Physiological Reports Publishes its First Paper

Physiological ReportsWe are delighted to announce that Physiological Reports has now published its first article. The journal opened for submissions at the end of March 2013 and we have already received several strong papers. The journal also had a very popular launch event at the Experimental Biology conference in Boston in April. Physiological Reports is the new open access journal from the American Physiological Society and The Physiological Society.

The first paper to be published in Physiological Reports is: 

purple_lock_openMental stress elicits sustained and reproducible increases in skin sympathetic nerve activity
by Matthew D. Muller, Charity L. Sauder & Chester A. Ray
Prof. Ray introduces his paper: “Psychological stress is an established trigger for adverse cardiovascular events, but the underlying mechanisms are not entirely clear. A better understanding of how the body responds to psychological stress may allow for therapies to improve clinical outcomes. Skin sympathetic nerve activity (SSNA), reflective of sympathetic outflow to the cutaneous vasculature, has not been systematically studied in response to mental stress. Early experiments demonstrated that SSNA responds to arousal stimuli (e.g., sudden touch, loud noise), but quantitative data regarding SSNA responses to mental stress are scarce. Moreover, the reproducibility of SSNA to mental stress has not been examined.

Our results demonstrate that patterns of SSNA responses to standardized bouts of mental arithmetic lasting three minutes are consistent across trials (i.e., hours and days apart) with a large initial arousal response followed by a smaller yet sustained SSNA increase for the remainder of the trial. These results indicate that SSNA responses to mental stress are reproducible in controlled conditions and that changes observed over time would reflect modification of autonomic regulation. The current findings will be valuable in future studies evaluating the effectiveness of interventions (e.g., exercise training, pharmacological therapy) on SSNA responses to stress.”

The paper can be read in full here >

Deputy Editor, Prof. Thomas Kleyman says: “We are very excited about the publication of the first manuscript in Physiological Reports from Matthew Muller, Charity Sauder and Chester Ray at Penn State.  We plan to post a podcast discussion with Chet Ray that will highlight the major findings in this manuscript.” We look forward to receiving more excellent submissions across all areas of basic, translational, and clinical physiology and allied disciplines.

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