Capsaicin abolishes lipoprivic but not glucoprivic feeding in rats

S. Ritter, J. S. Taylor

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To assess the contribution of visceral sensory neurons to feeding induced by blockade of glucose and fatty acid metabolism, adult rats were anesthetized and treated systemically with capsaicin, a toxin that destroys fine-diameter unmyelinated primary sensory neurons, including many visceral sensory neurons. Rats were maintained on a fat-supplemented diet throughout experimentation. For feeding tests, intake of this diet was measured hourly for 6 h after systemic blockade of fatty acid or glucose utilization with mercaptoacetate (MA) or 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG), respectively, after simultaneous administration of MA and 2-DG and after saline injection. 2-DG stimulated a dose-related feeding response that was similar in magnitude in both capsaicin and vehicle-treated rats. MA also stimulated a dose-related feeding response in vehicle-treated rats. However, capsaicin-treated rats did not eat in response to MA. In addition, 2-DG and MA were additive in their stimulation of feeding in vehicle-treated controls, but capsaicin-treated rats ate the same amount after 2-DG plus MA as they did in response to 2-DG alone. Thus glucoprivation and lipoprivation activate anatomically and chemically distinct receptors for the metabolic control of feeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25/6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1989


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