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Relationship between hypothalamic noradrenergic activity and the sympathetic activity in interscapular brown adipose tissue after cold-swim stress in rats


Noradrenaline (NA) activities in both hypothalamus and interscapular brown adipose tissue (IBAT) were simultaneously assessed before and after cold-swim stress in rats. The technique of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was employed for the analysis of NA and its primary neuronal metabolite, 3,4-dehydroxy-phenylethylenglycol (DHPG), and the ratio of DHPG to NA was used as an index of NA activity. The ratios of DHPG/NA in both hypothalamus and IBAT were significantly elevated 5 and 20 min after cold-swim stress. Moreover, we found that there is a highly significant positive relationship between the hypothalamic DHPG/NA ratio and the ratio of DHPG/NA in IBAT (r = 0.872, p less than 0.0001). This observation strongly supports the concept in which hypothalamic NA neurons play an important role in modulating the sympathetic outflow.

Type Journal
ISBN 0024-3205 (Print) 0024-3205 (Linking)
Authors Gotoh, M.; Smythe, G. A.; Iguchi, A.
Publisher Name LIFE SCIENCES
Published Date 1992-01-01
Published Volume 51
Published Issue 13
Published Pages 1057-63
Status Published in-print
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