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Temporal link between plasma thyrotropin levels and electroencephalographic activity in man.

Author(s): Gronfier C, Luthringer R, Follenius M, Schaltenbrand N, Macher JP, Muzet A, Brandenberger G

Affiliation(s): Laboratoire de Physiologie et de Psychologie Environnementales, CNRS, Strasbourg, France. gronfier@C-strasbourg.fr

Publication date & source: 1995-11-17, Neurosci Lett., 200(2):97-100.

Publication type: Clinical Trial; Randomized Controlled Trial

Plasma thyrotropin (TSH) levels have been previously shown to be associated with the internal sleep structure determined by conventional scoring of sleep stages. This temporal relationship was re-evaluated using spectral analysis of the sleep electroencephalogram (EEG). Eight healthy male subjects underwent two randomized night studies after having received either placebo or 5 mg ritanserin, a selective 5-HT2 receptor antagonist known to increase slow-wave sleep. Delta relative power and TSH levels, determined at 10 min intervals, were found to be inversely related with an average cross-correlation coefficient highly significant (P < 0.0001) in both experimental conditions. Alpha slow-wave index, an estimator of awakenings, and TSH pulses exhibited a significant temporal association in both conditions. These results demonstrate that TSH fluctuations are linked to the sleep EEG activity in man.

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