Effect of insulin in rats with lesions of the dorsomedial hypothalamic nucleus. Academic Article uri icon


  • Four hours after insulin injection Dorsomedial Hypothalamic Nuclei (DMN) lesioned rats consumed an amount of food that was comparable to that eaten by injected sham-operated animals. However, the DMN lesioned rats are not as initially responsive to the food intake stimulating properties of insulin as are the controls. A second study showed ad lib fed and fasted lesioned animals displayed a lower plasma glucose concentration after insulin challenge than did respectively treated controls. This suggests the initial insulin-induced feeding of the lesioned rats was blunted when compared to the controls even in the face of lower plasma glucose levels. Although a previous investigation revealed that DMN lesions destroy glucoreceptor tissue, the present data shows that DMN lesioned rats will increase their food intake in the face of insulin challenge, albeit their initial feeding response to insulin challenge is somewhat blunted. Finally, the present study confirms a previous report in that DMN lesioned rats can competently meter their 24 hour calorie intake. 1979.

published proceedings

  • Physiol Behav

author list (cited authors)

  • Bellinger, L. L., & Bernardis, L. L.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Bellinger, LL||Bernardis, LL

publication date

  • January 1979