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Eur J Pharmacol. 1985 Sep 10;115(1):11-9.

Postsynaptic alpha 2-noradrenergic receptors mediate feeding induced by paraventricular nucleus injection of norepinephrine and clonidine.


This study examines the feeding response induced by hypothalamic noradrenergic stimulation, in terms of the type and synaptic position of its mediating receptor. Tests with norepinephrine or the alpha 2 receptor agonist clonidine, injected into the area of the paraventricular nucleus (PVN), revealed a potent feeding response in satiated animals. This response by either agonist was blocked, in a dose-dependent fashion, by local injection of the alpha 2-noradrenergic antagonists, rauwolscine and yohimbine. It was also blocked by the general antagonist, phentolamine. In contrast, it was unaffected by hypothalamic injection of the alpha 1-noradrenergic antagonists, prazosin and corynanthine. These results indicate that feeding elicited by noradrenergic stimulation in the region of the PVN is mediated through alpha 2-type receptors. These alpha 2 receptors appear to be located postsynaptically, since the effectiveness of clonidine in eliciting eating was undisturbed by prior injection of the catecholamine synthesis inhibitor, alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine.

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