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Noradrenaline (NA) kinetics represent an effective tool for evaluating the activity of the sympathetic system: thus plasma NA concentration, spillover rate (SOR) and metabolic clearance rate (MC) were measured in the rat. The dilution technique was adapted and validated: pithing that caused mechanical destruction of the spinal cord was shown to reduce(More)
1 Originally, the so-called 'adrenaline hypothesis' related the release of noradrenaline (NA) to stimulation of presynaptic beta2-receptors in nerve endings; now it confers a possible role to adrenaline taken up then released by nerves endings. It represents a potentially useful therapeutic pathway. The present study aims to investigate the effects of(More)
Tail-suspension (TS) in the rat represents an interesting experimental condition to mimic, on Earth, the microgravity-induced cardiovascular deconditioning although the rat's profile of response is partially different from human's. To investigate underlying pathophysiological mechanisms, we have speculated on a decreased activity of the sympathetic system,(More)
Norepinephrine (NE) kinetics were investigated in freely moving (FM) and minimally stressed (MS) rats with the isotope dilution technique. 1) The mean NE spillover rate (NE-SOR) was 79 +/- 6 ng. kg(-1). min(-1), and the mean NE metabolic clearance rate (NE-MCR) 179 +/- 9 ml. kg(-1). min(-1) (n = 31). Thus the NE kinetics in FM and MS rats are much faster(More)
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