PMID: 3742154Jul 1, 1986Paper

Differences in cardiovascular responses to peripherally administered GABA as influenced by basal conditions and type of anaesthesia

British Journal of Pharmacology
S GiulianiA Meli


The cardiovascular (blood pressure, heart rate, cardiac contractility) effects of i.v. gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) were investigated in guinea-pigs anaesthetized with barbitone or urethane. GABA (0.1-10 mg kg-1) produced a transient 'depressive' effect on cardiovascular parameters which in barbitone-anaesthetized animals was followed by a transient 'excitatory' effect. Resting cardiovascular parameters were higher in urethane-as compared to barbitone-anaesthetized animals. Picrotoxin pretreatment (2 mg kg-1, i.v.) barely affected the cardiovascular changes produced by GABA in barbitone-anaesthetized animals. In picrotoxin pretreated animals anaesthetized with urethane, GABA produced an initial depression of cardiovascular parameters followed by an excitatory phase. Hexamethonium (20 mg kg-1, i.v.) suppressed or reduced markedly the GABA-induced cardiovascular changes both in barbitone- or urethane- anaesthetized animals. Reserpine pretreatment lowered resting cardiovascular parameters. In these animals, regardless of type of anaesthesia, the effects of i.v. GABA were of the 'excitatory' type only. Reserpine pretreated animals anaesthetized with barbitone were selected for further experiments. Various GABAA receptor agonists ...Continue Reading


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