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The hemodynamic response of conscious normotensive rats to atriopeptin III: Lack of a role of the parasympathetic nervous system.

The influence of the parasympathetic nervous system on the cardiovascular response to a synthetic atrial peptide (atriopeptin III) was examined in conscious normotensive rats by utilizing radiolabelled microspheres. Atriopeptin III was infused intravenously for 30 min at a rate of 1 microgram/min per rat in animals pretreated with a bolus intravenous injection of atropine, (150 micrograms/rat, n = 8) or of its vehicle (n = 8). Additional animals (n = 9) received the vehicle of both atropine and atriopeptin III. The atrial peptide decreased mean blood pressure to a similar extent in rats pretreated with atropine (from 124 +/- 4.5 to 108 +/- 5.3 mm Hg, mean +/- S.E.M., P less than 0.05) and in the controls (from 123 +/- 3.8 to 105 +/- 3.8 mm Hg, P less than 0.05). Heart rate rose significantly after administration of atropine. After the 30 min infusion, the cardiac index was significantly lower (P less than 0.05) in both groups infused with atriopeptin III (23.7 +/- 2.3 after atropine pretreatment and 25.1 +/- 2.2 ml X min-1 X 100 g-1 without atropine) than in the group of rats given only the vehicle of both atropine and atriopeptin III (32.4 +/- 2.8 ml X min-1 X 100 g-1). Calculated systemic vascular resistance tended to be higher in the former two groups than in the latter. There was no significant difference in regional blood flow distribution within the three groups of rats. These data therefore indicate that in conscious rats atriopeptin III reduces blood pressure and cardiac output without concomitantly diminishing total peripheral vascular resistance.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)[1]

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  1. The hemodynamic response of conscious normotensive rats to atriopeptin III: Lack of a role of the parasympathetic nervous system. Waeber, B., Matsueda, G.R., Aubert, J.F., Nussberger, J., Brunner, H.R. Eur. J. Pharmacol. (1986) [Pubmed]
 
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