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The effects of naloxone on the cardiovascular and respiratory effects of centrally administered corticotrophin releasing factor in conscious rabbits.

CN May, CJ Whitehead, CJ Mathias

Br J Pharmacol | Published : 1991

Abstract

1. The effects of intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) and intracisternal (i.c.) administration of corticotrophin releasing factor (CRF) (0.5 nmol kg-1) were examined in conscious rabbits. The effect of opioid receptor antagonism was examined to determine whether the responses to CRF were mediated by endogenous opioid peptides. 2. After i.c.v. CRF there was a rise in mean arterial pressure (MAP), heart rate (HR), plasma noradrenaline and adrenaline, and increased behavioural activity. Respiration rate increased, PaCO2 fell, but PaO2 was unchanged. 3. The pressor and behavioural effects of i.c.v. CRF were unaltered by high doses of intravenous naloxone (9 mumols kg-1 bolus followed by 9 mumols kg..

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