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Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322068/greater-avoidance-behavior-in-individuals-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms
#1
Jony Sheynin, Christine Shind, Milen Radell, Yasheca Ebanks-Williams, Mark W Gilbertson, Kevin D Beck, Catherine E Myers
While avoidance is a core symptom of PTSD, little is known about whether individuals with PTSD show a general cognitive bias to acquire and express avoidance, in situations not related to trauma or fear. Here, we used a computer-based task to examine operant acquisition and extinction of avoidance in participants with and without severe self-reported PTSD symptoms. A total of 119 participants (77 male, 42 female; 74 veteran, 45 civilian) with symptoms (PTSS; n = 63) or with few/no symptoms (noPTSS; n = 56) performed a task, in which they controlled a spaceship and could shoot a target to gain points or hide in "safe areas" to escape or avoid on-screen aversive events...
March 21, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320257/academic-stress-disrupts-cortical-plasticity-in-graduate-students
#2
Carmen Concerto, Dhaval Patel, Carmenrita Infortuna, Eileen Chusid, Maria R Muscatello, Antonio Bruno, Rocco Zoccali, Eugenio Aguglia, Fortunato Battaglia
Medical education is a time of high stress and anxiety for many graduate students in medical professions. In this study, we sought to investigate the effect of academic stress on cortical excitability and plasticity by using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). We tested two groups (n = 13 each) of healthy graduate medical students (mean age 33.7 ± 3.8 SE). One group was tested during a final exam week (High-stress group) while the other group was tested after a break, during a week without exams (Low-stress group)...
March 20, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316272/prenatal-noise-and-restraint-stress-interact-to-alter-exploratory-behavior-and-balance-in-juvenile-rats-and-mixed-stress-reverses-these-effects
#3
Soumeya Badache, Slim Bouslama, Oualid Brahmia, Abdel Madjid Baïri, Abdel Krim Tahraoui, Ali Ladjamaa
We aimed to investigate in adolescent rats the individual and combined effects of prenatal noise and restraint stress on balance control, exploration, locomotion and anxiety behavior. Three groups of pregnant rats were exposed to daily repeated stress from day 11 to day 19 of pregnancy: 3 min noise (Noise Stress, NS); 10 min restraint (Restraint Stress, RS); or 3 min noise followed by 10 min restraint (Mixed Stress, MS). On postnatal days (PND) 44, 45 and 46, four groups of male rats (Control, NS, RS:, MS; 16 rats each), were tested as follows: 1) Beam walking (BW), 2) Open Field (OF), and 3) Elevated plus maze (EPM)...
March 19, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288545/chronic-overexpression-of-angiotensin-1-7-in-rats-reduces-cardiac-reactivity-to-acute-stress-and-dampens-anxious-behavior
#4
Danielle Moura Santos, Fernanda Ribeiro Marins, Marcelo Limborço-Filho, Marilene Luzia de Oliveira, Daniele Hamamoto, Carlos Henrique Xavier, Fabrício Araújo Moreira, Robson Augusto Souza Santos, Maria José Campagnole-Santos, Marco Antonio Peliky Fontes
Angiotensin II (Ang II) acts as a pro-stress hormone, while other evidence indicates that angiotensin-(1-7) [Ang-(1-7)] attenuates physiological responses to emotional stress. To further test this hypothesis, in groups of 5-6 rats we evaluated autonomic, cardiovascular and behavioral parameters in male Sprague-Dawley (SD) and transgenic TGR(A1-7)3292 (TG) rats chronically overexpressing Ang-(1-7). Compared to SD rats, TG rats showed reduced baseline heart rate (HR; SD 380 ± 16 versus TG 329 ± 9 beats per minute (bpm), mean ± standard error of mean, p < ...
