Blood‐CSF barrier to CCK and effect of centrally administered bombesin on release of brain CCK

X. ‐G Zhu, G. H. Greeley, B. G. Lewis, P. Lilja, J. C. Thompson

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The purpose of this study, in part, was to determine the ability of cholecystokinin (CCK‐33/39 and CCK‐8) to penetrate the blood cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) barrier in dogs by measuring these forms of CCK in plasma and in CSF. In addition, the effectiveness of centrally administered bombesin in releasing brain CCK‐33/39 and CCK‐8 was evaluated. Six groups of five dogs each were studied. Each group received one of the following: (1) intravenous infusion of CCK‐33/39 (1.3 μg/kg/hr); (2) intravenous infusion of CCK‐8 (0.4 μg/kg/hr); (3) intrathecal infusion of CCK‐33/39 (1.3 μg/kg/hr); (4) intrathecal infusion of CCK‐8 (0.5 μg/kg/hr); (5) intravenous infusion of bombesin (1 μg/kg/hr); and (6) intrathecal infusion of bombesin (1 μg/kg/hr). Plasma concentrations of CCK‐33/39 significantly increased during intravenous infusion of CCK‐33/39 (from basal of 84 ± 8 to 142 ± 2 pg/ml) or bombesin (from basal of 78 ± 13 to 325 ± 87 pg/ml); however, CSF perfusate concentration of CCK‐33/39 did not increase. CCK‐33/39 levels of the CSF perfusate increased significantly (P <.05) from 211 ± 84 to 9,873 ± 3,368 pg/ml during intrathecal infusion of CCK‐33/39, but failed to rise simultaneously in the systemic circulation. Similarly, intravenous infusion of CCK‐8 caused a fivefold elevation in plasma CCK‐8 levels and no change in CSF perfusate levels of CCK‐8; moreover, intrathecal infusion of CCK‐8 failed to elevate peripheral CCK‐8 level, despite CSF perfusate CCK‐8 levels of 92, 300 ± 18,598 pg/ml. Intrathecal concentrations of neither CCK‐33 nor CCK‐8 were affected by intravenous or intrathecal administration of bombesin. We conclude that (1) CCK‐33/39 and CCK‐8 do not penetrate the blood‐cerebrospinal fluid barrier in dogs, and (2) centrally administred bombesin is ineffective in causing releas of cholecystokinin from brain tissue into the CSF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-403
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


  • blood brain barrier
  • cholecystokinin
  • dogs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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