Experiments have been designed in order to analyze whether the binding capability of mu opioid receptors in the brain of the male rat is modified by age. In a first experiment, the number of receptors (Bmax) and the constant of affinity (Ka) for the mu ligand 3H-dihydromorphine (3H-DHM) have been measured in the whole brain of male rats of 2, 15 and 22 months of age. In a second experiment the Bmax and the Ka for 3H-DHM have been evaluated in the hypothalamus of male rats of 2 and 22 months of age. In this experiment it was also investigated whether the administration of exogenous testosterone modifies the number and/or the affinity of the hypothalamic mu receptors. Serum levels of LH, FSH, prolactin and testosterone have been measured by specific RIAs. The results obtained show that: serum testosterone levels are significantly decreased in aged rats, while serum LH and FSH show only a small decline; serum prolactin is higher in old than in young animals; the number of mu receptors in the whole brain of 15 and 22 month old animals and in the hypothalamus of 22 month old rats is significantly lower than in the same tissues of young animals; the administration to old animals of testosterone, in doses able to bring back towards normal serum levels of testosterone, induces a decrease of LH and FSH, but has no effect on serum prolactin titers. Testosterone administration does not modify the number of hypothalamic mu opioid receptors, indicating that the decline of brain mu receptors in old animals is not the consequence of the physiological decline of testosterone secretion; in no instance the Ka for the mu ligand is significantly affected.

Decrease of mu opioid receptors in the brain and in the hypothalamus of the aged male rat / F. Piva, R. Maggi, P. Limonta, D. Dondi, L. Martini. - In: LIFE SCIENCES. - ISSN 0024-3205. - 40:4(1987 Jan 26), pp. 391-398.

Decrease of mu opioid receptors in the brain and in the hypothalamus of the aged male rat

F. Piva
Primo
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R. Maggi
Secondo
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P. Limonta;D. Dondi
Penultimo
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L. Martini
Ultimo
1987-01-26

Abstract

Experiments have been designed in order to analyze whether the binding capability of mu opioid receptors in the brain of the male rat is modified by age. In a first experiment, the number of receptors (Bmax) and the constant of affinity (Ka) for the mu ligand 3H-dihydromorphine (3H-DHM) have been measured in the whole brain of male rats of 2, 15 and 22 months of age. In a second experiment the Bmax and the Ka for 3H-DHM have been evaluated in the hypothalamus of male rats of 2 and 22 months of age. In this experiment it was also investigated whether the administration of exogenous testosterone modifies the number and/or the affinity of the hypothalamic mu receptors. Serum levels of LH, FSH, prolactin and testosterone have been measured by specific RIAs. The results obtained show that: serum testosterone levels are significantly decreased in aged rats, while serum LH and FSH show only a small decline; serum prolactin is higher in old than in young animals; the number of mu receptors in the whole brain of 15 and 22 month old animals and in the hypothalamus of 22 month old rats is significantly lower than in the same tissues of young animals; the administration to old animals of testosterone, in doses able to bring back towards normal serum levels of testosterone, induces a decrease of LH and FSH, but has no effect on serum prolactin titers. Testosterone administration does not modify the number of hypothalamic mu opioid receptors, indicating that the decline of brain mu receptors in old animals is not the consequence of the physiological decline of testosterone secretion; in no instance the Ka for the mu ligand is significantly affected.
Rats, Inbred Strains ; Rats ; Animals ; Testosterone ; Hypothalamus ; Receptors, Opioid, mu ; Aging ; Receptors, Opioid ; Brain ; Radioimmunoassay ; Male
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