Intracerebroventricular injection of prostaglandin E2 increases splenic sympathetic nerve activity in rats

T. Ando, T. Ichijo, T. Katafuchi, T. Hori

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The effects of central administration of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and its selective agonists on splenic sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) were investigated in urethan- and α-chloralose-anesthetized rats. An intra- third-cerebroventricular (I3V) injection of PGE2 (0.1-10 nmol/kg) increased splenic SNA in a dose-dependent manner. An I3V injection of an EP1 agonist, 17-phenyl-ω-trinor PGE2 (1-30 nmol/kg), also resulted in a dose-dependent increase in splenic SNA, with a time course similar to that of PGE2-induced responses. In contrast, EP2 agonists, butaprost (10-100 nmol/kg I3V) and 11- deoxy-PGE1 (10-100 nmol/kg I3V), had no effect on splenic SNA. An I3V injection of M and B-28767 (an EP3/EP1 agonist, EP3 >> EP1) increased splenic SNA only at high doses (10-100 nmol/kg). Pretreatment with an EP1 antagonist, SC-19220 (200 and 500 nmol/kg), completely blocked the responses of splenic SNA to PGE2 (0.1 nmol/kg) and M and B-28767 (10 nmol/kg), respectively. These findings indicate that brain PGE2 increases splenic SNA through its action on EP1 receptors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R662-R668
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Issue number3 38-3
Publication statusPublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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