Jack R. Bassett

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The effects of a single intraperitoneal injection of nicotine hydrogen tartrate (200 micrograms/kg) on the plasma levels of thyroxine, triiodothyronine and corticosterone were monitored over a 24 hour period. Nicotine did not alter the plasma levels of either of the thyroid hormones but did produce a significant increase in plasma corticosterone, an effect(More)
Plasma ACTH and corticosterone profiles were measured following the intraperitoneal injection of nicotine or ACTH, or following exposure of rats to unpredictable stress. The elevation in plasma corticosterone was biphasic in nature in all cases, whereas plasma ACTH levels demonstrated only a single peak which rapidly declined to a sustained plateau level.(More)
This review examines the morphology of the adrenal gland with particular reference to the adrenal vasculature. It examines the possibility that variability in adrenal gland responsiveness may be attributable to neural or hormonal modulation of adrenal blood flow. Changes in the rate of blood flow through the adrenal cortex would be expected to play an(More)
Daily IP injections of nicotine (200 micrograms/kg body weight) resulted in an adaptation of the nicotine induced rise in plasma corticosterone. By 30 days the plasma corticosterone rise was not significantly different from that seen in control animals receiving an injection of saline. A similar adaptation to the plasma corticosterone response to the stress(More)
Spontaneously beating rat atria were incubated with 3H-norepinephrine both in the presence and absence of (1-24)ACTH. A significant reduction in the uptake and retention of radioactivity was found in atria pretreated with (1-24)ACTH. A kinetic study of the uptake process showed similar Km values for both the control (24.1 x 10(-8) M) and (1-24)ACTH(More)
Nicotine was found to raise dramatically plasma corticosterone levels in a dose-dependent manner. Plasma corticosterone time course for the 100 microgram/kg dose of nicotine produced an initial increase in corticosterone elevation which did not return towards control levels until after 30 min. The 200 and 500 microgram/kg doses, however, indicated a(More)
Following exposure of rats to unpredictable stress there was a marked increase in the number of 'coated' vesicles in contact with or close to the cell membrane of the zona fasciculata cells. The close correlation between the vesicle numbers and the plasma levels of corticosterone led to the hypothesis that the coated vesicles were intimately involved in the(More)