Journal article

CONTRACTILE RESPONSES TO ALPHA-1-ADRENOCEPTOR STIMULATION DURING MATURATION IN THE AORTA OF THE NORMOTENSIVE AND SPONTANEOUSLY HYPERTENSIVE RAT - RELATION TO STRUCTURE

K SUDHIR, JA ANGUS

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL PHARMACOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY | BLACKWELL SCIENCE | Published : 1990

Abstract

1. The significantly greater rise in blood pressure during the first 20 weeks of life in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) when compared with normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY) may be related to increased vasoconstrictor responses caused by enhanced transmitter release or post-junctional receptor changes. 2. The reactivity of rat isolated aorta to post-junctional alpha 1-adrenoceptor stimulation by methoxamine and to transmural sympathetic nerve stimulation was studied in ring segments suspended at equivalent transmural pressures in organ baths. 3. Wall stress in the SHR aorta was significantly higher at 4 weeks, but lower at 9 and 20 weeks when compared with the WKY aorta, a possible ..

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