Kesia Palma-Rigo

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Genetically hypertensive mice (BPH/2J) are hypertensive because of an exaggerated contribution of the sympathetic nervous system to blood pressure. We hypothesize that an additional contribution to elevated blood pressure is via sympathetically mediated activation of the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system. Our aim was to determine the contribution of the(More)
The rise in blood pressure during an acute aversive stress has been suggested to involve activation of angiotensin type 1A receptors (AT(1A)Rs) at various sites within the brain, including the rostral ventrolateral medulla. In this study we examine the involvement of AT(1A)Rs associated with a subclass of sympathetic premotor neurons of the rostral(More)
OBJECTIVE Schlager hypertensive (BPH/2J) mice have been suggested to have high blood pressure (BP) due to an overactive sympathetic nervous system (SNS), but the contribution of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is unclear. In the present study, we examined the cardiovascular effects of chronically blocking the RAS in BPH/2J mice. METHODS Schlager(More)
A mutant mouse expressing a gain-of-function of the AT(1A) angiotensin II receptor was engineered to study the consequences of a constitutive activation of this receptor on blood pressure (BP). Cardiovascular rhythms and spontaneous cardiac baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) were evaluated using telemetric BP recordings of five transgenic (AT(1A)MUT) and five(More)
AIMS The caudal ventrolateral medulla (CVLM) is important for autonomic regulation and is rich in angiotensin II type 1A receptors (AT(1A)R). To determine their function, we examined whether the expression of AT(1A)R in the CVLM of mice lacking AT(1A)R (AT(1A)(-/-)) alters baroreflex sensitivity and cardiovascular responses to stress. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
OBJECTIVE BPH/2J hypertensive mice have an exaggerated sympathetic contribution to blood pressure (BP). Premotor sympathetic neurons within the rostroventrolateral medulla (RVLM) are a major source of sympathetic vasomotor tone and major site of action of the centrally acting sympatholytic agent, rilmenidine. The relative cardiovascular effect of(More)
BPH/2J mice are recognized as a neurogenic model of hypertension primarily based on overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system and greater neuronal activity in key autonomic cardiovascular regulatory brain regions. The medial amygdala (MeAm) is a forebrain region that integrates the autonomic response to stress and is the only region found to have(More)
B PH/2J mice are a genetic model of hypertension developed in the 1970s by Schlager et al. 1 These mice were selectively bred for elevated blood pressure (BP) alongside a nor-motensive (BPN/3J) and hypotensive control strain (BPL/1J), from a base population of 8 inbred strains of mice. Since then a range of pathophysiological factors have been studied to(More)
B PH/2J mice are a genetic model of hypertension developed by Schlager 1 by crossing 8 normotensive strains and selecting for elevated blood pressure (BP). Normotensive BPN/3J control mice were bred concurrently by crossing randomly selected mice from the same base population. Recently, the mechanism of the hypertension has been recognized as neurogenic(More)
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