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Exercise-induced neuronal plasticity in central autonomic networks: role in cardiovascular control.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19617267     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It is now well established that brain plasticity is an inherent property not only of the developing but also of the adult brain. Numerous beneficial effects of exercise, including improved memory, cognitive function and neuroprotection, have been shown to involve an important neuroplastic component. However, whether major adaptive cardiovascular adjustments during exercise, needed to ensure proper blood perfusion of peripheral tissues, also require brain neuroplasticity, is presently unknown. This review will critically evaluate current knowledge on proposed mechanisms that are likely to underlie the continuous resetting of baroreflex control of heart rate during/after exercise and following exercise training. Accumulating evidence indicates that not only somatosensory afferents (conveyed by skeletal muscle receptors, baroreceptors and/or cardiopulmonary receptors) but also projections arising from central command neurons (in particular, peptidergic hypothalamic pre-autonomic neurons) converge into the nucleus tractus solitarii (NTS) in the dorsal brainstem, to co-ordinate complex cardiovascular adaptations during dynamic exercise. This review focuses in particular on a reciprocally interconnected network between the NTS and the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN), which is proposed to act as a pivotal anatomical and functional substrate underlying integrative feedforward and feedback cardiovascular adjustments during exercise. Recent findings supporting neuroplastic adaptive changes within the NTS-PVN reciprocal network (e.g. remodelling of afferent inputs, structural and functional neuronal plasticity and changes in neurotransmitter content) will be discussed within the context of their role as important underlying cellular mechanisms supporting the tonic activation and improved efficacy of these central pathways in response to circulatory demand at rest and during exercise, both in sedentary and in trained individuals. We hope this review will stimulate more comprehensive studies aimed at understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms within CNS neuronal networks that contribute to exercise-induced neuroplasticity and cardiovascular adjustments.
Lisete C Michelini; Javier E Stern
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2009-07-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Experimental physiology     Volume:  94     ISSN:  1469-445X     ISO Abbreviation:  Exp. Physiol.     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-17     Completed Date:  2009-11-04     Revised Date:  2014-09-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9002940     Medline TA:  Exp Physiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  947-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Afferent Pathways / physiology
Autonomic Nervous System / physiology
Baroreflex / physiology
Brain / physiology*
Cardiovascular Physiological Processes
Feedback, Physiological
Heart Rate / physiology*
Models, Neurological
Nerve Net / physiology
Neuronal Plasticity / physiology*
Paraventricular Hypothalamic Nucleus / physiology
Physical Conditioning, Animal / physiology
Physical Exertion / physiology*
Solitary Nucleus / physiology
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