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Doxorubicin, an anti-oncogenic agent, was used as a retrograde marker to identify arcuate nucleus afferent projections. Injections of this tracer into the arcuate nucleus indicated that the subfornical organ, the organum vasculosum of the lamina terminalis, the nucleus raphe dorsalis and median raphe send projections to the arcuate nucleus.(More)
The brain of a 78-year-old woman with argyria was examined at autopsy. Silver nitrate deposition was observed in circumventricular organs (CVO) and in the paraventricular and supraoptic nuclei of the hypothalamus. These findings parallel animal experiments of other investigators and are the best demonstration so far of regional absence of the blood-brain(More)
Physiological evidence indicates that the supraoptic nucleus may be an important integrating region for information relating to body fluid homeostasis. It is known that the supraoptic nucleus receives neural influences from brain receptive zones for plasma osmolality and angiotensin II, as well as from relay centers for blood pressure and blood volume. It(More)
Lesions of the periventricular tissue surrounding the anteroventral third ventricle (AV3V) have been shown to disrupt body fluid homeostasis. The acute post-lesion phase in rats is characterized by adipsia, the lack of an appropriate antidiuretic response, and plasma vasopressin levels which do not rise. Electron micrographs of the supraoptic nucleus and(More)
Effects of alpha-adrenoceptor agents on electrophysiologically and immunohistochemically identified supraoptic nucleus (SON) vasopressin (VP) units were investigated by intracarotid infusion. Clonidine, an alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist always excited SON units and alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonists consistently inhibited them. alpha 1-Adrenoceptor agents(More)
The role of noradrenergic input to fluid balance regulatory systems in the anterior hypothalamus was studied by examination of norepinephrine (NE) turnover during reduction of systemic extracellular fluid volume. Extracellular fluid volume was decreased iso-osmotically by subcutaneous polyethylene glycol (PEG), known to increase thirst and vasopressin(More)
Recordings of SON single unit activity and systemic arterial blood pressure (B.P.) were taken from 10 rats while systemic infusions of angiotensin II (AII), 1-1000 ng/kg body weight/min in 7 steps, or phenylephrine, 1-100 ng in 3 steps were administered. The relationship between AII concentrations and neuronal activity was biphasic. Within the physiological(More)
Capsaicin was given subcutaneously to guinea pigs and the effect on substance P-immunoreactive (SP-I) fibers in the celiac/superior mesenteric and inferior mesenteric ganglia was observed at 2 day and 8-10 day intervals. Capsaicin (125 mg) treatment led to almost total disappearance of SP-I fibers from all areas examined in both short- and long-term(More)
The effects of intracarotid infusions of the peptide gamma 2-melanocyte stimulating hormone (gamma 2-MSH) on electrophysiologically and immunohistochemically identified supraoptic nucleus (SON) units were investigated. Over a wide dose range this agent always excited SON units, while control infusions of vehicle had no effect. Because neural responses(More)
Lesions of the brain region surrounding the anteroventral third ventricle (AV3V) have been shown to result in adipsia without a corresponding antidiuretic response or rise in plasma vasopressin levels. Electron microscopic examination of the supraoptic nucleus and neural lobe of the pituitary has shown that large stores of neurosecretory material build up(More)