Marital behavior, oxytocin, vasopressin, and wound healing

  title={Marital behavior, oxytocin, vasopressin, and wound healing},
  author={Jean-Philippe Gouin and Carol Sue Carter and H. Pournajafi-Nazarloo and Ronald Glaser and William B. Malarkey and Timothy J. Loving and Jeffrey R. Stowell and Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser},

Effects of intranasal oxytocin and positive couple interaction on immune factors in skin wounds

Plasma vasopressin and interpersonal functioning

Microbial lysate upregulates host oxytocin

Is Oxytocin “Nature’s Medicine”?

Oxytocin is a pleiotropic, peptide hormone with broad implications for general health, adaptation, development, reproduction, and social behavior and its capacity to shift chemical forms and bind to other molecules make this molecule difficult to work with and to measure.

paternal warmth : a randomized controlled trial

Vasopressin has a role in enhancing empathy among individuals who received higher levels of paternal warmth, and was found to increase ratings of empathic concern after viewing distressing and uplifting videos.



Hostile marital interactions, proinflammatory cytokine production, and wound healing.

These data provide further mechanistic evidence of the sensitivity of wound healing to everyday stressors and provide a window on the pathways through which hostile or abrasive relationships affect physiological functioning and health.

Preliminary research on plasma oxytocin in normal cycling women: investigating emotion and interpersonal distress.

Data are presented from an initial study to examine change in plasma oxytocin in response to a standard imagery task that elicits emotion related to attachment and suggest that peripheral secretion of oxytocIn in reaction to emotional stimuli is associated with the individual's interpersonal characteristics.

Evidence of Dysregulated Peripheral Oxytocin Release Among Depressed Women

Depressed women are more likely than controls to display a dysregulated pattern of peripheral oxytocin release, and are associated with greater symptoms of depression, anxiety, and interpersonal dysfunction.

Relation of Oxytocin to Psychological Stress Responses and Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenocortical Axis Activity in Older Women

In women, plasma OT signals relationship stress and is associated with elevated cortisol; it does not appear to significantly affect cortisol or blood pressure responses to acute stress.

Responses to Laboratory Psychosocial Stress in Postpartum Women

Results indicate that physiological and subjective responses to social stress are not attenuated in lactating women tested at least one hour after feeding their infant, but enhanced vagal control of cardiac reactivity was observed in lactates women.

Stress-related changes in proinflammatory cytokine production in wounds.

Consistent with the evidence that stress delays wound healing, data suggest a possible mechanism: psychological stress has measurable effects on proinflammatory cytokine production in the local wound environment.