Journal article

Baroreceptor reflexes and vascular reactivity during inhibition of nitric oxide synthesis in conscious rabbits.

ZY Du, GJ Dusting, OL Woodman

Eur J Pharmacol | Published : 1992


The effect of the nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitor N-nitro-L-arginine (NOLA) on vascular reactivity and the baroreceptor heart rate reflex was examined in chronically instrumented conscious rabbits. NOLA (15 mg/kg i.v.) significantly increased mean arterial pressure and hindlimb vascular resistance and decreased heart rate. Increases and decreases in arterial pressure were produced by the intravenous injection of phenylephrine and sodium nitroprusside respectively and the values obtained relating mean arterial blood pressure to heart rate were fitted to a sigmoid curve. NOLA significantly reduced the lower plateau of the arterial pressure--heart rate curve but did not significantly affec..

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