Thermosensitivity changes in cold-adapted rats

M. Székely, J. B. Mercer

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Cold-adapted rats (unlike non-adapted animals) respond to an acute exposure to external cold by an overshoot increase in metabolic rate and a paradoxical increase in body core temperature. In contrast to external cooling, internal cooling with the aid of a chronically implanted intravenous heat exchanger elicited comparable increase in metabolic rate, coupled with a large fall in core temperature. It is concluded that cold adaptation alters peripheral thermosensitivity (enhances cold sensitivity), while the thermosensitivity of the core is not affected by the adaptation process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-371
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Thermal Biology
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 1999



  • Body temperature
  • Cold-adaptation
  • Metabolic rate
  • Peripheral thermosensors
  • Rat
  • Thermoregulation
  • Thermosensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Developmental Biology

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