Psychophysiological stress induces heat shock cognate protein (HSC)70 mRNA in the cerebral cortex and stomach of rats

Shin Fukudo, Koji Abe, Michio Hongo, Atsushi Utsumi, Yasuto Itoyama

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Families of 70 kDa heat shock proteins have essential roles in cellular coping to noxious stimuli. However, their roles in psychophysiological stress have not been precisely clarified. We tested our hypothesis that heat shock cognate protein (HSC)70 messenger RNA would increase in stress-vulnerable organs under psychophysiological stress. In control rats, cerebral HSC70 mRNAs were constitutively expressed while gastric HSC70 mRNAs were scarcely identified. Restraint-water immersion stress significantly increased the level of cerebral HSC70 mRNAs for 6 h and 12 h. Stress for 6 h with recovery for 6 h induced more gastric HSC70 mRNA levels than that without recovery, while stress for 12 h expressed the highest gastric HCS70 mRNA levels. Hypothermia, induced by water immersion, excluded a possible role of hyperthermia in inducing HSC70 mRNA. Our results point to a crucial cytoprotective role for families of heat shock proteins in stress-vulnerable brain-gut link in mammals under psychophysiological stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-102
Number of pages5
JournalBrain research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Mar 27


  • Cerebral cortex
  • Heat shock cognate protein 70
  • Heat shock protein
  • Messenger RNA
  • Northern blotting
  • Rat
  • Restraint-water immersion stress
  • Stomach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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