Circadian corticosterone rhythm did not develop in rats seven weeks after destruction with 5,7-dihydroxytryptamine of the serotoninergic nerve terminals in the suprachiasmatic nucleus at the age of 16 days

Zsuzsanna Bánky, Béla Halász, György Nagy

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Abstract

In order to study the role of the serotoninergic innervation of the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the development of the circadian rhythm of corticosterone 5,7-dihydroxytryptamine (5,7-DHT) selectively destroying the serotoninergic structures was injected into the cell group of 16-day-old male rats prior to the appearance of the corticosterone rhythm. Rats treated with 5,7-DHT did not show circadian fluctuations in plasma corticosterone concentrations 3, 5 and 7 weeks after the injection of the neurotoxin. Their hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal system responded to ether stress. Immunocytochemistry revealed that only a very few serotonin immunoreactive elements were visible in the SCN of the 5,7-DHT-treated rats. The results indicate that serotoninergic innervation of the SCN is essential for the development of the corticosterone rhythm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-124
Number of pages6
JournalBrain research
Volume369
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 26 1986

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Keywords

  • 5,7-dihydroxytryptamine
  • circadian rhythm
  • corticosterone
  • suprachiasmatic nucleus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

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