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Patterning of sympathetic nerve activity in response to vestibular stimulation

IA Kerman, RM McAllen, BJ Yates

BRAIN RESEARCH BULLETIN | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2000

Abstract

Growing evidence suggests a role for the vestibular system in regulation of autonomic outflow during postural adjustments. In the present paper we review evidence for the patterning of sympathetic nerve activity elicited by vestibular stimulation. In response to electrical activation of vestibular afferents, firing of sympathetic nerves located throughout the body is altered. However, activity of the renal nerve is most sensitive to vestibular inputs. In contrast, high-intensity simultaneous activation of cutaneous and muscle inputs elicits equivalent changes in firing of the renal, superior mesenteric and lumbar colonic nerves. Responses of muscle vasoconstrictor (MVC) efferents to vestibul..

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