(Na + K)-ATPase
in situ hybridization
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary 1. We have usedin situ hybridization techniques to determine the mRNA for (Na + K)ATPase in 20 brain regions from control rats and rats treated with high doses of deoxycorticosterone (DOC). 2. DOC-treated rats developed a salt appetite following the second hormone administration on alternate days and were used after the fourth DOC administration. 3. DOC treatment did not change the number of silver grains/cell deposited in cells from Ca1, CA2, CA3, and CA4 hippocampal subfields, dentate gyrus, cerebral cortex, medial preoptic area (POA), substantia nigra, and periventricular gray matter. 4. Nonsignificant reductions were detected in lateral POA, medial and lateral septum, caudate-putamen, and three amygdaloid nuclei (cortical, basolateral, and central) from DOC-treated rats. 5. Significant reductions were obtained, after DOC administration, in arcuate and ventromedial hypothalamic nuclei and medial and lateral amygdala. 6. The results suggested that regulation of theβ-subunit mRNA of (Na + K)-ATPase may be related to the central actions of mineralocorticoids in the control of salt intake.
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