March 13, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287019/effect-of-prenatal-restraint-stress-and-morphine-co-administration-on-plasma-vasopressin-concentration-and-anxiety-behaviors-in-adult-rat-offspring
#5
Elnaz Nakhjiri, Ehsan Saboory, Shiva Roshan-Milani, Yousef Rasmi, Davod Khalafkhani
Stressful events and exposure to opiates during gestation have important effects on the later mental health of the offspring. Anxiety is among the most common mental disorders. The present study aimed to identify effects of prenatal restraint stress and morphine co-administration on plasma vasopressin concentration (PVC) and anxiety behaviors in rats. Pregnant rats were divided into four groups (n = 6, each): saline, morphine, stress+saline and stress+morphine treatment. The stress procedure consisted of restraint twice per day, two hours per session, for three consecutive days starting on day 15 of pregnancy...
March 12, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285561/adverse-parenting-is-associated-with-blunted-salivary-cortisol-awakening-response-and-altered-expression-of-glucocorticoid-receptor-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-mrnas-in-leukocytes-in-japanese-medical-students
#6
Tomoko Kawai, Yuki Kuwano, Kiyoshi Masuda, Kinuyo Fujita, Hiroki Tanaka, Tatsuya Nishikawa, Kazuhito Rokutan, Kensei Nishida
Adverse parenting is associated with an increased risk for the development of mood and behavioral disorders. In this study, we assessed the perceived parental bonding of 232 medical students using the parental bonding instrument (PBI) and extracted 22 students who reported their parents' rearing attitudes as affectionless control (LOW; low care, high overprotection). Using the 28-item general health questionnaire, the Zung self-rating depression scale (Zung-SDS), the hospital anxiety and depression scale (HADS), and the Spielberger state-trait-anxiety-inventory (STAI), physical and mental state of the LOW students were compared with those of 30 students who reported their parental bonding as optimal (OPT; high care and low overprotection)...
March 12, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274152/restraint-stress-differentially-regulates-inflammation-and-glutamate-receptor-gene-expression-in-the-hippocampus-of-c57bl-6-and-balb-c-mice
#7
Monica Sathyanesan, Jacob M Haiar, Michael J Watt, Samuel S Newton
The inbred mouse strains, C57BL/6 and BALB/c have been used widely in preclinical psychiatric research. The differences in stress susceptibility of available strains has provided a useful platform to test pharmacological agents and behavioral responses. Previous brain gene profiling efforts have indicated that the inflammation and immune response gene pathway is the predominant gene network in the differential stress response of BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice. The implication is that a composite stress paradigm that includes a sequence of extended, varied and unpredictable stressors induces inflammation-related genes in the hippocampus...
March 8, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270027/hair-cortisol-concentrations-exhibit-a-positive-association-with-salivary-cortisol-profiles-and-are-increased-in-obese-prepubertal-girls
#8
Chrysanthe Papafotiou, Eirini Christaki, Erica L T van den Akker, Vincent L Wester, Filia Apostolakou, Ioannis Papassotiriou, George P Chrousos, Panagiota Pervanidou
Cortisol, a key mediator of the stress response, has been associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome manifestations as early as in childhood. Scalp hair cortisol has been proposed as a reliable index of long-term circulating cortisol. We aimed to investigate whether obese prepubertal girls have higher scalp hair cortisol than normal-weight controls, and whether hair cortisol levels are correlated with salivary cortisol concentrations in these groups. In this cross-sectional study, 25 obese girls and 25 normal-weighted, age-matched girls were enrolled...
March 7, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264636/mothers-parenting-stress-is-associated-with-salivary-cortisol-profiles-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#9
Terpsichori Korpa, Panagiota Pervanidou, Eleni Angeli, Filia Apostolakou, Katerina Papanikolaou, Ioannis Papassotiriou, George P Chrousos, Gerasimos Kolaitis
The aim of this study was to explore the relation between mothers' parenting stress and the functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPAA), as expressed by daily salivary cortisol concentrations, in their children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Seventy-five children aged 6-11 years diagnosed with ADHD predominant Hyperactive-Impulsive/Combined (ADHD-HI/C, N = 49) and Inattentive symptoms (ADHD-I, N = 26) and 45 healthy peers and their mothers participated in the study...
