The effect of capsaicin on the adenylate cyclase activity of rat brain

G. Jancsó, Maria Wollemann

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The effect of capsaicin on the adenylate cyclase activity in different regions of the rat brain (preoptic area of the hypothalamus, cerebral cortex and cerebellum) was investigated. Capsaicin added in vitro (10-7-10-5 M) increased the adenylate cyclase activity of different brain regions. Following systemic capsaicin desensitization adenylate cyclase activity was significantly increased in the preoptic area. The enhanced adenylate cyclase activity in the preoptic area was inhibited by the in vitro addition of capsaicin or 5-HT, whereas desensitization did not affect the in vitro activating effect of capsaicin in other brain regions (cerebral cortex, cerebellum). It is assumed that the pharmacological effect of capsaicin in the preoptic area is mediated through the activation of adenylate cyclase. Since capsaicin induces irreversible impairment of the function of warm-sensitive hypothalamic neurons it is assumed that adenylate cyclase is involved in maintaining normal thermoregulatory functions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-329
Number of pages7
JournalBrain Research
Volume123
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 11 1977

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Capsaicin
Adenylyl Cyclases
Preoptic Area
Brain
Cerebral Cortex
Cerebellum
Hypothalamus
Serotonin
Pharmacology
Neurons
In Vitro Techniques

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  • Clinical Neurology
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The effect of capsaicin on the adenylate cyclase activity of rat brain. / Jancsó, G.; Wollemann, Maria.

In: Brain Research, Vol. 123, No. 2, 11.03.1977, p. 323-329.

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Jancsó, G. ; Wollemann, Maria. / The effect of capsaicin on the adenylate cyclase activity of rat brain. In: Brain Research. 1977 ; Vol. 123, No. 2. pp. 323-329.
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