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Ruminant Nutrition and Forage Utilization
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 2001;14(1): 35-40.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.2001.35    Published online January 1, 2001.
The Role of Neuropeptide Y in the Central Regulation of Grass Intake in Sheep
K. Sunagawa, R. S. Weisiger, M. J. McKinley, B. S. Purcell, C. Thomson, P. L. Burns
The physiological role of brain neuropeptide Y (NPY) in the central regulation of grass intake in sheep was investigated through a continuous intracerebroventricular (ICV) infusion of NPY at a dose of 5 關g/0.2 ml/hr for 98.5 hours from day 1 to day 5. Sheep (n=5) were fed for 2 hours once a day, and water and 0.5 M NaCl solution were given ad libitum. Feed intake during ICV NPY infusion increased significantly compared to that during ICV artificial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) infusion. Water and NaCl intake during ICV NPY infusion remained unchanged. Mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) and plasma osmolality during ICV NPY infusion were not significantly different from those during ICV CSF infusion. On the other hand, plasma glucose concentration during ICV NPY infusion increased significantly compared to that during ICV CSF infusion. The results suggest that brain NPY acts as a hunger factor in brain mechanisms controlling feeding to increase grass intake in sheep.
Keywords: NPY; Brain; Grass Intake; Sheep

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