Increased levels of cortisol in response to stress are known to predispose to reduced immunocompetence, favouring the onset and progression of infectious diseases. Vice versa, endocrine functions can be modulated by parasitic infections (Besedovsky HO, Del Rey A, 1996, Endocr, Rev, 17: 64-102). Since we could find no published studies correlating parasitic infections and steroid hormones in the domestic cat, we conducted an initial screening aimed at determining hormonal levels associated with the presence of gastrointestinal parasites.

Gastrointestinal parasites and faecal levels of cortisol, testosterone and progesterone in cat shelters

ACCORSI, PIER ATTILIO;AURELI, SARA;MATTIOLI, MICHELA;TAMPIERI, MARIA PAOLA;VIGGIANI, ROBERTA;GALUPPI, ROBERTA
2010

Abstract

Increased levels of cortisol in response to stress are known to predispose to reduced immunocompetence, favouring the onset and progression of infectious diseases. Vice versa, endocrine functions can be modulated by parasitic infections (Besedovsky HO, Del Rey A, 1996, Endocr, Rev, 17: 64-102). Since we could find no published studies correlating parasitic infections and steroid hormones in the domestic cat, we conducted an initial screening aimed at determining hormonal levels associated with the presence of gastrointestinal parasites.
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Accorsi P.A.; Paloni C.; Aureli S.; Carloni E.; Mattioli M.; Tampieri M.P.; Viggiani R.; Galuppi R.
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