Cerebral artery mass in the rabbit is reduced by chronic sympathetic denervation.
Weights of matching right and left middle or posterior cerebral arteries and their main branches from the same animal were compared 8-10 weeks after unilateral denervation by superior cervical ganglionectomy. When compared in pairs, the denervated arterial systems weighed significantly less (mean 85%) than their innervated counterparts. This suggests that the sympathetic innervation exerts a trophic influence on extracerebral arteries.
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