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Mice with a targeted disruption of the dopamine beta-hydroxylase (DBH) gene are unable to synthesize norepinephrine (NE) and epinephrine. These mice have elevated levels of dopamine in most tissues, although the levels are only a fraction of those normally found for NE. It is noteworthy that NE can be restored to normal levels in many tissues after a single(More)
Mice that cannot make dopamine (DA), a condition caused by the selective inactivation of tyrosine hydroxylase in dopaminergic neurons, are born normal but gradually become hypoactive and hypophagic, and die at 3 weeks of age. We characterized the feeding and locomotor responses of these DA-deficient (DA-/-) mice to 3, 4-dihyroxy-L-phenylalanine (L-DOPA) to(More)
Dopamine-deficient (DD) mice cannot synthesize dopamine (DA) in dopaminergic neurons due to selective inactivation of the tyrosine hydroxylase gene in those neurons. These mice become hypoactive and hypophagic and die of starvation by 4 weeks of age. We used gene therapy to ascertain where DA replacement in the brain restores feeding and other behaviors in(More)
Aging mammals lose the ability to maintain energy balance, exhibiting decreased appetite (anorexia) and impaired ability to maintain body weight. To determine the contribution of hypothalamic neuropeptides, two experiments were performed in male Brown Norway rats. To assess the hypothalamic neuropeptide response to food deprivation, young (Y; 4 mo old),(More)
Relapse of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) that occurs after androgen deprivation therapy of primary prostate cancer can be mediated by reactivation of the androgen receptor (AR). One important mechanism mediating this AR reactivation is intratumoral conversion of the weak adrenal androgens DHEA and androstenedione into the AR ligands(More)
Motor stereotypies are abnormally repetitive behaviors that can develop with excessive dopaminergic stimulation and are features of some neurologic disorders. To investigate the mechanisms required for the induction of stereotypy, we examined the responses of dopamine-deficient (DD) mice to increasing doses of the dopamine precursor L-DOPA. DD mice lack the(More)
Compared to younger animals, aged male Brown Norway (BN) rats demonstrate increased body fat and serum insulin, and lower prepro-neuropeptide Y (ppNPY) mRNA content in the arcuate nucleus (ARC), and blunted food intake (FI) and body weight (BW) gain in response to a 72 h fast. Since centrally administered insulin decreases FI and weight of young rats and(More)
Neuropeptide-Y (NPY) is thought to modulate reproductive function and food intake. NPY neuronal activity is modulated by sex steroids, and NPY secretion declines with aging. We hypothesized that reduced NPY secretion with aging is due to decreased NPY gene expression, and that this decrease is independent of testicular feedback. To test this hypothesis,(More)
Aging in men is associated with a decline in trophic factors such as testosterone (T), alterations in body composition and impaired energy and body weight regulation. We performed studies to investigate the mechanisms underlying age-related changes in the neuroendocrine control of testis function, body composition, food intake and body weight in the Brown(More)
As is the case in humans, aging male Brown Norway (BN) rats exhibit both primary and secondary (hypothalamic/pituitary) testicular failure. We hypothesized that secondary testicular failure in aging BN rats is due to alterations in both hypothalamic and pituitary function. In order to determine whether gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) gene expression(More)