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Dysbalance in sympathetic neurotransmitter release and action in cirrhotic rats: impact of exogenous neuropeptide Y

Dietrich, P. ; Moleda, Lukas ; Kees, Frieder K. ; Müller, M. ; Straub, R. H. ; Hellerbrand, C. ; Wiest, R.


BACKGROUND & AIMS: Splanchnic vasodilation is an essential disturbance in portal hypertension. Increased systemic sympathetic nerve activity is well known, but potential corresponding vascular desensitization is incompletely characterized. Release of splanchnic sympathetic neurotransmitters noradrenaline (NA) and co-transmitter neuropeptide Y (NPY) remains to be elucidated. Finally, the effects ...


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