Hypothalamic and pituitary expression of ghrelin receptor message is increased during lactation.

@article{Abizaid2008HypothalamicAP,
  title={Hypothalamic and pituitary expression of ghrelin receptor message is increased during lactation.},
  author={Alfonso Abizaid and Lo Schiavo and Sabrina Diano},
  journal={Neuroscience letters},
  year={2008},
  volume={440 3},
  pages={206-10}
}
In the lactating rat there is a dramatic increase in food intake that peaks at around day 15 postpartum, a time when pups are near weaning age, yet still fully dependant on maternal nourishment. We examined whether the orexigenic hormone ghrelin plays a role in increasing food intake during lactation. To do this, we compared plasma levels ghrelin, as well as brain and pituitary expression of the growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHS-R 1a) rats in one of three groups: (1) dams whose litters… CONTINUE READING

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