Anterior hypothalamic nucleus

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Anterior hypothalamic nucleus
Anterior hypothalamic nucleus is 'AH', at center left, in blue.
Latin nucleus anterior hypothalami
MeSH A08.186.211.730.385.357.342.063
NeuroNames hier-369
NeuroLex ID Anterior nucleus of hypothalamus
TA A14.1.08.903
FMA 62319
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The anterior hypothalamic nucleus is a nucleus of the hypothalamus.

Its function is thermoregulation (cooling) of the body. Damage or destruction of this nucleus causes hyperthermia.

The anterior hypothalamus plays a role in regulating sleep.[1]

The anterior hypothalamic region is sometimes grouped with the preoptic area.[2]


  1. ^ Deschenes CL, McCurry SM (February 2009). "Current treatments for sleep disturbances in individuals with dementia". Curr Psychiatry Rep. 11 (1): 20–6. doi:10.1007/s11920-009-0004-2. PMC 2649672Freely accessible. PMID 19187704. 
  2. ^ Onoe H, Watanabe Y, Ono K, Koyama Y, Hayaishi O (July 1992). "Prostaglandin E2 exerts an awaking effect in the posterior hypothalamus at a site distinct from that mediating its febrile action in the anterior hypothalamus". J. Neurosci. 12 (7): 2715–25. PMID 1613554. 

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