Phasic lung inflation shortens inspiration and respiratory period in the lung-attached neonate rat brain stem spinal cord

J Neurophysiol. 2000 May;83(5):3165-8. doi: 10.1152/jn.2000.83.5.3165.


In intact mammals, lung inflation during inspiration terminates inspiration (Breuer-Hering inspiratory reflex, BHI) and the presence of lung afferents increases respiratory frequency. To test whether these responses could be obtained in vitro, a neonate rat brain stem/spinal cord preparation retaining the lungs and their vagal innervation was used. It was found that 1) the BHI could be replicated in vitro, 2) phasic lung inflation during inspiration caused increased respiratory frequency with declining efficacy as inflation delay increased, and 3) increased respiratory frequency did not require inspiratory shortening.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Brain Stem / physiology*
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Lung / innervation*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Respiratory Mechanics / physiology*
  • Spinal Cord / physiology*
  • Vagus Nerve / physiology