Salt loading abolishes osmotically stimulated vasopressin release within the supraoptic nucleus

M Ludwig, K Williams, M F Callahan, M Morris

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Central and systemic osmotic stimulation increase vasopressin (VP) release within the supraoptic nucleus (SON) and into the general circulation. We examined whether changes in water/electrolyte balance affect the neurosecretory responses to these stimuli. Urethane-anesthetized control, salt-loaded (2% NaCl for 2 days) or water-deprived (for 2 days) male rats were implanted with an arterial catheter and bilateral microdialysis probes into the SON. Plasma and SON VP levels were measured before and after acute osmotic stimuli were administered intraperitoneally (i.p.) and then directly into the SON. Water deprivation resulted in elevated basal intranuclear and plasma VP levels. Intraperitoneal hypertonic saline (HS) and direct osmotic stimulation of the SON increased VP release into the SON in both the control and water-deprived groups. Salt loading abolished the intranuclear VP response to both stimuli. Osmotically induced release of VP into plasma was not different between the three groups. These data demonstrate that salt loading, but not water deprivation, alters the central neurosecretory VP response to acute osmotic stimulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 1996

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Animals
  • Male
  • Microdialysis
  • Osmotic Pressure
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Salts
  • Supraoptic Nucleus
  • Vasopressins


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