Effects of dexmedetomidine(DEX) and saline treatment on the expression of hypothalamic neuropeptides, POMC, CART, AgRP and NPY, in control, septic and treated (with DEX or saline) rats.

<p>Hypothalamic genes expression were measured by real-time PCR. GAPDH was used as control. All the mRNA expressions were normalized to those of control group. Significant data measured from control were labelled (*) with P-values <0.05. Significant data measured from sepsis group was labelled (#) with P-values <0.05.</p>