Joy R Owen

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Occipital artery (OA) injections of 5-HT elicit pronounced reductions in heart rate and mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) in urethane-anesthetized rats by activation of vagal afferent cell bodies in the ipsilateral nodose ganglion. In contrast, internal carotid artery (ICA) and i.v. injections elicit similar cardiovascular responses by activation of(More)
The primary objective of this study was to determine whether circulating factors gain direct access to and affect the activity of vagal afferent cell bodies in the nodose ganglia and glossopharyngeal afferents cell bodies in the petrosal ganglia, of the rat. We found that the occipital and internal carotid arteries provided the sole blood supply to the(More)
Functional studies have provided evidence that 5-HT(3) ion-channel receptors (5-HT(3)Rs) on vagal cardiopulmonary afferents mediating the Bezold-Jarisch reflex (BJR) rapidly desensitize upon repeated exposure to selective 5-HT(3)R agonists. G-protein-coupled 5-HT(2) receptors (5-HT(2)Rs) also exist on vagal afferents, although activation of these receptors(More)
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