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Altered Sleep Patterns and Physiologic Characteristics in Spontaneous Dwarf Rats

Autor(es):
Andersen, Monica L. [1] ; Lee, Kil S. [1] ; Guindalini, Camila [1] ; Leite, Waldemarks A. [1] ; Bignotto, Magda [1] ; Tufik, Sergio [1]
Número total de Autores: 6
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Univ Fed Sao Paulo, Dept Psychobiol, Sao Paulo - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 1
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: COMPARATIVE MEDICINE; v. 59, n. 4, p. 344-349, AUG 2009.
Citações Web of Science: 0
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Spontaneous dwarf rats are a useful experimental model for studying various biologic events associated with pituitary dwarfism. Dwarf rats occurred serendipitously in our colony of Wistar rats during experimental breeding. This study aimed to describe the sleep pattern and physiologic characteristics of these rats compared with normal-sized adult rats. Because growth hormone can attenuate the upregulation of ceruloplasmin expression caused by acute inflammation, we also assessed the basal levels of serum ceruloplasmin in these animals. At 90 d of age, body weight and length were significantly lower in dwarf rats relative to normal rats. Dwarves had lower concentrations of serum testosterone and growth hormone, but progesterone was unchanged. Corticosterone levels did not differ between groups. During the light period, the percentage of sleep time recorded and duration of slow-wave sleep did not differ between groups. However, compared with controls, dwarf rats had marked fragmentation of sleep and less paradoxical sleep. During the dark phase, sleep patterns in dwarf rats were within the normal range. Immunoblotting data showed that the levels of ceruloplasmin in serum were lower in dwarf rats. Our findings provide insight into pathologic processes related to growth hormone deficiency. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 98/14303-3 - Center for Sleep Studies
Beneficiário:Sergio Tufik
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Centros de Pesquisa, Inovação e Difusão - CEPIDs