Catecholamines in the adrenals of August and Wistar rats with acute emotional stress
Acute emotional stress caused by immobilization and cutaneous electrical stimulation increases the relative weight of adrenals in Wistar rats and decreases it in August rats. The epinephrine and norepinephrine contents of the adrenals in control and stressed August rats are higher than in Wistar rats. Acute stress lowers the levels of these biogenic amines in the adrenals of both strains, particularly in Wistar rats. The left adrenal gland of control and stressed August rats, but not of Wistar rats, has a higher content of biogenic amines than the right, and both adrenals of stressed August rats contained higher dopamine concentrations than those of stressed Wistar rats. Presumably, epinephrine and norepinephrine are resynthesized in the adrenals of stressed August rats at higher rates than they are released from these glands, while the adrenals of Wistar rats respond to stress by rapidly releasing these catecholamines and resynthesizing them at a slow rate.
Key Wordsemotional stress August rats Wistar rats adrenals epinephrine norepinephrine dopamine
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