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Dual orexin receptor antagonist induces changes in core body temperature in rats after exercise

Abstract : Hypothalamic orexin neurons are involved in various physiological functions, including thermoregulation. The orexinergic system has been considered as a potent mediator of the exercise response. The present study describes how the antagonization of the orexinergic system by a dual orexin receptor antagonist (DORA) modifies the thermoregulatory process during exercise. Core Body Temperature (CBT) and Spontaneous Locomotor Activity (SLA) of 12 male Wistar rats were recorded after either oral administration of DORA (30 mg/kg or 60 mg/kg) or placebo solution, both at rest and in exercise conditions with treadmill running. DORA ingestion decreased SLA for 8 hours (p < 0.001) and CBT for 4 hours (p < 0.01). CBT (°C) response was independent of SLA. The CBT level decreased from the beginning to the end of exercise when orexin receptors were antagonized, with a dose-dependent response (39.09 ± 0.36 and 38.88 ± 0.28 for 30 and 60 mg/kg; p < 0.001) compared to placebo (39.29 ± 0.31; p < 0.001). CBT increased during exercise was also blunted after DORA administration, but without dose effects of DORA. In conclusion, our results favor the role of orexin in the thermoregulation under stress related to exercise conditions.
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Tristan Martin, Yves Dauvilliers, Ouma-Chandrou Koumar, Stephane Besnard, François Dauphin, et al.. Dual orexin receptor antagonist induces changes in core body temperature in rats after exercise. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2019, 9 (1), ⟨10.1038/s41598-019-54826-3⟩. ⟨hal-02400711⟩

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