Di Sebastiano AR, Wilson-Perez HE, Lehman MN, Coolen LM (2011) Lesions of orexin neurons block conditioned place preference for sexual behavior in male rats. Horm Behav 59(1):1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2010.09.006
Summary: The neuropeptide orexin is important in the feedback mechanisms of food intake and drugs of abuse. This work investigates the role of orexin in sexual reward in male rats. Two 200 ng bilateral hypothalamic injections of orexin-SAP (Cat. #IT-20) were made into each hemisphere. Blank-SAP (Cat. #IT-21) was used as a control. Although it was shown orexin neurons are activated by sexual reward cures, the data suggest that orexin is not essential for sexual performance and motivation.