Social defeat and footshock increase body mass and adiposity in male Syrian hamsters
ABSTRACT Obesity is a world-wide epidemic, and many factors, including stress, have been linked to this growing trend. After social stress (i.e., defeat), subordinate laboratory rats and most laboratory mice become hypophagic and, subsequently, lose body mass; the opposite is true of subordinate Syrian hamsters. After social defeat, Syrian hamsters become hyperphagic and gain body mass compared with nonstressed controls. It is unknown whether this increase in body mass and food intake is limited to subordinate hamsters. In experiment 1, we asked, do dominant hamsters increase food intake, body mass, and adiposity after an agonistic encounter? Subordinate hamsters increased food intake and body mass compared with nonstressed controls. Although there was no difference in food intake or absolute body mass between dominant and nonstressed control animals, cumulative body mass gain was significantly higher in dominant than in nonstressed control animals. Total carcass lipid and white adipose tissue (WAT) (i.e., retroperitoneal and epididymal WAT) masses were significantly increased in subordinate, but not dominant, hamsters compared with nonstressed controls. In experiment 2, we asked, does footshock stress increase food intake, body mass, and adiposity. Hamsters exposed to defeat, but not footshock stress, increased food intake relative to nonstressed controls. In animals exposed to defeat or footshock stress, body mass, as well as mesenteric WAT mass, increased compared with nonstressed controls. Collectively, these data demonstrate that social and nonsocial stressors increase body and lipid mass in male hamsters, suggesting that this species may prove useful for studying the physiology of stress-induced obesity in some humans.
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ABSTRACT: Stress was once defined as the non-specific result of the body to any demand or challenge to homeostasis. A more current view of stress is the behavioral and physiological responses generated in the face of, or in anticipation of, a perceived threat. The stress response involves activation of the sympathetic nervous system and recruitment of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. When an organism encounters a stressor (social, physical, etc.), these endogenous stress systems are stimulated in order to generate a fight-or-flight response, and manage the stressful situation. As such, an organism is forced to liberate energy resources in attempt to meet the energetic demands posed by the stressor. A change in the energy homeostatic balance is thus required to exploit an appropriate resource and deliver useable energy to the target muscles and tissues involved in the stress response. Acutely, this change in energy homeostasis and the liberation of energy is considered advantageous, as it is required for the survival of the organism. However, when an organism is subjected to a prolonged stressor, as is the case during chronic stress, a continuous irregularity in energy homeostasis is considered detrimental and may lead to the development of metabolic disturbances such as cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes mellitus and obesity. This concept has been studied extensively using animal models, and the neurobiological underpinnings of stress induced metabolic disorders are beginning to surface. However, different animal models of stress continue to produce divergent metabolic phenotypes wherein some animals become anorexic and lose body mass while others increase food intake and body mass and become vulnerable to the development of metabolic disturbances. It remains unclear exactly what factors associated with stress models can be used to predict the metabolic outcome of the organism. This review will explore a variety of rodent stress models and discuss the elements that influence the metabolic outcome in order to further extend our understanding of stress-induced obesity.Frontiers in Neuroscience 07/2013; 7:130. DOI:10.3389/fnins.2013.00130
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ABSTRACT: Chronic mild stress (CMS) has been often associated to the pathogenesis of many diseases including obesity. Indeed, visceral obesity has been linked to the development of metabolic syndrome features and constitutes a serious risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. In order to study possible mechanistic relationships between stress and the onset of obesity, we developed during 11 weeks a model of high-fat dietary intake (cafeteria diet) together with a CMS regimen in male Wistar rats. During the experimental period, basal metabolism by indirect calorimetry, rectal temperature, food intake, and locomotive markers were specifically analyzed. After 77 days, animals were sacrificed and body, adiposity and plasma biochemical profiles were also examined. As expected, cafeteria diet in unstressed animals induced a significative increase in body weight, adiposity, and insulin resistance markers. Locomotive variables, specifically distance, rearing and meander, were significantly increased by CMS on the first weeks of stress. Moreover, this model of CMS in Wistar rats increased significantly energy expenditure, and apparently interplayed with the dietary treatment on the muscle weight/fat weight ratio. In summary, this chronic stress model did not affected weight gain in control and high fat fed animals, but induced an interaction concerning the metabolic muscle/fat repartitioning.Journal of physiology and biochemistry 01/2008; 63(4):337-46. DOI:10.1007/BF03165765 · 2.50 Impact Factor