Journal article

The role of glycinergic inhibition in respiratory pattern formation and cardio-respiratory coupling in rats.

Werner Issao Furuya, Rishi R Dhingra, Pedro Trevizan-Baú, Robin M McAllen, Mathias Dutschmann

Curr Res Physiol | Elsevier BV | Published : 2021


Cardio-respiratory coupling is reflected as respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) and inspiratory-related bursting of sympathetic nerve activity. Inspiratory-related inhibitory and/or postinspiratory-related excitatory drive of cardiac vagal motoneurons (CVMs) can generate RSA. Since respiratory oscillations may depend on synaptic inhibition, we investigated the effects of blocking glycinergic neurotransmission (systemic and local application of the glycine receptor (GlyR) antagonist, strychnine) on the expression of the respiratory motor pattern, RSA and sympatho-respiratory coupling. We recorded heart-rate, phrenic, recurrent laryngeal and thoracic sympathetic nerve activities (PNA, RLNA, t-S..

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