Plasma endothelin-1 (ET-1) and cortisol were measured around the clock at hourly intervals on 7 clinically healthy, diurnally active, nocturnally resting subjects 22-27 years of age. The circadian rhythm in cortisol is demonstrated for each subject (p ≤ 0.020) as well as on a group basis (p = 0.002), peaking in the morning. By contrast, the circadian variation of ET-1 is statistically significant in only one of the subjects, and it is not detected for the group as a whole (p > 0.20). Instead, ET-1 is characterized by an about 8-h component (p < 0.001) that is not found for cortisol.
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