Journal article

Role of the medullary raphe in thermoregulatory vasomotor control in rats

M Tanaka, K Nagashima, RM McAllen, K Kanosue

JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON | WILEY | Published : 2002

Abstract

To investigate the involvement of the medullary raphé in thermoregulatory vasomotor control, we chemically manipulated raphé neuronal activity while monitoring the tail vasomotor response to preoptic warming. For comparison, neuronal activity in the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) was manipulated in similar experiments. Injections of D,L-homocysteic acid (DLH; 0.5 mM, 0.3 microl) into a restricted region of the ventral medullary raphé suppressed the tail vasodilatation normally elicited by warming the preoptic area to 42 degrees C. DLH injection into the RVLM also suppressed the vasodilatation elicited by preoptic warming. Injection of bicuculline (0.5 mM, 0.3 microl) into the same raph..

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