Journal article

EFFECT OF DORSAL PERIAQUEDUCTAL GREY LESION ON BAROREFLEX AND CARDIOVASCULAR-RESPONSE TO AIR-JET STRESS

W LAM, WJ LOUIS, AJM VERBERNE

JOURNAL OF THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1995

Abstract

Certain areas within the periaqueductal grey (PAG) have been implicated in cardiovascular regulation. The influence of excitotoxic lesions of the caudal dorsal periaqueductal grey on the baroreceptor-heart rate reflex and the cardiovascular response to air-jet stress was examined in awake Wistar-Kyoto rats. Pressor (11 +/- 2 mmHg) and tachycardic (25 +/- 4 beats/min) responses to air-jet were not influenced by the lesion. Similarly, the resting MAP and HR were unchanged. However, the gain of the baroreflex was reduced from -3.9 +/- 0.1 to -2.8 +/- 0.3 beats/min per mmHg and the upper threshold was increased from 120 +/- 5 to 135 +/- 7 mmHg in the lesioned group. These observations suggest th..

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