Does angiotensin II have a significant tonic action on cardiovascular neurons in the rostral and caudal VLM?

P. D. Potts, A. M. Allen, J. Horiuchi, R. A L Dampney*

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Abstract

The peptidic ANG II receptor antagonists [Sar1,Ile8]ANG II (sarile) or [Sar1,Thr8]ANG II (sarthran) are known to decrease arterial pressure and sympathetic activity when injected into the rostral part of the ventrolateral medulla (VLM). In anesthetized rabbits and rats, the profound depressor and sympathoinhibitory response after bilateral microinjections of sarile or sarthran into the rostral VLM was unchanged after prior selective blockade of angiotensin type 1 (AT1) and ANG-(1 - 7) receptors, although this abolished the effects of exogenous ANG II. Unlike the neuroinhibitory compounds muscimol or lignocaine, microinjections of sarile in the rostral VLM did not affect respiratory activity. Sarile or sarthran in the caudal VLM resulted in a large pressor and sympathoexcitatory response, which was also unaffected by prior blockade of AT1 and ANG-(1 - 7) receptors. The results indicate that the peptidic ANG receptor antagonists profoundly inhibit the tonic activity of cardiovascular but not respiratory neurons in the VLM and that these effects are independent of ANG II or ANG-(1 - 7) receptors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R1392–R1402
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Volume279
Issue number4 48-4
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arterial pressure
  • Medulla oblongata
  • Sympathetic vasomotor tone

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