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Serotonergic mechanisms of the lateral parabrachial nucleus on DOCA-induced sodium intake
Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
It has been shown that the serotonergic mechanisms of the lateral parabrachial nucleus (LPBN) inhibit NaCl intake in different models of angiotensin II (ANG II)-dependent NaCl intake in rats. However, there is no information about the involvement of LPBN serotonergic mechanisms on NaCl intake in a model of NaCl intake not dependent on ANG II like deoxycorticosterone (DOCA)-induced NaCl intake. Therefore, in this study we investigated the effects of bilateral injections of serotonergic agonist and antagonist into the LPBN on DOCA-induced 1.8% NaCl intake in rats. Male Holtzman rats were treated with s.c. DOCA (10 mg/rat each every 3 days). After a period of training, in which the rats had access to 1.8% NaCI during 2 h for several days, the rats were implanted with stainless steel cannulas bilaterally into the LPBN. Bilateral injections of the serotonergic receptor antagonist methysergide (4 mug/0.2 mul each site) in the LPBN increased 1.8% NaCI intake (32.2+/-3.9 versus vehicle: 15.0+/-1.6 ml/2 h, n = 10) and water intake (11.5+/-3.5 versus vehicle: 3.2+/-1.0 ml/2 h). Injections of the serotonergic 5HT(2A/2C) receptor agonist DOI (5 mug/0,2 mul each site) in the LPBN reduced 1.8% NaCl intake (6.8+/-1.7 versus saline: 12.4+/-1.9 ml/2 h, n = 10) and water intake (2.2+/-0.8 versus saline: 4.4+/-1.0 ml/2 h). Besides the previously demonstrated importance for the control of ANG II-dependent water and NaCl intake, the data show that the serotonergic inhibitory mechanisms of the LPBN are also involved in the control of DOCA-induced NaCl intake. (C) 2000 Elsevier B.V. B.V. All rights reserved.
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Brain Research. Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V., v. 880, n. 1-2, p. 131-138, 2000.
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Elsevier B.V.
  • deoxycorticosterone
  • NaCl intake
  • water intake
  • 5HT
  • LPBN
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