Angiotensin II receptor content within the circumventricular organs increases after experimental hydrocephalus in rats

Acikgoz B., Akpinar G., Bingol N., Usseli I.

ACTA NEUROCHIRURGICA, vol.141, no.10, pp.1095-1099, 1999 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 141 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s007010050489
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1095-1099
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: Yes


Hydrocephalus is known to cause various endocrinological abnormalities. These abnormalities are either though a direct effect an anterior hypothalamus or pituitary gland. However almost nothing is known about the effects of hydrocephalus on the intrinsic angiotensin system of the brain. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of hydrocephalus on neurotransmitter-rich circumventricular organ systems. Such an effect was investigated by means of angiotensin receptor content in subfornical organ (SFO), organum vasculosum lamina terminalis (OVLT), area postrema (AP) and the median eminence (ME). Experimental hydrocephalus was created in rats by the intracisternal kaolin injection method as descibed by Shapiro el al.. The receptor content was measured at 4-6 weeks by in-vitro autoradiography method as descibed by Israel et al.. Angiotensin II receptor content in hydrocephalic animals was found to be statistically increased in SFO, OVLT and ME but not in AP when compared with the normal animals. Receptor content was found to have increased by 182.4% at SFO, 76.7% at ME, 7.7% at AP and 22.1% at OVLT after kaolin injection. These findings may indicate the possible role of CVO's on pathological conditions such as hydrocephalus.