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Neuroreport. 2000 Jun 26;11(9):1977-80.

Centrally administered orexin/hypocretin activates HPA axis in rats.

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Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, Japan.

Abstract

The effects of i.c.v. administration of orexin/hypocretin on plasma ACTH, corticosterone and c-fos mRNA in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the rat were examined. Plasma ACTH levels were markedly increased at 30 min after i.c.v. administration of orexin-A. Plasma corticosterone levels were significantly increased in a dose-related manner 30 min after i.c.v. administration of orexin-A and orexin-B. In situ hybridization histochemistry revealed that the induction of the c-fos mRNA in the parvocellular division of the PVN was increased in a dose-related manner 30 min after i.c.v. administration of orexin-A and orexin-B. These results suggest that central orexin/hypocretin activates hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and may be involved in stress-induced activation of the HPA axis.

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