Journal article

Endothelin-induced vasoconstriction in isolated perfused liver preparations from normal and cirrhotic rats.

AJ Elliot, LT Vo, VL Grossman, PS Bhathal, HJ Grossman

J Gastroenterol Hepatol | Published : 1997

Abstract

Isolated, perfused rat liver preparations (IPRL), obtained from rats with carbon tetrachloride-induced cirrhosis and normal controls, were used to investigate responses to the vasoactive peptide endothelin-1 (ET-1). The mean perfusion resistance (R) of cirrhotic IPRL was significantly greater than that of controls (2.63 +/- 0.24 vs 1.54 +/- 0.14 mmHg/mL per min per g; P < 0.01). Both control and cirrhotic IPRL demonstrated a concentration-related increase in resistance (delta R) in response to ET-1, with a minimum effective concentration of approximately 3 x 10(-11) mol/L. The EC50 (-log of the 50% effective concentration) was not significantly different between cirrhotic and control IPRL (8..

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