Selective activation of vasomotor component of SAP spectrum by nucleus reticularis ventrolateralis in rats

Terry B.J. Kuo, Cheryl C.H. Yang, Samuel H.H. Chan

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We evaluated the contribution of the rostral nucleus reticularis ventrolateralis (NRVL) to the vasomotor component in the spectrum of systemic arterial pressure (SAP) signals by quantifying the transfer function between electrical stimulation of this medullary nucleus and the SAP response. Sprague-Dawley rats anesthetized with pentobarbital sodium, paralyzed with pancuronium, and mechanically ventilated were used. Broad-band stimulation of the NRVL with computer-generated rectangular current pulses (10-50 μA, 1 ms), at a mean spike rate of 50 pulses/s and randomized modulation frequency of 0-3 Hz, elicited a site-specific and intensity-related pressor response. Intriguingly, the corresponding autospectrum of SAP signals exhibited prevailing power density only in the lower frequency range (0-0.8 Hz). This low-pass response characteristic was confirmed by the observation that 90% of the total magnitude of transfer function between NRVL stimulation and SAP response concentrated between 0 and 0.6 Hz. The magnitude of NRVL-SAP transfer function was significantly reduced by phentolamine or prazosin but appreciably enhanced by yohimbine. We conclude that the NRVL may contribute to the very-low (0-0.25 Hz)- and low (0.25-0.8 Hz)-frequency components of the SAP spectrum, which are believed to reflect sympathetic modulation on vasomotor activity via α-adrenergic neurotransmission.
期刊American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
發行號1 41-1
出版狀態已發佈 - 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)