The hormonal response to a d-fenfluramine challenge in trained and sedentary men

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Abstract

Purpose:

The purpose of the present study was to examine the responsiveness of serotonergic receptors in endurance trained and sedentary men.

Methods:

The serum prolactin and cortisol responses to the oral administration of 30 mg of the serotonin releaser and reuptake inhibitor d-fenfluramine were determined in eight male endurance-trained subjects and seven male sedentary controls.

Results:

A Friedman's repeated-measures test for both the endurance-trained (P = 0.006) and sedentary (P = 0.018) prolactin results demonstrated a change in the mean prolactin concentration over time, but no difference in prolactin response was observed between the subject groups (P = 0.81). In both subject groups, the serum cortisol concentration remained unchanged. However, the mean serum concentration of cortisol for the endurance-trained subjects at each time point tended to be lower than at the corresponding time point for the sedentary subject group and was significantly lower at 180 min (P = 0.04).

Conclusion:

The present study suggests that, in contrast to an earlier report of down-regulation of 5-HT1A receptor function in endurance-trained subjects in response to a nonspecific challenge, postsynaptic 5-HT2 function as determined by the d-fenfluramine-evoked alteration in the plasma concentration of prolactin is not altered by endurance training.

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