Opiate system involvement in the control of LH secretion in diabetic and normoglycemic male rats

L. Yogev*, A. Gottreich, E. Brezner, G. F. Paz, Z. T. Homonnai

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The effect of Naltrexone (Nalt), a specific opiate receptor blocker, on LH secretion was studied at frequent intervals during the first hour following treatment. Nalt was injected i.v. by one bolus (1 mg/rat) to diabetic and normoglycemic rats. Blood samples (0.8 ml) were withdrawn at short intervals after injection, through an indwelling cannula. The diabetic rats responded by secretion of LH, which was lower, but not significantly, than that of normal rats, (peak levels 0.74 ± 0.17 and 0.97 ± 0.21 ng/ml respectively). After 45 min., LH levels were in the same range as baseline level in the diabetic group; but were still significantly elevated in the control rats. Thus, it can be concluded that in normal rats, as well as in diabetics, LH secretion as a response to Nalt was episodic in spite of Nalt's long half time. In order to explain the rapid fall in LH levels after Nalt administration, normal rats were injected with a second bolus of Nalt, 2 hours after the first. The second bolus caused only a blunted response of LH secretion. In another experiment, administration of morphine (1 mg/rat) 2 hours after pretreatment with Nalt did not stimulate the prolactin secretion which normally follows morphine treatment. These results indicate that the rapid decrease of LH levels after Nalt treatment in normal rats is not due to absence of the drug in the system. It is suggested that other neural mechanisms, such as the dopaminergic system, are activated during Nalt influence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-590
Number of pages6
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - 3 Aug 1987


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