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Autonomic mediation of the interdependence between variability signals of heart rate and blood pressure in the lizard Gallotia galloti

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Autonomic nervous system (ANS) involvement in the mediation of the synchronization between beat-to-beat RR interval variability (RRIV) and systolic blood pressure variability (SBPV) signals of the lizard Gallotia galloti (Oudart, 1839) was investigated through linear and nonlinear time series analysis methods in a pharmacological blockade context. The ANS blockers used were atropine, prazosin, and propranolol. The interdependence between the signals was quantified by means of the magnitude-squared coherence (MSC), which measures amplitude and phase linear synchronization; the phase lag index (PLI), which evaluates the phase synchronization; and the index L, which quantifies the generalized linear and nonlinear synchronization. Atropine decreased the PLI in the low-frequency (LF: 0.01–0.05 Hz) range; prazosin decreased the MSC in the medium-frequency (MF: 0.06–0.15 Hz) range; and propranolol did not alter any of the interdependence measures. It is suggested that (i) the cholinoceptor activity mediates the phase cardiovascular synchronization in the LF range; (ii) the α1-adrenoceptor activity mediates the amplitude and phase linear cardiovascular synchronization in the MF range; and (iii) the β-adrenoceptor activity plays no role in mediating any dynamics of cardiovascular synchronization in the studied frequency range. When comparing these results with those in mammals, a lesser overall autonomic involvement in the mediation of the studied cardiovascular interdependences is seen in reptiles.

Keywords: Gallotia galloti; Gallot’s lizard; analyse spectrale; autonomic nervous system; cardiovascular variability; lézard de Gallot; méthodes non linéaires; nonlinear methods; spectral analysis; synchronisation; synchronization; système nerveux autonome; variabilité cardiovasculaire

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Laboratory of Biophysics, Department of Physiology, University of La Laguna, 38071-La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. 2: Institut Universitari de Ciencies de la Salut, Universitat de les Illes Balears, 07071-Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Illes Balears, Spain. 3: Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering Group, Department of Basic Physics, University of La Laguna, 38206-La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

Publication date: 2012-07-19

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