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Alteration in vascular reactivity in isolated aortic rings from portal vein-constricted rats.
It has been suggested that increased production of nitric oxide by an inducible nitric oxide synthase isoenzyme is important in the pathogenesis of the vascular abnormalities seen in human beings and animals with portal hypertension. We investigated this hypothesis by studying the in vitro vascular reactivity of isolated aortic rings from portal vein-constricted and sham-operated rats. Aortic rings from portal vein-constricted rats exhibited significantly impaired contractility to phenylephrine and potassium chloride compared with control rats. Preincubation with the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor nitro-L-arginine methyl ester significantly increased contractility to phenylephrine and potassium chloride in both portal-hypertensive and control tissues, with greater effect in the portal-hypertensive rings. Despite nitro-L-arginine methyl ester, maximal contractions were still significantly smaller in the portal-hypertensive tissues. Vascular relaxation evoked by acetylcholine, but not by the endothelium-independent vasodilator glyceryl trinitrate, was significantly impaired in the portal-hypertensive group. Our results demonstrate significant impairment in vascular function in aortic rings in this model of portal hypertension. The addition of a nitric oxide synthase inhibitor partly corrected these changes, suggesting that although nitric oxide is likely an important mediator, other factors may also be involved in the pathogenesis of these alterations in vascular function.
|Title:||Alteration in vascular reactivity in isolated aortic rings from portal vein-constricted rats.|
|Keywords:||Acetylcholine, Amino Acid Oxidoreductases, Animals, Aorta, Arginine, Constriction, Hypertension, Portal, In Vitro Techniques, Male, NG-Nitroarginine Methyl Ester, Nitric Oxide, Nitric Oxide Synthase, Nitroglycerin, Phenylephrine, Portal Vein, Potassium Chloride, Rats, Rats, Sprague-Dawley, Vasoconstriction, Vasodilation|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
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