Serum dopamine beta hydroxylase (DBH) activity and blood pressure response of rat strains to shock induced fighting

R. Lamprecht, B. S. Eichelman, R. B. Williams

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Abstract

Significant differences are found among rat strains in terms of both blood pressure response to shock induced fighting and peripheral sympathetic nerve activity, as reflected in serum dopamine B hydroxylase (DBH) activity. In addition, strains with low levels of serum DBH activity did not exhibit significant blood pressure changes after fighting, whereas strains with high serum DBH levels showed significant falls in blood pressure. Serum DBH levels are a useful index of sympathetic nerve function in that they are related to hemodynamic responses to stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-303
Number of pages6
JournalPsychosomatic Medicine
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1974
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Applied Psychology

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