General anesthetics inhibit the nitrous-oxide-induced activation of corticotropin releasing factor containing neurons in rats.


The activation of intracerebral corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) system is involved in nitrous oxide analgesia. We evaluated the effect of general anesthetics on nitrous-oxide-induced CRF activation and antinociception. Male Sprague-Dawley rats inhaled isoflurane (0%, 0.6%, 1.0% and 1.5%) or were administered with intravenous propofol (0, 0.1 and 0.2 mg… (More)