Effect of inhibin, follistatin, or activin infusion into the lateral hypothalamus on operant behavior of rats fed lysine deficient diet.


To identify brain mechanisms which mediate hunger for amino acid (e.g. L-lysine; Lys) deficiency, rats were trained to bar press (FR30 schedule) to receive 50 mg pellets of a complete diet. Rats given a lysine deficient (Lys-def) diet ad libitum maintained a high rate of bar pressing but when allowed ad libitum access to 0.4 M Lys to drink had a significant… (More)