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The Journal of physiology

Hypothalamic endogenous noradrenaline and thermoregulation in the cat and rabbit.


PMID 5046167

Abstract

1. The imino-dibenzyl drugs, imipramine and desipramine, which inhibit the uptake by neurones of noradrenaline, were injected into the lateral cerebral ventricles of cats and rabbits: changes in body temperature resulted which were different for the two species, but nevertheless closely resembled those following intraventricular injection of relatively large quantities of exogenous noradrenaline.2. The endogenous noradrenaline content of the hypothalamus in both species was reduced by repeated injections into the lateral ventricle of the methyl ester of DL-alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine: in animals so treated the hypothalamic content of 5-hydroxytryptamine was not significantly changed.3. Noradrenaline-depleted animals showed significantly reduced responses to intraventricular imipramine and desipramine. The diminished responses were primarily due to reduction in endogenous noradrenaline.4. These observations indicate that endogenous noradrenaline, present in the hypothalamus, can influence body temperature in cats and rabbits.

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