Repeated sodium depletion affects gustatory neural responses in the nucleus of the solitary tract of rats

Ryoi Tamura, Ralph Norgren

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Abstract

Furosemide sodium depletions were induced repeatedly to determine the effects on gustatory neural responses in the nucleus of the solitary tract (NST) of chronically prepared, but lightly anesthetized, rats. Sodium- replete and sodium-deplete conditions were alternated four times in each rat. When rats were under depleted conditions, the responses to NaCl were significantly greater than in sodium-replete conditions. This effect was attributable primarily to an increase in the magnitude of response of those neurons that responded better to NaCl than to the other standard stimuli (sucrose, citric acid, and quinine hydrochloride). In addition, the largest change in responsiveness of the NaCl-best neurons occurred during the third and fourth sodium depletions. These results are essentially opposite to those reported for NST neurons when sodium appetite is induced by dietary sodium restriction. This suggests that the coding of intensity in the gustatory system is dependent not only on the animal's deprivation condition, but also the method through which the deprivation is produced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R1381-R1391
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Volume273
Issue number4 42-4
StatePublished - Nov 17 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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