Stimulation of feeding in rats by intraperitoneal injection of antibodies to glucagon

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Science  26 Nov 1982:
Vol. 218, Issue 4575, pp. 894-896
DOI: 10.1126/science.7134979


Intraperitoneal injections of antibodies to pancreatic glucagon at the onset of the first meal after 12 hours of food deprivation increased meal size 63 percent and meal duration 74 percent in rats. The antibodies also reduced the increase in hepatic vein blood glucose that occurred during meals in control rats, but did not affect the prandial increase in portal vein blood glucose. These results suggest that, under these conditions, pancreatic glucagon is necessary for the normal termination of meals.