March 6, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276806/psychobiological-impact-of-ethnic-discrimination-in-turkish-immigrants-living-in-germany
#10
Susanne Fischer, Urs M Nater, Jana Strahler, Nadine Skoluda, Leander Dieterich, Orgun Oezcan, Ricarda Mewes
Perceived ethnic discrimination has a negative impact on health. One of the key mechanisms may be a dysregulation of stress-responsive systems. Our aims were to investigate whether (1) acute face-to-face ethnic discrimination induces a stress response, and (2) to compare long-term endocrine functioning between immigrants and nonimmigrants. 30 male Turkish immigrants living in Germany underwent an ethnic discrimination condition and a control condition in the laboratory. Perceived ethnic discrimination, stress, salivary alpha-amylase and cortisol were measured four times...
March 5, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276805/the-protective-effects-of-social-bonding-on-behavioral-and-pituitary-adrenal-axis-reactivity-to-chronic-mild-stress-in-prairie-voles
#11
Neal McNeal, Katherine M Appleton, Alan Kim Johnson, Melissa-Ann L Scotti, Joshua Wardwell, Rachel Murphy, Christina Bishop, Alison Knecht, Angela J Grippo
Positive social interactions may protect against stress. This study investigated the beneficial effects of pairing with a social partner on behaviors and neuroendocrine function in response to chronic mild stress (CMS) in 13 prairie vole pairs. Following 5 days of social bonding, male and female prairie voles were exposed to 10 days of CMS (mild, unpredictable stressors of varying durations, for instance, strobe light, white noise, and damp bedding), housed with either the social partner (paired group) or individually (isolated group)...
March 5, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166699/planhab-study-assessment-of-psycho-neuroendocrine-function-in-male-subjects-during-21-days-of-normobaric-hypoxia-and-bed-rest
#12
C Strewe, R Zeller, M Feuerecker, M Hoerl, I Kumprej, A Crispin, B Johannes, T Debevec, I Mekjavic, G Schelling, A Choukèr
Immobilization and hypoxemia are conditions often seen in patients suffering from severe heart insufficiency or primary pulmonary diseases (e.g. fibrosis, emphysema). In future planned long-duration and exploration class space missions (including habitats on the moon and Mars), healthy individuals will encounter such a combination of reduced physical activity and oxygen tension by way of technical reasons and the reduced gravitational forces. These overall unconventional extraterrestrial conditions can result in yet unknown consequences for the regulation of stress-permissive, psycho-neuroendocrine responses, which warrant appropriate measures in order to mitigate foreseeable risks...
February 6, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166688/pyrexia-s-effect-on-the-cbg-cortisol-thermocouple-rather-than-cbg-cleavage-elevates-the-acute-free-cortisol-response-to-tnf-alpha-in-humans
#13
Marni Anne Nenke, Signe Tellerup Nielsen, Louise Lang Lehrskov, John Goodwyn Lewis, Wayne Rankin, Kirsten Møller, David James Torpy
Corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG) cleavage promotes local cortisol delivery in inflammation. Enzymatic cleavage of high-affinity CBG to low affinity CBG (haCBG to laCBG) occurs at inflammatory sites and is now measurable in vivo; however, the time kinetics of haCBG depletion following an inflammatory stimulus is unknown. Hence our aim was to determine the immediate effect of the key pro-inflammatory cytokine TNF-α on CBG levels and cleavage. We performed a crossover study of twelve healthy males receiving a TNF-α vs...
