The effects of aging on leukocyte glucocorticoid receptor concentration and response to dexamethasone in dogs

Pereira, Maria Cassarin; Traverse, Maria; Barros, Daniela Marti; Bianchini, Adalto; Martínez, Pablo Elías


Glucocorticoid receptor concentration (GR) was determined in mononuclear (MNS) and polymorphonuclear (PMNS) cells isolated from 8 aged and 9 young male dogs. In addition, leukocyte responses to dexamethasone (0.1 mg kg21 iv) and plasma glucose concentration were also measured. The GR in MNS and PMNS was higher ðp , 0:05Þ in young dogs (6.64 ^ 0.57 and 7.04 ^ 0.29 fmoles £ 106 cells, respectively, versus 4.40 ^ 0.24 and 5.06 ^ 0.33 fmoles £ 106 cells, respectively, in aged dogs). The maximum increase in neutrophils (D NEU) was lower ðp , 0:05Þ in aged dogs 6003.38 ^ 1398.5 £ 106 versus 11168.67 ^ 1863.16 £ 106 cells l21 in young dogs. The maximum decrease in lymphocytes (D LYM) was lower ðp , 0:05Þ in aged dogs 550 ^ 56.75 £ 106 cells l21 versus 1825.89 ^ 313.1 £ 106 cells l21 in young dogs. In young dogs, significant ðp , 0:05Þ correlations between GR in PMNS and D NEU ðr ¼ 0:80Þ and between GR in MNS and D LYM ðr ¼ 0:76Þ were observed. In aged dogs, these correlations were not significant. The lower GR value and the lack of correlation between this parameter and its respective D in aged dogs suggest that changes in leukocytes responsiveness to glucocorticoids is occurring during the aging process.

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