Journal article

Restorative effect of atrial natriuretic peptide or chronic neutral endopeptidase inhibition on blunted cardiopulmonary vagal reflexes in aged rats

Colleen J Thomas, Robin M McAllen, Lauren M Salo, Robyn L Woods

HYPERTENSION | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2008

Abstract

Arterial baroreflex function diminishes with age, but whether cardiopulmonary vagal reflexes are similarly altered with physiological aging has not been fully elucidated. In this study, predominantly cardiac high pressure mechanoreceptor-activated (ramp baroreflex) and cardiopulmonary chemoreceptor-activated (von Bezold-Jarisch reflex) vagal reflexes in conscious, instrumented rats were impaired by 30% to 40% (P<0.05) in 24-month-old (n=12) compared with 6-month-old rats (n=12). To determine whether this is a restorable deficit, the influence of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), either by infusion or blockade of its breakdown, was studied. ANP infusion was previously shown to enhance Bezold-..

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