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

Gábor 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
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - márc. 11 1977


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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