Hypothalamic cells in an area mediating ACTH release respond to right atrial stretch.

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  • The right atrium has been shown to mediate release of ACTH in response to small hemorrhage. Therefore, we sought to identify hypothalamic neurons (cat, alpha-choloralose 35-45 mg/kg) wholse firing rates were modulated by stretch of the right atrial-vena caval junction. Stretch was produced by intermittent inflation of a balloon implanted between the pericardium and the right atrium. In some cases, carotid arteries were occluded bilaterally. Previous results indicate that electrical stimulation of the medial-dorsal hypothalamus (MDH) causes prompt changes in ACTH, but stimulation in the lateral hypothalamus does not cause changes. Of 64 cells recorded in the MDH, 41 responded to atrial stretch. However, only 2 of 18 cells outside this region responded. Six cells were studied with and without carotid occlusion. Their response was dimished or absent in the absence of carotid occlusion. The results suggest that integration of afferent signals from cardiovascular receptors occurs in the MDH and that the MDH may participate in neural mediation of ACTH in response to hemodynamic changes.
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  • Adrenocorticotropic Hormone, Animals, Blood Pressure, Cardiac Volume, Carotid Sinus, Cats, Electric Stimulation, Female, Heart Atria, Hypothalamus, Male, Neurons, Pressoreceptors
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    Author List

  • Grizzle WE; Johnson RN; Schramm LP; Gann DS
  • Start Page

  • 1039
  • End Page

  • 1045
  • Volume

  • 228
  • Issue

  • 4