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Chronic treatment with bromocriptine modifies metabolic adjustments in response to restraint stress in rats

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1 We investigated the influence of bromocriptine (BR) chronic treatment in the autonomic adjustments to energetic metabolism during restraint stress (RS). To achieve this, Wistar male rats were chronically treated with BR before the application of RS. The rats were divided into two groups: those treated with BR and control rats, treated with saline.

2 Chronic treatment with BR did not affect rat growth and induced a 20% higher basal plasma glucose concentration. During RS, BR rats presented higher plasma glucose concentrations than the control animals. Despite this, the 30-min analysis of the areas under the glucose curve showed that the control rats presented a hyperglycemic response to RS two-fold greater than the BR rats.

3 RS induced an increase in plasma lactate concentration in both groups of rats; however, the 30-min analyses under the lactate curves showed that BR rats presented a lactate response to RS three times higher than control rats.

4 RS induced an increase in plasma free fatty acids (FFA) concentration in both groups; however, plasma FFA concentration of BR rats returned to the basal values at the end of RS. In contrast, in the control group, this concentration continued to rise until the end of RS.

5 The results showed that BR chronic treatment shifts the balance of substrate utilization in response to RS, suggesting that the essential role of lactate in the metabolism homeostasis may be altered by chronic BR treatment.
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Keywords: Bromocriptine; free fatty acids; glucose; lactate; restraint stress

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Institute of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Av. Antonio Carlos 6627, 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

Publication date: 01 April 2007

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