The caudal ventrolateral medulla is a source of tonic sympathoinhibition

S. L. Cravo, S. F. Morrison

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The caudal ventrolateral medulla (CVLM) contains neurons that are essential for the elaboration of the sympathoinhibitory effects of baroreceptor afferent stimulation. To determine if neurons in the CVLM also mediate a tonic inhibition of sympathetic nerve activity (SNA), we examined the effects of lesioning CVLM neurons in baroreceptor-denervated rats. The sustained increases in both arterial pressure (AP; 40 mmHg) and splanchnic SNA (200%) indicate that the discharge of neurons in the CVLM maintains a tonic sympathoinhibition that contributes significantly to the maintenance of normotensive levels of SNA and AP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalBrain research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 3 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Baroreceptor reflex
  • Blood pressure regulation
  • Sympathetic nerve activity
  • Ventrolateral medulla

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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