Journal article

ACTH induced sodium appetite in the rat.

RS Weisinger, DA Denton, MJ Mckinley, JF Nelson

Pharmacol Biochem Behav | Published : 1978


Subcutaneous injections of long-acting synthetic ACTH (5 U/day) caused a large increase in the intakes of both 0.5 M NaCl and water in rats. By the fifth day of treatment the rats were turning over an amount of sodium approximating their own total body sodium. The mineral appetite was specific for NaCl. Intakes of KCl, MgCl2 and CaCl2 were unchanged. ACTH was ineffective in adrenalectomized rats suggesting that the appetite was dependent on adrenal hormones.

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