Central administration of a nitric oxide synthase inhibitor causes pressor responses via the sympathetic nervous system and the renin- angiotensin system in Wistar rats

Shigeki Moriguchi, Noriyasu Ohzuru, Nobuhiro Koga, Kenji Honda, Ryo Saito, Yukio Takano, Hiro O. Kamiya

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Abstract

The central roles of nitric oxide (NO) in regulations of the blood pressure and heart rate were examined in anesthetized rats. Intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) injection of N(ω)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) caused dose-dependent increase in the blood pressure and heart rate. The pressor response of the blood pressure to L-NAME (2 μmol, i.c.v.) was reduced by L-arginine (5 μmol, i.c.v). Pretreatment with a ganglionic blocker, pentolinium (10 mg/kg, i.v.), significantly inhibited both pressor responses induced by L-NAME (2 μmol, i.c.v). The later pressor response of the blood pressure to L-NAME was also inhibited by the angiotensin II AT-1 blocker losartan (10 mg/kg, i.v). These results suggest that the response of the blood pressure to L-NAME is mediated by both the sympathetic nervous system and the renin-angiotensin system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-112
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume245
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Apr 3
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Angiotensin II AT1 receptor
  • Central cardiovascular regulation
  • Nitric oxide
  • Nitric oxide synthase inhibitor
  • Sympathetic nervous system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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