ISSN 1067-4136, Russian Journal of Ecology, 2008, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 451–453. © Pleiades Publishing, Ltd., 2008. Original Russian Text © N.M. Bykhovets, 2008, published in Ekologiya, 2008, No. 6, pp. 475–477. SHORT COMMUNICATIONS Effect of Low-Intensity g-Irradiation in Early Ontogeny on the Structure and Function of the Bank Vole Adrenal Cortex N. M. Bykhovets Institute of Biology, Komi Scientiﬁc Center, Ural Division, Russian Academy of Sciences, Syktyvkar, 167982 Komi Republic, Russia; e-mail: email@example.com Received May 20, 2008 DOI: 10.1134/S1067413608060118 Key words: γ-irradiation, adrenal cortex, bank vole, adaptive potential˛ The neuroendocrine system plays the leading role in ible pathological changes in adults (Naumenko et al., adaptation to various environmental factors. The hypo- 1990). thalamus–pituitary–adrenal axis is one of its main com- We studied morphological and functional changes ponents; it is involved in general adaptation syndrome in the adrenal cortex of bank voles caused by chronic or stress and coordinates immune defense at the indi- low-intensity γ-irradiation in early ontogeny in the vidual level and, in small mammals with cyclic popula- framework of solving the general ecological problem of tion dynamics, determines the sizes of the next genera- mammal adaptation to radiation. tions at the population level. The adrenal
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