Journal article

Hippocampal modulation of cardiorespiratory function

Itopa E Ajayi, Alice E McGovern, Alexandria K Driessen, Nicole F Kerr, Paul C Mills, Stuart B Mazzone

RESPIRATORY PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROBIOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2018

Abstract

Changes in cardiorespiratory control accompany the expression of complex emotions, indicative of limbic brain inputs onto bulbar autonomic pathways. Previous studies have focussed on the role of the prefrontal cortex in autonomic regulation. However, the role of the hippocampus, also important in limbic processing, has not been addressed in detail. Anaesthetised, instrumented rats were used to map the location of hippocampal sites capable of evoking changes in cardiorespiratory control showing that stimulation of discrete regions within the CA1 fields of both the dorsal and ventral hippocampus potently alter breathing and cardiovascular activity. Additionally, tracing of the neuroanatomical ..

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