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Gusakova E.A., Gorodetskaya I.V.
«Time deficiency» emotional stress model
Vitebsk State Order of Peoples’ Friendship Medical University, Vitebsk, Republic of Belarus

Vestnik VGMU. 2019;18(1):8-13.

A model of emotional stress of the «time deficiency» has been proposed: a rat is placed in a spiral-shaped tunnel, that is quickly filled with cold water. Stressful situation is formed due to the fact that the animal, trying to avoid contact with cold water, is forced to move up the device and being in an enclosed space, can not avoid the situation in which it found itself. After the test, the rat is placed in an individual cage. The water from the device is removed.
Objectives. To develop the way of modelling emotional stress in laboratory animals by creating «time deficiency» and to compare its stress effect with that of «free swimming of rats in a cage» stress.
Material and methods. The experiment was conducted on 60 white mongrel male rats weighing 220-240 g. Stress was modelled according to the methods of «time deficiency» and «free swimming of rats in a cage». The intensity of the stress reaction was assessed by changes in the relative mass of the adrenal glands, thymus and spleen, damage to the gastric mucosa, as well as the shift in the concentration of corticosteroids in the blood.
Results. It has been found that the effect of this «time deficiency» method causes the appearance of stress-specific changes in animals: the relative weight of the adrenal glands is increased (by 31%), relative weights of the spleen and thymus are decreased (by 14 and 26%), the concentration of corticosteroids in the blood is increased (by 43%) , the damage to the gastric mucosa occurs (in 80% of rats with the severity of damage making up 1 point in 20% of animals, 2 or 3 points in 60% of rats at the ratio of 1:1, a multiplicity of 2 hemorrhages per animal is observed in 30%, 3 in 40% and 4 in 10% of rats, index of damage is 4,7).
Conclusions. Compared with the existing methods, the proposed one increases the objectivity of studying the influence of stress on the psychosomatic status of the animal, because: 1) it presupposes an individual study of rats, which excludes the effect of their joint staying on behavioral and vegetative indices; 2) it allows efficient removal of animal waste products due to flushing the device with large amount of water after testing each rat; 3) it excludes injury to animals.
Key words: emotional stress, model, time deficiency, stress reaction.


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Information about authors:
Gusakova E.A. – Candidate of Biological Sciences, associate professor of the Chair of General, Physical and Colloid Chemistry, Vitebsk State Order of Peoples’ Friendship Medical University;
Gorodetskaya I.V. – Doctor of Medical Sciences, professor of the Chair of Normal Physiology, Vitebsk State Order of Peoples’ Friendship Medical University.

Correspondence address: Republic of Belarus, 210009, Vitebsk, 27 Frunze ave., Vitebsk State Order of Peoples’ Friendship Medical University, Chair of General, Physical and Colloid Chemistry. E-mail: Этот адрес электронной почты защищён от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра. – Elena A. Gusakova.


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