Eating caused by neuropeptide-Y injection in the paraventricular hypothalamus: Response to (+)-fenfluramine and (+)-amphetamine in rats

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Abstract

(+)-Fenfluramine and (+)-amphetamine have been compared for their ability to reduce food intake in food-deprived rats or eating caused by injecting neuropeptide-Y in the paraventricular hypothalamus of free feeding rats. (+)-Fenfluramine at doses ranging from 0.625 to 5 mg kg-1 reduced eating caused by neuropeptide-Y more effectively than it did the food intake of food-deprived rats, whereas (+)-amphetamine (dose range 0.625-2.5 mg kg-1) reduced both types of eating to a similar extent. The results confirm that (+)-fenfluramine, although less potent than (+)-amphetamine in reducing eating by food-deprived rats, markedly reduces overeating caused by various endogenous substances or stress in free feeding rats. The physiological significance of the neuropeptide-Y-induced eating and its control by (+)-fenfluramine remains to be elucidated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-903
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Volume39
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology

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