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Title: Effect of housing rats within a pyramid on stress parameters
Authors: Bhat, Surekha
Rao, Guruprasad
Murthy, K Dilip
Bhat, P Gopalakrishna
Keywords: Cortisol;Glutathione;Glutathione peroxidise;Malondialdehyde;Pyramid model;Stress;Superoxide dismutase
Issue Date: Nov-2003
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: The Giza pyramids, of Egypt have been the subjcct of much research. Pyramid models with the same base to height ratio as of the Great Pyramid of Giza when aligned on a true north-south axis, are belived to generate,transform and transmit energy, Research done with such pyramid models has shown that they induced greater relaxation in human subject promoted better wound healing in rats and afforded protection against stress-induced neurodegenerative changes, in mice. The present study was done to asses the effects of housing Wistar rats, within the pyramid on the status of oxidative damage and antioxidant defense in their ery throcytes, and cortisol level in their plasma. Rats were housed in cages under standard laboratory conditions.Cages were left in the open (normal control). under a wooden pyramid model (experimental rats,) or in a cubical box of comparable dimension, (6 hr/day for 14 days), erythrocyte malondialdehyd and plasma cortisol levels were significantly decreased in rats kept within the Pyramid as compared to the normal control and those within the square box.Erythyrocyte reduced glutathione levels, erythrocyte glutathione per oxidase and superoxide dismutase activities were significantly increased in the rats kept in the pyramid as compared to the other two groups. There was no significant difference in any of the parameters, between the normal control and rats kept in the squarc box. The results showed that exposure of adult female Wistar rats to pyramid environment reduces, stress, oxidative stress and increases antioxidant defense in them.
Page(s): 1289-1293
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/17165
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJEB Vol.41(11) [November 2003]

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