Feeding inhibition by urocortin in the rat hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus

Chuanfeng Wang, Mary A. Mullet, Michael J. Glass, Charles J. Billington, Allen S. Levine, Catherine M. Kotz

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Ventricular administration of urocortin (UCN) inhibits feeding, but specific site(s) of UCN action are unknown. In the current studies we examined the effect of UCN in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) on feeding. We tested UCN administered into the PVN in several paradigms: deprivation-induced, nocturnal, and neuropeptide Y (NPY)-induced feeding. We compared the effect of equimolar doses of UCN and corticotrophin releasing hormone (CRH) on NPY-induced and nocturnal feeding, determined whether UCN in the PVN produced a conditioned taste aversion (CTA) and induced changes in c-Fos immunoreactivity (c-Fos-ir) after UCN and NPY administration in the PVN. UCN in the PVN significantly decreased NPY and nocturnal and deprivation-induced feeding at doses of 1, 10, and 100 pmol, respectively. UCN anorectic effects lasted longer than those attributed to CRH. Ten and thirty picomoles UCN did not induce a CTA, whereas 100 pmol UCN produced a CTA. UCN (100 pmol) in the PVN neither increased c-Fos-ir in any brain region assayed nor altered c-Fos-ir patterns resulting from PVN NPY administration. These data suggest the hypothalamic PVN as a site of UCN action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R473-R480
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Issue number2 49-2
StatePublished - Feb 2001


  • Brain sites
  • Energy balance
  • Feeding behavior
  • Neuropeptide Y


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