Analysis of the actions of angiotensin on the central nervous system of conscious dogs

I. A. Reid, V. L. Brooks, C. D. Rudolph, L. C. Keil

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Angiotensin II (ANG II) acts on the brain to elevate blood pressure (BP), stimulate drinking, increase the secretion of vasopressin and corticotropin (ACTH), and inhibit the secretion of renin. The present studies were designed to evaluate the possible physiological significance of these effects. The experiments were performed in conscious dogs with small catheters chronically implanted in both carotid and both vertebral arteries. ANG II was infused into both carotid or both vertebral arteries in doses of 0.1, 0.33, 1.0, and 2.5 Intravertebral ANG II produced dose-related increases in BP that were generally accompanied by increases in heart rate. Intracarotid angiotensin also increased BP but did not change heart rate. Intracarotid ANG II stimulated drinking and, at the highest dose only, increased the secretion of vasopressin, ACTH, and corticosteroids. Intravertebral and intracarotid ANG II suppressed plasma renin activity (PRA). In a parallel series of experiments, the effects of intravenous ANG II, in doses of 2, 5, 10, and 20 ng/kg-1.min-1, were studied. These infusions produced dose-related increases in BP and water intake and suppressed PRA. Only the highest dose of ANG II increased vasopressin or corticosteroid secretion. Analysis of these results in terms of calculated or measured changes in plasma ANG II concentration indicate that the central cardiovascular and dipsogenic actions of angiotensin, as well as the suppression of PRA, can be elicited by concentrations of the peptide that are within the physiological range. On the other hand high, probably supraphysiological, levels of ANG II are required to increase vasopressin or ACTH secretion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R82-R91
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

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