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      Lymphatic Innervation

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      Journal of Vascular Research
      S. Karger AG
      Lymphatic smooth muscle innervation, Lymph flow

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          Abstract

          Bovine mesenteric lymphatic vessels have nerves in their walls which in response to field stimulation cause an increase in freqency of spontaneous lymphatic contractions and this could be blocked by α-antagonists. When vessels were loaded with [<sup>3</sup>H]-noradrenaline, <sup>3</sup>H-effiux was increased in response to field stimulation and this was potentiated by α<sub>2</sub>-antagonists and depressed by α<sub>2</sub>-agonists. Electrical activity in these vessels consisted of a single action potential which preceded each contraction. Mean resting potential was –61 mV ± 5.7 (SD). Stimulation of postsynaptic α-receptors caused a depolarization accompanied by a decrease in membrane conductance while β-receptor stimulation had the opposite effect. Lymphatic noradrenergic nerves appear to have a role in the living animal since stimulation of the sympathetic chain in anaesthetized sheep increased popliteal efferent lymph flow and this could be blocked by α-adrenergic blockers.

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          Journal
          JVR
          J Vasc Res
          10.1159/issn.1018-1172
          Journal of Vascular Research
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-5330-8
          978-3-318-01614-7
          1018-1172
          1423-0135
          1990
          1990
          23 September 2008
          : 27
          : 2-5
          : 127-136
          Affiliations
          School of Basic Medical Sciences, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
          Article
          158803 Blood Vessels 1990;27:127–136
          10.1159/000158803
          1700733
          dae439d4-a341-4c83-9092-66afb209b819
          © 1990 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 10
          Categories
          Mechanisms of Vasodilatation

          General medicine,Neurology,Cardiovascular Medicine,Internal medicine,Nephrology
          Lymph flow,Lymphatic smooth muscle innervation

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