Journal article

Effect of systemic B-type natriuretic peptide on cardiac vagal motoneuron activity

E Toader, RM McAllen, A Cividjian, RL Woods, L Quintin

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-HEART AND CIRCULATORY PHYSIOLOGY | AMER PHYSIOLOGICAL SOC | Published : 2007

Abstract

Intravenous B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) enhances the bradycardia of reflexes from the heart, including the von Bezold-Jarisch reflex, but its site of action is unknown. The peptide is unlikely to penetrate the blood-brain barrier but could act on afferent or efferent reflex pathways. To investigate the latter, two types of experiment were performed on urethane-anesthetized (1.4 g/kg iv) rats. First, the activity was recorded extracellularly from single cardiac vagal motoneurons (CVMs) in the nucleus ambiguus. CVMs were identified by antidromic activation from the cardiac vagal branch and by their barosensitivity. Phenyl biguanide (PBG), injected via the right atrium in bolus doses of 1-..

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