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Endogenous angiotensin II and bradykinin delay and attenuate the hypotension after N-type calcium channel blockade in conscious rabbits

SL Whorlow, JA Angus, CE Wright

JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR PHARMACOLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 1998

Abstract

The effects of N-type calcium channel inhibition with omega-conotoxin GVIA (omega-CTX) on cardiovascular parameters and vagally mediated autonomic reflexes and the role of the renin-angiotensin system were assessed in conscious rabbits. Omega-CTX (10 microg/kg, i.v.) resulted in hypotension, tachycardia, and attenuation of the sympathetic and vagal components of the baroreceptor-heart rate reflex (baroreflex). In the control group (no pretreatment), the peak decrease in mean arterial pressure (MAP) of 13 +/- 3 mm Hg from 72 +/- 2 mm Hg occurred after 33 +/- 3 min, with a corresponding tachycardia of 80 +/- 20 beats/min (n = 6). The tachycardia was due to vagal withdrawal, as a similar increa..

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