In this study, we investigated the effects of acute and chronic immobilization stress on the Zn, Cu, and Fe levels of the temporal lobe, brain stem, spleen, and liver tissues in rats. The animals in the acute stress group were put in the cages, one time only for 120 min. For the chronic stress groups (2h and 4h), the rats were kept in the cages daily for 2 and 4 h, respectively, for 5 consecutive days. Controls and immobilized rats were decapitated, and then tissue samples were taken. Zn, Cu, and Fe levels in the temporal lobe, brain stem, spleen, and liver were measured by flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Our results showed that acute immobilization stress causes endogenous Zn and Cu release from the brain tissues. In the 2h chronic stress group, Fe levels markedly increase in the temporal lobe and brain stem whereas they decrease in the spleen and liver. In the 4h chronic stress group, Fe levels increase in the temporal lobe and brain stem while Zn and Cu levels increase in the spleen and liver. In the acute and chronic immobilization stress groups, mobilization of Zn and Cu can be related to the induction of metallothionein (MT) in the liver and spleen but not in the brain. On the other hand, excess Fe in the temporal lobe and brain stem causes us to believe think that the brain iron transport proteins may be involved, and enhanced, by immobilization stress.