Following social disruption (SDR) stress in male mice, corticosterone resistance of splenocytes was accompanied by enhanced LPS-stimulated interleukin (IL)-6 secretion. The present study examined the role of IL-6 in the development of corticosterone resistance. Addition of IL-6 to control splenocyte cultures did not induce corticosterone resistance. SDR also elevated IL-6 in plasma and liver, but not in spleen. IL-6 deficient mice that were exposed to SDR developed glucocorticoid resistance despite the absence of systemic IL-6. These findings suggest that although SDR enhanced IL-6 responses, IL-6 was not essential for the development of stress-induced splenocyte corticosterone resistance.
- Corticosterone resistance