Role of lauric acid against prenatal sleep deprivation-induced-stress rise in corticosterone and low birth weight in rat offspring

  • Ibrahim Joseph Momoh
  • Abdul wahab Alhassan
  • Fati A. Dawud
  • Sani A. Abubakar
  • Abba Sunday
Keywords: Corticosterone, Lauric acid, birth weight, HPA-axis, sleep deprivation.


Prenatal stress is known to affect the offspring later in life. Lauric acid is a known antioxidant shown to play a protective role in experimental animals. This study examines the role of Lauric acid on sleep deprivation-induced stress on serum corticosterone level and birth weight in male rat pups. Pregnant dams were sleep-deprived using the modified multiple water platform for 20hrs daily from gestational day 9-19. Animals in groups 1 and 2 served as normal and stressed controls respectively, groups 3,4 and 5 received Lauric acid of doses 125mg/kg, 250mg/kg and 500mg/kg respectively while group 6 received Vitamin C 300mg/kg. Male offspring birth weight was recorded and at PND 28-36, were sacrificed and blood was collected for corticosterone assay. Serum corticosterone was significantly higher (p< 0.05) in the sleep-deprivation-induced stress group. Its level was also significantly lower (p<0.05) in the LA and vitamin C treated groups. Birth weight was significantly lower (p<0.05) in the stressed and vitamin C (300mg/kg) groups while being significantly higher (p< 0.05) in LA 125mg/kg group. This finding suggest that Lauric acid protect against rise in serum corticosterone level and improves birth weight in male offspring of dams subjected to sleep deprivation.


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