Le Thanh Long, Bui Thi Huong, Vu Thi Thu

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Abstract: In this study, we investigated the effects of glutamate, the neurontransmitter, on the reflex mechanism of circulatory system to hypoxia. Male Wistar rats were subjeted to hypoxic condition (10% O2 in N2). Glutamate were injected to cerebrospinal fluid of rats using Hamilton injector connecting with stereotaxic system with a constant velocity of 1 µl/s for 5 mins. Our results showed that glutamate reduced or suppressed the responses of circulatory system under hypoxic condition. A decrease in mean arterial pressure (55 - 66%) and an increase in heart rate (6 - 12%) in comparison with normal levels were observed. These data suggested that glutamate in cerebrospinal fluid may be a regulatory factor of circulatory system in response to hypoxic condition.

Keywords: Glutamate, hypoxia, circulation, heart rate.


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