Plasma sulpho-conjugated catecholamine dynamics up to 8 h after 60-min exercise at 50% and 70% maximal oxygen uptakes

Tetsuro Ogaki, Atsushi Saito, Shozo Kanaya, Takehiko Fujino

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The prolonged effects of steady-state exercise and meals on plasma sulpho-conjugated catecholamines (CA) after exercise were examined. Seven male subjects exercised on 2 separate days for 60 min at 50% and 70% of maximal oxygen uptake ((Formula presented.)) on a cycle ergometer and then rested, for 8 h sitting in an armchair. A control trial without any exercise was also performed. At 2 h after the end of exercise the subjects were given a meal. The plasma free and sulphated CA, oxygen uptake ((Formula presented.)) and heart rate (HR) were all measured before exercise, during exercise and hourly during the 8-h recovery period. The sulphated noradrenaline (NA-S) and adrenaline (A-S) concentrations increased after exercise, and, furthermore, only the NA-S concentrations remained elevated for 6 h after exercise at 50%(Formula presented.) and for 8 h at 70%(Formula presented.) trial, compared with the control trial. There were no changes in either the plasma NA-S or A-S concentrations after consuming a meal, whereas the dopamine sulphate concentration demonstrated a dynamic change. A significantly higher excess postexercise(Formula presented.) was observed at 2 h postexercise at 50%(Formula presented.) and at 6 h postexercise at 70%(Formula presented.) trials. The mean HR was still elevated at 6 and 8 h after exercise, which closely correlated with the duration of the elevated NA-S concentrations. These results suggest that sulphated CA, especially NA-S, could represent an additional index of sympathetic nerve activity after exercise, and that a meal containing small amounts of the amines would seem to have no effect on plasma NA-S and A-S concentrations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-11
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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