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The purpose of the present study was to determine whether central administration of substance P (SP), a tachykinin neuropeptide, influenced feeding behavior in layer chicks (Gallus gallus). Intracerebroventricular (ICV) injections of 5 nmol SP decreased food intake in 5- and 6-day-old chicks under both ad libitum and 3-h fasting conditions. There are 3 major subtypes of tachykinin receptors, namely, neurokinin 1, 2 and 3 receptors. Injection of neurokinin A and neurokinin B, which are respectively endogenous agonists for neurokinin 2 and 3 receptors, did not suppress feeding behavior in chicks, suggesting that the anorexigenic effect of SP might be mediated by the neurokinin 1 receptor rather than neurokinin 2 and 3 receptors. Chicks that received 5 nmol SP did not change their locomotion, standing, sitting or drinking time, suggesting that its anorexigenic action might not be due to SP-induced hyperactivity or sedation. ICV injection of SP increased water intake, also indicating that SP likely did not affect feeding behavior through malaise. In addition, the anorexigenic effect of SP might not be related to corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) because plasma corticosterone concentration was not affected by ICV injection of SP and co-administration of the CRH receptor antagonist astressin did not affect the anorexigenic effect of SP. The present study suggests that central SP acts as an anorexigenic neuropeptide in chicks. (c) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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