Neurotransmitter-hormonal responses to psychological stress in peripubertal subjects: Relationship to aggressive behavior

G. Gerra, A. Zaimovic, G. Giucastro, F. Folli, D. Maestri, A. Tessoni, P. Avanzini, R. Caccavari, S. Bernasconi, F. Brambilla

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Abstract

The relationship between different degrees of normal aggressiveness (low, medium, high) and neurotransmitter-neuroendocrine responses to the administration of psychologically stressful tests (Mental Arithmetic, Stroop Color Word Interference task, Trial Social Stress test) was examined in thirty male peripubertal junior school adolescents. Plasma concentrations of norepinephrine (NE), epinephrine (EPI), ACTH, cortisol (CORT), growth hormone (GH), prolactin (PRL) and testosterone (T) were measured immediately before the beginning of the tests and at their end, 30 min later. High-normal aggressiveness have been found associated with significantly higher basal concentrations of NE, ACTH, PRL, and T and with a significant increase of GH responses to the stressful stimuli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-625
Number of pages9
JournalLife Sciences
Volume62
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 9 1998

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Adrenocorticotropic hormone
  • Aggressiveness
  • Growth hormone
  • Norepinephrine
  • Prolactin
  • Stress
  • Testosterone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Gerra, G., Zaimovic, A., Giucastro, G., Folli, F., Maestri, D., Tessoni, A., Avanzini, P., Caccavari, R., Bernasconi, S., & Brambilla, F. (1998). Neurotransmitter-hormonal responses to psychological stress in peripubertal subjects: Relationship to aggressive behavior. Life Sciences, 62(7), 617-625. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0024-3205(97)01157-0