Time-dependent alterations in corticotropin-releasing factor-like immunoreactivity in different brain regions after acute cocaine administration to rats

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Recent data from various laboratories suggest that the activation of endogenous corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) may contribute to the behavioral and neuroendocrine effects of cocaine. In the present study, the time-dependent variations in CRF-like immunoreactivity (CRF-LI) in the hypothalamus and several extrahypothalamic brain regions were determined after acute cocaine administration to handled rats. The intraperitoneal injection of 7.5 mg/kg cocaine led to a significantly decreased CRF-LI level in the basal forebrain and to a significantly increased CRF-LI level in the amygdala 60 min after administration, while the CRF-LI content was decreased in the hypothalamus and in the hippocampus 180 min after cocaine treatment. These results suggest that the durations of the effects of cocaine on CRF-LI are in the brain region-specific, which might contribute to the mediation of the diverse behavioral and neuroendocrine effects of cocaine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalNeuropeptides
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone
Cocaine
Rats
Brain
Hypothalamus
Amygdala
Intraperitoneal Injections
Hippocampus
Chemical activation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry

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