Heat treatment improves the exaggerated exercise pressor reflex in rats with femoral artery occlusion via a reduction in the activity of the P2X receptor pathway.

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Summary of "Heat treatment improves the exaggerated exercise pressor reflex in rats with femoral artery occlusion via a reduction in the activity of the P2X receptor pathway."

During exercise, blood pressure (BP) response is exaggerated in peripheral artery disease (PAD). We examined whether heat treatment (HT) has beneficial effects on the exaggerated exercise pressor reflex in PAD rats. With HT (increase in the Tm of ∼1.5°C for 30 min, 2 times daily for 3 continuous days), the amplified BP response to muscle contraction is alleviated in PAD. We demonstrated that HT attenuates the enhancement of the BP response induced by stimulation of P2X in muscle afferent nerves of PAD rats. HT also attenuates the upregulation of the P2X₃ and the increase in P2X currents in the muscle afferent neurons of PAD rats. Prior heat exposure plays a beneficial role in modifying the exaggeration of the exercise pressor reflex in PAD and a reduction in the activity of the P2X receptor pathway is likely a part of the mechanism mediating this improvement.


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Name: The Journal of physiology
ISSN: 1469-7793


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