The reflex control of the cardiac activity in fishes

Communication II. Reflex efeects on the heart and intestinal vessels in response to stimulation of the pressure receptors of the branchial vessels
  • I. M. Rodionov


The author studied the relation between the stimulation strength of the pressorreceptors located in the gill blood vessels of fish and the character of the reflex responses of the heart, peripheral blood vessels, and respiration in them. It was demonstrated that with mildly stretched gill blood vessels the rhythm of the cardiac contractions increases, while with vigorous stretching it decreases. Since in fish there is heart tone along the vagus nerves, and the cardiac sympathetic innervation is absent, the reflex intensification of the heart rhythm evidently is caused by the active impulse action of the vagus nerve.

Gill vessel stretching of variable intensity may also cause constriction and dilatation of the intestinal vessels and various changes in respiratory motions.


Public Health Blood Vessel Variable Intensity Vagus Nerve Reflex Response 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. M. Rodionov
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  1. 1.Department of Animal PhysiologyM. V. Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowUSSR

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