Hélder Mauad

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Anatomical studies have demonstrated the existence of purinergic P2 receptors in the nucleus ambiguus (NA), a site containing cardiac vagal motoneurons. However, very little is known about the functional role of these receptors in central cardiac vagal regulation. The aims of our study were to evaluate the following: (1) the blood pressure and heart rate(More)
The cardioinhibitory effects of cardiac vagal motoneurons (CVMs) are mediated by activation of postganglionic neurons in the epicardial ganglia which have been shown to exert functionally selective effects on heart rate and atrioventricular conduction in the rat. Here we investigate whether CVMs producing these responses may occupy different rostrocaudal(More)
The contribution of alpha(2)-receptor mechanisms in the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) in mediating the enhanced renal excretory responses evoked by the intravenous infusion of the alpha(2)-receptor agonist xylazine was examined in ketamine-anesthetized rats. In ketamine-anesthetized rats, the bilateral microinjection of the alpha(2)-receptor(More)
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