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The posterior vermis of the cerebellum selectively inhibits 10-Hz sympathetic nerve discharge in anesthetized cats

By Susan M. Barman and Gerard L. Gebber


We studied the changes in inferior cardiac sympathetic nerve discharge (SND) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) produced by aspiration or chemical inactivation (muscimol microinjection) of lobule IX (uvula) of the posterior vermis of the cerebellum in baroreceptor-denervated and baroreceptor-innervated cats anesthetized with urethane. Autospectral analysis was used to decompose SND into its frequency components. Special attention was paid to the question of whether the experimental procedures affected the rhythmic (10-Hz and cardiac-related) components of SND. Aspiration or chemical inactivation of lobule IX produced an approximately three-fold increase in the 10-Hz rhythmic component of SND (P ≤ 0.05) in baroreceptor-denervated cats. Total power (0- to 20-Hz band) was unchanged. Despite the absence of a change in total power in SND, there was a statistically significant increase in MAP. In baroreceptor-innervated cats, neither aspiration nor chemical inactivation of the uvula caused a significant change in cardiac-related or total power in SND or MAP. These results are the first to demonstrate a role of cerebellar cortical neurons of the posterior vermis in regulating the frequency composition of naturally occurring SND. Specifically, these neurons selectively inhibit the 10-Hz rhythm-generating network in baroreceptor-denervated, urethane-anesthetized cats. The functional implications of these findings are discussed

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