February 6, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140738/stress-in-childhood-adolescence-and-early-adulthood-and-cortisol-levels-in-older-age
#14
Mathew A Harris, Simon R Cox, Caroline E Brett, Ian J Deary, Alasdair M J MacLullich
The glucocorticoid hypothesis suggests that overexposure to stress may cause permanent upregulation of cortisol. Stress in youth may therefore influence cortisol levels even in older age. Using data from the 6-Day Sample, we investigated the effects of high stress in childhood, adolescence and early adulthood - as well as individual variables contributing to these measures; parental loss, social deprivation, school and home moves, illness, divorce and job instability - upon cortisol levels at age 77 years. Waking, waking+45min (peak) and evening salivary cortisol samples were collected from 159 participants, and the 150 who were not using steroid medications were included in this study...
January 31, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235397/unsupportive-social-interactions-and-affective-states-examining-associations-of-two-oxytocin-related-polymorphisms
#15
Opal A McInnis, Robyn J McQuaid, Kimberly Matheson, Hymie Anisman
Two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on oxytocin-related genes, specifically the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) rs53576 and the CD38 rs3796863 variants, have been associated with alterations in prosocial behaviors. A cross-sectional study was conducted among undergraduate students (N = 476) to examine associations between the OXTR and CD38 polymorphisms and unsupportive social interactions and mood states. Results revealed no association between perceived levels of unsupportive social interactions and the OXTR polymorphism...
January 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235396/are-psychophysiological-arousal-and-self-reported-emotional-stress-during-an-oncological-consultation-related-to-memory-of-medical-information-an-experimental-study
#16
Leonie N C Visser, Marieke S Tollenaar, Jos A Bosch, Lorenz J P van Doornen, Hanneke C J M de Haes, Ellen M A Smets
Patients forget 20-80% of information provided during medical consultations. The emotional stress often experienced by patients during consultations could be one of the mechanisms that lead to limited recall. The current experimental study therefore investigated the associations between (analog) patients' psychophysiological arousal, self-reported emotional stress and their (long term) memory of information provided by the physician. One hundred and eighty one cancer-naïve individuals acted as so-called analog patients (APs), i...
January 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152657/obituary
#17
David S Goldstein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124571/the-dsm5-rdoc-debate-on-the-future-of-mental-health-research-implication-for-studies-on-human-stress-and-presentation-of-the-signature-bank
#18
S J Lupien, M Sasseville, N François, C E Giguère, J Boissonneault, P Plusquellec, R Godbout, L Xiong, S Potvin, E Kouassi, A Lesage
In 2008, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) announced that in the next few decades, it will be essential to study the various biological, psychological and social "signatures" of mental disorders. Along with this new "signature" approach to mental health disorders, modifications of DSM were introduced. One major modification consisted of incorporating a dimensional approach to mental disorders, which involved analyzing, using a transnosological approach, various factors that are commonly observed across different types of mental disorders...
January 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114869/salivary-cortisol-and-cognitive-development-in-infants-from-low-income-communities
#19
Eric D Finegood, Claire Wyman, Thomas G O'Connor, Clancy B Blair
Early stress exposure is proposed to have significant lasting effects on cognitive development. The glucocorticoid hormone cortisol, a product of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, is a particular focus of research, however, the majority of past research has been based on studies of older children and adults. Evidence linking cortisol levels in infancy with cognitive development is lacking. In a large cohort sample of infants (N = 1091) oversampled for psychosocial risk, we tested whether basal cortisol levels and cortisol reactivity to emotional stressors administered at 7 and 15 months of age were associated with cognitive development measured at 15 months...
January 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114849/better-executive-function-under-stress-mitigates-the-effects-of-recent-life-stress-exposure-on-health-in-young-adults
#20
Grant S Shields, Wesley G Moons, George M Slavich
Executive function is a neuropsychological construct that enables controlled cognitive processing, which has been hypothesized to enhance individuals' resilience to stress. However, little empirical work has directly examined how executive function under different conditions mitigates the negative effects of stress exposure on health. To address this issue, we recruited 110 healthy young adults and assessed their recent life stress exposure, executive function in either a stressful or non-stressful context, and current health complaints...
January 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
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