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Effects of argipressin injected into medial amygdaloid body on blood pressure and heart rate in rats

Nai-Chang Jiang, Lie Gao, Chan Chen, Ya Pan, Di-Cheng Liu


Graded injections of argipressin (Arg, 150, 300, and 600 ng/1.5 microliters CSF, 2 min) into the medial amygdaloid body in anesthetized rats produced a dose-related increase in the mean arterial pressure and heart rate (Maximal delta MAP = 2.9 +/- 1.5 kPa, Maximal delta HR = 67 +/- 38 bpm), which lasting > 40 min at 600 ng dosage. Naloxone (15 micrograms/15 microliters CSF) injected into the lateral ventricle blocked the cardiovascular responses to Arg. These results suggest that Arg exerts a central action on the cardiovascular system via the opioid in the lateral ventricle.

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