Alterations in brain atrial natriuretic polypeptide levels in hypophysectomized rats

M. Palkovits, U. Bahner, H. Geiger, M. Fodor, A. Heidland

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Twelve days after hypophysectomy depleted atrial natriuretic polypeptide (ANP) concentrations were measured in the plasma and in 8 of 18 microdissected brain nuclei of rats. Reduced ANP levels were found in brain structures (subfornical organ, organum vasculosum laminae terminalis, preoptic and hypothalamic periventricular nuclei, paraventricular nucleus, lateral hypothalamic area), which are directly involved in the central regulations of salt and fluid homeostasis, as well as in the medial amygdaloid nucleus and the locus ceruleus. ANP concentrations in the median eminence, medial preoptic and arcuate nuclei did not alter by hypophysectomy. Elevated ANP concentrations were measured only in the supraoptic nucleus of hypophysectomized rats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-207
Number of pages4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1992


  • Atrial natriuretic polypeptide
  • Hypophysectomy
  • Microdissected brain nuclei
  • Radioimmunoassay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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