Postnatal Touch Stimulation Acutely Alters Corticosterone Levels and Glucocorticoid Receptor Gene Expression in the Neonatal Rat

@article{Jutapakdeegul2003PostnatalTS,
  title={Postnatal Touch Stimulation Acutely Alters Corticosterone Levels and Glucocorticoid Receptor Gene Expression in the Neonatal Rat},
  author={Nuanchan Jutapakdeegul and Stefano O. Casalotti and Piyarat Govitrapong and Nittaya J. Kotchabhakdi},
  journal={Developmental Neuroscience},
  year={2003},
  volume={25},
  pages={26 - 33}
}
Environmental manipulation early in life can alter the development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis by mechanisms that are still unclear. The aim of the present work was to study the acute effects of postnatal touch stimulation, in an attempt to understand the mechanism by which touch stimulation early in life alters the HPA response to stress in adult animals. Rat pups were gently brushed for 15 min daily during the 1st postnatal week. Serum corticosterone levels were… Expand
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