Monosidum glutamate (MSG) given by gavage to 7-day-old mice at 2 g/kg body weight (b.wt.) as a 20% solution w/v resulted in a 27% increase in the glutamic acid (GA) content in the nucleus arcuatus of the hypothalamus (NAH). When MSG was administered by gavage to adult mice at 4 g/kg b.wt. as a 20% solution w/v, GA levels in NAH remained unchanged. Serum osmolality, measured after oral MSG, was elevated in infant mice but was unaffected in adults.
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