Journal article

Alpha 2-adrenoceptor-mediated inhibition of bulbospinal barosensitive cells of rat rostral medulla.

AM Allen, PG Guyenet

American Journal of Physiology | Published : 1993

Abstract

Bulbospinal barosensitive neurons of the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM cells; presumed sympathetic vasomotor premotor neurons) were recorded with iontophoretic electrodes in urethan-anesthetized rats. The majority of these cells were insensitive to intravenous clonidine (Clo; up to 20 micrograms/kg) and insensitive to iontophoretically applied Clo or alpha-methylnorepinephrine (alpha-MNE). These cells (n = 47 of 76) had a spinal conduction velocity of 4.1 +/- 0.2 m/s and a mean firing rate of 20 +/- 1 spikes/s. A second population (n = 29) was powerfully inhibited by intravenous Clo (5-10 micrograms/kg, activity decreased by 83 +/- 11%), iontophoretically applied Clo (decreased by 51 +..

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