Effect of regularity of exposure to chronic immobilization stress on the circadian pattern of pituitary adrenal hormones, growth hormone, and thyroid stimulating hormone in the adult male rat

Octavi Martí, Amadeu Gavaldà, Trinidad Jolín, Antonio Armario

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    Abstract

    Circadian variation of serum levels of adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH), corticosterone, growth hormone (GH), and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) were studied in three groups of adult male rats exposed to chronic intermittent immobilization stress (IMO) for 2 hr daily under different schedules. IMO resulted in reduced food intake, body weight loss, and increased adrenal weight. ACTH levels were not affected but corticosterone levels were increased in all IMO rats as compared to control ones during the diurnal phase of the circadian cycle. IMO decreased serum GH and TSH levels but the circadian pattern of secretion was influenced in a complex way depending on the specific pattern of daily exposure to IMO. Differences observed between the IMO groups were not caused by differences in food intake because its circadian rhythm was very similar in all IMO groups. These results suggest that regularity of exposure to immobilization alters in a complex fashion circadian GH and TSH rhythms. © 1993.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)67-77
    JournalPsychoneuroendocrinology
    Volume18
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1993

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