Dr S Pyner, BSc(Hons) PhD
The ability of the brain to change the pattern of sympathetic activity to the heart and selected vascular beds is crucial to an animal's survival and is the basis of cardiovascular homeostasis. Underlying this differential activation is a topographical organisation of neurones related to function within the brain nuclei responsible for cardiovascular regulation. My work combines neuroanatomical and immunocytochemical methods to map and characterise the neurones underpinning the differential activation of the autonomic nervous system.
Sympathetic preganglionic neurones (labelled with cholera B horeradish peroxidase) in the intermediolateral cell column of the rat spinal cord.
- Cardiovascular regulation and neuroanatomy
- Tracing studies and immunocytochemical analysis of brain regions involved in cardiovascular regulation
Journal papers: academic
- Affleck, VS, Coote, JH & Pyner, S (2012). The projection and synaptic organisation of NTS afferent connections with presympathetic neurones, GABA and nNOS neurons in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. Neuroscience 219: 48–61.
- Dissanayakee TF., Budgett, DM., Hu, P., Bennet, L., Pyner, S, Booth, L., Amirapu, S., Wu, Y. & Malpas, SC. (2010). A novel low temperature transcutaneous energy transfer system suitable for high power implantable medical devices: performance and validation in sheep. Artificial Organs 34(5): E160-E167.
- Watkins, ND., Cork, SC. & Pyner, S. (2009). An immunohistochemical investigation of the relationship between neuronal nitric oxide synthase, GABA and presympathetic paraventricular neurons in the hypothalamus. Neuroscience 159(3): 1079-1088.
- Pyner, S. (2009). Neurochemistry of the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus: Implications for cardiovascular regulation. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy 38: 197-208.
- Brack, KE., Watkins, ND., Pyner, S. & Coote, JH. (2007). A physiological role for NO in the centrally mediated sympathetic somatorejaculatory response in anaesthetised male wistar rats. Neuroscience 150(2): 487-497.
- Womack, M.D., Pyner, S. & Barrett-Jolley, R. (2006). Inhibition by alpha-tetrahydrodeoxycorticosterone (THDOC) of pre-sympathetic parvocellular neurones in the paraventricular nucleus of rat hypothalamus. British Journal of Pharmacology 149(5): 600-607.
- Pyner, S., Coney, A.M. & Marshall, J.M. (2003). The role of free radicals in the muscle vasodilatation of systemic hypoxia in the rat. Experimental Physiology 88(6): 733-740.
- Pyner, S., Deering, J.A & Coote, J.H (2002). Right atrial stretch induces renal nerve inhibition and c-fos expression in parvocellular neurones of the paraventricular nucleus in rats. Experimental Physiology 87(1): 25-32.
- Brooke, R.E., Pyner, S., McLeish, P., Buchan, A., Deuchars, J. & Deuchars, S.A. (2002). Spinal cord interneurones labelled transneuronally from the adrenal gland by a GFP-herpes virus construct contain the potassium channel subunit Kv3.1b. Autonomic Neuroscience 98(1-2): 45-50.
- Pyner, S., Cleary, J., McLeish, P., Buchan, A. & Coote, JH (2001). Tracing functionally identified neurones in a multisynaptic pathway in the hamster and rat using herpes simplex virus expressing green fluorescent protein. Experimental Physiology 86(6): 695-702.