Effects of dietary sodium on central and peripheral ouabain-like activity in spontaneously hypertensive rats.


High dietary Na+ intake enhances pressor and sympathoexcitatory responses in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) but not Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats. To evaluate the possible contribution of central ouabain-like activity (OLA), brain and peripheral OLA was assessed in SHR vs. WKY rats at 4 wk of age and after 2 and 4 wk of high vs. control Na+ intake started… (More)