Increased heart rate variability but normal resting metabolic rate in hypocretin/orexin-deficient human narcolepsy.
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SourceJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 4, 3, (2008), pp. 248-54
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Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
SubjectDCN 2: Functional Neurogenomics; UMCN 3.2: Cognitive neurosciences
STUDY OBJECTIVES: We investigated autonomic balance and resting metabolic rate to explore their possible involvement in obesity in hypocretin/orexin-deficient narcoleptic subjects. METHODS: Resting metabolic rate (using indirect calorimetry) and variability in heart rate and blood pressure were determined in the fasted resting state. Subjects included 15 untreated, hypocretin-deficient male narcoleptics and 15 male controls matched for age and body mass index. RESULTS: Spectral power analysis revealed greater heart rate and blood pressure variability in hypocretin-deficient male narcoleptic patients (heart rate: p = 0.01; systolic blood pressure: p = 0.02; diastolic: p < 0.01). The low to high frequency ratio of heart rate power did not differ between groups (p = 0.48), nor did resting metabolic rate (controls: 1767 +/- 226 kcal/24 h; patients: 1766 +/- 227 kcal/24h; p = 0.99). CONCLUSIONS: Resting metabolic rate was not reduced in hypocretin-deficient narcoleptic men and therefore does not explain obesity in this group. Whether the increased heart rate and blood pressure variability--suggesting reduced sympathetic tone--is involved in this regard remains to be elucidated.
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