an increase in the firing rate of IBAT nerves and the colonic and IBAT temperatures. These effects were reduced by VMH lesion. The findings indicate that acute lesions of the VMH reduce the effects of PGE1 and seem to suggest a possible role played by the VMH in the control of the sympathetic activation and the thermogenic changes during PGE1 hyperthermia.
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