Seasonal cutaneous immune responses in an Antarctic wintering group: no association with testosterone, vitamin D metabolite or anxiety score.

@article{Pitson1996SeasonalCI,
  title={Seasonal cutaneous immune responses in an Antarctic wintering group: no association with testosterone, vitamin D metabolite or anxiety score.},
  author={Graham Pitson and Desmond J Lugg and Hans Konrad Muller},
  journal={Arctic medical research},
  year={1996},
  volume={55 3},
  pages={118-22}
}
Immune function is modulated by a complex set of neuroendocrine factors including sex hormones, vitamin D metabolites and stress. Antarctic expeditioners exhibit reduced cell mediated immunity. Studies have also shown a reduction in testosterone levels in wintering expeditioners and suggested a correlation between levels of anxiety and reduced immune function in brief trip expeditioners. Nineteen male Antarctic expeditioners were followed by 3 monthly assessments of cell mediated immunity… CONTINUE READING