Journal article

Nitrergic stimulation of the locus coeruleus modulates blood pressure and heart rate in the anaesthetized rat

ST Yao, DI Finkelstein, AJ Lawrence

NEUROSCIENCE | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1999

Abstract

To investigate whether nitric oxide is involved in the cardiovascular responses mediated via the locus coeruleus, the effects of microinjections of L-arginine and L-glutamate into the locus coeruleus on blood pressure and heart rate were investigated in sodium pentobarbitone-anaesthetized rats. Unilateral microinjection of L-arginine (25, 50 nmol) elicited dose-related depressor (-17 +/- 4, -25 +/- 4 mmHg) and bradycardic (13 +/- 3, 24 +/- 6 b.p.m.) effects. Furthermore, these effects were attenuated by prior local microinjection of N(G)-nitro-L-arginine (40 nmol). Peripheral muscarinic receptor blockade with atropine methyl nitrate (1 mg/kg, i.v.) attenuated the bradycardic but not the depr..

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