Behavioral stress decreases plasma oxytocin concentrations in primates

Ned H. Kalin, Daniel M. Gibbs, Charles M. Barksdale, Steven E. Shelton, Molly Carnes

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Abstract

Using rhesus monkeys, we studied the effects of a behavioral stress on plasma concentrations of adrenocorticotropin, oxytocin, and vasopressin. The stress resulted in significant increases in adrenocorticotropin and significant decreases in oxytocin concentrations. No significant changes were seen in vasopressin concentrations. To further explore the relationship between plasma oxytocin and pituitary-adrenal function, dexamethasone was administered to rhesus monkeys. This resulted in significant increases in plasma oxytocin concentrations, while adrenocorticotropin decreased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1275-1280
Number of pages6
JournalLife Sciences
Volume36
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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    Kalin, N. H., Gibbs, D. M., Barksdale, C. M., Shelton, S. E., & Carnes, M. (1985). Behavioral stress decreases plasma oxytocin concentrations in primates. Life Sciences, 36(13), 1275-1280. https://doi.org/10.1016/0024-3205(85)90272-3