Sep 23, 2009

Central and baroreflex control of heart period during the wake-sleep cycle in consomic rats with different genetic susceptibility to hypertension

Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
Alessandro SilvaniGiovanna Zoccoli


1. In spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR), the contributions of the baroreflex and central autonomic commands to the control of heart period (HP) vary among wake-sleep states and are impaired during quiet wakefulness and rapid eye movement sleep (REMS), respectively. 2. Dahl salt-sensitive (SS) rats are genetically susceptible to salt-sensitive hypertension, the development of which depends on diet. Substitution of chromosome 13 of SS rats with that of Brown Norway rats confers salt-resistance to consomic SS-13BN rats. 3. In the present study, we tested whether differences in the central and baroreflex contributions to HP control occur among wake-sleep states in SS and SS-13BN rats and reflect genetic susceptibility to hypertension. Rats (n = 5 per group) were fed a prohypertensive diet late during development to minimize hypertension in SS rats and were instrumented with an arterial catheter and electrodes for discriminating wake-sleep states. 4. The cross-correlation function between HP and blood pressure indicated that, in SS and SS-13BN rats, the contributions of the baroreflex and central commands to the control of HP differed significantly among wake-sleep states, with central commands outweighing the baroreflex in REMS...Continue Reading

Mentioned in this Paper

Rats, Inbred SHR
Rats, Inbred BN
Sleep Stages
Dahl Salt-Resistant Rats
Chromosomes, Human, Pair 13
Hypertensive Disease
Familial Mediterranean Fever
Blood Pressure
Sleep, REM
Genetic Predisposition to Disease

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