Scientific article

Plasma Concentration of Nine Hormones and Neurotransmitters During Usual Activities or Constant Bed Rest for 34 H

Published inChronobiology international, vol. 11, no. 6, p. 367-380
Publication date1994

Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), cortisol, melatonin, prolactin, luteinizing hormone (LH), delta-sleep-inducing peptide (DSIP), its phosphorylated form (P-DSIP), heart rate, and body temperature were measured every half hour during two 24-h periods in five normal men. T-Amino-butyric acid (GABA) and 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycol (MHPG) were measured less frequently. The first period, the "activity" condition, included usual daily activities. The second period, or "rest" condition, consisted of fasting, constant bed rest during 34 h, and partial light deprivation. Compared with the "rest" condition, the "activity" condition increased heart rate, temperature, LH, and TSH in most subjects and cortisol in two of five subjects. It retarded the onset of nocturnal cortisol and melatonin secretion. The temporal pattern and the absolute values of the concentrations of DSIP, P-DSIP, HPG, GABA, and prolactin showed no or minimal changes during the two conditions. In spite of the influence of the "activity" versus "rest" condition on several hormones, the mean concentrations as well as the temporal organization of their secretion into plasma were quite stable within each subject, whereas they varied much more between individuals. TSH, cortisol, and melatonin values were also stable within an 8-month period in one subject who was studied on four occasions. The results illustrate that the patterns of hormones rhythms and their reactivity to changes in the environment are, to a large extent, specific to each subject

  • Circadian rhythms
  • Hormones
  • Activity versus rest
Citation (ISO format)
SCHULZ, Pierre et al. Plasma Concentration of Nine Hormones and Neurotransmitters During Usual Activities or Constant Bed Rest for 34 H. In: Chronobiology international, 1994, vol. 11, n° 6, p. 367–380. doi: 10.3109/07420529409057254
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