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Title: The effects of vitamin C and nitric oxide synthase inhibition on coronary flow and oxidative stress markers in isolated rat heart
Authors: Jakovljevic, Vladimir
Djordjevic, Dusica
Djuric D.
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) on coronary flow and oxidative stress markers with or without non-specific inhibition of nitric oxide synthase by N ω-nitro-L-arginine monomethyl ester (L-NAME) in isolated rat hearts. The hearts of male Wistar albino rats (n = 12, age 8 weeks, body mass 180-200 g) were retrograde perfused according to the Langendorff technique at gradually increased constant perfusion pressure (40-120 cm H 2O). Coronary flow, nitrite outflow, superoxide anion production, and index of lipid peroxidation (by measuring thiobarbituric acid reactive substances) in coronary effluent were determined. The experiments were performed during control conditions and in presence of vitamin C (100 μM) alone or vitamin C (100 μM) + L-NAME (30 μM). Administration of vitamin C induced only increase of nitrite levels, while vitamin C + L-NAME induced significant decrease of coronary flow above autoregulatory range, i.e. especially at higher coronary perfusion pressure (CPP) values, accompanied with similar dynamic in nitrite outflow. Vitamin C + L-NAME also induced significant decrease in TBARS production. The results of our study show no significant effects of vitamin C administration either on ROS levels or on coronary flow in isolated rat heart.
Type: article
DOI: 10.4149/gpb_2011_03_293
ISSN: 0231-5882
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-80054099715
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kragujevac

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