Post-stress recovery of pituitary-adrenal hormones and glucose, but not the response during exposure to the stressor, is a marker of stress intensity in highly stressful situations

Cristina Márquez, Xavier Belda, Antonio Armario

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Abstract

Acute immobilization in male rats elicited the same ACTH, corticosterone and glucose response as foot shock when measured immediately after stress. However, post-stress recovery of plasma ACTH, corticosterone and glucose levels were delayed in immobilized versus shocked rats. Similarly, stress-induced anorexia was much greater in the former animals. All these data suggest that post-stress speed of recovery of some physiological variables is positively related to stressor intensity and could be used to evaluate it. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-185
JournalBrain Research
Volume926
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2002

Keywords

  • Footshock
  • Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
  • Immobilization
  • Post-stress recovery
  • Prolactin
  • Stress marker

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