Erick A. Bourassa

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Reduced uterine perfusion initiated in late gestation in the rat results in intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and development of hypertension by 4 wk of age. We hypothesize that the renin angiotensin system (RAS), a regulatory system important in the long-term control of blood pressure, may be programmed by placental insufficiency and may contribute to(More)
The rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) and the presympathetic bulbospinal neurons in this region play a critical role in cardiovascular regulation. However, there is ambiguity regarding the precise anatomical coordinates of the RVLM and much still needs to be learned regarding the regulation and neurochemistry of this region. This brief review discusses(More)
Angiotensin II acts on Ang II type 1 (AT(1)) receptors in areas of the caudal brainstem involved in cardiovascular regulation. In particular, activation of AT(1) receptors in the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) has been suggested to contribute to hypertension. However, the characteristics of AT(1) receptors in the RVLM of rat, the species in which the(More)
Beverly L. Falcón, Jillian M. Stewart, Erick Bourassa, Michael J. Katovich, Glenn Walter, Robert C. Speth, Colin Sumners, and Mohan K. Raizada Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics, College of Medicine and the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute; and Department of Pharmacodynamics, College of Pharmacy, University of Florida,(More)
Spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) have an activated brain angiotensin system that contributes to the elevation of blood pressure in this animal model. Physiological and pharmacological studies suggest that hyperactivation of brain AT₁ angiotensin receptors is a major pathophysiological factor. Consistent with these observations, radioligand binding(More)
Cardiovascular homeostasis is regulated in large part by the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) in mammals. Projections from the RVLM to the intermediolateral column of the thoracolumbar spinal cord innervate preganglionic neurons of the sympathetic nervous system causing elevation of blood pressure and heart rate. A large proportion, but not all, of the(More)
The role of the angiotensin II type 2 receptor (AT2R) in cardiovascular physiology remains elusive. We have developed an in vivo lentiviral vector-mediated gene transfer system to study the physiological functions of the AT2R. Our objectives in this study were to determine whether the AT2R influences cardiac hypertrophy and myocardial and perivascular(More)
The rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) is critical to the maintenance of blood pressure. It has been proposed that blood-borne Ang II can influence the RVLM via a neural connection between the circumventricular organs and paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVH) and that a component of this pathway is angiotensinergic. A period of water(More)
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