Hemodynamic effects of python neuropeptide γ in the anesthetized python, Python regius

Nini Skovgaard, Gina Galli, Edwin W. Taylor, J. Michael Conlon, Tobias Wang

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    The effects of python neuropeptide gamma (NPγ) on hemodynamic parameters have been investigated in the anesthetized ball python (Python regius). Bolus intra-arterial injections of synthetic python NPγ (1-300 pmol kg-1) produced a dose-dependent decrease in systemic arterial blood pressure (Psys) concomitant with increases in systemic vascular conductance (Gsys), total cardiac output and stroke volume, but only minor effects on heart rate. The peptide had no significant effect on pulmonary arterial blood pressure (Ppul) and caused only a small increase in pulmonary conductance (Gpul) at the highest dose. In the systemic circulation, the potency of the NK1 receptor-selective agonist [Sar 9,Met(02)11)] substance P was >100-fold greater than the NK2 receptor-selective agonist [βAla8] neurokinin A-(4-10)-peptide suggesting that the python cardiovascular system is associated with a receptor that resembles the mammalian NK1 receptor more closely than the NK2 receptor. Administration of the inhibitor of nitric oxide synthesis, L-nitro-arginine-methylester (L-NAME; 150 mg kg-1), resulted in a significant (P
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)15-26
    Number of pages11
    JournalRegulatory Peptides
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2005


    • Cardiovascular
    • Nitric oxide
    • Squamate
    • Tachykinin


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