Nucleus of the solitary tract lesions enhance drinking, but not vasopressin release, induced by angiotensin

Ann M. Schreihofer, Edward M. Stricker, Alan F. Sved

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Rats with chronic nucleus of the solitary tract lesions (NTS-X) drink water and release vasopressin (VP) in response to reduced blood volume despite an absence of neural signals from cardiac and arterial baroreceptors. The present study determined whether rats with NTS-X have a greater sensitivity to circulating ANG II, which may contribute to the drinking and VP responses to hypovolemia. In conscious control rats and rats with NTS-X, ANG II was infused intravenously for 1 h at 10, 100, or 250 ng · kg-1 · min-1. At the two higher doses, ANG II stimulated more water intake with a shorter latency to drink in rats with NTS-X than in control rats. In contrast, infusion of ANG II produced comparable increases in plasma VP in the two groups. At the two higher doses, ANG II produced an enhanced increase in arterial pressure (AP) in rats with NTS-X, and the bradycardia seen in control rats was reversed to a tachycardia. Infusion of hypertonic saline, which did not alter AP or heart rate, produced comparable drinking and VP release in the two groups. These results demonstrate that chronic NTS-X increases the dipsogenic response of rats to systemic ANG II but has no effect on ANG II-induced VP release or the osmotic stimulation of these responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R239-R247
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Issue number1 48-1
StatePublished - 2000


  • Arterial pressure
  • Baroreceptors
  • Hypertonic saline
  • Thirst


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