Li A, Wang Q, Elsarelli M, Brown R, Ritter S (2015) Hindbrain catecholamine neurons activate orexin neurons during systemic glucoprivation in male rats. Endocrinology 156:2807-2820. doi: 10.1210/en.2015-1138
Summary: Norepinephrine and epinephrine-secreting catecholamine neurons are strong stimulators of food intake. The authors investigated the interaction between these catecholamine neurons and orexin neurons in the perifornical lateral hypothalamus (PeFLH), which are known to be involved with the stimulation of food intake, increased arousal, and behavioral activation. Rats received 82-ng injections of Anti-DBH-SAP (Cat. #IT-03) into the PeFLH terminal field in order to lesion catecholamine neurons. Saporin (Cat. #PR-01) was used as a control. Assessment of food intake in response to 2-deoxy-D-glucose, as well as selective catecholamine activation, indicated that orexin neuron activation may be involved in glucoprivic appetite responses.