Role of glutamate in the rostral ventrolateral medulla in acupuncture-related modulation of visceral reflex sympathoexcitation.

  title={Role of glutamate in the rostral ventrolateral medulla in acupuncture-related modulation of visceral reflex sympathoexcitation.},
  author={Wei Zhou and L W Fu and Zhiling Guo and John C. Longhurst},
  journal={American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology},
  volume={292 4},
  • Wei Zhou, L. Fu, J. Longhurst
  • Published 1 April 2007
  • Biology
  • American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology
Visceral sympathoexcitatory reflexes induced by stimulation of the gallbladder with bradykinin (BK) are attenuated by electroacupuncture (EA) at Neiguan-Jianshi (P5-6) acupoints located over the median nerve. Previous studies have shown that neurons in the rostral ventrolateral medulla (rVLM) receive convergent input from visceral organs and somatic nerves (activated by EA). Glutamate (Glu), an important excitatory neurotransmitter in the rVLM, processes visceral sympathoexcitatory… 

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