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Cyclooxygenase metabolites stimulate or sensitize group III and IV muscle afferents, which comprise the sensory arm of the exercise pressor reflex. The thromboxane (TP) receptor binds several of these metabolites, whose concentrations in the muscle interstitium are increased by exercise under freely perfused conditions and even more so under ischemic(More)
Recent evidence has been presented demonstrating that group III mechanoreceptors comprise an important part of the sensory arm of the exercise pressor reflex, which in turn functions to increase arterial blood flow to contracting skeletal muscles. Although group III afferents are stimulated by mechanical distortion of their receptive fields, they are also(More)
We investigated the contribution of tetrodotoxin (TTX)-resistant sodium channels to the augmented exercise pressor reflex observed in decerebrated rats with femoral artery ligation. The pressor responses to static contraction, to tendon stretch, and to electrical stimulation of the tibial nerve were compared before and after blocking TTX-sensitive sodium(More)
In rats with ligated femoral arteries, the exercise pressor reflex is exaggerated, an effect that is attenuated by stimulation of peripheral μ-opioid receptors on group IV metabosensitive afferents. In contrast, δ-opioid receptors are expressed mostly on group III mechanosensitive afferents, a finding that prompted us to determine whether stimulation of(More)
The cardiovascular response to exercise is abnormally large in hypertension. Over the past decade, it has become clear that the exercise pressor reflex (a peripheral feed-back mechanism originating in skeletal muscle) contributes significantly to the generation of this hyper-responsiveness. Further, it has been determined that overactivity of the(More)
iii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like to thank Dr. Scott A. Smith for being my mentor and teaching me everything I should have already known about physiology. I am grateful for the opportunity to work under him and do research that excites me. I also express my gratitude to Dr. sitting on my committee and for sharing their knowledge. always, always helping in(More)
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