The effect of lipopolysaccharide on cholecystokinin in murine plasma and tissue Academic Article uri icon


  • Several mechanisms have been proposed for neuroimmune communication supporting sickness behavior (fever, anorexia, inactivity, and cachexia) following infection. We examined the role of cholecystokinin as a neurochemical intermediary of sickness behavior by determining plasma, duodenum, hypothalamus, and brainstem cholecystokinin concentrations 30 and 60 min and 12 h following intraperitoneal lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (0.25 and 2.5 mg/kg). Hypothalamic cholecystokinin was significantly lower in LPS- versus saline-treated mice 30 min (0.25 and 2.5 mg/kg) and 12 h (2.5 mg/kg) post-injection. Plasma cholecystokinin of LPS-treated mice was significantly lower than that of controls 1 and 12 h post-injection, a finding consistent with a non-endocrine action of peripheral cholecystokinin.


  • Weiland, Tracey J
  • Kent, Stephen
  • Voudouris, Nicholas J
  • Shulkes, Arthur

publication date

  • March 2005