Document Type: Original Article
Department of Animal Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran
Department of Animal Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran.
Department of Animal Sciences and Biotechnology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
Several studies have shown that neuropeptide Y (NPY) is considered to be one of the key regulators of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis in the mammals. Also, kisspeptin is a powerful upstream regulator of gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons in the hypothalamus. The present study aims to investigate the effects of the intracerebroventricular (ICV) injection of NPY and BIBP3226 (NPY receptor antagonist) on the reproductive axis (either hormonal or behavioral) of the male rats. Furthermore, to see whether NPY signals can be relayed through the pathway of KiSS1/GPR54, the gene expression of these peptides in the arcuate nucleus was measured. The ICV injection of NPY decreased the latencies and increased the frequencies of sexual parameters of the male rats in a significant way. Results obtained from LH and testosterone measurement showed that NPY had a significant increase in comparison with the control group. In this line, BIBP3226 antagonized the stimulative effects of NPY. Furthermore, data from real-time quantitative PCR showed that injection of NPY significantly increased the gene expression of KiSS1 and GPR54, while treatment with BIBP3226 controlled the stimulative effects of NPY on gene expression of KiSS1 and GPR54. Summing up, NPY can exert its impacts on the reproductive axis, this occurs at least partly through affecting KiSS1/GPR54 system.