Paradoxical sleep deprivation facilitates subsequent corticosterone response to a mild stressor in rats
Tiba, P. A.
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The pituitary-ad renal responsiveness to a mild stressor was assessed in rats that were deprived of paradoxical sleep (PS) and in controls that were not deprived. Animals were either individually- or group-deprived for 96 h and hormone levels were assessed at 0, 5, 20 or 60 min after a saline injection + novelty and compared with rats which were not deprived. Both types of PS deprivation resulted in elevated adrenocorticotropin levels at 0 min, which peaked at 5 min in all animals. Individually-deprived rats exhibited the highest corticosterone (CORT) levels at 0 min. Peak levels were higher and occurred earlier in PS-deprived than in control rats (5 vs. 20 min, respectively). At 20 min, CORT levels had already returned to unstressed levels in PS-deprived rats, but not in control rats. These data indicate that PS deprivation induces facilitation of the adrenocortical response to a mild stressor, but do not suggest that PS deprivation changes the negative feedback sensitivity to CORT. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
CitationNeuroscience Letters. Clare: Elsevier Sci Ireland Ltd, v. 320, n. 1-2, p. 45-48, 2002.
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