Changes in colonic temperature following intracerebroventricular injection (icv) of bacterial endotoxin or prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) were measured in Long-Evans (LE) and Brattleboro (DI) rats. Indwelling cannulas were implanted into the brains of rats for subsequent microinjection into a lateral cerebral ventricle. Microinjection of 1 microgram of bacterial endotoxin into a lateral cerebral ventricle produced a fever in the LE rat but not in the DI rat. Daily injections of 1 microgram of endotoxin icv in the DI rat did not result in a fever. Intraperitoneal injections of 50 micrograms of bacterial endotoxin resulted in a fever in the LE rat, but the DI rat showed no such response. Both groups of animals did produce a fever in response to icv administration of 200 ng of PGE2. The lack of arginine vasopressin in the DI rat may be related to the animal's failure to show a febrile response to endotoxin.
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