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Gen Comp Endocrinol. 1987 Nov;68(2):249-59.

The effects of acute and chronic stress on the levels of reproductive hormones in the plasma of mature male brown trout, Salmo trutta L.

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  • 1Freshwater Biological Association, Ferry House, United Kingdom.


Chronic confinement for 1 month caused a significant elevation of plasma cortisol but suppressed the levels of plasma testosterone and 11-ketotestosterone in sexually mature male brown trout. An acute handling stress for 1 hr elevated blood cortisol and ACTH levels and also suppressed circulating androgens. This androgen suppression in response to acute stress was accompanied by an elevation of plasma gonadotropin levels. These findings are discussed in relation to stress-induced suppression of reproductive function in mammals and the possible biological consequences of such a suppression in fish are outlined.

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