The effect of vasopressin on ciliary blood flow and aqueous flow

Barbara Bogner, Christian Runge, Clemens Strohmaier, Andrea Trost, Birgit Tockner, Jeffrey W. Kiel, Falk Schroedl, Herbert A. Reitsamer

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PURPOSE. Previous experiments have shown that arginine-vasopressin (AVP) reduces intraocular pressure (IOP) dose-dependently. The present study investigated the relationships between IOP, ciliary blood flow (CilBF), and aqueous flow (AqF) responses to AVP in anesthetized rabbits. METHODS. CilBF was measured by laser Doppler flowmetry and AqF by fluorophotometry. Mean arterial pressure (MAP) and IOP were monitored continuously and simultaneously. Perfusion pressure (PP) was varied mechanically. Four experimental protocols were performed: the dose-response (n = 11) and the pressure-flow relationship (n = 8) for CilBF and the effects on CilBF, and AqF at low (0.08 ng/kg/min; n = 14) and high AVP infusion rates (1.33 ng/kg/min; n = 12). RESULTS. AVP decreased CilBF and IOP dose-dependently. At the low AVP infusion rate, AqF was reduced by 21.48% ± 2.52% without changing CilBF significantly. The high AVP infusion rate caused a 24.49% ± 3.53% decrease of AqF and a significant reduction in CilBF (35.60% ± 3.58%). IOP was reduced by 9.56% ± 2.35% at low and by 41.02% ± 3.19% at high AVP infusion rates. Based on the Goldmann equation, the decrease of AqF at the low AVP infusion rate accounted for 77.1% of the IOP reduction, whereas at the high AVP infusion rate, decreased AqF accounted for 28.4% of the IOP decline. CONCLUSIONS. The results indicate that AVP can modulate IOP by different dose-dependent physiological mechanisms. The shifts of the CilBF-AqF relationship suggest that the reduction of AqF by the low AVP infusion rate is mainly provoked by inhibiting secretory processes in the ciliary epithelium. In contrast, at the high AVP infusion rate, the AqF reduction is caused by either reduced CilBF or more likely by a combined effect of reduced CilBF and secretory inhibition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-403
Number of pages8
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014


  • Aqueous flow
  • Aqueous humor production
  • Ciliary blood flow
  • Vasopressin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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