Indomethacin and sodium carbonate effects on conditioned fever and NK cell activity

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  • The augmentation of natural killer (NK) cell activity and elevation of body temperature (fever) can both be conditioned using camphor odor as the conditioned stimulus (CS) and poly I:C as the unconditioned stimulus (US). While both responses can be conditioned in parallel fashion as shown previously, our results indicate the conditioned learning of these responses may not follow along a common path. We found that injection of a 1% solution of sodium carbonate was able to consistently block the CS/US learning of the NK cell response but did not block conditioning of the fever response. In contrary fashion, mice treated with indomethacin (which inhibits prostaglandin-induced fever) dissolved in the sodium carbonate solution did not learn in consistent fashion of the fever response. However, indomethacin-treated animals were able to recall the NK cell response. These results support the view that although the same mediator, IFN-β, is responsible for the conditioned learning of the NK cell and fever responses both the learning and recall of the responses are initiated along separate pathways. © 1992.
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    Author List

  • Rogers C; Ghanta V; Hsueh CM; Hiramoto N; Hiramoto R
  • Start Page

  • 417
  • End Page

  • 422
  • Volume

  • 43
  • Issue

  • 2