Reflexes from pulmonary arterial baroreceptors in dogs: interaction with carotid sinus baroreceptors.
In contrast to the reflex vasodilatation occurring in response to stimulation of baroreceptors in the aortic arch, carotid sinuses and coronary arteries, stimulation of receptors in the wall of pulmonary arteries results in reflex systemic vasoconstriction. It is rare for interventions to activate only one reflexogenic region, therefore we investigated how these two types of reflexes interact. In anaesthetized dogs connected to cardiopulmonary bypass, reflexogenic areas of the carotid sinuses, aortic arch and coronary arteries and the pulmonary artery were subjected to independently controlled pressures. Systemic perfusion pressure (SPP) measured in the descending aorta (constant flow) provided an index of systemic vascular resistance. In other experiments, sympathetic efferent neural activity was recorded in fibres dissected from the renal nerve (RSNA). Physiological increases in pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) induced significant increases in SPP (+39.1 ± 10.4 mmHg) and RSNA (+17.6 ± 2.2 impulses s(−1)) whereas increases in carotid sinus pressure (CSP) induced significant decreases in SPP (−42.6 ± 10.8 mmHg) and RSNA (−42.8 ± 18.2 impulses s(−1)) (P
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