Capsaicin-induced changes in behavioural thermoregulation of newborn rabbits (Lepus cuniculus)

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1. 1.|An injection of capsaicin into normal young rabbits resulted in a preference for a cooler environment, signs of increased heat loss, and a suppression of the overall metabolic rate. 2. 2.|Body temperature declines with the preferred temperature, despite brown fat activation. 3. 3.|The response is greatly reduced after short-term desensitization, although the spontaneous motility, temperature selecting behaviour and body temperature appear to be normal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-104
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Thermal Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1986



  • Capsaicin
  • behavioural thermoregulation
  • desensitization
  • neonatal
  • thermal selection
  • thermoregulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Developmental Biology

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