Journal article

Medullary pathway of the Bezold-Jarisch reflex in the rat.

AJ Verberne, PG Guyenet

Am J Physiol | Published : 1992


The central pathway mediating the Bezold-Jarisch reflex elicited by jugular vein injection of serotonin (5-HT) and phenyl biguanide (PBG) was studied in halothane-anesthetized, paralyzed rats. 5-HT and PBG produced hypotension and inhibition of lumbar sympathetic discharge often preceded by sympathoexcitation. The Bezold-Jarish reflex was blocked by bilateral kynurenic acid (KYN; glutamate antagonist, 1.25 nmol/side) microinjection into the solitary tract nucleus. Bilateral KYN injection into the caudal ventrolateral medulla (5 nmol/side) also blocked the reflex. Bilateral injection of bicuculline methiodide (BIC; 100 pmol/side) into the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVL) reduced the depres..

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