Activation of the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus by forebrain hypertonicity selectively increases tonic vasomotor sympathetic nerve activity

Walter W. Holbein, Glenn M. Toney

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Abstract

We recently reported that mean arterial pressure (MAP) is maintained in water-deprived rats by an irregular tonic component of vasomotor sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) that is driven by neuronal activity in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN). To establish whether generation of tonic SNA requires time-dependent (i.e., hours or days of dehydration) neuroadaptive responses or can be abruptly generated by even acute circuit activation, forebrain sympathoexcitatory osmosensory inputs to PVN were stimulated by infusion (0.1 ml/min, 10 min) of hypertonic saline (HTS; 1.5 M NaCl) through an internal carotid artery (ICA). Whereas isotonic saline (ITS; 0.15 M NaCl) had no effect (n = 5), HTS increased (P ˂ 0.001; n = 6) splanchnic SNA (sSNA), phrenic nerve activity (PNA), and MAP. Bilateral PVN injections of muscimol (n = 6) prevented HTS-evoked increases of integrated sSNA and PNA (P ˂ 0.001) and attenuated the accompanying pressor response (P ˂ 0.01). Blockade of PVN NMDA receptors with D-(2R)-amino-5-phosphonovaleric acid (AP5; n = 6) had similar effects. Analysis of respiratory rhythmic bursting of sSNA revealed that ICA HTS increased mean voltage (P ˂ 0.001) without affecting the amplitude of inspiratory or expiratory bursts. Analysis of cardiac rhythmic sSNA likewise revealed that ICA HTS increased mean voltage. Cardiac rhythmic sSNA oscillation amplitude was also increased, which is consistent with activation of arterial baroreceptor during the accompanying pressor response. Increased mean sSNA voltage by HTS was blocked by prior PVN inhibition (muscimol) and blockade of PVN NMDA receptors (AP5). We conclude that even acute glutamatergic activation of PVN (i.e., by hypertonicity) is sufficient to selectively increase a tonic component of vasomotor SNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R351-R359
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Volume308
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Arterial baroreceptor reflex
  • Dehydration
  • Hypertension
  • Osmolality
  • Respiratory network
  • Rostral ventrolateral medulla

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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