Microinjection ofl-glutamate (109 mM; 12-18nl) or AMPA (150-300 μM; 12 nl) into the superficial laminae of the L7 dorsal horn of decerebrate or chloralose anesthetized cats significantly increased mean arterial pressure. In contrast, microinjection of NMDA (300 μM; 12 nl) had no effect on mean arterial pressure. The pressor response tol-glutamate microinjection was blocked by prior microinjection of CNQX, an antagonist to non-NMDA receptors, but not by AP-5, an antagonist to NMDA receptors. We conclude that stimulation of non-NMDA receptors in the superficial laminae of the lumbar dorsal horn increases arterial blood pressure.
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- Molecular Biology
- Clinical Neurology
- Developmental Biology