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Neurosci Lett. 2018 Jan 1;662:59-64. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2017.10.002. Epub 2017 Oct 6.

Arginine vasopressin antagonizes the effects of prostaglandin E2 on the spontaneous activity of warm-sensitive and temperature-insensitive neurons in the medial preoptic area in rats.

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1
Thermoregulation and Inflammation Laboratory, Chengdu Medical College, Chengdu, Sichuan 610500, China.
2
Department of Obstetrics, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chengdu Medical College, Chengdu, Sichuan 610500, China.
3
Thermoregulation and Inflammation Laboratory, Chengdu Medical College, Chengdu, Sichuan 610500, China. Electronic address: ylyang9@sohu.com.

Abstract

Arginine vasopressin (AVP) plays an important role in thermoregulation and antipyresis. We have demonstrated that AVP could change the spontaneous activity of thermosensitive and temperature insensitive neurons in the preoptic area. However, whether AVP influences the effects of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) on the spontaneous activity of neurons in the medial preoptic area (MPO) remains unclear. Our experiment showed that PGE2 decreased the spontaneous activity of warm-sensitive neurons, and increased that of low-slope temperature-insensitive neurons in the MPO. AVP attenuated the inhibitory effect of PGE2 on warm-sensitive neurons, and reversed the excitatory effect of PGE2 on low-slope temperature-insensitive neurons, demonstrating that AVP antagonized the effects of PGE2 on the spontaneous activity of these neurons. The effect of AVP was suppressed by an AVP V1a receptor antagonist, suggesting that V1a receptor mediated the action of AVP. We also demonstrated that AVP attenuated the PGE2-induced decrease in the prepotential's rate of rise in warm-sensitive neurons and the PGE2-induced increase in that in low-slope temperature-insensitive neurons through the V1a receptor. Together, these data indicated that AVP antagonized the PGE2-induced change in the spontaneous activity of warm-sensitive and low-slope temperature-insensitive neurons in the MPO partly by reducing the PGE2-induced change in the prepotential of these neurons in a V1a receptor-dependent manner.

KEYWORDS:

Arginine vasopressin; Endogenous antipyretics; Medial preoptic area; Prostaglandin E(2); Warm-sensitive neurons

PMID:
28988972
DOI:
10.1016/j.neulet.2017.10.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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