Ventrolateral medullary neurons modulate pressor reflex to muscular contraction

R. M. Bauer, G. A. Iwamoto, T. G. Waldrop

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Cardiorespiratory alterations during exercise are mediated through feedback from contracting muscles and descending drive from rostral brain sites such as the posterior hypothalamus. The role of medullary sites, which process this information, was examined in this study. In anesthetized cats, muscular contraction elicited by stimulation of L7 and S1 ventral roots and electrical stimulation of sites in the posterior hypothalamus both evoked increases in arterial pressure, heart rate, and minute ventilation. The reflex increase in arterial pressure produced by muscular contraction was attenuated significantly 15-20 min after bilateral microinjections of an excitatory amino acid (EAA) receptor antagonist, kynurenic acid (KYN), into the ventrolateral medulla (VLM). The reflex increase in arterial pressure evoked by muscular contraction returned to control levels 90 min after VLM microinjections of KYN. Microinjection of KYN into the VLM had no effect on the cardiorespiratory responses to posterior hypothalamic stimulation. These findings suggest that neurons in the VLM modulate the reflex pressor response evoked by muscular contraction. This reflex may be mediated through an interaction with EAA receptors on neurons in the VLM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26/5
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1989


  • cat
  • excitatory amino acid
  • exercise
  • hypothalamus
  • ventrolateral medulla

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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