Steroid-Sensitive Single Neurons in Rat Hypothalamus and Midbrain: Identification by Microelectrophoresis

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Science  05 May 1967:
Vol. 156, Issue 3775, pp. 667-669
DOI: 10.1126/science.156.3775.667


Minute amounts of Na-dexamethasone-21-phosphate administered by microelectrophoresis to the immediate extracellular environment promptly suppressed electrical activity of 15 out of 115 hypothalamic and mesencephalic neurons, the effect being readily reversible. Such neurons marked with fast green were found to lie in circumscribed areas of the periventricular gray of the third ventricle and aqueduct, and may represent a site of action of adrenocortical steroids in the regulation of corticotrophin releasing factor and/or adrenocortico-tropin secretion by negative feedback.