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The ontogeny of [3H]kainic acid binding in rat forebrain was studied quantitatively using in vitro receptor autoradiography. Specific binding was detectable in ventral thalamus, hippocampus, striatum and olfactory bulb by postnatal day 1. In regions with high densities of receptors in adulthood, such as CA3, dentate gyrus and striatum, binding increased(More)
Lactating rats were used in experiments to examine the role of the dopamine system in the regulation of ongoing maternal behavior. Administration of haloperidol disrupted retrieval behavior and nest building in a dose-dependent manner but not nursing behavior and pup licking. Feeding behavior including carrying of food pellets to the nest and general(More)
Many studies have indicated that neuropeptide Y (NPY) stimulates and leptin inhibits food intake. In line with this, intracerebroventricular injection of NPY (10 microg) stimulated and leptin (10 microg) inhibited intake of a sucrose solution when female rats were required to obtain the solution from a bottle. However, NPY inhibited and leptin stimulated(More)
Oxytocin (OT) neurotransmission in the brain has a facilitatory effect on sexual receptivity in rats. This effect of OT is dependent on priming by ovarian steroids, estrogen and progesterone. These steroids modulate OT binding in specific brain nuclei, including the ventrolateral portion of the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus (vlVMN). In the present(More)
OBJECTIVE Dendritic cells (DCs) have recently been found in atherosclerosis-predisposed regions of arteries and have been proposed to be causal in atherosclerosis. The chemokine receptor CX3CR1 is associated with arterial injury and atherosclerosis. We sought to determine whether a link exists between arterial DC accumulation, CX3CR1, and atherosclerosis.(More)
Serotonergic nerve terminals in the brain were lesioned by intraventricular infusion of the selective neurotoxin 5,7-dihydroxytryptamine (5,7-DHT) and levels of mu- and delta-opiate binding were measured in brain areas implicated in reproductive behavior and gonadotropin secretion. The lesion decreased mu-receptor binding in the preoptic area (mPOA) and the(More)
Receptor autoradiography was used to investigate the distribution of brainstem binding sites for cholecystokinin, dopamine and N-methyl-D-aspartate with particular reference to the nucleus of the solitary tract of the rat, an area involved in the control of ingestive behavior. Binding sites for the A and B subtypes of the cholecystokinin receptor, labeled(More)
Male rats treated with reserpine were motionless and ingested only a few of ten consecutive intraoral injections of a 1 M solution of sucrose. While injection of apomorphine, a dopamine agonist, stimulated locomotion and stereotyped sniffing in reserpinized rats, it did not reactivate ingestive responses. The non-competitive N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor(More)
Oxytocin (OT) neurotransmission plays a role in the facilitation of steroid-dependent sexual receptivity in the rat. One way in which the ovarian steroid 17 beta-estradiol (E2) has been shown to modulate OT transmission is by increasing OT receptor binding in certain brain areas involved in the regulation of female sexual behavior such as the ventromedial(More)
The purpose of the following experiments was to describe some of the neurochemical changes that occur in the basal ganglia of rats exposed chronically to a classical neuroleptic, fluphenazine, and to relate these changes to extrapyramidal motor dysfunction. For these studies a combination of behavioural, receptor autoradiographic and in situ hybridization(More)