Pflügers Archiv

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Evidence of a cholinergic nervous mechanism mediating the autoregulatory dilatation of the cerebral blood vessels

  • George I. Mchedlishvili
  • Lia S. Nikolaishvili


Autoregulatory dilatation and constriction of the pial arteries under conditions of changes in the systemic arterial pressure were studied in experiments with 38 adult rabbits (unanaesthetized or under light urethane anesthesia). These vascular responses disappeared after cerebral ischemia of 1 to 2 min duration (not because of reactive vasodilatation), and this seems be more suggestive of a nervous rather than a muscular (i.e. caused by the Bayliss effect or by vasodilatatory metabolites) mechanism. Intravenous administration of postganglionic cholinergic inhibitors (Atropine, Amizylum, 7351) resulted in disappearance of autoregulatory vasodilatation while vasoconstriction remained unchanged. Similar results were obtained when Amizylum and 7351 were locally applied to the cerebral surface. An experimental analysis proved the specificity of these effects of the drugs mentioned. The conclusion is that a nervous cholinergic mechanism is involved in the functional dilatation of the pial arteries under conditions of decreased blood supply to the cerebral cortex.


Cerebral Arteries Autoregulation Functional Vasodilatation Cholinergic Mechanism Schlüsselwörter Hirnarterien Autoregulation Funktionelle Gefäßerweiterung Cholinergischer Mechanismus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George I. Mchedlishvili
    • 1
  • Lia S. Nikolaishvili
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pathophysiology, Institute of PhysiologyGeorgian Academy of SciencesTbilisi 42U.S.S.R.

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