Pharmacological suppression of corticosterone secretion in response to a physical stressor does not prevent the delayed persistent increase in circulating basal corticosterone concentration

R. L. Moldow, K. D. Beck, G. Zhu, D. Beldowicz, F. X. Brennan, J. E. Ottenweller, R. J. Servatius

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Elevated basal plasma corticosterone concentrations have been observed for several days after the cessation of severe stress. In the present study, we examined whether or not the acute plasma corticosterone response to stress is necessary to elicit increased basal plasma corticosterone concentrations the following day. Pretreatment with metyrapone (100 mg/kg, intraperitoneal) 1 h before inescapable stress (40 2mA tailshocks delivered over a 1-h period) (IS) blocked the acute plasma corticosterone response to IS. However, elevated basal plasma corticosterone concentrations still emerged the next day. These results suggest that the corticosterone response to stress, and its attendant feedback, are not necessary to produce persistent hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPAA) activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-141
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


  • Corticosterone
  • Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
  • Metyrapone
  • Tail-shock stress

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