1. Electrical stimulation of sites in the midbrain ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the lateral hypothalamic area of the anaesthetized rabbit elicited intense vasoconstriction and profound bradycardia. 2. The same effects were elicited by microinjections of glutamate ions into the VTA but not the lateral hypothalamic area. 3. Following baroreceptor denervation, the bradycardic component of the response was greatly reduced, but the vasoconstrictor component was unaffected. 4. It is concluded that the cardiovascular response is generated by excitation of a cell group within the VTA, but within the hypothalamus the response arises from excitation of axons of passage.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology|
|Publication status||Published - 1983|