Regional myocardial deoxyglucose uptake following electrical stimulation of canine efferent sympathetic cardiopulmonary nerves

M. Giovanna Trivella, J. Andrew Armour, Margherita Dalle Vacche, Carlo Paoli, Raffaello Porinelli, Ronaldo Bellazzini, Gualtiero Pelosi, Paolo G. Camici, Luigi Taddei, Gerald A. Klassen, Antonio L'Abbate

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Objective: The aim was to study the effect of stimulating individual acutely decentralised cardiopulmonary nerves on myocardial uptake of deoxyglucose. Methods: In 17 open chest anaesthetised dogs the efferent axons of individual decentralised cardiopulmonary nerves were stimulated intermittently throughout 1 h while haemodynamic variables were measured. Tritiated 2-deoxyglucose was injected intravenously at the beginning of stimulation. Atropine was given when a cardiopulmonary nerve with efferent parasympathetic axons was studied. Distribution of label was detected using a multiwire proportional chamber. It was compared to blood concentration of deoxyglucose to permit quantitative mapping of regional myocardial uptake during the stimulation of each nerve. Results: Neural stimulation of most of sympathetic efferent cardiopulmonary nerves increased deoxyglucose uptake in all myocardial tissue. Uptake was greatest in the left ventricle, less in the right ventricle, and least in the left and right atria. Regional myocardial uptake was also observed following individual cardiopulmonary nerve stimulation. Some nerves caused greater uptake than others. Cardiopulmonary nerves which are known to enhance inotropism when stimulated induced little increase of deoxyglucose uptake, whereas other nerves known to exert little positive inotropic effect induced considerable uptake. There was no correlation between haemodynamic changes and deoxyglucose uptake. Conclusions: It appears that (1) efferent sympathetic axons in one cardiopulmonary nerve can preferentially increase deoxyglucose uptake in specific regions of the myocardium and (2) the mechanisms responsible for enhancement of glucose uptake may differ from those responsible for inotropic responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-336
Number of pages7
JournalCardiovascular Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • Deoxyglucose uptake
  • Efferent sympathetic nerves
  • Myocardium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Physiology


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