Can the Sutherlandia herb or resistance exercise reverse the stress inducing effects of a mild-intermittent stress procedure

Neethling, Ian Garth (2006-03)

Thesis (MSc (Physiological Sciences))--University of Stellenbosch, 2006.


This study aimed to assess the effect of mild psychological stress in male Wistar rats using incremental, intermittent stress on parameters of atrophy, including body mass, soleus and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscle mass, and mechanisms possibly contributing to atrophy. Serum corticosterone concentrations, 20s proteasome activity, glutamine synthetase (GS) and tyrosine amino-transferase (TAT) activities were determined. I also assessed whether Sutherlandia (Su) or resistance exercise was able to reverse the effects of stress on any of these parameters.

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