The cytotoxic activity of natural killer (NK) cells in the spleen was measured by a standard 4-h chromium release assay following electrical lesioning of the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus (VMH) in rats. The splenic NK cell activity of VMH lesioned rats was found to be significantly suppressed at effector: target cell ratios of 100:1 and 50:1 compared with that of sham lesioned rats on day 4 after the lesion. On the other hand, on day 49, the VMH lesioned animals that had become hyperphagic and obese showed an enhancement of splenic NK cell activity compared with sham lesioned animals. The mechanisms of the biphasic change in NK cell activity following the VMH lesions are discussed.
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- Molecular Biology
- Clinical Neurology
- Developmental Biology