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  • 1 Selcuk University Department of Physiology, Meram Medical School Konya Turkey
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This study was performed to investigate the effects of L-thyroxine treatment on plasma vasopressin (AVP) levels in rats with hypothyroidism induced by propylthiouracil (PTU). Animals were separated into three groups each having 6 rats: control, PTU, PTU+L-thyroxine groups. Then, the groups were further divided into 3 sub-groups including 6 rats (a; basal, b; hypertonic stimulated and c; hypovolemic stimulated). At the end of the experiments all rats were decapitated in order to obtain plasma samples for analysis in terms of Hct, osmolality, TT 3 , TT 4 and vasopressin. Haematocrit (Hct) levels were the highest in hypovolemic stimulated sub-group (P < 0.001). Osmolality levels were higher in hypertonic stimulated sub-groups (P < 0.001). Total T 3 and T 4 values were the lowest in the PTU group and the highest in the L-thyroxine treated group (P < 0.001). Plasma AVP levels were reduced by hypothyroidism. However, L-thyroxine treatment after the hypothyroidism prevented this reduction (P < 0.001). Vasopressin responses to basal, hypovolemic and hypertonic stimulations were the lowest in the PTU group (P < 0.001). The results of the present study show that basal and stimulated plasma vasopressin levels are reduced in PTU-induced hypothyroidism. However, L-thyroxine treatment following hypothyroidism prevents this reduction.

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