Compensatory adrenal growth: a neurally mediated reflex

M. F. Dallman, W. C. Engeland, J. Shinsako

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The responses of young rats to left adrenalectomy or left adrenal manipulation were compared to surgical sham adrenalectomy in which adrenals were observed but not touched. At 12 h right adrenal wet weight, dry weight, DNA, RNA, and protein content were increased (P < 0.05) after the first two operations. Left adrenal manipulation resulted in increased right adrenal weight at 12 h but no change in left adrenal weight. Sequential manipulation of the left adrenal at time O and the right adrenal at 12 h resulted in an enlarged right adrenal at 12 h (P < 0.01), and an enlarged left adrenal at 24 h (P < 0.05), showing that the manipulated gland was capable of response. Bilateral adrenal manipulation of the adrenal glands resulted in bilateral enlargement at 12 h (P < 0.01). Taken together with previous results, these findings strongly suggest that compensatory adrenal growth is a neurally mediated reflex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)408-414
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1976


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