A series of experiments in male rabbits examined the influence of tonic immobility (animal hypnosis) on the opioid and pituitary-adrenal hormones. The aims of the experiments were to follow the temporal modifications in hormone parameters and to discriminate the effects of immobility from those of the manipulative procedure to induce the reaction. Results show that immobility elicits increases in plasma ACTH and beta-EP, but no modifications in pituitary beta-EP. The effects of induction procedure were dissociable from those of immobility, the most marked effect being a prolonged, sustained increase of corticosterone plasma levels. Results support the hypothesis of the opioid involvement in the physiological control of immobility reaction and indicate different mechanisms underlying the immobility response and the procedure of induction.
Time-course of opioid and pituitary-adrenal hormone modifications during the immobility reaction in rabbits / F., Farabollini; Facchinetti, Fabio; C., Lupo; G., Carli. - In: PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR. - ISSN 0031-9384. - STAMPA. - 47:(1990), pp. 337-341.