Chronopharmacologic aspects of hexobarbital oxidation rate in rats

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Circadian variations of hexobarbital oxidation rate in rat liver and the relationship to serum corticosterone levels were determined in 324 animals subjected to different lighting regimen and feeding schedules.--Rats maintained under standard light/dark conditions and with free access to food showed a significant circadian hexobarbital oxidase rhythmicity. Inversion of the light/dark cycle and time feeding was followed by significant changes of the 24-h means of hexobarbital oxidation rate as well as of the shape and phasing of the circadian pattern. The animals' response to the experimentally altered environmental conditions did not reveal a predictable relationship between the shape and phasing of the rhythmic patterns of liver hexobarbital oxidase activity and of corticosterone levels in blood serum; the rats subjected to timed feeding showed decreased levels of corticosterone whereas the hexobarbital oxidation rate of the liver was increased.


  • Klaus Püschel
  • Thomas Mätzsch
  • Heinz von Mayersbach
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Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Pharmacology and Toxicology


  • Hexobarbital oxidation, Corticosterone, Circadianrhythm, Rat liver
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-204
JournalArchives of Toxicology
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1981
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Emergency medicine/Medicine/Surgery (013240200)