Germain Drolet

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This paper reviews the role of central serotonin-containing neurons in the control of blood pressure. Central serotonin nerves have their cell bodies in the brainstem in a number of discrete collections, from where they ascend to ramify throughout the brain, descend to terminate in the spinal cord, or send shorter projections terminating in medulla, pons,(More)
We have examined the influence of endogenous opioids on the basal and reflex control of arterial blood pressure in the pressor region of the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) of chloralose-anesthetized rabbits. We tested basal effects both in intact animals and after hypotensive hemorrhage. Bilateral administration of the opiod antagonist naloxone (20(More)
From previous observations, we have suggested that an endogenous opioid input tonically inhibits the pressor neurons of the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) of rabbits. In the present studies, the specific opioid receptor subtype(s) which may be activated by such an endogenous innervation were examined using local administration of selective(More)
The rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) is the proposed site of origin of bulbospinal excitatory vasomotor neurons, and this brainstem area gives rise to chemically distinct populations of neurons, including serotonin-containing neurons of the B3 group and epinephrine-containing neurons of the C1 group, which independently serve sympathoexcitatory(More)
We injected neuroexcitatory and neuroinhibitory agents into the depressor region of the caudal ventrolateral medulla of anesthetized rabbits and determined the effect on arterial pressure, myocardial contractility, cardiac output, and plasma catecholamines and neuropeptide Y. Brief excitation of the sympathoinhibitory neurons with medullary injection of(More)
The importance of spinal cord amino acid receptors in the regulation of blood pressure was investigated in normotensive (Wistar Kyoto, WKY), spontaneously hypertensive (SHR), and stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive (SPR) rats. Also investigated was the possible role of these spinal cord receptors in mediating pressor changes evoked by electrical(More)