Role played by interleukin-6 in evoking the exercise pressor reflex in decerebrate rats: Effect of femoral artery ligation

Steven W. Copp, Audrey J. Stone, Jianhua Li, Marc P Kaufman

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Abstract

IL-6 signaling via the soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6r) has been shown to increase primary afferent responsiveness to noxious stimuli. This finding prompted us to test the hypothesis that IL-6 and sIL-6r would increase the exercise pressor reflex in decerebrate rats with freely perfused femoral arteries. We also tested the hypothesis that soluble glycoprotein (sgp)130, an inhibitor of IL-6/sIL-6r signaling, would decrease the exaggerated exercise pressor reflex that is found in decerebrate rats with ligated femoral arteries. In rats with freely perfused femoral arteries, coin-jection of 50 ng of IL-6 and sIL-6r into the arterial supply of the hindlimb significantly increased the peak pressor response to static (control: 14 ± 3 mmHg and IL-6/sIL-6r: 17 ± 2 mmHg, P = 0.03) and intermittent isometric (control: 10 ± 2 mmHg and IL-6/sIL-6r: 15 ± 4 mmHg, P = 0.03) hindlimb muscle contraction. In rats with ligated femoral arteries, injection of 50 ng of sgp130 into the arterial supply of the hindlimb reduced the peak pressor response to static (control: 24 ± 2 mmHg and sgp130: 16 ± 3 mmHg, P = 0.01) and intermittent isometric (control: 16 ± 2 mmHg and sgp130: 13 ± 2 mmHg, P = 0.04) hindlimb muscle contraction, whereas there was no effect of sgp130 on the exercise pressor reflex in rats with freely perfused femoral arteries. We conclude that coinjection of exogenous IL-6 and sIL-6r increased the exercise pressor reflex in rats with freely perfused femoral arteries. More importantly, we also conclude that IL-6 and sIL-6r play an endogenous role in evoking the exercise pressor reflex in rats with ligated femoral arteries but not in rats with freely perfused femoral arteries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H166-H173
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Volume309
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 6 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Cytokines
  • Skeletal muscle afferents
  • Sympathetic nervous system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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