Circulating opioid peptides during water immersion in normal man. Coruzzi P, Ravanetti C, Musiari L, Biggi A, Vescovi PP, Novarini A. SourceIstituto di Semeiotica Medica, University of Parma, Italy. Abstract 1. This study was designed to evaluate variations in plasma beta-endorphin, methionine-enkephalin, adrenocorticotropic hormone and serum prolactin in healthy volunteers during head-out water immersion. 2. Water immersion induced an increase in methionine-enkephalin plasma levels, which was associated with a significant fall in mean arterial pressure and heart rate. 3. Conversely, a suppression of plasma beta-endorphin, adrenocorticotropic hormone and serum prolactin was detected during water immersion. 4. We suggest that a dopaminergic inhibitory control mechanism may be involved in regulating circulating levels of beta-endorphin, adrenocorticotropic hormone and prolactin in normal subjects undergoing extracellular fluid volume expansion produced by water immersion.
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